Friday, December 13, 2019

Drop Dead Lola by Melissa Bourbon

Lola's cousin is getting married and Lola is in the wedding party.  She has plenty of curves herself and this fluffy dress makes her look fat, but her cousin loves it on her and it's her wedding.

Henery Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be publisahed January 28th.

While the bachelorette party is going on, everyone is embarrassed but having fun.The next day, Lola gets a client that doesn't believe her son committed suicide.  The fun is over...

She talks to everyone who knew him.  He had a fiance, was planning on getting married, his business was going well, and Lola begins to think it might be murder, too.  But why?

When she and Jack go to talk to Marnie, the Mom, she's in her car almost dead.  They call for an ambulance and then realize they are probably on the right track.  Murder it is.

Then Lola gets an idea and has his girlfriend look in his box of papers again.  What she finds in there gives her the name of the murderer.  Then she sets a trap for him.  She plays Marnie and he shows up.  Which one will win?

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Claw Enforcement by Sofie Ryan

Sarah is at a fundraiser.  She sees two men argue then walk away from each other.  The younger one goes to the bar but the bartender won't serve him any more alcohol.  She gives him a cup of coffee.  He takes one drink and collapses on the floor.  Sarah and Nick run to him and give him CPR but he's gone.  Rose says he was poisoned but Sarah waits for the autopsy to be done.  Rose was right...

Berkley Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 28th.

Sarah feels bad because she and Nick couldn't save him.  The group of older ladies that meets in part of her shop start investigating.  She gets involved because she has relatives in that group and she drives some of them where they need to go.

They question everyone that knew him or had business dealings with him.  She's getting romantic feelings for Max but they are both busy and they can't even fit a date in.

When Sarah finally figures it out, it's a real shock who the killer is.  It's a good thing she has Elvis (her cat) to help her determine who is telling the truth and who is lying.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Harriet and the Hoblins by Gemma J. Weir

Harriet is disgusted.  Her Dad and stepmom are going on vacation without her.  They are sending her to Mourne Mountain Summer Camp.  She knows they want some alone time but it just isn't fair.  She doesn't want to go to camp!

Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

The first thing she does is say something embarrassing at the meet and greet gathering.  She knows she smells, she doesn't like cleaning up.  It doesn't take long until she's by herself most of the time.  That suits her.

She decides to go out exploring at night.  She forgot her flashlight so it's real dark on the trail she takes.  She's not real concerned until she starts hearing noises.  Suddenly she's not alone.  But what are they?  She decides they are a bit like a hobbit and a bit like a goblin, so she names them Hoblins.  She runs back to the cabin and gets away.  But the next night they reach through the window and kidnap her!

She can't yell, they've taped her mouth shut.  They tie her hands and feet.  They take her into a shelter and look her over.  They talk a different language and she's a bit worried about what they are going to do until they get scared and run.  She manages to get out of her bindings and heads for home.

The next time she goes out she runs into a dog, a big dog!  Then a hand comes down and brings her up in the tree with the Hoblins.  She finds that fear makes the dog bigger.  She tries to tell them but they don't understand. So she goes down and stands up to the mean dog on her own...

This story emphasizes how we can't let our fears hold us back.  Take that first step and the rest will follow...

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

A Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier

Sophie is working at the hotel as an intern.  Their biggest event is coming:  The  New Year's Eve Ball.  Everyone from all over the world comes for this legendary ball.  Two brothers own the hotel and the crabbiest one is her boss.  He mostly ignores her, which is fine with her.

Henry Holt and Company Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 28th.

When some rich Russians show up they are given the suite they reserved.  It's a husband and wife with a four year old daughter.  It doesn't take long for the staff to discover they are travelling under a false name.  She has a very expensive necklace she plans to wear at the ball.

There is a lot going on that no one is aware of.  This isn't the only couple travelling with a false name.  The man with a gun she thought was the Russian couple's bodyguard is not.  The brothers are thinking of selling the hotel that has been in their family for generations to a developer.  He'd add more rooms, create a golf course, and make more improvements which means the hotel would never be the same.

Besides worrying about that, Sophie has two young men flirting with her.  She really likes Ben but Tristan is exciting and even more handsome.  But Tristan isn't what he appears to be either...

With two groups going after the necklace and Sophie babysitting the four year old, things get real exciting on the night of the ball.

I really liked the ending of this story.  It's really happy ever after except for the thieves.

Monday, December 9, 2019

The Protective One by Shelley Shepard Gray

Elizabeth has been seeing David for some time.  He's their neighbor and her parents approve of the match.  But he's not loving, he doesn't think the way she does, and she decides to end it.  He's not willing to, though, and persists in stalking her.

Gallery Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this for review (thank you).  It will be published January 21st.

Will has been a friend for years and he feels grief from Andy's death just like she does.  Andy was part of the group of eight who were friends for years.  He committed suicide and shocked them all.  David has no sympathy for him which also drove them apart.

She and Will begin dating.  David smears her name to his parents and hers.  She refuses to take him back.  When she comes home from a date with Will, David and his parents are in the living room with hers.  They want to know what happened.  She tells them and David gets mad and starts calling her names.  Then his parents join in and her parents invite them to leave.  They've never seen David like that.  They begin to side with her on her decision.

David continues to try to catch her alone so he can say nasty things.  Will asks him to stop.  He doesn't.

In the meantime, one of Elizabeth's customers from work is being abused by her husband.  She's at the fair trying to escape him and start anew when he finds her and hits her in public.  Will and Elizabeth and another couple are there and the men go to her rescue while one of the women calls the police.  Elizabeth comforts her customer.

Everything settles down for both of them after that and they have happy endings.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Highfire by Eoin Colfer

He lives deep in the swamp and he's lonely.  Being the last of your kind is no fun.  Then he hears explosions fairly close and goes to see what is going on.  A man is trying to kill a boy.  He's throwing grenades at him.  He picks up the boy and then hikes the latest grenade back at the man and sinks his boat.

