BLOG TOUR (REVIEW): MAYHEM, MURDER, AND THE PTA by Dave Cravens

 
Book Details:
Book Title Mayhem, Murder and the PTA by Dave Cravens
Category:  Adult Fiction, 434 pages
Genre:  Mystery / Thriller
Publisher:  Amazon
Release date:   May 20, 2019
Format available for review:  print, ebook (mobi, gifted Kindle copy, ePub, PDF)
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: August 19 to September 13, 2019
Content Rating:  R (Rated R mostly for language. There are adult topics of conversation, a brief scene depicting two adults having consensual sex that becomes interrupted, a murder, and several themes that touch upon drug use, adultery, pedophilia and human trafficking.)Book Description:
Parker Monroe is a tough-talking investigative reporter used to writing headlines, not being the subject of them. When a key source vanishes on a politically toxic story, this single mother of three finds herself at the center of a media storm and out of a job. Ready to reset, Parker moves her family back to the rural town where she grew up. But a gossip-filled PTA, a tyrannical school principal and a gruesome murder make adjusting to the “simple life” anything but. Parker Monroe is about to chase the story of her lifetime…
MY REVIEW
I received a copy for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.
Now that’s out of the way, this book . . . well, it took a little bit for me to get into the flow of this book. First off, the size of the paperback felt a bit daunting. I mean this thing looks huge! Turns out, what you see isn’t always what it is. Nope, the print is actually a bit large. Which I have no complaints about! I can read it without my glasses and I know my sister (she’s dyslexic) or my best friend (she’s legally blind) could read it too.
But, what really made the book a challenge, in the beginning, was Parker Monroe, our main character. Right off the bat, I didn’t care for her. She is abrasive, argumentative, and cusses a lot. The last part doesn’t actually bother me, I do too. After a few chapters though, I could see that the first Parker I met was really just coping with something bigger. Yes, you find out what is causing the stress right away, but you don’t necessarily see the implications of it unless you push past the first ten chapters.
Don’t worry though, the chapters are quick.
There were characters that I liked (Parker’s mother is awesome) and there were others who seemed to be caricatures of what you would suspect (I’m thinking the PTA). That said though, it is the story that grips you. I honestly didn’t know what to expect or see and when the final reveal happened . . . . I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!
The writing is easy to get into and again, once you get past the abrasive Parker (who I am now beginning to see similarities with me) you get a story that is part mom trying to fight for her children’s music program, part solving serious crime, and part navigating the world of single parenthood.
This was one of those reads that I did enjoy and reminded me that I shouldn’t judge a book by its physical exterior and not to judge the main character from your first impression.
Final Rating: 3/5

Dave Cravens

Meet the author:As a child, Dave Cravens planned to grow up to be a superhero, the first person to capture Bigfoot and Nessie on film, pilot experimental aircraft out of Area 51, develop cold fusion, and star and direct in his own blockbuster action movies so he could retire at the ripe age of twenty-five and raid tombs the rest of his life. Instead, he got a degree in journalism, which he hasn’t used at all other than to justify his incredibly insightful and valid complaints about the state of journalism. During his twenty-two years in the video game business, he’s written for award winning franchises, directed TV commercials and movies, sprained his ankles numerous times in ultimate frisbee games and published three original novels.

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Going back in time has never been more dangerous. 

Renowned Historian Jason Burns has always loved history, especially the Victorian Era. His success grew after he wrote a book from the viewpoint of the infamous Jack the Ripper. His fascination with the killer that evaded capture and killed three-hundred women grows with each day. He locks himself away and researches the most well-known murder case in history in his obsession to finally find out the identity of the Ripper. 
His detailed research into the mind of the Ripper doesn’t go unnoticed by the FBI. They request his help again as the news surfaces – a copy-cat killer is going around killing women leaving notes – Unmasking the Ripper. 
The FBI knock on his door and request his services again in what they believe is another time-travel scandal. 
Jason accepts the offer. This is his chance to find out who the Ripper really was. However, they want the Ripper captured alive, brought back to the present, and his identity left a mystery. 

