Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Book Review: Heartache Motel by Terri L. Austin, LynDee Walker and Larissa Reinhart

Title: Heartache Motel
Author: Terri L Austin, LynDee Walker and Larissa Reinhart
Publisher: Henery Press
Format: eBook
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Reviewed by: Tess
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Publisher's Summary:
Elvis has left the building, but he’s forever memorialized at the Heartache Motel. Filled with drag queens, Rock-a-Hula cocktails, and a vibrating velveteen bed, these three novellas tell the tales of three amateur sleuths who spend their holidays at the King’s beloved home.

A Rose Strickland Mystery Novella (follows DINER IMPOSSIBLE)
When Rose and the gang head to Graceland right before Christmas, they get all shook up: the motel is a seedy dump and an Elvis impersonator turns up dead. Rose discovers missing jewels tie into the death and her suspicious mind flips into overdrive, questioning her fellow guests, the staff, and even a cute impersonator who keeps popping up. Will Rose be able to find the murderer and get home by Christmas day? It’s now or never.

QUICK SKETCH by Larissa Reinhart
A Cherry Tucker Mystery Novella (prequel to PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY)
Sassy Southern artist Cherry Tucker and her poker-loving boyfriend, Todd, pop into Memphis to help Todd’s cousin who’s been hustled out of his savings, right before Christmas. Staying at the shady Heartache Motel, Cherry can’t tell a shill from a mark and fears everyone is playing them for chumps. Cherry and Todd quickly find themselves in a dangerous sting that could send them to the slammer or mark them as pigeons from cons looking for an even bigger score.

A Nichelle Clarke Headline in Heels Mystery Novella (follows BURIED LEADS)
Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke thinks she’s going home for Christmas. But a quick stop at Graceland proves news breaks in the strangest places. When the King's home gets locked down with Nichelle inside, she chases this headline into the national spotlight—and the thief's crosshairs. Christmas dreams of blue suede Manolos fade, and all Nichelle wants from Santa is to land the story before the thief cuts off her news feed for good.

Our Review:
Terri Austin, Larissa Reinhart and LynDee Walker have a sure fire hit on their hands. They have come together to write 1 book, with each of them delivering their own spin on it. Heartache Motel is set in Memphis very close to Graceland, with each author penning her own characters and lives into one enjoyable book. I have read books by all three authors and was pleased with how this book jumped from one to the other.

In Diners Keepers, Losers Weepers we once again meet up with Ma, Roxy, Rose and Axton in a delightful romp through Memphis and Graceland. We should not be surprised that we are into twists and turns with this bunch of adorable people. I love Terri's characters and was happy to be an ARC for this book.

In Quick Sketch Larissa, once again reunites us with Cherry and her friend hunky Todd, no Sullivan this time, which is probably a good thing, what with all the lovely "ladies" who inhabit Heartache Motel. Cherry and Todd end up in Memphis, on their way from Halo, Ga. to Las Vegas. A stop where once again, Cherry can't help not to get involved with another mystery.

Dateline Memphis, finds Nichelle and her loveable toy Pomeranian, Darcy stopping for just one night at the Heartache. Nichelle realizes that crime reporting has no bonds and is soon smack dab in the middle of a lock-down while on a quick trip to Graceland, when a belt once worn by Elvis disappears from the museum while it is packed with sightseers. How this happened, and who is involved leaves Nichelle on a mission that gets more complicated ad time goes by.

I loved the premise of the book and was happy to once again meet up with old friends from each of these authors. Each author kept up with the secondary players of the other authors in such a way that I never felt confused at all. Good job ladies, is there more like this to come in the future?

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