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  • Murders and Metaphors: A Magical Bookshop Mystery by Amanda Flower

    Sun, 09 Dec 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Violet and her grandmother Daisy are doing a book signing at one of the local wine grower's home.  There's a confrontation between sisters, the author disappears and Violet starts getting ready to leave when she notices her cat has sneaked away from her tote.  She goes outdoors to run him down and finally locates him in the field of grapes.  Unfortunately, he's discovered a dead body...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 22nd.The dead woman is their author and there are plenty of suspects.  Read More
  • The Book Artist: A Hugo Marston Novel by Mark Pryor

    Sat, 08 Dec 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hugo is still at the embassy and his boss tells him to be at one event and then changes his mind and sends him to another.  The art display he's attending has a beautiful young woman artist.  She makes her sculptures with books and that's one of Hugh's favorite things so they hit it off well.  He's even thinking of dating her.  They've already been to dinner and it was fun for both of them.  He never expected to find her dead during the first day of her exhibit...Seventh Street Books sent me an ARC of this book to read Read More
  • The Suspect by Fiona Barton

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Two girls take a trip to Thailand after they graduate from high school.  They anticipate seeing the sights and having fun.  But nothing matches what they've seen on tourism websites.  It's more run down and crowded...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 22nd.Alex's girlfriend cancels at the last minute and she ends up traveling with a girl she doesn't know that well.  It doesn't take long for her to decide Rosie was not a good choice.   All she wants to do is party and sleep with the boys in Read More
  • Escape from the Palace by Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Kate Hindley

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The ratzis are still irritated by being bested by a small rabbit.  Now they are plotting to scare the President of the United States and embarrass America and England both.  They decide they need to get rid of Shylo first so he can't interfere in this plan...Aladdin and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 22nd.I enjoy this series.  Shylo is small and not very strong so to accomplish his goals he has to use his brains.  I admire those who use their brains and not brawn to win a disagreement.The first Read More
  • Valentine Candy Murder by Leslie Meier

    Wed, 05 Dec 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    In Valentine murder, Lucy is a brand new board member for the library.  She goes to her first meeting and they find the librarian has gone missing.  When she goes down to the basement to see if she's there, she finds her dead.  This is not a good start to a new job...Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 18th.No one knows why someone would have killed the new librarian.  There really aren't any clues to be found.  But it almost had to be someone with library Read More
  • Not A Creature Was Stirring by Christina Freeburn

    Tue, 04 Dec 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Merry is all ready to go to a Christmas show where she usually sells well.  She's bought a used RV and has filled it with goods to go on display at her table.  She takes her guinea pig with her for company.  The easy trip gets more obnoxious as they go.  She thinks Ebenezer must be letting farts go, but it's worse than that.  The first thing she does on arrival is try to find what's causing that awful fragrance.  Then she wishes she hadn't...Henery Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).    It will Read More
  • Broken Ground by Val McDermid

    Mon, 03 Dec 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's supposed to be her inheritance and it's looking good when they dig the first motorcycle out.  The second motorcycle has an attachment, though.  There's a dead body on it...Atlantic Monthly Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on the 5th.Since the body has been there for twenty-five years or more, the coroner calls DCI Pirie to investigate.  Her boss is not happy about that; she's the one that gives orders, not coroners.  As she works on the case, she gives a new man in her office work on another Read More
  • The Unteachables by Gordon Korman

    Sun, 02 Dec 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mr. Kermit knows the Superintendent of Schools doesn't like him.  A long time ago one of his students copied test results and shared them with his class.  They got an award for having the best results until that was discovered.  Kermit had no idea it happened.  The Superintendent blames him anyway.  And now he's looking for a way to get rid of him.  Kermit plans on taking early retirement anyway, but being threatened doesn't help.  And now he's been saddled with a class of seven students known as "The Unteachables".  He gives them worksheets and tries to ignore them for Read More
  • Crewel and Unusual: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery by Molly MacRae

    Sat, 01 Dec 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kath is looking forward to the opening of the Blue Plum Vault.  It's in an old bank building that has been remodeled and now will house several small shops where artists will sell their work.  When two nosy sisters visit her yarn shop and tell her about a linen they saw there, she goes to see if she can peek at it before they open.  She gets to see it but the next time it's taken out of the box, it has been destroyed...Pegasus Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be Read More
  • Dear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondent by Pen Avey

    Fri, 30 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dethbert Jones is an average ten year old.  He just happens to be an alien.  He's excited about having an earthling pen pal and they both learn a lot about each other by reading their letters.Common Deer Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 3rd.The planet is named Crank.  He has a pet chicken snail and a best friend named Andi Social.  Puns are alive and well in this story.  Dethbert has a crush on his neighbor girl who wishes he would go away.  And he tells his pen Read More
  • Playing with Fire: A 1960s British mystery by Patricia Hall

