Thursday, September 20, 2018

Mardi Gras Murder: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron

The city has flooded again and when they clean up the debris at the bridge base, they find a body.  He's not from around there and he's been murdered, not drowned in the flood.

Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this for review (thank you).  It will be published October 9th.

If that's not bad enough, one of the judges for the queen for this year, is shot and killed, too.  Is it because he opposed the Orphan Train Exhibit?  Or did someone want their daughter to win and his vote was going elsewhere.  Or was it something else entirely?

Maggie finds out he was blackmailing a lot of people but none of them would have killed him.

People in Louisiana are proud of their heritage and trace it back years.  No one wants an unknown relative showing up and changing the family tree.  That's why people are dying.  And Maggie needs to be real careful.  She's getting too close to the answer so the murderer comes for her...

Owl Love You by Matthew Heroux, Wednesday Kirwan

This is a very sweet picture book of a mother owl and her baby.  It's a great way to assure your child you will always be there for them.

Cameron Kids shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.

The owl and the play on words drew me into asking to read this one.  I'm glad I did!

The illustrations are lovely and easily show the love between mother and child.  Reading it reminded of my mom and her love.  She would have said:  "Owl always love you..." 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Homeward Hound by Rita Mae Brown

It's winter months but the fox hunts go on.  They come in early, switch days, but they don't give up totally.  When the snow arrives early and turn into a blizzard, they head back home.  The only problem is they are one person short.  There's no sense in trying to find him in a blizzard.  They'll have to wait until the next day...

Ballantine Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.

They search for the missing man without much luck.  Finally, the dogs start digging and the humans take over.  They've found a missing man, but it was not the one they were looking for, it's another.

Everyone grieves for the dead man, but they keep searching.  When one of the dogs retrieves a hand, the search turns even more gruesome.  They manage to retrieve both hands and find his boots, but where's his body?

You learn about fox hunting, the dogs and more as you read this story.  The killer was a surprise to me.  Did you figure it out?

Death and Daisies: A Magic Garden Mystery by Amanda Flower

She's opening up a new flower shop and is anxiously awaiting opening day.  It's awful inconvenient when the local minister is found dead on the same day...

Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 23rd.

He'd already threw her out of church and publicly embarrassed her.  He's been in the store once causing trouble.  But she didn't kill him.  So who did?

As she snoops about she gets closer to the truth and she starts getting threatening notes.  The killer wants her to back off.  Her boyfriend wants her to back off.  Does she?  No.

But then she gets too close and she has bullets whizzing by her.  Will she manage to stay alive?  Read the book and see...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell

Cady takes pictures of carousels,  She's got a contract to do a picture book of them.  When she finds a burned and broken one, she suggests a book on the condition of it and the restoration.  They say they'll think about it.  Now if the old grouch will let her do it, she'll have it made...

Berkley and NetGalley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.

Being in Paris is a new experience for her and she finds she likes it.  She also likes the man she meets but they have different agendas.  He will inherit the chateau she's staying at and he intends to sell it.  She thinks he should keep it and rehab it over time.  The old man living there just wants to be left alone.  She's allowed to stay because she walks his dog and cooks his meals.  She still gets thrown out twice since he has a bad temper and was crossed in the past.

You read about the past as well as the present.  I found that interesting.  I also sympathized with the characters.

Will Cady go home with her dream unfulfilled?  Or will the old man let her stay again?  Read it and see.

The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas

She knows she's possessed by a demon but she's like having a sister.  She's good company, tells her stories, and she enjoys having her around.  At least she does until she takes possession of her...

Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.

When she almost gets raped, the demon takes over and bites the boy badly.  Her stepfather has a preacher in to get rid of the demon.  She feels lost and alone and wants her demon back.  What she doesn't realize is the cost she will have to pay...

This is a horror story where the girl learns about demons and herself.  What she thought she was willing to do, she's not.  She has to learn to stand up for herself.  This isn't a story you will forget quickly...

Monday, September 17, 2018

A Scandal in Scarlet: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by Vicki Delany

She's out for a walk with her dog when she discovers a fire in the West London Museum.  There's a lot of damage done, so they decide to have an auction to raise funds.  But before the auction begins, the Museum Board Chair is found dead in the back room...

Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 23rd.

Gemma tries to keep her nose out of it but the shopowner across the street asks for her aid.  They are looking at her for the murder...

The dead woman was a bit harsh and outspoken so she had more than one enemy in town.  As Gemma gets closer to the truth, the more dangerous it gets.  Another woman ends up dead.

I have to admit the killer in this one surprised me.  They weren't on my suspects list.  How'd you do?