Book Review: “The Peacock Throne” by Lisa Karon Richardson

January 31, 2016 at 8:27 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Lisa Karon Richardson in her new book, “peacock throne book coverThe Peacock Throne” published by Kregel Publications introduces us to Miss Lydia Garrett.

From the back cover:  A mysterious throne holds the key to two murders; an epic adventure steeped in treachery and romance

When Miss Lydia Garrett’s guardian is murdered, and the authorities refuse to investigate the odd circumstances, she vows to catch the culprit. The same night the Earl of Danbury is murdered in his bed. Against all odds it appears that the murders are related―and Anthony Douglas, the new Lord Danbury, is bent on revenge.

The clues point to the former earl’s first naval command. In 1758 the earl spirited away and hid the magnificent Peacock Throne at the behest of the Indian royal family. To draw out the murderer, Anthony and Lydia agree that they must locate the throne.

They are not the only ones interested in the Peacock Throne, however. Marcus Wiltshire, a British intelligence, has received hints that Bonaparte intends to return the throne to India and leverage its mystical significance to foment rebellion and cut England off from her most important trading partner.

When the amateur sleuths join forces with the professional agent, the quest for the throne leads them around the globe on an adventure steeped in danger, treachery, and romance.

The Peacock Throne was a famous jeweled throne that was the seat of the Mughal emperors that conquered Northern India. It was commissioned in the early 17th century by emperor Shah Jahan and was located in the Red Fort of Delhi. The original throne was subsequently captured and taken as a war trophy in 1737 by the Persian king Nadir Shah, and has been lost ever since. You would not think that such a trophy would cause such a commotion. Someone killed the Earl of Danbury and that is how the book begins. Somebody also murdered Miss Lydia Garrett’s guardian. Now Ms. Richardson gives us an adventure as the way to solve these murders and those that come later is to solve the mystery of the Throne. Plenty of suspects, plenty of motive, now Lydia and Anthony have to narrow down the field to just the one who did it. Not an easy task. This is a hard-boiled investigation filled with all kinds of twists and turns that will really keep you engrossed. Take the phone off the hook, go to the bathroom and make yourself a bowl of popcorn as reading this book is going to command all your attention. Lydia has a keen observant eye that catches all the little things that even I missed, and I was watching for them. Lisa Karon Richardson is an extremely talented writer who really knows how to tell a story that will grab you and keep you flipping pages until you reach the end.  “The Peacock Throne” is a very exciting book.  I am so looking forward to the next book from this very talented author.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: “Murder Most Unfortunate” by David P. Wagner

January 30, 2016 at 5:53 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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David P. Wagner in his new book, “Murder Most Unfortunate book coverMurder Most Unfortunate” Book Three in the A Rick Montoya Italian Mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press gives us another adventure with Rick Montoya.

From the back cover:   Winding up an interpreter job in Bassano del Grappa at a conference on artist Jacopo da Bassano, a famous native son, Rick Montoya looks forward to exploring the town. And it would be fun to look into the history of two long-missing paintings by the master, a topic that caused the only dust-up among the normally staid group of international scholars attending the seminar.

Bassano has much to offer to Rick the tourist, starting with its famous covered bridge, an ancient castle, and several picturesque walled towns within striking distance. He also plans to savor a local cuisine that combines the best of Venice with dishes from the Po Valley and the surrounding mountains.

These plans come to a sudden halt when one of the seminar’s professors turns up dead. Rick is once again drawn into a murder investigation, this time with a pair of local cops who personify the best and the worst of the Italian police force.

At the same time he’s willingly pulled into a relationship with Betta Innocenti, the daughter of a local gallery owner, who is equally intrigued by the lost paintings. They quickly realize that the very people who might know the story are also the main suspects in the murder―and that someone not above resorting to violence is watching their every move.

If it were not for Mr. Wagner I would know from nothing about Northern Italy’s Bassano del Grappa on the Brenta River, in the Veneto region. I do not know about these small villages and I am very grateful to Mr. Wagner to showcase them and to highlight their famous native sons. That is the beauty of this book not only are we out to solve a murder, which I am pretty sure you won’t be able to do, but we are on a tourist holiday in this stunningly beautiful town. It just so happens that a seminar professor is murdered and Rick Montoya happens to be in town though that does not make the murderer very happy. Danger, mayhem, thrills and murder all figure into this highly complicated plot. There are fascinating characters that seem very real and a killer that seems impossible to discover.  “Murder Most Unfortunate” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Mr. Wagner has provided us with a fairly exciting book.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Poisoned Pen Press.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: “The Mariachi Murder” by Marie Romero Cash

January 30, 2016 at 1:31 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Marie Romero Cash in her new book, “mariachi murder book coverThe Mariachi Murder” Book Four in the Jemimah Hodge Mystery series published by Camel Press gives us another mystery with Jemimah Hodge.

From the back cover:   A popular mariachi singer is found shot and buried south of Santa Fe near Cerrillos, putting him in the jurisdiction of Detective Rick Romero and Forensic Psychologist Jemimah Hodge. Eduardo Sanchez had a massive ego that could well have gotten him killed, considering his penchant for reckless womanizing. However, as the weeks pass, the trail grows cold, increasing the pressure on law enforcement. Was the mariachi killed by a spurned girlfriend or an angry husband? Why was he traveling back and forth between Santa Fe and Mexico?

Although Rick and Jemimah have been dating for two years, they have yet to commit. So when Rick’s beautiful ex-wife breezes into town and makes a play for him, she stirs up trouble all around. Meanwhile Jemimah receives her own unwelcome visitor: a friend of her FLDS family who’s tracked her down and wants to dredge up the past. To add to the drama, Detective Romero’s wayward ex-con brother Carlos lands in deep trouble when he hooks up with a woman hiding her checkered past.

When the clues come together, they intersect in volatile ways no one could have foreseen.

When we were traveling across America to our new home one of the States that we had to travel through was New Mexico and one of the cities that we visited was Santa Fe. Naturally you cannot separate the mariachi music from the land so therefore you cannot separate the music from the mariachi musician. Ms. Cash has given us a police procedural, murder mystery as the music stayed just the musician was killed then buried. The Mariachi Murder offers readers the pleasures we have come to expect from her Jemimah Hodge series: a vivid physical and cultural landscape populated with true-to-life characters in a fast-paced story. To solve this murder Jemimah and Rick need all their abilities to sort through the Hispanic, Anglo, and Pueblo eccentricities of New Mexico. “The Mariachi Murder” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next.  I think this is Ms. Cash’s best mystery! And I am already looking forward until the next book in this series comes out.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Camel Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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