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The Wicked Deep, by Shea Ernshaw — November 7, 2020

The Wicked Deep, by Shea Ernshaw

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself. 

My Rating: * * * *

My Review:

Welcome to the eerily beautiful and haunting world of the small town of Sparrow, Oregon. A couple of centuries ago three sisters were drowned in the harbor off Sparrow Island after being charged with witchcraft. The town is now a tourist destination for those morbidly curious enough to want to join the witch hunt to find which teenage girl the long-dead witches inhabit. The end result being boy will be dragged beneath the surface of the water and killed in an act of revenge. The love story happened too fast for me, but other than that I really enjoyed this book. The story itself is different than most books about witches. The twist at the ending is interesting, and the writing was good. If you’re looking for a good spooky, atmospheric story for Halloween this would be a good choice.

Shea Ernshaw is the New York Times Bestselling author of THE WICKED DEEP, WINTERWOOD, and her forthcoming adult fiction book: A HISTORY OF WILD PLACES (2021). She is a 2019 Oregon Book Award winner, and her debut novel, The Wicked Deep, was an Indie Next Pick.
She often writes late, late, late into the night, enjoys dark woods, scary stories and moonlight on lakes.

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper — November 5, 2020

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London—the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden, and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.

What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women.

For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that “the Ripper” preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time—but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman. 

My Rating: * * * * *

My Review:

This book is very well researched with the focus on the tragic lives of Jack the Rippers 5 victims. Each victims heartbreaking story is meticulously told. All I have ever heard is that the Rippers victims were prostitutes. These women were mothers, daughters, sisters and wives who’s troubled lives lead them to their tragic end. I’m so glad they finally received the attention to their lives, and not just their horrific death by a madman who has received more than his share of stories. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has been fascinated by this hideous man and his victims.

Hallie Rubenhold

Hallie Rubenhold is a bestselling author, social historian, broadcaster and historical consultant for TV and film.

Her most recent book, The Five; The Untold Lives of The Women Killed by Jack the Ripper (Doubleday, 2019) is this year’s winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction. It is the first full length biography of the Ripper’s victims. Disregarded by society for over 130 years, The Five pieces together their individual stories and overturns much of the mythology surrounding their lives, including the belief that all of the women were involved in ‘prostitution’. The book became a Sunday Times Bestseller and  has been optioned as a drama series by Mainstreet Pictures.

In 2005, Hallie published The Covent Garden Ladies, which brought to public attention the true story of the Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies. Since its publication, her history of this notorious guidebook to Georgian London’s prostitutes, along with her edited compendium of The Harris List of Covent Garden Ladies has succeeded in capturing the imagination of millions. Hallie’s work has been the subject of three television programmes, including the hit drama series, Harlots (ITV Encore, Amazon and Hulu). In 2006, BBC4 broadcast The Harlots Handbook, a documentary based on Hallie’s book which she presented.

Her equally celebrated second book, Lady Worsley’s Whim (entitled The Lady in Red in the US) about the 18th century’s most infamous adultery trial became BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in November 2008. In August 2015, it appeared as a 90 minute drama for BBC2 entitled The Scandalous Lady W, starring Natalie Dormer and Shaun Evans.

Hallie is also the author of a series of novels set during the period of the French Revolution. The first of these, Mistress of My Fate was published in 2011 (2013 in the US). The second, The French Lesson was published in the UK in April, 2016.

In addition to writing books, articles and reviews, Hallie regularly appears on TV as an expert contributor to documentaries. She also acts as a historical consultant for period dramas, most notably for Harlots (Hulu/Amazon) and The Scandalous Lady W (BBC2), as well the BBC1 series, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and the award winning Channel 4 series, City of Vice.

Hallie has a passion for telling a great historical tale and has a nose for unearthing previously unknown stories from little-known sources. She loves challenging our preconceived notions about our ancestors lives and revels in history’s surprising, unpleasant and gritty truths. Her extensive academic experience extends to research, teaching, lecturing and curatorial work. In the past she has been employed as a curator for the National Portrait Gallery, a university lecturer and a commercial art dealer. In 2014 she curated an exhibition on women’s reputations in the Georgian era for No.1 Royal Crescent in Bath and has been involved with several projects at the Foundling Museum in London.

