Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review: Keep Her Safe by Sophie Hannah




  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 761 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (Sept. 19 2017)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N5J5ALM


Book Description


She's the most famous murder victim in America. What if she's not dead?

Pushed to the breaking point, Cara Burrows flees her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can't afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied by a man and a teenage girl.

A simple mistake at the front desk... but soon Cara realizes that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can't possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving natural life sentences for her murder.

Cara doesn't know what to trusteverything she's read and heard about the case, or the evidence of her own eyes. Did she really see Melody? And is she prepared to ask herself that question and answer it honestly if it means risking her own life?


“No one writes twisted, suspenseful novels quite like Sophie Hannah. I just love her dry, edgy wit and the way she brings her weirdly wonderful characters to life. ” (Liane Moriarty)

“Sophie Hannah puts the ‘psycho’ in psychological suspense.” (Lisa Gardner)

“Her plots are ingenious — she’s a writer in complete command of her material — and it’s O.K. if you haven’t quite kept up. She keeps you puzzled and intrigued, right until the end.” (The ew York Times Book Review)

“Sophie Hannah... has clearly mastered the psychological methodology [of] Gillian Flynn or Tana French. Her unreliable narrator commands our attention and even our sympathy.” (NPR



About the Author

Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 27 countries. In 2013, her latest novel, The Carrier, won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards. Two of Sophie’s crime novels, The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives, have been adapted for television and appeared on ITV1 under the series title Case Sensitive in 2011 and 2012. In 2004, Sophie won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her suspense story The Octopus Nest, which is now published in her first collection of short stories, The Fantastic Book of Everybody’s Secrets.

Sophie has also published five collections of poetry. Her fifth, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 T S Eliot Award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A-level and degree level across the UK. From 1997 to 1999 she was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge, and between 1999 and 2001 she was a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. She is forty-one and lives with her husband and children in Cambridge, where she is a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College. She is currently working on a new challenge for the little grey cells of Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s famous detective.


My Review


Keep Her Safe is the first book of Sophie Hannah's that I have read. I really emjoyed Keep Her Safe and had a hard time putting it down.

Cara Burrows has run away from her family in England and come to an expensive, exclusive resort in Arizona. When she arrives, she is given a key to the wrong room and she sees someone that should not have been seen. And from there, the roller coaster ride  begins.

Sophie Hannah is a good writer and storyteller. I loved Cara's observations about American life. Being English, Cara is much more reserved than the people she meets. The technology is up to date in the book...Cara corresponds with her children through Instragram. Totally believable.

As Cara's story unfolds and we learn her secret and what has brought her on a mission of self discovery. And her family's role in her desire to disappear for a while. And how everything turns out...

Highly recommend Sophie Hannah's Keep Her Safe.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: Murderous Mistral: A Provence Mystery (Roger Blanc #1) by Cay Rademacher




  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2992 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 125011070X
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Sept. 19 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XBLQNW3


Book Description

 An atmospheric murder mystery set in the south of France.

Capitaine Roger Blanc, an investigator with the anti-corruption-unit of the French Gendarmerie, was a bit too succesfull in his investigations. He finds himself removed from Paris to the south of France, far away from political power. Or so it would seem.

The stress is too much for his marriage, and he attempts to manage the break up while trying to settle into his new life in Provence in a 200-year-old, half-ruined house. At the same time, Blanc is tasked with his first murder case: A man with no friends and a lot of enemies, an outsider, was found shot and burned. When a second man dies under suspicious circumstances in the quaint French countryside, the Capitaine from Paris has to dig deep into the hidden, dark undersides of the Provence he never expected to see.



About the Author

 1965 in Flensburg geboren, studierte in Köln und Washington Anglo-Amerikanische Geschichte, Alte Geschichte und Philosophie und lebt heute mit seiner Familie in der Provence.

Seit einigen Jahren Redakteur bei GEO sowie Geschäftsführender Redakteur des Geschichtsmagazins GEO EPOCHE. Außerdem schreibt R. historische Romane und Sachbücher.



My Review


 Murderous Mistral: A Provence Mystery is the first Roger Blanc mystery by author Cay Rademacher. This series has been previously published in Germany so I know there are at least 3 more books in this series to look forward to. Minotaur Books has given this book a gorgeous cover that I know will catch people's eye.
  
