Category : Mystery

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What if you thought you knew a secret that could change history?

Whilst standing engrossed in her favorite Pre-Raphaelite painting – Millais’s Ophelia – Cori catches the eye of Tate gallery worker, Simon, who is immediately struck by her resemblance to the red-haired beauty in the famous artwork.

The attraction is mutual, but Cori has other things on her mind. She has recently acquired the diary of Daisy, a Victorian woman with a shocking secret. As Cori reads, it soon becomes apparent that Daisy will stop at nothing to be heard, even outside of the pages of her diary …

Will Simon stick around when life becomes increasingly spooky for Cori, as she moves ever closer to uncovering the truth about Daisy’s connection to the girl in her favorite painting.

Titles in the Rossetti Mysteries include:  Some Veil Did Fall – The Girl in the Picture – The Girl in the Photograph

Taffy Belair is giving the sweet seaside town of Abandon a chance to win her loyalty, and her outdoorsy hunk of a boyfriend, Ethan, a chance to win her heart. But can this park ranger and urban princess find lasting love?

While enduring a bird watching session with Ethan, Taffy discovers a body floating in a canoe on a lake. Everyone thinks it’s a teen suicide, but Taffy has her doubts. Soon she is meddling in her best friend, Inspector Maria Salinas’, investigation.

When Taffy starts to question the tight-lipped teens at the local high school, they tell her to take a long walk off a short pier. And as she uncovers the mourning family’s secrets, the untimely death appears even more confounding.

Meanwhile, Ethan has hired a perky new park assistant who’s getting under Taffy’s skin and turning it green with jealousy. Will she find the killer before she kills off her new relationship?

Titles in the Sweet Taffy Cozy Mysteries series include:  Sweet Taffy and Murder – Sweet Taffy and the Marshmallow Murder

What if you’d been accused of one of the worst crimes imaginable?

Detective Inspector Matthew Adams is slowly picking up the pieces from a case that nearly cost him the lives of his entire family and his own sanity too. On the surface, he seems to be moving on, but he drinks to forget – and when he closes his eyes, the nightmares still come.

But the past is the past – or is it? Because the evil Patrick Sullivan might be out of the picture, but there’s somebody who is just as intent on making Matthew’s life hell, and they’re doing it in the cruelest way possible.

When Matthew finds himself accused of a horrific and violent crime, will his family stand by him? And will he even be around to help when his new enemy goes after them as well?

Titles in the DI Matthew Adams series include:  After She’s Gone – Sins of the Father

He’s killed your child and kidnapped your wife. What would YOU do?

There’s evil and then there’s Patrick Sullivan. A drug dealer, pimp and murderer, there are no depths to which Patrick would not sink, and Detective Inspector Matthew Adams has found this out in the most devastating way imaginable.
When Patrick’s brother is shot dead in a drug bust gone wrong, the bitter battle between the two men intensifies, and Matthew finds it increasingly difficult to hold the moral high ground. All he wants is to make the pimping scum suffer the way he did … the way Lily did.

But being at war with such a depraved individual means that it’s not just Matthew who’s in danger. Patrick has taken a lot from Matthew, but he hasn’t taken everything – and now he wants everything.

Titles in the DI Matthew Adams series include:  After She’s Gone – Sins of the Father

The Body ReaderTitle:  The Body Reader
Series:
Author:  Anne Frasier
Genre:  Mystery Thriller
Published:  June 21, 2016
Publisher:  Thomas & Mercer
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

For three years, Detective Jude Fontaine was kept from the outside world. Held in an underground cell, her only contact was with her sadistic captor, and reading his face was her entire existence. Learning his every line, every movement, and every flicker of thought is what kept her alive.

After her experience with isolation and torture, she is left with a fierce desire for justice—and a heightened ability to interpret the body language of both the living and the dead. Despite colleagues’ doubts about her mental state, she resumes her role at Homicide. Her new partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, doesn’t trust her sanity, and he has a story of his own he’d rather keep hidden. But a killer is on the loose, murdering young women, so the detectives have no choice: they must work together to catch the madman before he strikes again. And no one knows madmen like Jude Fontaine.

Read on for my thoughts on The Body Reader.  No true spoilers, promise.

Chasing MemoriesTitle:  Chasing Memories
Series:  Forevermore #2
Author:  Anna James
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  January 12, 2016
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Lucas Morgan wants to know the cause of the hit-and-run accident that killed his grandmother, and he s certain the truth is locked inside the head of India Leone an interior designer apparently suffering an all-too-convenient case of amnesia.

Determined to either trip her up in a lie, or wait for her memories to return, Lucas offers India a job at one of the luxury hotel properties he s developing. He never thought he’d wind up falling for the woman at the top of his suspect list.

India isn’t so sure herself how she ended up at the wrong place at the wrong time. Until her memories return, how can she possibly move on with her life? The police say she’s innocent, but too many questions linger.

Desperate to get away, she seizes Lucas’ offer, never expecting to fall in love with him. Or that he would be keeping secrets that could not only break her heart, but cost her life.

