Thursday, March 21, 2019


Chutes and Ladder: A Silicon Valley Mystery by Marc Jedel


Chutes and Ladder:

A Silicon Valley Mystery

by Marc Jedel

About the Book

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
BGM Press (March 12, 2019)
Print Length: 195 pages
Dead friend. Free fall. Girl Scouts. Can Uncle Marty untangle the mystery before things really get out of control?
Juggling a budding relationship, demanding job, and mischievous nieces, Marty Golden struggled to keep his head above water — even before his friend’s death. Trying his best to be a good boyfriend and fun uncle, Marty had his own ideas for the weekend until his cunning sister tricked him again.
Convinced his friend’s death was no accident, Marty tries to summon superhero powers but merely manages to bumble along as an amateur sleuth. When Marty’s cousin shows up, she wreaks havoc with his plans and pulls him into yet another mystery.
As threats blossom, Marty doubles down now that his family’s involved. Besides, it’s poor manners to let your friend’s death go unsolved.
Can Marty figure out what happened before a killer, or his imagination, gets to him?
Chutes and Ladder is the second novel in a refreshingly modern mystery series set in Silicon Valley. If you like clever humor and wacky side characters, you’ll love this twisty mystery.

About the Author

For most of my life, I’ve been inventing stories. Some, especially when I was young, involved my sister as the villain. As my sister’s brother for her entire life, I’m highly qualified to tell the tale of this evolving, quirky sibling relationship.
My writing skills were honed in years of marketing leadership positions in Silicon Valley. While my high tech marketing roles involved crafting plenty of fiction, we called these marketing collateral, emails and ads.
The publication of my first novel, Uncle and Ants, gave me permission to claim “author” as my job. This leads to way more interesting discussions than answering “marketing.”
My family would tell you that Marty’s character isn’t much of a stretch of the imagination for me, but I proudly resemble that remark.
Like Marty, I live in Silicon Valley and can’t believe that otherwise normal people would willingly jump out of an airplane and call it fun. Unlike Marty, I have a wonderful wife and a neurotic but sweet, small dog, who is often the first to weigh in on the humor in my writing.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Marc Jedel is hilarious! Generally I run from any hint of comedy, but charming author Jedel had me at his debut novel, UNCLE AND ANTS. So I immediately raced to read the second Silicon Valley Mystery, CHUTES AND LADDERS. Let me specify I don't laugh about the murders or about the corporate dumkopf "whiz child," but I can't stop laughing at protagonist Marty Golden, perennial and proverbial Feckless Hero. If there were ever a perfect illustration of The Fool card in Tarot, Marty is it! Paranoid, fantasist, engineer, socially misadept. You just have to love a character who is so transparently and authentically himself. Naturally he's head over heels in another complex, dangerous, mystery--right where readers want him.


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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Review of FINAL EXAM by Carol Perry

<a href="" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Final Exam (Witch City Mystery #8)" src="" /></a><a href="">Final Exam</a> by <a href="">Carol J. Perry</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
A sprightly and heartwarming cozy mystery with a suspenseful plot plus romance (then and now), FINAL EXAM is Book #8 in the Witch City Mystery Series (the reference, of course, is to Salem, Massachusetts, the setting of this delightfully engaging series). Lee (Maralee) Barrett lost her folks at a young age but thankfully was raised by her Aunt Ibby (Isobel), long-time town Librarian, with whom Lee still lives, in an upstairs apartment her aunt had renovated for Lee's use. As a fairly new on-camera field reporter at WICH-TV, the local station, Lee is frequently out and about with cameraperson Francine, but they could not have expected the consequences when they follow an anonymous tip to an abandoned quarry outside of town. The tipster claimed a car was submerged in the quarry, and that proved out; but there is far more to that situation than anybody expected. The discovery inspires grief, mystery, and fear, because what happened stayed concealed for forty-five years, and the individual responsible might well be living among the townspeople of Salem still. Now a portion of the truth is revealed; what will happen next?<br /><br />Author Carol Perry keeps her readers glued to the page with excitement, intrigue, suspense, and yes, romance. FINAL EXAM is a cozy mystery I couldn't stop reading.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019


