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My Sister’s Books Review #70

Murder of a Bookstore Babe
By: Denise Swanson
Scumble River #13


The new bookstore in town has caused a ruckus amongst town members. Skye Denison is excited about the new store, until she discovers a body buried under a bookshelf. Now she must find out who did it before anyone else gets hurt. Will this be the end of Scumble River’s controversial bookstore?

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Stacy Juba’s Book Sale

Hi Everyone,

I had the pleasure of reading Stacy Juba’s books last month and I thoroughly enjoyed them. When she mentioned that they would be on sale, I thought I would share the information with all of you. (I know how much readers like a great sale and this is 3 books for less than a dollar!)

To read my reviews, click on each title’s name: Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, Sink or Swim, and Dark Before Dawn.



For a short time only, get Stacy’s Juba’s 3-book suspense bundle for 99 cents! Her Young Ladies of Mystery Boxed Set will be on sale for 99 cents from Oct. 10-25 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBookstore. With Halloween on the horizon, this is the perfect time to sit down with some suspenseful reads.

The bundle features Stacy acclaimed adult mystery/romantic suspense novels Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim, and her young adult psychic thriller Dark Before Dawn, in one bargain-priced download. Solve a cold case with aspiring reporter Kris Langley; discover the downside of fame with former reality show contestant Cassidy Novak; and meet teenage psychic Dawn Christian, who discovers that ESP spells D-A-N-G-E-R. More on the three books included in the download, which combined have garnered more than 230 customer reviews on Amazon:

Twenty-Five Years Ago Today – A GalleyCat Mystery and Thriller Bestseller and GalleyCat Barnes & Noble Bestseller that reached #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List and #5 on Nook. For twenty-five years, Diana Ferguson’s killer has gotten away with murder. When rookie obit writer and newsroom editorial assistant Kris Langley investigates the cold case of the artistic young cocktail waitress who was obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology, not only does she fall in love with Diana’s sexy nephew, but she must also fight to stay off the obituary page herself. Get it on the secret: join thousands of readers in discovering Who Killed Diana Ferguson.

Sink or Swim – A #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller for Women Sleuths and Romantic Suspense. How do you change the channel when reality TV turns to murder? After starring on a hit game show set aboard a Tall Ship, personal trainer Cassidy Novak discovers that she has attracted a stalker. Can she trust Zach Gallagher, the gorgeous newspaper photographer assigned to follow her for a local series? As things heat up with the stalker and with Zach, soon Cassidy will need to call SOS for real. Endorsed by contestants from Survivor, The Amazing Race, and Big Brother.

Dark Before Dawn – A #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller for Horror/Occult and for Children’s Science Fiction, Fantasy & Magic, and a fun read for teens and adults alike. When teen psychic Dawn Christian gets involved with a fortuneteller mentor and two girls who share her mysterious talents, she finally belongs after years of being a misfit. When she learns her new friends may be tied to freak “accidents” in town, Dawn has an important choice to make – continue developing the talent that makes her special or challenge the only people who have ever accepted her.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Young-Ladies-Mystery-Boxed-ebook/dp/B008YA0AW6/ref=

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/young-ladies-of-mystery-boxed-set-stacy-juba/1112510487?ean=2940014880077

iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id640324718

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/books/Young-Ladies-Mystery-Boxed-Set/LYpEix78KkeRcjLUgHwX2g

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Twenty-Five Years Ago Today

By: Stacy Juba. Format: eBook. Read: September 2013.

Kris Langley’s cousin Nicole was murdered when they were twelve, by a creepy man in their neighborhood. Kris knows a secret that no one else knows, and it has caused her extreme guilt and insomnia over the past several years. She has tried everything, but tell the truth to her tight-lipped family. Finally, she gets a beginner’s job at the local newspaper company, writing small filler pieces and working nights allows her body to get just a bit more rest. While researching events that occurred twenty-five years ago, Kris stumbles upon the unsolved murder of a young woman, Diana Ferguson. Kris identifies with Diana’s family and decides to research further to help close this case. Maybe by closing this case, she will be able to put her past behind her. Then again, she may meet her own horrific end as she comes face-to-face with Diana’s killer?

Stacy Juba has written an excellent and shocking cozy mystery. The plot is a winding maze with not one but filled with wrong turns and deceptive clues meant to trick the reader until the very end. Not only will readers be kept on their toes, they will emotional drawn into not one but two separate families caught in the never-ending cycle of grief, depression and survivor’s guilt. Both families demonstrate the polar opposites of grief, one refusing to breathe a word about their loss and the other discussing all the details and what-ifs. An emotional, fast-paced and intriguing storyline, with wonderful writing makes this book a must-read for mystery readers.

