Sugar & Spice Reviews

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Book Description

This fast-paced thriller twists and turns its way through the perplexing investigation of several mysterious murders that will have readers on the edge of their seats.

When the set of twins are released from prison they have one thing on their minds; to settle the score against the people who put them there in the first place. The revenge killings begin in the District of Columbia with the murder of the prison warden and his wife -- both found viciously beaten and brutally dismembered -- and to continue on the opposite coast where a socialite is found dead in Malibu. Baffled by the gruesome murders, Detective Phoenix Perry ends her vacation early to conduct an unauthorized investigation and embarks upon a thrilling adventure to unravel the mystery and put end to violence. Sugar & Spice is a gripping race to discover who is behind all of the murder, corruption, and revenge. It is sure to keep readers guessing up to the stunning climax. From a promising new voice in fiction, this novel will keep spines tingling and pages turning.


Reader Reviews

1 Star Rating
May 23, 2006
The most poorly written book I have ever seen.

Reviewer: John D. Angus from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Let me preface this by saying I am no snob. I like Robert B Parker. I like Dan Brown and Robert Jordan. I like Janet Evanovich. I am generally never one to critique a book simply on bad writing. In this book, however, the writing was so poor it jumped right off the page and made it impossible to continue reading. It was writing of such an astonishingly poor quality as I would never expect to find in a published novel.

As an example, this author seems entirely unfamiliar with the concept of pronouns. Again and again and again his female character refers to "my husband", even after he has been named. "What do you think," I asked my husband. "I turned to my husband and said..." I prodded my swarthy husband." "My husband came into the room." "What do you want to do, asked my husband."

This is hard to describe without sounding nitpicky, but weirdly distracting and something I've never seen before. I mean, all of that within a very, very few pages. Does the author have a problem with words like "He"? Is there something wrong with using the character's name? He does the same with the character's child who is referred to as "my daughter". I would also like to add that writing first person female characters is sometimes difficult for male authors, and this male author does a very poor job of it.

The dialogue between characters is sometimes shockingly silly, and the descriptions of characters and scenes horribly inept - or entirely absent. Eight characters are introduced in the first twenty pages with no descriptions of any of them to speak of, not even ages, hair or skin colours. And I was shaking my head at how laughably bad the first murder scenes were described. A junior high creative writing story would have done it better. As for the sex scenes - it makes those in romance novels seem erotic. The author actually uses terms like "my love canal" and "his throbbing loins". Yeesh.

BTW, this author subscribes to the Robert B Parker school of wasting paper, only moreso - which caused me to stop buying Robert B Parker books in hardcover. The average chapter length is about 2 pages, which means you're buying a lot of white space and chapter headings. It is listed at 256 pages (including exterp from next book), but I'd suggest a third of that is wasted space.

Now lest you think, in the face of all these 5 star reviews, that I just had a weird reaction, I asked two other people, seperately, to look at this book. They not only disliked the book, they were both as astonished as I am that it ever got published. One mentioned that her boyfriend grew irritated at her for being unable to stop talking about how horribly bad the book was. In the face of this, I am going to suggest that people whose interest lies more with the author and publisher than you as a reader, have been responsible for most of these reviews. You can read my reviews, and you'll see that I have never really commented on the author's quality of writing before. But this book was just - amazingly bad. I am indignant that it was ever published, let alone that I wasted my money buying it.


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5 Star Rating
March 15, 2006
Sugar and Spice

Reviewer: L. Johnson from Philadelphia, PA

This is a fast paced thriller that will have you waiting with bated breath to see what happens next. I literally could not put it down. It will keep you guessing until the very end. The author has a vivid imagination and if you're not paying close attention, you might miss some key pieces to the puzzle. I've read all of his other books and he is definitely someone I'm going to keep an eye out for. My hat's off to Keith Lee Johnson!


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5 Star Rating
January 25, 2006
I Couldn't Put It Down!

Reviewer: Lenora D. Brown from Compton, CA

I really enjoyed this book. Mr. Johnson is an excellent storyteller. Keep up the good work. I'm in the middle of "Little Black Girl Lost", and so far, it's great.


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4 Star Rating
December 13, 2005
Thriller 360

Reviewer: Louise from St. Louis, MO

I have read all of Keith Lee Johnson's novels and he has not failed us. Sugar and Spice is a thriller that keeps you wondering and ultimately guessing from the first page to the last page.

A set of twins have just gotten released from prison and they are on the rampage. No one knows who, why, when and where. When you think that you know your next victim the twins shake it up and have you rereading other pages to see if you have missed something.

Though it might not bring you the excitement of Little Black Girl Lost, the knowledge of Fate's Redemption of the action of Pretenses it definitely delivers the thriller that we are looking for.


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5 Star Rating
December 1, 2005
WOW

Reviewer: Ebony

This book will have you confused at times but in the end it will have you saying 'Oh, my goodness,' I would have never thought. This book is off the hook and has a lot of suspense. I read it in a day and a half that is how good it is. You couldn't take it away from my hands if you tried.

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3 Star Rating
October 29, 2005
Confusing

Reviewer: Tasha from Columbia, SC

This book was okay for a thriller. I don't ususally read thriller's but I read an online review for this book and thought I would pick it up. First of all the characters in the book were kind of confusing. One minute something is going on with this person and then it skips to another character. I read the book in one day only because I wanted to know what happened to the twins Jerry and Terry, who in the begining I thought were 2 brothers. Like I said the book was okay and I gave it 3 stars and that was kinda high I think.


