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.