Review – Grilling the Subject by Daryl Wood Gerber

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5/5 Stars

This is one series I always look forward to reading. Ms. Gerber has delivered another delectable treat with Grilling the Subject. My mouth was watering with all the barbecue goodness being talked about by the characters.

It’s time for the Wild West Extravaganza in Crystal Cove. There are all sorts of activities going on. The Cookbook Nook is ready with all sorts of grilling and barbecue cookbooks. All is not fun and games when a dead body is found. Unfortunately for Jenna’s father, it’s his unsavory neighbor, Sylvia. Jenna’s dad becomes the prime suspect because he can’t verify he was out fishing. Jenna sets out to solve the murder before he father is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit.

One of the things I really enjoy about this series are the fun themes the author comes up with to work the mystery around (witches/magicians, and pirates), I think it adds a fun and exciting element to the story. Untangling the mystery is a challenge with plenty of suspects and twists.
My mouth is already watering waiting for more.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Review – A Time of Torment by John Connolly

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4/5 Stars

This is the first book by John Connolly that I have read and it won’t be my last. This is the 14th book in the Charlie Parker series, I’m surprised at myself for not reading this series before now.

Charlie Parker is approached by Jerome Burnel, a man once considered a hero. Burnel tells Charlie about a group of people called The Cut. This group of people are performing acts of violence all in the name of The Dead King. Charlie Parker and his associates work to dismantle this group and The Dead King. I hesitate to say much because I don’t want to give anything away. Let’s just say the book is full of suspense and surprises.

I enjoyed this story. It took me a little while to get into the story, but once I did, I really begain to enjoy the story. This is an interesting story, full of suspense that slowly builds waiting for the end to burst open. There are some supernatureal elements to this story that I thought were interesting.

Truthfully, I felt like I was missing something in this book. I choke this up to my not having read the previous books in the series – as I have read a few reviews from long time readers, I think this assessment is correct. For the most part, the book can be read as a stand- alone, but there are references to past events (from previosu books) that are referenced that made me wonder why the event was being referenced. From my experience reading other long standing series, I know the full depth of the character is not full appreciated when the previosu books aren’t read. I will be reading the previous books, I look forward to it!

I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review – A Story to Kill by Lynn Cahoon

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5/5 Stars

This is the first in a brand new series by Lynn Cahoon. This is a charming mystery filled with wonderful characters, a few secrets, and a second chance at love.

Cat Latimer has inherited the house she lived in with her ex-husband, much to her surprise. Cat and her friend, Shauna are going to host writer retreats. Unfortunately, things don’t go as smooth when famous author Tom Cook is found dead in his room. Cat starts asking questions and finds more questions than answers. Determined not to let justice go undone, Cat sets out to find what happened to the famous author.

While Cat is trying to take things in stride with the murder investigation, she discovers secrets her ex-husband hid from her and may change the way she things and feels about him. Cat left her ex-husband becuause he was cheating on her, or so she thinks? Cat starts looking through the boxed up belongings in hopes of finding answers and a little bit of peace.

This ia a terrific mystery filled with some fun characters, a few villians, and one eccentric writer. I felt immersed in this story, like I was following along with the characters and observing the dialog and action. I enjoy books that I have the sense where I am a part of the book. There were plenty of surprises as I read, they kept things interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

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

 

Review – Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

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4/5 Stars

This is a very well written psychological thriller that will be rattling around your brain for days after finished the book. Told in alternating scenes of the past where we learn how Jack and Grace met, and the present where we learn how Jack and Grace’s relationship and become, this book will quickly draw in your attention and keep you reading. I hesitate to say too much on the plot because I don’t want to give anything away. The characters are well developed and believable. The author does a good job of building up the suspense throughout the story with a satisfying ending. I would recommend this book. if you are a fan of psychological thrillers.

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

 

 

Coloring Book Review – God Bless America A Patriotic Coloring Book

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5/5 Stars

This is a really nice coloring book. I enjoy the simplicity of many of the coloring pages, I tend to dislike pages that are too busy and didn’t find any in this book. One page is representitive of the first walk on the moon with the quote, One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” On the backside of the page it talks about Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong and the first walk on the moon. Each page has something about the back to tell about the page to color., I rather liked this feature.  I know I will spend plenty of time enjoying this coloring book.

I recieved this coloring book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

Review – Address to Die For by Mary Feliz

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3/5 Stars

This is the first in a brand new series featuring Maggie MacDonald by author Mary Feliz. Maggie and her family are relocating to a new home – which unfortunately is not the turn key that was expected. Maggie must deal with vandals, and murder before she can get her new home in a satisfying organized manner.

I enjoyed this book and the characters. I thought they were well drawn out and likable. Often times the first book in a series is a little tedious with information because the author is attempting to set up the characters and setting for the reader. Unfortunately, the first half of the book seemed a little too bogged down with information that it was a little slow moving but once the half way point is reached the book sailed through at a much quicker pace. I liked the characters and look forward to getting to know them more . I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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

 

Review – Show Time by Suzanne M. Trauth

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4/5 Stars

This is a delightful new series by author, Suzanne M. Trauth. We are introduced to Dodie O’Dell and a cast of interesting characters in the sleepy town of Etonville. Dodie reluctantly finds herself “assisting” with the local theater’s production of Romeo and Juliet. When Dodie’s friend is found murdered, she is more determined to help with the play and help the new police chief solve the crime.

During her investigation, Dodie uncovers a few secrets, discovers missing money from the theater box office and hears plenty of rumors. There are plenty of suspects for Dodie to wade through to uncover the murderer.

This is well plotted, fun mystery. The characters are interesting and believable, I wouldn’t mind spending time with them. It was a nice behind the scenes look at both a restaurant and theater production. At times I thought the pacing a little slow but the story held my interest and kept me wanting to keep turning the pages. Overall, I thought this was a great first in series. I look forward to reading more.

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