Think Murder – Review

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Think_Murder_Cover_for_KindleThink Murder
Cozy Mystery
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 1, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1502718952
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Synopsis:
Discovering the body of a friend and colleague was not what Adina Donati had in mind when she moved to Washington D.C. in search of excitement. An administrative assistant at a prestigious think tank, Adina is drawn into the middle of the murder investigation. The police don’t seem to be making much progress until Adina stumbles onto important clues and discovers just how dangerous life in the nation’s capitol.

Excerpt:

I took a deep breath and let it out slowly, then described the scene to him to the best of my recollection. I could almost envision the restroom as it had been when I entered. The white sinks, the gray and white swirly wall tiles, and the open stall doors. Seemingly empty, until I approached the end stall.

It all came back to me and I started to tremble. “Hilary was laying on the floor, on her side, her hair falling into that pool of blood. Shockingly red and dark in contrast to the cool gray of the ceramic floor tiles.” Something wasn’t right, “Something bright green in her hair?”

My review:

This was a quick and easy read for anyone who enjoys mysteries. I enjoyed the characters–even the ones you love to hate! The author did a great job fleshing them out. There are no violent scenes, no foul language, and no explicit sex in this novel, which makes it true to most elements of a cozy mystery. Adina, the main character, is not exactly a sleuth, it’s more that things happen to her that happen to put her in harm’s way. Ultimately, it is the police that solve the murder…which is a realistic spin on the genre. Taking place in D. C., I felt the ending was fitting for the location.

4 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the Great Escapes Book Tour. This did not influence my review in any way.

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About This Author

Cassidy Salem has always been an avid reader. She is especially fond of mysteries and historical fiction. When she’s not reading, she enjoys music and spending time with family and friends, and travels with her husband and son whenever possible.

“Think Murder”, the first book in the Adina Donati Mystery Series”  is her first foray into fiction writing.

Author Links

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/csalem11

Blog: https://cassidysalem.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11923940.Cassidy_Salem

(The book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RSGPFJ0)

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Tour Participants

March 26 – Brooke Blogs – Spotlight

March 27 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review

March 28 – Community Bookstop – Interview

March 29 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview

March 30 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review

March 31 – Celebrating Authors – Spotlight

April 1 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Interview

April 2 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review

April 3 – readalot – Review

April 3 – Tea and A Book – Review, Interview

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The Mask of Midnight – Guest Post

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I wanted to take a moment to thank Laurie for visiting my blog today and providing a very interesting guest post! I can’t wait to read her latest novel!

Author as Life Coach

by Laurie Stevens

Hello and welcome to my guest blog! First, I’d like to thank Michele for having me on today. She’s the only person I know that can make “red tape” something fun to wade through.

As Michele knows, we authors often make commentary on human behavior through our writing. Whether it’s through a character we are developing or events in the plot that cause conflict between people, we are tuned in to the human condition.

I wrote The Dark Before Dawn and Deep into Dusk with the fragile aspect of the human condition in mind. The main character in the series, Gabriel McRay, is a detective suffering from the suppressed memory of a childhood trauma. He’s divorced. He has trouble with women. His aggressive behavior gets him fired from the police force. He has a choice. He can remain as he is or he can change. Gabriel chooses to delve into the darkness of his own psyche to find the origin of his troubles. He does this through the help of a psychiatrist. Additional help comes from another more unconventional source: the murder case to which he’s assigned. Each case impacts whatever point he is at in his recovery. Gabriel learns to take each experience and relate it back to his own life.

Since none of us are exempt from aggravating or even painful experiences, this may be a positive way to deal with events we would rather hide from.

In the books, Gabriel’s therapist follows the teachings of a real and renowned psychologist Alfred Adler, who said this:

“No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences… but we make out of them what suits our purposes.”

I think this is interesting, because what he’s saying is, no experience can own you. It’s not the event itself that is making or breaking you. It’s your attitude toward whatever happened. It’s how you walk away from it, what you take away from it.

Trust me, I don’t walk around in a state of zen tranquility 24/7. I have raided the M&M jar on my counter multiple times (why is candy so comforting?). But I do like to think that we have some control over our lives other than to be emotionally jerked up and down by our experiences.

All this being said, as writers, we have to be careful not to make the message the entire story. That’s where a balancing act comes in. As much as I enjoy highlighting the character’s spiritual growth, the books I write are considered crime fiction and not self-help books. Demented self-help books, maybe, but they’ve got to be entertaining.

I would like to thank Michele once again for letting me play life-coach and for inviting me on board.