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4 Star Rating
September 19, 2005
Now THAT'S What I Call A Thriller!

Reviewer: Ms Toni from Midwest USA

The twins are out. The twins are out. They have paid their debt to society by serving time at Norrell Prison where they have been rehabilitated as the system is designed, right? WRONG. The twins are out and rehabilitation is the last thing on their minds. Revenge is the first as the twins wreak havoc on all those that they feel did them wrong. And that is where FBI Agent Phoenix Perry, of PRETENSES, comes into the scene. Victims from one coast to the other are being savagely whipped and dismembered. Agent Perry and her partner/best friend Kelly McPherson are put on the case. Perry, fresh from vacation and still coping with the loss of her father, is up for the challenge. But will the twins and their craftiness be too much for her?

I read this book several months ago, and it was actually the first of Keith Lee Johnson's books that I read. After reading all his others (Little Black Girl Lost, PRETENSES, and Fate's Redemption), I felt compelled to reread this one. It was even better the second time around. While Coco Nimburu of PRETENSES is my favorite of all his characters, Phoenix Perry is right behind her. It's good to see a strong black woman. I hope to see more of her (and her cute husband Keyth) in the future.

If you have not read any of Keith's work, I highly recommend Little Black Girl Lost, Fate's Redemption, PRETENSES and Sugar and Spice - in that order.


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5 Star Rating
September 7, 2005
Sugar and Spice and everything nice!

Reviewer: Sam

What can I say about this book. If you are looking for a thriller and will keep you turning the page and not letting yourself put the book down then I guess this is the book that you should read.

Sugar and Spice was a very very very good book. When I was reading it always had me stop and wonder what was going to happen next. that book was the last thing I put down at night and the first thing I would pick up in the morning.

For twins to come out of jail and commit such violent acts of murder was beyond bone chilling. And the way they went about doing it was very sneaky and very wise. The goryness of it to was also bone chilling. Mr. Johnson is very graphic with this book and that helps you paint a mind picture of what goes on in the book. Perry was at it again with her smarts. She had every clue possible and analyzed it to the best perfection she could. Even if she didnt have to much of a lead she still went after it and made it bigger than when she started. The way the twins was killing was very weird to her but she stood on the case to make sure she could make sense out of it. She stuck through it even during the stake out. Perry is a tough cookie. This book was the most best fiction, mystery, and gory book I ever read.


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5 Star Rating
June 25, 2005
Another Winning Thriller!!!

Reviewer: Dana Y. Bowles from New Castle, DE

FBI agent Phoenix Perry has her hands full these days. Someone is terrorizing the DC area's women...raping, beating, and dismembering them. Crimes that are incredibly brutal in nature, and quite possibly...personal. When a prison warden and his wife are the first victims, an investigation into the illegal activities taking place at Norrell Prison is begun. Seems the warden wasn't an upstanding citizen after all...but what is the connection between his murder and all of the other victims? When agent Perry gets a call regarding a similar murder of several people on the other side of the country, a break in the case is born. Investigators are looking for two people...possibly recently released from the aforementioned prison. And of course, Phoenix herself begins uncovering all sorts of clues in the case, inciting the killers to target her.....

A story with more twists and turns then Special Agent Perry has martial arts moves, even the most skilled mystery readers won't be able to figure out this one.


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5 Star Rating
May 20, 2005
Addictive

Reviewer: sg "sig" from New York, NY

There is only one thing to say. Absolutely FANTASTIC book. Got to work at 3:30am - finished it at 8am. Read PRETENSES yesterday equally as good. Could not put either books down. Once you start you just want to finish. Make sure to read Pretenses first if you have both books. You don't have to read both, but it's so much better if you do.


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5 Star Rating
March 15, 2005
Real Page Turner

Reviewer: Lucy Lane from Livingston TX

This book is about twins who spent entirely too much time being abused in prison, finally get out and go on a killing spree to repay those who "done them wrong"....or not.

Special agent Phoenix Perry is on the job once again. She and her sexy partner, Kelly McPherson, think they have solved the gruesome killings only to find other victims with nothing apparently connecting the victims to each other.

Sugar and Spice is a great story, filled with intrigue, twists and turns with every page. I found it impossible to put down. Just like Special Agent Perry, every time I thought I had it all figured out, I discovered I was very wrong. There are new surprises with every page.

This is a great read. I predict Mr Johnson will soon become one of the top mystery writers.


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5 Star Rating
January 25, 2005
Sugar & Spice - A MUST Read Book!

Reviewer: Amy Rose-Mullholand from Bowling Green, OH

A set of twins in Sugar & Spice will keep you on the edge of your seat! You won't be able to read the pages fast enough, to see what happens next. A novel set around sex, mystery, and intrigue, with a great surprise ending, Sugar & Spice will leave you begging for more!


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5 Star Rating
January 22, 2005
One Of The Best Imaginations

Reviewer: Ms. Book (ARC Book Club Inc.)

Don't let the cover fool you...this story was one of the best written fiction novels to read. The plot and storyline was excellent. I like the works by this author. At first, I thought it was government related with a boring story ...boy, was I wrong! It's a cliffhanger until the end...keep up the good work, Mr. Johnson.


