Can’t Wait Wednesday: A Peculiar Combination by Ashley Weaver

WWII, a thief, spies, double agents

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 . . .

A Peculiar Combination

by Ashley Weaver

Electra McDonnell #1

Published by Minotaur Books

Publishing date: May 11

Genre: Historical Mystery (WWII)

304 pages

Synopsis: Electra McDonnell has always known that the way she and her family earn their living is slightly outside of the law. Breaking into the homes of the rich and picking the locks on their safes may not be condoned by British law enforcement, but World War II is in full swing, Ellie’s cousins Colm and Toby are off fighting against Hitler, and Uncle Mick’s more honorable business as a locksmith can’t pay the bills any more.

So when Uncle Mick receives a tip about a safe full of jewels in the empty house of a wealthy family, he and Ellie can’t resist. All goes as planned–until the pair are caught redhanded. Ellie expects them to be taken straight to prison, but instead they are delivered to a large townhouse, where government official Major Ramsey is waiting with an offer: either Ellie agrees to help him break into a safe and retrieve blueprints that will be critical to the British war effort, before they can be delivered to a German spy, or he turns her over to the police.

Ellie doesn’t care for the Major’s imperious manner, but she has no choice, and besides, she’s eager to do her bit for king and country. She may be a thief, but she’s no coward. When she and the Major break into the house in question, they find instead the purported German spy dead on the floor, the safe already open and empty. Soon, Ellie and Major Ramsey are forced to put aside their differences to unmask the double-agent, as they try to stop allied plans falling into German hands.

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I love the cover of this book. It evokes the era very clearly. I like historical mysteries though I don’t usually read ones set in WWII. However, this sounds good!

Sunday Post: Moving along

Connecting with others to talk about books plus a little about our personal lives

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

We are in the final stretch for getting our house on the market on April 2. Our two cats and I are in Illinois with my older daughter so my husband is in charge of getting the yard and house ready. It sounds like he’s doing a great job getting the final details done. My cat is still sick. Apparently it takes a lot of time for the pancreas to heal. We’re still not sure she will get better. I think the next week will tell us more.

New house

The first picture is taken from what will be our driveway. So this is the view we’ll have from the front of our house. I love sunsets! And we’ll have sunrises to see out the back of the house.

The second picture is the front of our house. We finally have a firm move-in date of mid-May. The builders are moving ahead quickly.

Blog Life

Not much on my blog the last couple of weeks. With getting together what I need for the next couple of months, nursing my sick cat, moving to my daughter’s for about six weeks it’s been hectic. At least I’m fully vaccinated now. And I hope I’ll have time to visit more blog friends.

Posts
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • April 2021 books on my list
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs
Books I read
  • The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths
  • The Unspoken by Ian K. Smith
  • The Monster Mash by Angie Fox
  • Upon Reflection by Sting
New books

The book links are to Goodreads.

I hope you’re all staying safe. What have you been doing?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: How to Mars by David Ebenbach

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 . . .

How to Mars

by David Ebenbach

Published by Tachyon Publications

Publishing date: May 25

256 pages

Synopsis: What happens when your dream mission to Mars is a reality television nightmare? This debut science-fiction romp with heart follows the tradition of Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles, with a dash of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and a hint of The Real World.

For the six lucky scientists selected by the Destination Mars! corporation, a one-way ticket to Mars—in exchange for a lifetime of research—was an absolute no-brainer. The incredible opportunity was clearly worth even the most absurdly tedious screening process. Perhaps worth following the strange protocols in a nonsensical handbook written by an eccentric billionaire. Possibly even worth their constant surveillance, the video of which is carefully edited into a ratings-bonanza back on Earth.

But it turns out that after a while even scientists can get bored of science. Tempers begin to fray; unsanctioned affairs blossom. When perfectly good equipment begins to fail, the Marsonauts are faced with a possibility that their training just cannot explain.

Irreverent, poignant, and perfectly weird, David Ebenbach’s debut science-fiction outing, like a mission to Mars, is an incredible trip you will never forget.

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This sounds like it will be good. However, sometimes weird doesn’t work for me. I hope it will in this case!

