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  • Murder in the Dark: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries #16 by Kerry Greenwood

    Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Phryne isn't sure she wants to go to a big party at Christmas but when she gets a note warning her not to come, she makes up her mind.  She's going!Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.She knows the "golden" couple who are hosting the event.  They've rented a house, have a big blowout planned with lots of booze and drugs, and lots of people.  Once she's arrived, she starts getting notes left where she can find them with riddles on them.  She has to Read More
  • Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover by Audrey Penn

    Sun, 16 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Chester Raccoon is the sweetest little fella.  He loves his Mama dearly and even though he's going for a play day and a sleepover, he can't leave until she gives his hand a kiss.Tanglewood Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 16th.This is a wonderful series for little ones.  Chester has a great day playing with all his friends but when it comes time to go to bed, he can't sleep.  The mother opossum finds him an adult to walk him home and he feels so much better when Read More
  • Moon Shadow by Erin Downing

    Sat, 15 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lucia has never learned to stand up for herself or to say what she really feels.  She gets bullied by a girl at school, loses her boyfriend to her, and is afraid to audition for the play.  But all that is about to change...Aladdin and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 16th.When she goes to a party with her new friends, she intends to spend the night on the roof and to watch the eclipse.  What happens is she gets lost in the house and ends up on the wrong side Read More
  • Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer

    Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if you went to sleep in your bed at the boarding school and woke up forty years earlier?  Same bed, same school, but everything else is different.  Could you adjust?NYRB Kids and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 9th.Charlotte isn't sure what to do or how to do it.  She finds she has a sister just like she does in the present but now she's being called Clare instead of Charlotte.  It seems she and Clare have traded places.  As she begins to adjust and tries to Read More
  • The Thirst by Jo Nesbo

    Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harry is teaching a police course at college now.  He's married, has a stepson, and has quit drinking.  Then an unusual murder happens and the police chief asks him to come back and work on the case.  He won't be a cop but he wants to catch this murderer.  He reminds him of a case long ago.  He agrees.  It will cause him heartache.Knopf Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 9th.Harry caught and convicted the man who did this type of crime in the past.  He's still in Read More
  • Boo by Ben Newman

    Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Are you easy to scare?  This book will show you that everyone has fears but you won't guess who scares the last creature in this book!Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can grab a copy.The limited text and vibrant graphics make this picture book come alive.  Each animal scares the next one who's telling how brave they are.  At the end, the story comes full circle when the mouse shows up again and scares a huge animal.  What fun!Little ones will enjoy making Read More
  • Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle

    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This was not what I expected.  I thought it'd be a fun fantasy read with mellow characters and a bit of silliness.  Instead, this is the story of a young girl and her mother who have fallen through the cracks of social aid.  It's a bit sad and what's worse is it is true things like this happen...Antheneum Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 16th.Hillary is pretty much a loner at school.  She has casual friends, is good at her studies and doesn't attract much attention.  When a Read More
  • Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure by Sue Wickstead

    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jay-Jay is a double decker bus that was rehabilitated into a children's play room.  There are toys, books, and lots of games and things to do.  It's like bringing a playground in a bus.  Children love it!The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can get this and a copy of her first book about Jay-Jay.  This is based on a true story:  There was such a bus.Jay-Jay learns he's going to an island to meet the children there.  He's excited about that but he's not Read More
  • Beyond the Wild River by Sarah Maine

    Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Evelyn grew up in Scotland on her father's estate.  She's nineteen, has been well protected and she's not had much contact with other men.  Now she's going to the world's fair in Chicago and they will go fishing in Canada.  She hasn't fished with him in a long time so that should be interesting.  What she doesn't know is about her father's other plans...Atria sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published April 18th.Evelyn and her father have a secret.  Something happened years ago that neither have talked about.  She lost Read More
  • Porridge the Tartan Cat and the Bash-Crash-Ding by Alan Dapré and Yuliya Somina

    Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a fun, nonsensical story about a cat that has fur colored like a tartan.  He lives with his family and tries to keep them safe and well informed.  It would work a lot better if they understood his meows...Myrick Marketing & Media and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.You can tell when you begin to read this story that it's written by someone with a sense of humor.  After all, the cat lives by Loch Loch with the quirky McFun family: Gadget Grandad, Groovy Gran, Dino Dad, Read More
  • 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
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