Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Inventors at No. 8 by A. M. Morgen

Just how far would you ride on a mechanical bird that can really fly?  George is still trying to decide that...

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 8th.

This story is great fun.  The girl across the street is a great inventor, has lots of imagination and tells good tales.  She says she's telling the truth but not everything is the true.  When a man tries to rob George of his last asset in life, a map from his grandfather, her mechanical raven saves him.  The raven also takes the map and that's how he meets Ada.  He likes her but he's not sure he trusts her.  And then there are her companions.  She has a small boy named Oscar who has been separated from his father and an orangutan.  They are strange and act that way.

He just wants to stay home in his house because he feels like he owns bad luck.  Everyone in his life has died except his servant and he's afraid to venture out.  Ada doesn't care.  She need his map and his help to find her own father and the Star of Victory that George's grandfather had hidden.

They travel to foreign lands, run into police and pirates and still can't find the star.  This is a great adventure with lots of antics that make you laugh (a police man who sniffs out his prey), a jail that blows up, a pirate looking for a lost son, and more.  It's a great adventure and really fun to read.  The best part is that Ada is thinking about another adventure even if George is still trying to get over the last one...

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Otter of Death by Betty Webb

Teddy is counting otters and checking for any dead ones along the coast line.  When she sees her favorite, she sees that the tool she's using to open shells is a cell phone.  She lures her close, grabs the phone, and then the search changes.  She calls the cops and now it's a search for a dead man...

Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.

The man who was killed was married to a young woman with money.  It didn't make him stay true to her but she didn't mind.  She only married him because her father wanted her to.  He's been in trouble as a teacher for harassing and sleeping with his students.  Could this had been what killed him?  Or was it trouble with the oil drills in the ocean?  There's a lot of money tied up there and the profits are worth millions to billions.

Teddy gets introduced to the rich and snotty people of her town as well as dealing the zoo problems and the management there.  No one is making any breakthroughs on the case.  And her boyfriend, who is the sheriff, is afraid she's going to get hurt.  He's right.  The deeper she digs, the more dangerous it gets.  She almost gets shot.  But she doesn't stop...

I love zoos and the stories of the animals there made me smile.  Teddy is a good person and a good friend but I'm afraid I agree with Joe:  She takes too many chances.  He better marry her and settle her down soon.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bats in the Belfry by E.C.R Lorac, Martin Edwards

Inspector Macdonald starts with a missing person's case which quickly turns into murder...

Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.

As he checks into the case, it becomes more disturbing.  They are a married couple but they each have lovers.  She has the money since his book sales have dried up and he doesn't want a divorce.  They live in the same house but don't sleep in the same bed.  Did he skip town?  Did he run away with his lover; that's doubtful because he'd lose the money he freely spends.  So where did he go?

Then there's the man that he's been having trouble with.  His wife has hired that man to prove her husband has a lover so she can divorce him.  They can't find him either.  

They interview the man who was the missing man's friend and the man that wants to marry the young woman who was under guardianship by the missing man.  There are plenty of reasons someone might want to kill someone and many of them are in this equation but they haven't found the missing man.  When they do find a body, its missing it's head and hands and anything that would identify it.  Is it him or the man that was threatening him?

This is a complex mystery that read well and was satisfying to follow.  I really liked the ironic ending.  It was all for naught.  Serves them right... 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bob by Wendy Mass; Rebecca Stead

Livy is visiting her grandmother in Australia again.  It's been five year since she's last been there and she really doesn't remember anything about it.  She tries to remember but nothing seems familiar.  That is until she opens her closet...

Feiwel & Friends and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 1st.

I'd seen a lot of publicity on this book and checked to see if it was available for review.  It was not.  I finally saw it available and grabbed it.  I'm glad I did.  This was a wonderfully fun tale to read.

Livy has forgotten Bob.  In fact, if she doesn't carry a chipped chess piece around with her and touch it, she can forget him after she's closed the closet door.  While she's adjusting to being around him again, she finds out he's invisible to other people.  That's a handy talent.  During her last visit she made him a chicken suit out of some of her old pajamas and she only remembered the weird chicken.

Bob isn't a chicken.  He thinks he might be a zombie but she says no.  It's not until you get to the end of the story that you find out what Bob is and it's amazing.

I really enjoyed Bob and Livy's antics, and how they found the missing boy, Danny, down in a well.