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5 Star Rating
September 23, 2004
...And Everything Murder

Reviewer: LOCKSIE "ARC Book Club" from CORAM, NY

This is a fantastic murder mystery! Special F.B.I. agent Phoenix Perry is conducting an investigation of multiple gruesome murders. Phoenix (who is a martial arts expert) and her sexy partner Kelly McPherson are baffled. Each time they think they are close to solving the murders, another killing takes place! The killings soon hit close to home when a teacher from Phoenix's daughter's school is murdered. This killer has an agenda but what is it? The evidence from the crime scenes lead these ladies to a local prison that is more like a drug/sex shop, but still the murder trail keeps getting hot. Join these women as they battle their way through countless twists and turns to try and solve the murders. This novel was written very well and there were no typos. I never was a murder mystery fan but reading Keith Lee Johnson's novel has made me a big fan of him and his book. I will find out more about this up and coming author on his website. I am now reading his other book "Pretenses" which apparently was his first book before "Sugar & Spice", but I am confused about the marketing strategy that Keith and his team used for these two books. Why did "Sugar & Spice" come out before "Pretenses"? Keith please feel free to contact me with an answer!


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5 Star Rating
July 26, 2004
Twists! Twists! And OH MY The Ultimate Twist!

Reviewer: Nichole Colombo from Portland, OR

This author definitely put a spin on the story! I thought I just knew what was going to happen...little did I know that I was wrong! Wonderful book! I just couldn't put it down! I was told I should have read Pretenses first. I'm going to start that book today!


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5 Star Rating
July 19, 2004
Oh No, The Twins Are Free!

Reviewer: Joy Farrington from Miami, FL "A Nubian Sistas Book Club, Inc. Review"

The twins are free from prison and for several people their release will change their lives forever. For Agent Phoenix Perry, it means the end of her much needed extended vacation as she launches an murder investigation. With a plan for revenge the twins set out on a murder spree which baffles cops and FBI Agents alike. People are being murdered left and right with no apparent connection between them. Agent Perry must look deep into the limited evidence available if she wants to solve this crime because unbeknowst to her, the life she could save may be her own.Lace with a great mix of mystery, murder and scandal, Johnson has written a story that left me on the edge on my seat. Each chapter was written with such detail, the story played out in my mind like a great movie. James Patterson and Patrica Cornwall has new competing as Keith Lee Johnson is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with.


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5 Star Rating
June 29, 2004
This Should Be A Movie

Reviewer: ASHANTI from Dallas, Texas

I could not put the book down. Sugar & Spice is a gripping thriller full of dramatic twists and turns. Just when you think you have everything figured out, you find out you really dont. Mr. JOhnson is truly gifted and I look forward to reading more of his work.


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5 Star Rating
June 6, 2004
Who's Sugar And Spice

Reviewer: Barbara from Maywood, Illinois

A mystery page turner with twists you won't be able to put down until the end. I'm recommending Sugar and Spice to my book club members.


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5 Star Rating May 22, 2004
Sugar & Spice

Reviewer: Cory Buford , Toledo OH
Sr. Web Designer/Developer GateWay Marketing Online.

Fast-paced thriller hardly begins to describe this all too possible crime spree, reminiscent of "The Krays" (1990 Twin Mafia Movie), that reads like an episode of CSI and only shortens the chapters long enough (…insert commercial here…) to let you grab a coffee and doughnut before towing you under another flood of means, motives, and opportunities! The first 11 chapters (read those first before continuing) are only the beginning of the mystery and a taste of what is to come ( Read Synopsis from Brenda Lisbon of RAWSISTAZ ). From the very first mention of certain taboos this story will pique both your curiosity and intellect. Not only does this story involve drugs, sex, and violence; but these subjects are handled correctly for a change.

The twins, as exquisitely intelligent as they are brutal could exchange quid pro quos with Hannable Lecter as easily as one would prepare a proper meal. Not since the case of the child murdering parents on Law & Order have I experienced such cold and calculating brutality such as that portrayed by Alex & Sam or Jerry and Terry (That's no typo). Whether it's in the form of high tech profiling and reconnaissance or just a good old fashion whipping, these actors are so realistic they could easily pass for your local postal worker. Sugar & Spice offers the reader a unique opportunity to experience not only betrayal and deceit from the murderer's perspective; but regret as well!

Enter Phoenix Perry, Wife, Mother, Detective, and, above all else, a refreshingly strong female leading role worthy of Jada Pinkett Smith! With the urgency of Beverly Hills Cop and tension of N.Y.P.D. Blue, Detective Phoenix Perry embarks on an unauthorized investigation that not only rocks the department; but suffers many personal casualties as well. Which brings us to the most unusual character of all in a detective novel; the Detective's marital relationship with her Husband. No telling of other male Authors, such as Stephen King and James Patterson to move over here, but Patricia Cornwell better keep up on her research before Keith Lee Johnson writes a better woman than Scarpetta!

