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Death under Palm Trees (A Jack and Frances mystery Book 4) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Angela Shirley

Death under Palm TreesDeath under Palm Trees by Carmen Radtke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jack and Frances are out on another adventure and will they get to the bottom and find out the mystery and stop the documents going public or will they fail you.

Its New years and they are invited to the party of the year but when there hosts asks for there help will they be able to solve the mystery in time.

This is the first book I have read by this author and loved every word written, the main characters interact brilliantly with each and I have a soft spot for Uncle Sal. The whole story flows brilliantly and has you working with the characters to try and solve the mystery and who is the overall responsible and the twists and turns kept me interested with the story.

If you are a fan of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers then you will enjoy the writing within this story, the setting of the 1930’s has its own special charm and adds to the whole intrigue in the story and recommend this story, I can’t wait to read more stories by this author in the future.

Wrong for Him (The Love Lottery Series Book 3) by Christi Barth – Review by Angela Shirley

Wrong for Him (Love Lottery, #3)Wrong for Him by Christi Barth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Amelia has been attracted to her brother’s best friend for as long as she can remember, he was her first love and no one has really matched him, but when she starts a job and they are working together can she keep it professional or will the sparks fly.

Teague is back to his home town after leaving the specials forces but she was always the light at the end of the tunnel. Amelia is his best friends sister and has always been off limits but his attraction has always been strong, but when they start working together sparks fly between and before time they are declaring their love for each other.

This story is the first I have read by this author and I loved the writing, I thought the characters were well developed and the chemistry between the two main characters jumped off the page. Although that said I did feel that the relationship was sped up and before you know it Teague and Amelia were friends on one page and the next they were desperately in love and I got a bit confused if I had skipped some pages or even a chapter but this did not distract from the story.

The secondary characters also added to the story and I really enjoyed the romantic aspect and can’t wait for the next book in this series.

Whisper Creek: A Logan McKenna Mystery Book 7 by Valerie Davisson – Review by Angela Shirley

Whisper Creek (A Logan McKenna Mystery Book 7)Whisper Creek by Valerie Davisson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Everything is going well for Logan; she is now engaged and it looks like life is on track. So, when her students and her produce a music video and it goes viral, can she still have a happily ever after.

Logan is happy in life, her personnel life is great and her career is going well until a video that her and her students make goes viral and she worries how this will affect her relationship with Ben, but as usual with everything going on she also stumbles upon a body and let’s just say it gets more complicated from there on in.

This is the seventh book in this series and this book does not disappoint, it is full of the usual twists and turns you accept from a Logan McKenna story and has you following along trying to solve the murder with Logan as her friend. I could not put this book down and accepting the story to follow one way and then suddenly driving in another way has you definitely on your toes.
This can be read as a stand-alone story but I would read this series from the start as you get to understand the dynamic between Logan and Ben and how they first started and some back history which I think helps you to enjoy the stories better. Can’t wait for the next book in this wonderful series.

Kiss Me Before Flight by Thia Finn – Review by Angela Shirley

Kiss Me Before FlightKiss Me Before Flight by Thia Finn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Callie is in trouble if she stays with her abusive husband he will eventually kill her, but what is her option until her neighbour decides to her help escape but if she gets away what will she do?

Callie is lost in her world and if she does not get away the worst will happen to her and see wants to live, but the escape needs to be clean and permanent but who can she trust to help her. When a conversation comes up with her neighbour a plan is hatched and Callie feels she can finally get her life back.

Conard is used to being involve in dangerous situations but he is always the extraction to his team when they need to get somewhere or leave, so when Jane his sister in law asks for his help to plan and escape for her neighbour, the alpha and protector in him takes up the mantle to try and help, but as all good things what could go wrong?

This is the first book I have read by this author and what a start to my journey, the story is full pf twists and turns and who could not resist a handsome alpha lead. Although this is a spin off from “Trident Security” this does distract from the story, I felt that I could follow any references from that series within the story, to be honest it just made my TBR list increase.

The chemistry between these two characters is off the charts and the story is a page turner trying to get to the next thrilling twist. The characters were well developed and the secondary characters added to the story. I also loved the way the original author of the Trident Series added the who’s who so you could get an insight into the world with out having read the books which was brilliant. I can’t wait to read more books by this author and definitely the next instalment in this series.

Unsettled Scores (DAG Team Series Book 2) by Kel O’Connor – Review by Angela Shirley

Unsettled Scores: Book 2 of the DAG Team SeriesUnsettled Scores: Book 2 of the DAG Team Series by Kel O’Connor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Amy is still hurting from the tragedy year’s ago, it hurts even more that she feel responsible and that she is estranged from family but will this next assignment help her bury some of the demons from her past.

Amy is still looking for the person who killed her sister but when she gets intel which sends her back to Atlanta will she be able to overcome the pain and try and find who actually hurt her. Amy also is trying to reconnect with her Brother-in-law so she can at least reconnect with her niece who she loves dearly.

As she goes through the investigation more things come to the front and can she piece them together to get to the bottom of the it all.

I came into this story without reading the first book and although I caught up on the story I still felt that I would have benefited from reading the first book as some timelines overlap, but saying that it did not distract from this book at all. The character of Amy was driven and brilliant, I loved the way she pushed through the horrendous trials she had in her past to try and get to the truth and solve her sisters murder.

