Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Dragon Captives (The Unwanteds Quests) by Lisa McMann

Dragon Captives (The Unwanteds Quests, #1)Book Description:

Ten years after Alex and Aaron Stowe brought peace to Quill and Artimé, their younger twin sisters journey beyond the islands in this first novel of a new sequel series to The Unwanteds, which Kirkus Reviews called “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.”

Identical twins Fifer and Thisbe Stowe have amazing yet uncontrollable magical abilities. They’re naturally more gifted than even their brother, Alex, the head mage of Artimé, could hope to be. But when they accidentally use their magic in the jungle of Artimé to strike down a beloved creature, Alex is furious, and threatens to lock them away until they can learn to control their power.

The threat is soon forgotten, though, when Hux, the ice blue dragon, comes to Artimé bearing the horrible news that his siblings have been enslaved by the notoriously evil Revinir, ruler of the dragon land.

Seeking a chance to right their wrong and escape their brother’s wrath, Thisbe, Fifer, and their friend Seth sneak away to rescue the dragons from grave peril. Will their untrained abilities be enough to save the dragons—and themselves—when they come face-to-face with the Revinir?

My Thoughts:
Honestly, I did not enjoy this book as much as I did the Unwanteds Series.  The change of narrarator took some getting used to.  I understand why it happened, this series focuses on the twin girls and not Alex and Aaron.  Still, the change in voices was a distraction.  Then, the drastic change in Alex was not a good thing.  I still enjoy seeing how Aaron has changed and the new things going on in his life, but Alex is just not the same.
The twins seem like spoiled brats.  They don't care who they get into trouble or hurt as long as they are entertained.  They stress Alex and don't seem to care that he is trying to keep everyone safe becasue it isn't what they want to happen.  So they and their best friend lie and go on a quest that they are quite ill prepared for, leading to more people in trouble.
Personally, I didn't care for the book, my 10 year old was ok with it, but had the same issues I had.  My 7 year old liked it better than either of us but still prefered the previous series.  We will continue on because the book ends on a cliffhanger and my younger wants to know what happens.  I guess this book is for a younger audience than the original series.  I'm hoping because of everything the characters have gone through, they will grow up a bit.
It leveled out to a 4/5 for us.  

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A Weapon of Magical Descruction by Katie Salidas

A Weapon Of Magical Destruction (Agents of A.S.S.E.T. Book 1)Book Description:

Everything you know about magic is wrong. It's real, deadly, and inescapable. 

Sage Cynwrig knows her way around a pair of twenty-sided dice, and has forgotten more spells than you’ll ever know. But when her mother is killed by a weapon of magical destruction, fantasy merges into a strange new reality. Her birthmark morphs into the Tree of Life, her boss goes full troll (warts and all), vampires start hitting on her, and shadows do more than just follow silently. 

Had Sage been warned about her special lineage, before her mother's murder, she might have agreed to join the Anonymous Supernatural Security and Elimination Taskforce (A.S.S.E.T). When agent Grey Maddox shows up to recruit Sage, filling her head with stories of an ancient race of people uniquely gifted to withstand the forces of magic, she dismisses him as a fraud. 
The truth about Sage’s lineage comes crashing down around her when a supernatural pick-up artist tries to kill her. Bearing the mark of the Tree of Life makes Sage special while also putting a target on her head. 

With the weapon still at large, and strange Fae creatures popping up all around her, figuring out who to trust is priority number one. Only then can Sage find the key to neutralizing the weapon before its power is unleashed again.

My Thoughts:
I haven’t found a book by this author that I didn’t like! This one is different from all the others. Sage is a normal 20 something with a mom she adores, a roommate who loves her to pieces and then it all comes crashing down. Her roommate still completely adores her, but when her mother is killed, things happen and life changes because of things Sage never knew existed. 
I liked Sage and Matt. Matt may have been my favorite character because of how loyal and caring he was. It didn't matter that Sage couldn’t tell him everything, it mattered that she was safe. I’m still not sure about some of the characters and how I like/dislike them but I’m hoping future books will help me make up my mind. Magic, faries, wars, vampires, this book had it all and mire. I really enjoyed it and cannot wait for the next one.  It was a 5/5 for me and I want more! Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Unwanteds Island of Dragons by Lisa McMann

Island of Dragons (Unwanteds, #7)Book Description:
Twins Alex and Aaron Stowe are put to the ultimate test to fulfill their destinies and save both Quill and Artimé from the deadliest enemy the cities have ever faced in the thrilling conclusion of the New York Times bestselling Unwanteds series, which Kirkus Reviews called “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.” 

Head mage Alexander Stowe and his friends successfully fended off the latest threat to their magical world of Artimé with the help of a surprise ally. But old enemies have secretly been plotting against them. Now Alex must lead his people in a final epic battle, one they can’t hope to win alone. Will Artimé finally know peace or will all they’ve fought for be destroyed forever? - 

My Thoughts:
I am completely sad that this is the last in this series.  I have loved the series (as have my children 10, 7 &3).  We've listened to all of them and adore these characters.  Alex has grown to be a strong leader.  Aaron has changed so drastically.  All their friends are wonderful and stand by the boys in their problems.
The fighting is epic.  It was wonderful and so tragic.  The battle strategy.  All their friends.  Ahhh!  The way the author ended the book made me sad and hopeful for the characters' futures.  This is a wonderful book for the ending and sets it up perfect for the spin off series for the girls (Alex and Aaron's twin sisters).  I will miss these characters but hopefully will get glimpses of them in the future books.
5/5.  We will continue with the girls' books, but will miss having these main characters front and center.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Return to Wonderland by Tanya Lisle

Return to Wonderland (Looking Glass Saga #1)Book Description:
Years after that fateful fall down the rabbit hole, Alice has moved on from the memories of Wonderland and is now attending the prestigious Lucena Academy to get a fresh start. 

Unfortunately, a purple haired boy appears at school and reveals himself to be the Cheshire Cat. He speaks in riddles about how Wonderland is a much different place than when Alice last visited and tempts her with a visit back. Alice must decide whether or not she will go back, or the Cheshire Cat will make the choice for her.

My Thoughts:

I really liked this book.  This is a few years after Alice had her adventure in wonderland.  The time from then to now is not pleasant for Alice.  She was made to go to doctors because her stories of Wonderland were too 'made up' and her parents didn't like it.  She has finally gotten to go away from them to school at Lucena Academy.
There, she makes friends with her roommate and the roommate's brothers.  I liked the interactions because even if they were up to trouble, the brothers looked after her.  The Cheshire Cat made me leery and I'm still not overly certain that I like him.  He is full of mischief and mayhem.  Wonderland is different and not in a good way.
It was a 4/5 for me.  I look forward to more from this author :) 
Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book (via Voracious Readers).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Race Against Time by Sharon Sala

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Secrets Abound Missing Lake by Tanya Fyfe

Secrets Abound in Missing Lake by Tanya FyfeBook Description:
In the third book in the acclaimed teen fiction, ‘Missing Lake’ series, Luke Houser is approaching his sixteenth birthday as well as summer vacation in the tiny mountain community of Missing Lake. He continues to try to find balance between real life with friends and their social requirements with the secret world of the mystical dragons.
Luke faces challenges with one of his beloved sled dogs as well as with Zagros, the majestic silver dragon, when he has to make choices that could lead to potential disaster. As the summer unfolds, so do more secrets in all aspects of Luke’s life and he tries to make sense of everything happening around him.
This is the third book in the series which shares Luke’s awkward and yet charming journey through adolescence with his beloved team of huskies, his friends near and far, and two dragon eggs that are going to hatch in the middle of nowhere.

My Thoughts:
This is a pretty good one!  While the third book in the series, I didn't have a problem reading it without having read the previous two.  Luke is the focus of the book.  He is a typical teenager.  He has issues, wants a driver's license, family, friends, animals, the works.  He also has an added secret....dragons.
I enjoyed Luke's interactions with the dragons and all they go through.  I was invested in these characters and what happened.  I found Luke and his family to be realistic as were all the problems (outside of the dragons) that he was having.  It is a clean book, which I love, and is just good.  I would let my young teen on up read this, I think they would enjoy it!
A 4/5 for me.  I plan to share it with my nephews!

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

About Tanya Fyfe

Tanya Fyfe grew up in Canada as a professional figure skater who dreamed of writing books. That dream came true when she wrote and published Lost and Found in Missing Lake in 2014. Now a veterinarian, Dr. Fyfe lives in rural western Montana and is inspired daily by the beauty around her.
She and her husband split time between Montana and North Dakota and enjoy improving their golf games and visiting Hawaii every chance they get. They share their home with charming dogs, inquisitive cats, a herd of horses, and three hilarious ferrets named Phillipa, Calypso, and Luigi.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Rodeo Standoff by Susan Sleeman

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Circumvent by SK Derban

CircumventBook Description:
Life is too perfect... Imagine living in a quaint, beach front cottage on the Hawaiian island of Maui. You have an amazing job, combined with the pleasure of working from home. Lunch breaks become a daily picnic on the sand. Dessert is always included because of your marriage to a famous pastry chef. Life could not be any better. Or so it seems.

When French born, Nikki Sabine Moueix travels to Hawaii for a special work assignment, her job of writing an article about a famous Swiss pastry chef generates more than a magazine piece. They fall in love, get married, and Nikki Moueix becomes Mrs. Ruggiero Delémont.

When another assignment calls for Nikki to spend three weeks in France, Ruggiero's schedule prevents him from joining her. She travels alone, advancing straight into danger. After a threatening confrontation, Nikki wakes up in a French hospital with no knowledge of her past. When she fails to check in, Ruggiero panics and pushes for an immediate investigation. But as he closes in, Nikki's new found friend moves her to another city. It becomes a game of hide and seek with Nikki as the prize. 

CIRCUMVENT allows readers to form a bond with Nikki as they yearn for her to remember. They will cheer for Ruggiero and his relentless determination to locate his beloved wife. This is a story about two people who never lose their faith in God, and find amazing friends to help them along the way.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this book.  The banter between husband and wife at the beginning had me intrigued.  It was very realistic.  Nikki is a journalist who gets sent on different assignments for her magazine.  I enjoyed the set up for the 'action' part of the story.  The getting to know the characters is one of my favorite parts of the book.  
The characters are good and pulled me in.  I felt so bad for Ruggiero and could feel his panic.  The detective was smart he may have been my favorite.  I really felt bad for Nikki and was rooting for her throughout to just remember!  The pace was a bit slower than I had expected but the storyline, you will want to stick with it.  Overall, it was a good book.
A 3/5 for me. 
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Book Release! Shadows of Deception

Shadows of Deception (Shadows Series Book 4) by [Dawn, Ashley]Book Description:

“Get to work cowboy or you’ll be too late to the table to get any pie.”

A short getaway to a nice Texas ranch isn’t why Tiffany is at Colorado’s home. She is a seasoned LA PI and used to the fast paced life. The problems on the ranch are different from what she is used to but she is determined to solve them one way or another. There is one slight problem—a tall dark and handsome cowboy distracting her and occupying more and more of her thoughts.

“…I would hate for anything to happen to remove you from my favor…or organization.”

Danger on the ranch is real and escalating quickly. Colorado doesn’t know who to trust or what is coming next. The thing he does know is Tiffany Reiley is the woman he wants for the job.

Thinking the case will be quick and easy to solve, Tiffany doesn’t anticipate the depth of the horrors she has stepped into.

As Colorado and Tiffany’s attraction grows, the danger gets closer. Will God guide them to the answers they are so desperately searching for?

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Love Inspired Blog Tour

Bound by Duty 
by Valerie Hansen

Bound by Duty (Military K-9 Unit #2)
When Sgt. Linc Colson is assigned to monitor Zoe Sullivan and determine if she's secretly aiding her fugitive serial killer brother, his instincts tell him she's not in league with the criminal---she's in danger. It's up to him and his K-9 partner, Star, to keep the pretty single mom alive.

My Thoughts:
I read the first book in this series and loved it.  This book was great too.  You don't have to read the first one to completely enjoy this one. Zoe is being judged just because of who she is related to.  People think because her brother is a crazy killer that she is guilty of helping him.
Linc is one of those who believes Zoe is guilty.  His partner on the other hand seems to adore her.  I really liked the interactions between the characters.  Zoe isn't a horrid person and Linc is grumpy but a good guy.  There is plenty of action and suspense to keep you intrigued and turning the pages.
It was a 5/5 for me.  I can't wait until the next installment.

Primary Suspect 
by Laura Scott
Primary Suspect (Callahan Confidential #5)
Framed for the murder of his ex-girlfriend---and then attacked at the crime scene---fire investigator Mitch Callahan turns to ER nurse Dana Petrie for help. As they fight for their lives, can she be convinced of his innocence---and in his promise of love?

My Thoughts:
Ok, this one is several into the Callahan sereies but it isn't necessary to read the previous ones.  I enjoyed the book and was happy to have read the other books because I liked knowing the back stories of some of the characters.  Mitch is being framed.  He didn't murder his ex but it really looks like he did.
Dana believes Mitch.  I liked their relationship and how it developed.  There is plenty of action to keep you intrigued and wanting to know more.  The romance is on point and doesn't feel forced.  I really do enjoy the characters.
It was a 4/5 for me.  

Thank you to the publisher for the review copies of these books.  I received these books in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

ISAN by Mary Ting

ISANBook Description:
The world has changed.

Scientists warned it would happen.

Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into four quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.

Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The serum will make her better. To receive the serum Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.

While on a training mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.

My Thoughts:
I absolutely loved this book.  I have read several of Mary Ting's books and they are always original.  This one was is set after the Earth is crippled by meteors.  I really liked Ava.  She is in ISAN.  She thought this was going to be her escape after being in juvie but it turns out to be another form of prison.  There is action, heartache, friendship, betrayal, and more.  
Sniper, oh my goodness, he is so determined!  I can't imagine how his emotions must have been roller-coastering throughout.  Poor Ava is a trained assassin but even she has to admit there is something not adding up with ISAN.  The author does a great job with the characters and making you adore them or dislike them as the book goes along.  I was super sad to reach the end and cannot wait to see what happens next!
It is absolutely a 5/5 for me.  

Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book.  I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.  

Monday, April 30, 2018

All's Fair in Love and Wolf by Terry Spear

Book Description:
Bounty Hunter Agent Jenna St. James has one mission—find Sarandon Silver and bring him in. He’s up for trial in Colorado Springs for identity theft. But she soon learns he’s all wolf and isn’t going anywhere, not without the support of his whole Silver Town pack! 

Sarandon Silver has one goal—come up with a new adventure for his clients. He hadn’t expected his vacation to involve a beautiful she-wolf who had only one thought in mind: arresting him for identity theft. All he should be thinking of is clearing his name, but Jenna appears to be just the adventure he needs in his life. And he aims not only to prove he isn’t the con artist she believes him to be, but the wolf she needs in her life. That means taking down the real identity thief before he steals their chance at a happily ever after.

My Thoughts:
I completely loved this couple's first meeting.  Jenna is a recovery specialist...or a bounty hunter.  It is a family gig since her mother is the bondswoman she, her father, and her two sisters hunt people down for.  Her current fugitive to locate and bring back is Sarandon Silver.
Sarandon is surprised when a female he has never met before pulls a gun on him.  It gets even more confusing when each realizes the other is a wolf and neither want to back down.  In a case of what could be mistaken identity, or realistically identity theft, these two characters get together to track down the person who truly started the chain of events that brought Jenna into Sarandon's life.
It was a 3/5 for me.  It was a good book.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

I Am Justice by Diana Munoz Stewart

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Cowboy's Redemption by BJ Daniels


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Mind Game by Iris Johansen

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Duty Bound (Angelbound) by Christina Bauer

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

White Witch by Larry D. Thompson

WHITE WITCH by Larry D. Thompson, Thriller, 291 pp., $14.95 (Paperback) $5.95 (Kindle edition)

Author: Larry D. Thompson
Publisher: Story Merchant Books
Pages: 291
Genre: Thriller
Jamaica is a place where the surreal is simply everyday reality. When a ruthless American aluminum company plans to strip mine the Jamaican rainforest, they send former Navy SEAL Will Taylor to Montego Bay to deal with local resistance on their behalf. But he’s unaware that the British had signed a treaty deeding the rainforest to the Jamaican Maroons, descendants of escaped slaves, over 300 years ago. The Maroons fought and died for their land then, and are more than willing to do so now, whether it’s the British or the Americans who threaten them this time around.

Upon Will’s arrival, a series of inexplicable murders begin, some carried out with deadly snake daggers that were owned and used by Annie Palmer, a voodoo priestess better known as the White Witch. She was killed 200 years prior, but is said to still haunt the island at night, and the local Jamaicans are certain she’s responsible for the gruesome murders, her form of retaliation against the new turmoil taking place in the rainforest.

And Will has been forced directly into the middle of it. After a few close calls, he’s finally convinced to leave his company and join forces with the Maroons, headed by Vertise Broderick, a Maroon who resigned from her position at the New York Times to return to Jamaica to stop the mining. Together they hire a Jamaican attorney to prove that the Maroon/British treaty is still valid to stop the mining, and they take it upon themselves to solve the White Witch murders, because the legend of the White Witch can’t possibly be true…

My Thoughts:
I was excited to read this book because I've been to Jamacia a few times now and the setting intrigued me.  I enjoyed the back and forth of time periods, weaving facts and legends into a story that pulled me in and entertained me.  I liked the White Witch's story and the dagger, that was just interesting to me. 
The modern element stems from the past and the Maroons.  I enjoyed the characters and the author does a great job of keeping you interested throughout.  There is murder, vudoo, actual history, legends, and more all mixed in. 
It was a 4/5 for me.  I really enjoyed the author's writing style.

Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.
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Will returned to his room, too wound up to sleep. He stripped to his
underwear and flipped channels on a large screen HD television until he ran
across First Blood with Sylvester Stallone. Having lived that life for a few years,
he never passed up the opportunity to watch it again. He settled back and had
drifted off to sleep when his cell chimed. He glanced at the television to make
sure it was not coming from there and found Fred Astaire waltzing Ginger
Rogers around a ballroom. He turned off the television and reached for his


“Will, Alexa here.” It was nearly three in the morning and Alexa was still at
her desk. Smoke drifted from a cigarette in her ash tray while she sucked on a
Tootsie Pop. She was on the speaker phone. When Will answered, she walked to
her window and stared at the lights of Baltimore.

Will turned on the nightstand light, glanced at the clock, and swung his feet
into a sitting position on the side of the bed. “Yes, ma’am. Little late for a booty
“Cut the crap. Kaven was just found at Rose Hall. He’s dead.”

“What? Are you sure? I just saw him a few hours ago.” Will got to his feet
and began pacing the room. “Shit.”

“Must be those goddamn Maroons. He called me last night once he got
back from Accompong. He told me about what happened up there. By the way,
they let the pilot go. They said they had no beef with him.”

“So I heard. What was Kaven doing at Rose Hall? When I saw him, he was
going to his room.”

“How the hell should I know? I got a call from some local detective. They
found his employee identification in his wallet. When the detective called here,
the operator knew I was still in my office and put the call through to me. You need to get to Rose Hall now.
“Yes, ma’am,” Will agreed.
“And I’m flying down there tomorrow before this gets any more out of
hand. See if you can keep anybody else from being killed until I get there.”

Will’s cell went dead. He put it on the nightstand and picked up the hotel
phone. Pleased to find it working, he punched the key for valet parking.

“Good evening, Mr. Taylor. How can I be of assistance?”

“Bring my company Land Rover to the front as quickly as possible.”

Getting assurance that it would be there when he got downstairs, Will hung
up and walked to the bathroom. Five minutes later he was met at the hotel
entrance by a valet.

“Can I give you directions, Mr. Taylor? It’s a little late at night.”

“No thanks. I know exactly where I’m going.” Will got in the car, fastened
his seat belt, and left the hotel.
When Will got to Rose Hall, he turned onto the road they had just come
down the evening before. At the top of the hill he could see the mansion, now
well lighted. He dodged tree limbs and utility wires and parked among several
other vehicles. Police cars were positioned so that their headlights focused on the
steps of the mansion where Will could see the yellow police crime scene tape. He
walked up a path from the parking lot between the police cars that faced the
mansion to the yellow tape where an officer stood watch. The officer came to
attention as Will approached.

“Sorry, mon. I can’t let you past here. We’re investigating a murder.”

Will kept his voice even but controlling. “I know, officer. That’s why I’m
here. Name’s William Taylor. I’m head of security for Global American Metals.
Here’s my identification.” Will tried to hand him an ID. The officer just shook
his head. “Officer, the dead man is one of Global’s employees. Can you get
someone in authority to let me up there?”

Before the officer could reply, Miles Harper, the St. James Parish Chief of
Detectives, approached. Harper was a lean, fit man with a shaved head and a no
nonsense manner. He was dressed in a brown suit, yellow shirt, and matching
tie. He looked like he just stepped out of GQ Magazine, even at three in the

“Mr. Taylor, I’m Miles Harper, Chief of Detectives in this parish. I was
told by your company to expect you.”

Will extended his right hand. Harper ignored it. Instead, he nodded at the
officer and motioned for Will to follow him. Harper went up a dozen steps and
turned to Will as he stood beside Kaven’s body, sprawled on his back with dagger in his chest. Will bent over for a closer look and found that the handle of
the dagger was in the shape of a snake. At the top of the handle was the snake’s
head. The snake’s eyes were two bright rubies.

“Shit,” Will muttered, “He was almost killed because of one snake on the
road today and now someone finished the job with a, what would you call this, a
snake dagger?”

“That’s as good a name as any, Mr. Taylor. My officers reported what went
on up in Accompong and the incident with the boa.”
Will continued to study the body. “Looks like he’s been dead a couple of
hours. I last saw him about ten last night. Who found him?”

“The hotel has a security guard that roams the mansion grounds and up to
the club house in a golf cart. He spotted the body.”

“Where’s your coroner?”

“He’s a local Justice of the Peace, not a medical doctor. He won’t set foot on
these steps until morning. My men here won’t go past the tape either. They
believe the White Witch did it.”

Will shook his head in disbelief. “Come on, Chief, this is the twenty-first

“Old beliefs die hard, Mr. Taylor. Come on. Let me show you something.”

Harper stepped around the body and climbed the steps with Will behind
him. Entering the ballroom, Will said, “I was just in this room yesterday evening during the storm.”
Harper turned to study Will. “Would you care to explain?”

Will covered the details of the previous day and their time in the mansion
while they waited out the storm. “You know a woman named Vertise?”

Harper nodded his head. “She’s a local. Works for the paper and tends bar
for the hotel. Since you were in this room a few hours ago, come over here.”
Harper led Will to a glass display against one wall with pictures of two snake
daggers above it along with the history of the daggers. The glass had been
broken and the daggers were gone.

“You see this case when you were up here?”

Will studied it and thought back to the day before. “Can’t say I did, Chief.
It was pretty dark in here, lit only by candles since the storm knocked out
power. I wandered around the room but never glanced toward this case. And I
don’t believe anyone else mentioned it. Now that I think about it, Vertise told
us the legend of Annie Palmer and her using a snake dagger to kill an overseer.
evening during the storm.”

Harper turned to study Will. “Would you care to explain?”
Will covered the details of the previous day and their time in the mansion
while they waited out the storm. “You know a woman named Vertise?”
Harper nodded his head. “She’s a local. Works for the paper and tends bar
for the hotel. Since you were in this room a few hours ago, come over here.”
Harper led Will to a glass display against one wall with pictures of two snake
daggers above it along with the history of the daggers. The glass had been
broken and the daggers were gone.

“You see this case when you were up here?”

Will studied it and thought back to the day before. “Can’t say I did, Chief.
It was pretty dark in here, lit only by candles since the storm knocked out
power. I wandered around the room but never glanced toward this case. And I
don’t believe anyone else mentioned it. Now that I think about it, Vertise told
us the legend of Annie Palmer and her using a snake dagger to kill an overseer. Surprising that she didn’t show us these daggers when she was telling the story.”

“Interesting,” mused Harper. “You have any idea why your man would
come up here in the middle of the night?”

“Not a clue. Have you checked his cell phone? He always carried it.”

“Yeah. The last calls were with you yesterday afternoon and one with Ms.
Pritchard later in the evening.”

Will nodded. “He called me from Accompong, warning me of trouble up
there. I should have gone with him.”

Harper shook his head. “Whether you were there or not wouldn’t have
made any difference. Just would have been one more person that was in my
police car that rolled, assuming, of course, you didn’t take a bullet up on the


“How did you get in the mansion?”

“Vertise said she knew where a key was hidden and let us in.”

“Strange that she could get into the locked mansion. It was my
understanding that only the manager of Rose Hall had a key. He locked it and
left when the storm was hitting. The hotel spent a fortune on period pieces to
recreate how it looked two hundred years ago. One of his jobs is to make sure
they are not stolen.”

“Any signs of a break-in?” Will asked.

“This is not for publication, you understand, but when I got here the
mansion was locked and the lights were off.”

“So, you’re saying that someone got into the mansion, stole two daggers, let
themselves back out, killed Kaven, and left no trace.” Will paused to absorb all
that he had just said. “Wait a minute. If someone wanted to kill Kaven, why not
just use a gun? Why go to all the trouble of getting that dagger to do it?”

“I’ve been wrestling with that very question,” Harper said. “It’s illegal for a
private citizen to own a gun in Jamaica, but that doesn’t mean they are not
available if you know the right people. My working hypothesis is that the killer
or killers wanted the public to think voodoo was involved, or maybe even the
White Witch. The only other possibility that comes to mind is that the Maroons
are trying to send a message to Global. They tried to kill Tillman in Accompong
and failed. Maybe the message is that they finish what they start. Either way,
someone is trying to make trouble for your company. I have another problem
that may not be apparent.”

Will looked quizzically at the detective.

“As you can see, there were two snake daggers in this case. One’s accounted
for out on the steps. The other is gone. Nearly everyone around here thinks that
they are voodoo daggers with magical powers. They were found in an overseer’s
grave during the restoration of the mansion thirty years ago.”

“Does ‘everyone’ include you? Looks to me like the killer or killers are just
trying to mess with the minds of my co-workers, maybe keep some locals from
hiring on with us.”

Harper stuck his hands in his pockets. “Not up to me to decide if they’re
magic or not. I’ve got a murder with one of those daggers. My job is to solve the
murder and along the way, find that other dagger before someone uses it.”
Will’s eyes searched the room in a futile effort to see any clues to the crime.

Then he focused on the chief. “Look, I’m going to need a gun. My company is
obviously under attack. I’m licensed to carry back home.”

“No way, Mr. Taylor,” Harper exploded. “Foreigners are not permitted to
have guns in Jamaica. For that matter, as I just told you, neither are Jamaicans.
And I want you to stay the hell out of my investigation. We don’t need your
help. Understand?”

“Yeah, I understand. You know that each of our mines on this island is
permitted a certain number of guns for our guards. I’ll just get one of those.”

“The hell you will. Don’t you dare go behind my back. Those guns never
leave mine property. I have an officer that inventories them. If one turns up
missing, I’ll confiscate every damn weapon that Global has and put you under
house arrest. Clear, Mr. Taylor?”

Will clinched his fists and tried to hold back the anger that was apparent in
his face. Without another word, he turned and stormed out of the mansion,
pausing only to gaze at Kaven and say a prayer for him and his family. At the
bottom of the steps, he got in his car and glanced toward the mansion. The
lights from his car somehow caught the ruby eyes of the snake, making them
appear briefly to be alive. Will shook his head, put the car in reverse, and
returned to the hotel.

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After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, Larry spent the first half of his professional life as a trial lawyer. He tried well over 300 cases and won more than 95% of them. Although he had not taken a writing class since freshman English (back when they wrote on stone tablets), he figured that he had read enough novels and knew enough about trials, lawyers, judges, and courtrooms that he could do it. Besides, his late, older brother, Thomas Thompson, was one of the best true crime writers to ever set a pen to paper; so, just maybe, there was something in the T hompson gene pool that would be guide him into this new career.  He started writing his first novel about a dozen years ago and published it a couple of years thereafter. He has now written five highly acclaimed legal thrillers. White Witch is number six with many more to come.

Larry is married to his wife, Vicki. He has three children scattered from Colorado to Austin to Boca Raton, and four grandchildren. He has been trying to retire from the law practice to devote full time to writing. Hopefully, that will occur by the end of 2018. He still lives in Houston, but spends his summers in Vail CO, high on a mountain where he is inspired by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.
His latest book is the captivating thriller, WHITE WITCH.