Thursday, August 5, 2021

Tales of the Mushroom Folk by Polly Lawson (Translated by) Signe Aspelin


This is a cute children's book.  It show families of mushrooms and will introduce your child to them.

Floris Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 7th.

The illustrations show the shape of the mushrooms and the children are smaller versions of it.  The author gives you details on how they grow.  Some smell bad.

The back of the book shows you which ones are safe for eating.  Not many are, so be careful.  Teaching your children about them is good but don't let them touch the poisonous ones!

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson


June loves her library and the people she knows.  But she's shy and almost dies when she has to speak in front of a crowd.  Her mother ran the library before her so she has lots of memories.

Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on August 31st.

June has not traveled far from her hometown but she's content.  Then she learns that the council is planning to shut down several libraries and hers is one of them.

There are protests, they even take over the library by occupying it.  But it doesn't matter.  After the activities she's participated in, June gets brave enough to tell her suspicions to everyone.  Unfortunately that happens at a wedding.  It creates a big disturbance and that's when June realizes her boss didn't know her husband's plans.

It turns into a real mess but it does get straightened out.  It's not all sweetness and light but neither is life...

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

The Midnight Lock by Jeffery Deaver


Amelia and Lincoln are back but they aren't having an easy time of it.

GP Putnam's Sons and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 30th.

Women wake up the next morning and realize someone had been there while they were sleeping.  The person takes a pair of their panties and one of the kitchen knives.  They advise the cops but no one knows who it was.  The person avoids cameras and leaves no trace behind.

However, Lincoln and Amelia are very good at forensic work and find tell tale signs.  

The mayor is being pressured by his opponent and he removes everybody from the investigation.  This isn't normal.  But there is someone in the office who is a mole.  They eventually find him.  And they find the killer and more.

Will that be enough to get Lincoln and Amelia and the others be reinstated?

Partners in Lime by Bree Baker, Series: Seaside Café Mysteries


Everly has her tea shop running fine and she enjoys her detective boyfriend. She just has one bad habit, she gets involved in murders.  She says it's to help him but she likes solving mysteries.  If only it wasn't so dangerous...

Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 31st.

There's a new guy in town who is a surfing champion.  He's not the nicest person but he enjoys being No. 1.  Then they find him dead with an arrow in his back.  That means the cop suspects Matt who uses a crossbow and had argued with him the night before.  Everly knows he didn't do it so she starts asking questions.  Her boyfriend tries to make her stop but to no avail.

She gets a warning from the killer to stop looking but she doesn't listen to him either.   As time goes on the threats increase in intensity.  

Then when she's alone, she finds out who the killer is and he kidnaps her.  Will she survive?

Monday, August 2, 2021

Where I Left Her by Amber Garza


Whitney goes to pick up her daughter from a sleepover, but the people in the house now are older and know nothing about her...

Mira and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you). It will be published August 24th.

This book is all drama and many untruths.  Things are explained as you go along and then you find out it was not true.

Whitney is the mom and she searches for her child.  It seems that everything can go wrong does.  There is tension, and no one is really a friend.  

It keeps your attention because you want to see where it goes next.  The ending is is the final truth and it's not very nice.  If you want happy ever after, you won't find it here.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

The Darkness Knows by Arnaldur Indridason


They found a missing person who had been gone for 30 years.  He was frozen solid but they could tell that was not why he died.

Minotaur Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on August 17th.

Konrad is a retired policeman but this had been his case, so he starts snooping around.  There are several suspects and some will talk and some won't.  They have a man in jail but Konrad doesn't think he did it.

This is a long investigation with pieces of enlightenment here and there.  Now if he can join things together maybe he can get to the truth.

He needs to protect himself, too.  Not all these suspects are nice.  

It takes quite a while but he finally gets to the truth...

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.

Tales of the Mushroom Folk by Polly Lawson (Translated by) Signe Aspelin

This is a cute children's book.  It show families of mushrooms and will introduce your child to them. Floris Books and Edelweiss let me ...