Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Please join author Paulette Harper as she tours the blogosphere with Write Now Literary Book Tours and her new release Secret Places Revealed, on September 27, 2016. Publication Date: September 16, 2016 Paperback: 342 pages Genre: Inspirational Romance ISBN-10: 0989969150 ISBN-13: 978-0989969154 ASIN: B01M0GXCGB
In celebration of Paulette’s upcoming release, Secret Places Revealed, she’s giving away one (1) autographed copy of Secret Places Revealed. This contest is open for US only through October, 7, 2016 Rafflecopter giveaway
A broken man, a woman on the run, a love that won’t be denied. Single—and very content—real estate developer Aaron Blackman is determined not to become involved in another relationship. He’s experienced enough drama to last a lifetime. The only thing garnering his attention now is his growing business. And he plans to keep it that way. Then Simone Herron waltzes into his life, beautiful and confident. Fighting to keep his promise to himself—to remain single—he soon discovers that when it comes to love, some promises must be broken. After losing her fiancé in an untimely death, Simone Herron relocates. She desperately needs to put the past behind her and start a new chapter in her life. While love is the farthest thing from her mind, she experiences an attraction to the handsome Aaron Blackman that frightens her. She's built a wall around her heart, but can she find the strength and courage she needs to welcome love again? To do so, she must conquer her fears and allow God to put all of her broken pieces back together.
In addition to being an award winning author of Completely Whole, Paulette is an inspirational speaker, as well as a writing workshop instructor. She has a passion to coach aspiring authors and speaks into the lives of women from every walk of life. Her literary works have been spotlighted in a growing number of publications, including CBN, Real Life Real Faith Magazine, and Black Pearls Magazine. She has also appeared on numerous local and online radio shows. Paulette resides in Northern California.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

HEART OF DELIGHT Excerpt & Giveaway w/ Jenna Jaxon

He’ll do anything to be her heart’s delight—except tell the truth.
Gabriella d’Adventure is on a mission. She has come to England as a lady’s maid in pursuit of the Duke of Rother. When she meets Horace Carpenter, valet to a marquess, she is delighted to enlist his aid in gaining her heart’s desire: a meeting with the duke. But will her growing feelings for the handsome valet interfere with her plans for the duke?
The eccentric Marquess of Halford, Hal to his friends, is tired of the demands of Society, especially his father’s decree that he marry this Season. When a breathtaking young woman intrudes on his solitude, he is captivated and introduces himself as his valet in hopes of learning more about her. Despite his fear about the true motive behind Gabriella’s quest to meet the Duke of Rother, Hal agrees to help her gain an audience with him, all the while praying his deception won’t ruin his chances of winning her love.
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Bonsoir, mademoiselle,” he said, rising from the floor to bow. He hoped she would speak again. Her lilting, vibrant voice would haunt his dreams.
Bonsoir, monsieur.” She wrinkled her petite nose. “You are English, non?”
“I am. My French is abominable, but I hoped to impress you with what I remember of it.” Hal smiled. He’d never got the hang of languages other than his own.
The girl laughed, tossing her head. “You have a good accent for an Englishman.”
“Thank you.”
She glanced from the balcony rail to the doorway and bit her lip.
“Is there some way I may be of service to you, Mademoiselle…?” He must know the name of this beautiful creature.
“D’Aventure,” she said, with a small but graceful curtsy. “Gabriella Veronique Marie d’Aventure. Mais, non. I am fine, monsieur.” Again, she slid her gaze toward the balcony railing.
Well, he had a name, at least. Better than complete ignorance. “Have you, come, perhaps, to watch the dancing?”
She nodded, keeping her attention on him. “Yes, my lady does not require me at the moment, so I thought it would be nice to see how the English dance.” Her smile quite took his breath away. “May I?”
“Please.” Hal stepped back and motioned her in front of him.
She moved like air on water, seeming to glide without touching the planked floor. When she reached the railing, she studied the dancers, now engaged in a country dance. “They are very beautiful, the English ladies, in their best gowns.” A glance at him and her smile broadened. “Not as beautiful as the great French ladies of the royal court, of course, but their gowns are well made.” She giggled. “Perhaps they have a French modiste.”
“I suspect many of them do.” Unable to help himself, Hal stared at the charming girl. Fortunately, the dancers held her interest so she missed this lapse of manners.
Entranced, she peered over the rail, her gaze darting from one couple to another, her hand beating time on the rail. Then she frowned and shook her head. “Non, non. C’est impossible.”
“What is impossible, mademoiselle?” She was obviously looking for someone. But who?
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Jenna Jaxon is a best-selling, multi-published author of historical romance in periods ranging from medieval to Victorian.  She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager.  A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise.  She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and two rambunctious cats, Marmalade and Suger.  When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director.  She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.
Jenna is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and is very active in Chesapeake Romance Writers, her local chapter of RWA.

