A Sprinkling of Murder by Daryl Wood Gerber

A Sprinkling of Murder (A Fairy Garden Mystery #1)

A Fairy Garden Mystery #1

Fairy garden store owner Courtney Kelly believes in inviting magic into your life. But when uninvited trouble enters her shop, she’ll need more than a sprinkling of her imagination to solve a murder . . .

The first book in a new series. With fairies and fairy gardens and magical things happening all over Courtney’s shop. Courtney loves fairies. At least she did until her mother died when she was only ten, after that she lost her connection. Now she has left her dad’s landscaping business to follow her own dreams. Running a fairy garden business along with a tea shop. 

Situated in lovely Carmel, Open Your Imagination, sells any and everything one would need to entice fairies into their gardens. She is even teaching classes and at 29 she has found her passion.

Until the dog groomer from across the street is found dead in her space. Courtney is now a suspect! With a little help from a friend or two, she is going to have to clear her own name!

What an enchanting new series! The characters are interesting and the pixie dust has some of them acting oddly. Grab a copy of this one.

NetGalley/June 30th, 2020 by Kensington

 

 

Cuckoo by Sophie Draper

There’s a stranger in your home…

Or is there?

Coming back to her childhood home in Derbyshire for her step-mother, Elizabeth’s funeral, Caro is happy to see her sister who has been out of touch for a long time.

When she is told that the house and everything her father had was left to her and her sister. When her sister tells her she has no interest in any of it and wants Caro to have it all. Coming off a bad break up it seems perfect for her to live in the house and have a new start.

But as Caro begins to go through and sort out all of Elizabeth’s belongings, things start getting weird. Is there a ghost in the house or is someone trying to harm her? The trouble is Caro can’t remember a lot of her childhood and what she is about to find out will shock her to her core!

This was one twisty, wicked good tale! Even I wasn’t sure who the bad people were.

Well Done! 5*

Netgalley/November 29th 2018 by Avon UK

Let me say that this has been one of the hardest secrets I’ve had to keep! When a publisher emails you that you can’t show the title, the story and that you can not even talk about it until Halloween! Oh how happy I was to hear from her today! So here it is!

A Blogger Nomination Thingy

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Thank you to Cynthia for sharing this with us! Hop over and say hello to her Here   

She and her merry band of elves are building a home from scratch people! And she is a city girl up to her neck in the country learning everything about homesteading. She is my hero and the world is so much more interesting with her in it.  So Check One off. Thank the Blogger who nominated you. Thank you Cynthia!

Step Two:  A Brief History of your Blog

I started this blog about two years ago to share books with as many people as possible. Reading is my passion, talking about books is my obsession. Plus I love to throw in an opinion or two that no one in real life wants to hear.

As someone who has suffered with Anxiety all of her life, books were my refuge. In my real life I’m more the Greta Garbo type. I just want to be alone. But the blog lets my inner extrovert come out and play as well as help authors I love get the word out on their books. I also have a Tea blog over Here 

Over there we talk about tea in all of its glorious forms and lovely things to nosh on while we sip tea and tell outrageous tales!

Step Three: Two Pieces of Advice

  1. Be Nice. If you don’t like or agree with someone’s writing, move on. You don’t have to comment on it. Just move on. If you don’t agree with another bloggers Book Review, it doesn’t matter. We read books based on our understand of the topic, the location or the author, so no two people ever read the same story. You just do you and support the folks who do their best too.
  2. If You See Something, Say Something. NO, not like a pipe bomb! If you read something and think, “Oh, that was lovely ( insert any other descriptive words here)”go that extra click and tell them. Hey, that made me smile, or Wow, I did not know that, thanks for sharing!,or a simple That was lovely. And if you read a book, leave a review at least on Amazon. Do not be intimidated by those lengthy reviews that tell the entire book, a simple I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.

