Friday, June 28, 2013

Natural Home Made Skin Care Recipes by Mia Gordon

Title: Natural Home Made Skin Care Recipes: Rejuvenating Renewing Masks & Treatments for Beautiful Skin

Author: Mia Gordon

Published: Createspace, 2012

Pages: 188

Purchase Links: Book Depository*

Summary: If you've ever wished you could enjoy the beautiful clear glowing skin celebrities do without having to pay for expensive beauty products or treatments and want a hassle free way to make your own 100% natural skin care masks, treatments and products at home this book is for you! Now you can make your own home made skin care recipes, homemade face masks, creams and treatments at home using every day ingredients that contain potent and powerful anti-aging and moisturizing benefits like those found found in top of the line skin care products. The recipes in this book show you how to combine the raw active ingredients and extracts contained in the fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and oils that are in or mimic the active ingredients found in high priced skin care ranges. Using ingredients from your kitchen, garden, supermarket or local health store you can create powerful effective beauty treatments at home to rejuvenate, exfoliate, renew & restore your skin with a youthful radiant glow, no matter what your age! Unlike other books with recipes that require a lot of time to find, buy ingredients and make the recipes, this book provides simple, fast & easy recipes you can make at home in minutes from everyday ingredients that work! Whether you are limited by time, budget or just want an ecologically friendly way to look and feel beautiful everyday - this is a simple easy to follow guide to healthy radiant skin at home. Easy homemade skin care recipes and anti aging oil blends to protect, nourish and beautify your skin for an at home spa experience.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: As someone who has quite bad acne ridden skin I was very curious about this book and whether it would be helpful or not.  I have to say that I quite enjoyed reading through it as it was definitely handy.

Not only does this book have skin care recipes but it has information about each of the ingredients commonly found in skin treatments.  I found it to be a very helpful guide as it gave information about the source of the ingredient, what it’s used for and any reasons why you should avoid it.

I really liked the look of the salad dressings recipes featured in the book, because nutrition is also a part of having healthy skin and hair and when it is summer time and a good time for salads I will definitely be trying a few of the recipes.

One bonus is that the majority of the ingredients are really easy to obtain and it’s likely that you’ll already have most of them in your house.

I did try out one of the face mask recipes and my skin felt nice afterwards and the next day there was a slight but noticeable difference in my skin.  I’ll be continuing to try the recipe I used to see how it continues.

Overall, if you’re interested in natural homemade skin care remedies then I would suggest giving this book a try.

Source: Mia Gordon for review

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

On Reading the books in the Night Huntress/Night Huntress World Series

Sometimes when starting a book series it can be confusing which order to read things in and then there are series where the universe is expanded into spin-off series that makes it even more difficult to figure out how to read the series.  This week, I thought I would talk about the Night Huntress books by Jeaniene Frost.

There are three ‘series’ within this universe.

The first is the main series known as the Night Huntress books.

The second is two books related to the Night Huntress universe known as the Night Huntress World.

The third is the Night Prince trilogy.

Here is my suggested reading order:

I would definitely suggest reading the two books in the Night Huntress world series between books 4 and 5 in the Night Huntress series otherwise you’ll be confused and spoiled.

Monday, June 24, 2013

14 by Peter Clines

Title: 14

Author: Peter Clines

Published: Permuted Press, 2012

Pages: 350

Purchase Links:
Book Depository*

Summary: Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches.

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. 

Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. 

At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s. 

Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends. 
Or the end of everything...  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I’ve been in a sort of reading slump lately in that I haven’t been able to find the perfect sort of book for my mood.  Starting 14, I thought I had chosen another book that wasn’t going to be what I wanted to read.  As I read on however, I found myself engrossed in the mystery that is the Kavach building.

I wanted a book that had a chilling factor as well as a mystery element.  14 is that kind of book.  I would read a chapter and then find myself reading more chapters because I had to know what was going on, things were so mysterious and the atmosphere of the story was so creepy that I was loving every part of it.

The more that you read into 14 it becomes obvious that this is a horror and science fiction type of book and I loved it.  There were a few explanations of things that were going on that I really enjoyed.  I love the science fiction novels that offer explanations of what is happening.

