Review: The Seal of Confession

The Seal of Confession is the latest breathtaking espionage thriller from the author of Selling St. Christopher.

Clemmie, a life-worn shadow operator for the British Secret Service, is accompanied by her team of young misfits, as they investigate the murder of a Russian Orthodox priest in London. However, their mission is anything but routine, and they are soon contending with a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Combining insider knowledge, with a flair for dynamic storytelling, The Seal of Confession is a startling insight into the sinister world of psychological operations, and the grey zone war that is currently being fought along Russia’s southwestern border. It has been described as, “a masterpiece” and, “absolutely brilliant” by journalists and readers alike. But be prepared, you will never trust the news again.

Review: Body in the Woods 

A peaceful village. A buried secret. Will the hunt turn deadly? Private investigator Carlos Jacobi is looking forward to a peaceful Christmas in the Peak District with his sister and his beloved dog. But when the ex-police dog unearths the body of an elderly man in the local woods and an old enemy turns out to be the lead investigator, he’s forced to make a decision. Either he leaves his incompetent nemesis to jump to the wrong conclusion or he gets involved. When the victim’s family ask for assistance, his resolve weakens and he’s soon investigating a strange murder. With fractured relationships and family secrets, Carlos discovers villagers are not what they seem. When another body shows up, and Carlos is attacked, things go from bad to worse. Bad blood between him and the lead investigator threatens to cloud the investigation as neither man can bury the past. Working with an old friend helps keep him focused. Can the canny investigator sift through the lies to get to the truth? Body in the Woods is the first in a twisty new series featuring private eye, Carlos Jacobi. If you like dogged detectives, twists you don’t see coming and likeable sleuths, you’ll love this man and his dog murder mystery.

Review: Tales of the Dissolutionverse

Discover 10 planets, joined through music-based magic and an immense sentient crystal. This audiobook contains nine stories from the popular Dissolutionverse universe!

The Five Hive Plateau – Join Origon as he investigates the Pixie homeworld and tries to avert a war!

Tuning The Symphony – Learn how to change the Symphony with Rilan, as she searches for Origon’s lost brother.

Last Delivery – Travel with merchants in an old war train with some suspicious cargo.

The First Majus in Space – Fly with the first spacecraft created by the 10 species!

The Feastday – Discover the food and culture of the 10 species.

The Symphony Eater – Learn what lurks in the basement of the House of Potential.

The Society of Two Houses – Music, magic, and murder is afoot with Mandamon, as someone plots to bring down the secret Society of Two Houses!

Changing State – An ancient being confronts other-dimensional entities.

Journey to the Top of the Nether – A climbing crew searches for the top of a miles-high wall, riding a giant steampunk beetle!

If you like space opera, fast-paced adventure, music-based magic, and complex, diverse characters, then you’ll love this collection of stories from William C. Tracy’s Dissolutionverse. Pick up Tales of the Dissolutionverse to discover the music today!

Review: Lowcountry Convictions

Never let yourself get comfortable, because life is always waiting to throw you a curveball…. Quinn Riley’s life is finally back on track after being completely off the rails. She wouldn’t exactly classify her life as normal, but it’s a new normal for her. She has a new group of loving friends, including the apparition of a young woman who was good at knowing when she was or was not welcome. Yes, Quinn certainly feels great, but that feeling won’t last. Someone needs her help, and it may just put her in harm’s way all over again.

Eleanor “Ellie” Jameson escaped. She got far away from the man who tried to break her. Now, however, she’s staring at the bleak walls of a jail cell, accused of a murder she didn’t commit. There’s no way she could be found guilty for a murder she had nothing to do with. After all, she firmly believed she was innocent and innocent people don’t get convicted, right?

Review: The Watchers: The Tomb

John Gideon, a former homicide detective turned PI, has dug too deep and discovered the truth about the world while searching for the only family he has left. John and his new partner, Beth May – a spell wielding demon who has turned her back on hell – are humanity’s last hope to stop a collective of Fallen Angels known as The Watchers and a hierarchy of demons from breaking the first of the Seven Seals of Revelation. If the Seals are broken, they will set free sickness, war, and death on the world until there is nothing left but an apocalyptic wasteland for The Watchers to control. John and Beth have the tools needed and the strength to stop them. The only question is – are they already too late?

