Book Reviews: Stormy Day Mystery Series

Death of a Dapper SnowmanDeath of a Dapper Snowman by Angela Pepper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great fun cozy mystery

I really loved getting to know Stormy Day and her family. This is the first of a series of books. Angel Pepper made her character fun, witty and very smart. She has a great way with the people in the community and the local cats. Jeffrey Blue was certainly a favorite in this book. He was perfectly wonderful.

Stormy bought an investment home that she shares one side with a new lawyer in town. His name is Logan Sanderson. She is new to the Landlord role and so it sometimes makes her stressed. She shares her side of the house with her friend Jessica. She is funny in the way she handles money with Jessica. As I said this book has a lot of humor.

I am very fortunate that I am being provided a copy of this book in order to read and review. I can’t wait to read more of this series.

Death of a Crafty KnitterDeath of a Crafty Knitter by Angela Pepper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stormy Day is a great character

In book 2, I love her investigative skills that are getting better each time she stumbles onto a dead body. She is clever and has a wonderful relationship with her cat, Jeffery blue. That cat has a very cute personality and makes the book even more enjoyable.

She is living next door to Logan the lawyer from the first book and although they are drawn to each other they have not moved beyond the landlord tenant relationship. There are some emotions that come through, but they have not really expanded on them.

Mr.Finnegan Day is featured in this story and as a former policeman in the city he still has a few connections. Those seem to come in handy as Stormy and her dad look into this murder. It is a fun cozy mystery and I plan on continuing to read the series that Angela Pepper has provided me in return for an honest review.

Death of a Batty GeniusDeath of a Batty Genius by Angela Pepper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The whole crew hits the road

I was so happy to receive this third book featuring Stormy Day. She is a great character. Stormy is studying to become a licensed Private Detective and lives with her best friend Jessica. She rents one side of her duplex to Logan Sanderson. Logan after much waiting asks Stormy out and none other than Christopher, Stormy’s ex-fiance crashes their date. That was a real mess of a first date.

Christopher invites Stormy and Jessica to join him at his cousin’s spa for the weekend. They head up and head into the craziest bunch of happenstances imaginable. There are so many unforeseen events that occur that make the story hilarious as well as interesting. Unexpected visitors arrive and wreak havoc on the quiet spa.

There is the discovery of a dead body and Stormy starts to shine as she works to piece together what exactly could have happened. With suspects around her she pulls together scenario after scenario of what caused the death. The whole time you are immersed in the strange behaviors of the people staying at the spa. There have never been a more mysterious crew.

I laughed at the antics of these guests. They kept me guessing with their thin confessions and alibis. Stormy, Christopher and Jessica work together to unravel this mystery. With all this going on Logan is always on Stormy and my mind. I can’t wait to read the fourth book.

Death of a Batty Genius is another excellent book by Angela Pepper. I am so fortunate to have been given a copy to read and review. I am loving this series!

Death of a Modern King (Book 4 of a Humorous Cozy Murder Mystery Series): Stormy Day Mystery #4Death of a Modern King (Book 4 of a Humorous Cozy Murder Mystery Series): Stormy Day Mystery #4 by Angela Pepper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a delightful cozy mystery this was.

I just love Stormy Day and her dad, Finnegan Day. they make a great team. Logan Sanderson is a great tenant and new boyfriend. I was really happy in the last book that they decided to try dating. Stormy’s roommate is Jessica and then there is the little gray cat Jeffrey. There are other drop in people from the last book, so I really felt like I was a part of the collective.

The death was not even being considered murder until Stormy made noises to the police. Then they with rather lackluster attitudes joined in looking for clues. Good thing Dimples has a little thing for Stormy and was willing to check out things on the side with her.

Logan was in full lawyer mode and was working almost around the clock. There is a wonderful scene where Stormy wakes him up. Poor confused Stormy the next morning. That was just one hilarious moment in the book. I love the series as it makes me laugh and think as I try to keep up with what is being discovered in the case.

I can not wait to read book 5 when it comes out. I have been provided a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

This series is wonderful. I am a fan of both Angela Pepper and Stormy Day!

