Dec 012015
 

At thirty-two Kimberly Rossi, a finance officer at a Lexus car dealership, has had her heart broken more times than she wants to remember. With two failed engagements, a divorce and again alone with no prospects, she hardly seems the type to dream of being a published romance author. Dreading another holiday alone, she signs up for The Mistletoe Retreat, a nine-day writing retreat in Burlington, VT. Deep inside Kimberly knows she’s at a junction in her life and it’s time to either fulfill her dream or let it go. The other reason she decides to attend the conference is because famed romance writer, H.T. Cowell, once the best selling romance writer in America, and the author whose books instilled in her the desire to be a writer, will be speaking in public for the first time in more than a decade.

In one of her breakout sessions Kimberly meets another aspiring writer, and one of the few men at the conference, Zeke, an intelligent man with a wry wit who seems as interested in Kimberly as he is in the retreat. As Kimberly begins to open up to him about her stories and dreams, she inadvertently reveals her own troubled past. As Zeke helps her to discover why her books fail to live up to their potential she begins to wonder if he’s really talking more about her life than her literature. But as she grows closer to him, she realizes that Zeke has his own darkness, a past he’s unwilling to talk about.summer

Sep 032015
 

If you enjoyed Stieg Larsson’s gritty character, Lisbeth Salander, check out Andi and Julie. Andi Oliver is a young amnesiac who wakes up in Santa Fe with no memory but a strong determination to survive in “Biting the Moon” by Martha Grimes. Cynical secretary, Julie Collins, has decided to quit her job and partner with a friend as a Private Investigator; however, when the first case she works on involves a 16 year old girl, she finds the job may be more brutal than she expected in “Blood Ties” by Lori Armstrong.

 

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Feb 032015
 

TulipsIf you like historical mysteries, these two are a treat!

“Crocodile on a Sandbank” by Elizabeth Peters is the first in the Amelia Peabody series.  Amelia is a spinster in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s.  She inherited a large estate from her father and can now afford to travel the world.  Due to her interest in Egyptology, she plans a trip up the Nile.  Amelia has a tendency to take over and direct people as she sees fit, so when she runs into a well known archeologist (with a well deserved reputation for being rude) the sparks fly.  However, something is amiss in the Valley of the Kings.  Someone is stalking Amelia’s friend, Evelyn.  Is it someone from her past or someone looking to scare away the whole team?

Following the Napoleonic Wars, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, returns to England.  Little does he know that he will soon be accused of a heinous crime against a young woman he knew only in passing.  Someone is trying to frame him for murder.  Will he be able to ascertain who the real murderer is or will he hang for a crime he didn’t commit?  Check out “What Angels Fear” by C. S. Harris.

These are indeed two Forgotten Gems worth checking out!