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  Raging Water by Marilyn Meredith

 

  

 

A rash of burglaries and the murder of two women shock the mountain community of Bear Creek.

 

Add a fast-moving thunderstorm that brings torrential rains and Tempe Crabtree, the resident deputy sheriff, can forget about her days off.

 

 

Who would murder two harmless women? Did a drug addict simply want their medications or did they share a secret someone was willing to kill for?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Book Reviews:

 

This latest entry in Marilyn Meredith's long-running Tempe Crabtree series will keep you glued to your seat and turning pages right up to the end.--Review by Pat Browning

 

 

"The Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series has been one of my favorites since I began reading it. I never miss a book.

In this installment, Tempe is battling many issues. There's a burglar on the loose, which leads to her being yanked out of bed at an ungodly hour. The murder of two best friends is puzzling, and a raging storm leaves everyone on edge. So, in addition to trying to fight crime, Tempe is put in the undesirable position of having to notify people to evacuate to shelters, break up disagreements, and keep herself out of danger. There is so much going on in this book, you'll be flying through it and be eager to read it over again once you're done.

Meredith has spent a good deal of time with Tempe, her family, and the residents of Bear Creek. It shows. Her characters are well developed. There's enough backstory so newcomers to the series aren't lost, but enough new characters and crime solving to keep long time fans satisfied. I like how each book stands alone, but also helps move the characters along in their lives in the process. Superb! Thrilling! A real page-turner that will keep you guessing until the very end." -Review by Cheryl Malandrinos.

 

    

   

  
The Case of the Cosmological Killer
Volume One

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Having ascertained that the purported UFO is actually another tesseract desperate to reach Skye for help, Holmes must determine the true cause of McFarlane's death.

 

While he does this, Skye works frantically to save another version of themselves from death, as their tesseract malfunctions, threatening to destroy not only the other continuum, but Holmes' and Skye's, as well as untold others.

 

 

 

 Vol #2 will be up on Amazon November 15, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book reviews:

 


"I've been a member of the
Nashville Scholars [of the Three-Pipe Problem] since 1987.
I am the Keeper of the Ritual, and the web designer for
www.nashvillescholars.net.
I get Sherlockian books in the mail from lots of people eager to use our website as a
launching pad for their books. Often I am disappointed in what I read, feeling that the
author really has little understanding of what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was all about
with his Sherlock Holmes stories... she has a firm grasp of storytelling, character, dialogue, and imagination. She also understands how to handle Holmes in plotting his actions in another time. I found The Case of the Displaced Detective a marvelous read, and will relish further Sherlockian stories from this talented writer." Jim Hawkins
Member of
Nashville Scholars, a Sherlock Holmes society.

 


"...there's a very nifty mystery at the heart of the story..(all) questions will be answered,
thoroughly and enjoyably, but as in most Holmesian mysteries, they only lead to more
and broader questions...the deepening friendship between (physicist) Chadwick and Holmes helps to keep the reader focused while giving Holmes an understandable motivation to fully integrate himself into our present-day reality."
~~Shiny Book Review gave THE ARRIVAL an A-Plus! (Barb Caffrey)


 
 

 

The Throwbacks by Stephanie Queen

 

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Vivacious young decorator Grace Rogers sets her sights on that picket-fence life she longs for with the unlikely world-weary British exile, the not-so-young David Young.

 

The ex-Scotland Yard detective joins the Boston Police Department to salvage his career. He hires Grace to decorate his Beacon Hill townhouse-and salvage his life.

 

But this rogue detective's plans for a new beginning are threatened when he can't resist the seemingly unseemly romance with his too-young bombshell decorator. Grace turns out to be a key witness in his high-stakes kidnapping case--and like Kryptonite to his career and his well-being with her romantic notions of family life.David puts his life on the line to save her from the kidnappers, but now is Grace willing to put her dreams on the line to save her real-life superhero from himself?

 

 

Book Reviews:

 

 Romantic Times Book Review4 1/2 Stars "Resplendent in rich detail, laugh-out-loud moments, a fast-paced plot and spellbinding characters, The Throwbacks is a stellar not-to-be-missed standout!" --Diane Morasco

 

"A lovely blend of romance and mystery with a good dose of humor!" --Loves Romance

 

 

 

 

Dying for a Dance by Cindy Sample

   

 

 

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IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO-BUT ONLY ONE TO MURDER

 

Lead-footed single mom, Laurel McKay, agrees to learn a foxtrot routine for her best friend's wedding. After she trips her instructor, crashes into a pair of dancers and breaks the heel of her new shoes, she thinks her evening can't possibly get any worse.

 

Then she stumbles over another dancer. A dead one. With her broken shoe heel stuffed in his mouth.

