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#Review | The Sister-In-Law by Pamela Crane

The Sister-In-Law by Pamela Crane
Genre: Domestic Thriller, Suspense
Published by William Morrow
Publication Date: August 10, 2021
ASIN: ‎ B08GKR7NB5
Pages: 368
Review Copy From: Publisher via NetGalley
Edition: Kindle
My Rating: 5+

Synopsis (via GR)

From the USA Today bestselling author of Little Deadly Secrets comes a gripping story about the frailty of family and a battle of wills between a wife and a sister-in-law, bent on revenge.

She stole my husband. So I’d steal her life.

The Wife
Lane won Candace’s heart over chocolate martinis and karaoke. But weeks into their whirlwind marriage, Candace realized Lane came with burdensome baggage in the form of his possessive live-in sister and her eerily watchful six-year-old son. Lane had a secret that seemed to hold him hostage, and Candace would do anything to uncover it.

The Sister-in-Law
Harper was the kind of woman who cooked homemade meals and dusted under the furniture. It was the least she could do for her brother after her husband’s mysterious death, and Lane took her and her kids in. Then Candace showed up like a tornado passing through, threatening and destructive. But Harper had other plans for her new “sister,” plans Lane could never find out about.

The Husband
All Lane had ever wanted was a white-picket-fence life. The wife. The two-point-five kids. The happy little family. Everything seemed to be falling into place with Candace … until Harper’s jealous streak got in the way, again. But choosing between his sister and wife would be costly … and knowing Harper, the price would be blood.

My Thoughts

After I read Little Deadly Secrets, Ms. Crane was instantly added to my “authors to read” list. I just knew that her books would be the perfect match for me and I was right!!!!

The narrative alternates between Candace, Lane’s wife, Lane, and Lane’s sister Harper.

I was hooked on page one and this book had a vice grip on me until the final word. If it wasn’t for adulting, it would have been read in no more than 2 sittings.

When reading suspense thrillers, I always try to figure out the plot but after a few chapters, I threw that idea to the wind because there was so much happening with twists, turns, murder(s), red herrings, lies, secrets, and betrayals that I was afraid I would miss something. So I just went with it and enjoyed the ride. And it was one heck of a ride!!!!

The cast was three-dimensional and believable. With each new chapter and the character’s account of their POV, my suspicion would be with that person. After multiple chapters going back and forth, my head was spinning. I didn’t know who to believe, who to trust, and who to be fearful of.

The crafting of the profound plot and the descriptive writing style made this book exceptional!!

What’s next? I need to get my hands on her next book, Little Does She Know!!!!

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I received a complimentary copy from William Morrow Books via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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    August Monthly Wrap Up

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    August Books Read

    The weather here in RI, during the month of July, wasn’t great pool weather, which is why I didn’t even do a Wrap-Up. But it was definitely pool weather in August, which is why I had a decent month of reading. I wish it was more but, I’ll take it!!. My first, and most enjoyable place for reading, is on one of my pool floats with my protective waterproof Kindle case. Even though it has never leaked, I don’t want to take any chances so I use the first Kindle I ever purchased, which still works. Since I don’t have my phone or TV to distract me that some days I will be floating around in the pool for 2 hours or more. Needless to say, I am quite tanned. In the past, we have had some Septembers where we were in the pool right into October. Keeping my fingers crossed that we have some hot and humid days over the next 30 days to get some more pool time and reading in before we have to close the pool for the winter. 🙁

    My review for Such A Good Wife by by Seraphina Nova Glass was posted on August 10th, which can be seen HERE.
    My review for The Sister-In-Law by Pamela Crane was posted on August 13th, which can be seen HERE.

    My review for Aftermath by Terri Blackstock was posted on August 19th, which can be seen HERE.
    My review for I Said Yes by Kiersten Modglin was posted on August 24th, which can be seen HERE.

    My review for Silent Island by Dana Perry will be posted on October 7th.

    MONTHLY BOOKLY READING REPORT:

     

    Mailbox Monday

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    Mailbox Monday

    According to Marcia, “Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

    Click on title for synopsis via GoodReads.

    Tuesday: (03/09/21)

    What To Do When Someone Dies by Nicci French~ eBook from William Morrow via NetGalley
    What’s Left Unsaid by Emily Bleeker ~ Kindle from Lake Union Publishers via NetGalley

    Thursday: (03/11/21)

    The Sister-In-Law by Pamela Crane ~ William Morrow via NetGalle

     

    2021 Challenges and Read-A-Thons

    2021 READING CHALLENGES

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    02. READING CHALLENGE ADDICT
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    1. GoodReads Challenge [Date Completed]
    2. Reading Challenge Addict[Date Completed]
    3. Color Coded [Date Completed]
    4. [Completed 09/19/21]Mount TBR
    5. [Completed May 9th]NetGalley & Edelweiss
    6. Calendar Of Crime Reading Challenge [Date Completed]
    7. Monthly Key Word [Date Completed]
    8. Debut Author [Date Completed]
    9. What’s In A Name [Date Completed]
    10. New Release Challenge [Date Completed]
    11. [Completed August 29th]Cloak and Dagger
    12. Alphabet Soup ~ Reading Edition [Date Completed]
    13. Alphabet Soup ~ Author Edition [Date Completed]
    14. Literary Escapes [Date Completed]

