Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Review of LIMELIGHT by Emily Organ

Mystery / Thriller
Date Published: February 28, 2017

How did an actress die twice?
London, 1883. Actress Lizzie Dixie drowned in the River Thames,
so how was she murdered five years laterin Highgate Cemetery?
Intrepid Fleet Street reporter Penny Green was a friend of Lizzie’s and
Scotland Yard needs her help. Does Penny unwittingly hold clues to
Lizzie’s mysterious death? Penny must work with Inspector James
Blakely to investigate the worlds of theatre, showmen and politicians in
search of the truth.
But who is following her? And who is
sending her threatening letters?
Penny is about to discover that Lizzie’s life was more complicated,
and dangerous, than she could ever have imagined.
If you like a murder mystery then you'll love
this atmospheric Victorian mystery by Emily Organ.


A Fantastic New Mystery Series!  

Uh oh! Actress Lizzie Dixie’s managed to get herself killed—twice. She was drowned in the Thames River the first time, and now she’s been found shot dead in Highgate Cemetery. It’s quite a feat, but no worries. Intrepid street reporter Penny Green is hot on the trail of untangling the mystery of Lizzie’s hidden lives and buried secrets. Penny Green being on the case is a miracle at all because: (1) it’s 1883 and women don’t solve murders; (2) Penelope has already been fired for publicly disagreeing with the police; and (3) it’s 1883 and women don’t solve murders! But there she goes, helping Inspector James Blakely and noticing he’s kinda cute in every kinda way. Is it wrong to notice? Not when a book is this delightful!

What can I say? LIMELIGHT is the first entry in the PENNY GREEN MYSTERIES and I’m HOOKED! Intriguing story, compelling writing, fantastic characters are all there to entice you to follow along. It’s a must read for any detective fan, especially since Ms. Organ pays such meticulous attention to historical detail. I admire authors who can pull this off, and would liken her to Anne Perry in this regard. They both include the customs and mores of the time, and it’s downright fascinating. It's especially true when the stories document the way pioneers, represented by Ms. Penelope Green, helped pave the way for later generations of females wishing to spread their wings.

The pacing is more than good, and the storytelling superb. I loved Penny Green in all her feistiness. There’s an elegance and charm, and I do wonder if she’ll ever become closer to the equally charming Inspector Blakely. They would make such a lovely couple, going through life solving mysteries, and raising eyebrows at the same time.

Definitely download yourself a copy and see what the buzz is about. This is one I can highly recommend! 


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Friday, September 1, 2017

Review of SHADOW BROKER: Trace Conger

Mystery / Thriller
Date Published: October 7, 2014

- WINNER of the the 2015 Shamus Award for Best Indie P.I. Novel --
When finding criminals is your business, it’s easy to make a killing.

Finn Harding (Mr. Finn to his clients) specializes in finding people who don’t want to be found. Stripped of his PI license, Finn begins working for the type of clientele who operate in the shadows, pay in cash, and don’t care if he’s licensed or not. As Finn becomes ensnared in a plot to take over a black market information brokerage, he finds himself and his family straddling the thin line between life and death. With his own clients gunning for him, Finn must evade a psychopathic killer, special agents from the FBI’s cybercrime unit, and a Detroit mob boss. He’s about to find out that working with criminals has its advantages. Staying alive isn’t one of them.

In The Shadow Broker, Trace Conger delivers a sharp-edged and gritty tale of crime, murder, and family. It’s a fast-paced crime thriller that holds nothing back.



Finn Harding is one of those people … you know the ones … edgy, seemingly living on adrenaline … they’re nice enough, but you know there’s something dangerous lurking behind those eyes. You ask yourself, “What has this guy gotten himself into this time?” But you don’t dare ask because he’d only lie. And even if he wanted to tell the truth, how would he explain a simple case of tracking down a blackmailer escalating to murder, an ultimatum from the FBI, his father being thrown out of a nursing home, and, oh, yeah, meeting Little Freddie, a hired gun that likes to disassemble people? 

Can I tell you that I LOVED The Shadow Broker by Trace Congers! It’s flat out a great read on all levels! The plot is like AMAZING. Ditto the writing. The characters are some of the biggest scumbags you’d ever not want to meet. But do they deserve their cringe-worthy fates? I’ll leave it to greater minds to figure that one out. All I know is that what happens to these scum suckers is WILDLY entertaining!

