THE SANATORIUM by SARAH PEARSE

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Detective Elin Warner #1

The first thing you should know about this book is that it is her first novel! I found that so hard to believe.

The cover alone had me pushing the buy now button. A Sanatorium? Yes, please.

Le Sommet in the Swiss Alps is surrounded by forests and mountains. Its building is intimidating and austere. What you would expect from an old sanatorium, complete with stories of abuse, and of course rumors. The locals never wanted it to be open again. But that did not happen. It has been turned into a hotel with a bit of the macabre left behind.

Elin is taking some time off of work due to her last case. Still haunted by that and the death of her brother as a child. Her memories become nightmares and as hard as she tries she can’t let go of the feeling her brother Isaac may have killed their brother.

Isaac is getting married now and his fiancee is a manager at the new hotel. Laure seems nice and Elin wonders if she knows what she is getting into with Isaac.

Elin gets a bad vibe from the hotel and the area surrounding it. Will tries to convince her to relax and let things go but Elin isn’t that type of woman. The next day not only brings treacherous snowstorms, locking everyone into the hotel, but Laure is also missing. And then they find a body in the snow. And another in the pool. Everyone is sketchy and a suspect. I suspected every one of them at some point.

This is one of those tense, panic attack-inducing thrill rides. You could feel the walls closing in. And from the looks of that ending, we will see more of Elin. I can’t wait.

Outstanding Job.

THE INFAMOUS Frankie Lorde by Brtany Geragotelis

Stealing Greenwich (The Infamous Frankie Lorde, #1)

The Lordes Taketh, Stealing Greenwich, a new series in the YA genre.

Frankie Lorde has a great dad. She loves him and he loves her. They are a team. A team of jewel thieves to be precise.

Learning from her dad has given her a skill set not every girl has. Like lock picking and spotting the cops or stealing valuable cars and jewels. But every thing eventually must end and this ends with daddy in prison and Frankie sent to live with her uncle. The Cop. Now she has to learn a new set of life-skills. How to fit in at middle school, how to act her age.

She is also living in the affluent town of Greenwich, which for her is like living in a candy store. She still sees the chasm between the haves and the have-nots and that gives her an idea… but will it be a good idea or a bad one?

This is the first in a new series that I know my 6th grader loved. Frankie is a cool character and we liked her a lot.

A BAD DAY FOR SUNSHINE by DARYNDA JONES

A Bad Day for Sunshine (Sunshine Vicram, #1)

Sunshine Vicram #1

Sheriff Sunshine Vicram finds her cup o’ joe more than half full when the small village of Del Sol, New Mexico, becomes the center of national attention for a kidnapper on the loose.

Del Sol, New Mexico. Hometown of Sunshine Vicram, the newly elected Sheriff who didn’t even know she was in the running. On her first day on the job, she sees a missing rooster report, a flasher, and an escaped inmate and a missing teenager. 

Returning to Del Sol also means facing her past and protecting her own teenaged daughter, Auri. Although new in town, Auri has spent summers with her grandparents there and knows a few people. But the one who befriended her first is Sybil. Only now Sybil is missing, another boy goes missing and a snowstorm is hindering everything.

With help from not one but two sizzling hot guys. One, a man from her past who still makes her insides gooey and one a hot U.S. Marshall.

There were so many side plots and things going on you couldn’t blink or you would miss a clue! This book was both heartbreaking and hilarious. Who can do that??? This new series is one to watch! I absolutely loved this story and look forward to more!

April 7th, 2020 by St. Martin’s Press/ NetGalley

 

 

 

A BIDDER END by ELLERY ADAMS and PARKER RIGGS

A Bidder End (Antiques & Collectibles Mysteries Book 7) by [Adams, Ellery, Riggs, Parker]

A brand-new book in the Antiques & Collectibles Mystery Series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ellery Adams and Parker Riggs.

In the world of antiques and collectibles, it helps to have a sharp eye for quality, a good ear for gossip, and a nose for murder.

