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  • The Kill Sign: A Jamie Sinclair Novel by Nichole Christoff

    Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's another hold-on-to-your-seat thrill ride through the fast paced life of Jamie Sinclair.  She learns some things about her past that she doesn't want to know...Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank  you).  It will be published December 6th.  This is the third book in the series, so you may want to read the first two while you're waiting.Jamie is going to spend the weekend with her lover.  They have big plans to stay in their hotel room most of the time and enjoy each other.  However, they have to attend a dinner first.  Read More
  • When All The Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

    Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charlotte tries to contact her sister about a friend who died.  The cops say it was an overdose, but Charlotte doesn't think so.  However, her sister is in a "no tech" retreat center.  She asks Max, the private investigator on Louise's death, to help her.  What he finds is that her sister is not even on that island.  She checked in and then checked out.  She's hiding...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will published November 29th.Max is only working with Charlotte because his client has given him permission to do so.  Read More
  • Maggie Dove's Detective Agency by Susan Breen

    Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    After solving one murder, Maggie has decided to open a detective business.  She's not getting any cases but she's hopeful.  Then when a case is offered, she turns it down.  Her business partner gets very angry with her and tells her to apologize and take the case.  She does, but she'll be sorry.Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published today, so you can grab a copy now.Racine asks her to get her long lost sister, Domino, to go home.  She's come to visit with her husband, a maid that sleeps with Read More
  • Centurion and Emperador by Rob Schneider

    Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Centurion and Emperador are baby horses the storks misdelivered.  They got blown off course and they drop the babies off at the next available barn.  The other animals tell them it's a big mistake, but the duck has been pining for children and she adopts them!Magnetic Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.The Gamble Ranch owners decide they should be race horses.  They're growing up healthy and good looking, they'd be great at that.  But children don't always live up to parent's Read More
  • The Twilight Zone: The Shadow by David Avallone

    Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Shadow is part of my past.  In the great days of radio, there was a regular show about him.  I bought some of the old broadcasts on tape and when we camped, Mom and I would listen to them while doing puzzles.  The thought of him returning was fascinating and then when they combined him with a Twilight Zone theme, I knew I had to read this one.Diamond Entertainment and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.He's killing Nazis and just barely gets away when the car is hit.  Read More
  • I Want That Love by Tatsuya Miyanishi

    Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    A Tyrannosaurus stalks the prehistoric world looking for food.  Anything small makes a great snack.  But when he runs across a little Triceratops who doesn't know what he is, his life changes.Museyon and Net Galley let me read this book for a review (thank you).  It will be published November 20th.The Triceratops babies think the big boy is great.  He works against his nature protecting them.  They feel sorry for his wounds and love and admire him.  He can't understand it; he never knew love.  But now that he's found it, he's not willing to let it go...When the baby Read More
  • I Will Love You Anyway by Mick Inkpen, Chloe Inkpen

    Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story is illustrated by Mr. Inkpen's daughter, Chloe.  The illustrations are just as whimsical as Dad's and combined with a cute story this is a delightful book.  Have you ever had an animal that didn't behave?Aladdin and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 6th.As you can tell from the cover, this puppy is big eyed and innocent and doesn't have a thought in his head.  That's not true.  Whatever they tell him to do something, he does the opposite.  When he finds a way to get out Read More
  • A Composition in Murder: A Cherry Tucker Mystery by Larissa Reinhart

    Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cherry teaches art at the local retirement home and she enjoys her job.  Her only real worry is the fact that her brother is in jail.  It was a trumped up charge by a the family that hates her family.  (It's like the Hatfield and McCoy war.)  They don't like each other and that won't change.  She wants to help him and she's worried about her love life.  He's a stepson on the other side.  Can she live with that?Henery Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.While Cherry Read More
  • The Lake District Murder: A British Library Crime Classic by John Bude

    Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    The story begins with the death of a garage man.  He turns out to be one of the only good men in this story so it's an unfortunate death.  His fiance is devastated.  He was moving on to a new life and never made it...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 6th.Inspector Meredith begins by trying to figure out if the death is murder or suicide.  They determine it's murder.  When he starts digging for suspects, he finds odd pieces of evidence that points to another Read More
  • Red Ribbons by Louise Phillips

    Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    They find one missing girl dead and buried, but she's been positioned in a strange way and has her plaited with red ribbons on the ends.  She didn't own that ribbon or wear her hair that way.  She also wasn't on her own for every long.  Who took her and why would he kill her?  Only a couple of days later, another young girl is found and she's in the same position.  It appears they have a serial killer.Hachette Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 15th.There's really nothing Read More
  • The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson

    Sun, 13 Nov 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    I've read many picture book renditions of this tale but this is the first time I've seen the seven different stories that create the whole tale.  It's an interesting look at a classic fairy tale and Ms. Annukka's artwork makes it even more unworldly.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.This story starts with the tale of a broken mirror and how it impacts two good friends who live close to each other and like to visit their rooftop garden.When a piece of the Read More
  • Charlie the Tramp by Russell Hoban

    Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charlie has an idea that will sound good to any child.  He's going to be a tramp.  He can just walk where he wants, nap when he wants and he can sleep in the great old outdoors.  He's not going to learn to be a beaver and work everyday.  His parents and grandfather don't hold him back.  They just tell him to be home for dinner.Plough Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This is a classic story that is having its 50th Read More
  • Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson

    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hilda and her Mom have moved to town.  She's not content there.  She's tired of staying in her room and amusing herself.  She tells her mother she's going out to explore, but her mother won't let her.  She's afraid of danger; they don't know the town yet.  But when the schoolkids show up at the door, she lets her go.  Hilda has quite an adventure!Nobrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 15th.Hilda finds the schoolkids are not so very nice.  They're bored, too, and they ring doorbells and hide.  Read More
  • The Rage of Plum Blossoms by Christine M Whitehead

    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's surprised when cops show up at her office.  She has to interrupt an interview with a client to deal with them.  When they tell her that her husband has committed suicide, she can't believe it.  She just had breakfast with him.  He wasn't suicidal...Ms. Whitehead sent me a copy of her to read for review (thank you).  You can buy a copy on Amazon now.Quinn continues to tell them it couldn't be suicide.  They disagree.  Nobody who has a happy marriage and a good life would suddenly jump off the balcony.  He wasn't even wearing the clothes he had Read More
  • In The Land of Broken Time: The Incredible Journey by Maria Evan (Author, Illustrator), Max Evan (Author), Helen Hagon (Translator)

    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    A young boy named Christopher wants to go visit the circus that has come to town.  His mother tells him no.  He's been ill with a cold and has a doctor visit tomorrow.  She wants him cleared by the doctor before he goes around a crowd.  He's disappointed until he figures out how to get what he wants.The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and is available in Amazon Kindle form.Christopher decides to sneak out.  After all, his parents are busy and won't notice he's gone.  He'll go, Read More
  • Serpent in the Pines by Oscar Patton

    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    The Civil War is over but the fighting isn't done.  The local mill is run by Yankees who want the lumber money that can be made.  The southerners want to keep their farms and raise their animals and crops without losing all their trees.  Even land titles are subject to court cases.  How does a newly widowed woman survive in those circumstances?The author sent me a copy of his book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.  He also has other books written in this time period about some of Read More
  • Chasing Nathan by Jeanette Hubbard

    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Claudie is out camping by herself and enjoying it.  When a small RV is the local bookstore owner's and he comes for a visit, she enjoys chatting with him.  She also, despite her misgivings, invites him to share her dinner.  After a pleasant dinner their quiet time is interrupted by a rude young man who wedges his horse trailer in a spot too small for it and then yells on his cellphone.  They decide to retire for the night and ignore him.Read for Review shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published Read More
  • The Shrew that Flew by Julia Copus

    Tue, 08 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Every one of these is good but this one is my favorite (I think).  It has a touch of "impossible" in it and I like that.Publishing Push and the author sent me copies of these books to read for review (thank you).  It has been published.Everyone is invited to a birthday party and they are all to wear hats.  You'll never see these hats at any party you go to!  Lil has her normal hat and is getting ready to put it on when the wind grabs it and takes it up until it snags on her chimney.  She and Harry Read More
  • The Hog, the Shrew and the Hullabaloo by Julia Copus

    Mon, 07 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harry can't sleep.  He hears a big odd noise and he calls Lil to tell her about it.  She comes over to protect him.  Picture that:  a little bitty shrew is going to protect a hog?  Really?Publishing Push and the author sent me a copy of this book to review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.You can see by cover that Harry is concerned.  It takes Lil peering out the window to see who's out there and what they are.  What they find are a bunch of nocturnal animals making regular animal noises.  Read More
  • The Body on the Lido Deck: A Toni Day Mystery by Jane Bennett Munro

    Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Toni is on vacation with her husband, mother and stepfather.  A cruise is a great way to relax, visit, and enjoy yourself.  At least that's the idea.  It's a bit hard to do when you notice that you have blood dripping by you on the lido deck.  It's hard to read your book when a body almost falls on you.  If that's not enough to shock and scare you, it's even worse when her head falls in the pool.  The body has been decapitated by the roof on lido deck...Book Review Buzz gave me the opportunity to read this book Read More
  • Hog in the Fog by Julia Copus

