Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
Reviews / July 11, 2018

Title: Jar of Hearts Author: Jennifer Hillier Publisher: St. Martin’s Press / Minotaur Books Release Date: June 12, 2018 Pages: 311 When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong—one of the most popular girls in school—disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school. But fourteen years later, Angela Wong’s remains are discovered in the woods near Geo’s childhood home. And Kaiser—now a detective with Seattle PD—finally learns the truth: Angela was a victim of Calvin James. The same Calvin James who murdered at least three other women. To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. But to Geo, he’s something else entirely. Back in high school, Calvin was Geo’s first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right up until the night Angela was killed. For fourteen years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For fourteen years, she carried the secret of Angela’s death until Geo was arrested and sent to prison. While…

The Trouble with Harriet: An Ellie Haskell Mystery by Dorothy Cannell
Reviews / June 29, 2018

Title: The Trouble with Harriet Series: Ellie Haskell Mysteries Author: Dorothy Cannell Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Release Date: June 13, 2017 Pages: 316 Ellie Haskell and her husband, Ben, haven’t taken a vacation in years. Now their suitcases are packed, their tickets are booked, and they’re ready for a romantic getaway in France. But everything goes awry after a chain-smoking fortune teller makes a dire prediction: “Take that trip at your peril!” Those ominous words ring true when Ellie’s prodigal father, Morley, suddenly appears with the remains of his ladylove, Harriet, whose untimely death in a car accident has left him bereft. But after Morley loses the urn in a bizarre series of events, Harriet’s family is furious. Now a bewildered Ellie finds herself asks some probing questions: Who or what was in that urn? Could her father be a pawn in a deadly game? And what exactly is the meaning of that darn prophecy? Ellie just hopes she lives to find out whether the answers are worth the trouble. The Trouble with Harriet by Dorothy Cannell Review by Dawn Thomas   316 Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Release Date: June 13, 2017  …

The Pinochet Plot by David Myles Robinson
Political Thriller , Reviews / May 14, 2018

Title: The Pinochet Plot Author: David Myles Robinson Publisher: Terra Nova Books Release Date: May, 1, 2018 Pages: 280 Successful San Francisco attorney Will Muñoz has heard of the brutal former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, of course, but it’s not until he receives his mother’s suicide letter that he has any inkling Pinochet may have had his father, Chilean writer Ricardo Muñoz, assassinated thirty years earlier. Her suspicions spur Will on to a quest to discover the truth about his father’s death–and about the psychological forces that have driven his mother to her fatal decision. His journey takes him deep into unexpected darkness linking his current step-father, the CIA, drug-experimentation programs, and a conspiracy of domestic terrorism. The Pinochet Plot is not just a story of a man seeking inner peace; it is also a story of sinister history doomed to repeat itself. The Pinochet Plot by David Myles Robinson Review by Dawn Thomas Paperback: 280 pages Publisher: Terra Nova Books (May 1, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1938288203 ISBN-13: 978-1938288203 Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Political Thriller Will Munoz is a San Francisco attorney who represents high paying slick clients. While sitting in a deposition, he asked himself how he became this…

The Gail Force by Robert Lane
Reviews / March 16, 2018

Title: The Gail Force Series: A Jake Travis Novel Author: Robert Lane Publisher: Mason Alley Publishing / Author Buzz Release Date: September 16, 2016 Pages: 399 Description Jake Travis, while trying to expose a corrupt Miami art gallery, goes undercover for the FBI. The gallery’s owner, Phillip Agatha, is more enchanted with murder than art. Aboard Agatha’s luxury yacht, the Gail Force, Jake is taken with Agatha’s charming hospitality, as well as his alluring assistant, Christina, who harbors her own secrets. Unknowingly, Jake fingers a young woman to die. As Jake battles to save the woman’s life, unearth a rogue FBI agent, and bring Agatha to justice, his greatest challenge is to stay loyal to his girlfriend, Kathleen, and to withstand the Gail Force. The Gail Force by Robert Lane Review by Dawn Thomas Rating: 4 stars 399 Pages Publisher: Mason Alley Publishing / AuthorBuzz Release Date: September 16, 2016 Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense The story begins with Riley and Karl preparing dinner in a house on St. Kitts. Karl stopes suddenly when he sees the Fat Man, Philip Agatha. As his last act, Karl throws Riley over the deck to save her life. Riley arrives in St. Pete, Florida…

13 Under the Wire by Gil Reavill
Reviews / March 16, 2018

Title: 13 Under the Wire Author: Gil Reavill Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Release Date: May 24, 2016 Pages: 241 Description: Los Angeles is in the grip of a monster riot. After thirty-six straight hours on duty, sheriff’s detective Layla Remington makes an error that could cost her badge. Shell-shocked, she retreats to the LASD’s temporary staging area: a once-grand mansion that Layla knows from what seems like a lifetime ago. . . . It’s ten years earlier. Layla is twenty-two, a probationary cadet at the police academy. A childhood friend has died tragically in Tijuana, and Layla finds herself once again enmeshed in the lavish lives of the über-wealthy Loushane family. The privileged kids she grew up with are taking their places among the upper crust. But as Layla wraps up the late Simon Loushane’s affairs, she stumbles upon a clue to something very sinister that haunts the family. Unable to quell her curiosity, Layla pulls at the threads of greed and tragedy—and unravels a twisted history of evil that stretches from the Gold Coast of Mexico to the Sonora Desert. And now, a decade later, those demons have come back to claim her. 13 Under the…

Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean
Reviews / March 15, 2018

Title: Toward a Secret Sky Author: Heather Maclean Publisher: Blink / Harper Collins Publishing Release Date: April 4, 2017 Pages: 384 Description Toward a Secret Sky by New York Times bestselling author Heather Maclean is a new breed of YA novel: an intelligent adventure-quest crossed with a sweeping, forbidden love story. A mix of reality and possibility, this fast-paced thriller will appeal to fans of Stephenie Meyer and Dan Brown as it leads the reader on a breathless flight through the highlands of Scotland, the secret city under London, and history itself. Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends. With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she’s not supposed to fall in…

Ivory Ghosts by Caitlin O’Connell
Reviews / March 15, 2018

Title: Ivory Ghosts Series: A Catherine Sohon Elephant Mystery Author: Caitlin O'Connell Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Release Date: April 7, 2015 Pages: 303 Description Still grieving over the tragic death of her fiancé, American wildlife biologist Catherine Sohon leaves South Africa and drives to a remote outpost in northeast Namibia, where she plans to face off against the shadowy forces of corruption and relentless human greed in the fight against elephant poaching. Undercover as a census pilot tracking the local elephant population, she’ll really be collecting evidence on the ruthless ivory traffickers. But before she even reaches her destination, Catherine stumbles onto a scene of horrifying carnage: three people shot dead in their car, and a fourth nearby—with his brain removed. The slaughter appears to be the handiwork of a Zambian smuggler known as “the witchdoctor,” a figure reviled by activists and poachers alike. Forced to play nice with local officials, Catherine finds herself drawn to the prickly but charismatic Jon Baggs, head of the Ministry of Conservation, whose blustery exterior belies his deep investment in the poaching wars. Torn between her developing feelings and her unofficial investigation, she takes to the air, only to be grounded…

The Book Club Murders by Leslie Nagel
Reviews / March 15, 2018

Title: The Book Club Murders Author: Leslie Nagel Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Release Date: September 27, 2016 Pages: 264 Description Charley Carpenter has poured heart and soul into her clothing store, Old Hat Vintage Fashions. She’ll do anything to make it a success—even join the stuffy Agathas Book Club in order to cultivate customers among the wealthy elite of Oakwood, Ohio. Although mixing with the most influential women in town has its advantages, Charley finds the endless gossip a high price to pay. But after two women with close ties to the Agathas are brutally murdered, everyone falls under threat—and suspicion. When key evidence indicates that both murders are the work of the same hand, Charley realizes that the killer has arranged each corpse in perfect imitation of crime scenes from the Club’s murder mystery reading list. She uses her membership in the Club to convince Detective Marcus Trenault to use her as an inside informant. Not that he could stop her anyway. Intelligent, fearless, and every bit as stubborn as Marc is, Charley soon learns the Agathas aren’t the only ones with secrets to protect. Passions explode as she and Marc must race against time to…

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
Reviews / March 15, 2018

Title: A Curious Beginning Series: Veronica Speedwell Author: Deanna Raybourn Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group Release Date: July 12, 2016 Pages: 354 Description In her thrilling new series, Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries, returns once more to Victorian England…and introduces intrepid adventuress Veronica Speedwell. London, 1887. After burying her spinster aunt, orphaned Veronica Speedwell is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as with fending off admirers, Veronica intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime. But fate has other plans when Veronica thwarts her own attempted abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron, who offers her sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker, a reclusive and bad-tempered natural historian. But before the baron can reveal what he knows of the plot against her, he is found murdered—leaving Veronica and Stoker on the run from an elusive assailant as wary partners in search of the villainous truth. A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn Review by Dawn Thomas Rating: 5 stars 354 Pages Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group Release Date: July 12, 2016 Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, British,…

Moral Defense by Marcia Clark
Reviews / March 3, 2018

Title: Moral Defense Series: Samantha Brinkman Author: Marcia Clark Publisher: Thomas & Mercer Release Date: November 8, 2016 Pages: 426 For defense attorney Samantha Brinkman, it’s not about guilt or innocence—it’s about making sure her clients walk. In the follow-up to bestselling Blood Defense, Samantha is hired as the legal advocate for Cassie Sonnenberg after a brutal stabbing left the teenager’s father and brother dead, and her mother barely clinging to life. It’s a tabloid-ready case that has the nation in an uproar—and Sam facing her biggest challenge yet. Why did Cassie survive? Is she hiding something? As Sam digs in to find the answers, she’s surprised to find herself identifying with Cassie, becoming more and more personally entangled in the case. But when Sam finally discovers the reason for that kinship, she faces a choice she never imagined she’d have to make. Book Review: Moral Defense by Marcia Clark Review by Dawn Thomas 426 Pages Publisher: Thomas & Mercer Release Date: November 8, 2016 Women Sleuths, Mystery, Suspense, Legal Thriller   Samantha Brinkman is back for another installment. There are four different stories that take place in the book that are interwoven. In the first, Cassie a 15-year-old is…