Friday, July 20, 2018

Review: The Ghost and The Femme Fatale by: Alice Kimberly

Title: The Ghost and The Femme Fatale
Author: Alice Kimberly
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Haunted Bookshop Mystery #4
Pages: 235
Format: e-book
Source: Personal Purchase


A film festival gone noir gives bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure and her ghostly companion a big screen caper to solve in this Haunted Bookshop mystery from Cleo Coyle, writing as Alice Kimberly.

The Movie Town Theater is holding its first ever Film Noir Festival, with Pen handling book sales for the guest speakers, including screen actress Hedda Geist. The legendary femme fatale has been out of the spotlight for decades. Unfortunately, the moment she steps back into it, she's nearly killed. Then other guests start to die, and Penelope wants to know why her little town's Film Noir weekend has taken a truly dark turn.

With local police on the wrong track, Penelope enlists the help of Jack Shepard, P.I. Okay, so Jack hasn't had a heartbeat since 1949, when he was gunned down in what is now Pen's store. But the hard-boiled ghost actually remembers Hedda's dark past and Penelope's sure he can help solve this case--even if he and his license did expire more than fifty years ago...

My Thoughts:

In this book Jack is on a new case he's investigating the distict attorney as his wife wants a divorce but she's his cash cow and she wants her money and her twin daughters.  So Jack does what he does best take photos and stakeout the d.a in hopes he will get enough to please the soon to be ex-wife.

In the current day The Movie Town Theater is open and holding a Film Noir starting with Hedda Geist's The Wrong Turn as Geist helped them fix up the theater.  When a light crashes down during the film weekend, Jack drags Pen back to 1948 where he investigating his cheating D.A. to teach her some things about Hedda and his case along with it.

Someone is determined to sniff out alot of people during this noir weekend starting with Dr. Lily who is found dead at Pen's shop.  The cops are determined it was an accident but Pen is adamant that it was no accident!  As the bodies pile Pen and Jack are determined to figure whose on a killing spree and why.  Will they figure it out in time or will Pen get her card punched?

I love Jack and Pen they are so great.  It's incredible when in times of sleeping or unconsciousness Jack brings Pen into his world and certain cases he's working on.  Then in Pen's time Jack helps her where he can.  This book is just such a great journey to go on makes me look forward to the next adventure!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Review: The Ghost and The Dead Man's Library by: Alice Kimberly

Title: The Ghost and The Dead Man's Library
Author: Alice Kimberly
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Haunted Bookshop Mystery #3
Pages: 254
Format: e-book
Source: Personal Purchase


Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure has just received a rare collection of Poe's complete works. Rumor has it a secret code, trapped within the pages, leads to buried treasure. But it seems everyone who buys...dies. Now Pen will need resident ghost P.I. Jack Shepard to help crack the case.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Penelope and her aunt Sadie who are called out to an old friend of Sadie's whose interested in selling a collection of books written by Edgar Allan Poe.  What could possibly go wrong?

In this book everything.  We are first brought to Jack Sheppard's world and a case he was working on. Which led him to a missing person's case.  When Peter who gave the collection to Pen and her aunt winds up dead it's up to Pen to figure out what is going on and how it's connected to Poe.  As more bodies turn up

This book leads to a whole world of people who are desperate for Edgar Allan Poe's works and then those who are interested in the Poe Code.  This code leads to some sort of treasure now keep in mind not all treasures of the monetary value.  This one led them everywhere. 

I love Jack and Pen they have such a unique relationship being that Jack is dead and Pen is quite alive and well.  I love the lingo Jack uses which are pretty accurate to his time frame.  Where trouble is Jack tends to help Pen out when he can.  She is like a mini-Jack which is cute.  This book we learn more about the private dick then we knew before.  Can't wait to see where it leads to next!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Review: Garden Spells by: Sarah Addison Allen

Title: Garden Spells
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Publisher: Bantam
Series: Waverley Family #1
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


The women of the Waverley family -- whether they like it or not -- are heirs to an unusual legacy, one that grows in a fenced plot behind their Queen Anne home on Pendland Street in Bascom, North Carolina. There, an apple tree bearing fruit of magical properties looms over a garden filled with herbs and edible flowers that possess the power to affect in curious ways anyone who eats them. 

