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  • Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris

    Tue, 28 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's a journalist trying to get good bylines and ensuring his job.  When he sees two boys offered for sale, it haunts him.  He tells his editor about and he sends him back for a replacement picture.  The fist family is gone but there's one across the street and he arranges to take their picture with the sign from the other house.  He has no idea how much impact that picture will have on his life...Sourcebooks Landmark and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Ellis goes back to Read More
  • The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas

    Mon, 27 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She knows he didn't kill his wife, but how to prove it...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 2nd.To help Lord Ingram prove his innocence, she dons a disguise and become a male Holmes.  Only one cop realizes what she's done and he holds his tongue.  The detective from Scotland Yard is more than happy to haul the Lord in, so she and Mrs. Watson have their work cut out for them.  She keeps adding up odd circumstances, to no avail.  It's a good thing she has one Read More
  • The Mystery of the Hidden Cabin by M. E. Hembroff

    Mon, 27 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Bess has moved with her family and now goes to a one room schoolhouse.  She thought that was going to be her biggest challenge but then she finds out about a hidden one room cabin at her cousin's house.Plaisted Publishing House Ltd and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 21st.Bess wants to find out more about who lived there and who they are related to.  She reads the old diaries, researches old newspapers and even sees the woman who used to live there.  No one else does.She eventually traces down Read More
  • Mystery at Washte by Kathleen Martin

    Sun, 26 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When her next door neighbor's wife goes missing, nobody can imagine where she went.  Local gossip has her dead and buried but Alice doesn't think that's true.The author graciously shared a copy of this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can purchase a copy now. This story is more about personal relationships than it is a mystery.  Alice gets mouthy at work and loses her job.  she also finds out it's hard to maintain a friendship when you no longer work together.  She and her daughter have their differences.  And then the missing Read More
  • The Dollar Kids by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

    Sun, 26 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    They live in the city in an apartment but Lowden reads about a town that is selling run down houses for a dollar.  You have to have three children to help with the sports teams and you have to bring the houses up to safety standards.  They apply, and they get picked...Candlewick Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.His mother sets up a Cornish Pastry shop and is doing fairly well at sales.  Then they drop off.  The restaurant next door is competing Read More
  • Talon on the Wing by Gigi Sedlmayer

    Sat, 25 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She wants to fly on Talon but her mom isn't sure that's a good idea.  She begs, her father says she'll be fine and mom finally says OK.The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.Imagine flying on the back of a condor?  Sounds unbelievable, doesn't it?  The only problem she has is he doesn't realize her weight holds him down or wearson him.  They have some near collisions with cliffs and experience at least one crash landing.  But she's not going to Read More
  • The Story Collector: A New York Public Library Book by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

    Sat, 25 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Everyone in her family tells stories.  Tall tales about pirates, ghosts, cannibals, and encounters in the past.  She loves the tales and makes some of her own.  But the new girl calls her liar...Henry Holt Books for Young Readers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.They have an expensive collection of stamps on display at the library.  When the girl who called her a liar comes to visit, she brings her camera.  If she sees this ghost she's been told about, she'll take his Read More
  • A Dark and Twisting Path by Julia Buckley

    Fri, 24 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lena's boyfriend has has had his share of troubles.First he was accused of his ex-wife's murder until she showed up alive.  Now the local mailman is dead and one of the weapons used came from Sam's desk...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.There is another man who wants the ex-wife and he has taken her daughter from her.  He's a dangerous man.There are surprises in this story.  The more Lena researches into families, the more dangerous it gets.  Hang in there, Sam.  Lena Read More
  • The Petulant Owl and Even More NonSuch Poems by Florence Remmer

    Thu, 23 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ms. Remmer writes fun poetry.  It's a bit nonsensical but it pulls at your imagination and makes you think creatively.  It makes me happy to read her work.Publishing Push and the author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.I enjoyed all of these poems.  Some made me laugh out loud.Suppose you were invited to a sale of MAGIC THINGS?  What if your cat talked back to you?  Do you know what the tooth fairy does with your tooth?Read this book and you'll get the Read More
  • Blood and Wisdom by Verlin Darrow

