Sunday, December 9, 2018

Murders and Metaphors: A Magical Bookshop Mystery by Amanda Flower

Violet and her grandmother Daisy are doing a book signing at one of the local wine grower's home.  There's a confrontation between sisters, the author disappears and Violet starts getting ready to leave when she notices her cat has sneaked away from her tote.  She goes outdoors to run him down and finally locates him in the field of grapes.  Unfortunately, he's discovered a dead body...

Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 22nd.

The dead woman is their author and there are plenty of suspects.  She's a wine reviewer and she could be cutting and nasty about the wineries products.  She even had a fight with one at the signing table.  But who killed her?

My favorite part is the crow that talks (and makes sense), the cat who gets in the way and helps a bit, and the bookstore that tries to give Violet clues by opening book pages and showing hints.  The police chief sounds luscious, too.

With a hint of romance, lots of hate, and no end of potential killers, this one holds your attention and just makes you wonder which one it could have been.  It read up fast, was busy and was enjoyable.  See if you can figure the killer out...

Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Book Artist: A Hugo Marston Novel by Mark Pryor

Hugo is still at the embassy and his boss tells him to be at one event and then changes his mind and sends him to another.  The art display he's attending has a beautiful young woman artist.  She makes her sculptures with books and that's one of Hugh's favorite things so they hit it off well.  He's even thinking of dating her.  They've already been to dinner and it was fun for both of them.  He never expected to find her dead during the first day of her exhibit...

Seventh Street Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published January 8th.

No one saw anything.  There's a surprising lack of clues and the French policeman does not want his help.  He's going to get it anyway.

When he finds they are arresting his girlfriend for the murder, he knows she didn't do it.  After all, she collapsed during her run and had an ambulance attend to her.  But they found her DNA under the girl's fingernail.  The Frenchman believes it proves she did.

Hugo can't talk to her but he can talk to the others who attended the opening.  Nothing seems to be turning up.

In the meantime, a killer is out to get him.  They set him up and end up taking him out but not before more damage is done.

It's a good thing Hugo doesn't give up.  It takes him a long time to find who killed the artist, but he does.

This series is always very busy with multiple story lines and the author engages your mind.  I find them very enjoyable to read even if they are a bit sad in places. 

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Suspect by Fiona Barton

Two girls take a trip to Thailand after they graduate from high school.  They anticipate seeing the sights and having fun.  But nothing matches what they've seen on tourism websites.  It's more run down and crowded...

Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 22nd.

Alex's girlfriend cancels at the last minute and she ends up traveling with a girl she doesn't know that well.  It doesn't take long for her to decide Rosie was not a good choice.   All she wants to do is party and sleep with the boys in the hostel.  Then she finds out she's been stealing from her.  She makes up her mind to go home even if she's afraid to travel alone.  But she waited too long.

Traveling in strange countries is not always safe.  The hostel they are staying in is known for selling drugs but they didn't know that.  The boys traveling through don't stay long.  And the boy that Alex has a crush on is being pursued by Rosie.  Alex gets drugged.  Rosie gets dead.  Then Alex is also killed.

The Thai policemen say they died in a fire but the post mortem done in the states tells another story.

The journalist covering the story has a lost son in the same area.  She goes to look into the girl's deaths and finds that her son Jake was there, too.  He was working in the hostel.  Was he the killer?

This is a sad read and the two young women died for no real reason.  The ending bothered me a bit because it wasn't as clean as I like them to be.  The journalist gave up some of her integrity and that bothered me.  It's a complex mystery, though, and will keep you reading.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Escape from the Palace by Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Kate Hindley

The ratzis are still irritated by being bested by a small rabbit.  Now they are plotting to scare the President of the United States and embarrass America and England both.  They decide they need to get rid of Shylo first so he can't interfere in this plan...

Aladdin and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 22nd.

I enjoy this series.  Shylo is small and not very strong so to accomplish his goals he has to use his brains.  I admire those who use their brains and not brawn to win a disagreement.

The first thing that happens to Shylo is he ends up a prisoner of the ratzis.  They stuff him in the gymnasium and leave him there until later because it's time to activate their plot.  He has no way out.  At least he only has one guard.

As the ratzis' raid the building the officials are in, things aren't as easy as they anticipated.  There are rabbits from the Palace and from the US protecting the tunnels and fights ensue.

Shylo cleverly gets out of his prison and goes to the rescue.  The rescue is about as confused and messed up as it possibly could be.  As things kept going wrong, it made me smile.  Sometimes your luck is like that.  

Will Shylo survive?  Will the embarrassment happen?  Read the book and see.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Valentine Candy Murder by Leslie Meier

In Valentine murder, Lucy is a brand new board member for the library.  She goes to her first meeting and they find the librarian has gone missing.  When she goes down to the basement to see if she's there, she finds her dead.  This is not a good start to a new job...

Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 18th.

No one knows why someone would have killed the new librarian.  There really aren't any clues to be found.  But it almost had to be someone with library access or they wouldn't have a key to the basement door.

Lucy's boss is all excited.  She's one of his journalists and she was right on the scene!  But Lucy doesn't want to just talk about it.  She wants to solve it.  Unfortunately, this isn't the only death planned...

Chocolate Covered Murder is even more deadly.  It begins with an ice fisherman's death.  Then a candy shop employee who flirted with all the men in town dies.  This is a small town and everyone knows everyone else.  Who would commit murder?  The cops arrest a suspect but no one thinks she's the murderer except them.  Can Lucy figure out it?  And, if she does, can she stay alive?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Not A Creature Was Stirring by Christina Freeburn

Merry is all ready to go to a Christmas show where she usually sells well.  She's bought a used RV and has filled it with goods to go on display at her table.  She takes her guinea pig with her for company.  The easy trip gets more obnoxious as they go.  She thinks Ebenezer must be letting farts go, but it's worse than that.  The first thing she does on arrival is try to find what's causing that awful fragrance.  Then she wishes she hadn't...

Henery Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).    It will be published January 22nd.

The worst part is that she has found a body and it's her ex-husband.  She knows she's going to end up at the top of the list of suspects.  And she's right.

This turns into a real mess.  The cops take her and she doesn't hardly sell anything at the sale.  Someone breaks into the RV, the car and even her house looking for something. She can't convince the cop she didn't kill him.  Then she finds out they weren't even divorced.  How could it get worse?  Oh, it does, believe me.

In the middle of all this there's a handicapped young man who tells the cop things that sound worse then they are.  Someone strands her on her roof.  And one of her other ex-husbands wants to make up again.  He's separated from current wife and is divorcing.  What a mess!

There was so much going on I wasn't sure it would all get resolved by the story's end but it did.  Not everything is happy ever after but they're working on it...

Monday, December 3, 2018

Broken Ground by Val McDermid

It's supposed to be her inheritance and it's looking good when they dig the first motorcycle out.  The second motorcycle has an attachment, though.  There's a dead body on it...

Atlantic Monthly Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on the 5th.

Since the body has been there for twenty-five years or more, the coroner calls DCI Pirie to investigate.  Her boss is not happy about that; she's the one that gives orders, not coroners.  

As she works on the case, she gives a new man in her office work on another case.  He hates it but then he finds the DNA matches and he's probably found the killer.  When the suspect is brought to the police station to be questioned, he gets killed on the entry way by a grieving father, who should have known nothing about it.  The new man, who was a spy and a pain, is disciplined and removed from her department because he told the father about it.

They keep digging, looking for the killer from long ago.  When they find the murderer, new trouble develops.  Will DCI Pirie be able to solve her case?