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!

Looking For a Little Mystery?

Looking to find some new mysteries? Penguin Random House has some really great ones.These are some of the ones I’ve read. The Girl Before is already being made into a movie and I can see a couple of others maybe going that way also.

I have a reader who loves Stuart Woods, Kim Harrison, Pierce Brown, Anne Rice and Kevin Hearne. He is down in the dumps because there isn’t a new book from these guys right now.  So if you have an author or series to suggest, please do!  He loves Norse mythology and James Patterson, but is kind of over JP for the moment. Thanks in advance for helping!!

Have a lovely Sunday!

xx Patricia

Broken (Broken Trilogy Book One) by J.L.Drake

Broken (Broken Trilogy, #1)

My name is Savannah Miller.

My father is the mayor of New York. One day after my twenty-seventh birthday I was grabbed from behind. A cloth sack was quickly pulled over my head, and I was taken from everything I’d ever known.

I was beaten, starved, treated like an animal, and forced to live in a room with no windows. With no sense of time and no dignity left I finally gave up hope and made a promise to myself to end it all. Unfortunately, it was going to be a slow process.

Then one night an elite group of US Army soldiers came to my rescue. I was brought to a safe house and given two options:

One—Stay under their protection and follow their rules or…
Two—Leave and be guaranteed to be returned to the savages within a week.

This book had me from the first chapter and I would not put it down. To be perfectly honest I’m not even sure how it appeared on my Kindle! But boy am I glad it did!

Savannah is kind of in limbo right now, constantly disappointing her politician father, and really just trying to stay out of the press and out of trouble. When she is kidnapped and tortured for months on end, she has almost given up the will to live when an elite grouop of men swoop in and rescue her.

She knows nothing about where she is or who these guys are but she feels safe for the first time in a long time. But in order to stay safe, she can’t go home or anywhere else until they can figure out why she was kidnapped and who is behind it. Until then she is still in danger. The rules are clear. Stay here and live or leave and die.

Savannah is a smart, funny, and strong character and soon charms all of the people in this safehouse. Some more than others.

I am not giving away one single clue to what happens, because you deserve to be surprised here. All I will say is that when it was over all I could say was Oh No, no, no ,no. There has to be another one!

And there is because this is a trilogy! Thank you to whoever sent me this book. I skipped half a day of work just to finish it!  When I read the author’s bio it stated she was a lover of James Patterson and it shows!  Definitely my kind of book!

A Few of My Favorite January Releases!

Towhee Get Your Gun (A Bird Lover's Mystery #2) J.R. Ripley’s  second in the Bird Lover’s Mystery Series will be coming out on January 3, 2017. Amy is up to all kinds of shenanigans and sleuthing in this one and he so nicely gives us a good look at the next book in the series.
I Hate Everyone, Except You  Clinton’s book is so funny my ribs hurt from laughing!
Seriously! See!  Grab it on the 10th!!
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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine  Arden This beauty is out on the 10th of January also. I absolutely loved this book and will read it again! There is also a Giveaway on this book on Goodreads.
The Girl Before  This book comes out on the 24th of January. Talk about a psychological thriller. At the end I was still Whaaat???  This one is already being made into a movie, directed by Ron Howard.
The Patriots: A Novel by [Krasikov, Sana]  This beautiful multi-generational story of surviving the Soviet Union. This gem comes out on the 24th also. Very thought provoking book!
These are just a few that I enjoyed and I hope you will too!
Grab a book and start this new year right!   xxPP

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.