Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Review: Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life By Lara Casey








  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 27, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718021665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718021665



Book Description

A flourishing life is possible—no perfection required!
Women often feel like they have to have it all together in order to live a meaningful life. Instead they feel inadequate, overwhelmed, and exhausted as they to figure out how to do it all. Author, business owner, and mom to three Lara Casey offers sound and grace-filled advice: “We can’t do it all, and do it well. But, we can choose to cultivate what matters.”

Welcome to the journey of getting messy in the rich soil of possibility—embracing imperfect, grace-filled progress to grow a life of joy.

Written as part encouragement anthem and part practical guide, Cultivate offers wisdom from God’s Word alongside lessons Lara has learned in her garden. Woven throughout is her personal story that helps release readers from the pressure to achieve and gives them freedom to move from planning to planting a meaningful legacy. “It’s in the imperfect—the mess of the dirt--that good things grow,” Casey reminds readers. “Peonies grow through the dirt, and so do we.” Readers will learn to embrace the season they’re in, finding balance as they interact in fresh ways with their current life scenarios, with God, and in the communities where they are planted.

Special features include

  • Actionable Cultivate It prompts throughout the book
  • A ten-week Cultivate Together discussion guide with questions for small groups
  • “Grace from the Garden” vignettes provide encouragement and inspiration
Find the joy and the freedom that comes in cultivating what matters, little by little, with God’s transforming grace.

Cultivate is delightful and breathes grace through every page. Lara gives inspiration to nurture life through the seasons in which we find ourselves. Reading this book will make you feel that you have a personal friend standing by your side to give you encouragement to live your life well.”
SALLY CLARKSON, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF OWN YOUR LIFE, THE LIFEGIVING HOME, AND DIFFERENT

Cultivate is rich soil for the soul! Whether you are a new sprout, just beginning to brave life in the light; a tender shoot fighting for space among rocks and weeds; or a mature plant in need of nurture and pruning, this book will help you thrive. With her characteristic honesty, humility, and patience, Lara Casey uses her spiritual ‘green thumb’ to gently nudge us toward an intentional life of godliness and growth. Scriptures and stories from Lara’s own spiritual journey inspire us to self-reflection without self-sabotage and progress without perfection. Journal prompts and reflection questions help to demystify the growth process and break it down into manageable steps. If you are ready for a new season of spiritual growth, dig into Cultivate and get ready to bloom!”
ELIZABETH LAING THOMPSON, AUTHOR OF WHEN GOD SAYS “WAIT”

“Lara’s commitment to growth, in both her personal life and in business, has long inspired me. To lead an authentic life, we must look inward for answers. In the pages of Cultivate, she candidly shares her triumphs and failures, and her secrets to success for growing a purpose-filled life. What an incredible gift to the world!”
ERIN BENZAKEIN, FARMER-FLORIST AT FLORETFLOWERS.COM, AUTHOR OF CUT FLOWER GARDEN

“I loved Cultivate. Through these pages, we learn to embrace the season we’re in: when to get our hands dirty, when to rest, when to prune, and when to wait. Lara shows us through examples and actionable steps that the best things—whether that’s a garden of colorful zinnias or an intentional life focused on what truly matters most—are not created all at once, but through the little-by-little.”
INDIA HILL, TWENTYSOMETHING WRITER AT BOOKSANDBIGHAIR.COM

“Are you exhausted, weary, or worn out from trying to keep it all together? Cultivate is a life-giving read that invites you to pause and choose a different path. Lara’s authentic voice will encourage you to let go and embrace the messiness of a truly abundant life. You’ll be refreshed and ready to step toward an intentional life rooted in what matters most.”
EMILY ENOCKSON, RELUCTANT FARM GIRL AND SERVANT LEADER AT ZACHARIAH’S ACRES

“This book will help you know about God and growing things. I like the part about the butterflies and bees.”
GRACE ISAACSON, AGE 5



About the Author

Lara Casey is a mom to three (one through the gift of adoption), a grateful wife, and a believer in the impossible. She created the PowerSheets grace-filled goal setting planner and the Write the Word journals, and she founded Southern Weddings Magazine a decade ago. Lara is also the author of Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. She lives in Chapel Hill, NC, and loves getting her hands dirty in the garden.

My Review

Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life by Lara Casey is the just released book by the creator of PowerSheets which is a Christian goal setting planner.

I love how the author Casey uses gardening to define the goals of this book. Check out the table of contents:


PART 1: PREPARE YOUR GARDEN
1. Cultivate What Matters —Grace from the Garden: Garden Company
2. Embrace Your Season —Grace from the Garden: Be the Bees
3. Dream Like a Gardener —Grace from the Garden: All the Plants I’ve Killed
4. Nourish Your Soil —Grace from the Garden: Mama Bird Knows Best 

PART 2: DIG IN
5. Plant Your Seeds —Grace from the Garden: U-Pick Memories
6. Grow in the Wait —Grace from the Garden: Metamorphosis
7. Tend Your Garden —Grace from the Garden: Celebration! 

PART 3: SAVOR THE FRUIT
8. Harvest Contentment —Grace from the Garden: Heirloom Plants
9. Flourish with Others —Grace from the Garden: Garden Markers
10. Preserve the Fruit —Grace from the Garden: The Day I Thought I Would Lose the Garden


I am reviewing the ebook edition which has a note-taking function to record your thoughts wherever you see the bracketed instructions [Your Notes] or [Your Response]. And you can use your device’s highlighting function to record your response whenever you are asked to checkmark, circle, underline, or otherwise indicate your answer(s). What an excellent tool to use on your iPad, etc.

Be sure to check out the goodies to go along with this book at:  http://laracasey.com/cultivate/

Cultivate:  A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life by Lara Casey would be a wonderful woman's bible study book. I will definitely recommend this one if asked. Highly recommend.

Review: The Beautiful Word Adult Coloring Book Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering By Zondervan








  • Series: Coloring Faith
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Clr Csm edition (June 27, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718092708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718092702

Book Description


Find peace in the beauty of scripture as you color and reflect on favorite verses from the Bible. Each of the 50 verses is accompanied by intricate pen-and-ink illustrations for you to color. As an added bonus, you’ll learn simple techniques of hand lettering with easy-to-understand tutorials, tracing templates, and space to practice hand lettering verses.
Featuring perforated pages to allow for easy display, this deluxe coloring book will help you remember and take to heart scripture as you hand letter favorite Bible verses.

