Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review: Death on The West End by: Carrie Doyle


Title: Death on The West End
Author: Carrie Doyle
Publisher: Dunemere Books
Series: Hamptons Murder Mysteries #3
Pages: 268
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT

Description:

Like a basket of warm cinnamon buns, an unsolved crime is something that Hamptons innkeeper and sleuth Antonia Bingham just can't resist. Despite a busy high-season schedule and an inn booked to capacity, Antonia has agreed to investigate a cold case in her beloved adopted hometown, East Hampton, NY: the killing of Susie Whitaker, whose brutal 1990 slaying on a tennis court in the poshest part of town was never solved. And the person who has hired Antonia? Prime suspect Pauline Framingham, a manipulative pharmaceutical heiress from a powerful family. As Antonia attempts to unravel the mysteries of the past she unearths even darker secrets and ultimately wonders if it would have been best to let sleeping dogs lie. To make matters worse, past acquaintances and love interests reappear in the Hamptons, disrupting Antonia's world and causing her to scurry to the fridge for comfort. Death on West End Road is the third book in the Hamptons Murder Mystery Series. Along with a colorful cast of supporting characters, the beating heart of the book is Antonia Bingham, restaurateur, gourmand, and nosy carb-lover.

My Thoughts:

This book starts with Antonia meeting with Pauline Framingham who is determined to set her friends mother at ease about her daughter's murder.  Antonia is hesitant to investigate but finds herself curious about what happened in 1990 and who really murdered Susie Whitaker?  Was it really Pauline or someone else?

This book was intriquing going back intime to investigate the murder.  Talking to people who were around back then and were part of Susie's world.  Definitely a great mystery with those who like cold case type books.  I love Antonia and how she is when she's sluething and like Jessica Fletcher finds that nagging feeling something isn't right.  Especially when it comes to Pauline she can't decide if Pauline didn't really do it in the beginning.  The rich definitely lead a different lifestyle then everyone else.  So it was intriguing to see Antonia through to the end of the book. I look forward to reading the next book when it comes out! 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: Fat Girl Begone by: D.E. Haggerty


Title: Fat Girl Begone
Author: D.E. Haggerty
Publisher: self-published
Pages: 250
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT

Description:

I’m a total mess. My boyfriend dumped me – get this – because I diet too much. Not because I’m fat, mind you. Of course, this spurs me into the diet-fitness-revenge-plan of the century, which leads me to the gym and a scorching hot personal trainer. I even manage to make some cool new friends, including a millionaire if you can believe it. Things are looking up! Naturally, that’s the moment my ex decides he wants me back, the personal trainer asks me out, and my millionaire male buddy decides to throw his hat in the ring. But that’s not enough drama. No, not for me. Because I’ve also lost my job and decided to start my own business. Just call me Ms. Drama.

Warning: Bad language, bumpy roads, and embarrassing moments ahead. But there’s also more than a bit of romance and even, if we’re lucky, love. Fingers crossed.

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My Thoughts:

This book follows Everly whose boyfriend Josh broke up with her because she diets too much and apparently doesn't appreciate herself enough so with the help of her best friend Blaze Everly decides to join a gym loose weight and show the looser ex-boyfriend what he's missing.  What Everly didn't count on is a group of women who are part of Everly's Zumba class to become her new girlfriends that help life her up through her journey.  From buying clothes to going on clubbing binging.  They are definitely a great and wonderful group of women. 

First guy to show interest in Everly is her personal trainer Gabe who asks her out and Everly takes him seriously not realizing until it's too late that Gabe is a big ole player.  Everly's job also takes a new turn when she looses her job because she won't buy in at the ridiculous rate and can't keep her current job so with the help of a friend Carter she decides to take the plunge and start her own business.  Of course with Carter there is more than meets the eye.  How will Everly deal with everything that is Carter?  Will she run away or take the plunge? 

