Review of Fan Mail

Fan Mail
Aspen Adams, Book #2
Daryl Woods Gerber
5 Stars

52282191. sx318 sy475 Synopsis:

Agatha Award–winning and national bestselling author Daryl Wood Gerber returns with a dark new novel of suspense . . .

An adoring fan and a string of murders: a demented show of love that leaves no one safe . . .

Local celebrity news anchor Gloria Morning is used to receiving declarations of love and praise in her weekly fan letters, but when a Lake Tahoe doctor is murdered and she gets an anonymous note telling her it was done for her glory, her appreciation turns to panic. Unsure of where else to turn, she enlists the help of novice private investigator Aspen Adams. No sooner does Aspen begin digging into who sent the macabre note than another murder occurs, followed by another note, and she soon realizes she’s up against a ruthless and deranged killer.

Working with scant clues and a puzzling array of potential suspects, Aspen is determined to unearth the elusive connection between the victims and her client. But as the body count grows and the murderer remains a mystery to both her and the police, Aspen discovers she’s gotten closer to the killer than she ever imagined, and now she must risk everything she holds dear to stop the killings, including her own life . . .

Praise for the Suspense Novels of Daryl Wood Gerber:

“This was a fast-paced action-packed drama that immediately grabbed my attention, quickly becoming a page-turner as I could not put this book down.” —Dru’s Book Musings on Desolate Shores

“This completely entertaining thriller—with taut suspense, a timely plot, devastating secrets, and a touch of romance—will have you turning pages as fast as you can. Fans of Meg Gardiner and Melinda Leigh will devour this!” —Anthony, Agatha, and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan

“Daryl Wood Gerber has proven again to be a gifted storyteller and one to watch in this genre. An absolute must-read!” —Escape with Dollycas

“Desolate Shores is an intriguing romantic suspense with a deceased friend, a dangerous killer, shady suspects, a captivating cop, and killer clues . . .” —The Avid Reader Blog

“Desolate Shores is an absolutely amazing start to a new suspense series! This book has everything I look for in a reading experience . . .” —ChewieTellsAll blog

About the Author:

Agatha Award–winning and nationally bestselling author Daryl Wood Gerber is the author of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, the French Bistro Mysteries, the Cheese Shop Mysteries (as Avery Aames), and stand-alone suspense thrillers. Little known facts about Daryl are that she’s jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, has hitchhiked around Ireland by herself, and has appeared on an episode of Murder, She Wrote. She loves to read, cook, and golf, and has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line! (Amazon)


The characters are well developed and well rounded. Aspen is a new private investigator, and what she lacks in experience she makes up for enthusiasm. With the help of her aunt(for moral support) and her niece, Aspen must figure out who the deranged killer is and stop them before they kill even more.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me in from the very beginning. The author created a lot of tension and intrigue with her written word, which is not an easy thing to do. I had to use all of my sleuthing skills and I still was not sure until the reveal.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted suspense mystery. I have to go back and read the first book in the series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Beyond The Page Publishing, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.


New Releases For the Week Of August 30th, 2020–Part 3

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 30th, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so very very many of them for the week. Today is the third day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

Spellbinding Sales (A Witch's Thrift Shop Mystery Book 4) by [Astoria Wright]

While the witches and wizards of Magic Row are preparing for an oncoming storm, Alice Adelcraft is searching for a warlock threatening the city of Urbana. When a potential witness to the warlock’s crimes turns up dead, Alice believes Urbana is about to be hit by more than a hurricane. Her worst fears are realized when she is confronted with a confusing warning: Surrender Your Magic or Die. 

Although she has come to love the magical community, especially a certain wizard who hasn’t yet shown signs of returning the feeling, Alice has no magic of her own. If only Alice’s genie could make her a witch instead of helping her pretend to be one, then she might be able to protect the community. More importantly, Alice might understand why a seer is saying that she is the key to saving Urbana—or destroying it.  (Amazon)

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Purse-Stachio Makes a Splash (One Scoop or Two) by [Wendy Kendall]



Designer Katherine Watson is enjoying a delectable frozen pistachio treat at Ginardo’s beachside ice cream shop when her friend issues a playful dare. Katherine can’t resist accepting the challenge and finds herself tasked with creating a designer purse out of pistachio shells. But the fun day takes a chilling turn when Katherine uncovers a clue in the ice cream store to a decades old missing persons case–and she suspects there may be a killer in their midst.

