Posts Categorized: TBR Pile

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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Cold in the Earth by Aline Templeton

Cold in the Earth by Aline Templeton

June 3, 2016 2016, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 4

Cold in the Earth by Aline Templeton Series: DI Marjory Fleming #1 Genre: Mystery, police procedural Setting: Southwest Scotland–near Galloway Published by Witness Impulse, 2005 E-book, purchased 372 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Death is in the air. Death is on the ground. Death is everywhere for the people of Galloway. As a catastrophic virus devastates the Scottish countryside, killing cattle and destroying lives, Detective Inspector Marjory Fleming finds herself at the stormy heart of a troubled, trapped community. Pyres are built, infected animals are burnt, and farmland is dug up as burial ground. But the all-pervasive stench of death develops a horrifying, unfamiliar edge when human remains are dug up near… Read more »

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February reading challenge updates

February reading challenge updates

February 29, 2016 2016, Audiobook Challenge, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, I love Libraries, Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, Science Fiction/Fantasy Bingo Reading Challenge, TBR Pile 0

February updates When I look at these stats I come to several conclusions…lol. You can see the specific books read and reviewed (or not read) in each category if you check out my “Reading Challenges” Pages. I’m reading more mysteries than fantasies or science fiction so far this year. I’ve read and reviewed quite a few NetGalley books–and thus new releases–so far this year (so I haven’t read any TBR books yet). I’ve read books in several categories, but just haven’t reviewed the books yet. That should change in March. Audiobook Challenge Audiobooks read and reviewed: 0 Challenge Goal: 20 -30 audiobooks I’m listening (or rather not listening) to an… 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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Mystery Reviews

Mystery Reviews

January 22, 2016 2015, 2016, B, B-, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 2

I have a few books I read in 2015, but didn’t get reviewed. I’ve decided to group them together in three or four posts. Mysteries come first! A Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmondson A Very English Mystery #1 Published 2015, 306 pages Historical Mystery–England, 1953 I really enjoyed this mystery. I haven’t read too many books written in this time period. Real events are the background for this historical mystery. Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess defected to the Soviet Union in the summer of 1951. They were both part of what later became known as the Cambridge Spy Ring because they were recruited in the 1930’s when they… Read more »

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2015 reading challenges–How’d I do?

2015 reading challenges–How’d I do?

January 21, 2016 2015, 2016, Audiobook Challenge, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, TBR Pile 2

2015 Reading Challenges I only completed 3 of the 8 challenges for 2015. However, I was 85% or better on 3 more of the challenges so I feel pretty good about that. I’m doing challenges again for 2016–some of the same challenges as the ones below and some new ones. I have fun trying to complete the challenges! Audiobook Challenge — 85% Goal–20-30 audiobooks How many I listened to –17 audiobooks Books reviewed by the end of 2015– 16 books We traveled a lot in 2015 and when I travel I don’t listen to books as much. I’ve signed up for this challenge again. Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge —… Read more »

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Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie

Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie

December 18, 2015 2015, book rating, C+, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 2

“Hot Toy” by Jennifer Crusie Series: None–part of an anthology Genre: Contemporary Romance Setting: United States Published by St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2006 Paperback, purchased 104 pages Grade: C+ Synopsis: Get ready for a holiday season you’ll never forget with three of today’s most sensational writers who know what every woman wants for the holidays. You’ll believe in Santa all over again with these seductive stories from:   JENNIFER CRUSIE Mayhem ensues under the mistletoe as a determined shopper grabs the very last hot toy action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the middle of a real-life spy game–in the arms of a sexy secret agent. . …. Read more »

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“You Again” by JoAnn Ross

“You Again” by JoAnn Ross

December 16, 2015 2015, B, book rating, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 2

“You Again” by JoAnn Ross Series: Shelter Bay #6.5 Genre: Contemporary Romance Setting: NYC & Shelter Bay, Oregon Published by Catlelough Publishing LLC, 2014 E-book, purchased 172 pages Grade: B Synopsis: A book nerd, a brainiac science guy, and a misplaced killer whale… Meghann Quinn wasn’t always a hugely successful author. Adam Wayne wasn’t always a marine biologist studying whales. Back in high school in Shelter Bay, Oregon, she was the shy book nerd helping the brainiac science guy pass English. Meghann had no idea Adam would turn into such a hottie. Adam has no idea their once-upon-a-time sweet summer romance inspired Meghann’s popular teen novels. Two shy geeks didn’t have the courage to share their true feelings back then…. 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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Christmas is Murder by C.S. Challinor

Christmas is Murder by C.S. Challinor

November 18, 2015 2015, book rating, C-, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Read-a-Thons, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 2

Christmas Is Murder by C.S. Challinor Series: Rex Graves Mystery #1 Genre: Mystery Setting: English countryside at Christmas Published by Midnight Ink, 2008 E-book, purchased 203 pages Grade: C- Synopsis: Christmas is murder… when you’re stranded with a killer Not even a blizzard can keep Rex Graves away from Swanmere Manor, a secluded Victorian hotel in the English countryside owned by the eccentric Dahlia Smithings. But instead of Christmas cheer, the Scottish barrister finds a dead guest. Was it a stroke that killed old Mr. Lawdry? Or an almond tart laced with poison? When more guests die, all hopes for a jolly holiday are dashed. Snowbound and terrified, no one can… Read more »

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