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“The Family That Lies” by Lakisha Johnson

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The Family That Lies

by Lakisha Johnson, LaQuisha Rucker

Genre: Thriller & Suspense/Dysfunctional Families/African-American

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Born only months apart, Merci and Grayce Alexander were as close as sisters could get. With a father who thought the world of them, life was good. Until one day everything changed.

While Grayce got love and attention, Merci got all the hell, forcing her to leave home. She never looks back, putting the past behind her until … her sister shows up over a decade later begging for help, bringing all of the forgotten past with her. Merci wasn’t the least bit prepared for what was about to happen next.

Merci realizes she’s been a part of something much bigger than she’d ever imagined. Yea, every family has their secrets, hidden truths, and ties but Merci had no idea she’d been born into the family that lies.

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#Review “The Hanging Women” by John Mead

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4/5 Stars!

The Hanging Women opens with former lawman and now wealthy businessman, Jack Stevens, discovering the gruesome murder scene of two women, one white, one black. The murder scene is staged to send a message, but what and from whom?

Though it’s obvious from Jack’s astute observations of the scene he has a keen mind, sharp intellect and knowledge of the seedier parts of life, Jack also has a problem with the bottle, drinking to excess to drown out demons from his past. Unable to account for the last day and a half, Jack is, at least temporarily, a suspect in the murders of the women he so conveniently ‘found.’

Not waiting to be ruled out as a suspect, Stevens begins his own investigation into the murders, much to the consternation of local authorities and the collaborating Pinkertons.

Jack Stevens is a messy protagonist… perfectly messy. Aging not-gracefully, he’s rude, ill-tempered, and has no problem delivering his own version of the truth. Shaped by the events and circumstances of his life, Jack is unapologetic. He has regrets but he does not dwell on them. He just wants the nightmares to stop.

The story moves slowly at first as the two young women must be identified to move the case forward, and Jack tries to retrace his steps over the last thirty-six to forty-eight hours to find out where he was and what he did.

The Hanging Women has a large cast of characters, memorable as much for their nicknames as their part in this suspenseful whodunit. Names like Pug, Pinky, Banjo, Boat, and Cage flow from the pages… and those are just a few of the good guys!

However, there is a fine line between good and bad as there seems to be little anyone is not willing to do to achieve their goals. This being 1880s Chicago, it’s a battle of manpower and egos as labor groups, ethnic street gangs and corrupt officials jockey for power and control of the city.

Much time and many lives could have been saved had the women been in charge. (Okay, maybe not the lives. HA!)

Kudos to the author for not just delivering strong female characters, but women of substance who are to be reckoned with… if you live.

Two of these women are Martha Stevens and Kathleen ‘Kitty’ McGuire Tipwell… Jack’s wife and mistress. Don’t judge them or their situations. Both women play pivotal roles and are involved in plot twists I did not see coming!

Desperate to be independent and live as she chooses, the savvy Kitty moves in and among areas of the city and society a woman of her status should know nothing about.

Though well-respected by most who know her, wife and grandmother, Martha, is anything but matronly. She helps her lover plan a robbery then helps her husband cover it up. But it’s when she forms an alliance with Kitty that even Jack shuts up!

Clues as to who killed Philomena Blackstaff and Mary Walsh are piling up… but so are more bodies. Are all the murders connected? Is there a serial killer or is it just bizarre coincidence? Is Nina O’Shea the most ruthless person in Chicago?

The suspense level of The Hanging Women is high. But I believe it’s outdone by its own intrigue. Some of the most minute details and even tedious mentions foreshadow events and connections to come. Readers of thrillers and suspense will enjoy this well-written read. Mystery lovers will get a kick out of the plot twists. There’s even something here for women’s fiction and romance readers. As Martha Stevens said, “It is odd that there should be so much love at the center of all these horrific acts.”

Enjoy!

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A historical crime thriller set in 1886 Chicago; the powerhouse of America, a sink of corruption and vice which is haunted by riotscover and gangland killings.  A story of weak men and strong women.

Jack Stevens discovers the bodies of two women, Philomena Blackstaff and Mary Walsh, tied together and hung by their ankles in a position resembling the symbol for treachery as depicted on tarot cards. Though retired and now wealthy, Stevens is an ex-sheriff and involves himself in the subsequent investigation.

As a result of Jack `stealing’ Philomena’s diary and his association with the Pinkerton detective agency, it is discovered that Mary Walsh worked undercover for the Pinkertons, investigating the Knights of Labour (the fastest growing workers’ rights movements in America of the late 1800’s). The women had been working together, tracing the man who was selling guns and dynamite to the more extremist factions of the worker’s movement. This led them to Ruby’s, a secret `nightclub for deviants’, where Stevens and Inspector O’Leary believe the pair fell foul of the man they were looking for, gang leader Joseph Mannheim.

With the May 4th Haymarket riots and bombings looming, Stevens must uncover the truth about The Hanging Women before it’s too late.

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#BlogTour “The Hanging Women” by John Mead

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A historical crime thriller set in 1886 Chicago; the power house of America, a sink of corruption and vice which is haunted by riotscover and gangland killings.  A story of weak men and strong women.

Jack Stevens discovers the bodies of two women, Philomena Blackstaff and Mary Walsh, tied together and hung by their ankles in a position resembling the symbol for treachery as depicted on tarot cards. Though retired and now wealthy, Stevens is an ex-sheriff and involves himself in the subsequent investigation.

As a result of Jack `stealing’ Philomena’s diary and his association with the Pinkerton detective agency, it is discovered that Mary Walsh worked undercover for the Pinkertons, investigating the Knights of Labour (the fastest growing workers’ rights movements in America of the late 1800’s). The women had been working together, tracing the man who was selling guns and dynamite to the more extremist factions of the workers movement. This led them to Ruby’s, a secret `nightclub for deviants’, where Stevens and Inspector O’Leary believe the pair fell foul of the man they were looking for, gang leader Joseph Mannheim.

With the May 4th Haymarket riots and bombings looming, Stevens must uncover the truth about The Hanging Women before it’s too late.

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Author Bio

John MeadJohn was born in the mid-fifties in Dagenham, London, on part of the largest council estate ever built, and was the first pupil from his local secondary modern school to attend university. He has now taken early retirement to write, having spent the first part of his life working in education and the public sector. He was the director of a college, a senior school inspector for a local authority, and was head of a unit for young people with physical and mental health needs. When he is not travelling, going to the theatre or the pub, he writes.

His inspiration for his debut novel came whilst attending a lecture in Denver about the history of the American Midwest, describing a time and place that was very different from that espoused by popular culture, which started him thinking this would make a excellent period in which to set a crime story.

His book describes how Chicago was a prototype of much that we consider both good and bad in the current age, it had a vibrancy and decadence that allowed a few enterprising individuals to prosper whilst violence and intolerance held back many others. The situation for some African Americans and women was improving but it was still a time when to be anything other than white and male made you a second class citizen.  The city was the manufacturing and transport hub of America, the vast influx of immigrants swelling its already booming population brought great wealth but also corruption and criminality. The Midwest and Chicago typified a way of life, the ‘gun culture’ which is a euphemism for individualism, from which much of modern American social values have grown.

John is currently working on a trilogy of novels set in modern day London. These police procedurals examine the darker side of modern life in the East End of the city: a Whitechapel noir.

 

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“Tempted by a Vampire (Immortal Hearts of San Francisco Book 1)” by Susan Griscom

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Tempted by a Vampire (Immortal Hearts of San Francisco Book 1)

by Susan Griscom

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Vampires

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Recently revised with new and extended content.

Cian DeMarco is a talented musician–and a vampire. He’s content living the single life in San Francisco, playing with his band at Club Royal each weekend…until he meets a human woman he can’t resist. The scent of Magdalena’s blood has him completely undone, and he begins to question his felicitous existence when his desire for her grows out of control.

Magdalena De la Rosa and her best friend recently moved to San Francisco. She’s started a new job and is living in a gorgeous apartment. Everything is just the way she’s imagined… until she ends up at an upscale nightclub and is suddenly swept off her feet by the sexy as sin lead singer of the house band.

A temptation they can’t resist leads to a future they never imagined as passion sizzles between the two until a threat from Cian’s past returns to wreak havoc on their lives.

Will their love outweigh the reality of what Cian must do to keep Magdalena safe?

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“The Comfort Cakes Cozy Mystery Box Set: Books 1-4” by Nancy McGovern

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The Comfort Cakes Cozy Mystery Box Set: Books 1-4, Culinary Cozy Mysteries

by Nancy McGovern

Genre: Cozy/Mystery/Culinary

FREE at time of posting! (Thru 6/14/18) Kindle Unlimited!

 

SPECIAL FREE LAUNCH: JUNE 10th-14th!

Prepare for the release of Book 5, Weddings & Wine Cake, on June 27th with this brand new Box Set! It contains the first 4 books from Nancy McGovern’s popular “Comfort Cakes Cozy Mysteries” series and will introduce you to Rachel Rowan & the rest of the gang in Swaddle, California so you’re up to speed when their new whodunit hits Amazon!

INCLUDES:
Book 1:
Murder & Marble Cake
Book 2: Guilt & Galaxy Cake
Book 3: Strangulation & Strawberry Cake
Book 4: Weddings & Wine Cake

PLUS, you can sign up for Nancy’s newsletter inside and receive a FREE Cozy Mystery story as a Thank You for joining the family!

From Book 1, Murder & Marble Cake:
Rachel Rowan yearns for a new start. So, ready for change and up for a challenge, she has decided to relocate to the beautiful coastal town of Swaddle, California to pursue her lifelong dream of opening her very own bakery! And, as a self-professed “Queen of Cakes”, she can’t wait to show the world what she can do!

Sadly, not everyone shares her enthusiasm.

