Friday, May 17, 2019

Review: Hitches, Hideouts, & Homicides

Hitches, Hideouts, & Homicides Hitches, Hideouts, & Homicides by Tonya Kappes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love visiting Happy Trails campground and Normal, Kentucky. I wish it were a real place because I would be on my way there. Of course I would be wearing a bullet proof vest. No sense in taking crazy chances. Dead bodies just seem to be attracted to Mae West, owner of Happy Trails. Some folks might believe that is a bad thing. I guess, though, if I was a murdered body, I would want her to find me. See, she is the nosy type. She doesn’t let anything get in the way of finding out who did it and why...not even a handsome law enforcement guy who enjoys her company. He really shouldn’t worry too much. The Laundry Club Ladies would never dream of letting her get into trouble by herself. Um, sorry. I mean they wouldn’t dream of letting her solve the crime by herself. I can’t tell you just what happened but rest assured a body is involved. So are a bit of romantic issues. Just what is going on?

If you are looking for some camping excitement pick up a copy of Hitches, Hideouts and Homicide. If you need to be convinced a RV might have your name on it, pick up the entire A Camper & Criminals Series. You will find find yourself looking forward to some small town camping for sure.

The book has some recipes and hints at the end of it. There is no sex or adult language and violence is kept to a minimum. I was provided with an uncorrected, electronic copy of the book for reviewing. It is possible that the corrected version of the book is slightly different. I am definitely planning to buy my own copy.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Review: Love at the Salted Caramel Cafe’

Love at the Salted Caramel Cafe’ Love at the Salted Caramel Cafe’ by Angie Ellington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fall romance great for a couple hours escape. The story moved along quickly. It is a clean romance, I might term it a cozy romance. I recommend it for some relaxation reading.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Review: Mushing is Murder

Mushing is Murder Mushing is Murder by Patti Benning
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a fast and easy read. It is perfect for when you want to unwind but are short on time. I was kept guessing, changing who I suspected a few time. I like the back story of an adult daughter moving home to help her aging parents. It is a very real scenario. What made it even better is that the family is flawed. They suffered a tragedy that split them up. They are healing but it’s not been an overnight lovefest. It is going along in a real life fashion. I like that. There is a possible love interest but, in this book at least, it wasn’t pushed heavily. It is set in small town Alaska and has mushers as part of the story! I adore that. Those dogs are amazing! I love reading about their care. This book had enough going on that I plan to read more in this series.

I came across this book while looking for a different one that was set in Alaska. I have not read anything by this author before. I did see that she has a few series and I want to look into those. I have read books put out by Summer Prescott Books and have enjoyed them. The editing of this small publishing company has been solid. I borrowed this book from the Kindle Unlimited program.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Review: If the Broom Fits

If the Broom Fits If the Broom Fits by Sara Bourgeois
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the story. I like the characters, the town and I loved Meri. I will read the next book in the series because I enjoyed it. It was a fast, fun book.
What I didn’t like were the typos. This author has an entertaining book and a series full of promise. I would recommend that she finds someone to do some editing for her. It is difficult to catch the typos yourself. Your brain knows what you are saying and will correct it while you read. It would benefit her to have someone comb through this book and then update it.
If you are the type of reader that absolutely cannot read with typos, this wouldn’t be a good match. If you can ignore them, then I would recommend reading it for a light hearted afternoon of reading. The book takes about 2-3 hours to read, (fast readers will probably be done in an hour or so). I liked it well enough to give the next book a shot, (maybe a couple more), though I will borrow them until I see the typos have been fixed.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Review: When Smiles Fade

When Smiles Fade When Smiles Fade by Paige Dearth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a difficult book for me. I had never read this author before so I had no expectations for the story. The first 30% of the book was the hardest for me to get through. I had a lot of memories to work through. I had to go slow and take breaks with other books. I always came back, though. I was invested in the children of this book. All of them, not just Emma, Gracie and Izzy. Their story is heartbreaking and compelling. Sadly, it is a realistic one. If you haven’t known abuse, you may think the author is over the top. Maybe. The book is fiction. Abuse does happen, though. You may think that no one could get away with doing those things to their children. It is harder in some places, today, but it still happens. Even here in the USA where we like to believe that we protect our young. How many times have you questioned someone at the park about a child’s injuries? How many times do you accept your neighbor saying, “she is clumsy,” or, “he likes to roughhouse.”? How many times has your child mentioned a classmates injury and you just said, “that’s too bad.”. See how easy it is? Yes, after too many injuries, we may start whispering about it or possibly ask a deeper question. What happens then? They move. “A better job in a different state.” “Moving back with family.” “Buying a house.” Then it can start all over. This book will open your eyes to a very real problem around the globe. Children are the future. They should be valued not damaged.
I really liked Emma. I liked how the author took us inside her head and heart. I also liked the glimpse into Gracie. If I had a wish for this book, it would be for a companion book of Gracie’s journal. The story gripped me. After I got past the first 30%, I found myself eager to know what was going to happen next. I was hoping for a better life for Emma and Gracie. I won’t give away anything by saying more on the plot twists. There are several. They were surprising to me. The last 70% of the book was easier for me to read. It actually went fast because I didn’t want to put it down. A problem I had with it concerns Izzy. I found myself confused on time passing with her character. I felt like it went too fast and became easily confused about her age. It tripped me up a little.
Please heed the warning of the graphic nature of this book. It is not for everyone. If it is not something you can handle, then, pass it up. If you aren’t certain, please get the sample or check with your library. I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. All opinions expressed are my honest feelings regarding the book. At first I wasn’t certain I wanted to read another book by the author, (due to the explicit scenes). Now though, after having time to breathe and reflect, I think I will. I know what to expect and I know to give myself time. I think the author will captivate me with another heart searing, emotional, gripping read. Give the author a try. I would say, if you do but find yourself thinking it is a DNF, stay with the story until after the 30% mark before deciding if you can or can’t finish it. It is brutal but the author does let you breathe.

