I haven’t done this post in a few weeks because of surgery and not knowing what in the world I would feel like reading! Now that I’m back to normal, as normal as I could ever be, here is what I plan to read and review this week!
The Girl at the Bar, by Nicholas Nash
Publication: Fireflies Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (February 1, 2017)
Synopsis: Rebecca, a brilliant cancer researcher, disappears after a one-night stand with a neurotic man with a questionable past.
Her sudden disappearance in the midst of a high-stakes quest to cure cancer between two rival billionaires sets into motion an inexplicable chain of events as the bodies start to pile up.
No one knows why she disappeared. The race to find answers ensnares everyone around her, one of whom is a deeply disturbed psychopath lurking in the shadows.
Is Rebecca still alive? What happened to her? Who did it? And why? Questions about her vex everyone looking for answers. No one can be trusted and no one is above suspicion…
Dancing At Midnight: The Life of June Parker,
by Rebecca Yelland
Publication: Create Space Publishing Platform; 2 edition (October 27, 2016)
Synopsis: A woman finds her mother’s journal after her death and the secrets she has kept hidden for decades.
Shepherd & the Professor, by Dan Klefstad
Publication: Black Rose Writing; 1 edition (April 22, 2016)
Synopsis: Most people take comfort knowing their family and friends will remember them after they die. For Susan Shepherd, “remembering” is bullshit. She wants an eternal shrine to her sacrifice: a book that never goes out of print.
Shepherd served her country in the Gulf War, got shot while serving her community as a cop, raised an ungrateful daughter by herself — and for what? A diagnosis of terminal cancer and she isn’t even fifty. If you were in her shoes, you might agree that nothing short of national perpetual acknowledgment will do.
She’s glad you feel that way; she just wrote a memoir and sent a flurry of query letters, hoping a publisher will memorialize her with a best-seller. After hitting Send, she waits not-at-all patiently for an editor to decide if her story will sell enough copies — that is, if her life really mattered.
Rarity from the Hollow, by Robert Eggleton
Publication: Dog Horn Publishing (November 8, 2015)
Synopsis: Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn’t great. But Lacy has one advantage — she’s been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It’s up to her to save the Universe.
To Kill a Wife (Inspector Peach Series Book 3),
by J.M. Gregson
Publication: Endeavour Press (February 7, 2017)
Synopsis: Maybe everyone would be better off without her…
Verna Hume isn’t an easy woman to be around. Her husband, Martin, knows that all too well.
Their marriage had long since died and out of spite, Verna refuses to give Martin the divorce he wants.
And in the meantime, she has numerous affairs with other men – her latest man, one Hugh Pearson of Pearson’s Electronics.
It’s then that Martin thinks: I could just kill her.
As he toys with plans to kill her, he feels a new lease of life. Everything from his career to his social life is on the up.
He starts an affair of his own – with Verna’s sister, Sue; a single mother to a wonderful little boy.
Oblivious to everything but her future with Hugh, Verna completely ignores Martin going away for the weekend.
To his surprise, when Martin returns home, he finds Verna dead; to add to the irony, he’s arrested for her murder.
It seems an easy case to the police but DI Dennis Peach doesn’t think Martin did it. And his partner Lucy Blake is in agreement.
As the pair soon discover, Verna Hume had many enemies other than Martin and Sue.
There’s her long-time business partner and friend, Barbara Harris, who had a nasty disagreement with Verna the day before her death.
There’s Hugh Pearson, who while happy to sleep with Verna was not keen on Verna’s insistence that they get married and set up home together.
There are her own parents, her father and stepmother – Dean and Alice Osbourne – whom, Verna treated awfully.
And then there are all her ex-lover.
It’s clear that Martin is innocent, his alibi watertight, and so it’s up to Peach and Blake to uncover the real murderer.