Posts Tagged With: mystery

New Review: Toxic Train

Toxic Train

Toxic Train

by Jennifer Oberth

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Short Story

Read my review here:  http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/toxic-train-by-jennifer-oberth/

Synopsis

When a fellow train passenger is murdered right in front of her eyes, newlywed Ella Westin thinks it’s great that all the suspects are trapped with her. But when she can’t check out backgrounds or confirm motives – or lack of – she soon finds herself in over her head.

Then an unthinking Joe seems more determined to sabotage Ella’s efforts than the murderer. Will she be able to solve the case before a second death occurs? Did the murderer engineer too good a crime for even Ella’s skills? Can she track the criminal or will she be derailed before she can put her plan in motion? If the couple survive, is this just the beginning of a toxic relationship?

This is the third story in the Ella Westin Mysteries.

Buy on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/166124

and Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Toxic-Train-Ella-Westin-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B0086O20Q4/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1392245816&sr=8-6&keywords=jennifer+oberth

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New Review: Bluff by Susan Yanguas

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Bluff

by Susan Yanguas

Genre: Mystery, Crime Fiction

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/bluff-by-susan-yanguas/

Synopsis:

What do a nearsighted massage therapist, a rookie detective called “Fish,” a weekly poker game, and an endangered cougar have in common? Murder, it turns out!

Myopic Abby Ford is the only “eyewitness” to the murder of a local environmentalist. She can’t identify the killer, but he can identify her — forcing her to stay one step ahead of his hired goons. When the lead detective also becomes her bodyguard after an attempt on her life, their growing attraction only complicates matters. But what neither suspects is that the killer has an inside edge very close to home…

Set in a suburb of Baltimore, Bluff introduces a cast of quirky and endearing characters that will have you looking forward to the rest of this “crime lite” series.

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About the Author:

Susan Yanguas is a writer/editor for a U.S. government agency where she also teaches writing workshops. She is a tireless crusader against the use of nouns as verbs and other atrocities in bureaucratic writing. When not at her day job, Susan writes fiction and creative non-fiction, paints, and does Reiki energy work. She lives in Maryland with two very needy cats.

Find out more about Susans books on her website: https://susanyanguas.wordpress.com

 

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The Awesome Indies Magical Mystery Tour

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Today I’m joining the The Awesome Indies Magical Mystery Tour, hosted by the Awesome Indies. From the 27th to the 30th September you’ll have the chance to pick up some special offers or win some awesome prizes at all the blogs participating in the tour, including mine.

Why is it called the Magical Mystery Tour? Because it highlights the magical and mysterious qualities of some of the books listed on the Awesome Indies. Also, there’s  a chapter of a mystery at each blog, and a tour for you to take and read the full story. Inside the scenes you will find the key you need to enter the Giveaway for an  Amazon gift card. (First prize is a $25 card, second prize is $15 and third prizes is a $10 card.)

All you have to do is start at the Awesome Indies, follow the links from blog to blog, read the story and pick up the clue to the mystery key to enter the draw when you get back to the Awesome Indies. While you’re at each blog, read about the author’s book and enter their giveaway or pick up their special offer.

If you haven’t started the tour, pop over to the Awesome Indies and start now: http://wp.me/p3HF9i-1wW

If you’re on the Magical Mystery Tour already, then read on …

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New Review: Deep Blood by Phillip Thompson

Deep Blood

by Phillip Thompson

Genre: Mystery, Contemporary Fiction

Read my review here.

Deep Blood is the story of Mississippi sheriff Colt Harper, whose moral compass is slightly askew. He doesn’t care for the mundane parts of his job, he drinks too much, is separated from his wife, and has a former stripper girlfriend who regularly violates the drug laws of the county. Even when the son of a close friend is murdered, he has a hard time concentrating on the subsequent investigation. But when his incorrigible father is arrested again for DUI, he learns a secret of his father’s past — one that threatens his own future.

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Kindle Freebie and New Review: Syd and Marcy by Beaird Glover

Syd and Marcy

by Beaird Glover

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery

This book is FREE for Kindle TODAY 5/30/2013!