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Review: Bewitching

Bewitching Bewitching by Sandy Moffett
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I started off reading the series that I believe goes with this book. Then my son was deathly ill and I couldn’t concentrate on anything but him. Once he was on the mend, I thought, I would pick up where I left off. I didn’t count on the exhaustion and mood flipping that would follow his recovery, made worse by my own autoimmune disorder that I neglected. I ended up in a funk where I would pick up books, read a page and then put it down. Every single book. Even ones I was loving, (at least I knew it wasn’t the books). I truly was despairing at gaining back my reading interest. Then I picked up this one and was swept away!

This story captures my reading spirit and revived it! I loved Constance and her aunts. The aunts were so adorable! Stefan was a perfect book boyfriend; handsome, intelligent, kind and a bit mysterious. I don’t want to go into the plot because it is a novella. It’s too easy to give away too much..and there is a big plot twist! I kept returning to it every chance I had. I found myself wishing I had carved out time to read it all at once. If I were to guess, I would say you could read it in two or three hours. Make the time! You will get caught up. Read it.

I would like to say this about the book in case it is an issue for anyone. There are hot scenes. I found them appropriate for the book, (but that is my taste). If that is something that you prefer not to read, you might want to choose a different book. Otherwise, enjoy them. They are a part of a very interesting storyline.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Review: The Darkwater Bride An Audible Original Drama

The Darkwater Bride An Audible Original Drama The Darkwater Bride An Audible Original Drama by Marty Ross
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love the performance of this audiobook. The story, though, was over the top for me. It was a creepy tale but a little too much on graphic, gritty, violence and sex for my taste. I don’t mind stories that are graphic, as long as I feel it is necessary to the story. I listened to the whole story, though, because I loved the performance. If you don’t mind graphic and gritty, this may be your story. I would tell you to listen to it for the performance. It is more like listening to radio drama over an audiobook. Listen to the sample and remember it does have scenes that could trigger sensitive listeners.

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Review: Crêpe Expectations

Crêpe Expectations Crêpe Expectations by Sarah Fox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this mystery. It is the first book I read by Sarah Fox although it is the 5th book into the series. I did not feel as though I missed anything by jumping in so late. The mystery was well done with a couple of mini mysteries popping up. This enhanced the story for me. I think one of the mysteries might have been spun off of prior books, (not at all certain of this), but the second was solely related to this one. I like the characters and friendships. I do want to go back and read the previous books to catch me up on them.

I had something going on with my eyes during my reading, (it still is. I think spring allergies). The story is captivating and without the eye issues I would have probably finished in one day. I read it during a readathon so I had time blocked, (I blocked 5 hours as it is a good length.). There are some super delicious recipes in back that I can’t wait to try. I usually try to do one for the review, but the eyes. I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. The review is my opinions from reading the book.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Review: A Killer Latte: A Cozy Mystery

A Killer Latte: A Cozy Mystery A Killer Latte: A Cozy Mystery by Tonya Kappes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Tonya Kappes books. I have read many and haven’t been disappointed yet. A Killer Latte is a part of her A Killer Coffee Mystery Series. Each book in this series has its own mystery that wraps up. This series, though, has a secondary relationship storyline that is ongoing. Because of this, I would recommend reading it in order.
I enjoyed this story very much. In fact, it is my current favorite book of this series. I am in awe of how the author is able to come up with fresh plots. She has many books out there. Yet each one is fresh. In this one a movie is being made in Honey Springs. That brings a special chaos to the charming small town. The mystery was twisty and just when you think you have it...things change. That’s all I’m saying on that. Anything more and there would be no need for you to read the book.
All of our favorite characters are back and a pet finds a furever home. I stayed up reading into the early morning hours.
I received an electronic arc of this book. I chose to read and review it because I love finding and talking about entertaining books. My recommendation is to read this book. If you haven’t read any of the others in the series, check for them where you buy books, (the author has frequent sales), or request them from your library, (don’t forget Overdrive).

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Review: Seaside and Homicide

Seaside and Homicide Seaside and Homicide by Jenna St. James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book in a new series by a new power writing team. Jenna St James is an author I found last year. She quickly became one of my favorites. Maddy Maddson is her teenage stepdaughter. This is Maddy’s first book. I’m already looking forward to more by her. I wasn’t certain if this book would appeal to me being YA but curiosity won out. I’m happy it did.

I’m a character type of person. Yes, the mystery has to be a good one, (this one is), but if the people don’t interest me, I move on. I love that Brynn lives with her Gram and has a good relationship with her. There are a couple of very interesting storylines with Winnie, (Gram). I like the friendship between the girls. I also liked that in the beginning it was Brynn and Peyton with Raven being the new friend. I thought it brought an interesting element into it. Brynn and Peyton have history. They know each other well. They will get to know Raven better, along with us, as the series moves on. (There was a joke between Raven and her dad that made me chortle though my other half groaned..but then chuckled, too. Yes I did tell it to him.) The friendship formed fast and close, as some do particularly when your young. Will it last? Will it get stronger? Will they turn out too different from each other? Will they stay cohesive when they go off to college? That’s right. Our crime solvers are in high school. Just like one of the authors. This will keep the series authentic and unique, in my opinion. You might be thinking that this is a series best left to teens. It is a series I think young teens and up will enjoy. But if you think that it is not for adults you would be missing out on a modern Nancy Drew type series. If you liked Nancy, you’re going to enjoy this book. I’m certainly looking forward to more.


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Friday, April 12, 2019

Review: Murder Wears a Little Black Dress

Murder Wears a Little Black Dress Murder Wears a Little Black Dress by Debra Sennefelder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book! This is the first book I read by Debra Sennefelder. I definitely want to read more of her books.
The setting of a consignment shop was original and I love the part it played in the mystery. I also enjoyed the references to fashion, (and I am not a fashionista). I like her characters. I enjoyed reading their interactions. Kelly, the main character, has returned to her hometown. She has some relationship issues to work on, (for instance her sister and a high school friend), and they are well handled. I really liked the way the author wrote these, nothing rushed and not completely resolved. It felt realistic. I also like the way the love interest didn’t hijack the story. The mystery was the story as it is suppose to be. There is a psychic, who may or may not be the real thing, but, so far, no ghosts or things like that. That was refreshing and original, for me. The mystery was done well. It kept me interested as every time I had to put it down, I was eager to return to it. It was, for me, one of those books you get to the end and are forlorn, thinking, “now what?” I wanted to know the ending but was so sad because it was..the end. I’m looking forward to more books in this series.