My Review

 The Beautiful Word Adult Coloring Book: Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering by Zondervan is a beautiful adult Christian coloring book. Actually it is a coloring book for all ages. The pages are filled with black and white art drawings as well as pages with verses. All the pages are suitable for coloring. And the pages are actually perforated so you can color the pages and remove them for framing or for hanging on the refrigerator.

The Beautiful Word Adult Coloring Book has illustrations that are taken from The Beautiful Word Coloring Bible which is also own. It is a fantastic companion to my bible. The coloring book is a soft cover and is about 10 inches by 10 inches. The illustrations are beautiful.

If you know someone who loves to color and to loves to learn bible verses while they are coloring this is a perfect book for them. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Lovely book.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: The Last Place You Look (Roxane Weary #1) by Kristen Lepionka








  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1035 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250120519
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (June 13 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N0GR5RK

Book Description

 Sarah Cook, a beautiful blonde teenager disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Her boyfriend Brad Stockton - black and from the wrong side of the tracks - was convicted of the murders and sits on death row, though he always maintained his innocence. With his execution only weeks away, his devoted sister, insisting she has spotted Sarah at a local gas station, hires PI Roxane Weary to look again at the case.

Reeling from the recent death of her cop father, Roxane finds herself drawn to the story of Sarah's vanishing act, especially when she thinks she's linked Sarah's disappearance to one of her father's unsolved murder cases involving another teen girl. Despite her self-destructive tendencies, Roxane starts to hope that maybe she can save Brad's life and her own.

With echoes of Sue Grafton, Dennis Lehane and the hit podcast Serial, The Last Place You Look is the gripping debut of both a bold new voice and character.


"Lepionka reboots the thriller genre with her troubled hero, Roxane Weary, a private eye with little concern for her own safety (or the gender of her shifting sexual partners.) The Last Place You Look riffs off Raymond Chandler and Mickey Spillane but finds a way to make detective fiction relevant again, in 2017. I have never read a more confident debut."―James Renner, author of True Crime Addict and The Man From Primrose Lane

"In The Last Place You Look, a talented new voice in crime fiction gives us the seedier side of a Midwestern community―and a character worth following anywhere she trespasses. A wonderful debut."―Lori Rader-Day, Mary Higgins Clark Award- and Anthony Award-winning author of The Black Hour and Little Pretty Things

"Roxane is a wonderfully complex character...This is a remarkably accomplished debut mystery, with sensitive character development and a heart-stopping denouement. Let's hope there are more Roxane Weary novels on the way."―Booklist (starred review)

"Introducing a fascinating protagonist who combats her emotional demons with the aid of sugar, booze, and sex, this suspenseful, original, and confident debut will please fans of the hardboiled PI genre."―Library Journal (starred review)

"Lepionka's debut confidently portrays complex characters with multiple, sometimes contradictory, motivations and offers an unusually naturalistic perspective on sexual identity."―Kirkus Reviews

"Action-packed...Lepionka has created an appealing, relatable lead."―Publishers Weekly
"Utterly superb―can't remember when I last read such an expertly written and perfectly constructed book that gave me so much pure reading pleasure."― Sophie Hannah, author of Closed Casket and The Monogram Murders

"The Last Place You Look is a sharp, timely, and assured debut. Lepionka’s got a real knack for character. Her protagonist, private eye Roxane Weary, manages to honor her literary predecessors while still crackling with originality and life."―Chris Holm, Anthony Award-Winning author of The Killing Kind and Red Right Hand

"Just when you think the PI novel is dead, Kristen Lepionka brings it roaring back to life. Roxane Weary is a richly drawn protagonist who proves that 'hardboiled' and 'feminine' aren't mutually exclusive. This book is so good it makes me jealous."―Rob Hart, author of New Yorked and City of Rose, and associate publisher at Mysterious Press

"The Last Place You Look is a beautifully written mystery, one I devoured in a single sitting, late into the night. I’ll now follow detective Roxane Weary anywhere: into her hopes and fears, into her past, and―especially―into danger. An extraordinary debut novel."―Christopher Coake, author of You Came Back

“The P.I. at the heart of The Last Place You Look may be troubled and still green, but Kristen Lepionka’s debut mystery is as confident and deft as they come. A moving, arresting novel.”―Michael Kardos, author of Before He Finds Her

"In her daring debut, Kristen Lepionka blends traditional mystery with heart-stopping thriller elements to create something plenty original. The down-on-her-luck PI Roxane Weary battles her emotional demons to track down a human one, stumbling into plenty of trouble along the way. But she overcomes doubt in all its ugly forms, succeeding where others have failed. Lepionka exceeds expectations, as well, in this ambitious novel. With its memorable characters and surprising twists, The Last Place You Look will stay with readers long after they turn the last page."―Erica Wright, author of The Granite Moth and The Red Chameleon

"Seriously, this is a must read. I loved it."―Martina Cole, author of Close and Betrayal

"Action-packed...Lepionka has created an appealing, relatable lead."―Publishers Weekly

About the Author

 Kristen Lepionka grew up mostly in her local public library, where she could be found with a big stack of adult mysteries before she was out of middle school. In the name of writing research, she has gone on multiple police ride-alongs, taken a lock-picking class, trespassed through an abandoned granary, and hiked inside an Icelandic volcano. Her writing has been selected for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Grift, and Black Elephant. She is also the editor of Betty Fedora, a semi-annual journal that publishes feminist crime fiction and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her partner and two cats. The Last Place You Look is her debut novel.

http://www.kristenlepionka.com/

My Review

 Debut novel The Last Place You Look is the first book in the Roxane Weary series by Kristen Lepionka. Lepionka's first book definitely establishes her as a new mystery writer to watch.

The Last Place You Look follows private detective Roxane Weary as she tries to find evidence to free a man on death row. Hired by his sister, Roxane soon discovers that the girl Brad Stockton was said to have killed was not the only girl to go missing from Columbus, Ohio suburb Belmont. Belmont's police are not happy to have Roxane rooting around in their town.

The Last Place You Look is filled with twist and turns. It is impossible to put down. You need to know what is going to happen next. This gritty tale is filled with fascinating characters...none more fascinating than Roxane herself.

