Monday, October 31, 2022

A Spying Eye by Michelle Cox


In this sixth book of the series, Clive and Henrietta return to Europe in an attempt to resurrect their failed honeymoon. While in London, they are approached by their old friend, Inspector John Hartle, who convinces them to search for the missing panel of the Ghent Altarpiece, a famous Renaissance painting, of which Hitler’s top men are also in pursuit.

Meanwhile, back in Chicago, Oldrich Exley threatens to cut off financial support for the entire Von Harmon brood if Elsie continues with her plan to marry Gunther—a situation made worse by the sudden appearance of one Heinrich Meyer, who claims to be little Anna’s father and threatens to take her away. Desperate, Elsie seeks the help of Clive’s sister, Julia, who is herself the victim of domestic abuse and who has fallen under the spell of a handsome Texas millionaire bent on acquiring a rare painting from the Howard collection.

Clive and Henrietta’s search takes them to Chateau du Freudeneck in Strasbourg, France—the ancient seat of the Von Harmons and home to three eccentric distant relatives. What begins as a wild goose chase turns decidedly more deadly when several Nazi officers also arrive at the chateau in search of a “valuable item.” When Henrietta and Clive attempt to flee after Henrietta uncovers a shocking truth, they are forced to trust themselves to a suspicious French servant who seems all-too willing to help . . .

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My Thoughts...
I have thoroughly enjoyed this whole series. Cox writes a mystery that will keep you guessing, and you will love these two main characters. This is a must read. It can be read as a standalone but the whole series has been so good. I recommend it.
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Sunday, October 30, 2022

if I were a Tiger by Caroline Coleman


A whimsical and playful rhyming picture book about a young boy who imagines himself as a tiger to overcome his fearsonly to realize that he can trust in God.

Meet Tim Bone. He has a big imagination, and when it roams wild, he’s afraid of a lot of things. He's scared of the moon and the wailing typhoon, and he won't wear his sneakers because he fears hidden creatures. Tim's nervous at home, at school, and at play!
Fed up with being frightened, Tim comes up with a bold solution: He’s going to become a tiger so he can be fiercer than his fears! There’s just one problem: If he’s a tiger, he can’t be 
Tim. Could there be a better solution? What if Tim puts his trust in God—who made both boys and tigers—instead?

If I Were a Tiger invites kids of all ages to live in the comforting truth that no one has to carry their fears alone, and offers the reminder that God is only a prayer away. 

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Caroline Coleman writes for all ages. Her debut picture book, IF I WERE A TIGER, is available for pre-order and her biographical novel, LOVING SOREN, tells the true story of the woman who loved Soren Kierkegaard. Caroline has an English degree from Princeton, a fiction MFA from Brooklyn College and teaches English as an adjunct at Hunter College.

This is such a cute children's book with a fantastic message.

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Hungry Girl Simply Comfort Cookbook


From the author of the bestselling Hungry Girl cookbook series, this new recipe collection is a must for anyone who loves decadent comfort food without the excess calories and unhealthy ingredients. Fully illustrated with a four-color photo of every recipe included!

Get ready for cozy favorites like . . .
* satisfying make-ahead breakfasts
* hearty soups, stews & chilis
* classic casseroles & childhood favorites
* steaks, pork chops & crispy chicken
* meatloaves & mashed potatoes
* indulgent cakes, pies & cobblers

Not to mention . . .
* 70+ recipes with 5 ingredients or less
* 85+ recipes in 30 minutes or less
* 70+ vegetarian recipes
* 90+ gluten-free recipes

No air fryer or slow cooker? No problem! This book includes everything you need to know to make these recipes with a traditional oven.

Eating well has never been easier . . . or more delicious!

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She's not a nutritionist, she's just hungry! Lisa Lillien is a number-one New York Times bestselling author and the creator of the Hungry Girl brand. She is the founder of, the worldwide phenomenon daily email service that entertains and informs hungry people everywhere!

