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  • 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
  • Henry & Eva and the Castle on the Cliff by Andrea Portes

    Sat, 10 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Their parents were killed in a boating accident and now they have their uncle and his significant other living with them and caring for them.  They're not happy about the situation.  When the family ghosts tell them it was not an accident, it was murder, they decide to investigate and crack the case.HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.Henry is younger and very smart.  Eva is good with people.  Together they begin searching out what might have happened.  Their first suspect Read More
  • Casper and Jasper and the Terrible Tyrant by Tilia Klebenov Jacobs

    Fri, 09 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The new ruler that has taken over their town is evil.  He imprisons people to make them work as slaves mining for ice.  He usually lets them go after a year or so because they serve as good examples of why you should do what he's told you to.  But when a large group gets turned in, he keeps them.  They might try to organize again if he lets them out...Linden Tree Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.The couple whose home was Read More
  • Santa Puppy by Lynn Cahoon

    Fri, 09 Nov 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jill is going to host an adoption event for the local animal shelter.  But, first, her boyfriend has to help her wash thirty dogs...Lyrical allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has just been published, so you can grab a copy now.Jill keeps seeing Santa around but no one else does.  Is she seeing things?Then she finds a little dog that makes her fall in love with him.  She finds out his previous owner died.  But was it really of natural causes?  What amazes her is how many people knew him.  As she gathers information, she's Read More
  • Wedge of Fear by Eugene M. Gagliano

    Thu, 08 Nov 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    Tony and his parents have moved from New York to Wyoming.  It's huge change for them all, and Tony wishes his mother would stop being a helicopter parent.  She wants to take to him school and he's in the sixth grade.  He's old enough to go by himself but will she listen?  His father tries to help the situation and sometimes does but not often.  He knows it has something to do with a child who died before he was born but they won't tell him anything about it...The author And Goddess Fish Blog allowed me to read this book Read More
  • A Cold Brew Killing by Lena Gregory

    Wed, 07 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    One of the men running for Mayor is found dead in her friend's freezer.  She knows he didn't do it, but who did?Lyrical Underground and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can get a copy now.I enjoyed the first book in this series so I was looking forward to reading this one.  The author did not disappoint me.Trevor got in trouble as a youth for not managing his temper, so he becomes a suspect in this death.  After all, he was in his freezer...When Gia tries to Read More
  • The Deserving by Efren O'Brien

    Wed, 07 Nov 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    The forts in New Mexico were, for the most part, built to protect the residents against the Indians.  They didn't want the white people moving in and taking over their hunting grounds.  Not too long afterward, the Civil War began.  The majority of the soldiers here were Union soldiers.  But the Confederate soldiers were bold and greedy and began a campaign to take over the forts and the land...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you grab a copy now.Since I live in New Mexico and have visited Read More
  • The Colors of All the Cattle by Alexander McCall Smith

    Tue, 06 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mma Ramotswe doesn't really want to run for a council position but her friends want her to.  She finally agrees but hopes she loses the election...Pantheon and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.They want her to run for office to stop construction of a new hotel right next to a cemetery.  The locals don't want it there.  She's only one council member, but she'll vote against it.  She doesn't even hang around to see the election results.  She heads out of town to find out who hit the Read More
  • Inkling by Kenneth Oppel

    Tue, 06 Nov 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Sometimes your creative projects take on a life of their own...Random House Kids sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.In this story, it's an ink blot that escapes the paper it's on.  Inkling eats print text and illustrations and then uses it to draw more.  Because it does so well, the son uses it for his school project and his father uses it for his work.  But too much work almost kills it.  At least the boy asks it to teach him to draw.  The father is still mourning Read More
  • The Eye That Never Sleeps: How Detective Pinkerton Saved President Lincoln by Marissa Moss, Jeremy Holmes

    Mon, 05 Nov 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    The Pinkerton's have always fascinated me.  The agency was started years ago when you only had the local sheriff to help solve crimes.  The Pinkerton's always took pride in catching their man (or woman).  But I hadn't heard this story before...Abrams Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.This is a non-fiction account of Allan Pinkerton for young readers.  You learn how he grew up and about his interest in detecting.  After he started his own agency, he heard a rumor going around about how several people were Read More
  • The Boy and the Giant by David Litchfield