She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

STRIPPED BARE Review

Kate Fox is living the dream. She’s married to Grand County Sheriff Ted Conner, the heir to her beloved Nebraska Sandhills cattle ranch, where they live with Kate’s orphaned teenage niece, Carly. With the support of the well-connected Fox Clan, which includes Kate’s eight boisterous and interfering siblings, Ted’s reelection as Grand County Sheriff is virtually assured. That leaves Kate to the solitude and satisfaction of Frog Creek, her own slice of heaven.

One night Kate answers a shattering phone call from Roxy at the Bar J. Carly’s granddad Eldon, owner of the ranch, is dead and Ted has been shot and may never walk again. Kate vows to find the killer. She soon discovers Ted responded so quickly to the scene because he was already at the Bar J . . . in Roxy’s bed. And to add to her woes, Carly has gone missing.

Kate finds out that Eldon was considering selling his ranch to an obscenely rich environmentalist. Some in town hate the idea of an outsider buying up land, others are desperate to sell . . . and some might kill to get their way. As she becomes the victim of several “accidents,” Kate knows she must find the killer before it’s too late. . . .(synopsis from Amazon)

4.5 stars

STRIPPED BARE is a solid start to a promising series. Kate is a strong, take no prisoners heroine who isn’t afraid of hard work or the truth, even if it hurts. Ms. Baker introduces readers to a life that, while sharing many similarities with farming, is worlds apart. Kate loves the hard life of a cattle rancher and this grit is what makes her such an appealing protagonist.
-Who in this small tightknit community could have killed Eldon and shot Ted? It’s not comforting to entertain the thought of someone you’ve known for years being a killer.
-How long has Ted been cheating with Roxy, his former high school sweetheart?
-Does this spell the end of her marriage and where has her niece Carly taken off to?  There’s a lot packed into a short period of time in STRIPPED BARE as Kate deals with a plethora of problems and a series of “accidents”. Are they designed to scare her off or is there a more sinister motive behind them?

STRIPPED BARE features:
-A colorful cast, most of which are Kate’s family.
-An austere yet strangely appealing setting.
-A solid mystery with the who, why, and how wrapped up nicely without being predictable while leaving an opening for book two.
-Kate’s a lead with gumption, a strong work ethic, sense of right, wrong, and responsibility, and last but not least, a stainless steel spine.
-An ending that had me cheering Kate. Had my doubts for a bit…

STRIPPED BARE will no doubt have readers clamoring for book two.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sheryl Lister's PLACES IN MY HEART w/ contest

