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 her 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

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

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/ March 5th 2019 by Pegasus Books

BETWEEN THE LIES by MICHELLE ADAMS

Between the Lies

What would you do if you woke up and didn’t know who you were?

Within the first few pages of this thriller you just know it’s going to be good!

Chloe Daniels wakes up in a hospital bed having no idea how she got there, who she is or who these people calling themselves family are. Very scary.

Back in her parents home she struggles to remember what happened to her and as she snatches glimpses of her past she begins to believe her family are telling some pretty bad lies. What was she running from that night her car crashed? Even the police seem suspicious of the circumstances.

When she discovers one of the cruelest lies she has been told, she sets out to find the truth about who she was and who she can trust.

I felt so horrible for Chloe. She honestly had no one in her corner. And what a psychological thriller it was. I had no idea that ending was coming!

Another job well done!

Netgalley/St.Martin’s Griffin  March 05, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BEAUTIFUL STRANGERS by CAMILLE DI MAIO

A legendary hotel on the Pacific becomes a haven where dreams, love, and a beguiling mystery come alive.

It is 1958 and Kate Morgan wants more than serving fish in the family restaurant in San Francisco. She has dreams of Southern California and the movie business. Her grandfather, whose memory is shaky at best is adamant she must go to the famous Hotel Del Coronado and find the beautiful stranger.

Kate grabs her chance to get even a temporary job at the resort. And immediately finds out that she isn’t the only Kate Morgan there. 

Told from the points of view of the ghostly Kate Morgan and the current day Kate Morgan, the former having never left, tethered to the place of her death.

Kate loves everything about the hotel including the stars filming Some Like It Hot. Kate has to pinch herself when she is asked to bring Miss Monroe her breakfast every day and get her to the set on time. And when she isn’t coaxing Miss Monroe to eat or get to work, she’s trying to find the beautiful stranger for her grandfather. Only then can she go home.

Ms. Di Maio has done a masterful job of seamlessly weaving the past with the present as well as the fiction with the truth. Yes Kate Morgan was a real woman who died a tragic death at the hotel. Guests claim to have seen her and she sees everything and everyone grow up and grow old as she remains as she was in life. But Kate has a secret too and the author has gathered all of the threads of this story and turned them into a compulsively readable tale.

Very Well Done!

Netgalley/March 5th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Camille recently left an award-winning real estate career in San Antonio to become a full-time writer. Along with her husband of 21 years, she home schools their four children. She has a bucket list that is never-ending, and uses her adventures to inspire her writing. She’s lived in Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California, and spends enough time in Hawai’i to feel like a local. She’s traveled to four continents (so far), and met Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II. She just about fainted when she had a chance to meet her musical idol, Paul McCartney, too. Camille studied political science in college, but found working on actual campaigns much more fun. She overdoses on goodies at farmers markets (justifying them by her support for local bakeries), and belts out Broadway tunes whenever the moment strikes. There’s almost nothing she wouldn’t try, so long as it doesn’t involve heights, roller skates, or anything illegal. “The Memory of Us” is Camille’s debut novel, her second book “Before the Rain Falls” released in 2017, and her third, “The Way of Beauty”, came out in 2018. Her next book, “The Beautiful Strangers” will be available spring 2019.