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Ica Iova is a skilled author who makes her characters feel very real. “Boundaries” is her second book and as soon as I finished it I downloaded “She Never Got To Say Goodbye.”

First off I admit, I was predisposed to like Boundaries because it was set in Vancouver, British Columbia—the most beautiful city in the province I live in. But once I started to read I got drawn into Gabriela Parson and Landon Godchild’s world and to be honest I forgot about the beautiful city that I know because it ultimately took me to the darker, seedy side of it.

Can you imagine what it would be like to be Gabriela, landing the job of her dreams in a prestigious law firm, determined to prove her worth—only to discover that her handsome, sexy boss, is a man that she’d had a blurry one night stand with years ago.  Not only did she not recognise him at first, but how shocking to discover that he clearly remembers her.  And he wants to pick up where they left off!

Iova clearly portrayed Gabriela’s struggle with herself. To become intimately involved with her boss is against her rules, her principles and is also a certain route to professional suicide. But Landon does everything he can to persuade her to bend her rules.

But this book becomes so much more than a simple romance when Gabriela starts to dig deeper into the case that she is working on with Langdon and suspicion and doubts arise about Jack Richwood and her boss.

Her best friend, Bianca Miller, and Gabriela start to “investigate” on their own and find themselves in unimagined danger. I found myself reading anxiously, hoping that somehow they would be found before it was too late.

Highly recommended!



I read many different genres and depending on my mood, I read for different reasons—sometimes for comforting relaxation, sometimes to learn and sometimes to enjoy a gripping thriller.

The Istanbul Puzzle was neither comforting nor relaxing.  It was a gripping thriller, but I also learned a lot about ancient history and the city of Istanbul.  I was so enthralled with the history and the description of the city, that I would go online to check out places that were mentioned—some I found, some I did not—and the author explained that in his “tour guide” at the end of the book. I want to say Thank you to Laurence O’Bryan for putting that in.

The storyline was riveting. As I read, it struck me that sometimes when I read a novel the words are just ordinary script on my Kindle, but to me The Istanbul Puzzle almost seemed to appear in bold letters!  I was totally captured by the novel.

The book opens with a horrific murder scene. Later we learn that the victim was Alex Zegliwski, who was Sean Ryan’s best friend and co-worker. Sean is shocked by the savagery and determined to find out why his colleague was murdered and who was responsible. His quest leads him on a perilous journey. 

This book could have been written in 2015—it deals with many of our modern day issues; the threat of Middle Eastern radicalism overtaking Europe, the struggle of good and evil, conspiracy, even the possible spectre of germ warfare on a large scale.

O’Bryan’s writing is full of texture—you see, feel and smell as he describes the scenes. I felt the crush of the crowds in the streets of Istanbul, and again in London when the Muslim masses gathered.  I got lost in the emotions of the characters: Sean’s determination to solve the puzzle, the awakening feelings between him and Isabel Sharp, their terror and anxiety, the equally determined mind of the enemy who sought to kill them.

Did I love this book? You bet I did! I was so involved that I didn’t even think to look for any editing errors if they existed. When I finished it, I immediately went to Amazon and bought The Jerusalem Puzzle and added it to my TBR list.  However—you never know when I might decide to skip ahead and read for the pleasure of it!

If you like a fast paced, suspense filled action thriller with great description and a lot of history and reality woven in, you will probably enjoy The Istanbul Puzzle as much as I did.   

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An entertaining read!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was hooked by the summary—Kort Eriksem, a young Native American man who had been adopted by white parents returning to the small town, where he had been raised, after spending seven years in prison for murdering his girlfriend. A small town where everyone knew (or thought they knew) what everyone else was doing—old hatreds, mistrust, those who supported him or always suspected that he was innocent but hadn’t had the guts to say so, and a mother who is so riddled with guilt that she doesn’t know how to act when he comes home. My heart went out to him from the first chapter.

Grace Donahue was an outsider, unbiased and free to see him through her own eyes. Kort came to have feelings for her, but would she leave town as she intended as soon as her car was fixed?