One thing to note is that this book is full of references from things like Scooby Doo to Fringe.  It was really awesome and I don’t feel like it was at all overdone.  It kind of grounded the book a little bit more in the real world too which was quite cool.

I have to say that I thought the ending could go one of two ways and it ended the way that I had hoped it would which was really awesome.

Overall, I really enjoyed 14 by Peter Clines, it has action, it has mystery and it is a great story.  I would definitely recommend giving this one a try.

Source: NetGalley

Friday, June 21, 2013

Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell

Title: Body of Evidence

Author: Patricia Cornwell

Published: Time Warner, 2004

Pages: 387

Series: Book 2, Kay Scarpetta

Summary: A reclusive writer is dead. And her final manuscript has disappeared...

Someone is after Beryl Madison. Someone who spies on her and makes threatening, obscene phone calls. Terrified, she flees to Key West—but eventually she must return to her Richmond home. The very night she arrives, Beryl inexplicably invites her killer...

Thus begins for Dr Kay Scarpetta the investigation of a crime that is as convoluted as it is bizarre. Why would Beryl open the door to someone who brutally slashed and then nearly decapitated her? Did she know her killer? Adding to the intrigue is Beryl's enigmatic relationship with a prize-winning author and the disappearance of her own manuscript.
As Scarpetta retraces Beryl's footsteps, an investigation that begins in the laboratory with microscopes and lasers leads her deep into a nightmare that soon becomes her own.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: After reading the first book in the series and loving it I was really excited to start on the second book.  Needless to say I was very happy to read Body of Evidence as it was just as good, if not better, than the first book in the series.

The mystery in Body of Evidence was very engaging, I would sit down and read a little section of the book and I just had to keep reading whole chapters and the chapters in this book aren’t completely short.

I enjoy the interaction between Kay and Marino, they have these really grating personalities but they also agree on things where it counts and I just really love it.

I also really enjoy reading through the scientific explanations of some of the forensic processes, you do have to keep in mind that this was written in the very early 90’s but that didn’t bother me at all.  I find a lot of forensic science to be rather fascinating.

There was one thing that I thought was a little bit off about this book and that was Kay’s actions, or lack of action per se, I felt like for a lot of the book she was just going with the motions and it wasn’t until the last couple of chapters that she actually started to do what people had been telling her to do in the first place.

Other than that, I really loved Body of Evidence and thought it was fantastic, I’m really loving the series and am hoping that I can get caught up over the course of the rest of the year, which is actually a big ask as there are 21 books in the series so far!

Source: Purchased

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

On Reading Heather Graham’s Krewe of Hunters Series

Sometimes when starting a book series it can be confusing which order to read things in and then there are series where the universe is expanded into spin-off series that makes it even more difficult to figure out how to read the series so I have decided to do this for a couple of book series that I think need it.  What I am about to do is provide a nice and hopefully helpful little guide into some series that can get a little confusing.  Last week I talked about the Harrison Investigations series by Heather Graham and this week I am going to be talking about the Krewe of Hunters series which is a spin-off of the Harrison Investigations series.  All descriptions taken from Goodreads.

The First Krewe

So, the first crew consists of six individuals who are employed by Adam Harrison to deal with murders with supernatural elements thought to be at play somehow.  This is the order in which I suggest you read these books.

A secret government unit is formed under the oversight of Adam Harrison, famed paranormal investigator. The six members he's gathered know a little of the otherworldly—each has honed a psychic talent of their own.Jackson Crow, part English, part Cheyenne, heads the group. Haunted by his experience with an ancestral ghost who saved his life as a child, and the recent murders of two previous teammates, Jackson can't tell if Adam's demoted him or given him an extraordinary opportunity. Despite his link to the realm of spirits, he's well aware that the living commit the most heinous crimes, with spiritualist charlatans existing merely to fool and seduce the unwary.

To counterbalance Jackson's careful skepticism, Adam Harrison has paired him with Angela Hawkins, a young woman who learned the painful lesson of loss at an early age. A police officer utilizing her paranormal intuition in Virginia, she already has her hands full. But Adam's call to New Orleans is strong.

