Saturday, May 30, 2020

Review: Welcome To Hickville High by: Mary Karlik

Title: Welcome To Hickville High
Author: Mary Karlik
Publisher:  GPK Publication LLC
Series: Hickville High #1
Format: e-book (293 p.)

Description:


The Universe has completely dumped on High School senior Kelsey Quinn’s life. Credit card at Nordstrom’s? Deactivated. Honda Accord? Sold. Life in the burbs of Chicago? Gone. And it’s all her sister’s fault. Yep. Drugs, alcohol, and getting caught with the boss’s son was all it took. Dad loses job, family loses money, and the next thing she knows she’s crammed in a cell on wheels for the next two days as they make their way to a dilapidated farmhouse in Texas. But Kelsey doesn’t just leave the good life in Chicago. She leaves the boy who-has-it-all, Drew Montgomery.


Hillside senior, quarterback, Austin McCoy works for Kelsey’s dad at the feed store and helps with the farm chores in the morning. He sees through Kelsey’s surly attitude to the girl whose eyes light up when she’s with the animals. He is determined to help Kelsey see that not only does she love the Farmville life, but that the guy she really wants is him.

Will Austin convince Kelsey he’s the guy she wants? Will Kelsey embrace the simple life and find forgiveness for her sister?

My Thoughts: 

This book follows the Quinn family whose had to uproot their life and move to Hickville Texas due to job issues with Kelsey's dad and a scandal with her sister Ryan.  From the lap of luxury to the lap of hell is where Kelsey finds herself now.  She ends up with one friend before school begins senior quarterback Austin McCoy who finds himself drawn to Kelsey regardless of her boyfriend in Chicago.  Will Kelsey and her family survive Hickville or will they run as far from it as possible?

I love this series it's a cute ya that shows cute guys are everywhere and even in Hickville they have their share of drama and scandal.  This book pulled you in and reminds you of your high school days.  Or if you are still young enough reminds you of your friends.

I think Ms. Karlik did a fabulous job with the Hickville Series so far.  It's strong and can be read as a stand alone or part of a series which it is.  Can't wait to continue the adventure with Hickville Confessions.



Friday, May 29, 2020

Review: More Than Neighbors by: Shannon Stacey

Title: More Than Neighbors
Author: Shannon Stacey
Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition
Series: Blackberry Bay #1
Format: e-book ARC (224 p.)
Source: NetGalley

Description:

The only thing they have in common is a property line!

He’s trying to uncover his past.

She’s hoping for a brighter future.

Cam Maguire is in Blackberry Bay to unravel a family secret. Meredith Price has moved next door with her daughter. He’s unattached. She’s a widowed single mom. He’s owned by a cat. She’s definitely team canine. All these neighbors have in common is a property line. One they cross…over and over. And Cam thought he knew what he wanted—until his family’s secret changes everything.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows two people who seem to have nothing in common widowed Meredith Price whose moved back where she spent her childhood to give her daughter a better life.  Then there is Cam who is trying to figure out what to do with a cottage by the bay that his grandmother left him.  A woman he hardly knew and a father he never even got to meet.  What he didn't count on was Meredith or little Sophie and the impact they would have on him.

I loved this book it was fabulous and reminded me why I love Ms. Stacey's books they are so real and you find yourself rooting for characters hoping they will figure life out.  They definitely go round and round trying to figure out what they want and what they aren't saying to each other.  By the end you find yourself having trouble letting go of the series and wanting more.










Monday, May 25, 2020

Review: Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters by: Jennifer Chiaverini

Title: Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters
Author: Jennifer Chiaverini
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: e-book ARC (352 p.)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Description:

The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker returns to her most famous heroine, Mary Todd Lincoln, in this compelling story of love, loss, and sisterhood rich with history and suspense.

In May 1875, Elizabeth Todd Edwards reels from news that her younger sister Mary, former First Lady and widow of President Abraham Lincoln, has attempted suicide. 

Mary’s shocking act followed legal proceedings arranged by her eldest and only surviving son that declared her legally insane. Although they have long been estranged, Elizabeth knows Mary’s tenuous mental health has deteriorated through decades of trauma and loss. Yet is her suicide attempt truly the impulse of a deranged mind, or the desperate act of a sane woman terrified to be committed to an asylum? And—if her sisters can put past grievances aside—is their love powerful enough to save her? 

Maternal Elizabeth, peacemaker Frances, envious Ann, and much adored Emilie had always turned to one another in times of joy and heartache, first as children, and later as young wives and mothers. But when Civil War erupted, the conflict that divided a nation shattered their family. The Todd sisters’s fates were bound to their husbands’ choices as some joined the Lincoln administration, others the Confederate Army.

Now, though discord and tragedy have strained their bonds, Elizabeth knows they must come together as sisters to help Mary in her most desperate hour. 

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Mary Todd's sisters and through then a version of Mary Todd Lincoln we may not know all about.  Mary has been having a rough go of it since her husband died, but is she really crazy or just starved for the spotlight again?

Her son has had no choice but have his mother declared insane and placed in a mental health facility, but is Mary really in need of that or is she upset that the limelight is off her know that her husband is dead and she is no longer the first lady?

Her sisters come together to try to figure out what to do or how to keep the attention off the family and protect them from Mary's antics.  But can they really or will this put a black streak on the Todd family?

This book gives you a look into the Todd family going back and forth from when they were kids all the way up to the present every other chapter is the present while the other chapters were in the past.  You learn more about the family than you probably know, and how Mary Todd was determined to live her life regardless of whether or not she was insane.

It was a great period piece for those who want to learn more about the famous first lady and her family.  It was riveting to see how the family overcame so much and was able to carve there mark on history.  I thoroughly enjoyed this story and can't wait to see what the author comes up with next.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Review: Tell Me Three Things by: Julie Buxbaum

Title: Tell Me Three Things
Author: Julie Buxbaum
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: e-book (328 p.)
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved? 

My Thoughts:

In this book we follow Jessie Holmes whose adjusting to a lot of new things like a new family as her mom had died and she and her dad are now living in California with her dad's new wife and her son Theo.

About adjusting to a new school which is vastly different then Chicago where she is from and trying to figure out her place in L.A. and her new family.  

Also Jessie has been receiving emails and im's from SN who is remaining annoymous to her but knows exactly who she is, and tries to help her blend in with this new town and new life.

