Review of Finding Courage

Finding Courage
Rescue Alaska Mystery, Book #3
Kathi Daley
5+ Stars

 

40600698Synopsis:

His pulse quickened as they approached. He’d waited so long. Too long. He closed his eyes and reveled in the memory, which did not come as a gentle wave, but as a surge of agony from the depths of his personal hell. He’d craved the searing pain, the deeply felt anguish. It was only during these moments, when he was sure that he would drown in a river of grief, that he felt truly alive.

Harmony’s life is thrown into turmoil after she shares a memory with the madman responsible for the death of a popular member of the Rescue Alaska Search and Rescue Team. She knows she must overcome her fear and grief in order to track down the man, who has threatened the safety of the entire community.

Rescue Alaska is the eighth series by USA Today Bestselling Author Kathi Daley. It is a fast moving mystery series with a paranormal twist which takes place in a small town in northern Alaska where visitors come to hike and ski. Harmony Carson is a lifelong resident who volunteers as a member of the local search and rescue team. Harmony has a unique gift which she often considers a curse. She is able to ‘see’ the individuals she is meant to help rescue, and more often than not she can feel their fear and their pain as well. When she isn’t aiding in a rescue, Harmony works at Neverland – the bar owned by her brother in law Jake, and volunteers at the local animal shelter. Harmony lives in a rustic cabin with six dogs, four cats, six kittens, eight rabbits, and a blind mule named Homer. (Amazon)

 

Review:

This is soon becoming my favorite series. It has two of my favorite things: search and rescue and paranormal. Add in engaging characters, a top notch mystery and a flock of lovable animals and it is a real winner.

Harmony is a kind hearted person who loves helping people and animals. She has a whole house and yard full of animals that she has rescued. And she does her best to rescue missing people, as part of the search and rescue team. She has a special talent (or curse) where she can connect with the person she is trying to save. While connecting with them she experiences their pain and their fear. She has learned to live with this ability, but at times if is very difficult. And when she connects with a killer, she is terrified but determined to find the murderer.

The characters are well developed and well rounded. The people from the rescue team are like family to Harmony and they are all very willing to help each other and take care each other. Each one adds something special to this book. And the animals are so cute and fun to read about.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and in creating suspense with the written word. There were many scenes in this book that were tension filled. The mystery was well written and carried on well throughout the entire book. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. Even after the culprit was identified, the reason behind the killer’s actions needed to be found out.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am already looking forward to the next book so I hope the author writes fast.

New Releases For The Week Of September 16th, 2018–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of September 16th, 2018. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so  very many of them for this week. Today is the third day of my list. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

 

Free Spirit (Violetta Graves Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 5) by [Bardsley, Michele]

When the guy next to me keeled over dead, I admit I almost left his ass there and bailed.

Judge me if you want. I’m tired of telling Las Vegas homicide detectives that I’ve found a body. Again.

My name is Violetta Graves. I’m a cocktail waitress in Las Vegas. And I see ghosts. I should’ve never attended the séance for a murdered drag queen. Because now we’re all trapped in a house with a killer.

And the dead ghost hunter?

He was sitting in my chair.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blood in the Batter: A Vampire & Baking Cozy Mystery (Priscilla Pratt Mystery Book 3) by [Monroe, Melissa]There’s a body in the bakery.

It’s the day of the annual Bellmare parade, and so the last thing Priscilla Pratt wants is a dead body in her bakery.

Bad luck on that front.

The murder victim had plenty of enemies, Priscilla quickly learns, and she’ll have to sort fact from fiction among the suspects.

Was it his disgruntled boss? A werewolf foe? The furious ex-wife? Or was it Priscilla’s young apprentice vampire, who was found in the middle of the crime scene?

Can the best baker-vampire in New England catch a murderer before the murderer catches her?

Scroll up and click “Buy Now” to devour this sweet mystery today

*This is the 3rd book in the Priscilla Pratt mystery series, but each book can be read as a standalone*

Recipes included!

Priscilla Pratty Mystery Series:
Book #0 – Fangs & Fairy Dust (FREE with purchase of Blood in the Batter!)
Book #1 – Fangs and Fondant
Book #2 – A Bite of Blueberry
Book #3 – Blood in the Batter
Book #4 – Holy Crepes  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Diamonds & Murder: Val Masters Wedding Planner Cozy Mysteries Series Book 3 by [Harris, Harper]A murder threat. A scared DJ. And the dreaded chicken dance.

Weddings are usually a billion-dollar business in Buckingham Downs, a charming coastal village in California. But not everyone who lives there is rich. Valerie Masters is planning a small wedding this time.

