Sunday, June 30, 2019

Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong

From New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong comes a brand new psychological thriller about the lengths one woman will go to in order to save a child. 

“Few crimes are reported as quickly as a snatched kid.”

That’s what the officer tells single mother Aubrey Finch after she reports a kidnapping. So why hasn’t anyone reported the little boy missing? Aubrey knows what she saw: a boy being taken against his will from the park. It doesn’t matter that the mother can’t be found. It doesn’t matter if no one reported it. Aubrey knows he’s missing.

Instead, people question her sanity. Aubrey hears the whispers. She’s a former stay-at-home mom who doesn’t have primary custody of her daughter, so there must be something wrong with her, right? Others may not understand her decision to walk away from her safe life at home, but years of hiding her past – even from the people she loves – were taking their toll, and Aubrey knows she can’t be the mother or wife she envisions until she learns to leave her secrets behind.

When the police refuse to believe her, she realizes that rescuing the boy is up to her alone. But after all the secrets, how far is she willing to go? Even to protect a child.

My review:
Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong is a psychological thriller that tore me up. My heart bled all over the place for Aubrey. This is a fast paced read that will keep you flipping pages to find out what happens next. Kelley Armstrong is a fantastic story teller and has hit another out of the park.

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Bite Club (A Melanie Travis Mystery Book 22) by Laurien Berenson

Melanie Travis's new book club caters to readers craving fiction--with bite! But when a real-life murder case bares its fangs, she'll need to swap dog-eared novels for a lengthy suspect list . . . 

Thanks to Aunt Peg and her enthusiastic pedigree dog show pals, Melanie's aptly named Bite Club reading group has book lovers all over town burying their noses in thrilling murder mysteries. But another pet project surfaces when Melanie reluctantly agrees to train a Bulldog puppy for elusive member Evan Major. Between the unusual bruise on his face and a bizarre run-in with an unknown dog show attendee, introverted Evan can't dodge trouble. It even sends him to an early grave--while landing Melanie in the hot seat for homicide . . .

Caught at the wrong place at the wrong time, Melanie delves into the victim's shady past to prove her innocence. As she uncovers a juicy scandal that cost Evan his marriage and, possibly, his life, Melanie realizes that booking the real culprit comes down to gathering her pack of suspects together at the next Bite Club meeting. What she doesn't know is Aunt Peg has been hiding some explosive secrets of her own--secrets that, once unleashed, could pit Melanie against an unpredictable killer bent on bringing this story to an abrupt end . . .

My review:
Bite Club is a delightful addition to the Melanie Travis Mystery series. From the delightful puppy on the cover to the very last page you will be guessing whodunit. Melanie just can’t help but stick her nose in to figure it out and it looks like she’s got Aunt Peg hooked too. I really enjoyed this story and highly recommend the series.

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Cowboy in Wolf's Clothing (Seven Range Shifters #2) by Kait Ballenger

Born a cowboy and bred a warrior...
High Commander Colt Cavanaugh has spent his life defending his pack and its sprawling ranchlands. But the hardened Grey Wolf soldier has a dark secret that could destroy his life forever.
Belle Beaumont is a wanted woman, on the run from the wolf pack that kidnapped her. When fate brings her face-to-face with the Grey Wolf High Commander himself, rivalry becomes passion, and suddenly more than just her freedom is at stake.
Colt will fight to the death for the healing Belle brings to his battle—worn heart—and for this cowboy wolf, all's fair in love and war...
Seven Range Shifters Series:
Cowboy Wolf Trouble (book 1)
Cowboy in Wolf's Clothing (book 2)

My review:
Cowboy in Wolf's Clothing has it all! Take one cantankerous wolf shifter know as Commander Casanova because one night is all you’ll get from him, add in a sassy rogue wolf shifting doctor, mix well with lies and secrets, then add in some steaming hot chemistry and you’ll have the recipe for Cowboy in Wolf's Clothing. This story is a convoluted tale of two shifters that are meant to be together getting in their own way and boy is it fun to be along for the ride. Though this is part of a series it can be read standalone.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Wolf Instinct (SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team #9) by Paige Tyler

He's a wolf shifter.
She hunts monsters.
How can she be The One for him?

