Thursday, March 22, 2018

Twenty-One Days: A Daniel Pitt Novel by Anne Perry

Daniel is a relatively new attorney and he's trying to save a man from hanging.  He's making an impassioned plea when someone tries to interrupt him.  His boss has sent him a message to leave the case he's on and go to another.  He refuses and finishes his plea.  Then he waits to see what the jury decides.  They find his man not guilty.  Then he runs on to the next case.  He's not so lucky there.

Ballantine Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.

This client also says he's not guilty but Daniel isn't so sure that's true.  The man's wife has been killed and he shows no sorrow over it.  He's working with another lawyer who is experienced and has won many cases.  Still, the jury finds the client guilty.  The head of the firm tells the more experienced lawyer to see if there were any mistakes in the proceedings; he tells Daniel to investigate the case.  If he's not guilty, someone else must be.  They have twenty-one days to do it.

What Daniel finds make him question his father, his personal beliefs, and he has to find his moral compass.  There are accusations made in a book the jailed man wrote that are very dangerous.  There is more background about the man that makes him even more vile.  But Daniel meets a woman who can do pathology and she gives him some important clues about the victim.

This was a complex read that I found very satisfying.  Ms. Perry never disappoints me.  I'd like to read more about Daniel.  He's just beginning his career and I can see that it will continue to be very challenging.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Murder at the Mushroom Festival by Janet Finsilver

Kelly is hosting a cooking class in her bed and breakfast to promote her business.  Instead of promoting business, it promoted murder...

Lyrical Underground and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 17th.

When a obnoxious reporter is killing on sacred Indian ground, Kelly's Indian friend is taken into custody.  She knows he didn't do it.  So she and the Silver Sentinels set out to solve the crime through old fashioned fact finding.  

One of the uncommon facts Kelly learns is that the sunken cedars under water are worth big bucks.  The minerals in the water change the color of the wood and it can be carved into unique pieces that sell well.  She has her suspicions about who is harvesting this old protected wood that you need a permit to remove but she can't prove it.  What she doesn't know is how dangerous this quiet community is.

When a man attending the cooking class collapses, they find he has been poisoned by mushrooms.  He was the only one that got the bad ones and a doctor at the scene managed to save him but who wanted to kill him?

There are more questions and not many answers until the end of the book.  I enjoy older people helping solve mysteries.  Kelly was a well developed character and the story was enjoyable.  This was a good cozy.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Enne's mother is missing.  She told her if she wasn't back in a month, it would be because she was dead.  It'd been two months and Enne was going to find her or find out what happened to her.  She was all she had left.

Harlequin Teen and Edelweiss let me read me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.

She's going to the City of Sin and everything she's read about it makes her want to stay home.  The first thing that happens is that she goes to ask the local police about her mother.  They attempt to retain her and try to question her.  The boy they were harassing before she spoke up tells her to run.  She does but they are after her.  He tells her to dump her luggage and leads her off from the dock.  She has no choice, she follows.

She finds herself joining a bunch of young ones that are gang members.  She only knows one name here and they tell her he'll be back that evening.  She decides to wait since she doesn't know what else to do.  Levi is obnoxious and anxious to get rid of her.  He takes her down a street of prostitutes and other sexual trade to shock her.  It does but she's no shrinking violet.  She's embarrassed but she goes along with him. 

She's entering a world she never imagined existed.  She was going to a finishing school at home and intended to make her debut the following year.  Those skills don't help here.  She learns a lot about herself, she finds herself falling in love with Levi, and she's going to find her destiny here, too.  It's not what she thought it was.  Neither was her mother...

This is a fanciful, exciting read with danger all around.  Just to survive here is a great accomplishment.  As you read, you wonder who is going to die next.  

I enjoyed the suspense and the bits of magic in the tale.  I'm hoping there may be another in this series.

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse by Alexander McCall Smith

This is a tale of World War II.  War makes you doubt how long you'll be alive and many of the soldiers fell in love and wanted to marry.  Many didn't get a happy ever after but some did.  This is the tale of an American soldier and his love and a German soldier and his.  It sounds authentic and made me both happy and sad.