FBI Agent, Danielle Morgan, better known as Dan, has never been out on the field. While other agents thrive on the excitement of that kind of work, she has always been more comfortable simply staying behind the scenes. 
When she´s unexpectedly recruited for a mission she never requested, she´s reluctant to accept. Especially when she discovers the reasons for the secrecy involving the entire mission. 
Pressure to accept, but still unknowing the reasons for it, she´s worried about the sudden interest of the bureau to discover the Ripper´s identity and wanting to capture him alive. Sure, she´s aware it´s one of the greatest mysteries in Victorian England, but is past history, or isn’t it? 

FBI Agent Jake has always been committed to his job. Not finding the time to be a part of a committed relationship, he has always been the best in his sector as he could focus all his time on work. However, Agent Danielle is stirring something inside of him that he hasn’t felt before; he actually cares about her. 

May thought she could change the world. She thought going back would put a stop to the world’s most notorious serial killer. 
But things didn’t happen quite as expected, and her twin sister, Scarlet, Jason, Dan, Jake, and she were trapped, unwilling pawns, and potential victims, of Jack the Ripper. 
Scarlet is a genius and will do anything to protect her twin sister. Together with her sister, can they unveil the most notorious serial killer of Victorian England? 

They never expected to be pushed in the direction they went. They had studied in great detail Victorian London. They were ready for anything and everything. Stopping Jack the Ripper was their main goal, their only goal, when they transported themselves back in time. Backed by the FBI, they would make, and change history. 

Edmund James is a conservative member of the 24th Parliament in the House of Lords. He is a graduate of the Normal School of Science in London. He is intricately connected with London Society as well as with the London underworld. He is a master of disguise and frequents the Whitechapel district frequently incognito. There is nothing in the London underworld he is not privy to. 

Time travel, romance, murder, science, sprinkled with mystery and action, enjoy this incredible co-write today, presented by Enchanted Anthologies. 
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A collection of paranormal stories by nine authors. What happens in the Forest of the Dark? 

Even in the face of evil, there is nothing stronger than a mother’s love. ~ Rena Marin, Heart. 
Being the first victim of a serial killer sucks….for him ~ M. Rain Ranalli, Demon’s Lullaby.
One kill was not enough to sate it, my vamp side yearned to make blood rain and play in the puddles ~ Jenee Robinson, Outcast. 
If you chase after dark legends, don’t be surprised if you become one. ~ C. J. Laurence, Black Forest Gateaux.
The cry of a child is like a sirens call, but if you enter the woods, you will fall. ~ Ellabee Andrews, The Boy in the Blue Coat.
When a predator of the night finds they have become the prey.. Does she run? Or does she stay and fight for what is rightfully hers….. Her forest. Erica Andrews, Willow. 
He’ll never go hungry again. ~ Casia Courtier, The God of the Forest
Many choose to dangle from the limbs but the limbs are what entangles. ~ J. V. Stanley, The Hanging Tree.
Don’t look for movement in the shadows, watch for the shadows that move. ~ Lorah Jaiyn, Shadow of the Trees

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In 1947, Montgomery Studios is one of the biggest and most successful movie studios in Hollywood, churning out hit after hit and taking normal, everyday young men and women and turning them into stars.Once a year, Montgomery Studios hosts a contest through The Next Ingenue Magazine to find a new Hollywood starlet. The finalists are brought to Hollywood for a screen test, and a contract is awarded to one lucky girl who Montgomery Studios will turn into a movie star.The previous year’s winner, Myrna Moran, already the studio’s most popular actress, will be hosting the finalists in her Hollywood Hills home.These girls will do anything to be the next Hollywood ‘It’ girl. Some are hiding racy pasts, others are fresh from the farm, a few are beauty contest winners. But nothing will stop their quest to win the Hollywood crown and unseat Myrna Moran (who has a few tricks up her sleeve).