"When an author approaches such topics as murder, mystery, justice, and revenge you hope that they have excelled in their criminal research to bring the reader to a state of heightened intrigue and unpredictable resolutions as well as introduce us to a variety of actors with felonious profiles." - Monique

Not since the television show "Profiler" and movie "Hannable" have I seen such an attempt to delve into the mind of a criminal. With the Forensic Psychology evidenced in Sugar & Spice Mr. Johnson has proven himself to excel at both Psychology and Research. With his date chronicled graphic descriptions and ability to manipulate multiple murder scenes, Mr. Johnson has also proven himself a master of layering story lines in such a way so as not to impede his own mind blowing momentum. It is for this reason that Sugar & Spice is a must buy, rather than must borrow, book as even the most intelligent readers find themselves asking the question made famous the world over by television show "Under Suspicion"; "What is wrong with this picture?". The most stunning twist of Sugar & Spice is that fact that, unlike many other stories of this genre, Mr. Johnson has granted you a rare chance to watch this gripping series of events unfold from an omniscient point of view; providing inside information on a plethora of fronts. This, ironically, poses a new problem for the reader as it will continuously challenge them to sift through the many, often conflicting, means, motives, and opportunities of each actor; compelling them to actively participate in solving the mystery along side Detective Perry. With so many actors in play, the plot thickens exponentially and is masterfully stirred so tightly so as to resemble a movie adapted to book form, in no need of editing, and served on a silver platter to even the most Mercurial Dr. Lecter.

No two ways about it Keith Lee Johnson is a master of the genre! To be quite honest, my wife, Heather (no relation), and I were instantly drawn into the story by two factors; we share a similar relationship to that of Phoenix/Keyth and we were eager to read what Keith described as the hottest chapter in the book (Sorry, you'll have to "buy the book"). We soon found, as did Phoenix and Keyth, that we had to think like criminals if we were to ever solve the mystery. My wife and I not only took notes for each page of the story, but probably spent more time discussing the case than Phoenix and Keyth. Unlike other Detective stories, James Bond 007 et all, my Wife and I can hardly begin to express the instant connection we felt with the portrayal of a healthy, sexually active, marriage and a couple who works as well together as they play. However, this is not to say that Kelly McPherson does not have plenty to offer those readers wanting to get their swerve on! In short, Sugar & Spice is the only book we have read that leaves us incomplete until hearing the soundtrack, seeing the movie, and collecting the merchandise. We look forward to seeing Detective Parry be every bit as competent and seductive as her all too quickly approaching nemesis. Is the world ready for a brilliant red dragon named Coco Nimburu.


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5 Star Rating
May 11, 2004
Ready For The Big Screen

Reviewer: Dorrie Wheeler from Virginia Beach, VA

Sugar & Spice is a fast paced read that unfolds like it should be on the big screen. This is a novel that will shock, tantalize, titillate and intrigue every reader that opens the book. The book opens up addressing a taboo subject, same sex sexual abuse behind prison. The basis of the story is about two twins who spent far too much time behind bars. During their prison years they were used and abused. Behind bars they bulked and and upon their release they were ready to take some serious revenge against those they felt who may have wronged them in the past.

Beautiful, intelligent and tough chick detective Phoenix Perry is on the case. Her character is very integral to the story line. Sugar & Spice is a sexy book although it might not appear to be based on the cover. From the intimate love scenes between detective Perry and her husband to the twins spying on their unknowing victims Sugar & Spice is a hot book that will alarmingly peak the imagination of those who may have twisted fetishes about violence and sex. These twins are completely off their rocker and are driven by revenge and lust. They take pride in coming up with creative ways to torture and kill their victims-often sexually abusing them beforehand.

Well written and with a nice touch of pop culture references sprinkled throughout the book, Sugar & Spice is a book that will keep you up all night as the mysterious storyline unfolds. If you have a weak stomach for things like violence and sexual abuse this book is not for you, but if you like to have your imagination peaked by a creative story, then Sugar & Spice is for you. Keith Lee Johnson is a wonderful writer and his books would easily make the transition to the big screen.

Dorrie Wheeler
Author of Be My Sorority Sister


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5 Star Rating
May 9, 2004
Very Spicy

Reviewer: Jenny from Newark, NJ

This book was really good and it had a lot of twists to it. Just when I thought who the killers were I was absoultely wrong. But I enjoyed this book. The author really out did himself with this book, This book is defintely worth more than 5 stars. I am awaiting his next novel out in June 2004.


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5 Star Rating
May 1, 2004
One Of The Best

Reviewer: curby2003 from USA

This Book is one of the best I've ever read. It grabbed my attention from the first page to the last. This book surprised me because just when I thought that I had it figured out it turns out that I was wrong,it's just awesome reading. I would recommend it to all my friends.


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4 Star Rating
April 29, 2004
Pure Suspense!!!!

Reviewer: Kerri Pride from Harrisburg, PA

This was my first "who done it" murder mystery. I must say that it kept me guessing right up until the end. The characters are never what they seem to be. The mayheim and murder is so graphically described that it's almost unnerving. Nontheless, I savored every delicious page of this book. I can definitely say that I'm looking forward to more of this authors work!!!!


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5 Star Rating
April 27, 2004
Exciting Novel

Reviewer: Sherita Nunn from Memphis, TN
--Sophisticated Souls of Learning Book Club

Sugar & Spice is a very exciting book that is full of suspense and drama. I read that book in less than 24 hours because I wasn't able to put it down. It will take you on a "thrilling" journey with the F.B.I. agents who tries to figure out who is responsible for all the murders. It has a remarkable ending that will not only shock you, but leave you wondering could that have really happened. It is a must read for all book clubs and anyone who is a fan of mystery novels. I am looking forward to reading more by Mr. Johnson.


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4 Star Rating
April 26, 2004
Sugar And Spice Ain't So Nice

Reviewer: jnettefrommi from Detroit, MI

Keith Lee Johnson spins a suspenseful mystery titled Sugar and Spice. When you read this novel, you will realize that the characters in this book are not so nice. You will be on the edge of your seat as you travel from Malibu, California to Alexandria, Virginia following the vicious crime spree committed by the recently released twins.