Excellent book. Highly recommend The Last Place You Look. I cannot wait for more from author Kristen Lepionka.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Review: The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand




  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1883 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316375195
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (June 13 2017)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group Digital, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LZP2AA3

Book Description

 From New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand, a summertime story about identical twins who couldn't be any less alike.

Nantucket is only two and a half hours away from Martha's Vineyard by ferry. But the two islands might as well be worlds apart for a set of identical twin sisters who have been at odds for years. Just because twins look exactly the same doesn't mean they're anything alike--and Tabitha and Harper Frost have spent their whole lives trying to prove this point. When a family crisis forces them to band together--or at least appear to--the twins come to realize that the special bond that they share is more important than the resentments that have driven them apart. A story of new loves, old battles, and a threat that gives a whole new meaning to the term sibling rivalry, THE IDENTICALS is Elin Hilderbrand at her page-turning best.  


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Identical twin sisters who couldn't look more alike...or live more differently.

Harper Frost is laid-back, easygoing. She doesn't care what anyone thinks of her. She likes a beer and a shot and wouldn't be caught dead wearing anything fashionable. She's inherited her father's rundown house on Martha's Vineyard, but she can't hold down a job, and her latest romantic disaster has the entire island talking.

Two beautiful islands only eleven miles apart.

Tabitha Frost is dignified, refined. She prefers a fine wine and has inherited the impeccable taste of her mother, the iconic fashion designer Eleanor Roxie-Frost. She's also inherited her mother's questionable parenting skills--Tabitha's teenage daughter, Ainsley, is in full rebellion mode--and a flailing fashion boutique on Nantucket in desperate need of a cash infusion.

One unforgettable summer that will change their lives forever.

After more than a decade apart, Harper and Tabitha switch islands--and lives--to save what's left of their splintered family. But the twins quickly discover that the secrets, lies, and gossip they thought they'd outrun can travel between islands just as easily as they can. Will Harper and Tabitha be able to bury the hatchet and end their sibling rivalry once and for all? Before the last beach picnic of the season, there will be enough old resentments, new loves, and cases of mistaken identity to make this the most talked-about summer that Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket have experienced in ages.
 


About the Author

 Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.

Facebook.com/ElinHilderbrand

Pinterest.com/ElinHilderbrand



My Review


  The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand is her latest summer beach reads. Every women I know looks forward to a new Elin Hilderbrand book for the summer! And The Identicals is an excellent summer read so I know all friends are going to love this one.

I have two sons who are identical twins so I am always fascinated by the telepathy and closeness of twins. I am pleased with the way that Hilderbrand dealt with twins Harper and Tabitha.

Elin Hilderbrand's books always have great characters. Both Harper and Tabitha were sympathetic characters that I could relate to.

The Identicals is set in both Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. I have never been to either place so it was fascinating to learn  more about them. I want to visit both of them!

The Identicals is a great book to kick off your summer reading with. It is available on June 13th.

Highly recommend The Identicals.




Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review: Murder in Saint-Germain (Aimee Leduc Investigations #17) by Cara Black








  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3518 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime (June 6 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LZXBFG2


Book Description

 Paris, July 1999: Private investigator Aimee Leduc is walking through Saint-Germain when she is accosted by Suzanne Lesage, a Brigade Criminelle agent on an elite counterterrorism squad. Suzanne has just returned from the former Yugoslavia, where she was hunting down dangerous war criminals for the Hague. Back in Paris, Suzanne is convinced she's being stalked by a ghost--a Serbian warlord she thought she'd killed. She's suffering from PTSD and her boss thinks she's imagining things. She begs Aimee to investigate--is it possible Mirko Vladic could be alive and in Paris with a blood vendetta?
Aimee is already working on a huge case, plus she's got an eight-month-old baby to take care of. But she can't say no to Suzanne, whom she owes a big favor. Aimee chases the few leads, and all evidence confirms Mirko Vladic is dead. It seems that Suzanne is in fact paranoid, perhaps losing her mind--until Suzanne's team begins to turn up dead in a series of strange, tragic accidents. Are these just coincidences? Or are things not what they seem?


Praise for Murder in Saint-Germain

"Black's detective is hitting her post-pregnancy stride, bringing up bébé while battling the bad guys with the best of them."
Kirkus Reviews

 
Praise for the Aimée Leduc investigations

"As always, with airfares so high, Black offers armchair travelers a whirlwind trip through the City of Light."
USA Today

“Quintessential summer reading."
—The Boston Globe
 
"Smashing and suspenseful."
—The BBC's Between the Lines
 
"If you’re looking for a page-turner crime novel that takes you through the ins and outs of Paris, Black has enough material to keep a reader busy for quite a while."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French."
—Alan Furst "A winning mystery, as stylish and sexy as the city Cara Black knows so well."
—George Pelecanos "Wry, complex, sophisticated, intensely Parisian . . . One of the very best heroines in crime fiction today."
—Lee Child

"So authentic you can practically smell the fresh baguettes and coffee."
—Val McDermid

“[Cara Black] is on to a good thing: each of her novels is set in a colorful Parisian neighborhood—and there are a lot of them. The cumulative result of reading this addictive series is a sort of mini-tour of the city, as seen through a filter of fictional murder . . . Leduc is always a reliable and charming guide to the city's lesser-known corners.”
—The Seattle Times


About the Author

 Cara Black frequents a Paris little known outside the beaten tourist track. A Paris she discovers on research trips and interviews with French police, private detectives and café owners. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, a bookseller, and their teenage son. She is a San Francisco Library Laureate and a member of the Paris Sociéte Historique in the Marais. Her nationally bestselling and award nominated Aimée Leduc Investigation series has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German and Hebrew. She received the Medaille de la Ville de Paris for services to French culture. She's included in the GREAT WOMEN MYSTERY WRITERS by Elizabeth Lindsay 2nd editon published in the UK. Her first three novels in the series MURDER IN THE MARAIS, MURDER IN BELLEVILLE AN MURDER IN THE SENTIER - nominated for an Anthony Award as Best Novel - were published in the UK in 2008 and MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER comes out in the UK in 2010. Several of her books have been chosen as BookSense Picks and INDIE NEXT choice by the Amerian Association of Independent Bookstores. The Washington Post listed MURDER IN THE RUE DE PARADIS in the Best Fiction Choices of 2008. MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER is a finalist for Best Novel Award from the NCIBA Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.