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BLOG TOUR (EXCERPT)

Print Length: 410 pages
Publisher: The Wild Harp & Company, Inc. (July 16, 2019)
Publication Date: July 16, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07QSC84TF

Praise for A MURDER ON JANE STREET
“Family ties tighten and bonds of affection grow stronger as a family is trapped between ruthless forces struggling for the highest stakes: control of a world to be subjected to unimaginable evil. As.parents, children and loved ones risk all to protect one another, events accelerate towards a conclusion that is in doubt until the last page is turned. A terrific read!” Richard Gid Powers author of The Mystery of the Trinity


“A MURDER ON JANE STREET is a gripping summer thriller filled with history, adventure, and an intriguing mystery. Cathy Cash Spellman will keep readers on the edge of their seat”

Charles Brokaw, New York Times Bestselling author of The Atlantis Code
Cathy paints a picture with the most radiant phrasing and colorful words! I’m a fan of her books and have read every one of them, always wishing that she’ll write more! That hope was answered with A MURDER ON JANE STREET. This compelling gem of a mystery is also a history, a conspiracy, and a modern-day morality tale rolled into one. Yes there is a murder, deadly secrets and treachery, but at its heart, it’s also about family, friendship and having the courage to do the right thing in the face of nearly insurmountable odds. This brilliant author has created yet another home run! Her narrative, coupled with an edge-of-your-seat contemporary mystery thriller, have characters that warmed my heart and an unexpected ending that I absolutely LOVED! Adria de Haume, author of Cross Purpose
“Do NOT read this book unless you are willing to be seduced by a dozen incredibly keen people without whom the world as we know it might cease to exist.” K.T. Maclay author of Beginners Guide to Death and Dying in Oaxaca

A brutal murder.
A heinous secret
A deadly conspiracy.

The brutal murder of the little old lady next door puts FitzHugh Donovan on the case. A retired New York City Police Chief, he knows a cover-up when he sees one and his Irish Cop conscience can’t let that happen.

Now, Fitz, his family and his quirky band of Bleecker Street Irregulars are ensnared in the bizarre secret the woman died to protect.

Is this a 75-year-old cold case turned hot again, or an unspeakable crime-in-progress that could alter the course of the world?

Fitz doesn’t yet know how high the stakes are, that failure isn’t an option, and that the little old lady was so much more than she appeared. But he’s trying to keep everyone alive long enough to find out.

Characters you’ll care about, dark shocking secrets, and disturbing similarities to today’s political scene, will keep you turning pages to an ending you won’t see coming.

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AN EXCERPT

A MURDER ON JANE STREET
by Cathy Cash Spellman
PROLOGUE
East Berlin, 1990

The elegant woman with the grim expression was nearly seventy, but looked fifty-five. She was deep into the age of invisibility for women. Men no longer made note of her entering or leaving a place, and much as that rankled a once-beautiful woman’s psyche, she was counting on it now.
She steeled herself and crossed the entrance of the huge complex that had been the East Berlin headquarters of the dreaded STASI secret police for three decades. The hair rose on her forearms and a chill stiffened her spine, despite her determination and the fact that the beasts had been put down.
The Wall had fallen. The outraged East German people would now ransack the files that had held them hostage. Thirty years of terror didn’t die easy. Recordings, photographs, dossiers, collected from frightened neighbors and children coerced into betraying their own parents. STASI files were impeccable. Body swabs and blood samples had been kept in sealed containers so dogs could hunt humans.
Thousands would storm the hated headquarters now, desperate to destroy the data that had kept them powerless. She was only precious hours ahead of the hordes because of all the money that had changed hands so swiftly; the predators so ready to pounce, the oppressed so ready for vengeance. Without makeup, in nondescript jeans and an ancient black turtleneck, her memorable bosom flattened by a sports bra, her once-glorious hair now more pewter than gold, wound tight around her head like an aged Heidi—she would not be recognized. She intended to destroy what memories remained in this godforsaken place, not make new ones.
Her benefactor had paid unscrupulous people an outrageous sum so she could get these files. Everything in East Berlin was now for sale. Including her own past. The squirrel-faced quisling who’d been bribed handed over the file containing the names of her betrayers without comment. She opened the folder to see the face of the torturer. Bile rose in her throat as she fought to breathe. To remember. To forget.
She slipped the grim documents into the bag slung over her shoulder, next to the small Beretta.
Then she disappeared.
Almost completely.
Copyright © 2019 by Cathy Cash Spellman