SWAT werewolf Zane Kendrick will do whatever it takes to take down the man who attacked his pack. His search takes him to Los Angeles, but when he meets Alyssa, the smart, sexy agent who comes to his aid, he's immediately interested in pursuing more than just the next lead. All his wolf instincts tell him that she's The One.

FBI agent Alyssa Carson has investigated some weird stuff lately, and finding missing people drained of their blood definitely falls into that category. When following a clue leads her to Zane, she agrees to work with him and his team. She's attracted to the gorgeous Brit, but she doesn't have time for anything but finding answers.

When Zane and Alyssa discover the sinister truth, it'll take everything they have to make it out of this mission with their lives―and hearts―intact.

My review:
Wolf Instinct is a terrific addition to this series. This story opens up a world of possibilities for these characters. I loved that Alyssa is convincing Zane that he isn’t the monster the bad guys are. Sometimes I found myself wanting to Gibbs smack him for his self-loathing. How is he going to love someone else if he doesn’t like himself? The author handled it wonderfully. I love this series and look forward to the next installment.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Burning Daylight (Luke Jensen: Bounty Hunter #7) by William W. Johnstone, J.A. Johnstone

Johnstone Country. Where Legends Fight or Die.

Bounty hunter Luke Jensen has always relied on his guns, his brains, and his guts to bring in the deadliest outlaws in the West. But when a family needs his help, he’ll have to use something else: his heart . . .
Luke Jensen has seen some sorry looking bounties in his time, but this one takes the cake. A wanted poster is offering a reward of one dollar and forty-two cents—plus one busted harmonica—to capture Three-Fingered Jack McKinney. Turns out, McKinney’s twelve-year-old son Aaron wants revenge on his daddy for abandoning him and his mom. The reward is all the money Aaron can scrape together. Luke can’t say no to the poor boy—or his beautiful mother—so he agrees to go after McKinney and his bank-robbing gang. 
Good deeds, however, are like good intentions—the road to hell is paved with them. And when Aaron McKinney decides to tag along, it puts Luke in the middle of a father-and-son reunion that’s life-or-death, blood-for-blood, and kill-or-be-killed. . . .
Live Free. Read Hard.

My review:
Bounty hunter Luke Jensen is smart, strong and compassionate despite his occasional bout of grumpiness. Red headed, stubborn Aaron is twelve years old going on forty and the best part of the story for me. The story takes us to the Arizonan badlands and some of the nastiest outlaws in the west. This book is filled with action and adventure and a good old time. This book is part of a series but can be read standalone.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Outlaw Wolves (Wolves of Willow Bend Book 13) by Heather Long

She doesn't seem to be anyone's favorite wolf... 

Luciana Esposito Barrows never imagined her dream of uniting the Lone Wolves and giving them a home could go so terribly awry. First, her brother rejected her, repudiating her from Seven Hills and leaving her without a powerful ally. Then the U.S. packs put her on notice, monitoring their movements, keeping them contained…then the Russians came. The last person in the world she expected to turn on her, was her own mate. 

She was everything to him... 

Rayne Barrows never thought of himself as much of a romantic. In his heart, he was a soldier and had always risen to the task where he was needed. Born in the heart of the Delta Crescent pack, he’d grown up alongside a future Alpha and willingly served her father as a faithful Hound. When the battles for ascension began, he couldn’t face those he loved in combat. He chose a solitary path instead. Journeying around the world, he found himself in Italy…and discovered a wolf he could love. Luciana Esposito captured his heart and he followed her—even when he didn’t believe in her cause. Now with a pack in tatters around them and their enemies closing in, Rayne faces his most brutal challenge. 

