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No Strings Attached (Lexi Carmichael Mystery #8) by Julie Moffett

Posted by [email protected] on July 4, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Synopsis:

Oops, I did it again…

 

Leave it to me, Lexi Carmichael, to become a target for an elite organization of cyber criminals simply by being in the wrong place at the right time. As if I weren't already freaking out about planning my best friend's bachelorette party, I now have to keep my eyes peeled for people trying to kill me.

 

After accidentally intercepting a dangerous hack into the NSA and discovering the involvement of a foreign country in said hack, things begin to get seriously complicated. Diplomats, danger and spies, oh, my!

 

With Slash and my loyal friends by my side, I'm in a race against time to stop a team of sophisticated hackers on a deadly mission. My team of geeks is brilliant…but derailing an international plot for revenge will take everything we've got.


Janet's Five Star Review:

The Lexi Carmichael-series is one of my favorite series. The stories are very well plotted and crafted and the characters develop over the course of the series. Number 8 already and still going very very strong.

 

Lexi is attending HACK CON when she stumbles into a situation where it is clear national security is threatened. After an attempt on her life (again!) the situation escalates and soon Lexi and Slash are at it again to save the US against a very real threat, of course with the help of their friends.

 

During all this, Lexi is still planning Basia's bachelorette party and taking her duties as Maid of honor very seriously. I almost peed my pants laughing so hard at a very particular scene at a bridal shop. What I enjoyed most was the fact that Lexi and Slash really are center stage in this installment and that their relationship is growing. If you have not read one of these books yet, you are missing out on a great series!

 

Quote without trying to spoil :-) :

 

“Wow. I’m not sure what to say. Was there really an ambulance, fire truck and an insurance adjuster involved?” “Unfortunately, yes.”

 

 

Publication date: July 4, 2016

Pre-order via Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/No-Strings-Attached-Carmichael-Mystery-ebook/dp/B0166B4OK8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466089929&sr=8-1&keywords=No+STrings+attached+Lexi


Sex, Lies, and Snickerdoodles (A Working Stiffs Mystery Book 2) by Wendy Delany

Posted by [email protected] on June 30, 2016 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)
Synopsis:

Secrets, lies, and a dead guy!

"Sex, Lies, and Snickerdoodles is more than just a yummy title, it's also a fabulous mystery."

 

Everybody’s got a secret. A secret crush. A secret liaison. A secret recipe. And for a deadly few, a secret murder.

 

Port Merritt’s favorite bad boy, Russell Falco, was a seasoned veteran of secret liaisons. But after his body washes up on the shore of Merritt Bay, Deputy Coroner and human lie detector, Charmaine Digby, suspects one of those liaisons got Russell killed.

 

Secrets. Lies. Cookie-baking rivals. And a dead guy. Char’s on the case and is determined to find the killer . . . if the killer doesn’t find her first!

 

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Look for all the books in Wendy Delaney's Working Stiffs Mystery series:

Trudy, Madly, Deeply (#1)

 

Sex, Lies, and Snickerdoodles (#2)

 

There's Something About Marty (#3)

 

 

Note: Rated PG-13 for mild language.




Shannon's 4 Star Review:

Charmaine Digby is curious by nature, even when she tries to to leave things alone her brain keeps trying to figure out the puzzle. When she gets the file for the Deputy Coroner's Office, she just needs to talk to the witnesses and get their stories, nothing else. Well, if you read the first book, Trudy, Madly, Deeply, you know if something strikes Charmaine as odd, she will investigate it until she's satisfied with the answers. Sometimes she goes too far and ticks a lot of people off, but oh well.

This book is funny and entertaining. It keeps you going around in circles as you accompany Charmaine on her adventure to piece together the truth of the latest death to hit her desk.


Sleuthing for a Living (Mackenzie & Mackenzie PI Mysteries Book 1) by Jennifer L. Hart

Posted by [email protected] on June 23, 2016 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Synopsis:

As a young single parent, Mackenzie Elizabeth Taylor has struggled to provide for her teenage daughter. She finally catches a break when she inherits half of an apartment building in Boston from her uncle Al...along with his P.I. business. So what if she doesn’t know the first thing about investigation or if their hot-but-crabby downstairs tenant is a police detective who’s looking for any excuse to handcuff her? Her daughter, Mac the computer whiz, has her back. And these two girls don’t know the meaning of the word quit—not even when their first case takes an unexpected turn.