The case: In a historic mansion in New Orleans's French Quarter, a senator's wife falls to her death from a balcony. Most think she jumped, distraught over the loss of her young son. Some say she was pushed. And yet others believe she was beckoned by the ghostly spirits that inhabit the house—once the site of a serial killer's grisly work.

Whether supernatural or all too human, crimes of passion, greed and desire will cast the pair into danger of losing their lives…and their immortal souls.

** You can check my review out here. **

Emerging from the bayou like an apparition, Donegal Plantation is known for its unsurpassed dining, captivating atmosphere, haunting legends…and now a corpse swinging from the marble angel that marks its cemetery's most majestic vault. A corpse discovered in nearly the same situation as that of Marshall Donegal, the patriarch killed in a skirmish just before the Civil War.Desperate for help traditional criminologists could never provide, plantation heiress Ashley Donegal turns to an elite team of paranormal investigators who blend hard forensics with rare—often inexplicable—intuition. Among the "Krewe of Hunters" is an old flame, Jake Mallory, a gifted musician with talent stretching far beyond the realm of the physical, and a few dark ghosts of his own.

The evil the team unveils has the power to shake the plantation to its very core. Jake and Ashley are forced to risk everything to unravel secrets that will not stay buried—even in death.

** You can check my review out here. **

A terror born of Jack the Ripper

The details of the crime scene are no coincidence. The body—a promising starlet—has been battered, bloodied and then discarded between two of Manhattan's oldest graveyards.

One look and Detective Jude Crosby recognizes the tableau:

A recreation of Jack the Ripper's gruesome work. But he also sees something beyond the actions of a mere copycat. Something more dangerous…and unexplainable.
As the city seethes with suspicion, Jude calls on Whitney Tremont, a member of the country's preeminent paranormal investigating team, to put the speculation to rest. Yet when Whitney and Jude delve deeper, what they discover is more shocking than either could have predicted, and twice as sinister.

** You can check my review out here. **

For as long as it has stood overlooking New England's jagged coastline, Lexington House has been the witness to madness...and murder. But in recent years the inexplicable malice that once tormented so many has lain as silent as its victims. Until now. A member of the nation's foremost paranormal forensic team, Jenna Duffy has made a career out of investigating the inexplicable. Yet nothing could prepare her for the string of slayings once again plaguing Lexington House, or for the chief suspect ? a boy barely old enough to drive, much less kill. With the young man's life on the line, Jenna must team up with attorney Samuel Hall to pinpoint who ? or what ? is taking the lives of those who get too close to the past. But everything they learn brings them closer to the forces of evil stalking this tortured ground.

** You can check out my review here. **

The Second Krewe
This one starts off a whole new Krewe of Hunters but has guest appearances by the original crew and Adam Harrison.

1800s. San Antonio, Texas: In room 207 at the Longhorn Saloon, in the long shadow of the Alamo itself, a woman renowned for her beauty was brutally murdered. Her killer was never found.

One year ago: In that same historic room, another woman vanished without a trace. Her blood was everywhere…but her body was never recovered.

Now: In the last month, San Antonio has become a dumping ground for battered bodies.

All young women, many of them long missing, almost all forgotten. Until now.

Texas Ranger Logan Raintree cannot sit by and let his city's most vulnerable citizens be slain. So when he is approached to lead a brand-new group of elite paranormal investigators working the case, he has no choice but to accept the challenge. And with it, his powerful ability to commune with the dead.

Among Logan's new team is Kelsey O'Brien, a U.S. marshal known for her razor-sharp intuition and a toughness that belies her delicate exterior. Kelsey has been waiting all her life to work with someone who can understand her ability to "see" the past unfolding in the present. Now she has her chance.

Together, Kelsey and Logan follow their instincts to the Alamo and to the newly reopened Longhorn, which once tempted heroes with drink, cards and women. If the spirits of those long-dead Texans are really appearing to the victims before their deaths, only Kelsey and Logan have the skills to find out why.

And if something more earthly is menacing the city's oldest, darkest corners, only they can stop it—before more innocent women join the company of San Antonio's restless ghosts…

** You can check out my review here. **

The 1940s: Hard-boiled detectives and femmes fatale are box-office gold. In one iconic scene, set in a deserted museum, the private eye arrives too late, and the buxom beauty is throttled by an ominous Egyptian priest.Now: The Black Box Cinema immortalizes Hollywood's Golden Age in its gallery of film noir tributes. But the mannequin of that Egyptian priest is hardly lifeless.

