BOOK: Paid In Full

AUTHOR: Mark J Newman

GENRE: Thriller, Mystery


A tale spun around lies, deceit, adultery, crime, and most of all, dangerous secrets; PAID IN FULL by MARK J NEWMAN is a novella which will stun you when you least expect it to.

A man diagnosed with a terminable disease is forced to look back at his fortunate and unfortunate life choices and the punches life has thrown at him. He visits a place where his life changed forever. His wife has left him, he is dying, made a bad career choice and has killed people. Read the novella to find out a labyrinth of deaths, the world of street gangs, search of love and secrets worth taken to grave.


At first, when I realized that the book is a novella, I wasn’t expecting it to be good, since I’m not exactly a fan of short stories; however, the book surprised me and what a pleasant surprise it was. It’s the kind of book that you finish in one go. Fast-paced, easy to catch up with, entertaining throughout and laced with mystery, the book is a quick fix for someone who doesn’t want or have a lot of time to spend on books. The book will speak to your inner adrenaline and thriller junkie.

The author has done a good job and hasn’t added exaggerated description in the name of content. The book is written in such a manner that you wish at least once that it was longer than it actually is. Safe to say, after reading this, you would want to check out other books authored by the Mark Newman.




BOOK: The Last Straw

AUTHOR: Ed Duncan

GENRE: Crime Fiction


THE LAST STRAW by ED DUNCAN is an action packed, crime fiction reflecting upon the insights of the world of mafia. This is the second book in PIGEON-BLOOD RED series. It is a tale of emotions, actions and the quest to save one’s loved ones.

A car-jacking by a teenager sets off a series of unfortunate events which leads to loss of many lives. A girl, who’s life is being threatened because she witnessed the incident. A high end lawyer and his friend are doing everything in their power to protect her, all the while trying to overcome their conjoined pasts and its resonance. Old flames are not easy to destroy, but their consequences, when comes to light, destroy lives of many people. And this just might be a story reflecting that. A cold war between two contract killers might lead to death of an innocent bystander. Witness a twisted tale of high end lawyers, the mafia world, and a world of contractual goons.


The book is fast paced and is easy to catch up from the previous book in the series. The characters have been assigned roles to play in sync with their features. The book conjures up a whirlwind of emotions. Equally mention-able is the detachment of a contract killer. The readers find themselves going through different settings through different characters and empathizing with each one of them at various moments. The cloud of impending doom hangs over the story since the beginning, which gives the readers one of the many reasons to look forward to the story, until an exhilarating climax. Witness the continuation of a strange relationship between a high end lawyer and a contract killer.

The author has done justice to all the characters as well as the story line. The relationship among the characters is the strongest suit in this series. The author has woven the tale to accommodate the highlights of the characters’ relations with each other. He has intertwined their fate in such a way that it has become synonymous with domino effect. One event affects another one and so on. The book is a must read for adrenaline junkies and crime fiction readers who seek the thrill of chase.


Ed is a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University Law School. He was a partner at a national law firm in Cleveland, Ohio, for many years. He is the original author of a highly regarded legal treatise entitled Ohio Insurance Coverage, for which he provided annual editions from 2008 through 2012. Ed, originally from Gary, Indiana, lives outside Cleveland.



BOOK: Madam Tulip

AUTHOR: David Ahern

GENRE: Suspense, Adventure



A struggling actress, the ability to foresee future and decipher it, high class parties and parents who have a love-hate relationship, MADAM TULIP by DAVID AHERN is a perfect fusion of action, suspense, and glamour with a hint of a magical gift.

Derry, a struggling actress is blessed with the gift of foreseeing future to some extent, which has been passed on to her by her ancestors. Coming short for money, she decides to explore her talents and hosts shows as Madam Tulip, a card reader, in high class parties. At one party, she gets a premonition of something sinister and a chain of events set off which lead to the death of a prominent figure. Meanwhile, her friend is framed for a crime she didn’t commit and it looks like Madam Tulip is about to be too. With the help of an ex-marine friend, and undercover cop who happens to be someone she had a fling with, she sets out to uncover a mystery which turns out to be a set up beyond her wildest dreams.


The storyline is quite interesting and keeps the readers engaged till the end. The evolvement of the character of Madam Tulip is worth looking out for. The unraveling of the story and placement of numerous mysteries keeps the story fascinating till the end. The world of high society, drugs, parties, is explored to its optimization and in a realistic way, without exaggeration. A pinch of humor keeps things entertaining.

David Ahern has done an extremely good job. He has given a unique space to each of his characters and left room for growth in future books of the series. His writing exhibits rawness which is the testimony of his novelty.

If you want to witness a world of seers, card readers and psychics; a world of high society, glamour, their lifestyle, their tribulations, infused with laughter and mystery at every nook and corner, this is the book for you.

Look out for more books in the series.


David Ahern grew up in a theatrical family in Ireland but ran away to Scotland to become a research psychologist and sensible person. He earned his doctorate but soon absconded to work in television. He became a writer, director and producer, creating international documentary series and winning numerous awards, none of which got him free into nightclubs.

Madam Tulip wasn’t David Ahern’s first novel, but writing it was the most fun he’d ever had with a computer. He is now writing the fourth Madam Tulip adventure and enjoys pretending this is actual work.

David Ahern lives in the beautiful West of Ireland with his wife, two cats and a vegetable garden of which he is inordinately proud.




BOOK: The Burgas Affair

AUTHOR: Ellis Shuman

GENRE: Crime fiction, Thriller

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THE BURGAS AFFAIR by ELLIS SHUMAN is a crime fiction set in Bulgaria and Israel, set around real terrorist activities and mafias.

A data analyst from Israel and a hardcore detective from Bulgaria are teamed up to look into a terrorist incident. On the way, they hit quite a few dead ends (no pun intended). Apart from working for their respective countries’ intelligence forces, they both have nothing in common and that gets in their way, which leads to almost killing both of them on more than one occasion. Trying to solve this case, they come across deadly secrets from each other’s past. That’s when they find their common ground. They both have painful and secretive pasts. However, it seems that there’s another danger looming over their heads. They both have to learn to cooperate with one other in order to survive life threatening circumstances, while identifying the culprits and dealing with deceptions.

The book starts with an anticipation of sinister occurrence. It is fast paced. The readers don’t get time to draw a breath. The novel is an amalgamation of different cultures, religions, languages, rituals and customs. The differences are portrayed in such a way that readers feel part of the countries and their customs. The book also features the aftermath of terrorist attacks and the hard work of the law enforcement to protect their countrymen.

The book also has a romantic side to it.  That’s what prevents it to be heavy ;and makes it appeal to readers of all walks of life. It humanizes the tale. Two opposite people are forced to work with one another in order to establish whether a terrorist group or a local mafia behind a gruesome act against humanity. In their journey to indentifying the culprits, they both realize that the other person could be a mental and emotional support for them in this trial time as they both have painful pasts in common and thus can understand other person’s predicament.

ELLIS SHUMAN catches readers’ interest from the very first page. His fast paced writing keeps the readers on their toes the entire length of the book. His portrayal of the characters is extremely realistic. The characters have flaws and that’s what makes the characters real to the readers. The author has portrayed different cultures in such a way that readers feel part of the countries mentioned in the books. The novel is written in such a brilliant and intriguing way that readers are compelled to finish it in one go.


BOOK: Cops Lie

AUTHOR: Leonard Love Matlick

GENRE: Thriller, crime fiction

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COPS LIE by LEONARD LOVE MATLICK is a crime fiction based on reality. It is a thriller which shows the reality of increasing corruption in the law enforcement.

After the death of a few cops, investigation unravels some disturbing facts about the law enforcement and how it is getting corrupted day by day. A few shady cops are enough to ruin the reputation of the entire police department. The book portrays the ways shady cops practice corruption. The book is a quest of a “good” cop going undercover in order to bust all the bad cops from his city. He uncovers many layers of treachery than he anticipated.


Cops Lie is a tale of murder, theft, adultery, treachery, dealings with mafia, and brutality. The level to which the corruption has seeped into the system is astounding. And it’s not limited to one city; it is the reality of all the places in the world. However, where there exist bad cops, there also exist good cops who make sure that justice is served.

Leonard Matlick has written this book brilliantly in order to reveal the truth about the law enforcement. Also, the incidents and detailing of the book reflects his extensive research on the subject. The author keeps the readers hooked till the end through his writing. A crime fiction, the book does justice to readers anticipating the thrill of reading a thriller.