Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Secrets of Bones by Kylie Logan

Cadaver dogs, a long dead body, a dog trainer and a mystery!

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

The Secret of Bones

by Kylie Logan

Series: Jazz Ramsey Mysteries #2

Published by Minotaur Books

Publishing date: May 5, 2020

Genre: Mystery, Working Dogs

336 pages

Synopsis: Assembly Day at St. Catherine’s dawns bright and cloudless as professional woman gather from all around Ohio to talk to the schoolgirls about their careers in medicine, at NASA, and as yoga instructors. Administrative assistant Jazz Ramsey is involved herself, giving the girls a taste of her lifelong passion: cadaver dog training. Her adorable new puppy Wally hasn’t been certified yet, so she borrows the fully-trained Gus from a friend and hides a few bones in the unused fourth floor of the school for him to find.

The girls are impressed when Gus easily finds the first bone, but for the second Gus seems to have lost the scent, and heads confidently to a part of the floor where Jazz is sure no bones are hidden—at least not any that she’s put there. But Gus is a professional, and sure enough, behind a door that shouldn’t have been opened in decades, is a human skeleton.

Jazz recognizes the skeleton as Bernadette Quinn, an ex-teacher at the school who’d never returned after one Christmas break, though letters and postcards from her had seemed to indicate there was no cause for worry. But now it seems Bernadette never left the school at all, and her hiding place makes it clear: this was murder.

Bernadette’s strident personality means there are a plethora of suspects inside the school and out of it, and as Jazz gets closer to the truth she can’t help but wonder if someone might be dogging her footsteps . . .

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I read the first book in this series a few months ago and liked it, but wanted more about dogs. Jazz does have her own puppy in this book so I hope there’s more here about the dogs, training and working as well as a good mystery.

Tell Me Something Tuesday: Series I started this year I will continue reading in 2020

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings where a range of topics from books to blogging are discussed.

This week we talk about the series we started this year that we plan to continue in 2020.

New Series, New Authors (at least to me)

Sparks & Bainbridge series by Allison Montclair–I read the first book in this series–The Right Sort of Man–and really liked it. This is a historical mystery series taking place in Great Britain after WWII ended.

Jazz Ramsey series by Kylie Logan–The Scent of Murder–in this contemporary mystery series was published this year. I enjoyed that book though I had hoped there would be more about dogs since the main character trains dogs. I’ll read the next book in the series and hope to read more about dogs!

The Vardeshi Saga by Meg Pechenick–I’ve read both books last summer–Ascending and Bright Shards–published so far in this series and loved them. This is a science fiction adventure series about aliens making contact with Earth.

Oxford Dogwalkers Mystery series by Annie Dalton–A cozy mystery series. In the first book, The White Shepherd, a dog walker teams up with other dog walkers to discover who killed the dead woman found by her dog.

Crow Investigations series by Sarah Painter–I read The Night Raven in September. It’s an urban fantasy and is intriguing because it’s got a few different things about it. I liked the idea of magical families in London–the Crows, the Silvers, the Pearls and the Foxes–which have had a truce for quite a long time, but now that truce may be breaking down.

DCI Dani Bevan series by Katherine Pathak–Against a Dark Sky is the first book in a police procedural mystery series. I’ve read the first two books and there are 10 more to read! Yay!

New Series from Authors I’ve Read Before

DFZ series by Rachel Aaron–This is urban fantasy series that’s a spin-off from the Heartstriker series. It has different characters, but it’s set in the same world in the Detroit Free Zone (DFZ) and some of the dragons are peripheral characters. Minimum Wage Magic is the first book. Rachel Aaron writes such good characters! So far I’ve read two books in the series.

The Time Police series by Jodi Taylor–Doing Time is the first book in this spinoff series of the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series (and both series are excellent). They are science fiction time travel books.

Two Rivers series by Ann–The Long Call is the first book in a new series by Ann Cleeves which came out in September of this year. It’s a police procedural British mystery series. Ann Cleeves writes such good mysteries and her characters are great, too.

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What new series did you start reading this year? Will you continue reading them in 2020?

