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Secrets in the Stones by Tessa Harris

Secrets in the Stones (Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery) - Tessa Harris

T I T L E: Secrets in the Stones
S E R I E S: Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries (Nº 6)
A U T H O R: Tessa Harris
P U B L I S H E R: Kensington Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: February 23, 2016
I S B N: 9780758293411
Historical Mystery

Within the mysteries of the body, especially those who have been murdered, 18th-century anatomist Dr. Thomas Silkstone specializes in uncovering the tell-tale clues that lead towards justice…
Newly released from the notorious asylum known as Bedlam, Lady Lydia Farrell finds herself in an equally terrifying position--as a murder suspect--when she stumbles upon the mutilated body of Sir Montagu Malthus in his study at Boughton Hall.
Meanwhile Dr. Thomas Silkstone has been injured in a duel with a man who may or may not have committed the grisly deed of which Lydia is accused. Despite his injury, Thomas hopes to clear his beloved's good name by conducting a postmortem on the victim. With a bit of detective work, he learns that Montagu's throat was slit by no ordinary blade, but a ceremonial Sikh dagger from India--a clue that may be connected to the fabled lost mines of Golconda.
From the mysterious disappearance of a cursed diamond buried with Lydia's dead husband, to the undying legend of a hidden treasure map, Thomas must follow a trail of foreign dignitaries, royal agents--and even more victims--to unveil the sinister and shocking secrets in the stones…

This is the 6th installment in this particular series. Even though I haven’t read any of the previous books, I had no problem following along at all. . . . (M O R E)

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The Silence of Stones by Jeri Westerson

The Silence of Stones: A Crispin Guest medieval noir by Westerson, Jeri(February 1, 2016) Hardcover - Jeri Westerson

T I T L E: The Silence of Stones
S E R I E S:A Crispin Guest Noir (Nº 8)
A U T H O R: Jeri Westerson
P U B L I S H E R: Severn House Publishers
P U B L I S H--D A T E: February 1, 2016
I S B N: 978072885623
Historical Mystery

A medieval mystery featuring disgraced knight Crispin Guest
London, 1388. When the mythical Stone of Destiny disappears from the throne of England during mass in Westminster Abbey, the populace takes it as a sign to side with King Richard II’s rebellious barons. The last thing the king needs is for his authority to be put in question, especially after his army suffers a crushing defeat against a Scottish uprising.
Desperate, Richard calls in Crispin Guest to find the missing stone. And to ensure that he will do the deed, the king imprisons Jack Tucker and orders Crispin to find the stone before Parliament convenes in three days' time - or Jack will hang for treason.

A great mystery and my first introduction to Crispin Guest, a medieval knight turned detective, or tracker as he is referred to in the story. (M O R E)

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Bite the Dust by Cynthia Eden

Bite The Dust (Blood and Moonlight Book 1) - Cynthia Eden

T I T L E: Bite the Dust
S E R I E S: Blood and Moonlight (Nº 1)
A U T H O R: Cynthia Eden
P U B L I S H E R: Hocus Pocus Publishing, Inc
P U B L I S H--D A T E: October 6, 2015
I S B N: 9781942840077
Paranormal Romance

Vampires. Werewolves. Beasts that hunt in the night...When New Orleans Detective Jane Hart investigates her first official homicide case, she never expects to have her world ripped apart. But the murder she’s investigating is part of a deadly war between vampires and werewolves…and now Jane is caught in that eternal battle. A battle that can’t end well.
Werewolf Aidan Locke has been running New Orleans for years. It’s his job to keep the vamps out of the city. But when a Master Vampire comes to town, determined to unleash hell, Aidan knows it’s time to fight with all the fury of his pack. Beast versus vamp, until the last breath. Then he meets Jane…
One look, one taste, and Aidan knows that Jane is far more than she seems. Far more than she even knows herself to be. She’s important in the paranormal war, not a pawn to be used, but a queen to be won. And if he can’t keep her at his side, if he can’t stop the darkness from descending on the town…then Jane Hart will become not just a fierce cop, not some guardian, but something deadlier. Darker. Aidan will fight heaven and hell to change her fate. To change their fate because he is more than just a predator.
And Jane is more than prey. Far more.