All Jessie really wants is to go home to Chicago.  As she doesn't have much say she tries hard to blend in but ends up on the mean girl Gem's radar which is anything but good.  When Gem crosses a line Theo defends his younger half sister, and makes a statement that has needed to made in the beginning.

Will Jessie ever meet SN or does she already know who it is?

This book was very captivating pulling you into the world of the mega rich and glamorous.  You also get to see what blended families go through in the beginning when they are trying to figure out their roles with their step-kids.  

SN does help alot along the way even when Jessie gets fustrated about Cali.  He's a sounding board she really needs at times to encourage her to give California a chance and that not everyone is a complete jerk.  

I loved how it ended it was so perfect and made for a great read.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Review: Charity's Burden by: Edith Maxwell

Title: Charity's Burden
Author: Edith Maxwell
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Series: Quaker Midwife Mystery #4
Format: e-book ARC (271 p.)
Source: NetGalley

Description:

Quaker midwife Rose Carroll seeks the true cause of a young mother's death

The winter of 1889 is harsh in Amesbury, Massachusetts, but it doesn't stop Quaker midwife Rose Carroll from making the rounds to her pregnant and postpartum mothers. When Charity Skells dies from an apparent early miscarriage, Rose wonders about the symptoms that don't match the diagnosis. She learns that Charity's husband may be up to no good with a young woman whose mother appears to offer illegal abortions. A disgraced physician in town does the same, and Charity's cousin seems to have a nefarious agenda. With several suspects emerging, each with their own possible motives, Rose and police detective Kevin Donovan race against time to solve the case before another innocent life is taken.

My Thoughts:

This is the fourth book in the Quaker Midwife mysteries it follows Rose Carroll whose is a local midwife during the 1800's in Amesbury Massachusetts.  In this book Rose gets a summon from a client (Charity Skells) of hers who needs her help quickly.  Upon arriving Rose figures out quickly that something is very wrong and rushes the girl to the hospital where she dies.  Rose is adamant something isn't right for Charity.  She inturns heads to the police station to talk to her detective friend Kevin Donovan for help finding out what happened only to be informed by the head to not visit the station unless to inform of local police matters and not snooping.

The more Rose digs into the death of Charity the more she learns about abortions done back then and legalness of them, which they aren't legal at all.  Could Charity's husband hired someone to kill her?  Or was it one of the herbal doctors using unsafe methods for abortion? 

While this is going on Faith and Zeb get engaged and plan to get married soon.  Which has Rose wondering when she herself will wed her beloved David Dodge.  Everyone gathers together for the special day.

I love this book series and have read them all as they keep the reader engaged wondering what will happen next to Rose or those she lives with and works with.  It is definitely a series anyone who loves time periods will enjoy and it's not so boggled down useless information it keeps the reader engaged until they very end!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Review: The Diva Spices It Up by: Krista Davis

Title: The Diva Spices It Up
Author: Krista Davis
Publisher: Kensington Books
Series: The Domestic Diva Mystery #13
Format: kindle e-book ARC (352 p.)
Source: NetGalley

Description:

After a celebrity ghostwriter dies on the job, Old Town’s favorite entertaining expert and sporadic sleuth, Sophie Winston, whips up an impromptu investigation in the new Domestic Diva mystery from New York Times bestselling author, Krista Davis . . .

Sophie never considered ghostwriting as a side gig, until former actress and aspiring lifestyle guru, Tilly Stratford, trophy wife of Wesley Winthrope, needs someone to write her celebrity cookbook. Sophie agrees, hoping she’ll earn enough bread on this assignment to finish her bathroom renovations. But as it turns out, Sophie isn’t the first foodie to get a taste for recipe ghostwriting, and if the marginalia are any indication, this project could be a killer . . .

Wesley claims professional ghostwriter, Abby Bergeron, suddenly abandoned Tilly’s cookbook with no warning. But Sophie quickly discovers that Abby may be more ghost than writer now . . . and her disappearance was no accident. So Sophie cracks open a fresh investigation, but sifting the seasoned murderer from this sampling of salty suspects won’t be easy. Will Sophie savor another case closed or will the culprit simply melt away?

Includes delicious recipes and entertaining tips!

My Thoughts:
This book follows Sophie who is brought in by her ex- Mars to help his clients wife ghostwriting her cookbook, when the previous cook disappeared and quit.  Tilly hires Sophie very quickly and Sophie can't help but wonder what happened to the previous cook Abby Bergeron.  As Sophie begins to try to piece together what happened strange things happen which make Sophie really wonder what is up!

Soon bodies are piling up and Sophie finds herself with more questions that answers.  Sophie can't rap her head around all that is going on and it's going to take a duo to straighten all this stuff out.  Will Sophie figure it out in time or will her number be up as well?

I love Sophie she's great she doesn't pretend to be what she isn't.  She's so down to earth and someone you could talk to and be friends with and every time I visit Old Town I feel like it's going back to visit a group of friends you haven't seen in a while but you know the time hasn't changed the friendship.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Review: Pumpkin Spice Peril by: Jenn McKInlay

Title: Pumpkin Spice Peril
Author: Jenn McKinlay
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Cupcake Bakery Mystery #12
Format: Kindle e-book ARC 272 (p)
Source: NetGalley

Description:

In the twelfth Cupcake Bakery Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay, the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew follows the clever crumb trail of a killer who's anything but cookie-cutter.

Life is all sugar and spice for the Fairy Tale Cupcake bakers--Melanie Cooper is engaged to the delectable Joe DeLaura, Angie Harper and her husband Tate are savoring married life, and the bakery is bustling with happy customers. Until one of their most valued cupcake connoisseurs ends up dead.

Local glass artist and cupcake lover Rene Fischer-Klein has always suffered from a wide variety of health issues. In an effort to cheer her up, her doting husband, Peter, brings her a four-pack of her favorite cupcakes every week. But when the police discover that Rene has been poisoned, there's no sugarcoating the fact that the last things she ate were the bakery's signature pumpkin spice cupcakes! With their lives and bakery at stake, it's up to Mel and Angie to find out who poisoned their artist friend and why, before their future is frosted for good. 

My Thoughts: 

In this book we learn some news about Angie which has everyone in a bustle add to it that local glass artist Rene has an upcoming show that Mel and Angie are hired to supply with cupcakes when Mel decides to visit Rene to finalize the recipe but finds her friend is anything but fine.  Next thing you know Rene is dead and so many are wondering what happened/?

