Sidney Ryan is an up and coming documentary film maker. When she decides to take on investigating a ten year old murder case, she finds herself mired in mishandled evidence. With the help of various outsiders to the case, she stumbles onto the resolution with explosive consequences.

This is a gripping story which will keep you guessing all the way through the investigation. It is well written and cleverly constructed to keep your interest piqued, and just when you think you have a handle on it…you don’t.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and though the ending blew me away, I found I wanted more. That said, there was no cliffhanger, but I was left with the feeling that it wasn’t over. Will this turn into a series? I’m not sure, but I’ll be there to read the next one if there is. Hell, I’ll read Donlea’s next book period!

A really great read for anyone who doesn’t like predictability. Highly recommended.





Delaney McBride was almost broke, had no job and no prospects for one in the immediate future. What she did have was an inheritance from her great aunt. But to claim that, she would have to go back to Birch Harbor and that would mean running into her childhood crush, Mike Connery, who is also one of the group of beneficiaries to her great aunt’s will.

The will stipulates that all of the beneficiaries must successfully complete the tasks given for any of them to inherit. To that end, Mike is advised to romance Delaney since it is uncertain that she will stay the course.

This is a really lovely romance, sweet, but not without its conflicts. The characters are easy to relate to and the group dynamics are interesting and often humourous. I particularly liked the two Henrys, who epitomise grumpy old men. It is an easy read, but a most entertaining one, so if you’re looking for a feel good story, this fits the bill superbly.


Erica Teague is an accountant, set up by her ex to take the fall for his embezzlement. When she meets Lachlan, the chemistry between them is mindblowing and she is almost unable to resist his charms. But Lachlan has secrets of his own.

I don’t read a lot of erotic romance because I tend to find them a tad ‘same old, same old’. (That said, I’m confused between erotic and steamy….are they the same? Maybe…..maybe not.) This one however, grabbed my interest. (Perhaps it was the kilt.) There was a decent plot and the characters were well developed and easily likeable.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The erotic scenes were well written and respectful, and to be honest – pretty darn hot. I think keeping Erika and Lachlan’s own stories fairly simple gave strength to the plot and made their romance far more believable.

There is plenty of steamy sex and a fair helping of mystery. I loved the characters – tortured, yet not weak – and there was enough humour to lighten things up where needed. Lachlan was indeed a hot Scot and I loved the whole Scottish element.

All in all, this was a hot read with a good storyline. Will I read the others in the series? You betcha!



The President’s twin daughters disappear sparking an FBI investigation. Supreme Court Justice Warren Alexander, a former FBI agent, gets involved in the investigation and when his law clerk also disappears, he is convinced the two cases are connected.

The three bodies are all found at Blackhall, the family estate of his son in law, Davis Rideout.

This story has it all; sex, politics, blackmail and murder. It’s a twisty legal thriller, an intriguing murder investigation, and in the background, the dark family history surrounding Blackhall.

It is a gripping tale that will definitely grab you right at the start and hold you enthralled till the end. The characters are well developed and the plot is cleverly constructed, providing plenty of unexpected surprises. The author’s writing style is straight forward and unemotional, totally appropriate to the story, and the scientific details of DNA are clearly explained so as to be understandable even to my unscientific brain.

I loved it! It kept me on the edge of my seat and the journey to the truth excited me every step of the way. It’s a great read in every sense and I highly recommend it.


What a delightfully entertaining book!

Oliver Atkinson has given up his job to write a book, whilst also taking on the role of house husband. His life appears to be full, looking after his two young children and doing the daily chores, but not enough writing is getting done.

After making a family visit to the cemetery to visit his mother’s grave, Oliver inadvertently picks up a spirit. Violet’s spirit needs his help and whilst he first thinks he is perhaps going mad, he eventually accepts her as she unknowingly leads him into a tangled web of art theft and murder, where he becomes involved with a con artist using Violet’s name.

I loved, loved, loved this book even though the supernatural aspect would normally not be my thing. The plot was tangled enough to keep me well interested and the characters wonderfully developed and diverse.

Strong has an easy writing style filled with humour and occasional irreverence, which made me…an Antipodean…feel right at home.
I love a good mystery and this was not in any way a disappointment. The ending was almost totally unexpected and the epilogue made me laugh out loud.

A truly, truly, delightful book you can get your teeth into. Highly recommended. I can’t wait to read Strong’s next one.


Blood Orchids – Toby Neal

This is a cracking suspense novel! Lei and her partner Pono stumble on the murder scene of two young girls whilst checking on something routine. As police officers they must hand the scene over to detectives, but Lei wants in on the investigation having arrested one of the girls for possession of weed not long beforehand. Michael Stevens is the lead detective and reluctantly allows her to assist in the investigation having noticed that she uses her initiative to find clues.

When Lei starts receiving notes from a stalker, she is sure that it is somehow connected to the murder.

Lei is a wonderfully complex character and this is exceptionally well developed throughout the story. Tortured by her childhood, she struggles daily to maintain the mental stability to do her job well. In fact, all the main characters are well developed and are easy to relate to. I particularly liked the police counsellor, who unwittingly injects some humour into the story.

This is a tale with all the twists and turns one might expect from a good suspense novel and just when you think it’s safe to go back into the water……it is not.

The plot is intricately woven and the subject matter often brutal, yet Neal writes with sensitivity and integrity. Her writing style is comfortable and makes you feel right at home.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. I loved the setting and the local pidgin used in the dialogue made it all very real. It was compelling reading, and read I did to the detriment of my household chores….no apologies for that though, the book was a lot more entertaining and eminently more satisfying.

I’ve read some amazing books lately and this one is right up there with them. If you like a good suspense crime novel, I highly recommend this one.




Cut Short – Julia Wolf

Rachel is divorced, works long hours at the salon she is part owner of and is not prepared when she meets the man who rejected her as a girl fourteen years before.
Joe is delighted when he runs into Rachel, but she turns and walks away after a quick greeting. Can they rekindle their feelings of the past? Should they even try?

I love a good romance, steamy or not, and this one sparkles with humour and wonderful characters. I was hooked from the first page. If you want a feel good read with a generous amout amount of steam, this is definitely one that fills the bill. You’ll laugh a lot, sigh, and generally just love it. Highly recommended.

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