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    Tue, 02 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
  • The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

    Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of a woman who is mixing prescription pills with alcohol and gradually losing her mind.  She's suffered such a devastating loss she can't put her life back together again.  She's a bit like Humpty Dumpty.  She's created her own little, safe place and it's not good for her but she can't change...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 23rd.All she really does now is play chess, drink wine, take her pills when she remembers, and look out her windows at the neighbors and what Read More
  • The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman

    Sat, 09 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mr. Backman approaches his stories from a different angle.  You never know exactly what you're going to get when you begin them but he keeps you reading!Atria Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.It begins with a father telling his son a story at Christmas in which he admits he's taken a life.  But the rest of the story is about making a deal with death...The man finds out he has cancer and he may die.  He meets a five year old girl Read More
  • Ella Bella Ballerina and The Magic Toyshop by James Mayhew

    Sat, 09 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a sweet story of a little girl who wants to be a ballerina and has a good imagination.  It reminds me a bit of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales.Barron's Educational Series and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.When her teacher plays her music box, Ella Bella is transfixed by the music.  When the teacher explains the story the song is telling, she finds herself being transported into the Magic Toyshop.  She sees wonderful toys that are animated and isn't sure which one Read More
  • For Better or Worse by Donna Huston Murray

    Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The title says for better or worse, but most of the people in this story are on the "worst" side of marriage.  It makes for good reading, though.This author and Net Galley shared this book with me to read for review (thank you).  It will be published January 10th.Ginger is at her daughter's home helping them with some updates to the house.  The first thing she sees is a bag of bricks thrown out of the third floor window next door!  Then she hears what she thinks are shots.  While she's debating calling the cops, she meets Eric who lives Read More
  • The Gate Keeper by Charles Todd

    Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    His sister has just married and left on her honeymoon and Ian doesn't know what to do with himself.  He decides to go for a drive.  He doesn't know where he'll end up but maybe it will get him out of this helpless feeling of no place to call home.  Instead, he drives up to a standing car with a woman in distress.  The driver has been shot and killed...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 17th.He begins sorting things out and working on the case even though Read More
  • The Long Arm of the Law by Martin Edwards

    Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is classic collection of short stories done by well established authors.  I recognized some names and knew I'd enjoy reading this book.  I was right.Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 2nd.There's a lot of brainwork involved in these stories.  There aren't many clues, most of them have alibis, and they all appear to be unfortunate accidents or suicide.  Never underestimate the detectives.  They didn't get to the rank that they did by being stupid.My favorites here were done by authors I read long Read More
  • Scones and Scoundrels by Molly MacRae

    Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Highland Bookshop is doing pretty well now.  With scones selling next door, hot tea or coffee available and her friends, Janet is content.  When one of her friend gets a well-known author to come and sign books at her shop, she's enthused and anticipates good sales.  What she gets is murder...Pegasus Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 2nd.Daphne, the celebrated author, lives in a cabin in the woods and has never returned to her hometown until now.  She's not a nice a person.  She can either be Read More
  • Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas by Linda Mansfield

    Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's an anthology that can be read during the Christmas season and it will make you happy.  The stories are light, some make you laugh, and you share the characters emotions.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.All of the stories are realistic and relate to Christmas.  None are long so you could easily read one story a night out loud.  I read the whole thing in one evening because I love short stories.I have to tell you that the one that was my Read More
  • Every Dog Has His Day by Jenn McKinlay

    Mon, 04 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When the little girls spy their cat up on the neighbor's roof, they immediately rush the house to get it back.  Zach goes out to see what's going on and ends up getting involved in their lives...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 2nd.Their mother is hot on their heels reminding them they are not to go anywhere without checking in with her first.  Zach is attracted but he doesn't want any commitments.  That's the way it always starts, isn't it?You have the kitten and a dog in Read More
  • Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz

    Sun, 03 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Someone is killing the survivors of an old cult.  The building was burned down but a courageous cop saved the children.  Now the children are dying...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 2nd.When a beautiful young woman comes into their detective agency and tells them the woman who died by jumping from a cliff in the San Juan Islands didn't commit suicide, she was scared and running from danger.  She was from the children in the barn and she was doing a series of paintings.  The last one she Read More
  • Secrets of the Home Wood: The Sacrifice by Julie Whitley

