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Book Review: Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions (Kopp Sisters #3)

This series both fascinates and frustrates me. Impeccably researched and presenting as true a portrait as possible of what life was like for the very real Kopp sisters in the nineteen-tens, this series bring social issues to the forefront in a way few other mystery series do. Continue reading

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Book Review: A Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell #2) by Deanna Raybourn

Though by no means professional detectives, my new favorite sleuths, Veronica Speedwell, and her partner in crime, Stoker (that’s Lord Revelstoke Templeton-Vane), are back in another mystery. An unexpectedly royal familial source asks Veronica to look into the case of a high-society gent who is about to hang for the murder of his mistress. Lots of behind-the-scenes machinations, both helpful and threatening, provide direction and impediments as the lepidopterist and taxidermist use their powers of observation, their fighting skills, and their insatiable curiosity to prove whether this man should swing from the gallows or be rescued from the hangman’s noose. Continue reading

Book Review: A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas

Charlotte Holmes is back in a second adventure involving murder, family, and a decade-old cipher. Still employing the ruse of the “invalid brother,” Sherlock Holmes, Charlotte finds herself investigating on behalf of the wife of the man she may possibly love while fielding a marriage proposal from that very man’s brother. It will take all of Charlotte’s sensible and analytical mind to see through her own surprising feelings as the web of Moriarty, and the involvement of a surprising member of her family, grows clearer. Continue reading

Book Review: A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Charlotte Holmes helps the police solve murders under the name Sherlock Holmes. When she becomes a social outcast due to a deflowering gone wrong, she relies on her wits, and a few chance encounters, to land on her feet, all while trying to clear the names of her father and sister who are somehow both implicated in a trio of seemingly unconnected and unexpected deaths. Sensible and analytical to a fault, yet not unaffected by the pull of heartstrings, Charlotte Holmes is a lively and witty new addition to the Sherlock Holmes canon. Continue reading

Book Review: The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

The Girl Who Knew Too Much Amanda Quick 9780399174476, $27, Penguin, Pub. Date: May 9, 2017 Genres: Adult fiction, mystery, romance Short blurb: The glitz and glamor of 1930s Hollywood. A secretary-turned-reporter with a new identity, hot on the trail of a murderer. An ex-magician with secrets of his own to hide. An updated feel … Continue reading

2015 Goodreads Stats

2012: 42 books 2013: 48 books 2014: 135 books 2015: 154 books It hardly comes as a surprise but 2015 was the year of reading bodice-ripping romance novels, which probably explains why I read 154 books this year! Only a few novels were children books, even fewer YA, mostly mysteries, paranormal romances, motorcycle romances, and … Continue reading

New Release: Blood Magick by Nora Roberts

I’m a huge fan of everything Nora Roberts writes, whether its futuristic murder mysteries under her pseudonym, JD Robb, or her romances with touches of magic, or her contemporary romantic-thrillers. This is the final book in a trilogy filled with magic, set in Ireland, somewhat reminiscent of her Key trilogy, but equally delightful. Blook Magick, … Continue reading

New Release: Festive in Death by J.D. Robb

Tuesday is new book release day! It’s hard to imagine, but we’re technically 39 books into Nora Roberts-writing-as-J.D. Robb‘s In Death series (and that’s not counting the handful of short stories in found in various collections). #39 is called Festive in Death, and it is available in stores and online starting today. Published by Penguin, … Continue reading

New Release: Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs

Tuesday is new book release day! I highlighted this book during a previous Waiting on Wednesday post, but here it is fresh as it is out today. Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson Patricia Briggs 9780425265000, Hardcover, $26.95 A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of … Continue reading

New Release: Evernight by Kristen Callahan

Tuesday is new release day! Introducing book 5 in Kristen Callahan‘s Darkest London series, Evernight. Published by Hachette Book Group: 9781455581641 Mass Market Paperback, $6 This series is seriously steamy historical steampunk (try saying that 10 times fast), with werewolves, magic, impressive machinery (of all sorts), and sexual tension you could cut with a knife … Continue reading

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Car book! We always keep a non-fiction book in the car to read on the way to the grocery or if we get stuck in a traffic jam or if we find a park somewhere. Our current book is SUDDEN SEA: THE GREAT HURRICANE OF 1938 by R.A. Scotti. She writes surprisingly lyrically about a hellish event that took the inhabitants of the NE coast almost entirely by surprise, despite the awareness of some officials. Fascinating in the wake of Hurricanes Irma & Maria.
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Gorgeous illustrations pop with foil pieces that highlight the words of this simple book, perfect for even the youngest reader. The sweetly lyrical text leads the reader from one - a tree - to many - the forest - and beyond, with each turn of the page showing more and more complex scenes through fall, winter, spring, summer, country, city, morning, and night, until we reach the end where the whole world is shining. I immediately wanted to read it again. For all ages, but especially 1-3-year-olds.
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DARK IN DEATH by JD ROBB

Does not disappoint! Another solid read in the In Death series by JD Robb. I've been reading this series since 2013, since before she came out as Nora Roberts, and I keep expecting the next book and then the next book and then the next book to dip in terms of quality of style and content and originality, but it just doesn't (thank goodness!). In #46, Dark in Death, JD ROBB almost makes a play on her own life in ways, as Eve is after a murderer who finds inspiration in a specific author's murder mysteries. Robb literally pays homage to the master of the meta, Hitchcock, with mentions of Psycho and Dial M for Murder, and I'm pretty sure the author she describes is modeled after Robb herself (physically). The plot is pretty tight and focused, but we still get glimpses of Peabody & McNab; Leonardo, Mavis, & Bella; Somerset is still off on holiday; and there is just a peek at the growing romantic interest in Nadine's life, as well as a preview of Nadine's next best-seller based on Eve's police work. I'm looking forward to a future book of Robb's that I'm sure will go into further detail either about Nadine's upcoming Oscar nomination for the first book/movie or the publication and what I'm sure will be subsequent movie of the second book. Enjoy!

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