Member Blogs Archive > December 2017

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Rip Roaring Good Time (A Ripple Effect Cozy Mystery, Book 1) by Jeanne Glidewell

    Sun, 31 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rip and Rapella are retirees who have sold their home and travel from place to place depending on time of the year, events happening, and what sounds good.  There's no itinerary except to go where they want, when they want and to make sure they attend weddings and the like in their family.  All's going well at the engagement party they are attending until one of the guests falls down dead.  He's not a nice guy so there are plenty of suspects.Instafreebie and the author share a copy of this book with for review (thank you).  It has been published Read More
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    The Best of 2017: Our Ten Most Popular Blog Posts

    Sun, 31 Dec 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    As 2017 comes to an end, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for your readership and continued support of Books Tell You Why. We love that this corner of the internet has been a place for bibliophiles and readers to interact, share insights, and gain some helpful knowledge about rare books and book collecting. It is our pleasure to engage with you. Let’s take a look back at some of our highlights this year. In no particular order, here are the ten most-read posts on blogis librorum, written and published in 2017. Read More
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    Hungry Spirits (A Daisy Gumm Majesty Mystery, Book 4) by Alice Duncan

    Sat, 30 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Daisy works in spiritualism even if she doesn't believe in it.  She can earn more at doing that than any other job open to women and her customers love her.  Her husband went to war and come home more dead than alive.  Besides bullets, he got tangled in mustard gas.  She's determined to hate the Germans but Billy tries to convince her that they are people just like them.  It's the leaders that are bad.  She's not buying that.Instafreebie and the author allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    There's a Hole: A Sarjent Family Chronicle by James Sarjent

    Sat, 30 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This story has the flavor of books written in the 1950's.  It's charm is the family at its center.  Everybody knows children get in trouble, even when they're not trying to.  This is an odd little adventure filled with unique children.The author sent me a copy of this book for Christmas.  It's being published in January so you'll be able to grab a copy then.The girls want to go dig in the backyard.  They're allowed to.  When dad checks out their progress, they've got a pretty good chunk of ground dug up.  They even locate some bones.  He thinks it Read More
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    Top Ten Rudyard Kipling Quotes

    Sat, 30 Dec 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    In 1942, as ever, George Orwell was bemused. He had spent the early decades of the century wondering how so many Britons could hold Rudyard Kipling’s “If—” (1896) so dearly without realizing that “(f)ew people who have criticized England from the inside have said bitterer things about her” than its author. In a way, Orwell’s outrage gets right to the heart of the questions begged by the man who remains the youngest (and first) English-language writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Of the writer dubbed a genius by Henry James and a unique master of verse by T Read More
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    The Liar in the Library by Simon Brett

    Fri, 29 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He came to the library to do a book presentation of his new novel and to sign books for those who bought.  When he offers to give her a ride home because it's cold out, she accepts.  Then he gropes her and talks about how long she's wanted him (NOT!) and she slapped him and got out of the car and walked home.  In the morning, his car is still in the parking lot and so's he.  But he's not breathing...Severn House and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be Read More
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    Interview with Ulysses Rare Books in Dublin

    Fri, 29 Dec 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Earlier this year, we had the pleasure of visiting Ulysses Rare Books in Dublin, Ireland. We were so thrilled to see some of the most interesting rare first editions of the most significant works of Irish literature in the shop, from those of W.B. Yeats to James Joyce to Seamus Heaney. We were lucky enough to learn a bit more through an interview with one of the shop’s co-owners, Aisling Cunningham, who runs the bookstore with her brother, David. Read More
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    Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

    Thu, 28 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Stevie is intrigued by crime and wants to join the FBI.  When she applies to a school that takes gifted students and is free, she's happy to be selected.  Her parents aren't as enthused but free is free.  No one anticipates any trouble...HarperCollins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 16th.Stevie has a hard time trying to mix with the members of her class.  She's not a people person.  Sometimes those more gifted spend more time in their head than in the present.  It makes them harder to deal with.  Read More
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    Scone Cold Killer by Lena Gregory

    Wed, 27 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She left New York to get away from the stares and the shame of being married to man who conned people out of their money.  They even had her in court trying to prove she was an accomplice.  She didn't know a thing about it.  Neither did she know he was having affairs the whole time he was married to her.  She's going to run a diner that serves breakfast all day and get her feet back on the ground.  That sounds good, she has a great friend for support, and the grand opening does well.  Then she finds a Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Into the Black Nowhere: An UNSUB Novel by Meg Gardiner

    Wed, 27 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    They go out and they don't return.  Cameras catch them walking around a corner or down an alley but they're not seen again until their bodies are found.  The bodies are posed and there are Polaroid pictures of them as they slowly die.  This unsub is dangerous, crazy and deadly.  But they can't get a picture of him...Dutton and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 30th.This is a chilling story.  The suspect is picking pretty blonde girls in their twenties.  He rapes them and cuts them.  They know he's Read More
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    The Queen of All Crows by Rod Duncan

