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  • Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen

    Sat, 12 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harry loves his trees.  He knows all their Latin names and he lusts over getting another for his collection.  That's why his wife is standing there waiting for him on the way to the movie.  And that's why the freak accident gets her.MIRA sent an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published June 12th.This was a different read.  There's Harry grieving for his wife and hiding in the woods and there is a young woman searching for her Dad.  She sees Harry but avoids him.  As time goes on, they get a bit Read More
  • Brief Cases by Jim Butcher

    Fri, 11 May 2018 01:15:00 Permalink
    This is a mixed bag of short stories about Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard.  Harry does things the way he wants with those he likes to work with.  Needless to day, that doesn't go over well in a professional society...Ace and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 5th.I found this collection very interesting.  It's full of pieces.  Beginnings and endings and even some way before with other characters.  You might be reading some pieces that sound familiar but even they have chunks of odd new information that Read More
  • The Hawkman by Jane Rosenberg LaForge

    Thu, 10 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an eerie tale that seems to repeat itself again and again in wartime.  He's been so battered and bruised even when he was innocent he gained the nickname "Hawkman."Amberjack Publishing and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.Along the way he meets a Jewish school mistress who wants to save him from himself.  As the tale goes on and on, few things alter.   He moves in with her and they hide together.  Half the time he still hides from her.  War damaged people take a long time to Read More
  • A Stone's Throw: An Ellie Stone Mystery by James W Ziskin

    Wed, 09 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When a building burns on an old property, the sheriff barely checks it. He calls it arson and closes the case.  But a reporter finds two dead people in the barn...Seven Street Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.Ellie Stone finds this isn't a new story.  Thoroughbred horse-racing can be deadly and can be rigged by those good at writing.  Somehow a jockey from Canada has been working in New York under another name.  He was declareded dead long ago and now they think he's the man who Read More
  • The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

    Tue, 08 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    A woman goes into the funeral parlor to plan her funeral.  She wants it done her own way.  Six hours later she's dead.  Someone strangled her...Harper and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.This is an odd little tale.  An ex-policeman offers a book deal to a writer.  He wants to write about this investigation that he intends to solve and get 50% of the profit.  The writer hasn't written true crime before but the case interests him.  The only problem is that these two get along like oil and Read More
  • The High Climber of Dark Water Bay by Caroline Arden

    Mon, 07 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Lizzie is an orphan who lives with her sister and her husband.  The depression is making money short for everyone, so when her uncle writes and offers to give her a job for the summer, her sister makes arrangements to send her.  Lizzie isn't excited to be sent to a logging camp but she has no choice.  She also has to travel by herself...Turner and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.Her uncle was to meet her but he's not there when she arrives.  She does see the name of Read More
  • Fire in the Hatch by E.C.R. Lorac

    Sun, 06 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a wounded war veteran who wants to rent the Little Thatch long term.  He plans to marry in the future.  He likes living alone and minding his own business.  That still didn't keep him from getting killed...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review.  It will be published June 5th.The thatch burns down and takes him with it.  Everyone believes it was an accident except his previous superior and the neighbor renting to him.  Finally Inspector Mcdonald is called in.  He finds various odd facts but nothing that amounts to proof.  But he doesn't Read More
  • Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

    Sat, 05 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her boyfriend died in his senior year.  She mourned him for months and now a friend of hers has asked her to come stay with them at an old house close to the quarry.  Does she know her friends as well as she thinks she does?  She knows he didn't commit suicide even if that's what the police think.Delacourte Sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.This is a strange story.  Beatrice and her six friends are caught up in a circle of time.  They have so much time Read More
  • Dreams of Falling by Karen White

    Fri, 04 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Larkin gets a phone call saying her mother is missing, she leaves New York and goes to find her.  She's been fragile lately and she wants to be sure she'd OK.  It's been nine years since she left and she'd rather not go back but she has no choice...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.She was totally mortified by a boy she had a crush on and her father was having an affair.  She left for the big city where no one would know the past Read More
  • Seven Bad Cats by Moe Bonneau

    Thu, 03 May 2018 10:47:00 Permalink
    I'm a cat person.  I have two Bengal cats we both love (they picked their humans) and they're charming, amusing and keep you entertained.  So do the ones in this story!Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.A little girl heads out to go fishing.  When she gets in her boat, the cats follow her.  They're no help.  They eat her bait, try to nap on the oars, shred her sails, and when it seems like they've done all the damage they can, they manage to turn over Read More
  • Tiny Crimes by Lincoln Michel, Nadxieli Nieto