She is currently working on the next book in the Aimée Leduc series.


My Review

 Murder in Saint-Germain is the seventeenth Aimee Leduc Investigations novel by Cara Black. I have read all the previous books in the series.

Murder in Saint-Germain is a perfect addition to the Aimee Leduc series. The reader was able to learn about another part of Paris. And also about the uprisings in the former Yugoslavia.

It was also interesting to see how Aimee was coping with being a single mother.

Excellent series that always makes me want to pack my bags and head to Paris.








Review: Edisto Stranger (The Edisto Island Mysteries #4) by C. Hope Clark




  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 797 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (May 26 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06ZY43GWC



Book Description

A cold case heats up . . .

A dead man in Big Bay Creek, spring break, and a rogue FBI agent would be enough to drive Chief Callie Jean Morgan to drink . . . if she hadn't already quietly crawled inside a bottle of gin to drown her sorrows over a life ripped apart by too many losses.

When her investigation into the stranger’s death heats up an unsolved abduction case, Callie finds herself pitted against the town council, her son, the agent, and even the raucous college kids enjoying idyllic Edisto Beach.

Amidst it all, Callie must find a way to reconcile her grief and her precious taste for gin before anyone else is killed.


About the Author

C. Hope Clark was born and reared in the South, from Mississippi to South Carolina with a few stints in Alabama and Georgia. The granddaughter of a Mississippi cotton farmer, Hope holds a B.S. in Agriculture with honors from Clemson University and 25 years’ experience with the U. S. Department of Agriculture to include awards for her management, all of which enable her to talk the talk of Carolina Slade, the protagonist in most of her novels. Her love of writing, however, carried her up the ranks to the ability to retire young, and she left USDA to pen her stories and freelance.

Lowcountry Bribe‘s won several awards to include finalist status of the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense sponsored by Romance Writers of America. The novel enjoyed semi-finalist status (top 100 out of 10,000) in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. The book went on to win the 2012 Silver Falchion Award for Crime Fiction and the 2013 EPIC E-book Award for Best Mystery.

Tidewater Murder and Palmetto Poison followed close on Lowcountry's heels in the Carolina Slade series. Hope's recently released a new series, beginning with Murder on Edisto, of the Edisto Island Mysteries, followed by Edisto Jinx, with Echoes of Edisto and Affairs of Edisto forthcoming in 2016 and 2017..

Hope is married to a 30-year veteran of federal law enforcement, a Senior Special Agent, now a contract investigator. They met on a bribery investigation within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the basis for the opening scene to Lowcountry Bribe. Hope and her special agent live on the rural banks of Lake Murray outside of Chapin, South Carolina, forever spinning tales on their back porch, bourbon and coke in hand, when not tending a loveable flock of Orpington and Dominiquer hens.

She also currently manages FundsforWriters.com, a weekly newsletter service she founded that reaches almost 35,000 writers to include university professors, professional journalists and published mystery authors. Writer’s Digest has recognized the site in its annual 101 Best Web Sites for Writers for 16 years.

She’s published in The Writer Magazine, Writer’s Digest, Chicken Soup, Next Step Magazine, College Bound Teen, Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), TURF Magazine, Landscape Management and other trade and online publications. She speaks at several writers’ conferences a year. Hope is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, EPIC, International Thriller Writers, SE Writers Assoc. and MENSA.


My Review

Edisto Stranger is the 4th Edisto Island Mysteries by C. Hope Clark. I have read the 3 earlier books in the series and enjoyed them all.

Callie is grieving and has buried herself in a bottle of gin. And a body is found by her son Jeb and his friend Sprite who turns out to be a retired FBI investigator. The investigator was obsessed with finding a young girl who was kidnapped. He had an important lead to investigate on Edisto. Did he get to close to the truth?

A very interesting story revolving around the young people on Edisto for Spring Break. Could one of the young people on the island be the missing girl?

Callie has help from an FBI agent to solve the mystery. I enjoyed the story and the setting. The writing is excellent. Hopefully Callie gets some help for her drinking before the next book.

Great series!



Review: The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg







  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3702 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250101042
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (June 6 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N2G9ZJI
Book Descriptiuon

 The thrilling tale of Sherlock Holmes’ daughter and her companion Dr. John Watson Jr. as they investigate a murder at the highest levels of British society from the USA Today bestselling author.

1910. Joanna Blalock’s keen mind and incredible insight lead her to become a highly-skilled nurse, one of the few professions that allow her to use her finely-tuned brain. But when she and her ten-year-old son witness a man fall to his death, apparently by suicide, they are visited by the elderly Dr. John Watson and his charming, handsome son, Dr. John Watson Jr. Impressed by her forensic and deductive skills, they invite her to become the third member of their deductive team.

Caught up in a Holmesian mystery that spans from hidden treasure to the Second Afghan War of 1878-1880, Joanna and her companions must devise an ingenious plan to catch a murderer in the act while dodging familiar culprits, Scotland Yard, and members of the British aristocracy. Unbeknownst to her, Joanna harbors a mystery of her own. The product of a one-time assignation between the now dead Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler, the only woman to ever outwit the famous detective, Joanna has unwittingly inherited her parents’ deductive genius.

Fans of the Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen and the Stapleton and Montgyomery series by Robin Cook will enjoy this suspenseful story, full of excitement and intrigue.


"Fans of Sherlock Holmes will be thrilled to meet his fearless and brilliant daughter, Joanna. Once again the game's afoot, and a new Holmes and Watson unite to solve the unsolvable in this delightful adventure by Leonard Goldberg." ―Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of I Know a Secret

"Cleverly crafted with fascinating characters and a plot that Conan Doyle would be proud of. Sherlock fans looking for a new series need look no further than Goldberg's well developed and fascinating tale!" ―M.J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author

"Adventure, murder, family secrets and intrigue are abound in this novel, which has incredible characters who are charming, cunning and smart as a whip. Goldberg has successfully intertwined historical facts with fiction, and has created a must-read novel for fans of historical mystery and of Sherlock Holmes." ―RT Book Reviews

"Goldberg's Sherlock Holmes pastiche is pitch-perfect as John Watson Jr. becomes the voice of a new generation and Joanna Blalock takes on her role as leader of the investigation. Fans of Laurie R. King's "Mary Russell" books will welcome a fellow female to the ranks of Holmes followers." ―Library Journal

"Goldberg, well-known for his medical thrillers, fuels the unquenchable fascination with Sherlock Holmes by combining detailed medical knowledge with the skills reincarnated in the Great Detective's daughter." ―Kirkus Reviews

"Engaging... Joanna is Holmes' daughter, even down to echoing the great man's occasional lapses into smugness: 'Allow me to draw your attention....'" ―Booklist


About the Author

 Leonard Goldberg is an American physicist, professor of medicine, and the author of the Joanna Blalock series of medical thrillers.

