Friday, January 18, 2019

The Rule of Law by John Lescroart

It all starts when his secretary leaves early for home and then doesn't come back the next day.  She said she was sick but she's never missed a day before and didn't look unwell.  When she finally returns, she won't tell him why she was gone.  But before too many days go by, the DA's office sends officers to take her in as an accomplice in murder.  He knows she didn't do it but can he figure out who did?

Atria and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 22nd.

The book has crimes in the present and in the past, corrupt officials, good cops and bad cops and plenty of action.  The biggest problem is that the man who won the district attorney election is full of his own ego and self-importance and anybody he thinks is saying something bad about him or digging into something he doesn't want to be investigated, he gets even by getting rid of them.  He fires three cops, kills his partner for sleeping with his wife and now is trying to get the retired police and attorney that annoy him put in jail for murder.  There's no evidence but he's thinking of making some.

Despite a cover up, they find the current murderer and also learn why his secretary was gone.

I really despised the new DA and his actions but Karma prevails.  What goes around, comes around...

Lots of subplots as well as the main story, so you keep your mind busy as you read along.  It's not the most positive read but it ends as it should so I was satisfied.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

Sora is an apprentice warrior.  She and her gemina (partner) make a formidable pair.  He's strong and can win any fight.  She's quick, agile, and uses magic for her fighting.  They are prepared to fight for their kingdom but they didn't think it would happen so soon.

Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 22nd.  

Their kingdom is attacked with no warning.  Someone is trying to destroy the castle by using tidal waves.  It doesn't fall, but they know now they are at war.  But with who and why?

The reason is almost unbelievable.  The queen had a battle with her twin brother for the crown.  He was killed and she took over the kingdom.  Only he wasn't killed, just wounded badly.  And now he's back with magic of his own.

Sora and her gemina infiltrate his troops and she learns how to use the magic.  She also finds her sister who she thought had died in a fire.  Can they become friends again or is it too late? It's hard to fight a prince and your little sister.

There's plenty of action, the prince believes in a myth and will do anything to make it come true, and only four people remain to fight him.  This was the first book in this series and it has set up plenty of openings for how the story will go in the future.  If you read this one, I'm not sure you'll be able to stop from reading the whole series...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge

Aurora is the youngest in the camping party.  Her older sister is there but she ignores her.  The rest of the campers are all friends, some are sleeping together, they drink and do drugs.  She's not comfortable with that, so she tries to stay out of the way.  But someone is not content to leave her alone.  And when the morning arrives, she's missing...

Random House and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

These kids are all normal.  They are teenagers, they testing boundaries, and they are good friends.  But someone in that crowd is evil.

It takes thirty years before someone locates the body.  The police start an investigation but this case is really cold.  Many of those at the event have forgotten a lot.  Others lie.  They start out searching for the truth but they have to dig out the answers and weed out the lies. Seeing how everyone's life has turned out thirty years later was interesting.

When they find out she'd been raped it adds another element to the investigation.  It's a complex mystery.  One of the cops had been on the case when she went missing.  He has his own secrets about that time period.  But it all comes to light before the end.

The ending was quite appropriate.  The chance taker had run out of luck.  While the subject matter was a bit sad, the investigation keeps your interest and my reading speed increased as I reached the end of the story.

Would you have guessed the killer? 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Fatality in F by Alexia Gordon

Gethsemane has agreed to lead the band in the rose judging contest opening.  She and the band members have been practicing.  When she goes in the flower shop afterwards she runs into a friend.  She almost gets run over by the woman coming out, but she apologizes.  When they go back out, they find a mysterious bouquet on her friend's car.  No note, no explanation and he has no idea who would have done it.  Does the gal with flowers have a crush on him or is she a stalker?

Henery Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 26th.

Gethsemane finds that flowers have meaning and gets a copy of The Language of Flowers to figure it out.  Frankie still doesn't know why someone is leaving messages but it doesn't appear they are a threat.  