There were so many twists and turns in the plot that it kept me glued to the pages—right until the end when I thought I knew who the killer was, even though one description earlier in the book had me puzzled. Then in the very last pages I realized that no one in the story, except the killer himself, knew the truth.

A terrific story—I am giving it 4 stars, because there were editing errors that marred the composition of the book, but not so much that I didn’t enjoy it. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller with a touch of romance.

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The night I started this book, I read until I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. The next day I broke my own rule about not reading during the day. I quickly did what I had to do around the house and on social media, and then I grabbed my kindle and settled into this fast paced, exciting thriller, and read until it was done.

I love Vigilante books—and Colin Bailey (“The Phoenix”) captured me immediately.  Truthfully, there are times in real life when I think the world could use groups like the Olympus Project to rid society of some of its festering sores. (and they probably do exist!)

This book had it all for me—excitement, drama, suspense, intrigue, sex, filled with great dialogue and rich description.  I really enjoyed the way very pertinent modern day social issues were woven into the plot, and the results were not sanitized. They were tragic, just as they would be in real life, and for me it added to the authenticity of the story.  I sometimes had to remind myself that this was simply great fiction!

Ted Tayler has become the latest “favorite author” on my list, and I will be reading more of his works. I immediately downloaded Conception, The Birth of Pheonix, and I know I will be looking into more of Taylers  previous books.

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The Brothers' Keepers by Mathew PetersI just finished reading The Brothers’ Keepers this afternoon—I usually read when I go to bed. I only read a book that is very compelling otherwise—and this book was definitely compelling. I had to know where it would go—but I didn’t want it to end! I only wish there was a second Nicholas Branson novel to follow up with immediately. I went to and looked, but alas there wasn’t, so I bought Conversations Among Ruins by the same author. It is an entirely different kind of book, but I am very interested in reading it.

I’ll admit, I bought The Brothers’ Keepers, not because I’d read the reviews, but because someone I’m acquainted with, made an ungenerous remark about it to my husband and I was curious. After I got into the story, I could understand where his thoughts had originated from, because this book is boldly thought provoking when it comes to the accepted concept of Jesus, the origins of Christianity and our western society as we know it. For some it could be very unsettling. However it wasn’t for me.

I read a wide variety of books, and murder/mystery/ thrillers are among my favorites. I was intrigued on many levels when I started reading it. I’m always pulled to a story line that leads to the discovery of something that will cause upheaval in real, accepted social concepts. Political corruption in the US government is not hard to imagine, but I wondered how he would credibly handle the corruption within the Vatican. And of course, I was eager to learn what the hidden treasure was, and how finding it would be handled.

Peters did a masterful job of weaving the plot, and he made the deceitfulness in the highest ranks of the US government, and the corruption and jockeying for power within the Vatican and the Catholic Church seem so plausible that there were times when I had to remind myself that it was fiction.

Peters’ writing is crisp, authentic and realistically descriptive. His knowledge of the scripture and the history of the church and the concept of Christianity is very apparent, but he weaves it into a heart pounding, action filled mystery/thriller, in a way that only adds to the authenticity of the story.

I liked this book because it was an action packed read. But I also liked it because I found it to be thought provoking.

I read the other reviews on Amazon, before I wrote this. Someone said “Dan Brown wishes he wrote this,”in their review. I have enjoyed two of Dan Browns books, but I can honestly say, that if I were given a choice between them, and The Brothers’ Keepers—Matthew Peters has my vote.

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RED SERGE is described as a Mystery Thriller, Police Procedural. It’s all of that and more.

I read “Red Island” because I’m Canadian and Lorne Oliver was a new Canadian author who wrote a book set in Canada. I loved the book and when “RED SERGE” came out I was eager to read it—not because Oliver was a Canadian author with a book in a Canadian setting, but because Lorne Oliver is a darn good writer!

Sgt. Reid ( a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police) is a complex man who is driven by his total commitment to his career. His marriage has been tattered by neglect and a painful obsession that started when he pursued a serial killer who murdered innocent young girls when Reid was on the force in British Columbia. The circumstances that ended that hunt have haunted him since then.

He took a transfer to a small place on the other side of Canada where life was peaceful and murder had never been a reality. His wife made him promise that he would never get involved in a homicide again. But in “Red Island”, a serial killer popped up in the unsuspecting community and Sgt. Reid could not live up to that promise. He had to help find the killer.

