Wicked Charms

I really like Wicked Charms.  I always feel like I give away to much, so I will just say it is a fun read.  It is something that you can pack in your suitcase and take with you.

I received an advanced reader’s copy for an honest review from Netgalley.

Fixed in Blood

Fixed in Blood


T.E. Woods

Mutilation; gore; death; snuff films, oh my! Fixed in blood is written by T.E. Woods who is a clinical psychologist in “real life”. This expertise really comes into play in this book. Psychologist Lydia Corriger, who has a secret of her own, works with Seattle Chief Detective Mort Grant to solve a series of murders; A series of murders where young women are being mutilated and murdered.

Fixed in Blood is part of series developed by T.E.Woods, which thank goodness does not spend an extraordinary amount of time delving into the past but incorporates it very nicely within the story.   In addition, a person doesn’t have to read the entire series to understand this book, although it isn’t a bad idea.

It’s a great book! I am not as streetwise as I thought after working in urban schools for most of my career, but it really brings home how dangerous this world can be.

I give it 4.5 stars and look forward to the next book.   This blog is based on advanced reading Copy the Blogger RECEIVED FROM Neutrally. My opinion is my own.

Here is the excerpt for during the tour for FIXED IN BLOOD:

“What the hell time do you get up?” Mort Grant sat on the deck of his houseboat and called to the woman paddling by in the electric-yellow kayak. “Coffee’s fresh if you want a cup.”

He had purchased the houseboat on impulse, a behavior unlike him. But with Edie gone almost three years, it had been time to step away from that drafty old house where they’d raised their kids. He liked the idea of a small space close to the downtown headquarters of the Seattle Police Department but couldn’t see himself in one of those high-rise condos turning the city into a canyon of reflective glass. When his Realtor suggested a houseboat on Lake Union, he was intrigued. That was six months ago and life on the water suited him. He’d been warned the deep pockets it took to have a floating address might bring neighbors who wouldn’t appreciate a middle-aged, middle-class detective in their midst. But he’d been welcomed by the community of salt-loving iconoclasts, even the dot-com millionaire hipsters who’d taken to throwing their hands in the air and declaring “I didn’t do it” each time they passed him. And he’d won the neighbor lottery with Agatha Skurnik, the eighty-three-year-old retired literary agent with whom he shared a dock. She lived alone and relished her privacy but didn’t mind sharing a cup of coffee or a pint of stout as they sat and watched the world float by.

“I like getting up in the dark.” Aggie pulled her boat alongside her own dwelling. She fastened one mooring, braced her paddle across the open pit of her craft, and hoisted herself up onto her deck with the agility of a woman sixty years younger. “Floating out there with the ducks. Watching the sunrise.” She ran a hand through thick short hair. “Come with me sometime. See what the lake’s like before all the wage slaves wake up.”

Mort glanced at his watch. “It’s not six thirty yet. You make me tired watching you.”

Aggie crossed the planking separating their two houseboats, made her way to Mort’s galley, and joined him on his deck with a cup of coffee.

“I smelled a little must back there,” she said. “When’s the last time you checked your bilge pump?”

Mort had had to learn a new set of home maintenance chores since moving to the water. “You have the nose of a drug dog. There’s nothing wrong with my bilge. I let the sheets sit too long in the washer is all.”

Aggie swirled her coffee and tested the temperature with a small sip. “The machine’s got a little dinger to tell you the washing’s done. This isn’t string theory. I’ll not tolerate a needy recluse living next door. Next thing you know, you’ll be saving fingernail clippings in a jar.”

Mort shook his head. “No wonder you never married. No man would have been good enough for you.”

Aggie raised an eyebrow. Her blue eyes radiated a playful condescension. “There’s no man good enough for any woman, Mort. How you ever married continues to baffle me.”

He wished Edie had had the chance to know Aggie. “I think it had something to do with my devastating charm.”

Aggie’s laughter brought a chorus of quacking from a family of ducks floating by. Mort’s ringing cellphone added to the sounds of the morning. He picked it up and saw it was Jimmy DeVilla.

“What’s up?” Mort wondered if the entire city had gotten up early.

“We got a call.” Jim didn’t bother with greetings. “Time to dust off those clue-sniffing skills and get to work.” He filled Mort in on the location. “Forensic team’s been dispatched.”

