ROOM FOR DOUBT BY NANCY COLE SILVERMAN (HENERY PRESS)

Room For Doubt (A Carol Childs Mystery Book 4)

When radio reporter Carol Childs is called to a crime scene in the Hollywood Hills at five thirty in the morning, she’s convinced it must be a publicity stunt to promote a new movie. That is, until she sees the body hanging from the center of the Hollywood sign. The police are quick to rule it a suicide, but something doesn’t add up for Carol. Particularly after a mysterious caller named Mustang Sally confesses to the murder on the air and threatens to kill again. 

With the help of an incorrigible PI, her best friend, and a kooky psychic, Carol is drawn into the world of contract killers and women scorned. As she races to find the real killer, she finds herself faced with a decision that will challenge everything she thought she knew. 

This is the fourth book in the Carol Childs series from Ms. Silverman.

Carol is a single mom and not looking for love. What she is looking for is how the boy she saw in the grocery store the other day is now hanging from the Hollywood sign, naked and dead with a clown’s nose on.

The world of Talk radio is a competitive one. Carol is a bit tired of the little bit of time she gets on the air. But things change when she subs for the night show and a killer calls to chat.

With the help of Chase, a P.I., who has been trying to solve a series of such killings, she warily begins putting her story together. Not quite fully believing the stories she is getting she still goes the distance and agrees to meet the killer. Only the deal is a shocker!

And the ending….it’s a Winner

Thanks to Netgalley and Henery Press! This book is scheduled to be out in July 18 of 2017.

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TWO NIGHTS A Novel by Kathy Reichs

Two Nights

Blurb: #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs steps beyond her classic Temperance Brennan series in a new standalone thriller featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past.

Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct. . . .

Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie’s help.

Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn’t she want to be found? It’s time for Sunnie to face her own demons because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

As a fan of Reich’s Temperance Brennan series, as well as the television show ‘Bones”, I was excited to see this new stand alone book introducing an entirely new cast of characters.

Sunday Night is a woman with a past. Scarred emotionally and physically. Living like a hermit on Goat Island, just a tiny spit of land off the coast of Charleston. No cars, no amenities.

We know she is former military and former Charleston PD. And that is about all we know about her.  When she is contacted about a missing person case, the details are a little too close to her past, which is why she says yes and goes full throttle after who ever has taken this girl and killed innocent people.

In all honesty I have to say I was disappointed in this one. All the ingredients were there, but there was a shallowness to the information on the characters and their motivations.

This book is set for July 11th release. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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THE FOURTH MONKEY BY J.D.BARKER

The Fourth Monkey

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.

With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer’s identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller.

This book was troubling,terrifying, and just horrific. And I highly recommend it!  As I was looking over the Library Journal some time ago I saw this and immediately thought of the movie Seven. I knew I had to get my hands on it! I was trying so hard not to read it though as I had several others that were due before this one. But then I read a review by fellow blogger Shalini and I had to bump it up!

Sam Porter receives a text from another detective on his team telling him he needs to get to a crime scene now. When he arrives, he finds a man who apparently jumped in front of a bus, killing him instantly. When they check his pockets they find a diary and a few seemingly random things, change, receipts and a box. A white box tied in black string, and the team believes they have finally found the 4MK killer. Now they must find a missing girl before she becomes his final victim.

Sam feels that the answers they need are in the diary somewhere, if he can believe what the killer has written.  This killer is all about games. Leaving clues that come together in the end. Or is it the end? Is this guy really the 4MK?

It really is hard not to give anything away with this review. There really were a couple of stories inside the main one and there wasn’t a moment that didn’t have me saying What??  Because just when you think you have it figured out…you do not.

Fans of the movie Seven will love this book. It really is horribly good! It has already been optioned for film/television.

Well done, Mr. Barker, well done!  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (June 27, 2017) through Netgalley.

 

 

What Are You Reading This Month?

These are some of the reads from Netgalley I’m reading as well as about 15 hard copies and 2 Beta reads. So my June is pretty full! I really am in need of some recommendations for that 8 to 10 age group of girls. Nothing sexual, just some good series reads.

                        

      

  

So what are you all reading this month? Any good recommendations for me?

xx Happy Reading!   Patricia

Don Bruns Thrill Kill: A Voodoo Mystery Series Set in New Orleans * Release Day*

Thrill Kill by Don Bruns

Beneath the carefree atmosphere of Mardi Gras, something very sinister is going on in the intriguing new Quentin Archer mystery.