My Thoughts...
So was a great idea a cookbook for the air fryer and slow cooker in one with heathy foods.
There are so really good recipes in this cookbook. I love the nutritional information that she puts in this cookbook.
The pictures are great and very appetizing. I would say this need to be in every kitchen you can make these recipes in your stove also.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Anything but Plain by Suzanne Woods Fisher


It's not easy being the bishop's daughter, especially for Lydie Stoltzfus. She's not like other Amish girls, as much as she wishes she were. The only thing she does well is disappoint others. Leaving her family and church seems unbearable, but staying might be worse.

Knowing Lydie is "between" jobs, the local doctor asks her to fill in at the front desk for a few months. To Lydie, this is a boon. It gives her time to figure out how she's going to say goodbye to her neighbor, Nathan Yoder--the main reason she needs to leave Stoney Ridge. Nathan claims he's in love with her, but she knows she's not good enough for him. If in doubt, Nathan's father reminds her frequently.

As Dok spends time with Lydie, she recognizes symptoms of a disorder rare among the Amish. She offers treatment for Lydie. But will it be enough to make her stay? Or has help come too late?

Bestselling and award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge, a small town that feels like an old friend.

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Suzanne Woods Fisher loves stories worth telling about people worth remembering. With over a million copies of her book sold worldwide, this bestselling, award-winning author of more than 30 books is always on the lookout for the unsung hero with an untold story.

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My Thoughts...
Fisher has given us anther Amish tale from the heart. These characters will grab you be the heart and not let you go. This is going to be one of your favorite Fall reads. 
Give this 4-star read as a gift this year. Make someone smile.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

My Jesus by Anne Wilson


“Whatever you are feeling, God can handle it—all of it. The tears, screams, and questions. God invites you to let Him tend to your heart.”

Whether you are facing loss or disappointment, My Jesus comes alongside you to:

show how God can bring purpose out of loss,

offer hope in the midst of heartbreak, and

remind you that God never abandons you.

In the bluegrass fields of Kentucky, Anne Wilson and her siblings, Jacob and Elizabeth, grew up in the security and love of their family—and Jesus. Then when Jacob died in a car accident, Anne was thrust into a painful journey of grief and soul-wrestling that led to God calling her to create songs that glorified Him.

My Jesus weaves together Anne’s personal story with an encouraging message to anyone longing for God to wipe away their tears. Discover the beauty that can emerge from suffering as you read Anne’s story of growing closer to the God who always makes a way.

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Anne Wilson grew up in Kentucky with her parents and two siblings, Elizabeth and Jacob. Her family's Christian faith sustained them through the tragic loss of Jacob when he was only twenty-three years old. She is passionate about writing and singing songs that draw others to Jesus. Anne’s debut single, “My Jesus,” became the #1 Christian song of 2021 and won the Breakout Single of the Year at the 2022 K-LOVE Fan Awards, where Anne also won Female Artist of the Year.

My Thoughts...
I fell in love with this book as soon as I started reading it. It is amazing how God can take a tragedy and turn it into a work. Anne talks about her siblings and how the three of them were best friends growing up. Anne never thought of having a music career when she sang at her brother's funeral.  
     The book is very well written, I love how at the end of each chapter she has "A Note From Anne'', where she writes advice straight to the reader. She also has scripture at the end of each chapter. The book is full of love and faith and how Jesus turned her heartache into hope. 
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Good Anxiety by Wendy Suzuki


We are living in the age of anxiety, a situation that often makes us feel as if we are locked into an endless cycle of stress, sleeplessness, and worry. But what if we had a way to leverage our anxiety to help us solve problems and fortify our well-being? What if, instead of seeing anxiety as a curse, we could recognize it for the unique gift that it is?

