Sunday, January 17, 2021

The Princess Spy: The True Story of World War II Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones by Larry Loftis

Aline grew up in a small village and she never went anywhere.  Then she goes off to model things and finds it exciting to travel.  Her brothers are in the war and she wants to help, too.  Suddenly she finds herself becoming a spy...

Atria sent me an ARC to read for review (thank you).  It will be published on February 9th.

This is a complex look at her training to be a spy and a good look at all the other spies no matter who they were spying for.  The author read her books and then went through all the documents available so this will be an accurate account.

She flirted with death, worked mostly with men, and managed to get the information they sent her after.

This story isn't boring.  You keep reading to see if she gets caught. You have to admire her for what all she did.  She left spying to marry but she doesn't get happily ever after.  Life just wasn't that kind to her.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Furbidden Fatality by Deborah Blake

Kari was lucky enough to win the lottery but she hadn't spent much of it.  She wanted to do something good and she decided to buy an old rundown shelter and fix it up.  She would work on getting the animals homes and there was even a house on the property she could live in.  The last thing she wanted to do was to find a dead man outside the kennel fencing out back...

Berkley and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 23rd.

The police chief thinks she killed him.  She researches the past and takes that info to him.  He says he knows about that, but she's still a suspect.

This is an interesting town.  The dog catcher had a racket going, do did the court clerk and even the deputies.  The chief is appalled at all the law breaking she finds.

She wants to save the pitbull the dog catcher was after and she wants to save her business.  She manages to do that but almost loses her life in the process...

This was a good, busy mystery.

Friday, January 15, 2021

A Side of Murder by Amy Pershing

Samantha always had a love of food and she wanted to be a chef.  So she heads to the Big Apple to go to school and then goes to work in a restaurant.  But then her aunt dies and she's willed the house.  She decides to go home.

Berkley and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you.  It will be published on February 23rd.

Sam is visiting old friends and getting used to being back in this small town, when she finds a dead body in the pond.  It's the local gossip.  She calls the police and the chief immediately suspects her as the murderer.

Sam also inherited a puppy which she's not too happy about because he's a big dog.  Given time, she falls in love with him.  How can you not love a dog that loves you?

Since the cops think she was the killer, she starts investigating herself.  Someone drowned her and it wasn't Sam.  The more she finds out, the nastier the woman seems.  She was blackmailing people.  But who didn't want to pay anymore?

There are two men who are part of the bad doings in town.  One I didn't suspect.  The other wasn't the nicest guy.

Sam ends in a confrontation with the killer.  But he has the gun and intends to kill her.  Who will save Sam?

Thursday, January 14, 2021

The Diabolical Bones by Bella Ellis

This is a tale of the Bronte sisters.  Each of the sisters has a very different personality but they work well together.  They are writing poetry and hope to be published. But they hear about some bones found not far from their residence so they want to find out who it is.

Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on February 16th.

The bones appear to be a child's but the doctor tells them the child was probably between the ages of ten - twelve.  The child had lots of physical ailments from not enough to eat.  Nobody has any idea who it is.

They begin asking questions.  There are a lot of superstitions that get in the way of facts.  The longer they work on it, the more people get involved.

The killer is not unusual but the child's mother is almost a killer herself.  She's the last one I would have suspected.

The pace of the story is a bit slow and there is a lot of interesting conversations but it's a good mystery.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Dangerous Women by Hope Adams

This is a tale of women who get thrown in jail that are now traveling by boat to an island across the sea.  Some are guilty, some were only trying to save themselves but they all got blamed for their bad deeds.

Berkley and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 16th.

The women are of all types.  One has changed her identity, many are silent and not real friendly.  Others are loud and too boisterous to get along.

Those who know how to sew are gathered together to make a pieced quilt.  They commence to work on it either by lantern light or daylight.

About halfway through the journey, one of the women is stabbed.  She has a son and he can't understand why she doesn't recover.  Despite the best efforts of the doctor, the woman passes.  They have asked all the women about it but no one saw anything.  However before the journey is over, the killer cracks and confesses.

The Captain finds a love on board.  The young boy finds another woman to take care of him. and the woman traveling with the wrong name is told to keep the name and continue to make up for her transgressions on the island.

I wonder how it all turns out for them...

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Farm to Trouble by Amanda Flower

Shiloh has come back to the farm from the big city.  She had a good job, but she'd paid off her father's mortgages and her father's health is not good, so she came back.

Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 23rd.

The downtown area has built up, but the farm has really gone downhill.  She has big plans for the farm and has worked out a loan to get started.  When her father finds out who she got the loan from, he's angry.  The man with the money has been trying to buy the farm.

She agrees to meet with the man at the farmer's market to talk about details.  When she gets there, he's late.  So she walks around trying to find him.  She does.  He's dead by the honey booth.  The woman who owns the booth returns and calls her a killer.

If that wasn't bad enough, they arrest her father for murder.  He can't walk well but the man was shot from a truck.  Her father drives a truck.

Shiloh works hard at the farm and at trying to find the real killer.  When she does, the killer intends to kill her to keep her quiet. 

Who survives...

Monday, January 11, 2021

Savage Road: A Thriller (Hayley Chill Thriller #2) by Chris Hauty

The US is being attacked by cyber specialists.  It begins as TV stations go down, then a train crashes, and it's going on from there.  They think the man doing the damage might be from Russia.

Emily Bestler Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy of it now.

This is a complex story about the white house and the moles that are planted there.  Hayley knows the president is one.  Her job is turn him and give information up that could help the US.  There are more.  It's hard to tell who is and who isn't.  There were more moles than I expected in this story.

Hayley knows who one of them is but they don't want her going after him...  One thing about Hayley, she's dangerous.  She ends up taking out two of the moles and a couple secret service agents.

Things shift often in the story and it's hard to tell who is doing what.  Everyone keeps secrets.

This story is almost scary because it's so realistic.  I doubt there is any government who doesn't have a mole or a spy in it.

The story keeps you glued to it.  It's intense and it's a good read.