To save the woman he loves and the pack they formed, he challenged her and took her position as alpha. Can their mate bond survive such a betrayal? 

My review:
Outlaw Wolves takes us into Three Rivers. This new pack is having growing pains particularly now because their current and former alpha’s are mated and not especially happy with one another. If they don’t get their act together everything they’ve worked for may fall apart.
This story tore me up. I didn’t want to like Luciana. She has been an entitled alpha bitch throughout the series. But I really liked Rayne and he helped me see a side of Luciana that most others don’t get to. This story will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride that will leave you breathless.
This is part of a series but can be read stand alone

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Seasons in the Abyss (The Dank Courts Book 1) by Dagmar Avery, K. Margaret, Stella Price

Gobeth Argos, Princess of the Dank Courts, Queen of the Wild Hunt and acting Sovereign of the Sluagh has her hands full now that shes back from High Court. Set on implementing Queen Verity’s new decrees, and bringing her courts further into the 21st century, she is determined to ensure a fruitful future for everyone. 

But Faerie has other plans for her, and they manifest in the form of dreams. Erotic, vivid, detailed dreams of tentacles, and the feeling once they are done that something is missing. Having only the dreams, and the words of an old seer to go by, Gogo begins a journey of both self discovery and wonder. 

And when tragedy strikes, she is left with questions, concerns and ultimatums. 

Because Faerie has given her a quest, and through heartache, laughter, anger and sadness, she will rise to the challenge. 

My review:
Seasons in the Abyss! I’ve been so looking forward to Gobeth’s story. This is where the authors can let their imaginations run wild. And they do. Gobeth is smart, strong and unexpectedly sweet. She is going to need the first two attributes to survive her quest and satisfy her opposition among the Sluagh. This story is the first in a sexy fantasy that I am thoroughly enjoying.

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Lion on the Job (Paranormal Dating Agency Book 21) by Milly Taiden

Remy Leandros is busting his fur to make the Lakeside Pride stronger than ever. It's as easy as one, two, three. Or so he thought. He’s afraid if something doesn’t change soon, their numbers may decrease. What he doesn’t count on is his mate coming to his rescue. Wait. Mate? He doesn’t want a sexy, sensual, smart mate staying in his guest room. Much less saving his ass. 

Genevieve Monroe’s stage play stars lion shifters. What better way to learn about these big felines than from real shifters? With help from Gerri Wilder, she and her crew are staying a couple weeks with the pride. And Gen herself is about to get up close and real personal with the big, sexy alpha of the pride. An alpha so hot, she wants to strip naked and purr like a cat in heat. 

As a producer, Gen’s used to drama, but the performance playing out in the pride is beyond her expertise, especially when she’s personally threatened. Remy tries to protect his mate, but she’s determined to do what she wants, how she wants. But when she goes missing, it’s up to Remy to find her before the curtain closes. 

My review:
I absolutely love this series and this book is a great addition. Pride Alpha, Remy Leandros thinks he doesn’t have time for a mate things are too crazy messed up right now. Gerri Wilder, the force behind the Paranormal Dating Agency knows that what both Remy and his pride need is his mate.  Genevieve Monroe may be a human but even she knows that sometimes the truth can be forced out by a story. This is a fun romp with a serious subplot and a terrific read.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Covering His Fox: Paranormal Dating Agency (Heads N’ Tails Series) by Roxanne Witherell

How long can you hide your love? 

Foxy O’Malley has watched as others found their true loves. Her patience was running thin, working alongside the man that was meant for her. After receiving an anonymous gift, she boldly makes the first move. 

Menot Talbit moved into the city to prepare for the rest of the clan. When he started working at Heads N’ Tails he had no idea he would find his mate. The only problem is he was warned to stay away or lose his job. 

After customers start disappearing, detectives suspect Foxy is behind it all. When she doesn't come in for her shift, it's up to Menot to prove them wrong. 

