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  • 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
  • Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women by Emily Brightwell

    Sat, 23 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Christopher Gilhaney comes to a dinner party and insults everyone there.  He's having fun getting even.  But on his way home, someone shoots him and he dies on the path...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.There's a rivalry between the cops in that area and one claims the death for himself, saying it was just a robbery gone bad.  After six weeks go by and he's no closer to the truth than when he started, he says it's murder and it goes Read More
  • Strangers by Ursula Archer, Arno Strobel

    Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story line sounded a bit familiar but the author has created something unique here.  This turns into a real thriller before the end.  She's planning on having a quiet day at home, but she hears someone downstairs.  When she sees the man in her home, she doesn't recognize him and is fearful.  He's confused.  They've been living together for quite a while and they are planning on getting married and she doesn't know who he is?Minotaur Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 9th.She doesn't recognize any Read More
  • Navajo Vengeance by John Russell Fearn

    Thu, 21 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When he and his partner ride in to save a rancher and his family, he ends up being accused of their murders and the theft of their animals.  They are going to be hung.  Only when the bar owner's girlfriend intercedes do things change.  They are thrown out of town instead.  But Cal isn't whipped.  He's going to come back and get rid of Whittaker.  He just has to figure out how first.Pioneering Press and Instant Freebies let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This was an unusual Read More
  • The Wanted by Robert Crais

    Thu, 21 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    A woman hires a private investigator to find out where her teenage son was getting his money.  He's buying things way out of their price range and she's worried about what he's doing.  Her instincts are right.  He's mixed in bad business...G. P. Putnam's Sons and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 26th.Elvis Cole starts looking for trouble and he finds it.  The cops are looking for three thieves who rob vacant houses.  When he looks at the photo he sees the boy looking up at the camera.  That's where Read More
  • Alpha Alpine: An Emma Lord Mystery by Mary Daheim

    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's the newspaper editor and he's the Sheriff.  When young women turn up dead, she asks about the case but he can't give her all the info he has.  He's looking for a killer, she's looking for a story.  Sometimes that causes conflict...Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Emma and Milo have a good marriage.  They sometimes drive each other nuts but that's common in marriages.  They are tight and they are in love.  They each work the case from different angles.  He Read More
  • Ghosts Don't Ride Bikes, Do They? by Andres Miedoso, Victor Rivas

    Tue, 19 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Desmond and Andres are on another case.  There's on hill on the bike run no one can get over...Little Simon and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.Andres is fearful, but he's got a bike and he's a good bike rider.  The problem there arises when the kids tell him nobody gets past the kicker, the last hill in the bike run.  He can't understand why but everything is going perfect and then it's like he's stopped in the air.  He falls off Read More
  • The Haunted House Next Door by Andres Miedoso, Victor Rivas

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are moving to Kersville this time.  It seems his parents move once a year.  They're top secret scientists and they want to keep their research safe.  That's great, but he's getting tired of trying to make new friends.  When they pull in, his mom sends him over to the house next door where there is a boy his age...Little Simon and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Desmond is a ghost hunter.  Andres can't think he has much business in that line Read More
  • Child of Creation (Book One of Then Came a King) by Robert Donohue

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    They were just getting ready to sit down for supper when the raiders came.  His parents got him on a horse and told him to ride!  They then went back to the battle.  It's hard to adjust to being an orphan in an hour's time.  He did ride and he was followed, so he had to use the skills his father taught him.  He didn't know where he was going or where he would end up but he got away.PR by the Book and the author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It Read More
  • The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley

    Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Flavia and her sisters have gone on a trip to try to recover from their father's death.  As they float down a river with their chaperone, Flavia puts her hand in the water.  She feels something touch it and thinks she has a fish.  What she's fished out of the river was a body...Delacorte Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 30th.I like Flavia.  She's not like all the other girls (I can relate) and she uses her head.  She's very good at science, so she learned a lot Read More
  • If You Knew Her by Emily Elgar

