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The Question of the Missing Head by E. J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen

The Question of the Missing HeadThe Question of the Missing Head by E. J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen is the first book in the new “Asperger’s” mystery series. Publisher: Midnight Ink, October 2014

Samuel Hoenig answers questions for a living. And as a man with Asperger’s Syndrome, his unique personality helps him ferret out almost any answer there is. But his latest question is a rather odd one—who stole a preserved head from the Garden State Cryonics Institute?

Arriving at the scene of the crime accompanied by his new colleague, Ms. Washburn, Samuel finds that what started out as a theft has escalated to murder. With suspects and motives emerging at a rapid rate, one final question remains—can Samuel’s powers of deduction uncover a killer in the face of overwhelming odds?

I like it. It was an interesting and enjoyable read that had a very intriguing way of solving the puzzle simply by finding the answer to the question asked. I love the pacing of this light drama and the way the story flowed from scene to scene. It was interesting watching the protagonist’s interaction with those he met along the way and how that observation helped him put the pieces together. The author did a good job in setting the story up with usual suspects and some twists and turns I didn’t see coming until it happened. A good read and I look forward to the next question asked and Ms. Washburn’s return.

Double Strike by Gretchen Archer

Double StrikeDouble Strike by Gretchen Archer is the third book in the “Davis Way Crime Caper” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, October 2014

Bellissimo Resort and Casino Super Spy Davis Way knows three things: Cooking isn’t a prerequisite for a happy marriage, don’t trust men who look like David Hasselhoff, and money doesn’t grow on Christmas trees. None of which help when a storm hits the Gulf a week before the most anticipated event in Bellissimo history: the Strike It Rich Sweepstakes. Securing the guests, staff, and property might take a stray bullet. Or two.

Bellissimo Resort and Casino Super Spy Davis Way has three problems: She’s desperate to change her marital status, she has a new boss who speaks in hashtags, and Bianca Sanders has confiscated her clothes. All of which bring on a headache hot enough to spark a fire. Solving her problems means stealing a car. From a dingbat lawyer.

Bellissimo Resort and Casino Super Spy Davis Way has three goals: Keep the Sanders family out of prison, regain her footing in her relationship, and find the genius who wrote the software for futureGaming. One of which, the manhunt one, is iffy. Because when Alabama hides someone, they hide them good.

DOUBLE STRIKE. A VIP invitation to an extraordinary high-stakes gaming event, as thieves, feds, dance instructors, shady bankers, kidnappers, and gold waiters go all in. #Don’tMissIt

In the quirky and eccentric world of Davis Way I found laughter throughout this delightfully humorous tale. The exploits, the antics, the trial and tribulation of doing the right things keeps this story fresh as scene after scene we are guaranteed a fun time with Davis and her friends. What was supposed to happen in Davis’ personal life hits a roadblock and I laughed at her attempts to fix the problem and that’s where we got to meet the craziest people that Davis encounters while also doing her job. Gold paint; bull doo; and a Smerle simply wreaks havoc where laughter and trouble ensues. The author did a great job in providing me with an engaging and entertaining experience in that I’m looking forward to the next exciting escapades with Davis and her friends. #LoveIt #BestOneYet

Finding Sky by Susan O’Brien

Finding SkyFinding Sky by Susan O’Brien is the first book in the new “Nicki Valentine” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, October 2014

She’s a parent. She’s (almost) a P.I. No one gets on your case like mom.

Suburban widow and P.I. in training Nicki Valentine can barely keep track of her two kids, never mind anyone else. But when her best friend’s adoption plan is jeopardized by the young birth mother’s disappearance, Nicki is persuaded to help. Nearly everyone else believes the teenager ran away, but Nicki trusts her BFF’s judgment, and the feeling is mutual.

The case leads where few moms go (teen parties, gang shootings) and places they can’t avoid (preschool parties, OB-GYNs’ offices). Nicki has everything to lose and much to gain — including the attention of her unnervingly hot P.I. instructor. Thankfully, Nicki is armed with her pesky conscience, occasional babysitters, a fully stocked minivan, and nature’s best defense system: women’s intuition.

From the start, Susan O’Brien fresh new drama pulled me in immediately and quickly became a page-turner, as I had to know it was going to end and boy was it worth the wait in this pleasantly appealing debut novel. This was a good mystery that kept me busy sifting through the clues as I followed the twists and turns that the author presented to deter my own sleuthing. Surrounded by a diverse cast of characters and engaging dialogue, this was a very enjoyable read and I can’t wait to see what new exciting cases await Nicki Valentine.

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

Lost Under a Ladder by Linda O. Johnston

Lost Under a LadderLost Under a Ladder by Linda O. Johnston is the first book in the new “Superstition” mystery series. Publisher: Midnight Ink, October 2014

Is it Luck? Or is it Destiny?

Rory Chasen never thought superstitions were real—until her beloved fiancé is killed after walking under a ladder. To find closure and the truth about superstitions, Rory takes her dog Pluckie to a town called Destiny, where superstitious beliefs are a way of life.

