Here we go again, I’ve read another story about the art world, and I think this one is my favorite that I’ve read recently! I thought this was a fast-paced story, and I enjoyed that it wasn’t really a thriller, but more of an experience and a mystery.
Emma Caan has a job as a duplicator of art. It’s all legit, not an illegal forgery, but rather, a replica of an original that the owner asks for. Museums and art collectors pay for these well-done duplicates to show off on walls while the original stays safe in a vault somewhere. But then she’s offered a new job at an art gallery with a side-hustle to continue to create these replicas for only one customer.
Emma jumps at the chance, but soon discovers that behind the curtain of this fantastic-looking job are some darker truths.
Continue reading “Fake by Erica Katz”
What We Harvest was an absolutely fantastic book that had elements of family and friendship, magic, and creepy horror. It was the exact amount of horror I can handle too! 🤣 This was an outstanding debut from Ann Fraistat!
Wren lives in Hollow’s End, an old town set in the backdrop of present day. The town has four farms run by four founding families, and each one has its own special element that helps drive revenue and tourism for the town and families. Something has gone wrong in Hollow’s End though. A blight is taking over the crops, sucking the life right out of them, but it’s more than just the crops. People and animals have begun to go missing, and now they are showing up again, but they are shells of the humans they once were, and they are dangerous.
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I’ve been drawn towards art-related stories lately, and I am loving them! This was a fantastic thriller mixing historical WWII art history into a present-day action-packed story of murder, secrets, and mystery.
Woman on Fire tells the story through the perspective of multiple characters, giving insight into so many different aspects of the story. I really enjoyed each view, and I loved the way they were put together. Jules is the main character, and she’s an investigative reporter, or trying to be. She lands a job does some undercover work to find a missing painting that was stolen by the Nazi’s during WWII. This job turns into a game of cat and mouse as people are murdered and the stakes keep getting higher and higher for Jules.
Continue reading “Woman on Fire by Lisa Barr”
What a fast-paced story set in the art world! I feel like I’m reading a lot of books lately on stolen art, and I’m really enjoying it! This one has the main character working with the FBI in an undercover role to help find the stolen art.
I really liked that Portia, the MC, becomes an integral part of the story by going undercover. She has to travel to Colombia and dive deep into the world of drug lords and art thieves. The danger felt so real and intense. It made the story quite suspenseful!
Continue reading “A Discerning Eye by Carol Orange”
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!
Continue reading “Dead Wind by Tessa Wegert”
This was a fantastic thriller that just kept giving and giving! One surprising reveal after another had me on the edge of my seat the entire time!
On New Years Eve, 1999, the workers of a Blockbuster are brutally murdered at closing time. There is one survivor, Ella. In present day, Ella is a therapist working to help others when there’s another murder that is frighteningly close to the one she survived in 1999.
Continue reading “The Night Shift by Alex Finlay”
This is quite the fantastic story! It’s a great mix of emotion, suspense, action, and surprises, and I found myself unable to put it down!
We follow Abby who is on a trip to look for a friend of her grandmother’s. She is stepping away from a terrible husband, so the story has a really emotional aspect as the reader learns more about her marriage and husband. Finding her grandmother’s friend takes Abby on a journey to find the strength to leave her husband. When she heads home, things go sideways, and this turns from an emotional growth story into quite the action-packed story of suspense!
Continue reading “All the Salt in the Sea by Tammy L. Harrow”
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!
Continue reading “The Hitman’s Daughter by Carolyne Topdjian”
This is a story filled with action, high-speed storytelling, secrets, and danger! It was fast-paced, and had me racing to the end to see what would happen!
The main character, Maggie, is engaged to an American spy. She used to be a CIA analyst, and creates a strong female lead for this story. When her fiancé is murdered and is implicated in a plot to give US secrets to Russia, Maggie takes on the burden of clearing his name on her own.
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This is a story filled with secrets. A family living. . . tiptoeing around each other and finding themselves weighed down by their hidden things.
The story is told by alternating between the voice of Desi (the mom) and Jules (the daughter). Desi isn’t an incredibly likable character, and yet I was very interested in her perspective. I really enjoyed Jules as a character. I wanted everything to work out for her, and I found myself connecting with her easily.
Continue reading “Secrets of Our House by Rea Frey”
It’s time for another fantastic book in the Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery series! This cozy mystery was just as wonderful as the first book in the series!
This book picks up just a while after the ending of the first one. Lila is still working to get into a better headspace after the recent murder. There’s a focus here on mental health, and I really liked how it was handled.
Continue reading “Homicide and Halo-Halo by Mia P. Manansala”
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!
Continue reading “Getaway With Murder by Diane Kelly”