CRAZY, VA

CRAZY, VA
CRAZY, VA IS A SMALL TOWN WITH 300 RESIDENTS.  YOU HAVE TO BE CRAZY TO LIVE THERE AND THE WHOLE BOOK IS ACTUALLY A BIT CRAZY.  A FUN READ WITH A TOMCAT WHO AIDS THE SHERIFF IN HER FEW ARRESTS!  TRYING TO WORK ON A RARE MURDER CASE, SHE GOES THROUGH ONE DEPUTY WHO HAS PTSD BUT IS REWARDED WITH A NEW, WORKABLE DEPUTY THANKS TO COUNTY RESTRUCTURING.  WHEN THEY SOLVE THE MURDER TOGETHER, THEY ARE REWARDED WITH A PROMOTION – SORT OF!  GOTTA BE A LITTLE CRAZY TO LOVE CRAZY, VA!

Publisher Description

Sheriff Littlepage Eller of Crazy, Virginia, has her work cut out for her. She started life as the unwanted daughter of both of Crazy’s feuding founding families. She’s enforcing the law in a quirky town more used to paying bribes than fines. And her love life is in hiding. But Lil’s luck changes when she adopts Boris, a foul-tempered tomcat who quickly becomes her feline deputy.

Then Crazy gets its first murder in decades: Lisa Littlepage Hunter, heir to the powerful Littlepage business empire and the cousin Lil never knew. Lil’s investigation will lead her and Boris through a twisted web of forbidden love and family secrets, and before it’s over she’ll need all the help her furry deputy can give her — and then some.

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COULSON’S SECRET

coulson's secret

UPON HER RETURN TO HER HOME TOWN, KIM LITERALLY RUNS INTO HER “STEP BROTHER” AND FINDS HERSELF BEING PURSUED BY HER HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART!  ALL THIS WHILE SHE IS TRYING TO LAY HER MOTHER TO REST!  THE STORY IS A BIT FAR FETCHED BUT HAS IT’S MERITS IN FINDING FAMILY AND IMMERSING ONESELF IN FAMILY. OVERALL, A GOOD READ!  ENJOY!

HERE IS THE PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

Kim’s mother died because she was at the wrong place at the wrong time: collateral damage in a political assassination. But was her murder really an accident? A haunting family mystery unravels in this taut page-turner.

More than one person had a motive to murder Senator Coulson, including Kim’s high school sweetheart, the boy who got her pregnant and broke her heart. Tragically, Kim’s mother was killed as well. Was it a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or was her murder intentional?

Kim returns to her hometown to unravel the mystery of her mother’s death, only to find more than she bargained for – a mysterious half-brother she never knew existed, the father who abandoned her, and there is someone trying to prevent her from discovering the truth. Will she find the key to unlock the senator’s secret, before someone else dies?

NOTE: Although Coulson’s Secret is the fourth book in the series, it is a standalone story and can be read and enjoyed without reading the previous books in the series.

THE COULSON SERIES
Coulson’s Wife (Book 1)
Coulson’s Crucible (Book 2)
Coulson’s Lessons (Book 3)
Coulson’s Secret (Book 4)
Coulson’s Reckoning (Book 5 – Coming in 2014)

Originally published as THE SENATOR’S SECRET

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SPARE CHANGE

SPARE CHANGE

THIS IS SUCH A TOUCHING TALE THAT EXPLORES THE GOOD AND BAD IN PEOPLE.  AN ELEVEN YEAR OLD BOY WITNESSES THE MURDER OF HIS MOTHER AND FATHER. KNOWING THE SYSTEM WELL ENOUGH, HE UNDERSTANDS HE CANNOT GO TO THE AUTHORITIES AND HE WILL  SURELY BE PLACED IN A CHILDREN’S HOME.  HE DECIDES TO FIND HIS GRANDFATHER, HIS ONLY KNOWN RELATIVE.  UPON ARRIVAL AT HIS GRANDFATHER’S HOME, HE FINDS HIS RECENT WIFE WHO HAS DEALT WITH HIS GRANDFATHER’S DEATH WHILE ON THEIR HONEYMOON.  SHE IS NONE TOO WELCOMING AND DOES NOT CARE FOR CHILDREN BUT ALLOWS HIM TO STAY UNTIL THEY CAN DISCOVER A SOLUTION.  LEARN HOW THEY COME TO TERMS WITH THEIR ARRANGEMENT AND ENJOY THIS HEARTFELT STORY.