Katherine is soon up to her shoulder bag in danger, but she’s determined to see that a murderer gets his just desserts.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
















Footprints: A Seth and Ava Mystery (Seth and Ava Mysteries Book 7) by [Claudia Hall Christian]Ava and her team head out to the Pawnee National Grasslands to help exhume the remains of fifteen Native American women. Originally tasked to find the killer of a friend of Frederico Alvaraz, the case blows up as they discover multiple remains buried over decades. In the process of working this case, Ava and her team find hundreds of unprocessed rape kits from local Native American peoples. Soon, they processing rape kits from Native American peoples from all over the country. As they close in on some of the perpetrators, the men decide to come for Ava.

While Seth was in the hospital after being shot, Ava and her team won a grant to bring modern forensics to 10 cold cases in rural Colorado. Ava was asked by Frederico Alvarez, an investigator for the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, to look into the death of a friend of his, Gina Young Raven. Gina’s body was found on the Pawnee National Grasslands, in the farther most north-east corner of the state of Colorado,. Using Seth’s military ties, the team discovers 15 burial mounds. The case gets more and more complicated as the team works the case. They need to pull together every resource and all of their friends to solve these murders and bring justice to these peoples.

This is the third novella in the Ava O’Malley part of this series and the seventh of the Seth and Ava Mystery series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Perilous Arrangements: A Flower Shop Cozy Mystery (The Flower Shop Mystery Series Book 6) by [Annie Adams]

Small town florist Quincy McKay’s plans are pummeled when the interim principal cancels the Prom.

While Quincy and her quirky senior citizen sidekick try to remedy the problem, they’re also helping a new intern circumvent some primadonna high school bullies. Unfortunately, Quincy has plenty of experience trying to do just that as she’s reminded of her past when an old teammate waltzes in.

When the biggest bully at the school is murdered, Quincy is unwittingly pulled into the mosh pit. Can she help her friends beat the rap while expelling the persecutor of her past?.

If you like cozy mysteries with a bit of adventure, a touch of romance and laugh out loud fun, you’ll love Annie Adams’ latest tango with murder.

Buy Buy Perilous Arrangements to take a twirl with a rollicking good mystery today.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Her Wedding Knight: A Cozy Witch Mystery (The Avalon Café Book 4) by [Hermione Moon, Serenity Woods]Tonight’s the knight…

At last, it’s kitchen witch Gwen Young’s wedding day to the gorgeous Arthur. They’re having a double wedding with their best friends at Wessex Castle, a beautiful stately home. Everything goes swimmingly, until they discover that the castle is built on top of an Anglo-Saxon ship burial, and its owner bears an ancient grudge against them both…


Cozy witch mysteries with a sprinkle of romance, by USA Today bestselling author Serenity Woods writing as Hermione Moon.

Contains British English spelling and usage. The Avalon Café stories are clean reads with no graphic violence, strong language, or sex.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Whiskers, Wreaths & Murder (A Dickens & Christie Mystery Book 3) by [Kathy Manos Penn]Christmas in the Cotswolds. Three wise women. Two furry friends. One dead body. Will they unwrap the killer?  Or become the latest victims?

Leta and her friends are busy preparing for the Tree Lighting on the Village Green. The children hang ornaments, the choir sings, and the Earl of Stow flips the switch to set the tree ablaze with lights.

What could go wrong?

Plenty when there’s a new Earl in town. The beloved elderly Earl passed away months ago, and his American grandson has arrived to claim his title and inheritance. And he has plans—big plans.

The village is rife with rumors about the goings-on at Astonbury Manor.

Add a tragic accident and a grieving family—and the season is off to a rocky start. Can the village pull together to chase away the dark mood? Only if the mystery surrounding the accident can be solved.