I loved this series and the other series by this author I read the skinny baker series.  It really pulls you in and has you hooked.  You learn so much about the characters created and see they have flaws in one way or another.  This one didn't disappoint at all.  Everly struggles with self image and getting control of her choices and it's amazing to see how much she changes in the book and how I don't think she couldn't do it without her fabulous network of friends.  They lift her up and keep her going even when going seems impossible!  Can't wait to see what is next for this author!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Interview: Killer Music by: Tammy L. Grace


What genre do you write?

 I write in the mystery and women’s fiction genres.

? I’ve always loved reading mysteries and solving puzzles, so when I began my career as a novelist, I knew I wanted to write a mystery.  As it turned out, the first storyline that came to me was one involving several different women and their emotional journeys.  These stories became my Hometown Harbor Series. After writing several of them, I turned my attention to a private detective mystery series with my Cooper Harrington Detective Novels.

Who is your favorite character to write about?  Coop is one of my favorite characters to write about.  He’s funny and has enough quirks to keep him interesting.  He’s also smart and focused on solving the case.

Who inspires your books?

I get inspiration for my work by visiting places.  A trip to Nashville inspired the Cooper Harrington Detective Novels.  I also take bits and pieces from people I observe in everyday life and incorporate them into my work.  I think authors have to enjoy people watching.  Listening and observing those around me are the things that usually spark an idea for a character trait or storyline.  

I also grew up with my dad being in law enforcement all my life, so stories of crime and mischief were, and still are, topics of conversations.  I always run technical and legal details by him to get his advice.

What do you do when you’re not writing?  

I’ve always been an avid reader and when I finish writing a project I reward myself by binge-reading all the things I’ve missed over the past several months when I’ve been focused on work.  I enjoy movies, walking, baking, and spending time with friends and family along with my own trusty golden retriever.

If you were stuck on a deserted island what three things would you take? 
I’d take an expert in getting off a deserted island, so when I was ready to come home I could.  In addition, I’d have to have books to read to occupy my time.  If I could only take one, it would need to be a thick one, like the Outlander.  I’d also be lost with paper and pens…and I could use them to send a message in a bottle if my expert failed.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Book Spotlight: The Trouble with Harriet by: Dorothy Cannell


The Trouble with Harriet by Dorothy Cannell


Cozy Mystery 8th in Series
Alibi (June 13, 2017)
Print Length 288 Pages
ASIN: B01LYUULP3
In a murder mystery so charming it could only have come from Dorothy Cannell—hailed by Nancy Pickard as “America’s P. G. Wodehouse”—Ellie Haskell is shocked when her long-lost father shows up on her doorstep with some rather . . . compromising baggage.
Ellie Haskell and her husband, Ben, haven’t taken a vacation in years. Now their suitcases are packed, their tickets are booked, and they’re ready for a romantic getaway in France. But everything goes awry after a chain-smoking fortune teller makes a dire prediction: “Take that trip at your peril!” Those ominous words ring true when Ellie’s prodigal father, Morley, suddenly appears with the remains of his ladylove, Harriet, whose untimely death in a car accident has left him bereft.
But after Morley loses the urn in a bizarre series of events, Harriet’s family is furious. Now a bewildered Ellie finds herself asks some probing questions: Who or what was in that urn? Could her father be a pawn in a deadly game? And what exactly is the meaning of that darn prophecy? Ellie just hopes she lives to find out whether the answers are worth the trouble.
Praise for Dorothy Cannell and the Ellie Haskell series “A thoroughly entertaining series.”—Cosmopolitan “It is the absurd predicaments of her central characters that readers find themselves recalling, and Cannell is cunning at devising outlandish situations for them.”—Chicago Sun-Times “Cannell is a master of subtle wit and humorous asides that lift her cozies to great heights. Before the influx of writers trying to out-humor Janet Evanovich, there was Dorothy Cannell. Long may she write!”—Library Journal
About The Author Dorothy was born in Nottingham, England and came to the U.S. in 1963. She married Julian Cannell and they lived in Peoria, Illinois, from 1965 to 2004. They then moved to Maine where they now reside with their two dogs, Teddy and Watson. Dorothy became an aspiring writer after taking English 110 at Illinois Central College and being encouraged to write for publication by the class teacher. Seven years later she sold her first short story. Her first novel, The Thin Woman published in 1984 has been selected as one of the 100 favorite mysteries of the Twentieth Century by the Mystery Book Sellers of America. In 2014, Dorothy received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Malice Domestic. Dorothy has published eighteen novels and a collection of short stories.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: Bearly Departed by Meg Macy


