Another Award

I have just been notified that book two of my Sophie Collins Mystery Series — The Secret of Trail House Lodge has been selected as a Distinguished Favorite in the Young Adult category for the New York City Big Book Awards. It has also been awarded a 5 Star rating by Readers’ Favorite. See review below.
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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers’ Favorite

The Secret of Trail House Lodge: A Sophie Collins Mystery, Book 2 by Madge H. Gressley is for young adults. Fifteen-year-old heiress Sophie Collins and her friends explore an abandoned lodge and become curious after seeing a particular guest entry in the registration book, and finding a stash of old coins and puzzling footprints. Her guardian, Mr. Johnson, investigates the lodge’s history and learns it was once owned by a notorious gangster. Sophie’s suspicions increase when she and her friends return to the lodge and realize someone else was searching the rooms. Their sleuthing picks up surprising clues that help the sheriff link unsolved cases. Sophie’s estranged Uncle Titus believes he should be her guardian, but Mr. Johnson is wary of him, much to his displeasure.

The Secret of Trail House Lodge is a lovely sleuth mystery, especially with its main character. Sophie is a high-spirited teen who is clever and brave with a keen sense of perception. It is a suspenseful story that sees the teens take on investigative roles, despite the risks they encounter. The interaction among the characters, both good and evil, is sharp. Sophie can be a bit rebellious, but this probably comes from her dismal past. This is Madge H. Gressley’s second book in the Sophie Collins Mystery series. The mystery interested me, but so did Sophie, whose present lifestyle was entirely different to what she was accustomed to. Book 1 is another mystery that sees Sophie’s luck change. Madge H. Gressley’s book is recommended.

Book one in the series is The Red Coat

The-Red-Coat-Cover-ArtA homeless runaway and a murder, all add up to a realistic, unique, and exciting mystery read. The Red Coat strays from the typical goody-goody, know-it-all young sleuth novel to provide readers with a smart, street-wise, and a self-determined young protagonist. If you liked reading Nancy Drew, then, you are going to love the young and sassy Sophie Collins.

Reviews for INESCAPABLE ~ Remembering


Good morning! What a lovely November day! I hope you are enjoying this mild weather because I am sure it won’t last long.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00075]As you know, my second book in the my Inescapable series — Remembering — was released on October 28th. Here are two reviews that have come in.

Be sure to stop by Black Opal Books and pick up a copy in paperback, or login to Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, KOBO, or Smashwords and pick up an e-Book.

I am sure since you have read Inescapable ~ The Beginning,  you will want to see if Darcey remembers Brad and find out if he can save her from an unexpected danger that lurks on the Bio Dome.


TAYLOR JONES SAYS: In Inescapable 2 ~ Remembering by Madge H. Gressley, Darcey has been rescued from the human trafficking ring by Brad, but she can’t remember who she is or where she comes from so she thinks Brad is just another man who has bought her. To top it all off, she discovers that she is now five miles beneath the ocean in a bio dome. There is no escape so Darcey must learn to deal with her situation and figure out who she can trust. Not an easy task when she has no memory of anything before she woke up as a captive in a human trafficking ring.

Like the first book, this one is a fast-paced and intense page turner. You can’t help rooting for Darcey as she struggles with her new reality. A really great read.

REGAN MURPHY SAYS: Inescapable ~ Book 2 ~ Remembering by Madge H. Gressley is the story of Darcey Callahan, a young woman who went from Texas to Peru to find her missing boyfriend and was abducted into a human trafficking ring. Brad, the boyfriend, discovered what had happened and rescued her, but Darcey had been in a car accident and remembers nothing before she woke up in the hands of the human traffickers. So she doesn’t know who she is, she doesn’t remember Brad, and she doesn’t realize she has been rescued and is now free. So you can imagine her dismay when she learns that she is in a dome under the ocean off the coast of Peru, and there is no way out. Brad, on the other hand, remember everything too clearly. He wants his lover back but knows he has to wait until she remembers him.

In Inescapable ~ Book 2 ~ Remembering, like its predecessor Inescapable ~ Book 1 ~ The Beginning, Gressley’s character development is superb and the story is gripping. Thought-provoking as well fast-paced and intense, this is one you won’t want to put down.