    Sun, 06 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a new children's picture book series I was invited to read and I'm so very glad I did!  Harry and Lil have great adventures and Eunyoung Seo's illustrations are wonderful.  They're whimsical and fun and go right along with these sweet story lines.Publishing Push and the author sent me the books.  They have been published so you can grab a copy now.In this first story Lil, a little shrew, has invited Harry, the hog, over for afternoon tea.  She waits and waits.  It is foggy out there but surely he'll show up?  When he doesn't she goes looking.Along Read More
  • Cherringham - A Lesson in Murder: A Cosy Crime Series by Neil Richards, Matthew Costello

    Sat, 05 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jack and Sarah are hired to find out who is doing the nasty pranks at a fancy girl's school.  They don't want the publicity that police would bring.  They just want the pranks to stop.  It didn't sound too tough but there was more going on than just pranks.Bastei Entertainment and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.I enjoyed the two private investigators.  They have a good friendship, work well together and they normally solve their cases.  This time, there's even some good pay attached to the work.  They come in Read More
  • Miss Nigella by Hamarkan, Elise Madderom

    Sat, 05 Nov 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's a young male bunny that wants to have a girlfriend but he's not sure how to go about it.  It's a good thing he found a magic flower in the Nigella flowers that can give him advice!The author gave me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get it now.Being sweet and shy, it's hard for him to be forward.  However, offering an acorn nut isn't too hard to do and it might open up a conversation.  Unfortunately, that doesn't work.  He keeps following the flower's advice and Read More
  • Toward the Golden Age: The Stories That Turned Crime to Gold by Mike Ashley

    Fri, 04 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    I love old mysteries.  They mainly used brain power to solve their crimes.  Now we have all these fancy techniques but in the early 1900's they only had their own personal skills.  This collection has the first Father Brown mystery, several stories only in magazines, and some new authors for me as well as characters I enjoy reading about.  This is a good compilation for those of us who like short stories and mystery stories both.Dover Publications and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy Read More
  • Cat Got Your Diamonds: A Kitty Couture Mystery by Julie Chase

    Thu, 03 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lacy is back home in New Orleans.  She'd moved away, found love, and was engaged to get married.  Then she found out he was two-timing her.  She left and now she's operating a new business.  She's making costumes for animals.  Before you laugh, there's good money in it.  She just has to get some good publicity and it will really take off!  Of course, she didn't expect to get attacked at work.  She also didn't expect the police to find him dead in her back room.  Or to be a suspect in the murder...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let Read More
  • In Sunlight or Shadow by Lawrence Block

    Wed, 02 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Before I started reading this book, I knew the name Edward Hopper but didn't recall any of his paintings.  This anthology is based on what story the author saw in the picture.  Before you are through reading this group of stories, you'll feel like you really know those paintings.Mr. Block sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  This will be published December 6th.  You can pre-order a copy now.In creative writing in high school we could pick a picture posted on the wall and write a short story about it.  I enjoyed that.  Even Read More
  • The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan

    Tue, 01 Nov 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Amadou and his younger brother went to work in the cacao fields picking pods off the trees.  It's hard work.  They use machetes, climb the trees and gather the pods.  They're watched constantly.  If they don't make their quota, they're beaten.  It was to be a job where they would go home after the season and take the money they earned with them.  Instead it's a guarded camp where they work, get little to eat and get beaten for any perceived transgression.  There's no way to escape...G P Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to Read More
  • Beignets, Brides and Bodies by J. R. Ripley

    Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maggie is working on her new business and thinking up ways to bring more people into her store.  It's hard when there is another business right across the street that offers coffee and muffins.  She offer beignets but they are not popular in Arizona yet.  More people are discovering them and her shop but not enough yet.  Then Clive from next door comes over and asks for a favor.  Will she give him a ride to the cake shop downtown to deliver some fabric swatches for a wedding.  She borrows her brother's pickup without telling him.  That's a bad move...Severn Read More
  • And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman

    Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    What happens when you get Alzheimer's or dementia?  This is a look from the inside out.  We know what it looks like from our side.  Here's an imagined patient with the disease...Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will published tomorrow.Grandpa and Noah sit on a park bench and talk each day.  As Grandpa's world gets smaller and his memory starts wandering, Noah sits and listens.  He can even help finish the tale if Grandpa's mind shuts down.  He assures his Grandpa that he will be his living memory.  Grandpa believes Read More
  • There Was a Crooked Man: A Cat DeLuca Mystery by K.J. Larsen

    Sun, 30 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cat starts out trying to get a kidnapped dog back.  When she finds out it ties back to an incident her father and his friend investigated with no results, she tries to find out more.  All she finds is closed doors.  Neither man will discuss the case or even admit what happened.  But she's an investigator and she digs.  What she finds isn't good...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st.I love this series.  Cat is a fearless woman who's willing to take on anyone.  She Read More
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