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  • Desert Remains by Steven Cooper

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Finding a dead body in the desert is never pleasant.  This one is in a cave and has been stabbed so many times it's hard to look at.  So is the drawing that is left behind...Seventh Street Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.Mills is the lead cop on the case and he's not finding many clues.  He decides to ask his psychic friend to help.  This was an interesting touch in the mystery.  Gus sees the upcoming murders but he can't see the exact location Read More
  • A Strange Scottish Shore by Juliana Gray

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all starts with call to her boss about a mysterious object found at an old castle.  He goes to see what it is and asks her to follow him with paperwork.  As she's getting on the train, she sees a man following her.  She knows she's in danger.  Then a friend from her past shows up, saying the duke sent him for her protection.  She's a bit worried about her heart needing protection but what can she say?  When the man tailing her gets off the train in mid-trip, she's hoping it's over.  No, it's just beginning...Berkley sent me Read More
  • The Hunter Maiden by Ethel Johnston Phelps, Suki Boynton, Renée Watson

    Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a collection of fairy tales from around the world.  These women are not forlorn weak females waiting for the white knight to ride to their rescue.  These women rescue themselves and do a good job at it!The Feminist Press at CUNY and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.I enjoyed reading this because these women were nothing special, they just didn't give up.  If someone wronged them or they ran into a demon or a wizard, they didn't back down.  They figured out how to get around them Read More
  • Mystery of the Bear Cub by Carl DiRocco, Tamra Wight

    Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    The boys are back at the campground doing their chores for spending money.  They're excited to see Roy arrive but he's in a really bad mood and won't talk to them.  He's also a bit snarly when he does talk...Island Port Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.When they find a mysterious old building on their island, the park ranger tells them it belonged to an old inn that was there back in stage coach days.  They suddenly decide they might try looking for leftover bottles Read More
  • Nail's Crossing by Kris Lackey

    Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Finding dead bodies is no fun and when they've been really abused before death it's worse.  Bill has seen dead before but this young woman's death is disturbing.  What would be more disturbing would be why she died...Blackstone Publishing and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.  Bill is involved because she was found on the Indian Reservation.  He and the county deputy search the area for clues.  He finds the knife but he also knows it was left in a fairly obvious place.  She was last seen dancing with a Read More
  • Son of a Witch edited by Trysh Thompson

    Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is great fun to read.  It's about young witches learning spells and managing to mess them up.  Most are hoping for love, but what they get is not what they really wanted...World Weaver Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.You get six humorous contemporary fantasy stories of magic spells gone wrong by Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Sara Dobie Bauer, Lissa Marie Redmond, Frances Pauli, Mara Malins, and Adam Millard.  All of them are a hoot in one form or another.Everyone knows you need to be very Read More
  • Grandpa's Ghost Stories by James Flora, Irwin Chusid

    Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a reprint of a book that was published in 1978.  The stories are a bit scary but more amusing than anything.  Why not get into your favorite chair and put your little one in your lap for a read-aloud session?Feral House and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.The illustrations in the story make this book.  The tales are good but your young one will probably have a better time looking at the pictures.  There are skeletons, bugs, spiders and more on and around the pages Read More
  • Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook

    Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carrie is living with her aunt and uncle and working at the local library.  She loves her family but her job is boring and she's thinking of moving on.  Then she's offered a permanent position in the library.  She's not sure but she agrees to try it for her aunt and uncle.  She doesn't know there is a resident ghost there that will be making her acquaintance...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.One of the first programs she puts on is a presentation by a Read More
  • Cici's Journal: The Adventures of a Writer-in-Training by Joris Chamblain

    Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cici has an insatiable curiosity.  When something is a mystery to her, she goes after the answer.  This causes some problems with her Mom and her girlfriends.  It's all part of growing up...First Second Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.The story itself is partly Cici's journal and the rest of it graphic novel.  It's an interesting combo.  Her handwriting is a bit hard to read and she doodles so the journal is entertaining.The first adventure she gets into is trying to follow an old man who has Read More
  • The Woman Who Knew Too Much: A Nora Baron Thriller by Tom Savage

    Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    I almost didn't read this one.  Spies are not my favorite thing but this author writes an excellent tale.  He draws you in, spoon feeds you hints, and makes you worry about the characters.  Everyone is in danger.  You don't play around with Russia...Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.Nora is asked to do a special job by her husband's employer.  He knows she has acting skills so he sends her to meet a Russian actress who is trying to defect.  She and Read More
  • The Monster Hunter Files (Monster Hunter International) by Larry Correia

    Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    If you like stories about alien killers and things that go bump in the night, this book is for you.  If you like mercenary soldiers, you'll probably like it too.  When I started reading it, I couldn't put it down until I was done!Baen Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.Owen is in most of the stories and he's a bad ass monster killer.  Even if they look like cacti.  I also admire his wife who became a monster killer at fifteen.  This whole book is filled with Read More
  • Hide and Seek M.J. Arlidge

    Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Helen Grace is now sitting in jail waiting for her trial.  She didn't commit the crime but she was framed for it.  The worst part is that it's her dead sister's son who framed her.  She can't do anything while incarcerated except try to stay alive...First to Read allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.I've been reading this whole series and knew I had to read this one to see if she was able to prove her innocence.  She has a real problem with that because Read More
  • Strange Lands: YA Otherworldly Fantasy Adventure (Heroes of Distant Planets Book 1) by Anderson Atlas

    Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Allan won the swimming competition and set a new record.  Then he got to watch it all go down the drain when his math teacher tells everyone he got an "F" on the last test.  On the way home, he gets lectured about his future, how long he'll be grounded and then everything goes black.  When he reawakens in the hospital, both his parents are dead and his legs don't work anymore...Synesthesia 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.This is written for Read More
  • The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill

    Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a sweet tale done in chapter book form of a missing tea dragon and a little girl who finds new friends...Oni Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 31st.The graphics are magical, some of the characters are creatures instead of people, and there's a lost little girl who is very shy and has memory loss.  When the main character returns the tea dragon to its home, she meets the The Tea Dragon Society.  At the moment, it only has two members.  But that's about to change.As Read More
  • Haunted Nights by Lisa Morton, Ellen Datlow

    Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Don't look for anyone nice in these stories.  They are wicked, mean and scary stories.  And I read every one...Anchor and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 3rd.If you're looking for a book that will get you in the mood for a scary Halloween, this one will do it.  These stories chill and might even make you a bit ill.  This is the dark side of horror.Here's the list of stories:“With Graveyard Weeds and Wolfbane Seeds” by Seanan McGuire“Dirtmouth” by Stephen Graham Jones“”A Small Taste of the Read More
  • The Ninja's Illusion: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery by Gigi Pandian

    Tue, 12 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jaya is going to Japan to support her friend who does a magic act.  She's also going to see if she can find some information about a dutch ship that sunk with cargo.  She has no idea both of those goals are putting her in danger.Henery Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.This story is complex with lots of characters, lots of different agendas and people who will kill to get what they want.Jaya is torn between two men.  She loves them both and she's good friends Read More
  • Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber

    Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He grew up being shuffled back and forth between his divorced parents and spending a lot of time in boarding schools.  He's good looking, smart and totally focused on his career.  He might spend a night with a woman but he's not looking for anything permanent.  So how does a young woman who is his emotional opposite suddenly become attractive to him?Ballantine Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.Merry works fulltime and takes care of her family.  Her mother is disabled and her brother has autism.  Read More
  • Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels by Kazue Takahashi

    Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This picture book has pastel graphics that are understated but work real well with the story line.  I enjoy their simplicity.Museyon and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Kuma-Kuma travels a lot.  Usually in his mind but he sees wonderful things and has fun on his trips.  I grew up in the country and stayed home by myself a lot until my brother was born, so I learned to have trips in my mind, too.He even listens to the stars and watches the birds fly for hints.  When his mind Read More
  • Halloween Carnival Volume 1 by Robert Mccammon, Kevin Lucia, John Little, Lisa Morton

    Sun, 10 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of short stories that focus on Halloween.  They are light horror and read up easily and fast.  Especially in the daytime.  I'd suggest reading them in the daytime...Hydra and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.Here's the list of stories:STRANGE CANDY by Robert McCammon Chocolate bars and sour suckers are trick-or-treat staples, but beware the odd sweet at the bottom of your bag. You never know who it’s from—or what it might do to you. THE RAGE OF ACHILLES by Kevin Lucia Father Ward should Read More
  • Fixing to Die by Miranda James

    Sat, 09 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Ducote sisters are visiting an old house where a ghost or ghosts might be hanging around.  Mary and her husband are running a bed and breakfast and strange things are happening.  They get ready and take along their young man and their two pets.  Once they arrive, they do notice some things.Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.An'gel discovers the French Room she occupies has someone who moves things she puts in place.  Her nightgown goes under her pillow but it was on the foot on Read More
  • Jak Barley Private Inquisitor and the Case of the Annoying Assassins (Jak Barley #5) by Dan Ehl

