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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

BOOK MAIL: The Big Get-Even by Paul Di Filippo

The Big Get-Even
by Paul Di Filippo
Blackstone Publishing

πŸŽ† Releasing 3/6/18 πŸŽ†

Huge thanks to Blackstone Publishing for this copy! 



About the Book:

A disbarred lawyer and an ex-arsonist cross paths and find themselves organizing an elaborate real estate scam to bilk a shady rich speculator out of twenty million dollars. The sting is personal for ex-arsonist Stan and for a woman named Vee, who plays an essential role in the caper. Glen, the narrator and former lawyer, finds himself at first just along for the money. Eventually, as bonds deepen among the conspirators, Glen too discovers he has a lot more at stake than simply the loot.This cast of lively eccentrics discover along the way that getting to the big payoff might just be more scary fun than the monetary prize itself. 


About the Author:


Paul Di Filippo sold his first story in 1977.  Since then, he has written and published over two hundred more, as well as several novels, amounting to roughly thirty-five books.  He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with his partner, Deborah Newton.


COVER REVEAL: Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway @torteen @hathawayjojo

Dark of the West
by Joanna Hathaway
Tor Teen


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About the Book:

He was raised in revolution. She was raised in a palace. Can their love stop a war? Code Name Verity meets The Winner's Curse in Joanna Hathaway's Dark of the West, a breathtaking YA fantasy debut.
Aurelia Isendare is a princess of a small kingdom in the North, raised in privilege but shielded from politics as her brother prepares to step up to the throne. Halfway around the world, Athan Dakar, the youngest son of a ruthless general, is a fighter pilot longing for a life away from the front lines. When Athan’s mother is shot and killed, his father is convinced it’s the work of his old rival, the Queen of Etania—Aurelia’s mother. Determined to avenge his wife’s murder, he devises a plot to overthrow the Queen, a plot which sends Athan undercover to Etania to gain intel from her children.
Athan’s mission becomes complicated when he finds himself falling for the girl he’s been tasked with spying upon. Aurelia feels the same attraction, all the while desperately seeking to stop the war threatening to break between the Southern territory and the old Northern kingdoms that control it—a war in which Athan’s father is determined to play a role. As diplomatic ties manage to just barely hold, the two teens struggle to remain loyal to their families and each other as they learn that war is not as black and white as they’ve been raised to believe.
About the Author:

JOANNA HATHAWAY is an avid storyteller and history buffwhose writing is inspired by her great-grandfather's participation in WWI. Sheloves traveling the globe, flying in airplanes, and is forever a “horse girl.”Born in MontrΓ©al, Canada, Hathaway now resides in Minnesota. Dark ofthe West is her debut novel.


Monday, September 18, 2017

BOOK MAIL: Desert Remains by Steven Cooper @seventhstbooks @thestevencooper

Desert Remains
A Gus Parker and Alex Mills Novel
by Steven Cooper
Seventh Street Books

πŸŽ† Releasing 10/10/17 πŸŽ†

Huge thanks to Seventh Street Books for this copy! Series Debut! 



About the Book:

Someone is filling the desert caves around Phoenix with bodies--a madman who, in a taunting ritual, is leaving behind a record of his crimes etched into the stone. With no leads and no suspects, Detective Alex Mills sees a case spinning out of control. City leaders want the case solved yesterday, and another detective wants to elbow Mills out of the way. As the body count rises, Mills turns to Gus Parker, an "intuitive medium" whose murky visions sometimes point to real clues. It's an unorthodox approach, but Mills is desperate.

When Parker is brought to the crime scenes, he sees visions of a house on fire and a screaming child. But what does it mean? He struggles to interpret his psychic messages, knowing that the killer is one step ahead and that in this vast desert, the next murder could happen anywhere. Nor does it help that he's always been unlucky in love and now finds himself the prey of a lovelorn stalker. She is throwing him off his game.

Someone will win this contest, and both Parker and Mills fear it will be the cunning, ruthless killer, who is able to use the trackless landscape as a cover for his brutal crimes.
 


About the Author:




Steven Cooper is a freelance writer, producer, and the author of three previous novels. A former television reporter, he has received multiple Emmy awards and nominations, a national Edward R. Murrow Award, and many honors from the Associated Press. He taught writing at Rollins College (Winter Park, FL) from 2007 to 2012. He currently lives in Atlanta.