Leave it to the Little Old Ladies’ Detective Agency and their four-legged sidekicks Dickens & Christie. Fresh off investigating a murder at the Fall Fête, they’re once again on the case.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













The Mystery of Henri Pick (Walter Presents) by [David Foenkinos, Sam Taylor]The delightful first title in a new collaboration with Channel 4’s Walter Presents: a fast-paced comic mystery enriched by a deep love of books

In the small town of Crozon in Brittany, a library houses manuscripts that were rejected for publication: the faded dreams of aspiring writers. Visiting while on holiday, young editor Delphine Despero is thrilled to discover a novel so powerful that she feels compelled to bring it back to Paris to publish it.

The book is a sensation, prompting fevered interest in the identity of its author – apparently one Henri Pick, a now-deceased pizza chef from Crozon. Sceptics cry that the whole thing is a hoax: how could this man have written such a masterpiece? An obstinate journalist, Jean-Michel Rouche, heads to Brittany to investigate.

By turns farcical and moving, The Mystery of Henri Pick is a fast-paced comic mystery enriched by a deep love of books – and of the authors who write them.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














Coconut Milk Casualty (Claire's Candles Cozy Mystery Book 3) by [Agatha Frost]


PRE-ORDER! Book 3 in the BESTSELLING Claire’s Candles Cozy Mystery series! Coming August 30th!

A local missing man turns up dead on a narrowboat, throwing Claire Harris head first into another mystery! Can she solve the murder and finally open the candle shop of her dreams?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















The Hitwoman Plays Games (Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman Book 24) by [JB Lynn, Parisa Zolfaghari]Life’s not all fun and games…

Hitwoman Maggie Lee has faced off against some bad people in the past, but nothing she has ever faced before has prepared her for her new assignment. Nothing.

What could be worse than working at a kid’s game center?

Flashing lights, beeping machines, screaming kids on a sugar high, and the world’s biggest claw machine may be the combination that finally pushes Maggie over the edge, as she tries to hold down a legit job as a cover for her first PI case.

Not that her downtime offers any respite. While she’s “off” she has to deal with family drama, dangerous dancers, a weird job assignment from the mob boss, and a VERY high stakes poker game.

Thankfully she’s got her animals to confide in, a bodyguard who’s looking out for her and a certain police detective on her side.

Maggie’s got to deal with the hand she’s been dealt…but there’s no guarantee she’ll come out the winner.  (Amazon)

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Murder Unrehearsed by [Roxanne  Dunn]


When aspiring young actress Heather Shelton jumps in the car with her dog, Bear, and flees to her family’s mountain cabin to escape an untidy romance, all she wants is peace and time to study for auditions. What she gets is murder. The only witness of a savage killing—and squarely in the cross-hairs of a ruthless assassin—she is injured and left for dead.
Heather knows handsome men are bad news, but hottie lawman Matt McCrae’s smile gets her every time, until he leaves her hanging out as bait to trap the killer. McCrae promises to protect her, but fails, and she faces the killer alone, with only Bear to help.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback


















Magic & Mistletoe, Confessions of a Closet Medium, Book 2 by [Nyx Halliwell]

Christmas is my favorite holiday, but is Santa stuffing my stocking with ghosts?

It seems Thornhollow has more secrets to reveal. After ridding my family of an ancient curse, I’m hired to break another.
A two-hundred-year-old hex is about to expire and release a ghost from Christmas past. The witch trapped by the hex is seeking revenge and coming after my boyfriend. (Like I don’t have enough issues in the relationship department!)

Add in planning for the Mistletoe Ball, the biggest event of the year in Thornhollow, launching my new wedding dress line, and an unexpected, yet welcome, visitor, and it all spells trouble.

Something is brewing this Christmas, and it isn’t just hot cocoa. Murder and magic are in the air and Santa has stuffed my stocking with ghosts!

★ Grab this humorous, holiday story today!