Photo Credit: Dakota Cash

Multiple New York Times and International Bestsellers, a Paramount Movie, book sales in 22 countries, Cathy Cash Spellman writes stories about love, friendship, adventure, and history. Known for her big sprawling sagas and memorable characters, Cathy writes the kind of stories women like to lose themselves in, and then remember long after the book is done.

Her books range through several genres: contemporary, historical, mystery, mystic and romance. Several take place in two time-frames, both current and historical.

Bless the Child was a Paramount movie in 2000, starring Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits, and Paint The Wind has been optioned for film and TV.

Cathy is an Astrologer, Martial Artist (Black Belt Goju Ryu Karate) and has expertise in Chinese Medicine, several alternative healing modalities and many metaphysical disciplines.

She has written for Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Mademoiselle, Cosmo, Penthouse, Mode, Kung Fu and many other magazines about women, health, empowerment, sexuality, spiritual philosophy and Astrology. She blogs for The Huffington Post and The New York Times.

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BOOK NERD BLAST: A Murder on Jane Street by Cathy Cash Spellman


Print Length: 410 pages
Publisher: The Wild Harp & Company, Inc. (July 16, 2019)
Publication Date: July 16, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07QSC84TF

Praise for CATHY CASH SPELLMAN

“…Almost impossible to put down. The Author has the ability to produce one powerful scene after another and the action draws you helplessly on…” ―Publisher’s Weekly on So Many Partings
“…A cross between The Thorn Birds and Ragtime…” ―ALA Booklist on So Many Partings
“Flows along with an inexorable narrative current that propels the readers from one involving episode to the next.” ―Booklist on So Many Partings
“An energetic plot that never takes a breather.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Paint the Wind
“A western extravaganza.. a plot teeming with outsize characters.” ―Publishers Weekly on Paint the Wind
“I have never read a book or connected with an author who has touched me so deeply – as a mother, a grandmother, and another psychic kindred soul!” ―Elizabeth Taylor on Bless the Child
“This book has really touched my heartstrings as both a mother and grandmother. And Cathy Cash Spellman is one hell of a writer!” ―Maureen Stapleton on Bless the Child
“With a seductive, at times spellbinding style, author Spellman (An Excess of Love) incorporates ancient myths into an entrancing romantic thriller.. Spellman succeeds in capturing the reader’s close attention as an unrelenting sense of foreboding drives the narrative forward with power.” ―Publisher’s Weekly on Bless the Child

A brutal murder.
A heinous secret
A deadly conspiracy.

The brutal murder of the little old lady next door puts FitzHugh Donovan on the case. A retired New York City Police Chief, he knows a cover-up when he sees one and his Irish Cop conscience can’t let that happen.

Now, Fitz, his family and his quirky band of Bleecker Street Irregulars are ensnared in the bizarre secret the woman died to protect.

Is this a 75-year-old cold case turned hot again, or an unspeakable crime-in-progress that could alter the course of the world?

Fitz doesn’t yet know how high the stakes are, that failure isn’t an option, and that the little old lady was so much more than she appeared. But he’s trying to keep everyone alive long enough to find out.

Characters you’ll care about, dark shocking secrets, and disturbing similarities to today’s political scene, will keep you turning pages to an ending you won’t see coming.

You can purchase A Murder on Jane Street at the following Retailers:

Photo Credit: Dakota Cash

Multiple New York Times and International Bestsellers, a Paramount Movie, book sales in 22 countries, Cathy Cash Spellman writes stories about love, friendship, adventure, and history. Known for her big sprawling sagas and memorable characters, Cathy writes the kind of stories women like to lose themselves in, and then remember long after the book is done.