Will Mel be able to put it all together or will she wind up facing a similar fate?  So much was going on in this book it pulled you in until you were immersed with the DeLaura family and Mel and her family wondering how it will play out and what the future will hold for Mel and Angie.  I enjoyed this series even more than the Hannah Swenson series.  The characters feel more real and yes they have their flaws but they don't let them drag them down!


Friday, April 24, 2020

Review: Rotten To The Core by: Sheila Connolly


Title: Rotten To The Core
Author: Sheila Connolly
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Orchard Mystery #2
Format: e-book (304 p.)
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:

Spring has come to Meg Corey's apple orchard—and it's quickly becoming a killer season. Just as she's getting the hang of managing the two-hundred-year-old orchard she's inherited, the dead body of a local organic farming activist is found in her springhouse. And the only thing that's sprung is a murder accusation—against her...

The young man's body was found with traces of pesticide poisoning. Strange for someone opposed to all things chemical. And why did someone plant his body on Meg's land—when Meg hadn't even met him? Now Meg needs to pick her actions wisely and get rid of the seed of suspicion that's been planted before the orchard—and her future—is spoiled for good.

My Thoughts:

In this book Meg Corey's apple orchard is starting to shape up that is until a man is found dead in her springhouse.  Meg can't believe her luck of another body and it being related to the local college.  Meg is determined to find out what is going on and why?  Will she find out or will her time be sprung?

I love this series with the theme of small town and apples which makes things so fun.  Meg is also working with a new worker to her farm Bree the farm manager.  I think she will make a good friend to Bree as she learns about farm managing and how Bree handles the job.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Review: Deadly Forecast by: Victoria Laurie


Title: Deadly Forecast
Author: Victoria Laurie
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Psychic Eye Mystery #11
Format: Hardcover (384 p.)
Source: Library

Description:

Wedding bells are ringing for psychic Abigail Cooper. But her senses are tingling that her fiancé, Dutch, is in danger. And he’s not the only one.…

ON HER WEDDING DAY, ABBY’S A TICKING TIME BOMB.
  It’s said to be good luck if it rains on your wedding day, but Abby sees something darker than storm clouds on the horizon. She’s just had a disturbing premonition of her fiancé’s murder. Her husband-to-be has been assigned to a case involving a series of bombings, and Abby’s spirit guides warn her of imminent danger.

FBI agent Dutch Rivers is keeping his cool, but Abby can’t quell her anxiety. After another bombing at a local beauty salon, Abby vows to do everything in her power to keep Dutch safe and get him to the altar. But on the morning of the ceremony, she finds herself in a dire situation, with time running out…. 

My Thoughts: 

Finally the day Abby has waited for is here time to get married to Dutch, what she didn't count on is the bomb strapped to her chest.  As Dutch and their friends hunt for Abby, she has to keep her distance or else Dutch could die too.  Will Dutch figure it out in time?

This book was a definite back and forth between Dutch and their friends trying to find Abby and Abby with the bomber.  It had you on the edge of your seat trying to get to the bottom of it.  Hoping Dutch would be able to piece the situation together and save Abby in the process!  It was definitely the bumpiest ride Abby has had in the whole book series and definitely pulled me back in like I never left them.  Can't wait to see what is next for this group of friends!

Next in the series is: 



Friday, April 17, 2020

Review: Beaches, Bungalows, and Burglaries by: Tonya Kappes

Title: Beaches, Bungalows and Burglaries
Author: Tonya Kappes
Publisher: Createspace Independent
Series: A Camper & Criminals Cozy #1
Pages:  212
Format: kindle e-book
Source: Kindle Unlimited

Description:

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky~ where nothing is normal.

Mae West, a far cry from the Hollywood actress, has been thrown for a loop. Her plush lifestyle in the big city of New York comes to a screeching halt after the FBI raids her mansion and arrests her husband, Paul West, for a Ponzi scheme that rips people out of millions of dollars.

Mae finds herself homeless, friendless, and penniless. All hope isn't lost. . .the only thing Mae got to keep that the government didn't seize is a tourist camp ground, Happy Trails, in Normal, Kentucky and an RV to live in. One problem, Mae's idea of camping has room service.

By the look of the brochure, Happy Trails has plush Kentucky Bluegrass, a crystal clear lake, a beach chair with her name on it and thoughts of how much money it could bring her after she sells it. Mae figures she'll take a couple weeks vacation with her toes dipped in the lake. Things aren't always as they appear. The Kentucky Bluegrass is nothing but dirt and the crystal clue lake is murky with green slime on top.

Mae quickly find out that Happy Trails and the citizens of Normal were also victims of Paul's schemes, making her lower than the lake scum in the residents' eyes. Mae doesn't think things could get much worse, but as luck would have it, Paul West has escaped from prison and is found dead, murdered, floating in the Happy Trails mucky green lake.

Mae is the number one suspect on Detective Hank Sharp's short list. After all, Mae has the perfect motive as a kept wife who has been scorned to ashes, embarrassed to death, and seeking revenge.

Time is running out for Mae to prove that she's innocent and nothing like her husband. If only she could get someone to believe her and talk Detective Sharp into looking at other residents who've lost all their savings to Paul's Ponzie scheme before the curtain is closed on this Hollywood namesake. 

My Thoughts: 

This is the first book in the Campers and Criminals cozy series in it we find the heroine or amateur sleuth Mae West is having a very bad time.  When her ex-husband Paul West is in jail for a Ponzi scheme.  She has to give up the lifestyle Paul put her in and figure out where to go when everything is gone.  In this case with a camper to Normal Kentucky to Happy Trails the only thing left that Mae owns.  After looking at a brochure for the property Mae figures she can stay there long enough to sell the property.  What she didn't count on was the mess the property really was.  Happy Trails needs some massive TLC to make it even approachable by buyers.  

While assessing the property with the local handyman they stumble upon Paul West a very dead very escaped from jail Paul West.  The heat is turned up on Mae as to why Paul was here and if she had a hand in his demise.  Mae is determined to give Paul the justice he didn't give other people by finding out who killed him and why.

While sleuthing she also meets a group of women known as The Laundry Club who welcome her in. They make her one of their own and try to help her adjust to Normal.  Will Mae figure out who killed her husband and why?