For nearly a decade, 34-year-old Claire Waverley, at peace with her family inheritance, has lived in the house alone, embracing the spirit of the grandmother who raised her, ruing her mother's unfortunate destiny and seemingly unconcerned about the fate of her rebellious sister, Sydney, who freed herself long ago from their small town's constraints. Using her grandmother's mystical culinary traditions, Claire has built a successful catering business -- and a carefully controlled, utterly predictable life -- upon the family's peculiar gift for making life-altering delicacies: lilac jelly to engender humility, for instance, or rose geranium wine to call up fond memories. 

Garden Spells reveals what happens when Sydney returns to Bascom with her young daughter, turning Claire's routine existence upside down. With Sydney's homecoming, the magic that the quiet caterer has measured into recipes to shape the thoughts and moods of others begins to influence Claire's own emotions in terrifying and delightful ways. 

As the sisters reconnect and learn to support one another, each finds romance where she least expects it, while Sydney's child, Bay, discovers both the safe home she has longed for and her own surprising gifts. With the help of their elderly cousin Evanelle, endowed with her own uncanny skills, the Waverley women redeem the past, embrace the present, and take a joyful leap into the future.

My Thoughts:  

This book follows sisters Claire and Sydney who are reunited after Sydney has spent along time away from Bascom.  Sydney arrives with her daughter Bay after leaving a horrible relationship in the hopes of finding happiness.  Claire is so used to people leaving she isn't sure what to make of the arrival of her sister and her niece.  Then there is Taylor the young man from the nearby college who is working and living right next door and feels a deep connection to Claire even though Claire fights it.

This book was great with some interesting characters and the girls learn alot about each other and their family as they bond together and see how their mother's lifestyle impacted both of them so drastically.  Sydney always on the run and Claire afraid to let anyone near her because everyone leaves.

Will the girls find their happiness or will someone come to destroy it.  So much happens in this book it's like visiting practical magic all over again with the concoctions and relationships.  Definitely a fabulous read and one you won't want to give up at all!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Review: Last Chance Beauty Queen by: Hope Ramsay

Title: Last Chance Beauty Queen
Author: Hope Ramsay
Publisher: Forever
Series: Last Chance #3
Format: e-book ePub
Source: Personal Purchase


"Last Chance captures the essence of Southern charm and quirkiness. I'm totally captivated!" --- Sherryl Woods, New York Times bestselling author

Dear Reader,

Gracious me, my beautiful daughter Rocky sure could use my help. I always knew she wasn't much interested in the local boys - but who'd have thought she'd come home with English royalty? 
Trouble is, Hugh wants to buy some of our folks' land. We don't want to sell, but Rocky's job depends on her closing the deal. And though Hugh's obviously smitten, I'm not sure he's right for my Rocky. Oh, he's classy and handsome - and you should've seen the way he judged pies and fixed stock cars at our Watermelon Festival! - but what do we know about him, really? I know I sound like a nervous mother hen, but after forty happy years with my Elbert, all I want is to see my little girl find the same. 

Well, time for me to quit chattering and get back to Miss Bray's wet set. Always nice talking to you, and remember: the Cut 'n Curl's got hot rollers, free coffee, and the best gossip in town.

See you real soon, 
Ruby Rhodes

My Thoughts:

This book follows Ruby Rhodes's daughter Rocky aka Caroline whose coming home in time for the Watermelon Festival of course she is coming to try to help Hugh find land to build his factory but in Hugh's eyes the only option is Golfing for God, Caroline's daddy's property.  Will she help Hugh come up with a solution?

Also in this book we watch the heat get turned up between Caroline and Hugh.  When it heats up it really heats up will they be a match or will they part after the project?

I really enjoyed reading Caroline and Hugh's story as they learn about each other and stop living up to impossible expectations.  They are truly a match made in heaven and was incredible to watch the journey!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Review: Home At Last Chance by: Hope Ramsay

Title: Home At Last Chance
Author: Hope Ramsay
Publisher: Forever
Series: Last Chance #2
Pages: 352
Format: Nook ePub


Dear Reader,

You won't believe what's happened. My son Tulane has come back home! You remember Tulane? He'd set out to find fame and fortune in the big, wide world outside of Last Chance, and I'm mighty proud. But that's not the half of it-Tulane isn't only back, he's brought a young lady with him. 