Pantheon and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.

Val is working as a farm lady on a farm owned by a local neighbor.  She's asked to deliver eggs to the Americans stationed there.  When she does, she meets Mike.  She drops a dozen eggs and as he tries to help her catch it, the other dozen drop and break also.  That unfortunate first meeting leads to dates and he's interested in marrying her.  But before they get that far, he's reassigned.  She promises to wait for him.  As time goes on, she finds out she's pregnant...

When Mike's plane crashes, they say he's most likely dead.  But there were people who were willing to hide Americans.  And when they are discovered by the Germans, it's a German who doesn't like the war.

It's fascinating look at life behind the lines of war and how unexpected things work out.  I don't like to read war stories but I do like this author.  He does a nice job with this book but I think I'll stick to the No. 1 Detective Agency series.  It doesn't make me want to cry.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Flying at Night by Rebecca L. Brown

Piper's son is a good boy.  He has obsessions with things.  For a while airplanes fascinated him.  Then he moved on to another subject.  He also has some trouble learning but he's passing his grades.  She's trying to train him not to say things too bluntly.  But he doesn't really have a problem.  That's not what the school thinks...

Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.

While they are testing her son, she's not happy about her marriage anymore.  It's like he's never home and all he talks about are his cases.  He's no help at raising their son and now she's working hard to keep the son from being labeled.

The next crisis is when her father has a heart attack.  He's a pilot, runs every day, plays squash, and he collapsed in the steam room.  They initially tell them he's brain dead.  In time, he recovers enough to come home.  But her mother refuses to live with him anymore and arranges a nursing home for him.  When Piper goes there to drop him off, she won't leave him there.  It's an ugly facility and she's not impressed with the staff.  So she brings him home since he can't be alone.

Living with a son who is on the Autism spectrum and a father she hated when she was young is not easy on Piper.  Most of her father's memories are gone.  He's changing from who he used to be.  He also gets along very well with her son.

This is a story of changes in life.  Not only does she learn to love her father, she realizes how much they are alike and it bothers her.  When you've been taught perfection is the only thing acceptable, you have to learn that life doesn't happen that way...

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Bermuda Connection (A Nick Randall Novel Book 2) by Robert Rapoza

Nick Randall doesn't know how to stay out of trouble.  He knows he has assassins after him and instead of hiding, he attacks.  He knows how bad the danger is and he's willing to sacrifice himself to save the world.  The only regret he has is that now his two children are involved, too, as well as many of his friends.  How do you overcome overwhelming odds?

The author shared a copy of this book with me for a review (thank you).  I found the first one in the series very interesting and the action doesn't stop in this one either.  You can buy a copy now on Amazon.

This source of power would allow someone to control the world.  There are so many people after it, every time Nick escapes one group he runs into another.  It's like jumping from the frying pan into the fire because the danger level just keeps rising.

With secret military forces, Chinese soldiers, the FBI, and more all vying for the source, it's all Nick and his family and friends can do to stay alive.  The soldiers that try to protect them end up dead.  This is the story of desperate war with unusual participants.  It takes what skills each person has to keep them alive and moving.  They may be injured but they're not down.

This is part science fiction and part war novel.  It's full of action and adventure, and it was a good read.  I don't think the story is over yet but I might be mistaken.  Some of their enemies are dead, so it might calm down.  But this family is not one that doesn't make waves...

Friday, March 16, 2018

Verdict on Crimson Fields (World of Prime #4) by M.C. Planck

Christopher accidentally fell through a portal on Earth is now on a medieval world full of goblins, witches, elves, various religious beliefs, dragons, hobgoblins and more strange creatures.  The one thing they all have in common is that they want to kill him...

Pyr Science Fiction and Fantasy shared an ARC with me to review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.

With political plots and many of the characters working at cross purposes (the elves especially), there's plenty of intrigue and magic to hold your attention.  Even if you're killed, magic can bring you back to life.  But only if those wielding the magic can get some rest and renew.

