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Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger

Rating: 3 out of 5.

3.5 stars

This was a good contemporary mystery/thriller about a woman that joined a dating app, met a boy, fell in love, trusted the boy, was ghosted by the boy, then discovered the boy’s dark secrets.

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Five Strangers by E.V. Adamson

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This contemporary mystery/thriller intrigued me at the beginning, but sadly evolved into a hot mess that I had trouble finishing. It’s a beautiful Valentine’s Day in London. On Hampstead Heath people are enjoying the day until an aggressive argument between a man and woman turns into a murder/suicide. Five strangers that saw the incident and tried to intervene are forever bound by witnessing the violent act.

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The Violent Season by Sara Walters

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a very good mystery/thriller that is hard to put down. Wyatt lives in the small town of Wolf Ridge, Vermont and believes in the urban legend that every November the people of her town are overwhelmed by a hunger for violence. Too many people die in her small town die in that month, including her mother, who was brutally murdered last November.

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Striking Range (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, #7) by Margaret Mizushima

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is another good book in this K-9 Mystery series. Just when Deputy Mattie is poised to question the man she thinks murdered her father, he’s discovered dead in his jail cell. Mattie finds a map of Timber Creek in his cell marked with Xs in several spots on the mountains. She and San Diego cold case detective Jim Hauck head back to Timber Creek to investigate.

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The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives by Kristin Miller

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a soapy contemporary mystery/thriller set in an exclusive, wealthy neighborhood in the Bay Area. Mystery writer Brooke is married to Jack, her older billionaire tech mogul husband. He is overly protective of Brooke and very private. Brooke is very submissive and pretty much does everything Jack tells her to do to keep up appearances of their “perfect” marriage.

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Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a good, fast-paced mystery/thriller set in a small town in British Columbia. The Cold Creek Highway stretches 500 miles through small towns and isolated wilderness in B.C. For decades young women traveling the road alone have gone missing. Some bodies turn up, some don’t. The killer, or killers, have never been arrested.

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The Therapist by B.A. Paris

Rating: 3 out of 5.

3.5 stars

This was a good, quick Mystery/Thriller read. Alice and Leo move into a house in a gated community called The Circle. They think they’ve moved into the home of their dreams, but Alice quickly realizes that’s not the case. Two years before, therapist Nina was killed in the house, allegedly by her husband. Alice starts digging into the murder, convinced the husband didn’t kill his wife.

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Loch Down Abbey by Beth Cowan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a fun Historical Fiction Cozy Mystery that is a quick and easy read. Set in Scotland in the 1930’s while a mysterious illness is spreading through the country, the Inverkillen family and their servants are dealt a terrible blow when Lord Inverkillen, Earl and head of the family, is found dead in mysterious circumstances.

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Death with a Double Edge (Daniel Pitt #4) by Anne Perry

Rating: 4 out of 5.

3.5 stars rounded up to 4

I really enjoy this author’s work and this book series, but this is my least favorite book in the series so far. I didn’t find the mystery as compelling as in past books, and there seemed to be a lot of filler and repetitiveness to the story.

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