Saturday, August 18, 2018

A Double Life by Flynn Berry

This book is unusual and a bit boring but it picked up at the end.  She's trying to find her father...

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

Her father came back to their home and killed the young woman downstairs and attacked his wife, too.  His friends tell her mother she must be mistaken, he wouldn't do a thing like that.  They also help him escape.  No one can find him.  But his daughter won't give up...

When she finally manages to find his location (through blackmail), she heads out to find him.  Find him she does and this where it gets interesting. The ending is unexpected but appropriate.

There is a lot of detail in the book but the climax makes up for it.  Try it and see what you think.
 

The Princess and the Absolutely Not a Princess (Miranda and Maude #1) By Emma Wunsch and Illustrator Jessika von Innerebner

Miranda is a very spoiled princess whose teacher has retired.  She wasn't the best teacher to start with but Miranda really, really doesn't want to go to school.  The kids will be noisy, the school smells bad, and she's behind the other students...

Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

Maude sits next to Miranda and looks her over.  She's wearing a pink dress and fancy shoes.  She and Maude couldn't be more different.  Especially since Maude likes to eat hardboiled eggs and Miranda hates how they smell...

This is a fun book to read with all kinds of conflict that eventually resolves itself into friendship.  They might not like each other in the beginning but they resolve their differences before the end!

Friday, August 17, 2018

A Brush with Death: A Susie Mahl Mystery by Ali Carter

When the Earl is found dead in the churchyard, it was assumed it was a natural death.  After all, he was 75.  But it wasn't.  Someone helped him along.

Oneworld Publications and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

The Earl had come out to use nature as his lavatory, so he had  no company.  The young people (Susie included) who found him confirmed his death but didn't happen upon him until he was down.  Who could have hit him and ended his life?

With no real suspects and no clues this was a hard case to crack.  The cause happened years ago and it was a case of being in the right place at the right time and taking advantage of it.

This was a good cozy, give it a read.

The Dress and the Girl By Camille Andros and Illustrator Julie Morstad

Her mother made her a dress and she wore it everyday.  She wished for something a bit more extraordinary but she loved her dress.  Then her parents decide to migrate to America.  Everything gets packed up, including her dress.  But some how they leave that trunk behind...

Abrams sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a coy now.

Since the girl has gone, the dress goes to look for her.  It travels all around the world and years later ends up in the states.  It's now in a second hand shop.  Will the grown-up girl recognize it?

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Fear on Four Paws by Clea Simon

The call is about a trapped bear.  When Pru gets there, the animal control officer is snoring louder than the bear...

Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.

This is one that Pru has trouble getting a handle on.  Not only are they trying to capture a bear, they've killed a man.  She's sure her friend didn't do it, but how to prove it? 

She's getting advice from the animals around her but she doesn't get what they are trying to tell her.  That's almost a fatal mistake.

I had no idea who was doing it and was surprised when she figured it out.  Read it and see if you are smarter than I am.

Apollo's Raven: New Edition by Linnea Tanner

While the Kings fight for power, Catrin is learning what it means to be the Raven.  She's been trained as a warrior and she's always had a relationship with ravens but it's turning into some thing more...

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

When Catrin falls in love with a Roman hostage, her mother is enraged.  She accuses him of rape.  Then she gives her daughter to the care of the druid they have.  Not a good move; the druid is working with the banished son.

With war looming over them, the banished son playing political games, various hostages held by both sides, and Catrin trying to keep her love alive, there's plenty to keep you reading.

Just keep in mind that the druid and the banished son are evil...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Burning Ridge: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima

Mattie is looking forward to seeing her brother again after so many years apart.  They share bad memories and she'd rather not relive them but seeing him would be good.  She never imagined he'd be dead when she saw him next.

Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this for review (thank you).  It will be published September 21st.

When Cole and his girls go for a horseback ride in the high country, he's horrified when his dog brings them a boot with a remainder of a foot in it.  That sets off a search.  Not only do they find that victim, they find three more in other graves.

Mattie can't figure out why someone would want to murder her brother.  She better figure it out quick because she's the next on the list.  And there are more surprises yet to come.
 

Creature vs. Teacher: A Book of Rhyme By T. Fuller Illustrator Alex Eben Meyer

The creature is huge, the teacher is small.  Will they get along?

Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.

The creature is all full of action ideas, the teacher talks about what you learn in class.  Each suggestion rhymes.

