Thursday, July 2, 2020

Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes




Lucy and Dashel grew up together. Dashel was raised by his aunt who was seldom there so he gravitated to Lucy’s family. Lucy’s father loved to tell stories of the past shrouded in mystery. Both children grew up with these stories. Years later Lucy is doing research and applying for a grant about one mystery – a seaman who allegedly turned traitor. Dashel has read about Lucy’s quest and comes to offer his services. He is now a famous astronomer. Together they go to a farm near an old fishing village that is tied into the tale of this seaman. They discover many interesting things here and local lore plays into the research. Dashel and Lucy discover that all their years apart they were both remembering their childhood and each other with fondness.

This is a wonderful mystery story and has many elements – all fun to explore. I highly recommend this book.

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Net Galley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

The Watcher (a Kateri Fisher Novel) by Jennifer Pashley



Pearl Jenkins is missing. Blood is found in her house and there is evidence of foul play but no body has been found. Pearl’s son has been left behind. He is a teenager that holds some of Pearl’ secrets and is considered a suspect.

Kateri Fisher is a detective on the police force that has recently transferred into the area. She is given the case to look into and keeps running up against blank walls because people don’t know much about Pearl since she was a recluse and some just aren’t willing to talk.

This was a fascinating story. I enjoyed watching the story unravel.

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Net Galley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Piecing it All Together (Plain Patterns #1) by Leslie Gould



Savannah Mast finds herself adrift when her fiancé cancels the wedding at the last minute. She closes up everything in California and goes to stay with her Amish grandmother in Indiana. She discovers that her childhood friend Tommy Yoder is back in town but the sheriff suspects him of drug trafficking and other crimes. The story is more complicated than that however and Savannah is determined to get to the bottom of it.


Meanwhile, a friend of her grandmother’s, the local quilt shop owner, starts telling Savannah a tale about one of their ancestors and keeps her (and kept me) fascinated throughout.


This is a wonderful story. It is more of a regular novel than an Amish story as the cover portrays it to be. Yes, it has some characters that are Amish but others as well. I recommend this one to all my reading friends.


I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Net Galley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

The Other Sister (Family Secret #2) by Donna Hill




I did not read book 1 but this story stands alone.


Kimberly Maitland grew up in Louisiana with parents with some stature in the town. They were the local “gentry.” She married well and also became an attorney and had beautiful twin daughters. She was running for office but abruptly closed her campaign. Her husband was very angry about it but he didn’t know Kimberly had just learned something astounding about her life. Her parents were actually her grandparents and her brother was her father. Her mother was the daughter of a family servant and was black. Her half sister Zoie was the reporter that researched out that information and passed it on to Kimberly. Kimberly knew Zoie only as a relentless reporter and knew that when this was reported it would destroy her. The story gets even more twisted as she reveals what she knows to her husband and her parents. This is a poignant story that explores how people view others based on race, economic backgrounds, culture etc. It is well worth the read.


I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Net Galley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Hard Target (Jon Reznick #8) by J.B. Turner



Jon Reznick has been asked by a hacker he has used on other cases to help him because his life is in danger due to a secret government document that has been sent to him to decode. Soon government officials are involved and also other hackers. They all have a price on their heads. The deeper they go, the more danger they are in but they are pursuing criminals at the highest levels of the Pentagon and other top government offices. Someone is desperate to get hold of all the information and destroy it and anyone else who knows anything about it.

This is one of those great government intrigue mysteries / suspense stories that features a super detective who has special ops background or other “super powers” and gets in and out of very sticky situations. I loved it!

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Net Galley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

The Crushing Depths ( Coastal Guardians #2) by Dani Pettrey



Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers, Coast Guard investigators, are sent to investigate a death on an offshore oil rig. Mason has just recently joined the team and he is a childhood friend of Rissi’s. On the oil rig they find all kinds of troubling things happening and have multiple possible suspects. There is a nearby environmentalist group that is hanging around and protesting and also trying to sabotage the operation. There are also strained relationships among the crew. All of this makes for a satisfying mystery and as usual Dani Pettrey delivers. I enjoyed the back story and also the characters on the Coast Guard team. I’m looking forward to a book #3!


I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

A Bride of Convenience (The Bride Ships #3) by Jody Hedlund



This bride is Zoe Hart who arrived on the bride ship in a quest to find her twin brother Zeke who had some to this area a couple of years earlier to escape an untrue belief in his being the cause of a local calamity. Zoe now has proof that someone else did it and he has been cleared back home She wants to take that information to him but she has to find him first.
Zoe meets Pastor Abe Merivale, who we met in the previous Bride Ship story, a man who ministers to the miners and the Indians in the high country. They almost immediately get an orphan half Indian baby girl dropped off and Zoe wants to keep her and take care of her. Pastor Abe is struggling to help her keep the child over the strenuous objections of his Bishop. They hastily marry to make it easier to provide a home for the baby and make matters even worse with the Bishop.

This is such a fun story, just like the previous ones in the series. I can’t wait to see who comes along next.

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.