Find your passion and share it with the world! There are so many interesting people writing interesting posts out there that I’m simply going to say, if you haven’t done this challenge before, have a go at it! It’s nice to share who you are with new readers.

Mad Love To Cynthia!  And as the seven-year old says….What do we want Grandma? Hint: The answer is always World Peace. You do your part, I’ll do mine.

xx Patricia on Sunday

Gloomy Days and Cozy Mysteries☁📚

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Gloomy days are the perfect time to snuggle under the duvet and grab a cozy mystery and a cup of tea.

Today is an off day for me and that is exactly what I’m planning!☕📖

Along with binge watching Netflix. Here is a question for you all (Cynthia)…What do you watch on Netflix? I’m waiting for Game of Thrones and Vikings which are not on now so give me some suggestions!!!!❤

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Who Has The Key To Your Happiness?

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Busy, busy reading and writing day today. So of course the Sun is shining brightly through my office window practically begging me to come sit in the sunshine.

The mess from the storm has been picked up and I made my bed so it’s a good day.

This has been one of those weeks where I needed to take stock, as my Grandpa says. Take stock of the people and things that have inched their way into my world. Not necessarily bad although some have been a bit scary.

I like being alone. I’m not lonely. I just prefer to be alone. My therapist asked me if I thought it was because I can better control my anxiety alone. But that’s not it. I just have a long list of things I want to do, read, experience and I don’t like having to check in with people to make them feel better. I come, I go. I talk, I don’t talk. I am very comfortable alone.  Someone sent me a quote recently that said ” You come home, grab a book and a cup of tea. You decide if that’s lonely or perfect.” It is perfect. For me and this girl I am in love with, who looks a lot like me!

 

xx Good Reading!       thespy2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Devil’s Country by Harry Hunsicker

Mr. Hunsicker brings us The Devil’s Country..The Drifter along with publishers Thomas & Mercer.

The Devil's Country

Former Texas Ranger Arlo Baines didn’t come to the tiny West Texas town of Piedra Springs to cause trouble. After his wife and children were murdered, Arlo just wants to be left alone. Moving from place to place seems to be the only thing that eases the pain of his family’s violent end.

But a chance encounter outside a bar forces him to rescue a terrified woman and her children from mysterious attackers. When the woman turns up murdered the next day—her children missing—Arlo becomes the primary suspect in exactly the same type of crime he is trying desperately to forget.

Haunted by the fate of his family, and with the police questioning the existence of the dead woman’s children, Arlo decides it’s his duty to find them. The question is, just how deep will he have to sink into the dusty secrets of Piedra Springs to save them and clear his name?

Arlo really just wants to be left alone to read his book and enjoy a drink. He doesn’t have any business here in Piedra Springs. It’s just another spot the bus stopped and he got off for a bit.

He’s not a Texas Ranger anymore and since his family was murdered as well as the crooked cops who killed them the last thing he wants to do is get involved in the shady business going on in this little nowhere of a town.

But with the chance encounter with Molly and her children he knows he can’t leave until those children are found. When he is joined by a sort of disgraced former reporter, trying desperately  to find her own niece who she knows is with a very strange cult which has set up shop in a former prison, they join forces.

To me the best suspense thrillers are the ones that when you are finished you can say Whoa! this could actually be happening right now and probably is. The character development is great. I wanted these two and the few helping them to succeed.

This is the first Hunsicker book I have read, but it will not be the last!!

P

Blink by K.L.Slater *RELEASE DAY*

Blink by K.L. Slater

A gripping storyline, an edge of your seat read! The best compliment I can give a Thriller is that I never saw that ending coming. Never!

When Toni and her five year old daughter Evie move closer to Toni’s Mom, after the death of her husband, everyone is tense, sad and not paying any attention to the world around them. That’s what grief does to you.But there is always someone watching…judging..waiting to exploit that type of grief. Here in one of the most horrific ways possible, stealing a child.

