Monday, July 15, 2019

Singapore Sapphire by A. M. Stuart

Harriet Gordon has gone to live with her brother in Singapore.  Her husband and son died from typhus and she wants to start over.  She also teaches at her brother's school and is trying to do some secretarial work on the side.  When her typewriter at work gives up, she goes back to the home of the man she's using her secretarial skills for.  She finds her typewriter where she left it and the man she was working is dead on the floor in the same room...

Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 6th.

This is a well written historical mystery.  The mystery is complicated.  People are not what they seem.  Greed is the driving factor in this death and the ones to come.

Someone is making fake Buddhas that look authentic, someone has stolen rubies and a large sapphire during mining operations and now they are cashing them in, a bit at a time in another location.  As people become redundent, they become dead.  

Harriet gets involved in the investigation, mostly because a young boy's father is involved.  The smugglers are killers and offer no one any sympathy.  Will the cops come in time to save her or will Harriet die, too?

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Love and Death Among the Cheetahs by Rhys Bowen

Georgie and Darcy are finally on their honeymoon.  The houseboat they were in was nice but it got a bit boring.  Darcy tells her he has a surprise for her:  they are going to Kenya!  It happens to be work related but she doesn't figure that out right away.  She's on a mission for the Queen so she can't complain much.

Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 6th.

They stay with a friend and enjoy their walks and tours.  They are warned about ants, snakes, cheetas, lions and elephants.  They go to a party that's more dangerous than the animals.  There's alcohol, drugs, and wife swapping going on.  They refuse to participate and go their rooms early.  When they attempt to leave in the morning, they find a car in the middle of the road still running.  Darcy yells for the owner, shuts it off and then makes a dreadful discovery.  He finds the man's dead body.  He's been ravaged by animals.  Unfortunately, he died of a knife wound, so it was murder...

Georgie had to fight him off at the party, he was lusting after her, so she's not too heartbroken about it.  But she wonders who could have done it.  After all it must have been someone from the party.  No one else lives very close.

As they investigate the death, they find out someone is trying to kill them.  First they open a window that was shut and leave meat at foot of the bed, hoping a cheetah will come in.  Then they put meat in their tent and invite a lion in.

This case is turning dangerous so they had best find the killer soon!

I always enjoy Ms. Bowen's mysteries.  She does a good job with them.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Magical Secret of the Crystal Kingdom: A Fantasy World of Unicorns, Dragons and other Magical Animals by P.S. Nicholls

This story is written for young readers who have a good imagination.  It's full of magic and shapeshifting as well as danger.  I'm not young but this author kept my attention.

The author and Publishing Push gave me the opportunity to read this story for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

Rose has been adopted and she loves her adoptive parents but she wonders about her real parents.  They are now living in the house her parents owned.  A local neighbor tells her that her parents were killed in a traffic accident.  She doesn't believe him.

When she and her friends visit a cave, she can see the crystals glow and she digs up one to prove it.  Then the others dig where she tells them and they find their own.  They are sleeping outside in sleeping bags so that's where they hide the crystals.  At bedtime they find themselves being transformed into animals.  Rose turn into a pink pony that can fly.  Her brother becomes a dragon, and all the others are other animals.  Then they find themselves in the Crystal Kingdom.  It's a lovely place but the Queen next door is determined to take them down.  Anyone she captures turns gray and becomes evil.

Will she win the battle?  Will Rose find her real parents?

These questions are answered in the book.  I found it a good read.  Young readers should enjoy it!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Gumshoe Rock by Rob Leininger

Mort has been in the uncomfortable position of receiving body parts of dead people.  The cases have settled down now and he's looking into an embezzlement case.  That should be safe enough but it's not.  The boss at the local IRS office has gone missing.  He knows this because his replacement had to brag to him about it.  As they ask questions about the embezzlement case and return to Lucy's car, there is a skull on the driver's seat.  It's bare bone, has some dead monster ants on it, and he can tell that's his old IRS boss.  Once again he's in the limelight as a finder of lost body parts...

Oceanview Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 6th.

This story is like the detectives of the '50's.  Mort defends himself well, his lady sidekick is someone he loves, and their investigation is tough.  They have an older female as part of the team.  She's called Ma and she has lots of connections as well as illegal activity tricks.  Together, they solve things.

