“Splintered Silence” is a new book by the talented Susan Furlong.  Furlong is a cozy mystery writer, but “Splintered Silence” is a new genre for her.  It’s a thriller, and boy does it thrill! I LOVE the cover…

I couldn’t wait to read “Splintered Silence”, in fact I “preordered” it twice, having forgotten that I had done it when it was first announced.  A quick blurb from Amazon:

Among the Irish Travellers living in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, no one forgets and no one forgives. And as former Marine MP Brynn Callahan finds out when she returns home, it’s hard to bury the past when bodies keep turning up . . .
After an IED explosion abruptly ends her tour of duty, Brynn arrives stateside with PTSD and her canine partner, Wilco—both of them bearing the scars of battle. With a mix of affection, curiosity, and misgivings, she goes back to Bone Gap, Tennessee, and the insular culture she’d hoped to escape by enlisting in the Marine Corps.
Marginalized and wary of outsiders, the Irish Travellers keep to themselves in a secluded mountain community, maintaining an uneasy coexistence with the “settled” townspeople of McCreary. When Wilco’s training as a cadaver dog leads Brynn to discover a body in the woods, the two worlds collide. Soon it’s clear that Brynn and Wilco are in danger – and they’re not the only ones.
After the police identify the dead woman, Brynn is shocked to learn she has a personal connection—and everything she’s been told about her past is called into question.
Forming a reluctant alliance with local sheriff Frank Pusser, Brynn must dig up secrets that not only will rattle her close-knit clan to its core, but may forever change her perception of who she is . . . and put her back in the line of fire.

Furlong writes with the gift of always making the reader desirous of reading just “one more page”.  There are never sections you wish to skip.  One never wants to ‘cheat’ and read ahead – you just might miss something.  Her writing flows naturally, all the while keeping you on the edge of your seat.  I shouldn’t confess this, as I have many responsibilities, but I read “Splintered Silence” in one sitting.  Did I loose a little sleep?  Yes…but I’m still young enough that I can muddle through the next day.  I loved this book…and you will too.

Above, the beautiful Susan Furlong

Cozy mysteries more up your alley?  Click on the link below to be directed to a previous blog post where you can read about Furlong’s ‘Georgia Peach Mystery Series’, and how to order, if you’re so inclined!

Furlong also writes another cozy series, ‘The Novel Idea Mystery Series’ under the pen name, ‘Lucy Arlington’.

Click on the link if you’re interested in these charming books. “Off the Books” 

‘The Deep End’ A Book Review

The Deep End by Ellie Hart, is a refreshing find.  I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy, and quite literally couldn’t put it down. “One more page”, I said, which quickly turned into 10, 20 and more.  It’s a different story than I usually read, but was intriguing from beginning to end. And let’s just say, the ending was a shocker.  I take pride in the fact I usually figure out “Who Done It” – but not in this book.  I was caught off guard, and I love that.

It’s available for pre-order now, releasing April 17, 2018.  Here’s a  quick blurb from Amazon:

Local veterinarian Dr. Giselle Cutler’s world revolves around her profession and Marta, the woman she loves. She’s confident both will always be there to support her, until her cell phone rings in the middle of the night and her once-stable world begins to spin out of control. Her sister Tiffani is missing, and all fingers point to fifteen-year-old Leif, Giselle’s nephew. Life as she knows it is fading fast, and with it, the security that family provides. As the true nature of each relationship is revealed, Giselle begins to doubt her ability to keep―and deserve―a lasting partnership. But Marta’s not giving up, and her support is the lifeline that keeps Giselle from toppling over the edge as they confront the dangers and dark secrets behind Tiffani’s disappearance.

Not only did I enjoy the intrigue of the book’s mystery, I appreciated how Hart shows us that love knows no gender.  The two women’s love story is not the central focus, just a matter of fact in the book – much like today’s world.  We are lucky to live in times where this is the case. Both Giselle and Marta are very relatable and I think I’d probably seek out their friendship.  I’d probably bond more with Giselle; she’s not quite the domestic diva Marta is.  🙂


‘The Deep End’ by Ellie Hart can be pre-ordered from amazon by clicking the following link – ‘The Deep End’

Or if you are a Barnes and Noble user, click on the following link: The Deep End’.

Below, the lovely Dana King-Esquer, “Ellie Hart”.

