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  • 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
  • Curiosity House: The Fearsome Firebird by Lauren Oliver, H. C. Chester

    Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    In this odd museum, you have all kinds of oddities.  There's a flea circus, genetically altered children who have strange abilities, a cowboy, a pilot, and more.  There are regularly scheduled performances and spontaneous performances.  The whole group is living happily together.  Then someone poisons the fleas.  After the funeral, the General goes to brace the character selling flea poison out in front of their business.  He's sure he's involved.HarperCollins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 11th.When the police show up to arrest the General for the murder of Read More
  • Thomas Haftmann, Private Eye: The Short Stories by Robb White

    Sun, 19 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This collection is full of stories about walking around on the dark side of town.  No cozy mysteries here.  Everything is tense, mean, and dangerous.  And Mr. White's character, Thomas Haftmann, walks in fearlessly and with his gun.  He's an ex-cop now a PI, and he's willing to do what he has to if it pays well.Mr. White sent me a copy of his book for me to read and review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now either in ebook or print.These are stories you won't easily forget.  The Kneeling Woman is grotesque Read More
  • Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman

    Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Bernie is at the big basketball game in Shiprock watching the current players playing the alumni.  She suddenly feels the earth shake a bit and goes outside to see what's going on.  A car in the lot has been blown up.  She's not on duty, but she takes charge and calls in help.  When the scene finally settles down, there's a young man close to the car who dies from his injuries.  Was he the bomber or an innocent person just walking by?Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be Read More
  • Souls of Men (An Elaine Hope Mystery #1) by A.R. Ashworth

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Elaine Hope and her superior investigate a case were a young woman was brutally beaten to death.  They find her on the cameras to the point where she exited the bus.  A guy with a hoodie on followed after her.  Once they identify him, Benson believes they've found their killer.  Elaine is not so sure.Crooked Lane Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published April 11th.They question Peter, check his statements and Benson is positive he did it.  He gets so worked up about it he suffers a heart attack.  Read More
  • The Prince and the Porker by Peter Bently

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Pignatius Pig loves good food and when he sees ten buns cooling on the windowsill, he's sure he can steal one and no one will notice.  But once he has one, he eats them all!Abrams shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.When the buns are gone, he sneaks into the kitchen.  Before he can do much damage, the cook finds him.  He runs into the castle to escape her.  With various servants after him, he hides in a bedroom.  There's a dress-up chest in Read More
  • Dream Magic by Joshua Khan

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Lily uses the magic she's learned to save Thorn from death, her whole castle turns against her.  There's an old tale about women having magic that started all the trouble through the ages.  It doesn't help when the trolls on their way, people in villages have been disappearing and the undead are walking.  What's worse is when they are going to autopsy a couple of dead villagers, they erupt.  They were full of crystal spiders...Disney Hyperion and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 11th.  This book is even Read More
  • Burials: A Faye Longchamp Mystery #10 by Mary Anna Evans

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Faye and her husband, Joe, are going back to his home town for his father's sake.  He wants to spread his wife's ashes from years ago and is going to have an informal gathering to do it.  Joe is just barely getting along with his father and this isn't a convenient time but he needs to go.  Faye goes along and signs on for a temporary archeologist job in the same town.  She's going to be sorry she did.Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you Read More
  • Dead Man's Rapids by William Durbin; Barbara Durbin

    Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's thirteen and working with his best friend and his dad on the wanigan (the floating cook shack).  All is going well, his father is a good cook, and he's having fun even if it is a lot of work.  Then his father fell in love and decides to quit the job; he's staying.  Ben and Never go to work as cooking assistants.  They'll be grabbing a new cook shortly...University of Minnesota Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 11th.The old fashioned ways of logging are part my Read More
  • The Crane Girl by Curtis Manley, Lin Wong

    Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    A young Japanese boy helps a crane escape a trap.  Her leg was caught but he was able to free her and pet her a bit before she leaves.  He is surprised to find a young girl at his door a days later but he takes her in to meet his father.  She's looking for a place to stay and offers to clean and work around the house.  The father tells her as long as she works, she can stay.Shen's Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this story for review (thank you).  It is being published today, so you Read More
  • A Bridge Across The Ocean by Susan Meissner

    Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story begins during WW1.  The Queen Mary is taking war brides to the states to reunite with their husbands.  Not everyone on the boat is what they seem...Berkley Books allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.The story is a bit broken up at the beginning because you are getting the back story of the two main characters of that era.  You can piece it together, though and it smooths out as you read further.Three women are roommates on this trip and they become friends on the trip over.  At the end, Read More
  • Kill Devil Falls by Brian Klingborg

    Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Helen is a US Marshall and she's been sent to pick up a fugitive.  While in route, she gets a call that tells her she has a new destination.  It's a small jail in Kill Devil Falls.  When she arrives, she finds it's a ghost town with very few residents.  She also knows someone sabotaged her tire at the restaurant she stopped at.  The only thing she can figure is that it must have been her fugitive's boyfriend.  So she's on the watch for him.  She should be on the watch for the town residents...Midnight Ink and Net Galley allowed Read More
  • Red Cloud: A Lakota Story of War and Surrender by S.D. Nelson

