COLD COLD BONES by KATHY REICHS

A Temperance Brennan Novel #21

#1 New York Times bestselling thriller writer Kathy Reichs returns with her twenty-first novel of suspense featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan who, after receiving a box containing a human eyeball, uncovers a series of gruesome killings eerily reenacting the most shocking of her prior cases.

We aren’t in Montreal anymore and yet it’s still snowing in North Carolina. Its winter and crime is down. Not too many folks looking to be out in a storm. It also means a lighter caseload for Brennan. She would be happy to spend time with her daughter Katy, finally home after her stint in the army. But she brought some demons home with her so Tempe is treading carefully with her.

When they both arrive at Tempe’s home to find a wrapped package with an eyeball in it, things are weird. The eye seems pretty fresh, but where is the rest of the body? Finding GPS coordinates on the eyeball leads them to a Benedictine monastery. There another very strange sight awaits.

When she is asked to examine a mummified corpse found in a state park, even she is a bit jumpy.

These crimes are beginning to look a lot like crimes she solved years ago. Is someone angry at her?

And then her daughter disappears. And things get weirder. Revenge, it seems has no expiration date.

There has always been a coldness about Tempe. It was more evident in this book. I understood who the bad people were early on. It just did not hold my interest.

NetGalley/ July 5, 2022 Scribner






HER DARKEST SECRET by Jessica R. Patch

When a cold-case serial killer returns, FBI special agent Fiona Kelly has one last chance to stop him before he claims the prize he’s always wanted—her.

FBI SA Fiona Kelly is living in Chicago now. After blowing up her marriage to her husband and fellow agent, Asa Kodiak. It’s been almost twenty years since she and her sister and other girls were abducted and later found dead with a feather on their bodies. She was the only one who survived. Escaped. Dubbed the Nursery Rhyme Killer due to the posing of the victims, no one has been able to figure out who he is.

But now Asa is dealing with a murderer with the same MO. And Fiona wants in. Asa has tried to move on with his life after Fiona, but it just isn’t working. But the killer hasn’t moved on either. He still wants her. The one that got away. This time Fiona’s own secret about that time in her life will come to light and her life will be in even more danger. Someone wants her dead and someone wants her for himself.

Fiona has put her life on hold until she finds the killer. It has become the only thing in her life and she is taking chances she should not be taking. It just might get them all killed.

A really good serial killer novel! And the ending was perfect!

NetGalley/June 28th, 2022 Harlequin

THE LOCKED ROOM by ELLY GRIFFITHS

A Ruth Galloway Novel #14

This is the fourteenth book in the Ruth Galloway series.

Ruth is in London cleaning out her mother’s things before her father and his new wife get back. She’s a lovely woman and Ruth’s mother has been gone for three years. As Ruth is going through things, she finds a photograph of a cottage in Norfolk. Her cottage in Norfolk, only in 1963. The only clue is the date and the name Dawn. Her father isn’t any help and her mother hated the cottage and never spoke about it.

Back in Norfolk, Nelson has a murder on his hands. It looks like a suicide until more bodies with the same MO pop up. Just as Ruth returns, Covid hits, and everyone’s world is thrown into chaos, which makes it so much harder to find a killer.

Meanwhile, Ruth and Kate are bored to tears until they meet their neighbor, a healthcare worker who Ruth and Kate both like a lot.

Nelson is looking for a serial killer now and somehow links it to an archaeological discovery and thinks of Ruth. Breaking all of the lockdown rules, he enlists Ruth’s help in finding out how she can help find a killer. But first, he needs to tell her that her neighbor was accused of murdering patients. While Nelson is terrified for Ruth and Kate, the secrets that come spilling out will leave you with your mouth hanging open!

Love this series!

NetGalley/ June 28th, 2022 by Mariner Books



LADY OF BONES by CAROLYN HAINES

A SARAH BOOTH DELANEY MYSTERY #24

We’re back in Mississippi with Sara Booth, Tinkie, and Jitty! It’s Halloween time and the entire gang is gathering to admire Tinkie’s new baby, Maylin, and do a bit of decorating too! But you know a good time here usually gets interrupted by a disaster.

