The LOST ORPHAN by Stacey Halls

The Lost Orphan

1754 London. Not the most pleasant time in history. And not a time kind to women. Poor Bess Bright works all day hawking shrimp to make barely enough to scrape by.

When she has a random encounter with a young man that leaves her pregnant, her only option is to give up her daughter. Leaving her at the Foundling Hospital is gut-wrenching for her. But Bess isn’t one of those mothers who won’t come back. She fully intends to come for her daughter as soon as she can. Leaving a token of half a whalebone heart her child’s father gave her, as an identifier.

Six years later and Bess goes back for her daughter only to be told that her daughter was picked up the day after arriving by a woman with the correct identifier. Distraught and confused she is determined to find her child.

I enjoyed the writing in this tale. The atmosphere was easily imagined and while it was horribly sad, it was also full of courage and the relationship between a mother and her child.

Well Done!

NetGalley/ April 7th, 2020 by MIRA

 

 

 

 

The New Husband by D.J.Palmer

The New Husband

Just because you love someone doesn’t mean you know them.

From the author of Saving Meghan comes the new domestic suspense tale.

Nina’s husband disappeared 18 months ago. Is he dead or did he run off with a woman? No one really knows. She and their two children are not adjusting well when Simon, a middle school teacher enters their lives.

13-year-old Maggie hates Simon while Nina is letting him control her life.

I’m stopping right here. The 13-year-old and I figured out in Chapter One that this was another sociopathic person and a grown woman who is a social worker but couldn’t see what was right in front of her until her daughter almost dies.

Unfortunately, it was pretty much the standard template of domestic suspense without the suspense.

NetGalley/ April 14th, 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

Murder at Enderley Hall by Helena Dixon

Murder at Enderley Hall (A Miss Underhay Mystery #2)

A Miss Underhay Mystery #2

It’s the summer of 1933 and Kitty Underhay is still reeling from all of the things that happened at The Dolphin. Where her long-absent and a very criminal father has come and gone in a cloud of suspicion.

But the one good thing to come out of it all is finding out she has family! Hoping it may bring her more information on her mother, who went missing in 1916, Kitty happily accepts her cousin’s request to come to Enderley Hall and stay a bit. Get to know the aunt and uncle and maybe have a bit of fun.

Kitty and her maid, Alice, feel something is off the minute they enter the home. Everyone is twitchy and no one seems to know anything about her mother or the visit she paid them just before she disappeared.  Nanny Thoms remembers though and she gives Kitty just a snippet here and there before she is found at the bottom of the kitchen stairs.

Important papers are missing, people are being murdered and thank goodness Matt arrives to help investigate what is going on.

This is the second in the series and I enjoyed it just as much! Matt and Kitty are such strong characters and I can’t wait for more of their adventures!

NetGalley/ March 19th, 2020 by Bookoture

 

 

 

 

 

THE FINAL DECEPTION by HEATHER GRAHAM

The Final Deception

New York Confidential #5

How do you confront a threat that is hiding in plain sight? FBI agent Craig Frasier and psychologist Kieran Finnegan hunt an escaped serial killer in the latest explosive thriller in the New York Confidential series.

The gruesome murders confessed to by the killer called the Fireman have left their mark on Kieran and Craig.

Even locked away his name and his story are chilling. When Kieran is asked to consult with the man to see if he is insane or just plain evil, she is not prepared for the man she meets. 

But just days later there is another body. With the same MO and in a bizarre turn of events our serial killer escapes from prison and is now on the loose. While the body count rises, Craig and Kieran may be in the most danger as they chase an escaped killer and try to unravel a web of lies, greed and straight-up crazy!

Graham never fails to give us a good, twisty, thriller of a tale! This was like trying to untangle a Rubick’s Cube! So many threads to pull at and everyone had me thinking, “Oh, yeah, he did it. ” And every time I was wrong.

Well Done!

