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  • Harvey's Hideout by Russell Hoban, Lillian Hoban

    Fri, 26 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harvey and Mildred are brother and sister.  They don't like each other.  I was the older sister with the younger brother (I wanted a little sister, no dumb boy) and I can certainly relate to how I felt at their age...Plough Publishing House and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 4th.I love the illustrations the Hoban books have.  They're old fashioned, quaint, and just right for the flavor of the story.When the two argue all the time, their mother loses patience with them and asks their father to Read More
  • The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

    Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They told her that her husband was on drugs and that's why he lost control of his car and died.  Her husband didn't use drugs.  She insists it was murder.  The police tell her they'll file charges against her for filing false reports.  She's ready to move away from the city of his death and start life anew.  She decides she'll work on refurbishing an old home.  She'll fulfill his dream even if he's not here to help her do it...Bethany House sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so Read More
  • Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

    Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Arram is studying to be a mage.  He's moving through the grades faster than older students and that gets him harassed.  He doesn't have any friends.  But that's about to change.  He gets a new roommate.  He's the "leftover prince" who will probably never get to be the king; he's too far down the line.  But no one can see the future...Random House Books for Young Readers sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published February 6th.This author's words always speak to me.  She writes about magical worlds and powers and Read More
  • Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

    Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This has a flavor of a cross between Star Wars and Star Trek.  Ana was found floating in a space pod with a robot taking care of her.  The pirate ship salvaged her and then adopted her.  She's happy being a pirate.  Then she finds out she's royalty...Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 27th.Her best friend is her robot.  She loves him and he'd follow her anywhere.  But when they find a derelict ship and find danger on board, he dies by killing the malware in Read More
  • The Fast and the Furriest by Sofie Ryan

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When an attractive female shows up at Sarah's store looking for Mac, she tells her he's out on a boat and won't be back until later.  She leaves her cell number and emphasizes she must talk to him.  Before she gets a chance to talk to him, she ends up dead.  The worst part is that cops think Mac did it!Berkley and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 6th.Sarah just knows Mac wouldn't do that.  But how can she prove it?  She and her cat, Elvis, talk Read More
  • Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:30:00 Permalink
    Wintersong broke my heart.  Shadowsong healed it.  These stories grab your soul and make you care about the characters, even the ones of legend...Wednesday Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 6th.Liesl is hoping music will save her from her sorrow.  She's tried hard to help her brother in his musical career.  But they're not a team anymore.  He's hiding something from her.  It doesn't help that  he's in Vienna and she's home.  She's about to lose her mind trying to keep the inn going and dealing with Read More
  • Death of an Honest Man by M. C. Beaton

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hamish meets the new resident in his district and immediately is put off by his comments.  He indicates he thinks Hamish dyes his hair red and tells his deputy he must be gay.  They don't visit long.Grand Central Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 20th.Paul is really a bully and blackmailer.  Hamish wished he'd moved someplace else.  But while Paul makes trouble for him, his boss is even more dangerous.  The man he reports to wants to kill him because he keeps solving all the cases he gets.  Read More
  • The Boggart Fights Back by Susan Cooper

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Set in Scotland, this is the story of a developer who only sees what money he can make from a development.  He's bought the farm that was there, is working on buying the castle, and he makes their grandfather a generous offer for his little grocery store on the water front.  But grandpa isn't selling.  So the man intends to drive him out.  The problem is that he doesn't understand that some of the legends in Scotland are real...Margaret K. McElderry Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 27th.Allie Read More
  • The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    CeCe is adopted and has five sisters.  She's very different from them because Pa Salt brought her home from Australia.  She and her sisters are devastated after their father's death.  They still have Ma, but Pa was their champion.  CeCe drops out of the college art classes and thinks about what she wants to do next.  She decides to look for her family.  After all, she has a picture from the past.  Maybe that will help...Atria Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 23rd.What she finds is that her Read More
  • Lucy Castor Finds Her Sparkle by Natasha Lowe

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lucy spent her summer with her relatives and is back and ready to go to school.  She can't wait to see her best friend again.  They work on magic together.  But her friend has changed.  She's joined a new group and isn't interesting in the games they used to play.  Now Lucy is all alone again and hates it.  She gets invited to be a sparkle girl but that's not what she wants to do.  So she sits at lunch alone...Paula Wiseman Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 20th.I Read More
  • A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Stoker's expedition partner from the past suddenly goes missing with a valuable diadem, it's beginning to look like Stoker might be charged with murder.  After all, he was back in the local area with his wife, who used to be Stoker's wife...Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published January 16th.Veronica Speedwell is not a shy retiring Victorian lady.  She's full of spit and vinegar and cares less about what people think of her.  But she's fond of Stoker and she doesn't like him being maligned.  Then the owner Read More
  • Claws for Concern by Miranda James