I have loved mysteries since I was a little girl. Anything Nancy Drew or Clue related and I loved it. I pride myself in guessing the intricacies of a plot before they are revealed. However, I enjoy a book even more, when I can’t guess the ending. This ending had my head spinning and I still can’t keep reliving it, picking up on subtle clues that I missed before. This author is definitely on my must-read list from now on and she should be on yours too, if you enjoy a surprising mystery.


The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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Right and Left Grand

Darla King #1. By Rosalee Richland. Format: eBook. Read: August 2013.

Darla King is an ex-criminal investigator, who is still coping with the tragic loss of her husband five years ago. In order for her and her daughter to remain connecting to his family she moves to Texas where she is reunited with her former passion, square dancing. With her daughter in college, Darla has become a square dance caller, which is a rarity for females, but she is loving each and challenge the clubs and dances bring her way. That is until one club member discovers an unconscious man dressed in a square dancer’s outfit on his property and the local police are trying to pass it off as a simple car-jacking. It is up to Darla and her three best friends to figure out the real reason behind this mysterious man’s attack.

Right and Left Grand is a cozy mystery with square dancing galore. Fans of square dancing will enjoy the insider’s view to what it takes to be a caller, while square dancing novices will learn several steps. The story starts out a bit slow, with the real mystery not appearing until the halfway mark, but the straightforward writing style makes it an easy read. The entire novel is told through Darla’s perspective, which allows readers to connect to her fears, apprehensions, and enjoyments, through her inner thoughts. Readers will look forward to seeing what Darla and her friends get into next.

When I started reading this book, I knew absolutely nothing about square dancing, so it was intriguing to read about it. What about you? Are you a fan of square dancing?


The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her series, please visit her website.

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Dream Child

Dream Series #3. By: J. J. DiBenedetto. Format: eBook. Read: August 2013.

Sara is a resident at Children’s Hospital, which means excruciatingly long work weeks, but it is worth it to come home to Brian and their adorable daughter, Lizzie. Sara is very grateful that she is able to bring Lizzie to work with her when she can’t find a babysitter. All the staff love Lizzie and Lizzie gets to play with the children, which helps distract them from the routines of being a hospital patient. Lizzie is a lot like Sara and is always ready to lend a helping hand. Unfortunately though, Lizzie has picked up something else from Sara too. When Lizzie’s dreams start, Sara’s world is turned upside down, again.

This is the third novel in the Dream series and this is by far the best so far. The addition of Lizzie to the family and to the storyline is perfect. She provides just the right amount of comedic relief that was missing from the previous two books. Lizzie is very young, but she steals the show, so to speak. J. J. DiBenedetto shows a superb talent in his writing his characters. Readers will feel like they have grown with Sara and they will find themselves thinking similar thoughts as Sara tries to juggle work, family, and interpreting her and Lizzie’s dreams. Minor characters from previous books keep popping up to lend a hand, which gives the series another real-life connection. Readers will have extremely high hopes for the next book to see what Sara and Lizzie stumble into, next.

This is a very unique mystery series that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading. I am looking forward to spending more time with Sara, Lizzie and the rest of the family in the next book. I absolutely love a series that ties previous books into current books, with hints towards what could happen next. It keeps me guessing until the very end, which is nice to read. If you are looking for an easy-to-read and easy-to-follow cozy mystery series, with a unique twist, I definitely recommend this series.


The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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My Sister’s Books Review #11

By: Bill Noel

Chris Landrum has returned to Folly Beach, South Carolina, in hopes of finding his dream retirement home. Instead Chris finds a dead body and ends up in the middle of a murder investigation. Word quickly spreads through this community and each of its unique characters wants to help this out-of-towner. Chris isn’t sure who he can trust, but he is certain that life in Folly Beach is going to be a very bumpy ride.

Bill Noel does an excellent job of describing all the details of the community and of the people. The main character, Chris Landrum, is very relatable to readers as he counts down the days until he retires. Chris’s inner thoughts are laced with sarcastic undertones that will leave readers chuckling. The excessive details about camera specifications tend to slow the pace of the novel, but enhance the true nature of Chris Landrum. The distinctive cast of residents will win readers over with all of their quirks. I recommend for fans of light-hearted murder mysteries.


Note: This review was written for My Sister’s Books.

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