As a neuroscientist, Dr. Wendy Suzuki has discovered a paradigm-shifting truth about anxiety: yes, it is uncomfortable, but it is also essential for our survival. In fact, anxiety is a key component of our ability to live optimally. Every emotion we experience has an evolutionary purpose, and anxiety is designed to draw our attention to a number of negative emotions. If we simply approach anxiety as something to avoid, get rid of, or dampen, we actually miss an opportunity to not only manage the symptoms of anxiety better but also discover ways to improve our lives. Listening to our worries from a place of curiosity, instead of fear, can actually guide us onto a path that leads to joy.

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Dr. Wendy Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University and a celebrated international authority on neuroplasticity. She was recently named one of the ten women changing the way we see the world by Good Housekeeping and regularly serves as a sought-after expert for publications including The Wall Street JournalShape, and Health. Her TED talk has more than 55 million views across all major platforms and was the second most-viewed TED talk of 2018. She is the author of Good Anxiety and Healthy Brain, Happy Life.

My Thoughts...
You don't have to suffer from anxiety to read this book. Maybe you live with someone who suffers from anxiety or work with someone who has anxiety. Someone in your family has it. This is a great tool to help you, help those around you. But if its you that suffers from anxiety then it will be very helpful to you.
It has ways to help you cope and strategies to help you get to know your anxiety.
I think this is very helpful guidebook.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Take the Lead by Aliceanne Loftus

 Women have always been in the lead. We’re just not being quiet about it anymore.

Sounds good on paper, right?

But do you ever look at wildly successful, confident, ceiling-shattering women and think…

What does she have that I don’t?

If you’ve ever felt fake, burnt-out, less-than, or (God forbid) like a stranger in your own skin, it’s time to let you in on a dirty little secret:

No one wakes up one sunny morning and is magically an effective leader.

Not in business. Not in life. Not ever.

As an entrepreneur, speaker, author, business coach, and founder of the Leading Lady program, AliceAnne Loftus has spent her life learning that true leadership isn’t just another tick on a to-do list. In this hilarious, heart-wrenching memoir, AliceAnne draws on the roots of her own journey to unpack the gritty leadership lessons behind the worldwide Leading Lady phenomenon.

Unapologetically funny, often sad, and always authentic, TAKE THE LEAD is an open invitation to discover that leadership is a living, breathing process rather than an outcome—and that the power to change your life, your community, and your world lies at the core of your authentic self.

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AliceAnne Loftus, born in the Philippines and having moved over a dozen times as a child with her military family, finally calls Annapolis, Maryland her “home” where she lives with her husband and 2 children. She has been a business owner for nearly 2 decades and is also a business and leadership coach for high-achieving women. While her educational background is rooted in early childhood education, as she grew through her own business and leadership experiences, she realized that through the connection and community of other women, she found inspiration to live the motto “Empowered women, empower women.” Like many women, juggling various responsibilities, AliceAnne balances her roles as a wife, mother, friend, business woman and community leader dedicated to living, loving and leading as her best authentic self.

AliceAnne founded, Bright Beginning Children's Learning Center (a private child care and early learning program in Maryland) in 2004 and Leading Lady Coaching (a coaching program for women in business and leadership all over the world) in 2016. AliceAnne also leads an online community of nearly 6500 women, hosts the Leading Lady podcast and offers workshops and events that help support and empower women in business.

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My Thoughts

This was such an engaging read. The author poured her heart on each page she shared her painful journey with us and that made this read even more engaging and powerful. This is a book I want most of my friends to read. I recommend this book. I also suggest gifting it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, October 24, 2022

Improbably Yours by Kerry Anne King

 An unusual inheritance leads to a life-changing journey in a novel of romance, secrets, and the treasure of found family.

Blythe Harmon is on the fast track to a life she never wanted. On her thirtieth birthday, just as she’s about to lock herself into a high-powered job and accept a marriage proposal to match, an unusual bequest from her beloved late grandmother, Nomi, offers an escape and an invitation to adventure.

