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  • Tangled Up in Tinsel by Tonya Kappes

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's the local sheriff and she's looking forward to meeting her boyfriend's family.  Her mother is all stressed that she could leave her family traditions behind to do that.  Then there is a murder that just might keep her at home...Henery Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 25th.The girl and her boyfriend had a fight at the community event and the next time they see her, she's in her vehicle, in the water, and dead.  Who could have wanted her dead?She finds her father was abusive.Her parents didn't like Read More
  • The Swooning Moon Saga: Wing Walker by M T Finnberg

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her best friend has died and she has gone to another world to find a dragon she can heal and get an oath she can use to bring her friend back to life.  This world has been bombed and it's filled with old theme parks, dragons and poachers...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can buy a copy now.Besides getting dirty and seeing black wispy things to scare her, she's not having much luck.  She finally sings hoping to draw one out.  She finds one, but the poachers Read More
  • Coming Home to the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson

    Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She thinks moving away from the city may settle down the child she's raising for her dead friend.  She's hanging out with the wrong crowd, coming home drunk, and she wants to get her away from that.  Of course, the child is not impressed but she has no choice.Harper Impulse and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 9th.They have a nice cottage to stay in and find that the locals adopt you before too much time has passed.  You can share your woes, ask advice, and you are expected to join Read More
  • An Accidental Corpse by Helen A. Harrison

    Sun, 19 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are on vacation, but after witnessing an accident, they find themselves drawn into the case.Dunemere Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.It's an awful car crash that kills the driver, one of his passengers and injures the other badly.  The only problem is that the dead passenger was already dead.  Someone had strangled her to death.  There's no end to who might have killed her.  Most of the men in the community knew her.  The only clue that might help is that Read More
  • A Double Life by Flynn Berry

    Sat, 18 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is unusual and a bit boring but it picked up at the end.  She's trying to find her father...Viking and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.Her father came back to their home and killed the young woman downstairs and attacked his wife, too.  His friends tell her mother she must be mistaken, he wouldn't do a thing like that.  They also help him escape.  No one can find him.  But his daughter won't give up...When she finally manages to find his location Read More
  • The Princess and the Absolutely Not a Princess (Miranda and Maude #1) By Emma Wunsch and Illustrator Jessika von Innerebner

    Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Miranda is a very spoiled princess whose teacher has retired.  She wasn't the best teacher to start with but Miranda really, really doesn't want to go to school.  The kids will be noisy, the school smells bad, and she's behind the other students...Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Maude sits next to Miranda and looks her over.  She's wearing a pink dress and fancy shoes.  She and Maude couldn't be more different.  Especially since Maude likes to eat hardboiled eggs and Read More
  • A Brush with Death: A Susie Mahl Mystery by Ali Carter

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When the Earl is found dead n the churchyard, it was assumed it was a natural death.  After all, he was 75.  But it wasn't.  Someone helped him along.Oneworld Publications and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The Earl had come out to use nature as his lavatory, so he had  no company.  The young people (Susie included) who found him confirmed his death but didn't happen on him until he was down.  Who could have hit him and ended his life?With no real suspects Read More
  • The Dress and the Girl By Camille Andros and Illustrator Julie Morstad

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her mother made her a dress and she wore it everyday.  She wished for something a bit more extraordinary but she loved her dress.  Then her parents decide to migrate to America.  Everything gets packed up, including her dress.  But some how they leave that trunk behind...Abrams sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a coy now.Since the girl has gone, the dress goes to look for her.  It travels all around the world and years later ends up in the states.  It's now in a Read More
  • Fear on Four Paws by Clea Simon

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The call is about a trapped bear.  When Pru gets there, the animal control officer is snoring louder than the bear...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.This is one that Pru has trouble getting a handle on.  Not only are they trying to capture a bear, they've killed a man.  She's sure her friend didn't do it, but how to prove it? She's getting advice from the animals around her but she doesn't get what they are trying to tell her.  That's Read More
  • Apollo's Raven: New Edition by Linnea Tanner

