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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 –

www.facebook.com/BackstageMystery/

www.BackstageMystery.com

http://@EbethIreland

http://@BackstageMyster

The Immortal Muse by Mandy Jackson-Beverly

June 1, 2019 - 7:17 pm No Comments

The Immortal Muse by Mandy Jackson-Beverly

Published by Cricket Publishing on 31st March 2019

307 pages

Following on from The Devil and the Muse, the Allegiance are preparing for one final battle with Kenan. Not knowing when he will attack, they try and plan ahead. Gabriel and Coco are having issues due to Coco’s vision. To add to their problems, one of Dr Sabine Fiore’s colleagues witnessed a young girl commit suicide, watched over by a sinister stranger.

After you have read the earlier books in the series and have quite a few unanswered questions, The Immortal Muse tied up this series perfectly. As the majority of the characters are supernatural beings, they have lived a long life, so there is a lot more historical contents in the story and I loved being transported to another era. However, this does explain the reason why Kenan became so evil. The mystery of the young girl, enabled the team to investigate and even though they were busy trying to find ways to kill Kenan, it enforced the view that the Allegiance were for fighting for the good and whether the victims were immortal or mortal, they still were there for them.   

This read at a lot faster pace than the other two and I know I am strange but I enjoyed that not everything ran smoothly as it made it feel more intense. It also gives you a chance to know more about Gabriel. Whether the scenes were set in the past or in the modern world, it was well researched and descriptive, it felt that you were there. The love of art comes across as you can tell the author’s passion for this subject.

This was the final book in the series and whilst I am sorry to see it end, I thought that the ending was a perfect finish to the Creative series

The Forgotten Girl by Rio Youers

May 23, 2019 - 12:00 am No Comments

The Forgotten Girl by Rio Youers

Published by Titan Books on 29th May 2019

352 pages

Harvey has a carefree life, spends his time playing his guitar, busking around Green Ridge. Then one morning he wakes up to go about his day and gets abducted. What did they want, they wanted Sally? But without any memory of Sally, is his life in danger.

Harvey was a gentle soul, and as he hunts for clues on the mystery girl, you learn so much about his upbringing. He was determined to get to the truth and even when the odds were against him, he never backed down.

Written from Harvey’s POV, you are taken on a mystery. At the start of the book you know as much about Sally as Harvey and as he finds out more information, so do you, giving you the feeling that you are on the journey with him. Whilst the relationship between him and his dad Gordon started off strained, as they spend more time together you can see that Harvey admired him. Gordon, a Vietnam Vet was injured on a tour of duty and whilst he was a bit eccentric, he loved his son and helped him throughout his search.

From the opening scenes where Harvey was being tortured for information, I knew I was in for a compelling read. This book brought out so many emotions, whether it was Harvey fighting for his life or receiving shocking news, I was committed to the story. The supernatural element of the story involving psychic ability made this story more than a regular mystery. Reading about the Spider” He crawled into my mind” ”He was inside me, scurrying along my memories and dreams” As I was reading these scenes, they felt so sinister, and you could imagine the creepy sensation having someone go through your mind looking for clues.

This was a story that I was rooting for the good guy, and a story that gave me a book hangover, whilst I read into the night. I didn’t want real life to interrupt my reading. This is a new to me author and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I will look out for more from this author.

The Devil and the Muse by Mandy Jackson-Beverly (book 2 in the Creative Series)

May 19, 2019 - 6:01 pm No Comments

The Devil and the Muse by Mandy Jackson-Beverly (Book2 in the Creative Series)

Published by Cricket Publishing on 12th June 2017

284 pages

The immediate threat is over and happy to live in Italy with Gabriel and her family, Coco is getting more comfortable with her gifts. But when a concerned friend and her paintings highlighted the plight of teenage girls, Coco knows that the Allegiance has got to step in. However, with the team have to split up to cover two missions, things go from bad to worse.

Due to the majority of the characters already known to us, the book seemed to flow a lot quicker and the story was fast paced. Whilst Coco still had a major role to play, the story concentrated on some of the other characters and we learn a lot more about Pelayo, an El Salvadoran vampire and Sabine, a doctor who fights for the vulnerable. Also helping the Allegiance was a vampire with a surprising background. Whilst the main mission concentrates on the missing girls, Prudence has her own mission and it gives us the chance to meet some of her ancestors and learn more about her life. Whilst we know that Kenan is behind the trouble, the story goes further to explain why he is the way his.   

Due to the nature of the subject matter, this story came across a lot darker than book 1, but this just helps enforce just what Coco and company are up against. As I mentioned it was a faster pace due to the fact there was always something going on. The art still played a big part in the story and the picturesque descriptions of the paintings enable you to imagine them as you are reading.

A good addition to this fantasy series and I am looking forward to reading The Immortal Muse which came out on 31st March 2019