A Savannah Reid Mystery #24
Although P.I. Savannah Reid always has a lot on her plate, she would drop just about anything for a friend in trouble. But when good intentions pull her into a toxic murder case, Savannah’s days as San Carmelita’s most full-figured detective might be running out…
Savannah and her Magnolia Detective Agency are back! This quirky group of characters had me from book one.
This time Savannah is shocked almost speechless when the perfect Dr. Jen confides in her that she has done something awful and needs her help. The catch? She can not tell a soul. Now Savannah is fudging truth with her detective hubby and her granny. When another body pops up with the same thing in their systems, they now are investigating two murders.
While Savannah is busy finding the truth, she isn’t sure what her hubby is up to. He’s being very secretive and Savannah is sure he has found someone else. With everything topsy-turvey, Dr. Jen decides to come clean and allow the entire team to work on the case. And my what a shocker!
I learned so much about fatal, hereditary diseases and how different people handle all of the decisions that must be made. This was simply a great read! I cannot wait for #25.
In this game, even winning can be deadly…
Amy Whey with her perfect husband, great step-daughter and baby Oliver, has a life she loves. A life she created. She has great friends, a job she loves teaching scuba lessons and a book club of friends. But her best friend is Char. They are a perfect little group of ordinary women.
Life is good until one day there is a new woman on the block. A woman with a fancy red sports car and a teenaged son. Angelica Roux. Even her name sounds seductive. When she insinuates herself into their lives by showing up at their book club, Amy’s internal alarm system is going off. This woman is dangerous. Instead of reading the book, she suggests a game of Never Have I Ever and Amy knows this creature knows her deepest, ugliest secret. One that could ruin everything she has built and cost her everyone in her life.
When Roux gets Amy alone she confirms Amy’s fears. But for the paltry sum of a quarter of a million dollars, Roux will quietly be on her way. Amy has no intention of giving Roux anything. And so begins Amy’s plan to find out just who Roux is and how she even knows about Amy. In a race against the clock, she takes a big gamble and tries to beat Roux at her own game.
This was a twisty one! Secrets, Lies, Betrayals, the sins of our youth coming back to haunt us. The closer I got to the end, the faster I read. She did what??? He’s who??? Oh my gosh!
NetGalley/ July 30, 2019 William Morrow
Natalie has left behind the Pacific Northwest and an ex-boyfriend who won’t take no for an answer, and fled to the Big Apple! She is an artist and between struggling to pay her rent, her tuition, and food, she isn’t left with much.
While her roommates’ plot to get her out of the apartment due to her constant lateness with the bills as well as bringing home guys. She is stretched as tight as she can be. When her bar job ends she is desperate to stay in school and stay in New York.
Her art school friends have lots of suggestions, but Nat needs money now. When she hears about Sugar Babies, she loathes having to go there, but go there she does.
All she has to do is hang out for a dinner or two and she gets paid. A part of her feels like a whore but the part that wants to have nice things and stay in New York wins over.
And that was where it went awry. The girl is 21. And not a big city girl. She talks so formally and the obsession comes so fast that it left me wondering if there was a deadline somewhere. In the end, they were all despicable people.
NetGalley/ July 30th, 2019 by Gallery/Scout Press
The Book Charmer is a charming and magical story of a town in trouble, two very strong women determined to save it, and maybe a bit of magic thrown in to make the perfect tale.
Dove Pond is a small town on the verge of financial disaster. The Dove family has always been lucky. They all have their own talents and Sarah’s is books. What better job for her to have than a librarian?! Sarah’s gift is knowing which person needs which book. To be fair the books tell her who needs what and she doesn’t argue with them. Most of them anyway.
When Grace arrives to take over the town clerk’s job and settle Momma G and eight-year-old Daisy, in Momma G’s hometown, she immediately gets off on the wrong foot. Hurting from the loss of her job, her sister and now Momma G’s worsening dementia, Grace comes off as snooty and judgy. Both cover a lot of uncertainty and fear.
As Grace and the town get to know each other better she feels as if she may have found the family she never had. But is she still leaving when her year is up?
This was so beautifully written. The characters were quirky and very relatable. I hope we see more of them.
Very Well Done!
NetGalley/ July 30th, 2019 by Gallery Books
The perfect life. Perfect love. The perfect lie. From the bestselling author of The Girl Before comes a gripping new psychological thriller. . . .
Abbie wakes up in a strange hospital wondering what happened to her and how did she get here? There is a man who says he is her husband, Tim.
The first inkling that something isn’t right here is when he sneaks her out of the hospital. To their home. A perfect house in a perfect area. They even have a child, Danny. Danny is on the spectrum and was a very interesting boy.
Tim is a tech giant. The man to beat in AI. A Silicon Valley hotshot. He seems very controlling and has some big anger issues. As Abbie finds out she is a cobot and not the human Abbie, who is missing and presumed dead, her uploaded memories take on a life of their own and begin filling in some blanks. Did her own husband have something to do with her disappearance?
This was some seriously disturbing reading. A psychological thrill ride. And this one is made better by the fact that someone has probably already tried this. There was a bit of a Stepford Wives feel to it. I felt so sad for AI Abbie. I was cheering her on right up until the end, which was Are You Kidding Me? The hairpin turns never ended!
NetGalley/August 6th, 2019 by Ballantine Books
From the days of JFK to the early days of Clinton, this story of two young women growing up and becoming adults during a tumultuous time in our history.
Coming from totally different backgrounds, Eve and Daniella, meet at school and are soon finding a sense of belonging while also having their eyes opened to the harshness and unfairness of life in the South and beyond. Racism is an ugly thing. And sometimes the more you try and help, the worse things become.
From school to their own children, they take very different approaches to life, with Eve making some choices that may come back to haunt them all.
Great read. A hard read. Will we ever be able to see beyond color and class?
I’m not sure but I’m glad I read this.
NetGalley/ August 6th, 2019 by Atria Books
Full of drama, lies, and suspense, this is the tale of three lives that intersect leaving one dead.
Lee appears to be a single mother who is obsessive about her son Mason’s safety. As a child on the spectrum, she trusts no one else to care for him. 24/7 Lee is there. Homeschooling, distrustful Lee.
Grace, divorced single mother to Luca. Grace loves Mason and he loves her. She gets him. When she introduces Lee to Noah, an Occupational Therapist, not only does Mason fall for him but so does Lee.
When Grace finally convinces Lee to come on a group girls weekend with Noah watching Mason, one of them will not return. And that is when secrets begin to come out. Lee’s version of how Mason was conceived and Grace’s confession about Noah.
This was a twisty edge of your seat waiting to see who was even telling one truth!
Noah has his own agenda. He also has his own secrets. And his are exposed along with everyone else. Almost everyone else, because of that ending! A suspenseful and compulsive read!
NetGalley/St. Martin’s Griffin August 06, 2019