Hallie received her B.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an M.A. in British History and History of Art from the University of Leeds. Remaining at Leeds, she embarked on her studies for a PhD and later completed her thesis on the subject of marriage and child-rearing in the eighteenth century.

She lives with her husband in London.

Daughters of Shadow & Blood: Book II Elena — November 3, 2020

Daughters of Shadow & Blood: Book II Elena

Gračanica. Kosovo, 1689: Elena, an Albanian peasant girl, has sacrificed her own future to keep her family from starving, but one horrific night they are taken from her, murdered by monsters out of her nightmares. She seeks refuge at the nearby monastery, where she meets Stjepan, a Serbian monk familiar with creatures that stalk the night. Elena longs to return to her farm, but piecing her life back together may be impossible. Stjepan draws her into a dark conspiracy involving an ancient brotherhood, and as war looms, a stranger named Lek appears, threatening to overturn everything she thought she knew about her family and herself.

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1999: Since surviving the showdown between the vampire Yasamin and the terrorist group Süleyman’s Blade, Adam Mire has lived in hiding, posing as an unassuming Czech librarian. His life is upended again, however, when a new threat arises—one intent on using Dracula’s legacy to unleash another wave of violence across the already war-ravaged nation.

Meanwhile, Clara MacIntosh, the love Adam left behind, has come to Eastern Europe to find him. While tracking him down, she becomes entangled in a string of grisly murders—deaths Adam is investigating as well. As they both follow clues literally written in blood, time runs short to unmask the killer before history comes full-circle and chaos engulfs the region again.

My Rating: * * * * *

My Review:


This is the second book in the Trilogy and I think it was as good as the first. Mr. Saunders creates an intriguing and different Bride. The story continues to have the tangle of timelines – going over Elena’s story from the middle ages, the horror of present day Sarajevo, a quick side trip to Lord Bryon eighteen hundreds. Elena is an Albanian girl who’s whole family is slaughtered by vampires. She takes refuge in a monastery where she meets a young monk,Stjepan, who will have a big role in the story.
The year is 1999 and David is hiding in Prague after the deadly confrontation between Yasamin and Suleiman’s Blade. In the meantime, Clara, who is David’s old flame comes to Sarajevo to find him. War torn Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is an epic tale of power, betrayal, lust and pure evil in the Balkans. This is a story about vampires and a story about Dracula’s brides but more than that, this is a story about power and deception in one of the most troubled regions in the world. This book is full of folklore and the history of this war torn region. I really enjoyed it and looking forward to the third in this trilogy.

J. Matthew Saunders, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, is the author of numerous published fantasy and horror short stories. He received a B.A. in history from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree from the School of Journalism at the University of South Carolina. He received his law degree in California and practiced there as an attorney for several years.

He is an unapologetic European history geek, enjoys the Celtic fiddle, and makes a mean sundried tomato-basil pesto. He currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and two children. To find out more, visit www.jmsaunders.com.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30091024-daughters-of-shadow-and-blood—book-ii

Scorned Women: Medusa (Book 1) by Faith Marlow — November 1, 2020

Scorned Women: Medusa (Book 1) by Faith Marlow

The name alone is frightening.
It chills the blood and conjures images of a terrifying monster.
But could there be more?

A daughter.
A protector.
A lover.
A victim.

Legend tells us how she died.
Now it is time to discover how she lived.

My Rating: * * * *

My Review:

I have always been interested in Greek/Roman mythology, so when I saw this book of course I had to read it. The characters were well developed, and the writing was very descriptive. The title of the book very well describes the story of Medusa, and the sad, tragic story of how she came to be.

The story begins with Medusa being a little girl. Her mother has just given birth to her siblings, two monstrous gorgon sisters. She doesn’t understand how her sisters are so different, and why her mother favors them, and becomes cold to her. Her father is very apathetic, and sides with her mother. She comes to hate her vicious sisters and parents. She prays to Poseidon, the god of the sea to deliver her from her family, but no help comes.

