Friday, October 16, 2015

PUYB Lyrical Underground Spotlight + Review

Devil Dead
Claire Morgan, 8
Linda Ladd
Lyrical Underground
August 4, 2015

“A tough, no-nonsense detective…edgy, clever!” —Beverly Barton

Lost Girl

She was last seen in New Orleans. Her father, a rich, powerful arms dealer, believes she was abducted. For ransom. For revenge. For reasons too horrible to imagine.

Lost Innocence

Claire Morgan, recent former cop turned private investigator, and her new partner begin their search at the girl’s school, where a violent junkie attacks Claire with scissors, raves of “demons and devils,” and then takes her own life.

Last Rites

Sinister clues lead Claire on a twisted trail through the bars and bayous of New Orleans to a bloodstained altar in Paris. Vast, secret, and powerful, it is a world that few enter or escape. And Claire is going in—the devil be damned…

Praise For Linda Ladd’s Claire Morgan Thrillers

“One of the most creepy, crawly, and compelling psychological thrillers ever.” —Fresh Fiction

“Chilling, compelling suspense…be prepared to lose sleep!” —Eileen Dryer

“Exciting, thrill-a-minute!” —Midwest Book Review

“Plenty of suspense and surprises.” —Publishers Weekly

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Linda Ladd is the bestselling author of over a dozen novels. Head to Head marked her exciting return to publishing with a debut thriller after almost a decade’s hiatus. Linda makes her home in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where she is at work on her next novel featuring Claire Morgan.

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Killer Run
Tourist Trap Mystery, 5

Lynn Cahoon
August 18, 2015
Lyrical Underground

Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—has somehow been talked into sponsoring a 5k race along the beautiful California coast. The race is a fundraiser for the local preservation society—but not everyone is feeling so charitable…

The day of the race, everyone hits the ground running…until a local business owner stumbles over a very stationary body. The deceased is the vicious wife of the husband-and-wife team hired to promote the event—and the husband turns to Jill for help in clearing his name. But did he do it? Jill will have to be very careful, because this killer is ready to put her out of the running…forever!

“Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover’s dream come true.” —Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries

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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho expat. She grew up living the small town life she now loves to write about. Currently, she’s living with her husband and two fur babies in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. Guidebook to Murder, Book 1 of the Tourist Trap series, won the 2015 Reader’s Crown award for Mystery Fiction. Visit her at

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The Lady in Pink
Deadly Ever After, 2

J.A. Kazimer
September 18, 2015
Lyrical Underground

Coming home to find a dead body in your living room isn’t the best way to end a long day’s work, especially when that work is as New Never City’s premier blue-haired PI. It’s even worse when the corpse is your intern, electrocuted to death, and you’re the one with enough voltage flowing through your veins to power Fairyland.

Blue Reynolds has nabbed his fair share of criminals—with and without the help of his alluring half-fairy partner Isabella Davis—but this one is proving to be more slippery than most. As Blue and Izzy investigate who might have wanted a lowly intern dead—and why—they begin to uncover a diabolical plan that could put both of their lives in danger…and unearth shocking secrets that stretch deep into Blue’s shadowy family history.

My Thoughts: 

Let me just say I loved The Lady in Pink. It's absolutely fantastic. However, there are a few things you need to know before you start this particular story: 1) Still not your happy cheery fairytale that we have all grown to love. Basically what Disney has painted as fairytales. That is a whole other subject that we are just not going to get into. Nitty and gritty like the first book. 2) If you embark on this story, you should probably read the first story, because you will need the background of Blue and Izzy. 3) Still a lot of messed things going on New Never City, and add a dash of twist to the story. Seriously, I didn't see them until the end. Okay, I kind of guess some of them, but not to the extent of the twist. 4) It's a mystery, you are galavanting throughout New Never City and areas around it. 

Like the first book, we are hanging out a lot with Blue. He's still the same outlook on life and it's quite humorous. Yet, he needs to solve a murder that happen in his own apartment that leads him to discover other things that connect to his past. We actually learn a lot about Blue's past, and it's mind blowing. Blue and Izzy have this sexual tension, but Blue doesn't want to go pass business partner/ friend line. Which complicates things since they're extremely attracted to one another. Of course you have add the new characters that maybe good or bad. 

Yes, it's still nitty gritty and probably be more like how the Brothers Grimm would have love to see these characters modernize. When I was reading the story it kind of reminded me of the tv show Grimm. Anyway, if you don't mind your fairytale characters leading a darker side you might enjoy this series. However, if you lean towards the Disney portrait of fairytales you might want to look elsewhere. 

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Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, J.A. Kazimer escaped at a young age and now lives and writes in Denver, Colorado. Kazimer holds a master’s degree in forensic psychology and has worked as a PI, bartender, and most recently at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. For current works and more information, visit, read The New Never News fairytale blog at, or follow on Twitter @jakazimer and @newnevernews.

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