Yvonne Hering

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  • Executive Retention on July 18, 2010
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    Sedona O’Hala returns for another exciting mystery as she finds herself in danger of losing her job at Strandfrost. When Steve Huntington offers her a chance to assist him in another corporate mystery, she hesitates but agrees to help him by going undercover at Acetel - a company with quite a bit of business but not much money to show for it. Sedona’s job is to find out where all the money is going. In the midst of everything, her sister-in-law is about to have a baby and desperately needs Sedona’s advice on how to handle her boss. Not to mention that Sedona finds herself quite attracted to Steve, as well as his brother Mark. Things get pretty dicey as she can’t distinguish the good guys from the bad guys. This story has it all – mystery, twists, and even a dash of romance. This is the second book in the Sedona O’Hala Mysteries. The first was Executive Lunch, which I also enjoyed very much. This book develops the characters even more. Maria E. Schneider is well on her way to becoming a favorite author with her creative, clever and quirky stories and characters.
  • Under Witch Moon on Nov. 11, 2010

    Adriel is a witch providing different types of spells to anyone who needs them. She provides one of her clients with a spell to protect her from a werewolf, but what Adriel doesn’t know is her customer intends to use it to trap the werewolf. When the woman is found dead, the first person the authorities turn to is Adriel. Adriel quickly learns that her customer isn’t the only woman to be killed. The local police detective, White Feather, insists upon questioning her. This isn’t a hardship since he’s quite a sexy man. With the help of her teenage assistant, Lynx, they set off to find who is responsible for the murders and to clear any suspicion from Adriel. This story has it all – witches, warlocks, shape shifters, werewolves and vampires. They are all mixed into one exciting story with some explosive scenes to captivate readers. This is the beginning of a new series “Moon Shadow Series” and it’s an excellent beginning. We meet all the characters and immediately fall in love with Adriel, White Feather and Linx – not to mention the rest of this crazy cast. It’s a fast-paced book you won’t want to put down. I haven’t been into the paranormal genre has much has I used to be and this one has re-hooked me and now I want more!
  • Bingoed on Oct. 23, 2011

    The Happy Haven Assisted Living Facility is really hopping when one of their residents, Bob Weiderley, wins at Bingo. A whole dollar bill is his, but when he goes up to collect his winnings, he passes out and winds up in a coma. His fellow residents are stunned. Bob has been in such good shape, even though he is nearly 90. 90-year-old Essie Cobb isn’t buying that the excitement got to Bob. There has to be more to the story than that and she intends to find out. Along with her good friends Opal, Marjorie and Fay, they investigate the situation and find much to be suspicious of and a surprising amount of suspects. For one thing, just before Bob fell into a coma, a stranger sent him a letter with incredibly shocking news. There’s, also, the director of the Happy Haven, as well as the social director, both of whom are acting strangely. Essie’s suspicions even stretch out to the women Bob eats dinner with on a regular basis. She’s determined to get to the bottom of this and find out who wants Bob dead and put an immediate stop to any more plots to kill the man. Bingoed is a humorous book filled with both mystery and laughter – not to mention a number of endearing characters that will warm your heart. It’s a fast-paced, quick read that will surely lighten your mood. This is the first, and hopefully not the last, in the Essie Cobb Senior Sleuth Mystery series.
  • The Less You Know (Book 1) on Jan. 28, 2012

    Cecelia Parkinson is a bail bondswoman. When one of her clients disappears, she has to leave the country to re-apprehend him. She cannot fail or she’ll lost her home, since she mortgaged it for this guy. She’s stunned when an unwelcome acquaintance from her past shows up to help in her search. Robert Lewis isn’t going away and sticks by Cecelia’s side against her wishes. Cecelia has to keep her head together around the sexy guy, but she ends up in the middle of her clients’ drug dealings and finds she needs all the help she can get. This is a fast-paced adventure that I wish was longer. By the end of the book, I found myself wanting more (this is a good thing!) The characters were well-developed, interesting and the plot was a roller coaster of action, mystery and romance all jumbled together in one exciting story. I’m looking forward to reading more stories by this new-to-me author.
  • The Hudson Agency - Chicago Style on April 14, 2012

    Carl Danby has worked for the Hudson Agency as a private investigator for a long time. After suffering from a work-related injury, his boss is pushing for Danby’s retirement. However, Danby is not quite ready to oblige. When a successful business man, Benjamin Porter, is convinced his life is in danger, he hires the Agency to find his attacker. Danby is on the job, but he’s not alone. His boss assigns a new recruit to assist him, much to Danby’s dismay. As Danby uses his knowledge and experience to solve this case, the newbie is looking for answers in other places. Danby does his best not to let the newbie get in the way before something deadly happens to their client. It doesn’t take long for Danby to figure out the true mystery of this case, which is complete with a surprise ending. This is a short story that can be read in just a couple of hours. While readers try to crack the case along with Danby, they will be treated to many humorous scenes and quite a few puzzles to figure out. Danby is a fun, gruff character who readers will find endearing. I hope there will be more stories in the future featuring Danby. FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
  • Desert Intrigue: The Adventures of John and Julia Evans on May 11, 2012

