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  • The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman by Mamen Sánchez

    Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This begins as the story of a young well-to-do young man that has been spoiled with the best his whole life.  He's now working for his father's publishing company and he's sent to Madrid to shut down a literary magazine that is losing money.  He agrees to go and look the records over and, if necessary, shut it down.  The whole office is run by women.  The jobs are a blessing for them.  The boss gets the idea they are going to lose their jobs, so they decide to do something about it...Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to Read More
  • The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw By Mark Crilley

    Sun, 17 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He wants to learn to draw because one of his friends at school can do real neat drawings of expensive cars.  When he meets a lady sketching a picture at the park, he tries to convince her she should teach him.  She keeps telling him no.  He keeps not listening...Watson-Guptill published this book on July 5th.  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review (thank you).I really liked how Mr. Crilley put this together.  He gives you small little lessons from the beginning that will grow into an ability to do a complete drawing at the end.  Read More
  • Horus and the Curse of Everlasting Regret by Hannah Voskuil

    Sat, 16 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Peter can't imagine spending summertime home.  His father will be gone on a trip and he'll be there with his stepbrothers and stepmom.  The stepmom is nice enough but his stepbrothers devil him every chance they get.  And they get lots of chances.  He wants to go to summer camp, but it's expensive.  His only hope is if he can find this missing girl and get the reward.  He's willing to do almost anything to go to camp but he doesn't anticipate just how hard this case is going to be...Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the Read More
  • An Untimely Frost by Penny Richards

    Sat, 16 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's doing well as an actress; she has a lot of talent.  She's been saving her money and dreaming of having a home and a family.  Her husband doesn't work much but she has plans.  That all changes dreadfully when he assaults her boss' wife and takes the money that Lily was saving.  Even worse, he's taken all the money she had in her room, too.  Lily has no money, no husband, and not much hope for the future.  While she's trying to overcome her loss, she reads an ad in the paper asking for female operatives to work for Read More
  • All My Treasures: A Book of Joy By Jo Witek

    Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:06:00 Permalink
    When she gets a real pretty porcelain box from her grandmother, this little one wants to fill it with treasures.  But which ones?Abram Appleseed shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It is being published today so you can grab a copy now.This is a casebound board book.  That means it looks like a regular oversized picture book but the pages are thicker inside.  The best touch are all the little flaps. With little fingers carefully opening up the flaps they will find treasures to go in the box!She thinks of adding raindrops, bubbles she blows, treasured memories Read More
  • The Sound of Running Horses by Donna Ball

    Fri, 15 Jul 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    Aggie and her husband, Ryan, were taking a well deserved day off.  Ryan is taking her to an island that hardly anyone visits and they will have a picnic on the beach.  They don't even get the picnic set up when Aggie is called back to investigate a shark attack...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy on Amazon.Aggie is the police chief of Dogleg Island, where they live.  Her husband is a deputy sheriff.  Upon their return, they Read More
  • Watching Edie by Camilla Way

    Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Edie was beautiful and a bit wild.  She did booze and drugs and slept with her boyfriend and his friends.  She was out of control at 17.  When the worst happens, she tells her mother.  Her mother throws her out of the house.  She leaves her mom and that town behind and goes to live with her uncle.  She doesn't stay in touch.  She hasn't any desire to see what happened after the main event.  So she's totally shocked when she opens the door one day and sees Heather in the hallway.  Heather was the friend she left behind.  Why Read More
  • Advantage Miss Seeton by Hampton Charles

    Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's a rising tennis star.  Her father is a judge.  He's a stern judge that makes no allowances for anyone.  Now someone who has served his time and lost his daughter is planning to take Judge's daughter from him.Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Miss Seeton is only at the match because she's been invited by her local friends.  Nigel seems to have an eye on this tennis star and is love struck.  Miss Seeton knows nothing about tennis but by leaving her sentences unfinished, the reverend thinks Read More
  • The Female Detective: A British Library Crime Classic by Andrew Forrester

    Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This was written in 1846 and is about a woman detective.  As you can guess, she wasn't supposed to be doing something like that.  Women had their place and detecting wasn't it.  However, she listened about as well as I do and set out to solve cases despite that!Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 2nd.The short stories are tales of Victorian life and I found them a bit dry and boring.  It takes an overabundance of words to tell a tale in that time period.  Read More
  • Now and Then Friends by Kate Hewitt

    Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Can two girls who were best friends in grade school become friends again?  They each think the other one deserted them, so they'll have to clear the air first.  And no one really wants to talk about it.  But circumstances force them closer, so they really have no choice...NAL sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  This book has been published, so you can grab a copy now.  There are questions at the end for bookclub discussion.Rachel wasn't really the type of friend that Claire's mother approved of, so she gradually surrounded Claire with Read More
  • Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure by Ann M. Martin, Annie Parnell

    Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Do you have a child with an annoying habit?  Have you ever wished you had a pill or a potion that would make them better?  Best call on Missy Piggle-Wiggle.  She has solutions for every problem.  They may not be conventional but they work!Feiwel & Friends and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.This is a wonderful story full of silly, fun cures for things like "I know how to do it better" and "whatever" and too much gum chewing.  Missy comes to stay in the upside down house her aunt Read More
  • The Bluebonnet Betrayal: A Potting Shed Mystery by Marty Wingate

    Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Pru has an excellent opportunity.  She's been invited to help set up a Texas display in Chelsea Gardens.  It will be part of a gardening competition in an exclusive site that means a lot to even be chosen to display.  It's to be a natural design, with rocks and plants native to Texas.  It'll even have bluebonnets!  She's excited and happy to be included in the setup, but she quickly learns her part in this design will be greater than she was told.  After all, the original designer is late...Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review Read More
  • A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee

    Sat, 09 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Annabel Grey has been raised as a lady.  She has her manners down, knows how to act in social settings and how to behave in public.  That doesn't help at all when she's sent to live with her aunts.  Her mother is going on a trip and she must stay with them while she's gone.  She never even knew she had aunts!Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 2nd.Not only does she not know the aunts, they're weird.  She's got chores to do Read More
  • Odds on Miss Seeton by Heron Carvic

    Fri, 08 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    There is someone running the local gambling club that shouldn't be.  The owner believed in keeping everything above board and run legally.  The new guy is blackmailing him with his family's health (families can have accidents) so he can run the club for the mafia.  No one has ever been able to get a picture of him.  So they send Miss Seeton in.  Undercover, of course...Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It was published June 30th.They turned Miss Seeton into a very rich woman who likes to gamble.  She's wearing a lot Read More
  • Miss Seeton Sings by Heron Carvic

    Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Miss Seeton is off on another adventure.  She's been requested by international authorities to help with banking fraud.  Her own police friends are flabbergasted. She never really knows what's going on and often ends up in some very dangerous situations.  Who can watch out for her in Switzerland?  Not to worry, that's not where she ends up anyway...Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It was published June 16th.  When they have her wait in the airport coffee shop for her flight, she happens to notice a bag transfer.  It just happened to be Read More
  • Into The Grey: A feline-filled academic mystery by Clea Simon

    Wed, 06 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dulcie is very angry that a new professor is added to the group she's working with on her thesis.  Especially since he's criticized her work and suggested she doesn't have enough substance to warrant her theory she's presenting in the thesis.  She even says she could kill him.  When he turns up dead in his office, that statement is going to haunt her...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.Dulcie's boyfriend tries to calm her down by being logical and telling her that they are only looking Read More
  • Mr Campion's Fault: Margery Allingham's Albert Campion's new mystery by Mike Ripley

    Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mr. Campion is retired now so he's supposed to be taking it easy.  But his curiosity is still lively and his instincts haven't quieted down.  When his son and daughter-in-law go to a quiet little town to work temporarily at the school, he decides to go visit.  Then he decides to follow his nose and see where it leads him...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.Mr. Ripley does a very nice job of maintaining the flavor of Ms. Allingham's character, Mr. Campion.  He's been a favorite Read More
  • Grandma Found A Gecko by Vincent F. A. Golphin, James P. Cottage (Illustrator)

    Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's a cute tale about a Gecko who liked Grandma.  The only problem was that Grandma didn't like the Gecko...The author shared a copy of his book with me for review (thank you).  You can find a copy on Amazon now.It all starts when Grandma puts her shoe on and the Gecko was hiding there.  She runs around the house and then outside where she's yelling about it.  She won't calm down and take care of it, she wants someone else to fix it.When they finally get her shoe off the Gecko escapes.  Unfortunately, he's still fond of Grandma and Read More
  • Final Act: A Lambert & Hook Police Procedural by J.M. Gregson

    Mon, 04 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hook was not at all excited about being part of a television program.  They want him to comment on the imaginary policeman's case and tell the audience if he's doing it like real police, what's abbreviated (police inquiries), and more.  They want real insight on police work.  He tells them there are times it's boring.  It's not boring on the set.  The man with all the money and obnoxious manners is found dead in his tailer...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published the first of September.It seems no Read More
  • Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library by Julie Gassman

    Sun, 03 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fun book to read.  It combines two of my favorite things:  the library and dragons.  I've spent a good portion of my younger life hanging around in the library checking out books and periodicals.  The story emphasizes how important libraries are and shows you just how much trouble a dragon can get in there...Capstone Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.Andy Elkerton did the illustrations and they're wonderful!  The dragons are vibrant colors, different sizes and have different bad habits.The Librarian Read More
  • Since She Went Away by David Bell

