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DUALITY: Two Sides of the Same Coin (Lies and Misdirection Book 5) by K J McGillick

August 26, 2019 - 8:28 am No Comments

Duality

Two sides of the same coin. Completely alike. Completely different.

What started out as a normal art restoration project for Melinda Martin soon took on a life of its own. Could this unusual painting actually be a Botticelli masterpiece thought to have perished as part of Savonarola’s Bonfire of the Vanities? Had Melinda’s friend, Lana, a well-known art picker inadvertently acquired stolen art; art that might have ties to the occult and worth millions? Did a bad business decision endanger everyone who touched this potential treasure?

When the painting disappears and both women are found dead, the police think it’s an open and shut case. The husband – it’s always the husband. He had means, motive, and opportunity, and acted strangely cold after the fact.  

Is it a case of mistaken identity? Does a secret relationship put Mr Martin in the crosshairs of an assassin sent to retrieve the painting? Or is he really a sociopath forger with mysterious ties to the Vatican?

DUALITY: Two Sides of the Same Coin (Lies and Misdirection Book 5) by K J McGillick

Published on 27th July 2019

288 pages

I have read other works by this author, so I knew I was going to get into a story that would grab my attention to the end.

In this story Mary and her lawyer friend Dalia get embroiled in a murder and a missing painting, travelling through Europe can they solve the case.

This is the 1st book I have read in this series and I was not expecting such a great wacky character as Mary. She was one of the best characters that I have read in a while. An older lady, who loved her tech and never let age get in the way to solve a case. At times I felt sorry for Dalia as she was run ragged trying to keep Mary out of trouble, whilst sticking to the law.

As you read the story you are following them step by step as they try and solve the case and keep the prime suspect out of jail. The story was believable due to the research of the art world and the historical context of the paintings. The twists in the story kept me guessing to the end who was behind it and without giving anything away, I didn’t expect the ending.

This is a standalone story and anything important was explained, however, I would advise readers to read the story in order as I felt I missed some of the chemistry between Mary and Dalia. This was my own fault for not reading the other books first and as they are on KU I am going to rectify this.

This was a good story that will interest any lovers of mystery and intrigue. A quick read with one of the most quirky characters.       

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/DUALITY-Sides-Same-Coin-Misdirection-ebook/dp/B07VR84PWG/

UShttps://www.amazon.com/DUALITY-Sides-Same-Coin-Misdirection-ebook/dp/B07VR84PWG/

Author Bio –

K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing

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The Reunion by Guillaume Musso

July 16, 2019 - 5:18 am No Comments

The Reunion by Guillaume Musso

Published by Weidenfield and Nicolson on 11th July 2019

289 pages

The majority of the thrillers I read are usually set in the UK, so it was a pleasant change to read a story set somewhere else.

The story follows Thomas Degalais an author as he goes back to his former school to celebrate its 50th anniversary. As soon as he lands he his hit with memories of his teenage years and through these memories, we are taken on the mystery of missing girl Vinca Rockwell.

From the discovery of a body, I was drawn into this story. The moment Thomas lands in France, you are drawn into a mystery that had been ongoing for over 25 years. The story alternates between past and present without confusion and as you get to read other characters role in the mystery, you find out exactly what had gone on.

I did not have a clue who was behind the threats and the disappearance and as more facts and clues were revealed I kept changing my mind.

This book is beautifully written and the descriptions give you the feeling that you are watching this story unfold on a big screen, but underneath the beauty, there was a dark side to the story and as more is revealed about Vinca, you soon realise that she is not the girl that Thomas fell in love with 25 years before. Whilst the story revolves around Thomas other characters make an impact in the story and whilst he is a character you would love to hate, I really liked Stephane Pianelli, a journalist that wasn’t afraid to upset people and who got a satisfaction in rubbing Thomas up the wrong way and I would have liked to know what Thomas had done to him at school.

With a well plotted story, I read it over one evening as I wanted to find out what had happened.

This is the first book I have read from this author and I will look out for more of their work.

Storytellers by Bjørn Larssen

July 10, 2019 - 5:21 am 1 Comment

In celebration of this blog tour there is a competition at the end of this page

 Storytellers

In March 1920 Icelandic days are short and cold, but the nights are long. For most, on those nights, funny, sad, and dramatic stories are told around the fire. But there is nothing dramatic about Gunnar, a hermit blacksmith who barely manages to make ends meet. He knows nobody will remember him – they already don’t. All he wants is peace, the company of his animals, and a steady supply of his medication. Sometimes he wonders what it would feel like to have a story of his own. He’s about to find out.

Sigurd – a man with a plan, a broken ankle, and shocking amounts of money – won’t talk about himself, but is happy to tell a story that just might get Gunnar killed. The blacksmith’s other “friends” are just as eager to write him into stories of their own – from Brynhildur who wants to fix Gunnar, then marry him, his doctor who is on the precipice of calling for an intervention, The Conservative Women of Iceland who want to rehabilitate Gunnar’s “heathen ways” – even the wretched elf has plans for the blacksmith.

As his defenses begin to crumble, Gunnar decides that perhaps his life is due for a change – on his own terms. But can he avoid the endings others have in mind for him, and forge his own?

