Sunday, September 26, 2021

A Surprise for Christmas and Other Seasonal Mysteries by Martin Edwards (Edited by) Series: British Library Crime Classics


This is a nice set of mysteries that center around Christmas.  Some are theft, some are murder, and some are just mysterious.

Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 12th.

My favorite of these stories are the ones that are shorter in length and have an ironic last line.  Nothing I read here was bad.  Sometimes the perfect plan failed because the human wasn't perfect.

I like to read short stories and these take you right to Christmas where hot chocolate and lights make you feel better.

I enjoyed this read. Why don't you give it a try?

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Cold-Blooded Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 3) by Elizabeth C. Bunce


Myrtle has a bad habit of finding dead people.  She's not looking for them but she runs across them anyway.

Workman and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 5th.

There was a Roman artifact found in the wrong area for it.  When Myrtle and her instructor look it over, they find it is a fake.  But those who found it are being killed over the years.  It started with a child who disappeared while in the public eye.  Then adults started dying.  

Myrtle wants to solve the mystery but her father, who is a judge, forbids her to do so.  Not that it slows her down.

They find there are tunnels in the town and the killer uses them to do their dirty work.

Myrtle's list of suspects is long but she has to find some evidence.  She searches and doesn't even realize she's in danger, too.

Will she find the killer or will the killer find her?

Friday, September 24, 2021

Blackblood: Acolyte by Phu Vuong, Isa Enriquez (Illustrated by)


Magic suddenly showed up in the Kingdom.  It had to be hid because anyone using managed was jailed.  There was good magic and bad magic.  The King just put all the mages in jail to stop it.  But now it's back again.

Little Bee Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 5th.

There is magic being used by children.  They are careful but the word gets out anyway and soon everyone is after them.

The battles are tough and some of the children get separated.  The others try to find them.

This tale is full of action with magic mixed in.  It leaves you with questions at the end so you will read the next graphic novel in the series.

It was an interesting read.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Long Road to the Circus by Betsy Bird, David Small (Illustrated by)


Suzy is tired of boring summers.  Then she finds out there is a retired circus performer living in her area.  She also finds that her Uncle Fred does farm tasks there, so she follows him.

Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).   It will be published October 5th.

Suzy finds Fred taking care of the horses but she's more interested in the ostriches.  She even learns to ride one.  It's not easy but she gets hints from the circus performer and she manages.  That leads to an injury and her parent's forbidding her to go there again.  But Suzy has a plan...

This story is based on actual events of the past.  It's a fun and informative story.

Would you ride a ostrich?

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The Cure for What Ales You : A Sloan Krause Mystery by Ellie Alexander, Series: A Sloan Krause Mystery (#5)


Sloan is happy with her life.  She partners in a brewery, has relatives she loves, and she's developing feelings for her partner.

Minotaur Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 5th.

Someone has been stealing things out of hotel rooms.  They decide it must be an employee who is doing it.  Then they find a dead housekeeper in a room.  That's even more serious.

Sloan starts looking for the killer but she has more than that to worry about.  Her father has been released from jail and she's been warned that he is coming to kill her.  He already killed her mother.

There are all kinds of clues from various people.  Who can Sloan trust?

It's a busy story that moves along with secrets coming out on all sides.  The setting is in Leavenworth, which is a beautiful Bavarian town in Washington.

I wasn't sure if Sloan was going to make it.  You'll have to read to see.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Taking of Jemima Boone : Colonial Settlers, Tribal Nations, and the Kidnap That Shaped a Nation by Matthew Pearl


This is a historical tale about Daniel Boone's daughter and the various views of all the people involved.

Harper and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 5th.

Jemima was no shrinking violet.  She loved her father and knew he would come to rescue her. She fit in the best she could with the Indians so they didn't bother her.

Her father did rescue her.  He did a lot of other things, too.  What surprised me was how many men didn't like Daniel.  He was brave but sometimes he didn't think things through long enough.  Most everything worked out but it wasn't only the Indians and British that didn't like him. 

I found this story to be eye opening and I felt bad for Daniel.  He made a lot of sacrifices and no one cared.  He even got accused of Treason.

If you like history you'll enjoy this read.  And you'll learn some things about Daniel you might not have known.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Twisted Tea Christmas by Laura Childs: Series: A Tea Shop Mystery (#23)


Theodosia is getting ready for Christmas tea parties when she finds a woman she liked dead on the floor in her building.  She's upset because she was a sweet older lady.  The person who killed took her diamond rings she was wearing.

Berkley and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 5th.

Theo calls the police but she also starts snooping herself.  Being warned off the case doesn't slow her down.  There are a lot of suspects.  She questions most of them and learns a few things.  But she's still not sure who the killer is.  She knows they stole a painting so she goes to talk to an art dealer.  Unfortunately, he's dead, too.  She sees his hand poking up from the homemade grave.

She investigates everyone.  But she has no idea who the killer is until it's almost too late for her.  It's good thing she was fostering dogs...

A Surprise for Christmas and Other Seasonal Mysteries by Martin Edwards (Edited by) Series: British Library Crime Classics

This is a nice set of mysteries that center around Christmas.  Some are theft, some are murder, and some are just mysterious. Poisoned Pen P...