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Review – Blinded by Maya Hughes

Review – Blinded by Maya HughesBlinded (Breaking Free, #1) by Maya Hughes
on January 1st 1970
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 238
Source: Xpresso Book Tours

I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


When Alex left Gabe, he knew she walked away with his heart, he didn't know she'd walked away with more than that - his baby.

Alex fell for Gabe Stevens before he opened his mouth. His striking green eyes and easy style had her tripping over her coffee pot the minute she laid eyes on him. But he was more than just a pretty face. Her good-looking customer just happened to be a rising movie star on the fast track to fame.

A whirlwind romance sweeps Alex off her feet, eventually taking them to LA where everything falls apart. When she thinks he wants nothing to do with her she leaves, finding herself on her own... and pregnant.

Once he discovers the truth he'll do everything it takes to win her back and make a life with her and their new daughter. But it's not always easy to get a second chance with love, and some wounds are hard to heal.

This standalone romance is the first in a series and guarantees an HEA.

Alex is working as a waitress in a sleepy tourist town that is ready to shut down for the season. Gabe is in town for filming a movie he is starring in as an up and coming actor. Alex and Gabe have a whirlwind romance. Gabe wants it all his acting career and Alex. His agent gives him the news that he can’t date Alex publicly but must pretend to date his co-star for publicity. When he breaks the news to Alex she runs little did she know she was running away with his child. Years after a successful career at acting Gabe finds that he is a father and its been kept by him from his agent. Gabe does everything he can to make up for lost time to his daughter and to Alex.

In an Oyster Shell – An enchanting storyline with great characters making this a classic story.

The Pearls – I liked this book from the opening. Alex is trying to make ends meet while going to college. Gabe is trying to get his acting career off the ground. Them meeting and falling love are dreamy. The real story happens when they are separated and come back together. It was a well-crafted story that gets a well-deserved raving review from me.

The character really makes this story. Alex captivated me from the beginning. She was a strong character but had a softness about her that was appealing. Gabe was vulnerable in the beginning and in turn, had me being very receptive to him. Alex’s college roommate was a great supporting character and has her own book next in the series. I am very tempted to read it.

The romance was sweet. It was a whirlwind at first and seemed liked insta-love. Some people don’t like that but I feel like it can have its place. The romance is put on hold for awhile and then they have to fight to get it back. I really liked this story and is my current favorite of the moment.

The Sand – It was a good book.

4.5 Pearls!

4.5 Stars

About Maya Hughes

Maya has always loved romance novels, one look at her Kindle will confirm that. She started writing her first romance novel while pregnant with her third child. One of her best friends said she should go for it and she hasn’t looked back. Now her romance writing addiction has replaced her romance reading addiction.

You can find her writing on her foldable keyboard and phone anytime inspiration strikes. Her stories range from sweet and sexy to dark and dirty contemporary romances with even more on the way. When she’s not writing, she’s playing with her three kids, running errands or vegging on the couch with the love of her life and biggest fan, her husband.


Review Dark Justice by Jenna Ryan

Review Dark Justice by Jenna RyanDark Justice by Jenna Ryan
Published by Entangled Publishing. LLC (Amara) on October 23rd 2017
Pages: 254
Source: Publisher

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


After attempting to help the FBI expose a ruthless weapons and drug dealer, Owen Fixx, Amber Kelly enters the Witness Protection Program. Unfortunately, her sister, who was once married to said drug dealer, is forced to join her—key word, forced. When Rachel grows tired of their new life and runs off with a local man, a nightmare ensues for Amber.

The only person who can help her is Gage Morgan, an edgy former police officer. The mysterious and compelling Gage must convince Amber that he is not only on her side, but he is also her best bet to stay alive.

Amber wants her sister back. What she doesn’t want is to be attracted to her sexy new protector. But in the haunted Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, desire trumps logic. And it leaves a smoldering trail for Fixx’s gunmen to follow.

Amber Kelly is in witness protection with her sister after she attempted to help the FBI with exposing a ruthless drug dealer. It just so happens that her sister was married to the said drug dealer. Gage Morgan is enlisted to help Amber get away from the thug who has found her and her sister. Amber is intent on getting her sister back even if it causes problems for her and Gage. While on the run they fight the attraction for each other which is a losing battle.

