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#Blog Tour: Deadly Friendship by Tara Lyons

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I’m so excited to be today’s stop on the Deadly Friendship tour! Please enjoy our introduction to this excellent book!

Book Description

img_6941Who can you really trust?

Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is dragged into a gruesome murder investigation, while on annual leave in Lake Windermere. A handwritten note, with a woman’s name, is found inside the corpse.

When a direct link to London is unidentified, Hamilton must race against the clock to make the connection before the body count rises.

Meanwhile, four friends with strained relationships, are reunited. What past event do they want to keep buried and is there something linking them to the murders?

Then, when a person from Hamilton’s past returns, he must ask himself: how well do we really know our friends?

London’s murder investigations team returns in this third novel from the bestselling author of In the Shadows and No Safe Home.

My Review

Deadly Friendship (D.I. Denis Hamilton #3)Deadly Friendship by Tara Lyons

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was amazing. I read it as a standalone and had no problems connecting with the characters or story.

This book combines present-day murders with a mystery from the past, which collide when members of a group of college friends begin to die. Most of the action takes place in the present, but the author does a great job of drawing you into the mystery, wondering what happened as well as what’s going on now.

I did not see the ending coming. It’s really very brilliantly done and it’s creepy as heck. The villain in this story is very scary and is drawn perfectly by the author.

I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be looking for others in this series. DI Hamilton and his team are really interesting and draw the reader into the series. I’d like to see more of them.

Highly recommended

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About the Author

71yZzqlsnIL._UX250_Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. In the Shadows is Tara’s debut solo novel published in March 2016. She co-wrote The Caller and Web of Deceit: A DI Sally Parker novella with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley.

In August 2016 Tara signed a two-book contract with Bloodhound Books. The second book in the DI Hamilton series, No Safe Home, was published in January 2017.

When she’s not writing, Tara can be found at a local Wacky Warehouse stuck in the ball-pit with her young, energetic son.

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Review: Among the Dead by J.R. Backlund

Among the Dead (A Rachel Carver Mystery #1)Among the Dead by J.R. Backlund

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this book; it was an easy, quick read that will satisfy your mystery/thriller craving. The setting was great – a small town in the mountains of Western North Carolina – and the mystery was intriguing.

But I did have some issues with it, which took it from a 5-star to a 4-star read.

Rachel Carver quit her job at the NC State Bureau of Investigations after a tragic incident on her last case. She gets a call from her former partner to consult on a case in the sleepy mountain time where he works. A man was killed and the department wants to make sure they solve the case without errors – and fast. But soon things spiral out of control as it becomes clear they’re dealing with more than just a random kill.

This book has a great mystery at its core. The story doesn’t give too much away until it wants to, which gives the reveals a nice punch. And I liked that the author really ties everything together. Nothing is insignificant in the grand scheme of things, which is really cool.

Plus, I really liked Rachel as a character: she was smart, but not cocky, and she had an interesting personality. You could tell there was a good backstory there.

I just wish we had gotten to see more of that backstory. We were just kind of thrown into the middle of her life with no context, despite really wanting some more information. There were also some other things that I had questions about that didn’t really get addressed. It would have been nice for some more explanation.

But overall, I really enjoyed this book. It looks like the author is planning a series starring Rachel, and I would definitely read more.

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Review: Our Little Secret by Darren O’Sullivan

Our Little SecretOur Little Secret by Darren O’Sullivan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I. Devoured. This. Book.

The premise is one that draws you in almost immediately, and I just had to keep reading until I found out what happened, and once that picture became clear, I had to know how it turned out.

The book follows two people: Chris, who goes to a train station to kill himself while in a deep depression about his wife, who was killed 10 months before; and Sarah, who happens to run into Chris at the platform and interrupts his plans. Both are then forced to deal with the aftermath and face their personal demons.

The pacing is very quick in this novel – you’re thrown right into the situation at the train platform. When I began reading the novel, before I knew it, I had read 10 percent of it! The rest of the novel goes equally as fast as you see both people struggle in the aftermath of their initial meeting.

I liked that it’s easy to put yourself in the middle of the story and wonder what would happen if you were there. It’s such an average thing – sitting, waiting for a train – that you can’t help but think after you read this: what are the others on this platform thinking? You never know, apparently.

The ending is a doozy, and as it becomes clear, it’s great. It just grips you.

Highly recommended.

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Review: Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo

Down a Dark Road (Kate Burkholder, #9)Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I grew up near several Amish communities and know as well as anyone that they’re generally about as normal and boring as anyone; they simply belong to a different, more intense religious practice. But there’s something about any secretive religious sect that is just fascinating and, when written about in the right way can add a creepy feeling to a good story.

Linda Castillo strikes that balance yet again in the latest Kate Burkholder novel. This book was a great ride, from beginning to end.

