What’s On Your TBR This Week?

The Little Shop of Found Things: A Novel by [Brackston, Paula] A new series about a young woman whose connection to antiques takes her on a magical adventure.

New York Times bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter Paula Brackston returns to her trademark blend of magic and romance to launch a new series guaranteed to enchant her audience even more.

The Hour of Death: A Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery by [Jane Willan] Jane Willan’s The Hour of Death will be a Christmas delight for fans of G. M. Malliet, set on an island in Wales.

Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn make sleuthing a work of art. But will they paint themselves into a corner when they investigate the Village Art Society president’s death?

 Beautifully designed, intimate and illuminating, this is the story of American icon Ernest Hemingway’s life through the documents, photographs, and miscellany he kept, compiled by the steward of the Hemingway estate and featuring contributions by his son and grandson.

The Clockmaker's Daughter: A Novel by [Morton, Kate] A rich, spellbinding new novel from the author of The Lake House–the story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadows across generations, set in England from the 1860s until the present day.

All of these books release in October, so if you see something you like jump on it now!

Happy Wednesday Reading!

 

 

The Red Hand of Fury by R.N.Morris

The Red Hand of Fury

A series of bizarre suicides leads Detective Inspector Silas Quinn to revisit his own troubled past … 

June, 1914. A young man is mauled to death by a polar bear at London Zoo. Shortly afterwards, another young man leaps to his death from a notorious Suicide Bridge. Two seemingly unconnected deaths – and yet there are similarities.

Following a third attempted suicide, DI Silas Quinn knows he must uncover the link between the three men if he is to discover what caused them to take their own lives. The one tangible piece of evidence is a card found in each of the victims’ possession, depicting a crudely drawn red hand. What does it signify? To find the answers, Quinn must revisit his own dark past. But can he keep his sanity in the process?

This was the first of the Silas Quinn books that I have read. Quinn is a complex man. I wasn’t sure if he was really crazy or just pretending.

The absolute last place I would want to be is this Colney House Mental Asylum. Where the not so well in the head wear corduroy suits and have their heads shaved. The doctors and staff were scarier than any of the patients.

This was one nail-biting story. The pace was excellent as the story unfolded at exactly the right time. The characters were well done and complex. There was always some undercurrent to all of their motivations. I would definitely read more of the series.

Netgalley/July 1st 2018 by Severn House Publishers

WEDDING CAKE CRUMBLE BY JENN McKINLAY

Wedding Cake Crumble (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #10)

Wedding bells and death knells are ringing for the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew in this latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling series Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series #10

Things are looking great at Fairy Tale Cupcakes. Expansion into several states, business is great and next weekend Angie and Tate will be married. Maybe.

As one by one their wedding vendors are being killed off, Mel gets a panicked call from Cassie at her book shop needing tons of cupcakes for the author signing by an author famous for blabbing every dirty little piece of laundry in her neighborhood, so when she turns up dead as well, there are suspects popping out of the woodwork.

With both Mel and Angie a bundle of nerves they can eat their way out of their wedding day duds, or they can concentrate on finding a killer before anyone else gets hurt.

This is one of my favorite authors and series. First there are delicious recipes in the back and also because I love each and every character in this series. They are fully developed and strong female business women and rarely need rescuing by dear Joe and the Delaura brothers. This one has a new and surprising romance starting up!

Grab a copy and take a break with a cup of tea and one of the delicious Fairy Tale Cupcakes and catch up on our favorite bakers!

Thanks to my local Metrolibrary that has the best selection of Cozy Mystery books!

 

 

THE BROKEN GIRLS BY SIMONE ST.JAMES

The Broken Girls

“Sonia envied her, the way she could turn her brain off, think about absolutely nothing. It was a trick Sonia herself had never learned. That was what books did – they turned off your thinking for you, put their thoughts in your head so you wouldn’t have your own.”

 
“That was what the books did—they turned off your thinking for you, put their thoughts in your head so you wouldn’t have your own.”
Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .

This is truly a ghost story! And the setting is one of my favorites. A gothic style girl’s school in the middle of nowhere Vermont. Set in the 1950’s, when being anything other than perfect could get you packed off to what we will loosely call a girls boarding school.
The school itself is a dark, spooky place, with things going bump in the night and strange smells and writing on the mirrors. Four girls, Katie, Roberta, CeCe and Sonia. As different as can be but bound by their mutual fear and pasts.
The story is told from the girls points of view and in the present by Fiona. A journalist with a connection of her own with Idlewild Hall. And when she hears that someone has bought the old place and is going to renovate it, she feels a strong pull to write about it, investigate the rumors of Mary Hand, the ghost who haunts the school as well as find out about her sister’s murder.
There is a little bit of everything in here. Nazis, Concentration Camps, illegitimate children, PTSD, some horrible thing has happened to all of these girls and they come up with a plan to escape but they never forgot. With a little help from Fiona they just may get justice after all.
Like I said this is a ghost story with an actual ghost and I loved it.
When I tried to review this book on Amazon, it notified me that they were not accepting reviews for this book because of some suspicious activity with a lot of the reviews. That has never happened before. As soon as I hit Write a Review a notice came up that no reviews were being accepted. Wonder what happened there?
xx Patricia

WE ARE GATHERED by Jamie Weisman

We Are Gathered

Humor and sorrow join together in Jamie Weisman’s captivating debut novel—the story of an interfaith wedding from the perspectives of its (adoring, envious, resentful, hilarious) guests

One afternoon in Atlanta, Georgia. Two people heading to the altar. One hundred fifty guests. The bride, Elizabeth Gottlieb, proud graduate of the University of Virginia and of Emory University School of Law, member of Atlanta’s wealthy Jewish elite. The groom, Hank Jackson, not a member. Not a Jew. The couple of the hour, however, is beside the point, because We Are Gathered belongs to the guests.

Among them, Carla, Elizabeth’s quick-witted, ugly duckling childhood best friend turned Hollywood film scout, whose jaundiced view of the drama that is an American wedding provides a lens of humor and its corollary, deep compassion for the supporting actors who steal the show; Elizabeth’s great-aunt Rachel, a Holocaust survivor from Germany who is still navigating a no-man’s-land between cultures and identities decades after escaping from the forests of Europe; Elizabeth’s wheelchair-bound grandfather Albert, who considers his legacy as a man, both in the boardroom and the bedroom; and Annette, the mother of the bride herself, reminded now of her youthful indiscretions in love and motherhood.

Balancing razor-sharp humor with a blunt vision of the fragility of our mortal bonds, Jamie Weisman skillfully constructs a world—and family—that pulls you in and carries you along with its refreshing, jagged beauty.

This is the blurb for the book.

I think there were only a couple of times that I actually could tell who was talking and what they were going on about. This was a very confusing book and I’m not sure where the plot was.

I liked the idea of the story but the execution left me eager to finish and still not understanding what the point was.

Netgalley/ June 5th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

THE PERFECT COUPLE by ELIN HILDERBRAND

The Perfect Couple

From New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand, comes a novel about the many ways family can fill our lives with love…if they don’t kill us first.

It’s wedding season on Nantucket. The beautiful island is overrun with summer people–an annual source of aggravation for year-round residents. And that’s not the only tension brewing offshore. When one lavish wedding ends in disaster before it can even begin–with the maid of honor discovered dead in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony–everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash digs into the best man, the maid of honor, the groom’s famous mystery novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, the chief discovers that every wedding is a minefield–and no couple is perfect. Featuring beloved characters from THE CASTAWAYS and A SUMMER AFFAIR, THE PERFECT COUPLE proves once again that Elin Hilderbrand is the queen of the summer beach read.

Another worthy beach read for the summer!

Told from different points of view, this is a story that will keep you guessing until the last page. A Nantucket wedding, a famous author, men and women behaving badly and just who is sleeping with who?

The author keeps us on the edge of our seats, not sure who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. And much like a large family, secrets are being kept. Some life changing, others life ending.

But who wanted the maid of honor gone? Was it an accident or something more sinister?

This is a great summer read.

Netgalley/Little,Brown and Co. June 19,2018

SOMETIMES I LIE BY ALICE FEENEY

My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me: 
1. I’m in a coma. 
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 
3. Sometimes I lie. 

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?

Amber may not be able to communicate with live people while she lays in a coma, but she is taking in everything that is said and done to her. Her mind is fuzzy and she isn’t quite sure she’s not dead, but she knows she is in danger, she just can’t remember from what or from who.

Most of the story takes place with Amber in a hospital bed over the course of about a week. She didn’t have the best childhood and she relived a lot of that in her dream state but nothing prepares us for the truth. For the absolute horror she has been through.

We only know the characters through her version of them and we already heard her say she lies so we really don’t know what is true and what isn’t. But that ending!

A really good psychological thriller that in the end I wasn’t sure it will actually be the end.

Well Done!