Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday Salon: Reviews To Share

It’s Sunday Salon and time to share our thoughts on books we’ve read.

I have several wonderful books to share with you today since I’ve been away from blogdom. I’ll still be absent for a bit more, but thanks for all your kindness and concern for my mother-in-law’s recovery. She continues to be in good spirits and is getting a bit stronger each day.

As for books, once again I have a diverse selection of books to recommend. I hope you will find at least one, if not all of these for your reading pleasure.


Obsessed with finding a Columbian drug lord, Dalton didn’t expect to be stateside searching for people missing from a shelter.

Dalton works for Blackthorne, Inc. doing special ops all over the world. He’s pulled back to the states and put on a task he feels is a waste of his time. While on the assignment, Dalton comes in contact with Miri Chambers, who is on her own mission.

Later when Dalton is assigned to help Miri, he’s upset at first but quickly gives the mission his full attention when he discovers 3 people are missing from Galloway House, a shelter where Miri serves as administrator.

As the two begin to search for the missing residents, Miri’ sister also disappears. The more they search, the more twists and turns they encounter. Along the way readers learn Miri has secrets of her own, while Dalton is haunted by his past.

Despite the dire situation, Miri and Dalton find they are drawn to each other. Author Terry Odell weaves you into the lives of Miri Chambers and "Just" Dalton. Within the first few pages you're hooked and off on a heart-pounding ride of adventure, suspense, intrigue, and undeniable romance. WHERE DANGER HIDES is an adrenaline rush that will capture your heart. A tender romance with bits of humor is woven throughout the story to give readers a chance to catch their breath.

Author Terry Odell’s website is

Where Danger Hides, A Blackthorne, Inc. Novel by Terry Odell, Five Star, @2011, ISBN: 9781432825126, Hardcover, 374 pages

FTC Full Disclosure - An e-book version of this was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.


Story Fischer seems to find herself in more sticky situations than her bees ever do.

When Story’s bees take off to find a new hive, she follows determined to return them to her backyard. What she didn’t expect to find was a dead body. It turns out the body is that of Lauren Kerrigan, a former resident with a criminal record. When the authorities arrive, a second body is soon found nearby. It’s Hetty Cross, known locally as ‘The Witch.’

Discovering Lauren’s body puts Story back in the crosshairs of Police Chief Johnny Jay, who has had a grudge against her for sometime. To make matters worse, Lauren was convicted years ago of running over Johnny Jay’s father, who was the police chief at the time.

Story begins to think Johnny Jay may have killed Lauren to avenge his father’s death. She sets out to prove her theory. She discovers the current murders are linked to what happened years ago on The Lost Mile leading up to Lauren running over Johnny Jay’s dad.

Author Hannah Reed has created an intriguing and lovable group of characters that live in Morrine, Wisconsin. They will have you laughing one minute and trying to figure out who the killer is the next.

MIND YOUR OWN BEESWAX is the second installment in the Queen Bee Mystery series, but is a stand alone book. The book also provides lots of useful and informative details about bees and their benefits. In addition, a number of delicious honey-based recipes are included.

MIND YOUR OWN BEESWAX is a tasty read that will whet your appetite for murder, excitement, fun and loyalty.

Author Hannah Reed’s website is

Mind Your Own Beeswax, A Queen Bee Mystery by Hannah Reed, Berkley Prime Crime, @2011, ISBN: 9780425241592, Paperback, 304 pages

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.


After working her share of dead-end jobs, Helen Hawthorne is finally opening her own business.

Helen and her new husband, Phil, have returned from their honeymoon and opened a P.I. Agency in Miami, FL. They plan to specialize in families with private problems.

Their first client believes her husband is cheating on her. To find out, Helen has to go undercover working as a receptionist at a local gym. With this dead-end job, Helen has to be fit and use the gym’s workout equipment.

Meanwhile, the couple’s second client wants them to solve a decade old murder that was ruled a suicide.

Helen and Phil have their hands full with twists and turns in their cases, especially when dead bodies begin showing up. Helen has a way of uncovering the truth, but will the killer take her out first?

PUMPED FOR MURDER is the 10th installment in the Dead-End Job Mystery series, but is a stand alone book. Author Elaine Viets keeps Helen entertaining and unpredictable. The unusual group of eclectic friends from the complex where Helen and Phil live returns to help them.

For an interesting cozy mystery, plus action and adventure, catch up with Helen and the gang.

Author Elaine Viets’ website is

Pumped For Murder, A Dead-End Job Mystery by Elaine Viets, Obsidian Mysteries, @2011, ISBN: 9780451233202, Hardcover, 304 pages

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

What have you been reading? Please check back tomorrow when author Jean Henry Mead stops by.


  1. Mason - So good to hear that your mother-in-law is making progress. Thoughts and good wishes heading your way....

    You've highlighted some really interesting-sounding books, too. The Dead-End Job series is fun, and I'm so glad you enjoyed Terry's and Hannah's latests, too. Now, on to my Sunday morning coffee ;-).

  2. Glad to hear your mother-in-law is doing well. Continued prayers and good thoughts your way.

    Nice selection and I have two of them on my reading pile.

    Have a good week.

  3. Most important: glad your mother-in-law is doing well. Next, thanks so much for reading and reviewing Where Danger Hides.

    Terry's Place
    Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

  4. Good news about your mother-in-law.

    And what a lovely teacup you have at the top of the blog today! Gorgeous.

    It fits nicely with your books today...the cozy mysteries.

    Thanks for sharing...enjoy your week.


  5. MIND YOUR OWN BEESWAX sound interesting :)

  6. Hi Mason .. glad to hear your mother-in-law is making a good slow recovery - the best sort .. time to heal.

    Terry's book sounds absorbing .. Where Danger Hides - everywhere ..

    Mind your own Beeswax .. fun title .. and interesting premise .. as too is Elaine Viets' storyline ..

    Thanks - look after yourselves too Mason .. cheers Hilary

  7. So glad to hear your mother in law is improving! Thanks for sharing these great books...they're all on my TBR list. :)

  8. Looking forward to reading Pumped for Murder, which I have in my pile to read. I also like the rest of your books!

  9. I'm so glad to hear your mother-in-law is improving! Great news :)

    I love Terry O'Dell's books - this is sure to be another goody! And the others look fun too - thanks for the tips.

    Take care *hugs*

  10. Interesting titles and covers for the 2nd and 3rd book.


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