He walks—and a young starlet dies a terrifying death.

Movie mogul Eddie Archer's son is charged with the grisly murder. Eddie calls agent Sean Cameron, who specializes in irregular investigations. As part of an FBI paranormal forensics team, Cameron knows that nightmares aren't limited to the silver screen.

Working with special-effects artist Madison Darvil—who has her own otherworldly gifts—Cameron delves into the malevolent force animating more than one movie monster.…

1898: Bound for Chicago, the freighter Jerry McGuen goes down in Lake Michigan, taking with it every man aboard. But what other fate could befall a vessel carrying the ill-gotten sarcophagus of an Egyptian sorcerer? 

Now: A veteran diver and "ghost ship" expert is exploring the legendary wreck for a documentary. He dies inexplicably inside the freighter's main saloon. Then another diver is killed and panicked rumors rise like bubbles from the lake: ancient demons have awakened below!

The expedition's beleaguered financier calls paranormal investigator Katya Sokolov to Chicago to save the film—and perhaps some innocent lives. Along with media forensics guru Will Chan, Kat plumbs the depths of an evil that may date back to the time of the Pharaohs. But some secrets are best drowned in the seas of the past.…

1777: In the throes of the Revolutionary War, Landon Mansion is commandeered by British Lord "Butcher" Bedford. He stabs Lucy Tarleton—who spurned his king and his love—leaving her to die in her father's arms.NOW: After the day's final tour, docent Allison Leigh makes her rounds while locking up…and finds a colleague slumped over Bedford's desk, impaled on his own replica bayonet.

Resident ghosts may be the stock-in-trade of stately Philadelphia homes, but Allison—a noted historian—is indignant at the prospect of "ghost hunters" investigating this apparent murder.

Agent Tyler Montague knows his hauntings and his history. But while Allison is skeptical of the newcomer, a second mysterious murder occurs. Has "Butcher" Bedford resurfaced? Or is there another malevolent force at work in Landon Mansion? Wary, yet deeply attracted, Allison has to trust in Tyler and work with him to discover just what uninvited guest—dead or alive—has taken over the house.

Or their lives could become history!

The Third Krewe

The dead of night.

The Old West town of Lily, Arizona, is home to the Gilded Lily, a former theater…and bawdy house. These days, it offers theatrical productions geared to tourists, but the recent discovery of a skull, a real skull, among the props and costumes shakes everyone up.

So, who do you call? The Krewe of Hunters, a special FBI unit of paranormal investigators. In this case, it's agent Jane Everett. Jane's also a talented artist who creates images of the dead as they once were. But the Krewe always works with local law enforcement, and here that means Sloan Trent, former Houston cop and now sheriff. His great-great-grandmother was an actress at the Gilded Lily…and she's not resting in peace.

Then more remains appear in the nearby desert. As they search for answers, using all the skills at their disposal, Jane and Sloan find themselves falling into danger—and into love.


It's a city of beauty, history…hauntings. And one of the most haunted places in Savannah is a tavern called The Dragonslayer, built in the 1750s. The current owner, Gus Anderson, is a descendant of the original innkeeper and his pirate brother, Blue. 

Gus summons his granddaughter, Abigail, home from Virginia, where she's studying at the FBI Academy. When she arrives, she's devastated to find him dead. Murdered. But Abby soon learns that Gus isn't the only one to meet a brutal and untimely end; there've been at least two other victims. Then Captain Blue Anderson starts making ghostly appearances, and the FBI's paranormal investigation unit, the Krewe of Hunters, sends in Agent Malachi Gordon. 

Abby and Malachi have a similar ability to connect with the dead…and a similar stubbornness. Sparks immediately begin to fly—sparks of attraction and discord. But as the death toll rises, they have to trust each other or they, too, might find themselves among the dead haunting old Savannah!

A Ghost Rider in the Sky? 

What happened here, on a historic ranch outside Nashville, during the Civil War? And what's happening now? 

Olivia Gordon works at the Horse Farm, a facility that assists patients with mental and physical recovery; her specialty is animal therapy. She's always loved her job, always felt safe…until now. 

People are dying, starting with the facility's founder, whose body is discovered in a ravine on the property—site of a massacre in 1862. And before every death, Liv sees a horse and rider, wearing a soldier's garb, in the night sky…. Warning? Omen? Or clue? 

Liv calls in her cousin Malachi and his Krewe, an FBI unit of paranormal investigators, to discover the truth. New Krewe member Dustin Blake knows they need Liv's involvement in the case, yet he's worried about her safety. Because he and Liv quickly become more than colleagues…and he doesn't want to lose her to the endless night.

So that is my suggestion on the reading order and an explanation for how you should read the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham.

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Darke Toad by Angie Sage

Title: The Darke Toad

Author: Angie Sage

Published: Katherine Tegen Books, February 2013

Pages: 96

Series: Book 1.5, Septimus Heap

Summary: The evil Dom Daniel is up to something with the Port Witch Coven, and he needs Simon Heap’s help. Is Simon ready to do his master’s bidding? And in the state that Dom Daniel is in, how will he fare against the nasty—and ever entertaining—Port Witch Coven?  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I have enjoyed reading the Septimus Heap series since I found the first book in the series on a display of new books on my high school library.  It has been a while since I read any of the books so when I saw this in the library I figured it would be a good little story to get me excited about the Septimus Heap series again.  It worked really well too as I am now excited to read the last two books in the series which I haven't read yet.

Angie Sage always delivers her books with sprinklings of humour and in 96 pages she managed to have me laughing quite a lot.  I love how much the books in the Septimus Heap series have me laughing.

One thing I missed in this book were the illustrations that are in the larger novels but that being said, the story was still awesome and highly entertaining.

There's not a lot else to say about this novella really.  It falls between the events of book one and two but you can read it at any point after book one in the series.  I've read the first five books before getting back to The Darke Toad.

Reading through The Darke Toad, was a fantastic novella and it has definitely renewed my interest in finishing the series.  No doubt, I will be finishing this series very soon :)  I just have to say that the Septimus Heap series is a really fun middle grade series.

Source: Library

Friday, June 14, 2013

I Love Macarons by Hisako Ogita

Title: I Love Macarons

Author: Hisako Ogita

Published: Chronicle Books, 2009

Pages: 82

Summary: Cute-as-can-be, buttery macarons capture the whimsy and elegance of Paris, where they're traditionally served with tea or wrapped up in ribbon to give as a gift. But the secrets of making perfect macarons have long eluded home bakers until now!  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: As someone who enjoys baking and recently made some lemon macarons I was curious to see what this book had to say and if it provided any decent tips that would help me to perfect my art so to speak.

The pictures in this book are so pretty.  I love all the bright colours and different ways that macarons can be made so find staring at pictures of different sorts to be really exciting.  I especially liked the marbled ones as they looked really awesome.

I also enjoyed reading the different flavour ideas as variations are always something I like to put into my baking.

However, I would not recommend using this book as an ultimate guide on how to make amazing macarons.  For starters, there are a few conversions that are wrong and also, I feel as though the temperature provided is far too high.

There were also a few grammatical errors but if you enjoy collecting books just for the illustrations and inspiration then pick this one up.

Source: Library

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

On Reading Heather Graham’s Harrison Investigations Series

Sometimes when starting a book series it can be confusing which order to read things in and then there are series where the universe is expanded into spin-off series that makes it even more difficult to figure out how to read the series so I have decided to do this for a couple of book series that I think need it.  What I am about to do is provide a nice and hopefully helpful little guide into some series that can get a little confusing.

This week, I wanted to talk about the Harrison Investigations series by Heather Graham, which is a paranormal mystery series.  The reason the books are called the Harrison Investigations series is that all of the characters are connected through a man named Adam Harrison.  This series features different characters in each book so each book can be read as a standalone or as a part of a series.  However, if you are looking for an order, or even what books are considered to be a part of the series, as there are a few; here is what I would recommend.  This is an oldish series but I have very good reason for talking about it which will be revealed next week.

Side note: You can click on the titles for links to goodreads and the descriptions are all taken from Goodreads!