Capitaine Roger Blanc, an investigator with the anti-corruption-unit of the French Gendarmerie,has recently been assigned to a small town in Provence. Having visited Provence before, I was impressed with the descriptions of Provence by the author, Rademacher.

I know a little bit about the French political system and the power of the trade unions so I found the corruption at all levels to be very believable.  Despite the fact that the book was translated from German, I found the book to be well written, well plotted and an intriguing read.

I enjoyed all the characters introduced to us in this debut book of the series. I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Highly recommend Murderous Mistral.


Friday, September 15, 2017

The Action Storybook Bible Kindle Fire Giveaway

Discover your family's place in God's incredible story and together put your faith into action with the new The Action Storybook Bible from David C Cook! Explore God's redemptive story together with your children ages 8 and under in the 15 episodes highlighting key milestones in God's story. Master-artist Sergio Cariello created more than 350 brand-new illustrations to captivate your family and help you recognize how God is moving through each story.

Join the adventure to begin to figure out where you fit into God's beautiful and exciting plan for the world by entering to win the Kindle Fire giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:
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 About the Book

The Action Storybook Bible invites families with children ages 8 and under explore God’s redemptive story together. From the sleek and amazing creatures God created at the beginning of the world to the powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel to Jesus’s gift of eternal life for you and your family—God has a beautiful and exciting plan for the world. Where do you fit into that plan? How are the truths found in God’s Word reflected in your life?

This Bible storybook features 15 episodes highlighting key milestones in God’s story, packed with dozens of scenes—combining stories from God’s Word with brand-new captivating illustrations from Brazilian master-artist Sergio Cariello, illustrator of the bestselling The Action Bible. Discover your family’s place in God’s redemptive story and together put your faith into action!

Interactive features include:

  • Fifteen episodes loaded with over 350 brand-new illustrations from master-artist Sergio Cariello.
  • Short and easy reading for all ages. Take turns telling God’s redemptive story!
  • The Life, Faith, Action! feature wraps up each episode and helps your family recognize how God is moving through each story, discover how that relates to your daily lives, and feel inspired to put your faith into action.
  • Heroes Hall of Fame index, where you can look up your favorite Bible characters and discover their stories!

My Review


The Action Storybook Bible is a lovely illustrated book for children filled with stories of the bible. It would be a great book to give to a child or to a new Christian of any age. The illustrations bring the stories of The Bible alive. This is a fabulous tool for introducing The Bible.

The beautiful illustrations bring 15 of the most compelling bible stories to life. Young children will devour this book. I wish that it had been available when my sons were young. This book is not intended to replace The Bible but rather to enhance it. At the end of each story there is a section called Life, Faith, Action! that summarizes what the story is about and gives a God in Action and Faith in Action summary and then a prayer.

I cannot overemphasize how beautifully this book, The Action Storybook Bible, is illustrated. I highly recommend The Action Storybook Bible.







Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Review: Death at the Seaside (Kate Shackleton #8) by Frances Brody







  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3139 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0750544716
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Sept. 12 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06X1GLJHQ



Book Description


'Frances Brody has the knack of spinning a tale that has the charm of the period' Daily Mail
Nothing ever happens in August, and tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton deserves a break. Heading off for a long-overdue holiday to Whitby, she visits her school friend Alma who works as a fortune teller there.

Kate had been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn, but upon arrival discovers that Alma's daughter Felicity has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset: a watch-guard. What makes this more intriguing is the jeweller who advanced Felicity the thirty shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma's current gentleman friend.

Kate can't help but become involved, and goes to the jeweller's shop to get some answers. When she makes a horrifying discovery in the back room, it soon becomes clear that her services are needed. Met by a wall of silence by town officials, keen to maintain Whitby's idyllic façade, it's up to Kate - ably assisted by Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden - to discover the truth behind Felicity's disappearance.

And they say nothing happens in August . . .




