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  • The Secrets of the Wild Wood by Tonke Dragt, Laura Watkinson

    Sat, 03 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Several knights gather to meet another at the castle he said he would come to.  But he never arrives.  They know he was in the Wild Wood and there are rumors he's headed for another castle.  So the knights split up and go in search of him.  They'll find many things but the knight won't be one of them...Pushkin Children's Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 4th.This is a fascinating tale of war, brotherly differences, romance, and mixed goals.  A young knight is one of the central characters Read More
  • The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories by Yukiko Motoya (Author), Asa Yoneda (Translator)

    Fri, 02 Nov 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    These stories are haunting.  Once you read them you won't easily forget them.Soft Skull Press shared an ARC of this book with me for review (thank you).  It is will be published November 6th.A wife takes up bodybuilding and changes her body  dramatically.  Her workaholic husband doesn't notice. A young boy makes fun of the men carrying umbrellas until he finds out they enable them to fly away...Nothing in these stories is normal.  The author adds weird little twists or touches of paranormal to most of the stories.  That's what makes them memorable.  Want to stretch your mind?  This book will Read More
  • The Case of the Screaming Beauty (Inspector David Graham #1) by Alison Golden

    Thu, 01 Nov 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Amelia is working in her garden when she hears a guest in their bed and breakfast scream.  She runs in to see what happened but when she gets to her room, she tells her everything is fine and offers no explanation.  The next morning the maid finds her dead in her bathroom...The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Cliff and Amelia attempt to help the police all they can.  They interview another guest who introduced the dead woman to this bed and breakfast.  Read More
  • The Poisoned Chalice Murder: A 1920s English mystery by Diane Janes

    Wed, 31 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tom's aunt asks him to come and look into a local murder.  He brings his detecting companion and they start asking questions and seeing what they can see.  They get answers but it doesn't tell them who the killer is...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st.One thing they notice is that the victims had complained to the bishop about the current priest in their church.  Some people think their deaths are an act of God.  Tom and Frances don't agree.Tom and Frances are in love, but Tom Read More
  • Happy Halloween! (A Changing Faces Book) by Nathan Thoms, Pintachan

    Wed, 31 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's a fun book for little ones.  As they turn the pages the pictures on the page change...Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read and review (thank you).  It has been published.Even I found this fun to read.  There's a ghost looking at you through the cover.  When you open the book, the ghost turns grey and fades away...There are five "scary" illustrations like this in the book.  I liked the one where the witch disappears and a black cat takes her place.  It looks good in her hat!Books make a great Halloween gift.  They last Read More
  • The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy

    Tue, 30 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The war is finally over and he's come to retrieve his daughter and nephew.  He doesn't expect them to be afraid of him...Bethany House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.Cameron doesn't like Gwen because the children love her.  His daughter loves her and is scared of him.  How's he going to fix that?The man who, with his gang, wiped out the wagon train and killed his brother is still around and still trying to kill them.  He wants no witnesses.  When he Read More
  • Paper Wife by Laila Ibrahim

    Tue, 30 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her sister is getting ready to go to America.  Her parents and a matchmaker have found her a husband that she will meet as they get married.  Mei Ling has accepted the fact that there is no choice in the matter.  They are in bad financial condition and they need less mouths to feed.  But she's very unhappy when her sister gets ill and they send Mei Ling in her place.  She doesn't want to go but she must...Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Mei Ling is Read More
  • Midsummer Mayhem: A Potting Shed Mystery by Marty Wingate

    Mon, 29 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    There is going to be a live performance at the house down the lane.  Pru has never seen the gardens because the grounds are fenced and locked.  But the gardener there has walked off because of the crowd and the disruption and Pru has been asked to fill in.Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 6th.Pru works on figuring out which plants and trees to use.  She also works on playing matchmaker between an estranged couple.  All is going fairly well until one of the actors is found dead.  Read More
  • The Secluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome

    Mon, 29 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    They want to develop the hilltop above their bed and breakfast and they are trying to buy everyone below it out.  Emily has no desire to sell the bed and breakfast.  Her mother is thinking maybe they should and go elsewhere to make more money.  Then Emily's best friend who is like a father to her falls from a house he re-roofed.  He never regains consciousness and passes away.  Emily thinks he was murdered...BQB Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.It gets Read More
  • Unquiet Souls (a DS Gus McGuire Case book #1) by Liz Mistry

    Sun, 28 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's still recovering from knife wounds where he was trying to prevent the death of a woman and her child.  He survived but his friend with mental issues didn't.  Now he's trying to recover from the impact on his mind, too.  If  only he could go back to work...Bloodhound Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The subject matter is not very pleasant but the police action makes up for it.  Almost by accident, the police run across a home housing children that Read More
  • Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

