Secrets Won’t Stay Buried in C.J. Tudor’s ‘The Chalk Man’ [REVIEW]

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Chalk figures begin to appear on their own, striking fear in the hearts of longtime friends with a shared secret in C.J. Tudor’s The Chalk Man. (Photo by Quinn Dombrowski, Flickr)

In 1986, a band of misfits on the cusp of adolescence made a discovery that would haunt them forever. They agreed never to speak of it again. Now it seems someone has discovered their secret and is threatening their very lives. Will these old friends be able to stop a stranger bent on revenge before they all fall victim to a killer? Find out in C.J. Tudor’s The Chalk Man.  Read more of this post

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‘Before the Dawn’ Will Make Readers Believe in Monsters [REVIEW]

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Love is deadly when you fall for the wrong man. (Photo by Sarah, Flickr)

When a woman is found brutally murdered, an FBI agent must face ghosts from his past to determine whether the killer is a copycat or if an old nemesis is back from the dead in Cynthia Eden’s Before the Dawn.  Read more of this post

Witness Faces Her Worst Fears in ‘Dark Deception’ [REVIEW]

US Marshals

Determined to protect a woman in witness protection, U.S. Marshal Tony DeLuca races against the clock to keep her alive. (Photo by Shane T. McCoy, US Marshals)

When a deadly prisoner is released on a technicality, a woman in witness protection is forced to face her worst fears once again. Can the U.S. Marshal assigned to her case keep her safe until trial? Find out in Nancy Mehl’s second installment of her Defenders of Justice series, Dark Deception.  Read more of this post

NANCY MEHL: Writing About Serial Killers [GUEST POST]

Serial Killer

Why would an inspirational novelist write about a serial killer? Find out in this guest post from Nancy Mehl. (Photo by Giampaolo Macorig, Flickr)

Do serial killers belong in inspirational suspense and mystery? Some say yes, some say no. I just wrote Dark Deception, where I took on a serial killer for the first time. Why? First of all, serial killers exist. We can’t just pretend they don’t. Actually, many writers include serial killers in their novels without assigning them the title. If the bad guy in a mystery or suspense novel kills more than one person, we could call him (or her) a serial killer, couldn’t we? Of course, these villains are usually trying to cover up a crime – they don’t kill for some kind of perverse gratification. But murder is murder, right? Read more of this post

Fear Has An Agenda In Lisa Jackson’s ‘Expecting to Die’ [REVIEW]

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In Lisa Jackson’s Expecting to Die, someone is watching teens in the moonlit woods. (Photo by Ryan and Sarah Deeds, Flickr)

In Grizzly Falls, urban legends aren’t just stories told around the campfire to keep children awake at night. Deep in the woods, under the shroud of night, a sinister figure is watching… waiting… ready to kill. In Lisa Jackson’s newest Selena Alvarez/Regan Pescoli novel, Expecting to Die, fear has an agenda and it starts with Big Foot. Read more of this post