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  • Camp Midnight by Steven T. Seagle

    Sun, 13 Dec 2015 11:10:00 Permalink
    Skye's parents are divorced.  Summer is here and she's spending it with her father and her "step monster".  At least she thinks she is.  Then she finds out they plan to send her to camp...Image Comics and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 12th.I like to read graphic novels so I watch for those who entice me to read them.  Being a stepmom myself, how could I not read about Skye's "step monster"?  She's really not so bad but she's not so nice either.  She's more than Read More
  • A Murderous Mind: A Naomi Blake British Mystery by Jane A. Adams

    Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    A student is found murdered in her bedroom at the dorm.  No one heard anything.  The killing was brutal.  How did the killer get in?  Why kill her?Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.The cast of characters in this story is varied.  There are several cops, some retired cops, students, and a couple of assassins.  Most of the characters have baggage from their past.  A dead cop comes back to haunt them.  There's lots of drama and it's an interesting story.The dead girl appears to be a Read More
  • The Ninth Life by Clea Simon

    Sat, 12 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's drowning and he's not going to make it.  Then someone grabs him and helps him on to land.  She's a young human with pink hair and is skinny, but she's his friend now.Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.This is a new series about a cat named Blackie that is helping his human solve a mystery.  Who killed her friend and mentor who was investigating a case?  And why?The story is set in the squalid underworld of the homeless children living on the streets.  You Read More
  • Rat Queens Deluxe Edition Volume 1 (Rat Queens #1-10) by Kurtis J. Wiebe

    Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:40:00 Permalink
    Mercenaries, monsters, war, death, fights, love and more abound in this book.  There's even female mercenaries...Image Comics allowed me to download this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 15th, so you can grab a copy then.This is graphic novel has lovely colorful illustrations (even if a lot of it is blood).  The main female characters are:  Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief.  With a group like that, how can you not have fun?This is definitely for mature audiences.  Constant death, lesbians Read More
  • Skin Like Silver: A Tom Harper Victorian police procedural by Chris Nickson

    Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    His day starts with the announcement a dead baby has been found at the post office.  Someone mailed it to a bad address and it sat in the back, unclaimed, until it began to smell.  That night, there's a major fire and they lose a fireman who is helping fight it.  But that's not the only body found...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will published March 1st, so make a note to pick it up then.This is a Victorian mystery and it reflects the period well.  There's the very poor, Read More
  • Blood Tracks by Matt Hilton

    Thu, 10 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tess is a private investigator now.  She used to be a cop so she has skills.  When the local district attorney asks her to find a witness for a court case, she needs the money.  Saying yes will bring her close to a sadistic murderer.  It also introduces her to a man she doesn't want to love...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.They've lost an undercover cop to a monster that enjoys inflicting pain on people.  Tess needs to find the witness before the murderer.  Her Read More
  • Backhand Smash: A Percy Peach British police procedural by J.M. Gregson

    Wed, 09 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Clyde is very tall, very fit and very black.  When the tennis club decides to open its doors to all ethnic groups, the lady who fills the ranks of players is determined that Clyde will join them.  Clyde doesn't want to but it's hard to say no to someone so determined...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st, so you can grab a copy then.This was a very good read.  Prejudice still exists, bad people abound, and Clyde and his boss try to take it in stride.  Read More
  • Killing Trail: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima

    Tue, 08 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    When they find blood on the porch, they know something bad happened at this cabin.  When her police dog finds another dog in the bushes who has been shot, they wonder if that is where the blood came from.  Then they find what the dog was trying to dig up...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 15th.The young girl in the grave was the owner of the dog and a student at the local high school.  Mattie asks a lot of questions but doesn't get a Read More
  • Stranger Than Fiction by Emelle Gamble

    Mon, 07 Dec 2015 03:00:00 Permalink
    She's getting ready to go on vacation and is looking forward to it.  It's been a long exhausting process but she finally has their prime author's next book ready to print.  She certainly wasn't expecting to be accosted in the hallway by a man who is accusing her and the author of plagiarism.  She knows it can't be true.  She also knows that she has to investigate it now.  So much for her vacation...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get Read More
  • Hasel and Rose by Caroline Magerl

    Sun, 06 Dec 2015 11:13:00 Permalink
    Rose and her family have moved.  She's a new face in a new place.  And all she thinks about is her wish.  Her wish doesn't really have form, she just knows she missing something and wants it back...An Australian bookseller told me about the magic of this book, so I decided to buy a copy and check it out.  It's published by Penguin/Viking and available now.The illustrations are almost like water colored sketches and are whimsical and a bit magical themselves.  The story is easy to read and can touch your soul.Rose wishes hard for her undefined wish to come Read More
  • The Spell of Pencliff: Volume 1 by Wendy Hobbs