My review:
This fast paced adventure in love took me too places I’ve never been. Foxy O’Malley is a smart, tough stripper who knows that a girl has only herself to make sure she makes out ok. She knows how to work the pole and is proud of who she is. But strippers need love too and most guys can’t handle her profession. I really enjoyed my peek into Foxy’s world and think that burly bear shifter Menot has his paws full.  

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

A Merciful Promise (Mercy Kilpatrick #6) by Kendra Elliot

The Wall Street Journal bestselling series continues as Mercy Kilpatrick becomes embedded in the nightmare of a terrorist conspiracy.

The job: infiltrate a militia amassing illegal firearms in an isolated forest community. FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick is the ideal candidate. She knows Oregon. She’s near the compound. And having been raised among survivalists, Mercy understands the mind-set of fanatics. Lay low, follow rules, do nothing to sound an alarm, and relinquish all contact with the outside world. She’s ready to blend in.

As Mercy disappears into the winter hills, something just as foreboding emerges. Mercy’s fiancĂ©, Eagle’s Nest police chief Truman Daly, is faced with a puzzling series of murders—three men dumped in random locations after execution-style shootings.

Now, for Mercy, trapped in a culture where suspicion is second nature, and betrayal is punishable to the extreme, there is no way out. No way to call for help. And as plans for a catastrophic terrorist event escalate, there may be no way to stop them. Even if Mercy dies trying.

My review:
WOW! Mercy goes out with a bang. This is a fast paced nerve wracking action adventure that shows us just how very far Mercy has grown and thank goodness she has something to live for, to keep going for because she will be tested. This is an exciting finale to a fantastic series and I for one will miss Mercy and Truman.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Gonna Marry for Honey (Sweet&Dirty BBW MC Romance Book 9) by Cathryn Cade

A marriage of convenience, biker style! 
These strangers get one chance to save what matters most... but it will mean living as husband and wife. 
Devil's Flyer 'Streak' Gansett will do anything to keep his son safe--even marry to create a convincing family. But this biker didn't count on falling for his sexy, blonde bride. 

Rissa Belmer has one chance to save her future--marry a stranger and pretend to be his devoted wife. The problem is, once she gets to know him and his little boy, the lines between fake and real begin to blur. 
Can they walk away when it's over... or will they want to hold on for good? 
Will love's sweetness be worth the sting? 

My review:
Gonna Marry for Honey is a terrific addition to this series. This fast paced sweet and sexy fake marriage story stars a sexy biker studying for the bar exam and his adorable son, a sassy esthetician who has had her heart taken advantage of and isn’t ready to trust herself oh and a bunch of bad guys too. This story was a terrific escape and though it is part of a series can be read stand alone.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Matchmaker's Match (Man's Best Friend #3) by Nicole Flockton

Could the best man be her best option?

The last person Meredith Turner expects to see at her best friend’s wedding rehearsal dinner is the guy she had a one night stand with. What’s worse, Lincoln Forrest is the best man and as maid of honor, her partner. To add insult to injury, she has to leave the rehearsal dinner early, and Lincoln is the one to help her with a deeply personal problem. The aftermath of that night brings big changes for them both.

Lincoln Forrest has helped his best friend meet the woman of his dreams, but recently he’s made a series of bad decisions, the biggest being leaving his career with the Army. Now the former K-9 handler is looking for a new career and trying to get his life back on track. Helping Meredith in her time of need connects her to him more than he expected. On a mission to right the wrong he created, Linc will do whatever is needed. But when the attraction that first drew them together flares to life again, will the obstacles between them be too much to overcome? Or has the matchmaker met his match?

