Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Buy a Book for Christmas #Mystery #Thriller #Series N.A. Granger, John W. Howell, Don Massenzio

Welcome to another of the Christmas book promotions and time for a little mystery…. and the first author with a wonderful series of books is N. A. Granger and the Rhe Brewster Mysteries. And the best way to start as a gift is the first book in the series which is Death in a Red Canvas Chair.. there are four books and all would make amazing gifts.

About the book

On a warm fall afternoon, the sweet odor of decay distracts Rhe Brewster from the noise and fury of her son’s soccer game. She’s a tall, attractive emergency room nurse with a type A personality, a nose for investigation and a yen for adrenalin. This time her nose leads her to the wet, decaying body of a young woman, sitting in a red canvas chair at the far end of the soccer field. Her first call is to her brother-in-law, Sam Brewster, who is Sheriff of Pequod, the coastal Maine town where she lives. Sam and Rhe’s best friend Paulette, Pequod’s answer to Betty Crocker, are her biggest sources of encouragement when Rhe decides to help the police find the killer.

Her discovery that the victim is a student at the local college is initially thwarted by an old frenemy, Bitsy Wellington, the Dean of Students. Will, Rhe’s husband and a professor at the same college, resents her involvement in anything other than being a wife and mother and must be manipulated by Rhe so that she can follow her instincts.

Rhe’s interviews of college students leads her to a young woman who had been recruited the previous year to be an escort on a Caribbean cruise ship, and Rhe trails her to a high class brothel at a local seaside estate. The man behind the cruise ship escort service and the brothel is the owner of a chain of mortuaries and is related to the dead student.

When Rhe happens on the murder of a young hospital employee who also works for the mortuary chain, she becomes too much of a threat to the owner’s multiple enterprises. She is kidnapped by two of his thugs and is left to die in a mortuary freezer. In the freezer she finds frozen body parts, which are linked to a transplantation program at her hospital.

Despite all the twists and turns in her investigation, Rhe ultimately understands why the student was killed and who did it. And she solves the riddle of why the body was placed in the red canvas chair on the soccer field.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I typically only write 5 star reviews for books that blow me away, but I’ll make an exception for a friend. This is what I affectionately call a “murder cozy.” There is a comfortable familiar rhythm to it that lulls you into a feeling of safety until the action comes crashing in to surprise you. It is paced well, with a good mix of down-time and excitement. The climactic ice scene near the end is particularly engaging.

The author uses her expertise to color the books with a strong medical knowledge that lends credibility to her main character, who is an absolute joy. Rhe is far from your typical heroine– she’s a plucky plump mom ready to take you on with her sassy mouth and insatiably questioning mind. This is my fourth time reading this novel (leading up to the newest novel in the series!) and it holds up well as a great start to a series. Recommended to anyone who likes a good murder mystery, a strong feminine protagonist, and a quirky and easily lovable supporting cast.

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Another series that would make a fantastic gift for mystery/thriller lovers features John J. Cannon, created by John W. Howell. The first book in the series is My GRL….

About My GRL

John J. Cannon, a successful San Francisco lawyer, takes a leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. John is unaware his boat has been targeted by a terrorist group to be used to destroy a symbol of America’s greatness. John’s first inkling of trouble is when he wakes up in the hospital and learns he was found unconscious next to the body of the young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. John now is the only one standing between the terrorists and the success of their mission.

One of the reviews for the book.

I often find work written in first person/present tense to be jarring. Overuse of “I” and “me” coupled with an awkward reveal of the POV character’s name and appearance usually work against an author’s intent and keep me from engaging in the story.

That’s not the case with John Howell’s MY GRL.

Mr. Howell penned a story that, while written in first person/present tense, actually sucked me into the story. I thought what main character John Cannon thought, I felt what he felt. Howell is to be commended for his ability to immerse the reader into his story world through his protagonist.