    Sun, 28 Oct 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    Olivia is coming home for Christmas for the first time in many years.  She's a doctor and has been working in Africa on epidemic currently.  Since she's coming back to Britain she has to stay in quarantine for a week.  That means her family must, too.Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.It's hard enough spending a day with family when everyone has grown older and has their own interests.  Benjamin Franklin said that guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.  Read More
  • Beyond the Truth by Bruce Robert Coffin

    Sat, 27 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's chasing down two robbers, first by car, then by foot.  When one pulls a gun on him, he shoots back.  He kills the shooter but they find no gun at the scene.  Suddenly the cop finds himself under fire for shooting an unarmed boy.  His fellow cops believe him and think the second suspect took the gun with him.  The administration is trying climb further up the ladder and is ready to sacrifice him.  The cop is between a rock and a hard place...Witness Impulse and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will Read More
  • The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher

    Sat, 27 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    "Kick" Kennedy played sports with her brothers, learned to dress well while shopping with her mother, and learned about politics through conversations with her father.  One thing she didn't know that much about was love...Penguin Random House sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.I was in eighth grade when President Kennedy was shot and killed.  The Kennedy family was charmed but had several moments of sorrow.  This story is about one of the Kennedy's I was not familiar with.  Kick was an Read More
  • Do No Harm: A Dr. Katie LeClair Mystery by Dawn Eastman

    Fri, 26 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's been beaten up and ends up in the emergency room.  Katie checks him out, patches him up, and asks him what happened and finds out he just got out of jail.  It seems some of the locals still think he's guilty even though he denies it and has served his sentence.  When she offers to be his doctor, she doesn't imagine it will put her in the middle of murder...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 11th.People are stalking him.  A young high schooler dies Read More
  • Yeast of Eden by Sarah Fox

    Fri, 26 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Wally Fowler moves in as the waffle king and he's competition for the pancake shop.  When he comes in her shop and talks his up, Ivan, the chef, sends him on his way.  Not much later he's found dead in his shop.  Almost everybody hated him but who killed him?Lyrical Underground and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 30th.When Marley's best friend, Lisa, becomes a suspect, Marley starts looking for another suspect.  There are plenty around.  She even suspects innocent people for a while.  Then there's another murder.  Will she Read More
  • Deadly News by Jody Holford

    Thu, 25 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Molly wants to spruce up the paper with better reporting and more info people will read.  Most of her employees don't say much, but Vernon isn't going along with it and he says so...Lyrical Underground and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 30th.Molly forces him to go visit one of the town's prominent citizens to get a personal touch in the story.  He takes a day off.  The next day he doesn't show up.  She goes to check on him and finds him dead...She worries that her assignment got him Read More
  • Hazelet's Journal: A Riveting Alaska Gold Rush Saga by John H. Clark

    Thu, 25 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's been a successful businessman but then the economy turns and he loses everything.  He's heard of gold in Alaska and decides to go get a stake so he can start another business.  The first thing he learns is that the weather doesn't always cooperate and it's hard work!BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 26th.This is written in journal form and is from the man who dared this dangerous journey.  He misses his family, gets depressed at how little gold they find, and works hard at recovering from Read More
  • A Christmas Revelation by Anne Perry

    Wed, 24 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Worm is out making his rounds in the neighborhood when he sees a beautiful woman.  He begins following her until two men show up and grab her.  He's got to save her so he goes home and tries to convince the old accountant to go with him.  Squeaky would rather not, but there's no changing worm's mind...Ballantine Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.Squeaky uses his many contacts to find out who they are and what they are doing.  They're after Read More
  • The Way Back by Bill Whiting

    Wed, 24 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    His wife has died, his son lives far away, and he hates living alone.  When his son asks him to invest some money in a new enterprise, he does.  When it fails, he loses his house.  So he has to go to a nursing home...Troubador Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you). It has been published and you can grab a copy now.I spent a lot of time with my grandparents growing up.  Now I'm getting older and see some signs on me that I saw on them.  (Wrinkles for example.)  I enjoy chatting Read More
  • You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart

    Tue, 23 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She and her husband have separated because all he is interested is work and he's not being loving with her.  She still loves him and hopes to get him back.  She just wants him to make some changes.  Having a cop tell her he was found dead is just unbelievable...Atria Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.The description doesn't sound like him but when she and her father go to check, there's no doubt.  This sends her oldest boy into a spin and Read More
  • The Pumpkin Seed Massacre: Ben Pecos Mysteries Book 1 by Susan Slater

