Posts Categorized: book rating

Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima

Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima

September 8, 2017 2017, B+, book rating, NetGalley, reviews 6

Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima Timber Creek K-9  Mystery #3 Publication Date: August 8 e-ARC (from NetGalley and the publisher) –All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Mystery, Police Procedural Deputy Mattie Cobb is working through issues from her past and has withdrawn from Cole Walker and his family to focus on herself, when she and her K-9 partner Robo get called to track a missing junior high student. Until they find the girl on Smoker’s Hill behind the high school, dead. But that’s only the start of trouble in Timber Creek, because soon another girl goes missing–and this time it’s Sophie Walker. Hard as they search, Cole,… Read more »

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Putting the mystery into historical

Putting the mystery into historical

September 2, 2017 2017, Audiobooks, B+, book rating, reviews 8

Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell Quaker Midwife Mystery #1 Setting: 1888, Massachusetts mill town Narrator: Michael Page Rose Carroll is the Quaker midwife and I really enjoyed reading about her. The life of a midwife in that era is fascinating as is reading about Quaker life in this town. I think she is something of an anomaly since she’s a midwife and unmarried at 26, but she sticks to her beliefs without being obnoxious. Rose boards with her brother-in-law and family. Her sister died not too long before the book starts and Rose helps with cooking and cleaning when she can as do the oldest children. She also wants… Read more »

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A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff

A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff

July 14, 2017 2017, B+, book rating, NetGalley, reviews 4

A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff Peacekeeper 2 Publication date: June 6 e-ARC (from NetGalley and the publisher) –All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Military Science Fiction The second book in the action-packed Peacekeeper series, a continuation of Tanya Huff’s military sci-fi Confederation series following Torin Kerr. Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr had been the very model of a Confederation Marine. No one who’d ever served with her could imagine any circumstance that would see her walking away from the Corps. Although the war is over, the fight goes on and the Justice Department finds its regular Wardens unable to deal with violence and the people trained to… Read more »

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Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern

Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern

June 3, 2017 2017, B+, book rating, NetGalley, reviews 4

Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern Series: The Country Club Murders #5 Publication date: May 23 e-ARC (from NetGalley and the publisher) –All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Historical Mystery (1970’s Kansas City), Cozy Ellison Russell wanted a decorator, not a corpse. Too bad she finds Mrs. White in the study killed with a revolver. Things go from bad to worse when she finds Mr. White in the dining room killed with a candlestick. With so many bodies, is it any wonder Detective Anarchy Jones’ new partner considers Ellison a suspect? With the country club gossips talking a mile a minute, an unexpected cocktail party, a visit… Read more »

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Who done it?

Who done it?

April 14, 2017 2017, Audiobooks, B, B-, B+, book rating, mini book review, reviews 6

This year I’m trying something different with the books I read. I’m not going to do a separate review for every book I read. I need to shake-up my blog a bit and this is one way I’ve decided to do it. These are some of the mysteries I’ve read since the first of the year. Real Murders and A Bone to Pick by Charlaine Harris (Aurora Teagarden series #1 & 2) Audiobook, purchased, narrated by Thérèse Plummer Charlaine Harris wrote a new book–Sleep Like a Baby–in this series last fall. I had considered rereading some of the mysteries she wrote before she started writing the Sookie Stackhouse series. A… Read more »

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Review: Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon

Review: Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon

April 6, 2017 2017, B+, book rating, NetGalley, reviews 5

Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon Series: Vatta’s Peace #1 Publication date: April 11 in the US; April 13 in the UK e-ARC (from NetGalley and the publisher) –All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Science Fiction After nearly a decade away, Nebula Award–winning author Elizabeth Moon makes a triumphant return to science fiction with this installment in a thrilling new series featuring the daring hero of her acclaimed Vatta’s War sequence. Summoned to the home planet of her family’s business empire, space-fleet commander Kylara Vatta is told to expect a hero’s welcome. But instead she is thrown into danger unlike any other she has faced and finds herself… Read more »

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Review: The Merchant’s House by Kate Ellis

Review: The Merchant’s House by Kate Ellis

March 31, 2017 2017, book rating, C+, reviews 4

The Merchant’s House by Kate Ellis Wesley Peterson #1 E-book, purchased Setting: Devon, England Mystery, Police Procedural Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson’s first day finds him investigating the death of a young woman who may be connected to a kidnapped child. As the suspense builds, a strange parallel emerges between his case and the two skeletons found in the ruins of a 17th century merchant’s house. With stellar characterizations and sharp plotting, readers will find themselves completely swept up in this virtuoso mystery, the ending of which is as satisfying as it is shocking. …………………… My thoughts I love finding a new police procedural series! This reminded me a little of… Read more »

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Review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

Review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

March 24, 2017 2017, A, book rating, reviews 2

Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop The Others, #5 Publication date: March 7, 2017 e-ARC (from NetGalley and the publisher) –All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Urban Fantasy After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders—a primitive and lethal form of the Others—the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man’s-land beyond their borders—and the darkness… As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all… Read more »

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Review: A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths

Review: A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths

February 27, 2017 2017, B+, book rating, reviews 2

A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway #4 E-book, purchased Mystery Set in Norfolk, England, A Room Full of Bones embroils, once again, our brainy heroine in a crime tinged by occult forces. On Halloween night, the Smith Museum in King’s Lynn is preparing for an unusual event — the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when forensic archaelogist Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the curator, Neil Topham, dead beside the coffin. Topham’s death seems to be related to other uncanny incidents, including the arcane and suspect methods of a group called the Elginists, which aims to repatriate the… Read more »

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Review: Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson

Review: Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson

February 16, 2017 2017, B, book rating, reviews 2

Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson Nightshades #1 e-book, purchased Fantasy, Urban Fantasy Alex McKenna is the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations—the division tasked with investigating crimes involving shades. Or vampires, as they’re more widely known. Children have been going missing, and agents are routinely being slaughtered. It’s up to McKenna, and some unlikely allies, to get to the bottom of the problem, and find the kids before it’s too late. ……………………….. Melissa F. Olson is an author whose books I’ve read and liked before. This book is the beginning of a new series and is a novella (208 pages) published… Read more »

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