    Thu, 29 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    A young girl falls to her death from a night club.  She was too young to be there, nobody seems to have seen her, and nobody has reported her missing.  Who is she and did she fall or was she pushed?Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 1st.Harry can feel Soho changing.  There's a new group in town that's playing rough and demanding protection money.  He's not sure who they are but it's not the old group.  Not only that, there are new drugs on the street.  Maybe Read More
  • Darkest Before The Dawn by Mike Martin

    Wed, 28 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sgt. Windflower is happily married, they have a new baby and he has his collie.  All is good in his personal world.  So why can't his work life settle down?BooksGoSocial and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.There's not much crime in the town he lives in and he likes it that way.  Then they find a dead body.  As if that weren't bad enough, another dead body shows up.  They have no clue why these people were killed and they are relative strangers Read More
  • The Body in the Attic by Judi Lynn

    Tue, 27 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jazzi and her cousin Jerrod flip houses to make a living.  Some they do real well on, some they don't make much on.  They can do their own work with the help of a contractor and they enjoy it even if it can be hard work.  But they never expected to find a dead body in a trunk in the attic.  Now Jazzi knows what happened to her aunt...Lyrical Underground and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you). It is being published today.This death was a long buried secret.  The man who lived in the house Read More
  • Crow Flight by Susan Cunningham

    Mon, 26 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gin is in her senior year.  She's taking classes to make her application to Harvard look better.  When she notices a cute new male student, she tries to get his attention subtly but it doesn't work.  She does most of her work with programs she's created that can help her with life.  She's very logical and data oriented.  Unfortunately, he doesn't come up as a match for her in the dating field.  But he does get paired with her for a programming class...Amberjack Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be Read More
  • The Trail Boss's Bride: inspirational historical romance (Journeys of the Heart Book 3) by Erica Vetsch

    Sun, 25 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Steve is taking a large herd to market so he can save the ranch his parents owned.  His father had taken a loan to improve the place.  It did, but it also laid a big debt on the place.  Now he and his little brother are on the trail and hope to get where they are going in time.Wild Heart Books shared this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.  (You can get all three in one package on Amazon.)What Steve didn't need was to find an apparently Read More
  • The Road Home: inspirational historical romance (Journeys of the Heart Book 2) by Winnie Griggs

    Sat, 24 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's taking two young children to their uncle.  Their parents died in a fire and they have no other relatives.  The uncle really doesn't want them but there's nowhere else for them to go except an orphanage.  What he didn't plan on was having to chase them down numerous times because they keep running away!Wild Heart Books shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.They're missing again and when Wyatt gets off the train, he sees a circus.  He's sure that's where they went and starts out after Read More
  • The Gentleman's Quest: inspirational historical romance (Journeys of the Heart Book 1) by Camille Elliot

    Fri, 23 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Honoria hasn't had a good relationship with men since her brother's death.  First her cousin took over the house they lived in and thrust them out because she wouldn't accept his advances.  Then her mother's brother let them live with them but complained every day.  To get her mother and herself out of that household, she will have to marry.  She has no dowry.  She's not beautiful.  The man who wants to marry her is old and lecherous.  But he wouldn't be as bad as the other two.Wild Heart Books let me read this book for review (thank you).  It Read More
  • Cowboy Brave by Carolyn Brown

    Thu, 22 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Emily grew up on a ranch.  She didn't mind ranch work but when they wanted her to take over the books and stay inside all day, she refused.  She got a degree and worked first with children and then with elderly folks.  The elderly folks are almost the same as working as with children...Forever and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 8th.When her little group wants to go stay on a ranch and remember their pasts and make some new memories, she can't say no.  When she goes Read More
  • Sydney Noir by John Dale

    Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    These short stories include drugs, murder, sex and gangs.  I've never been to Australia but after reading these stories, I'd almost be afraid to go...Akashic Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 8th.Some stories have cuss words, most all have evil of some sort in it, and all of them are unique.  It reads up fairly quickly because they are short stories.Brand-new stories by: Kirsten Tranter, Mandy Sayer, John Dale, Eleanor Limprecht, Mark Dapin, Leigh Redhead, Julie Koh, Peter Polites, Robert Drewe, Tom Gilling, Gabrielle Lord, Philip McLaren, P.M. Newton, Read More
  • Lies Come Easy by Steven F Havill

