COUNT YOUR HEXES

WENDY MEADOWS

Wendy Meadows has authored a good, entertaining, paranormal Cozy mystery. This is a good book to enjoy. Other than the fact that the story could have been a bit longer to keep the readers guessing, I loved everything about this book. There’s humor, fun, an element of surprise.

Mimi owns an artefact and antique shop in the peaceful tourist town of Wickrock Bay, Maine, which is popular with locals and tourists alike. The gruff proprietor of the cafe right next door, Daniel George, who frequently pops in to see what Mimi has in her collections, is a good friend of hers. The man, however, tries to take action against the three Wickrock Bay residents after they somehow offend Daniel, only for him to mysteriously come up dead. Mimi is shocked over the turn of events as another friend of hers, Mrs. Judith Parson is taken for questioning. Meanwhile, she has a surprise in store for her. What is it?

Rob Thompson, the police chief of Wickrock Bay leads the investigation.However, Mimi must exercise caution as well because a product from her store was used to kill poor Daniel. Can Mimi help the police chief to flush out the real killer? Read this book to find out more.

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ECHO : THE DIALECTIC OF AGONY. VOLUME 3

KENT WAYNE

A Book Review

This is an amazing book by Kent Wayne. It’s about the trials and tribulations encountered by the protagonist, Atriya, who is a Crusader, working for the Enforcement Department, in order to survive in an oppressive regime. The story begins with a glance into the near future when humans left the earth to settle in a similar planet, Echo.

Since then, business and government have come together to form the regime, often known as the Regime. The military and the police are now combined into the Department of Enforcement. For millennia, a conflict has existed between the Regime and the rebels known as the Dissidents.

The Moon City of Ascension, a futuristic metropolis,adorned with spectacular architecture is home to society’s elite. Buildings branch and whirl like vines and trees on Ascension.

These creations would not be able to stand without the aid of a gravity-manipulating device known as the Gravity Artifice. The majority of inhabitants on Echo are employed in energy refineries and live in the six biggest cities on the planet. Crime, hardship, and despair are rampant throughout the scapes. These megalopolises are encircled by The Wastes, enormous tracts of desolate terrain. The Wastes is populated by a large number of cannibals and scavengers and represents humanity’s return to its prehistoric roots. Within the Department of Enforcement, there is a top-tier soldier-police organisation called The Crusaders. Crusaders have a linkup, a piece of cybernetic apparatus. An operator’s ability to engage in combat is significantly increased by the device that attaches to their spine. Crusaders fight their enemy while doing acrobatic manoeuvres across the battlefield, unlike conventional warriors.

A Jury member is cruelly crippled in Volume 1 by Crusader Kishchan Atriya, who practises an extreme form of Orthodoxy, Echo’s dominant religion. His mentor and master of hand-to-hand combat, Verus, heals his wounds using a magical energy she refers to as kaia. She tells Atriya that Mandala City, a purported Dissident bastion that has evaded the Regime for decades, is where she developed this skill. Atriya’s altercation with the Jury has consequences, and he must decide whether to volunteer for a Specter mission into Cityscape 4, a deadly hub of Dissident activity, or work for the man he injured and will undoubtedly try to kill.

He gets designated as the lead Crusader on a raid into Cityscape 87 before he has a chance to decide whether to accept or reject this mission. He learns shortly after the briefing on the raid that the officers in charge of the assault are actually Jury, and they have plans to kill him there. Atriya, who is now seriously hurt, accepts the mission in Cityscape 4. Atriya is weak after his narrow escape from a certain death in Cityscape 87.

I am fascinated by Atriya’s adventures in his latest mission to Cityscape 4 where he has to secure the arrest of Kali, a dissident wanted by the Enforcers.There are obstacles in his path and his own body undergoes several transformation which is incredible and fantastic. His mentor, Verus, is also on journey to reach the Mandala City on a mission. There are very interesting twists on her journey, which the readers get to enjoy as they read the story. It’s a gripping page turner that provides an insight into the near future on a planet similar to the earth, The Echo. I am very much impressed with the story. I loved the concept of the house responding to the directions of Atriya. A must read science fiction.

Loved this book. Hearty congratulations to Kent Wayne for authoring a super thrilling adventure.

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SOUTHERN CHARM SOCIETY

KELLY UTT

Book Review

Southern Charm Society by Kelly Utt is a standalone suspense thriller. I love her writing style. It’s like a breath of fresh air because of the unique combination of thrilling suspense with unexpected twists and turns and also very heart touching, as she beautifully portrays the ups and downs in a family relationship. Her focus on family makes her books more human. I especially enjoyed reading The Rosemary Run series and this book is very charming indeed.
Speaking of Southern Charm Society, I am very impressed with the way, Kelly has presented a beautiful, delicate, relationship between a mother and her estranged daughter, who also has some issues dealing with her teenage daughter. I loved it very much and almost had tears in my eyes towards the climax. This is another feather in the cap for Kelly. Very beautiful, adorable, and interesting book.