His novels have been translated into a dozen languages and sold more than a million copies worldwide. Leonard Goldberg is himself a consulting physician affiliated with the UCLA Medical Center, where he holds an appointment as Clinical Professor of Medicine. A sought-after expert witness in medical malpractice trials, he is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and rheumatology, and has published over a hundred scientific studies in peer-reviewed journals.

Leonard Goldberg's writing career began with a clinical interest in blood disorders. While involved in a research project at UCLA, he encountered a most unusual blood type. The patient’s red blood cells were O-Rh null, indicating they were totally deficient in A, B and Rh factors and could be administered to virtually anyone without fear of a transfusion reaction. In essence, the patient was the proverbial "universal" blood donor. This finding spurred the idea for a story in which an individual was born without a tissue type, making that person’s organs transplantable into anyone without worry of rejection. His first novel, Transplant, revolved around a young woman who is discovered to be a universal organ donor and is hounded by a wealthy, powerful man in desperate need of a new kidney. The book quickly went through multiple printings and was optioned by a major Hollywood studio.

Dr. Goldberg is a native of Charleston and a long-time California resident. He currently divides his time between Los Angeles and an island off the coast of South Carolina.


My Review


 The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg is the first book of Goldberg's that I have read. The book cover is gorgeous and I am sure that it alone will attract some readers.

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes would be an excellent book for fans of Sherlock Holmes. Even though I was never a fan, I enjoyed the book. It was very well written and I found the tone to be somewhat nostalgic and clever.

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes is not a complicated mystery but it is an excellent story. Highly recommend.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review: David Jeremiah Morning and Evening Devotions: Holy Moments in the Presence of God by David Jeremiah




  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2313 KB
  • Print Length: 768 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Lea edition (May 30 2017)
  • Sold by: Zondervan CA (CA SOR)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HAK362Q

Book Description

 Encounter the Living God Every Day

You can find sanctuary despite any circumstances because of God’s life-changing promises.

Chaos rules our world. Whether you’re dealing with work stress, family issues, health problems, or just the challenges of daily life, peace can be elusive. However, when you focus on the One who created the universe and everything in it, you realize that nothing is impossible with Him.

Trusted Bible teacher David Jeremiah guides you on a simple yet powerful journey through Scripture as you spend devotional time with the Savior twice a day. Drink deeply of God’s Word so that you, too, thrive in your spiritual walk.


About the Author

Dr. David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, felt God’s calling on his life at a very early age. Born February 13, 1941 in Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Jeremiah was raised in a family deeply committed to ministry. At the age of eleven, Dr. Jeremiah and his family moved to Dayton, Ohio where his father, Dr. James T. Jeremiah, was the Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, and in 1953 became the President of Cedarville College in Cedarville, Ohio.

As Dr. Jeremiah was sensitive to God’s leading in his life, he followed in his father’s footsteps. In 1963, Dr. Jeremiah received a Bachelor of Arts from Cedarville College. In that same year, Dr. Jeremiah married his college sweetheart, Donna Thompson who also was attending Cedarville College as a business major. He went on to earn a Masters degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1967. He completed additional graduate work at Grace University and was granted the Doctor of Divinity degree from Cedarville College in 1981.

In 1969, Dr. Jeremiah began Blackhawk Baptist Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and developed a Christian school grades K through 12. In the 12 years he served as pastor, Blackhawk Baptist Church grew from 7 families to 1300 members. He also launched The Bible Hour television program.

Dr. Jeremiah heeded God’s call, and in 1981 he and his family moved to California where he became the senior pastor of Scott Memorial Baptist Church, now Shadow Mountain Community Church.

Shadow Mountain Community Church is one of the largest churches in San Diego County. It is also the home of Southern California Seminary and Christian Unified Schools.

As Dr. Jeremiah began his ministry at Shadow Mountain, he felt God’s calling to continue the broadcast ministry he started in Fort Wayne. In 1982, Turning Point Ministries became a reality.

Today, Turning Point's 30-minute radio program is heard nationally and internationally on over 1800 stations and translator/satellators. In recognition of Dr. Jeremiah’s commitment to teaching the Word of God, he received the Broadcaster of the Year Award in 1999 from the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), in August 2002, received the Award of Merit from the Western Chapter of National Religious Broadcasters for Excellence in Broadcasting and Faithfulness in Service, and in 2006 Turning Point received the Best Radio Teaching Program Award. Dr. Jeremiah has served on the Board of Directors for the NRB since 1996.
 

Turning Point launched a television program in 1982 in San Diego and went nationwide in 2000. Now seen around the world through cable and satellite technology, as well as on terrestrial stations all across the United States, conservative estimates suggest that close to 200 million homes around the world have access to Dr. Jeremiah's Bible teaching each week. Turning Point Television offers a half-hour Bible study message and a full hour worship service with the same great preaching. Carried on several national and international networks such as TBN, ION, and INSP, Turning Point Television has most recently been added to Middle East TV Network and BET, the Black Entertainment Network.

Dr. Jeremiah is a sought-after conference speaker for organizations around the country. He frequently speaks at Cedarville College, Dallas Theological Seminary, Moody Bible Institute, Billy Graham Training Center, Phil Waldrep’s Senior Adult Celebrations and numerous NFL, NBA and Baseball chapels.

Along with his speaking schedule around the country, Dr. Jeremiah also finds time to fulfill another passion in his life, writing. His books are always gripping and right to the point. Some of his books include Escape the Coming Night, The Power of Encouragement, What the Bible Says About Angels, Prayer The Great Adventure, which brought him The Gold Medallion Award in 1998, God In You, Gifts from God...(from Goodreads)


My Review

 David Jeremiah Morning and Evening Devotions: Holy Moments in the Presence of God by David Jeremiah is a fabulous devotional with devotions for both daily morning and evening devotions.

