Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: A Season to Lie (Detective Gemma Monroe #2) by Emily Littlejohn



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Nov. 14 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072DTQQJV


Book Description

Following her acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, this is Emily Littlejohn’s next mesmerizing mystery featuring Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe.

In Emily Littlejohn's follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Inherit the Bones, police officer Gemma Monroe has just returned to work from maternity leave. And what a first day back: a blizzard is blowing into her idyllic Colorado ski town, and while Gemma hopes for a quiet, warm evening in, she knows it will mean plenty of calls out for snow-related accidents. But when an anonymous caller reports seeing a lurker at the local high school, Gemma gets far more than she bargained for. Behind the school building, half covered in a drift of snow, lies the gruesomely murdered body of a world-famous author—whose presence in town was meant to be a secret.



About the Author

I was born and raised in Southern California but have called Colorado home for over a decade now. The beautiful mountains and open space continue to inspire me on a daily basis. 

I wrote Inherit the Bones over the course of two years. I've always had a fascination with all things mystery, horror, and the macabre. Bones was inspired by a vision I had of a clown, found dead, in full costume. I wondered who was the man behind the make-up?

And just like that, a story was born. 

I hope you enjoy spending time in Cedar Valley with Detective Gemma Monroe, her partner Finn Nowlin and the rest of the people that bring the town to life. The second book in the series, A Season to Lie, will be available in November 2017, with a third and fourth book to come. 
When I'm not writing, I'm enjoying life with my growing family, working at the local public library, and serving as the Program Director for the Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America. 

I'd love to hear from you, so drop me a message on the Follow Me page or send me an e-mail at EmilyNLittlejohn@gmail.com.


My Review

A Season to Lie is the second Detective Gemma Monroe mystery by Emily Littlejohn. It is the first book by Littlejohn that I have read. A Season to Lie was a nice surprise. It is well written and has a good story. The characters all enhance the story.

A Season to Lie follows small ski resort town Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe as she returns to work after maternity leave. It is tough on her heading back after an absence but even tougher when a murder occurs at a local private school. When it turns out that it was a famous author who died, the pressure is on to find the murderer before he hits again. Then a teacher at the school goes missing...

Great characters. I loved that Gemma was dealing with a grandparent with dementia. So many of us deal with that these days. Very realistic. 

I highly recommend A Season to Lie. It can easily be read as a stand alone. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!


Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle








  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3673.0 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250108675
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (Oct. 10 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XRJ36XV

Book Description

 A recently divorced woman and her daughter look for a fresh start by moving to a small town that embraces them in ways that only fate and the magic of Christmas can explain.

Sydney Ragsdale is divorced, but her husband is still calling the shots. In an attempt to shake free from his hold, she and her daughter, Ray Anne, head for tiny Hopewell, NC to the only asset her ex has no control over – a decaying farmhouse that once belonged to her grandparents. She finds solace at The Book Bea, the bookstore she’d loved as a child during her summer stays.

Kevin MacAlea, Mac to his friends, is the local high school history teacher and baseball coach. Father of a twelve-year-old son, he’s Hopewell, North Carolina’s most sought after bachelor. His young bride abandoned him and his son just before Christmas and has never come back. It has left his son bitter about Christmas which is hard for Mac who loves the magic of the season. He’s been the Santa here in Hopewell since the year Seth was born. 


But when a catastrophe forces The Book Bea to close before the end of the year, everyone in the small town is feeling the loss. While Sydney is already off-balance by the bad news, her ex-husband breaks a promise to their daughter that sends Ray Anne running away. As Sydney tries to figure out what her next steps are she discovers all of the answers are right here in Hopewell.


About the Author

 USA TODAY Bestselling author, Nancy Naigle, writes love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense.

With a career spent on the cutting edge of technology in the banking industry, she never let go of her dream to write. Now she works full-time writing stories that are a calming blend of community, family, and the simple things in life. She writes the kind of stories she hopes will provide an escape from the hectic day-to-day in the make believe worlds she creates.

Look for Nancy's titles in the Adams Grove series.
Sweet Tea and Secrets
Out of Focus
Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes
Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies
Mint Juleps and Justice
Barbecue and Bad News

Porch Swings and Promises

Nancy also has co-written books with:


Phyllis C. Johnson ~ inkBLOT


Kelsey Browning ~ The Granny Series
Book 1- In For A Penny
Book 2 - Fit To Be Tied
Book 3 - In High Cotton
Book 4 - Under The Gun

Coming August 30th, don't miss the second book set in Boot Creek, EVERY YESTERDAY. (The followup book to Life After Perfect.)

Also, this October, look for Christmas Joy. A heartwarming Christmas novel.

Aside from writing she enjoys hunting for treasures in junk and antique shoppes, and getting crafty no matter what the medium from painting and digitizing embroidery designs, to weaving pine needle baskets.

A Virginia native, and spending most of her life in the Tidewater area, she now calls North Carolina home.