"Frances Brody writes marvelous British mysteries, and if you haven't met the wonderful Kate Shackleton, Death at the Seaside is the perfect place to start this terrific series! Whether you are already a Brody fan or new to the Kate Shackleton series, Death at the Seaside is a mystery you just plain can't miss!" ―Charles Todd, bestselling author of the Ian Rutledge Mysteries and the Bess Crawford Mysteries

"A delightful trip through time and space to 1920s England with a heroine who would make the ladies of the Golden Age proud." ―Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of the Royal Spyness and Molly Murphy novels

"In Kate Shackleton, Frances Brody has created a smart and endearing sleuth whose resourcefulness and skill for deduction shine as she investigates murders in 1920s England. With vivid settings, colorful characters, and excellently-plotted mysteries, this series is an absolute delight!" ―Ashley Weaver, author of the Amory Ames mysteries

“In Brody’s tightly woven eighth mystery set in 1920s England, PI Kate Shackleton takes a holiday in the resort town o fWhitby.... Brody provides plenty of period flavor and just enough clues topoint armchair sleuths to the solution.” ―Publishers Weekly on Death at the Seaside

"Kate finds herself drawn into a complex case redolent of classic interwar mysteries in which motives abound and old secrets are eventually revealed. In addition to re-creating the feeling of the golden age, Brody this time provides a stronger mystery than usual." ―Kirkus Reviews on Death at the Seaside

"Death at the Seaside is the eighth book in the Kate Shackleton series and it is definitely a series that moved from strength to strength.... [A]lthough this is part of a series, it is not necessary to have read the earlier books to enjoy this novel. Although I would recommend any reader who likes historical crime fiction to read them all - you are in for a treat. The plot is intriguing and, true to its title, Death at the Seaside has superb descriptions of Whitby and its surrounding countryside. Definitely a page turner." ―Mystery People

"...Frances Brody has the knack of spinning a tale that, however convoluted, has the charm of the period, while staying well within the bounds of plausibility." ―Daily Mail (UK) on Death at the Seaside

"And that's the great thing about the Kate Shackleton stories: the next time around you might know who killed the vicar, or whoever, but you'll have the added pleasure of seeing how it was done, because Frances Brody doesn't cheat and produce some piece of information right at the end which explains everything: all the clues are there. On a second read you have the joy of saying Ah, that's why... " ―The Bookbag on Death at the Seaside

"This is a charming read. There is a serious crime, a real investigation and a mystery to solve but this book feels as if it should read while sipping tea from bone china, helping yourself to a thin cucumber sandwich from a three tier cake stand and listening to some rhythmic twenties jazz music. Brody's writing allows the reader to relax and enjoy the very visual story with its gentle humour and soft smiles." ―Bibliomaniac on Death at the Seaside

"Well-plotted and atmospheric... Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs."―Literary Review on Dying in the Wool

"Descriptions of the lavish life enjoyed by the Indian elite give a tantalizing glimpse into a foreign world...fans of Maisie Dobbs and Daisy Dalrymple will enjoy the authentic period detail."―Publishers Weekly on Murder on a Summer's Day

"Brody has the style of the classic British cozy down pat."―Kirkus Reviews

"Frances Brody knows how to hold the reader attention and make them continue reading into the small hours of the night."-Bill Spence, York Press





About the Author

Frances Brody's highly-praised 1920s mysteries feature clever and elegant Kate Shackleton, First World War widow turned sleuth. Missing person? Foul play suspected? Kate's your woman. For good measure, she may bring along ex-policeman, Jim Sykes.

Before turning to crime, Frances wrote for radio, television and theatre, and was nominated for a Time Out Award. She published four sagas, winning the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin Award in 2006.

www.frances-brody.com


My Review


Death at the Seaside is the 8th Kate Shackleton mystery by author Frances Brody. This is the first book of Brody's that I have read. It can easily be read as a stand alone.

I have very happy to have discovered this beautifully written historical mystery series. The series is set in England between the two world wars. Brody's writing style evokes an earlier era and you feel like you are back in time.

I like the character of Kate. The supporting characters are all very interesting as well. The mystery is well developed and I enjoyed the challenge of trying to figure out who had killed the jeweler...plenty of suspects.

I had never heard of the town of Whitby before so I had to look it up . It of course is real and quite fascinating. I discovered this amazing site: http://www.thebooktrail.com/book-trails/death-seaside-kate-shackleton-8/ where you can understand the setting better.

Loved this book! I cannot wait to read more of the Kate Shackleton series. Highly recommend Death at the Seaside.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Review: The Woman Who Couldn't Scream (Virtue Falls #4) by Christina Dodd








  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2258 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Sept. 5 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N23DPKT

Book Description

 From the New York Times bestselling author comes the fourth novel of suspense taking place in Virtue Falls, Washington.

Beautiful Merida is married to a wealthy older man who takes her around the world as his trophy. Merida is everything a man could want. But a traumatic accident years before left her without the ability to speak. When her husband dies, she knows its her chance to exact revenge on those responsible for her accident—and that vengeance begins in Virtue Falls. Reinventing herself, she slips into village life, biding her time. But someone knows exactly who she is and will use this chance to finish what was started years ago. And this time an accident for Merida will mean silencing her forever.



Read the acclaimed Virtue Falls Suspense Series:
 
#1 THE LISTENER: A Virtue Falls short story
#2 VIRTUE FALLS: The First Virtue Falls Full-Length Suspense
#3 THE RELATIVES: A Virtue Falls short story
#4 OBSESSION FALLS: The Second Virtue Falls Full-Length Suspense
#5 LOVE NEVER DIES: A Virtue Falls short story
#6 BECAUSE I'M WATCHING: The third Virtue Falls Full-Length Suspense
#7 THE WOMAN WHO COULDN'T SCREAM: A Virtue Falls Full-length Suspense Sept. 5, 2017
-- THE WATCHER: A Virtue Falls Short Story starring Sheriff Kateri Kwinault
-- A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT: A compilation of three short stories: THE LISTENER, THE RELATIVES, and LOVE NEVER DIES, as well as extras from the Virtue Falls series.


About the Author


New in 2017: 

— THE WATCHER: A Virtue Falls Short Story, now available for purchase or free to my mailing list https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...


— THE WOMAN WHO COULDN'T SCREAM: Virtue Falls Full-length Suspense #4 Sept. 5, 2017 in hardcover, ebook and audio. Do put it on your To-Read list!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

 
Now out!
-- BECAUSE I'M WATCHING: Virtue Falls Full-length Suspense #3 (2016 Amazon Best of Romance, #1 Amazon Romance of September, Kirkus starred review, Booklist starred review and Best of 2016, Library Journal starred review, RT Book Reviews Top Pick.) In paperback June 27, 2017
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

 
— A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT: Stories of Virtue Falls, a compilation of the previously published Virtue Falls short stories with new extras from the Virtue Falls books (deleted scenes, the alternate ending of OBSESSION FALLS, Readers' Guides.)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

Want to know what Christina will be publishing next? Join her mailing list for updates! http://christinadodd.com/newsletters/...

Readers become writers, and Christina Dodd has always been a reader. She reads everything, but because she loves humor, she likes romance best.

A woman wants things like world peace, a clean house, and a deep and meaningful relationship based on mutual understanding and love. A man wants things like a Craftsman router with attachments, undisputed control of the TV remote, and a red Corvette which will miraculously make his bald spot disappear. So when Christina's first daughter was born, she told her husband she was going to quit work and write a book. It was a good time to start a new career, because how much trouble could one little infant be?

Ha! It took ten years, two children and three completed manuscripts before her first novel, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW, was published. In the twenty-six years since, her novels have been translated into 25 languages, won Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Christina Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle (11/18/05, # 13 Down: Romance Novelist named Christina — her mother was very impressed.) With more than 15 million of her books in print, Publishers Weekly praises her style that 'showcases Dodd's easy, addictive charm and steamy storytelling.'

Christina Dodd is married to a man with all his hair and no Corvette, but many Craftsman tools.



My Review

The Woman Who Couldn't Scream is the fourth book in the Virtue Falls series by Christina Dodd. While The Woman Who Couldn't Scream is part of a series, this book can easily be read as a stand alone.

 The Woman Who Couldn't Scream is the second book in this series that I have read. In this series, Sheriff Kateri Kwinault returns as the main character. Not only is her half sister from Baltimore in Virtue Falls, but also childhood friend Merri now known as Merida Falcon. One is there to find something and one is there to have vengeance on the man who ruined her life. There are lots of deaths and plenty of curves to keep the reader enthralled.

Virtue Falls is a small town on Washington's Olympic peninsula. In one the books main story lines,  Sheriff Kateri's dear friend is in the hospital in  a coma throughout the book. Kateri is deeply affected by her friend's state and knows that she must her friend.

