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review 2018-06-20 17:26
Rosecliff Manor Haunting by Cheryl Bradshaw
Rosecliff Manor Haunting (Addison Lockhart Book 2) - Cheryl Bradshaw

Rosecliff Manor Haunting is book 2 in the Addison Lockhart series by Cheryl Bradshaw. I have not read book 1 but will be very soon. I had no problems understanding book without reading book 1. There were references to things that happened in book 1 but there was also a very short explanation that brought me up to speed. 

 

Cheryl Bradshaw really drug me in on page one and left me wanting book 3. The book is short and I finished it in one afternoon. There were no rushed feelings to the book, it was a very complete and thrilling story, even though it was short.

 

In the book Addison Lockhart has a dream of 2 twin girls. She feels they are dead. Now it is up to her to find out what really happened the night of their deaths. Was it an accident as the Police investigtion concluded or was this really a murder. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2018-06-09 15:45
"Black Diamond Death", by Cheryl Bradshaw
Black Diamond Death - Cheryl Bradshaw
Book #1, in the Sloane Monreo Mystery

This is a refreshing and original mystery that has a good balance between action and detective work. The theme of this novel surrounds the real estate business and most of the players are one way or the other involved in the business or are in law enforcement. The main character, Sloane Monroe, is a private investigator and we follow her through this simple but captivating case as she pokes her nose into other people’s business…

I was captivated by this easy and fast moving saga where Sloane is hired to find who may have wanted Charlotte Halliwell dead. The investigators deemed her death accidental, one of the many accidents seen on the slopes of a ski resort. But Charlotte’s sister says otherwise and wants Sloane to get to the bottom and find the killer.

This mystery kept me guessing till the end where the truth was uncovered. This story is not taxing. The language is simple yet well done and to the point. I enjoyed passing time reading how Sloane did her investigating. Nothing is what it seemed and with the twists that kept derailing her at every turn, determined Sloane kept going. She is one feisty P.I. that will get her man or woman….. and along the way will give us hours of entertainment. 

Ms. Bradshaw spins a good story with good characterization. Enjoy.
 
 

 

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review 2017-10-13 20:53
Gruselkrimi in Cold-Case-Manier
Die Heimsuchung von Grayson Manor - Cheryl Bradshaw

Addison Lockhart wird seit frühester Kindheit von grausamen Visionen und düsteren Ahnungen gequält. Meistens ist der Tod darin zu Gast und sie haben sich häufig als Wahrheit entpuppt. Nichtsdestotrotz wird sie von ihren Eltern zum Psychiater geschleppt und lernt, diesen Teil von ihr zu unterdrücken. Bis zu dem Tag, an dem sie „Grayson Manor“ von ihrer Mutter erbt und in das verwunschene Haus zieht. 

Ich hatte mir bei „Die Heimsuchung von Grayson Manor“ eine atomsphärische, gruselige Horror-Haus-Geschichte gewünscht. Schon allein die vielversprechende ‚Heimsuchung‘ und der dunkel klingende Name ‚Grayson Manor‘ laden zu schaurigsten Vorstellungen ein. Bekommen habe ich einen sanften Gruselkrimi, dem es zumeist am richtigen Schauerambiente fehlt.

Addison Lockhart ist Anfang 30 und hat von ihrer Mutter „Grayson Manor“ geerbt. In diesem Haus hat sie ihre Kindheit verbracht, ihrer Tochter allerdings nie etwas davon erzählt. Außerdem kündigen sich weitere Familiengeheimnisse an, denen das letzte Quäntchen Spannung fehlt.

Die Handlung entspricht einem Krimi in Cold-Case-Manier. Addison stößt auf eine alte und somit kalte Spur und versucht, den Ereignissen von damals auf den Grund zu gehen. Das ist alles andere als einfach, weil die meisten Beteiligten verzogen oder längst verstorbenen sind. Hier ist es natürlich hilfreich, wenn man eine Seherin ist … 

Es geht quer durch die 50er-Jahre mit einem Blick auf alte Hollywood-Legenden. Intrigen, Affären und unbequemer Geltungsdrang erhalten ebenso Raum wie Addisons Gabe, die sie auf längst vergessene Spuren bringt.

Der Schreibstil ist meiner Meinung nach ok und angenehm zu lesen. Die Übersetzung wurde von anderen Lesern bemängelt, was ich nur teilweise unterschreiben kann. Mir sind zwar auch manch holprige Sätze aufgefallen, allerdings war ich meistens so in der Handlung drin, dass ich sie nicht als störend empfunden habe.

Gefehlt hat es mir dafür eindeutig am gruseligen Grundton und der angemessenen Horrorstimmung, die Cover, Klappentext und Protagonistin versprechen. Wenn die Protagonistin um die 30 ist, hatte ich mir schon intensiveren Horror erwartet, der mir die Zehennägel hebt. Leider sind mir diesbezüglich die Füße aber eingeschlafen. Es gibt zwar einige schaurige Stellen, aber nichts davon hat bei mir für Gänsehaut gesorgt.

