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review 2018-12-13 18:14
Prepare To Be Outraged – Breath of Scandal by Sandra Brown @sandrabrown_NYT
Breath of Scandal - Sandra Brown

 

 

Breath of Scandal by Sandra Brown is my latest addition of her work to my read shelf. She is an author that appeals to me on every level and I am happy to share this (late) review. I finished reading the book on 3.30.15 and, as much as I loved it, it’s hard to believe I have waited this long to share my review.

 

I would like to thank Net Galley and Grand Central Publishing.

 

Breath of Scandal

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MY REVIEW

 

We have some young, hormonal boys out drinking, bored and looking for something to do. I see nothing good coming from it..and I hated to be right.

 

Noel is the sheriff’s kid and is a spoiled pig, a creep, and I think he will grow up to be a very bad man. He had the best of everything and thought Jade would fit right in. She sure didn’t and snubbed him. Jade’s mom thinks it’s a great idea,  but Jade has her eyes set on Gary.

 

I quickly figured out what is to come, but there was lots of anticipation and tension created while I waited for it. That is why I love Sandra Brown. Just because I know what’s coming, her writing makes for  page turning, white knuckled reading. The writing is so good, I smell the beer on his breath, feel the slime of the mud as we crawl through the car ruts and the cold swampy water as we huddle in the ditch, terrified.

 

I felt the fear before Jade did, because, as a reader, I know what is coming before she does. LOL I cringe as I think of it. I feel it is going to be so much worse than she can imagine….and I’m right. I am horrified!

 

I am so pissed off!!!! Breath of Scandal reads like a true story. I want to throw my Kindle at the wall I am so ticked off. I had to stop reading for a moment and catch my breath, get my emotions under control. AND, I am only at 15%. It is so hard to describe the emotions bubbling through my veins, racing through my mind, aghast at the abuse and misuse of power and the nonchalance of the characters involved, from the bad guy, the cop, her friend, and her own mother, probably the biggest betrayal of all.

 

Crowd mentality can cause people to take on newer and darker personality traits. The wealthy and powerful rule and think that laws were made for other people, not them. Is the one aiding and abetting as despicable as the actual villain?

 

I’m beginning to plot Jade’s revenge for her. I love her ability to pick herself up and go on.  I love her grit and determination.

 

The only downside was when Sandra Brown veered off topic to tell Dillon and Debra’s story, but there must be a reason????

 

Breath of Scandal by Sandra Brown had all my emotions raging. Dying would be too good for the evil characters, and believe me, they are evil. A death sentence would be too good for them.

 

I could rant on and on, but I think I have said enough. If you love your emotions running the gamut, disgusting villains, and a protagonist that will have their day, then you need to grab a copy now!

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Breath of Scandal by Sandra Brown.

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text 2018-12-13 16:40
Detection Club Bingo: UPDATES

 

Links to the book lists - courtesy of Themis-Athena

 

The 100 books: The 100 books individually highlighted by the author.

 

Chapters 1 through 5: (Chapter 1: A New Era Dawns; Chapter 2: The Birth of the Golden Age; Chapter 3: The Great Detectives; Chapter 4: Play Up! Play Up! and Play the Game!; Chapter 5: Miraculous Murders)

 

Chapters 6 & 7: (Chapter Six: Serpents in Eden; Chapter Seven: Murder at the Manor)

 

Chapters 8 through 10: (Chapter Eight: Capital Crimes (London mysteries); Chapter Nine: Resorting to Murder (detectives solving crimes while on vacation); Chapter Ten: Making Fun of Murder)

 

Chapters 11 through 15: (Chapter Eleven: Education, Education, Education; Chapter Twelve: Playing Politics; Chapter Thirteeen: Scientific Enquiries;; Chapter Fourteen: The Long Arm of the Law; Chapter Fifteen: The Justice Game

 

Chapters 16 through 20: (Chapter 16: Multiplying Murders; Chapter 17: The Psychology of Crime; Chapter 18: Inverted Mysteries; Chapter 19: The Ironists; Chapter 20: Fiction from Fact)

 

Chapters 21 through 24: (Chapter Twenty-One: Singletons; Chapter Twenty-Two: Across the Atlantic; Chapter Twenty-Three: Cosmopolitan Crimes; ChapterTwenty-Four: The Way Ahead)

 

Bumping up 12/13/18

 

I am bumping this to the top of my feed in the hopes of getting caught up today. There's at least one new category that I can check off!