    03. COLOR CODED
    Hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block

    ~Read nine books in the following categories:
    ***1. A book with “Blue” The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer (cover).
    2. A book with “Red” or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc.) in the title/on the cover.
    3. A book with “Yellow” or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.) in the title/on the cover.
    ***4. A book with “Green” The Betrayal by Terry Lynn Thomas (Cover).
    ***5. A book with “Brown” Such A Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass (Cover)
    ***6. A book with “Black”: Dream Girl by Laura Lippman (Cover).
    7. A book with “White” Aftermath by Terri Blackstock (Cover).
    ***8. A book with “Other color” in the title/on the cover Pink. The Sister-In-Law by Pamela Crane (Cover))
    ***9. A book with a word that implies color Ruby Falls by Deborah Goodrich Royce (Cover)

    04. MOUNT TBR
    Hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block

    Level: Pike’s Peak (12)
    #MountTBR2021
    Books must be owned by prior to January 1, 2021. ~ Link up monthly reviews

    01. (rec’d 10/28/20) The Betrayal by Terry Lynn Thomas
    02. (rec’d 10/23/20) The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer
    03. (rec’d 08/24/20) Do No Harm by Christina McDonald
    04. (rec’d 08/24/20) The Best Of Friends by Lucinda Berry
    05. (rec’d 07/20/20) Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
    06. (rec’d 11/06/20) The Stranger In The Mirror by Liv Constantine
    07. (rec’d 10/13/20) Ruby Falls by Deborah Goodrich Royce
    08. (rec’d 06/24/20) The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
    09. (rec’d 12/15/20) Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
    10. (rec’d 05/30/20) The Last Wife by Karen Hamilton
    11. (rec’d 02/14/20) I Said Yes by Kiersten Modglin
    12. (rec’d 07/27/20) The Liar’s Wife by Kiersten Modglin

    05. NETGALLEY & EDELWEISS
    Hosted by Socrates’ Book Reviews…

    Level:Bronze – 10 Books
    Link up monthly

    01. The Betrayal by Terry Lynn Thomas
    02. The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer
    03. Do No Harm by Christina McDonald
    04. You Will Remember Me by Hannah Mary McKinnon
    05. The Best Of Friends by Lucinda Berry
    06.
    Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
    07. The Stranger In The Mirror by Liv Constantine
    08. The Next Wife by Kaira Rouda
    09. Her FIrst Mistake by Carey Baldwin
    10. Ruby Falls by Deborah Goodrich Royce

    06. CALENDAR OF CRIME READING CHALLENGE
    Hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block

    #CalendarOfCrime2021
    See Rules on hosting site. ~ Link up reviews monthly

    January: (Orig. pub date) The Betrayal by Terry Lynn Thomas
    February: (Orig. pub date 02/16/21) Do No Harm by Christina McDonald
    March: (Orig. pub date 03/02/21) Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
    April: (Orig. pub Date 04/30/21) Her First Mistake by Carey Baldwin
    May: (Orig. pub date 05/04/21) Ruby Falls by Deborah Goodrich Royce
    June: (Orig. pub date 06/22/21) Dream Girl by Laura Lippman
    July: (Orig. pub. date 07/13/21) The Therapist by B.A. Paris
    August: (Orig. pub date 08/10/21) Such A Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass
    September: (Orig. pub date 09/08/21) The Trapped Wife by Samantha Hayes
    October:
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    07. MONTHLY KEY WORD ~ Hosted by GIRLXOXO

    #MonthlyKeyWordGXO
    Read 1 book that includes one or more of the key words in the title.
    Key words can be tweaked. ~ Link up end of month

    JANUARY – End, Princess, Dance, Midnight, Court, Why, Winter, Story
    FEBRUARY – None Do No Harm by Christina McDonald
    MARCH – Dear, Ink, Mercy, Fly, Lost, Never, Match, True
    APRIL – Girl Her First Mistake by Carey Baldwin
    MAY – Away, Wait, Book, Raven, Lake, Angel, Nine, Island
    JUNE – Beneath, Crown, Sing, Rule, Earth, Find, Happen, Cruel
    JULY – Ever, Shine, Gone, Search, Wood, Under, Road, Like
    AUGUST – One, Secret, Will, Tree, Blue, You, Flame, Thousand
    SEPTEMBER – Country, House, Top, Man, Wild, Sweet, Once, Wake
    OCTOBER – Fear, Night, Silent, Wicked, Hidden, Bones, Lied, Ghost
    NOVEMBER – Again, Loud, Star, Stay, Air, When, Since, Race
    DECEMBER – Cold, Room, Life, Bell, Kiss, Dream, Until, Drink

    08. Debut Author
    Hosted by Amber at Books Of Amber

    Tier 2: Read 6 debut books
    Link up monthly

    01. The Betrayal by Terry Lynn Thomas (Thriller genre debut)
    02. Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
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    09. What’s In A Name
    Hosted by Carolina’s at Carolina’s Book Nook

    ***01. One/1 Her First Mistake by Carey Baldwin
    02. Doubled word (ex. In a Dark, Dark Wood; Wolf by Wolf)
    03. Reference to outer space (ex. The Fault in Our Stars)
    04. Possessive noun (ex. The Zookeeper’s Wife)
    05. Botanical word (ex. The Language of Flowers; The Sandalwood Tree)
    06. Article of clothing (ex. Bossypants)