Please join author Sheryl Lister as she tours the blogosphere with Write Now Literary Book Tours and her new release Places In My Heart, Pre Order Blitz and Contest on September 15, 2016.
CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS
In celebration of Sheryl’s upcoming release, Places In My Heart, she’s giving away (5) five prizes: (4) four mini-swag packs and (1) one Grand Prize of a Reader Lovers Basket, including a Kindle Fire and $25 Amazon gift card. 
Pre-order your copy: Amazon: http://amzn.to/1OSFA3h
Once you've ordered, enter the contest here: http://sheryllister.com/contest
This contest is open to US only through September 30, 2016. 
Publication Date:  Oct 1, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
ISBN-10: 0373864701
ISBN-13: 978-0373864706
About The Book
Omar Drummond is a pro football superstar with a body that’s a pure work of art. But Morgan Gray is forbidden to act on their chemistry, or repeat their impulsive kiss. Proving her worth as a sports agent means securing the notorious celebrity as a client, not a lover. Yet between flowers, sweet notes and heady hotel interludes, Omar is shamelessly seducing her...
Other agents—and exes—have tried using Omar as a meal ticket, and he’s closed himself off from emotional entanglements. With Morgan, it’s a whole new playbook. Smart and tough, she can negotiate a contract and turn him on all in one go, and he craves more. But in matters of trust, he’s just fumbled badly. To win her he has to show her the man he can be away from the field and the limelight, and hope that this time they’re both playing for keeps.
About The Author
Sheryl Lister has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She writes contemporary and inspirational romance and romantic suspense. She been nominated for an Emma Award and RT Reviewer’s Choice Award and named BRAB’s 2015 Best New Author. When she’s not reading, writing or playing chauffeur, Sheryl can be found on a date with her husband or in the kitchen creating appetizers and bite-sized desserts. Sheryl resides in California and is a wife, mother of three daughters and a son-in-love, and grandmother to two very special little boys.
Excerpt
Omar knew he had taken a risk showing up at Morgan’s office, but he was desperate. It had taken a lot to persuade Malcolm to share his sister’s information, especially since Omar had declined to say what had happened between them. He toyed with calling first, but changed his mind because he didn’t want to chance her refusing to see him. The woman seated outside Morgan’s office, whom he assumed was the assistant, greeted him with a wide smile and an exaggerated sway of her hips as she led him to the office. Omar ignored the not-so-subtle brush of her breasts against his arm when she turned to leave. In his peripheral vision, he noticed the slight rise in Morgan’s eyebrow and knew she’d seen it, too. He waited until the woman closed the door before turning to face Morgan.
Morgan folded her arms. “What are you doing here?”
“Hello to you, too,” he said.
An embarrassed expression crossed her face. “Sorry. Have a seat.”
Omar took the chair opposite her desk. “I apologize for stopping by without calling, but I figured you wouldn’t see me otherwise.”
“You were probably right. How do you know I won’t call security to throw you out now?”
“I don’t, but I’m counting on your love of football to work in my favor.” They engaged in a stare-down for several seconds until she looked away first.
“How did you know where I worked?”
“Malcolm.” She frowned and he added, “If it’s any consolation, he adamantly refused to divulge your home address.”
“Well, maybe I won’t kill him, after all.”
He chuckled.
“Since you went through all this trouble, I guess I can spare you five minutes.”
Omar knew the mention of football would rouse her curiosity. “I’d like to talk to you about a business proposition.”
“What does that have to do with football?”
“My contract is up for renewal in six weeks and—”
“Don’t you have an agent? If memory serves me correctly, you have one of the best agents around.”
“Things aren’t always as they seem.”
She sat up straight. “What are you saying?”
“I’m saying it’s time for a change, and I’d like you to negotiate my upcoming contract. You’re an attorney and, according to your brother, you know football like you’ve played it all your life.”
Her eyes lit up and her mouth fell open. “Are you serious? Wait a minute.” She sat back again and angled her head. “What about your current agent? Did he dump you or something?”
Omar sighed. “No.” There was more to it, but he would only tell her if she agreed to represent him.
Morgan narrowed her eyes. “There are dozens of sports agents out there, and I’m certain any one of them would be happy to take you on, especially with your numbers from last year. Yet you’re in my office.”
He smiled. “You checked my stats? So, you’re admitting I’ve got game?”
A rush of color darkened her face. “Why me?” she asked, ignoring his questions.
“You want to be an agent, and I need one.” He leaned forward and whispered, “And I know you passed the sport’s agent certification test. It’s a win-win situation for both of us.”
“On second thought, I am going to kill Malcolm,” she muttered.
“I need your help, Morgan. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t.”
“I have to think about this.” She turned slightly in her chair and stared out the window, and then back at him. “You realize I already have a job. And I’m working on a case.”
Omar nodded. “I understand, and I have no problems working around your schedule.”
“Even on weekends or late evenings.”
“Anytime.”
“I see.” She went back to staring out the window.
He could almost hear the wheels turning in her head. She bit down on her lip, drawing his attention and reminding him how much he enjoyed kissing her.
Finally she angled her head his direction. “I’ll agree on one condition.”
“What’s that?”
“You keep your hands and lips to yourself. No more kisses.”
Omar groaned inwardly. There was no way he could go without kissing her. In fact, it had been the first thing on his mind from the moment he saw her today. “Morgan—”
“No. More. Kisses,” she repeated.
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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Forever Books

