• Book Review: Still Death by Shauna Bickley - the first book in the Lexie Wyatt Mystery series

    Book Review: Still Death by Shauna Bickley

    Title: Still Death Author: Shauna Bickley Publisher: Self-published Publication date: November 8, 2014 Genre: Mystery and Thriller Summary: Lexie is quickly realizing being a full-time mother to three young girls is harder than working a demanding job, but her husband Nathan’s job has moved them from London to the small town Nettleford once she was restructured out of a job. With my mind challenged only by small children, she quickly finds friendship with an elderly lady whose son was possibly involved with the murder of his girlfriend. Until he ends up dead, as well. Lexie, with nothing but time on her hands, sets out to not only find out why he and his girlfriend were killed,…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 13

    Recap: Corey’s parents had an argument about her and were found dead the next morning. Corey then meets Detective Skylar Adams. She is later adopted by Helen and Andy. Two years later, Corey is in school and meets a friend, Terese, and the class bully, Sandra. One day, two students are found dead and Corey meets Detective Adams again. Corey starts 2nd grade, which brings her face to face with a terrifying new teacher. As you can expect, her teacher does not last long. And then neither do her adopted parents, but things look up as Corey may have found a forever family. Corey moves in with Detective Adams and his…

  • Primal Fear by William Diehl

    Title: Primal Fear Author: William Diehl Publisher: AEI/Story Merchant Books Publication date: July 16, 2012 Genre: Psychological thriller Summary: Martin Vail is the attorney prosecutors hate and the accused love. On the heels of another win in court, Vail is handed the pro bono case of Aaron Stampler, the young man accused of murdering the city’s archbishop, who is called the “Saint of Lakeview Drive.” The evidence is stacked against Aaron and Vail is guaranteed a lose. However, that doesn’t stop Vail from dedicating all of his resources to this case. As he and his team get to work, his psychologist makes an astounding discovery: Aaron Stampler has Multiple Personality…

  • The Blessed Event by Frankie Bow

    Title: The Blessed Event Author: Frankie Bow Publisher: Kindle Press Publication date: July 19, 2016 Genre: Mystery\Satire Please note I received a free copy of this book through Amazon’s  Kindle Scout program. Summary: In the fifth installment of the Professor Molly Mysteries series, Molly Barda is a new wife and stepmother to one of her former students. As summer starts at the beginning of this cozy mystery, Molly has big plans for the next three months, none of which involve her new in-laws visiting, missing jewelry, and a murder. As she attempts to navigate these new relations and figure out who left a body behind, she decides it’s time to…

  • Deadly Choices by D. L. Barnhart

    Title: Deadly Choices Author: D. L. Barnhart Publisher: Kindle Press Publication date: June 27, 2017 Genre: Mystery Please note I received this book for free from the Kindle Scout program. Summary: Maggie’s life changed the night some armed men broke into her home and murdered her boyfriend. Hot-headed and often impulsive, she demands answers, but, finding none, takes it on herself to solve her boyfriend’s murder. At the same time she deals with managing her boyfriend’s pizza restaurant since he left it to her, an older male neighbor who sure seems interested in her, and an old boyfriend who can’t take no for an answer and whom she can’t stay…

  • Scraps of Paper by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

    Title: Scraps of Paper Author: Kathryn Meyer Griffith Publisher: self-published Publication date: January 15, 2013 Genre: Cozy Mystery Summary: Two years ago, Abigail Sutton’s husband went out and vanished. Two years later, she learns he was killed. Grieving, she picks up the pieces of her life, resolves to becoming a full-time artist (at least until her saved up money is gone), and moves to a quaint small town. There, she buys an old farmhouse that once belonged to the late Edna Summers. As Abigail gets to know her new neighbors and develops a close friendship with retired police officer Frank Lester, she renovates the house. But as she digs through Edna’s history…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter Ten

    Hmmm…Something from Dimitra’s POV. And, dare I say it, could Corey actually be normal? Dimitra knew her daughter was home when she heard Corey shout, “Thanks, Mrs. Flynn!” Smiling to herself, she headed for the front door to welcome her daughter home from school. After five months as their daughter, Corey had been nothing other than a perfectly happy little girl. Skyler hadn’t tried to get her to talk about the murders since her first day with them and the two were often thick as thieves at night while they played games. Dimitra opened the door just as her daughter was sprinting up the steps. Across the street, Mrs. Flynn…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 7

    Corey groaned and turned over in bed. The sun was just beginning to rise, so she knew it was early, too early to be awake. But she’d spent most of the night awake. The image of Mrs. Allen staring her straight in the eye wouldn’t leave her head. She wasn’t looking forward to her second day of school. She shut her eyes tightly, willing herself back to sleep, for those last few blissful hours. Oh, how she wished it were summer still! Or that she was in the third grade already. The current third graders were already raving about Mr. Thomas. He was supposed to be one of the best…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 2

    The POV is a tricky little thing…haven’t yet decided exactly what I want yet… The police officers had Corey sitting on the porch swing, with a young female office next to her to keep an eye on her, while they poked and prodded around in her home. Corey had her teddy bear tucked under one arm and was happily gnawing away at a banana nut muffin. The officer was casting weird looks her way, but the little girl ignored her. Mrs. Appleton was wailing and wringing her hands as she paced the width of the porch near Corey. Both women seemed to be waiting for Corey to start crying, but…

  • Dreams

    Melanie had never been one to inspire anger in anyone. She was kindness itself. Yet, that night when he went to bed beside her sleeping form, he was angry at her. And he didn’t know why. Uriel never became angry with Melanie. But he dreamed of anger, directed at her. * * * Melanie watched him fearfully as he examined an assortment of knives, daggers, and swords. Uriel had tied her down on the bed, the heavy rope nearly cutting off her circulation to her hands and feet. Then he turned to her, empty-handed. “Uriel—” “Quiet, Melanie,” he snarled as he slowly walked to the bed. He held out his…