LEAVES OF FIRE (THE NEWIRTH MYTHOLOGY #2) BY MICHAEL B. KOEP

Leaves of Fire (The Newirth Mythology #2)

Imagine paintings that hold the secrets to the meaning of life and death—or scribbled words that can alter the past and reshape the present. We know art imitates life but in Michael B. Koep’s thriller fiction trilogy, the author brings the arts to life in an action-packed tale spanning seven centuries.
In the spring of 1338, young William of Leaves knows only of remedies, herbs and his mother’s kindness. When he is forced to watch as she is dragged to a witch’s pyre by a mob led by the Bishop of London, the mysterious immortal apothecary, Albion Ravistelle, promises the boy a chance at vengeance.

In present day, psychologist Loche Newith and Julia Iris must come to terms with Loche’s prophetic writings that have changed the course of history and shaped the lives of William, Helen, and countless others. As a war breaks out between the immortals on earth and Albion Ravistelle, Loche must accept the realities he has authored and cross over into death—he must enter again into Basil Fenn’s paintings to find a way to end the conflict.

In Part Two of The Newirth Mythology, Leaves of Fire, Koep entwines these lives and lifetimes as he explores myth, memory, revenge and the hope of forgiveness.

The Invasion of Heaven, the first in this series told the story of the Painter and the Poet. This second book is about the Healer.

An author whose writings are prophetic and change the course of history. The first one was a bit of a slide into madness, which isn’t always bad as we see in this book.

A battle between Gods and the ones who are tasked with keeping them where they are.

I’m really torn with writing a lot about this book because I loved the way I fell into it and got sucked down the rabbit hole along with the Poet and the Painter.

Almost like Stephen King meets Dan Brown!  But fresh, original and just when I was getting a little tired of the same old reads Mr. Koep comes along and blows me away.

You don’t have to read book one first, but I would anyway.

Great job!

April Reads. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

Who Is Rich?   Coming out July 4th of this year. Just a hint, but at the end I didn’t care who Rich was.

 

Leaves of Fire (The Newirth Mythology #2) The second in the series and I am in love with this book! Release date is June 4th

 

Watching the Detectives (The Country Club Murders #5)  Meh…  May 23rd Release

Grief Cottage  Very interesting read!  Release Date is June 6th

The Simplicity of Cider   Ah….   Release Date is May 16th

The Godmothers: Spirited Away   Release Date is May 9th

 

The Woodpecker Always Pecks Twice (A Bird Lover's Mystery, #3)  Coming out on May 16th

Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth   Release Date is May 9th

These are some of what I’ve read in April. You will have to wait for release day to read what I thought of them. Out of the 24 books I read in April I really only had 2 or 3 that were just Meh…

Now back to our regularly scheduled reading. Other Countries by Jo Bannister.

xx Patricia  vangiegolf

FERN MICHAELS THE GODMOTHERS PART TWO: SPIRITED AWAY

The Godmothers: Spirited Away

Part Two of the New Three-Part Godmothers Serial!
The best of friends, Toots, Ida, Mavis, and Sophie have been there for each other through thick and thin. Now Sophie needs the rest of the Godmothers to help her through something they’ve never faced before . . .
There are no secrets between best friends. At least, Teresa “Toots” Loudenberry has always believed that to be the case. In the decades since she, Sophie, Ida, and Mavis met in Catholic school, they’ve shared all the joys and hardships of their colorful, extraordinary adventures. But right now, Toots can tell that Sophie is hiding something.

Sophie wishes she could confide in Toots. But she can’t reveal her hunch about her home’s history and the unhappiness that still seems to linger there. There’s too much at stake, including the safety of Toots’ daughter Abby and her twin girls. But though Toots, Ida, and Mavis are all entering new phases in their lives—and love lives—they won’t let Sophie face this challenge on her own . . .

I was really excited about this new novella series. These women have been friends since 7th grade and they have had some adventures.

In this second book, they have all moved to Charleston,South Carolina and Sophie is hiding a secret from the others. But not for long. Toots is way too nosy for that!

Somewhere in Sophie’s new house is a spirit that looks like it is there to destroy the entire house. Bt Sophie knows there is a story here and she will get to the bottom of it with help from her friends.

Nobody does strong women better than Fern Michaels. For some reason I feel better about life in general after reading her stories!

Good Job with this one and can’t wait for the next!   This one is out May 9th so check it out!

Last Breath: A gripping serial killer thriller that will have you hooked (Detective Erika Foster Book 4)

Last Breath: A gripping serial killer thriller that will have you hooked (Detective Erika Foster Book 4) by [Bryndza, Robert]

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Last Breath will have you on the edge of your seat, racing to the final dramatic page.

This is one of my favorite series. Ericka is stepping on toes and pushing hard to get her old job back and maybe find love again. But she is going about it in her usual way of plowing ahead and then asking forgiveness.

On the job, someone is stalking and torturing young women around London and then killing them and dumping the bodies in dumpsters. Ericka has found another victim that matches the MO of this murder and wants in on the case.

Time between killings is getting shorter and while they have a lot of information, the man himself seems to not even exist.

It’s always a nail biting, lip biting  read with this series!  And this latest is no different. Do we even realize that we are putting out all of our plans, and personal information out into the web? Some really good looks at how private our private lives are.