    Sun, 03 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Every one knows you need to stay out of the home woods.  Ever since his father got lost in there for a bit, it's been forbidden.  But when Jonathan's mother and father fight, she leaves to "think".  When his father finds out she didn't make it to the neighbors, he knows she must have gone too far in the woods and he goes after her.  He doesn't know that Jonathan is right behind him...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.This author creates Read More
  • Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly

    Sat, 02 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She has an usual power.  She can hide in shadows, weave them into something solid and even has a relationship with her own shadow.  It's her best friend.  After all, her parents are afraid of her...Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 1st.Emmeline has been hidden in the house away from the eyes of the neighbors.  She's not taken to any functions and they limit their visitors.  But she gets bored, so she sneaks out to play with shadows and then she gets in trouble.  When more Read More
  • Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

    Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if the man you married was a chameleon?  If he could change his spots to fit his present world and make his truth the "real" truth?    What if you didn't realize that until it was too late?Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Reading this book echoed the current news headlines about men abusing women.  It's currently very topical and just as disturbing as the news.James and Sophie met in college and married.  James had secrets from his college days he didn't share with her.  He Read More
  • Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland by Ellen Datlow

    Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    If you thought Alice and the Jabberwocky were strange enough in the original tale, you'll have a lot more odd characters to think about now...Tor Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 12th.These tales are dark and some of them are horror tales but my favorite ones were the ones that were just a bit odd.  My favorites were:Mercury by Prya SharmaAll the King's Men by Jeffrey Ford (starring Humpty Dumpty)The Flame After the Candle by Cathrynne M Valente (a bunch of short tales used to make a whole)Moon Read More
  • The Soldier's Curse by Thomas Keneally, Meg Keneally

    Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book was fascinating.  It's set in New South Wales and is a prison camp for English prisoners.  One of them is a man who worked as a legal clerk and then forged a certificate to work as a lawyer.  He's found out and after serving time in more than one facility, he finds himself here.  The good news is that he gets chosen to work as a clerk for the commander and he doesn't have to do the other ugly jobs.  The bad news is there's an assistant to the commander that doesn't like him.  It doesn't take long Read More
  • Murder in the Family by Faith Martin

    Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    The job Hillary has now is a promotion but she's bored.  Supervising and pushing paper is not her thing.  She doesn't mind training new officers but she'd rather be doing investigations than paperwork.  When she gets her wish and is sent back to investigations, she finds they are replacing her with the cop that tried to put her in jail for her dead husband's crime.  She's not happy, but she doesn't have time to think about it.  She gets assigned a new murder case right away...Joffe and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has Read More
  • Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say edited by Rhonda Parrish

    Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This Mrs. Claus is not that smiley nice lady that hands out apple cider and cookies (or milk if you choose).  These ladies (if you can call them that) are more dangerous than they are sweet.  These fantasy tales are great fun to read.  Want to get in the mood for Christmas?  Read these tales to learn what not to do.World Weaver Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published today.Red to Hide the Blood by Hayley Stone, which is the last story in this anthology, was one of my Read More
  • Where We Belong by Lynn Austin

    Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    They were lucky enough to grow up in a home where their father allowed them freedoms other women weren't allowed to have.  They even went to college in a day and age when women didn't.  They were supposed to get married, have children, and attend functions and entertain for their husband.  These women wanted to travel and they did...Bethany House provided me with a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published.This story moves through the present and the past.  Their memories of the past show you how they matured and how they survived Read More
  • Mosquitoes Don't Bite Me by Pendred Noyce

    Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nala is very lucky.  Mosquitoes don't bite her.  I wish I had that skill, they love me...Tumblehome Learning sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.I learned things reading this book.  Nala's father was a Kenyan and whatever is protecting her from mosquitoes must have come from his heritage.  Her mother is in a wheelchair now after an accident, so she doubts she'll ever see her father soon.  Then a scientist finds out about her skill and he wants to study her.  Her mother Read More
  • Altered to Death: A Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery by Christina Freeburn

