Entitlement (An Angela Masters detective novel) by Mike Worley

entitlementblurb from goodreads.com, scroll down for my review. A young woman is reported missing. Her car has been abandoned on a major highway and the interior is in disarray. However, there is no evidence that a crime has occurred and adults are free to ‘disappear’ if they choose. Still, Detective Angela Masters’ believes the woman may have been kidnapped. There is no ransom demand but also no indicator that the woman may be living somewhere else.
The woman’s life was filled with questionable characters, including her self-described fiancé, a local lawyer; his dedicated secretary; and a paroled convict. Was her disappearance related to her brother’s untimely death three years earlier, or the highway death of her friend?
Angela Masters must determine if a crime has even occurred and try to locate the missing woman. If her disappearance was the result of criminal activity, who was responsible and can she make a case that will hold up in court?
“Entitlement” is filled with twists, dead ends and clashing egos that will keep the reader engrossed as the case nears a conclusion.

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The Manhattan Puzzle by Laurence O´Bryan

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An international cover-up that could change the course of history…

Sean has been tracking a symbol from another age. It provides a clue to a barbaric conspiracy. A puzzle with an answer feared for millenia.

When Isabel wakes to find Sean hasn’t come home she doesn’t worry. At first. But when the police turn up on her doorstep wanting to interview him, she has to make a decision.

Does she keep faith in him or does she believe the evidence?
The symbol Sean and Isabel have been chasing will finally be revealed in Manhattan as one of the greatest banks in the world totters. Can Isobel uncover the truth before time runs out…or will she too be murdered?

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Coercion by Tim Tigner

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Ever been forced to do something despicable? Would you betray your family to save your child? Undermine your employer? Commit treason? 

Bin Laden gave terrorism a Middle-Eastern face. Now another misguided mastermind is giving it yours. But don’t feel bad, you’re not alone…. 

On the eve of perestroika, Alex Ferris stumbles onto KGB General Karpov’s scheme to regain Russia’s superpower status while investigating his brother’s death. After surviving attempts on his life and assembling bizarre clues, Alex settles on a most unusual suspect only to discover that Elaine is a victim herself. Unseen masters are forcing her into traitorous acts through nefarious threats. How many silent slaves like Elaine are out there? What do her tormenters want? Can he stop them? 

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Barely a Spark by Donna McNicol

barely a sparkBlurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review.

Police Sergeant Jim Sanders has been appointed the Acting Police Chief while his boss takes a vacation in Montana. Jim thinks two weeks will be a breeze, crime isn’t a big thing in the small town of Bradford, Pennsylvania.
Was it an accident? Maybe suicide? Or could it have been something more sinister. John Crocker was not a well liked man. He smoked too much, drank too much, and gambled too much. But even he had a family and they deserved to know the truth.
Small town Klondike, up the hill from Bradford, suddenly sees a spike in vandalism. Cabins ransacked, cars trashed – who is responsible? Summer tourist kids or someone more menacing?
Sometimes, two weeks can seem like a year…
[Book two in the Klondike Mystery Series]

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Special Guest post by Mike Phillips author of The World Below

About the Author:

Mike PhillipsHello everyone, and thank you for reading my guest post. My name is Mike Phillips and my new book is The World Below. I was asked to share a little something about my personal life. I know lots of you have pets, so I thought I’d talk about that. I grew up on a farm in West Michigan, but I live in the suburbs now. Never did I imagine that I would make a pet out of one of a farmer’s worse enemies. But life never seems to turn out the way we think it will. I have a pet rat. Yuck, I know, but they really are wonderful animals. I think of mine, Sassy, my second rat, as just a really small dog. They are good tempered and affectionate. They are smart as a whip, which is probably why they are so good at being a menace to farmers. My Sassy rolls around the house in a ball. She comes when I whistle and sits up when I snap my fingers. You do have to get used to the tail, which really isn’t that bad once you do. Just don’t look at the teeth. Thank you so much for joining me. I hope you enjoy The World Below. Please visit me at http://www.mikephillipsfantasy.com.

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Kingdom of Strangers by Zoe Ferraris

kingdom of strangersKingdom of Strangers by Zoe Ferraris

Blurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review.

A secret grave in the desert is unearthed revealing the mutilated bodies of nineteen women and the shocking truth that a serial killer has been operating undetected in Jeddah for more than a decade.

However, lead inspector Ibrahim Zahrani, is distracted by a mystery closer to home. His mistress has suddenly disappeared, but he cannot report her missing, since adultery is punishable by death. With nowhere to turn, Ibrahim brings the case to Katya, one of the few women on the force. Drawn into both investigations, she must be increasingly careful to hide a secret of her own.

Portraying the lives of women in one of the most closed cultures in the world, award-winning author Zoë Ferraris weaves a tale of psychological suspense that delves into the darkest corners of the Saudi underworld.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

gone girlThis is one of my multiple review posts with different thoughts on Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, first comes the blurb for those of you who have no idea what the book is about. Scroll down for the really exciting stuff.

Marriage can be a real killer.

One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Continue reading

The House by Sebastiana Randone

the houseBlurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review.

The House is an adult fairy tale, time travel romance mystery.

Clad only in a torn night-dress, a woman finds herself, late one afternoon, in an ancient forest. How she arrived there remains a mystery, both to her and the reader. Finally a frightful looking house arrives in view. Night is moving in and faced with the prospect of remaining in a wood, where only wolves and predators revel, she reluctantly seeks refuge in this unwelcoming house.

Once inside, and taken aback by a most unexpected interior, she soon discovers a room where a magic portal laying in wait transports her to a Georgian estate. A baleful altercation with a beastly, drunkard Lord of the estate (archetype to the evil wolf in traditional tales) sets the tone for this narrative. Unable to find an escape route, she remains confined in this somber historical setting for many months, interacting with a curiously dysfunctional household.

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