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The Innocent Stranger Review: POS 28



“Sweetheart, I can fix anything but the break of day and broken heart….. and I’m working on those.” Carson Reno (The Innocent Stranger)

The featured book, The Innocent Stranger, is the twentieth book of the Carson Reno Mystery Series. Gerald Darnell, the author has written each book as stand-alone novels. His writing style allows the readers to transport into the past where detectives not only wore hats and trenchcoats, but they had to solve murder mysteries without modern technology. Detectives had to make connects with cops and criminals to get information about the people they were investigating. Don’t worry if you did not experience the 1950’s or the 1960’s. Gerald includes pictures in his novels so the readers can learn about the nostalgia items and places such as the famous Peabody Hotel and the Starlight Lounge.

The Innocent Stranger contains not only a mystery, but it also has a bit of romance. Russell Maxwell, a truck driver, has gone missing. Carson Reno is hired by an insurance company to resolve a 1.5 million dollar life insurance claim. Carson’s connections do not fail him.  The readers may think that they have the mystery figured out until another body appears in Carson’s complicated case. Will he be able to solve the case before more bodies show up?  He also uses his charming personality which leads to a romance in an unlikely situation. Gerald Darnell does it again! He creates characters that readers are able to connect with and a mystery that contains an unpredictable plot.

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Hell’s Gate Review: POS 27



The eleven with 3 are none without one- Scattered are they that open the gate. The power of god awaits he who walks through” Hell’s Gate

Ernest Dumpsey, the author of Hell’s Gate, has written over 40 books. With his art of historical creativity, he has written a suspenseful archaeology story that will keep the readers wanting more. The readers will travel with the main characters Tara Watson and Alex Simmons to different parts of the world as these characters solve the mystery of who is stealing artifacts from museums. The main antagonist, Buri, is a member of a Natzi group called the Ahnenerbe. He will stop at nothing to find the artifacts that he needs to complete his mission. How does the archaeological site, The Gateway of the Sun in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, have to do with Buri’s mission?  Find out and read the book, Hell’s Gate!

 

 


Agent of Time Review- POS 26



“I wanted to write an adventure story where time travel wasn’t just a way to get a character to a different time once or twice, but it was able to be used constantly to solve problems.” Nathan Van Coops

Agent of Time is a science fiction novel that is apart of the In Times Like These series by Nathan Van Coops. The author has created strong characters that readers will be able to identify with if put in the same situations. The main character, Agent Stella York, is trying to prove herself as an FBI agent in 1985. Her first case involves time travel events and evidence, but no one will believe her. Thirteen years later, she is able to solve the case and finds her life’s purpose. She accepts a new job as an agent with Time Crimes.  Readers will enjoy discovering how time travel is accomplished in Agent of Time. If you love time travel and mystery stories, this book is for you!

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Weave A Web of Witchcraft-Interview with Jean M. Roberts; POS- 025



” Felt like the fly trapped in the spider’s web” Hugh Parsons (Character)

Readers will take a journey back to the life of the 1600s in this historical fiction story. The story begins with High Parsons’ life being controlled by his parents. Hugh had no choice but to become a brick maker even though he wanted to become a farmer. His journey continues in a town called Springfield located in New England. His life spirals out of control after marrying Mary Lewis. He finds himself in court accused of witchcraft. Readers will sympathize with Hugh and Mary as they face difficult tribulations.

The author, Jean M. Roberts, developed the characters and the storyline after completing genealogy research on her family. She invites the readers to not only read about events that occurred with family members but also the rich historical cultural events of the 1600s.

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Paper Ghosts Review: POS-24



“Never say good-bye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”  J. M. Barrie Pan

The main character & the narrator of the story has become obsessed with her sisters’ disappearance and death. Her sister disappeared when she was 12 years of age, and Grace’s life ambition is to solve the mystery behind the disappearance. Much of the evidence leads Grace to Carl Louis Feldman who worked as a documentary photographer. Grace becomes inspired and completes her own investigation by becoming and training as a vigilante. The first goal that she had to accomplish was to develop a relationship with Carl who is living in an assistive care due to having dementia. The journey to solving the mystery begins when Grace drives Carl to different destinations across Texas. Each destination brings not only more clues but also obstacles that Grace has to overcome before finding out the truth of what happened to her sister. If you love mysteries with twists, this book is for you!

The author of Paper Ghosts, Julia Heaberlin, is a native Texan who grew up in a small town of Decatur. When she writes, she has to include hope and humor into the theme of the story. “I want deeper ideas roaming my plots—cutting-edge forensic science, the death penalty, date rape, and dementia, to name a few. I like to play mind games.”

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The Disappearance of Robin Murat Review: POS023



“Sometimes you have to trust your gut…..sometimes that’s all you have left.” –

Gerald has written another epic mystery in the Carson Reno Mystery series, The Disappearance of Robin Murat. This author has the talent of keeping his readers wanting more as they receive more clues that Carson uncovers as he is hired to solve a missing person case. Carson’s clients, local and state police officers, and even gangsters trust that he will remain honest and work with integrity as he solves this case. Carson travels to New Orleans and discovers that his hypothesis to this missing person had to be changed. The clues to the investigation are not as “clear” as he has to dig deeper into the muddy waters in New Orleans. A bar in New Orleans becomes his temporary office as he works with a team of professionals that help him discover the story behind this missing person, Jake Furman. Will Carson and his team be able to figure it out before its too late?