#allthebookreviews: The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan @HQDigitalUK @Phoebe_A_Morgan

The Doll House
by Phoebe Morgan
HQ Digital


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Big thank you to HQ Digital for our copies in return for our honest reviews.


You never know who’s watching…

Corinne’s life might look perfect on the outside, but after three failed IVF attempts it’s her last chance to have a baby. And when she finds a tiny part of a doll house outside her flat, it feels as if it’s a sign.

But as more pieces begin to turn up, Corinne realises that they are far too familiar. Someone knows about the miniature rocking horse and the little doll with its red velvet dress. Someone has been inside her house…

How does the stranger know so much about her life? How long have they been watching? And what are they waiting for…?

My Thoughts: 




Following the lives of sisters, Corinne and Ashley.  Corrine is married to Dominic and they are at their last IVF attempt to start their family.  She feels as if someone has been inside their home and pieces of her childhood doll house keeps popping up sporadically.  Dominic isn't sure this is something to worry about and thinks between the anniversary of her father's death and the fertility drugs that she may just be imagining things.  Ashley and James have three children but he's been acting shifty lately and Ashley's beginning to suspect something is going on outside of the home. 

Mostly we veer back and forth between the sister's perspectives, every once in a while jumping into Dominic's perspective and the POV of someone unknown to us that travels from past to present.  The author does a good job in showing realistic situations - the angst of a woman trying to get pregnant and having a difficult time being around people with kids.  The paranoia and suspicions of a wife thinking her husband is having an affair and unable to confront the situation.  I wish there had been more of Corinne and Ashley's past to give a more parallel view with the antagonist.  To only have the past of one character didn't give me a full feel for everyone.  The little twists at the end were a nice touch though I did feel I needed a little bit more as it didn't come together as seamlessly as I would have liked.  The best way I can explain it as that I felt there were pieces missing to make it more of a shock for me.  For having such realistic characters to then go into a direction that, for me, needed a little more explanation just didn't quite hit home.  There seemed to be so much build up that it seemed to drag in certain places and then end rather abruptly..  I think I either needed more from their childhood or more from the antagonist to really understand the entire situation.  Due to that I felt like this was more contemporary drama than thriller for my taste.

A solid debut novel effort.  I would certainly read more from the author as I can only see better things coming from her in the future. 

★★

Jessica's Thoughts:





Do you want a fantastic psychological thriller? Well look no further! This debut novel by Phoebe Morgan, THE DOLL  HOUSE, is unnerving and I could not put it down. This has everything us thrillers fans want, unreliable narrators, red herrings, and the unknown storytellers (always adds an element of mystery!)

We follow two sisters, Ashley and Corinne. They recently lost their father and are trying to cope. Ashley is a mother of three, but suspects that her husband is having an affair. Corinne appears to have the perfect life. Little does everyone know, she's experienced three failed IVF treatments and it's her last opportunity to have a baby. She finds a small part of a doll house outside of her apartment one day - it must be a sign. Slowly more and more pieces start to appear and she realizes they look eerily familiar. They resemble the doll house that she and Ashley had growing up - who could be sending these?

This thriller moved at a fast pace and it kept me on my toes! We jump between perspectives - one of them being from an unknown narrator. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep even the most seasoned of thriller readers on their toes! Not only was this a well-written story, but the characters were well-developed and complex. You feel for Corinne and Ashley. You understand Corinne's resentment towards women with children because of her struggle with infertility. It was interesting seeing how the different characters dealt with loss and seeing the story from different perspectives. Especially the unknown narrator. 

Overall, if you want a thriller you won't want to put down, then this is the next one on your TBR. The author keeps you guessing and the build up leads to a great ending. Great characters and a dark and eerie atmosphere are the perfect storm for this creepy debut!

I give this one 4.5/5 stars!




#CJSReads REVIEW: White Bodies by Jane Robins @touchstonebooks @alfresca

White Bodies
by Jane Robins
Touchstone Books


πŸ”₯ Publishing 9/19/17 πŸ”₯




Synopsis from Goodreads:

This chilling psychological suspense novel--think Strangers on a Train for the modern age--explores the dark side of love and the unbreakable ties that bind two sisters together. 