Her books range through several genres: contemporary, historical, mystery, mystic and romance. Several take place in two time-frames, both current and historical.

Bless the Child was a Paramount movie in 2000, starring Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits, and Paint The Wind has been optioned for film and TV.

Cathy is an Astrologer, Martial Artist (Black Belt Goju Ryu Karate) and has expertise in Chinese Medicine, several alternative healing modalities and many metaphysical disciplines.

She has written for Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Mademoiselle, Cosmo, Penthouse, Mode, Kung Fu and many other magazines about women, health, empowerment, sexuality, spiritual philosophy and Astrology. She blogs for The Huffington Post and The New York Times.

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BLOG TOUR (REVIEW): A Killer’s Alibi by William L. Myers, Jr.

Print Length: 426 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (February 19, 2019)
Publication Date: February 19, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B078H6PXD5



Praise for A KILLER’S ALIBI


“William Myers’ riveting new novel is not just a crackerjack legal thriller, it is also a wrenching portrayal of a whole range of father-daughter relationships,showing how they can damage, how they nourish, how they go dangerously offtrack. A story not to be missed.” ―NewYork Times bestselling author, William Lashner

I was blown away…A Killer’s Alibi in three words: Sharp, Shocking and Intricate. ―Novel Gossip Book Review

For attorney Mick McFarland, the evidence is damning. And so are the family secrets in this twisty legal thriller from the Amazon Charts bestselling author of A Criminal Defense.

When crime lord Jimmy Nunzio is caught, knife in hand, over the body of his daughter’s lover and his own archenemy, he turns to Mick McFarland to take up his defense. Usually the courtroom puppeteer, McFarland quickly finds himself at the end of Nunzio’s strings. Struggling to find grounds for a not-guilty verdict on behalf of a well-known killer, Mick is hamstrung by Nunzio’s refusal to tell him what really happened.

On the other side of the law, Mick’s wife, Piper, is working to free Darlene Dowd, a young woman sentenced to life in prison for her sexually abusive father’s violent death. But the jury that convicted Darlene heard only part of the truth, and Piper will do anything to reveal the rest and prove Darlene’s innocence.

As Mick finds himself in the middle of a mob war, Piper delves deeper into Darlene’s past. Both will discover dark secrets that link these fathers and daughters–some that protect, some that destroy, and some that can’t stay hidden forever. No matter the risk.

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RANDOM FACTS ABOUT A KILLER’S ALIBI


Set in Philadelphia

Built on relationships between fathers and daughters

Features strong women characters with their own agendas

Features a Mafia kingpin with a femme fatale wife

Protagonist attorney Mick McFarland and his client, crime-lord Jimmy Nunzio, are both Machiavellian schemers, who have to dance around each other to achieve their goals.

Protagonist Piper McFarland comes into her own, becoming a driving force in her quest to win freedom for Darlene Dowd, a woman convicted of killing her sexually abusive father

The book features two kinds of characters: Bad people doing bad things for bad reasons, and good people doing bad things for mixed reasons

Piper and Mick learn the truths about their killers’ alibis only after it is too late

It’s never what you think it is

MY REVIEW
I received a copy of the book from the author via Jean Book Nerd Tours for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.
A Killer’s Alibi follows two cases, both concerning the father/daughter relationship. In contrast, we also see the relationship between Mick McFarland and his own daughter, Gabby. I love parallels in books and this one was well done. You can see bits and pieces where the narratives could be similar, but are altogether different.
The book is a little slow to get into in the beginning. It’s well written and interesting, but just a bit slow. It’s not until the reader gets a feel of all the players that we get sucked into the narrative. About the halfway point, everything starts to converge and I wasn’t flipping the pages fast enough.
This isn’t an action driven book. It is a mystery, but more like a Law drama. I found myself thinking the Law & Order theme song as I was reading. Which is a good thing, that’s a television universe I can binge watch and never get bored. I like that we get to see what goes on in the courtside as well as see how the defense attorneys do their job. It really astounds me that they can fight tooth and nail for a person, but still know that their client isn’t the greatest person.
Don’t get me wrong, I like that they can, but I’m not sure I could be in that position. I find it interesting and great that there are people who can without losing their own moral compass.
Anyways, you don’t need to read the previous books first to get a feel of the characters or world. I was able to relate and get involved in their own personal stories while still enjoying the mystery about their cases. I would recommend reading them though. Because, really, I liked this book!
Final Rating:4/5
Photo Content from William L. Myers Jr.

