Category: Mystery

Born in Shame by Nora Roberts

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Review, Romance, Series, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

Born in Shame by Nora RobertsBorn in Shame by Nora Roberts
Series: Born In Triology #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Jove on January 1st 1996
Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 371
Format: Paperback
five-stars

A talented graphic artist, Shannon Bodine's life revolved around her job at a prestigious New York advertising agency. But her world was turned upside down whe she learned the identity of her real father: Thomas Concannon. Respecting her late mother's last wish, Shannon reluctantly traveled to County Clare. There, her loneliness and shame melted away in the embrace of the family she never knew existed. And amid the lush Irish landscape steeped in mysticism and legend, she discovered the possibility of a love that was meant to be...

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

I read this one just as fast as the other Born in Trilogy books. The reason for that is because they are soo good that you don’t ever want to put them down for a second in case you forget with where you were reading at. Trust me that has happened before and I was like -.- NOOOO THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING!!! Let’s just say that I wasn’t a very happy person at all. So I recommended with this trilogy to only put it down for a couple of seconds before going back to reading it or you won’t be a happy person like I was at certain points.

But other than that this book was such a good read. This time we start out with the youngest Concannon sister who isn’t really a Concannon since she was a child born out of wedlock. Or at least almost born out of wedlock. Anyways this girl is like a mixture of Maggie and of her own self. This one to most seemed like a rush job but I love it nonetheless. Nora was doing a different thing for it.

Shannon, unlike her other sisters, didn’t want to stay in County Clare, Ireland she loved it back home even though while she is in Ireland she has been painting much more than what she did back home in New York. Shannon is such a good mix for the Concannon family and it’s also just a really good book. Much like the other two. I once again give a Nora Roberts book five stars for an excellent writing and character development and just being awesome with this book.

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About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.

She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”


Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Comedy, Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Review, Romance, Series, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

Takedown Twenty by Janet EvanovichTakedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum #20
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Bantam on November 19th 2013
Genres: Chick Lit, Cozy, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Women's Fiction
Pages: 307
Format: Hardcover
five-stars

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.
It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor.
With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.

My take on the book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

Okay I know I’m just jumping in here and reviewing one of the newest books of the Stephanie Plum mysteries but it would have been tedious for me to go all the way to the first book and work my way forward. Janet Evanovich has once again provided a very well written out book for Stephanie Plum.

I know that some people might be done with the love triangle that Stephanie has put herself into with both Joe Morelli and Ranger. Some people are also probably tired of reading about Stephanie’s stuff getting blown up or whatever else happens to Stephanie’s things but I’m not like that as I love everything that Janet has done in the Stephanie Plum novels. Including the whole thing of Stephanie’s love triangle and her stuff getting blown up. Granted the love triangle is getting old but oh well.

Grandma Mazur, like always, is a hoot and so is Lulu. This book was a great read all the way from the beginning to the end where Stephanie gets the bad guys and that Kevin is safe and sound someplace. I actually couldn’t believe the whole thing about Kevin the giraffe while I was reading it as that was both weird and funny at the same time. But everything about this book is a total Janet book and that is what I love about it.

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About Janet Evanovich

Janet’s Bio (quoted from her website)

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time in LaLa Land. La la Land is like an out-of-body experience –while your mouth is eating lunch your mind is conversing with Captain Kirk. Sometimes I’d pretend to sing opera. My mother would send me to the grocery store down the street, and off I’d go, caterwauling at the top of my lungs. Before the opera thing I went through a horse stage where I galloped everywhere and made holes in my Aunt Lena’s lawn with my hooves. Aunt Lena was a good egg. She understood that the realities of daily existence were lost in the shadows of my looney imagination.After graduation from South River High School, I spent four years in the Douglass College art department, honing my ability to wear torn Levis, learning to transfer cerebral excitement to primed canvas. Painting beat the heck out of digging holes in lawns, but it never felt exactly right. It was frustrating at best, excruciating at worst. My audience was too small. Communication was too obscure. I developed a rash from pigment.

Somewhere down the line I started writing stories. The first story was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania. The second story was about …well never mind, you get the picture.

I sent my weird stories out to editors and agents and collected rejection letters in a big cardboard box. When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.

Four months into my less than stellar secretarial career, I got a call from an editor offering to buy my last mailed (and heretofore forgotten) manuscript. It was a romance written for the now defunct Second Chance at Love line, and I was paid a staggering $2,000.

With my head reeling from all this money, I plunged into writing romance novels full time, saying good-by, good riddance to pantyhose and office politics. I wrote series romance for the next five years, mostly for Bantam Loveswept. It was a rewarding experience, but after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre.

I spent two years retooling –drinking beer with law enforcement types, learning to shoot, practicing cussing. At the end of those years I created Stephanie Plum. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Stephanie is an autobiographical character, but I will admit to knowing where she lives.

It turns out I’m a really boring workaholic with no hobbies or special interests. My favorite exercise is shopping and my drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles.

I read comic books and I only watch happy movies. I motivate myself to write by spending my money before I make it. And when I grow up I want to be just like Grandma Mazur.


