Review of:  Something Wicked this way comes by Amy Rae Durreson

TITLE: Something Wicked this way comes
AUTHOR: Amy Rae Durreson
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
RELEASE DATE: Oct 29 2019

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A workaholic teacher and a cranky blacksmith investigate a haunted orphanage in the remote Scottish Borders. What they find together might help them heal the wounds of their pasts… if they survive.
When the charity Leon works for inherits the orphanage, he travels north to see if the site is suitable for a new school. But Vainguard is a place of dark secrets, and Leon unearths a mystery about four children who died there in 1944—a tragic tale with an uncanny connection to the death of Leon’s parents.
Still bitter and guilt-ridden over his daughter’s death, farrier Niall joins Leon in uncovering Vainguard’s cruel history, including not just abuse but a tale about a vengeful spirit preying on local children. As the orphanage’s disturbing past comes to light, another child goes missing.
Niall and Leon know they don’t have long before the child falls victim to a legend straight from the Borders’ blood-soaked past.


Leon is a teacher who helps children with special needs. When his charity, sends him to the Scottish border to evaluate the orphanage they inherited, Leon is welcome by a broody blacksmith, Niall Forster. The old building is more than what Leon expected. A lot of dramas have been done there—a lot of children had been hurt. When another child disappears, Leon and Niall know that something wicked may come to them, but they don’t know how to defeat it.
Something Wicked this way comes by Amy Rae Durreson, gave me the creeps. This book is what I expected—a scary novel with a good mystery.

Leon was an orphan. He lost his family when he was a little child, and after being moved from foster family to foster family, Leon was rescued by Becky’s, a charity that helps children with special needs, and gave them a second chance. Leon was then adopted by Felix and Valerie and became a teacher for Becky. He doesn’t have a lover or a life. When Felix sends him to the Scottish border to evaluate Vainguard, the orphanage, Leon realized he knew this place, and something terrible happened to him there.

Niall is a blacksmith. He’s grieving the loss of his daughter, Katie, who died a year ago in a terrible car accident. Niall is broody and rough, and he doesn’t like strangers either, but Leon touches him and awakes something inside him. When another child disappears, Niall must fight hard against his demons and pain.

Leon and Niall will not only try to save the missing child, but also each other.

I adored them. They were fabulous, sensitive, smart, and funny. Niall is broken by the loss of his daughter, but he tried to survive her, and meeting Leon is probably what Niall needs the most in his lonely life. Leon is a workaholic; he doesn’t have a life, and he feels indebted to Felix. Being at the Scottish border, far away from his family and his job, Leon will have to face his past and fears, but most of all, he will have to fight hard for Niall, and to have the life he really wants.

The plot is about what’s been happening to the children in the village since 1944 and how Leon and Niall are linked to it. The author has created a heavy and suffocating atmosphere. Vainguard, the orphanage, is a character by itself and it was brilliantly written. I was hooked by the story from the beginning. It gave me the creeps I won’t lie, and sometimes I had the feeling of hearing the voice too (no I’m not crazy). The ending was awesome. I didn’t see it coming, not all of it, at least. I adored this book; it was the perfect book to read for the Halloween season.

5 Stars for the teacher and his blacksmith

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Roots of Evil by K.C. Wells

TITLE: Roots of Evil
AUTHOR: K.C. Wells
SERIES: Merrychurch Mysteries#2
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
RELEASE DATE: Oct 22, 2019

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Many consider Naomi Teedle the village witch. Most people avoid her except when they have need of her herbs and potions. She lives alone on the outskirts of Merrychurch, and that’s fine by everyone—old Mrs. Teedle is not the most pleasant of people. But when she is found murdered, her mouth bulging with her own herbs and roots, suddenly no one has a bad word to say about her. Jonathon de Mountford is adjusting to life up at the manor house, but it’s not a solitary life: pub landlord Mike Tattersall sees to that. Jonathon is both horrified to learn of the recent murder and confused by the sudden reversal of public opinion. Surely someone in the village had reason to want her dead? He and Mike decide it’s time for them to step in and “help” the local police with their investigation. Only problem is, their sleuthing uncovers more than one suspect—and the list is getting longer…


Jonathon and Mike are back. Our two adorable amateur detectives have a new mystery to resolve in the not so quiet village of Merrychurch.
Three months after the dreadful event of the summer, Jonathon, as the new lord of the manor, organizes a great bonfire in his property. The entire town is present, and it’s a perfect occasion for Jonathon to meet more inhabitants of Merrychurch.
When Mike and Jon go to see Naomi Teedle, the old village witch, they don’t expect to find her body. A murder had been committed in their village, and Mike and Jonathon decide to investigate it…again.
Roots of Evil by K.C. Well is a Sequel to Truth Will Out. I was happy to have a new mystery to solve with my favorite detectives.