In RED SERGE he is once again caught in the web of a serial killer, and he can’t turn away from his duty, even though he knows it may be the last straw for his disintegrating marriage . When it’s almost too late for all of them, he comes to realize that his eleven year old daughter has been neglected too. Can he salvage his family? Can he win on all fronts?

RED SERGE is a compelling novel of murder, mystery, and suspense with a lot of dramatic turns in the plot. The characters are imperfect, believable and relatable. I could empathize with Reid’s stress, his need for comfort, his obsessive dedication to his work and the toll it took on him emotionally.

I particularly like the twist at the end of the book. You’ll have to read it to find out what happened. For me it was sheer genius!

I believe Lorne Oliver is a rising star in his field. Don’t miss the Sgt. Reid Series.

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Lorne Oliver uses words to paint pictures so raw and intense that there were times when I found them hard to read, but the characters and the story line compelled me to continue on.Sergeant Reid is a man with a troubled mind. After dealing with a gruesome, haunting case that involved a serial killer in British Columbia, he and his family are emotionally scarred. He transferred to Prince Edward Island, on the opposite end of Canada. Life was quiet there and he thought his family could leave behind the horror of the past and concentrate on healing. But Reid cannot truly bury the past that still haunts him. Both his career and his relationship with his wife have been strained, and he is not on solid ground emotionally.The peace of the island is shattered when a beautiful young woman is found brutally murdered, hanging naked in a tree in an isolated area. The people in the area are traumatized; Reid’s wife is totally freaked and begs him to stay out of the investigation. But Reid’s unresolved feelings of guilt fuel the personal, relentless drive that make it impossible for him stay on the sidelines. His determination to find the murderer becomes an obsession and he works nonstop to solve it. Temptation simmers just beneath the surface as he spends so much time with his partner on the job, a beautiful woman who has relationship issues of her own and understands his compulsion. She is a balm to the anger and fear his wife heaps on him.

Oliver gradually reveals the killers mind, portraying the life and the events that led to his instability, turning him into a murderous, psychopathic serial killer, whose arrogance leads him to a point where he taunts Sergeant Reid and puts him and his family at risk.

The book is filled with suspense, and the plot twists and turns, keeping the reader holding his breath, wondering how many more young women will die before the killer is apprehended.

Red Island was a great read: I’ll certainly watch for Lorne Oliver’s next book!

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Love Thy Sister

Love Thy Sister was a great read; a murder, mystery, thriller with a hint of romance and several twists and turns that always kept you guessing, because few things were what they appeared to be.  It was well written and faced paced book that pulled the reader in from the first page.  Mina is possibly a little spoiled and confused by American culture, but she is loyal to Paola, refusing to accept that she is anything other than good.  Her persistence proves her right to the dismay of Paola’s cheating, greedy husband and some of the other questionable employees in the company.

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 Vigilante (Barry/McCall Series)

I got totally into this book; a murder, mystery that kept me involved from beginning to end. The plot was full of twists and turns and when you thought you knew the answer you found out you had no idea what it was.

This book reminded me a little of the movie “Catch Me If You Can.” I couldn’t help but admire that brilliant young bandit in the movie and I rooted for him all the way; even though  I knew they should lock him up and throw away the key.

That was how I felt about the murderer in Vigilante. Legally he was dead wrong; morally I guess he was too–but he only killed the scum and lowlifes in society that harmed the innocent and managed to evade the law–and even though I knew it was wrong, I hoped he wouldn’t get caught.

All good books have to come to an end, but I didn’t know for sure until the last page who the murderer was.

I will definitely look for more of Claude Bouchards books

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I have to be honest–if I had seen BRAINRUSH on the self in the store I would not have bought it–wouldn’t have thought it was my kind of book.HOW WRONG I WOULD HAVE BEEN!

This book held my attention from the very beginning, right through to the end. It was filled with twists and turns, and the pace was fast and furious. It included medical science, scifi, military action, international intrigue, terrorism , family loyalties, deep friendship, betrayal,  and a touch of romance

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