Tuesday, June 18, 2024

What You Leave Behind by Wanda Morris New Release


 

Help me congratulate Wanda Morris on her new release – What You Leave Behind. Here’s the blurb:

Award-winning author Wanda Morris returns with a powerful, haunting thriller following a lawyer who after the mysterious disappearance of a local landowner and the death of his sister just months before, uncovers a conspiracy that dates back to Reconstruction and persists in half the United States today.

Deena Wood’s life has fallen apart in the aftermath of losing her beloved mother, her marriage, and her prestigious job at an Atlanta law firm. She needs what the Geechee people of coastal Georgia call a “dayclean,” a fresh start.

She returns to her childhood home in Brunswick, Georgia, to heal. But her return is anything but the respite she thought it might be. To make peace with all her loss, she often drives through the city. One day, she unwittingly finds herself on the oceanfront property of a loner widower who is fighting to keep land that has been in his family since the end of the Civil War. He threatens her and warns her to never return. But shortly after, he disappears, and his very expensive property is quickly put up for sale. Curious about what has happened to the man, Deena digs into his disappearance and finds a family legacy at risk. What starts out as a bit of curious snooping, turns into a deadly game of illegal land grabs and property redevelopment in poor and rural communities with dark and powerful forces at work.

Without realizing it, Deena finds herself caught up in a nightmarish scheme that threatens her community and her family. She’ll need help and finds it in a close but unlikely source because she knows she must do whatever it takes to stop the sinister forces at play before she becomes their next target.


Friday, June 14, 2024

The Devil You Knew by Mike Cobb Blog Tour and Book Review


 

I received a gifted copy. There are probably going to be some spoilers as I don’t know how to talk about this book without giving some things away. This tale, for me, got off to a slow start until the first crime, then it picked up.

Part One of this tale is told in the voice of 11-year-old Billy (Binky to his friends). There is a lot of narrative throughout these pages. I think it had to be written this way. Part One takes us through two crimes that happened to two young girls and a failed third attempt. These crimes happened back in 1963 … the time when segregation was still very prominent, so of course, guess who gets blamed? Yep, Sam Jepperson. Not good detective work, just plain old closing the case and who cares about the truth?

Dovey Mae – I liked Dovey Mae’s character. She was Granny Tarwater’s house person, relegated to the kitchen to even eat her meals. Dovey Mae and Billy would sneak off and she would tell Billy the truth of the matter and even at 11 years old, Billy was smart enough to know something wasn’t right with how Dovey Mae’s “people” were treated. This book stays true to the verbiage of the time.

Granny Tarwater – Everyone needs a Granny Tarwater. She came across as someone who had a sense of right and wrong, no matter a person’s skin color.

Fast forward to Part Two, the 1980s. Billy is all grown-up. He’s still in touch with some of his neighborhood pals. Billy grew up to be a newspaperman. The intriguing thing about Billy is that he never forgot about Sam and never did accept what happened as fact. He decides to try to find out what really happened, since he now had the resources to do so. Interestingly, not only was this helpful to Sam, it was also helpful to Cynthia, Billy’s now wife. You’ll find out why.

This book made me sad, and it made me mad. Sad because things like this happened, mad because things like this happen. It also puts forth the fact that even back in the 1960s, during all the segregation going on, there were still good folks in the world, like Billy, like Granny Tarwater, who would think about going against the grain, but they just weren’t sure how to, so they kept their thoughts to themselves. I also liked Officer Winstanley. I think deep down he was a good man, he wanted to get to the truth, but he was told to “tow the line,” so to speak. Dovey Mae … we all need a Dovey Mae. She told it like it was, even to 11-year-old Billy. I liked grown-up Billy’s never give up attitude in his seeking out the truth, even if it meant kicking over some rocks, some uncomfortable feelings.

There is also a message of healing within these pages. Especially when the truth was finally revealed. And the whodunit all those years ago? That just adds another layer to the telling of this tale.

  

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

All We Buried by Elena Taylor Book Review


 

I received this book as a gift.

Have you met Bet? Her name is Elizabeth, but folks call her Bet. The premise is Bet being lured back home by her dad because he was sick. Her position as sheriff in her hometown was just supposed to be temporary. Now she’s up for re-election against Dale. There’s some animosity there. Bet has also inherited her dad’s dog, Schweitzer. Schweitzer adds some realness to this tale.

Bet finds herself in all kinds of situations. She’s adapting to her new position and wondering if she wants to be re-elected. She’s coming face-to-face with some realities that are just now surfacing from her past. She’s forced to face some of the people that she grew up with, one who caused her teenage heartache. They’ve all grown up and some have moved on but came back to Collier, but they all have some long-buried secrets. It’s up to Bet and her team to find the truth.

I enjoyed getting to know Bet, so to speak. While she is dealing with a lot of emotional ‘stuff,’ she also maintains her professionalism and does her best to not let her personal feelings get in the way of solving the mystery she is presented with. I like strong female characters and Bet does not disappoint in that aspect. While she’s a bit afraid to accept some of the truths she uncovers, she doesn’t shy away from finding them. If you like a police procedural with a female lead, I’d give this one a go. I’m looking forward to the next book, A Cold, Cold World. It’ll be interesting to see what Bet finds herself up against.

 

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Sunday, June 2, 2024

Look Closer by David Ellis Book Review


 

I’ve seen this book floating around on social media and, having never read this author’s work before, decided to give it a go.

I breezed through this bad boy in two days flat. Could’ve been one day, but …

This is a very twisted tale that involves Lauren, Conrad (though he is quite a superficial character), Vicky, Simon, Christian, Gavin, Jane (the police detective) and her partner, Andy. We have a diary, some text messages, and an event that happened on Halloween, because what better day could there be than the one where you can dress up and no one will recognize you or what you are up to?

This book is written in the present-day timeline which includes the investigation and the months leading up to the fateful day. This is a writing style that I tend to like to read. I liked the fact that my head was kind of spinning throughout the telling of this tale, thinking oh it’s … no, maybe not. I did begin to figure out the whodunnit, but not the reason behind it. This is rather a long tale at 448 pages, but I think it had to be so the ending was not rushed and the connections between all the whys could come together cohesively in the end. I would not hesitate to read more of this author’s work.


The Clinic by Cate Quinn Book Review



I was intrigued by the cover of this book, so I decided to give it a read. I did something different and flipped to the back to see how many pages this book contained as I wanted a “big” book, a long read. It has 433 pages – perfect for what I was in the mood for. Then, I read the acknowledgements and was impressed with the author’s candidness about her own addiction and how this book came to be.

This book is told in two voices, those of Cara (the receptionist at the Clinic) and Meg (Haley’s sister, with an addiction and other issues of her own). The prologue pulled me in right away. I wanted to know what happened to Haley. We also meet a whole host of other characters.

We meet the Clinic’s residents.

Sierra – the shy one.

Jade – the wanna-be famous person.

Tom – the womanizer, on his fourth marriage.

Dex – the famous one.

Madeline – the one who wants to help everyone.

Dr. Lutz – the owner of the Clinic.

Max – another doctor at the Clinic.

Cara – the receptionist.

Harry – Meg’s long-time friend.

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from this tale as I didn’t read the blurb, but the more I read, the more I was pulled into Meg’s story and her quest to find out what happened to Haley. Of course, the other characters add their own layers to this tale. Meg’s job, relationship with Harry, and her own issues add layers to her story. And, the secrets she uncovered under the guise of Dr. Lutz’s newfound treatment that he was working on, yet another layer. Then, nearing the end … the twists. Now, I want to read all of this author’s books.

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager Book Review


 

This is the second book I’ve read by this author, the first being Final Girls. I’d been seeing this pink cover floating around on social media and had to give it a go. While I preferred Final Girls, I was intrigued by the story line in Lock Every Door … the title alone made me wonder, why does someone have to lock every door?

Well, after visiting the Bartholomew, I found out why.

The premise is Jules answering a random ad to be an apartment sitter. Low and behold – she gets the job. And who wouldn’t take it for twelve grand? All she had to do was stay for three months. Could she?

The thing is she had to cut herself off from everyone in the ‘outside’ world. Her best friend thought she was a bit crazy to take the job, because … why couldn’t she even have visitors? Come to find out, there is much more to the Bartholomew than met the eye of any outsider.

