THE RISING TIDE by ANN CLEEVES

A Vera Stanhope Novel #10

Since I have recently finished binge-watching the BritBox series Vera, I was happy to receive a copy of this newest DCI STANHOPE novel!

We are back on Holy Island for this one. Fifty years ago a group of high school kids and their young teacher went on a retreat there and stayed at the one-time convent with a nice chapel. A place to sit and be still.

They formed that tight bond that teenagers do, feeling everything so deeply. But on their first reunion, one of the girls argues with one of the guys and leaves in a huff, none of them worrying about the tides. And that is a death that ties them together. The priest, the playboy turned novelist, the broken woman who lost a husband and a baby, the strongest couple who now is the weakest. They all have secrets. No one is telling the truth.

When one of them is found hanging from a beam in his room, Vera and her team step in. Vera has no qualms about digging for answers in sensitive matters. Even though the man had recently been fired because of sexual misconduct, he didn’t seem upset about it. So why is he dead?

What are all of these people hiding? And Vera needs to figure that out quickly or there will be more deaths.

As in all good Vera stories, there was laughter, confusion, tears, and a few gasps!

Cleeves always gives us good mysteries!

NetGalley/ September 06, 2022, St. Martin’s Press

THE WEDDING DRESS SEWING CIRCLE by JENNIFER RYAN

Three plucky women lift the spirits of home-front brides in wartime Britain, where clothes rationing leaves little opportunity for pomp or celebration–even at weddings–in this heartwarming novel based on true events, from the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.

Cressida Westcott fled her family manor many years ago. She is now a very successful designer in London and runs her design house. Until the Blitz. Bombs drop on the poor and wealthy the same way. Like so many people, she now has no place to go. Swallowing her pride she calls her niece and nephew who still live at the manor and is told she is more than welcome.

Returning with only what she had on when the bombs fell. Her niece, Violet, is thrilled her aunt has come to stay. Violet is young and about as shallow as a saucer on the surface. Her father taught her from birth that it is her job to marry well and have children.

Cressida isn’t the only thing going to the manor. So is Violet’s conscription letter. She is furious. How in the world can she find a titled husband wearing a uniform and scrubbing toilets?

Meanwhile, in the village, the vicar’s daughter, Grace, is hoping her sewing circle can help mend her mother’s wedding gown so that she can wear it at her own wedding to a much older and staid man of the cloth.

While trying to be useful Cressida and Violet both volunteer at the sewing circle and much to everyone’s surprise it’s a great fit. Cressida has connections and Grace is a worthy protege for her. As she helps them, they also help her. What woman doesn’t want a special white dress for her wedding? The ladies soon hatch a plan to get as many gowns as they can and re-make them so the war brides all feel special on their day.

Having Cressida down in the village encourages her nephew, Hugh, to come as well. And he finds he may still have feelings for the little girl who was his best friend for so long.

Oh, the power of women having to make do. That is when things get interesting. And this book was full of women getting the job done. And figuring out who they are in this new world.

Such a beautiful concept and telling of a story that made me laugh and cry!

NetGalley/: May 31st, 2022 by Ballantine Books

How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper

How Not to Die Alone

Andrew is a forty years old, single, living in a small one-room bed-sit, working for the council attending to those who have died with no apparent family or means to provide for a funeral. It’s a grim and depressing job.

Due to a misunderstanding when he first got the job, his boss and co-workers think he has a wife and two children and he has never bothered to set them straight.

Okay right here is where I started getting bored with wimpy Andrew and what may or may not have happened in his past. So much angst over a tiny lie that no one cares about. Maybe if he’d move his train collection to a warehouse he could have a life.

As it is I was bored to death by this book. There was no depth or logic to it.

NetGalley/ May 28th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRISONER OF MIDNIGHT by BARBARA HAMBLY

Prisoner of Midnight (James Asher, #8)

James Asher #8

Lydia and James are back with our favorite vampire Don Simon Ysidro. While James is off being a spy at the front, Lydia is boarding a luxury liner from Paris, headed to America. All she knows is that Simon is in trouble, in pain and she must help him. Then maybe kill him. But first she must find him.

Her working theory is that someone is using him and keeping him under their thrall. That someone being an obnoxious, unscrupulous American, industrialist Spencer Cochran and his henchmen. Known for making striking workers disappear among other unsavory acts.

James is trying as hard as he can to get her information on the drug that is being used on the vampire. Even going so far as to knock on the Paris vampires door for help.

When children begin dying on the ship, time is of the essence to save not only the passengers, but also Simon.  Who she really does not want to kill, but will she?

This is one of my favorite series. Historical Fiction with Vampires. What could be better?

Very Well Done!

NetGalley Reviews/ Severn House May 01, 2019

 

 

Murder Served Cold by Eric Brown

Murder Served Cold (Langham & Dupré Mystery, #6)

A Langham & Dupre’ Mystery #6

Crime writer and Private Investigator Donald Langham and wife Maria Dupre’ are back in another puzzling crime. Along with his partner Ralph Ryland.

