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  • Cat Shout for Joy: A Joe Grey Mystery by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

    Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:33:00 Permalink
    Joe Grey is a special cat:  He can speak.  He hides that ability but he's proud of the work he can do by sneaking about listening or sniffing out evidence to help the police.  He calls them on a cell phone so it can't be traced back to his owner.  He'll need all his wits about him for this case.  He's also going to be facing some life changes in his personal relationships.William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 23rd.One of the cat friends in this Read More
  • Pilfer Academy: A School So Bad It's Criminal by Lauren Magaziner

    Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    George isn't really a bad kid.  He just finds it easier to take his older brother's comics and another brother's money than to work for his own.  But when he's just barely being allowed out of his room for bad behavior and then goes right back to acting badly, it causes real trouble.Dial Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 16th.This is written for middle graders and is a fun book to read.  It's silly, has all sorts of oddities and characters like you've never seen before.  Read More
  • Lady Pendragon Volume 1 by Matt Hawkins Art By: Ron Adrian, Hector Gomez, John Stinsma

    Sun, 17 Jan 2016 12:06:00 Permalink
    Have you ever seen the movie Camelot?  Maybe you're read about Sir Arthur and the Knight's Round Table?  If not, this graphic novel will fill you in on some of the plot of that story.  If you did, you won't recognize the women.  They're all long, lean, and full of vigor.  The warrior women in this story are all beautiful and partially clad.Image Comics let me read this graphic novel for review (thank you).  It has just been published and you can grab a copy HERE.  I like hard hitting graphic novels and strong women characters.  You've got both in this Read More
  • No Shred of Evidence: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd

    Sun, 17 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ian suspicions he won't like the task he's being sent out on when he has to report to his chief.  He was right...William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 16th.This mother-son team writes very good mysteries.  I've been following this series since I found them and they put Ian in some very precarious situations.  This is another one.He's going down to replace an inspector who died of natural causes while on the job.  It's a village he's familiar with and close to the site where he Read More
  • The Widow by Fiona Barton

    Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a story of a woman who marries young.  Her husband is a controlling man.  They have a good life together.  For a while...Berkley Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 16th.When Jean's husband dies, her life changes.  She's glad to be free of him but also misses his companionship.  He was accused of a crime and now the police are trying to convince her to tell them what she knows about the incident.  She remains silent.  She keeps telling them he wouldn't have hurt a child.  Read More
  • The Adventures of Basil and Moebius Volume 3: Secret of the Ancients by Ryan Schifrin, Larry Hama

    Sat, 16 Jan 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Basil and Moebius are trying to find a way to end the curse the Collector has forced on them.  They have to do his bidding or end up as the Undead, but they want to be free to live their own lives.  It seems they might have a chance, so they giving it their all.  They'll need to...Diamond Book Distributors and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 16th.I have read this entire series and I enjoy it.  The graphics are eye catching and colorful.  There are beautiful women, monsters, Read More
  • Bitter Poison: An English village cosy featuring The Colonel by Margaret Mayhew

    Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    They're getting ready to put on another performance by their little theater group in the village.  This year they are going to do something different:  They'll do a fairy tale.  The forceful lady scheduling the event thinks she's adding a bit of class to the performance.  She doesn't know she's adding murder...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.They have some new people in town.  The man is on TV and his wife used to be a model.  The play is the Snow Queen and they decide his Read More
  • Red Sonja / Conan by Victor Gischler

    Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Conan is like an old friend.  I read about him in my teens and seeing a graphic novel about Conan AND Red Sonja was not something I could miss.  When the man organizing the mercenary soldiers says that they will fight to the death to pick a leader, Red Sonja comes forward.  So does Conan.  They agree to mutually lead the group of soldiers.  When a group of five or six men challenge them, they do what they do best.  Then they lead the remaining solders into battle.Diamond Book Distributors and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for Read More
  • Soft Summer Blood by Peter Helton

    Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a man jogging on his own property.  Then he's a dead man...Severn House Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.When the police begin their investigation, Lusky thought it would be easy.  The dead man was rich and has only a son to leave the money to.  The old adage is follow the money.  But the son has an alibi.  It gets worse when other members of the painting set die.He warns the last man but gets blown off.  He thinks he's safe enough.  He's not.  Who Read More
  • Curtains for Miss Plym: A canine mystery by Kathleen Delaney

    Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mary is getting ready for a big rummage sale so she goes down early to open up, do a final check on how it looks and make some coffee.  She didn't expect to find a dead body...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.Mary calls Dan, the local police chief, and reports the murder.  The victim is a little old lady who lives in another world in her mind.  She gets lost and can't find her home, forgets what she was talking about, and doesn't understand most Read More
  • Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies by Carmen Oliver

