Review – Mother Knows Best by Karen McInerney

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4/5 Stars

This is the second book in the Mother Knows Best series by Karen MacInerney. This book finds main character Margie dealing with a husband in the midst of a mid-life crisis, a daughter who thinks she’s a dog and will only eat white food, a mother who thinks everyone’s problems would be solved if they cut the chemicals out of their food, and a mean pot bellied pig named Bubba Sue. As if that isn’t enough, Margie needs to find out the circumstances surrounding the death of the head master at the private school her daughter just happens to attend.

This book is perfect for those who enjoy a humorous mystery. The funny situations are plentiful and provide some laugh-out-loud moments. I’d love to see this turned into a movie or TV show, some of the situations would lend well to that media platform. I know there are some people who may think this is a little over the top but I enjoy books such as this because they allow for an escape from reality.

I didn’t read the first book in this series and didn’t feel lost. The author does a great job of blending elements from the first book into the second so you have a sense of what happened to get the characters to where they are now. Speaking of characters, one of the things I enjoy most is the author’s ability to write fun, quirky, interesting characters. You will find them in this book.

This is an enjoyable book! I look forward to reading what comes next!

I received a copy of this manuscript from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
 

Review – The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton

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5/5 Stars

This is a terrific start to a new series by Paige Shelton. I’ve been savoring this book because I enjoyed it so much!

After being fired from her job due to budget cuts, Delaney, happens upon an ad for a job in Scotland. When offered the job, Delaney takes off on an adventure and an opportunity of a lifetime. She is working at The Cracked Spine, a book and manuscript shop specializing in rare findings. There is an interesting cast of characters that provide plenty of laugh out loud moments and mystery. Owner of The Cracked Spine, Edwin is a bit mysterious, he doesn’t really give much about himself.

Delaney is just getting settled in when a first folio of Shakespear’s plays goes missing and Edwin’s sister is found murdered. Delaney feels there is a connection between the two incidents so goes investigating on her own. She will have keep her wits about her.

I enjoyed this well thought out mystery and was kept guessing until the end. Just when I thought I had things figured out, a twist was thrown in to surprise me. I really enjoyed spending time with these characters and look forward to the next book in this series, I can’t wait to see what happens next!

I received a copy of this manuscript from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review – Silence of the Lamps by Karen Rose Smith

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4/5 Stars

This is another enjoyable read in the Caprice De Luca series. I’ve enjoyed this series and think each book is better than the last.

Caprice’s business is thriving, thanks in part to sister, Nikki’s catering business. Nikki’s rival, Drew Pierson is threatening to take away her business. Unfortunately, there witnesses to Drew’s threats towards Nikki. Caprice and Nikki, later find Drew dead making Nikki the number one suspect.

With everyone telling Caprice to let the police handle the investigation, she refuses to sit idly by and starts asking questions. The more Caprice digs the more enemies Drew seems to have.

Just when Caprice thinks things are getting more serious with her boyfriend, Grant, his ex-wife shows up. Caprice can’t help but wonder if Grant will want things to become more serious with them or get back together with his ex.

This is an enjoyable series and this is no exception. It’s always fun to read about Caprice’s style (she likes vintage) and design choices. The characters have grown over the couse of the series and it’s fun to see in which directions the author takes them. There are plenty of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what will happen next. I really enjoy this series and I can’t wait to read the next one!

I received a copy of this manuscript from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review – The Spy of Venice by Benet Bandreth

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4/5 Stars

What was Shakespear up to for the ten years he was unaccounted for? Author Benet Brandreth has written an imaginative accounting of what may be a plausible scenario. Bandreth has gone to great lengths to study the history around Shakespears missing years to give weight to his imaginings, as well as Shakespear’s surviving plays; thirteen of which were set in Italy. So this gives some merit to the thought of Shakespear spending time there. As the story unfolds, Shakespear finds himself involved in some real life events, this was an interesting plot and well done.

Bandreth has structured his book like Shakespear did his plays. I liked this element, as it was easy to stop when needed and pick up where I left off. The story, overall is well paced. There were a few moments when it seemed to slow down but it was a set up for future scenes. There is plenty of action and suspense that will have you turning the pages to see what happens next.

I’m always curious when real life people are put into fictional settings, this was a solid novel that is very enjoyable! This is going to be a series so I’m curious to see what will happen next!

I received a copy of this manuscript from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review – No One Knows by J.T. Ellison

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3,5 Stars

Truth be told I’m having difficulty finding the words I want to use in this review. First, let me say that I’m a huge fan of Ms. Ellison and her writing. Unfortunately, of the books she has written, this is one of my least favorites. I will do my best to try and explain my thoughts without giving any of the story away.

Seven, seventeen and five are how Aubrey describes her life. Seven years before she met Josh, seventeen years she had with Josh, and five years without Josh. Josh disappears at the hotel where friends are having their bachelor/bachelorette parties. Aubrey is suspected in her husband’s diappearance and is ultimately put on trial for first-degree murder even though there is no body.

Josh’s mom, Daisy, wants closure and his life insurance money. Daisy petitions the courts to have Josh declaired dead early. This seems to set in motion a series of events that lead the reader down a path with many twists and turns to reach the anti-climactic and unbelievable ending.

I really wanted to love this book as I do Ms. Ellison’s other writings but this just didn’t do it for me. Ms. Ellison knows how to build up the suspense and leave you holding your breath waiting for the next piece of the puzzle to be put in place. This story is told from multiple view points as well as going from past to present and back again. This is done deftly with a clear view point. I think there were a few flashbacks that could have been left out or expanded upon if they were going to stay in the story. Overall, Ms. Ellison knows how to weave a story and I for one am looking forward to reading what comes next!

I received an advanced digital copy of this manuscript from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.