A SHOT IN THE WOODS BY SUSAN LYNN SOLOMON
A hunter mistakes a woman for a wild turkey. A tragic accident or… murder?
Turkey hunting season in Western New York, and a short, round woman walking her dog in the woods, blends in with the trees. A shot rings out. The police call Claire Finch’s fate a tragic accident, but Roger Frey’s family insists otherwise. Emlyn Goode steps in with her witchy ways to learn the truth, only to find the hunter might now see her as his prey.
5.0 out of 5 stars Once again Emlyn solves a murder!
August 11, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
Once again she solves a murder with the help of an ancestor, her best friend, and a sassy cat. Although this time she finds herself engaged and getting her brother in law involved too. This novel is very well written, funny, and the characters seem unbelievably real. You can definitely tell the author Susan puts some of herself into every story and even Emlyn herself. I found this novel to be a quick read since I could not put it down! I'm already looking forward to the next of the series.
This future isn't just plausible. It's lurking just beneath the surface of our real-world present. The Divide by award-winning author Marta Moran Bishop
Marta Moran Bishop’s Darkness Descends is powerful, gripping work! It’s a compelling, sometimes scathing prequel to her first series title, The Between Times. Set in a dystopian city-state, Bishop indicts a patriarchal oligarchy that feeds a rape culture at the same time as it plots the overthrow of the rule of law with the anarchic rule of a well-managed mob psyche. The Roman people were given bread and circuses. The crowds in Darkness Descends are handed Rebecca, Jewell’s mother, and a crucial charter character of the series, who faces public torture, humiliation, assault, and finally, auto-da-fé, burning at the stake, which she accepts as her fate as the ultimate sacrifice for a greater good. Bishop pulls no punches. The blows land all the harder when one realizes she is not working solely from imagination. She has incorporated into her literary tapestry the warp of today’s culture, with the weft of actual history, including a chilling early Twentieth Century plot by brutal American financial moguls to overthrow the United States government. Who knew?! This book is devastating. I’m praying for an uplifting third installment to arrive in my Kindle soon, but given Bishop’s dim view of humanity and history, I’m not holding out too much hope for a Pixar ending. Every win in Bishop’s world comes at a great price, and the brilliant Darkness Descends is no exception. Of course, I absolutely can’t wait to see what Bishop will come up with next!
Robert Blake Whitehill, Author/Screenwriter - The Ben Blackshaw Series
What if...for the first time in the history of the United States we took a social and economic nose dive into oblivion? THE BETWEEN TIMES is just such a scenario. A story that reads like a folk tale from the past, but in reality is a fantastic possibility based on the choices available to us today.
The premise is nothing short of an incredible imagination as modern day Chicago fades into an evil darkness separated by a wall. A separateness ruled by the upper society that isolates and mistreats the poor. These less fortunate people, in a short amount of time find themselves forced to live in the lower communities suffering from mistreatment comparable only to the concentration camps during WWII. Women are no longer human beings, but are nothing more than breeding animals kept only to prevent extinction of the race. The conditions are bleak and seemingly hopeless.
It is the belief in a Legend that becomes the driving force behind the survival. A young girl named Jewel, living in the captivity of this devastating socioeconomic environment, is the dream. She manifests hope and magic from within this beautiful tale.
Fantastical, Magical, & Mystical in a story that will make you believe it is about a long forgotten past, but in reality is a possible future! I wholeheartedly recommend this remarkable highly imaginative novel!
The author weaves a deeply disturbing cautionary tale that serves as a warning for us all. In some ways, The Divide is like other books in the genre such as Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, in that it is dark and portrays one potential outcome if our country continues on its current path. This book is different, however, in one important way. Bishop craftily reminds us that the horrific future she describes isn't really much of a departure from the darker chapters of our own history. That fact alone chilled me to the core. Her future isn't just plausible. It's lurking just beneath the surface of our real-world present.
