THE SONGBIRD GIRLS by RICHARD PARKER

The Songbird Girls

Detective Tom Fabian’s name was splashed across all news media as he worked to find a serial killer who left one dead bird at each grisly crime scene. It wasn’t his idea for the press to be allowed to follow him around at the same time the killings began.

It was one anonymous tip that led Fabian to the door of Christopher Wisher and his wife and child. That should have been the end of it. It was not.

Wisher wants Fabian to have his journal. Summoned to the prison, Fabian takes the notebook and the next day Wisher is dead in his cell.

Then the killings begin once more. The same manner including the dead bird, which was never released to the media.

It doesn’t take him very long to figure out the cryptic writing in the notebook isn’t a journal, it’s a glimpse of what is going to happen in the future.

Oh this was a good twisty tale! So many shady characters and such a good fast pace made this one I will read again!

Netgalley/December 19th 2018 by Bookouture

ONCE UPON A RIVER BY DIANE SETTERFIELD

Once Upon a River

From the author of The Thirteenth Tale comes this offering from Setterfield.

In a small village on the Thames folks gather at the local pub to tell stories. And what storytellers they are. As they are warming themselves and having a drink or two the doors burst open and a monstrous looking fellow with a drowned child in his arms falls into the room.

The little girl is obviously dead. The poor man has had some type of accident leaving his face banged up and his eyes swollen. As nurse Rita tends to his wounds and leaves him to rest she checks on the child.

After hours, the little girl is obviously dead. No pulse. No breath. Until suddenly she breathes. And is alive. Or is she?

There is so much wonderful folklore and storytelling going on in this tale!

Storytelling is a gift. And this was a really good one. Part fable, part fantasy and pure enjoyment from beginning to end!

Netgalley/ December 4th 2018 by Atria/Simon and Schuster

A MISSED MURDER BY MICHAEL JECKS

A Missed Murder

A Bloody Mary Tudor Mystery

Queen Mary has married Phillip II of Spain and is soon to give birth to their child. The alliances run deep on both sides of Mary and her half-sister, Elizabeth. Trust isn’t even in the vocabulary in this century.

Jack is no longer a thief but a paid killer, trading his life on the streets for a more comfortable and hopefully less dangerous home. But his patron has ordered him to kill someone. No need to know the details, but the job goes horribly off track and it looks like Jack himself may have killed the wrong man.

Pulled into a mess of who did what and why, Jack would like nothing better than cut his losses and run. But no. He’s sucked into the intrigue and may not be around much longer himself.

Michael Jecks writing puts you smack dab in the middle of the Tudors and their spies and lovers and would be killers. Jack has a lot of flaws and yet we are still cheering for him. Personally I feel fully immersed in the 1500’s and that is not an easy thing to do.

 

Well Done!

Netgalley/ December 01, 2018 Severn House

 

THE SISTERS by ROSALIND NOONAN

The Sisters

This was an emotional read from the beginning. My heart broke for Glory. Even though I felt she had other choices.

What made this even more heartbreaking is this is still happening today. There are quite a few sensitive subjects in this book but that’s life. The author has written a beautiful and deeply moving account of what family is.

I enjoyed the different points of view and I look forward to reading more from Noonan.

Well Done!’

Netgalley/Β November 27th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

CUT TO THE CHAISE BY KAREN ROSE SMITH

Cut to the Chaise

A Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery

Grant’s annulment is finally done. With just a few weeks until they are man and wife, Caprice De Luca is up to her ears in wedding plans. The reception to be held at Rambling Vines Winery, which she decorated a couple of years ago.

When rumors start circulating about money woes at the winery, things get a little tense. Also tense due to the fact that Roz had a relationship with the owner who now has a wife. Someone is trying to sabotage the winery and Caprice isn’t going to let that someone ruin her day. So before she walks down the aisle she is going to find out who is spreading rumors but before she can begin the owner turns up dead.

Now along with all the details of a wedding, she needs to find a killer and put everything to rights.

This is a really good addition. Great characters, good pace. I read this in one sitting.

Nice work!

Netgalley/November 27th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

 

LET THE DEAD KEEP THEIR SECRETS BY ROSEMARY SIMPSON

Let the Dead Keep Their Secrets (A Gilded Age Mystery)

A Gilded Age Mystery #3

New York heiress, Prudence MacKenzie is not the least bit conventional. She has been through too much for that. And she wants more. She wants to take the bar exam and become a litigator. For now she along with her partner, ex-Pinkerton agent Geoffrey Hunter have joined forces to form a partnership to investigate crimes and shady people.

It is the Gilded Age in New York and women were still property of their husbands. And when a new client shows up at their door begging them to find out exactly how her twin sister and newborn daughter died, they quickly find out this is going to be an investigation that may just get them all killed.

As they set out through the streets of Manhattan and less desirable locations, they learn enough to know that the second Mrs. may be in for the same fate as the first if they can’t stop him first.

I really love historical mysteries. The author has obviously researched her settings and characters well. I can’t wait to read the next installment of this series!

Well Done!

Netgalley/November 27th 2018 by Kensington

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