This is a strange new world and Christopher has been introducing earthly weapons to them.  They have dynamite, cannons and more so they are fairly successful at the missions the King sends them on.  But Christopher keeps developing more power all the time and the King is feeling threatened.  Soon his friends must choose which side they will support.  It's not easy.  Some he wins, some he loses.

He's trying to organize another form of government that will be more than just a dictator at the helm.  Not all of them are interested in that.  But he knows there is more danger than even the King coming. 

The pace is fast and the story has lots of action.  This was a good read.  The next book should be even better. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Why Kill the Innocent by C. S. Harris

Hero slips on the ice and falls on the way home from the poor side of town.  To her dismay, she falls on a body.  Even worse, she knows who the lady is.  Because she was a music teacher for Princess Charlotte, her body is soon confiscated by the Royalty.  But Hero has seen enough to know it wasn't a natural death.  She has a head wound that would bleed profusely and there was no blood to speak of in the snow.  However, the case is closed as accidental death.  Hero and her husband decide to investigate themselves.

Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.

This entire series is very good.  It's set in Victorian times and women have no rights, those rich are hoarding the money and spending it on themselves and won't share with those who need it, sex is vibrant but not discussed and Hero and Sebastian make a good team.  They each have their talents and view cases as assignments and talk about how to approach it.  I wouldn't want them after me.

As always Royal politics and high ranking politicians are manipulating things.  They don't care if the lesser beings in life die or get killed.  If you get in their way, you could end up dead yourself.  Hero and Sebastian are walking a fine line down the middle but if they misstep it could be fatal.  As people around them start dying, you can feel the danger.

The killer is a surprise.  Sebastian puts together her last few days and finds she had been raped as well as burdened by things she learned.  The final confrontation is tension filled and very dramatic.  Justice does prevail but not through a court...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Stone Girl's Story by Sarah Beth Durst

This is a rip roaring fantasy tale of the type I really like.  Create unique characters, give them a quest, and let them find friends to help them succeed.  She's a girl made of stone by a master stonemason and he's died some time ago.  Their marks are beginning to wear off and she needs to find another stonemason so they don't turn back into rocks...

Clarion Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.

The big turtle has already frozen in place.  The others are starting to slow down.  Their marks must be made again to keep them alive.  She decides to go to the nearest town and find one.  She's going alone but the birds follow her.  They can help her so she allows them to go along.  After all, it's lonely all by herself.

She finds that people mistake her for a human at first.  Then she finds out everyone has a keeper in the town.  No one's ever owned her and now everyone wants to keep her!

She's twelve years old in size and shape and she was built by a loving father, she doesn't want to be anyone's slave.  She can also think for herself, so she debates over how to get the help she needs without being conquered. There's plenty of action, lots of excitement, and just when it becomes the most intense, she makes a discovery that can save them all.  

This was an excellent read and young adults should be reminded of the excitement of the Harry Potter series.  Buy it, you'll like it.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A Different Kind of Evil by Andrew Wilson

Agatha Christie is taking a trip to a tropical island to recuperate from her last excursion and to help her get over her pending divorce.  When someone in secret service asks her to look into the death of man stationed there, she agrees.  She doesn't realize how convoluted and confused the truth will be on this island...

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

The first thing that happens is there is a suicide on board the ship and she witnesses it.  That's not helping her stress level.  Especially since the woman who was trying to stop her suicide tells her she was sleeping with her husband and it's all her fault.  It sounds way too familiar.

While this author has set the time period in the era of Ms. Christie, he has surrounded her with deeper crimes and atrocities than she normally used in her books.  It took a bit to get into the story but then his words gripped me and I was anxious to see how it would end.

Despite her attempts to determine the murderer, she even gets to spend a night in jail!  Her mind is still good even if her emotional health isn't and she eventually works out what happened.

It's a bit strange to read about her as character in the story but it carries her spirit and the author has a good way with words.  I enjoyed it.  Why don't you try it?