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    While the Kings fight for power, Catrin is learning what it means to be the Raven.  She's been trained as a warrior and she's always had a relationship with ravens but it's turning into some thing more...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.When Catrin falls in love with a Roman hostage, her mother is enraged.  She accuses him of rape.  Then she gives her daughter to the care of the druid they have.  Not a good move; the druid is working with the Read More
  • Burning Ridge: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mattie is looking forward to seeing her brother again after so many years apart.  They share bad memories and she'd rather not relive them but seeing him would be good.  She never imagined he'd be dead when she saw him next.Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this for review (thank you).  It will be published September 21st.When Cole and his girls go for a horseback ride in the high country, he's horrified when his dog brings them a boot with a remainder of a foot in it.  That sets off a search.  Not only do they Read More
  • Creature vs. Teacher: A Book of Rhyme By T. Fuller Illustrator Alex Eben Meyer

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    The creature is huge, the teacher is small.  Will they get along?Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.The creature is all full of action ideas, the teacher talks about what you learn in class.  Each suggestion rhymes.This board book is colorful and fun to read.  I especially liked the ending.  Here's an easy way to teach your little one about rhyming. Read More
  • In Want of a Knife: A Little Library Mystery by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli

    Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It starts with a dead body out on the road.  She's a young girl who has not been abused but died from asphyxiation.  While they are trying to find out where she was and what happened to her, another girl goes missing...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.The missing girl is a little handicapped and she trusts everyone.This is not a good thing when evil comes to town.  The majority of the story is about the search but you get background on some of the families Read More
  • Excess Baggage: One Family's Around-the-World Search for Balance by Tracey Carisch

    Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Why not walk away from their daily life full of duty and commitments and make that trip they were talking about in their twenties?  It sounded like a good thing to him, too.  He can still work as long as he has WIFI.  So off they go with their three children.  They learn a lot while traveling...PR by the Book and the author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.What I found most interesting were the tales of the various places they visited and the people they met.  They Read More
  • In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are going down to the beach to guide the new baby sea turtles to the ocean.  But none hatch.  That's not their biggest problem, though.  One of the members decides to put out the lights on a beach house with her gun and suddenly they have a dead body...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.Charity doesn't think the accused woman was the killer so she starts looking for other suspects.  She also finds out that the other relatives are trying to get her chocolate shop Read More
  • Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook

    Sun, 12 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The last thing she needed was her father showing up after years of absence.  Not only that, but he wants her help to get his half of the gems he helped steal in his last heist.  She says no.  But it's not that easy.Cooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.She loves her father but hates his thieving.  The next thing you know, the man hoarding the jewels is dead and her father is accused of murder...With her boyfriend trying to recover the gems, her father Read More
  • Dark Sky Island: A Jennifer Dorey Mystery by Lara Dearman

    Sat, 11 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all starts when a bunch of bones are found in a cave.  She's sent to get a story.  She gets one, but it's not the one she went for...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.She decides to investigate her father's death while she's there.  She doesn't think his death was a fishing accident.  It wasn't but what it was involves the whole island and makes it a very dangerous place to snoop.  Not even the police are safe there.Another death overshadows the bones and the Read More
  • My Nana was a Free-Range Kid by Nancy Peek Youngdahl

    Sat, 11 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her Nana was a lot like me when I was young.  I climbed trees, hung out by the creek, rode my bicycle, played in the barn and did anything I could to keep from being bored.  No one worried about me.  Life was different then.The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Nana climbed trees and hung from them mimicking the trapeze artists in the circus.  When she falls and knocks all the breath out of her, her brother helps her recover.They also pretended Read More
  • Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Who's trying to kill Theresa?  And why?  She has no enemies.Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.A pile of library books in the car used for hit and run is one clue.  But they were checked out by the victim's soon to be step daughter.  Why would she want to kill her?  Then someone tries to suffocate her with a pillow.  They're serious about this. There are secrets from the past and the present.  Lies are being told, and they don't have much time to stop murder.  Can they Read More
  • When Anthony Rathe Investigates by Matthew Booth

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He investigates now because he's driven by guilt.  One of his cases went badly and he can't forgive himself.  So he is going try to find justice for those cases he's asked to help on.Sparkling Books Limited and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 18th.These are short stories of several cases, all of them sad.  Trying to prove who the real villain is can be hard and unrewarding but Rathe doesn't give up.  He's trying to balance the scale and make his life feel right again.The stories aren't easy to Read More
  • The Cycle of Harm by M H Snowy