 

Can she samba her way into the heart of the handsome detective who has once again entered her life? Or will dancing and detecting prove to be a lethal combination?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Reviews: 

 

 "A fun suspenseful read that holds your attention, captures your imagination and keeps you chuckling at Laurel's antics. Cindy Sample's writing is positively fun, imaginative and all around tantalizing." 5 stars  Romance Junkies, Chrissy Dionne

 

"Cindy Sample has mastered the art of REAL dialogue. Any woman who constantly finds herself in awkward situations will love this book! This book will make you wonder "who did it" and make you laugh out loud." 5 stars    BookreviewsRus, Stephanie Rollins

 

"All of the elements of an excellent cozy mystery. Interesting characters, plot and setting. Fast paced writing. I struggled to figure out what it was that stood out that made me really enjoy the book and I decided it was the tone. It is a feel-good book, it makes you smile." 5 stars           The Examiner, Lynn Farris, mystery reviewer

 

Dying for Justice by L.J. Sellers
*Silver Winner in the

mystery category at

 Readers Favorite Awards  

 

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When Gina wakes up from a two-year coma, she realizes someone tried to kill her and make it look like suicide.

 

Detective-in-training Lara Evans is assigned the case, but when she discovers who the main suspect is, she fears she's in way over her head. 

 

Meanwhile Detective Jackson learns the man in prison for murdering his parents is innocent of the crime and another officer coerced the detainee into a confession. As the two investigators work the cold files, members of their own department come under suspicion and their

cases begin to overlap.

 

Can they find the killers before the crimes of

the past explode in the present?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Reviews:

 

"Sellers is an expert at creating deeply human characters, together with a plot that kept picking up speed as it hurtled to an ending that sent chills up and down my back. Just as that settled down, the ending had me in goosebumps. Sellers' just keep getting better and this is her best one yet. Highly recommended."--Crimespree magazine

 

 

"Dying for Justice is an amazing story! You're caught up in the story from the very first sentence. The characters are so real that it's like you know them. Every page brings something new and unexpected to the reader. Don't miss this one!"--Fresh Fiction.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Bitter Sweet by Connie Shelton
5th in the Samantha Sweet Series
  
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In this fifth installment in the Samantha Sweet mystery series, it's the height of the wedding season at Sweet's Sweets and Sam has all she can do to stay ahead of the rush of bakery orders. Plus, her side job-breaking into houses-isn't allowing much summer time off either.

 

Not to mention that her mother is pressuring Sam and Beau to set a wedding date.

 

When Sam encounters two older women who then die suddenly, it appears that there may be a serial killer on the loose. Sam and Beau are shocked to consider that Beau's own mother may have been an earlier victim of someone who operates by preying on the women's trusting natures.

 

As they begin to investigate, a number of suspects emerge and it looks like someone is out to keep Sam quiet.

 

 

 

 

 

Book Reviews:

 


"I've read all four of the previous Samantha Sweet books via Kindle format and really loved them but I found that the latest one, Bitter Sweet, was the best by far. . . . I'm usually in a chocoholic frenzy by the time I finish reading each one." -- Cynthia Maher, 5 stars, Amazon

 

"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." -The

Midwest Book Review

 

"Shelton again has done a superb job in bringing New Mexico to

life."-Albuquerque Journal

 

"Shelton can only expand her fan base with this solid effort."

-Publisher's Weekly

 

 

 

  

  

Deadly Sins, Deadly Secrets

by Sylvia Dickey Smith

 

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When Sid's second case requires that she clear the name of a dead man, she finds herself confounded by clues that lead nowhere.

 

She will have to face a baffling series of crimes, a burned-out office, the disappearance of a local preachers' wife, and the recurring suspicion that answers lurk in the alligator-infested bayous and murky swamps of the Texas/Louisiana border region.

 

  Sid crawls through more than one window, fights off paramours, and generally establishes herself as a feisty, stubborn female P.I. willing to try 'most anything' to fight injustice in and around the colorful town of Orange.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Book Reviews: 

 

 Joan B. Baratta "LadyRed" (Alabama) - "The atmosphere and setting is wonderful it kept me spellbound riveted to the story. Sid is a feisty broad with gumption that doesn't let life pass her by because her life has changed dramatically it gives all of us old broads hope. I just can't imagine myself deviling deep into the mystery of murder and it helped to know Sid had her own doubts. The tenacity in her won't let her give up and it gives all women hope. Ah, it would be wonderful to see a television series made of Sidra Smart PI and her adventures into solving murders most fowl."

 

MysteryReaderNC: "Sylvia Dickey Smith is a master storyteller who weaves a tale tighter than a hangman's noose. Her characters resonate with a down-home true feeling found in small towns all across America. They come alive on the page. This is a book I could not put down and highly recommend."
 

 

   Box of Rocks by Karla Telega
  

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At age 55, Maggie is losing the battle with her fear of failure and small designer dogs.

 

At the advice of her psychiatrist, she and her friend Cher embark on a series of ill-conceived hobbies.

 

Whether hunting for a fabled lizard man in the swamps of South Carolina, or panning for gold, their adventures are sure to test the limits of common sense. When archaeology student, Paul Lakeland stumbles too close to a secret goldmine, he becomes a liability to Bear's clandestine mining operation. Bear's attempts to kill Paul before he can leak the mine's location meet with repeated disaster.

 

The bumbling would-be assassin finally succeeds ... in killing the wrong man.

