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Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Hummingbird Dagger

Title: The Hummingbird Dagger
Author: Cindy And try
Genre: teen/YA
Pages 353

From the author of Suitors and Sabotage comes a suspenseful and enthralling new Regency novel, perfect for readers who like their Jane Austen classics with a side of mystery and murder.
1833. A near-fatal carriage accident has deposited an unconscious young woman on the doorstep of Hardwick Manor and into the care of young Lord James Ellerby. But when she finally awakens, it is with no memory of who she is or where she came from.
Beth, as she calls herself, has no identity; the only clue to her circumstances is a recurring nightmare of a hummingbird, blood dripping from its steel beak.
With the help of James and his sister, Caroline, Beth tries to solve the mystery of her own identity and the appalling events that brought her to their door. But nothing could prepare her for the escalating dangers that threaten her and the Ellerby clan. From the hazardous cliffs of Dorset to the hostile streets of London, Beth will fight to reclaim her past, hunted by a secretive foe with murderous intentions.

My thoughts
Rating: 5 
Would I recommend it? Yes 
Will I read anything else by her? yes
Dark , unknown secrets that can't be remembered , a romance that is just started out, a young lord who is just starting to come in to his title, and a young woman who has no idea who she is, with trouble around every corner the mystery deeps, from nightmares that seem to be more then nightmares , a murder , and a kidnapping , and a near -fatal carriage accident non thing is what it seems to be to Beth , no even her name ,the only thing she knows is that she can trust James and his family in to helping her find out who she is , and what really happened  and why. So set back and enjoy a story about secrets, family , young love , friends , family and danger. With that said I want to think Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion

Closer Than You Think

Title : Closer Than You Think
Author : Darren O'Sullivan
Genre: Mystery/thriller
Date March 15th 2019 
He’s watching. She’s waiting.
Having barely escaped the clutches of a serial killer, Claire Moore has struggled to rebuild her life. After her terrifying encounter with the man the media dubbed The Black-Out Killer, she became an overnight celebrity: a symbol of hope and survival in the face of pure evil. And then the killings stopped.
Now ten years have passed, and Claire remains traumatised by her brush with death. Though she has a loving and supportive family around her, what happened that night continues to haunt her still.
Just when things are starting to improve, there is a power cut; a house fire; another victim found killed in the same way as before.
The Black-Out Killer is back. And he’s coming for Claire…
My thoughts 
Would I recommend it? Yes
Would I read anything else by him? yes
What a read, its dark , creepy , chilling, all rolled up in to one , its not the type of book you would want to read at night if your alone , I do have to say that it does have bring up drinking problems and abuse. At first while reading the story I couldn't stand Claire because of how she acted , she was always taking the blame on to herself about the fire ,and her's husband's death, but neither was her fault ,it was the killer's and someone else's for letting the killer in to their lives. But the more  I read the more I saw her come into herself and she stopped being afraid,So much so she was ready to fight finally. And the ending , wow what a n ending ,so much so I didn't see it coming . 

Friday, March 29, 2019

Murder She Wrote- Murder In Red

Title: Murder She Wrote: Murder In Red
Series: Murder She Wrote book 49
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 320
 May 28th 2019 

In the latest entry in this USA Today bestselling series, Jessica loses a loved one to unnatural causes and sets her sights on the mysterious local hospital before more people wind up dead on arrival...

Jessica Fletcher's favorite gin rummy partner, Mimi Van Dorn, checks into the brand-new Clifton Care Partners, a private hospital that's just opened up shop in town, for a simple procedure—one that leads tragically, and inexplicably, to her death. Seeking justice in her inimitable fashion, Jessica decides to pursue her own investigation on the hospital and its shadowy business dealings.

On the trail of what initially appears to be medical malpractice, Jessica digs deeper and learns her friend was actually a victim of something far more sinister. Death is bad for business, but murder is even worse, and Jessica will find plenty of both as she races to bring down Clifton Care Partners before someone else flatlines.

Mt thoughts
Rating: 5
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I read more of the series? yes
Read this brought back memories of watching the old reruns of the tv show Murder She Wrote , in fact I would say that the characters where and are well written and it's like your not even read a book but is watching the tv show , just like the show Jessica and her friends get into trouble no matter what and the.characters are on point .There was times that I even forgot that I was read a story because it  was similar to the show , with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

Currently Reading / April's TBR

Currently Reading:
Evil Never Sleeps (Will Tanner, #4) by William W. Johnstone The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey Closer Than You Think by Darren O’Sullivan  

April's TBR- it could change or more could be added.

 Maid for the Rock Star (Romance Island Resort, #1) by Demelza Carlton Total Bravery (True Heroes, #4) by Piper J. Drake The Relic Hunters by David Leadbeater Rage for Vengeance (A Byrnes Family Ranch Novel Book 12) by Dusty Richards Extinction of All Children by L.J. Epps Only Ever Her by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton Homecoming for the Cowboy (Bad Boys of Last Stand Book 1) by Nicole Helm Blood for Blood (Ziba MacKenzie, #1) by Victoria Selman The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne 

Note since I'm doing the O.W.Ls readathon I get to start today on March 28th since I took the extra crited one cradite 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Bad Debts

Title : Bad Debts
Series:Jack Irish
Author: Peter Temple
Genre: Crime Fiction
Edelweiss+ ARC
Book synopsis
A phone message from ex-client Danny McKillop doesn’t ring any bells for Jack Irish. Life is hard enough without having to dredge up old problems: His beloved football team continues to lose, the odds on his latest plunge at the track seem far too long, and he’s still cooking for one. When Danny turns up dead, Jack is forced to take a walk back into the dark and dangerous past.

