Category Archives: Thriller & Suspense

Fiction that causes suspense (but not horror) usually concerning unresolved crimes. Includes crime fiction, whodunnits, legal thrillers, murder mystery, courtoom dramas, gangster fiction, detective stories.

State of Lies by Mitchell

Georgie Brennan’s husband is dead.

State Of Lies
by Siri Mitchell
Thomas Nelson
August 2019

He went out one evening to pick up a part to fix the faucet in the kitchen and never returned. He was killed by a hit-and-run driver in a place he should not have been. She could not bring herself to go to the morgue to identify the body so she sent her father instead. There were several items missing from his personal belongings especially a knife that he always carried.

Georgia begins to hear strange noises in the crawl space beneath her house. Investigating the noise she finds his knife lodged between the rafters. She also finds a cryptic notebook in her husband’s writing in the backyard. Things starts to happen that she can’t explain like someone tried to run her off the road, she is being followed, and someone had been searching her house. She soon begins to question everything that she thought she knew. Then someone set fire to the house and she and her son barely escaped with their life. Someone wants her dead, but who and why.

Her four star general father is up for confirmation as Secretary of Defense and her son is struggling to come to terms with his father’s death. As she begins to interpret the cryptic notebook her husband had left she became involved in political intrigue that she was ill equipped to handle. Her husband was investigating what happened when her father, as a captain, was fighting in Desert Storm. It had something to do with the men that had served under him during this time. When she started talking to the men all die under mysterious circumstances.

Georgie received an email from her dead husband’s phone. What is going on? Her husband is dead, or is he? As she continues to investigate she begins to suspect that her hero father is a traitor. Lies and more lies. Does her mother know what her husband did? Has her whole life been based on lies?

Will Georgie go to the authorities and tell what she knows about her father? Will he be confirmed as Secretary of Defense or be exposed for who he actually is?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommended.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Convergence by Yttrup

Denilyn has a stalker.

Convergence
by Ginny L. Yttrup
Shiloh Run Press
March 2019

Dr. Denilyn Rossi is Department Chair at Pacific Covenant University and also an author. Her friend Dr. Ryan Alister is a Professor at the college. Today is the first day of the spring semester. She can’t find her special pen – it is always in her desk drawer. When she tries to power up her presentation for class it has been deleted . Not a good way to start the day.

The first time she sees him is at a book signing in Menlo Park. She feels someone watching her. He is standing outside holding a book. He looks familiar, but she can’t quite place him. The next time she recognized him. He is outside her church. He is the man she sent to prison. The man who tried to kill her. But it can’t be him. He is still in prison or is he?

Things continue to escalate. She tries to tell Keith how she feels. She is afraid and needs his support. He can’t handle it and leaves. He later divorces her. As everything started at Three Rivers Village, she decided to return to sort things out. As she nears the Village, her past, present, and future, like the forks of the Kawesch, converge. She had worked at Ride the Kawesch as a guide after college. She gets her old job back and settles in, waiting for her stalker to make an appearance

Things were not adding up. Being run off the road, sky diving parachute failing to open, this couldn’t be Bradley, her stalker.
She finally comes to realize who is trying to kill her. How did she not see the signs. Wallace tried to tell her.

This is a story of suspense, betrayal and friendship. I enjoyed the book.

Highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

The Camelot Gambit by Scudiere

Donovan and Eleri are on an undercover assignment in Curie, Nebraska. A small town founded by Marshall Bennett, a billionaire businessman. He bought the land, vetted and tested the residence. Only people with an IQ off the charts were allowed to live there. Even the children have high IQs.

The Camelot Gambit
The Nightshade Forensic File : 7
By A.J. Scudiere
Griffyn Ink
April 2019

A prominent high demand scientist had been murdered and they were on their way to the Morgue in Lincoln to perform an autopsy. It is definitely murder, but no clear reason as to why or how it was done. He had been working on a project having to do with robotics, but was it worth someone to murder him.

Bodies began to pile up. First the scientist’s wife is murdered in the same way. A third and fourth murder followed one after the other. How is the killer murdering these people, for what reason and not leaving a single clue?

After searching several of the homes, Donovan and Eleri find journals written by two of the victims. After breaking the code, they’re realize that four of the children that were friends with the first victim are possibly the killer’s next targets. It was decided Donovan would take them to a safe house to keep them out of harm’s way.

Unbeknownst to them he had left Eleri on her own with the killer. Will she be the next victim or will Donovan return in time to save her?

As usual, AJ has written a thriller. It is a mystery that will keep you turning the pages and the identity of the killer will be a complete surprise.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to all readers. If you have not read any of AJ’s previous books in this series, I seriously suggest you do so. You will immediately become one of her fans.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Tell Her No Lies by Irvin

Nina Fischer and her sister Jan were abandoned by thier mother Lizzy at a early age. They were adopted by their uncle Judge Geoffrey Fischer and raised as his own. When Nina finds her Dad murdered in his study, she is devastated. How is she going to tell her mother, sister and niece Brooklyn?

