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.

Hanging Falls (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #6) by Margaret Mizushima




This is another installment in the story of Mattie Cobb, a police officer in the Colorado mountains, who with her K-9 Robo hunts for clues when they are searching for people or bodies. This is a story of one of their cases but also added to the mix is a visit from some of her birth family that have a lot of missing information from Mattie’s childhood. These stories are wonderful and I’m always waiting anxiously for the next one to come out. This is one of my favorite series!

The storyline is interesting as well because this installment contains a cultish religious group that has settled nearby to try to escape persecution and be accepted.
I recommend this book to all along with the first 5 books of the series. You will not regret it.

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

Thursday, May 28, 2020

At Love's Command (Hanger's Horsemen #1) by Karen Witemeyer



In 1890s Texas, Hanger’s Horsemen are a legend. Matt Hanger is the former cavalry officer who leads the band of 4. They go around taking care of situations that local lawmen either can’t or won’t. When one of the horsemen gets injured they take him to the nearest small town to be fixed up. The doctor there is Dr. Josephine Burkett. As they spend a couple of days in her infirmary, Matt becomes intrigued with the lady doctor. Dr. Jo has a problem of her own though. Her brother has been kidnapped by an outlaw gang and she asks them to take her case and she insists on tagging along.


This is a fun story. There is nothing more satisfying than reading a story of a tough man and a tough woman meeting up in Texas when it was just getting settled again after the Civil War. This book is historical romance fiction at its best.


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

Cold to the Bone A Nicole Cobain Mystery by Emery Hayes




Nicole Cobain, a former police officer and now sheriff of Toole County, Montana, is investigating the death of a young girl at a lake in the middle of winter. Nicole and her young son live here in hopes that Nicole’s ex and the father of her child, stays away from them. The young girl that died was involved in a medical test that her father was conducting and big pharma execs are competing for the rights to the research. Somehow Ben, Nicole’s ex-husband, is involved in the bidding and shows up on the scene. What follows is a harrowing rush to solve the crime and protect Nicole and her son from Ben. This was a page turner.


If you like a good Whodunit you will enjoy this book.


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

A Tangled Web by Leslie Rule





This is a true story written by the daughter of the famous author of True Crime books, Ann Rule. Leslie is truly following in her mother’s footsteps. This is the story of a cyberstalker, a love triangle and a murder. It takes place in Omaha NE and surrounds around 2012. It is a true story that was all over the newspapers and has been dramatized by several true crime programs on TV.


The author gives great details of all the happenings and subsequent investigations. She did her research well and that makes this a very intriguing story and will be a must read for all True Crime readers.


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

Breakfast at the Honey Creek Cafe by Jodi Thomas



I loved this book. It was improbable but funny and entertaining. Piper Mackenzie is the mayor of her small hometown in Texas. Her father is the governor and her brothers are Texas Rangers. When her sometimes friend claims to be engaged to her and then disappears, the family sends an undercover lawman, Colby McBride to snoop around and find out what is going on. Piper is drawn in by Colby to pretend that she knows him and that he is someone who has always wanted to date her.


Mix into the story Sam, a preacher who comes to town to fill the pulpit at the local church for a while and all the complications of the parish.


I would love to see more stories like this. I would recommend them to my friends who love feel good fiction.

Daughter of Cana (Jerusalem Road #1) by Angela Hunt



This is the story of Tasmin, the twin sister of Thomas the Apostle. When Jesus passes through their neighborhood (attending the wedding where he performed a miracle), Thomas decides to follow him. Tasmin is not pleased by him leaving all the work to her. And she doesn’t trust Jesus of Nazareth. Neither does his brother Jude and so they embark on a journey to try to persuade their brothers to come home.

This story goes all the way to the time of the ascension. I would recommend this story to anyone who likes Biblical historical.fiction. Angela Hunt is the best author out there of this genre. I see by the title that this is the start of a series and I am eagerly awaiting the sequels.

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


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

When I Meet You (Tree of Life Book 3) by Olivia Newport




This is a story about a professional genealogist who is also solving the mystery of a trunk abandoned at Union Station in Denver in 1909. What happened to the owner? Why didn’t she claim her trunk? Was her identity stolen? Meanwhile, her attorney father has agreed to cook for 200 people at a celebration in their small mountain community in Colorado. This is somewhat interesting but to make it more interesting, recipes at the back of the book would have been nice. Otherwise this part of the story made it kind of slow going and less appealing. The historical and genealogical aspects were extremely interesting to me since I am also a genealogist.

