Book Review: A Cold White Fear (A Meg Harris Mystery) by RJ Harlick

Book Review: A Cold White Fear (A Meg Harris Mystery) by RJ Harlick Review by Dawn Thomas 344 Pages Publisher: Dundurn Publishing Murder, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Canada, Native American This is the seventh book in the Meg Harris Mystery series and takes place in Canada. Meg Harris and Jid, a twelve-year-old Algonquin boy, are preparing for Christmas in her isolated home. A winter snowstorm is bearing down on them when there is a knock on the door. Two men are on the doorstep asking her to open the door. She is apprehensive but one of the men tells her he is from the Indian reservation and needs medical attention. She opens the door and lets them in. Viper, covered in snake tattoos, explains how his friend Larry was injured in a car accident when they slid off the road. Meg is suspicious of the man’s injury since it appears to be a gunshot wound. She tells Jid, who is out back gathering wood, to go to the reservation and get help. Meg escapes out the back door while the two men are resting. While hiking through the woods she hears voices. She recognizes Jid but not the man with him….

Book Review Blood Defense by Marcia Clark

Book Review Blood Defense by Marcia Clark Review by Dawn Thomas 398 Pages Publisher: Thomas & Mercer Mystery & Thriller, General Fiction (Adult), Legal, Courtroom Drama, Women Sleuths This is the first book in the Samantha Brinkman series. In this series, Samantha is a defense attorney as opposed to the Rachel Knight series where the main character is a prosecutor. The news is full of stories about a police detective accused of murdering two young women. Samantha needs a case like this to keep her office afloat. She knows taking his case would be good for her career and would give her publicity. On the other hand, everyone knows she is not fond of the police. She has mixed feelings when she receives a call from the detective that he would like to meet with her. Dale, a well-known police office without any blemishes in his career is accused of the double murder and asks Samantha to represent him. In the case, she knows she does not have to prove anything; she only has to provide reasonable doubt. When Dale reveals some surprising news to Samantha, she is shocked to her core. The case turns personal to Samantha when her…

Book Review: Empty Nest by Marty Wingate

Book Review: Empty Nest by Marty Wingate Review by Dawn Thomas 284 Pages Publisher: Alibi / Random House LLC Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Cozy, British Detectives, Women Sleuths Julia Lanchester is in charge of the community tourist office in the town of Smeaton-under-Lyme. When her cottage develops toxic black mold, she moves into Fotheringhill Hall, the manor house at the insistence of Sir Linus Fotheringhill. Walking to work one day, Julia discovers a bunch of dead sparrowhawks. When she looks at them closely, she believes they have been poisoned. This is an illegal bait trap and she begins investigating to see who may have poisoned the birds. Julia contacts her father, Rupert Lanchester, a well-known ornithologist with his own television show on the BBC. He comes to Fotheringhill, along with Julia’s love interest, Michael, to investigate the poisoning. Linus’s son, Cecil, returns home with a friend, Freddy Peacock. When Julia smells smoke and finds Freddy dead in his room, everyone is a suspect. Julia begins investigating but someone is not happy about that. She begins to fear for her life after several attempts on her life are made. This is the second book in the series and I really enjoy books…

Book Review Tainted Tokay by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen

Book Review Tainted Tokay by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen Review by Dawn Thomas 181 Pages Publisher: Le French Book Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, French Detective, Wines, Vineyards This is the eleventh book in the Wine Detective series. In this installment, Benjamin Cooker has promised his wife, Elisabeth, a vacation. His editor, Claude, has offered to pay for a trip to Hungary as his guests. Alexandrine, Cooker’s lab assistant is brutally attacked. She calls Virgile, Benjamin’s assistant and asks for his help. Virgile tells Cooker to go on the trip and he will take care of the business and the lab. Claude has a young companion, Consuela Chavez. She is exotic and Benjamin is intrigued by her. Elisabeth is not happy about the attention Benjamin is showing Consuela. Her past is murky and no one can pin point her nationality. A man, Zoltán, approaches them and offers his services as a tour guide. Elisabeth believes he looks trust worthy and agrees to hire him. On an excursion, someone steals Claude’s wallet and passport. They must go to the French Embassy to get new travel documents. Alexandrine continues to heal but is extremely cautious. The police do not believe her attack was…

Book Review The Skeleton Garden by Marty Wingate

Book Review The Skeleton Garden by Marty Wingate Review by Dawn Thomas 294 Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Cozy, British Detective, Gardening, WWII During WWII, two men were talking when one pushed the other and he fell to his death. Flash to the present. Pru Parke and her brother Simon, estranged as children, are getting to know each other. While working on a garden, they uncover a Nazi airplane. Apparently, a previous owner buried the plane after it crashed into the property. News crews covering the story camped out while the plane is excavated. During the evacuation, a body is found. No one knows who this could be or how he got there. Pru and Simon have their sibling moments where they have disagreements and hurtful remarks. Their relationship is still tender and feelings get hurt easily. Pru’s husband, Christopher, is a police man. He is working on the investigation of the death of a local man found in the garden. He is trying to piece other criminal activities together to see how they fit. Can they all be related to each other along with the body found with the plane? Pru tries to…

