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The Ninja's Daughter - A Shinobi Mystery, #4 / A Hiro Hattori Novel

Have you ever wondered what a ninja would do if he ever came across an unsolved murder? I will be honest I never did, but after reading Susan Spann’s Hiro Hattori novel “The Ninja's Daughter”, I wish I would have done so sooner. It was one...

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Cast the First Stone - Ellie Stone Mysteries

"Cast the First Stone" by James W. Ziskin is the fifth installment in the Ellie Stone Mystery series. This book seals the deal for me. Ellie is, without a doubt, one my favorite amateur sleuths. In this chapter, Ellie heads out to L.A. to c...

4 Stars

Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly - A Detective Sean Duffy Novel

Somewhere in the forested areas of Ireland a couple blokes find themselves in a situation that has ended up in a cloud of mystery. Seam Duffy's life is in turmoil and he has to try to keep his demeanor in solving this mystery. This was a di...

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A Welcome Murder

Author Robin Yocum gives quite a variety of characters, most on the dark side of life. The story in “A Welcome Murder” takes place in a once prominent and very upbeat Ohio steel town. Now the beauty is gone and it is slowly rotting to the g...

5 Stars

The Paris Librarian - A Hugo Marston Novel

“The Paris Librarian” is a Hugh Marston crime fiction book by Mark Pryor. I had not read his books before and so found this novel to be appealing. I enjoy crime fiction and found that this setting in Paris with all the accompanying Parisian...

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Where I Can See You

A mystery that takes place in a small town. The author gives you so many surprises that you don't know what will happen when you turn that page. The main character, Hud Matthews is quite the man, he is intelligent, stick to your guns, good...

4 Stars

An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock - A Samuel Craddock Mystery

The author deals with some real life issues, some real hard issues, drugs. murder and racism. A mystery of a small town that has corruption spewing all over. It even spills over into the police department. Samuel Craddock, takes on the job...

5 Stars

The Hemingway Thief

Setting: Paris 1922 (Hemingway's suitcase containing a very rare manuscript is stolen) As this is taking place we have "Coop" Henry Cooper. He is introduced to the reader. He is the author of vampire romance novels. He goes into hiding in o...

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A Brilliant Death

The little town of Brilliant, Ohio was changed when they learned of Amanda Baron's supposed accidental drowning. She and a man, supposedly her lover, were on a small boat, without lights, when a barge suddenly appeared. Did Amanda and the m...

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The Secret Life of Anna Blanc

Jennifer Kincheloe’s THE SECRET LIFE OF ANNA BLANC is a wonderful debut historical mystery with an amateur sleuth protagonist who is completely unforgettable. Anna is a rebellious turn of the century woman who will appeal to the modern read...

4 Stars

The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake - Samuel Craddock Mysteries

Setting: Jarrett Creek, Texas. Nonie Blake, nickname for Winona tried to hang her 8 year old sister when she was a mere 14. She was then sent to a psychiatric hospital. She had always been a troubled child. What was on her mind when she sho...

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The Guise of Another

Allen Eskens has done it again. I started reading this novel the minute I got it in the mail and finished it before going to bed that same night. I couldn't put it down. Alex Rupert is a fascinating character who the reader will empathize w...

5 Stars

The Survivors - A Cal Henderson Novel

The Survivors, penned by talented Robert Palmer, is an awesome thriller. Mr. Palmer creates a story loaded with all the critical story elements keenly developed and with an eye on the tiniest detail. As a reader, I felt the pulse and deep i...

5 Stars

Hollow Man

Hollow Man, by Mark Pryor, takes one into the mind of a true psycho. Dominic, while an interesting character, seems predictable from the beginning of the book. I often figure out where a storyline is going after a few chapters, but I had th...

4 Stars

Stone Cold Dead - An Ellie Stone Mystery

The author wrote a real suspense mystery into his book. What happened on December 21, 1960? It was the shortest day of the year. The school bus sits idling in the parking lot for the junior high school students. What happened to fifteen yea...

4 Stars

See Also Murder - Marjorie Trumaine Mysteries

Setting: 1964 - North Dakota Marjorie Trumaine hasn't had an easy life living on the farm in North Dakota. To help pay the bills she started to work as a professional indexer. The bills have only gotten worse since her husband, Hank, was in...

5 Stars

A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge - Samuel Craddock Mysteries

Terry Shames is the author of “A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge”, the fourth book in the Samuel Craddock Mystery series. I offered to review this book for Night Owl Reviews, but put off reading it because the title just didn’t call my name....

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Deadly Ruse - A Mac McClellan Mystery, #2

It’s time to stay up late and get sucked into book two in the Mac McClellan Mysteries series. Kate Bell's former boyfriend, Wes Harrison supposedly perished twelve years ago. It was a boating accident. Now she’s Mac's girlfriend. Kate think...

5 Stars

The Life We Bury

The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskens, was a page gripper for me. There are so many layers to this story. Once you think you have one layer figured out, it blends into the next. Good storytelling is what this is. I felt empathy for Joe Talbert...

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Cat on a Cold Tin Roof - Eli Paxton Mysteries

Cat on a Cold Tin Roof is a good mystery. From the beginning of the book when Eli was straight forward and resilient I knew that I was going to like him as a character. I loved that this story had a cat as a character! The widow was interes...

4 Stars

Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek - Samuel Craddock Mysteries, #3

Mismanagement is in full swing when former mayor Alton Coldwater leaves the town of Jarrett Creek bankrupt. Rusty Reinhardt, the new mayor, called for a meeting for an answer on how to pay the police force. Before the mayor could even get s...

4 Stars

Dante's Poison - A Mark Angelotti Novel, #2

Dante’s Poison is the second book by this author that features nearly-blind psychiatrist, Mark Angelotti. My heart goes out to this character as he tries to live up to his potential and is challenged from day to day as his sight gets worse...

4 Stars

Corrupt Practices - A Parker Stern Novel, #1

Just one of the many things I enjoyed about Corrupt Practices was that it was written by a lawyer. This makes the book all the more believable. I liked how determined the main character was to solve the suicide of his mentor while fighting...

4 Stars