Set against the locations of Nashville and New Orleans, the story begins with Ruthie Flores who’s almost on her death bed and under a hospice care, pining to reunite with her estranged daughter, Meredith. She asks her caretaker, Dahlia , to attend the phone call and the caller is none other than her old friend, Mitch Weller, to whom she has entrusted the task of finding her daughter. Ruthie hesitates to answer him because of her internal fears. She has a dark secret that damaged her relationship with Meredith Flores, her daughter after her husband, Pete, died under mysterious circumstances, fifteen years ago.

Meanwhile, Meredith severed her ties with her mom, and settled in New Orleans with her husband Silas, and daughter, Rosemarie, with their three dogs, Alphie, Sara, and Calliope. Rosemarie surprises them with a startling news that someone has been watching them. Meredith is taken aback as she thinks that the stranger might be responsible for the blackmail threats that she received. Who’s is this stranger?


Looks like her family is in great danger because of her horrific past. What kind of secret is Meredith hiding from her family?
Will Ruthie be successful in tracing her daughter? Will Meredith ever forgive her mother? Ruthie has also kept another secret from Meredith which could affect their relationship forever. There are startling revelations that would certainly keep you engrossed. I never anticipated such a fabulous twist in the tale and Kelly has done a wonderful job of maintaining the suspense until the end. I had to force myself to get up from the chair to do my household chores.


This book is certainly different from the crime thrillers that I love to read. Highly recommend it for reading. As for Author Kelly Utt, I am a huge fan and thank her for entertaining her readers with awesome books like The Rosemary Run series, The Ithaca Falls and Hideaway Isle series.

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FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE

PATRICIA MACDONALD.

Book review

Wow! This book has awesome, fabulous, too good to be missed written all over it. Author Patricia MacDonald has written an amazing, outstanding, gripping psychological thriller that’s nearly impossible to put down. From the moment, I started reading this book, I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop reading even for a moment.

Morgan Adair, a graduate student of Hershman College in Brooklyn, arrives at Captain’s House at the seaside town of West Briar, on New York’s Long Island shoreline, to attend the christening of her best friend, Claire’s son, Drew. Claire is going through post partum depression which is getting on to Guy Holton’s ( her husband) nerves. Morgan counsels her friend and is very supportive of both Guy and Claire. The baptism is done and when they return home, they find a strange girl sitting outside the house whose sudden appearance rattles off Guy. He admits that the girl is his daughter, Eden. This is one of the first jolt that Morgan receives. She’s quite appalled to know that Guy could keep this a secret from Claire, a woman he claimed to love. He wooed her during her engagement to Sandy Raymond , a wealthy businessman. Claire breakdown and Guy is helpless.

Morgan is on her way to the airport to visit England for completing her PhD thesis on the English essayist and feminist Harriet Martineau with the assistance of Simon Edgerton, a poet and a guest lecturer at her college. Unfortunately, a frantic call from Claire, stating that she murdered her husband and newborn son, disrupts her plan. She refuses to believe that Claire could do such a crime.

The police have her recorded confession and her attorney, Noreen Quick, wants to seek PPD as the reason for her committing the crime. Morgan uncovers stunning revelations and dirty secrets which lands her into trouble. Is Claire actually innocent or the real murderer? She was discovered by her husband, bending over the baby in a bath tub. Sometimes, our vision could mislead us. Find out more about this edge of the seat thriller. Highly recommended for reading.

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THE TIPSTER

GERALD VERNER

Book review

I am running short of words to describe this book.It’s one of the most outstanding, superb, excellent, awesome, fantastic and mind blowing, fantabulous thrillers, I have ever read. I have also added another Author to my hot favorite list, Gerald Verner. Wow! He’s a sheer creative genius and a master story teller. I can’t believe that a crime thriller like this would be sooooo good that I can’t help but keep on praising it. Deserves a perfect ten for everything, the plot, characterization, the building of suspense, unexpected twists and turns, and a truly gripping story.