Book Review A Covenant with Death by Stephen Becker

Book Review A Covenant with Death by Stephen Becker Review by Dawn Thomas 240 Pages Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media Literary Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Legal, Courtroom Drama, Psychological The book is set in Soledad City, New Mexico in 1923. Louise Talbot is a beautiful young woman and spends her days sitting on a rail fence watching people pass by. One day she is found murdered in her home. All fingers point to her husband, Bryan Talbot. He swears he did not do it and his lawyer, Parmalee, believes him. Benjamin Lewis is a judge living in the same city. He is not hearing the murder case but sits in the gallery listening to testimony. There is a lot of coverage on the trial. During the case, we discover evidence of Bryan’s misdeeds and transgressions. Ben is a fair young man living with his mother. The governor appointed him a judge as a favor to his father. He has been dating Rosemary, a teacher in Albuquerque. She is friendly but Ben is not convinced she is the one for him. He dreams of Rafaela, a girl/woman he has known all his life. He must make a few hard decisions that…

Book Review For Dead Men Only: An Alexandra Gladsone Mystery by Paula Paul

Book Review For Dead Men Only: An Alexandra Gladsone Mystery by Paula Paul Review by Dawn Thomas Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Mystery, Suspense, Historical, British Detectives, Women Sleuths Alexandra Gladstone is a doctor and travels to her see her patients on her mare, Lady and with her dog, Zack. Several men die under mysterious conditions in Newton_upon_Sea. They were all wearing a white Freemason apron with a smear of blood. It is Alex’s job to determine the cause of death and their connection to each other. Everything seems to revolve around the Freemason temple, The Temple of the Ninth Daughter. After one evening visit, she fears someone is following her. She tries to run away and falls into a ravine. It is up to Nancy, her maid, the two young stable boys and Lord Dunsford to find her. The story takes place during Victorian times when a woman doctor is unable to perform some duties her male counterparts can do. This is the fifth book in the Alexandra Gladstone mystery series. The author’s writing style flows very well and the suspense keeps the reader’s attention. The characters each have their own personality and they interact well…

Book Review Medium Dead An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery by Paula Paul

Book Review Medium Dead An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery by Paula Paul Review by Dawn Thomas 178 Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Mystery, Suspense, Historical, British Detectives, Women Sleuths Alvina Elwold is a medium with a reputation. Queen Victoria hears of her and travels to Newton-upon-Sea for a séance. Before the séance can be conducted, Alvina is found murdered in the cemetery. Lady Forsythe, along with the rest of the household, is under a lot of stress having the Queen as a guest. Alexandra has her hands full with patients. Lord Nicholas Dunford asks Doctor Alexandra Gladstone to see his mother, Lady Forsythe, . He fears she is having a heart attack. When Alexandra examines his mother, she determines it is not a heart attack but a severe case of shingles. Young Beaty believes he murdered Alvina. His wife, Wilma, does not believe him and asks Alexandra to see Constable Snow to have Young Beaty released. There are twists and turns in this story, which leave you wondering who killed Alvina. This is the second book in the Alexandra Gladstone mystery series. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, you will enjoy this series.

Book Review Symptoms of Death An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery by Paula Paul

Book Review Symptoms of Death An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery by Paula Paul Review by Dawn Thomas 260 Pages CreateSpace Independent Publishing/Amazon Digital Services LLC Mystery, Suspense, Historical, British Detectives, Women Sleuths The story takes place in Victorian times. Doctor Alexandra Gladstone has replaced her father as the physician for Newton-upon-Sea. While attending a dinner, Elsie, a young kitchen maid runs into the dining room ranting and waving a kitchen knife. She blames Lord of Dunford for killing her lover, George. The next morning, the Lord is found dead and Elsie is to blame. While investigating the death, Alexandra gets a note to meet Quince, the leader of a bunch of ruffians. The note says she is to meet him at the pier after dark. Quince is there waiting for her but soon after see arrives, someone jumps them and Alexandra’s dog, Zack is injured. The following morning, two boys arrive at the surgery in need of medical attention for dog bites. Alexandra knows the boys are the same ones involved in the scuffle the night before. She believes they know something that would put them in danger. The day of Elsie’s trial arrives and the murderer still has not be…

Book Review The Winemaker Detective by Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noël Balen

Book Review The Winemaker Detective by Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noël Balen Review by Dawn Thomas 309 Pages Publisher: Le French Book Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, French Detective, Wines, Vineyards, Bordeaux This book contains the first three books in the Winemaker Detective Series. In these books, Benjamin and Virgile travel around solving mysteries. Benjamin Cooker is well known for his wine book and Virgile is his young assistant. In these books, they travel to different wine regions in France. Each book discusses different types of wine. I learned so much about wine and the regions they come from in these books. You can find my complete reviews on the individual books at the links below. Treachery in Bordeaux Grand Cru Heist Nightmare in Burgundy   These stories are short but full of adventure. I enjoyed the series and recommend it to anyone that enjoys mysteries.