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!

The Body In The Ice by A.J.Mackenzie

The Body in the Ice

Christmas Day, Kent, 1796
On the frozen fields of Romney Marsh stands New Hall; silent, lifeless, deserted. In its grounds lies an unexpected Christmas offering: a corpse, frozen into the ice of a horse pond.

It falls to the Reverend Hardcastle, justice of the peace in St Mary in the Marsh, to investigate. But with the victim’s identity unknown, no murder weapon and no known motive, it seems like an impossible task. Working along with his trusted friend, Amelia Chaytor, and new arrival Captain Edward Austen, Hardcastle soon discovers there is more to the mystery than there first appeared.

With the arrival of an American family torn apart by war and desperate to reclaim their ancestral home, a French spy returning to the scene of his crimes, ancient loyalties and new vengeance combine to make Hardcastle and Mrs Chaytor’s attempts to discover the secret of New Hall all the more dangerous.

The good widow Amelia Chaytor is trying to enjoy a Christmas meal with friends when her servant rushes in with news of a dead body half in the frozen horse pond up at New Hall, where he had been pilfering some firewood.

The ever so curious widow marches straight up to find out what is going on. On finding a body, they send for the good Reverand Hardcastle, Rector and Justice of the Peace in this small village.

Now they must figure out who the person is and what were they doing at the abandoned New Hall?

This is a hard time in history for both the violent and turbulence going on in the Americas, fresh from winning their independence from England, to the spies in England who would like to take England for the French and with America form a powerhouse allegiance. There is a shortage of able-bodied men which means the good Hardcastle and Mrs. Chaytor have very little help trying to find the truth.

When the owners of New Hall show up more questions than answers are found.

This is the second book featuring Hardcastle and Chaytor in St. Mary in the Marsh and I am a big fan of this historical mystery writing. And while quite a bit of this story may have happened. It is a fine tale!

About the Author:

A.J. MacKenzie is the pseudonym of Marilyn Livingstone and Morgen Witzel, a collaborative Anglo-Canadian husband-and-wife duo. Between them they have written more than twenty non-fiction and academic titles, with specialisms including management, medieval economic history and medieval warfare. THE BODY ON THE DOORSTEP (2016) was their first novel.

The Devil’s Country by Harry Hunsicker

Mr. Hunsicker brings us The Devil’s Country..The Drifter along with publishers Thomas & Mercer.

The Devil's Country

Former Texas Ranger Arlo Baines didn’t come to the tiny West Texas town of Piedra Springs to cause trouble. After his wife and children were murdered, Arlo just wants to be left alone. Moving from place to place seems to be the only thing that eases the pain of his family’s violent end.

But a chance encounter outside a bar forces him to rescue a terrified woman and her children from mysterious attackers. When the woman turns up murdered the next day—her children missing—Arlo becomes the primary suspect in exactly the same type of crime he is trying desperately to forget.

Haunted by the fate of his family, and with the police questioning the existence of the dead woman’s children, Arlo decides it’s his duty to find them. The question is, just how deep will he have to sink into the dusty secrets of Piedra Springs to save them and clear his name?

Arlo really just wants to be left alone to read his book and enjoy a drink. He doesn’t have any business here in Piedra Springs. It’s just another spot the bus stopped and he got off for a bit.

He’s not a Texas Ranger anymore and since his family was murdered as well as the crooked cops who killed them the last thing he wants to do is get involved in the shady business going on in this little nowhere of a town.

But with the chance encounter with Molly and her children he knows he can’t leave until those children are found. When he is joined by a sort of disgraced former reporter, trying desperately  to find her own niece who she knows is with a very strange cult which has set up shop in a former prison, they join forces.

To me the best suspense thrillers are the ones that when you are finished you can say Whoa! this could actually be happening right now and probably is. The character development is great. I wanted these two and the few helping them to succeed.

This is the first Hunsicker book I have read, but it will not be the last!!

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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.

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls

“Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.”

After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.

I have read quite a few early reviews for this book. It looks like one of those that people either love or hate.

The Roanoke family tree has no branches. That should be yur first clue that something is not quite right at the Roanoke house. In the blurb it says ‘an estate in Kansas”, I’ve lived in Kansas. Estate? It sounds more like a House of Horrors. Where are the police in this town? Where are Child Services? Heck, where is any responsible adult?

