Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Review: Death of an Honest Man (A Hamish Macbeth Mystery #33) by M. C. Beaton

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 688 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Feb. 20 2018)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group Digital, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071ZYWRB2

Book Description

Sergeant Hamish Macbeth--Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman--returns in M.C. Beaton's new mystery in her New York Times bestselling series.

Nobody loves an honest man, or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English. Paul had moved to a house in Cnothan, a sour village on Hamish's beat.

He attended church in Lochdubh. He told the minister, Mr. Wellington, that his sermons were boring. He told tweedy Mrs. Wellington that she was too fat and in these days of increasing obesity it was her duty to show a good example. Angela Brody was told her detective stories were pap for the masses and it was time she wrote literature instead. He accused Hamish of having dyed his fiery red hair. He told Jessie Currie--who repeated all the last words of her twin sister--that she needed psychiatric help.

"I speak as I find," he bragged. Voices saying, "I could kill that man," could be heard from Lochdubh to Cnothan.

And someone did.

Now Hamish is faced with a bewildering array of suspects. And he's lost the services of his clumsy policeman, Charlie, who has resigned from the force after Chief Inspector Blair berated Charlie one too many times, and the policeman threw Blair into the loch. Can Hamish find the killer on his own?

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Marion Chesney Gibbons
aka: Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Marion Chesney, Charlotte Ward, Sarah Chester.

Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith & Sons Ltd. While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly rose to be their theatre critic. She left Smith’s to join Scottish Field magazine as a secretary in the advertising department, without any shorthand or typing, but quickly got the job of fashion editor instead. She then moved to the Scottish Daily Express where she reported mostly on crime. This was followed by a move to Fleet Street to the Daily Express where she became chief woman reporter. After marrying Harry Scott Gibbons and having a son, Charles, Marion went to the United States where Harry had been offered the job of editor of the Oyster Bay Guardian. When that didn’t work out, they went to Virginia and Marion worked as a waitress in a greasy spoon on the Jefferson Davies in Alexandria while Harry washed the dishes. Both then got jobs on Rupert Murdoch’s new tabloid, The Star, and moved to New York.

Anxious to spend more time at home with her small son, Marion, urged by her husband, started to write historical romances in 1977. After she had written over 100 of them under her maiden name, Marion Chesney, and under the pseudonyms: Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester, she getting fed up with 1714 to 1910, she began to write detectives stories in 1985 under the pseudonym of M. C. Beaton. On a trip from the States to Sutherland on holiday, a course at a fishing school inspired the first Constable Hamish Macbeth story. They returned to Britain and bought a croft house and croft in Sutherland where Harry reared a flock of black sheep. But Charles was at school, in London so when he finished and both tired of the long commute to the north of Scotland, they moved to the Cotswolds where Agatha Raisin was created.

My Review

Death of an Honest Man is the 33rd book in the Hamish Macbeth Mystery series by author M.C. Beaton. I have read most of the books in this series and they are always entertaining!

In Death of an Honest Man, Hamish is having to deal with a nasty man, Paul English, who turns everyone against him in no time. You know is time is limited and of course there are endless suspects. 

Always entertaining and always a nice fast fun read, this series is awesome. Highly recommend Death of an Honest Man.

Review: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books (March 13 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250144841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250144843

Book Description

My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:

1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it's the truth?

About the Author

Alice Feeney is a writer and journalist. She spent 16 years at the BBC, where she worked as a Reporter, News Editor, Arts and Entertainment Producer and One O’clock News Producer.

Alice has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where she lives with her dog - a giant black Labrador who is scared of feathers.

Sometimes I Lie is her debut thriller and is being published around the world.

My Review

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney is a terrific ride! Whoa, it was incredible how many twists and turns there are in this book! It all makes perfect sense at the end but this book is unputdownable! You need to know what is going to happen next.

This is Feeney's debut novel. It is fantastic and I am looking forward to more in the future!