The secondary characters where great and really enhanced the story and had you engaged from the first word to the last. I can’t wait to read more books by the author.

No Way Out (Mafia Elite, book 1) by Amy McKinley – Review by Angela Shirley

No Way Out (Mafia Elite, #1)No Way Out by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was there to protect the main man’s daughter but in the end I could not just walk away when it was over.

Max is a bad a## assassin and has a plan but putting that plan into place could be tricky, but Max never thought his plan would come unstuck by a woman. Although by the end Lily is not just any woman she is the one who holds his heart.

Lilliana is a princess in a world of pain and horror, she is only a possession to her father and a pawn in his deadly game within the mafia. She is determined to leave but under the rules of the group she has to be released and that normally means trading one prison for another prison but in walks Max as her bodyguard but can he be her escape?

I love this author, there is nothing this woman writes that does not have you eagerly turning the pages to read what will be uncovered within the story. I feel that all her female characters have this air of vulnerability but also underneath the surface is a strong, powerful characters which Lilliana is definitely. With the chemistry between the two main characters just jumps off the page and you are willing them through the distractions that come up in the book along the way.

The story is a powerful one and the way Amy weaves through all the horrors and tension to create a love story is brilliantly and a is a great addition to the new series.

Notebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Angela Shirley

Notebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and PossibilitiesNotebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Notebook Mysteries – Decisions and Possibilities is a brilliant YA story with a twist of the Sherlock Homes and Murdoch Mysteries vibe story with a brilliant main character and a tapestry of mysteries along the way makes this an exciting read.

Emma is a brilliant scholar and business woman with her inventions getting her recognition but with her its her hobby as a amateur sleuth which is getting more momentum and with her next adventure can she solve the crime and bring the suspect to justice.

This is the first book I have read by this author and realised this is the second book regarding this character and loved each word. I am a big crime fan and it was nice to have a easy read but full of twists and turns which has you guessing as you read and working with Emma to find the suspects. I love that this is set in the 1800’s a the backdrop adds another element to the story, Emma is spunky and full of action I love the way she is such a strong character and works hard to be the best she can in whatever she wants.

This is a great easy read story with brilliant twists and turns I love the character of Emma and love to read more in the future.

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Written in the Stars (Mothers and Daughters Collection) by Angela Christina Archer – Review by Angela Shirley

Written in the StarsWritten in the Stars by Angela Christina Archer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Betty was seventeen alone and pregnant but the only thing that kept me going was my love for Charlie, until that faded and then I was alone the only thing I could do was give my baby the life I could not give her.

Marlena has grown up with two loving parents until one day when she discovered she can not help her father the whole devastating truth is unveiled and she then makes it her mission to find her biological mother.

This story broke my heart, the pure emotion that this book evokes and portrays is heart warming and heart shattering in pages of each other. The story is basically two halves and with that the is tragedy and heartache but love and compassion to each of the main characters.

This is the second book I have read by this author and they are always written with such empathy and draws you into the story with each word, they are well written and the story offers a great hours of reading. I can’t wait to read more.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

Ride For Me (The North Shore Crew Book 1) by Vi Summers – Review by Angela SHirley

Ride For Me (North Shore Crew Series, Book 1)Ride For Me by Vi Summers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When life has dealt you a bad hand and you are trying to just survive, in walks a goddess that you believe you don’t deserve. Can Gabe begin to put back his life and live again.

Gabe has been just existing at the moment, finding a little solace in life but when a meeting with his cousin presents him with another option to live his life has he the guts to let anyone back into his broken heart.

When Gabe sees her across the room he is instantly drawn to her not just looks but the person inside, but when he gets to know her and understands her life has been full of devastation, can this bring the two of them peace with each other.

This is a well written story with the chemistry of the two main characters jumping off the page. With the history of Gabe you feel like he is totally broken but have hope that he will be brought back to life and he is with Lil. The story is a slow burn between these two and offers a great read with emotion and hope.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this wonderful series.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley

Dangerous Curves Boxed Set #1 (Dangerous Curves Books 1-3) by K.L. Montgomery – Review by Angela Shirley

Dangerous Curves Boxed Set 1: 3 Cozy Christian MysteriesDangerous Curves Boxed Set 1: 3 Cozy Christian Mysteries by K.L. Montgomery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first three books within the Cozy Christian Mysteries and is a great start to a brilliant story and anything that KL Montgomery writes is going to be good.

The first story is following Sunshine a Librarian who is been put in charge of the Annual Gala but the night of the gala a crime is committed and it is up to Sunshine to try and uncover who has stolen the money and the bible.

The next story is Mystery at the Marina, there seems to be a cover up but what is going on. Its up to Sunshine and her friend Molly with help for the Chief of police to try and solve the mystery within the marina.

The last story in this set is Shooting on the Shore, when a body is discovered its up to Sunshine and the crew to try and solve the murder and understand what is going on. Can Chief James work along side with Sunshine in order to find out the murder.

I loved the mystery elements in each story from the first one where we get to meet Sunshine and the menagerie of friends and secondary character along the way makes this a brilliant series to read. With the twists and turns you get drawn into each story and learn more about each characters as you go.

This is lovely, easy read set of stories with no really angst or drama, just a brilliant read and can’t wait to read more in the future.

Reviewed by Angela Shirley