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story focuses on a particular hospital floor where those who need constant care live.  Most of them are unconscious or have other problems (like not being able to communicate) and the nurses keep them hydrated, medicated, clean and visit with them to encourage them.  One person in the story did it to himself by drinking too much.  The other is a young, pregnant woman who was run down by a car and is in a coma.  Their stories are sad.Harper and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 23rd.Frank is Read More
  • Historically Dead by Greta McKennan

    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Daria is making historically correct gowns for two older ladies that competing to win the grand prize on a national TV show.  She's also doing the curtains and other sewing assignments as required.  The TV crew is a bit of a pain, but she keeps soldiering on and gets most of it all done.  All she has left are the curtains and a few more dresses.  When she goes in the office the researcher uses to ask about curtain patterns, she finds him dead on the floor.  She calls 911 and waits.  When she finds out he was hit in Read More
  • The Devil's Song by Lauren Stahl

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kate is an up-and-coming prosecutor who is trying hard to show her own worth.  Others think her dad got her the position and she intends to prove them wrong.  She has an excellent record.  And she's real excited about this new case.  She doesn't realize how close to home it's going to come...Kaylie Jones Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published January 2nd.Kate carries a secret from the past in her heart and head.  She soon starts to see similarities between the current killings and her near death experience Read More
  • The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This tale is written for young readers.  It's full of silly stories where the children's big ideas backfire on them.  It's written well and you even laugh as you see how they carry out their goals.Dover Publications and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Their mother has died, their father is having a hard time earning enough money to keep them in their home and they are trying to come up with ways to make money.  After all, father sold their silverware and other things from the house already and Read More
  • The Royal Rabbits Of London by Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Shylo is a small rabbit who's not very good at physical activities.  His siblings tease him.  His oldest brother is the worse.  But he has a secret friend that believes in him.  He's an old rabbit with lots of scars and lots of tales...Aladdin and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 23rd.When his brother follows him into the woods, he decides to shake him off by running through the woods and hiding.  He manages that, but he finds himself in a bad place.  The log he hid in Read More
  • Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She works for the CIA and works on detecting spies.  She's married, has children and life is good.  At least it is until she finds out her husband is a Russian sleeper.  She should turn him in but she can't.  She loves him...Ballantine Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 23rd.When she talks to him about it, he admits it.  Her world falls apart.  It just gets worse.  She tries to protect him and then the Russians begin to blackmail her into being an inside person in the Read More
  • The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

    Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of a woman who is mixing prescription pills with alcohol and gradually losing her mind.  She's suffered such a devastating loss she can't put her life back together again.  She's a bit like Humpty Dumpty.  She's created her own little, safe place and it's not good for her but she can't change...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 23rd.All she really does now is play chess, drink wine, take her pills when she remembers, and look out her windows at the neighbors and what Read More
  • The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman

    Sat, 09 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mr. Backman approaches his stories from a different angle.  You never know exactly what you're going to get when you begin them but he keeps you reading!Atria Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.It begins with a father telling his son a story at Christmas in which he admits he's taken a life.  But the rest of the story is about making a deal with death...The man finds out he has cancer and he may die.  He meets a five year old girl Read More
  • Ella Bella Ballerina and The Magic Toyshop by James Mayhew

    Sat, 09 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a sweet story of a little girl who wants to be a ballerina and has a good imagination.  It reminds me a bit of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales.Barron's Educational Series and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.When her teacher plays her music box, Ella Bella is transfixed by the music.  When the teacher explains the story the song is telling, she finds herself being transported into the Magic Toyshop.  She sees wonderful toys that are animated and isn't sure which one Read More
  • For Better or Worse by Donna Huston Murray

    Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The title says for better or worse, but most of the people in this story are on the "worst" side of marriage.  It makes for good reading, though.This author and Net Galley shared this book with me to read for review (thank you).  It will be published January 10th.Ginger is at her daughter's home helping them with some updates to the house.  The first thing she sees is a bag of bricks thrown out of the third floor window next door!  Then she hears what she thinks are shots.  While she's debating calling the cops, she meets Eric who lives Read More
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