LAST NIGHT by KERRY WILKINSON *Release Day*

Last Night

It’s the early hours of the morning and Rose Denton wakes up behind the steering wheel of her car. She’s off the road, through a hedge and in a field. It’s dark and she isn’t hurt. No injury. No blood.

However when she steps out of the car, a bit groggy and unstable, she finds blood on the hood and windshield of her car. No damage to the car. Nothing lying dead or injured on the ground. Just blood on the car. But just how did she get here? The last thing she remembers is going to bed in a hotel where she had a business meeting.

Deciding to just go home, no matter the hour, when she sees a call from her husband, Dan saying their daughter hasn’t come home.

After cleaning up her car and seriously questioning her sanity, she finds out her daughter’s boyfriend is missing. And then odd things keep happening.  This was a pretty good case of gaslighting!

I really felt sorry for Rose. Trying to separate from a man she doesn’t even have feelings for. Re-living past tragedies, Rose will have to face her own past head on before she loses everything.

A nail biter to the end!

NetGalley/Bookouture March 28, 2018

THE EASTER MAKE BELIEVERS By Finn Bell

The Easter Make Believers

When an innocent family is taken hostage in their home no one is ready for how fast it all goes terribly wrong. As the close knit community of small town Lawrence reels from the shock, detectives Nick Cooper and Tobe White stand among the dead bodies knowing that it’s not over. Because while grateful that at least the two young daughters survived unscathed, they now know that their father is still missing, somehow impossibly vanishing from a house surrounded by police. The mystery deepens as Nick and Tobe realize that they know every gunman lying dead here – because up to last night they were the leaders of the biggest criminal gang in the country. As the desperate search and rescue mission starts it soon collides with their own challenging investigation leading them into the centre of a deeper, older tragedy. Where they begin to learn just how far someone will go for those he truly, dearly hates.

Set in New Zealand during a late snowstorm, which has its own voice in the book, Nick and Tobe are called to a scene that goes from bad to worse. A family being held hostage in their own home. And Nick recognizes them all as a family of gang members. Why are a bunch of gang members here in this tiny town with a family tied up and held hostage?

When snipers take out the targets inside, an explosion is set off and the father and one of the known gang members is missing. Where did they go?

As Nick and Tobe strike out to find where the tunnel went and where the missing men went, the storm hits. Stuck in blizzard conditions and having no luck finding them, they duck into a mine entrance and that is where everything is turned upside down and the author leaves us with our mouths hanging open! Plot Twist!

A really great thriller! Well Done Mr. Bell!

 

 

The Single Girl’s Calendar by Erin Green

The Single Girl's Calendar: A fantastic, feel-good Rom Com

A task a day to cure a broken heart.

Esmé Peel is approaching thirty with some trepidation, but hope in her heart. If she can just get her long-term boyfriend Andrew to propose, she will have ticked everything off her ‘things to do by the time you’re 30′ list. She didn’t reckon on finding another woman’s earring in her bed however, and soon she finds herself single, homeless and in need of a new plan. Her best friend Carys gives her the perfect present – The Single Girl’s Calendar – which has a different cure for heartbreak every day:

Day 1: Look and feel fabulous with a new hair style.

Day 2: Step out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Day 3: Reconnect with friends and enjoy!

Despite thinking it’s a bit of a gimmick, Esmé hasn’t got any better ideas, so she puts the plan into action. By the end of week one she has four new male housemates, and despite a broken heart she is determined to show Andrew she can do more than survive, she can thrive.

This was a fun read! Esme’ may be a bit addicted to her routine and her long-range plans, but when she finds another woman’s earring in her bed she does not hesitate to walk out that door and move on.

As fate steps in along with the calendar, she finds herself trying her hardest to stick with the daily activities and step outside of her comfort zone.

I don’t think there was a character in this lovely tale that I did not like! They were each so unique and each added something to Esme’s new-found confidence.

Call it Chick Lit, call it Fluff, it put a smile on my face the entire time I read it!

Thanks to Aria/Netgalley     Release date is January 1st

Bones To Pick by Linda Lovely

Book 1 in the Brie Hooker Mystery Series (Henery Press)

Bones to Pick, A Brie Hooker Mystery  #1

Living on a farm with four hundred goats and a cantankerous carnivore isn’t among vegan chef Brie Hooker’s list of lifetime ambitions. But she can’t walk away from her Aunt Eva, who needs help operating her dairy. Once she calls her aunt’s goat farm home, grisly discoveries offer ample inducements for Brie to employ her entire vocabulary of cheese-and-meat curses. The troubles begin when the farm’s pot-bellied pig unearths the skull of Eva’s husband, who disappeared years back. The sheriff, kin to the deceased, sets out to pin the murder on Eva. He doesn’t reckon on Brie’s resolve to prove her aunt’s innocence. Death threats, ruinous pedicures, psychic shenanigans, and biker bar fisticuffs won’t stop Brie from unmasking the killer, even when romantic befuddlement throws her a curve. 

