Swindler’s Revenge (Karina Cardinal Mysteries Book 5) by Ellen Butler – Review by Erin Wolf

Swindler's RevengeSwindler’s Revenge by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Swindler’s Revenge by Ellen Butler, 5 stars.
**This review may contain spoilers from previous books in the series.**

I constantly forget just how good this series is until I get into the next book. I swear, each book gets better and better. Each story is unique but still stays within the realm of the series. This book being about stolen money was interesting, especially when the suspect is someone we know. There are many twists and turns, keeping us on our toes and wondering just who all is involved.

Karina, as always, is yet again a great main character. She goes all out for those she cares about, jumping in head first to solve this. I also like the direction this series is heading and focusing more on the Silverthorne group. They have been my favorite since we first met them and really help define this series. We need to see much more of all of them in the future.

If you are a fan of intense mysteries with spectacular characters, this book and series are definitely for you. It can be read as a standalone, but the whole series is definitely worth your time.

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Whisper Creek: A Logan McKenna Mystery Book 7 by Valerie Davisson – Review by Erin Wolf

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

I give Whisper Creek: A Logan McKenna Mystery Book 7 (Logan McKenna Series) by Valerie Davisson, 4 stars.

This is the first book that I have read in this series. I really enjoyed it and am interested in going back to read the previous books. The setting, a murder happening during a faculty talent show, is different and interesting. The list of suspects is varied and longer than you first expect. The author does a great job of setting it up and dropping clues here and there, you are constantly wondering who really did it. The characters are great too. Logan is a great main character, who just wants to find out who did it to help her friends. The other characters are each unique and you sympathize with each and every one — even the suspects.

This is a gripping murder mystery that held and surprised me until the end. I highly recommend it.

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Erin Wolf

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

I give Notebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins, 4 stars.

The concept and time period of this book are what caught my interest. The author portrays such an interesting plot and it is obvious that she had done her research. There is such detail that you feel like you are right there along with Emma. The cases she pursues are varied and interesting. You can tell she really wants to help people. Not to mention all of the other things she does to help others. She is such a great main character. Then there are her friends and family. Each one one is different and brings their own unique perspective. They make this story even better. The many things happening throughout the book kept me intrigued and engrossed in this book until the end, where I was pleasantly surprised by how many times the author kept me guessing. That is what a good mystery book should do.

This is a pleasant historical mystery featuring a young woman with violence mention, but no gory detail. I recommend this book to take a step back in time with a wonderful young female detective ahead of her time.

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Hazard in Hawaii (A Doctor Danger Mystery BOOK 1) by Heather Silvio – Review by Erin Wolf

Hazard in HawaiiHazard in Hawaii by Heather Silvio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Hazard in Hawaii (A Doctor Danger Mystery Book 1) by Heather Silvio, 5 stars.

This book was so different from any I have read before. First of all it takes place in Hawaii, which is always a great location to set a mystery. Then there are people mysteriously dying. These are all things you may have seen in books before. The unique part is why they are dying and what causes it. I do not want to give anything away, so I will not go into any more detail, but it was very unique to me. But this is not the only thing that makes this story so good. The characters are fantastic, setting up this series to be very enjoyable. The story itself, the many things happening during their investigation, are written so well, I felt like I was part of the case. I could not put this book down until I was finished and anxiously await the next in the series.

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Forbidden Mate (The Shadow Chronicles Book 2) by CR Robertson – Review by Erin Wolf

Forbidden MateForbidden Mate by C.R. Robertson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Forbidden Mate (The Shadow Chronicles Book 2) by CR Robertson, 5 stars.
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This book is so incredibly good! I forgot how good this series was, but as soon as I started this one, I could not put it down. While this is a paranormal romance with some pretty steamy scenes, it is so much more than that. With an enemy that wants to destroy both of their species, and former master vampire determined to make Tasha his, there is plenty of action and suspense. Then there are the surprises waiting for them, both with the vampires and the lycans. But this book is not just about Tasha and Levi. The secondary characters from book one are back and we meet a few new interesting characters, too. This helps to really make this world even better.

If you are a fan of paranormal romance starring two characters absolutely devoted to each other and the survival of their kinds, then this book and series are for you. I recommend reading book one first so you have a bit better understanding of what happened previously.

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Her Dark Love (Dark Spell #4)Her Dark Love by Isra Sravenheart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give Her Dark Love (Dark Spell Series Book 4) by Isra Sravenheart, 4 stars.

If you have been following the series, this book takes us back to the beginning of Isra, showing us how she came to be. It was interesting to see this aspect of her life. You are introduced to many characters, and this is what makes this book so good. This is a world of magic and those who want to take advantage of others, no matter the cost. Although this is written like an adult fairytale, there is no happily ever after. But the followers of this series already know this. This s a story of discovering just what you are made of and what extents you will go. The author has done a fantastic job presenting to us the beginning of the story. She creates a world of magic and makes you feel like you are right there. You really feel for Isra in this book.