NetGalley/ March 31st, 2020 by MIRA

 

 

THE WEDDING DRESS CHRISTMAS by RACHEL HAUCK

The Wedding Dress Christmas (The Wedding Collection)

It’s December in my favorite town of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. Snow, twinkling Christmas lights.

Jojo Castle is back home vowing never to leave again after her life of adventure in the big city did not work as planned.

Buck Mathews has taken the country music scene with some great music and a megawatt smile. He’s riding high. Until he receives news of his mother’s illness and once again Buck is back home as well.

Although JoJo works with her cousin Haley in The Wedding Shop, she herself has no plans for love.  Until Buck shows up. Her high school crush arrives in town and she starts having feelings.

Buck is a successful and busy man who left his friends and family for fortune and fame. And he thought that was enough. Until he sees JoJo and is thinking there may be more important things. Such as love.

Will they be able to meet in the middle? Maybe with a little help from Christmas, a special wedding dress and maybe a nudge from above.

Rachel Hauck’s books are not a genre I am known to read. She is my guilty pleasure. From the second I begin to read I’m transported to a place where love exists, people are kind and miracles do happen. If you haven’t read one, well, why not?

This one is out now and I highly recommend it!

NetGalley/ October 18th, 2019 by Rachel Hauck Inc

 

 

 

 

 

A Forgotten Murder by JUDE DEVERAUX

A Forgotten Murder (Medlar Mystery, #3)

A Medlar Mystery #3

An English manor home, an unsolved mystery, too many suspects to count… It’s the perfect holiday for romance novelist Sara Medlar.

Let me begin by saying if you haven’t read the first two books in this series you will want to do so quickly after you read this one!

Ms.Deveraux is a master at storytelling. As well as creating the best characters.

A little backstory for you.

Sara Medlar is a successful romance writer from Florida. Her partners in meddling are her niece Kate and her godson, Jack.

Soon after solving a couple of murders in their own town, Sara has decided they need a holiday. An old friend of hers in England owns an enormous estate with a rich and sketchy past. Now, it is a hotel but closes in March for the neverending repairs and renovations such as an old place needs. A perfect time for a visit from the woman who bankrolled the renovations.

Sara has also invited a number of other people and Kate and Jack are puzzled and know immediately that she is up to something. But what? Is she writing a book? Doing research? Or is it something more dangerous?

When the motley crew arrives, Sara lets them in on why they have been summoned.

Decades ago, this group was here in this house when two people ran off and were never heard from again. Sara intends to uncover what happened to the couple by casting the group in a Hercule Poirot type of theatrical event.

What the group doesn’t know is…no, I’m not spoiling it for you! Suffice it to say that no one is what they say they are and you will not believe the ending! This time our author, Sara, may not live to write the tale!

The characters in this were brilliantly done. I love Sara, Jack, and Kate. The secondary characters were awful at first glance but in the end, my heart hurt for a few.

I absolutely adored this one!

NetGalley/ March 10th, 2020 by MIRA

THE RED LOTUS by CHRIS BOHJALIAN

The Red Lotus

“Set amidst the adrenaline-fueled world of the emergency room, The Red Lotus is a global thriller about those who dedicate their lives to saving people, and those who peddle death to the highest bidder.”

Alexis is an ER Doctor. She’s seen plenty of strange things and people. One Saturday night she meets a man named Austin who has a bullet in his shoulder. Details are sketchy and the man waiting for him is a bit off too. Turns out some crazy guy walked into a bar and just started shooting.

About six months later they are in love, not living together but already traveling to Vietnam on a bicycle tour with his friends. Alexis is not there for cycling. She is there to support her boyfriend on this particular tour where his uncle died and his father was wounded.

Then Austin doesn’t come home. The only sign of him an energy gel pack on the road. When his body turns up, Alexis wants answers. What has Austin done? Besides lie and lie really well? For one he has left her in danger and not only her. The world.

Okay, so that’s the story. Scary premise but plausible. I just could not get into this one. I skimmed more that I read.

NetGalley/Doubleday Books March 17, 2020