Equipped with Nomi’s urn of ashes and a treasure map, Blythe sets off for a small island in the San Juans where she rents the mysterious and unsettling Improbable House. Secret by secret, clue by cryptic clue, she begins to unravel the puzzle her grandmother has left her to piece together. Her quest is complicated, though, by a powerful attraction to an enigmatic islander and empathy for his orphaned niece, both of whom are inexorably tied to the old house.

Just when Blythe thinks she’s on the verge of solving the mystery, her quest takes an unexpected turn, and she discovers that the treasure she’s really seeking is something that could never be buried in the ground. While she’s on the treasure hunt of a lifetime, the past and the future are coming together in this magical novel by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of Whisper Me This.

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Kerry Anne King (who also writes as Kerry Schafer) is a Washington Post and Amazon charts bestselling author who writes compelling and transformational stories about family and personal growth with elements of mystery, humor, and an undercurrent of romance. Often, you’ll also find a touch of magic. When not absorbed in her creative pursuits, you’ll find Kerry hanging out with her Viking and an assortment of animals on their little piece of heaven in rural northeastern Washington. She loves interacting with readers and is happy to make herself available for virtual book club meetings.

My Thoughts...
A mystery and romance in one. It was so much more than a romance hence the title. It was a mystery at its best. I am a huge fan of Kings I have read several of her books in the past. She never disappoints. This is one book you want to add to your shelf.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

A Table for Two by Sheryl Lister


The best meals. The perfect company. And just enough sparks to make it complicated . . .

Serenity Wheeler’s Supper Club is all about getting together with great friends, incredible food, and a whole lot of dishing—not for hooking up. Still, Serenity knows inviting her friend’s brother to one of her dinners is just good manners, but the ultra-fine, hazel-eyed Gabriel Cunningham has a gift for saying the wrong thing at the really wrong time. Especially when it comes to her cooking.

Gabriel isn’t quite sure how they got off on the wrong foot, but something about Serenity makes him nervous. Maybe it’s because he’s new to the small-town vibe. Maybe it’s because the woman is so gorgeous that he can’t think straight. Or maybe it’s because there’s an attraction between them he can’t seem to shake. 

Though refreshments and camaraderie may be the supper club’s mantra, Serenity and Gabriel know there’s more between them than just sharing delicious meals. But she can’t let herself fall for Gabriel. Because while cooking with love is one thing, trusting it is quite another...

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SHERYL LISTER is a multi-award winning author and has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She is a former pediatric occupational therapist with over twenty years of experience and often says she “played” for a living. A California native, Sheryl is a wife, mother of three daughters and a son-in-love, and grandmother to two special little boys. When she’s not writing, Sheryl can be found on a date with her husband or in the kitchen creating appetizers.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

More Than You Can See by Barbra Rubin

 At seventeen, Barbara’s daughter Jennifer is in a horrific car accident and sustains a traumatic brain injury that sends her into a two-week coma. Once she awakens, a unique disability presents itself: Jenn lacks any traditional method of communication. Unable to speak or function on her own, Jenn must relearn basic life skills in a rehabilitation facility while Barbara and her family struggle to piece together their lives, now forever changed.

When it becomes clear that Barbara and her husband cannot care for Jenn on their own, they move her to a group home. Over time, three creative, lighthearted women become Jenn’s caregivers, and with their support Jenn reenters the community and experiences travel and adventure, all while capturing the hearts of those around her with her engaging and quirky personality.

Despite her disability, Jenn connects with everyone in her life. And Barbara ultimately realizes that Jenn’s lack of language doesn’t stop her from having a voice. A touching memoir that strikes a delicate balance between sorrow and joy, heartbreak and triumph, More Than You Can See is Barbara’s story of moving beyond tragedy and discovering profound and fulfilling life lessons waiting for her on the other side.

