BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR: Waves of Murder: A Fiona Quinn Mystery by C.S. McDonald

Book Details:

Book Title:  Waves of Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  YA Fiction, 190 pages
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  April 11, 2017
Tour dates:  May 15 to 26, 2017
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)

Book Description:

School’s out for the summer!

Kindergarten teacher, Fiona Quinn is looking forward to spending some quality time in her yard and with her boyfriend, Detective Nathan Landry. However, Fiona’s plans get squelched when her mother volunteers her to edit a manuscript for famous romance author, Wyla Parkes.

What’s so bad about that? The author insists Fiona must work on the manuscript at her beach cottage on Presque Isle–three hours away from her yard and Nathan. Spending six weeks in an adorable cottage on a private beach doesn’t really seem all that bad until people start turning up dead—beginning with the author! Fiona’s summer of sun and sand is instantly transformed into a murder investigation. Can Fiona and Nathan crack the case or will the murderer get away on a wave of deceit?

Join Fiona and the gang for a hot whodunit on the sandy beaches of Presque Isle, Pennsylvania!

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Meet the Author: 

For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. Now she adds the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series for her young granddaughters, and has found that so many adults love them too.

Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.

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Book review: Michelangelo’s Ghost: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery by Gigi Pandian

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Michelangelo’s Ghost: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery by Gigi Pandian
Category:  Adult fiction,   288 pages
Genre: Mystery
Publisher:  Henery Press
Release date:  October 2016
Format available for review: ebook
Tour dates:  October 10 to 21, 2016
Content Rating:  PG

Book Description:

A lost work of art linking India to the Italian Renaissance. A killer hiding behind a centuries-old ghost story. And a hidden treasure in Italy’s macabre sculpture garden known as the Park of Monsters… Can treasure-hunting historian Jaya Jones unmask a killer ghost?

Filled with the unexpected twists, vivid historical details, and cross-cultural connections Pandian is known for, Michelangelo’s Ghost is the most fast-paced and spellbinding Jaya Jones novel to date.

When Jaya’s old professor dies under eerie circumstances shortly after discovering manuscripts that point to a treasure in Italy’s Park of Monsters, Jaya and her brother pick up the trail. From San Francisco to the heart of Italy, Jaya is haunted by a ghost story inexorably linked to the masterpieces of a long-dead artist and the deeds of a modern-day murderer. Untrustworthy colleagues, disappearing boyfriends, and old enemies—who can Jaya trust when the ghost wails?

Praise for Gigi Pandian’s Jaya Jones Mysteries:

“Charming characters, a hint of romantic conflict, and just the right amount of danger will garner more fans for this cozy series.” – Publishers Weekly on Quicksand

“Pandian’s sprightly prose celebrates the pleasures of Italian painting, food, and landscape. The light touch, swift pace, and verve maintained throughout the novel disguise the deeper thought and scholarship underpinning the story, which like the stage props of a conjurer, make the magic happen.”– Linda Lappin, Author of Signatures in Stone: A Bomarzo Mystery

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Meet the Author:

USA Today bestselling author Gigi Pandian is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. She spent her childhood being dragged around the world, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gigi writes the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mysteries, the Accidental Alchemist mysteries, and locked-room mystery short stories. Gigi’s debut novel, Artifact, was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant and named a “Best of 2012” debut by Suspense Magazine. Her fiction has been awarded the Lefty Award and short-listed for Macavity and Agatha Awards. Sign up for her email newsletter at www.gigipandian.com/newsletter.

