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Today’s New 5 star Release—Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey

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Today’s New Fab. Release by Rea Frey—Not Her Daughter

 

 

 

In Case You Missed My Review, Here Is The Link:

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#Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia–Review-4 stars-#NetGalley

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Nineteen-year-old Lucas Blackthorn and his father disappeared in the Minnesota Boundary Waters wilderness, ten-years ago. They were both assumed dead. But when Lucas Blackthorn ransacked a nearby outfitter store, the search for his father resumed. Lucas was sent to a nearby psychiatric hospital. He was mute and unresponsive.

Assistant speech therapist, Maya Stark was assigned to work with Lucas Blackthorn. The staff at the hospital were amazed when Maya received an immediate response from Lucas. It baffled everyone, but Lucas, as to why he would connect with Maya, and no one else. 

Against hospital rules, Maya became emotionally involved with Lucas. She became his ally, and crossed professional lines, risking her job, her heart, and her future. Lucas needed to find his father. Maya did too, but not for the same reason. Maya had her own secrets and agenda. She wanted answers. 

Leave No Trace is a complex and compelling thriller. Although I didn’t find the book entirely realistic, I was engrossed in the story from the first page.

Thank you, Atria Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from Amazon)

Mindy Mejia received her MFA from Hamline University. Her debut novel, The Dragon Keeper, was published by Ashland Creek Press in 2012. The granddaughter of Minnesota farmers, she lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two children. She is the author of Everything You Want Me to Be.

 

#Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen-Review–4 stars

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Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding is a light, historical fiction, cozy mystery. The book is set in England, during the 1930s. Lady Georgianna Rannoch is thirty-fifth, in line for the throne. She decides, however, to throw away her royal heritage, and the stuffy prince that came with it, to marry Darcy O’Mara; a handsome Irishman. And, even though, Darcy’s hush-hush, questionable, occupation keeps him from Lady Georgie, for extended periods of time, she still wants to marry him. 

Lady Georgie is delighted when she receives a letter from one of her ex-step-fathers, Sir Herbert. In his correspondence, Sir Herbert has offered Lady Georgie his estate in Eynslegh, to use. Since he’s often away for years at a time; he wants Lady Georgie to make it her home. Sir Herbert warns her, however, that something is not right at Eyslegh, but he doesn’t know what.

Lady Georgie was shocked at the condition of Sir Herbert’s estate. His once beautiful home was in shambles. And, the staff, heavens! Where did he ever hire them from? They were inept, rude and lazy. And, when she threatened to throw them all out, she was informed that only Sir Herbert could fire them. The problem was, though, Sir Herbert was somewhere in South America, climbing a mountain, and unreachable.

There was definitely something shady, going on at Eynslegh. The servants were lying to Lady Georgie, and stealing from the estate. But when someone tried to snuff Lady Georgie’s life out, well, that was the last straw. Lady Georgie wasn’t about to let a bunch of no-good, servants intimidate her. She was the mistress of Eynslegh, after all; and she would get to the bottom of whatever was going on.

Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding is a well-written, over-the-top, humorous tale. If you don’t mind a bit of silliness, then this cozy mystery might be just the book for you.

Thank you, Berkley and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Rhys Bowen is the New York Times bestselling author of two historical mystery series as well as the #1Kindle bestseller In Farleigh Field and the international bestseller The Tuscan Child. 

In Farleigh Field was nominated for the Edgar Award, won the Agatha award for best historical mystery as well as the Bruce Alexander Memorial Award.

Rhys was born in Bath, England and educated at London University but now divides her time between California and Arizona. Her books have been nominated for every major mystery award and she has won fourteen of them to date. 

She currently writes two historical mystery series, each very different in tone. The Molly Murphy mysteries feature an Irish immigrant woman in turn-of-the-century New York City. These books are multi-layered, complex stories with a strong sense of time and place and have won many awards including Agatha and Anthony. There are 17 books so far in this series plus three Kindle stories, The Amersham Rubies, Through the Window and The Face in the Mirror–a great way to introduce new readers to Molly’s spunky personality.

Then there is Lady Georgie, Rhys’s latest,and very popular, heroine. She’s 35th in line to the throne of England, but she’s flat broke and struggling to survive in the Great Depression. These books are lighter and funnier than Molly’s adventures. They poke gentle fun at the British class system–about which Rhys knows a lot, having married into an upper class family rather like Georgie’s, with cousins with silly nicknames,family ghosts and stately homes. The twelfth book in the series, Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding, will be published August 2018. Two books in the series have won the Agatha award for best historical mystery.