For 25 years France Hunter has been studying owls, and has discovered five new species around the world. Her work has kept her busy and she never had time for a relationship. She travels with Jason “Doc” Bradley, a former paramedic, and his cousins Tony and Andy Bradley. Now, on her last outing she is joined by a magazine writer, Cathy Birch, and a world famous angler, John Sinclair, who has also dedicated his life to his field. As the small caravan travels to the Amazon river France falls and severely injures her left arm. Against Doc's recommendation to turn back, she pushes on. This is her last trip and she wants to go to the place where she found her first new owl. While fishing a blue-ringed owl lands on John's canoe and looks down the river to where France's group is, and then looks back at him. This alerts John. He gets the satellite phone and tries to reach her to no avail. He decides the fishing can wait and, with Mark in another canoe, begin the journey back to France. At France's camp two jaguars attack one of the boatmen severing his left leg. The other two boatmen, they all have rifles, shoot at the jaguars killing one. The other escapes with the boatman's leg. Doc and the others wake to the noise and he and Tony go to where the boatmen are camping. In the ruckus the canoes become untied and go eastward down the shore and the sat phone is destroyed. Now they have no way to get help and will have to wait for John's team to come back, which could take three or four more days. Will help get there in enough time?
This book was one riveting Adventure. When France Hunter and her crew head down the Amazon River with a well-known Angler and a magazine Crew looking to do an interview with her is when the adventure really starts. Stranded in the jungle after their canoes float away and their emergency phone is destroyed the crew struggles to survive after an attack by wild animals. Every good story needs to crisis to keep up the momentum and this book does not disappoint! Ms. Drewa has hit a home-run in her first foray in fiction! I give this 5 stars for being the rousing romantic adventure it is.
A DISGRACED COP FROM THE UK MEETS CANADIAN COP AND THEY MUST LEARN TO WORK TOGETHER TO SAVE THEIR LIVES AND THEIR JOBS - HOLMES IN AMERICA BY KAREN VAUGHAN
Nigel Holmes is a British Police Officer sent to Toronto after a witness was brutally murdered on his watch. Kristen Sherlock is a Detective who was framed for drug possession, and is being harassed by a dirty cop bent on ruining her. Nigel is politically incorrect and swears like a trucker. Kristen is a by-the-book Police Officer. Can they work together without driving each other nuts before her stalker hurts Kristen? Nigel, Kristen and her former partner, Craig, work to bring the stalker down.
Can the Andrew Dice Clay of British detectives get in touch with his inner nice guy when banished to Toronto? One can only hope the renowned politeness of his new Canadian colleagues rubs off on him and quick once this defective detective opens his mouth to speak. The stream of inappropriate epithets is jarring, to say the least. It's no wonder he was exiled to [North] America by his Manchester superiors. Nigel Holmes's is loathsome and, oh yes, he also let a serial killer escape after the man killed the woman he loved. Dereliction of duty left him damaged personally and professionally. Needless to say, his new compatriots are not that thrilled to meet Nigel. He and his new partner, Kristen Sherlock [yes, Sherlock & Holmes] don't hit it off, but she deploys her niceness to correct and control the out of control Brit. Kristen's got trouble of her own, though. Not all Canadian police officers are nice and there's an especially nasty one who has it in for Kristen. Why? Well, that's part of what this 'whydunit' is about. Can Sherlock avoid becoming a victim of her vicious colleague's wrath? Can Holmes shed his barbarous ways so that he's a suitable colleague and partner for anyone, anywhere? You'll have to read Holmes in America to find out--tongue planted firmly in cheek.
When Kristen Sherlock is on probation and gets the job of babysitting British Detective Nigel Holmes all hell will break loose. The partnership between Sherlock and Holmes becomes an all-out war with a corrupt cop and his minions.
The tension mounts, villains come out of the walls, Sherlock and Eversley fall in love and a good friendship evolves between Sherlock and Holmes as he loses some of the last vestiges of his bad social skills.
I adored this book and can hardly wait for a new installment of the Sherlock and Holmes partnership, or do I say the collaboration between Sherlock, Eversley, and Holmes?
It’s impossible not to love Ms. Vaughan’s books. They are a definite go-to when one wants a good read, with a tad of romance, a lot of suspense, murder, and great plots.
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