Sunday Post: Thanksgiving next week

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Personal life

Cooking

We’ve started preparing for Thanksgiving. I made Cranberry Chutney yesterday. I love cranberry sauces and chutneys. I also spent some time with my niece’s children yesterday and we made Snickerdoodle cookies. So fun!

I’m in charge of cooking the turkey, but the turkey was bought before I got any input so I have a 21 pound behemoth to cook. I already have it in the refrigerator so it will thaw in time. My favorite turkey size is 10 to 15 pounds. Oh, well I’m sure it will work out. I’m also making a wild rice pilaf which is what I make instead of stuffing. I no longer stuff my turkey when I cook it.

Television

I’ve watched several television shows since I’ve been visiting my daughter! We watched all The Great British Baking Show: Holidays on Netflix. That was fun and since they were only one episode each that made it easy to complete. I also watched a couple police series including one called City Homicide which takes place in Australia.

Cards

I’ve added some of the fall cards I made in the last month and sent plus a sympathy card I sent a friend. It always so fun to make cards.

Blog Life

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Warrior Fae Trapped by K.F. Breene
  • The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
What I read recently
  • A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie
Books I got recently

Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder (ebook/purchased)

Death Comes to Bath by Catherine Lloyd (ebook/purchased)

New Star Rising by Cameron Cooper (Kindle Unlimited)

Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt (audiobook/library)

Pilfered Promises by M. Louisa Locke

A Christmas Journey by Anne Perry

Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week?

Review: Emma: An Audible Original Drama by Jane Austen

Emma Thompson & a full supporting cast perform a Jane Austen classic

Emma: An Audible Original Drama by Jane Austen
Emma: An Audible Original Drama by Jane Austen (Anna Lea, Adaptation Author)

Series: None

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Classic

Setting: Surrey, England

Source: Audible, Sep 2018 member benefit

Note: I received this book for free as an Audible Original Member Benefit. That didn’t influence my review.

Narrator: Emma Thompson with a full supporting cast (see below)

Publishing Date: 1815 (2018 for the Audible version)

Duration: 8 hours, 21 minutes

Synopsis: This Audible Original production of Jane Austen’s Emma is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Liar), Morgana Robinson (The Windsors, Walliams & Friend, Morgana Robinson’s the Agency), Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge, War & Peace), Joseph Millson (Casino Royale, The Sarah Jane Adventures), Alexa Davies (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

Before she began writing, Jane Austen wrote, ‘I am going to take a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like’ and thus introduces the handsome, clever, rich – and flawed – Emma Woodhouse. Emma is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage; nothing, however, delights her more than matchmaking her fellow residents of Highbury. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected.

This lively comedy of manners, with its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, is often seen as Jane Austen’s masterpiece.

Public Domain (P)2018 Audible, Ltd. 

My thoughts

I really enjoyed this presentation of Emma. Each character is voiced by a different actor and they do a great job. I love Emma Thompson as an actor and she is the narrator of this story. She did a wonderful job. I was totally immersed in the story. I haven’t listened to many dramatizations before and want to listen to more now that I’ve listened to this story.

It’s been a long time since I read this book by Jane Austen, but I’ve always remembered it as a favorite of mine. Jane Austen is always a good observer of society while also creating a very enjoyable story. I like that Austen writes about a character who’s not likable whom we end up liking, because she has learned a lot during the course of the book.

Emma

Even though Emma isn’t very likable during much of the book she’s certainly a force to contend with! I like that she grows and matures a lot and is self-aware enough to acknowledge and learn from her mistakes. She has to learn there are consequences to her actions. She learns some harsh lessons, but is a better person for it. She’s not the same person she was when the book began.

Bottom line

I very much recommend this dramatization.

My Rating: A

Dramatization Rating: A

Have you read any books by Jane Austen? What about full cast dramatizations? Do you like them?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Last Emperox by John Scalzi

Science fiction space opera by one of my favorite authors

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

The Last Emperox

by John Scalzi

Series: The Interdependency #3

Published by Tor Books

Publishing date: April 14, 2020

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

336 pages

Synopsis: The collapse of The Flow, the interstellar pathway between the planets of the Interdependency, has accelerated. Entire star systems—and billions of people—are becoming cut off from the rest of human civilization. This collapse was foretold through scientific prediction . . . and yet, even as the evidence is obvious and insurmountable, many still try to rationalize, delay and profit from, these final days of one of the greatest empires humanity has ever known.