In an Oyster Shell – The narrative was a bit dry and hard to get through though there was a lot of action.

The Pearls – There was a lot of action. The characters could never stay in one place because they were constantly being attacked. They were being followed and could not figure out how. So no matter where they were they had to fight there way back to safety.

The supporting characters added depth to the story.

The plot was interesting. It was most interesting that they were constantly followed. It added a little mystery to the mix.

The Sand – The sister was a really weak character that Amber kept fighting for it was a bit frustrating. Overall the narrative was a bit dry and didn’t spark a connection for me.

3 Pearls

3 Stars

About Jenna Ryan

Jenna Ryan was born in Victoria, British Columbia. After long stints in different cities across Canada, she returned home to Vancouver Island where she has lived ever since. She has had thirty-one books published in the Harlequin Intrigue series. Her ideas come from real life, and she is helped in her writing by her sister Kathy.

She enjoys reading and is a big fan of women’s fiction, psychological suspense and mystery novels. She also enjoys watching classic suspense movies. She loves strong heroines, heroes with character, romance stories and a good whodunit by the fire on a rainy night.

Her heritage is a blend of English and Irish — which is probably where the gift of blarney comes from. She is unmarried, but involved with a wonderful man. She also has a little white cat named Sheena.

Whenever she is not writing, she travels as much as time and finances will allow. After North America, Europe is her favorite continent to explore, because it was in those countries that many of the myths and legends she drew upon in her early years of writing were born.

Growing up, she considered various careers and dabbled in several of them, including, after university, the travel industry, tourism, sales and modeling. Work in the fashion industry in Toronto and Montreal gave her an interesting peek into various aspects of that world. She learned that where money, power and people come together, there will always be unpredictability — an element she feels is essential to a strong mystery. Add a healthy measure of personal conflict, an intriguing setting and a spicy romance into the mix, and you have the ingredients for what she believes to be the best of all possible stories — a great romantic suspense. (less)


Review – The Boy I Hate by Taylor Sullivan

Review – The Boy I Hate by Taylor SullivanThe Boy I Hate by Taylor Sullivan
Published by Good House Publishing on August 12th 2017
Pages: 276
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Samantha Smiles and Renee Montgomery have been best friends for over a decade. They’ve shared laughs, secrets, and a mutual hatred for one person: Tristan Montgomery, Renee's older brother. He was the guy every girl wanted, and every guy wanted to be, and it wasn't uncommon they'd befriend his little sister just to get closer to him. Which was exactly how Samantha became Renee’s saving grace. She was the only girl Renee could trust not to fall in love with her older brother.

Until the one night Samantha spent with him alone, leaving her questioning everything she’d ever known about the blond headed heart-throb.

Years later, Renee asks Samantha to be her maid of honor. With no other option, Samantha is forced to drive cross-country with the focus of their teenage ire.

He was her first kiss.

Her only secret.

Can Samantha survive the trip cross-country with the reckless Tristan Montgomery? The guy who did what he wanted, whenever he wanted, without worry for tomorrow? Or will she discover a different side of him. One that’s sweet, funny, and maybe a little bit vulnerable. And fall completely and helplessly in love for the first time in her adult life with the one man who could cause her to lose her best friend forever?

Samantha Smiles is getting ready to go across country with her boyfriend to be the maid of honor of her best friends wedding. At the last minute, her boyfriend chooses his career over the trip and forces her to go on the trip with Tristan Montgomery. Samantha and Renee shared a mutual hatred for the reckless guy who seems to get whatever he wants. What Renee doesn’t know is Tristan is Samantha’s first kiss. The kiss that brought inexplicable emotions that she has never experienced again. On the trip Tristan challenges her to rethink her whole life and that scares her greatly.

In an Oyster Shell – A steamy swoon-worthy romance that will leave you falling in love with Samantha and Tristan.

The Pearls – I loved the concept of the story that is embodied in the title. The boy Samantha hates really is because he triggers the unknown for her. It makes the reader empathetic to the age-old conundrum of fearing the unknown.

The characters made this story delectable. Samantha was beautiful and flawed making her relatable and encouraging me to want to root for her. Tristan was deliciously complicated and was adamant in his pursuit of Samantha. He was a man of integrity making him an even more desirable love interest.