Murder by Mail by Bill Youngblood

A popular dentist is out jogging like he usually does when a black Mercedes pulls up and stops.  The driver calls him by name and then shoots him twice, leaving a newspaper article under his head...

I found this one on Book Review Buzz and the author kindly sent me a copy to read.  You can buy it now on Amazon.

As more deaths appear, it seems the common denominator is that they wrote letters to the editor.  They were a bit controversial but you wouldn't think someone would kill over it.

As the cops weed through the facts and try to determine who would be draining gas tanks and killing, it takes time before they make the connection.

This a well written story with no clue about who the killer is until the end.  I enjoyed the mystery and storyline.  Give it a try.  I bet you won't figure out the killer either. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman

Carol's lived her whole life with a very unusual condition.  She collapses and it's like she's dead.  She's not but there is no sign to indicate life.  Her heartbeat is slow and faint, she doesn't show her breath in a mirror, and those who don't know her secret think she's dead.  Her husband knows and he's too chicken to murder her but if she gets buried alive, who will know?

Del Rey and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.

This story is a mix of paranormal, horror, and a touch of love.  It was not what I expected and I had to stretch my imagination while reading it, but it sure kept my attention.  I had to see how it ended...

She hasn't told the people in town of her disability because she doesn't want them to pity her.  Her first love left her because he was fearful about what might happen to her.  So at this point in life, her husband is the only one that knows and he's not telling either.  When she faints outside, he declares her dead and stores her in the cellar until she can be buried.  But Carol has friends...

You can feel the horror of being trapped in your own body and not being able to come back.  She always has before but her mother was alive then.  When you're living with an enemy and don't know it, it's a bad thing.

Her maid sends a message to the man that left her.  He starts back and the action heats up.  He's a man of legend and everyone wants to know how he did what he did.  He won't say.  The husband hires a killer to take him out.  People are dying all over and Carol is waiting to be buried. 

I won't forget this one anytime soon.

Sea Creatures from the Sky by Ricardo Cortés

I asked to review this book because the illustrator is the #1 New York Times best-selling illustrator.  I wanted to see his artwork.  I didn't expect the story to charm me, too.

Black/Sheep/Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review(thank you).  It has been published.

There is minimal text but the graphics are enchanting.  You feel like you're in the water swimming with the other fish.  Even if you didn't read the story, the images are worth the price of the book.

Now imagine you're a shark and you're looking up through the water.  He talks about the sky but it's not the sky as we know it.  He's talking about the surface of the water.  When he sees a good looking fish and takes the bait, he's pulled up to the surface and gets touched by aliens.  That's what humans are to him.  Luckily they are scientists and he's set free in short order.

I liked the idea of their sky being different than ours.  This was a very cute story that children should enjoy.  Take a look and see what you think.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear

It all started with a missing boy.  There's another war going on and the fathers who served in the last one are trying to protect their boys.  With the help of friends, they get them into government programs where they are protected from being called to serve.  What no one realized was that the government jobs were tampered with...

Harper sent an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published March 27th.

When Joe's parents don't hear from him for a while, they ask Maisie to check on him and see what's going on.  Joe has gone missing and it's not until they find the body that they realize how bad things were.  He's died from a head injury and they don't believe he jumped or fell.  They think someone killed him.  But there's no evidence.  Maisie has her work cut out for her.

In the meantime, she's fearful she may lose the little girl she loves and wants to adopt.  Since Maisie is a widow, she's not viewed as being suitable to adopt.  Along with that worry, another boy goes missing and Maisie is fond of him, too.  She know has another search to do.

The more questions she asks, the more evasive the answers get.  She is beginning to suspect there are some underhanded contracts being handed out and the product used is still being tested; it might be unsafe.  She's right.  She also finds out the murdered boy's mother is related to the gangster that is involved.

War is hell and this book points that out as good men die in the war or at home.  Most want to do their part but not all of them come home.  I don't like reading about war but Ms. Winspear always writes a good mystery so it's worth reading.  It's a good thing that Maisie is smart. 

