Reviews by Maggie Boyd

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And Now She's Gone

Gina Carey once said, “A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.” And Now She’s Gone is a story about the many different kinds of adversity and adversaries women face in their lives and how learning to leave the battlefield bloody and bruised but victorious is the most i ...

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The Deadly Hours

The Deadly Hours is a multi-author anthology featuring four new historical novellas which revolve around a watch known as La Sirène. The timepiece, made from gold stolen from a church during a deadly raid, is said to be cursed as a result of the bloodshed surrounding it. But is the artifact truly t ...

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When No One Is Watching

Home is where the heart is. In America, it’s also where we store a lot of our wealth - not just the stuff inside the house, but the investment it represents in and of itself. Home can also be a source of great danger, which is the theme of When No One Is Watching. A difficult divorce finds Sydn ...

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Emerald Blaze

Awesome! Fantastic! Riveting! Buy this book! That’s the review I want to write for Emerald Blaze. Since AAR requires that I write a slightly more detailed exposé, those interested in why they should make this purchase may find out more below. This is book five of the Hidden Legacy series, and ...

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We Are All the Same in the Dark

Mysteries set in small Southern towns specialize in stripping away the idyllic image of  sunshine-laden streets filled with scenes of  saccharine sweetness, and showing the dark, eerie underbelly of betrayal and murder that lie beneath. We Are All the Same in the Dark is an excellent example of th ...

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Lies, Lies, Lies

After reading Lies, Lies, Lies you’ll almost be grateful that Covid has put an end to parties. Almost. Daisy thinks three is the best number. It’s:  “the first number that forms a geometrical figure . . . it’s the number most often associated with time past, present and future; beginnin ...

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You Had Me at Hola

If Jasmine Lin Rodriguez has learned anything from her string of loser exes it's that she’s better off alone. Take her latest breakup from a superstar musician - it’s gotten her splashed across tabloid covers, blown up her social media accounts and left her hounded by paparazzi . None of those t ...

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Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop

Brimming with family, food and fun, Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop is a sweet story that celebrates Paris, paintings, pastries and the joy of discovering your own unique path through life. Vanessa Yu sees dead people. Well, not really but she can foresee death, adultery, proposals, argumen ...

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The Radium Girls

Narrated by Angela Brazil Corporate greed led to mass murder before our current legal protections came into play and perhaps no group exemplifies that better than The Radium Girls from the early Twentieth Century. In 1898, Marie Curie and her husband Pierre discovered radium. By 1901 it was kn ...

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A Sweet Mess

Sweet, and delectable, A Sweet Mess is a confection of a book, perfect for reading while soaking up sun and binging on summertime sweets. Make sure you have plenty of the latter handy, because this story will have you hankering for lots of sugar. One wrong transaction turns Aubrey Choi’s world ...