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  • Accessories to Die For by Paula Paul

    Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story was set in Santa Fe.  I live in New Mexico, have visited Santa Fe and I know about their Old World charm.  I had to read this book.Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Irene used to be an assistant district attorney in New York, but her mother has asked her to come home.  She's fearful of dying alone.  Irene's mother frustrates her but she understands her need for company.  She comes and she sets up a high end second hand store for recycled designer duds.  Read More
  • Somebody at the Door: British Library Crime Classics by Raymond Postgate

    Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gossip can kill.  If only people minded their own business and not everyone else's.Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.This story wanders around a bit.  You hear about other characters before you get to the meat of the story.  A man dies at home.  His wife finally calls the doctor.  The doctor isn't sure if the death was natural or not, so another doctor is called in.  The second doctor said someone had used mustard gas to kill him.  The unfortunate part of the tale Read More
  • Chained: A Kate Turner DVM Mystery #3 by Eileen Brady

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Kate visits a dog owner to examine a cut on the dog, the owner shows her an old bone the dog brought home with him.  The tone changes when Kate tells her the bone is human...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Kate visits several homes to take care of their animals and she picks up gossip on the way.  When the body is identified as a high school student who disappeared ten years ago, his family asks her to look into it.  She takes Read More
  • Dead Man's Chest by Kerry Greenwood

    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Phryne is off for a holiday, taking her girls, her companion Dot and the dog, Molly.  They are going to do some swimming, eating out when they like, and just generally do some relaxing.  When they arrive at their destination, she finds that the staff that wasn't to meet her is gone.  The back door was open, their furniture is gone, and there's no note or no sign of them...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.They search the house and grounds but find no one.  Luckily Ruth Read More
  • Quick Curtain: British Library Crime Classics by Alan Melville

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The play was going well until the scheduled shooting ending up being too real...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Inspector Wilson of Scotland is in the audience and he's quick to take action.  When they go to find the actor who fired the shot, he's hung himself in his dressing room.  Everyone is sure the case is already over.  One actor shoots another and then commits suicide.  But Inspector Wilson is not so sure.I enjoyed reading about the relationship of Wilson and his son.  It was Read More
  • Artemis by Andy Weir

    Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jazz is a thief, a very good one.  She smuggles things in that aren't allowed.  She has to know every nook and cranny of the bubble towns that have been created on the moon to do it.  She does.  Her father wishes she didn't do what she does but she's trying to earn enough money to buy a suit to work outside.  They're very expensive.  When she's offered a large sum of money to stop the harvesters that bring in rock, she says no at first.  But when she hears the money being offered, she changes her mind...Crown Publishing and Read More
  • Not Safe After Dark by Peter Robinson

    Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This an anthology of short stories that has a few Inspector Banks stories thrown in.  I'd read about the Inspector in the past and that was what motivated me to read this book.  The author writes good mystery stories and this was a pleasure to read.William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Mr. Robinson can tie up a mystery in a short story in not too many pages.  I admire an author that can write a complete tale concisely and succinctly in short form without excess Read More
  • The Splendid Baron Submarine by Eric Bower

    Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    W. B. Baron tells his class about his summer adventure when his teacher calls on him.   She tells him his story is fantasy and puts him in the corner in his dunce hat.  As he sits there, he tells the mouse who lives there the whole story.  Once you read this book, you'll understand why his teacher thought he was lying...Amberjack Publishing and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published tomorrow.This is a perfect read for middle graders.  There are silly inventions that make things big or shrink them small, Read More
  • Death of Anton: British Library Crime Classics by Alan Melville

    Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carey's Circus is in town and everyone is excited to go see the wonders, especially the seven Bengal tigers!  Detective Inspector Minto is there because his niece is getting married.  He's not too enthused about her potential mate but he loses interest in him when they find the lion tamer in the tiger cage dead.  Everyone thinks the cats mauled him but it was bullets that took his life...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Anton figured out something he shouldn't have and he paid for Read More
  • The Very Very Very Long Dog by Julia Patton

    Sat, 11 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very cute story about a dachshund.  He's a sweet happy fellow who lives in a bookstore and reads a book as he eats his meals.  He also likes to go for walks...Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Wiener dogs are well-known as long dogs with short legs.  That doesn't do anything to slow down their enthusiastic lives.  His problem appears when he goes on walks.  He doesn't realize how long he is.When he finds the trouble he's caused he even goes and bites the offending animal.  He's quite Read More
  • The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

    Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She has a choice.  She can either marry the old man her father chose or go to the convent.  She doesn't want to marry and she doesn't want to go to the convent either.  So she dresses herself as a boy and decides to go traveling...Del Rey sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.This author's words resonate in my soul.  What she writes talks to me.  She uses some traditional fairy tale characters but changes the story enough to make it new.  She also doesn't make anyone very Read More
  • West from the Cradle by Brigid Amos

    Thu, 09 Nov 2017 03:00:00 Permalink
    Gold fever is a disease.  When men hear of a discovery, their imaginations run wild and they will pick up and leave where they are to go make their fortune.  The fact that many die on the way and not everyone is lucky enough to find gold doesn't slow them down.  Neither does the fact that men will kill you to get your gold.  When a boy signs on as a helper with the local shop owner, he doesn't realize what he's getting into...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read and review this book Read More
  • The Prince Who Was Just Himself by Silke Schnee, Heike Sistig (Illustrator), Erna Albertz (Translator)

    Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is special.  The lead character is the youngest prince who is different from the others.  He has Down Syndrome.  But no one finds fault with that.  He's too happy and too loving for people to ignore.Plough Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.When an evil knight comes to attack their castle and conquer their King, the princes ride out to meet him.  He has an ugly scar on his face.  While his brothers are ready to fight to defend the Read More
  • The Boyfriend Swap by Meredith Schorr

    Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When you're single, parents have expectations.  Christmas time is coming up and when two women are introduced to each other they begin chatting about how difficult time with parents can be.  Robyn likes creative men.  They may not amount to much but she loves their randomness and how they don't worry about the future.  Sidney is a lawyer in her father's firm and while she's dating a lawyer, she doesn't want to talk law all of the Christmas holiday.  After a few drinks, they decide to switch boyfriends for the holiday and quiet the parents down.  They can always say Read More
  • Deadly Dance: A British police procedural by Hilary Bonner

    Mon, 06 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is psychological game playing at the maximum speed.  The police are pursuing three killers.  The deeper they go, the less they see...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 1st.This is a really creepy story.  The killers have their own chapters and talk about the problems they have in trying to establish normal relationships.  One is a pedophile, one kills his wife, and one kills his homosexual lover.  Reading the chapters from the killer's point-of-view is chilling and overwhelming both.  There's confusion, a bit of sorrow, and Read More
  • Escape Claws by Linda Reilly

    Sun, 05 Nov 2017 11:01:00 Permalink
    Lara returns to her hometown and her aunt after a sixteen year interval.  She loves her aunt who raised her but she was living in Boston and loved her life there, too.  Now her aunt is having knee problems and is referred to as the local cat lady.  A friend of Lara's calls and says she should come home and see what can be done to help the aunt.Lyrical Underground and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 26th, so watch for it.  It's a good read.I have a soft spot Read More
  • My Little Cities by Jennifer Adams, Greg Pizzoli

    Sun, 05 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This board book series is a wonderful rhyming way to take a sneak peek at cities that are old friends or you haven't met yet.  The illustrations are colorful and fun to look at.  You see the major points of the cities and you get an idea of the wonders that await you.  Let your little one imagine travelling!Abrams/Chronicle Books sent me copies of these books to read for review (thank you).  They have been published and are available now.Paris shows you a well-known bookstore and the Eiffel Tower as well as discusses the weather.London has doubledecker buses, Big Ben, Read More
  • Something Evil Comes: A Forensic Mystery by A.J. Cross

    Sat, 04 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The body of a young man is found in an old crypt.  No one from the church has a key.  Thieves were the ones who discovered it.  Dr. Kate is puzzled by the damage to his throat.  Who killed him and how did they place him there?Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 1st.The older detective thinks he was into drugs.  Kate doesn't.  But she finds he is a black sheep.  He is from a moneyed family but he dances to a different drummer.  There was some thought Read More
  • The Dragon Seller: A Tale of Love and Dragons by F.G. Ferrario

    Sat, 04 Nov 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a wonderful tale about dragons that was intriguing and entertaining.  Dragons are bred and raised by humans and they are smaller in size so they can be tamed to be a pet or they can defend you against danger.  It's when he agrees to act as a courier and bring an egg to a buyer that he finds himself in the middle of trouble...The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy on Amazon.What happens is that hired killers come after the Read More
  • How the Finch Stole Christmas by J.R. Ripley

    Fri, 03 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's not a nice man.  He took over the Christmas Village, changed it to his name, let the staff go, and is not honoring the contract signed for Christmas ornaments that Amy has.  No one in town likes him.  But when he's found hanging in the attic, Amy is sure it's not suicide...Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.Amy knows her girlfriend didn't kill him.  She's not sure who did though.  He had too many enemies to randomly pick one out.  Then she finds out the Read More
  • Riddles that Kill: A Paranormal Mystery (Legends of Treasure Book 3) by Lois D. Brown

    Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    For now, Maria and Rod are going their separate ways.  He cares for her but he's not sure about her visions.  She is still reliving the undercover mission she was involved with in Tehran in her nightmares.  She's a complex creature.  Her problem is she still loves him...The author shared a copy of her book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can grab a copy on Amazon.Maria is part Indian and sees people from the past and helps them move on.  She can sometimes communicate with them which is something most people don't Read More
  • The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith

    Thu, 02 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Precious and Botswana are back again.  She's still doing her detective work with her partner.  You couldn't find an odder pair.  Precious likes to think things over and figure out a plan of attack.  Mma Makutsi trusts her own instincts and attacks right away.  She also is very easily offended.  Of course, Precious can be accused of that too.  How they manage to solve a crime is a bit of a mystery in itself.Pantheon and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.A salewoman was fired from a store Read More
  • Tales from the Rim by Bonnie Milani

    Thu, 02 Nov 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here we have two fantasy stories that are out of this world.  The first one is set in a bar and it's not an upper class bar...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy it now.The bartender is a Lupan and he's a bad ass.  That's why people in his bar behave.  The guards are on to him, though.  They think he's the one killing slavers.  So they bring a slaver in the bar with a young woman.  His new help he hired is very interested Read More
  • Alive in Shape and Color by Lawrence Block

    Wed, 01 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sixteen famous paintings and the stories they created are the basis for this anthology.  When I took Creative Expression in high school that was one of the ways our teacher had us write stories.  She'd put up about twenty pictures and she'd say, "Take a look at them and write the story you see."  It always amazed me when someone chose the same picture and had a totally different vision than I did.  Some of the visions in this book are amazing, too.Pegasus Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be Read More
  • Hooks & Eyes: Part 1 of The Ambition & Destiny Series by VL McBeath

    Wed, 01 Nov 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is the story of a widow back in Victorian days.  She has two children and she's living with her aunt.  She decides to get a job so she will have some spending money to use for her children's clothes and shoes.  Her aunt isn't sure she approves but she allows it.  Before the story is done, she's going to regret that decision.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.I never would have made it in this day and age.  Doing what Read More
  • Bubby's Puddle Pond: A Tortuga's Tale of the Desert by Carol Hageman

    Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very well done story of a turtle who lives in the desert.  He's got friends and you learn about how they live, what they eat, learn that they hibernate and more.  The illustrations are very whimsical and a delight to see.Nina Story Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Not only do you get to watch Bubby grow, you learn the names of his friends.  Everyone is a desert animal of some kind.  It's fun way to learn about a Read More
  • That Olde White Magick by Sharon Pape

    Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Kailyn enjoys her magic shop.  She only practices white magic and she deals with a lot of herbs and oils.  Those who believe get more magic than one who don't but her products work for everybody.  Right now she's working on teleporting things.  But when she goes to a public meeting on the new hotel coming to town, she finds that there's been murder done...Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.Her aunt and another lady discover the body and she is in shock.  Kailyn is right Read More
  • Halloween is Murder by Caroline Arnold

    Mon, 30 Oct 2017 03:00:00 Permalink
    They're doing a haunted house tour to raise money for those less fortunate.  The reporter visits them and does a full tour.  The McKinley's are excited to see how the presentation went but the story wasn't shown.  It seems the reporter died sometime after their interview...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours allowed me to read this story for review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can grab a copy on Amazon.Sara is immediately ready to investigate the death but Sean convinces her that they need to wait and see how she died.  That's not forthcoming because Read More
  • A Bella Flora Christmas by Wendy Wax

    Sun, 29 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Everyone is coming home for Christmas.  It's a good thing they have a big house!Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.Kyra was hoping for a nice, peaceful Christmas before she has to move out and let the new tenant move in.  The problem is that she has to make a decision very soon over whether she will let her son act in a movie with his father.  She's not sure she wants to do that and she knows it will cause trouble if she doesn't.She's trying to Read More
  • Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie by Anthony Del Col

    Sun, 29 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Years ago I read all the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys I could find.  When I saw this graphic novel available, I had to sample it!Dynamite Publication and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 28th.The characters are older in this story and they have moved up to the new technology everyone uses now.  The story begins with the boys being questioned about the death of their father; they are being accused of murder!This is a much more mature case for Nancy and the boys.  The boys have conflict between themselves Read More
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