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Vengeance on Tyneside - Review by Martha A. Cheves

 

Perhaps she was allowing her over-active mind to take control.  She had done that twice before in recent months and both times it had almost taken her to the point of being murdered.  Maybe this time she should walk away.  But when she heard the cry again, she knew she couldn't do that.  Someone needed help.  Looking around, she realized the sound was coming from the row of rubbish bins lined up by a wall, not too far from where she was standing... having reached the rubbish bins, she took a deep breath before peering behind them.  For a moment, despite having prepared herself for the worst, Agnes was stunned at the sight of a young woman lying there.  Her hands were clutched to her chest, desperately trying to stem the flow of blood streaming from her body and pooling on the concrete ground beneath her.


Agnes Lockwood has just returned from a trip to the coast.  Her plans are to meet with DCI Alan Johnson for a nice quiet evening.  Well, she soon finds out that the nice quiet evening won't be so quiet after all.  She ends up finding herself in the middle of not one murder but 3 plus an attempt.  What do these people have in common?  Can she and the DCI find out and stop them before more occur?

 

This book had me fooled from the beginning.  I had four suspects.  The person I had as my major suspect turned out to be innocent.  That narrowed it down to three.  I was close but still didn't come up with the real killer.  And Author Eileen Thornton didn't disclose the killer until the last few pages.  If you like a good suspense, this is one you don't want to miss. 

 

This book also left with an opening for the next book, which I hope makes it my way very soon.

 

 

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Death on Tyneside - Review by Martha A. Cheves

 

"You want to be involved in solving this murder case.  Hasn't it sunk in yet how close you came to being murdered yourself, the last time you poked your nose into a murder inquiry?"

"Alan, I know I very nearly got myself killed a few months ago."  Agnes took his arm and they restarted their walk down the corridor.  "But I got through that.  Look at me.  I'm still here - alive and well, and ready to be involved in this case.  If the body had been found by someone else, then I might have stayed out of it.  Might,"  she repeated, wagging her finger at him.  "But it wasn't.  It was found by me.  And now I want to see it through."  She stopped walking and swung around in front of him.  "Alan, please, I need to see this through."


Agnes Lockwood has returned to Tyneside after spending a few weeks visiting her sons in Australia.  This is where she was from and the ties were pulling her back.  Or was it Chief Inspector Alan Johnson who was connected to those ties?  The two had gone to school together and Alan had always had a crush on her.  Now, after marriages and many years, they met again and Alan finds his feelings are still there and stronger than ever.  

 

In her first visit, she and Alan had eaten dinner and were walking back to her hotel when they found a body laying on the sidewalk.  The investigation into this murder almost got Agnes killed.  Now she's back and finds herself in the middle of yet another murder.

 

I've read everything Eileen Thornton has written and must say that she grabs me from the beginning and all the way through to the end.  She fills her writings with twists and turns that keep you guessing and flipping the pages to see what happens next.  I love her work and can't wait for Book 3 of the Agnes Lockwood Mysteries.

 

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These Haunts Are Made For Walking - Review by Martha A. Cheves

 

The next morning was my first day as head librarian in Devil's Moon.  I'd been back in town for a couple weeks before I'd had to start work at the library.  That had given me time to start the haunted tour.  As soon as I'd moved back to town I'd decided to fulfill a lifelong dream - start a haunted tour.  This town was crawling with ghosts.  Well, not literally crawling, but you know what I mean.  So by day I was the mind-mannered librarian and by night I was the queen of spooky.  At least that was what Tammy told everyone.  I was ok with that description.


Ripley Van Raden has moved back to her hometown after a breakup with her ex-husband-to-be.  She has always loved the feel she got when surrounded by books, so what better job than being head of the library.  She would also be working with her best friend Tammy and a woman named Leslie.  Tammy would be enjoyable but after meeting Leslie Ripley knew things just weren't going to be that great.  She isn't sure but thinks it may be because Leslie possibly wanted the job as head librarian herself.

 

All goes well until the evening of her first day on the job.  The "Bookworms" book club came for their monthly meeting to discuss the book they are reading.  The outcome of the meeting put a true damper the day that started out so smoothly.

 

Oh yeah, there is also a 'library' ghost that not only can Ripley see but one who also sends her text messages.  This combined with the ghost tour ghosts, give Ripley a very interesting life.

 

This is a fun book to read full spirits, murder and a touch of humor.  Now I'm ready for Book 2 - A Walk on the Haunted Side.

 

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The Haunted Heist - Angie Fox, Author

 

The Haunted Heist - Review by Martha A. Cheves

Frankie had the power to show me the supernatural world.  With his help, I'd been able to see and interact with some of the ghosts here in town.  We'd saved my house; we'd solved a murder.  Two of them, actually.  We'd made some positive changes in Sugarland, not that he cared about helping anyone but himself.  And I had been trying to free him.  It was just that nothing had worked yet.

So who is this Frankie that has the power to take Verity Long into the supernatural?  Why is she trying to free him and from what?  These are just some of the fun questions that you can find the answers to by reading the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Series.  I will tell you that Frankie lives in a trash can and Verity lives in a house she inherited from her grandmother.  But the fun part was learning how Frankie ended up in the trash can and why Verity is living in a house with no furnishings.