    10. 2021 NEW RELEASE CHALLENGE
    Hosted by (Un) Conventional Bookworms

    #2021NewReleaseChallenge
    Link reviews quarterly
    1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie
    01. (01/07/21) The Betrayal by Terry Lynn Thomas
    02. (04/20/21) The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer
    03. (02/16/21) Do No Harm by Christina McDonald
    04. (05/21/21) You Will Remember Me by Hannah Mary McKinnon
    05. (03/02/21) Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
    06. (07/06/21) The Stranger In The Mirror by Liv Constantine
    07. (05/01/21) The Next Wife by Kaira Rouda
    08. (04/30/21) Her First Mistake by Carey Baldwin
    09. (06/29/21) The Fiancée by Kate White
    10. (05/04/21) Ruby Falls by Deborah Goodrich Royce
    11. (05/04/21) When I Last Saw You by Bette Lee Crosby
    12. (08/03/21) Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens
    13. (06/22/21) Dream Girl by Laura Lippman
    14. (06/02/21) Her Ocean Grave by Dana Perry
    15. (09/14/21) Her Perfect Life by Hank Phillippi Ryan
    16. (07/05/21) Just Married by Kiersten Modglin
    17. (04/13/21) The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
    18. (07/13/21) The Therapist by B.A. Paris
    19. (05/18/21) Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
    20. (06/26/21) Population Zero by Fran Lewis
    21. (08/10/21) Such A Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass
    22. (08/10/21) The Sister-In-Law by Pamela Crane
    23. (05/11/21) Aftermath by Terri Blackstock
    24. (10/05/21) Silent Island by Dana Perry

    25. (09/08/21) The Trapped Wife by Samantha Hayes
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    11. CLOAK AND DAGGER ~ Hosted by Carol at Carol’s Notebook

    Level 16-25 books – Detective
    #CloakDaggerChal
    Link up monthly

    01. The Betrayal by Terry Lynn Thomas
    02. The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer
    03. Do No Harm by Christina McDonald
    04. You Will Remember Me by Hannah Mary McKinnon
    05. The Best Of Friends by Lucinda Berry
    06. Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
    07. The Stranger In The Mirror by Liv Constantine
    08. The Next Wife by Kaira Rouda
    09. Her First Mistake by Carey Baldwin
    10. The Fiancée by Kate White
    11. Ruby Falls by Deborah Goodrich Royce
    12. Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens
    13. Dream Girl by Laura Lippman
    14. Her Ocean Grave by Dana Perry
    15. Her Perfect Life by Hank Phillippi Ryan
    16. Just Married by Kiersten Modglin
    17. The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
    18. The Therapist by B.A. Paris
    19. Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
    20. The Last Wife by Karen Hamilton
    21. Such A Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass
    22. The Sister-In-Law by Pamela Crane
    23. Aftermath by Terri Blackstock
    24. I Said Yes by Kiersten Modglin

    25.Silent Island by Dana Perry

    12. 2021 ALPHABET SOUP
    Hosted by Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

    The First Main Word Needs To Be The Letter You Are Counting
    Except For those pesky Q, X, AND Z titles then the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.
    You can drop the A’s and The’s from the book titles

    #AlphabetSoupChallenge

    A ~ Aftermath by Terri Blackstock
    B ~ The Betrayal by Terry Lynn Thomas
    C ~
    D ~ Do No Harm by Christina McDonald
    E ~ Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
    F ~ The Fiancée by Kate White
    G ~ The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
    H ~ Her First Mistake by Carey Baldwin
    I ~
    J ~ Just Married by Kiersten Modglin
    K ~
    L ~ Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
    M ~
    N ~ The Next Wife by Kaira Rouda
    O ~
    P ~ The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer
    Q ~
    R ~ Ruby Falls by Deborah Goodrich Royce
    S ~ The Stranger In The Mirror by Liv Constantine
    T ~ The Best Of Friends by Lucinda Berry
    U ~
    V ~
    W ~ When I Last Saw You by Bette Lee Crosby
    X ~
    Y ~ You Will Remember Me by Hannah Mary McKinnon
    Z ~

    13. 2021 ALPHABET SOUP ~ AUTHOR EDITION
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    #AlphabetSoupAuthorChallenge

    A ~ Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
    B ~ The Best Of Friends by Lucinda Berry
    C ~ The Stranger In The Mirror by Liv Constantine
    D ~ Her Ocean Grave by Dana Perry
    E ~
    F ~ Population Zero by Fran Lewis
    G ~ Such A Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass
    H ~ You Will Remember Me by Hannah Mary McKinnon
    I ~ I Said Yes by Kiersten Modglin

    J ~
    K ~ The Next Wife by Kaira Rouda
    L ~ Dream Girl by Laura Lippman
    M ~ Do No Harm by Christina McDonald
    N ~
    O ~
    P ~ The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer
    Q ~
    R ~ Ruby Falls by Deborah Goodrich Royce
    S ~ Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens
    T ~ The Betrayal by Terry Lynn Thomas
    U ~
    V ~
    W ~ The Fiancée by Kate White
    X ~
    Y ~
    Z ~

    14. 2021 LITERARY ESCAPES
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    Alabama ~
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    California ~ The Betrayal by Terry Lynn Thomas
    Colorado ~
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    Florida ~
    Georgia ~ Aftermath by Terri Blackstock
    Hawaii ~
    Idaho ~
    Illinois ~ Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
    Indiana ~
    Iowa ~
    Kansas ~
    Kentucky ~
    Louisiana ~ Such A Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass
    Maine ~ You Will Remember Me by Hannah Mary McKinnon
    Maryland ~ Dream Girl by Laura Lippman
    Massachusetts ~ The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer
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    Nebraska ~ Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
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    North Carolina ~ The Sister-In-Law by Pamela Crane
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    Ohio ~ The Next Wife by Kaira Rouda
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    Pennsylvania ~ The Stranger In The Mirror by Liv Constantine
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    Tennessee ~ Just Married by Kiersten Modglin
    Texas ~
    Utah ~
    Vermont ~
    Virginia ~
    Washington ~ Do No Harm by Christina McDonald
    West Virginia ~ When I Last Saw You by Bette Lee Crosby
    Wisconsin ~
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    CANADA ~ Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens

    LONDON: The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

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    01. You Will Remember Me by Hannah Mary McKinnon
    02. The Fiancée by Kate White
    03. Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens
    04. Her Ocean Grave by Dana Perry
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    07. The Therapist by B.A. Paris
    08. Population Zero by Fran Lewis
    09. Such A Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass
    10. Aftermath by Terri Blackstock
    11. The Liar’s Wife by Kiersten Modglin

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    01. The Betrayal by Terry Lynn Thomas
    02. The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer
    03. Do No Harm by Christina McDonald
    04. You Will Remember Me by Hannah Mary McKinnon
    05. The Best Of Friends by Lucinda Berry
    06. Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
    07. The Next Wife by Kaira Rouda
    08. Her First Mistake by Carey Baldwin
    09. Ruby Falls by Deborah Goodrich Royce
    10. When I Last Saw You by Bette Lee Crosby
    11. Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens
    12. Dream Girl by Laura Lippman
    13. Her Ocean Grave by Dana Perry
    14. Just Married by Kiersten Modglin
    15. The Good Sister by Sally HepworthHer Perfect Life by Hank Phillippi Ryan
    16. Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
    17. The Last Wife by Karen Hamilton
    18. Such A Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass
    19. The Sister-In-Law by Pamela Crane
    20. Aftermath by Terri Blackstock 21. I Said Yes by Kiersten Modglin
    22. The Trapped Wife by Samantha Hayes
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    ALL SIGNS POINT TO MURDER by Connie di Marco (Guest Post, Showcase & Giveaway)

    All Signs Point to Murder by Connie di Marco

    All Signs Point to Murder

    by Connie di Marco

    on Tour July 23 – August 23, 2017

    Synopsis:

    All Signs Point to Murder by Connie di Marco

    Rob Ramer was the perfect husband until he committed the ultimate family faux pas — he shot his sister-in-law to death. Believing himself under attack by an intruder in his home, he fired back. But when evidence is discovered that Rob’s wife, Brooke, was plotting his murder, Brooke is charged with conspiracy in her sister’s death. Geneva, a third sister, is desperate for answers and seeks the help of her friend, San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti. Geneva’s lost one sister and now it seems she’ll lose the other. Was this a murder plot or just a terrible accident? Julia vows to find the answer in the stars.

    Book Details:

    Genre: Mystery, Paranormal
    Published by: Midnight Ink
    Publication Date: August 2017
    Number of Pages:336
    ISBN: 0738751073 (ISBN13: 9780738751078)
    Series: A Zodiac Mystery, 2 | Each is a Stand Alone Mystery
    Purchase Links: Amazon 🔗 | Barnes & Noble 🔗 | IndieBound 🔗 | Goodreads 🔗

    Read an excerpt:

    The building on Guerrero was a once proud Victorian with bow front windows. It had since been broken up into six small units and fallen into disrepair. I drove around the block several times before I managed to find a parking spot a few doors down. The shops on the main street were long closed and the streets deserted. I shivered and let the car heater run another minute to warm up before I left the comfort of my little metal box. There was something about this chore that made my stomach go into knots. Rummaging through a dead woman’s possessions was bad enough, but what if I found something that implicated Moira in a crime? Should I remove it and risk the police finding out?

    I climbed out of the car, careful to lock it and approached the long stairway leading to the front door. The wind had died down and now fog danced around the streetlights. It was eerily quiet. No lights shone from any of the windows. I hoped all the residents were safely tucked up in their beds by now. I climbed the cracked granite stairs to the entrance. The weathered door stood ajar, listing slightly on its hinges. I grasped the handle and twisted it, but the lock mechanism was out of commission. Inside, a bare overhead light bulb hung from a chain. It cast a meager glow down the long corridor, cannibalized from a once grand entryway. The hallway smelled of dirty cat litter, moldy vegetables and cigarette smoke. I followed the corridor to the end, and stopped at the last door on the right.

    I slipped the key into the lock. It offered no resistance. The door opened immediately. Had it not been locked? I caught a slight scuffling sound and cringed. I hoped no furry long-tailed creatures were waiting inside for me. I reached around the doorway and felt along the wall. My fingers hit the switch. A rusting chandelier with two bulbs missing illuminated the one large room that was both Moira’s living room and bedroom. I tested the key with the door open, locking and then unlocking it. Now I felt the resistance. The door had definitely been unlocked. I stepped inside and shut it behind me, making sure the lock was secure. Was it possible someone had been here before me and left without locking the door? Or had Moira simply been careless?

    I had to make sure I was alone in the apartment. There were no hiding places in this sparsely furnished room. I checked under the bed just to be sure and opened the closet, terrified that someone or something might jump out at me. The closet was narrow, filled with a jumble of clothing, half on the floor. I walked into the kitchenette and spotted a doorway that led to the back stairs and the yard. I tested the handle on the door. Locked. I checked the space between the refrigerator and the wall, and then the shower stall in the bathroom. I was alone. I had been holding my breath and finally let it out in a great sigh.

    I started with the drawers in the kitchen and checked the counter, looking for any notes with names or phone numbers. There was nothing. The kitchen was surprisingly clean, as if Moira had never used the room. Inside the refrigerator were a few condiments, a half-eaten unwrapped apple and a loaf of whole wheat bread. I quickly rummaged through the drawers and the freezer to make sure there were no bundles of cash disguised as frozen meat.