I enjoyed this step into another series of Tonya Kappes.  She has an incredible ability to spin a story that pulls you in and you find the book a quick read which makes you want to continue the adventure with Mae and The Laundry Club.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Review: Step On a Crack by: James Patterson

Title: Step on a Crack
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Series: Michael Bennett #1
Pages: 383
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

Patterson and Ledwidge introduce a new hero in an exciting thriller set in the heart of Manhattan. NYPD detective Michael Bennett is concentrating on getting his family through a particularly difficult Christmas: he and his 10 adopted children are facing the loss to cancer of his brave wife, Maeve. But a major crisis calls him away: the funeral of a former First Lady at St. Patrick's Cathedral goes horribly awry when men storm the church and take hundreds of attendees hostage. 

Michael is asked to try to reason with a sinister man named Jack. Jack releases all but the most famous people, and makes his demands: he wants several million dollars from each celebrity hostage, including the mayor, a popular comedic actor, a beloved talk show host, and a pop starlet. Once Jack starts killing, Michael realizes he's up against a truly diabolical foe. Patterson has a knack for creating genuinely likable heroes, and Michael fits the bill. 

As readers rapidly turn the pages to learn how the tense hostage drama plays out, they will also be sympathizing with Michael as he faces the agonizing loss of his wife. Totally gripping and downright impossible to put down, this is a promising start to a potential new series.

My Thoughts: 

In this book we are introduced to NYPD detective Michael Bennett who has his hands full.  He has 10 adopted children and a wife dying in the hospital and gets called in to negotiate with Jack a man with a big mean streak.  Michel is trying to juggle eveything at once.

This book really became a game of cat and mouse.  With the NYPD trying to rsolve this as soon as possible which get more complicated as the book progresses along.  That and trying to figure out how to handle the fact his wife is dying, and he'll soon be the sole parents of 10 kids. Can Michael do it all in time, or will his time run out?

I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Bennett and his family.  Also getting to see Michael figure out the case and catch the bad guy was definitely worth it.  I can't wait to read what is next for Michael Bennett and his family!

Friday, April 10, 2020

Review: Louisiana Longshot by: Jana DeLeon

Title: Louisiana Longshot
Author: Jana DeLeon
Publisher: Kindle
Series: Miss Fortune Mystery #1
Pages: 232
Format: Kindle e-book
Source: Book Club/ Personal Purchase

Description:

It was a hell of a longshot...

CIA Assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever--in Sinful, Louisiana.

With a leak at the CIA and a price on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small, bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she's determined to fly below the radar until her boss finds the leak and puts the arms dealer out of play.

Unfortunately, she hasn't even unpacked a suitcase before her newly-inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard. Thrust into the middle of a bayou murder mystery, Fortune teams up with a couple of seemingly-sweet old ladies whose looks completely belie their hold on the little town. To top things off, the handsome local deputy is asking her too many questions. If she's not careful, this investigation may blow her cover and get her killed.

Armed with her considerable skills and a group of old ladies referred to by locals as The Geritol Mafia, Fortune has no choice but to solve the murder before it's too late. 

My Thoughts:

I have had this sitting in my kindle for so long I don't know why I didn't start sooner.  Fortune Redding has returned home after a botched CIA mission in the middle east.  Her boss has no choice but to place her in witness protection where only three people know where she is assuming the role of the director's niece cleaning out someones house in the butt hole of Louisiana known as Sinful where just about anything and everything is illegal.  Her alias is a librarian/beauty queen.  Something Fortune knows nothing about.  Give her a good gun and she's all set ask her to do her nails and well you might not want to stick around for that.

Fortune quickly meets to old ladies who are anything but what they appear like. When a bone shows up in Fortune's residence it's up to her to figure out what happened, although her new friends won't let her go at it alone. They are a group of old women called  Sinful Ladies Society run by Ida Belle and Gracie who were determined to find their friend Marie. Whose on the hook for the bone.  Who killed Marie's missing husband and why?  Will the local hot detective arrest Fortune or just jail her so he can get some sleep?

This book was incredible funny and sassy with women who are great at showing they can do just as much if not more than men.  I loved it and couldn't put it down at all!  If you love fun, sass and adventure like you've never seen this is the book for you!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Review: A Visitation of Angels by:: Carolyn Haines

Title: A Visitation of Angels
Author: Carolyn Haines
Publisher: Good Fortune Farm Refuge
Series: Pluto's Snitch #4
Pages: 382
Format: e-book
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:

*100% of all proceeds will be donated to Good Fortune Farm Refuge which will help animals receive medical treatment and loving homes.

Elizabeth Maslow is an educated woman living in the isolated town of 1920’s Mission, Alabama. She’s defied the town’s definition of a woman’s place—she’s unmarried and given birth to a child with webbed hands and feet. In a town fraught with superstitions and religious repression, Elizabeth is dangerous.

But Elizabeth is much more than an unwed mother. Since the birth of Callie, who she believes is fathered by an angel, she’s been able to “dream the truth.” And she’s determined to testify in behalf of Slater McEachern, a man charged with the brutal murder of a local woman. Elizabeth insists McEachern is innocent. She’s determined to speak, no matter the cost.

Spirit detectives Raissa and Reginald arrive to help Elizabeth save McEachern—before she ends up on the gallows with him. Raissa and Reginald must unravel a crucial question. Does Elizabeth’s gift come from an angel, or from something much, much darker? In the world of spirits and the dead, Raissa has learned to trust no one, especially not the dead. The dead lie.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Raissa and Reginald who are called to investigate by Elizabeth Maslow whose adament that a man is about to die for something he didn't do.  When they arrive in Mission they find out it's not as forward thinking as other towns.  Raissa and Elizabeth should be in the kitchen tending hom and not asking questions or in the case of Elizabeth having a child out of wedlock with webbed hands and feet.  Will they figure out who killed Ruth a local woman and why?  Did Slater McEachern do it or is someone that determined that he should pay for another's crime?

As they investigate a dark entity keeps appearing to the girls claiming to be Gabriel, but is he who he says he is or is it something more sinister?  What does the entity want and how many will be impacted before Raissa and Reginald get to the bottom of it?

I love this series they are deep and engaging and keep you going wondering how it will end?  For anyone who loves a geat ghost story or good vs evil will definitely be captivated by this series as I was!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Review: The Teaberry Strangler by: Laura Childs

Title: The Teaberry Strangler
Author: Laura Childs
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: A Tea Shop Mystery #11
Pages: 303
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

It was the Dickensian evening Theodosia Browning had been hoping for. Charleston shop-owners dressed in cloaks of yore threw open their back doors to visitors, who took advantage of bargains and Theodosia's delicious teas.

But later, the alleys clear except for one body- which a horrified Theodosia discovers. It's Daria, the map store's owner. Locals have shown interest in buying her shop-but enough to kill? Plus there's been a customer hell-bent on acquiring a not-for­sale map. Most alarming of all theories, however, is Detective Tidwell's: the killer mistook Daria for Theodosia. And if that theory holds, the killer's work isn't done.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Theo, and her friends as Theo witnesses a murder and gets asked later to find out what happened and who did the deed.  Theo is adamant she is not a sleuth.  Things just kind of fall in her lap.  Will Theo figured out who killed Daria and why?  Or is really a case of mistaken identity?  Theo is more determined then ever when it is alluded to that Theo may have been the intended target, to get to the bottom of the whole situation!

I love Theo and her friends and co-workers.  She has the ability to not let things go and really get to the truth while also brewing great cups of tea.  I started this series late and am sort of back tracking with some of these books but Ms. Childs is a fabulous storyteller.  Not letting go until the truth is revealed.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Review: Ali Cross by: James Patterson

Title: Ali Cross
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: jimmy patterson
Series: Ali Cross #!
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

Alex's son Ali is eager to follow in his father's footsteps as a detective, but when his best friend goes missing, what price will he have to pay to solve the mystery?<

Ali Cross has always looked up to his father, former detective and FBI agent Alex Cross. While solving some of the nation's most challenging crimes, his father always kept his head and did the right thing. Can Ali have the same strength and resolve?


When Ali's best friend Abraham is reported missing, Ali is desperate to find him. At the same time, a string of burglaries targets his neighborhood---and even his own house. With his father on trial for a crime he didn't commit, it's up to Ali to search for clues and find his friend. But being a kid sleuth isn't easy---especially when your father warns you not to get involved!---and Ali soon learns that clues aren't always what they seem. Will his detective work lead to a break in Abraham's case or cause even more trouble for the Cross family?

My Thoughts:

This book follows Alex Cross's son Ali who is desperate at finding his friend.  As he looks into where his friend went a bunch of robbery's are happening all around Ali.  Add to that the pressure from his father's upcoming trial has Ali all over the place.  Will Ali find his friend in time?  Is he dead or alive?

Watching Ali is liking watching a very young Alex Cross try to figure out what works for him as a detective.  Also seeing where Ali falls short and his temper gets the best of him at times.  I thoroughly enjoyed Ali.  I can see he will be definitely following in his father's footsteps as he ages.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Review: Naked in Death by: J. D. Robb

Title: Naked in Death
Author: J. D. Robb
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Series: In Death #1
Pages: 306
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:

Here is the novel that started it all- the first book in J.D. Robb's number-one New York Times-bestselling In Death series, featuring New York homicide detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke.

It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing: passion.

When a senator's granddaughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she'd been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washington politics and society. Further complicating matters is Eve's growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome... and the leading suspect in the investigation.

My Thoughts: 

In this book which I know many of you have read but some may not so I thought I'd offer my thoughts on it,  So in this book we meet Eve Dallas whose a New York cop and the year is 2058.  Eve has been sidelined for testing over a previous case to see if she is up to her job, that gets all sidetracked when someone is found dead and Eve is called in.  

Eve is a unique character having gotten her name due to where she was found and not her birth name.  She has little information about her history, just a buried past that she wants to forget exists.  When investigating the death of senator's granddaughter she meets up with Roarke who feels drawn to Eve and no clue why.  

This book had Eve all over the place trying to figure whose killing working girls and why?  Add a yummy man to the mix and you've entered the world of Eve Dallas, which reminds me I really out to return to much going on to keep a girl down!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Review: The Sugarhouse Blues by: Mariah Stewart

Title: The Sugarhouse Blues
Author: Mariah Stewart
Publisher: Gallery Books
Series: A Hudson Sisters #2
Pages: 373
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library & NetGalley

Description:

Mariah Stewart's second novel in the Hudson Sisters series...

Allie, Des, and Cara, each having her own reasons for wanting a share of their father's estate, meet in the grand Victorian home in which he grew up, only to be greeted by another secret he purposely hid from them: his sister Bonnie. The women reluctantly band together to take on Fritz's challenge, working with a local contractor to begin the renovations financed by an account Fritz had set up for the task. While the restoration appears to go smoothly at first, it soon becomes apparent that the work will be more extensive than originally thought, and Des, elected to handle the money, needs to find ways to stretch out the remaining savings while searching for new sources of funding.

As strangers linked only by their DNA try to become a family, the Hudson sisters also try to come to terms with the father they only thought they knew. In the process, each woman discovers her own capacity for understanding, forgiveness, love, and the true meaning of family.

My Thoughts:

This book follows the Hudson sisters who are working on fixing up the theater which has been in her families for years.  When a storm comes through and damages the roof of the theater it's up to the girls to figure out solutions to the latest issue in the Hudson family.

Des the famous child star who wanted nothing to do with stardom and was shoved into her own show Des does it all.  Well Des had to deal with an alcoholic mother, and a sister who resented her lime light.  Des finally ends up confronting her sister with some shocking truths and bonds are fixed.  Now hopefully they can fix the theater before they are completely broke!

I love this book series the characters are real and deal with real problems that anyone can deal with.  In this one Allie's drinking is becoming an issue as is the damaged sisterly relationship.  With Allie and Des mend their fences is anyone's guess.  Then there are conflicting en in Des's life will she pick on and will it be the right one?  With Des finally do it all?  

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Review: Mrs. Morris and The Ghost by: Traci Wilton

Title: Mrs. Morris and The Ghost
Author: Traci Wilton
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Salem B&B Mystery #1
Pages: 298
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley

Description:

Charlene Morris knew Salem, Massachusetts had a spooky reputation. But when she decided to open her B&B there, she expected guests--not ghosts...

A grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start--so she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England to start turning it into a bed-and-breakfast. On her first night in the house, she awakens to find a handsome man with startling blue eyes in her bedroom. Terror turns to utter disbelief when he politely introduces himself as Jack Strathmore--and explains that he used to live here--when he was alive. 

He firmly believes that someone pushed him down the stairs three years ago, and he won't be able to leave until someone figures out who. If Charlene wants to get her business up and running in time for the Halloween tourist rush, and get this haunting house guest out of the way, she'll have to investigate. Though truth be told, this ghost is starting to grow on her . . .

My Thoughts:

This book follows Charlene whose trying to move after the death of her husband and open the b & b he wanted to open with her.  What she didn't count on in the small Salem town is having a ghost at her b&b. 

Jack Strathmore is a ghost trapped in his house he bought with his wife he hadn't counted on Charlene or the fact that anyone could see him.  He is desperate to find out what happened and who was responsible in the situation.  Could Charlene help him to the other side?  And more importantly would she?

When Jack's wife winds up dead the pressure is on to get to the answer of course some people in town wonder why Charlene is obsessed with an old death?  Is Charlene really her to run a b&b or is she here to stir up old wounds?

I read this as part of a book club and loved it.  The story flowed smoothly and brought you in and had you wanting more.  Learning more about Jack and what happened whose to blame.   At the end I was pleasantly surprised and couldn't have predicted the outcome.  Definitely an author I will check out every time there is a new book!


Monday, November 11, 2019

Review: The Inn by: James Patterson & Candice Fox

Title: The Inn
Author: James Patterson & Candice Fox
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

James Patterson's strongest team since the Women's Murder Club are the first responders when their seafront town is targeted by vicious criminals.

The Inn at Gloucester stands alone on the rocky shoreline. Its seclusion suits former Boston police detective Bill Robinson, novice owner and innkeeper. As long as the dozen residents pay their rent, Robinson doesn't ask any questions. Neither does Sheriff Clayton Spears, who lives on the second floor.

Then Mitchell Cline arrives, with a deadly new way of doing business. His crew of local killers break laws, deal drugs, and bring violence to the front door of the Inn. That's when Robinson realizes, with the help of journalist Susan Solie, that leaving the city is no escape from the reality of evil -- or the responsibility for action.

Teaming up with Sheriff Spears and two fearless residents -- Army veteran Nick Jones and groundskeeper Effie Johnson -- Robinson begins a risky defense. The solitary inhabitants of the Inn will have to learn, before time runs out, that their only choice is between standing together -- or dying alone.

My Thoughts:

Bill Robinson once a honorable cop is now a former detective and is running an inn in Gloucester with his wife.  When she winds up dead after a car accident Bill tries to continue what they started but drugs seem to be running rampant.  Bill has a curious mixture of residents at the Inn from a Sherriff Spears to Army Vet Nick Jones  they all offer up something and willing to help get to the bottom of what is going on in town.  They will handle this together or die trying.

This book was such fun to read and really smooth sailing.  It pulled you in and you found yourself generally caring about the people at the inn and what they were going through..  While not typical James Patterson characters they still brought something to the situation and pulled together like a family would.  

I can only hope someday Mr. Patterson will go back to the inn and let us see what they are up to!  I think others will enjoy this book for the thriller it is.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Review: The Nightingale by: Kristin Hannah

Title: The NIghtingale
Author: Kristin Hannah
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 440
Format: Hardcover
Source: NetGalley & Library

Description:

In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are.

France, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real--and deadly--consequences.

My Thoughts: 

Vianne and Isabelle have both had different lives which become shockingly difficult with the war in 1939 Vianne has to say goodbye to her husband whose called to war.  Isabelle is sent home from another boarding school she has gotten in trouble with and begs her father to let her stay.  He ends up sending her to her sister as the war progresses.

You get in this book a realness of the war and what people went through, what the underground did to help people and what they go through when they are caught.  This book was so captivating it has taken me a while to digest what these two girls went through how they both handled the war differently.  In the end you end up with a strong appreciation of what these french women went through and how they managed with what they were handed.

Definitely a great book for French fans during that time frame you felt like you were going around with the girls and seeing what they saw and how they dealt with things.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Review: Mr. Churchill's Secretary by; Susan Elia MacNeal

Title: Mr. Churchill's Secretary
Author: Susan Elia MacNeal
Publisher: Bantam
Series: Maggie Hope Mystery #1
Pages: 328
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

Description:

For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary captures the drama of an era of unprecedented challenge—and the greatness that rose to meet it.

London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and remarkable gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined—and opportunities she will not let pass. In troubled, deadly times, with air-raid sirens sending multitudes underground, access to the War Rooms also exposes Maggie to the machinations of a menacing faction determined to do whatever it takes to change the course of history.

Ensnared in a web of spies, murder, and intrigue, Maggie must work quickly to balance her duty to King and Country with her chances for survival. And when she unravels a mystery that points toward her own family’s hidden secrets, she’ll discover that her quick wits are all that stand between an assassin’s murderous plan and Churchill himself.

In this daring debut, Susan Elia MacNeal blends meticulous research on the era, psychological insight into Winston Churchill, and the creation of a riveting main character,  Maggie Hope, into a spectacularly crafted novel. 

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Maggie Hope whose living in London and looking for a job unfortunately most girls are reduced to minimal work and Maggie is smarter than most of the men around her.  She ends up working for Mr. Churchill and helps decode messages whether they want her help or not.  Someone is out killing girls and people are trying to figure out whose doing the killing and why?

I loved reading about Maggie Hope and what she goes through and how she doesn't let her sex determined what she will do in life.  She fights for what she is passionate about.  Definitely a great period piece, you get a feel for the war and what London was going through in that time period and how the United States was not involved at all with it.  Other than supplying things to London.



Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Review: Clambake Murder by: Summer Prescott

Title: Clambake Murder
Author: Summer Prescott
Publisher: Maven Publishing Co.
Series: Rocky Cove Culinary Cozy #2
Pages: 137
Format: e-book
Source: Kindle

Description:

*This is book 2 in the Rocky Cove Culinary Cozy Series*

Clambake Caterer Becca Rogers is back from her Caribbean vacation ready to plunge headlong into the busy season. With back to back weddings and more beachfront clambakes than she can handle, Becca has no idea of the heart-pounding thrills and chills she’s about to experience, and how grateful she’ll be to be rescued by her hero-in-residence, the handsome and shy Detective Lance Reynolds.

My Thoughts: 

Becca is back from her vacation and ready to get to work for the upcoming season.  What she didn't count on was vandalism in the neighborhood.  Someone is determined to drive Becca and her neighbors from staying in their homes.  Add murder to the mix and Becca really wonders what is going on and when will it end?

I loved how Becca kept trudging through the bad trying to find ways to solve issues going on at work and at home.  I also appreciated how Becca won't settle.  Definitely a great cozy mystery that can be enjoyed quickly and wanting you looking for more!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Review: New England Clam Murder by: Summer Prescott

Title: New England Clam Murder
Author: Summer Prescott
Publisher: Maven Publishing Co.
Series: Rocky Cove Culinary Cozy #1
Pages: 137
Format: e-book
Source: Kindle

Description:

*This is book 1 in the Rocky Cove Culinary Cozy Series*

New England Clam Murder is a fast-paced romp through the dignified halls of the New England's society set.

Divorced caterer Becca Rogers feels more than a little bit out of her league when she roams the ballrooms of the rich and shameless, serving the finest seafood in the region. Finding herself smack dab in the middle of a very mysterious set of circumstances when her ex-husband’s new socialite wife is murdered, Becca’s normal existence gets turned upside down as she learns that nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted. Filled with twists, turns and a lively cast of characters, this Cozy Mystery will keep you guessing until the very end.

My Thoughts: 

Becca Rogers is working with her catering business at fancy parties for the rich and famous when she ends up bumping into her ex-husband Simon's new wife Lacey.  After an angry confrontation with Lacey, Becca goes home unable to accept how she let the woman get to her.  Of course the next day Becca learns that Lacey is dead.  Who killed Lacey and why?

Someone seems to be pointing the guilty finger at Becca no matter what she does.  If she can't figure it out will she be the one in the orange jumpsuit?

I enjoyed this cute little novella and hope to read more from Ms. Prescott.  She has a definite style with her story telling.  Can't wait to see what is next for Becca and her friends.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Review: Toucan Keep A Secret by: Donna Andrews

Title: Toucan Keep A Secret
Author: Donna Andrews
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Series: Meg Langslow #23
Pages: 294
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

Description:

A new side-splitting Meg Langslow mystery from award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Gull.

Meg Langslow is at Trinity Episcopal locking up after an event and checking on the toucan Meg's friend Rev. Robyn Smith is fostering in her office. After hearing a hammering in the columbarium (the small building where cremated remains are held), Meg finds an elderly parishioner lying dead on the floor of the crypt. Several niches have been chiseled open; several urns knocked out; and amid the spilled ashes is a gold ring with a huge red stone.

The curmudgeonly victim had become disgruntled with the church and ranted all over town about taking back his wife's ashes. Did someone who had it in for him follow him to the columbarium? Or was the motive grave robbery? Or did he see someone breaking in and investigate? Why was the ruby left behind?

While the Chief Burke investigates the murder, Robyn recruits Meg to contact the families of the people whose ashes were disturbed. During this task, Meg learns many secrets about Caerphilly's history--and finds that the toucan may play a role in unmasking the killer. Clues and events indicate that a thief broke into the church to steal the toucan the night of the murder, so Meg decides to set a trap for the would-be toucan thief--who might also be the killer.

Toucan Keep a Secret is the twenty-third book in New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews' hilarious Mag Langslow mystery series. 

My Thoughts: 

Meg is watching over the church while the pregnant pastor Robyn suffers at home on bedrest.  When Meg discovers someone is the columbarium when she investigates she finds a dead body.  Robyn asks Meg to make the arrangements for the disturbed crypts to be reburied.  The victim being investigated for his death leads to a long ago burglary.  As Meg investigates the heat seems to be on her by people wanting her out of the way!  Will she figure it out or get herself knocked out!

I love Meg and her family and friends.  We also get to follow Meg as she investigates the crypts that were disturbed which coincide with the robbery! It was a mystery inside a mystery one of the greatest ones there are!  Can't wait to see what is next for Meg and her family and friends!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Review: Killer in The Kitchen by: Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain

Title: Killer in the Kitchen
Author: Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Murder She Wrote #43
Pages: 266
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

In the latest in the "USA Today" bestselling series, someone writes a recipe for murder.

Jessica loves the Leg & Claw restaurant, owned by young couple Brad and Marcie. And the restaurant is the couple s dream come true. But when famed chef Gerard Pepe Lebeouf decides to open an eatery right next to theirs, tensions rise fast and hot and lead to a nasty confrontation between Lebeouf and Brad. So when Lebeouf is found dead with a knife planted in his chest, Brad becomes suspect number one. But plenty of others had a motive to kill Pepe, and it s up to Jessica to uncover who really added murder to the menu."

My Thoughts:

Jessica is invited to Brad & Marcie's grand opening of their restaurant and while there with Seth witnesses an altercation between Brad and Gerard Lebeouf whose in the process of opening his own restaurant and dismissing anyone else who runs a restaurant.

When Gerard ends up dead Brad ends up in the hot seat as the town knows about the altercation and Brad's whereabouts for that night are sketchy at best!  Jessica feels determined to find out what happened and who killed Gerard in hopes of freeing Brad from the noose!

I love this series such fun like being back in Cabot Cove it feels like your reading the show that brought many into their living rooms when it aired.  You get the pleasure of Seth and Mort in all their glory.  And of course Jessica at her finest solving another crime!  Can't wait to see what is next in this series!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Review: Harvest of Secrets by: Ellen Crosby

Title: Harvest of Secrets
Author: Ellen Crosby
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Series: Wine Country Mysteries #9
Pages: 352
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

Description:

The search for the killer of an aristocratic French winemaker who was Lucie Montgomery's first crush and the discovery of dark family secrets put Lucie on a collision course with a murderer.

It's harvest season at Montgomery Estate Vineyard--the busiest time of year for winemakers in Atoka, Virginia. A skull is unearthed near Lucie Montgomery's family cemetery, and the discovery of the bones coincides with the arrival of handsome, wealthy aristocrat Jean-Claude de Marignac. He's come to be the head winemaker at neighboring La Vigne Cellars, but he's no stranger to Lucie--he was her first crush twenty years ago when she spent a summer in France.