Love is everywhere. . .

When does a gift become a curse?

Matt Stone doesn't believe in ghosts. But there are those who are convinced his home, a historic Virginia estate that dates back to the Revolutionary War, is haunted. Pressured to get at the truth about some strange happenings at Melody House, he agrees to let Harrison Investigations explore the house. But he isn't ready for beautiful, intriguing Darcy Tremayne.

As a paranormal investigator, Darcy has learned to believe in the unbelievable. And she's given Matt fair warning: sometimes people don't like the skeletons she finds. She never dreamed that the warning would apply to herself. For she's about to discover that Melody House holds much more than a simple mystery form the distant past. What it holds is a very real and lethal danger, one that will cast her into a struggle against the worlds of both the living and the dead.

Sometimes closing your eyes doesn't help. . .

Toni MacNally and her friends think they've hit on the ultimate money making plan. Buy an ancient run-down Scottish castle. Turn it into a tourist destination. Sweep visitors into a reenactment that combines fact and fiction, complete with local history, murder and an imaginary laird named Bruce MacNiall.

But when the castle's actual owner - a tall, dark and formidable Scot who shares the fictional laird's name - comes charging in, Toni is shocked. How is it possible he even exists? Toni invented Bruce MacNiall for the performance. . .yet every particle of his being is eerily familiar.

Soon the group is drawn into a real-life murder mystery; young women are being killed, and their bodies dumped nearby. And Toni is having sinister lifelike dreams in which she sees through the eyes of the killer - dreams that suggest a connection to Laird MacNiall. Bruce claims he wants to help catch the murderer. But can Toni trust him. . .especially when his ghostly double wanders the forest in the black of night?

** This one, depending on who you ask, could be considered not part of the series, however, characters from The Haunted, do make an appearance so you could read it as a part of the series if you wished. **

Nikki DuMonde's newest employee is standing at the end of her bed at four o'clock in the morning begging for help. It's a joke, right? Besides, as manager of a successful New Orleans haunted-tour company, Nikki doesn't scare easily. But in the light of day, harsh reality sets in as a police officer informs her that Andy was brutally murdered--at the exact time Nikki swears the distraught woman was in her room. No one believes her except Brent Blackhawk, a paranormal investigator desperately trying to forget his tragic past. Half Irish, half Lakota--and able to communicate with the dead--Brent is used to living in two worlds. But when he realizes the ghost of a slain government agent is also trying to reach out to Nikki, he knows that she, too, must listen to the dead...if she wants to keep living.

The gift of sight comes at a dangerous price When Deep Down Salvage begins the hunt for the "Josephine Marie, " it seems like any other dive...until Genevieve Wallace sees the vision of a dead woman in the water, her vacant eyes boring into Genevieve's very soul. Terrified and confused by what she saw, Genevieve is haunted by the memory, but no one -- including her diving partner Thor Thompson -- believes her. When a dead woman washes up on shore, everyone assumes this is Genevieve's "vision," but Genevieve knows the truth: the dead woman is "not" the ghost she saw but another victim of the same brutal killer.

Sensing that the threat of death is coming closer, she and Thor are forced to acknowledge that some things can't be explained, but simply "are." Somehow they have to link a violent past with a present-day mystery or risk losing themselves in an abyss of terror.

A year ago, archaeologist Leslie MacIntyre barely survived the explosion that took the life of her fiance, Matt Connolly. In the long months since, sh's slowly come to terms not only with her loss but with her unsettling new ability to communicate with ghosts, a dubious 'gift' received in the wake of her own brush with death. Now sh's returned to lower Manhattan's historic Hastings House, site of the explosion, to conquer her fears and investigate a newly discovered burial ground. In this place restless spirits hold the secrets not only of past injustice but of a very real and very contemporary conspiracy with deadly designs on the city's women--including Leslie herself.

By night Matt visits her in dreams, warning her and offering clues to the truth, while by day she finds herself helped by--and attracted to-- his flesh-and-blood cousin Joe. Torn by her feelings for both men, caught between the worlds of the living and the dead, Leslie struggles against the encroaching danger that threatens to overcome her. As she is drawn closer to the darkness at the heart of Hastings House, she must ultimately face the power of an evil mind, alone in a place where not even the men she loves can save her.