Review: A Different Kind of Evil (Agatha Christie #2) by Andrew Wilson

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4155 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1501145096
  • Publisher: Atria Books (March 13 2018)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English

Book Description

Agatha Christie—the Queen of Crime—travels to the breathtaking Canary Islands to investigate the mysterious death of a British agent in this riveting sequel to the “twisty thriller” (Publishers Weekly) A Talent for Murder.

Two months after the events of A Talent for Murder, during which Agatha Christie “disappeared,” the famed mystery writer’s remarkable talent for detection has captured the attention of British Special Agent Davison.

Now, at his behest, she is traveling to the beautiful Canary Islands to investigate the strange and gruesome death of Douglas Greene, an agent of the British Secret Intelligence Service. As she embarks on a glamorous cruise ship to her destination, she suddenly hears a scream. Rushing over to the stern of the liner, she witnesses a woman fling herself over the side of the ship to her death.

After this shocking experience, she makes it to the Grand Hotel in a lush valley on the islands. There, she meets a diverse and fascinating cast of characters, including two men who are suspected to be involved in the murder of Douglas Greene: an occultist similar to Aleister Crowley; and the secretary to a prominent scholar, who may also be a Communist spy. But Agatha soon realizes that nothing is what it seems here and she is surprised to learn that the apparent suicide of the young woman on the ocean liner is related to the murder of Douglas Greene. Now she has to unmask a different kind of evil in this sinister and thrilling mystery.

"Stellar...a crafty whodunit worthy of the queen of mystery herself." (Publishers Weekly) 

About the Author

About himself:

"I'm a journalist and author. My work has appeared in the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, the Sunday Times, the Independent on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the New Statesman and the Evening Standard magazine."

Source: http://www.andrewwilsonauthor.co.uk/d...

My Review

A Different Kind of Evil is the second book in the Agatha Christie series by Andrew Wilson. This is the second book in the series that I have read. 

A Different Kind of Evil is well written and is a very interesting and intriguing tale. This is an excellent read for fans of mysteries, classic historical mysteries as well as fans of Agatha Christie. So just about everyone!

Filled with interesting characters, A Different Kind of Evil, is a great adventure set in the Canary Islands. 

Highly recommend A Different Kind of Evil.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review Us Against You (Björnstad #2) by Fredrik Backman

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Sept. 4 2018)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0791LVT94

Book Description

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown’s new hockey coach.

Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you’ll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the enmity with Hed grows more and more acute.

As the big match approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt grows deeper. By the time the last game is finally played, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after all they’ve been through, the game they love can ever return to something simple and innocent.

About the Author

Fredrik Backman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer —a novella, Beartown, and Deal of a Lifetime. His books are being published around the world in more than thirty-five languages. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.
His new novel, Us Against You, will be published in June 2018.

My Review

Us Against You is the sequel to Fredrik Backman's brilliant novel Beartown (Bjornstad). I did not know why Backman would try to add more to the Beartown story but now I do. He is such an illuminating story teller and these characters were just too good to retire.

Us Against You is a heartwarming yet practical story. It is a story about people...everyday people...and the challenges and the joys that shape their lives. I cried so many times. Not because I was sad but because the people were so thoughtful...so caring...so real. Most people just try to honestly get through life. And most people have hidden secrets and hidden strengths. Backman cleverly brings the good and the bad in people to life. In a way that few authors can. He is that good.

Us Against You brings the reader back to the town that was divided by the rape of a young girl. The town is still divided. But perhaps not as divided as one would assume. Backman's brilliant storytelling tells tales of people just trying to get by. Us Against You is another hockey tale but hockey is just a vehicle to help provide the ties that bind this small community together. I imagine it is similar is Southern US towns where high school football rules the social aspects of the town. And brings it together.

Fredrik  Backman has once again told a tale that will have you laughing and crying. You won't want to leave Beartown behind. I am now bereft that Us Against You is finished.

Highest recommendation possible for Us Against You. If you have not read Fredrik Backman yet then you must. Read all of his books. Start with A Man Called Ove.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Review: The Way of Abundance: A 60-Day Journey into a Deeply Meaningful Life by Ann Voskamp

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1086 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 031035031X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (March 13 2018)
  • Sold by: Zondervan CA (CA SOR)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072TPQ7BW

Book Description

What do you do when you wake up and feel like you're not enough for your life? Or when you look out the kitchen window as dusk falls and wonder how do you live when life keeps breaking your heart? 

