The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews

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White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such a fun mixture of romance, healing, moving forward, and…. murder! I loved how Andrews was able to weave all these things together to seamlessly create a beautiful story!

Hattie is a young widow and works with her father-in-law restoring old Savannah homes to their former glory. I really loved Hattie. She is grieving but is such a fun woman. Watching her heal and grow throughout this story felt like watching a good friend go through a transformation. The grief isn’t heavy, it’s been quite a few years since she lost her husband, so I still completely feel this is a beach read!

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Lacie’s Secrets by Teresa Sorkin and Tullan Holmqvist

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a dark, twisty story filled with secrets and suspense! There’s a creepy house, a murder, a missing person, and a spine-tingling atmosphere!

After Kate’s mother dies, she inherits her family’s summer home and decides to go visit for one last trip. She brings along her husband and child, as well as some close friends. What was supposed to be a fun, relaxing trip turns into a nightmare as tensions run high from unexplained situations, odd visitors, and a dead body.

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Nine Lives by Peter Swanson

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Well, this was certainly an exciting murder frenzy of a book! This is my second Peter Swanson story, and I’m just such a fan at this point! I want to get to his other books now!

So, 9 random people get the same letter in the mail. It’s a list of nine names and their name is on it. Weird, but whatever…except then someone is murdered on this list, and then someone else… One person on the list, Jessica, is an FBI agent. She’s working as fast as she can to save not just her life, but the lives of the others on the list.

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Grace Among Thieves by Kari Bovee

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I am so happy to be back with Grace and her investigations! I’ve read the previous two books in this series, and this one lives up to the previous two! While the series is fantastic, if you want to read this as a stand-alone, you absolutely can.

Grace is not an investigator by trade, but she certain is great at it, and she seems to always find herself in a situation where she gets to put her skills to use! In this story, Grace’s father is involved in the theft of a Russian artifact. There’s an abduction of his wife as well as the murder of an actress, and it’s all just a lot for Grace!

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Dead Wind by Tessa Wegert

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This thriller had a great mix of suspense, mystery, and police procedural! I loved the small-town atmosphere that gave the story a claustrophobic feeling. It made everything feel more suspenseful, and I loved it!

Dead Wind is the third book in the Shana Merchant series, and it absolutely lived up to the previous ones! This one is coming off the ending of the previous book, and I do think it would make more sense to read the first two books before reading this one. There is a new murder mystery, but there is also the serial killer from the previous stories that is still a part of the story. It’s such a good blend of new story and previous history, but I think it works better if you’ve read the previous ones!

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The Hitman’s Daughter by Carolyne Topdjian

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a really fast-paced story, which I loved! I felt like we jumped right into the plot and never slowed down! Set in a creepy (and haunted) old hotel, this one has a spine-tingling location that sets the mood of the whole story!

Mave, our MC, is at this hotel, and then a snowstorm hits…and then someone is found dead, and BAM, we’ve got a locked-room mystery in store for us!

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The Dead Season by Tessa Wegert

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was an interesting crime thriller! I enjoyed that this had an active investigation about a murder, but there was also the ongoing mystery that carried over from book 1! It was fun to see both storylines play out!

The Dead Season is the second book in the Shana Merchant book series. I haven’t read the first book, but there was a great amount of backstory, so I didn’t feel like I missed anything! If you grab this one, you won’t feel lost at all!

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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book! What a dark, spooky premise with a crazy plot! This is a perfect Halloween read, so go grab it this October!!

Noemí Taboada arrives in her high-fashion dress with a cigarette in hand to save her cousin after receiving a desperate letter from her. The secluded mansion in 1950’s Mexico that she comes to is everything you want in a spooky setting. It’s dark and mysterious with creepy household members that hold so many secrets. The first dinner Noemí sits down to, the family explains that they eat in complete silence. It is one of the many odd quirks about this story that had me guessing from start to finish just what was happening!

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One by One by Ruth Ware

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Well, Ruth Ware has done it again! One by One was a thrilling story of murder, secrets, and seclusion. I found myself immediately drawn in and seriously could not put it down! I will say that it wasn’t quite as good as The Turn of the Key, but that was by far my favorite by her. This one takes us back to her stories that put a group of people together and then start killing them off. It was very reminiscent of in a dark, dark wood, but I really enjoyed it!

A company trip to a secluded ski resort starts off tense with characters that are segregated into smaller groups of friends and enemies. As the story unfolds, we begin to understand that there is an opportunity for a buy out of the company Snoop, but not every shareholder wants this. What was supposed to be a week-long retreat to decide on what to do, turns into a heart racing trip to stay alive.

I loved the characters in this story. The cast has two employees for the ski chalet, and 10 guests. It’s told from the POV of Erin, one of the workers in the chalet, and then Liz, a guest and minority shareholder for Snoop. I liked this story-telling choice, as we got insight into some of the Snoop backstory, as well as the chalet worker’s thoughts as things begin to happen.

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