Medusa finally escapes and ends up in Athens, Greece. There she prepares to become a priestess of Athena. One day Poseidon appears to her and is angry that he has finally granted her desire, but she has turned away from him to worship Athena. He takes his revenge by raping Medusa right in front of Athena’s temple. Athena appears after and is furious. Her priestesses are to be virgins and Medusa is ruined. She blames her for Poseidon’s rape and for her beauty that brought him to it. She curses Medusa to become a monster. So begins her agonizing transformation into the gorgon Medusa.

She is sent back to the island she came from to find her home destroyed, and her father almost dead. We finally come to find out what her mother is, and the sad parting. Medusa’s life becomes now nothing more than survival,and fending off trophy hunters. Until a young woman washes up on her beach.

The story continues with their budding friendship/romance, and survival. I overall enjoyed the story, and would have given five stars but there was quite a few editing errors that were distracting. I would recommend this story to those who love stories of the mythologies of the world. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55522391-scorned-women

Faith Marlow is a USA today best selling author of dark fantasy/ paranormal/ horror with Vamptasy Publishing, an imprint of CHBB. Her stories stir emotions and explore the thin veil between human and the inhuman. Dark, yet inviting and familiar, Faith seeks to deliver chills with a sense of class, and sometimes a bit of heat. With each story, she hopes to build exposure for fellow women authors and artists who create horror.

She has five full length novels currently available at Amazon and more in the works. Her debut, “Being Mrs. Dracula”, chronicles the lives of Count Dracula’s three beautiful, yet very different wives, Valeria, Ilona, and Fleur. The story continues with “Being Dracula’s Widow”. Her latest release and the third installment of the series “Being Dracula’s Heir” will be available 7/16/2020.

“The Nightmare Hunters” is the beginning of “The Dream Journal” series, and is a dark fantasy/ horror series with hints of sci-fi. The psychological thriller/ survival horror, “Couples Therapy” is a fast- paced, terrifying journey through the depths of guilt and longing for redemption and is the author’s only story not to include paranormal elements.

Faith is also proud to be featured in multiple anthologies, benefiting various charities. When she isn’t writing or reading, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching a horror movie, online shopping for Funko Pop! figures, at a rock show, or entertaining her house panther, Teddy. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Scottie, and son, Avery.

Being Dracula’s Widow, by Faith Marlow — October 31, 2020

Being Dracula’s Widow, by Faith Marlow

Over a decade has passed. Valeria and Emil, aunt and nephew, are living new lives in Brasov. But when a book is published bearing her late husband’s name, Valeria’s darkest secret is exposed and her happy life is left in ruins.
Valeria sets out on a mission to find out who revealed her story to the world, but she meets a distraction in Paris, one she was not prepared for, someone who changes everything.
Will Valeria survive her own blood thirst, or will she allow a new opportunity for happiness to slip through her fingers?

MY Rating: * * * * *

MY Review:


I enjoyed Being Dracula’s Widow every bit as much as Being Mrs.Dracula! Trust me if you are a Vampire and Dracula fan, you will fall in love with these Novels! After the tragic end of her sister wives and beloved husband, Vlad Dracula at the hands of Professor Van Helsing and fellow hunters, Valeria Karajan-Dracula is devastated and alone. With only the adopted human son of second wife, Ilona, Valeria tries to move on and build a life for herself. After raising the boy and being rejected by him Valeria ends up in Paris. The home of Vlad”s third wife Fleur. Valeria falls in love with Paris and finally gives in to her preternatural urges with abandon. In an unexpected turn, after a torrid night of sex and blood, her victim Lemond whom she believes dead becomes a vampire. Valeria wants to move on, but she knows that before she can, she must make the people responsible for her families demise pay with their lives. Follow Valeria from Paris to Amsterdam and to London as she exacts her revenge on those responsible and falls into a deadly trap by a new and unseen enemy. I certainly hope there will be another story for Valeria in the future, and until then I will just have to wait for my next widow Dracula fix. Thank you and awesome job Faith Marlow!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54281311-being-dracula-s-widow?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=MPUhKz1fSO&rank=1

Faith Marlow is a USA today best selling author of dark fantasy/ paranormal/ horror with Vamptasy Publishing, an imprint of CHBB. Her stories stir emotions and explore the thin veil between human and the inhuman. Dark, yet inviting and familiar, Faith seeks to deliver chills with a sense of class, and sometimes a bit of heat. With each story, she hopes to build exposure for fellow women authors and artists who create horror.