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/syd-and-marcy-by-beaird-glover/

Synopsis: 

Killing bad people isn’t wrong, or so Marcy thinks.

Her boyfriend Sydney steals a video camera and they film Marcy doing a striptease and then murdering Syd’s uncle. They never expected Syd’s cousin to run away with the camera, and then lose it to a ruthless detective. Now the detective has a murder on film, but no body, and he sets out to break Syd and Marcy rather than just uphold the law.

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Summer Shake-up book 2: Strange Academy

As part of my Summer Shake-up, I have decided to snag some of the most interesting-looking reads on my “to-read” list and bump them up! My second bump is

 

See how fast this goes when I do it this way? I have finished my review of book #1 and am ready to read book #2: Strange Academy by Theresa Wilde. I bumped this book because I love Paranormal Romance and because it looks like a lot of fun and I can really relate to strangeness.

Synopsis:

Determined to uncover the secret behind her eccentric aunt’s mysterious death, Sadie Strange, a quirky substitute teacher with a Master’s degree in comic book superheroes, takes a job at isolated private school Strange Academy. Her biggest obstacle? Haughty hottie Lorde Gray, the chemistry teacher who looks down his Roman nose at her as he tries to get her fired.

Undercover demon hunter Gray vows to use his spell-brewing powers to protect Strange Academy’s true purpose—educating extraordinary children with paranormal gifts. If the world knew the school’s secret, it would start a war that would destroy humanity. Gray won’t let a feisty mortal threaten that, no matter how much she swishes her heart-shaped butt.

When fate throws them together, strange allies Sadie and Gray seek to uncover the hidden forces behind her aunt’s death before they destroy Sadie—and the school. But when the demon hunter forbidden from associating with mortals and the mortal woman who can’t trust her own judgment around alpha males find themselves falling for each other, love is going to get a little strange…

 

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Pirate Tales Giveaway

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Pirate Tales Giveaway

Mark your Calenders:

Salty Tales and I are thrilled to announce that the e-version of our first book, ‘Pirate Tales’, will be available for FREE through Amazon for one day only.

Tuesday, April 16th. All day! http://www.amazon.com/Pirate-Tales-Salty-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00BR0YGF2/ref=cm_sw_em_r_asw_21xCF.053CJCR_tt?ie=UTF8&colid=211AFCACOQPPZ&coliid=I3QV1OW2YYDC49
http://www.amazon.com/Pirate-Tales-Salty-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00BR0YGF2/ref=cm_sw_em_r_asw_21xCF.053CJCR_im?ie=UTF8&colid=211AFCACOQPPZ&coliid=I3QV1OW2YYDC49

So mark your calenders, to get your free copy of this years great Beach Read.

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Discovery 1: Mr. Tea and the Traveling Teacup

Mr. Tea and the Traveling Teacup

by Leslie Matthews-Stansfield

Genre: Mystery

Discover the lovable characters in my book Mr. Tea and the Traveling Teacup.  The book is published by Cozy Cat Press.  It is available on the Nook, the Kindle and paperback.

After the death of their mother, sisters Terry and Karen Sutter, turn their childhood home into a teahouse. It’s a dream come true, but the dream begins to resemble a nightmare when teacups start crashing to the floor in the middle of the night. Could the teahouse be haunted? There’s a list of possible ghostly candidates: the prior owner who is rumored to have left behind a buried treasure, two spinster neighbors who disappeared without a trace over forty years ago, or perhaps it is Terry and Karen’s own mother trying to communicate with them. Karen, the older sister, thinks running a haunted teahouse might be fun, until the sisters come home one night to find the attic stairs covered in a trail of what appears to be blood. Is it a ghost or is it a warning? The teahouse’s new mascot, a psychic macaw, may provide some unexpected clues, but the sisters will encounter many more surprises before they solve this mystery.

If you would like to check us out and read the first chapter, you can find us on Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Traveling-Teacup-Madelines-Teahouse-ebook/dp/…

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Author Blog-in Day 3: The Presidents Club by FC Etier

How “The Presidents Club” happened

     My first novel, The Tourist Killer, was nearing completion.
     The characters had taken me to places not imagined in the beginning.
     As the story lines for several of the characters were beginning to converge, one of them, Julian Thibaut, decided to visit a quiet little bar for a drink and some thought.

