Author Archives: Jenn

A Year In Review: Shining Stars

Didn’t I warn you about all my “best of” lists? While there is at least one or two more to come, I wanted to share those titles that stood above the rest, the shining stars of my reading year.  This can be for a multitude of reasons. In many cases, my review states why. I’m […]

Review: Woman with a Gun by Phillip Margolin

Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Harper; 1St Edition edition (December 2, 2014) ISBN: 9780062266521 Source: Publisher Stacey Kim saw the photograph at an art museum in New York City.  She’s immediately fascinated by the image:  a black and white photo of a woman in a wedding dress, on the beach. Behind her back she holds a six-shooter. […]

A Year in Review: Series Favorites of 2014

Earlier this week, I kicked off my “best of” series with a list of my favorite Horror/Thriller titles of 2014.  Next up: books in series!  I don’t know about you, but I’m all about series/trilogies! Knowing that a story arc will continue or you’ll be reunited with your favorite characters in a subsequent book is thrilling. […]

Review: The Unimaginable by Dina Silver

Paperback: 264 pages Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (December 1, 2014) ISBN: 9781477824962 Source: BookSparksPR After her mother passes away, twenty-eight year old Jessica Gregory packs her bags and leaves her small town Indiana home for Phuket, Thailand, where she’ll work at a school teaching English to the native children.  Her relationship with her mother was less than healthy; […]

A Year in Review: Horror/Thriller Favorites of 2014

Can you believe we are halfway through December?! Egads! With the end of the year comes the traditional “best of” lists. With over 40 titles on my favorites list, I thought it best to break it up into multiple posts.  We’ll start with my favorite genres: horror & thrillers.  From sadistic serial killers and stalkers […]

2014 Cozy Mystery Week Wrap-Up

It’s a bittersweet moment: another Cozy Mystery Week has come to an end. I’ve quiet enjoyed discovering new cozy mystery series (and reuniting with old favorites). Here’s a quick wrap-up of the week: Home of the Braised (White House Chef Mystery) by Julie Hyzy The Silence of the Llamas (Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries) by Anne […]

Review: Home of the Braised (White House Chef Mystery) by Julie Hyzy

Series: A White House Chef Mystery (Book 7) Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Berkley; First Berkley Prime Crime Edition edition (January 7, 2014) ISBN: 9780425262382 Source: Personal copy (ebook) With the White House staff adjusting to a new chief usher and plan for a state dinner, there is little time for executive chef Olivia Paras to even […]

Review: The Silence of the Llamas (Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries) by Anne Canadeo

Series: Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Gallery Books ISBN: 978145164479 Source: Publisher Ellie and Ben Krueger moved to Plum Harbor to fulfill their dream of raising llamas.  As hosts of a grand opening fiber festival, they are thrilled at the exposure the crowds bring. Their enthusiasm turns terror quickly, however, when someone attacks their prized llamas. This […]

Review: By Cook or by Crook (Five-Ingredient Mysteries) by Maya Corrigan

Series: A Five-Ingredient Mystery Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Kensington (November 4, 2014) ISBN: 9781617731389 Source: Personal copy   RECIPE FOR A DELICIOUS FIVE-INGREDIENT MYSTERY Take a burned-out cookbook publicist. Stir in a crusty codger. Toss with a large helping of murder. Add a dash of romance. Serve with a twist of humor. When Val Deniston, […]

Review: Paging the Dead (Family History Mystery) by Brynn Bonner

Series: A Family History Mystery Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (March 12, 2013) ISBN: 9781451661866 Source: Publisher Sophreena McClure and her business partner,  Esme Sabatier, make it their business to research the family history and genealogy of  their clients. Esme is a gifted medium and often uses her “talent” to get answers to […]