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Free eBook In Exchange For A Review

My book, The Path of the Child has been published and I would like to have some people read and review it for me.  I have copies available starting tomorrow on Amazon.com for Free.  If you can’t wait until tomorrow, then I can send a copy through email.  This will allow me to have comments on Amazon and / or Goodreads.com.  This sure would be a great deal for me.  All I need to know is your email address and what kind of reader you use. I have it available in Mobi, Epub and PDF version.  I can’t tell you how much I would appreciate your time.

Let me tell you a little about the book.  The main character is Melanie and she has had a solitary lonely life.  She is offered friendship by a boy in her class and he opens many doors for her.  There is a mystery about her family and she and Robert set off on a quest for answers.

I call The Path of the Child a work of fiction, but I have had readers call it a feel good coming of age story and it has also been called a YA book.  I leave it to you to categorize it for yourself.  My email address is vicgoodwin@gmail.com if you want to send me an email and not announce your email address on my blog.

Again, thank you for your consideration on this. I hope you enjoy the free book and will take time to review it for me.  It doesn’t take much to post a review, just a few words about how you felt about the book.  IMG_0138

Arrow the Clockwork Aussie & Her Trusty Sidekick Beau

Every morning I wake up to a forty five pound alarm clock named Arrow.  First comes the rumble, the groan that she makes to see if I open my eyes. Then she begins the pawing of my left arm. Not sure why it is always my left arm with her left paw, but it is. Just like clockwork.  If I peek open my eyes she moves in closer.   Arrow’s next step in the process is to nuzzle me with her nose and lick me on the cheek. If I tuck my head under the duvet I can escape those morning breath kisses.

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Usually that is all it takes and I am awake and struggling to tug the covers up.  Then the black tri, Beau, moves in to make sure I am awake. He is a gentleman and always waits until Arrow has done her best.  Once Beau, the fifty pound fellow comes up to sit on me I am positively up.  So I announce “Let me up” They both spring off the bed and start heading towards the door.

They patiently wait while I put on my coat and my shoes. If patiently means running around me in circles jumping up on me and giving me kisses, then yes, they patiently wait on me.  I say the magic words, “do you need to go outside?” At that point they are off, racing and dancing towards the closed bedroom door.  They attempt to open the bedroom door in order to lead the way through the house to the back door off of the kitchen. Once they beat me there they jump up and down at the back  door until I meet them there with Arrow’s leash in hand.

Arrow must have a leash because she is a runaway. She will escape and only gives a wicked look back over her shoulder as I call her back to me as she darts around the house and out of sight. Therefore, Arrow has to stay on a leash.

Beau is happy to stay in the boundaries of the back yard. He will go no further than the imaginary property line. Somehow he has always known it is there and he respects it.  I do not know how he knows there is an invisible property line, we just accept that he knows it.

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Beau has only attempted to cross it once and that was when he was being teased by a neighborhood squirrel.  Who would be able to resist chasing a running squirrel?  He  did however stop chasing the squirrel as soon as I called to him to stop.  This one fact alone is why he is allowed out without anyone holding a leash.

Arrow has not noticed that invisible line. She has not looked for it and does not understand why Beau doesn’t run off down the street every time he goes outside.  Arrow has taken a short vacation from our home on one occasion. She ended up actually only one house away, but the house was a quarter of a mile down the busy road that runs between our house and that house.

Those were a terrible ten days for me.  She did not have it so well either. Seems that the little lady that took her in (The same little lady that did not want the flyer I was passing out about my lost dog) decided to keep Arrow for herself.  Until that is, Arrow got sick from the chicken and dumplings she was being fed by the neighbor lady. It seems that chicken and dumplings made Arrow a little nauseous.  By the time she had returned a weeks worth of chicken and dumplings to the porch of the kindhearted neighbor, the lady was ready to find a posted flyer and call me saying only  “Come get your dog”!

We went and retrieved Arrow that moment.  Arrow howled and yapped and whimpered for hours after we got her home because she was so glad to be back with her family.