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Review: Time After Time

Time After Time Time After Time by Jenna St. James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this author’s writing. I have read a few of her books and she consistently injects good times into each book. Her books always entertain me. This book stayed true to that. Time After Time is the third book in the, “A Witch In Time,” series. No, so far, you do not need to read them in any special order. Each book has been complete on its own. I love how each book is from a different author yet flows nicely with the other books. The series is about young witches who travel through time, tasked with solving an unresolved crime. In Time After Time we go back to the 1980’s. The author remembers well how things were then. We are treated with a delightfully fun tale that takes place in a nursing home, (more like an assisted care facility). Two murders were committed by an unknown person. Will Lexie find out all she needs to know to crack this case? Pop in a cassette mix tape and dive in.
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Review: The Prince of Dragons

The Prince of Dragons The Prince of Dragons by Tameri Etherton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. I confess. Fantasy and SciFi are not my strong genres. For both, I need to be in the right mood to read them. I usually enjoy them but only on my terms. The Prince Of Dragons, though, enchanted me. I started it in the proper mood. Then had a crisis in real life that stopped my reading for a couple days. When I got back to reading, my mood had changed. But I was already under the author’s spell. This is one of the rare fantasy books that I enjoyed even though I wasn’t in fantasy mode! Truly, if you know me, you know how significant that is.
I love Rhoane. I loved watching his growth. The author ripped my heart out early on with Rhoane. I’m not telling you how. My other favorite character was Faelara. I am hoping to see more of her in future books. I want to know all of her story. There are other characters that I liked and a few, not so much, (pretty sure that was planned).
The author did a decent job with world building. I felt like I could close my eyes and see the story unfold in my mind. I do wish I had noticed the maps, at the end of the story, earlier. Be sure to check those out.
The author, thoughtfully, also has a cast of characters, (with pronunciation of names), and a glossary of unfamiliar words and places. Both can be found at the end of the book. I did well with the pronunciation using my experience with Celtic names and words. I knew the rules to those, (thank you deceased family members who passed that to me). If you aren’t familiar with them, you might want to keep in mind that you can easily look them up or you can choose to read through them before reading the story.
I recommend this series to young adults and up, (for some mature themes). My recommendation is to read the book. If you aren’t certain about buying it, I encourage you to ask your library for it and/or check your favorite library app.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Review: Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers

Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers by Chris Grabenstein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The version I am actually reviewing is the Audible Originals one. It is not listed in the editions available. I chose the version I hope matches.

I chose this title as part of the Audible Original program. I debated getting it as I’m not a child. Okay, some who know me might argue that so, I’m way above the age of being considered a child. I was kept entertained the entire time. I can’t wait to share this with my grandchildren. I know they are going to love it! The actors did a great job bringing this book to life. This would be a wonderful title for a road trip.

The grandchildren mentioned are in range from 6 to 12. I think the two older ones are more suited for the book but, being the audiobook version, I believe even the youngest will be kept entertained. The Audible Originals version runs just over 4 hours and has a big cast. I think even the adults in the car will be entertained. It will also provide an opening for talking about bullying. Oh and there are dogs. What child hasn’t asked for a dog at least once?

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Review: The Forgiving Jar

The Forgiving Jar The Forgiving Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. It is the second book in the series. I did not read the first book and was able to follow along. I do, however, wish that I had read them in order. It is what I recommend for best enjoyment. Each book, so far, tells, as the main story, one young girls story. The first book is Michelle’s story with, I’m thinking, Sara’s story coming in. This book is Sara’s story. The next book is Lenore’s. This is very interesting to me as Michelle and Sara were raised English while Lenore was raised Amish. Each young woman is hurting when they find The Prayer Jar, (this story made me want to make a similar type jar). I enjoyed the book very much but felt that the author did not stay true to Sara at the end. Michelle does something that affects Sara’s relationship. When Sara found out, there was no real feel reaction. I took a star away for it because I felt cheated. I don’t want to go completely into things and ruin it for anyone. I’ll let you draw your own opinion. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book and am planning to read both book one and three. There are some other things in the background that have been introduced. I’m hoping the next book picks up the threads. I recommend the book for relaxing, clean romance, reading.
Thank to everyone involved in the giveaway. The opinions expressed are my feelings from reading the book. The review was voluntary and written because I like to review books and other purchases I make.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Review: Bone Music

Bone Music Bone Music by Christopher Rice
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thought this book was amazing! There were so many interesting plots/subplots that I needed to read it slower than usual but wanted to just keep going! Definitely a book I recommend you try.
I read this on Kindle and, at times, listened to it on Audible. I liked the narrator on this. It was easy going back and forth between the two formats. Go with what works for you.

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Review: The Demon Next Door

The Demon Next Door The Demon Next Door by Bryan Burrough
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had no idea who this serial killer was when I chose this audiobook. I actually, even with the description, didn’t realize it was true until the narrator read the part of looking him up. I did and was surprised that it wasn’t a fictional horror book. I thought it was interesting that the author went to high school with the killer, and then went back to get the story. It gave a personal touch to the town. I can’t imagine what it must have been like for Brenda with the way the town appeared to embrace and cocoon her attacker. The book gives much to think about in that regard. If you read true crime, this is probably a book that will interest you.
The narrator was okay. His enthusiasm kind of creeped me out at times. Other than that, he did well.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Review: Dangerous Dreams: A Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke

Dangerous Dreams: A Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Dangerous Dreams: A Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke by Mike Rhynard
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Dangerous Dreams started slow for me but was worth it! This book contains a lot of history along with a lot of imagination. I loved the story of Emily and Ishna. I wasn’t so engrossed in Allie. The author did a lot of research to make the book as close to what happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke as possible. I could imagine much of what he wrote as really happening. His descriptions and inclusion of the Lakota language helped bring the book to life. I appreciate him including the Sioux rites, cultures from multiple Native American tribes, the medicine wheel as well as the Viking and Spanish explorations. There is so much that went into this book! While it started slowly for me, once it picked up, it was impossible to put down.
This book does have mature themes and graphic violence. Please keep your feelings about that in mind when you are deciding to read this book. If you are uncertain about it, I suggest you request a sample or borrow it from the library. I believe the book would make a good book club read. The author has book club questions on his website. Reviews are opinions that may differ from yours. I recommend that if you are reading these reviews, which suggests you have an interest, you should read the book. I won this book from Goodreads. I appreciate the generosity of Goodreads and the author. All opinions expressed are from my feelings while reading the book.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Review: Jar of Hearts

Jar of Hearts Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It started slow but then picked up and held me engrossed all day. I totally forgot what I had planned to do and just listened. It is explicit and graphic so if that bothers you, pick something else. It was bizarre but I was entertained. There were some twists that I saw coming but others I was surprised. The narrator on this one was awesome. I would definitely listen to other narration by Jennifer LaVoy.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Review: The Trial of Lizzie Borden

The Trial of Lizzie Borden The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

The story was engrossing. I wish I had bought it in print or ebook though. The narration killed it for me. It drove me crazy and distracted me from the book. The story itself is worth reading. Just do yourself a favor and read it in print or ebook. Definitely try the sample first. I plan to get a print copy. I really like the book.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Review: Southern Sass and Killer Cravings

Southern Sass and Killer Cravings Southern Sass and Killer Cravings by Kate Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read from the author. It is the first book in

I was totally caught up in the story. I am a domestic abuse survivor. I was surprised to see that Marygene was also a survivor. I totally paid attention to how this was treated. The author did an awesome job with it. It was a secondary story but was not graphic or excessive. It was a part of the reason why Marygene was returning home. It was something she needs to deal with. I was heartened to see the author did not toss out the reason and then never mention it again. I was able to connect with Marygene as she tried to figure out and deal with the many emotions that come with leaving. Amazingly, in my opinion, the author struck a balance between the mystery, (not using him as a suspect which had to have been tantalizing), potential love interests and her need to process what she went through. I thought the situation was handled honestly and sensitivity. I hope that future books continue with her growth as a background story. Domestic abuse still carries with it guilt and shame, even as more victims speak out. It took me almost 10 years to be able to talk about some of my experience. Books, like this one, are important because they not only let us identify with a main character, they help break through the silence. Thank you Ms. Young.
The mystery was well done. I don’t like to talk a lot about the mystery. I would rather let you figure it out yourself. There are several potential suspects. I found myself second guessing, and still trying to decide on who, in the last part of the book. I liked many characters. More I liked the exploration of relationships. Despite the serious subject, the book never felt heavy to me. I loved Mama popping in. She made me laugh out loud. I’m kind of hoping that her love for her children, along with her need to make atonement to them, will keep her in the series. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
There are several recipes included. I definitely need a waffle iron. The recipes are unique, at least to me. They can look intimidating, I’m not a baker so they did look it to me, but the cookies were pretty easy and wow! Very much worth it. I love the author’s trick of using ziplock bags to mix in. I am planning to make those peach rolls. They made me drool when I was reading. That waffle iron I mentioned...potato waffles! Another diner menu item that had me drooling while reading. Maybe I can borrow a waffle iron.

This book is due out at the end of May, just in time for beach reading. I won an advanced paperback copy. I had some family issues pop up while reading it so it took longer than I expected to read it. I voluntarily reviewed the book as I try to review all the books I read. All the thoughts of the book are my opinions. As always, if a book interests you, I encourage you to read it. If you aren’t certain it is for you, please request it from your library or a library app.



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Friday, March 15, 2019

Review: Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself

Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself by William W. Li
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is a lot of information in this book. The good thing is that it was written so that I could understand it. There have been books on nutrition and it’s effects on disease and the body that we’re good but difficult to get through. I didn’t have that problem with this book. The author did a good job explaining things without forcing me to look up every other word. Considering the fact the first portion of this book will have you feeling like you are in school, I was very happy to see this.
I love the listing of what foods you can enjoy that are helping your body. The author doesn’t say here are five foods, eat them for health whether you like them or not. Instead we are told to go through the list so we can choose food we already love along with some that we may want to try. I really like this not only because I’m not the most adventurous in food, but because I live where finding everything might be challenging and then there is cost. Having the list and being able to just pick off the food you enjoy, can easily find and fits the food budget is as important as the knowledge about nutrition. The truth is that what we eat has a direct affect on our body and health. Food can harm or heal. To do either, though, the food has to be available and what we want to eat. I like the authors 5x5x5 Framework in the last part of the book. It should be noted that this isn’t for weight loss, (though I think healthier eating does help with that). This is an easy way to add disease fighting food to your diet. You pick 5 foods that you add to your diet and enjoy them 5 times a day. Your goal with them is to cover the 5 defense systems that you read about in the book. I love that I can choose to eat them together or eat them as part of meals and snacks. The last portion of the book is where you will find the lists, along with recipes to try, tips on incorporating the food to your menu, a sample menu to help guide you and a section on assessing your risk.
I recommend this book for people who are interested in healthy eating.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Review: Glitter Bomb

Glitter Bomb Glitter Bomb by Laura Childs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had so much fun reading this book! From the beginning I was whisked off from my comfy chair and set down in New Orleans, just in time to celebrate Mardi Gras! The authors did an amazing job bringing the sights, sounds, taste, fun and excitement come alive. I was bewitched! The hours flew by and interruptions were barely tolerated. I wanted to stay immersed in the vivid party atmosphere that was going on in my mind. This was my first adventure in A New Orleans Scrapbooking Mystery Series but certainly not my last. Glitter Bomb is one of those books that invites you to delight your senses, as well as your mind, between its covers.
I love the characters and their senses of humor. They play off of each other with the warmth and knowledge that long time friends have. I felt like I was a part of the friendships even though I haven’t read the previous books. The mystery was well done, starting the book off with a bang! I was kept guessing and even included a suspect whose job normally keeps me from suspecting them. In the end, I was wrong about my list. I love it! That’s entertainment!

