review: house of whispers

House of Whispers by J.L. Bryan (2015) House of Whispers is the fifth book in the Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper series by J.L. Bryan. While I wouldn’t say these books can be read as standalone novels, I won’t be revealing any major spoilers in this review that would ruin your enjoyment of the preceding books... Continue Reading →

review: skin and bones

Skin and Bones by Susan Harris (2016) Skin and Bones is the first book in Susan Harris’ urban fantasy series, The Ever Chace Chronicles. Before you have a chance to read the blurb teasing the story, the first thing appearing in the back cover copy is a pronouncement identifying the book as a “2017 RONE... Continue Reading →

review: these haunts are made for walking

These Haunts Are Made For Walking by Rose Pressey (2014) I have a complicated relationship with cozy mysteries. On the one hand, cozies typically provide a pleasant but not too intellectually demanding reading experience. On the other hand, they are too often littered with boring, plain vanilla characters and plots that are wholly sanitized of... Continue Reading →

review: guarding brielle

Guarding Brielle by Nicole Flockton (2018) Guarding Brielle is the fifth book in Nicole Flockton’s Guardian SEALs series. I didn’t know until I started reading Guarding Brielle that this book exists within the world of military romantic suspense created by Susan Stoker. Guarding Brielle is adjacent to Stoker’s SEAL of Protection series and brushes against... Continue Reading →

review: lost soul

Lost Soul by Adam J. Wright (2016) Have you ever downloaded a sample of a book, gotten a couple of pages in, and decided to take a pass? Then, months later you give the sample another, dive in, and devour the book? Well, this is what happened to me with Lost Soul by Adam J.... Continue Reading →

review: maggie get your gun

Maggie Get Your Gun by Kate Danley (2011) This is the second book in Kate Danley’s Maggie MacKay Magical Tracker series. If you haven’t read the first book, Maggie for Hire, click here for a review and keep reading at your own risk. Spoilers ahead!  Did you want to know if you should still keep... Continue Reading →

review: fast burn

Fast Burn by Lori Foster (2018) Do you remember when I reviewed Close Contact, which is the third book in Lori Foster’s Body Armor series?  Well, I didn’t like that book and found it to be a bit disappointing.  Since then, though, I have read the second book in this series, Hard Justice (which I... Continue Reading →

review: haunted on bourbon street

Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase (2011) It’s a ghost story + a love story + a cozy mystery sans the murder and has touches of the supernatural. Oh, and it’s also book one in the Jade Calhoun series. The mishmash makes it a challenge to categorize Haunted on Bourbon Street in a specific... Continue Reading →

review: the grendel affair

The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin (2013) Have you seen The Librarians or Bones? The Grendel Affair feels a lot like those shows, but with supernatural elements. This is the first book in Shearin’s SPI Files series and it could easily be viewed as a kind of pilot episode for the series itself. We are... Continue Reading →

review: the purest hook

The Purest Hook by Scarlett Cole (2017) I have found a new author to add to my list of favorites, and her name is Scarlett Cole. Look. The Purest Hook is packed with loads of dramatic tension and I was tense the whole time I was reading. I can only admire a book that evokes... Continue Reading →

review: maggie for hire

Maggie for Hire by Kate Danley (2011) Looking for a new urban fantasy series featuring a female protagonist as the main character? May I suggest Maggie for Hire, the first book in Kate Danley’s Maggie MacKay Magical Tracker series. Even for this slow reader it was a quick read, and I’ve already added the second... Continue Reading →

review: the strongest steel

The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole (2015) Are you here to find out whether or not you should add The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole to your to-be-read list of books? Short answer: yes. Want to know more? Keep reading… The Strongest Steel is the first book in Cole’s Second Circle Tattoos series. The book... Continue Reading →

review: after we fall

After We Fall by Melanie Harlow (2016) If this is the only sentence you read, here’s what you need to know: read this book if you love romance novels. It’s the first novel to get a five-star rating from me this year and I want to read more books by Melanie Harlow. After We Fall... Continue Reading →

review: wrong side of hell

Wrong Side of Hell by Sonya Bateman (2016) I read a lot of books that are the first in a series, and Wrong Side of Hell by Sonya Bateman is the next addition to that particular section on my bookshelves. When I read the first book in a series, I’m looking for the author to... Continue Reading →

review: the valley of fear

The Valley of Fear by A. Conan Doyle (1915) Reading The Valley of Fear, the final Sherlock Holmes novel, has been on my to do list for quite some time. Imagine my surprise when I started reading and discovered that I had at least started it in the past. I’ve got notes in the margins... Continue Reading →

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