The man Mackenzie's been hired to follow in a custody case seems to have upset more than just her client when she spies another person tailing him—a mysterious man Mackenzie would bet is up to no good. But when her mark suddenly winds up dead, and her first and only client is accused of his murder, Mackenzie vows to find the truth. Only one problem: she doesn’t know where to start…or when to draw the line. Who is the mysterious man she spotted tailing the victim? Is he the killer? Is she in over her head, or will she uncover the secrets someone killed to keep hidden? Mackenzie and Mackenzie are on the case, and the world of private investigation will never be the same.


Janet's 5 Star review:

What a great start to a new series.

Mackenzie Taylor had a daughter at age 16 and has looked after Mac as a single mom for 16 years. When her uncle Albert dies he leaves Mackenzie and her mother his big house (including tenants) and Mackenzie decides to move in. After finding Alberts manuscript 'Working Man's Guide to Sleuthing for a Living' Mackenzie decides to try and take up his profession as a PI.

Luckily, older attorney Len is willing to give Mackenzie a chance and her first job. With the help of computer wiz Mac and using her wits Mackenzie starts her first stakeout, only to be dragged into a murder case. Handsome Detective (and neighbor) Hunter Black is against her taking up the job as PI and life gets more crazy after her mother decides to move in after leaving her husband and Mac has questions about her dad. Coffee just isn't enough!

I think this has the potential to be an enjoyable new favorite series. The characters are likeable, there is a love interest and a woman brave enough to start a new profession when strapped for money.


Jazzy Jeopardy (A Piece of Cake Mystery) by AR Winters

Posted by [email protected] on June 20, 2016 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Synopsis:

Catching a killer is a piece of cake... Or is it?

 

A jazz-themed restuarant, a dangerous poisoning...

 

Mindy and Beth hurry to uncover a dangerous murderer, before it's too late. Too bad Mindy's nemesis Neve insists on "helping"...

 



Shannon's Four Star Review:

Mindy and Beth are hired to look into the possible poisoning case. What they find out is tragic. There's rumors of ghosts, a stalker who likes to leave red roses, and possibly bad ceviche.

 

This book seemed a little slower and dragged a little with an overabundance of users details in some places. Overall the book was good and you wavered back and forth as to who the culprit would be.

 

It wasn't a cliffhanger but does seem to be left open for another story.

It's worth reading and enjoying.


Wacky Walnuts (A Piece Of Cake Mystery) by A.R. Winters

Posted by [email protected] on June 15, 2016 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

FOUR STAR REVIEW BY SHANNON

I really like how quick it is to read these novellas. They are rapidly progressing mysteries.

Beth is accused of murder in this story because the woman who had previously given her a one-star review is found dead in the bathtub with a slice of cake and glass of wine. The new detective is dead set on pinning the murder on Beth, so Mindy vows to find out the truth. Along the way, she has took deal with her nemesis, Neve, who is now working alongside Mindy's ex, the newest addition to the DA's office.

How was Mindy's dinner with Ethan? Will Beth wind up in jail? Who killed Celeste? Will Mindy find out before she's killed?

 

I'm off to read the next book in the series, Jazzy Jeopardy!


Dead Man's Diamonds (A Piece of Cake Mystery) by A.R. Winters

Posted by [email protected] on June 14, 2016 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 FOUR STAR REVIEW BY SHANON

*This is a novella

Mindy, a former Hollywood screenwriter, and her best friend, Beth, have been helping solve some cases around town when they are hired to find the murder of Tim Broker, a grumpy cafe owner.

Mindy and Beth have a great knack for finding the truth but doubt starts too set in when a high school nemesis shows up to show Mindy up. It's a race against the clock, or rather the nemesis, to find the who and why of this case to keep their client our of jail.

This is a great, quick read. It was well written and thought out, progressing quickly. I didn't realize I had gotten to the end so soon after starting. It took me about 2.5-3 hours too read it.

I really enjoyed it.

I can't wait to start the next one!