I would recommend this book to a limited number of my friends with similar interests.

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

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Flight Risk by Cara C. Putman




Savannah is an attorney whose ex-husband Dustin had gotten involved with Savannah’s sister and produced her niece Addy. Addy is the light of her life and she basically takes care of her most of the time because Addy’s mother is an addict.

Jett is a reporter who breaks a sex trafficking story involving a famous baseball player player and his friends including Savannah’s ex-husband Dustin. Soon after there is a plane crash involving two of the ring and a problem for one of Savannah’s clients. Savannah and Jett team up to figure out why there are so many unexplained factors in this tragedy and they begin to unravel some of the research that was done for Jett’s article.

This is a great mystery and it is a page-turner. I recommend it to all my friends who like this genre.

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

Dead End (Kaely Quinn Profiler Book 3) by Nancy Mehl



This book carries on the story of Kaely Quinn, an FBI profiler whose father was in prison for being a serial killer. Suddenly a copycat appears and Kaely is pressed to visit her father and see if she can get him to reveal who he may have been meeting with and mentoring. There is a romance budding with her FBI agent partner which keeps her Kaely’s life interesting. This is one of those mysteries that keeps you guessing until the very end. I love Nancy Mehl’s stories and this is one of the best.

I recommend this book to mystery-loving friends.

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

The Finders (Mace Reid Canine Mystery Book 1) by Jeffrey B. Burton




This book was great! It made me keep reading to the point of neglecting other things (like sleeping). It started out a little weird and I couldn’t figure out who was talking and which person / persons were the main characters until I read a couple of chapters and then when that was established, the story moved right along. I loved the characters and can’t wait to see most of them again in book 2. The plot revolved about a psychopath serial killer. That subject always fascinated me because it is hard to fathom what makes people turn out that way. Jeffrey Burton is a new author to me but I’m sure I will become more acquainted with his writing in the future. I also love to read about K-9s.


I recommend this book to all my mystery loving friends out there.


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

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Don't Turn Back (Detective Karen Hart Book 3) by D. S. Butler



Detective Karen Hart is a police officer in a small hamlet in Great Britain. She is drawn into a murder case when a body is found in a local park. Karen is a widow and is still haunted by the traffic accident that took her husband and daughter. There are people in the department that make her job easier and some that make it harder. Dealing with personal grief, departmental politics and interference from the outside she still manages to do a good job of solving the crime.

The location is fun (UK), the characters are interesting and the mystery stays a mystery until the end. I recommend this to mystery fans and police story fans everywhere.

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

Dead Silence by Robin Caroll



Elise is a widow and her young son is deaf. She makes her living interpreting for hearings at the State Capitol building. She sees someone in the lobby speaking on the phone about a plot to murder a well known state senator. She is a very good lip reader and understands what he is saying even though he is across the room. She wakes up the next morning to news that her mother in law was murdered. Her mother-in-law was the senator the man had been speaking about. What ensues is dealing with FBI agents who consider her a suspect, being stalked by someone who wants her to keep silent, and she and her friends and family trying to search out the truth for themselves.


This story was well crafted. I liked the character development and the fact that the author featured a much loved special needs child in the story.


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

Tranquility Falls (Miramar Bay Book 4) by Davis Bunn



Daniel was once a TV personality in Los Angeles until a personal tragedy occurred and threw him into a tailspin. Now he is in Miramar trying to live a quiet life, attend AA meetings and recover from his past. But his past comes to join him in the guise of his niece whose mother (Daniel’s sister) has dramatically dropped her off because she is angry with her. Meanwhile, his best friends’ daughter is rebelling and Daniel is being drawn into the fray. Add to this, a new friend is being accused of mishandling money at City Hall and Daniel gets involved trying to help her prove that she is innocent. All this turmoil forces Daniel to face his own past and deal with some issues that have been on hold.

This is a very interesting story and I had trouble putting it down. I kept looking at the last page over and over to make sure that was really the end because I didn’t want to leave this story behind. Hopefully there will be another book in this series so I can continue the experience.

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

Secrets of My Heart (Willamette Brides Book #1) by Tracie Peterson




Nancy Pritchard’s husband is found dead one morning in 1879 and Nancy is left to take care of everything. She has no knowledge of her husband’s business or household accounts because her husband had taken care of that. She soon becomes aware that that was not all she wasn’t aware of in her husband’s dealings. One of his friends is trying to marry Nancy so he can get his hands on everything and Nancy hires a law firm to handle the estate and also investigate the mysteries behind her husband’s secrets. Seth Carpenter, an old friend from her childhood is working for the firm.