Title: Bearly Departed
Author: Meg Macy
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery #1
Pages: 293
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley & GEBT

Description:

The Silver Bear Shop and Factory might be the cutest place around, but there s nothing warm and fuzzy about murder . . . 

As manager of the family teddy bear shop and factory, thirty-one-year-old Sasha Silverman leads a charmed life. Well, except for the part about being a single divorcee with a ticking biological clock in small-town Silver Hollow. And that s just kid s stuff compared to Will Taylor, the sales rep who s set on making drastic changes to the business her parents built from scratch with or without Sasha s approval . . . 

But before Will digs his claws in, someone pulls the stuffing out of his plan . . . and leaves his dead body inside the factory. Reeling from shock, Sasha s hit with more bad news police suspect her hot-tempered Uncle Ross may have murdered him. Sasha knows her uncle would never do such a thing, and she s launching her own little investigation to expose the truth. As she tracks Will s biggest rivals and enemies for clues, Sasha can t get too comfy or she ll become the next plaything for a killer . . . 

My Thoughts: 

This book opens with sisters Sasha and Maddie working in their bear factory and what transpires when Will Taylor their sales rep who wants to make changes that goes against everything Sasha and Maddie were raised to believe about the bear factory.  When after a heated meeting of the workers goes wrong Will Taylor finds himself stuffed.  Who killed the sales rep and why?  Was it a heated fight with his wife?  Or did he upset the wrong person at the factory?

I enjoyed learning about bears and what goes into making them.  This book was such fun to read how Sasha tried to figure out what happened to keep her Uncle from being convicted of Will's murder.  Definitely a fabulous new book series that pulls you in and won't let go until the last page is turned.  Who would have thoughts bears could be so intriguing for young and old! 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Review: Crazy House by: James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet

Title: Crazy House
Author: James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet
Publisher: Little Brown & Co.
Pages: 351
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal Purchase

Descriptions:

No one gets out alive.

Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her home and thrown without reazon into a hellish prison known as the Crazy House. To avoid execution, she’s told to shut her mouth and keep her head down.

Becca was never really good at either.

Her only hope for survival is for her sister, Cassie, to find her—that the “good twin” will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it’s too late. Because the jailers at Crazy House soon discover they made a mistake that could get both sisters killed…

My Thoughts:

This book follows twins Becca and Cassie Greenfield.  When Cassie wakes up and finds her truck broken she is ready to kill her sister Becca for taking off when the cell has a curfew.  Becca is reduced to using her mothers moped which only goes 12 mph.  Cassie searches high and low for her sister.

Becca finds herself in a jail cell where she learns she is on death row.  There she will be schooled and trained and have to fight to stay alive.  Becca begins to wonder if Cassie will ever find her.

