Thursday, December 31, 2015

Book Review: "Sharpe Shooter" by Lisa B. Thomas

About the Author

Born and raised in Texas, Lisa Thomas always knew she wanted to be a writer. Finally, after thirty-
three years as a high school Journalism and English teacher, she released her first novel and hasn't slowed down. She also has a writing guide for creative non-fiction. Lisa lives a quiet life with her husband and peekapoo. Besides writing, she enjoys her grandchildren, photography, traveling, and antiquing (buying and selling old junk). Visit her website:

About the Book

Burned-out high school teacher Deena Sharpe is ready for a change. She has no idea a fifty-year-old murder case is about to turn her life upside down. 

The Perry County Sheriff’s office has found a skeleton in the closet…literally. When they identify the man’s body fifty years after his disappearance, his family turns to Deena to uncover the truth about his murder. The clock begins ticking when she discovers a mysterious writer is about to implicate the victim in his latest conspiracy theory book. She must channel her inner super-sleuth to solve the puzzle and protect her family name. With the help of her off-beat brother and others from the cozy town of Maycroft, Texas, Deena takes on a quest that leads to more questions than answers. 

Sharpe Shooter is the first book in the Maycroft Mystery Series. With antique shopping, car chases, and ghosts in the night, the story will keep you guessing as you follow Deena on her quest for the truth. 

If you like a clean, cozy mystery, buy Sharpe Shooter today! 

*Sharpe Shooter is loosely based on a true story. Matthew is the main character’s second cousin, although she refers to him as her “uncle.”  

My Review

Sharpe Shooter is the first book in the Maycroft Mystery Series. Deanna Sharpe, at first, appears to be an ordinary person with great instincts. In the beginning of the story Deanna has just lost her job, and she decides it's the perfect time she pursue her dream of becoming an investigative reporter rather than teach journalism, however, there isn't a position open at her hometown newspaper.Then her uncle's murdered body is found. He had been missing for fifty years and all leads appear to be a dead end. Her great aunt, the victim's mother, asks her to find out what happened to him and she agrees.

Deanna is smart and funny. Sharpe Shooter is an easy read and the characters are well-drawn and multi-dimensional. I loved the location descriptions. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to delving into the next book in the series, Sharpe Edge.

Purchase Sharpe Shooter!

Next Eight books and short stories on my review list are:
Mercy's Prince (He Who Finds Mercy, #1) by Katy Huth Jones (22% read)
Legend of the Walking Dead by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Short Story Review: "Help Me Make It Through The Night" by Kathy Golden

About The Author

Hello Everyone,

At present, I am working on my Christian novella, An Invisible Hand. You can sign up for details about it at Be sure to opt in to receive an update on when my novella is published.[Update: An Invisible Hand is now published! Get your copy today. I'm working on the sequel and would love to hear what you would like to read more about in the second book. Post in the discussion section on this page or contact me via the website. Thanks! Kathy]

I studied creative writing at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. I offer manuscript evaluations to help you improve your book before you have it edited and/or before you upload it for distribution. Contact me at any of my websites for more information.

I particularly enjoy listening to audiobooks. I've created Just Audiobook Reviews: a website featuring audiobooks that I read and review.

About The Book

On Christmas Eve, two strangers, fit only for one another's company, meet for the first time at a bar. A chance meeting? Maybe not. But one thing's for certain. They both need someone to help them make it through the night.

My Review

Two tortured souls meet and help each other make it through what can be one of the loneliest nights of the year when you're alone. I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining Christmas short story that I devoured in one sitting. Great job, Kathy Golden! I look forward to reading more stories by this author.

