Book review: Something in the Water

Something in the water

Something in the Water

by Catherine Steadman
Random House/Ballantine

Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 352


It is sometimes worth it to follow the hype and jump blindly into the first work of an author. I’m so glad I decided to try Something in the Water. From the get go, the book grabs you. It opens on a very satisfying Gothic scene: a woman is digging a grave to bury a man.

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Spotlight and giveaway: The Ticket

Book Details:

Book Title: The Ticket by Fred Shackelford
Category: Adult Fiction, 320 pages
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Release date: December 2016
Tour dates: April 2 to 13, 2018
Content Rating: PG

Book Description:

Channing Booker, a compulsive gambler, drug abuser, and philanderer whose marriage is failing, finally gets lucky and wins the Mega Millions lottery. Expecting an imminent divorce, and hoping to hide his new fortune from his wife Susan, Channing devises a scheme to have a friend claim the $241-million jackpot and secretly return the money to Channing after the divorce is final. But Susan flees with all of her possessions, including the rare book in which Channing hid the winning lottery ticket.

With time running out before the lottery ticket expires, Channing launches a desperate search to find Susan, but she’s covered her tracks well, fearing his retribution. In need of money to fund her furtive new lifestyle, Susan begins selling off her worldly goods, including her rare books, unleashing a chain of events that puts not only her life in danger, but that of her new love as well…


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Fred Shackelford is a Virginia attorney who lives on farmland that his great-great-grandfather purchased in 1817. Before writing his début novel The Ticket, he published Judges Say the Darndest Things, a collection of humorous excerpts from legal opinions. Fred is a graduate of the University of Virginia. The Ticket was a finalist for The Clue Awards from Chanticleer Book Reviews, a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Awards, and a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Book review: Walking the Bones

Walking the Bones

Walking the Bones

by Randall Silvis
Sourcebooks 1/23/2018
Genre: Mystery/suspense
Pages: 464


I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Ryan DeMarco in Two Days Gone last year. So I jumped on the opportunity to read book 2 in the series: Walking The Bones.
The book opens in a Kentucky forest. Pennsylvania State Police Sergeant Ryan DeMarco, 49, is climbing a mountain. Shortly after realizing his cell phone battery is dead, someone shoots at him. He falls and loses consciousness.
Only later on in the book will the reader understand what Ryan was doing in this forest, why, and what happened. I liked that structure, that way of telling you the story starting somewhat at both ends

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