     He met a man who knew of a great place that would fill the bill.
     His new friend had on a name tag, but it wasn’t his. The tag read, “Ted.”
     The wearer explained, “I borrowed this from another guy I work with. I forgot mine today. My name’s Abe, another President.”
     When he said that, a light bulb went off for me.
     When the two men arrived at the Louisville Tavern, they met a group of retirees that all had first names in common with previous U.S. Presidents.  In addition to the aforementioned Abraham/Abe, the other members of The Presidents Club: George, Thomas, Woodrow, Franklin, Ulysses, and Ronald. The group included a teacher, general surgeon, minister, retail manager, chiropractor, college professor, and a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, all retired.
     The Presidents Club debuted on Sunday, January 6, 2012 as a free weekly serial on the web site of my publisher, Venture Galleries. We were stunned to have received over one thousand readers for the first chapter.
     Please accept this invitation to join us on Sunday, January 13, forChapter Two. Venture Galleries will archive every chapter, so if you miss one, it will be easy to catch up. Eventually, The Presidents Club will be available as both an e-book and a trade paperback.

Here’s the pitch:  A group of retirees and the ex-FBI agent hired to protect them face danger as they investigate a murder and uncover the source of ultimate government power.

Genre: a thinking readers’ thriller — enough action to keep the pages turning and enough information to get to know the characters not only by the information given about them, but how and with whom they interact.

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Author Blog-in: Europa Rising by Sean MacUisdin

 

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New Review: The Footloose Killer by Michelle Johnson

The Footloose Killer

By Michelle Johnson

Genre: Mystery, Law Enforcement

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/the-footloose-killer-by-michelle-johnson/

Synopsis:

When another dismembered foot washes up along the Virginia Beach oceanfront, the VBPD is stumped. It’s the eighth year in a row, always just as the frenzied tourist season starts. And for the eighth year in a row, there is no body, and there are no suspects. Continue reading

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New Review: Island of Illusions by Jennifer L. Jennings

Island of Illusions

by Jennifer L. Johnson

Genre: Mystery

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/island-of-illusions-by-jennifer-l-jennings/

This third and final installment of the Sarah Woods Mystery Series finds our sleuth immersed in the tropical splendor of Oahu. However, what begins as an island getaway for Sarah quickly morphs into a desperate search for the missing infant of a wealthy Boston family. Just when the detectives believe they’ve made a breakthrough in the case, a shocking death shakes their investigation to the core. Much to Sarah’s surprise, surveillance expert Max Stevens also joins the frantic search. Will the detectives locate the missing child? Will Sarah finally share her true feelings with Max?

Pick up this novel and lose yourself in the mystery, or start with Book One, “An Appointment with Murder.” Either choice will keep you guessing ’til the very end.

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About the Author

Jennifer L. Jennings was born in Chicago, Illinois but has spent most of her life living in Maine. She was a massage therapist for fifteen years, and worked as a glass artisan for many years as well. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling the world, playing guitar with her son Blake, reading, writing and doing all things creative.

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Blog tour and New Review: Life in Death

 

Life in Death

By Harlow Coban

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, African American

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/life-in-death-by-harlow-coban/

Today I am hosting Harlow Drake, author of Life in Death. At the end of the post there is a giveaway where Harlow is giving away 3 autographed paperbacks and a $15 Amazon Gift Card. Check out this great novella and enter to win!

When a girl that social worker Kari Marchant places in foster care is brutally murdered, she’s compelled to learn why. Her quest for the truth pits her against friends and coworkers. As Kari works to solve the horrific plot, more people die. How far should she go to learn the truth—even if it threatens her life?

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Author Bio:

Author Harlow Drake was born in Kansas City, MO, but grew up in Denver, CO. She relocated to North Carolina five years ago with her husband, two dogs, and 16-year old twins.

She shares a birthday with the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte. In keeping with his legacy, she is currently working on taking over the world. Harlow’s positive attitude and fresh take on life are her tools and conquest is certain. She spends her free time writing, dancing, traveling and defending mailboxes from her 16-year-old twins’ driving.

