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Ravens In The Rain: A Noir Love Story by Christie Santo & Jeff Santo – My Review

Title: Ravens In The Rain: A Noir Love Story

Author: Christie Santo & Jeff Santo

Release Date: September 22nd 2021

Genre: Mystery, Noir Love Story

Ravens in the Rain is an unconventional noir love story between a woman with a past and a man with no future where love is no fairy tale, fantasy is foreplay, and sex is had on second dates.
Carney and Pru, down on luck and down on love, meet over a game of chance, and the mystery of the other’s intentions, compounded by their overwhelming attraction toward each other, compels them into a game of cat and mouse. They ante up and play this game of love or survival that has you wondering who’s the villain and who’s the hero and how it will all play out. When murder is brought to their doorstep the game gets serious.
A psychological tale between a poet and a filmmaker that has even the cat wondering if it’s really the mouse, what is real, and who is telling the truth. Is love on the table? Or is it life?

Darkly alluring! Brilliantly written! A love story that has you second guessing everyone’s motives. 

Two people meet and it feels like fate.

Right from the start, I was intrigued. It felt like one those nights were you decide to let loose and see where the night takes you. Once the characters meet, you feel a sort of magic happening. Like something wonderful and possibly terrifying is going to unfold. In a totally good way of course! 

From beginning to end, this book will draw you in and have you rapidly turning those pages. Twists and turns that will keep you guessing. A truly highly enjoyable read. I couldn’t put it down. I can’t recommend it enough! Add this to your TBR. No, move it up and read it NOW. You won’t be disappointed. I look forward to what these authors write next! I give this 5 stars. 


The Wicked Hour: A Natalie Lockhart Novel by Alice Blanchard – My Review

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Title: The Wicked Hour: A Natalie Lockhart Novel

Author: Alice Blanchard

Release Date: December 1st 2020

Genre: Mystery

The day after Burning Lake’s notorious, debauched Halloween celebration, Detective Natalie Lockhart uncovers a heartbreaking scene—a young woman, dead and lying in a dumpster. There’s no clue to who she is, save for a mystifying tattoo on her arm, and a callus underneath her chin. She’s not from around here. No one knows who she is.

As Natalie retraces the young woman’s steps leading up to her death, she uncovers a deeper, darker horror—a string of murders and disappearances, seemingly unconnected, that may have ties to each other—and explain the abrupt disappearance of her best friend years ago.

As she digs deeper within the mind of the hunter, Natalie finds a darkness she could never have imagined. And as she draws closer to the truth, the killer is weaving a trap for her that may prove inescapable.

Right from the start, the story has an eerie and haunting vibe to it. It kicks off with Halloween! I am so here for it. 

We follow Natalie as she investigates a murder, all while dealing with grief she’s been carrying around from previous events. The pacing of the story was great. We had all kinds of interesting characters. I really had no clue who could be the suspect. I was along for the ride. I have to mention that this is book two in a series. I felt it could have been helpful to read book one prior to this. There are certain events and characters that are mentioned and we as the reader don’t know what has happened. That being said, this was a really great read despite not having read book one. I was engaged and the twists kept me guessing. I was surprised at that ending. Bravo Miss Blanchard! 

This is my first book by this author and I will definitely be looking for book one! I really enjoyed her writing style. This is a fabulous start to the series and now I am a huge fan of Natalie Lockhart. More please! I give this 4 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


The Man in the White Linen Suit: A Stewart Hoag Mystery (Stewart Hoag Mysteries Book 11) by David Handler – My Review


Release Date: August 13th 2019

Genre: Humor, Mystery

~Synopsis~

The next clever, witty, and touching installment in the Edgar award-winning Stewart Hoag mystery series finds the beloved ghostwriter-sleuth and his faithful neurotic basset hound, Lulu, back in 1990’s New York City, investigating a bestselling author’s stolen manuscript and three murders linked to the crime.

Washed-up celebrity ghostwriter Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag has finally rediscovered his voice and is making progress on what he hopes will be his long-awaited second novel. Burrowed up in his less-than-luxurious, sweltering fifth floor walk-up, he tries not to think of the disparities between himself and his ex-wife, celebrity actress Merilee Nash, who is sifting through film offers—and also her fickle feelings for Hoagy—from her elegant eight-room apartment looking over Central Park. When Merilee offers her home for Hoagy’s use while she’s shooting on location, hope blossoms that he might finally get some real work done… and solidify their rekindling romance.

Then Hoagy receives a call from his literary agent asking if he can meet with publishing’s most ruthless and reviled editor, Sylvia James, for a drink at the Algonquin Hotel. After disclosing that aging literary genius Addison James—also Sylvia’s father and main client—has not in fact written his last two bestselling historical sagas, Sylvia reveals her suspicions that Addison’s assistant Tommy O’Brien—the true author—has run away with their most recent manuscript and is holding it for ransom. Tempted by Sylvia’s offer to bid a hefty advance for his novel-in-progress, Hoagy agrees to help unearth Tommy’s sudden disappearance. If only he’d known exactly what he was getting himself into, he might’ve saved himself from the ensuing grief that follows in his hot pursuit of Tommy. But then, that wouldn’t be a normal day in the life of Hoagy.

With clattering claims of a mugging, a stolen manuscript, and three murders, now it’s up to Hoagy and his short-legged sidekick Lulu to unravel this baffling, bizarre case.

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~My Review~

The Man in the White Linen Suit is a brilliant and entertaining read! Even though it’s set in the 90’s, there’s an old fashioned vibe to it. A sense of nostalgia if you will. This is the first book I’ve read by the author and I am now a fan. Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag is quirky and witty. His sense of humor had me laughing out loud. I loved him! We can’t forget about Lulu, his bassist hound who is beyond clever and quirky in her own way. The story is a murder mystery. There’s fun characters and fun scenes. The author’s style of writing is brilliant and savvy. He gave these characters life. He made the story amusing and kept my attention right from the start.
I would love to read more from this series! I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*

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