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 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…

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,…

Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent
Reviews / March 14, 2018

Title: Unraveling Oliver Author: Liz Nugent Publisher: Scout Press / Simon and Schuster Release Date: August, 22, 2017 Pages: 273 Description Oliver Ryan has the perfect life. Elegant and seductive, he wants for nothing, sharing a lovely home with his steadfast wife, Alice, who illustrates the award-winning children’s books that have brought him wealth and fame. Until one evening, after eating the dinner Alice has carefully prepared, Oliver savagely assaults her and leaves her for dead. But why? The people who know Oliver can only speculate about the reasons behind his brutal act: his empty-headed mistress Moya, vain and petulant; Veronique, the French chatelaine who tragically lost everything the summer she employed him in her vineyard; Alice’s friend Barney, who has nursed an unrequited love for her since childhood; Oliver’s college pal Michael, struggling with voiceless longings that have shamed him for years. What none of them understands is the dark secret that lies behind his immaculate façade. The revelations that come to light as the layers of Oliver’s past are peeled away are as brutal as his singular act of violence. His decades of careful deception have masked a life irrevocably marked by abandonment, envy, and shame—and as the…

Once Upon A Lie by Michael French
Reviews / March 14, 2018

Title: Once Upon A Lie Author: Michael French Publisher: Terra Nova Books Release Date: March 11, 2016 Pages: 388 Once Upon a Lie is about two strangers who become unlikely friends, only to unintentionally put each other’s future in jeopardy. Jaleel Robeson, a gifted, eighteen year old black man, falsely accused of murdering his father in a small Texas town, is on the run. He assumes a new identity in 1980s Los Angeles as a successful student on his way to college. Alexandra Baten, a restless sixteen year old white teenager, lives in a privileged Toluca Lake family but feels trapped by her parents’ values. One weekend, she rides her bike into a rundown neighborhood, meeting a young black man selling lemonade. Thus begins a friendship between opposites, at least on the surface, but they learn they have more in common than they imagine. Told from each character’s point of view in alternating chapters, we become involved in a gripping tale of two Americas where discontent and violence always lurk under the surface. When they erupt, no one is safe. Once Upon a Lie is both a family drama and a crime drama, as well as an exploration of interracial…

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…

Penchant for Vengeance by Robert Downs
Reviews / March 2, 2018

Title: Penchant for Vengeance Author: Robert Downs Publisher: Black Opal Books Publication Release Date: August 19, 2017 Pages: 280 Charlottesville, Virginia, Police Detective Luke McGinty has a closet filled with demons, along with a few skeletons; a steady job, but no steady partner or girlfriend; and is still married to his wife Sallie, even though she’s been dead for three years. Then his detective work takes a turn for the worse when a body is discovered at the downtown mall. One dead body isn’t enough, though, and another one turns up. When ties to a cold murder case in another county present themselves, Luke realizes that, if he doesn’t tread carefully, he could end up short more than just a few answers… Book Review: Penchant for Vengeance by Robert Downs Review by Dawn Thomas 280 Pages Publisher: Black Opal Books Publication   General Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Police Procedural   The story stakes place in Charlottesville, Virginia. Luke McGinty is a police detective. He is a solitary man haunted by the death of his wife three years ago. When he gets a call that a body was found in front of the movie theater, he jumps into his 1974 Camaro and…

Arachne’s Challenge by Edita Petrick
Reviews / June 1, 2017

Title: Arachne's Challenge Series: Peacetaker Series Book 4 Author: Edita A. Petrick Publisher: Amazon Digital Release Date: August 19, 2016 Pages: 316 A suicide bomber strikes at an unremarkable department store in upstate California. A week later, two teenage nerds perish in a house explosion that left a crater in the ground but otherwise did little damage beyond its perimeter. Five days after the tragedy, a dying teenage car thief whispers ‘Marseille’ to the FBI agents at her bedside. Any of the three gruesome events would have seen Senior Agent Vern Saunders summoning his crack operative, Carter, once on contract to the Justice Department. Today however, Carter, lives far removed from such events. He is planning to surprise his wife, ex-history professor, Stella Hunter, with a trip to Europe to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. He’s prepared to make it into a half-working vacation because Stella has no concept of relaxation. What he’s not prepared for is to start his vacation by finding himself threatened not only by the terrorists, car thieves and artifact smugglers, but also by something that even mythology can’t explain. Book Review: Arachne’s Challenge by Edita Petrick Review by Dawn Thomas 316 Pages Publisher: Amazon Digital…