Sunday Post: Daylight savings time is here

Connecting with others to talk about books plus a little about our personal lives

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

Daylight savings time is here (at least in the United States). I wish we would decide to just keep daylight savings time throughout the year.

This has been a hard, stressful week with lots going on. At least lots for us since the pandemic started. Our cat Elf is very sick and we’ve taken her to the vet several times. We’ve thought she was getting better several times and then she would pretty much stop eating again. We took her back in again yesterday and we’ve gotten a bunch of medications for her. She has pancreatitis which I guess is rare in a cat. We’ve got another appointment Monday morning. She’s such a sweet cat and only about 12 years old.

My husband received his second covid vaccine a few days ago and my second vaccine is scheduled for next week. We are both happy to almost have the vaccines done for now and have some protection from covid 19.

I finished clearing my craft room last week. We kept a desk in the room and moved an easy chair in plus a day bed. We’re moving furniture around to see where it looks best in our house and will have our realtor come by soon to take a look at the house.

Blog Life

Another week with only a few other blogs visited. I’m able to get posts done each week plus some reading, but that’s about all.

Posts
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Connect 5
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths
  • The Unspoken by Ian K. Smith
Books I read last week
  • Much Ado About You by Samantha Young
  • Murder by Other Means by John Scalzi
Books I got last week

Nothing!

I hope you’re all staying safe. What are you doing next week? What did you do last week?

Five 2021 mysteries I’m going to read

Police procedurals to cozy mysteries to dogs in mysteries

Connect Five Friday is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. (The hashtag is #connect5books) This is a fun and creative way to think about my books and reading. Check out Kathyrn’s blog and link up your Friday Five!

The five book-related items need to connect in some way, but each person who participates can decide for themselves what the book subject and connection is. For example, you could write about five books read last year or five books you want to read. It could even be favorite bookstores or five movies made from books.

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Today I’m writing about the mysteries published during the first half of the year I plan to read. So far I have all but one of these books on hold from my library or have already gotten them from the library.

My library only has the hardbound version of The Hiding Place by Paula Munier on order right now. Because we are moving I don’t have time to get a physical copy of books anymore. I will try to get a copy from the library in the town we move to.

A Stranger in Town

by Kelley Armstrong

Rockton #6

Publishing date: February 2

Police Procedural

I got the ebook from my library and have already read this. It’s one of my favorite series!

Synopsis: Detective Casey Duncan has noticed fewer and fewer residents coming in to the hidden town of Rockton, and no extensions being granted. Her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, presumes it’s the natural flux of things, but Casey’s not so sure. Something bigger is happening in the small town they call home.

When an injured hiker stumbles from the woods, the sole survivor of a hostile attack, it’s all hands on deck. Even a member of the elusive Rockton council comes in to help. This council member also comes bearing news: Rockton is being shut down due to the hostile situation.

Finlay Donovan is Killing It

by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan #1

Publishing date: February 2

I have this on hold from the library and my library app says I should receive it soon.

Synopsis: Finlay Donovan is killing it . . . except, she’s really not. She’s a stressed-out single-mom of two and struggling novelist, Finlay’s life is in chaos: the new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written, her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her, and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors.

When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer, and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet . . . Soon, Finlay discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart, as she becomes tangled in a real-life murder investigation.

The Postscript Murders

by Elly Griffiths

Harbinder Kaur #2

Publishing date: March 2

Police Procedural

I have the ebook from the library and I’m reading it right now. Really enjoying it!

Synopsis: The death of a ninety-year-old woman with a heart condition should not be suspicious. Detective Sergeant Harbinder Kaur certainly sees nothing out of the ordinary when Peggy’s caretaker, Natalka, begins to recount Peggy Smith’s passing.

But Natalka had a reason to be at the police station: while clearing out Peggy’s flat, she noticed an unusual number of crime novels, all dedicated to Peggy. And each psychological thriller included a mysterious postscript: PS: for PS. 

The Hiding Place

by Paula Munier

Mercy & Elvis #3

Publishing date: March 30

Mystery, Dogs

My current library doesn’t have a digital version of this book.

