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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

#NothingGoodHappensAfterMidnight #NetGalley - Enjoyable Mystery Anthology- Nothing Good Happens After Midnight


  #NothingGoodHappensAfterMidnight #NetGalley Very enjoyable book of short stories by some important authors, thanks Netgalleyand Suspense Publishing.


Not my usual type of reading but Linwood Barclay, Rhys Bowen and Hank Phillippi Ryan's stories were especially fun reads! Recommended!!

Sunday, September 6, 2020

#TheOutcastGirls #NetGalley - Alys Clare- The Outcast Girls~ Preorder Now!

#TheOutcastGirls #NetGalley  An interesting read from a favorite author-  Thanks Severn House and NetGalley. 

"Private investigators Lily Raynor and Felix Wilbraham get more than they bargain for when they take on a case in a girls' boarding school, in the latest World's End Bureau Victorian mystery."

I had not read book the first book in series, so I had to get adjusted to the characters and the pace.  I became more  engrossed as I read and the ending pulled the atmosphere more together for me.

Very much hoping that Lily and Felix get closer in the next outing- it seems to be heading that way!
India seems to be a theme for Lily and the other characters in this one. 
Recommended for Alys Clare fans and others.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

One Was a Soldier- Julia Spencer- Fleming ~ Exciting Read!

After I read book #6 which the author reduced for a day I wanted to read more- So I got the combined volume 7 and 8 and am glad I did. I gave i 4.5 but rounded up to 5 for the ending, as well as the characters which I enjoy.

I probably found there too be a bit too much war, military deployments,PTSD and head trauma which of course speaks to the characters. I enjoyed that many or most of them are alive and able to process through their injuries and go one with life.

Glad that I have the next book, "Through The Evil Days". to continue and see the outcome of all these events. I am hoping the title does not mean no positive character events will occur.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

#FindingMyFather #NetGalley Deborah Tannen- Finding My Father~ Unique Read!

#FindingMyFather #NetGalley 4.5 stars rounded up to 5. Deborah Tannin has written a remarkable memoir of her father's life- actually of her whole family's lives. She started it many years ago and she was encouraged by her father. It was a labor of love.

I had read her previous books on discourse so I pounced on this one, which turned out to different than I anticipated. The parts I really got interested in where her father's early life in Warsaw, his communism and how it affected his family.

The ending of the books wraps it up and normalizes their somewhat unusual family line. I'm glad I read it and thank NetGalley and Random House for this advanced copy. I will enjoy seeing how others feel about the book. 

Friday, August 21, 2020

I Shall Not Want- Julia Spencer-Fleming ~ Exciting and Well Written~

So glad I was able to see this book on a one day sale and snatched it up. It was a terrific exciting read  and I just purchased the next two books (7 and 8) in a kindle bundle. I review books for authors, mostly from NetGalley and am very selective  with what I read.

Rev. Clare and Chief Russ are very complex characters and well developed. I'm sure I will need to read the whole series for understanding and that will happen. This book was a finalist for the Agatha Award, and the next two have big time awards also, so I'm sure I have lots of great reads ahead of me.

This edition has migrant workers being targeted with execution style murders and further investigation points to Millers Kill,N.Y being part of a drug cartel with  connections to some less-than -savory locals. So add a rookie female police new hire, assaults on almost everyone and culmination in Rev. Clare having her unit called up to Iraq and the plot is intricate and perhaps heavily violent.

I am heartily recommending this one!

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Sisters of the Southern Cross - Very Engrossing Novel ~

Just when I thought I had read the best of Jean Grainger's books, I discovered "Sisters of the Southern Cross" and read it right through!

"Sister Claire McAuliffe has been called from Dungarvan, County Waterford, to do God’s work in Jumaaroo, Queensland. Along with four other sisters she is charged with setting up a Catholic school... But life there is far from the spectacular paradise it seems."

Sister Claire risks life and limb multiple times to rid this area of a unscrupulous wealthy man who had killed and robbed to get to a prominent place in this place. The story painted an idealistic picture of an area that did practice white supremacy, and how the church, the Catholic sisters, and others attempted change. 

Friday, August 14, 2020

Enjoyable Amazon First Read- Complex and Entertaining~


"Lizzy Moon never wanted Moon Girl Farm."
It was an enjoyable Amazon First Reads from Prime Reading and I appreciate getting the chance to read it. "The Last of the Moon Girls" was a complex novel of nine generations of women, who essentially did not enter into marital relationships, and were tied to their farm. They each left a "life book" for their descendants, and Lizzy gets guidance from her beloved grandmother which free her.

Lizzy (Elzibeth) Moon is said to be the last of this line, although it is still a bit unclear if that holds true as she expects a daughter at the end of the story.. The difference is that she married, and was able to solve some tangled problems about her family saga. The ending was positive although there was a lot of back and forth throughout the book.