#BookReview: In Her Eyes by Sarah Alderson

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Reviewer: Serena Soape

Date of Release: November 14, 2019

Summary:

You’re at home with your family. You think you’re safe. You’re wrong…

Ava’s life is the kind other people envy: loving husband; great kids; beautiful house. Until the night that a violent home invasion plunges her world into chaos.

In the aftermath of the attack, Ava needs answers to two questions. Who has targeted her family? And why?

But things aren’t adding up. She is starting to suspect that someone knows more than they are letting on. That everything she thought she knew about the people closest to her was a lie.

Ava needs to know what happened that night. And to do that she must decide who she can really trust. Because she’s about to discover that her family is in more danger than she ever imagined…

For fans of Rachel Abbott, Laura Marshall and Cara Hunter, IN HER EYES is a brilliantly twisty thriller about the secrets that lie behind a seemingly perfect life.

 

Review

Sarah Alderson had me hooked from the moment I picked up “In Her Eyes”.

What a cast of characters this novel had…From Ava to Robert to June to Hannah and so many more….. they were all instrumental in the story.  I truly couldn’t tell you my favorite.

I was in awe of the books ending! The twists and turns along the way we’re immense, so many I just never saw coming.

This was my first novel by this author.

If you want to read a thriller that you will not be able to put down, then this book is perfect for you!

I highly recommend “In Her Eyes”! Looking forward to the next Sarah Alderson Book! Sign me up!

I received the ARC of this book from the author in exchange for fair and honest review.

5 Stars.

#BookReview: A Rocky Divorce by Matt Coleman

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Reviewer: Phyllis Jones Pisanelli

Date of Release: December 11, 2019

Summary:

Raquel “Rocky” Champagnolle is an antisocialite. Swift-thinking. Stiff-drinking. Quick with a joke between Cape Cods, but would rather get lost in a book than a nightclub. Nevertheless, when divorce leaves her stripped bare of everything except wit and a winning smile, Rocky does the unthinkable. She joins the Junior League of Texarkana.

Brimming with blondes, the Junior League affords Rocky the opportunity to sip cocktails and make fun of wealthy people. She even starts to eye-roll her way into a little philanthropy until Junior League matriarch Waverly St. Laurent insults Rocky’s weight. After that, Rocky refuses to put her skills to use solving a string of home invasions plaguing Texarkana’s wealthiest benefactors. Instead, she channels her contempt into spurning the usual Junior League fundraising efforts in favor of transforming a pack of soccer moms into drug dealers.

But then Waverly St. Laurent mistakes her husband for the home invader and shoots him dead. And Rocky finds all the inspiration she needs to awaken her greatest talent. Not solving mysteries. Spite. When Rocky’s finished, Waverly St. Laurent may find herself guilty of killing her husband to cover up a string of decades-old murders. In addition to her greatest crime: fat-shaming Rocky Champagnolle.

Review:

LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY!

“A Rocky Divorce” by Matt Coleman is a worthwhile read. Personally, I found the beginning of the book a little slow. Looking back, I think it was necessary to get to know Rocky, the main character. 

Rocky whose real name is Raquel is a rather brash young woman not afraid to speak her true feelings. She doesn’t hold back! Rocky is an elementary school teacher who gets herself involved in solving crimes and problems. She is so irreverent she mercilessly tickles the funny bone. 

Matt Coleman takes you on a rollercoaster ride with his first book in a new series. You will want to jump in and enjoy the ride. I can’t wait for the next installment to see what Rocky is going to do next.

You’re gonna love her! 

4 Stars.

#BookReview: Now That You’ve Gone by Fiona Gartland

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Reviewer: Annie Horsky McDonnell

Date of Release: October 19, 2019

Summary:

“I’ve witnessed many sordid things in my life. As a stenographer at the Criminal Courts of Justice, I thought I’d seen how low a human being might stoop. But one week into O’Malley v O’Malley and I’d decided there was nothing uglier than a bitter break-up.”