I definitely appreciated the ‘creep’ factor to the Bartholomew. There was almost a ghostiness to the tale of horror that unfolds, the secrets revealed. People at the Bartholomew were there for very sinister reasons. I think if you like a good creepy, maybe keep you awake at night read, you could give this one a shot. I will definitely read more of this author’s work as I am intrigued by his writing style and storylines.

Butcher and Blackbird by Brynne Weaver Book Review


 

I’ve seen this book floating around on social media and thought I’d give it a try, see what all the hype is about.

So, if you like a relatively darker read – pick this one up.

While I did not particularly care for all the bedroom scenes, I was intrigued with the storyline and would be interested in reading the rest of this trilogy, The Ruinous Love Trilogy. The main characters, Rowan and Sloane, are what society would call misfits. They have very dark secrets, the two of them, and that darkness leads them to each other.

What makes Sloane so relatable is that she thinks she is unlovable because of her darkness … or, rather, her hobby – the thing she does to make herself feel better. And Rowan … for a man, he doesn’t think anyone can see past his darkness either. Again, they are drawn to each other and find that they are, in fact, lovable.

I think it is their darkness that I was most intrigued by, because … really … there is a purpose to it – ridding the world of some bad apples. Maybe that is a spoiler, but it is hinted at on the back of the book.

I also enjoyed the writing style of this author. Even through all the darkness of these two main characters, there is a sense of humor that comes through on these pages. There is also a list of trigger warnings which I found quite intriguing and was appreciative of. If you like a darker read, one that doesn’t pull any punches and uses language that would offend more sensitive readers, pick this one up. The cover is pretty cool, too!

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Razor Thin by Amy Frances Book Review


 

I received a copy of this book as a gift.

Kate is quite an interesting character, and her relationships are even more so. Kate is dealing with quite a few different things which has put her … in a word … in a tailspin and she doesn’t really know what to do with her feelings. Kate is also a refreshing character in the realisticness (is that a word?) of bouncing from job to job, not being able to get it together enough to finish college, not knowing who to believe, and the list goes on with her flightiness.

She also has a really cool friend named Peaches. Peaches is very colorful … in personality and self.

Niall comes across as Kate’s ‘hero,’ for lack of a better word. Kate can also cook, so I really enjoyed one particular scene between Kate and Niall when Kate made him a cheeseburger, but it was no ordinary cheeseburger. Great imagery portrayed in that scene. There are also quite a few other scenes that made me chuckle, just in their descriptions.

For me, this was quite a long read at 489 pages. I kept turning the pages wanting to find out the truth that Kate was searching for. This story didn’t really come together for me until I was near the end when things were finally revealed. I had it all wrong. Then, I read, the back matter … now, I want to read the next book in this series, mostly because I’m curious and, even though this is not what I would call a typical mystery/thriller, I am intrigued with the writing style and the characters with their many different idiosyncrasies. I also learned a new word: Pulchritudinous.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

The Twisted Road by A.B. Michaels Book Blast


 

Jonathan Perris Can’t Save His Clients

…Until He Saves Himself

1907: Rising from the devastation of a massive earthquake and fire, San Francisco is once again on the move. But a strike by streetcar drivers threatens to halt the Golden City in its tracks. Protests turn to violence and violence leads to death. Soon a young guard is convicted of willfully killing a protester and the public is out for blood.

Jonathan Perris, an immigrant attorney from England, has opened a law firm with an eye toward righting wrongs, and the guard’s conviction may fall into that category. But the talented barrister soon finds his newfound career shaken by a tragic event: the gruesome homicide of the beautiful and mysterious Lena Mendelssohn—a woman he’s been squiring around town. It’s difficult to run a law firm when you’ve been arrested for murder.

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Friday, May 17, 2024

Hidden Rooms by Kate Michaelson Blog Tour and Book Review


 

I received this book as a gift.

From everything I have read online, this is a debut novel. Say what? I am impressed if that is the case. I found myself wanting to devour this one in one setting … if I had the time I would have.

I enjoyed reading Riley’s story which included her sister Audra, her mom, Mr. Perry, a couple of police detectives, her dog Bruno, her brother Ethan, her best friend Beth and her father, Doug. These folks, and a few others, make up the tale of what happened to Beth. As Riley and Audra dug deeper into the truth of the matter, they found themselves going down a very distorted path.

