Sunday, April 22, 2018

Review: Embraced 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close By Lysa Terkeurst




  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2162 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 27 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072TNN7QL

Book Description

Embraced is the beautiful new devotional from Lysa TerKeurst, the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times bestselling author of Uninvited, The Best Yes, Unglued, and Made to CraveEmbraced features 100 devotions that will resonate with women in all stages of life by giving them a godly perspective on the issues they face each day.
A real embrace indicates an intimate level of closeness. It’s not a high five or a casual handshake. The best kind of embrace is when someone we know deeply loves us flings their arms wide open and pulls us in close.
Our hearts were made for this kind of love and security but for many of us, we know more about the pain of heartbreak and fear than the unconditional love for which we were created.In Embraced, Lysa shares her own struggles, doubts, and heartbreaks while pointing to the Ultimate Embrace: God opening His arms wide on Calvary through Jesus so that He could pull us close for all of eternity. Welcoming us into the safety and hope of His grace and His love.
And because we have been fully embraced by Him, we can spend our lives held securely by Him and trust all of His ways.
Through these 100 devotions, daily scriptures, and prayer prompts, readers will be equipped to:
  • Begin to find freedom from the struggles that have held them hostage by learning new ways to experience God’s love and more authentic ways to trust Him.
  • Surrender their deepest hurts by processing them in a godly way with Lysa, a friend who understands their pain.
  • Hear the Lord speak intimately to their heart by learning how to seek His direction.
  • Release the tension of wondering, If God is near why does He sometimes feel far away? by spending intentional, guided time with Him each day.
With an exquisite cloth cover, highly designed interior, ribbon marker, and stained page edges, Embraced will be a treasured keepsake for you as well as a meaningful gift for those you love.

About the Author

Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling author of 18 books including The Best Yes, Unglued, and Made to Crave.

As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa and her team connect with millions of women a day and can help equip you to:
• Make the Bible come alive whenever you read it.
• Discover how to develop inner peace and security in any situation.
• Replace doubt, regret and envy with truth, confidence and praise as you grow in your relationship with Jesus.
• Stop unhealthy cycles of striving and learn to love who God made you to be.
• Sense God responding to your prayers.

Lysa was recently awarded the Champions of Faith Award and has appeared on Good Morning America, the Oprah Show and the Today Show multiple times as one of the leading voices in the Christian community.

Each year, Lysa is a featured keynote presenter at more than 40 events across North America and is passionate about eradicating Biblical poverty and renewing people's desire to study God's Word. In addition, she hosts Proverbs 31 Ministries’ annual She Speaks Conference which has helped thousands of women gain the tools they need to pursue God’s calling on their life.


Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times bestselling author of Uninvited and The Best Yes. She writes from her sticky farm table and lives with her family in North Carolina. Connect with her at www.LysaTerKeurst.com.

My Review

Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close By Lysa Terkeurst is the latest devotional that I have added to my collection. What a gorgeous book it is. The turquoise and white cloth cover of the book is so inviting. I know that it would make a lovely gift.

Lysa TerKeurst is a Christian speaker and author. I have followed her for years. She has been through a very debilitating personal crisis in her marriage and family. I was wondering if the pain she has been through would result in any amazing devotional and it has.

Lysa's Embraced is filled with devotions to know that God is holding you close. I know this is something that Lysa has witnessed first hand. On page 11 I found this treasure: When I make the connection between what happens in my life that day and why I need that verse, I experience God. Wow did that speak to me. So true. You need the Word!

Each devotion begins with a bible verse, which is then expanded upon in the commentary and ends with a prayer. I found this devotional to be filled with wisdom.

I highly recommend Embraced by Lysa TerKeurst.


Review: The Fleur de Sel Murders: A Brittany Mystery by Jean-Luc Bannalec





  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4134 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250071909
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (April 24 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0763SG7QG


Book Description

Commissaire Dupin is back in The Fleur de Sel Murders, this Brittany mystery from international bestselling author Jean-Luc Bannalec.
The old salt farmers have always said that the violet scent of the Fleur de Sel at harvest time on the salt marshes of the Guérande Peninsula has been known to cause hallucinations. Commissaire Dupin also starts to believe this when he’s attacked out of the blue in the salt works.
He had actually been looking forward to escaping his endless paperwork and taking a trip to the “white country” between the raging Atlantic Ocean and idyllic rivers. But when he starts snooping around mysterious barrels on behalf of Lilou Breval, a journalist friend, he finds himself unexpectedly under attack. The offender remains a mystery, and a short time later, Breval disappears without a trace. It is thanks to his secretary Nolwenn and the ambition of the prefect that Dupin is assigned to the case. But he won’t be working alone because Sylvaine Rose is the investigator responsible for the department—and she lives up to her name…
What’s going on in the salt works? Dupin and Rose search feverishly for clues and stumble upon false alibis, massive conflicts of interest, personal feuds—and ancient Breton legends.