My review:
The Matchmaker's Match is a sweet tale of found love. These two characters are just meant to be. From an explosive one night stand to best man/maid of honor at a wedding and all the other things that bring these two together. I loved watching these two come together and heal each other. Linc was sigh worthy and Buster is just adorable.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

The Homecoming: The Exchange Part 2 by Lori Gerlisky

Desiree Lyn Hart is headed back home to Florida after her year abroad as a foreign exchange student to Australia. Her adventure of a lifetime has left her with not only questions about Dana’s death, but also an engagement ring on her finger. How will her parents react? And is this the future she’d hoped for? Only time will tell. Justin had let her go. He’d thought that sending her home to say goodbye to her parents was the right thing to do, but then she went to see Dana’s parents when he’d told her not to. Uncontrollable events have turned his world upside down, he has to bring Desiree back with him. He can’t lose her, not now. Sometimes the past grabs hold and won’t let go. As an individual, you must push forward to write your own destiny.

My review:
In this follow-up to The Exchange the author has out done herself. I thought the first book was creepy but this one crept up on me and blew my mind. This author has a fabulous future.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Saving Evie: Brotherhood Protectors World by L.K. Shaw

Evelyn “Evie” Vincent and Sebastian Nichols can’t stand each other. 

Or can they? 

When Sebastian hires Evie’s father as a handyman on his run-down ranch, the two are constantly running into each other. Sebastian is far from friendly, so Evie avoids him, even though she’s secretly hurt. The truth of the matter is, she’s the first woman he’s been this attracted to since his wife died, and he is fighting against it. 

When a threat from Evie’s past puts her life in danger, Sebastian realizes he’s fighting a losing battle. 

Can he save the woman who’s healed his damaged heart before it’s too late? 

My review:
Saving Evie is a sweet romantic suspense. Evie has had a tough life but has succeeded at getting through foster care and college. She is now a teacher in Bitter Creek Montana. She has a good heart and is stronger than she knows.
Sebastian lost his leg and military career and is now starting over too. He doesn’t want to like the little teacher but something about her touches him. When she is in danger he knows he has to save her.
These two are perfect for each other and will leave you with a smile.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Exquisitely Broken by M. Jay Granberry

What happens in Vegas…?

Sinclair James wasn’t from my world.
She didn’t have my pedigree or family money.
She was everything I never wanted,
Everything I now realize I needed.
I loved her for six years, her soul, her body, her music.

Until I threw it all away.

One decision changed everything.
One decision destroyed what we had.

She slipped from my life as quietly as she had stolen my heart
But now she’s back.

Sinclair is still mine, she just doesn’t know it yet.
This time I’m not letting her go.

So, what happens in Vegas…?

A second chance to repair what was broken.

My review:
Exquisitely Broken is an angsty second chance romance. He is from money she is from the wrong side of the tracks. He was smitten from first glance and convinced her to give it a shot. Then he messed up and she uses it as an excuse to break away even though it breaks her heart. Now four years later she is back in town and not the foster kid he first met. Can he convince her to let the past go and create a future with him? This book will twist you up and put you through a wringer before we get the answers.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Fireborn (Born Prophecy #1) by Katie MacAlister

What if a war was taking place under your nose? 
Two ancient races locked in a battle for survival. 
Which side would you take? 

Allegria appears to all to be nothing more than a simple priestess devoted to worship of the sun goddess. Hallow is a masterless apprentice. Deo was meant to save the world and bring the Fireborn and Starborn together in peace. 

But then invaders beseiged the land of the Starborn, breaking the prophecy. Now Allegria has fled the priesthood, and wields the power of the sun. Hallow accepts the mantle of leadership he so long avoided. And Deo is tormented and tortured by the power of the invaders, using chaos itself to create an army that will drive the interlopers from the land, and bring about the peace of the Fourth Age. 

The three unlikely heroes must learn to trust where there is suspicion, to believe where there is only doubt, and to fight when all hope is lost.