My Review

Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle is a stand alone charming Christmas story. I have read most of Nancy's books and they always warm your heart.

After her divorce, Sydney and her daughter moved from Atlanta to small town North Carolina. Sydney had inherited a farmhouse there. She and her daughter RayAnne settle there and Sydney finds a short term job for Christmas at a bookstore, The Book Bea. The Book Bea had delighted Sydney in her youth and she was just as entranced as a adult.

Sydney meets a local teacher, Mac, who is also divorced with a young son, Seth. It is a romance so you know a few road blocks will get in the way. Will true love win out for Christmas?

Hope at Christmas is filled with hope and the joy of the Christmas season. Lovely read. If you like Christmas stories then this one is for you!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thomas Nelson's 'KJV Know The Word Study Bible' Kindle Fire Giveaway

Diving deeper into God's Word can be easy and rewarding if you break it down book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic with the new KJV Know The Word Study Bible by Thomas Nelson. The book-by-book series of notes leads you through the main points of each book of the Bible. The verse-by-verse notes help you to dig deeper into God's Word. The topic-by-topic articles, which cover 21 theological topics, guide you through a series of insightful notes and give you a thorough biblical understanding of each topic. With the beautiful and timeless text of the KJV translation, the KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers you choices of how to study Scripture and grow in your relationship with Christ.

This fall, become a regular student of the Bible and enter to win the Kindle Fire giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of the KJV Know The Word Study Bible
  • A Kindle Fire 7
  • A Kindle Fire case (winner's choice)
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on October 31. The winner will be announced November 1 on the Litfuse blog.


Book Description


The KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers three easy ways to begin studying Scripture and helps individuals transition from being a casual reader of the Bible to becoming a regular student of the Bible. You can choose to study the Bible book-by-book, verse-by-verse, or topic-by-topic; each path offers powerful insights that will help you develop a daily routine of Bible study. The book-by-book series of notes leads you through the main points of each book of the Bible. The verse-by-verse notes help you to dig deeper into God’s Word. The topic-by-topic articles, which cover 21 theological topics, guide you through a series of insightful notes and give you a thorough biblical understanding of each topic. With the beautiful and timeless text of the KJV translation, the KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers you choices of how to study Scripture and grow in your relationship with Christ.



My Review

The Thomas Nelson's 'KJV Know The Word Study Bible' is a comprehensive new bible that provides insight for those who prefer the King James Version of the Bible.

The KJV Know the Word Study Bible has subtitles on the first page: Gain a Greater Understanding of the  Bible, Book by Book, Verse by Verse and Topic by Topic.  There are notes on each book of the Bible, notes on the verses and also 21 theological topics to give the reader a greater understanding of the Bible.

The KJV Know the Word Study Bible is a sturdy hardcover that I found easy to read...the font was a decent size so it was readable. 

 
Features Include:
• King James Version Bible text
• Three easy approaches to study the Bible: 1. Book by Book; 2. Verse by Verse; 3. Topic by Topic
• Insightful introductions for each book of Scripture
• Words of Jesus in red
• Beautiful two-color interior page design
• Comprehensive list of theological notes
• Concordance
• Full-color maps


Great study bible for those who like the language of the King James version. Sometimes you just want to study the Word as it was in your childhood. The KJV can be very comforting that way.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Review: Purple Palette for Murder: A Meg Harris Mystery by R.J. Harlick








  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (Oct. 14 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01NCKQXCS

Book Description

With her husband under arrest for murder and Meg desperate to prove his innocence, she flies to Yellowknife, where a tangled web of family secrets and greed awaits her.
 
Meg Harris is forced to leave the sanctuary of Three Deer Point and fly to Yellowknife, where her stepdaughter lies near death and her husband is in jail for killing a man. Expecting to find Eric shouting his innocence, she instead finds him cowed and willing to do hard time. But Meg doesn't believe he s guilty.


Convinced that there s more to the murder victim and the attack on her stepdaughter than the police think, Meg finds herself on a sordid trail of family secrets and greed, hoping she can prove her husband s innocence. Fragments of an ancient embroidery lead her to a remote Dene hunting camp, where all is not what it seems."


About the Author

 Called "queen of Canadian wilderness fiction", R.J. Harlick writes the acclaimed Meg Harris mystery series set in the wilds of Canada with an underlying native theme. There are currently seven books in the series with the eighth, Purple Palette for Murder, due out in October 2017.

The fourth book, Arctic Blue Death, was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Best Novel award. Silver Totem of Shame was named one of the top ten summer crime fiction reads by the Globe & Mail and was a recommended beach read by the Seattle Public Library. Cold White Fear was a CBC recommended mystery read.

With Death's Golden Whisper, the first book in the Meg Harris mystery series, RJ introduces protagonist Meg Harris who has fled the urban frenzy of Toronto and her failed marriage to Three Deer Point, a remote wilderness property in West Quebec, that she inherited from her Great Aunt Agatha. She lives in a century old Victorian timber cottage perched on a granite point overlooking the black waters of Echo Lake. Her only neighbour is the reserve of the Fishhook Algonquins, or Migiskan Anishinabeg. She drinks a little too much and is afraid of the dark, yet her only companion in this remote cottage is her wimpy standard poodle, Sergei.