Lucknow by Annie Hall

Rosie has a young child, a wonderful husband and a nice home.  At least she did until he came home late one night and told her he was leaving her and the child and moving to another country with another woman.  She can't believe it.  But when she gets escorted out of his workplace by security guards he called, she knows it's true...

Threekookaburras 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 she calls her parents they tell her there's no room in the house for her, she'd have to live in the caravan behind it.  That's not doable with a small child.  Then her sister calls her and says she'll get her a rental house in the town she lives in.  It's a small town where her grandparent used to live.  She says yes because she has nowhere else to go and her absconding husband is selling the house.

As she settles into city life where everyone knows you and your business, she finds not everyone is kind.  Her sister is trying to run her life.  She has a good lady friend that she works with a couple of days a week.  She has met a man that fascinates her.  But her sister has other plans for her.

I spent part of this book wishing Rosie would stand up for herself.  She finds herself lying to her sister and the new boyfriend her sister has conjured up just so she can work in the shop with her friend.  Hugh was nobody I would have ever dated but he has a large house, lots of money and he wants to continue his bloodline.  He raises cattle and it appears he thinks she has a good bloodline and will make his future children good stock.  He's also very controlling.  That's not for me.

What Rosie finds out is that if you love somebody you have more protection and safety than having material things brings you.  She has a hard decision at the end, but she makes the right choice.  This was a good read.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Foreign Bodies by Martin Edwards

This is a collection of fifteen stories from authors from France, Japan, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Holland, Mexico, Russia, and elsewhere.  They are old stories but they hold up well and still taunt you with the mystery before giving you the answer.

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

I enjoyed the majority of these stories.  Sometimes the old mysteries are the best.  I didn't recognize many of these authors but the stories were solid and were not easy to figure out.  My favorite story was the last one:  The Puzzle of the Broken Watch.  Sometimes the little ones see more than the adults do...

Give a try.  It's not a long read but it's a rewarding read.  Tell me which story appealed to you the most.

The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith

This is a tale of a dystopian world plagued by dragons, bad water, and lots of poor people who want what the rich have.  Dragons drew me in but they seem to be mechanical and that wasn't as much fun.  To read this book, you need to set your rational mind aside and just read...

This book has been published by Hogarth.  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Nothing made a lot of sense in this book.  It was like taking a trip and never leaving the farm.  There's a character who knows which building the dragons will hit next.  One character has excess teeth that just keep growing.  One young girl can talk to animals.  The main male character is full of himself and pretty much a loser.  However, as the story goes on, he has to grow in maturity whether he likes it or not.

I found the story to be an oddity.   I kept reading to see where the author was taking the main character.  He has a girlfriend, then he has a wife, then he runs away with his girlfriend and his wife hooks up with a drug seller.  But not to worry, the circle of life brings him back to his wife again.  (It was an arranged marriage so it wasn't as bad as it sounds.)

Between people being killed and the ones committing suicide, the body count goes by up the page.  I was a bit confused all through the book and never did quite see the point the author was trying to make.  This was not a book for me but if you like unusual themes with strange characters, you'll enjoy this one.  I'm more of a mystery fan or fairy tale fantasies.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman

She's a willful child that acts out because she doesn't think her mother loves her.  She's on a "vision quest" as part of a camp out her mother sent her on.  She doesn't follow the directions and gets lost.  What she finds scares her to death...

Harper and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.

Bernie has been forced to go give a talk to the girls at this camp.  When she arrives, the girl is missing and those plans go by the wayside.  The girl returns but the man who went to find her didn't.  A search and rescue party comes out to look for him.

Some tribes used caves to hold the bodies of their dead.  They left them goods to help them on their way and they considered these areas sacred.  Annie had stumbled into to one so they had to locate and mark it so no one else did.  As they found more of them, they found they'd been vandalized.  Someone was stealing the goods.