Death by a Whisker: A Cat Rescue Mystery by T. C. LoTempio - Paperback Edition

About the Book

Death by a Whisker: A Cat Rescue Mystery

Cozy Mystery

2nd in Series

Crooked Lane Books (February 13, 2018)

Paperback: 320 pages

ISBN-10: 1683319494

ISBN-13: 978-1683319498

Digital ASIN: B072395VJN

Getting used to life back home in Deer Park, North Carolina, Sydney McCall and her right-hand tabby, Toby, are helping her sister Kat run the local animal shelter. Syd and Kat are all excited about the prospect of the shelter’s newest fundraiser: shopping channel queen Ulla Townsend. Shelter admin Maggie Shayne vehemently refuses to have anything to do with the woman, but the fundraiser ensues as planned. That is, until Ulla turns up dead in the middle of the event.

The cause of death is determined to be an allergic reaction, but Syd and Toby are sniffing out something fishy. When Syd met Ulla, it was clear she was distasteful and rude. And right before the event, Syd spotted some behind-the-scenes drama between Ulla and her manager. As they begin to investigate, they realize there is no shortage of suspects, and Maggie is at the top of the list.

Now Syd and Toby must claw their way to the truth before everything goes paws up at their animal shelter in Death by a Whisker by national bestselling author T. C. LoTempio.

About the Author

While Toni Lotempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic.  She (and ROCCO, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime – the first volume, MEOW IF ITS MURDER, debuted Dec. 2, 2014. Followed by #2, CLAWS FOR ALARM.   #3, CRIME AND CATNIP, was released in December. She, Rocco and Maxx make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York. Catch up with them at and

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

DEATH BY A WHISKER is an absolutely riveting cozy mystery set in Deer Park, North Carolina. There's a fine large cast of characters, plenty of animals, lots of tension and suspense and budding romance, anger, infidelity, success and failure; all the realistic and intriguing human motives. I couldn't stop reading and I surely didn't want it to end. The author definitely a twisty plot, a fatality that might or might not be homicide, or accident, or natural causes; and I could not figure out the culprit ahead of time, so I was continually on the "edge of my seat" trying to solve the puzzle, just as did our protagonist, Sydney, who is publicity director of the Friendly Paws Shelter operated by her sister Kat. I really became quickly absorbed and was sorry to reach the end!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Trigger (A Frank Marr Novel) by David Swinson

About the Book

Trigger (A Frank Marr Novel)

Suspense/Thriller/ Private Investigator

3rd in Series

Mulholland Books (February 12, 2019)

Hardcover: 352 pages

ISBN-10: 0316264253

ISBN-13: 978-0316264259

Digital ASIN: B07DHKJ59Z

Frank Marr was a good cop, until his burgeoning addictions to alcohol and cocaine forced him into retirement from the D.C. Metro police. Now, he's barely eking out a living as a private investigator for a defense attorney--also Frank's ex-girlfriend.

Ostracized by his family after a botched case that led to the death of his baby cousin, Jeffrey, Frank was on a collision course with rock bottom. Now clean and clinging hard to sobriety, Frank passes the time--and tests himself--by robbing the houses of local dealers, taking their cash and flushing their drugs down the toilet. When an old friend from his police days needs Frank's help to prove he didn't shoot an unarmed civilian, Frank is drawn back into the world of dirty cops and suspicious drug busts, running in the same circles that enabled his addiction those years ago.

Never one to play by the rules, Frank recruits a young man he nearly executed years before. Together--a good man trying not to go bad and a bad man trying to do good--detective and criminal charge headfirst into the D.C. drug wars. Neither may make it out.