She has fled to this northern paradise to heal her bruised soul. But her sought after peace is invariably interrupted by injustice and murder. Unable to ignore it, Meg becomes enmeshed in a quagmire of murderous intrigue.

After travelling to Baffin Island in Arctic Blue Death, Meg decided that she would love to explore a different Canadian wilderness and visit with its native peoples in every other book. Silver Totem of Shame takes place in Vancouver and Haida Gwaii, the mystical islands of the Haida. Purple Palette for Murder has Meg flying to the Northwest Territories when her husband is charged with murder.

Though the story of each book can stand on its own, there is a backstory about Meg and other characters that evolves from book to book. So avid readers of mystery series might want to start with the first book, Death's Golden Whisper.

Harlick is a member and past president of Crime Writers of Canada and Capital Crime Writers. She is also a member of Sisters in Crime, The Writers Union of Canada and Quebec Writers Federation.

She is a regular panelists at such conferences as Bouchercon, Left Coast Crime, and Malice Domestic. She also does many store signings and library readings. To check out her schedule visit her blog. http://rjharlick.blogspot.ca

RJ blogs every second Tuesday on Criminal Minds - http://7criminalminds.blogspot.ca.

Visit with RJ on Facebook -https://www.facebook.com/RJHarlick
and on her website - http://www.rjharlick.ca


My Review

Purple Palette for Murder is the latest Meg Harris mystery by author R.J. Harlick. The Meg Harris series is set in Canada and written by a Canadian author. R.J. Harlick thoroughly researches the areas where she sets the stories and I find that I learn a lot while I am reading an enjoyable tale.

Meg is still recovering from her experiences in the last book, A Cold White Fear, which was a terrifying read. I would still be recovering from them too. But when she finds out her husband has been arrested for the murder of his daughter's accused rapist and attacker, she is on the first plane to Yellowknife in Canada's North West Territories.

Purple Palette for Murder is a great mystery but it is also a great geography lesson. More importantly, the book realistically approaches the problems that linger for Canada's First Nation people. Most of the problems lead back to the residential school system where native children where taken from their parents and placed in schools far from home. At these schools, the children were told to forget their native heritage and become "white" basically. There was terrible abuse at these schools. The results of the abuse have trickled down through the generations and we are left with a lot of damaged people. I applaud author Harlick for her realistic portrayal of a broken but resilient people.

Purple Palette for Murder also touches on the resource development of the North West Territories. Diamonds were discovered there and there has been a boom accompanying this. A number of First Nations people are torn between leaving the habitat intact or exploiting the resources such as diamonds. 

I highly recommend Purple Palette for Murder.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Review: The Beautiful Word for Christmas By Mary DeMuth








  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (Oct. 17 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310087562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310087564

Book Description

 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Luke 2:11

 
Read the Christmas story like never before with favorite scriptures hand-lettered and illustrated. Celebrate the wondrous birth of Christ with 31 devotionals that will point each day to the Savor.

Savor the season with The Beautiful Word for Christmas.

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This book includes:

23 Bible passages illustrated in full color

31 timely devotions written especially for the Christmas season

Activities to bring the heart of the season home



About the Author

 http://www.marydemuth.com/


My Review

 The Beautiful Word for Christmas to Bring the Joy of Advent to Your Heart by Mary DeMuth is a gorgeous square hardcover book about 7" x 7". It is a joy just to hold it and start flipping through the beautifully illustrated pages.

The cover of  The Beautiful Word for Christmas to Bring the Joy of Advent to Your Heart is beautiful. It even has sparkles on it to catch your eye. This would be a great gift book for someone. I know I would be thrilled to receive it as a gift. The first section of the book is lovely calligraphy and illustrations representing the Nativity story from Luke. The remainder of the book is an advent devotional. Each day has a bible verse, a devotion, and an activity. 

So what is an activity in The Beautiful Word for Christmas to Bring the Joy of Advent to Your Heart? For an example, the activity on Page 147 suggests you make a copy of the devotional, put it in a card and send it to someone who struggles with low self esteem. Each day has an activity or suggestion such as that.


I am discovering that The Beautiful Word for Christmas to Bring the Joy of Advent to Your Heart is a delightful book and I cannot wait to read it through this Advent. I know it will be a blessing to me.