    Mon, 05 Nov 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    They've painted a mural on the fence but no one is tall enough (even on a ladder) to reach the top.  When the little boy asks his Grandad how they will finish it, he tells him about the town's giant.  He's heard tales about him before and thinks they are just tall tales.  His Grandad tells him if he'd look, he'd see him around...Abrams Young Readers sent me a coy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.When he finally sees the giant, he's scared and runs.  When he goes back, the giant is Read More
  • What You Hide by Natalie D. Richards

    Sun, 04 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She hates her stepfather.  He's very controlling, tells her mother what to do and how to act.  And he's threatened her.  She tries to get her mother to leave him but she won't do it...Sourcebooks Fire and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 4th.To get away from him and his threats, she leaves home alone.  She has no money to speak of, quits regular high school (he works there) for an online education, and hangs out in the library and cafes and stores that open 24 hours.She meets Spencer while Read More
  • Girls on the Line by Aimie K. Runyan

    Sun, 04 Nov 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Ruby was working for the phone company and planning her future wedding when her whole world was shook up.  Her brother had been killed in action.  She wants to honor him by doing some service work herself.  They have a need for operators overseas, too.  She signs up to go and manages to pass the interview and tests.  She's going overseas to France.Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 6th.She's been part of high society at home (and bored with it) but she needn't worry Read More
  • The Secrets of the Wild Wood by Tonke Dragt, Laura Watkinson

    Sat, 03 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Several knights gather to meet another at the castle he said he would come to.  But he never arrives.  They know he was in the Wild Wood and there are rumors he's headed for another castle.  So the knights split up and go in search of him.  They'll find many things but the knight won't be one of them...Pushkin Children's Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 4th.This is a fascinating tale of war, brotherly differences, romance, and mixed goals.  A young knight is one of the central characters Read More
  • The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories by Yukiko Motoya (Author), Asa Yoneda (Translator)

    Fri, 02 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    These stories are haunting.  Once you read them you won't easily forget them.Soft Skull Press shared an ARC of this book with me for review (thank you).  It is will be published November 6th.A wife takes up bodybuilding and changes her body  dramatically.  Her workaholic husband doesn't notice. A young boy makes fun of the men carrying umbrellas until he finds out they enable them to fly away...Nothing in these stories is normal.  The author adds weird little twists or touches of paranormal to most of the stories.  That's what makes them memorable.  Want to stretch your mind?  This book will Read More
  • The Case of the Screaming Beauty (Inspector David Graham #1) by Alison Golden

    Thu, 01 Nov 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Amelia is working in her garden when she hears a guest in their bed and breakfast scream.  She runs in to see what happened but when she gets to her room, she tells her everything is fine and offers no explanation.  The next morning the maid finds her dead in her bathroom...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.Cliff and Amelia attempt to help the police all they can.  They interview another guest who introduced the dead woman to this bed and breakfast.  Read More
  • The Poisoned Chalice Murder: A 1920s English mystery by Diane Janes

    Wed, 31 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tom's aunt asks him to come and look into a local murder.  He brings his detecting companion and they start asking questions and seeing what they can see.  They get answers but it doesn't tell them who the killer is...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st.One thing they notice is that the victims had complained to the bishop about the current priest in their church.  Some people think their deaths are an act of God.  Tom and Frances don't agree.Tom and Frances are in love, but Tom Read More
  • Happy Halloween! (A Changing Faces Book) by Nathan Thoms, Pintachan

    Wed, 31 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's a fun book for little ones.  As they turn the pages the pictures on the page change...Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read and review (thank you).  It has been published.Even I found this fun to read.  There's a ghost looking at you through the cover.  When you open the book, the ghost turns grey and fades away...There are five "scary" illustrations like this in the book.  I liked the one where the witch disappears and a black cat takes her place.  It looks good in her hat!Books make a great Halloween gift.  They last Read More
  • The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy

    Tue, 30 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The war is finally over and he's come to retrieve his daughter and nephew.  He doesn't expect them to be afraid of him...Bethany House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.Cameron doesn't like Gwen because the children love her.  His daughter loves her and is scared of him.  How's he going to fix that?The man who, with his gang, wiped out the wagon train and killed his brother is still around and still trying to kill them.  He wants no witnesses.  When he Read More
  • Paper Wife by Laila Ibrahim

    Tue, 30 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her sister is getting ready to go to America.  Her parents and a matchmaker have found her a husband that she will meet as they get married.  Mei Ling has accepted the fact that there is no choice in the matter.  They are in bad financial condition and they need less mouths to feed.  But she's very unhappy when her sister gets ill and they send Mei Ling in her place.  She doesn't want to go but she must...Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Mei Ling is Read More
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