    The main room housed a collection of hand-me-downs and broken furniture, ripped curtains and piles of clothing in various spots around the floor. Had she really lived like this? I heaved up the mattress, first on one side and then the other, making sure nothing was hidden between it and the box spring. Under the bed, I spotted only dust bunnies. I pulled open each of the bureau drawers, checked their contents and pulled them all the way out to make sure nothing was behind them. I opened a small drawer in the bedside stand. Amid a loose pile of clutter was a dark blue velvet box embossed with the letter “R” in cursive gold script. Could this be from Rochecault? I was fairly certain it was. Rochecault is an infamously expensive jeweler on Maiden Lane downtown. How could Moira have shopped there? Was this what Geneva had meant when she said her sister seemed to have a lot of money to spend?

    I opened the box and gasped. An amazing bracelet heavy with blue stones in varying colors rested inside. The setting had the slightly matte industrial sheen of platinum. Moira couldn’t possibly have afforded this. Shoving the box into a side pocket of my purse, I decided I was definitely not leaving this for the police to find, and slid the drawer shut.

    I scanned the room. Moira hadn’t been much of a housekeeper and it didn’t appear as if there were many hiding spots. I headed for the desk, a rickety affair with two drawers and a monitor on top. I clicked on the hard drive and waited a moment. The monitor came to life and asked for a password. It would take someone much more talented than I to unearth its secrets. Under a jumble of papers and unopened bills, my eye caught a small black notebook. This looked promising. Perhaps it was an address book that would give us all of Moira’s contacts. I dropped my purse on the floor and reached for the book. A searing pain shot through my skull. Blinded, I fell to the floor.

    ***

    Excerpt from All Signs Point to Murder by Connie di Marco. Copyright © 2017 by Connie di Marco. Reproduced with permission from Connie di Marco. All rights reserved.

    GUEST POST

    Julia Bonatti, my protagonist in the Zodiac Mysteries solves crimes using astrology. And I hear from readers all the time – some love the subject of astrology and want to know more, while others aren’t particularly interested and are happy to skip those parts. That’s fine with me. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Julia just happens to have an unusual occupation. Hopefully, there are enough thrills and chills in her investigations that will keep readers turning the pages.

    Mostly, people want to know how Julia figures things out and what she sees in a chart that alerts her to possible danger. She can tell an awful lot about an individual from a chart and can make an educated guess about how that person approaches life. Here’s an example that might help explain a few things:

    This is a chart of a man born on July 26 at 7:29 p.m. in Kesswil, Switzerland. I won’t mention the year, not yet. What can we tell from the chart, without knowing the man’s name or his profession?

    • He’s a Leo with a Moon in Taurus and Aquarius rising. All fixed signs – he’s proud, stubborn and not easily swayed. There’s a heavy emphasis in his 6th house. Mercury and Venus are conjunct on the cusp. And the Sun and Uranus are also in the 6th. The focus of his life will be his work (6th house). He’s possibly involved in medicine. But since Mercury and Venus are in Cancer, a sign ruled by the Moon, there’s an element of “feeling” and “emotion.” The Moon/Pluto conjunction tells us he’s an intensely emotional individual. In the 3rd house he’d probably be a writer of some sort.
    • Aquarius rising — he’s eccentric and marches to the beat of his own drum. With Saturn on the Ascendant he would appear cold or clinical, but Uranus (the ruler of his Ascendant) is very close to his 7th house cusp. He’d be radical and eccentric in his relationships.
    • Sagittarius is on the cusp of his 10th house (Midheaven), along with Mars in Sagittarius. In his career, he would pay absolutely no attention to what his mentors or colleagues thought. He’d be fearless and innovative.
    • Neptune is in square (90 degree) aspect to his Sun sign. This would give him a mystical bent, but he could possibly misuse the Neptune energies and be vulnerable to addiction. He might avoid that escape as long as he is dedicated to his work.

    Can you guess whose chart this is? I’ll give you a hint. He was born in 1875. He died in 1961 at the age of 86, a nice long life which he dedicated to developing analytical psychiatry (medicine and emotions). The chart belongs to Carl Jung. He was a prolific writer and a protégé of Sigmund Freud until he broke from his mentor to pursue his own path. He was married with five children and maintained an open extra-marital relationship for many years, heedless of what society at the time thought.

    He was also an astrologer! (Uranus) He worked with dream states (Neptune) and observed recurring archetypes in his patients’ dreams. He came to believe that the archetypal images in astrology represented experiences and emotions common to all people and theorized that humans share a collective unconscious. He said, “Whatever is born or done at a particular moment of time, has the quality of this moment of time,” i.e., an astrological chart.

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    So that’s how Julia does it. How I do it is struggling to find a believable chart for my murderer or his victim. Just in case any astrologers out there are paying attention!

    Connie di Marco

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    Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries from Midnight Ink, featuring San Francisco astrologer, Julia Bonatti. The first in the series, The Madness of Mercury, was released in June 2016 and the second, All Signs Point to Murder, available for pre-order now, will be released on August 8, 2017.

