In a world of growing nationalism, a quiet few are determined to resist. This gripping historical mystery explores the darkest days of the early 20th century.
Peter Steiner has given us a work of Historical Fiction with a lot of truth in the mix.
WWI has been lost. Germany is in chaos and the new government isn’t anything to brag about. Everyone is in some way corrupted. Detective Willi Geismeier has a front-row seat to the rise of Adolph Hitler.
You have Fascism and Communism and violence everywhere. This is a country that needs a leader desperately. Unfortunately, that leader comes in the shape of Adolph Hitler. Everything is politicized and investigations of crimes become impossible.
We also have the viewpoints of Maximillian and his wife, Sophie, a reporter. Together they will fight to stay alive, knowing that things are not going to end well for many.
This was a historical fiction story with a whole lot of truth behind it. It moved fast and I really enjoyed seeing Munich in the 1920s through the eyes of those who were there. Good plot, good characters, and a fast pace. Well Done!
NetGalley Reviews/ Severn House September 3rd, 2019
A QUAKER MIDWIFE MYSTERY #5
Quaker midwife Rose Carroll must fight bias and blind assumptions to clear the name of a friend when a murderer strikes in nineteenth-century Massachusetts . . .
This is not the first Edith Maxwell book I have read, however, it is the first one in this series. I love a good historical fiction mystery and yet I wasn’t sure if the Quaker part would be a good fit for me. I should never have doubted Ms. Maxwell.
Rose Carroll is a Quaker midwife living in the small town of Amesbury. It may be small but prejudices and judgy attitudes are alive and well. Especially with Mayme Settle. She is not nice and disapproves of everyone. Including Rose’s friend Bertie and her partner.
When Mayme is found dead, a sketchy witness points the finger at Bertie. With her friend the main suspect in a murder, Rose gets down to business and opens a pandora’s box of long-held grudges, money troubles, and some hanky panky. For this one, Rose is going to have to pull out all the stops to get her friend out of trouble!
For me, one chapter into the book I felt such a calm. Rose’s character is just a calm, good person and I felt so much respect for her. I also learned a lot about the attitudes of men and some women towards the female gender. I am extremely glad I didn’t give birth back then!
Now I shall go read the other 4 books!
NetGalley/September 10th, 2019 by Beyond the Page
Harley is one of my favorite characters. In this prequel, Harleen is a teenager who is rebelling against everything. Angry at the world, she can choose to fight the change with Ivy or team up with The Joker.
This is the first title in DC’s line of original graphic novels for MidGrade and YA readers.
A good look at how the choices you make as a teenager can have long-reaching consequences.
She is still the character we know and love, but here she is a teen and much more relatable to younger readers.
I would recommend it if you are a DC lover too!
NetGalley/DC Ink September 3, 2019
A 4MK Thriller
In this last of the 4MK thriller trilogy, Barker ramps up the suspense and twists better than Houdini!
If you haven’t read the first two books, I would suggest you read them. Reading Barker is like trying to solve a Rubick’s Cube blindfolded.
Poor Sam is coming undone. He’s having lapses in his memory. He’s obsessed with the man who killed his wife. Only now Bishop is turning himself in and telling an elaborate tale putting the blame squarely on Sam. It looks convincing to everyone, including his bosses.
With a hospital full of people with a mystery illness that Bishop says is SARS, with Sam and Bishop, accounted for people are still dying. There is no way Bishop is running this alone.
As the FBI and local Metro team up, you really can’t believe a single person in this book. Everyone has dirty little secrets and someone is out to even the score for the awful things that happened in childhood.
This has been one of my favorite horror reads. Gory, full of morally bankrupt adults and torture, I did not do anything until I was finished. And that ending was perfect for the trilogy. I loved every twisty, gory moment!
Job well done! What’s Next???
NetGalley/August 27th, 2019 by Hampton Creek Press
SHARPE and DONOVAN #9
The ninth in this series by Carla Neggars.
FBI agents and newlyweds, Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan, have just gotten back together after Colin was undercover for a bit. But before they can even enjoy some romance, there’s a yacht full of people sick from food poisoning, a stolen painting, and a lot of agents from across the pond in their backyard acting very sketchy!
Neggars is a genius at what she does. I’ve read all of the other books in this series. This one was not my favorite. I kept waiting for some suspense and I just did not feel it. Maybe there were just too many characters and too much background. And when the reveal came, it was pretty anti-climactic.
By this time I’m invested in these wonderful characters and I can’t wait to see what is in store for all of them next.
NetGalley/August 27th, 2019 by MIRA
I was thrilled to get this one from Kensington Books! I spent the first 10 minutes laughing hysterically over that little quote at the top. In case you can’t see it, here it is.
“Buy this book if you have a vagina or if you spend any time at all in reasonable proximity to one” Aylet Waldman, NYT Best Selling Author.
One may think that an entire book about the vagina, written by an OB/GYN, would be a bit dry reading. One would be wrong. I have never highlighted so many pages and subjects before. To be educated in such an entertaining way kept me turning the pages faster and faster! There was a lot of WHAT? REALLY? WELL, WHO KNEW?
