Mysteryrat’s Maze

The Band By Christine Ma-Kellams: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

by Cynthia Chow

The Band begins with a breezy narration full of footnotes covering the rise – and fall? – of a female Korean pop band attempting to forge their success in the States. They hope that connecting with another Korean idol who has found popularity in America will give them a boost up, but ominous hints would indicate that it’s about to go wrong.

Bad Boy Beat By Clea Simon: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Claire A Murray

Emily Kelton is a probationary reporter for the Standard, a scrappy, Boston daily newspaper. The job is a step up from the suburban weekly she’d spent two years writing for, but her success there gave her a strong dose of confidence: she knows how to report. She’s a lone wolf, with ambition to move out of the cop beat to the City Hall bureau, which her friend Roz covers, and then to larger political entities. Just prove it to Saul, her editor, she thinks.

A Murder Most French By Colleen Cambridge: Review/Giveaway

by Sarah Erwin

I’m no stranger to Colleen Cambridge’s enchanting storytelling, but this is my first time meeting her sleuth, Tabitha Knight. It can be a gamble picking up book two in a series without reading the first, but I am happy to report that the kindhearted, yet fierce Tabitha dazzled me right from page one, and by page two, she felt like an old friend. The warm, inviting way in which Cambridge writes her characters (and the settings they inhabit) has a mesmerizing effect on the reader.

Mystery Short Story: Who Squawked?

by Maddi Davidson

“This is Chet Armor. I need to dispose of a parrot.”
“Thanks for your call, Chet,” Jake replied. “I’m sorry, but we don’t––”
“You have to take him. I’ve called every bird and animal adoption place within an hour of Sacramento. No one will take a parrot. Snakes, pot-bellied pigs, and rats are welcome, but not parrots.”

Three Fudges and a Baby By Nancy Coco: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

It’s April on Mackinac Island, and the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop’s owner Allie McMurphy is preparing for the spring tourist season to resume. Her best friend Jenn Carpenter is also very pregnant and ready to pop, and even though she is two weeks overdue she is relieved to have hired doula Hannah Riversbend to help her give birth. That relief ends when Allie and Jenn find Hannah standing over a body holding a gun, and having her doula suspected of murder sends Jenn into a spiral of panic and hysteria.

Perilous Waters By Terry Shames: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Cynthia Chow

After her father was shot and killed when she was 14 years old, Jessie Madison was forced to step in for her alcoholic mother and raise her troubled younger sister Kayla. It also cemented Jessie’s decision to become an FBI agent in order to solve her father’s murder, but she’s forced to abandon her training when Kayla’s drug addiction forces Jessie to quit.

A Game of Lies By Clare Mackintosh: Review/Giveaway

by J.M. Landon

In Game of Lies, Claire Mackintosh takes reality TV to a new level bordering on nightmarish. Seven contestants are chosen from hundreds of applicants, but they are duped into thinking it’s a survival reality show set in the Welsh highlands. At the end of day one, the host announces this is not a survival competition, but an exposure of deep, personal secrets.