Felix and Tilda seem like the perfect couple: young and in love, a financier and a beautiful up-and-coming starlet. But behind their flawless facade, not everything is as it seems. 

Callie, Tilda's unassuming twin, has watched her sister visibly shrink under Felix's domineering love. She has looked on silently as Tilda stopped working, nearly stopped eating, and turned into a neat freak, with mugs wrapped in Saran Wrap and suspicious syringes hidden in the bathroom trash. She knows about Felix's uncontrollable rages, and has seen the bruises on the white skin of her sister's arms. 

Worried about the psychological hold that Felix seems to have over Tilda, Callie joins an Internet support group for victims of abuse and their friends. However, things spiral out of control and she starts to doubt her own judgment when one of her new acquaintances is killed by an abusive man. And then suddenly Felix dies--or was he murdered? 
A page-turning work of suspense that announces a stunning new voice in fiction, White Bodies will change the way you think about obsession, love, and the violence we inflict on one another--and ourselves. 

My Review:


Tilda and Callie are twins. Tilda being the successful, outgoing one with Callie living in her shadow and seemingly obsessed. When Tilda meets Felix, Callie is brought into their world... but things don't seem right. Tilda seems to change, losing weight, acting strangely and her normally messy self becomes obsessively neat under Felix's influence. Callie starts to think something is wrong and joins an online support group as she's concerned about Tilda's welfare. Is she imagining what is going on or is something really wrong?

A story told strictly through Callie's eyes, we get a full on education on her thoughts and feelings as she struggles with her own inner demons while trying to understand Tilda's. There is not a single likable character and the reader also begins to wonder what is going on. Psychological thrillers are one of my favorite genres to read. This one delves into the dark side of relationships, not only with a romantic partner, but with a sibling. How far would you go to help the ones you love? This book is quite the interesting read. It's disturbing with a bit of a Single White Female vibe in the obsession of Callie with Tilda. 

If you love the dark mind that psychological suspense thrillers bring then this is one you should definitely add to your TBR pile. The little nuances are what makes the book special rather than any huge revelation. I found this to be a bit of a slower pace but still a quick read and delving more into the psychological warfare your mind can take you to rather than big actions. Dig in.. get twisted.

★★

Jessica's Thoughts:

Nothing beats a great psychological thriller. I will say, it was kind of funny to me picking this one up for the simple fact that my mom's name is Jayne Robins. Definitely confused me at first! WHITE BODIES by Jane Robins is the perfect domestic thriller about a couple and the lengths a twin sister will go to protect the other. 

Felix and Tilda have the seemingly perfect relationship, but in the privacy of their own home he controls every aspect of her life. Tilda has stopped working, stopped eating, and has turned into something of a neat freak. Callie watches on helplessly as her sister deteriorates and she's no stranger to Felix's fits of rage because she sees the evidence on her sister's beautiful skin. Callie wants to save her sister and she joins an online support group for victims of abuse. When Felix turns up dead, Callie begins to question what is real and what is in her head. 


This is told from Callie's perspective and Robins really brings the reader deep into her mind. It keeps the reader guessing and not quite knowing what is reality. The psychology behind the relationships of twins is always intriguing to me and it's a subject I love having in psychological thrillers (especially when it's done right!). 

Overall, if you want an unsettling and unnerving psychological thriller about how far one sister will go to save her twin, then you need to read this one! Even though it's a common topic in thrillers, Robins does this in a unique way and makes it stand out from the rest. It is a slower build but it was still an addictive read. 

I give this 5/5 stars!



Sam's Thoughts:

I am such a sucker for a psychological thriller; I am always on the hunt for something new that will leave me thinking.  Enter, White Bodies by Jane Robins, a book that topped by fall TBR list and one that I was eagerly anticipating.  Chandra, Jessica and I added this one to our September TBR pile months ago so I was incredibly excited to dive in. 

The story begins and develops your typical love story:  man (Felix) meets girl (Tilda), man controls girl, twin sister of girl (Callie) gets mad, man ends up dead.  Ya know, the stuff that makes ya warm and fuzzy inside.    I loved how Robins slowly built and weaved the tension throughout the plot; it truly left me feeling unsettled.    Especially in regards to the Callie character.  What a treat she was.  A completely disturbing and pretty messed up treat, but a treat nonetheless!  I think one of the first “um…WTF Callie??!” moments comes at about 13% into the book.   I don’t think I will ever look at a pair of twins the same!! 

I also felt like the writing style of this one was incredibly different; the premise is like other books I have read but the execution felt more original.   The story does not follow a specific linear path; instead, it focuses on alternative narrative moments in time between the present and then two different snapshots from the past.   I think my favourite (is that okay to say something was my favourite when it was so twisted) were the Callie chapters from her childhood.  Creepy. 

My biggest complaint with this novel was the pacing.  I felt like the first 100 pages or so really dragged.  I was interested.  I wanted to keep reading but I didn’t find myself tearing through the pages.  However, the second half of the book really shone and I did find myself completely engrossed.  I guess I wish it had paced more evenly so I felt entirely dedicated throughout.   I also had a hunch regarding the “reveal” fairly early on, but that didn’t deter me from completing the novel.  I loved Robin’s style. 

Overall, if you want a psychological thriller that will give you the creeps, then I would pick this one up.  It is totally worth the read.

4/5 stars.  

Big thank you to Touchstone Books for these copies in return for our honest opinions.

Friday, September 15, 2017

REVIEW: The Songs in Our Hearts by Chantal Gadoury @cgadoury16 @48fourteen

The Songs in Our Hearts
by Chantal Gadoury
48fourteen Publishing


πŸ”₯ Releasing 9/19/17 πŸ”₯
Preorder HERE now for $0.99!





Synopsis from Goodreads:


High school junior Charlie Blake has never seen anyone quite like Micah Jacobs in her small town of Grand Lakes. With his carefree spirit, rough-around-the-edges personality, and handsome grin, Charlie is transfixed.

But Charlie's been burned before with her first crush, at the hands of an ex-friend and a cruel joke. Because of those scars, Charlie keeps her guard up when it comes to boys. But a class project - that may or may not involve kissing for the camera! - forces her to not only confront Micah, but her true feelings.

While prepping for the assignment, Charlie finds herself in Micah's car accompanied by the music of Journey, Elvis, The Cars, and Peter Gabriel. Between slushies, burning rafts, pizza, and great music, Charlie and Micah bond as she learns the importance of letting go of the past and opening herself to new people.

When their project comes to an end, Charlie wonders if she should finally confess everything she's been denying before she loses the chance. When words fail, will the songs in her heart be enough?


My Review:



If I'm going to veer out of my normal genre reads, it's usually in the YA area... but typically not contemporary romance.  I knew going into this book it was going to be your typical high school crush scenario where you knew what the ending was going to be.  What I didn't expect was how absolutely adorable this read was going to be!!  

Charlie has had one bad experience with a mean girl in class and a crush she had.  And in high school, this is scarring!  So when she meets Micah and people tell him she has a crush on him, she's mortified.  He approaches her and she does everything, mentally and physically, to convince herself, and him, that she doesn't.  Getting paired up with him on a school project doesn't help the situation.  She's more worried about being hurt and what others think to realize she's probably missing out on something great.

The chapter headings being songs were so adorable.  I'll admit that I didn't know half of them so it took me a while to realize what was going on with them. 🀣  And I loved the nods to songs from my childhood...  which did make me feel old at times in this book... but back to the story!  Also, having them talk through texting for a lot of the time, which is extremely realistic, was fun to read. 

With a little bit of a mean girls vibe, the building of the relationship of Micah and Charlie had me read this book in one sitting.  By the end of it, I was hoping that one day... ONE DAYYYYYY... I will find this love that they did.  Who cares if it's a high school romance that probably won't last.  Am I cynical?  Ha!  Probably.  But do I believe in romance and want someone who accepts my difficultness and appreciates the soundtrack of our lives to spend the rest of our days together?  Why yes, yes I do.

Thank you SO much to the author, Chantal Gadoury for this copy.  If you love YA contemporary romance... or even consider trying one for a quick, easy and cute read that will take you back to high school, but in a best way?  Then get your copy asap!

★★

About the Author:


Chantal Gadoury is a young author who is originally from the countryside of Muncy, PA. Chantal likes anything Disney, plays a mean game of Disney trivia, enjoys painting and has a interest in British History. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues that love of writing today. As a recent college graduate from Susquehanna University, with a degree in Creative Writing, writing novels is a dream come true.