    Tue, 26 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She grew up as part of magic show, playing her part as a girl and then reappearing as her "brother".  She finds this skill useful as she gets older.  Women can be hurt but men are more protected just because they are male.  Using her "man" disguise gets her places she wouldn't be able to go otherwise.  It also helps her with the biggest challenge of her life...Angry Robot and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 2nd.This is a well written space opera that grabbed my fancy.  Elizabeth Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    More Book Plates

    Mon, 25 Dec 2017 11:44:00 Permalink
    Happy Holidays!  It started snowing here in Seattle on Christmas Eve and it continues to fall this morning.  We are planning a Christmas Day urban hike and expect to see some snow people on our walk.I hope everyone found at least one book under the tree, if you participate in this part of the season.   Will you put your name in your new book(s)? We come across book plates in our inventory, though they are usually of the mass produced kind that you can buy in a bookstore or stationery store in a box, with a blank space for your name Read More
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    Last Stop in Brooklyn (The third book in the Mary Handley Mystery series) by Lawrence H Levy

    Mon, 25 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mary is a private detective who has been doing quite well in her business.  This annoys her mother who thinks she should get married and have babies, but Mary doesn't care.  When one of her friends asks her to follow his wife because he thinks she's having an affair, it dismays her but she does it.First to Read shared this book with me for a review (thank you).  It will be published January 9th and you can grab a copy then.As she tails the wife, she notices someone is tailing her.  When she braces him, he ask her to help Read More
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    Love for the Holidays: Short Stories by Heidi L Vanlandingham

    Mon, 25 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    There's nothing that's as much fun as reading happy ever after romance stories around Christmas.  It puts me in a good mood and cheers my spirit.  This group of stories will do that for you, too.The author gave me a copy of this book to read as a gift for Christmas.  Thank you, Heidi!The stories are not long, so it's like love at first sight but the stories are sweet.  There's a bit of everything here.  The stories include:  One Regency (Christmas, of course), one historical paranormal (Halloween), two contemporary with paranormal (St. Patrick's and the 4th of July), and Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Ten Best Literary Christmas Quotes

    Mon, 25 Dec 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    After weeks of preparation and anticipation, Christmas has finally arrived. As you spend time with loved ones, admire the holiday tree, and reflect on what matters most, we hope you’ll find a quiet moment to enjoy these festive book excerpts. From Dr. Seuss to Charles Dickens, here are ten of the best literary Christmas quotes. Read More
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    Hard Copy III

    Sun, 24 Dec 2017 10:56:50 Permalink
    Merry Christmas, everyone!Maritime List 256 is back from the printer, and it looks fine. But I’ve decided to wait until 2018 to send it out. Papermania takes place Jan 5-7, and I’ll be too busy gathering ephemera for that show to properly attend to the flood of orders I anticipate, so I’ll put it in the mail Jan 8.I wonder what this year’s Papermania will bring? The show has been in decline for the past decade, both in terms of attendance and exhibitors.Continue reading Hard Copy III at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    A Body in My Office by Glen Ebisch

    Sun, 24 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's not at all happy to hear he's being replaced by a man he doesn't like.  When he gets back to his office, the other guy is already moving in.  And the thing that makes him angriest is when he finds the man has dropped his wife's picture and the glass is broken.  She died in a car accident three years ago and he loses his temper.  He picks up the trophy the other man has placed on his desk and throws it against the wall and storms out...Williams and Whiting and Edelweiss let me read this book for review Read More
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    Christmas in Smithville by Kirsten Fullmer

    Sun, 24 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Gloria is back home.  She's taking care of her grandfather and trying to fit into a community where the women don't like her.  She'd worn revealing clothing and dated most of their husbands in the past and they think she's back and intends to carry on the same way.  It was before they married but it doesn't mean she's not as bad as they thought she was.  She tries to ignore them but it's not easy.  It's a good thing she has a few friends she can lean on.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review Read More
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    The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

    Sat, 23 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's spent her whole life moving with her mother.  They don't stay anywhere very long.  They lived in whatever they could afford or their car.  Her schooling is intermittent.  And she's not sure where the danger is but her mother does.  So they keep moving...Flatiron Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 30th.Alice knows she has a grandmother but she's never seen her.  When she dies, she thinks they may have inherited the house and the property but her mother has no desire to claim it.  So Alice Read More
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    Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women by Emily Brightwell

    Sat, 23 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Christopher Gilhaney comes to a dinner party and insults everyone there.  He's having fun getting even.  But on his way home, someone shoots him and he dies on the path...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.There's a rivalry between the cops in that area and one claims the death for himself, saying it was just a robbery gone bad.  After six weeks go by and he's no closer to the truth than when he started, he says it's murder and it goes Read More
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    Christmas as Portrayed in the Harry Potter Series, Part II