Rory’s visit to Destiny takes an unexpected turn when Pluckie saves Martha, the owner of the Lucky Dog Boutique. While Martha recovers, Rory reluctantly agrees to manage the pet shop for her. But when Martha becomes the prime suspect in the local bookshop owner’s murder, Rory can’t believe that the sweet old woman would do it. Convinced the real killer is still roaming Destiny’s streets, Rory resolves to crack the case before Martha’s luck runs out.

Do you believe in superstitions? In this new series by Linda O Johnston, she takes us to Destiny, California to see if the rumors are true. What we find is a charming and delightful tale featuring Rory and her furry friend Pluckie who plays a pivotal role in this light and fresh whodunit. The author did a great job in setting up the scenes where a murderer hides in plain sight and I enjoyed watching it all come together. With a likable cast and the idiosyncrasies and uniqueness of this small town is a perfect fit to this entertaining series.

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

Lost Legacy by Annette Dashofy

LOST LEGACYLost Legacy by Annette Dashofy is the second book in the “Zoe Chambers” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, August 2014

On a sultry summer afternoon, Paramedic Zoe Chambers responds to a call and finds a farmer’s body hanging from the rafters of his hay barn. What first appears to be a suicide quickly becomes something sinister when Zoe links the victim to a pair of deaths forty-five years earlier. Her attempts to wheedle information from her mother and stepfather hit a brick wall of deception, one that brings into question everything Zoe knows about her late father, who died in a car crash when she was eight. Or did he?

Police Chief Pete Adams fears Zoe’s inquiries are setting her up for deeper heartbreak and putting her in danger. As Zoe and Pete inch closer to the truth, they discover that a missing gun links the crimes which span more than four decades. But the killer isn’t done. Two more Vance Township residents fall victim to the same gun, and when tragedy strikes too close to home, Zoe realizes her family is in the crosshairs.

This is the best book yet in this fast-paced and action-filled drama that took me my storm and I did not want to end. The author set up this story with the perfect atmosphere of a dysfunctional family where the past taints the present with a question of what are they hiding. It’s the questions that I sought as I followed the tense scenes between Zoe and her parents and her pursuit of justice and as it boiled down to a frenetic conclusion, I was breathless with anticipation as to how it all would end. This was an emotion-filled drama that had me comforted by warmth and in the next scene filled with dread. Zoe is a great heroine and I’m so glad I’m given this opportunity to get to know her better and I can’t wait to see where we go next with Zoe and the new possibilities that awaits her.

A Dead Red Alibi by RP Dahlke

A Dead Red AlibiA Dead Red Alibi by RP Dahlke is the 4th book in the “Dead Red” mystery series. Publisher: Dead Bear Publishing, August 2014

A successful, but reclusive young artist with a secret life.

A wannabe lawman and his dotty gun-toting granddad

An abandoned mine pit, a curious dad and the local police chief found with him.

When Lalla and her dad take a trip to Arizona to inspect her new property, Dad disappears. But when Lalla enlists the help of a local tracker she’s relieved to find him unharmed, but in the bottom of a mine pit. Unfortunately, he’s got company–a local police chief, and it looks like he’s been murdered. Then too, a young woman artist living nearby has also been murdered. What’re the chances that these two murders are going to be related? Well, if you’re Lalla Bains, you don’t guess, you start looking for the killer!

I had such a great time with Lalla, Caleb, Noah and Pearlie. This was a fun read that kept me entertained from beginning to end. I like that the drama took place in a different town which allowed all the lead characters to shine in doing what they do best, be it solving a murder mystery or taking care of one another. Pearlie was at her best providing some comedic interlude and I was happy with how the drama ended with new adventures for the gang. I can’t wait to read the next installment in the Lalla Bains saga.

The Corpse with the Platinum Hair by Cathy Ace

Corpse with the Platinum HairThe Corpse with the Platinum Hair by Cathy Ace is the fourth book in the “Cait Morgan” mystery series. Publisher: Touchwood Editions, October 2014

With birthday celebrations in the cards, Cait Morgan and her significant other, retired cop Bud Anderson, travel to Las Vegas. As they are about to finish dinner in the casino owners’ exclusive private dining room, Miss Shirley, a woman acknowledged as Queen of The Strip, is murdered. Security locks down the room. Cait, Bud, a corpse, and ten possible murderers are trapped in the luxurious restaurant for twelve deadly hours. The bodies pile up, the tension mounts, the list of suspects dwindles—and Cait knows she has to work out who the killer is because there’s no telling who might be next to die.

An intriguing atmosphere of murder and mayhem awaits Cait and Bud when their host is murdered and there is no means of escape for the participants as their killer sits among them. The drama grabbed me immediately as the terse words in this story put me right in the middle of the action, as one by one the author draws us into each individual’s world. With a room full of suspects and clues hidden in the minutiae of what surrounds them, this is a fantastic piece of work that begins and ends with a throng of life being held in one’s own hand.