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Review: Canyons, Caravans, & Cadavers

Canyons, Caravans, & Cadavers Canyons, Caravans, & Cadavers by Tonya Kappes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t get enough of this series! Ms Kappes has done a wonderful job creating a small town that mainly relies on tourist to keep it thriving. She formed a tight group of unique ladies who call themselves The Laundry Club. In the first book we met the main character and narrator, Mae West. She inherited Happy Trails, a run down campground in Normal, Kentucky located in the Daniel Boone National Park. People in Normal weren’t too happy to have her but she turned the campground around and won the hearts of the town’s people along with the Key to the City. There are lots of things going on, a number of murders and a lot of character driven world building in this series. You don’t have to read each book in order but for full enjoyment, I recommend that you do. The books are fast paced so you will catch up before you know it.
In this book, along with the key to the city, (an honor she shares with a certain pushy reporter), Mae is given the opportunity to conduct a six week class on economics and how she turned around the campground. She is excited and honored with this opportunity, but can she make an impact on the students? She grew up in Kentucky, a Commonwealth that hasn’t had much to offer since farming has been cut down and mines are shutting down. She knows what it is like to be in high school facing slim opportunities for the future unless you leave. Which is exactly what she had done only to return, where she became a success story. She knows she can do this but then she finds the dead body of a teacher/coach in one of her rental trailers. Now the body count is rising and the lead investigator is agreeing she can be “eyes and ears” at the school for him, not to mention there seems to be a possibility of some love competition!
The story is intriguing and fast paced. It is easy to get lost in the book and want to finish it in one sitting. It is possible to do this as time flies when you’re having fun. The mystery gets wrapped up in each book. There are background storylines that continue book to book. They aren’t so big, though, that you can’t follow the story if you haven’t read them all. Each book is written in a way that allows you to join in reading it regardless of the number of previous books and whether or not you read them all. My preference is to read them in order.
There are also camping hacks, tips and recipes at the end of each book. I normally try one or two before I write the review. This time I didn’t have ingredients on hand to whip one up and enjoy while reading. I do plan to make the cookies this week and possibly the chili. The pizza recipe is intriguing as I would love to make pizza outdoors!
I received an electronic ARC of the book. I voluntarily reviewed it because I love sharing book news and talking about books. Because it was an ARC some changes may be made with the official release of the book. I enjoyed this book and plan to purchase a copy of it to add to my series collection. I do recommend the book as well as the series.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Review: Restaurant Weeks Are Murder

Restaurant Weeks Are Murder Restaurant Weeks Are Murder by Libby Klein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series just gets better! This is the third book in the Poppy McAllister Mystery Series. This one brings the excitement of restaurant competition and tv shows. Poppy is helping out as part of team Maxine’s Bistro on the televised restaurant competition and ends up hosting the judges at her not yet fully opened B&B. Things get heated from the moment the kickoff event, Chef Meet and Greet, happens. I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll leave you to find out what all went on by reading the book. I will say there is as much fun as action. This is a fast paced, fun read. I kept laughing way too hard. Everyone should have an Aunt Ginny in their lives. Figaro is also back and giving Miss New Jersey a time. I love that cat! As for the mystery, there were plenty of suspects, lots of reasons and yes, I had a hard time with who did it until the reveal came. I recommend this book to cozy mystery lovers, of course. I also recommend it to those who enjoy the food competition shows on tv, even if they don’t normally read cozy mystery books. This book was that much fun!
There are Paleo recipes that follow the story. I’m not exactly paleo. I’m more the kind that thinks if it smells good, looks good, tastes good it means it needs to be eaten type. These paleo recipes though..too die for! (Oh my! Did someone?!) The Paleo Black Forest French Toast was amazing though I did have to use plain whipped cream. I am dying to try the Lemon Crème Brûlée but am taking the authors advice on the blowtorch. Aunt Ginny’s Fig Jam is also very intriguing to me. There are more recipes than this and yes, some were from the competition. The French Toast just begged me to make it, (chocolate and cherries, I’m not strong enough to resist). I appreciate that the author took time to include the substitution of Coconut Oil, (not because I needed it but because I bought a big jar of it to help my dog. She is only 12 pounds so I need to use this oil as many ways as possible.). Check out the book and let me know if you make the recipes.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Review: Knight Moves

Knight Moves Knight Moves by Julie Moffett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Knight Moves is the second book in the White Knights series. This is a YA series that I think preteen through adults will enjoy. It is a spin-off from the Lexi Carmichael series. I started the series with this book. I was able to keep up just fine but now want to get every single book I have missed.
There is so much I loved about this book that it is difficult to start. My brain shouting, “just tell them to read it. Tell everyone to read it!,” is not helping at all. I love that this book has three smart teenagers, two females and one male who are good friends. I love that Angel was a loner who is learning about friendship and is advancing her social skills in a natural way. I related to that part so well. All of the teens at the school are unique. They can, and do, stand by theirselves with their own strengths and weaknesses. Yet all of them are equal. The ending, of this book, wow! I don’t want to give it away but this sapient author surprised me with something I have found missing in a few YA books I have read. I felt like cheering! Oh and the school..if you aren’t going to Hogwarts, you probably want to go here. The negatives? I have none. I plan to recommend this series to my library for their YA section. I don’t have children in school but I am thinking to donate copies of it to the alternative high school as well as the high school libraries. Teens need to see they can be brilliant. They can be strong. They can be different yet equal and both sexes can be friends without the pressure of an intense relationship. They need to see that their strengths and weaknesses are normal and they are still valuable with them. This series shines a light for them.


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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Review: Putting Down Roots in Kinsey Falls

Putting Down Roots in Kinsey Falls Putting Down Roots in Kinsey Falls by Gayle Leeson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I listened to this on Audible.
The narrator, Renee Dodd was fantastic. I really enjoyed this recording. The story was interesting and fun! I learned some things I didn’t know. I love the characters. I even enjoyed the author notes and acknowledgments. I do recommend this book! Read it. Especially if you love wildlife. Possum. I had a good time with this and I think you will to. It’s like a playing a Hallmark Movie in your head! I can’t wait to read more of this series.