He's competing in the rose contest and the other major contestant comes over and taunts him.  They have a public fight and each goes their own way.  But it doesn't look good when he's found dead in Frankie's backyard.  Did Frankie kill him?  Gethsemane thinks not and sets out to prove it.

What she finds is that everyone hated him and there are plenty of reasons for him to be dead.  This mystery has two killers involved and two different motives and two deaths, so it's a bit hard to figure out.  It's a good thing Gethsemane doesn't give up easily...

Monday, January 14, 2019

Lion Down by Stuart Gibbs

Teddy gets a new case.  The giraffe's have been getting sick on Sundays and they want to find out why so he agrees to watch and see who and why might have been feeding them something they shouldn't eat.  He has his friend, the owner's daughter, to help him.  But then he ends up on another case and it's not so pleasant.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for this review (thank you).  It will be published February 26th.

They know there is a mountain lion in the area because they've seen her prints.  Now she's being accused of killing a dog.  Teddy doesn't believe it but he doesn't know who would have killed the dog.  The owner is famous man and he's working on getting the mountain lion eradicated.  When the Wildlife division is investigating and trying to decide one way or the other, the owner offers a large reward for bringing him the dead cat.

So Teddy is trying save both the giraffes and the mountain lion.  He has some interesting adventures while doing that, too.

This story has a good message about how we encroach on the animal's land and take away their freedom and what they used to eat.  When they come to visit the housing and eat pets, the humans hate them.  But if we gave them room and let them have a place to live, there wouldn't be a problem.  Killing an animal for acting normally isn't the answer.  

I've thought about this issue a lot and tend to sympathize with the animals.  What would you do if they took your home away from you?  At least they won't shoot you.

The Princess and the Pickup Truck by Bil Lepp

I had to read this one.  The title caught my eye, it's a parody tale that compares to the Princess and the Pea but this story has more comedy in it.  I love it, it's cute and it's much more interesting...

The author and West Virginia Book Company sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.

He's a prince looking for a mountain princess to marry.  He bought himself a pickup truck so they would notice him.  And he searches everywhere for his mate.  He thinks all the ladies who tell them she's a princess probably aren't.  They don't appeal to him either.  So he goes home and tells his mom he was unsuccessful.

One night someone knocked on the door and he opens to find three princesses standing there.  He's ecstatic until he realizes it's Halloween...

The next princess to show up doesn't look like one.  She doesn't really act like one either.  But his mom has an idea on how to test her.  What an idea it is!

This was a lot of fun to read and I enjoyed the tale.  Your young ones should, too, and there are parts that make you laugh as well.  Read it, you'll enjoy it. 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows by J.M. Bergen

It all started when he walked in a bookshop he hadn’t seen before and asked the owner if they had any books on magic.  Not fiction, he wants the real thing.  His father told him magic was real right before he disappeared.  His mother tells him his father is dead but he still believes the magic is real…

Book Publicity Services shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published February 2nd.

This is a wonderful fantasy tale well-told by the author.  The character development is good, the friendships Thomas has are heart-warming and the magic is unpredictable.  After all, if you didn’t know you had any, how could you practice?

What he finds in the shop is a “real” magic book.  The owner tells him to take it home and read it and then bring it back as soon as he’s done.  Tell no one and keep it hidden.  He does that but he finds the contents of the book confusing and he starts meeting up with people who are unfriendly to him.  He soon learns they are after the book.

When he finishes the book, they tell him of his destiny and that he has mighty powers.  He’s not sure about that but when they give him his first training assignment and lock him in a room, he has to perform to get out.  He can’t quite figure it out but he’s getting hungry.  Will he manage to do what he needs to?  He does and he finds that the training moves faster once he’s won the first battle to open his mind.

With magical acts all through the story and the fight between good and evil, it’s an exciting tale that reads fast.  It’s also the first book in the series so Thomas will be back.

I really enjoyed reading this tale and hope to read more about Thomas.