Saturday, February 23, 2019

No Good Tea Goes Unpunished by Bree Baker

Everly Swan is living her dream.  She's bought the house she'd lusted over in her youth, she's running her own business selling varieties of iced tea and recipes from her relatives in the past and she has a new man in her life.  She has agreed to take on a friend's wedding party.  They'll marry on the beach and she'll host the reception.  Everything is going well until the groom gets a phone call and goes down the beach for a bit of privacy to chat.  When he doesn't come back, they can't figure out why.  His dead body gives them a clue...

Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 26th.

They think he's drowned but it turns out he was bleeding, too.  The police and EMT's show up and remove the body.  It's quite a challenge for the cops because there over 200 people there for the wedding.  Everly is doing her own investigation.  And the killer knows it because they leave her notes and drawings that threaten her.  

There's lots of other work going on, so her investigation goes slowly.  The detective tries to get her to mind her own business.  Her aunts want her to make a video presentation for them.  And her old boyfriend is in town and trying to win her back.  Everly has plenty to do!

When she identifies the killer, she almost gets herself killed...

This was a fun read with lots of oddball characters.  Give it try and let me know what you think.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Leave No Scone Unturned by Denise Swanson

Dani is gearing up for the start of the school year.  Her chef's catering service gets real busy real fast with the college in session.  She sells lunches to go also.  Her boarders help with her business and one of them has been giving a homeless guy leftover food to share in the homeless camp.  Dani doesn't have a problem with that but she worries that her young boarder might find some problems in that camp.  Deuce is a bit strange and has PTSD from his war time but he's protective of Ivy.  She never expected that the next time she saw him he would be dead...

Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 26th.

Spencer, who is Ivy's uncle, is with her when they find him dead in his tent.  The other homeless folks either cut out or don't talk.  The police especially don't get anywhere in questioning them.  No one trusts them because of previous conflicts with them in the past.

This was a very interesting mystery.  Dani has more than one romantic interest, there are Zombies running around as part of a college promotion, carjacking is going on by folks wearing masks, and in the midst of all this is a killer.

It takes college journalists, Spencer, Dani, and the lead detective working together to put all the pieces of the puzzle together and find the killer.  The killer was a real surprise to me.  Was it one of your suspects?

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs is back again.  She's working as a ambulance driver for the emergency response teams responding to bomb blasts.  It's volunteer work she does as her contribution during the war.  When a man from her past calls and asks if she will work on another case for him, she agrees.  But he doesn't tell her much...

Harper and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 26th.

Maisie and her partner had taken a journalist with them so she could see just how awful all the bombing was.  America had not yet joined the war although Europe could use their help.  This journalist was trying to impress the American public with the horror of the war so they would pressure the politicians to help.  She manages that.  She even manages to get herself killed...

Her death is what they want Maisie to investigate. She even gets to work with another man from her past.  He's not telling her much either.  Secret service types don't share their secrets.  She works with him, she likes him, but she's not sure if she trusts him.  He ends up becoming her lover even though she was trying hard not to fall for him.

While she's investigating, talking to everyone that knew the deceased and trying to ferret out the killer, she's also applying to adopt the little orphan girl she took in.  Then her ambulance partner gets caught in a house fire where she went in to get two young children out.  Her burns are awful.  All of this is really stressful for Maisie but she's tough.

The worst part is when she finally identifies the killer.  The ending surprised me.  Did you figure it out?

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Run Away by Harlan Coben

He's trying to find his missing daughter.  She's gotten on drugs, has an abusive boyfriend and has hidden herself from her family.  He finally finds her in a local park, singing Beatle's songs and asking for donations.  She looks awful and that's probably what makes people donate.  She doesn't sing that well.  Finding her was hard and now she doesn't want to come home...

Grand Central Publishing sent me ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will publish on March 19th.

As he tries to convince her to go with him, her boyfriend shows up and they get in a fight.  He breaks the boy's nose.  And suddenly the park crowd is on him.  They think he was trying to get the girl to rape her.  By the time the cops arrive, his daughter and her boyfriend have split and he's lost her again...

Simon is determined to find her.  He doesn't understand the world she's living in but he wants her safe.  He'll have to enter her world to ferret her whereabouts.  He does and he almost doesn't make it back to the world he lived in.

Along with Simon's hunt, there's a private eye involved in another people search, two killers doing a cult leader's tasks, drugs, and more.  The story of Simon's daughter is mixed the young men who are being killed and it's very dangerous.  Simon develops a friendship with an odd person, his wife gets shot and is in a coma, and more people die.

Will Simon be able to save his beloved family?

Mission Critical by Mark Greaney

Court is on his way to his next assignment when another branch of the agency arrives with a prisoner.  They want him off the plane, but his boss tells them to cease and desist so they all travel together to England.  They land in a a small airport and all of a sudden they have trouble.  Someone wants their prisoner and they don't care how many they have to kill to get him...

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

When the event is over, only Court is still alive and the prisoner has been taken by forces that attacked them.  The good news is that Court can fly a plane, so he gets out of there and circles around to follow them and see where they are taking the prisoner.  When he checks in, they tell him to stay on it.  What follows is tension filled drama with people dying every step of the way.  There are multiple countries involved, it's spies, the CIA and more interacting or not, and for a single assassin it's hard to stay alive.

There are a lot of characters, information is fed to you slowly as they try to figure what's going on, and it's hard to tell who is a friend and who is an enemy.  There's even bad feelings between a father and his daughter that could become deadly.

You keep reading because you can't believe how much action can be packed in a book.  An old romance revives and then dies again before the end of the story.  And when your boss tries to kill you, it's hard to trust any agency.

Court will be playing by himself in the future.  He knows he can trust himself...

You won't be bored reading this one.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Drowned Under by Wendall Thomas

Cyd isn't looking forward to the holidays.  Her whole family is mad at her for helping the police nail her uncle and put him in jail.  So when her ex-husband shows up and asks for her help in locating his parents in Australia, it sounds like a good idea.  She won't be in town to celebrate.

Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 19th.  

Cyd calls her friend Harriet and they decide to meet in Australia to search together.  They are both travel agents and have free plane rides as well as other perks they can use.  She's looking forward to seeing her again.

The best part of this story is what Cyd will do in her mission to find her ex-inlaws.  She misses the boat, so a helicopter delivers her there.  As she goes down the rope to the deck, her skirt flies up and everyone gets to see her thong underwear...  What a great start to a boat trip.

When she gets to the cabin she is sharing with Harriet, she finds her on the floor dead.  Hers is not the only death on this boat.

Everybody in this story is hiding things.  As she tries to find her inlaws, she finds an almost extinct animal and ends up having to care for it.  Various people are trying to kill her so it's an exciting read with lots of silly antics.  The endangered animal isn't cooperating either.  And there's also an ex-nun who is on board that she knows who is now looking for her next sex partner.  

You won't be bored. 

Monday, February 18, 2019

A Stranger Here Below: A Gideon Stoltz Mystery by Charles Fergus

Gideon left home because he came home and found his mother dead.  She'd been raped and stabbed.  He was traumatized by that sight and her death, he didn't want to inherit the farm, and after an argument with his father, he left.  When he reached a small town he liked, he reported an incident on the road to the sheriff.  After they chatted a bit, the sheriff asked him if he'd like to be a deputy.  He accepted.  He was young, it sounded interesting.  But he didn't expect the sheriff to die in just a few years...

Skyhorse and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you.  It will be published on March 19th.

Gideon is promoted to the position of sheriff.  He's married, loves his wife and their little boy, and the town is quiet so he finds his job fairly easy.  He hunts with the local judge and they have a good relationship.  When he goes early to the judge's home to go duck hunting, he finds the judge has committed suicide.  Why would he do that?  The answer is thirty years in the past...

As he digs in the past, he finds that while people tolerate him in town, he's not altogether trusted.  He's young and he's Dutch and they resent that.  He also finds much of what he wants to find out is not available anymore.  He takes the judge's journals and read through the past and finds what he wanted to know but he still isn't sure he understands the suicide.  In the meantime, he has another murder to solve.  And then one more...

This is a new series and I'll be watching for more books by Mr. Fergus.  There were hidden facts that complicated the case and offered some explanation, there's a very ironic ending, Gideon's own family has a tragedy and Gideon will have to start believing in his wife's second sight.  I want to read the next book to see what happens next.