Dirty Little Secrets by Liliana Hart ~ Fiction Book Review

17153446There’s nothing like free to get you (or me, at least) to try something new. And honestly, I’m a sucker for a book with the word secrets in the title. I don’t know why, and I’d rather not analyze what that may say about me, so watch my other hand while I wave it around and skip ahead to the review.

First, let me say that this is the first in the J.J. Graves Mystery series, and was (or may still be) available for free on Kindle. Second, I have to let you know that my favorite part of this book was not the mystery or the writing, but J.J.’s witty, snarky, sarcastic and sometimes even a bit raunchy inner dialogue.

It’s not often that I really like and/or identify with a character in a book I’m reading. Usually the characters play second fiddle to the plot for me; as long as I can stand them, an awesome plot = an awesome book. In this case, an engaging character made the plot that much better for me. Enough that, even though I swear that I don’t want to become ‘involved’ with any more series, I just did. Luckily this was a super quick read. 5 stars!

The Game You Played by Anni Taylor ~ Fiction Book Review

30229194This was a debut? Seriously? Aussie author Anni Taylor is one to watch. There was a nanosecond in the beginning of this book where the main narrator’s friends are introduced that I had a moment of worry. It almost instantly vanished. I could not stop reading this book. Every time I thought I had figured out what was going on, who was behind the abduction, I was wrong!

Taylor left breadcrumb trails in numerous wrong directions, and I took the bait, probably because she did it in such a plausible way. So many times I’ve read a book where I’ve told myself that the author can’t possibly be writing the story leading to an endgame that seems so obvious, only to be disappointed and discover that they did. This is NOT one of those books.

I did, at one point, briefly suspect the culprit, only to follow red herrings in other directions. After finishing the book, I realized there were certainly enough clues, Taylor just didn’t bash you over the head with them like some authors do. Not my typical cup of tea, but tasty enough to make me drain my cup and leave me wanting more. Five stars!

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza ~ #Fiction Book Review

28233082What is it with these awesome new British Detective series that keep coming out? Like coffee and chocolate, they’re addictive. The Girl in the Ice is the first in Robert Bryndza’s new DCI Erika Foster series. Although an established writer, Bryndza is new to the crime novel scene. Wait, what? The guy who wrote this book is known for his romantic comedies? Impossible. But, apparently, true.

There was action right from the start in this electrifying book. I didn’t immediately feel the love, but soon discovered that I couldn’t put the book down. Or solve the question of, “Who done it?” before the author was ready. I love/hate it when that happens!

If you’re looking for a new series (which I wasn’t but now  I’ll have to make room), here’s a promising new Detective to keep you occupied. Five stars!