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review 2016-07-04 04:47
Covert Affair: Affairs of Special Agent Nicollette Jones
COVERT: Affairs of Special Agent Nicollette Jones - Shani Greene-Dowdell

Title: Covert Affairs: Affairs of Special Agent Nicollette Jones
Author: Shani Greene-Dowdell
Publisher: Nayberry Publications
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Covert Affairs: Affairs of Special Agent Nicollette Jones" by Shani Greene-Dowdell

My Thoughts....

What drama, mystery and suspenseful thrill I got received from this quick read from this author! From the very start to the end the reader will be kept on pins and needles with a few twist and turns keeping your attention to the very end. Definitely this special agent Nicollette was was not to be messed with as she carries her .38 Special! Be aware this this is a adult read so be ready for a few hot sexy steamy scenes along with the dark side of child sex trading. What I loved about the read was that not only was it a quick read but a standalone read!

Thank you for the gift of this read from the author for my honest opinion of the read.

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review 2016-06-21 21:58
Dead Lawyers Don't Lie
Dead Lawyers Don't Lie: A Jake Wolfe Novel - Mark Nolan

Title: Dead Lawyers Don't Lie: A Gripping Thriller
Author: Mark Nolan
Publisher: M.N.
Series: Jake Wolfe Book One
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Dead Lawyers Don't Lie" by Mark Nolan

My Thoughts....

What a good read! This author really knows how to keep your attention even when it is a long intriguing read. I found the characters [Jake, Sarah, Terrell, Beth,Cody{the dog} & Zhukov] to name a few were all well developed, complexed, well portrayed and so well believed giving the reader a gripping well told story that will definitely keep your attention.

The amazing plot of this mystery suspenseful thriller was over the top with all of its twist and turns with such a 'captivating and unpredictable story' even giving the readers some humor and romance. Be ready for a wonderful read full of 'action, guns, jealousy, terrorism and one crazy psychotic person, mistaken identity, and it also had a friendship with trust and love' that really took this novel over the top leaving the reader shaking their heads and starting to breathe again [from holding your breathe from what is going on] and saying wow, wow, wow I didn't see that coming! You will be definitely be left saying what a read!

I want to thank the author for giving the readers one complete read even though it may have been a long engaging read...we get a complete ending only leaving one wanting more from some of these fantastic characters.

Thank you to the author for this complimentary read of 'Dead Lawyers Don't Lie.' I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone who would love to read a excellent mystery, suspenseful thriller read.




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review 2016-06-19 03:52
Intrusion: A Novel - Mary McCluskey


Title: Intrusion
Author: Mary McCluskey
Publisher: Little A
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4

"Intrusion: A Novel" by Mary McCluskey

My Thoughts...

I found "Intrusion" quite some read. What does it feel like to lose a child? The two main characters Kat and Scott really were given something that so many people have had to go through losing a child. For Kat we find her wanting to with draw from life and for Scott we find him throwing himself into his work. Now, with all of this going on in their life a childhood friend of Kat shows up but is she really a friend? With Kat not listening to her own sister Maggie about this person will she get caught up in Sarah's agenda after all that had happened to them so many years ago during their childhood?
With Kat being so caught up in her grief would this cloud her judgment making her vulnerable?
At this point in the read I was kept wondering what was this mysterious Sarah really up to. Well, I will stop here and say you must pick up this read to find out. This author really keeps the reader in suspense/thriller ride in how that part will be revealed to us however, somewhat abruptly done.

If you like a fast paced read that deals with death, depression, isolation, with suicidal thoughts, tragedy and sadness then you have one read that will keep your attention till the end.

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text 2014-12-11 14:17
TBR Thursday
A Pleasure and a Calling: A Novel - Phil Hogan
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia de Luce Novel - Alan Bradley
All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven

Any one else's TBR pile getting out of control?  This week I've added several new books to my pile, and at this point I'm just hoping to get to them all!


First is A Pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan. So far this novel has been one heck of a creepy read. William Heming is a voyeur (an understatement if there ever was one) and is determined to keep his quiet English village safe from unsavory types...no matter what the cost. This novel is a great addition to the "unreliable narrator" category of suspense thrillers, and I'm enjoying it quite a bit.


I've also received an advanced copy of As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley.  What can I say?...I love Flavia de Luce! I was skeptical when I first started the series, but now I'm a devoted fan. This installment has Flavia at her new school in Canada investigating the discovery of a body in a chimney. 


Finally, I've received a copy of All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. These sorts of angsty YA novels aren't usually my thing, but I was intrigued by the premise of this one. Besides...I'll try any book once.


What's new on your pile this week?

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review 2014-07-04 04:12
Review: The Farm
The Farm - Tom Rob Smith

The Farm

Hardcover, 352 pages

Grand Central Publishing, 3 June 2014

Daniel is a garden designer living in London with his partner, Mark.  His parents, Chris and Tilde, have recently retired to a remote farm in Sweden, his mother's childhood home.  Daniel believes his parents are happy in their retirement until he receives a frantic phone call from his father.  His mother has had a mental breakdown and has fled the hospital where she was being treated.  Daniel is about to board a flight to Sweden when he receives a call from his mother, claiming everything his father has told him is a lie and she's on her way to London to see him.  As the accusations begin, Daniel is caught between his parents, unsure if he can believe his mother...especially once her conspiracy begins to implicate his father.




"If you refuse to believe me, I will no longer consider you my son."


The Farm is a quick, engrossing read, the kind of book you'll want to finish in one sitting.  Short chapters end in cliffhangers, resulting in a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat.  Descriptions of the stark Swedish countryside, of hunting mushrooms in the forest, and of creeping around the house of a neighbor come to life through Smith's expert voice.  As well as bringing individual scenes to life, Smith also successfully conveys the suffocating isolation the residents of Chris & Tilde's new home feel, as though the location was a character itself.

The real-life events that inspired the events in this novel - the mental breakdown of Smith's mother - creates the ring of truth that makes this story so compelling. Tilde appears sane and reliable even as her story becomes less believable, moving farther into her suspicion and mythology.  The reader experiences the same confusion and skepticism that Daniel does.  The tension he feels in being asked to choose between his mother and his father is palpable to the reader, especially as he begins to realize that he does not know his parents as well as he had previously believed.

The Farm is a true psychological thriller.  There are no car chases, shootouts, or dramatic last-minute rescues.  At it's heart, it is about trust - how much do we really know about the people we love and who would we believe?  This fast-paced novel is sure to please Smith's existing fans and gain him several new.

(I received a copy of this book from Grand Central Publishing for an honest review.)

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