Molly Appleby is back at work writing for the Collector’s Weekly. Up first, an auction of antiques from a retired actor whose young new wife doesn’t want to live with old things in her house, well except for said rich husband.

Molly is thrilled her friend was chosen to host the auction. It would really boost his name recognition and hopefully make a boatload of money for his business. And it doesn’t hurt that he is dating the actors secretary.

As Molly covers the auction she is taking in not only the antiques but some pretty odd behavior from some of the players.

Molly has a nose for antiques and odd behavior and when her friend turns up dead even the police know she is going to dig as deep as she has to in order to prove it was murder.

There were so many shady characters hiding in plain sight in this first of a new series. It was hard to narrow down who had the best motive. And the more she digs the more she finds out her friend wasn’t the nice guy she thought. When the killer begins targeting Molly she digs her feet in harder. But who would want Molly dead? Or is someone playing cat and mouse with her?

I am thrilled to see this new series. The characters were smart and believable, the plot could have been pulled from the headlines and it all came together perfectly. As a good cozy should!

NetGalley Beyond The Page Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

Survival of the Fritters by Ginger Bolton

Survival of the Fritters (Deputy Donut Mystery #1)

A Deputy Donut Mystery #1  First in a Series

Emily Westhill runs the best donut shop in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, alongside her retired police chief father-in-law and her tabby Deputy Donut. But after murder claims a favorite customer, Emily can’t rely on a sidekick to solve the crime—or stay alive.

Emily, a former 911 operator, loves owning her own donut business with her father-in-law, retired Chief of Police. After the death of her husband, she left her 911 job and opened a donut shop named for her Tabby, Dep. things are progressing well when one of Emily’s regular customers, Georgia, fails to show up for her Knitters group her friends are worried and so is Emily. When they go to check on her they find her dead in her home surrounded by stale donuts.

By coincidence maybe, Georgia’s son was murdered just 5 years ago and his killer has never been found. Along with her new neighbor and friend, she investigates on her own to prove neither she nor Lois could have done this.

With clues that make no sense, this could be the end of their partnership and the end of them, if they don’t find out who the killer is.

Emily and her father-in-law are really good characters. Fallingbrook is full of interesting people and some shady characters. This is a really good beginning of a new series and I hope we will see more soon! Oh and and there are recipes in the back! Even a penuche one!

Out now.

Strange Practice: A Greta Helsing Novel by Vivian Shaw

Strange Practice (Dr. Greta Helsing, #1)

Meet Greta Helsing, fast-talking doctor to the undead. Keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well in London has been her family’s specialty for generations.

Greta Helsing inherited the family’s highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. In her consulting rooms, Dr. Helsing treats the undead for a host of ills – vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta’s been groomed for since childhood.

Until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life.

As the first in this new urban fantasy genre featuring Dr. Greta Helsing, this was quite unlike any I had read before. Yes, the Helsing is from the Van Helsing, but instead of hunting down vampires and sending them to the great beyond, Greta is a physician to the undead. Vampires, Vampyres ( yes there is a difference), ghouls, banshees, demons, mummies,werewolves, you name it and she probably treats it.

The core group of  undead in the book are a colorful and mostly likeable group. When one of their own is attacked and is unable to heal himself, Greta is called in. He has been stabbed with an odd cross-shaped blade containing some type of poison.

There are  a few things going on here at the same time. A killer is loose in London, leaving bodies with cheap rosaries in their mouths. What do these murders have to do with the rogue group of monks murdering undead and human? And what kind of power do these so-called monks have with their weird glowing eyes and murderous ways?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and all of the characters. Greta was a bit of a hard one to read in the beginning but by the middle I was enjoying each and every one of them. I mean who knew there were little ghoulettes? Baby ghouls! And making functioning limbs for mummies. There was a lot of fun reading going on with this one and having read the tease for the next one, I will be reading it too!

Well done Ms. Shaw!