Review: A Class Reunited (A Matter of Class #5) by Susie Murphy

When I first started out book blogging (what feels like ages ago by the way!), I read a lot more self published novels or novels that were published by smaller publishing house. As I have grown as a blogger, I now mostly work with larger publishing houses but I have a few self published novelists and smaller publishing houses that I continue to work with and Susie Murphy is one such author! Over the years I have read her A Matter of Class series and honestly it grew so much more than I was expecting when I read the first novel, but more on that soon!

The commitment to writing, editing, and publishing your own novel seems incredibly daunting. Same with smaller publishing houses that also do it all—editing, promotion etc. It’s got to be exhausting so in my mind you must be incredibly dedicated to the novel you are promoting. It must be something that we absolutely believe in to work so long and hard on. That is evident in Murphy’s case! She has done an incredible job writing a nuanced and sweeping historical saga which could not have been easy! And she isn’t stopping at five books!

I am always on the lookout for off the beaten path historical fiction and if you are like me, on the hunt for something you can sink your teeth into then this might be a good option for you! After reading the Outlander series, I really wanted to find something that felt more sweeping and saga like in terms of historical fiction, and this book delivered that for me (minus the time travel!).

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Review: Unspeakable (Tracers #2) by Laura Griffin

Raise your hand if you have turned on Law and Order SVU while folding laundry in the morning on a Saturday, only to look up and find it’s 10:00 pm and you literally have no idea where the time went? I love binge watching Law and Order SVU. If I start an episode though (even if I’ve seen it already!) I’m done for and nothing gets done except a binge session of my favorite on screen detectives. I think one of the things that really appeals to me about LO SVU is the hints of personal life of the detectives and the fast paced twisted mystery. Reading Griffin’s books is like binge watching LO SVU!

Griffin’s books all have that glimpse into the personal lives of the characters while still having the focus on the mystery. This mystery is extremely complex and dark. I was fully creeped out and couldn’t WAIT to read it at every opportunity! I loved the mystery so much. I had no idea where it was going but I was fully on board with it. Female readers—-I was so creeped out that I was checking my locks and making sure no one was following me every time I went to the grocery store! LOL. I was so invested in this one for that reason alone—-its relatability for female readers. This book was every woman worst nightmare—-some one slipping you a date rape drug, peeping in your windows, following you home. Yeah I checked my door A LOT!

I will say the romance in this one sort of took a back seat which was surprising. In the previous book we meet Troy who is kind of billed as this man whore in the first book, so in this book I was surprised at how quickly his character fell for Elaina. I expected a bit more romance in this one but then at the same time, I found that the mystery was so complex and had so many layers that I was really focused on that and didn’t care if the romance was more scant in this one.

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Review: Untraceable (Tracers #1) by Laura Griffin

After binge reading the whole Texas Murder Files and another stand alone Laura Griffin book, I really debated about stopping there and moving on to something else. I had a few other books that I wanted to read while we were on vacation in Disneyland but I also wanted to see if the Tracers series stood up to the other books I had read by Griffin. The Tracer series is more established and what Griffin is known for so I was eager to check it out so I decided to try ONE book. Famous last words right.

Well I read this one in day (as with basically all the other books I have read by Griffin) and even if I didn’t love this one, I loved the idea of this series and I am currently on book four in this series! This series reminds me of a TV show like Law and Order or CSI. It reads quick, has an excellent mystery, and a steamy romance. All the things that I love to read!

Like the other series by Griffin, this series could read out of order (from what I’ve read anyway). There are characters on the periphery of the story that we encounter in other books but overall the characters, romance and mystery are unique with each book thus far so if you want to skip around you can. For me, I wasn’t sure so I just started with the first one and this one actually sounded rater interesting as I like the idea of a disappearance at the center of the mystery.

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Review: Midnight Dunes (The Texas Murder Files #3) by Laura Griffin

I featured this one on my blog last spring. My number one hold out when I was pitched this book was time and the fact that this was the third book in an established series. I was worried that I would be lost in the series so I decided to just do a feature instead. Holy moly do I wish I had read these books sooner! They can absolutely be read out of order and they are fully binge worthy so even if you read one you might find yourself reading them all (like me!) because they are all just so good and fast paced.

I can see why Griffin has such a big fan following. It’s rare to find a suspenseful murder mystery that’s twisty AND has a good romance at its core. In my experience I haven’t been able to find a book like this. I love romantic suspense but often it’s heavy on the romance and light on the mystery but not so with Griffin’s books. They are just so balanced and I can’t say enough good things about all of her books that I’ve read so far. I’m currently four books into her Tracers series and already worried about what I am going to read next to fill the void so if anyone has recommendations let me know!

This book had a very twisty and dark murder at it’s core and I actually found myself double checking my locks at night just to be sure. This was a very suspenseful read and I personally felt like this was the most suspenseful in the series overall. I loved how Griffin kept readers on their toes with this book—-so well done! And you better believe I have the next book on my preorder!

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Review: Flight (The Texas Murder Files #2) by Laura Griffin

I am cursing through this series in a matter of days and have already pre-ordered the fourth book which will be out in the spring of 2023. I have really enjoyed Griffin’s books and I am fully invested in reading all of her books before the year is out at this rate! I think I read this one in a day as well! Her books aren’t short either. They each run about 400 pages and within that 400 pages we have to have a believable romance, a complex mystery, and a resolution. That’s a tall order but Griffin absolutely delivers on a regular basis!

This one is probably my favorite in the series so far. The main characters felt older to me like later 30’s and I felt like I could relate to Miranda more than I could Bailey in the first book. Joel also felt older and more mature—-less hot head male ego and more thoughtful brooder. I also thought the mystery was really well done in this one and I enjoyed deciphering the clues!

If you are looking for a well done murder mystery, then look no further than Griffin’s books. Literally start anywhere with any of her series and you will be totally fine. Years ago I binged the Kay Scarpetta books and that’s what this reminds me of. Good solid characters with a twisted mystery! I love these books and cannot wait to share my thoughts on them with you guys!

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