Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Sophia Rose Reviews Murder at the Merton Library by Andrea Penrose

Today Sophia Rose returns with a review of Murder at the Merton Library by Andrea Penrose. Stop by and see why she likes this series so much.

Murder at the Merton Library by Andrea Penrose

#7 Wrexford and Sloane

Historical Mystery

Publisher:  Kensington Books

Published: 9.26.23

Pages:  304

Rating: 4.5 stars

Format: eARC

Source:  NetGalley

Sellers:  Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:

Responding to an urgent plea from a troubled family friend, the Earl of Wrexford journeys to Oxford only to find the reclusive university librarian has been murdered and a rare manuscript has gone missing. The only clue is that someone overheard an argument in which Wrexford’s name was mentioned.
At the same time, Charlotte—working under her pen name, A. J. Quill—must determine whether a laboratory fire was arson and if it’s connected to the race between competing consortiums to build a new type of ship—one that can cross the ocean powered by steam rather than sails—with the potential to revolutionize military power and world commerce. That the race involves new innovations in finance and entrepreneurship only adds to the high stakes—especially as their good friend Kit Sheffield may be an investor in one of the competitors.
As they delve deeper into the baffling clues, Wrexford and Charlotte begin to realize that things are not what they seem. An evil conspiracy is lurking in the shadows and threatens all they hold dear—unless they can tie the loose threads together before it’s too late . . .

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Macmillan Audio review of Payback in Death by J.D. Robb #57 in the In Death Series

Today I'm sharing my #MacmillanAudio review of Payback in Death by J.D. Robb #57 in her In Death series.

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 09-05-2023
Length: 13 hours - 54 minutes
Source: Publisher for Review
Buy It: Audible/Chirpbooks



"Narrator Susan Ericksen's performance vibrates with energy as she portrays old and new characters in this series."—AudioFile on Desperation in Death, an Earphones Award winner.

A retired colleague falls victim to a staged suicide in Payback in Death, the next police thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb.

Lt. Eve Dallas is just home from a long overdue vacation when she responds to a call of an unattended death. The victim is Martin Greenleaf, retired Internal Affairs Captain. At first glance, the scene appears to be suicide, but the closer Eve examines the body, the more suspicious she becomes.

An unlocked open window, a loving wife and family, a too-perfect suicide note—Eve's gut says it's a homicide. After all, Greenleaf put a lot of dirty cops away during his forty-seven years in Internal Affairs. It could very well be payback—and she will not rest until the case is closed.

Monday, September 18, 2023

#GIVEAWAY Review Thank You For Sharing - Interview with author Rachel Runya Katz

It's long been known that I love featuring debut novels and today I'm featuring a gem, Thank You For Sharing  by Rachel Runya Katz, a snarky and warm hearted romantic comedy that received a Starred, best debut, review from Library Journal. Plus I snagged an interview with the author and for the icing on the cake Rachel's publisher St. Martin's Griffin is sponsoring a #Giveaway, details below.

ISBN-13: 978-1250888297
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: 09-12-2023
Length: 352 pp
Source: Publisher for review
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Our new favorite trope: Childhood friends. To enemies. To lovers. In a chemistry-filled debut romance.

Daniel Rosenberg and Liyah Cohen-Jackson’s last conversation―fourteen years ago at summer camp―ended their friendship. Until they find themselves seated next to each other on a plane, and bitterly pick up right where they left off. At least they can go their separate ways again after landing...

That is, until Daniel's marketing firm gets hired by the Chicago museum where Liyah works as a junior curator, and they’re forced to collaborate with potential career changing promotions on the line.

With every meeting and post-work social gathering with colleagues, the tension (and chemistry) between Daniel and Liyah builds until they’re forced to confront why they broke apart years ago at camp. But as they find comfort in their shared experiences as Jews of color and fumble towards friendship, can they ignore their growing feelings for each other?

With sexy charm and undeniable wit, Rachel Runya Katz's sparkling debut, Thank You For Sharing, proves that if you're open to love, anything is possible.