    Tue, 23 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Ben comes home to spend some time with his grandmother and learn more about his Indian heritage.  He certainly didn't expect Indian legends to come true.  When they decide to expand the cemetery, the legend says making it bigger will cause deaths to fill it.  Unfortunately, that seems to be true...The author and Columbine Publishing shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published.It starts with elders dying and then the disease hits the younger ones, too.  It's a form of respiratory illness and it takes little time from onset to death.  They Read More
  • Virgil Wander by Leif Enger

    Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It was snowing out and Virgil drove off a bridge.  He would have been down at the bottom in his car if a man hadn't been scavenging on the bank and saved him.  He still has some problems with words and thoughts, but he's alive.Grove Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.Virgil lives in a fairly small town where everybody knows everyone else.  When he finds a stranger in town, he introduces himself.  Rune is an older man who builds kites and who Read More
  • A Picture of Murder: A Lady Hardcastle Mystery by T E Kinsey

    Mon, 22 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    A group of actors and the director have come to town to show off a moving picture.  It's a Halloween theme and the locals are all excited to see it.  There is a religious group who is protesting the picture because it has a witch in it and it's evil with most of the actors dying.  People try to ignore them.  But when actors do start to die, they become part of the several prospects for murder...Amazon Publishing UK and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Lady Hardcastle has the Read More
  • The Story of Little Horse & Traveler by Frank A. Reed Jr.

    Sun, 21 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is an account of two Indian boys born close together whose fathers were best friends.  They grew up together and watched the White man change their world.  You can either be part of the change or be left behind.  These two tried to embrace the change and keep their old traditions at the same time.Dog Ear Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.I was impressed by this read.  It's factual, doesn't hide the tragedies the Indians faced but doesn't dwell on them Read More
  • Murder at Archly Manor by Sara Rosett

    Sun, 21 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Olive badly needs a job so she volunteers to check out her cousin's new boyfriend.  They plan to marry and her aunt is not sure about him.  She's not either and the money will come in handy.  In the middle of the investigation, he falls from the balcony and dies.  Her cousin is accused of murder.  She might not know about him but she knows her cousin didn't kill him...Kobo Writing Life and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been  published and you can grab a copy now.Olive steps up her investigation and Read More
  • If This Were a Story by Beth Turley

    Sat, 20 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Someone is bullying Hannah.  If that isn't bad enough, her parents keep fighting.  What about a happy ending...Simon & Schuster books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.The school works hard on trying to find the bully.  As time goes on, they discover Hannah wrote those notes to herself.  She gets suspended over that.  When her parents ask her why, she tells them she can't stand to watch them fight.  They agree to stop fighting.  Her friends agree to Read More
  • You Can't Iron a Wrinkled Birthday Suit by Sharon Phennah

    Sat, 20 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This title caught my eye when I saw it.  It's unfortunately true.  Aging brings wrinkles and the best you can do is try to hide them.  This story offers more truths about aging and it's very realistic if a bit sad in places.  One lady's mother has cancer and is dying.  One lady's boyfriend has been accused of molesting the boy next door.  Getting older doesn't make life easier...Boutique of Quality Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Imagine a group of older women Read More
  • Atone in Darkness by Alexis Morgan

    Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She took this job because it will pay her school debt and offers a decent wage.  She never expected to find herself trying to keep a man alive after they torture him.  He heals himself, she helps him along.  But she also knows they don't plan on keeping either one of them alive.  How could they escape?Pocket Star and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can purchase a copy now.They can tell the guards are getting ready to clear out, so they dress up as guards and attempt to escape Read More
  • The Secret of Dinswood by Ellen Alexander

    Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Emma's mother died when she was small.  Her stepmother is nice but her children take priority in her life.  And it seems like Emma's father is more interested in them, too.  So she's happy when she wins a scholarship and can go away to school.BHC Press and Library Thing shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published February 26th.Emma enjoys most of her classes, makes new friends and likes the routine of school.  She's boarding there so she's left her family problems at home.  She's even got a new guy that she Read More
  • The Adventures of Anatole by Nancy Willard, David McPhail

    Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Anatole and his cat, Plumpet, have a lot of adventures together.  Some are dangerous.  Most are mind-boggling.  Are you ready for adventuring?NYRB and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.He's trying to find fennel for his grand mother's asthma and he has a ride on a ghost train,  then he meets a soldier who can't remember his name or where he grew up, he gets to ride a flying horse and more.  He plays a game of checkers with a man that cheats and manages Read More
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