Category: Mystery

Burning North Diamonds for Drugs

Posted October 13, 2016 by karenbaron in Adventure, Crime, Fiction, Review, Series / 0 Comments

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Burning North Diamonds for DrugsBurning North: Diamonds for Drugs by Phil Cuda
on January 28th 2016
Genres: Crime, Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 494
Format: ebook
three-stars

In January 2000, the Australian federal government is alerted that smugglers are stealing flora and fauna in North Queensland. Two special undercover agents are sent to investigate. The agents uncover diamond and gold thefts, as well as huge quantities of drugs being trafficked into Northern Australia, North America and Europe as well as around the world by a huge Paris based crooked Global Corporation. The pair set out to destroy the drug cartel, which in turn sends out its own brand of killers to destroy the agents. A huge bounty is placed on the heads of the agents as they battle to thwart the corporation and stop its laundry list of crimes. From Cairns to the Gold Coast, to Paris and the jungles of Malaysia, to New York and Australia and back again to Paris, the battle rages on. With the agents finally on the cusp of closing down the corporation's illegal operations in Australia, they need to survive long enough to defeat the French connection. Phil Cuda was born in 1945 in Southern Italy. His parents moved to North Queensland when he was five. He says his parents "had four children and only the clothing on their backs after the war problems in Europe and more so in Italy. Australia was and is a land of opportunity for anyone who cares to work. I am a grandfather and love it." He still works in property development. Publisher's website: http: //sbprabooks.com/PhilCuda

My Thoughts:          The Australian version of James Bond

I had a hard time getting into this book. I would say that it took me at least 30% before I was ready to commit. I like a good crime story now and again. This one turned out fairly good.

I like Adams for the most part, and his partner Landers seemed like a nice enough guy. I kind of thought that Adams is a definite guy’s guy. I also thought his libido was fairly overactive. He seemed like a good agent, as he wasn’t just the team leader but completely part of the team. I truly backed up his partners and they did the same or him. Adams and Landers were very good at figuring things out.

Once the story got moving the action was superb. I enjoyed the different locations and getting to know a little bit about Australia. The other character were also believable. I feel that Mr. Cuda could have put a little more into his female characters. I liked his sister Ros Dante. She has spunk, I felt it made her seem realistic. I didn’t realize there was black market trade for Australian animals. I feel a little naive. I think that even though this book was fiction it opened my eyes to other parts of the world. I enjoyed reading about their adventures.

My rating is 3.5 stars. I really liked the book, slow start and all. I will recommend this to my male friends as I feel they would appreciate the story more.

**Where to find Burning North: Diamonds for Drugs**

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About Phil Cuda

Phil Cuda was born in 1945 in Southern Italy and moved to North Queensland when he was five. His parents had four children and very little else after the war in Italy. “Australia was and is a land of opportunity for anyone who cares to work. I am a grandfather and love it.” He works in property development.


One Person’s Craziness by R.T. Ojas

Posted October 13, 2016 by karenbaron in Adventure, Aliens, Fantasy, Mystery, Novella, Review, Time Travel / 0 Comments

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One Person’s Craziness by R.T. OjasOne Person's Craziness by R.T. Ojas
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on February 6th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 102
Format: Kindle
three-half-stars

Amoli is a mysterious man with an even more mysterious past. During a recorded session with a psychiatrist, he reveals his perplexing story about survival, hope, ancient civilizations, and cosmic adventures.

My Thoughts:          Could this be what happened to the old civilizations?

I have to say that this isn’t really the type of book that I normally read. However, I was most intrigued by the book’s description. The book is a novella and a really quick read.

The book starts out a little on the slow side but kept me interested throughout Amoli’s adventure. I enjoyed the historical references and the not-so-historical parts of the story. I sort of pictured them somewhere like Easter Island.

I liked Amoli’s character. He had a little comedian in him, yet he tried to be tough even when he was scared.  I was really hoping that he would find Azanita and she would return his feelings. The alien part of the story was acceptable. Scully and Molder would have enjoyed this interview. I can imagine that they would have had so many questions. The ending was probably the greatest part. I won’t spoil it, but I didn’t see it coming.

My rating is 3.5 stars. I really liked the book but thought there could have been a little more to the adventure. I think that Mr. Ojas will only become better and better as a writer and I look forward to reading more of his works.