My review:
After a slow start Fireborn takes off and keeps you riveted. This isn’t typical light hearted Katie MacAlister this is epic fantasy. This is trudging through the detritus of war. Dealing with the politics of prophecy and gods. It took me awhile to warm up to the characters but by the end I liked them and wanted to see them succeed. Great world building. Cliff hanger.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues (Mystic Bayou #2.5) by Molly Harper

A hilarious new standalone novella brimming with otherworldly charm from the reigning queen of paranormal romantic comedy Molly Harper!

Ingrid Asher is the newest resident of Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shapeshifters, vampires, witches and dragons live alongside humans.

Ingrid doesn’t ask for much. The solitary tree nymph just wants to live a quiet life running her ice-cream shop in peace. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to shake her new neighbor, Rob Aspern, head of the League’s data science department and so good looking it just isn’t fair.

If there’s one thing Ingrid doesn’t need, it’s someone poking around in her business. But the more she gets to know the hunky mathematician, the more she finds herself letting her guard down. Can she trust him with her secrets, or will her past destroy everything?

My review:
Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues is a tale of starting anew and finding love. This is a sweet novella that takes place in the quirky town of Mystic Bayou. Ingrid Asher is a tree nymph and once she relaxes and gets to know the folks in Mystic Bayou she might even like it.  This story tickled me and left me with a smile.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Dragons' Bounty: Paranormal Fantasy Dragon Romance (Nightflame Dragons Book 3) by Milly Taiden

Choosing to be a surrogate for an alien race wasn't a hard decision for Katrina Paxton. Framed for a murder she didn’t commit, the former FBI agent had a choice between prison and becoming a mom. Helping to repopulate a dying planet sounded ideal to her. 

Best friends for eons, the idea of sharing a female seemed perfectly natural to Daven and Shade. When they met Katrina, it was nothing short of miraculous. When horrible accusations from a past Daven doesn’t remember and can’t dispute threaten their hard-fought happily ever after, can Katrina convince him to let her in? 

With his fate hanging in the balance and their bright future quickly becoming a distant memory, Katrina and Shade race against the clock to clear their stubborn, sullen alpha’s name or lose everything. And Katrina refuses to lose again. 

My review:
New beginnings, moving beyond your mistakes and finding love. Katrina has fallen for her new mates Shade and Draven but Draven needs to let go of the past to find a new future and it seems he isn’t the only one. This is an action packed sexy story that will leave you gasping.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Aces Over Queen (The Drift #8) by Susan Hayes

To win their queen’s heart, this pair must risk it all. 

Royan Watson lived by three simple rules: No regrets, no relationships, and no slowing down. No exceptions. Then steady, reliable, and sexy as hell Owen Connors crossed his orbit, and Royan’s rules went out the airlock. 

Astek station is in chaos and Tiana Astor has been sent to set things right. But no briefing or data files could prepare the ice queen of Astek Corp for the secrets, lies, and temptations she’ll find out at the edge of civilized space. 

My review:
WOW! Royan made me laugh. Owen made me swoon. And Tia made me feel. This sexy sweet adventure has it all. Every time I thought I had it all figured out something would pop up and make me re-think. I really enjoyed this space opera.
This book is part of a series but can be read stand alone.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1) by Laura Hawks

Mia Thomas just turned 15. On her special day, her teacher needs to speak with her parents, her father gets arrested and a stray cat starts talking to her. So much for a Happy Birthday! With the help from her new familiar, Gumshoe, Mia sets out to clear her family's name and save them from financial ruin. Will her snooping cause her own death or will her coffee-drinking, wise-cracking, booze-desiring familiar come to her rescue?

My review:
Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms by Laura Hawks is the first in a brand new teen cozy mystery series. Mia is bright, ambitious and gifted. Gumshoe is a cat with a past and a wicked sense of humor. When these two are on the case you just know the bad guys are going to get caught. I really enjoyed this fast paced action filled adventure.
 Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to have won a character named after me. To say I was invested would be accurate. But holy smokes I was blown away by the story and if you have a young teen that likes mysteries you should have them check this out.

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