This is a sweet story that ends great.  If you like fantasy, you need to read this book.  It's special.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Elizas by Sara Shepard

She remembers having a brain tumor removed and knows she's had some problems with recovery but she thought she was doing fine.  Then she starts seeing things that aren't there and situations and places make her feel deja vu.  Some things are familiar but they should not be.  What's happening?  Is her brain giving up on her?

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

Eliza has written a book about two characters that is going to be published.  Her mother doesn't want it published.  Eliza thinks it's because she can relate to the character of the mother in the book and the daughter was disappointed with her mother.  But that's not the only reason.

Sometimes parents try too hard to protect their children.  While she was going through psychiatric care, they took her to specialist that used experimental techniques.  He tried to suppress her memories but they won't stay hidden.

When she's found in a pool, she knows they think she was trying to commit suicide again.  She'd done it before.  But this time she swears she was pushed.  No one believes her.  Her life is getting out of control and she can't stand it.

Eventually the truth comes out but it doesn't give her freedom.  It means she has more healing to do.

The part that really makes me shudder is having someone play with your brain.  Leave mine alone; it can get into trouble enough on its own! 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Magick Run Amok by Sharon Pape

Kailyn's magic shop is doing well.  She uses herbs and other natural ingredients to make her potions with just a touch of magic to make them work better.  She's dating Travis.  And she and her aunt are trying to keep Merlin from creating too much magic and disturbing the town residents.  She's got her job cut out for her.  Then a journalist gets killed and Travis is sure it was not an accident...

Lyrical Underground and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.

I love this series.  Merlin is always getting out-of-hand.  The magic she and her aunt can do doesn't always work.  And her other aunt and mother, who are deceased, return as ghosts.  I like the fantasy touches; it makes it a fun cozy to read.

In this story is turns out the dead journalist was Travis' adopted brother.  That makes it much more personal.  They find his journal that shows them the story he was working on but it doesn't make sense to them.  When they discover what it does mean, it gets very dangerous.  There are court cases, attorneys involved and death around the corner.

When Kailyn gets threatened, her cat familiars save her.  But she's not out of danger yet...

This was an enjoyable read and I'd love to read more about these characters.  They make me laugh, even with the danger.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan

It starts with a woman hanging from a rafter in her home. But she's not the only victim...

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

This is the first book in a new series and I'm anxious to read more about Frankie.  She's been hurt on the job and she won't give up when she's told to.  She will chase down the killer even if she dies doing it.  I admire her tenacity.  

They're hoping it was suicide but there's no note and nothing for her to have stood on to have done it by herself.  The autopsy finds more injuries from the past.  Frankie doesn't know what that means at first but as she researches the case, she finds out.

The woman's husband is missing.  Another girl dies.  They suspect the husband until his dead body shows up.  Just who is playing the game of death?

They find they used the dark web and a site called Black Widow to connect.  They also went to BDSM clubs.  This is a different world with activities most people don't embrace.  Those that do have no intent to give them up.  But when it goes deadly, how do you figure out who did what?

With Frankie hitting dark spots in the investigation, having nightmares about her attack and finding the wrong man was arrested for that case, life is not going well for her.  And now the killer is waiting for her...

This story is tense, action packed and high voltage all the way through.  I couldn't put it down once I started it.  You want to find the killer and stop him just like Frankie does.  Don't start this right before bed.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Woman Who Married a Bear by John Straley

He's a private investigator who drinks too much.  His client is an old Indian woman who wants to know why her son was killed.  They have a man in jail for doing it but he's a bit insane and doesn't know exactly what happened.  The old woman thinks there is more to the story.  She's willing to pay, it gives him more drinking money, he agrees to look into it.  It's a cold case now but you never know what you might find...

Soho Crime and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.

This is not an uplifting tale but it is a good mystery.  It's set in Alaska.  The man was shot at his cabin and killed and then drug into the woods where bears ate most of him.  Cecil begins talking to the people who lived in the area, his family, and anyone he thinks might have an insight into the situation.  He even visits the jailed man.

The more questions he asks, the more people get upset.  He's walking pretty close to death but he's still looking for answers.  He finds what he wanted to know but it doesn't make him happy.  The old woman is satisfied because she suspected what he would find but she's not happy either.  Sometimes one can love too much...

Friday, April 13, 2018

Greatest Magical Stories by Michael Morpurgo

This is a lovely collection of fairy tales from foreign countries.  They are just a bit different from our traditional tales and fun to read.  I still enjoy fairy tales so I had to read this one.

