Category Archives: Mystery & Thrillers

Review: A Tricky Game @seraphima12

ATrickyGamePublisher: Smashwords
Author: Seraphima Bogomolova
Genre: Psychological, Mystery Thriller

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 4 Stars

Summary
A Tricky Game, by Seraphima Bogomolova, is a mystery psychological thriller, published by Souliris UK Ltd, released on July 15, 2013.

In Russia, an aluminum magnate, Kazimir Stankevitch, enters into an unwritten agreement with Angela Moreaux, an enigmatic and seductively attractive woman that he secretly desires. Later that night, as she returns home from a nightclub, a shot is fired at her. At the same time, in the Ritz, her unsuspecting associate has a meeting with an elderly Swiss gentleman, Jacques Moreaux, who delivers to him a mysterious letter signed by Angela. In a game of genuine intents, secret longings and seconds agendas, the seemingly unconnected yet mysteriously intertwined events unfold on the pages of this compelling psychological novella. As the stakes in the game go higher, the young woman finds herself confronted with life choices that will challenge her on unexpected levels.

Review
A Tricky Game is an exciting read, especially for those who love psychological thriller, mystery, and a quick, easy read of around 100 pages.
This book was way out of comfort zone, see I am usually curled up with a romance, but man! I was surprised that I really enjoyed A Tricky Game. The book captured me within the first few pages. It was hard to follow with everything going on, but I still did enjoy it.
Angela Moreaux, a young, attractive lady who finds herself a mask man. This book will keep you turning pages with a few sexy scenes.

About the Author
SeraphimaSeraphima Bogomolova is an Author, Publisher, and Communications Expert.
She was born in St Petersburg, Russia and received a degree in English and American Literature in the private Institute of Foreign Languages. Her writing style in fiction can be described as cinematographic and in parts has been influenced by her two favourite authors, Anton Chekhov, one of the greatest writers of short stories in history, and John Fowles, a master of mystification in post modern English literature.
Seraphima’s love for travel and exploration brought her to many cities and countries including London, New York, Moscow, Dubai, and Geneva. In Moscow, she ran a cigar lifestyle magazine, Hecho a Mano, the first glossy publication on tobacco in Russia.

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Disclosure: I recieved this book from Book Publicity Services. I received a free copy of this book for review.

Review: Stillwell

StillWellPublisher: Red Feather Publishing
Author: Michael Phillip Cash
Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Suspense
Review Source: Author

★ ☆★ – 3 Stars

Summary
Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife’s spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife’s soul free.

Review
Cash really knows how to draw his crowd or readers in when he puts together a story. His characters are easily to get attached to. The prologue alone had me second guessing to even read the book. However, I did.. of course.
With reading Stillwell I found myself knowing what will happen: the cold rooms, smell… due to the fact of it being “matter of fact” for a ghost story. Some of the anti-log just didn’t fit with me. I guess I wanted more, I am not really sure. Some of the scenes seemed to lack, or have you question motive. I don’t want to give away things in the book. I just don’t see how the scenes fit in, maybe because the most popular, scary ghost stories are about motive, and we have the answers to why they do things. Cash just seems to lack on giving us a detailed description on why things happened.
To be quiet honest, I am a wuss when it comes to scary stuff. I will hide my head in my husband’s arm, or look away from the TV if I think something will jump at me. With that being said, I didn’t feel that way with this book. I found it more as a story, as a family who are dealing with death, and how they coped in a house that was “haunted”, if you want to call it that.

About the Author
Michael Phillip Cash born and raised on Long Island, Michael has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films. He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, Brood X. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.

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Review: Brood X

BroodXPublisher: Red Feather Publishing
Author: Michael Phillip Cash
Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Suspense
Review Source: Author

★ ☆★ ☆ – 4 Stars

Summary
Seth is laid off from work. His wife Lara just found out they are expecting a baby this summer. Seth plans on documenting the entire pregnancy with his brand new digital camcorder.
During an evening home watching television, the news reports that a swarm of cicada (Brood Ten) are expected to overwhelm the entire Northeast.
Brood Ten is vicious and ready to invade.
During a sweltering summer night, Brood Ten emerges and wreaks havoc with the electric grid, phone and cell service, wi-fi, food and water supply. Civilization as they know it is gone.
Seth and Lara are thrown back to the stone age in their own home with trillions of cicada trying to deposit their eggs and breed.
Fast paced and filled with tension, Brood Ten is the perfect summer read when you’re sitting outside listening to the cicadas sing.

