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Tahoe Chase

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Tahoe Chase (Owen McKenna – 11) by Todd Borg

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) A Ski Racer’s Wife Falls From A High Deck

92-year-old, former Olympic ski racer Joe Rorvik is devastated when he finds his wife Cynthia down below their deck, still alive but comatose after a fall. While the fall looks like an accident, Joe Rorvik hires Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna to investigate.

The Woman’s Friends Start Dying

McKenna can’t find anything suspicious until people close to Joe’s wife start dying in other accidents.

The Dead Were Against A New Tahoe Ski Resort

McKenna finds motive when he discovers that the victims all opposed a new ski resort development.

There Is One Friend Who Is Still Alive

Joe’s wife had made friends with a young French woman named Simone Bonnaire. While Simone is in danger from her abusive boyfriend, she hasn’t taken a position against the ski resort. She doesn’t appear to be a target of the killer.

The Chase Has Begun

McKenna encourages Simone to escape her boyfriend by pursuing her dream, a solo ski trek through the Desolation Wilderness. After she leaves, McKenna learns that he’s made a terrible mistake and that Simone is the next to die. But he can’t save her because she is out of touch and unreachable except by the killer who has already begun his final chase…

Joe Rorvik doesn’t think his wife, Rell, fell off the patio feeding her bird. He calls Owen to come investigate. But when two more people turn up dead from accidents, it’s just a little odd that all of them have some way to influence Joe in approving a new ski resort in Tahoe. But the pieces don’t fit right.

Then Owen meets Simone. She is a young French woman in a very abusive relationship. Rell has a connection with Simone which gets her in trouble with Ned, her husband. Owen is trying to figure out how Simone and Ned fit into the murders. But he is running out of time, especially when Simone becomes the next target.

It’s hard not to get sucked into this book. You get wrapped up trying to figure out who is the killer and lost because the victims don’t seem to fit together as neatly as they first look. There is the trademark twist at the end which makes everything fall into place. The characters are believable with great writing. I loved all the detail about skiing. You can tell there is a lot of research to make the story as accurate as possible.

I admit that I love the Owen McKenna series. The stories are great since I live close to the Tahoe area. Todd Borg has a wonderful writing style that makes you feel like you are right there as Owen is trying to race through the snow trying to save Simone. And, of course, even though he doesn’t play as big of role this time, you have to have Spot. I also like how he references one of his previous books. What a great way to wrap everything together!

This is a great story and a great series. If you like mysteries, this is one book that you don’t want to miss. I can’t wait for the next one.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

You can purchase Tahoe Chase from Amazon.

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Mouch and Company

Mouch and Company: The Dream Psychic

Mouch & Company: The Dream Psychic by Bob Dixon

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Being a teenager is tough enough, but try it when you have schizophrenia and psychic abilities that make all of your imaginary friends real…The odds are against Mouch-he’s locked up in Talsom Mental Asylum; his only friends are a sock puppet and his shadow. Worst of all, he suffers from amnesia; his earliest memory is of being found alone in a mall wearing nothing but a pair of polka-dotted boxer shorts, a pair of fluffy white bunny slippers, and a hat made from a newspaper…. and covered in a generous amount of blood. When an elderly gentleman visits him and reveals that Mouch is not crazy but is actually a psychic, Mouch does what any rational person would do-he runs for the door. Once outside of Talsom, Mouch soon finds himself thrust into a battle against a sinister movement of dark psychics who threaten to destroy the entire psychic community.

The story starts with 14 year-old Mouch in Talsom mental asylum. The resident doctor is trying to get his to admit that his sock puppet Sherman and imaginary friend Mav are not real. No matter how she presses the issue, Mav and Sherman are still a major role in Mouch’s life. Finally she relents and contacts Dr. Jenkins offers Mouch to get out of the asylum and attend his private school for psychics. Mouch will do about anything to get out to Talsom so he agrees.

Everything seems to be going smoothly for Mouch, there is a lot of support from Dr. Jenkins and the Johnson’s. He even learns that he is a rare dream psychic. Then things start going wrong. A strange man starts invading his dreams and even tries to kill him. The man is Pith. He is a strong dream psychic too and he is trying to over throw the psychic counsel. He is targeting Mouch because later Mouch will be an asset to Dr. Jenkins opposing Pith’s control.

I really liked this story. I felt for poor Mouch, this kids has had nothing and can only remember his life in the asylum. I really liked the different psychics and siphons. There is a great twist on who the mole is, I never would have guessed the one. It’s also great the interaction between Mouch, Sherman, and Mav.

I hope there is more to come with Mouch. I can see this easily being a series. This is one that kids, young adults, and adults will like.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review

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Vampire Eden

Vampire Eden

Vampire Eden by Liz Newman

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) As a resident of Las Vegas, Eden Sayers thought she had seen it all. Until she falls in love with a zombie.

Infatuated with the handsome Patrick, she feels like the luckiest woman in the world, until she discovers he’s a shill for a monstrous creature. Eden must choose between her alliance with the vampire women or working for the CIA to destroy the coven.

Will Eden open her heart to the one who regretfully betrayed her, only to be betrayed once again?

Eden is an aging prostitute in Las Vegas. She is barely making enough money for her and her crippled boyfriend Kevin to survive. One night she happens to meet Patrick, a dealer at a casino, and offers her services. But she gets more than she expected when Patrick and her have a connection and a deadly vampire and her coven try to killer her.

Eden is partly changed because she hears the voices of the dead that the leader Aoleon wants to hear. Aoleon is looking for the King of the Dead so she can kill him. Eden doesn’t want to stay mixed up with the vampires so she goes looking for Patrick who then leads her to the King of Death. Things get complicated when the paranormal branch of the CIA gets involved in Eden’s life and starts squeezing her for both parties.

I liked this book. At first I was not impressed with Eden but after she meets Patrick I couldn’t help but cheer for her. I liked the King of Death and got sucked into the story of Patrick. This is a short read that end To Be Continued… and I can’t wait to find more about this story.

This is a great books and I plan on reading more by Liz Newman and about Eden. This is a paranormal romance that you don’t want to miss.

I received this book for free from Book Rooster in exchange for an honest review.

You can purchase Vampire Eden from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  You can also find it on Goodreads.

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