This time it is Sara Booth’s mother’s dear friend, Frankie. Frankie is distraught and wants to hire the detectives to find her missing daughter in New Orleans. Christa is trying to when a journalism scholarship and is on to a hot story about cults. Soon after her roommate goes missing and two days later so does Christa.

So the team heads to New Orleans to find answers. Who is behind this mysterious cult that promises eternal life and youth? And what are they doing over in the Garden District talking about sacrificing women?

People of Eternity are wealthy and connected. Maybe even the police. But the ladies are determined and with the hunky detective on board, they try to stay alive long enough to find the missing girls and figure out who this mysterious Rhianna is.

It’s always a good time with Sara Booth and Jitty! That ghost kills me! Suspense, murder, and laughs make this a good read!

NetGalley/ St. Martin’s Press June 17, 2022

THE LIES I TELL by JULIE CLARK

Never con a con. Ms. Clark has given us two narrators of their lives. Meg and whatever the last name she’s using at the moment, and Kat, struggling with her writing, her relationship, and blaming Meg for all of it. A woman she doesn’t even know. But ten years ago a phone call from Meg sent Kat out on a lead that led to a life-altering trauma.

Meg has many names and many plans. She’s the ultimate con artist. But why? That is what Kat is trying to figure out.

Told in both voices, they are both playing at being honest and yet trying to get to the truth. Both for different reasons. And when Kat finally figures it all out, Meg is gone and Kat has some decisions to make.

This was much like a pretzel. Twisty and good! It was hard to keep up with all of Meg’s motivations and her cons. And she was good. Some women are content to move on after trauma. These are not those women. These are the women who are going to use every resource to get justice.

Well Done!

NetGalley/June 21st, 2022 Source Books Landmark

Fake it Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley

A reality star and a cupcake-baking football player pretend to be a couple in order to save his bakery in this sweet and sexy romance from Jamie Wesley, Fake It Till You Bake It.

A little bit of everything in this one. Romance, Reality television, sports, pretend relationships, and more.

Jada is stinging after turning down a proposal on that show that you are supposed to say yes to. Let’s just say she is now the villain in the tale. Time to go home and hide. Instead, she finds herself working at a cupcake bakery for a pro football player, Donovan.

They are in no way romantically involved. Far from it. But when the press finds her and assumes they are an item, they just go with it. It will help her reputation and promote his bakery.

Faking something has a nasty little habit of becoming reality. Sparks will fly!

NetGalley/  June 21st, 2022 by St. Martin’s Griffin


Can’t Look Away by Carola Lovering

Can't Look Away

Told in two voices, Molly and Sabrina.

We begin in 2013. Molly is 23 and finishing up her MFA and dreaming of being a writer while she waits tables and has fun with her friends. One night they talk her into coming to a bar with live music. An up-and-coming band starring lead singer Jake Danner.

Molly and Jake lock eyes and before you know it they are living together and she is in love. The man wrote a song for her. Their only real hit. But Jake has a girlfriend he hasn’t let go of yet. As in she doesn’t know they are broken up. But she is a vengeful one!

Now it’s 2022 and Molly and her husband, Hunter and their daughter Stella are living in Flynn Cove, Connecticut. Molly feels unfulfilled at her Yoga job and just doesn’t jive with the country club set. Until a woman comes into her studio and she thinks she finally has made a friend.

But Sabrina is playing the long game. She hasn’t let go of her belief that Molly ruined her chance with Jake. Imagine her surprise when she and Hunter show up to dinner and Sabrina’s hubby is Jake! Shock all around.

This isn’t what I would call a suspenseful read. Sabrina told us all along what she was doing. More like a domestic drama. HIgh School behavior at best. Everything gets wrapped up nicely but I still want to know why one of them isn’t in jail!

NetGalley/ June 14th ,2022 by St. Martin’s Press



Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

A dazzling novel about a young black woman who walks the streets of Oakland and stumbles headlong into the failure of its justice system–the debut of a blazingly original voice that “bursts at the seams of every page and swallows you whole” (Tommy Orange, best-selling author of There There)

When I saw that the author wrote this at 17 and lived on the streets of Oakland, I was floored.

The language is what I would expect from a teenager. All the feels are there.