Barron's Educational Series and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.

Anyone who likes fairy tales will enjoy this read.  My favorite was about the princess and the frog.  She doesn't have to kiss him, she has to do something else.

The illustrations of Rumpelstiltskin make it worth buying the book for them.  He looks just like you think he would.

This is a new look at old tales with nice little twists to the stories.  Try it, you'll like it. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Hole in One by Judy Penz Sheluk

They're hoping to promote their antique shop by sponsoring a hole in one golf tournament.  It's to benefit kids.  Arabella is even going to play although she's not the best golfer.  It gets worse when she goes after a ball she's hit in the bushes and finds a dead body...

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

Arabella is in between men at the moment.  She divorced her husband and her former cop boyfriend gave up on her because she still loves him.  Her partner has a new love interest but she doesn't have the best taste in men.  When Arabella's ex is accused of the murder, she decides to investigate herself.  It doesn't matter if her old boyfriend tells her to stay out of it...

Everyone in this story was very authentic.  They had the foibles and failures that normal people do and they made mistakes along the way.  For me, it made the story seem more real.  Arabella has been sleeping with her ex despite his new girlfriend.  She knows she shouldn't but she can't help herself.  I hope in the future she realizes what everyone else knows:  She still loves him.

There's a secret cult in town, an antique dealer who is dying, there's another murder, and several people are jailed and then released.  I'm glad Arabella kept digging because the police didn't seem to be.

The ending holds a lot of surprises.  It was a good cozy mystery with a lot going on.  I'd read another in this series.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Murder on Union Square by Victoria Thompson

Sarah and Frank want to adopt the little girl they are raising.  When her guardian dies, they go to visit the attorney to make it official.  But there's a small problem.  The lady who had her was married to another man when she got impregnated by a lover and the child is now his responsibility.  They have to get him to sign off his parental rights.  He doesn't seem to object but, unfortunately, he doesn't live long enough to sign...

Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.

When Frank discovers him dead in his dressing room, the woman who finds him there screams and accuses him of murder.  He goes to jail denying the charge and Sarah finds a lawyer to bail him out.  Then they begin their own hunt for the murderer.

He was killed at the theater and there's plenty of gossip and affairs going on.  Not only that but they have not joined the Syndicate (a union of actors who are guaranteed work).  The lead lady likes to choose her own roles, her own leading men, and sleeping with the leading man before going on the stage.  Her husband finds her the venues but she's aging, their plays aren't as popular nowadays and things are not going well.  A murder will bring them notoriety but whether that will be good or bad is another worry.

Frank and Sarah find out there are any number of reasons the lead man and the parent of the child they want to adopt might have been killed.  He's sleeping with the lead lady and she's married.  He has a girlfriend who says they are getting married.  There's another man in love with the girlfriend.  Nobody is telling the whole truth.

This was a very interesting case and I liked reading about Frank and Sarah.  They're a lovely couple and they make a good team.  They find the killer. Can you? 

The Lido by Libby Page

She's 86 years old and she swims in the lido (swimming pool) daily.  She's still in the apartment she and her husband lived in and she can see the pool from there.  It's an important part of her life.  And now they want to close it and sell the land to a new developer...

LoveReading and Simon & Schuster sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published July 10th.

This story brought back memories for me.  I was a finance director in the past and if you mentioned closing the pool because it never made any money, you could fill the council chambers with folks who spoke against it.  I also took care of my grandmother in the summer so I could relate to Rosemary.  Rosemary has memories, too.

The councilors aren't listening, the newspaper editor tells the young reporter to stop doing stories about the potential closure and the people affected, and everyone is getting depressed and feeling hopeless.  But they aren't giving up.  You have protests, they occupy the pool, and Ahmed comes up with a good idea.  With everyone working together, they manage to stop the company from acquiring it.

Some of the characters disappointed me by their actions but they redeemed themselves before the story was over.  This was like a trip back in the past for me and I enjoyed reading about the young journalist and the older lady.  They make a good team!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic

You never really know all about the person you live with.  Everyone has some secrets.  But in some instances, what you don't know might kill you...

Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.

The author has his characters each take turns writing a chapter so you get the story from two points of view.  At first, it didn't provide the continuity I would like but as the story went on, it got better.

