Friday, February 17, 2017

When Last We Spoke (Book and DVD) - #review


With the heart and humor of Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes and Rebecca Wells’s Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, author Marci Henna introduces you to the Cranbournes—a mostly lovable and undoubtedly nutty family who’ve had more than their fair share of hard times.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday Bookish Things

     


   

Thanks to Stephanie of Tynga's Reviews, Kathryn at Book Date, Ramona at Create With Joy and Janice at Mostly Blogging for hosting these respective link-ups!  (Click on the buttons to go to the respective blogs.)

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Recently Finished


With the country in the grip of economic malaise, and worried about her business, Maisie Dobbs is relieved to accept an apparently straightforward assignment from an old friend to investigate certain matters concerning a potential land purchase. Her inquiries take her to a picturesque village in Kent during the hop-picking season, but beneath its pastoral surface she finds evidence that something is amiss. Mysterious fires erupt in the village with alarming regularity, and a series of petty crimes suggests a darker criminal element at work. As Maisie discovers, the villagers are bitterly prejudiced against outsiders who flock to Kent at harvest time—even more troubling, they seem possessed by the legacy of a wartime Zeppelin raid. Maisie grows increasingly suspicious of a peculiar secrecy that shrouds the village, and ultimately she must draw on all her finely honed skills of detection to solve one of her most intriguing cases.

Thoroughly enjoyable.  The blog tour stops here on February 27 (two weeks from today).

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Holden Ryland certainly didn't become a marshal just to end up busting his ex, Nicky Hart, for taking files from Conceptions Fertility Clinic. But only Nicky knows just what was really stolen: a newborn being held for ransom. A newborn who is kin to both her and Holden. The missing boy is only the start of a mystery that snakes through Texas, winding its way through their families. Bad blood may linger between them, but Holden can protect his nephew back at the Silver Creek Ranch. If they can lay their past to rest to rescue this child, is it possible for them to have a future together?

Another goodie, especially if you like your reading on the spicy side.

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Currently Reading


The stark naked body was lying in the tub. Not unusual for a proper bath, but highly irregular for murder -- especially with a pair of gold pince-nez deliberately perched before the sightless eyes. What's more, the face appeared to have been shaved after death. The police assumed that the victim was a prominent financier, but Lord Peter Wimsey, who dabbled in mystery detection as a hobby, knew better. In this, his first murder case, Lord Peter untangles the ghastly mystery of the corpse in the bath.

Having a little trouble with this one.  Got it for a vintage reading challenge, and I remember I think a BBC series that looked like it had promise.  Lord Peter is a little vacuous for my taste.  But I will keep a stiff upper lip and soldier on.

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Gemma Doyle, a transplanted Englishwoman, has returned to the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod to manage her Great Uncle Arthur's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop--located at 222 Baker Street--specializes in the Holmes canon and pastiche, and is also the home of Moriarty the cat. When Gemma finds a rare and potentially valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Homes story hidden in the bookshop, she and her friend Jayne (who runs the adjoining Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room) set off to find the owner, only to stumble upon a dead body....

So far, so good!  (I'm Crab Orchard's BIGGEST Holmes fan! :O)  My date on the tour is Wednesday, March 15.

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Next Ups


Galina Rostova, the hot new star of Moscow’s theater scene—and mistress to a powerful Russian general—has reached out to the CIA. In exchange for information vital to U.S. security, she requests asylum in America. The Company’s top pick for the mission is Nora Baron. The wife of a CIA operative, this Long Island mother and drama teacher has proven to be an asset in the field before. And as an actress herself, her cover will be convincing.

I requested this title from NetGalley, because I've read and reviewed this author's work before (A Penny for the Hangman, and Mrs. John Doe).  I'm hoping to like this one as well as the others ... and since I have a background in theatre, it's got that going for it as well!  

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Frances Ferguson is a lonely, sharp-tongued widow who lives in the wine country. Oliver Gaffney is a painfully shy gay man who guards a secret and lives out equally lonely days in San Francisco. Friends by default, Fran and Ollie nurse the deep anomie of loss and the creeping, animal betrayal of aging. Each loves routine but is anxious that life might be passing by. To crack open this stalemate, Fran insists the two travel together to Paris. The aftermath of their funny, bittersweet journey suggests those small changes, within our reach, that may help us save ourselves—somewhere toward the end.

I have a tour date of Thursday, March 16th for this title.

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And to finish, here's a wee bit of wisdom for your week:

(found on the web here)

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Taking myself out of the equation, who is one of your favorite book bloggers and why?  Feel free to leave a link with your comment. :O)

Have a great week, y'all!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tough Justice: Countdown 1-8 (various authors) - #review


Tick. Tock. BOOM.

FBI Special Agent Lara Grant had thought that she’d put her past behind her—finally—with her last case. But now a serial bomber is targeting Manhattan’s elite power players, offering them a choice between saving hundreds of lives or seeing their darkest secrets exposed. Lara is working with the Crisis Management Unit to stop the bomber, but how will she react when she’s the one who has to choose between truth…or death?

Part 1 of 8: an explosive new installment in the thrilling FBI serial from New York Times bestselling author Carla Cassidy and Tyler Anne Snell, Emmy Curtis and Janie Crouch.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday Bookish Things

     


   

Thanks to Stephanie of Tynga's Reviews, Kathryn at Book Date, Ramona at Create With Joy and Janice at Mostly Blogging for hosting these respective link-ups!  (Click on the buttons to go to the respective blogs.)

