Floating Staircase by Ronald Malfi


Floating Staircase, Ronald Malfi, 2011 (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) My favorite quote: “It’s been said that nature does not know extinction — that once you’ve existed, all parts of you, whether they’re dispersed or remain together, will always be.” Thank you, Ronald Malfi, for sending me down that mental rabbit hole …  Notable characters: Travis Glasgow,Continue reading “Floating Staircase by Ronald Malfi”

Brimstone by Tamara Thorne


Family Secrets The Brimstone Grand Hotel, owned by reclusive former movie star, Delilah Devine, looms high on Hospital Hill, harboring long-buried family secrets that whisper of unimaginable horrors. Horrors that will echo down through generations. Twisted History When Delilah’s granddaughter, Holly Tremayne, who has seen ghosts for most of her eleven years, first comes toContinue reading “Brimstone by Tamara Thorne”

The Cliffhouse Haunting on Sale for $0.99


The very first Thorne & Cross collaboration, THE CLIFFHOUSE HAUNTING, will be on sale in ebook for just $0.99 June 1st through the 8th. And if you sign up for our free monthly gossip column-style newsletter, The Purple Probe, you’ll get a “Behind the Book” glimpse with Constance Welling, one of the supporting characters inContinue reading “The Cliffhouse Haunting on Sale for $0.99”

Books on Sale — The Cliffhouse Haunting


The Cliffhouse Haunting is on Sale in June! The very first Thorne & Cross collaboration, THE CLIFFHOUSE HAUNTING, will be on sale in ebook for just $0.99 June 1st through the 8th. And if you sign up for our free monthly gossip column-style newsletter, The Purple Probe, you’ll get a “Behind the Book” glimpse withContinue reading “Books on Sale — The Cliffhouse Haunting”

Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin


Fevre Dream, George R. R. Martin, 1982 (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) My favorite quote: “Sometimes I think … the humanity of him is all hollow, a mask … he is only an old animal, so ancient it has lost even the taste for food, but it hunts on nonetheless, because that is all it remembers, thatContinue reading “Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin”

Dream Reaper


Dream Reaper The sale was complete. Stardene looked up at the man. He looked different somehow — suddenly not nearly as handsome as he’d been moments ago.  “Because you’ve been such a pleasure,” he said in a voice that now sounded cracked and dry with age, “I’ll gift you with a glimpse into things asContinue reading “Dream Reaper”

The Midnight Ripper


Coming soon … The Monsters are Real … Michael Ward, a vampire once dedicated to peace and harmony, lost his humanity when he gave into love — and other primal desires. Now he rages and murders indiscriminately … and he’s on the run. Cade Colter, along with renowned monster hunter, Father Vincent Scarlotti, is hotContinue reading “The Midnight Ripper”

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice


The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Anne Rice, 1983 (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) My favorite quote: “That is your life now, and you are to think of nothing else, and regret nothing else. I want that dignity peeled away from you as if it were so many skins of the onion. I don’t mean that you shouldContinue reading “The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice”

Sleep Savannah Sleep


SEARCH FOR LOCAL WOMAN ENTERS FOURTH DAY. Below the headline was a picture of Savannah Sturgess, chin resting in her palm, a half-smile on her face. In the backyard, beneath the morning sun, Jason stared at the photograph on his laptop then scanned the article. There were no new developments. The police were still investigating.Continue reading “Sleep Savannah Sleep”

In the Cut by Susanna Moore


In the Cut, Susanna Moore, 1995 (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) My favorite quote: I think the following quote nicely sums up the tone of Susanna Moore’s not-so-thrilling erotic novel, In the Cut: “I think it may have something to do with something I heard when I was a kid. Something I think I heard. Actually, IContinue reading “In the Cut by Susanna Moore”

S is for Silence by Sue Grafton


S is for Silence, Sue Grafton, 2005 (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) My favorite quote: “God save us from the people who want to do what’s best for us.” Most interesting characters: My girl, Kinsey Millhone, PI; Daisy Sullivan, the woman who hires her to find her missing mother Opening scene: S is for Silence begins withContinue reading “S is for Silence by Sue Grafton”

The Midnight Ripper — Cover Reveal


The Monsters are Real … Michael Ward, a vampire once dedicated to peace and harmony, lost his humanity when he gave into love — and other primal desires.  Now he rages and murders indiscriminately … and he’s on the run. And Sometimes, They’re Inside You …  Cade Colter, along with renowned monster hunter, Father VincentContinue reading “The Midnight Ripper — Cover Reveal”

