Thrillers, Suspense & Mystery

Murder at Amapas Beach (An Amanda Pennyworth Mystery)

James Gilbert (Atmosphere Press)

| Reviewed by Bertin Drizller

Murder at Amapas Beach (An Amanda Pennyworth Mystery) by James Gilbert is a splendid meld of sleuth, crime, and mystery. Amanda Pennyworth just wanted to have a romantic moment with her boyfriend Romero Morelos on Amapas Beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. But all the fun she has planned to have is marred when Danielle Maglin, a woman who has been with Amanda and her friends on the same boat is found brutally murdered. Back in the US, things take another turn when, Terry Blanchard, one of the last people to see Danielle alive is found dead. What...

The House Always Wins: A Vegas Ghost Story

Brian Rouff (Huntington Press)

| Reviewed by James Farlow

The House Always Wins: A Vegas Ghost Story by Brian Rouff follows Anna Christiansen, a small-town girl who works for the Scandia Gazette and whose life is about to be changed in ways she never could have imagined when she falls for the person she is interviewing, a bass player in a promising band. It is not long before she finds herself moving to Las Vegas, getting married, and pregnant. She moves into a house haunted by the ghost of a racketeer in Sin City. An unscrupulous casino owner sends her a letter stating that he will be buying all the...

The Gold Rose

Jodi Lea Stewart (Progressive Rising Phoenix Press)

| Reviewed by Daniel Rhodes

The Gold Rose by Jodi Lea Stewart is a gripping tale chockful with intrigue and a story with strong and mature themes. Charlotte Hunt-Basse works for ROSE International, a secret rescue agency veiled as an international horticulture enterprise and funded by some of the wealthiest people in the world. Charlotte is stuck in dire conditions due to bad weather, and again, flashes of dangerous work she has done for the agency begin to come to mind. She has handled very dangerous cases, especially the two-year-old Pinkie and Babe.  During a vio...

The Sophocles Rule

Joseph LeValley (Bookpress Publishing)

| Reviewed by Morgan Amos

“A simple coin toss, which led to a mystery, which led to the unthinkable.'' Tony Harrington is driven down an eminent path when he searches for the origins of an unusual-looking quarter. Similar quarters begin showing up in Orney, a small Midwestern town where he lives and works for the Orney Town Crier. What he uncovers during his investigation leads to a connection with a sixty-year-old bank robbery and murder case. Two new murders, the disappearance of a teenage boy, and Harrington's boss' ex-girlfriend have him racking his brain to figure...

No Good Deed

Maggie Casteen (Bookbaby)

| Reviewed by Daniel Rhodes

No Good Deed by Maggie Casteen is the third book in Kathy Hamilton Mystery Series and a gorgeous treat for fans of sleuth and mystery. Kathy is now living her dream of becoming an investigator, working for defense lawyer Bailey Clark. Kathy is out to locate Charlie, the only credible eyewitness to a crime. Her search becomes complicated when she discovers that Charlie is being hunted by a killer. It seems as if someone is determined to stop Charlie from speaking the truth and time is running out on Kathy. Meanwhile, Dr. Hamilton wants his wife'...

Louisville Salutations

Michael David Cochran (Modification Media)

| Reviewed by Philip Zozzaro

Ambrosia “Amy” Arrington is a hot-shot lawyer for a powerhouse law firm in New York. Her workaholic lifestyle leaves little room for getting back to visit family and friends in her home state of Kentucky. Amy is called to assist her firm on a tough case, which leads to an elderly woman being evicted from her home. Amy questions her career path and who she truly represents. She takes some much-needed vacation time, traveling home to Louisville. Her father is a renowned attorney, and her mother is a blueblood socialite. Amy arrives home to d...

All Is Fair

Michael Kenneth Smith (Amazon/self)

| Reviewed by Bertin Drizller

All Is Fair by Michael Kenneth Smith follows the painful adventures of a fighter pilot, Jan Orlinski. It is 1939 and Jan is dismayed as he watches the devastation caused by the German blitzgrief. In England, he crashes into the English Channel and is captured by the Germans.  A lot is at stake for Jan and the thought of losing the love of his life drives him to stay alive. He eventually escapes the German prison. But fate doesn't favor him as he is again captured and imprisoned in Spain. When he finally gets freed, what awaits him is betra...

Jovian Son

Kim Catanzarite (Forster Publishing)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

Jovian Son by Kim Catanzarite follows They Will Be Coming for Us and it is a spellbinding conclusion to the Jovian Duology. The Jovians have nurtured the plot to take over the Earth for a long time, and the key to accomplishing that plan is Evander, Svetlana's son. Svetlana has kept him hidden for ten years, living in an obscure town in Russia, with her adopted sister, Helena. As the young boy grows stronger, more intelligent, and kind, his mother knows the Jovians will be coming for him — and they finally come. What will she do to get her son...

THE MESSAGE

Bill Harvey (The Human Effectiveness Institute)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

Rangy and sandy-haired Captain Martin Williams has been engulfed in a civil war in Afghanistan, leading a team of US Special forces to defend the civilian population. The US gets wind of the Russian Psychotronic Division and decides to create their own. Ari Mann, a wealthy technology inventor, needs to be investigated. With the Theta Force team in place, startling and terrifying discoveries come to light. But something most threatening then happens— a mysterious message is sent to all psychics around the world. Who or what is behind the me...

The 7th PreLight

Brett Mumford (Tellwell)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

The Sel is one of the seven known pre-light races, a lien race that is curious about humanity, which is why they entrust Liuani with the task of researching the Humans. Meanwhile, Liuani's friend, Rysal is working on a new technology and when Liuani discovers what it can do, she is frightened. In Sel city itself, detective Asuun investigates a murder that shows strong connections to similar murders in the past five hundred cycles. As he digs deeper into past serial crimes, he discovers that the killers had no memory of the crimes they committed...

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