Her debut novel, LIFE IN DEATH, is a murder mystery which pulls from real-life situations from her own family history. She felt compelled to share her story with the world while offering a thrilling, entertaining, and amusing escape for readers.

In keeping with her commitment to improving the lives of children, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of her book will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club in her home state of North Carolina.

She loves to connect with her readers and can be found on Twitter, her blog, or on Facebook

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New Review: Mark of the Loon by Molly Greene

Mark of the Loon

by Molly Greene

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/mark-of-the-loon-by-molly-greene/

Mark of the Loon is about a single workaholic who falls in love with an old stone cottage in Northern California. Madison Boone renovates and sells property in addition to her real estate sales career, and her work-centric lifestyle leaves little time for anything other than business and her three wise, hilarious friends. When she buys a house built by an ornithologist and his eccentric Irish-born wife, a series of events both endanger her and lead her to love – and a permanent home. Madison’s story is a story about taking risks, dealing with loss, and about deep, satisfying, wonderful friendships.

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About the Author

Molly Greene is a writer, blogger, and author of contemporary fiction with a bit of suspense. Her debut novel, Mark of the Loon, is available on Amazon [add link], and she is currently working on a sequel, Rapunzel. Visit Molly’s website, http://www.molly-greene.com

Join Molly on Twitter today for more on her new release! https://twitter.com/#!/mollygreene

 

EXCERPT:

 

Chapter 11

 

A heap of framed pictures tilted haphazardly against Madison’s living room wall, stacked among random possessions and packing supplies. She sat cross-legged in the midst of the disarray. A grubby yellow dust cloth, a dozen jacketed books, and an open, empty Sterling Vineyards carton were within reach. A half-full glass of chenin blanc balanced precariously on the coffee table, wobbling on its makeshift coaster of bubble wrap and rags.

In the slanted light of early evening, the final rays of the sunset struggled to cling to what little life was left in the day. The ceiling fan circled listlessly overhead, nudging the muggy air with a soothing, lazy breeze that held the Indian summer’s sticky humidity at bay. The radio was tuned to local oldies station KFMZ. She sang along in a pitchy attempt to mimic Frank Sinatra as he crooned the words to a well known mid-sixties hit.

She felt the sudden prick of tears, no doubt due to the nostalgia of hearing one of her mother’s all-time favorite songs combined with the wine she’d recently consumed. Madison tucked a book into the cardboard box, then swallowed hard and linked stiff fingers behind her head. She arched her back in a much needed slow motion stretch.

The threat of tears diminished as she opened her mouth wide and drew in a deep, deep breath. Feeling safe, she reached to pick a photo from the shelves. The poignant notes of Ole Blue Eyes’ sexy ballad intervened and she stood, lifted the glass from its place among the ancient, torn-up t-shirts used to wipe up dust and grime, and walked to the French doors.

When the ice cubes in the goblet clinked with the movement, Jack shifted in his bed and raised his head to watch her progress across the room. He returned to his dream when he realized she was not going outside.

She stood at the window, humming along with the melody. Her throat constricted and she stopped, content just to listen and watch as the final bit of light faded behind the distant hills. She felt like an outsider who stumbled on a private scene of passion, yet couldn’t tear her eyes away from the lovers.

A breeze stirred the soft, translucent sheers. Madison moved with them, back to the kitchen for a refill. She returned to her task with a full glass, kneeled among the rags, and reached for the simple silver frame that held a candid shot of her parents on an anniversary trip to Paris.

Jennifer Boone smiled straight into the camera. Her mother looked strong and sure, wearing a bewitching Mona Lisa look that only hinted at the joy billowing just beneath the surface. As always, John Boone’s eyes were fixed adoringly on his wife. He was probably speculating how he ever got the smart, witty beauty to marry him. He often wondered that aloud to them both while he was alive.

Madison wiped the glass with a clean rag, kissed the photo tenderly, then held it out and tried to imagine herself in the scene. Jack whimpered in his sleep. In the background, Sinatra crooned about the march of years and the women who had passed through his life. She hugged the picture to her chest, then gently swaddled it in bubble wrap and packed the memory away.

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