Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates #Reviews #Mystery Noelle Granger, ##DystopianSciFi Terry Tyler, #Mystery Anne R. Allen

Welcome to the first of the Cafe updates this week with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first authors is N.A. Granger with a review for her murder mystery Death in a Dacron Sail: A Rhe Brewster Mystery (The Rhe Brewster Mysteries Book 2)

About the book

Death in a Dacron Sail is the next in the Rhe Brewster Mystery series. On a cold February morning, Rhe Brewster, a tall, attractive emergency room nurse with a type A personality, a nose for investigation and a yen for adrenalin, is called to a dock in the harbor of Pequod, a Maine coastal town. Because she is a consultant to the Pequod Police Department, her brother-in-law, Sam Brewster, who is Pequod’s Chief of Police, wants her to look at a discovery by one of the local lobstermen: a finger caught in one of his lobster traps. There she meets the lobsterman, Peter Barnes, and his enigmatic brother, James.

Marsh Adams, the state Assistant ME at the hospital where Rhe works, identifies the finger as that of a young girl, and Rhe’s job is to look at unsolved cases of missing girls in the state, to see if that finger might be linked to any one of them. There are four, one of which is a girl who disappeared many years before and who was Rhe’s best friend. The subsequent finding of the body of a young girl, wrapped in a sail on an isolated beach north of Pequod, sends the investigation into high gear because the finger belongs to her body.

In the meantime, Rhe is having a worsening relationship with her husband, Will, who is mysteriously absent much of the time. He is both unhappy with Rhe’s pregnancy and resentful of the fact she is working with the police on murder investigations, and he lies about his absences.

Rhe and Sam, along with two familiar FBI agents, Bowers and Bongiovanni, use information from the FBI to identify the girl and receive a valuable lead from her parents. Bowers follows up on the lead and almost dies, drugged and left in his car in a ditch to freeze to death. When rescued, he remembers nothing, and revisiting his search yields no results. When a second body is located, the search settles around Crystal Bog, where that body had been buried, and leads back to the original suspect, who lives near the bog.

In the meantime, Rhe and her best friend, Paulette, locate the brother of Rhe’s childhood friend, Deirdre. He left Pequod with his father, leaving no forwarding address, soon after Deirdre’s disappearance. He is living on Swan Island, and when Rhe and Paulette visit him there, they learn the father had been abusing Deirdre.

The investigation into the missing girls intensifies when Sarah, Paulette’s daughter, is abducted Then Rhe herself is snatched from a parking lot. It is Rhe’s job to free them both, along with the last missing girl. To do this, she must cross Crystal Bog in the middle of winter, fighting off hypothermia and trying to protect her baby at the same time, in order to get help.
Will she survive? Will her marriage survive? And who is the kidnapper?

One of the recent reviews for the book

D. W. Peach 5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters, fast paced thriller  Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2020

This is my third Rhe Brewster book, and it was fun to read this character again. Rhe is a mom, wife, ER nurse, and part-time detective, helping out her brother-in-law who’s the sheriff in a small Maine town. A crabber finds a child’s finger in a trap, and Rhe is on the case which quickly grows into a search for four missing girls.

She’s a well-rounded character: witty, competent, brave, and very relatable as she navigates family, relationships, and work. Life is far from perfect, and as a reader, I enjoyed getting to know her on multiple levels. Secondary characters are equally human and engaging. There’s a wide range of relationships from sweet and loyal to distant, violent, and downright pathological.

The plot is well-paced and multi-layered including not only the investigation, but personal danger to Rhe (who’s pregnant), the deterioration of her marriage, and her boss retaliating for a previous investigation that involved the hospital. Red herrings add to the suspense. I was engaged in each plot thread and the book flew by.

A great read for lovers of mysteries, thrillers, and engaging characters. I hope there’s another in the series because I have to read what happens next…

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And: Amazon UK

Also by N.A. Granger

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And: Amazon UK

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Connect to Noelle via her blog: Sayling Away

The next review is for Wasteland (Operation Galton Book 2)  by Terry Tyler. A book that I can highly recommend too.

About the book

“Those who escape ‘the system’ are left to survive outside society. The fortunate find places in off-grid communities; the others disappear into the wasteland.”

The year: 2061. In the new UK megacities, the government watches every move you make. Speech is no longer free—an ‘offensive’ word reaching the wrong ear means a social demerit and a hefty fine. One too many demerits? Job loss and eviction, with free transport to your nearest community for the homeless: the Hope Villages.

Rae Farrer is the ultimate megacity girl – tech-loving, hard-working, law-abiding and content – until a shocking discovery about her birth forces her to question every aspect of life in UK Megacity 12.

On the other side of the supposedly safe megacity walls, a few wastelanders suspect that their freedom cannot last forever…

Wasteland is the stand-alone sequel to ‘Hope’, the concluding book in the two-part Operation Galton series, and Terry Tyler’s twenty-first publication.