The romance was sexy. I liked that Tristan challenged Samantha and got her out of her comfort zone. The tension of keeping it a secret from her best friend added intrigue to the story.

The Sand – It was a good story.

It’s a steamy romance so if you like it a little cleaner this is not the book for you.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Taylor Sullivan

Taylor is a contemporary romance author who loves writing stories about real people. Ones with hopes, dreams, fears, insecurities, and flaws. She loves to read as much as she loves to write, and is trilled to share her first novel with you.
When Taylor isn’t writing, she can often be found with her nose in a book, her face behind a camera, or spending time with her husband and three young children.

Taylor would love to hear from you.


ARC Review – The Claimant by Lily Burlington

ARC Review – The Claimant by Lily BurlingtonThe Claimant by Lily Burlington
Published by Inkitt on September 30, 2017
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 131
Source: Inkitt

I received this book for free from Inkitt in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Cat has made the decision to stay with Leopold in Solis, leaving behind any chance of life as an average teenager. With the help of Governor Richard, she has found herself next in line for the throne of Arcadis, which is to be liberated from French control upon her ascension.

But when ancient artifacts rumored to be lost centuries ago start to turn up, and Leopold is victim to a tragic and mysterious accident, Cat must step up and rule her people without his direction. With Antoine lurking around every corner, Cat may have to start plotting who will wear the crown of both countries if Leopold doesn’t recover.

Can truth and love survive when the path to the throne and crown is riddled with deception and daggers?

Catherine and Leopold have made their relationship official. They are able to do that because France has given back the power to Arcadis. Catherine finds herself the Queen of Arcadis thanks to Governor Richard. It seems that Richard has his own agenda onto why he worked so hard to get the country reinstated. Mysterious artifacts start showing up and Cat is concerned. Leopold is in a mysterious accident that leaves in question who will rule the countries?

In an Oyster Shell – A short novel that is riveting with action and romance.

The Pearls – It’s a great continuation of the story. Leopold and Catherine get a little more serious in this book and I love it. It’s an imaginative tale that kept me turning the pages.

The characters are even more defined in this second book. Catherine’s development is story worthy. Leopold shows, even more, affection in this book and it is breathtaking.

This novel has more mystery to it. What is Governor Richard and his nephew Antoine up to? It can’t be anything good because Leopold is left nearly dead after a fatal accident. It’s intriguing and I can’t wait to read the conclusion of the story in the next book.

The Sand –  The main character is named something different in the first book. It was awkward and confusing to have the named switch. I wonder if the publisher will have this fixed before it comes to print. I hope so! It’s a glaring mistake. The book is short and left on a cliffhanger I would prefer if they just extended the story.

3 Pearls!

3 Stars

About Lily Burlington

Lily Burlington is a Canadian born author who has been writing since the age of 15. She loves coffee, reading, and fairytales, and spends most days surrounded by books.


Murder on the Toy Town Express: A Vintage Toyshop Mystery
by Barbara Early

Murder on the Toy Town Express: A Vintage Toyshop Mystery
Cozy Mysterry
2nd in Series
Setting – New York
Crooked Lane Books (October 10, 2017)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683313090

Liz McCall has come to love running her father’s vintage toyshop back home in East Aurora, NY, so when the Train and Toy Show comes to town, she’s all aboard for a fun toy-filled weekend. The only hitch is that her childhood bully Craig McFadden, now local business rival, has set up a booth next to hers. But the fun and games are over when Craig falls from the ceiling in a publicity stunt gone wrong.

What was initially thought to be a fatal accident proves much more sinister. Pulled into the case by her feelings for both Ken, the police chief, and Jack, her high school sweetheart whose brother is one the prime suspects, Liz dives headfirst into the investigation. But as she digs deeper, she’s shocked to learn her father may have been the intended target.

