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Review: Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza

Cold Blood (Detective Erika Foster, #5)Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Erika Foster series by Robert Bryznda is one of the most satisfying is one of the most satisfying mystery/thriller series out there. It has action, twists, personal drama and great characters. “Cold Blood” does not disappoint on any of those points. It’s another home run for the series.

Erika is drawn into a multiple homicide case when bodies start showing up in Central London, packed neatly in suitcases. Erika is of course, intrigued, but the lack of evidence, as well as numerous personal conflicts stand in her way. And when the killer is finally revealed, it’s clear the team is dealing with something truly evil.

This book could be read as a standalone novel, but some storylines outside of the main mystery do carry over.

I love that Bryznda’s characters are so multi-layered. There not just cardboard, black-and-white people. It adds a complexity to the story and gets you really invested in the outcome. You’ll know who I’m talking about specifically in regards to this book when you read the novel, I’m pretty sure.

The plot moves very quickly, so it will draw you in from the first chapter. There’s no build-up in the story; you’re thrown into the action from the beginning.

Overall, this is a classic Erika Foster book: heavy on thrills and action, with a great ending and more of our favorite series regulars.

Highly recommended.

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#BlogTour: The Dead Whisper by Emma Clapperton


Welcome to the book tour for The Dead Whisper by Emma Clapperton! This book will leave you a little breathless and wanting more from this author! Enjoy!

About the Book

D.S Preston and D.C Lang are sent to investigate the death of a young girl in an old manor house in Glasgow. But who would want to kill an innocent girl in her own home and why? When they believe their questions have been answered the case is closed.

Meanwhile, Sam Leonard could not be happier – he has a great acting career and a fantastic girlfriend. After being in a previously turbulent relationship, what could go wrong?
For Patrick McLaughlin life is going well. His marriage is stable and with a baby on the way, things can only get better.
But the house that Patrick moves into is not what it seems. With a family burial plot in the gardens, visions and messages from the deceased, and a recent death in the house, will Patrick and Jodie regret their purchase?
In order to lay the ghosts to rest questions will be asked but can the house ever let go of its past?
My Review

This book is quite a ride from start to finish. It starts off where you sense something is slightly “off,” then that sense of dread grows and grows until things explode in a twist so shocking, I think I literally gasped out loud.

This book was a quick, easy read because it really draws you in with the characters. Like I said, yo can’t quite get a grasp on them at first, then you end up forming some theories and before you know it, you’re sucked in and can’t wait to see where it all goes.
And it certainly goes somewhere. I had a theory about the ending, but there’s a great twist in there that will shock you. It’s really fun.
I also liked the ambiguity of the characters a lot. I couldn’t get a hold on some of them until things were revealed. That’s really the sign of a good author: to keep some things hidden until she WANTS to reveal them. I’m still thinking about some of them, lol.
There’s also a fun supernatural element, which gives the book a creepy edge.
Overall, if you love a good drama/thriller, pick up this book. You’ll spend your weekend/beach day/etc. with a great book that will leave you thinking about it after you’ve turned the last page.
About the Author

Emma Clapperton, born December 1985, has always had a passion for reading and writing. She particularly enjoys reading supernatural or horror books. James Herbert is a firm favourite, with The Ghosts of Sleath being one of the books which pushed her to go on to create her own supernatural crime series, featuring Patrick McLaughlin. The books are based in Glasgow and there are plenty of references to the city in her work.
Emma studied childcare and gained qualifications to work with the early years in 2002, later going on to work in the Montessori sector of early years. In 2017 she gained a qualification to work as a Forest School early years leader and can often be found teaching three and four year olds how to cook on an open fire. Alongside this she is also studying for a diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Practice.
She currently resides in a little town outside of the city of Glasgow with her husband and ginger cat and is working on future projects.
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#BlogTour: The Last Day or Emily Lindsey – Review, Giveaway and More!

Welcome to the Blog Tour for the Last Day of Emily Lindsey – an amazing book which I absolutely am excited to share with you!

Below, check out my Review and make sure to enter the giveaway and check out more information about the book and the author!

