Book Review: “Sticks & Stones” by R. Franklin James

April 30, 2016 at 4:06 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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R. Franklin James in her new book, “sticks stones book coverSticks & Stones” Book Two in the A Hollis Morgan Mystery series published by Camel Press brings us another adventure with Hollis Morgan.

From the back cover:  “Sticks and Stones can break my bones ….” Despite what the old children’s rhyme says, words can cause grievous harm. A lesson ex-con Hollis Morgan, a casualty of her deceased ex-husband’s white collar crimes, knows all too well. Now that she has received an official pardon, she is free to pursue her dreams of moving up in the world from paralegal to attorney. While awaiting the results of the bar exam, she hopes to clear the name of a friend accused of libel by philanthropist Dorian Fields, a man whose charitable giving looks a lot like money-laundering. Only problem: the evidence has disappeared and her friend Catherine is found dead. Although initially thought a suicide, Hollis’ friend was murdered.

Catherine was writing an article about Fields for a tabloid. Hollis and attorney Mark Haddan convince the magazine to let them carry on with the libel defense, but they have fewer than 60 days to prove Catherine’s exposé was well-founded. In the meantime Hollis has other distractions; she is also helping to settle the estate of Margaret Koch, a rich client of the law firm whose impetuous actions as revealed in her letters still embitter the lives of those she left behind. And then there are the two men vying for her attention—one a police detective, the other a private eye.

Normally Hollis trusts her built-in lie detector, but in this case, too many people are lying for too many reasons. One of them is not only a liar, but a killer.

Sticks & Stones is Book Two of the Hollis Morgan Mystery Series, which began with The Fallen Angels Book Club.

Hollis Morgan has received a judicial pardon and is now a paralegal. Her friend, Catherine, needs her legal help but before Hollis can provide it someone kills Catherine. Not a good thing to do as now Hollis wants to find out who did it.  “Sticks & Stones” is a clever murder mystery, 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.  Ms. Franklin James has provided us with an action-filled thriller which propels Hollis Morgan, and us, to the end in this exciting mystery that leaves you wanting more.  I am already looking forward to the next book in this series from this very talented author.

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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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Book Review: “The Magnolia Duchess” by Beth White

April 29, 2016 at 5:49 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Beth White in her new book, “Magnolia Duchess book coverThe Magnolia Duchess” Book Three in the Gulf Coast Chronicles  series published by Revell introduces us to Fiona Lanier.

From the Back Cover:   As the War of 1812 rages across the newly formed United States, another war rages in Fiona Lanier’s heart–one that threatens to tear her family apart.

Fiona can scarcely take in the news of her brother’s capture and imprisonment by the British Navy. It is almost as unbelievable as the half-drowned British sailor who is washed ashore on the beach of Navy Cove.

Charlie Kincaid claims to have no memory of his life before being discovered by Fiona, but in a world that seems saturated with treachery, she cannot be sure he is telling the truth.

As Charlie’s memory returns in agonizing jags and crashes, he and Fiona discover that falling in love may be as inevitable as the tide. But when political allegiances collide, they’ll each have to decide where their true loyalty lies.

I think this is historical fiction at its finest. It is 1814 and the planned British invasion of New Orleans is close to happening with Charlie working undercover as a spy trying to get information. Now he has amnesia and Fiona takes him in to nurse him back to health. This is Fiona’s story and we get to see Navy Cove and the surrounding area through her and her family. Get ready there is a lot going on in this book. I think, it is a true winner. Intrigue, mystery, danger, and double crosses, are all ingredients in this page turning adventure. Beth White has written a very exciting story full of interesting characters that we come to know and love as we read through the book.  Ms. White does a great job of making us feel that we are there and living the events rather than just reading about them.  I enjoyed this book and would really like to see them make this into a movie it is that good.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers.   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 Inheritance” By Michael Phillips

April 29, 2016 at 1:59 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Michael Phillips in his new book, “Inheritance book coverThe Inheritance” Book One in Secrets Of The Shetlands series published by Bethany House Publishers introduces us to the community of life of Whales Reef.

From the Back Cover:  Change is coming to Whales Reef

The death of clan patriarch Macgregor Tulloch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whales Reef into turmoil. Everyone assumed Tulloch’s heir to be his much-loved grandnephew David. But when no will is discovered, David’s calculating cousin Hardy submits his own claim to the inheritance, an estate that controls most of the island’s land. And Hardy knows a North Sea oil investor who will pay dearly for that control.

While the competing claims are investigated, the courts have frozen the estate’s assets, leaving many of the locals in dire financial straits. The future of the island–and its traditional way of life–hangs in the balance.

Meanwhile, Loni Ford enjoys a rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, D.C. Yet, in spite of outward success, she is privately plagued by questions of identity. Orphaned as a young child, she was raised by her grandparents, and while she loves them dearly, she feels completely detached from her roots. That is, until a mysterious letter arrives from a Scottish solicitor. . . .

Welcome to the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whale’s ReefGet ready to become engrossed in the lives of David Tulloch and Loni Ford in particular, and in the blend of the past and the present, and become anxious to find out how the Court Case with David and his cousin will resolve. Past and present collide as Mr. Phillips presents us a story of generational legacies that extends in both directions. Deceit, treachery, mystery and romance fill the pages of  “The Inheritance”.  Mr. Phillips has given us quite a story and it is filled with the wonder of the Islands that I have not been to in a different set of times.  I liked this book and am really looking forward to the next book in this series

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from LitFuse Publicity Group.    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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