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📚 A dead body, a quirky librarian & a jaded detective.📚

☕️ Murder in the Aisles by Olivia Hill ☕️

TITLE:   Murder in the Aisles
AUTHOR:     Olivia Hill
PUBLISHER: Samhain Publishing
SERIES: YES

RATING:  ☕☕☕☕☕ Suspense/Mystery  🔪


Murderous intent is no match for killer intellect accessorized with stiletto heels.

51KYxU8CpDL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_A Felicia Swift Mystery, Book 1

If there’s one thing Felicia Swift likes more than sex, it’s books. But her dream job at the Library of Congress takes a macabre turn when she finds a linguistics specialist lying dead between his least favorite subjects: Anthropology and Astrophysics.

Worse, the utterly sexy detective seems to have his eyes on Felicia’s curves more than the evidence, which she is convinced points at the wrong man. And she plans to convince him of just that—right after he buys her an apple martini.

Mark Rizzo plans to wrap up this investigation as quickly as possible. Until he realizes the witness isn’t some dumpy, wizened librarian, but a researcher with endless legs, bottomless intellect, and a bulldog determination to complicate this open-and-shut case all to hell.

As Felicia and Rizzo dig closer to the truth, the real culprit gets jittery enough to try something desperate. Leaving Felicia to wonder if their investigation will lead them down the aisle of no return.


 

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Review: 🔪

A dead body, a quirky librarian and a jaded detective.

Felecia Swift is not your ordinary librarian, her dream job at the Library of Congress suddenly turns into a dark nightmare one morning after discovering a fellow co-worker dead in the aisles.  Felecia believes Dr. Dresden’s death is no accident, being a language specialist he wouldn’t be caught in the aisles of stars.  Mark Rizzo, the detective assigned to the case sees it as an open and shut case until his conversations with the sexy researcher convince him otherwise.

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Felecia, the tortured genius suffers from OCD, anxiety and several quirks.  She’s meticulous in her work and keeps relationships at bay.  Her dark past remains a mystery throughout the book and her sexual appetite is evident.  Rizzo is instantly attracted to her and finds himself digging deeper just to be close to her.

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The sexual tensions in this book were captivating.  As the suspense builds and unravels the mystery of who killed Dr. Dresden, the plot thickens. While the detective and librarian fight their obvious attraction, the flames burn hotter.  This was a very good suspense mystery book.  I’m looking forward to Felecia revealing her darkness and growing closer to Rizzo.

 

 

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☕️ Murder in the Aisles by Olivia Hill ☕️

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Murderous intent is no match for killer intellect accessorized with stiletto heels.

A Felicia Swift Mystery, Book 1

If there’s one thing Felicia Swift likes more than sex, it’s books. But her dream job at the Library of Congress takes a macabre turn when she finds a linguistics specialist lying dead between his least favorite subjects: Anthropology and Astrophysics.

Worse, the utterly sexy detective seems to have his eyes on Felicia’s curves more than the evidence, which she is convinced points at the wrong man. And she plans to convince him of just that—right after he buys her an apple martini.

Mark Rizzo plans to wrap up this investigation as quickly as possible. Until he realizes the witness isn’t some dumpy, wizened librarian, but a researcher with endless legs, bottomless intellect, and a bulldog determination to complicate this open-and-shut case all to hell.

As Felicia and Rizzo dig closer to the truth, the real culprit gets jittery enough to try something desperate. Leaving Felicia to wonder if their investigation will lead them down the aisle of no return.

Warning: Contains a jaded detective with more scuffs, scrapes, and scars than a well-loved pair of Timberlands. Plus a more fashion-forward (and probably better smelling) sleuth than Sherlock Holmes who’s as picky about her lovers as she is about her shoes—and make no mistake, she’s had plenty of both.

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Get your copy on kindle: Murder in the Aisles


☕️ War Room: Prayer is a Powerful Weapon by Chris Farby ☕️

51RtHUvdRxL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Juggling motherhood and her job as a real-estate agent, Elizabeth Jordan wishes her husband could help more around the house. But Tony’s rising career as a pharmaceutical salesman demands more and more of his time. With a nice home in the suburbs and a lovely young daughter, they appear to have it all—yet they can’t seem to spend time together without fighting.

Hoping for a new listing, Elizabeth visits the home of Clara Williams, an elderly widow, and is both amused and uncomfortable when Clara starts asking pointed questions about her marriage and faith. But it’s Clara’s secret prayer room, with its walls covered in requests and answers, that has Elizabeth most intrigued . . . even if she’s not ready to take Clara’s suggestion that she create a prayer room of her own. As tensions at home escalate, though, Elizabeth begins to realize that her family is worth fighting for, and she can’t win this battle on her own. Stepping out in blind faith, putting her prayers for her family and their future in God’s hands, might be her only chance at regaining the life she was meant for.

 

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Grab your copy on kindle or paperback: War Room

👀 I may never know the truth about the happenings at Carterhook Manor… 🕵

🕵 The Grownup by Gillian Flynn 👀

518F+go8wYL._SX312_BO1,204,203,200_SYNOPSIS:

Gillian Flynn’s Edgar Award-winning homage to the classic ghost story, published for the first time as a standalone

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

“The Grownup,” which originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology, proves once again that Gillian Flynn is one of the world’s most original and skilled voices in fiction.


 

REVIEW:

My first thought after reading this story…WTF did I just read?  Insert loud laughing out loud here!  But seriously, I read this book in under an hour but I’ve been sitting staring at the actual book for about 2 hours.  