This thriller captured me not only for the reason listed above, but also because the author crafted a realistic hero. John Cannon isn’t the thirty-year-old alpha male, Navy Seal, superhero. He’s a regular guy, with realistic fears and logical fallacies. He’s so likable because he could be your uncle, your neighbor, your coworker. We all know John Cannons, and we all love them.

While I found this novel to be character-driven, there’s no shortage of action in the plot. This was a quick read because both the character was relatable and the pace was full-throttle.

This is book one of three in the series. I’ll be looking for the next installment and highly recommend this one.

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Also by John W.Howell

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Now for a series that is also available in boxed sets which is very useful when buy Christmas gifts for book lovers. I am going to feature the first book, Frankly Speaking ( A Frank Rozzani Detective Story) by Don Massenzio

About the the book

A 16 year old girl has disappeared. The police believe she is a runaway. Her parents believe she has been taken and is being held against her will. When the parents enlist the services of Frank Rozzani, a former police officer turned private detective, a series of events begins to unfold that implicates a popular local pastor and the religious stronghold of the ultra-conservative community.

Frank Rozzani, a transplant to Jacksonville, Florida from Syracuse, New York, must find the young girl despite the obstacles launched at him from the local police and others whose interests may be compromised by his investigation. Frank enlists the help of his associate Clifford “Jonesy” Jones to find the girl, uncover the conspiracy, and stay alive. While solving the case, Frank must deal with the demons that drove him from Upstate New York causing him to leave traumatic memories and his children behind.

One of the reviews for the book

I bought the Frank Rozzani Detective Novels a while ago to add to my growing pile and only just recently had the time to read, Frankly Speaking, the first book of the series.

I have to say, the blurb was already intriguing, but it didn’t prepare me for the story itself. The book captured my attention from page two and didn’t let go anymore.

Frank Rozzani is a former cop with a sorely afflicted past which made him move to Florida and work as a private investigator. In this first book, he faces the case of a missing girl. Hired by the girl’s parents he starts to look into the girl’s life, character, and environment and discovers that there is much more to the story than ‘certain people’, including the police, want him to know.

His investigation endangers himself and his partner Johnsey, a surfer – and lawyer, sharp as a tack and quite underestimated (yes, even by me). It seems the very same ‘certain people’ don’t want Maggie to be found.

But Frank Rozzani isn’t to intimidate. He dives into the case and brings the deepest depravity, greed and many surprises to light. Frank has excellent instincts, tons of experience and still a compassionate and vulnerable heart.

The book is excellently written, the story captures the reader and the tension can be barely bearable at times. Don Massenzio’s characters are real. I don’t mean ‘real’ as in ‘existing’; I mean, it’s easy to imagine traveling to Florida and meet Frank Rozzani, Johnsey and Anita for breakfast is the perfect thing to do.

Definitely recommendable! I can’t wait to have some free time to read the next Frank Rozzani Detective Novel!

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A selection of other books by Don Massenzio

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Thank you for visiting today and I hope that you have found a book or two to read or give as gifts to family and friends. Thanks Sally


56 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Buy a Book for Christmas #Mystery #Thriller #Series N.A. Granger, John W. Howell, Don Massenzio

  1. Hi Sally, Thank you once more. You’ve captured some good stuff there….I ‘interviewed’ Don some time ago and enjoyed his writing, and the other books mentioned sound excellent too. Oh for more time…..
    Time: eternal mystery
    is wrapped around our souls..
    It steals the bloom from rose-bud cheeks,
    matures the lambs and foals.
    It ages wine,and feels sublime,
    parcelled in anticipation.
    It emancipates,
    frees some shackled nations.
    Time is blessed, healing; hard…
    dealing every kind of card,
    and, while we curse its fast-winged flight,
    ,it promises elation.
    Hugs Joy xx

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  2. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:
    Another in Sally’s terrific “Buy a Book for Christmas” series, today featuring N. A. Granger, John W. Howell, and Don Massenzio. Some great books here! Stop by Smorgasbord Blog Magazine for your Christmas book shopping, and don’t forget to share the link! Thanks, and thanks to Sally for these great posts! Ho, ho, ho! 🙂 ❤

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