Posts Categorized: A-

Death Comes to the Fair by Catherine Lloyd

Death Comes to the Fair by Catherine Lloyd

December 3, 2016 2016, A-, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Death Comes to the Fair by Catherine Lloyd Series: Kurland St. Mary Mysteries #4 Genre: Historical Mystery Setting: Kurland St. Mary and Kurland St. Anne in England Published by Kensington Format: e-Arc (Release Date: November 29, 2016) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 304 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: It’s harvest time in the village of Kurland St. Mary as Lucy and Robert prepare to take their vows—but a murderer has taken an unseasonable vow of vengeance . . . As Miss Lucy Harrington, daughter of the village rector, and Major Sir Robert… Read more »

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A Killing at Cotton Hill by Terry Shames

A Killing at Cotton Hill by Terry Shames

August 11, 2016 2016, A-, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 2

A Killing at Cotton Hill by Terry Shames Series: Samuel Craddock Mystery #1 Genre: Mystery Setting: Jarrett Creek, Texas Published by Seventh Street Books, 2013 E-book, purchased 231 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: The chief of police of Jarrett Creek, Texas, doubles as the town drunk. So when Dora Lee Parjeter is murdered, her old friend and former police chief Samuel Craddock steps in. He discovers that a lot of people had it in for Dora Lee. The conniving rascals on the farm next door want her land for nefarious purposes; her estranged daughter could be seeking vengeance; her grandson wants money for art school; and then there’s that stranger Dora Lee… Read more »

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Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

March 8, 2016 2016, A-, book rating, Goodreads, NetGalley, Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, Science Fiction/Fantasy Bingo Reading Challenge 6

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs Series: Mercy Thompson #9 Genre: Urban Fantasy Setting: Tri-cities area of Washington State Published by Ace, 2016 Format: e-Arc (Release Date: March 8) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 352 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen… Read more »

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Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima

Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima

March 4, 2016 2016, A-, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, I love Libraries, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima Series: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #1 Genre: Contemporary Mystery, Police Procedural Setting: Timber Creek, Colorado–the high country in Colorado Published by Crooked Lane Publishing, 2015 Hardback, Library 320 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: When a young girl is found dead in the mountains outside Timber Creek, life-long resident Officer Mattie Cobb and her partner, K-9 police dog Robo, are assigned to the case that has rocked the small Colorado town. With the help of Cole Walker, local veterinarian and a single father, Mattie and Robo must track down the truth before it claims another victim. But the more Mattie investigates, the more she realizes how many… Read more »

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The rest of the short reviews from 2015

February 12, 2016 2015, A-, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B, B+, book rating, C+, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 2

I’ve finally finished all my reviews for 2015 with these last six shorts. Three of these are short stories, one is a book of short stories and the other two are novels. I have two science fiction, three fantasies and one contemporary fiction. These are very short snippets of reviews…lol. At least I have a post about them which makes me happy! “Earth and Fire” & Earth 2788 by Janet Edwards “Earth and Fire” is a prequel novella. It’s a story about Jarra when she learns to fly a plane (takes place before the trilogy Ms. Edwards wrote). I enjoyed the glimpse into Jarra’s life before the books began. Grade:… Read more »

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Christmas Gifts by Mary Balogh

Christmas Gifts by Mary Balogh

December 11, 2015 2015, A-, book rating, Goodreads, Read-a-Thons, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Christmas Gifts by Mary Balogh Series: None Genre: Historical Romance–Regency England Setting: Christmas in England Published by Class Ebook Editions Ltd., 2015 (reprints of three out-of-print novellas) E-book, purchased 168 pages Overall Grade: A- Synopsis: CHRISTMAS GIFTS brings together three previously published and long out-of-print novellas, each on the theme of Christmas gifts that will last forever because the gift, in essence, is love. In “The Best Christmas Ever” a boisterous house party is in progress and all the children when asked are eager to tell what they want for Christmas. But one man feels sad, for his young child has not spoken since her mother died and he does not… Read more »

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The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

December 4, 2015 2015, A, A-, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 0

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley Narrated by Katherine Kellgren Series: Slains #2 Genre: Historical Fiction Setting: Scotland, Belgium, Russia Published by Sourcebooks Landmark , 2013 Audiobook, purchased 539 pages 14 hours, 37 minutes Grade: A- Narrator grade: A Synopsis: Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird—the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna into the past… Read more »

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Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern

Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern

October 13, 2015 2015, A-, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 6

Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern Series: The Country Club Murders #2 Genre: Historical Mystery (cozy) Setting: Kansas City, 1974 Published by Henery Press, 2015 Format: e-Arc (Release Date: October 13, 2015) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 268 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: With his dying breath, Bobby Lowell begs Ellison Russell, “Tell her I love her.” Unable to refuse, Ellison struggles to find the girl the murdered boy loved. Too bad an epically bad blind date, a vindictive graffiti artist, and multiple trips to the emergency room keep getting in the… Read more »

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Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley

Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley

October 6, 2015 2015, A-, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, NetGalley, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley Series: None Genre: Historical Fiction (romance, mystery, suspense) Setting: Wales (United Kingdom) Published by Sourcebook, 2015 (originally published July 13, 1998) Format: e-Arc (Release Date: Oct 6, 2015) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 336 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: The invitation to spend Christmas in Angle, on the Pembrokeshire coast, is one that Lyn Ravenshaw is only too happy to accept. To escape London and the pressures of her literary agency is temptation enough, but the prospect of meeting Booker Prize nominee James Swift –… Read more »

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The Last Colony by John Scalzi

The Last Colony by John Scalzi

September 24, 2015 2015, A-, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

The Last Colony by John Scalzi Series: Old Man’s War #3 Genre: Science Fiction Published by Tor, 2007 E-book, purchased 320 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up. That is, until his and Jane’s past reaches out to bring them back into the game–as leaders of a new human colony, to be peopled by settlers from all the major human worlds, for a deep political purpose that will put Perry and Sagan… Read more »

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