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Thanksgiving and then December with all new reads.

As always this is a multi-genre list showing as many different types of books I could find and add to my list.  I hope you enjoy them and maybe find some new to you authors to bring home for the holiday.

Nora

December 2016:

Week of Dec. 1st. – 9th.

Dead, Bath & Beyond – A Victoria Square Mystery #4 – Lorraine Bartlett, Laurie Cass *

The Ghosts of Misty Hollow – A Granny Apples Mystery – SueAnn Jaffarian *

Alien Nation – Kitty #14 – Gini Koch *

Egg Drop Dead – A Cackleberry Club Mystery #7 – Laura Childs *

Pros and Cons – A Magical Bookshop Mystery #2 – Amanda Flower *

Frosty the Dead Man – A Snow Globe Shop Mystery #3 – Christine Husom *

Spouse on a Haunted Hill – A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery – E.J. Copperman *

Winter Halo – Outcast Novel #2 – Keri Arthur *

Plaid and Plagiarism – The Highland Bookshop Mystery #1 – Molly MacRae *

Dead Cold Brew – A Coffeehouse Mystery – Cleo Coyle *

Better off Thread – An Embroidery Mystery – Amanda Lee *

Island of Glass – Guardians Trilogy – Nora Roberts *

Blood Vow – Black Dagger Legacy – J.R. Ward *

Crime and Catnip – A Nick and Nora Mystery #3 – T.C. Lotempio *

Graveyard Shift – A Pepper Martin Mystery – Casey Daniels *

James – 7 Brides for 7 Brothers  book 6 – Roxanne St. Claire *

 

Week of Dec. 12th.

Curried Away – A Spice Shop Mystery #4 – Gail Oust *

Buried in the Country – A Cornish Mystery – Carola Dunn *

Forever, Again – Victoria Laurie *

Will Never Fade – A Riley O’Brien & Co. Novel – Jenna Sutton *

 

Week of Dec. 19th.

The Cat Sitter and the Canary – A Dixie Hemingway Mystery #11 – John & Blaize Clement *

One Fell Sweep – Innkeeper Chronicles #3 – Ilona Andrews *

 

  Week of Dec. 26th.

A Pinch of Poison – A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery – Alyssa Maxwell *

Custom Baked Murder – A Pawsitively Organic Mystery – Liz Mugavero *

Field of Fire – A Jericho Quinn Thriller – Marc Cameron *

A Ghostly Reunion – A Ghostly Southern Mystery – Tonya Kappes *

That Iced Under – A Main Clambake Mystery #5 – Barbara Ross *

Darkness – A Gardiner and Renner Novel #1 – Lisa Black *

The Edge of the Blade – The Uncharted Realms #2 – Jeffe Kennedy *

Kill Without Shame – ARES Security #2 – Alexandra Ivy *

Boomer’s Bucket List – Sue Pethick *

Close to the Broken Hearted – An Alvin, Alabama Novel #2 – Michael Heibert *

Crash and Burn – The Sisterhood #27 – Fern Michaels *

Dearly Departed – An Amy’s Travel Mystery #2 – PB – Hy Conrad *

Death on the Patagonian Express – An Amy’s Travel Mystery #3 – HC- Hy Conrad *

Bell, Book & Candlemas – A Wiccan Wheel Mystery #2 – Jennifer David Hesse *

Highland Sinner – The Murrays – Hannah Howell *

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Heeeerrrr’s November s Books!

I can’t believe how fast October has flown by.  So here’s my multi-genre list of November releases.

Enjoy!

 

November 2016:

Week of Nov. 1st.

Curse on the Land – Soulwood #2 – Faith Hunter *

Deck the Hallways – A Fixer-Upper Mystery #4 – Kate Carlisle *

A Ghostly Light – A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery – Juliet Blackwell *

Better Late Than Never – A Library Lover’s Mystery #7 – Jenn McKinlay *

The Wrong Side of Goodbye – A Harry Bosch Novel – Michael Connelly *

The Cat of Christmas Past – A Whales and Tails Mystery #6 – Kate Carlisle *

Seriously Shifted – Seriously Wicked #2 (Teen) – Tina Connolly *

The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole – A Taste of Texas Mystery #2 – Rebecca Adler *