Go to the author’s website to learn more about his books:http://www.geraldwdarnell.com/

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Switch: Interview with Allen Kent- POS 022



I fear we have become too “intellectually sophisticated” to allow for what seems impossible and, as a result, have lost some of our ability to dream, imagine, and accept the possibility of what we can’t explain or understand could be “magical.” Allen Kent

Our featured book, Switch, by Allen Kent is a true treasure! This story is full of mystery and will keep the reader guessing until the end. The writer does a tremendous job when creating the main characters. Not only are these characters living in different centuries, but their personalities and talents are completely different from one another. Ally is a star athlete who plays soccer and enjoys riding horses. Emme is a brilliant artist and musician. The mystery begins when they find themselves switching bodies. The readers will enjoy learning how Ally and Emme change and transform into independent leaders who fulfill their role in the mystery.

During the podcast, Allen Kent explains that he wrote Switch as something of an experiment in cross-genre and cross-generational writing. Two of his granddaughters are of the ages of the characters and are interested in writing. He wanted to see how successfully he could think and write like a 16-year-old girl. He wanted to weave his travel to South Africa into the story as well.

Allen Kent is a USA Today and Amazon best selling author with a number of other writing awards.

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Altered Grace: Interview with A. Tacked- POS21



The book was written primarily to give HOPE. I know that I’m not the only person who has struggled. Perhaps not the same way as others. Unfortunately, I know that we were not alone to be raised by the type of parents that we were raised with.” A. Tacked

A. Tacked writes an extraordinary book about her traumatic and devastating childhood. Being isolated in the county in upstate New York, she was raised by psychopath and serial killer parents. Each chapter in the book will keep the reader wanting to embrace and support all of the children in the family. As the story unfolds, the reader is able to learn how the main character, Helen, finds hope and strength to move forward through all of the violent events that she has to endure. Helen is able to find refuge through wolves, prayers, astral-travel, and by having visits by spirits in her house. Helen was able to be free when she was 18 years of age and hoping that her prayer would be answered that she wanted to “normal.” Readers will not be disappointed while reading this autobiography about a young child who was able to find hope & “a spirit who refused to be destroyed.”

Listen to A. Tacked inspiring story on this podcast.

Watch the episode, The Slaughterhouse, that is featured on the show Haunted. This episode features the author explaining the evil events that occurred in her childhood home. Haunted can be found on Netflix. https://www.netflix.com/title/80195378

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The Librarian: Interview with Christy Sloat- POS20



“This one is for readers everywhere and the librarians who help us discover the magic in books.” Christy Sloat

We first meet Emme, the main character, at Berkley University in California. Emme is a typical 19-year-old girl who not only illustrates an audacious attitude but also is ambitious at reaching the goals that she has made for herself. Losing her parents when she was young, strengthened her will to survive and to become independent. One phone call changes her destiny and Emme learns many lessons along the way that helps her develop into a more selfless person. Suddenly, she finds herself the sole owner of her grandmother’s library located in Main. This library contains magical books that have been passed among her family members. Emme accidentally finds these magical books & finds herself in England in the year 1892 where she meets and falls in love with Jack Ridgewell. The author has created a story with several creative concepts that readers will enjoy. If time travel love stories are your passion, The Librarian is a must read. Readers will embrace how Emme becomes a different person as she becomes a philanthropist and as she develops the talents that assist her in fulfilling her life’s purpose. Emme’s adventure does not end here. The author has written a second book, The Archivist.

Christy Sloat resides in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters and her Chihuahua, Sophie. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother’s loving support. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. She is the Best Selling and Award Winning author of The Slumber Duology, The Visitors Series and The Past Lives Series.

 


The Mor: Review by Michelle & Amaris- POS 19



Destroy the seed of evil, or it will group up to your ruin.” Aesop

The Mor is a science fiction novel written by Steve Soderquist. He has written and published five novels, one novella and a children’s short story of his own. He has edited, formatted, and worked with some of the best-selling authors of today and still insists he has the best job in the world—helping others reach their dream of being a published author. The Mor contains all of the elements that sci-fi fans have a passion for. Evil and peaceful aliens, humans that appear to be zombies, telepathic abilities, and human bionic weapons.  The Illuminous, a peaceful alien race, visited Earth back in the 1950’s. Unfortunately, they weren’t aware of the genocide beings who had attached themselves to the hull of their ship. These beings were the Mor & were also known as Seeds. The seekers (Iluminous aliens) team up with  Cleaners ( A human who had been trained to kill the Mor). Angel (seeker), and Joshua (cleaner) are the protagonists of the story. Every day might be their last as they fight against humans worst enemy- the Mor. When things can’t get any worse, there are 3 brilliant college students who were trying to invent a new fertilizer for plants. As they were experimenting, they fed a Mor, which increased its ability to communicate and grow at an accelerated rate. These college student team up with Angel and Joshua to save the human race. Will this team be able to save the human race?

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