    Wed, 22 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    At first it's threatening phone calls, then they find a body in the well.  It's missing its head as well as its hands but it's still identified.  Who is harassing this spiritual guru and why?  She hires Karl to investigate the case.Long and short reviews and the author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now. He gives her a bodyguard and starts checking out what he can.  The more he snoops, the more dirt he digs up.With drugs, gangs, and death around the edges, it's Read More
  • Monsters Go Night-Night by Aaron Zenz

    Wed, 22 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Monsters are contrary creatures.  If they wish to bathe before bedtime, you know what they bathe in?  Chocolate pudding.  Really?!?  Really.Abrams Books for Young Readers shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Despite their odd choices in the first half of the book, they turn a bit more traditional at the end.  After all, everyone wants a good night-night Read More
  • Tangled Up in Tinsel by Tonya Kappes

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's the local sheriff and she's looking forward to meeting her boyfriend's family.  Her mother is all stressed that she could leave her family traditions behind to do that.  Then there is a murder that just might keep her at home...Henery Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 25th.The girl and her boyfriend had a fight at the community event and the next time they see her, she's in her vehicle, in the water, and dead.  Who could have wanted her dead?She finds her father was abusive.Her parents didn't like Read More
  • The Swooning Moon Saga: Wing Walker by M T Finnberg

    Tue, 21 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her best friend has died and she has gone to another world to find a dragon she can heal and get an oath she can use to bring her friend back to life.  This world has been bombed and it's filled with old theme parks, dragons and poachers...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can buy a copy now.Besides getting dirty and seeing black wispy things to scare her, she's not having much luck.  She finally sings hoping to draw one out.  She finds one, but the poachers Read More
  • Coming Home to the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson

    Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She thinks moving away from the city may settle down the child she's raising for her dead friend.  She's hanging out with the wrong crowd, coming home drunk, and she wants to get her away from that.  Of course, the child is not impressed but she has no choice.Harper Impulse and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 9th.They have a nice cottage to stay in and find that the locals adopt you before too much time has passed.  You can share your woes, ask advice, and you are expected to join Read More
  • An Accidental Corpse by Helen A. Harrison

    Sun, 19 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are on vacation, but after witnessing an accident, they find themselves drawn into the case.Dunemere Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.It's an awful car crash that kills the driver, one of his passengers and injures the other badly.  The only problem is that the dead passenger was already dead.  Someone had strangled her to death.  There's no end to who might have killed her.  Most of the men in the community knew her.  The only clue that might help is that Read More
  • A Double Life by Flynn Berry

    Sat, 18 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is unusual and a bit boring but it picked up at the end.  She's trying to find her father...Viking and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.Her father came back to their home and killed the young woman downstairs and attacked his wife, too.  His friends tell her mother she must be mistaken, he wouldn't do a thing like that.  They also help him escape.  No one can find him.  But his daughter won't give up...When she finally manages to find his location Read More
  • The Princess and the Absolutely Not a Princess (Miranda and Maude #1) By Emma Wunsch and Illustrator Jessika von Innerebner

    Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Miranda is a very spoiled princess whose teacher has retired.  She wasn't the best teacher to start with but Miranda really, really doesn't want to go to school.  The kids will be noisy, the school smells bad, and she's behind the other students...Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Maude sits next to Miranda and looks her over.  She's wearing a pink dress and fancy shoes.  She and Maude couldn't be more different.  Especially since Maude likes to eat hardboiled eggs and Read More
  • A Brush with Death: A Susie Mahl Mystery by Ali Carter

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When the Earl is found dead n the churchyard, it was assumed it was a natural death.  After all, he was 75.  But it wasn't.  Someone helped him along.Oneworld Publications and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The Earl had come out to use nature as his lavatory, so he had  no company.  The young people (Susie included) who found him confirmed his death but didn't happen on him until he was down.  Who could have hit him and ended his life?With no real suspects Read More
  • The Dress and the Girl By Camille Andros and Illustrator Julie Morstad

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her mother made her a dress and she wore it everyday.  She wished for something a bit more extraordinary but she loved her dress.  Then her parents decide to migrate to America.  Everything gets packed up, including her dress.  But some how they leave that trunk behind...Abrams sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a coy now.Since the girl has gone, the dress goes to look for her.  It travels all around the world and years later ends up in the states.  It's now in a Read More
  • Fear on Four Paws by Clea Simon