Twice Told Tail – A Black Cat Mystery #6 – Ali Brandon *

The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha – A Chocoholic Mystery #16 – JoAnna Carl *

A Killer Kebab – A Greek to Me Mystery #3 – Susannah Hardy *

Shadowed Souls – The Dresden Files 14.5 Cold Case – Jim Butcher/Seanan McGuire/Kerrie L. Hughes *

Hooking for Trouble – A Crochet Mystery – Betty Hechtman *

Leopard’s Fury – Leopard People #9 – Christine Feehan

The Christmas Target – Mission: Rescue – Shirlee McCoy *

The Champagne Conspiracy – Wine Country Mystery #7 – Ellen Crosby *

We Wish You a Murderous Christmas – A Year Round Christmas #2 – Vicki Delany *

Death at First Sight – A Bay Island Psychic #1 – Lena Gregory *

The Corpse With the Ruby Lips- A Cait Morgan Mystery #8 – Cathy Ace *

 

Week of Nov. 7th.

Rhythm & Clues – An Odelia Grey Mystery #11 – SueAnn Jaffarian *

Night School – A Jack Reacher Novel – Lee Child *

Dirty Sexy Sinner – Dirty Sexy Series #4 – Carly Phillips *

Leopard’s Fury – A Leopard Novel – Christine Feehan *

Death of a Toy Soldier – A Vintage Toyshop Mystery #1 – Barbara Early *

 

Week of Nov. 14th.

Turbo Twenty – Three – A Stephanie Plum Novel – Janet Evanovich *

Cat Got Your Diamonds – A Kitty Couture Mystery #1 – Julie Chase *

 

Week of Nov. 21st.

The Operator – The Peri Reed Chronicles – Kim Harrison *

Turbo Twenty Three – A Stephanie Plum Novel – Janet Evanovich *

Cowboy Unwrapped – A Thunder Mountain Brotherhood – Vicki Lewis Thompson *

 

Week of Nov. 28th.

A Knit Before Dying – A Tangled Web Mystery #2 – Sadie Hartwell *

Haunted is Always in Fashion – A Haunted Vintage Mystery #4 – Rose Pressey *

Shades of Wrath – A Caprice DeLuca Mystery #6 – Karen Rose Smith *

Good Vampires go to Heaven – A Deadly Angels Novel – Sandra Hill *

First Degree Mudder – A Pacific Northwest Mystery #4 – Kate E. Dyer-Seeley *

Bad Moon Rising – A Pine Deep Novel #3 – Jonathan Maberry *

Deadly Memories – Joanne Fluke *

Death Comes to the Fair – A Kurland St. Mary Mystery #4 – Catherine Lloyd *

If She Only Knew – San Francisco #1 – Lisa Jackson *

Kill Again – A Claire Waters Thriller #2 – Neal Baer *

Making Spirits Bright – Fern Michaels *

Murder Most Malicious – A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery #1 – Alyssa Maxwell *

Queen of the Cookbooks – A Cherry Cola Book Club Novel #5 – Ashton Lee *

Sister Betty Says I Do – Sister Betty #2 – Pat G’Orge-Walker *

Fire in You – Wait for You #6 – Jennifer L. Armentrout *

 

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Amazing: It’s almost September already!

Here’s my multi-genre list of September reviews.  As usual I post it early so you can pre-order or reserve them at your library in time to get the first copy available.  I hope you find some amazing reads for the coming month.

Nora-Adrienne

 

September 2016

Week of September 1st. – 9th.

Paint the Town Dead – A Silver Six Crafting Mystery #2 – Nancy Haddock *

By Familiar Means – A Witch’s Cat Mystery #2 – Delia James *

Deja Who – MaryJanice Davidson *

Letters from Paris – Paris Key novel #2 – Juliet Blackwell *

Cancelled by Murder – A Postmistress Mystery #2 – Jean Flowers *

Murder of a Cranky Cat Catnapper – A Scumble River Mystery #19 – Denise Swanson *

No Farm, No Foul – A Farmer’s Daughter Mystery #1 – Peg Cochran *

Digging up Dirt – A Southern Ladies Mystery #3 – Miranda James *

Cheddar Off Dead – An Undercover Dish Mystery #2 – Julia Buckley *

Apprentice in Death – In Death #43 – J.D. Robb *

My Wild Irish Dragon – Boston Dragons #2 – Ashlyn Chase *

Once Broken Faith – An October Daye Novel #10 – Seanan McGuire *

The Question of the Felonious Friend – Asperger’ #3 – E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen *

Guardian’s Mate – A Shifter Unbound Novel – Jennifer Ashley *

Closed Casket – The New Hercule Poirot Mysteries – Sophie Hannah/Agatha Christie *

Black and Blueberry Die – A Fresh Baked Mystery – Livia J. Washburn *

Two Tall Tails – A Magical Cats Mystery #9 – Sofie Kelly *

Apprentice in Death – In Death #43 – J.D. Robb *

Santorini Caesars – Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis #8 – Jeffrey Siger *

 

Week of September 12th.

Driving Heat – Nikki Heat #7 – Richard Castle *

Death of an Avid Reader – Kate Shackleton #6 – Frances Brody *

 

Week of September 19th.

The Magician – Dark Arcana #1 – E.J. Stevens *

By Familiar Means – A Witch’s Cat Mystery #2 – Delia James *

Immortal Nights – An Argeneau Novel #24 – Lynsay Sands *

Magic Binds – A Kate Daniels Novel – Ilona Andrews *

Pushing up Daisies – An Agatha Raisin Mystery #27– M.C. Beaton *

Crushing on Love – Love in Bloom (The Bradens) – Melissa Foster *

Not Quite Perfect – Not Quite Perfect series book 6 – Catherine Bybee *

 

Week of September 26th.

Death by Pumpkin Spice – A Bookstore Café Mystery – Alex Erickson *

It’s Your Party, Die if You Want To – A Liv and Di Mystery – Vickie Fee *

The Semi-Sweet Hereafter – A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery #3– Colette London *

High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides – A Happy-Hoofers Mystery #5– Mary McHugh *

British Manor Murder – A Lucy Stone Mystery – Leslie Meier *

Christmas Caramel Murder – A Hannah Swenson Mystery – Joanne Fluke *

Shadow Silence – Whisper Hollow #2 – Yasmine Galenorn *

Magic Binds – A Kate Daniels Novel – Ilona Andrews *

A Cherry Cola Christmas – A Cherry Cola Book Club Novel – Ashton Lee *

A March to Remember – A Hattie Davis Mystery – Anna Loan – Wilsey *

Before She Dies – Suspense Mystery – Mary Burton *

Bite Me – The Pride Series #9 – Shelly Laurenston *

Nick of Time – Suspense/Thriller/Action – John Gilstrap *

Shoot ‘em Up – A Maisie McGrane Mystery #3 – Janey Mack *

The Babe Ruth Deception – A Fraser and Cook Mystery #3 – David O. Stewart *

The Bark  Before Christmas – A Melanie Travis Canine Mystery – Laurien Berenson *

The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club – A Contemporary Novel – Lexi Eddings *

The House on Honeysuckle Lane – An Oliver’s Well Novel #2 – Mary McDonough *

The Murder of a Queen Bee – A Henny Penny Farmette Mystery #2 – Meera Lester *

Dangerous Protector – Aegis Group Book #5 – Sidney Bristol *

Dandelion Dead – A Natural Remedies Mystery #4 – Chrystle Fiedler *

 

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Savannah and Dirk Strike Again

Killer Physique Killer Physique
By: G.A. McKevett
Copyright: April 2014
Publisher: Kensington Books

Plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid gets a taste of the high life when she attends a Hollywood premiere on the arm of husband Dirk Coulter. Savannah may be a newlywed, but even she gets weak in the knees when she meets celebrity athlete-turned-movie-star Jason Tyrone. So imagine how she feels when the star’s rock-hard body is found rock-hard dead…
Some guys have everything. With his stunning looks and dazzling charm, Jason Tyrone is America’s favorite new action hero. Make that was. Once so spectacular in action, the blockbuster idol was found dead in his hotel room after his latest premiere. Despite his chiseled physique, Jason is never getting up again…
Though the autopsy reveals Jason may have gotten his killer body through doping, no one wants to believe the beloved athlete is a fraud, least of all Savannah. Soon she’s deeply immersed in the dark world of body enhancing drugs, and wondering if the world-class gym where Jason worked out is really just a front for a lucrative drug ring. Was Jason’s death the price he paid for threatening to expose other celebrities caught in the clutch of keeping a flawless image? Or was everyone’s favorite hero a victim of his own desire to always be at the top of his game? No stranger to society’s obsession with image, Savannah is determined to get to the truth. And for the voluptuous investigator, this time it’s personal….

