Death Comes in Threes by Kimberley O’Malley

Death Comes in Threes

By: Kimberley O'Malley
Genres: mystery, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 110
Series: ,
Published on: January 17, 2019
Death Comes in Threes by Kimberley O’Malley

Addie Foster, owner of Smiling Dog Books, loves her small-town life. Until someone, or rather several someones, tries to end it. What secrets is she hiding? Add one gay BFF and one dark, brooding detective into the mix and watch everything unfold. Will Addie figure out why someone wants her dead before it’s too late? Or will this be her final chapter?

When I went to BOBASE last year, I was having dinner with Melanie when two women came up and asked if they could sit with us. Both of them were authors that were in town for BOBASE and we had a blast. One of the authors Kimberley O’Malley writes books in different genres, but this particular book is a cozy mystery.


Death Comes in Threes is about Addie Foster who owns a book store with her two small dogs. Well she owns the bookstore and her dogs come in every day. I guess that is what you get when you call your bookstore the “Smiling Dog Books.”  Her best friend in life also works with her.


One morning as she is getting ready to go to work after a night of nightmares, she finds a body in a nearby empty house. That discovery starts the entire story of mystery, death, and maybe even a little romance.


This story isn’t without drama and parts of it are a bit dark. The main character has nightmares that could or could not be indicative of what is about to happen. I like the variety of characters the author includes. The meek bookstore employee, to the flamboyant and caring gay best friend, to the two crazy aunts. Then you have the serious, dog-loving detective that thinks that Addie knows more than she is letting on.


I like this story, there is death, but there is also the love of Addie’s friends that no matter the situation are there for her. Some of the situations that Addie is put into are scary. It is a part of life, which sucks in some cases, but in others it can be wonderful. Addie’s story shows that true grit can overcome a lot, but maybe not everything.


Don’t just give this book a chance, but give the author one as well. You will not regret it. Her ability to bring you into the story and really make you care about the characters. Her dialogue to narration is evenly balanced. I had a small inkling of what was about to happen, but not until more than halfway through the story, which makes me happy that I wasn’t able to guess where the story was going.






About Kimberley O'Malley

Kimberley O'Malley is a transplant to Charlotte, North Carolina from the frozen North. She is learning to say y'all but draws the line at sweet tea. Sarcasm is an art form in her world. When not writing, she is a full-time nurse and part-time soccer Mom, but not necessarily in that order. She shares her life with an amazing husband of more than twenty years, two teenagers, and one very sweet Shetland Sheepdog, Molly.

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Fire, Brimstone, and Chocolate Cake by Mina Carter

Fire, Brimstone and Chocolate Cake

By: Mina Carter
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 103
Series: The Dramatic Life of a Demon Princess, #1
Published on: October 23, 2017
Fire, Brimstone, and Chocolate Cake by Mina Carter

Escape hell. Save the world. Simple, huh?
My name's Jynx. This morning I was a princess of hell.
Now I'm it's most wanted. __________________
After a coup in hell, Lucifer's niece, Jynx Morningstar, is on the run with the king of hell in her back pocket (in handy stone doll form) and a hellcat with delusions of grandeur. To save her uncle and by extension, hell and the world above, Jynx must evade the legions of hell, master her human magic and track down her father: a healer witch.
Simple. Yeah, right....
What she doesn't expect is to walk into the middle of a shapeshifter/vampire turf war, a sexy as sin alpha werewolf who claims she's his one true mate, or to actually care what happens to the residents of small town, Boring.
But when Death comes a'knocking she must make a choice. Go big and reveal what she is, or go home and leave them to their fates... A demon would leave them in a heartbeat, but can Jynx rise above her demon blood and prove what a true princess of hell is made of?
Please note: contains high amounts of snark, an adorable werewolf looking for true love, a demon princess trying to avoid 'feelings' and a viking-wearing hellcat.

Also by this author: The Reaper and the Cop, Dead Reaper Walking

Now I like things dark, I like things that are funny, and I like me some cake. I don’t prefer chocolate cake, but really carrot cake. This book hits a lot of what I like, and it was a lot of fun to read.


Fire, Brimstone, and Chocolate Cake is about Jynx Morningstar, who you guessed it is somehow related to Lucifer Morningstar. Most know the Morningstar name, but if you don’t, then let me help you. Well short story is that Lucifer is the lord or King of hell, making her a princess. Her mom is a bit batshit crazy. Jynx has decided to live down in Hell with her uncle, living the life only the princess of hell could.


That is until Lucifer tries to marry her off to some loser demon. I am sure he is attractive, and he is rather high ranking demon. On top of that, he likes things a bit more exotic than Jynx does. Jynx is the princess of hell, and so she likes all sorts of exotic things. So she tells uncle Lucifer to not even consider it and storms out. Again only the princess of hell could walk out on the King and not get tased, or smitted, or whatever he does to those who piss him off.