Kate – an ex-Amish police chief – becomes embroiled in what was thought to be a closed case when her former childhood friend, convicted of the murder of his wife, escapes from prison and takes his four children and Kate hostage. He insists that he didn’t kill his wife and begs Late to look into it. Then he lets her go. As Kate begins to investigate, she realizes that maybe Joseph wasn’t as guilty as everyone thinks he was. If that’s the case, who really killed his wife? Or is Late blinded by her childhood memories and unable to see the truth?

This novel starts at a running pace and doesn’t let up. It was just a thrill from start to finish and Castillo pulls no punches, adding details that really pull you in and make you gasp. I loved it.

I guessed the gist of the ending, but I didn’t mind it, since there’s so many questions about how the bigger picture will turn out. (I’m really trying not to spoil things so I hope all that makes sense.) There’s a lot questions involved so there’s more than enough to keep you interested.

However, at least one of my questions didn’t get answered, which is why it’s a four-star read instead of a five-star.

Overall, I loved it and am completely hooked on the Kate Butkholder series. Highly recommended

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Goodreads Monday: The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners, and add your own links!

Awhile ago, I read “The Lace Reader,” by Brunonia Barry and absolutely loved it! Salem, Mass. has always fascinated me – it’s the perfect blend of New England charm and creepy history. I’ve visited before and am dying to go back! So I was sooo excited to see that the characters from “The Lace Reader” are back in “The Fifth Petal,” which I just got yesterday on Amazon. I can’t wait to indulge!


The New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader returns to Salem with this spellbinding new thriller, a complex brew of suspense, seduction and murder.

When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty wonders if there is a connection between his death and Salem’s most notorious cold case, a triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed on Halloween night in 1989. He finds unexpected help in Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims newly returned to town. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian, is guilty of murder or witchcraft. 

But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again? 

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Flashback Friday Review: Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo

I didn’t realize until a couple days ago when I was planning out my reading week that I hadn’t posted the last Kate Burkholder novel review! I read it prior to starting up my re-launch of this blog, so it only made it to Goodreads. So, now that I’m starting the next in the series (the ninth total!), here’s my take on the eighth Kate Burkholder novel, “Among the Wicked.” The Amish have never been so spooky!

Among the Wicked (Kate Burkholder #8)Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First off: This book can be read as a stand-alone novel. I am reviewing it as such. I liked it so much I may buy the others in the series!

I’m a little breathless after finishing this one. It’s an intense ride that doesn’t let up for a second. And I NEVER saw the end twist coming. Not for a second.

So. The basics: Kate Burkholder is a police chief in Ohio who used to be Amish. She’s summoned to work undercover in New York when a young woman is found frozen to death under weird circumstances. She quickly discovers that the town’s charismatic leader may be up to some bad things – including murder.

As the story unfolds, it just keeps adding questions: Who, why, how?! Most of it was good. It kept me reading. But the four stars come in because some of those threads did not get tied up. I’m still not exactly sure what happened with some of the characters. It’s sometimes implied, but never confirmed.( I don’t want to give anything away because it’s really good and you’ll want to read it for yourself. Afterward, I’d be interested to hear some other’s opinions.)

That doesn’t keep me from recommending the book, because I really do, I just want to be upfront about it.

I also loved the authenticity of the Amish portrayal. It was interesting and very accurate based on my interactions with plain people.

Overall, HIGHLY recommend.

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Review: Buried on the Fens by Joy Ellis

4Buried on the Fens (Nikki Galena Series #7)Buried on the Fens by Joy Ellis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ever since I read “Their Lost Daughters” earlier this year, I’ve been a big fan of Joy Ellis. “Buried on the Fens” is the latest in the DI Nikki Galena series, and I loved it just as much. I really enjoy how Ellis can take what seems like a straightforward mystery and creates a twisty, explosive haters that will shock you to your very core.

While the novel is in a series, it can be read as a standalone, no problem.

Nikki Galena is called to a country church, where an old skeleton has been found, obviously the victim of a brutal murder years ago. As Nikki and her team investigate, they’re pulled into a 30-year-old mystery which seems to still be affecting people in the modern day. At the same time, another murder is confounding Nikki’s team. A woman was murdered and the people that knew her best – all members of a secret drinking society – aren’t talking. Everything collides in spectacular fashion as the investigations continue.

The atmosphere of this book is amazing. It’s all about secrets and trying to crack through layers of silence and misdirection. Plus, it opens with scenes in a creepy church graveyard on a quiet English marsh. Awesome.

There’s no way I saw the ending coming, and I really enjoyed it. It was extremely satisfying. I like how Ellis really blends together good and bad, really making you question who’s doing “right” and what exactly constitutes “wrong.” The characters aren’t all good or all bad. Except the villain in this one – they are uh…..really bad.

I would absolutely read more in this series. It was absolutely great.

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