The only character I felt anything for was Cooper the long ago boyfriend that Lane didn’t bother telling goodbye when she fled. The rest of them had not one redeeming quality. Just bad people doing bad thngs and thinking it’s normal.  It is not.

A dark, and deeply disturbing story of abuse.

Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read it. The book is scheduled for a March 2017 release.

Another look?  Check out   Literary Dust  Thanks for the heads up!

Bone Maker By D.F.Bailey

Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Book One

Bone Maker: Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Book 1 by [Bailey, D. F.]

*** Bone Maker is a Whistler Independent Book Award Finalist ***

A death in the wilderness. A woman mourns alone. A reporter works a single lead. Following a family tragedy that has broken his spirit, crime reporter Will Finch returns to his news desk in San Francisco eager to reboot his career and renew his lease on life.

When he’s assigned to cover the grisly death of a witness to a multi-million dollar bitcoin fraud, Finch discovers some troubling complications: A Mercedes-Benz abandoned in the wilderness. A wounded bear. A cop who rules a remote town with an iron fist. And the witness’s fiancée — a US senator’s daughter — knows there’s something mysterious about her lover’s death. But what?

If you have an appetite for organized crime series, you’ll love this new crime trilogy. Add a slice of noir novels, the juice of steamy PI mysteries, the zest of a financial thriller series. Soon you’ll be stewing in this new technothriller trilogy — and begging for more.

Inspired by true events, Bone Maker is the first thriller in this series of noir crime novels — a crime trilogy that races from coastal Oregon to San Francisco, Moscow, Honolulu and Washington DC. It intersects the worlds of international finance, cryptocurrency software algorithms, and corruption that reaches from the US Senate to Turk Street in the Tenderloin District.

Be sure to read this gripping financial thriller series in order: Bone Maker, Stone Eater, Lone Hunter. All three books are available now.

Will Finch is a reporter. Who has had a really rough patch. Coming back into the office a week early, Will’s boss has just the story to help him ease himself back into the world of Internet Journalism.

Will is a great character. We want him to be okay, to get to the bottom of the man who was supposedly eaten by a bear. In a small town where everyone knows what you’re doing before you finish doing it, it’s hard to know who to trust and what to believe.

Why is the Mercedes not being impounded by the Sheriff? Who is really behind the death of this witness?

This one went round and round and I did not like the Sheriff from the first scene. He felt like a bully. This book was full of plot twists and turns but we wouldn’t expect anything less from D.F.Bailey.

This is Book 1 in the series and the other two are out also. Check him out Here .

Book Review: The Killing Ship by Simon Beaufort

The Killing Ship: An Antarctica Thriller

“A group of scientists in the Antarctic face a desperate battle for survival as they are hunted down by hostile intruders. ”
Having spent the summer conducting fieldwork on stark Livingston Island, marine biologist Andrew Berrister is looking forward to returning to civilization. But his final days in Antarctica take an unexpected turn when it becomes clear that he and his small group of scientists are not alone on the island. Deducing that the intruders are a crew of illegal whalers, the scientists face an increasingly desperate struggle for survival when two members of their shore party disappear and their supplies are deliberately sabotaged.
As Berrister and his remaining companions flee across the treacherous, icy terrain, they are pursued unrelentingly by ruthless killers whose true reasons for being in the Antarctic are darker and more dangerous than the scientists could ever have imagined.

I first saw this book a month or so ago in the Library Journal. I haven’t read a lot of books set in Antarctica and I was curious how this was going to go down on a bunch of icebergs and glaciers and the brutal weather conditions.

Ten days from being collected and going home and things have started to go wrong. Two of the researchers are missing, food and fuel sources have been sabotaged and the remaining group must figure out a way to communicate with their headquarters and hopefully get some help. But the ships that show up aren’t there to help.

They are there to harpoon whales and collect the highly profitable meat sales. Or are they?

One thing I know after reading this book is that I am not going on any ice adventures…ever!  It was a good read, I’m glad to have found it and some new authors!

In the real world there is always some type of research being done in the Antarctic. And after reading this book I have the greatest admiration for them! This is a chilling thriller! And the research in it shows from the first page all the way to the shocking ending!

I would have no problem recommending this book.