**Where to find One Person’s Craziness**

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About R.T. Ojas

Software Engineer at day. Writer at Night.


The Odd Fellows Society by CG Barrett

Posted September 20, 2016 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Read-a-thon, Review, Thriller / 0 Comments

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The Odd Fellows Society by CG BarrettThe Odd Fellows Society on November 12th 2015
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 334
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Santiago Torres, the Jesuit headmaster of one of Washington, D.C.'s top high schools, knows two truths. First, historian Jasper Willoughs, his closest friend, didn't toss himself off a dormitory roof. Second, a Georgetown University secret society-a running joke on campus-has blood on its hands. Torres's pursuit of the truth embroils him in a bizarre and deadly scavenger hunt. The clues, scratched out on parchment by the mysterious Odd Fellows Society, lead Santi to risk everything he holds sacred: his job, his life, even the woman he secretly loves. As for his relationship with his God? Well, that's complicated. A hold-your-breath thriller that explores America's national obsession with race, The Odd Fellows Society will have you looking at the U.S. capital-and its monuments' secrets-in a whole different shade of black and white. Note: While this novel's protagonist is a Jesuit, this book is not a religious book.

My take on this novel:             The Odd Fellows Society by C.G. Barrett took me on a surprisingly good mystery that made me want to keep on reading. I was hooked from the email that the author sent me and the plot. Although, the life of a book blogger sometimes means I need to wait to read a book as I I have other commitments. Once I opened the book on my kindle fire I was once again reminded why I wanted to read it.

The Odd Fellows Society reminded me of a mixture of two great series. The first one is Dan Brown’s books with Robert Langdon, with the church and the teaching/history of the priesthood. The second one is National Treasure for the clues of using some pieces of our history, the baddies, and the history as well. I love both of these series. As I reading this book it reminded me of those two series which prompted me to read more to discover what happens next every single time.

I was instantly mesmerized with this novel. I wanted to know what happened next and what the clues meant. I was surprised in a few areas of the books as I didn’t expect what happened (such great plot shifts). Overall, this book caught me off guard and exceeded my expectations. That is always a good thing. This book is also not like one that I normally read. I try to stay away from ones that deal with religion. Unless the plot is really something, like this book and the Robert Langdon ones as well.

I am giving this book five stars as it is an outstanding read that I am glad I took the chance on. The characters are all perfectly developed and some plots twist I completely didn’t expect. The mystery was superb. I would and will recommend this really awesome book to anyone who loves a good mystery.

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About CG Barrett

A native of Northeast Pennsylvania, C.G. Barrett received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a M.A. from George Mason University.

A former teacher and student of history, Barrett currently serves as publisher of a Tampa newsmagazine. His humor writing about life as a parent has appeared in over a dozen parenting magazines throughout the United States.

Barrett’s popular novels have included both young adult and adult fiction in the genres of fantasy and mystery. His love of mythology, fairy tales, history and politics is evident in his fiction, which frequently explores spirituality, family and identity in a rapidly changing world.

Barrett lives with his wife, his three daughters and his two Shetland Sheepdogs in Tampa, Florida.


The Death of Anyone by DJ Swykert

Posted September 8, 2016 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Crime, Death, Fiction, Murder, Mystery, Review, Urban / 0 Comments

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The Death of Anyone by DJ SwykertThe Death of Anyone by D.J. Swykert
on February 25th 2013
Genres: Crime, Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 221
Format: Kindle
four-stars

Detroit homicide Detective Bonnie Benham has been transferred from narcotics for using more than arresting and is working the case of the killer of adolescent girls. CSI collects DNA evidence from the scene of the latest victim, which has not been detected on the other victims. But no suspect turns up in the FBI database. Due to the notoriety of the crimes a task force is put together with Bonnie as the lead detective, and she implores the D.A. to authorize an as yet unapproved type of a DNA Search in an effort to identify the killer. Homicide Detective Neil Jensen, with his own history of drug and alcohol problems, understands Bonnie’s frailty and the two detectives become inseparable as they track this killer of children.

My take on the book:               Great. The Death of Anyone by DJ Swykert was different than with what I imagined it to be. I was reading it pretty faster than I did with most books. Mostly because I wanted to know who had killed the person at the beginning of the story.

