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  • 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
  • Murder Underground: A British Library Crime Classic by Mavis Doriel Hay

    Sat, 29 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She was on her way to the dentist when she died.  Someone strangled her.  She was a wealthy woman.  Who didn't want to wait for their money?Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st."Pongle" as she was called, was not a particularly nice lady.  Every time she got angry at her nephew, she changed her will.  She has a dog she makes other people walk.  She hides things in her room.  She is just generally difficult.  But who would murder her?  Most just barely tolerated her!It's Read More
  • A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

    Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She has plans for her life and they don't include marriage.  When she shares this news with her father, he agrees if she waits for a few years to come of age, he'll pay for her college so she can become a school administrator.  Then he changes his mind...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.Since he won't honor his promise to her, she takes things into her own hands.  She gets another woman's husband to sleep with her and make her no Read More
  • Useless Bay by M J Beaufrand

    Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:00:00 Permalink
    There's a little boy missing and he usually went to the house next door to visit when he was bored.  But the quintuplets tell his family he's not there.  They do volunteer to help search for him.Abrams sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published.The quintuplets are giants to the little boy.  They're all over six foot tall.  They each have their skills and work well together.  But they are fearful of what might have happened to the boy.Pixie notices something is attached to the buoy in the bay and she Read More
  • An Amish Family Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Julia was young when she got involved with a man who projected one side of his personality to the public and another to her.  She even went so far as to get engaged.  And then she let him take her virginity.  But when she got pregnant, she knew she couldn't marry him.  He was abusive and controlling.  He hit her when she told him she was pregnant.  She knew if she told her parents they would make her marry him.  So she ran...Avon and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and Read More
  • Teddy & Co. by Cynthia Voigt

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Teddy hopes it doesn't rain.  He really, really hopes it doesn't rain.  He can't go outside when it rains and he loves exploring.  It's too bad his friends don't feel the same way...Knopf's Books for Young Readers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st.Teddy has a house he shares with an elephant.  Teddy has no legs.  The elephant has stitches from being patched.  Everyone is this community is a toy and almost all have been damaged in some way.  That doesn't stop them from having fun.  They take walks Read More
  • And Then She Was Gone: A Detective Jack Stratton Novel by Christopher Greyson

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Stacy Shaw was happy.  She had a nice home, a loving husband, a good new job, and she'd just found out that she was pregnant.  Life was good.  Then her car wouldn't start.  Her husband is out of town, she has no one local who could help.  She'll just leave the car there and take a short cut across the park to get home.  She doesn't realize someone is waiting for her...Greyson Media Associates and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.This is the Read More
  • The Whizbang Machine by Danielle A Vann

    Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She hasn't seen her grandfather for years, so she's thrilled he's returning home.  After her father's death, he sold everything and took off traveling.  She felt alone despite what her mother did for her.  She has no idea that Jack is bringing her a present that will be one of their lives biggest challenges...Waldorf Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 15th.What Elizabeth learns is that the typewriter he has given her is called a Whizbang Machine.  Nobody knows how it works and what it does.  It's Read More
  • The Rachel Alexander and Dash Mysteries: This Dog for Hire, The Dog Who Knew Too Much, and A Hell of a Dog by Carol Lea Benjamin

    Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a collection of the first three books in this series.  My favorite characters in these stories are the dogs.  They really steal the show from the humans!Open Road Integrated Media and Net Galley allowed me to read these for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.This Dog for Hire is about an artist who got run down on a pier on the ocean front.  Cars weren't allowed there but someone didn't care.  Rachel gets hired to do find the dog he had and figure out who would have killed the artist.  He was down there for a Read More
  • Ruler of the Night by David Morrell

    Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    In the Victorian age, riding a train to your destination was a new thing.  You got there quicker, you didn't have to suffer a carriage ride over rutted lanes, and you could even sleep if traveling at night.  You certainly never expected to get murdered...Mulholland Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 15th.The Opium Eater is back again.  He's addicted to laudanum but he has a brilliant brain.  He often sees things others don't.  Scotland Yard has used him before, at the Queen's request, and he'll be involved in Read More
  • The Goblin Crown by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, Tom Fowler

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Billy is starting another new school and he knows he won't fit in.  He never does.  When one attractive girl talks to him, he's almost rude trying to get away.  As he's going through the lunch line, he finds her right next to him.  He practically runs away and manages to hit a jock and spill and his lunch all over everything.  Great start at the new school or what?  Things can get worse...Turner and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 15th.When Billy and Lexi leave after school, Read More
  • Saddle Up For Murder by Leigh Hearon

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Annie is worried about the dead sheep being found in her area.  She thinks it must be a predator.  Then one of her own sheep is a victim and it gets more personal  When she finds out they are dying from being shot with a slingshot using a deadly shot, she's even more concerned.  What if it hit a client or a horse?Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  This book will be published October 25th.  This is the second in the series.  Reading the first book would fill in some blanks Read More
  • Ghost Town by S J Bounds

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Phil was a cop, a good cop.  The fact that he couldn't be bought off was an admirable trait but one that almost got him killed.  He turned in his badge and went back to school.  After learning how to be a dentist, he heads out west.  He's just traveling through when the widow who owns the local restaurant catches his eye. There's not much left of the old mining town but there are plenty of vacant buildings.  He decides to stay.Endeavor Press/Pioneering Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been Read More
  • The Rootlets: Trouble at Plantasy Land By Vicki Marquez

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The Rootlets were all vegetables.  They look like children but the green hair and other odd characteristics give them away.  In the previous book, they found out that they had super powers.  Everyone's is different.  The author and PR by the Book sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  The book is being released this fall.The Rootlets are being raised by Yammy Grammy and have veggie sounding names.  It's fun to read because of the silly names and the general theme of eating healthy.  They are going to a vegetable equivalent of Disneyland.  It's called Read More
  • The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle by Gabrielle Kent

    Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Alfie is just a normal kid.  His mom died, he and his dad get along fine and he has a very good female friend his age.  He's not looking forward to summer.  His friend is going on vacation and he'll be stuck at home with his inventor dad.  He knows he will be bored.  Boy, is he wrong!Scholastic Books allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 25th.Alfie gets an odd letter and shows it to his dad.  His dad doesn't act real surprised and tells him they must go visit the lawyer Read More
  • Spence at the Blue Bazaar by Michael Allen

    Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Thana goes back to her home town years later.  She's going to ramp up her blackmail efforts.  When she finds a journal hidden in the dresser in her room at the Blue Bazaar, she decides she's going to get more than that.  Now she has a whole new source of blackmail material.Endeavor Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's already been published, so you can grab a copy now.Thana catches everyone's attention because she's wearing a see-through blouse with no bra and a skirt that's slit so far up the side you Read More
  • The Twelve Dogs of Christmas: An Andy Carpenter Mystery by David Rosenfelt

    Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:19:00 Permalink
    Andy is a lawyer but he doesn't want to be.  He avoids taking new cases.  But when a dear friend of his who rescues puppies by fostering them is accused of having too many animals, he can't let her down.  He couldn't say no but I bet he was wishing he could before the end.Minotaur Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.It seems someone is setting "Pups" up.  She is a widow and owns a lot of land in a lot of different Read More
  • Dangling by a Thread by Lea Wait

    Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Angie is out for a morning walk down by the docks when she sees a strange man come to shore in a rowboat.  He doesn't speak to anyone.  When she asks about him, nobody knows his name.  He lives alone on an island and only comes over the village in good weather when he needs supplies.  She sees him go in the post office and asks after him in there.   The postal worker tells her his name and that he comes to pick up his check and any other correspondence.  The island isn't served by any utilities.  Most refer to Read More
  • Six-gun Prodigal by A A Glynn

    Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    I've been looking for a good old fashioned western where the men were men and romance didn't take over the story.  This one fit the bill perfectly!  Lew had a difference with his brothers after his father was killed and he took off.  He was herding cattle when he heard that his brothers had been killed, too.  He finished his work and planned on returning home to see what had happened and who had ordered it.  He had his suspicions.  Before he got out of the tavern, he had a young buck try to outshoot him.  When he kills him, Read More
  • Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

    Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Flynn gets a text from his girl asking him to meet her.  Since she started at a different school, they hadn't seen much of each other so he's anxious to catch up with her.  When they meet they to a place where they look at stars.  She doesn't want to do that, though.  She wants him to go into the old barn with her.  He does, they snuggle and then she suggests sex.  They had both agreed they'd wait, but she's changed her mind.  He says no, she tells him to get out.  He's a confused young man.  He tries Read More
  • The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen

    Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's just a little fir tree that yearns to be bigger.  He doesn't like it when a bunny can jump over him.  He wants to be big and tall like the older trees.  He doesn't think past getting big.  He doesn't care where they go, he just wants to go with them.  He's not satisfied with growing up in the forest and having bird friends.  He's going to get his wish...I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  It has been published so you can get a copy now.One of the reasons I wanted to read this Read More
  • Miss Seeton by Moonlight by Hamilton Crane, Heron Carvic

    Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Someone is stealing expensive art items.  No one knows who or why.  Miss Seeton points out he or she picks things with wintery associations.  Might be the title or artwork or the darkness but it seems to set a theme.  There are other items but winter is overlying subject matter.  When she gets asked to donate a picture she's drawn with a few additions to make it more wintery, she does so.  Her local Scotland Yard cop who's married to a girl in the village takes it to his place to set it up for bait...Farrago and Net Galley allowed Read More
  • Cedric, The Stealth Cat (Curious Characters Book 4) by AC Michael

    Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Cedric has it made.  He lives on a fisherman's boat and eats all the fish he wants.  What could ruin that?  A high sea and the boat tipping over!The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy on Amazon now.When Cedric comes ashore, he has no idea where to go.  He's lost his owner.  Maybe he drowned?  What's he do to do?  Then he meets a friendly mouse who takes him to a deserted house where they can live in the backyard/basement area.  He's Read More
  • Hands Up, Miss Seeton by Hamilton Crane, Heron Carvic

    Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Miss Seeton goes to town with the intentions of visiting a few art exhibits and museums and then picking up some gifts at Harrods.  She takes her umbrella with her, of course.  When she sees a man who appears to be bleeding from a stab wound in his back, she goes to help him.  Another young man gets there first and the injured man is fighting with him.  Miss Seeton manages to disable both of them unintentionally.  The young man runs away.  The "injured" man grabs Miss Seeton and accuses her of theft!Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read Read More
  • O Little Town of Bethany: inspirational holiday romance (Hometown Romance) by Rene Gutteridge, Cheryl McKay

    Sun, 16 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Holly is tired of her life.  Her father is the president of the company she works for, their house is a showcase and there's no love shown.  When she goes in to talk to her boyfriend, he's busy on the phone and computer and just hands her a little box.  Opening it, she finds an engagement ring.  He doesn't ask her if she'd marry him or if she wants to.  It's just there it is.  She walks away and goes home.  There, the maid tells her parents are having a big surprise engagement party the next day.  No one cares Read More
  • The Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall

    Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a young Amish woman who can never do anything right according to her mother.  She works all day, takes care of her brothers, helps in the garden and with the animals but it matters not.  Somehow she's always lacking.  So when her parents tell her they are sending her to another Amish settlement to help a newly widowed man, she's amazed.  He has children and one is a newborn.  How will she know what to do with a newborn?  But she goes.  If she's needed, she'll go.  And she'll ask God for help.Waterbrook and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity Read More
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