#allthebookreviews: The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture

The Missing Girls
DI Robyn Carter #3
by Carol Wyer
Bookouture


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Big thank you to Bookouture for our copies in return for our honest reviews.


One girl found dead. Another girl gone... 

Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever... 

When, a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer. 

No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial killer. 

As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart. 

Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late? 

An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending! 

My Thoughts: 






Book 3 in the DI Robyn Carter series doesn't slow down in the slightest.  Carol Wyer opens up each book with a prologue that just sucks you right in.  No punches held back in her stories - NOPE!  We are opened with a girl waking up disoriented in a dark room, held captive and unsure why.  Dun dun dun!!!  Then in a drug bust turned dead body found, a young girl is found in a trunk, wrapped in plastic and the case begins.  

Bringing back the entire cast, we get Ross, Carter's cousin, on a missing dog case that turns into a missing persons report.  Carter has to deal with her new boss, Flint, and he clearly is not a fan of hers.  Maybe it's her unconventional ways... her acting on instinct rather than following proper procedure.  Either way, she has something to prove now.  With the help of Anna, Matt, Mitz, etc.. (and do we see some further relationship ties happening here too?? πŸ˜‰), we really start seeing how they play off each other and have their roles in each case.  Readers also get even more involved in Carter's personal life and her relationship with her ex-fiancee's, Davies, daughter.  As they have mourned the passing of Davies, they have continued to strengthen their bond as Carter stays active in Amelie's life.

This book delves into bullying, which we all know is a huge issue in this day and age.  A highly relevant subject matter to touch upon. And quite frankly, if you read this series (and you SHOULD), I recommend you read the Letter from Carol at the end as she takes her real life experiences and uses those for her stories.  For example, in Secrets of the Dead (book 2) she uses her real life stalker experience.  It's quite interesting and makes me love her books even more.  

To sum up, just read this series.  And while they can be read as stand alones, I recommend starting from the beginning so you can get the full feel of each character as they grow.  Especially since this book left quite the cliffhanger! 😲

★★

Click for my reviews on Little Lost Girl and Secrets of the Dead.

Jessica's Thoughts:




When Carol Wyer comes out with another DI Robyn Carter story I have to read it! Books one and two (LITTLE GIRL LOST and SECRETS OF THE DEAD) were amazing and this one was no different! "Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever..." How could I NOT read this??



Detective Robyn Carter finds herself in the middle of another serial killer case. A girl's body is found in a storage unit, but it is too decomposed for Carter to see any signs left by the killer. 
Her leads go dry when no one can identify the woman that was renting the storage unit - just that she was in blue. But then another body is found.This time, Robyn finds distinct markings on the victim's skeleton, ones that match the scratches found on the first victim. 


When another girl goes missing - someone close to Robyn - the pressure is on to find her before the killer strikes again! Will she be able to make it in time to save the life of someone she loves?


I seriously don't know how Carol Wyer does it! All three books in her series have been phenomenal and chilling to the bone. How she manages to come up with an even more twisted serial killer than her last is just beyond me. And the twists! One thing I've come to love about her books is that there are so many curve balls thrown at the reader. You think you know what's going on and then BAM! Nope, you were wrong the entire time. 


In other words, you need to get the Detective Robyn Carter series, now. I hope there's a book four coming!


If you want a fast-paced serial killer thriller with crazy twists you won't see coming, then go get THE MISSING GIRLS by Carol Wyer!

I give this 5/5 stars!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

REVIEW: Secrets of the Dead by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture

Secrets of the Dead
(DI Robyn Carter #2)
by Carol Wyer
Bookouture

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Synopsis from Goodreads:


Three murders. Three innocent victims. What secrets did they share with their killer?

A bottle of bubble bath and colourful, plastic boats were scattered in small puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, her lips a shade of blue, and her bloodshot eyes wide open.

When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and when a second victim with a receipt is found, her worst fears are confirmed.

With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can’t find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show.

Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers an unsettling clue she thinks could unlock the case. But as she chases across the plush carpets and manicured lawns of the wealthy elite, honing in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger.

The press call him The Leopard for his stealth, speed and brutality. Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late?

