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Outsider: A Novel of Suspense by Linda Castillo

Series:  Kate Burkholder, Book 12

Publication Date: 07 July 2020

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Minotaur Books


Rating: 4 out of 5


“Live your life with God’s goodness and you’ll never fear the past.”

                    –Kate Burkholder’s Mamm

 Who is the strange woman asking for Chief Kate Burkholder after being found by Amish farmer, Adam Lengacher, outside her crashed truck in the middle of a fierce snow storm? Why is she in Painter’s Mill, Pennsylvania?  This fast paced twelfth novel in the Kate Burkholder series starts out on a snowy night that quickly turns into a full blown blizzard grounding Kate and the mysterious woman at Adam Lengacher’s remote farm.

As the novel unfolds Gina Colorosa, the mystery woman and an old best friend from Kate’s early police academy days, begins to explain herself. She weaves a complex tale of what happens when the good guys turn really bad. Can Kate believe the story? Who can she depend on to help her sort through the details? Who can be trusted? The intricate web of complexities surrounding them tightens as the intense search for Gina escalates.

This intriguing suspense filled novel by Linda Castillo is well worth your time. I enjoyed the mystery, suspense, and drama of the story. Relevant to today’s headlines, this story will get your attention and keep it.

This ARC copy was received from Minotaur Books and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Echoes Among the Stones by Jamie Jo Wright

Publication Date: 04 December 2019

Publisher: Bethany House

ARC from Bethany House and Netgalley



Skeletons, bones, unmarked graves, and crime scene investigation set the background in this fascinating tale of murder and the aftermath of grief that follows it. Melding past and present, author Jamie Jo Wright spins a tale encompassing the Grayson family and the community of Mill Creek, Wisconsin where they have resided for many decades.

Present day,  Imogene “Mumsie” Grayson Hayward, a feisty 92 year old, continues to live in the past with a multitude of unanswered questions and a lifetime of grief. Aggie Dunkirk, Imogene’s estranged granddaughter, returns to Mill Creek to try and resolve her own grief issues after the loss of her high end real estate career. The two women are drawn into solving a 70 year old mystery that continues to haunt Mumsie. Adding character to the story is Collin O’Shaughnessy, a dashing archeologist, filled with theories of his own and a caring soul.

The mystery is intriguing and not easily figured out. Darker undertones creep through the story, but they intertwine with the inspirational undercurrents well. An intriguing tale for readers who enjoy mysteries and for anyone struggling with grief! Well worth the read!

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishing and Netgalley. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

Rated: 4 out of 5

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Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Politano

Publication Date: August 20, 2019

Tyndale House Publishers

ARC copy from Revell and Netgalley.com


A very intriguing story! A rather unique plot with a captivating leading lady kept me reading steadily until the very end. Spitalfields in the East End of London is an extremely poor neighborhood from which Raina Bretton, a local rag woman, vividly imagines escaping someday but with no real hope. Spirited away on a train early one morning, she finds herself living an adventure she could not begin to imagine.

As she finds herself questioning who she really is, she must also figure out who she can trust.  Filled with twists, turns, and definitely some romance, the story leaves the reader speculating until late in the story. Grab a book and venture along with Raina as she struggles to figure out who she is and what she wants out of life. Readers of historical fiction and historical mysteries will definitely enjoy this book!

This ARC copy was received from Revell and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

Rating: 5/5

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Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillian

Series: A Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery

Publication Date: May 2020

Publisher: ARC from Thomas Nelson

Review Title: More Murder, Mystery, and History!


“Murder is a by-the-way when there are so many bigger things at play.”

                                                                       -Hamish DeLuca

Welcome back to Boston! Hamish DeLuca, a handsome upright young man who works as an investigator and part-time attorney, and his perky well-bred partner, Regina “Reggie” Van Buren, are now running their own firm in the historical part of town. Although the office is a bit slow, the two are always on the lookout for any type of investigative business that looks the least bit interesting and mysterious. When Reggie takes a call from someone who won’t give his name, their lives become extremely interesting.