HERE IS THE PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

In a story that’s been compared to John Grisham’s The Client, eleven year-old Ethan Allen Doyle has witnessed a brutal murder and now the boy is running for his life. In the time-tested tradition of Southern Fiction, Crosby unveils the darkest side of human nature and then rewards her readers with a beautiful tale of love, loss and unexpected gifts.

Olivia Westerly is the only person Ethan Allen can trust, and he’s not too sure he can trust her. She’s got no love of children and a truckload of superstitions–one of them is the belief that eleven is the unluckiest number on earth. Olivia avoided marriage for almost forty years. But when Charlie Doyle happened along, he was simply too wonderful to resist. Now she’s a widow with an eleven-year-old boy claiming to be her grandson.

With a foul mouth, dark secrets and heavily guarded emotions, Ethan Allen Doyle is not an easy child to like. He was counting on the grandpa he’d never met for a place to hide, but now that plan is shot to blazes because the grandpa’s dead too. He’s got seven dollars and twenty-six cents, his mama’s will for staying alive, and Dog. But none of those things are gonna help if Scooter Cobb finds him.

>˃˃˃ Midwest Book Review

Skillfully written, “Spare Change” clearly demonstrates Bette Lee Crosby’s ability to engage her readers rapt attention from beginning to end. A thoroughly entertaining work of immense literary merit and strongly recommended for community library literary fiction and mystery collections, “Spare Change” is especially recommended for fans of well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances.” – Julie Summers.

>˃˃˃ Seattle Post Intelligence

I truly enjoyed this imaginative and very entertaining story. Told from many different perspectives, it kept my interest from beginning to end. The voices of the characters were very distinct and the good ones were easy to like, just like the bad guys were easy to hate and fear. It does not happen very often that I truly like the more minor characters in any book, since most of them never get the chance to develop enough to be really interesting, but Clara was one of my favorites here – heart of gold and brassy manners, what more could one want in a friend? She was just one in the substantial line-up of supporting characters who kept Ethan Allen’s presence in Olivia’s building a secret, or at least they thought so. Every one of those characters was well-defined and completely believable.

Furthermore, I enjoyed the storyline and the lively dialogue, as well as the rapidly unraveling mystery of the secret Ethan Allen was trying to keep to himself. And I am going to do my best to keep the beginning of the story, as told by Olivia, in mind for the future. Here’s what she had to say..

“I don’t suppose there’s a person walking the earth who doesn’t now and again think if I had the chance to live my life over, I’d sure as hell do it differently. When you get to a certain age and realize how much time you’ve wasted on pure foolishness, you’re bound to smack yourself in the head and ask, what in the world was I thinking? Everybody’s got regrets; myself included.

Some people go to their grave without ever getting a chance to climb out of that ditch they’ve dug for themselves, others get lucky. Of course, the thing about luck is that you’ve got to recognize it, when it walks up’ and says hello, the way Charlie Doyle did.”

Those two paragraphs alone would be enough for me to like this book and recommend it, yet they were truly just the beginning. If you want to know more, you will simply have to read Spare Change yourself, and I am certain you will not regret that. – Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson

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BLACK BUTTERFLIES

BLACK BUTTERFLIES

THIS BOOK IS THE STORY OF MARINA AND HER DAUGHTER, ELENI,  AND HOW THEY FINALLY COME TO TERMS AND OVERCOME LIFELONG SECRETS.  BOTH COME TO REALIZE THAT LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO HARBOR SECRETS AND IN SHARING THEM THEY RETURN TO A CLOSENESS THEY HAVE NOT SHARED IN YEARS.

HERE IS THE PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

Marina is a gentle soul who makes a modest living in her corner shop. Her husband died years ago, and her children have grown up. Life is pleasantly predictable, if a little dull.

But not even her daughters know that thirty five years ago Marina spent lonely months on a nearby island, and the events of that summer have haunted her ever since.

Now Marina’s daughter is planning to move to the same island and the past and present threaten to collide with dreadful consequences.

Black Butterflies follows Marina reluctantly revisiting the island. She has a plan, of sorts, to avert possible tragedy but in doing so she will come face to face with the consequences of her long kept secret. Will she be in time, and why does she never go anywhere without her big black bag?

Packed with a troupe of colourful characters that intertwine in a gripping story, Black Butterflies is by turn uproariously funny, touching or sad.

Exploring themes of bigotry and how doing what we think is for the best can unwittingly harm those we love, this is a gentle journey to one woman’s redemption.

