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A Dangerous Education by Megan Chance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really enjoyed this historical fiction mystery thriller set at a boarding school for troubled girls in the 1950s during the Cold War & McCarthy hearings. Rosemary is a teacher at the school & despite warnings from other teachers, & her own instincts, she gets close with a trio of cunning girls who run the school. Just before going to teach the girls, Rosemary discovers that one of the three girls is the daughter she was forced to give up when she was 17 years old. Everyone is damaged in one way or another, & the choices they make have devastating consequences.

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A Short History of the World in 50 Lies by Natasha Tidd (Blog Tour)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’m excited to be a part of Love Book Tours book tour for
this book.

This book is fascinating. I’ve always been a fan of history, so if you’re a history buff, or just like reading about how historical events occurred, you’ll love this book. The author does a great job of writing in the information in an approachable way so that even when I wasn’t aware of certain events or persons, I understood what the author was talking about.

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King of Kings (The Brunanburh Series) by M.J. Porter

I’m excited to feature 𝑲𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒇 𝑲𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒔 by 𝗠.𝗝. 𝗣𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗿, one of my favorite Medieval England writers. The book is out now and I urge you to pick up a copy. I’m halfway through the book and enjoying this detailed account of the battle to unite the kingdoms of England. If you like character driven stories with plenty of court intrigue and battles, this is the book, and author, for you.

In the battle for power, there can be only one ruler.

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Shadows in the Aftermath by Marianne Scott


Genre: Suspense, Thriller

Pages: 336

Publisher: FriesenPress

I’m pleased to be part of the Love Book Tours book tour for this book.

Here is a synopsis:

Ruby Draker has found new strength, and is ready to move on after Felix Szabo devastated the Draker estate in Nice, France. Three Drakers are dead leaving Ruby in grief and with thoughts of revenge. The Drakers are a family built of survivors; each rescued from Felix Szabo, a psychopath, who sought to murder his former agents at the CIA whom he believed betrayed him. The Drakers’ sole mission is to stop Szabo from adding more victims to his list, and although he also perished during the invasion, his legacy continues to haunt them. When the Drakers learn that Robert Draker, presumed dead since the shoot-out at Robert’s farmhouse, may be alive and at a rehab clinic in Portland, Maine, the Drakers know it could be a set up, but they have no choice but to try to find him and bring Robert home.

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A Killing of Innocents (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #19) by Deborah Crombie

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a very good mystery/thriller set in London following the investigation of Scotland Yard detectives into the murder of a young medical resident. As they look into the victim’s personal life, another stabbing occurs, putting the City in a panic. This is the 19th book in the series, but can be read as a stand alone. I admit I was a bit lost on most of the character interplay and their personal lives, but there is enough back story that I got the basics of what was going on. Even though I wasn’t familiar with the characters, I still got caught up in what they were going through and liked them.

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Mission in Malmo (Inspector Anita Sundstrom #9) by Torquil MacLeod

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a pretty good mystery/thriller set in Sweden. It’s book 9 of a series, but can be read as a stand alone. I’m sure I missed some nuances regarding the characters and their interactions, but there was enough information to provide me a good idea of what was what. The story is told in two different time periods. The first part of the story is told in 2006 while the main character, Anita, is a detective in the Criminal Investigation Squad. As one of only two women in the unit, the women are thought of as less capable and are treated unequally, especially by Chief Inspector Erik Moberg. The team is tasked with tackling the aftermath of an armed robbery at a cash handling facility in Malmö. The raid left one security guard dead and there was no sign of the stolen millions. The team eventually thinks they’ve solved the crime, but aren’t able to convict who they believe is the mastermind of the operation.

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The Hunter by Jennifer Herrera

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a contemporary mystery/thriller with paranormal aspects. I was creeped out by the paranormal aspects of the book, but I’m a big chicken. I think readers that aren’t a big chicken like me will enjoy it. A great deal of the book is devoted to the private life of the main character and the family dynamics with her uncles and brother, as well as her estranged husband. I felt the family issues were distracting and took me out of the mystery elements of the book. A closer look at the book could tighten this part of the story up and make the transitions less jarring.

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Boston Darlin’ by Brittany McMahan-Fry

Rating: 3 out of 5.


Leighann is a single mother raising a disabled daughter. With her self-esteem plummeting & her bank account draining, she never pictured catching the eye of an A-list celebrity. She can’t believe he’d really be interested in her. Can she get over her self-doubt to accept the possibility of true love?

Evan’s had one-night stands & fake PR relationships & was no stranger to tabloid scandals. In Leighann he finds a gorgeous curvy woman who holds her own & wants nothing to do with him or his life. He finds himself wanting to protect her & her daughter from the paparazzi, which leads him to a feeling he’s never felt before. Will he be able to get her to believe in love, or will his team put an end to them before his bachelor antics are gone for good?

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Promise Boys by Nick Brooks

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really enjoyed this YA mystery/thriller set in an all-boys high school, Urban Promise Prep School, in Washington D.C. Principal Moore is an activist that started the school and based his strict program discipline, called the Principal Moore Method, claiming it turns boys into men. Principal Moore claims that almost all boys in his school go from trouble youth to college-bound men because of his method and school. But when Moore is murdered at school, his school and method come under strict scrutiny. Three boys serving detention that afternoon are targeted by the police as prime suspects. All three state that they are innocent, and it’s clear they need to band together to find the real killer before they are arrested and lost in the system.

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