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Friday, September 15, 2023

Showcase: Fall of Ruin and Wrath by Jennifer

Today I'm showcasing #1 bestseller Jennifer Armentrout's debut in her scorching adult fantasy series, Fall of Ruin and Wrath. Stay tuned for my review of the Macmillan Audio edition coming soon!


ISBN-13:  978-1250750198
Publisher: Macmillan/Bramble
Release Date: 09-17-2023
Length: 432 pp
Awakening #1
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound




From Jennifer L. Armentrout, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of From Blood and Ash, comes the beginning of a searing fantasy romance series for adults, Fall of Ruin and Wrath.

Featured in Cosmopolitan! Most Anticipated from HuffPost Books • BookRiot • PopSugar • Paste Magazine • SheReads • The Nerd Daily • Goodreads • r/RomanceBooks and more!

Long ago, the world was destroyed by gods. Only nine cities were spared. Separated by vast wilderness teeming with monsters and unimaginable dangers, each city is now ruled by a guardian―royalty who feed on mortal pleasure.

Born with an intuition that never fails, Calista knows her talents are of great value to the power-hungry of the world, so she lives hidden as a courtesan of the Baron of Archwood. In exchange for his protection, she grants him information.

When her intuition leads her to save a traveling prince in dire trouble, the voice inside her blazes with warning―and promise. Today he’ll bring her joy. One day he'll be her doom.

When the Baron takes an interest in the traveling prince and the prince takes an interest in Calista, she becomes the prince’s temporary companion. But the city simmers with rebellion, and with knights and monsters at her city gates and a hungry prince in her bed, intuition may not be enough to keep her safe.

Calista must choose: follow her intuition to safety or follow her heart to her downfall.

Breathtaking suspense and scorching romance meet in this immersive new fantasy from a mega-bestselling force, Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Thursday, September 14, 2023

#Macmillan Audio Review- Gone Tonight by Sarah Pekkanen

Today I'm sharing my review of the Macmillan Audio edition of Gone Tonight, Sarah Pekkanen's latest psychological thriller.

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 08-01-2023
Length: 10 hours - 9 minutes
Source: Publisher for review
Buy It: Audible/ Chirpbooks



New from the #1 bestselling co-author of The Golden Couple and The Wife Between Us!

"I'm a huge fan of Sarah Pekkanen's books, and GONE TONIGHT is her best yet." ―Colleen Hoover

Catherine Sterling thinks she knows her mother. Ruth Sterling is quiet, hardworking, and lives for her daughter. All her life, it's been just the two of them against the world. But now, Catherine is ready to spread her wings, move from home, and begin a new career. And Ruth Sterling will do anything to prevent that from happening.

Ruth Sterling thinks she knows her daughter. Catherine would never rebel, would never question anything about her mother's past or background. But when Ruth's desperate quest to keep her daughter by her side begins to reveal cracks in Ruth's carefully-constructed world, both mother and daughter begin a dance of deception.

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Showcase: My Shadow is Yours a novel by EDOARDO NESI Translated by GREGORY CONTI

Today I'm showcasing My Shadow is Yours a novel by Edoardo Nesi, it's a novel about an author and a new release from my favorite indie publisher, OtherPress.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63542-068-5
Publisher: OtherPress
Release Date: 09-12-2023
Length: 288pp

Buy It: Publisher/ Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



A recent college graduate accompanies a reclusive middle-aged writer on a chaotic road trip to Milan in this hilarious, heartwarming novel about love, friendship, and the pitfalls of nostalgia

In 1995 Vittorio Vezzosi rose to worldwide acclaim with his debut novel, The Wolves Inside. Unfortunately for his adoring fans—and his publisher—he wouldn’t write another word. Instead, the great author shut himself away in a farmhouse overlooking Florence.

After twenty-five years of silence, however, a corporate takeover lights the fire under Vittorio to produce a new novel, and bright young classics graduate Emiliano De Vito is hired to assist him. Off to a rocky start, the odd couple embark on a madcap journey in a 1979 Jeep—without a roof or windshield or doors—to Milan, where Vittorio will speak to a crowd of thousands.

As they travel across Italy, bonding over wine and women, and butting heads over the struggles Emiliano’s generation inherited from Vittorio’s, the two begin to see the world, and writing, in a different way.

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Sophia Rose reviews: What Would Jane Austen Do by Linda Corbett - AustenProse PR Blog Tour

Today Sophia Rose is participating in  What Would Jane Austen Do by Linda Corbett blog tour sponsored by AustenProse PR
Sit back and enjoy a bit of information about the book and author and Sophia Rose's review.

What Would Jane Austen Do? By Linda Corbett

Romantic Comedy

Publisher:  One More Chapter

Published: 6.16.23

Pages:  385

Rating: 4.5 stars

Format: eARC

Source:  AustenprosePR



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GoodReads Blurb:

It's a truth often acknowledged that when a journalist and Jane Austen fan girl ends up living next door to a cynical but handsome crime writer, romantic sparks will fly! When Maddy Shaw is told her Dear Jane column has been cancelled she has no choice but to look outside of London’s rental market. That is until she’s left an idyllic country home by the black sheep of the family, long-not-so-lost Cousin Nigel. But of course there’s a stipulation… and not only is Maddy made chair of the committee for the annual village literary festival, she also has to put up with bestselling crime author –and romance sceptic – Cameron Massey as her new neighbour. When Maddy challenges Cameron to write romantic fiction, which he claims is so easy to do, sparks fly both on and off the page…

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

African Art as Philosophy Senghor, Bergson, and the Idea of Negritude by by SOULEYMANE BACHIR DIAGNE

Those who visit the blog regularly know how much I love OtherPress an indie publisher that thinks and publishes outside the box. Today's feature African Art as Philosophy.. fits that to a tee so I hope you'll give it a look.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63542-321-1
Publisher: OtherPress
Release Date: 09-05-2023
Length: 208pp
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This critically acclaimed study offers a distinct, incisive look at how Senegalese philosopher Senghor sees in African art the most acute expression of Bergson’s philosophy.

Léopold Sédar Senghor (1906–2001) was a Senegalese poet and philosopher who in 1960 also became the first president of the Republic of Senegal. In African Art as Philosophy, Souleymane Bachir Diagne uses a unique approach to reading Senghor’s influential works, taking as the starting point for his analysis Henri Bergson’s idea that in order to understand philosophers, one must find the initial intuition from which every aspect of their work develops. In the case of Senghor, Diagne argues that his primordial intuition is that African art is a philosophy.

To further this point, Diagne looks at what Senghor called the “1889 Revolution” (the year Bergson’s Time and Free Will was published), as well as the influential writers and publications of that period—specifically, Nietzsche and Rimbaud. The 1889 Revolution, Senghor claims, is what led him to the understanding of the “Vitalism” at the core of African religions and beliefs that found expression in the arts.

Friday, September 1, 2023

#GIVEAWAY Showcase - 25 To Life by John Lansing a Partners in Crime virtual tour

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25 to Life

by John Lansing

August 21 - September 15, 2023 Virtual Book Tour


25 to Life by John Lansing

25 to Life is the fifth and latest installment in the Jack Bertolino series, written by John Lansing in the propulsive, cinematic, page-turning style he has become known for.

Gloria Millhouse, a beautiful African American law student, is working with the Project for the Innocent. She has done extensive research on inmate Carl Forbes, who she believes was wrongfully arrested, convicted and incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit, the sexual assault and brutal murder of a teenage girl in Los Angeles twenty-three years ago. Gloria dies in a car crash on Malibu Canyon Road after questioning powerful, politically-connected men who were witnesses at Carl's trial and knew the victim personally. Private investigator Jack Bertolino is brought on to discover the truth behind Gloria's death. Was her crash simply a random accident or a conspiracy to prevent the courts from reopening the case and granting Carl Forbes a new trial? Jack believes that Gloria was murdered, and as the body count rises, it becomes clear that if Jack can find Gloria's killer, he will also find the man responsible for the teenager's assault and murder. And Carl Forbes can walk out of prison a free man.

