Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Murder Go Round by Carol J. Perry

Lee's aunt is in her sixties but she hasn't slowed down a bit.  She wants to bid on the contents of a storage shed.  They decide to invest up to $500, half and half.  They've never done this before but they know that you can find treasures in the boxes you can't open.  You can also find a lot of junk.  What they find puts a murderer on their trail...

Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 31st.

This was a very interesting mystery.  There's old Russian history, a former KGB agent involved, a chef involved and more.  Lee becomes interesting in what's going on when she takes the horse from an old carousel to be repainted and brought back to glory.  That was her treasure from the storage unit.  But when someone takes her horse apart in the shop and a man gets killed right outside it, she knows she's just stepped into trouble.

They know where the goods in the storage locker where originally kept.  When they visit there, the find out about the old Russian that lived there and his daughter.  What secret were they keeping?

With Pete's help (and his advice to not get involved), she and her aunt start searching.  Lee has visions and can see the future or the past.  She'd really rather not see either but it helps during this case.  Even her cat helps.  There are crazy people, greedy people, and just plain misguided people involved in this adventure.  I'm happy to report they all live through it and it's a charming cozy mystery that is a joy to read.  I'm going to read more in this series.  It's a good one.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Lost & Found (Daisy Dunlop Mystery #2) by J.L. Simpson

Daisy is back and ready for her next adventure.  She's not real thrilled to be asked to solve a dognapping.  She's afraid of dogs.  But they don't have any cases and money is money, so why not?  There are good reasons why not but she doesn't find out about them until she's deep in the case...

The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now on Amazon.

Nothing is as simple as it looks.  Daisy heads out to visit other dog breeders and to see what gossip she can pick up and who might have stolen the dog.  While she's on her mission, Solomon gets a call that his ex-wife is in jail and he needs to come after the little girl.  He has no idea at the time that would lead him into even more trouble.  After all, he didn't expect to find a dead nude body in his ex-wife's bed!  He and the police are both looking into the murder.

It gets even more exciting when the two cases merge together.  Between trying to find a nanny for the little girl, trying to keep Daisy out of trouble, and running into an old friend/enemy Solomon is pretty busy.  Daisy has troubles of her own.  She and Solomon find her client dead.  The poodle is still missing.  And the crime is big and deadly.

She and Solomon and almost don't survive this encounter.  They are just getting around to being friends, too.  Of course, Solomon has two women after him at the time, so he's not lacking attention.

This one was even more ambitious than the first case and the author made me laugh again.  Daisy fumbles more than she catches the ball but she's not dumb.  She gets by where others might fail.  This is a fun series to read.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Bone Box by Faye Kellerman

Rina is just going for a walk.  Winter hasn't set in yet and she's taking colorful fall pictures.  She has lots of insects and animals.  Now she's doing trees.  When she steps in carefully to do a close up of an intriguing piece of tree bark, she steps on something that crunches.  She thinks it was a branch but she steps back and looks, it was a human finger bone.  Someone is buried by the tree...

William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity  to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 28th.

Rina calls her husband and what's starts as one body in the woods escalates into more bodies.  It's determined they were buried there before the trail was put in.  Do they have a serial killer on their hands?

The pathologist can't do much with just bones.  They find an earring and a bit of hair.  Then they start looking at missing persons.  It doesn't take them long to find out that the people buried had a connection with the local colleges.  They were not all from the same school.  One was male in the process of becoming a woman.  The case almost spans ten years.  It appears someone at the college must be the killer but who?

Rina and Peter work together to solve this crime.  Rina works at the college so she's got an inside.  Peter is a seasoned police detective and has friends he can call on.  Tyler is a trainee working with Peter and he's got computer skills.  They make a mean team.  

The closer they get to the truth, the more Rina is in danger.  This one holds your attention and gets pretty tense before it's over.  Rina learns something about herself, too.  Ms. Kellerman never spares you any emotional trauma.  That's what gives her books flavor.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Zoe has a routine for work days.  She goes the same way all the time, has her favorite seats and reads while on the underground.  She likes where she lives, so she commutes.  All is well until she looks at an ad in the back of the paper and finds they have escort services, dates and more listed.  That's not what bothers her; it's her picture staring back at her that's scary.  She didn't put that ad in; who did?  And why?

Berkley Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 21st.  