 

The Card:

 

As promised, I put together a bingo card for The Detective Club, based on the chapter headings in Martin Edward's The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books.

 

Each number refers to the relevant chapter in The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books. The images are either a detail from the cover image of a book mentioned in the chapter, with the exception of #3, and I couldn't resist an image of Hercule Poirot for a chapter called The Great Detectives!

 

1. A New Era Dawns: image: cover detail from The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

2. The Birth of the Golden Age: image: cover detail from The Mystery of the Red House by A.A. Milne

3. The Great Detectives: image: Hercule Poirot as played by David Suchet
 

4. Play Up! Play Up! and Play the Game!: image: cover detail from The Hog's Back Mystery by Freeman Croft
 
The Hog's Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Croft

5. Miraculous Murders: image: cover detail from Miraculous Murders anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
 
Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne
 
Also read:
 
Miraculous Mysteries edited by Martin Edwards (anthology)
The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr

6. Serpents in Eden: image: cover detail from Serpents in Eden anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
 
Poison in the Pen by Patricia Wentworth
 
7. Murder at the Manor: image: cover detail from Murder at the Manor anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
 
The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie

8. Capital Crimes:  image: cover detail from Capital Crimes anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
 
Murder in Piccadilly by Charles Kingston 
Murder in the Museum by John Rowlands
Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie

9. Resorting to Murder: image: cover detail from Resorting to Murder anthology, edited by Martin Edwards

10. Making Fun of Murder: image: cover detail from Ask A Policeman by The Detection Club
 
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

11. Education, Education, Education: image: cover detail from Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay
 
Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay
Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie

12. Playing Politics: image: cover detail from The End of Andrew Harrison by Freeman Wills Croft
 

13. Scientific Enquiries: image: cover detail from Death of an Airman by Christopher St. John Sprigg
 
Mystery in the Channel by Freeman Wills Crofts

14. The Long Arm of the Law: image: cover detail from anthology of the same name, edited by Martin Edwards

15. The Justice Game: image: cover detail from Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate
 
Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate

16. Multiplying Murders: image: cover detail from The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon
 
The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon (read 1/12/18)

17. The Psychology of Crime: image: cover detail from Payment Deferred by C.S. Forester

18. Inverted Mysteries: image: cover detail from Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith

19. The Ironists: image: cover detail from Family Matters by Anthony Rolls

20. Fiction from Fact: image: cover detail from  The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

21. Singletons: image: cover detail from Darkness at Pemberley by T.H. White

22. Across the Atlantic: image: cover detail from Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
 
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

23. Cosmopolitan Crimes:image: cover detail from Pietr the Latvian by Georges Simenon 

24. The Way Ahead: image: cover detail from The Beast Must Die by Nicholas Blake
 
25. Free Square: I've used an image of The Detection Club mascot, Eric the Skull, for the free square.
 
The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards
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text 2018-12-13 11:20
Blog Tour & Giveaway with Guest Post! The Fog (Berry Springs # 4)Amanda McKinney!

 

 

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Hi Readers! We are here today to help spread the word about Amanda McKinney’s newest book in her Berry Springs series – The Fog! Let’s welcome Amanda McKinney as she tells us her about her book and she also going to tell readers what her Top 10 Most Spine Chilling (Suspenseful / Horror) Movies are! Don’t forget about the awesome international giveaway!

 

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK


The Fog 
by Amanda McKinney 
(A Berry Springs Novel) 
Publication date: December 4th 2018
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Romance

 


Synopsis:

 

Former Marine turned ballistics expert, Wesley Cross is known around town for two things, his rugged good-looks and cocky attitude—until he finds his ex-girlfriend lying in a puddle of blood in his basement. The scene screams setup, but the discovery of a rare gem and a puzzling autopsy suggests the murder goes much deeper than that. Wesley will do whatever it takes to clear his name, including calling in a notoriously headstrong—and sexy—scientist.


