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  • A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

    Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Veronica is pleased to get an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club which is exclusively women.  That means women with independent natures and curiosity and a means to do what they wish.  She thinks sharing ideas there will be fascinating.  What she finds when she arrives is that one of the ladies wishes to speak to her privately.  Once they begin talking, she realizes she's talking to one of the Queen's daughters.  It's her half-sister, but they don't speak of that.  The family does not recognize Veronica but they are willing to ask for her assistance.  There's a man scheduled Read More
  • Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman

    Mon, 09 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Alex Delaware is surprised when he gets a call from an old woman.  She knows of his work and wants to chat with him.  He can't imagine what he can do for her but she's almost 100 and doesn't go out anymore so he visits her.Ballentine Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 14th.She lives in an odd forgotten part of an old hotel in the Hollywood area and is pretty much the only tenant in that section.  Sometimes the cottages get overnight guests but not often.  She's content Read More
  • Traveling Light by Lynne Branard

    Sun, 08 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Alissa (Al to her friends) decides on the spur of the moment to bid on a storage unit.  She saw a TV show where the lucky folks found antiques and the like in theirs.  She knows she won't be that lucky but she also thinks there might be something of interest in there.  There was...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on January 10th so you can grab a copy then.What Al finds is someone's ashes.  She has his name, his previous location, and now a desire to take Read More
  • It's a Mystery, Pig Face! Wendy McLeod MacKnight

    Sat, 07 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tracy just got back from the worst vacation ever.  They went to the beach for a couple of weeks and her little brother was allergic to everything!  She got stuck trying to entertain him.  Thank goodness she's home now and can ditch him and hang out with Ralph, her best bud.  It doesn't quite turn out that way...Sky Pony Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 7th.Tracy and Ralph go sit on a bench by the track to discuss what they will do with the rest of Read More
  • The Trapped Girl: The Tracy Crosswhite Series, Book 4 by Robert Dugoni

    Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He sneaks down to the waterfront quietly.  He's poaching crabs and doesn't want to get caught.  When he brings up the pot from his honey spot, he realizes the one he has isn't his.  When he sees the hand in it, he knows he definitely doesn't want it...Thomas & Mercer and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 24th.When Tracy shows up, she notices blue fingernail polish on the hand and suspicions it's a woman.  The interesting part is that when they try to prove who she is the trail Read More
  • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

    Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Liesel knows the story of the old ways and about the Goblin King.  She follows her grandmother around putting salt on the window and door frames to keep him out of the house.  At least she does until her brother is having a concert trying to become an apprentice to a master violinist.  Then she follows her mother's demands.  She also loses her sister...Thomas Dunne and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 7th.Every time I hear the words Goblin King, I think of David Bowie in the movie Labyrinth.  Read More
  • Matylda, Bright & Tender by Holly McGhee

    Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This book is about coping.  Sussy and Guy are best friends.  He's always been there for her and they even share a pet leopard gecko.  Life is good, they have fun goofing off and they have great parents.  But then the impossible happens.Candlewick Press shared an ARC of this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published March 14th.On the way to the pet store to get some food for their gecko, an Airedale comes running after Sussy.  Guy comes to her rescue, shooing off the dog.  The problem was no one saw the car coming...This story Read More
  • Beauty and the Wiener: A Rescue Dog Romance by Casey Griffin

    Wed, 04 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Addison has the opportunity of a lifetime in front of her:  She's been invited to show off her dog costumes and grooming talents before a dog show.  She's so excited and really anxious to do a good job and get her business off the ground and running successfully.  She does have enough time to get a drink and maybe dance one dance.  She even finds Mr. Perfect near the dance floor.  The night is off to a good start until she goes back to do the show and finds several dogs missing.  Seven to be exact.  How could that happen?  Read More
  • Pressed to Death: A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery #2 by Kirsten Weiss

    Wed, 04 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When the woman cop comes through the door, she knows she is bringing trouble.  Ever since she was around when the cop's long blonde locks caught on fire, she's been the cop's enemy.  It wasn't her fault but she was present and that was enough.Midnight Ink and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 8th.Maddie runs a paranormal museum and has recently acquired a grape press.  She has all the appropriate paperwork and is planning to exhibit it during the harvest festival.  The cop says she bought stolen merchandise and Read More
  • The Travel Twins and the Lost Secret of the Vikings by Charles A Salter

    Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Josh and Hannah are visiting their uncle in Norway.  When the Viking Sunstone is stolen from his museum, they decide to recover it.  They are taking on more than they think.  Have you ever heard of a berserker?PR by the Book and the author shared a copy of this with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy from Outskirts Press or Amazon now.It all begins with a train trip to where they think they might find the missing sunstone.  They keep going through tunnels where the train cars are in the dark Read More
  • The Year of Needy Girls by Particia A Smith