About the Book

Emily Lindsey doesn’t speak when they find her. Holding a hunting knife and covered in blood that is not her own, she communicates with a single, ominous drawing. 

Detective Steven Paul has had the same nightmare for as long as he can remember, a strange symbol figuring prominently into his terror. He decided long ago that the recurring dreams are nothing more than an unfortunate side effect of his often traumatic profession.

Until, that is, he’s assigned to the case of Emily Lindsey, the beautiful, elusive, and controversial blogger found alone, who can’t possibly know the symbol from his nightmares… unless she does. 

Praise for The Last Day of Emily Lindsey

 “eye-opening…Joseph’s prose is smooth enough to keep the pages turning.” – Kirkus

 “An inventive thrill-ride that keeps you guessing. Nic Joseph weaves a delicate filament between the secrets of a tribe of childhood friends and the murderous consequences of their adulthood. Psychologically astute and full of satisfying twists.” – Kelly Simmons, author of One More Day and The Fifth of July

 “Nic Joseph’s The Last Day of Emily Lindsey is an intricately plotted and downright creepy thriller about one man’s struggle to leave his past behind and the impossibility of ever being able to do so. Nic Joseph skillfully doles out the shocks and surprises, and the reader will be gasping for air as they land like perfect jabs. This book is a powerful, timely, intense treat for anyone who loves stories loaded with suspense, chills, and intrigue.” – David Bell, author of Bring Her Home

 “This chilling novel from the author of Boy, 9, Missing (2016) will entice readers with its unique storytelling. Full of unexpected twists and complex characters, Joseph’s page-turner will keep readers up late into the night.” – Booklist

 My Review

Wow. 5/5 stars

This book is a roller coaster ride from start to finish. It grabs your attention from the first chapter and doesn’t let up until the very bitter end. I really, really enjoyed it.
The twists and turns come at you from every direction. I had no idea what was going to happen next. Seriously. It’s rare that I have any idea what is going to come next, but in this case, I didn’t. Therefore, when the revelations came, I was like, “Whoa.”
I also really felt for Steve. He has issues. A lot of them. But he seemed like a truly nice person and I was rooting for him. I also liked his parents. They were so sweet, I loved their dynamic.
I liked how the dual stories in the book (“Now” and “Then”) came together in the end. It really fit to see the way things worked out (I’m trying to be vague here so that I don’t give anything away!) in different ways for different choices. I liked that perspective.
Overall, I really enjoyed this thriller. It kept me turning pages all the way until the end. If you’re looking for a good mind-twisting mystery, this is it.
 About the Author

Nic Joseph is fascinated by the very good reasons that make people do very bad things. She writes thrillers and suspense novels from her home in Chicago. As a trained journalist, Nic has written about everything from health care and business to aerospace and IT—but she feels most at home when there’s a murder to be solved on the next page. Nic holds a BS in journalism and an MA in communications, both from Northwestern University.

Visit NicJoseph.com, or follow her on Twitter: @nickeljoseph

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Teaser Tuesday: The Last Day is Emily Lindsey by Nic Joseph


Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. The meme is hosted by The Purple Booker!
It is very easy to play along:
Grab your current read

  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  •  Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

I am loving this book so far – and I’ll be on the book tour coming up early next month! It’s super creepy and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

So, without further ado:

I thanked her before walking back down the narrow hallway to Mary’s office. I could usually get in and out within forty-five minutes, depending on how much Mary wanted to probe. I felt a familiar sense of frustration rush over me—there was too much to do, too much at stake for me to stop and have a chat.

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About the Book

Detective Steven Paul has had the same nightmare for as long as he can remember, a strange symbol figuring prominently into his terror. He decided long ago that the recurring dreams are nothing more than an unfortunate side effect of his often traumatic profession. Until, that is, he’s assigned to the case of Emily Lindsey, the beautiful, elusive, and controversial blogger found alone, holding a hunting knife and covered in someone else’s blood.

As Steven questions Emily, she repeatedly scratches out the same odd symbol he sees when he closes his eyes. A thrilling suspense ensues as Steven must get inside Emily’s head to solve a mystery without a crime—a mystery that is connected to him in ways he can’t even begin to fathom.