I highly recommend The Beautiful Word for Christmas to Bring the Joy of Advent to Your Heart by Mary DeMuth.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Review: The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5079 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062313118
  • Publisher: William Morrow (Oct. 3 2017)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N9PTM35

Book Description

 The author of the celebrated bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home returns with this eagerly awaited new novel, set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events, that chronicles an ordinary woman’s struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill, a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression and injustice, with the emotional power of Ron Rash’s Serena, Dennis Lehane’s The Given Day, and the unforgettable films Norma Rae and Silkwood

Twelve times a week, twenty-eight-year old Ella May Wiggins makes the two-mile trek to and from her job on the night shift at American Mill No. 2 in Bessemer City, North Carolina. The insular community considers the mill’s owners—the newly arrived Goldberg brothers—white but not American and expects them to pay Ella May and others workers less because they toil alongside African Americans like Violet, Ella May’s best friend. While the dirty, hazardous job at the mill earns Ella May a paltry nine dollars for seventy-two hours of work each week, it’s the only opportunity she has. Her no-good husband John has run off again, and she must keep her four young children alive with whatever she can find.

When the union leaflets first come through the mill, Ella May has a taste of hope, a yearning for the better life the organizers promise. But the mill owners, backed by other nefarious forces, claim the union is nothing but a front for the Bolshevik menace sweeping across Europe. To maintain their control, the owners will use every means in their power, including lies, threats, and bloodshed, to prevent workers from banding together. On the night of the county’s biggest rally, Ella May, weighing the costs of her choice, makes up her mind to join the movement—a decision that will have lasting consequences for her children, her friends, her town—indeed all that she loves.

Seventy-five years later, Ella May’s daughter Lilly, now an elderly woman, tells her nephew about his grandmother and the events that transformed their family. Illuminating the most painful corners of their history, she reveals, for the first time, the whole story of what happened to Ella May after that fateful union meeting in 1929.

Intertwining myriad voices, Wiley Cash brings to life the heartbreak and bravery of the now forgotten struggle of the labor movement in early Twentieth Century America—and pays tribute to the thousands of heroic women and men who risked their lives to win basic rights for all workers. Lyrical, heartbreaking, and haunting, this eloquent new novel confirms Wiley Cash’s place among our nation’s finest writers.


Reviews from Others

“Wiley Cash reveals the dignity and humanity of people asking for a fair shot in an unfair world. Fraught with the turmoil of social change, The Last Ballad moves inexorably toward a devastating moment of reckoning. A timely and topical portrait of a community in crisis.” (Christina Baker Kline, author of A Piece of the World and Orphan Train)

“Cash pulls no punches in this gorgeous, gut-wrenching novel, and that’s entirely as it should be for a story of desperate people. In an era when American workers are besieged as they haven’t been since the Great Depression, I can think of no more relevant novel for our times.” (Ben Fountain, Author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk on The Last Ballad)

“Beautifully and courageously told. Wiley Cash dares give voice to people lost in the margins of history, and he brings to life their inspiring fight for justice with graceful prose, honesty and intensity, and best of all, a wonderful bigness of heart.” (Lydia Peelle, author of The Midnight Cool on The Last Ballad)

“This suspenseful, moving novel is a story of struggle and personal sacrifice for the greater good that will resonate with readers of John Steinbeck or Ron Rash.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Inspired by the events of an actual textile-mill strike in 1929, Cash creates a vivid picture of one woman’s desperation. . . . A heartbreaking and beautifully written look at the real people involved in the labor movement.” (Kirkus Reviews)


About the Author

Wiley Cash is the New York Times best selling author of The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy (William Morrow/HarperCollins). He currently serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and their two young daughters. Please visit wileycash.com to check the scheduled events for his book tour in the fall of 2017. 


My Review

 I have read both of Wiley Cash's previous books, This Dark Road to Mercy and A Land More Kind Than Home. They were both outstanding books.  I knew that The Last Ballad would not disappoint.

The Last Ballad shares the story of union organizing in 1920s in the United States with readers. It is told in alternating voices. My favorite chapter was the chapter where Kate brings Ella May home and visits there. The different voices and different views allow the story to tell itself. And what an enthralling story it is. I was mad; I was scared; and, sometimes I was crying. Most importantly, this book made me think.

What I really think is important and the message that people need to remember is that 100 years ago trade unions were born in the United States. It was not an easy fight and many of those who share in the benefits of that system now need to revisit the strife that brought about the unions and now a similar and equally important fight is being fought for universal medicare. The trade unions brought about the middle class and the decent wages the jobs in the mills, mines and factories now provided. The middle class is struggling to stay alive again. The fight is never easy. And Black people are still fighting for equal opportunities in the United States.

Wiley Cash brings history to life in The Last Ballad. The characters are all true to their race and social level. They all had amazing stories to tell.

I highly recommend this timely and beautifully written novel, The Last Ballad, by the brilliant storyteller Wiley Cash.



Monday, October 2, 2017

Review: The Witches' Tree (Agatha Raisin #28) by M.C. Beaton








  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2380 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250057469
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Oct. 3 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XKGL3MR

Book Description

 The Witches’ Tree continues the tradition in M. C. Beaton's beloved Agatha Raisin mystery series―now a hit T.V. show.