Now Sarah-she does PR for Tulane's stock-car team-she's from Boston, but she's just about the sweetest girl you could meet. I think she's meant to keep Tulane out of trouble after that story in the papers, but he doesn't want to talk about it. Anyhow, the Ladies Auxiliary can't wait to start matchmaking and introduce Sarah to our Reverend Ellis. But mark my words, Sarah is tired of being a good girl. And no one is better at breaking the rules and raising Cain than my son . . . 

Listen to me going on and keeping customers waiting. I best get back to work, but you come round again. The Cut 'n' Curl's got hot rollers, free coffee, and the best gossip in town.

See you real soon, 

Ruby Rhodes

My Thoughts:

This book follows Tulane Rhodes whose a race car driver hoping to go far if he can keep his trouble in check.  He's gotten into his share of trouble in life.  Will he ever grow up or be stuck like a kid forever?

Sarah is Tulane's PR work and finds keeping him in his pink race car.  What all started as a revenge memo has led Tulane into a pink car, and diaper changing races.  Can Sarah keep Tulane in line or will he get worse?

This book was cute and innocent kind of like Sarah who being a minister's daughter from Boston has alot to learn in the pr world.  She has to learn to be more cutthroat and not back down from things.  She also has to learn to own what she does even when she'd rather run the other way.

The relationship between the two is definitely like a car running hot and cold.  When Uncle Pete dies Sarah is there for Tulane as much as she can be.  Even if the two take a long time to figure out the love aspect they definitely have to cut out the bullies and lies.

Such a fabulous ride to go in which pulls you in and won't let go until the story ends.  Can't wait to see what is next for Last Chance!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Review: The Lost Mata Hari Ring by: Elyse Douglas & Giveaway

Title: The Lost Mata Hari Ring
Author: Elyse Douglas
Publisher: Broadback
Pages: 370
Format: e-book
Source: Virtual Author Book Tours


Up-and-coming actress, Trace Rutland, has had nightmares about a tragic past ever since she was a little girl.  She struggles with her everyday life, finally seeking help from a hypnotherapist.

While under hypnosis, she inadvertently experiences a past life in Paris, in 1916, during the First World War.

Later, while visiting a wealthy man’s private Mata Hari collection, Trace is drawn to a glittering ring, once worn by the convicted spy.

Trace is enthralled.  When she’s alone, she slips the ring on and is swiftly hurled into the past.  There, she must face herself as she was in the past, while struggling to change the course of her destiny.

When she meets the handsome Edward Kenyon Bishop, a World War I British flying ace, she falls in love.  She is soon swept away into a journey of suspicion and treachery, and must fight for her life.

Can she survive the past?  Can she return to the present?  Can true love endure for all time?


I have one copy of this book to giveaway this contest is for USA residents only!  All you have to do in the comments is include you email address I will pick a winner at random!

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Trace Peyton Rutland whose been having nightmares having to do with a firing squad.  When she visits a hypnotist she learns that  in and previous life she was Mata Hari.  She finds herself searching out the spy's artifacts to try to make sense of this past life.  When she finds Mata Hari's ring and puts it on she is transported back to France 1916.  There the first world war is raging on.  

Mata Hari, Edward Bishop a pilot with the British Military and Mata Hari's lover is also there when Trace arrives.  Edward is taken by Trace and helps in her deception with Mata Hari who is skeptical of the wayward American.

Trace is desperate to find the ring and return to her own time, but she can't help falling for the dashing pilot Edward.  Can she go back to her time or should she make the best of France in this time frame?

I really enjoyed this series.  It was a captivating adventure to see how it would play out and would Trace ever go back home?  I really enjoyed traveling along with Mata Hari and Trace and Edward and seeing she will do in this era.  Especially with the war raging on!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Review: Welcome To Last Chance by: Hope Ramsay

Title: Welcome to Last Chance
Author: Hope Ramsay
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Series: Last Chance #1
Pages: 332
Format: Nook e-book
Source: Purchase


Dear Reader,

Yes, our town is way off the beaten path, but strange, wonderful miracles happen a lot around here.

