Friday, April 21, 2017

Book Review Refuge on Crescent Hill by Melanie Dobson

Refuge on Crescent Hill
Title: Refuge on Crescent Hill

Author: Melanie Dobson

Stars: 4 stars out of 5

A romantic mystery/love story set in a small town in Ohio. It is a christian story and contains no blatant, and needless, sexual content. The story is well developed and is able to tie the underground railroad into the plot and not leave the reader wondering. It also was able to include spouse/partner abuse in the overall storyline. I enjoyed the book and was able to finish it in one day.

I have rated this book 4 stars.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.

Thank you Frank!

Moving home after a recent job loss was supposed to reassure Camden Bristow and give her time to decide what to do next. But when she arrives in Etherton, Ohio, she discovers that her grandmother, who she hasn't talked to in years, has passed away and "home" is an empty mansion 150 years old. Not exactly the comfort Camden was looking for. What happened to the house she played in as a child, the bedtime stories that told of secret passageways and runaway slaves, and all those family memories? When antiques start disappearing and footsteps are heard, some of those memories start to creep back and Camden wonders if her grandmother's bedtime stories might actually be true. What really happened here . . . at Crescent Hill? How was her grandmother involved? Who still has access to the house? And for what purpose? As she works to uncover the past and present mysteries harbored in her home, Camden also uncovers secrets about her family that could change the town--and her life--forever. 

Paperback271 pages
Published March 11th 2010 by Kregel Publications

About The Author:
Melanie Dobson
Writing novels is a fun excuse for Melanie to explore ghost towns and old houses, travel to unusual places, and spend hours reading dusty books and journals. She writes both contemporary and historical fiction with threads of romance and suspense. 

Melanie is the award-winning author of sixteen historical romance, suspense, and contemporary novels including Catching the Wind, Beneath a Golden Veil, and The Silent Order. Three of her novels including Chateau of Secrets have won Carol Awards, and Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana.

Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters. After moving numerous times with Jon's work, the Dobsons have finally settled near Portland, Oregon, and they love to travel and hike in both the mountains and the cliffs above the Pacific. When Melanie isn't writing or researching, she enjoys line dancing, biking, and making up stories with her kids.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Book Review Deadly Illusions by Chester D. Campbell

Deadly Illusions (Greg McKenzie Mysteries, Book 3)
Title: Deadly Illusions

Author: Chester D. Campbell

Stars: 4.25 Stars

A neatly written mystery novel that primarily takes place in and around Nashville Tennessee. The main character is a retired Air Force Office Of Special Investigations (AFOSI) Agent. As a retired AFOSI Agent how could I not read this story? I thought it was a well told story without any major flaws and it followed a logical sequence. I would read other books in this series.

I have rated this book 4.25 stars.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.

Molly Saint hires new PI's Greg and Jill McKenzie to check into her husband's background, then disappears. It starts them on a tangled trail of deceit. Complicating matters further, Greg gets drawn into a troubling police investigation stemming from the assassination of the Federal Reserve Board chairman at a Nashville hotel. The case resurrects old problems with a Murder Squad detective and his colleagues among Nashville's finest. The deeper the McKenzies dig, the more deadly illusions they face. After threats, break-ins, and another murder, the charade ends in a shocking showdown.

Kindle Edition285 pages
Published (first published March 14th 2004) 

About The Author:
Chester D. Campbell
Chester D. Campbell was born in Nashville, TN in 1925, smack in the midst of the "Roaring Twenties." Though too young for such at the time, he had visions of roaring "off into the wild blue yonder." After more than a year and a half of non-roaring during World War II, he left the service as an Aviation Cadet and studied journalism. His first taste of mysteries came early in his newspaper career when he read two novels by Horace McCoy. Over the next 42 years, he spun words as a reporter, freelance journalist, political speechwriter, advertising copywriter, magazine editor, and public relations pro. He kept his dream of creating mysteries alive and took up novel writing on retirement. He has currently published five Greg McKenzie Mysteries and two books featuring PI Sid Chance. He has added three Post Cold War thrillers and a standalone suspense story . The Greg McKenzie character had his origins in Campbell's Air Force experience. After serving as an intelligence officer in the Korean War, he remained in the Air National Guard, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Nashville, TN.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Book Review Falling Darkness by Karen Harper

Falling Darkness (South Shores, #3)
Title: Falling Darkness

Author: Karen Harper

Stars: 5 stars out of 5

Falling Darkness is book 3 in a series and while I didn't read book 2 I was able to catch up after a few chapters.
This book will keep readers questioning everything they are reading and the second the read thinks they have it figured out. Bam the readers will begin to questions everything they have read wondering if they could be wrong this whole time.
Karen Harper is able to pull reader from page to page with excitement and fear of what will happen next and could that old man really hurt someone?

This is a must read book for the summer reading list.

