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Mortom by Erik Therme

MortomAndy Crowl barely knew his recently deceased cousin, Craig Moore, so he’s especially surprised to be named as the sole beneficiary in Craig’s will. Not that there’s much to inherit: just an empty bank account and a run-down house.

Once Andy arrives in the town of Mortom, however, he’s drawn into his puzzle-obsessed cousin’s true legacy: a twisted and ominous treasure hunt. Beckoned by macabre clues of dead rats and cemetery keys, Andy jumps into the game, hoping to discover untold wealth. But unsavory secrets—and unanswered questions about Craig’s untimely demise—arise at every turn, leading Andy to wonder if he’s playing the game…or if the game is playing him.

Something’s rotten in Mortom. And this dead man’s game might not be all that Andy is doomed to lose.

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My Review:

Puzzle enthusiast, Andy Crowl, is in Mortom, with his sister, Katie, to settle his cousin, Craig’s, estate, of which he is the sole beneficiary. Andy is disappointed to find the estate consists of an empty bank account and a rundown house.

The dead rat Andy finds under the fridge, with a note and a key in its mouth sends Andy on a treasure hunt, that he hopes will lead to his cousin’s riches. The clues aren’t easy to solve, but Andy is determined to figure it out, no matter what.

The characters in this book are all flawed, without many redeeming qualities, and the relationships between them are strained. I found it hard to care about any of them, except for Craig’s young friend, Debbie.

However, the mystery, suspense and twists in the story kept me turning the pages to discover, along with Andy, what ‘prize’ Craig had left at the end of the trail.

All in all, Motom was an intriguing and interesting read.

( I received a complimentary copy of the book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.)

 

The Author:

Erik ThermeErik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering on his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his oldest. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty-eight places in the world that UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature.

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The Glade by Harmony Kent​

 
The GladeThis gripping, edge-of-your-seat mystery/thriller will have you thinking twice about booking that idyllic cottage in the country. Nothing in this woodland paradise within the Forest of Dean is what it seems.

The Wenstrops have it all: health, wealth, and happiness. Until everything falls apart. Helen gets arrested for murder, and yet is either unable or unwilling to give a defence. During her detention, vital evidence goes missing and tensions run high.

Meanwhile, in the woods, malignant forces gather power.

This sensational second novel by acclaimed author Harmony Kent will have you alternately laughing, crying, and gripping the edge of your seat as this roller-coaster ride of a plot unfolds. It will keep you guessing through its many twists and turns, and hijack your attention right up until you turn the final page. This book has it all: murder, intrigue, the supernatural, a broken marriage, a love affair, courage against impossible odds, suspense, and high drama.

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My Review:

A captivating and creepy story from Harmony Kent .

When Helen and Geoff Wenstrop find a peaceful plot of land while on holiday in the small village of Parkdean, they decide to buy it and build a house.  Helen is terminally ill and wants to die in their new home, once there she miraculously recovers, however, there is a price to pay.

The book begins with Helen being arrested for her husband’s murder. From there we switch between the past and present discovering the circumstances leading to the arrest, and beyond, until they merge at the end.

The characters were all well-written, although there was one character, Helen’s ex, who seemed superfluous to the story. I lost some of my empathy for Helen around the middle of the book as I couldn’t relate to some of her actions and decisions, although she redeemed herself towards the end.

The author kept me gripped with the great storyline, the vivid descriptions and the ominous presence of the forest surrounding the glade. The story kept up a good pace through most of the book, and the various twists and turns kept me guessing right up to the final pages.

 

The Author:

Harmony KentIndie Author Harmony Kent is an award winning multi-genre author. Her publications include:

The Battle for Brisingamen (Fantasy Fiction) AIA approved
The Glade (Mystery/Thriller) AIA Approved/BRAG Medallion Honouree/New Apple Literary Awards Official Selection Honours 2015
Elemental Earth (YA Fantasy Fiction)
Polish Your Prose: Essential Editing Tips for Authors (Writing/Editing) New Apple Literary Awards Top Medallist Honours 2015
Finding Katie (Women’s Fiction)
Slices of Soul (Contemporary Poetry)
Interludes (Erotic Short Stories)
Moments (Short Stories and Poetry)
Jewel in the Mud (Zen Musings)
Backstage (Erotic Romance)

As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony also offers reviews and supports her fellow indie authors, Harmony works hard to promote and protect high standards within the indie publishing arena. She is always on the look out for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes. Harmony lives in Cornwall, England.

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR! You can also just share what you are currently reading. It’s very easy to play along, as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • -BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

The GladeHelen concentrated on her breathing in an effort to calm her thoughts, and then tried to create a mental shield. She was pretty hit and miss with this at the moment, and would need to practice assiduously if she were to have any chance of privacy or free will.

~The Glade by Harmony Kent

The Other Side of the Streets by Maria Gibbs

The Other Side of the Streets

Children from the Streets #3

 
The Other Side of the StreetsRio, Brasil has always been split in half.