In July 2001, the twins are set free from prison, While in prison, they plotted and planned revenge on those who mistreated them on the inside and outside. First, they had to take care of the prison warden, then Heather Connelly, a high school sweetheart. More vicious killings soon followed. FBI agent Phoenix Perry was vacationing in California when she read about the murder of the prison warden. Her curiosity piqued, she could hardly finish her vacation before her detective mind began churning with ways to solve this case. Very few clues, a hard-nosed boss, and an over sexed partner, are just a few obstacles Phoenix faced in her quest to get the killers off the streets. A trip to the post office and a phone call from the West Coast provide clues that lead Phoenix to the culprits.

Keith Lee Johnson provides an exciting tale that was full of surprise twists and turns. The action was fast paced and edgy. Maybe a true mystery reader would be able to read between the lines and figure out many of the questions this reader had at the end. It appears the author is planning on writing a series of Phoenix Perry mysteries and I will look forward to each one. I liked the concept he used of short chapters, it provided a build up to the action. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy books with fast paced action, but I would be remiss if I did not post a warning regarding some graphic scenes.

Jeanette
APOOO BookClub


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5 Star Rating
April 24, 2004
Suspense + Drama = Wonderful Book

Reviewer: Sherita from Memphis, TN
--Sophisticated Souls of Learning Book Club

Sugar & Spice was a captivating read from the begining to the end. Mr. Johnson takes the reader on a suspenseful journey with a lot of twists and turns. It leaves you wondering are there people out there who are truly that evil. This is a true pager turner and must read for book clubs and mystery fans.


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5 Star Rating
April 22, 2004
Wow - What A Page Turner

Reviewer: Aiesha Flowers from Detroit, MI

When I first read the title it did not hold my intrest. When I opened the book I was captivated. I could not put the book down, the short chapters kept me wanting to know more, what happend next. I am sure you will not want to put this book down until the very end . I am a fan for life.


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5 Star Rating
April 21, 2004
Suspense With A Twist

Reviewer: Dwayne Scivally from Antioch, TN

This book is a definite page turner. I started reading it and was not able to put it down. As I read a chapter, I could not wait to see what would happen in the next one. Just as it seemed that I had a handle on what was happening the author would throw in another twist. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense. I can't wait for the next one!!!!!


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5 Star Rating
April 20, 2004
Sugar & Spice

Reviewer: Talented Tenth Reviewers from Charlotte, NC

SUGAR & SPICE by Keith Lee Johnson is a must have if you love a good suspense novel. It is full of several twists and turns and you will not be able to put the book down.

Normally, the reader is trying to figure out who the killer is along with the detective. However in this case, we already know the twins are doing the killing. The fun part is traveling along with Detective Phoenix Perry as she gets closer and closer to finding out who could commit some of the horrendous murders that span from one coast to the other.

Just when you thought you knew more than Detective Perry, the author threw in some more twists that will have you shaking your head and asking yourself-how could I have missed that?

Overall, this is a good read and I would highly recommend it. I don't want to give away too many details about the book-don't want to spoil the suspense. After reading SUGAR & SPICE, I look forward to many more books in this genre from Keith Lee Johnson.

Shelia M. Goss: Author of Roses are Thorns, Violets are True
The Literary Cafe


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4 Star Rating
April 20, 2004
Sugar and Spice: What A Treat

Reviewer: A reader from Detroit, MI

Sugar and Spice was a suspenseful mystery that had you wondering what twists would come next. I knew going into the book that it was a mystery/suspense novel, so I figured I could determine the who, what, when, where, and why. Boy, was I surprised to see that Mr. Johnson spinned us into a tight web, only to unweave a remarkable ending.

I enjoyed the suspense and I gave it 4 stars. I was slightly confused at times trying to keep up with the characters. However, I can say Mr. Johnson is a new author to remember and I await his next novel.


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5 Star Rating
April 19, 2004
A Definite Page Turner!

Reviewer: Nedine from Detroit, MI

Sugar and Spice is a laudable sophomore effort by Keith Lee Johnson. This intriguing book thrusts the reader into the diabolical minds of heartless, psychotic killers, whose ruthless twists and turns lead FBI Agent Phoenix Perry into a whirlwind investigation. Couple the constant drama with a creative, picturesque descriptive style utilized by Johnson, Sugar and Spice does not disappoint. Chock full of surprises and drama, Sugar and Spice held my attention captive to see what happened next! I was looking for something 'different' to take me out of my usual reading comfort zone, and Sugar and Spice did just that.


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5 Star Rating
April 16, 2004
If You Like Thrillers...

Reviewer: Detra Davis from United States

This book is a must! It is an excellent read!


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4 Star Rating
April 5, 2004
Pay Close Attention To The Storyline!!!

Reviewer: Kim Christmon from Nashville, TN

I enjoyed this book. The plot is a murder/suspense mystery. Keith Lee Johnson is a creative writer. You will be fooled until the very end. Much kudos to Mr. Johnson for visiting my book club. He has a book (Pretenses) coming out this summer that should be just as good or better than Sugar & Spice.


