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Two Tickets to Paradise (Holiday book review #4)

Today's post is a little different than the first three. I'm featuring Jada Ryker today with her story Two Tickets to Paradise, the prequel to her Kindle Scout published book Take The Body and Run, which I reviewed when it first came out. I'll be sharing both the prequel and original review today because Jada has a third in the series called Take a Walk on The Dead side, which is also set during Christmastime. Let's start with my review of the prequel, which is part of the Winter Solstice collection of Kindle Scout authors. There are 12 short stories in this collection, and I've read a few of them. I definitely encourage you to grab this while it's free! 

Looking for a good book to curl up with through the cold and lonely winter? Then look no further! This volume contains a dozen winter-themed stories by Kindle Press Authors writing in the worlds of their longer works. There is romance, action and adventure, intrigue, and even a few scary stories to get you through the long and cold nights

So grab a copy and come along! Who knows, you might just find your next favorite author!

Having read Take The Body and Run, I was thrilled to see that Jada Ryker had put out a short story about Macey and how she came to get Wicket the cat. Since this is a short story that begins to explain the happenings in the next two books, I can't say a lot about it without giving away plots. I can say this was a fun story to read before you pick up Take The Body and Run! Grab it while it's free!

*Take The Body and Run is .99 right now*

Macey's first day in the college employee relations department ends with a knife at her throat.

Macey is certain things can't get any worse. She's wrong. An angry employee vows to put her on an online hit list. When he turns up dead, she's a suspect--and on the hit list.

To keep her secrets and her life, Macey partners with two unexpected allies who cause her pulse to race with steamy attraction--and exasperating annoyance. Vince, a handsome, driven lawman, digs up more than just clues to the brutal murder. Brett, a fun-loving pathologist with a deadly sense of humor, drives everyone crazy with his fart machine-will travel. Macey's supersized black cat Wikket, possessing courage, curiosity, and crankiness in equal portions, assists in his own grumpy, feline fashion, golden eyes open and claws extended.

Take The Body and Run was a much anticipated cozy mystery with a hint of chic lit. The book opens with bios of all the characters in the story, and there were just too many to keep track, so I stopped reading them and went right to chapter one. I would recommend doing that because otherwise there is no way to keep the characters straight without a cliff notes sheet. I prefer to be surprised anyway, so it didn't bother me to skip them.

Once I met Macey I loved her instantly! She's a no nonsense boss who doesn't take any garbage from the employees she manages. There were two plot lines in this book that took twists and turns until the end, and I won't spoil it, but let's say it was good to figure them both out. Out of all the characters in this book I think I liked Wikket the cat the best. While sleuthing cats aren't a new concept to cozy mysteries, Wikket has a personality all his own. You'll love how he inserts his paw into the mix and manages to pull out the most important players.

The humor in the book is enough to make you laugh aloud multiple times, and there were a few times that I even gasped at the turn of events. Even with the heavy character load I give it five stars because the characters were well-developed, and well-executed and all in all a very fun read!

Macey Malloy and Wikket, her cantankerous cat with a nose for crime, plunge headlong into danger when a stalker targets an innocent college student. Terrified for the girl, Macey tries to help her, only to be trapped in the web of deceit with tangled links to missing women.

Dodging stalkers and investigating disappearances doesn't allow Macey much time for her love life . . . which is a hot mess. With good intentions, her detective boyfriend crosses the thin blue line from good to evil. The charismatic and dangerous man from her past keeps popping up in her present. Her almost-boyfriend employs his fart machine in matters of life, love, and death. A handsome stranger makes her shiver . . . with both attraction and the fear that he may be following a secret, deadly agenda connected with the cold cases of the women who'd vanished over fifteen years ago.

As if she doesn't have enough on her plate, Macey contends with Stan Glee. The popular YouTube host is determined to cash in on her notoriety. Glee is convinced he's marvelous, while she's certain that he has issues.

Even with her grumpy cat's help, will Macey solve the mysteries before it's too late?

KINDLE SCOUT WINNER Jada Ryker snagged the Kindle Press publishing contract for her book, Take the Body and Run, through Amazon’s Kindle Scout program. The contemporary mystery/romance is about a hunted woman hiding under a dead friend’s identity, a handsome lawman, a death doctor with fart machine-will travel, and a cranky cat with a nose for crime.

Jada is the author of Dog Days of Karma, the first Carr-Maah Consulting mystery/paranormal novel; A Pink Zombie, with a Mist, a Shaken, Not Stirred, mystery/horror adventure; and Murder Takes a Dare, the first book in the Takes a Dare mystery series. The books combine humor and murder in a total package of entertaining and fun southern adventures. At the same time, Jada sketches in addiction/recovery issues and childhood angst with a deft and compassionate touch.

Jada spent the first twenty-odd years of her life in rural Kentucky, many of those years without electricity or running water. In her writings, Jada draws upon her early years of deprivation.

She now lives in central Kentucky with her wonderful husband and their cat, rescued from the animal shelter. In her day job, Jada works in higher education. She holds a masters degree in public administration.

Jada's mystery adventures are available on Amazon in electronic and paperback formats.

Macey Malloy Mysteries with a Chick-Lit Twist:
Prequel: Two Tickets to Paradise (FREE in Winter Solstice, an anthology by Kindle Press authors)
Take the Body and Run
Take a Walk on the Dead Side

The Shaken, Not Stirred, Mystery/Horror Series:
A Pink Zombie, with a Mist
Gimlet and Other Stories: The collected short stories run the gamut from mystery to horror to science fiction.

The Takes a Dare Series:
Murder Takes a Dare
Mayhem Takes a Dare
Arson Takes a Dare

The Carr - Maah Consulting Agency Series:
Dog Days of Karma
Equi Knocks of Karma

The Cat, the Crow, and the Cauldron: A Halloween Anthology
The anthology is a wicked compilation of stories across genres, ranging from paranormal romance to horror. It's Permanently-Free (Kindle version on Amazon).
"Dead Eye"

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