David Jeremiah states in the Introduction of  David Jeremiah Morning and Evening Devotions: Holy Moments in the Presence of God that we all need and seek refreshment: True refreshment is found when we spend time studying God’s Word. (David Jeremiah. David Jeremiah Morning and Evening Devotions: Holy Moments In the Presence of God (Kindle Location 1193). Thomas Nelson.  And also: That time with Him makes the complicated issues of life seem small when seen in light of His truths for living.(David Jeremiah. David Jeremiah Morning and Evening Devotions: Holy Moments In the Presence of God (Kindle Locations 1195-1196). Thomas Nelson.

Jeremiah makes it easy for the reader to have these words of God readily available with his morning and evening devotions. Each devotion begins with a bible verse then a short devotion. There are morning and evening devotions for each day of the year. I found the devotions to be easy to read and understand and filled with wisdom. They are short and sweet so everyone should have time for them. This insightful book will be treasured by all who read it.

As David Jeremiah states: A moment in time may seem fleeting, but it is never futile when spent in the presence of the Lord—your days and nights will be richer for it. (David Jeremiah. David Jeremiah Morning and Evening Devotions: Holy Moments In the Presence of God (Kindle Locations 1206-1207). Thomas Nelson.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Review: The Breakdown by B.A. Paris








  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (July 18 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M2BPO4O



Book Description


Named One of the Most Anticipated Thriller Novels Of 2017 by Bustle!

THE NEW CHILLING, PROPULSIVE NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods. It was on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, and a woman was sitting inside—the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm, and she probably would have been hurt herself if she’d stopped. Not only that, her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing. Where she left the car; if she took her pills; even the alarm code.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

And the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

You won't be able to put down B. A. Paris's The Breakdown, the next chilling, propulsive novel from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors.

"B. A. Paris has done it again! The Breakdown is a page-turning thriller that will leave you questioning the family you love, the friends you trust, and even your own mind." --Wendy Walker, author of the USA Today bestselling novel All Is Not Forgotten

"In the same vein as the author's acclaimed debut, Behind Closed Doors, this riveting psychological thriller pulls readers into an engrossing narrative in which every character is suspect. With its well-formed protagonists, snappy, authentic dialog, and clever and twisty plot, this is one not to miss." --Library Journal (starred)


About the Author

B A Paris grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. Behind Closed Doors is her first novel.

My Review

The Breakdown is the new standalone novel by B.A. Paris. Last year I read her debut novel Behind Closed Doors which was a terrifyingly amazingly good read! The Breakdown is also another fabulous read!

I found The Breakdown chilling right from the beginning. I had such a hard time putting down this excellent thriller. B.A. Paris is an excellent writer who knows just where to put the twists to keep the reader enthralled.

I found The Breakdown to be incredibly fascinating because of the references to memory. I found it terrifying as Cass struggled to remember things. She kept misplacing things and who was calling her all the time? As the novel progressed and I began to suspect what was going on it made me question the motives people can have.

I found The Breakdown to be a riveting read. Highly recommend! Another winner from B.A. Paris.


Review: Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton




  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1897 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (April 20 2017)
  • Sold by: PRH UK
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01KL65GTM

Book Description

 'Bolton is a gripping storyteller with fine, haunted characters' Peter James

Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor.

She’s seen the killer’s face – but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime.

Alone, scared, trusting no one, she’s running to where she feels safe – but it could be the most dangerous place of all . . 


'A real race-through read. Bolton's writing is pacy, and features a brilliant twist I wish I'd written.' Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of I See You (in Shortlist)

'For once, the description "impossible to put down" is fully merited, for this is an absolute page-turner' Daily Mail

'With Dead Woman Walking, Sharon Bolton exceeds her own high standards of excellence. It grips from the start . . . The plot merges skilfully, with many splendid twists along the way' The Times

'Bolton is a gripping storyteller with fine, haunted characters' Peter James

'Crepuscular, uncanny mystery' Guardian
 

'Bolton establishes a forbidding atmosphere . . . A slippery, devious narrative in which things are not always what they seem' Crime Scene

About the Author

Sharon J Bolton was born and brought up in Lancashire, the eldest of three daughters. As a child, she dreamed of becoming an actress and a dancer, studying ballet, tap and jazz from a young age and reading drama at Loughborough University.

She spent her early career in marketing and PR before returning to full-time education to study for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Warwick University, where she met her husband, Andrew. They moved to London and Sharon held a number of PR posts in the City. She left the City to work freelance, to start a family and to write.

She and Andrew now live in a village in the Chiltern Hills, not far from Oxford, with their son and the latest addition to the family: Lupe, the lop-eared lurcher. Her daily life revolves around the school run, walking the dog and those ever-looming publishing deadlines.


My Review

Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton is a fabulous read. I have enjoyed every book of Bolton's that I have read. Dead Woman Walking is a stand-alone novel filled with nail biting suspense and great characters.

Dead Woman Walking is set in Northern England. Jessica is taking her sister Isabel, a nun, on a hot air balloon ride for her 40th birthday. While up in the balloon the sisters and the others aboard witness a crime...a man killing a woman. Worst yet the murderer realizes he has been spotted by those in the balloon. The balloon crashes and most aboard perish. When the police get to the crash scene, the find that the pilot is missing as well as two females.

The police are not the only ones looking for Jessica and the others. The murderer is as well. Dead Woman Walking follows Jessica's escape from the murderer and the police as she attempts to get to safety. Loved everything about this book including the ending.

Excellent book. Highly recommend.




Review: The Gospel According to Paul Embracing the Good News at the Heart of Paul's Teachings By John MacArthur







  • File Size: 741 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 4, 2017)
  • Publication Date: April 4, 2017
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HAK36D0



Book Description

From master-expositor and Bible teacher John MacArthur, a revelatory exploration of what the apostle Paul actually taught about the good news of Jesus


The apostle Paul penned a number of very pithy, focused passages in his letters to the early church that summarize the gospel message in just a few well-chosen words. Each of these key texts has a unique emphasis highlighting some essential aspect of the Good News. The chapters in this revelatory new book closely examine those vital gospel texts, one verse at a time. John MacArthur, host of the popular media ministry Grace to You, president of the Master’s University and Seminary, and longtime pastor at Grace Community Church, tackles such questions as, What is the gospel? What are the essential elements of the message? How can we be certain we have it right? And how should Christians be proclaiming the Good News to the world? As always, the answers John MacArthur gives are clear, compelling, well-reasoned, easy to grasp, and above all, thoroughly biblical. The Gospel According to Paul is written in a style that is easily accessible to lay people, including those who know very little about the Bible, while being of great value to seasoned pastors and experienced ministers.


