A Curious Woman by Jess Lea

A Curious Woman by Jess Lea

The story sets in a small town, and we get to know two main characters Bess Campbell and Marguerite Gale. Marguerite being the weird-ish woman, who people are most afraid of. She has an impressive way of handling negotiations and her employees, which makes her an easy target to blame for every bad thing happening in town. At first, she is portrayed as such that you almost believe what is being told about her. But a few chapters in her universe and it’s easy to see how there are always two sides to every story and that sometimes, what you see is not necessarily what happens.

Bess Campbell is a born Australian, who now lives in Port Bannir. She is fun and seems like a positive person. When there is a murder in town, their lives change forever.

When every data you have on the murder is inconclusive, and every proof point you in a certain direction, while other data points in the opposite, finding the true person responsible is hard and the story gets even more interesting.

I loved how the story was written. I was not used to Jess Lea full-length stories, and I am gladly surprised by how great it was. I wasn’t expecting much while starting it since I was not originally a fan of her written style, and suspense stories are often predictable, but Jess Lea proved me wrong strong and fast.


It was one of the great books I’ve read lately; It ranks high on my list of favourite mysteries. I suggest it to all the mystery lovers, I think this one will at points make you feel like you are on a C.S.I episode, searching for clues going in all directions. Jess Lea can write mysteries in a quality similar to Lee Winter’s writing, and that says much about how great the book was.

I do hope she keeps on this line of work since I clearly have more affinities with her writing complete novels instead of her previous releases.

I’ll happily reread it sooner than later.

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Payback by Charlotte Mills

Payback by Charlotte Mills


I think many of us have at one point in our lives felt the urge to get payback for something someone has done. And that’s what I’ve been expecting from the first pages of Payback, by Charlotte Mills.


I’m still unsure about how to review this book without spoiling anything, which is always my main concern when reviewing suspense/mystery novels.


Kate Wolfe arrives in town. She has been sent under unclear circumstances and almost makes an inexcusable mistake on her first day in. DCI Helen Taylor, also known ad Guv must deal with her new agent who doesn’t seem to know how to lay low.

At first, I didn’t know what to expect from the book, and it was that way for at least half the book. The mystery parts where captivating, blowing all assumptions we have about the committed crimes. It keeps the reader guessing all book long.

I thought there were a little bit too much of X-rated scenes for my liking, but that’s simply a preference on my part. They were well written and didn’t stop the flow of the story.

This book was filled with surprises and an unexpected ending that’s for sure. It was my first read by Charlotte Mills and I must admit I am gladly surprised. The intrigue was present all book long, keeping me captivated by the chapters to come, but at the same time, creating a romantic environment so the two protagonists could evolve in it.

It is a well-written mystery, pushing the lines between what we would be ready to do just to get a Payback and the fact that we all can picture situations in which we would’ve acted a certain way, giving there were no consequences… I think it helps the reader understand the characters and their personalities better.


I cannot say I have a favourite character since none of them stood out from the rest.


Payback is a good read and I suggest it to everyone looking for a good mystery. It’s not a Lee Winter’s mystery, but it’s close.


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Under Your Skin by Lee Winter

Under Your Skin by Lee Winter

Once again Lee Winter strikes hard with this amazing novel. If you are as passionate as I am and couldn’t drop the first book, then I can guarantee you will not be able to drop this one either. Under Your Skin is the sequel to The Red Files.

In this new addition to her series ‘’On The Record’’, you can find the same characters you’ve learn to love in the first book settling in their life together in Washington. In fact, Lauren King and Catherine Ayers are about to take a trip to plan their wedding, since they wish to get married in Iowa of all places. Lauren is anxious to have her family finally meet Catherine, knowing how both parties are as individuals. Can Lauren’s family see beyond Catherine’s Ice Queen Mask, or will she be judged by her public façade?
Their ideas don’t go as planned, everything doesn’t go the way it should, it is almost disastrous. Luckily, they are given the perfect idea of a case to follow by the one person who ever got close enough to Catherine Ayers and broke her heart, Michelle Hastings. Following her lead, they settle for a bumpy ride to unfold the MediCache story on their hands. Catherine and Lauren, both being the thorough journalists that they are, cannot stop working on their cases even on their week off to plan their wedding.

When should they draw the line. When should family come before the story?

This book is my favorite in between the both I’ve read mostly because of Catherine character’s evolution. She is the one who grew the most in between the two books and it is astonishing to read her putting her heart out on the line for Lauren’s benefits. It is also refreshing to read how their story unfolds and being able to read the extent of their powerful love through the pages of the novel. Bonus point: their vows. Every part of the book is worth reading but the wedding itself couldn’t be more beautiful than it is.

Lee Winter has a way with words and the subject she navigates with in the series is something to convince anyone to read it. Both books are a sweet mix of a love story, mixed with intricate and detailed treason made by the states against its people in the identity theft battle.

Both books had me quite paranoid at times because its details and characters are handled so well the whole story is highly plausible, and that scared me at times.

I suggest you read The Red Files before starting this one, since most characters present on the first one are back again on the second one. I would suggest this story to anyone looking for something refreshing with an intricate storyline. The series of events leading to the intrigue are so complexed yet so simple for our favorite journalists to see through, it amazes me. This book and the series will surprise you in many positive ways.

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The Red Files by Lee Winter

The Red Files by Lee Winter

What does a bus filled with 34 prostitutes, missing pink champagne and a launch party have that is intriguing enough to trigger a journalist’s inquisitiveness?

Lauren King is a journalist for The Daily Sentinel. Her focus? Going to hundreds of parties with A-list celebrities, relaying parts of what she learns while being there. She is good at it, but always knew she deserved more than those crazy parties and useless columns in the paper. Aiming to reach the goal she had set years before as she left her small Iowa country to get a first page article, she pushes the limits of what is expected of her, bringing golden stories to her ungrateful boss.

Catherine Ayers is the Ice queen reigning over The Daily Sentinel. Her favorite activities include engaging into feisty discussions and keeping everyone away from her. Everyone except an Iowa girl, who isn’t impressed by the persona that Catherine is. Intrigued by the story her nemesis is working on, Catherine pushes aside their differences for the greater good. Their paths get quickly interlaced and the scoop they are after might cost them more than what they are ready to sacrifice. But what threat is scary enough to keep two driven journalists away from their leads when their motto is ‘The story comes first’ .

It was one of the first suspense-like stories I’ve ever found myself intrigued by. The story is well written, the characters are well developed. It is clear from this story that the writer had a certain background in journalism because the situations and characters are relatable.

I started this book without even thinking there could be a bit of a romantic side to it, but there it was. Lauren and Catherine are the best example that opposites attract each other. At first, their relationship is like cold water on a burning fire. There isn’t much to it. Add oil to the mix, in this case the 34 prostitutes and the pink champagne, and you’ve got yourself an unstoppable situation on your hands. You can see both character’s evolution all through the story, you can see them work hard and with brilliant minds to get the complete story out of the people they meet along the way. Their determination and quick thinking is amazing and only a mind as brilliant as Lee Winter’s could pull it off. I was impressed to see all the little details coming together perfectly. I must admit the quality of this book kept me captivated all book long, even though I haven’t been a suspense-mysteries lover.

Having read this perfectly written book, I am more than excited to start reading the second book of the series coming out on June 20th. If it’s anything like the first one, it will blow my mind just as much.

I would recommend this book to any given soul who reads this review. It was one of the greatest book I’ve read this year and it left me completely astounded.  Lee Winter just grabbed herself a spot as one of my favorite writers with this book and I cannot wait to read more.

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