    Sat, 23 Dec 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Last week, we left off discussing Harry’s Christmases in books 1-4 of Rowling’s hit series. If you missed it, read the discussion here. Now, let’s dive in to the holiday as experienced in books 5-7, complete with carols about magical creatures, a meddling Minister of Magic, and a near-death experience thanks to the darkest wizard the world has ever known. How’s that for Christmas spirit? Read More
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    Strangers by Ursula Archer, Arno Strobel

    Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story line sounded a bit familiar but the author has created something unique here.  This turns into a real thriller before the end.  She's planning on having a quiet day at home, but she hears someone downstairs.  When she sees the man in her home, she doesn't recognize him and is fearful.  He's confused.  They've been living together for quite a while and they are planning on getting married and she doesn't know who he is?Minotaur Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 9th.She doesn't recognize any Read More
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    Four Famous Self-Published Debuts

    Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    rtttgggv cxxzxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxcSelf-publishing has its detractors, and not without reason. For every success story like Andy Weir’s The Martian (2011) (now a major motion picture starring Matt Damon) or Sergio De La Pava’s PEN Debut Fiction-winning debut, A Naked Singularity (2008) (a sprawling postmodern masterpiece that was picked up by The University of Chicago Press four years after De La Pava’s wife convinced him to self-publish), there are thousands of self-published authors who will languish forever in obscurity. On the other hand, most of the works being published today by major presses will eventually go on to languish forever in their Read More
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    Navajo Vengeance by John Russell Fearn

    Thu, 21 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When he and his partner ride in to save a rancher and his family, he ends up being accused of their murders and the theft of their animals.  They are going to be hung.  Only when the bar owner's girlfriend intercedes do things change.  They are thrown out of town instead.  But Cal isn't whipped.  He's going to come back and get rid of Whittaker.  He just has to figure out how first.Pioneering Press and Instant Freebies let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This was an unusual Read More
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    The Wanted by Robert Crais

    Thu, 21 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    A woman hires a private investigator to find out where her teenage son was getting his money.  He's buying things way out of their price range and she's worried about what he's doing.  Her instincts are right.  He's mixed in bad business...G. P. Putnam's Sons and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 26th.Elvis Cole starts looking for trouble and he finds it.  The cops are looking for three thieves who rob vacant houses.  When he looks at the photo he sees the boy looking up at the camera.  That's where Read More
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    The Life and Impact of Heinrich Böll

    Thu, 21 Dec 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Writer Heinrich Böll was born in Cologne, Germany in 1917. His parents were devout Catholics and raised him to also passionately follow the faith, instilling in him a strong belief in pacifism. Not only did his faith guide his actions during Germany's Nazi regime and though Europe's post-war years, but these beliefs—which he often challenged and critiqued—also shaped his fiction, resulting in novels and short stories that renounced terrorism and the horrors of war while raising up the ordinary people of Germany. It is the personification of Böll's ideals that earned him the Nobel Prize in Literature and a reputation Read More
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    Alpha Alpine: An Emma Lord Mystery by Mary Daheim

    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's the newspaper editor and he's the Sheriff.  When young women turn up dead, she asks about the case but he can't give her all the info he has.  He's looking for a killer, she's looking for a story.  Sometimes that causes conflict...Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Emma and Milo have a good marriage.  They sometimes drive each other nuts but that's common in marriages.  They are tight and they are in love.  They each work the case from different angles.  He Read More
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    Ghosts Don't Ride Bikes, Do They? by Andres Miedoso, Victor Rivas

    Tue, 19 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Desmond and Andres are on another case.  There's on hill on the bike run no one can get over...Little Simon and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.Andres is fearful, but he's got a bike and he's a good bike rider.  The problem there arises when the kids tell him nobody gets past the kicker, the last hill in the bike run.  He can't understand why but everything is going perfect and then it's like he's stopped in the air.  He falls off Read More
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    Oyster Pirates and Spies: Writers with Questionable Day Jobs

    Tue, 19 Dec 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    There are two kinds of writers: those who keep their day jobs, and those who can’t get to the door quickly enough. For every William Carlos Williams (who was a practicing physician during his career as a poet) or T.S. Eliot (who, on some level, seemed to really love being a bank clerk), there’s a whole of host of writers like Kurt Vonnegut, whose time spent working as a used car salesman would be woven into what is perhaps his most despairing novel, Breakfast of Champions (1973), or Franz Kafka, who never made enough money in his lifetime to abandon Read More
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    The Haunted House Next Door by Andres Miedoso, Victor Rivas

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are moving to Kersville this time.  It seems his parents move once a year.  They're top secret scientists and they want to keep their research safe.  That's great, but he's getting tired of trying to make new friends.  When they pull in, his mom sends him over to the house next door where there is a boy his age...Little Simon and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Desmond is a ghost hunter.  Andres can't think he has much business in that line Read More
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