This book was tons of fun with a lot of mystery involved.  Learning about the Outsiders, the kids who go missing and what Crazy House is all about.  This book is basically like standing a book on it's and spinning the hell out of it.  What you think you know you don't just as what Cassie and Becca think they know gets totally spun on them.  It was such a thrilling ride to go on!  Can't wait to see what is next for them!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Cover Reveal: Protocol by: Kathleen Valenti


Freshly minted college graduate Maggie O’Malley embarks on a career fueled by professional ambition and a desire to escape the past. As a pharmaceutical researcher, she’s determined to save lives from the shelter of her lab. But on her very first day she’s pulled into a world of uncertainty. Reminders appear on her phone for meetings she’s never scheduled with people she’s never met. People who end up dead.
With help from her best friend, Maggie discovers the victims on her phone are connected to each other and her new employer. She soon unearths a treacherous plot that threatens her mission—and her life. Maggie must unlock deadly secrets to stop horrific abuses of power before death comes calling for her.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Review Hospitality and Homicide by: Lynn Cahoon

Title: Hospitality and Homicide
Author: Lynn Cahoon
Publisher: Kensington
Series: A Tourist Trap Mystery  #8
Pages: 217
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley

Description:

A visit to the serene coastal town of South Cove, California, could make anybody feel refreshed and inspired. But as Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—discovers, some folks won’t live to tell about it . . .

Mystery author Nathan Pike checked into South Cove Bed & Breakfast to compose a compelling novel, not commit murder. But things get real when a rival B&B owner ends up exactly like the victim in his draft—undeniably dead. As Nathan prepares to complete his magnum opus behind bars, Jill’s the only one who can prove his innocence and deconstruct the plot of a twisted killer!

My Thoughts: 

This book starts with mystery author arriving in South Cove, California to write a novel and is welcomed by the town but doesn't seem to like mingling.  Unless it involves following around with Jill's boyfriend Greg and driving him nuts.  Of course that doesn't stop a murder from happening. When a owner of a local Bed and Breakfast winds up dead.  Who killed him and why?

Add this to Esmeralda looking for a child whose gone missing who everyone else assumes is dead but Jill's neighbor is adamant that the child is alive.  We also learn of changes happening in someone's life which is a surprise to say the least.  What will Jill and her staff do with the latest change?

I love this series it's such fun going back to South Cove and see what everyone is up to.  This book didn't disappoint Jill Gardner is working and going to college for another degree and is working with mystery author Nathan Pike to have him visit her store.  When a local bed and breakfast owner winds up dead everyone is curious to the murdered man and why someone would want to kill him.  It was a real ride to go on as various things were happening in this book.  I love the people of South Cove and seeing how the ride ends!  This is a book that won't disappoint and leads me to wonder where Ms. Cahoon will go from here!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Review: Watching The Detectives by: Julie Mulhern


Title: Watching The Detectives
Author: Julie Mulhern
Publisher: Henery Press
Series: The County Club Murders #5
Pages: 234
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley & GEBT

Description:

Ellison Russell wanted a decorator, not a corpse. Too bad she finds Mrs. White in the study killed with a revolver. Things go from bad to worse when she finds Mr. White in the dining room killed with a candlestick. With so many bodies, is it any wonder Detective Anarchy Jones’ new partner considers Ellison a suspect?

With the country club gossips talking a mile a minute, an unexpected cocktail party, a visit from Aunt Sis, and a romantic decision, Ellison hardly has time to think about murder. Unfortunately, the killer has plenty of time to think about her.

My Thoughts:

In this book we follow Ellison and Grace Russell and their family and friends.  Ellison has decided it's time to redo Henry's study and is thinking about hiring Khaki White who in about a half hour winds up dead in the study while Ellison ran out to pick up her house keeper. Who killed Khaki and why?

As things go by Ellison's mother has an emergency and has Ellison host a dinner party.  Which is so not what Ellison wants to be doing but does it anyway.  This is happening after Ellison has broken up with Hunter deeming she wants to find out what kind of woman she is without a man.  Or maybe Hunter isn't the right kind of man for Ellison.  Next thing we are dragged through a drug overdose, an arrest at a luncheon over protesting the speaker.  Never seems to be a dull day with the Russell's, as the bodies pile up Ellison is determined to find out what is going on!