Riley is also dealing with some health issues as was Beth, which makes Riley’s character all the more believable. The going to multiple doctors, the multiple tests being run, the patting on the head as if to say you’ll be fine, the no answers. The frustration of it all but still finding the strength to carry on.

I enjoyed the pace of this tale as it seemed like Riley and Audra were running out of time to help Ethan out of his situation. Just the writing style made me want to keep turning pages. What pulled me into reading this tale was the cover and the title, which I found to be quite appropriate. And the whodunnit? I thought I had it figured out. Boy, was I ever wrong and was I ever surprised at that sudden twist of events. Sometimes a book like this will have a somewhat rushed, weak ending, this one did not. I am looking forward to what this author brings us next. If this is only her debut, I can only imagine that the next book she writes will be better than this one.

  

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Secondary Target by Angela Carlisle Blog Tour and Book Review


 

I received this book as a gift.

There is quite a lot going on in this tale. Wait until you meet Carina. She is a very strong young woman, having to deal with the grief of losing her mom and brother, her dad up and moving her from their home to Kincaid, a small town near Chicago. Fast forward twelve years.

In Kincaid, Carina and her dad thought things had settled down, though Carina still struggled with all the grief that had built up over the years and still had questions – the big one being: Why? Strange things begin to happen. A new neighbor. Bryce returns to town, unbeknownst to Carina, and his sister, Allye (also Carina’s best friend) says nothing. Carina also has a dog, Houston, and her own business. More strange things happen.

Allye – We all need a colorful best friend like Allye. Wait until you read the description of how colorful she is, not just in personality, but her clothes choices. You’ll see.

Bryce – He’s the kind of guy who just wants to protect Carina because his feelings for her never truly disintegrated.

Will – Carina’s dad. A PI by trade. Wait until you read about the mess he got involved with.

I like that Carina is a strong young lady, but she also struggles with her faith, which makes her relatable. I like that she is dealing with all these “normal” things that we deal with on a day-to-day basis, which makes her even more relatable. Bryce isn’t a character who shies away from his feelings for Carina, he went into protector mode, and held onto his own faith. And Allye, she’s a good sister and a good friend. I also enjoyed that there was a bit of darkness to this tale with the bad guy. I have to say I sure didn’t see that one happening. By the end of this tale, I was pretty invested in these characters, and it appears that there is more to their story. It will be interesting to see where this tale goes.

 

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Friday, May 10, 2024

Knife River by Baron Birtcher Blog Tour and Book Review


 

I received a gifted copy of this book.

This one got off to a slow start but then started building. We find Sheriff Ty Dawson pulled into a case involving a helicopter and an eagle. He finds himself learning about a music concert that will be happening on the outskirts of his small town located in Meriwether County, Oregon.

Jesse, his wife, is as strong as ever. Their daughter, Cricket, is a strong young lady, taking after her mother in more ways than one. I enjoy these two women characters – strong and independent in their own ways, and quietly supportive of the men in their lives.

What I was really intrigued with in this tale was the history that was pulled into the story. This series is set in the early 1970s, but pulling in the history of the town from the 1960s just added an extra something. I liked the darkness of the history, some very deeply guarded secrets that the current residents hesitated to talk about, as if the past would come back to haunt them.

There is much I liked about this tale – the slow build as the pages turned. Strong women characters. A dark past of the town colliding with the present events. Some of the verbiage made me chuckle. The consistency of the times, no cell phones, no internet searches, taking the reader back to simpler times. A bit of a western theme as Ty, at heart, is a rancher. And Caleb … he’s an old guy, but he adds a lot of character to the Ty Dawson series.

 

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Friday, May 3, 2024

Some Kind of Truth by Westley Smith Blog Tour and Book Review


 

I received this book as a gift.

Steve James is a rough-around-the-edges reporter who is quite realistic in his thoughts about himself. He likes to smoke and he likes to drink, maybe a bit too much. Two traits which bring to mind a fellow sitting behind a desk, cigarette hanging from his lips, glass of whiskey off to the side, mulling over some of his notes to compose a concise, yet truthful story. Yeah, I like Mr. James … I like Mr. James a lot. He’s real. He also has a quest, as a reporter, to find the truth. Such is the case when he received an unexpected package with some unexpected items inside which led him to find out what really happened to Rebecca.

This quest for truth led him to work with another reporter, Amy.