    Sat, 02 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Jenna goes to meet her lifelong best friend and is a few minutes late, she didn't expect her to be gone or never show.  They were going to go out and have a few drinks and act like they did when they younger.  They both needed a break from life.  Not only did Celia miss that meeting, she just disappeared.  How could a wife and mother who had lots of commitments just disappear?  Did she run away or was she abducted?NAL sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It's been published.Jenna is trying Read More
  • Montmartre Stairs: A Paris Love Story by Douglas Warren

    Sat, 02 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    John is the son of rich and powerful parents and his life is line to continue this tradition.  He's a banker and a lawyer.  He's from the states but is living in London and checking out the Paris banking branches.  He has a girlfriend he will marry one day.  Life is settled and he's moving forward.  Then he notices a disabled woman falling down the stairs at the train station and he catches her to stop her from being hurt.  When he looks in her eyes, his old life is lost...The author shared a copy of this book with me Read More
  • Blood Symmetry by Kate Rhodes

    Fri, 01 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's going jogging with her young son like she does every morning.  A couple grab them in the park and take them away in a car.  The son escapes but is mute.  He can't talk about who he saw or what happened.  Alice gets involved since she's a forensic psychologist and she tries to help the young man recover from his trauma.  Her boyfriend is leading the investigation.  This case will deeply impact both of them...Witness Impulse and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 12th so you can grab a copy Read More
  • Canticos: Los Pollitos / Canticos: Little Chickies by Susie Jaramillo

    Fri, 01 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    "Little Chickies Squeal" is a very popular song in the Spanish world.  I didn't know that so this book was a surprise and a joy to read.  Those who speak Spanish will probably sing the tune while reading it!Encantos has published this book and sent me a copy to read for review (thank you).  You can pick up a copy now.I enjoy seeing books that are in more than one language.   I only speak and read English (and sometimes don't do the best job of that) but those who are bilingual I envy.  This is board book for little ones.  Read More
  • Drop Dead Handsome by M K Scott

    Thu, 30 Jun 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    She's living her dream by running a bed and breakfast.  Money is tight but she loves cooking and catering to her guests.  She's not thrilled by the idea of her class reunion students filling up her home but the money will be good.  She never expected murder!The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tour sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  You can grab a copy on Amazon now.Donna goes for the cheery innkeeper look as the guests begin arriving.  Her sarcastic female enemy has shown up.  The handsome boy she had a crush on Read More
  • Once Upon a Wine by Beth Kendrick

    Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's working when her cousin calls saying there's an emergency.  She puts her off because she's a waitress and needs to take care of her orders.  Her cousin insists she needs to drop everything and come now.  While she's trying to explain she can't, she gets fired.  Well, she has plenty of time to go now...NAL and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 5th.This is a cozy romance that was really fun to read.  Take three stubborn women and put them on a failing vineyard and watch the fireworks!  Read More
  • The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

    Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nobody is enthused about living in a nursing home.  Especially not when management changes and conditions go downhill.  Not many meals, no special treats, they get locked in their rooms and they don't get to go outside anymore.  What can they do?  When the five choir members get together and ponder that, they come up with an idea that which most of us wouldn't...Harper Paperbacks and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 12th.This tale is set in Sweden and these old folks could be from anywhere in the Read More
  • Gris Grimly's Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Gris Grimly (Illustrated by), Margaret Hunt

    Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    I've read many a Grimm fairy tale in various forms as a child and as a bookseller.  This edition caught my eye because of the esoteric illustrations.  With forty tales to read, I knew I'd have a good time!Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 26th.If you collect fairy tales or illustrations, you'll want this book.  They offer variations on tales as well as some I've never read before.  Most are fairly dark so make sure any child you offer this to is mature enough Read More
  • Jockey Hollow: Where a Forgotten Army Persevered to Win America's Freedom by Rosalie Lauerman

    Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jockey Hollow was a piece of history I never learned about since I grew up on the west coast.  I lived in Washington, visited Oregon and California and British Columbia and grew to know the history there.  I like show and tell presentations on history and this book is exactly like that.  Ms. Lauerman knows how to get the young folk's attention and she dispenses the facts in a way that makes you cringe.  Not from her writing but because of the words.The author kindly sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  You can Read More
  • Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister

    Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kate hasn't had a good life.  Her parents were performers and drug her along from place to place.  She met a man she loved who died at a young age.  She found herself pregnant.  Her parents married her to a man who gave them some money for her and she lost the baby.  Then he dies and she becomes a widow.  She has to do something to make money.  She decides she knows what she wants to be and then she has to convince her future employer she can do it.Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read Read More
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