Category Archives: Murders, Monsters, & Mayhem

2014 Murder, Monsters & Mayhem Wrap-up!

Each year, as Murder, Monsters & Mayhem comes to an end, I always experience bittersweet feelings.  While I love horror and thriller titles, specifically sharing my favorites with you all, I do look forward to the opportunity to read something a little lighter and less…deadly.  With that said, I really had a lot of fun […]

Review: The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide by Lauren Wilson

Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Smart Pop (October 28, 2014) ISBN: 9781940363363 Source: Publisher The zombie apocalypse is here. There’s more to survival than escaping the deadly grasp of the walking dead. Your survival will be quite limited if you don’t have a means of sustaining your food supply. Here’s where The Art of Eating Through the Zombie […]

Review: The House of Small Shadows by Adam Nevill

Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: St. Martin’s Press; First Edition edition (July 15, 2014) ISBN: 9781250041272 Source: Library copy Catherine’s life is in shambles. Loss of her previous job forced her to leave London. With a new job, she thought her life was on track, until her boyfriend, Michael, ended their relationship abruptly.  When Catherine is […]

Vote for the Scariest Ghost Story!

As Murder, Monsters & Mayhem nears the end, I was thrilled to see all the entries for scariest ghost story! My initial plan was to select the winner myself, but as the entries continued to come in, I found it difficult to decide! Therefore, I’m opening up the judging to you, readers of this blog. […]

Review: Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

Age Range: 12 and up Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: EgmontUSA (September 9, 2014) ISBN: 9781606844632 Source: Library copy After her mother passes away, Annabel Lee is summoned from Siam to Philadelphia to live with her father.  Never knowing him growing up, the father/daughter bond has much to be desired.  His physical ailments and secretive line […]

Review: Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Atria Books (October 1, 2013) ISBN: 9781476759524 Source: Personal copy When an outbreak hits without warning, everyday people are forced to do the extraordinary if they are going to survive. Scarlet is a divorced, single mom to two girls. After sending her daughters to spend the weekend with their father, she’s […]

Murder, Monsters & Mayhem Contest: Do You Believe in Ghosts?

My teen son turns fifteen next week (!!) and we’re in the midst of planning a ghost-hunting adventure for his party. It’s generated oodles of questions from his friends and their parents about the existence of ghosts.  I do (obviously) believe in ghosts and often reflect upon my own experiences with those who have passed.  […]

Audiobook Review: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (June 3, 2014) Listening Time:14 hrs and 22 mins Narrator: Will Patton ISBN: 9781442371347 Source: Personal copy Hundreds of unemployed, desperate for job placement, line-up in the predawn hours for a job fair.  A driver in a Mercedes plows through the unknowing crowd, killing eight and wounding fifteen. […]

#Mx3 Review: The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue

Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Picador (October 7, 2014) ISBN: 9781250057150 Source: Publisher Nearly three years ago, ten-year-old Jack Peter Keenan nearly drowned in the ocean. As a result of this near-death incident, Jack Peter is deathly afraid to leave the safety of his home. Trips to the doctor are filled with stress and anguish; his […]

#Mx3 Review: No Time to Die by Kira Peikoff

Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages Publisher: Pinnacle (August 26, 2014) ISBN: 9780786034895 Source: Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc. Zoe Kincaid isn’t your typical college student. Despite being in her twenties, Zoe’s body still resembles an early teen; her growth halted at age fourteen.  Though her maturity has grown with time, her parents still treat […]