    Sun, 06 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's her thirteenth birthday so she's expecting the usual birthday cards from the usual people.  She's not expecting to get an old letter from her grandfather she never knew and has been dead for years!The author and Publishing Push shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published.  You can find it on Amazon.The letter tells of a theft long ago and tells her she's the only who can solve the mystery and save her grandmother, Daisy, from being hung for the crime.  She's not sure how to do that, so she decides Read More
  • The Children's Home by Charles Lambert

    Sat, 05 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    He lives alone in a huge house that belonged to his family.  He has been disfigured by an "accident" and no longer has contact with people.  When a woman shows up to be his housekeeper, he lets her stay because it's easier than turning her away.  What comes next can't be anticipated...Scribner and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 5th, so you can grab a copy then.He finds himself attracting children.  It begins with a baby on the doorstep.  They'll walk up to him when he's outside and Read More
  • Next of Kin: A Sarah Quinn police procedural by Maureen Carter

    Fri, 04 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Young women are being raped.  As time goes on, the crimes gets more vicious and then someone dies.  Sarah is assigned to the cases and her new boss is unhappy with her performance.Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.Sarah is an interesting cop.  She's good at what she does but she's holding a position that has traditionally held by a man.  Her new boss wants her out of there and one of the good old boys in.  She can see that, but she can't hurry the Read More
  • The Case of the Girl in Grey (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, Book 2) by Jordan Stratford, Kelly Murphy (Illustrated by)

    Thu, 03 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency is a secret organization.  At least the girls think so...Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 26th.Mary is coming to visit Ada when the carriage stops quickly.  She sees a girl in grey run into the woods and tries to follow her.  When she finally sees her she asks if she's alright.  The girl says no, she needs help, but she disappears into the forest.  When her travelling companion cannot find the girl either, they must go on their way.  Read More
  • A Thousand Falling Crows by Larry D. Sweazy

    Wed, 02 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    He got shot by Bonnie and Clyde and lost his right arm.  Is he going to get on with life or end it?  He's not sure.  Then he hits a dog and has to take it to the local vet.  The veterinarian sends him home with the dog.  Now he's got to live...Edelweiss and Seventh Street Books allowed me to read this book for review (thank you)  It will be published January 5th.He's a widower and being a ranger was his life.  Now he's free to do what he wants, but he doesn't want to do anything.  He knows they Read More
  • 2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

    Tue, 01 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Christmas Eve is coming up and life is going to change for three people.  They just don't know it yet.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 includes a young girl that has lost her mother, gets bullied and has no other desire than to be able to sing at a night club.  There's the owner of the club who is just barely getting by and ignoring the law, which results in fines to the tune of $30,000.  And lastly a divorced teacher Read More
  • The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence

    Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's going to go sailing with his Uncle Jack.  Anything to avoid going back to school right away.  What he doesn't understand is who this other kid is.  He's not going to have time to find out because they get caught in weather and the boat sinks with his Uncle on it.  Now these two young boys have to figure out how to survive in the Alaskan wilderness with no supplies and no love lost between them...Delacorte Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 5th so you can grab Read More
  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

    Sun, 29 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sara is a reader.  She lives in Sweden, has worked in a bookstore, and met a lady through a book purchase that she corresponded with in snail mail.  Amy had sent her books to read that taught her more about people in the states and how much she could learn from reading.  Sara decides to visit Amy at her invitation and sets out to meet this wonderful older woman who is now her friend.Sourcebooks Landmark and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 1st.She finds Broken Wheel is Read More
  • Hostage by Kristina Ohlsson

    Sat, 28 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    This thriller is too close to the truth for you not be frightened when reading it...Emily Bestler Books sent me an ARC of this to read for review (thank you).  The book has been published, so you can grab a copy now.I haven't read this author before but I will now.  The pace of the book is marvelous, every character in it is busy, and it sounds authentic.It's a plane that is being taken hostage.  There's a note in the bathroom that says there is a bomb on board and the demands must be met or it will be detonated.  Read More
  • Dragon Apocalypse by Josh Powell

    Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 Permalink
    You need to be careful with magic; it can backfire on you!The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is available now anywhere that offers ebooks.How could I not read a book that has a berserker in it?  Get ready for a wild ride!  I didn't notice many humans in this story but there is everything else here.  There's an elf, an under-elven, a templerager, a unicorn, a dragon, and more.  There are cloned characters that mean you're fighting yourself.  There are plenty of enemies, magic swords, and various powers involved.  Read More
  • This Way Home by Wes Moore with Shawn Goodman

    Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Basketball is his life.  But life changes...Delacorte Press sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can find a copy at your local bookstore now.This is a hard book to read.  It's about three boys who have been friends since they started school.  They live in a so-so neighborhood but there's not much trouble on their street.  Then they find a boy dead on the sidewalk.  He was an A student, had no enemies, and it's decided it was a gang killing.  No one knows why.As the tension grows, Michael comes Read More
  • Zagreb Noir edited by Ivan Sršen

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a collection of short stories about Croatia.  These aren't pleasant stories but they do have the flavor of what the country and its people are like.Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published.My grandparents immigrated to the US from either Czechoslovakia or Yugoslavia depending on which relative you asked.  Their birth certificates were kept at Zagreb.  When I tried to get a copy of them, I was told that the courthouse that held the records was burnt down during the wars there and those records no longer Read More
  • The Tomorrow Heist by Jack Soren

    Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jonathan and Lew have retired.  Or so they think...Witness Impulse sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.  Check out my earlier post about The Monarch.  You may want to get them both.This author has a very interesting mind.  He creates situations that almost sci-fi in nature and makes them sound like normal every day events in the world he's creating.  I'd be real surprised if anyone has thought about using his plots.Everyone is pretty laid back as the story starts.  They barely got out alive Read More
  • The Monarch by Jack Soren

    Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jonathan has left his old life behind.  No more thieving.  He's a father now and his daughter is his world.  He has to do something when someone starts killing people and using his signature as a symbol on the bodies.  He's not the murderer.  He's also not really being framed; he's being sent a message...Witness Impulse sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.This book reminds of the TV series, 24, or of a James Bond film.  It's a high paced thriller with lots of action, Read More
  • Space Cadets by Laurence Moroney

    Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:00:00 Permalink
    Her father died in the last conflict in Korea.  He got too much radiation and didn't survive.  But he wrote her a letter.  In that letter, he told her of his dream to visit the stars and find new worlds.  She's determined to do that for him.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read this book (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.This is a new series that is written for young adults.  It's an adventure, science fiction/fantasy type story that sounds almost believable in this day and age.  Read More
  • Blood Will Tell: A Dorothy Martin investigation by Jeanne M. Dams

    Sun, 22 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dorothy Martin can get in trouble no matter where she goes.  She and her husband are at Cambridge.  Alan is at a police conference and she's free to wander around.  She finds a door open and goes into a lab.  She can smell the taint of fresh blood and sees some spilled on the floor.  She also saw a small piece of white lab jacket.  She scoots back out the way she entered so she won't be the next victim.Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 1st.I Read More
  • Death by Tea by Alex Erickson

    Sat, 21 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Krissy has a bookstore/cafe and a famous father.  She loves her father but finds him embarrassing because he loves being in the limelight.  She's more of an introvert and enjoys her small store and most of her customers.  It's the book clubs that give her a bit of a problem.Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 24th.When one of the book club presidents brings in a cardboard cut out of her father, she hates it.  So she decides to sneak down and remove it.  She'll return it Read More
  • Yarned & Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell

    Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Josie is only back in town because Uncle Eb needs help.  His leg has been broken in a car accident and his wife died in the accident.  She remembered him as old and crotchety.  He still was.Kensington Books and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 24th.Josie's Mom has gone for a cruise, so she's sent to help Eb and close down the yarn shop.  She knows nothing about yarn, can't cook much, and would rather not go.  Too bad!Her uncle is still crabby.  He also has a Read More
  • Hardcastle's Collector: A police procedural set during World War One by Graham Ison

    Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Hardcastle is an old curmudgeon that orders people around, expounds his thoughts, and can be a very good investigator.  He demands a lot from his employees.  He also solves all his cases...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 1st of 2016.Hardcastle reminded me of the older people in my life.  They don't explain much and can be gruff, but they get things done.  When he's sent out from Scotland to help a small town's cops solve a murder case, he's more than willing.  He takes his favorite Read More
  • Dead in a Park by B L Blair

    Wed, 18 Nov 2015 03:00:00 Permalink
    Leah is just going for a walk in the park with her dog, Harry.  She never expected to find a dead man.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tour gave me the opportunity to read and review this book.  It's available on Amazon and other eBook sites. Ms. Blair writes a pretty good mystery.  She gives her main character a couple of men friends that come in and out of her life and gives the story a touch of romance.  She creates a nasty side of Leah's family and throws in a bit drugs and you have a nice mix of Read More
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