It’s the Fall of 1956 when an old friend of Don’s literary agent, Charles, comes to them with a need for their services. It seems as though Lord Elsmere’s Gainsborough painting has been stolen off the wall of his library! Even worse, the police do not believe it was a break in which means someone living in the house must have done it. But how? It was much too large to just pop out the window with.

Not helping matters is the fact that Elsmere recently bumped up the insurance on the painting while at the same time suffering from real money issues.

When the team gets to the manor, they find an odd assortment of characters renting rooms and any of them could have done the deed.

This had multiple smaller stories inside the mystery. Every character had a secret and someone was willing to kill for theirs. But who?

This series just keeps getting better. The characters are so quirky and imperfect you can’t help but fall in love with them all!

Well Done!

Netgalley/Severn House April 1st 2019

 

 

Coming Out on Tuesday!

What a great week for these new releases on Tuesday!

An Anonymous Girl  Loved it!

The Lost Traveller (County Cork, #7) Love the series!

Sisters of the Fire (Blood and Gold, #2) Loved it!

Her One Mistake And that one mistake was a doozy!

The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy, #3)  I own all of these. Love!

The Water Cure  A bit odd, but check it out.

So many good books releasing this month! I am so happy that the word Girl isn’t in as many this year! I have had quite enough of the same old thing. I hope you give these a read and share your thoughts!

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INTO THE NIGHT BY SARAH BAILEY

Into the Night (Gemma Woodstock, #2)

Sarah Bailey follows up her thrilling novel Dark Lake with Into The Night. I think all of us who read The Dark Lake were hoping there would be another and soon!

DS Gemma Woodstock has had more than her fair share of knocks and has left her young son to move to Melbourne. A big city with big city problems. Personally and professionally she is feeling out-of-place and very much alone.

Her new partner, Nick Fleet doesn’t seem very friendly and talks less than Gemma. When they pick up a case of a homeless man, stabbed to death in an alley, the full impact of her own lonely and almost invisible life hits her. Even after being pulled off the case when a high-profile case is suddenly thrust upon them, she can’t stop thinking about the homeless man.

Why would someone want to stab actor Sterling Wade? During a filmed scene? With so many people involved, the suspect pool is growing bigger each hour. Every one of them have secrets they would rather not share but are they worth killing over? It would seem so.

Gemma is such a flawed character. At times I want to shake her and other times make her a nice cuppa and find her a boyfriend. I actually like the fact that she is a hot mess. Haven’t we all been at one time or another? So Gemma, I’ll stick with you and see what you get up to next!

Netgalley/ December 4th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing

 

 

A CHRISTMAS REVELATION by ANNE PERRY

A Christmas Revelation: A Novel

A short story of an orphan boy who sees a woman being kidnapped and is determined to rescue her whether or not she needs rescuing.

We didn’t really have much back story on any of the characters. I didn’t get a good idea of what any of the were really like. It was all surface information and very little had to do with Christmas.

This is one of those ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ lessons for me. It took place in Victorian England in a poor house for mostly prostitutes and it really isn’t a Christmas book.

Netgalley/November 6th 2018 by Ballantine Books

THE LUCIFER CHORD BY Francis Cottam is out NOW!

The Lucifer Chord by F.G. Cottam

It is so nice to have Ruthie and company back for a visit. Ruthie has been commissioned to do an essay on Martin Mear and his band, Ghost Legion, as part of a new boxed set and a tour of his music and memorabilia. But something isn’t right about any of this, she discovers as supernatural events force a medium to run for her life and more me she knows to end up dead.

Ruthie is no stranger to the supernatural or the occult forces in the world. She has come up against them before and lived to tell the tale, but will the third time be her last?

Ruthie is one of my favorite characters and I hope we will see more of her! Cottam’s writing draws you into the story and the characters and before you know it you are almost finished, so you slow down to make it last and still end up hurtling towards the end to find out what happens! As a great coincidence I had a text from a friend who is at this minute on the Isle of Wight so this seemed a sign of sorts, but by then I had devoured the entire book!

If you like secret societies, the occult, fact with fiction mixed in and a spooky setting,then you should read the books before this one as well.

Netgalley/SevernHouse September 01, 2018

BOOK RELEASES FOR THIS WEEK

The Other Woman: A Novel by [Jones, Sandie] A Psychological Thriller!

Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, its Chaotic Founding... its Purloined  Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis by [Anderson, Sam] Award-winning journalist Sam Anderson’s long-awaited debut is a brilliant, kaleidoscopic narrative of Oklahoma City–a great American story of civics, basketball, and destiny.

Not Her Daughter: A Novel by [Frey, Rea]

The Phantom Tree by [Cornick, Nicola] Loved this one!

Pieces of Her: A Novel: 18 by [Slaughter, Karin] The #1 internationally bestselling author returns with a new novel in the vein of the New York Timesbestsellers Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter—a story even more electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful than anything she’s written before.

Rush: A Novel (Kushiel's Legacy) by [Patton, Lisa] Not one of my favorites

Run and Hide (An Eva Driscoll Thriller Book 1) by [McDermott, Alan]