Harper Collins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 28th.

Vern is a dragon.  He likes to smoke and he drinks Absolut.  He watches Netflix.  He has to maintain a low profile if he wants to live.  The boy he brought home is called Squib and is very willing to work.  He introduces him to his friend, who also isn't human and he takes over some of the dragon duties.  Soon he has them all because the friend needs to hibernate and rejuvenate.  Vern and the kid get along.  But the man trying to kill him isn't giving up...

The man after him is a crooked cop who wants his mother.  He convinces himself if he kills the kid, he can offer her sympathy and she'll share her bed then.  He's also trying to take over the local drug lord.

There's a battle and the dragon gets hurt.  Squib's mother nurses him back to health.  Then the cop follows Squib to the island.  He's brought friends with him.   There is an all out battle.  Can the wounded dragon defend them?  Or will the cop win?

This was a very entertaining read.  I like dragon stories and I like Vern.  Give it a try, it'll keep you reading.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Arlo, Mrs. Ogg, and the Dinosaur Zoo by Alice Hemming, Kathryn Durst

Arlo's class has trouble keeping a teacher.  Some don't last more than a day.  But their new teacher is different.  She doesn't say much and soon arranges to take them to the zoo.  That's exciting.  Everyone has their favorite exhibit.  But they go right by the zoo...

Maverick Arts and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 7th.

Mrs. Ogg looks like a cave woman and she takes them to a different zoo.  Arlo loves dinosaurs and he's amazed to find out this zoo actually has some.  Some are scary, some are very big. some are friendly but they all are dinosaurs.

They learn a lot in this visit and it's a good thing.  The principal comes and tests them.  She even tries to cheat but the class defies her.  Now they get to go to the end of the year party!

This is a great way to learn about dinosaurs and about how to deal with bullies.  It's a fun read.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin

She's a thief that lives on the street.  She's one of the nameless.  They have so little value they are not even given a name.  So when the King dies, she doesn't really care.  But then she finds out that the next heir named is not at the palace...

Crown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 7th.

She has the tattoo they are looking for and they take her to the castle.  She begins her time there in the dungeon while they debate how this could be true.  An orphan raised nameless can't become queen.  But she possesses the tattoo.

They eventually move her into the palace but the general there intends to kill her to get the tattoo so she can rule.  There is an event where people sign up to fight her in hopes to gain the tattoo.  It's deadly.  But most don't know she has a sister with the same tattoo.  The General does though.  When she can't beat the Nameless one, she stabs the sister trying to get her tattoo.

This is a busy story with nameless missing from the streets to another army being built up.  The general wants to kill all the nameless and only the present queen stands in her way.

Who will win the final battle?

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Fell Murder by E.C.R. Lorac, Martin Edwards

They lived in the old family home on the farm on the fell.  They were a bit of an odd family.  Their father was still alive and working the farm even if he was in his 80's.  He was also still ordering his children around, too.

Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 6th.

The oldest boy was thrown out of the house twenty-five years ago.  He went to Canada with his wife.  When she passed away he took to the seas.  No one on the farm knows where he is or how to contact him but the neighbor met him on the Fell and he told him the route he was walking before he went back to his ship.  His young stepbrother heard the conversation because he was sleeping in the sun on the other side of the rock wall by his beehives.  The sailor said he had no desire to visit the farm and took off on his jaunt.

The next boy in line is Charles.  He ran a business in Malaysia until he lost it and he has no interest in farming.  The daughter is the farmer.  She wants her own place, not the farm.  The youngest boy is weak physically and has a crush on the female hired hand.

The local police hand it off to Inspector MacDonald.  After questioning everyone, he sets a trap for the killer.  The killer walks into it.

There's lots of action, tons of questions and needless death in this story.  It's a good mystery.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Murder, She Encountered by Peg Cochran

They started out going after a story about a robbery at the World's Fair.  Instead they run into a murder.  A young woman in the water with a nylon stocking around her neck.  Did she drown or did she get strangled?

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

Elizabeth is the photographer and Kaminsky is the journalist.  They make a good team.  The cops drag off a hot dog seller who paid too much attention to her.  They don't believe he's guilty so they start investigating on their own.

They question a lot of people.  But in the middle of the hunt, Kaminsky gets sick and has to stay in the hospital.  Since there was another murder, Elizabeth keeps digging.

In the meantime, she has a cop she's falling in love with.  Her mother doesn't approve.  She want her to marry a young rich man, not a cop.  Elizabeth's heart isn't listening to her.

What Elizabeth finds is a huge crime and the major killer is very dangerous.  Now that he knows she knows, he plans on killing her next...

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Southern Harm by Caroline Fardig

They are just doing some landscaping in the back yard of Tucker's aunt's house when Quinn digs up a skull.  This is really a cold case, going back thirty-three years.  The girl who said she was leaving never made it.  But when they jail Aunt Lela as murder suspect, the sisters go back into action as detectives.  They know she didn't do it, so who did?

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

Quinn and Delilah are running a bed and breakfast with the help of their grandfather but they have time in between things to question people about the new graduate buried in the back yard.  Some cooperate better than others.  They begin compiling suspects and arguing with each other over who should go on the list.  Tucker works with them and adds his thoughts, too.

Then the cops arrest Quinn and Delilah's mother and father as suspects.  They knew her but they hope they didn't kill her.  Now the investigation gets stepped up.

I was surprised by who the killer was.  The actual killer has no remorse for the murders...

Monday, December 2, 2019

In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund

Blackbrook Academy is flooded.  There's no way in or out.  Those still there are staying at the Tudor House because it's on a hill.  Not everyone is friends, but they tolerate each other.  Then the following morning they find the headmaster dead in the conservatory...

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

This story is much like playing a game of clue.  There's a Mustard, a Peacock, a Scarlet.  Each character is looking out for their own interests.   Mrs. White says it was a looter, but the students suspect the killer is there among them.

