Friday, March 2, 2018

GUEST POST BY JO LINSDELL!!!



8 Awesome Mystery Novels
by Jo Linsdell

Today we're joined by author and blogger Jo Linsdell, who is here to share some of her favourite mystery novels. Find out more about Jo at her website www.JoLinsdell.com



I love the whole crime, mystery, suspense, thriller genre. I'm happy to read any book that fits into one of these categories. Today I'm sharing with you some recommendations of great mystery books I've read.

Here's my top 8 (in no particular order):

1) Carrots by Colleen Helme This is book 1 in the A Shelby Nichols Adventure series (There are 10 books in total).

About the book:
Shopping at the grocery store shouldn’t be dangerous. But the day Shelby Nichols stops for some carrots changes her life. As the cashier scans her purchases, a gunman robs the store and Shelby finds herself face to face with the killer. The next thing she knows, she's lying on the floor with a bullet wound to her head. That’s when things get crazy, and she begins to 'hear' what people are thinking. With this uncanny ability, her life takes on a whole new dimension. Her kids think she's bossy and too old to understand them, but that's nothing compared to her husband. He says he loves her, but what is it about the redhead at work that he doesn't want her to know? As if that isn't enough, the gunman knows she can identify him, and he's out to silence her forever. In her fight to stay alive, she is saved from certain death by a handsome hit-man with ties to organized crime. This pulls Shelby even deeper into danger, where knowing someone's thoughts can not only hurt her feelings, but get her killed.

I loved this book! This book had just the right amount of everything in it. You can check out my full review here.


About the book:
All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start.  But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?
Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish – time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.
But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family.
As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.

This book was a real page turner. I couldn't wait to find out what really happened "that night" and who did it. 

I don't usually like books that hop back and forth in time but with this one it worked perfectly. I always knew where I was and never had that feeling of being confused about the who, what, and when. 

Well written, good characters, good plot, a good dose of action and suspense... this book is a winner. 

You can check out my full review here.


About the book:
THE PERFECT HUSBAND. THE PERFECT STEPSON. THE PERFECT LIE?

When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie.

But then Jamie's behavior changes, and Rachel's perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the specter of his late mother - David's previous wife. Is this Jamie's way of punishing Rachel, or is he far more traumatized than she thought?

As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie's outbursts? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife's untimely death, less than two years ago? As summer slips away and December looms, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie's words:

"You will be dead by Christmas."

This book gave me chills. Such a good book! You can check out my full review here.


About the book:
Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price?

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before.
As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.

This book was awesome! You can check out my full review here.


About the book:

You have four hours to save your life. What would you do?

It was supposed to be just a routine lunch meeting for JJ Johnson. Meeting clients and swapping gossip. Until an armed gunman walks in, forcing her into a fight for her life.

But this is no random attack – the twisted individual knows everything about each of the wealthy diners. And soon, it becomes clear that he wants something more than money.

The terrifying stranger wants to play a game – but can JJ find a way to save the lives of those left around her? If she can’t, how far will she go to save herself?

A page turner from start to finish. You can check out my full review here.


About the book:

Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club” (EW.com) in this “flat-out addictive” (RT Book Reviews) story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. 
 
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. 
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. 
 Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
 Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
 And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
 
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? 
 
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

I didn't want to put this book down. You can check out my full review here.


About the book:

A life no girl should endure. A father no daughter could love. A twist no one would predict.

From USA Today best-selling author Pamela Crane comes a terrifying tale of small-town secrets and murder.

Ari Wilburn’s life ended long ago—the day she watched her little sister die in a tragic accident and did nothing to stop it. Crippled with self-blame and resented by her parents, she stumbles through life … and onto an unexpected clue that casts doubt on whether the death was accidental.

Now a psychological wreck, Ari joins a suicide support group where she meets Tina, a sex-enslaved escapee who finds her long-lost father dead. Suicide, police ruled it. But Tina suspects foul play. As a bond develops between the women in their shared loss, they’re dragged into playing a dangerous game with a killer. 