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3 Star Rating
April 2, 2004
Good Suspense

Reviewer: mygirlsbookclub from Riverdale, GA

Hold on to your seats because you will be taken for a ride in this read, Sugar and Spice. I got this book and a novel called Lust Of The Flesh by Beverly Rolyat, at B&N booksignings to review for my bookclub as possible suggestions. However, I am not a lover of suspense-type books. I can say that Sugar and Spice is a 3-1/2 stars and I would recommend it to those who like this type of book. I am giving it to another member of our bookclub to review because she loves suspense/murder mystery novels and she will be a better representative to explain Mr. Johnson's book because I couldn't do it enough justice. Perhaps at our next meeting she can convince the members to include it in our summer read.


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5 Star Rating
April 1, 2004
Suspenseful!!!!

Reviewer: queenofshebah from Philly, PA

I started your book last night and finished it a few minutes ago. I had to write you right away, because I had to let you know I loved your book. it was full of twists and turns. it was unpredictable! suspenseful from the beginning to the end! I applaud you! I applaud you! I applaud you! I applaud you on a well-written novel!!!!


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5 Star Rating
March 30, 2004
Fade To Black

Reviewer: Frances Owens from Nashville,TN

Sugar & Spice was awesome and kept me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed reading from cover to cover. While reading I place my self in Pheonix shoes trying to solve the murder. Can't wait to read Pretenses. Good book Keith!


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4 Star Rating
March 30, 2004
Kept Me On The Edge

Reviewer: Kimberly Clark from Nashville, TN

It was the bomb Keith. I cannot wait for Pretenses. This was my first murder mystery. You have paved the way for me to open my mind to murder mystery's. I could not put this book down and when I had to, I was anxious to get back to it. Hurry with Pretenses. You have me curious!


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4 Star Rating
March 30, 2004
Kimberly Clark from Nashville

Reviewer: Kimberly Clark from Nashville, TN

Keith, this was a great book. It was very different than the books I've read in the past. It is a great murder mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I think your book would make a great movie. I would love to see in picture and outside of the book. Keith, thanks for traveling to Nashville to sit in on our discussion with Fade 2 Black African American Book Club, about Sugar & Spice. You provided a lot of insight to the book. We are waiting patiently on Pretenses (due out June 2004). We really enjoyed having you in Nashville. Our discussion was the BOMB!!!


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5 Star Rating
March 29, 2004
Sugar and Spice...Something Special

Reviewer: Naima E. Curtis from Scottsdale, AZ

What an excellent read. The story leads you in and holds u from start to end. One of the best things about this book is that you can not predict what is around the turn of the page. Keith has a unique style of making the characters become real. Readers be prepared to struggle on putting this book down. BRAVO!!!!!


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4 Star Rating
March 24, 2004
Spicy!

Reviewer: Anita Pearson from Nashville, TN

Sugar and Spice was a Thriller with many twists and turns, just when you think you have it figured out, you realize that you were wrong. I was surprised by the ending, this was a very quick read for me.

I cannot wait until the next book Pretenses come out!!


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5 Star Rating
March 23, 2004
I Read It In 2 Days!

Reviewer: Lesley Isabel from Nashville, TN

Sugar and Spice is one of the best books that Fade to Black has read. It had twists and turns that captivated all of us. I just could not put this book down. When is the movie coming out? Keith, keep up the good work and I will be buying your other books.


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5 Star Rating
March 22, 2004
A Wonderful Read

Reviewer: Yasmin M. Hunt from KY

Sugar and Spice by Keith Lee Johnson was an excellant read. The twists and turns were enough to keep me glued to the sofa reading the book until the very end...in one sitting! It's a welcome relief to alot of the books out there, engaging the reader in a whodunit that you wouldn't believe. I recommend this book wholeheartedly.


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4 Star Rating
March 11, 2004
Revenge Is So Sweet When It Is Served...

Reviewer: Readincolor Reviewers

In Keith Lee Johnson's, Sugar & Spice, beautiful and savvy FBI agent Phoenix Perry teams up with Agent Kelly McPherson and Assistant Director Kortney Malone in search of killer(s) who have gone on murdering sprees. The victims are being savagely raped, beaten and dismembered.

The murders span from the District of Columbia to Malibu with the release of the twins, Alex and Sam. They are hell bent on getting even with everyone who has betrayed them. Agent Perry after reviewing the pictures of the crime scene in Malibu has a hunch that the possibility of there being more than one killer is great.

Will Agent Perry's search lead her into harms way? In Lee's suspenseful page-turner, you get a glimpse into the twisted minds of the psychotic that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Move over Stephen King and James Patterson. Another gifted suspense writer is on the scene and his name is Keith Lee Johnson. This book is highly recommended if you thrive on the whodunit style of writing. I can't wait to see how Mr. Johnson will serve it up in his upcoming release, Pretense. I anxiously await its release later this year.

Readincolor Reviewers
Vanessa A. Johnson


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5 Star Rating
March 10, 2004
Nicely Paced Mystery

Reviewer: Brian from Newark, DE

Norrell prison Warden Louis Perkins and his wife were murdered in their home but, unforunately, this was just the beginning of the killing spree by the killers who only seem to have revenge on their minds. Agent Phoenix Perry and her partner Agent Kelly McPherson are assigned the case and it's their job to stop these killers before the death count gets way out of hand. But, in the process, there are some friends of Phoenix that end up murdered and this case becomes a very personal one for her.

Sugar & Spice by Keith Lee Johnson is a murder mystery filled with excitement, suspense, and more than enough surprises to keep readers interested throughout the novel. When you think you understand what's going on, a few pages later, you might realize that your guesses and assumptions were incorrect. Keith writes the book in short, concise chapters and the pacing of the story never feels bogged down, even though there are a lot of characters in this story.