    Tue, 03 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Deirdre is an excellent school teacher.  She teaches French and has lots of items she's brought back from her travels to Paris.  She teaches the girls to order from menus, make up train trips with the schedules and do other things that are practical.  She also adds some fun and challenges them on tenses.  She loves Brandywine School and her girls.  It's too bad someone misinterprets that...Kaylie Jones Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you). It will be published January 3rd.What starts the pot bubbling in this small town is the murder of Read More
  • Dead and Breakfast: A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery by Kate Kingsbury

    Tue, 03 Jan 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Melanie has moved in with her grandmother, Liza, and they are going to rehab a big home and turn it into a bed and breakfast.  They have their grand opening date set and are working on completing the rooms for their customers.  They certainly don't expect to find a secret room that has a skeleton in it...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 10th.This is a new series and it has caught my attention.  It's a good cozy mystery and there's a bit of romance for both Read More
  • Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie

    Mon, 02 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Duncan Kincade and Gemma James are married cops.  They each have their own challenges at work and this investigation also creates some challenges at home for them.  Duncan is chasing ghosts and Gemma is trying to solve a murder case.  They're both complex...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 7th.When Duncan finds out his old boss is back on the job, he's annoyed that no one told him.  He likes the man and when he left unexpectedly and then transferred Duncan to another department, he felt like he'd Read More
  • Nickerbacher, the Funniest Dragon by Terry John Barto

    Mon, 02 Jan 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This fairy tale is different from most you read.  No one is playing traditional roles and it's full of impossible ideas.  I like it.The author graciously shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  You can buy a copy now on Amazon.Nickerbacher, the dragon, wants to be a comedian.  Really.  Badly.  But it just isn't done.  He has a princess friend who reads books in her pajamas under the tree he sits in.  He sends away any prince that tries to save her.  But his life feels unfulfilled.When another prince shows up, the princess cons him Read More
  • Crooked Street: A Joanna Piercy police procedural by Priscilla Masters

    Sun, 01 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Jadon Grover goes missing, their first thoughts are that he may have had a girlfriend or he may have just ditched his marriage.  His wife of two years insists he's the perfect husband.  He always lets her know when he'll be home, doesn't have a romantic interest besides her and he has a regular job.  The first clue they get that something might be wrong is when they call his place of employment and find out he doesn't work there...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February Read More
  • Born to Run (North Oak #1) by Ann Hunter

    Sat, 31 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Alex always runs away from her foster homes.  She's also always caught and returned.  The last home she's in is the worst of the lot.  She and her best friend make plans to run that night.  But when Ashley visits the bathroom in the middle of the night to get ready, the night explodes...I received this ebook from instaFreebie and the author to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.Alex knows she's done an awful thing and will have to answer for it, so she runs again.  She's alone and Read More
  • Descender, Volume 3: Singularities (Descender #3) by Jeff Lemire (Writer), Dustin Nguyen (Artist)

    Fri, 30 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Robots always draw me into a story.  In this tale, robots are feared.  There was an uprising long ago and now humans consider them dangerous and of use only as scrap.  One is just a little boy who lived a quiet life in his past but now has no home and no friends...Image Comics shared this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can get a copy.  I read an earlier book in this series and was intrigued to see what the author had done next.  It was different and it was Read More
  • The Very First Christmas Stocking & the Gifts of the 7 Coins by Terry Paul LaFargue

    Fri, 30 Dec 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's a different look at the birth of Jesus.  Instead of the three kings, a family of shepherds come to visit...Dog Ear Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.I was expecting the traditional story with a few additions but this is a totally different look.  When a shooting star lands in the meadow where two children were watching the sheep and it turns out to be jet like star that two angels are riding, you know it's going to be different.It's a good tale with lots of lessons to Read More
  • Journey on a Runaway Train by Gertrude Chandler Warner, Anthony VanArsdale

    Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Remember the Boxcar Children?  Gertrude Chandler Warner wrote a great many books starring these children.  I think I read the whole series when I was young.  I at least read every one I could find.  When I saw this new mini-series, I had to revisit them and see how they have held up over the years.Albert Whitman & Company and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 1st.All the same characters are in this series, along with their dog.  The story begins at home when a funny looking man gives them Read More
  • Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner

    Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Many years ago in a land faraway, a baby was born.  His father went to war and never came back.  The new ruler intended to kill the sons of the defeated Samurai but the mother was very pretty.  He sends the boys to the monks in the hills to care for them.  Later he will be sorry he did that.  That baby might not even remember his father but he still has his proud heart and his will to succeed and put down his enemies.Charlesbridge and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will Read More
  • Maresi: Book 1 in The Red Abbey Chronicles by Maria Turtschaninoff

