Review: THE CAPTIVE HEART, by Michelle Griep

Review:  The Captive Heart, a Christian historical romance, by Michelle Griep Rated 5 out of 5 stars by Iris Chacon (plus a star in the crown of Michelle Griep, author). Christian ladies, or any ladies, who enjoy an exciting historical romance without lurid explicit sexuality or profane language simply must treat yourselves to this novel,…

Review: BLACK DIAMOND, by Susannah Sandlin

Review: BLACK DIAMOND, A Wilds of the Bayou Novel, by Susannah Sandlin. Rated 5 out of 5 stars by Iris Chacon. Jena Sinclair is an enforcement agent (a/k/a game warden) with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries in Terrebone Parish. She has recently returned to work after recuperating from two gunshot wounds suffered in…

Review: FATAL FROST, by Karen MacInerney

Review of FATAL FROST, A Dewberry Farm Mystery, by Karen MacInerney. Rated 5 out of 5 stars by Iris Chacon. In this wholesome, small-town, cozy mystery Lucy Resnick has left her career as a Houston investigative reporter to take over her late grandmother’s farm in Buttercup, Texas. In addition to coping with a clever cow…

Review: A Whole Latte Mystery, by Caroline Fardig

Review of A WHOLE LATTE MURDER, A Java Jive Mystery, by Caroline Fardig Rated 4 out of 5 stars by Iris Chacon. Jave Jive is a Nashville coffee house run by Juliet (Jules) Langley, who is more than a simple caffeine purveyor. Jules also has a penchant for encountering, and solving, murder mysteries. Just as…

Review: Maniac, by Angus MacVicar

Review of Maniac by Angus MacVicar, (first pub. 1969; reviewed ARC of 2016 ed. from Endeavour Press Ltd.) Rated 4 out of 5 stars by Iris Chacon. The first thing I noticed about this classy and classic Brit mystery was that it had first been published nearly fifty years ago. I worried that the story…

Review: A Baxter Family Christmas, by Karen Kingsbury

Review: A BAXTER FAMILY CHRISTMAS, by Karen Kingsbury Rated 5 stars by Iris Chacon. Two years after Erin Baxter is killed in an auto accident, her father, John, invites a stranger — an avowed atheist — to share Christmas with the extended Baxter family. Erin’s bereaved husband and young daughter are unsure whether they can…