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Series info: Avalon Fantome sees ghosts, but lordy, she wishes she didn’t! Returning to her family home in Georgia after her Aunt Willa is murdered, she must take charge of her aunt’s event planning business, live with a shape-shifting cat, cope with small town secrets, and deal with poltergeists, cursed objects, and malevolent spirits…and then there are the townsfolk who don’t want her messing in their affairs. It all adds up to magic, murder, laughter and love.

Books in the series:
Pumpkins & Poltergeists, Confessions of a Closet Medium, Book 1
Magic & Mistletoe, Confessions of a Closet Medium, Book 2
Hearts & Haunts, Confessions of a Closet Medium, Book 3  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Two For The Road: An Adam Fraley Mystery by [Henry Hoffman]


Two private eyes take on two seemingly unrelated missing person cases that unexpectedly place them on a collision course.

Private investigator Adam Fraley and his colleague, Tamra Fugit, the woman to whom he is engaged, travel vastly different paths, as they take on two seemingly unrelated missing person cases. The trails take them through idyllic lands darkened by underworld intrigue, twisted relationships. carnal temptation, physical danger, and personal tragedy. Such are the legal ramifications they confront during their crossing of both state and international boundaries, that the FBI is eventually drawn into the matter. From the very beginning, little did the investigators realize that the two roads they were travelling eventually would come crashing together in a manner entirely unexpected, testing not only their professional skills and resolve, but their personal faith in each other.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
















The Meatball Club by [Cindy  Wong]More than investigating cheating spouses and petty crimes, Carrie, Justin and Sheena had a long history of solving cases and helping out with police in their hometown, Santa Barbara. Now in the bustling Spring City, crimes never come short.

Case no. 1: Narcotics Affairs
Even before their opening day, the detectives witnessed the death of Nestor Ryans, a well-to-do banker who appears to be in big trouble.

Case no. 2: Black Sheep Ministry
Five years ago, Georgina Katindig was found dead in a mall’s parking lot. Who could have killed a woman who was loved by so many? A religious woman who went to church every Sunday afternoon.

Case no. 3: Death in Mabuhay Street
One yoga instructor, Regina Rivera was found dead, shot in the head during the biggest festival in the city, the Bukal Festival.  (Amazon)

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Why is She Dead? (A Gretchen & Faith Cozy Mystery Book 2) by [Mystee Ryann]Gretchen & Faith (her trusty dog) are about to be tail deep in yet another case with Detective Kane Jenkins.

When Gretchen hears a scream and her friend’s dog howling while sitting on her patio chair in front of her ground floor condo, she and Faith immediately take off running for the other side of the building. They witness her friend on the ground, in a pool of blood. Did Joanie Antonovich jump or was she pushed.

Soon it is discovered that Joanie is a very wealthy woman, though no one new. Was she murdered for her inheritance? While no stranger to crime when researching and interviewing for her novel writing, this brings crime right to Gretchen’s doorstep. If Gretchen, Faith and Detective Jenkins don’t solve this crime as quickly as possible, will Gretchen suffer the same fate?  (Amazon)

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Ghostly Camping (A Harper Harlow Mystery Book 16) by [Lily Harper Hart]Harper Harlow’s romantic life is perfect, her wedding is in the works, and now she’s decided to enhance her business standing by attending a haunted campground opening. If she enjoys herself, publicly endorses it and the owner, then she’ll open up a brave new world.
Unfortunately for Harper, old ghosts die hard and a fresh murder taints what is supposed to be a quiet weekend.
Harper’s happy foursome – her fiancé Jared Monroe, her best friend Zander Pritchett, and his fiancé Shawn Donovan are all along for the ride – turns into a nightmare when the group must pretend to solve a fake murder while actively hunting clues regarding a real murder. On top of that, Harper and Zander don’t have as much fun “roughing it” as they thought they would … well, despite the s’mores.
Four urbanites go into the woods. Will any of them come out alive? It’s going to take everyone working together to solve an old mystery and ease the fresh hell that has emerged.
Get ready for adventure, because it’s going to be one heckuva trip, and there’s a big wedding right around the corner for those who survive.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle