THE DARKNESS WE HIDE by DEBRA WEBB

The Darkness We Hide (The Undertaker's Daughter, #3)

THE UNDERTAKER’S DAUGHTER #3

We’re back in Winchester, Tennessee with Dr. Rowan Dupont. Living in a funeral home is its own creepy story, but Rowan has faced death more outside of the morgue than inside.

Things are peaceful in town at the moment. No Julian sending her bodies or trying to kill her. But Rowan knows it won’t last. The man will not stop until she is dead along with everyone she loves. And now that she and Billy are serious she has a lot more to lose.

She has found enough family secrets for more than one lifetime. But she still doesn’t know enough. Everything she thought was true has turned out to be false. What was her mother? And why do all of these bodies have her name tattooed on them?

Just when things seem calm, a body shows up on her mother’s grave and we are in the thick of it once again. But oh my the shocking end!

I love this series and Rowan. Very Well Done!

NetGalley/ March 31st, 2020 by MIRA

 

 

 

 

 

Hid from Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Hid from Our Eyes

A Clare Fergusson / Russ Van Alstyne Mystery

It’s been quite a few years since we were left hanging by the last book. And I am not one bit upset. It was worth the wait. And we are all grateful.

Clare is one of my favorite characters. She’s a former helicopter pilot and is now an Episcopal  Priest with a newborn baby and a Police Chief husband. These characters are deeply flawed and that is why I love them.

The setting is Miller’s Kill in upstate New York. The story is told in the year 1952, 1972, and now.

In 1952 the police chief was Harry McNeil. Called to an odd crime scene where he finds a dead young woman in a party dress. No shoes, no purse, no stockings, no obvious cause of death. With little to go on, it seemed like there was little done.

In 1972, Jack Liddle is Chief and is called to a crime scene with the exact same set of circumstances, in the same place. He remembers the first girl and the only thing different is this time they may have a suspect. Russ Van Alstyne found the body. Recently home from the war in Vietnam and still angry and confused, he is quickly the first suspect. But there is no evidence to support anyone being a person of interest.

Present Day. Russ is now the police chief and gets the call. Another young lady has been found in the same place. Dead, in a party dress and nothing else. The pressure is on for the crime to be solved. Especially since the town residents are getting ready to vote on keeping the police force or not.

While Clare is trying to juggle motherhood, the priesthood, her church, and breastfeeding, she still has time to do some digging into the case. And she does just that.

This one was very twisty and just when I thought I knew who the bad person was, I did not! And of course, we have a cliffhanger. And I love it!

Thank you, Julia!

NetGalley/  April 7th, 2020 by Minotaur Books

 

 

 

THE SECRETS THEY LEFT BEHIND by Lissa Marie Redmond

The Secrets They Left Behind

 

Shea O’Conner is a twenty-three-year-old cop in Buffalo, a regular patrol officer, who looks more like a teenager than an adult, and, who is still recovering emotionally and physically from the wounds inflicted by a sadistic killer in a case none of her co-workers even know about.

When she is asked to go undercover at a small college in a town where three freshmen mysteriously disappeared over Christmas. The three girls had last been seen at a party and had left together. Cell phones, purses, even coats are still in the living room. But the girls are gone and the trail is cold.  With a new last name and an ‘uncle’ as the Chief of Police of Kelly’s Falls, Shea enrolls in school and starts embracing her new role as a college student.

There were a lot of secrets in this little town. And someone has no problem killing to keep them that way. While Shea is getting in with the students and families of the girls, she also is aware of someone watching her. And the closer she gets the more danger she is in.

Will she make it out of this one alive? I really enjoyed this one. Just goes to show, you don’t really know anyone.

Well Done!

NetGalley/ April 7th, 2020 by Crooked Lane Books 

Books, Beans, Weenies and The Tiger King

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is well. It’s been a bit crazy everywhere and we are looking for things to take our mind off the news cycle.

For one week I was in isolation due to my corneal transplant. The abrasion is now healed but I am still on antibiotic drops plus the anti-rejection drugs. Now I’m in isolation due to the virus. This is a nasty one. The fever, the coughing, the fatigue. Wearing those N95 masks is not pleasant either. They are hot and make your hair look horrible.

On the upside, my house has never been so sterile! It smells of lavender and Clorox bleach. There are tissues and bottles of sanitizer, alcohol wipes and spray and my inhaler and eye meds all over the coffee table which has become my nightstand. Some days are good, some are not. Yesterday was half and half. I cleaned all of my windows and screens on the inside and OU Boy did the outside, laundry and picking up of prescriptions. He said it was very somber and lines were marked six feet apart.

