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  • Sunday Silence by Nicci French

    Tue, 09 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Frieda Klein is emotionally restrained.  She's been through a lot in her life and she knows there will be more to come.  What she didn't expect was that the man she was hunting for would be able to get to her so soon and so well.  No one believed her, except for one cop.  They all thought the killer was dead.  The dead man under her floorboards proved that she was right and they were wrong...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.This is a creepy read.  Bodies are Read More
  • The Swedish Girl by Alex Gray

    Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her father buys her a big, roomy apartment with several bedrooms and then picks her roommates for her.  Eva likes them all.  There are three boys and one girl.  Everything is going along swimmingly when the girl comes home from school and finds Eva dead on the floor in the living room by the fireplace.  Who did it?  The answer to that is complicated.Witness Impulse and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 9th.It seems like this should be a fairly easy case to solve because the door was Read More
  • Lullaby Road by James Anderson

    Sun, 07 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The desert is a lonely place if you don't have company.  Some people like it that way.Ben drives the desert route every day.   He picks up supplies and delivers them to the homes and businesses.  In the winter, the road is deadly.  No one will else will go there.  He does it because it pays and he knows the road and it nuances.  He never expected to get stuck with a child at the local gas station.  The proprietor tells him he has a present at pump eight.  He finds a very small child with a note on it.  It's Read More
  • Flower Moon by Gina Linko

    Sat, 06 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are "mirror twins" and they even know what each other is thinking.  But things are getting strange and no one will explain...Sky Pony Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has already been published so you can grab a copy now.They've always done everything together but now they seem to be separating.  Tally can't understand it and doesn't like it.  Tempest figures it out first but she's looking for a solution and isn't including her twin in the search.  There's something that happens to the twins in this family and they view it Read More
  • In the Shadow of Agatha Christie by Leslie S. Klinger

    Fri, 05 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Since I'm so fond of Agatha Christie stories, I had to read this book.  It was good.  It was almost like having tea with Ms. Christie...Pegasus Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.All the stories had the flavor of the past because the authors were from the past and most of their work was forgotten.The stories are listed below: “The Advocate’s Wedding Day” by Catherine Crowe“The Squire’s Story” by Elizabeth Gaskell“Traces of Crime” by Mary Fortune“Mr. Furbush” by Harriet Prescott Spofford“Mrs. Todhetley’s Earrings” by Ellen Wood“Catching a Burglar” by Elizabeth Read More
  • False Witness by Andrew Grant

    Thu, 04 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cooper was accustomed to seeing dead bodies because he's a cop, but this one is sad.  It's beautiful young woman who is nude and has been strangled, then tied up in sheets like a birthday present.  There are no clues...Ballantine Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.There is another death before they develop a suspect.  He's a bit slow but he does what he's directed to do.  He delivered her car to her right before her death.  They find some other connections and decide to bring him in.  Right before Read More
  • As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

    Wed, 03 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if you got a wish on your eighteenth birthday?  What would you wish for?  Eldon is trying to figure that out...Sourcebooks Fire and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.What Eldon finds is that most people aren't happy with their wishes.  You have to phrase wishes very carefully or you might not get what you want.  And, even if it was what you wanted, will you want the same thing in adulthood that you asked for at eighteen?He's lost his girlfriend.  He might win her back.  His mother wants him to Read More
  • DEATH BELOW STAIRS

    Tue, 02 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
  • Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley

    Tue, 02 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a cook, a good cook.  When she goes to a new house, she knows she'll have to see who the other servants are and how they act.  But she didn't expect to land in a hotbed of illegal activity...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today so you can grab a copy now.This is a Victorian read with servants below and the family above.  The first odd note is that the older sister (who is a spinster) wears men's clothing.  She hates being confined by a dress and Read More
  • Murder Has a Motive by Francis Duncan

    Mon, 01 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mordecai is going to visit friends.  He loves the village they live in as soon as he sights it.  It looks so peaceful and quiet.  He wasn't expecting to find murder...Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Mordecai is an amateur sleuth and he can't resist looking into the girl's death.  As he asks questions here and there, he learns the village is not as sweet as it looked.  There's an undercurrent of evil there.Soon, there are more deaths.  He and Boyce from Scotland Yard are working together but getting Read More
  • A Rip Roaring Good Time (A Ripple Effect Cozy Mystery, Book 1) by Jeanne Glidewell