There are a lot of characters in this story who are not quite what they seem.  There's more than one death.  The person stealing the pots is selling them but not in a fashion that can be traced.  There were several people with their fingers in the pot, someone is drugging people, and while Bernie plays cop and Chee goes to a class, Bernie's little sister is still getting in trouble.  She's growing up and doing better, but she still needs supervision.

Reading this is like visiting with old friends.  I've reading about these characters for years and Anne is carrying on the tradition of her father's books.  This was a very good read and I'll be watching for the next one.

The Wellspring Trilogy: The Crystal Key by Robert Gronewold

This is the beginning of an epic tale.  You have a world where the sun doesn't shine anymore.  They use fountains to provide light.  The dark hides monsters.  And some people have magic...

Diamond Book Distributors and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review.  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

I was impressed by this book.  The author writes a well-bodied story with lots of action, some characters have taken on animal characterisitics, and the main character is young girl just beginning her career as a Turnkey.  It's unfortunate that she is caught up in the Mayor's big announcement about a new portal to move to other cities still alive and not overtaken by the dark.  A horror attacks them in the tunnel and she falls into the dark...

With a bunny rabbit, a teddy bear and a huge spider who are all human or at least used to be, the adventure gets dark.  The teddy bear is friendly but the others are not.  When everything in the dark is trying to eat her or kill her, it's not looking good for Felicity.  But she runs into a boy who helps her escape.  His name is Tobin.  They share many adventures together and take turns saving the other one's life.  Tobin has dark powers.

There's a lot going on and Felicity learns more about what her key can do to protect them.  Tobin admits he doesn't remember his past.  

The next one in this series will be interesting as well, I'm sure.  Felicity has two boys she loves.  How will she pick one?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sophie Washington: Things You Didn't Know About Sophie by Tonya Duncan Ellis

Sophie is a middle grader who has a big crush on Tony.  Unfortunately, he seems more interested in her friend.  She spends a lot of time trying to get him alone but has no luck.  She's also the only one in class who doesn't have a cell phone.  She hates being different!

The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me a copy of this book to read and review for their tour (thank you).  The book has been published and this is part of a series.  Each book has a message for the child reading it and it's presented nicely.  It doesn't sound like it's a lesson.

Sophie borrows another boy's phone to impress the girls with it.  She finds out she's missing chats with the other kids.  But she also gets caught by the teacher and now she has a real problem.  Her mother has to come down to get the phone and pay a thirty dollar fine for Sophie misbehaving.  The first question is where did you get the phone?  Poor Sophie.

It's hard to be different when you're young.  Sometimes people make fun of you.  But lying isn't the way to go and Sophie gets that message big time.

This would be a good book for a class, daycare, the library reading room or home.  If you and your child read it together, you can emphasize the important parts.  Maybe you could be the characters as you read it.  This is good learning tool.

Tonya Duncan Ellis will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  Enter HERE.

Encourage your readers to follow the tour and comment; the more they comment, the better their chances of winning. The tour dates can be found HERE.

Happy reading and good luck!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Portrait of a Murderer by Martin Edwards, Anne Meredith

This is the story of a dysfunctional family that was brought to its knees by greed.  When money is your first love, there's no room for loving anyone else.  They all came home for Christmas and their father dies on Christmas Eve.  Not from natural causes, either...

Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.

Each chapter offers the story of the different siblings and their husbands and wives.  They all have their own motivation and their own need for money.  But what do you do when the money runs out?

You learn who the murderer is early in the story.  Then you watch the facts stack up to put the blame on another man in the family.  No one in the family is willing to do favors for the others.  If he's guilty, that's the way it is.  But one who married into the family learns things that make him suspicious.  However, he needs proof.

There was a lot of detail in this story that could have been shortened.  They do their best to convey the circumstances of each family and the era and they do a good job at that.  A little faster pace would have made it a more pleasant read but it was a decent mystery and the ending didn't surprise me.  What goes around, comes around.

