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review 2017-10-10 21:09
Fireworks in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery) (Volume 8) - Kathi Daley

This was my first book by Kathi Daley and this was the 8th book in the series. 

The book was a decent read. However, I was not able to really get into the main character, T. J. She seemed pretty flat to me. I'm not sure if that was because the character was more developed in the earlier books or not.

And, for me, she was a little annoying in her attempts to find out what had happened in the accident that almost killed her father, but did kill his friend, the Judge.

I definitely found T. J. too annoying and bland to bother going back and reading the other seven books in the series.

Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-10-09 23:28
Fun little cozy.
Pumpkins in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 1) - Kathi Daley

    

It’s Halloween time but it’s also the school reunion for TJ Jenson and things are hoping. Things get a little tense around when they find out that a news reporter from Second Look is coming to town to investigate a cold case. The murder happened when TJ was in High School and nobody had really thought of it since even though the case was never solved.

 

A lot of people are not happy with Samatha being there because they don’t want their secrets surfaced especially the killer because she soon dies in a car accident and nobody is sure if it was accidental or murder. Roy, the policemen in town is a bit overwhelmed with this since he is now the only cop. (can’t say why cause I don’t want to spoil things) So TJ comes on board to help him figure things out since she has been really good at it in the past.

 

I really like TJ and how she has stepped up and taken charge of your younger siblings. I love how her dad is so welcoming to them even though they are not his kids. It’s a really close knit family and TJ is learning how to balance being sort of mother but sister at the same time. She learns more it seems with each book and I am glad things are going well with her in the relationship department. 

 

It’s just fun being back with a bunch of characters I really enjoy.

 

It has a good murder and there were a lot of suspects and I never managed to figure out exactly who did it as the one I really thought did it wasn’t the killer.

 

These cozies are short but always have great story lines and a great mystery and I really like them. If you like cozies and are in the mood for a good short read then check out this series!

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review 2017-10-09 15:36
Fireworks in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery) by Kathi Daley
Fireworks in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery) (Volume 8) - Kathi Daley

Kathi Daley has done it again with book 8 in her Tj Jensen Mystery series. I love that these books can be read as stand alones. I have read most of the series and have enjoyed every book. 

Fireworks in Paradise is the 8th book in the series. Tj is still in Gull Island South Caroline when she receives a call her beloved Father has been in a terrible accident and may not make it, and family Friend Judge Harper was killed. She rushes back home to stand vigil over her Father.  Once home she finds out the accident was not an accident when they discover the brake lines to the car has been cut. Tj of course dives right into the investigation even though the new police officer does not want her help. 

I love that the romance of Tj and long time friend Kyle is actually moving forward. Every book needs a bit of romance. The book does not center of the romance but I love the sweetness of it. Tj and Kyle have been awesome in the last few books as friends now I can see them going far as lovers as well. 

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review 2017-10-04 23:10
The Surrogate: A gripping psychological thriller with an incredible twist - Louise Jensen

Wow what a page turner! I could not put this book down. 

Kat and Nick have been trying to have a baby for years. Nothing is working for them. Into Kat's life reappears Lisa, a friend, her best friend from 10 years ago.

Lisa learns of Kat's problem and offers to be a surrogate stating that she's done it before. That's when all the suspicions start.

This was super crazy with the plot twists. I blamed everyone and came up with the worst scenarios throughout this whole book. Of course, I was wrong. Yay! And yes, the ending was jaw dropping! I totally did not see it coming!

The first thing I did when I finished reading this book was tell my friends. This one fits right up their alley as a unputdownable thriller!

An absolutely entertaining book that I thoroughly enjoyed!

Thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-10-02 18:02
The Surrogate: A gripping psychological thriller with an incredible twist - Louise Jensen

With thanks to Netgalley and Bookoutre for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

 

The Surrogate starts with reporters, police and a ambulance surrounding a house in a quiet cul-de-sac.  The paramedics leave the house pushing two stretchers into a waiting ambulance.  A policeman is heard saying it is a murder enquiry.

 

Kat is happily married to Nick for 8 years and works for a stroke charity.  Her happiness would be complete if she had children but she is unable to concieve.  Kat and Nick tried to adopt a baby boy from abroad called Dewei but the adoption failed at the last minute.  Devastated Kat and Nick are trying to adopt baby Mai and to bring her to the UK shortly.

 

One day Kat pops into ther local coffee shop and is shocked to see her ex best friend Lisa.  Kat and Lisa were inseperable until a devastating incident occurred 10 years earlier.  Lisa and her family refused to speak to Kat, so Kat moved to a town 8 miles away to rebuild her life.

 

It turns out Lisa still still lives in their home town.  Kat is surprised that Lisa is still talking to her after what happened.  Kat is mistrustful of Lisa, what is she planning?  When Kat tells Lisa about adopting Mai, Lisa explains she acted as a surrogate.  When the adoption of Mai falls through Kat asks Lisa to become her surrogate.

 

Once Lisa falls pregnant everything goes wrong.  Nick's business is in financial trouble and he is acting distantly.  She overhears him telling his best friend Tim that it is too late to tell Kat.  Kat starts to receive silent phone calls.  She sees a stranger watching the house, he frightens her by leaving a wreath outside and a book on how to cope with death.

 

The chapters were headed then and now.  The then chapters were split into the POVs of Kat and Nick 10 years earlier.  The storyline grabbed me from the first page.  It was slow and suspenseful with lots of different storylines, red herrings and a dose of paranoia.  The people who I thought were baddies were not actually what they seemed.  I could tell from the beginning of the book it would not end well for Kat and Nick  When the strands of the story came together in the finale, I was transfixed, it was not what I was expecting.

 

I thorough recommend this author to anyone who likes dark, psychological thrillers.

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