Set against the locality around London, the story begins with a mysterious stranger calling from a public telephone kiosk to the Newspaper office of The Daily Clarion and speaks to the News Editor, John Tully, announcing his intention to murder five people beginning with Lord Latimer, Senior Steward of the Jockey Club. The News Editor contacts the Newbury police but they ignore it, considering it a hoax. Unfortunately, the threat is executed and Lord Latimer is found dead by his butler, Masters. A freelance journalist, Gordon Cross and his wife, Vicki, jump into the fray to investigate along with the Superintendent Budd and Sergeant Leeks from the Scotland Yard with a deal for an exclusive on the story. While driving, Vicki orders Gordon to avoid hitting a person on bicycle, who’s none other than the blackmailer, Maurice Swayne. Budd, Gordon, and his wife, Vicki, learn from Masters about hearing a gunshot and whistling of a tune. Later, Maurice also turns up, playing the same tune ” β€œClair de Lune”.

The game of murders has just begun with the murderer calling himself “The Tipster”, contacting the Daily Clarion to announce his second murder. Will Superintendent Budd from the Scotland Yard and Gordon Cross stop the psychopath from killing the other four? Who are the other possible intended victims and what did they do to incur the wrath of a madman who’s genius enough to plant fake clues to avoid incriminating himself? I was almost biting my nails as the story progressed.

I highly recommend it for all the murder mystery lovers and also those who love good psychological thrillers.

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THE PERFUME KILLER

LINDA HAGAN

A book review.

I have no words to appreciate Author Linda Hagan for her edge-of-the-seat thriller. This book had me completely mesmerized with its powerful characters, fantastic narration, and completely devoid of unnecessary description. Wonderful, too good to be missed. I loved the location as well. It’s set in Belfast, in Northern Ireland.
The story begins with a character, Lucy, enjoying her outing in an amusement park in Germany with the animatronic figures that fascinates kids. There’s plenty of screams, shrieks of delight, unaware of a great tragedy. A dead pirot, is found with his throat slit and the subsequent fire tragedy takes place the next day.


Detective Chief Inspector Gawn Girvin is back home after a day’s work and goes for a jog into the Botanic Gardens adjoining University PE Centre. She’s unaware of a tragedy that’s going to strike next. Just after her exit, a murderer lays hidden in a bush, waiting for his prey, a gorgeous girl in a yellow coat but his plan is thwarted when another man turns up. The murderer kills him instead as per his MO, kill the victims and pour the perfume. Sergeant Paul Maxwell informs her of the tragedy and mentions that the murder victim was a foreign national, Dieter Weil.

DCI and her team are under tremendous pressure to solve the case before the Organized Crime unit could take over the investigation. Weiter was a criminal belonging to Schwarzer Adler gang. Is this a murder for revenge or an internal gang war? Then why leave perfume? Besides, DCI Gawn receives a mysterious package that has her visibly shaken. There are shocking revelations and unexpected twists that would keep you guessing about the identity of the killer.

This is one of the most enjoyable reads and I highly recommend it for all the mystery lovers. Great work by Ms. Linda Hagan.

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AS SICK AS OUR SECRETS

DIANE EZZARD

Book review

Author Diane Ezzard has come up with a brilliant crime thriller that had me completely fascinated. It’s so gripping and intriguing that you can’t afford to put down the book even for a minute. Awesome! The story is set in England.

Sophie Brown is a counselor and a former alcoholic who got over her problem after getting into the rehabilitation program with her friends, Joyce, Liam and Aaron. She’s attending the funeral of her client and good friend, Cassie, whose body was discovered at Townley Park in Burnley by a dog walker. Everyone suspects her abusive boyfriend, Charlie Darcy. She happens to meet Mia, one of Cassie’s friend from the salon. On her way home, she’s abducted by Charlie, who escaped from the police to prove his innocence. He shocks her with a stunning revelation on Cassie’s dirty secret. He claims that Cassie was a habitual liar and led a double life. What’s the dirty secret? Did it cost her life? She’s finding it hard to digest this revelation on her friend. She keeps her reservations on Cassie aside because Sophie has her own dirty secret.

She decides to help Charlie but some goons threaten her after vandalizing her place. Her life takes a downturn and she resumes her alcoholism. This is followed by her father Derek’s heart attack and altercation with her sister, Steph. Finally, she seeks the help of her friends Aaron, Liam, and Joyce who make her join Alcoholics Anonymous, where she meets Jack, a former handsome cop and shares a new bond with Mia. The latter wants to convey an important message to Sophie but dies in a car crash with her son, Alfie.

Something is terribly wrong. More bodies pile up as another suspect also dies. Who’s behind these questionable deaths? Can Sophie find out the truth and unmask the real culprit before it’s too late? This is an amazing thriller, full of twists and turns at the appropriate places. Hats off to the author. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and would certainly recommend it for the mystery lovers.