There was plenty of toilet paper and paper towels on the shelves. The numbers here double overnight. Last night we had an awful storm come through. Several trucks jack-knifed on the interstate. Two came to the hotel. As soon as OU Boy heard them say they were from New York, he bounced.

Besides making up really great recipes, we’ve watched The Tiger King. I swear we were not going to but we did. The first time I came to Oklahoma to see OU Boy’s Momma, I saw the GW Zoo. It was like right next door. Along with about 20 meth labs. I was not impressed and thought the zoo was nothing but a few cats in small cages and lots of toothless guys hanging around.

 

I think we have seen everything on Netflix and Prime. We have been really good at not going to the supermarket. We are still eating the soups we made. I’m drinking so much tea that OU Boy is hopeful I’ll make a dent in the amount we have stashed away like drug dealers. Also, I was so hot with a fever yesterday that I took the scissors and chopped off my hair. My TBR pile is 7 on NetGalley.

The way things are going we won’t be leaving for Curacao soon. We are so ready to go soak up some sun.

How are things in your area? Anything good you are watching? Or reading?

Have a great day and wash your hands.

xx P

 

The LOST ORPHAN by Stacey Halls

The Lost Orphan

1754 London. Not the most pleasant time in history. And not a time kind to women. Poor Bess Bright works all day hawking shrimp to make barely enough to scrape by.

When she has a random encounter with a young man that leaves her pregnant, her only option is to give up her daughter. Leaving her at the Foundling Hospital is gut-wrenching for her. But Bess isn’t one of those mothers who won’t come back. She fully intends to come for her daughter as soon as she can. Leaving a token of half a whalebone heart her child’s father gave her, as an identifier.

Six years later and Bess goes back for her daughter only to be told that her daughter was picked up the day after arriving by a woman with the correct identifier. Distraught and confused she is determined to find her child.

I enjoyed the writing in this tale. The atmosphere was easily imagined and while it was horribly sad, it was also full of courage and the relationship between a mother and her child.

Well Done!

NetGalley/ April 7th, 2020 by MIRA

 

 

 

 

A BAD DAY FOR SUNSHINE by DARYNDA JONES

A Bad Day for Sunshine (Sunshine Vicram, #1)

Sunshine Vicram #1

Sheriff Sunshine Vicram finds her cup o’ joe more than half full when the small village of Del Sol, New Mexico, becomes the center of national attention for a kidnapper on the loose.

Del Sol, New Mexico. Hometown of Sunshine Vicram, the newly elected Sheriff who didn’t even know she was in the running. On her first day on the job, she sees a missing rooster report, a flasher, and an escaped inmate and a missing teenager. 

Returning to Del Sol also means facing her past and protecting her own teenaged daughter, Auri. Although new in town, Auri has spent summers with her grandparents there and knows a few people. But the one who befriended her first is Sybil. Only now Sybil is missing, another boy goes missing and a snowstorm is hindering everything.

With help from not one but two sizzling hot guys. One, a man from her past who still makes her insides gooey and one a hot U.S. Marshall.

There were so many side plots and things going on you couldn’t blink or you would miss a clue! This book was both heartbreaking and hilarious. Who can do that??? This new series is one to watch! I absolutely loved this story and look forward to more!

April 7th, 2020 by St. Martin’s Press/ NetGalley

 

 

 

The New Husband by D.J.Palmer

The New Husband

Just because you love someone doesn’t mean you know them.

From the author of Saving Meghan comes the new domestic suspense tale.

Nina’s husband disappeared 18 months ago. Is he dead or did he run off with a woman? No one really knows. She and their two children are not adjusting well when Simon, a middle school teacher enters their lives.

13-year-old Maggie hates Simon while Nina is letting him control her life.

I’m stopping right here. The 13-year-old and I figured out in Chapter One that this was another sociopathic person and a grown woman who is a social worker but couldn’t see what was right in front of her until her daughter almost dies.

Unfortunately, it was pretty much the standard template of domestic suspense without the suspense.

NetGalley/ April 14th, 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

It’s Friday! What are you reading?

It is Friday. And what a week it has been. We have had the plague, tornado warnings, winter storms, and spring storms. It’s been insane. I don’t know how it is where you are, but you can let me know.

There is so much uncertainty surrounding our health and what is or is not open. Our company laid off half of the staff. They can all get unemployment right away. Then this morning one of the housekeepers CAME TO WORK to tell us she had been at the clinic yesterday on another matter and may have come into contact with someone who tested positive.  People, DO NOT DO THIS! Last I heard they are waiting for the clinic to get back to them. Luckily OU Boy did not have any contact with her and when he heard she was there, he locked his door! LOL. But really, don’t do that.

The library is closed, there is no toilet paper or alcohol-based sanitizers. One of our favorite restaurants, Whiskey Cake Cafe’, put this on IG.

