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  • Liar Liar: A Detective Helen Grace Thriller by M.J. Arlidge

    Tue, 07 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Helen Grace has some personal issues but she's a good cop.  She has the brain to put pieces together and make tiny hints something bigger.  Some cases haunt her but she never gives up.  This will be another of those cases; there's nothing to like about it.NAL sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published today.Three fires are set in one night, taking down two businesses and one residential home.  The home had residents in it and not all survived.  It doesn't take long to determine it was arson.The family had Read More
  • Goodbye, Ms. Chips: An Ellie Haskell Mystery by Dorothy Cannell

    Tue, 07 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Ellie is being called back to her old school.  She's married now and has children so it's not about her school days.  It's about the loss of a unique trophy.  They have lost it to another school and it's now missing.  She's willing to see what she can find.  She'll be sorry she got involved before it's over.Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published today, so you can grab a copy now.I've been reading about Ellie for a number of years now.  She's a good person, tries to do the Read More
  • The Secret of Bald Rock Island by Charles A Salter

    Mon, 06 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story is about an independent little girl who misses her father who was lost at sea.  She's a good girl, but she's also going to help her friend and find out what happened to her father...PR by the Book and the author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you). It has been published and you can get a copy now.Kelcie believes Mr. Bartleby when he tells his tale of seeing a big eye in the blow hole of the rock by the sea.  Higher tides during storms cause the water to jump out Read More
  • Not Dead Enough: A Cal Claxton Oregon Mystery by Warren C Easley

    Mon, 06 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Cold cases are hard to solve but fifty years later it's nigh on to impossible.  Many of the people who lived then have passed on.  Others are so old they don't remember much.  But someone must remember something because the first person he tries to interview is shot dead in the chair on his porch...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.  This is part of a series, so check out the others while you're there.What grabbed my attention was the location of the mystery.  It's at Read More
  • Dust to Dust by Margaret Duffy

    Sun, 05 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    The man murdered was a friend of theirs.  He was her husband's mentor and an important part of his life.  Even if it's not his case, they can't tell him to stay out of the case.  He will find the killer!Severn House Publishers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.This mystery is set in England and has every secret agency in the country involved.  Patrick and Ingrid work together as well as being husband and wife.  The National Crime Agency is what the victim headed and when he's Read More
  • The Preacher by Ted Thackrey Jr

    Sun, 05 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    It all begins with a poker game, but that's not where it ends.  The Preacher has come to look into the death of a local man.  They're talking about suicide or accident, but Preacher thinks it might be murder...Brash Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now on Amazon.This story has the feel of the old pulp novels.  The men are tough, hard to kill, and they're sure they're always right.  The women are all women, but some are tougher than others.  If Read More
  • Death in Disguise by Sally Spencer

    Sat, 04 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's a dead American in one of the suites of the Royal Victorian Hotel.  Not only that, but it's murder.  The hotel manager is astounded and wants it resolved as soon as possible and without putting his facility in the limelight.  He wasn't much concerned about the victim...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read and review this book (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.Monika is expecting a straight forward case.  It will take some investigation to find out who visited her in the suite but it should be doable.  The problem is that no one saw Read More
  • The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi

    Fri, 03 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's walking in the woods following her father to Grandma's with the pie he forgot to take.  When she trips and falls, she ruins the pie but she still runs after her father.  Only when he goes in the house, it's not Grandma's and she wasn't following her father...Kids Can Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this picture book for review (thank you). It will be published August 1st.She's been following a big bear and there are all kinds of animals in the house.  When a kind animal invites her in to the tea party, she goes.  All Read More
  • Twisted by Hannah Jayne

    Thu, 02 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her name used to be Beth.  When her world fell apart and her father was accused of being a serial killer, her name brought her nothing but trouble.  They called her a murderer and worse.  She's moved on, has a new life and a new name.  Bex is even beginning to make new friends at school and she likes the new couple that took her in.  Then she gets a note to let her know her missing father has found her...Sourcebooks Fire and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July Read More
  • Witch Miss Seeton by Heron Carvic

    Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Miss Seeton is back.  She's still a bit vague and confused and she's also in the midst of police business.  It's good thing they have a deep expense account to pay for her umbrellas...Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.I'm enjoying this series.  Miss Seeton can get in more messes just by living.  The local village just loves to gossip about her and they are very creative with their tales.  When she's draining fruit to get the juice for jam, they think it's dripping blood and share monstrous Read More
  • The Secret of Goldenrod by Jane O'Reilly