Very interesting book. I enjoyed reading it.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Review: Come and Eat: A Celebration of Love and Grace Around the Everyday Table by Bri McKoy

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 748 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0718090616
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Sept. 5 2017)
  • Sold by: Zondervan CA (CA SOR)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N3ZR4M7

Book Description


Bri McKoy, of the blog Our Savory Life, celebrates the power of the everyday table and shows how, by regularly and intentionally gathering around it, we can follow in the footsteps of Jesus and usher in grace, love, and deep fellowship.

Raised in the world of takeout and microwaveable meals, like so many busy women Bri McKoy found herself utterly lost in the kitchen and nowhere near using her dining room table as an inviting place of community. However, as she learned how to more intentionally invite not just others but also herself to her table every day, she noticed that the kitchen stopped feeling like a prison cell and started feeling like a sanctuary, that gathering with others around the table, like Jesus often did during his time on earth, had the power to usher in deep relationship and a fuller understanding of God’s love and grace.

In Come and Eat, Bri invites readers on an adventure of burnt pie, ten-pound bags of onions, and kitchen catastrophes to discover how to transform a common dining-room table into a vehicle that ushers in the presence of Jesus. It’s an invitation with no pressure, no strings attached, no advanced cooking skills or fancy accouterments necessary. Just a healthy appetite and a desire to take a deeper look into the power and ministry that can be found at the table. Combining biblical reflection with engaging personal stories from Bri’s own home, as well as the tables she has joined around the world, Come and Eat shows readers how they can intentionally make their own tables a vibrant source of life.


About the Author

 Bri McKoy is a writer and home cook. She first worked with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) in journalism and then at Compassion International. She currently serves as the visionary and leader for Compassion Bloggers, successor to Shaun Groves, connecting with bestselling authors and popular bloggers daily. She is the owner and writer for her blog OurSavoryLife.com, a food blog with recipes and stories from around her table.

Her recipes have been featured on Blendtec’s (known as the world’s most powerful blender) website as well as Civilized Caveman Eats (whose author has written two New York Times bestseller cookbooks). Another of her recipes was recently featured on Shape.com, which is the online home to Shape magazine, the second largest young women’s magazine. Bri is a contributor to the award-winning Compassion Blog and to GraceTable.org, a community blog about food and faith.

She currently lives in Hermosa Beach, California with her husband and dog. You can find her in the kitchen or in her neighborhood knocking on doors inviting people to her table!


My Review

Come and Eat: A Celebration of Love and Grace Around the Everyday Table is the first book by Bri McKoy that I have read. I was not familiar with Bri before reading this book and now I am following her on social media and her blog.

Come and Eat: A Celebration of Love and Grace Around the Everyday Table is a fantastic book. It is a great reminder to all of us about how fellow shipping around a table can be a remarkable tool for reaching out to others. I remember going to a church when I was young that after church you were always invited to someone's house for lunch or you invited them. It was a great way to meet newcomers to the church. This book reminded me of how important fellowship with others can be.

Come and Eat: A Celebration of Love and Grace Around the Everyday Table provides the tools that you need to have a warm and inviting table to invite others to. The book is filled with biblical inspiration to assist you. I loved the personal stories in the book and I'm sure you will too.

Highly recommend Come and Eat: A Celebration of Love and Grace Around the Everyday Table.



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Review: Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life by Jen Hatmaker



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  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Aug. 8 2017)
  • Sold by: Zondervan CA (CA SOR)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MQI2W6P
Book Description

  New York Times bestselling author Jen Hatmaker, with playful hilarity, shameless honesty, and refreshing insight, assures readers they have all the pluck they need for vibrant, courageous, grace-filled lives.

Jen Hatmaker believes backbone is the birthright of every woman. Women have been demonstrating resiliency and resolve since forever. They have incredibly strong shoulders to bear loss, hope, grief, and vision. She laughs at the days to come is how the ancient wisdom writings put it.

But somehow women have gotten the message that pain and failure mean they must be doing things wrong, that they messed up the rules or tricks for a seamless life. As it turns out, every last woman faces confusion and loss, missteps and catastrophic malfunctions, no matter how much she is doing "right." Struggle doesn't mean they're weak; it means they're alive.