Do y'all have books that you've had forever and just flat out refuse to part with? There are still some on my shelves I got while in high school. My first regular job was as a waitress at a restaurant that was only open Friday and Saturday nights, The Dairy Barn. Out in the middle of nothing on the #1 Hwy between Augusta and Wrens, it drew people from as far away as Aiken, SC. With the money left after buying school clothes I joined the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild. O' happy day...There are still books on my shelf from them. Mary Stewart's THE CRYSTAL CAVE, THE HOLLOW HILLS, THE LAST ENCHANTMENT, & THE WICKED DAY. This series was absolute magic to me as a 14 yr old, along with THE MISTS OF AVALON. Shortly after I discovered Rosemary Rogers and Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. Couldn't, and still can't, stand GONE WITH THE WIND, but adore ASHES IN THE WIND.
THE CALL OF THE WILD, WHITE FANG, ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS, these were my loves in elementary school and they hold me to this day. My mother had to write a note to the town library giving me permission to check out whatever struck my fancy because I was beyond what they thought I should read. Momma never censored my reading, and God love her for that.
Trashy or not, Jacqueline Susann is on my keeper shelf. She was one of my first "adult" reads. When my boys started school we had some of our most memorable times sharing books. Introducing them to my childhood friends, watching Wishbone (excellent series & sorely missed), and discovering new classics like Graeme Base and the I SPY series. Their day wasn't complete without me reading to them or one of them reading to me. They all still read for pleasure,
Books have been wondrous for me, taking me away, teaching me, expanding my world....I can't imagine my life without them and don't want to even think about it. There are many things I can live without or give up if need be, my books aren't on that list.
What about y'all? Old loves, new favorites? How do books make you feel?

Monday, September 5, 2016

Let's talk books, y'all.....BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

We all love a good thriller, right?  If you've been looking for your next one look no further than BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. Grace's story about her romance and marriage to Jack Angel will grab and hold you until the last page. We see what we want to see and rationalize oddities and warning signs away. Never go against your gut...bad things happen when you do.
As always, would love to know your thoughts about BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
Let's talk books y'all!!

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Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable. 

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors. (Synopsis from Amazon)

If I had to describe BEHIND CLOSED DOORS as succinctly as possible, I’d say chilling.
B.A. Paris does a fine job of having Jack cover every eventuality. He, Grace, and their marriage are a perfect example of people seeing what they want to see, a key factor in the accomplishment of many crimes. It did cross my mind that in this day and age such a thing would be nigh impossible to pull off, but then a couple of fairly recent “impossible” cases sprang to mind, negating that. Also, there’s the time frame. Jack and Grace’s marriage covers a six month or so period. So, taking all this into account the impossible seems highly likely after all.
There’s a sense of wrongness from the beginning as Grace alternates between the past and present giving readers a complete picture of how and why she arrived where she is.
B.A. Paris evokes a quiet sense of menace, dread, and pure evil. There’s a calmness to Grace’s narrative that makes it more terrifying and propels you through the pages.  Her determination regarding her sister’s wellbeing, intelligence, and indomitable spirit are character traits that got her where she was when Jack met her, and three powerful traits he failed to take into account. Millie and Grace are quite the pair. I confess to reading the last couple pages several times, and with a huge smile, that’s how satisfying it was.