Synopsis: Some people take their secrets with them to the grave. Others leave them behind on their deathbeds, riddles for the survivors to solve.

When her late grandfather’s dying deputy calls Mercy to his side, she and Elvis inherit the cold case that haunted him—and may have killed him. But finding Beth Kilgore 20 years after she disappeared is more than a lost cause. It’s a Pandora’s box releasing a rain of evil on the very people Mercy and Elvis hold most dear.

Arsenic and Adobo

by Mia P. Manansala

Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery #1

Cozy Mystery

I have the audio version of this book on hold at my library.

Synopsis: When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, her life seems to be following all the typical rom-com tropes. She’s tasked with saving her Tita Rosie’s failing restaurant, and she has to deal with a group of matchmaking aunties who shower her with love and judgment. But when a notoriously nasty food critic (who happens to be her ex-boyfriend) drops dead moments after a confrontation with Lila, her life quickly swerves from a Nora Ephron romp to an Agatha Christie case.

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Are you planning to read any of these books? Have you already read them? How’d you like them? What other 2021 mysteries do you want to read?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

What a great cover and it’s about robots!

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 . . .

A Psalm for the Wild-Built

by Becky Chambers

Series: Monk and Robot #1

Published by Tordotcom

Publishing date: July 13

Genre: Science Fiction, Novella

160 pages

Synopsis: It’s been centuries since the robots of Earth gained self-awareness and laid down their tools. Centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again. Centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend.

One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of “what do people need?” is answered.

But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how. They’re going to need to ask it a lot.

Becky Chambers’ new series asks: in a world where people have what they want, does having more matter?

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This new series by Becky Chambers looks really interesting. I love the cover and want to know more about the robots. What have they been doing since they disappeared? How were they able to disappear so completely? And the tea monk sounds like he’s part of the series, too.

Sunday Post: Very little snow left

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

We’ve had temperatures in the 60’s and we’re seeing more and more grass instead of snow in our yard. I can even see my flower beds that have spring bulbs starting to come up.

I got my first vaccine in February and should get the second one in a couple of weeks. I’m so happy I’m getting vaccinated.

Craft room

I’m still working to clear out my craft room. I’m trying to separate the things I would like to use over the next few months before we move and then after we move before my craft room is set up again. That takes more time that if I just shoved things into some boxes! Plus I have way to much stuff. I have thrown some things away and donated some things. When we get moved I plan to do more of that.

RootsTech Connect–free online genealogy conference

At the end of February I attended RootsTech–a virtual conference for genealogy. The hosting organization is FamilySearch International which is operated by the Latter-Day Saints (LDS church) also known as Mormons. A person doesn’t have to be Mormon (I’m not Mormon) to use their website or research records either in person in Salt Lake City, Utah or on the internet.

RootsTech is held every year, but is usually held in person in Salt Lake City. Because of Covid 19 they decided to have a free virtual conference this year. It was really amazing. It was held over three days and there were hundreds of videos available–some only five minutes long and others 40 minutes long. Many of the videos are still available to watch so I’m looking forward to watching more as I have time. Most of the videos I watched were about DNA. I’m wanting to do more with my DNA and DNA matches. I’m really interested in the history aspects of my family so I hope to connect with people who know more about some of the more unknown branches of my family.

Over one million people signed up from all over the world and there were videos in many different languages. One of the most fun aspects of the conference was that you could opt in to connect to others that might be related to you. The connections were made through the huge family tree on the FamilySearch website. According to their statistics over 38,000 of my relatives were signed up for the conference and participating in finding relatives! My closest relative was a second cousin and showed numerous 6th-10th cousins once or twice removed. I only had time to look at a few of these connections, but most of my connections came from my maternal side where I have some ancestors who were Quakers who came to the United States in the 1600’s. I’m fascinated with the family history aspects of genealogy and hope to do more work on my family tree after we move.

Blog Life

I didn’t do much blogging the last couple of weeks and haven’t visited many blogs. My husband is working so hard to get as much of our stuff boxed up, thrown away or donated that I feel I really need to do more than read books or write blog posts.