She has five full length novels currently available at Amazon and more in the works. Her debut, “Being Mrs. Dracula”, chronicles the lives of Count Dracula’s three beautiful, yet very different wives, Valeria, Ilona, and Fleur. The story continues with “Being Dracula’s Widow”. Her latest release and the third installment of the series “Being Dracula’s Heir” will be available 7/16/2020.

“The Nightmare Hunters” is the beginning of “The Dream Journal” series, and is a dark fantasy/ horror series with hints of sci-fi. The psychological thriller/ survival horror, “Couples Therapy” is a fast- paced, terrifying journey through the depths of guilt and longing for redemption and is the author’s only story not to include paranormal elements.

Faith is also proud to be featured in multiple anthologies, benefiting various charities. When she isn’t writing or reading, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching a horror movie, online shopping for Funko Pop! figures, at a rock show, or entertaining her house panther, Teddy. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Scottie, and son, Avery.

Creepy Cake Murder (Bite-sized Bakery, #3) by Rosie A. Point — October 29, 2020

Creepy Cake Murder (Bite-sized Bakery, #3) by Rosie A. Point

What’s the scariest thing that can happen on Halloween? Murder.

Ruby Holmes is plenty excited to serve her cakes and goodies to the many trick-or-treaters in Carmel Springs, Maine. Halloween is here. Costumes range from fearsome to the funny, and when Ruby sees a clown jostling with a vampire to get to her cakes, she doesn’t think anything of it.

That is, until the corpse of the ‘vampire’ washes up on the beach, right in front of her food truck. Ruby’s not going to let this mystery go unsolved, even if it means annoying the local detective and the murderer themselves.

Can Ruby discover the identity of the killer clown? Or will he get the last laugh?

My Rating: * * *

My Review:


This is the first book in this series by this author I have read. It was really a fun, quick and festive Halloween read! The story and plot were well thought out, and the characters Ruby, Bee and the towns people were fun. I loved how the town celebrated for the whole Halloween weekend–a haunted house, parties, vendors and lots of great food!

The main characters are Ruby and Bee. They run a pastry truck in Maine. They are part of the Halloween celebration in town, and the day after Halloween there is a dead body found on the beach. Ruby and Bee start to investigate when Bee comes down with the flu. Ruby must figure things out for herself before it is too late, and before the sheriff arrests her again.

There are a few strong suspects, and Ruby finds herself in a tight spot after snooping to much for her own good. This was an entertaining read, and I really didn’t see the end coming! I would have given this another star, but for some spelling/grammatical errors that were a little distracting. I would recommend this cute little series.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52161735-creepy-cake-murder

Rosie A. Point is the new burger-lovin’ cozy mystery writer on the block. She’s passionate about all thing ‘cooking’ and spends evenings devising new recipes.

Rosie loves books, burgers, and cats – not necessarily in that order. When she’s not lying awake in bed plotting the next murder, ahem, cozy mystery, she’s out shopping for fresh ingredients, reading, or playing online games.

Rosie wants to hear from you! Whether it’s about a recipe or one of her books, or just a character that you loved or loved to hate, don’t hesitate to reach out.

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16934393.Rosie_A_Point

Halloween Moon (Cottage on Gooseberry Bay. Book 1) by Kathi Daley — October 27, 2020

Halloween Moon (Cottage on Gooseberry Bay. Book 1) by Kathi Daley

A new series by USA Today Bestselling author Kathi Daley.

Ainsley Holloway had come to Gooseberry Bay to find answers about her past. She’d come to find an explanation for the dreams that haunted her after the death of the cop who’d both rescued and raised her. And she’d come to identify the family she couldn’t remember but knew in her heart she’d once belonged to.