Marcos Martinez is from the half where homelessness and poverty is the norm. The son of a man who lived on the streets until he was adopted at the age of twelve, Marcos has made it his mission to defy the norm and make something of his life.

Gio Silvas knows only the lifestyle of the other side. A billionaire’s son, he’s a selfish, weak, narcissistic bully who thrives on hedonism, vibrant carnivals, and untold wealth—a lifestyle where the word “no” is not part of his vocabulary.

When Gio falls for Marcos’ twin sister Caro, a hard life lesson is heading his way. Will he see the error of his ways and change, or will his love for Caro push him and her family past the point of no return?

Familiar characters await, along with new, to both entrance and appall in this third installment of the Children from the Streets series. Come. It’s time. Carnival is upon us.

Are you ready to return to the streets?

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My Review:

Another emotional story in the Children from the Streets series.

The boys from the first book, have grown up and now have children of their own. Marcos and Caro are one set of Pedro and Alea Martinez’ twin children, and in this book, we follow their heartbreaking and tragic story, as their father’s time on the streets as a child continues to affect the next generation.

I am loving this series, inspired by real-life events, it’s an informative and very emotional read.

I would advise you to read the first two books, A Boy from the Streets and Sins of the Father, before opening this one.

 
Meet The Author:

Maria GibbsI started reading and writing from an early age, it has always been my passion and my escape. There are so many worlds out there to discover and to create. I write in many genres, my mind is alive with thoughts and ideas so I allow them free release on paper. If I were to sum up what the common denominator is between my books, I would have to say they tug at the heartstrings – in the main. My reader’s tell me I’ve reduced them to tears. Inspiration comes in many forms and I grab it with greedy hands. I am predominantly a pantser, planning only when needed.

I work full-time but my dream is to be able to make a living from writing and be able to give my undivided time to releasing all the books that are floating around in my over-active brain.

When I’m not writing, I like reading, crafting, running, listening to music or riding my motorbike.

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The Magic of Stories by Karen J Mossman

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The Magic of Stories

 

In conjunction with The Magic of Stories website, multi genre author Karen J Mossman, brings you this delightful collection of short stories, poetry and flash fiction

Visit The Magic of Stories website where there will be a week long celebration of articles relating to the stories of this book.

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Excerpt:

 

First Sight

Joe was a homicide cop working a case. He had no idea something would happen today that would change his life. Unfortunately, it would happen when he had a mouth full of doughnut.
       Kathy awoke and as she did every morning, threw on joggers, T-shirt and sneakers, grabbed a bottle of water and headed for Central Park. She too was oblivious that today was the day when everything would change.
       The call came shortly before 6am. Joe grabbed his coat.
       A man had shot out from behind some bushes at 5.10am and grabbed a female jogger. She had no time to scream as he launched a brutal attack. It would be wrong to call him a man because no true man would do what he did.
       Joe got there in time to preserve the crime scene. “Get these people outta here” He barked. This was bad, and he was thankful they couldn’t see what he’d seen. It didn’t help when it rained.
       “Joe,” a cop in uniform approached. “We have a witness.”
       “Where?” The cop pointed to a brunette who had her hands on her cheeks. “She all right?” Joe asked.
       “She’s in shock.”
       “She sees the body?”
       He nodded.
       “Okay, get the medics to check her over then get her down to the station.”
       “Right.” The cop nodded and left.
       Kathy sat in a room full of cops working other cases. She’d been given coffee but hadn’t touched it. Today was a day she wanted to begin again. She didn’t know the something that would change her life hadn’t happened yet.
       Joe picked up doughnuts on the way back to the station. He poured coffee from the percolator in the corner, shoved a doughnut in his mouth, picked up a manila folder and headed for his desk.
       The moment, that one moment that would define their future was about to happen.
       He arrived at his desk, the doughnut still in his mouth and stopped with surprise.
       Kathy’s hair was still wet as was her tear-stained face and with haunted eyes, she looked up. For a moment – that moment, their eyes locked. Kathy touched her hair and Joe dropped the doughnut in his hand. Their fate was sealed. Joe had met Kathy.
       “The witness?” he asked.
       “The cop?” she replied.
       “Yes, ma’am. Sorry to have kept you waiting.” He offered his hand then wiped it on his trousers and offered it to her again.
       And that was it. The one defining moment that would change their lives forever.
       Of course, love, at first sight, is reserved for works of fiction. In real life, the process takes a little longer. Here, it had already been triggered.
       They say out of something bad, comes something good. Kathy’s testimony put away a killer, and the image haunted her would be eased by Joe’s gentle touch and his penchant for doughnuts.

 
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Author Bio:

Karen J MossmanKaren J Mossman comes from a family of journalists with her grandfather and uncle having been newspaper editors. Further back a 2x grandfather wrote for his local paper and also published a book based on those articles. Karen is the only one to go into fiction.

