Queens Don’t Play: Fear and Gender Equality in Elizabeth’s Court [GUEST POST]

Elizabeth Receiving Dutch Ambassadors, 1560s

Queen Elizabeth I lived during a precarious time for women. Still, she had a knack for handling the men in her life. (Elizabeth Receiving Dutch Ambassadors, 1560s by Levina Teerlinc, Public Domain)

We love a good mystery… especially when it transports us to a time and place we could never go on our own. In Suzanne M. Wolfe’s new novel, A Murder by Any Name, readers are taken to Elizabethan England, where the queen’s ladies in waiting are being killed off one by one, and only one man can find the killer. This premise made us wonder if while researching this story, whether or not Ms. Wolfe discovered any disparities between how the Queen dealt with men versus women. If so, to what extent did fear play a factor in how she dealt with each gender? The author answers all our questions in today’s fascinating guest post. Enjoy! —J&H Read more of this post

‘The Immortal Gene’ Delivers Creepy, Scary Thrills [REVIEW]

Compounding pharmacy laboratory

They wanted to create an immortal gene. Now they must destroy their only mistake. (Photo by Valuecare Pharmacy, Flickr)

A serial killer obsessed with families. A cop with an idyllic life. A pharmaceutical company bent on transforming the future. When all three collide, it can only result in one thing: pure terror. Prepare to burn the midnight oil because Jonas Saul is back with his creepiest thrill ride yet, The Immortal Gene.  Read more of this post

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

Chalk

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

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

Bloody heart

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