Stenographer Beatrice Barrington is back and working in the family law courts in Dublin when a friend seeks her help. Georgina O’Donnell’s husband, Andrew Dalton, has been murdered and the gardaí are keeping her in the dark. Georgina thinks Beatrice might be able to find some answers through her friend, retired detective Gabriel Ingram.

There has been a rift between Beatrice and Gabriel, but she agrees to do what she can. She contacts him and discovers he now has a lodger in Number 9, Oxmantown Road – a young woman with her own secrets.

Together Beatrice and Gabriel begin to uncover Andrew Dalton’s past. Then a stranger who says he is an old friend of Andrew’s appears and claims that the dead man owed him money. The pressure becomes too much for Georgina, and Beatrice finds herself trying to protect her friend and her family.

But who is she protecting them from?

Review:

Of course, I was enamored with Fiona Gartland’s novel “Now That You’ve Gone”, being that it is a story based in Dublin, Ireland. My favorite place on earth! She truly took me on a trip while I read her story and that was glorious.

Only this story was much more the beautiful city of Dublin, it was a story wrapped up in a dead man, court room drama, and two girlfriends trying to sort it all out.

It was intriguing, inviting and; dare I say, even a bit fun to read! They’re were twists I did not expect!

This is the second book in the series, but could definitely be read as a stand alone. I know I would thoroughly enjoy Book 1. Fiona Gartland is a gifted story teller!

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

4 Stars.

 

#BookReview & #Giveaway: Hounds of the Basket Stitch (Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries #11) by Anne Canadeo

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Reviewer: Serena Soape

Release Date: October 29, 2019

Giveaway: Autographed Print Copy. Please leave comment below by Sun., Nov. 3, 2019 to qualify.

Summary:

The Black Sheep Knitters come to the aid of two sisters–one a victim and one a suspect . . .

Maggie Messina knows that knitting is not only enjoyable, it also calms both the mind and soul. She’s happy to visit two sisters, Holly and Rose Piper, and teach them some simple stitches, while the rest of the Black Sheep knitters tag along. Dana Haeger has known the young women since they were children and is the closest thing to family the Pipers now have. Dana is especially concerned about Rose, who has been easily overwhelmed ever since a car accident many years ago. She is at her best managing the houseful of hounds that she rescues and shelters, while Holly runs the family nursery and remains devoted to Rose’s care. The lesson goes well, but the knitters are troubled about the sisters living alone in such a remote corner of Plum Harbor.

Their worst fears are realized when Holly is attacked in her greenhouse and the building set ablaze. Rose is found unconscious nearby, her dogs running wild. When she wakes, her memory is blank. Holly is hospitalized and unable to offer even a clue. The Black Sheep suspect a mysterious drifter who had talked his way into a few days of wages, and just as quickly, disappeared. Or was it their estranged stepbrother, Toby, full of family grievances and eager to make a claim on the estate? Or, heaven forbid . . . was it Rose? Hovering over all these questions like an ominous shadow is a dark secret from the sisters’ past.

While it seems everything is unraveling, the knitters will need to keep their wits as sharp as their needles to prove Rose’s innocence and stop a killer from striking again.

Review:

Anne Canadeo “Hounds of the Basket Stitch” is a charming, cute, and entertaining novel that involves one of my favorite things……… dogs. So, you cannot go wrong!

The mystery of the story was not only captivating; it kept me wanting to turn the pages because of all of the twists! I never knew what was coming next.

Along with the mystery, there is so much more involved in the story; such as, family, friendship and even, a serendipitous romance. I especially loved the knitting group, the doggie rescue and the Bonus Recipes..shhh! Not sure if I should’ve told you about that.

I was totally enthralled and anxious to find out – whodunnit?

This was the first book I read by Anne Canadeo, but will be adding more to my TBR list.

I’m hooked!

I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review

5 Stars.

#BookReview: Crescent City Moon: Crescent City Series: Book 1 by Nola Nash

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Reviewer: Phyllis Jones Pisanelli

Release Date: October 30, 2019

Summary:

Things put underground in New Orleans don’t often stay there. Even things that should – like bodies, and secrets.