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It begins with a two and a half year walking along the road in the snow, his parents no where around.  When they find his father, he hasn't much to say.  To jail he goes...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.There's a missing range tech, his girlfriend is dead from a gunshot, the father of the young boy has died of a gunshot and all the cops have are questions.    They are pretty sure the range tech is dead, too.  The problem is that everyone in the Read More
  • Sophie Washington: Secret Santa by Tonya Duncan Ellis

    Mon, 19 Nov 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    When Sophie gets a package in the mail, there's no return address on it.  When she opens it, it has a gift and a motivational note in it.  She didn't sign up for a Secret Santa this year.  Who could be sending it?Goddess Fish Blog Tours and the author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you). It's on sale for only 99 cents during this tour, so you can grab a copy now.Sophie is a fun character to read about.  She's determined to find out who is sending the gifts and looks over her classmates Read More
  • Lackbeard by Cody B. Stewart and Adam Rocke

    Sun, 18 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The youngest brother has dreamed of being a pirate since he was small.  His mother told him he had the heart of one.  But she died before he was very old and he and his older brother are in an orphanage.  The bad news?  They are being moved, separated, and being sent quite a distance from each other.  He refuses to do it.  He's going to become a pirate.Common Deer Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).   It will be published December 3rd.This story is a bit silly and a bit far-out but it's Read More
  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

    Sun, 18 Nov 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's an orphan and she's a girl.  She's sad to have no home but isn't worried about being a girl until she finds out the folks who were going to take her into their home wanted a boy...Sweet Cherry Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This is a classic story from the past that I read long ago and liked.  I didn't remember much about it so I decided to read it again and see how it stood up after so many years.  Read More
  • Hooks Can Be Deceiving: A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hechtman

    Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Molly Pink has enough to do with an upcoming TV show, a crafter's group that meets, and her regular job at the book and yarn shop.  But when a young woman who is a companion to another dies on the lawn from electrocution, she's not sure the young woman was the intended victim.  The lady she worked for is worth a lot of money and her brother wants the property.  She took a walk around the property every evening.  Was she the intended victim?Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will Read More
  • The Polar Bear Explorers' Club by Alex Bell

    Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She wants to go on an expedition with her father but girls are not allowed.  He refuses to take her until her aunt wants to send her to finishing school.  She's got her scheduled to start as soon as Felix leaves.  He tells her no and foils that plan by taking Stella with him.  She is going on the expedition!Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Stella has no idea how exciting and scary this trip will be.  Read More
  • No Place for Wolverines by Dave Butler

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jenny is sent in undercover to check out a proposed ski lodge.  There was a ban against them and then the legislature removed it.  Now there's a proposal for a huge development.  It'll take Jenny home and she can check on her mother so there's a personal benefit, too.  But she has no idea just what she's taking on when she accepts the assignment.Dundurn 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.The first thing she finds is a burnt building where a wolverine Read More
  • Angel and Bavar by Amy Wilson

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Angel is an orphan who is now living with a nice couple that took her in.  When she goes to school, she meets an odd boy who hides himself from most people, but she can see him.  She thinks he might know something about the monster that killed her parents but he tries to avoid her.  She's persistent, though.Katherine Tegen Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can grab a copy now.This book is part fantasy, part paranormal, and part horror story all at once.  Read More
  • Nobody's Sweetheart Now: The First Lady Adelaide Mystery by Maggie Robinson

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lady Adelaide is having her first dinner party since the death of her husband.  It's not going too badly but then her staff tells about the nude dead body of a woman in one of the outbuildings.  She has her ex-husband at the dinner party...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.The murder is bad enough, but now she has Rupert's ghost to deal with, too.  Then they find the gardener is dead.  It appears to be a drug overdose, but he never used drugs.The Inspector who Read More
  • Creatures of Want and Ruin by Molly Tanzer

    Mon, 12 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Are you ready for a horror story with demons?  You're in the right place.John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.First she finds a moonshiner looking like the sea got the better of him.  She tries to help, he tries to kill her.  She fights back.  He's the one that dies.  She takes his moonshine.Then she finds out what that moonshine will do.  It gives people visions and they are not pleasant.  They see the future and what the new reverend has in mind for them.  But Read More
  • Murder at Harbor Village by GP Gardner

    Sun, 11 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cleo has been offered early retirement at her job.  She's looking for a place to live and happens on to another job opportunity.  While she's thinking about it, the manager of the facility gets murdered...Lyrical Underground and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 13th.Lee was not well-liked, so there's no end of suspects.  What surprises Cleo most is to find out the dead woman was her ex-husband's new wife.  She'd rather not talk to him.  After all, they've been divorced for more than twenty years.  However, he owns the franchise Read More
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