    Tue, 12 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Everyone needs a reading partner in class.  One little girl tells the teacher she already has one.  When she shows them the bear, it's a big bear.  Even the teacher is a bit scared.  So the girl explains why he's good to read with.Capstone Books for Young Readers 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.Since I'm an avid reader, I had to read this book.  I have cats that sit with me when I read.  I also own teddy bears.  But Read More
  • Shutter Man by Richard Montanari

    Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Billy's a cold-blooded killer.  He also has a neurological condition that makes him not recognize faces.  His brother helps him find his victims and he carries pictures of them inside his jacket so he can check to see if they match.  It helps if the brother puts them in the clothes they were wearing in the picture...Mulholland Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 9th.Mr. Montanri writes complex tales with a lot of characters in them.  I enjoy reading them because I'm not sure what kind of story Read More
  • Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets

    Sun, 10 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Amy is an independent female who knows how to take care of herself in the wilderness and loves hunting.  She heads out on her own with her compound bow.  The men she's with have already shot their elk.  Now she's going to get hers.Berkley Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 9th.Amy shoots her elk but doesn't hit him in a vital part.  She tracks him, shoots him, and dresses him.  He's too heavy for her to carry so she takes a piece of him and caches Read More
  • Little Cat's Luck by Marion Dane Bauer, Jennifer A. Bell (Illustrated by)

    Sat, 09 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Little Cat is feeling discontent.  She can't find a special place just for her in the house.  She's searched but nothing works.  When she watches a leaf fall off the tree outside and jumps on the screen, she finds herself outside.  Surely she can find a special place there?Simon & Schuster's Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 9th.She spends the day looking for the "right" place, but has no luck.  She's found out that the dog has kibble and water by his dog house but he's Read More
  • Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon By Terry John Barto

    Fri, 08 Jan 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    His dad has him guarding the princess in her castle but he really wants to be a comedian.  After all, the princess thinks he's really funny.  She tells him he should do what makes him happy...The author graciously shared a copy of this book and his activity kit with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can find a copy HERE and the activity kit is HERE.The story is fun to read and talks about following your dreams and beliefs.  I did that, that's why I'm reviewing books and selling them, too.  Books are precious to Read More
  • The Killing Forest by Sara Blaedel

    Fri, 08 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sune is excited.  He's finally turning fifteen and is old enough to be initiated into the inner circle of men in his town.  They'll be blood brothers and they keep their secrets forever.  When they want him to become a man by laying with a prostitute, he refuses and runs.  They'll be after him for that but it gets even worse when all the men gang rape her and she dies.  They just bury her and go on with their lives.  Sune keeps hiding...Grand Central Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  Read More
  • A MUDDIED MURDER: A Greenhouse Mystery by Wendy Tyson

    Thu, 07 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Megan has come home.  She's left her lawyer's job and the stress of the work and the city and come back to the farm. After all, her grandmother is getting up in age and the farm takes a lot of work.  It's a good thing she has a plan in mind for creating a new business where she can sell farm produce since the farm needs some repair.  It's too bad not everyone is as enthusiastic about it as she is.  Especially not the Zoning man who is holding up her permits...Henery Press and Net Galley allowed me to read Read More
  • The Adventures of Lettie Peppercorn by Sam Gayton, Poly Bernatene (Illustrated by)

    Thu, 07 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lettie is a little girl who misses her mother.  She has a note from her telling her she will be back and insisting she not step outside.  Lettie doesn't know why, but she obeys until the day someone comes calling and says that he knows where her mother is...Margaret K McElderry Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 2nd.This story is filled with magic and other oddities.  Lottie is a young girl who runs a boarding house.  It's the only way they get money.  Her dad is a drunk Read More
  • Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

    Wed, 06 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    The world is a dangerous place in this story.  You have magic, creatures, cannibals, and danger all around.  Westie still prowls around because her family was taken from her by cannibals.  She lost her arm to them, but her new metal one is even better than the original product.  If only she could find the killers and take revenge, she could settle down...Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 2nd.  What Westie doesn't expect is that the family she's looking for would come to her.  Read More
  • You Look Yummy! by Tatsuya Miyanishi

    Tue, 05 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Imagine the fate of a little vegetarian dinosaur hatching at the feet of a huge meat-eating dinosaur.  The first words it hears is:  You look yummy!  You know what's going to happen next, right?  Not...Museyon Inc. and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.While the big dinosaur is eyeing the snack in front of him, the little dinosaur runs over, grabs his leg and shouts:  Daddy!This story reminds me of the "Are You My Mother" story by P D Eastman.  In that one, a Read More
  • Superhero Universe (Tesseracts Nineteen) edited by Claude Lalumière & Mark Shainblum

    Tue, 05 Jan 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Did you ever wish you had a super power?  Have you thought about the consequences?  This collection of stories will show you how to succeed, how to fail, and how to make the best of it.Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing let read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 18th in both ebook or print form through Amazon. Anthologies have always been a favorite of mine so I was happy to have the opportunity to read this one.  I wasn't disappointed by one story in this collection and there are a lot here.  I even Read More
  • Brambleheart: A Story About Finding Treasure and the Unexpected Magic of Friendship by Henry Cole

