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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.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, who only asked for a fair and impartial review.

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Lexi George Has Struck Gold Again!

Demon Hunting in a Dive BarDemon Hunting in a Dive Bar

By Lexi George

Copyright February 2013

Publisher: Brava

 

Rebekah “Beck” Damian runs a demonoid bar where everyone’s welcome—even a reformed flesheater who’s strictly vegetarian, a musical ghost who’s looking for a piano bar, and a feline harbinger of doom named Wampus Kitty who’s scaring the customers. So when a big strapping demon-hunter walks into the bar, Beck knows it’s not the end of the world. She’ll treat him like any other customer.

If only she could. Conall Dalvahni is the toughest, meanest, sexiest demon-hunter Beck’s ever seen—and she’s finding it hard to hide her attraction. As far as Conall’s concerned, the feeling is mutual. But how can he trust a beautiful half-demon babe like Beck—when her demonic friends have the perfect weapon to destroy every hunter on earth?

 

This is the third book in the Demon Hunting Series.  Each one showcases another member of the Dalvahni “brother’s” lives and adventures in our dimension.  Beck Damian is the owner and manager of a demonoid bar.

Connall Dalvahni has been hanging out at Beck’s place trying to decide whether he should destroy her or not since she is half demon.  She puzzles the hell out of him because she doesn’t “smell” like a demon.  As the story unfolds Beck is employing a number of new people in the place.  She takes in a Vegetarian Zombie and a ghostly piano player.  Connall decides that she is the one he needs to help stop a major incursion by demon’s who have a new weapon to destroy him and his brothers.  The sparks fly, not only in battle but between Beck and Connall.

Lexi George has struck again. This third book in her Demon Hunting series is the most mind boggling one to date.  I’ve been totally drawn into the action and intrigue of this series right from the beginning… I started because the title of the book was so unusual and catchy, and stayed for the fighting, the romance, and the action.   I think you will also.

FTC FULL DISCLOSURE: I received my copy of this book from the publisher who only asked for a fair and impartial review.

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Under the Gun Definitely Hits the Target

Under the GunUnder the Gun

By Hannah Jayne

Copyright February 2013

Publisher Kensington Urban Fantasy

When you’re near the top of the Underworld Detection Agency, the claws really come out…

Quick thinking and loyalty have taken human Sophie Lawson a long way in the UDA—along with a healthy dose of magic immunity. But when her old boss Pete Sampson asks for help after a mysterious two-year disappearance, she’s determined to find out what high-placed demon has put two ruthless werewolf killers on his tail. Of course, sucking up to her icy vampire department head and negotiating a treacherous inter-office demon battle are the kind of workplace politics that could easily get a “breather” way worse than reprimanded. And sexy fallen angel Alex is doing whatever it takes to heat up Sophie’s professional cool and raise feelings she’s done her best to bury. Too bad their investigation is about to uncover the Agency’s darkest secrets…and powerful entities happy to sign one inquisitive human’s pink slip in blood…

What would you do if your former boss, who everyone thinks is dead shows up at your apartment?  If you are Sophie Lawson you will be looking for a way to help him,  and at the same time find out who is killing supernaturals .

This is the fourth book in the Underworld Detection Agency series, and each adventure gets better and better.  Sofie and her friends have to use all their wits and any and all luck they have to stay alive long enough to solve multiple problems.  I love this series and have been following it from the first book.  I hope you will pick up a copy, enjoy it as much as I do, and share it with your friends.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received my ARC of this book from the publisher who only requested a fair and impartial review.

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All Natural MurderAll Natural Murder

By Staci McLaughlin

Copyright: February 2013

Publisher Kensington Mystery

Greetings from Blossom Valley, CA, home of the O’Connell Organic Farm and Spa, where the best in healthy living is sometimes spoiled by untimely murder…

As Dana Lewis settles into a quiet life of tofu this and tofu that, murder a la carte is the last thing she wants on her plate. But when she learns about the death of Monster Truck driver Bobby Joe Jones, frequent philanderer and boyfriend to Dana’s sister, Ashlee, she has no choice but to wipe up the mess. Especially when witnesses last saw Ashlee angrily up in Bobby Joe’s grill at the fairgrounds. With dizzying speed, Dana’s life skids out of control. What else can she do but go into overdrive to save Ashlee’s soy bacon, and stop a deadly killer in his tracks…

What happens when your clueless sister (unless the topic is men, makeup or clothes) has a very public breakup with her latest boyfriend, and tops it off by yelling at him “ Bobby Joe, I’m going to kill you”.

If your name is Dana Lewis, your mother and sister will get you involved with finding the real killer, while still holding down a job with many hats, and not pissing off Gordon, the manager of the O’Connell Organic Farm and Spa.

Dana has no idea how many possible enemies Bobby Joe had, or who actually would benefit from his being dead.  So she takes extended lunch hours, signs in late, leaves early, while still trying to complete all her daily chores.  Jason, her reporter boyfriend is not exactly thrilled that she is getting involved in another murder.  The detective on the case is definitely not happy, especially since his cousin is the Deputy Sheriff who she interacted with just a few months back on another murder.

Between the people Bobby Joe knows and the strangers in town for the big Monster Truck show, Dana’s job is going to be a long and hard one.  The final outcome is going to have you scratching your head and saying… D’uhhh   Why didn’t I figure that out?

FTC Full Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher who in return only asked for a fair and impartial review.

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Death Warmed Over is one Hot Book

Death Warmed Over

By: Kevin J. Anderson

Copyright: September 2012

Publisher: Kensington Fantasy

 

Ever since The Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it’s been hell being a detective—especially for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux. Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a ghost for a girlfriend, Chambeaux redefines “dead on arrival.” But just because he was murdered doesn’t mean he’d leave his clients in the lurch. Besides, zombies are so good at lurching.


Now he’s back from the dead and back in business—with a case load that’s downright unnatural. A resurrected mummy is suing the museum that put him on display. Two witches, victims of a curse gone terribly wrong, seek restitution from a publisher for not using “spell check” on its magical tomes. And he’s got to figure out a very personal question—Who killed him?


For Dan Chambeaux, it’s all in a day’s work. (Still, does ***everybody*** [delete: the media] have to call him “Shamble”?) Funny, fresh, and irresistible, this cadaverous caper puts the P.I. in R.I.P….with a vengeance.

 

Dan Chambeaux gives the appearance of a 1940’s old time P.I. , with the slouch hat and the .38 revolver on his hip, covered by his jacket.  Partnering with a “Do-Gooder” lawyer just seems to make sense in this story.  The story line here revolves around his murder, and the murder of his girlfriend, and office manager/legal secty Sheyanne.

The fact that dead people come back as zombie, and vampires have appeared in the real world makes this story take on a whole new level of intrigue.  Who poisoned Sheyanne and put a bullet through the back of Dan’s head are only part of the story though.  Dan’s list of clients reads like a who’se who of the fairy tail world.  He’s got a Vampire who is an interior designer, and a dead artist who has come back to “life” making his family unhappy. Coming back means his art won’t suddenly jump up in value. Then when he starts painting a new masterpiece they steal it. He hires Dan to retrieve it for a share of the sale price.

The book is fun, cheeky and you won’t put it down until the last page says “The End”.  You’ve got to buy, borrow, beg, or steal this book.  It will definitely make your day.

 

FTC Full Disclosure: I received and ARC of this book from the publisher who only asked for a fair and impartial review.

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Antiques Disposal is a Fantastic Southern Cozy

Antiques Disposal

By Barbara Allan

Copyright May 2012

Publisher Kensington Books

 

Autumn has descended on Serenity, that quiet, cozy town nestled in the crook of the mighty Mississippi River—or, one might say, with crooks. For the rain and fog have also brought an undercurrent of chaos—and it’s not just because the fall colors clash alarmingly with Vivian Borne’s pantsuits. The only remedy is a trash ‘n’ treasures shopping spree. But the Bornes are about to get more than they bargained for…
Brandy Borne and her suspiciously well-informed mother, Vivian, have the winning bid on an abandoned storage unit’s “mystery” contents, which they discover includes a vintage cornet. But when they arrive to claim the rest of their loot, the space is empty—except for the recently stowed body of Big Jim Bob, Vivian’s tipster—a.k.a. former flame. Only one thing is certain: someone has definitely put the “rage” in storage!

Murder turns to mayhem when an intruder steals into the Borne home, tries to mete out some ruff justice to Brandy’s ferociously fluffy shih tzu, Sushi, and makes off with the cornet. But why is the horn worth killing for? Clues soon lead the sleuthing Borne duo to the next stashed victim—and some of Serenity’s juiciest secrets. Now Brandy and Mother will have to play a perilous game of cat-and-mouse droppings to catch the corpse-hoarding killer before it’s time to blow “Taps” for all concerned…

 

Brandy’s mother, Vivian is ready to do the storage unit auctions.  She’s got a hot tip on one from a former “flame” (who comes off as rather shifty)and rushes them out to get there early.  After greeting Big Jim Bob, and checking in… they wait for the storage unit’s locks to be clipped and the assembled bidders to take turns inspecting it visually from outside the opened gate.

Vivian, who thinks there is something valuable in the mix, bids it up.  Surprisingly she is the winner and goes to pay her money and check out the unit.  After packing Brandy’s big Buick with everything that would fit, they head home with their booty.  After a short discussion Brandy has some lunch and then she and her sister rejoin Vivian to look at what they bought.  In one of the boxes they find a Cornet (smaller then a trumpet) and Vivian decides that it is worth some money and has Brandy bring it out to lock in their garage storage area.

That is the beginning of an adventure that leads to multiple deaths and problems for Brandy and Vivian.  They have unwittingly been sucked into a plot that crosses state lines and involves secrets in places they never wanted to be searching.

 

I love Brandy and Vivian’s adventures.  Viv is a classic piece of work, and Brandy is the long suffering daughter.  I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure and recommend it to all lovers of Southern Cozies.

FTC FULL DISCLOSURE: I received the ARC of this book from the publisher, who only asked for a fair and impartial review.

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