    Writing as Connie Archer, she is also the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. Some of her favorite recipes can be found in The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. Connie is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

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    Guest Author KATHLEEN DELANEY

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    KATHLEEN DELANEY

    Kathleen Delaney has written four previous Ellen McKenzie Real Estate mysteries, but has never before transported her characters out of California. A number of years ago she visited Colonial Williamsburg and fell in love. Long fascinated with our country’s history, especially the formation years, she knew she wanted to set a story there. Another trip with her brother and sister-in-law solidified the idea that had been rolling around in her head but she needed more information. A phone call to the nice people at Colonial Williamsburg provided her with appointments to visit the kitchen at the Payton Randolph house, where she got her first lesson in hearth cooking and a meeting with the people who manage the almost extinct animal breeds the foundation is working to preserve. A number of books purchased at the wonderful bookstore at the visitor’s center gave her the additional information she needed and the story that was to become Murder by Syllabub came into being. Kathleen lived most of her life in California but now resides in Georgia. She is close to many historical sites, which she has eagerly visited, not only as research for this book but because the east is rich in monuments to the history of our country. Luckily, her grandchildren are more than willing to accompany her on their tours of exploration. You can find Kathleen on the Web at delaney.camelpress.com.
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    Thank you for inviting me to stop by and tell you all a little about my life as a writer. My initial thought was my approach is not much different than any other writer, but on second thought, that is probably not correct. We are all pretty different people, write different kinds of books, and probably set up our writing agendas differently as well. In writing, as in so many things, there is no right or wrong way to do things, just the way it works for each individual. Having said that…

    Do I use current events or personal experience to draw from? I write murder mysteries. Cozies, to be sure, but even in cozies we manage to litter the landscape with dead bodies. I’ve never murdered anyone in real life, and my experience with dead bodies is no more extensive, so really neither. It’s all imaginary. Leaves one to wonder about the imagination of mystery writers, I’ll admit, but maybe it’s therapeutic. I’m not sure. However, I’ve left a battered corpse in an upstairs closet, another pinned to a bale of straw by a pitchfork. Another time I pushed a very disagreeable chef into a wine fermenting tank, and killed off an old man with the marble arm of a cemetery angel. In the most recent book, Murder by Syllabub I did just that. Murdered the man with a glass of a sweet, colonial drink called Syllabub that I liberally laced with poison. But not to worry. He had it coming. Things that have happened to me, usually small things like forgetting to take the plastic wrap off the casserole before putting it in the oven to heat, have made their way into my books, I must admit, but I try not to get too many current events included as I don’t want to tie them to tightly to any particular month or year.

    Do I start my books with the conclusion or start at the beginning and see where it all ends up? Since I’m never sure just what the conclusion is, and sometimes who did it, I start at the beginning. I find myself saying “and then what happened” a lot. Some people outline the whole book before writing it,  some write character sketches of everyone who appears, including the paper boy who only appears once and for just one ride by, but I find I can’t do that. My first draft serves as an outline and that’s where I develop my characters. My second drafts really get chopped up and stuff gets either deleted or moved around a lot, but by then I’m confident in my story and it’s just a matter of telling it the best way I can.  By the time we get to the third draft, it’s almost starting to make sense. This requires a lot of rewriting, it’s true, but it seems to be the way I do things best.

    Do I have a routine: You bet. Absolutely. Sort of. I get up in the morning, stagger out to the kitchen, let the dogs out and push the button on the coffee maker. After that, well, I try to keep to a loose schedule. Marketing, first thing. I read my email and answer any that require it, post on facebook, twitter, other on line groups, do the basic housework, and then start writing. Of course, if I’m in the middle of an idea and words are pouring out every which way, nothing else gets done. Doctors, hair appointments (very important), Silver Sneakers gym class, grandkids, all that kind of thing, interrupt a perfectly good schedule on a regular basis. For years I fit my writing in and around a day job. I was a real estate broker in a small town on California’s central coast , raised and showed Arabian horses as well as kids, but no  more. I have retired from all that and write full time. As much full time as all those other things will let me.

    Authors I admire. The estimable Elizabeth Peters, who died recently, has long been someone I admired and whose work I spent many delighted hours reading. We will miss her. There have been so many over the years that if I started I wouldn’t know where to stop. I read lots of mysteries, always have, but my reading is by no means limited to them. I am currently reading And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. I loved his other two and so far think this is terrific.

    Am I writing another book? Yes. I am almost finished with the first draft. It is the first book in a new series and it features dogs. And dog people. Also murder. Please don’t ask me how it ends. I’m not there, yet.

    Another question asked was about TV vrs reading. There are very few things on TV that get me away from my latest book. Among them is Downton Abbey. The next episodes start in January, I think. I can hardly wait.

    Now, about food and drink. I like to do both, and it really depends on a lot of things, weather, what I’m doing and where I am, as what might be my favorite at any one time. You can’t beat a glass of ice cold sun tea on a hot afternoon in the south. No sugar for me, please. Or the smell of fresh brewed coffee on a cold morning. Actually, any morning. But I’ll tell you about one meal that was special in several ways. A small waterfront restaurant in the south of France, in the middle of the fishing fleet. The boats were tied up for the night, the restaurant supposedly closed, but I was to leave for home the next day and I wanted paella. The people at the hotel where we were staying said that restaurant made the best there was to be had. Naturally, I was disappointed, but not for long. A phone call was made, they would be happy to open for our party of ten. The hotel people were right, the food was wonderful, so was the wine, and the restaurant owner serenaded us with songs he used to sing as a cabaret singer in Paris. Lots of things besides food and drink go into a favorite meal.

