Thrillers, Suspense & Mystery

Bomb Cyclone

J.A. Adams (Atmosphere Press)

| Reviewed by Matthew Novak

Bomb Cyclone by J.A. Adams features a stunningly imagined tale of international intrigue that follows two elaborately developed characters as they navigate dangerous waters in an unprecedented romance. Mykola has always been intrigued by his father's tales of how a cyclone bomb destroyed his ship that was carrying nuclear weapons and how one of the bombs got missing. Now, working as an assistant professor at an Ohio university, this son of an immigrant is still obsessed with the missing bomb and determined to find it. Meanwhile, Oksana Kov...

Better Gnomes & Gardens

Casey Cardel (Mentha Press LLC)

| Reviewed by Bertin Drizller

Better Gnomes & Gardens by Casey Cardel offers an immersive reading experience for fans of cozy mysteries and tales with strong supernatural hints. The place is called Mysty Haven, and it is filled with mysteries. Bob McLarney has just earned his degree in journalism and landed a job as a reporter for Mysty Haven Weekender. But when he — the self-styled best investigative reporter in Mysty Haven — sends his first article “Bigfoot Sightings Confirmed in Las Vegas” to the printer, he is fired. Wanting to help an elderly man find a missing gno...

The Reikel Conspiracy

Richard Rees (Independently published)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

Richard H Rees' The Reikel Conspiracy is a well-crafted tale for fans of conspiracy with sophisticated characters and a complex plot. New York Detective, Michael Callaghan, and his estranged wife, Colleen, are investigating two murders committed in New York. Across the Atlantic, they pursue one of the ruthless fraudsters to have existed, the brain behind the ''Tweed Ring,'' a man who has left New York with $200 million. Their investigation and pursuit of revenge quickly get them enmeshed in a dangerous game of deceit involving a powerful Sicili...

The Hawk Enigma

J.L. Hancock (Class Five Press)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

This unforgettable gut punch of a techno-thriller features Voodoo, a war veteran with exceptional shooting skills that commanded respect among his peers in Iraq. He is haunted by images of the war and the only respite he gets comes from his work at the military research lab in San Diego. His dreams about the future are disturbing and he has the uncanny feeling they might come to happen. In Japan, two scientists — Dr. “Taka” Hawkins and Dr. Kenzo Ichikawa — go missing. These missing scientists have been working on the ''God Algorithm'' and the t...

The Vernazza Effect

Roberta R. Carr (Roberta R. Carr)

| Reviewed by David Reyes

A twenty-nine-year-old woman who has had a great deal of struggle is offered the sole opportunity for rebirth. But will she hold onto it or be held back by old habits?The Vernazza Effect by Roberta R. Carr is a spellbinding literary fiction that follows Ella Walker, a woman who has suffered a lot of abuse at the hands of her husband and who faces many challenges at work as well. Her friend, Tara Collins, takes her on a journey to Italy, one that is supposed to take her away from her struggles and give her the opportunity to find herself. This j...

Attorney at Paw: A Chrissy the Shih Tzu Cozy Mystery

Diane Wing (Modern History Press)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

Attorney at Paw: A Chrissy the Shih Tzu Cozy Mystery by Diane Wing is a fascinating read; in turn, hilarious and heartwarming. At the time that Autumn Clarke is grieving the loss of her parents, killed in a car crash, she meets Chrissy, a Shih Tzu with extraordinary gifts. Chrissy has also experienced loss, being the sole witness to the murder of her pet parents. Autumn adopts Chrissy and together they set out to unravel clues in a murder with the help of other characters they meet along the way. This is a cozy mystery at its best, filled with...

Death by Chaos

Renaii West ( ‎ Independently published)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Mystery, murder, and relentless drama in the campus setting are among the strong elements that elevate the entertainment in Death by Chaos by Renaii West. The narrative features four beautiful, intelligent, and gifted girls who decide to become the goddesses of the liberal arts college in Southern California — Tasha, Elizabeth, Dawn, and Miranda. They seem to enjoy everything about the life they are reinventing for themselves, even having a crush on the same guy. But everything changes when a student is murdered on campus as graduation is set t...

Ms. Scarlett In The Library With The Lead Piping: A Nikki Doyle Novel

Paula J Longhurst (Ingram Spark in Association with Open Flame Press )

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

Ms. Scarlett In The Library With The Lead Piping: A Nikki Doyle Novel by Paula Longhurst is a mesmerizing novel in the Nikki Doyle mystery series. In this installment, Nikki takes a sabbatical year with the hope that the countryside will assuage her struggles and give her some respite. The trouble is that she never hoped for love to be part of the plan, never imagined she could get involved in a case of blackmail, and eventually get into the orbit of Martha McGuiness, a cop hunting a local criminal. Nikki's life is shaken in ways she never...

Thunderball: A Nikki Doyle Novel (Archimedes)

Paula J. Longhurst (Independently Published)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

In Thunderball: A Nikki Doyle Novel by Paula J. Longhurst, Nikki’s boyfriend goes missing and someone is working hard to make it look as though Gavin Lancaster is involved in the arms dealing operation he was investigating before his mysterious disappearance. Nikki can’t let that happen. Nikki is supposed to pick up Gavin at the airport. Accepting do a favor —“a very dirty term” where she grew up, meaning backhander, under-the-counter dealing, or bribe —she ends up finding herself in dire straits. Unbeknownst to her, the briefcase she carries i...

Rollover: A Nikki Doyle Novel (Archimedes)

Paula J Longhurst (Independently Published)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

Paula Longhurst’s Rollover: A Nikki Doyle Novel is a fascinating blend of suspense, mystery, and thriller, following Nikki Doyle, a lottery-winner protection agent working for the Archimedes team that protects lottery winners by providing them a new location and identity. Nikki is still dealing with the trauma of getting involved in a bank robbery just six months ago, and still has old wounds to heal when she is assigned to a new case. This time, her client is a couple, Marvin and Lydia Potts, who has just won £10 million in the lottery. Nikki’...

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