    Mon, 04 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Twig is a chipmunk who really isn't good enough at the any of the school skills he's learning to become a master of one.  That means he'll be an errand runner, the lowest rung on the social scale of his community.  But things change when he runs away for a day.  He finds the river, falls in and almost drowns and he discovers an egg...Katherine Tegen Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 9th.Lily is a bunny friend of his.  Basil the weasel is his enemy.  If only he Read More
  • Roche Limit, Vol. 2: Clandestiny TP Story By: Michael Moreci Art By: Kyle Charles Art By: Matt Battaglia

    Mon, 04 Jan 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Space is not a safe place.  Especially not for these astronauts...Image Comics sent me a galley of this story for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy here:  COMIC.Everyone has hurts and concerns in their heart.  Whether it is a lost family, a lost opportunity for a baby, or a man who has seen too many die, there are ghosts.  What do you do when the planet you land is capable to making you see your ghosts?  When there are monsters to kill you?  Where you find out you are the thirteen expedition to Read More
  • The Killing in The Cafe: A Fethering Mystery by Simon Brett

    Mon, 04 Jan 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The village is atwitter.  Polly's Cake Shop owner is retiring and is going to sell her shop.  They need to keep that shop open because it's a great tourist attraction.  What are they going to do?Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.Someone gets the idea of making the shop a community project and having folks volunteer their time.  That's not very likely but it could be doable if enough help.  But who's got the capital to buy the building?  And, God forbid, what if a Starbucks Read More
  • Untamed (Splintered #3.5) by A.G. Howard

    Sun, 03 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    How about a modern day Alice in Wonderland with even more developed and passionate characters?  You got it!Abrams Books sent me a copy of this to read for review (thank you).  I hadn't read the other books in this series but I could still read this one with no problem.  This book is available now and you should grab it.There are three novellas in the book.  It's like a look back at the other books in the series.  Alyssa and her family share their memories of Wonderland and I enjoyed the read very much.  Love is a big factor here.  Read More
  • Postal Vol. 2 Matt Hawkins, Bryan Hill, Art By: Isaac Goodhar

    Sun, 03 Jan 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    He's the mailman.  But he's a bit more, too.  He's the son of the Mayor and she runs the town her way.  Why?Image Comics shared a galley of this comic with me.  It's available for purchase now.  You can buy it here:  COMIC.This story line is intriguing.  Mark does what his mother wants for the most part.  His father is not around, his mother is sleeping with the sheriff, and his girlfriend apparently has plans of her own.  He gets kidnapped by two killers.  The sheriff saves him.  He asks his girl to go out and she says yes.  However Read More
  • Railroad Rising: The Black Powder Rebellion by J. P. Wagner

    Sat, 02 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carrtog is the third son of a Lord, so there is no chance he will inherit.  He decides to hire out as a mercenary.  He has some knowledge of magic, a friend that is teaching him common sense and how to fight, and a good horse.  Of course, he has to be careful about politics.  They can kill him, too.Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  You can get a copy on Amazon now.I wasn't sure about this book, but it had gunpowder magic, steam power, a touch of romance, and Read More
  • Ladle to the Grave (Soup Lover's Mystery #4) by Connie Archer

    Fri, 01 Jan 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    She owns By the Spoonful in downtown Snowflake, Vermont.  She has a good staff, a good business and she's getting over the loss of her parents.  Everything is going so well until the murder...The author and Goddess Fish Blog shared this story with me for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.  This is the fourth in the series, so you might want to look at the earlier books too.Lucky felt bad for the woman that died but it was thought to be a natural death since she had a bad heart.  When Read More
  • Calico Spy by Margaret Brownley

    Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Katie is sent out on a new case.  She's a Pinkerton detective and there have been two murders at the Harvey House she is infiltrating.  She's no waitress but she's going to have to learn fast.  Working on the inside should give her a better chance at identifying the killer.  The sheriff isn't impressed.  He thinks she's putting herself in danger.Barbour Publishing and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow and there are others in this series, too.  They are all good reads.You can tell that Katie and Read More
  • Bellwyn the Witch Stories by J.A. Pak

    Thu, 31 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Bellwyn is an unusual witch.  She's a bit absent minded, forgets how to do simple spells, and doesn't pay attention to the town gossip.  She does have a warrior who loves her.  And she's not a bad witch.  But she's not necessarily a good witch either.  She's just there - mostly...I've read work by Ms. Pak before and she writes good fantasies.  Her muse takes her all kinds of places and she articulates these mind journeys in a clear voice.  I bought this book on Amazon and enjoyed reading it.  Check it out.Bellwyn has been "possessed" which means she could Read More
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