Review: The Snowman Killer by Wendy Meadows

41go1XzFfBL._AC_SY400_Sarah Garland, a retired homicide detective who’s gone through a painful divorce, seems to have found her peace at last, as a coffeeshop owner, in the sleepy (and freezing) small town of Snow Falls, Alaska. What she didn’t expect, was for her past life to catch up with her. Or, for her new life as a mystery writer to inspire a deadly killer to target her.

Yet, when the killer leaves a frightening clue-a creepy snowman, donning a leather jacket and eating a peppermint candy cane, left in front of her cabin-Sarah begins to suspect Conrad Spencer, the new detective in town, who is pursuing a murderer of his own. Soon, it becomes obvious that the sleuths would have to join forces, in order to catch the killer.

Sarah and Conrad must put their tragic pasts behind them and find out who’s after her…before the trail becomes frozen. Continue reading “Review: The Snowman Killer by Wendy Meadows”

Review: Survive the Night by Riley Sager

56023187It’s November 1991. George H. W. Bush is in the White House, Nirvana’s in the tape deck, and movie-obsessed college student Charlie Jordan is in a car with a man who might be a serial killer.

Josh Baxter, the man behind the wheel, is a virtual stranger to Charlie. They met at the campus ride board, each looking to share the long drive home to Ohio. Both have good reasons for wanting to get away. For Charlie, it’s guilt and grief over the murder of her best friend, who became the third victim of the man known as the Campus Killer. For Josh, it’s to help care for his sick father. Or so he says. Like the Hitchcock heroine she’s named after, Charlie has her doubts. There’s something suspicious about Josh, from the holes in his story about his father to how he doesn’t seem to want Charlie to see inside the car’s trunk. As they travel an empty highway in the dead of night, an increasingly worried Charlie begins to think she’s sharing a car with the Campus Killer. Is Josh truly dangerous? Or is Charlie’s suspicion merely a figment of her movie-fueled imagination? Continue reading “Review: Survive the Night by Riley Sager”

Review: Ghost Files: The Collected Cases from Ghost Hunting and Seeking Spirits by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson 

41-ZsgezK2L._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_In this hair-raising omnibus, Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, founders of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (T.A.P.S.), reveal the memorable and spine-tingling cases featured in their smash-hit collections, Ghost Hunting and Seeking Spirits. From their never-seen-on-television adventures as budding paranormal investigators to the behind-the-scenes accounts of heart-pounding supernatural encounters featured on their popular show, these fascinating and frightening real life tales will keep you up at night!

 

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Mini Review: The Wickeds by Gayle Foreman

55817049._sx318_The reviled villainesses of Snow White, Cinderella, and Rapunzel team up to set the record straight in a subversively funny short story by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay.

Envious queen? Evil stepmother? Kidnapping hag? Elsinora, Gwendolyn, and Marguerite are through with warts-and-all tabloids, ugly lies, and the three ungrateful brats who pitted them against each other and the world. But maybe there’s more to the stories than even the Wickeds know. Is it time to finally get revenge? After all, they’re due for a happily-enough-ever-after. Even if they have to write it themselves. 

Every now and then, Amazon releases a series of short e-books with companion audiobooks that are available for free through Kindle Unlimited.  I’m not sure if they’re part of the Prime Reading program or not, but they’re inexpensive and always good reads.  Continue reading “Mini Review: The Wickeds by Gayle Foreman”

Mini Review: Make Mine Magic by Shanna Swendson

50373954._SX318_ Jilted at the altar, small-town librarian Claire is forced to go on her romantic honeymoon in New York City alone. After enduring one too many meals for two as one, Claire invites a seemingly harmless little old lady to join her for afternoon tea at the Plaza.

Unbeknownst to Claire, said little old lady is actually a grand wizard, who bestows Claire with a magical amulet that makes her the sitting queen of the magical community. Claire is swept into the gilded world of New York City wizards – and a bitter power struggle for the throne. With the help of a cursed former prince, Claire must untangle this web of deception and find the magical community’s rightful leader before her “honeymoon” is over.

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Two Quickie Reviews: Bloody Valentine & Bullseye

18709246 Will Robie is closing in on his next target when he finds himself in the middle of a bank heist–and he’s taken hostage alongside Oliver Stone. But is this just a simple bank job, or are the robbers after something even more valuable–and dangerous–than the cash in the vault?

I’ve been a fan of David Baldacci’s for some time now, however I’ve stuck mostly to his King & Maxwell series.  Until now, I’d not read any of his Will Robie series so, when I stumbled across this short story, I thought I might as well give it a shot.

I’m grateful I did.  While I don’t have any idea what the heck the Camel Club is (this was book 2.5 in the series), I’m now very interested to find out.  I want to know more about Will Robie and what got him to the point he was in this short story.  Color me intrigued if nothing else.

 

9593938 Mega rich restaurant owner Jack Barnes and his second wife Zee are very much in love. However, their plans for Valentine’s Day are about to be torn apart by the most violent murder.Who is the strange figure plotting this sick crime? Who hates Jack that much? There are plenty of suspects living in Jack’s fancy block of flats. Is it them, or could it be the work of an outsider with a twisted mind? One thing’s for sure, the police have got their work cut out solving this bloody mess.

James Patterson is one of my favorite authors.  He has this precise way of writing that makes the books very readable and quick to get through.  That doesn’t mean he skimps on the plot either.  I don’t know how to explain it, but I enjoy whatever it is.

This didn’t remind me of anything I’d read of his before, but it was still very enjoyable.  It was a little grittier and gruesome than his others, but the story was still engaging.  I have a couple other shorts by him, I do believe, and I need to read them soon.