Thursday Reviews - Death of a Gossip and Act of Survival - Jo-Ann Carson

Thursday Reviews – Death of a Gossip and Act of Survival

Death of a Gossip, by M.C. Beaton

I have a new favorite author. I fell in love with the character Hamish Macbeth on Apple Prime TV, so I downloaded M.C. Beaton’s first book in the Hamish Macbeth series, Death of a Gossip, and was knocked off my chair with her writing. Below is my review, which I’ve posted with 5 stars on Amazon, Goodreads, and Bookbub:


Travel to the Scotland Highlands with this classic Hamish Macbeth cozy mystery where an unladylike gossip columnist meets an untimely and watery death. From the author of the Agatha Raisin series.
When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joined the fishing class, she wasted no time in ruffling the feathers–or was it the fins?–of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue and unladylike manner was Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet not even Hamish thought someone would permanently silence Lady Jane’s shrills–until her strangled body is fished out of the river.
Now with the help of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish must angle through the choppy waters of the tattler’s life to find the murderer. But with a school of suspects who aren’t ready to talk and dead women telling no tales, Hamish may be in over his head, for he knows that secrets are dangerous, knowledge is power, and killers usually do strike again.

My Review

Phenomenal Writing
I loved this book. Beaton is a master storyteller. Her characters jump off the page and her wit kept me smiling page after page. I finished it in one afternoon because I couldn’t stop reading it. I recommend this book for people who like cozy mysteries, the Scottish highlands or dead gossips. Link

Act of Survival, by Marsha R. West

I met Marsha R. West online eight years ago. We were excited new writers in the Romantic Suspense genre. This is her latest book. I gave it 5 stars on Amazon, Bookbub, and Goodreads.

Book Description

Encouraged by her friends to protect herself, Kim Mason Dennison is determined to divorce her abusive husband. Cooper Wray, an attorney, assures Kim that her husband, Hunter, can’t keep the proceedings from moving forward because Texas is a no-fault divorce state. But why is Hunter doing everything he can to stop the divorce? And will that even include murder?   
Here is my review.

Filled with Suspense

I loved Marsha R. West’s latest romantic suspense, Act of Survival. It’s a second chance story about an abused woman leaving her husband steeped in suspense and intrigue. I highly recommend it for readers who like suspenseful tales. Link


5 Replies to “Thursday Reviews – Death of a Gossip and Act of Survival”

    1. Hi Marsha,
      You are most welcome.
      I really enjoyed the suspense in your book. What fun!
      I’ve updated the post to include a description and link.
      Warmest Regards,

  1. I have and read the first 13 Hamish MacBeth and Agatha Raisin mysteries by M.C. Beaton. I love all of those. After that they weren’t as good. I tried each one. I believe she has about 26 of each out.
    I’ve also read Marsha West’s Act of Survival and actually all of her books. Survival was quite the exciting book. I gave it 5 stars.

    1. Hi Susan,
      Great to hear from you. It seems are bookshelves look similar:) I’m inhaling M.C. Beaton’s books at the moment, but I doubt I’ll finish the series. I rarely finish series, and I think many are carried on too long with watered down plots. We’ll see. In the meantime, I’m having a great time in the Scottish Highlands:)
      Thanks for stopping by, and
      happy reading,

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