An avid blogger, Karen is also book reviewer, reviewing every book she reads.
“It’s especially important to me to have feedback from my readers, I hope you leave a review when you have read this book.”

Karen lives on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey off the north Wales coast with her husband and two dogs. She has two grown up children, who were both born on the same day, two years apart.

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Strangers She Knows by Christina Dodd

strangers-she-knows-by-christina-dodd-coverI have three deadly problems:

1. I’ve seriously offended a maniacal killer.
2. I just had a bullet removed from my brain.
3. My new daughter is growing up too fast–and she’s in the line of fire.

Living on an obscure, technology-free island off California means safety from the murderer who hunts Kellen Adams and her new family…. Or does it? Family time becomes terror-time, and at last, alone, Kellen faces a killer playing a cruel game. Only one can survive, and Kellen knows who must win…and who must die.

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My Review:

This, the third and final book of the Cape Charade series, works well as a standalone book as there is enough information for you to understand some of what has gone before. That being said I’m sure that reading the first two, would’ve given me more insight into the characters, their relationships and the circumstances leading up to the events in this book.

Max, Kellen and Rae Di Luca flee to a remote island to avoid being caught and killed by Mara Phillipi, a psychopath from a previous book, who has escaped from prison. They take with them a cook and their dog, Luna. The only other inhabitants on the almost deserted island are a husband and wife team of caretakers, and a friendly ‘ghost’.

With no way of communication with the outside world, apart from the radio in the helicopter they arrived in, it takes a while for the family to settle into their more relaxed way of life. They pass the time by exploring the island on bikes, and by reading the journal of one of the islands previous residents.

Mara finds them, wrecks the helicopter and drugs Rae, who Max has to take off the island in a small boat during a storm, leaving Kellen on the island to deal with the killer. The final showdown between the two women is tense and terrifying, with Kellen being at a disadvantage as she’s still recovering from brain surgery.

The book is a thrill ride, packed with action, suspense, and mystery. I’ve added the first two books of the series to my to-read list.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.)

 

 

About The Author:

strangers-she-knows-by-christina-dodd-authorNew York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd writes “edge-of-the-seat suspense” (Iris Johansen) with “brilliantly etched characters, polished writing, and unexpected flashes of sharp humor that are pure Dodd” (ALA Booklist). Her fifty-eight books have been called “scary, sexy, and smartly written” by Booklist and, much to her mother’s delight, Dodd was once a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle.

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Strangers She Knows by Christina Dodd

Strangers She Knows

Title: Strangers She Knows
Series: Cape Charade #3
Author: Christina Dodd
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Publication Date: September 17, 2019
Publisher: HQN Books
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN: 1335468331 (ISBN13: 9781335468338)

 

Perfect for fans of Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, and Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd returns with the chilling finale to the Cape Charade trilogy.

 
strangers-she-knows-by-christina-dodd-coverI have three deadly problems:

   1. I’ve seriously offended a maniacal killer.
   2. I just had a bullet removed from my brain.
   3. My new daughter is growing up too fast—and she’s in the line of fire.

Living on an obscure, technology-free island off California means safety from the murderer who hunts Kellen Adams and her new family…or does it? Family time becomes terror time, until Kellen finds herself alone and facing an all-too-familiar psychopath. Only one can survive, and Kellen knows who must win…and who must die.

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Be sure to also check-out the rest of the Cape Charade series, starting with Dead Girl Running and What Doesn’t Kill Her, available now wherever books are sold.

Series STARRED reviews from Booklist:

“From the unforgettable heroine with a past to the incisively etched cast of secondary characters to the brilliantly imaginative plot, Dodd is at her most wildly entertaining, wickedly witty best.”
      -Booklist STARRED review on Dead Girl Running

“Featuring an unforgettable protagonist…who makes Jack Reacher look like a slacker when it comes to dispatching trouble, and an ingenious plot that includes plenty of white-knuckle twists and turns as well as some touching moments of mother-daughter bonding.”
      -Booklist STARRED review on What Doesn’t Kill Her

“Dodd continues her addictively readable Cape Charade series featuring Kellen Adams with another white-knuckle tale that simply begs to be inhaled in one sitting. With a fascinating island setting that includes a spooky old mansion, a secondary storyline involving World War II, and an antagonist who could give Villanelle from Killing Eve a pointer or two, this is Dodd at her brilliant best.”
      -Booklist STARRED review on Strangers She Knows

 

Author Bio:

strangers-she-knows-by-christina-dodd-authorNew York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd writes “edge-of-the-seat suspense” (Iris Johansen) with “brilliantly etched characters, polished writing, and unexpected flashes of sharp humor that are pure Dodd” (ALA Booklist). Her fifty-eight books have been called “scary, sexy, and smartly written” by Booklist and, much to her mother’s delight, Dodd was once a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle.

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