This board book is colorful and fun to read.  I especially liked the ending.  Here's an easy way to teach your little one about rhyming.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

In Want of a Knife: A Little Library Mystery by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli

It starts with a dead body out on the road.  She's a young girl who has not been abused but died from asphyxiation.  While they are trying to find out where she was and what happened to her, another girl goes missing...

Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.

The missing girl is a little handicapped and she trusts everyone.This is not a good thing when evil comes to town.  The majority of the story is about the search but you get background on some of the families and their secrets as well.

The story holds your attention to the very end.  It has an unexpected ending...

Excess Baggage: One Family's Around-the-World Search for Balance by Tracey Carisch

Why not walk away from their daily life full of duty and commitments and make that trip they were talking about in their twenties?  It sounded like a good thing to him, too.  He can still work as long as he has WIFI.  So off they go with their three children.  They learn a lot while traveling...

PR by the Book and the author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.

What I found most interesting were the tales of the various places they visited and the people they met.  They got to house-sit several times which surprised me.  Total strangers and they get to stay in their house for free?

The children have to get used to traveling.  In the beginning, they are bored.  As they find children to play with, it gets better.  Soon they even begin asking questions about the tourist sites.

Ms. Carisch learns several things about herself on this trip.  She comes back a different person.

Her tale is woven with funny little stories that make you laugh.

I don't read a lot of non-fiction but this one drew me in.  I'm glad I read it.  It taught me a lot about foreign countries.  Want to go on a trip with Tracy?

Monday, August 13, 2018

In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James

They are going down to the beach to guide the new baby sea turtles to the ocean.  But none hatch.  That's not their biggest problem, though.  One of the members decides to put out the lights on a beach house with her gun and suddenly they have a dead body...

Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.

Charity doesn't think the accused woman was the killer so she starts looking for other suspects.  She also finds out that the other relatives are trying to get her chocolate shop again.

She gets shot at, someone is stealing her new chocolate dessert and she's trying to maintain a low profile, not very successfully.

This is a very busy cozy with danger at the forefront and a surprise ending.  I wonder where the series will go next.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook

The last thing she needed was her father showing up after years of absence.  Not only that, but he wants her help to get his half of the gems he helped steal in his last heist.  She says no.  But it's not that easy.

Cooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.

She loves her father but hates his thieving.  The next thing you know, the man hoarding the jewels is dead and her father is accused of murder...

With her boyfriend trying to recover the gems, her father flirting with jail, and no sign of the hidden jewels, she's got her work cut out for her.  It's a good thing she loves her job.  It's also a good thing she has a cat to help her out. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Dark Sky Island: A Jennifer Dorey Mystery by Lara Dearman

It all starts when a bunch of bones are found in a cave.  She's sent to get a story.  She gets one, but it's not the one she went for...

Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.

She decides to investigate her father's death while she's there.  She doesn't think his death was a fishing accident.  It wasn't but what it was involves the whole island and makes it a very dangerous place to snoop.  Not even the police are safe there.

Another death overshadows the bones and the investigation continues.  The island is dark and dangerous.  Will she and her friends survive?

My Nana was a Free-Range Kid by Nancy Peek Youngdahl

Her Nana was a lot like me when I was young.  I climbed trees, hung out by the creek, rode my bicycle, played in the barn and did anything I could to keep from being bored.  No one worried about me.  Life was different then.

The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

Nana climbed trees and hung from them mimicking the trapeze artists in the circus.  When she falls and knocks all the breath out of her, her brother helps her recover.

They also pretended her brother was a lion tamer and she was a lion, but the platform collapsed.

The worst thing they did was make a small fire and cook marshmallows. They thought they put the fire out, but it restarted and burnt the woods.  Never play with fire!

Nana has even more adventures you can read about.  Do you have a free range kid in your household?

Friday, August 10, 2018

Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay

Who's trying to kill Theresa?  And why?  She has no enemies.

Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.

A pile of library books in the car used for hit and run is one clue.  But they were checked out by the victim's soon to be step daughter.  Why would she want to kill her?  Then someone tries to suffocate her with a pillow.  They're serious about this. 

There are secrets from the past and the present.  Lies are being told, and they don't have much time to stop murder.  Can they do it?  Just watch...

Thursday, August 9, 2018

When Anthony Rathe Investigates by Matthew Booth

He investigates now because he's driven by guilt.  One of his cases went badly and he can't forgive himself.  So he is going try to find justice for those cases he's asked to help on.

Sparkling Books Limited and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 18th.

These are short stories of several cases, all of them sad.  Trying to prove who the real villain is can be hard and unrewarding but Rathe doesn't give up.  He's trying to balance the scale and make his life feel right again.

The stories aren't easy to figure out but Rathe does it.  I don't think I'd like I'd like him breathing down my back either.  Give it a read.  It'll make you think about life...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Cycle of Harm by M H Snowy

Jeffery is a big mellow man but when he puts the helmet on, he becomes a killing machine...

The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.

Montague is a magician and Jeffery's best friend.  He tells him when to wear the helmet, goes into battle with him, and collects a fee from the village elders for saving them.  He uses his magic to make Jeffery forget the battle.  That saves him from guilt and regret.  They travel with a group of berserkers that makes others leave them alone.

Montague also has a traveler with him that presents itself as a boy but is really a girl.  She's also a witch.  What a variety of friends.

There is a warlord who wants that helmet and his men are hunting them.  They have more than one encounter with them and they finally end up in jail.  Where do they go from here?  You'll have to read it and see.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Under a Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day

She's still lost after the death of her husband.  She decides to go on a trip he had planned before his death.  That was a mistake...

Wm Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.

She anticipates a guest house where she can put the past to bed and move on.  Instead, she finds out she's sharing it with another group and she has a separate suite.  She almost goes right back home.  She should have.  This is a deadly group...

Everybody in this group were friends in college and this is a reunion for them.  They all have secrets, nothing is like what it seems and there is a dead body the first night.  They try to blame it it on her but she doesn't even know them.

With secrets from her husband's past and a killer among them, she better come to terms with things soon or she'll end up being a victim, too...

Monday, August 6, 2018

Pachyderm: A Catherine Kint mystery by Hugh McGinlay

It begins with the death of an elephant and ends with the death of humans.  If Catherine is not careful, she could be part of the body count...

Threekookaburras and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

Catherine doesn't usually visit the zoo but it's a big event with free champagne, so why not?  Then she meets a cool zoo keeper and things are looking even better.  That is until he's found in the wild dog enclosure, almost dead.  They decide it was a suicide attempt.  She disagrees...

What she finds is that the famous personality at the zoo has Alzheimers, one of the keepers has a false alibi, and people will kill to keep their secrets.  It's a good thing she has Boris to help and he has her.  Otherwise this could have turned out quite differently.  Animals at the zoo are dangerous.  So are some of the people...

Sunday, August 5, 2018

What in the World Is Wrong with Gisbert? by Jochen Weeber

Gisbert is a giraffe.  He's excited about school, but the other students pick on him.  It makes him feel small...

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

Each nasty comment makes him shrink so he's no longer as tall as a giraffe.  His parents keep him home from school to find out what's wrong.  When he goes back, all the students have missed him.  And, pretty soon, he's as tall as he should be again.  Just talking about your problems can make them better.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Hiding in Plain Sight by Mary Ellis

She travels from place to place for her work.  With an assumed name, no permanent residence, no ties to anyone she should be safe, but her brother's enemies find her anyway...

Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.

After being shot at and her car dumped in the river, she comes clean with her employer.  Instead of firing her, he agrees with her request for random assignments and fake names.  But she's still not safe.

She solves her next two cases, falls in love, and then they find her again...

I didn't like the ending but I expect there will be another book to carry the story along.

The story is suspenseful, full of human emotion and draws you into caring about her characters.  It will keep you reading.

Be Happy to Be You by Diane Margaret Hull, Jan Dolby

This little bird just wishes he could do everything the other animals do, like run or swim.  His mother tells him to be happy with himself...

The author and Publishing Push sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

The illustrations are whimsical and fun.  They add to the story.  You feel sorry for the little bird.

Then the bird gets sick and has to stay in bed for a few days.  When he recovers, he's happy to do all the things birds do and he's happy to be himself.  Are you?

Friday, August 3, 2018

Path of the Dead by Mark Edward Langley

Their marriage has been drifting apart but they still love each other.  When a killer kidnaps his wife, he realizes how much...

Blackstone Publishing and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on August 14th.  

He's a stone-cold serial killer.  He only grabbed her because she's on TV and may be useful in his quest to exit the states.  The Feds think he's going south.  He's heading north.  And her husband is coming after him.

The whole story is filled with tension and terror.  He's a monster.  There's no escape available for her.  But her husband has friends and they are worth their weight in gold.

The end comes ten miles from the Canadian border and there is no guarantee over who will win.  You won't forget this one soon...

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne

What better way to leave the past behind than to move to the other side of the states and bury yourself in a small town?  She's working on acquiring a veterinarian business, nobody knows about her past, and she likes it that way.  Now if she could just keep her teen out of trouble and stop drooling over her neighbor, she'd have it made.

HQN and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 25th. 

Daniella is embarrassed by her past.  She hides it, is reserved and keeps telling herself she's not interested in men.  You can only lie to yourself for so long.

This is a sweet romance where a woman learns a lesson from a young child in time to save herself from another bad decision.  You are not responsible for other's bad actions...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Talon, Come Fly with Me by Gigi Sedlmayer

She is living in the Andes with her parents and little brother.  The Indians there think she has something wrong with her because she's very small for her age.  They don't want to be friends with her.  So she makes friends with the condors in the wild.  They understand her.

The author shared a copy of her book with me in exchange for a review.  This was a very good read and it has been published.

When she sees poachers trying to steal the condor's egg again, she asks her dad for help.  The male condor stops them from taking it and she and her father retrieve it and take it home to keep it safe.

Can you imagine raising a baby condor?  They grow fast, eat a lot, and trying to teach him to fly is a challenge.

You learn about accepting a handicap, condors, and Indian culture in this story.  You find yourself rooting for Talon.  And you know his story isn't done yet...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux

She's leaving home and moving to new town.  She needs a fresh start and wants to live her own life.  She didn't imagine her first task would be to solve an old murder case.

Mira and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 18th.

Her aunt has offered her a room where she has privacy and her own space.  She also has another tenant but neither her aunt or Jack are anything like her mother told her to expect.  She already has job lined up and is ready to go to work but then a tree falls on a property Jack owns.  When they get there, they find there are two bodies under the tree...

This small Florida town has those with money and those without.  Never will the two mix.  The past is filled with good and bad behavior.  As the team of three begin asking questions and tracking people down, more people are showing up dead.  The sheriff asks them to stop. Then he demands it.  But they are so close.

Some secrets just won't stay buried...

Monday, July 30, 2018

Santa Fe Mojo: A Vincent Malone Novel by Ted Clifton

Vincent lost his wife, his practice, and all of his respect due to a drinking problem.  He's not drinking anymore, but he's looking for a cheaper place to live so he decides to move to New Mexico.  Before he reaches his destination, he sees an ad for van driver for a new hotel.  He applies and gets the position.

Purple Sage Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab it now.

The new inn's first guests are meeting on finances.  When the money man tells them all their money is missing, all hell breaks out.  No one is happy and some even give him death threats.  When he's found dead the next day, the most vocal of the group gets picked up by the police.  They have him on camera fighting over a baseball bat with the man.  However, he was shot and it's Doug's gun that did the deed but there are no prints on the gun.

Vincent finds himself helping the defense attorney and making enemies of the local police.  He doesn't think Doug did it, so he's checking the others out.

The killer amazed me.  I liked Vincent as a character.  I'll be watching for another in this series.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Hair of the Dog by Carlene O’Neil

First her cousin has a problem with drugs being stolen from the veterinarians clinic and then she is caught holding a knife that killed her partner, Brian.  She said she removed it by reflex trying to help him.  It's a good thing she just arrived with her cousin so there wasn't time for her to do it.  But try telling the cop that...

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

Brian had no enemies.  The more evidence Penny gathers, the more confusing it gets it.  Everyone has secrets.  None are worth dying over.  She has to find out why he died to save her cousin.  Can she do it?  Will  she have any friends left after the investigation?

A Sea of Love by Wilfrid Lupano, Gregory Panaccione

Here's a graphic novel with no words.  The illustrations tell the story so have no worries...

Lion Forge and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published July 31st.

He's a fisherman who goes out each day after his catch.  He and his wife live a simple life and they are content with each other.

Except one day he goes out and doesn't come back.  She prays, she waits for a sign and finally she visits a fortune teller.  As she follows the path the fortune teller set her on, her husband is trying to get disconnected from the big boat that ran into him.  Then he runs out of gas.  She continues to search for him, he keeps trying to get home.

