Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Review in Mystery Thriller Week

Review of the Caleb Cove Mystery Series by Mahrie Reid

Mahrie Reid started to write the series in 2014 and has set the series in Nova Scotia, Canada.  Each book features the residents of Caleb’s Cove, each time one of the residents in the cove, as previous characters appear across the books.  There are currently three books in the series:

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A dead body surfaces after a hurricane, and suddenly family and friends bring up secrets and suspicions that Devon Ritcey didn’t know or even remotely know existed in Caleb Cove.  Guation. reg Cunningham, an ex-cop and ex-lover of Devon, begins to suspect everyone, and anyone who has any type of relationship to the body. As a result Devon Doesn’t know if she can trust Greg to help her or will he just cause more problems.  Devon doesn’t really know who she can trust or what to think about the current situation.

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  screenshot-2017-01-19-23-53-58-1Kelsey Maxwell discovers that everything she has known about her life is a lie, and now she is determined find out the truth. However, she doesn’t expect investigation into her life to lead to fraud and murder. During Kelsey’s investigation, she discovers Sam Logan, a security consultant and the only man willing to tell her the truth about her life. What she finds out is that she is not the only one trying to find the truth, which includes she’s looking for her estranged, biological father.  Her Dad has disappeared with some key evidence, He’s made off with key evidence that Kelsey needs, but there are some criminals that also want the evidence, maybe even more so that Sam. Kelsey doesn’t know what the result of her investigation will be and whether or not the truth will help her or kill her.  It’s very complicated!

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More mystery, stalking, kidnapping and murder that affecting both the guilty and innocent in Caleb Cove.  Emily Martin has never known anything but that her safety depends on hiding in plain sight and that the police were not to be trusted. Her life has been all about her father’s past and who Caleb’s Cove Emily can trust. Now she needs to find out if  or who she can trust.

My Opinion and Rating 4.3

The stories were very interesting.  I wrote a paper about Novia Scotia when I was in Middle School. Although I never thought of the things that Ms. Reid in her series.  I am curious to see the next book in the story.  In series like this, I am always curious to see who shows up next in town to either die offer assistance or has a mysterious background.  I really encourage everyone to read the books, I am certain that whoever reads it will want to continue with the next book inthe series.

Third Book Review in the Mystery Thriller Week

The Semester of Discontent

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Cynthia Kuhn

Synopsis

English professor Lila Maclean is so excited to be working  Stonedale University, that is until she finds one of her colleagues dead.   Lila—or someone she is protecting— is considered a person of interest.  So much so that anyone connected to her is a suspect.  As a result she decides that she find out identity of the killer. 

Unfortunately, there is more than one attack and more professors die and the only connection is a symbol at each of the crime scenes. A symbol that no will explain to Lila, so as she gathers  evidence,  an unexpected enemy, a suspicious investigator, and a secret society. impede her investigation.  It would have helped if people would just answer her questions.   

My opinion and rating 4.8

I really like this story!  The reason I liked the story is two-fold, the author Cynthia Kuhn has (almost) the career that I would like.  She is a writer and university professor, I would like to be a full-time writer and remote university professor.  The other reason is the main character, Lila Maclean, is so well written. I mean everything that the main character says and does is very realistic.  I can see it happening as it unfolds.  Consequently, I read the book almost straight through.  I just love it when I find a new writer to follow! 

This book is highly recommended by me and I hope a lot of people enjoy Lila Maclean as much as I did.

The fourth review is coming soon!  Also, during the Mystery Thriller Week I will be posting interviews from most of the authors’ in the book review series. logo1

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife: Not Just Surviving But Thriving Kindle Edition

Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife: Not Just Surviving But Thriving Kindle Edition

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Synopsis:

Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife illustrates the demanding life of a military spouse who suddenly needs to learn how to care for a wounded spouse AND everything else that goes on in their life. This books provides an in-depth and very personal look at the women who dig deep for the strength that they didn’t know was in their soul.

My opinion and rating of 4.2

All I could think was, but for the grace of God go I as I read the story, it is very emotional and touched so many memories of my life.  My husband is a retired Navy sailor.  I was married to him for 15 years.  We had a saying, “If something will happen, it will happen when your spouse is deployed.”  I remember my car, the car died on the way home and I swear it happen when the boat left the dock. So I can’t imagine getting a phone call telling to meet my husband at the hospital or being flown to where he was being treated after a life threatening and/or changing disability.

A military spouse goes through so much and has to learn so much.  I just can’t imagine having to deal with a wounded warrior in addition into everything else in the military.  I honestly salute these women.  There is a couple who attend our church who fit the bill of the individual in this book.  She had to disrupt her life completely and fly to Colorado.  He undergoes a major treatment or surgery every month, yet they show up for church each week.

