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/ 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

 

THE WHISPERED WORD BY ELLERY ADAMS ( A Secret,Book,and Scone Society Novel #2)

In New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams’ intriguing new Secret, Book, and Scone Society novel, Nora Pennington and her fiction loving friends in small-town Miracle Springs, North Carolina, encounter a young woman desperately in need of a new beginning . . .
This is the second in this new series. Nora is the owner of Miracle Books and believes with all of her warm heart that there is a book for everything and the right ones can bring healing of the heart and mind.
The core group has all had their share of horrific challenges and rather than sit home and feel sorry for themselves, they have joined Nora in the Secret,Book,and Scone Society to do for others. They each have a story and we haven’t heard about all of them yet, but I already love these women.
When Nora finds a slip of a girl in a hospital gown sleeping in her store she and the group try to help but the girl who calls herself Abilene isn’t ready to share her story. Obviously terrified and abused, the group does what they can, each using their own talents to draw her out. 
When one of the towns not so favorite older ladies is found by the group while delivering nice baskets of things to those in need face down in the pond dead, Nora and the ladies are ready to solve a mystery. 
At the same time as a new business comes to town and another person is helped into the afterlife they aren’t sure if Abilene is a victim or a killer. Either way they won’t stop until they find out.
I love these characters. Women who with just a nudge and a lot of hope have become the hero of their own lives. Now I’m going to see if there really is a Miracle Springs because the pastries alone are worth moving!
Well Done on this new series!
Netgalley/ November 27th 2018 by Kensington
 

SLAY IN CHARACTER by LYNN CAHOON

Slay in Character (Cat Latimer Mystery, #4)

A Cat Latimer Mystery #4

Staying in character can be murder when Cat Latimer and the members of her writers’ retreat head for a ghost town . . . 

This is the fourth book in the Cat Latimer series. Cat and her band of characters are getting better with each book.

This was my favorite so far. There were so many interesting twists and turns and shady people that at one point I wasn’t sure they weren’t all guilty. Even though I had my suspicions early on, the interaction with the writers at the retreat and the underlying stories of Shauna and Seth were so good.

I always wind up learning something from Lynn’s books and that is a big plus for me. Whether it’s a writing tip, a baking or cooking tip or some good historical knowledge about Colorado, it’s just that she goes that little bit of extra to give us the feeling that we know these guys, we like them or hate them, but we know them.

This one is set in a ghost town. A tourist attraction ghost town now but an actual ghost town for a long time, along with some suspicious goings on and unsolved murders of young women. And now another one is found. But is this one a case of mistaken identity?

Just enough mystery and laughter for me! Well Done!

Netgalley/ November 27th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler

The Fire Witness

Joona Linna Book 3

DI Joona Linna, is sidelined for the moment. On leave while awaiting the outcome of an internal affairs investigation for some thing he did or didn’t do.

So he is free to be sent to observe only in the investigation of a hideous double murder at a youth home for troubled girls.

In my crime group I once asked for recommendations for some Scandi works and I’ve been stuck on them! This one may be my new favorite. These girls are way past troubled. They are downright scary. With one of them being accused of the crimes, the stories of her past begin to come out and a more horrifying tale I can’t think of.

Almost a story inside a story as the police dismiss Flora, a girl trying to pass herself off as a psychic to the police. But is she seeing the ghost of the dead girl or is she having a memory of her own that was too awful to remember?

We learn a lot about Joona’s personal life this time. Interesting fellow. This was a fast paced shocker that made me glad I don’t have any girls!

Good Job on the translations too!

Netgalley/ Knopf Doubleday Publishing November 27, 2018