If you prefer a devil that exists to the unearthly/supernatural kind that goes bump in the night, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS is the book for you.

4.5 stars



Sunday, September 4, 2016

& Some you lose...THE CREPES OF WRATH A Pancake House Mystery


The Crêpes of Wrath by Sarah    Fox

Cozies are an especial favorite. They're a nice change from the gritty intensity of a thriller/suspense. The themed cozies are nice because you get recipes, patterns, or some such along with your mystery.
Unfortunately, CREPES OF WRATH was missing something for me. The establishment, murder, introduction...it all felt rushed and hence, a failure to engage. It simply wasn't happening no matter how I tried.


When Marley McKinney’s aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured it—and the surly chef is a wizard with crêpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff.

After she stumbles across evidence of stolen goods in Jimmy’s workshop, Marley is determined to find out what’s really going on in the not-so-quiet town of Wildwood Cove. With help from her childhood crush and her adopted cat, Flapjack, Marley sinks her teeth into the investigation. But if she’s not careful, she’s going to get burned by a killer who’s only interested in serving up trouble. (synopsis from Amazon)

Despite several attempts I was unable to connect with the characters, the story, et al. There was no engagement and I simply didn’t care about the who, when, where, or why.
It may be that the establishment of the characters and the basis felt rushed to me. It was a slog to read. Cozies are an especial favorite but this one didn’t appeal in the least.

This doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. This being the case, and given the personal/subjective nature of reviews, in all honesty this is a 1 star for me.

OK out there. Have any of you read THE CREPES OF WRATH?  What did you think? Love it ? Do tell, I'm always up for a book discussion so let's get one going!

WATER BEARER by Wendi Christner with GC giveaway

Jared parked the tractor next to the barn and stepped down. He had a clear view of Cassidy as she hefted a rug over the clothesline behind Gima’s house. Her dark blond ponytail swung with the effort, and her long legs extended as she rose onto her toes. The shift of her body twisted his gut and sent an ache even lower. He couldn’t imagine a day when she wouldn’t be there, but that day was coming. And coming fast.
She whacked the rug with a broom, and a cloud of dust billowed out around her.
“When’s she leaving?” Clarence asked.
Jared glanced over his shoulder. He stood taller than his father. Two years ago they’d been the same height, but Clarence’s shoulders had started to bow. The lines in his face were carved too deep, and his hair had turned solid gray. He was too young to look as old as he did.
“End of August. Week after the Corn Dance.”
“Sooner the better.” Clarence slapped him on the shoulder and started toward the barn. “Just let her go.”
“I’m going to town,” Jared called after him.
“See if Lilith needs anything.”
Jared wiped the sweat from his brow and climbed in his truck. At the end of his driveway he turned right and pulled onto the narrow rutted path that led to Gima’s.
He heard Cassidy coughing before he made it to the back of the house. If she’d heard him drive up, she didn’t let it stop her from her chore. Dirt smudged her face, and the sweat that trickled from her temples had left trails in the grime.
A familiar heaviness settled on his heart at the same time his groin tightened. She was the only girl he’d ever seen who would look beautiful if she wrestled a pig on its own turf, and she didn’t have a clue how gorgeous she was or what she did to him.
“Hey, beautiful,” he said with a smirk.

One last summer together forever changes the lives of best friends in a small Southern community. These unforgettable characters and their moving story linger long beyond the final page.

