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A DEATH OF NO IMPORTANCE By MARIAH FREDERICKS

IMG_1240   A DEATH OF NO IMPORTANCE By MARIAH FREDERICKS

A Death of No Importance by Mariah Fredericks is a historical fiction murder mystery set in New York City in 1910 involving one of high society’s most affluent and notable families, the Benchleys.

This intriguing story is told by Jane Prescott, a ladies’ maid to the Benchley family, who understands the rules of high society, and is very discreet. When Charlotte, the youngest Benchley daughter, becomes engaged to the notorious and roguish playboy Norrie, son of the Newsome empire, all hell breaks lose as he’s already betrothed to another. But when Norrie is found murdered at a Christmas Eve party and Jane discovers the body, she is put to the test. She must now help solve the crime and prove that Charlotte is innocent. Jane has the advantage over all others — invisible in the background and witness to everyone’s grudges, secrets, and scandals. Does the Shickshinny Mining disaster from 10 years prior have anything to do with his murder or are there other elements at play?

Oh my goodness, what a delightful book! It is well-written, has interesting well-rounded characters, has a compelling plot; I could go on and on! Fredericks’ mystery debut novel for adults is a hit! She is definitely on my radar for future reads. I rate this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: April 8, 2018. Novel Publish Date: April 10, 2018.

Link to purchase: Goodreads

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AFTER ANNA By LISA SCOTTOLINE

IMG_1193   AFTER ANNA By LISA SCOTTOLINE

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline is a mystery/suspense novel about an uncharacteristic murder in an unlikely scenario. Noah, a doctor, widower and single father, remarries the new love of his life Maggie, who has an estranged grown daughter, Anna, who suddenly turns up in their lives after her biological father is no longer in the picture. What turns from a blissful, uncomplicated life to a disquieting, and suddenly alarming situation when Noah is accused of Anna’s murder. Will Maggie believe and support Noah of his innocence or is there more to the story?

This story was fantastic as are all of Lisa Scottoline’s novels. I particularly enjoy reading books that switch back and forth between the character’s differing perspectives weaving the pieces of the narrative together. It always builds the suspense and makes the unfolding of the mystery that much more gratifying when it’s slowly revealed bit by tantalizing bit. A definite recommended read! I rate this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: March 24, 2018. Novel Publish Date: April 10, 2018

Link to purchase: Goodreads

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HOUSE OF SPINES by Michael J Malone

IMG_1192   HOUSE OF SPINES by Michael J Malone

General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

Ranald McGhie or Ran, grew up with a unstable mother and strict father. At 18, his parents committed suicide leaving him penniless and without kin, that is until an unknown rich great-uncle on his mother’s side left him a vast house as an inheritance. An inheritance that came with stipulations. Ran, following in his mother’s footsteps and already at odds with his own psychosis, becomes even more unhinged by the secrets the house holds. Secrets or ghosts?

This story was excellent! All the facets of a great mystery – suspense, foreboding, intrigue, paranoia. As the suspense built and the story unwound, it just got more and more enthralling. The house had a creepy, ominous feel that left one I’ll at ease and at times, chilled to the bone. I left such an impression on me, I even dreamt about it. A page turner to the very end! I rate this novel 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley, Trafalgar Square Publishing and Orenda Book for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: March 10, 2018. Novel Publish Date: April 1, 2018.

Link to purchase: Goodreads

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BABY TEETH by ZOJE STAGE

IMG_1141   BABY TEETH by ZOJE STAGE

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage is a mystery/thriller about a disturbed seven year, Hanna, and her mother, Suzette. Hanna refuses to speak, is abusive, behaves appallingly, and hates her mother. Alex, Hanna’s father, is oblivious of Hanna’s disturbing behaviour, much of which Suzette has stopped mentioning as it’s causing strife in their marriage. Hanna just wants her mother gone… at any cost.

I was enraptured from the first page and could not put it down. It was spooky to see how manipulative, calculating, and shrewd Hanna was in masterminding her plans. Very scary indeed! For a debut novel, I’d say Zoje Stage nailed it and will now be on my radar. I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. Recommended for anyone who loves creepy page-turners.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com

Reviewed: February 4, 2018. Novel Publish Date: July 17, 2018

Link to purchase: Goodreads

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STRANGERS by Ursula Archer & Arno Strobel

IMG_1104    STRANGERS by Ursula Archer & Arno Strobel

Strangers by Ursula Archer & Arno Strobel is a mesmerizing thriller that uncovers a strange situation of mysterious foul play when a woman does not recognize a man who claims to be her fiancé and is cohabitating in her house contrary to the evidence. Joanna is at a loss and is eventually forced to trust this stranger. Erik is just as confused when the woman he’s been living with for 7 months treats him as if he’s an intruder. The more Erik tries to understand the situation, the more confusing it all becomes. Soon the couple realize they are in mortal danger and must find a solution together in order to survive.

Totally mind-bending and warped with many unexpected twists and turns. A must-read, fast-paced psychological thriller you will not be able to put down. I rate this novel 4 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: December 10, 2017. Novel Publish Date: January 9, 2018.

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THE VISITORS By CATHERINE BURNS

IMG_1011     THE VISITORS By CATHERINE BURNS

The Visitors by Catherine Burns is a mystery/thriller is about two single siblings who have lived together most of their life. Marion is a spinster who has convinced herself that she can’t stay alone and take care of herself and therefore is reliant on her older brother John. John is a loner and spends much of his time in the cellar. Unbeknownst to outsiders is that John has a sadistic side and forces Marion into situations she doesn’t know how to get out of for fear of John’s blistering temper and sometimes menacing hatred toward her. Marion craves any type of affection and puts up with John’s manipulative ways for fear of being alone.

It’s hard to believe Marion is so daft, but rather in denial. She knew about the “Visitors” but chose to push the thoughts from her mind and pretend everything was normal. I suppose it was her way of dealing with the situation and clearly she doesn’t have all her faculties, but has startling moments of clarity and common sense when dealing with John. I like how it switches from past to present so the reader can gain insight into how John became so evil. Pretty good for a debut novel. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: August 25, 2017. Novel Publish Date: September 26, 2017.

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DEAD WOMAN WALKING By Sharon Bolton

IMG_0959     DEAD WOMAN WALKING By Sharon Bolton

Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton is about a woman who witnesses several murders and can identify the murderer; however, the murderer can also identify her. A thrilling cat and mouse game.

Wow! What a riveting thriller from start to finish, uniquely written to keep you enthralled! This story was so suspenseful, I couldn’t put it down. Sharon Bolton is now on my must-read list. I rate this novel 5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: August 16, 2017. Novel Publish Date: September 5, 2017.

Link to purchase: Goodreads