Naomi Teedle was known as the village witch, so why would someone want to see her dead? That’s what Mike and Jonathon want to know. Three months after their encounter, they are a couple, they don’t hide who they are for each other, and they are just them. The village seems to accept them even if Jon’s dad seems to be reluctant and is obsessed with an heir.

Jon and Mike are still in the honeymoon phase. They’re still getting to know each other, but their growing feelings can’t be denied any more even if they fear being rejected by the other.

I love this book more than Truth Will Out. K.C. Wells uses the same ingredients. A good mystery, a murder, a list of potential killer and Mike’s and Jonathon’s mind. It was captivating and funny. Mike and Jonathon have grown together as a couple. If before they seemed like a unit during their encounters, now, as a couple, they’re one. They’re complementary in everything, from their mind to their love.

Their banters are hilarious, and I had a good laughed with them.

I loved their peaceful and sweet life. I love how, between two interviews with the potential killer, the author gave us a piece of their life, their feelings, and their project.

I happily recommend this book; it’s my favorite between you and me!

5 stars for Sherlock and Watson

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Truth will Out by K.C Wells

TITLE: Truth will Out
AUTHOR: K.C Wells
SERIES: Merrychurch Mysteries #1
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
RELEASE DATE: Oct 30, 2018

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Jonathon de Mountford’s visit to Merrychurch village to stay with his uncle Dominic gets off to a bad start when Dominic fails to appear at the railway station. But when Jonathon finds him dead in his study, apparently as the result of a fall, everything changes. For one thing, Jonathon is the next in line to inherit the manor house. For another, he’s not so sure it was an accident, and with the help of Mike Tattersall, the owner of the village pub, Jonathon sets out to prove his theory—if he can concentrate long enough without getting distracted by the handsome Mike.
They discover an increasingly long list of people who had reason to want Dominic dead. And when events take an unexpected turn, the amateur sleuths are left bewildered. It doesn’t help that the police inspector brought in to solve the case is the last person Mike wants to see, especially when they are told to keep their noses out of police business.
In Jonathon’s case, that’s like a red rag to a bull….


Jonathon de Mountford is visiting his uncle Dominic at Merrychurch. A lovely English village where Jonathon looks forward to spent some quiet time with his uncle. But, when he finds Dominic dead in the manor, what is supposed to be a lovely and peaceful weekend turns out to be one of the worst weeks of his life.
Someone has murdered his uncle, and Jonathon has every intention of finding out who did this with the help of the sexy ex-policeman Mike Tattersall.
Truth Will Out by K.C. Wells is book one in the Merrychurch Mysteries series. It was a lovely mystery novel that I really enjoyed.

Merrychurch is a quiet village in the English countryside. Nothing happens in Merrychurch, until the death of the lord of the manor, Dominic de Mountford. Jonathon de Mountford is a famous photographer; he runs around the world searching for the perfect cliché. He’s gay and out, and despite his family’s and his father’s disapproval, Jon refuses to live in a closet.

As Dominic’s nephew and heir, Jon wants to know the truth about his uncle’s death, and while investigating his murder with Mike’s help, Jonathon opens the door to a world of secrets in this quiet village.

Mike is the pub’s owner. After being a policeman in London, Mike had to retire after losing his foot on service. He settles for the quiet and lovely village of Merrychurch. When Jonathon crosses his path and they discover Dominic’s body, the ex-copper inside of him can’t say no to investigate this murder, and it has nothing to do with the growing attraction between the two of them.

I adore Mike and Jonathon. They’re intelligent and funny. They barely know each other, but from the beginning, a connection is made between them, like their minds know each other before they realize.

I love how, while investigating, they discover each other and get to know each other until what they are trying to avoid happens, and they succumb to their desire. I adored them.

The book was super interesting. It had the atmosphere of a classic Agatha Christie, with one murder, a list of potential murderers, and throughout the book you eliminate some of them, add others, etc, etc.

It was funny and easy to read, and the growing feelings between Mike and Jon were super sweet to follow. I recommend this book. It’s a change of our usual read.

It’s 4 stars for the photographer and his ex-copper.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Larry Boots, Exterminator by John Inman

TITLE: Larry Boots, Exterminator
AUTHOR: John Inman
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery / Suspense
RELEASE DATE: June 4, 2019

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Kenny Long is living a new life. Blinded in an accident, he has taken control of his unexpected reality the best way he can, and it’s working out better than he hoped.
Of course Larry Boots doesn’t know any of that. All he sees is a beautiful man sitting on a park bench.
Larry has a few problems of his own: his mother. His job. The lack of romance in his life.
His job. In the course of that job, Larry strikes up a friendship with Kenny. The next thing he knows, he’s so head-over-heels in love, even his mother doesn’t seem so bad. Of course his career is still a problem, but he’s working on that. Hopefully he’ll have the problem resolved before the man he’s being paid to murder succeeds in murdering him first.
And before the man he loves finds out he’s a cold-blooded killer.


