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Rattus New Yorkus

Rattus, New Yorkus
One Size Eats All #2
by Hunter Shea
Genre: Horror
They’re Bigger
Deep in the sewers of New York City, the rat population is growing. Dr.
Randolph Finch is determined to break the cycle. His new rodenticide,
Degenesis, doesn’t kill rats. It sterilizes them from reproducing.
But nothing adapts faster than a New York rat . . .
They’re Smarter
City exterminators and soon-to-be divorced Chris and Benita Jackson think
they know how these rats think. They know how rats breed. And they
fear that Degenesis has only made these rats stronger. More
aggressive. More intelligent. And more ravenous than ever . . .
Tonight’s Dinner Special: Us
After a noticeable surge in rat den activity, the Jacksons witness
something strange. Without warning, the rats disappear—only to
reassemble in a massive lair beneath Grand Central Station. Millions
upon millions of them. Working together. Operating as a hive mind.
Feasting on the flesh of the homeless below—and planning their
all-out attack on the unsuspecting humans above . . .
Raves for The Montauk Monster
Old school horror.” —Jonathan Maberry
A lot of splattery fun.”—Publishers Weekly
Frightening, gripping.”—Night Owl Reviews

My Review

5 stars

The rats are a huge pest in New York City so scientists think they have found a way to stop them. They created Degenesis, a chemical that makes the rats sterile. To dispense the chemicals, city exterminators Chris and Benita Jackson have been selected. But after the chemicals are out, they notice that the rats have disappeared. Could this have been what they needed all along?

Nope, Degenesis has make them more of a hive mind, horny, and craving flesh. They start on the homeless at Grand Central Station and will be working their way through the rest of the city if not stopped.

This is a great, classic horror story. I loved every minute of it and would love to see this made into a movie, maybe a B movie on SciFi Channel. You have a couple bickering and about to be divorced, a chemical that worked perfectly on lab rats but has mutated the wild city rats, and a ton of human flesh craving nightmares.

I can’t believe that I have not read one of Hunter Shea’s books before. Well that is going to have to change. I loved the romp through the sewers and the rest of New York trying to stop the rats. I can’t wait to see what else Hunter has come up with.

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Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary
movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past
his house. He’s the author of over 17 books, including The
Jersey Devil (Pinnacle 2016)), Tortures of the
Damned (Pinnacle 2015), and We Are Always
Watching (Sinister Grin). Hunter’s novels can even be found on
display at the International Cryptozoology Museum. The Montauk
Monster (Pinnacle 2014) was named one of the best reads of the
summer by Publishers Weekly. He was selected to be part of the
launch of Samhain Publishing’s new horror line in 2011 alongside
legendary author Ramsey Campbell. His video podcast, Monster
Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world. Living
with his crazy and supportive family and two cats, he’s happy to be
close enough to New York City to see the skyline without having to
pay New York rent.
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Silencing Anna


Silencing Anna by Sadie Mitchell

Voices surround Anna as she lies on her hospital bed, but she cannot answer them. Her voice has been taken, along with her mobility and her sight. She can hear the nurses chattering and her family that come to visit. Her mum cries a lot and her dad struggles to deal with what he sees. Life used to be good for Anna, but life can change in a heartbeat, as she knows so well.

And then there are the people we think we know. When the smile hides the anger. When the beauty hides the beast.

Only Anna knows the truth, but Anna cannot speak.

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Author’s Bio

This is Sadie’s first novel. She has three children and a rabbit. She works in healthcare. When she’s not writing or working most of her life seems to involve picking up toys and finding things she’d forgotten she has.

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My Review

5 stars

Anna is in a coma. She can hear those around her but she can’t communicate with them or even move. There is a clear sense of panic as she is trying to figure out what is happening and how desperately she is trying to communicate with everyone around her. Then the story goes into Anna and Dylan’s relationship. They are a cute couple and good for each other. But then James comes into the picture. He is an all around jerk but Anna falls for him.

James seems like the perfect guy but then his true colors start to show. He is abusive to Anna and Anna tries to get help but then she starts making excuses for James. She does try to find some help but gets nothing for her efforts. Slowly she starts to change too.

This is an amazing read. Sadie Mitchell does a wonderful job conveying all of the emotions of this story. I have to say that when I first met James I couldn’t stand him and wouldn’t have tried to get together with him. As we follow along with the abuse I see common behaviour between both parties. This was written beautifully. I admit I felt for Anna, she seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But as the story progressed I have to admit that I got frustrated with her since he just kept going back.

If you like thrillers I recommend checking this book out. There are triggers with the abuse but is it written so well that you could almost see text book behaviour.

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Nice Try, Afton


Nice Try, Afton (Afton Morrison – 3) by Brent Jones

Is evil a matter of choice, or are we born that way?

After a string of brazen arsons overwhelms Wakefield’s first responders, the town is placed on lockdown, rendering Afton and her companions vulnerable to attack.

In a last-ditch effort to protect her inner circle, Afton attempts to establish an improbable truce with her archnemesis, leading her into a deadly trap more than a decade in the making. Survival will mean choosing to embrace her dark side, once and for all.

Nice Try, Afton is the third of four parts in a new serial thriller by author Brent Jones. Packed with grit and action, The Afton Morrison Series delves into a world of moral ambiguity, delivering audiences an unlikely heroine in the form of a disturbed vigilante murderess.

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Brent  Jones

Author’s Bio

From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his career to pursue creative writing full-time.

Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex. Subscribe to his newsletter (AuthorBrentJones.com) or follow him on social media for updates.

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My Review

5 stars

Wakefield is on fire, people are dying, and the town is on lockdown. Afton and her friends know who is responsible but how can they stop them. Afton has come to care for her friends and wants to protect them from The Man in the Shadows and her crazy sister. The only way she can see how to do this is to walk right into the trap set for her.

I love this series and am constantly on the edge of my seat from one scene to the next. Afton is starting to struggle with the thought of being created to kill or being born into it. Her heart is in the right place so when Afton has to kill you can see that it’s not the mindless killing of her siblings. And the meeting with her twin sister, I did not expect that one to play out the way it did.

This is an amazing series and one I strongly recommend checking out. I can’t wait to get into Time’s Up, Afton. I’m excited to see how this series is going to end.

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Three Bloody Pieces: Caitlyn by Elizabeth Davies

A dead king, a queen who is more than she seems, and a witch who uses the dark arts to entrap her.

Queen, widow, beggar – Lady Caitlyn is all three, and now she can add murderer to the list.

When death and treachery propel her south to Normandy, to seek sanctuary with the exiled Prince Alfred, visions of a woman with ancient eyes travel with her.

Herleva is a woman filled with ambition and greed. A woman who intends to be more than a commoner. A woman who gets what she wants by whatever means possible, even if she has to practice the dark arts to achieve her goals.

A woman who is a witch.

Caitlyn finds herself caught up in a magic which changes her very being. A magic which produces a king to change the lives of every man, woman, and child in England.

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Author’s Bio

Elizabeth Davies is a paranormal author, whose books have a romantic flavour with more than a hint of suspense. And death. There’s usually death…

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My Review

5 stars

War has come to the kingdom of Rhain and Caitlyn. Rhain is slain and his advisor Idris convinces Caitlyn to run to fight another day. But as they run Caitlyn starts seeing visions and hearing the witch Herleva and her student Arlette. Herleva is drawing Caitlyn in for her own plans. Although Caitlyn keeps following Idris she soon finds herself in Herleva’s clutches and cursed to shift into a cat and unable to kill Herleva. If that was not bad enough, as long as the curse is never broken she will stay the same age forever.

I have to admit that I did not expect what I got from this book. There is so much happening that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Caitlyn’s work has been shattered by war and the loss of her kingdom. She wants to fight but Idris makes sense with his plan. If Rhain listened to his counsel she would also. But there is so much more in the works with Herleva.

This is another one of those books that I admit I wouldn’t normally choose but I am so glad that I did. This is a great historical story of kings and queens, betrayal, magic and the brutality of war. Of course the magic is what made it that much more. I really enjoyed this story and can’t wait to continue it in A Stain On The Soul.

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Hunter’s Revenge


Hunter’s Revenge (Edinburgh Crime Mystery – 2) by Val Penny

Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until his friend’s death is revenged.

DI Hunter Wilson is called to the scene of a murder. He is shocked to find the victim is his friend and colleague, George Reinbold. Who would want to harm the quiet, old man? Why was a book worth £23,000 delivered to him that morning? Why is the security in George’s home so intense? Hunter must investigate his friend’s past as well as the present to identify the killer and identify George’s killer. Hunter also finds a new supply of cocaine from Peru flooding HMP Edinburgh and the city. The courier leads Hunter to the criminal gang but Hunter requires the help of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable, Sir Peter Myerscough and local gangster Ian Thomson to make his case. Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taught crime thriller.

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Author’s Bio

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballet dancer or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her first crime novel, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ set in Edinburgh, Scotland was published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. The sequel, ‘Hunter’s Revenge’ will be published on 09.09.2018.

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My Review

5 stars

DI Hunter is rocked when one of his team is murdered in his house. But when he gets to George’s house things don’t add up. Why is there so much security even if he has a collection of books? Did anyone really know George? It’s clear that Hunter is going to put his killer behind bars but he is going to have to learn more about George and his past to do so.

At the same time there is an increase of drugs from Peru. Hunter is going to have to visit someone from his past to find out more about this drug dealer. But there is more happening than just new drugs. But the question is how is it related to George’s death?

This is my first book from author Val Penny and I was worried that I might be lost since it was the second book in the series. No worries, I’m sure if I had read the first I might get more of the connection between the team but I had no problem following along. This is a great story with lots of threads running throughout it and the further you go the more you find they are all connected and NOT in the way you might have thought.

Nothing is what it seems and you will be kept on the edge of your seat trying to figure out how it connects. I loved how each of the team’s personal lives helped make them more real without bogging down the overall story. They all worked well together and were there to solve the murder. But I have to say that the title is a little misleading. No one was out for Revenge, Hunter wanted to bring the killer to justice.

Overall this is a great story and one that I recommend checking out. As for me, I’m going to go back and catch up with Hunter’s Chase.

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Grounds For Remorse
A Tallie Graver Mystery #2
by Misty Simon
Genre: Cozy Mystery
No more cheating . . .
Best friends Tallie Graver and Gina Laudermilch both seem to spend a lot
of time around urns. For Tallie, they’re part and parcel of the
family business, Graver’s Funeral Home. Even though she’s traded
ashes for dusting with her own cleaning business, she still works
part-time for her folks and lives above the funeral parlor. For Gina,
they’re the vessels that con-tain her heavenly brew at her coffee
shop, Bean There, Done That. And both women are learning that owning
a business can make finding time for romance challenging.
But when Gina’s new beau turns out to have a wife, who barges into the
coffee shop to take him home, she can’t contain her bitterness and
loudly threatens to poison his cup or boil him in a vat of coffee. So
when Mr. Wrong turns up dead at the bottom of a staircase inside
Gina’s locked home, she finds herself at the top of the police’s
suspect list. Tallie needs to sweep in to save her friend. But she’ll
need to watch her step, or she may go from being a funeral home
employee to becoming their next client . . .

My Review

5 stars

Gina Laudermilch and Tallie Graver are good friends but they are learning that having your own business makes getting close to someone a bit hard. Gina has been having a tough time dating and thinks she has found the one until his wife comes into her coffee shop to take him home. Of course Gina is pissed and threatens him on the way out. But then his body is discovered in her house and Gina is the prime suspect. It’s going to be up to Talli to clear her friend’s name.

Talli is back and has her hands full. I loved Gina and felt for her when she discovered her new guy already had a wife. Thank Goodness Talli is there to help solve this mystery. Of course there are more than one suspects and you will tromp through a great mystery trying to figure out who and why Mr. Perfect ended up Mr. Dead.

I love this series. It’s so easy to get into and it keeps you on the edge of your seat with all the twists and turns. Talli is a wonderful, strong character that clearly cares for Gina. I love how she finds out clues as she cleans.

This is a great series and I recommend checking it out if you live cozy mysteries. I see that there is a third book and I can’t wait to read more of Talli’s adventures.

Cremains of the Day
A Tallie Graver Mystery #1
There’s no reverse on the hearse . . .
For Tallulah Graver, marrying wealthy Waldo Phillips seemed like the best
way out of the family business, the Graver Funeral Home. But when her
marriage falls apart and Tallie is left with next to nothing, she
turns to cleaning houses to make ends meet. As humbling as it is to
tidy the mansions of the snobby socialites she used to call friends,
at least she doesn’t have to be around dead bodies. Until . . .
She discovers one of her employers lying in a closet with a knife
sticking out of her chest. This unpleasant shock seems to be part of
a web of weird experiences: Tallie’s friend Gina’s shop is broken
into, her ex is stun-gunned where it hurts the most, and now she’s
receiving flowers from the dead woman. Granted the deliveryman is
handsome, but seriously, that’s enough to cast a pall over anyone’s
day. Now Tallie needs to dig deep to clean up this mess—before she
finds herself in a grave situation.
You’ll be cheering as the clues pileup in this creative cozy mystery.”
New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon

My Review

4 stars

Tallulah Graver, Tallie is willing to do anything to get out of the family business, Graver Funeral Homes. Tallie marries Waldo Phillips and lives in the upper crust of society. But after a while she can’t stand him and gets divorced. Tallie lives in the apartment over the funeral home and although she helps out there she starts a cleaning business and cleans the houses of those that she used to spend her time with.

Things are going well until Talli finds her ex tasered in the jewels and her friend Gina tied up in her coffee shop. If that wasn’t enough she finds a dead body in the house she cleans the next day. Of course she is the person of interest in both events. Talli takes it upon herself to figure out what is happening in her little town and to find out who this flower delivery guy is that is following her around.

This is a great cozy mystery. I quickly got into it and found it easy to relate to Talli. I understand her wanting to get away from the family business and really liked how she started cleaning houses after losing her social status. The mystery had me guessing with some good twists and turns. The only thing that got to me was I was under the impression that there would be more about the family business.

This is a great start to the series and I can’t wait to see what trouble Talli gets into next.

Misty Simon is the author of Cremains of the Day and Grounds
for Remorse in the Tallie Graver Mystery series. She loves a
good story and decided one day that she would try her hand at it.
Eventually she got it right. There’s nothing better in the world
than making someone laugh, and she hopes everyone at least snickers
in the right places when reading her books. She lives with her
husband, daughter and three insane dogs in Central Pennsylvania where
she is hard at work on her next novel or three.
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The Gift of Quoxxel


The Gift of Quoxxel by Richard Titus

King Norr was not content. He longed to know the world beyond his tiny, island
kingdom of Nibb. The Nibbians, however, were not a seafaring people and had no desire to travel elsewhere. Why bother, they said. What could be as perfect as Nibb?

Even so, Norr watched foreign ships come and go. They approached, hesitated, then sailed away without ever coming ashore. Why was that?

And that wasn’t the only mystery.

Who was the prankster who had set the palace afloat?

Was there a sea monster skulking the waters along shore?

Who was the little girl who sang but would not speak?

Had the Minister of Science been eaten by migrating drumbkins?

This was not the average Nibbian day. King Norr was unprepared and only hoped to get through it with as few “haddocks” as possible.

Set sail on this armchair adventure of wit and riddle. It’s an imaginative voyage to
the Isle of Nibb whose only flaw is being a little too perfect — or, at least, it was
until today.

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The Gift of the Quoxxel is Richard’s debut novel. Life experience includes art direction, free-lance illustration, military service, verb conjugating, oil painting and an adequate meatloaf. Other writings include song lyrics and multiple greeting cards. As yet, no one has pressed charges.

A Michigan native and parochial school survivor, he currently lives with wife Marina close to, but far enough away from New York City. Someday he hopes to figure out how-in-the-heck he got there.

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My Review

5 Stars

Everyone on the tiny island of Nibb is happy and has no desire to learn about anything outside of their world. But King Norr is always thinking about thing beyond Nibb. Things like why do ships approach yet not come to shore. What ensues is several adventures with King Norr as he tries to answer the questions he is asking.

This is a great, fantasy adventure for kids. It’s silly and some of it makes no sense, like how you will never really learn why the ships don’t land on Nibb. I admit though that there is some snark that might be over younger kid’s heads but older ones will pick up on.

This is a wonderful little adventure that will keep you laughing at the ridiculousness. I think this would be a wonderful story for bedtimes and that any kid would enjoy. This is a wonderful first book from Richard Titus. I can’t wait to read more of his work.

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