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


*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


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


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


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


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?