I love this book being back in the 80's pre-cell phones like we know them now, seeing how people were different back then you wanted to see someone you called on the house phone or paid a visit.  Totally different then now.  Families spent time together and the greatest invention seems to be Mr. Coffee the star of the book that helps Ellison think and work out her theories granted he's the strong silent type but you got to love him.

I am such a huge fan and my husband who was a teen in the 80's can appreciate all the various things that are mentioned when I repeat them to him it's like a trip down memory lane move over Jessica Fletcher Ellison Russell is on the case!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Book Blitz: Maybe This Love by: Jennifer Snow



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Title: Maybe This Love
Author: Jennifer Snow
Series: Colorado Ice #2
On Sale: May 30, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Formats: Mass Market
Price: $7.99 (mass market)
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THE GAME OF HIS LIFE

Hockey player Ben Westmore has some serious skills---on and off the ice---and he's not above indulging in the many perks of NHL stardom. When a night in Vegas ends in disaster, he realizes two things: 1) it's time to lie low for a while, and 2) he needs a lawyer---fast. But the smoking-hot woman who walks into his office immediately tests all his good intentions.

Olivia Davis doesn't need anyone derailing her career---or her dreams of starting a family---least of all a skirt-chasing player like Ben. But soon he's unleashing a full-court press to convince her that he's the real deal. She's slowly falling for his sweet, rugged charm, but with so much on the line, Olivia has to decide whether Ben can truly change---or if he's just playing the game.

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Jennifer Snow lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and son. She writes sweet and sexy contemporary romance stories set everywhere from small towns to big cities. After stating in her high school yearbook bio that she wanted to be an author, she set off on the winding, twisting road to make her dream a reality. She is a member of RWA, the Writers' Guild of Alberta, the Canadian Authors Association, and the Film and Visual Arts Association in Edmonton. She has published over ten novels and novellas with many more on the way.