This is about fathers who abuse their children.  Some is mental abuse, some is physical abuse but it's the type of hurt that can permanently alter a child.    Syd has been broken and is trying to heal.  She trusts and loves Jack.  Jack loves her.  But will that be enough?

The story is filled with tension and psychological trauma.  It moves right along and makes you wonder what's coming next.

I hate this subject matter.  There's a lot of pain in the world but I just cannot imagine a father who enjoys controlling and hurting his own child.  It's out there and we get an insight into how these girls were effected and how Syd finally overcame her problems.  It's twisted tale and it's not the best solution but it does the job.  And Jack and Syd have no secrets between them...

Monday, April 9, 2018

See Also Proof by Larry D. Sweazy

Marjorie is still feeling grief over her husband's death.  She's trying to recover but it's a slow process.  She needs something to distract her.  She gets it.

Seventh Street Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.

I've been reading Mr. Sweazy's work for years now and he's never disappointed me.  He's written good westerns and now he's writing good mysteries.

When a young woman who is mongoloid goes missing from her bedroom, everyone is willing to help hunt for her.  She didn't take her coat or gloves and it's snowing outside.  If she's not found soon, it will be too late.  While there are a lot of searchers, they can't locate her.  What Marjorie and the sheriff find is a car with a dead man in it.  They know him and it hits close to home.  How to share her friend's grief is almost beyond Marjorie's talent but she tries to make the widow feel a bit better even if she can't seem to do it herself.

This is a bit of a twisted tale set in the 1960's when sanitarium's were not as regulated as they are now.  Old secrets come back to roost and the final confrontation is deadly.  You never know what you will do until you're in that situation.  Marjorie chose to fight rather than to flee.  I'm like that, too.  The good news is that the killer didn't get away with it.  The bad news is now Marjorie has something else to deal with.  It's a good thing she's a strong woman.

Cove by Cynan Jones

He's gone to the cove to spread his father's ashes.  There are people there swimming and playing so he decides to do a little fishing and wait for them to go.  The weather picks up and he's suddenly struck by lightning...

Catapult send me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.

This read is very stark and unforgiving.  It's scary because it could so easily happen.  He's in a kayak and when he wakes up, his arms won't work, he doesn't know where he is or who he is or why he's there.  Could anything be more scary?

As he tries to find his memories, he uses his practical knowledge to stay alive.  There's pain and risk and a lack of drinkable water but he's surviving.  For how long, though?

This tale is suspenseful and makes you think.  What would you do if you found yourself in a similar situation?  Some people get struck by lightning and survive.  Some don't.  If you're out on the sea without paddle what do you do?

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Edgar Allan Poe and the Jewel of Peru by Karen Lee Street

When Edgar is asked to investigate a man's death, he tries to say no.  His wife is sorry for the woman left behind and she asks him to take it on.  He agrees but he already has an old enemy in town and he sends for Dupin to help him.  This is a very interesting case.

Pegasus Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.

It's a bit unnerving when Edgar discovers the man who has tried to kill in the past is in town.  The man's wife indicates that the two men should set aside their differences and says her husband has promised not to kill him but it doesn't make him feel any better.

The basis of this story is ornithology.  The woman looking into her loved one's death is a taxidermist and she specializes in hummingbirds.  Her father collected the birds from all over the world and she made them live again with her work.  The young man was following her father's work and it was on his return trip that he stopped in this city and died by the docks.  Someone wanted what he had found...

It's a complex detailed read written much in the manner of Poe's work.  There are secrets, greed, unnecessary deaths and more.  It was fascinating in it's own way and kept me reading.  It's almost like having a visit with Poe.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Evangeline of the Bayou by Jan Eldredge, Joseph Kuefler

Evangeline's grandmother is a swamp witch.  She's teaching her how to make potions for healing and how to get rid of haunts.  Evangeline thinks she's learned a lot but it's not enough for the trouble that is coming...

Blazer + Bray and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.

This is an exciting story that starts out with a grim following her (a big black dog that carries people away in death) while she attempts to deal with a banshee.  Louisiana has a lot of ghosts left behind that are not at peace yet.  While she's trying to escape, the monster under the bed almost gets her.  It's a good thing she had her knife and some potions or she wouldn't have made it.  She doesn't manage to end them but she does get them out of the house they were haunting so it was almost a success.  Then her grandmother tells her they are going on trip to take on a job that is dangerous.  That was almost an understatement.