About the Author

JEAN-LUC BANNALEC is a pseudonym. The author divides his time between Germany and coastal Brittany, France. Death in Brittany, the first case for Commissaire Dupin, was published in German in March 2012 and sold 600,000 copies, spending many months on the bestseller list. It has been sold into 14 countries.



My Review

The Fleur de Sel Murders: A Brittany Mystery  by Jean-Luc Bannalec is not the first book in the series but can easily be read as a stand alone novel.

I really enjoyed the Fleur de Sel Murders. While it is a slower pace than many mystery novels, the writing is well done and the story is really interesting. I have never been to Brittany and I love the descriptions of it. I feel like I am right there.

I basically knew nothing about salt (sel) before this book. The reader learns all about the fleur de sel which is only harvested in the Brittany region of France. And all about salt ponds. They remind me of the cranberry fields here at home in BC.

Fascinating and clever mystery story! You will enjoy The Fleur del Sel Murders!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Review: The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic




  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (April 10, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451490452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451490452

Book Description

The Girl Before meets The Couple Next Door in a Hitchcockian thriller about a couple who moves into their dream neighborhood only to discover nothing is as it seems...

The perfect couple. The perfect house. The perfect crime.

Londoners Jack and Syd found their dream home: lots of space, a great location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

Everything is exactly what they hoped for when they move in--except Jack makes a disturbing discovery in the attic, and Syd begins to wonder about the girl next door. And they each keep the other in the dark.

A mistake.

Because someone has just been killed outside their back door, and now the police are watching them.

This is their chance to prove they're innocent--or to get away with murder.

Whose story do you believe?

About the Author

Simon Lelic was born in 1976 and has worked as a journalist in the UK and currently runs his own business in Brighton, England, where he lives with his wife and two sons.


My Review


The New Neighbors is the first book of Simon Lelic's that I have read. I found it to be a really enjoyable read. It is a twisty thriller that kept me guessing until the end. The story was so hard to put down because the author alternated between the two narrators...Syd and Jack. There was so much happening and the back and forth created a sense of urgency that helped you to just keep reading! You need to know what is going to happen next!

Highly recommend The New Neighbors.



Monday, April 16, 2018

Review: Undercurrents (Faye Longchamp #11) by Mary Anna Evans




  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 486 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (April 3 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B079MJ59F5

Book Description

In Undercurrents, the eleventh Faye Longchamp Mystery, Faye has traveled to Memphis, a city steeped in music, poverty, history, and the smoky tang of barbecue. She's there working alone to do an assessment of a site, welcome work for her small archaeological consulting firm.

When Faye spies a child too young to be wandering along a creek alone, she follows the girl. A day later she uncovers a dying woman, buried alive near a spot where Kali might well be hiding. Nobody would blame Faye for running hard, but she can't make herself leave Kali, the woman's now orphaned daughter, who might be in danger. She's not welcomed by the people in Kali's struggling community, nor by the police working the crime. Yet she stays, for Kali, and for the bereaved who need her to communicate their fears to a police department that they trust even less than they trust Faye.

When they confide rumors of other women beaten to death by a man so obsessed with burial that he places fresh flowers in their cold hands, Faye begs the police to widen the investigation to seek a serial killer. They refuse. Faye's gut is telling her that a monster is stalking Memphis, endangering the child she has come to love. If the police can't catch him, then she will have no choice but to try to find him herself.