If you enjoyed Black Butterflies, you may like the other books in the collection:

The Illegal Gardener
The Explosive Nature of Friendship
The Gypsy’s Dream
The Art of Becoming Homeless
In the Shade of the Monkey Puzzle Tree

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SANDERS’ STARFISH

SANDERS' STARFISH

JOHN IS A NOVICE PSYCHOLOGIST BEGINNING HIS FIRST POSITION IN THE CLEARCREEK MENTAL CARE CENTER.  HE IS FULL OF ENERGY AND IDEAS AND SEEMS TO BE MAKING HEADWAY WITH MANY OF HIS PATIENTS.  HOWEVER, HIS ENTHUSIASM AND SUCCESSES ARE NOT ENCOURAGED BY THE REST OF THE STAFF AT THE FACILITY.  JOHN IS TOLD TO LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE WITH MANY OF THE RESIDENTS AND, ALTHOUGH HE BEGINS TO UNDERSTAND THE ULTERIOR MOTIVES OF THE STAFF, HE CONTINUES TO ENGAGE IN COUNSELING WITH A TROUBLED YOUNG WOMAN.  THIS IS AN AWESOME ACCOUNT OF THE STRUGGLES THAT THE MENTALLY ILL FACE DAILY IN TRYING TO COPE IN THE WORLD.

HERE IS THE PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

Dr John Sanders steps through the entrance to face a distracted woman pushing a nurses’ cart before her. Charging madly down the hallway toward the door exiting the ‘Clearcreek Mental Care Center: An Oasis for the Mentally Ill’ is a determined patient. The single-minded Clarissa is well known to the staff; this is not her first frantic effort to take flight.John Sanders, with his newly completed graduate preparation and certification examinations at last behind him, had been looking forward to his first day as a member of the staff at the fashionable, private inpatient care facility with some concern. On the other hand, nothing had prepared Sanders for the reality of his first day.His first moments spent within the walls of the sanatorium have Sanders wondering what he has gotten himself into. Organic Aggressive residents, community meetings, never-ending episodic outburst patients, individual treatment, small group meetings, psychological testing for every client in his unit; clinical psychologist Sanders begins to feel a tad overcome. And, this is all within the first hour.As Sanders commences working with client Rebecca Brownell, he begins to recognize there is something much more menacing than just the exigency of patients having desperate problems pervading the Care Center. Will he be able to affect any resolution, or will the Center continue exactly as it has for many years? Media attention, money exchanging hands, a suicidal patient and an unexpected friendship all figure in account.

Brought to light are the struggles with which the mentally ill must learn to cope. The challenges of those working with the mentally ill are examined. Sander’s Starfish is a powerful story regarding the worth of a soul and doing what is right in the face of any challenge which may arise. As tension builds, author Allred does a masterful job with intermingling the lives of the two main characters. The manuscript is accomplished with ardent insight into the life of the mentally ill as well as being completed with striking writing. The detailed and true to life scenes of life in a residential care treatment center are powerfully portrayed.

Sanders’ Starfish is a riveting account drawing the reader into the storyline from the opening lines as we stand at the door confronting Clarissa with Dr Sanders. Our knees smart when the cart is thrust into his by the dogged patient. Reader attention is held fast from that initial contact with this anecdote’s main character and does not diminish until we find the conflict is properly decided.

Writing is good quality, action is fast paced, a convincing well thought out plot is easy to follow, dialogue used effectively moves the story along. Sanders’ Starfish is not a light hearted little tale. Richly rendered surroundings, commanding stimulus, story line twists, snappy exchanges, hair raising excitement and satisfyingly puzzling uncertainty pack the pages of author Allred’s initial work with mesmerizing reader appeal. With a razor sharp, centered narrative; Allred gives a picture of life in a residential care unit few are aware exists. Flourishing with well rounded characters in this remarkably directed anecdote of deception, underhanded conniving and unexpected disputes, the book has something to please every reader.

Reviewed by: Molly’s Reviews
molly martin

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HUSHABYE

HUSHABYE

AN ENJOYABLE READ ABOUT A KIDNAPPING OF A NEWBORN BABY AND A MURDERWHO DONE IT WILL SURPRISE YOU!

 

HERE IS THE PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

A missing baby. A murdered girl. A case where everyone has something to hide…

On the first day of her new job in the West Country, Detective Sergeant Kate Redman finds herself investigating the kidnapping of Charlie Fullman, the newborn son of a wealthy entrepreneur and his trophy wife. It seems a straightforward case… but as Kate and her fellow officer Mark Olbeck delve deeper, they uncover murky secrets and multiple motives for the crime.

