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Nine Lessons: A Josephine Tey Mystery - Nicola Upson

I had a little trouble getting into this book. But, I think that is because of the fact that this is number seven in the series and my first book to read. 

I really liked the characters in this book. From the way it read, I thought the book was about Archie Penrose being the main character, not Josephine. Although she was in the book quite a bit. 

I really liked Josephine Tey and her attitude. I laughed several times at her.

I also really liked how the author wrote the mystery revolving around a teacher's books that taught at Cambridge. While in the acknowledgement the author wrote that this teacher was a real person, I had already felt that during the book.

A very twisted tale with a whole lot of twists. A jaw dropping solution to the question of who was raping the girls of Cambridge was really well written.

In fact, just a really good read that kept me mesmerized.

I hope to read a lot more about Josephine Tey in the future.

Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

I Am Watching You - Teresa O'Driscoll

There were certainly a lot of plot twists and left turns going on in this book. That certainly kept my heart beat going.

I think anytime someone is watching you is definitely chilling. And, I got a lot of chills while reading this one.

An enjoyable, entertaining read that may have had a little too many plot twists, but still a good read.

Thanks to Thomas & Mercer and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Christmas in London: A Novel - Anita Hughes
Ugh! I requested this book for the cover and a little something to get me into the Christmas mood. 

I read the whole book and still not sure why. A story of two women, one a pastry chef, Louisa, and one a television producer, Kate. Louisa was a huge dingbat with big ambitions. Kate wasn't as bad. I guess Kate kept me reading.

They both had two men after them. Stupid men. Why either of the ladies would bother with them, I have no idea.

I guess the biggest part of the enjoyment I somewhat felt was Googling the images of the places that they visited in London. That really added to my reading pleasure.

A dingbat, a lost woman and 4 stupid men.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
 
 

 

I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime - Joe Kenda

I absolutely loved this book. I've watched the show on the ID channel and the way Joe Kenda talked with his rough and tough voice that lets you know, he's all action, no pussyfooting around. I even heard his voice as I was reading this book. I think it even added to the enjoyment. 

There were many instances when I smiled and few when I laughed out loud. He really is a very funny guy. I sped through this book and was thoroughly entertained. There were a few pages that I skipped when Joe Kenda was talking about his hobby. That would be dressing up like wild west cowboys and having a shooting competition. However, I know if you like the show, you will be thoroughly absorbed in this book. Getting his opinions on the cases and the people was very interesting.

Thanks to Center Street and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Visitors - Catherine Burns

I totally agree with the blurb for this book that says "bizarrely unsettling". It was definitely that. The main character and voice of this book is Marion Zetland around 60 years of age. She lives in a house that has been in her family for generations. She lives in this huge house with her brother, John. They of the appearance of Grey Gardens in the movie with the same name. That's what this house looks like. Trash everywhere. Piles of just stuff, throughout the house. 

This was a very strange read with VERY strange characters. 

I really enjoyed reading this which is bizarrely unsettling. However, Marion was a character that blew my mind and I had to just keep reading.

Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Little Boy Lost - J.D. Trafford

I loved the opening of this book. An 8 year old girl comes to Justin Glass, a lawyer, with a pickle jar filled with coins and a few bills. She wants to hire Justin to find her brother who has been missing for a month.

When Justin decides that he will look into it, what he finds is shocking. Someone is kidnapping and murdering black teenagers and burying them in the woods outside of St. Louis. Their one connection? They have all been in and out of the justice system since a very young age.

I really liked this book a lot. It reminded me of the Thomas Mullen books that deal with racial tensions and narrated by the blacks that are being prejudiced against. So there is actually a lot more going on in this book than just finding the little girl's brother.

An enjoyable read that I just sped through. The first book I've read by this author and it definitely won't be the last.

Thanks to Thomas & Mercer and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. 

Bonfire - Krysten Ritter

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Excellent read. A woman working for an environmental watchdog company as a lawyer, Abby Williams, goes back to her hometown. A hometown she hasn’t visited in a decade. She left 3 days after her high school graduation. She was “friends” with Kaycee, a girl who could be very mean spirited and who hung out with the popular girls. Kaycee left town shortly before Abby. Abby was not popular and was actually picked on, a lot, by the popular girls. In her venture to find out what Optimal, the corporation her company is investigating, she is drawn back to her high school days. Trying to make sense of it all, she finds a hidden darkness that has been secret for the pas decade. Not only that, it’s a secret that is still going on. 

An absolutely mesmerizing thriller that I could not put down, well let’s say I didn’t want to, but sometimes there are distractions you can’t help. Ha! 

Gripping, haunting and pulse racing I thoroughly enjoyed the heck out of this book. I ended it with a huge fist pump and a loud “yes” when all the discoveries were brought to light.

I was very intrigued when I saw that Krysten Ritter had written a book. I first noticed her in the TV show about the “B” in Apartment 23 (still unsure why that show was cancelled) and was very excited that I received this galley.

Huge thanks to Crown Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-Galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Best Day Ever - Kaira Rouda
This book, this book right here. OMG! I have never seen a more narcissistic, pompous ass in my life. Paul Strom is one major asshole. There were a few times when I just wanted to throw the book and pretend it was him.