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REVIEW:
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This is the second novel I’ve read by Gigi Pandian (and her 4th mystery in the Jaya Jones series) and I wasn’t disappointed.  Jaya Jones or “JJ” receives an intriguing call from an old professor / mentor with whom she has been out of contact for many years.  The professor has found evidence of cross-culture artwork between Mogul India and the Italian Renaissance.  When a link to Michaelangelo is intimated, Jaya can’t resist the lure to investigate for herself.  What she doesn’t anticipate is that there is someone else on the same trail.  Someone who is willing to kill for the prize she’s after.
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Jaya Jones is a historian turned part-time detective.  Her character is believable,  her insecurities and flaws make her more personable and the inclusion of some interesting and well-developed secondary characters (and a romance) in the series round out her quirky personality.
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I enjoy a good mystery and if there is a smart female lead, then I’m hooked. This is good fiction with plenty of unexpected plot twists and great Italian food descriptions.  I can’t wait for the next book in the Jaya Jones series.
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Book review: Emmy Nation, Undercover Suffragette by L. Davis Munro

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Emmy Nation, Undercover Suffragette by L. Davis Munro
Category:  Adult fiction, 320 pages
Genre:  Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Publisher:  L. Davis Munro
Release date:  November 2015
Available for review in:  Print, mobi, PDF
Will send print books:  USA & Canada
Tour Dates:  Feb 15 to 26, 2016
Content Rating:  PG + M (My book will describe the force feeding of women in jail and some violence such as, window smashing, post box bombings, and street fights as well as some mild profanity. Mature content relates to the feminist movement’s militant activities and the subsequent force feeding of women when they were imprisoned.)

Book Description: 

Being an independent woman in 1913 London is certainly empowering, but Emmy Nation is tired of the inescapable damp seeping through her worn shoes and the hopeless grumblings of her stomach.

When she receives an offer from Scotland Yard to boost her typist income by spying on the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), Emmy jumps at the chance. But as she grows closer to the WSPU women the lines begin to blur, and when a painful part of her past resurfaces Emmy begins to question her choices.

​How far are you willing to go to secure your equality?

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Meet the author:

​L. Davis Munro holds a master’s degree with a focus on women’s suffrage theatre and works in theatre and dance. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with her husband and her dog.

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REVIEW:
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Imogen Madeline Nation (or Emmy as she likes to be called) is a woman of principle.  A woman of principle with holes in her shoes and a tedious job as a typist for Scotland Yard.  She lives in a room converted from a pantry and never seems to be able to save up enough money to buy a new pair of boots. Although she’s found herself in distressing straits, she’s not a complainer, just a realist.  Little does she know that her quiet, boring existence is about to change – she’s about to get more than she bargained for at Scotland Yard.
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I really enjoyed reading Undercover Suffragette – I think I would call it a “cozy mystery”. Emmy is a likeable character that most women can identify with – we all want her to succeed.  In 1913, women were still considered second-class citizens with marriage as the only viable option for most.  I did a bit of research recently and discovered that almost a third of women in Victorian times never married, so this era of protest amongst women from all classes, spearheaded by the suffragette movement was a really big deal.  The book deals with the inhumane treatment of these suffragettes while they were in prison as well mistreatment by the police and men in general.  An interesting insight into the activities and lives of British suffragettes.
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The book was well-written and flowed quickly.  I would probably recommend a quick re-edit to remove the modern words and expressions from the dialogue that don’t fit in a piece of historical fiction.  The ending ended a bit abruptly, leaving me wondering “what just happened here?”  (I really want the story to continue…then voila!  I discovered that it’s volume I).  What next adventures are in store for Emmy Nation?
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Book review: The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

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  • Series: A Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Redhook (September 15, 2015)

SYNOPSIS:

In this Indian-set mystery, Inspector Chopra inherits an elephant and an unsolved murder on his last day at work. A joyful, charming read for fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Rachel Joyce.

Mumbai, murder and a baby elephant combine in a charming, joyful mystery for fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Rachel Joyce.

On the day he retires, Inspector Ashwin Chopra inherits two unexpected mysteries.

The first is the case of a drowned boy, whose suspicious death no one seems to want solved.

And the second is a baby elephant.

As his search for clues takes him across the teeming city of Mumbai, from its grand high rises to its sprawling slums and deep into its murky underworld, Chopra begins to suspect that there may be a great deal more to both his last case and his new ward than he thought.