The bride and groom are on a budget and Morris, otherwise known as DJ Meow Meow, is the best man. Both of the bridesmaids are causing problems. One, along with her MMA fighter boyfriend, is bringing up the past for Morris. The other is a “friend” of the handsome Detective Mathews— with whom Val thought she had started a romance.

When someone stabs a knife through a rubber chicken and DJ Meow Meow’s door, Morris runs straight to Val for help. She, Buttons the Yorkie, and her wedding planning team take the case, even though it’s one that Detective Mathews wants her to forget. But, Val’s eyes are clouded by jealousy and she won’t listen to the detective. She’s solved two murders already, so an attempted murder should be cake. Right?

Can Val figure out who is threatening Morris’ life before he has to walk down the aisle? Can she keep a murderer at bay and get the wedding to go off without a hitch? If there’s any hope, Morris will have to confront his past and finally explain why he will never play the chicken dance. And Val just might have to take a look at why she’s so darn envious of Detective Mathew’s personal life.

Pink Diamonds and Murder is a full-length cozy mystery novel. It is Book 3 in the Val Masters Wedding Planner series, which can be read in any order and are best enjoyed all together.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Riveting . . . one of the series’ more powerful recent entries.”—Publishers Weekly

When a ransom exchange turns deadly in this thrilling mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry, Commander William Monk faces an unthinkable possibility: betrayal by his own men.

Jacob’s Island is a broken-down waterside slum, a place of perpetual gloom where Monk is just as likely to lose a man to the mud and tides as to the criminals who hide in the shadows. Kidnappers have chosen this warren of tunnels and alleys as the site of a ransom exchange for Kate Exeter, the wife of wealthy real estate developer Harry Exeter. Harry asks the Thames River Police to secretly accompany him to the spot and ensure that no harm comes to him or his captive wife. But on arrival, Monk and five of his best men are attacked from all sides, and Monk is left wondering who could have given away their plans.

As Monk follows leads from Kate’s worried cousin and a crafty clerk at the bank where Exeter gathered the ransom money, it seems undeniable that one of his own men has betrayed him. Delving into their pasts, he realizes how little he knows about the people he works with every day, including his right-hand man John Hooper, the one colleague Monk has always been certain he can count on—but who is also hiding a dreadful secret. As the case runs into a series of deadly obstructions, Monk must choose between his own safety and the chance to solve the mystery—and to figure out where his men’s loyalty really lies. (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Perfect Body: In which Professor Molly deals with a new baby, an old flame, and a regrettable coincidence. (Professor Molly Mysteries Book 8) by [Bow, Frankie]

 

 

When Professor Molly attends Mahina State University’s exclusive donor dinner, she doesn’t expect to share a table with the insufferable Stephen Park. Turns out it’s one thing to invite your toxic ex-boyfriend to drop dead…it’s quite another when he takes you up on it.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lacey Luzzi: Shaved: a humorous, cozy mystery! (Lacey Luzzi Mafia Mysteries Book 12) by [LaManna, Gina]When a dazzling destination wedding brings the Luzzi Family to Hawaii, Lacey plans to take advantage of the sunshine and relaxation, along with a healthy diet of papaya and shaved ice. However, Lacey has her work cut out for her. Somewhere between traveling with a baby, learning to Hula dance from her grass-skirt-attired grandmother, and keeping Anthony’s hands off her coconuts, new mom Lacey Luzzi is sucked into a pulse-pounding chase when her hotel room explodes and leaves a dead body behind.

Is someone after the Luzzi family? Or is it all an unfortunate coincidence? Lacey doesn’t plan on waiting around to find out, and neither do the island locals. However, after she’s hired to investigate the death of a hotel maid, Lacey peels back the layers on the case, and realizes the attack might be more personal than she ever expected.

The big island doesn’t seem so big… when a murderer is on the loose.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bewitching Familiar (Fear Familiar Book 7) by [Haines, Carolyn]TIME IS RUNNING OUT—for Abigail and Familiar. In the crush of current-day Washington traffic, Abigail West is struck a glancing blow by a car. The black cat that pushed her to safety isn’t so lucky. He’s injured and unconscious.

Abigail rushes to help the black cat—and her antique pendant swings free of her shawl. The world goes black, and Abigail awakens in 1692 Massachusetts. With her are Familiar the black cat detective and Samuel Truesdale, the man who hit her and in 1692 is sworn to prosecute witches.

If Abigail is convicted of practicing witchcraft, the hangman’s noose awaits her.