I've owned the Cut 'n' Curl beauty shop for years, and I've seen folks come for a visit, then stay for a lifetime. Take Jane-that pretty firecracker of a girl who just arrived in town. I would swear she's running from something. She came with only five dollars in her pocket but she's worked real hard to make a fresh start. She's turned my son Clay's life upside down without even realizing it. 

And thank goodness for that! Ever since Clay left his country western band, he's played everything too safe. He needs to take a chance on Jane. Besides, the more he tries to keep his distance, the more he'll realize that he and Jane are singing the same tune.

But I should quit ramblin' and go check on Millie's permanent wave. Next time you're in Last Chance, be sure to swing by. We've got hot rollers, free coffee, and the best gossip in town.

See you real soon,

Ruby Rhodes

My Thoughts:

This is part of the Last Chance series.  In this one we meet Wanda Jane who goes by Jane and has been running since she was a teenager.  She ends up in Last Chance with 5.00 to her name and a love of singing in her heart.  The last thing she is looking for is love.  When she winds up at a shady hotel with a mysterious guy she is hoping to move on from there.  Will Last Chance help her or is she beyond help?

Clay Rhodes left Last Chance for Nashville but when relationships with Nashville fall apart he goes back home to find out where his life will lead.  The last thing he counted on was this girl who makes him feel like a teenager again.  Of course he never counted on two of his ex's showing up in Last Chance hoping to be rescued by Clay.

As this book moves on you can see the problems both Clay and Jane need to get passed in order to move forward in life.  In Jane's case she has a lot more to over come trouble seems to follow her everywhere.  In Clay's case he needs to move past being the dumped guy or the guy who remains their friend. 

This book was great with the small town appeal added to the relationships formed and bonded and watching as Clay and Jane figure out what they want in life.  I felt so drawn to this couple and couldn't put it down until the end came.  I really love everyone Ruby included she does such a great job of rallying people together.  

Monday, July 2, 2018

Review: The Life She Wants by: Robyn Carr

Title: The Life She Wants
Author: Robyn Carr
Publisher: Mira Books
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr creates an emotional and uplifting ensemble of characters in this rags-to-riches-to-rags novel about women, friendship and the complex path to happiness.

In the aftermath of her financier husband's suicide, Emma Shay Compton's dream life is shattered. Richard Compton stole his clients' life savings to fund a lavish life in New York City and, although she was never involved in the business, Emma bears the burden of her husband's crimes. She is left with nothing. 

Only one friend stands by her, a friend she's known since high school, who encourages her to come home to Sonoma County. But starting over isn't easy, and Sonoma is full of unhappy memories, too. And people she'd rather not face, especially Riley Kerrigan. 

Riley and Emma were like sisters—until Riley betrayed Emma, ending their friendship. Emma left town, planning to never look back. Now, trying to stand on her own two feet, Emma can't escape her husband's reputation and is forced to turn to the last person she thought she'd ever ask for help—her former best friend. It's an uneasy reunion as both women face the mistakes they've made over the years. Only if they find a way to forgive each other—and themselves—can each of them find the life she wants.

My Thoughts: 

When we meet Emma Shay Compton she has lost everything because of her husband a man she begins to wonder if she ever knew.  Richard Compton has committed serious crimes against clients.  A ponzi scheme that is coming back to haunt him.  After Richard committs suicide by gun Emma packs up what little she owns and heads home to start over.  Unfortuntaly going home also includes dealing with two bad break ups.  One with Emma's ex-boyfriend Jock.  Then there is Riley Emma's best friend who cheated on her friend with Emma's boyfriend.  Will the three ever repair what they had.

Of course not everyone believes Emma knows nothing about Richard and where the money is.  Even though as far as Emma is concerned everything has been returned.  Emma finds herself trying to find her way with little support!

I really love Robyn Carr's stand alone novels they pull you in and won't let go until the story is told.  This one pulled you in wanting to see how the characters will over come there issues.  There is a realness to Robyn's books that make the characters realer and more believable with their problems.  She has a golden touch with the stories.  I can't wait to see what is next!