A Deadly Engagement (Margot Durand #9) by Danielle Collins

Margot is back at work and hates not being able to tell people she's engaged.  Adam doesn't want to take away from his cousin's upcoming wedding celebration so he asks her not to tell.  She doesn't have time to worry about that, though.  Her older friend who is like a father to her calls and says he needs her.  She leaves the bakery to her staff and goes to help him...

Fairfield Publishing and the author let me read this book for review.  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

It seems her old friend had another wife she didn't know about.  She has sent him a letter telling him she has a secret she needs to tell him.  Unfortunately, she has died before he can see her.  Margot thinks maybe she had a child.  He's not sure.  Then she finds out the young man she ran into on the way out of his apartment doesn't work for the maintenance crew.  They've never had anybody by that name or by his description.  Even more concerning, he's following her. It turns out there was crime associated with the man.  He's not guilty of all of it, but he's been set up.  

Margot might be home in her small town but she's about to meet up with a group of con men that have been pulling jobs for years.  Her old friend even gets kidnapped.

This is another good cozy mystery that I enjoyed reading.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Knowledge: A Richard Jury Mystery by Martha Grimes

This is another author I read regularly.  Her Richard Jury mysteries are always intriguing.  He has his buddy who is a lord help him out.  This story is even better because it has a small gang of children who help.  They will pick your pockets or spy on people for you.  They see everything but they are too small to be noticed.  And one of the smallest ones is one of the most brave...

Atlantic Monthly Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.

This one was even better than usual.  The killer shot two people, climbed in a cab and then went home by a roundabout way.  The children watched him and tracked him when he went by their stations.  Each had an area they worked.  The girl that saw him last stole a boarding pass and went on the trip with him.  He even bought her a better class ticket.  She's quite something.  She can change her appearance with clothing and wigs.  She knows how to manipulate people.  And she can talk herself into anywhere and easily steal tickets or reservations.  She ends up in Africa with him.  It's a long way from home but she doesn't mind.

In the meantime, Melrose (the Lord), is journeying, too.  They run into each other in Africa and he's amazed at where she's been and what's she done.  She's not done doing yet.

The Knowledge is the name of a pub that no one can find except taxi drivers who served their apprenticeship and can prove they have the knowledge of city streets to qualify.  That's where the taxi driver went so the cops can't talk to him because they can't find it.  But Jury finds others he can question.  And he knows someone is lying.  But how can he prove it?

I loved the children's part in the story.  They are formidable, brave and they're very good at what they do.  They even have a party for them to thank them for their part.  That was appropriate.  There was danger on the ground and in the trees in Africa...

A Killing in Kenya (Flight Risk #2) by Susan Harper

Kendall is a flight attendant that has found a friend in Pauline, a rich older woman.  Pauline loves to travel and she invites Kendall to go along on a safari with her, all expenses paid.  She likes having company and they visit fun places together.  Kendall says yes.  On the flight over, she talks to another flight attendant and Pauline invites her, too.  She only has a few days off but she says yes.  She may regret that after the fact...

Fairfield Publishing and the author shared a copy of this book with me for review.  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.

They start out by staying in a hotel that has giraffes on the grounds.  Even though Kendall was on the top floor, she had her window open and a giraffe woke her up by licking her.  When they go out to see the animals on the preserve they find rhinos.  One man on the tour says he's going to take one for a trophy; he's paid his fees to do it.  Most everyone is offended.  The man running a reserve for the animals in angrier than most.

The next morning, Kendall's flight attendant friend is being taken away by the police.  The hunter has been killed in the kitchen and she was holding the murder weapon.  The Kenya police don't speak English.  When the accused runs away, it gets worse.

Pauline might be older but she's still feisty.  She steals a vehicle from the hotel and takes the accused to the American Embassy.  Then she pretends she's old and confused when she returns.

This was a fun cozy mystery that I enjoyed reading.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Crime Rhymes: From Bad to Verse by Dixie J. Whitted

This was a fun read.  I read a lot of mysteries.  This is a book of rhymes that are short and sum up the book.  Some are tongue in cheek, some are punny, and some are a bit rude but they were all fun to read.

