Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Book Review: The 4th MAN - A Detective D. D. Warren Story by Lisa Gardner

Something short for you...

About the Story 

FBI Profiler Pierce Quincy and Officer Rainie Conner return in a baffling cold case in this short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner. 

A young woman is found strangled in the stairwell of a college library, only her sneakers missing. With no physical evidence, no signs of sexual assault, and no witnesses, all the police have to go on are the three men who were in the library with her: her boyfriend and two campus security guards...all of whom have secrets, none of whom can be proven guilty. 

Five years later, ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his wife, former police officer Rainie Conner, agree to consult on the still-unsolved case, delving into deep background to comb for any clue that will lead to the woman's murderer. But with no leads and the case colder than the body, will they be able to build a case against one of the three suspects, or is there a fourth man out there? And if the killer has eluded the police this long, how far will he go to ensure justice is never served? 


I'm a fan of Gardner's books and this one, although it's short, didn't disappoint. The characters manage to sort through the secrets and relationships, focusing on the initial suspects. As the story unfolds, another possibility unfolds as does danger. This is well written and everything I've come to expect from Gardner, including a surprise now and then. If you're looking for a quick read that will keep you reading to the end, this one will do the trick. The story is part of a series and it may be helpful to have read some of the Detective DD Warren Mysteries. At the same time, the mystery itself is a stand alone.

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Book Review: COLLECTING CAN BE MURDER (Carmen De Luca Art Sleuth Mysteries Book 1) by Jennifer S. Alderson

About the Book 

Coming out of retirement can be deadly… 

After tragedy struck three years earlier, art sleuth Carmen De Luca vowed to never work in the field again. But fifty is too young to fill her days with water aerobics and bingo, so when her former partner calls and begs for her help, Carmen gladly agrees. 

Yet after their first assignment – the recovery of a rare medieval prayer book from an eccentric collector living in rural France – goes horribly wrong, Carmen ends up in the crosshairs of both the local police and a murderer! 

With her target dead and the stolen book missing, she and her partner will have to pull out all of the stops to sleuth out the true killer’s identity – before their stay in France becomes permanent. 

Introducing Carmen De Luca, an art sleuth with a nose for mystery and the job of locating valuable artwork stolen from museums around the world. If you love strong and resourceful heroines, puzzling mysteries, and a dash of art history, pick up Collecting Can Be Murder now! 


Carmen and her partner, the Baroness, have a series of stops as they travel through Europe in hopes of identifying historical artwork that has been missing for years. This time they're attending the home of an art collector, not to be confused with an art lover, in hopes that they will find a rare illuminated prayer book, stolen, lost, and only resurfaced at an art auction recently.

As Carmen, posing as a journalist and playing to her host's ego, finally gets into the library, filled floor to ceiling with rare first editions and illuminations, and finds the prayer book they were seeking, the bookcase 'falls' over. Harold is dead and the prayer book is lost in the scattered book. It's clear that Harold has been murdered, and now someone has stolen the missing prayer book.

As the story progress, the pace speeds up with a houseful of suspects, all snowed in a countryside in France. There are twists and turns, many of suspects - all prestigious. The characters are well developed, conflict abounds as they wait for the gendarmes, and Alderson keeps you guessing. Carmen is a likable main character. If you enjoy cozy mysteries and strong women sleuths, you'll enjoy this one. If I ever can get my TBR list manageable, I'll be adding the others in this series as well as Alderson's other series. 

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way. 

Carmen De Luca Art Sleuth Mysteries: 
A Statue To Die For 
Forgeries and Fatalities 
A Killer Inheritance  

About the Author (from Amazon)

Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, grew up in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. After traveling extensively around Asia, Oceania, and Central America, she lived in Darwin, Australia, before finally settling in the Netherlands. 

Jennifer’s love of travel, art, and culture inspires her award-winning Zelda Richardson Mystery series, her Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries, and her Carmen De Luca Art Sleuth Mysteries. Her background in journalism, multimedia development, and art history enriches her novels. 

When not writing, she can be found perusing a museum, biking around Amsterdam, or enjoying a coffee along the canal while planning her next research trip. For more information about the author and her upcoming novels, please visit: https://www.JenniferSAlderson.com

You can also follow her on Twitter : https://twitter.com/JSAauthor

Thursday, June 8, 2023

Book Review: FALLING FOR MURDER - A Bobwhite Mountain Cozy Mystery Book 2 by Jamie Rutland Gillespie

About the Book (from Amazon)

Welcome back to Bobwhite Mountain, TN. It’s early fall and the leaves are beginning to change colors and the night air has a crispness to it. Landry Burke is grateful that she is now a resident of this quaint little town. The two businesses she inherited from her late aunt are thriving and she’s made wonderful friends here.  

