Book Review: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Written by Marty Wingate

This book is the third in a series called the Potting Shed Mystery.  If you have been following the series, this book includes a surpass about one of the maid characters and the other is the style of the writing.   Fortunately, the book was written at a faster pace and the clues were a little more embedded so that the reader had to actually read the book in order to red the book to get the answer.

DCI Christopher Pearce has a larger role in this book, which is good, because I like him a lot.  I think he was well written but there is a little more to him in this book. .

You don’t have to read the first two books to understand what happened, as the details are quickly given throughout this book, but if you haven’t read the first two, pick them up and add this one to the list too.  However, this series is really good and I think that you will want to read through them just to see what happens in the book.

Book Review: Times Tables Fun with Naughty Katie

Written by Lorraine Reed

This is wonderful way to learn the times tables.  Katie and Misty provided some great rhymes on how to learn their times table.  I will definitely use for my students.

I was provided with a copy of the book by the publisher via Netgalley for an honest and objective review.

Book Review: The Darkness Knows (Viv and Charlie Mystery)

Writter by Cheryl Honigford

I really love history!  I love the different time periods involved, believable characters and a feel that the events happened yesterday. AND I especially like authors who can put it all together.  Ms. Honigford tries very hard to make this happen, but I am hoping that when she illustrates the Viv in the next novel she doesn’t make her so clichesish.  The story line was good and I liked Charlie.  The author had a good grasp of the time and setting which I really enjoyed, because I love history.

I think that Ms. Honigford had a good grasp of Chicago during this time period.  My Dad was born during this time so I know a lot about this time. I hope the next novel invokes Viv as a more realistic character of this time.

This book was given to me by the publisher via the Netgalley for an honest and objective review.

Book Review: Murder on the last Frontier

 Written by Cathy Pegau

Murder on the Last Frontier by Cathy Pegau takes place in Cordova, Alaska in 1919.  I initially thought that this would be a romantic cozy mystery.  However, I was pleasantly surprised by the historical accuracy, great writing (a romance) and a free thinking suffergette. 

This is a the first book in a series and I serious hope that there are more of them. Charlotte Mae Brody is arriving Alaska via the S.S. Snow Queen. She has traveled from New York to get away. Her articles have created controversy (and she does not want it to spill over onto her parents) and to get away from a man. It is a chance for Charlotte to start over. She is a journalist and will write articles on life in Alaska (for a magazine back east). Charlotte’s brother, Michael is a doctor in Cordova. Michael is engaged to Ruth, a pastor’s daughter (appearances are important to their family).  All of these characters are well written and the reader will know them, because all of us have someone like Ruth in their lives.

There is room for improvement, and I hope to see it in the next book in the series (which I look forward to reading).  However, I hope that the next book tones the romance down a bit, Charlotte is a very interesting character all by herself.

I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest and objective review.

Book Review: Borrowing Death

I have really enjoyed reading the Charlotte Brody Mysteries.  I have been wanting to visit Alaska for a long time and this series has just increased that desire.  I know that the time period is during the early part of the 1900’s, but it was an exciting time. Borrowing Death opens shortly after the close of Murder on the Last Frontier. Charlotte Brody has decided to extend her stay in Cordova, a small town on the Alaska frontier. She has found a job reporting and typesetting at the local newspaper and is still sending her serial about frontier women to be published back east. She likes her job, the people of Cordova and seeing her brother, Michael, the town doctor, on a regular basis. She especially likes the handsome Deputy Marshal, James Eddington.

In this book, Charlotte is writing about the Volstead Act, which would establish National Prohibition. This opens up all kinds of problems, excitement and sorrow in the town.  Charlotte wants to write the story about all of it and Pegau writes in such a way that it is a page turner.

The Charlotte Brody Mysteries are a nice mixture of history, mystery and just a little romance.The books remind me of the history that occurred during that time period.  The author writes in such a way that the reader really feels as if the events are occurring right at this moment.

This book was given to me by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest and objective review.

Book Review: The Last Time She Saw Him

Written by Jane Haseldine

Jane Haseldine is a new writer, to me, but I will become a regular reader as I look for more of her books. The story grabs you in the beginning and doesn’t let go, the story held me late at night. There are, of course, twist and turns within the story of the book, but even they don’t turn out as expected. it is important to pay attention to the story or you will miss something. It is an excellent read! I look forward to her next book!!

This book was given to by the publisher via Netgalley me in exchange for an objective and honest review!

Book Review: Chance Developments: Stories

Written by: Alexander McCall Smith

This is the first book that I have read by Alexander McCall Smith, which was my loss as he is such a wonderful writer. Smith based his stories on the odd story that he was given and while i didn’t always agree with his perspective, his writing could not be faulted.

The stories vary a bit in length, typically about “novelette” size. The first one, about a nun who leaves her order and rejoins society, was fun. The second story made me want to put it down, but I continued and the thread that went through all of them, love, made me want to continue to red.  I am glad i did, the whole of the book was great!   

  I will be reading more of his books, now that ai have discovered Smith.  Chance Developments is a wonderful book and I highly recommend this book.

This book was given to me in exchange for an honest and objective review.

Book Review: Yellowthread Street, The first Yellowthread Street Mystery

Written by William Marshall

This is a new author for me and I really enjoyed the book. The readers of this authors received a  treat when the publishers of the Yellowthread series decided to reissue these marvelous books for Kindle. This book was first published starting in 1975, the series is set in Hong Kong while it was still a British possession, as a result  the series was published in a different world.

  The police officers, some British, and others Chinese, of the Yellowthread Station of Hong Bay (a fictitious district of Hong Kong), are beleaguered and busy as they work through a night shift. This book is humorous as well as a wonderful read, it thoroughly represents this time period. (Yes I am that old.)

The world has changed a lot since 1975; there are no cellphones, or personal computers, and everyone smokes, but human nature has remained the same, and this book does not feel dated to me, it represents a portion of history.

I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher through NetGalley for my honest and objective opinion.

Book Review: Friendly Fire

Written by John Gilstrap

I was a late discoverer of John Gilstrap and his signature character, Jonathan Grave, code name, The characters and story in . “Friendly Fire” is the third book in the series, but this is the first book that  I have read.  Friendly fire is very addictive and I spent a extreme length of time  reading the book in one setting. Grave and his team of “Big Guy” Boxers and Venice, are faced with a serious problem Eleven years ago they rescued an 11 year old boy named Ethan Falk from his kidnapper and torturer and now, so many years later, Falk sees his evil tormentor and kills him in a blind rage.

I can highly recommend Gilstrap and his Jonathan Grave character to any fan of suspense thrillers, especially those featuring unsanctioned outside- the- law heroes who seek justice where law enforcement cannot. Characterization and dialogue are always a Gilstrap strength as is his breakneck plotting that often keeps readers glued late into the night.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: A Taste For  Honey: A Mycroft Holmes Mystery

written by H.F. Heard

  I liked the book, however the forward and discussion afterwards jwere not necessary, I think it would be best if the reader was left to make their own decision about the book.  It was terrifying to think this story could have actually happens. The book is the tale told from the point of Sydney Silchester, an odd recluse, who was in a search for his local of honey. The local bee keepers wife had been killed by their own bees and the hives have been ordered destroyed. As a result, Mr. Silchester decided to go on another search for a local bee keeper who was selling honey, but for some reason, there aren’t many beekeepers in that area. As a result, he stumbles upon a strange sign posted and that is how he meets Mycroft.  The book was originally written decades ago.   I am so impressed with how much thought went into the book and how thorough the details of the events were written for this book.

This book was given to me by Netgalley (a book review site) in exchange for an honest and objective review of the book.

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