Next Eight books and short stories on my review list are:
Sharpe Shooter (Cozy Suburb Mystery Series) by Lisa B. Thomas (just finished)
Legend of the Walking Dead by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Book Review: "Into Dark Waters" by Rebecca Reilly

About The Author

Rebecca Reilly is a pastor and has been working in ministry for over thirty years. A wife and mother of two and grandmother of one, Rebecca enjoys hiking, jogging, and taking cruises. When she's in her Northern California home, she works as a pastor of student ministries, a massage therapist, a health coach, and a writer. Rebecca enjoys writing mysteries (Into Dark Waters and Haunting Megan), but has also written humor (Diary of a Christian Woman: How I Used 50 Shades of Grey to Spice Up My Marriage), a children's chapter book (The Geek Club), and two picture books (Heart of a Kitty and Jammers and His Flying Bed Adventure). Right now, Rebecca is working on follow- up novels in all four genres.

About The Book

A cruise ship is an easy place to commit murder. Body disposal’s a cinch, and suicide’s the likely verdict. The only problem is determining how to choose the next victim.

Sad and sexy, women find Detective Jim Tanger attractive. He doesn’t care. His wife’s suicide three years ago froze his soul. When Jim hears that Sunburst Cruises has lost another young female passenger to an assumed suicide, Jim’s passions erupt. He pushes the department and the cruise line into letting him investigate. Battling seasickness and overwhelming shyness, Jim must protect the women and find the killer only he believes exists.

Julie Cooper loves her husband Joel. She hopes their anniversary cruise to Hawaii will be a new beginning for them. Before her suitcases are unpacked, someone unleashes a campaign of terror against her. Anonymous threats, cryptic messages in her cabin, and an attempt on her life force Julie to look at the one person who might want her dead; the one person she trusted with her life.

My Review

Kept Me Guessing

It's not often where I don't guess who done it before it's reveal but this one fooled me. Lots of twists and turns lead me around like a puppet on a string from one red herring to another.

I thought the main character, Julia, at least in the beginning, was too good but it turned out that she had a fatal flaw in that she trusted too much, and she trusted the wrong people. Evil lurked and it touched her, touched her in ways I don't believe she will ever forget.

Jim wanted to protect Julia from her life and from those who would harm her. From the beginning he was attacked to her.

This was an exciting mystery. I knew the author had been on a cruise when I read the details of the ship and the excursions. Great detail, characterization, and plotting. I enjoyed this book and will read more books by Ms. Reilly. I would love to see a sequel which I believe is entirely doable.

Next Eight books and short stories on my review list are:
Sharpe Shooter (Cozy Suburb Mystery Series) by Lisa B. Thomas (just finished)
Legend of the Walking Dead by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Book Review: "Progeny of a Killer" by J. M. Shorney

About the AuthorJean
In an old country village called Chaddleworth in Berkshire, J. M. (Jean) Shorney grew up listening to her father's tales around the fireside on cold winter evenings. Her father was a born storyteller. Her mother recited poetry she'd learned, and would rattle off without a book. Jean has written many novels, poetry and some hymns set to traditional tunes.
Her favourite writers are Elliott O'Donnell, Dennis Wheatley and Jack Higgins, while her love affair with Ireland dominates most of my writing. Jean's inspiration is listening to old country music, both American and Irish, as it has been since herwriting career began.
She currently reside in Thatcham, which is near Newbury in Berkshire.
Fine Jean Shorney on Twitter.
progencyOfAKillerCoverAbout the Book
Sometimes the past throws up more than you can handle... When Aidan McRaney is sent into infiltrate the lair of a man obsessed with seeking revenge on the British for the murder of his IRA father, he is forced to confront a past he never knew existed. A fast-paced, tense thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.
My Review
Excellent Thriller
Progeny of a Killer is an enjoyable, exciting thriller that will kept you on the edge of your seat throughout. The writer's style makes for an easy to follow and fascinating read. The story is fast-paced and action-packed with multi-layered, well-constructed characters. The main character is flawed but also likable, and the villain is someone you will love to hate. The conclusion is satisfying.
Next Eight books and short stories on my reading list are:
Into the Dark Waters by Rebecca Riley (50% completed)
Sharpe Shooter (Cozy Suburb Mystery Series) by Lisa B. Thomas (started)
Legend of the Walking Dead by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko