Spotlight on No Right Way by Michael Niemann

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Title: No Right Way
Series: A Valentin Vermeulen Thriller Book 4
Author: Michael Niemann
Publisher: Coffeetown Press
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Genre: Mystery, International Thriller

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Synopsis

It is the fall of 2015. The refugee stream from Syria into Turkey has
swelled to unprecedented numbers. Valentin Vermeulen, investigator
for the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services, is sent to check
that the money sent to alleviate the crisis is spent for the intended purposes.

He visits a newly established UN sub-office in Gaziantep, southern
Turkey. After being stood up by the local administrator, Vermeulen
spends the weekend in Kilis to see if the refugees not living in official
camps receive proper aid. He makes his way to a rough
tent camp. None of the refugees there have received any aid.

At the camp, he meets Rima, who’s questioned by the police in
connection with the murder of her friend. His decision to help her
sets in motion a violent confrontation from which they barely
escape. Despite her plea for help, he has to go back to Gaziantep.

His investigation into why the refugees in the camp haven’t received
any aid leads to the discovery of an audacious fraud perpetrated by
the local mafia. Since Rima hasn’t stopped asking questions either, both
are chased by the mafia and the police. Desperate to recover the stolen
millions and keep Rima safe, Vermeulen faces his toughest challenge yet.

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About the Author

Michael Niemann grew up in a small town in Germany, ten kilometers from the Dutch border. Crossing that border often at a young age sparked in him a curiosity about the larger world. He studied political science at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität in Bonn and international studies at the University of Denver. During his academic career he focused his work on southern Africa and frequently spent time in the region. After taking a fiction writing course from his friend, the late Fred Pfeil, he embarked on a different way to write about the world.

For more information, go to:
michael-niemann.com.

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“Niemann blends an unusual locale with an appealing, relatable hero
while drawing attention to the plight of refugees.”—Publishers Weekly

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Spotlight on Doubleback by Libby Fischer Hellmann

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Title: Doubleback
Series: The Georgia Davis PI Series, Book 2
Author: Libby Fischer Hellmann
Narrator: Eva Kaminsky
Publication Date: May 25, 2016

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Synopsis

Little Molly Messenger is kidnapped on a sunny June morning. Three days later she’s returned, apparently unharmed. Molly’s mother, Chris, is so grateful to have her daughter back that she’s willing to overlook the odd circumstances.

A few days later, the brakes go out on Chris’s car.

An accident? Maybe. Except that it turns out that Chris, the IT manager at a large Chicago bank, may have misappropriated three million dollars. Not convinced that his daughter is safe, Molly’s father hires Private Investigator Georgia Davis to follow the money and investigate Chris’s death.

Doubleback, the sequel to the acclaimed Easy Innocence, reunites PI Georgia Davis with video producer Ellie Foreman. The two women track leads from Northern Wisconsin to an Arizona border town, where illegal immigrants, smuggled drugs, and an independent contractor called Delton Security come into play. Georgia and Ellie go to great lengths to find the truth, and Georgia discovers that you can cross a line, but sometimes you have to double back.

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About the Author

Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago over 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Fifteen novels and twenty-five short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first.

She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few. She has been a finalist twice for the Anthony and four times for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. She has also been nominated for the Agatha, the Shamus, the Daphne, and has won the IPPY and the Readers Choice Award multiple times.

Her novels include the now five-volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24;” the hard-boiled 5-volume Georgia Davis PI series, and four stand-alone historical thrillers set during Revolutionary Iran, Cuba, the Sixties, and WW2. Her short stories have been published in a dozen anthologies, the Saturday Evening Post, and Ed Gorman’s “25 Criminally Good Short Stories” collection. Her books have been translated into Spanish, German, Italian, and Chinese. All her books are available in print, ebook, and audiobook.

Libby also hosts Second Sunday Crime, a monthly podcast where she interviews bestselling and emerging crime authors. In 2006 she was the National President of Sisters in Crime, a 3500 member organization committed to the advancement of female crime fiction authors.

