Thursday, December 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Author: Agatha Christie
First published in 1939 by Collins Crime Club

First, there were ten; a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal; and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

I commented in a recent review that this has been a so-so year for me when it comes to mysteries.  So, who do you turn to when you want a good mystery?  The queen of mysteries herself, Agatha Christie.  I know that I read And Then There Were None a long time ago, but I couldn't remember the exact ending.  I also know that the ending in the 1945 movie was very different from the book. I read that Ms.Christie admits that this was the hardest book to write out of all of her books. Given the complexity of the plot, I could understand why she would say that.

I enjoyed this re-read.  The characters were interesting enough to keep my attention.  Despite having 10 people to keep track of, it was a relatively easy book to keep straight.  I loved how the author got into the heads of each character so you could feel the fear and doubt they felt as each person dies.  The plot is pretty straight forward, but one that I had a hard time figuring out how it worked until the "confession letter".  Then it made a lot of sense.  10 people on an island and all 10 die.  How was it done?  Read it to find out!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cover Reveal: Asa by Jay Crownover

We are so excited about the cover reveal for Jay Crownover's ASA! ASA is the sixth and final book in Jay's Marked Men Series, published by HarperCollins. Check out the hot cover and don't forget to pre-order your copy today!

About ASA: Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one stunning arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best. Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak. A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.

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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point that started with BETTER WHEN HE's BAD and is currently working on her newest series The Saint of Denver. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.   

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Don't Try to Find Me by Holly Brown

by:  Holly Brown
published by:  William Morrow
publish date:  July 8, 2014

Don't try to find me. Though the message on the kitchen white board is written in Marley's hand, her mother Rachel knows there has to be some other explanation. Marley would never run away.

As the days pass and it sinks in that the impossible has occurred, Rachel and her husband Paul are informed that the police have "limited resources." If they want their 14-year-old daughter back, they will have to find her themselves. Desperation becomes determination when Paul turns to Facebook and Twitter, and launches

But Marley isn't the only one with secrets.

When Rachel finds her daughter's message on the white board saying "Don't try to find me", it's a mother's worst nightmare.  Did she write it herself, willingly?  Was she forced to?  Her husband becomes obsessed with trying to find their daughter.  He turns to social media engaging the public looking for clues as to where she might have gone.  Though Rachel has her own secrets that she doesn't want aired and she becomes more and more reclusive which makes everyone around her more and more suspicious.

This book was a really interesting look at the role that social media plays in our lives.  It was interesting to see how children are manipulated by strangers online.  It was interesting to see how the father in turn manipulated the media and social media to get what he wanted.  

Kari reviewed this book back in July for a Blog Tour.  Her feelings were similar to my own.  I would definitely recommend this book.  The audiobook was well read, I would recommend it as well.  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Blog Tour: The Kill List by Nichole Christoff

Author: Nichole Christoff
Publisher: Random House Alibi
Date of publication; December 2014

As a top private eye turned security specialist, Jamie Sinclair has worked hard to put her broken marriage behind her. But when her lying, cheating ex-husband, army colonel Tim Thorp, calls with the news that his three-year-old daughter has been kidnapped, he begs Jamie to come find her. For the sake of the child, Jamie knows she can’t refuse. Now, despite the past, she’ll do everything in her power to bring little Brooke Thorp home alive.

Soon Jamie is back at Fort Leeds—the army base in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens where she grew up, the only child of a two-star general—chasing down leads and forging an uneasy alliance with the stern military police commander and the exacting FBI agent working Brooke’s case. But because Jamie’s father is now a U.S. senator, her recent run-in with a disturbed stalker is all over the news, and when she starts receiving gruesome threats echoing the stalker’s last words, she can’t shake the feeling that her investigation may be about more than a missing girl—and that someone very powerful is hiding something very significant . . . and very sinister.

I'll admit, this year has not been a great year for me as far as books go.  Especially in the mystery genre.  But, I am happy to say that The Kill List is an exception.  I really enjoyed this book and found myself not wanting to put it down.  I thought the plot was well planned out with reveals at jsut the right time.  It definitely kept me guessing with a couple of twists.

I loved the main character, Jamie.  She is a PI/security expert for hire.  She is independent, tough and just what I look for in a strong female lead.  She isn't without her demons though. Still looking for approval from her father, she knows she cannot fail at finding her ex-husband's missing daughter.  On top of that, she has a psycho murderer looking for her.  There is a little hint of a romance with a sexy military man, but that part doesn't overshadow the mystery.  I considered it a nice addition.

