Category: Crime Fiction

Review: Mackenzie’s Trust by Jane Blythe

Posted September 21, 2017 by Minx
Review: Mackenzie’s Trust by Jane Blythe

Mackenzie’s Trust is the second novella from the Flashes of Fate series. In this story, I was quickly caught up in the nightmare that was Mackenzie’s reality. Let me tell you that it was not a situation I ever want to encounter myself. It was an absolutely terrifying scenario to consider! I loved how I was able to feel Mackenzie’s fear, loathing, and anxiety from the start of this short […]


Review: Paint by Murder by Amanda Siegrist

Posted September 16, 2017 by Minx
Review: Paint by Murder by Amanda Siegrist

Paint by Murder was inspired by the daughters of Author Amanda Siegrist. Once a week her daughters will give her prompts for her flash fiction posts and she will choose one and write a short post, essentially a chapter, based on that prompt. This story started with the prompt “I never paint…” and voila an idea was born. Although it started out as just a blurb it quickly morphed into […]


Review: Sweet Nightmares by Zizi Cole

Posted September 12, 2017 by Minx
Review: Sweet Nightmares by Zizi Cole

Sweet Nightmares grabbed my attention from the start. The horror elements in this book were tightly twined with suspense and a little romance too. I was immediately horrified by the story unfolding as well as chilled to the bone trying to figure out why it had happened. I immediately had a sense of foreboding that had me immediately engaged with this story. Alexandrea Cooper’s family was brutally murdered and somehow […]


Review: Storm of Attraction by Lily Black

Posted August 16, 2017 by Minx
Review: Storm of Attraction by Lily Black

Storm of Attraction is an action-packed second chance romance. Alexa is a black belt instructor at Crouching Tiger, a studio that has been teaching the local community the art and mantra’s behind the martial arts. When her old flame comes back to Willowdale, Alexa is not thrilled. Especially once she learns that Drew is interested in opening up a mixed martial arts studio that will be in direct competition with […]


The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy

Posted August 1, 2017 by Minx
The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy

The Dark Net is about the “what if’s” regarding the internet. What if the internet could be utilized for truly evil purposes and possession? What if there was a demonic select that had a location on Earth, specifically Portland, that they used for their ritualistic reasons? What if they were tired of the status quo and hatched a plan for worldwide domination? If you ever considered any of those questions, […]


Four by Jane Blythe

Posted July 20, 2017 by Minx
Four by Jane Blythe

I enjoy reading the Count to Ten series because Author Jane Blythe is not afraid to bring to life the graphic violence that truly can occur with crime. Before I started reading Four though, I had to take a moment and metaphorically put on my big girl panties to ready myself for this story. I might enjoy and appreciate this series but that does not mean that it doesn’t scare […]


Smugglers & Scones by Morgan C. Talbot

Posted May 26, 2017 by Minx
Smugglers & Scones by Morgan C. Talbot

Smugglers & Scones was a delightful cozy mystery that was filled with adventure, mystery, and murder most foul. This setting for this story is in a small, quaint town named Seacrest. This town is nestled on a narrow strip of land between the Pacific Ocean and the coast of Oregon. In this sleepy town is an establishment called the Moorehaven Bed and Breakfast Inn. This inn is unique in that […]


Review: Forgotten by Neven Carr

Posted May 25, 2017 by Minx
Review: Forgotten by Neven Carr

Forgotten was just lovely! It is a superb tale that is intricately woven with details and developed characters. This story takes place over a matter of days but the start of it all stretches back over a decade. Claudia has never really been bothered by her lack of memory from before the age of seven but it quickly becomes apparent that there is something being hidden from her, something that […]


The Watcher by Bella Jewel

Posted May 24, 2017 by Minx
The Watcher by Bella Jewel

Suspense, thrill, and romance? Check, check, check. I loved this story! The Watcher is the kind of book that you read and pray that it never happens to you! The start of this novel had my heart pumping and it did not stop from there! The story is told in the present but there are creepy and suspenseful flashbacks that tell us readers what Marlie suffered through. It is like […]


Intricate Deceptions by Jennifer Rayes

Posted May 23, 2017 by Minx
Intricate Deceptions by Jennifer Rayes

What drew me to this story was that it involved human trafficking and that is a tough subject to tackle. Intricate Deceptions starts out with its main character Gaia waking up in a cell without any memory as to how she came to be there or where “there” even is. Gaia also quickly realizes that she is trapped and is not alone. Not only is she not alone in the […]