Tell Her No Lies
Kelly Irvin
Thomas Nelson
November 2018

Detective Matt King of the San Antonio Police Department is assigned the case. He believes Nina is guilty of the crime and begins to try prove his case. However, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence to substantiate his case.

Nina must act in her own defense and starts an investigation of her own. Everyone Nina contacts winds up dead. Judge Fischer’s law clerk Serena is killed by a hit and run. Melissa, the reporter covering the story, is murdered in her home. Nina’s house is burglarized and she is run off the road. Someone really doesn’t want the truth to be told.

Nina’s investigation leads to some disturbing news. Her Dad isn’t the outstanding Christian person she believed him to be. He has been living a secret life. He had a serious gambling problem, a condo in Las Vegas, may have been on the take – a dishonest judge and possibly a blackmailer. This news will kill her adopted mother.

Who really murdered the Judge and are all the other murders connected to her father’s gambling? Nina hopes Detective King will be able to solve the case before she or someone else is murdered.

The book has betrayal, greed, lies and suspense. I really enjoyed reading it and highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Garden of Bone by Scudiere

Agent Elerie Eames is on her way to New Orleans. Not on a case for the Nightshade Group, but a personal mission. Bones of a young girl has been discovered that could be that of sister Emmaline who has been kidnapped at the age of eight years old.

Garden of Bone
The Nightshade Forensic Files 6
by A. J. Scudiere
Griffyn Ink
November 2018

Elerie arrives in the French Quarters of New Orleans. She is drawn to the Mystic Vudu Shop on Rue Royal. Entering the shop, she is instantly alerted to something being off, but not quite sure exactly what. Leaving the shop, she continues to her Grandmere’s house.

Elerie continues to be drawn to the Vudu Shop. Leaving the shop one day, just wandering the streets, suddenly there is Emmaline wanting Elerie to follow her. Winding down streets and alleys, Elerie finds herself in front of a large house, open gate and a large courtyard. Unable to resist, she walks in and discovers a human bone. Putting the bone in her pocket, she turns to leave. Waking up in bed at her Grandmere’s house, Elerie is disoriented and very confused. She can’t find the bone anywhere. Did she dream the incident or had someone cast a spell on her. Her thoughts immediately turned to the lady at Mystic Vudu.

Agent Donovan was just completing at assignment in Montana. He has discovered some alarming facts. The Lobomaus arriving in New Orleans had exploded. Elerie was in danger and unaware. He changed his plans and headed to warn her. Elerie is glad to see him and explained what had been happening. They decided to find the house and investigate.

What Elerie and Donovan find is so unimaginable. The courtyard is literally covered with human bones. Could Emmaline be buried here? Will Elerie finally get the disclosure she so desperately needs?

As usual, AJ has written an excellent book. One of magic, mystery and intrigue. An on the edge of your seat and a page turner. One you will ponder long after the last page.

Loved it and highly recommend to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Strategem by Caroll

Grayson Thibodeaux and Colton York own a company called ‘Game’s On Us’. They developed games for select clients. Deets PR has hired them to design a game to see how a person would react in a certain situation. Deets has four account executives that were up for promotion and would be competing. This game would allow the company to chose the correct person for the position. Grayson’s ex-wife Anna Belle is one of the participates.

Stratagem
by Robin Caroll
Shiloh Run Press
November 2018

The group were installed in a rented house and the game had begun. Things were running smoothly until Anna Belle was found unconscious in her room. She was rushed to the hospital where she later passed away. The cause was determined to be anaphylactic shock. Anna Belle was allergic to cherry juice which somehow has gotten into her energy drink.

Detectives Brandon Gibbon and Danielle Witz of the New Orleans Police Department are assigned to the case. There is reason to believe foul play is involved and Anna Belle was murdered. Of course Grayson , the ex-husband, became the prime suspect. Detective Witz has a beef with Grayson and did everything she could to railroad him into confessing.

As the investigation continued, it became crystal clear that Grayson was innocent. Was one of the four participants guilty of this crime? Who would do this terrible thing? Will Detectives Gibbons and Witz find the guilty party?

An interesting read – full of intrigue and mystery. I recommend it to all adult readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Delayed Justice by Putnam

Jamie Nichols had been molested by her Uncle Dane Nichols when she was a small child. She went to law school and became criminal defense attorney so she could face her demons and bring charges against her Uncle Dane.

Delayed Justice
Hidden Justice 3
by Cara Putman
Thomas Nelson
October 2018

Dane is in the Army and had been for sometime. Shortly after Jamie had filed these charges, she learned Dane was up for promotion to become a Colonel. She had waited most of her life to make Dane pay for tearing her childhood apart. She had never told anyone what he did to her, but now she was ready to make a stand so he could never hurt anyone again.

Chandler Bolton, a retired veteran, is helping Tiffany ,a young girl who had also been molested by her mother’s boyfriend. Chandler has a therapy dog, Aslan, who is helping the child cope with what had happened to her. Chandler has asked Jamie to help in bringing the perpetrator to Justice.

Dane isn’t taking these accusations very well. He is determined to stop Jamie from destroying his career. No one messes with Dane Nichols and he will silence her no matter what he has to do.