Emperox Grayland II has finally wrested control of her empire from those who oppose her and who deny the reality of this collapse. But “control” is a slippery thing, and even as Grayland strives to save as many of her people form impoverished isolation, the forces opposing her rule will make a final, desperate push to topple her from her throne and power, by any means necessary. Grayland and her thinning list of allies must use every tool at their disposal to save themselves, and all of humanity. And yet it may not be enough.

Will Grayland become the savior of her civilization . . . or the last emperox to wear the crown?

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John Scalzi is one of my favorite authors. I’ve only read the first book, but it was good and I hope to read book 2 before this book is published.

Sunday Post: Fun in Indiana

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Personal life

I’m having fun in Indiana with my daughter. We did a mini road trip south of Indianapolis last Sunday and it was so much fun. Beautiful area with rolling hills, lots of trees and autumn leaves. The leaves had mostly fallen from the trees, but it was still pretty. Apparently it’s a very popular area in October when the leaves are changing and still in the trees.

I’ve worked on cards during the week while my daughter is at work as well as doing some cooking. And taking the dogs out and throwing lots of balls! There was snow one day during the week and then it got very cold–down towards zero degrees Fahrenheit. It’s warmed up a little and with the sun the snow has melted.

This weekend my older daughter is visiting as well as a cousin and her teenage daughter. The teenage daughter is playing soccer with her team so a group of us relatives are watching her play both days. Brings back memories of my kids playing soccer. Both the games we are watching she has played inside in a huge complex with three indoor fields!

Blog Life

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie
  • The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
What I read recently
  • Thread Herrings by Lea Wait
Books I got recently

The Sound of Her Voice by Nathan Blackwell (ebook/purchased)

A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie (ebook/Library)

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (audiobook/library)

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Who Rescued Who by Victoria Schade

Just look at that cover! I’m loving reading about dogs and this puppy is so cute.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Who Rescued Who

by Victoria Schade

Series: Unknown

Published by Berkley

Publishing date: March 24, 2020

Genre: Women’s Fiction

336 pages

Synopsis: A few rough breaks lead a woman at the end of her leash to journey across the pond to fetch a suprise inheritance–but the dogs she rescues along the way have other ideas.

The plan was simple: Elizabeth would suffer through a quick trip to her late father’s family homestead in the English countryside, try not to think about how she was unjustly fired from her dream job, claim her inheritance, and hop on the next flight back to Silicon Valley where she can get her life back on track.

The plan does not include rescuing an abandoned black and white puppy. Or bonding with her long-lost aunt and uncle, their Border Collie, and their two very opinionated sheep. Or falling for the handsome local who runs the town’s craft brewery. As Elizabeth’s brief visit to Fargrove turns into an extended stay, she discovers that she has more in common with the new puppy than she realized. 

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I haven’t read anything by this author, but I love that cover and the synopsis sounds just like something I’d like.

Sunday Post: To Indiana

Weekly meme to talk about books and a little about my personal life

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Personal life

I drove to Indiana yesterday to spend the rest of the month with my daughter. We’re having Thanksgiving in Indiana this year. My niece and her family are hosting it, but my daughter is helping and I’ll assist. I came a little earlier than planned, but my my brother-in-law and sister-in-law were coming this weekend and I hitched a ride with them. It’s their daughter who’s hosting Thanksgiving. She’s also 35 weeks pregnant so my sister-in-law is staying until after Thanksgiving to help her.

My daughter and I have cooking projects planned as well as a number of activities. Today we’re planning to drive to a little town south of here to explore the area. I’m also excited to spend time with my grandpups! Bailey and Juneau are such fun, sweet dogs.