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“Relax,” he said smoothly, his gaze locked on hers, his expression soft, unfazed—the look of a man not dancing with the lawyer who could ruin his life or at least playoff season. She had to learn this guy’s secret, because there was no way he was this unaffected. Yet, his hands weren’t sweating the ways hers threatened to, and the only heartbeat she could hear thundering was her own.
She forced a slow and what she hoped was unobvious breath. “I am relaxed. I’m not the one who should be worried.”
The palm of his hand spread across the exposed flesh of her back and she prayed the tingling sensation in her spine didn’t result in goose bumps. “So you’re saying I should be?” he asked, turning them in rotation to the steady beat. Despite her resistance to this dance, her hips betrayed her by swaying in sync with his, and her feet kept time with his every step. He led with a silent authority that she was forced to follow. And for the first time in her life, she wasn’t hating giving up control.
“I think so, yes. My client is…”
He brought their joined hands between them and placed a finger to her lips.
Her heart all but stopped.
“Why don’t we save the shop talk for the courtroom? Let’s just enjoy this dance.”
She swallowed hard, but nodded. Dancing in silence, she could do that.
Unfortunately, Ben seemed eager to chat. “How long have you been practicing law?”
He expected her to remember stats as his hand on her back dipped slightly lower, his hold drawing her even closer? It had been far too long since she’d been enveloped in the arms of a man who felt and smelled so strong, so confident…How long would it be again if she went ahead with her plans for a baby? She pushed the thought aside when he stared at her, still waiting for an answer. “Twelve years,” she said, cutting out her time as a junior lawyer and intern, so as not to age herself. She knew from his online Wikipedia page that he was thirty-four, two years younger than she.
“Do you love what you do?” he asked.
“If I say no will I get the inspirational ‘do what you love and it will never feel like work’ speech?”
Is that a no?”
She shook her head. “Actually, I really do enjoy my job.” She couldn’t say watching families get ripped apart by bitter divorces was something she loved without sounding like a sociopath, but she enjoyed her career.
“Can I ask why only professional athlete divorces?”
“I was dumped by a jock,” she said.
Ben laughed. “So one guy ruined it for us all, huh?”
She nodded then shook her head. “No. Everyday cases—with normal, everyday husbands and wives—just seemed a little too…real,” she said.
His blue eyes burned into her and his grip tightened on her hand. “So, guys like me aren’t real?”
She swallowed hard. He felt real…He felt more than real—he felt amazing. His arm wrapped around her felt deceivingly safe and his hand holding hers felt warm and secure. God, she could see herself giving in to these painfully real feelings…“You’re probably one of the more real ones,” she said, hoping he didn’t detect the slight quiver in her voice.
He nodded slowly as though unsure whether her words were a compliment. “Have you ever been married?” he asked, rotating them in time to the music.
“That’s crossing a line into personal.”
“Kids?”
“That’s less personal?” She raised an eyebrow.
He smiled. “Guarded much?”
The effect of his smile from a safe distance was knee-weakening. This close, it was downright dangerous. She quickly averted her gaze to the other couples on the floor. “How long is this song anyway?” She felt trapped the way she had in tenth grade when Robbie Gropes-a-Lot Harris had tricked her into dancing with him at the winter formal to “November Rain”—the full eleven-minute extended version. Except Ben’s breath smelled minty fresh and not like tacos, and his arm draped across her lower back made every fiber in her being spring to life, making her want to flee for a completely different reason than the one Robbie had evoked.
“Do I make you uncomfortable?”
Damn right. And it should be her making him uncomfortable. There needed to be a power shift between them and fast. “Of course not.”
He pulled her closer. “You make me uncomfortable,” he murmured, his expression suddenly serious. Every inch of her body was pressed to his and she could barely catch a breath. Dancing was a really bad idea—a torturously bad idea. Being in his arms reminded her of all of the things she’d sacrificed for her career, of all the things she’d told herself she didn’t need…
“G-good,” she said, her voice cracking. “As I said, my client…”
“I don’t mean the divorce case. I mean you.” He touched her cheek and her skin burned. Thank God he was holding her so tightly because she couldn’t trust her legs.
Their stare locked and held for what could have been a lifetime, as everything seemed still and quiet around them.
Still and quiet.
The song had ended.
She yanked her hand free of his and stumbled away from him, inhaling a gulp of air into her deprived lungs. “Well, dance is over. I’ll…uh…see you.”
He nodded, the charming polite smile back on his face and for a second she wondered if she’d imagined the intensity in his gaze seconds before. “Goodnight, Olivia.”
Olivia.
Her own name sounded foreign coming from him. She longed to hear the sound again, and she was an idiot for wanting something so dangerous. The NHL’s biggest playboy had just worked his charm on her, and she’d lost all common sense.
She turned and headed straight for the table, leaving him on the dance floor.
She had to pull it together, but she also had to admit the unfortunate truth. Never before had she been tempted to kiss the enemy.







Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: Lock & Key by: Sarah Dessen

Title: Lock & Key
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Speak
Pages: 422
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:

Unlock your heart and the rest will follow.

Ruby is used to taking care of herself.

But now that she's living with her sister, she's got her own room, she's going to a good school, and her future looks bright.

Plus there's an adorable boy next door.

Can Ruby learn to open her heart and let him in?

My Thoughts:

This book follows Ruby Cooper who has been abandoned by her mother during her senior year of high school.  Having done the best she could living in a beat up house, waiting hoping her mother would return she learns that her mother is gone.  Through social services Ruby gets sent to live with her sister Cora who Ruby assumes doesn't really want her ruining their lives.  What Ruby has to learn is her sister loves her and wants to help her.  Can Ruby build a life with her sister and her husband or is Ruby more like her mother and apt to run away?