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Monday, February 25, 2019

Review: A Devil of a Time

A Devil of a Time A Devil of a Time by Mona Marple
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book of the A Witch In Time Series. This series is being written by several authors, each of whom has a main character and a mystery to solve. In the previous book we met Vee and time traveled to New York. In this book we meet Felicity, (Flick), and go to 1999 London. This series is fast becoming a must read more series. I love that each character goes on her own adventure, (though the other characters may make appearances), and solves their own mystery. So far, you don’t need to read the books in order of publication. I would encourage you to, though, just for the fun of it and, of course, to meet each witch. In the weeks before the first book was released I found myself wondering who will be my favorite witch. I think it is going to be more difficult than I thought to choose her.
I love that Flick is in a beginning of the craft, (by this I mean she is becoming an independent witch). She comes from a prestigious line of witches, yet seems to truly want to find her own way. Her Gram places emphasis on high standards and the family. She has made sacrifices for them and expects Flick to do the same. Yet she loves Flick deeply. Flick is aware of all this but isn’t certain making the sacrifices her mother and grandmother made are for her. This complexity makes for an interesting secondary story. I found the mystery that Flick needs to solve intriguing and fascinating, (perhaps because Johnny and Candice had me remembering Sid and Nancy - I probably just dated myself there but I was a fan and their story was heartbreaking for me). Another thing I loved about the story was the way Flick tried to use her power to do good. It’s not often that I feel like crying in a mystery but I did with Bill and his wife.
I cannot wait to read the next book in this bewitching series. I find myself wondering about the next witch, her personality and mystery, at odd moments of the day. I am also anxious for more from both Vee and Flick.


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Friday, February 22, 2019

Review: Better Witch Next Time

Better Witch Next Time Better Witch Next Time by Stephanie Damore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I heard of this series, I was curious. It has a number of really good authors but I have been disappointed before with witchy books. Stephanie Damore, my first time reading her, surprised me. I was impressed to see real craft knowledge in the story. Not only that but treated respectfully. The mixing of reality and fantasy was well done. The mystery of what happened to Irene was interesting. The introduction of shifters, expected. I liked Vee immensely and adored Michael. Ms. Damore set the bar high with the first book in this series. I’m truly excited to read the other books in this series.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Review: The Guilt We Carry

The Guilt We Carry The Guilt We Carry by Samuel W. Gailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book description really sucked me in. I have been wanting to read it since I read that. Thank you to Goodreads and the author for the opportunity to read this as a Goodreads giveaway winner.

I was wrapped up in the book though that didn’t happen until almost the halfway mark. There is a lot of descriptive writing that leaves little to be imagined. At the same time that descriptive writing allowed you to distinctly hear the major sound of the book. Sorry to be a little vague but I’d rather you read the book. There were three places where the plot did not hold up for me. One had to do with a death, the others with Alice. I really liked Alice. I could form a fairly accurate idea of who she is, which is where the two breaks from the story come in. Despite these three spots, (two get addressed though, for me, not satisfactorily), I was still invested in the story I was being told. I did like the ending. I would have liked to know more about Elton and Delilah though.
I am interested in reading another book by this author.



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Monday, February 18, 2019

Review: A Charming Blend: A Magical Cures Mystery and A Killer Coffee Mystery Crossover Mystery

A Charming Blend: A Magical Cures Mystery and A Killer Coffee Mystery Crossover Mystery A Charming Blend: A Magical Cures Mystery and A Killer Coffee Mystery Crossover Mystery by Tonya Kappes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Charming Blend by Tonya Kappes features a blend between Roxy and Patrick from the Killer Coffee Series and June Heal from the Magical Cures Series. If you aren’t familiar with the two series, I’m sure this book will have your interest peaking. If you are familiar with them, you might want to catch up a bit with the Killer Coffee series. This blend has a spoiler if you are not caught up.
Roxy and Patrick have left Honey Springs to visit the town of Whispering Falls. Love is in the air and mixing with magic. Sassy and Pepper are with them and Mr Prince Charming can be found at A Charming Cure. They add some furry shenanigans to the fun. Of course, some favorites from the Magical Cures Series make appearances as well as a dead body.
The story is told from alternate viewpoints, first Roxy then June. The name of the narrator is listed at the beginning of each chapter so you can easily check if you need to. The setting is at Christmas, which is one of my favorite times. The story is a fun, quick and easy read. It is a light but complete mystery. I really enjoyed the blending of the series. I am looking forward to seeing June and Roxy together again so I am truly hoping there is more crossing over to be done.
I first read this story as part of Cozy Christmas Crimes - A Cozy Christmas Box Set. I am pleased to see the story offered individually. I voluntarily reviewed this book after enjoying it a second time.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Review: Game Players

Game Players Game Players by Anita Waller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the third book I have read by the author. In this one, a group of children are involved. After they witness a drug dealer bury some drugs things go down hill. This book was full of twists and surprises. There is violence with children involved, so please consider that when choosing to read it. I know that some have a difficult time with that. I dislike it but have to admit, for this story, it fit. I felt the author portrayed the children accurately. I didn’t really like most of the adults and don’t think the author wanted me to. I would recommend the book to readers of crime and those who like thrillers. I expect I will be reading more from this author.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Review: Motorhomes, Maps, & Murder

