Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bai Tide by Erika Mitchell - #review


• Paperback: 244 pages
• Publisher: Champagne Books; First Edition edition (April 5, 2015)

An espionage thriller for people who like explosions and sarcasm.

CIA case officer Bai Hsu is stationed in San Diego, where his job is to safeguard the valuable emotional collateral of some of the world’s most powerful people (read: their kids). Just when he thinks he’s landed the easiest assignment of all time, an operative starts targeting the school and it’s up to Bai to figure out who the operative is after, and why. This fast-paced story will take you from the picturesque beaches of San Diego to a deadly blizzard in Pyongyang and make Bai question everything he thought he knew about working in the field, and about himself.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Under the Approaching Dark by Anna Belfrage - #review #giveaway


Adam de Guirande has cause to believe the turbulent times are behind him: Hugh Despenser is dead and Edward II is forced to abdicate in favour of his young son. It is time to look forward, to a bright new world in which the young king, guided by his council, heals his kingdom and restores its greatness. But the turmoil is far from over.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Bloodline by Vicki Vass - #review #giveaway


Fleeing from the witch trials in Salem, Terra Rowan finds herself in modern day Asheville, North Carolina. A dark spirit from the past hunts this last witch of Salem. With the help of the ladies of the Biltmore Society, Terra must discover the secret within the forest to preserve the bloodline.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Raven's Feast by Eric Shumaker - #bookblast

Raven's Feast by Eric Schumacher

Publication Date: May 1, 2017
Creativia
eBook & Paperback
Series: Hakon's Saga, Book 2
Genre: Fiction/Historical



Raven’s Feast is the sequel to God’s Hammer, the true story of Hakon Haraldsson and his quest to win and keep the High Seat of Viking Age Norway.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Bed and Breakfast and Murder by Patti Larsen - #review #giveaway


A Poo Poo Kind of Morning

I tried not to look down the mouth of hell staring back at me from inside the glaringly pristine outer ceramic shell of the white throne, my throat catching, stomach doing half flips and a rather impressive rollover routine that would have gotten at least a 9.5 even from the Russian judges. Instead, I forced myself to smile and swallow and remind myself the elbow length yellow rubber gloves grasping the handle of the standard issue plunger were all that stood between me and Pooageddon.

Lilli de Jong by Janet Benton - #bookblast

Lilli de Jong by Janet Benton

Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Nan A. Talese
Hardcover & eBook; 352 Pages

Genre: Fiction/Historical/Literary

 

READ AN EXCERPT. A young woman finds the most powerful love of her life when she gives birth at an institution for unwed mothers in 1883 Philadelphia. She is told she must give up her daughter to avoid lifelong poverty and shame. But she chooses to keep her. Pregnant, left behind by her lover, and banished from her Quaker home and teaching position, Lilli de Jong enters a home for wronged women to deliver her child. She is stunned at how much her infant needs her and at how quickly their bond overtakes her heart. Mothers in her position face disabling prejudice, which is why most give up their newborns. But Lilli can’t accept such an outcome. Instead, she braves moral condemnation and financial ruin in a quest to keep herself and her baby alive. Confiding their story to her diary as it unfolds, Lilli takes readers from an impoverished charity to a wealthy family's home to the streets of a burgeoning American city. Drawing on rich history, Lilli de Jong is both an intimate portrait of loves lost and found and a testament to the work of mothers. "So little is permissible for a woman," writes Lilli, “yet on her back every human climbs to adulthood.”

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Praise for Lilli de Jong

"Lilli de Jong, discharged from her teaching job and banished from Quaker meetings because of her father's selfish choice, finds comfort in the affections of her father's apprentice, Johan. The night before he leaves to embark on a new life, she succumbs to his embrace with his promise that he will send for her. Soon thereafter, a pregnant Lilli finds herself shunned and alone, her only option a Philadelphia charity for wronged women. Knowing that she must relinquish her newborn, she is unprepared for the love that she feels for her daughter. Lilli quickly decides to fight to keep her, but in 1883 that means a life of hardship and deprivation. Telling Lilli's story in diary form, debut author Benton has written a captivating, page-turning, and well-researched novel about the power of a mother's love and the stark reality of the choices she must make. VERDICT A great choice for book clubs and readers of Geraldine Brooks." - Library Journal, Starred Review

