Little Girl Lost (DI Robyn Carter Book One) by Carol Wyer

Little Girl Lost

A perfect family hiding disturbing secrets. A killer who wants the truth to be told.

This is the first book in the DI Robyn Carter series from Carol Wyer.

Just when I’m ready to give up on thrillers for a bit along comes Carol Wyer with this edge of your seat non-stop suspense and terror!

Told from three different points of view, DI Robyn Carter, who has just returned to her job after losing the man she loved as well as their baby, Alice, the little girl who suffered tremendous trauma in the house of the man her mother was engaged to, and Abigail, who is being tormented and taunted about her own past.

Three different women and the different ways in which they handle the trauma they have suffered. Death, rape, murder, and so many secrets.

The characters are all complex and you feel so much empathy for them. Robyn is filling her life with work and working out to avoid the feelings of loss and guilt she carries. Trying to find out who this missing man is and how he is connected to another murder. Robyn is a great character but then they really all were.

Alice, poor little girl whose own mother blamed her for ruining her life, is looking for revenge. It’s what she is living for. Getting even with the people who she blames for ruining her life and her mothers.

Abigail has a new baby, an adoring husband and a few friends but she is happy. Until it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want her to have any of that. Someone wants her life.

This was a really good serial killer novel. One of those edge of your seat, bite your fingernails and lock the doors novels. And I loved every horrifying moment of it! Only one question….when is the next one?

Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for this one!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A humorous writer and blogger whose light hearted novels and articles encourage others to laugh at life and grow old disgracefully.
Her best selling novels have won several awards for humor and her witty non-fiction book, Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award in 2015.
She has been interviewed on numerous BBC radio stations including BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo and on BBC Breakfast television and Sky.
Carol writes for magazines and websites and also blogs for the Huffington Post HUFF/50.

*Release Day* Towhee Get Your Gun by J.R.Ripley

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The second in the Bird Lover’s Mystery Series, finds our favorite lover of all things bird related, Amy Simms, owner of Birds and Bees trying to figure out who the dilapidated van parked in front of her store belongs to. Once she has had enough of her new neighbors squashing her plants and blocking her customers parking, she heads over to introduce herself.

Paul Brewer is unfortunately not re-opening a garden center, but is opening a biergarten. And the bad news is still to come, her ex is his business partner!

Living in an ancient Victorian style house which houses the shop, a few apartments and the top floor where Amy and her mother live, she already has a lot on her plate when she is volunteered to act in Ruby Lake, North Carolina’s theater group which this year is putting on Annie Get Your Gun. And the star is non other than Ava Turner, famous and reclusive there is a lot of mystery going on with this one!

As the theater is plagued by one accident after the other, someone is found dead in our star’s dressing room!
When Amy’s cousin is implicated, of course she is going to get involved. It’s what she does, rescue injured little towhees and snoop around poking her little beak where it doesn’t belong!

And we’re still fighting City Hall to keep the home she owns from being demolished in the name of progress.

There were so many foul characters in this one even I wasn’t sure until the very end who did what and why!

And there is a bonus read of the next book in the series so thank you to Mr. Ripley for those little breadcrumbs which will hopefully sustain us until the next adventure of Ms. Simms is in our hands!

Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for this!

A Blank Page….2017

Just a few days away from a brand new year. Oh the possibilities. It’s like getting a brand new journal. All the pages blank, waiting for you to write your own story. That is my absolute favorite part of the first day of a new year, getting a brand new journal. Each page waiting for me to write something deep and meaningful or rant about things that just tick me off to no end. Or as Daniel Ray would say things that grind my gears!

So far this year I have read 210 books!  Not all of them got a review because let’s face it I don’t think there is a huge audience for Human Resource Manuals and books that were just so bad I refused on principle to even acknowledge them in this hallowed space!

Besides the oh so tacky election shenanigans, the entire eye debacle and the loss of someone dear to me, this hasn’t been the worst year I’ve seen, but it’s up near the top. Which brings me to my AAARRRGGGHHH moments. The Lists.  The top 10 ways to increase your followers, top 5 ways to lose weight, top 10 ways to handle your anxiety….and so on and so on. Seriously these types of lists make me roll my eyes!

I blog because it’s against the law to stand on the street corner and tell people about the books you are reading! I’m not interested in debating religion, politics or money. I am interested in all of you who live in all parts of the world. I love hearing about other cultures and I love hearing about other people’s stories. The food, the fashion, the books, the poetry…I love this stuff. And sports. I love sports.