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    A ghost in Colonial dress has been wreaking havoc at an old plantation house in Virginia. The house is owned by Elizabeth Smithwood, the best friend of Ellen McKenzie’s Aunt Mary. Mary is determined to fly to the rescue, and Ellen has no choice but to leave her real estate business and new husband to accompany her. Who else will keep the old girl out of trouble? When Ellen and Aunt Mary arrive, they find that Elizabeth’s “house” comprises three sprawling buildings containing all manner of secret entrances and passages, not to mention slave cabins. But who owns what and who owned whom? After Monty—the so-called ghost and stepson of Elizabeth’s dead husband—turns up dead in Elizabeth’s house, suspicion falls on her. Especially when the cause of death is a poisoned glass of syllabub taken from a batch of the sweet, creamy after-dinner drink sitting in Elizabeth’s refrigerator. Monty had enemies to spare. Why was he roaming the old house? What was he searching for? To find the truth, Ellen and her Aunt Mary will have to do much more than rummage through stacks of old crates; they will have to expose two hundred years of grudges and vendettas. The spirits they disturb are far deadlier than the one who brought them to Virginia. Murder by Syllabub is the fifth book of the Ellen McKenzie Mystery series.

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    Mildred leaned back against the drain board, as if she needed it to prop her up. “Do you think he’ll be back?”

    I set the dish on the drain board along with the other rinsed dishes. “You mean the murderer?”

    Mildred nodded.

    I’d wondered the same thing. “I think it was Monty prowling around upstairs, looking for something. Why he was dressed like that, I can’t imagine, but I don’t think he found whatever it was he was looking for. The only reason I can think of for both Monty and whoever slipped him the poison to be here is they were looking for the same thing. I don’t think they found it. So, yes, I think whoever it is will be back.”

    Mildred nodded. “I think so, too. That crate was no accident.” She paused before going on, her voice filled with apprehension. “You know, McMann isn’t going to buy the mysterious prowler story. He’s going to take the easy way out. Elizabeth fed Monty the poison before she left for the airport and we’re protecting her.” She sighed deeply and turned to the dishwasher. “Might as well load this. Can you hand me that bowl?”

    She opened the door, pulled out the top rack and froze. “How did that get in here?”

    “What’s the matter? Oh no.”

    We stood, frozen, staring at the immaculately clean crystal glass, sitting on the top rack in solitary splendor.

    “That’s one of the old syllabub glasses.” Mildred turned around to look at the glasses on the hutch and returned her gaze to the dishwasher. She pulled the rack out all the way but the dishwasher was empty, except for the one glass.

    I’d had a close enough look at the glass next to Monty to know this was from the same set. “It’s the missing syllabub glass.”

    “Missing?” Mildred’s hand went out to touch it, but she quickly withdrew. “Where are the others? Cora Lee and I packed these away years ago. There were eight of them. How did this one get in here?”

    “Noah didn’t tell you?”

    “That boy only tells me what he wants me to know. What was it he should have told me?”

    “The set of these glasses were on the sideboard in the dining room where Monty was killed. Six of them. One was beside Monty with the remains of a sticky drink in it. That made seven. One was missing. The one the murderer used.”

    We stared at each other then back into the dishwasher. “That’s got to be the missing one, right there.” Mildred took a better look. “It’s clean. Someone’s trying to frame Elizabeth.”

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    Genre: Cozy Mystery
    Published by: Camel Press
    Publication Date: July 1, 2013
    Number of Pages: 298
    ISBN: 978-1-60381-957-2

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    Guest Author Cindy McDonald

    I am sure everyone is busy with last minute shopping and the hustle and bustle of  Christmas.  Have a reader on your list who likes a good suspenseful read?   I am here to help, you still have time to purchase today’s guest’s novel.  She is taking time, out of her busy schedule, to visit as she begins her virtual tour with Partners In Crime Tours.  Please, help me in giving a warm welcome to Cindy McDonald!!

    CINDY McDONALD

    For twenty-six years my life whirled around a song and a dance: I was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of my adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005. Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer to write about things I have experienced (greatly exaggerated upon of course) with my husband’s Thoroughbreds and the happenings at the racetrack.
    Surprised? Why didn’t I write about my experiences with dance? Eh, believe it or not life at the racetrack is more…racy. The drama is outrageous—not that dancers don’t know how to create drama, believe me, they do but race trackers just seem to get more down and dirty with it which makes great story telling—great fiction.

    I didn’t start out writing books, The Unbridled Series started out as a TV drama, and the Hollywood readers loved the show. The problem was we just couldn’t sell it. So one of the readers said to me, “Cindy, don’t be stupid. Turn your scripts into a book series.” and so I did!
    In May of 2011 I took the big leap and exchanged my dancin’ shoes for a lap top—I retired from dance. It was a scary proposition, I was terrified, but I had the full support of my husband, Saint Bill. It has been a huge change for me. I went from dancing hard five hours a night to sitting in front of a computer. I still work-out and I take my dog, Harvey, for a daily run. I have to or I’d be as big as a house. Do I miss dance? Sometimes I do. I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love my books and I love sharing them with you.
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    Vic Deveaux’s glory days as a winning jockey have ended, but he refuses to accept that pile of horse hockey! When the West family asks Vic to take an easier position at their Thoroughbred farm, Westwood, he becomes enraged and teams up with two greedy stable hands in a scheme to kidnap the youngest son, Shane. Things turn ugly when Vic discovers that his new-found friends have murder on their minds. Suddenly Vic finds himself between a rock and a hard place. He has betrayed his good friend, Eric West, but will he participate in his son’s murder as well? Not content to sit at home and wait for her men to bring her brother home, Kate West convinces homicide detective, Carl Lugowski, to check out a hunch at an old abandoned mansion. Soon they’re trapped in a hornet’s nest of a notorious biker gang. Oh yeah, Vic’s deception has placed the West family in more danger than they know what to do with!