    Sun, 31 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rip and Rapella are retirees who have sold their home and travel from place to place depending on time of the year, events happening, and what sounds good.  There's no itinerary except to go where they want, when they want and to make sure they attend weddings and the like in their family.  All's going well at the engagement party they are attending until one of the guests falls down dead.  He's not a nice guy so there are plenty of suspects.Instafreebie and the author share a copy of this book with for review (thank you).  It has been published Read More
  • Hungry Spirits (A Daisy Gumm Majesty Mystery, Book 4) by Alice Duncan

    Sat, 30 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Daisy works in spiritualism even if she doesn't believe in it.  She can earn more at doing that than any other job open to women and her customers love her.  Her husband went to war and come home more dead than alive.  Besides bullets, he got tangled in mustard gas.  She's determined to hate the Germans but Billy tries to convince her that they are people just like them.  It's the leaders that are bad.  She's not buying that.Instafreebie and the author allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy Read More
  • There's a Hole: A Sarjent Family Chronicle by James Sarjent

    Sat, 30 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This story has the flavor of books written in the 1950's.  It's charm is the family at its center.  Everybody knows children get in trouble, even when they're not trying to.  This is an odd little adventure filled with unique children.The author sent me a copy of this book for Christmas.  It's being published in January so you'll be able to grab a copy then.The girls want to go dig in the backyard.  They're allowed to.  When dad checks out their progress, they've got a pretty good chunk of ground dug up.  They even locate some bones.  He thinks it Read More
  • The Liar in the Library by Simon Brett

    Fri, 29 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He came to the library to do a book presentation of his new novel and to sign books for those who bought.  When he offers to give her a ride home because it's cold out, she accepts.  Then he gropes her and talks about how long she's wanted him (NOT!) and she slapped him and got out of the car and walked home.  In the morning, his car is still in the parking lot and so's he.  But he's not breathing...Severn House and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be Read More
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

    Thu, 28 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Stevie is intrigued by crime and wants to join the FBI.  When she applies to a school that takes gifted students and is free, she's happy to be selected.  Her parents aren't as enthused but free is free.  No one anticipates any trouble...HarperCollins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 16th.Stevie has a hard time trying to mix with the members of her class.  She's not a people person.  Sometimes those more gifted spend more time in their head than in the present.  It makes them harder to deal with.  Read More
  • Scone Cold Killer by Lena Gregory

    Wed, 27 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She left New York to get away from the stares and the shame of being married to man who conned people out of their money.  They even had her in court trying to prove she was an accomplice.  She didn't know a thing about it.  Neither did she know he was having affairs the whole time he was married to her.  She's going to run a diner that serves breakfast all day and get her feet back on the ground.  That sounds good, she has a great friend for support, and the grand opening does well.  Then she finds a Read More
  • Into the Black Nowhere: An UNSUB Novel by Meg Gardiner

    Wed, 27 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    They go out and they don't return.  Cameras catch them walking around a corner or down an alley but they're not seen again until their bodies are found.  The bodies are posed and there are Polaroid pictures of them as they slowly die.  This unsub is dangerous, crazy and deadly.  But they can't get a picture of him...Dutton and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 30th.This is a chilling story.  The suspect is picking pretty blonde girls in their twenties.  He rapes them and cuts them.  They know he's Read More
  • The Queen of All Crows by Rod Duncan

    Tue, 26 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She grew up as part of magic show, playing her part as a girl and then reappearing as her "brother".  She finds this skill useful as she gets older.  Women can be hurt but men are more protected just because they are male.  Using her "man" disguise gets her places she wouldn't be able to go otherwise.  It also helps her with the biggest challenge of her life...Angry Robot and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 2nd.This is a well written space opera that grabbed my fancy.  Elizabeth Read More
  • Last Stop in Brooklyn (The third book in the Mary Handley Mystery series) by Lawrence H Levy

    Mon, 25 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mary is a private detective who has been doing quite well in her business.  This annoys her mother who thinks she should get married and have babies, but Mary doesn't care.  When one of her friends asks her to follow his wife because he thinks she's having an affair, it dismays her but she does it.First to Read shared this book with me for a review (thank you).  It will be published January 9th and you can grab a copy then.As she tails the wife, she notices someone is tailing her.  When she braces him, he ask her to help Read More
  • Love for the Holidays: Short Stories by Heidi L Vanlandingham

    Mon, 25 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    There's nothing that's as much fun as reading happy ever after romance stories around Christmas.  It puts me in a good mood and cheers my spirit.  This group of stories will do that for you, too.The author gave me a copy of this book to read as a gift for Christmas.  Thank you, Heidi!The stories are not long, so it's like love at first sight but the stories are sweet.  There's a bit of everything here.  The stories include:  One Regency (Christmas, of course), one historical paranormal (Halloween), two contemporary with paranormal (St. Patrick's and the 4th of July), and Read More
  • A Body in My Office by Glen Ebisch