 

So the honeymoon is over and Van is now learning to deal with the slob she calls her own. Dirk also have problems, what with his birth parents coming to stay with them and meet him for the first time.
To help with the newlywed’s mood and to help lighten it up “the boys” invite them to the premiere of a new movie starring Jason Tyrone. It’s too bad this nice kid is dead before the night’s even over. Van and Dirk are on the job, between the parents (who turn out to be really cheap people) who don’t think Van should be “wasting” Dirk’s money on expensive foods (really her own cash) and Dirk trying so hard to work this murder case, life in the Reid/Coulter house is getting to be a bit much.

Savanna and Dirk are two of my favorite detectives. This series always hits the spot, entertainment wise and laugh wise. I highly recommend you beg, borrow or steal a copy and hunker down with it in your favorite reading spot.

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Panthers Play for Keeps is a Sure Winner

Panthers Play For KeepsPanthers Play for Keeps
By: Clea Simon
Copyright: April 2014
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press

When Pru Marlowe takes a dog for a walk, she doesn’t expect to find a body. But Spot, a service dog in training, has too good a nose not to lead her to the remains of the beautiful young woman, and despite her own best instincts, Pru can’t avoid getting involved. The young woman seems to have been mauled by a wild cat – and Pru knows there have been no pumas in the Berkshire woods for years. And while Wallis, Pru’s curmudgeonly tabby, seems fixated on the idea of a killer cat, Spot has been sending strange signals to Pru’s own heightened senses, suggesting that the violent death was something more than a tragic accident. As motives multiply, a cougar of a different sort sets her eyes on Pru’s sometime lover, and another woman disappears. With panther panic growing, Pru may have to put aside her own issues – and her own ideas of domesticity – to solve a savage mystery.

 

Pru has found a new source of income and is now training a service dog for someone who will be losing his sight totally over the next few weeks. While out on a training session in a nearby wooded area Spot finds the body of a young woman who appears to have been attacked by a wild animal.
This time out Pru is dealing not only with a dog who is being trained, but the foster home that Spot is living in while training and the family that he will eventually be caring for. The cast of characters here are as varied as much as their hidden secrets. Not only do they have secrets that they share but also secrets from each other.
Pru has to work her way through a jungle of problems as the bodies begin to pile up and also deal with her personal life and her connection to the Detective in charge. She must learn to listen to Wallace, Spot and a host of other pets.
I’ll say it again, each new adventure in this series gets deeper and more intense as the author carries her creations to new heights of angst and anxiety. I highly recommend that you read this book. Beg, borrow or steal a copy, just read it and enjoy.
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Grey Howl is a Classic Mystery Read

Grey HowlGrey Howl
By: Clea Simon
Copyright: March 2014
Publisher: Severn House

A prestigious literature conference is convening in Cambridge and Dulcie Schwartz is the university liaison for the event, meeting and greeting some of the finest minds in her field.

But events do not run according to plan when one scholar’s presentation is sabotaged while another visiting professor disappears. As Dulcie and her boyfriend Chris struggle to solve problems and soothe egos, a strange apparition starts to haunt the bi-annual event. And even Mr Gray, the ghost of Dulcie’s late, great cat,,appears to be overwhelmed, leaving Dulcie to manage an increasingly backstabbing crew of professional rivals, one of whom may be a killer.

Dulcie’s life feels like it’s spinning out of control. She is going to be presenting a paper at the conference taking place at her university so of course the department chair has decided that she also has to be in charge of taking care of everything else also. Meeting the visiting scholars, making sure they have what they need while still trying to have a life of her own is in a word daunting.
Things start going sideways when one of the scholars asks for help retrieving the file that supposedly contained her notes for her presentation, and claiming that someone has sabotaged her computer. Finding out that everyone in the visiting group has a past that crossed lines over the years (and also having affairs with each other) is making it difficult for her to keep them in line.
Add in some possible poisonings, a dead body, and once again being seen as a person of interest by the police is making Dulcie wonder why she ever let her boss push her into being liaison to the visiting trouble makers.
Clea Simon, in each succeeding book in this series is proving that she is up there with the greats. Her stories bring to mind authors like Dame Agatha Christie, John Sandford and J.J. Marric. Her ability to juggle so many people and multiple crossing plots make her books a genuine pleasure to read, collect and share with friends.

