Blog Tour: The Beachside Flower Stall (Karen Clarke) @karenclarke123 @bookouture

Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 3.13.09 PM.pngTen years ago, Carrie Dashwood left her hometown (and never looked back!) after her best friend, Megan, and her first love, Tom, hooked up.   When her aunt calls her, needing her help to run her flower stall (Ruby’s Blooms), in the beautiful seaside town of Shipley, Carrie finds herself with quite the surprise as she is recruited to arrange flowers for a wedding, which happen to be the nuptials of Megan and Tom! Can Carrie keep her cool and find her own happily ever after?

Heartfelt and hilarious, The Beachside Flower Stall by Karen Clarke was the exact read I needed to get into a “spring” mood and break out of my, seemingly never-ending, reading slump.   This book had me laughing out loud and rooting for the underdog.

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Book Review: The Barataria Key (J.M Richardson) @JMRichardson1

Screen Shot 2017-02-27 at 7.39.10 PM.pngThe Barataria Key, a historical-esque action thriller by J.M Richardson follows James Beauregard, a professor of history, as he finds himself in the center of a conspiracy after discovering an artifact over two hundred years old. Supposedly written by a pirate, Jean Lafitte and addressed to his son discussing an important relic that must never fall into the wrong hands. As James, along with his friend and colleague Tim, try to hunt down this relic, they find themselves in great danger as they become tangled in a secret society that has been on the hunt for something to change the course of time.

Sort of a mix between National Treasure, The DaVinci Code and an Indiana Jones movie, this one combined smart dialogue, historical mystery and action packed pages to leave me flipping them faster than I could read.   It is so hard to categorize this novel as it brought so many layers to the plot. History, action, a love story, secret societies, a bit from the paranormal; this one truly has something for every reader.

What I Liked:

Historical Content:   I am a huge history buff so I loved the content of this story, and once I did a little research, I realized the story is actually based off of a true Louisiana legend.

 Characters: I loved the dynamic between the characters in this one. From the “bromance” between Tim and James (with Tim providing much comic relief in the story) to the relationship between the conspirators

 Scenery:   I’ve never been to New Orleans, but let me tell you, Richardson made me want to drop everything and go. Filled with vivid descriptions and colourful language, the city came alive within these pages.

 What I Struggled With:

 Redundancy: My only complaint was how many times James and Tim escaped their captors; it was full of narrow escapes. I felt like that space could have been filled developing the story more or used for something different.   This was just my personal preference of course!

Overall, I really enjoyed The Barataria Key and will be looking for more work by this author. I firmly believe that fans of Dan Brown and Jeffery Archer would devour this novel. I gave it a 4/5 stars!

Thanks to the author for providing my copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.







Book Review: Method 15/33 (Shannon Kirk) @ShannonCKirk @oceanviewpub

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Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk came highly recommended by my good friend Janel at Keeper of Pages. She kept insisting that this fast-paced, intense thriller would be the book to kick me out of the book slump I had been experiencing. She was right!

I read Method 15/33 easily within a couple of hours; at 226 pages, it was the perfect book to curl up with for an afternoon and become completely sucked in.

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Book Review: Kill the Father (Sandrone Dazieri) @sandronedazieri @ScribnerBooks

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Kill the Father, the new release by Sandrone Dazieri, is a complex and thrilling murder mystery that will take you on quite the ride.   Fast paced plot, dynamic characters, and intelligent writing had me reading late into the night. I couldn’t put this one down.

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Book Review: Fatal (John Lescroart) w/ Author Q&A @johnlescroart @AtriaMysteryBus

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Coming at you today with an exciting feature; not only did I get a chance to read and review Fatal by John Lescroart, but I also had the opportunity to have a conversation with author John Lescroart about his upcoming novel Fatal, and about life in general!    So excited to welcome him to Clues and Reviews today!

First, let’s talk about Fatal!

Kate is happily married; she loves her husband. But when she meets Peter at a dinner party, she cannot get him out of her head. After a night of passion, she vows that it will never happen again.   Six months later, after tragedy strikes, Peter winds up dead and soon, the police are left to untangle a web of deceit.

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Book Review: The Bird Eater (Ania Ahlborn)

Screen Shot 2017-01-05 at 7.10.26 AM.pngTwenty years ago, Aaron’s aunt, his main caregiver, passed away unexpectedly in her home (known as Holbrook House), leaving him alone. After his seven-year-old son passes away in an accident, he finds himself back to her home in Arkansas as he tries to deal with his own grief and his addictions.   Once he arrives back home, he hears stories and rumors of what has been happening at Holbrook House.   Aaron doesn’t believe in the paranormal but begins to change his tune when he begins to see a strange boy everywhere he goes.   As Aaron becomes more paranoid, begins experiencing visions and having strange dreams, whatever is happening at Holbrook House seems to be getting stronger….will Aaron be able to fight his own demons to stay alive or will what is happening in Holbrook House consume him?

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Book Review: The Butterfly Garden (Dot Hutchison)

Screen Shot 2017-01-03 at 6.54.53 AM.pngIn a beautiful garden, luscious flowers grow and a man, known as the Gardener, tends to his precious “butterflies”; young women who have been kidnapped and tattooed to display intricate and exotic wings.   These women are captured and preserved by the Gardner until their twenty-first birthday when they are “preserved” for the Gardener to enjoy forever. After the garden is discovered, a survivor, known as Maya, is brought in for questioning. As she explains the Butterfly Garden, detectives are forced to hear the horrors and to question her involvement….what could Maya be hiding?

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Book Review: Her Every Fear (Peter Swanson)

Screen Shot 2017-01-02 at 7.57.07 AM.pngKate, reeling from a complicated past, decides to get away from her life and move across the ocean to participate in a house swap with her cousin, Corbin. He has a new job in London and she has never been to America; it seems like the perfect fit.   Upon her arrival to Boston, Kate is shocked to find out that the neighbor next to Corbin’s apartment, Audrey Marshall, has been brutally murdered. When the police question Kate about her cousin and the relationship to Audrey, she is unable to give them many answers but begins her own investigation into the murder. As she digs deeper and deeper into the investigation, she begins to see maybe she is in danger and when the danger Kate imagines isn’t as twisted or deadly as what is about to happen, her every fear becomes very real…
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