Review: Mayhem

Don’t mess with Deal…. Mayhem will follow.

At the funeral of two of his hit men, Mike Russo, capo of the New Jersey Mob puts out a contract on Detective Matt Deal for his part in the killings.

At the same time another funeral is taking place in Florida. Deal will soon learn just how badly his world is broken…and it’s about to get worse.

The long awaited sequel to book one in the series – Mercy.

Fans of Jack Ryan or lethal killers like Reacher or Scot Harvath will devour this novel.

Review: Mercy

His daughter was taken. He’ll never get her back.

Set in the near future, Matt Deal is a British businessman married into a wealthy Florida family.

Mercy, his fifteen-year-old daughter, is the glue in his rocky marriage to Lorey. His life is changed forever after Mercy is brutally sexually assaulted on a Destin beach leaving her in a persistent vegetative state.

Trusting the local detectives to bring the rapists to justice, mixed martial arts expert Deal concentrates in vain on his Florida gym business, only to have his world further explode on learning the men responsible for his daughter’s injuries may escape justice. Deal is isolated and at his wit’s end after his rich father-in-law sends death threats blaming him for all these ills.

Who can he turn to? Where can he go? What will he do? Who can he trust?

Will he return to a post-Brexit Britain or ultimately will he seek revenge?

*** Trigger Warning ***
Contains a scene of sexual violence and some scenes of explicit consensual adult sex. (less)

Review: Black Jade

Could an old-fashioned ballgown be used to commit murder?

Daiyu Wu is aware that fear of the Yellow Terror has made her nationality a rare breed in the Lone Star State. Being Chinese and blind makes her doubly unique in 1930 Dallas. Despite these impediments, anyone who dismisses her for either fact does so at their peril.

One day, at her family-owned laundry business, Dai detects the scent of burned garlic. With the help of her companion, Jacques, the source is soon discovered. It is a green ballgown. The gown has money pinned inside it to pay for the cleaning, but oddly, it came with no address label to identify its owner. Her extensive knowledge leads Dai to believe someone has committed murder using arsenic. The perpetrator is trying to use White Laundry to hide the evidence. But no mention of foul play turns up in the newspapers, and there’s not enough proof to convince the police there’s been a crime.

Her curiosity and intellect stimulated like never before; Dai ignores the possible consequences and sets out to solve the mystery with the help of her canine companion, Prince Razor, and her confidant, Jacques Haskins. It’s either that or let the killer get away with it – assuming a spoiled popinjay, his jealous self-appointed girlfriend, and Dai’s overprotective parents don’t get in her way.

Review: A French Quarter Violet

Officer Violet Babineaux is called to the scene of a suicide where she finds her childhood friend Charlotte Labarre lying on a blood-soaked couch with a gun in her hand. Violet believes she could have prevented her suicide with a simple call. While placed on administrative leave, guilt drives her to investigate on her own, starting with Psychology Professor Daniel Russo who had an inappropriate relationship with Charlotte, his student. Violet portrays a vulnerable facade to entice his interest, however she falls for his charms. And Dr. Russo’s news of Charlotte’s secret diary threatens to blow the case wide open.

Unsure about Dr. Russo’s involvement, Violet presents a bold conspiracy theory involving cops to her partner Lenny Blake, but he and Homicide Detective Walter Wild dismiss her despite the evidence. When Violet finally acquires an elusive piece to the puzzle, the answers are far worse than not knowing.

Review: An Unkindness of Ravens

A serial killer from her past; an FBI agent with a personal agenda, and an investigative journalist determined to get the story at any cost.

While she was out enjoying her senior prom, Sarah Brighwater’s mother was murdered in their home. The serial killer was known to the police but never caught. Now, 15 years later, Sarah is an FBI agent in the Behavioral Science Unit tracking down killers like the one who killed her mother.

When a new string of murders begins and bodies are dumped near her old home town, Sarah wonders about the reemergence of her lifelong tormentor. Could it be him?

Tyler Ford is a respected investigative journalist working for a less than respected newspaper. He too sees the links to Sarah’s past and wonders. He knows he has to keep close to her to find out the real story. But when the killer contacts him, Tyler finds that she needs him more than he needs her.

The pair races against time to find the killer before he disappears once more into the dark underworld that hides him so well.

Can two people with opposing goals work together well enough to bring down a serial killer? Listen to find out!

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