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Wendi Christner Bio

Wendi Christner is the author of Writer’s Digest Short-Short Story Competition winner “Throwing Stones,” a fairy self-help book, and several novels written under various pseudonyms. Her gritty, emotional stories tend to have a Southern voice born of her roots in the Florida panhandle. She currently lives in Tampa with her husband, son, and their fur family.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

New dogs, old dogs, jobs, and life......

Seriously. What's new in pink & blue with y'all?

We've been in our home a bit over a year now, and I've been in my job about the same. I've learned soooo much in this past year and feel so fortunate to have a wonderful boss and to love my job.  My absence for so long was down to having 1 full time and 2 part time jobs, and no, the blogging and reviewing aren't included in that. It's hectic but fun...
HRH isn't with me 2 afternoons but she's often with Papa those days, thanks to his retirement. At least once a month she has a "sleepover" with Mama. It's a big thrill to her thankfully. We know that's not going to last forever. Here she is at the beginning of the month on an outing with daddy.

 
DH has retired. It's been quite a change and we're still adjusting. He's becoming a better "housewife". :)
Our youngest went off to college last year and DH thought "we" needed something to take care of. I didn't share the sentiment but wasn't asked until it was a done deal. His need resulted in Talullah. 
 

These were taken a couple months after we brought her home. She'll be a year old the end of November. She's grown a bit since then. She managed to kill the slipper before it got any of us while we slept and in the other she's begging for ice cream. She scaled DH's legs and made it to his chest and the ice cream. She was rewarded for her climb. Now she can jump into his lap.
Many of you may recall my westie, Riley. It'll be 3 years this Nov. since he passed. He sure put up with a lot, especially when he was old and HRH came along. Can't say I was ready for another dog but it's good Talullah isn't a westie. Right, wrong, or indifferent there'd be comparisons and she'd fall short.


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Better get back to work. Please share what you're up to, reading, whatever. Look forward to reconnecting with & hearing from y'all. 


THE DARKNESS KNOWS Review

Not sure why but I've been fairly nostalgic lately, and not necessarily for times I actually lived in or remember. Funny how these moods can take you & color so much.
How about y'all? What have you been reading and has it been influenced by your moods?
Anyone else feeling nostalgic?

 Bright lights. Big city. Brutal murder.
Chicago, 1938. Late one night before the ten o'clock show, the body of a prominent radio actress is found in the station's lounge. All the evidence points to murder—and one young, up-and-coming radio actress, Vivian Witchell, as the next victim. But Vivian isn't the type to leave her fate in the hands of others—she's used to stealing the show. Alongside charming private detective Charlie Haverman, Vivian is thrust into a world of clues and motives, suspects and secrets. And with so much on the line, Vivian finds her detective work doesn't end when the on-air light goes out...
The gripping first novel in a new series from debut author Cheryl Honigford, The Darkness Knows is a thrilling mystery that evokes the drama and scandal of radio stardom in prewar Chicago. (synopsis from Amazon)

3 Stars
Ms. Honigford does a great job taking readers back to an era when the world stood on the cusp of recovery, advancements, and tragedy. My grandparents told me stories of these days and, with my current nostalgia phase, THE DARKNESS KNOWS was a pleasant evocation of those memories.  That feeling and her mastery in portraying the era make for a very entertaining cozy. The beginnings of the noir period I so enjoy in books and movies. There were, however, a few things that were disappointing.

Viv’s desire and determination to be a modern woman with a career were betrayed, for me, by the way she went about it. There wasn’t as much grit when it came right down to it. It wasn’t necessary for her survival and there were times it came across, for me, that she was doing this in defiance rather than a real resolve to be independent. Her modernity didn’t extend far enough in some instances while going a tad too far in others. Her role in the mystery, while central, had very little to do with its resolution, and one of the most important facets never even occurred to her until much later than it should have.
THE DARKNESS KNOWS was a pleasant read, but I’m on the fence as to whether I’ll read the next one.