    Wed, 01 Jun 2016 12:03:00 Permalink
    Trina and her father travel a lot.  They rehabilitate houses, then move to the next project.  Trina's only regret is her mother.  She travels more than they do and she never comes home.  She loves the postcards she gets but she wishes she could see her.  She doesn't even remember what she looks like.  Right now, though, they are moving into a run down house that has seen better days.  It's in the middle of nowhere and the whole town is only 397 people.  She knows this is going to be awful...Carolrhoda Books and Net Galley gave me the opportunity Read More
  • Flight Patterns by Karen White

    Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Georgia is an expert on fine china.  She's left home thirteen years ago and tries not to look back, but when a potential client comes in and brings a piece of china that seems to match a piece she found at home she doesn't have much choice.  If it matches, it will help her track down the Limoge's background and help develop a value for the client.  She doesn't want to go, so she asks them to look for it.NAL sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is now available and you can Read More
  • Woodwalker by Emily B. Martin

    Tue, 31 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's been banished from her kingdom.  She spoke out against the King and he took offense.  She used to be a woodwalker and took care of the natural environment around the castle.  When the King starting talking about shooting trespassers, she spoke out.  Now she can't even go back there...Harper Voyager Impulse and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This a great fantasy story.  Mae can't go back and she knows it.  She can be executed if she does.  But when she finds a deposed Read More
  • Yellowstone Standoff (National Park Mystery #3) by Scott Graham

    Mon, 30 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He, his wife, and her two girls are going camping in Yellowstone.  He's under contract by the Park Service and they've found some artifacts he's going to examine and identify.  They are going with a group of people, so it should be safe enough.  The animals aren't normally aggressive towards humans but they certainly won't bother a group.  The head ranger assures him it's safe.  It's not...Torrey House Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 14th.They are traveling with students who are doing research for the graduate Read More
  • Love: The Lion by Frederic Brremaud

    Sun, 29 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Love and life in the jungle is not an easy thing.  Mr. Breemaud tells you story of an animal without any words.  The illustrations make the story speak to you.Magnetic Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this graphic novel for review (thank you).  It will be published July 12th.  There are early novels in this series you can catch up while you wait for this issue.The story begins with a young lion and his family.  His father bosses everyone in the family around and he has no patience for his son.  As the lion grows, so does his Read More
  • NUN BUT THE BRAVE: A Giulia Driscoll Mystery by Alice Loweecey

    Sat, 28 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Giulia is at work when her sister-in-law stumbles in and collapses on her.  She's drugged and unconscious when she hits the floor.  They take her to the hospital and then Giulia goes to meet her client.  The client has a missing sister that the police think is probably dead or ran off to start a new life.  Giulia agrees to take the case.  And she wonders if her sister-in-law's odd drug combination is related to two deaths of young girls.  It's been a busy morning...Henery Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It Read More
  • The Bull Rider's Bride By Vickie McDonough

    Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Dusty is home.  His bullriding days are over and he's trying to figure out where to go in life.  His twin wants him to stay home and help care for Mom but he's not in good enough shape to ranch.  He also doesn't have the money to buy a herd.  He tries not to panic as he thinks about a way to be useful again.Serenade Books allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This series is a light read with romance intertwined.  When the therapist for his Read More
  • The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers

    Fri, 27 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Brine floated in on a boat with a piece of starshell in her hand.  She didn't know where she came from or who she was.  The local mage takes her in to get control of the starshell and to have a servant.  She now spends her time cooking and cleaning.  The mage has an apprentice but he's not very nice.  They seem to fight all the time.  No one is very happy but they are getting along.  Then the mage decides the apprentice will marry the daughter of a rich man and he'll give Brine to the man as a Read More
  • Black Jack Ketchum #1 by Brian Schirmer

    Fri, 27 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Black Jack Ketchum was a real person and, as this graphic novel points out, he was the stuff of legends.  Nobody knows for sure how many of the crimes he was accused of were really his.  This is the world you enter when you start reading this novel...Image Comics allowed me to read and review this book (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Jack wasn't really named Jack.  His name was Tom.  He began working as a cowboy but he wasn't making much.  It didn't take him long to get dragged into a life Read More
  • Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard

    Thu, 26 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Amelia is fourteen.  She's been taking care of the service station for a while now while her mother is ill.  She also takes care of her sister and brother.  But when her mother dies, she has a problem.  She's not of age, and they will put them in foster care and most likely separate them.  She can't let that happen...Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 5th.Amelia goes to talk to her mother's lawyer.  He's a nice man and he's willing to help her but Read More
  • Rat Run: An Scottish police procedural by Caro Ramsay