About the Author

John F. MacArthur, Jr. is a United States Calvinistic evangelical writer and minister, noted for his radio program entitled Grace to You and as the editor of the Gold Medallion Book Award winning MacArthur Study Bible. MacArthur is a fifth-generation pastor, a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969, and as President of The Master's College (and the related Master's Seminary) in Santa Clarita, California.





My Review


The Gospel According to Paul: Embracing the Good News at the Heart of Paul's Teachings by John MacArthur is the prolific Christian author and speaker's latest book. This is the third book in this series that explores the Gospel. The earlier two books were The Gospel According to Jesus and the Gospel According to the Apostles.

The Gospel According to Paul: Embracing the Good News at the Heart of Paul's Teachings explores the apostle Paul's teachings. Paul was unique in that he was not an apostle while Jesus was alive. MacArthur points out that Paul would not have fit in with the other apostles as he was educated and was a Roman citizen. He was a Pharisee opposed to Jesus's teachings before meeting the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus.

John MacArthur provides an examination of Paul's approach to teaching the Gospels and spreading The Word. MacArthur always gives the reader the Calvinistic viewpoint in his writings. He compares how Paul taught the Gospels as opposed to how Jesus taught the Gospels. MacArthur ensures that the readers embrace what is written in the Bible not others interpretations.

The Gospel According to Paul: Embracing the Good News at the Heart of Paul's Teachings is easy to read and would be a valuable resource for Christians and non-Christians alike.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Review: Shiver Hitch (A Jane Bunker Mystery #3) by Linda Greenlaw



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 887 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250107563
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (June 6 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N74PL2T


Book Description


 Jane Bunker thought she d escaped the pollution, noise, and dead bodies of the big city when she left her job as a Miami homicide detective and moved back to the idyllic town of Green Haven, Maine. But through her work as a marine insurance investigator, it appears she s left behind the bustle of the city, but not the murder.

When Jane is called to the remote Acadia Island to assess the damages from a house fire, she also finds a badly burned body in the charred rubble, and it turns out that the victim is the owner of the house, a wealthy woman who just happens to be one of the most hated women in town. As Jane investigates further, she becomes embroiled in a plot as thick as New England clam chowder, which involves convicted felons, a real estate scam, and the deep conflicts between the locals and the summer folks. On top of trying to find what might be a murderer on the loose, Jane is still living with her bonkers landlords, the Vickersons, who are delighted when Jane finds out that her brother Wally (who has Down s syndrome) is going to move in with them, after losing his assisted living arrangement. It s all Jane can do to keep all the moving pieces together, much less figure out who would want to burn someone alive and why.


About the Author


Linda Greenlaws three bestselling books about life as a commercial fisherman -- THE HUNGRY OCEAN (1999), THE LOBSTER CHRONICLES (2002) and ALL FISHERMEN ARE LIARS (2004) -- have climbed as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list. She is the winner of the U.S. Maritime Literature Award in 2003, and the New England Book Award for nonfiction in 2004. Time Magazine called her 2005 RECIPES FROM A VERY SMALL ISLAND, co-authored with her mother Martha Greenlaw, a "must-have cookbook".

Before becoming a writer, Linda Greenlaw was the captain of a sword boat, the career that earned her a prominent role in Sebastian Junger's THE PERFECT STORM and a portrayal in the subsequent film. She has been featured onGood Morning America,Today,CBS Sunday Morning,The Martha Stewart Show, andNational Public Radio. She now lives on Isle au Haut, Maine, where she captains a lobster boat.

When Linda Greenlaw confessed a desire to write fiction readers responded with an enthusiastic "Please do!" At last, she satisfies their hunger with SLIPKNOT, a sharp-witted, compulsively readable mystery, the first in a series featuring marine investigator Jane Bunker. As she proved in THE HUNGRY OCEAN, no one knows the sea like Linda Greenlaw. And as she proved in THE LOBSTER CHRONICLES, no one has a better way with the telling details of Maine village life. SLIPKNOT delivers everything readers want: a great setting, wonderful characters, an authentic and original detective -- and a story that will keep them on the edge of their seats. (from the author's website)"


My Review

 Shiver Hitch is the third book in the A Jane Bunker Mystery series by Linda Greenlaw. This is the first book in the series that I have read. It is also the first book of Greenlaw's that I have read. You do not need to read the first two books in the series to enjoy Shiver Hitch.

Jane Bunker lives in small town Green Haven, Maine. She is employed as both a deputy and as an insurance investigator. In the midst of the cold Maine winter, Jane is called out to remote Acadia Island to investigate a house fire as part of her job as an insurance investigator. Soon she has to don her deputy hat as she discovers a body in the ruins of the fire. The body is that of the home owner. Who would want to kill her?

There is a story about Jane Bunker that has not been explored at all yet. Jane moved with her mother to Florida as a small child and knows nothing about her relatives on Acadia Island. The subject was touched on but Jane did little to find out about them. I hope that story is being saved for a later book in the series.

I really enjoyed Shiver Hitch and am definitely looking forward to more books in the series! Highly recommend.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour: Watching the Detectives (The Country Club Murders #5) by Julie Mulhern




  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 652 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Henery Press (May 23 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06WWF1PWQ





Tour Participants

May 22 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT
May 22 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW
May 23 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW
May 23 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW
May 24 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – REVIEW
May 24 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
May 25 – A Cozy Experience – REVIEW
May 25 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT
May 26 – MysteriesEtc – REVIEW
May 26 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
May 27 – Author Annette Drake’s blog – INTERVIEW
May 28 – 3 Partners  in Shopping, Nana, Mommy. &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT
May 29 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW
May 29 – Books Direct – GUEST POST
May 30 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW
May 30 – Cozy Up With Kathy – INTERVIEW
May 31 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
May 31 – Island Confidential – GUEST POST
June 1 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW
June 1 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
June 2 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW  
June 3- Girl with Book Lungs – REVIEW
June 3- Bookworm Café – CHARACTER GUEST POST
June 4 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW, GUEST POST

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Book Description

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Ellison Russell wanted a decorator, not a corpse. Too bad she finds Mrs. White in the study killed with a revolver. Things go from bad to worse when she finds Mr. White in the dining room killed with a candlestick. With so many bodies, is it any wonder Detective Anarchy Jones’ new partner considers Ellison a suspect?