The series received the Readers Choice Award for favorite mystery series and Rhys was nominated for career achievement. It was also voted one of Goodreads top 10 cozy mysteries. The books have been translated into many languages and brought Rhys fans from around the world.

Her most recent achievement has been the big World War 2 stand-alone novels, In Farleigh Field and The Tuscan Child. They have enjoyed impressive sales world-wide and brought Rhys many new readers.

As a child Rhys spent time with relatives in Wales. Those childhood experiences colored her first mystery series, about Constable Evans in the mountains of Snowdonia. 10 books including the Edgar nominee Evan’s Gate. She has lived in Austria, Germany and Australia, but has called California her home for many years. She now escapes to a condo in Arizona during those cold California winters. When she’s not writing she loves to travel, sing, hike, paint and play the Celtic harp.

 

#The Ancient Nine by Ian Smith–Review–4 Stars #SMP #NetGalley

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New From Ian Smith-The Ancient Nine-Coming 9/18/18!

 

The Ancient Nine is a book about one of Harvard’s most private and elite society groups, known as the Delphic Club. This exclusive group had the most secrets and mysteries of all of the Harvard clubs. There were rumors of dark undercover happenings, missing persons, and murder. Within the Delphic Club was another secret society known as the Ancient Nine. 

Spencer Collins was from Chicago and had a single parent upbringing. He was attending Harvard to play basketball and study medicine. Spencer was astounded when he received an invitation to a private party for Delphic Club members. Spencer didn’t fit their mold. He wasn’t from a wealthy family, or live in a prestigious neighborhood. He never attended private schools and didn’t mingle in the same circles as the elite. So why him? His best friend Dalton Winthrop, however, who knew about Harvard’s exclusive clubs, said that Spencer’s invitation was the real deal. 

Spencer had no idea what he was getting into but was eager to find out. The underworld of secret Harvard societies was about to open up for him.

The Ancient Nine is an intriguing story, well-written, and captivating.

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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#The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand–Review-5 Stars #NetGalley

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Don’t Miss This Brilliant Whodunit Novel by Elin Hilderbrand- Coming 6/19/18–I loved Every Page!

 

The Perfect Couple is a superbly crafted, captivating, mystery. 

The most expensive event of the summer on Nantucket was to be the marriage celebration between Benjamin Winbury and Celeste Otis. It was being held at the Winbury’s Nantucket beachfront home. Greer spared no cost in planning Benji and Celeste’s happy day. The only wrinkle, Greer could see, affecting her son’s wedding, was the report of a missing person, and the dead body that was floating in front of their home, the morning of the wedding.

Everyone at the Winbury home was being questioned; nerves were on edge, hearts were shattered, fear was everywhere as the intricate web of sordid, dark secrets were unearthed, one by one. 

The Perfect Couple is an incredible whodunit mystery, crafted with an intriguing plot, flowing dialog and colorful characters. There wasn’t a dull page in the entire book. The characters are beautifully developed, realistic and flawed. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that I never figured out who the true villain was. Brilliantly crafted. I loved it!

Thank you, Little, Brown & Co. Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Elin Hilderbrand first discovered the magic of Nantucket in July 1993. Her recipe for a happy island life includes running, writing at the beach, picnics at Eel Point with her three children, and singing “Home, Sweet Home” at the Club Car piano bar. Here’s to Us is her seventeenth novel.

 

The Chosen Ones by Carol Wyer–Review-4.5 stars #Bookouture #NetGalley

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The Chosen Ones is a compelling, creepy and fast-paced police procedural crime-thriller. 

Murders are beginning to pile up in Colton, England, and DI Robyn Carter and her team have been working overtime to link clues together. There’s a serial killer on the loose, and Robyn’s superior is threatening to pull her off the case. She’s stepping on toes, irritating influential people, and they’re breathing down her boss’s neck. Why is her superior hampering her investigation? Could he be corrupt? 

The murders were all different; each one was as brutal as the one prior: a man hanging like a scarecrow, a screwdriver through the head, and a woman run over several times. Unfortunately, these were not the only deaths; there were more. Robyn knew that she was staring at the work of a cold, methodical serial killer. And if her boss were in any way involved with these killings, then she’d have to bring him down as well.