While most little girls were playing dress up, Gwyneth Reece was digging in the dirt collecting bugs. Now one of the top forensic entomologists in the country, Gwen reluctantly accepts a job from a pushy cowboy and travels to the small, Southern town of Berry Springs. Heavy storms are brewing, and when she’s forced to check into the creepiest hotel she’s ever seen, she instantly regrets her decision to help out the former Marine.


Following up on a tip, Wesley heads to the Half Moon Hotel but quickly realizes his visit was not by chance. The killer lured him there, and suddenly everyone from the uptight bellman to the wealthy couple just passing through town become suspect. Bodies begin to disappear, and Wesley knows the killer will do anything to get to him…. including hurting the woman who’s kept his head spinning since he first laid eyes on her.

 

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41816852-the-fog

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-fog-a-berry-springs-novel-by-amanda-mckinney

 

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AVAILABLE in ebook

 

Amazon - https://amzn.to/2FJz71D

 


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Amanda McKinney’s Top 10 Most Spine Chilling (Suspenseful / Horror) Movies!


What Lies Beneath (All time fav!)
Jaws
Poltergeist
Pyscho
Silence of the Lambs
The Blair Witch Project (I know, don’t laugh. I couldn’t sleep for three days after watching it.)
Halloween
The Sixth Sense
The Strangers
It


WOW! What a great selection, Amanda! I have to agree with you those movies chills my spine. How about you readers?

 

Thanks for joining us today, Amanda! See you again, soon!

 

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Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

 

$50 Amazon gift card + signed copies of the Berry Springs Series

 

$100 Amazon gift card chance to win if you sign up to the author's

newsletter: https://www.amandamckinneyauthor.com/contact/

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232765/

 


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Award-winning author of sexy murder mysteries, Amanda McKinney wrote her debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, after walking away from her career to become a writer and stay-at-home mom. Her books include the BERRY SPRINGS SERIES and the BLACK ROSE MYSTERY SERIES, with many more to come. Set in small, Southern towns, Amanda’s books are page-turning whodunits peppered with steamy romance. Amanda is a member of Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime, and lives in Arkansas with her handsome husband, two beautiful boys, and three obnoxious dogs. Visit her website at www.amandamckinneyauthor.com

 

 

 

 


Website - https://www.amandamckinneyauthor.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16308166.Amanda_McKinney

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AmandaMcKinneyAuthor/

 


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http://xpressobooktours.com/

 


THANKS FOR SHARING THE NEWS OF YOUR GREAT NEW BOOK, AMANDA MCKINNEY & FOR TELLING US YOUR 10 MOST SPINE CHILLING MOVIES!

 

 

THANKS FOR VISITING, READERS!
HOPE YOU FOUND A GREAT BOOK TO ADD TO YOUR SHELVES!

 

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review 2018-12-13 09:53
Very good police procedural in Nottingham - worth a look
Rough Treatment: The 2nd Charles Resnick Mystery (A Charles Resnick Mystery) - John Harvey



This detective story revolves around a couple of astute professional burglars and the mess that they get involved in as DI Resnick investigates. The book includes many developed characters from CID and their foibles and problems. These do not intrude but complement the plot which swings along at a good pace. It is well-written and engaging and I'd recommend it to lovers of good straight-forward police procedural stories

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text 2018-12-13 09:17
Reading progress update: I've read 62 out of 268 pages.
Hercule Poirot's Christmas - Agatha Christie

"Your mother had the brains of a louse! And it seems to me she´s transmitted those brains to her children." He raised himself suddenly up. A red spot appeared on each cheek. His voice came high and shrill. "You´re not worth a penny piece, any of you! I´m sick of all of you! You´re not men! You´re weaklings - a set of namby-pamby weaklings. Pilar´s worth any two of you put together! I´ll swear to heaven I´ve got a better son somewhere in the world than any of you, even if you are born the right side of the blanket!"

 

When it comes to dysfunctional families, the Lee family definitely takes the cake. A very toxic Christmas to all of them.

 

Christie clearly must have had fun writing the character of Simeon Lee, the old patriarch of the family. Otherwise I can´t explain all the cackling and sinister hand-rubbing his character is doing throughout the story.

 

It´s so much fun and so far I´m having a blast with this book.

 

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