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GIRL IN REVERSE

LORA DRESDEN

Book review

Wow! And a double wow! Author Lora Dresden has come up with a spine chilling psychological thriller. I couldn’t take my eyes off reading for a moment. This is probably one of the best books I have read in 2022.

Twins Sadie and Madison Hunter have a horrific past. A gruesome murderer killed their parents: four stab wounds in a perfect square while they were camping in Black Creek Campground .Years later, Sadie frequently visits, Dr Sunjit Brun, a psychiatrist for her medications. Though identical twins, Sadie and Madison are completely different. Sadie is a neatness freak while Madison is messy. Sadie owns a mystery book shop called ” It’s a mystery. ” One day, a strange man visits her book shop and is found dead, exactly in the same way, as her parents died. The case had been cold for 17 years. Officer Mike Kwon, now turned Detective along with Detective Barnes is in charge of the investigation.

It turns out that the murder victim was a Former cop, Quinn Olsteen who bungled The Black Creek Campground murders, seventeen years ago. Is the killer back? Who killed Quinn and why?


There’s been another series of murder: The Foothills Killer who leaves his victims at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains until their corpses turn into skeletons or the past 15 years. Are the two series of murders interlinked? Who is the perp? Sadie receives a threatening book with the reminder of her past. Will Sadie and Madison escape from the killer ? There are so many unexpected twists and turns that it’s a perfect script for a Hollywood movie.

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THE CHARTERHOUSE OF EVIL : HAUNTING CLARISSE (BOOK 5)

BOOK REVIEW (ADVANCED REVIEW COPY)

I wish to congratulate Author Janice Tremayne for coming up with one of the most scariest, most exciting and a thrilling book of horror. Normally, I don’t get spooked easily but this book had me praying Lord Almighty’s name. Despite the scare, I loved this one. After Stephen King, I found Janice’s books scary and highly impressive. I also loved her Zack Bolder series. I appreciate her excellent narration, and a smooth transition from the past to the present without disconnecting the link.


Clarisse Garcia and Harry, the hunters of evil spirits are asked to look into the unsolved mysteries behind the deaths of a boy and a priest around fifty years ago in the New Norcia monastery of Benedictine monks, whose tales of horrors originate back to 1844 at The Santa Lucia, twenty miles from Western Australia. The monastery has a dreadful past and dirty secrets.There have been mysterious deaths of the orphans in this monastic village. Clarisse experiences a spine chilling negative vibration and Harry’s spirit tracker senses many spirits roaming in the monastery. Can Clarisse and Harry live upto their reputation as the hunters of the evil spirits or end up as victim’s themselves? The history of the monastery is super scary and very thrilling.


I would certainly give this book a five-star rating. The story is so gripping and hard to put down that I decided to only give a gist of what the book is all about. This book will be available on Amazon from 4th October, 2022 onwards. Do not miss this one if you truly love a good horror book.

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GOODBYE SKY FIELD : A DC HOLLY TOWNS MYSTERY (ADVANCED REVIEW COPY)

BOOK REVIEW

Author Anne Shillolo has penned a wonderful crime thriller that keeps the readers quite intrigued and glued to their seats. I found it very difficult to put down and practically had to drag myself out of the seat to my household chores. Awesome, fantastic, and excellent is how I would describe this book.

Detective Danny Cavallo, DCs ( Detective Constables) Holly Towns, Nathan Keele from the CIU ( Criminal Investigation Unit) under the order from Sergeant Shiela Urban and Montgomery Savoie, an officer from the Narcotics Unit are directed to take control of the massive unrest at Lakeshore Central High School, planned by the kids against the proposed closure of the school due to the drop in student enrollment. The riots escalate, and a blonde girl with a broken glass bottle tries to attack DC Holly Towns who hits her on the wrist in self-defense but the girl hurls abuses at her and immediately the pic of Holly hitting the girl, Delaney Hatch, goes viral on the social media. Suddenly, there is an explosion at the supposed Meth lab, followed by an aircraft which takes a nosedive and was supposed to land at Sky Field, Port Alma’s small airport. It crashes and is followed by another explosion.

Two teenagers, Landon Webb, and Kyle Russo, are suspected of the involvement in the Meth Lab explosion case while Holly gets into deep trouble after Delaney accuses her of hitting her on the face which is a big lie. She and her rich father, Donovan, are planning to sue the police department. Can Holly prove her innocence? Are the three cases of the drug rackets, explosion, and aircraft crash inter-related? Who’s behind the series of horror? Do you want to know what happens next? Do not forget to buy this book which will be out for purchase on 30th September, 2022. This is one of Anne’s best books. I highly recommend it for reading.

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