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#Review of Divorce is Murder: A Toby Wong Novel (Toby Wong: Vancouver Island Mystery) by Elka Ray w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #mystery #romanticsuspense @elkaray

Divorce is Murder

by Elka Ray 

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense, Mystery

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BLURB:

As teens, they bullied her. Twenty years on, she’s not scared of them. Except she should be…

After returning to her quiet hometown to care for her ailing mom, divorce lawyer Toby Wong is hired by Josh Barton, a guy who broke her heart as a teen at summer camp. Now a wealthy entrepreneur, Josh wants to divorce Tonya, the mean girl who tormented Toby all those years ago. When Tonya is found murdered, Josh is the prime suspect.

Together with her fortune-teller mom and her pregnant best friend, Toby sets out to clear Josh, whom she still has a guilty crush on. As she delves deeper into Tonya’s murder, Toby keeps running into catty ex-campers she’d rather forget. Are her old insecurities making her paranoid? Only too late does she realize she’s in danger.

The first entry in an addictive new series, Divorce is Murder introduces fans of mystery and romance to an irresistibly smart and sarcastic new heroine – Chinese Canadian divorce lawyer Toby Wong.

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Excerpt Two:

Colin peers into the empty parcel, then sticks two fingers inside. He pulls out an envelope-sized slip of paper and lays it onto the table. Although the words are facing the wrong way, I have no trouble reading it. Fashioned from letters cut out of newspaper, the note reads: LEAVE VICTORIA, BITCH.

Tonya had received a similar note with her red-paint-flecked Barbie doll. 

A muscle in Colin’s jaw jumps. He looks angry. “Who could have sent this?” he asks. “Do you have any bitter ex-boyfriends? Guys you might have rejected? Anyone who came on too strong?”

I shake my head. I’d rather not tell Colin that it’s been nineteen months since my last date, with a guy I met in a Toronto doctor’s office who spent our entire date describing—in vivid detail—his recent hernia surgery. 

“How about social media?” asks Colin. “Are you active on dating sites? Have you gotten any similar sorts of messages. Anyone seem obsessive? This kind of stuff can start online and then escalate.”

Again, I say no. My few attempts at internet dating were so lame I swore never again. The real world is weird enough. “There’s nothing like that.” I survey the bra, wishing the label weren’t sticking out, those double AAs on full display. “But it’s my bra,” I admit. I explain how, just last night, it vanished from my building’s communal laundry room.

Colin’s frown deepens. “Last night? That means whoever sent this was in your building.” He tugs at his collar, clearly agitated. “This isn’t good, Toby.”

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Yall this book.  I was so excited to read it.  I’m getting really into the cozy mystery/romantic elements genre right now.  Ms. Ray does not disappoint.  I fell in love with Toby and all her friends.  Quinn is a mess but Toby needs her to be the sounding board she needs and her mother Ivy, is a trip.  I loved how Ms. Ray has developed more of a friendship now with Toby and her mother.  Mother/daughter relationships are tricky at best, but Ms. Ray handles theirs perfectly.

The whole mystery is a hoot.  I never figured it out.  At one point I thought the murder was really a no-go; a prank.  Toby was severely bullied by these people and in some ways still is but she holds her head up high and tries not to let it get to her.  The bullying aspect could be a trigger for some but once again, Ms. Ray handles it well and really makes you think about all the stuff you did to other people growing up and honestly, I felt a little shame.  I was never outright cruel but I wasn’t kind to certain people either.  The bullies in the story are your typical mean girls but a couple of them are just downright nasty.  And not just to Toby.  One, in particular, you could almost say bullied Tonya at some point.  Shocking, I know.

The romance is very subtle in the book and let’s just say that it is a loose end.  Colin and Josh have strong attributes to them but I will have to say, I’m Team Colin right now.  Even after solving the mystery, Josh would have to do some major growing up for me to be on board with him.  Colin just gave me all the feels when he was with Toby.  And of course, Toby has blinders on because of Josh but I think Colin could win her over.