 

Paths cross in a small South Carolina town, where a secret from Cher's past entangles the girls in a murder investigation. Here they learn that the first step to surviving a mid-life crisis is, don't die.

 

 

  

 

Book Reviews:

 

 

"Mover Janet Evanovich, Karla Telega's new book surprises like an ACME anvil! When I started Box of Rocks, I realized that the characters, Maggie and Cher, were just like Evanovich's Stephanie and Lula from the Stephanie Plum series; completely unmatched, but an outrageously hilarious duo that left me laughing so much it hurt. Telega's characters are vibrant, well developed and completely believable which makes the serious, yet laugh-out-loud plot all the more enjoyable. Box of Rocks is a fast-paced, smartly detailed, and gut-bustingly funny mystery, and I really hope there's a sequel!" Allizabeth Collins - The Paperback PursuerAuthor

 

"Karla Telega does an amazing job with the characters--not just with the personalities she creates but also in how she adeptly intertwines their lives. "Box of Rocks" is comprised of a myriad of elements that are bound to appeal to everyone. There is the humor of Maggie and Cher. The suspense as to whether or not someone feels threatened by Paul's discovery of an ancient jar adds drama to the plot. The author also incorporates murder, mystery, deception and old secrets to enhance the story and keep the reader fascinated. I would greatly enjoy more books featuring these two unlikely heroines."Leslie Granier - Reader Views

 

"It is not often that a book can be described as fun. The story is filled with humor as the reader is led through the twists and turns of the plot. The cast of characters consist of interesting and believable people. Even the dogs are well described and entertaining. This book is the first for Karla Telega, ... One can only hope this is not her last, as the tale is simply delightful." Fran Byram - Portland Book Review

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bold Counsel by Tim Vicary

 

  

           

 

 

When Sarah Newby presents her first case in the Court of Criminal Appeal, it seems her career is looking up.

 

But then her marriage hits the rocks, and to the despair of her former admirer Detective Inspector Terry Bateson, Sarah embarks on an affair with a handsome property developer, Michael Parker.

 

All goes well at first, but then a body is discovered in one of Michael's cottages.

 

As Terry Bateson investigates, his suspicions fall upon Michael. But is Terry just jealous, or is Sarah's new lover really a murderer?

 

 

 

 

 

Book Reviews:

  

"Tim Vicary's books are simply outstanding .... There is something very wrong with the world of publishing... why is it that the name Tim Vicary is not yet seen along side the likes of John Grisham? I cannot recommend this book more highly." By John Bartlett 

 

"This was a fabulous crime and courtroom drama. Very clever and entertaining. Now I'm going to go back and read the others I didn't realise were before this one." By sallyj -

 

"The book kept me guessing to the end about who had committed the various murders, which is no mean feat, I'm usually pretty good at working out a good murder mystery, however Vicary brings the story full circle and ties it all together neatly, leaving me guessing until the last page.There is much more scope to develop the stories with Sarah Newby, her son Simon and the police officer Terry Bateson, and I hope to see more of the Sarah Newby Trials in the future.This is another superb and accomplished British thriller by Tim Vicary, and is sure to be enjoyed by many a reader.Sarah Burns"~ on behalf of the Kindle Book Review

 

 

Murder by the Marfa Lights

by Denise Weeks

 

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Ariadne French's long-time boyfriend leaves to build them a log cabin in Montana--but then she loses touch with him.

 

His cell phone is disconnected and there's no forwarding address.

 

 A call from Marfa, Texas, comes to tell her that Aaron is dead under suspicious circumstances and that she's his sole heir. Traveling to help clear up his estate, Ari encounters oddball eccentrics and a crazy town that trades on its fame as the home of the Marfa Mystery Lights.

 

Ari's not a believer until the Lights chase her and her guide (a mystical Native American lawyer) through the desert one night.

 

Still, the suspects in Aaron's death are purely human.

 

 

 

 

Book Reviews:

 

 

"Once in a while I stumble upon a book so good I wonder where the author has been all my life. Such a book is MURDER BY THE MARFA LIGHTS, an amateur sleuth mystery that's funny and fascinating, with a sense of place that's almost overwhelming.The author takes us through a chili cookout, a close encounter with the ghost lights, and a tornado. We meet a snake handler, a character who collects poisonous spiders, an Apache lawyer who listens to Navajo prayers on his car radio, and a musician who keeps a pet wolf and smuggles illegal aliens.The book's three main men are a thief, a slimeball and an embezzler. They are also good-looking computer whizzes and con artists. Sisters Ari and Zoe kept me laughing and I liked them -- a lot. I hope to meet them again in a sequel." Pat Browning

 

"Ariadne French (Ari for short) gets a call from Marfa, Texas, with good news and bad news. Author Weeks weaves a quirky little story...The police are not exactly forthcoming, and a local preacher (who is also the executor for the will) seems a lit-tle too interested in both Ari and her inheritance.Murder by the Marfa Lights is a fun read if you can get past a few too many weird characters, and a plot that seems to chase the famous Marfa lights all over the horizon."

Jinx Schwartz

  
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