Thread and Dead (The Apron Shop Series, 2) by Elizabeth Penney

Title: Thread and Dead Author: Elizabeth Penney Series: The Apron Shop Genre: Mystery Format: Paperback No. of Pages: 269 Date of Publication: August 25, 2020 Description:  Iris Buckley is busier than ever this July, with the town’s annual Lobster Festival fast approaching. In just a matter of days her apron shop Ruffles & Bows, will be jam-packed with tourists eager to lay eyes on its world-class collection of aprons and linens—and Iris’s inventory is running low. Then, just when all hope seems lost, Iris gets a call from Eleanor Brady, a wealthy, reclusive spinster who just happens to have trunks full of vintage fabrics. Would Iris like to come down to Eleanor’s cottage estate Shorehaven and have a look? Before long Iris is on the scene—and on the case. Turns out that Eleanor has rented Shorehaven to the handsome, charismatic environmentalist Dr. Lukas de Wilde and his flock of students. What begins as an apron-scouting endeavor soon morphs into a full-blown murder investigation

Blood Victory (The Burning Girl, #3) by Christopher Rice

Blood Victory
Author: Christopher Rice
Series: The Burning Girl series
Genre: Suspense and Thriller
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 329
Date of Publication: August 18, 2020

Description: On a cross-country journey to hell, fear is the engine and vengeance is the destination as Christopher Rice’s Amazon Charts bestselling series continues.

As the test subject of an experimental drug, Charlotte Rowe was infused with extraordinary powers. As the secret weapon of a mysterious consortium, she baits evil predators and stops them in their tracks. But it takes more than fear to trigger what’s coursing through Charlotte’s blood. She needs to be terrorized. Serial killer Cyrus Mattingly is up to the task.

Cyrus is a long-haul truck driver, and his cargo bay is a gallery of horrors on wheels. To stop his bloodshed, Charlotte will become his next victim, reining in her powers so she can face each of his evils in turn.

As much as they know about Cyrus—his method of selecting victims, his prolonged rituals—there is something they don’t. What happens on the dark and lonely highways is only the journey. It’s the destination that’s truly depraved. Before she can unleash vengeance on a scale this killer has never seen, Charlotte and her team will have to go the distance into hell.

My Thoughts: This is the third book in the The Burning Girl series and as funny as it may be, I have only read this one and the second book, Blood Echo, in the series. I have the first one and plan on reading it especially after having read Blood Victory. 

I quite enjoyed Blood Victory and found that it kept me on the edge of my seat. I didn't want to put it down even late at night when I knew I needed to get to sleep because my little one would be waking up in a few hours. I don't find a lot of books like this.

Christopher Rice has a brilliant imagination when it comes to his books. How he came up with the Head Slayer, is beyond me. How does someone come up with anything that was written into this book. The perpetrator and what they do is not something that I have heard of before and I am a huge thriller fan.

I love the main character, Charley. She has overcome so much in her past and is conquering it in ways that are unimaginable. In a way, if you have experienced trauma than you can relate to Charley to some degree. 

Blood Victory is filled with suspense, mystery, action, and so much more. It is a must read and as I mentioned before the books don't necessarily need to be read in order. I have not had any difficulty with understanding the story even though it does seem to touch on past events because Christopher Rice provides a small summary about them. Blood Victory also has a Glossary of Terms at the end of it that really helps for understanding some common used terms such as Zypraxon and paradrenaline.

Rating: 5 out of 5 as this book will keep you wanting more and more. It is well written and I loved the ending. I am hoping that we get a 4th Burning Girl book. 

If you haven't already, check out my review for the 2nd Burning Girl book, Blood Echo.

Purchase book: Amazon

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About the Author: 
Christopher Rice is an Amazon Charts bestselling author whose works include Bone Music and Blood Echo in The Burning Girl series; the New York Times bestseller A Density of Souls; and the Bram Stoker Award finalists The Heavens Rise and The Vines. He is an executive producer of The Vampire Chronicles, a television show based on the bestselling novels by his mother, Anne Rice. Together they penned Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra. With his best friend and producing partner, New York Times bestselling novelist Eric Shaw Quinn, he runs the podcast and video network TDPS, which you can find at Visit him at

Many thanks to Thomas and Mercer and Netgalley for this review copy. This is my honest opinion.


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