This is a fast-paced book.  I read it in a couple of hours and I miss Toby, Ivy, and Quinn already.  The bullying is brought up in flashbacks in Toby’s mind and it can be painful to read.  I hate bullies and to think I might have been one, a time or two.  It makes me sick to think that but it will make you think.  I can’t wait for the next book.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

ELKA RAY

Stories that don’t let go

Elka Ray writes fast-paced romantic mysteries and scary thrillers – a dichotomy that reveals her belief in Yin and Yang, or the balance of opposites. A great lover of scientific facts, she may be found clutching crystals for good luck; reads highbrow journals and tabloid trash; and refuses to watch romcoms yet moved in with her now-husband on their first date. 

Elka is the author of three novels – the romantic mysteries DIVORCE IS MURDER and HANOI JANE – and the noir thriller SAIGON DARK. She also has a collection of short crime and ghost stories set in Southeast Asia – WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW. Elka lives with her family near Hoi An, Vietnam. She is represented by Folio Literary Management. – link to http://foliolit.com/agency#f.About

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Buy Link:

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 https://www.amazon.com/Divorce-Murder-Toby-Mystery-Mysteries/dp/1633885429/ref=sr_1_1

Barnes & Noble: 

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/divorce-is-murder-elka-ray/1130721019?ean=9781633885424#/

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Excerpt from Haunting the Haunted (a Marie Jenner mystery #6) by E.C. Bell w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @ApocalypseWoman #mystery

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. E.C. Bell will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

In the sixth book in the Marie Jenner Mystery series, life is finally starting to look up for Marie. Her brand-new business—moving on ghosts for actual money—is taking off. Her relationship with James Lavall is rock solid. All she has to do is find the last two poltergeists from the ball diamond and move them on to the next plane of existence and, as far as she’s concerned, life will be perfect.

The problem is, life has a way of kicking Marie in the teeth. Patrick Whitecroft, professional psychic debunker, shows up at the Jimmy Lavall Detective agency. He’s out to prove that she’s a fake—live, on TV—and he doesn’t care who he hurts to do it. Even worse, he has over a hundred desperate spirits bound to him, and they want something completely different. They want to be saved.

As Marie tries to help the spirits and keep Patrick from dismantling her life, she finally finds the poltergeists. But they’re not interested in moving on. They want Patrick Whitecroft’s spirits for themselves. If Marie can’t figure out a way to move all the spirits on to the next plane of existence, the poltergeists will happily take them, so they can create an army bent on revenge.

Looks like Marie’s life is going to get interesting. Again.

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“How can I help you?” I asked the man who looked like he was absolutely drowning in ghosts. It was hard not to yell, because the ghosts clinging to him were loud. Some were crying, some were screaming, and the rest of them were talking. All at once.

“My name is George Zola,” the living man at the centre of all the craziness said. “And I hear you have the ability to contact the spirit world.”

“That’s not his name. He’s Patrick Whitecroft,” a voice called, somewhere from the back of the room.

“Who said that?” Karen asked, but none of the ghosts responded.

I wondered if they could even hear her. Maybe they couldn’t see other ghosts. I wasn’t sure what I could do with that, then realized that Patrick or George or whatever his name was, was staring at me expectantly. I tried to remember what he’d asked. Ah, right. Ability to contact spirits.

“I do,” I said. “Do you have a particular spirit you’d like me to contact?”

I guessed that the ghost he wanted to talk to was probably already in the room with him, and he just didn’t realize.

“I just have a couple of questions,” Patrick slash George said.

“Certainly,” I said.

“He’s going to test her,” one of the ghosts at the front of the throng said. “Bet she fails.”

“I’m not taking that bet. They all fail,” another ghost said. “Think he’ll make it quick this time? This place is small, and I’m claustrophobic.”

“Not a chance,” a third said. “He’ll take his time. He lives for this crap.”

