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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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Death Comes to the Village by Catherine Lloyd

Death Comes to the Village by Catherine Lloyd

December 10, 2015 2015, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Death Comes to the Village by Catherine Lloyd Series: Kurland St. Mary Mystery #1 Genre: Historical Mystery (cozy) Setting: Rural England, 1816 Published by Kensington, 2013 E-book, Kindle Unlimited 282 pages Grade: B Synopsis: A wounded soldier and a rector’s daughter discover strange goings-on in the sleepy village of Kurland St. Mary in Catherine Lloyd’s charming Regency-set mystery debut. Major Robert Kurland has returned to the quiet vistas of his village home to recuperate from the horrors of Waterloo. However injured his body may be, his mind is as active as ever. Too active, perhaps. When he glimpses a shadowy figure from his bedroom window struggling with a heavy load, the… 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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Santa 365 by Spencer Quinn

Santa 365 by Spencer Quinn

November 23, 2015 2015, book rating, C, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, NetGalley, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 0

“Santa 365“ by Spencer Quinn Series: The Chet and Bernie Mystery Series Genre: Mystery Setting: Arizona Published by Atria Books, 2015 Format: e-Arc (Release Date: Nov 24, 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. 47 pages Grade: C Synopsis: Santa doesn’t just deliver gifts—he takes them too!—in this delightful holiday e-short featuring New York Times bestselling sleuths Chet and Bernie. He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. This year, jolly old St. Nick knows Bernie has been sleeping on preparations for a special Christmas celebration with his son… 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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The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

November 13, 2015 2015, B, book rating, Goodreads, holidays, New Author Challenge, Read-a-Thons, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson Series: None Genre: Christmas Fiction (Inspirational) Setting: On the road between Chicago and Arizona Published by Revell Format: e-Arc (Release Date: Sep 1, 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. 176 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Miranda did not put adventure on her Christmas list, but thanks to her eighty-five-year-old neighbor Joy, that’s exactly what she’s getting this year. When Joy tells Miranda that she plans to drive an old RV decked out in Christmas decorations from their Chicago neighborhood to her new retirement digs in… Read more »

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Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier

Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier

November 12, 2015 2015, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier Series: Lucy Stone #1 Genre: Mystery (cozy) Setting: Tinker’s Cove, Maine Published by Kensington, 1991 E-book, Kindle Unlimited 224 pages Grade: B Synopsis: As if baking holiday cookies, knitting a sweater for her husband’s gift, and making her daughter’s angel costume for the church pageant weren’t enough things for Lucy Stone’s busy Christmas schedule, she’s also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers Sam Miller, its very wealthy founder, dead in his car from an apparent suicide, the sleuth in her knows something just doesn’t smell right. Taking time out from her hectic holiday life to find out what really… Read more »

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The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir

November 9, 2015 2015, A, Audiobook Challenge, book rating, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, Sci-Fi Month 11

The Martian by Andy Weir Narrated by R.C. Bray Series: None Genre: Science Fiction Setting: Mars, Space between Earth and Mars & Earth Published by Crown, 2014 Audible book, purchased 314 pages 10 hours, 53 minutes Grade: A Narrator grade: A Synopsis: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his… Read more »

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Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier

Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier

November 2, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, Goodreads, NetGalley, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier Series: Blackthorn & Grim #2 Genre: Historical Fantasy Setting: Ancient Ireland Published by Roc, 2015 Format: e-Arc (Release Date: Nov 3, 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. 448 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Disillusioned healer Blackthorn and her companion, Grim, have settled in Dalriada to wait out the seven years of Blackthorn’s bond to her fey mentor, hoping to avoid any dire challenges. But trouble has a way of seeking out Blackthorn and Grim. Lady Geiléis, a noblewoman from the northern border, has asked for the… Read more »

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The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton

The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton

October 31, 2015 2015, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton Narrated by Penelope Keith Series: Agatha Raisin #1 Genre: Contemporary Mystery (Cozy) Setting: The Cotswolds in England Published by Blackstone Audio, 2012 (originally published 1992) Audiobook, purchased 272 pages 6 hours, 26 minutes Grade: B+ Narrator grade: B+ Synopsis:  Putting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and samples a taste of early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely. Bored, lonely and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest: Surely a blue ribbon for the best quiche will make her the toast of the town. But her… Read more »

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