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Friday, May 25, 2018

The Case of the Desperate Doctor by Jacqueline Diamond

Release Date: May 15, 2018

Dr. Eric Darcy returns and this time the case is very personal. When an obstetrician he knows is found dead, he finds himself drawn, almost unwillingly, into the case by his nemesis, Dr. Jeremiah Schwartz. Eric is tired of this doctor copying everything he does until he learns a mental health issue causes the doctor to emulate him. With a new perspective, he can't help but get involved in the supposed suicide of Dr. Alison Abrams.

Dr. Abrams car is found outside the home of a radio talk show host/psychologist that Eric's never liked. When he learns his late wife had seen Dr. Abrams before she died, he's stunned. Something seems off about two women dying in such a short time. That one of them was his wife is most concerning. Eric dives in to uncover the truth about why his wife was seeing this doctor and what it all means.

The Case of the Desperate Doctor is the third book in the Safe Harbor Medical Mystery Series. I found myself hooked for a reason that others may not get. My husband and I have been binge watching a TV show called Royal Pains. In that show, one of the doctors that joins the concierge medical team after a few seasons is very much like Dr. Jeremiah Schwartz. I really liked this Jeremiah for that reason.

The mystery progresses at a swift speed and keeps you engaged with likable characters. If you're looking for a cozy mystery for the beach or a rainy day inside, I definitely recommend The Case of the Desperate Doctor.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Retreat by Mark Edwards

Release Date: May 10, 2018

Hoping to get inspiration for his next novel, horror writer Lucas heads to the town where he lived as a young child. He books a stay at a writer's retreat at a creepy home in the woods. He has no idea what he's about to experience.

Julia's daughter vanished two years ago. Her stuffed cat was found floating in the river, so her husband dove in to find the girl, but he drowned. Julia lost her entire family in one tragic afternoon. While everyone says her daughter died, her gut instinct is that the girl is still alive. No one believes her.

Lucas hears Julia's story and starts to wonder what really happened. The more he looks into the case, the weirder things get. He and other writers start hearing voices. They hear people moving around in rooms that are empty. Some even see ghosts wandering in the woods. Lucas and Julia are determined to unravel the mysteries going on in this small town, but someone or something is equally determined to stop them.

The atmosphere created in The Retreat is chilling. I could smell the dampness of the earth and feel the cool air of the woods. The story is equally gripping. For a change, I didn't have the mystery pegged. It was creepy, but not to the point it will keep me up at night.

The writing flows well. It hooked me and never stopped till the last page. And speaking of that ending, I loved it! This is my first novel from Mark Edwards. He reminded me a bit of a local author, Joe Citro, and I'm thrilled to have discovered this book. I'll be finding his other novels soon.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Kick Off Summer Beach Reading With Your Very Own Copy of Landslide

Warmer weather may be slowly getting to some of us in the northern states, but it really is coming. Now's the perfect time to start your search for summer beach reads. You know those books you bring to the beach and just can't put down. I've got a great book for you. Best of all, you can win a copy of your very own!

Melissa Leet's Landslide is the story of besties growing up in a secluded mountain community. From the publisher (Antrim House):

Landslide is the story of Jill and her lifelong friend, Susie, who grow up in a remote mountain garden. The Garden's realm has many rooms, each a showcase of designs by Jill's mother. When tragedy strikes in the Garden, how does a child find the resilience to go on? Alternating between Jill's childhood and adult life, Landslide depicts the adventure that happens when life is lived full out, regardless of consequences. As the girls come of age, mature, and find love, the Garden is a constant, reverberating through their psyches and in their hearts. Teeming with poignancy, humor, and love, Landslide is a resplendent exploration of resurgence, and the truth that even death can reveal paths as wondrous as those created by life.

Do you want to read the first chapter of Landslide by Melissa Leet? Here you go.

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