King-Esquer also writes another series, “The Proverbial Crime Mystery Series” under the pen name Dane McCaslin.  More delightful reads!  Click on the link to be directed to amazon for this series: You Can Lead A Horse to Water # 3 in the series

I’ve yet to read the “Proverbial Crime Mysteries Series”, but just purchased all three for my kindle.  Can’t wait to dig in!

A Book Review – “Unfinished”

A Book Review…about our own hometown literary hero’s new publication!  Although this is a wedding blog, I occasionally write a review about a book I love, and often the authors are friends of mine.  Usually, long distance friends.  But Amy Snyder is not only a friend, but lives in my own town of Glastonbury, CT. I occasionally work with Amy.  She’s warm, friendly, creative, and fun to be around. Read on for more about her delightful new book!

A quick synopsis from Barnes and Noble:
Unfinished by Amy Snyder

Mirabelle is a writer who just can’t finish any of the stories she starts. When her twins leave home for college, they take with them Mirabelle’s sense of identity. As she strives to adjust to her empty nest she is visited by someone unexpected: a character from the very first novel she ever attempted to write.

Characters from all of her unfinished works begin to materialize in her home, in her car, at her job. They talk, yell, and some even throw things at her. Mirabelle can see them, smell them, touch them and though she knows they’re not real, she can’t help but engage them. She created them, after all. They become part of her daily life and she finds herself alternating between hiding them from and sharing them with her almost-always-doting husband, Alex.

Some of Mirabelle’s characters are like good friends, encouraging her to finish something she’s started. Others manipulate her for their own needs and story lines. Good and bad, these characters are part of her and Mirabelle discovers she needs to both fix and finish them before they destroy her life, her sanity, and her marriage.

The lovely Amy Snyder

So what’s my take? Honestly?  I loved it. I think if I had to pick the single most appealing aspect of this book, it would be it’s refreshing approach.  But don’t forget the easy dialogue, great husband/wife dynamic/relationship. Snyder’s book is one where you say, “Ok.  Just one more chapter.”  That chapter slips into five.  “Unfinished” is fun, and very relatable.

Click on a link below if you’re interested in obtaining your own copy of “Unfinished”!

“Unfinished” Amazon

“Unfinished” Barnes and Noble


A Book Review – A Cajun Country Mystery

A Book Review…

Every once in awhile, I deviate from my usual wedding blog posts for something special. The delightful book, “A Cajon Christmas Killing” is just such a case.  First, a little description from Barnes and Noble about the book:

A Cajun Christmas Killing: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron

Maggie Crozat is back home in bayou country during the most magical time of the year. In Pelican, Louisiana, Christmastime is a season of giant bonfires on the levee, zydeco carols, and pots of gumbo. Except, this year, the Grinch has come to stay at the family-run Crozat Plantation B&B. When he floods travel websites with vicious reviews, Maggie thinks she’s identified him as rival businessman Donald Baxter. That is, until he’s found stabbed to death at Maggie’s workplace. And Maggie and her loved ones become top suspects.

The Crozats quickly establish alibis, but Maggie’s boyfriend, Detective Bo Durand, remains under suspicion. With Bo sidelined during the investigation, Maggie finds herself forced to work with an unlikely ally: longtime family enemy Rufus Durand. Her sleuthing uncovers more suspects than drummers drumming, and lands her in the crosshairs of the murderer.

The sleigh bells are jingling, and the clock is ticking for Maggie and Rufus, who must catch the killer or it will be the opposite of a Joyeux Noël in A Cajun Christmas Killing , the recipe-stuffed third installment of USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country mysteries.

What’s the best news about this book?  It’s the THIRD, yes the third, in the series!  Do you ever discover a new author and feel a sense of melancholy when the book is finished?  I do.  But then, what joy when you realize the book you just devoured is part of series!

The first is:    “Plantation Shudders” – Amazon

                       “Plantation Shudders” – Barnes and Noble

The second: “Body on the Bayou” – Amazon

                      “Body on the Bayou” – Barnes and Noble

If you forced me to pick my favorite, I’m not sure I could.  But I always like the last I read the best.  Byron just keeps getting better, her stories more interesting, funnier, the plot even tighter.  Maybe “A Cajun Christmas Killing” is my favorite because I love the holiday season.

Read one/all of these books.  Enjoy, treat yourself. You can thank me later!  🙂

Above, the beautiful Ellen Byron, author

“A Cajun Christmas Killing” – Barnes and Noble

“A Cajun Christmas Killing” – Amazon