The trouble train is barreling down and Liz may have just bought herself a first class ticket in Murder on the Toy Town Express, Barbara Early’s delightful second installment in her Vintage Toyshop mysteries

Review – 

Liz Mcall is busy running her father’s vintage toy store. She signs up for a weekend at the toy and train show. She runs into her old school bully, Craig McFadden. Things go awry when Craig falls from the rafters of the show in a publicity stunt gone wrong. As more facts come to light it seems like Craig was drugged by a drug that makes the person take suggestions. It gets even more sinister when Craig who survives dies mysteriously in his hospital room. Much to the dismay of her friend who might be something more police chief Liz investigates.

In an Oyster Shell – A good mystery with too much telling rather than showing.

The Pearls – I love the concept of a mystery surrounding a vintage toy store. I loved how Liz was a game fanatic and I got to know some new games. I liked the descriptions of the toys it made the narrative more vibrant. I also liked that along with the toys they had candies. It was a delicious addition.

The characters were well defined and developed. There was a whole cast of characters that added depth to the story. There was a little bit of a love triangle that added some pizzaz. I liked Liz’s sister in law Cathy she was pregnant and had some quirks that were fun.

The mystery was well done and multi-faceted. It was intriguing that the victim didn’t die at first. It looked like an accident than it turned to murder. It prolonged the story and kept me engaged.

The Sand-  There was a lot of telling rather than showing. It made the story a bit dull and frustrating to read.

3.5 Pearls


About The Author

Barbara Early earned an engineering degree, but after four years of doing nothing but math, developed a sudden allergy to the subject and decided to choose another occupation. Before she settled on murdering fictional people, she was a secretary, a school teacher, a pastor’s wife, and an amateur puppeteer. After several years living elsewhere, she and her husband moved back to her native Western New York State, where she enjoys cooking, crafts, classic movies and campy seventies television, board games, and posting pictures of her four cats on Facebook. She writes the Vintage Toyshop series and the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries (as Beverly Allen).

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ARC Review – The Inherited by Lily Burlington

ARC Review – The Inherited by Lily BurlingtonThe Inherited by Lily Burlington
Series: ,
Published by Inkitt on September 9th 2017
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 244
Source: Inkitt

I received this book for free from Inkitt in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


One second Catherine believes that she is a normal girl, the next she finds herself betrothed to a Prince. Together they are thrust into a world of political intrigue, ancient oaths, & deadly mystery.

All Cat wants is to make it through her final exams and to get into a good university but that is put on hold when two men show up on her doorstep and tell her she is the last descendant of an ancient and forgotten royal bloodline. Not only that, but they offer her the chance of a lifetime trip to spend the summer living it up in castles and yachts off the coast of France. The only hitch is that she has to be a brooding prince's arm candy.

A summer of parties and beaches changes faster than the tides when old secrets begin to be unearthed and blood binding decrees are called upon.

Can truth and love survive when the path to the throne and crown is riddled with deception and daggers?

Catherine is a normal girl waiting to finish out her senior year with her best friends. All that changes when two men from a country of the coast of France come to tell her she is the lost princess. They have her come to the country where she finds she is betrothed to the second son Leopold. The men failed to tell her that Hector the oldest had abdicated his right to the throne. Ancient law between their two countries deems that they are betrothed. Catherine gets to know Leopold and is surprised where the relationship takes them.

In an Oyster Shell – The story was imaginative with a swoon-worthy romance.

The Pearls – The story reminds me slightly of Princess Diaries where there is a lost princess. The difference is Catherine is automatically betrothed to the Prince of the neighboring country. This makes for an interesting story.

The made-up countries made for a fun setting. There were ancient rules and traditions that governed these countries. They were rich with a heritage which was really imaginative. It was fun to follow Cat as she learned about the two countries.

The romance was the best part. Leopold was a bad boy that gets reformed when Cat comes into the picture. The romance is nicely paced growing over time.

The Sand – The main character goes by a different name in the story than what is in the synopsis. The storyline was a little awkwardly paced.

3 Stars

About Lily Burlington

Lily Burlington is a Canadian born author who has been writing since the age of 15. She loves coffee, reading, and fairytales, and spends most days surrounded by books.

The Christmas Promise by Sean D. Young
Series: ,
on October 9th 2017
Pages: 277
Source: Publisher

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Jennifer McClendon is in need of a vacation. What better place to get away from everything than a sun-drenched tropical island? And there’s no better way to get over her ex and have some fun than to spend a little time with a handsome software engineer who’s also on holiday. What could it hurt? They won’t see each other again anyway.

