Detectives Joe Leverette and Philip Marsden are assigned to investigate the murder of a woman who was found dismembered in Port Huron, Michigan. After investigations, it is discovered the murderer is going after the individuals who found each of the body parts.
Leverette becomes interested in Carole Sage, one of the women involved, who is a sensitive but is unable to pursue her due to her involvement in the case. His colleagues in the police force notice the infatuation he has for the woman, but she does not.
The witnesses dream about the murderer removing the particular body part they would eventually find, are startled awake and then they hear an owl hoot several times. Fearing skepticism, they don't reveal their dreams to law enforcement.
Carole Sage actually sees the original murder plus the murder of the individual witnesses. Police Chief Billingsley understands the gift she possesses and arranges a sting operation in order to catch the murderer which fails. Two witnesses are dead and they don't want any more to die.
This books is for 18+ due to the violence.
Cold Coffee (Reviews by Theodocia McLean)
5.0 out of 5 stars Think Twice When An Owl Hoots!
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2016
If you enjoy reading murder mysteries and have the stomach for graphic scenes and detailed forensic evidence, Midnight Owl will be a great read. If you like continuing sagas where the first book keeps you waiting for the author to write and release the next book in the series so you can find out if your suspicions are right or wrong, this Joe Leverette (Mystery Book One) should be in your hands as Call Of The Owl (Joe Leverette Mystery Book Two) is promised for release in 2016.
Well written adult material, realistic characters, easy to follow dialog and a plot that reinforces monsters do exist.
I always quote a passage to show the authors style, but I am very careful not to spoil the story. Quote:
“Heather North had felt as if someone were following her for a while now, weeks to be exact. The sensation was driving her crazy.
She lived in a relatively safe area with a short walk from her parking spot to her apartment, but the feeling was much stronger tonight and it made the walk look a lot farther.
Behind the large SUV to the left of her car, a figure waited. He watched Heather get her purse and sweater out of her car and lock the door. He watched her look around nervously, checking her surroundings before heading to her apartment.
The one thing that Heather really didn't like was that there was no fence between the parking lot and the small wooded area next to it. Her insecurity tonight made it feel even more ominous. A great horned owl gave off three quick hoots making Heather jump and almost drop what she was carrying.
Before she had a chance to step away from her car, a strong arm wrapped around her waist and a damp cloth was clamped tightly over her mouth. She dropped her purse, keys and sweater and everything went dark.”
What happens next will cause your blood to run cold, but you will not stop turning the pages because the sleuth in you will want answers.
I suspect Author Viv Drewa’s studies in medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan played a silent role in her active criminal investigation mind set. No doubt her ability to hold her reader’s attention through suspense is attributive to her writing experience since 1963.
Dreams and Owls have played roles in folklore throughout history. How do dreams and the hoots of an Owl play out this mystery and will the author who is known as ‘Owl Lady’ give us any hoots in book two of this series?
Cold Coffee Press/Café endorses Midnight Owl (Joe Leverette Mystery Book One) by Viv Drewa as a mystery suspense thriller. We reviewed this book from Kindle/PDF format. The review was completed on March 22, 2016.
Take one beautiful vindictive woman....she's 1 part bimbo and 2 parts lethal gangsta- gun moll.
Watch her try and hold onto her 84 year old husband by having his octogenarian paramour knocked off. Sometimes greed and jealousy lead to the last resort ……MURDER!
Laura, Gerry and Gibbons try to stop her from also killing her husband, without getting them selves knocked off in the process!
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic book by Karen Vaughan!!!!
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2018
I love the way Vaughan has her characters interact with each other. They are well developed and believable. Her scenes are described in such a way you can easily picture them.
Moreover, let’s not forget the humor she added! Murder and humor are her trademark, and the humor is woven into the story at the appropriate time and adds the perfect comedy relief.
I highly recommend “Over Her Dead Body” to anyone who loves a good murder mystery and some good laughs!
A STORY OF SURVIVAL AND THE SEARCH FOR A HOME AND LOVE. IT WILL RIP YOUR HEART OUT AND PUT IT BACK TOGETHER. DINKY: THE NURSE MARE'S FOAL BY MARTA MORAN BISHOP
Winnie Award Winner at the Equus Film Festival. Best Equine Rescue book.
Dinky: The Nurse Mare’s Foal is the story of one little foals fight for survival after being taken from his mother within hours of his birth. Dinky, takes us on a poignant trip through the heart and mind of an animal, who was born for the sole purpose of producing milk in the mare. In the elite world of horses, Dinky was considered a by-product, a ‘junk foal.’