Cotswolds inhabitants are used to inclement weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Devere, the new vicar and his wife, drive slowly home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They strain to see the road ahead―and then suddenly brake, screeching to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights, a body hangs from a gnarled tree at the edge of town. Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster, has been murdered―and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime.

Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion (a little glad for the excitement, to tell the truth, after a long run of lost cats and divorces on the books). But Sumpton Harcourt is a small and private village, she finds―a place that poses more questions than answers. And when two more murders follow the first, Agatha begins to fear for her reputation―and even her life. That the village has its own coven of witches certainly doesn't make her feel any better...


About the Author


M.C. Beaton was born in Glasgow, Scotland. She started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department at John Smith & Sons Ltd. While bookselling, by chance, she received an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly rose to become their theatre critic. She left Smith’s to join Scottish Field magazine as a secretary in the advertising department, without any shorthand or typing experience, 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 moved to the United States where Harry had been offered the position of editor of the Oyster Bay Guardian. They subsequently moved to Virginia and Marion worked as a waitress in a greasy spoon in Alexandria while Harry washed the dishes. Both then got jobs at Rupert Murdoch’s new tabloid, The Star, and moved to New York. Anxious to spend more time at home with her small son, Marion, supported by her husband, started to write Regency romances. After she had written close to 100, and had gotten fed up with the 1811 to 1820 period, she began to write detective stories 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 Hamish Macbeth story. Marion and Harry returned to Britain and bought a croft house in Sutherland where Harry reared a flock of black sheep. When her son graduated, and both of his parents tired of the long commute to the north of Scotland, they moved to the Cotswolds, where Agatha Raisin was created.

While Marion wrote her historical romances under her maiden name, Marion Chesney, as well as several pseudonyms (Helen Crampton, Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, and Charlotte Ward), because of her great success with mystery novels as M. C. Beaton, most of her publishers both in the U.S. and abroad use the M. C. Beaton pseudonym for all of her novels.

My Review

 The Witches' Tree is the twenty-eight book in the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton. I  love this series. I adore Agatha Raisin. She is a feisty and fun woman who I would love to know in person!

Fans of Agatha Raisin are going to love this latest book. There has been a murder in Sumpton Harcourt, another small village in the Cotswolds. Agatha is up for the challenge. Between murders, she is often stuck looking for lost cats, etc.

Great tale full of Agatha of course and murders and witches. Lots of fun. This book is another fun book in the series.

Highly recommend The Witches Tree.

Review: Death on Tap (A Sloan Krause Mystery #1) by Ellie Alexander



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3930 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250108632
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Oct. 3 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XKG2RFR

Book Description

When Sloan Krause walks in on her husband, Mac, screwing the barmaid, she gives him the boot. Sloan has spent her life in Leavenworth, Washington becoming an expert in brewing craft beer, and she doesn’t have time to be held back by her soon-to-be ex-husband. She decides to strike out on her own, breaking away from the Krause family brewery, and goes to work for Nitro, the hip new nano-brewery in the Bavarian-themed town. Nitro’s owner, brewmaster Garrett Strong, has the brew-world abuzz with his newest recipe, “Pucker-Up IPA.” This place is the new cool place in town, and Mac can’t help but be green with envy at their success.

But just as Sloan is settling in to her new gig, she finds one of Nitro’s competitors dead in the fermenting tub, clutching the secret recipe for the IPA. When Mac, is arrested, Sloan knows that her ex might be a cheater, but a murderer? No way. Danger is brewing in Beervaria and suddenly Sloan is on the case.


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 "A 'hopping' good cozy mystery, overflowing with yeasty details about beer and brewing. Sloan may be torn between her cheating husband and her handsome new boss, but readers will enjoy listening to local gossip and tracking a killer along with her in the charming German-style "Beervaria" setting of Leavenworth, Washington." --Meg Macy, author of Bearly Departed

-A 'hopping' good cozy mystery, overflowing with yeasty details about beer and brewing. Sloan may be torn between her cheating husband and her handsome new boss, but readers will enjoy listening to local gossip and tracking a killer along with her in the charming German-style -Beervaria- setting of Leavenworth, Washington.- --Meg Macy, author of Bearly Departed

"A 'hopping' good cozy mystery, overflowing with yeasty details about beer and brewing. Sloan may be torn between her cheating husband and her handsome new boss, but readers will enjoy listening to local gossip and tracking a killer along with her in the charming German-style "Beervaria" setting of Leavenworth, Washington." --Meg Macy, author of Bearly Departed
 
"Hoist a stein to a Ellie Alexander's delightful new series! Brewmaster Sloan Krause is the perfect cozy protagonist: vulnerable enough to keep her heart guarded, yet capable enough to brew ales with the big boys, whip up beer-inspired treats, and of course, solve a murder." --Cindy Brown, Agatha Award-Nominated Author of the Ivy Meadows mysteries


"Ellie Alexander's prose bubbles like the craft beers her protagonist Sloan Krause brews--a sparkling start to a new series" --Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author of the Orchard Mysteries and the County Cork Mysteries

"In Death on Tap, Ellie Alexander brews up a tasty concoction containing a charming setting, sympathetic characters, and a compelling heroine that kept me turning pages way past my bedtime."--Barbara Ross, author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries

"The mountain village of Leavenworth, Washington is hopping and trouble is brewing in this first in a new series by Ellie Alexander. Smooth yet yeasty, with a strong finish, like Sloan Krause's best brew, Death on Tap is an entertaining sip of the world of brew pubs and tourist towns. Sloan, a foster child-turned chef, brewer, and mother, is an intriguing protagonist. Pour me another!" --Leslie Budewitz,
two-time Agatha Award winning author of the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries

"A 'hopping' good cozy mystery, overflowing with yeasty details about beer and brewing. Sloan may be torn between her cheating husband and her handsome new boss, but readers will enjoy listening to local gossip and tracking a killer along with her in the charming German-style "Beervaria" setting of Leavenworth, Washington." --Meg Macy, author of Bearly Departed
 
"Hoist a stein to a Ellie Alexander's delightful new series! Brewmaster Sloan Krause is the perfect cozy protagonist: vulnerable enough to keep her heart guarded, yet capable enough to brew ales with the big boys, whip up beer-inspired treats, and of course, solve a murder." --Cindy Brown, Agatha Award-Nominated Author of the Ivy Meadows mysteries


"A charming new series featuring Sloan Krause, a clever protagonist and a talented brewer whose knowledge of the science and art of brewing beer is both fascinating and fun. The cozy village and the quirky characters who inhabit it are a delight, and the intriguing mystery will keep readers enthralled to the very end." --Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile and the Fixer-Upper Mysteries

"Ellie Alexander's prose bubbles like the craft beers her protagonist Sloan Krause brews--a sparkling start to a new series" --Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author of the Orchard Mysteries and the County Cork Mysteries

"In Death on Tap, Ellie Alexander brews up a tasty concoction containing a charming setting, sympathetic characters, and a compelling heroine that kept me turning pages way past my bedtime."--Barbara Ross, author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries

"The mountain village of Leavenworth, Washington is hopping and trouble is brewing in this first in a new series by Ellie Alexander. Smooth yet yeasty, with a strong finish, like Sloan Krause's best brew, Death on Tap is an entertaining sip of the world of brew pubs and tourist towns. Sloan, a foster child-turned chef, brewer, and mother, is an intriguing protagonist. Pour me another!" --Leslie Budewitz, two-time Agatha Award winning author of the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries

"A 'hopping' good cozy mystery, overflowing with yeasty details about beer and brewing. Sloan may be torn between her cheating husband and her handsome new boss, but readers will enjoy listening to local gossip and tracking a killer along with her in the charming German-style "Beervaria" setting of Leavenworth, Washington." --Meg Macy, author of Bearly Departed
 
"Hoist a stein to a Ellie Alexander's delightful new series! Brewmaster Sloan Krause is the perfect cozy protagonist: vulnerable enough to keep her heart guarded, yet capable enough to brew ales with the big boys, whip up beer-inspired treats, and of course, solve a murder." --Cindy Brown, Agatha Award-Nominated Author of the Ivy Meadows mysteries

About the Author

 Ellie Alexander, author of the Bakeshop Mystery Series (St. Martin's Press), is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research.

The 6th book in the Bakeshop Mysteries, A CRIME OF PASSION FRUIT coming June 2017. And a new series debuts fall 2017 with DEATH ON TAP!

Find out more about Ellie and her books by visiting her websites at: http://www.elliealexander.co/ or following her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elliealexand...


My Review


 Death on Tap is the first Sloan Krause Mystery by Ellie Alexander. I have read the Bakeshop Mysteries by this author, Ellie Alexander, and have enjoyed all of them. This is the first book featuring Sloan Krause, who lives in Leavenworth, Washington and brews beer.

Leavenworth, Washington is the perfect setting for a cozy mystery series. I usually visit Leavenworth once a year and found that the author Alexander portrayed it perfectly. Leavenworth is a Bavarian theme town set in the Cascade Mountains. It really does look like a Bavarian village. Even the McDonalds and Safeway have Bavarian themes. It is filled with shops aimed at tourists, great restaurants and craft breweries and many hotels. It is a great weekend destination. They have many festivals there so like I said, a perfect setting.

I like Sloan Krause our main character. She has just kicked her husband to the curb after she caught him cheating. But could he be a murderer? Sloan doesn't think so. She was the one who found the dead man at her employer's craft  brewery, Nitro. Nitro's owner has developed a new citrus infused beer that everyone seems to want the recipe for.

Great debut! Highly recommend this new series! Death on Tap is a must read!









Saturday, September 30, 2017

Review: If You Knew My Sister by Michelle Adams








  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3380 KB
  • Print Length: 379 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250126703
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (Oct. 3 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XK9CXCF


Book Description

In the vein of Ruth Ware's In a Dark, Dark Wood comes a novel of psychological suspense form debut author Michelle Adams, where a woman returns to her family's home to learn the truth and escape her sister's influence

If you knew my sister, you’d run too…

First there was the Robert Kneel incident.
Then what happened to Margot Wolfe.
And now she’s found me again.