A chill falls over Christina Hardy's housewarming party when talk turns to a recent murder that has all the hallmarks of the so-called 'Interstate Killer' murders from fifteen years before. To lighten the mood, the guests drag out an old Ouija board for a little spooky fun--and that's when things become truly terrifying.Summoned by the Ouija board, the restless spirit of Beau Kidd, the lead detective--and chief suspect--on the original case, seeks Christina's help: the latest killing isn't a copycat crime, and he wants his name cleared. Back in the real world, cop-turned-writer Jed Braden is skeptical of Christina's ghostly encounters, but his police sources confirm all the intimate details of the case--her otherworldly source is reliable, and the body count is growing. The spirits are right. The Interstate Killer is still out there, and Christina's life is hanging in the balance between this world and the next.

Genevieve O'Brien knows all about nightmares. She survived for two months as the prisoner of a deranged killer. Now a new menace is stalking the streets of New York.The media are buzzing about the Poe Killings, a string of homicides mirroring the author's macabre stories. Almost without exception, the victims have been members of a literary society devoted to the master of crime fi ction--and Genevieve's own mother may be next.

Spooked by the bizarre slayings, Genevieve turns to P.I. Joe Connolly, her rescuer, her friend and...? She wants him to be much more, but he's been avoiding her since her ordeal, and she can't seem to get close to him.

Joe isn't sure there even is a case. But as the body count rises and their investigation leads them miles from Manhattan, he has to admit that there's a twisted new serial killer at work.

Even more unsettling is the guidance Joe is receiving from beyond the grave. People he knows to be dead--his cousin Matt and Matt's fi ancee, Leslie--are appearing to him, offering new clues and leads, and warning him of terrible danger ahead.

But not even otherworldly intervention can keep Genevieve and Joe's new nightmare from becoming terrifyingly real--and putting them squarely in the crosshairs between this world and the next.

** This is the only book in the series that is a direct sequel and it is the direct sequel to The Dead Room. **

Jessy Sparhawk has seen firsthand how gambling can ruin people's lives. But one night, desperate for money, she places the bet that will change her life forever. Just as she's collecting her winnings, a man stumbles through the crowd, a knife protruding from his back, and crashes into her, pinning her to the craps table. Hired to investigate the murder, private detective Dillon Wolf finds himself fascinated by the gorgeous redhead who'd been trapped beneath the victim--and by the single word the dying man had whispered in her ear. "Indigo."

What neither of them realizes is that the nightmare is only just beginning. Because bodyguard Tanner Green may have been killed by that knife, but his angry ghost isn't going anywhere--not without vengeance. Now, literally caught between the living and the dead, Dillon and Jessy have no choice but to forge ahead together. Their investigation will take them from the glitz of the Vegas strip into the dealings of casino magnate Emil Landon, the man who signs both their paychecks, and out into the desert to a ghost town called Indigo, where past and present come together in a search for gold.

Years ago, blood was shed on that very ground, and now it looks as if history is about to repeat itself, with the living and the dead facing off for possession of a fortune, and Dillon and Jessy fighting not only to stay alive but for the chance to build a future.

When Sarah McKinley is finally able to buy and restore the historic Florida mansion that she has always loved, she dismisses the horror stories of past residents vanishing and a long-dead housekeeper who practiced black magic. Then, in the midst of renovations, she makes a grim discovery. Hidden within the walls of Sarah's dream house are the remains of dozens of bodies—some dating back over a century.The door to the past is blown wide open when Caleb Anderson, a private investigator, shows up at the mansion. He believes several current missing-persons cases are linked to the house and its dark past. Working together to find the connection and stop a contemporary killer, Sarah and Caleb are compelled to research the history of the haunted house, growing closer to each other even as the solution to the murders eludes them.

But there is one who knows the truth…a spirit who follows every move they make. Soon Caleb begins to fear that if he can't stay a step ahead, he could lose Sarah to a killer with an ability to transcend time in a quest for blood and sacrifice.

So, that is my little guide on reading the books in the Harrison Investigations series by Heather Graham I hope it was helpful and it will make sense why I am showcasing this series, next week!