Category Fiction

Sweetest in the Gale by Olivia Dade

Friday, July 31, 2020 NovellaFiction

Illustrated cover of a fat white woman with short brown hair sitting on a park bench holding hands with a bearded white guy dark hair, in the background of autum colours, the leaves are being blown off the trees by a high wind

Sweetest in the Gale is an anthology featuring three novellas set in your Marysburg series set in and around Marysburg High School in Virginia (although, in the case of the last novella, the link to the high school is somewhat tenuous). Two of the novellas have been previously published in multi-author anthologies which sold, at the time for 99c each. I have them both. The title of the anthology comes from the new story and also provides inspiration for the beautiful cover. I suppose readers, like me, might wonder whether it is “worth it” to buy this anthology in order to just get the one novella. For those who don’t have the others already it’s much easier to decide whether or not to buy.  If someone were to ask my opinion on this topic, having read Sweetest in the Gale, my vote...

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Interview: The Hunted by Gabriel Bergmoser

Saturday, July 25, 2020 ThrillerFiction

Australian Crime Author Gabriel Bergmoser

At 26 years of age, Australian author Gabriel Bergmoser is already something of a phenomenon in his own country. He’s won the Peter Ustinov and Kenneth Branagh awards for his scriptwriting, and has three young adult thrillers to his name. Now the Melbourne-based writer has fixed his focus on the crime fiction genre with The Hunted, a tense and bloody pursuit through wasteland in a place that could easily be called The Middle of Nowhere, Australia.

In the book, a young woman called Allie arrives to stay with her grandfather, Frank, at a forgotten service station. Also on the highway are the free-spirited wanderer, Simon, and a woman called Maggie who will tie all their fates together. Plus, out there somewhere are those hunters referred to in the title.

From his lockdown base in Melbou...

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The Grove of the Caesars by Lindsey Davis

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 MysteryFiction

In the sacred grove of Julius Caesar, something deadly stirs in the undergrowth—a serial killer, who haunted the gardens for years, has claimed another victim—

At the feet of her adoptive father, renowned private informer Marcus Didius Falco, Flavia Albia learned a number of important rules. First and foremost—always keep one’s distance from the palace, nothing good comes from that direction. But right behind it—murder is the business of the Vigiles, best to leave them to it.

Having broken the first rule more often than she’d like, it’s no surprise to anyone when she finds herself breaking the second one...

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Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

Friday, July 31, 2020 MysteryFiction  No comments

Dangerous Games  by Danielle Steel, A riveting tale of  ambition and politics, passion, corruption, and ultimate justice, brings together a cast of fascinating characters who play Dangerous Games.  These are the tales of Alix Phillips, TV News Reporter and Ben Chapman, cameraman and ex Navy Seal.

Alix and Ben came home after reporting where in Alabama there was a factory that closed and put thousands out of work. Her reports had been great as usual.  The riot police had been called in from other towns to keep the peace since there had been a lot of damage done.

It wasn’t long before they were sent to New Delhi, but Felix gave her a package to do research on the Vice President...

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The Cast by Danielle Steel

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 FictionNovel  No comments

The Cast  by Danielle Steel,  Kait Whittier ignored the christmas party going on in the other room outside her office.  She wanted her column in, “Ask Kait”,  before she left. When she first started there they called her piece the “agony column” but when they realized the following she was getting plus she got her master’s in psychology at NYU they saw that they had a goldmine with her column.

Kait had a lot to do before two of her children and grandchildren came for the holidays, even thou they didn’t stay long, it was good to see them.  Her first stop was to buy a tree, some branches and a wreath.  She walked the rest of the way to her apartment and got ready for the tree to arrive...

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Coming Out by Danielle Steel

Saturday, August 1, 2020 FictionNovel  No comments

Coming Out  by Danielle Steel  The mother of twins got the invitation for the girls to be a part of Coming Out which is the right of young ladies of the age eighteen.  In the old days it was the mark of maturity and they were then looking for a mate.  This is the tale of Virginia and Veronica in Coming Out.

Olympia was running around getting lunch for her young son of five years.  When she heard the mail being pushed through the slot in the door  she grabbed the mail and the doorbell went at the same time so Olympia went out to meet him at the door.

While Max eat his lunch she went through the mail.  There was one envelop that looked like a wedding invite instead it was an invitation to a ball.  It was called the Arches and it was a very elite debutante cotillion...

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The Dark Side by Danielle Steel

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 ThrillerFiction  No comments

The Dark Side  by Danielle Steel  Zoe and Rose Morgan were a perfect complement as sisters.  Zoe had dark, shining, straight hair, Rose on the other hand had curly, halo of white-blond hair which sat as a cap on her head. Zoe always was shy, Rose was an irresistible child.  Rose was three when she was diagnosed with leukemia.  Zoe asked her mother what that was and she tried to explain it to her.  Zoe saw something else in her eyes, fear.  Rose would go to hospital with her mother and Zoe stayed with her dad.

Rose was in the hospital a lot the first year.  She slept a lot and then Rose had a bone marrow transplant from her mother and she got well again. Her hair came back a little darker then it use to be...

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Playdate by Alex Dahl

Sunday, July 26, 2020 ThrillerFiction

About The Book

It was meant to be your daughter’s first sleepover.  Now it’s an abduction. Lucia Blix went home from school for a playdate with her new friend Josie. Later that evening, Lucia’s mother Elisa dropped her overnight things round and kissed her little girl goodnight.
That was the last time she saw her daughter.
The next morning, when Lucia’s dad arrived to pick her up, the house was empty. No furniture, no family, no Lucia.


Extract

Elisa
20 October
We’re almost an hour delayed when we push back from the gate, but the pilots are confident we’ll recover the time with the strong tail wind. I close all the galley lockers and run through the checklist, then speak to the passengers as we taxi away from the terminal. Gloomy clouds churn above us: another grey and windy day...

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Game of Dog Bones by Laurien Berenson

Monday, July 27, 2020 MysteryFiction  No comments


Standard Poodle owner Melanie Travis is an excellent judge of dogs—and people. But what happens when an unnamed killer emerges at one of the fiercest all-breed competitions ever?

As Greenwich, Connecticut, slows down during a bitterly cold February, Melanie and her spunky Aunt Peg head to the city that never sleeps for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. Aunt Peg can’t wait to demonstrate her judging chops on national TV, even after being hounded by frustrating mishaps—all seemingly orchestrated by Victor Durbin, an ousted Paugussett Poodle Club member with a bone to pick. But the bright lights of the show ring grow dim when Victor is found murdered, and she’s the one topping the suspect list . . .

Driven to solve the crime on her aunt’s behalf, Melanie...

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Blue by Danielle Steel

Monday, July 27, 2020 FictionNovel  No comments

Blue by Danielle Steel  Ginny Carter was traveling from Luena to Malanje in Angola.  She had been there on a SOS Human Rights assignment.  She spent any where from 2 months until 3 months on any assignment occasionally longer. She went in as part of a team that was there to ascertain if human right were being violated or questioned.  They were also there to supply food, water, medicine and shelter.  She had been doing these assignments for 3 and a half years.  She was arriving home on December the 22nd after a 27 hours traveling.

Ginny had wanted to be back on assignment already but now she had to spend the holidays at home.  No matter how hard the work or rugged the conditions the better she liked it.  She was tired and worn out when she arrived in New York...

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