Thursday, October 20, 2022

Slow Down... on Your Doorstep by Rachel Williams , Freya Hartas (Illustrator)


This is a board book that has educational information in it.

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

It talks mostly about animals and will give youngsters knowledge they might not pick up anywhere else.

The illustrations are great.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

The Most Haunted House in America by Jarrett Dapier , Lee Gatlin (Illustrations)


This is a picture book that will amuse children.  It has ghosts in it!

Abrams Children's Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

The Skeleton Band is invited to the White House to play.  They go and are surprised by all the ghosts who live there.  They play but soon they are overwhelmed and make tracks...

There are dancers, even a couple of ghost snakes.

This would be a good read for Halloween!

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Death by the Sea by Vera Morris

This is police procedural with an odd killer.

Headline Accent and Net Galley let me read this book for review.  It will be published October 27th.

First a Judge dies.  He was at the bottom of stairs but it was still murder.  He was going to reveal the killer.

Then a young tennis champ is found in the sea.  Who is killing them?

The Anglian Detective Agency is hired to ferret the truth and find the killer.  It takes a lot of questions and searching before they have a suspect.

The killer has made up pipe bombs and is going to use them for revenge.

Will they figure it out before the killer's plan succeeds?

Monday, October 17, 2022

A Fearsome Moonlight Black: The Bone Detective, A Dave Beckett novel by David Putnam


This is a police procedural that is full of death and some bad cops.

Level Best Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 18th.

The story starts with a rookie cop.  He has the misfortune of finding dead people.  He's not supposed to investigate but he wants to.  The other cops aren't especially effective.

He ends up being demoted until he dropped to the Bone Detective.  But he still looks for clues.

When he thinks he's figured it out, he meets another cop who wants to know what he's found.  He tells him and finds himself in trouble.  The cop is a killer.

Will he manage to stay alive?

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Silent Victim by Michael Wood


This is almost like a horror tale.  The killer goes after young women, rapes them and then cuts their throats.  But he leaves no evidence behind.

One More Chapter and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 28th.

One of the cops got shot and is off duty but she is pursuing this case.  She feels sorry for the teenagers.

The one victim who survived can't talk.  She didn't see who attacked her.  But the cop is on his trail.

She taunts him and expects him to come after her.  He picks a new victim and she goes after him.

Will she get him or will he get her?

Saturday, October 15, 2022

A Starlit Trip to the Library by Andrew Katz; Juliana Léveillé-Trudel


The illustrations in this book are lovely.  I always visited my library at home, so this book spoke to me.

Chouette Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on the 18th of October.

She's camping with her friendly animals and is getting ready to read a bedtime story.  Then she finds she forgot to bring her book!

But luckily a bear on a raft that she knows shows up.  They head out for the library even though it is night.  He shows her the books out behind the library in boxes.

An owl helps her find the right book, and she goes back and reads it to her friends...

Friday, October 14, 2022

The Rowdy Randy Wild West Show by Casey Rislov


Rowdy Randy is quite a character.  She gathers together her friends and plans a Wild West Show.

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

The show is amazing and wait until you see what she rides in on to impress the animals.

It's a fun book to read!

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Death at Paradise Palms 2 (The Retired Detectives Club) by Steph Broadribb


This is  a fascinating mystery.  Retired cops are on the job because the cops on the force now don't want to investigate.  But the retired cops are in danger...

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

One of them goes missing and they are trying to find him.  His car is in the lagoon with a dead woman in it.  The current cops think he killed her...

Then another man goes missing.  It takes some good investigation to find out where they are.  And the killer is a real surprise.

It's a good mystery and the story is interesting.  Give it a try!

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

The Legend of Sally Jones by Jakob Wegelius


Sally Jones is a gorilla.  She has many adventures as she's sold to different owners.

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

Sally fell in love with an orangutan but he finds his tribe and she's alone again.

She spends time in cages, gets beaten, but always manages to eventually get free.

She travels around the world on boats, becomes friends with some of her captors, and enjoys her life when she can.

Her story is an unusual one...

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

The Lost Brother by Gretta Mulrooney


This is quite a tale.  Steve was told his little brother died but later in life he sees a picture of him grown.

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

His little brother has gone through several families since he was given away.  But no one is still alive or they won't tell what they know.

The private detective that Steve hired isn't about to give up.  He finds various people who know what happened but they won't give it up.  He keeps searching.

He finally finds him but there is a special twist at the end...

Monday, October 10, 2022

Cats Don't Like Christmas! A Hilarious Holiday Children's Book for Kids Ages 3-7 by Andy Wortlock

This is a good book for children, the cat complains through the book about Christmas.

BooksGoSocial and Net galley let me read this book (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.

The cat is crabby.  He gets his paws caught in scotch tape and they moved his pillows.  He climbs to the top of the Christmas tree and tells the family that it's their fault for bringing it indoors.

But at the end of the book there is a surprise.  Can you guess what it is?

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Going Rogue: Rise and Shine Twenty-Nine by Janet Evanovich


Stephanie is back again and she gets into even more trouble...

Atria Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on November 1st.

She starts out trying to find a coin that has been in several hands.  She finally locates it and finds out that it has it identified where money had been hidden.  The men who found it stole the money and spent it all.  The men who stashed the money thought she got it and are after her.

It's a good thing she has two boyfriends to protect her.  However it doesn't save her from trouble...

Evanovich's stories are never boring and have lots of action in them.  This was a good read as all of hers are.  I enjoyed it.

Saturday, October 8, 2022

The Journey : Big Panda and Tiny Dragon by James Norbury


This is a great book for children.  It has several lessons in it.

Mandala Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 25th.

The panda is big and the dragon is very tiny.  They are friends and travel together.  But when they try to cross the river on a raft, they get swept to sea.

The dragon has a fit but the panda is calm.  He explains they are on an adventure.  This doesn't make the dragon happy.

They travel together and have many new experiences.  The panda tries to tell the dragon why it's a good thing.

By the end of the book, the dragon begins to understand and decides he likes it.

Friday, October 7, 2022

The Watkins Book of English Folktales by Neil Philip


This is an interesting book.  It starts with a fairy tale you know and then gives you several more to read with the same characters.

Watkins Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 11th.

Besides the fairy tales, there is a lot of information about who wrote them and when.

If you like fairy tales, you'll like this book!  The tales they tell after the original story are fascinating!

Thursday, October 6, 2022

A Trip with Trouble: The Mountain Lodge Mysteries by Diane Kelly


A group of women motorcyclists come to spend some time at the lodge and ride their motorcycles.  Misty is thrilled.  This will help her pay for the lodge.

Net Galley and St Martin's Press let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on Oct. 25th.

Everyone had fun and chatted until the leader of the group was killed.  Misty wants to find out who did it.  There are a lot of suspects.  Everyone claimed to love her but someone must not have.

They find her off the road and it looks like someone knocked her and the bike down there.  Will she  be able to figure it out?  Who could have hated her enough to do that?

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Last Seen Alive (Detective Amanda Steele Book 6) by Carolyn Arnold

It starts with one murder but soon becomes three.  The cops jump into action but there are different jurisdictions and the chief is crabby.  Much of the story has the chief on her case...

Net Galley and Bookouture let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on Oct 6.

It's  complex case with a lot of of snags and several false evidences.  But Amanda doesn't give up.

She knows the man in jail didn't do it and gets herself in trouble for snooping on a case that doesn't belong to her.

There is romance thrown in.  The murders make folks sad.  

Will they find out who the killer is?

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Shame the Devil by Graeme Hampton

This is a tale of murders and no real way to tie them together.

Hera Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 20th.

People answer their doors and then find themselves stabbed and dying.  There doesn't seem to be any association between them.  But the cops keep asking questions.

Soon they discover they all worked at a school at one time.  Then they find out a little boy ran out in the road for ice cream and got ran over and died.  But who wants revenge?

The killer is a mystery.  But the cops finally identify the person while they are trying to kill another...

I bet you can't guess who the killer is... 

Monday, October 3, 2022

The Witch and the Tsar by Olesya Salnikova Gilmore


This is a magical tale of Russia.  It's fantasy and I enjoyed it!

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

This is an interesting tale that takes place over several years.  She is a witch (Baba Yaga) and cannot stand the death that the Tsar spreads across the land.

She is not interested in men but then she meets one that grabs her attention.  She even marries him.  Then she finds herself pregnant.

While this is going on, she also fighting with a woman who inspires warfare.  She is surprised when she finally recognizes her.  But she is determined to get rid of her.

Life is not easy in Russia and she will have to work with her daughter to win.

You won't be bored...

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Murder After Christmas by Rupert Latimer


This is a confusing tale of two deaths, times of death, and who inherits.

Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.

Those who could inherit decide to mess things up a bit so no one knows when the precise moment of death is.

The cops don't give up.  They question everyone, offer ideas that get shot down, and then try again.

After visiting with the folks there for Christmas, there are several ways they could have died.  But the one cop doesn't stop his search and he eventually unravels the truth...

Saturday, October 1, 2022

A Shetland Christmas Carol: The perfect cosy read for the holiday season! by Erin Green


This is a performance that has problems... 

Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  You can get a copy now.

There are three women and several men and it's a battle to get the performance put together.  With a lot of work, they manage but then the stage burns down.  Finding another place is hard but they do it.

Then the lady who is pregnant suddenly is going to have her child during a wedding...

There is romance, alpacas and puppies to find the find the right families for.  Nothing is easy.  But at the end everything works out.

The Golden Quest by David Delisle

The Golden Quest is a graphic novel about a young boy who embarks on a Hero’s Journey with his dog Shelby to discover the Golden Rules of Mo...