Start reading the book here:

About the Author

Mary Anna Evans is the author of the Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries, Artifacts, Relics, Effigies, Findings, Floodgates, Strangers, Plunder, Rituals, Isolation, Burials and, coming in April 2018, Undercurrents. Her standalone thriller, Wounded Earth, features environmentalist Larabeth McLeod in a duel to the death against a stalker who calls himself Babykiller.
Mary Anna's work has won the Florida Historical Society's Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Mississippi Author Award, and three Florida Book Awards Bronze Medals. She is an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches fiction and nonfiction writing. Follow her on social media--

My Review

Undercurrents is the eleventh book in the Faye Longchamp mystery series by author Mary Anna Evans.  I have read many of the books in this series. They are all well written and extremely enjoyable to read.

Undercurrents is set in Memphis. Faye has been hired to do an archaeological survey of a campsite alongside a creek in Memphis. The location is central to the story. The poverty of the people in the neighbourhood and their desire to stay under the radar. Faye follows a young girl first into this area then finds a body buried alive there. The body is that of the mother of the young girl. Faye cannot leave it alone and sets out to find what she believes could be a serial killer.

Undercurrents is a great addition to this series. The author Evans does a lot of research and I really felt like I was in Memphis during the summer. I have to admit that I just love the cover of this book. The bag of dirt also looks like a Georgia O'Keefe painting. Depends how you look at it. Impressive.

I highly recommend Undercurrents by Mary Anna Evans. I would read the whole series though if I were a mystery fan!



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Review: Cave of Bones (Leaphorn & Chee #22) by Anne Hillerman




  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1997 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (April 3 2018)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071KYZBT5

Book Description

New York Times bestselling author Anne Hillerman brings together modern mystery, Navajo traditions, and the evocative landscape of the desert Southwest in this intriguing entry in the Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito series.

When Tribal Police Officer Bernadette Manuelito arrives to speak at an outdoor character-building program for at-risk teens, she discovers chaos. Annie, a young participant on a solo experience due back hours before, has just returned and is traumatized. Gently questioning the girl, Bernie learns that Annie stumbled upon a human skeleton on her trek. While everyone is relieved that Annie is back, they’re concerned about a beloved instructor who went out into the wilds of the rugged lava wilderness bordering Ramah Navajo Reservation to find the missing girl. The instructor vanished somewhere in the volcanic landscape known as El Malpais. In Navajo lore, the lava caves and tubes are believed to be the solidified blood of a terrible monster killed by superhuman twin warriors.

Solving the twin mysteries will expose Bernie to the chilling face of human evil. The instructor’s disappearance mirrors a long-ago search that may be connected to a case in which the legendary Joe Leaphorn played a crucial role. But before Bernie can find the truth, an unexpected blizzard, a suspicious accidental drowning, and the arrival of a new FBI agent complicate the investigation.

While Bernie searches for answers in her case, her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee juggles trouble closer to home. A vengeful man he sent to prison for domestic violence is back—and involved with Bernie’s sister Darleen. Their relationship creates a dilemma that puts Chee in uncomfortable emotional territory that challenges him as family man, a police officer, and as a one-time medicine man in training.

Anne Hillerman takes us deep into the heart of the deserts, mountains, and forests of New Mexico and once again explores the lore and rituals of Navajo culture in this gripping entry in her atmospheric crime series.

About the Author

Anne Hillerman's newest book,"Spider Woman's Daughter" debuted at number 10 on the New York Times Best Seller list. The novel continues her father Tony Hillerman's popular Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn series. The book followed "Tony Hillerman's Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn," with photos by Don Strel of the country the renown mystery author visited in his novels. Her cookbook, "Santa Fe Flavors: Best Restaurants and Recipes" received the New Mexico Book Award for the best cookbook of 2009. Anne's other books include "Gardens of Santa Fe," "Ride the Wind, USA to Africa," and "Children's Guide to Santa Fe." When she's not writing, Anne enjoys cooking, writing restaurant reviews for the Albuquerque Journal, and skiing.

My Review

Cave of Bones is the 22nd book in the Leaphorn and Chee (and Manuelito) series by Anne Hillerman. The first 20 books were written by her father, Tony Hillerman. Anne has done a brilliant job in continuing this fabulous and beloved series. I really appreciate it. Thanks Anne.

Cave of Bones is a great addition to this series. I really appreciate that Anne Hillerman is focusing the stories more from Bernie's point of view. It makes the stories the same yet different from her fathers...distinctive I guess is what I am thinking. 

Everything is not how it seems when a young girl discovers a skeleton on an individual trek while on an outdoor wilderness education experience. Bernie is there to do a talk with the girls but the traumatized young girl takes priority. Lots of twists and turns until we get to the end.

I really liked the story about Bernie's mother heading slowly towards dementia. I have looked after people in my family as they age. The signs were all there. Good reminder for some readers.

I highly recommend Cave of Bones.




Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Review: Creep (B.C. Blues Crime #3) by R.M. Greenaway



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 511 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (April 21 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072C2YHY1



Book Description

Leith and Dion are on the hunt for a different kind of murderer … and he’s a real animal.
Days before Halloween, a pair of hikers come across a body in the old-growth forest of the Lynn Valley Headwaters parklands. But it looks like a simple heart attack, and hardly seems like a police matter …

Until a week later, when a body in a duffel bag is recovered from the crawlspace of a derelict home. It looks like the victim was killed by dogs, but something about the case just seems wrong.

Once an up-and-coming plainclothes star with the North Shore RCMP, these days Constable Cal Dion is coping with depression and back on general duties. Out on the periphery of the murder investigation, he feels it would be safe enough to ask a witness out for a drink, surely …

Constable David Leith, on the other hand, is in the thick of a case complicated by rumour and whispers. Halloween isn’t only bringing out the ghouls. People are starting to think there’s a werewolf on the loose — and the killer seems to agree.

R.M. Greenaway injects an element of gothic suspense into Creep. The result is a haunting, well-wrought tale, with echoes of The Hound of the Baskervilles, set against the dark majesty of Vancouver's North Shore. A compelling read. (Sam Wiebe, award-winning author of Invisible Dead)

About the Author

RM GREENAWAY has worked in nightclubs, darkrooms, and courthouses. She writes the B.C. BLUES crime series, featuring RCMP detectives Leith and Dion. Her first novel COLD GIRL, winner of the 2014 Arthur Ellis Unhanged award, will be released 26 March 2016.

My Review

Creep is the third book in the BC Blues Crime series by author R.M. Greenaway. It is the second book of Greenaway's that I have read. It helped that I had read the second book as far as understanding the characters.

Creep is a crime story..part police procedural and part mystery. I live in the Lower Mainland so I really enjoy reading books that are set here. This series is set on the north shore in North Vancouver. The Lynn Valley setting is very familiar to me. My parents roamed those woods and streams as children and often took us to Lynn Valley Park to walk the suspension bridge and hike in the woods. Beautiful yet brutal forest that is well represented in  Creep.

The story was interesting. I am not interested in paranormal stories so I ignored the werewolf hints in the book. We are getting to know the characters in the series better in each book. Dion and Leith are both very interesting. I would add some female characters as police officers...ones that stay alive.

Creep is a good read. I probably was more enthralled with the second book in the series, Undertow. I still need to read the first book which is set up north.

BC Blues Crime series is definitely a series I would recommend. Creep is an interesting book that I know mystery fans will enjoy.



Review Lost Books and Old Bones: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3897 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (April 3 2018)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B075JLD7L7



Book Description

A delightful new mystery featuring bookseller and amateur sleuth Delaney Nichols, set in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Delaney Nichols, originally of Kansas but settling happily into her new life as a bookseller in Edinburgh, works at The Cracked Spine in the heart of town. She’s recently befriended a few medical school students after they came into the shop to sell some antique medical tomes. But when one of the students’ friends is found murdered outside in the alley, Delaney takes it upon herself to help bring the murderer to justice.

During her investigation, Delaney finds some old scalpels in the bookshop’s warehouse—she finds out that they belonged to a long-dead doctor, whose story might be connected to the present-day murder. It’s all Delaney can do to race to solve this crime before time runs out and she ends up in danger herself.

About the Author

Paige Shelton is the New York Times bestselling author of the Farmers' Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries. She's lived in many places but currently resides in Arizona. Visit her at paigeshelton.com.

My Review

Lost Books and Old Bones: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton is the third book in the series. You don't need to have read the earlier books to enjoy this one.

Delaney Nichols is settled into life in Scotland and her life at the book store. She befriends some university students who bring ancient medical books into the store to sell. When one of those students is found dead behind the store, Delaney is on the hunt for her killer. And why are the old scalpels so intriguing to everyone?

Lost Books and Old Bones is well written and moves along at a good clip. I enjoy well written cozy mysteries like this one.

Highly recommend Lost Books and Old Bones.