Charity’s Wrath by Jane Blythe

Posted March 6, 2017 by Minx
Charity’s Wrath by Jane Blythe

There is never anything about Author Jane Blythe’s writing that is warm and fuzzy. Her writing style is gritty, edgy and in your face. She is not afraid to explore the darker side of an unhealthy love. While reading her books I am always appalled at the sinister side of humanity she conveys and shocked at how the character’s act and react. It always resonates with me though how her […]


Where the Lost Girls Go by R.J. Noonan

Posted January 31, 2017 by Minx
Where the Lost Girls Go by R.J. Noonan

Laura Mori’s character is a newbie about to get a crack at her first case. She is written as competent, intelligent and a slightly naïve woman who wants to make a difference in her life and the lives of others. I enjoyed that her character is of the Japanese ethnicity. She is no wilting waif and I love protagonist diversity. Throughout the story you will also see her struggle with […]


Poison is the New Black by Chelsea Field

Posted January 24, 2017 by Minx
Poison is the New Black by Chelsea Field

This is the third installment in the Eat, Pray, Die Humorous Mystery series and I am finding that I am just loving this series! This story starts directly after the end of the “Taste of Christmas” novella. Izzy and Connor have just spent a few days together but duty calls and they need to get back to the real world. Their employment with the Taste Society can makes things quite […]


Bryant & May: Strange Tide by Christopher Fowler

Posted January 21, 2017 by Minx
Bryant & May: Strange Tide by Christopher Fowler

Now I cannot say that I have read every Bryant & May book out there but I have read a few and I can say that this for me was one of my favorites. The last book I had read was at the beginning of Arthur’s mental deterioration so to have a conclusion to that saga was quite nice. This story starts out on rather a low note for the […]


Three by Jane Blythe

Posted January 18, 2017 by Minx
Three by Jane Blythe

Having read the previous two books in the Count to Ten series I can say that in order to appreciate this book fully you need to read the prior books. This story includes the killers from the previous two books and brings them together in a bizarre and twisted way. In addition, the main protagonists from the first two books are also intertwined in this plot. What follows is a […]


Reckless Creed by Alex Kava

Posted January 7, 2017 by Minx
Reckless Creed by Alex Kava

I really enjoyed the previous two books in this series, Ryder Creed. It made me very excited to get this book into my hands and see where things had gone with Ryder and his dogs. What I was not expecting was a thriller that brushes against a reality that is so terrifying. It is one of those situations that could be potentially happening now. I haven’t read a book that […]


A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

Posted January 4, 2017 by Minx
A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

It can never be denied that author Deanna Raybourn knows how to write a great mystery. I absolutely love reading a book that carries a mystery until the bitter end with plenty of twists and turns on the way. This newest book in the Veronica Speedwell Series delivered just that. In this installment I find that some of the criticisms I had for the first book have been resolved but some of […]


Two by Jane Blythe

Posted December 16, 2016 by Minx
Two by Jane Blythe

Author Jane Blythe writes a dark crime thriller that tells a twisted story of apathy, degradation and crime that should only take place in our nightmares. It was brutal and told with such conviction that it left me feeling disturbed at times. This is a story that makes the idea of “keep it secret, keep it safe” appalling. From the start of the book I was engrossed and also grossed […]


Kiss & Tell by Luke Murphy

Posted November 18, 2016 by Minx
Kiss & Tell by Luke Murphy

Dark, grisly and intense! The entire time I was reading this story I had a feeling of foreboding coupled with a sense of tension that there was always a threat looming in the background. Several times I felt myself willing the main character Charlene Taylor to make different choices, lol. There is a great hook right from the prologue and the story is filled with suspenseful twists and turns. Having been recently […]


The Wave at Hanging Rock by Gregg Dunnett

Posted November 14, 2016 by Minx
The Wave at Hanging Rock by Gregg Dunnett

This story is told in both the past at the present, in first person and third person points of view. The story follows Jesse from childhood and it is from him that we have the first person voice. We are able to follow his story to where it intersects with his two friends John and Darren. These characters are where the surfing aspect of the plot is introduced. I am […]