Review by Zita
Book provided by author for review
I very much enjoyed this mystery. It was easy to engage with the main protagonist. Ms. Brink has written a well-rounded and likable character. You find yourself taking the journey alongside her, which is the mark of a well-written piece of fiction. The world Ms. Brink invites you to visit is realistic and completely believable. I don't want to say too much about this story, because the mystery is such an important part of it and I don't want to ruin it for you. What I will say is if you like a good mystery, you'll really enjoy this one, and I highly recommend it.
Reviewer: Judy Nickles
Source: ebook provided by author for review
Ms Brink sets up the suspense immediately and continues to up the ante throughout Crushed. Two parallel love stories add unexpected twists. The characters are well-drawn and believable, and the setting in the lush California Napa Valley is described with enough detail to bring the reader into it, but not over-written. The author weaves the details of wine making through the story narrative, providing bonus information to readers unfamiliar with industry.
Her villains are villainous enough for the most discriminating suspense reader—a father convicted of child molestation but released too soon from prison; an ex-lover who took advantaged of a rebellious teen struggling to get past her early years in a dysfunctional family. Her heroes and heroines are heroic enough for the most discriminating romance reader—a loyal brother and first-class attorney; a woman who has moved from victim to victor; a free-spirited young man searching for his place in life; a young woman who, as a single mother, has had to grow up too soon.
This novel is one of those stories that you enjoy most— short enough to promise a quick resolution, long enough to provide all the action (romantic and suspenseful) that satisfies the reader’s soul.
Reviewed by JoAnne
This was more chick lit than a mystery but it was a fun read. It was sometimes confusing when most of the characters were involved in the same scene. Presley was the quirkiest sleuth I've ever met, but nothing seemed to phase her. She stuck her nose in everywhere it didn't belong but didn't seem to care. You couldn't help but like her. I laughed quite a few times at her antics and couldn't believe she would get away with her actions. I would recommend this book if you're looking for something light. At the end of the book there was an excerpt from the next "case" she was asked to help solve. I'll give that book a try too.
Reviewed by Stephanie O at Romancing the Book
An only child, Sarah goes on Christmas vacation to with her parents and BFF Mary. Sarah’s parents Robert and Tina leave both Sarah and Mary in Mexico for a few more days of vacation as they return home after the New Year. When it’s time to board the plane, Sarah tells Mary go ahead without her, she will be right there. However, the plane is forced to take off without Sarah on it. Now it’s a race to discovery where Sarah is. With so many questions, and very few answers will Stan be able to locate Sarah and bring her home to her family?
Amazing amount of details, gives the reader the feeling as though they are standing there on the street. Seeing the cobblestone drive, feeling the breeze, and smelling the wonderful food of the area; the reader can get the sense they too are walking the streets with Stan as he searches for missing Sarah.
Flash backs from the present to the past give the reader a glimpse of how young Sarah was raised. Until the past and the present collide; and we move forward.
As Stan does some amazing leg work, following barely there trails; he finds himself getting emotionally involved with this case. As time flies by, Stan feels as though time may just be running out. Until a lead comes through that gets his hopes up.
An amazing story of the love parents have for their children. Of a private investigator willing to go the extra mile, with the help of newly made friends. Filled with plenty of twists and turns, leaving the reader guessing; until the end when you just may need a tissue.
Reviewed by JoAnne at Romancing the Book
This is an anthology that was written to raise funds for research in memory of Harry Mosely who died at 11 years of age. Nineteen authors each told about their writing, how they got into writing, what or who inspired them, their writing process, etc. After that brief bit of information, biographical tidbits were provided about each author, the genre they write in, a few titles of books they have written, and their family life. Then an excerpt from one of their books was shared.
I wasn't sure I would enjoy this because of its different type of premise, but I did. It was interesting to read about each author's writing or why they got into writing and just as enjoyable to find out facts about each writer and the genre they write in. I read stories that I normally wouldn't, i.e. paranormal, shape shifters, and animals. The stories I most favored were chick lit, cowboy theme and historical. Most of the excerpts were a good length but several were very short and didn't seem an appropriate piece to include. I found several authors that I will get their books to read to continue where the excerpt left off and several that I will add to my to be read pile.