As Ann Voskamp writes, “great grief isn't meant to fit inside your body. It's why your heart breaks.” And each of us holds enough brokenness to overflow—to be given as the greatest story of our lives.

In sixty vulnerably soulful stories, The Way of Abundance moves from self-weary brokenness to Christ-focused givenness. Drawing from the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestseller The Broken Way and Ann's online essays, this devotional dares us to embrace brokenness as a gift that moves us to givenness as a way to draw closer to the heart of God. Christ Himself broke like bread, giving Himself to us so we might have a lifelong communion with Him. Could it be that our brokenness is also a gift to the world?

This gentle but exquisitely profound book does nothing less than take you on an intimate journey of the soul.

As Ann writes, "The wound in His side proves that Jesus is always on the side of the suffering, the wounded, the busted, the broken." Discover how surrendering in unexpected ways is the first step toward receiving what you long for. Discover the good news that your beauty is not in your strength but in your fragility. Discover why your healing shines radiant through your wounds—and how only in brokenness will you ever be whole—and find the way to the abundance you were meant for.

About the Author

Ann Voskamp's a farmer's wife, mama to 6 kids, & author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (Zondervan). Everyday, she takes the wild dare. Right in the midst of her own and gritty grace-filled life. When the kids and the washing machine sleep, she washes her real dirt down with words and The Word. Some of her words find themselves in an award-winning series for curious kids, A Childs Geography, of which all profits are donated to Compassion. Other words can be found at Laity Lodge's High Calling where she serves as a contributing editor and other words advocate for the poor as she is a blogger traveling with Compassion. The only words that really matter are the ones she lives. This convicts her. She has a background in education from York University and the University of Waterloo, home educates their six farm kids, and makes a mess of things every day. She clings to grace. She's more of a rare peeper than a regular tweeter, but everyday in the fringe hours, early and late, she blogs about the mess and the grace and the everyday wonder at a Holy Experience.
from http://www.incourage.me/meet-incourage

My Review

The Way of Abundance: A 60-Day Journey into a Deeply Meaningful Life is the latest book by Ann Voskamp. Ann is a Christian teacher, speaker and writer. She writes beautifully. She has a way with words that speaks to me. Her words are profound. I discovered Ann's work with One Thousand Gifts which I found to be so enlightening. The Way of Abundance is another great work by an insightful Christian woman.

In the Introduction of The Way of Abundance, Ann explains her understanding of abundance:
"Brokenness multiplies into abundance. This seems impossible—unlikely. And this is the unfailing way of God. Multiplication happens out of brokenness. And the sum is abundant life."

Abundant life is something we all strive for. Abundant life is found in unexpected places, in the broken places. There are 60 devotions for readers of The Way of Abundance. Each begins with a bible verse, then the devotion and finally some questions for reflection.

The Way of Abundance: A 60-Day Journey into a Deeply Meaningful Life is an insightful devotional. I am finding peace with Ann Voskamp's words of wisdom. I know you will too. I highly recommend The Way of Abundance.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Review: So Much To Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through By Katie Jacobs

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 6 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718075188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718075187
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2.2 x 26 cm

Book Description

Celebrations that show your love
Create beautiful memories for your family and friends by stopping to celebrate life’s joyful moments. In this essential guide to entertaining, Katie Jacobs reveals her secrets for throwing fantastic parties for any occasion, from a casual backyard movie night to a lavish holiday party. Using Katie’s inspiring ideas and make-ahead tips, you will be so organized that you can minimize the fuss, enjoy the time, and celebrate too!
Brimming with creative party themes for every season, inspiring décor ideas, and delicious recipes, So Much to Celebrate is the perfect book for anyone who appreciates good times, good food, and good celebrations.
Katie Jacobsis a stylist for Reese Witherspoon’s lifestyle brand Draper James, Pottery Barn, and Beaufort Bonnet Company, among others. A fourth-generation Nashvillian, she’s been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Southern Living Weddings, Nashville Lifestyles as well as on Inspired By This, Fashionable Hostess, and The Scout Guide. Katie is also a photographer, graphic designer, and foodie. Learn more on Katie’s food and lifestyle blog, StylingMyEveryday.com.