The book was a good read but totally not what I imagined. By that I mean by the cussing and the whole thing that the characters’ kind of repeat themselves. They don’t do it often but when they do repeat themselves it makes me feel sad as it takes me out of the book. I had an idea about who the killer was and I was actually surprised that I was right about him.

The book is written in third-person point of view and it follows Bonnie. It also follows a few other people but mostly it’s Bonnie Benham. Mr. Swykert does follow the police procedure for the book and the lawyer stuff. Or at least I think so from what I’ve seen on TV shows. I know TV shows aren’t that reliable but that is what I only have for connections with the book.

Overall The Death of Anyone by DJ Swykert is a good book. Good enough to keep me guessing and thinking about the book. I am giving this book a four stars review.

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About D.J. Swykert

DJ Swykert is a former 911 operator, and wolf expert, living in Northern Kentucky, USA. His short fiction and poetry has been published in: The Tampa Review, Monarch Review, Sand Canyon Review, Zodiac Review, Scissors and Spackle, spittoon, Barbaric Yawp and BULL.


New Corpse in Town by Lucy Quinn

Posted September 7, 2016 by karenbaron in Cozy, Mystery, Review, Rural, Series / 0 Comments

New Corpse in Town by Lucy QuinnNew Corpse In Town by Lucy Quinn
Series: Secret Seal Isle Mysteries #1
Series Rating: four-stars
Published by Seaside Story Productions on July 13, 2016
Genres: Chick Lit, Women's Fiction
Pages: 166
Format: Kindle
four-stars

FBI agent Cookie James is enjoying her extended leave from the agency on Secret Seal Isle, managing her quaint inn and flirting with the oh-so sexy-handyman, Dylan Creed…until her sixty-year-old mother goes skinny dipping and is almost drowned by a corpse.

A phone call to the sheriff should mean the end of Cookie’s involvement, but when it’s clear the sheriff has no interest in the investigation, Cookie calls in reinforcements…her ex-partner Hunter O’Neil. Suddenly it’s like old times while the pair questions the residents of Secret Seal Isle. Except it’s not. Now she has both Hunter and Dylan vying for her attention, a wayward hippy mother, and a potential killer on the loose.

With her love life heating up, her mother lighting up, and all signs pointing to the most unlikely suspect, Cookie does the only thing she knows to do—focus on solving the case.

My Thoughts:          Scintillating new series.

Cookie James is fabulous. She seems to have it all together with her new life, B&B and good looks. Yet, she worries about her looks, which guy to date, her Mother and the corpse of an unknown man and you have this wonderful story.

Hunter is sweet on Cookie but he is like the forbidden fruit or is he? Cookie has always wanted him, but if she ever returns to the FBI she doesn’t want to sample that deliciousness. Dylan is a “local”. He is mysterious, and has these hidden talents and baggage, but he is also on the sweeter side. Should Cookie even try with this one?

Cookie’s Mom, Rain is the ultimate hippy. Cookie feels like she needs to constantly chaperon her. Rain does the craziest things.  She is a great cook and seems to run the B&B but don’t eat the brownies…

The mystery was good. The clues were there if you pay attention. I enjoyed the red herrings and that Rain found some of the biggest clues. I liked that even though she seems out of it, she has her head on.

My rating is 5 stars. I am definitely looking forward to the second installment Life in the Dead Lane. I truly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

**Where to find New Corpse in Town**

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About Lucy Quinn

Lucy Quinn is the brainchild of New York Times bestselling author Deanna Chase and USA Today bestselling author Violet Vaughn. Having met over a decade ago in a lampwork bead forum, the pair were first what they like to call “show wives” as they traveled the country together, selling their handmade glass beads. So when they both started writing fiction, it seemed only natural for the two friends to pair up with their hilarious, laugh-out-loud, cozy mysteries. At least they think so. Now they travel the country, meeting up in various cities to plan each new Lucy Quinn book while giggling madly at themselves and the ridiculous situations they force on their characters. They very much hope you enjoy them as much as they do.

Deanna Chase is a native Californian, transplanted to the slower paced lifestyle of southeastern Louisiana. When she isn’t writing, she is often goofing off with her husband in New Orleans, playing with her two Shih Tzu dogs, or making glass beads.

Violet Vaughn lives in coastal New Hampshire where she spends most mornings in the woods with her dogs, summer at the ocean, and winters skiing in the mountains of Maine.