Dead Tide by Leighann Dobbs

Dead Tide by Leighann Dobbs Dead Tide by Leighann Dobbs
Series: Blackmoore Sisters Mysteries #3
Published by the author on December 6, 2013
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Genres: Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 291
Format: eBook
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For three hundred years, the Blackmoore house has harbored a valuable secret ...

The Blackmoore sisters learn about this secret from the dying lips of the historian they hired to decipher their centuries old family journal. Too bad he never gets the chance to tell them exactly what he has uncovered...or where to find it.

But someone else knows where to find it, and they are prepared to take it from the Blackmoore’s no matter what the cost.

The sisters are forced to put their newly discovered paranormal powers to the test as they fight off treasure stealing pirates in between figuring out clues from ghosts, decoding an old journal, finding their way through an underground maze and dodging quicksand, bottomless pits and whirlpools.

Oh, and did I mention the dark and mysterious stranger that keeps showing up--is he friend or foe?

Of course, their trusty cat, Belladonna is around to give them a helping hand when they need it ... and she has a secret of her own.

Will the Blackmoore sisters be able to figure out where the treasure is and get to it before the dead tide turns and hides it for another three hundred years?

Mystery, magical power, romance – and pirates. It’s light and fun. This was one of my read-a-thon books and it was perfect. It’s a quick read, maybe a little unbelievable, but that’s okay since it’s so enjoyable.

The sisters are each discovering their own powers, like seeing ghosts or electric fighting powers – yeah, not sure about that one yet. I like how much they care for each other and how well they all work together. The plot is carried on from book #2; they’re hunting for the treasure and so are the bad guys. People end up dead, thankfully none of them. The mystery is not terribly strong here, but the girls and their men make up for it. It does veer strongly toward romance, so if you don’t like a love interest clogging up your mystery, avoid this series. I do enjoy it, when it works right, and it does for me with these stories.

I’m looking forward to reading the next. I think they’ll be heading out west for a book. We haven’t seen the sisters away from their home, I hope the formula works as well when they’re not in Maine.

About Leighann Dobbs

Leighann Dobbs is the pen name of a not so famous author who lives in New Hampshire with her husband, her trusty Chihuahua mix Mojo and her beautiful rescue cat, Kitty. She likes to write romance and cozy mystery short stories and novelettes perfect for the busy person on the go.

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Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon

Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon
Series: Gethsemane Brown Mysteries #1
Published by Henery Press on September 13, 2016
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 280
Format: eARC
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With few other options, African-American classical musician Gethsemane Brown accepts a less-than-ideal position turning a group of rowdy schoolboys into an award-winning orchestra. Stranded without luggage or money in the Irish countryside, she figures any job is better than none. The perk? Housesitting a lovely cliffside cottage. The catch? The ghost of the cottage's murdered owner haunts the place. Falsely accused of killing his wife (and himself), he begs Gethsemane to clear his name so he can rest in peace. Gethsemane's reluctant investigation provokes a dormant killer and she soon finds herself in grave danger. As Gethsemane races to prevent a deadly encore, will she uncover the truth or star in her own farewell performance?

Murder in G Major drew me in because of the mix of mystery and music, set in Ireland to boot. I did have a problem with the whole set up of how Gethsemane at the school and cottage; it just seemed a bit of a stretch, but it’s certainly not the first cozy mystery to force its heroine into the spot she needs to be.

It’s not surprising really that the Irish town is full of an odd mix of people, some good, some bad, some amusing, some crazy. Actually, even the cottage being haunted fits. I did love the interactions between Gethsemane  and her ghost, the composer Eamon McCarthy. She’s feisty, he’s a hot head, together they’re perfect. I liked the school kids too, even if they weren’t really given much screen time.

The mystery itself was good, just the right amount of clues and suspects. and there was one bit of the ending that I just loved. This is the first in the series and I’m looking forward to seeing how Gethsemane’s friendships with the townsfolk evolve.

All in all, it was an okay book, a typical cozy with a ghost thrown in. If you like similar books, cozy mysteries with a touch of paranormal, pick it up. If not, don’t bother, it’s not good enough to make you step out of your comfort zone.

About Alexia Gordon

A writer since childhood, Alexia Gordon won her first writing prize in the 6th grade. She continued writing through college but put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. She established her medical career then returned to writing fiction. Raised in the southeast, schooled in the northeast, she relocated to the west where she completed Southern Methodist University’s Writer’s Path program. She admits Texas brisket is as good as Carolina pulled pork. She practices medicine in El Paso. She enjoys the symphony, art collecting, embroidery, and ghost stories.

Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

Night Shift by Charlaine Harris Night Shift by Charlaine Harris
Narrator: Susan Bennett
Series: Midnight Texas #3
Published by Recorded Books on May 3, 2016
Source: Purchased
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal
Length: 10 hrs 54 mins
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At Midnight’s local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves—only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town.

Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There’s a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place.

And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose—which just might happen—it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be...

I had this review all written – and lost it. I hate when that happens.

At the beginning of the month, I had finished the audiobook I was listening to, had listened to a couple of short stories, and couldn’t decide what to listen to next. Happily, I noticed that Night Shift was out. I was glad I hadn’t spent the Audible credit on something else first, since I do love this series.

Night Shift is third, and last, of the Midnight, Texas books, and I’ve listened to the three in order. I do think it’s a bit better to start this series at the beginning. The characters are an odd lot, and there are a few things from previous books that impact this one. I guess it also has some cross-overs from Harris’ other series. I’ve read a couple of those books, but it was a while ago and I don’t remember much about them. I don’t feel like that lack made me miss out on anything in this series.

An ancient evil is threatening the town and they all have to work together to defeat it. This time around, the spotlight is on Fiji, the witch, who is just understanding how powerful she truly is. I’m sure it’s not a spoiler to say there’s a happy ending. The way to defeat the evil is a bit odd, though. I’m not sure I entirely approve. The ritual was a bit over the top and rather sexist. Fiji also has a romantic subplot going on that I got a bit annoyed with.

Actually, reading my review of the first, the series has definitely improved for me. In my review of the first book, I  wrote “None of [the characters] are terribly compelling, but they’re all kind of interesting. I didn’t really care about them, but passing the time listening to what was going on in their tiny town was a nice enough way to spend an afternoon.” The characters have become the draw for me. I really enjoyed learning more about each of them, secrets, hopes, pasts. I care about them now, which I didn’t during the first. I love how they all stand by each other, no matter how tough things get. Angels, humans, a vampire, were-tigers, etc. all living together and, for the most part, getting along.

I listened to the audio and the narrator does a good job. She fits the book, if that makes sense. I get lost in the story not stuck on her voices or accents. The story moves quickly. There weren’t really any slow spots for me and all the events fit together well.

There weren’t any major plot points left hanging and the relationships between several of the characters were clarified, but I’m still hoping for another visit to the town.

About Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing mysteries for thirty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area of the United States. She now lives in southern Arkansas with her husband and three children. Though her early work consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She began to write books a few years later. Her later books have been in the urban fantasy genre.

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