Ghost Story by Peter Straub


Ghost Story, Peter Straub, 1979 (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) My favorite quote: “It seemed that if you listened to that snow hissing long enough, you wouldn’t just hear it telling you that it was waiting for you, you’d hear some terrible secret—a secret to turn your life black.” (Thanks, Peter Straub. Now I’m afraid of snow.Continue reading “Ghost Story by Peter Straub”

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox


The Witch of Willow Hall, Hester Fox, 2018 (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) My favorite quote: “Yet at the same time I want to untether my heart, toss it up into the sky and let it take wing. There’s a wildness here that, if nothing else, holds promise, possibility. Who needs society? What has it ever doneContinue reading “The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox”

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah, 2015 (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) My favorite quote: “Once you’re ready to die, the plan gets easy.” (Certainly not the most uplifting line in the book, but it’s the one that stood out to me the most) Most interesting characters: Isabelle, code name: The Nightingale; Vianne, her older sister; Gaëtan, the manContinue reading “The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah”

Devil’s Waltz by Jonathan Kellerman


Devil’s Waltz (#7 in the Alex Delaware series), Jonathan Kellerman, 2006 (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) My favorite quote: The opening line: “It was a place of fear and myth, home of miracles and the worst kind of failure.” (I didn’t know what Jonathan Kellerman was describing right away, but soon realized it wasn’t my underwear drawerContinue reading “Devil’s Waltz by Jonathan Kellerman”

4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie


4:50 from Paddington, Agatha Christie, 1957 (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) My favorite quote: “The truth is people are an extraordinary mixture of heroism and cowardice.” (Except me — I’m a total hero. Everyone says so) Most interesting characters: Elspeth McGillicuddy, a train passenger who saw something she shouldn’t have; Miss Marple, the local busybody who notContinue reading “4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie”

Let Your Darkness Out to Play …


“The Crimson Corset” is a good read. There is a colorful cast of characters, a clever plot, and an intricate structure … there are surprises and jumps and starts, sex and death, beauty and gore, something for everyone … if you’re looking for set-up and payoff, this novel will not disappoint.” – HELLNOTES Full CrimsonContinue reading “Let Your Darkness Out to Play …”

The Black Death: A Personal History by John Hatcher


The Black Death: A Personal History, John Hatcher, 2008 (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) My favorite quote: “PESTILENCE!” (That’s what they called the Black Death back then, and hoo-boy, did they like saying that word. “PESTILENCE!” in all caps, just like that. That’s how you have to do it. I don’t make the rules Most interesting characters:Continue reading “The Black Death: A Personal History by John Hatcher”

Under the Lake by Stuart Woods


Under the Lake, Stuart Woods, 1987 (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) My favorite quote: “Howell hung up the phone and pressed his forehead against the cool glass of the booth. The world was suddenly a different place. He wasn’t sure he liked it.”  Most interesting characters: John Howell, a former investigative journalist; Sutherland, a strange little townContinue reading “Under the Lake by Stuart Woods”

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy


The Black Dahlia, James Ellroy,  1987 (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) My favorite quote: “The longer I listened, the more they talked about themselves, interweaving their sad tales with the story of the Black Dahlia, who they actually believed to be a glamorous siren headed for Hollywood stardom. It was as if they would have traded theirContinue reading “The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy”

The Firm by John Grisham


The Firm, John Grisham, 1991 (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) My favorite quote: “If you don’t think about death, you don’t appreciate life.”  Most interesting characters: Mitch McDeere, a bright-eyed young lawyer with a great future in front of him; Abby McDeere, his wife Opening scene: Royce McKnight, senior partner at Bendini, Lambert, & Locke law firm,Continue reading “The Firm by John Grisham”

Whistle for the Crows by Dorothy Eden


Whistle for the Crows, Dorothy Eden, 1962 (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) My favorite quote: “It only took the forlorn sound of the baby crying to complete her loss of morale.” (I really identified with this because I, too, have felt much loss of morale at the sounds of shrieking babies — especially at Walmart when myContinue reading “Whistle for the Crows by Dorothy Eden”

Misery by Stephen King


Misery, Stephen King, 1987 My favorite quote: “That was it. In Annie’s view all the people in the world were divided into three groups: brats, poor poor things… and Annie.” (I think I’ve met more than a couple of Annies in my life, but that’s another story for another book review …) Most interesting characters:Continue reading “Misery by Stephen King”

Today’s the Day!