Review
Oh, I usually hate books about bugs. No really, but something about this book really made me want to read it. I don’t think I will ever go back outside “peacefully”. This book has a little bit of it all: pregnancy, marriage, humor, friendship, interesting, grossed out, etc. There is definitely enough in this book to keep you turning the pages, and to keep you on your toes, with your ears tuned in. Michael let the book gradually build into the setting, giving us a better understanding of what will happen. I personally think if it wasn’t for the gradual build then the reader would lose understanding, so I think he did a great job with timing it out perfectly.
There are just some topics or conversations that hold my “yeah, right” category or labelled as childish; however, the ending is fabulous, and I bet you will read this book just as quickly as I did.
If you like books that can creep you out, make your skin crawl, your heart stop at some places, and hold your breath than this book is for you! Now I wonder if this book will make it to the movies, I think it can!

About the Author
Michael Phillip Cash born and raised on Long Island, Michael has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films. He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, Brood X. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.

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Review: Snow Angels

Snow AngelsPublisher: Berkley Trade
Author: James Thompson
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Series: Inspector Kari Vaara #1
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★ ☆★ – 3 Stars

Summary: (GoodReads)
It is called kaamos–two weeks of unrelenting darkness and soul-numbing cold that falls upon Finnish Lapland, a hundred miles into the Arctic Circle, just before Christmas. Some get through it with the help of cheap Russian alcohol; some sink into depression.
This year, it may have driven someone mad enough to commit murder. The brutalized body of a beautiful Somali woman has been found in the snow, and Inspector Kari Vaara must find her killer. It will be a challenge in a place where ugly things lurk under frozen surfaces, and silence is a way of life.

My Review:
I enjoyed the suspense of the book; however I did find it hard to connect with characters, just because it lacked some detail of getting to know them. The book was more about the “snow angels” then about who is who and why. However, it could be that with this being the first book of a series that the characters build during the other books. I love the fact that you get sucked into the darkness of the plot. I believe that is what makes you want to turn pages, because I surely did that. I did, in fact, enjoy the novel and I will be waiting for the second book to come out.
It is brutally violent, dark, harsh words, but yet it sucked me into wanting more. Definitely more of an adult book, unless you like the dark suspense like I do.

About the Author:
James Thompson, eastern Kentucky born and raised, has lived in Finland for the past decade and currently makes his home in Helsinki with his wife. Before becoming a full-time writer, Thompson studied Swedish and Finnish, in which he is fluent, and worked as a bartender, bouncer, construction worker, photographer, rare coin dealer, and soldier.

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Live and Let Die

Live and Let DiePublisher: Self-published
Author: Bianca Sloane
Genre: Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
Review Source: Author

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Summary: (Goodreads)
Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages
On a bitterly cold January evening, Tracy Ellis went for a jog along Chicago’s snowy lakefront and disappeared. Her body was discovered days later, her beautiful face bashed in with a rock. Police determine her brutal death to be a mugging gone wrong and drop the matter into their cold case files.
Over a year later, Tracy’s sister, Sondra, still can’t come to grips with what happened. She throws herself into her work as a documentary filmmaker to try and forget the cruelty of her sister’s death. However, a chance encounter with a man from Tracy’s past rips the wound open and sends Sondra on a desperate search for answers about the secrets from her sister’s life that may have led to her death.
As Sondra struggles to uncover what happened to Tracy, she’s launched into a tangled web of deceit and danger that put her on a collision course with life and death…

My Review:
Goodness what a ride this book brings you on! The whole book you are wondering what happened to Tracy. Every page is full of suspense, and thrills! I read over 80% of this book in one day and loved it.
I enjoyed the details the author threw in, adding to the characters, which came off with realism. I will definitely be recommending this book!
Each chapter was told in another light of a character, giving the book and story it’s mold, and shape. The plot was rounded enough that I was on my toes, or fingertips, either way. Do not stop this read, even if you think that you might have it figured out, there is always a turn, and your guessing could be wrong.

About the Author:
Bianca Sloane is a freelance writer living in Chicago. When she’s not writing, she’s watching Bravo TV, Investigation Discovery, reading or cooking. “Live and Let Die” is her first novel.

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