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Dead Gold

Book Details:

Book Title: Dead Gold by Hawk MacKinney
Category: Adult Fiction, 221 pages
Genre: Mystery / Suspense
Publisher: Sage Words Publishing
Release date: February 2019
Tour dates: May 20 – 31, 2019
Content Rating: R (for language and graphic murder scenes)

Book Description:The dazzling lure of Olympic gold fame is a spotlight glare hotter than any fifteen minutes of fame. During plans for a cross-country ski vacation, Aspen Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Detective David “Spinner” Krespinak and SEAL-bud Craige Ingram are ensnared by glamour, upmarket glitz and bling, and greed in the deadly champagne powder world of a money-gets-you-anything high-country ski-mecca. Body parts start turning up in the most unlikely places. As the two friends start their investigation, A hornet’s nest of the local elite do not want the publicity. For good reason it seems, they may be part of the mystery of bodies and body parts piling up at the morgue.The closer they get to the killer, the more confused they become. Who is behind the murders and mutilation? The list of suspects grows as they close the net on the killer. The tender underbelly of Aspen is not what it seems. It is a raw open sore that oozes blood, drugs, and murder.

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Hawk MacKinney served in the US Navy for over 20 years. While serving as a Navy Commander, he also had a career as a full-time faculty member at several major state medical facilities. He earned two postgraduate degrees with studies in languages and history. He has taught postgraduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem, Israel.

In addition to professional articles and texts on chordate neuroembryology, Hawk has authored several works of fiction—historical love stories, science fiction and mystery-thrillers. His titles are not genre-centered, but plot-character driven. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his serial protagonist in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series—murder and mayhem with a touch of romance. Hidden Chamber of Death, the first book in the mystery series, was followed by Book 2, Westobou Gold and his latest, Book 3, Curse of the Ancients. All have received national attention. The Bleikovat Event was Vol I in The Cairns of Sainctuarie Science Fiction Series followed by Vol II, The Missing Planets. Vol III, Inanna Phantom is in final galleys.

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Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series (Book 4) Dead Gold by Hawk MacKinney


Genre doesn’t factor into how and where one gets an idea for a tale to spin. Observing, taking notes, outlining character(s) can never prepare for the bodacious unexpected. Research can fill out the unexpected along with polishing, editing and twisting the motives, but the big piece of Dead Gold was a tale begging to be manipulated from the git-go. The chance seating at a table near a random carousing of the opening day of a Masters Tournament, a divorced celebrity entertainer with the brain of a doodlebug, liquor flowing like the Savannah River in high flood, loose tongues, illicit one-night stands.

The curtain rises on Act II with this writer’s ski trip to the champagne Rocky Mountain powder. Never in my wildest expectations could I know how concoctions would collide with this author as a ringside spectator. Glitz and bling taking center stage…the divorced wife of doodlebug entertainer, cruising the après-ski bars for hook ups with college meat, moved in with an Olympic-gold ski ‘stud’…that turned up very dead. Killed by her in ‘self-defense. with doodlebug standing by her side…the trial and bringing the mining town into glaring smut and fame and hiking prices for tourists slobbering for more.

Webs of deceit crossed Colorado, Texas, South Carolina, Georgia and the Middle East with smidgens in the Balkans and Washington City on the Potomac. It was a tale one couldn’t contrive, catching the reader by surprise with each bizarre, degenerate happening. Greed, lust, brazen egos for sale. Fear that glaring spotlights would reveal the rot underneath the facades. Culture clashes along with lies and truths whirled together in the winter maelstroms of a ritzy ski resort. Plots and whispers and a “Not guilty” verdict murder trial…a tale that couldn’t have been created if this writer had tried—and a hoot to write!

My Review
5 Stars

Craige Ingram has gone on vacation and is spending it in Aspen with his friend Spinner Krespinak. But bodies and body parts are starting to stack up and it is up to detective Krespinak to figure out what is going on, who did it, and stop them. Krespinak finally agrees to let Ingram help in the investigation and they start to uncover the dirt under the glitz and glamour of Aspen.

I have read book two and three in this series and just love them. Lots of action, a great mystery in each and edge of the seat anticipation for who the killer is. Dead Gold doesn’t disappoint. When I think of Aspen I think of the rich playing away in the mountain of snow. Dead Gold goes to show that not everything the glitters is gold. And that someone is willing to kill to keep their secrets.

If you are looking for a great mystery series you need to check out the Moccasin Hollow Mystery series. Ingram is a great detective with a mystery surrounded and wrapped up in red herrings. You will be up late finishing this one off.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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Familiar Strangers


Familiar Strangers by Jackie Walsh

‘I took you, Becca. You’re not my daughter.’

Since Becca Wall’s mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, every day Becca loses a little more of the loving, caring mother who would do anything for her only daughter. But when one day Nancy Wall confesses that Becca is not her child, Becca’s world falls apart.

Becca tells herself that the words are just a cruel symptom of Nancy’s illness; after all, she has her birth certificate, and pictures of herself as a newborn along with her Mom, Dad and older brother, Danny. Becca tries to forget, to get on with her life – until the day the police question her about the whereabouts of a missing woman, Katie Collins.

Katie has disappeared without a trace, telling her husband that she is leaving to find Rebecca Wall. But Becca doesn’t know Katie, so it’s a case of mistaken identity – isn’t it? But as Becca discovers why Katie was desperate to find her, the lies that Becca has always believed come crashing down. Soon, it’s clear that someone knows the truth – and that they’ll stop at nothing to keep their secrets…

An addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller with a shocking twist that will leave you gasping. Fans of The Girl on the TrainThe Wife Between Us and T.M Logan will be gripped until the very last page.

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About the Author

Jackie Walsh lives in Dublin with her husband Paul and dog Layla. After years spent building her own business, she decided to take time out and pursue her interest in writing. With a lot to learn, she spent years attending classes and writing groups, going to festivals and launches, writing and rewriting, until eventually sending her words out into the world.  Now she is thrilled to have landed a publisher. Especially Hera Books, a new company headed by two women who have years of experience and love a good story.

Jackie is a member of the Irish Writers Centre, The Irish Crime writers group and proof that perseverance can work.


My Review

5 Stars

Rebeca Wall has been working two dead end jobs just to pay for her apartment and dealing with her mother’s Alzheimer’s which has gotten to the point that she has to be in around the clock care. On a visit with her mother, Becca’s mother tells her that she is not her daughter, that she was taken. Becca is shaken and is wondering if she really was someone else’s child or if this is part of the Alzheimer’s.

When Becca gets home she thinks someone has been in her house. It’s not obvious, just minor things that seem to be out of place. Then the police ask her about a missing woman, Katie Collins. Becca has only hear of that name from the television but when Katie’s body is found along with a note with Becca’s name on it the police take more of an interest in Becca.

This was an interesting read. I was instantly curious about Becca and the possibility of her being someone else’s child. But then the whole investigation into Katie’s death really had me curious. I was on the edge of my seat and turning pages as fast as possible to see what was going to happen next. I was kept guessing about the killer right to the end, which I just loved.

I do have to say that I didn’t really like Becca. She made some really stupid choices and although the mystery had me engaged I didn’t really care what happened to her. Now having said that, this is a great story and the first one of Jackie Walsh’s that I have read. I will definitely be checking out her other books.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Boon on the Bright Side for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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