Today’s the day! Books 1 – 3 in The Ravencrest Saga are available today as a boxed set for only $9.99!: https://tinyurl.com/yjy36u9h Book 1: THE GHOSTS OF RAVENCREST Ravencrest Manor is the most beautiful thing new governess, Belinda Moorland, has ever seen, but as she learns more about its tangled past of romance and terror,Continue reading “Today’s the Day!”

The Entity by Frank de Felitta


The Entity, Frank de Felitta, 1978 My favorite quote: “It was neither dream nor reality. And who in the whole apartment, who in the entire city of Los Angeles, could tell her what it was?” (I’ll tell you what it is, lady — it’s a horny ghost, that’s what it is) Most interesting characters: CarlottaContinue reading “The Entity by Frank de Felitta”

The Omen by David Seltzer


The Omen, David Seltzer, 1976 My favorite quote: “It happened in a millisecond. A movement in the galaxies that should have taken eons occurred in the blinking of an eye.”  Most interesting characters: Jeremy Thorn, the coldly ambitious United States Ambassador to England and adoptive father of the sweet-faced, cherub-cheeked antichrist; Katherine Thorn, the scowling-one-minute-and-manic-the-nextContinue reading “The Omen by David Seltzer”

The Clocks by Agatha Christie


The Clocks, Agatha Christie, 1963 My favorite quote: “One gets infected, it is true, by the style of a work that one has been reading.” (Which is probably why I feel so compelled to kill so many folks in my books when I read Agatha Christie — which is frequently. From now on, when myContinue reading “The Clocks by Agatha Christie”

Body Language by Julius Fast


Body Language, Julius Fast, 1967 My favorite quote: “The inheritance of instinct is not a simple matter, nor is the process of learning simple. It is difficult to pinpoint just how much of any system of communication is inherited and how much is learned. Not all behavior is learned, any more than it is allContinue reading “Body Language by Julius Fast”

After Midnight by Richard Laymon


After Midnight, Richard Laymon, 1997 My favorite quote: “My eyes are brown. So are my teeth. Just kidding about the teeth.” Most interesting characters: Alice, who’s real name isn’t Alice; The intruder   Opening scene: Alice, enjoying a quiet night alone while house-sitting for a friend. But let’s be honest: After Midnight IS a Richard LaymonContinue reading “After Midnight by Richard Laymon”

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager


The Last Time I Lied, Riley Sager, 2018 My favorite quote: “Although their eventual fate remains a mystery, I’m certain that what happened to those girls is all my fault.” Most interesting characters: Emma Davis, a painter with a past; Francesca Harris-White, a socialite who encourages Emma to return to the past  Opening scene: CampContinue reading “The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager”

Ghosts, Witches, and Demons, Oh, My!


Coming March 29th (and available for pre-order now at: https://tinyurl.com/yjy36u9h) Books 1 – 3 in The Ravencrest Saga are available as a boxed set for only $9.99 Book 1: THE GHOSTS OF RAVENCREST  Ravencrest Manor is the most beautiful thing new governess, Belinda Moorland, has ever seen, but as she learns more about its tangledContinue reading “Ghosts, Witches, and Demons, Oh, My!”

The Back Passage by James Lear


The Back Passage, James Lear, 2006 My favorite quote: “Youth and athleticism are a wonderful combination: not even a sudden murder can quell the storm in a young man’s flannels.” Most interesting characters: Mitch Mitchell, a well-hung insatiable stud who collects clues at almost the same rate he collects steamy sexual encounters with other well-hungContinue reading “The Back Passage by James Lear”

Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? by Harold Schechter and Eric Powell


Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done?, Harold Schechter and Eric Powell, 2021 My favorite quote: “You can’t apply morality to an insane person.” Most interesting characters: Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? centers, of course, on Ed Gein  Opening scene: Harold Schechter and Eric Powell begin Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done?Continue reading “Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? by Harold Schechter and Eric Powell”

The Guide to Getting it On by Paul Joannides


The Guide to Getting it On, Paul Joannides, 2009 My favorite quote: “Morality, from this Guide’s perspective, is respecting and caring for your fellow human beings. It has little to do with the way you enjoy your sexuality, unless what you do breaks a special trust or violates the rights of others.” Most interesting characters:Continue reading “The Guide to Getting it On by Paul Joannides”

Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh


Archangel’s Enigma, Nalini Singh, 2015 My favorite quote: “If blood alone is what defines us, no child born is born in freedom.” Most interesting characters: Nassir, the most rambunctious and undomesticated member of a powerful group of angels and vampires known as “the Seven”; Andromeda, the young scholar who accompanies him on his mission; Raphael,Continue reading “Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh”

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? by Henry Farrell


What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Henry Farrell, 1960 My favorite quote: “She may be your own sister, honey, your own flesh and blood, but you’ve got to face it, deep down inside she hates you like poison and nothing would please her more than to see you get it right in the neck.” MostContinue reading “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? by Henry Farrell”

Dare to Cross the Threshold …


Coming March 29th (and available for pre-order now at: https://tinyurl.com/yjy36u9h) Books 1 – 3 in The Ravencrest Saga are available as a boxed set for only $9.99 Book 1: THE GHOSTS OF RAVENCREST Ravencrest Manor is the most beautiful thing new governess, Belinda Moorland, has ever seen, but as she learns more about its tangledContinue reading “Dare to Cross the Threshold …”

R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton


R is for Ricochet, Sue Grafton, 2004 My favorite quote: “I couldn’t tell if the ticking I heard was my biological clock or the delayed timing device on a bomb.” Most interesting characters: Kinsey Millhone, the best PI ever; Reba Lafferty, a recently-released criminal who just can’t keep her nose clean; Beck, the sexy badContinue reading “R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton”

Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward


Lover Revealed, J.R. Ward, 2007 My favorite quote: “I liked you, cop. From the moment I met you. No… not the first moment. I wanted to kill you when I first met you. But then I liked you.” Most interesting characters: J.R. Ward is always sure to give readers a good amount of every memberContinue reading “Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward”

Nemesis by Agatha Christie


Nemesis, Agatha Christie, 1971 My favorite quote: “Any coincidence is worth noticing. You can throw it away later if it is only a coincidence.” Most interesting characters: Miss Jane Marple, a small-town spinster who just can’t seem to get away from dead people; Jason Rafiel, a recently-deceased millionaire; Michael Rafiel, Jason’s son; Verity Hunt, whoseContinue reading “Nemesis by Agatha Christie”

The Sociopath Next Door by Dr. Martha Stout


The Sociopath Next Door, Martha Stout, 2005 My favorite quote: “If, instead, you find yourself often pitying someone who consistently hurts you or other people, and who actively campaigns for your sympathy, the chances are close to 100 percent that you are dealing with a sociopath.” Most interesting characters: The Sociopath Next Door is aContinue reading “The Sociopath Next Door by Dr. Martha Stout”

The Stand by Stephen King


The Stand, Stephen King, 1978 My favorite quote: My favorite Stephen King quote of all time comes from this book, and that is this: “The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortalContinue reading “The Stand by Stephen King”

The Hot Flash Club by Nancy Thayer


The Hot Flash Club, Nancy Thayer, 2006 My favorite quote: “Julie would microwave food. In fact, Julie liked to microwave food. It fit into her understanding of how the world worked.” Most interesting characters: Marilyn, Shirley, Alice, and Faye: The Hot Flash Club Opening scene: The Hot Flash Club opens with Faye, gathering donations forContinue reading “The Hot Flash Club by Nancy Thayer”

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier


My Cousin Rachel, Daphne du Maurier, 1951 My favorite quote: “Because I believe there is nothing so self-destroying, and no emotion quite so despicable, as jealousy.” — I’m totally with you on that, Daphne du Maurier …  Most interesting characters: Ambrose Ashley, owner of a large estate; Philip, his younger cousin and heir; Rachel, Ambrose’sContinue reading “My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier”

M is for Malice by Sue Grafton


M is for Malice, Sue Grafton, 1996 My favorite quote: “Ghosts don’t haunt us. That’s not how it works. They’re present among us because we won’t let go of them.” Yeah. I like that.  Most interesting characters: Kinsey Millhone, my all-time favorite PI; Guy Malek, a man with whom Kinsey feels an instant kinship  OpeningContinue reading “M is for Malice by Sue Grafton”

Communion by Whitley Streiber


Communion, Whitley Streiber, 1987 My favorite quote: “Humanity could be clutching the frail barque of an outmoded worldview while the wind of the mind is swaying the stars into very real craft, and out of them is coming… a faint call for help from a lady in a flowered dress.” — Which pretty much sumsContinue reading “Communion by Whitley Streiber”