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About the Narrator

Eva Kaminsky is a New York born and NYC based actor and narrator. A 2014 Audie nominee, she has recorded over 200 audiobooks in many different genres ranging from Mystery to Young Adult. Eva can also often be heard on various national TV and radio commercials for products such as Intel, Neulasta, Tide, and Dunkin’ Donuts. Recent recurring and guest appearances on television include Chicago Med, Billions, Manifest, Younger, Madam Secretary, Madoff, Blindspot, and The Blacklist, and on the larger screen she can be seen in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Dark Tower and the upcoming Human Capital. She has spent over 20 years working in the theatre, both on and Off Broadway, and extensively in regional theatres all over the country and is currently in the Year 2 New York Company of Harry Potter & the Cursed Child.  More at http://www.evakaminsky.com.

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Spotlight on Easy Innocence by Libby Fischer Hellmann

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Title: Easy Innocence
Series: The Georgia Davis PI Series, Book 1
Author: Libby Fischer Hellmann
Narrator: Beth Richmond
Publication Date: May 25, 2016

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Synopsis

When pretty, smart Sara Long is found bludgeoned to death, it’s easy to blame the man with the bat. But Georgia Davis – former cop and newly-minted PI – is hired to look into the incident at the behest of the accused’s sister, and what she finds hints at a much different, much darker answer. It seems the privileged, preppy schoolgirls on Chicago’s North Shore have learned just how much their innocence is worth to hot-under-the-collar businessmen. But while these girls can pay for Prada price tags, they don’t realize that their new business venture may end up costing them more than they can afford.

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About the Author

Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago over 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Fifteen novels and twenty-five short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first.

She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few. She has been a finalist twice for the Anthony and four times for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. She has also been nominated for the Agatha, the Shamus, the Daphne, and has won the IPPY and the Readers Choice Award multiple times.

Her novels include the now five-volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24;” the hard-boiled 5-volume Georgia Davis PI series, and four stand-alone historical thrillers set during Revolutionary Iran, Cuba, the Sixties, and WW2. Her short stories have been published in a dozen anthologies, the Saturday Evening Post, and Ed Gorman’s “25 Criminally Good Short Stories” collection. Her books have been translated into Spanish, German, Italian, and Chinese. All her books are available in print, ebook, and audiobook.

Libby also hosts Second Sunday Crime, a monthly podcast where she interviews bestselling and emerging crime authors. In 2006 she was the National President of Sisters in Crime, a 3500 member organization committed to the advancement of female crime fiction authors.

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About the Narrator

Narrator Beth Richmond has recorded more than 100 audiobooks in the last decade from her studio on the Mendocino coast. Among her favorites are those from Georgia Davis series. “It is a privilege and pleasure to return repeatedly to such a vividly drawn character and world. Ms. Hellman’s books live inside me now, as if they were memories from my own life. What fun!”

She can be reached at brich@mcn.org

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Spotlight on Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin—and a Giveaway!

This year marks the 75th anniversary for D-Day and
the Battle of Normandy, an event that brings a massive
plot twist to Melanie Benjamin’s latest addition to the
WWII historical fiction subgenre: MISTRESS OF THE RITZ,
a fascinating look at a little-known historical figure and
her courageous fight against Nazi occupation in Paris.
Blanche Auzello’s world is turned upside down when the
Germans invade Paris and take over the impeccable
Ritz hotel as one of their headquarters. Blanche and
her husband Claude, the hotel’s manager, have enjoyed
a regal, albeit privileged lifestyle, and this new stress
has brought the struggles of their marriage to the
surface.  Despite the dangers present in her home,
Blanche Auzello is inspired to find whatever ways
she can to assist the Resistance, and Claude busies
himself with his own risky ventures. Tensions rise, and
Blanche is torn between her attempts to repair her
marriage and her newfound alliance with a key
figure of the Resistance—Lily, a mysterious woman
who shows Blanche what she’s truly capable of.