Praise for 25 to Life:

“Los Angeles–based private investigator delves into a murder with ties to a wrongfully convicted man in Lansing’s detective novel.”
“The author packs this latest installment in the Jack Bertolino series with new and returning characters. Gloria’s mysterious death is the catalyst, but it’s this vibrant cast that truly propels the tense narrative. The author’s incisive writing sets Jack on the investigation right away, and succinct chapters breeze by as he compiles a suspect list and looks into a host of crimes. Even as the culprits become more apparent, Jack must still prove they’re guilty. It all leads to a superb ending and the unmistakable sense that this series is nowhere close to slowing down.”
“Razor-sharp characters propel a taut, suspenseful thriller.”
~ Kirkus Reviews

Book Details:

Genre: Crime/Thriller
Published by: White Street Press
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
Number of Pages: 276
ISBN: 979-8-9885 166-1-3
Series: The Jack Bertolino Series, 5
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | More

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Showcase: Eighteen Days in October by Uri Kaufman

Today I'm showcasing one of St. Martin's Press non-fiction, Eighteen Days in October. About the Yom Kippur War, a little known to many Middle Eastern Conflict that was almost single handedly responsible for the modern Middle East.

ISBN-13: 9781250281890
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 08-29-2023
Length: 400pp

Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



October 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, a conflict that shaped the modern Middle East. The War was a trauma for Israel, a dangerous superpower showdown, and, following the oil embargo, a pivotal reordering of the global economic order. The Jewish State came shockingly close to defeat. A panicky cabinet meeting debated the use of nuclear weapons. After the war, Prime Minister Golda Meir resigned in disgrace, and a 9/11-style commission investigated the “debacle.”

But, argues Uri Kaufman, from the perspective of a half century, the War can be seen as a pivotal victory for Israel. After nearly being routed, the Israeli Defense Force clawed its way back to threaten Cairo and Damascus. In the war’s aftermath both sides had to accept unwelcome truths: Israel could no longer take military superiority for granted—but the Arabs could no longer hope to wipe Israel off the map. A straight line leads from the battlefields of 1973 to the Camp David Accords of 1978 and all the treaties since. Like Michael Oren’s Six Days of War, this is the definitive account of a critical moment in history.

Monday, August 28, 2023

Sophia Rose Reviews: Murder at Blackwater Bend by Clara McKenna


Today on Sophia Rose is sharing her views on Clara McKenna's historical mystery, Murder at Blackwater Bend.

Murder at Blackwater Bend by Clara McKenna, Narrator Sarah Zimmerman

#2 Stella and Lyndy Mystery

Historical Mystery

Publisher:  Highbridge

Published: 6.30.20

Time:  10 hours 10 minutes

Rating: 4.5 stars

Narrator Rating: 5 stars

Format: audio

Source: library borrow

Sellers:  Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:

Wild-hearted Kentuckian Stella Kendrick cautiously navigates the strict demands of British high society as the future Lady of Morrington Hall. But when petty scandals lead to bloody murder, her outspoken nature could be all that keeps her alive . . .
Following a whirlwind engagement to Viscount “Lyndy” Lyndhurst, Stella is finding her footing within an elite social circle in picturesque rural England. Except tea time with refined friends can be more dangerous than etiquette faux pas—especially in the company of Lady Philippa, the woman Lyndy was once set to marry, and her husband, the ostentatious Lord Fairbrother . . . 
Outrage erupts and accusations fly after Lord Fairbrother’s pony wins best in breed for the seventh consecutive year. The man has his share of secrets and adversaries, but Stella and Lyndy are in for a brutal shock when they discover his body floating in the river during a quiet morning fishing trip . . .
Suddenly unwelcome around hardly-grieving Lady Philippa and Lyndy’s endlessly critical mother, Stella faces the bitter reality that she may always be an outsider—and one of her trusted new acquaintances may be a calculating killer. Now, Stella and her fiancé must fight against the current to catch the culprit, before they’re the next couple torn apart by tragedy.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Sophia Rose Reviews: The Wallflower by Frances Reynolds

Today Sophia Rose returns with a review of The Wallflower by Frances Reynolds, a novel in one of her favorite genres, an Austen retelling.

The Wallflower by Frances Reynolds

Historical Romance

Publisher: Quills & Quartos

Published: 8.3.23

Pages:  148

Rating: 4 stars

Format: trade paperback

Source: Quills & Quartos

Sellers: Amazon

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Amazon Blurb:

"Mr Darcy is the most honest man in London, I am perfectly convinced. So much so that even civility has no claim upon him."

FITZWILLIAM DARCY regrets his intemperate words about Miss Elizabeth's desirability as a dance partner, and wishes everyone—particularly the beguiling young lady herself—would allow them to be forgot. Alas with Charles Bingley set on winning Jane Bennet's heart and hand, he will have to do more than just wish. He will have to admit that a young lady left sitting without a dancer partner may still be very tempting indeed.
The Wallflower is a variation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice perfect for readers who enjoy seeing Darcy and Elizabeth get a second chance at love.

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Showcase: Nine Lives and Alibis by Cate Conte

Today I'm showcasing, Nine Lives and Alibis, #7 in Cate Conte's Cat Cafe Mystery series.

ISBN-13: 9781250883933
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Release Date: 8-22-2023
Length: 336pp
Cat Cafe #7
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



In Nine Lives and Alibis, the seventh in Cate Conte's Cat Café beloved cozy mystery series, Daybreak Island is gearing up for Halloween—but this year it seems like it'll be all tricks and no treats.

It’s October in Daybreak Harbor, which means everything Halloween. The town is going all out for the holiday, hoping to one-up the festivities in neighboring Salem, Massachusetts, and Maddie James is delighted to be part of the planning for the annual happenings.

But trouble brews when Maddie’s youngest sister, Sam, books a famous medium, Balfour Dempsey, to come to town for the celebrations and stay in the local haunted inn—along with his equally famous black cat. The town busybody books a secret reading with Balfour and doesn’t want anyone to know why. Maddie’s best friend Becky is hell-bent on getting Balfour to help her solve two 40-year-old mysteries—a murder and a missing maid. And the psychic has a stalker who’s followed him here to the island, demanding he connect with her dead husband.

When Balfour is pushed off the cliffs behind the inn to his death and his beloved cat goes missing, it throws the whole town into a frenzy. And Maddie and her family find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery straight out of a Halloween movie.

Monday, August 21, 2023

Showcase: Night of Lyons Anthology and exclusive Guest Post with one of the contributors Ruth A Casie

Ah what a way to start a week showcasing a fabulous connected story anthology and an exclusive guest post from Ruth A Casie one of the contributing authors.

And a HUGE Shout out to Caffeinated PR for putting the post together!

Friday, August 18, 2023

#GIVEAWAY - Blog Tour - Review: Deadly Depths by John F. Dobbyn a Partners in Crime virtual tour

Today it's my stop on the Deadly Depths by John F. Dobbyn tour. 
Learn more about the novel, enjoy my review and don't forget to enter the #Giveaway!

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Deadly Depths

by John F Dobbyn

July 24 - August 18, 2023 Virtual Book Tour


Deadly Depths by John F Dobbyn

The death by bizarre means of his mentor, Professor Barrington Holmes, draws Mathew Shane into the quest of five archeologists, known to each other as "The Monkey's Paws", for an obscure object of unprecedented historic and financial value. The suspected murders of others of the Monkey's Paws follow their pursuit of five clues found in a packet of five ancient parchments. Shane's commitment to disprove the police theory of suicide by Professor Holmes carries him to the steamy bayous of New Orleans, the backstreets of Montreal, the sunken wreck of a pirate vessel off Barbados, and the city of Maroon descendants of escaped slaves in Jamaica. By weaving a thread from the sacrificial rites of the Aztec kingdom before the Spanish conquest of Mexico through the African beliefs of Jamaican Maroons and finally to the ventures of Captain Henry Morgan during the Golden Era of Piracy in his conquest and sacking of Spanish cities on the Spanish Main, Shane reaches a conclusion he could never have anticipated.

Praise for Deadly Depths:

"Deadly Depths gives readers characters they care about and gets hearts pumping as the mystery and adventure unfold!"
~ Janet Hutchings, Editor, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

"Deadly Depths is an exciting mystery novel that asks who has the right to seek and exploit lost treasures."
~ Foreword Reviews

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery, Crime Thriller
Published by: Oceanview Publishing
Publication Date: August 2023
Number of Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781608095483 (ISBN10: 1608095487)
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | | Goodreads | Oceanview Publishing

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Sophia Rose Reviews: Murder at Moorington Hall by Clara McKenna, narrated by Sarah Zimmerman

Today Sophia Rose reviews, the first in a new historical mystery series by Clara McKenna, Murder at Moorington Hall.

Murder at Moorington Hall by Clara McKenna, narrated by Sarah Zimmerman

#1 Stella and Lyndy

Historical Mystery

Publisher:  Recorded Books

Published:  5.28.19

Time:  8 hours 9 minutes

Rating: 4.5 stars

Format: Audio

Source: Library Borrow

Sellers:  Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:

Stella Kendrick is an all-American heiress who can't be tamed. But when the lively aspiring equine trainer tangles with British aristocracy, she meets her match--and a murderer . . .

Spring, 1905: Free-spirited like the Thoroughbreds she rides across the Kentucky countryside, Stella takes adventure by the reins when she's asked to attend a mysterious wedding in rural England. But once she arrives at the lush Morrington Hall estate, her cold and ambitious father confesses that he won't only give away his best racehorses as gifts--he has also arranged to give away his daughter as bride to the Earl of Atherly's financially strapped son . . .

Stella refuses to be sold off like a prized pony. Yet despite a rough start, there's something intriguing about her groom-to-be, the roguish Viscount "Lyndy" Lyndhurst. The unlikely pair could actually be on the right track with each other . . . until they find the vicar who was to marry them dead in the library.

With culture clashes mounting between families, a scandalous murder case hangs over Morrington Hall. Now, Stella and Lyndy must go from future spouses to amateur sleuths as they team up to search for the truth--and prevent an unbridled criminal from destroying their new life together right out of the gate . . .

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Showcase- Tangled Vines: Power, Privilege, and the Murdaugh Family Murders by John Glatt

If you've watched the news lately you've obviously seen a story about prominent attorney Alex Murdaugh who has been charged for the murder of his wife Maggie and youngest son Paul. 
Now true crime author John Glatt has recounted the tragic story.

ISBN-13: 978-1250283481
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 08-08-2023
Length: 320pp
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



In Tangled Vines, bestselling true crime author John Glatt reconstructs the rise of the prestigious Murdaugh family and the shocking double murder that led to the downfall of its patriarch, Alex Murdaugh.

Among the lush, tree-lined waterways of South Carolina low country, the Murdaugh name means power. A century-old, multimillion-dollar law practice has catapulted the family into incredible wealth and local celebrity―but it was an unimaginable tragedy that would thrust them into the national spotlight. On June 7th, 2021, prominent attorney Alex Murdaugh discovered the bodies of his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul, on the grounds of their thousand-acre hunting lodge. The mystery deepened only months later when Alex himself was discovered shot in the head on a local roadside.

But as authorities scrambled for clues and the community reeled from the loss and media attention, dark secrets about this Southern legal dynasty came to light. The Murdaughs, it turned out, were feared as much as they were loved. And they wouldn’t hesitate to wield their influence to protect one of their own; two years before he was killed, a highly intoxicated Paul Murdaugh was at the helm of a boat when it crashed and killed a teenage girl, and his light treatment by police led to speculation that privilege had come into play. As bombshells of financial fraud were revealed and more suspicious deaths were linked to the Murdaughs, a new portrait of Alex Murdaugh emerged: a desperate man on the brink of ruin who would do anything, even plan his own death, to save his family’s reputation.

Friday, August 11, 2023

#MacmillanAudio Review- Dark Corners + an exclusive chat with author Megan Goldin

I'm totally fan-girling here and excited to tell you that I got to interview the FAB Megan Goldin as well as sharing my review. 

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 08-08-2023
Length: 10 hours-45 minutes
Source: Publisher for review
Rachel Krall #2
Buy It: Audible/ Chirpbooks



This program features multicast narration.

"Narrators ... Samantha Desz and January LaVoy are ... perfect [in] Megan Goldin's latest thriller involving a true-crime podcaster and her coverage of a rape trial in a North Carolina town. Desz and LaVoy ensure that Rachel Krall and her podcast unfold in an authentic manner that depicts her as powerful and tenacious." —AudioFile on The Night Swim

"A gripping story that is equal parts shocking, unnerving, and thrilling. Goldin takes the ‘true crime’ trope to new and unexpected territory.” —Karin Slaughter, New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of Girl, Forgotten

Rachel Krall, the true crime podcaster star of Megan Goldin’s acclaimed The Night Swim, returns to search for a popular influencer who disappears after visiting a suspected serial killer.

Terence Bailey is about to be released from prison for breaking and entering, though investigators have long suspected him in the murders of six women. As his release date approaches, Bailey gets a surprise visit from Maddison Logan, a hot, young influencer with a huge social media following. Hours later, Maddison disappears, and police suspect she’s been kidnapped—or worse. Is Maddison’s disappearance connected to her visit to Bailey? And why was she visiting him in the first place?

When they hit a wall in the investigation, the FBI reluctantly asks for Rachel Krall’s help in finding the missing influencer. Maddison seems to only exist on social media; she has no family, no friends, and other than in her posts, most people have never seen her. Who is she, really? Using a fake Instagram account, Rachel goes undercover to BuzzCon, a popular influencer conference, where she discovers a world of fierce rivalry that may have turned lethal.

When police find the body of a woman with a tattoo of a snake eating its tail—identical to a tattoo Rachel had seen on Bailey’s hand—the FBI must consider a chilling possibility: Bailey has an accomplice on the outside and a dangerous obsession with influencers, including Rachel Krall herself. Suddenly the target of a monster hiding in plain sight, Rachel is forced to confront the very real dangers that lurk in the dark corners of the internet.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin’s Press.

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Review: The Cutting Edge + an interview with author Lisa Daily

I am so excited to be sharing my review of The Cutting Edge by my friend Lisa Daily + an exclusive interview with Lisa.

Publisher: Siesta Key House
Release Date: 06-17-2023
Length: 225 pp
Source: Author for review
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



A laugh-out-loud hockey romantic comedy perfect for fans of Pippa Grant, Meghan Quinn, Icebreaker by Hannah Grace, and the Pucked series by Helena Hunting!

Logan Rivers is a star pro hockey player for the St. Pete Slashers -- and he's in a slump.

He hasn’t scored in 3 games and it’s starting to freak him out. Enter Coco, who strikes a deal with an assistant coach to be Logan's lucky charm to pay off her training expenses as an Olympic figure skater. Everything is looking up for both of them.

She’s almost got her debt paid off and the Slashers are on a winning streak. There's only one problem: she doesn’t know how to tell Logan she’s been lying to him the whole time.

If she can just keep her secret until the playoffs are over…
Click BUY NOW to snag this swoony, steamy, hockey and figure skating romance.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Sophia Rose Reviews Delta Mission by Kendall Talbot

Today I welcome Sophia Rose back to the blog to share her review of Delta Mission a novella and extra gift for readers in the Heroes with Heat and Heart 3: A Charity Anthology (purchase info below)

Delta Mission by Kendall Talbot, currently only available in the Heroes with Heat and Heart 3: A Charity Anthology

#.5 Alpha Ops

Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Independent

Published: 6.27.23

Pages:  1428

Rating: 5 stars, Delta Mission only

Format: ebook

Source:  Purchased

Sellers:  Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:

Get ready for an explosive collection of sizzling protector romances in "Heroes with Heat and Heart 3."

Join us as 21 talented authors deliver 21 brand new and scorching stories that will leave you breathless. Best of all, by supporting this anthology during release week, you'll be contributing to a worthy cause—proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior charity, providing aid to our courageous veterans.

Let's honor our brave military members and dive into a world of passion, danger, and undeniable love.

Carina Alyce - EmKay Connor - LC Taylor - CB Samet - Harper Cross - Heather Scarlett -Cassie Mae - Denise Wells - HK Jacobs - C. J. Corbin - D. Williams - Finley Brown - Jen Talty -Katerina Simms - Kendall Talbot - Miranda P. Charles - Nichole Severn - Roxanne Tully - Savannah Kade - Tamrin Banks - Aurelia Yates

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Macmillan Audio Review of The Connellys of County Down by Tracey Lange

If you're looking for a feel good read with complex characters and plenty of dysfunctional family drama, The Connellys of County Down should be your next read.

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 08-01-2023
Length: 9 hours- 21 minutes
Source: From Publisher for review
Buy It: Audible/ Chirpbooks



"The perfect book for driving around the Mid-Atlantic or New England, the audio equivalent of un-put-down-able."—AFAR magazine on We Are The Brennans

From Tracey Lange, the New York Times bestselling author of We Are the Brennans, comes The Connellys of County Down: a story about fierce family loyalty, good intentions gone awry, and the consequences of improbable love.

When Tara Connelly is released from prison after serving eighteen months on a drug charge, she knows rebuilding her life at thirty years old won’t be easy. With no money and no prospects, she returns home to live with her siblings, who are both busy with their own problems. Her brother, a single dad, struggles with the ongoing effects of a brain injury he sustained years ago, and her sister’s fragile facade of calm and order is cracking under the burden of big secrets. Life becomes even more complicated when the cop who put her in prison keeps showing up unannounced, leaving Tara to wonder what he wants from her now.

While she works to build a new career and hold her family together, Tara finds a chance at love in a most unlikely place. But when the Connellys’ secrets start to unravel and threaten her future, they all must face their worst fears and come clean, or risk losing each other forever.

The Connellys of County Down is a moving novel about testing the bounds of love and loyalty. It explores the possibility of beginning our lives anew, and reveals the pitfalls of shielding each other from the bitter truth.

A Macmillan Audio production from Celadon Books.

Monday, August 7, 2023

#GIVEAWAY Showcase - The Killer's Wife by Susan Furlong a Partners in Crime virtual tour

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The Killer's Wife

by Susan Furlong

July 3 - August 11, 2023 Virtual Book Tour


The Killer's Wife by Susan Furlong

A serial killer, a woman on the run, and an obsessive parole officer tangle in a psychological net of death and secrets. . .

When a severed finger was found in her car four years ago, Kerry Grey was arrested as an accomplice to the brutal slayings of three young women. Unbeknownst to Kerry, her husband Lucas was not only missing, but a deranged serial killer. Finally out on parole, she is ready to start anew and reunite with her young son. However, when a vigilante group inflamed by fear and motivated by reward money sparks a fevered hunt for Lucas, the nightmares of her past return.

Only one person can help Kerry evade the hysteria of the media—her parole officer, Adam Nash. But can she trust him? Was his move to the backwoods town of Joy, Montana coincidental or does Nash have his own obsessive hidden agenda involving the Hatchet Killer mystery, her husband and sweet justice?

It is not long before Kerry’s new life turns dark when she discovers that Lucas has been secretly giving their son carvings made of bone. And when a freshly dismembered victim is uncovered in the forest, the law is after her once again. Left with nowhere else to run, Kerry escapes up a mountainous trail to find Lucas and, one way or another, put an end to the real-life nightmare.

In a final twist of lies and betrayal, Kerry finds Lucas and the truth that will change everything.

Praise for The Killer's Wife:

"Susan Furlong is a master at keeping the reader on the edge of her seat. With a twisty plot, a vivid mountainous setting, and layered and intriguing characters, you won’t want to put down The Killer's Wife. Then the twists and turns will make you want to read it all again. You’ll devour The Killer's Wife late into the night, but you might want to keep the lights on."
~ Paige Shelton, New York Times Bestselling Author

The Killer's Wife "will have you rooting for a very unlikely hero. And... be prepared for a mind blowing twist at the end that you won't see coming! Expertly written! If you read only one book this year – make it this one."
~ Wall-to-Wall Books

"The Killer's Wife is a psychological thriller that takes you along for a ride as an armchair detective. As the pieces begin to morph into a final showdown, Furlong gives us a huge twist - one that you won't see coming."
~ Lynchburg Mama

Book Details:

Genre: Psychological Suspense
Published by: Seventh Street
Publication Date: July 2023
Number of Pages: 334
ISBN: 9781645060574 (ISBN10: 1645060578)
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