How do you fight an enemy you can’t see that can kill on a whim? In 1820s New Orleans, on the eve of her twenty-first birthday, Zéolie Cheval discovers the mangled body of her father murdered in his bed and a maniacal voice haunting the recesses of her mind. When the priest sent to comfort her is killed while the house is swarming with police, Zéolie becomes entangled in a web of mystery that takes her from the French Quarter, to the Ursuline Convent in the Ninth Ward, and deep into the Louisiana swamps.

Officer Louis Saucier, who is losing his heart to Zéolie and his grip on logical reality, helps her find the pieces to her puzzle. The mother superior of the Ursulines offers assistance from a mediumistic nun and a voodoo priestess, blurring the lines between the spiritual and the supernatural. After opening the family crypt to find it uninhabited, Zéolie realizes that her father lied about her mother’s death – amongst other things. Now, Zéolie must to come to terms with magic she inherited from her grandmother and the price that comes with it.

Step inside the magic and mystery of the 1820s French Quarter to see if an unlikely menagerie can help Zéolie take down a murderous maniac while she shields the officer she loves. Can she harness powers she didn’t know she had? Or, will she make the ultimate sacrifice?


Review:

“Crescent City Moon” by Nola Nash is scary and sinister just in time for the Halloween season.

If you have ever been to New Orleans, you may want to read this novel. I found myself constantly looking up places on the map to see if they were the ones I remembered. The hotel where we stayed, the convent and the cemeteries we visited were all mentioned in the story. I had a great time reading this book.

Nola told of the old religion that was practiced in new Orleans years ago and is still in existence today. I remember the voodoo shops we walked by and now I know more about spells and witches. This book messed with my dreams and sleep and I’m looking forward to a good night of sleep!

It scared me too pieces and not sure when I’ll be ready to read more like this but, maybe there was a spell cast by Nola (NOLA) while reading her book and I won’t be able to resist. 

4 Stars.

 

#BookReview, #Excerpt & #Giveaway: Viable Hostage by Audrey J. Cole

51B21276-4A6B-42DE-9099-1EE036E829F4Reviewer: Phyllis Jones Pisanelli

Release Date: October 28,

Summary:

Detective Blake Stephenson of the Seattle Homicide Unit teams up with Sergeant Wade McKinnon in Audrey J. Cole’s medical thriller, Viable Hostage, the new action-packed novel in her Emerald City Thriller series.

When McKinnon’s niece, Malorie, witnesses her best friend and roommate leave a campus bar with a mystery date driving a silver Mercedes, she suspects foul play, especially when Lani fails to return home the next day. Both women, med students in their final year at Elliott Bay University, have a lot riding on the line, but due to Lani’s wild past, no one in her family is worried. When Malorie’s fears for her roommate deepen, however, she turns to her Uncle Wade.

Within 48 hours after Lani goes missing, the partial remains of a brutally murdered young woman wash up on Alki Beach, and a human hand is found in a crab pot off Bainbridge Island. When one of the bodies is identified as a pregnant, fourth-year medical student, Wade believes there’s a connection with Lani’s disappearance. And, that they might be looking for a serial killer.

Malorie suspects Lani’s kidnapper is someone they know, possibly even one of their professors at the university, a prominent Seattle anesthesiologist whose wife is the president of EBU. But when Stephenson discovers evidence that links another suspect to the professor’s Mercedes, he and Wade must act fast to attempt a wild rescue in the middle of Puget Sound.

REVIEW:

If you’re like me and like anything medical, you will enjoy Viable Hostage by Audrey J Cole. There were a few surprises in this book that I didn’t see coming.

This book kept my interest and kept my mind busy trying to figure out who the culprit was. There were a few characters who had motive and there were some who may have had a motive so, the were many times during the story I was on the edge of my seat.