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Friday, October 21, 2022

Outright Changes in a Outrages World by Cassandra Burkart

 The negative effects of the global pandemic prompted many to wonder whether they could move through their fears and rebuild themselves from the inside out to attain boldness, courage, and peace within. Cassandra Burkart relies on her investigative skills as a chemical engineer and inquisitive nature as a certified life coach to share six fundamental principles to activate lasting positive change and grow personally, even during chaotic times. While leading others on a transformative journey that includes insight into her own experiences, Burkart teaches how to establish a purpose, take an inventory of the past to gain clarity of the present, accept responsibility to own the future, move toward goals and self-fulfillment, overcome common hindrances, and complete regular life and action assessments. Throughout her roadmap, Burkart encourages others to eradicate negative thoughts and emotions and unlock hidden potential to live their best life, all while positively impacting others around them. Outright Changes in an Outrageous World shares a simplified six-step process that guides anyone seeking lasting positive change to realize a life of happiness and fulfillment.

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Thursday, October 20, 2022

Dreaming of a Heart Lake Christmas by Sarah Robinson

 When sparks start flying, these total opposites discover Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year.

To raise enough money to start her own business, Nola Bennett needs to sell “The Castle,” her beloved grandmother’s historic house and get back home to the city. But Heart Lake’s most eligible bachelor is insisting she hang on to the property. He may be one of the hottest, grumpiest men she’s ever seen, but Nola has no time to pine over her high school crush.

All woodworker Tanner Dean wants for Christmas is some peace and quiet, but that’s not going to happen with infuriating, irresistible Nola Bennett back in town. How can he persuade her to keep The Castle out of the hands of greedy developers when sizzling attraction flares every time they’re together? And the more time he spends with Nola, the harder it becomes to picture a future without her—unless he can convince her, once and for all, that Heart Lake is exactly where she belongs.

Includes the bonus novella The Christmas Wish by Melinda Curtis!

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Sarah Robinson first started her writing career as a published poet in high school, and then continued in college, winning several poetry awards and being published in multiple local literary journals.

Never expecting to make a career of it, a freelance writing Craigslist job accidentally introduced her to the world of book publishing. Lengthening her writing from poetry to novels, Robinson published her first book through a small press publisher, before moving into self-publishing, and then finally accepting a contract from Penguin Random House two years later. She continues to publish both traditionally and indie with over 18+ novels to her name with publishers like Penguin, Waterhouse Press, Hachette, and more. She has achieved awards and accolades including 2021 Vivian Award Finalist, Top 10 iBooks Bestseller, Top 25 Amazon Kindle Bestseller, and Top 5 Barnes & Noble Bestseller. She has been published in three languages.

In her personal life, Sarah Robinson is happily married to the gentle giant of her dreams and the duo recently welcomed to the world their first baby, Norah Grace. They have a home full of love, snuggly pets, and are happily living in Arlington, Virginia.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Choose Joy 24 Coloring Cards

 Spread joy and inspiration with twenty-four colorable postcards to send to friends and family (or enjoy yourself!), from the creators of the bestselling Choose Joy coloring book.

Featuring inspirational quotes and beautiful artwork, this set of twenty-four detachable, colorable postcards offers a joy-filled escape from the busyness of everyday life. Quotes from contemporary and historical voices, familiar hymns, and Scripture are included on the back of the cards.

Each card has a splash of metallic ink, so they are pretty enough to send without being colored. That way, you can color them yourself or let the recipient have all the fun. You might even decide to keep them yourself to display in your home!

Artists of all ages will enjoy coloring and displaying these beautiful cards.

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The Ink & Willow line infuses contemplation and inspiration into the regular spiritual practice of creative-minded Christians, wherever they are in their faith journey. Each thoughtfully curated gift product is based in biblical truth and sparks a reminder of how God reveals beauty in the midst of our ordinary.