Three murders so far. No apparent motive; no link between the victims; none of them have been robbed. One item ties them together: a can of spray gas known as Chill has been left at the scene of each crime. Is someone killing for kicks? With no leads to pursue and no witnesses coming forward, all the cops can do is wait for murder number four.

As rumours emerge, Archer realizes there’s a pattern taking shape. Could there be more to these seemingly random killings than meets the eye? Teaming up with voodoo queen Solange Cordray, Archer begins to uncover evidence of a shocking conspiracy.

 

This is the second book in this series starring Detective Quentin Archer (Q), now in the murder capital of the country, New Orleans. Q is a good guy. A good man who was forced out of Detroit under tragic circumstances.
When bodies start showing up and there is nothing the police can see linking them to each other except the can of Chill found at each site.

Now with three dead bodies, and no leads or motive or even witnesses, as horrible as it sounds there seems to be nothing they can do but wait until this killer strikes again.

With nothing to lose, Q contacts Solange Corday, a psychic, who hopefully can help them find something.
Set in a city I know very well, New Orleans, this author didn’t bother to romanticize the city but showed the side the tourists don’t notice in their frenzied partying. The ugly, dirty side. The one with gangs and all kinds people without good intentions prowling the streets unnoticed in the Mardi Gras crowds.

Really good book. I would definitely read it again! Available June 01,2017

Thanks to Netgalley and Severn House for this early copy!

OTHER COUNTRIES BY JO BANNISTER *Release Day*

A Hazel Best & Gabriel Ash Mystery from Severn House Publishers LTD. Release Day is June 01, 2017

Other CountriesGabriel is getting used to being responsible for his two sons in this story. He has been out of it for a bit and is desperately trying to be a capable and good father to these two boys.

Blurb:

Detective Constable Hazel Best’s latest assignment takes an unexpected turn in the compelling new Gabriel Ash mystery.

Returning to work after an extended leave of absence, DC Hazel Best’s first task is to shadow TV historian Oliver Ford, who has arrived in Norbold to open a new museum. What should have been a routine assignment takes a decidedly dramatic turn however when Hazel saves Ford from a murderous attack that would appear to be an act of jihad. But why would someone fly thousands of miles to firebomb an obscure little museum in a quiet English village? Hazel can’t help thinking there’s more to this case than meets the eye.

Meanwhile, Hazel’s friend Gabriel Ash and her lodger Saturday are growing increasingly uneasy at Hazel’s developing relationship with Oliver Ford. Though neither of them can guess the real danger that Hazel – and not only Hazel – faces, nor the direction from which it comes.

Gabriel is getting used to being responsible for his two sons in this story. He has been out of it for a bit and is desperately trying to be a capable and good father to these two boys.

Along with Patience ( my favorite character ) he is gradually moving forward and now must add to his worry list his best friend Hazel. Hazel is just now coming back to police work after a forced leave. When she is assigned to guard a celebrity in town to film at the museum, Hazel gets in way over her head.

When a book starts with this quote “”Thou hast committed–”
“Fornication? But that was in another country; and
besides, the wench is dead.”
–Christopher Marlowe
(1564-1593)

You just know it is going to be interesting. Underlying all of the interaction of the characters is a theme of abuse. Emotional, physical and sexual. And why it is not reported as much as it should be.

All of the characters have distinct personalities but they gel really well together in this mystery!

 

 

What’s on the TBR List for Next Week

Two Nights: A Novel by [Reichs, Kathy]      #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs steps beyond her classic Temperance Brennan series in a new standalone thriller—featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past.

Product Details Following the incredible success of Sara Blaedel’s #1 international bestsellers The Forgotten Girls and The Killing Forest, Louise Rick–head of the police department’s elite Special Search Agency charged with missing persons cases–returns in Sara’s latest twist-filled suspense novel…

The Red Hunter: A Novel by [Unger, Lisa]   What is the difference between justice and revenge? In this buzzworthy new standalone thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger, two wronged women on very different paths find themselves in the same dark place…

These are the 3 I’m working on this weekend.  Birthday Week was a success. It can be tough competing with Cinco de Mayo ( which I am not sure why we celebrate here) but we got the job done and  one of my favorite writers released her new book yesterday  and I found a gift waiting on Amazon for it! Thank you so much Leanne!

So what is everyone else reading over the week-end? I need to real more YA fiction so if you have some recommendations please share them with me!

 

xx Patricia bookhaul