This book is interesting from a historical point of view. The characters are interesting as well. Nancy’s emotional / psychological quirks are a little hard to understand but the story is solid and I enjoyed reading it.

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

Light Shines on Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard



I love this series by Charlotte Hubbard. After so many books I know the characters intimately and they seem like friends. In this book, as always, romance is in the air but trouble has come to Promise Lodge in the form of a Bishop from Pennsylvania that is causing turmoil among the flock.

Whether you are a fan of Amish fiction or not, this series is good reading and this author is very good at her craft and I invite you to try reading this series from the beginning.

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

The Farm Stand (An Amish Marketplace Novel Book 2) Book 2 of 3: An Amish Marketplace by Amy Clipston




This is a new twist for an Amish fiction story. Salina is an Old Order Amish woman who has a farm stand at the local “market” where she sells the fruit and vegetables from her garden. Will, the owner of a restaurant across the street discovers her produce and starts buying large quantities of it to feature in his restaurant. Here’s the rub: Will is a Mennonite and has a full time girlfriend but her is attracted to Salina. Salina is being pressured by her father, the Bishop, to marry an old friend. Salina is also attracted to Will. It makes for interesting reading.

I like the way this author writes and the characters in her books are all people you would like to be friends with. I recommend this book to all who like Amish fiction.

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

The Runaway Bride (The Bride Ships Book #2) Book 2 of 4: The Bride Ships by Jody Hedlund




This books was very enjoyable and not your run of the mill historical romance. Arabella leaves England and hops on a bride ship to British Columbia to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her with a wealthy, cruel older man. When she arrives Lt Drummond of the Royal Navy pursues her but Peter, the town baker also sets his cap for her. Will she go for the status quo or learn new things that are “beneath” her but still fascinate her?

This book was very well researched and written and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good historical.

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

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Star of Persia by Jill Eileen Smith






This is the story of Queen Esther from the bible fleshed out into a novel. I have read other similar versions of this story but love every one. This one is particularly rich in details of the time and place and the characters are all fleshed out to the point that they seem very real. Jill Eileen Smith always tells a great story and this one is no exception.


I highly recommend this book to all lovers of historical and Christian fiction.


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

Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth



This is a twisted tale of a British internet blogger that posts videos of her family on social media every day. She has a huge following but suddenly she disappears from the internet and all her followers are anxious to find out why. There are some startling developments throughout and it is the perfect suspense story without a lot of dead bodies lying around. The story is told from the point of view of the blogger and her husband and two of her avid followers.


I highly recommend this book if you want something slightly different but still intriguing.


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

Like Flames in the Night by Connilyn Cossette






This is another book in the Cities of Refuge series. This one is about the youngest daughter of Moriyah, Tirzah. Tirzah is a young widow and she doesn’t want to spend the rest of her life watching her nieces and nephews. She wants to train with her brothers to be a spy for the resistance. Her entire family is against if but eventually she convinces them she can go places as a woman they could never get to and would be barely noticed as a servant and she could listen in on important meetings of the enemy.


This book was one I was waiting to come out (rather impatiently) since I had read the other books in the series. It was a very satisfying read and brought that era in Jewish history into focus for me with a lot of rich details provided by the author’s wonderful research.


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

Woman of Sunlight by Mary Connealy





Lover of Mary Connealy’s books take note. The next installment of the Brides of Hope Mountain series is out. I have wanted to read this book ever since the first one came out. And now I’m waiting anxiously for the third book which should come out later this year. This one concerns the youngest sister Ilsa, and the oldest son of the Warrens, Mitch. Someone is still after Mitch and he needs to find the culprit before his family or the ranch is harmed. He and Ilsa end up married and taking the search to Chicago, which is a totally different environment that the one Ilsa grew up in.


I love every one of Mary Connealy’s series and this one is the best yet. If she would just clone herself and get them out there twice as fast I would be so busy reading her books that I would scarcely have time to read any others.