Simeon Baker wants more than a holiday romance with the gorgeous woman he meets on vacation, but a tragic accident that almost ends his life leaves him in hospital for months, and he isn’t able to follow up on his promise to keep in touch. But Fate steps in four years after their magical island holiday, and Simeon realizes Jennifer didn’t only leave the island with good memories. If he can convince Jennifer to give them a chance at something permanent, this might just be their first family Christmas.

Jennifer McClendon has plans for a romantic getaway for two. When she catches her boyfriend cheating she goes on vacation solo. She meets Simeon Baker and they hit it off. After vacation, they promise to keep in touch. Jennifer comes back with more than just memories but doesn’t hear from Simeon. Simeon gets in a near-fatal car accident and is unable to keep in touch with Jennifer. When they cross paths three years later he is surprised to find Jennifer with a family. He fights hard to win her back and show her it was always his intention to keep in touch.

In an Oyster Shell – It is a romantic book that is clean which I love!

The Pearls – I love in the beginning that Jennifer strikes out on her own after she finds out her ex is cheating. It’s poetic for her to meet cautious Simeon who throws caution to the wind when he meets her.

The characters are unforgettable. I love Jennifer she is strong and secure in herself. A great heroine that I enjoyed following through the story. Simeon was also a character of great strength though he tends to be a little more vulnerable. The joining of the two makes for a great story.

The romance was nice. It was a bit of a whirlwind romance at first and simmers into something more sustainable later. I love how committed Simeon was to Jennifer and her family when they are finally reunited.

The Sand –  The pacing was a little slow at first. The author could have used a little more diversity in the vocabulary.

4 Pearls!

About Sean D. Young

Sean Young has always been an avid reader. This Gary, Indiana native joined her first book club at the age of seven. A lover of the happily ever after, Sean uses her vivid imagination to craft heartwarming and passionate family love stories that deal with forgiveness, promise, romance and redemption. A certified wedding planner by trade, Sean continues to help brides plan the wedding of their dreams.

Blog Tour with Review – Divine Heart by Danielle R. ManiThe Divine Heart by Danielle R. Mani
Published by Crooked Cat Books on September 27th 2017
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 226
Source: YA Bound Book Tours

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Seventeen-year-old Elle Collins has spent most her life waiting for someone else to die…

When a heart donor is found, Elle awakes from surgery gifted with more than just a new heart. Clairaudient messages and spiritual apparitions haunt her until she is convinced that she must be insane. Either that, or her donor is sending a message.

Desperate for answers the medical community can’t provide, Elle’s divination leads her to the family of her donor, a young girl named Cas. With the help of her best friend, Rob, the guy who’s proof that her new heart is capable of love, Elle must make sense of the clues Cas is sending. As pieces of Cas’s life and death emerge, Elle will discover that she and Cas share more than just a heart.

Elle Collins has been dying her whole life. The only thing that can save her is a heart transplant which means someone else has to die. When it was almost too late a donor becomes available and Elle gets her new heart. What she doesn’t expect is to be connected to that donor in a supernatural way. The donor talks to her and leads her to find out the mystery behind her death. Elle is surprised to find that the mystery is very close to home.

In an Oyster Shell – A book with great suspense and a supernatural storyline that is slightly subtle.

The Pearls – I liked the concept of the story that’s why I chose to read it. I was not disappointed. Having a girl be connected paranormally to her heart donor was interesting and well executed.

The characters were distinct and well developed. Elle was a good character to empathize with. She was also very smart and figured out what was going on. I liked her neighbor who also turned into a love interest. The supporting characters were well-defined and added depth to the story.

I liked the mystery that I found in the story. I was reading it more for the paranormal aspect but it had an intriguing plot line.

The Sand – The ending was anti-climatic and slightly unbelievable.