Needless to say, we keep Arrow on a leash for her own good.  She doesn’t mind as she seems to enjoy pulling me around the yard willy nilly.

So out we go, everyone knows what they need to do next and the morning has begun. Now we can move on to breakfast, waking the rest of the family and tossing about the toy de jour.  Welcome to our morning schedule planned and executed by Arrow the Clockwork Aussie and her trusty sidekick Beau.

Book Review: Lord Of The Abbey by K. R. Richards

Lord of the AbbeyLord of the Abbey by K.R. Richards
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lady Rowena Locke lives with her Aunt at Stonedown manor. When Harry Bellingham the new Earl of Glaston decides to make Glastonbury his home they become neighbors. Lady Rowena has quite the thirst for history and has discovered a letter in her home that has led her to believe that there is treasure around the Abbey. She had met Harry’s father but had not been able to interest him in her research request. Rowena hoped for more cooperation from his son.

Lord of the Abbey by K.R. Richards is like being invited into an archaeological site and being allowed to take part. There are exciting developments and dangers around every corner. The story is exciting and romantic. There has been pain in Rowena’s life and so she has decided that she shall never marry.

Harry is completely invested in both the treasure hunt and the woman. This is a very rich story that keeps you wondering where the next clue is going to turn up, and what is going to happen next. There is also a very exciting paranormal aspect to the story that keeps expanding the adventure.

Along in the adventure are the Lords of Avalon. A group of men that had formed a secret society to seek out and protect holy relics and treasure. Making sure that no one took them for their own benefit. These lords will make appearances in the following book in the series and those should be great too, because these men are wonderful strong and resourceful men. I look forward to the series featuring Micah, Lyon, Trevan, Charlie, Newt and Elveston. These are the ones that stick out to me and will make excellent heroes.

There are many discoveries throughout this book that really make the story much more than a romance novel. there are such interesting suppositions made that I just want to believe it is real. It is a wonderful book and I know the series will be just as full of adventure. This book was hard to classify since there were elements of mystery, romantic suspense and paranormal included. I can just say it was an awesome book.

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Book Review: Dangerous Secrets by Julia Regan

Romance: Dangerous Secrets (Victorian Intrigue 19th England Romance) (Historical Mystery Detective Romance)Romance: Dangerous Secrets (Victorian Intrigue 19th England Romance) by Julia Regan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Inspector Logan Tummond of Scotland Yard has become aware of a serial killer in the area. He seeks out Ruby Waterbrook whom he consults with on various occasions. He enjoys her company as more than a consultant, but she has made it clear she is not interested in a relationship in her life. She is quite the intellectual and continues to intrigue him, but he keeps his feelings to himself with her.

Dangerous Secrets by Julia Regan was a gripping story that touched so many emotions. The crimes were told in such a way that I felt a part of the story. There was so many clues that I was able to stay right with Logan and Ruby. They worked together so well that the unfolding of the story was enthralling. It kept my interest and kept me on the edge of my seat.

I enjoyed the interaction between Ruby and Logan most of all. They were forced to work together through their mutual respect, but there was always a little something more. There are lough out loud moments in this book that made you question what you knew up until that point. It is moments like that in this book that kept it from being too much. It is every much a love story as it is a mystery. It is a really good book. It had all the perfect elements in all the right places.

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Book Review: A Touch of Ghost by Nic Saint

A Touch of Ghost (The Mysteries of Bell & Whitehouse, #5)A Touch of Ghost by Nic Saint
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first book of the Mysteries of Bell and Whitehouse books so I kind of felt confused with the long list of characters at first. Then I started getting into the humor and personalities of these characters. I really thought that Rick and Fee as well as Alice and Reece were cute fun couples. They had several miscommunication moments that were just over the top funny. Poor Rick found himself in such a predicament and really had no clue as to how it appeared to Felicity. Reece had a close call as well that was just shiver worthy.

I think one of the best lines in the books was when when the chief states, “That’s lack of leadership for you, son. Mary ran a pretty tight ship-never had any trouble. And look at this place now. Charlatans kidnapping locals, staff leaving their post, guests behaving like a bunch of headless chickens…Anarchy reigning supreme!” That statement alone takes in so much of the story and made me laugh out loud.

