BOOK REVIEW CHRISTMAS IN WINTER VALLEY

Christmas in Winter Valley by Jodi Thomas has an unusual format.  Instead of having one hero and heroine there are multiple relationships.  Each are connected with the theme involving the importance of family. The author noted, “Having many relationships, instead of just one, has become very much my style. I like to have an interconnection between the lives of those who live on a ranch as well as a sense of community. I wanted to explore how love develops differently for different ages.” The series involves three brothers who appear nothing alike on the surface. “I describe Cooper as someone who wants to have fun and make people...

Review of Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey

People talk about how “things were better” when they were growing up. Kids could play outside from dawn to dusk. They would leave the house after breakfast, run around the neighborhood with maybe a stop for lunch, and then return home either when Dad sounded the dinner whistle, or the streetlights came on. But then things changed, and children lost this freedom in their own neighborhoods and towns. Jess Lourey details this change in her latest novel, UNSPEAKABLE THINGS, and why children were kept closer to home in the northern Minnesota town of Lilydale. The school year is coming to a close and Cassie and her friends are ready for summer...

BOOK REVIEW BOOKMARKED FOR MURDER

Bookmarked For Murder (Mystery Bookshop Book 5) V. M. Burns Kensington Pub. Nov 26th, 2019 Bookmarked for Murder by V. M. Burns is the fifth book in the Mystery Bookshop series, one of three the author writes.  Many of the amateur sleuths in this series are not young at heart, which adds to the plot. “I write three series and this one is from the “Mystery Bookshop series.”  It has a story within a story with a contemporary murder and a historical cozy mystery. The protagonist has two poodle dogs, Snickers and Oreo, but they do not play a role in the plot.  BTW: the dogs on the cover are actually my dogs.  I also write a series, “RJ...

FALL READING ROUND-UP by ERICA RUTH NEUBAUER Nov11

FALL READING ROUND-UP by ERICA RUTH NEUBAUER

Fall is without a doubt my favorite season. I love everything about it—the turning leaves, the cozy sweaters and the pumpkins everywhere. But I also love the increase in rain we’ve had—it’s a perfect excuse for me to curl up on the couch with a good book. Here’s a quick round-up of the books that have knocked my socks off lately.  THE ART OF THEFT – Sherry Thomas October 2019 This series fast became one of my favorites. I’m not a purist when it comes to how I take my Sherlock Holmes, which is a good thing, as I might have missed out on one of the best pastiches I’ve come across. Sherlock in this case is Charlotte Holmes, an absolutely...

BOOK REVIEW ALWAYS LOOK TWICE

Always Look Twice (Uncommon Justice Book 2) Elizabeth Goddard Revell Pub. October 1st, 2019 Always Look Twice by Elizabeth Goddard is the second in the series about the McKade brothers. This action packed romantic suspense delves into family, friendships, second chances, and personal growth, with many twists and turns. The plot begins with Harper Reynolds who is attempting to heal her mind and soul by photographing nature scenes instead of crime scenes. Unfortunately for her as she is taking telephoto pictures of a Grizzly Bear, she inadvertently captures a murder being committed in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. “I wrote the Grizzly Bear scene...

REVIEW OF THE GRYPHON HEIST

The Gryphon Heist by James R. Hannibal delves into the life of a rookie CIA operative. This first in a two-book series explores the different possibilities of where the next danger will come from.  No stranger to secrets and innovations Hannibal is able to use his vast experience as a former stealth pilot to bring realism to this story. “What I want readers to get out of this is to create a moralistic story about espionage.  I started to realize there is not a separation from G-d and the questions of morality.  Where is the line between right and wrong? In the end, I wanted it as a story of forgiveness, to let go of anger. ...