Motorhomes, Maps, & Murder Motorhomes, Maps, & Murder by Tonya Kappes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Motorhomes, Maps and Murder is the 5th book in the Tonya Kappes series, “A Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery.” It is not necessary to read the books in order as each has its own completed mystery. It is my recommendation that you do. The world building is ongoing with characters changing slightly with the books, (mostly adding a character or two). You will understand the relationships easier when read in order. Ms. Kappes does include a quick update that is woven so well into the story those familiar with the series will enjoy it as much as newcomers.
This series is one of my favorites. Perhaps it is because I spent so much time as a child in Southeast Kentucky where the story is set. My family were big campers, too. I can vividly picture the fictional town and campground. Ms. Kappes does a wonderful job painting the town and campground within the very real and beautiful Daniel Boone National Park. The characters are well written, each with their own personality that are very relatable. You quickly become friends with owner and narrator, Mae West, the Laundry Club gals and others from the town. There is a romance blossoming as an ongoing secondary story. If you enjoy romance mixed in your cozy, you will definitely want to read the series in order. This book is set during the spring time when a Civil War re-enactment and an after party are set to go. The citizens of Normal are ready to participate and Happy Trails campground is filling up with spectators. The only thing not planned are a prison break, murder and a major theft that threatens not only the re-enactment and the good people of Normal but also Mae and Happy Trails! Hunky Detective Hank Sharp is on it and wants Mae to stay out of it but sometimes fate just decides differently.
At the end of the book there are some camping hacks and a couple of recipes. I’m planning on making those gooey cinnamon buns in the morning. I’m also thinking of trying, in home, the hack for the omelet recipe just because it sounds interesting.
I highly recommend this fun book and the series to cozy mystery lovers.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced, unpolished, electronic copy of this book. I am purchasing a finished copy because I enjoyed it so much, (and because I want a completed set of this series. It is one I know I will read again).

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Review: Ginny Moon

Ginny Moon Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a difficult book for me to read. First, there are children in my family who are autistic. Second, abuse, child abuse, hits me hard. I have personal experience with it. To have a main character dealing with both..I knew it was going to be difficult. There is out right child abuse and implied possible sexual abuse. From my experience, I believe sexual abuse happened. Fortunately the author of this book knew how to get the point across with having to detail it. I am grateful.
This book had me emotionally distraught a lot. I was angry at Gloria and even Crystal. I expected to be angry with them. I didn’t exactly expect to be angry with Maura. I was though, even when I could understand why, I was a bit angry at her. It is a heartbreaking story that is, unfortunately, very realistic. In the end it is triumphant but the road there was not one very many can walk.
I did find myself, at times, forgetting the age of Ginny. She thinks much younger than her physical age. Some may say it is her autism. Other the abuse she suffered. I think, perhaps, the two mixed together. This is a case where early childhood home setting interrupted the child’s growth. I was feeling, for awhile, that every adult was failing Ginny.
If you are looking for a book about a child’s experience on the autism spectrum, this one might not be what you are looking for. The child was influenced by neglect and abuse as much as the autism. However I do think it is a book worth reading. The author does do a very good job with portraying autism. I think he did well blending the neglect and child abuse with the autism. This book, in my opinion, makes an excellent choice for book clubs or buddy reads. It is a book you want to discuss. I know I do.

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Review: 34 Days

34 Days 34 Days by Anita Waller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! I don’t want to take a chance and accidentally spill something with my review. This story was a surprise. I found myself holding my breath in so many places! There were many surprises and some shocks. Even the part where I knew what was going to happen, I was glued to it. If you enjoy thrillers, especially those that deal with family life, get this book! Actually get this and Strategy. They go together. This book ends but Strategy picks up what happens next in their lives. I haven’t read that one yet but when I reached the end and saw another part was available, I wanted to start it immediately. I’m betting you will too.
The book is British but I had no problems with it, (I’m American). I didn’t come across any words I needed to look up. Maybe because I have British friends or because I enjoy many British authors? I even enjoyed, and was able to picture in my mind, the football game.
Personal note: I would have read it much faster but my Dad was in the hospital so, of course, he came first. This is a definite page turner that you will have a hard time putting down. My advice, make some free time.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Review: Before She Knew Him

Before She Knew Him Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is starting out to be an amazing year for books! I won an ARC of this book. It is the first book I have read by Peter Swanson. I want to go read every book he has written now.

Before She Knew Him was one of the best games of cat and mouse I have read. If you have read the synopsis then you know what the book is about. I’m not going to rewrite it here. Nor am I going to tell you much other than do not miss out on reading this book! I want you, my book loving friend, to enjoy every twist and turn just as I did. I want you to feel your heart pound and your mouth go dry. I want you to enjoy every moment of discovery. Go find the giveaways and enter for the ARC’s. Go talk to your librarian and request a copy. Put your name on the list early. Preorder the book if you can. Circle March 2019 and write a note on it to remind yourself to buy it, if you can’t preorder. Then buy your favorite drink and snacks. Prepare yourself for an entire day of reading, (how I wish I had known to do this). Once you start reading you won’t be able to stop. It will transport you and hold you captive until the final page. You really don’t want to miss this one.
You might not want to read this alone, especially at night. You might find yourself thinking over your neighbors and exactly how well you know them. You might find yourself staring a bit into your friends faces for awhile. Book hazards. *shrug*



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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Review: Hightail It to Kinsey Falls

I listened to this book on Audible. The narrator was fantastic. I really enjoyed this recording. The story was interesting and fun! I learned some things I didn’t know. I love the characters. I even enjoyed the author notes and acknowledgments. I do recommend this book! Read it. Especially if you love wildlife. Possum. I had a good time with this and I think you will to. I can’t wait to read more of this story.
   

Review: Dead and Butter

Dead and Butter Dead and Butter by A. Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed reading this cozy mystery. It took longer than I expected only because I fell ill while reading it and wasn’t able to read as much. I did want to get back to it so I knew I was hooked. I like the characters though it was a kind of slow warm up to them and the town for me. I think, for me, that was because there was tension among the sisters, Ember and Stevie. I needed to see who, if either, I was going to trust. In the end I liked both and was happy to see the relationship repairing. I do plan on continuing with this series. The mystery was written welll. I didn’t guess the killer until the big reveal. This is the first book in the series and the way the threads were woven, my recommendation is to read the series in the order in which it was written. There is a fairly easy wheat bread recipe included. If your a baker, it will be a tasty recipe for you.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Review: If You Find Me

If You Find Me If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! There is so much I want to say. So much I can’t. This story had me mesmerized. It was emotional for me. I do want to give a warning that there is a rape scene so if that is difficult for you you might want to skip that part. This book will be with me for a long time. I think it will be one of the best of this year for me.
I listened to this on Audible and the narrator, Tai Sammons, was amazing as Carey. I would definitely listen to more by her.
Go read/listen (to) this book.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Review: Retribution: Avenge the Innocents