I was in the mood for a really great paranormal romance and was looking hard for one when I stumbled upon this particular book. Didn’t. . . (M O R E)

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Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales From Shakespeare's Fantasy World

Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales Shakespeare's Fantasy World - Adrian Tchaikovsky, Kate Heartfield, Foz Meadows, Emma Newman, Jonathan Barnes

T I T L E: Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales From Shakespeare's Fantasy World
A U T H O R: Jonathan Barnes, Emma Newman, Kate Heartfield, Foz Meadows, and Adrian Tchaikovsky
P U B L I S H E R: Rebellion/Abaddon
P U B L I S H--D A T E: January 6, 2016
I S B N: 9781781083949
Anthology, Literary Fiction, Fantasy

Mischief, magic, love and war.
These are the stories Shakespeare never told. Five of the most exciting names in genre fiction today – Jonathan Barnes, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Emma Newman, Foz Meadows and Kate Heartfield – delve into the world the Bard created to weave together a story of courage, transformation and magic.
Including an afterword by Dr. John Lavagnino, The London Shakespeare Centre, King's College London.

This anthology of short stories adapted from none other than The Bard himself is a great collection. Based on William Shakespeare’s . . . (M O R E)

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Skeleton Blues by Paul Johnston

Skeleton Blues (A Quint Dalrymple Mystery) - Paul Johnston

T I T L E: Skeleton Blues
S E R I E S: A Quint Dalrymple Mystery (Nº 7)
A U T H O R: Paul Johnston
P U B L I S H E R: Severn House Publishers
P U B L I S H--D A T E: April 1, 2016
I S B N: 9780727885784
Mystery

Ex-cop Quint Dalrymple discovers there is something very rotten in the independent city-state of Edinburgh in this near-future dystopian thriller.
Edinburgh, spring 2034. The weather’s balmy, there’s a referendum on whether to join a reconstituted Scotland coming up – and a tourist is found strangled. As usual, maverick detective Quint Dalrymple is called in to do the Council of City Guardians’ dirty work.
For the first time in his career, Quint is stumped by the complexity of the case. An explosion at the City Zoo is followed by the discovery of another body – and the prime suspect is nowhere to be found. Can Quint and his sidekick, Guard commander Davie, put a stop to the killings before the city erupts into open violence? Are the leaders of other Scottish states planning to take over Edinburgh, or is the source of unrest much closer to home? Quint must race to pull the threads together before he becomes one of the numerous skeletons on display …

I need to say wow, I love Quint Dalrymple and his cases. Set in a dystopian Edinburgh during the year 2034, it is not . . . (M O R E)

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Soft Summer Blood by Peter Helton

Soft Summer Blood (A Liam McClusky Mystery) - Peter Helton

T I T L E: Soft Summer Blood
S E R I E S: Liam McLusky Mysteries (Nº 4)
A U T H O R: Peter Helton
P U B L I S H E R: Severn House Publishers
P U B L I S H--D A T E: April 1, 2016
I S B N: 9780727885777
Mystery

A seemingly open-and-shut case becomes increasingly complicated for Detective Inspector Liam McLusky in this intriguing police procedural.
It all seemed so simple: a murder; an obvious suspect; a shaky alibi: DI McLusky never had it so good. Until a second killing challenges all his earlier assumptions. With every new piece of evidence McLusky brings to light, the case becomes more complicated. Does it have its roots in a disappearance eighteen years earlier, or is it firmly based in the present?
Meanwhile, DI Kat Fairfield and DS Jack Sorbie are tasked with finding the daughter of a prominent Italian politician, who has disappeared while on a student exchange programme at Bristol University. Neither is overjoyed to be lumbered with a routine missing person’s case while McLusky heads a high-profile murder investigation. Until they find a dead body of their own…

This is the first Liam McLusky mystery that I’ve read and I really liked it. I do have to admit though that it took me a bit to warm up to Liam, and . . . (M O R E)

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Negative Space by Mike Robinson

Negative Space - Mike  Robinson

T I T L E: Negative Space

S E R I E S: The Enigma of Twilight Falls (Nº 2)

A U T H O R: Mike Robinson

P U B L I S H E R: Curiosity Quills Press

P U B L I S H--D A T E: August 17, 2013

I S B N: 9781620073155

Mystery, Thriller

 

Negative Space tells the story of a provocative Los Angeles painter named Max Higgins, on the verge of local fame. The secret to his work's haunting allure? He collects photos of missing persons and incorporates them into his paintings, giving the often melancholy faces, as he puts it, a "home in his work." This fascination stems from the bizarre disappearances of people he knew growing up, including his father. Then, one day, someone recognizes a face in one of his paintings, and he is suddenly thrust into a journey as surreal as anything from his brush, a journey into his past that will determine irrevocably his future.