William L. Myers, Jr. is the No. 6 best-selling author for Amazon Kindle in 2017 for his debut novel, A Criminal Defense. That was the first in what has become the Philadelphia Legal Series. The third book in that series, A Killers Alibi debuts February 19, 2019.
A Killer’s Alibi has had rave early reviews including New York Times Bestselling author, Bill Lasher—

“William Myers’ riveting new novel is not just a crackerjack legal thriller, it is a wrenching portrayal of a whole range of farther-daughter relations, showing how they can damage, how they can nourish, how they go dangerously off track. A story not to be missed.”

Born in 1958 into a blue-collar family, Mr. Myers inherited a work-ethic that propelled him through college and into the Ivy League at The University of Pennsylvania School of Law. From there, Mr. Myers started his legal career in a Philadelphia-based mega defense firm. After ten years defending corporate America, he realized his heart wasn’t in it. So, with his career on the fast track to success–he gave it all up and started his own firm. It was time to start fighting for the common guy.


That was twenty-five years ago and since then, he has focused on representing railroad employees and other honest, hard-working people who have been injured by others. He has represented thousands of clients in his tenure and has become a highly-regarded litigation attorney up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

 
       
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BLOG TOUR (Review): Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok



Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher:
Tor Teen (February 12, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765399687
ISBN-13: 978-0765399687

Praise for SPECTACLE
“Clever and full of murder, Jodie Lynn Zdrok’s Spectacle had my eyes glued to the pages as the body count rose, and mystery stacked upon mystery as our heroine closed in on a killer who seemed miles ahead of the Parisian authorities. Fans of serial killers and criminal investigations will find much to love, and fascinating passages about morgue tours will appeal to the morbid rubbernecker in us all.” ―Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series
“With a fierce heroine, grisly 19th-century murders, and a mystery that left me on the edge of my seat, Spectacle is an immersive, Parisian, YA From Hell that I absolutely devoured!” ―Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten and #MurderTrending
“Zdrok explores the universal fascination with death, set among the darker corners of 1887 Paris, and the very idea of the morgue viewings (to which parents brought their children) is chilling…Grisly, plot driven―and very creepy. Fans of historical thrillers that invoke the enduring spirit of Jack the Ripper will have fun.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Hints of the murderer’s identity are subtly and intriguingly folded into the story, and unresolved plot threads pave the way for future cases, during which Nathalie can discover more about her powers. The blend of history, mystery, and fantasy makes this debut novel a good pick for fans of Libba Bray’s Diviners series or William Ritter’s Jackaby books.” ―Booklist
“The book seamlessly brings several threads together: the mystery of the murder and the horrors of the killings themselves; the beauty, bustle, and darkness of nineteenth-century Paris (the killer’s pursuit of Nathalie through the catacombs is thrillingly described); the bizarre but historically based practices of morgue viewing and blood transfusions for magic; and the destructive nature of family secrets and their generational effects. …the tension amps up to a gasp-worthy climax.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Zdrok has concocted an ambitious Victorian-era story. …Intricately plotted, the story’s pace burns slow before racing ahead to set up and topple assumptions about the true identity of the Dark Artist.” ―School Library Journal

A YA murder mystery in which a young reporter must use her supernatural visions to help track down a killer targeting the young women of Paris.

Paris, 1887.

Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered–from the perspective of the murderer himself.

When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie’s search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie’s strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer’s identity–and she’ll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.

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MY REVIEW
I received a copy of Spectacle from the publisher via Jean Book Nerd for an honest review. This is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

The quickest way to my reader desires is to set a book in the 1800s and have a serial killer. It’s safe to say that I jumped at reading this book. As soon as I heard about Spectacle I was anticipating a good read.