Posts
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Connect 5
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Much Ado About You by Samantha Young
Books I read the last couple of weeks
  • Dance Away With Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Back Stabbers by Julie Mulhern
  • Nice Werewolves Don’t Bite Vampires by Molly Harper
  • The Lord of Stariel by AJ Lancaster
Books I got the last two weeks

Shadow in the Empire of Light by Jane Routley (ebook, purchased)

Earth Prime by Janet Edwards (ebook, purchased)

The Lord of Stariel by AJ Lancaster (Kindle Unlimited)

Much Ado About You by Samantha Young (ebook, library)

The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths (ebook, library)

I hope you’re all staying safe. What are you doing next week? What did you do last week? Is spring coming where you live or is already there?!?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

A person wakes up marooned on an island–does that sound like Lost? I hope it ends better!

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 Ones We’re Meant to Find

by Joan He

Published by Roaring Brook Press

Publishing date: May 4

Genre: YA Science Fiction

336 pages

Synopsis: Cee awoke on an abandoned island three years ago. With no idea of how she was marooned, she only has a rickety house, an old android, and a single memory: she has a sister, and Cee needs to find her.

STEM prodigy Kasey wants escape from the science and home she once trusted. The eco-city—Earth’s last unpolluted place—is meant to be sanctuary for those commited to planetary protection, but it’s populated by people willing to do anything for refuge, even lie. Now, she’ll have to decide if she’s ready to use science to help humanity, even though it failed the people who mattered most.

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This sounds like a good book. It has echoes of the TV show Lost. I like the science fiction vibes and the cover is nice!

March 2021 books on my list

March books I might read–mysteries, fantasy, science fiction, dystopia, dogs

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I keep a list of all the books I might want to read and add to it as the year goes on. As each month comes along I create a list on my blog for others and for me to keep track of as the months go by.

I don’t buy all these books–since I already have way too many books to read and some of the new books are expensive. I’m trying to stick to a budget!

I hope people reading my post may find some new books to read. I also hope these people will point me toward books I might not know about! The links to the following books will take you to the book on Goodreads.

March 2

The Conductors

by Nicole Glover

Series: Murder and Magic #1

Published by John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books

Genre: Historical Fantasy

386 pages

Synopsis: As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Hetty Rhodes helped usher dozens of people north with her wits and magic. Now that the Civil War is over, Hetty and her husband Benjy have settled in Philadelphia, solving murders and mysteries that the white authorities won’t touch. When they find one of their friends slain in an alley, Hetty and Benjy bury the body and set off to find answers. But the secrets and intricate lies of the elites of Black Philadelphia only serve to dredge up more questions. To solve this mystery, they will have to face ugly truths all around them, including the ones about each other.

The Postscript Murders

by Elly Griffiths

Series: Harbinder Kaur #2

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Genre: Mystery

336 pages

Synopsis: The death of a ninety-year-old woman with a heart condition should not be suspicious. Detective Sergeant Harbinder Kaur certainly sees nothing out of the ordinary when Peggy’s caretaker, Natalka, begins to recount Peggy Smith’s passing.

But Natalka had a reason to be at the police station: while clearing out Peggy’s flat, she noticed an unusual number of crime novels, all dedicated to Peggy. And each psychological thriller included a mysterious postscript: PS: for PS. When a gunman breaks into the flat to steal a book and its author is found dead shortly thereafter—Detective Kaur begins to think that perhaps there is no such thing as an unsuspicious death after all.

And then things escalate: from an Aberdeen literary festival to the streets of Edinburgh, writers are being targeted. DS Kaur embarks on a road trip across Europe and reckons with how exactly authors can think up such realistic crimes . . .

March 9

The Arrangement

by M. Ravenel

Series: Plainclothes Tootsie series #1

Published by Chikara Press

Genre: Mystery

206 pages

Synopsis: Another case has fallen onto the desk of Tootsie Carter; a female detective armed with a snub-nosed Colt .38, unmatchable wit, and a pocketful of Tootsie Rolls.