A very fun read for me. I now want to catch up with the other books in the series and see where we go from here. I would like to get to know these crazy characters better. They are something else.

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Book Review: Girl in the Shadows by Angela Pepper

Girl in the Shadows (Diamond Files Mystery, #1)Girl in the Shadows by Angela Pepper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was the first of a new series and I know I am going to love it. What can I say? I loved both Derek Diamond and Abby Silver. Derek is a middle aged detective that has been hired to investigate a murder. He needs an assistant for the week and ends up with Abby Silver. She is with the local temp agency.

This murder of Brock Kensington has the police working hard looking for clues. But Derek was working even harder to get ahead of them. From the beginning he knew this murder was not a random robbery gone wrong.

Derek Diamond’s personality is very charming in a no filter kind of manner. He is very abrupt in the way he deals with Abby. But it is endearing to me and she seems to be able to let it roll off her shoulders. Abby has some insecurities that allow her to accept little nicknames and generalities made by Derek. It was quite fun to read about their interactions. They really work well together with their hidden talents secret weapons, Like Chewie., Derek’s beagle.

These really fun and intelligent characters along with a juicy murder investigation was just the perfect book to start the day. I am itching to see what Derek Diamond does next book!

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Book Reviews 1 – 2.5 of the Morna’s Legacy by Bethany Claire

This is the review of the first three books in the Morna’s Legacy series by Bethany Claire.

Love Beyond Time (Morna's Legacy #1)Love Beyond Time by Bethany Claire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent time travel

This book was great. The story filled with heart and excitement. I really enjoyed the history and the romance aspects of the book. Eoin Conell lived in the fourteenth century and had died in his castle under mysterious circumstances. In 2013 one room of Eoin’s Castle that had not been destroyed room was located during an archaeological dig.

Briell Montgomery’s mother was an archaeologist and had been given a grant to work the dig. She took Bri with her and while there in that small underground room Briell was transported to the fourteenth century.

The story builds as the characters learn to understand each other and come to terms with the exchange that took place. Blair, Eoin’s bride to be was sent to the twenty first century. Bri knows enough of the history to know that doom was lurking in the very near future. She had to help Eoin and his family if she could. Even if that meant losing her heart.
It is just the most detailed story. I reread it because it was such a good story. I am ready to read the second book now.

Love Beyond Reason (Morna's Legacy, #2)Love Beyond Reason by Bethany Claire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Arran Conall was the brother of Eoin, the Laird of Castle Conall. Arran was losing himself to the grief he felt after sending his love Blaire MacChristy forward into the twentieth century. In the first book of the series (love Beyond Time) Arron and Blaire were separated as the story of Eoin and Briell Montgomery was told.

Now he grieves for her and doesn’t know how to get her back. He makes some hasty decisions that he may live to regret.

Blaire is not accustomed to the modern concepts and appliances of the new time she finds herself in and is slow to adjust. When she is facing a chance to go back and follow her heart she decides to go back. Once there, nothing is as perfect as she had imagined. There were some huge announcements that would attempt to break her. could she be strong and live with the decision she had made. So many pitfalls and twists and turns befell these two that it almost seemed deliberate.

IT is another wonderful read. It made me anxious and happy and sad for them all. So much happens in this story that it is impossible to become bored. I am anxious to read more about these couples and their families in the following books. This book was every bit as good as the first.

A Conall Christmas (Morna's Legacy, #2.5)A Conall Christmas by Bethany Claire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Adelle has been living with Bri and Eoin Conall ever since she came back to the fourteenth century. It is Christmas time and everyone is settled into the castle for the winter. Adelle has some ideas for the first Christmas there with the family and sets about the changing of minds about the holidays.

Hew Moray has been living alone in his cabin for decades. He only comes out to make his pilgrimage to his wife’s grave. The trip usually takes a few days and he becomes stranded due to the heavy snow fall and seeks refuge at his sister’s place of employment. He tries to keep his distance as he is a solitary man but the family welcomes him against his wishes.

