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  • Hill House by Blair Howard

    Fri, 04 Mar 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    Harry Starke is a real interesting character.  He's a private eye that reminds me a bit of Philip Marlowe.  He's mean, tough, and has women trouble.  He also has soft spots.  When his former  girlfriend calls and asks him to come and look at a dead body, he knows it has to be something strange.  After all, she's a cop.  It has to be unusual if she wants his help.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  You can buy a copy on Amazon for your Kindle now.There's really Read More
  • Thirteen Brother Pirates: The Journey Begins by John R Mattox II

    Thu, 03 Mar 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    They are orphans living on the street until they find shelter.  The house that takes them in expects work from them and any food is shared amongst all.  When they decide to have a picnic on the beach, no one expected to be pressed into service by Navy.  Too bad, they're herded on board and are given tasks to do.  If they do them incorrectly or slack off when working, they're punished.The author and Publishing Push sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now Read More
  • The Somewhat True Adventures of Sammy Shine by Henry Cole

    Thu, 03 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sammy is just a little mouse who is happy living in his box with his shavings and eating peanuts.  It's when his human's older brother decides he should be a test pilot for a model airplane that everything changes...Peachtree Publishers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.When the two brothers fight about Sammy going up in the plane, the older brother steps on his control mechanism and destroys it.  Sammy goes up and away.  They figure they have lost both the plane and Sammy...Mr. Cole makes Sammy Read More
  • New Orleans Noir: The Classics Edited by: Julie Smith

    Thu, 03 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This anthology really has the feel of New Orleans.  I found several stories to like in this grouping and I bet you do, too.  Since it includes classic stories, you even get some from the late 1800's.Akashic Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.I really liked the older stories in this collection.  Of course, I've always had a fondness for the past but the style of writing then was more subtle.  They expressed horror but didn't describe it like they do nowadays.  No details, you just visualized your own horrors.The best Read More
  • The Night Wanderer by Alys Clare

    Wed, 02 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lassair answers her door to find a young boy yelling about an injured man.  She's a healer, so she grabs her bag and heads towards the river.  When she gets there, she knows there is nothing she can do to help the man.  A good portion of his throat has been torn out and he's dead.Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.I like this series.  It's a bit magic and a lot of fantasy.  There's a love interest, the mysteries are good, and I'll be reading Read More
  • Stockholm Noir (Sweden) Edited by: Nathan Larson and Carl-Michael Edenborg

    Wed, 02 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is another in the Noir series created by Akashic Books.  This one shows you the dark corners of Sweden.  My mind pictures white blondes in ski clothes.  That's not who you read about in these stories...Akashic sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published now.There are thirteen stories, all quite different and all interesting.  Some of the characters you meet are evil, some are warped, one's a vampire, and all are people I don't want to meet.The scariest story was Nineteen Pieces by Carl-Micheal Edenborg.  He knew how to write a story Read More
  • All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor

    Tue, 01 Mar 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Perry is an unusual boy.  He's grown up inside a prison and he loves his life there.  He has his own room, he goes to school, he has lots of friends and his mother is there.  It's an odd situation but it's normal to him.  Until things change...Katherine Tegen Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It's being published today.The warden is Perry's guardian.  I really enjoyed reading about his friends he's made.  When he's pulled out of the prison and put into a foster home, he's very upset.  He feels physically ill from the Read More
  • Quick and The Dead: A contemporary British mystery by Susan Moody

    Tue, 01 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Alex and Helena are creating books together.  They pick art photographs, collate them in book form and create text to explain their significance.  They contrast each other and that works well in their book endeavors.  When they quit for the day, Alex reminds her that they have a meeting the next day to put together a book deal and that Helena needs to be there and be on time.  She promises she will.  But she doesn't show up...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review.  It will be published May 1st.When Alex goes to Helena's Read More
  • Just Like Me by Nancy Cavanaugh

    Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She doesn't want to go to camp.  She wants to stay home and work on arts and crafts with her girlfriend.  Just because she isn't sure of her heritage doesn't mean she wants to spend time with the two other Chinese girls she knows.  They were all adopted by Americans and she's happy to be American.Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.When she gets to camp it doesn't get better.  They have a bully in their cabin, along with two other girls they don't know.  No Read More
  • The Skeleton Garden: A Potting Shed Mystery by Marty Wingate

    Sun, 28 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Pru and her brother and nephew begin digging up a portion of the garden, they find a body.  She doesn't have to go looking for trouble; it finds her...Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 15th.Pru is married to a cop (they're still in the honeymoon stage) so she knows what to do.  The body has no identification, just a ring on a bony finger.  Who he is remains a mystery.  Then there's another death...All this ties back to the end of WWI.  There's a German plane Read More
  • Sabotage: A Reece Culver Thriller - Book 2 by Bryan Koepke