Alibi has a great debut author on their hands.  I see bright things for Ms. Christoff.  I look forward to the next book featuring Jamie, The Kill Shot, coming out next year!

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About the author:

Nichole Christoff is a writer, broadcaster, and military spouse who has worked on air and behind the scenes producing and promoting content for radio, television news, and the public relations industry across the United States and Canada. Christoff is a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime and the Jane Austen Society of North America. She also belongs to the Private Eye Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and three of RWA’s local chapters where she’s served as an officer and a member of the board. In Christoff’s first year as a member of RWA, her first manuscript won the Golden Heart for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements. Her second manuscript won a 2011 Helen McCloy Scholarship from the Mystery Writers of America. Her latest work, The Kill List, is a 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense nominee.

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Nichole Christoff’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, November 25th: The Book Binder’s Daughter
Friday, November 28th: Nightly Reading
Monday, December 1st: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Tuesday, December 2nd: Bell, Book & Candle
Wednesday, December 3rd: Omnimystery News – guest post
Thursday, December 4th: CiCi’s Theories
Friday, December 5th: Reading to Distraction
Monday, December 8th: Read and Shelved
Tuesday, December 9th: Mom in Love with Fiction
Wednesday, December 10th: Book Nerd
Thursday, December 11th: Back Porchervations
Monday, December 15th: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, December 16th: Booked on a Feeling
Wednesday, December 17th: A Fantastical Librarian
Friday, December 19th: Tales of a Book Addict

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Far Gone by Laura Griffin

Author: Laura Griffin
Publisher: Gallery Books
Date of publication. April 2014

To save her only brother, Andrea Finch must face down a criminal mastermind, the FBI, and her own demons in this thrilling novel from the author of the bestselling Tracers series.

Police detective Andrea Finch is a rising star in her department until a split-second decision derails her career. Disgraced and disillusioned, she's on leave from her job when she gets an urgent call from her younger brother. She'd prefer to ignore his latest plea for cash, but this time instinct tells her something is very wrong. Andrea's search for answers takes her to a dusty Texas border town where danger lurks in plain sight and nothing is quite what it seems.

FBI agent Jon North is working undercover in west Texas investigating an unsolved murder that may be linked to a broader plot. But when the evidence points to Andrea's brother, Jon finds that persuading the stubborn cop to help will be harder than cracking his toughest case.

Andrea must find a way to do what's right while protecting her only sibling. As the clock ticks down on a deadly plot, Andrea and Jon race to confront a heartless killer who will stop at nothing to deliver a final, terrifying message.

As I was listening to this book, I kept asking myself why I had I never read anything by this author before.  You all know I am a fan of romantic suspense books, so it is a wonder that I have only just discovered this author recently. I really enjoyed this story.  I thought it was the perfect mix of suspense and romance.

The mystery was solid.  I  liked that it kept me guessing and was surprised at the end.  I loved Andrea and Jon together.  They were both strong independent characters and were well matched.  I do love a strong female lead and Andrea fit the bill. I loved her independence and that she didn't need to be rescued.  Their attraction and chemistry was instant.  Their banter had me laughing more than once.

I definitely recommend this one.  I am going to be seeking out her "Tracers" series. I hear it is a good one.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Joint Review: Revival by Stephen King

Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Date of publication: November 2014

In a small New England town, in the early 60s, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs Jacobs; the women and girls – including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister – feel the same about Reverend Jacobs. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond, based on their fascination with simple experiments in electricity.

Then tragedy strikes the Jacobs family; the preacher curses God, mocking all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. In his mid-thirties, he is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate, he sees Jacobs again – a showman on stage, creating dazzling ‘portraits in lightning’ – and their meeting has profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings. Because for every cure there is a price…

I have had a while to think about this book and days later, I am still disappointed. I was looking forward to reading the book that was supposed to be his return to horror.  Really?  There was nothing scary about this book. Even the last 10% which is supposed to be super scary was kind of meh.  I felt like the book was more of a story about the odd relationship between two men over a number of years.  Yes, there was some freaky stuff going on with the electricity and healing, but it really wasn't enough to get me excited about the book.  Honestly, the only thing that made me finish it was the narrator of the audio book.  Actor David Morse has the most soothing voice. It really relaxed me.  