With werewolves, a deathly sick woman, and grandma and granddaughter, the action grows fierce and malevolent.  The story was fascinating and I liked it a lot.  I hope we get to read more about Evangeline.  She's tough.  This was an excellent fantasy story for young adults. 

Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child, Jonathan Thunder, Gordon Jourdain

I grew up around the Chehalis Indians in Washington and I'm even related to the Yakima Indians.  My grandfather's brother married an Indian.  That's what made me want to read this story.

Minnesota Historical Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.

What makes it even more unique is that the story is accompanied by a companion retelling in Ojibwe by Gordon Jourdain.  I couldn't read it but it's there for those who can or would like to learn.  Jonathan Thunder's illustrations are gorgeous.  With the words and the illustrations you really feel like you're attending the powwow.

One of the fun traditions of this tribe is that they pretend they are dogs in one dance.  Windy Girl takes her dog, Itchy Boy, to the dance and they watch all the activity.  When she falls asleep, she dreams they are all dogs.  I had an active imagination as a child, too.

Here's a piece of history presented in an unusual form and I like it a lot.  Why not share some Indian tales with your child?

Friday, April 6, 2018

Freya and the Magic Jewel by Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Freya and her brother have been invited to attend King Odin's school.  It's an honor but it's one she didn't want.  She likes her school, her world, and how life is going at home.  Her brother tries to get her enthused but it's not going over well.  She knows she has to go, though.  And her jewel tells her that adventure awaits her...

Aladdin Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.

As they make the trip to the castle, they meet other children going there.  Some are nice, some are not.  And when everyone makes a rush to get there first, she gets knocked down and her jewel falls off the bridge and the dwarves grab it and hide.  She'll have to come back for it later.

The story is well paced, the children from the other worlds all are very different and some are quite difficult.  Freya is looking for her nanny who is missing, her jewel the dwarves took and half the time for her brother, who is adapting well to the new environment and is making new friends.  She's in a dorm room with other students and they get along fairly well.  I especially liked how they decided on a name for themselves as a group.

This was a very enjoyable tale with some Norse mythology mixed in.  It's great for middle grade students.

Vernon the Vegetarian Lion by John Hughson

Vernon is a lion cub who is tired of eating meat.  His parents can't understand why, but Vernon takes off to find his own food...

Publishing Push and 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.

The little cub is not the sharpest crayon in the box.  He begins by trying to eat the seeds a mouse does, but he can't even pick up the seeds!  Then he tries to sink the water with a hippo and eat the greens at the bottom but he runs out of breath.  Even when the giraffe tries to share his treetop leaves, it doesn't work.

He goes home defeated.  But his parents tell him learning from other animals is important.  Even better, Mom gives him some veggies.  Everyone has his/her own style, Vernon has found his.  Have you found yours yet?

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers, Diana Toledano

Polly finds a special journal and begins to write in it.  She loves to make lists and learn interesting words.  Imagine how she feels when her journal writes back to her!

Chronicle Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.

This is a sweet little story about a young girl who has wishes and is in her ultimate when she finds out that she can make them come true with this journal.  She wishes to be invisible and it works.  And when her little sister is a pain, she turns her into a banana.  But when the babysitter tries to eat the banana, things begin to get out of hand.

I've heard it said:  Be careful what you wish for because it might come true.  Polly starts to figure that out as she saves her sister.  She tries another wish but it doesn't work any better.  Polly learns that sometimes what you have isn't so bad...

This is a very enjoyable story with lovely illustrations.  It made me smile.  Why not share it with a little one you love?

Poco and Moco Are Twins by Jun Ichihara

Do you have twins in your family?  If so, you'll want to share this cute little book with them.  It's precious.

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

Poco and Moco are sheep.  They are also both alike and both different.  Poco is messy, Moco is neat.  Poco is fat and Moco is thin.  But they find that if they work together they can accomplish more and have better achievements.  That's called team work.

My favorite illustration is from the bathroom.  That sounds gross but that's where you learn they are fraternal twins.  Poco is male (the illustration will make you smile) and Moco is a female.

As much as they are different, they also very alike and they're cute and loveable.  Probably just like your twins...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A Fairy's Courage by E. J. Clarke

Rowan is trying to rescue her mother.  Her mother was sad and hid under a tree and its leaves to cry.  When she did so, she became a fairy.  Rowan had already tried to help and got turned into a fairy herself but she managed to become human again.  Now she's trying to explain this story to her father.  He loves her very much but this is beyond his belief.  She makes up her mind to go back again even if he's not coming...