If you enjoy police procedurals, check-out The Chosen Ones. It’s a cleverly crafted thriller, with realistic characters, an intriguing plot, natural dialogue and lots of surprises. The only thing I didn’t care for was the mild cliff-hanger at the end. It only involves a minor subplot, but still, I like my readings to end with every loose thread tied up.

Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Murder Is Invisible by Giacomo Giammatteo-Review-4.5 Stars

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Don’t Miss Giacomo Giammatteo’s New Crime-Thriller Release-Murder Is Invisible!

 

Nicky Fusco is known to be a brutal and ruthless killer. He also has a kind and compassionate heart and believes in God. Nicky defends the innocent against evil. He has tried, however, to change his ways, because he knows, if he doesn’t, he’ll lose everything. Nicky loves his new life with his wife, Angela, and their daughter Rosa. He doesn’t want to lose them.

When Rosa’s friend is kidnapped, Nicky calls Detective Donavan for assistance. He tries to convince his daughter that the authorities will do everything in their power to find her friend. But after viewing a DVD starring several girls, including Rosa’s friend, as sex slaves, Nicky’s temper flared. He knew right then and there that whoever touched and kidnapped those girls would die. And they would die, the slow, brutal, Nicky Fusco way.

Murder Is Invisible is a compelling crime-thriller. Giacomo Giammatteo is a great storyteller and writer. I’ll look forward to the next book in this series. 

Thank you, Giacomo Giammatteo, for my complimentary copy of Murder Is Invisible.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

I live in Texas now, but I grew up in Cleland Heights, a mixed ethnic neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware, that sat on the fringes of the Italian, Irish and Polish neighborhoods. The main characters of Murder Takes Time grew up in Cleland Heights, and many of the scenes in the book were taken from real-life experiences.

Since this is a bio some of you might wonder what I do. I’ve had a successful 30 year career as a headhunter, recruiting top talent for some of the world’s best companies–Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, and many high-profile start-up companies. 

During that time I’ve completed more than 500 searches, which translates into evaluating, editing, and writing thousands of resumes. I have also interviewed and done reference checks on more than 1,000 candidates. I’ve learned what companies want to see on a resume–and, perhaps more importantly–what they don’t. You’ll find a lot more information in the book and on my website.

Getting back to the bio–when my kids were young I left the Northeast and settled in Texas, where my wife suggested we get a few animals. I should have known better; we now have a full-blown animal sanctuary with rescues from all over. At last count we had 45 animals–11 dogs, a horse, a three-legged cat and 5 others, and 26 pigs.

Oh, and one crazy–and very large–wild boar, who takes walks with me every day and happens to also be my best buddy.

In the evening I help my wife tend to the animals, and at night–late at night–I turn into a writer.

Check out the websites. 

For fiction books go to: http://giacomogiammatteo.com 

Non-fiction books: http://nomistakes.org

Once you get there, take a look around, click some links, and, if you’ve got time, tell me what you think.

Contact me at gg@giacomog.com.

The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick–Review-4 stars

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New Crime Thriller by Amanda Quick–The Other Lady Vanishes– Coming 5/8/18!

 

The Other Lady Vanishes is the second book in the Burning Cove Series, which takes place during the 1930s in California. 

It was months before Adelaide Blade was able to escape the psychiatric hospital where her narcissistic husband had committed her to. Although Adelaide had taken precautions by relocating and changing her name, she never really felt safe. At least, not until, Jake Truett showed up, in Burning Cove, and came to her rescue. Adelaide knew that her husband would never give up searching for her. He needed to continue pilfering her inheritance. And, for that to happen, she had to be locked-up and drugged. 

For health reasons, Jake Truett was taking a break from his import/export business. So his trip to Burning Cove, California, was in part for his health; but Jake’s primary goal was to find his deceased wife’s diary. Jake knew that if the diary fell into the wrong hands, and made public, her family’s reputation would greatly suffer. Meeting Adelaide in his travels was a definite bonus to his Burning Cove visit.  

There are several interesting characters in this book, along with some surprises and twists. Although I didn’t find the story entirely realistic, I enjoyed it just the same. If you’re looking for a light mystery with a bit of romance, then The Other Lady Vanishes, just might be the book for you.