This was not a very long book. The author did not take you on a lot of dead end excursions. She is precise and to the point when she tells her story. You never feel like you want to tell her to hurry up and get on with what’s important. I liked that!
Viable Hostage would be a great book to curl up with on a gloomy rainy day!

I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

4 Stars.

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The lights were on when Malorie opened the door to her apartment. Had she left them on? She couldn’t remember.
She set her bag on the kitchen table and looked around the apartment. Something was off, but she wasn’t sure what. There was a faint smell she didn’t recognize. Nothing appeared out of place, but she had a creeping feeling someone had been inside her apartment.
She went to Lani’s room and turned on the light. It was the same mess it always was. She crossed the hall and stood in the doorway to her own room. It was perfectly neat. Her bed was still made from yesterday morning, since she’d slept on the couch the night before.
She felt a chill when she returned to the living room. Her eyes moved toward their large window and the rain that spilled onto the floor under the opened windowpane. She moved across the room and pulled the window shut. She looked down at the fast-moving traffic five stories below.
Like the lights in the apartment, she couldn’t remember opening the window. But she did open it from time to time. And she hadn’t exactly been clear minded since Lani disappeared. Still, she wondered if she should call her uncle. Although she couldn’t waste his time when she wasn’t even sure she hadn’t opened it herself.
She turned from the window and scanned the apartment’s main living space. It didn’t leave many places for an intruder to hide. She was sure she was alone. Plus, being on the fifth floor, there was no way someone could’ve gotten in through the open window. Maybe she was growing paranoid from her lack of sleep. If she wanted to pass her midterm tomorrow, she needed to get some rest.
Malorie turned off the living room lights before heading to her room. She changed into sweats and crawled into bed. After two hours, she found herself staring at the ceiling, unable to will herself to fall asleep. She rolled over and checked the time on her phone. It was almost two a.m.
She threw back her covers and crossed the hall to Lani’s room. She climbed into her roommate’s unmade bed and lay her head atop Lani’s pillow. When she smelled the familiar scent of Lani’s perfume, she smiled.
Malorie turned on the lamp on Lani’s bedside table and opened the textbook that lay on the nightstand. She pulled out the ultrasound photo and rolled onto her back. She traced her finger across the tiny form. Barely noticing the tears that escaped down her cheeks, she set the ultrasound photo back on the nightstand before turning out the light. She continued to think about her fun-loving friend until she was finally overcome by sleep.

There was something evil in the way he had looked at her. He was dangerous. Psychotic. Malorie could see it in his eyes. Those cold, dark eyes. He was chasing her.
Malorie ran faster, with so much adrenaline she didn’t feel the ache in her legs or the burn in her lungs as she gasped for air. She could feel him getting closer. Hear the sound of his boots scrape against the pavement behind her. He’s going to kill me.
She felt him close in behind her. A sharp pain ripped through her arm as he grabbed her and drew her close to him with tremendous strength. Malorie opened her mouth to scream as she was awakened by the sound of her alarm.
She wasn’t being chased. She was in Lani’s room. She sat up in her roommate’s bed, sweating through her t-shirt and breathing hard.
She silenced her alarm, flooded simultaneously with relief that it was just a dream and the familiar dread that her best friend was missing and possibly never coming back.

……Thank you Audrey J. cole

#BookReview & #HolidayReads: The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street (Tradd Street #6) by Karen White

Reviewer: Phyllis Jones Pisanelli

Expected Release Date: October 22, 2019

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The Christmas spirit is overtaking Tradd Street with a vengeance in this festive new novel in the New York Timesbestselling series by Karen White.

Melanie Trenholm should be anticipating Christmas with nothing but joy–after all, it’s only the second Christmas she and her husband, Jack, will celebrate with their twin babies. But the ongoing excavation of the centuries-old cistern in the garden of her historic Tradd Street home has been a huge millstone, both financially and aesthetically. Local students are thrilled by the possibility of unearthing more Colonial-era artifacts at the cistern, but Melanie is concerned by the ghosts connected to the cistern that have suddenly invaded her life and her house–and at least one of them is definitely not filled with holiday cheer….

