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  • Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan

    Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Imagine a Christmas tradition that has gone on for years.  The host is a bachelor and he invites his friends over.  There are songs, games, and presents for everyone.  There's also an undercurrent of tension.  It gets worse when they find Santa dead in front of the tree...Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss gave the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.There's an extra guest this year.  He's a former tobacconist that dabbles in amateur sleuthing.  He was curious about the extra note on his invitation and came to find out what it meant.  It's Read More
  • Blackbird by Michael Fiegel

    Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very unusual read.  Why would an assassin pick up an eight-year old and take her with him after a kill?  He doesn't even know why he did it...Skyhorse Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.This is written with two voices.  His is a bit larger print, hers is a bit smaller.  These two voices talk about the difficulty of a man who has never even been married trying to raise a child.  He can't let her go to school.  The things he teaches her will never Read More
  • Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind by Darlene Foster

    Mon, 09 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Amanda lives in Canada and they are taking a school trip to New Mexico to visit the Taos area.  She and her classmates are excited to see the historical sites and buy some trinkets to take home.  Now if her roommate would just quit thinking she's seeing ghosts, all would be well.Central Avenue Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.I live in New Mexico and I don't see ghosts, but I can hear them.  I've heard soldiers talking at an old deserted Read More
  • The Lost Frost Girl by Amy Wilson

    Sun, 08 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Owl not only has an unusual name, she only has a Mom.  Her Mom won't tell her who her father is.  Then an odd boy starts attending school and he's in all her classes.  He looks at her all the time but she's not sure she likes him.  Then he tells her she's just like him.  She pressures her mother for her father's name.  She finally says Jack Frost.Katherine Tegan Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.She's beginning to notice that she can turn things to ice, which Read More
  • Easy Errors by Steven F Havill

    Sat, 07 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of the days when Robert Torrez was a rookie.  He's out on a ride along observing night time activity.  He doesn't realize he's beginning one of the worst days of his life...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.Undersheriff Gastner is at home in his adobe and he's enjoying the silence.  When he hears a crash despite the 2' depth of his walls, he knows it's bad.  He calls it in and then responds.  As he looks at the accident his heart sinks.  Read More
  • A Christmas Return by Anne Perry

    Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charlotte Pitt’s grandmother Mariah Ellison helps solve a long unresolved murder that the murderer is trying to blame on her friend.  The doctor wants to marry and he wants his past behind him.  Mariah is not going to let him sweep it under the rug...Ballantine Books and Edelwiess gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.It all starts when she gets a Christmas gift.  It's a big heavy Christmas pudding.  But when she tries to cut it, there's something baked in it.  It's the cannon ball that killed a man Read More
  • Dead of Winter: A Lily Dale Mystery by Wendy Corsi Staub

    Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Bella and her son moved to Lily Dale after her husband's death.  She still can't hardly believe he's gone but she's trying to move on.  Lily Dale is a community of psychics and ghosts.  She has a woman who lives in her house and offers suggestions on home improvements.  Late one night, she sees someone who look like Elvis outside near her property.  She thinks it just another ghostly visitor.  It's not, it's a murderer...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.Bella has no idea she's Read More
  • Crime and Nourishment (Angie Prouty Nantucket Mysteries #1) by Miranda Sweet

    Thu, 05 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Angie's boyfriend cheated on her and presented her ideas as his own instead of giving her credit.  She's hurt badly, so she quits her job and moves home.  She has the opportunity to open a bookstore and sell some pastries that should be more rewarding.  Besides she's working next door to friends from childhood.  She trusts them.  But should she?Freebooksy gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy today.When the landlord makes the rounds of the businesses on his property, he tells them he's raising the Read More
  • Dark Asylum by E. S. Thomson

    Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Angel Meadow Asylum is where they confine the mental patients that aren't easily cured.  The doctor there tries experimental surgery on the patients.  He believes the size of their head and how the bones are formed influence their mental problems.  The people he operates on sometimes die, sometimes never speak again, and he sees nothing wrong with this.  But the others in the asylum do...Pegasus Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.Jem and Will are more herbalists than doctors but they do what they can to help.  The Read More
  • Black Dragon by Adam Boustead

    Wed, 04 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's heard that the black dragon is dead, so he comes to check it out.  Dragon parts are worth money.  With his soldiers along, he hopes he'll have no trouble.  But when one of the soldiers says he found the body and the wizard goes in to check it out, it's only an old skin.  He's caught...BooksGoSocial 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 dragon tells him if he can tell better tales than she can, she'll let him go.  It's his only Read More
  • Queen of the Flowers by Kerry Greenwood

    Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Phryne has agreed to be the Flower Queen in a new event being held in town.  When she meets the girls who have chosen to be princesses, she notices one is acting older than her age.  As time goes on, she learns why...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.Her problems this time are mixed.  It involves a girl outside her house and one inside, too.  Ruth has never known who her father was and she wants to find him.  She actually gets her mother Read More
  • Ragged Lake: A Frank Yakabuski Mystery by Ron Corbett

    Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Frank is a well seasoned character.  He's been in the military, knows his way around the wilderness and has been an undercover cop in a biker's group, and now he's a cop.  He's going to encounter the strangest case ever in this story.  History comes back to bite him.ECW Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.When Frank gets a call about a cabin with a dead family in it, he gets ready to head out.  It's winter, there are no roads maintained in the area so he and Read More
  • Smoke and Mirrors by Casey Daniels

    Mon, 02 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Evie manages her brother's museum.  She got caught in a scandal at home, her mother threw her out of the house, and her brother offered her sanctuary.  Now if her sister-in-law had been more pleasant, it might have worked out better.  But she did have a home and a job even if her sister-in-law was match-making to get her out of the house...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st.When an old friend shows up at the museum asking for her help, she tells him she doesn't have Read More
  • World Enough: A Boston-based noir mystery by Clea Simon

    Sun, 01 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tara has lost her husband and is divorced.  She has a good job but it's boring.  So when she runs into an old friend and he offers to have her write a story about the bands and music they grew up with, she says yes.  She sees no danger there but there are secrets hidden in the past...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st.Tara remembers the music setting her free, letting her dance in wild abandon, drink what she wanted and to admire the men on Read More
  • The Little Red Wolf by Amelie Flechais

    Sat, 30 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a twist on The Little Red Riding Hood tale.  I like it a lot.  The little wolf loves to wear red and his mother sends him out to take his grandmother a rabbit...Lion Forge and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 3rd.The illustrations are delightful.  Lots of color, big woods, and a trail he's supposed to follow.  Being young, he chases small animals and butterflies and moths and ends up off the trail.  As he tries to find his way back, he manages to snack on the Read More
  • The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig

    Sat, 30 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's working as a chimney sweep, just like her mother used to.  Her mother is ill.  Last Christmas she wanted gifts and she got them.  This year she just asks for help for her mother.  The problem is that Santa never shows up and her mother dies.  Then she's stuck in a workhouse and that's all she gets to do.   It's hard to keep hope alive under continual work and punishment.Knopf Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 31st.Santa is having his own problems.  The Read More
  • The Graphic Canon of Crime and Mystery, Vol. 1 by Russ Kick

    Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an unusual presentation for crime and mystery stories but I like it!  Most of them are highlights of the story and quickly read.  Some I spend more time looking at the graphics then I did the text.  There's also a mix of artistry and styles in the graphics, so even as you read it, the book changes.Seven Stories Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  it will be published October 31st.What caught my attention was how well The Adventure of the Speckled Band presented itself in graphic form.  Since I Read More
  • Lead Law by John Russell Fearn

    Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:49:00 Permalink
    Clyde was building himself a ranch and had big plans for his land.  Then the railroad came close enough to his land for them to create a spark while laying the line and he lost his property value in one big fire.  Summerville didn't care and refused to take responsibility for it.  Bad blood between them results in a battle to the end...Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.Clyde does things lawfully and refuses to shoot anyone except in a fair Read More
  • The Empress by S. J. Kincaid

    Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tyrus and Nemesis are ascending to the recently vacated throne.  It's still touch and go in their life.  The danger seems to have subsided but it's just hidden under the politics.  Life is not going smooth and it isn't going to get better.  They made it this far but it's going to be tough from here on out.Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 31st.While it says it's for young readers, there's so much death and torture I'd recommend they be a mature Read More
  • Give Me the Child by Mel McGrath

    Wed, 27 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story is thought provoking.  It's a nightmare come true.  What's worse, is it could be true...HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 24th.She's a doctor who helps children find their way.  She tries to guide them to their good side and give them hope without committing them to state facility.  In her first big case, she made a bad judgement call and a young woman was killed as a result.  She's moved past that and is in a new facility doing a slightly different job now.  Read More
  • The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis

    Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's just a lonely kid in a foreign country trying to amuse himself when another young man visits with him for a bit.  He's having a good chat when the boy tells him to look across the courtyard at the activity there.  When he does, the boy steals his pen.  He still has something in his fingers but it's a twig not a pen...Balzer & Bray and Edelweiss gave the me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 24th.I found this very interesting.  The Whiz Mob used their own terms for locations Read More
  • The Future She Left Behind by Marin Thomas

    Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This could have been a very depressing story.  Katelyn is forty, her children are getting ready to go to college, and she has the perfect home, family and life.  Then she gets papers served on her announcing her husband wants a divorce and she needs to vacate the house.  He's already arranged for his mother to move into an assisted living apartment.  Her whole life has gone down the tubes.  She's going to go home.  She hasn't visited her mother for a while.  But she doesn't expect the mother-in-law-from-Hell to go with her...Berkley sent me a copy of this book Read More
  • The Big Book of Rogues and Villains by Otto Penzler

    Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Otto Penzler always does a wonderful job of picking out stories for his anthologies.  He has it done again with these stories.  There are 72 stories and it's 928 pages long.  Took me almost three days to read this one but it was worth it.Vintage Crime/Black Lizard and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this books (thank you).  It will be published October 24th.With body snatchers, Dracula, the Cisco Kid and more starring in these stories, it holds your attention.  The early stories had more shock value.  The ones that always appeal to me are the ironic endings.  I'm Read More
  • A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne

    Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This fantasy world holds all kinds of creatures and has political ploys, spies, corrupt officials and more, just like earth.  Our animals are a bit tamer but the game playing is the same.  In this story, if you didn't plan well, you could very well end up dead.Del Ray and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 17th.The author uses a bard to tell the tales of the various cities and their history.  He has magic that can make him look like the character telling the tale.  When he gets on his Read More
  • Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Polly loves the little bakery she owns where she creates beautiful pastries and breads.  She's got a steady boyfriend, is living in a lighthouse and life is good.  It's true the lighthouse is not as warm as it could be but it has the most spectacular views.  All it takes is her girlfriend having a night out and the world she lives in falls apart...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.When her girlfriend went out partying, she woke up in a motel room with a man sleeping Read More
  • Happy Birthday! by Mamoru Suzuki

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is really sweet picture book about the birth of baby and his first birthday.  It has simple text and beautiful graphics.Museyon and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.There is a short version of the baby's birth, the author even mentions the baby's beginning life which is filled with food, sleep and poop (!) and then moves on to when he begins to crawl and eventually walks.  By his birthday, he's running.  Mom even predicts him flying away when he gets older and she makes sure that he Read More
  • The Shanghai Incident (Master Diplexito and Mr. Scant #2) by Bryan Methods

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The boy and his butler are on a mission to find his uncle's missing daughter.  When his uncle goes missing, too, it becomes an even more dangerous mission.  Where could he have gone and why would he go alone?The author sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.This is the second book in this series and it's just as exciting as the first one.  The tale starts in Paris, where the boy gives a homeless boy some chocolates.  After that, the younger boy has attached himself to him and Read More
  • Jorie and the River of Fire by A H Richardson

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jorie misses Rufus.  She's got plenty to do but they had a great adventure together and she wouldn't mind doing more adventuring.  She gets even more anxious when the white cat comes out of the tarn and tells her the good wizard needs her help.  He can turn into a dragon but not when he's confined in a small space and starved.  Luckily, Rufus will be home in a couple of days.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 now.I read the earlier Read More
  • A Lot Like Christmas: Stories by Connie Willis

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    I was looking for a pleasant romantic set of Christmas stories when I found this book.  I forgot that Connie Willis is a science fiction/fantasy author.  These are Christmas stories alright but have you imagined sharing it with aliens?Del Ray Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.I enjoyed the story of the aliens that have come to visit.  The only thing they respond to is Christmas music and only to some songs.  The officials won't listen to the person who is figuring it.  So she steals Read More
  • A Surprise for Mrs. Tortoise by Paula Merlán, Sonja Wimmer

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Mrs. Tortoise is disillusioned one morning when she gets up to get a drink and sees her reflection in the pond.  She looks old...NubeOcho and Edelweiss let me read this picture book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.The illustrations in this story are precious.  They focus on the turtle and her friend, Birdy, and are fanciful and heartwarming.She tells Birdy her troubles and Birdy decides to fix her up.  She suggests stars.  They're very pretty but they keep her awake at night.  Then she suggests flowers.  That was nice but the falling petals made a mess.  Read More
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