Den Cold-Case-Stil hingegen finde ich sehr nett, weil ich gerne in alte Zeiten eintauche und gleichzeitig den Bezug zur Gegenwart sehen kann. Wie schon gesagt, verschlägt es Addison vor allem in die 50er, wo sie sich mit der Geschichte ihrer Familie auseinandersetzt.

Untermalt wird das Ganze von einer sanften Liebesgeschichte, Addisons Selbstfindung und die Wiederentdeckung ihrer Fähigkeit. 

Mit dem Ende hat mich Cheryl Bradshaw in zweierlei Hinsicht überrascht. Erstens hatte ich das Gefühl, dass es sehr abrupt gekommen ist. Denn die Handlung ist mehr oder weniger gleichmäßig vorangegangen und plötzlich war ich am Ende angekommen. Zweitens hatte ich mit diesem Ausgang nicht gerechnet, was mir doch gefallen hat.

Insgesamt ist „Die Heimsuchung von Grayson Manor“ ein Gruselkrimi in Cold-Case-Manier, der bestimmt weniger anspruchsvollen und jüngeren Horrorlesern gefallen wird. Bei den erfahrenen, alten Hasen im Horrorgenre werden wohl die Füße kalt bleiben, obwohl die Handlung durch den Unterhaltungswert punkten kann. 

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2017-10-12 20:48
Attention grabbing opener
Gone Daddy Gone (Sloane Monroe) (Volume 7) - Cheryl Bradshaw

Talk about starting out with a bang! The opening chapter of Gone Daddy Gone certainly grabs the attention of the reader and sets up the whodunit for this tale. This is my first read in this series and it is obvious that Sloane has a past, but I had no trouble following the story line. The book is well-written, the characters are interesting, and the pacing keeps the story moving quickly. We also get snippets from the bad guy that are a bit creepy and a nice addition to the story.

While it doesn't take long to figure out the direction of the tale, the details were a surprise - at least to me. I can't speak for those that are familiar with the series. Overall, this mystery pulled me in and held my interest throughout, and the characters are sufficiently interesting to have me looking up earlier books in the series. 

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text 2017-10-09 12:35
Blog Tour: Gone Daddy Gone by Cheryl Bradshaw with Excerpt and Giveaway

Today’s stop is for Cheryl Bradshaw’s Gone Daddy Gone. We will have info about the book and author, and a great excerpt from the book, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

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From New York Times bestselling author Cheryl Bradshaw:   A single moment is about to change Sloane Monroe's life forever ...   On an early winter morning, college student Shelby McCoy walks the quiet, snowy path back home. A tree branch snaps in the distance. Then another. A man is there with her, following close behind, whispering her name. She looks back, sees him gaining on her, and runs. Who is this man, and why is he carrying a gun?   *Can easily be read as a standalone!

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The man stood across from Bonnie and Hank’s hotel, watching everyone say goodbye. From the looks of things, Cade appeared to be returning to Wyoming, and Sloane would stay behind. Good. It would be much easier for him to divide and conquer this way. He took one last drag on his cigarette and flicked it to the ground, stubbing it out with the bottom of his shoe. He thought about leaving, but he couldn’t tear his eyes away from Cade and Sloane, holding hands, standing together beside the truck for one last embrace. The embrace was long. Too long. It made the man uncomfortable. Get on with it already. Leave. Viewing such tenderness between two people turned his stomach, like a virus had entered his body and quickly spread. Anger. Slow, festering anger. His heart beating faster and faster. He reached out, clutching a tree for support, inhaling and then exhaling and then inhaling again. Focus. Remember what you’re here for and why. You’re in control. It’s all going according to plan. Cade gripped the handle of the door, but then leaned back to Sloane, whispering something in her ear. For a moment it looked like she might cry, but she didn’t. Seeing the display of emotion between them was almost like witnessing two lovers on a movie screen, a magical connection that seemed too unrealistic to be real. For a fleeting moment the man was reminded of a time in his own life when he too had been in love. A time so long ago, he strained to remember it. Over the years he’d been with plenty of women. A few of them he’d even cared for on a marginal, detached level. The rest served a single purpose—a warm body on a cold, lonely night. He had only ever felt real love for a woman once, and that woman had been his wife, and when he lost her, he lost everything.

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Bradshaw writes in the genres of mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, and supernatural suspense. To date, she has published almost two dozen novels and novellas, including her New York Times bestselling mystery series based on a sassy, OCD challenged private eye named Sloane Monroe. In 2013, Bradshaw’s fourth novel in the series, Stranger in Town, was a finalist for a Shamus Award, and that same year, book three in the series, I Have a Secret, won best thriller of the year from eFestival of Words. She was raised in California and currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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