As they each look at each other with new eyes, they develop suspicions.  Then they change their minds.  Who could it be?  Are they safe or are they in danger?

This is a good mystery that kept me confused.  The killer was unsuspected until the end.  If you've ever played clue you'll enjoy this read!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

The Flash Crossover Crisis: Green Arrow's Perfect Shot by Barry Lyga

I read about the Flash when I visited my Grandparents.  I also read about Plastic Man.  So this book caught my eye.  The Flash has a lot to do to keep his earth safe and not a lot of time to do it...

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

Green Arrow needs help tracking down a bomber.  The Flash goes to help him.  Then a breach shows upon the earth's surface and people from the other world begin evacuating.  This causes problems.  Especially when a monster comes through!

With a concentrated effort, the gang gets the monster back on the dead earth.  But he's not staying there.  How can they close that breach?

In the meantime, someone has stolen the robot bees from another site and they're dangerous.  They figure out who took them but they don't know how to stop them...

With lots of action, and plenty of drama, it keeps you reading.  It's a good thing they have super powers or they would never be able to conquer their challenges.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Ghoulia and the Mysterious Visitor by Barbara Cantini

Ghoulia is in for a surprise.  Her aunt has invited her friends and even an unknown cousin to come for a party.  She didn't know about it and her aunt is nowhere to be found.

Amulet Books let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.

Her cousin is a bit weird.  He's not happy about anything.  Then one of her friends goes missing.  What's going on? 

While Dilbert isn't the best guest, he turns out to be useful.  While he grumbles at the overgrowing ivy her aunt was cultivating, it starts to recede and die.  And, surprise, she's found her aunt and her friend.

Make sure you know all about a plant before you grow it...

With lots of illustrations and odd characters this is just right for the intermediate readers in your life.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Christmas Is Coming!: Celebrate the Holiday with Art, Stories, Poems, Songs, and Recipes by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This is a beautiful collection of all things Christmassy.  The songs remind me of choir days.  The recipes will make you drool.  The art work and illustrations are luscious.

Abrams for Young Readers sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

My favorite of the stories was The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Arthur Conan Doyle.  Sherlock Holmes is always fun.

Even if you aren't in the Christmas mood, this book will get you that way.  It is full of good cheer and fun to read.  You might even find a new recipe for the Christmas dinner desert!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Stars and Poppy Seeds by Romana Romanyshyn, Andriy Lesiv

Here is a girl who loves math and enjoys counting things.  She counts types of animals, grains of sand on the beach and more...

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

She can count most anything but she runs into trouble trying to count the stars in the sky.  There could be trillions of stars in the sky.  Her mother tells her to approach it one step at a time until she reaches her goal.

As far as I know, she could still be counting stars...

Famous Mathematicians are covered at the back of the book.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

What Will These Hands Make? by Nikki McClure

This is a very interesting look at how much you can accomplish with your hands.  Things for you and things for others...

Abrams Books for Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published February 25th 2020.

You can make a bicycle to ride, make a sidewalk safe, create a haven for others or a bench to rest on.  I type a lot and use my hands for cooking, too.  What do you do with your hands?  All kinds of things, I bet!

Reading this book will offer suggestions.  You might even find things you do that they didn't include...

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Hundred and One Dalmations by Dodie Smith,adapted by Peter Bently

This has always been a favorite story of mine.  I love dogs and when I was small having all those dogs sounded wondrous.  It all started with fifteen but Cruella de Vil wants to buy them.  They say no before they find out she wants to make coats out of their hides!

Abrams for Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

When the adult dogs find the puppies missing, they know who took them.  Now they have to find a way to steal them back.  With the help of some friends they succeed but they bring home more than was stolen...

Monday, November 25, 2019

A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley, Amy Nathan

Set back in the days of segregation, Floyd Cooper's illustrations take you back there.  Here's a look at history.  It's something that shouldn't have happened but did.  This little black girl lives next to a park and wants to ride the carousel.  The owner uses her color as a reason to say no.  But not everyone is happy with that.

Abrams Books For Young Readers sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published in January of 2020.

In 1963, people began protesting and it wasn't just black people.  This gives you the highlights of their efforts to end segregation.  It was a spirited battle but a peaceful one.  Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech at this time.

What was most impressive was that the little black girl was the first to get ride the carousel.  Her father rode with her and helped any little one that needed it, not noticing color.  This is a sweet story, even if it is about racism.  It's just sad that all these years later racism still exists.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

The Magic Hour by Ian Beck

This one touched my imagination and was great fun to read.  Two sisters are always on the go.  When one climbs a tree she thinks she sees a fairy in her neighbor's garden.  Unfortunately that's when her mother calls her in to eat.

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

When the younger sister tells her older sister about it, they decide to sneak at at night and investigate.  Instead of fairies, they find their neighbors carrying lanterns.  When they ask the girls why they are there, the little one says she thought she saw fairies.  They agree it's a magic time of night and tell them they are painting.  They learn to see how colors change with dusk and they can feel the magic, too.

Do the colors and shadows outdoors seem like magic to you?  Try visiting a wooded area, it's easy to feel it there..

Saturday, November 23, 2019

The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper

A Grandfather explains to his grandson how to treat people.  He says to follow the Golden Rule and he explains how it works.

Abrams Books for Young Readers 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 by Gabi Swiatkowska are old fashioned and pleasant to see. 

The Grandfather shares the Golden Rule common here in the states and then shares more from other countries.  They all mean the same thing.  Treat other people like you would like to be treated.  The bottom line is to be kind.  The bottom line is to be kind.

The Grandfather uses good suggestions for his grandson.  Maybe it will give you some additional ideas of how to apply this rule.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Whom Am I? by Tim Flatch

This is an educational book that is great fun to read.  You look at part of their body, read the hints, and then turn the page to see if you guessed right.  I usually got the animal type right but not the exact species that is going extinct.

Abrams Books for Young Readers shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has already been published.

The back of the book gives you more info on these animals.  It's so sad to lose an entire species...

With lovely photos this is a great book to read.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Come Homicide or High Water by Denise Swanson

Skye is a school psychologist married to the police chief.  She's working part-time right now because she just had twins but she'll be going back to work shortly.  She teaching a younger woman how to do the same work to cover while she's off.  Then there's going to be a conference with one of the parents.  She goes in and finds the worst principal will be in on the meeting, the other is in the hospital.  The parent wants her child moved to a different teacher.  She thinks she's gifted and should be in advanced classes.  The principal shuts her down rudely and tells her no, so the lady says she'll sue him for how he treated her...

Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 31st.

Then she gets a call from a rough family that has their own section of town.  He needs her help.  When she gets there she finds him upset and worried.  He is afraid of being accused of murder and he just found her dead.  The woman with the lawsuit against the principal is dead.

Not only do they have the murder case, there's a missing woman, too.  They have drug the lake, talked to all the neighbors and the only clue they get is when they see something on the surveillance tapes from the dollar store.  When they do find her it's a surprise.

They think the principal might be the killer but he checks out.  He's the one that got the other man involved.  It's about time for him to resign.

It's also a surprise to find who the killer really is.  Poor Skye is almost another victim...

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Shockoe Slip Gang: A Mystery by Patricia Cecil Hass

Sally and Andrew are going into a hot summer, the first one since their father's death a year ago.  Sally just wants to read but Andrew is doing all kinds of little jobs to help with the household income.  He does yard work, feeds and walks animals and anything else he can find that he can handle.

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

Their mother works at the local museum and is in charge of the antique wooden toys display.  When the museum is robbed and many of the toys are missing, the children decide to try to find the thief.

This is a good mystery.  They join up with another boy in a near neighborhood.  He says he saw a wooden toy on a professor's back porch.  When they go to look the toys are gone.  However when they try to talk to the professor, they find him laid out  on the floor.  It seems someone has taken the toys from him and knocked him out when he got too close to them.

It gets more and more dangerous as they get closer to the answer but they don't give up.

This was an enjoyable read with an historical note and a helpful horse.  It has a good ending, too. 


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Risk It All by Katie Ruggle

Cara has always been a researcher in the agency.  Her sisters are the bounty hunters.  But they're busy and the agency needs money.  She goes out after a big ticket man and thinks she can nail him down and sic one of sisters on him.  Unfortunately, he notices her surveillance.

Sourcebooks Casablanca and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 31st.

When she tries to get away, she almost got hit by a car.  Whoever it may have been, it was no accident.  He grabbed her and moved her out of the way and then asked her why she was watching him.  She said he must be mistaken but he knows their agency and knows why.  He said he wasn't guilty and for some reason, she believes him.

Then she picks another man and starts looking for him.  Henry asks her why and says he's dangerous even if it didn't seem that way.  The second man is after Henry and she ends up along for the ride.  There are grenades, Henry almost drowns in the river, and lots more action trying to stay alive.  In between all the attempts on their lives, they manage to fall in love.

They turn in the man who was trying to kill them and Henry turns himself in.  She knows he didn't do it so she keeps investigating.  Then she finds herself in an alley looking down the barrel of a gun.  She could sure use Henry now...

Monday, November 18, 2019

Cowboy Fever by Joanne Kennedy

She was the Rodeo Queen.  When her dad died, she left town.  She had a cowboy she cared for but he was the local bad boy so she left him, too.  Now she's coming back to make amends with her mom and take over the ranch.  She stops in at the drug store and her bad boy finds her there...

Sourcebooks Casablanca and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 31st.

She can't believe what he's wearing or driving.  He's gussied up and looking good.  What happened?

She's come back to run a school where disabled children can learn to tide horses and learn how to be more independent and develop more muscles.  They have to be on old patient horses and must be attended to all the time.  The school goes well.

She finds that being around Teague makes it hard for her to be good.  He's too tempting.  Plus he has a girl after him that considers herself his girlfriend.  He says no, they are just friends but she doesn't want to leave it at that.

Then her father tries to blame a barn fire on his brother.  His brother might be mentally challenged but he works well and is afraid of fire.  Teague goes to talk to him, shoves him and he goes down but when he comes back up, he has a gun.  He shoots at Teague who leaves rapidly.  Then the father is shot and found dead.  Teague didn't do it but he was the last person to see him.

The killer was closer than anyone thought...

At least Teague and Jodi get back together again.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao

She has a secret, a big secret.  She has a dangerous Affinite.  So her father has kept her hidden in behind the castle walls.  But when someone poisons him, they accuse her of murder and she must run...

Delacorte sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 19th.

This is the first in a new series and the story is full of danger and action.

She goes to find the king of the cons.  He's jailed but she intends to get him out.  The route they take for escape includes jumping into a fast flowing river.  She's afraid she will drown.  He bumps her in the water and follows.  He has to aid her to the shore.

He agrees to help her find her father's killer.  She agrees to his terms but doesn't realize he's planning to betray her.  As they make their way back to the castle, they run into other Affinites who are dangerous to them.  They fight, they take turns saving each other, and they survive.

He begins to wonder if he could change.  He knows he took the wrong road earlier in his life.  The longer he's with her, the fonder he gets.

When she finds out who killed her mother and father, she intends to tell the kingdom the truth.  It backfires on her and they are on the run again.  But she's not giving up.  She'll be back.

I want to read the next book in this series!

The Little White Wolf by Lee Allen

He's the only odd colored wolf in their litter.  He's white and he's a runt.  The other wolves want to abandon him because he's so small and won't survive.  They don't even if it means they must hunt for him.  His white fur doesn't camouflage him from the animals...

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

He stays through summer but when winter is setting in there is less food.  He decides to go off by himself instead of being a hardship on his family.  Imagine his surprise when he attempts to catch a rabbit and does!  It seems his fur hides well in snow...

He goes down to get a drink out of the creek and finds his sister drowning.  He's lightweight enough he can save her.  And now he can hunt for his family and help them out, so he goes home.  He's not a burden anymore...

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Today We Go Home by Kelli Estes

Larkin is home after being in Afghanistan for the war.  She's been medically discharged for PTSD.  She goes to a storage facility and picks up Sarah's goods she's willed to her, and then stops at home before she goes on to her Gram's.  She has no desire to talk about the war and when her mother presses, she leaves.

Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

As she goes through boxes, she finds an old diary written by a young girl.  Her mother had died, her Pa and the oldest son went into the Civil War.  She and her younger brother stayed on the farm with her aunt and uncle.  The uncle is mean and never satisfied by how much they do.  When she finds her father has been killed, she and her brother head out to find her older brother.

Reading about Emily's troubles settles down Larkin a bit.  Larkin is still living in a war zone mentally and can't cope.  She takes to drink.  It makes her forget but it gives her other problems.  It's a good thing she has a patient Grandmother.

Emily's brother dies from an illness acquired on the road.  So Emily cuts her hair, binds her breasts and joins the Army with her remaining brother.

Neither of ladies had a good ending to their war days.  It's sad, affects them mentally, and they have to work hard to come back to a normal life.  This is a good look at what the men must be going through, too.

The wars might have been years apart but there are similarities anyway.    While this is historical fiction, it hits a little too close to home for me.  None of my family members would speak of their experiences... 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Death at Whitewater Church by Andrea Carter

She is a solicitor who is representing the sellers; he's going to mark out the boundaries and examine the building.  They knew the bodies in the crypt had been moved, so they went to examine that, too.  No one expected to find a body wrapped in blankets at the bottom of the stairs...

Oceanview Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 17th.

The immediate assumption is that it's the body of a missing bridegroom from six years before.  The pathologist says no, it's a different body.  Turns out it was dug up from the old cemetery on the property.  But who moved it and covered it in a blanket with a pillow under it's head?

Then the little brother in the family is killed.  Did he run in the ditch or did someone push him in?

The solicitor is fond of a cop but he's holding back.  But he's sure friendly with the pathologist.  That's okay, the solicitor has a secret she hasn't shared with him.

Then the missing man returns and he intends to take what he left behind...

As the truth about his disappearance comes out, secrets are revealed.  The ending is explosive and deadly. 


Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah M. Eden

Elizabeth Black runs a girl's school and writes the appropriate books for a lady to write.  No one knows that she also writes the Penny Dreadful series by Mr.  King.  She's very careful to keep it that way, too.

Shadow Mountain and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

This book is divided into two stories.  One is about Elizabeth and the other is a Penny Dreadful.  It's great fun to read.  Elizabeth meets a man who works on saving the homeless children.  One boy is being abused by his master so she helps him to get away.  He puts him in his school but the man who had him is trying to get him back.

Fletcher began in the same way as these children and he managed to get out of the gutter.  He wants to help the ones he finds.  Elizabeth gets the girls for her school and he puts the boys in his.  But the people who don't sympathize with the children's plight are determined to shut them down.  They begin by torching Elizabeth's school and then try to torch the other one, too.

While this is going on, the Penny Dreadfuls have a monster in the woods in one story and a vampire in the other.  I see why they sold so well!

Fletcher and Elizabeth might be from different walks of life but their goals are the same.  And it doesn't take long until they are falling in love.  Will she ever tell him who Mr. King is?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Fire, Fog and Water by Mike Martin

Windflower goes on runs to settle him down and exercise his dog.  When he slips and slides down to a boulder, his dog gets excited by what's hid behind it.  He thinks it's dead animal, but no.  It's a dead human...

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

As they work on who might have killed him, they also has have a hit and run victim and an arson fire.  For a small town in Newfoundland, they have their share of problems. 

Then they learn the burned cabin was creating pills that were illegal.  The owner of the cabin and his son both deny any knowledge of the illegal activity.  Someone didn't agree and blew the father up with a package bomb.

While all this is going on, Windflower is going through his own personal crisis.  He's been dreaming  and some of them are confusing.  His aunt interprets them and tells him to use an Indian ceremony to settle him down.  He does and it works.

He finds there were more people involved with drug smuggling.  He's a busy man in this story.  The best part of the story is his relationship with his wife and child.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

How The Dead Speak by Val McDermid

Tony is in jail, Carol is no longer a cop.  But the dead still speak to them.  The police unit they left behind has some problems but they are working hard on their cases.  And they have several cases.

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

He's trying to establish prison programs to enable the inmates to move on when they have served their time.  Trying to give them reading lessons, teaching them to meditate, and other world skills they've missed out on.  Carol is working with a group of lawyers who are trying to get innocent people out of prison.  They are finding new directions but they miss each other.  Tony has told her not to come for visits.  He thinks it will make him feel worse but it hurts Carol.  She'd like to see him and talk to him.

Carol talks to a prisoner and decides he's telling the truth:  he didn't kill the missing  man.  Now she has to see if she can find the missing man.

The squad has their hands full.  A contractor at an old school run by nuns years ago has found a skull in the front yard.  Suddenly it turns into 40 skulls in the front yard.  Some old, some newer.  Then a cadaver dog finds boys in the vegetable garden of the neighbor.  He was the school's maintenance man and he admits to burying the young girls that died at night in the front yard.  Both he and the head nun said it was because they had no one to care about them so they buried them.  The body in the garden was male, and there were eight of those.He tries to blame it on the priest but that doesn't go far.  Then he clams up.

The new boss of the squad is harassing the women.  He's giving everyone problems so they appeal to those higher in other areas to get help.

Then Tony gets hurt in jail and ends up in the hospital.

Despite all the various cases and troubles, the author brings it all together before the end of the book.  Her books are always a good read.

Monday, November 11, 2019

The Worst Christmas Ever by Kathleen Long Bostrom, Guy Porfirio

He just knows it's going to be bad.  They've moved to California.  He has no friends.  Christmas is coming and they don't even have any snow...

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

When they go to look at trees for Christmas, his sister wants a pink one!  They go with the traditional green. Then his dog chases a squirrel and doesn't come back.  They post posters asking anyone who's seen him to call them.  They aren't having any luck finding him.  He thinks it'd take a miracle to make this a good Christmas.  His little sister says she believes in miracles.  He doesn't.

But when he and his family do the Christmas play as Joseph and Mary, he plays a shepherd.  And he also gets his very own miracle, making it the best Christmas ever...

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Now You See Them by Elly Griffiths

Edgar is happily married and has been promoted to Superintendent.  He and Emma have three children.  But Emma is missing her detective time.  She was one of the best on the team but she can't be a mom and a cop, too.  Max has married and lives in America now.  He has children of his own now.  He's back in England  for a funeral.  That's where he and Edgar meet up again.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss gave me the opporttunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 3rd.

There are missing girls in the city.  One of them belongs to an important man who thinks the police are ineffective, or maybe stupid.  Otherwise they could find his daughter.  This is in the middle of a big weekend with a lot of tourists and rowdy folk.  His daughter is not their only concern.  They also don't know if she was kidnapped.  Maybe she left on her own.  Then another girl goes missing.

It really comes to a head when they find one of the missing girls dead.  The search gets much more serious.  While Edgar is all tied up with that, Emma sets herself up as bait.  He has a brunette, a redhead, and a black haired girl.  Next he will be after a blonde.  She's a blonde.  But her trap doesn't work and Edgar is very angry about it.

Max's daughter has been taken.  Then Emma realizes that her daughter has become a victim of the same kidnapper.  She's stung with guilt and goes after her herself.  She's trying to find Edgar to tell him but he's out with others trying to keep the peace.

It gets complicated and exciting with all the various characters coming together from various areas to save the girls.  The kidnapper has a gun but Max doesn't...

I enjoy this Magic Men series.  You never know what is going to happen next.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Winter Grave by Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy (Translated by

She goes home home from school to get her outfit for the program they are putting on and doesn't return but can't be found.  She rode home with a teenage boy who is very good with cars but not with much else.  He says he dropped her off and went on his way.  Not many people believe him.

Soho Crime and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 3rd.

The entire town is searched with no results.  Then a young boy goes missing.  The locals torch the barn the boy and his father use for restoring vehicles and burn the father to death.  The teenage boy is beaten so badly he almost dies.  The cops know he's innocent but they aren't believed.  His attackers go to jail, with court coming up before them for the murder of his father.

The sad part is that both children end up dead.  When how and why comes out, it's even sadder. The one that made me feel saddest was the autistic teenager who lost his father over an unjust accusation.

Sometimes life is hard...

Friday, November 8, 2019

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

She's moving back to New Zealand to escape the life she used to lead.  She just became a widow and found out her husband wasn't true to her at the funeral.  She had no clue so she came back home enen if her Mom wasn't there anymore.  She meets her classmates from long ago and is happy to see them.  She also meets the police chief.  He's an outsider so the community doesn't really let him in.  They just tolerate him.

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

All is going well until a pretty young girl disappears while doing her morning run.  Then she finds out three others went missing years before.  Does the community have a serial killer in its midst?

She works with the cop gathering information the locals will tell her but not him.  He sets up searches and the neighbors rally to fill the search parties.  They cover the ground twice but find no sign of the missing girl.

This is a good mystery.  It takes a while until they determine the killer and the poor widow almost becomes his next victim.  In the meantime, the cop doesn't think he killed the young woman so he's on the search for another killer.  This quiet little town is deadly...

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Hamelin Stoop: The Daughters of Carr Hamelin Stoop series: Book 3 by Robert B. Sloan

Hamelin thinks his friend Layla is the lost princess from the world he's visited in the past but he can't take her there unless they are summoned.  Will they be summoned?

Net Galley and Twelve Gates Publishing let me read this story for review (thank you).  It will be published in Spring,  2020.

It turns out that many of his friends are familiar with the other side.  As adults and children share tales of what they remember, the whole story starts to come together.  Some of the things they remember seem like dreams but then they find they are true.  They know there are trackers trying to find them.  They learn about watchers in their world who offer advice.

When they find they can return, they are almost late to be picked up.  In the confusion, Layla trades places with her brother and stays on earth.  As Lars and Hamelin head to tell the king his daughter is alive and well, the brother takes another road.  He's on the hunt for his older brother he never knew he had.

There is a lot of danger around them.  The more characters they add to their quest, the harder it is to hide.  This story will fit well with any young adult that likes fantasy.

The next story in this series will be even more exciting.  The two warriors will most likely meet up...

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Puddin' on the Blitz by Tamar Myers

Magdalena agrees to run a restaurant that has been shut down for a bit since the owner is in jail.  She will transfer ownership to her and her daughter with Magdalena get 60% ownership and her daughter 40%.  The daughter needs the money to go to college so Magdalena agrees.

Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you.  It will be published December 3rd.

It starts as an Asian/Amish restaurant and it goes real well at the start.  There are lots of customers, reservations are taken in advance and the restaurant is always full.  Then the newness and charm wear off.  She'll have to some up with a new idea.

She and her mother-in-law don't get along.  Mom thinks she stole her son and she'd like to run Magdalena's life.  She's also like to be head chef at the restaurant but Magdalena already had one picked out.  That creates more static between them.

Then a couple from a famous magazine want to come and see her new restaurant.  She cancels reservations so they are the only guests.  Her husband gets food from the restaurant and then puts it in their glassware so the guests won't know.  They eat well and enjoy the desserts (which is now the restaurants specialty).  Unfortunately, in the morning, the woman is dead.  Magdalena finds herself in jail because she was poisoned.  How did that happen?

It turns into a real mess.  She was killed by mushrooms.  They are common mushrooms and they can be used in different ways to cause death.  Then Magdalena finds out they both were frauds.  The magazine is defunct.  So who are they?  And why did she have to die?

Magdalena finally tracks the truth down but in the final stand off, the killer is threatening her two year old.  Can she figure out what to do next?

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Body in the Dumb River by George Bellairs, Martin Edwards

There's a big flood in the small villages along the river and besides the damage to the homes, someone locates a dead body caught on a tree.  He's identified fairly quickly and then becomes the hard part.  Who was he and who killed him?

Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you.  It will be published December 1st.

Jim Teasdale was dead before he was tossed in the river.  They find he had two lives.  He told his wife he was on the road all week as a salesman and just came home on the weekends.  During the week he operated a game at the fairgrounds and made what money he could.  He met a young, serious woman there and he wanted to marry her but she told him to wait.  She was content to live with him during the week and help him operate his game.  Then she got pregnant. When he went home on his weekly visit, he didn't return.

He had married into a horrible family.  His father-in-law hated him, his wife and daughters despised him but they didn't intend to let him go.  But who killed him?  It takes some effort to ferret out the truth but the inspector finds it and almost dies because he did...

Monday, November 4, 2019

Raising a Doodle: Heartwarming Stories from Dog Parents Around the World by Theresa Piasta

There are various types of doodles, not just one.  You can get a large dog or a small dog.  This book tells you all about raising them and how to make transitions easily.  Since they are mixed with a poodle, they tend to be smart.  If you are a dog person, you'd enjoy being hugged by your dog, right? These doodles do that...

PR by the Book and Spark Press allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  Today is the first day of publication.

This book is filled with pictures of doodles, it makes it a real pleasure to read.  They teach you how to teach your puppy to use a crate and how to potty train him.  You learn how to know what he is telling you.  You also learn to socialize him so he can travel with you.  It also tells what not feed him.

It's mostly a love fest for doodles.  All the owners love them deeply and many have been saved from stress or despair by having a doodle that loves them and cares about them.

This an excellent book for someone thinking about getting a doodle.  You can even look at the dogs and choose the type that appeals to you.  This is a good resource for anyone owning a doodle.  Just make sure you have lots of treats...

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Cutting Edge edited by Joyce Carol Oates

This an anthology of stories by many writers.  These aren't nice stories but they will stick with you.  They'll also keep you reading...

Akashic sent me an Arc of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published November 5th.

This includes brand-new stories by: Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood (poems), Valerie Martin, Aimee Bender, Edwidge Danticat, Sheila Kohler, S.A. Solomon, S.J. Rozan, Lucy Taylor, Cassandra Khaw, Bernice L. McFadden, Jennifer Morales, Elizabeth McCracken, Livia Llewellyn, Lisa Lim, and Steph Cha.

These stories discuss everything.  Some are about sex, some are more mystical, and some are murderous.  It says these are new stories of mystery and crime  by women writers.  That's true.  Most are written in different styles than I'm used to but they were all interesting reads.

If you don't mind scaring yourself a bit, you'll enjoy these.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

The Dog Who Knew Too Much by Krista Davis

Waytail is a dog town.  Everything is is doggie named and doggie themed.  So when a famous pooch named Pippin come to town, they have events to celebrate and hope it will bring them even more business in the future.  When they arrive amidst fanfare and excitement, the first thing that happens is that they have a fight in the lobby.  The man who plays a cranky old man in the series was cranky. He's not going to stay at the hotel.  He'll find himself a quiet place.  He leaves and they get the rest of the crew settled.

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

It turns out Pippin likes to escape and go snooping by himself.  This bothers Holly because she doesn't want Pippin to get lost and because her dog, Trixie, goes with him.  To let him get some exercise and have plenty of new smells, they go for a walk up the mountain.  When Trixie runs off the path and then does her haunting howl, Holly hates to hear it.  It means she's found a dead body.  It was a lady in town who bred boxers.  She's a nice lady, who would kill her?

Then a man tells her Trixie is his dog.  She rescued her and she's had her for years now.  She won't give her up.  There's a dog snatcher in town.  Is he it?

Then the cranky old man is found dead.  Who's killing them and why?

I was surprised by who the killer turned out to be...

Friday, November 1, 2019

Ghosts of Painting Past by Sybil Johnson

Rory is getting ready for the Christmas craft sale and feeling pretty jolly herself.  They are tearing down the house across from her and the landmover is noisy.  When they shut it down and gather around something they have found, her jollies go away.  It looks like a skull...

Henery Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 19th.

Her boyfriend is on the case and he won't tell her much about it.  It turns out to be a young man everyone thought had left on a surfing trip after his graduation.  They hadn't heard from him but everyone thought he was chasing the waves and having a good time.

This is a small town where everyone knows everyone else and there are few secrets.  Rory finds out her father was a surfer, too, and that he and the victim had an argument at the graduation party.  Soon he's a suspect in the case.

She visits all the old folks and gets an idea of what life was like back then.As she gets closer to the truth, she also gets closer to danger.  One man's car is is hit and he gets a bit hurt.  Her father is hit and ends up in the hospital.  She's getting more desperate to find the killer.  It's a tangled path but she manages.

The killer surprised me.  Did you guess who it was?

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Tracking Game: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima

The story begins with a murder.  Someone shot the young husband and torched his van.  Mattie and Cole heard the explosion at the dance so they raced out to see what happened.  As they start sorting through facts, they find that some of the man's time isn't accounted for.  He didnn't go where he said he was going and he was back early.  The more they dig the worse it gets.

Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 12th.

They are tracking in the woods above the road he was killed on and they find another dead man.  They also have a run in with a big cat.  The worse part, the cat was chewing on the man. At least he was already dead.  They try to convince her it was a mountain lion, but she knows what one of those sounds like and it wasn't that kind of growl.  The wildlife expert agrees with her.  The footprints are bigger and different shaped.  It's a tiger...

With the sheriff and his deputies, two dogs and their handlers and Cole they go looking for the tiger.  They know it's dangerous.  It's got cliffs the cat could jump from or the hunters could shoot at them.  But they want to save the cat and take the hunters into custody.

Who's going to succeed?

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Marisol: Spanish Rose (Charleston Brides #1) by Elva Cobb Martin

Marisol was out in the stables taking care of the horses when he assaulted her.  She wasn't defenseless but she didn't mean to kill him.  She just wanted to stop him.  He came from a moneyed family, she knew what would happen to her.  So she ran...

Wild Heart Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published November 12th.

She ends up for sale on the indentured servant' block.  There's a bidding war over her and she ends up on a ship heading out for resale in another land.  Then pirates board them and take the cargo, including the servants.  She's pretty enough she catches the captain's eye.  If things weren't bad enough, she finds she is with child.  Now she has to save them both.

The captain was once a minister but his wife died.  He offers Marisol a job as his son's governess.  She takes it but when she hears he is going to Cartagena, where her aunt lives, she and her son stow away on the ship.  When she's found, he's angry with her but she tells him her aunt can help him find his sister.

He dresses as a priest to escape the ship and accompanies her to her aunt's.  This is where things start getting exciting.  He and Marisol are falling in love.  Marisol finds that the mother of the man she killed wants her son.  She won't give him up, so Grandma steals him.  In the meantime, the captain has found his sister but they've discovered he's not a priest and they are coming after him.  He also finds out Marisol is a murderess and decides he can't love her.

This author keeps you reading and wondering how it will end.  It's a good read.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Death Has Deep Roots: A Second World War Mystery by Michael Gilbert, Martin Edwards (Edited by)

Victoria screams when she finds a dead body.  Then she is accused of murder.  Her first lawyer wants her to plead guilty, so she asks for another.  The new one interviews her.  He knows it looks bad but he believes her.

Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 5th.

She's been through a lot.  Fled her homeland, went to France, got caught by Gestapo there, had a baby while incarcerated, the baby died before it was very old, she managed to get away and now has a job at a hotel.  She'd been asking to see the dead man to inquire if he knew if her lover was still alive.  The other side suggested he was her lover but she denied it.

While the trial is going on, the defense team has a man on the ground checking out facts.  Someone wants him to stop and tries to warn him off.  He's getting closer to something that might help his dad in court when he gets jumped by bad guys.  He gets slashed by a knife but he keeps going.

The real killers and thieves are in plain sight but they lie well and give nothing up.  It's only when they don't appear when called to court that folks become suspicious.

Mr. Gilbert always writes mysteries that are complex and hard to figure out.  The characters are complex and not predictable.  That makes a good mystery.


Monday, October 28, 2019

The Old Success by Martha Grimes

Richard Jury is back again.  He gets called in on a murder by seaside.  It's a woman and two little girls found her.  Trying to talk to the children is difficult.  They are hesitant and the mother butts in.  It doesn't take long to identify the woman but no one knows why she was shot.

Atlantic Monthly Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 5th.

There are always odd characters and humor strewn around in this series and it makes it fun to read.  This ranged from a cold case years ago ( the retired cop who solved all his cases could not solve his daughter's death but he knew it wasn't suicide) and three current deaths:  the woman by the sea, a woman duster in the church, and a man in his home.

Before the end of the story, they have answers for all the deaths, as strange as they may be.  Policemen don't generally see the nice parts of life.  But they persist in doing their jobs.

I enjoy the Richard Jury mysteries.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

The Chocolate Shark Shenanigans by JoAnna Carl

Lee and her husband have purchased a house not far from them.  Her husband, Joe, plans to fix it up and resell.  There's another buyer trying to outbid them but the sellers are sticking with Joe's offer.  When Lee takes the plumber down to the basement to check on the pipes, she sees some rags in the crossbeams overhead.  Her husband had cleaned that room, so she asks the plumber to get it down.  He drops it and a gun goes off.  It almost hit Lee!

Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 5th.

They are both amazed to find a gun in the rags.  It's a gun that has been missing for a long time.

The next surprise was a dead body in the cupboards of the garage.  It's the other buyer and he's been murdered.  To add insult to injury, they suspect Joe as a suspect.  After all, they had words about the sale of the house in a public place.  Lee is ready to do her own snooping.  She knows Joe didn't do it.

They finally figure it out after many questions, but the killer is coming after them now...

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Novice Dragoneer by E.E. Knight

Ileth is fourteen and when she met a Dragoneer and her dragon she developed her own goal of becoming one, too.  When she gets old enough to apply as a novice, she runs away but she gets there too late.  She's sent to the back door but the guard won't let her in there either.  So she spends a week on the stoop, getting water from the river below and eating what she can find.  As the first batch of applicants is let go, someone comes to let her in.  He shows her where to go for sleep, where to eat, and where to work.

Ace and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 5th.

Her job is processing fish.  She has a mean bully as a boss and nothing she does pleases him.  When he gets her alone, he tries to rape her but she knows how to defend herself from that.  As her troubles with him multiply, she challenges him to a duel.  There are rules for duels.  She follows them but he attempts to kill her after the match has been stopped so he's fired.  She still has to watch for him in case he sneaks back in.

She learns to dance for the dragons and enjoys it.  Then they assign her to an old dragon to dance for him, stay with him, and try to get him to eat.  He tells her tales of days past and does eat a bit.  He even saves her from the man who wants to kill her but he's not long for this world and she mourns him. 

Next she gets assigned to riding dragons.  She got on one when she met the Dragoneer so she knows that much.  Then the dragon takes her for a short ride.  The next time she comes in they assign her to another dragon.  She fearfully discovers she's on a dragon delivering mail and she gets to see a lot of country. 

She seems to get in trouble all along the way but she's learning and getting better everyday.  If you like fantasy, you'll like this story.  There will be more in this series.