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    The fading sunlight seeped through the curtains, shimmering over the silky white Persian cat, Stella, sleeping on the window sill. The candles on the vanity flickered, sending a waft of vanilla throughout the room, camouflaging the smell of sex. Ava West’s auburn hair cascaded across her shoulders, and her breathing was shallow and steady against Carl Lugowski’s chiseled chest.Lieutenant Carl Lugowski worked homicide for the Rosemount Police Department. He was normally a light sleeper as most cops are. Subconsciously prepared for that emergency phone call from the station that jolts them from their bed, because a body had been found in some dark alley, or a domestic argument had gone terribly awry, resulting in murder. But today his sleep was deep and his gentle snore was restful, holding Ava’s beautiful naked body in his arms, after their afternoon of abandoned love-making.

    God she knew how to get to him. He had taken a half day off, they were supposed to see a matinee, but when he arrived at her apartment, Ava had other plans. Not a problem. Nosiree, Bob. She answered the door in a dark blue lace Teddy, accentuating the swell of her round breasts and her stiff nipples peeking through the sheer delicate fabric. Her sultry green eyes had a “come on” look, and her plump lips curled, begging to be kissed, hard.

    Ava didn’t flirt. When she wanted sex, she was shameless. She opened the door and pressed her lips to his, running her hands over his chest, unbuttoning his shirt. There was no fumbling. The buttons slipped open with unerring precision. He slipped the strap of the Teddy from her shoulder, baring her beautiful breast, running his tongue over the pebbled nipple, feeling the undeniable pressure of his erection. Her smile turned devious, pushing him away. Ava was like that. She teased. He knew what she was about.

    As gracefully as a dancer, she swooped up two glasses of wine from the hall table, strutting toward the bedroom. Her long silky hair caressed her back as she moved. Lord have mercy, how he loved to watch her walk toward that bedroom where pleasure would rule the afternoon, and where once would never be enough to satisfy her desire. Ava was a demanding lover, and he aimed to please and please and freakin’ please. Who needs a damned movie?

    Their clothes lie on the floor, and the daylight was gently giving way to the purple whisper of twilight. They were spent. The sheets lightly covered their warm moist naked bodies, until suddenly the surreal quiet was broken by Lugowski’s cell phone buzzing and vibrating against the lamp on the nightstand. Damn it. His eyes dragged open slowly, rotating toward the meddling reverberation. He let out a low grouse, and then begrudgingly reached for the phone. Ava tugged at his arm.

    “Let it go to voice mail,” she murmured.

    Not a bad idea. In fact, he was seriously considering it, when his eyes caught the name on the screen: KATE WEST.

    Game changer.

    His relationship with Ava meant the world to him. He had wanted that woman since well, forever. He wanted her when they were in high school. He wanted her while he was away at the academy, and he still wanted her when he returned to find that she was Mike West’s wife. But now she was exactly where he always wanted her to be, in his life, and in his bed.

    Wrangled and rocked beyond his control, his heart helplessly skipped a beat when Kate West was around, hell, when Kate West’s name was merely mentioned. She stirred something inside him that he couldn’t explain. He couldn’t wrap his head around, it confused and quite frankly scared the hell out of him.

    She wasn’t the clichéd blue-eyed, blonde-haired, “girl next door”. But she was definitely a woman any man would want to come home to, wrap his arms around, and make love to night after night. Kate West was what Lugowski would define as “a keeper”.

    WTF? He was in bed with the woman of his dreams. He should really let the call go. Yeah, really, that’s what he should do. She was squeezing him, why would she be calling? They didn’t have anything but a professional relationship. So…

    “I need to take this. Sorry, baby,” he said, sitting up, pressing the phone as tightly and as covertly as possible to his ear. “Lugowski…” he announced, making sure he sounded authoritative, official.

    “Carl, I’m so sorry to bother you. This is Kate West.”

    Ava groaned, dragging her fingers through her hair, perking her ears when she detected a slightly familiar female voice, filtering through the receiver. It made her brows furrow and her lips purse. Suspicion was mixing it up with jealousy, fast. Lugowski had successfully muffled the voice, but she tilted her head against the pillow, narrowing her eyes, engaged. The voice sounded like Kate’s, and that was definitely an unacceptable intrusion on her afternoon delight.

    “What’s going on?” Lugowski asked, recognizing the disquiet in her voice.

    “I don’t want to talk about it over the phone, but it’s really important, Carl. Can we meet at McDonald’s?”

    Coffee, he had had coffee with the lovely blonde at McDonald’s several times, usually at his request, and it had become almost a code between them-never anything sexual, and he wasn’t sure what he would do if it ever did. Shit. What was he thinking? Kate was Mike West’s little sister, and Ava’s ex-sister-in-law. It was too complicated, too weird, too out-of-control…

    “I’m on my way,” no hesitation, the words spilled right out of his mouth, as he ended the call, pitching the sheets aside, swinging his legs over the bed, and reaching for his boxer briefs.

    Briskly sitting up, Ava grabbed his arm. The black satin sheets slipped to her waist. Her breasts bobbed delicately into glorious view, “What? Wait a minute, where are you going?” She demanded in a high-pitched annoyed tone, and it only took a nanosecond for her green bedroom eyes to morph into a jaded glower.

    It was a justified question that he knew he couldn’t give an honest answer to; unless he was absolutely sure he wanted to endure the repercussions. Ava would be furious, to say the least, if she knew he was leaving her bed to go to Kate’s aid, or whatever it was that he was going to, he wasn’t sure.

    He just knew that he had to go.

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