A serial killer with a deadly message.

Faced with a murderous wake-up call and two possibly linked deaths, Ari’s investigation puts her next on the killer’s list. But she’s never been one to back down from a fight. 

Needing closure, Ari must face her demons and the killer behind them … or lose everything she loves.

A gripping thriller. Lots of twists that keep you guessing all the way through. I will definitely be reading book 2 in the series when it comes out.
N.B. this book is very dark and deals with tough topics like child trafficking, suicide, and rape.

You can check out my full review here.


About the book:

A fast-paced thriller from the author of the international bestselling Shepherd series.

The gruesome killing of more than 300 white squatters in a South African village is still unsolved when the alleged assassin enters a storage facility in the US and takes several hostages.

No demands and an obvious play for time leave hostage negotiators on edge. When the FBI is called in, they bring Dr. August Burke, a young man with James Dean looks and a brilliant mind capable of seeing behavioral patterns where others can’t. Unfortunately, Burke hates being around people. Can he put his social anxieties aside and solve the mystery before it's too late?

Together with FBI Special Agent Carter, Burke finds the door to a secret laboratory beneath the storage facility. Is this what the culprits are really after? Soon Burke realizes they are dealing with an enemy who is willing to kill thousands without batting an eye.

Across the globe, Constable Isabel Price picks up her gun and starts the hunt for the killer behind the village massacre, even if that means losing everything. She has no intention on bringing him back alive. Her thirst for revenge leads her to the US, and her path intertwines with the hostage takers.

Between Isabel Price’s quest for bloody vengeance and August Burke’s uneasy gift, Spectrum weaves a web of intrigue and complex characters into an action-packed crime novel.

No list would be complete with me mentioning Ethan Cross. I love his books and he is one of my favourite authors in this genre. Definitely an auto-buy author.

Being such a big fan of his Shepherds series, I had high hopes for this book... he didn't let me down. Ethan Cross has a way of blurring the lines between good and evil, creating complex characters, and throwing in plots twists that keep you hooked.

You can check out my full review here.

What are your favourite books from this genre? Have you read any of these?

24 comments:

  1. I've not read any of them, even though I've had Carrots on my kindle for years.

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    1. I really need to read more books from that series.

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  2. Love that you hosted Jo. She's so sweet! I added many books to my TBR today! Thanks for posting!

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  3. So lovely to see everyone supporting each other! Great guest highlight. I love suspense books, so I will refer back to this list when I am looking for a read!

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    1. Thanks Nikki. This is one of my favourite genres. If you ever need more suggestions for your TBR just give me a shout ;)

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  4. I am slacking, I haven't read any of these!

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    1. Haha hardly with the amount you read! I do recommend giving these a try though.

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  5. I love the Shelby Nichols books and I'm so ready for the next books.

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    1. Carrots was so good. i really need to read more in the series.

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  6. Lots of new books to add to my list. Thanks!

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  7. Great post, and great picks. I have only heard about a few of these books, but they all sounds so fantastic and right up my alley. I also love crime, suspense and thriller books. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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    1. Thanks. I love this genre. If you ever need more suggestions just give me a shout.

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  8. The more blogs I read, the more I realize I can never die because I will never be able to get through all the books I want to read. *sigh*. I have only heard of One of Us is Lying.

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    1. I think I remember the author of One of us is lying say she sold the film rights. I had tweeted her requesting a film or tv series based on the book πŸ˜‰ I really hope they do. I'm sure even more people would know about it then.

      The Girl Before is going to be a movie too

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  9. Thank you to everyone's lovely comments. I had a lot of fun with Jo.

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    1. Thanks again Allie. So glad everyone likes the post 😊

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  10. Great guest post :) I definitely need to get back into the mystery genre.

    Megan @ Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest

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    1. Thanks Megan. I know lots of other great reads in this genre so let me know if you want more suggestions.

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