Question: Will Jamie and Tiffany finally get Justice for their lost innocence? A very heart rendering story of two young girls whose childhood was/is being destroyed by two powerful men.

I liked the book and highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Salvage by Scudiere

CJ and Walter Reed have been recruited by the Special Agent in charge of the elite Nightshade Group to become agents. The only drawback is that they must both pass the training at Quantico as partners.

Salvage
The Shadow Files #5
by A.J. Scudiere
Griffyn Ink
July 2018

Training begins and some how they manage to exist without killing each other. Walter is an ex-marine and CJ is a scientist. CJ’s grandfather is a well respected scientist. His personal lab has always intrigued CJ because of the weird bones he worked on. One secret trip to the lab revealed a body of a member of the Nightshade Group. What had her grandfather done and why is the body in his lab?

Now the trial under fire begins. CJ and Walter are pulled out of training and sent to a small town in the Ozarks. Some group of rebels are killing people in that area. They are on their own without the help of a seasoned agent. They are literally fighting for their lives.

As the evidence starts to pile up, it becomes clear that a person very close to CJ is responsible. Will she be able to do her job and bring the guilty person to justice?

As always, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It is definitely a page-turner. Highly recommend it.

This is the fifth book in the Nightshade Series. I recommend you read all five. AJ is an excellent writer and keep readers in suspense from page one to the end. One book and you will be a fan for live. Can’t wait for AJ’s next book to come out.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Fortune Red by Scudiere

This is Mia’s Story!

Fortune Red
A. J. Scudiere
Griffyn Ink
April 2018

Mia’s world was unfolding. Her daughter Fortune was missing. She had just learned her husband had been unfaithful multiple times and they were cold stone broke. Eric had lost all their money.

FBI Agents were everywhere – taking control of her home. She and Eric had to take a lie detector test. As if they would ever harm their precious Fortune. Mia was literally falling apart and her husband wasn’t helping .

Dr. Angela Vincent, Fortune’s doctor, had come to help Mia. Mia was learning things about her daughter she had never heard before. Why was Dr. Vincent saying she was a ‘medical miracle’ saving other children’s lives and must be found safe and unharmed. She even had Fortune’s fingerprints. Why!

Mia received a letter from Fortune stating she was on an adventure, having fun with her new friend and would return home soon. This, at least, gave Mia hope. But as time passed, without any new leads, the FBI were pulling out, but would keep the case open.

Mia took matters in her own hands. She would hire a Private Investigator and find her daughter. She soon learns information about her marriage and the adoption of her daughter that sent Mia reeling. Dr. Angela Vincent is not the person she appears to be. She is hiding something. Records reveal she has been deceased long before Fortune was born. How can this be as she has been Fortune’s doctor for years.

After ten days, Fortune is home – safe and unharmed. She has had a wonderful adventure, has much to tell her parents, and lots and lots of pictures. She has a new friend she calls her ‘first daddy’ . She also has a new family.

Everything had changed for Mia, but she was actually happy. She had gotten her daughter back. She had found her FORTUNE!!

AJ has done it again. Fortune Gray and Fortune Red are two intriguing, well written books that tell a story of heartaches, betrayal and a parent’s love for their child.

I recommend you read Fortune Gray first.
I highly recommend both books to all readers. You will throughly enjoy them as I did.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Fortune Gray by Scudiere

This is Rafe’s Story.

Fortune (Gray)
By A. J. Scudiere
Griffyn Ink
April 2018

[SPOILERS] Rafe’s world would never be the same. Today he had buried his wife and twin daughters. To forget, he had crawled into the bottom of a bottle. Getting sober after several years, he began questioning exactly what had happened on that fatal day. One minute Sarah was alive and the next minute she was gone. The doctor had told them the twins had serious medical problems and needed many surgeries. Dr. Angela Vincent had taken the girls away and he never saw them again.

Sarah has an open casket, but the girl’s were closed. Why two? Why were they not put in with Sarah? Why were their caskets closed? He needed answers. Thus began Rafe’s journey.

First stop was the cemetery. What a shocker. The tiny caskets were empty. Where were his daughters? After three long years of extensive research he had some answers. Today was the day he had waited so long for.

News Report: Fortune Flores, an 8 year old girl, has been kidnapped from her front yard.

She came to him, unafraid, carrying a small suitcase, and with a smile. Hi Rafe – where are we going? On an adventure, he replied, closing the car door.

And what an adventure they had. For ten daya he enjoyed spending time with his daughter. Trips to many zoos, eating pancakes, living in cheap motels, and pictures. Lots and lots of pictures to fill her Adventure Book. Changing their appearance and staying under the radar. He couldn’t let the FBI find them before it was time to take her home.

He never doubted for a minute that this beautiful, intriguing girl was his daughter. But which one – Julie Bell or Ashley Claire – or a combination of both? After all, they were identical twins.

Their time was over. Time to see Fortune safely home.

Several days later two alleged FBI Agents were waiting for him. They had found him. Just as he recognized Dr. Angela Vincent, he heard a pop, felt the searing burst of heat. He had been shot.

They thought he had lost, but he had won. He had found his FORTUNE!!!


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.