About the Author

Katie Jacobs is a stylist, photographer, graphic designer, and foodie. A fourth-generation Nashvillian, she’s been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Southern Living Weddings, and Nashville Lifestyles, as well as on Inspired By This, Fashionable Hostess, and The Scout Guide. She has contributed content for Reese Witherspoon’s lifestyle brand Draper James, Pottery Barn, and The Beaufort Bonnet Company, among others. Learn more on Katie’s food and lifestyle blog stylingmyeveryday.com.

My Review

So Much To Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through By Katie Jacobs is the first book I've read of Jacobs. I had actually never heard of Katie Jacobs before but now that I have discovered her work I am following her everywhere on social media.

The book itself is gorgeous. It is laid out beautifully. It is an absolute joy to hold and read. It is a collectors book. I collect cookbooks, and while So Much To Celebrate is more than a cookbook, I am thrilled to add it to my collection.

So Much to Celebrate is filled with encouraging and innovative ideas for entertaining...from small events to large ones. There are so many good ideas within the pages and you will enjoy discovering them.

Now that I have discovered Katie Jacobs and I am looking forward to more beautiful books in the future! Highly recommend So Much To Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through By Katie Jacobs.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Great Escapes Book Tour: Southern Discomfort (A Southern B&B Mystery #1) by Caroline Fardig

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2528.0 KB
  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Alibi (March 6 2018)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071K4DV7W


March 5 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT

March 5 – Ruff Drafts – INTERVIEW

March 6 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT

March 6 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

March 7 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW

March 8 – MysteriesEtc – REVIEW

March 8 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

March 9 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

March 9 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – GUEST POST

March 10 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW

March 10 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

March 11 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW

March 11 – La libreria di Beppe – SPOTLIGHT

March 12 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – REVIEW

March 13 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

March 13 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

March 14 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

March 14 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT

March 15 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW

March 15 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

March 16 – Books a Plenty Book Review – REVIEW

March 16 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW

March 17 – Varietats – REVIEW March 18 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW

Book Description

Southern hospitality meets deadly deception in the start of a charming new mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of the Java Jive novels.

Quinn Bellandini loves her life in Savannah, Georgia, where she runs her grandfather’s B&B with her sister, Delilah. From baking fresh scones and serving up grits every morning to ensuring the guests see the best of their historic city, Quinn can’t imagine doing anything else—even if it means dealing with nuisances like the occasional malfunctioning commode. But when Quinn drops by the local restaurant owned by her friend Drew Green, and stumbles upon a murder, her whole world comes crashing down.

Drew’s brother was always a little surly, but Quinn can’t imagine that someone disliked the prickly chef enough to kill him. The police, on the other hand, don’t believe that Quinn was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Before her guests can even digest the next morning’s gourmet breakfast, Quinn learns that she and Drew are suspects.

Drew thinks they should do some investigating of their own. Quinn is pretty sure she’s better suited to playing hostess than amateur sleuth. But with Delilah as her cynical sidekick, Quinn starts looking for the real killer—before she gets put away faster than you can say “sugar.”

About the Author

CAROLINE FARDIG is the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series. Fardig’s BAD MEDICINE was named one of the “Best Books of 2015” by Suspense Magazine. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

Social Media

Twitter:  @carolinefardig
Purchase Links
Don’t miss Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries, which can be read together or separately:
My Review

Southern Discomfort is the first A Southern B&B Mystery by Caroline Fardig. This new cozy series is off to a great start with Southern Discomfort.

Set in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, the Southern B&B mystery series revolves around a bed and breakfast. The series features Quinn Bellandini and her sister, Delilah, as the sidekick and best friend. 

If you love Southern cozy mysteries then Southern Discomfort is for you. Great debut cozy!