Read on for my thoughts on Chasing Memories.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Silent TwinTitle:  The Silent Twin
Series:  Detective Jennifer Knight #3
Author:  Caroline Mitchell
Genre:  Paranormal, Mystery, thriller
Published:  April 14, 2016
Publisher:  Bookouture
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

“I’m alone in the dark, please can you find me …”

Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia vow never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight must find her before it’s too late.

Twin sister Olivia has been mute since Abigail’s disappearance. But when she whispers in Jennifer’s ear, Jennifer realizes it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found.

A damp and decaying house set in acres of desolate scrub land, the farm is a place of secrets, old and new – and Jennifer must unravel them all in order to find the lost girl. But could Olivia’s bond with her twin hold the key to finding Abigail? And can Jennifer break through her silence in time to save her sister’s life?

Read on for my thoughts on The Silent Twin.  No true spoilers, promise.

After She's GoneTitle:  After She’s Gone
Series:
Author:  Lisa Jackson
Genre:  Mystery, Thriller
Published:  December 29, 2015
Publisher:  Kensington
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Cassie Kramer and her younger sister, Allie, learned the hazards of fame long ago. Together, they’d survived the horror of a crazed fan who nearly killed their mother, former Hollywood actress Jenna Hughes. Still, Cassie moved to L.A., urging Allie to follow. As a team, they’d take the town by storm. But Allie, finally free of small-town Oregon, and just that little bit more beautiful, also proved to be more talented—and driven. Where Cassie got bit parts, Allie rose to stardom. But now her body double has been shot on the set of her latest movie—and Allie is missing.

Police discover that the last call to Allie’s phone came from Cassie, though she has no recollection of making it. Instead of looking like a concerned relative, Cassie is starting to look like a suspect—the jealous sister who finally grew sick of playing a supporting role. As the tabloids go into a frenzy, Cassie ends up on a Portland psych ward. Is she just imagining the sinister figure who comes to her bedside, whispering about Allie—a visitor of whom there is no record? Is someone trying to help—or drive her mad?

Convinced she’s the only one who can find Allie, Cassie checks herself out of the hospital. But a sudden slew of macabre murders— each victim masked with a likeness of a member of Cassie’s family—makes Cassie fear for her safety and her sanity. The only way to end the nightmare is to find out what really happened to Allie. And with each discovery, Cassie realizes that no one can be trusted to keep her safe—least of all herself…

Read on for my thoughts on After She’s Gone.  No true spoilers, promise.

Ashley BellTitle:  Ashley Bell
Series:
Author:  Dean Koontz
Genre:  Thriller, Mystery
Published:  December 8, 2015
Publisher:  Random House Publishing
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

At twenty-two, Bibi Blair’s doctors tell her that she’s dying. Two days later, she’s impossibly cured. Fierce, funny, dauntless, she becomes obsessed with the idea that she was spared because she is meant to save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell.

This proves to be a dangerous idea. Searching for Ashley Bell, ricocheting through a southern California landscape that proves strange and malevolent in the extreme, Bibi is plunged into a world of crime and conspiracy, following a trail of mysteries that become more sinister and tangled with every twisting turn.

The girl who said no to death.  Bibi Blair is a fierce, funny, dauntless young woman—whose doctor says she has one year to live.  She replies, “We’ll see.”  Her sudden recovery astonishes medical science.
 
An enigmatic woman convinces Bibi that she escaped death so that she can save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell.  But save her from what, from whom? And who is Ashley Bell? Where is she?  Bibi’s obsession with finding Ashley sends her on the run from threats both mystical and worldly, including a rich and charismatic cult leader with terrifying ambitions.

Read on for my thoughts on Ashley Bell.  No true spoilers, promise.

NirvanaTitle:  Nirvana
Series:  Nirvana #1
Author:  JR Stewart
Genre:  Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi, YA
Published:  November 10, 2015
Publisher:  Blue Moon
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

When the real world is emptied of all that you love, how can you keep yourself from dependence on the virtual?

Animal activist and punk rock star Larissa Kenders lives in a dystopian world where the real and the virtual intermingle. After the disappearance of her soulmate, Andrew, Kenders finds solace by escaping to Nirvana, a virtual world controlled by Hexagon. In Nirvana, anyone’s deepest desires may be realized – even visits with Andrew.

Although Kenders knows that this version of Andrew is virtual, when he asks for her assistance revealing Hexagon’s dark secret, she cannot help but comply. Soon after, Kenders and her closest allies find themselves in a battle with Hexagon, the very institution they have been taught to trust. After uncovering much more than she expected, Kenders’ biggest challenge is determining what is real – and what is virtual.

Nirvana is a fast-paced, page-turning young adult novel combining elements of science fiction, mystery, and romance. Part of a trilogy, this book introduces readers to a young woman who refuses to give up on the man she loves, even if it means taking on an entire government to do so..

Read on for my thoughts on Nirvana.  No true spoilers, promise.

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