    Julia Evans' brother, Kelly, inherits the family property in Arizona and opens a dude ranch. He does quite well with it, but suddenly, things take a turn for the worst and mysterious things happen. The guests believe the ranch is haunted and business takes a huge nosedive. Julia, her husband and their twin daughters take a trip to Arizona to help out, but it's not as easy as they thought it would be. The mysterious incidents become downright dangerous, especially when Julia's life becomes the target. All signs point to someone on Kelly's ranch being the culprit. A possibility that tears Kelly apart since he trusts the men implicitly, but obviously one of them has betrayed that trust. A secondary storyline involves April, Julia and John's daughter. She's in the midst of planning her wedding and the one person she needs by her side is her mother. However, April understands that Julia needs to be in Arizona for her brother, but that doesn't stop her from nearly having a nervous breakdown when the wedding plans go up in smoke. Meanwhile, fear of going broke is leading Kelly to want to get rid of the precious family land. Julia has no intentions of sitting on the sidelines and allowing this to happen. With the help of her family, she intends to catch the person behind these horrible threats. I loved the first three books in this series, but I actually loved this one even more. I didn't think that was possible. The characters are so well written and I absolutely adore each member of the Evans family. The love and concern they have for each other is apparent with each page. They grab at your heartstrings and won't let go. You can't help but cheer for them. As for the story, talk about a fast-paced story. Desert Intrigue is that and more! It's an easy, quick read. I've been having a tough time this week and this book certainly lightened my mood. It's a book that will leave you with that "warm fuzzy" feeling. This can be read as a standalone book, but I suggest you treat yourself and read them all. Linda Weaver Clarke has outdone herself with this book! FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
  • Desert Intrigue: The Adventures of John and Julia Evans on May 11, 2012

    Julia Evans' brother, Kelly, inherits the family property in Arizona and opens a dude ranch. He does quite well with it, but suddenly, things take a turn for the worst and mysterious things happen. The guests believe the ranch is haunted and business takes a huge nosedive. Julia, her husband and their twin daughters take a trip to Arizona to help out, but it's not as easy as they thought it would be. The mysterious incidents become downright dangerous, especially when Julia's life becomes the target. All signs point to someone on Kelly's ranch being the culprit. A possibility that tears Kelly apart since he trusts the men implicitly, but obviously one of them has betrayed that trust. A secondary storyline involves April, Julia and John's daughter. She's in the midst of planning her wedding and the one person she needs by her side is her mother. However, April understands that Julia needs to be in Arizona for her brother, but that doesn't stop her from nearly having a nervous breakdown when the wedding plans go up in smoke. Meanwhile, fear of going broke is leading Kelly to want to get rid of the precious family land. Julia has no intentions of sitting on the sidelines and allowing this to happen. With the help of her family, she intends to catch the person behind these horrible threats. I loved the first three books in this series, but I actually loved this one even more. I didn't think that was possible. The characters are so well written and I absolutely adore each member of the Evans family. The love and concern they have for each other is apparent with each page. They grab at your heartstrings and won't let go. You can't help but cheer for them. As for the story, talk about a fast-paced story. Desert Intrigue is that and more! It's an easy, quick read. I've been having a tough time this week and this book certainly lightened my mood. It's a book that will leave you with that "warm fuzzy" feeling. This can be read as a standalone book, but I suggest you treat yourself and read them all. Linda Weaver Clarke has outdone herself with this book! FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
  • Who Murdered The Ghost? on June 20, 2012

    In the first book of the Hazel Cartbell mystery series we are introduced to Hazel and her superior Chief Rasmussen. Together, they are on the job and investigating the mysterious happenings in the small New Hampshire town. When they are called to investigate the ghost sightings at the Old Center Cemetery, they are skeptical. They wouldn’t even have bothered investigating if the sighting hadn’t been reported by Sister Marie Catherine. At 92 years of age, the nun is not someone you ignore. So, off the two law enforcement agents went and are more than shocked to discover an actual dead body. It turns out the victim is a young girl and a member of the wealthy Gallagher family whose patriarch recently died. Calling in help from her younger brother, who studies genealogy, Hazel and Rasmussen find themselves in the middle of a family with huge secrets. Could one of those secrets have led to murder? This is a short story which can be read in an hour or so. It’s just as well the story is a short one, because once you get started you won’t want to put it down. However, I do admit that I wish the story was longer – I’d love to learn more about Hazel, her brother and Chief Rasmussen. The author gives us just enough tidbits to keep readers enthralled, but also wanting for more. She creates a wonderful cast of characters that I intend to revisit. The story itself is fast-paced and, as a reader, it’s fun to unravel the story as Hazel and Rasmussen put all the pieces together. FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.