Poor Brie! A Vegan on a goat farm!  This was a first for me with this author. Now that I know she also has another suspense series, it won’t be the last.

With a cast of characters that include Brie, the vegan chef, and her twin aunts who own the Udderly Kidding Dairy, her mom and dad, the handsome vet, the hot moonshine seller, the interesting Mollye ( with an e) this southern mystery was a very fun read.

The characters are well-developed and all had strong presences. The story begins as one of the aunts unexpectedly dies. Brie moves in with her Aunt Eva to help her with the farm and we don’t have to wait long for the bodies!

At the funeral a skull is unearthed by a pot-bellied pig and the action is non-stop from there.

Brie has her hands full trying to clear her aunts name and keep up with hundreds of goats while she tries to keep from getting killed!

I can’t wait for the next one in this series.

Netgalley/HeneryPress/Release Date is October 24, 2017

 

MACRAME’ MURDER: A Cora Crafts Mystery by Mollie Cox Bryan *Congratulations Mollie*

Macramé Murder (Cora Crafts Mystery #3)

As the head of a bustling crafting retreat, Cora Chevalier could use a break of her own. So she and her creative cohorts temporarily swap small-town Indigo Gap for the Sea Glass Island Craft Retreat, where they teach classes and create beachy crafts like shell mosaics and sea glass chimes. Cora and her boyfriend Adrian are enchanted by their surroundings—especially the stunning wedding and blissful newlyweds they encounter on the beach. But awe becomes shock when the bride turns up dead the next day . . .

The woman’s death appears to be the result of a severe jellyfish sting. But when it’s revealed that she was murdered and Adrian becomes a suspect, Cora must hitch the real culprit to the crime—and fast. Because it just might take everything she has to crack a case more twisted than her most complex macramé knot!

This is the third in the Cora Crafts Series and I think the best one of all! The setting is gorgeous, an island retreat set among beaches of sea glass and possible mermaids.

But when Adrian is hauled in for questioning, Cora realizes she really doesn’t know that much about his past. But she does know he is not a murderer! And when she starts asking questions it turns out that not every one is who or what they say they are!

When Adrian disappears leaving his wrist monitor behind, Cora and Jane shift into high gear to find out who is behind the murders and who has her boyfriend! And hopefully she won’t be next on the hit list!

Mermaids, Psychics, Drug Dealers and More! All tied up into a very satisfying ending!

Cora is such a relatable character. She suffers from anxiety and panic attacks like so many of us here do and it makes her that much more loveable.

Netgalley/Kensington   August 29, 2017

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PLANT BASED COOKBOOK BY TRISH SEBBEN-KRUPKA

Plant-Based Cookbook: Good for Your Heart, Your Health, and Your Life; 200 Whole-food Recipes by [Sebben-Krupka, Trish]

The other day I had an appointment on the other side of the city so I dropped in on the new library they recently completed in that neighborhood.  It was very well planned out and easy to find everything you wanted. And that is where I found this cookbook. Usually I will find Vegan, Paleo,Keto,Dash,Atkins and on and on but rarely do I find a strictly plant-based one.

I was pretty excited and then I got pretty unexcited. Whenever I get to the section on Tofu, Tempeh and Seitan my eyes glaze over and I’m like…Meh. Soy and I do not get along well. At all. The reason I don’t eat meat is because of the texture, plus I could never kill anything, well except for that coyote who was stealing my chickens that one time. But back to the soy. I don’t want to make pretend meat. I don’t like Tofu. And soy milk makes my boobs grow a cup size overnight, and it tastes like a petroleum product to me.

Needless to say the book wasn’t a winner with me. I like my food in the simplest form possible. If a recipe has more than 9 ingredients, I’m not cooking it. I did find one good risotto recipe in there, now I just need the 3 different types of mushrooms to make it.

My philosophy now is that plant eaters don’t really need a cookbook. You know what you want to eat or in my case, because of my Celiac and Crohn’s, it’s what I can eat that doesn’t cause me pain and bloating for days.

Try it out and you may just like it. It just didn’t make the cut for me.

THE GOOD DAUGHTER BY KARIN SLAUGHTER

The Good Daughter: A Novel by [Slaughter, Karin]

The stunning new novel from the international #1 bestselling author  a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…

There will probably never be a rabbit hole that I won’t follow Karin down. First she is a fellow Georgia girl and second she has a gift for storytelling that leaves you biting your fingernails all the way to the end!

This one is no different. The events 28 years ago have shaped each of the individuals involved in different ways. Even their memories of that night are different and we hear more about them as the story goes from present day to that tragic night.

There are so many plot twists in this book, I was constantly saying, ” Wait..What??” And I would never have seen that ending coming! Coming from small town Georgia myself, I can attest to the fact that your business is every one’s business. And it’s not what you know it’s who you know and who is keeping secrets and what they do with that information.

There is violence against women and children in this book. It is raw and sometimes painful to read. Regardless, I could not put it down once I started it. There is enough of the truth in the story to make it feel real and scary and a whole lot of other emotions.

Thanks again for the wild ride!