    Sat, 27 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Reece Culver is back and his life isn't any calmer in this book.  He and his friend Haisley are going to Scotland to go fishing.  It's time for some R &R and they both love to fish.  What they didn't expect was to witness a car going over the embankment into the water.  Reece tries to help the driver but the vehicle sinks too quickly and the water is too deep.  When he gets back up on the road, he hears another driver tear out of there from above.  It seems the driver who went to the watery grave was Read More
  • Clawback: An Ali Reynolds Novel by J.A. Jance

    Fri, 26 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ali and B. are back again and still sticking their noses in trouble.  This time they have to prove that Ali's father is not a murderer...Touchstone and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 8th.I always enjoy reading about Ali and her husband's snooping business.  The wonders of technology and hackers abound in their stories and they make the most of what's available to them.  Sometimes they find things that aren't really available but they'll use those, too.Ali and B. are busy trying to save Bob, who would never Read More
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

    Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Amani is leaving.  She's not sure how she's going to get out of Dustwalk but she's not going to marry her uncle.  She'd rather die than sleep with him.  That makes attending a gun competition in an old barn a no brainer.  If she wins, she'll have more money than she's ever seen.  If she loses, she'll just have to run without money.  After all, dressing as a boy is no real disguise.  But the event doesn't turn out either way she planned...Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank Read More
  • Staircase to the Moon by Elizabeth Haran

    Wed, 24 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Emily has grown up with her father and her brothers.  Her mother died long ago and she works in her father's tailor shop.  She works hard and is not allowed to date.  The one boy she kissed at church got beat up by her brothers.  She can't even go shopping by herself.  Then they introduce to a man who reminds her of a puffer fish and tell her he's got money and is a tailor himself and will be a good addition to the family.  They expect her to marry him!Bastei Entertainment and Net Galley allowed me to read this Read More
  • The Duke's Accidental Wife: Dukes of War #7 by Erica Ridley

    Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This series is a fun read.  It's romantic but not filled with sex.  And Ms. Ridley's characters always start at cross angles and no desire to get married.  Ha!The author invited me to read this Net Galley copy for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.The Duke is very formal, proper, and he works hard at the Parliament as well as at home.  He has no intention to get married unless he can find a woman he loves.  He makes that difficult because he doesn't date and hates being around people.  The Read More
  • Lucky by Chris Hill

    Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Lucky isn't being very lucky at the moment.  He was carried away from home by a bird and fell into another breed of squirrel's territory.  They took him in but he's not as big as they are, has funny ears and is another color.  He's a runt to them.  But the lady who took him in loves him.  Now they want him to go through school to become part of the patrol.  He's not well-matched at this life but he does have some skills he will share with his friends.  If only he doesn't fail...The Chicken House and Edelweiss gave Read More
  • Bonita Faye by Margaret Moseley

    Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Bonita was young.  She didn't know what she wanted or how to get it.  Then she met Billy Roy and she had a new goal.  She'd be his girl and make him a nice home.  Of course, Billy Roy had his own ideas.  When he suddenly decides that she should sleep with the monied folks he takes on fishing tours, she loses her patience with him.  And Billy Roy loses his life...Brash Books allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today, so you can get a copy now.This story reminded me a bit Read More
  • Gone Again: A Jack Swyteck Novel by James Grippando

    Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sashi got out of her mother's car and walked the rest of the way to school.  Her mother never saw her again.  It's almost time for the man accused of her murder to die.  She tells Jack that her daughter is still alive because she calls her on her birthday.  She also asks Jack to take the case.  He's not doing that type of work anymore but he finds himself taking it on...Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.Nobody in this family is telling the whole Read More
  • Linda, As in the Linda Murder: A Backstrom Novel by Leif GW Persson, Neil Smith (Translated by)

    Sun, 21 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story begins with a young woman police cadet's murder.  Someone has raped her, cut her, and strangled her.  It appears to have been consensual at first and then morphed into rougher treatment and murder.  She has no boyfriend.  She went home alone.  Who is the murderer?Vintage Crime/Black Lizard and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 23rd.Mr. Persson's story almost is overwhelmed by the police involved.  This is more the tale of how this police department works than a murder mystery.  Backstrom is is a good example of Read More
  • The Girl in the Tower by Lisa Schroeder, Nicoletta Ceccoli (Illustrated by)

    Sat, 20 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her mother and father are minstrels that travel from town to town, make their music, get some donations to live on and see the world.  When it's time for the child to be born, they ask for help at the castle they are entertaining.  The mother is in labor, so they take her in.  But they don't give her back...Henry Holt and Co. and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 29th.Violet has lived in the tower room with her mother since her birth.  She's not unhappy because she's Read More
  • The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox

    Fri, 19 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's war time and the children are sent to an academy that is in Scotland, on the coast.  It should be safe there.  It's not...Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 15th.This book was much darker than I expected.  I was anticipating ghosts, mysteries, and odd passages.  I got all that plus black magic.  The author grabs you and runs down the hallway through shadows and dark magic.  There's a taste of steampunk as well as horror in this story.The students are warned Read More
  • Ex-Isle (Ex-Heroes #5) by Peter Clines

    Fri, 19 Feb 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The world as we know it is over.  A virus has turned those that get it into the walking dead has devastated the land.  Now anyone who isn't infected stays in "safe" areas where they have guards to protect them.  They haven't given up but they are very cautious.  Now another group has been found on an island.  Are they uninfected?  Are they friendly?I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review (thank you).  It has been published and is available now.This is the first book in this series that I've read and it's very intense.  Having a Read More
  • Stranger King by Nadia Hutton

    Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lena lives in British Columbia and is a "Daywalker".  This means she's goes outside during daylight to do her duties.  It pays well but the radiation is high during day so you pay for it with your body.  Still, it's what she wants to do, not follow in her father's footsteps and become part of the military.  She doesn't know when she leaves that she will never see him again...Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 14th.She's just barely getting the routine down and Read More
  • Deathcat Sally by P.S. Brooks

    Thu, 18 Feb 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Before you open this book, get ready to open your mind to new worlds and unusual events.  This is not a typical book; it's a book about horror and fantasy and even a bit of magic.  I can guarantee you one thing:  You won't be bored...The author and Publishing Push invited me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy on Amazon now.Sally is seventeen.  She's working as a classroom assistant and heads home from work, fretting about being late.  When she hits something in the road, she stops to Read More
  • Cinco de Mayhem: A Santa Fe Cafe Mystery by Ann Myers

    Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's a new chef in town.  He's rude, he's a bully, and he's willing to buy a health inspector to put the others out of business.  When they find him dead under another woman's food cart, nobody feels bad except the poor woman, who gets accused of his murder.  After all, he's under her cart and has her knife stuck in him to kill him.  Being home alone doesn't give you a good alibi...William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 29th.The main female character in this Read More
  • Lottery Boy by Michael Byrne

    Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's young and he's alone.  His mom died, he doesn't like or trust his stepdad who already had another woman in line, and he has his dog.  They'll do OK together.  He has a pen knife, his dog has good teeth, what more does he need?  Some food would be good...Candlewick Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has already been published.Bully gets by.  He raids bins, eats leftovers on plates outside restaurants, steals a bit here and there.  He has his own doorway to sleep in.  Only one guy ever bothers Read More
  • Journey to Munich: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear

    Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maisie is back and is finally feeling a bit more alive.  After serving as a nurse in the war, losing her husband and even living in a convent for a while, she's returned to her home grounds.  She's trying to let the grief and hurt go but it's hard.  As she waffles about how to return to a normal life, she's recruited back into action as an undercover secret service agent...Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 29th.The last couple of books in this series disheartened me.  Read More
  • Grumpy Cat Volume 1 by Ben McCool, Royal McGraw, Elliott Serrano, Ben Fisher

    Tue, 16 Feb 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    You've seen Grumpy Cat on the net.  Her coloring does make her look unhappy.  In these comics she's got a companion and she sneers on almost every page...Diamond Book Distributors and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today, so you can grab a copy now.This is a compilation of several comic books and it's written more for the younger set.  The stories are amusing, Grumpy Cat is not always right, and her brother, Pokey, is just way too happy and excited by life to impress her.  She unwillingly accompanies him Read More
  • The Luck Uglies #3: Rise of the Ragged Clover by Paul Durham, Petur Antonsson (Illustrated by)

    Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Rye and her mother are hiding in the woods and hunting for her father.  He's very sneaky in the woods but he shouldn't be hiding from her.  Unfortunately, there are other things in the woods...HarperCollins and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.  I've read this whole series and have enjoyed the other two books immensely.  This is last of the trilogy and it's also excellent.Rye finds trouble.  She and her family are in danger but a Bog Noblin saves her.  It's the baby she saved in a previous book.  It Read More
  • The Inn Between by Marina Cohen

    Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's traveling with Kara and her family to their new home, which is miles away from hers.  Quinn doesn't want her to move, but she has to accept what she cannot change.  They are traveling through the Mohave Desert and it's desolate and strange.  They stop to eat and head for the nearest inn to spend the night.  They see a big bright light coming at them and then things get odd...Macmillan Children's Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 22nd.This story is not what I expected.  I Read More
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