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by Laurie Stevens
Psychological Thriller

Synopsis:

Troubled homicide detective Gabriel McRay confronts his nemesis Victor Archwood at the killer’s trial. A surprise twist during the proceedings sets a course for Archwood to claim his ultimate revenge on the detective, whom he blames for ruining his life. In a trap that combines Archwood’s theatrical skills and criminal genius, Gabriel is forced to face his psychological demons once again and play a deadly cat and mouse game with a murderous opponent who will stop at nothing to achieve the detective’s total destruction.

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About This Author

Laurie Stevens is the author of the best-selling Gabriel McRay psychological thrillers. The two books so far in the series, The Dark Before Dawn and Deep into Dusk have won 9 awards, among them Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 and the 2014 IPPY for Best Mystery/Thriller. Laurie is a “hybrid” author, having self-published her books, finding an agent for worldwide rights, and then selling her books to Random House, Germany. For more information visit www.lauriestevensbooks.com

Author Links:

Webpage: www.lauriestevensbooks.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/lauriestevensbooks

Twitter:  @lauriestevens1

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1475821.Laurie_Stevens

Amazon Central:  http://www.amazon.com/author/lauriestevens    

Other Books In This Series

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March 19 – Omnimystery News – Interview

March 20 – Tea and A Book – Review, Interview

March 21 – Babs Book Bistro – Guest Post

March 22 – Brooke Blogs – Guest Post

March 23 – deal sharing aunt – Interview

March 24 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Guest Post

March 25 – Back Porchervations – Review

March 26 – EditingPenInterview

March 27 – Teresa Trent Author Site – Review

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March 30 – Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post

In Her Blood – Review & $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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in her bloodIn Her Blood
File Size: 397 KB
Print Length: 215 pages
Publisher: Devine Destinies (January 7, 2015)
ASIN: B00RYIY9VM
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Synopsis:

Alexandra McCormick’s great-grandmother was a brutal serial killer in the early 1900’s. With her mother currently serving time in prison for murdering Alexandra’s stepfather, Alexandra decides to do her college research paper on whether or not the tendency to commit murder or other violent crimes may be passed on genetically.

Her research takes her to Savannah, Georgia, a city built upon its dead. There, she meets Chad Greenway, whose ancestor is Alice Riley, the first woman hanged in the state of Georgia. Alice was hanged for killing her abusive master. As a freelance writer, Chad agrees to help Alexandra with her research provided he can write a story about her quest. Soon it seems everyone Alexandra meets winds up murdered.

My Review

A very compelling read! I truly enjoyed this book! I have done genealogy research on my own family and I too found a distant relative from the 1800s who was a murderer, so I found this novel very interesting. I couldn’t figure out who the murderer was, but I was dying to know! I enjoyed the characters and the plot, especially the twist that I never saw coming! I found myself lost in this book and I look forward to what Ms. Trent has up her sleeve next.

5 stars!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the Great Escapes Book Tour. This did not influence my review in any way.

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  1. V. Trent also writes as Gayle Trent and Amanda Lee. She typically writes cozy mysteries, and this is her first foray into the psychological mystery. She hopes you’ll enjoy it. Please visit the author online at http://www.gayletrent.com.

Author  Links

http://www.gayletrent.com

https://www.facebook.com/GayleTrentandAmandaLee

https://twitter.com/GayleTrent

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/426208.Gayle_Trent

Purchase Link:  Amazon

Tour Participants

March 10 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review

March 11 – Babs Book Bistro – Guest Post, International E-Book Giveaway

March 12 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – Review, International E-Book Giveaway

March 13 – fuonlyknew – Review, Print U.S. Giveaway

March 14 – The Gal in the Blue Mask – Review, Interview

March 15 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review, International E-Book Giveaway

March 16 – Tea and A Book – Review, Interview

March 17 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review

March 18 – Marie’s Cozy Corner – Guest Post, Print U.S. Giveaway

March 19 – Editing Pen – Guest Post

Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities – Spotlight & Giveaway!

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flamenco flanFlamenco, Flan, and Fatalities

(A Happy Hoofers Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

2nd in Series

Publisher: Kensington (February 24, 2015)

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1617733611

E-Book ASIN: B00M4ASU8S

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Synopsis

Murder is nothing to tap at. . .

The high-kicking Happy Hoofers–Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini–have been booked to flaunt their fabulous flamenco footwork on a luxury train ride through northern Spain. But when a blowhard talk show host is found deader than four-day-old flan–with Gini as suspect numero uno–the feisty friends waste no time stepping into their sleuthing shoes to protect one of their own.

The dynamite dancers will have to step up their game before a clever killer brings the curtain down on one of them . . . for good!