I was not disappointed.

Spectacle follows the footsteps of a teenaged girl who is breaking the glass ceiling and working in the “man’s world” of journalism. On top of that, Nathalie Baudin is reporting the unidentified dead inside the morgue. She’s going against the grain and in the process learns something about herself, her family, and the serial killer who finds her interesting.

Historical fiction is not one of my top fave genres but I felt this book had a good balance of historical detail while still holding the attention of a modern reader. It was interesting seeing how the process of body identification was, like a macabre art gallery of the dead, both a process for the police and a form of entertainment for the public.

There is also a hint of something supernatural that only strengthens the story and suspense. You will not know who The Dark Artist is right away. You will not know the full truth. And like Nathalie, you will be questioning everything. This is a definite read for the thriller lover both for young adult and adult readers.

Final Rating: 4/5

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Jodie Lynn Zdrok holds two MAs in European History (Providence College, Brown University) and an MBA (Clark University). In addition to being an author, she’s a marketing professional, a freelancer, and an unapologetic Boston sports fan. She enjoys traveling, being a foodie, doing sprint triathlons, and enabling cats. She is represented by Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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Book #17: The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

‘You are a wronged woman and shall have justice. Do not bring police. If you do, all will be in vain. Your unknown friend.’

When a beautiful young woman is sent a letter inviting her to a sinister assignation, she immediately seeks the advice of the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes.

For this is not the first mysterious item Mary Marston has received in the post. Every year for the last six years an anonymous benefactor has sent her a large lustrous pearl. Now it appears the sender of the pearls would like to meet her to right a wrong.

But when Sherlock Holmes and his faithful sidekick Watson, aiding Miss Marston, attend the assignation, they embark on a dark and mysterious adventure involving a one-legged ruffian, some hidden treasure, deadly poison darts and a thrilling race along the River Thames.

The Sign of Four is the second story of the Sherlock Holmes canon. It is centered on the mysterious disappearance of a young woman’s father, a treasure from India, and murder.

I found the story to be better than the first but it definitely shows its age. There are some terms and events in the book that hearken to the Victorian era. This doesn’t bother me so much as that is true to the actual publication and, really, I love the era.

The story itself had more action than the first, we see a bit more in the character that is Sherlock Holmes, and we are introduced to more of the skill of deduction. If anything, this is the story that opens up the world to the reader.

Final Rating: 3/5

BLOG TOUR: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R. J. Garcia

Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced
 by R.J. Garcia
 Genre: YA Mystery/Suspense

 Release Date: May 1st 2018
 The Parliament House
 
Summary from Goodreads:
 
Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff.
 
Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?

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MY REVIEW

I received an Audible code for the audiobook for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R.J. Garcia is a contemporary thriler young adult book that centers on some pretty deep topics. There is child abuse, sexual abuse, murder, drug abuse, and the foster care system. It is written with the alternating viewpoints of Tommy and Finn, two young men who become fast friends and bond over their own lives and the mystery circling a young girl.

The book itself is fairly slow moving. Not a bad slow. More like a slow burn of suspense. I found myself looking at every adult and wondering which one was the real antagonist. Everyone looked shady.

The chapters themselves are short but each one is just a step closer to the revelation. You begin to wonder just what is happening. Are these teens getting into trouble because of their imagination? Is there something really going on?

And I’ll tell you, I was not expecting what happened.

As for the audio part, I felt the narrator was a good match. I think I would have liked it a bit better if Finn and Tommy’s narrations had a bit more separation but the chapters do indicate who is talking.

All in all, Garcia weaved a great mystery that deals with multiple issues. It felt like a modern YA southern gothic with the layers on layers of intrigue and suspense. I definitely recommend for the YA thriller or darker contemporary reader.

Final Rating: 4/5

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

R.J. Garcia is a wife and proud mom. She earned her MSW and worked with foster children and as a school social worker. Writing has been her other great love. She has published several non-fiction pieces. She has been writing short-stories for as long as she can remember. To her amazement, those short stories became novels!

