A Haunted Library Mystery #3
Carrie and Smokey Joe are back for another adventure in the Haunted Library. And their resident ghost, Evelyn, isn’t the only one taking refuge in the library. The homeless population has grown in their small town and many are using the library to stay warm during the day. Good people who through no fault of their own are now homeless.
Carrie gets involved with a group trying to establish a daytime place for the homeless. Haven House sounds like a wonderful place with help in all areas of their lives. But from the beginning, there is gossip that the place will be used as a gambling house at night. That the buyers are shady and the entire deal sketchy.
When Dorothy has a slip on some black ice, Carrie, as the newly appointed Sunshine Delegate for the library, goes to visit her in the hospital where a drugged up Dorothy tells her that her own husband is trying to kill her and may have killed her Aunt Evelyn.
Dorothy is not a well-liked person. If you have read the first two books, you already know that. And while Carrie doesn’t want to get involved, she can’t say no to Evelyn.
Carrie has really grown as a character and I am quite impressed by this cast of interesting people. And what is better than a library? A haunted library!
NetGalley/ September 10th, 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
Dog Club Mystery #2
Lilly Echosby and her baby, toy poodle Aggie, are settling down and maybe even buying a house in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She loves working as a CPA at a small museum.
Helping out a friend at the dog show Lilly meets the owner of Posh Pet Haven.
This upscale puppy boarding and daycare with better amenities than Lilly’s hotel!
When she is invited by her boss at the last minute to attend an art auction in Atlanta, she jumps at the chance. And she has the perfect place to leave her baby, Aggie. With puppy cams in all rooms, she can check in on her baby anytime.
The first night she pulls up the feed and watches as a man strangles a woman in the outdoor area. Only when the police arrive there is not a body to be found.
Is Lilly seeing things? And where is the lovely owner of the posh pet hotel? Although the police don’t see a crime, Lilly does and with the help of her friends, she is diving headfirst into this mystery!
These are such fun and smart characters! I can not wait to find out what happens next with Lilly and Aggie.
NetGalley/August 27th, 2019 by Lyrical Press
A perfect family has shattered in RUN AWAY, the new thriller from the master of domestic suspense, Harlan Coben.
This was exactly the type of thriller we expect from Coben. Taut, intense, edge of your seat and twisty with an end you never see coming.
Simon and his wife Ingrid, are looking for their daughter. Simon is afraid she has fallen in with the wrong crowd and drugs are involved. When he spots her in the park panhandling, he tries to get her to return home with him, her boyfriend shows up on something and before Simon can do a thing, they disappear.
Then murders begin. Are they tied to Paige? Are Simon and Ingrid in danger? But still, they search. The find out some not so great things about their own daughter and put themselves in danger trying to find her. How far will a parent go for their child? A good question.
Coben is a master of story building. You pull a thread here and think you know but then another thread is pulled and you are doubting yourself. And you can’t stop. By the end of the first chapter, I knew I would be up very late!
Another great thriller from the master of suspense!
NetGalley/ Grand Central Publishing
The unforgettable love story of a mother blinded by loss and her husband who insists on their survival as they undertake the Syrian refugee trail to Europe.
A beautiful and haunting tale of Syria and the families who lost so much and fought so hard to stay in their home country, only to be driven out by war.
This is the story of Nuri, a beekeeper, and his wife, Afra, who is an artist. They live in the city of Aleppo and their life is a good one. Until war comes. In a bomb strike their lives change forever. They change forever. Afra has seen such horrors, she is now blind. But with the aid of Nuri’s cousin, they escape.
It is a long and hard journey they must now go on. Now they are refugees. Looked down on and taken advantage of. Nuri is suffering from PTSD and only wants to find a place to raise his bees and be safe. They can never go back. All they have is memories of a home that will never be theirs again.
This is a story of human strength and compassion. A real story of the horrors of war in
Syria and the real people who are dying and suffering for a reason we don’t really understand. Nuri and Afra may never see Syria again, but can they find their way back to each other?
This is a book you need to read. It’s not pretty and it’s very sad, but it’s honest and I cried and was very grateful to have read it.
Very Well Done!
NetGalley/ August 27th, 2019 by Ballantine Books
All released today! Available everywhere books are sold! From Down’s to AI to Race and a twisty thriller!
A Little Library Mystery #4
Little Person author Zoe Zola believes that one of the unluckiest things in life is to receive an invitation—in the form of a letter edged in black—to an Agatha Christie symposium at an old Upper Peninsula hunting lodge. Her reluctance dissipates when she learns that the organizer is named Emily Brent—the name of a character poisoned by cyanide in Christie’s And Then There Were None.
As much as I love the idea of this type of story, it was difficult to get through. There wasn’t a single character that I liked or thought believable.
The ending was very quick and unsatisfying.
NetGalley/Crooked Lane Books August 13th, 2019
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