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Review: Close to Home by Robert Dugoni

Close to Home (Tracy Crosswhite, #5)Close to Home by Robert Dugoni

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure how much I would like this book from the description. Military/conspiracy-type books usually aren’t my things. But I didn’t count on the fact that Robert Dugoni could probably make watching paint dry seem interesting.

This book is a great addition to the Tracy Crosswhite series and makes you impatient for the next installment. I wouldn’t start with this one if you’re interested in the series, but technically it could be read as a standalone.

The novel centers around a hit-and-run which results in the death of a 12-year-old boy. The detectives find overwhelming evidence – hinging on one key piece – that a Naval logistics officer is responsible. But then, suddenly, that evidence goes missing. And Tracy decides she is going to find out why. Meanwhile, Del is mourning his niece, who OD’d on heroin. He becomes determined to avenge her death by taking her supplier off the street. But will that bring him closure?

I love the supporting team in this series. Del, Faz, Kins, etc., they’re so fun and it feels like yo really know them after five books. I’m so glad that they’ve each gotten some time to develop and grow as characters. Plus, this book introduces some new characters which I think will make future appearances as well, which I’m glad about.

The storyline is really, very intriguing. It’s not a traditional military-spy-thriller. It’s a classic Tracy Crosswhite novel, which slowly reveals the answers as you move through the book. I did not guess the ending at all. It was really very good.

I love this series and Dugoni as an author. I recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries.

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New series from Ragnar Jonasson

One of my favorite Scandinavian authors, Ragnor Jonasson, announced a new series with a kick-off book, which looks amazing! (Plus the cover quote is from another amazing Icelandic author.)

I can’t wait to see this one! Check it out!


About the Book (from Dead Good Books)

Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavik Police is 64 when we meet her in The Darkness. On the verge of retirement, Hulda isn’t looking forward to whatever lies on the other side. Her job is her life. But at least she has time to prepare for the unknown.

What she doesn’t expect is for her boss to unceremoniously tell her to clear her desk one day. A young man is coming in to take her place. A rising star. After giving her life to the job, she is no longer needed.
Hulda is dismissively told that she can pick a cold case to work on for two more weeks, and she knows just the one. A young woman who was found dead on the seaweed-covered rocks of the Vatnsleysuströnd, a woman who no one really cared that much about because she was Russian, waiting to be granted asylum. An outsider. Unneeded. Her death was ruled a suicide after a slapdash investigation.
But when Hulda starts to ask questions she soon realises that there was something more to this case – something darker and more bloody. This was not the only young Russian woman to disappear from the hostel where they waited for asylum. And when her own force tries to put the brakes on an investigation that she is determined to finish, Hulda has just days to discover the truth. No matter how many lines she has to cross to get it.

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Review: Storm’s Edge by Tony Healey

Storm's Edge (Harper and Lane #2)Storm’s Edge by Tony Healey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I jumped at the chance to read the follow up to the fabulously spooky and dark “Hope’s Peak,” and couldn’t wait to continue the journey with Harper and Ida. And while it’s not as grim as it’s predecessor, “Storm’s Edge” is the perfect second book in this new series.

Just a note: this book picks up immediately where book one left off. As such, it’s better to start with that book to understand the complete background situation. But trust me, you won’t regret diving into this series.

So yeah – from this point on, because the books’ plots are so intertwined: SPOILER ALERT FOR BOOK ONE!!

Ok, I’m starting now.

This book picks up a couple months after the events of book one, with Stu buried, Ida haunted by what she saw when Lester died and Jane Harper at the center of a swirling Internal Affairs investigation. Then, two police officers are gunned down and Harper finds herself a target as well. Will Hope’s Peak be able to finally exorcise its demons and deliver justice? Or will evil continue to reign?

This book had amazing suspense and tons of twists and turns. I love that the author doesn’t mind “going there,” as overused as that phrase is. He doesn’t hesitate to kill off a character or reveal some really dark secrets. It adds this tension to the plot that keeps you going.

I also continued to love Harper and Ida’s partnership in this book. Both characters are likable and relatable – I really find myself rooting for them.

I can’t wait to see where this series goes next, and I will definitely be along for the ride.

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