Mort hung up and turned to Aggie. “I’ve got to go.”

Aggie nodded. The playfulness left her eyes. “Any call coming this early isn’t about paperwork. Go. I’ll close up.”

Mort stood, then pivoted back around to lay a hand on her shoulder. “You’re right, you know.”

“Of course I am.” Aggie patted his hand with her own age-marked one. “But to what are you referring this time?”

“There’s no man good enough for you.”

Aggie turned away and focused on the clouds turning pink with the rising sun. “Don’t discuss the obvious, Mort. People will find you boring.”


Publication Date: June 16, 2015

Publisher: Alibi

ISBN: 9781101886564

Available from Amazon/ Barnes & Noble

Netgalley Badges: For ME


I am very excited to announce that I have been officially given two new badges from Netgalley.  A place where I download A LOT of books and have discovered new and various writers/authors.

This is a website that introduced me to several people, publications, worlds, authors, and styles of writing.  I would like to say I do them justice in their generosity as they share advanced review copies in exchange for an honest review.

To honor the men and women who write these books, I am going to post my goodreads and amazon links so that you can go and look at the book (and hopefully buy it because it sounds so good).  In addition, I have upgraded my site so I can post videos, some from the publications and some from me.

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After We Fall: A Book Reivew


aFTER WE FALLFor fans of Tana French and Alice LaPlante comes After We Fall, a debut psychological thriller by former police psychologist Emma Kavanagh that explores four lives shattered in the tense aftermath of a plane crash. (Taken from the publishers review)

Four people are about to have their lives impacted shortly after take off. The airplane, flight 2940 crashed  into the snow-covered ground, breaking into two parts, the only survivors a handful of passengers and a flight attendant.These are the people from whome the story unfolds,

Cecilia has packed up and left her family. Now she has survived a tragedy and sees no way out.

Tom has woken up to discover that his wife was on the plane and must break the news to their only son.

Jim is a retired police offer and worried father. His beloved daughter has disappeared, and he knows something is wrong.

Fretya is struggling to cope with the loss of her father. But as she delves into his past, she may not like what she finds.

These four people, who have never met but now must join together and face these disasters. All of the characters  reveal the closely guarded secrets that unlock the answers to their questions about their current circumstances. 

The story is told from various points of view and while this works with a lot of books, I was not familiar with the Kavangh’s style and I got lost a few times as I read the boo.  The viewpoints diversify, chapter by chapter, as the characters involve themselves in the investigation of the murder. readers follow the investigation of the murder. Kavanagh weaves together the stories together, but I thought that the story would have better told if there was a main characters that kind of held the reins of everyone’s involvement in the crash and murder.  

Despite that the story follows the style of Mary Higgins Clark to a degree and I think people will enjoy the story.


Emma Kavanagh was born and raised in South Wales. After graduating with a PhD in psychology from Cardiff University, she spent many years working as a police and military psychologist, training firearms officers, command staff, and military personnel throughout the UK and Europe. She started her business as a psychology consultant, specializing in human performance in extreme situations. She lives in South Wales with her husband and two young sons.


After We Fall: A Novel

JUNE 2015

ISBN: 9781492609193

$14.99 U.S.; Trade Paper

Fiction; Sourcebooks Landmark

This book was an advanced readers copy from Netgalley.  The opinion is that of the writer.  



Salvo Sunday: The Week Has Begun!!!!!

bus[1]Salvo Week

This exciting book will be released this week. Look for a guest blog from the author on June 16 and book review by me on Jun aFTER WE FALL15!!!!!!

After We Fall!

By Emma Kavanagh

It has been a very busy two weeks, especially since the year has ended at my school and I had to drive up to Minnesota.


Since I am not returning to the school next year, I had to decide what to pack, throw, gift and leave after ten years in the district. Technology still has to be returned but I will deal with that tomorrow. Once I packed and brought my stuff home for storage, the rains came and some of my things are now wet. Again, that is one of tomorrow’s projects.

  WomenAtWork[1] It promises to be a very busy summer! In addition to looking at schools for a new teaching job, I will also be looking for work as a consultant. Now, I will have an announcement is a few weeks concerning this, so pay attention.

Finally, we have a new dog! I mentioned him before. He is still getting used to us!!!!husky[1]

Remember, guest blog, book reviews and much more this week!!!!


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