Ainsley hoped that by finding these answers, she’d also find healing. She hoped that once she’d resurrected the memories buried deep in her mind, she’d find peace.

The Cottage at Gooseberry Bay is a series about, not only finding answers, but finding hope.
It’s a series about family and friendship.
It’s a series about shared holidays, festivals, and celebrations.
It’s a series about shared heartbreak and hardship.
And it’s a series about the bond that can be forged amongst strangers when tragedy binds two or more individuals with a common goal.

In book 1 in the series, Ainsley arrives in Gooseberry Bay only to find there will be no easy answers as she’d so naively hoped. Unwilling to leave before she gets what she came for, she rents a cottage on the sea where she and her dogs, Kai and Kallie, can settle in and wait.

Her first night in town she meets a young woman who is later found dead. The local sheriff has labeled the death of this young woman a suicide based on a text message she’d sent before she died. But Ainsley, who’d spoken to the victim only hours before the text was sent, isn’t quite as sure of the easy answer the sheriff would like everyone to believe.
An investigative journalist by trade and cops daughter by upbringing, Ainsley never had been the sort to walk away from unanswered questions, so with the help of new friends she meets along the way, she initiates a parallel investigation which seems to indicate the sheriff’s real motivation in trying to sell the suicide angle to the community is to protect the interests of a very rich and very powerful man.

My Rating: * * * *

My Review:

Kathy Daley is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors. Since it is the Halloween season I decided to try a different series by her. I’m glad I did because it gave me the same good feels as her other ones. You can’t help but feel the people in these stories are friends and the town and it’s citizens are are charming.

Ainsley Holloway a young woman is searching for answers to her past after the death of her adoptive father. She’s come to find an explanation for the dreams that haunted her after the death of the cop who’d both rescued and raised her. And she’d come to identify the family she couldn’t remember but knew in her heart she’d once belonged to.

There is a lot of mystery, between a local murder and the mystery of Ainsley’s past. There is also a wealth of friendship, both old and new, a bit of romance and lot’s of animals!

The storyline will keep you going and wanting more of each turning Page . What a new and interesting series again by Kathi Daley, and I am looking forward to reading the next one in the Gooseberry Bay series!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54260385-halloween-moon

Kathi lives with her husband, kids, grandkids, and dogs in beautiful Lake Tahoe. When she isn’t writing, Kathi likes to read (preferably at the beach or by the fire), cook (preferably something with chocolate or cheese,) and garden (planting and planning not weeding). She also enjoys spending time on the water when she’s not hiking, biking, or snowshoeing, the miles of desolate trails surrounding her home.
Kathi uses the mountain setting in which she lives, along with the animals (wild and domestic) that share her home, as inspiration for her cozy mysteries.

Join me on Facebook at Kathi Daley Books (www.facebook.com/kathidaleybooks) for updates on my books, photos of life in Lake Tahoe, recipes, contests, and giveaways. For weekly updates and contests sign up for The Daley Weekly Newsletter (http://eepurl.com/NRPDf).

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7278377.Kathi_Daley

Dracula’s Demeter — October 24, 2020

Dracula’s Demeter

July, 1897. A valiant sea captain, a clever fugitive, a deceptive cook and a beautiful stowaway begin their journey from the unforgiving Black Sea to the misty shores of England.

But hidden in the hold of the Russian schooner Demeter, an ancient predator with a lust for blood lies in wait.

Soon, the voyage takes a sinister turn, and the crew realizes the grave danger they are in. Will any of them make it to their destination alive?

My Rating: * * * * *

My Review:

I have always loved Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and I know that it began my lifelong love of the vampire. The story is written in Stoker’s style and you come to know everything about Dracula’s journey from Varna to Whitby. You’ll learn about Lucy, Mina and Renfield whose minds are influenced by Dracula from the Demeter. The horror starts slow but the sea cruise soon turns into a formidable nightmare. I could feel the terror of these poor souls trapped at sea with this evil. I admit I’ve always been curious about what took place on the ship Dracula was transported to England on. I’m pleased to say I found the writing excellent, perhaps even surpassing the original novel by Stoker that it’s based upon. The pages easily held me mesmerized, perhaps a little of the Count’s mystical powers are involved because I found it difficult to put the novel down once I’d started reading.