While the majority of the locals are thrilled with her new Comfort Cakes Bake Shop, Rachel soon learns that the owner of a local café is determined to ruin her. Of course, business is business, and a bit of competition may even make things interesting. But when Rachel finds a dead body in her kitchen just before the Grand Opening and she is accused of the murder, she quickly realizes that this is more than a little friendly rivalry!

From Book 2, Guilt & Galaxy Cake:
Rachel’s newest assignment is to create an enticing galaxy cake to celebrate the latest release from popular science fiction author, Stan Stickman. But when the legendary scribe is killed in a manner eerily reminiscent of a murder found in his own book, Rachel finds herself sucked into a vortex of mystery & deceit from which she seems unable to escape.

Now, if she hopes to get out with her own life intact, she must figure out who is to blame for the deadly deed. And with a cast of suspects including an astronaut-turned-senator, an obsessed fan and even her own ex-boyfriend, she is in for a wild ride!

From Book 3, Strangulation & Strawberry Cake:
When Rachel is hired to bake a special strawberry cake for Sheriff Scott’s grandmother’s 90th birthday, she works extra hard to make it as perfect as possible. After all, the sharp-eyed millionaire is known to have a hot temper & a short fuse. But, despite all of her hard work, there’s no way Rachel could have prevented this party from going awry.

Not when someone is murdered right before dinner!

Grandma Mallory’s accountant is the victim. It seems he’d learned something that someone wished to keep secret and, with nobody at the party other than members of the family, one of them must be the killer.

Unless, that is, it’s the ghost in the attic…

From Book 4, Weddings & Wine Cake:
How exciting!

Rachel is off to spend a weekend serving as a judge for a baking contest! She’s ready to fill her belly with delicious desserts and clear her mind of everything to do with work. But there’s just one problem…

Someone has just been murdered and one of the contestants just may be the killer! And there’s reason to believe that one of Rachel’s closest friends may be next on the criminal’s list!

Now, all thoughts of selecting the most talented baker have been replaced by trying to catch the culprit before he or she strikes again!

And the clock is ticking…

Grab your copy now and join Rachel on her 1st four cozy mystery adventures as she proves she can hang with the best…in and out of the kitchen!

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“Pretty Little Things” by T.M.E. Walsh

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Pretty Little Things: 2018’s most nail-biting serial killer thriller with an unbelievable twist

by T.M.E. Wals

Genre: Literature & Fiction/Horror/British/Serial Killer

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It’s bad when the girls go missing.

It’s worse when the girls are found.

Six months ago, Charlotte almost lost everything. Now, she’s determined to keep her daughter, Elle, safe. So when local girls close to Elle in age and appearance begin to go missing, it’s her worst nightmare.

Charlotte’s fears are confirmed when a frantic search becomes a shocking murder investigation. The girls’ bodies have been found – half-buried, and with traces of mud and wildflowers under their fingernails.

As Charlotte’s obsession with keeping her daughter close pushes her marriage to the brink, local DI Madeleine Wood embarks on a grueling search for the killer. And, as they dig deeper into the lives of the people they call friends and neighbors, they uncover secrets more terrible than they ever imagined…

Pretty Little Things is the nail-bitingly terrifying new serial killer thriller from TME Walsh – the perfect read for fans of Close to Home, Behind Her Eyes and The Child.

 

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“Zombie Turkeys: How an Unknown Blogger Fought Unkillable Turkeys (The Life After Life Chronicles Book 1)” by Andy Zach

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Zombie Turkeys: How an Unknown Blogger Fought Unkillable Turkeys (The Life After Life Chronicles Book 1)

by Andy Zach, Sean Flanagan (Illustrator)

Genre: Humor & Satire

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Sam Melvin, an underachieving e-reporter from a small town, changes forever when he meets turkeys that won’t stay dead. You can shoot ’em, chop ’em, burn ’em—they come back stronger. The undead plague of poultry spreads uncontrollably, rocking the whole country. As Sam tracks down the zombie turkeys and how to eradicate them, his editor, Lisa Kambacher, nags him to turn his stories and expenses in on time. During their years of working together, Lisa has mellowed from bitchy into an irascible pinchpenny.

Lisa snipes at Sam for plebeian writing but uses her intelligence to pursue the lucrative carnivorous turkey story. Sam and Lisa ricochet across the landscape, tracking turkeys and fleeing the bloodthirsty hordes. Careening from shell-shocked grocery store owners fighting turkeys crawling out of refrigerators, to machine-gunning turkey farmers, to secret militia, Sam and Lisa doggedly report. Throughout the turkey apocalypse, they dare ravaged cities, plow knee deep in gore and corpses, and upload streams of zombie turkey video news to the world.

With paranoid militias clashing with the federal gover¬¬¬nment and unkillable turkeys, Sam and Lisa doubt their ability to survive. Sam and Lisa have no superpowers. If you have a heart condition or lack humor, you should not read Zombie Turkeys, no matter how much you want to find out what happens.

 

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