Dinky’s story will resonate with animal lovers, as well as anyone who has adopted. Although a horse, his story has been called an adoption story. The reader can follow him through the heartbreak, cruelty, loneliness, and finally to happiness in his forever home. His story is based on true events. Each event from the moment the author met Dinky actually happened, though it is the author’s interpretation of what he might have been thinking and feeling during the occasions described in his story. His early life which is unknown has been fictionalized by the author and constructed through research and imagination.
There are many wonderful animal rescue leagues, many are very empathic to these young animals, though some are not. Since Ms. Bishop has no knowledge of Dinky’s early days she used the latter to enhance the strength of his story.
It will break your heart, open your eyes, lift you up, and teach you much about horses. It is suitable for all ages.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story about Horses, Humans, Cruelty, and Hope
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2020Verified Purchase
This is the second book I've read from Marta Moran Bishop. In Dinky: The Nurse Mare's Foal, Bishop explores the real and dramatized history of her real-life foal, Dinky. The horse was born to a nurse mare, a horse that is mated for the sole purpose of keeping a supply of milk for high dollar foals. Dinky was taken from his mother and denied a normal upbringing for the sake of profit. It's a heartbreaking tale about how humans exploit these creatures and the effect the practice has on the horses themselves. As with other books by Ms. Bishop, this book is steeped in drama and contains harsh realities couched within the story. It makes you think about horses, humans, and humanity in general. I loved this book. It was eye-opening for me and made me re-think the horse industry. If you enjoy a deeply emotional story that leaves you with a sense of hope for a better future, you'll love Dinky.
A TRUE TALE OF SURVIVAL AND ESCAPE FROM RUSSIA OCCUPIED POLAND IN 1913 BY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR VIV DREWA - FROM THE PAGES OF GRANDFATHER'S LIFE
Story of a young man's escape from Russian ruled Poland in 1913.
M. M. Bishop Award-winning author and poet
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking Reality
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2018In nineteen-thirteen, when Lucjen finds out that he will be drafted into the Russian military, and forced to fight his friends and neighbors for the Russian Czar. He and his friend Franciszek, join twenty other people in an harrowing escape to the Americas.
Ms. Drewa's short story of her grandfather's escape holds all the fear, terror, and hardship one would expect if they themself were living through it.
I hope that Ms. Drewa turns this suspense filled story into a novella. This brief glimpse into the times leaves one begging for more.
Kudos to Viv Drewa for taking on the telling of her grandfather's journey. A must read for both history buffs and those who love adventure, and suspense.
WHAT THE HECK!!! HOW AND WHY IS THERE A DEAD BODY ON MY FLOOR? DEAD ON ARRIVAL - BOOK 1 OF THE LAURA & GERRY MYSTERY SERIES BY KAREN VAUGHAN
Laura Hamilton wakes up one morning only to find out a dead body inside her apartment. It was, after all, her ex-coworker, “Velcro” Hodges, a debt collector who was known to leech on his prey until the debt is already paid in full. But why was he dropped insider Laura’s room?
Now someone wants Laura to be dead. As the plot thickens, Laura tries to find out on who could possibly want her next to be in cold blood. Lead Detective Inspector Jeff Gibbons helps her, tracking any leads he gets, but that doesn’t seem to help solve the puzzle.
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Laura in this fun first book in the series
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2017
Great first book in this fun series that I read out of sequence and still enjoyed very much. Corpse magnet, Laura, is on her own in this first book written before Gerry joins her on her misadventures. She's a funny, sarcastic, unpredictable character who takes up sleuthing when a dead body turns up in her apartment. More than a little motivation, that's for sure! Several secondary characters add interest along with more than a little sleaze as Laura sets out alongside Detective Inspector Jeff Gibbons to find out whodunit. I'm not going to tell you that, of course, or reveal how Laura figures it out. You need to read this book and have the fun doing that for yourself
M. M. Bishop Award-winning author and poet
5.0 out of 5 stars DEATH TAKES US ALL
Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2013
Dead on arrival, a Laura Hamilton murder mystery by Karen Vaughan is a must read for anyone who loves a mystery with a bit of twisted humor.
Ms. Vaughan, brings us a brilliant and funny character in Laura Hamilton. This book is a definite keeper and will find a place in my reread list through the years. Truly who cannot love a book whose main character is full of charm, wit, and adventure.
A highly recommended murder mystery.
WHAT IF YOU WERE A CUTE PUPPY, BUT NOT A CUTE LITTLE PUPPY- THE LONESOME PUPPY BY PATRICIA MORAN - AN ADORABLE CHILDREN'S STORY
A children's story about a puppy that is larger than most and therefore not wanted as a friend by the other puppies or as a playmate by the adult dogs or the smaller puppies. He seeks a home and someone to love and want him.
