Monday, August 10, 2015

Greetings!

Due to unforeseen difficulties, this blog will be on hiatus as I search for a new blog domain. Any suggestions will be appreciated. God Bless!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Charming a Spy by Elizabeth Chance

Published by Elizabeth Chance on January 8, 2015; Number of Pages: 170

Katherine DuBois is looking for her brother who went off to war and was supposedly killed in action. She meets the Duke of Stamwell, an enormous gentleman who astounds her with just a kiss. The problem is that he is also looking for her brother, a suspected spy. Can they trust each other to find the truth?

This historical romance was a happy surprise. A romance should have a hero and heroine that you love to read about, a scenario that keeps you turning the pages, and a happy ending. This had all that and more. I literally did not want the story to end. I give it an A+. This story is available in electronic format only.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery by Charlaine Harris

Published by Berkley on December 4, 2007; Number of Pages: 209

Aurora "Roe" Teagarden is a librarian by day and a member of the Real Murders Club by night. The Real Murders Club meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless group until Roe finds a member killed in a manner that resembles the crime she was about to discuss. As other killings follow, Roe will have to find the person behind this terrifying game, one that casts all the members of Real Murders, herself included, as prime suspects or potential targets.

This is a great whodunit for any cozy mystery fan. The main character is very likable and down to earth. The plot made me think I figured out who was the culprit and I was very surprised in the end. It was an easy read. But, too many characters made the story confusing. I give it a B+. This novel is available in hardcover, paperback, and electronic formats.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hearts Aflame (Viking Haardrad Family Book 2) by Johanna Lindsey

Published by HarperCollins on June 1, 1987; Number of Pages: 372

Kristen Haardrad snuck on to her brother’s ship believing they were going to meet some merchants and sell their goods. She wanted one last adventure before she was married off. But, when she found out that they were going to raid a monastery, she was dismayed. Soon, she was a captive of Royce, Thane of Wyndhurst. Once Royce saw Kristen for who she was, he knew that his life would change forever. Instead of being the captive, Kristen captured Royce’s heart. Can they both stop the war that comes when Kristen’s father intervenes?

This is a great historical romance written by one of the best authors of the genre. Johanna Lindsey creates characters that are complicated, fun and easy to read. She sets a story so well that you are enveloped by the subtle nuances and are carried off to the end of the story. I will definitely be reading this author again soon. I give it an A+. This story is available in hardcover, paperback, and electronic formats.

Monday, July 6, 2015

ON EDGE (Decorah Security Series, Book #1): A Decorah Security Series Prequel Novella by Rebecca York

Published by Light Street Press on January 18, 2013; Number of Pages: 86

While in rehab at the Naval Medical Center, Navy SEAL Frank Decorah hears a man screaming and whimpering in another room. Frank makes his way to the man’s room and finds a woman sitting on top of him trying to take his soul. He tries to fight her off alone until another woman appears to assist him. Frank doesn’t know what to believe. Should he put his trust in the woman who saved him?

This is an interesting paranormal romance. But, it was too focused on sex. I thought that the story would’ve been more exciting if the plot and characters were more developed. I give it a C. This story is available in electronic format only.

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Teaberry Strangler (A Tea Shop Mystery) by Laura Childs

Published by Berkley on March 1, 2011; Number of Pages: 336

Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop, organizes a “back-alley crawl” where merchants open their back doors to invite visitors in for special deals on giftware and other products. Afterwards, Theodosia decides to visit her friend Daria, the owner of the local map store. On her way, she hears a tussle and finds Daria strangled to death. Many wanted Daria’s shop. But, would they kill for it? The local detective believes Theodosia was the intended victim. Can Theo find the culprit before the culprit finds her?

Laura Childs is a favorite author of mine because when she writes about a place, you can practically see, smell, hear and taste the setting. It makes the setting like another one of the main characters of the story. The plot is so intriguing that I couldn’t help but stay up late and finish this wonderful novel. I give it an A+. This story is available in hardcover and paperback formats.

Monday, June 22, 2015

A Fatal Chapter (A Booktown Mystery) by Lorna Barrett

Published by Berkley on June 2, 2015; Number of Pages: 304

Tricia Miles was out walking her sister’s Bichon Frise, Sarge, when she finds Pete Renquist lying near death in a gazebo. Even though the president of the Stoneham Historical Society seems to have suffered a cardiac arrest, the discovery of a suspicious bruise and a puncture mark on his arm suggests he may have been murdered. Tricia wonders who had a motive to kill her friend. Could it be a jealous husband? Or did he discover something in the town’s historical records? Tricia is determined to discover the truth before someone else becomes history.

Ms. Barrett has done it again! She is another great author that takes a reader on a journey. Joining the reader is a fantastic plot, wonderful characters and a scenic setting that makes one feel they are right in the midst of the story. I have never been disappointed in her storytelling skills. However, the one drawback I found in this book of the series was a need for another round of editing. I found several words misspelled. I give this a B+. This story is available in hardcover, electronic and audio formats.