Saturday, March 17, 2018

Book Review Plum Tea Crazy (A Tea Shop Mystery #19) Laura Childs

Plum Tea Crazy (A Tea Shop Mystery, #19)
Title: Plum Tea Crazy (A Tea Shop Mystery #19)

Author: Laura Childs

Star: 4 out of 5

A very cozy mystery set in the beautiful locale of Charleston SC. The author is able to build a word picture of the area that made this reader feel he was there last week and not 40 years ago. The story unfolds quite nicely and will keep the reader engaged. The author gives a hint to solving the mystery if the reader is astute and able to grasp it's value. Overall a clean cut story with minimal violence.

I have given this book a four star rating.

I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review
Thank you Frank for the review.

While viewing the harbor's Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow's walk of Timothy Neville's Charleston mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles over a narrow railing, then plunges three stories to his death. But a tragic accident becomes something much more sinister when it's discovered that the victim was first shot with a bolt from a crossbow.

At the request of the mansion owner, Theodosia investigates the tragedy and is soon neck deep in suspects. An almost ex-wife, a coworker, a real estate partner--all had motives for killing the luckless banker, but one resorted to murder to settle accounts.

Hardcover336 pages
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Berkley Books

About The Author:

Laura Childs

Laura Childs is a pseudonym for Gerry Schmitt and she is the best-selling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Scrapbook Mysteries, and the Cackleberry Club Mysteries.

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries - set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She's also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn't rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries - a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans' spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries - set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe's undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Book Review: The Kill Wire (Jamie Sinclair #5) by Nichole Christoff

The Kill Wire (Jamie Sinclair #5)

Title: The Kill Wire (Jamie Sinclair #5)

Author: Nichole Christoff 

Stars: 4 stars

The Kill Wires is part of a series but can be read as a stong alone novel. Nicole Christoff has the ability to write a fast pace story but giving readers everything they need from character who come alive to locations that pop off the page.
Everyone who is in the story has a purpose moving the story forward until the killers are discovered.
Thank you to netgalley for the copy of The Kill Wire.

Security specialist and PI Jamie Sinclair crosses interstate boundaries—and personal ones too—in this electrifying thriller from an award-winning author who “understands how to keep her readers riveted from beginning to end” (USA Today).

With a long list of high-profile, high-paying clients, Jamie Sinclair has her hands full—and that’s the way she likes it. Still reeling from the brutal investigation that drove a wedge between her and her boyfriend, military police officer Adam Barrett, Jamie is counting on hard work to help her forget her recent history—but then DEA agent Marc Sandoval barges back into her life. The last time they worked together, Jamie almost crossed all kinds of lines. Now Marc doesn’t just want Jamie, he needs her . . . because she’s the only one who can help him—and the little boy he never told her about.

Marc’s ex has vanished, leaving their six-year-old son in his care. Despite a troubled past, Elena never wavered in her duties as a parent, so something must be very wrong now. Teaming with Marc to track Elena through her home state of Colorado and beyond, Jamie finds herself on a cross-country search for the missing mother of Marc’s child, at a crossroads with Adam, and on a collision course with the killers who’ll stop at nothing to find Elena first

About The Author:
Nichole Christoff
Nichole Christoff is a writer, former broadcaster and military spouse who swears she owes Jane Austen, James Thurber, and Raymond Chandler for her taste in fiction. Nichole is also the award-winning author of THE KILL LIST, THE KILL SHOT, THE KILL BOX, THE KILL SIGN, and THE KILL WIRE starring army brat and private-eye-turned-security-specialist, Jamie Sinclair. When Nic isn't at her desk working on her latest novel, she's out in the woods with her ornery English Pointer.

Find Nichole online at where you can sign-up for her free seasonal newsletter, on Facebook at, on Twitter at @NicChristoff, or drop her a note at

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Book Review: Dark Justice: Hunt (Dark Justice #2) by Jenna Ryan

Dark Justice: Hunt
Title: Dark Justice: Hunt (Dark Justice #2)

Author: Jenna Ryan

Stars: 3 stars

This story is a let down from the beginning to the end. The first book in the Dark Justice Series had moments that readers were able to understand why the characters did what they did.  While this a stand alone novel it is a big let down from the first in the series. I would just skip this one since it doesn't have anything to do with the first in the series.
The characters are flat, they are boring.  They bring nothing to the series and leave readers bored and wondering why they read this book to begin with. There is parts of the story I felt lost and confused trying to figure out who was working with whom and why?
The story is writing like a tongue and cheek story but it falls flat and the jokes are anything but funny.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy.

Dr. Melia Rose and ex-Marine Johnny Hunt had it all. Until one night in Atlantic City changed everything. She’s left shocked, confused, and alone, unable to come to terms with what happened.

Hell, she doesn’t even know what happened; she just knows her life has taken a one-eighty.

Now, Melia’s started over—again—in her secluded, boring life in the swamps of Florida. The people are great, she has a housekeeper who may or may not be Bette Davis reincarnated, and it’s quiet. But when her ex-husband shows up, dropping a bomb of epic proportions, her new life is a whole lot more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.

There’s nothing Johnny wants more than to undo the damage from the past. The secrets he’s been carrying have been eating away at him, but protecting Melia was more important than anything else. Even his own life. He managed to save her last time, but the danger is close—too close. In order to save her once more from his demons, Johnny will have to come clean…about everything.

About The Author:
Jenna Ryan
Jenna Ryan was born in Victoria, British Columbia. After long stints in different cities across Canada, she returned home to Vancouver Island where she has lived ever since. She has had thirty-one books published in the Harlequin Intrigue series. Her ideas come from real life, and she is helped in her writing by her sister Kathy.