Things are going great until there’s a kidnapping and murder in this peaceful oasis. Landry is the unfortunate one to find the body and now she, Adam and Wyatt are all trying to figure out who could have done such a horrible thing. To add to the tension, two local and well known girls are also kidnapped and haven’t been seen or heard from since. 

As usual, Landry and Ms. Millie get into more precarious predicaments that will have you laughing out loud. Landry and Adam are trying to figure out just where their relationship is headed as the mayor insists that the town go ahead with their Fall Festival even though everyone is on edge about the crimes. 

Come along as they follow the clues to figure out just what is going on. This is the second book in A Bobwhite Mountain Cozy Mystery series.  

Book Review 

In this next visit to Bobwhite Mountain, Landry is settled with two businesses, friends, and a relationship with Andy. But the sheriff may be interested as well. Not to be forgotten is Ms. Millie, who is convinced Landry is trying to get her killed. As Ms. Millie fears, Landry's the one to discover the body. With a murderer and two young girls missing, a Fall Festival complete with funnel cakes, and twists and turns.

Gillespie weaves a tangled web that kept me reading. She's created characters who aren't perfect, but are likable. Even Ms. Millie despite her negative perspective. This is the second book in the series - the mystery can be read and the relationships appreciated without reading the first one. (Though it was good, too!). If you like a light mystery with a side of romance and some humor, you'll enjoy Falling for Murder.

Inheriting Murder 
Falling for Murder
Witching for a Murder 
Caroling into Murder 
Profiting and Murder  

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Sunday, June 4, 2023

Book Review: THE HEIST - A Jack Dillon Dublin Tales Book 14 by Mike Faricy

About the Book: 

US Marshal Jack Dillon, assigned to An Garda Síochána Special Branch, is investigating an assault and attempted abduction of an American Student named Melanie Brussard. Her father happens to be a US Senator, and he wants the investigation to be conducted his way.

The more Dillon and his partner DI Paddy Suel investigate, the more they discover similar assaults. Meanwhile, the FBI arrives in Dublin hoping to recover eight paintings, valued at over 100 million dollars, that were stolen from a New Orleans Art Museum twenty years ago. 

At least Dillon is enjoying his relationship with sexy Nessa. Amazingly, nothing has gone wrong . . . yet. Better check things out and see what happens. 

The Jack Dillon Dublin Tales series is written by Mike Faricy and was originally released under the pseudonym, Patrick Emmett. Faricy also writes the award-winning Dev Haskell series, the award-winning Corridor Man series, and the Hotshot series. 


A US Marshall, Jack Dillon is assigned to a special branch of the Irish investigation group in Dublin. A number of young are getting assaulted, and a US Senator is concerned his daughter who is attending college in Dublin may be a victim. Of course, he wants it all hush-hush. Add the twist that the daughter is an art major, re-creating paintings by a famous artist - a famous artist whose originals were stolen from a New Orleans Art Museum 20 years ago.

The story is well-written, the dialogue is great, and having visited Dublin, I enjoyed the setting. As a main character, Dillon is likable in a bad-boy sort of way. He may need to settle down. Several threads are intertwined. First in relation to the women being assaulted, second, to see how the young art student is connected to a 20-year-old art heist, and last, to see what Dillon's intentions were.

This is my first in the series, and first by Faricy. I couldn't wrap my head around why a U.S. Marshall had a position in the Ireland special investigation group, but the story kept my interest with twists and tangles. As for how a U.S. Marshall ended up there? I guess I'll have to start at the beginning of the series and keep reading! Not a "cozy" mystery, but good crime fiction.

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The Jack Dillon Dublin Tales 
Welcome (Book 1)
Sweet Dreams (Book 2)
Mirror Mirror (Book 3)
Silver Bullet (Book 4)
Fair City Blues (Book 5)
Spade Work (Book 6)
Madeline Missing (Book 7)
Mistaken Identity (Book 8)
Picture Perfect (Book 9)
Dublin Moon (Book 10)
Mystery Woman (Book 11)
Second Chance (Book 12)
Payback Brother (Book 13)
The Heist (Book 14)
Jewels to Kill For (Book 15)
Retirement Scheme (Book 16)