The protagonist starts out telling, in graphic detail her life and current job as a “customer service” at Spiritual Palms (good name play)  which is a polite way of saying it, to her present position as clairvoyant/ house cleaner.  During her time as a clairvoyant is when she meets Susan Burke.  Susan is a fixer, yet she can’t seem to fix her problem with her stepson Miles or her absentee husband.  Insert gaping hole and a few plot twist.  When the protagonists finds herself face to face alone with the antagonist stepson, the story final took a turn for the better.  But that was short lived.  The ending of the book comes with varied twists and a cliffhanger (which I absolutely hate).

The book told in 1st person  and present tense is not an easy task for any author to pull off.  However, Flynn seems to do it quite well.   Okay back to the book, the opening line is what seized me.  Most readers will give you ten pages, in those ten pages  you must set the scene, introduce a primary character and or  problem.  Flynn did that in the first two sentences.  Now I must admit, I’ve never read a Gillian Flynn book until now.  It’s an acquired taste.  Overall this was a decent story, scary not at all, a mind fuck definitely!

4 Stars

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☕️The Truth is more Peculiar than Fiction…When you open your eyes to believe! ☕️

 

📚 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 📚

Synopsis:

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An abandoned orphanage.



A strange collection of very curious photographs.



It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. 

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


 

Review:

Sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman’s life is about to change. Currently, He has to endure a dull job at the family business. He doesn’t connect with his bird-obsessed father or show-off mother. He used to find comfort in his grandfather’s fantastical stories of World War II through a Jewish refugee and soldier’s eyes, until one day while sharing the stories, none of the children believed him, thus labeling him an outcast fairy boy.

Then just as suddenly everything Jacob thought was a fable was actual might really be the truth.
Grandfather Portman whom everyone believes to have dementia is mysteriously murdered after a haunting phone call. Jacob’s parents send him to a psychiatrist after the nightmares about the monsters keep him up at night. Then, a trip to a small, secluded island in Wales intended to allow Jacob to close the book on his grandfather’s perplexing death and past gets him wrapped up in time travel, young love, new friends, centuries-old secrets, and undiscovered superpowers.

There are several elements that drew me into this book, like the peculiar powers of the peculiar children, mind-bending time travel “loops” and villainous “hollowgasts and wights.” There are various plot twists and vivid settings. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will leave you turning every page to see where Jacob’s journey of self-discovery and chasing down evil will take him next and will leave you clamoring for the sequel.  I found this book while out shopping and was immediately drawn in with the title and cover.  Riggs use of vintage photographs enhances the overall reading experience.  I wouldn’t recommend it on kindle.  I’m adding the rest of the series to my reading list.  4 Stars

 

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Follow Jacob, Emma, Milliard, Bronwyn and the others on their adventures…

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☕️ What we’re reading this week! ☕️

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Support Independent Bookstores.  Today’s store is Between the Lines Bookstore.  Check out thier website and show your support.  Between the Lines Bookstore


 

📚 Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Ross 📚 

51uku9hgGDL._SL250_A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. 

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


 

📚 Just Between Us 📚

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Just Between US there is a determination to reminisce and reveal all that once crippled our lives. You are invited to share in this short story collection of TM Brown, Tamika Christy, Nicole Dunlap, Selena Haskins, Janice Ross and Adrienne Thompson. These stories are all real, no work of fiction can match the emotional expressions displayed in this heartfelt collection of inspirational stories.


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♦♦Coming Soon♦♦

Tainted No More by Blacc Topp

Tainted No More…….

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With Jasmine locked away safely, Monica may be able to concentrate on the pursuit and capture of King Kochese. If there was one thing that the DEA and FBI had taught Agent Monica Deitrich , it was to check everyone and trust no one. Between Millicent and Noisy Boy they keep her busy and content, that is, until a new love interest threatens to tear down everything that she’s built.

A series of gruesome murders are happening simultaneously, spanning from the east coast to the Midwest and they have Jasmine and King’s signature style written all over them. Monica can feel it in her gut that King is behind the murders, but Jasmine is tucked away in a government asylum awaiting trial.

The body count is rising and all roads lead to King Kochese, but how can Monica track a ghost? How can she corner a ghost with unlimited resources and connections, capable of ruining not only her career, but her life with a snap of his cold blooded and calloused fingers!

Tainted No More by Blacc Topp coming soon!

 

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Death is a debt we must all pay…

Murder in the Quarters by Brian W. Smith

 

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Synopsis:

There is a serial killer loose in the French Quarter. He’s hunting psychics and palm readers, and won’t stop until he rids the world renowned tourist area of them all. The police are baffled by this elusive killer, but super sleuth, Sleepy Carter isn’t.

 

 

Review:

Death is a debt we all must pay…and in the dark of night, death sweeps in to clean the quarters.

Detective Donald “Sleepy” Carter is back in book two of the Sleepy Carter Mysteries.  The unofficial partner of new rookie Detective Elizabeth “Lizzy” Silverman.  In book two, the duo continues their mentor/protege connection a secret.  The Quarters is suddenly plagued by death’s henchman as bodies start to drop, but these aren’t just random murders. And as the bodies start to pile up, Lizzy races to solve the murders no one sees coming.  The array of characters involved in the search for the killer plaguing the quarters will keep you guessing who done it.

This was my first mystery by this author, but he is definitely climbing the ranks in my must read list.  Although Murder in the Quarters is book two in a series, this book was read as a standalone.  I was able to follow the plot and sequence of events without wondering what’s missing.  Visiting the French Quarter through the eyes of the characters kept the plot moving and vivid.  I enjoyed this so much I’m going back to check out book one.

5 Stars

Grab your copy on kindle Murder in the Quarters

 

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