She enjoys reading and is a big fan of women's fiction, psychological suspense and mystery novels. She also enjoys watching classic suspense movies. She loves strong heroines, heroes with character, romance stories and a good whodunit by the fire on a rainy night.

Her heritage is a blend of English and Irish — which is probably where the gift of blarney comes from. She is unmarried, but involved with a wonderful man. She also has a little white cat named Sheena.

Whenever she is not writing, she travels as much as time and finances will allow. After North America, Europe is her favorite continent to explore, because it was in those countries that many of the myths and legends she drew upon in her early years of writing were born.

Growing up, she considered various careers and dabbled in several of them, including, after university, the travel industry, tourism, sales and modeling. Work in the fashion industry in Toronto and Montreal gave her an interesting peek into various aspects of that world. She learned that where money, power and people come together, there will always be unpredictability — an element she feels is essential to a strong mystery. Add a healthy measure of personal conflict, an intriguing setting and a spicy romance into the mix, and you have the ingredients for what she believes to be the best of all possible stories — a great romantic suspense.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Book Review: NewsReal A View Though the Lens When.... By Tim Ortman

Title: NewsReal A View Though the Lens When....

Author: Tim Ortman

Stars: 5 stars

Tim Ortman writes the way he thinks and speaks which makes NewReal a must read for anyone who has wondered what happens behind the camera. From start to finish this book will give readers a real,detail and humors look at what its like to make the news work every day.
Tim creates a world that readers will not want to stop reading from what its like to carry a camera to living though action pack stories that changed the way everyone watched the new. 
I couldn't put the book down soaking up every little detail the author Tim Ortman wrote.

Thank you to the publisher for the advance copy of NewsReal.  

In today’s thousand channel news environment, it’s tough to envision a time when everyone was, more or less, on the same page; to recall a less contentious and fractured framework for disseminating information.

Such a time did truly exist. Sometime between Marconi and Musk, viewers enjoyed a reliable and secure sense that their news was true. It was the heyday of global network news coverage. Like today, viewers opinions differed wildly and like today, the narratives told often featured protagonists and antagonists. It was the delivery mechanism then that so contrasts the way we get our news today.

This was a time when the news landscape was owned by the “Big 3” networks. Yet, it was far from a monopoly. Each “Net” fervently represented their own historic brand and whose founders and stewards viewed news gathering and reporting as a sort of civic responsibility bestowed upon them by the FCC. The news divisions, with their vast assemblage of domestic and international bureaus, were everywhere and anywhere news happened. Their fact-based reporting and broadcasting were void of the talk show opinions and interpretations so omnipresent today. Budgets were enormous because viewership was enormous. Everyone’s ‘set’ was ‘tuned-in’ to the national news to get the straight scoop on what was happening in the world. Anchormen were more trusted than Presidents. The reporting was riveting, the stories were real. There was nothing ‘Fake’ about it…just like today. 

About The Author

Tim Ortman spent 35 years working in television news, having worked for all major U.S television news networks. As an Emmy-award winning cameraman and producer, his understanding of the overall television production process is comprehensive with over three decades of experience shooting, lighting, editing, writing story editing, and producing.

Ortman’s globe-trotting travels have taken him on assignments to five continents, covering everything from war, revolution, terrorist attacks, and famine to Cold War Summits, the fall of Communism, Olympiads and Olympic Park bombings, presidential elections and the occasional press conference. But his chops were truly made on the front lines of news as part of the Foreign Press Corps. Based in Europe during the 80’s as an impressionable 20-something staff cameraman for NBC News, Ortman’s understanding of and appreciation for the news business was formed when it was at its most trustworthy zenith.

Book Review Collision Point (Brute Force #1) by Lora Leigh

Collision Point (Brute Force, #1)
Title: Collision Point (Brute Force #1)

Author: Lora Leigh

Stars: 2 1/2 stars

The story takes a back seat to talking about sex, dreaming about sex and sex. Collision Point will have readers confused as they read about Riordan and Amara who seem to have come out of no were. The story isn't a stand alone even though there is no story before it. Readers will feel as if they should already know the different characters as well as what introduced to the story. 
The main story is lost in the sex scenes that seem to dominate the story to the point of distraction.  Amara isn't feisty as she is more annoying and Riordan is more of a over sex teenager than a grown adult.
The story will leave readers confused, lost and bored.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy.


Riordan “Rory” Malone is a force to be reckoned with. A member of the Brute Force Protection Agency and an operative working with the Elite Ops, Rory is the fiercest of warriors and protectors. Honed from the strong Irish stock of their grandfather and sharpened to a razor’s edge, Malone men live for one single purpose: to protect the women who own them, body and soul. From the moment he saw Amara Resnova, he knew she could be that woman.

But Amara, daughter of an alleged notorious crime lord, is a force in her own right. When she betrays her father, she’s finds herself in the arms of a man who is dangerous for her body and soul.

Can Rory keep Amara safe while protecting his own heart? Can Amara trust Rory not to break hers even as the danger mounts, threatening to take them and their passion to a breaking point?

Mass Market Paperback336 pages

Published February 27th 2018 by St. Martin's Press

About The Author:
Lora Leigh
Lora Leigh lives in the rolling hills of Kentucky, often found absorbing the ambience of this peaceful setting. She dreams in bright, vivid images of the characters intent on taking over her writing life, and fights a constant battle to put them on the hard drive of her computer before they can disappear as fast as they appeared. Lora’s family, and her writing life co-exist, if not in harmony, in relative peace with each other. Surrounded by a menagerie of pets, friends, and a teenage son who keeps her quick wit engaged, Lora’s life is filled with joys, aided by her fans whose hearts remind her daily why she writes.

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