Well that is when things go to hell, literally, and Jynx must make a decision that will affect the rest of her immortalesque life. She has to hit the road and get out of hell. Only she isn’t alone, and for better or worse she has to find people who can help her in her time of need. Obviously those aren’t a dime a dozen and so she seeks them out the only way she knows how, but complete chance. What? She is a princess not a private investigator.


I really liked this story, and not because of the aforementioned favorites of mine, but because it was a good story. There is snark, there is cursing. It has less than perfect people, demons, whatever. It has what you want in a story, imperfect, but perfect in the same way.


The story is periodically free, so add it to your wish list, because if you like Mina Carter’s books this one is in line with them. If you don’t know her works, go check her out, because she is a funny, sassy, snarky author who writes strong, funny, snarky, sassy characters.






About Mina Carter

Mina was born and raised in the East Farthing of Middle Earth (otherwise known as the Midlands, England) and spend her childhood learning all the sorts of things generally required of a professional adventurer. Able to ride, box, shoot, make and read maps, make chainmail and use a broadsword (with varying degrees of efficiency) she was disgusted to find that adventuring is not considered a suitable occupation these days.

So, instead of slaying dragons and hunting vampires and the like, Mina spends her days writing about hot shifters, government conspiracies and vampire lords with more than their fair share of RAWR. Turns out wanna-be adventurers have quite the turn of imagination after all...

(But she keeps that sword sharp, just in case the writing career is just a dream and she really *is* an adventurer.)

The boring part: A full time author and cover artist, Mina can usually be found hunched over a keyboard or graphics tablet, frantically trying to get the images and words in her head out and onto the screen before they drive her mad. She's addicted to coffee and would like to be addicted to chocolate, but unfortunately chocolate dislikes her.

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Heart of Courage by Allie Marie

Heart of Courage: The Red Ruby Story

By: Allie Marie
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 269
Publisher: Nazzaro And Price
Published on: May 26, 2016
Heart of Courage by Allie Marie

Will fulfilling a promise to a dying soldier on the battlefield help heal Mary Jo’s wounded heart?

She just can’t catch a break. Her return to civilian life finds her facing a hurricane ravaged business, vandalism, and a lawsuit. Not to mention 18th century ghosts and a skeleton buried in the back yard.

She must also confront old flame, Chase Hallmark. It’s time to bury the hatchet…but will it be between his shoulder blades, or in her heart?


Heart of Courage by Allie Marie is the second book in the True Colors series. It follows Mary Jo, who is a former service member who uses her love of baking to start a bakery. She is also in the process of healing her broken heart, in more ways than one. Essentially given away by her mom when she was 12, Mary Jo has had her heart broken many times, always in different ways. She lost a high school boyfriend, her fiance died, and she held a soldier has he died in her arms.


Just when she thinks that things are coming together, she is party to a lawsuit, a hurricane rips through her bakery, and she starts seeing ghosts again. Maybe not exactly in that order, but essentially shit hits the fan for her.  With the support of close friends she is able to start the rebuilding, in more ways than one.


I actually met Allie Marie last year at an event in Florida. This was after the judging was complete. I didn’t realize that was who it was until we started talking and all the pieces clicked into place. She is a great person and really easy to talk to. We not only talked about her books, but life in general.  That is one of the reasons I enjoy going to events so much, not just so I can acquire more books for my dragonesque hoarding tendencies but also because I meet wonderful people from all walks of life.


I like this book and so far I like this series. The next one is already out and I can’t wait. I knew where she was going with it, because she told me that night. At that point, I still had not read the second or third book. I know I am horrible LOL.  The book flashes back from the future to the past. It is in a way that adds to the story versus just filling space. After reading one of the books, you know where the story is going when you start flashing back and forth, and honestly I read the third book first, so a lot of what happened in the second one, I knew where that was going, but there were still surprises.


If you want a story about love lost and gained, and how the power of family can triumph over adversity, this is a great series. It also has some paranormal aspects that I honestly believe adds to the story versus taking away. Not everything in life is cookie cutter, not everything fits into a perfect box. I think that Allie Marie really shows that with these books. Life is dirty, life is messy, and life is wonderful.





About Allie Marie

Author Allie Marie grew up in Virginia. Her favorite childhood pastime was reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mysteries. When she embarked on a new vocation writing fiction after retiring from a career in law enforcement, it would have been understandable if her first book was a crime story. Researching her own family tree inspired her to write the True Colors Series instead. The other stories are patiently waiting their turn.

Her debut novel, Teardrops of the Innocent: The White Diamond Story, was a 2015 New England Readers' Choice Award Finalist in paranormal. The second in the series, Heart of Courage: The Red Ruby Story released in May 2016 and earned Best Book in the 2017 IRC Awards. February 2017 saw the release of the third book, Voice of the Just: The Blue Sapphire Story. The fourth book, Hands of the Healer: The Christmas Emerald, releases in 2018.A fifth and final book in the True Colors Series will be released later in 2018.

Besides family, her passions are travel and camping with her husband Jack.

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