    Wed, 28 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maresi is thirteen and has come to the Abbey because her family doesn't have enough food to go around.  She knows her youngest sister died because of hunger so she goes and leaves what food there is to her family.  The Red Abbey only has women.  There are no men anyway on the island.  Fishermen bring them their food by boat and never ever step on the dock.  It should be safe.  But one young novice brings danger...Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published January 3rd.  This is Read More
  • THE SECRETS OF MOONLIGHT COVE by A.G. Reid, Barb DeLong, Jill Jaynes, Shauna Roberts, Janna Roznos, Kathleen Rowland

    Tue, 27 Dec 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    Moonlight Cove is a quaint little town on the coast of California.  Everything looks peaceful but there are some waves underneath.  There's also a lot of romance in town.  That makes it a fun read.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  You can grab a copy at Amazon now.Mr. Valentine is a vampire that likes to play matchmaker.  Cupid wants him to stop...My favorite story is:  Maggie’s Mystery Man by Barb DeLong.  He's in town wearing a disguise.  Maggie is journalist.  And when the story goes live before Read More
  • A Pinch of Poison by Alyssa Maxwell

    Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Haverleigh School for Young Ladies is a proper young woman's school where those who are privileged attend.  Some common girls get scholarships but they aren't really welcome.  However privileged these girls might be, it doesn't protect them from murder.  When the head mistress eats a small cake for dessert after a public event, she suddenly chokes and dies...Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 27th.Phoebe and her housemaid and partner in crime, Eva, are at the dinner along with others who were working on the fund raising Read More
  • Feud Valley Showdown by Denis Hughes

    Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    When he headed  out on vacation to visit his sister and her husband, he was warned it was a rough town and to watch the sheriff.  He might be crooked.  What he finds is a burned down cabin with a dead man inside.  He figures it's his brother-in-law, the victim has been shot.  But where is Beth?  While he's looking for her, the sheriff shows up and takes him in for murder...Endeavor Press/Pioneering Press and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has now been published and you can find a copy Read More
  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

    Sun, 25 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mrs. Creasy is missing.  Grace has picked up the habits of her elders and gossips with her friend, Tilly, about whether she just left or if she was murdered.  They decide to investigate.  They find secrets alright, but not the ones they wanted...Scribner sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has already been published so you can buy a copy now.The avenue they live on is filled with families in all stages of life.  Grace attempts to question people discreetly but it doesn't work well.  The more the girls snoop, the more questions Read More
  • Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri

    Sat, 24 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's suffering PTSD from her last assignment.  The man she wanted to take into custody was blown in bits in front of her as well as a good part of the restaurant and many other customers.  She was injured, in shock, and mentally impacted by the size of the damage.  She feels it was her fault.  So she's still not back at work.  And then they call and want her to come to the site where a child has been abducted.  She doesn't want to do it but she also doesn't want the boy to die...Scribner sent me an ARC Read More
  • The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson by Nancy Peacock

    Fri, 23 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a story of a slave who loved a woman more than he should have.  He met her while he was being sold.  They were both sold to the same man and they were both attracted to each other.  But the master had taken a fancy to her also and he held the position of power...Atria Books shared an ARC with me of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 3rd.The life of a slave is not a nice story.  Especially not when you have a sadistic master.  Persimmon is determined to help Chloe escape Read More
  • The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

    Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    They've been friends for a long time.  Every so often they take off on a trip together to revitalize themselves and catch up on each other.  Pia is the leader by default.  She suggests and the others follow.  The majority of them like to lie on a beach and sip a cool drink but she suggests riding the rapids on a river in upper Maine.  The main character in the book is not fond of the idea.  Win is bit lethargic in life right now and would rather not do things that frighten her.  Facing your fears can make you Read More
  • The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher

    Thu, 22 Dec 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    I've always had an interest in Harry Houdini so this book caught my eye.  It's the story of Harry's life along with the folks whose spiritualism he tried to debunk.  I'd never heard of the Witch of Lime Street.  This is her story, too.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This is very detailed non-fiction look at Houdini and his talents and all the people he knew.  I was surprised to find Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the crowd.  Houdini used a lot of Read More
  • The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters: The Jolly Regina by Kara LaReau, Illustrator Jen Hill

    Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jaundice and Kale Bland are just that:  Bland.  They have their routines and follow them every day.  They make no changes, hardly even go outside.  They have oatmeal for breakfast ALL THE TIME.  And they're waiting for their parents to come home.  They went out on an errand and haven't returned.  They're content with their lot.  They'll just keep waiting.  And then someone knocks on the door...Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published January 10th.When one of them answers the door because the caller has promised a surprise, Read More
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