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Book #9: A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

‘There’s a scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.’

From the moment Dr John Watson takes lodgings in Baker Street with the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, he becomes intimately acquainted with the bloody violence and frightening ingenuity of the criminal mind.

In A Study in Scarlet , Holmes and Watson’s first mystery, the pair are summoned to a south London house where they find a dead man whose contorted face is a twisted mask of horror. The body is unmarked by violence but on the wall a mysterious word has been written in blood.

The police are baffled by the crime and its circumstances. But when Sherlock Holmes applies his brilliantly logical mind to the problem he uncovers a tragic tale of love and deadly revenge . . .

Sherlock Holmes is an iconic literary character, a detective with astute observational skills. He is known as the first detective character just as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is known as the father of the detective novel.

I love mysteries. I love the Victorian era. Let’s face it, I’m a booknerd who loves Sherlock Holmes adaptations. And yet… and here is the part where you gasp… I have never read a Sherlock Holmes story.

Until now.

My problem was that I was never sure where to begin. I wanted to begin where they began in their own world, not necessarily in the world of the readers. So, after years of searching, I also learned that my brain couldn’t quite formulate the world through Doyle’s words. That meant finding an audiobook I liked.

I found Stephen Fry’s and now I’m good to go.

For a first story, A Study in Scarlet does set up the character dynamics well. You see how the dynamic duo, Holmes and Watson, became roommates. You also see just the beginnings of what will become literature’s most well-known detective.

As for the mystery… well, I liked it. I didn’t care for the middle part where we are given a totally new storyline and characters. It diverted from the main narrative and pulled me away from the story. That said, I understand why the story was needed. I just wish there was a different way Doyle did it. It may be common for the time period it was published in, but it doesn’t mean I have to like that part of the book.

In all, I felt the story is a good beginning to a series and I’m sure I’m just going to continue to love it as I continue reading their adventures.

Final Rating: 3/5

Book #93: Fatal Agreements by Ashley Fontainne

Whispered rumors tickled the ears of the residents of an entire town for decades about the disturbing secrets of the old Halstead House, dating all the way back to the early 1920s. Most people didn’t believe them. Several people will soon discover they should have listened. 

Three years after struggling to cope with the death of her beloved father and escaping an abusive relationship, Samantha Chapman decides it’s time to return to her hometown of Hot Springs. She buys the ramshackle Halstead House, eager to transform the dilapidated, abandoned piece of history into her new law office and residence, hoping it will be the start of a brighter chapter and a safe haven to escape her personal demons. 

Instead of newfound freedom, things take a dark turn when the resurrection of the old home reveals the disturbing secrets hidden within its walls. When youthful transgressions of numerous people come to light, including ones some members of the Chapman family are desperate to contain, it reveals the sins of the past. They collide with the grave mistakes of the present, creating a perfect storm of chaos and death for not only the Chapman family but others as well. 

Some will survive. 

Others will get burned. 

Sam and her loved ones realize some family secrets should have remained buried. 

I received an audible code via Audiobookboom for an honest review. What follows here is my honest opinion and I wasn’t compensated for this review.

I actually love Southern Fiction. It is a favorite literary genre of mine since college. Final Agreements very much follows the Southern Fiction genre. Aside from being set in the South (United States in case anyone needs to know), the book deals with family secrets.

Some of the secrets you actually learn really early on, but there is still an underlying suspense on how everything will be resolved. Really, the book is more about the family dynamic than the issues they are dealing with.

Since I listened to the audiobook, let me talk about the narration. The narrator herself wasn’t bad. There were times where the accent or the voice changes confused me as to who was speaking at the time, but the narration itself wasn’t bad.

The prose of the story was well put. When something is supposed to spur the suspense of the story, the reader is pulled in. It isn’t a book that is hard to follow though there are parts I felt that were just a bit like a soap opera and semi-resolved rather quickly in the story. That said, none of the characters themselves felt too out of their normal personality.

Final Rating: 3/5