New York City, 1975

A missing wife. The seedy underbelly of the boxing world. Lace your gloves and ring the bell, PI Tootsie Carter is on the case.When a desperate man stumbles into her office, pleading for help locating his wife, Tootsie launches into the investigation. Following the clues, she uncovers a boxing racketeer with a deadly agenda. Can Tootsie deliver the one-two punch that brings the woman home safe? Or will more bodies fall to the mats?

We Shall Sing a Song Into the Deep

by Andrew Kelly Stewart

Published by Tor.com

Genre: Science Fiction Novella

160 pages

Synopsis: Remy is a Chorister, one of the chosen few rescued from the surface world and raised to sing the Hours in a choir of young boys. Remy lives with a devoted order of monks who control the Leviathan, an aging nuclear submarine that survives in the ocean’s depths. Their secret mission: to trigger the Second Coming when the time is right, ready to unleash its final, terrible weapon.

But Remy has a secret too— she’s the only girl onboard. It is because of this secret that the sub’s dying caplain gifts her with the missile’s launch key, saying that it is her duty to keep it safe. Safety, however, is not the sub’s priority, especially when the new caplain has his own ideas about the Leviathan’s mission. Remy’s own perspective is about to shift drastically when a surface-dweller is captured during a raid, and she learns the truth about the world.

March 16

Firekeeper’s Daughter

by Angeline Boulley

Published by Henry, Holt and Co.

Genre: YA Mystery

320 pages

Synopsis: As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Daunis dreams of studying medicine, but when her family is struck by tragedy, she puts her future on hold to care for her fragile mother.

The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team. Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, certain details don’t add up and she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into the heart of a criminal investigation.

Now, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she’ll go to protect her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known.

Wild Sign

by Patricia Briggs

Series: Alpha and Omega #6

Published by Ace Books

Genre: Urban Fantasy

368 pages

Synopsis: In the wilds of the Northern California mountains, all the inhabitants of a small town have gone missing. It’s as if the people picked up and left everything they owned behind. Fearing something supernatural might be going on, the FBI taps a source they’ve consulted in the past: the werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham. But Charles and Anna soon find a deserted town is the least of the mysteries they face.

Death sings in the forest, and when it calls, Charles and Anna must answer. Something has awakened in the heart of the California mountains, something old and dangerous — and it has met werewolves before.

March 18

Body of Stars

by Laura Maylene Walter

Published by Dutton Books

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia

368 pages

Synopsis: Celeste Morton has eagerly awaited her passage to adulthood. Like every girl, she was born with a set of childhood markings–the freckles, moles, and birthmarks on her body that foretell her future and that of those around her–and with puberty will come a new set of predictions that will solidify her fate. The possibilities are tantalizing enough to outweigh the worry that the future she dreams of won’t be the one she’s fated to have and the fear of her “changeling period” the time when women are nearly irresistible to men and the risk of abduction is rife.

Celeste’s beloved brother, Miles, is equally anticipating her transition to adulthood. As a skilled interpreter of the future, a field that typically excludes men, Miles considers Celeste his practice ground–and the only clue to what his own future will bring.

March 30

The Hiding Place

by Paula Munier

Series: Mercy & Elvis Mysteries #3

Published by Minotaur Books

Genre: Mystery, dogs

336 pages

Synopsis: Some people take their secrets with them to the grave. Others leave them behind on their deathbeds, riddles for the survivors to solve.

When her late grandfather’s dying deputy calls Mercy to his side, she and Elvis inherit the cold case that haunted him—and may have killed him. But finding Beth Kilgore 20 years after she disappeared is more than a lost cause. It’s a Pandora’s box releasing a rain of evil on the very people Mercy and Elvis hold most dear.

The timing couldn’t be worse when the man who murdered her grandfather escapes from prison and a fellow Army vet turns up claiming that Elvis is his dog, not hers. With her grandmother Patience gone missing, and Elvis’s future uncertain, Mercy faces the prospect of losing her most treasured allies, the only ones she believes truly love and understand her.

She needs help, and that means forgiving Vermont Game Warden Troy Warner long enough to enlist his aid. With time running out for Patience, Mercy and Elvis must team up with Troy and his search-and-rescue dog Susie Bear to unravel the secrets of the past and save her grandmother—before it’s too late.

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What books are you hoping to read this month?