Blog Life

Last week

Sunday Post: First snow of the season

Tell Me Something Tuesday: My favorite genres

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Thread and Buried by Lea Wait

Review: Critically Endangered by N.S. Austin

Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Thread Herrings by Lea Wait
What I read recently
  • Slayer by Kiersten White
  • Against a Dark Sky by Katherine Pathak
  • On a Dark Sea by Katherine Pathak
Books I got recently

On a Dark Sea by Katherine Pathak (KindleUnlimited)

A Dark Shadow Falls by Katherine Pathak (KindleUnlimited)

Warrior Fae Trapped by K.F. Breene (KindleUnlimited)

Bark! The Herald Angels Sing by Roxanne St. Claire (ebook/purchased)

Santa Paws is Coming to Town by Roxanne St. Claire (ebook/purchased)

Thread on Arrival by Lea Wait (ebook/purchased)

The Dime by Kathleen Kent (ebook/purchased)

Before It Breaks by Dave Warner (ebook/purchased)

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week?

Review: Critically Endangered by N.S. Austin

Post apocalyptic story–a human survives with the help of dogs

critically-endangered by n.s. austin
Critically Endangered
by N.S. Austin

Series: Endangered #1

Genre: Science Fiction, Post Appocalyptic

Setting: Future Earth

Source: Ebook, purchased

Publishing Date: 2016

342 pages

Synopsis: Karen, a veteran and semi-retired professional demographer, watches from the safety of her home as the world she knows crumbles around her. She views the horror of humanity’s annihilation via cable television and the internet, until they too are gone. There is no time to understand the inexplicable sickness that takes everyone. Karen’s daughter dies in her arms. Her husband and son never return. When she gets sick it is almost a mercy. 

And then she wakes up. Tillie and Raider, her dogs are all that is left. Whatever has caused the near extinction of human life, it has spared the rest of the animal kingdom. On her first trip out she finds a planet that is unalterably changed, not with a bang but with a whimper. Karen gathers a pack of canines as companions and helpers. Among her furry partners are two very special German shepherds that appear to be more than just man’s best friend. 

My thoughts

This is a post apocalyptic book and I haven’t read one for a while. The book is very readable and I quickly read it and enjoyed it. Not everything about why and how were answered by the end of the book, but that’s okay.

I Like the Cover!

The cover of the book is what first drew me in. I’m loving reading books about dogs–especially dogs trained to help humans in various ways. I thought this book might be about a search-and-rescue dog. I found it was a much different kind of book once I read the synopsis, but I was intrigued.

A Few Quibbles

This book does wrap-up the story by the end of the book. I like when a book is a complete story and doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, but I thought this book was a little too neat and gave a lot of information away. Another quibble with the book: I didn’t think it needed a prologue. However, these are minor things and didn’t keep me from liking the book a lot.

The Dogs

The book has lots about dogs and I love that. The dogs are Karen’s constant companions, helpers and friends. They help keep her safe, but they also help keep her sane when she doesn’t find any other survivors. Each dog she finds and helps also help her. I love that aspect of the book.

Self-Published Book

This is a self-published book and I thought the author did a good job with it. The cover is excellent. That’s one of the first things I look at when I see a self-published book. It’s not a deal breaker for me, but too many self-published books have terrible-looking covers. I like that at the end of the book the author talks about her self-publishing process.

My Rating: B

Have you read any books by this author?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Thread and Buried by Lea Wait

A cozy mystery series with needlepoint and likable characters set on the Maine coast

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Thread and Buried

by Lea Wait

Series: Mainely Needlepoint #9

Published by Kensington

Publishing date: November 26, 2019

Genre: Mystery, Cozy

272 pages

Synopsis: Needlepointers Angie and Sarah are helping with set design for the movie being shot in their little New England hometown–but as the lighthouse and the wharves bustle with activity, a real-life drama is about to unfold. The producer, Hank Stoddard, has been harassing the pretty young female lead, and the two exchanged heated words at a lobster bake. Now someone’s lowered the boom on him . . .

After a wayward piece of sound equipment sends him to his death, theories fly about who went off-script. Meanwhile, a local woman’s tragic story about a true love lost at sea, which originally inspired the film, may lead to murderous revelations from long ago. Angie’s got to unravel these mysteries, and may need to give more than one killer the hook . . . 

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I usually choose books published several months in the future, but today I’m choosing a book which comes out at the end of this month since I missed it when I put up my November 2019 books on my list last week.

I’ve read the first six books in this series and own the next two so I want to read at least one of those before this new book is published!

I really like the way the author weaves in the mystery with needlepoint elements set on the Maine coast.