    Wed, 02 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a collection of short short stories.  It's an eclectic grouping of odd stories that will make you think.  If you don't follow them closely you might not get it.  And some really had no ending.  It's an unusual interesting read.Black Balloon Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.The first story is the most confusing and the most ironic.  There are four characters all named John.  They are planning a heist.  The manager is the one planning it.  The John's working for him plan to Read More
  • Sawdust in His Shoes by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

    Tue, 01 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Joe has grown up in the circus.  He's a bareback rider who lives to perform.  He knows he's good, and he's hoping he can become a star attraction.  When he rides out hearing the crowd cheering for him, he's on a high.  He knows good things are coming.  Then he hears the big cat's growling...Edelweiss and Plough Publishing House let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.His father is big cat trainer and he's also the victim of a big cat attack.  All of sudden, Joe is all alone in the world except Read More
  • Probable Claws by Rita Mae Brown

    Mon, 30 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of the past and present times in Virginia.  I almost found it confusing.  I was interested in both stories but in one chapter you're in one era and the next you're in present day.  I found myself wavering between which story I wanted to follow the most...Bantam and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 29th.The history was interesting.  It's set in the early days of the formation of the states and they have negro slaves and breed horses.  There's more than one formidable woman Read More
  • Life During Wartime by Katie Rogin

    Mon, 30 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Surviving during a war doesn't make life easier.  You come home injured, either in body or mind, and have to set about trying to be normal.  There is no normal in war...Mastodon Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 15th.Jim is still trying to come to terms with 9-11 and the loss of his brother.  They never even found anything to bury.  He's existing but he doesn't have any enjoyment in life anymore.  Then his sister-in-law calls and tells him Ryan's daughter is missing.  She just came back Read More
  • The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths

    Sun, 29 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ruth is invited by an old friend to visit Italy and look over some unusual bones he's found in an archeological dig.  She and her daughter and a lady friend and her son decide to go together.  It's a very old body with few signs to identify its age but it was buried upside down and with a stone in its mouth.  That's an oddity that might make it easier to age.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 15th.This is a tale of past history, Read More
  • Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean (Time Twisters #2) by Steve Sheinkin

    Sun, 29 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    I love pirates and I couldn't see Abigail Adams acting like one.  So I asked to read this story...The author graciously sent me a copy to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.She might be the second first lady but she's real tired of living in a white house that isn't finished and hanging her laundry inside so it will dry.  He's busy with business but she's bored.  So she decides she'd like to be a pirate.  After all, even if she can't get her husband to listen about equality for Read More
  • Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant

    Sat, 28 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Flora is nine years old and she loves the small town they live in.  It's quiet, the people are nice and she's making a new friend.  She even gets to read the children's books in the used bookstore her mom works part time in.  They do have a family challenge.  Her parents are separated and live in separate homes.  She spends time with each and is hoping they will get together again...Beach Lane Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 15th.This has the feel of the old Read More
  • A Shimmer of Hummingbirds by Steve Burrows

    Fri, 27 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Domenic loves where he lives, his girlfriend and his job.  His cases have been complicated and hard to figure out but his staff is good and he's smart so they've been successful.  Now if he could just save his brother...One World Publications and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.Domenic takes some time off and goes out birdwatching.  His love knows he's also looking for clues about why what happened happened to his brother.  His brother took a man deep in the jungle to find an elusive hummingbird and the Read More
  • Riders of the Realm Across The Dark Water by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

    Fri, 27 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    The Sandwen clan use flying horses to protect themselves from intruders.  There weren't any wild flying horses.  And then some flew over the Kingdom.  Where were they from?HarperCollins sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.Rahkki has a special relationship with the flying horses but he's afraid of heights.  When one wild horse is captured, another comes to join her.  The captured one is more like a pet, the one that surrendered is more of a warrior.  She came back to help the other one escape.  That is going Read More
  • Spindrift and the Orchid by Emma Trevayne

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Spindrift lives with her grandfather in his magic shop.  He knows where everything is and his customers love shopping there.  She manages the counter when he's out although she can't find everything they want, sometimes they have to come back.  It's only when this man comes in and almost threatens her that she gets scared.  When her grandfather returns, he tells her not to talk to the man again, he'll deal with him.Simon & Schuster Books for Young Children and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.What she finds is Read More
  • The Hidden Kingdom: The Nocturnals Book 4 by Tracey Hecht (Goodreads Author), Sarah Fieber (Goodreads Author), Kate Liebman (Illustrations)

