Book Review: The Trophy Child (Paula Daly) @RandomHouseCA

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The Trophy Child, the newest release by Paula Daly, was not your typical mystery story. Part police procedural, part psychological drama and part suspense, I devoured this one in the course of a few sittings.

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Book Review: If We Were Villains (M.L Rio) @Flatironbooks @SureAsMel

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 8.57.36 AM.png“O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!”

– Hamlet

I have a real warmth for Shakespeare; I majored in English Literature while I was in University and am an English teacher, so, I was over the moon when I discovered that this text explored a modern mystery with a Shakespearean twist.

Let me just tell you, I was floored during my reading.

I could not believe this was a debut novel. I truly cannot say enough amazing things about If We Were Villains by M.L Rio. Between the text’s originality,

Between the text’s originality, fast-paced plot, complex characters and smart dialogue, I was captivated.
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Book Review: Ragdoll (Daniel Cole) @HarperCollinsCa @eccobooks @Daniel_P_Cole

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A body is found; however, this is not a regular, run of the mill body. Instead, this body is made up of several dismembered parts, stitched together like a puppet, a puppet that the press names the “ragdoll”. Assigned to this case is Detective William Fawkes, known as the Wolf. He has a shady past and a killer instinct. As the “Ragdoll Killer” taunts the nation with a hit list of names and numerous kills, Wolf and his partner, Emily Baxter, must use all their resources to catch this killer before it’s too late.

Ragdoll, the debut by Daniel Cole (which is out TODAY in Canada) was one of my most anticipated reads for spring, and for good reason! This book was downright addicting.    I opened up to the first page and was instantly sucked into the plot. Heart-pounding, consuming and entertaining, Ragdoll had me on the edge of my seat and up late into the night.

I have been very open lately with my struggle reading police procedural novels, and I am happy to say that Ragdoll exceeded my expectations. Fast paced, intricate and complex, I never once felt as if I was reading the same old story. Ragdoll felt like a breath of fresh air in a seemingly overdone genre. A classic battle between good and evil, this one will leave you gasping.

The novel opens with a trip down memory lane, setting up the backstory for Detective Fawkes. Flash forward, Fawkes is recovering from his past indiscretions and trying to rebuild his reputation when he is assigned to the Ragdoll case.

I absolutely loved Detective Fawkes and was more than thrilled to find out that this book is the first in a series that will feature this eclectic character.  Perfect amounts witty, flawed and lethal, Fawkes is the type of character that you root for and want to fight alongside.   Told through multiple POVs, we hear not only from Fawkes but also from his partner and other members of the police force as they work to try and navigate the world of this killer. ). I did feel as if there were moments where the POV switched randomly without warning and it became slightly confusing, but overall, I was able to easily follow the story even with these choppy switches.

Entertaining until the last page, I will be eagerly awaiting the next novel in this series and to see what William Fawkes will be up to next.  And can we for a second pause and acknowledge that this is a debut…WHAT?!

5/5 stars. I’d consider it a must read.

Thanks to Harper Collins Canada, Ecco Books and Daniel Cole for a copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

#cjsreads 2017: Getting Off On Frank Sinatra (Megan Edwards) @MeganEdwards @SmithPublicity

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For our next March pick for #cjsreads, we choose to read Getting Off On Frank Sinatra by Megan Edwards.

If you missed it, I was on the blog tour yesterday and had Megan Edwards for an Author Q&A!

Keep reading for a synopsis of this book and to find out what we thought…

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Book Review: Everything but the Truth (Gillian McAllister) @GillianMAuthor @MichaelJBooks

Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 6.14.58 PMRachel and Jack, following a whirlwind romance, are expecting their first child.   When Jack is sent in email in the middle of the night, Rachel thinks nothing of clicking off the notification. She trusts Jack; he has nothing to hide from her. Until she realizes that he does.

Everything but the Truth, the debut by Gillian McAllister, was a novel I had been eagerly anticipating. Full disclosure? I harassed people for this book. I shamelessly sent e-mail after e-mail, Twitter messages, Instagram messages, I was even seconds away from throwing in the towel on my Canadian citizenship and moving to England…and it was totally and completely worth it.

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Mystery Thriller Week: Book Review- A Necessary Act (Tony Wirt) @Wirter #MTW

Can you stop a serial killer before he starts? If so, should you? How far would you go?

 In 1996, students at Lake Mills Community High School knew there was something wrong with Scott. One student, David, witnessed first hand what type of violence Scott is capable of; with the help of his best friend Matt, they set off to prove what they believe to be true. That teenage Scott is destined to be a serial killer.   Flash forward, fifteen years; Matt is back to his childhood home just as a teenage girl is found dead.  David believes it is Scott, but Scott appears to be different. Matt finds himself in the middle. As he becomes closer to the truth, the more danger he finds himself in. Can he stop the killer before he becomes the next victim?

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Blog Tour- Accused (Mark Toscano @Aria_Fiction) #Bookreview #Guestpost

Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 8.34.43 PM.pngThrilled to be today’s stop on the blog tour for Accused by Mark Toscano!

Coming at you today with a guest post from Mark Toscano himself and my review for Accused.    But first, let’s take a look at the synopsis from Goodreads:

About Accused

 A crime reporter. A strange murder. An ex-convict with a dark secret…

Onofrio Palillo receives compensation many years after wrongful imprisonment for murder. Whilst trying to arrange an interview, Fabrizio Corsaro, a crime reporter, finds Palillo dead at his home.   Investigations reveal incriminating evidence, which lead detectives to arrest Fabrizio himself for the murder. It’s left to his brother Roberto, a criminal lawyer, to save Fabrizo from the nightmare into which his life has suddenly been plunged.   With the help of deputy police prefect Domenico Fisichella, Roberto delves into Palillo’s mysterious past. They discover an old secret that puts them on the trail of the most powerful man in Sicily, Giorgio Moncada.   A complex story, full of mystery and memorable characters.

Buy Links

 Amazon: http://amzn.to/2edTZfc

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Keep reading for a Guest Post by Mark Toscano and my review of Accused!

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Book Review: Killing Kate (Alex Lake)(@alexlakeauthor @harper360)

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Kate returns from a post break-up holiday with her closest friends as news of a serial killer, dubbed the Stockton Heath Strangler, hits in her hometown; all the victims look like Kate. Reeling from his breakup with Kate, Phil is drinking more and blacking out and once he is questioned in the connection to the murders, Kate wonders if the man she had spent ten years of her life with could be a killer.

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Blog Tour:Two Days Gone (@randallsilvis @sbkslandmark) #giveaway #bookreview

Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 9.55.02 PM.pngI am thrilled to be taking part in today’s stop on the blog tour for Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis.

Not only will this post contain an excerpt and my review but also link to an awesome GIVEAWAY for your chance to win a copy of the book!

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