Time for some more book gift ideas from the Cafe and Bookstore and here is a selection of novels that any book lover would enjoy. As always when there is a series I will share book one and that is the case for the first author Mary Anne Edwards and The Charlie McLung Mysteries... Here is the first book in the series – Brilliant Disguise.
About the book
Are you sure you could tell the difference between murder and suicide?
Having had more than enough of the big city, Detective Charlie McClung moves to a small town looking for a simpler life. Turns out his first case is the most complicated of his career.
A young woman is found shot and while everyone is telling him suicide, his gut, and the dead woman’s beautiful neighbor, are telling him something quite different.
How far can he dig before he uncovers secrets never meant to be unearthed? Throw in a shady police chief and an unexpected love interest and McClung quickly finds himself with more trouble than he ever imagined.
One of the 100 reviews for the book
This story has it all. Murder, mystery, crime, drama, love and a great whodunit. I absolutely love reading a great whodunit and Mary Anne has achieved that in this book. This is a clean murder mystery with romance. I enjoyed reading about the main characters Charlie and Marian. They are characters both in their 40s. Charlie is a big city detective that moves to a small Georgia town to find solace and relax. There he meets Marian. Marian is a widow. Charlie investigates the death of Marian’s neighbor which looks to be apparent suicide. I loved this cozy mystery. I read it all in one evening.
This story was so intriguing. I couldn’t stop reading. This is a must read. Mary Anne did a great job keeping me guessing. This book contained twists and turns, suspense and kept me wanting to read until I was finished. It was refreshing to read a book that I could relate to. I loved watching Moonlighting, Remington Steele and Scarecrow and Mrs. King. This story reminded me of those TV programs. I’m a huge mystery buff. I laughed, was puzzled, cheered on Charlie and Marian and can’t wait to read the next book in this series. If you enjoy a good whodunit, mystery, suspense, touch of romance, clean read, you’ll absolutely love this mystery. Kudos to Mary Anne and her brilliant storytelling!
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HYYOARE
Other books in the series
Read all the many reviews and buy the Charlie McClung Series: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Anne-Edwards/e/B00HZ28TIQ
and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Anne-Edwards/e/B00HZ28TIQ
Read more reviews and follow Mary Anne Edwards on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7791576.Mary_Anne_Edwards
Connect to Mary via her website: http://maryanneedwards.com/index.html
The next author is Diana J. Febry with the first book in her DCI Peter Hatherall Mysteries – The Skeletons of Birkbury again perfect for mystery lovers this Christmas.
About the book
When the body of a teenage girl is discovered in Birkbury, the villagers close ranks. Gossip turns to fear and suspicion as they realize the killer is one of them and is prepared to kill again.
DCI Peter Hatherall must fight his past and class divisions to find the killer.
All must decide which secrets are worth dying for.
A recent review for the book
The novel is a cold case detective story focusing on a dead girl who vanished twenty years earlier. This lends the story a slower pace than if it had been a recent murder, but that’s okay. In the small, slightly suffocating, rural community, we have plenty of suspects, and you’ll take against one or two right from the off. We certainly get a lot of detail about each character, possibly to make them all seem important (and therefore worthy of our suspicion), and we hop between points of view, even within a scene. The detectives work well together, although their off-topic back stories occasionally took centre stage, which may not suit an impatient mystery fan. All in all, a good mystery that keeps you guessing until the end.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Skeletons-Birkbury-Peter-Hatherall-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07CYQDHHJ
The other books in the DCI Peter Hatherall series
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diana-J-Febry/e/B00J7AG9U4/
Read many more reviews and follow Diana on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5989441.Diana_J_Febry
Connect to Diana via her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dianaj.febry.9
The next author with books in a series is Judy Penz Sheluk and here is book one of The Marketville Mysteries – Skeletons in the Attic. Some of the books have been re-released with new covers.
About the book
Calamity (Callie) Barnstable isn’t surprised to learn she’s the sole beneficiary of her late father’s estate, though she is shocked to discover she has inherited a house in the town of Marketville—a house she didn’t know he had. However, there are conditions attached to Callie’s inheritance: she must move to Marketville, live in the house, and solve her mother’s murder.
Callie’s not keen on dredging up a thirty-year-old mystery, but if she doesn’t do it, there’s a scheming psychic named Misty Rivers who hopes to expose the Barnstable family secrets herself. Determined to thwart Misty and fulfill her father’s wishes, Callie accepts the challenge. But is she ready to face the skeletons hidden in the attic?
