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  • 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

    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
  • The Liar in the Library by Simon Brett

    Fri, 29 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He came to the library to do a book presentation of his new novel and to sign books for those who bought.  When he offers to give her a ride home because it's cold out, she accepts.  Then he gropes her and talks about how long she's wanted him (NOT!) and she slapped him and got out of the car and walked home.  In the morning, his car is still in the parking lot and so's he.  But he's not breathing...Severn House and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be Read More
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

    Thu, 28 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Stevie is intrigued by crime and wants to join the FBI.  When she applies to a school that takes gifted students and is free, she's happy to be selected.  Her parents aren't as enthused but free is free.  No one anticipates any trouble...HarperCollins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 16th.Stevie has a hard time trying to mix with the members of her class.  She's not a people person.  Sometimes those more gifted spend more time in their head than in the present.  It makes them harder to deal with.  Read More
  • Scone Cold Killer by Lena Gregory

    Wed, 27 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She left New York to get away from the stares and the shame of being married to man who conned people out of their money.  They even had her in court trying to prove she was an accomplice.  She didn't know a thing about it.  Neither did she know he was having affairs the whole time he was married to her.  She's going to run a diner that serves breakfast all day and get her feet back on the ground.  That sounds good, she has a great friend for support, and the grand opening does well.  Then she finds a Read More
  • Into the Black Nowhere: An UNSUB Novel by Meg Gardiner

    Wed, 27 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    They go out and they don't return.  Cameras catch them walking around a corner or down an alley but they're not seen again until their bodies are found.  The bodies are posed and there are Polaroid pictures of them as they slowly die.  This unsub is dangerous, crazy and deadly.  But they can't get a picture of him...Dutton and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 30th.This is a chilling story.  The suspect is picking pretty blonde girls in their twenties.  He rapes them and cuts them.  They know he's Read More
  • The Queen of All Crows by Rod Duncan

    Tue, 26 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She grew up as part of magic show, playing her part as a girl and then reappearing as her "brother".  She finds this skill useful as she gets older.  Women can be hurt but men are more protected just because they are male.  Using her "man" disguise gets her places she wouldn't be able to go otherwise.  It also helps her with the biggest challenge of her life...Angry Robot and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 2nd.This is a well written space opera that grabbed my fancy.  Elizabeth Read More
  • Last Stop in Brooklyn (The third book in the Mary Handley Mystery series) by Lawrence H Levy

    Mon, 25 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mary is a private detective who has been doing quite well in her business.  This annoys her mother who thinks she should get married and have babies, but Mary doesn't care.  When one of her friends asks her to follow his wife because he thinks she's having an affair, it dismays her but she does it.First to Read shared this book with me for a review (thank you).  It will be published January 9th and you can grab a copy then.As she tails the wife, she notices someone is tailing her.  When she braces him, he ask her to help Read More
  • Love for the Holidays: Short Stories by Heidi L Vanlandingham

    Mon, 25 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    There's nothing that's as much fun as reading happy ever after romance stories around Christmas.  It puts me in a good mood and cheers my spirit.  This group of stories will do that for you, too.The author gave me a copy of this book to read as a gift for Christmas.  Thank you, Heidi!The stories are not long, so it's like love at first sight but the stories are sweet.  There's a bit of everything here.  The stories include:  One Regency (Christmas, of course), one historical paranormal (Halloween), two contemporary with paranormal (St. Patrick's and the 4th of July), and Read More
  • A Body in My Office by Glen Ebisch

    Sun, 24 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's not at all happy to hear he's being replaced by a man he doesn't like.  When he gets back to his office, the other guy is already moving in.  And the thing that makes him angriest is when he finds the man has dropped his wife's picture and the glass is broken.  She died in a car accident three years ago and he loses his temper.  He picks up the trophy the other man has placed on his desk and throws it against the wall and storms out...Williams and Whiting and Edelweiss let me read this book for review Read More
  • Christmas in Smithville by Kirsten Fullmer

    Sun, 24 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Gloria is back home.  She's taking care of her grandfather and trying to fit into a community where the women don't like her.  She'd worn revealing clothing and dated most of their husbands in the past and they think she's back and intends to carry on the same way.  It was before they married but it doesn't mean she's not as bad as they thought she was.  She tries to ignore them but it's not easy.  It's a good thing she has a few friends she can lean on.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review Read More
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

    Sat, 23 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's spent her whole life moving with her mother.  They don't stay anywhere very long.  They lived in whatever they could afford or their car.  Her schooling is intermittent.  And she's not sure where the danger is but her mother does.  So they keep moving...Flatiron Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 30th.Alice knows she has a grandmother but she's never seen her.  When she dies, she thinks they may have inherited the house and the property but her mother has no desire to claim it.  So Alice Read More
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