Aladdin and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 15th.

This tale is written for middle grades and it has plenty of magic in this fantasy.  Rowan can even change from a fairy into an animal.  The bad fairy that has kidnapped her mother has a foxes as his guard.  Each fairy realm uses a different animal to help them.  But the foxes are taking all the leaves off the trees so the fairy portals won't work.  Someone needs to do something quick.  Rowan volunteers.

The problem is the bad fairy wants Rowan.  That's why he's holding her mother hostage.  Rowan became human again and he wants to know her secret.  She doesn't know how it happened herself, so that's a bit hard to fulfill.  But she intends to get her mother back.

There's lots of action and adventure, the fairies she's traveling with each pick a zoo animal to help them in the fight against the bad fairy.  My favorite is the tiger.  It's a good thing fairies and animals get along.  

The ending is dramatic and exciting.  The bad fairy gets away though, so the story might not be over yet.  This was a very good read and I enjoyed it.  If you like fantasy, you'll like this story.

The Murder Pit (A Moose River Mystery #1) by Jeff Shelby

Daisy has started a new life with a new husband, a mix of his and hers kids, and her dream house.  It's true the house needs a lot of work but it has good bones.  Right now, it also has a frozen pipe and they are trying to thaw it.  Daisy finds a small door and forces it open.  The first thing she sees is tennis shoes.  Unfortunately, they have feet in them...

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

The worst part is that Daisy knows the dead man.  She went on one date with him.  Moose River is a small community and all of a sudden they all think she killed him.  It doesn't matter that she has no motive.  After all, he was found in her house wasn't he?

She's confronted by his ex-wife, who lies, and by his sister, who thinks she's a killer.  The police aren't finding the killer fast enough.  She's got to find whoever it was to clear her name.  But nobody saw anything...

The more questions she asks, the foggier the situation gets.  Nobody tells her the whole truth.  The dynamics between the personalities is volatile, and someone is willing to stop her.  Her husband tries to make her stop.  She doesn't listen.  She's close, she knows it.  She's so close she almost ends up dead...

I didn't see the killer coming.  I enjoyed the characters he's created and how the family gets along. This is the beginning of a good cozy mystery series and I enjoyed it.  Why don't you give it a try? 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Outcast: Keepers of the Stone Book One (An Historical Epic Fantasy Adventure) by Andrew Anzur Clement

Malka has been taught to be a killer.  The only reason she survived the caravan attack was because she was a child with blue eyes.  The chief of the tribe takes her in and trains her.  Then he gives her an almost impossible mission...

Mr. Clement shared a copy of his book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

Malka has enemies.  Another tribe wants the jewel she's transporting and they are as dangerous as she is.  The only thing helping her is that she has a cat that can shapeshift into a woman.  The feline woman is even more dangerous but she's mostly on her side.  She gets quite frustrated with Malka because she doesn't take the most obvious route and she manages to pick up a young male human who, while he's helpful, manages to get away and take the money they stole at the same time.

There's a lot going on.  This is the first book of the series but it felt a bit like I was missing some of the history of this story.  There's a side story about Stas, who has had his own adventure with Malka.  He's a mess at the end of the story because his best friend who understood him had died.  I don't think that's the end of Nell though.  I think she'll be back in another book.

There's time travel, invisibility, extraordinary fighting talents on all sides, and plenty of action.  Malka still has the jewel but the others that want it haven't given up their fight.  I wish her luck!

The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America by Jaime Hernandez, F. Isabel Campoy

I liked the flavor of these Latin American tales.  The characters are colorful, the women are strong, and there's a bit of magic thrown in, too.  It's bad enough one married a mouse, one is even brave enough to kill a seven-headed dragon!

TOON Graphics and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.

I really liked the bright graphics and how the stories turned out.  They could have been tragic but they are not.  Each story was well worth a read and are suitable for young ones.  There is a pleasant rhythm to the words and some words are repeated with a bit more added to the story on each page.

This one is a little treasure that would be a nice addition to child's graphic novel collection.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Blood Orbit by K R Richardson

Eric is a rookie cop on a strange planet.  He left his family behind because they thought a police career was useless.  He's still learning about the people and the planet he's on when he comes upon a mass murder that's very disturbing.  They assign him to work with the controversial Chief Investigating Forensic Officer, Inspector J. P. Dillal, the planet's first cybernetically enhanced investigator. They couldn't be more unalike.  Then they find that their basic core values are the same.  But this murder is almost more than can be solved.  It was after hours and there were no witnesses...