A recent review for the book

I read the first book in the Operation Galton series last year. Looking back on my review of Hope, I think that book is even more pertinent now with all that Covid 19 has thrown at us and in my opinion, the dire and dare I say corrupt way in which our present Government has handled it. This is the thing with Terry’s books – they frighten me! Some themes are perhaps a little too close for comfort. The author certainly has a striking perception of society and how it reacts and behaves, the direction in which politics are heading and how big business pull all the strings and hold all the power.

Whilst Wasteland could be read as a stand-alone book and be thoroughly enjoyed, I think the reader would get just that bit more from this book if you’ve read Hope first so that you know all the background to Hope villages and how they developed and what it was like to live in them.

Wasteland is set in 2061 a little under 40 years on from when the first Hope villages were set up. Whilst those in power only controlled the out of work and the homeless in Hope, things have moved on at speed in those 40 years. On the face of it the Megacities appeared almost utopian in some ways, at least for those who were born to the new life, who never knew anything different. Everything they could ever need is on hand. Even so when your every move and your every word is monitored and censored, even those born to it struggle at times and fall foul of the doctrine they must live by. Hope villages still exist and are used as a threat for anyone who doesn’t toe the line.

Megacities and the way the people lived within them reminded me very much of Sims – the life simulation game where you built and grew your own little city and controlled the characters within in their every day lives.

But you can’t control all of the people all of the time. For all that Magacities have to offer, freedom isn’t on the list, so there is always that desire to know what it’s really like on the outside. When Rae Farrer finds out that she may have a mother and siblings living out in the Wastelands she desperately wants to know if they are still around living on the outside. Along with her friend Colt she makes a bid to escape to see if she can find them.

This is when the book turns to adventure, with danger looming on every corner. There are some brilliant characters to meet along the way with the story becoming ever more compelling. Will Rae find her lost family, will they be everything that she hoped for? Will she go back to the Megacity she escaped from or make a life for herself off-grid?

It all culminates in a thrilling ending and a couple of twists that weren’t expected. I think out of the two books, I enjoyed this one more than Hope. It’s a glowing tribute to the authors writing and her observations of human nature – both its strengths and its weaknesses.

All in all a brilliant book, very worthy of 5 stars and one which I enjoyed very much.

Read the reviews and buy the book:  Amazon UK

And: Amazon US

A small selection of other books by Terry Tyler

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And : Amazon US

Read more reviews and follow Terry Tyler: Goodreads

Connect to Terry via her Blog: Terry Tyler Blogspot

The final author today is Anne R. Allen with a review for book 7 in the Camilla Randall Mystery series – Googling Old Boyfriends.

About the book

“Okay, ’fess up.” Mickie McCormack’s eyes twinkled as she plunked a book on the counter. “If you’re that distracted by the Internet you’re either looking at porn or you’re Googling old boyfriends.”I felt my cheeks heat up. “Um, I’m guilty of the latter, I’m afraid. I’ve just run into an old boyfriend and he’s invited me to dinner, but…”The bell on the door jingled. There he was. Captain Maverick Jesus Zukowski, six foot, three inches of tall, dark, and the-one-who-got-away. ***The Camilla Randall mysteries are a laugh-out-loud mashup of crime fiction, rom-com, and satire. Morro Bay bookshop owner Camilla Randall is a magnet for murder, mayhem, and Mr. Wrong. But she always defeats the bad guys in her quirky, but oh-so-polite way.In this stand-alone 7th episode, Camilla befriends socialite Mickie McCormack—a sexy, mysterious older woman who’s going through a painful divorce.

Mickie has been Googling her old boyfriends to reconnect and “remember who she used to be.” Unfortunately every one of those boyfriends soon ends up dead. Is the serial killer Camilla’s old boyfriend Dr. Bob? Or one of Mickie’s old boyfriends? And can Camilla’s old boyfriend Captain Rick protect her and her cat Buckingham from being fed to the sharks before she solves the mystery?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Kindle Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars Nice entertaining read  Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2020

A light, entertaining mystery with fun characters. This was the first book I’ve read in this series, and I could’ve gone for fewer tie-ins to previous stories. But it still made sense without knowing the background. And everything else was solid and enjoyable.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

and Amazon UK: Amazon UK

A small selection of other books by Anne R. Allen

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Find more reviews and follow Anne on: Goodreads

Connect to Anne via her blogAnne R. Allen

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books under your arm..thanks Sally.

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  1. Terry Tyler has become one of my go-to authors, and I first found her here at your cafe. So, thanks for that, immensely!! I’ll have to check out the books by Noelle and Anne as well. Thanks so much for sharing and for your generosity, Sally. Hugs xx 🙂

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