I ZOOMED through this book! The story is that good. This book deserves every freakin’ five star review received including the one I’m about to give it. There are no downsides to it—only good sides that speed along and get more and more entangled as they bounce along in a very unpredictable fashion!

Buy it, you’ll thank me … you’ll thank yourself … and Trace Congers, of course! Thanks, Mr. Congers! You kept me thoroughly entertained!

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

September: A Month of Reviews!



The month of September will be devoted to reviews! Yes, Trulia and I have been burning the midnight oil! Lots of great books out there and we're trying to keep up! We'll publish our thoughts, and that means it's your chance to win big! 

Each week in September, we'll pick a winner from a Rafflecopter we'll be running! We'll be giving away $10 Amazon gift cards, and you can win by entering! Earn extra points by commenting, following us on Twitter or our blog, or by nominating a book you think we should review. Yes, we're offering you the chance to get your favorite author on our radar! We're setting up a separate page for nominations. The page will be up and ready September 1st.

So stick with us for fun, excitement, great reads, and the chance to WIN BIG!

Yes, there will be surprises, so please stay tuned! 

Good luck to you all, and hope to see you here! 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Giveaway of SAN FRANCISCO NIGHTS: Greg Messel

Author: Greg Messel
Publisher: Sunbreaks Publishing
Pages: 232
Genre: Mystery / Suspense

The wife of a wealthy San Francisco shipping magnate leads a secret life but someone is threatening to expose her.  Private eye Sam Slater and his wife and partner, Amelia, meet a mysterious woman in a large red hat during a train trip. The woman approaches him pleading for help because she‘s receiving anonymous notes quoting Bible verses which are becoming more and more ominous with each passing day. Her secrets have been discovered but by whom? What really happens behind closed doors in Room 505 in a swanky downtown hotel?

Sam is willing to take the case but Amelia warns that this woman is nothing but trouble. What does the woman really want? She’s been watching Sam for months and has a scheme to pull him into her world. 

Find out in the latest Sam Slater Mystery “San Francisco Nights” set in the fall of 1959. It’s the seventh book in the series but is a heart pounding stand alone whodunit. 

Watch the book trailer at YouTube.


The neon lights of the slumbering city gave the streets an eerie blue and purple glow in contrast to the dark store fronts. The three story brick office building was abandoned and the normally bustling street at the entrance to San Francisco’s Chinatown was quiet with only an occasional dark solitary figure walking by. The ancient black metal fire escapes seemed to cling to the facade of the building like an alien spider web. 

The interior of the building was dark except in the private eye’s office on the top floor where a single desk lamp provided the only circle of illumination against the thick blackness of the night. The lamp provided just enough light to brighten the frosted glass on the door with the name “Amelia Slater” on it. 

Amelia sat at her desk in the dimly lit office shuffling through some papers, but she was unnerved and having trouble concentrating.  She took a drag on her cigarette before placing it on the rim of the ash tray. The rising smoke appeared blue as it swirled lazily into the air. 

She suddenly stopped, thinking she heard a sound. After intently listening for a few moments, Amelia concluded her imagination was playing tricks on her. She turned her attention back to the items on her desk but was interrupted again by a prolonged squeak of the outer office door opening. 

Then Amelia heard the outer door softly closing, followed by the sound of quiet footsteps on the hardwood floor. The sound seemed to stop just outside the door to her office. 
Amelia could see the intruder’s silhouette through the frosted glass window. Her eyes were riveted on the door as the door knob to her office began to slowly turn.

Greg Messel has spent most of his adult life interested in writing, including a career in the newspaper business. He won a Wyoming Press Association Award as a columnist and has contributed articles to various magazines. Greg lives in Edmonds, Washington on Puget Sound with his wife Jean DeFond.

Greg has written ten novels. His latest is "San Francisco Nights" which is the seventh in a series of mysteries set in 1959 San Francisco. "Shadows In The Fog," "Fog City Strangler," "San Francisco Secrets," "Deadly Plunge" are sequels to the first book in the series "Last of the Seals." His other three novels are "Sunbreaks," "Expiation" and "The Illusion of Certainty." For a more detailed summary of Greg's novels go to 

Greg is currently working on his eleventh novel "Dreams That Never Were" which is not part of the mystery series.



Greg Messel is giving away three of his books!!

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