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About This Author

Mary McHugh graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, with a B.A. in English Literature and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. She is the author of nineteen nonfiction books and two novels. She was a contributing editor for Cosmopolitan, an articles editor at Woman’s World, Travel Holiday, and Bridal Guide, and has written articles for The New York Times, Good Housekeeping and Family Circle.

She loves to tap dance and to travel -two passions that inspired her to write the Happy Hoofers series.

She lives in the New York area. Visit her at http://marymchugh.org/index.html

Author Links

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mary.mchugh.77

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Tour Participants

February 22 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Spotlight

February 23 – Back Porchervations – Review

February 23 – Socrates Book Reviews – Review

February 24 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Spotlight

February 24 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review

February 24 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review

February 25 – dru’s book musings – Booked by author

February 25 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review

February 26 – Thoughts in Progress – Spotlight

February 26 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Spotlight

February 27 – A Chick Who Reads – Review

February 27 – Celticlady’s Reviews – Spotlight

February 27 – Lilac Reviews – Review

February 28 – Lisa Ks Book Review – Spotlight

February 28 – The Gal in the Blue Mask – Review

March 1 – Laura’s Interests – Review

March 2 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review

March 2 – Babs Book Bistro – Review

March 3 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Spotlight

March 3 – Community Bookstop – Review

March 4 – Jane Reads – Spotlight

March 4 – Brooke Blogs – Spotlight

March 5 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Spotlight

March 6 – Marie’s Cozy Corner – Spotlight

March 6 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review

March 7 – deal sharing aunt – Spotlight

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March 9 – Queen of All She Reads – Review

March 10 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s blog – Spotlight

March 11 – off

March 12- readalot – Review

March 17 – Reeca’s pieces – Spotlight

Deadly Assets – Review & Giveaway

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deadly assetsDeadly Assets
(An Allison Campbell Mystery Book 2)

• Paperback: 296 pages
• Publisher: Henery Press; First edition (July 22, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1940976211
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Synopsis:

An eccentric Italian heiress from the Finger Lakes. An eighteen-year-old pop star from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Allison Campbell’s latest clients seem worlds apart in every respect, except one: Both women disappear on the same day. And Allison’s colleague Vaughn is the last to have seen each.

Allison’s search for a connection uncovers an intricate web of family secrets, corporate transgressions and an age-old rivalry that crosses continents. The closer Allison gets to the truth, the deadlier her quest becomes. All paths lead back to a sinister Finger Lakes estate and the suicide of a woman thirty years earlier. Allison soon realizes the lives of her clients and the safety of those closest to her aren’t the only things at stake.

My Review

Finger Lakes, wine and Italian families…these are a few of my favorite things! When I first started reading this book, I felt like I was watching a strange makeover television show. I felt that the pace was slow and steady throughout, easing in to the mystery that unfolded. I really enjoyed Allison as the sleuth. I felt that she was a strong and confident woman, and not overly annoying/prying like some sleuths can be. I also enjoyed Francesca. I had a vivid image of her and being Italian myself, I’d say the author nailed the character! Vaughn was a strong character as well. Though this was not the first book in the series, and I hadn’t read the first book, I didn’t feel lost in the plot at all. I also thought the mystery was intriguing and complicated. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened, which kept me turning pages all night. Kudos to the author for a great job! 4 stars!

*Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review as part of a book tour.

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About This Author

Wendy Tyson is an author, lawyer and former therapist whose background has inspired her mysteries and thrillers.  Her latest novel, DEADLY ASSETS, the second in the Allison Campbell mystery series, was released on July 22. The first Campbell novel, KILLER IMAGE, was named a best mystery for book clubs in 2014 by Examiner.com and the third Campbell installment, DYING BRAND, is due to be released on May 26.  Wendy lives on a micro-farm near Philadelphia with her husband, three sons and two muses, dogs Molly and Driggs.

Author Links:

Webpage: www.WATyson.com

Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/wendytysonauthor

Twitter: @wendytyson

Tour Participants

February 11- I Wish I Lived in a Library – Review

February 12 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Interview

February 13 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post

February 14 – Babs Book Bistro – Review

February 15 – deal sharing aunt – Interview

February 16 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Guest Post

February 17 – Cozy Up With Kathy  – Interview

February 18 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review

February 19 – readalot – Review

February 20 – Lori’s Reading Corner  Guest Post

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The Best Writing Advice I’ve Been Given

Hi!  Check out Day 3 on the Book Tour of Community Affairs and my guest post, “The Best Writing Advice I’ve been Given.”

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win a $50 Amazon gift card and other prizes!

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The Best Thing I Ever Ate

Check out Day 2 on the Community Affairs Book tour and my guest post on Community Bookstop with some ideas for yummy places to eat!

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