It seem the man who embezzled the money was blackmailed by the dead IRS agent.  Checking the IRS agent out leads to several bank accounts with various names.  He wasn't just blackmailing one individual.

Mort ends up in a fight with a man with a knife.  He wins but he's made a dangerous enemy.

The reason the IRS man was killed is ridiculous.  Mort and Lucy find themselves in the hands of the killers.  It's a fight to the very end... 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Death Among Us: An Anthology of Murder Mystery Short Stories, Stephen Bentley, and others

This anthology of stories is stunning.  They are good mysteries of all sorts.  Most are fairly short but they almost all surprise you.  It's not too often the investigator dies but no one is safe in these stories.

BooksGoSocial and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

What surprised me was that I found all the stories to be good.  Most collections have a few that are so-so to me.  Not true in this case.

The other authors are: Greg Alldredge, Kelly Artieri, L. Lee Kane, Michael Spinelli, Robbie Cheadle, Kay Castaneda, Justin Bauer, Aly Locatelli, S. Lee.

There are a lot of stories included and they also share where to find a list of books written by the authors who contributed.

A bit of author biography is also included.  All in all, it was nicely put together and there are little story treats everywhere.  In some ways it's like raiding a box of chocolates. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

No Fences in Alaska by Glen Sobey

Harper has made a lot of mistakes in her life but her family is no help.  Her father gets angry and yells at her and threatens her.  Why should she listen to him?  Her mother tries to hide from the problems.  She's sixteen, she'll do what she wants to do.

Black Rose Writing shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.

This is a look at the sordid world of a young girl who doesn't know her own mind.She's young enough to be manipulated into thinking it's all her own idea when it's not.  She's pretty and well developed and the boys notice.  At the moment she's dating a college student.  He has drugs, booze and sex to share with her.  When her father forbids her to leave the house since he saw what she was wearing, she threatens to jump out the upstairs window and cuts her arm.  The police take her to the mental evaluation unit of the hospital. She lies her way out of there.

When she finds out she's pregnant, her boyfriend tells her to abort it.  She doesn't know if she wants to.  With her father tracking her phone and computer communication, she decides there is only one way out for her.  She'll go to Alaska and stay with the Grandpa she hasn't seen since she was six.  She calls him and he says she is welcome to come then she blackmails her father into paying for her airfare.

Her Grandpa tells her she has to find her own way.  She can do what she wants but she will only get ahead if she chooses her own path.  She learns to shoot, learns never to run from a bear, goes backpacking and sees beautiful sights, and learns Grandpa has dementia.  They take care of each other.

She does learn a lot there, even what love is, and she also has also learned how to protect herself.  She'll need that skill.

It's a happy and sad book about life in general.  Most of us like having no fences.  Learning your lessons by experience is hard but you don't forget them... 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Death in a Desert Land by Andrew Wilson

Agatha goes to see if a woman's death was actually suicide or if it was murder.  She's in Persia where she meets Mrs. Woolley.  They are on a archeological dig and the artifacts they are finding are valuable.  Mrs. Woolley doesn't hide her disdain for the dead woman. Was she the killer?

Washington Square Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.

Mrs. Woolley is temperamental and has bad headaches.  It's easy to get yelled at by her but would she actually kill?

When they all go to a picnic on a hill, it's a fine evening until Mrs. Woolley and the young lady at the event get in a spat over men's attention.  Mrs. Woolley always enjoyed their attention and now the pretty young one is getting it.  The young girl runs off and the others go after her.  When they hear a scream, they all run to see what happened.  They find Mrs. Woolley leaning over the body of the dead girl with blood on her hands.  She swears she didn't kill her but there's a rock with blood on it nearby.  Someone killed her.

They lock Mrs. Woolley in her bedroom.  Agatha visits her and begins to wonder about her symptoms.  Could there be a cause besides a mental unrest?

This was a good mystery with lots of secrets.  It takes a good deal of scheming to reveal the killer and Agatha is there every step of the way.

I really enjoyed this read.  It's fun to hang out with Agatha Christie and Mr. Wilson writes great mysteries!