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  • Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

    Wed, 17 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Bosch isn't really a cop anymore but he still investigates cases.  When he runs into Ballard, the case he's working intrigues her and she starts working on it in off hours.  They make a good team but it takes a while for trust to develop.  Can they solve a cold case nine years old?Little, Brown and Company and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 30th.Bosch has the mother of the dead girl living with him.  She's off drugs and she's still dealing with her daughter's death.  He's trying Read More
  • Murder Over Kodiak by Robin Barefield

    Wed, 17 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jane is standing on the dock awaiting arrival of the float plane.  Her assistant has gone to gather some clams they can test to see if that was what killed a woman who recently died.  The plane is overdue.  The longer it's overdue, the more she worries.  She didn't go because she's afraid to fly but now she feels guilty.  She hopes Craig makes it back safely.  He doesn't...The author kindly shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.The description of the Kodiak area makes Read More
  • Black Pearl Dreaming by K. Bird Lincoln

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Koi is taking her father back to his homeland of Japan.  She thinks he has dementia and wants to help him.  The closer they get to Japan, the more antsy he gets.  He tells her to stay away from the Black Pearl.  She has no idea what that is...World Weaver Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.She soon learns there are warring political factions and they are using her father as a hostage to make her do what they want.  The Black Pearl is a dragon and they Read More
  • Dig Your Grave by Steven Cooper

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Someone is killing people and making them dig their own graves first.  The signs left are cryptic and indicate there will be more deaths.  There is no reason apparent for why they would they would be killed...Seventh Street Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 30th.When the next victim shows up, they try to tie the two men together.  They find they were students at the same university and they hung together in spring breaks and the like.  That doesn't mean they need to die.Alex asks Gus to Read More
  • Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Haley goes to the Caribbean over Christmas so she can ignore the holiday.  She works with a client, her parents hang out on the beach.  Now her boss wants her go to a Christmas Camp.  She has to participate in all the activities, too. She's not enthused...William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published October 16th.She's hoping to come up with a good campaign idea for Tyler dolls that will guarantee her a partner's slot.  No ideas are coming.  And they take away their cellphones and laptops until Read More
  • Ted the Friendly Frog and the Tale of the Diamond by Scott McCall, Autumn Brook

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Ted's grandfather leaves him in charge of a beautiful diamond while he's away.  He tells him to keep it safe.  Ted doesn't listen.Brown Books Kids and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published Oct. 16th.He's not supposed to show it to anyone.  He ignores that and takes it to show his friends.  Then a bird steals it and it ends up in the pond.  He and his friends can't find it so he has to confess to his grandfather.  His grandfather finds it and then talks about the lesson Ted Read More
  • Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber

    Sun, 14 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's working at the lodge as a cook for the summer.  She never intended to fall in love.  Then he proposes the day before she heads for home.  She has to tell him no.  She has a job waiting for her and it's a good one.  But it hurts to leave him...Ballantine Books and Edelweiss gave the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so grab a copy now.Her job is not what she thought it would be.  The big chef is never there and she's doing the whole job.  He won't let her Read More
  • Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Kathleen Van Cleve

    Sun, 14 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ona was born a slave on George Washington's farm.  Her mother taught her how to behave and how to hide her emotions.  Martha liked her manner and took her as personal slave.  That was a combination of luck, some good and some bad.Aladdin and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 8th.This is a nonfiction account written in narrative form.  What you learn is that the slaves worked very hard with no reward.  There are long days, hard work, and those who don't keep up or talk back get punished.  It's Read More
  • All Aboard! The Christmas Train By Nichole Mara and Illustrator Andrew Kolb

    Sun, 14 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    How would you like to take a ride on the Christmas train with Santa Claus and his elves?Abrams Appleseed shared a copy of this board book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 16th.This book opens up accordion style and each page has activities for little ones.  Find all the things beginning with the letter "b".  Lift the flaps and see what you find behind them.  Help Santa find his boot.It's great fun and resembles a small train when it's all stretched out.  This would make a great gift! Read More
  • Home Sweet Homicide by Craig Rice, Otto Penzler

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The children heard two gunshots next door.  They watched two cars drive away and then they saw a woman screaming about a dead body.  This is their opportunity.  If they can solve this crime, it will give their mother some needed publicity and will help her books sell better.American Mystery Classics and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.The children are what add life to this story.  I found myself laughing at the various antics.  They draw the cops off so they can sneak in Read More
  • Nantucket Counterfeit: A Henry Kennis Mystery #5 by Steven Axelrod