The story of Rebecca led both Steve and Amy down a very dark road.

I enjoyed this tale in all of its rawness, its darkness, if you will; the scenes described, while a bit on the ‘too realistic’ side for some readers, made it all the more real. One scene in particular made me squint my eyes.

What I really liked about this book … I was able to see in my mind’s eye the scenes described. That usually doesn’t happen for me, but it did with this one because of the way in which the author used words to convey even the most horrid of scenes.

I liked the way the author was able to give the characters personalities that I could relate to. This is one of those books that may stay with me for a minute or two simply because of the writing style, the way the author was able to capture those scenes with just words alone. That’s an art form that I appreciate.

Side Note: I’ve been recommending this book a lot.

 

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024

The Alone Time by Elle Marr New Release and Book Review


 

Help me congratulate Elle Marr on her new book release! Here’s the blurb:

For two sisters, confronting the past could come at a terrible price in a riveting novel about a family tragedy―and family secrets―by the #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author Elle Marr.

Fiona and Violet Seng were just children when their family’s Cessna crash-landed in the Washington wilderness, claiming the lives of their parents. For twelve harrowing weeks, the girls fended for themselves before being rescued.

Twenty-five years later, they’re still trying to move on from the trauma. Fiona repurposes it into controversial works of art. Violet has battled addiction and failed relationships to finally progress toward normalcy as a writer. The estranged sisters never speak about what they call their Alone Time in the wild. They wouldn’t dare―until they become the subject of a documentary that renews public fascination with the “girl survivors” and questions their version of the events.

When disturbing details about the Seng family are exposed, a strange woman claims to know the crash was deliberate. Fiona and Violet must come together to face the horrifying truth of what happened out there and what they learned about their parents and themselves. Before any other secrets emerge from the woods.

 

MY REVIEW:

I received this book as a gift.

Have you ever taken a plane ride and wondered what would happen if the plane crashed? That’s the premise of this tale. The Seng family set out on a vacation, headed toward Canada. Harry Seng had earned his pilot’s license, so it was just him and his family which included his wife, Janet, and his two daughters, Fiona (oldest) and Violet (youngest). They ended up crashing in the Washington wilderness in November … cold, snowy, strange noises in the night. The distress call Harry sent out went unanswered due to communication issues. The Seng family ended up out in the wilderness, alone, having to fend for themselves. Much tragedy occurred throughout these pages.

I absolutely loved this book. This is by far one of the best books this author has written, and I am hoping her next one will be just as good. This tale has family dysfunction, marriage difficulties, sister rivalry (whoa – wait until you read about that!), an affair, much success on the children’s part when they reached adulthood, but the secrets that were buried … It’s dark, gritty, and even a bit twisted. There are some overly chatty folks that you’ll meet between these pages. As the front cover suggests, this author is a “writer to watch.”

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Missing White Woman by Kellye Garrett New Release and Book Review


 

Help me congratulate Kellye on her new book! Here’s the blurb:

The truth is never skin deep.
 
It was supposed to be a romantic getaway weekend in New York City. Breanna’s new boyfriend, Ty, took care of everything—the train tickets, the dinner reservations, the rented four-story luxury rowhouse in Jersey City with a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline. But when Bree comes downstairs their final morning, she’s shocked. There’s a stranger laying dead in the foyer, and Ty is nowhere to be found.
 
A Black woman alone in a new city, Bree is stranded and out of her depth—especially when it becomes clear the dead woman is none other than Janelle Beckett, the missing woman the entire Internet has become obsessed with. There’s only one person Bree can turn to: her ex-best friend, a lawyer with whom she shares a very complicated past. As the police and a social media mob close in, all looking for #JusticeForJanelle, Bree realizes that the only way she can help Ty—or herself—is to figure out what really happened that last night.
 
But when people only see what they want to see, can she uncover the truth hiding in plain sight?

 

MY REVIEW:

I don’t know how to ‘talk’ about this book without including some spoilers. There is a message behind this story.