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Title: Mistress of the Ritz
Author: Melanie Benjamin
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: May 21, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction

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Synopsis

Nothing bad can happen at the Ritz; inside its gilded walls
every woman looks beautiful, every man appears witty. Favored
guests like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Coco Chanel,
and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor walk through its famous
doors to be welcomed and pampered by Blanche Auzello and her
husband, Claude, the hotel’s director. The Auzellos are the mistress
and master of the Ritz, allowing the glamour and glitz to take
their minds off their troubled marriage, and off the secrets
that they keep from their guests—and each other.

Until June 1940, when the German army sweeps into Paris, setting
up headquarters at the Ritz. Suddenly, with the likes of Hermann
Goëring moving into suites once occupied by royalty, Blanche and
Claude must navigate a terrifying new reality. One that entails even
more secrets and lies. One that may destroy the tempestuous
marriage between this beautiful, reckless American and her very
proper Frenchman. For in order to survive—and strike a blow against
their Nazi “guests”—Blanche and Claude must spin a web of deceit
that ensnares everything and everyone they cherish.

But one secret is shared between Blanche and Claude alone—
the secret that, in the end, threatens to imperil both of
their lives, and to bring down the legendary Ritz itself.

Based on true events, Mistress of the Ritz is a taut tale of suspense
wrapped up in a love story for the ages, the inspiring story of a woman and
a man who discover the best in each other amid the turbulence of war.

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This impeccably researched, lyrically told historical about a brash
American woman and her French husband during WWII is a
remarkable achievement….Even readers who aren’t big fans of historical
fiction might be swayed by this outstanding tale.—Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Melanie Benjamin is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling historical novels The Swans of Fifth Avenue, about Truman Capote and his society swans, and The Aviator’s Wife, a novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Her historical novel, The Girls in the Picture, is about the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female legends—screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford. Her latest novel, Mistress of the Ritz, is a love story set in Nazi-occupied France about two key figures of the French Resistance. Her previous novels include Alice I Have Been and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb. Her novels have been translated in over fifteen languages, featured in national magazines such as Good Housekeeping, People, and Entertainment Weekly, and optioned for film. She lives in Chicago with her husband, near her two adult sons.

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Spotlight on the Playing With Fire Anthology Boxed Set

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Description

It doesn’t matter who you think you are… falling in love with
the wrong person can have dire consequences.

They say love conquers all, but in the paranormal worlds of
these twelve USA Today and international bestselling
authors, falling in love means playing with fire…

Someone’s about to get burned.

Dig into hours of forbidden love, lust, and heat as these heroes
and heroines long for their beloveds, break taboos, and fight for the
ones they never should have chosen—but could never resist.

This boxed set is bursting at the seams with romance grounded in all
things magical—from dragons and sexy shapeshifters to angels, warlocks,
and uninhibited masters. We have something to strike everyone’s fancy.


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Kristin Ping – USA Today bestselling author

Ashlee Nicole Bye

Toni Cox

Carissa Andrews

Kathrin Hutson

Kat Stiles

Majanka Verstraete

Kat Parrish

Karen M. Bryson

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Spotlight on Double Duplicity by Paty Jager

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Title: Double Duplicity
Series: Shandra Higheagle Mysteries, Book 1
Author: Paty Jager
Narrator: Ann M. Thompson
Publication Date: February 7, 2017

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Synopsis

On the eve of the biggest art event at Huckleberry Mountain Resort, potter Shandra Higheagle finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. She’s ruled out as a suspect, but now it’s up to her to prove the friend she witnessed fleeing the scene is just as innocent. With help from her recently deceased Nez Perce grandmother, Shandra becomes more confused than ever, but just as determined to discover the truth.

Detective Ryan Greer prides himself on solving crimes and refuses to ignore a single clue, including Shandra Higheagle’s visions. While Shandra is hesitant to trust her dreams, Ryan believes in them and believes in her.

Can the pair uncover enough clues for Ryan to make an arrest before one of them becomes the next victim?