This is a terrific, edge of your seat rollercoaster ride of a tale! And I loved every minute of it and at the end it did what I expect a good Pshycological Thriller to do. Shock and Awe!!

Thanks so much to Netgalley and Bookouture for this one! Release Date is the 16th of February!

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Unpunished ( A Gardiner and Renner Book) by Lisa Black **Release Day**

Unpunished

Maggie Gardiner, a forensic expert who studies the dead, and Jack Renner, a homicide cop who stalks the living, form an uneasy partnership to solve a series of murders in this powerful new thriller by the bestselling author of That Darkness

It begins with the kind of bizarre death that makes headlines literally. A copy editor at the Cleveland Herald is found hanging above the grinding wheels of the newspaper assembly line, a wide strap wrapped around his throat. Forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner has her suspicions about this apparent suicide inside the tsunami of tensions that is the news industry today and when the evidence suggests murder, Maggie has no choice but to place her trust in the one person she doesn t trust at all . . .
Jack Renner is a killer with a conscience, a vigilante with his own code of honor. In the past, Jack has used his skills and connections as a homicide detective to take the law into his own hands, all in the name of justice. He has only one problem: Maggie knows his secret. She insists he enforce the law, not subvert it. But when more newspaper employees are slain, Jack may be the only person who can help Maggie unmask the killer– even if Jack is still checking names off his own private murder list.”

This had a Dexterish feel to it except Jack is a cop, who has gotten fed up with all of the recycling in and out of jail of killers and just downright bad people. Maggie is a forensics scientist for the Cleveland PD and she knows about Jack and he knows that she knows.

You don’t have to have read the first book, but I would. Maggie is spending a lot of time babysitting and making sure Jack is sticking to their deal and not killing anyone. They have a rather uneasy truce between them. While her ex-husband is slightly suspicious.

They are back working together when a copy editor at the newspaper is found hanging from the walkway dead. The print side of the paper is on a fast downhill slide, as most papers are. This was a very timely story in that regard and I learned quite a bit about the news business, as does Maggie.

When more people start dying, the one thing they have in common is they all work for the paper. It’s up to Jack and Maggie to figure out why and who is behind this.

i really enjoyed this book and you can’t help but like Jack!  Maggie has developed nicely in this book. Bold, more sure of herself. All in all it was a really good thriller and I would highly recommend it.

Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington.  Try it out Here

About the Author:

Lisa Black spent the happiest five years of her life in a morgue. Strange, perhaps, but true. After ten years as a secretary, she went back to school to get a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Cleveland State University. In her job as a forensic scientist at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office, she analyzed gunshot residue on hands and clothing, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, DNA, blood and many other forms of trace evidence, as well as crime scenes.
She had her life sorted out just the way she liked it until her husband got fed up with Cleveland snow and moved them to Florida, 1400 miles away from her family and her career. Not that she’s bitter or anything. Now she works as a latent print examiner for the city of Cape Coral, Florida, police department, working mostly with fingerprints and crime scenes.
Lisa has lectured at writer’s conventions and appeared on panels. In her life as a writer she’s a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. In her life as a forensic specialist she’s a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, the International Association for Identification, the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts and is certified by the American Board of Criminalistics. She has had over 741 hours of instruction in forensic topics and has testified in over 50 trials.

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.

So What Would You Take?

We were talking last night in the Book Club about what 3 books we would pack if we had to be on the run for 10 years. These would be the only thing we could read. This is my first one. Obviously. I’m a Georgia girl. I remember the first time I read this book. I was being even more annoying than usual to my parents and my father left me at the library.

I was given this book by the Librarian. Along with her unsolicited opnion that she was quite sure Ms. Mitchell had written this book just about naughty girls like me. How shocked she was when I finally returned it and told her I had indeed read the entire thing and I had seen the movie also and I was going to be Scarlett when I grew up, because she was the smartest and strongest woman I had ever seen!

So what are your three books? Think hard now, 10 years is a long time!!

xxP