In Stoker’s novel we know the vampire is a stowaway, hidden away in his crates of foul dirt, and that no one is left alive to steer the ship into port at the end of the voyage. We are drawn quickly into the lives of the unlucky crew, and the single passenger and stowaway fated to die aboard the Demeter. They come across as real people, the descriptions and individual personalities shown in vivid 3D color. The tension level is kept high throughout, which in my opinion is the key to any good horror story. The reader swiftly begins to feel the growing terror of these people, trapped on a ship with a monster out on the open seas. A warning here; you may want to read this novel during the daylight hours because all the senses are brought into play, including fear and disgust. When the storm rages around the ship, we can almost feel the spray of the saltwater on our face, smell the Count’s fetid breath brush against the neck, feel the stickiness of blood. For sure it’ll bring out a shiver or two. As we delve deeper into the story, one can’t help but hope for a miracle to arrive in time to save these doomed people. In fact there was always a seed of hope that someone could survive even though I knew this to be impossible.

This book in the flesh narrated the whole journey and describes the entire terrifying events and meticulous planning of the vampire with which he slowly and viciously kills the ship’s crew one by one increasing the level of claustrophobia, paranoia and tension among the survivors.

As the crew rumbles about a bad feeling onboard and mysterious weather follows the vessel, the crew of the Demeter begin to disappear one after another, falling prey to the predatory vampire hidden in the bowels of the ship’s hold. If you’re like me and always wanted to know what took place at the beginning of the famous Count’s journey from Transylvania to England, and you enjoy the scare of a good horror story, then Dracula’s Demeter is the novel for you. You will even find out the irony of the name of the doomed ship. I highly recommend Dracula’s Demeter.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50655393-dracula-s-demeter

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3300823.Doug_Lamoreux

About Doug Lamoreux

The last, quite possibly the least, Renaissance man, Doug Lamoreux (a father of three strong men and a grandfather), a lifelong horror film fan and child of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, recognized his incompatibility with the rest of the world – and gave it all up to act and write. He appeared in Mark Anthony Vadik’s The Thirsting (aka Lilith) and Hag. He starred in Peter O’Keefe’s Infidel and Boris Wexler’s The Arab. All interspersed with forty years in theater (during which he fell off the stage twice). Now he writes swell horror novels. The first-ever Igor Award recipient from The Horror Society, Doug is a former Pushcart Prize nominee, Rondo Award nominee, and his novel, Dracula’s Demeter, was a 2012 Lord Ruthven Award nominee for fiction.

All this blood,” Nikilov had said, waving his pathetic crucifix. “And not a drop to drink.”

― Doug Lamoreux, Dracula’s Demeter

The Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin #1) by M.C. Beaton — October 17, 2020

The Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin #1) by M.C. Beaton

 Putting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and samples a taste of early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely. Bored, lonely and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest: Surely a blue ribbon for the best quiche will make her the toast of the town. But her recipe for social advancement sours when Judge Cummings-Browne not only snubs her entry–but falls over dead! After her quiche’s secret ingredient turns out to be poison, she must reveal the unsavory truth…


Agatha has never baked a thing in her life! In fact, she bought her entry ready-made from an upper crust London quicherie. Grating on the nerves of several Carsely residents, she is soon receiving sinister notes. Has her cheating and meddling landed her in hot water, or are the threats related to the suspicious death? It may mean the difference between egg on her face and a coroner’s tag on her toe…



My Rating: * * * * *

My Review:


If you love the traditional English Cozy, this is a series you will enjoy! M. C. Beaton creates a character in Agatha Raisin that is both cantankerous yet likeable. This is a cozy mystery, set in the lovely Cotswolds of England. This is one of the funniest mysteries I have read. I just loved Agatha.The middle aged amateur detective, and former PR firm owner. After retirement, and trying to fit into her new community Agatha buys a quiche at bakery in the city then enters it in a local contest, all was going well until the quiche eating judge dropped dead. She decides to investigate the murder to avoid being accused with some assistance from a friend on the police force. Her efforts result in comedy of errors. Full of rich quirky characters and Agatha’s relentless pursuit to belong this series is definitely worth reading!