With the country club gossips talking a mile a minute, an unexpected cocktail party, a visit from Aunt Sis, and a romantic decision, Ellison hardly has time to think about murder. Unfortunately, the killer has plenty of time to think about her.

“This series has become so enjoyable precisely because Ellison strives against the norms no matter how many times she is told how to behave. It is her sharp wit and humor that allows her to prevail, and attempting to teach the same to her daughter further cements her place as an admirable and extraordinarily likable heroine. As entertaining as it is for readers to romp through 1970s country club society, far more enthralling are the adventures of such a resilient and stalwart woman.” – Kings River Life Magazine

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, humorous murder mysteries, historical mysteries.

Books in the Country Club Murders Humorous Mystery Series:

THE DEEP END (#1)
GUARANTEED TO BLEED (#2)
CLOUDS IN MY COFFEE (#3)
SEND IN THE CLOWNS (#4)
WATCHING THE DETECTIVES (#5)

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...

About the Author

Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders. She is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean–and she’s got an active imagination. Truth is–she’s an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.

Author Links
Webpage – www.juliemulhernauthor.com
FB – https://www.facebook.com/juliekmulhern/?ref=hl
Twitter – https://twitter.com/JulieKMulhern
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8573907.Julie_Mulhern

Purchase Links

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My Review

Watching the Detectives is the fifth book in The Country Club Murders by Julie Mulhern. I have read the earlier books in the series and enjoyed them all. Watching the Detectives was a fun read as well!

Watching the Detectives had Ellison Russell continuing to discover bodies, two of them in her house. Everyone is back from the previous books such as Detective Anarchy Jones who Ellison has developed quite a fondness for. Good mystery and well written.

Enjoyable read! Great book for fans of fun cozy mysteries!






Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review: The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable







  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1339 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250070627
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (May 9 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MAXRMG0

Book Description

 Physician Bess Codman has returned to her family's Nantucket compound, Cliff House, for the first time in four years. Her great-grandparents built Cliff House almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Though she s purposefully avoided the island, Bess must now pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave.

The Book of Summer unravels the power and secrets of Cliff House as told through the voices of Ruby Packard, a bright-eyed and idealistic newlywed on the eve of WWII, the home's definitive guestbook, and Bess herself. Bess's grandmother always said it was a house of women, and by the very last day of the very last summer at Cliff House, Bess will understand the truth of her grandmother s words in ways she never contemplated.


About The Author

http://michellegable.com/

 Michelle Gable is the NY Times bestselling author of A PARIS APARTMENT, I'LL SEE YOU IN PARIS and the forthcoming THE BOOK OF SUMMER. A College of William & Mary graduate, Gable currently resides in Cardiff by the Sea, California with her husband, two daughters, one lazy cat, and a very feisty rabbit. 

Praise for Michelle Gable

"A sure bet for women's-fiction fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Nantucket novels."Booklist, on The Book of Summer

"Gable cleverly illuminates the past, revealing how it mirrors the present. This is a splendid multigenerational novel about the strength of the women of Cliff House." ―Publishers Weekly, on The Book of Summer

"Gable develops fully rounded characters that readers feel as if they could reach out and touch. We want to know more about them and Gable gives us plenty." Richmond Times-Dispatch, on The Book of Summer

"This time of year is meant for books to devour. Vacations, the beach, lazy afternoons all call for a good book that allows you to escape. Michelle Gable knows how to deliver." ―Newport News Daily Press, on The Book of Summer

"It's Gable's ability to weave a family's tale through the musings of summer visitors, war, relationship drama and a smattering of sexual tension that makes it a must for any summer reading list." Fort Worth Star- Telegram, on The Book of Summer

“Plot-master Gable’s (I'll See You In Paris) affection for hidden treasures emerges again in her second absorbing novel. Readers are kept guessing ’til the end in this sweet story of love, mystery, art, literature, and Paris. As complex and moving as Naomi Wood’s Mrs. Hemingway and Liz Trenow’s The Forgotten Seamstress.”Booklist
"Gable (A Paris Apartment) writes an engaging story, and both worlds―Annie's in 2001 and Pru's in 1973―are easy to slide into. Readers will root for both women as they uncover family secrets and discover hidden aspects of themselves. Readers of Kate Morton and those who enjoy family-centered mysteries will approve highly of this book." ―Library Journal

"Gable (I'll See You In Paris) has crafted another page-turner of a good read, filled with history, mystery and a dash of romance. This is the sort of fun, escapist read that is beloved by books clubs. There are characters to love, characters to hate, enticing settings and a requisite amount of plot twists." ―Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Michelle Gable (I'll See You In Paris)...elegantly navigates the narratives of the generations, making each set of characters complex and likable.” ―Richmond Times Dispatch

“Gable’s (I'll See You In Paris)novel provides a wonderful, highly literate mystery...stories within stories, an almost Wuthering Heights narrative complexity.” The Roanoke Times

"Gable (A Paris Apartment) tells an engaging story of a fascinating, largely forgotten historical figure against the backdrop of two fledgling romances." ―Kirkus Reviews



My Review

 The Book of Summer is the first book by author Michelle Gable that I have read. The cover is gorgeous. It caught my attention right away.

Set in Nantucket, The Book of Summer is a great summer read and I think fans of Elin Hilderbrand will love it.

This is the story of a family and of friendships. It is the story of a family of women and the strength of women. It is filled with the ups and downs of the family that inhabits a lovely summer home on Nantucket.

Dr. Bess Codman returns to Nantucket to try to convince her mother to leave their family's summer home that is in danger of collapsing into the sea. It is also the story of Ruby, Bess's grandmother and the events in her life around World War II that shaped her life and her family's life forever.

I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend The Book of Summer.