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Death of an Irish Diva is a Killer Read

Death of an Irish Diva Mech.inddDeath of an Irish Diva

Author: Mollie Cox Bryan

Copyright: February 2014

Publisher: Kensington Mystery

 

Spring is in the air, but the ladies of the Cumberland Creek Scrapbook Crop hardly have time to stop and smell the roses. Not when famed Irish dancer Emily McGlashen is found murdered in her studio just after the St. Patrick’s Day parade–and one of the Crop’s own members is the prime suspect. Vera’s dance studio may have suffered when Emily waltzed into town, but the croppers know she’s not a vengeful murderer. Lucky for her, co-scrapbooker Annie is a freelance reporter eager to vindicate her friend. What she discovers is a puzzling labyrinth of secrets that only add question marks to Emily’s murder. Just when it seems they’ve run out of clues, an antique scrapbook turns up and points the croppers in the right direction–and brings them face to face with a killer more twisted than a Celtic knot…

What do you do when your friend’s property is found near a dead person, and she becomes the main “person of interest” to the police?  You call out the troops and find out who really killed the Diva from Hell.  Emily McGlashen came into Cumberland Creek and opened up her Irish Dance Studio. After which she started courting Vera’s students left and right. Poor Vera has had to rent out her house (to make the mortgage payments) and move into the small apartment over her studio.

Her friend Annie picks up the gauntlet and heads out to turn over every rock till she finds out just who this Emily really is and why she was killed (other than for being a totally disagreeable person)and bring the real killer to justice.

Mollie Cox Bryan has written two other books in this series but in my opinion this is the most daring and involved mystery to date.  The number of possible suspects and the fact that Emily was so well hated make this journey to justice extremely tortuous.

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Killer Honeymoon Will Totally Enthrall You

Killer HoneymoonKiller Honeymoon

By: G.A. McKevett

Copyright: April 2013

Publisher: Kensington Books

Now that plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid has finally walked down the aisle, she’s ready for a romantic island getaway with new husband Dirk Coulter. The trip is supposed to be a blissful week of rum drinks and sunshine—but finding a dead body on the beach can be a real killjoy. Welcome to the honeymoon from hell…
Savannah and Dirk were hoping for a little honeymoon excitement, but eye witnessing a cold blooded murder wasn’t exactly what they had in mind. To their surprise, the recently deceased is none other than Amelia Northrop, the popular L.A. anchorwoman whose super sexy looks landed her a super wealthy husband. Savannah’s no expert, but she’s pretty sure Amelia won’t be hosting tonight’s evening news; she’ll be the lead story.

When the local police make it clear that they don’t want Savannah’s help, she decides to do a little digging on her own—and what she discovers could blow the case wide open. It seems Amelia led a far more twisted life than her cheery on-screen persona suggested, and crossed more than a few powerful people along the way. The question is, who hated Amelia enough to shoot her dead in broad daylight? Savannah isn’t sure, but she suspects Amelia found out the hard way that fate has a way of settling old scores—and karma can be a girl’s worst enemy…

Why is it that every time Savannah and Dirk step out of the house, even just to run a quick errand they run into either trouble or dead bodies?

Savannah, Dirk off on a romantic honeymoon on picturesque Santa Tesla Island have only one thought on their minds, relax and enjoy some time away from the gang and the office.  Of course waking up in a crummy motel isn’t any fun either. Dirk in his mind was being romantic since they had stayed there once before while on a previous case.

After renting a golf cart to save money they head to a gift shop to redeem something their friends John and Ryan arranged for them as a gift.  Little did they know it would lead them into a gruesome murder that would have too many suspects and not enough answers. 

Savannah, Dirk, Tammy and the whole crew get deep into solving a murder the two newlyweds witnessed firsthand. The runarounds, and snubs from the police chief would chase off anyone else, but the intrepid crew of the Midnight Magnolia Detective Agency are made of sterner stuff.  It takes them a while but in the end they find the killer, solve the problem and make a couple of new friends in the bargain.

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A Truly Amazing Adventure Story

The Beads of Lapis Lazuli

By: Doris Kenney Marcotte

Copyright: September 2011

Publisher: Outskirts Press Inc.

 

Katheryn Marshall is just an everyday Cincinnati housewife and mother-until she purchases an ancient strand of lapis lazuli beads on holiday in Crete. That’s the start of a two-year obsession with ancient Minoan civilization, culminating in an unfinished novel about the culture’s greatest mystery of love and desertion. But as she delves deeper into the myth, Katheryn finds holes in the story that she refuses to accept, preventing her from completing the book. And what happens next could rewrite history-even as it stretches her marriage to the breaking point.

Now, against the vehement wishes of all those around her, Katheryn is about to drop everything to embark on a fact-finding mission that will take her to a deserted island in the middle of the Mediterranean. Along for the ride is Jake Deupree, a renowned psychic who helps archeologists locate important excavations. But as they hone in on their goal, it’s Katheryn who experiences odd premonitions. And neither of them is prepared for what their mission will uncover-and what it will uncover about themselves.

The Beads of Lapis Lazuli is part mystery, part psychological drama as it mixes history, obsession, and the paranormal for an exhilarating read. Bridging time and space, it is about seeking truth and taking control of our lives. And it is about discovering the unknown strength within us-that housewives can also be heroes and adventurers-as we write our own personal stories.

 

What do you get when you mix an everyday housewife who is an avid sailor, a surprise trip to Crete to avoid bad sailing weather and a Lapis Lazuli necklace?  You have all the ingredients necessary for an adventure worthy of Indiana Jones or Laura Croft.  Katheryn Marshal has always been interested in the Minoan civilization. Her interests have driven her to write a book answering the questions that remain about the Myth of Ariadne and Theseus.

Katheryn has been planning a return trip to Crete to look for more information but it seems that everyone around her is doing their best to keep her from going. Finally she just buys her ticket and plans to leave on her own.  She had read a short article in the paper about a man who helped a group of French Archeologists. He was a well known psychic who helped them select a new dig site. His success rate was unbelievable. She heads off to meet Jake Dupree and see if he can help her decide where to look and which island is the actual site.

Katheryn and Jake head off to Crete and from there, her adventure takes on a life of its own.

I love the stories of Ancient Greece and Rome. The pantheons of Gods and Goddesses, the heroes and heroines entertained me as a child and still hold me enthralled to this day.  Ms. Marcotte has produced a story of ancient love, paranormal adventure, history of a lost culture and an extremely must read book.

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The Arranger is a Chilling Look at the Future

The Arranger

By L.J. Sellers

Copyright August 2011

Publisher Spellbinder Press

 

The year is 2023 and ex-detective Lara Evans is working as a freelance paramedic in a bleak new world. She responds to an emergency call and is nearly killed when a shooter flees the home. Inside she finds the federal employment commissioner wounded, but she’s able to save his life.

The next day Lara leaves for the Gauntlet—a national competition of intense physical and mental challenges with high stakes for her home state. She spots the assailant lurking at the arena and soon after, she lands in deep trouble. Who is the mysterious killer and what is motivating him? Can Lara stop him, stay alive, and win the Gauntlet?

 

Lara Evans has had a really bad couple of years.  She’s getting it together as a freelance paramedic and is a contestant in the Gauntlet. In this reality the country is in deeper shit then even we see in the daily papers or on the news.  By hopefully winning this contest, she will bring big money to her state and hometown, along with new jobs that will mean police and firemen can  be put back to work.

This story is shown through the eyes of two main characters who are introduced to us right from the start.   Paul Madden is an IT specialist working for the government and is given a new project to work on that will take up all his work time.  His normal routines will be covered by a co-worker.  At this point I wondered what these two people, in differing parts of the country, with two different jobs had in common, and therein sits the basis for this mystery based in a near and almost very real seeming America.

I’m not going to hand out any spoilers. The book blurb tells you a lot more then you need to know, and should entice you into buying, borrowing, or stealing this book for your reading enjoyment.

L. J. Sellers is the author of the Detective Jackson series, and two other freestanding stories.  I look forward to reading her next books, and will also be looking for the ones that are already on the shelves.

L.J. can be found at https://www.facebook.com/ljsellers and also at http://ljsellers.com/

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