The shadowy figure of Luca Valari, Hamish’s flamboyant, troublesome cousin, seems to lurk in the background of their current problems along with Dirk, one of Reggie’s old friends who works at the architecture firm of her good friend and sometimes boyfriend, Vaughn Vanderlaan. As Hamish and Reggie increasingly find themselves drawn in to multiple situations that seem to be tied together, their investigative work takes them to the baseball field, Fiske’s Wharf, and other shadowy places.

The characters in this novel continue to develop and add even more personality to the series. Once again the suspense pulls the reader in and draws them through the story. Love, loyalty, prejudice, and honor all play into the heart of this tale. A captivating, suspenseful read that will take the reader right into the heart and soul of Boston with an entertaining mix of historical fiction, mystery, and romance!  Bring the next one on!!

This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson Publishers. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.



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Ladies of Intrigue: 3 Tales of 19th-Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery by Michelle Griep

Publication Date: 1 February 2019

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

ARC Copy from the author, NetGalley.com, and Barbour Publishing

Let’s take a journey through the nineteenth century with this collection of tales each with a hint of intrigue. Three settings, three heroines, and their three equally captivating counterparts make for a delightful read.

The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady
1815. Cornwall. Helen Fletcher, a young governess, returns from Ireland to Cornwall only to find herself spirited away from the ship by a mysterious smuggler. When the mysterious smuggler turns up again, will Helen be able to figure out exactly what his intentions are? Be swept off your feet in this charming tale of love on the Cornish coast!

The Doctor’s Woman
1862. Mendota, Minnesota. Emmy Nelson, a frontier doctor’s daughter, braves the wilds of Minnesota in order to care for the men at the outlying military post of Fort Snelling and the Sioux Indian being held captive there. Clashing with the new citified, military doctor adds further turmoil to her troubled soul. Read this lively tale of a city boy and country girl and the lessons they learn from each other!

A House of Secrets
1890. St. Paul, Minnesota. Amanda Carston, a lively young woman full of spunk, is soon to be married to a handsome, dynamic young attorney, Joseph Blake. In her search to finish one big project before the wedding, Amanda uncovers a mystery that she just can’t leave alone. Creep through the halls of the decrepit Grigg house with Amanda to see if she uncovers the mystery behind the old place!

I enjoyed the likeable characters, unique settings, and bit of romance each story shared. Each tale is a standalone and easy to read. I hope you will enjoy this collection of stories as much as I did. If I had to choose a favorite, I think the prize would go to A House of Secrets. Enjoy!
This ARC copy was received from the author, Barbour Publishing and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Feared by Lisa Scottoline

Series: Rosato & DiNunzio Series, book 6

Publication Date: August 14, 2018

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and St. Martin’s Press


Book six in the Rosato and DiNunzio series finds Mary DiNunzio and her partner, Benny Rosato, being sued for reverse discrimination by a group of three unfamiliar men. As Mary digs deeper into the case, Nick Machiavelli’s name begins to appear in the background.

The case gets complex quickly when Rosato and DiNunzio’s lone male employee turns up dead. To complicate matters, Judy, the quieter partner of the firm, has been secretly dating him. The twists and turns begin.

The South Philly gang is all back to help Mary and Benny out particularly now that Mary is about to give birth.  An interesting read–fast paced and filled with suspense, mystery, and drama! Perfect summer read!

This ARC copy was received from St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

Publication Date: April 2018

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and St. Martin’s Press


Excerpt:  Maggie realized that life wouldn’t be as much fun if we knew where its treasures were hidden. Sometimes you had to search for them. Sometimes you had to fight for them And sometimes, they were at your feet.

To Maggie Ippoliti a call from her teenage daughter Anna whom she hasn’t seen in 17 years is an unbelievable gift, one she certainly hadn’t been expecting. Having been declared an unfit mother due to postpartum psychosis, Maggie lost touch with her daughter at 6 months. Never once has she been allowed to see the girl since that time due to the vindictive nature of her ex-spouse.