Third Time’s a Charm by Rose Pressey

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Mystery, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Urban, Witches / 0 Comments

Third Time’s a Charm by Rose PresseyThird Time's a Charm by Rose Pressey
Series: Halloween LaVeau #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Createspace on September 30th 2013
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Charmed, I'm sure...
Halloween LaVeau is the new leader of the Underworld, but before the ink's dry on her business cards, a mysterious man appears, claiming the title belongs to him. Giovanni St. Clair declares he has proof that he's the true owner of the Book of Mystics, and therefore, the leader of the Underworld.
Halloween has reason to believe that Giovanni's motives are nothing but sinister. Not only must she defend her status as the witch in charge, but Halloween has to protect the world from a coven she inadvertently reanimates.
Sexy brothers, Liam Rankin and Nicolas Marcos, band together to help Halloween discover the stranger's true intentions and attempt to cast the reanimated coven back to the grave where they belong.

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

Poor Hallie. She can never get a break before something else happens in her life. It’s even worse with the ghosts still running around her property, since the first book, waiting to come back to life with her help.

She has so much stuff happening in her life that I believe she needs to have a rest. But once again this book is another great fast-paced and is a good book. Rose Pressey is just another great author with another great book.

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About Rose Pressey

Rose Pressey is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She enjoys writing quirky and fun novels with a paranormal twist. The paranormal has always captured her interest. The thought of finding answers to the unexplained fascinates her.

When she’s not writing about werewolves, vampires and every other supernatural creature, she loves eating cupcakes with sprinkles, reading, spending time with family, and listening to oldies from the fifties.

Rose lives in the beautiful commonwealth of Kentucky with her husband, son and three sassy Chihuahuas.

Rose suffers from Psoriatic Arthritis and has knee replacements. She might just set the world record for joint replacements. She’s soon having her hips replaced, elbows, and at least one shoulder.


Charmed Again by Rose Pressey

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Paranormal Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Urban, Witches / 0 Comments

Charmed Again by Rose PresseyCharmed Again by Rose Pressey
Series: Halloween LaVeau #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on May 21, 2013
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 221
Format: Kindle
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Reluctant witch Halloween LaVeau never guessed that inheriting LaVeau Manor would be so difficult. Sure, she was named Worst Witch of the Year, but her botched spell-casting is all behind her now, right? Everything changed after discovering the ancient Book of Mystics. She’s now the leader of the Underworld… whatever that means. Apparently, she’s in charge of keeping order within the paranormal world.
If that wasn’t enough, Halloween—or Hallie as she prefers to be called—has two gorgeous men making her life even more confusing. The sexy vampire Nicolas Marcos has been accused of stealing another witch’s powers. With the help of Nicolas’ brother, the good-looking warlock Liam Rankin, Hallie must discover if Nicolas is guilty as charged. How will she navigate this Underworld?

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

Rose Pressey has once again wrote another fast-paced book that kept me guessing while having my suspicions about a few of the characters but not a whole lot.

This book to me is super good and I am happy that I got to read it. The ending was good as well despite being put onto a cliff-hanging ending. Which for one I sometimes hate but also loved since I had the next book already so I could read it instead of waiting for it to come out and be all wondering what would happen.

Rose Pressey is a very good author and she should continue on writing these fantastic books.

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About Rose Pressey

Rose Pressey is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She enjoys writing quirky and fun novels with a paranormal twist. The paranormal has always captured her interest. The thought of finding answers to the unexplained fascinates her.

When she’s not writing about werewolves, vampires and every other supernatural creature, she loves eating cupcakes with sprinkles, reading, spending time with family, and listening to oldies from the fifties.

Rose lives in the beautiful commonwealth of Kentucky with her husband, son and three sassy Chihuahuas.

Rose suffers from Psoriatic Arthritis and has knee replacements. She might just set the world record for joint replacements. She’s soon having her hips replaced, elbows, and at least one shoulder.


A Charming Magic by Tonya Kappes

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Cozy, Fantasy, Magic, Mystery, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Rural, Series, Witches / 0 Comments

A Charming Magic by Tonya KappesA Charming Magic by Tonya Kappes
Series: Magical Cures Mystery #5
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Createspace on January 7th 2013
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 200
Format: Kindle

Whispering Falls is getting a new store. Magical Moments Flower Shop is bound to be a hit, especially since there is an upcoming Whispering Falls wedding. Arabella Paxton is the beautiful new owner and resident of Whispering Falls and she has her eyes set on Oscar Park. No one is going to get in her way. Not even June Heal who is desperately trying to figure out why there is a looming dark cloud over their magical town and things around them are dying. But when a beloved village resident is poisoned from a potion that was bought at A Charming Cure, June Heal has to use all of her sleuthing skills and a little bit of magic to clear her name and save her town.

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU ARE READING THIS REVIEW BEFORE READING THE BOOK. CONTINUE ON WITH CAUTION!!!

I finished this book in my new house that we are renting in Montana on a day that my mom and I were taking a break from unpacking. I gotta say this book was really good. I mean sure June can be, a lot, insecure with herself about Oscar when he is being near other woman. That, to her are more beautiful than her, but Oscar doesn’t think so.

This book is a really good book and I am oh so very happy with how this book ended. Without June’s help Oscar got his memory back which is a very good thing. Also like in all of the other book’s June got the person that was making her look bad. I think that is it that I want to say on this review. Oh Tonya Kappes is an amazing author and I am very happy with the books that I have read from hers turned out to be.

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About Tonya Kappes

For years, USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has been self-publishing her numerous mystery and romance titles with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plotlines and quirky characters, but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans.

She has a B.A. in Education from the University of Kentucky and a proud Kentucky Wildcat fan.

Married to an amazing man, Eddy, she has four son ranging in ages from twenty-two to sixteen years old, Charlie and Scooter (Schnauzers), and Kitty Kappes.

Now a full time writer, she spends her days creating the fun-loving, quirky southern characters that is full of charm that readers have come to love.