Reviews

Dying for the Past by TJ O’Connor

Dying for the Past (A Gumshoe Ghost Mystery) by Tj O'ConnorDetective Oliver Tucker was a good cop, always determined to solve the case and get justice for those who were wronged. After his death, he continued on, as a ghost, helping his partner, Bear Braddock, solve cases and protecting his wife, Angel, to the best of his ability. Angel, formally Dr. Angela Hill-Tucker, was a history professor who had sponsored a black-tie charity fundraiser, and Tuck dropped in to see how it was going. Noticing a man across the room, dressed in the style of a 1930’s gangster, Tuck became suspicious when the gangster headed in the direction of Angel’s table. As Angel danced with one of her guests, he tried to catch up to his wife, who was also dancing, but before he could, he was shot and killed. Read More »

What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace Burrowes

What a Lady Needs for Christmas (MacGregor Series) by Grace BurrowesRight before Christmas, Lady Joan finds herself in a bit of a predicament…she became intoxicated one night and fears she may now be ruined, and if anyone finds out, her good name, and that of her family, will be destroyed. She hurries to the train station, desperate to get to the house party her family was attending, but there are no seats left on the train. Fortunately, Dante Hartwell is traveling with his children and his sister, and offers Lady Joan a seat in their private car. Mr. Hartwell is in trade, so he is a less-desirable suitor than those who are titled, but Lady Joan had danced with him at one event and found him to be a decent man. Read More »

Unexpected Eden by Rhenna Morgan

Unexpected Eden by Rhenna MorganLexi Merrill is tough and street smart, working two jobs and going to school. Tending bar at night, she is unnerved to find that the smoldering hunk at the end of the bar is going to great lengths to get her attention. She thinks she has heard every possible pick-up line in this job but this guy just isn’t giving up. She later sees him again and Eryx finally convinces her to go out for breakfast. Eryx begins to tell Lexi secrets about herself that have a ring of truth. Before he can convey what he knows that makes her unique, his nemesis suddenly appears. Eryx warns Lexi that she is in danger, and he needs to take her home to ensure her safety. It feels like another line, but she soon realizes that his home is not at all what she expected. Read More »

Love Beyond Sanity by Rebecca Royce

Love Beyond Sanity (the Outsiders #2) by Rebecca RoyceCharma attempted to calm her breathing and focus her energies in order to defeat the dark forces she felt threatening their sanctuary. Her talent as a healer was enhanced by her compassion, and she wanted to help everyone she came into contact with. Her sister and friend, Marina, swept into the room, interrupting the energy flow, excited about locating another missing Outsider. Read More »

The Rake’s Handbook by Sally Orr

The Rake's Handbook: Including Field Guide by Sally OrrElinor Colton was recently re-entering society after a year’s absence mourning the death of her husband. She attended a neighborhood dance where there was a stone statue of Apollo, and someone had stuck a leaf over the offending male part. Elinor found that highly amusing, and was surprised to find that the handsome man, who entered the vestibule after her, also found it funny. She enjoyed chatting with him, and thought nothing more of their brief acquaintance, until her attorney, Henry Brown, came to her with several scandalous rumors about the new neighbor at Blackwell. Read More »

An English Ghost Story by Kim Newman

An English Ghost Story by Kim Newman The Naremore family had decided to leave London and find a beautiful spot in the country, where they would be away from the city’s influences. Parents Steven and Kirsty, and their children, Jordan and Tim, quickly rejected the first two places, but they all fell in love with the next one, called The Hollow. It was a large house, with twin towers, an apple orchard, and a moat surrounding the property. The house seemed welcoming, almost loving, and the Naremores quickly fell under its spell. Read More »

Vacant by Alex Hughes

Vacant: A Mindspace Investigations Novel by Alex HughesLife has been going pretty well for telepath and consultant to the police, Adam Ward. He and Isabella Cherabino, his work partner he has long been in love with, have been dating for four months. Vacant, book four in the superb Mindspace series, opens with the couple attending a rock concert (a very different experience for Adam, given the cacophony of minds all around him), and they leave the venue satisfied and happy. The good feelings quickly evaporate when the two come upon a very aggressive t-shirt vendor and his friend a few streets down from the arena, and a brief scuffle ensues, during which Isabella identifies herself as a police officer, and shortly thereafter she and Adam leave. Read More »

The Mussorgsky Riddle by Darin Kennedy

The Mussorgsky Riddle by Darin KennedyAfter working a disturbing and emotional missing person’s case that destroys her marriage, psychic Mira Tejedor is relieved to be asked to help with a boy who has stopped talking. Anthony Faircloth has not spoken in over a month, and doctors can find nothing wrong with him but his condition is worsening. Anthony’s mother decides that maybe Mira can help where doctors have failed. On her first meeting with Anthony, Mira finds herself actually inside Anthony’s mind, something that has never happened to her before. Read More »