Dr. Noah Alderman, well respected pediatrician in the community and husband of Maggie, welcomes his stepdaughter into their home with no knowledge of what the future will hold for his family. Noah’s son, Caleb, is a trusting young boy of ten whose life is turned upside down by the events that will unfold in the month following Anna’s arrival.

Alternating chapters–Noah’s viewpoint during the trial and Maggie’s perspective before and during the trial–disclose the story detail by detail. The mystery that surrounds Anna and her death add suspense and intrigue to the story. I definitely didn’t see the ending coming. Read this interesting story and see if you can put the details together!

This ARC copy was received from St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep

Publication Date: March 01, 2018

Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.

ARC from Netgalley.com and Barbour Publishing

Excerpt: Now that her worst fear had come to pass, surprisingly she wasn’t as crushed as she’d imagined. The sun still shone, the wind still blew, and God yet reigned in the heavens.

The story begins in Dover, England in the year 1808. The book is filled with adventure, espionage, and romance. What a delicious combination of elements for a Regency novel!

Meet Alexander Moore, alias Alexander Morton, a Bow Street runner on a secret assignment and Miss Johanna Langley, co-proprietor of the Blue Hedge Inn. These two strong-willed characters both have their own missions to accomplish. On the surface Alex appears to be a distinguished gentlemen working for his father by day and gambling in high stakes games at night. Johanna is exactly what she appears to be, a hard working innkeeper struggling to keep her family out of the poor house.

How do two such mismatched people fall in love? Read this intriguing novel to find out if and how Alex and Johanna’s romance survives the turmoil of treason, smuggling, and the poor house. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and definitely recommend it. This book is an engaging read for lovers of historical fiction, Regency fiction, and Christian fiction.

This ARC copy was received from Netgalley.com and Barbour Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.


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Exposed by Lisa Scottoline

Scottoline, Lisa Exposed



Publication Date: August 15, 2017

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and St. Martin’s Press



In this latest book from the Rosato and DiNunzio series, Mary DiNunzio is once again embroiled in neighborhood/family business. Mary gets embroiled in what appears to be a relatively straightforward discriminatory firing of a young man from the neighborhood who has a very sick child.

As the investigation begins DiNunzio soon realizes the complexities with which she is dealing. The actual case is complicated by the fact that the parent firm she intends to sue is owned by a large corporate conglomerate represented frequently by her partner Bennie Rosato. Before she can begin, internal legal and ethical issues must be resolved.

The characters from the South Philadelphia neighborhood are amusing as usual, and the new characters play their roles well. The storyline twists and turns with murder and danger lurking throughout the pages. The story is entertaining with its suspense, intrigue, and drama. A good light read!

This ARC copy was received from St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin

Publication Date: June 2017

Publisher: Bethany House

ARC copy from Bethany House and Netgalley.com



What could possibly motivate a beautiful young woman to risk her life spying for a secret underground group that specialized in aiding the Allies and obstructing the enemy during WWI? The reasons were many and complex; survival, guilt, and hope. Evelyn (Eve)  Marche played a dangerous game with the enemy, nursing them by day and serving them food and drinks at night, while gathering their information continuously in order to aid La Dame Blanche in 1917 in Brussels.

After the alleged death of Simon Forrester, her RAF pilot husband of less than a month, Eve sets off for Belgium to join her mother and siblings. Events conspire to add to Eve’s already tumultuous life after arriving in Belgium and she risks everything to aid her people and alleviate her own personal guilt.

This novel is an outstanding fiction story inspired by real people and events from this time period in history. Kate Breslin explores espionage during WWI, women and their varying roles during the war, and survivor’s guilt as well as many other complex topics.

A strong message of faith and the difficulties of holding on to one’s faith during a time of trials weaves a chord throughout the story. A wonderful read for people who enjoy inspirational historical fiction or any reader of historical fiction!

 I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.



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