    Sun, 26 Nov 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Faith is gathering historical information for a scrapbook that will be displayed in the historical museum.  When she has an opportunity to visit a long abandoned home that had belonged to the first family in town, she's happy.  She's sure she can find some cool things for her scrapbook.  It's what the work crew finds that creates the most excitement, though.  They've dug up a dead body...Henery Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 28th.Everything about this family is a secret.  They left town suddenly.  No one remembers much Read More
  • Honey Moon Dog Daze by Sofi Benitez

    Sat, 25 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Honey is looking for a way to earn money.  She decides try dog walking.  She gets her girlfriend who is neighbor of hers to go into business with her.  But it's harder than it looks...Rabbit Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.I love dogs so I had to read this one.  The first dog they get under contract is a St. Bernard.  They are young girls and this dog is bigger than both of them.  When they go to the door to talk to the owner, they almost run Read More
  • Harry Moon Halloween Nightmares by Mark Andrew Poe

    Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harry might have overcome Titus' bullying but they aren't friends.  There's talent night competition for Halloween and Titus is determined to win it!Rabbit Publishers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.This book is even more fun than the last one.  In this one, Harry gets a rabbit he can pull out of his top hat.  It's even more special because the rabbit is magic and he can fly!  The practice performance makes it look like Harry will win it but Titus is determined...When the Read More
  • Harry Moon Wand Paper Scissors by Mark Andrew Poe

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harry Moon's town has a bully.  He likes to pick on Harry.  Little does he know that Harry has magical powers...Rabbit Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.This series would be great for middle graders.  The stories are exciting and there are puns and jokes interspersed in the chapters.  After all, Harry Moon gets teased because the older boys mooned the younger ones when they were going by on the bus to go to the away game.  Now they call him "Hairy Moon" and laugh.When Harry was born, his mother Read More
  • Ludlow Lost by Kate Robinson Dunne

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fun middle school read.  It's fantasy filled with creatures humans don't believe in...Two Pigeons Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.He's kidnapped by a fairy, two goblins take him and the fairy to a boat filled with them and a banshee is the captain.  It's not looking good for Ludlow.He has several adventures on board as he adjusts to life at sea and to hearing a banshee wail.  Both are awful but he can used to the sea.  Not Read More
  • Little Pierrot V.1 Get The Moon by Alberto Varanda

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:30:00 Permalink
    He's an odd looking young boy and he likes to keep to himself.  His best friend is a snail...Lion Forge and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This is simple picture book without much text.  Even small ones can enjoy the illustrations and antics of little Pierrot.  He visits the moon and the stars.  He even hooks his soccer ball in the moon slice and brings it down to earth by accident.This story is dreamlike and changes on each page.  Children will love imagining Read More
  • Christmas on the Coast by Rebecca Boxall

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This based on historical facts but it's fiction.  Despite that, this story makes a chill run up and down my spine.  Imagine being on a small island and the Germans come in to occupy the land...Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.When Libby's best friend turns on her after her mother's death, she can't figure out why.  Stella tells her to ask her father.  She feels her family was betrayed by Libby's family.  She finally gets an opportunity to ask and he shares her great aunt's Read More
  • The Body in the Casket: A Faith Fairchild Mystery by Katherine Hall Page

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Faith is asked to cater a birthday party for an older man at his home.  He wants her to live in over the weekend for the party.  She's open to that and agrees.  Then he tells her the real reason he wants her there.  Someone sent him a casket and he thinks it's a death threat.  She can't argue about that...William Morrow and Edelweiss shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Faith works with his butler getting everything set up and learning her duties.  She finds that the owner has Read More
  • Accessories to Die For by Paula Paul

    Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story was set in Santa Fe.  I live in New Mexico, have visited Santa Fe and I know about their Old World charm.  I had to read this book.Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Irene used to be an assistant district attorney in New York, but her mother has asked her to come home.  She's fearful of dying alone.  Irene's mother frustrates her but she understands her need for company.  She comes and she sets up a high end second hand store for recycled designer duds.  Read More
  • Somebody at the Door: British Library Crime Classics by Raymond Postgate

    Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gossip can kill.  If only people minded their own business and not everyone else's.Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.This story wanders around a bit.  You hear about other characters before you get to the meat of the story.  A man dies at home.  His wife finally calls the doctor.  The doctor isn't sure if the death was natural or not, so another doctor is called in.  The second doctor said someone had used mustard gas to kill him.  The unfortunate part of the tale Read More
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