Getaway With Murder by Diane Kelly

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a really great cozy mystery! I loved the main characters who run the lodge, and I look forward to reading more about them in future books in this series! The new owner of the lodge, Misty, is a strong MC, and she’s a great little sleuth!

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A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a fabulous book! This thriller was filled with exciting moments, great character building, and a plot that had me guessing until the very end!

This was a great serial killer mystery that had a historic mystery and a current-day mystery that blended together so well. I was engrossed in this story, and couldn’t wait to see how it ended! I did guess at one thing, but there were so many other questions that I couldn’t answer!

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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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Blue Fire by John Gilstrap

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was so freaking good!!! This is a post-apoc story with a strong female lead, but told through multiple views then weave together to tell a heart-racing story of desperation, danger, and survival.

I was sucked into this one from page one, and I couldn’t put it down! I did realize about halfway through that this is book 2 in a series, but honestly, I was able to read this as a standalone, however, I want to go back and read book 1 now!

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Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Well this was a delightful thriller! Lux and her boyfriend Nico end up chartering two girls to a deserted island for 2 weeks. When they get there, there meet a couple that is also visiting. The group becomes friends just enjoys partying and hanging out. Then things start to go sideways when another visitor comes to the island and people start dying.

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Beneath the Marigolds by Emily C. Whitson

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such an exciting, mysterious, and crazy story! I loved the secluded setting and the surprising twists!

This thriller is told through two alternating view. We have Reese who is always on the hunt for her next Mr. Right, and then we have Ann. Ann and Reese are friends, but have quite different personalities. When Reese gets an invitation to an exclusive singles retreat on a private island, she jumps at the chance. Reese has soon mysteriously disappeared, and Ann heads to the retreat to figure out what has happened to her.

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Nanny Needed by Georgina Cross

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wow. This book was crazy! This is the kind of thriller that has you completely invested and yet so confused about what is going on! There are so many questions to answer, and you won’t believe it when you learn them!

Sarah finds a post in her apartment for a nanny. It seems like a great way to make some extra money, and even though she doesn’t have any nanny experience, she heads to the interview…and gets the job! It’s a beautiful New York apartment at a luxury address, and yet the family is…a bit off… As she starts to realize that maybe this family is just a bit too odd, it’s also a bit too late. She’s already become entrapped in their secrets.

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The Pickwick Murders by Heather Redmond

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The Pickwick Murders is a retelling of the Charles Dickens story, The Pickwick Papers. I haven’t read the original, so this was a new story for me. Set in the early 1800’s, this was a fun historical cozy mystery. I enjoyed the fiancée, Kate in this story. She is a strong female character, and has to use a variety of tools in her belt to figure out what is happening!

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The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Temple House Vanishing is a spooky thriller with a great setting that really brings an atmospheric feel to the story. Told through alternating POVs, we get to see into two different perspectives, both at the time of the mystery, and in the current time. I really liked that the views alternated, it was great insight into the story during both portions.

This book starts off with a bang, you are immediately gripped by the story. If you like a fast, quick-paced mystery, this is a good one for you! The plot was good, and while I was able to guess what was happening, I still enjoyed the ride as the story progressed!

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Chasing Failure by Ryan Leak

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The subtitle of this book is “How Falling Short Sets You Up for Success”. I got excited to read this because I like to be a glass half full type of person, and I really thought that this title sounded like it was thinking the same way I was, and I sure was right!

Chasing Failure is a self-help book written by Ryan Leak that blends personal experience with suggestions, advice, and ideas to help you find ways to be successful, even in the face of failure.

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The Stranger in the Mirror by Liv Constantine

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’m going to go ahead and give this book a 5 star review. Holy moly this book was filled with twists and turns I just didn’t see coming! So, strap yourself in for a crazy ride with this book!

You know how there are those moments in a book where everything comes to a screeching halt, your jaw drops, and you’re just like WTF? The moment in this book when that happened. I felt like I just threw my hands up and said, well, I’m not doing anything else today. I need to know what happens now! I LOVE when a book does that!

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Grace in Hollywood by Kari Bovee

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Kari Bovee is such a great storyteller! She drops the reader into a story and they don’t want to get out until the end! It’s such a wonderful reading journey!

In Grace in Hollywood, we get to settle into a 1920s setting for a Hollywood murder-mystery! I loved the time period and all the world-building Bovee did to really make me feel like it was the 20s. I loved the references and descriptions.

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