Dear Katherine Arden, Thank You

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1) The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2) The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy, #3)

I have been trying to get my husband to read the first one of this series for a long time! He was always too busy until now. As most of the world knows now, the doctors have discovered a large mass on his pelvis. As we wait for surgery he has time.

Yesterday I walked in the den and he was half-way in to the first book. I quietly backed out of the room.  When he was almost to the end last night he looked over at me and said, ” This is great! Do we have the next one?”  Why yes we do! “And what about the third one?” Well, honey I have it in an ARC on my tablet but it’s from Netgalley and I don’t think I am supposed to share it. ” But, what am I supposed to do?” You wait dear, just like the rest of the world we wait and hope that there is more!

After a few of long and frightening weeks we went an entire day without tears or anxiety. So Ms. Arden, thank you from this frazzled reviewer and wife.

 

xx P

 

ONCE UPON A RIVER BY DIANE SETTERFIELD

Once Upon a River

From the author of The Thirteenth Tale comes this offering from Setterfield.

In a small village on the Thames folks gather at the local pub to tell stories. And what storytellers they are. As they are warming themselves and having a drink or two the doors burst open and a monstrous looking fellow with a drowned child in his arms falls into the room.

The little girl is obviously dead. The poor man has had some type of accident leaving his face banged up and his eyes swollen. As nurse Rita tends to his wounds and leaves him to rest she checks on the child.

After hours, the little girl is obviously dead. No pulse. No breath. Until suddenly she breathes. And is alive. Or is she?

There is so much wonderful folklore and storytelling going on in this tale!

Storytelling is a gift. And this was a really good one. Part fable, part fantasy and pure enjoyment from beginning to end!

Netgalley/ December 4th 2018 by Atria/Simon and Schuster

BE OUR GHOST by KATE KINGSBURY

Be Our Ghost: A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery

This is the second book in A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery.

If bed-and-breakfast owners Melanie and Liza, along with their laughing ghost tenant, can’t find a real estate developer’s killer, their own estate will end up with their next of kin.

Melanie and her grandmother, Liza, along with their resident ghost Orville/Arthur, are doing very well with their Bed and Breakfast on the Oregon coast. Sully’s Landing is such a charming town and everyone would like it to stay that way.

When an outside real estate developer tries to bulldoze his way in with ideas of a huge arcade taking the place of long-established businesses, the locals are divided and some would rather see the man rot in hell.


But when their friend Doug is taken in for questioning, Liza insists they clear his name.
But will it be at the cost of their own lives? Because the killer is leaving some pretty harsh hints for them to keep their curious noses out of other people’s business!
The love and friendship between Melanie and her grandmother, Liza, is a beautiful theme in these mysteries. Melanie is still searching for her missing mother but will the ladies live long enough to find out any news?
I read this entire book with a pot of tea and the rain pelting my windows and it was a perfect afternoon.
Netgalley/ Crooked Lane Books October 09, 2018

The LITTLE SHOP OF FOUND THINGS by Paula Brackston

The Little Shop of Found Things (The Little Shop of Found Things #1)

The Little Shop of Found Things Book 1

A new series about a young woman whose connection to antiques takes her on a magical adventure, reminiscent of Outlander

New York Times bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter Paula Brackston returns to her trademark blend of magic and romance to launch a new series guaranteed to enchant her audience even more.

First can we agree this is a beautiful cover. As for the genre, Historical Fiction/Fantasy/Science Fiction/Adult Fiction. Yes, that is a lot but I don’t know what to call it when the setting is present day England but there is a ghost and some time travel involved. All rolled into this wonderful book that I did not stop reading once I started.

Xanthe Westlake and her mother Flora have had a rough time of it in London and have invested their life savings in an antique shop in Marlborough. Determined to make a new life and leave the past behind. Hard to do in an antique shop. Especially as we find out our Xanthe has some pretty awesome gifts.

Sometimes when she touches things she can hear them. Telling the stories of where they have been and what they were. When Xanthe picks up a chatelaine at an estate sale, it is doing more than singing to her. She is having visions and feelings of danger.

When she finds an odd-shaped building in the back garden, exactly where two ley lines converge, she is transported to the 1600’s. When she returns she finds a not so friendly ghost waiting who threatens her and her mothers safety.

Now Xanthe must return to try to save the ghost’s daughter from the gallows. Along the way she meets a gorgeous architect and tries to save Alice and her mother.

The rest you will have to read yourself. I absolutely loved this book and am so glad there will be more of them.

Well Done!

Netgalley/October 2nd 2018 by Thomas Dunne 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

RED HARVEST by PATRICK GREENE

Red Harvest (The Haunted Hollow Chronicles)

Ember Hollow takes Halloween to a whole other level! Parades, music, and this year something even more sinister.

The premise of this book was good. The execution was not. I spent most of the book filling in missing words and trying to decide who was speaking. I almost gave up half-way in because it was more work than pleasure.

I would have liked more background on the characters. Unfortunately this was more of a guess what the next word could/should be.

  • An update on this. Most of the errors have been fixed in the second download, but the plot just needed more. There still wasn’t enough backstory before we are thrown into bedlam.

Netgalley/ September 4th 2018 by Lyrical Underground