Throughout literary history, willow trees have been symbols of growth, balance, learning, healing, and harmony. Since willows often grow near streams or rivers, the name Ink and Willow was inspired by the verse in Psalm 1 about the person who delights in God and therefore is deeply planted and able to thrive, bearing fruit and prospering through every season. The word ink has a dual meaning, first as a nod to the act and art of printing words on paper, and then, in the sense that ink symbolizes life. In combination, Ink & Willow becomes the perfect metaphor for what this thoughtfully curated line of products is designed to do, which is to inspire, nurture, and engage Christians. and @inkandwillowgifts on social.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Dog Days of Summer by Kathleen Y'Barbo

 Mishaps Abound as Second Chance Ranch Struggles to Get Its Start

;Grab a kitty to cuddle and relax into a fun small-town mystery as a new animal rescue project turns into a three-ring-circus of calamities in book 2 of the Gone to the Dogs series. Trina Potter, Nashville country music star, buys a ranch near her hometown in Brenham, Texas, to help her niece open an animal rescue facility. Her presence in town stirs up some old high school rivalries and romance. Finding property to buy is a challenge, convincing her mother to move there with her is daunting, and navigating a string of strange accidents is perplexing. Sometimes Trina feels like she's purchased her own three-ring-circus instead of a beautiful piece of land. But her first priority will be figuring out who wants Second Chance Ranch shut down before they even have the grand opening.

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KATHLEEN Y'BARBO is a Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of more than one hundred books with two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan and certified paralegal, she is a member of the Texas Bar Association Paralegal Division, Texas A&M Association of Former Student and the Texas A&M Women Former Students (Aggie Women), Texas Historical Society, Novelists Inc., and American Christian Fiction Writers. She would also be a member of the Daughters of the American Republic, Daughters of the Republic of Texas and a few others if she would just remember to fill out the paperwork that Great Aunt Mary Beth has sent her more than once.

Kathleen and her hero in combat boots husband have their own surprise love story that unfolded on social media a few years back. They make their home just north of Houston, Texas and are the parents and in-laws of a blended family of Texans, Okies, and three very adorable Londoners.

To find out more about Kathleen or connect with her through social media, check out her website at

My Thoughts...
This was such a fun mystery and look at that cute cover. I did not read the first book in the series, and I was not lost at all, so it is a good standalone if you missed the first book.
This is a fast read and one that I recommend.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Over Her Dead Body by Susan Walter

 An inheritance that comes with a warning.

Ashley Brooks’s life isn’t working out as planned. After years of struggling to make it in Hollywood, she’s still waiting for her big break. When fate leads her to the doorstep of legendary casting director Louisa Lake George, Ashley thinks her luck is about to change: the prickly old pro knows about a role she’s perfect for. The aspiring actress never gets to thank her, though, because the day after the audition, Louisa is dead. The bigger shock―she left all her money to Ashley.

Louisa’s grown children arrive stunned and ready to fight. Her nephew tries to play peacemaker, while Ashley grapples with why Louisa would leave her fortune to a stranger―and whether she should keep it. But Ashley quickly discovers everyone, including the dead woman, is hiding something, and it’s a race to get to the truth before someone else winds up dead.

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Susan Walter (@susie_filmmaker) spent her youth working her way up the Hollywood ladder, taking the longest road possible to become a filmmaker, which she finally did after nearly two decades working on movie sets. Her film ALL I WISH is streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime, and stars Sharon Stone, Tony Goldwyn, Famke Janssen and Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn.

Susan is native of Cambridge, MA, and currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Vancouver, British Columbia. When not writing (and also maybe while writing) Susan can be found streaming Red Sox baseball and drinking too much coffee. Her debut novel, GOOD AS DEAD, is an Amazon best-seller. Her follow-up, OVER HER DEAD BODY is set for release on 11/1/22. For "behind the scenes" content or to join her mailing list, please visit her at, and thanks for stopping by!
My Thoughts...
Be careful what you wish for. This book such a ride it was so twisty, and I could not read it fast enough. It is a real page tuner.                                    I have to say mystery fans are going to devour this book in one sitting.  4 stars and I recommend it.                                                                           The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.