Blogroll: Literary, etc.

Book Review: Alan Cupp’s Malicious Masquerade


MALICIOUS MASQUERADE giveawayTitle: Malicious Masquerade
Author: Alan Cupp
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 4 out of 5
My Copy: Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley courtesy of Henery Press

Where is Tyler Moore? That’s the question Alan Cupp has us asking in Malicious Masquerade. When Jasper Bedford’s daughter, Cindy, is jilted at the altar, Jasper begins to wonder if something may have happened to Tyler. Jasper quickly assembles a search team and the results surprise him, yet yield little information as to Tyler’s whereabouts. Unbeknownst to Jasper, Cindy hires a private investigator to find Tyler because she believes something must have happened to him. Jasper tries to convince Cindy of the truth: Tyler used her for monetary gain; despite showing her evidence of his guilt, she doesn’t believe it. When she meets with Carter Mays, the Chicago PI she hires, she’s convinced he can find Tyler within days and Carter is unsure if he wants to take this case. He has a reason to be suspicious: the authorities haven’t been alerted to Tyler’s disappearance. The deeper Carter digs, the more he uncovers and soon he’s questioning who he can trust. [Read more...]

Blogroll: Literary, etc

Book Review: LynDee Walker’s Front Page Fatality by Jessica


FRONT PAGE FATALITYTitle: Front Page Fatality
Author: LynDee Walker
Genre: Mystery
Series: Yes / Book 1
Rating: 5 out of 5

Richmond Telegraph crime reporter, Nichelle Clark, dreams of working for The Washington Post, however; she has yet to make an impression on them. Steadily working her beat, she’s never far from her police scanner in hopes of chasing the story that will give her the break she needs. When a drug dealer is found murdered, police are quick to assume it was a vigilante behind it, but nothing about the crime scene makes sense. Nichelle’s given a key piece of evidence and begins some overwhelming research, only to realize that everything is not what it seems to be. [Read more...]

Blogroll: Change the World

book review: diners, dives & dead ends

Action-packed from page one with unexpected twists and turns along the way, Terri L. Austin’s Diners, Dives & Dead Ends offers plenty of intrigue for fans of mystery — and a little romance.  Rose Strickland is a 24-year-old who is working at Ma’s Diner and taking a couple of classes at her community college while she figures out what she wants from life. Formerly a child of privilege, her life circumstances are different than the ones her parents planned for her.

Life already off track, it goes even farther off the deep end when her best friend Axton shows up at the diner and asks her to hold on to his backpack for him. He then goes missing. Rose must turn to her long-time friends and new ones as she tries to find him. [Read more...]

Blogroll: Jersey Girl Book Reviews

Diners, Dives & Dead Ends (A Rose Strickland Mystery) by Terri L. Austin (Author Guest Post / Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews welcomes Terri L. Austin, author of Diners, Dives & Dead Ends (A Rose Strickland Mystery – Book 1)!

Author Guest Post

Hello, Jersey Girl readers! And thank you, Kathleen, for having me on your blog today. It’s a pleasure to be here!

My name is Terri L. Austin and I’m the author of Diners, Dives & Dead Ends. My humorous mystery debut features heroine, Rose Strickland. Rose is a former rich girl who turned her back on her wealthy parents and their overbearing ways to strike out on her own.

Rose was fun to write. She’s a complex character and a girl you’d want as your BFF. She’s loyal to her friends—a quirky bunch—smart, and hard-working. She hasn’t quite figured her life out, but she’s trying. I wanted a likable heroine who’s a bit of an underdog, but has a lot of heart. I like to think Rose fits the bill.

The secondary characters in Diners made me laugh out loud. Roxy was a blast to write. Inspired by the Loli girls my daughter saw on her trip to Japan, Roxy follows her own path. And it’s sometimes a strange one. Then there’s Ma, Rose’s boss. She’s a sassy senior who likes to hang with her girls. And that’s fine. As long as she doesn’t break a hip while she’s doing it. Axton, an affable stoner with a secret, is Rose’s friend from her old life. And then there’s the smoking hot bad guy who makes Rose forget she’s a good girl. [Read more...]

Blogroll: Scrapping Is Heart Work

Scrapbooking mystery is beautifully composed by Cynthia

A first for me and this blog — I read and reviewed a scrapbooking mystery!

Here’s my review of “Cropped to Death” by Christina Freeburn, a fellow writer, West Virginian and scrapbooker.

“Cropped To Death” is a cozy mystery that exceeds expectations. The author, Christina Freeburn, writes what she knows: scrapbooking and small-town West Virginia life. As a West Virginian who scrapbooks and runs a scrapbooking retreat for women, I was excited to get my hands on an Advance Reader Copy. The 290-page book, published by Henery Press, will be on sale Nov. 20, but you can pre-order it now from and

Not only does the heroine, Faith Hunter, work in a scrapbook store, the clue to the murderer’s identity and motive is found hidden in a scrapbook layout. Faith’s coworker is accused of cropping her cheating husband out of the picture permanently. The evidence is damning and no other suspects are considered. However, Faith feels compelled to prove her friend’s innocence because of what happened to her in the past, when she was a U.S. Army JAG Specialist. Scrapbookers will recognize the hobbyist terms but even nonscrapbookers will be able to tell from the context what Faith is talking about when she’s teaching a scrapbooking class or helping customers.

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Blogroll: Karen’s Killer Book Bench

Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer by Karen’s Killer Book Bench

Welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench where, every Wednesday, readers can discover talented new authors and take a peek inside their wonderful books. This is not an age-filtered site so all book peeks are PG-13 or better. Come back and visit often. Happy reading!

LOWCOUNTRY BOIL by Susan M. Boyer Book Blurb

Private Investigator Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer. She’s fit to be tied when her police-chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, so she opens her own. Then her long-dead best friend pops in and things really get complicated. When more folks start turning up dead in this small seaside town, Liz must use more than just her wits and charm to keep her family safe, chase down clues from the hereafter, and catch a psychopath before he catches her. [Read more...]

Book Release Day!


Happy Release Day to debut author Susan M. Boyer!!! Her 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award-Winning Southern charmer, Lowcountry Boil, is available TODAY! This traditional mystery mixes mayhem and manners, enveloping the reader in sea, sand, and suspense. The Hen House is just bursting with pride over Susan M. Boyer and her fantastic page-turning gem. And we’re not the only ones who adore this book:

“Plenty of secrets, long-simmering feuds, and greedy ventures make for a captivating read…Boyer’s chick lit PI debut charmingly showcases South Carolina island culture.” – Library Journal

“Imaginative, empathetic, genuine, and fun, Lowcountry Boil is a lowcountry delight.” — Carolyn Hart, Author of What the Cat Saw

“I love this book. And you will too. Witty, droll, clever—and just a tad quirky! This light-hearted and authentically Southern mystery is full of heart, insight, and a deep understanding of human nature. Susan M. Boyer is a fresh new voice in crime fiction!” — Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha & Macavity Winning Author of The Other Woman



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