AUTHOR
M.C. Beaton

Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith & Sons Ltd. While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly rose to be their theatre critic. She left Smith’s to join Scottish Field magazine as a secretary in the advertising department, without any shorthand or typing, but quickly got the job of fashion editor instead. She then moved to the Scottish Daily Express where she reported mostly on crime. This was followed by a move to Fleet Street to the Daily Express where she became chief woman reporter. After marrying Harry Scott Gibbons and having a son, Charles, Marion went to the United States where Harry had been offered the job of editor of the Oyster Bay Guardian. When that didn’t work out, they went to Virginia and Marion worked as a waitress in a greasy spoon on the Jefferson Davies in Alexandria while Harry washed the dishes. Both then got jobs on Rupert Murdoch’s new tabloid, The Star, and moved to New York.

Anxious to spend more time at home with her small son, Marion, urged by her husband, started to write historical romances in 1977. After she had written over 100 of them under her maiden name, Marion Chesney, and under the pseudonyms: Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester, she getting fed up with 1714 to 1910, she began to write detectives stories in 1985 under the pseudonym of M. C. Beaton. On a trip from the States to Sutherland on holiday, a course at a fishing school inspired the first Constable Hamish Macbeth story. They returned to Britain and bought a croft house and croft in Sutherland where Harry reared a flock of black sheep. But Charles was at school, in London so when he finished and both tired of the long commute to the north of Scotland, they moved to the Cotswolds where Agatha Raisin was created.









A Haunting in the Hallway, by Kathi Daley — October 15, 2020

A Haunting in the Hallway, by Kathi Daley

A heartwarming cozy mystery series about losing everything, taking a chance, and starting again.

After suffering a personal tragedy Abby Sullivan buys a huge old seaside mansion she has never even seen, packs up her life in San Francisco, and moves to Holiday Bay Maine, where she is adopted, quite against her will, by a huge Maine Coon Cat named Rufus, a drifter with her own tragic past named Georgia, and a giant dog with an inferiority complex named Ramos. What Abby thought she needed was alone time to heal. What she ended up with was, an inn she never knew she wanted, a cat she couldn’t seem to convince to leave, and a new family she’d never be able to live without.

In book 5 in the series, the new bank president, who happens to be the son of the man who founded the community bank, is found dead and buried in his own grave. The man was not popular in the small community after making a lot of changes with his fathers passing and the list of possible suspects who might want him dead is extensive.

Meanwhile, it is October and the inn is hosting Halloween themed events including a murder mystery dinner party. The haunted weekends are just for fun but when guests report hearing noises in the hallway, Abby wonders if the inn might actually be haunted for real.

MY RATING: * * * * *

MY REVIEW:

 

I love this series! This series has quickly risen to the top of my must-buy-the-next-one list. It has such wonderful characters and you grow attached to as friends and grow to love. In this next book of the series the bank president has gone missing and people are speculating on just what could have happened to the man. Also, Abby’s bed and breakfast is up and running but strange noises in the hallway in the middle of the night is waking the guests, could the Inn be haunted? I love the detailed descriptions for holiday prep and festivities which gets me into the holiday spirit. It’s October in Holiday Bay with pumpkins and a hint of restless ghosts playing tricks. I enjoyed every page and as always and was left with a good feeling, and a wish for the next book to be out soon!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46224459-haunting-in-the-hallway

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7278377.Kathi_Daley

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SWR9NPZ/ref=x_gr_w_glide_sin?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goodreads.com%2Fbook%2Fshow%2F46224459-haunting-in-the-hallway&tag=x_gr_w_glide_sin-20

https://www.amazon.com/Kathi-Daley/e/B00F3BOX4K?ref_=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000

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