Thank you, Berkley Publishing and Edelweiss for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

The author of over 50 New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.

 

 

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews–Review–4.5 Stars

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I really enjoyed The High Tide Club. It’s a well-written story about friendship and forgiveness. The book alternates between the 1940s and the present day. It takes place mostly on Talisa Island. The same Island where the eccentric Josephine Bettendorf Warrick, the sole owner of the land, lived. 

Josephine is ninety-nine-years-old and dying from Cancer. She knows that her time for making amends to the High Tide Club members is running out. Although she only has one friend who is still alive, from the exclusive club, she plans on making restitution to her deceased friends, by giving to their next of kin. So Josephine hires Brooke Trappnell, a lawyer, to not only re-write her will but to also find her friend’s closest relatives. Josephine needs to confess. Her dark secrets are too much for her to bear. But, more than anything, Josephine wants forgiveness. She sincerely, hopes that it’s not too late. 

The High Tide Club has a bit of everything, betrayal, heartache, romance, mystery, friendship and secrets; Lots and lots of secrets. The story has several twists and surprises, a couple of them; I never saw coming. 

This book is a well-written and enjoyable story. Mary Kay Andrews knows how to spin a tale. Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s page on Amazon)

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Beach Town, Save the Date, Christmas Bliss, Ladies’ Night, Spring Fever, and Summer Rental, all from St. Martin’s Press, as well as Savannah Breeze, Blue Christmas Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies and Savannah Blues, all HarperPerennial. On May 17, 2016, St. Martin’s Press will release her 24th novel, THE WEEKENDERS

A former reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, originally under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. The Callahan mysteries have recently been re-released by HarperPerennial, as Mary Kay Andrews writing as Kathy Hogan Trocheck. 

A native of St. Petersburg, FL (and a diplomate of the Maas Bros. Department Store School of Charm), she started her professional journalism career in Savannah, GA, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. 

As a lifelong “junker” the author claims to know the location of every promising thrift store, flea market and junkpile in the southeastern United States, plus many parts of Ohio. 

She has a B.A. in newspaper journalism from The University of Georgia (go Dawgs!), and is a frequent lecturer and writing teacher at workshops and book festivals.

Married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two grown children and a proud grandmother. When not on book tour, she divides her time between Atlanta and her two beach cottages on Tybee Island GA.

 

The Girl I Used To Be by Mary Torjussen–Review-5 Stars!

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The Girl I Used To Be –Coming 4/24/18

 

The Girl I Used To Be is a brilliant read, addicting, fast-paced, and unputdownable. I was hooked and transported into the story from the very first page. Once I started reading this book, I hated to have any interruptions. I was completely caught up in the story. 

Gemma Brogan worked hard at her real estate business. Her husband, Joe, was a stay at home father for their three-year-old son, Rory. Usually, Gemma didn’t mind being the only one working long hours, but when she noticed that her son, sought out his father, not her, whenever he was sick, or tired; it stung. Gemma didn’t want to say anything to Joe because they had both agreed on the arrangement. Gemma was under the impression, however, that it was only going to be a temporary thing, but Joe showed no interest in ever going back to work. 

When David, a distinguished and handsome man stepped into Gemma’s real estate office, Gemma couldn’t help but notice him. Not that she was interested. She wasn’t. Gemma loved Joe, even though she was irritated with his laziness and the fact that she was missing out on caring for her own son. Gemma was jealous of her husband and didn’t know what to do about it. 

The evening before her conference, Gemma planned to spend her hotel night, taking a relaxing bath, reading her kindle, and getting some much-needed sleep. Instead, she visited the lounge for a bit. When Gemma ran into David, the man who had captured her attention in the office, she was pleasantly surprised. So when he suggested dinner, Gemma readily agreed. What could an innocent dinner hurt? Gemma’s dinner, however, ended up being anything but innocent. In fact, it was the beginning of a never-ending nightmare. Gemma couldn’t sleep, concentrate or eat. She was in a constant state of anxiety. Gemma was about to lose everything, and she didn’t know how to stop her world from crumbling.

I was completely engrossed in this story. What a talented author Mary Torjussen is! I loved every page. This is the second book that I have read by this author, but it won’t be my last. Highly recommended.

Thank you, Berkley Publishing and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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