Jen Hatmaker, beloved author, Big Sister Emeritus, and Chief BFF, offers another round of hilarious tales, frank honesty, and hope for the woman who has forgotten her moxie. Whether discussing the grapple with change ("Everyone, be into this thing I'm into! Except when I'm not. Then everyone be cool.") or the time she drove to the wrong city for a fourth-grade field trip ("Why are we in San Antonio?"), Jen parlays her own triumphs and tragedies into a sigh of relief for all normal, fierce women everywhere who, like her, sometimes hide in the car eating crackers but also want to get back up and get back out, to live undaunted "in the moment" no matter what the moments hold.


About the Author

 Jen Hatmaker is the author of the New York Times bestseller For the Love and happy hostess of a tightly knit online community where she reaches millions of people each week. She and her husband, Brandon, founded the Legacy Collective, a giving community that granted more than a million dollars in its first year. They also starred in the popular series My Big Family Renovation on HGTV. Jen is a mom to five, a sought-after speaker, and a delighted resident of Austin, Texas, where she and her family are helping keep Austin weird. For more information, visit jenhatmaker.com.

My Review

 Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life is the latest book by Jen Hatmaker, a Christian writer and speaker.

Jen Hatmaker got herself into trouble with some evangelicals last year due to comments she made about homosexuals. She rightly believes that Jesus loves everyone. So do I. I admire high profile authors and speakers such as Hatmaker, Beth Moore and other brave women.

Hatmaker's latest, Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life demonstrates to women that every one of them faces the same messes and struggles with life that she does. Hatmaker uses her own style of wittiness and strength to get through to readers. Women need to have a backbone...Hatmaker shows us how through her examples.

I enjoy Hatmaker's writing style and I recommend Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life.







Review: The Essence of Malice (Amory Ames #4) by Ashley Weaver








  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1407 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Sept. 5 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06WRR3YPN

Book Description

 The fourth installment in the Edgar-nominated mystery series set in 1930s England.

When Milo Ames receives a troubling letter from his childhood nanny, Madame Nanette, he and Amory travel to Paris where they are soon embroiled in a mystery surrounding the death of a famous parfumier. Helios Belanger died suddenly, shortly before the release of his newest, highly-anticipated perfume, and Madame Nanette, who works for the family, is convinced that her employer’s death was not due to natural causes.

The more Amory and Milo look into the motives of industry rivals and the Belanger heirs who are vying for control of his perfume empire, the more they are convinced that Nanette may be right. When secrets unfold and things take a dangerous turn, Amory and Milo must work quickly to uncover the essence of the matter and catch a killer before the scent goes cold.


Praise for The Essence of Malice:

"In this highly enjoyable and engrossing mystery Ashley Weaver - with her sure touch for evoking elegance and glamour - wafts her appealing and determined heroine Amory into the world of perfumers, family secrets, and the heady whiff of murder. I loved the evocation of scents, skillful shifts of suspicion and the satisfying conclusion."―Frances Brody

"The scent of murder and betrayal fills the Paris air . . . Weaver, a librarian, has a deft touch with the 1930s' upper-class repartee. The climactic surprise makes this the best of her mysteries to date."―Kirkus Reviews

"Sparkling...the power skirmishes between these equally clever spouses shine throughout."―Publishers Weekly

“The fourth addition to this lively historical series is one of its best with an evocative 1930s Parisian setting and an unexpected surprise climax.” ―Library Journal (starred review)

“This novel presents an intricate puzzle to solve. It has roots in the tradition of upper-crust amateur sleuths from the era but remains fresh and unpredictable. The main characters are sophisticated, stylish, and multi-dimensional. Effective hooks keep the action moving swiftly, and clever dialogue paired with well-developed atmosphere make it quite entertaining.” ―Historical Novel Society

“The Ameses make a beautiful pair, stylish and clever, and Weaver infuses her story with all of the Golden Age splendor a reader could want . . . This is an excellent entrée into a delightful (librarian-penned) series.” ―Booklist



About the Author

https://www.ashley-weaver.com/ 

ASHLEY WEAVER is the Technical Services Coordinator for the Allen Parish Libraries in Louisiana. Weaver has worked in libraries since she was 14; she was a page and then a clerk before obtaining her MLIS from Louisiana State University. She lives in Oakdale, Louisiana.