Storytellers by Bjørn Larssen

Published by josephtailor on 28th March 2019

608 pages

When a stranger turns up injured at Gunner’s place, a story is told to wile away the hours. Gunnar was a hermit, a blacksmith by trade who spent the majority of his time with just the company of his dog. From page one I was hooked, I took an instant liking to Gunner and as his story continued I did start to feel sorry for him as all he wanted was a simple life without the threat of nosy villagers.

Set in Iceland, the author draws on the tradition of storytelling and as you read this book, you are fortunate to read two stories instead of one. The story alternates between the present as you follow Gunner, struggling with his own health, whilst having to put up with an unwanted guest and the past as Sigurd’s tells a tale of young love. Whilst the stories run parallel with each other, there was no confusion, each story was labelled clearly and I found myself wanting to know more about Juana and Arnar.

This story was beautifully written, the scenic descriptions made the cold land of Iceland sound so beautiful and magical. One of my favourite scenes was when Juana saw the Northern lights for the first time. There was a mystery running throughout the story, which I can honestly say I did not work out until it was all revealed. Whilst the story starts off at a steady pace, the pace quickens as more is found out about Sigurd and I knew that I had to finish this book before I went to sleep. This book will bring out various emotions and even when it was a life or death situation, there was still some comedy moments which broke up the tension.

I still cannot believe that this is a debut novel and I will definitely look out for more from this author.

Author Bio

Bjørn Larssen was made in Poland. He is mostly located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, except for his heart which he lost in Iceland. Born in 1977, he self-published his first graphic novel at the age of seven in a limited edition of one. Since then his short stories and essays were published in Rita Baum Art Magazine, Writer Unboxed, Inaczej Magazine), Edurada.pl, Homiki.pl, and Holandia Expat Magazine. He is a member of Alliance of Independent Authors and Writer Unboxed.

Bjørn has a Master of Science degree in mathematics, worked as a graphic designer, a model, and a blacksmith. He used to speak eight languages (currently down to two and a half). His hobbies include sitting by open fires, dressing like an extra from Vikings, installing operating systems, and dreaming about living in a log cabin in the north of Iceland, even though he hates being cold. He has only met an elf once. So far.

Social Media Links

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The House of Secrets by Terry Lynn Thomas

June 11, 2019 - 5:30 am No Comments

I am pleased to be on the blog tour for The House of Secrets by Terry Lynn Thomas, the 2nd in the Sarah Bennett Mysteries.

The House of Secrets

Sarah Bennett has two secrets: she sees ghosts, and she is in love with a spy.

When Sarah takes a job with occult expert Dr Matthew Geisler, he promises to help her understand the sorrowful spirit that seems to have attached itself to her.

As Sarah struggles to cope with the ghostly presence, she runs into Zeke, the man who left her six months earlier and is recovering from injuries suffered in an alleged accident. But Zeke has secrets of his own, and when an attempt is made on Geisler’s life, Sarah finds herself caught in a struggle between the living and the dead.

Unsure who she can trust, Sarah must solve the mystery of the soul determined to haunt her, and save Dr Geisler and herself from an unknown threat.

This book was previously published as WEEPING IN THE WINGS

Having read The Spirit of Grace, the 1st Sarah Bennett mysteries, I was keen to carry on with this series and share my review for The House of Secrets

The House of Secret by Terry Lynn Thomas

Published by HQ Digital on 11th April 2019

252 pages

Following on from Sarah Bennett’s father’s murder trial, Sarah gets given a job working with psychiatrist Dr Matthew Geisler. With his fascination into the supernatural, Sarah sees it as a chance to escape the public eye.

Whilst I have read The Spirit of Grace, you don’t have to, to enjoy this story. Anything that was relevant from book 1 was explained in detail, without spoiling the flow. I liked that Sarah was still inquisitive and even having suffered a life-threatening accident, it didn’t stop her trying to help Minna, who was having a really bad time at the Geisler’s Institute. Although there were times that Sarah was put under a lot of pressure from Zeke, Dr Geisler and even Alysse, she was still determined to find out who was behind the threats.

Whilst Zeke being housed in the hospital for his injuries pleased Sarah, as he was so close to her, there were moments that she doubted the real reason he was there. At times it did get annoying as Sarah knew what Zeke did for a living and should have understood that there were occasions that she could not be his No1 priority. However, this did not detract from the mystery and they did work well together.

Whilst the story centred around the characters already mentioned, there were some other characters, that had their own story to tell. Mr Collins, an accomplished pianist, Cynthia Forrester whilst being Sarah’s friend was also a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle and Aunt Lillian, an eccentric older lady who was Cynthia’s aunt.           

The supernatural element was stronger in this story as Sarah was adjusting to her gift and it helped that she had a fan in Dr Geisler. The mystery was well plotted and whilst I had my suspicions who was behind the threats, I could not work the reasons behind them. The story built up to a dramatic ending, with everything explained in detail.

This series can keep going and I hope there will be more to come. If you like historical fiction with an element of supernatural then this is a series for you.    

