Adventures of a Vegan Vamp:
Volume 1 (Vegan Vamp Mysteries)
crime fiction, mystery, thriller, cosy
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (23 Nov. 2017)
23 Nov 2017
Undead and vegan? Not the afterlife this girl had planned. Waking up thin is one thing. But waking up gaunt, hangry,and undead makes for a very bad day. Mallory's killer better hide, because she's just discovered blood, meat, and dairy don't agree with her, and a future with no cheese is grim indeed. She's out to find her killer...and maybe a vegan cheese that doesn't melt her nose hairs. Click to see how Mallory conquers a killer hunger while hunting a deadly vampire.
A Vegan Vamp?!
I so much enjoyed this tale that I read the following 3
stories in the series plus the 2 novellas. Still not a 5 star rating but
enjoyable romps through just what happens when a vampire can’t stand the taste
of blood and cannot digest it either. So how does she take in nutrition?
Protein shakes with a mixture of vegetables etc to ensure she gets the
necessary minerals etc.
Each book leads onto the next with a cliff-hanger and with
the 2 short stories lying in the middle and intersecting – covering some of the
same time periods but other aspects.
They are cosy murder mysteries, with magic, witches,
political intrigues and lots of power plays. Living a long time gives vampires
lots of time to plot it seems…
Dead Remaining Book 1
Fiction. Mystery, Suspense, Murder, Female Sleuths, Ghosts
Thomas & Mercer
July 23, 2019
An unlikely pair teams up to investigate a brutal murder in a haunting thriller that walks the line between reality and impossibility. When small-town police officers discover the grave of a young boy, they're quick to pin the crime on a convicted criminal who lives nearby. But when it comes to murder, Officer Susan Marlan never trusts a simple explanation, so she's just getting started. Meanwhile, college professor Eric Evans hallucinates a young boy in overalls: a symptom of his schizophrenia--or so he thinks. But when more bodies turn up, Eric has more visions, and they mirror details of the murder case. As the investigation continues, the police stick with their original conclusion, but Susan's instincts tell her something is off. The higher-ups keep stonewalling her, and the FBI's closing in. Desperate for answers, Susan goes rogue and turns to Eric for help. Together they take an unorthodox approach to the case as the evidence keeps getting stranger. With Eric's hallucinations intensifying and the body count rising, can the pair separate truth from illusion long enough to catch a monster?
Is this a ghost story or a murder mystery? It is up to the reader to decide
but it encompasses both. We have a ghost – a very persistent and quite forceful ghost; but we also have a murder and mystery. Who is the ghost? And what happened to him? He was murdered, but how and by who, and where?
Set in small town USA with a very small policeforce and not much money, we have female police officer with stickability and persistence and curiosity. All of which gets her into serious trouble as she tries to find out about the ghost boy.
As she delves into his case, the FBI find a graveyard and that is where
things begin to get strange for our heroine – and a professor (college
lecturer) with his own mental issues that having a ghost visit doesn’t help
I thought the suspense was well carried and it isn’t until the final stages
of the last chapter that it all comes to be resolved and the final pieces of
the puzzle fit together.
The issues with schizophrenia were well narrated and explored and it was
refreshing to find a character with these flaws who wasn’t a psychology expert as so many books seem to write them up as.
The story is a little short and we should really have found out more about the other children – the live ones as well as the dead ones. It would have helped fill out the story – perhaps someone could have list of lost children, ages, sexes; surely the FBI would be involved before the graves came to light? What about the FBI officers? Could we know about them?
This novel seems rather like a preliminary / prequel tale for a series that is longer and more involved. It is good – as far as it goes.
This is the first in a new series with our female detective and I look
forward to reading further books.
Where The Dead Fall
DI Ridpath #2
crime fiction, mystery, thriller,
11 Apr 2019
One chance encounter, one street side murder, will change everything…
The extraordinary new Ridpath crime thriller Manchester has been at peace for twenty years. Not any more.
DI Ridpath is in the process of getting his life back together when everything goes wrong.
Driving to meet his daughter, he is caught in a horrific motorway accident, in which a near-naked man is rundown by a lorry, while fleeing from a lone gunman.As Ridpath closes Manchester’s road network in search of the assailant, one question remains: why did nobody else see him?