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Henry likes living on Nantucket.  It's quiet, there's not much crime, and everybody knows everybody else.  Then there's a murder...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 16th.The first surprise is that the man who was killed was using a false name.  Just who is he?The more people he visits with, the more suspects spring up.  It seems this fellow likes to sleep with wives and then blackmail the couple.  The more Kennis finds out about him, the more apparent it becomes that he's a slimeball.  Nobody feels Read More
  • The So Blue Marble by Dorothy B. Hughes, Otto Penzler

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Griselda doesn't even know who they are, but they know her.  And they are trouble, right from the get-go.  First her landlord ends up dead. Then her little sister is mixed up with them...American Mystery Classics and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you)  It has been published and you can purchase a copy now.They want a small blue marble and they think she has it.  She does, but she hides it.  It's her ex-husband's and she's protecting it.These two men are deadly.  It seems there are bodies everywhere.  Even her little sister appears Read More
  • Porcupine's Pie by Laura Renauld, Jennie Poh

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Porcupine is going down to the creek to wash her cranberries for the pie she's making for a party.  On the way, she visits with her neighbors.PR by the Book and the author shared this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has just been published and you can buy a copy now.Ms. Poh's illustrations are whimsical and cute and add to the tales charm.  This is a lovely book for sharing for Thanksgiving with little ones.Each neighbor says they can't make their traditional dishes because they are lacking an ingredient.  She tells them all to go what Read More
  • The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan by Stuart Palmer, Otto Penzler

    Thu, 11 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hildegarde is working as a technical advisor on a Lizzie Borden film in Los Angeles.  She didn't expect the guy across the hall to get killed.  She also didn't expect the cop on the lot to call it an accident.American Mystery Classics 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.Hildegarde calls her cop back home and tells him what's going on.  She even runs across a name that is familiar to him and he's anxious to stop the bad guy, so he's on Read More
  • This Is a Whoopsie! by Andrew Cangelose, Josh Shipley

    Thu, 11 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a story about a clumsy moose.  A moose is athletic, agile, and able to do a lot of physical athletic things.  Not Whoopsie.Lion Forge and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 16th.Whoopsie is clumsy.  He can hardly walk without trouble and you should see him run!He manages to knock the text down off a page and tries to put it back together.  His nonsensical sentences will make you laugh!This is a funny story about a silly moose that will make you smile and keep you smiling even after Read More
  • The Cow Said Neigh! A Farm Story by Rory Feek

    Wed, 10 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Who ever heard a cow go neigh?  Wait until you meet all the animals on this farm.  Not one makes the right kind of noise!Thomas Nelson's Children's Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.The cutest is watching the dog meow.  And if that's not enough for you, the farmer moos Read More
  • The Monastery Murders

    Wed, 10 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
  • Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens

    Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Daisy and Hazel are getting to spend Christmas is in Cambridge.  The boy's hall is much more exciting but they're not allowed in very often.  When one of the twin boys dies, they are determined to find out why.Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.The boy who died was not the one expected.  They thought the other one was being endangered.  Then the second one died.  Who killed them?  Who thought they would get the inheritance?  And Read More
  • Don't Wake the Tiger! (A Changing Faces Book) By Nathan Thoms and Illustrator Carles Ballesteros

    Tue, 09 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a fun book to read.  Each page you turn wakes the animal up!Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.There's a tiger, panda, lion and elephant and they all wake up as you turn the pages.  What fun for a little one!  Who do you have around your house that you don't want to wake up?  At home. it was Daddy.  He worked nights and slept during the day.  He was almost as bad as a lion if you woke him up early Read More
  • Death on the Edge by Sara Paretsky

    Mon, 08 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    V I is going back to school to help solve a problem with essays entered in a contest.  When she goes to speak to the teacher with concerns, she finds her dead...Witness Impulse 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.The winning story is about sitting at a stop sign and seeing your uncle killed by a stray bullet in a gang shooting.  The only problem is the essay is her cousin's and it was about her father.  While V I tries to Read More
  • Kat Wolfe Investigates: A Wolfe & Lamb Mystery by Lauren St. John