However, I read on. I just could not believe the things that were coming out of his mouth. And, I couldn't tell which direction this was going. That made it very hard to guess at what was coming. Although the closer I got to the ending, I could see where it was heading.

Although this guy kept pissing me off and had me shaking my head, I was glad that I stuck with it. It just made the ending that much sweeter.

Thanks to Harlequin, Graydon House and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
 
 

 

The Good People - Hannah Kent
I loved "Burial Rites" and snapped this book up without getting too far into the description.

While I liked the first book better, this one was still a good read.

I like how the author really sets me in the scene. You can really tell that she has done a lot of research on this, as well. Especially if you read the author's note at the end. I also just read that the author picked a mysterious disease for Micheal so it would add to the mystery. I know I was having a hard time just picturing what the heck he had wrong with him.

I had to laugh a few times when those ladies would meet up at the well. The superstitions that they had were hilarious. I'm rolling my eyes now at some of the beliefs.

A really great and entertaining read that had me mesmerized for hours.

Thanks to Little, Brown and Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
 
 

 

Nyxia - Scott Reintgen

I love the cover on this book. 

I don't read a lot of science fiction, however, when I saw the cover (1st appeal), then read the description (2nd appeal), I decided what the heck.

This is a young adult book and the characters are young. So some of the attitudes and conversations may seem juvenile, but I still think that it is a great book for adults as well.

I had some problems getting a few of the descriptions going in my head, but I think it's my flaw, not the books.

I didn't realize until I went to write this review that it's a triad (three part series). I knew there had to be when I finished the book just due to the ending.

All in all, I found this to be a entertaining read. I also look forward to reading the next book which deals with Eden.

Thanks to Random House Childrens, Crown Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Future She Left Behind - Marin Thomas

I absolutely loved this book!! I agree with one of the reviews that relates it to the movie "Sweet Home Alabama" with some bits of the sarcasm of the TV show "Mom".

I don't know how Katelyn did it. Putting up with that mother-in-law (Shirley Pratt) of hers. She was ghastly. HA!

I could relate to a lot of these characters. I think I pretty much talk to my friends the way Shirley talked to Katelyn, but to hear it from your mother-in-law? 

It gets even funnier when Katelyn and Shirley take a road trip to see Katelyn's mother in Little Springs, Texas. Thinking back, I am laughing all over again.

This is a very enjoyable, entertaining and hilarious read that I just sped through.

Thanks to Berkley Publishing Group and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Shock: A disturbing thriller for fans of Jeffery Deaver - Marc Raabe

The blurb for this book calls it "a disturbing thriller". While it does have a couple of unusual plot twists, the disturbing thing for me was that I considered putting it down several times. It also took me longer to read. I kept looking at it and kept finding other things to do.

I really didn't like any of the characters. And the very first part was just so far out there that I didn't get any hook with this book until the very end. 

The book was just okay for me.

Thanks to Bonner Zaffre and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions - Amy Stewart

I love these books about the Kopp sisters by Amy Stewart. The three sisters are such a trip to read about. Constance, being the first female deputy, Norma, always incorrigible, and Fleurette, the youngest with stars in her eyes.

This book deals with families, mothers, fathers, husbands, whoever, having girls put in jail because they are "out of control". One mother had her daughter arrested who was over 18, had a job and a place to live, because she needed her back at the house. There was just too much work for her to do by herself. SMH

While there are some serious issues going on and being dealt with in this book, I had a lot of laughs as well. Constance is forever getting marriage proposals when the papers write about this "new woman deputy". Some of the letters are downright hilarious.

A fun, interesting and highly entertaining read for me.

Thanks to Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

We Were Strangers Once - Betsy Carter

It took me a little while to get into this book. Even though Egon's parents are rich and famous, they are very strange. They don't really like people other than each other and that was fine by me. I felt really sorry for Egon. His mother included him in things, but after she died, he was pretty much on his own.

This story takes place before and during the round up of the Jews. Egon and his friends saw it happening but could not believe that it could happen to them. They finally left Europe, Egon an ophthalmologist, and his friend, Meyer, was an author. When they got to America, both were neither of those. They were not citizens and their fame in Europe stayed there.

I really enjoyed the story especially the articles that Meyer would write about his group of friends. I found it very interesting how long it took people to figure out what exactly was going on with the Jews. I guess because it was too horrific to believe. And, each character had their own feelings and thoughts about what was happening or not happening. 

I was kind of sad when the book ended, as I had to leave them.

Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Dead in the Water (Welcome Back to Scumble River) - Denise Swanson

I don't know how this happened, but this is my first book by Denise Swanson. I see her books everywhere.

I am glad to say that I really liked this read. I sped right through and the ending had my heart beating very fast. Especially when the tornado was hitting everywhere, and I mean everywhere.

Good character development with lots of twists. 

I will definitely be reading more Denise Swanson books in the future.

Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Winter Solstice (Winter Street) - Elin Hilderbrand, Erin Bennett

Wow!! I’m telling you right now after just finishing this book I have a warning. If you buy and read this, go ahead and pick up a box of tissues. You WILL need them. This was the 4th book in this series and I only found that out while reading the acknowledgments at the end of the book. I had absolutely no idea. To me, it read like the first in the series. AND I am confounded and lost that there will not be a sequel!!!

I absolutely loved this book and want more!!

Thanks to Little, Brown and Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.