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1884688116

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/review/create-review/ref=cm_cr_dp_wrt_summary?ie=UTF8&asin=B01LXU8VLK&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=133140011&store=digital-text#

This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Second Book Review in the Mystery Thriller Week

Expired Listings by D.M. Barr

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The Realtors in Rock Canyon are being killed, the police and especially other Realtors aren’t really that upset about the situation.  After all, there is less completion for them and more commissions.Dana Black is the only one who cares that these people are being killed  especially since all the evidence seems to indicate that she is main person of interest in the case. It really does’t help that she doesn’t have an albi.  Oh my!

My opinion and rating of 4.0

I have to say from the get go, I don’t really like to read romances, sexually explicit stories and quite frankly I think that the bedroom door should remain closed.  I am just to young to learn new sexual games and positions.

Now let’s move on; I did, however, enjoy learning about the world of realty, very interesting.  I really hadn’t realized that Realtors can be be that aggressive, which actually makes me a tad nervous given that we have received three offers to sell our house for us and, who have clients that are interested in buying.  We haven’t looked into selling our house and won’t for at least three more years. In addition, we haven’t contacted any of these Realtors.  However, I digress, I do think people who can get past the explicit sex and are way more experienced then I am will like this book. Considering how many times I had to close my eyes while I read the story, I could tell the writing is great, the story flowed along nicely and provided some very interesting scenarios.

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I was given this book in return for an honest review.

Starting a New Quarter

  
January represents, to many of us, a new quarter, trimester, to be soon followed by a celebrations of a 100 days of school. This year began with my husband recovering from a severe injury,  a funeral, debt collectors and a call from a bails bondsmen. 
Dear Past,
Thank you for all of the lessons!
Dear Future,
I am ready!
The year has started out with a bang! When I saw this quote, (worry don’t know who wrote it)  but this is how I am viewing the upcoming month, especially this year. The year began because of past decision, but it will change this year. 2016 had been a confusing year, to say the least.  I believe that I have followed my Lord, but I also know that I have not been obedient as I should be this year. Consequently  . . .
One of the most important lessons I’m taking into 2017 . . . 
If you can’t do anything about it, then let it go. Don’t be a prisoner to things you can’t change.  (Tony Gaskin)
In addition, a new quarter, many educators will be receiving an intent letter.  Will you be going back?  What will you teach? Then you have to return it by a February date. This does not mean that you will be asked back, but the powers that be want to know if you will be returning.

I haven’t made any decisions about this decision.  I know what I want to be doing this time next year.  I know what needs to happen in order of this to occur. 
When you reflect on the new quarter, keep all of these items in mind.  Remember, the students still need to be taught and the quality of your teaching will reflect your emotional state. 

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Have a great quarter!!

First Book Review in Mystery Thriller Week Series

Casket Cache

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A Spencer Funeral Home Niagara Cozy Mystery, #1

by Janice J. Richardson

Synopsis:

Jennifer Spencer has inherited her uncle’s funeral home, along with her twin sister. However, Jennifer is running the funeral home and sharing the profits with her sister.  Her move to the Niagara Region into the apartment above the Home went well, but in the first week alone, someone breaks into the funeral home. After which, Jennifer finds cash in a casket, a lot of cash, which puts her as the main person of interest in her new town. She is certain that all of the   problems, i.e., a missing key, being followed by a fellow funeral director, a near break in are all related the money but she’s unable to convince the police.  But Jennifer has families to serve and funerals to arrange; that is her number-one priority, especially since she wants to maintain her uncles’ stellar reputation. Jennifer knows something awful and dangerous is going to happen if the police don’t take her serious, but Jennifer Spencer, funeral director, is in the way.

My opinion and rank of 4.8

Who knew that there was so much involved in running a funeral home, not to mention that the funeral director needs to available 24/7.This cozy mystery followed a similar formula that other cozy mysteries follow, however, this one had a new setter, main character, sub characters and new information. All of this was intertwined in the story.  The story just hooked me and kept me interested throughout as I learned a lot about the funeral business.  I did not realize that there were corporation that owned different funeral homes.  The skills, certification, personality and paperwork involved in planning a funeral or cremation.  There were some sad sub stories that were intertwined that just made the mystery even more heartbreaking.

I highly recommend this book!!!

logo1As I stated, earlier, this is the first book review in the Mystery Thriller Week Series, stay tuned for more.  During the time between February 12 – 22, 2017, there will be interviews of the authors.

This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review!

Let’s Salute the Week!

The year 2017 has progressed right along for me.  I have been diligent (my word for the year) in pursuing my goals.  In addition, I really thought more time has passed than what actually has come to pass.  In addition I am actually reading my emails, after being ruthless in unsubscribing to so many.  It actually makes my email look smaller. In addition, to making sure that I read my emails, I have noticed new emails popping up.  I am deleting them as well.

My husband has bought a drone. He doesn’t have anything else to do.  I have a new Kindle fire 7.  I love that!  The main reason is that the ALL my books are on the kindle and I can see them.  There are some on other apps, but I will work with that just as well.  The other item I like about the Kindle fire 7 is that it has whisper sync and will do text to speech without any addition apps or programs.

Mystery Thriller Week is coming up!

