Recommended Reads: Thrills abound in international action novel ‘The Eighth Sister’

The Eighth Sister, by Robert Dugoni Mystery surrounds the sisters. Their identities are unknown even to each other. Trained from birth to penetrate Russia’s foreign intelligence service and report to the CIA, suddenly they are disappearing. Three of them are dead. What is it about this intrigue that appeals to ex-agent Charles Jenkins? What convinces…

Recommended Reads: Cozy up with a murder mystery set in San Francisco

The Fog Ladies, by Susan McCormick An ominous suspicion creeps into the minds of the resident ladies at the Pacific Heights apartment building as they watch the fog bank inch its way over the Golden Gate Bridge. There had been a number of grave accidents in their building recently. It’s suspicious. None of the group,…

Recommended Reads: Life lessons in ‘The School of Essential Ingredients’

The School of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister September means back to school. This year graduate to a new class. Go to The School of Essential Ingredients and enjoy learning in the company of author Erica Bauermeister’s heartwarming characters. Attendance is a treat as you learn lessons from the Monday night cooking classes; mostly you…

Recommended reads: ‘The Darkest Gateway’ a quirky, edgy paranormal romance

The Darkest Gateway by Jeri Westerson Welcome to the fourth book in The Booke of the Hidden Series. Author Jeri Westerson invites you on an adventure through The Darkest Gateway. In this paranormal romance series, the protagonist is Kylie. She is torn whether to accept the challenge before her. If she does, this treacherous quest…

Recommended Reads: ‘First Man’ tells story of Neil Armstrong

First Man, by James R. Hansen You may have seen the excellent hit movie. Now, for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, which was celebrated July 20, I’m recommending the book that tells the incredible saga of that First Man, an essential biography by James R. Hansen. Not just a biography though, this is an entertaining,…

Recommended Reads: Whales at center of taut thriller ‘Lost Frequency’

Lost Frequency, by Barry Swanson Barry Swanson has written a taut, suspenseful thriller about an international race to discover a communication tool to translate a Lost Frequency into a language. How will such a tool be used by the victor in this race? Will it sustain good or diabolical purposes? Clues to this discovery lay…

Recommended Reads: ‘Mercy River’ a gripping mystery thriller

Mercy River, by Glen Erik Hamilton Welcome to Mercy River, Oregon where you’ll “feel a growing energy in the town like kids before summer vacation. Or maybe animals before an earthquake.” Author Glen Erik Hamilton shares a gripping mystery thriller where friendship is tested, and dangers surround criminal actions that threaten a person’s belief in…

Recommended Reads: Historical romance novel features breathtaking and vivid writing

Seven Nights With A Scot — All The King’s Men Series — by Gerri Russell Award-winning and bestselling author Gerri Russell sends you roamin’ in the gloamin’ on an exhilarating Seven Nights With A Scot, in this historical romance novel. These are the days of the North Berham witch trials in Scotland, with atrocities inflicted on…

Recommended Reads: Sit down with a cup of tea for ‘Broken Bone China’

Broken Bone China Tea Shop Mystery #20, by Laura Childs Imagine floating in a hot air balloon high above scenic, historic Charleston amid a flying parade of a half dozen others in flight. Theodosia Browning gave it a try and thought this must be the coolest thing she’d ever done. Her long-time friend and tea sommelier…

Recommended Reads: Poet shares struggles of everyday life in ‘Quilcene’

Quilcene, by Avis M. Adams This poet shares poignant glimpses into the joys, beauty, and struggles of everyday life amidst this rugged, rural setting. The language in this poetry conjures powerful imagery that feeds the imagination with contemplative visions and a captivating energy. The full array of true human emotions lace the lines of these…

Recommended Reads: ‘Eternal White’ explores meaning of life — and death

Eternal White, by T. Furuyama “So this is Heaven.” Hershel Byne, a math teacher observes his surroundings as he angrily enters the afterlife. Heartbroken, feeling he was snatched away from loving family and friends before his time, Hershel begins to explore what author T. Furuyama has waiting in the vastness of Eternal White.Is eternal peace…

Recommended Reads: Librarian looks for a murderer in this page turner

Murder Between The Pages – The Nina Foster Mystery Series, by Linda Hope Lee Librarian Nina Foster cannot quiet her suspicions and theories when her hometown is shocked by murder. Nina’s concerns prompt her to get her nose out of the books and onto a hot trail of clues. Not so fast though — author Linda…

Recommended Reads: ‘Islands’ a hot mystery set in Caribbean

Islands, by Sara Stamey “Just a touch of turbulence, folks. Buckle up.” Maybe archeologist Susan Dunne should have heard the pilot’s voice over the speaker as a larger warning, about what lay ahead of her on the Islands of the Caribbean. Curl up with a hot mystery that’s set in a sunny, tourist mecca. Join this…

Recommended Reads: Set in Anchorage, Hemlock Needle an icy thriller

Hemlock Needle by Keenan Powell The most recent book in the Maeve Malloy Legal Thriller series finds the adroit attorney under investigation herself in Anchorage, Alaska. She’s been advised not to take on any cases until her own is settled. And depending on how it’s settled, she may not be allowed to take on cases…

Recommended Reads: Detective thriller doesn’t disappoint

Dead If You Don’t, by Peter James The most recent book in the DS Roy Grace series, the Detective Superintendent is thrown into the midst of the kidnapping of a teenager, but this turns very complex in the investigation. All is not as it seemed at the start of the case. In the meantime, the…

Recommended Reads: History and mystery combined in World War II novel

Solemn Graves — A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, by James R. Benn Solemn Graves is the newest of the outstanding Billy Boyle World War II mystery series, set within the Allied High Command in Europe. The focus on the characters’ stories is surrounded with a brilliantly researched, historic time and place. It’s illustrated…

Recommended Reads: Vivid passionate writing in murder mystery ‘Run Dog Run’

Kate Carraway is devastated when a poacher shooting incident causes her eviction from Africa and her beloved elephant research project. She ends up traveling to a friend’s ranch in Texas. Kate and her husband look forward to a restful visit with their friends to revitalize and make future plans. But planning is put on hold…

Recommended reads: Local author’s ‘Forgotten Rage’ a serial killer thriller

Here’s a thought-provoking thriller about how people react to the events and influences in their lives, even years later. It shows how the impact of incidents on people can vary depending on their age and circumstances. As people carry on, and try to forget elements of their past, Lynnwood author Melodie Hernandez analyzes in her…

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Recommended Reads: Solar Reboot is intriguing, fun science fiction

Solar Reboot, by Matthew D. Hunt Alex Robinson, Park Ranger, has spent his adult life preparing for the unexpected. But the unexpected can hit at most inconvenient times. After traveling across the country from Seattle to New York City with his pre-teen daughter to her out-of-state swim meet, he hears on the radio – “scientists…

Recommended Reads: ‘Living in a Foreign Language’ a delicious love story

Living in a Foreign Language by Michael Tucker Indulge in the full sensory story of American expats who impulsively buy a rustico, a cottage home in Northern Italy, and literally move into la bella vita. In this full-bodied memoir, the author vividly shares the warmth, fun, humor, romance and spirited aspects of this joyful life…

Recommended Reads: ‘Seasons of Sacrifice’ an engaging mystery set in Seattle

Season of Sacrifice, by Bharti Kirchner Maya Mallick is the private investigator of the Detectives Unlimited of Kolkata, Seattle branch. She is energetic, smart, tough and feisty as she solves mysteries. Unlike the classic PI stories where the investigator is mostly a loner seeming to have no interest other than in his cases, this contemporary…