    Wed, 08 Aug 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    Jeffery is a big mellow man but when he puts the helmet on, he becomes a killing machine...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.Montague is a magician and Jeffery's best friend.  He tells him when to wear the helmet, goes into battle with him, and collects a fee from the village elders for saving them.  He uses his magic to make Jeffery forget the battle.  That saves him from guilt and regret.  They travel with a group of berserkers Read More
  • Under a Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day

    Tue, 07 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's still lost after the death of her husband.  She decides to go on a trip he had planned before his death.  That was a mistake...Wm Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.She anticipates a guest house where she can put the past to bed and move on.  Instead, she finds out she's sharing it with another group and she has a separate suite.  She almost goes right back home.  She should have.  This is a deadly group...Everybody in this group were friends in college and this is a Read More
  • Pachyderm: A Catherine Kint mystery by Hugh McGinlay

    Mon, 06 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It begins with the death of an elephant and ends with the death of humans.  If Catherine is not careful, she could be part of the body count...Threekookaburras and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Catherine doesn't usually visit the zoo but it's a big event with free champagne, so why not?  Then she meets a cool zoo keeper and things are looking even better.  That is until he's found in the wild dog enclosure, almost dead.  They decide it was a suicide attempt.  She Read More
  • What in the World Is Wrong with Gisbert? by Jochen Weeber

    Sun, 05 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Gisbert is a giraffe.  He's excited about school, but the other students pick on him.  It makes him feel small...Flyaway Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today. Each nasty comment makes him shrink so he's no longer as tall as a giraffe.  His parents keep him home from school to find out what's wrong.  When he goes back, all the students have missed him.  And, pretty soon, he's as tall as he should be again.  Just talking about your problems can make them better. Read More
  • Hiding in Plain Sight by Mary Ellis

    Sat, 04 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She travels from place to place for her work.  With an assumed name, no permanent residence, no ties to anyone she should be safe, but her brother's enemies find her anyway...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.After being shot at and her car dumped in the river, she comes clean with her employer.  Instead of firing her, he agrees with her request for random assignments and fake names.  But she's still not safe.She solves her next two cases, falls in love, and then they find her again...I didn't like Read More
  • Be Happy to Be You by Diane Margaret Hull, Jan Dolby

    Sat, 04 Aug 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    This little bird just wishes he could do everything the other animals do, like run or swim.  His mother tells him to be happy with himself...The author and Publishing Push sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The illustrations are whimsical and fun.  They add to the story.  You feel sorry for the little bird.Then the bird gets sick and has to stay in bed for a few days.  When he recovers, he's happy to do all the things birds do and he's happy Read More
  • Path of the Dead by Mark Edward Langley

    Fri, 03 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Their marriage has been drifting apart but they still love each other.  When a killer kidnaps his wife, he realizes how much...Blackstone Publishing and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on August 14th.  He's a stone-cold serial killer.  He only grabbed her because she's on TV and may be useful in his quest to exit the states.  The Feds think he's going south.  He's heading north.  And her husband is coming after him.The whole story is filled with tension and terror.  He's a monster.  There's no escape available for Read More
  • Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne

    Thu, 02 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    What better way to leave the past behind than to move to the other side of the states and bury yourself in a small town?  She's working on acquiring a veterinarian business, nobody knows about her past, and she likes it that way.  Now if she could just keep her teen out of trouble and stop drooling over her neighbor, she'd have it made.HQN and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 25th. Daniella is embarrassed by her past.  She hides it, is reserved and keeps telling herself she's not Read More
  • Talon, Come Fly with Me by Gigi Sedlmayer

    Wed, 01 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She is living in the Andes with her parents and little brother.  The Indians there think she has something wrong with her because she's very small for her age.  They don't want to be friends with her.  So she makes friends with the condors in the wild.  They understand her.The author shared a copy of her book with me in exchange for a review.  This was a very good read and it has been published.When she sees poachers trying to steal the condor's egg again, she asks her dad for help.  The male condor stops them from taking it and Read More
  • A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux

    Tue, 31 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's leaving home and moving to new town.  She needs a fresh start and wants to live her own life.  She didn't imagine her first task would be to solve an old murder case.Mira and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 18th.Her aunt has offered her a room where she has privacy and her own space.  She also has another tenant but neither her aunt or Jack are anything like her mother told her to expect.  She already has job lined up and is ready to go to Read More
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