I called them right then and placed an order. We drove over and picked up our stash. Everything they cook is locally sourced so we know where this stuff comes from. We received a gallon of whole milk, 2 sirloin steaks, 2 whole, seasoned chickens, 6 hamburger patties, a dozen oranges, 2 dozen eggs and 2 rolls of TP. What a brilliant idea. They can keep their vendors busy while helping us all out.

I went into stress baking mode.

I made Orange Cranberry Muffins, Banana Muffins, Espresso Brownies, Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache, Peanut Butter Protein Balls and Lemon Coconut Protein Balls. I roasted both chickens and separated the meat, then made stock with the bones and skin and dark meat.  I sent it all to work with OU Boy for those who had children at home.

I have cleaned house with alcohol, I made my own hand sanitizer with 2/3 cup of 91% rubbing alcohol and 1/3 cup of Aloe Gel, along with several drops of Tea Tree Oil. Boom! And if you are out of alcohol, I buy Everclear. It is like 98%.

My eye surgeon is closing her clinic today, but I still have to go have my pressure checked on Monday. Hopefully, I will be out of quarantine after that. Which is just for my own protection.

I feel like this isolation is right up my alley. I work from home. I hate crowds. I don’t like real people very much. And I love stuff delivered!

How are you all holding up? Especially all of you book bloggers? Is that TBR pile going down any? I am at 10 books on NetGalley!!!

Stay Well, and read a book.

xx P

She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be by J.D. Barker

She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be

Jack Thatch lost his parents when he was just a toddler in a horrific car accident that he still has nightmares about. Or are they memories? Stella has also lost her parents. David’s parents died as well. But why? And how are they all connected? It will scare the daylights out of you!

Since then he has lived with his Aunt Jo. Every year on the anniversary of their deaths Jo and Jack go to the cemetery and spend time with his parents. Jo is adamant about this. August 8th of every year. They read out loud what the tombstones say and then Jack wanders around.

It’s on one of these walkarounds that eight-year-old Jack meets eight-year-old Stella. Sitting on a bench wearing full-length gloves like an old woman going to the opera. Her chaperone ( and let’s use that term very loosely for now) doesn’t like Jack and makes it known. But something about Stella draws Jack in. And for years they meet up on August 8th in the cemetery to chat.

Jack is obsessed with Stella. Why only once a year and on that date? Who are all of the people surrounding her in the white coats and cars?

When his Aunt Jo dies early of cancer, Jack is left a very wealthy man with his elderly neighbor lady keeping track of him for the few months he has left until he turns 18.  But Jack is still trying to figure out what really happened to his parents and he knows Jo knew.

There were so many different things going on in this long book! Conspiracy Theories, kids with scary powers that gave me chills!

This is Barker at his best! Scaring the life out of me. I could not put it down once I started reading it. There’s Suspense, Mysteries, Mob Crime, FBI, and even Pharmaceutical Crimes!

My favorite thing was at the end when Barker said he needed a break from the darkness of the Monkey books so he wrote this one. I would love to spend one day in this man’s head! Bravo!

Full Five Star Review!

NetGalley/ March 31st, 2020 by Hampton Creek Press

 

 

 

Monday Rants and Revelations!

This is such a Monday! It’s been raining for days, the temperatures are having mood swings and that free HBO weekend was a joke! I mean come on, some of us have to stay home, I don’t want to see movies from the ’80’s I didn’t even like then!

Anxiety is at an all-time high every place you go. Yesterday morning we decided to go to Walgreen’s for some bleach before the church folks got out. Well, this has been an interesting thing to see, what people are stocking up on. The shampoo aisle was empty. Anything sanitizing was gone. I found one can of Lysol and the guy next to me was faster than I was. I did get a lot of Kleenex. And all the bleach. 2 bottles. Some of the stuff was just funny. Plenty of diapers and formula, but no water. I predict dog food will be next.

Saturday we split the list and went to Sprouts. In and out in no time with plenty of Almond Milk, fruits and vegetables. They were low on meat, but that was fine.

Since all of my meds go into my eye, things are pretty sterile in here. OU Boy coughs and he’s out. You know what wasn’t closed? The YMCA! We strolled in there and had the place to ourselves. Of course, we took our wipes and stuff as well, but I just called and they are open today as well. Of course, there are no youth programs right now so it’s just the die-hard work out folks. The old men in the racquetball court and that’s about it.

I read 4 books. We watched a lot of Prime and Netflix. I also found out from the ever-helpful Alexa, that Netflix and Chill means sex and a movie. So all those times I told y’all I was going to just Netflix and chill? It was a movie and a cold beverage. Seriously, how can I watch Pandemic and have sex??

Y’all stay safe, we have a few really good books coming out tomorrow so stay tuned.

xx P