All hope is not lost.  They eventually reunite at home.  But, boy, do they have adventures to talk about!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Tempted by Love by Jennifer Ryan

She's going to her two brother's weddings, so how did she end up in bed with their best friend?

Avon and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 21st.

They are both very attracted to each other but she knows her brothers won't approve.  So does he.  They attempt to go their separate ways.  Good luck with that.

He's a DEA agent and in danger all the time.  So are her brothers so she's familiar with that.  She's a pharmacist and should be safe, but she's not.  With people trying to kill them both, who's safe where?

In between hospital visits, hunting for killers, and life in general, there's some wild sex.

It gets pretty tense and danger is everywhere.  They better hold on tight to each other!

Little Tails Under the Sea by Frederic Brremaud, Federico Bertolucci

This is a beautiful graphic display of the animals beneath the sea. 

Lion Forge and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.

The puppy and squirrel take a submarine in exploration beneath the sea and see all kinds of wonders.  I learned about some new animals reading this and I bet you will, too.  The graphics are lovely.  

Check it out, I bet you end up buying a copy.  This is a lovely series.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Timmy on the Toilet by Peta Lemon, Maria Dasic Todoric

Timmy is on his way to school when he hears the sound of someone in distress.  It's a fairy caught in spider web on a flower.  He frees her and she grants him one wish...

The author sent me a ebook of this story to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.

You know how you have the best intentions but somehow they just don't work out?  That's Timmy's problem.

He's sitting on the toilet when he has this swell idea and says he wants to fly like the birds do.  He does fly, only he's still on the toilet...

This is a silly story that should charm the little ones and make them imagine they are flying, too.  It made me smile.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Gift of Dark Hollow by Kieran Larwood, David Wyatt

Podkin is an old rabbit approaching death but his little brother, the bard, remembers his tales from the past.

Clarion Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.

I always enjoy reading stories with animal characters.  This series is has lots of info about rabbit's instincts and character as well as an exciting adventure that goes against nature.

The Gorm are an ugly enemy that even scared me, so don't let real young ones read this yet.  And don't read it at bedtime...

They are on a quest to get the powerful talisman artifacts to protect themselves against the Gorm.  The Gorm want them so they can take over the earth.  There are more Gorm than rabbits. Who will win?

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Relic by Alan Dean Foster

What if you were the last of your species?  The last human alive?

Del Ray and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 14th.

Some friendly aliens picked him up and have been caring for him and studying him.  He doesn't mind, it's nice to have company even if they look funny.

As he ages, he he knows he's the last of his kind and it grieves him.  The virus killed the other humans.  Then they find a young female!

Mr. Foster has a marvelous imagination.  His stories always intrigue me.  This one is no exception.  The girl is a firecracker, afraid of nothing except predators.  She comes with him and adjusts to life in a new world.

Then a long time search finally finds earth.  What will they find when they visit there?  Read it and find out...

Kat's Law by Samantha St. Claire

Kat went away to school to become a doctor and now is home and helping her father.  But everything is not good at home.

The author and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 26th.

The more she learns about the outlying ranches, the more upset she gets.  Innocent people are dying because they are in the way. When she goes out to brace the killers, she takes her ex-Ranger with her and it's a good thing.

This was a good western tale with a slowly growing romance.  I really enjoyed the read.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

To Catch a Witch: A Wishcraft Mystery by Heather Blake

Everybody loved Abby so how did she end up dead?

Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.

With a mix of mortals, good witches and a few bad witches, this town has a lot of different people to talk to and about.  There are weddings coming up, rumors of a pending elopement, and more and trying to figure out who's telling the truth and who isn't is difficult.

I was amazed by the identity of the killer.  With all the suspects, that person wasn't even on my list.  I like stories that do that to me.  Give it a read and see if you figure it out.  Bet you don't! 

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Butterfly Conspiracy: A Merriweather and Royston Mystery by Vivian Conroy

She and her uncle are doing a presentation and she's brought her latest accomplishment:  A huge butterfly that is gorgeous and she brought to maturity at home.  The only problem is that the disbelievers make her open the container she had it in, it lands on the lady in the group, and she dies.  They accuse her uncle of murder...

Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.

She knows the butterfly wasn't poisonous.  The woman hadn't eaten or drank anything before she came or while she was there.  How could she have been poisoned?

I like this team of sleuths, they complement each other well.  They also work hard on the case.  

It's an odd little mystery but they solve it.  I hope to see more of this team in another novel.