This novel was much improved from the last. All aspects of it. The characters are more likable, all easy to relate to and love - even through their . . . (M O R E)

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Skin Like Silver by Chris Nickson

Skin Like Silver: A Tom Harper Victorian police procedural (A Tom Harper Mystery) - Chris Nickson

T I T L E: Skin Like Silver

S E R I E S: Tom Harper Mysteries (Nº 3)

A U T H O R: Chris Nickson

P U B L I S H E R: Severn House

P U B L I S H--D A T E: March 1, 2016

I S B N: 9780727885708

Historical Mystery

 

The third intriguing historical mystery to feature Detective Inspector Tom Harper

Leeds, England. October, 1891. An unclaimed parcel at the Central Post Office is discovered to contain the decomposing body of a baby boy. It’s a gruesome case for DI Tom Harper. Then a fire during the night destroys half the railway station. The next day a woman’s body is found in the rubble. But Catherine Carr didn’t die in the blaze: she’d been stabbed to death – and Harper has to find her killer.

The estranged wife of a wealthy industrialist, Catherine had been involved with the Leeds Suffragist Society, demanding votes for women, the same organization for which Harper’s wife Annabelle has just become a speaker. Were Catherine’s politics the cause of her death? Or is the husband she abandoned behind it? But when her brother escapes from the asylum and steals a shotgun, Harper has to race to find the answers.

An engaging mystery. I really do like this series so far. If you haven’t read any of these books before, don’t let that stop you from . . . (M O R E)

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The Green-Eyed Monster by Mike Robinson

[ [ [ The Green-Eyed Monster [ THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER ] By Robinson, Mike ( Author )Oct-23-2012 Paperback - Mike Robinson

T I T L E: The Green-Eyed Monster

S E R I E S: The Enigma of Twilight Falls (Nº 1)

A U T H O R: Mike Robinson

P U B L I S H E R: Curiosity Quills Press

P U B L I S H--D A T E: October 23, 2012

I S B N: 9781620071052

Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Martin Smith and John Becker: bestselling authors with ordinary names and extraordinary minds. Rivals since childhood, they live in the same town and are famous for their uncanny similarity in physical manner and literary voice. When one of them ends up dead at the other's home, an investigation is launched into their dark past, revealing a series of troubling stories from their childhood, adolescence and careers, throughout which lurks the presence of an authorial entity with roots beyond our time or dimension – a sinister entity with far-reaching designs.

Reading the description of this book, I wanted it to be amazing. Reading the reviews about this book, I waited for it to blow my mind. (M O R E)

 

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Dark Child: Bloodsworn (Omnibus Edition) by Adina West

Dark Child (Bloodsworn): Omnibus Edition (Dark Child Omnibus Edition Book 3) - Adina West

T I T L E: Dark Child: Bloodsworn (Omnibus Edition)

A U T H O R: Adina West

P U B L I S H E R: Momentum Books

P U B L I S H--D A T E: February 11, 2016

I S B N: 9781760301774

Urban Fantasy

It's open war between the Families of Power and the Tabérin. Two ancient races, witch and vampire, are locked in a deadly battle, and Kat Chanter, descendant of both warring bloodlines, is the only hope for peace …

With the fate of two races resting on her shoulders, Kat is determined to make the best of her forced visit to her grandmother Imara's Napa compound, and learn all she can about the Families of Power and her newly discovered witch heritage. But she quickly learns that Imara's word can't be trusted. Prejudice runs deep in the old coven leader, and her grandmother remains committed to a war with the Tabérin that Kat would do anything to stop.

But Imara's war isn't the only threat to the fragile balance between the races that has endured for centuries. Fanatical factions within the European covens plot to resurrect an ancient power best left sleeping, and the new Vodas is building his dynasty on the backs of a personal guard willing to fight to the death to give him what he wants.

With the unsolved murder of a young witch boy raising as many questions as answers, Kat is discovering blood is the key to everything, including the new Vodas's subjection of his sworn elite.

In this world, blood is power. But blood can betray you.

An urban fantasy full of vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters, which is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments and Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden series.