This book really was a look that not all family lives aren't perfect and family became a big theme with this story as Ruby tries to figure out what she wants and whether she can achieve it and what is with the boy Nate Cross next door.  As we follow Ruby we see that's Nate's home life is very much like Cora and Ruby's can Ruby help him with what she knows. It was a great teen book that dealt with different things definitely great book for teens and even adults who can recall their teen years!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: Ashes by: Steven Manchester

Title: Ashes
Author: Steven Manchester
Publisher: The Story Plant
Pages: 272
Format: e-book ARC
Source: Author Request

Description:

Middle-aged brothers Jason and Tom Prendergast thought they were completely done with each other. Perceived betrayal had burned the bridge between them, tossing them into the icy river of estrangement. But life and death has a robust sense of irony, and when they learn that their cruel father has died and made his final request that they travel together across the country to spread his ashes, they have no choice but to spend a long, long car trip in each other s company. It s either that or lose out on the contents of the envelope he s left with his lawyer. The trip will be as gut-wrenching as each expects it to be . . . and revealing in ways neither of them is prepared for.

At turns humorous, biting, poignant, and surprisingly tender, ASHES puts a new spin on family and dysfunction with a story that is at once fresh and timelessly universal."

My Thoughts: 

This book follows brothers Jason and Tom who have suffered a very hard childhood with a dysfunctional father who has mentally and physically worn them down.  When they find out Stu their dad has died they head to the reading of the will.  This seems to be where Stu is getting the last laugh sending them on a driving trip across the country to scatter his ashes.  Will they survive the trip?  

I really enjoyed learning about Tom and Jason and the paths their lives have gone down and how they dealt with their childhood, and their estranged father.  I loved watching the brothers try to connect with each other in their own way.  It also showed the type of men these boys became due to their father.  

This is a great story for anyone who looking for a book that really has depth to it.  Definitely up there with some great writers out there Mr. Manchester offers so much when he writes his books and how he continues to come up with more and more!  Can't wait to see what he's offering next!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Review: Mrs. Odboddy: Undercover Courier by: Elaine Faber


Title: Mrs. Odboddy: Undercover Courier
Author: Elaine Faber
Publisher: Elkgrove Publications
Series: Mrs. Odboddy Mysteries Book #2
Pages: 199
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT

Description:

Asked to accompany Mrs. Roosevelt on her Pacific Island tour, Agnes and Katherine travel by train to Washington, D.C. Agnes carries a package for Colonel Farthingworth to President Roosevelt.

Convinced the package contains secret war documents, Agnes expects Nazi spies to try and derail her mission.

She meets Irving, whose wife mysteriously disappears from the train; Nanny, the unfeeling caregiver to little Madeline; two soldiers bound for training as Tuskegee airmen; and Charles, the shell-shocked veteran, who lends an unexpected helping hand. Who will Agnes trust? Who is the Nazi spy?

When enemy forces make a final attempt to steal the package in Washington, D.C., Agnes must accept her own vulnerability as a warrior on the home front.

Can Agnes overcome multiple obstacles, deliver the package to the President, and still meet Mrs. Roosevelt’s plane before she leaves for the Pacific Islands?

Mrs. Odboddy: Undercover Courier is a hysterical frolic on a train across the United States during WWII, as Agnes embarks on this critical mission.

My Thoughts:

This book picks up not far from where the last one left off in this one Agnes gets asked to bring a package to the President Roosevelt when she goes on a Pacific Island Tour with her granddaughter.
The package is coming from her buddy Colonel Farthingworth.  But with Agnes anything is possible and usually backfires.  Katherine and Agnes meet alot of interesting people along the way.  Newlyweds fighting, a nanny delivering a child to her father a senator!  Two soldiers going to train to be fighter pilots and so much more!  With lots of ups and downs they manage to get to D.C with lots of adventures along the way!

I love going back to this era how people survived during the war.  In this one Agnes get sent to D.C with the package and learns how some people seem way to interested in this package.  I really enjoyed seeing what Agnes and Katherine and see what they are up to and dealing with.  I really think this is a great book for those who love mysteries that take place during wartimes.  Definitely keeps you laughing in some areas and following the adventure in others!  Can't wait to see what is next!

