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Houses of Deception (The Madeline Dawkins Mystery Series Book 6) by Cynthia Hamilton – Review by Jonell Collins

Houses of Deception (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 6)Houses of Deception by Cynthia Hamilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cynthia Hamilton does it again in Houses of Deception (The Madeline Dawkins Mystery Series Book 6). How I love Madeline and Mike. The rapport they have between them is unique and endearing. The romance in these mysteries is always low key but it’s always there, and in excellent taste. Two mysteries in one in this excellent read. I must confess I had one of them about half figured out but couldn’t quite get there with the other one. A great mystery and well worth your time.

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Caim (Antipodes 4) by T.S. Simons – Review by Jonell Collins

Caim (Antipodes #4)Caim by T.S. Simons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just finished Caim (Antipodes 4) by T.S. Simons. Another excellent read in this series. This series has become one of my all-time favorites. The world built by T.S. Simons is intriguing and the characters are rich and full of individuality. Sustainability has long been one of my pet projects, (I am an old hippie after all) and I live as close as I possibly can to that standard. Stewardship is high on my list. Of course, all the people in these novels are brilliant so its no wonder the book is full of introspection. As I neared the end of the story, I was a little perplexed by one issue that I felt the author did not resolve to my satisfaction. Then surprise, surprise she did. I am looking forward to the next book, I hope to see Ceri again. I am a little worried about her. You can’t lose with this read. This book could stand alone if you choose to read it that way, but you would be robbing yourself of a treasure. Read the first three in this series you will be so glad you did.

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Bittersweep by Wareeze Woodson – Review by Jonell Collins

BittersweepBittersweep by Wareeze Woodson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bittersweep by Wareeze Woodson was an absolutely delightful book in every way. It was a very easy read, I loved the story, the mystery and intrigue, and the love story was perfect. The characters were marvelous, I think I would love to see Elizabeth, J.P. and Amy in other little mysteries. I would give this story more stars if I could for the simplest of reasons. Although the romantic tension between J.P. and Elizabeth is quite palpable the reader is not subjected to scenes of graphic lovemaking. You can feel the heat without having a picture drawn for you. Best romantic novel I have read in a good while.

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Jonell Collins

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Anytime I have an N.L. Holmes book to read I am a happy camper. Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) is one more excellent read in the series. I find that I am so in love with Lord Hani’s family. I never know what’s going to happen next. He and his family live in a dangerous time. Always on guard, always taking care around the royalty they live under. Amusingly enough I find many parallels between our culture and society today and Lord Hani’s. If you love a good mystery, this is your book. If you love history, ancient history, again this is the book for you. I tried very hard this time to take my time and savor this story. I did very well until I got to the last quarter of the book and I just lost all control. Ms. Holmes has a very descriptive writing style and I love to read it. It’s not just the story, it’s the way she strings the words together. A delight to read. My top author for the year so far.

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Ouroboros (Antipodes III) by T.S. Simons – Review by Jonell Collins

Ouroboros (Antipodes #3)Ouroboros by T.S. Simons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ouroboros (Antipodes III) by T.S. Simons was another excellent read in the Antipodes series. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series of books. The ones I have read so far have all been from Cam’s viewpoint. It was a nice turn that this one has given Freyja a voice. Another great thing about this story is the parallels with current events in our own society. The only drawback for me in this book is the adult situations. I would have preferred less to none of them because this is a really great story and very well written. I really hate it when I have to skip sections of story.

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The Way to Storey by L. B. Anne – Review by Jonell Collins

The Way to StoreyThe Way to Storey by L.B. Anne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Way to Storey by L. B. Anne was a delightful story. Easy to read, a very quick read but more than all of that it was just a sweet, good story. I have to say I loved this book from start to finish and it’s easily my favorite book so far this year. I developed an instant love for Lou, Gramps and Ma Poo and they wrapped themselves around me like a warm blanket. This is not what you would refer to as an action adventure but there is plenty of action and plenty adventure. My only disappointment was that it ended too soon. It reads like a new series, (I certainly hope so) because this is one little story that’s too good to be at an end.

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Key West Dead (Jake Wolfe Book 6) by Mark Nolan – Review by Jonell Collins

Key West DeadKey West Dead by Mark Nolan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Key West Dead (Jake Wolfe Book 6) by Mark Nolan is another excellent read. I really like these Jake Wolfe books. They are good whodunit novels, mystery, intrigue, plenty of action, and just the right amount of love. I have to say, in view of the way this story plays out, I’m really worried about that snake. One of the things I like best about Mark Nolan’s books is that not everything is made up. Even though some of it sounds science fictiony he always takes the time and trouble to tell you about his research on the things that he adds to the story. I really like that, I think you will too.

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I Will Bury You by Brandy Nacole – Review by Jonell Collins

I Will Bury YouI Will Bury You by Brandy Nacole

I Will Bury You by Brandy Nacole is quite the little surprise. An interesting little story, it sets up as an eerie whodunit. It doesn’t take long to really figure out what’s going on with Ann, but oh that ending. That ending was quite the surprise. I was not expecting it. A good quick read.

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I Will Bury You by Brandy Nacole – Review by Jonell Collins

I Will Bury YouI Will Bury You by Brandy Nacole

I Will Bury You by Brandy Nacole is quite the little surprise. An interesting little story, it sets up as an eerie whodunit. It doesn’t take long to really figure out what’s going on with Ann, but oh that ending. That ending was quite the surprise. I was not expecting it. A good quick read.

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Tapestry of Worlds, Part Two: Running and Gunning by Hadley Thorne – Review by Jonell Collins

Tapestry of Worlds, Part Two: Running and GunningTapestry of Worlds, Part Two: Running and Gunning by Hadley Thorne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tapestry of Worlds, Part Two: Running and Gunning by Hadley Thorne is not the type of book that you read with a distracted mind. There are so many fantastic things going on in this book, it’s a challenge to keep up. It’s a little different than most fantasy stories I’ve read, it’s quite intriguing. I have to say though my very favorite scene in the whole book was the fire ants. I’m looking forward to reading the next book because I’m really curious now, is Ransom going to find Erika intact. I love the way the book ended, such promise for adventure to come.

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