“A powerful, authentic voice for a generation of women whose struggles were erased from history—a heart-smashing debut that completely satisfies.” —Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

“Beautifully written, emotionally resonant, and psychologically astute, Lilli de Jong is the story of an unwed mother in late 19th-century Philadelphia who, facing peril at every turn, will do almost anything to keep her daughter alive. Benton turns a laser eye to her subject, exposing the sanctimony, hypocrisies, and pervasive sexism that kept women confined and unequal in the Victorian era—and that still bedevil many women today. A gripping read.” —Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train and A Piece of the World

“A stunning ode to motherhood. Lilli de Jong reminds us that there is no formula to being a good mother. Love is the essential ingredient, and only it gives everlasting life to our legacies. A debut of robust heart that will stay with me for a very long time.” —Sarah McCoy, author of The Mapmaker’s Children

“Janet Benton’s remarkable novel Lilli de Jong is historical fiction that transcends the genre and recalls a past world so thoroughly that it breathes upon the page. From the first sentence, Lilli’s sensitive, observant, determined voice casts an irresistible spell. Benton combines rich, carefully researched detail with an imaginative boldness that is a joy to behold—though reader, be warned: Lilli’s story may break your heart.” —Valerie Martin, author of The Ghost of the Mary Celeste

“[A] gorgeously written debut . . . Lilli’s fight to craft her own life and nurture her bond with her baby is both devastatingly relevant and achingly beautiful. A stunning read about the fierceness of love triumphing over a rigid society.” —Caroline Leavitt, author of Is This Tomorrow

“The trials Lilli undertakes to keep her baby are heart-rending, and it's a testament to Benton's skill as a writer that the reader cannot help but bear witness. In a style reminiscent of Geraldine Brooks, she seamlessly weaves accurate historical detail as well as disturbing societal norms into the protagonist's struggles . . . An absorbing debut from a writer to watch.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A heartrending debut . . . Benton’s exacting research fuels Lilli’s passionate, authentic voice that is ‘as strong as a hand on a drum . . . that pounds its urgent messages across a distance’ . . . Lilli’s inspiring power and touching determination are timeless.” —Publishers Weekly

 “A harrowing look at the strictures of nineteenth-century American society. . . . [Lilli] is a full-fledged heroine, persevering despite seemingly insurmountable odds. . . her voice is distinctive, her fierceness driven by a mother’s love.” —Booklist

“I loved this novel. Lilli de Jong is deeply moving and richly imagined, both tragic and joyous. Janet Benton has an exceptional ability to bring history to life . . . It's not only a compelling, beautifully crafted historical novel, however: it's also important . . . Lilli's life-and-death struggle is shockingly common to women even today.” —Sandra Gulland, author of the internationally bestselling Josephine B. Trilogy

“Writing with a historical eye akin to Geraldine Brooks and incisive prose matching that of Anthony Doerr, debut novelist Janet Benton magically weaves a gripping narrative of hardship, redemption, and hope while illuminating a portrait of little-known history. The result is an unforgettable and important reflection on the maternal and, ultimately, the human bond. Stunning!” —Pam Jenoff, author of The Kommandant’s Girl

“A confident debut . . . Sentence by carefully-crafted sentence, Benton ensnares the reader.” —The Millions

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About the Author

Janet Benton’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Glimmer Train, and many other publications. She has co-written and edited historical documentaries for television. She holds a B.A. in religious studies from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and for decades she has taught writing and helped individuals and organizations craft their stories. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Lilli de Jong is her first novel. Visit Janet Benton's website for more information and updates. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.