The premise of this twisted tale is Bree and Ty going on a vacation together, with their newly minted 3-month-old relationship. Come to find out it was more than a vacation …

As the title would suggest, this story revolves around a missing white woman, Janelle Beckett. This was a big trip for Bree as she had never been outside of her hometown, let alone with a good-looking fellow like Ty. Enter Billie a TikToker who brings to light Janelle’s story and seemingly is doing more work than the police in trying to figure out what happened to her. Billie is an essential character to this story. There is also Ms. Morgane from the neighborhood where Bree and Ty were staying. Ms. Morgane is the calmness to Bree’s brewing storm; she has a quiet intelligence about her that Bree was drawn to.

The dynamics between Bree and her long-time friend, Adore, is an example of what true friendship looks like, no matter what happened in the past to tear them apart. And, who doesn’t need a friend named Adore?

This is definitely a tale that exudes the ‘show, don’t tell’ way of relaying a story. I could literally see in my mind’s eye the inattention Bree was given from the bored clerks, or the attention she was given from clerks who ‘looked like her.’ And, through all the rudeness that was bestowed upon Bree, she was able to bring back her ‘home training,’ as she called it, and exercise her manners, never abandoning her sense of humor, never treating others as she herself was treated. And that ending? Yeah … that ending.

Friday, April 26, 2024

Three Strikes, You're Dead by Elena Hartwell Blog Tour and Book Review


 

I received this book as a gift.

This is book three in the Eddie Shoes series. The premise of this tale is Chava deciding to take Eddie on a mini vacation at a resort. Low and behold, Eddie finds herself taking a hike, running across a random teenager running on the same trail, and wouldn’t you know it? She finds herself in a whole heap of a mess. This is one of the endearing features of Eddie’s character, not to mention her sometimes dry but witty sense of humor.

Also, in this tale, Eddie is reconnecting with her father because somehow he shows up at the same resort and helps get Eddie out of her situation … making Eddie wonder just how deep his ‘connections’ run. Sure, she knows who her father is affiliated with but it makes her wonder.

I really enjoy the character of Eddie Shoes. I like her personality, her sense of humor even in the worst of situations. The inner thoughts she has are so spot-on, I think, especially when it comes to Jake, the firefighter, she meets at the resort and Chance is always in the back of her mind. She’s just not quite sure what to do with that situation. What makes Eddie very relatable is that she is confident in her abilities as a PI, but not so much when it comes to personal relationships. And, Franklin, her loyal dog.

I like Chava, her mother, also. Chava comes across as a very proud lady, one who doesn’t easily show her emotions. When Chava gets upset about something, Eddie and Eduardo know because Chava has no problem voicing her opinion.

If you’re looking for a series that is a quick read, has a consistency of characters, and will provide some chuckles along the way, check this one out!

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Three-Strikes-Youre-Eddie-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B0CGMSYM9Z/ref=sr_1_4?crid=1XDJASA42QZXC&keywords=three+strikes%2C+you%27re+dead&qid=1705849219&sprefix=three+strikes%2C+you%27re+dea%2Caps%2C375&sr=8-4

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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Shadow In The Ward by Ari Gray Book Review


 

I received a gifted copy of this sci-fi/medical thriller.

This is certainly not my ordinary read, but I did enjoy it. This tale takes place in the year 2042, which, when you think about it, will be here before we realize it.

This tale takes us on Dr. Seth Kelley’s quest. Dr. Kelley is an emergency room physician at Bayshore General and he is in a conundrum. He has become disillusioned with his profession. I like this aspect of his personality; it makes him real. He also has a family, his wife Rebecca who suffers with MS, and his daughter Abigail who is full of energy. Since Dr. Kelley works the night shift, he finds a work/life balance hard to maintain, also making him ‘real.’

Enter Dr. Winter. Dr. Winter is the creator of ALDRIS which is essentially the brain behind his AHPs (Automated Healthcare Providers). Dr. Winter is a devious fellow, I thought.

At Premier West Hospital, Dr. Kelley meets Daria, an amazing medical student, who has a thirst for knowledge. She attached herself to Dr. Kelley. There’s more to Daria than meets the eye.

Cody is the computer programmer who has been working with Dr. Winter for a very long time.

But … something goes terribly wrong.

Since this book falls into the sci-fi category, some of the scenarios are a bit farfetched, but are they really? This book really calls into question what is going to happen to medicine in the future. The idea of robots in the medical field is not unheard of, but they are not as smart as the ones portrayed in this tale. There is an underlying darkness between these pages, one that jumps out at the reader when it is least expected.