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charlie loves his new grandson and between volunteering at the library and then babysitting, his life is full.  Diesel helps him with the babysitting.  He's always loved the library so it's no hardship.  When he sees a new patron, he thinks he looks familiar, but he's no one he knows.  Then he finds out that they are related...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 20th.Discretely working around what he's been told by the man, he finds that his uncle, who had been briefly married to another woman before Read More
  • The French Girl by Lexie Elliott

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When they graduated from college, they went on a vacation to celebrate.  Celebrate they did and some of them hooked up in relationships, but it would come back to haunt them later in life.  Finding a dead body in a well will do that for you...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 20th.This was a very interesting read.  It looks back at the personalities of the students, the things they wanted in the past, and how much they want to save what they have at the present time.  They've Read More
  • The Snake Mistake Mystery: The Great Mistake Mysteries by Sylvia McNicoll

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    His father is running a dog walking business and Stephen and his good friend, Renee, work for him.  They love the dogs, have fun walking around town and they use liver treats to make them behave.  All is going well until someone accuses the father of stealing from the houses.  He has the keys and they weren't broken into so it had to be him, right?Dundurn and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 20th.Stephen knows his dad didn't do it.  So he and Renee start looking for clues.  Renee's brother Read More
  • Death by a Whisker: A Cat Rescue Mystery by T. C. LoTempio

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are having a big event at the bookstore to raise money for the cat rescue facility.  It's not good news when the author that was coming to sign has an accident and can't make it.  However, they find another one that is willing to come and donate part of the profits on the sales of the books.  The bad news is that the woman who is coming, while she's a big star, is hated by several people in town.  Then she dies at the book signing...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review Read More
  • Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine, Ann Aguirre

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's following a different drummer.  She had horrendous headaches when she was young and her father thought it was all an act.  She's been in out of hospitals, been in mental health care facilities and she survived.  But when her mother and her sibling moved to Mars to get away from her father, she stayed.  A dome on Mars just reminds her of a jail cell.  So she moves to the Zone.  It's an outlaw land that all the losers hang out in.  And she was surviving just fine until she stole the purse from a moneyed man's daughter...Katherine Tegen Read More
  • In Deep Water: A Cat Connolly Thriller by Sam Blake

    Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When her friend doesn't show up for practice, she knows something is wrong.  Sarah is very organized, has her day and life planned out and would have called if she wasn't coming.  Where was she?Zaffre and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 8th.Cat knows something has happened to Sarah, but nobody has seen her for a bit.  Where did she disappear and why?  Her mother said she working on a story and she had a fight with her father, who said it was dangerous.  What kind of story?Despite the Read More
  • Sunday Silence by Nicci French

    Tue, 09 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Frieda Klein is emotionally restrained.  She's been through a lot in her life and she knows there will be more to come.  What she didn't expect was that the man she was hunting for would be able to get to her so soon and so well.  No one believed her, except for one cop.  They all thought the killer was dead.  The dead man under her floorboards proved that she was right and they were wrong...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.This is a creepy read.  Bodies are Read More
  • The Swedish Girl by Alex Gray

    Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her father buys her a big, roomy apartment with several bedrooms and then picks her roommates for her.  Eva likes them all.  There are three boys and one girl.  Everything is going along swimmingly when the girl comes home from school and finds Eva dead on the floor in the living room by the fireplace.  Who did it?  The answer to that is complicated.Witness Impulse and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 9th.It seems like this should be a fairly easy case to solve because the door was Read More
  • Lullaby Road by James Anderson

    Sun, 07 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The desert is a lonely place if you don't have company.  Some people like it that way.Ben drives the desert route every day.   He picks up supplies and delivers them to the homes and businesses.  In the winter, the road is deadly.  No one will else will go there.  He does it because it pays and he knows the road and it nuances.  He never expected to get stuck with a child at the local gas station.  The proprietor tells him he has a present at pump eight.  He finds a very small child with a note on it.  It's Read More
  • Flower Moon by Gina Linko