Purchase Links:

US – https://www.amazon.com/House-Secrets-Sarah-Bennett-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07H3DKQQ4

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/House-Secrets-Sarah-Bennett-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07H3DKQQ4

The House of Secrets is 99p throughout June as part of the June Kindle Monthly deal.   The Spirit of Grace, book 1 in the series is also .99 throughout June. 

Author Bio –

Terry Lynn Thomas grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which explains her love of foggy beaches and Gothic mysteries. When her husband promised to buy Terry a horse and the time to write if she moved to Mississippi with him, she jumped at the chance. Although she had written several novels and screenplays prior to 2006, after she relocated to the South she set out to write in earnest and has never looked back.

Terry Lynn writes the Sarah Bennett Mysteries, set on the California coast during the 1940s, which feature a misunderstood medium in love with a spy. The Drowned Woman is a recipient of the IndieBRAG Medallion. She also writes the Cat Carlisle Mysteries, set in Britain during World War II. The first book in this series, The Silent Woman, came out in April 2018 and has since become a USA TODAY bestseller. When she’s not writing, you can find Terry Lynn riding her horse, walking in the woods with her dogs, or visiting old cemeteries in search of story ideas.

Social Media Links – https://twitter.com/TLThomasBooks

Forms of Things Unknown by Elizabeth Ireland

June 3, 2019 - 5:02 am No Comments

I am on the blog tour for the 3rd in the murder/mystery series set in 1870s Chicago theatres.

Forms of Things Unknown

Recently returned to Chicago after a successful tour of Hamlet, Lillian Nolan is awakened in the dead of night by a strange voice. She is shocked to learn that well known and admired actress, Louise Hawthorne, has fallen to her death from the sixth floor of the Tremont House. Was it an accident? Did she jump or was she pushed? Louise’s former lover, and the main suspect, pleads with Lillian to uncover the truth and clear his name.

In the process of learning to trust her intuitive abilities, Lillian attempts to find balance between relying upon her gift and uncovering the truth in her own way. But the menace of death pursues her and soon her own life is at risk. When she finds herself in a trap from which she cannot escape, her only hope of survival is to call upon the metaphysical world.

Forms of Things Unknown is based on an actual event which occurred in June of 1876 in Chicago. It is the third standalone book in the Backstage Mystery Series.

Here is my review

Forms of Things Unknown by Elizabeth Ireland

Published 21st March 2019

204 pages

Being already familiar with this series, I was looking forward to carrying on reading the memoirs of Lillian Nolan. Following on from when she was introduced to her spirit guide, Lillian seemed a lot more confident in her life. She accepts that she has supernatural gifts and her roles in the theatre are becoming more prominent. Now back in Chicago, she has a main role at her friend’s theatre and she has stepped away from the protection of her grandma and is now living by herself.

After reading each book I liked Lillian even more and for someone so young in my eyes she achieved so much, with little help from family and friends. As you read these memoirs, she is a still a lot more of a modern thinker than most 1870’s woman, she does not need a man to support her and whilst she is still pressured to marry for means, she wanted to marry for love.

As with the others in the series, there is a death of a famous actor, but this story was slightly different as it did not happen in the theatre. Whilst the theatre still plays a major part, this story gave you a chance to spend time with Lillian outside of theatre and to see just how close she was with her family and friends. As Lillian had accepted her supernatural gift, there was a more supernatural feel to this story as Lillian honed her gifts to help solve the case. It was also interesting to read the historical events. At the end of the book there is a write up of the actual event that helped form this story. happening around 1876   

Whilst this states that this is the 3rd in a three-part series, I hope that more of Lillian memoirs are written. If you like a gentler murder series with a supernatural historical feel than this is the series for you.

Purchase Links:

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PZYHC4S

UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07PZYHC4S

Want to know more about The Backstage Series:

Tagline: Life upon the wicked stage can be deadly.

Set against the backdrop of the Gilded Age, the Backstage Mystery Series stars Lillian Nolan, an unconventional member of Chicago’s upper class who dreams of a career of fortune and fame in the theater. Talented and ambitious, she possesses a hidden skill which she is extremely reluctant to use—the ability to communicate with those who have died and now live in the world of “The Beyond.” 

The series chronicles her adventures in which she continually becomes enmeshed in solving mysteries which often require her accessing the realm of the paranormal. Filled with an incredible cast of characters—factual, fictional, and sometimes non-physical—who either help or hinder her quest for the truth, the stories take place during a period considered to be the golden age of both acting and spiritualism in America.

Meet the Author:

Author Bio –

Elizabeth Ireland discovered her passion for theater early. After receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in Theater, she accepted a teaching position in a vibrant performing arts department at a college in northern Illinois. For ten years, she taught, directed and ran front-of-house operations. American Theater History—particularly that of the 19th century—has always been of particular interest to her.

She has been a quarter-finalist and a semi-finalist for the Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Two of her screenplays have been optioned, but remain unproduced. Her nonfiction work, Women of Vision: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives, was published in 2008. Her work has also been published in a collection of paranormal short stories, Paramourtal: Tales of Undying Love and Loving the Undead. She lives in metro Atlanta with her ever-patient husband, and two quirky dachshunds.

Social Media Links –

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