Cover Reveal. . . Detecting Fear!

Detecting Fear

Your heart pounds in your chest, breath catching in your throat as the hair on the back of your neck slowly prickles with the feeling of being watched.

What is it that you’re truly afraid of?

The neighbor next door who might be a serial killer? Falling prey to a psychopath? Or your own inner demons, unleashed? Murder, mystery, mayhem – pick your poison.

The stories in this anthology, previously published in periodicals ranging from Suspense Magazine to The Saturday Evening Post, run the gamut from Hard-Boiled to cozy, noir to funny, with whodunit as the theme.

Whether you’re a fan of great past detectives like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and Poirot, or modern investigators like Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad and Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta, you’ll find something to satisfy your inner sleuth within these pages.

I’m thrilled to finally share the cover for my short story collection, Detecting Fear, with you all! The book hits stores February 21st, 2021.

The ARC will still be available for request on Netgalley for the next few weeks. Click here to request your FREE copy on Netgalley!

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Faithless by Karin Slaughter ~ Fiction Book Review

book20.jpgKarin Slaughter is a #1 internationally bestselling author of mystery and crime with over twenty novels under her belt – and yet, surprisingly,  I’ve never read anything she’s written until now. I jumped right in with #5 in the “Grant County” series, and quickly fell into stride – she includes enough of the backstory from past books in the series that I never felt lost or struggling to catch up.

I enjoyed the plot more than the characters, but this may be due to picking up a book in the middle of a series – I didn’t ‘grow’ with them from the start. The writing is fast paced, easy, and enjoyable. The subject matter is hard, not as brutal as Mo Hayder, but definitely violent. The book left me feeling satisfied. Should I stumble upon another book by this author in my travels, I won’t hesitate to read it. Five stars.

Fiction Review ~ Mo Hayder “Skin” & “Gone”

mobook I very rarely read two books by the same author in a row, but by some strange twist of fate the stars aligned and I 1) had the next book in the series already waiting to be read on my shelf and 2) was so disappointed by Skin that I knew I had to hurry up and read Gone. Please don’t get me wrong – Skin is a good book. It kept my attention, was entertaining, and my all means would probably have been a five star book for me IF it hadn’t been written by Mo Hayder.

As those of you who have read a Mo Hayder book before know , this British author is absolutely brutal. A courageous, take no prisoners, leave no line uncrossed, write the absolutely unthinkable type of author. For those of you who haven’t read Hayer’s Jack Caffery series, you should – if you have a strong stomach and like your detective mysteries vicious, cruel and ruthless. You’re not going to find anything cozy in these books.

mobook1That’s why I was so shocked by Skin. It was kind of tame, focusing more on the two main recurring characters, Detective Inspector Jack Caffery and Sergeant Phoebe “Flea” Marley than on the book’s namesake storyline. In fact, this book was more of a character development of the two, moving along the subplot that’s developed between them. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Under normal circumstances. But when I pick up a Mo Hayder book, it’s because I want my earth shattered. I want to lose my breath over the atrocities on the pages.

Which led me to suspect that since Skin was so tame, Gone would be a wild riot. And it was. If you like a book that makes you flinch, hold up your hand and read through splayed fingers, Hayder’s your girl.

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