Friday, August 23, 2019

Leave No Scone Unturned by @DeniseSwansonAu #edelweissreview #Book #Review

The back-to-school season can be murder

It's the beginning of the university's fall semester and Dani can't wait for the college students to return to Normalton, Illinois--after all, without them, there is no one to support her Lunch-to-Go service, which is a vital part of her Chef-to-Go business. But Normalton University's orientation week is marred by a mysterious murder, along with a series of car-jackings and sightings of a mysterious creature in a pond on campus. And with the whole town feeling unsettled, Dani finds herself dealing once again with the infuriatingly handsome Spencer Drake, the head of security at the university.

Although Dani vowed that her life would never again be boring and routine after she quit her stifling corporate job, she had no idea that she'd end up dealing with such strange happenings--not to mention murder. But as the trouble in Normalton draw worryingly close to home, Dani realizes that if the killer isn't caught soon, she may be the next one who is found scone cold dead.
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My Review:
Dani has decided to leave her job in HR to be self employed as a caterer and personal chef.  The mansion she's inherited is the perfect distance from the college and has a large dream kitchen.  Added to that, she has arrangements with the three girls she's taken in to assist her.  But Ivy's intended charitable donation of leftovers for the homeless has turned deadly.  Will Dani be accused again because she knew the deceased?

In case you're not a regular reader of my blog, this was a cozy mystery and an extremely light read.  I thought that it was so neat that Denise basically gave us the recipes to most of the things Dani created.  The book flowed nicely but if you're not a foodie, all of the recipes tend to be a bit much.  It was a great story that kept me guessing  for awhile, that was quite a treat for me!  Needless to say, I thought this was a wicked awesome read!👍👍👍👍

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Mother Dear #Book #Review

There’s only one thing worse than doing the unthinkable: what you’re willing to do to hide it.

Helen lives a decent, uncomplicated life. Satisfied in her career, she’s raising three happy teenagers, and her family has the most envied house on the street. Admittedly, she’s growing just a little disenchanted with her marriage to her workaholic husband, Werner. But that’s nothing she can’t fix. Then one day Helen comes home to something completely unexpected that threatens to shatter her carefully cultivated world.

For disaffected, young petty criminals Ralf and Brian, it was a scheme to make some cash: a quick home invasion. The targets they’ve chosen are Helen and Werner. With Ralf as lookout, Brian disappears into Helen and Werner’s house. But he never comes out.

And Helen’s nightmare is just beginning. She can’t possibly imagine how much worse it can get or just how far she’ll need to go to protect her family.

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My Review:
Helen and Werner have the perfect marriage, or do they?  When a burglar breaks in while they are home, Helen defends herself but  Werner wants to keep it a secret.  There's only one other person that suspects what happened the night Brian disappeared.  Ralf is determined to find him.....Be careful what you wish for.....

Although this book was slightly suspenseful,  it wasn't as thrilling as I'd hoped.  Maybe it's the difference in cultures, I don't know.  But I couldn't fathom leaving teenagers with a babysitter/grandparent.  I was the sitter at 13, not the other way around.  Also, the disposal of the body made no sense.  If you work in a different area and your boss finds you out of your way in disposal, not once but twice, don't you think she would question why you're there.  Sorry, this book was really badly written and not well thought out.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Stillhouse Lake by @rachelcaine #Book #Review

Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.

But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.
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My Review:
Gina Royal was married to a complete monster.  Because of his threats from behind bars, she and her two kids have had to move and change their names numerous times.  But now they have settled in a little sleepy town that they have grown to love and have finally been comfortable enough to make friends.  Once again Melvin Royal threatens their happiness as he sets a plan in action that will change their family forever.

This novel engrossed me from the very first page.  It is one of those books you wished went on for just a little longer.  The mystery kept me guessing, at one point I was as confused as the police officers.  That is when I know I'm reading a challenging and masterfully written novel.  I think I have a new author to follow!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Killing Secret by @WritingDead #Netgalley #Book #Review

When a rising country star is found dead in the Missouri Ozarks, sheriff's detective Katrina “Hurricane” Williams must confront the possibility that the man she loves is involved…

Called to investigate the theft of valuable timber, Katrina finds the dead body of young singer Sharon Rose lying in the snow, shot execution style. When Sheriff Billy Blevins arrives at the crime scene, his strong reaction to seeing the victim is as baffling as a pretty corpse surrounded by tree stumps …
Until Katrina learns that Billy was involved with Rose.  The sheriff's refusal to confide in her, coupled with his erratic behavior, not only puts a strain on their already complicated relationship, it hobbles her homicide investigation. With Billy going rogue, Katrina can’t rely on anyone but herself. Secrets and suspects abound, even in the singer’s own family, and the key to the murder may lie in the lyrics of what is now her swan song …

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My Review:
Katrina Williams is back again, this time investigating the murder of a rising star, Rose Sharon.  Her romance with Sheriff Blevin is extremely rocky, especially when she begins to question what kind of relationship he had with the deceased.

This was an imaginative and well written novel.  Robert Dunn has woven a masterpiece that has corruption and deception at it's best.  It had me completely guessing until the very end.  If you really like suspenseful crime novels then this is the book for you!

About the Author:
I wasn't born in a log cabin but the station wagon did have wood on the side. It was broken down on the approach road into Ft. Rucker, Alabama in the kind of rain that would have made a Biblical author jealous. You never saw a tornado in the Old Testament did you? As omens of a coming life go, mine was full of portent if not exactly glad tidings.

From there things got interesting. Life on a series of Army bases encouraged my retreat into a fantasy world. Life in a series of public school environments provided ample nourishment to my developing love of violence. Often heard in my home was the singular phrase, "I blame the schools." We all blamed the schools.

Both my fantasy and my academic worlds left marks and the amalgam proved useful the three times in my life I had guns pointed in my face. Despite those loving encounters the only real scars left on my body were inflicted by a six foot, seven inch tall drag queen. She didn't like the way I was admiring the play of three a.m. Waffle House fluorescent light over the high spandex sheen of her stockings.

After a series of low paying jobs that took me places no one dreams of going. I learned one thing. Nothing vomits quite so brutally as jail food. That's not the one thing I learned; it's an important thing to know, though. The one thing I learned is a secret. My secret. A terrible and dark thing I nurture in my nightmares. You learn your own lessons.

Eventually I began writing stories. Mostly I was just spilling out the, basically, true narratives of the creatures that lounge about my brain, laughing and whispering sweet, sweet things to say to women. Women see through me but enjoy the monsters in my head. They say, sometimes, that the things I say and write are lies or, "damn, filthy lies, slander of the worst kind, and the demented, perverted, wishful stories of a wasted mind." To which I always answer, I tell only the truth. I just tell a livelier truth than most people.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Shape of Night by @tessgerritsen #Netgalley #Book #Review

A woman trying to outrun her past is drawn to a quiet coastal town in Maine–and to a string of unsolved murders–in this haunting tale of romantic suspense from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen. Ava Collette is punishing herself for an unspeakable tragedy. So she flees Boston and rents an old home named Brodie’s Watch on a remote coastal peninsula of Maine, hoping to work on a cookbook inspired by New England cuisine that she’s been trying to finish for months. She immediately feels at peace in the isolated house–until she starts to hear strange noises. Rumor has it that a sea captain named Brodie has haunted the house for decades. Then, one night, Ava is awakened to find herself face to face with an apparition who looks–and feels–all too real. Meanwhile, there’s been a series of accidental deaths nearby that don’t add up. And as Ava starts to check into the previous renter’s mysterious disappearance, she starts to realize that there’s a disturbing secret some in town are desperate to keep hidden. Soon all of Ava’s waking hours are consumed by her investigation, and her nights are ignited by Captain Brodie’s ghostly visits. But even as she questions her own sanity, she knows she must uncover the truth before a killer strikes again.

My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel from Random House in exchange for my honest review .

Ava Collette has decided to live in a small Maine town for a few months while she finishes her New England cookbook.  She rents out a beautiful mansion with an amazing views of the ocean.  But living in a historical mansion also includes many stories of the original owner, Captain Jeremiah Brodie.  During the gathering of information for her book, she quickly gets consumed in the history until she begins seeing Captain Brodie.  Is it a figment of her imagination, a drunken hallucination, or is she really seeing an apparition?

This was a great novel, I was drawn in quickly and could not put it down.  I love the way Tess Gerritsen writes, it always just flows. Not only does she have a ghost story but she even squeezes a mystery into the mix!  A fabulous read through and through! 

About the Author:

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D. While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, "Adrift", which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson. Tess's first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), and The Bone Garden (2007). Her books have been translated into 31 languages, and more than 15 million copies have been sold around the world. As well as being a New York Times bestselling author, she has also been a #1 bestseller in both Germany and the UK. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon.) Critics around the world have praised her novels as "Pulse-pounding fun" (Philadelphia Inquirer), "Scary and brilliant" (Toronto Globe and Mail), and "Polished, riveting prose" (Chicago Tribune). Publisher Weekly has dubbed her the "medical suspense queen". Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine. 
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Monday, August 12, 2019

Into The Water by @PaulaHWrites #Book #Review

The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train returns with Into the Water, her addictive new novel of psychological suspense. 

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.
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My Review:
This was a really good novel, as long as you're able to keep up with the characters.  Each chapter is someone elses point of view, which can be a little confusing at times.  But if you can follow along, it's a wonderful yet sad story about suicide, secrets and misunderstandings.  

About the Author: 

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction.

Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. Her first thriller, The Girl on the Train, has been published in over forty languages, has been a No.1 bestseller around the world and is now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. Into the Water is her second thriller.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town by @ghostfinder #Netgalley

Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town: An Official Stranger Things Novel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My Review:
This book gives you a peek into Jim Hopper's life before moving to Hawkins. It shows what a dynamic police detective he was in New York and also explains why he became a cop in the first place. The only reason I gave this story four stars was that I felt there should have been more interaction between Hopper and Eleven besides the brief comments between the two. The chemistry between Hopper and Delgado was amazing. They truly had each others backs and I loved that. By the second half of the book I was finally drawn in and captivated by this new enemy.

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About the Author:
Adam Christopher’s debut novel EMPIRE STATE was SciFiNow’s Book of the Year and a Financial Times

Adam has also written the official tie-in novels for the hit CBS television show ELEMENTARY, and the award-winning DISHONORED video game franchise, and with Chuck Wendig, wrote THE SHIELD for Dark Circle/Archie Comics. Adam is also a contributor to the STAR WARS: FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW 40th anniversary anthology.

Born in New Zealand, Adam has lived in Great Britain since 2006.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Black Ice Burning by @arkahler #Book #Review


The Summer Kingdom has fallen to the Pale Queen, and it’s Claire’s fault. The Winter Kingdom faces destruction, and it’s her fault. Her mother is dead. Everything is her fault.

Once the designated assassin for Queen Mab, Claire is now nothing more than a humiliated mortal, haunted by her own failures. Abandoned by her former allies and stripped of her magic, Claire is banished to the Immortal Circus.

In place of this once-vibrant show now stands an empty husk. Performers who should be tethered to it for eternity are leaving, negating Winter’s last hold on the Dream. Someone is targeting Winter’s power by weakening its contracts—even Claire’s own. And it’s not hard to guess who’s behind it.

Power or no power, contract or no contract, Claire has an obligation to uphold. And with the fate of the worlds hanging in the balance, she takes on the hit she knows will be her last: the Pale Queen.
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My Review:
So Claire accidentally summons the Pale Queen and she wreaks havoc all over.  Claire has to somehow undo the Pale Queen's contract.

I think during everything Eli is my favorite character.  I see him as the comic relief.  I loved how Claire had to learn how to fight without her enchanted knives, and had Kingston, Lilith, and Eli help her along the way.  This was a great, fast paced series.  The ending was awesome and left me questioning if there would be a fourth novel.