    Sun, 24 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's not at all happy to hear he's being replaced by a man he doesn't like.  When he gets back to his office, the other guy is already moving in.  And the thing that makes him angriest is when he finds the man has dropped his wife's picture and the glass is broken.  She died in a car accident three years ago and he loses his temper.  He picks up the trophy the other man has placed on his desk and throws it against the wall and storms out...Williams and Whiting and Edelweiss let me read this book for review Read More
  • Christmas in Smithville by Kirsten Fullmer

    Sun, 24 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Gloria is back home.  She's taking care of her grandfather and trying to fit into a community where the women don't like her.  She'd worn revealing clothing and dated most of their husbands in the past and they think she's back and intends to carry on the same way.  It was before they married but it doesn't mean she's not as bad as they thought she was.  She tries to ignore them but it's not easy.  It's a good thing she has a few friends she can lean on.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review Read More
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

    Sat, 23 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's spent her whole life moving with her mother.  They don't stay anywhere very long.  They lived in whatever they could afford or their car.  Her schooling is intermittent.  And she's not sure where the danger is but her mother does.  So they keep moving...Flatiron Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 30th.Alice knows she has a grandmother but she's never seen her.  When she dies, she thinks they may have inherited the house and the property but her mother has no desire to claim it.  So Alice Read More
  • Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women by Emily Brightwell

    Sat, 23 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Christopher Gilhaney comes to a dinner party and insults everyone there.  He's having fun getting even.  But on his way home, someone shoots him and he dies on the path...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.There's a rivalry between the cops in that area and one claims the death for himself, saying it was just a robbery gone bad.  After six weeks go by and he's no closer to the truth than when he started, he says it's murder and it goes Read More
  • Strangers by Ursula Archer, Arno Strobel

    Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story line sounded a bit familiar but the author has created something unique here.  This turns into a real thriller before the end.  She's planning on having a quiet day at home, but she hears someone downstairs.  When she sees the man in her home, she doesn't recognize him and is fearful.  He's confused.  They've been living together for quite a while and they are planning on getting married and she doesn't know who he is?Minotaur Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 9th.She doesn't recognize any Read More
  • Navajo Vengeance by John Russell Fearn

    Thu, 21 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When he and his partner ride in to save a rancher and his family, he ends up being accused of their murders and the theft of their animals.  They are going to be hung.  Only when the bar owner's girlfriend intercedes do things change.  They are thrown out of town instead.  But Cal isn't whipped.  He's going to come back and get rid of Whittaker.  He just has to figure out how first.Pioneering Press and Instant Freebies let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This was an unusual Read More
  • The Wanted by Robert Crais

    Thu, 21 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    A woman hires a private investigator to find out where her teenage son was getting his money.  He's buying things way out of their price range and she's worried about what he's doing.  Her instincts are right.  He's mixed in bad business...G. P. Putnam's Sons and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 26th.Elvis Cole starts looking for trouble and he finds it.  The cops are looking for three thieves who rob vacant houses.  When he looks at the photo he sees the boy looking up at the camera.  That's where Read More
  • Alpha Alpine: An Emma Lord Mystery by Mary Daheim

    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's the newspaper editor and he's the Sheriff.  When young women turn up dead, she asks about the case but he can't give her all the info he has.  He's looking for a killer, she's looking for a story.  Sometimes that causes conflict...Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Emma and Milo have a good marriage.  They sometimes drive each other nuts but that's common in marriages.  They are tight and they are in love.  They each work the case from different angles.  He Read More
  • Ghosts Don't Ride Bikes, Do They? by Andres Miedoso, Victor Rivas

    Tue, 19 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Desmond and Andres are on another case.  There's on hill on the bike run no one can get over...Little Simon and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.Andres is fearful, but he's got a bike and he's a good bike rider.  The problem there arises when the kids tell him nobody gets past the kicker, the last hill in the bike run.  He can't understand why but everything is going perfect and then it's like he's stopped in the air.  He falls off Read More
  • The Haunted House Next Door by Andres Miedoso, Victor Rivas

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are moving to Kersville this time.  It seems his parents move once a year.  They're top secret scientists and they want to keep their research safe.  That's great, but he's getting tired of trying to make new friends.  When they pull in, his mom sends him over to the house next door where there is a boy his age...Little Simon and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Desmond is a ghost hunter.  Andres can't think he has much business in that line Read More
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