THE WHISPERED WORD BY ELLERY ADAMS ( A Secret,Book,and Scone Society Novel #2)

In New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams’ intriguing new Secret, Book, and Scone Society novel, Nora Pennington and her fiction loving friends in small-town Miracle Springs, North Carolina, encounter a young woman desperately in need of a new beginning . . .
This is the second in this new series. Nora is the owner of Miracle Books and believes with all of her warm heart that there is a book for everything and the right ones can bring healing of the heart and mind.
The core group has all had their share of horrific challenges and rather than sit home and feel sorry for themselves, they have joined Nora in the Secret,Book,and Scone Society to do for others. They each have a story and we haven’t heard about all of them yet, but I already love these women.
When Nora finds a slip of a girl in a hospital gown sleeping in her store she and the group try to help but the girl who calls herself Abilene isn’t ready to share her story. Obviously terrified and abused, the group does what they can, each using their own talents to draw her out. 
When one of the towns not so favorite older ladies is found by the group while delivering nice baskets of things to those in need face down in the pond dead, Nora and the ladies are ready to solve a mystery. 
At the same time as a new business comes to town and another person is helped into the afterlife they aren’t sure if Abilene is a victim or a killer. Either way they won’t stop until they find out.
I love these characters. Women who with just a nudge and a lot of hope have become the hero of their own lives. Now I’m going to see if there really is a Miracle Springs because the pastries alone are worth moving!
Well Done on this new series!
Netgalley/ November 27th 2018 by Kensington
 

SLAY IN CHARACTER by LYNN CAHOON

Slay in Character (Cat Latimer Mystery, #4)

A Cat Latimer Mystery #4

Staying in character can be murder when Cat Latimer and the members of her writers’ retreat head for a ghost town . . . 

This is the fourth book in the Cat Latimer series. Cat and her band of characters are getting better with each book.

This was my favorite so far. There were so many interesting twists and turns and shady people that at one point I wasn’t sure they weren’t all guilty. Even though I had my suspicions early on, the interaction with the writers at the retreat and the underlying stories of Shauna and Seth were so good.

I always wind up learning something from Lynn’s books and that is a big plus for me. Whether it’s a writing tip, a baking or cooking tip or some good historical knowledge about Colorado, it’s just that she goes that little bit of extra to give us the feeling that we know these guys, we like them or hate them, but we know them.

This one is set in a ghost town. A tourist attraction ghost town now but an actual ghost town for a long time, along with some suspicious goings on and unsolved murders of young women. And now another one is found. But is this one a case of mistaken identity?

Just enough mystery and laughter for me! Well Done!

Netgalley/ November 27th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler

The Fire Witness

Joona Linna Book 3

DI Joona Linna, is sidelined for the moment. On leave while awaiting the outcome of an internal affairs investigation for some thing he did or didn’t do.

So he is free to be sent to observe only in the investigation of a hideous double murder at a youth home for troubled girls.

In my crime group I once asked for recommendations for some Scandi works and I’ve been stuck on them! This one may be my new favorite. These girls are way past troubled. They are downright scary. With one of them being accused of the crimes, the stories of her past begin to come out and a more horrifying tale I can’t think of.

Almost a story inside a story as the police dismiss Flora, a girl trying to pass herself off as a psychic to the police. But is she seeing the ghost of the dead girl or is she having a memory of her own that was too awful to remember?

We learn a lot about Joona’s personal life this time. Interesting fellow. This was a fast paced shocker that made me glad I don’t have any girls!

Good Job on the translations too!

Netgalley/ Knopf Doubleday Publishing November 27, 2018

 

 

 

A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delaney

A Scandal in Scarlet (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery, #4)

The 4th in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery Series
Gemma is back! As she and Violet take a late night stroll after a busy day, Violet alerts Gemma to smoke coming from The West London Museum.
Thankfully the entire building is not a loss, but the Baker Street Vendors decide to quickly pull together an auction hoping to raise enough funds for repairs.
Gemma’s Uncle Arthur may be traveling the world, but he generously donates a signed first edition book worth a lot of money.
But before the auction even begins the Chairman of the museum board is found strangled in the storage room. And the people attending are a real mixed bag of characters who have their own little and not so little secrets.
Gemma says she isn’t getting involved in this one, but we know better. That’s why we love her.
Delaney is such a great storyteller and her characters are wonderfully done. Gemma is a strong, independent woman as are all of the female characters. There are no simpering females waiting for rescue here.
A very good series and I look forward to many more!
Netgalley/November 13th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books

THE SISTERS by KATE FORSTER

The Sisters

This one had everything! Spoiled rotten and filthy rich, the de Santoval triplets are a handful.

Grace is interested in nothing or no one except art. Violetta has just signed up for a reality show based on her love of partying and making the papers. Carlotta just wants to work with her horses and she’ll do anything to get what she wants.

When they receive a call saying their mother is in a coma and their father is on the lam with millions, their lives are turned inside out. All of them have dirty little secrets as well as some tragic ones.

We watch them go from very unlikable girls to strong adult women who have to learn to run their mother’s company, and in doing so they discover who they really are and what they really want.

I really loved this one. It had everything. Fashion, Art, Horses and women who take their destiny into their own hands, sleazy businessmen and cheating husbands as well as a man claiming to be their brother.

I loved their mother Birdie most of all. And I’m still not sure she didn’t know what was going on. Well Done!

Netgalley/ November 20th 2018 by Aria

LIMETOWN by ZACK AKERS, SKIP BRONKIE, and COTE SMITH

Limetown: The Prequel to the #1 Podcast

From the creators of the #1 podcast Limetown, an explosive prequel about a teenager who learns of a mysterious research facility where over three hundred people have disappeared—including her uncle—with clues that become the key to discovering the secrets of this strange town.

To set this up for you, Limetown is a successful podcast that is both weird and creepy. This would be the prequel to what is on now.

Lia Haddock is a student when the entire population of Limetown disappears off the face of the earth. Every one is just gone. One of those is Lia’s Uncle Emile.

There is a lot of speculation about what is going on at what was really a research facility and people are talking. Well, except for Lia’s parents. They are not saying a word.

Lia’s investigation into what happened to her uncle leads her all over the map and puts her in danger. The good twisty part is she isn’t the only one looking. And these are some seriously disturbed individuals I would not want to meet up with.

Before this book I had only listened to a few podcasts, but now I’m hooked!

Well Done!

Netgalley/Simon and Schuster  November 13, 2018

 

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