And he soon learns that when the going gets tough, a determined elephant may be exactly what an honest man needs…

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Meet the author:   I first saw an elephant lumbering down the middle of the road in 1997 when I arrived in the city of Mumbai, India to work as a management consultant. It was the most unusual sight Vaseem Khan author picI had ever encountered and served as the inspiration behind my Baby Ganesh series of light-hearted crime novels. I was born in London in 1973, went on to gain a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics, before spending a decade on the subcontinent helping one of India’s premier hotel groups establish a chain of five-star environmentally friendly ‘ecotels’ around the country. I returned to the UK in 2006 and have since worked at University College London for the Department of Security and Crime Science where I am continually amazed at the way modern science is being used to tackle crime. Elephants are third on my list of passions, first and second being great literature and cricket, not always in that order.

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REVIEW:

“What do you mean he’s sending me an elephant?

Inspector Ashwin Chopra (RetD) is at a loss.  He has problems with his ticker and is forced to take an early retirement.  The Unexpected Inheritace of Inspector Chopra is a madcap yet whimsical account of an unusual team consisting of a baby elephant and a retired police officer.  Chopra’s keen sense of honour and justice leads him on a dangerous mission to find a young boy’s killer.

Having personally been to Mumbai on two occasions, I was interested to read about daily life in Mumbai.  For the short time it took to read this story, I was transported back to India.  The story flowed easily with plenty of action and tongue-in-cheek humour and whimsical situations, for example, the scenes with Poppy, Chopra’s wife, rubbing Vicks VapoRub onto the baby elephant Ganesha to ease his cold and then commiserating together  in their living room watching Indian soap operas and sharing a bowl of banana chips.

The secondary characters in this book were just as enjoyable to read about as the main characters, from the tyrannical building administrator Mrs. Subramamium to the faithful sidekick police officer Rangwalla.

A delightful read.  I look forward to reading Vaseem’s next book The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown.

 

Book review: Quicksand by Gigi Pandian

Author Gigi Pandian

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A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery

(cozy mystery)

Release date: March 10, 2015
at Henery Press
280 pages

ISBN: 9781941962275

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SYNOPSIS

A thousand-year-old secret room. A sultan’s stolen treasure. A missing French priest. And an invitation to Paris to rekindle an old flame!

Historian Jaya Jones finds herself on the wrong side of the law during an art heist at the Louvre. To redeem herself, she follows clues from an illuminated manuscript that lead from the cobblestone streets of Paris to the quicksand-surrounded fortress of Mont Saint-Michel. With the help of enigmatic Lane Peters and a 90-year-old stage magician, Jaya delves into Franceís colonial past in India to clear her name and catch a killer.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Gigi PandianUSA Today bestselling author Gigi Pandian
is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico
and the southern tip of India.
After being dragged around the world during her childhood,
she tried to escape her fate when she left a PhD program for art school.
But adventurous academics wouldnít stay out of her head.
Thus was born the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series
(Artifact, Pirate Vishnu, and Quicksand).
Gigi’s debut mystery novel was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant
and named a ìBest of 2012 Debut Novel by Suspense Magazine.
Her short fiction has been short-listed for Agatha and Macavity awards,
and she also writes the new Accidental Alchemist mystery series.
She takes photos of gargoyles wherever she goes, and posts them on her Gargoyle Girl blog.

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Review:

This is the first book I’ve read by Gigi Pandian and found it to be so much fun! It is #3 in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery but can easily be read as a stand-alone. I plan to go back and read the first two novels in the series.

Jaya Jones receives a mysterious letter and airline ticket to Paris from a former love interest who she hasn’t heard from in months.  She is torn between her new teaching assignment and pursuing the mystery of the French occupation in India.  What she doesn’t expect is the danger that awaits her!

It was a fast-paced Indiana-Jones style story that kept me glued to the pages. It’s a clean cozy mystery with plenty of excitement, romance and intriguing characters. I love history, especially anything about India and France and found the subject to be interesting and educational. I really liked Jaya’s character as a historian (I like smart female leads). The writing style was friendly and personal and I could really relate with what Jaya was thinking. Plenty of plot twists keep you interested until the end of the book.

This series would make a great TV series!