    Mon, 13 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Indian history always fascinates me.  It's sad, it's a clash of cultures, and differences still exist today.  But it's American History and I hope we can learn from it.Abrams Young Reader's sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.This book has the look of a journal and includes photographs and paintings.  It's a story of people fighting for their land and their way of life.  It's also full of soldiers who think they are less than human and consider them savages.  The Indians did get nasty as the war kept Read More
  • Called to Justice: A Quaker Midwife Mystery #2 by Edith Maxwell

    Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rose is enjoying the evening fireworks with her boyfriend when the evening is ruined by the death of young lady.  Her boyfriend is a doctor so he goes to her aid and finds she has been shot.  There is no sign of a gun so she didn't shoot herself.  Who did?  Rose knew she was pregnant and the father would have nothing to do with the child nor would he marry her.  But she didn't know who he was.Midnight Ink and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 8th.When the Read More
  • No Way Home: A Zoe Chambers Mystery by Annette Dashofy

    Sun, 12 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Zoe is going on a ride with clients using her horses.  When everyone gets saddled up and ready to go, a horse comes back to the stables, riderless.  She cancels the ride and goes out to find the rider.  She finds him, dead.Henery Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 14th.Zoe feels an obligation to help with the investigation because the man died in her woods.  He's an important person in the fight over fracking.  Might that have been the reason he died?  After all, he'd been shot, not Read More
  • Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

    Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She goes away to a business conference for a day and when she returns her boyfriend isn't there.  Neither are any of his belongings.  After four years together, he disappears in a day without even saying goodbye?  All of her things are back where they used to be before he brought his stuff in.  Even the quilt that was on the bed when she left has been exchanged for an old one of hers.  It was his, you see...Berkley and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published April 11th.Hannah Read More
  • Blood and Circuses Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries #6 by Kerry Greenwood

    Sat, 11 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Phryne is bored.  When a person from her past knocks on the door and asks her to look into the various "accidents" at the circus, she's not sure she wants to.  He asks her if she'd bored, she says yes.  Then she says yes to going undercover at the circus.  It will be very different for her.  She's rich, has servants,  has beautiful cothes and a wonderful home.  She'll be transitioning to a life where she owns nothing, not even her name.  She's going to become a horseback rider in the circus...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to Read More
  • The Horror on the Links by Seabury Quinn

    Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of horror stories that were published in Weird Tales magazine.  They were written in the 1920's.  There will be more compilations as this author contributed to most of their magazines.  Read this and you will get a blast of the past...Night Shade Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 4th.The French doctor reminds me a whole lot of Hercule Poirot.  He, too, uses his little grey matter to figure out what extraordinary thing is going on.  He tackles any case, no matter how Read More
  • The Road Home by Katie Cotton, Sarah Jacoby (Illustrations)

    Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a sweet book about animals.  The illustrations are pastel and peaceful.  It's always a long road home when you're away and this rhyme recognizes that.Abrams Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Winter is setting in and the animals are getting ready for it.  The birds fly south, the mice gather food and get ready to hunker down.  Even the wolves are catching prey so they can sleep away part of the winter.  There are more animals to visit with in the story.  Despite the wolves, Read More
  • The Straightshooter by Hank Madison

    Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Floyd is a deputy, has a girl, and has a friend in jail.  When she pressures him to let Dave loose, he says no and they break up.  Now he has an injured heart, isn't sure about Dave's guilt, and a gang member in jail.  The rest of the gang will be trying to break him out.  Can he and the sheriff withstand them?Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  You can buy it now on Amazon as an ebook.When Floyd goes back to his cabin, the gang is waiting for him.  Read More
  • Romancing the Rogue by Erica Ridley

    Thu, 09 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She lives in a castle that is filled with ghosts and she has become expert at bookkeeping and billiards.  Her guardian has forgotten she's even around.  She stays away from the servants.  And she enjoys her life.  Unfortunately, her guardian dies...The author and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 21st.Her new guardian wants her out of the castle and married by the end of the month.  She's not even dating but he doesn't care.  He tells she can choose or he will do it for her.When the will is being Read More
  • Magic in the City by Heather Dyer

    Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jake and Simon are not happy about having to leave their home in Canada and move to England.  Their cousin wasn't much fun when she came to visit and they'll be leaving all their friends behind.  But with their dad in prison and their mom unable to continue house payments they have no choice.  They're traveling resentfully and they're being crabby until they come out of train station and see a magician.  He's selling off the tools of his trade.  The boys have no money but they end up with three items anyway.  They have no idea what they have...Kids Read More
  • Miss Seeton's Finest Hour by Hamilton Crane, Heron Carvic

    Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This story is a prequel to Miss Seeton's further adventures with the secret service.  She's an art teacher living with her mother and she has been making sketches of areas around London because they look interesting.  The secret service division thinks she's a spy.  Especially since her drawing are showing military secrets not shared with the public.  She draws more than she sees but she doesn't realize it...Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.It was fun to read about a younger Miss Read More
  • The Forgetting Spell by Lauren Myracle

    Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When you live in a magical town where wishes can come true, you need to be cautious about spells and wishes.  Darya is only six when she asks for her first spell...Katherine Tegen Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 4th.Darya really misses her mother and still doesn't know why she left.  Her older sister knows something about it but won't share.  Her younger one doesn't remember her much so she's not so sad.  As Darya feels her way through life, she gets womanly advice from her aunts.  But Read More
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