    Thu, 26 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Anderson is still pretty much out of it.  He's suffering PTSD from a previous case where he watched a woman burn to death and he's back at work but he's changed.  He's more empathetic towards the victims and he almost wants to avoid the heart of the trouble.  Costello has no patience with him.  She has a job to do and she will do it, with or without him.  She's rather do it with him.Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.This village has an unsolved mystery Read More
  • The Menagerie by J.S. Frankel

    Wed, 25 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    How would you like to be kidnapped and informed by a floating ball that you were the new zookeeper of exotic and sometimes dangerous animals?  I wouldn't!Finch Books has published this book so you can get a copy of Amazon now.  I found it to be a very good read.When Karen wakes up in the hospital, she's alone.  She's badly injured but that doesn't hurt as much as finding out her parents are dead.  All her friends have faded away.  All she can focus on is getting well and making her limbs work again.  There's nothing else left.When she hears Read More
  • Final Flight: A Clockwork Dagger Story by Beth Cato

    Wed, 25 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    This is a short story in the Clockwork Dagger series and it's as exciting as the previous books!Harper Voyage Impulse and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this story for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.Captain Hue got the wasters off his ship and took it into port to repair and clean up.  He didn't expect to get boarded by Caskentian soldiers.  Now he's out on a quest for the queen.  He just wants to be a passenger ship but he can't order the soldiers off.  He has an old enemy Read More
  • Poppy and the Lost Lagoon by Matt Kindt

    Tue, 24 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Poppy and her guardian are going back to Ramses looking for their next adventure.  They're riding a magic carpet and it doesn't like Colt.  The feeling is mutual.  They make it there even if Colt gets dropped and tripped.  Now to find out what their next adventure will be!Dark Horse Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this graphic novel for review (thank you).  It will be published June 21st.Colt was a good friend of her grandfather's and he was sent to be her guardian and make sure she comes to no harm.  Poppy just loves adventures, so Read More
  • Princess DisGrace: A Royal Disaster by Lou Kuenzler

    Tue, 24 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Grace is sent to the Princess Academy by her father, the King of a very small province on the edges of civilization.  She makes an awkward appearance at the boat dock by rolling in after she tripped.  She's wearing a Yak coat and looks like a monster.  No, it's just Grace...Random House Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 21st.Grace reminded me of me.  I was a tom boy and always got in trouble for not acting lady-like.  I liked to hang upside down Read More
  • Rum Luck by Ryan Aldred

    Mon, 23 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ben was getting married right up until the moment he found his fiance in bed with a clown.  The only thing the clown had on was a painted face.  That was enough to make Ben take off.  His buddy talked him into going to Costa Rica so he'd be a long way from his troubles.  It sounded like a good idea until he woke up in a Costa Rican prison cell...Five Star Publications and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 22nd.He's in jail because he's accused of murder.  He Read More
  • Rosie the Raven by Helga Bansch

    Mon, 23 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    This is a light, fanciful story about a family of ravens.  They have one egg that is different colored and when it hatches, there's a little pink girl in it...Annick Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.Her raven parents don't care what she looks like or that she can't caw well and she can't fly.  She tries.  She even tries to grow feathers.  Her dad finds her some clothes so she won't freeze to death.  The other birds and animals have things Read More
  • We Are Death: DCI Jericho Book Two by Douglas Lindsay

    Sun, 22 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jericho knew there was still someone out there from his last case.  The people who paid with their lives weren't smart enough to have masterminded the tarot cards and the designs on them.  But who it is, he doesn't know.  He just waits.  And, as he waits, he watches his job slip away from him...Blasted Health and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 15th.I enjoyed this story more than the first one.  It's an unusual plot and Jericho ends up traveling internationally but it was much like a cat Read More
  • We Are The Hanged Man: DCI Jericho Book One by Douglas Lindsay

    Sun, 22 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    DCI Jericho is practically permanently depressed.  His wife disappeared years ago now and he never could find her.  He's lost without her and feels guilty.  He also sees her and can talk to her now and then, so either she's a ghost or he's a mental case.  Or maybe both of those are true.Blasted Health and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.Mr. Lindsay writes an interesting story.  He makes his characters with faults, no one is without sin, but they persevere on the Read More
  • Jeff Madison and the Curse of Drakwood Forest (Book 2) by Bernice Fischer

    Sat, 21 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jeff runs into his friend, Rhed, and Phoebe out in the woods.  He was going home until monsters he'd seen before cut him off and tried to capture him.  He tells the others to run but they aren't moving fast enough to escape.  Then a warrior shows up to defend them...Fischer Self Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.  Pick up the first one if you haven't read it yet.  I hadn't and this book reads well as a stand alone.When the Read More
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