Praise for the Amory Ames Mysteries:

“Fans with fond memories of Georgette Heyer’s mysteries set in the same period will be delighted with the gallery of suspects and the edgy romance.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Sure to appeal to Agatha Christie devotees.” ―Booklist

“It's all very Downton Abbey... [Weaver] channels the ambiance and spirit of British society during the post-World War I years.” ―Associated Press

“With a profound nod to the Golden Age of the British whodunit, Weaver creates a classic mystery, complete with a fashionable setting, a cast of upper-crust Brits, and witty prose.” ―Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Captivating.... Fascinating and stylish characters fill out a finely tuned traditional mystery." ―Publishers Weekly on A Most Novel Revenge

"This debut novel by a librarian lays the foundation for a stylish series with Milo and Amory channeling Nick and Nora Charles." ―Booklist on Murder at the Brightwell

"A spunky heroine, a tense romance and red herrings galore make Weaver's debut a pleasant read for nostalgia buffs who miss Agatha Christie." ―Kirkus Reviews on Murder at the Brightwell

“Fans with fond memories of Georgette Heyer’s mysteries set in the same period will be delighted with the gallery of suspects and the edgy romance.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Death Wears a Mask

My Review

The Essence of Malice is the fourth book in the Amory Ames series by Ashley Weaver. This delightful series is set in the 1930s in England. The Essence of Malice takes Amory and husband Milo to France. I have read all the books in this series and found them to all be charming and intriguing. The Essence of Malice can be read as a stand alone though I don't know why you would not want to start at the beginning with Murder at the Brightwell.

The Essence of Malice is a beautifully written period piece. I found the perfume business in Paris to be fascinating. The characters are all interesting and perfect for the era and social class of these tales.

The Essence of Malice is an intriguing mystery. The ending surprised me.

Highly recommend The Essence of Malice. Already lookuing forward to the next book in the series.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Review: Body on Baker Street (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #2) by Vicki Delany







  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2994 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (Sept. 12 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XW3K7F5
Book Description

Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson are busy managing the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium on Baker Street and adjoining Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room in anticipation of the store's upcoming book signing with the illustrious Renalta Van Markoff, author of the controversial Hudson and Holmes mystery series. But during the author Q&A session, dedicated Sherlockian Donald Morris verbally attacks Renalta and her series for disgracing Sherlock's legacy, only to be publicly humiliated when the author triumphantly lashes back and gains the upper hand. That is until Renalta collapses on the table--dead. Donald insists he didn't do it and pleads to his friends to clear his name. Fortunately, Gemma and Jayne have no shortage of suspects between author's bullied personal assistant, her frustrated publicist, the hapless publisher, a handsome rare book dealer, an obsessively rabid fan, and a world of other Sherlock enthusiasts with strong objections to Renalta's depiction of the Great Detective. It's up to the shrewd sleuthing duo to eliminate the impossible and deduce the truth before the West London police arrest an innocent man in Body on Baker Street, the second Sherlock Homes Bookshop mystery perfect for fans of Miranda James and Kate Carlisle.

About the Author

 “It’s a crime not to read Delany,” so says the London Free Press.

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most varied and prolific crime writers.

She is the author of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series from Crooked Lane and the Year Round Christmas series from Penguin. Under the pen name of Eva Gates she writes the Lighthouse Library Series.
Visit Vicki at www.vickidelany.com , www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor, and twitter: @vickidelany

She blogs about the writing life at One Woman Crime Wave (http://klondikeandtrafalgar.blogspot.com)

Visit Vicki at www.vickidelany.com



My Review

 The book,  Body on Baker Street is the second Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by Vicki Delany. I read the first book in the series,  Elementary She Reads, and was impressed with the writing and the story. Body on Baker Street is an excellent follow up to the first book in the series.

Before discovering this series, I did not really realize how popular Sherlock Holmes is and that he has quite the following.  I like the concept of the stories revolving around a book shop that is dedicated to one author. The New England setting of New London is perfect.

I was surprised by the ending which is always a plus for me. Lots of suspects and clues! Vicki Delany is a terrific writer. I have always enjoyed her books, particularly the Constable Molly Smith series set in British Columbia.

Highly recommend Body on Baker Street.