    Mon, 08 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Kat and her mother move to a small town in a cove who needs a veterinarian.  Thy are lucky enough that housing is included.  Soon, Kat decides to take on pet sitting so she can earn enough to buy her own laptop.  She has no idea what trouble that will lead her to...Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 9th.Her first customer is a man with a parrot.  He has to go on trip and wants her to care for his Read More
  • Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure by Torben Kuhlmann

    Sun, 07 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When they find a map to a treasure beneath the sea, the first thing they must to is make something to take them below the sea...NorthSouth Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.It takes them some experimenting to come up with a workable unit to go beneath the sea.  As they go to look, they find the shipwreck fairly easily.  They run across the human treasure but they have to look further for the mouse treasure.  You'll never guess what it is...  Read More
  • The Monastery Murders: A Stanton and Barling Mystery by E.M. Powell

    Sun, 07 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Barling is sent to a monastery that has had a horrendous killing.  He takes Stanton with him because they do well on solving murder mysteries together.  He has no idea what he will be facing when he gets there...Thomas Mercer and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.Winter is setting in when they arrive and it's a dangerous trek to the isolated monastery but they make it safely.  Barling is unpleasantly surprised by the abbot who is an old enemy of his.  But he intends to find the murderer.  He's told Read More
  • Luke and Lottie: It's Halloween! by Ruth Wielockx

    Sat, 06 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Luke's a ghost and Lottie is a witch for Halloween.  They are the cutest little things and they are ready to trick or treat.Clavis and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.You can see them go from home to home gathering treats.  Everyone is having a good time, just like Halloween should be.The illustrations are colorful and full of whimsy.  This is great book to introduce your child to Halloween. Read More
  • Fish-Boy: An Inuit Folk Tale by Vanita Oelschlager

    Sat, 06 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    He is part fish and part boy, and he asks the fisherman to be his father.  The fisherman is hesitant about that but when the fish boy shows him where the big fish are, he agrees.Vanita Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.When they venture to another island to fish, they are met with scorn.  They are especially mean to fish boy.  So he turns them into sea parrots.  When they leave, he reverses the spell but the ones that were mean don't Read More
  • Sloppy Takes the Plunge by Sean Julian

    Fri, 05 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sloppy would like to have a hug but he's covered in mud.  She tells him he needs to clean up first.  He tells her tree dragons love mud baths.  So, no hug until he's clean.NorthSouth Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.He really wants a hug so he goes over to the pond, gathers his strength, and jumps in.  And, guess what?  Feeling clean is great!  And now he can get his hug! Read More
  • Death of a Rainmaker: A Dust Bowl Mystery by Laurie Loewenstein

    Fri, 05 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Being Sheriff in a small town is usually pretty tame.  He's running for re-election and has someone running against him.  He's concerned but he's not as politically motivated as his opponent.  Then a big dust storm comes through and turns everything black and full of dirt.  It's even worse when the theater manager finds a dead body out his back door.  Initial thought was that the dust storm killed him, but no.  Someone whacked him in the head...Akashic Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).   It has been published and you can Read More
  • Captive by Donna J. Stoltzfus

    Thu, 04 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He hates Germans.  His father is in the war fighting them and he has no reason to like them.  So why do the people he's working bring them in to work on the farm?Schiffer Kids and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 28th.What John discovers is that they are not monsters, they're just people like us.  They didn't join the service because they wanted to, they had to.  Hans even saved his life when the building they were working began burning.  His attitude about the Germans is changing.But when his Read More
  • Liza Jane & the Dragon by Laura Lippman, Kate Samworth

    Thu, 04 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Liza gets tired of her parents and her perfect life.  She decides to fire them and hire a new parent and she puts up an ad saying no experience required.Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review.  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.I'm not sure where her parents went after being fired but her new parent is happy to move in.  Of all things, she's hired a dragon.  That means the house suddenly has burn marks in odd places, the pizza delivery person will no longer come in the house, Read More
  • The Adventures of Phatty & Payaso: Central Park by Marie Unanue

    Wed, 03 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Phatty is a nice big thirty-pound cat.  He enjoys living in his apartment with his friend across the hall and the other animals in his home.  Lounging in the sun suits him just fine.  That is until a mean hawk says he's coming for the animals and will take them all out on a certain date.iUniverse and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can by a copy now.This is a fun read.  Phatty tries to hide under the couch and his butt and back legs stick out because Read More
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