    Sat, 06 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are "mirror twins" and they even know what each other is thinking.  But things are getting strange and no one will explain...Sky Pony Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has already been published so you can grab a copy now.They've always done everything together but now they seem to be separating.  Tally can't understand it and doesn't like it.  Tempest figures it out first but she's looking for a solution and isn't including her twin in the search.  There's something that happens to the twins in this family and they view it Read More
  • In the Shadow of Agatha Christie by Leslie S. Klinger

    Fri, 05 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Since I'm so fond of Agatha Christie stories, I had to read this book.  It was good.  It was almost like having tea with Ms. Christie...Pegasus Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.All the stories had the flavor of the past because the authors were from the past and most of their work was forgotten.The stories are listed below: “The Advocate’s Wedding Day” by Catherine Crowe“The Squire’s Story” by Elizabeth Gaskell“Traces of Crime” by Mary Fortune“Mr. Furbush” by Harriet Prescott Spofford“Mrs. Todhetley’s Earrings” by Ellen Wood“Catching a Burglar” by Elizabeth Read More
  • False Witness by Andrew Grant

    Thu, 04 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cooper was accustomed to seeing dead bodies because he's a cop, but this one is sad.  It's beautiful young woman who is nude and has been strangled, then tied up in sheets like a birthday present.  There are no clues...Ballantine Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.There is another death before they develop a suspect.  He's a bit slow but he does what he's directed to do.  He delivered her car to her right before her death.  They find some other connections and decide to bring him in.  Right before Read More
  • As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

    Wed, 03 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if you got a wish on your eighteenth birthday?  What would you wish for?  Eldon is trying to figure that out...Sourcebooks Fire and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.What Eldon finds is that most people aren't happy with their wishes.  You have to phrase wishes very carefully or you might not get what you want.  And, even if it was what you wanted, will you want the same thing in adulthood that you asked for at eighteen?He's lost his girlfriend.  He might win her back.  His mother wants him to Read More
  • DEATH BELOW STAIRS

    Tue, 02 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
  • Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley

    Tue, 02 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a cook, a good cook.  When she goes to a new house, she knows she'll have to see who the other servants are and how they act.  But she didn't expect to land in a hotbed of illegal activity...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today so you can grab a copy now.This is a Victorian read with servants below and the family above.  The first odd note is that the older sister (who is a spinster) wears men's clothing.  She hates being confined by a dress and Read More
  • Murder Has a Motive by Francis Duncan

    Mon, 01 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mordecai is going to visit friends.  He loves the village they live in as soon as he sights it.  It looks so peaceful and quiet.  He wasn't expecting to find murder...Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Mordecai is an amateur sleuth and he can't resist looking into the girl's death.  As he asks questions here and there, he learns the village is not as sweet as it looked.  There's an undercurrent of evil there.Soon, there are more deaths.  He and Boyce from Scotland Yard are working together but getting Read More
  • A Rip Roaring Good Time (A Ripple Effect Cozy Mystery, Book 1) by Jeanne Glidewell

    Sun, 31 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rip and Rapella are retirees who have sold their home and travel from place to place depending on time of the year, events happening, and what sounds good.  There's no itinerary except to go where they want, when they want and to make sure they attend weddings and the like in their family.  All's going well at the engagement party they are attending until one of the guests falls down dead.  He's not a nice guy so there are plenty of suspects.Instafreebie and the author share a copy of this book with for review (thank you).  It has been published Read More
  • Hungry Spirits (A Daisy Gumm Majesty Mystery, Book 4) by Alice Duncan

    Sat, 30 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Daisy works in spiritualism even if she doesn't believe in it.  She can earn more at doing that than any other job open to women and her customers love her.  Her husband went to war and come home more dead than alive.  Besides bullets, he got tangled in mustard gas.  She's determined to hate the Germans but Billy tries to convince her that they are people just like them.  It's the leaders that are bad.  She's not buying that.Instafreebie and the author allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy Read More
  • There's a Hole: A Sarjent Family Chronicle by James Sarjent

    Sat, 30 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This story has the flavor of books written in the 1950's.  It's charm is the family at its center.  Everybody knows children get in trouble, even when they're not trying to.  This is an odd little adventure filled with unique children.The author sent me a copy of this book for Christmas.  It's being published in January so you'll be able to grab a copy then.The girls want to go dig in the backyard.  They're allowed to.  When dad checks out their progress, they've got a pretty good chunk of ground dug up.  They even locate some bones.  He thinks it Read More
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