Not long after his arrival, Jean-Claude is found dead, and while there is no shortage of suspects who are angry or jealous of his ego and overbearing ways, suspicion falls on Miguel Otero, an immigrant worker at La Vigne, who recently quarreled with Jean-Claude. When Miguel disappears, Lucie receives an ultimatum from her own employees: prove Miguel's innocence or none of the immigrant community will work for her during the harvest. As Lucie hunts for Jean-Claude's killer and continues to search for the identity of the skeleton abandoned in the cemetery, she is blindsided by a decades-old secret that shatters everything she thought she knew about her family. Now facing a wrenching emotional choice, Lucie must decide whether it's finally time to tell the truth and hurt those she loves the most, or keep silent and let past secrets remain dead and buried.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Lucie Montgomery and her friends and family as they are getting ready for storm approaching when an old crush of Lucie's comes back into town working at another vineyard.  Jean-Claude approaches Lucie about someone out to kill him.  Lucie dismisses the drama as she has more to deal with the impending storm than the drama of Jean-Claude.  When he ends up dead and the heat is on Lucie's cousin she knows she has to get to the bottom of it.  Add that murder to a skeleton showing up on Lucie's property and a family secret come to light.  With so much going on will Lucie figure it out or will she wind up the next victim?

I love this series.  The writing pulls you in and won't let you go wondering how Lucie will piece it all together in time or won't she?  I especially like when a crime from the past is involved to because you are more determined to piece it all together and learn more about the Montgomery's. Can't wait to see what is next for Lucie and her friends and family!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Review: Lark! The Herald Angels Sing by: Donna Andrews

Title: Lark! The Herald Angels Sing
Author: Donna Andrews
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Series: Meg Langslow #24
Pages: 279
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

Away in a manger, asleep on the hay, Meg Langslow finds a little gift.

For four previous Christmases, New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews has delighted readers with holiday mysteries, full of Christmas cheer and starring her quirky characters. Now she gives us another hilarious new adventure in her award-winning Meg Langslow series with Lark! The Herald Angels Sing.

It’s Christmastime in Caerphilly and Meg, full of holiday spirit, is helping out with the town's festivities. While directing a nativity pageant and herding the children participating in it, she finds a surprise in the manger: a live baby.

A note from the mother, attached to the baby girl’s clothes, says that it’s time for her father to take care of her―and implicates Meg’s brother, Rob, as the father. And while a DNA test can reveal whether there's any truth to the accusation, Rob's afraid the mere suspicion could derail his plan to propose to the woman he loves. Meg quickly realizes it's up to her to find the baby's real identity.

She soon discovers that the baby―named Lark according to the fateful note―may be connected to something much bigger. Something that eventually puts a growing number of Meg’s friends and family in danger. And before long, Meg realizes she can’t fix things single-handedly. Meanwhile, a war is brewing between Caerphilly and its arch-rival Clay County―and it's not a snowball fight. Can Meg bring everyone together in time for the holidays?

My Thoughts: 

In this book Meg is working with the kids in town on a Christmas pageant when they discover a baby girl left at the church with a note implying Meg's brother Rob is the father.  Did Rob really have a baby with someone other than his current girlfriend?  

Something fishy is going on in Clay County and the baby's family needs the help of all the residents in town to save one family so they get to have a Merry Christmas.  When the men in town get themselves in legal trouble it's up to the women to straighten things out but will it work in time?

I love this series and the things they go through some of it is just way lol moments.  They pull you in for a totally dysfunctional bumpy ride that won't let go until the story is told!  I will definitely be checking out other books in this series as they are a recipe for complete success!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Review: Relatively Dead by: Sheila Connolly

Title: Relatively Dead
Author: Sheila Connolly
Publisher: Beyond The Page
Series: Relatively Dead #1
Page: 211
Format: e-book
Source: Purchase

Description:

Abby Kimball has just moved to New England with her boyfriend and is trying to settle in, but the experience is proving to be quite unsettling, to say the least. While on a tour of local historic homes, Abby witnesses a family scene that leaves her gasping for breath—because the family has been dead for nearly a century. Another haunting episode follows, and another, until it seems to Abby that everything she touches is drawing her in, calling to her from the past.

Abby would doubt her sanity if it weren’t for Ned Newhall, the kind and knowledgeable guide on that disturbing house tour. Rather than telling her she’s hallucinating, Ned takes an interest in Abby’s strange encounters and encourages her to figure out what’s going on, starting with investigating the story of the family she saw . . . and exploring her own past. 

My Thoughts: 

Abby Kimball is new to New England moving with her boyfriend for his work and finds herself without something to do so she decides to investigate the area with different house tours.  When she feels connected to a house local resident Ned Newhall he believes in her and helps her learn about her family and past.

Abby finds herself questioning her relationship with her boyfriend and finally decides enough is enough and moves on from him.  She secures a job and town and spends more time with Ned and feels like she's learning more and more about her gift and her family history.

It was a great adventure and interesting to read how Abby deals with it.  Was definitely worth it and will be a great read for anyone who loves paranormal gifts or psychics.  I know I loved it!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Review: Delivering The Truth by: Edith Maxwell

Title: Delivering The Truth
Author: Edith Maxwell
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Series: Quaker Midwife Mystery #1
Pages: 297
Format: e-book
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:

Quaker midwife Rose Carroll hears secrets and keeps confidences as she attends births of the rich and poor alike in an 1888 Massachusetts mill town. When the town’s world-famed carriage industry is threatened by the work of an arsonist, and a carriage factory owner’s adult son is stabbed to death with Rose's own knitting needle, she is drawn into solving the mystery. Things get dicey after the same owner’s mistress is also murdered, leaving her one-week-old baby without a mother. The Quaker poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier helps Rose by lending words of advice and support. While struggling with being less than the perfect Friend, Rose draws on her strengths as a counselor and problem solver to bring two murderers to justice before they destroy the town’s carriage industry and the people who run it. 

My Thoughts:

This book follows Rose Carroll whose a midwife in Massachusetts back in 1880 where you see all sorts of things with pregnant women.  When a fire burns down a local factory everyone is upset about it in their own way.  When a young mother winds up dead it's up to Rose to figure out what happened and why?

This book was a great introduction into Rose Carroll and her life in 1880's along with her beau meeting the residents and watching as Rose sniffs out the clues to figure out who had the most to gain in the death of the young mother!  Can't wait to see what is the next in this thrilling series!