4 Pearls!

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About Danielle R. Mani

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ARC Review – Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander

ARC Review – Death on Tap by Ellie AlexanderDeath on Tap by Ellie Alexander
Published by Minotaur Books on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


When Sloan Krause walks in on her husband, Mac, screwing the barmaid, she gives him the boot. Sloan has spent her life in Leavenworth, Washington becoming an expert in brewing craft beer, and she doesn’t have time to be held back by her soon-to-be ex-husband. She decides to strike out on her own, breaking away from the Krause family brewery, and goes to work for Nitro, the hip new nano-brewery in the Bavarian-themed town. Nitro’s owner, brewmaster Garrett Strong, has the brew-world abuzz with his newest recipe, “Pucker-Up IPA.” This place is the new cool place in town, and Mac can’t help but be green with envy at their success.

But just as Sloan is settling in to her new gig, she finds one of Nitro’s competitors dead in the fermenting tub, clutching the secret recipe for the IPA. When Mac, is arrested, Sloan knows that her ex might be a cheater, but a murderer? No way. Danger is brewing in Beervaria and suddenly Sloan is on the case.

Sloane Krause walks into to find her husband baring it all to the barmaid a the family brewery. She takes off and gets a job at the new microbrewery in town Nitro. Thoughts are whirling and she’s trying to get it together when she finds a body in the brew tanks. Nothing like this has ever happened in Leavenworth and Sloane is trying to get to the bottom of what happened before it can happen again.

In an Oyster Shell – An exciting debut to a new series that was well crafted and will keep you on your toes.

The Pearls – I loved Sloane as a character she was exotic with a rough backstory that helped you empathize with her. I liked that Sloane was a mother. It was hard not to compare the story to Ellie’s other series but in the end, Sloane stood all on her own. It was refreshing.

The mystery kept you on your toes. I was kept in suspense for most of the story. Half the town could have been viable suspects at one part or another. It was fun to be constantly guessing who done it. The end was surprising. Once again Ellie Alexander shows her amazing talent in what seems to be a promise for another great series.

I loved that the author chose another quaint town like Leavenworth Washington. There were some crazy characters. I liked how when it counted all the town showed up to support Sloane and the new brewery.

The Sand – It was an excellent book I can’t wait for it to continue.

4.5 Stars

About Ellie Alexander

Ellie Alexander, author of the Bakeshop Mystery Series (St. Martin’s Press), is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Find out more about Ellie and her books by visiting her blog at


Review Halloween is Murder by Carolyn Arnold

Review Halloween is Murder by Carolyn ArnoldHalloween is Murder by Carolyn Arnold
Published by Hibbert Stiles Publishing Inc. on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 165
Source: Author

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


"A nice and fun, old-fashioned mystery. Halloween is Murder was a very well-written and fast read with great characters and a fun mystery with a resolution that I did not see coming."–The Reading Café

Beware of all that goes bump in the night… Sean and Sara McKinley are excited about the haunted house they’ve set up as a Halloween charity fund-raiser, but things take a ghoulish turn when the reporter covering their story is found dead. With the media keeping mum about how she died, Sara’s curiosity is piqued, and she convinces Sean to take on the investigation through their PI firm. But this case is not without its challenges. The police are actively investigating it, as well, and it’s not even clear that the woman was murdered. It will take a little cloak-and-dagger, dress-up, and finesse for the McKinleys to get to the bottom of it, but they aren’t the kind to give up. As they troll for leads and work through the skeletons in the reporter’s closet, they unearth a few suspects, but they’ll need to carve out the whole truth if they’re going to find her killer. If they do so fast enough, there might even be time for a little trick-or-treating.

Sean and Sara McKinley are celebrating Halloween by setting up a haunted house where the proceeds go to charity. They are all excited and they get a spot on the news. The problem is the reporter ends up dead right after the interview. Sara thinks the death is suspicious and wants to investigate it Sean has his apprehensions. As they look into the death it looks more and more like murder.

In an Oyster Shell – I like this volume better than I have liked previous installments of this series.

The Pearls – It’s always a plus when its a cozy mystery. This one is well done. It’s got all the things that one would want in a cozy a great mystery and a little romance.

The mystery was fun it was hard to know what is going on. I like a storyline that keeps me guessing.

I liked that the author portrayed a realistic marriage. There were some tensions between the couple but they still loved each other. I was really impressed with how authentic the relationship was.

I like that the couple has endless resources. I know it’s not realistic for most people but it makes for an interesting storyline.

The Sand – Sometimes there was a little too much tension between the starring couple.

3.5 Stars