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STACKING THE SHELVES

Here's some of the books that found their way to me (yeah, I know! *lol*) this week (covers link to GoodReads):

   

    

   

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IT'S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING?


Synopsis

When a baby goes mising, a Texas marshal and a woman from his past discover there's a whole lot more behind this kidnapping... 

Holden Ryland certainly didn't become a marshal just to end up busting his ex, Nicky Hart, for taking files from Conceptions Fertility Clinic. But only Nicky knows just what was really stolen: a newborn being held for ransom. A newborn who is kin to both her and Holden. The missing boy is only the start of a mystery that snakes through Texas, winding its way through their families. Bad blood may linger between them, but Holden can protect his nephew back at the Silver Creek Ranch. If they can lay their past to rest to rescue this child, is it possible for them to have a future together?

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Wow.  Stealing someone's frozen embryo (where the mom is now deceased), birthing a baby by surrogate, and then kidnapping it for ransom from the grandfather...now that's cold!  (Pun not intended, but, you know...)  That got me 'riled up' from the get go.  I just started reading this book a little while ago, so I'm still not into it very far, but far enough that the spit's just hitting the fan at the place where the baddies were holed up with the baby.

And there's just something that melts your heart about a law man who's good with babies, right? ;)

Y'all are welcome back on Wednesday, March 8th, for my full review!

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A LITTLE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR MONDAY!


(graphic is linked to the Pinterest board where I found it)

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So, what are you doing to make this day YOURS?

I'll start:

I'm going to catch up on reviews for the books I've read so far this year.  Then I'm going to reward myself by getting back to Holden and Nicky and the baby (see the book "Holden" above)!

And I'd like to extend a special invitation for all y'all to connect to me on GoodReads!  (I follow back.)  Hope to see you there and have a great week!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday Bookish Things

     


   

Thanks to Stephanie of Tynga's Reviews, Kathryn at Book Date, Ramona at Create With Joy and Janice at Mostly Blogging for hosting these respective link-ups!  (Click on the buttons to go to the respective blogs.)

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STACKING THE SHELVES

Here is a smattering of the books I picked up for my Kindle last week.  Covers are linked to GoodReads w/the exception of Danny Iny's book, which is linked to Amazon.  (Links have no affiliate status):

    

    

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IT'S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING?


Crete: A place of magic, of mystery, where violence and sacrifice meet courage and hope.

Aridela: Wrapped in legend, beloved of the people. An extraordinary woman who dances with bulls.

The north wind brings a swift ship and two brothers who plot Crete's overthrow. Desire for this woman will propel their long rivalry into hatred so murderous it hurtles all three into an unimaginable future, and sparks the immortal rage of the Erinyes.

A woman of keen instinct and unshakeable loyalty. A proud warrior prince and his wounded half-brother. Glory, passion, treachery and conspiracy on the grandest scale.

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INSPIRE ME MONDAY X 2


Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams - #review


• Hardcover: 336 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (June 28, 2016)

The bestselling author of A Hundred Summers brings the roaring twenties brilliantly to life in an enchanting and compulsively readable tale of intrigue, romance, and scandal in New York society.

Thursday Bookish Things

  

Thanks to Tina at Mommynificent and Katherine at Katherine's Corner for hosting these wonderful link-ups!  Click on the buttons to see the other participants and link-up!



TT&HH is a meme hosted by Lexxie at (un)Conventional Book Reviews.  All y'all readers out there are welcome to share a food or drink related quote from a book you are reading or have read.  Click the button above to get the full details and to link up your post(s)!

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SYNOPSIS

The bomber’s latest threat has thrown the Crisis Management Unit into chaos! As Lara Grant struggles to hold her fractured team together, she discovers a possible connection between this case and her own past--something she can’t reveal to anyone, especially now. Because when the bomber’s next target chooses to keep his secret, terror turns to an intimate form of torture, and anyone’s past can be used against them...

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Thirsty Thursday

at approximately 76%...

"Xander was cussing out the coffeemaker a few minutes ago, Ty is on his way, Mercer is in Victoria's office and Nick is talking to Christina," she answered.  "And, by the way, I don't think she has gone home at all."
James dropped his bag at his desk and yawned.  "I'm going to go help my partner curse the coffee machine," he said, already walking away.
Jennifer grabbed her coffee cup.  She took a swallow before nodding her head toward Victoria's office.
"Mercer was here when I got in and told me to keep pursuing our list from BrainWave."  She sighed.  "It's a beast.  But I guess I shouldn't complain.  Without it we might have anything to go on."
"Don't worry, we can still complain," Lara said.  "Just quietly.  Or you know, at the coffeemaker."
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Booknificent Thursday & Thursday Favorite Things

So far, I am really enjoying this series!  They call it a 'serial novel'.  It's one story told in 8 parts.  As opposed to a novel series, where there are separate stories linked usually by the MC; in Tough Justice: Countdown 2.3, it's all one case for the CMU (Crisis Management Unit) of the FBI.  A serial bomber is blackmailing the city's power players.  They go public with their past misdeeds, or he will set off a bomb.  (So far, three people have declined to go along, and 3 bombs have been set off, killing dozens of innocent people.)

The parts are nice bite-sized sections of the overall story.
The end of each installment leaves you hungry for more.

Fans of, say, Tom Clancy or John Le Carre (to name but two), will love this serial novel!