Review: The Final Vow by: Amanda Flower


Title: The Final Vow
Author: Amanda Flower
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Series: Living History Museum #3
Pages: 288
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley & GEBT

Description:

Summer weddings at Barton Farm's picturesque church were standard procedure for museum director Kelsey Cambridge-until the Cherry Foundation, which supports the museum, ordered Kelsey to host her ex-husband's wedding on Farm grounds.

Ambitious wedding planner Vianna Pine is determined to make the bride's Civil War-themed wedding perfect. But each time Vianna's vision threatens the integrity and safety of the Farm, Kelsey has to intervene. And when she finds Vianna's dead body at the foot of the church steps, everyone's plans fall apart. With both the wedding and Barton Farm at risk of being permanently shut down, Kelsey has to work hard to save her own happily ever after.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Kelsey Cambridge whose the museum director and is forced by the Cherry Foundation to host a wedding and in this instance it's her ex-husbands wedding to Krissie who is a very demanding person and is pushing Kelsey and her wedding planner Vianna Pine to the limit when Vianna winds up dead being throw out the church window it's up to Kelsey to figure this out so she can have her church back.  Who killed Vianna and why?  Could it have been Krissie the demanding bride?  Or was it Vianna's assistant?

I enjoyed reading this book and watching as Kelsey figures out who the murderer is?  And to find out what they are out for whether it be jealous, anger, etc.  This book is very addictive and kept me engaged until the end.  Definitely a great book for cozy readers.  Can't wait to see what is next for Kelsey and the whole town!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Review: Bad To The Bone by: Linda O, Johnston


Title: Bad To The Bone
Author: Linda O. Johnston
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Series: Barkery & Biscuits Mystery #3
Pages: 288
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT & NetGalley

Description:

Veterinary technician Carrie Kennersly, owner of the Barkery & Biscuits bakery for dogs, is reluctant to sell her recipes to pet food manufacturer VimPets. Jack Loroco, a VimPets representative, assures Carrie that it would be a great opportunity to grow her business. His promising new relationship with Carrie's friend Billi Matlock doesn't hurt his cause.

But the budding romance takes a bad turn when Wanda Addler, another VimPets employee, sets her sights on Jack. After threatening to ruin Jack's career if he doesn't give her what she wants, Wanda is found dead. Jack and Billi are put at the top of the suspect list, and Carrie is doggone determined to rescue them from a life behind bars.

My Thoughts:

Carrie is working on deciding what recipes she will sell to VimPets and whether she will at all.  She gets invited to dinner by Jack the representative for VimPets so Carrie brings her boyfriend Reed, her brother Neal his girlfriend Janelle, and Jack's love interest Billi Matlock a local council member. Jack's plan for dinner was to introduce them to Wanda Addler who managed to introduce herself to everyone and upsetting Billi Matlock in the process.

As the days pass Wanda goes around upsetting more than just Billi, She even goes so far to set up a dinner with Billi, Jack and Carrie to throw around some more threats and warnings to the trio.  Before even 24 hours can pass Carrie hears from Jack that Wanda is dead.  Who killed Wanda and why? Was it Billi or Jack or has Wanda really upset someone else and they issued their own justice!  As we find out early on everyone seems to be warning Carrie not to get involved which seems to push Carrie more into finding out what is going on even more!

This book is so much fun visiting everyone and seeing what is going on in Knobcone Heights.  Each person adds something to the story.  Everything for the Dr's at the clinic to the people at the restaurant that Carrie and her friends frequent.  This book really has everything a dog fan could hope for.  Personally I think it would be great to have a Barkery around here somewhere you can bring your pet in to get a yummy treat for them.

Definitely kept me engaged until the mystery was solved which was great totally wasn't expecting who the murderer turned out to be or why.  Definitely a paw above the rest if you haven't checked out this series you really are missing a barking series!

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