Pyr sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.

As the two men adjust to each other and begin looking at the crime, a friendship gradually builds.  What they find, though, is very dangerous.  The corporation that owns the planet likes to pull strings to make things work the way they want.  Eric's previous cop partner was on the take.  There are political activists, race wars and more going on in the background.  And this crime blurs it all together.

This is the first novel of a series and it reveals a huge conspiracy.  People from all levels are involved.  More people die as the story goes on.  And while it's a tough case, they do solve it.  I expect the future books will be about them trying to avoid death because they've gone against the system.  Even worse, Eric's family has begun to think he might be useful.  That thought just makes me shudder.

Visit another world, meet all kinds of new types, and watch old fashioned police work merged with cyber police work do its job.  This is a fascinating look at a new world order I wouldn't want to face...

Death on Canvas by Mary Ann Cherry

She's an artist who loves to paint.  At the moment she's staying at her father's house while he's on his honeymoon.  It's in Montana, so she has some lovely landscapes she can paint.  The only thing out of place was a flash of turquoise next to the haystack.  When she checks it out, she finds a young woman that dies before the ambulance turns up.  Who was she and why did someone kill her?

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

When Jessie founds out the young woman was coming to see her, she's confounded.  She doesn't know her.  But what she finds is the woman has traced the the history of some valuable paintings to her family.  Where they would be hidden, no one knows.  Especially not Jessie.  But she better start looking for them or she might find herself dead...

With a love from her past being the acting Sheriff she also has to deal with her emotions.  Then an FBI agent shows up who investigates art theft and she finds herself drawn to him.

This is a well thought out tale with plenty of mystery.  The potential romances just make it more interesting.  I enjoyed this author's writing style and would read another in this series.  Jessie's love life has not been settled yet and I'm interested in seeing how it's all going to work out.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Enigma (FBI Thriller #21) by Catherine Coulter

First she's held captive in her own home by a mad man, then her water bursts and her baby coming is coming.  The mad man said he was trying to protect her.  She has no idea what he's talking about but when her baby is stolen from the hospital she thinks he was telling the truth!

Gallery 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.  You can also enter the giveaway listed at the end of the blog to get a copy.

A murderer has been broken out of jail, so the FBI is in the area.  They are travelling cross country following the couple he's with.  Liam is not a kind man.  Even the ones rescuing him don't like him.

The FBI also gets involved in the baby case because an agent had saved the mother from death.

Everyone is dangerous and more than one person is dealing death.  You have an experimental scientist, Russians, and more involved.  For every one person they save, another dies.  As the FBI follows the trail, they find a woman that doesn't exist, a banking scheme, blackmail and more.  

Nothing Catherine Colter writes is simple; there are mysteries within mysteries.  Her endings also always make you wonder just how everything is going to turn out.  Will you see those characters again?  How did they get away?

This fast paced story with more facets than a diamond ring has.  Almost everything is tied together even if tenuous.  To live in this world, you'd have to be happy to live on adrenaline!

Gallery Books will send two books out to readers who enter my giveaway.  US only, please.  Please email your name and address to to enter.  I will pick a winner in a week.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Fed-up Cow by Peta Lemon (Goodreads Author), Maria Todoric (Illustrator)

This is a very charming children's picture book.  The author was inspired by a bored looking cow in a field.  The story it inspired is cute and funny and makes a great read for young ones.

The author shared a copy of the book with me for review (thank you).  You can purchase a copy now.

Hilda is bored.  There's nothing to do but chew her cud and wait for another day to go by.  As she watches the other farm animals, she's sure that they are having a better time.  Look at all the sheep.  They even get shorn each year and that's exciting.  Suddenly she's got a great idea.  She'll disguise herself as a sheep.

Even wearing a big white wig doesn't change who she is.  So she decides to be a pig next.  Painting herself pink, she joins them.  It doesn't work out well.  Next she sticks on some chicken feathers but it's cramped in the cage.  Then she comes up with the best idea yet...

It's like a lesson in life.  You are what you are but you can't change it.  You can become better at it, though, and that's what Hilda found out.

The illustrations are whimsical and will make you smile.  Why not sure this with your little ones and make them laugh?