    Sat, 09 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jak is back and he's just as bad as he always was.  Bad puns, interesting curses, and ready to step where other people would not tread.  It's a good thing he has friends.  Without Lorenzo and his witch girlfriend and her mother, he probably wouldn't make it through these odd adventures he jumps into.The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.This one is the best one yet.  It starts a hunt for bank robbers and identifying corrupt CIA (Clandestine Information Authority) agents.  Read More
  • The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

    Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's the dragon killer.  She was burned by one early in her life and now she hunts them down and kills them.  That's her job and she's good at it.  But she's been lied to.  Her goal and drive in life is headed in the wrong direction...Harper Teen and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.Asha believes she is the Iskari, the destroyer and the death bringer.  Her father has marriage in mind for her and has picked her mate.  She feels no love for him.  The only out she's Read More
  • Ghost on the Case by Carolyn Hart

    Thu, 07 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Heaven is a nice place to live but Bailey likes her earth visits, too.  Playing detective can be fun.  She's sent to comfort a sister who is worried about her younger sister.  She never came home the night before and she has been contacted by a kidnapper.Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.This is a cozy mystery about a very rich man that is murdered.  The sister gets framed by the murderer.  Now Bailey has to find the killer and prove it was not the older sister.  Read More
  • Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy by Laurel Snyder, Emily Hughes

    Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Charlie and Mouse are surprised by a visit from their grandfather.  He's fun to have around and they call him Grumpy.Chronicle Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.This is simple book for young readers.  It's done as a chapter book.  The boys have a great time with Grumpy.  My favorite story is when they get up in the morning and plan to pounce on him in bed when they get downstairs.  Unfortunately, he's already awake and drinking coffee.  But he takes a nap in his chair later...With easy-to-read Read More
  • The Dead Shall be Raised and The Murder of a Quack by George Bellairs, Martin Edwards

    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    These are two old tales featuring Detective Inspector Littlejohn.  It begins with the discovery of a body that was buried twenty years ago...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).   It will be published October 3rd.Two men had a fight in the bar and were removed from the premises by the owner.  They found one shot dead the next day.  The other never came around again.  They assumed he'd left the area, maybe joined the war effort, or just moved on.  When the body is identified as his, that theory goes up in Read More
  • Middle Bear by Susanna Isern, Manon Gauthier

    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Do you have a middle child?  How about one that's middlin' good at everything?Kids Can Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.He's not the oldest, he's not the youngest, he's the middle bear.  He's not sure he likes that.  After all, he's nothing special.  But when his parents need the children's help, he finds out that being the size he is has an advantage.  Being in the middle can be good!The text is repetitive and the illustrations are sparse which makes the story stand out more.  What size is Read More
  • A Conspiracy in Belgravia (Lady Sherlock #2) by Sherry Thomas

    Tue, 05 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charlotte gets a very interesting case.  The wife of the man she loves comes to her office and states that a man she first loved, who was illegitimate and poor, had been coming to a certain spot in the city once a year so they could see each other again.  They didn't talk.  It could stop at any time.  But when it stopped with no word from him on why, the lady thinks he might be ill or dead and she wants to find out.  The interesting thing is that his name is the name of Charlotte's half-brother...Berkley sent me Read More
  • The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City by Jodi Kendall, Pascal Campion

    Tue, 05 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    When her brother comes home with a runt the pig farmer was going to let die, Josie adopts it.  She loves the little pink porker and while she's been told she's responsible for Hamlet her family does help her a bit.  But she keeps growing...HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.Josie's family is big and there's nowhere in the house to hide out and be alone.  They start with a home in the stairwell.  The larger the pig gets, the harder it is to keep her Read More
  • Snowspelled: Volume I of The Harwood Spellbook by Stephanie Burgis

    Mon, 04 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's lost her magic (and almost killed herself in the process) and she cancelled her wedding.  She's been hiding out, almost in mourning, for months.  But a big celebration is coming up and she needs to attend with the rest of her family.  She just didn't know how dangerous it would be to go...The author shared this story with me as an early reader (thank you).  It is being published today.I love this author's work.  It doesn't matter what she picks for a theme, she writes a good story, makes you laugh here and there and keeps your attention.  This Read More
  • Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford

    Sun, 03 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Milo is home for the Christmas holidays and he wishes his ghost friend was around.  It's too quiet and a bit boring without her.  They do have a guest but he's an artist and not much company for Milo.  Soon Milo will long for the quiet days he had...Clarion Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.A caroling group comes to visit and sings Christmas songs to them.  They're a bit odd and scared Milo the last visit they made but he's handling it fine this year.  Even Read More
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