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Book Blast Schedule

Monday, April 17 Bookfever
Tuesday, April 18 So Many Books, So Little Time
Wednesday, April 19 Luxury Reading
Thursday, April 20 100 Pages a Day The Never-Ending Book
Friday, April 21 A Book Geek Caryn, The Book Whisperer
Saturday, April 22 History From a Woman's Perspective

Monday, April 24 Creating Herstory
Tuesday, April 25 The Book Junkie Reads
Wednesday, April 26 SJ2B House of Books
Thursday, April 27 A Fold in the Spine One Book Shy of a Full Shelf
Friday, April 28 Just One More Chapter

Monday, May 1 Back Porchervations
Tuesday, May 2 Books & Benches Oh, for the Hook of a Book
Wednesday, May 3 The Lit Bitch Unabridged Chick
Thursday, May 4 Beth's Book Nook Blog
Friday, May 5 Brooke Blogs Trisha Jenn Reads
Sunday, May 7 A Dream within a Dream

Monday, May 8 Book Nerd
Tuesday, May 9 Broken Teepee The True Book Addict
Wednesday, May 10 What Is That Book About
Thursday, May 11 CelticLady's Reviews
Friday, May 12 A Literary Vacation
Monday, May 15 Passages to the Past


Monday, April 17, 2017

Cat Got Your Cash by Julie Chase - #review #giveaway


Lacy Marie Crocker’s whimsical pet couture has gained a following in New Orleans’s cozy Garden District, and word of mouth has traveled all the way to her favorite fashion designer, Annie Lane. Lacy’s thrilled when Annie schedules a private session at her home to discuss a companion line for her evening wear, but when Lacy arrives for the appointment, she enters the kitchen to two mewling Siamese cats–and one very dead Annie.

Friday, April 7, 2017

No Getting Over a Cowboy by Delores Fossen - #review


Series: A Wrangler’s Creek Novel (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (March 28, 2017)

The golden cowboy of Wrangler’s Creek returns home to Texas to discover some old flames never fizzle… 

There are plenty of things Garrett Granger hadn’t counted on losing—his child to miscarriage, his wife to another man and the family business thanks to a crooked CFO. He also hadn’t counted on moving back to the family ranch, where he’s met by another surprise—former flame Nicky Marlow, who is renting his grandmother’s old house.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Treasure in Paradise by Kathi Daley - #review


Tj Jensen and her family head to Turtle Cove Resort for summer vacation, but their plans for rest and relaxation are thwarted when they find a dead treasure hunter in the attic of the resort’s main house. Initially vowing not to get involved, Tj quickly changes her tune when the Gull Island deputy on the case closes it after a bare bones investigation. All evidence points to foul play, and Tj’s determined to uncover what the deputy wants to keep hidden. With the help of her best friend and a chatty parrot, Tj digs up a centuries old legend, a hidden map, and secrets buried deeper than pirate’s treasure.

GoodReads * Amazon (pre-order until the 11th)

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Books in the Tj Jensen Mystery Series:


MY REVIEW

TJ is back and her fans are in Paradise!  Huzzah!  She and her family are taking a vacation and she is looking forward to a little peace and quiet. (Insert evil movie villain laugh here.)  Yeah.  We know that's not going to happen!  But no cozy reader expects that to happen - and, truth be told, no self-respecting cozy reader wants it to happen!

So, the discovery of a dead treasure hunter in the main lodge leads to old legends, treasure maps, and even the quintessential pirate's bird - a talking parrot - who turns out to be quite the detective's assistant (and one of my favorite cozy mystery animals since I discovered the genre).

I don't know if TJ's ability to sniff out bodies or slightly slacking local LEO's is more highly developed, but she is very talented at both outcomes...

Almost as talented as Kathi for authoring a number of series, each with a great heroine, and a number of adventures in each series.  It's like she discovered a hush-hush "cozy perfect recipe" during the writing of one of her mysteries and will pass it along when the next student presents herself (or himself).  What I'm trying to say (awkwardly, of course) is that Kathi Daley is one name that I can see on a book that will send it automatically to my TBR, even before I've read the title!

Treasure in Paradise is a wonderful addition to the "TJ" series in particular and the author's body of work in general.  There are three cases in which Treasure makes an especially good read:
  1.   you are on vacation.
  2.   you wish you were on vacation.
  3.   the name of the day (in English) has a "y" in it.

Nuff said.  Go forth and read.

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MEET THE AUTHOR





Author of the Zoe Donovan cozy Mystery Series, Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series, Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Series, Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries, and Seacliff High Teen Cozy Mystery Series.

Come for the murder, stay for the romance.

Kathi lives in the beautiful alpine community of Lake Tahoe with her husband Ken and dog Echo. When she’s not writing she enjoys hanging out on the beach with her children and grandchildren. During the summer she enjoys hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, wakeboarding, and sunset cruises on the lake. During the winter she enjoys cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and curling up by a fire with a good book.

Kathi uses her mountain home as inspiration for her books, all which include appearances by the wildlife she shares her life with.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

May Cause Love by Kassi Underwood - #review


In this powerful memoir, a fiercely honest and surprisingly funny testament to healing after abortion, a young woman travels across the United States to meet a motley crew of spiritual teachers and a caravan of new friends.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Dying on the Vine by Marla Cooper - #review #giveaway


When wedding planner Kelsey McKenna goes to the Wine Country Wedding Faire, the last thing she expects to do is take on new clients. After all, she’s just there to help out her friend Brody and maybe score some free cupcakes. But when a young couple in a pinch asks for her help, she just can’t say no.

There’s only one problem: they’d been working with Babs Norton, the self-proclaimed Queen of Wine Country Weddings—and things did not end well. Kelsey wants to make sure there are no hard feelings, but unfortunately she never gets the chance. When she goes to Babs’ office, she finds the wedding planner dead on the floor.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullet - #review


When Abi inherits her uncle’s quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions and prejudices. An award-winning photojournalist, Abi has no trouble capturing the perfect shot—but making the perfect shot is another matter. When she starts to receive disturbing, anonymous threats, it’s clear that someone wants her out of the picture. But Abi’s never been one to back down from a fight.


Arriving on the scene with her whisky-loving best friend, Patrick, and an over-sized wheaten terrier named Liam, Abi seems to put everyone in the bucolic village on edge—especially her dour but disturbingly attractive head distiller. Acts of sabotage and increasingly personal threats against Abi make it clear that she is not welcome. When one of Abi’s new employees is found floating face
down in a vat of whisky, Abi is determined to use her skills as an investigative journalist to identify the cold-blooded killer and dispense a dram of justice before he strikes again. But distilling truth from lies is tricky, especially when everyone seems to have something to hide.


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MY REVIEW

Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullet already has three things going for it before you even open the cover:  Scotland, scotch and Scots!

All kidding aside, there was a very genuine feeling to the village where Abi's uncle lived and ran a distillery.  It must have been quite a jolt for the globe-trotting photojournalist.  And making whiskey, especially a coveted single-malt Scotch, is worlds away from simply bending your elbow to take a shot.

Abi's taking enough shots anyway.  Someone (or someones) do not want her there.  For one thing, she's a city person, and things work differently in the country.  Then there's the fact that she is a woman, even if she is Ben's niece.  Some of villagers don't think Abi should run the distillery because making scotch is 'man's work'.

Things get real when Abi starts discovering 'warnings' in her path: the dead bird on her doorstep, notes that mysteriously appear with mild-to-worse threats and the dead flowers she finds on her kitchen counter upon returning to her uncle's supposedly locked house.  Don't even get me started on the fire at the distillery - or the dead employee discovered head-down in one of the vats.

Single Malt Murder is a tasty tipple in its own right.  The fact that this is the beginning of a series will keep my spirits high for years to come!

One of my favorite quotes EVER comes from an old SNL sketch and seems quite apropos for this book:

"Scotch is a drink; Scots are a people...but we're both quite tasty!"

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MEET THE AUTHOR



Melinda Mullet was born in Dallas and attended school in Texas, Washington D.C., England, and Austria. She spent many years as a practicing attorney before pursuing a career as a writer. Author of the Whisky Business Mystery series, Mullet is a passionate supporter of childhood literacy. She works with numerous domestic and international charities striving to promote functional literacy for all children. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.

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GIVEAWAY!!!

Please go to the tour page (click the banner below) to enter a giveaway for one of 3 e-copies of Single Malt Murder!

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(Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from the author and publishers via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Old Bones Never Die by Lesley A. Diehl - #review #giveaway


Just before Walter Egret is killed in a hit-and-run, he phoned his half-brother Sammy to report that he’d unearthed their missing father’s pocket watch, along with a pile of human bones. The project is put on hold until it can be determined if the site is an Indian burial ground. Then the bones disappear.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Woman Who Knew Too Much by Tom Savage - #review


Galina Rostova, the hot new star of Moscow’s theater scene—and mistress to a powerful Russian general—has reached out to the CIA. In exchange for information vital to U.S. security, she requests asylum in America. The Company’s top pick for the mission is Nora Baron. The wife of a CIA operative, this Long Island mother and drama teacher has proven to be an asset in the field before. And as an actress herself, her cover will be convincing.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Renegade's Pride by B.J. Daniels - #review



The renegade cowboy returns 

It’s been nine years since Trask Beaumont left Gilt Edge, Montana, with an unsolved crime in his wake, and Lillian Cahill has convinced herself she’s finally over him. But when the rugged cowboy with the easy smile suddenly shows up at her bar, there’s a pang in her heart arguing the attraction never faded. And that’s dangerous, because Trask has returned on a mission to clear his name and win Lillie back.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Booking Things

     


   

Thanks to Stephanie of Tynga's Reviews, Kathryn at Book Date, Ramona at Create With Joy and Janice at Mostly Blogging for hosting these respective link-ups!  (Click on the buttons to go to the respective blogs.)

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STACKING THE SHELVES

     

It was a slow book week, but that's ok.  I've been clear-cutting my gmail, as they stopped me from sending or receiving emails due to being over the storage limit!  So I missed all those "book deal" emails I usually get. ;p

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IT'S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING?

   

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INSPIRE ME MONDAYS


Cherry Cake and a Cadaver by Susan Boles - #review



Lily Gayle and the gang set out to find a killer after local baker Luxen Natolovich is found dead hours before the grand opening weekend at the new Bed and Breakfast in town, Midnight Dragonfly. As Lily Gayle deciphers the clues around Luxen’s death she uncovers a conspiracy of lies and half truths that could very well be tied to a refugee camp in Mississippi during World War II. The deeper Lily Gayle digs, the deeper the conspiracy runs, and the closer she comes to being the killer’s next victim.


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MY REVIEW

I was so glad to get the chance to read Cherry Cake and a Cadaver, having read Death of a Wolfman (the 1st Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery) during August of last year.  The gun rack is full of wacky characters once again, some continuing from the first installment in the series and some brand new for this book.  And I say 'wacky' with a little bit of pride as a quote from the tv show Designing Women comes to mind.  Julia said (paraphrasing) ... "Here in the South, we don't hide away our crazy relatives and friends, and never talk about them.  We bring 'em out and show them off!"

Extra seriousness is introduced in Cherry Cake, as there could be some ties to a WWII refugee camp in Mississippi.

That's one complicated recipe for a book that includes cherry cake, a murder and regional history from 50-odd years ago.  Luckily, Ms. Boles is a master baker of cozy mysteries.  The multiple story elements are mixed together just right and make Cherry Cake and a Cadaver a worthy addition to the series and a tasty read in its own right.

I look forward to see what Lily Gayle gets into in the future!

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MEET THE AUTHOR



Susan calls McNairy County, TN her home ground even though she has moved away. It was here, at Bethel Springs Junior High School that she began her writing career with two friends. They formed their own little writers group that was so secret they were the only ones who knew it existed. She still has some of the stories they wrote carefully preserved in a loose leaf binder and tucked away for safety.

She has worked in retail management, briefly for the Census Bureau and for many years in the investment/insurance industry in the regulatory compliance arena. All of which are left brain activities. So she exercises her right brain activity with reading and writing…just to keep both sides even.

Reading has been a passion since she was very young. As a toddler, her mother read to her from her ‘baby books’ and her Mother tells a story about her holding one of them upside down and ‘reading’ by repeating the story verbatim from memory.

Death of a Wolfman is the first in the Lily Gayle Lambert mystery series. Her previously published romantic suspense novel, Fated Love, is a contemporary paranormal romantic suspense (with a twist of paranormal) set in Memphis, TN. Her first novel, Kate’s Pride, is a historical women’s fiction set in West Tennessee in the aftermath of the Civil War. The novel is loosely based on her own Great Grandmother and published under the pen name Renee Russell.

Life got in the way of writing for many years but now she’s come back to her early love.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Elementary She Read by Vicki Delany - #review #giveaway


Gemma Doyle, a transplanted Englishwoman, has returned to the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod to manage her Great Uncle Arthur’s Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop–located at 222 Baker Street–specializes in the Holmes canon and pastiche, and is also the home of Moriarty the cat. When Gemma finds a rare and potentially valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Homes story hidden in the bookshop, she and her friend Jayne (who runs the adjoining Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room) set off to find the owner, only to stumble upon a dead body.

Monday, March 13, 2017

All the News I Need by Joan Frank - #review


All The News I Need probes the modern American response to inevitable, ancient riddles—of love and sex and mortality.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Holden by Delores Fossen - #review


When a baby goes missing, a Texas marshal and a woman from his past discover there’s a whole lot more behind this kidnapping… 

Holden Ryland certainly didn’t become a marshal just to end up busting his ex, Nicky Hart, for taking files from Conceptions Fertility Clinic. But only Nicky knows just what was really stolen: a newborn being held for ransom. A newborn who is kin to both her and Holden. The missing boy is only the start of a mystery that snakes through Texas, winding its way through their families. Bad blood may linger between them, but Holden can protect his nephew back at the Silver Creek Ranch. If they can lay their past to rest to rescue this child, is it possible for them to have a future together?

Friday, March 3, 2017

No Way Home by Annette Dashofy - #review


A relaxing trail ride turns tragic when Paramedic and Deputy Coroner Zoe Chambers discovers the body of a popular county commissioner in her Pennsylvania woods. Inconsistencies surround the horrible accident, but before she can investigate further, she’s pried away by a plea for help from her best friend whose son has been deemed a person of interest in a homicide over a thousand miles away. When he vanishes without a trace, his mother begs Zoe to help clear him and bring him safely home. The task takes Zoe out of her comfort zone in a frantic trip to the desolate canyons and bluffs of New Mexico where she joins forces with the missing boy’s sister and a mysterious young Navajo.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Pork Pies by Judy Nichols - #review


Crusty British transplant Ian Dodge is back on the beat, this time in the service of Her Majesty, otherwise known as Laura Lane, the Food Queen, star of a popular TV cooking show. A blackmailer has threatened to expose her sordid past as a con artist, so she turns to Ian Dodge to get it sorted.

When her blackmailer is found stabbed to death in his hotel room, Her Majesty is the prime suspect. It’s Ian’s job to untangle a web of deception and pork pies (lies) to find the real culprit, all the while dealing with the antics of his twin sons, Jesse and Mac.

Monday, February 27, 2017

An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear - #review


With the country in the grip of economic malaise, Maisie Dobbs is relieved to accept an apparently straightforward assignment to investigate a potential land purchase. Her inquiries take her to a picturesque village in Kent during the hop-picking season, but beneath its pastoral surface she finds evidence that something is amiss. Mysterious fires erupt in the village with alarming regularity, and a series of petty crimes suggest a darker criminal element at work. A peculiar secrecy shrouds the village, and ultimately Maisie must draw on her finely-honed skills of detection to solve one of her most intriguing cases yet.


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MY REVIEW

The fifth in the series?  Where have I been all of Maisie Dobbs' life?  (I mean, if she were a real person and not 100 years old (or so), I'd probably want to have Maisie meet my son! *lol*)

Ms. Winspear scripted a delicious tension in the story from beginning to end.  There's the whole 'I'm not getting the full story here' vibe, tension between the locals and Londoners, the Roma against - well - everybody, and the townspeople against a boorish land owner.  The village, as well, has one whopping big secret that will eventually out.

I also especially enjoyed the character of the old Roma 'Auntie'.  She had amazingly clear vision while all around her saw things the way they wanted them to be, or didn't like what they did see.

And I'm going to have to find another 12 spaces on my TBR shelf for the rest of the series.  Or build a new shelf.  Because not reading the rest of the series is as unthinkable as an entire English village swearing off tea.


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MEET THE AUTHOR



Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestselling Maisie Dobbs series, which includes In This Grave Hour, Journey to MunichA Dangerous PlaceLeaving Everything Most LovedElegy for Eddie, and eight other novels. Her standalone novel, The Care and Management of Lies, was also a New York Times bestseller and a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.

Find out more about Jacqueline at her website, www.jacquelinewinspear.com, and find her on Facebook.

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(Disclosure:  I received a copy of An Incomplete Revenge from the author and publishers via TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.)