Dr. Irini Harringford was given away by her parents just before her fourth birthday. Although she has spent her whole life trying to convince herself she doesn't need them, deep down Irini longs to understand why she was abandoned, while her parents kept her older sister, Elle.

So when Elle gets in touch with news that their mother has died, Irini reluctantly agrees to return to the family home. But she is ill at ease. She and Elle are not close. Irini knows only too well what Elle is capable of. Inexplicably drawn to her enigmatic sister, yet terrified of the sway she holds, Irini tries to protect herself even as she is sucked back into her family's toxic web of secrets...and soon realizes that the past is more complicated than she imagined, and that her very future rests upon discovering the truth about why she was really given away.


About the Author

http://www.michelleadams.co.uk/michelle.html

I was born in 1981, the youngest of five and the only girl. For a short period of time after that I might have been my mum's long awaited princess, but it became obvious that I was the kind of child who was more into mud pies and catching insects than I was pretty dresses. I loved my purple Doc Marten's, hated my floral wallpaper, and was never allowed to paint my bedroom black. No, not even the ceiling.

I went to school in Warwick, UK, and throughout my school years I loved art, music, and English, yet somehow managed to end up studying clinical science at university. Despite my graduation and subsequent employment as a physiologist in cardiology, my creative tendencies were never far away. And the one aspiration I could never let go of was that of being a writer, so on a wet new year's eve sometime around the turn of the millennium, I announced to a friend that I was going to write a book. It took another five years of note taking and day dreaming, but eventually I sat down to complete my first manuscript. It didn't get picked up, but it drove me into writing the second, and third, and so on and so forth. By early 2015 I had finished writing MY SISTER, and when Madeleine, the founder of the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV, and Film Agency offered me representation I couldn't believe my luck. MY SISTER has since gone on to sell in fourteen territories worldwide prior to publication. It was quite simply a dream come true.

Now I write almost every day, starting at nine, finishing at some point in the afternoon. Sometimes people ask me where I get my idea's from, and it's a hard question to answer. Lot's of things inspire me, but if I had to sum it up in one word the answer would probably be people; the things we do, say, and the different ways in which we behave towards one another. When I’m not writing I love to read. The first book that I didn't want to end was Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, and the first book that broke my heart was Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Gerald's Game by Stephen King was the spark that made me want to write in the first place. I think I was probably about nine when I read that.

I like people who don't give up on their dreams, and those who show compassion for other people. I am crazy about my cat, and fortunate that the other people in my house tolerate him. I love travelling, and am lucky enough to live close to Greece which has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. I'm currently training for the London marathon, so if you've got training tips, or ideas on how to avoid shin splints, I want to hear them. Finally, if you love Game of Thrones you can count me as a friend, but if you shared my theory regarding the Tower of Joy before you watched THAT episode, or have access to a pre-release copy of The Winds of Winter, you can count yourself part of the family.

My Review


If You Knew My Sister by Michelle Adams is a twisty psychological thriller. This is Michelle Adam's first book.

If You Knew My Sister is set primarily in Scotland but also in London. Dr. Irini Harrington's sister calls to let her know that her mother has died and begs her to come to Scotland. Irini goes to Scotland and we start to see this incredibly dysfunctional family that Irini has born into. I was stunned at how badly this family behaved toward one another but the story was compelling and I had to find out what happened next.

If You Knew My Sister is beautifully written and carefully plotted. I never knew what was going to happen next. I don't want to give anything away but if you enjoy a twisty tale then this is for you!

Highly recommend If You Knew My Sister.



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Review: The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3825 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1501118455
  • Publisher: Atria Books (Sept. 26 2017)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MD0SGHS

Book Description

 Known for novels featuring “great pacing and true surprises” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) and “nerve-shattering suspense” (Heather Gudenkauf, New York Time bestselling author), New York Times bestselling author Kate Moretti’s latest is the story of a scandal-torn Pennsylvania town and the aftermath of a troubled girl gone missing.

“Where did they come from? Why did they fall? The question would be asked a thousand times…

Until, of course, more important question arose, at which time everyone promptly forgot that a thousand birds fell on the town of Mount Oanoke at all.”

In a quiet Pennsylvania town, a thousand dead starlings fall onto a high school baseball field, unleashing a horrifying and unexpected chain of events that will rock the close-knit community.

Beloved baseball coach and teacher Nate Winters and his wife, Alicia, are well respected throughout town. That is, until one of the many reporters investigating the bizarre bird phenomenon catches Nate embracing a wayward student, Lucia Hamm, in front of a sleazy motel. Lucia soon buoys the scandal by claiming that she and Nate are engaged in an affair, throwing the town into an uproar…and leaving Alicia to wonder if her husband has a second life.