This is a full length novel. Dark Child (Bloodsworn): Omnibus Edition bundles together Dark Child (Bloodsworn) Episodes 1-5.

 I found this a struggle to follow along. When I read the description I thought since it said it was episodes 1-5 it would start at the very . . . (M O R E)

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Dead Before Dying by Kerry Schafer

Dead Before Dying - Kerry Schafer
T I T L E: Dead Before Dying
A U T H O R: Kerry Schafer
P U B L I S H E R: Diversion Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: February 9, 2016
I S B N: 9781626819276
Urban Fantasy, Mystery,Thriller

In this supernatural thriller, shot through with biting wit, Maureen Keslyn checks herself in to Shadow Valley Manor to recuperate and rehabilitate from her last job. There, she runs afoul of the stern director and makes friends with some of the other residents, mostly older, all harboring either a secret or a grudge. With secrets of her own, like why she has her own Federal Agent checking up on her, and how she injured herself in the first place, Maureen fits right in, even as she sticks out like a thorn.
But Shadow Valley isn’t just for rest―Maureen is working undercover, seeking to find and eradicate whatever forces are picking off the residents (and staff) at a grisly clip. With her resources dwindling one death at a time, and unnatural forces seething to rise up once more, Maureen’s experience fighting the supernatural will be her only hope to destroy a clever and powerful evil―and her only chance at surviving it. She'll need people as paranoid as she is--from the sheriff, to the undertaker's daughter, to a cook whose knife skills in the kitchen could prove deadly out of it--if she is going to bring rest to the weary, and peace to the dead…

 
Let me begin by saying that this was definitely different. When I read the description above I pictured a rehab facility where people go . . . (M O R E)
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The Visitor by Amanda Stevens

The Visitor (Graveyard Queen) - Amanda Stevens
T I T L E: The Visitor
S E R I E S: Graveyard Queen (Nº 4)
A U T H O R: Amanda Stevens
P U B L I S H E R: MIRA
P U B L I S H--D A T E: March 29, 2016
I S B N: 9780778315179
Literature/Fiction (adult), Thriller, Mystery, Paranormal Romance

My name is Amelia Gray. I'm the Graveyard Queen.
Restoring lost and abandoned cemeteries is my profession, but I'm starting to believe that my true calling is deciphering the riddles of the dead. Legend has it that Kroll Cemetery is a puzzle no one has ever been able to solve. For over half a century, the answer has remained hidden within the strange headstone inscriptions and intricate engravings. Because uncovering the mystery of that tiny, remote graveyard may come at a terrible price.
Years after their mass death, Ezra Kroll's disciples lie unquiet, their tormented souls trapped within the walls of Kroll Cemetery, waiting to be released by someone strong and clever enough to solve the puzzle. For whatever reason, I'm being summoned to that graveyard by both the living and the dead. Every lead I follow, every clue I unravel brings me closer to an unlikely killer and to a destiny that will threaten my sanity and a future with my love, John Devlin.
 
 To say I was elated to find this on NetGalley is an understatement. And when I got the email of approval to read this title in exchange for an honest review, I damn near jumped out of my skin with excitement. 
     A little over a year ago, a good friend of mine introduced me to The Graveyard Queen series. I’m so happy she did, as I’ve really enjoyed these novels. And every single book in this series has been a great read . . . but . . . holy-freaking-moley, this one wasn't only great, but freaking awesome.
 
Full review @ 
 
 
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Joenna's Ax by Elaine Issak

Joenna's Ax (Tales of Bladesend Book 2) - Elaine Isaak

T I T L E: Joenna’s Ax

S E R I E S: Bladesend(Nº 2)

A U T H O R: Elaine Issak

P U B L I S H E R: Rocinate

P U B L I S H--D A T E: July 8, 2015

I S B N: 9780985857738

Fantasy

 

After Joenna's half-orc son is killed in battle, she disguises herself as a man to join the army and avenge him, adding one notch to the handle of her ax for every demons she kills. But when she volunteers to lead a suicide charge of half-orc scouts, she risks her secret and her own mission to try to save them. Rewarded for her prowess with a grant of land and ownership of her half-orc man-at-arms, Joenna plots to rescue all of the half-orcs from the king's plan to destroy these reviled bastards—making herself a traitor along with them. When their haven is discovered, Joenna leads the half-orcs in a desperate fight against a famous warrior and his knights in the hopes of winning their freedom and claiming their humanity.