I wish I had had this book a long time ago. It answers every question you may ever have about the miracle that is the vagina. Whether you were born with one or had one built for you surgically, you’re covered. Trans men, Trans Women, Anyone with a vagina will have myths busted, and facts stated. From how to keep it clean, (please don’t steam it!) to why we have pubic hair, what the hymen is and is not and when and how to talk to your doctor about issues down there. Forget everything you’ve seen and heard from any celebrity. It’s debunked here. By a real doctor.
If I were a comedian I would want this book right now! I could do an entire show with material from this book! And my husband so appreciated the little tips and pictures I sent him at work. Mainly rubbing in the fact that the clitoris is solely for pleasure. The only body part for that! Amazing! We also get the low down on how long does sex last? How many times a month or year are people really having sex? What are the STI’s we should be screening for and getting vaccinated against? Tampons or Pads? Shave or wax?
I will be talking about vaginas for a very long time to anyone who will listen! Now my husband would like to know when the Penis Bible is coming. We all do babe, we all do.
Kensington August 27, 2019
After decades in hiding, a group of outcasts with extraordinary abilities clashes with a world that is threatened by their power.
Great world-building in this tale! It has rather an X-Men feel to it. These are ordinary people that you wouldn’t look twice at. Nobodies. And yet not quite as ordinary as they seem.
They all have abilities. Emmeline was one of my favorites! Fahima was another. Ordinary people with extraordinary gifts. And with those gifts come the people who would use them or destroy them.
This time they will come together to fight the bigots, the small-minded, and the ones who fear what they can not understand. One of them tries to hold on to a shaky sort of peace while the others are ready to stand up and fight.
I see there will be a second in this Fantasy/Science Fiction book. The kids were really interesting and I’m sure this will be a hit with young adults!
NetGalley/ September 3rd, 2019 by Del Rey
(Two Rivers, #1)
For the first time in 20 years, Ann Cleeves—international bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—embarks on a gripping new series.
In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father’s funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.
Ann Cleeves is a favorite of mine. I love the Vera and Shetland series! And I can tell this one is going to be good.
The story opens with Detective Matthew Venn standing outside of a chapel where his father’s funeral is taking place. He doesn’t go in. He would not be welcome. He left the Brethren and married his love, Jonothan.
As he is leaving he receives word of a body found on a nearby beach. A man no one knows has been stabbed. The only clue is a tattoo on his neck of an albatross.
The more Matthews team investigates, the more frustrated they become. Someone is lying and when girls from the Woodyard Day Centre for people with special needs start to go missing, Matthew is afraid he will have to hand over the case as his husband runs Woodyard.
He is also about to have his past return with a shocking twist!
I really enjoyed all of the little subplots in this story. The subject matter was handled so well. I look forward to more of this series!
NetGalley/September 3rd, 2019 by Minotaur Books
A Tish Tarragon Mystery Book Two
Tish and friends are back at Cookin’ The Books Cafe’ and Catering. This time Tish has been hired to cater an awards luncheon with an English Secret Garden theme at the annual garden club awards ceremony.
Jules is helping out and wishing he could live in the Coleton Creeks over sixty community with all of its amenities and lovely ladies fawning all over him. But it’s all business this time. As Tish tours the gardens for a bit of inspiration she instead finds a dead body. The body of a retired insurance salesman who has been the winner of the last five best garden awards. Add to that his womanizing, his harassment of women and downright hatefulness and you have a lot of motives.
Tish isn’t getting involved. Right. But this time her other bestie, Mary Jo, is going through her own crisis and isn’t much help in the sleuthing department. Tish doesn’t even really have to work that hard at this one. People are coming out of the woodwork at this community with gossip, motives and a What??? at the end. My, the things that go on in the retirement community. Who knew life after 60 could be so interesting!?
I love this new series. The characters are so well done and so likable that you can’t help but fall in love with them. This is a smart, well written new series that I can not wait to see more of!
NetGalley Reviews/ September 1st, 2019 by Severn House Publishers
Secrets, Betrayals, lies, and half-truths. This beautiful story is told through the eyes of Dorothy, mother to June and Ruth, as well as the two daughters. From the past and in the present.
Dorothy has led a hard and sometimes unfair life. Her parents lived and worked for a wealthy family and Dorothy grew up with their son Edward. But when she gets in the family way she is quickly kicked to the curb. Even as she marries a good man, she is still waiting for Edward to come for her.
Dorothy is a woman who doesn’t understand how to show love and affection to her children. She loves them terribly but has never learned how to show them.
Everyone has a point of view in this one. June thinks Ruth stole her soul mate. Ruth thinks June gets everything she wants and is the favorite. Now Ruth is living the farm life with John who has sleeping sickness. She hates her life and wants Junes. June wants her soul mate back but has instead settled with a rich doctor and is one of the “Bettys” of the Crocker plant.
When Dorothy calls June home, she comes and brings her husband who may have a cure for the sleeping sickness. But if John wakes up, how much of what has been happening will he know?
With 3 sisters of my own, I recognize this story! We all wanted what the other one had. Until we lost it and found out all we really wanted was to be loved and content with what we had. But as Dorothy would say, “We aren’t dead yet.”
Full of heartbreak, love, forgiveness and the love of family, this was a beautifully written book!
NetGalley/ September 10th, 2019 by Gallery Books