Sherrill S. Cannon
5.0 out of 5 stars A Puppy With a Huge Heart
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2020
The Lonesome Puppy by Patricia Moran 2/10/20 – 5 stars A Puppy with a Huge Heart…
What if you were a cute puppy, but not a cute “little” puppy? Would other pups or children love you, or just wonder why you’re so big and tease you about it? This pup finds the answer when he discovers a new family who is willing to love him just the way he is…and provides a happy-ever-after life for a Great Dane named Thor, who is just the size he is supposed to be!!
PLAYING DEAD: A JEFF GIBBONS EXPERIENCE BY KAREN VAUGHAN HAS ENOUGH MYSTERY AND INTRIGUE TO KEEP YOU IN SUSPENSE TILL THE END.
ON A COLD NOVEMBER NIGHT A MAN IS DEAD AND HIS SISTER IS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS. JEFF GIBBONS IS ON THE SCENE TO GET THE ANSWERS RHONNIE NEEDS. GET READY FOR A WILD RIDE SOME ROMANCE
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unspeakable Truth Could Be Dangerous
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2018
There are enough mystery and intrigue to keep you in suspense to the end. A cold November murder sets Detective Jeff Gibbons on a manhunt. Bo, the victim, worked for securcorps, an international company, with secrets he suspected could be dangerous in the wrong hands.
The victim’s twin sister, Rhonnie, wanted answers and he couldn’t blame her but she needed to leave the investigating up to him. Yet, he suspected that wouldn’t be the case. She appeared to be determined to be a part of finding the killer as much as anyone on his team.
Get ready for a wild ride when some unsightly characters want Bo’s death to never see the light of day! Detective Crime fans will love the maneuvering of the characters in Playing Dead as Det. Gibbons unravels the truth about that cold winter night. PLAYING DEAD: A JEFF GIBBONS EXPERIENCE
AN ADVENTUROUS ARCHAEOLOGICAL TRIP THAT LEADS INTO THE PARANORMAL BY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR VIV DREWA 'THE OWL OF THE SIPAN LORD.
Martin and Clare Montgomery worked together as an archaeological team until Martin mysteriously died. Fearing the rumors of a curse Clare vowed to never return that was until a rare blue eyes owl began to haunt her dreams. Was this a sign from her beloved Martin or something more sinister?
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadows of El Brujo?
The Owl of the Sipan Lord by Viv Drewa is an action-packed adventure novel centered on the exploits of Clare Montgomery, a widowed 52-year-old archaeologist. She goes on a vision quest to Peru along with Cord Willoughby, intent on discovering the secrets of La Senora de Cao. The mysterious death of Hans Windmueller leaves little doubt as to the presence of evil spirits along the trail. Upon arrival in El Brujo, they find themselves delving headlong into a web of mystery, intrigue and murder. It takes them to the ancient Temple of the Moon, where they enlist the aid of the Lord of Sipan, Cantunta. They find that his daughter Adelgonda awaits in the land of the dead, and only by overcoming the evil goddess can they rid the land of the curse of Cao.
The author develops her tale with artistic flair, bringing us into the story line with authentic narratives of Peruvian society and culture. There is also the midlife element portrayed by Clare’s affair with Cord, leading to the possibility of a pregnancy that serves as a highly unexpected distraction. Yet the dream sequences force the reader to keep their eye on the ball as her visions reveal the imminent danger awaiting them. The theme of betrayal resonates throughout the novel as Adelgonda endangers not only the lives of her parents but her entire clan as her death cult endures. It brings us to a dramatic conclusion as Clare and Cord are brought face-to-face with the ancient demons in a final showdown.
For action/adventure fans as well as sorcery buffs, The Owl of the Sipan Lord by Viv Drewa is a worthy addition to your collection.
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.
M. M. Bishop Award-winning author and poet
5.0 out of 5 stars IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO LOVE THIS WHODUNIT
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2019
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.
A HELPFUL LITTLE OWL, A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE, AND SURVIVAL IN GERMAN OCCUPIED POLAND DURING WORLD WAR II BY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR VIV DREWA
Visit World War II Germany, but this won’t be a pleasant holiday when two brave soldiers face dire circumstances against heavy odds – can a mystical owl lead them to safety before it’s too late?
The Christmas Owl by Viv Drewa is a heartwarming story of courage, love, and what the human mind will do when faced with insurmountable odds.
Before reading this story, I listened to many stories from my mother about World War II and already knew that some American soldiers fought with the British before the United States entered the war. This story starts moments after Pearl Harbor was hit and follows Lieutenant Tom Roberts as he is flown to Poland to help discover more about what the German’s were up to.
It includes a few miracles and was informative and delightful to read.
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