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The call is about a trapped bear.  When Pru gets there, the animal control officer is snoring louder than the bear...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.This is one that Pru has trouble getting a handle on.  Not only are they trying to capture a bear, they've killed a man.  She's sure her friend didn't do it, but how to prove it? She's getting advice from the animals around her but she doesn't get what they are trying to tell her.  That's Read More
  • Apollo's Raven: New Edition by Linnea Tanner

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    While the Kings fight for power, Catrin is learning what it means to be the Raven.  She's been trained as a warrior and she's always had a relationship with ravens but it's turning into some thing more...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.When Catrin falls in love with a Roman hostage, her mother is enraged.  She accuses him of rape.  Then she gives her daughter to the care of the druid they have.  Not a good move; the druid is working with the Read More
  • Burning Ridge: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mattie is looking forward to seeing her brother again after so many years apart.  They share bad memories and she'd rather not relive them but seeing him would be good.  She never imagined he'd be dead when she saw him next.Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this for review (thank you).  It will be published September 21st.When Cole and his girls go for a horseback ride in the high country, he's horrified when his dog brings them a boot with a remainder of a foot in it.  That sets off a search.  Not only do they Read More
  • Creature vs. Teacher: A Book of Rhyme By T. Fuller Illustrator Alex Eben Meyer

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    The creature is huge, the teacher is small.  Will they get along?Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.The creature is all full of action ideas, the teacher talks about what you learn in class.  Each suggestion rhymes.This board book is colorful and fun to read.  I especially liked the ending.  Here's an easy way to teach your little one about rhyming. Read More
  • In Want of a Knife: A Little Library Mystery by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli

    Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It starts with a dead body out on the road.  She's a young girl who has not been abused but died from asphyxiation.  While they are trying to find out where she was and what happened to her, another girl goes missing...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.The missing girl is a little handicapped and she trusts everyone.This is not a good thing when evil comes to town.  The majority of the story is about the search but you get background on some of the families Read More
  • Excess Baggage: One Family's Around-the-World Search for Balance by Tracey Carisch

    Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Why not walk away from their daily life full of duty and commitments and make that trip they were talking about in their twenties?  It sounded like a good thing to him, too.  He can still work as long as he has WIFI.  So off they go with their three children.  They learn a lot while traveling...PR by the Book and the author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.What I found most interesting were the tales of the various places they visited and the people they met.  They Read More
  • In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are going down to the beach to guide the new baby sea turtles to the ocean.  But none hatch.  That's not their biggest problem, though.  One of the members decides to put out the lights on a beach house with her gun and suddenly they have a dead body...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.Charity doesn't think the accused woman was the killer so she starts looking for other suspects.  She also finds out that the other relatives are trying to get her chocolate shop Read More
  • Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook

    Sun, 12 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The last thing she needed was her father showing up after years of absence.  Not only that, but he wants her help to get his half of the gems he helped steal in his last heist.  She says no.  But it's not that easy.Cooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.She loves her father but hates his thieving.  The next thing you know, the man hoarding the jewels is dead and her father is accused of murder...With her boyfriend trying to recover the gems, her father Read More
  • Dark Sky Island: A Jennifer Dorey Mystery by Lara Dearman

    Sat, 11 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all starts when a bunch of bones are found in a cave.  She's sent to get a story.  She gets one, but it's not the one she went for...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.She decides to investigate her father's death while she's there.  She doesn't think his death was a fishing accident.  It wasn't but what it was involves the whole island and makes it a very dangerous place to snoop.  Not even the police are safe there.Another death overshadows the bones and the Read More
  • My Nana was a Free-Range Kid by Nancy Peek Youngdahl

    Sat, 11 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her Nana was a lot like me when I was young.  I climbed trees, hung out by the creek, rode my bicycle, played in the barn and did anything I could to keep from being bored.  No one worried about me.  Life was different then.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.Nana climbed trees and hung from them mimicking the trapeze artists in the circus.  When she falls and knocks all the breath out of her, her brother helps her recover.They also pretended Read More
  • Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Who's trying to kill Theresa?  And why?  She has no enemies.Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.A pile of library books in the car used for hit and run is one clue.  But they were checked out by the victim's soon to be step daughter.  Why would she want to kill her?  Then someone tries to suffocate her with a pillow.  They're serious about this. There are secrets from the past and the present.  Lies are being told, and they don't have much time to stop murder.  Can they Read More
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