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About the Author

Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 35 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her Shandra Higheagle mystery series has been a runner-up in the RONE Award Mystery category, and a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier. This is what Mysteries Etc says about her Shandra Higheagle mystery series: “Mystery, romance, small town, and Native American heritage combine to make a compelling read.”

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About the Narrator

Audiobook narrator and voice over artist Ann Thompson continues to work in radio and TV news broadcasting as she has done for the past 25 years. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. A-P has named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology. Once she even rode the “Vomit Comet” to simulate zero gravity in a KC-135. Thompson has reported from India, Japan, South Korea, Germany and Belgium as part of fellowships from the East-West Center and RIAS. She values author partnerships like the one with Paty Jager for the Shandra Higheagle series.

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Book Review: Savior by AJ Eversley

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Title: Savior
Series: The Watcher Series, Book 3
Author: AJ Eversley
Narrators: Chelsea Stephens and Steve Campbell
Publication Date: March 8, 2019

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Savior
The Watcher Series, Book 3
AJ Eversley
AJ Eversley, March 2019
Narrated by Chelsea Stephens and Steve Campbell
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The explosive conclusion to the Watcher Series will decide the fate of the entire human race.

Sawyer has been a Watcher. She’s been a Carbon. Now she must become their Savior.

With the inevitable return of Coleman looming, Sawyer knows their army is not enough. On a journey to convince an ally to join their war, Sawyer discovers why the stars have placed the fate of the human race in her hands. And she’s not alone.
Kenzie is her enemy. He is wrong and ruthless, and he’s tried to kill Sawyer more than once. Yet she still can’t stay away. Both drawn to each other in a way neither can explain, they must learn to trust one another as well as themselves if they want to survive. And soon, Sawyer will find she must trust in the stars to protect her and put her faith in others if she wants to live.

Find out who will survive, and if they can save humanity from a future painted black, in the epic conclusion of the Watcher Series.

To get the most enjoyment from this book, I highly recommend reading the trilogy in order as this is really not a standalone. I’m glad I listened to this one so soon after the second volume because the pace is very fast and the interaction among the primary characters is intense; it helped not having to try to remember details from the earlier parts of the story.

While Sawyer and Max are certainly important, it’s Kenzie who held my attention the most this time. He’s truly a tortured soul and wondering how things would turn out for him…and Sawyer and Max…was more than a bit agonizing but I have to say I wish there wasn’t so much of the now-commonplace love triangle. With so much going on in the fight to save the world, the romantic elements were just a distraction.

Being perceived as the “savior” is uncomfortable for Sawyer but at least she’s finally accepted that her life will never be what it was before she learned the truth about herself and her world. Almost despite herself, she really is the last hope, so to speak.

I appreciated the way Ms. Eversley brought things to a close and don’t feel any lack in the ending. Ms. Stephens and Mr. Campbell rounded out their narration of the trilogy quite nicely and, in my opinion, had much to do with my enjoyment of the tale. I won’t be unhappy if these three collaborate again on another story in the future.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, March 2019.

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About the Author

AJ Eversley is the author of the WATCHER series. A true north Canadian girl, AJ currently lives in Central Alberta with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found binge watching Harry Potter, quoting various movies in every day conversation, and eating copious amounts of candy.

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About the Narrators

Chelsea Stephens has a long time love and appreciation for the performing arts, with experience in on-stage acting, singing and voice over. Her love for reading books and the pursuit of the story led her to narration. She enjoys unfolding characters and bringing listeners into new worlds. Chelsea is an experienced voice actor with a talent for mystery, fantasy and YA novels. She’s a mom to a gaggle of young ones living in the Midwest with her lumbersexual husband.

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Steve Campbell’s first priority as a voice-over artist is to convey your thoughts and ideas in an entertaining and insightful manner; not distracting from your message, but enhancing your words. It is his personal goal to help your audience engage with the text in an immersive and memorable way.

As a techie with a passion for performance and a love of the written word, the voice-over industry called to Steve. He is now fortunate enough to be living his dream of audiobook narration from his home studio, in Calgary, AB, Canada.

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