International Women’s Day…RESPECT

CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

A day to recognize women all over the globe. Stand tall, Be Strong. Teach your daughters and your sons about the power of women. We gave you life, now show some appreciation! You don’t ’empower” us, we are already powerful, we don’t need your approval or your interference in matters that do not concern you fellas!

We are tired of playing. Now, we act.

xx P

YOU FIT THE PATTERN by JANE HASELDINE

You Fit The Pattern

A Julia Gooden Mystery

Julia is back! Crime writer Julia Gooden has finished her book on her brother’s abduction and murder when he was a child. And she has helped put his killer behind bars. It’s a good story, but her editor wants more emotion and Julia isn’t sure she wants to do that.

She’s not letting that get in the way of investigating other crimes. Someone is abducting women joggers and leaving them dead in empty churches with cryptic drawings in their hands. And all wearing the same dress. The exact dress Julia wore at a police function with her boyfriend Ray Navarro once.

As Julia digs into the case she gets a call from the killer himself. He wants to be famous and he wants her to make him famous by writing his story. He’ll even give her little clues to the next murder. As the case evolves Julia and the police come to understand that this one is personal. That Julia is the intended last victim. But why? And who is this person?

This is one of my favorite series. Julia is no one’s victim and Ray has no intentions of her being one.

There were some really good new characters in this one and a lot of misdirection which had me over thinking everyone.
That’s good!

Well Done! A big thank you to Kensington and the author for a copy.

ย March 26th 2019 by Kensington Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perfunctory Affection by Kim Harrison

PERfunctory AfFECTION

Is it better to live a lie of perfection when the truth is too ugly to survive?

Meg wants to overcome her crippling anxiety and depression which took hold after her mother’s death and her boyfriend, Austin, is supportive of her. Her therapist starts her on a trial drug what is supposed to cement new patterns in her brain. Or so she says

The pills help her and within days she has met a new friend, been stalked by a crazy man telling herย that her friend isn’t real and that the pills will put her in danger. Along with a shady FBI guy who keeps popping up trying to find said crazy man.

Her boyfriend is also telling her something is wrong with the pills and the doctor and her, but she is too determined to take the art world by storm and be accepted by her new friends.

The friends were so creepy I knew they weren’t real. This is Kim Harrison so the fey were bound to be caught up in this.

I’m not sure if it was meant to be just a shorter story or there is more to come, but the ending was abrupt and did not leave me satisfied.

Netgalley/March 31st 2019 by Subterranean Press

 

 

A BEAUTIFUL CORPSE by CHRISTI DAUGHERTY

A Beautiful Corpse (Harper McClain, #2)

From the author of The Echo Killing comes a new Harper McClain thriller!!

Harper is still covering the crime beat and getting the cold shoulder from Savannah’s police department after last year trying to solve her mothers murder and getting shot by a cop.

Historic Savannah is old families that wield a lot of influence and power and lots of tourists. And both are shaken to their core when a young woman Harper knew is found dead in the middle of a busy tourist section of town.

Shocked to find the young woman who worked at the same bar Harper had just left, Naomi Scott was a beautiful and determined young woman in law school. Now she is lying in a pool of blood with fatal gunshot wounds. Nothing makes sense.

No witnesses. Three suspects. Her father is adamant it was not her boyfriend. Her friend is adamant it wasn’t the bar owner. Harper is adamant it is the old money family bad boy.

There is really a story within a story here. Harper is working overtime to find Naomi’s killer while also dealing with a familiar feeling that someone is stalking her. Inside and outside of her home. Apparently last years burglar is back and not happy she didn’t heed his last message to her. RUN.

This is a fast-paced thrill ride! Ms. Daugherty knows all the right buttons to push and the tension and suspense are high in this one. I can’t wait for the next one!

Netgalley/Minotaur/St.Martin’s Press March 12, 2019

 

 

Chocolate a la Murder by Kirsten Weiss

 

A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery

Maddie is back with her paranormal museum getting ready for the town’s Wine and Chocolate Days. She has a brand new haunted Mexican chocolate whisk called a molinillo and if you tell a lie, it rattles! Along with her Magic of Chocolate exhibit and lot of chocolate from the new artisanal chocolate shop,she’s hoping things go well.

With Adele all a twitter over wedding plans, Maddie gives her one less thing to worry about by picking up their joint chocolate order. She finds the shop empty and one of the owners dead,covered in chocolate!

While hunky boyfriend Jason is off this case Maddie will have to hope Laurell won’t lock her up just for being on the scene! And of course she is going to do what she does best. Investigate. It’s just a hobby. Until someone tries drowning her, and not in chocolate!

Everyone at the chocolate company was sketchy so there were plenty of people to be suspicious of but Maddie needs a motive to find the killer before more bodies are found. And by the way her molinillo is rattling lies are plentiful.

I love the characters in this series. They are fun and quirky and just very relatable! And this one was extra good because of the chocolate and the fact I learned what a molinillo was!

Smart, quirky, and just plain fun is what this series is!

Netgalley/March 8th 2019 by Midnight Ink

 

THE GARDENER OF EDEN by DAVID DOWNIE

The Gardener of Eden: A Novel

ย haunting and luminous novel that explores the dark secrets lurking beneath the stunning natural beauty of a dying timber town.ย 

A mysterious beachcomber appears one day on the coastal bluffs near Carverville, whose best days are long behind it. Who is he, and why has he returned after nearly forty years?

I did not enjoy this one. There were a lot of easily researched errors and a lot of long and convoluted conversations! Comma, after comma and so on. I think the one character spoke a full sentence that took up an entire page and by that time I didn’t care about any of them.

The mysterious man isn’t at all mysterious and by the end of the book I was just angry I had wasted hours on reading it. There really was no garden or Eden. He just trimmed a few bushes for the long winded lady at the motel. Very disappointing.

Would I recommend it? No.

Netgalley/ย March 5th 2019 by Pegasus Books