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As a teenager, Vickie Preston survived an attack by a serial killer. That was the first time she saw a ghost. Now the city of Boston is being terrorized—someone is kidnapping women and burying them alive, but cruelly leaving a glimmer of hope for the authorities by sending a clue about their location. Vickie is pulled into the investigation when her name is mentioned in one of the notes. And as a historian, she has the knowledge to help uncover the graves the killer known as the Undertaker is choosing. But she also has another, unique lead: the spirit of one of the victims is appearing to her in dreams. 

Special Agent Griffin Price is on the case for the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI’s special unit for paranormal investigators. He feels particularly protective of Vickie, since their shared past is connected to the threat that currently surrounds them. With the killer accelerating his plans, time is running out for more victims hidden around the city. Vickie is becoming closer with Griffin, but she’s getting too close to the danger, and every breath could be her last.

Dying Breath is the 21st novel in the Krewe of Hunters series.

Tormented to the edge of sanity … 

Just when DI Matthew Adams thinks he’s left the past behind him, it comes back to haunt him once again; this time in the form of the Conner family.
Like Matthew, the Conners have lost a child in tragic circumstances – and they’ve also found themselves in the hands of one of the most depraved criminals to walk the streets: ‘Dead-eyed’ Charlie Roberts, a drug addicted low-life with a penchant for extreme violence.

Matthew’s greatest affinity lies with Daniel Conner, the brooding father who still blames himself for his youngest child’s death. But when Daniel’s wife and daughter are tortured and tormented by Roberts, can Matthew prevent him from completely ruining his own life for an act of revenge particularly when, once upon a time, that’s exactly what Matthew would have done too?

Titles in the DI Matthew Adams series include:  After She’s GoneSins of the FatherDeadly Intent

Dispatcher Zak Waller prefers working behind the scenes in the Sheriff’s Office of Lost Trail, Montana, but when a newcomer to the sparely populated town is brutally murdered—and the Sheriff is quick to pin the death on an unknown outsider—Zak starts his own private sleuthing.

On the surface Lost Trail is a picture-perfect western town, offering a simple way of life revolving around the local ranches and ski hill, but Zak knows the truth behind the facade. When his old school friend Tiff Masterson, whose family owns a local Christmas tree farm, moves back to town, the two of them join forces to get to the truth about the murder.

Titles in the Bitter Roots Mysteries include:  Bitter Roots –

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

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.

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.

Dangerous GamesTitle:  Dangerous Games
Series:  O’Connor and Kincaid #1
Author:  Tess Diamond
Genre:  Mystery, Thriller Romance
Published:  November 5, 2015
Publisher:
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  Author
Cover Description:

A thirteen year-old girl has been taken – and Special Agent Maggie Kincaid is the only one who can get her back.

When a Senator’s daughter goes missing, every minute counts. The FBI’s best hostage negotiator, Agent Kincaid, knows what it’s like to be a terrified victim. Kidnapped as a child, those memories haunt her every day – and give her an insight into the evil mind behind this deadly crime.

But the Senator’s family has other plans, and have brought in ex-forces security expert Jake O’Connor to oversee negotiations. He’s got secrets of his own, and doesn’t play by the same rule book. With time running out, Maggie and O’Connor will have to overcome their differences to keep this case from ending in tragedy.

Read on for my thoughts on Dangerous Games.  No true spoilers, promise.

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