If you like darker, more adult fairytales, this book and series are for you. If you have followed, the series, this book will show you the beginning. If you have not, you will discover a whole new world and cast of characters.

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Hanging Softly in the Night: A Detective Nick Larson Novel by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra – Review by Erin Wolf

Hanging Softly in The Night: A Detective Nick Larson NovelHanging Softly in The Night: A Detective Nick Larson Novel by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Hanging Softly in the Night: A Detective Nick Larson Novel by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra, 5 stars.

This book was incredible. When I first started it, I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it. It kind of seemed like your typical jaded detective murder suspense. But the more I read, the more drawn in I was. There are so many angles with so much happening, and it is all woven together perfectly. I never knew what would happen next and was proved wrong so many times. That is a good thing to me, I love to be surprised in my books. The story is fascinating and relevant, the New York created here is just what you would expect in a crime novel set in modern day New York. It has a gritty feel to it, with lots of jaded people — both in law enforcement and the regular citizens. Yet there is plenty of heart to it. Detective Larson definitely feels — perhaps too much. But he also takes his job quite seriously. This has left him jaded and scarred, but you can see him grow and understand more about himself as the book goes on. I believe the characters are what really make this book. All of his co-workers and friends add so much to the story. I really hope to see more of them in future books. Then there are the people surrounding the tragedies themselves. Every single one is a possible suspect, and each one completely different from the other. The author leaves it wide open ad to what happened and why, letting us come to our own conclusions. For a murder mystery/suspense, that is crucial and it is done so well in this story.

If you are a fan of gritty detective novels, this book is for you. I loved it.

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Hairballs and Homicide (Kitty Beret Café Mysteries Book 1) by Ruth J. Hartman – Review by Erin Wolf

Hairballs and HomicideHairballs and Homicide by Ruth J. Hartman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Hairballs and Homicide (A Kitty Beret Cafe Mystery, Book 1) by Ruth J. Hartman, 5 stars.

As a cozy mystery book, this book is great, it has all the things you want in a cozy mystery and keeps you guessing until the end. As a cat lover and cozy mystery aficionado, this book is phenomenal. The cats in this book – I want to adopt them all!! As the lead clue finder, Templeton is awesome. The other kitties in the cafe looking for forever homes are all adorable and huggable. Ellie has a huge heart and genuinely wants to help others — mainly the furry kind, but also the two-legged kind also. Oh, and her assistant has her own funky personality and is just as great.

The setting as a kitty cafe where the kitties can be adopted is very original in a cozy mystery and I love the concept. The other people in her town are all unique and great. And the suspense around the murder keeps you guessing and changing your mind.

I loved this book and cannot wait to read the next one. Any fan of cozy mysteries or of the adorable balls of fur and purrs will love this book.

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Awakening the Gods (Rise of the Celtic Gods #1)Awakening the Gods by Kristin Gleeson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Awakening the Gods: A Celtic Urban Fantasy (Rise of the Celtic Gods Book 1) by Kristin Gleeson, 5 stars.

This is an incredible tale of Irish urban fantasy. The traditional music Ireland is known for, along with Irish mythology, is really the core of a story woven so intricately, I felt myself pulled in immediately. It was written by an Irish author, so it took a minute for my non-Irish brain to get used to the terminologies and style. But once I did, I was fascinated. It is just so, so good. Being Irish at heart, I knew some of the gods mentioned in this story, but I love how this book focuses on ones I don’t often read about.

The author does a fantastic job of weaving the two worlds in, building things up slowly. Their love of the traditional Irish music is very apparent too. This adds even more fun and depth to the story. I cannot forget the characters either, which really completes this tale. Saoirse and Smithy are the focus here, and the romance between them adds yet another level. But there are so many secondary characters in here, and it still isn’t too many. I really hope we see more of them in future books.

If you like modern fantasy set in Ireland, this book is for you.

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Sign Steal Deliver (Gods of Thunder MC) by Carrie Pulkinen – Review by Erin Wolf

Sign Steal Deliver (Gods of Thunder MC)Sign Steal Deliver by Carrie Pulkinen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Sign Steal Deliver: A Paranormal Chick Lit Novel (Gods of Thunder MC) by Carrie Pulkinen, 5 stars.

The fact that Kat is a calico cat shifter would have sold this book for me, even if I didn’t already enjoy this author. In fact, my 18 year old calico heartily approves of this book too. But I digress. This author is known for her quirky, fun romances that also provide some suspense. She does that yet again, but offering us something refreshingly new instead of recycling things we have seen before. Both Kat and Hermes are so original– I can’t say I have seen a calico shifter main character before. But it’s not just the uniqueness. They are great characters, flawed but with good hearts, and snarky to boot. They are what really makes this book. But the secondary characters are also great, making me want to see more of them. Then there is the story itself. So different but interesting. The detail puts us right there in this world and the suspense makes me wonder what will happen next. Of course, there is also the attraction between Kat and Hermes to make it even better.

If you are a fan of quirky, fun paranormal romance, I highly recommend this book.

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