Advance Copy from Netgalley and the publisher

Claire Britten's training never prepared her for this the forensic psychology curriculum didn't cover plane crashes. Or how to help fellow survivors cope, seven frightened people huddled in two small rafts awaiting a rescue that may never come. Especially when three of them are your ex-husband, your young daughter and the man you love, Nick Markwood, whose pursuit by a criminal mastermind forced you all to run in the first place.

When the bedraggled crew finally reaches dry land, they are still far from safe. Nick tries to secure transport to their witness-protection placement, urging everyone to stick to the identities laid out for them. They don't need any complications. But when danger follows them to their supposed safe haven, Claire and Nick no longer know who is helping or harming them. Racked by doubt and mistrust, still hunted, they must band together or fall.

Hardcover386 pages
Expected publication: April 18th 2017 by Mira Books

About The Author:
Karen Harper
A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor (The Ohio State University) and high school literature and writing teacher. A lifelong Ohioan, Karen and her husband Don divide their time between the midwest and the southeast, both locations she has used in her books. Besides her American settings, Karen loves the British Isles, where her Scottish and English roots run deep, and where she has set many of her historical Tudor-era mysteries and her historical novels about real and dynamic British women. Karen's books have been published in many foreign languages and she won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for 2005. Karen has given numerous talks to readers and writers across the county. Her most recent books include THE SOUTH SHORES TRILOGY (CHASING SHADOWS, DROWNING TIDES and FALLING DARKNESS.) Her latest historical is THE ROYAL NANNY. 


Monday, April 17, 2017

Book Review A Witness Above by Andy Straka (Frank Pavlicek Novels Book 1)

A Witness Above by Andy Straka
Title: A Witness Above (A Frank Pavlicek Novel Book #1)

Author: Andy Straka

Stars: 4.25 out of 5

An excellent murder mystery set in my home state of Virginia. The prologue gives you sufficient background on the main character, Frank Pavlivek, to understand his methods and techniques. The story progresses in an orderly fashion and will not leave the reader with any head scratching questions at the last page. I will put this author on my will read list.

I have rated this book 4.25 stars.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.

Thirteen years ago, Frank Pavlicek left the NYPD under less than ideal circumstances. Now the divorced father of a teenage daughter, he works as a private investigator in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he indulges his passion for falconry and tries to live outside the shadow of his past. Frank is hunting with his red-tailed hawk, Armistead, when he finds a teenage boy's body barely concealed behind a pile of brush. It's a truly gruesome crime scene one of the many things Frank doesn't miss about working homicide in the big city. But when Frank opens the dead boy's wallet, things become even more disturbing. Scribbled on the edge of a dollar bill is the phone number of Frank's daughter. He pockets the evidence and flees. Days later, his daughter is in jail. Now, his past is coming back to haunt him, and his reputation and life are on the line.

About The Author: 
Andy Straka
Andy Straka is the bestselling author of nine novels, including the Shamus Award-Winning, Anthony and Agatha Award-nominated Frank Pavlicek private eye series. His other books include RECORD OF WRONGS, hailed by Mystery Scene magazine as “a first-rate thriller,” and THE BLUE HALLELUJAH. Part 2 of the DRAGONFLIES series (DRAGONFLIES: FLOCK OF ANGELS) has also just been released. (This near future technothriller series has been optioned for film and television.)

A licensed falconer and co-founder of the popular Crime Wave at the annual Virginia Festival of the Book, Andy is a graduate of Williams College. 



Friday, April 14, 2017

Book Review The Ghost of Blackwood Lane by Greg Enslen

The Ghost of Blackwood Lane by Greg Enslen
Title: The Ghost of Blackwood Lane

Author: Greg Enslen

Stars: 4 Stars out of 5

A thriller that takes place in O'Fallon, Illinois and surrounding area. The author has built a description of the town that allowed this reader to close his eyes and return to a small town where he lived and worked for two years in the mid nineties. The characters are realistic and driven by strong motives. 

I have rated this book 4 stars and recommend it if you enjoy stories with a hint of ESP thrown into the mix.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.

For years, the witness protection program has kept Gary Foreman safe from the horrors he left behind. He’s got a new career and new friends, but they can never know his real name or where he comes from. But the program can’t protect him from the relentless dreams of a young woman in danger. It’s the same dream, night after night, and Gary is helpless, unable to stop the dream’s inevitable and horrifying conclusion. The woman seems strangely familiar…is she someone from his dark past? Is she even real? All he knows for certain is that she needs his help, or she will die.

Kindle Edition302 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Gypsy Publications

About The Author:
Greg Enslen
 Greg Enslen is an Ohio author of nineteen books, including five novels, a new series of "Game of Thrones" Binge Guides, and several collections of essays and columns. All of his books are available on Amazon and via Kindle, and several are available from his publisher, Gypsy Publications. 

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