Larry is an exterminator. He’s paid to kill people. He’s paid to do right for all their wrong. He doesn’t like his job; he doesn’t like his lonely life either. When he meets Ken at a bench park, Larry doesn’t see a blind man, just a beautiful man that he wants to win over. Larry is ready to leave his career behind, but first, he has to survive his last job.
I adored this book, it was funny, sweet and beautiful. I had a great time reading this story.

Larry is an exterminator, he hates to be called a hitman, even if technically it’s his job. He’s at a crossroads in his life, between his job, his crazy mother and his new lover, Ken. Larry needs to move on from his old life, and Ken is the perfect motivation to help him. I adored Larry, he’s so funny, kind and smart. He’s not a cold, heartless killer, on the contrary, he’s a compassionate man and very empathic to his clients’ pain. I loved him more with Ken, how he was romantic, caring, and madly in love with him.

Ken is a blind man. He lost his sight after a car accident, and even if it was hard and painful for him, he tries his best to adapt to his new situation, and he succeeded. Meeting Larry wasn’t in his agenda, or falling madly in love with him either, but Ken makes the best of this despite his own fears. I loved him too, he touched me a lot. He was a victim of a tragic accident, but he wasn’t a victim of his condition. It shows how strong he really is. I completely melted for him.

The book was written in the first person. Larry is our narrator. I loved it, it was well done, funny and dynamics. The writing was very good, I was captivated from the beginning and hooked in the story throughout my read. The story has a rainbow of feelings. Like I said, Larry isn’t a cold killer, he isn’t incapable of love and compassion, and the author highlights it in his character. I appreciated it as it changes from the stereotype killer incapable of love until he meets the right person blah blah blah.

I had a pleasurable time with them, and I gladly recommend it.

5 Stars for them.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Case of the Voracious Vintner by Tara Lain

TITLE: The Case of the Voracious Vintner
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
SERIES: The Middlemark Mysteries
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
RELEASE DATE: Jan 29, 2019

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Where Bo Marchand comes from, gay men are just confirmed bachelors who never found the right girl. But now Bo’s a successful winemaker on the central coast of California, supporting his whole damned Georgia family, and all he really wants is the beautiful, slightly mysterious Jeremy Aames.
Jeremy’s vineyard is under threat from Ernest Ottersen, the voracious winemaker who seems to know all Jeremy’s blending secrets and manages to grab all his customers. Bo tries to help Jeremy and even provides a phony alibi for Jeremy when Ottersen turns up dead in Jeremy’s tasting room. But it’s clear Jeremy isn’t who he claims, and Bo must decide if it’s worth tossing over his established life for a man who doesn’t seem to trust anyone. When Jeremy gets kidnapped, some of the conservative winemakers turn out to be kinky sex fiends, and the list of murderers keeps dwindling down to Jeremy. Bo has to choose between hopping on his white horse or climbing back in his peach-pie-lined closet.


I loved everything about The Case of the Voracious Vintner by Tara Lain. This is the second book in The Middlemark Mysteries, and there are cameos of Dr. Llewellyn Lewis and Blaise from the first book in the series, The Case of the Sexy Shakespearian, who are planning to have their wedding at Bo Marchand’s winery and end up helping to solve this mystery also. I loved getting to see them again and how happy they are. The book is full of twists and turns and complex characters and details that have you looking one way and convinced of who the bad guy is going to be only to be completely blindsided by who the bad guy ends up being. I loved how I was kept guessing, and it made the book fly by. I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for the next book in the series.

I loved Bo Marchand. I didn’t particularly like his family, but he was a good son to take them all in when his father died, and their company went under. I liked that he held his ground about staying in California and continuing with his successful winery when his mom wanted him to take over the family business and stay in Georgia. Bo is one of the top winemakers on the central coast of California and has a soft spot for newcomer, beautiful and slightly mysterious, Jeremy Aames. Jeremy is a super talented winemaker, but his vineyard is under threat from Ernest Ottersen, the voracious winemaker who seems to know all of Jeremy’s blending secrets and manages to grab all of his customers.

I loved Jeremy. He’s surrounded in mystery, but he’s stubborn also. He is completely determined that Ernest Ottersen is out to get him and put his small vineyard out of business and he can’t figure out why he’s the only one being targeted. But even when the evidence shows that it couldn’t be Ernest, he’s still determined that it is. Who else could it be? You will have to read the book to find that out.

I also loved the chemistry between Bo and Jeremy and how they work together to figure out what is going on and who’s sabotaging Jeremy’s vineyard.

Overall, a lovely mystery/suspense book that I would recommend to everybody.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis