Saturday, July 31, 2021

Jim Hanvey Detective by Octavus Roy Cohen, Leslie S. Klinger (Edited by)


There are seven stories in this anthology.  The detective is fat, his clothes don't fit right, and he blinks his eyes a lot.  However, he's good at solving mysteries.

Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 10th.

He's a sneaky detective.  He's friends with most of the robbers.  He makes them think he's doing one thing when he's actually doing something else.  Sometimes he gets confessions, sometimes he catches them with the goods.  Each story is different and a new technique is used each time.  He doesn't always win but usually does.

These stories were written in 1923 and they still fascinate today.  I enjoyed the read.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Brothers, Blue & Gray (2nd Edition) by Ellen Gray Massey, Ruth Ellen Massey (Foreword by)


This is a story of the Civil War.  Two brothers enlist in opposite armies, their sister doesn't take sides and tries to keep them from fighting.

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

This is a hard look at slavery and the fight between the north and the south.  It's sad in many ways.

The two brothers go to the side they believe in.  Their father and sister stay home.  Then her father gets in a fight with a soldier and ends up dying of an old battle injury.  That leaves the sister with keeping the farm going.  Their slaves have been freed but most stayed there to help.

Then one day the fighting comes closer to home and her brothers are there.  She's afraid for her brothers and she should be...

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Safe Harbour by Mike Martin


Windflower is back again in one of his toughest cases.  Someone is enticing young girls into prostitution.  As they start searching, they find that this is not an isolated case.  Several young girls are missing.

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

Windflower is in a new position at another station.  As he tries to find out who is doing this, he makes those around him mad.  He can't just take off on his own and he needs to ask for permission from his supervisor.  He's not used to that so there are some conflicts.

He's happy with his wife and his little girl.  They have another girl they are fostering.  Before the story is over, they intend to adopt her.

There are bikers, drugs and more in this area.  It's a bad problem to to try to straighten out but Windflower doesn't back down.

These stories are never boring and the author keeps you on the edge of your seat with what happens.  I enjoy this series.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Down Range by Taylor Moore


This is not a typical western.  One son is a lawyer and one is a DEA agent.  Garrett doesn't reveal his real job and uses construction jobs as an excuse.  That works fine until he saves a little boy during a deadly massacre.  Then they send him home with the boy...

William Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this one for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

Garrett finds that his brother has been writing contracts for a company that isn't using it for legal purposes.  They are running drugs.

This turns into a real mess.  Garrett wants to stop them and they want to kill him.  There are several people involved in this enterprise and even the customers aren't nice.

Garrett is staying with his dad temporarily.  The bad guys, shoot his dad and kidnap the boy.

This is a realistic look at the drug world.  There are all kinds of people involved and it turns into a real fight.  They take his brother's daughters, too.  They have to be very careful at what they do so the children won't be killed.

Will Garrett and his brother be able to overcome the killers?

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The Moonshine Shack Murder (A Southern Homebrew Mystery) by Diane Kelly


Hattie's grandfather taught her how to make moonshine.  She's using those skills to run her own business.

Berkley let me read this book for review.  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

She has a competitor across the street, so she goes to talk to him.  He agrees he'll buy some of her stock to sell to his customers who come in to drink.  She gets warned about him.  He doesn't always pay his bills.  So when she goes over with her merchandise she intends to ask for her money up front.  But before she even gets through the door, he's telling her he cancelling the order...  He found a better deal elsewhere.  She's disappointed but not too heartbroken over it.

Then, one evening when she was having a hard time sleeping, she hears a noise in the front of the shop.  She goes out to look and finds him on the sidewalk.  His throat has been cut by one of her bottles.

She didn't do it but the lady cop is not so sure...

Hattie really likes the cop who rides a horse.  They agree to go to dinner when the case is finished.

There are a lot of suspects because he was not a very nice man.  Hattie starts asking questions to prove who the real killer is.  The man cop  warns her away but she continues.  And she eventually finds the real killer.

The only problem is that the killer is now after her...

Monday, July 26, 2021

Fox & Rabbit Celebrate by Beth Ferry


Fox and Rabbit want to help sparrow celebrate his birthday.  They decide to make a huge pizza that will feed everyone.

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 is  done in graphic form and the illustrations are lovely.

They ask their friends to help.  Soon they have a BIG pizza.  Now how will they cook it?

There is a dragon in the area and they ask him for help.  The next day he cooks the pizza with his flame and stays for the party.  Then they find out it's his birthday, too!  He even gets to try ice cream for the first time.

Now the dragon has lots of friends, too.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson


This is the story of a logging family.  Their ups and downs, deaths, and love.  It also points out how agencies use toxic chemicals and work to stop logging.

Simon and Schuster sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published on August 3rd.

Not all the family members get along.  Lots of deaths have come from logging big trees but the family doesn't stop.

You get an inside look at a marriage.  They have one child.  She's miscarried several babies due to the chemicals.  He's afraid to get her pregnant again but she wants another baby.  Then there's the land he took a loan out on that he hasn't told her about.  It was $250,000.  But when it is logged it will be worth more than that.  They have to get a road there first.

A politician will help them get a road there if they sell him the property.  He's not offering enough to pay the debt...

Life is not easy for these people.  Nothing can be done without approvals.  You can get an idea of how hard it can be to use your own land.

Each chapter is the viewpoint of one of three characters.  Life is tough in the woods.