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This weeks Mailbox Monday brings two great new crime thrillers to add to my ever growing TBR pile, but that’s just about all they have in common, as two more diverse storylines and styles of writing, you couldn’t wish to find.

But hey! Crime is crime, and I am quite happy to mix up my reading, so long as the thrills and spills keep coming!

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ANGEL AVENGER – (Max Becker Book #1)

Cover image of the book 'Angel Avenger' by author Tim WickendenSeptember 1960. In the Spandauer forest Detectives Max Becker and Bastian Döhl, from the Berlin Kriminalpolizei, find a naked, tortured man tied to a tree.

A cryptic message hangs from his neck.

When another body appears, Max is sure it won’t be the last.

The press dub the killer, Der Waldscharfrichter (The Forest Executioner) and graphic tattoos on the bodies suggest that the victims are Russians with a criminal past.

As more bodies and messages appear, they lead Max and his team to a horrific past event, wounds that run deep in the Berlin psyche, plunging Max into a conflict between his sense of duty and justice.



Image of author Tim WickendenTim was born in Zimbabwe in 1962. He spent his early years in Zimbabwe, the UK and then Hong Kong. At the age of eight he went off to boarding school in the UK, spending his holidays in Germany, where his father was stationed. He loved the country and its people and in planning to create a new detective series it seemed natural to choose 60s Berlin.

He has been writing for many years, including plays and many short stories, although Angel Avenger is his debut novel.

Since 2005 Tim has lived in West Wales, is married and has a son.

He loves walking, reading, writing, researching 20th century military history and prior to becoming a full-time writer worked variously as a teacher, college lecturer, IT analyst and Cabinet Maker.

Check out all Tim’s latest news and social media connections on his website

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EPIPHANY – (Dan Mahoney mysteries – book #4)

Cover image of the bok 'Epiphany' by author Susan SlaterIt’s Christmas in St. Augustine, where Dan and Elaine Mahoney are taking an extended honeymoon. But not all is sunny in Florida when Dan’s company sends him to investigate the theft of 1.2 million dollars’ worth of religious relics from the famed Basilica. Immediately, he knows it won’t be easy to track down the missing items—far too many people had access to the safe where they were stored when not on display for the parishioners. And although the church and rectory were filled with people, when Dan questions them, it seems no one saw a thing.

Adding another wrinkle to their newlywed life is the fact that Dan’s mother has moved to a small town up the road. Dragon’s Bend is known for the fact that everyone who lives there is involved in the spiritual realm—from seers to gurus. Most are sincere practitioners in their beliefs, but some … not so much. Is Maggie Mahoney’s new job giving tarot readings at the Center for Spiritual Learning a legit way for her to help those who want to find deeper meaning in their lives? Or is she becoming caught up in something far darker?

A visit from Elaine’s son Jason brings the family together for a fun Mahoney Christmas, but not before there’s a murder in Dragon’s Bend. The clues finally come together and the scope of the crimes goes far beyond anything Dan could have imagined.


Image of author Susan SlaterKansas native Susan Slater lived in New Mexico for thirty-nine years.

Her Southwest mystery novels reflect her extensive knowledge of the tribes and pueblo culture in the area.

As an educator she directed the Six Sandoval Teacher Education Program for the All Indian Pueblo Council through the University of New Mexico.

She taught creative writing for UNM and the University of Phoenix.

In addition, Susan was both a manager of technical editors and writers and a Senior Instructional Specialist for two defense industry contractors before retiring to Florida to write full time.

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Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share links to the books that came into their house during the last week. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well, after all you never know where that next “must read” book will come from.

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    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Long time, no speak!

      It isn’t that I haven’t had many new books to share in MM, it’s just that I haven’t had the time to put posts together for the last few weeks.

      As these two beauties arrived within 24 hours last week and I have been laid low with the dreaded lurgy, I thought I would try and catch up with some of my old MM friends!

      I hope that you are well and enjoying your reading. I will try and keep in touch more regularly, as I miss our little chats 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      Cath, who is one of our fellow bloggers, is fond of featuring her ‘armchair travel’ reads, so this week seemed a good opportunity to share a couple of my own destinations with you all.

      My last book took me to three different countries and at the moment my latest read has me very firmly planted in the north of my own country, so I am fast becoming a well travelled person!

      Thanks for visiting and have a good week 🙂

    • Thanks for taking the time to stop by, Carol.

      I think that just by checking out the individual cover art, you can tell how totally diverse these two storylines are going to be.

      As both were direct requests by the individual authors representatives, neither book is scheduled for time controlled Blog Tour activity, so my only real dilemma is which one to read first 🙂

  • Both sound good! Of course it’s an added bonus that the first one is book #1 in a series. I bet you’ll enjoy both of these, Yvonne! I’m nearing the end of a good thriller myself… our book club selection for December.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Wow! you are well ahead of the game if you are close to finishing December’s book. I can only assume it must be really good, so can’t wait to find out what it is!

      It is great that ‘Angel Avenger’ is the first book in the series and I just hope that the Dan Mahoney series works okay as stand alone episodes.

      Talk about crime at both ends of the scale, but that’s the great thing about working with individual publishers and authors, I always get a good mixed bag of reading material 🙂

  • Angel Avenger appeals to me, possibly because it’s set in Germany and speaks to the armchair traveller in me. I suspect the forest aspect has some bearing on the matter too!

    • Hi Cath,

      I definitely don’t know too much about the Berlin of the 1960s, apart from the obvious Berlin Crisis, which ultimately led to the building of The Berlin Wall in 1961. I wonder if this is a prominent factor in the storyline and I am totally intrigued that our revenge ‘Angel Avenger’ is a woman, unless I have read the whole cover art wrong!

      As we have spent so much time in Florida over the past couple of decades, I shall maybe find it easier to relate to the people and places in ‘Epiphany’, although I shall be a little disappointed if I can’t drop right into the story and characterisations, as this is book #4 in the series!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you. Enjoy your upcoming short break 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      You know me too well!

      Mention crime or thrillers and my ears prick up!

      I also like to mix up the sub-genres a little and I am always up for reading something by a new to me author.

      It’s a win, win situation this week 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      I do seem to be becoming rather ‘typecast’ as a crime thriller reader, which I don’t really mind, however I definitely do like to try and ring the changes from time to time, so watch this space!

      Thanks for always making the time to visit MM bloggers, I always appreciate it 🙂

    • Having just visited your lovely site, I have laid claim to yet two more great sounding crime/thrillers, so all in all I am one happy bunny!

      Thanks for visiting this week and enjoy your reading 🙂

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