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  • Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci, Jose Pimienta

    Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a young girl living a normal life at home with her parents.  Then her mother dies.  Her father is full of anger and grief and he takes it out on her.  When he hits her hard enough to give her a black eye, she asks her grandmother if she can move in with her.  The answer is no.  Grandma thinks she must have done something to make him angry.  Being rejected by her family and not wanting to be hit anymore, she leaves home...Dark Horse Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It Read More
  • Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey

    Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's her father's only heir but she also has a guardian.  He drinks too much, he refuses to listen to her, and he's running them in the red.  He doesn't care about the crops, he just wants money for his own use.  She wants to keep her home intact and functioning as it used to so her mother and other family members have a home.  She decides to talk to her lawyer about it.  But the man who shows up to talk to her is a young man.  He's an apprentice to the older lawyer.  He's also not bad looking...Macmillans Read More
  • The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

    Sun, 09 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if a friend you knew really well wasn't who you thought she was?  It happens quite a bit but most people don't adopt a false name or create their own "past".  Just who was Emmy?Simon & Schuster let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 16th.Leah had to walk away from her last job as a journalist.  What she printed was true but she could give no witness names.  The article made the man singled out commit suicide.  The paper wants her gone before they have to face a huge lawsuit.  Her mother is Read More
  • Charlie & Mouse (Charlie & Mouse, #1) by Laurel Snyder

    Sun, 09 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a beginners' chapter book that features short stories about two young boys.  Anybody who is around children will recognize these moments and smile.The author sent men an ARC to read for review.  It will be published on April 11th.  Emily Hughes is the illustrator and I love her rendition of the boys.  They are cute little munchkins!These are simple stories and easy to read.  The lumps are people sleeping in bed.  The party starts out as a family event and turns into a whole neighborhood party.  They want some money so they try to sell rocks.  Instead of Read More
  • Where the Dead Lie (Sebastian St. Cyr #12) by C.S. Harris

    Sat, 08 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sebastian has had his challenges in life but he's still standing up for his beliefs and his sense of justice.  The problem is that the dead boys don't matter to politicians who are looking for greater wealth and power...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published today.Someone is badly mistreating young boys and girls.  They been whipped, knifed, and raped.  The man who broke up the burial at the abandoned cemetery grounds said the man waiting for the boy who was digging was a gentleman.  Looking for a murder among Read More
  • The Empty Chair by Penny Goetjen

    Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When they received a call telling them her mother had died, her father sends her over to make the arrangements needed to sell the house and bring her mother back for burial.  When she reaches the island and visits the police station, they know nothing of her mother's death.  They tell her to come back the next day and fill out a missing person report.Secret Harbor Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.The mother was supposed to have drowned but even the Coast Guard know nothing about a boat Read More
  • A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing: Stories by Tim Weed

    Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an eclectic collection of stories by Tim Weed.  You travel the world, meet odd people, and wonder about the implication of the story.  I found it to be an interesting read.  You might want to savor the stories a bit instead of a steady read through.The author sent me an ARC of this to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.All of the stories are unique and impressive.  I have two I want to feature in this review because they really appealed to me.The first is:  The Afternoon Client.  Have you ever had a customer Read More
  • Velvet Deluxe Hardcover by Ed Brubaker

    Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She used to be special ops but when she was ordered to kill her husband because he was a traitor, she had a breakdown.  Now she's the secretary of the organization and she's very good at that.  Her problem is that when she was told one agent died on his mission, she knows he was too good to have that happen.  She decides to look into the case...Image Comics let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.I really liked this book.  James Bond had nothing on Velvet.  She Read More
  • Ruddy Gore: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries #7 by Kerry Greenwood

    Tue, 04 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Phryne is running late while going to a play and she takes a short cut through the alley.  She comes upon a group of three men who are beating on an old woman.  The woman's companion is trying to defend her but there are too many there for one man.  She helps them fend off the bad men.  They are Chinese and thank her but will tell her nothing about what was going on.  She finds herself intrigued by the man and she invites him for dinner thinking she'll inquire then about what happened...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed Read More
  • Orphan Train Girl by Christina Baker Kline

    Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Molly steals an old ratty third copy of a book from the library, she's caught.  She has to do community service to make up for her transgression.  She's sent to clean the attic of a woman in her nineties.  She's willing and able to do it but she doesn't know she's going to get a history lesson, too.HarperCollins and Edelweiss let me read a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.Molly can't imagine how old Vivian must be.  But she's quiet and respectful and they get along fine.  They also find out Read More
  • Brew or Die: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig

    Sun, 02 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Juliet now has her private eye badge.  She's official and can't wait to get her first case.  Her partner sends her out to get pictures of a husband and his young girlfriend.  What she ends up taping is an encounter between the two lovers where the husband gets stabbed.  When the cops show up, he says she stabbed him!Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 25th.Luckily she has the video she taped so she can prove she was not involved except in trying to save the man's life.If Read More
  • Wade's Wiggly Antlers by Louise Bradford

    Sat, 01 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Wade is a moose and he uses his antlers in his play.  When they start to feel wiggly, he gets worried.Kids Can Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.His mother tells him not to worry.  Moose lose their antlers once a year and grow a new set.  But when Wade's fall off, he has trouble playing with his friends.  What's he to do?  Just wait a little bit and the new antlers will start growing...He even learns some new games while they grow.  A cute, simple story Read More
  • Murder between the Lines by Radha Vatsal

    Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kitty is a journalist for a lady's paper and she likes to do investigative work.  The problem is that such a thing is not considered appropriate for ladies and she has to be discreet about it.  She's going to write a story on a prestigious girl's school and visits to tour the school and meet some of the students.  What she finds is fascinating and she wants to talk to individual students.  However, the principal won't allow it.Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.  This is the Read More
  • Black Sheep by Mason Macrae

    Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dave McCabe rides into town to avenge his father's bushwacking.  He's changed his name, hasn't been there for years, and intends to nose around a bit and see if he can find the killer.  Instead, he wanders into a town torn apart by a rich man who used to be his father's partner who wants to maintain the land he owns and uses and a man who is trying to run a rail line through a section of his property.  It gets even more tense when the railroad man brings in part of his sheep to graze on the free Read More
  • Private Prodigy Eye by Russ Hall

    Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    There are three cozy mysteries in this book.  This is good because I was intrigued by the characters and the stories read well.  Imagine having a fifteen year old boy who can out think the police.  Imagine him solving crimes in untraditional ways.  That's Adam...Renegade Rhino Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Sylvie hired on as an assistant PI with Adam.  She almost didn't but she wanted a job that would challenge her and this one sure does.  Her first big challenge Read More
  • Afar OGN byLeila Del Duca

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She falls from a tree and knocks herself out.  When she awakens, she goes home like usual.  But when she sleeps at night, she finds herself traveling to other planets...Image Comics let me read this story for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Bortema is the oldest child in the family and she's not happy with her life.  She longs for adventure, for independence, and to get away from her parents.  All they do is let her work for them, she has no fun.  But she has a brother she doesn't want to leave behind.Her dreams take her to Read More
  • The Fallen Star (The Nocturnals #3) by Tracey Hecht

    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    As they watch the falling stars and admire the beautiful light show, they notice that one is coming down towards them.  When it hits the earth, they don't believe what happens!Fabled Films sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 5th.They meet an aye-aye named Iris who spouts off about danger and how they need to know her secrets.  They're not even sure if she's friendly and maintain their distance.  When they don't respond like she wants them to, she takes off.As usual, Bismark is being important.  Dawn is really the brains Read More
  • The Land of Nod by Robert Hunter

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mr. Hunter's illustrations of this classic tale by Robert Louis Stevenson is lovely.  As the poem moves along, the graphics take you on the journey this young one takes in his mind...Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.The boy in the story has broken his leg and uses crutches to get around.  When he goes to bed at night, he's well in his dream and travels about the land.  Children's dreams can be great fantasy and this boy is really Read More
  • Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations by Simon Brett

    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Mrs. Pargeter's husband has been dead for a number of years now but she will let no one say anything bad about him.  He was a wonderful provider, left her plenty of money and a little black book that has all his old contacts on it.  She uses them to help her through life now.  One drives her, one is detective and there are all kinds of other skills within the black book.  She even got one to make her safe secure.  But evil doesn't go away just because you're prepared...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this Read More
  • Tightening the Threads by Lea Wait

    Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sarah is an antique dealer here in town and Angie is friends with her.  When Sarah admits she's found relatives in town and is to meet the rest of her cousins, she asks Angie to come to the event with her and help.  She wants her mostly for moral support.  She's going to need it...Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 28th.Ted runs an art gallery and has some very expensive paintings from his father's work.  What he didn't know was that he had an Aussie relative Read More
  • Dream Eater by K. Bird Lincoln

    Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is fantasy filled with mythological creatures, gods, and a war between good and evil.  Koi has always known if she touches someone and makes contact with them, she sees more than she wants to.  She picks up fragments that make her dream about their wishes and hopes.  Some of the things she sees are real, real bad.  So she stays away from people.  But not everyone wants her to kept her skills hidden; they want her to use them.World Weaver Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 4th.Her Read More
  • The Man From Tucson by Mason Macrae

    Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sam didn't get the letter until almost a year had passed.  He packed up and headed out to help Tom but he was too late.  He'd been shot and was bed bound and didn't speak much.  But Sam could tell something wasn't quite right.  Especially since he caught some Indians picking on a young woman.  They were going to scalp her.  He stopped them, then he found out they weren't Indian, they were white.Pioneering Press allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.When the woman Sam was Read More
  • Plain Missing by Emma Miller

    Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Rachel owns the local bed and breakfast but when her mother has breast cancer and must use chemotherapy, she moves home to fill in and help.  Her mother still won't speak to her because she didn't get baptized but Rachel still loves her home and the community.  It hurts but she accepts it because she knows the reason she does it.Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 28th.Amish parents host singing nights with the young ones.  They provide food and drink and chaperone them until bedtime.  They Read More
  • The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts by Avi

    Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Oliver is awakened by a big storm on the coast.  When he goes downstairs to see how his father is doing, he finds him gone.  It seems he took off to London, perhaps to see his sister who went there earlier.  But why now?Algonquin Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 16th.It's unfortunate that his father has made so many enemies in town.  When they realize his father is gone and he's all alone, they accuse him of being younger than he is and stick him in the Read More
  • The Endicott Evil by Gregory Harris

    Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Did Adelaide jump or was she pushed?  Scotland Yard thinks it's suicide.  Her sister thinks it's murder.  They're both right...Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 28th.This was a confusing mystery.  The facts Pendragon and Pruitt come up with are mixed.  The gossip is both true and false.  Those questioned don't want to be involved.  As you watch the main characters dance around and visit people from the past, it doesn't seem like they are making much progress.  But, suddenly, Pendragon calls everyone together to talk about Read More
  • The Wingsnatchers: Carmer and Grit: Book One by Sarah Jean Horwitz

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carmer is a magician's apprentice and he enjoys his job and the people he works with.  When he attends a demonstration of a magical new power that can light lamps, he's fascinated.  When his magician is outshined by a performance by an unknown magician, he's amazed.  He's also curious.  Especially since he's noticed mechanical cats wandering around the streets of the city.  Where did they come from?Algonquin Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 25th.Carmer wants them to win the magician's contest because they are out of Read More
  • Death in the Abstract: A Katherine Sullivan Mystery by Emily Barnes

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's living in New Mexico now that she's retired and she loves it.  She paints at an artist colony that she has reserved a home in and life is good.  Then a phone call comes in from a friend's office saying that he's missing and hasn't shown up for work...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 9th.Nathan Walker is an old friend and someone she's even thinking of romantically since they are widow and widower now.  She doesn't want to lose him so she heads back Read More
  • The Tragically True Adventures of Kit Donovan by Patricia Bailey

    Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Life in a mining town is never easy, but Kit has more to feel guilty about than most.  She got too busy watching the people in the dance hall and didn't get the doctor in time for her mother.  When she dies from her cold, Kit wishes she'd died instead.  As she and her father struggle on, he gets hurt in a mining accident.  She wants to tell everyone about the unsafe mining conditions, so she tells the newspaper reporter about it.  He prints it.  Then the mine owner kills her father.  Everyone said it was self-defense, but she knew Read More
  • Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Noemi is seventeen and is getting ready to die.  She's going to be one of the suicide squad breaking up the gate (worm hole) from her world to earth and other planets.  It's a sacrifice required for the greater good.  By blocking the gate it will give her country more time to build weapons to defend themselves.  But the war starts early...Little Brown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 4th.When enemy ships come through gate while they are practicing their approach, she's suddenly fighting Read More
  • The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's newly divorced and she and her children are going to make a fresh start.  She's moved to a small house near the woods, right behind the big house of her landlord.  She's a bit hesitant but it's cheaper and not far from her ex so visitations won't be a hassle.  But she's got a sore heart and isn't ready to enter the dating world or even the "mom" world at school.  Sometimes you just don't have any choice.Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 11th.Merilee finds her Read More
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