Bloodwitch by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Bloodwitch (The Maeve'ra) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes Bloodwitch, the engrossing first installment in the Maeve’ra series, opens with shapeshifter Vance Ehecatl, sitting (in his quetzal form) very still for a painting being done by the vampire Lady Brina. When the artist takes a break, Vance changes back to human and does some of his chores around the greenhouse. Vance gets a big surprise when his trainer, Taro, arrives with Mistress Jeshickah, the vampire leader of the town of Midnight, and Vance’s benefactor, having taken him in as a child when he was abandoned by his parents. Feeling alternately elated and overwhelmed when coming face-to-face with the powerful woman, fourteen-year-old Vance somehow acquits himself well, and learns two things: Lady Brina had been talking about him in the marketplace, and somewhere in Midnight lives another quetzal shifter. Read More »

Proxima by Stephen Baxter

Proxima by Stephen BaxterColonization of a Red Dwarf star planet could be the answer to mankind’s search for habitable planets in the universe. The atmosphere shows it is habitable, but will humanity be able to survive long-term on such a planet? Only time will tell. But to find out requires volunteers, most of whom are not so willing. Read More »

Forged in Fire by Juliette Cross

Forged in Fire (The Vessel Trilogy) by Juliette CrossA twentieth birthday is the perfect occasion for two friends to go out on the town for dancing and raising a little hell. As Genevieve Drake will discover by night’s end, “raising a little hell” is more than a casual phrase, and in her case, will define the rest of her life. This discovery comes when she is saved by the hottest looking hunk of man she has ever seen, and watches him pull a demon out of the creepy guy who tried to kill her. Read More »

From the Ashes by Maree Anderson


Calista’s curiosity may well be the death of her. It caused her to open the crate she’s transporting — a crate containing an egg that hatches a gorgeous man with a little something extra. Asher is a Phoenixae, bred to please his Master in all things. His extra appendage would definitely come in handy in the pleasure arena.
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Murder at the Book Group by Maggie King

Murder at the Book Group (Book Group Mysteries) by Maggie KingWhat starts out to be a normal, if a bit aggravating, night at the weekly book group meeting, ends in something no one could have ever predicted. When the night’s host, Carlene, is found dead under their own noses, Hazel Rose, co-founder of the group in question, takes it upon herself to figure out what exactly happened. Was it really a suicide, or is something more nefarious afoot? Read More »

Toad Weather by Sandra Markle

Toad Weather by Sandra MarkleIt is raining outside and Ally and Grandma are home feeling sad to be stuck inside. When her Mother comes home from work, she coaxes them both outside with the promise of a surprise. When they finally arrive at their destination they encounter something neither of them ever expected. Read More »

Death Takes A Mistress by Rosemary and Larry Mild

Death Takes a Mistress by Rosemary and Larry MildWhen a young British immigrant shows up looking for work, Dan and Rivka Sherman decide she is the perfect fit for the clerk opening at the Olde Victorian Bookstore. Had they known she’d crossed the Atlantic bent on ferreting out her mother’s killer, they might not have been so eager to hire her. But since she is here… what is the harm in helping a girl out, right? Read More »

Wickedly Wonderful by Deborah Blake

Wickedly Wonderful (A Baba Yaga Novel) by Deborah BlakeDespite her blond hair and blue-eyes, Beka Yancey is a Baba Yaga– a powerful witch from Russian folklore, rumored to be an old hag who eats children and lives in a hut that moves through the woods on chicken legs. In reality, Beka is currently one of three Babas in the United States whose job entails keeping the balance in nature, guarding the doors to the Otherworld, and occasionally helping out a chosen few who know how to seek them out. Read More »

The Ghosts of Southwark by O. M. Grey

The Ghosts of Southwark: A Nickie Nick Vampire Hunter Novel (Volume 2) by O.M. GreyNickie Nick is reeling from a tragic loss. It is the worst pain she has ever felt in her seventeen years, and it has put her out of commission for a month. Her street friends stop by to check on her, but she just cannot get out of bed. Her governess, Fanny, is about at wit’s end. She finally threatens to tell Nickie’s parents that she roams the streets at night fighting vampires if Nickie will not get up and start to live again. Fanny’s own story of past loss helps Nickie realize her life is not over and she agrees to visit her friends. Read More »

The Zombies of Mesmer by O. M. Grey

The Zombies of Mesmer by Christine RoseO. M. Grey’s The Zombies of Mesmer,

Nicole Knickerbocker Hawthorn or Nickie Nick, barely makes it home on time for her Debutante ball. She’s been out with the homeless children who she considers her friends. They have nobody else to care for them so she takes it upon herself to see they are fed and warm. This would cause quite the scandal if society found out. The only one who knows is Nickie’s governess Fanny. Fanny is the one who got her the boy’s clothes that she hides behind when she goes out. Read More »

Avalon Revamped by O. M. Grey

Avalon Revamped by O.M. GreyArthur Tudor was once a king of England. Being a vampire for a few hundred years has made him a jaded individual, always looking for a way to rekindle the love he once had with Catherine but never finding it. He thought of women as things to be used and abused. Victorian England also sets the pace on how women are treated. Read More »