There are many special moments in this short book that make it worth the read. Not only do you get to see All the Conall’s again, but there have been some changes.

It is a lovely story of people that have lived a life and still have more to live. I enjoyed this book a lot and want to continue on in the series. Another great job, Bethany Claire. Loved the story!

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Book Reviews: Snatched and Hunted by Alison Golden

Snatched (A Diana Hunter Mystery Book 2)Snatched by Alison Golden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed getting to see Diana Hunter in action. She is so intelligent, a true genius,and she sees things so clearly. I liked how she and Detective Peter Hotkinson verbally sparred. It was entertaining. The crime was interesting and the methods that the police force used to figure it out was brilliant.

I am looking forward to reading more about Peter and Diana. They have a great chemistry and he does have that sexy stubble.

Alison Golden brings the characters to life and you can feel the frustration that Peter has when he keeps catching Diana where she is not supposed to be. Diana’s not oblivious to his charms either and finds herself making it look worse for herself due to that attraction. There is plenty of action and adventure packed into this book. In all it is a fun, exciting mystery.

The prequel about Diana Hunter

Hunted (A Diana Hunter Mystery Book 1)Hunted by Alison Golden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was great learning about Diana Hunter as a young girl and young woman. Leaving her mother and father to go to college at sixteen was hard on her parents, especially on her father who was a detective and knew how much crime there was in the city. Even with Diana’s genius IQ, and defensive training her parents still worried about her.

At nineteen Lydia Hunter is found dead with a suicide note next to her. John and Diana Hunter try to come to grips with the fact that Lydia had killed herself.

There are many twists and turns in this book that make it a fascinating read. Seeing how a genius like Diana handles her mother’s death is very emotional for everyone including her best friend Teddy.

This is a great prequel to her next book, Snatched.

This is my fourth book by Alison Golden and I really enjoyed them all so far. I will be looking for more from her. Here is another review of one of her books Death At The Cafe

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Book Review of The Violet Chain Series

Violet Chain (Violet Chain #1)Violet Chain by J. Kahele
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was amazing. There is so much to love about it. First of all I fell in love with Chain. He has made himself into a very prominent developer and has a plan for his life. He has had a past that could have left him broken and sad, but he deals with that in his own way. He is a kind man that once he realizes his feelings wants them to be returned.

Violet was hurt by her cheating fiancee and struggles to get on with life after being hurt by Harrison’s actions. She is not wanting to commit to anyone or anything and is struggling to even get out of bed. Her brother’s are wonderful guys also. They are pained to see her in such a state.

When she meets Chain she is attracted to him as he is a very handsome man. Even after she Googles him she is still attracted. He has a bit of a playboy reputation, but all she wants is to have one night with him. No matter how much she wants it to only be one night together, Chain seems to want more from her. She seems to want him more than once as it seems, she just is so afraid to open herself up to more hurt.

The friends in the book are such a cute couple with their eccentric ways, they liven up the story just by being there. Callie and David are very important to the story.

All the characters are complex and you really get to know them all. J. Kahele has done an amazing job of bringing these characters to life. This book has laughs and tears and a nervous tension that adds to the story. It is a really great read! I am now going to read the second book and get to know them even more. The story does continue in the second book.

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This is the review of Book 2 in the series.

Hidden Truths (Violet Chain #2)Hidden Truths by J. Kahele
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading the first book of the series, I wasn’t sure where else the story could go. I was mistaken. There was so much depth to this book. I knew that Chain had secrets in his life, he had stopped speaking to his father years before. These secrets threaten to tear him and Violet apart. These secrets eat away at him and keep him from being open with her about his past and his estrangement from his father.

Violet has dealt with the betrayal by Harrison and had completely moved on. The dangers in her life are on her mind and affect her building relationship. Chain wants to support and comfort her through the process.

There are twists and turns in this book that I never saw coming. My heart was breaking at many parts of the book. So many emotions were generated by the trials and tribulation of Violet and Chain.

Vince and Victor as well as David and Callie are back in this second book and are as personable and lovable as always. This was another very enjoyable book by J. Kahele. Great writing and a great story.

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