I used to be a big Stephen King fan in the 80s & 90s.  His straight horror and even his psychological horror books have always given me chills and freaked me out. I don't even usually mind the length of his books. The Stand is one of my favorites by him and that book is long!.  I will admit that it has been a while since I read one of his books. I was hoping this book would be that one to rope me back in to reading his stuff. I'm not sure it did the trick. I really hope that Mr. King gets back to his old days.  I miss the scares and gore of Pet Cemetery or the mind games from Misery.  Where is the King that I used to love?

I agree with Kari about this book.  I kept waiting for this super scary thing to happen and I waited and waited and waited.  It wasn't really a horror novel.  It seemed more like a literary novel and about the dangers of playing with electricity, rather than a true horror novel.  

I feel like King's writing has changed since his accident.  It's not the same kind scary stuff we were used with the earlier writing.  It seems a lot angrier now.  A lot of his writing now deals with physical pain and addiction.  That does seem like a valid sort of thing to write about after what he went through, but if you want the old King, this newer stuff just doesn't cut it.  

Friday, December 12, 2014

Blog Tour: The Wanderer's Children by L. G. O’Connor

We are excited to host author L. G. O'Connor today with an interview.  She is promoting her new book The Wanderer's Children.  Welcome!

Publisher: Collins-Young Publishing, LLC
Date of publication: December 16, 2014

A thrilling follow-up to debut novel, Trinity Stones,The Wanderer’s Children continues the story taking us deeper into the depth of destiny and the impact of our free will on the forces that sway our fate, and the most powerful force of all—love.

The Wanderer’s mission three decades ago: secretly sire children to hide his bloodline, and protect them until their destinies can unite in the final battle between good and evil. That time has come… 

Cara Collins, the First of the Holy Twelve, longs for one last peaceful weekend with her bridesmaids as she plans her wedding to Simon Young, her former Trinity Guardian, before duty calls with the Angelorum to gather the Twelve and prepare them for battle. Life, as she knew it, has changed; weird is Cara’s new normal. Her newly acquired Nephilim DNA is wreaking havoc on her and those closest to her as her body transforms into Amazonian proportions and an overabundance of pheromones threatens to land her in hot water with Simon—not to mention a sudden suspicious outbreak of “insta-love” among her friends.

Michael Swift, Cara’s Trinity Messenger, has spent months running from his attraction to Cara’s brazen best friend Sienna, the only woman who has ever skirted his considerable defenses. But if he wants a future with her, he must confront his tormented past head on, or risk losing her and destroying the future of the Angelorum.

As dark forces and outside threats gather, Cara has more to worry about than fitting into her wedding dress and playing Cupid to her friends. A second encounter with rocker Brett King shows Cara once again that there are no coincidences. One of the Wanderer’s children, Brett and his secret siblings are the key to gathering the rest of the Twelve.

When the newly forming team finally comes together, an unexpected revelation shakes them to their core. They must all look deeper into their souls as new secrets come to light to discover what’s really at stake in the final battle between good and evil…if betrayal and Lucifer don’t rip them apart first.

My thoughts:

The Wanderer's Children is the second in The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles.  I would recommend reading the first on, The Trinity Stones before this one.  Or at least read over the handy guide in the front of the book to familiarize yourself with this wonderful world of good and evil that the author has set up.  I enjoyed this one as much as the first.  There is a lot going on in the book, so I won't rehash it and spoil things.  Let's just say it sucked me right in until the end.  Despite its length, the book goes rather quickly. I definitely recommend this series and look forward to the next one!

Kari& Autumn: What inspired you to become a writer?

L. G. : Believe it or not, being a reader. From the moment I captured the first word of my story, it was my goal to write something that I wanted to read. Trust me, this took a lot of people that I knew by surprise. Becoming a writer wasn’t even remotely on my radar. It’s not something I chose, rather, it’s something that chose me. In 2009, after an incredibly stressful career decision, I took a course at New York University’s School of Professional and Continuing Ed on how to “jump start a novel” and off I went.

Kari& Autumn: Where do you come up with the ideas for your books?

L. G. : When I started writing, I was reading a steady diet of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. As much as I liked the vampire themes, I’m much more of an “angel” kind of girl, preferring beta heroes over alphas with less blood and a lower body count. There are elements woven into the series that have personal meaning for me, and fantasy provides a good platform to showcase them.

Kari& Autumn: What exciting projects are waiting in the wings?

L. G. : I can barely contain myself on this question *rubs hands together gleefully* I shifted my series prequel novella Hope’s Prelude to come out after Wanderer’s Children due to some changes in the storyline. I’m finishing that for a March/April 2015 launch. I have already over one hundred pages for Book 3, Book of Four Rings, but I’m holding myself back or else I’ll get totally sucked in and throw off my entire production schedule. I’m super excited about the next book which has more surprises and a pace that I hope will give you whiplash as we barrel toward the final battle.

And for something completely different, I just signed with an agent for my Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction series (new adult crossover).

Kari& Autumn: Who is your favorite literary character and why?

L. G. : I have a new favorite! Blame it on STARZ, but my new all-time favorite literary figure has just become Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. He’s the perfect blend of a romantic hero for me with charisma, intelligence, honor, a romantic heart, and a smokin’ hot bod.

Kari& Autumn: Just for fun, if you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

L. G. : I’d be a whippet like my dogs Chloe and Nevada. Why? Because they have the best lives ever!

About the author:

L.G. O’Connor is a member of the Romance Writers of America. A corporate strategy and marketing executive for a Fortune 250 company, she writes adult urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. She is currently working on the third book in the Angelorum Twelve Chronicles, Book of Four Rings, for publication in 2015. In addition, she is writing an adult contemporary romance series. L.G. lives a life of adventure, navigating her way through dog toys and soccer balls and loaning herself out for the occasional decorating project. When she’s feeling particularly brave, she enters the kitchen . . .
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L. G. O’Connor’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, December 1st: The Lovely Books – author guest post
Tuesday, December 2nd: Mom in Love with Fiction
Wednesday, December 3rd: Diane’s Book Blog – author interview
Thursday, December 4th: The Book’s Buzz – Trinity Stones review
Monday, December 8th: Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, December 9th: Reading Reality
Wednesday, December 10th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Thursday, December 11th: Benni’s Bookbiters - author guest post
Thursday, December 11th: Ladybug Literature
Friday, December 12th: From the TBR Pile – review and Q&A
Monday, December 15th: Shelf of Imagination – author guest post
Tuesday, December 16th: girlichef
Wednesday, December 17th: Saints and Sinners Books
Thursday, December 18th: A Night’s Dream of Books
Thursday, December 18th: Kimber Leigh Writes – author guest post
Monday, December 22nd: Shelf of Imagination
Tuesday, December 23rd: Buried Under Books – author guest post

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday: A Cold Dark Place by Gregg Olsen

Author: Gregg Olson
First published in 2008 by Pinnacle

The Seeds Of Evil...
In a secluded farm house in the Pacific Northwest, a family has been slaughtered--and a teenage son has disappeared. Single mother and cop, Emily Kenyon spearheads a dark hunt for a killer. But Emily's teenage daughter Jenna is one step ahead of her...
Are Planted In...
Jenna knows the boy suspected of murdering his family and wants to help him--perhaps too much. Then within days of the first murder, another family is butchered, this time in Iowa. And on the heels of this brutal slaying, another follows in Salt Lake City. Eerie similarities link the crime scenes. But an even darker connection threatens to claim even more victims... 
A Cold Dark Place
As Emily fits the puzzle pieces together, she realizes the danger surrounding her daughter is worse than she'd imagined. Now in a desperate race to save Jenna, Emily must match wits with the most cunning, diabolical killer she's faced yet in her career--a killer who's just placed her and her daughter at the top of his list...

I almost gave up on this book.  I thought the first half was incredibly dull.  The plot seemed to be kind of random.  The story goes between now, before the tornado, and 21 years before.  I'm not sure I liked that format for this book. But then the story started to come together and I found myself wanting to stick with it.  I was pretty sure I had it worked out in my head as to what was going on, but then the author threw in a nice twist that I wasn't expecting.  

In all the mystery was pretty good. Once the pieces start coming together, things make more sense.  I liked the characters for the most part, but I had a hard time with a few things. Jenna's dead was an idiot.  Your daughter shows up at your house after being missing for days and you don't turn her and her companion in to the police to sort things out?  Instead you let her go to the library.  I found that plot point hard to swallow.  I was also not a fan of all of the pop culture references.  It really dated the book.  

I haven't read anything else by this author.  I see that he used to write true crime novels.  I definitely got that feel when I read this book.  I would recommend it, if you can stick with it through the first half, the ending is worth it.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Book Spotlight: Blamed by Edie Harris

Author: Edie Harris
Publisher: Harlequin Carina Press
Date of publication: November 2014

Born into a long line of spies, sanctioned killers and covert weapons developers, Beth Faraday carried out her first hit-for-hire when she was still a teenager.

That part of her life—the American spy royalty part—ended one year ago, with a job gone wrong in Afghanistan. The collateral damage she caused with a single shot was unfathomable and, for Beth, unforgiveable. She’s worked hard to build a new life for herself, far away from the family business. But someone, somewhere, hasn’t forgotten what Beth did in Kabul. And they want revenge.

As the Faraday clan bands together to defend Beth and protect their legacy, Beth is forced to flee her new home with the unlikeliest of allies—MI6 agent Raleigh Vick, the only man she’s ever loved. And the one she thought she’d killed in the desert.

Book Excerpt:

The blood in her mouth tasted like hot pennies.
Flinching as a secondary arterial spray lashed her face, she kept her fingers clenched in her tormenter’s hair, holding his head aloft for the slice of the blade she’d stolen from his toolkit when his back was turned.
That mistake had just cost him his life.
Her stomach lurched, and she shoved the dead man away, wishing he’d deafened her when he boxed her ears on the second—third?—day, so she couldn’t hear the back of his skull hit the concrete floor with a sickening thwack. Her hand shook, the knife threatening to slip from her mangled fingers, but once it fell, she knew she wouldn’t be able to pick it back up, and she couldn’t afford to be weaponless. Injured knuckles white around the slick rubber grip, she staggered back until her shoulders hit the far wall of her prison.
Her torture chamber.
The blood cooling on her face ratcheted her panic up a notch. Every breath was pure agony, broken ribs prodding like iron pokers against her lungs. Every square inch of skin on her back burned like hellfire. Her body was one giant bruise, her mind a tangled mess. Tears spilled down her cheeks, wet and warm—and silent.
She’d not made a sound when she slit her captor’s throat. Her family would be so proud.
The thought made her tears fall faster. A longing for home and the Queen Anne Victorian in which she’d grown up, the same longing she had buried deep for the past year, threatened to bring her to her knees, but no. No. It was just like the knife—if she fell, she’d never get back up, and eventually, someone was going to come looking for the man she had killed.
John. He’d told her his name was John, but surely that was a lie. Monsters never told the truth.
Swallowing her nausea, she stumbled toward John’s crumpled body. The thick pool of blood was unavoidable, though she shuddered when red seeped between her bare toes. Dizziness swamped her when she dropped into a crouch, the hand not holding the blade searching the pockets of John’s cargos for his key card.
Her victory upon locating the card was short-lived when she remembered what came next.
Each time John had “visited” her, it had become harder and harder to stay conscious. Everything in her hurt as she’d never hurt before. The temptation to let her eyes slide shut forever had been so strong, John singing soothingly while he disinfected his tools from their session.
Lullabies. He sang her lullabies. Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree top….
She had always remained awake long enough to watch him leave, knowing he’d be back to resume her torture. The key card was merely half the equation when it came to unlocking the door. John’s fingerprint was the other.
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock….
Dragging John’s body to the scanner mounted next to the door was not an option, not in her weakened state. Her gaze caught on his limp hand, and a tremor wracked her. There was no choice. Flattening his palm against the bloody floor, she lowered the knife.
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall….
She couldn’t help it—she vomited. But when her retching ceased, she gingerly picked up the severed finger and rose from her crouch. She almost didn’t feel the wetness underfoot anymore, which meant blessed numbness had nearly arrived. Key card first, then the bloody print on the scanner’s screen, and she held her breath.
And down will come baby, cradle and
The near-silent snick of the steel door unlatching shook John’s voice from her head. Freedom. Oh, God, freedom from this hellhole was so close, so amazingly close she was dizzy with it.
Her tears fell harder. Fuck. Why couldn’t she stop crying?
With a soft whirring noise, the door slid open, and a bunker-style hallway cast in eerie greenish light was revealed. She was underground, as suspected. A memory flashed, of John using a medical scalpel to dig the GPS tracker out from behind her ear. There had been nothing clinical or precise in how he’d wielded that blade.
Can’t have them finding you before we’re done here, little girl.
She didn’t bother looking back at his lifeless form as she eased through the door, still clutching his finger and key card. They might still prove useful in helping her escape this prison; John would not.
Adjusting her grip on the knife, she crept down the hall, ignoring the black spots clouding her vision and the vicious pounding of her head. It felt as though her brain were trying to punch its way through her skull, and she simply didn’t have time for that nonsense, because someone was watching her. Her hazy thoughts pictured the camera mounted in the corner of her cell, its little red dot blinking, always blinking. Someone would know what she’d done to John, and she refused to wait for retaliation to find her.
Run now. Collapse later.
The concrete was cold beneath her sticky, blood-soaked feet, with a chill that crept up her ankles, her calves, making her knees knock together. She was so tired. It had been at least a day since John had given her anything to drink, and he’d never provided food. As she slowly made her way down the empty corridor, her senses began to fail her, the muted buzz in her ears blocking out the faint echo of her rasping breaths. Her adrenaline rush from the kill was over.
Perhaps…perhaps she wouldn’t make it out of here, after all.
A loud sob escaped against her will.
The sounds of footsteps, heavy and booted, broke through the encroaching deafness, and then there he stood in front of her, limned in the faint glow of the bunker lights, a tall man with ice for eyes and a nasty-looking gun.
She blinked at him through her tears, her relief short-lived as a wave of bitterness
sweeping through her battered body as she saw where, precisely, that gun was aimed. Her voice cracked, breaking low and hoarse when she spoke. “Shot through the heart, and you’re to blame.”
She hummed the rest.
You give love a bad name.