A heart-pounding, toe-curling, one-sitting serial killer thriller that will hook you from the first page till the last. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

My Review:


Ahhh, how I've missed you Robyn Carter.  Second in the DI Robyn Carter series, we get plunged back into her world with a new case she needs to solve.  Her first adventure drew me right in.  I loved her from the very beginning in Little Lost Girl - see my review for that here.  We get to learn more about her past and really find that connection this time around.  This time around there's been a death at the spa that doesn't seem quite suspicious.. but when Robyn's friend, Tricia, asks her to look into it, she can't help but at least take a deeper look into the situation.  Other deaths start to occur that are baffling but interrelated.  

Once again we have a story where seemingly different plot lines come together.  Robyn has always done things her own way.  This typically gets her in trouble but brings about a cast of characters that you also can't help falling in love with.  What I especially love about the author's writing is letting us glimpse into the mind of the antagonist.  We see his current state of mind and then flashbacks of him growing up and why he is the damaged soul that he is.  Not only does Robyn have to butt heads with some of her own colleagues and the press, she also has to maneuver her way around her boss's orders. Recruiting her cousin as a private investigator gives us even more of a glimpse into her lonely personal life and brings about the softer, more human side of her that we didn't quite get a grasp on in book one.

Carol Wyer is an author to be on the look out for.  We knew that with Little Lost Girl and she hasn't lost her touch here.  Her next book in this series, The Missing Girls, has been released today (9/14/17) and I'm off to devour it.  God speed to anyone who tries to interrupt me. πŸ˜‰

★★

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

#allthebookreviews: The Bloody Black Flag by Steve Goble @seventhstbooks @steve_goble

The Bloody Black Flag
A Spider John Mystery
by Steve Goble
Seventh Street Books


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Big thank you to Seventh Street Books for our copies in return for our honest reviews.


1722--aboard a pirate ship off the American Colonial Coast. 

Spider John Rush never wanted to be a pirate, but it had happened and he'd learned to survive in the world of cut and thrust, fight or die. He and his friend Ezra knew that death could come at any moment, from grapeshot or storm winds or the end of a noose. But when Ezra is murdered in cold blood by a shipmate, Spider vows revenge. 

On a ship where every man is a killer many times over, how can Spider find the man who killed his friend? There is no law here, so if justice is to be done, he must do it. He will have to solve the crime and exact revenge himself. 

One wrong step will lead to certain death, but Spider is determined to look into the dying eyes of the man who killed his friend, even if it means his own death.

My Thoughts: 





I'm not one for historical type books, but add some pirates and you've got my interest!  This book is about Spider John's quest to find his best mate's, Ezra's, murderer.  It looks like a drunken accident but Spider knows better and is on a quest for vengeance.

Historical detail of a pirate's life is interwoven with the murder mystery and a search of a stole piece of treasure.  I found this not to be your every day fun pirate read but more of a realistic gritty, gruesome and fight for survival at all times kind of read instead.  I think I prefer to watch movies about pirates rather than read about them - mostly because of the speech - it's more fluid to hear than to try and voice in my head.

Overall a fun, easy book filled with action, murder, pirate, treasure and battles.  At less than 250 pages, if you're looking for historical pirate information along with a couple story lines, you'll be pleased for this quick read.

★★


Jessica's Thoughts:




Historical fiction and it's about pirates? Count me in! THE BLOODY BLACK FLAG by Steve Goble is set in the 1700's aboard a pirate ship trying to solve a murder. Spider John Rush and his friend Ezra both knew living the lives of pirates was a risk and that they could be facing death at any moment. However, when Ezra is found dead. The crew shrugs it off as a drinking accident, but Spider John think he was murdered. Rush is on the case and he vows to seek revenge for his friend's death. 

This had a good history of pirates within it's pages. I've always enjoyed pirates, whether it's in stories, movies, or in history. Goble does a great job setting the scene and painting a picture for the readers. The life of a pirate is a dangerous one! I loved how it was a unique setting and that the murder mystery was being solved on the ship. For it being a shorter novel (around 250 pages) there was enough packed into the story without getting too chaotic and it didn't leave things unanswered. With shorter novels that can be difficult at times. 

Overall, if you like pirates and historical fiction, with a dash of murder thrown in, then you'll want to pick this one up!

I give this one 3.5/5 stars!