About the Author:

E.C. Bell is the author of the award winning paranormal Marie Jenner Mystery series. She lives in Alberta, Canada, and when she’s not writing, she’s scouting out new locations for her upcoming novels or renovating her round house where she lives with her husband and their two rescue dogs.

That’s right. Her house is round.

Join her mailing list on her website at http://www.eileenbell.com for news about new books, upcoming appearances and, occasionally, recipes.
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Marie Jenner Mystery series books, in order:

Seeing the Light
Drowning in Amber
Stalking the Dead
Dying on Second
Hearing Voices
Haunting the Haunted

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Happy Early Release of The Business of Blood by Kerrigan Byrne! #Historical #Mystery @Kerrigan_Byrne

The Business of Blood, an all-new intriguing historical mystery from USA Today bestselling author Kerrigan Byrne, is available now!

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London, 1890. Blood and death are Fiona Mahoney’s trade, and business, as they say, is booming.

Dying is the only thing people do with any regularity, and Fiona makes her indecorous living cleaning up after the corpses are carted away. Her childhood best friend, Mary, was the last known victim of Jack the Ripper. It’s been two years since Fiona scrubbed Mary’s blood from the floorboards, and London is no longer buzzing about the Ripper, but Fiona hasn’t forgotten. She hasn’t stopped searching for Jack.

When she’s called to a murder in the middle of the night, Fiona finds a victim mutilated in an eerily similar fashion to those of the Ripper, and only a few doors down from Mary’s old home. The relentless and irritatingly handsome Inspector Grayson Croft warns her away from the case. She might have listened, if she hadn’t found a clue in the blood. A clue that will lead her down a path from which there is no return.

As a killer cuts a devastating swath through London, a letter written in blood arrives at her door, and it is only then that Fiona realizes just how perilous her endeavor is. For she has drawn the attention of an obsessive evil, and is no longer the hunter, but the prey.

Fiona Mahoney is in the business of blood. But she’s not the only one.

With intriguing twists, blood-chilling discoveries, and dazzling prose, USA Today Bestselling author Kerrigan Byrne shows that a woman’s work is never done, even when is sleuthing out a serial killer.

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Aidan stood behind me for a moment, motionless and silent. I could hear every word ever spoken and unspoken between us spilling onto the ground at my back.

“I understand what the years have done to you, Fiona. I know all the reasons you do what you do.” The pity in his voice summoned a scream from deep, deep in my soul, and I swallowed three times to keep it from escaping. “I appreciate that you have to be cold sometimes. But have a care this profession of yours doesn’t make you heartless.”

Heartless.

Struck by an idea, I frantically searched until I found Frank Sawyer’s heart in the center of the basin. An unceasingly strong muscle upon which one’s entire existence depended. I counted four chambers. Four valves. I stared hard, unblinking in the wan light until Aidan’s retreating footsteps plodded away.

I’d never found Mary Kelly’s heart.

Every single part of her had been catalogued in all its exposed and grotesque exactitude. But not her heart. The Ripper had taken that, along with her life.

I searched for the palpitations to prove Aidan wrong and found them, faint and fluttering, against my rib cage. I still had a heart, even though he owned pieces of it. And yet, I’d stood over too many corpses of those I loved, each time expecting my bleeding heart to just…stop. It should, I think. When a heart was broken as many times as mine, it shouldn’t work anymore. But somehow, it still did. It kept going.

And so long as it beat in its chamber, I’d search for the Ripper.

About Kerrigan

Kerrigan has done many things to pay the bills, from law enforcement to belly dance instructor. Now she’s finally able to have the career she’d decided upon at thirteen when she announced to her very skeptical family that she was going to “grow up to be a romance novelist.” Whether she’s writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, Kerrigan uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in almost every story.

She lives in a little Victorian coast town on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State with her wonderful husband. When she’s not writing you can find her sailing, beach combing, kayaking, visiting wineries, breweries, and restaurants with friends, and hiking…okay…wandering aimlessly clenching bear spray in the mountains.

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