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About the author:

 Edie Harris studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and Grinnell College. She fills her days with writing and editing contract proposals, but her nights belong to the world of romance fiction. Edie lives and works in Chicago and is represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.

Her latest book is the romantic suspense/espionage, Blamed.
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blog Tour: Woman with a Gun by Phillip Margolin

Author: Phillip Margolin
Publisher: Harper
Date of publication: December 2014

This compelling thriller, from New York Timesbestseller Phillip Margolin, centers on an intriguing photograph that may contain long-hidden answers to the mystery of a millionaire’s murder.

At a retrospective on the work of acclaimed photographer Kathy Moran, aspiring novelist Stacey Kim is fascinated by the exhibition’s centerpiece: the famous Woman with a Gun, which launched the artist’s career. Shot from behind, the enigmatic black-and-white image depicts a woman in a wedding dress standing on the shore at night, facing the sea. But this is no serene, romantic portrait. In her right hand, which is hidden behind her back, she holds a six-shooter.

The picture captures Stacey’s imagination and raises a host of compelling questions:Who is this woman? Is this a photograph of her on her wedding day? Does she plan to kill herself or someone else? Obsessed with finding answers, she soon discovers the identity of the woman: a suspect in a ten-year-old murder investigation. Convinced that proof of the woman’s guilt, or innocence, is somehow connected to the photograph, Stacey embarks on a relentless investigation.

Drawn deeper into the case, Stacey finds that everyone involved has a different opinion of the woman’s culpability. But the one person who may know the whole story—Kathy Moran—isn’t talking. Stacey must find a way to get to the reclusive photographer, and get her to talk, or the truth about what happened that day will stay forever hidden in the shadows.

I think that once again I am going to be in the minority in how I feel about this book.  Woman with a Gun has gotten rave reviews, but it was just an OK read for me.  I didn't find the story to be a compelling thriller. It was more of a plot driven mystery that just kind of plodded along until the solution was revealed.  I also had the killer figured out way before the end, I just didn't know the why.   To me, the author made it pretty obvious into which direction he was going right from the start.  I didn't think there were any big twists that made me gasp with surprise.

I'm not saying the book was bad.  I did like it for the most part and the writing was solid. It just didn't wow me. I liked the varying points of view.  The characters were interesting and helped keep my attention. I also liked the way the time changes in the story laid out the plot for the reader. The premise of basing a fiction novel on a painting was an interesting one.  I think fans of true crime and straight crime fiction will enjoy this one.  So give it a shot and see if you can solve the mystery.

About Phillip Margolin

Phillip Margolin has written eighteen novels, many of themNew York Times bestsellers, including the recent Worthy Brown’s DaughterSleight of Hand, and the Washington Trilogy. Each displays a unique, compelling insider’s view of criminal behavior, which comes from his long background as a criminal defense attorney who has handled thirty murder cases. Winner of the Distinguished Northwest Writer Award, he lives in Portland, Oregon.

Find out more about Phillip at his website, and connect with him on Facebook.

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