And when Lucia suddenly disappears, the police only to have one suspect: Nate.

Nate’s coworker and sole supporter, Bridget Harris, Lucia’s creative writing teacher, is determined to prove his innocence. She has Lucia’s class journal, and while some of the entries appear particularly damning to Nate’s case, others just don’t add up. Bridget knows the key to Nate’s exoneration and the truth of Lucia’s disappearance lie within the walls of the school and in the pages of that journal.

Told from the alternating points of view of Alicia, Nate, Lucia, and Bridget, The Blackbird Season is a haunting, psychologically nuanced suspense, filled with Kate Moretti’s signature “chillingly satisfying” (Publishers Weekly) twists and turns.





PRAISE FOR THE BLACKBIRD SEASON:

“Crime fiction adores girls in trouble. Moretti's latest nail-biter (The Vanishing Year, 2016, etc.) is no exception, but it is exceptional… Though Moretti's emotionally astute tale can be heart-rending, readers won't be able to look away. As slow, creeping dread sets in, so does the inevitability of the terrible situation the town finds itself in, offering a deliciously sinister glimpse into the duplicity of small-town lives and the ease with which people turn on each other when tragedy comes calling. Moretti's tale of jealousy and obsession is nothing less than dark magic. Witchery indeed.”
Kirkus Reviews (STARRED Review)

“A powerful story about a missing girl and an accused suspect that takes a haunting look into the characters and relationships you think you know.  The Blackbird Season explores the fine line between guilt and innocence, truth and perception, the moments that break people apart—and those that bring them together. Riveting and insightful, this is a book that lingers long after you turn the final page.”
– Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls

“Kate Moretti’s insightful, starkly human mystery about a girl they call 'witch' has that sit-down, gotta-cry eloquence readers long for. Mean girl alliances and small town loyalties collapse in unison on the day the blackbirds fall. This story will hold you tight to its pages well past your bedtime. The Blackbird Season is Moretti’s best yet.”
– Lisa Turner, Edgar Award finalist author of The Gone Dead Train and Devil Sent the Rain

The Blackbird Season pulls off a very difficult thing: it's nail-biting and thought-provoking all at once. It's a rare that a book can make you turn pages like your life depends on it, but also give you food for thought because the characters are so perfectly drawn. A stunning achievement from an extremely talented writer.”
– Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew

“Moretti spins a tale of suspicion, deceit, and dreams that die as suddenly as a flock of starlings falling from the sky. A thrilling morality tale of the highest order, The Blackbird Season will make you question the lines between right and wrong, victim and criminal, and the unknowable intentions that form our innocence and guilt.”
– Mindy Mejia, author of Everything You Want Me to Be

“Moretti begins The Blackbird Season with a sinister premise — a cloud of birds fall from the sky on the same day a teenage girl people call ‘the witch’ goes missing. A spellbinding tale of long-held secrets and small-town scandal, The Blackbird Season is one of those stories that sneaks up on you, each chapter building steadily to an ending that will haunt you long after you turn the last page.”
– Kimberly Belle, bestselling author of The Marriage Lie

“The characters are authentically flawed and believable, and part of the mystery is the unfolding of their motivations…The Blackbird Season is about how people—teens and adults alike—get lost and disconnected. All that, plus a suspenseful mystery—what more can you ask for?”
– Holly Brown, author of Don't Try to Find Me

“When a troubled teenaged girl goes missing in The Blackbird Season, the town in which she lives is ripped apart by suspicion. As disturbing secrets bubble to the surface, no one is safe. Kate Moretti’s trademark vivid characterizations, surprising storyline, and heart-stopping suspense kept me eagerly turning pages long into the night.”
– Carla Buckley, author of The Good Goodbye

The Blackbird Season is more than a haunting mystery; it’s an intense exploration of a family in crisis and a community rocked by scandal. How well can you truly know the ones you love? How far can you trust them? I couldn’t stop reading until I knew the whole and harrowing truth.”
– Laura McHugh, award-winning author of The Weight of Blood and Arrowood
 




About the Author

 Kate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She’s worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life.

She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn’t get to do those things as much as she’d like.

Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway.



Twitter: @KateMoretti1
Instagram: @katemoretti1


My Review

The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti was a lovely surprise.This is the first book of Moretti's that I have read and I found it spellbinding!

A small town in Pennsylvania...troubled since the mill shut down 10 years ago...too many towns like that these days. A generation ago the world was a different place with father's having good industrial jobs. A thriving middle class. Now, things seem hopeless in a small town where the only way out is an education...or baseball scholarship. A sleepy town...until the birds started falling from the sky and everything changed.

Teacher and baseball coach Nate Winters is beloved by all. But how quickly that turns when everyone suspects him of having an affair with a troubled student Lucia. And she has disappeared...is she dead...has she run away...

I loved all the twists and turns and I enjoyed the layers being peeled away as the truth is revealed.

Great read. Highly recommend The Blackbird Season.