Retribution: Avenge the Innocents Retribution: Avenge the Innocents by R.W.K. Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book of this author that I have read. I was held captive by the first and was looking forward to reading more books by him.
Once more I was immediately drawn into the story. Mr Clark definitely knows how to get your attention. I don’t want to give away the story with my review. The subject matter is one I first became aware of after I had my oldest child. I was horrified by the real life actions of a mother. Reading this story brought that back to me. The author wrote from inside the mind of victim and perpetrator. It was interesting to me. The story was all the more terrifying by the fact that the author kept things fairly real. Then came the twist. Wow! I did not see that coming. The ending was left a bit open and I am hoping for a part two to this book. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Review: A Charming Crime

A Charming Crime A Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love this author. She never fails to entertain me. That is why I chose to listen to a book I have read twice. That and the fact that I’m ill so reading is difficult.
I enjoyed meeting June Heal and spending time in Whispering Falls. I have read several books in this series and will say the story gets better with each book. There are lots of interesting characters to get to know. I love the paranormal flavoring the story.
I am less than thrilled with the narrator for this. She read fast and pretty much sounded bored. I have listened to a lot of audiobooks. I really do enjoy them. I would have preferred someone who modulated their voice a bit more. My guy listened to a bit of it while we ate and the first comment he made was, “the book needs a better narrator.”
It gets four stars because I enjoy the series in ebook. I took a star for the narrator.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Review: One Feta in the Grave

One Feta in the Grave One Feta in the Grave by Tina Kashian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the third book in the series but my first. I was able to keep up with the mystery. I did wish that I had read the others books, though, for the relationships.
I was drawn to the book by the fun cover. Reading a book set on the boardwalk was as fun as I imagined. It was cold and a bit snowy where I lived so the summertime reminder was especially sweet. I live in a tourist town so relating was easy. I liked Lucy and Katie, as well as the other characters. Madame Vega was a super interesting character to me. Who doesn’t enjoy getting their fortune told? I enjoyed the way the author weaved the characters together. I knew I was behind on some relationships and characters but I was able to quickly catch on. I liked that part. I thought the author did well writing characters that were clear as well as some who were questionable. There is a romance in the works with the current possible interest not in law enforcement.
I don’t want to go into the mystery because I hate spoilers and even innocent things have the potential to ruin the fun for some. I was kept guessing until the reveal. There were plenty of suspects; some I liked and some I was hoping it was them instead of one I liked.
There are recipes at the end of the story. I usually try to make a couple before writing up a review but I was sick while reading this. For a few days it was up to the guy who thinks a meal is complete if it has meat and bread. He knows, though, that I want soups when I’m sick so he attempted to make Azad’s Lentil Soup. It was a success so you know that one of the recipes is easy peasey and delicious.
My illness did include an eye infection which forced me to put aside the book about halfway through. This almost killed me. I was enjoying it so much that I kept trying to push it.
I really enjoyed reading One Feta In The Grave. I won an advanced reader copy so it is possible there may be minor changes when the book is released. I would definitely suggest, if you like cozies, put this one on your TBR. I believe it is scheduled for a February release. Perfect time to enjoy some book sunshine.

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Review: An Anonymous Girl

An Anonymous Girl An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s hard to write a review for this book that doesn’t give things away. I started the book early in the morning intending to listen for a few hours while doing things around the house. It is now almost 10:00 pm and the things I planned to do are on tomorrow’s agenda. This was a rare time when I was so caught up in the story that nothing was really done. It was like I was sitting with coffee listening to a friend recount a horrifying time in her life. You listen transfixed. You think about what you are being told. You wonder how you would have answered the questions. You wonder about choices. You wonder about trust. You wonder about confidentiality. You go back to wondering about trust. This was the most mesmerizing book I have listened to in a while. I would say be careful reading reviews. This is a book best going into knowing as little as possible, in my opinion.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Review: The Witches of New York: A Novel

The Witches of New York: A Novel The Witches of New York: A Novel by Ami McKay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an absolute delight to listen to! The story was so interesting. One of my favorite tales of the craft. A testament of women as much as a tale of witches. A work of fiction that holds much truth. Set in 1880 it is a reminder of how far women have come, how much it cost some, how much we still have to go. Witchcraft was handled wonderfully. Be certain to read the author’s note after the story. The narrator, Julia Whelan, was amazing to listen to. She brought the story to life with her performance. I don’t often buy a book I have in multiple forms, especially after I have read it. This one I did. Yes, I do recommend it.

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Review: The Second Captive

The Second Captive The Second Captive by Maggie James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was glued to this book. It had an interesting subject, a good twist and it educated me. It was a bit difficult for me at times. I have my own experience with domestic violence and being held against my will. It was different from Beth’s experience but certain scenes did bring that punched in the stomach feeling to me. I did not know very much of Stockholm Syndrome. That was very interesting to read about. I learned quite a bit.
I don’t know that I liked Beth that much. Maybe it was that I didn’t always understand her. Maybe I was comparing us too much. Maybe it was that I wasn’t as brave as she was. I shattered like glass..something I still feel guilty about. At times her bravery terrified me because I knew what could happen. I thought a lot about family dynamics and how things connected.
The book is told from Beth, Dominic and Ursula’s points of view. I’m not overly fond of multiple points of view but, in this case, it worked very well. Being able to follow each person’s thoughts brought the story to life. It added a necessary understanding.
The story was gripping, sad at times, intense and terrifying. I thought the ending was done right for the story. I don’t want to go into it for fear of spoiling it. It worked for me. I’m happy I selected this book.


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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Review: The Mistake

The Mistake The Mistake by K.L. Slater
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I listened to this all evening. It deals with a creepy subject matter. It has a lot of turns to it, especially in the last part of the book. I didn’t really like the characters though.

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Review: Hitches, Hideouts, & Homicides

Hitches, Hideouts, & Homicides by Tonya Kappes My rating: 5 of 5 stars I love visiting Happy Trails ...