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

Home Sweet Home By Fern Michaels, Donna Kauffman and Melissa Story




This is a compilation of three feel good short stories. The first on by Fern Michaels had a lot of substance and interesting characters and situations. I loved it. The second one was really confusing from the beginning. So many characters and their relationships to each other were introduced in the first few pages that I could not keep track of who was who and that made the rest of the story hard to read and not interesting to me. The third story was a lovely story and very enjoyable. I just wished it had been fleshed out into a whole book because it moved along well and then suddenly, bang bang bang it was brought to a conclusion and over. I felt the same way about Fern Michael’s story.


Overall I was pleased with the book and it would be ideal for someone who just has a short time to read and they could read one of the stories in one sitting each time.


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

What They Meant for Evil By Rebecca Deng










Rebecca Deng grew up in the war torn area of Sudan where she lost family member after family member to other tribes and countries. Eventually she was able to escape via a UN program that relocated young people to the US. She ended up in Michigan with a young couple that wanted to make a difference. They became her foster parents. Another girl from a rival group in Sudan also was placed there shortly thereafter. The couple mentored them even after they grew up and left home. Rebecca was able to get advanced degrees and eventually had a family of her own. This was a story of redemption and God’s provision. It makes you more aware of all the suffering that seems ongoing over in Africa in different regions and the plight of the average citizen that gets caught in the crossfire.


The story is not only enlightening, but very interesting and can keep you reading long after you intended to lay the book down and go to sleep.


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

The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze









Abigail is a spinstress from the East who is sent from Chicago to Nebraska to be a schoolteacher to try to help a government agent (her former fiancé Dashiel) figure out which of three boys was the son of a desperado that was on the loose and intending to kidnap his boy. The culture shock, the weather, and the need to keep secrets all threaten to derail the process but Abigail is determined.


I truly enjoyed this story as I have all the books in the Daughters of the Mayflower series that I have read. I recommend it to anyone who likes historical romance chock full of interesting characters, wonderful descriptions of places, well researched details of the life at the time and a plot that keeps you awake at night.


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

The Chisholm Trail Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo



Eliza lives on a ranch with her parents and brothers. Her father indulges her want to be with him and her brothers on a trail ride but her mother is grooming her for coming out in society. A traumatic experience on a trail ride with her father leaves her adrift for a few years but when the time comes for her to step out into society the situation is complicated by a former fiancé that is persistent and threatening. Her father has hired a man to follow her everywhere and he manages to keep her protected most of the time.


I truly enjoyed this story as I have all the books in the Daughters of the Mayflower series that I have read. I recommend it to anyone who likes historical romance chock full of interesting characters, wonderful descriptions of places, well researched details of the life at the time and a plot that keeps you awake at night.


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

Monday, February 3, 2020

A Long Bridge Home (Amish of Big Sky Country Book 2) by Kelly Irvin


Christine Mast and her beau, Andy Lambright are hoping to get married. They live in the West Kootenai region of Montana. But Andy gets called to his parents’ home to help with some things and Christine’s family decides to move back to Kansas near relatives. Christine doesn’t want to leave so talks her father into letting her live with her uncle and aunt in St. Ignatius while she waits for Andy. Christine meets Raymond Old Fox, a native that lives on the reservation near her uncle’s store and she is anxious to learn as much as she can about his culture. There is no romantic relationship but it is very eye raising to the locals and her aunt and uncle get very upset about the arrangement. She almost gets exiled to Kansas before Andy solves his own dilemmas and returns for her.

This was a very interesting exchange of cultural information between an Old Order Amish girl and a Native man. I enjoyed what I learned from it as well as just the love story involved.

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

Amish Generations by Kathleen Fuller



This is four short stories. They are Amish romances but involve people of all different ages and involve people having a second chance at finding a life partner. The stories are very well written and leave you with a happy ending. I would recommend this to anyone who would just like to read a short story in one sitting (4 times) and enjoys this genre.

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

All the Best Lies: A Mystery (Ellery Hathaway Book 3) by Joanna Schaffhausen



Reed Markham, an agent with the FBI is intent on solving a cold case that is as old as he is – the murder of his own mother. For this he has to travel to Las Vegas, NV to review the old case files. He asks his friend from back east, Ellery Hathaway, a cop who has been suspended, to come and help him.
Reed soon realizes that his own adoptive father, a Senator from Virginia, is somehow involved. As he delves into the old files, sparks begin to fly and he realizes he has stirred up a hornets nest and someone doesn’t want him to find out the truth.

This book was excellently written and keeps you wondering who the murderer is right up to the end. I recommend this book to all suspense / mystery lovers.