This author has a way of getting under my skin.  She creates insidious crimes that make you shiver.  She maintains the pace and the tension from the beginning of the story to the end.  And I'll most likely read her next book, too.

When Zoe notices another person in the old ads that she's seen before, she begins to realize it's not just happening to her.  The original police officer is very interested in the case but she's not assigned to it.  The new officer is not as concerned but he soon has reason to be.

Someone is creating these ads and men are paying for details.  Some are raped and assaulted.  Two of them end up dead.  Zoe has good reason to be worried.  Soon she can't even trust the man she's living with.  She has no idea who's after her but she doesn't want to get hurt.

This is a very twisted tale.  The person running the website is someone very close to her.  It comes to a death threat up close and personal.  What's most chilling is even though one person is dead, the original perpetrator is still on the loose.  This story is over but it's not finished... 

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff

Her parents threw her out when she got pregnant by a German soldier.  She went to a home for unwed mothers and they took her baby away from her because he looked Jewish.  She has no one, no money, no home.  She gets a job at the train station doing maintenance and sleeps in a cubby-hole.  It works.  Until she hears a sound she'll never forget...

Mira and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 21st.

What she hears is babies crying in a boxcar.  She goes out to check on them and finds them on the floor of the boxcar, most not even dressed.  Several are already dead.  She sees a live one that has knitted shoes on his feet and she pulls him out of the car and takes him in with her.  He reminds her of her lost baby.  She knows she'll have to flee because the soldiers and a dog have found her tracks.  She has no time to take anything with her, she just runs through the woods.

This is a sad tale all the way around.  It's based on facts the author found and wove into a story.  The story is fictional but it feels all too real.  It wasn't safe to be Jewish in the days of Hitler's rule.

Noa is found in the woods almost frozen to death and brought back to the circus visiting the area.  They aren't very welcoming.  They don't want any trouble either.  But the owner of the circus assigns her to trapeze work and tells the other trapeze artist to train her.

The two women clash.  Noa is looking for a mother, Astrid doesn't want competition.  Theo, the baby, is in the middle.

The dangers in the book are real and you can feel their fear.  It also made my heart hurt to see all the loss they had to accept.  Grabbing even a moment of happiness is almost impossible.

The ending is very interesting and tied the whole story line together.  It was well worth the read but you won't be smiling much.

The Piper by Charles Todd

Hamish is now alone in the old cabin where he and his grandmother lived.  He'd been out and got caught in the rain but now he's in, making a fire, and has changed his clothes.  He thinks he hears something but isn't sure.  His dog is sure, so he goes back out into the night.

Witness Impulse and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.

He finds a young man on the beach who has been badly injured.  He was hit in the head with a club and looks on the verge of death.  Hamish takes the boy back to his cabin and cleans up his wound.  He's a piper and when he comes to he's worried about the pipes but Hamish shows him they are in there with him.

When he awakens the next morning he's surprised to find the boy and his pipes gone.  He must have been scared by the incident but why would he run?  Hamish goes to look for him but this time he finds his body and there are already cops at the scene.  They accuse Hamish of his murder but he lets them search his cabin and there's nothing to tie him to the crime.

This is a short story that is done very well.  When Hamish lets it be known around the neighborhood that he has some interesting information about the murder, he's setting himself up as bait.  The bait gets taken but when he's attacked from three sides, it's almost too much.  I never guessed who the murderer was.  It was a twist of irony at the end.  This story is well worth reading. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Arthur and the Golden Rope by Joe Todd-Stanton

This is the beginning of a new series for young ones.  Arthur is one of the lesser known Brownstone's but he's just as brave as the others.  He sets out on a quest to find the person who his village needs to restart their fire so they don't freeze.  He finds more than that person...

Nobrow Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 14th.

Arthur has always been a bit fanciful.  He hangs out in the woods and deals with the fairies and goblins and the village thinks of him as playing with demons.  When a huge dog comes to town and kills people, puts out their fire and ruins homes, it's almost hopeless.  But Arthur dares hope and starts off his journey.

The illustrations show who he encounters along the way and the trip is hazardous.  It gets even worse before it's over.  But Arthur is up for the challenge and his kindness and ways of doing things pay him back by rescues and helping him complete his quest.

I can't wait to see what other adventures the Professor's relatives have had!