With suspenseful prose and black humor, Peter Temple builds an unforgettable character in Jack Irish and brings the reader on a journey that is as intelligent as it is exciting

My thoughts
rating: 3.5
Would I recommend it ? yes
Will I be be reading the rest of the books in this series?yes
Its slow, really really slow, so that its hard to understand what is going on at the time but the more you read the more you start to understand but it is still slow going though out the book, there was times I wanted to just put it down but I kept going on to see if the story would pick up and it does but it take a very long while to do so. Basally there's non thing not to like :  the writing good  ,  plot is complicated , there was just one thing that did get on my nerves and that was where the character seemed to bring up the fact that his wife is dead and that just lost it for a while . Other then at it was an ok read more me. With that said I want to thank Edelweiss+ for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Lock 'N'Load

Title: Lock "N"Load
Series:Federal K-9 #1
Note : Thank you can read them as stand alones
Author: Tee O'Fallon
Genre: Romance
book synopsis
Crack CIA analyst Trista Gold is a whiz with the computer, but not so much with people. She hides behind her job, analyzing Top Secret code and making recommendations on national security. She doesn’t need a man in her life. But she will, very soon...

CIA K-9 officer Sgt. Matt Connors suspects that beneath Trista’s uptight appearance, there’s a sexy woman itching to cut loose. But he doesn’t dare act on his attraction. He’s a loner and always will be. Keeping away from Trista is a must-do directive. Until he doesn’t have a choice...

During a routine assignment, Trista stumbles across a cryptic exchange. She doesn’t think much of it...until someone tries to murder her—twice. Both times, Matt had been there to save her. But now she has to hide. And her new bodyguard, Matt, and his K-9 are the only hope she has against the powerful forces that want her dead.

My thoughts
Would I recommend this series? yes
Would I read more by her? yes
Its funny and an easy read to get lost in , and the I just loved the two main characters , there was times I was just laughing my head off at what Trista was saying , and how she acted around Matt. I loved the slow romance that happened between the two of them , and how Matt's friends could see it but he couldn't . With that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

The Five

Title : The Five
Author : Hallie Rubenhold
Genre: History ( true crime )
April 9 ,2019

Book synopsis
Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London—the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden, and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.

What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women.

For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that "the Ripper" preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time—but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman.

My thoughts :
rating: 4
Would I recommend this ? yes but to only people who love to read stuff about Jack the Ripper and to ones who love to read about history
Would I read any thing else from this author? maybe
This book was different then I thought it was going to be , instead of just talking about the cases and Jack the Ripper , the author brings to life the 5 victims , their past and  their present lives leading up to their deaths, the way England was doing that time, how people was looked down up on and treated , how families was broken up if and when they went in to the workhouse and how much people was paid especially the women of that time . She gives back the murder women their names , their dignity and reminds us that just because they was down on their luck , they was some one's mother , sister , and daughter and that they also deserved the protection that they didn't get .With that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion. 

Thursday, March 21, 2019


Title: Milady
Author: Laura L. Sullivan
Genre: Historical Fiction
 Berkley Books
Pub: July 2,2019
First To Read ARC 
Book synopsis:
One for all, and all for one woman:

She was the greatest nemesis of d'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers--but Milady de Winter was so much more than just a villain in their swashbuckling adventures.

I've gone by many names though you know me as Milady de Winter: Villainess, seductress, a secondary player in The Three Musketeers story.

But we all know history was written by men, and they so often get things wrong.

So before you cast judgment, let me tell you of how a girl from the countryside became the most feared woman in all of Europe. A target for antipathy, a name whispered in fear or loathing.

I don't need you to like me. I just need to be free.

It's finally time I tell my own story. The truth isn't tidy or convenient, but it's certainly more interesting

My thoughts
Would I recommend it?
Will I read anything by this author again?
Why did.I.decided to request.this?become I absolutely love The Three Musketeers,it's one of my all time favorite classics to read and I was wondering how the author would write Milady's story .
At first glance I wanted to fell sorry for Charlotte ,who seems like a young girl down on her luck but just after a few more pages  I realized that this girl this Charlotte was more then she seemed to be.As for the story its told in the past and present , the writing comes to live before your very eyes as does the characters , the places.,  It has a  well developed heroine, family intrigue, and there are times that Milady seems to have feeling but only towards her lover and friend. As for the rest of the book I wasn't sure if she was going to be able to pull off this retelling of the Three Musketeers but she did and in a way that it actually worked . Can't wait to see what else she writes , with that said I want to thank First To Read for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion .

Luck Of The Draw

Title: Luck Of The Draw
Series: Sterling's Montana #2
Author: B.J.Daniels
Genre: romance
Pages: 384
May 21, 2019
Edelweiss+ ARC
Books in series:
Book 1

Book synopsis
He may get a second chance at his one true love--if someone doesn't kill her firstWhen Garrett Sterling leaves for a horseback ride through his family's sprawling Montana property, he's expecting a relaxing break from the construction at the Sterling guest ranch. What he gets is something far more sinister. It all happened so fast that it's hard for Garrett to sort out the facts. But two things are certain: someone is dead and the killer knows there was a witness.When a woman from his past emerges as a key piece of the investigation, Garrett is determined to uncover what really happened that day, how she's involved--and why everything she's ever told him is a lie.

Wow now I really need to pick up the first book to this series.As your reading you find out how Garrett and the mysterious woman past is interlinked ,but you also find out why someone is trying to kill. her and it's also linked to her past before she ever meet Garrett, there's romance, an secrets , a killer or two,and finding out the truth even if.the truth can kill you.With that said I want to thank Edelweiss for read and review it exchange for my honest opinion