One of the writers put together a video connecting their book covers. It is very cool and it has given me an idea on a way to really start off the week.  So check out the link (copy and paste):

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I will put it together for some reviews on my page.  I think you will all like it.

Have a good week!  See you soon!

Apocalypse All the Time

VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR FOR “APOCALYPSE ALL the TIME”

Stay tuned throughout this month and see how other bloggers view and rate Mr. Atkinson’s book, Apocalypse All the Time.  The book came out yesterday and there will be a month long discussion of this book. Apocalypse All the Time was published on January 1, 2017.

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Book Synopsis

Doesn’t it seem as if someone issues a new apocalypse prediction every week? Y2K? The Mayan apocalypse? The Rapture? Doesn’t it seem endless? As opposed to the traditional trend of post-apocalyptic literature, Apocalypse All the Time is post-post-apocalypticism.

Marshall is sick of the apocalypse happening on a weekly (if not daily) basis. Life is constantly in peril, continually disrupted, but nothing significant ever happens. The emergency is always handled. Always. Marshall wants out; he wants it all to stop . . . one way or another. Even if he has to end the world himself.

Apocalypse All the Time explores humanity’s fascination with the end times and what impact such a fascination has on the way we live our lives.

My Opinion

I liked the story!  I have read all of the End Times books and some of the book, Revelation, from the Bible.  The reason I haven’t read it all is because it frightens me!  As a result, I can relate to Marshall, the main character.  That is as far as I going to go, because it is a page turner, beware you won’t being putting it down any soon after you start reading the book.

Literary Wanderlust

LITERARY WANDERLUST TO OFFER NEW BOOK FROM DAVID S. ATKINSON

Denver, CO, December 1, 2017—Literary Wanderlust announced today it will publish a second work from humorist David S. Atkinson, a follow-up to his 2015 publication, Not Quite So Stories.

apocalypse-vbt-pngApocalypse All the Time is the story of Marshall, a man who is sick and tired of an apocalypse occurring every week. Everyone is obsessed with the possibility of the end of the world; life is constantly in peril but nothing significant ever happens. The emergency is always handled, over and over again.  Marshall wants it all to stop . . . one way or another. Even if he has to end the world himself.

Apocalypse All the Time combines absurdum, science fiction, and sly commentary on our current neuroses induced by the twenty-four news cycle to create something reminiscent of Orwell, Kafka, and Swift, while being entirely its own animal. By turns funny, maddening, and genuinely insightful, it’s one of the most imaginatively weird and original books I’ve read in a while,” says Joseph Hirsch, author of The Bastard’s Grimoire and other novels.

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David S. Atkinson is the author of Apocalypse All the Time (forthcoming from Literary Wanderlust), Not Quite So Stories, Bones Buried in the Dirt (2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards® finalist, First Novel (under 80,000 words)) and The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes (2015 National Indie Excellence® Awards finalist in humor). His writing has appeared in Bartleby Snopes, Grey Sparrow Journal, Atticus Review and other literary magazines and journals. Learn more about David and his writing at www.davidsatkinsonwriting.com.

About Literary Wanderlust

Literary Wanderlust publishes well-written novels and short story anthologies in the romance, women’s fiction, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller, and historical fiction genres, as well as nonfiction. Visit us at www.literarywanderlust.com.

DISCLAIMER: Literary Wanderlust via Netgalley provided me with an advanced reading copy in exchange for my honest review, which I have provided.

Let’s Salute the Week (and the New Year)!

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This promises to be a very busy week!  I am so happy that it is 2017.  I realized that there was a 6 in 2016, go figure.  I spent the whole year without realizing that and it probably is because I spent so much time inside my head thinking negative thoughts. 

This year I am going to spend every day battling negativity by reading the “Battlefield of the Mind” by Joyce Meyer. In addition, I have the tapes, Action Plan and now I am reviewing her newest editing of the Bible “The Battlefield of the Mind Study Bible”.  I am finding it very helpful with my thought process.

As bad as 2016, there are several things I am grateful for: 

  1. My church is a praying church and we have some great prayer warriors.
  2. My husband  is a good man.
  3. My parents love and care about me.
  4. There are several people on my Facebook who I have known personally for a very long time.  It is great to go into private messaging when we can’t get together.
  5. God allows U – turns.
  6. My son and daughter communicate with us, their parents, regularly.
  7. People are generally good, even when they are accusing me of something that I am not or have not down. I learned this year that God will take care of them when I LEAVE it with him.  It was a hard lesson to learn. (I am not talking about revenge on my part).
  8. Technology is my friend, even when it it doesn’t work the way I want it to.
  9. The 12 days of Christmas by Julie Hedlund.  I really thought about this year and I didn’t want really think I had anything to be grateful for (because I screwed up in just about area of my life), but I found when I went to church today and was embraced by my church family.
  10. I will constantly tell myself and remind myself of the lessons I have learned this year.

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The past 8 days I have been working on my reflections for this past year, 2016.  Tomorrow I will list some of the things I want to achieve this year.  Things I know I can because my main priority is to be financially solvent by the end of 2017.

My word for this year is diligent. 

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