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



All We Buried: A Sheriff Bet Rivers Mystery by Elena Taylor



Elizabeth "Bet" Rivers came back to help her father the sheriff of Collier, Washington and he died soon after leaving her to be the sheriff. This was not the first choice of some others in town or in the department. Almost immediately there is a body found floating on a lake in the rural community that rarely sees homicides. Bet needs to identify the body and solve the mystery before the press gets hold of the story and before the election. The scientist who was exploring the lake and found the body and two former residents who turned up out of the blue at the same time the body was found head the list of possible murderers. It’s up to Bet to figure it out.

I loved this story and the artful way the author weaved the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good whodunnit.

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

One Little Lie (The Pelican Harbor Series Book 1) by Colleen Coble



Jane Hardy is the new sheriff in Pelican Harbor, AL upon her father’s retirement. The job starts to heat up rather quickly and it is obvious that some people don’t want Jane to be sheriff. Adding to the tension is the fact that a journalist has been given permission by the mayor to follow Jane and do a documentary. Soon Jane and her father’s past as members of a cult comes to the attention of everyone and things start to unravel. Jane is becoming dependent on Reid (the journalist) to help her solve some of the mysteries she has encountered. Reid is actually a player in one of the mysteries.

I really loved the characters and the suspense in this book. I’d read another book by this author any time.

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

Saturday, January 4, 2020

A Field Guide to Homicide by Lynn Cahoon




A Field Guide to Homicide by Lynn Cahoon

Cat Latimer is a writer and runs a writer’s retreat group at her large home periodically. This time they find a body on a hike the first rattle out of the box. He’s someone Seth knew and thought was already dead years prior. This becomes the mystery of the day and Cat tries to solve it. Meanwhile, the writer’s group seems to be different from previous groups. It’s an interesting story and I enjoyed it.


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

Echoes among the Stones by Jaime Jo Wright



Aggie has moved back to Mumsie’s hometown to take care of her. Mumsie is her grandmother. Aggie gets a job at the local cemetery, straightening out the records. She is working with an archaeologist who is also trying to figure things out in the old cemetery. It soon becomes apparent that her grandmother is holding onto a mystery from her youth. Aggie gets interested in it too and it leads them through some dark places. This is an interesting mystery that flips back to Mumsie’s (Imogene’s) youth when the event occurred and Aggie in the present. I really enjoyed this one!

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

A Beautiful Arrangement by Beth Wiseman



Lydia and Samuel had to get married because they had a baby on the way. Both resent the fact that they had to hurry into marriage without courtship etc. Their friends Beverly and Joseph are courting and they are sharing some outings with them. Both couples envy the other couple because of their perception of how the relationship is. This is a fun book and of course it has a happy ending. If you like Amish romance, you will like this book.

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Forever Hidden by Tracie Peterson; Kimberley Woodhouse



Chuck Bondurant has been caring for his daughter and granddaughters since their husband/father was killed in Colorado. He has moved the family to Alaska and started a dairy farm. When he has a stroke, the family is left bewildered and searching for a plan to continue without his strong support. Chuck has already made provisions though through John Roselli, the grandson of a good friend in Colorado. John came looking for Chuck when his grandfather died and left him with a request to take a package to Chuck. Chuck hired him and asked him to agree to marry one of his granddaughters and take over the farm when Chuck passed on. Of course, the ladies had no idea about this plan. His granddaughter Hayvn is the one who trusts John and John is enchanted with her as well. This is a fun book and there are twists and surprises along the way. I recommend this book to anyone who likes historical romances.

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More Than We Remember by Christina Suzann Nelson



This story is about three women whose lives are turned on end as a result of a fatal car accident. Emilia is deputy who was first at the scene. Addison is the local coach’s wife and he is the one responsible for the accident. Brianne is Addison’s next door neighbor. She is a psychologist who is still reeling from a patient’s suicide. All three of these women’s life are in turmoil for one reason or another and they eventually find common ground and friendship and realize nothing was exactly how it had seemed. I really enjoyed this one!

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Finding the Broken Cowboy by Cassidy Hanton


Beatrice Foster is on hand when her parents are shot and soon finds out the killer is after her as well. She goes to hide at her Uncle’s farm in Montana until the killer is found. While there she meets a local rancher, Nathan Walsh. The whole town thinks he’s a hero but she thinks he is rude. This was a very entertaining book. There’s the romance between the big city girl and the rancher as well as a mystery that keeps one on tenterhooks until the killer is revealed. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes this genre.

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