About the Author

David Swinson is a retired police detective, having served 16 years with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. He is the author of two previous novels featuring Frank Marr: The Second Girl and Crime Song. Swinson currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, daughter, bull mastiff, and bearded dragon.

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TRIGGER is a, full-on gritty crime noir set in Washington, D.C., starring a vigilante protagonist, ex-cocaine addict (recovering) and recovering alcoholic,.I former Metro D.C. narcotics bureau detective (how apropos). Frank Marr is now a P.I. in D.C., after being forced to resign from the Police Department and in addition losing the woman he still loves, not so much because of his addictions, but for his years of lies and covering-up. Now he spies out dealers and burgles their stashes, flushing the drugs, pocketing the money. It's still an adrenaline rush, but it's also still a temptation.

If this series had been set in Scotland instead of in D.C., I would compare it to the crime noir fiction of Stuart MacBride. That gives you the impression of what kind of full-bore noir author David Swinson delivers.


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Monday, February 11, 2019

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Past Due for Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert


About the Book 

Past Due for Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery

Cozy Mystery

3rd in Series

Crooked Lane Books (February 12, 2019)

Hardcover: 304 pages

ISBN-10: 1683318749

ISBN-13: 978-1683318743

Digital ASIN: B07D2GYM25

Has a curse fallen on the small town of Taylorsford, Virginia? After a young woman goes missing during a spring bonfire, library director Amy Webber must wade through the web of lies only to find a truth that she may not want to untangle.

Spring has sprung in quaint Taylorsford, Virginia, and the mayor has revived the town’s long-defunct May Day celebration to boost tourism. As part of the festivities, library director Amy Webber is helping to organize a research project and presentation by a local folklore expert. All seems well at first—but spring takes on a sudden chill when a university student inexplicably vanishes during a bonfire.

The local police cast a wide net to find the missing woman, but in a shocking turn of events, Amy’s swoon-worthy neighbor Richard Muir becomes a person of interest in the case. Not only is Richard the woman’s dance instructor, he also doesn’t have an alibi for the night the student vanished—or at least not one he’ll divulge, even to Amy.

When the missing student is finally discovered lost in the mountains, with no memory of recent events—and a dead body lying nearby—an already disturbing mystery takes on a sinister new hue. Blessed with her innate curiosity and a librarian’s gift for research, Amy may be the only one who can learn the truth in Past Due for Murder, Victoria Gilbert’s third charming Blue Ridge Library mystery.

About  the Author

Raised in a historic small town in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Victoria Gilbert turned her early obsession with books into a dual career as an author and librarian.

Victoria’s first cozy mystery series, the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series, garnered her a three-book deal with Crooked Lane Books, which has since been expanded to five books. The first two books in the series have been optioned by Sony Pictures Television, and the first three were or will be produced in audiobook by Tantor Media.

Victoria also just inked a 2-book deal with Crooked Lane for a new cozy series, the Booklovers B & B series, set in historic Beaufort, NC.

A member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime, Victoria is represented by Frances Black at Literary Counsel.

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Past Due for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #3)Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #3

Library Director Amy Webber is one determined heroine. Like fools who tread where angels fear to go, Amy perseveres even in the face of danger; and danger never scares her off. In the past year, she has faced multiple killers and much personal danger, but that never stops her. This is a heroine to admire! At the moment, her relationship with beloved neighbor Richard appears to be a little rocky, or at least he is being secretive. The composer who once badly broke her heart with his controlling ways and psychological abuse is back in the area, complete with new lady (the one in the wings when he was still seeing Amy). Richard's parents are coming to visit (oh, dear); and now a Clarion University student has gone missing in the mountains. Another professor at Clarion, a noted folklorist, is stirring up trouble about the composer and about an elderly mountain denizen of a long-established area family. Then troublemaking turns to death, and Amy is caught up in the thick of both multiple mysteries and danger.

Author Victoria Gilbert keeps readers engrossed and turning those pages in the BLUE RIDGE LIBRARY MYSTERIES.


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