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

Here is a sample of the rhymes they showed to make me want to read the book:

Some samples of the sinister stanzas:
Abbie's chores in the guest room were licit:
Cleaning up after Uncle John's visit.
But she wasn't alone--
Came her stepdaughter's tone:
"Mrs. Borden..." "Well, Lizzie, what is it?"

Pretty Penelope Plowder
Is ladylike if you don't crowd her.
Her fiancé Jack
Dropped a clam down her back--
Don't ask what she put in the chowder.

As you can see, it's a quick read.  It'd be a great present for another mystery lover.  There's even a special section on Sherlock Holmes.  You might even enjoy reading it yourself.  Give it a try!

The Jewelled Egg Murders (Dangerous Journeys Book 5) by Virginia Winters

Anne lives in a small community and she likes it that way.  If only she could get over being a magnet for dead bodies...

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

When Anne notices someone harassing her friend in the antique shop, she drops in.  They leave.  They are looking for jewelry that belongs to Russia.  The lady is appraising it for a law firm and won't let them have it.  The next morning, the woman is found dead in the store.  Of course, Anne finds the body.  She's afraid it's her friend but it was the Russian woman.

With the CIA, her boyfriend's children not accepting her, and a woman from her past trying to kill her, there's no time to be bored.  This was a quick cozy read and the author blends her events together very nicely.  

The store owner gets kidnapped by the remaining Russian.  He wants the Faberge egg in the collection.  There isn't a Faberge egg in it.  How will they save her friend?  It takes a team to overcome one committed assassin...

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Tart of Darkness by Denise Swanson

Dani left her job because it was not fulfilling and they asked her to do things that went against her ethics.  She's trying to make it by catering dinners and making lunches for college students.  When she finds out she's been left a house by her mother's friend, this career choice looks like it might have a chance.  When the college students who were in the rooms near her get evicted for a party they didn't hold, they go to Dani and beg to move in.  They'll pay rent and they'll help her cook.  She agrees; she can use the money and the help.

Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.

When a spoiled college girl wants her to cater a big party she's having she says no.  The girls ask her to do it and say that they will be invited to the party if she does.  Despite not wanting to, she agrees.  She'll be sorry.  By the next morning the spoiled college girl is dead and the cop wants to pin it on Dani.

As the cop browbeats Dani, Ivy calls her Uncle who shows up in short order.  As the Uncle comes in the front door, the detective goes out the back.  Uncle wants to help both Ivy and Dani and suggests they work together to find the killer.  That's not a smart thing to do but it does have results.

This was an interesting cozy mystery.  I liked the mix of college girls and Dani's friendship with them.  I enjoyed watching the Uncle and Dani both dancing around each other and pretending they are not interested.  I'd read more in this series.  I know love is going to win.

The Last Netherworld of the Apocalypse (Kelly Driscoll #4) Book FOUR of Kelly Driscoll by Nina Post

Kelly decides she need a vacation after all the trouble she's had at the hotel she manages.  Then she gets a notice that she can work as a bounty hunter and make some money on the side.  She thinks it over and decides being a bounty hunter again would be fun.  Bad choice...

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

This series is outrageous.  There are aliens, other worlds, almost all the main characters are non-human, and it's a mix of danger, humor, and odd quirks.  I really enjoy this series.  Just set your no-nonsense attitude aside and read an exciting story that has something new on every page.

Kelly is going from world to world trying to find the fellow that is wanted.  He's a world-known women's bathroom designer.  He's also immortal.  He can design a bathroom for use by aliens as well as humans and that comes handy in this world.  As she chases along after him, she and her friends have lots of challenges.  Some made me smile.  Some I wasn't sure they were going to get away.

As usual, the group of angels who are stuck in the building she manages are involved in what's going on and they have evil plans.  Can Kelly get back in time to stop them?  Can they be stopped?

This story is fast paced and exciting.  It has an unusual ending and I liked that.  Each book gets a little bit better.  Give it a try yourself.