From the very first two books in this series - Southern Spirits and The Skeleton in the Closet, I found myself caught up in the suspense of a murder with a touch of humor.  I've laughed at the very odd pet that lives with Verity and how Frankie tends to get her into trouble in a world that most would never dream of visiting.  I feel for her as she struggles to make ends meet after her almost mother-in-law took everything away from her.  I feel joy for her as her feelings for Ellis grow.  And I hold my breath as she risks her own life to bring justice to those who need it.  This is a series that I hope will never end and I'm really looking forward to reading Book 4 in the series - Deader Homes & Gardens.

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EVIL WAYS PREMIERES IN HARDCOVER!

 

EVIL WAYS premieres in HARDCOVERBEN Books is thrilled to announce the release of author Bobby Nash's debut novel, Evil Ways, in hardcover. As we prepare for the release of Nash's Evil Intent later in 2019, now is the perfect time to to catch up on, or revisit Evil Ways. 

 

Evil Ways is now available in hardcover HERE.

Evil Ways is also available in paperback and ebook HERE
Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read Evil Ways for FREE!

Learn more about Evil Ways at www.ben-books.com and below.


EVIL WAYS is currently available in hardcoverpaperback and ebook. Audio Book coming 2019.

 

EVIL WAYS

A novel by Bobby Nash

 

Evil’s coming...

Don’t look back!

 

 

FBI Agent Harold Palmer needed a relaxing vacation. All he wanted was to travel to Sommersville, Georgia to visit his brother, newspaper publisher and reporter, Franklin Palmer. He should have known better.

 

The graduating class of 2002 have returned to Sommersville for their ten year high school reunion, timed to coincide with the annual Sommersville Autumn Festival.  Classmates coming from all over to reconnect, retell old stories, and have a great time reminiscing.

 

The discovery of a brutally murdered young lady with a connection to the local police, coupled with a rowdy high school reunion and the annual Autumn Festival has Sommersville Sheriff Tom Myers and his deputies overwhelmed.

 

 

Agent Palmer finds himself on the trail of a killer who preys on the fears of his victims. His next targets are the unsuspecting members of the reunited class of ‘02.

 

They should fear his EVIL WAYS.

 

This re-release edition of Evil Ways by Author Bobby Nash kicks off the beginning of a new series of suspense thrillers starring FBI Special Agent Harold Palmer.

 

It all starts here.

 

Evil Ways was Bobby Nash's first published novel. Currently, he is busy working on Harold Palmer’s next adventure, Evil Intent, coming 2019.

 

Read a sample of Evil Ways here--

   

 

EVIL WAYS can be purchased at the following:       

Lulu (hardcover)

Amazon (paperback)

Barnes and Noble (paperback)              

Mighty Ape NZ (paperback)

BookAdda India (paperback)                

Bookwire (paperback)

Books-A-Million (paperback)               

Book Depository (paperback)

Amazon (Kindle) ebook

Barnes and Noble (Nook) ebook          

Barnes and Noble UK (Nook) ebook

KOBO (ebook)                                    

SONY Reader (ebook)

iTunes (ebook)                                      

Eason Ireland (ebook)

Nook UK (ebook)

And more.

 

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Updates and Recommendations.

Just a quick post to tell everyone the latest news and to add a few book recommendations for the Holiday season. My two new books, Shadows of Poetry and Passing Fancies, are now available.

 

 

 

Shadows of Poetry:Wanted: Readers of the grim, the sorrowful, and unhappy endings.Poetry written for the blackness in your soul.Wrenching, dismal, bleak verse for those who want to walk on the dark side.No sappy, cheerful love poems allowed.

Shadows of Poetry on Amazon

 

 

 

 

Passing Fancies: From tiny tales to gripping stories, come frolic in the land of unexpected short fiction.Take delight in the saga of werewolves, vengeful gods, and virtual reality. Thrill to accounts of murder most strange, quiver as mummies, ghosts, and demons walk.See the end of the world and the beginning of space. Stroll the pages of imagination.

Passing Fancies on Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

And that ends the shameless promotion part of our program. On to the book recommendations!

As some of you may know I review books on my blog from time to time, so I'm sharing some of my finds this month around the World Wide Web.

Mysteries:

The Sam Harper Series:

-Silenced Cry by Marta Stephens

-The Devil Can Wait by Marta Stephens

These two books are are excellent police procedures.

-Avenging Angel: A Shannon Wallace Mystery by Kim Smith

I'm still reading this one, but it has been a delight so far. The author has a second book in this series coming out soon and has written two other books that have gotten rave reviews.

Paranormal:

-Haunted Marietta by Rhetta Akamatsu

A non-fiction history book, that mixes in tales of ghosts. From my review- "This book is one part history lesson, one part ghost story and one part paranormal primer, stirred into a delightfully entertaining read."

Here are two from my want-to-read list:-Thunder and Blood by Stacey Voss

Sisters, vampires and portals to another world.

-Angel Of Death: Book One of the Chosen by Karen Dales

"The Vampires of London are being murdered and only the Angel of Death can save them."

YA Fantasy:

-The Kirin Trilogy by James Priest

I reviewed the first two books in this series; very charming.

-Goneaway: Book I Into the Land by Jeffery B. Allen.

An excellent book for young, and old, adults.

 

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