Saturday, October 1, 2022

Alias Emma

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries with a touch of foul language and loads of action! It was published in early August 2022 so go and get a copy today!!

*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine, and Bantam Books for my honest review.*

When I first got a recommendation to read this book, I was dreading it a little from the way the cover looked. For some reason, I thought it would drag and be a bore to read. I am not sure why and I feel a little foolish for thinking that because it was a fantastic book!!

Emma is a spy in London and has just been given a new assignment - protect an innocent and totally unwilling man. Sounds like a great time! Once she is able to convince him to take her help, she learns that she has to lead him across London overnight and avoiding all CCTV cameras and without any additional help.

While I wouldn't call this a cozy mystery because of some of the language, it was such an engaging read to follow along the struggles they faced hiding and moving through the night. Ava Glass did a fantastic job sharing back stories into how Emma got where she is and this made her a very believable agent.

This is definitely one of my favorite reads this year! Five stars!

The New Neighbor

Playing catch up still. I am almost all unpacked - all that is left is my sewing room and quilting frame. I have some areas to reorganize, but that will come in time. This novel was already published - July 2022. If you like spy novels and thrillers, this would be a great one to add to your list!

*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley, Random House Publishing and Ballentine Books for my honest review.*

Beth is facing some big life changes - empty nester, dumped by husband, forced into a job change in the CIA. Turns out that she isn't adjusting well and is very suspicious of almost everyone in her life. Just because she's paranoid doesn't mean they aren't really out to get her.

I enjoyed the novel and the pacing of the story. Everyone is a suspect eventually and Beth will not rest until she identifies the subject. At times, I wondered if she was really on the right track. It was hard not to feel sorry for her, but there were some things that she brought onto herself with being sloppy in her pursuits. But man!! The payoff! And a good set up in case she wants to make it a series.

I believe this is my first novel buy Cleveland, but I am adding her to my list of must reads! 4 stars!

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

And There He Kept Her

 This spring and summer was interrupted by selling my condo and moving into a house. I am starting to get back into my reading groove. And here we go!!

Joshua Moehling's debut was published June 14, 2022. It is an amazing and suspenseful thriller. Read it!!

*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for my honest review.*

Joshua Moehling's debut thriller is a must read for anyone who likes the thriller and suspense genres! This one kept me on the edge of my seat!

Ben Packard is the interim police chief in a small Minnesota town - a job he doesn't really want, but was forced into. When 2 teenagers go missing, it is reminiscent of past missing cases. Burr is a crotchety old man who has been terrorized and tormented by teenagers breaking into his house and stealing his pills and he is finally fighting back. 

And the story unfolds from Ben's point of view and Emmett Burr's point of view. With a mix of how did things get to where are are now. 

I can't wait to read the next in the series! Five stars from me!

Monday, July 18, 2022

The Vanishing Triangle

Another review! The Vanishing Triangle published May 1. A novel about murdered women in Ireland.

*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for my honest review.*

I am all about true crime TV and stories, but this book was disturbing for many reasons. There was a lot of information about Ireland, the IRA, war and the politics in the country. So much strife and then missing girls and women and the violence that women face on the regular in Ireland.

Claire McGowan is a great writer and this book was set up in a great way to understand the main location - The Vanishing Triangle - that the women have gone missing from. There was a lot of detail from the initial investigations but also from the special team that tried to investigate a group of the murders later. It's hard to believe that there could be so many reasons for the missing girls to have fallen through the cracks.

I will definitely recommend to anyone looking for a true crime read. Four stars for me.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

The Next Thing You Know

 I am so behind on reviews! I decided earlier this year to sell my condo and buy a house and most of my time has been spent on that. And now that things are almost at the end, I am being overwhelmed with the list of NetGalley reviews I need to do.

*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my honest review.*

I think I have read each of Strawser's novels and this one was by far my favorite! If you need a tear jerker, look no further. She really knows how to pull at your heart strings!

The description of the book can be overwhelming at first glance - what on earth is an end of life doula? - but after Kelly explains her process in the first couple of chapters, I was hooked. I can see how this process could have made things much easier for loved ones that I have lost.

Strawser is an amazing writer and when reading this novel, I was in awe of her story telling abilities. Definitely a must read! Five stars!

If you have never read any of Jessica Strawser's novels and you like women's lit, give her a try. I don't think you will be disappointed! This novel was published March 22, 2022. (I am so behind on reviews!)