Kiara and her brother, Marcus, live in East Oakland. A roach-infested hovel. That is all they can afford and they honestly can’t afford that. While Marcus is pretending to make a rap record, Kiara is hustling all over the dirty streets of Oakland looking for money. Their family fell apart long ago when her mom went to prison. Just teenagers themselves, Kiara also looks out for the little boy next door whose mother is an addict and never home.

After one drunk misunderstanding with a man turns into a career on the streets called night crawling. And since the johns are the cops, she is in it until they say she isn’t.

But then her name is connected to an internal investigation in the police department. A huge scandal involving officers and prostitutes.

The last thing Kiara wants is to be in any kind of limelight. She just wants to live.

This book was not pretty to read. It was raw, ugly, and made me cry and cringe quite a bit. But I am glad I read it and I hope we hear from this author again!

NetGalley/  June 7th, 2022 by Knopf Publishing Group



COLD FEAR by BRANDON WEBB & JOHN DAVID MANN

Finn Thriller #2

Finn’s search for his memory of one fateful night leads him to Iceland–only to be followed by an unhinged assassin intent on stopping him–in the riveting follow-up to Steel Fear, from the New York Times bestselling writing team Webb & Mann, combat-decorated Navy SEAL Brandon Webb and award-winning author John David Mann.

Former Navy SEAL, Finn, is a wanted man. By multiple agencies. After jumping ship from the USS Abraham Lincoln, they say he is wanted for war crimes in Yemen. Only he has no memory of that. An entire village was wiped out and Finn can’t even remember if he was there or not. But his gut tells him he was not and he needs to find out who was and who killed his buddy.

He arrives in Iceland to track members of his team who he thinks have been sent to kill him. At the same time, the local detective has murders on her hands. Iceland never has any murders and now they are popping up every day. But the one that haunts her is the girl beneath the ice. Are the other murders connected to that somehow or are some collateral damage for the insane man that really is hunting Finn down.

All Finn wants to do is confront the three men who served with him and find out what really happened. But they are pointing the finger at him. Which has him questioning himself.

Can he find the answers without dying? You will have to read it to see.

I am a big fan of these two and have read all of their books. It’s full of tension and nail-biting and they really know what they are talking about.

Great Read!

NetGalley/June 7th, 2022 by Bantam





THE WEDDING DRESS SEWING CIRCLE by JENNIFER RYAN

Three plucky women lift the spirits of home-front brides in wartime Britain, where clothes rationing leaves little opportunity for pomp or celebration–even at weddings–in this heartwarming novel based on true events, from the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.

Cressida Westcott fled her family manor many years ago. She is now a very successful designer in London and runs her design house. Until the Blitz. Bombs drop on the poor and wealthy the same way. Like so many people, she now has no place to go. Swallowing her pride she calls her niece and nephew who still live at the manor and is told she is more than welcome.

Returning with only what she had on when the bombs fell. Her niece, Violet, is thrilled her aunt has come to stay. Violet is young and about as shallow as a saucer on the surface. Her father taught her from birth that it is her job to marry well and have children.

Cressida isn’t the only thing going to the manor. So is Violet’s conscription letter. She is furious. How in the world can she find a titled husband wearing a uniform and scrubbing toilets?

Meanwhile, in the village, the vicar’s daughter, Grace, is hoping her sewing circle can help mend her mother’s wedding gown so that she can wear it at her own wedding to a much older and staid man of the cloth.

While trying to be useful Cressida and Violet both volunteer at the sewing circle and much to everyone’s surprise it’s a great fit. Cressida has connections and Grace is a worthy protege for her. As she helps them, they also help her. What woman doesn’t want a special white dress for her wedding? The ladies soon hatch a plan to get as many gowns as they can and re-make them so the war brides all feel special on their day.

Having Cressida down in the village encourages her nephew, Hugh, to come as well. And he finds he may still have feelings for the little girl who was his best friend for so long.

Oh, the power of women having to make do. That is when things get interesting. And this book was full of women getting the job done. And figuring out who they are in this new world.

Such a beautiful concept and telling of a story that made me laugh and cry!

NetGalley/: May 31st, 2022 by Ballantine Books