What I really enjoyed were some of the medical emergency scenes that the author was able to capture. I liked the characters in all their imperfections, their thoughts, the underlying darkness that falls at the feet of the AHPs, well tentacles really.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

The Vanished by Cara Putman New Release and Book Review


 

Help me congratulate Cara on her newest release! Here’s the blurb:

Janae Simmons left the small town of Kedgewick, Virginia, ten years ago to pursue her legal career and never looked back--until a professional mistake leads her to her grandmother's historic carriage house and to the town where her past threatens to find her. The quiet streets echo with her grandfather's sterling reputation, one that conflicts with fresh questions that claw at Janae, launching her on a reluctant journey to unearth his secrets. When her new job at a local law firm doesn't live up to expectations, she wonders if coming home was the right decision. Carter Montgomery starts his art preservation career with the only job he can get--director at the Elliott Museum of Art. At least Kedgewick is a nice enough town to provide him and his nephew with a safe place to grieve the loss of Carter's sister. But Carter's calm days disappear when an elderly woman claims two paintings in the museum's collection were stolen from her family during World War II. Carter enlists Janae's help to unravel the legal labyrinth of art ownership, and the peaceful facade of Kedgewick morphs into a hot bed of secrets. When an attorney turns up dead and Janae uncovers another painting, what began as a simple legal issue spirals into a race against time. As the web of intrigue tightens, the duo must confront a looming question: What dark truths lie beneath the surface, waiting to be exposed?


MY REVIEW:

Genre: Romantic suspense.

Series: Secrets to Keep, book one.

I received a gifted copy.

This was my first introduction to this author. I really enjoyed her writing style as well as the storyline.

This tale would appeal to those readers who enjoy learning something new … this something new involves the world of museums, works of art, and determining provenance. It was intriguing to me just how much work goes into determining the provenance of a piece of art. I guess I’ve always been a bit curious … it’s one of those behind-the-scenes things. Yes, this is a work of fiction, but there seemed to be a ring of truth in that determination through these pages.

I enjoyed the storyline between the main characters Janae, an attorney who has a story of her own, and Carter who also has his own story. I liked the back-and-forth between the two of them, their attraction but not really sure if they should act on it. Janae from the standpoint of Carter being her first big client in her new law firm, and Carter simply because he was afraid to take a chance with his heart. There is also a backstory involving Charlotte, Carter’s sister, along with her son, Andrew.

And, we can’t forget the Ashby and Ashley Law Firm, along with Janae’s parents … not to be ousted by the story of Janae’s grandparents. And the Elliott Museum itself and all that happened there.


Friday, April 12, 2024

Two Heads are Deader Than One by Elena Hartwell Blog Tour and Book Review



I received this book as a gift.

This is book two in the Eddie Shoes series and it is hilarious! In parts, near the end, it did get serious with a couple of topics, but Eddie maintained her sense of humor throughout.

Eddie’s given name is Edwina Schulz, but she goes by Eddie Shoes, which, I think, fits her personality better. Plus, she’s a PI who does a lot of on-the-ground work, so to speak, so it makes sense she’d call herself Shoes. Eddie and Chance are still dancing around each other.

Chava – Eddie’s mother. Chava is a constant in Eddie’s life, one she did not really appreciate until later in life.

Dakota – what a character in Dakota. She’s the messed-up, long-ago friend.

Lisa – Chance’s police detective partner.

Franklin – Eddie’s dog.

Even though I was chuckling throughout the turning of these pages, there were some serious issues brought up. These may be spoilers, but there is Mark and his schizophrenia. Dakota and her consistent lying, not to mention the bigger crime she perpetrated. There is even a bit of a ghost story in Richard Vost. There is the heartbreak between Eddie and Chance. And, the estranged relationship between Eddie and her father, Eduardo.

I appreciated the characters coming to life through these pages. If you like colorful characters intermixed with some serious subjects, I highly recommend this series. I wonder what Eddie will find herself mixed up in next.

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Heads-Deader-Eddie-Shoes-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B0CGMR3RXW/ref=sr_1_1?crid=VGFE1PIKR7RW&keywords=two+heads+are+deader+than+one&qid=1705849315&sprefix=two+heads+are+deader+than+one%2Caps%2C304&sr=8-1

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