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    The Nocturnal team is back again and on another unusual adventure.   They are having a drought and when they go to look for water, they find the pond that's always there has been drained.  Who took all the water?Fabled Film Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  The book has been published and you can grab a copy now.I like this series.  Where else do you find pangolin as a major character?  The flying squirrel annoys me, but I love Dawn, the red fox.  They are always learning something new and when they Read More
  • Death Rides the Ferry by Patricia Skalka

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's a musical performance going on that the Sheriff takes a day off to attend.  He enjoys the show but also has his eye out for wrong doers.  Unfortunately, the wrong doing took part on the ferry...University of Wisconsin Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.It's initially thought that she died of a heart attack but it was a strange chemical that killed her.  As he searches for her killer, he finds that it ties back to the first time that performance was done on the island.  Then Read More
  • David's Christmas Wish by Lisa Reinicke

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    All he wants for Christmas is a goldfish.  Forget the other presents.  Just get him a goldfish.  They did but it died right before Christmas...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.The only thing they can do is try to buy another one.  However, they're in the middle of a blizzard.  Dad can't even find the car.  So he dresses warmly and sets out for the pet store...The story is cute and heartwarming.  Scot McDonald's illustrations make the snow feel cold.  This story Read More
  • The Ghost, The Owl by Sara Richard Franco

    Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fascinating fantasy tale that captures your imagination.  When an owl finds a ghost, he doesn't know what to do...Action Lab Entertainment and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.The ghost is not sure why she's there either and while they chat about that, the owl notices a man harassing the lady who had saved him when he was a baby.  She fed him, helped him heal, and then released him into the wild to live his life.  He helps her fight off the man.  This gets him Read More
  • Oothar the Blue by Brandon Reese

    Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Oothar is depressed.  He doesn't want to do any of his regular duties.  Slaying dragons and all the other barbarian activities that he normally does just don't have any charm for him anymore.  What's he to do?Lion Forge and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 15th.As he goes out and walks around he just gets more depressed and angry.  He finally has a fit and starts acting out.  He's cutting things, destroying stone and more.  When a Minotaur shows up he intends to kill him.  But the Minotaur Read More
  • Surface Tension by Mike Mullin

    Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He races bikes and is doing very well at it.  That means he practices a lot and he has several routes he takes.  He sure never expected to run into a bunch of trucks on the back road he was on.  What's worse is he saw something they didn't want him to.  He's hurt, left for dead, but survives.  That's not the end of them trying to murder him...Tanglewood and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.What's most terrifying about this story is that the terrorists are home grown.  Read More
  • This Is a Taco! by Andrew Cangelose, Josh Shipley

    Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a fun book to read that should charm the young ones.  He's actually a squirrel but he only agreed to be in the book because they said there would be tacos...Lion Forge and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be available for sale May 1st.This starts as an educational book about squirrels.  But the squirrel rewrites the book, removing the predator, and creating a lunch scene.  He wants tacos!The illustrations are charming and the storyline makes you laugh.  What more could you want? Read More
  • Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand

    Sun, 22 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of two women in different time periods who have magic powers.  No one really trusts them, they're afraid of what they can do.  But they think it might be the prophecy coming true.  Just which one of the queens is it?Sourcebooks Fire sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 22nd.The tale is told in alternating chapters; one in present day and one in the past.  I found it a bit confusing because both women are strong characters and they are facing similar challenges.  This is Read More
  • The Inventors at No. 8 by A. M. Morgen

    Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Just how far would you ride on a mechanical bird that can really fly?  George is still trying to decide that...Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 8th.This story is great fun.  The girl across the street is a great inventor, has lots of imagination and tells good tales.  She says she's telling the truth but not everything is the true.  When a man tries to rob George of his last asset in life, a map from his grandfather, her mechanical raven Read More
  • The Otter of Death by Betty Webb

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Teddy is counting otters and checking for any dead ones along the coast line.  When she sees her favorite, she sees that the tool she's using to open shells is a cell phone.  She lures her close, grabs the phone, and then the search changes.  She calls the cops and now it's a search for a dead man...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.The man who was killed was married to a young woman with money.  It didn't make him stay true to her Read More
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