Agent Phoenix Perry was a very fun character and this reader looks forward to more mysteries with her as the lead character. And, with Pretenses due out in June, the wait won't be long.


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3 Star Rating
March 1, 2004
Sugar & Spice - Not So Nice!

Reviewer: A reader from Rahway, NJ

The book was full of suspense. It was good. Sugar & Spice was off the hook. Lots of surprises, and oh my goodnesses!!! Don't mess with these two!!


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4 Star Rating
February 27, 2004
Revenge Is So Sweet...

Reviewer: Flavah Reviewer from Winston Salem, NC

When an author approaches such topics as murder, mystery, justice, and revenge you hope that they have excelled in their criminal research to bring the reader to a state of heightened intrigue and unpredictable resolutions as well as introduce us to a variety of characters with felonious profiles. Keith Lee Johnson, author of "Sugar & Spice", delivers an epic tale involving a series of sordid acts that stem from several climatic events making the chase intensely crafted as the list of suspects and corpses grow.

For 10 years Norrell Prison, a prison known for its gang rapes, torture, drug trafficking, and prostitution, has been the place Alex and Sam have called "home". Shortly after their release a massive killing spree erupts beginning with their former warden of the prison and his wife. An act so savage that the FBI has been called in to take control of the matter.

FBI agents, Phoenix and Kelly, are assigned to ferret out the details with little to no clues and an ever growing list of suspects. With skill and prompt resolution desired, Agent Phoenix possesses the qualities that provide an intense exploitation and a culminating personal vendetta continuously offering readers a play-by-play of the rich and famous and and their not so elite counterparts, who fall victim to a mentally deranged killer.

Keith Lee Johnson has transported readers into a spiraling web of intrigue so graphic and complex that is leaves the reader on the edge of their seat until the final page has been turned.

Monique Baldwin
Founder of Flavah Reviewers


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5 Star Rating
February 18, 2004
Excellent!

Reviewer: Therese Lott from Toledo, OH

I have really enjoyed reading this book. I don't have a lot of time to read novels, but when I travelled to Phoenix, Arizona in February 2004 I found about 6 hours to read from the front cover to the back. It was a page turner. Nice work! Can't wait until Pretenses is released!


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5 Star Rating
January 30, 2004
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reviewer: Gwen Pearson from Moreno Valley, CA

Keith Lee Johnson has mastered the art of pulling a reader into the pages and taking them through twist and turns, page after page. The short chapters add to his craftiness. Ladies!!! Put the pilates down, this book will have your heart really pumpin'. This book is a Book Club must. I'm looking forward to his next book "Pretenses".


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5 Star Rating
January 23, 2004
Sugar & Spice

Reviewer: MoNeick from USA

I loved this book!!! I enjoyed it so much I didn't want to put it down!!! After I was finished reading it I passed it along to other friends who liked it as just as well...I highly recommend this book to anyone!!


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5 Star Rating
January 20, 2004
And Everything Nice

Reviewer: The Fan

Keith writes an excellent novel about twins who do everything together. They fight together, went to jail together, and even kill together. With an unforgettable FBI ageant, Phoenix Perry, Sugar and Spice is a novel that will have you on the edge of your seat anticipating the ending. A FANtastic read!!!


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5 Star Rating
January 19, 2004
And Everything Nice

Reviewer: Sammy G from USA

Keith writes an excellent novel about twins who are alike in every way and do everything together. They dress the same, look the same, go to jail together and even kill together. Sugar and Spice will have you trying to solve the crime with Phoenix, an unforgettable FBI agent, who will have you on the edge of your seat as things get a tad too personal for her as she attempts to solve the case that seems flawless, but everyone is human right, and plans are destined to fail. The twins are on a rampage and Phoenix has one agenda BRING THEM DOWN!!! A FANtastic read!!!


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5 Star Rating
January 9, 2004
Sugar & Spice

Reviewer: Danielle Bailey from Woolich, ME

Awesome book!! A must read! I loved it. It was fast paced and the characters were great and the storyline believable. (So much it makes me a little more paranoid than I already am!) I finished the book in four hours and it kept me guessing all the way until the end. You won't be disappointed.


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5 Star Rating
January 8, 2004
Sugar & Spice And Everything In Between - I Loved It!

Reviewer: A reader from USA

This book contains all the components of a great book, suspense through and through, mystery, character development and DRAMA. Keith Lee Johnson has done it again, but I'M NOT surprised since he is the author of Little Girl Lost. I´m amazed by his "staying power" and I´m sure he'll be around for a long time. Sugar & Spice a classic.


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5 Star Rating
January 8, 2004
Fantastic Writing

Reviewer: diamjohnson from Upper Marlboro, MD

This book was truly incredible. The imagery was fantastic and the character development was great. I truly enjoyed this book and will refer my friends and family members to it. Can't wait for the next book.


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5 Star Rating
December 31, 2003
Sugar and Spice

Reviewer: Buffie Wise from Toledo, OH

Excellent a must read from beginning to end. Each page left u wanting to know what happened next.


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5 Star Rating
December 17, 2003
Sugar & Spice

Reviewer: Cathern Morgan from Toledo, OH

I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I started reading this book. The next thing I knew I was up at 3:00am still reading because I could not put the book down. I was completely shocked by the ending and I had to go back to read the book again to make sure I didn't miss anything. This book has so many twist and turns that I bump my head a few times and shook it to get back to my senses. This is absolutely a must read!! This book is #1 I am a fan for life.