 

While this book was action packed, it was a very quick read. I would say it was more of a novella really. I read this in about three hours. (M O R E)

 

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Death of An Alchemist by Mary Lawrence

Death of an Alchemist (A Bianca Goddard Mystery) - Mary Lawrence

T I T L E: The Death of an Alchemist

S E R I E S: Bianca Goddard (Nº 2)

A U T H O R: Mary Lawrence

P U B L I S H E R: January 26, 2016

P U B L I S H--D A T E: January 26, 2016

I S B N: 9781617737121

Historical Fiction, Mystery

 

In the mid sixteenth century, Henry VIII sits on the throne, and Bianca Goddard tends to the sick and suffering in London's slums, where disease can take a life as quickly as murder. . .
For years, alchemist Ferris Stannum has devoted himself to developing the Elixir of Life, the reputed serum of immortality. Having tested his remedy successfully on an animal, Stannum intends to send his alchemy journal to a colleague in Cairo for confirmation. Instead he is strangled in his bed and his journal is stolen.

As the daughter of an alchemist herself, Bianca is well acquainted with the mystical healing arts. As her husband, John, falls ill with the sweating sickness, she dares to hope Stannum's journal could contain the secret to his recovery. But first she must solve the alchemist's murder. As she ventures into a world of treachery and deceit, Stannum's death proves to be only the first in a series of murders--and Bianca's quest becomes a matter of life and death, not only for her husband, but for herself. . .

As far as historical mysteries goes, this was a great one. A bit different in that the sleuth in this series . . . (M O R E)

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Unholy Blue by Darby Kaye

Unholy Blue (Bannerman Boru) - Darby Kaye

T I T L E: Unholy Blue

S E R I E S: Bannerman Boru(Nº 2)

A U T H O R: Darby Kaye

P U B L I S H E R: Spencer Hill Press/Spence City

P U B L I S H--D A T E: January 19, 2016

I S B N: 9781633920521

Urban Fantasy

Strong and Irish.
That's how Shay Doyle likes her whiskey. And her men. As Healer to a clan of immortal Celtic warriors living in modern-day Colorado, she has been gifted with such a man: Bannerman "Bann" Boru, who is warrior, lover, and father. The only problem is keeping the stubborn warrior alive. For Fate seems to have it in for Bann, and his son, Cor, descendants of the kings of Ireland, and recipient of an ancient grudge from the mad god, Cernunnos. But, with a bit o'luck, Shay, Bann, and the rest of the Doyle clan - along with the aid of a legendary huntsman known as the Black Hand - might just suss out how to kill a shapeshifter that refuses to stay dead, prevent clan warfare, and make a choice that could change their lives.
If they don't lose them first.

I was attracted to this book because it was about the Tuatha De Danann and the fact that it was a bit different. Since I love to read . . . (M O R E)

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The Druid and the Bracelet by Chris Dews

The Druid and the Bracelet - Chris Dews

T I T L E: The Druid and the Bracelet

A U T H O R: Chris Dews

P U B L I S H E R: Aengus Publishing

P U B L I S H--D A T E: September 20, 2015

I S B N: 9781516908868

Fantasy

 

It’s an earlier age in Western Scotland and Celtic villagers scratch life from the fields, ruled by gods and bedevilled by faeries. However, their pastoral calm will not last.
A dead king returns with a warning of doom.
Men collect young maidens for sacrifice to a new god.
A witch-girl, given an ancient jet bracelet, disappears in a flash of lightning.
Could it be, as the Arch-Druid says, that evil is leaking into the land?
A young Druid and his warrior brother set out on an impossible quest to find their dead sister. Trapped in a king’s grave, they meet an alluring young woman and together they discover the malevolent being stirring in the depths of a black loch. The disappearance of their sister is only the beginning...
Helped by a friendly ogre, the faeries, dragons led by a strangely mature eight-year-old girl, and the mysterious jet bracelet, the two brothers and the young woman battle an ancient god and its decaying-but-not-dead servant. The Feeble Wight looms; she will bring death to the young Druid unless he finds his sister in just eight days...
With action, humour, and authentic detail, this exciting story of terror, love, and self-discovery in the face of evil brings the ancient Celts vividly to life.
The Druid and the Bracelet – fantasy grows up.

I will start off by saying that while I understand that the book I received was an advanced review copy it was still rather . . . (M O R E)

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