And these relics aren’t the only precious artifacts for which people are searching. A past adversary is convinced that there is a long-lost Revolutionary War treasure buried somewhere on the property that Melanie inherited–untold riches rumored to be brought over from France by the Marquis de Lafayette himself and intended to help the Colonial war effort. It’s a treasure literally fit for a king, and there have been whispers throughout history that many have already killed–and died–for it. And now someone will stop at nothing to possess it–even if it means destroying everything Melanie and Jack hold dear.

Review:

I love the Tradd Street Series by Karen White and this book was no exception.

This is a read you will need to pay a little more attention to if you expect to understand the ending; who the ghosts are, their relationship and what they are trying to accomplish. That is the main reason I gave “The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street” four stars. I still loved the book and it’s characters. 

I understand we can look forward to one more book in this series. I am not sure when the projected release date is but, I will be looking forward to it with mixed feelings because I would like the series to continue on for many more installments.

If you love Karen White and have read the Tradd Street series, you won’t want to miss this one. If you haven’t started this series, what are you waiting for?

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

4 Stars.

#BookReview & #SpookyReads: “Evening in the Yellow Wood” by Laura Kemp

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Summary:

Abandoned by an eccentric father on the eve of her twelfth birthday, Justine Cook has lived with her fair share of unanswered questions. Now, ten years later she leaves her life in southern Michigan and heads north to the mysterious town of Lantern Creek after seeing his picture in a local newspaper. Once there, she discovers her father had been leading a double life and meets the autistic brother she never knew—a young man who is mute but able to read her mind.

When a local girl who looks like Justine is mysteriously murdered, she joins forces with sheriff’s deputy Dylan Locke to capture the killer. But the more they dig for clues to the past, the closer they come to discovering a secret someone will kill to protect. Justine begins to show signs of supernatural power and eventually must stop an immortal enemy that has hunted her family for generations.

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A daughter’s need to find her father is a powerful one. Laura Kemp sends her main character into a world of danger, a world beyond what normal people would expect!

“Evening in The Yellow Woods” is a novel chocked full of suspense, mystery and paranormal activities! You think you know what is going on, then *** BAM *** the story twists and your taken down another amazing path!

I enjoyed Kemp’s easy style of writing that leads you through this original take on what one would do for family.

Kemp tosses in plenty of spectral phenomenons in this book to keep any ghost loving reader hooked from beginning to end!

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review,

4 Stars.

#BookReview: The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

Reviewer: Christine Davis

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Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are ruthlessly ambitious high-flyers working in the lucrative world of Wall Street finance where deception and intimidation thrive. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to reach the top.

When they are ordered to participate in a corporate team-building exercise that requires them to escape from a locked elevator, dark secrets of their team begin to be laid bare.

The biggest mystery to solve in this lethal game: What happened to Sara Hall? Once a young shining star—”now gone but not forgotten”.

This is no longer a game.
They’re fighting for their lives.

Review:

Clang!

Your trapped in an enclosed space and only your wit and the cooperation of three other people you don’t trust will get you out! Would you survive the challenge? Do the characters in Megan Goldin’s book survive? This gripping story will take you into “The Escape Room” to find out!

Goldin does a masterful job guiding the reader into the minds of those trapped inside an escape room, or is it? Yes they are trapped, yes there are clues given to help them figure out what is going on but just who is in charge of this game? 

A mysterious and suspenseful time will await you if you choose to partake in this tale of these twisted events within this book!

I enjoyed Goldin’s descriptive writing style and how she revealed the reasons behind each character’s actions to accomplishing their goals. If this sounds like your ‘cup of tea’ then drink up and enjoy this novel!

5 Stars.

#AuthorInterview: Sherrie Orvik, author of “Killer Secrets”

Thank you for joining us last night for Sherrie Orviks Interview. I had so much fun discussing her novel “Killer Secrets”. If you missed it, be sure to watch it!

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