Kate finds the case bringing up painful memories of her own past secrets. As she confronts the truth about herself, her increasing emotional instability threatens both her hard-won career success and the possibility that they will ever find Charlie Fullman alive…

Hushabye (A Kate Redman mystery) is the new novel from crime writer Celina Grace, author of Lost Girls and The House on Fever Street.

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A DARKER SHADE OF BLUE

A DARKER SHADE OF BLUE

I AM NOT A HUGE FAN OF SHORT STORIES.  I JUST GET TO KNOWING THE CHARACTERS AND BEFORE I KNOW IT, IT’S ON TO A NEW STORY.  I DID ENJOY THE FIRST FEW STORIES – SOME OF THE CHARACTERS EVEN TRAVELED TO THE NEXT STORY WHICH WAS FUN.  ABOUT 1/3 OF THE WAY THROUGH THE BOOK I WAS STARTING TO LOSE INTEREST, BUT I PERSEVERED AND COMPLETED THE BOOK.

 

HERE IS WHAT THE PUBLISHER IS SAYING:

“A master of the craft. John Harvey is lights out one of the best.” —Michael Connelly John Harvey has been described as the master of British crime fiction: From the mean streets of London to the jazz clubs and clip joints of Soho, this is a world of broken families, revenge killings, and prostitution; drugs, guns, and corruption; a world of overstretched police forces and underpaid detectives; men and women who strive nonetheless for a kind of justice; a world in which everything, even friendship, has a price.   Featuring characters like Frank Elder, who tried to turn his back on police work and failed; Jack Kiley, ex-cop and now a London-based PI; and the renowned jazz loving and much-loved Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick, John Harvey’s finely-crafted vignettes perfectly encapsulate life in the badlands of contemporary Britain.

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ADRENALINE

WHAT A PAGE TURNER!  I HAD CHILLS WHEN THE WOMAN HAVING GALL BLADDER SURGERY WAS SUPPOSED TO BE UNDER ANESTHESIA BUT WAS PARALYZED YET COMPLETELY AWAKE AS THE SCALPEL CUT INTO HER AND WAS UNABLE TO UTTER A SCREAM!  YOUR ADRENALINE WILL BE PUMPING AS YOU READ ON!  ENJOY!

HERE IS THE PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

Murder is the ultimate rush

When patients start dying unexpectedly in the O.R. at Mercy Hospital, anesthesiologist Doug Landry finds himself the focus of the blame. Is he really incompetent or is there some- thing more sinister going on? As Doug struggles to clear his name and unravel the secret of the mysterious deaths, it becomes clear that someone will stop at nothing to keep him from exposing the devastating truth. Doug becomes trapped in a grisly race against time to prevent more deaths–including his own.

From the boardroom to the recovery room to the thrilling climax in the operating room, Adrenaline is a heart-pounding, adrenaline rush of suspense, action and intrigue in an extremely realistic setting. If you like the novels of Robin Cook and Tess Gerritsen, Adrenaline will leave you breathless.

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IN THE SHADE OF THE MONKEY PUZZLE TREE

IN THE SHADE OF THE MONKEY PUZZLE TREE

AT FORTY YEARS OLD, THEO WANTS MORE THAN TO LIVE WITH HIS PARENTS AND WORK IN THEIR KAFENEIO.  THEO WANTS MORE THAN HIS SMALL TOWN LIFE AND, MOSTLY, HE WANTS A WIFE.  HE VENTURES OFF TO ATHENS WITH SOME MONEY HE HAS TAKEN FROM THE KAFENEIO SINCE HIS BABA NEVER PAID HIM A WAGE.  BUT HIS VENTURES REVEAL THAT BIG CITY LIFE IS NOT FRIENDLY OR SIMPLE OR HONEST.  HE MUST MATURE FROM HIS NAIVITY AND CHANGE HIS MORAL FABRIC TO SURVIVE IN HIS NEW WORLD.  SURVIVE HE DOES, BUT HE DOES NOT LIKE THE PERSON HE HAS BECOME AND SETS HIS SIGHTS ON MAKING HIS LIFE RIGHTIT IS A WONDERFUL TALE OF ANOTHER CHARACTER IN THE SMALL FARMING TOWN IN GREECE THAT SARA ALEXI HAS CREATED FOR US ALL TO ENJOY!

HERE IS THE PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

Mid-life brings problems. For Theo it makes him wonder if there is more to the world than the small village where he has lived all his life and, if there is, how far he needs to go to find it. The path he takes results in an unexpected journey that challenges his perception of everything he knew to be true.

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