Familiar’s greatest challenge in mystery solving—and love—comes in a time travel adventure where Abigail is pitted against the man she grows to love in the midst of the tragic witch hysteria.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death at the Lake (Death Card Series Book 2) by [Peck, J. S.]

Determined to find her fiancé’s murderer, Rosie remains undercover at the Purple Passion Lounge, where she is convinced it will all end. Partnering up with Brian and Mike, who are also investigating suspicious goings-on there, she becomes involved in more trouble. As a psychic and tarot card reader, Rosie knows the Death card popping up means more deaths are to happen. She then needs to use her talents in a whole new way to save people or solve murders.
Just as things couldn’t get worse, her former college roommates head to Las Vegas for a planned visit. Things go awry. Her friends begin to discover some of what Rosie is involved in when they are kidnapped. Their sisterhood is hilarious while death still abounds all around Rosie, heading toward a grand finale. Her silky dog, Sweet Pea, is her sidekick and her grandmother’s spirit still pops into her life with advice or simple expressions of love — sometimes at the most ill-timed moments. (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cookies and Chaos: A Maple Lane Cozy Mystery (Maple Lane Mysteries) by [Phipps, C. A.]*** Cookies come in all shapes. As do murder victims. Delicious Cozy Mysteries with free recipes!***

From USA Today Bestselling author C. A. Phipps comes Book #3 in the Maple Lane Cozy Mystery Series, Cookies and Chaos.

Maple Falls – the home of delicious treats, yard sales and a sense of community.
And now . . . murder!
Someone has a chip on their shoulder and it isn’t made of chocolate.

Madeline Flynn, her posse of girlfriends and Gran, as well as Big Red, her faithful Maine Coon, are whisked up an investigation that will take all their sleuthing skills to solve as they wade through clues as thick as cookie batter, hoping that the timer won’t go off on another murder.

With the handsome Sheriff’s protection, can Maddie and her team solve this Maple Falls crime or have they taken on more than they can chew?

The Maple Lane Mysteries are light cozy mysteries featuring a quirky cat-loving bakery owner who discovers she’s a talented amateur sleuth.

You can catch up with Maddie’s earlier exploits in Book 1: Apple Pie and Arsenic, and Book 2: Bagels and Blackmail

Apple Pie and Arsenic

Madeline Flynn thought that opening her bakery and winning the top prize for her apple pie at the Spring Festival would be the most excitement in her day.

She isn’t expecting to find a dead body beside her car, or be accused of murder.

Things like this just don’t happen in small town, Maple Falls.

With nowhere else to turn, Maddie enlists the help of her old flame Sheriff Ethan Tanner, as well as her irrepressible Gran, to find the murderer before Maddie’s put in jail or there’s another death on their hands.

Danger threatens at every turn, and when Maddie ends up on her own, scared and out of her depth, it seems that even an award-winning baker isn’t safe from Maple Falls’ first serial killer.

Bagels and Blackmail

Big Red is missing! And her faithful Maine Coon isn’t the only pet in town to do so.

Madeline Flynn’s Maine Coon cat is more than a pet… much more, and now, just when her bakery is taking off, and life in the small town of Maple Falls is settling down, someone’s stolen him, along with several other pets.

To everyone’s shock, ransom letters start appearing all over town, and then a case of blackmail. While Sheriff Ethan Tanner is doing what he can to solve the crimes, Maddie can’t sit by and watch.

Going against Ethan’s, and her darling Gran’s wishes, she once again decides to do her own sleuthing, with a little help from her friends. (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cry Wolf (A Zoe Chambers Mystery Book 7) by [Dashofy, Annette]Rural Pennsylvania’s Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams is down an officer and has been dealing with extra shifts as well as a pair of bickering neighbors, one of whom owns a machete and isn’t afraid to use it.

Golden Oaks Assisted Living is outside Pete’s jurisdiction, but a murder in the facility his Alzheimer’s-afflicted father calls home makes the case personal.

Paramedic and Deputy Coroner Zoe Chambers has been itching for an opportunity to take the lead in a death investigation. She gets her chance when her boss is hospitalized and not only assigns her to the Golden Oaks homicide but puts her in charge of the county coroner’s office.

As if she doesn’t have enough to handle, a long-lost, over-protective, older half-brother walks into her life threatening to drive a wedge between her and the man she loves.

A second dead body leads them to realize the case may have dark ties to a distant past…and if Zoe doesn’t untangle the web of lies, Pete will be the one to pay the ultimate price.

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CRY WOLF by Annette Dashofy | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback