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review 2019-10-14 23:56
The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons
The Short Drop - Matthew FitzSimmons

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was a very well done story. I have had a copy of this book for years and finally decided to give it a try. I am finding that I have overlooked a lot of great novels over the years and this book is one of them. This book was able to grab me right away and I, along with everyone in the story, wanted to know what really happened to Suzanne. I really enjoyed the time I spent listening to this story.

14-year-old Suzanne Lombard disappeared ten years ago. At the time, her father was a well-known senator but he is now the vice president and is currently running for president. There was one surveillance video of Suzanne that surfaced shortly after she disappeared but nobody has seen her since. Everyone wants to know what happened and where she is now.

Gibson Vaughn knew Suzanne when they were kids. Gibson's father worked for Lombard and as a result, Gibson and Suzanna spent a lot of time together when they were children. Gibson has his own issues from the past to deal with and is no longer on good terms with Lombard. He decides to sign on with a group trying to finally get to the bottom of Suzanne's disappearance. I liked Gibson a lot and had a good feeling that he would be able to find out what really happened.

This was a very well thought out mystery. Every piece of information that comes up could become important later in the story. I really enjoyed seeing all of the pieces of the puzzle come together to show the full picture. There is a lot going on in this story but I thought that it worked very well. Everything really made sense and the story felt very possible. I liked that the mystery was able to keep me guessing. There were some pretty big surprises and some excitement that really kept the story moving forward.

I thought that the narrator did a good job with the story. Some of the voices that he used were very similar and I found that I really had to pay attention to determine who was speaking. He had a very soothing voice that I found easy to listen to for hours at a time.

I would recommend this book to others. I thought that it was a wonderfully layered and detailed mystery that was able to really make me think. I wouldn't hesitate to read more from this author in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Thomas & Mercer via NetGalley and I purchased a copy of the audiobook.

Initial Thoughts
This was good. A lot went into this mystery and everything was important in the end. There was a lot of action and a lot of things that were in play at any given time. I really was curious about what happened to Suzanne, who was involved, and how much everyone knew. I listened to the audiobook and I thought that the narrator did an acceptable job with the story. I thought that some of the voices that he used were a little too similar to really catch who was talking very quickly. Overall, this was a very well done story.

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text 2019-10-14 22:15
Things in Jars by Jess Kidd


Serial/Spree Killer Square: Bridie Devine, in looking for an abducted child, uncovers a world of medical curiosities, myths come to life, and a lot of dead bodies.


The review will publish in Feb. when the book comes out!


'Things in Jars' by Jess Kidd


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text 2019-10-14 21:35
A Man With a Spooky Agenda: Halloween Bingo 2019 Tracking Post




Read squares will get a left eye, called squares a right.


Psych: 'Into the Pit' by Warner Lee, 9/7/19

Fear the Drowning Deep: 'Sea of Death' by Tim Waggoner, 9/2/19


Deadlands: 'Goodnight Kiss 2' by R.L. Stine, 9/26/19


Genre: Suspense: 'Deadly Attraction' by Diane Hoh, 9/29/2019


Paint it Black:

Darkest London: 'Un Lun Dun' by China Mieville, 9/26/2019

In the Dark, Dark Woods: 'Crooked Tree' by Robert C. Wilson, 9/12/2019

Spellbound: 'Magic's Pawn' by Mercedes Lackey, 9/15/19

Southern Gothic: TRANSFIGURED!

Relics and Curiosities: 'The Wish' by Diane Hoh, 9/29/19


Demons: 'The Case Against Satan' by Ray Russel, 10/1/2019

Sleepy Hollow: 'Deep and Dark and Dangerous' by Mary Downing Hahn, 9/28/2019

Free Square: 'Footprints Under the Window' by Franklin W. Dixon, 9/18/19

Baker Street Irregulars: 'While the Clock Ticked' by Franklin W. Dixon, 9/10/19

Classic Horror: 'The Mirror' by Marlys Millhiser, 9/4/2019


Black Cat:

Halloween: 'Spirit Fair' by George M. O'Har, 9/1/19

Dark Academia: 'Silent Scream' by Diane Hoh, 9/2/19

Serial Spree Killer: 'Things in Jars' by Jess Kidd, 10/11/19

Fear Street: 'Goodnight Kiss' by R.L. Stine, 9/9/19


13: 'The Mark on the Door' by Franklin W. Dixon, 9/23/2019

Creepy Carnivals: 'Carnival' by William W. Johnstone, 9/5/2019

Supernatural: 'Dead Voices' by Katherine Arden, 9/9/19

Locked Room Mystery: TRANSFIGURED! 

Ghost Stories: 'The Ghosts of Austwick Manor' by Reby Edmond MacDonald, 9/4/2019

Stranger Things: 'The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull' by John Bellairs, 9/17/2019


Transfigurations 0/3 Left

- Transfigured state is in lower left corner.

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review 2019-10-14 16:29
Wherewolves by John Vamvas & Olga Montes @WHEREWOLVESbook
WHEREWOLVES - John Vamvas,Olga Montes


I read this a long time ago, 1.16.15, rated it on Goodreads, but forgot to write the review. Sooooo, here we are. I love the Goodreads cover, so that is the one I am sharing.


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I read this back in 2015, but never wrote the review. I have a ton of notes, so that must mean I would be sharing too much. Don’t want to spoil anything. Ya know, a group of kids goes in the woods, I think we all know that some are going to be left behind.


  • S ize up the situation, surroundings, physical conditions, equipment
  • U se your senses
  • R ember where you are
  • V anquish fear and panic
  • I mprovise and improve
  • V alue living
  • A ct like the natives
  • L ive by your wits

Most of the characters left a lot to be desired, so it was hard to feel sorry for them. They are seriously damaged


I didn’t see where the story was going and I do love the twist. Brutal. I wanted blood and guts and gore and I got it.


I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Wherewolves by John Vamvas & Olga Montes.

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review 2019-10-14 16:07
A Lie for a Lie - Helena Hunting

Rook AKA "RJ" meets someone special when she literally falls into his lap.  Can he convince her to take a chance on him?  She has plans for her future, but he is blinded by wanting to be with her now.


Lainey has been sheltered a bit.  She is a studious person who cannot believe someone as beautiful on the outside can be so sincere on the inside too.  Having a hot guy think she is hot stuff is new and she is out of sorts from it.


This story touched me in many ways.  I loved the heat.  From the very beginning it was a consuming passion for this couple.  I love the characters and how very real their story felt.  Along the way, I loved that the story became richer, and deeper.  I give this read a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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