Well done, Mr. Brynzda!

check it out!Here

 

New Release From Aria Today!

Publication Date: 1st April 2017 • Price £3.99

He’s watching, waiting… and counting. The next gripping serial killer read in the DC ‘Charlie’ Stafford series, from the bestselling author of MUMMY’S FAVOURITE.

He keeps each one floating in Formaldehyde to stop them from rotting. Each finger denotes a victim, tortured and butchered, their heart ripped out and discarded, replaced instead by symbols of their treachery.

He sits alone admiring his trophies weekly; each and every one of them guilty in his eyes. And now more must pay. But who or what links the victims?

DC ‘Charlie’ Stafford is already investigating a series of escalating racist attacks and it now seems she has a vicious serial killer on her patch. With no leads and time running out, the team at Lambeth are at near breaking point.

Something has to give… and all the while he’s watching, waiting… and counting.

The Author

With a Metropolitan Police career spanning 35 years Sarah has spent her adulthood surrounded by victims, criminals and police officers. She continues to work and lives in London with her partner and has three older daughters.

Silence Fallen: A Mercy Thompson Novel by Patricia Briggs

Silence Fallen (A Mercy Thompson Novel) by [Briggs, Patricia]

In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy’s bond with the pack—and her mate—is broken, she’ll learn what it truly means to be alone…
Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes—only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…

Oh my we wait so long for a new Mercy Thompson book! The last couple were a bit dark, but this one is more Mercy and Adam. Yes, she gets kidnapped, again. But this bad ass girl can protect her pack and get the job done.

Told from Mercy and Adams point of view, it is easy to read and always fun. Mercy is both fun and a bit snarky and I love that about her. Some of our old friends are back and some new ones come in.

Though a bit of a complicated plot, it ties up nicely and now we sit and wait for Ms. Briggs to give us our next Mercy adventure!

If you haven’t read the Mercy Thompson series, well why not?  I would suggest that you start with the first one though so you know who is who.

I would have had this review done earlier but as soon as I got the book OU Boy snatched it out of my hand and ran to the bedroom with it. I think he may have snarled at me a few times! So yes, guys or gals, this series is delicious!

Unpunished ( A Gardiner and Renner Book) by Lisa Black **Release Day**

Unpunished

Maggie Gardiner, a forensic expert who studies the dead, and Jack Renner, a homicide cop who stalks the living, form an uneasy partnership to solve a series of murders in this powerful new thriller by the bestselling author of That Darkness

It begins with the kind of bizarre death that makes headlines literally. A copy editor at the Cleveland Herald is found hanging above the grinding wheels of the newspaper assembly line, a wide strap wrapped around his throat. Forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner has her suspicions about this apparent suicide inside the tsunami of tensions that is the news industry today and when the evidence suggests murder, Maggie has no choice but to place her trust in the one person she doesn t trust at all . . .
Jack Renner is a killer with a conscience, a vigilante with his own code of honor. In the past, Jack has used his skills and connections as a homicide detective to take the law into his own hands, all in the name of justice. He has only one problem: Maggie knows his secret. She insists he enforce the law, not subvert it. But when more newspaper employees are slain, Jack may be the only person who can help Maggie unmask the killer– even if Jack is still checking names off his own private murder list.”

This had a Dexterish feel to it except Jack is a cop, who has gotten fed up with all of the recycling in and out of jail of killers and just downright bad people. Maggie is a forensics scientist for the Cleveland PD and she knows about Jack and he knows that she knows.

You don’t have to have read the first book, but I would. Maggie is spending a lot of time babysitting and making sure Jack is sticking to their deal and not killing anyone. They have a rather uneasy truce between them. While her ex-husband is slightly suspicious.

They are back working together when a copy editor at the newspaper is found hanging from the walkway dead. The print side of the paper is on a fast downhill slide, as most papers are. This was a very timely story in that regard and I learned quite a bit about the news business, as does Maggie.

When more people start dying, the one thing they have in common is they all work for the paper. It’s up to Jack and Maggie to figure out why and who is behind this.

i really enjoyed this book and you can’t help but like Jack!  Maggie has developed nicely in this book. Bold, more sure of herself. All in all it was a really good thriller and I would highly recommend it.

Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington.  Try it out Here

About the Author:

Lisa Black spent the happiest five years of her life in a morgue. Strange, perhaps, but true. After ten years as a secretary, she went back to school to get a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Cleveland State University. In her job as a forensic scientist at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office, she analyzed gunshot residue on hands and clothing, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, DNA, blood and many other forms of trace evidence, as well as crime scenes.
She had her life sorted out just the way she liked it until her husband got fed up with Cleveland snow and moved them to Florida, 1400 miles away from her family and her career. Not that she’s bitter or anything. Now she works as a latent print examiner for the city of Cape Coral, Florida, police department, working mostly with fingerprints and crime scenes.
Lisa has lectured at writer’s conventions and appeared on panels. In her life as a writer she’s a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. In her life as a forensic specialist she’s a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, the International Association for Identification, the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts and is certified by the American Board of Criminalistics. She has had over 741 hours of instruction in forensic topics and has testified in over 50 trials.