I’ll have some more really good book reviews and recommendations at the first of the year and until then I am cleaning every corner of my house and eliminating everything that I don’t use. I’ve been inspired by so many bloggers who are living simply that this is the year of simplifying my world.

xxPP

 

After She’s Gone by Lisa Jackson

After She's Gone (West Coast Series Book 3) by [Jackson, Lisa]

Sister, Sister….
As teenagers, Cassie Kramer and her younger sister, Allie, survived a crazed fan who nearly killed their mother, a former Hollywood actress. Still, Cassie moved to L.A. from rural Oregon, urging Allie to follow. Yet while Cassie struggled with her acting career, Allie, suddenly driven, rose to stardom. But now her body double has been shot on-set–and Allie is missing.

Crying In The Night…

As police investigate, Cassie begins to look like a suspect–the jealous sister who finally snapped. Soon the media goes into a frenzy, and Cassie ends up in a Portland psych ward. Is she just imagining the sinister figure at her bedside, whispering about Allie? Is someone trying to help–or drive her mad?

What Has Given You Such A Fright?

Convinced she’s the only one who can find Allie, Cassie checks herself out of the hospital. But a slew of macabre murders–each victim masked with a likeness of a member of Cassie’s family–makes her fear for her life, and her sanity. And with each discovery, Cassie realizes that no one can be trusted to keep her safe–least of all herself

This is the third book in the West Coast Series.

I really think you should read the other books before this one, or you are in for some spoilers.  I’ve been a fan of Lisa Jackson for a long time. Her thrillers are deliciously evil! Like this one.

I just don’t feel this was a best effort. I read it all in one sitting, but there were quite a few inaccuracies and some things weren’t expanded on which would have given us information I think we needed.

We bounce back and forth from LA to Portland, trying to figure out where Allie is and if Cassie has finally lost her mind. Suspects are plentiful, as this is the movie business and is anybody really who their Bio says they are? Nope!

The ending was not exactly believable. If you’re a fan give it a try, for a first read, I would start with the first book in the series!

Happy Reading!

xxPP

Blogmas Day 19 and Vacations

Oh my goodness this month flew by, didn’t it? So much good stuff coming up in 2017.It was 4 degrees when I got up this morning! Not that I was stepping one little toe out there to feel it, but my phone was in awe of it!!

We’ve done the music, the decorations, the food….what’s left? Not a lot! I was looking for Christmas Lists for an article and I found these funny items. Be warned, I have a rather warped sense of humor….like who knew Santa and Satan were just a misspelling away from each other? Stay warm and laugh!

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Enjoy and if you are going on vacation too….have fun and remember, what happens at the beach, stays at the beach!

xxxPP

A Shoe Addict’s Christmas by Beth Harbison

A Shoe Addict's Christmas by [Harbison, Beth]

From the author of the beloved bestseller Shoe Addicts Anonymous comes a heartwarming twist on a classic tale filled with holiday cheer.

Noelle is not a fan of the holidays and to make matters worse, she is at a crossroads in her life when it seems that love and adventure are no longer possible. When she stays late at her job in a department store on a snowy Christmas Eve she accidentally gets locked in after closing. She isn’t too concerned about the prospect of spending the night in the store…until a woman appears out of nowhere and tells Noelle that she’s her guardian angel. Soon Noelle finds herself camped out in the shoe department facing several “ghosts” of Christmases past, present, and future…Will visiting the holidays of yesterday and tomorrow help Noelle see the true spirit of Christmas? And will the love she has longed for all her life be the best surprise gift of all?

What a sweet Christmas story. Full of hope, discovery, love and choices. The ones we make and the ones we make by simply not making them. And of course there are shoes! I think this would be my idea of a great lock in! An upscale department store where you can try on everything! Including the sheets!

Charlie is a perfect guardian angel. A bit ditzy, trying hard on her first assignment. Noelle is a lot of us. It’s easier to just say no than it is to put yourself out there. But oh the things you miss when you don’t say Yes!

xxP

Say Goodbye For Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Say Goodbye for Now by [Hyde, Catherine Ryan]

A brand new book by Catherine Ryan Hyde.

On an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that any of the townsfolk care. In 1959, no one is interested in a woman doctor. Nor are they welcoming Calvin and Justin Bell, a newly arrived African American father and son.

When Pete Solomon, a neglected twelve-year-old boy, and Justin bring a wounded wolf-dog hybrid to Dr. Lucy, the outcasts soon find refuge in one another. Lucy never thought she’d make connections again, never mind fall in love. Pete never imagined he’d find friends as loyal as Justin and the dog. But these four people aren’t allowed to be friends, much less a family, when the whole town turns violently against them.

With heavy hearts, Dr. Lucy and Pete say goodbye to Calvin and Justin. But through the years they keep hope alive…waiting for the world to catch up with them.

I loved this book. I loved every one of these characters and laughed and cried along with them. I felt every harsh word, strap mark, and every ounce of unfairness but also I felt the courage, love and understanding of a remarkable woman, man and two boys in the era of Civil Rights where just looking at a woman could get you killed if you were a man of color.

The fact that there was a law on the books that made it illegal to marry outside of your race is horrific enough, but to have these characters who just kept moving forward believing that things could and would change, for all of them was inspiring.

It is hard for me to read a book like this, but it is also the most rewarding reading. I am a big fan of this author and I think this is a book that we all need to read.

Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union for the opportunity!

About The Author:

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of thirty published and forthcoming books. Her bestselling 1999 novel Pay It Forward, adapted into a major Warner Bros. motion picture starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, made the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list and was translated into more than two dozen languages for distribution in more than thirty countries. Her novels Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List; Jumpstart the World was also a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards and won Rainbow Awards in two categories. More than fifty of her short stories have been published in many journals, including the Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and the Sun, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts and the bestselling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot. Her short fiction received honorable mention in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, a second-place win for the Tobias Wolff Award, and nominations for Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have also been cited in Best American Short Stories.

Ryan Hyde is also founder and former president of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.   Here  is where you can find this amazing book!

 

 

Bone Maker By D.F.Bailey

Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Book One

Bone Maker: Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Book 1 by [Bailey, D. F.]

*** Bone Maker is a Whistler Independent Book Award Finalist ***

A death in the wilderness. A woman mourns alone. A reporter works a single lead. Following a family tragedy that has broken his spirit, crime reporter Will Finch returns to his news desk in San Francisco eager to reboot his career and renew his lease on life.

When he’s assigned to cover the grisly death of a witness to a multi-million dollar bitcoin fraud, Finch discovers some troubling complications: A Mercedes-Benz abandoned in the wilderness. A wounded bear. A cop who rules a remote town with an iron fist. And the witness’s fiancée — a US senator’s daughter — knows there’s something mysterious about her lover’s death. But what?

If you have an appetite for organized crime series, you’ll love this new crime trilogy. Add a slice of noir novels, the juice of steamy PI mysteries, the zest of a financial thriller series. Soon you’ll be stewing in this new technothriller trilogy — and begging for more.

Inspired by true events, Bone Maker is the first thriller in this series of noir crime novels — a crime trilogy that races from coastal Oregon to San Francisco, Moscow, Honolulu and Washington DC. It intersects the worlds of international finance, cryptocurrency software algorithms, and corruption that reaches from the US Senate to Turk Street in the Tenderloin District.

Be sure to read this gripping financial thriller series in order: Bone Maker, Stone Eater, Lone Hunter. All three books are available now.

Will Finch is a reporter. Who has had a really rough patch. Coming back into the office a week early, Will’s boss has just the story to help him ease himself back into the world of Internet Journalism.

Will is a great character. We want him to be okay, to get to the bottom of the man who was supposedly eaten by a bear. In a small town where everyone knows what you’re doing before you finish doing it, it’s hard to know who to trust and what to believe.

Why is the Mercedes not being impounded by the Sheriff? Who is really behind the death of this witness?

This one went round and round and I did not like the Sheriff from the first scene. He felt like a bully. This book was full of plot twists and turns but we wouldn’t expect anything less from D.F.Bailey.

This is Book 1 in the series and the other two are out also. Check him out Here .

Book Review: The Killing Ship by Simon Beaufort

The Killing Ship: An Antarctica Thriller

“A group of scientists in the Antarctic face a desperate battle for survival as they are hunted down by hostile intruders. ”
Having spent the summer conducting fieldwork on stark Livingston Island, marine biologist Andrew Berrister is looking forward to returning to civilization. But his final days in Antarctica take an unexpected turn when it becomes clear that he and his small group of scientists are not alone on the island. Deducing that the intruders are a crew of illegal whalers, the scientists face an increasingly desperate struggle for survival when two members of their shore party disappear and their supplies are deliberately sabotaged.
As Berrister and his remaining companions flee across the treacherous, icy terrain, they are pursued unrelentingly by ruthless killers whose true reasons for being in the Antarctic are darker and more dangerous than the scientists could ever have imagined.

I first saw this book a month or so ago in the Library Journal. I haven’t read a lot of books set in Antarctica and I was curious how this was going to go down on a bunch of icebergs and glaciers and the brutal weather conditions.

Ten days from being collected and going home and things have started to go wrong. Two of the researchers are missing, food and fuel sources have been sabotaged and the remaining group must figure out a way to communicate with their headquarters and hopefully get some help. But the ships that show up aren’t there to help.

They are there to harpoon whales and collect the highly profitable meat sales. Or are they?

One thing I know after reading this book is that I am not going on any ice adventures…ever!  It was a good read, I’m glad to have found it and some new authors!

In the real world there is always some type of research being done in the Antarctic. And after reading this book I have the greatest admiration for them! This is a chilling thriller! And the research in it shows from the first page all the way to the shocking ending!

I would have no problem recommending this book.