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5 Star Rating
December 17, 2003
Oh My Goodness What A Book

Reviewer: Cathern Morgan from Toledo, OH

Sugar & Spice left me speachless. This book has all of the ingredients of a hollywood movie. Murder, deceit, betrayal and regret jump from the pages. If you don't pay close attention you too will be come a casualty. I highly recomend this book for the I can deal with anything from A to Z reader.


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5 Star Rating
December 13, 2003
Sugar And Spice And Everything Nice...Not!

Reviewed by Brenda M. Lisbon of The RAWSISTAZ™ Reviewers

Move over James Patterson and Detective Alex Cross, mayhem, murder and mystery has a new team - Keith Lee Johnson and FBI Special Agent Phoenix Perry. In SUGAR & SPICE: A NOVEL, author Keith Lee Johnson bursts onto the literary scene with a spellbinding page-turner about a set of twins with an evil set of minds. The twins are being paroled from prison after serving a ten-year stretch. While in prison, they made the choice to stay alive. In order to survive, the two chose to become the "property" of those with the power to protect them and suffered many indignities as a result. With hardened hearts, they used their free time planning to extract revenge on everyone responsible for putting and keeping them in prison.

Now out of prison, with some major axes to grind, the twins set off on a rampage of plunder, murder and rape that began on the east coast and moved to the west coast. The brutal crime scenes left behind appeared similar, yet unconnected because of the distance and the seemingly unrelated victims involved. With little evidence found at the scenes, the job of solving the crimes fell into the hands of one of the city's finest and she just happened to be a sister. That's right, FBI Special Agent Phoenix Perry is a badge-carrying African American female with the power and skill to make life a little uneasy for the murderers. As Agent Perry uncovered the truth, she put herself in danger and unearthed some truly shocking evidence.

Keith Lee Johnson has crafted a masterful tale of murder and mystery with lots of twists and turns; some of which will leave you with your mouth hanging open while holding on the edge of your seat. Mr. Johnson brings an exciting new influence to this genre. He is one author to watch. The novel is filled with short chapters for easier reading, unforgettable characters for a memorable experience and an almost never-ending source of surprises. This is excellent read and I recommend it highly. Guaranteed to keep you glued until finished like I was.


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5 Star Rating
December 5, 2003
Like Whoa!

Reviewer: cushin4pushin from Dallas, TX

Where 'Sugar & Spice' is concerned you really "kicked things up a notch!" I've read a lot of murder mysteries but this is the best one I've read since 'One Dead Preacher'. The first murders alone are enough to keep you up at night!


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5 Star Rating
December 2, 2003
A Suspenseful Thriller! A "Must" Read For All Suspense Fans

Reviewer: Annette from Temple Hills, MD

I just finished reading Sugar & Spice! This is the best book that I've read in a very, very long time. I accidently left the book over my mother's house after the book signing at Karibu Books in Forestville, MD and couldn't get it back until SHE FINISHED READING IT. It took her approximately 1 day to read it. She was totally mystified about the book as well as the author. All she said was, "Annette, you've have to hurry up and read this book". I started to read it myself and virtually read chapter after chapter non-stop. I have an active 2 year old so it took me two days to finish it. My mother called several times a day to see if I finished the book so that we could discuss it. I told her that I wasn't finishing reading it. She could not contain her excitement about discussing the book. It's the kind of book that keeps you on your toes and you're constantly trying to figure out "the whos and whys" of it prior to finishing the book. The real mystery is why were the organs splattered all over the room. What constituted the anger? Some in an aggressive way and some not. Why? Another question is who committed the murders in California? Was it Alex/Sam or the other twins - Sugar & Spice?

This is such a great read that I've recommended it to my friends.

I'm starting to read Little Girl Lost and look forward to reading your other books. Keep up the good work.


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5 Star Rating
November 24, 2003
Great Read

Reviewer: Tasha Nicole Johnson from Captiol Heights, MD

I've never been into mysteries but this novel has sparked a new interest! Keep up the good work!


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5 Star Rating
November 20, 2003
Sugar & Spice

Reviewer: Tricia Osby from USA

I found it to be quite pulsating! I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know what was in the next chapter. Also, I wanted to see if I was on the right track. I am a big mystery fan and thought I knew who was doing the killings, but how wrong I was! The book is truly a must buy. The ending alone blew me away! I loved the character Phonex (FBI Agent) and her partner Kelly. They seemed to be "right on" together. If you read the book twice, I'll bet you'll find out you've missed something.


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5 Star Rating
November 17, 2003
Outstanding!!!

Reviewer: Ebony from Clinton, MD

Sugar & Spice is an outstanding novel. It keeps you guessing from the beginning to the end. If you enjoy mysteries; Sugar & Spice will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.


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5 Star Rating
October 21, 2003
An Edge Of Your Seat Thrill Ride!!!

Reviewer: Spenser Gregory

Sugar & Spice blew me away! The book was full of surprises and the steamy sex scenes were exquisitely done. A real turn on!! I especially liked the relationship Phoenix Perry had with her husband. It's refreshing to read books that portray a healthy marriage. Now the twins, these two were cold, but I totally understood where they were coming from. I think some of their victims got what was coming to them. And what about the scene where the guy was . . . I better not tell that part. LOL I did not want this story to end.


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