Ridpath’s investigations, which at first seem to follow protocol, soon unearth a number of inconsistencies, which pulls the police force itself into question and hint at something sinister to come...
For Manchester is on the brink of a fresh surge of violence unlike anything it has seen in decades. As Ridpath battles this unprecedented conflict, he must battle his own demons. One thing is for sure. There will be blood on the streets…
The nail-biting sequel to Where the Truth Lies, M J Lee’s Where the Dead Fall is an absolute must read, perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Faith Martin and Peter James
This book is set in Manchester UK – a grim town as I recall (always
raining) and according to Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett in their novel Good
Omens, it was created by the demon Crowley as part of his work towards sending
humans to Hell [not to mention his slight adjustment of the M25..].
This novel does not encourage you to think that it might be
a nice place to visit and be a tourist. It talks about crime families – 4 in
Manchester – having ‘carved up’ the town into 4 quarters each holding their own
with no inter-gang warfare, but each specialising in drugs, or prostitution,
or… but not really guns until this
I found it a useful introduction to the work of a Coroner’s
Office which I had not known – I always assumed that it was part of the offices
that dealt with the post-mortem – no doubt confused by TV stories. But here we
find out that they stand for the victim and attempt to discover just what
happened to them and how the death was investigated, if necessary.
The story makes grim reading as we have a series of deaths
and a very ill policeman working for the Coroner’s Office who is charged with
assuring the Coroner of her facts as she holds her Inquest into their deaths.
But still compelling and whilst I had guessed some of it, I
had not guessed all of the back story which ended up with these particular
The Body in the Mist
DCI Craig Gillard #3
crime, murder, mystery
20 May 2019
A brutal murder hints at a terrifying mystery, and this time it’s personal.
A body is found on a quiet lane in Exmoor, victim of a hit and run. He has no ID, no wallet, no phone, and – after being dragged along the road – no recognisable face.
Meanwhile, fresh from his last case, DCI Craig Gillard is unexpectedly called away to Devon on family business.
Gillard is soon embroiled when the car in question is traced to his aunt. As he delves deeper, a dark mystery reveals itself, haunted by family secrets, with repercussions Gillard could never have imagined.
The past has never been deadlier.
From master storyteller Nick Louth comes the third installment in the DCI Craig Gillard series. Compelling, fast-paced and endlessly enjoyable, The Body in the Mist is a triumph, perfect for fans of Robert Bryndza, Angela Marsons and Faith Martin
Nick Louth is really getting better – this is best book yet.
The story starts slowly, sedately, lulling you into thinking
that you know the storyline, but you don’t.
As the story progresses shocking and unexpected revelations
take it to a different and very dark level. This is dark coasts and moors and hills where
nasty things happen in the farm woodsheds… And then there is the final page!
The novel is well crafted with logical, if shocking,
outcomes that take the story into just what happens in these lonely places,
where families have lived a hard scrapple life for many generations, and the
neighbours are far away and likely to be feuding. The weather is stormy and
dank and cold, and the sun is fleeting and miserly. Not the nice tourist image
Secrets in death
Dallas, Eve (Fictitious character)
J. D. Robb
fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, crime fiction
September 5, 2017
No one is going to miss Larinda Mars. A ruthless gossip queen with a lucrative sideline in blackmail, there's no lack of suspects when she's murdered in a fashionable New York bar. With so many people wanting her dead, it's going to be a tough case to crack. Lieutenant Eve Dallas may not like this particular victim, but it's her duty to bring the killer to justice. As she digs deeper into Larinda's mysterious past, it becomes clear the reporter had a unique talent for uncovering secrets. Including ones very close to home for Eve and her husband Roarke... Someone was willing to commit murder to keep their secrets hidden. And with Eve now working to uncover the truth, she and her team are heading into serious danger.
Dallas rides again in a New York winter, with a hat with a
pompom, which rally embarrasses her, but… there is a murder to be solved and
Roarke and his eGeek friends have plenty to do.
Gossip columnists have lots of secrets and they hold secrets
on others too it seems, secrets that make them a lot of money and give them a
lot of power. So lots of enemies to comb through. Perhaps not quite as original
as the earlier books in this series, but still, always worth a read.
As always, Peabody makes us smile, Roarke makes us lust, and
we all want to be Dallas. And we’d also quite like that week in the Mexico
hideaway she offered Peabody – especially if we fly by one of Roarke’s private