One of the reviews for the book
As an (ignorant) American, I hadn’t realized that Canada had tried the Prohibition experiment too, and earlier than the U.S. Just a throwaway comment grousing about the government-run liquor stores made me take a second to check Wikipedia. That this well-written tale of a missing mother made me think and learn beyond following the clues was my own first clue that this was going to be an extra-enjoyable read–or, listen, in this case, as I allowed narrator Claira Jordyn to read aloud while I enjoyed breakfast and other otherwise non-brain activities. Intriguing premise, logical clue-following research (including hours in the library), and a surprise ending.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078HD3WH2
A selection of other books by Judy Penz Sheluk including Past & Present the second book in the series that I have read and reviewed.
Read the reviews and buy all the books: http://www.amazon.com/Judy-Penz-Sheluk/e/B00O74NX04
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Judy-Penz-Sheluk/e/B00O74NX04/
Read more reviews and follow Judy on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8602696.Judy_Penz_Sheluk
Connect to Judy via her blog: http://www.judypenzsheluk.com/
A note in from Judy
Thanks so much Sally! This is such great timing as The Hanged Man’s Noose is now on for just .99 on Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Google Play and Apple Book — until Dec. 13 and then $4.99 again. It’s the first book in the Glass Dolphin series. ALSO for your UK Audible listeners, I have 5 Free UK Audible codes available for each of my four books (no US codes), so if there’s any Audible UK listeners reading this, please email me a judy at judypenzsheluk dot com with your audible profile (I just have to be sure that you aren’t a scammer…)
And the final author today with books in a series is Toni Pike and The Magus Covenant: The secret that will change the world (The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series Book 1)
About the book
THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT IS IN PERIL – UNLESS ONE MAN CAN UNCOVER THE TRUTH…
A long-forgotten sect, a deadly brotherhood, a billionaire who trades in relics and a race across Europe in pursuit of a killer.
Jotham Fletcher is in Rome to give a lecture about Simon Magus at the church where he fell to his death beside the Roman Forum. Magus was a cult leader mentioned in the Bible and his libertine sect disappeared by 400 AD.
But did it really die out?
A robed man is pushed from the bell tower of the church at midnight and Jotham becomes the prime suspect. His lover Antonella, an expert on ancient documents, has a shocking secret. Rumours fly about a papyrus scroll. A ruthless Catholic Brotherhood will stop at nothing in their hunt for a hidden sect. And a reclusive billionaire has the chance of a lifetime to get his revenge.
Jotham is kidnapped, tortured and on the run. He races from Italy to England to Sweden. But the body count continues to rise and so does the heat in this non-stop thriller that will leave you breathless.
FEATURING: a fast-paced and gripping plot, chase sequences, Italian police, mysterious historical events and an ending that you won’t see coming.
Don’t miss this action-packed thriller! Discover the secret that will change the world.
There are three other books in this series – enjoy Jotham Fletcher’s continuing story.
Book 2: THE ROCK OF MAGUS – Code Red in the Vatican
Book 3: THE MAGUS EPIPHANY – Ancient treasures and a new revelation
Book 4: HOLY SPEAR OF MAGUS – The covenant will be fulfilled
One of the reviews for the book
Anglican Priest Jotham Fletcher is due to give a lecture about Simon Magnus at the church in Rome where Magnus died. Magnus was the leader of a religious cult that is thought to have vanished around 400 AD. When a mysterious robed man is found murdered at the church not long before the lecture, Jotham becomes the main suspect.
As rumours surface about a papyrus scroll mentioning Magnus, things get worse and more dead bodies start to appear. Jotham gets kidnapped and tortured and ends up on the run, a journey that takes him across Europe. Meanwhile his Lover Antonella might know more about what is going on than she admits.
It’s up to Jotham to fit the pieces of the puzzle together and find out what the Brotherhood, a religious order that will stop at nothing to protect their beliefs, has to do with it all? And did the Simonean Sect really cease to exist or are they somehow also involved? And can Iago Visser, the rich reclusive billionaire friend of Antonella, be trusted or does he have his own agenda?
This is a thoroughly enjoyable story full of action and adventure. The plot is well developed, gripping, fast-paced and suspenseful with unexpected twists and turns. The characters were interesting, not superhuman as in some action and adventure stories and all the more realistic because of it.
The book fits into the same genre as Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” or “Angels and Demons”. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read a good action and adventure novel.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018X2GRT4/
The other books in the series and other books by Toni Pike
Find out more about Toni Pike, read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Toni-Pike/e/B009I70E8Y
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Toni-Pike/e/B009I70E8Y
Read more reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14736589.Toni_Pike
For more information on Toni connect via her website: https://tonipike.com/
Thank you for dropping in today and if you love mysteries, I am sure you will find a book for a gift for yourself or someone else. Thanks Sally