Today I a reviewing A Cry In The Shadows by Giulia Beyman.
Blurb: One cold night in Rome, Susan Bley waits for her neighbor, Alexandra, to join her and her nine-year-old daughter, Margot, for dinner, but she never arrives. Days later, Susan, who is blind, hears Alexandra’s dog whining on the other side of the apartment door as she walks past Alexandra’s apartment. With help from a neighbor, they enter and discover Alexandra gone and report her disappearance to the police. From this news, Inspector Andrea Danzi now knows the body they found just that morning at the city dump is Susan’s neighbor.
Unbeknown to Susan, Margot had unwittingly run into Alexandra’s killer in the basement the night she was killed, and because of that chance encounter, the killer knows Margot may talk…
At that same time, Susan’s friend Nora, who lives in Martha’s Vineyard, has disturbing dreams and unusual visions about her friend Susan. Something very dangerous is about to happen to her. But what?
Together, but miles away from each other, Nora and Susan try to uncover the plans of a desperate killer, while Margot’s life is in danger, and every neighbor in her apartment building is suspect
My Review: This is the second book by this author I have reviewed the first of the Nora Cooper series Words in the Dark was a good read so I looked forward to this. Nora is visited by ghosts again this time to help solve a murder and a kidnapping thousands of miles away from her Martha’s Vineyard home. The book seemed to drag just a little but was still entertaining even though I figured out who the bad person was pretty early. I enjoyed the paranormal touches and find it a light read for a weekend. If you enjoy who done it book I would recommend her work. I was a little confused that her grand kids kept being called her nephews but think that may be due to translation errors. I give this 4 stars.
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Today I am reviewing The Dr. Pepper Prophecies by Jennifer Gilby Roberts.
Blurb: 25-year-old Mel Parker has a few tiny problems:
* Her job is terrible
* She’s been dumped yet again
* Her ex is now her boss
* Her parents think she’s a loser compared to her perfect younger sister
* All her efforts to improve her life seem doomed to failure
* There just isn’t enough chocolate in the world to make up for the above.
The one good thing in her life has always been her best friend Will, who has seen her through every crisis from lost toys to pregnancy scares. But his girlfriend (who’s prettier, better-dressed, more successful and secretly evil) is determined to replace Mel as the woman in his life and how is Mel supposed to compete?
So what do you do when you’ve pretty much given up on your own life? Help others, of course!
After all, what’s the worst that can happen?
My Review: Loved it! This was one of the most entertaining books I have read in a long time. Yes it’s predictable and all but so what. I loved it anyway. It is so much like the romantic comedy movies that I love to watch. Granted it is a total chic read. I laughed so hard through it and wasn’t ready for it to end. I find the characters so believable and swear I have had co-workers like each of the ones listed. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a light romantic comedy read. It gets a 5 star rating.
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Today I am reviewing Daddy Was a Punk Rocker by Adam Sharp:
Blurb: Adam just wants a conventional father. But his father hates convention, he would rather rebel. Adam wants a father who will sit by his bed and softly sing him lullabies. But his father is too busy snarling on stage alongside Joy Division and other angry young men. Adam, a budding goalkeeper, wants a father who will shoot balls at him in the park. But his father prefers to shoot heroin in dark rooms. Adam wants a father who is predictable, who is a provider, who is present. His father can never be any of those things. Because Daddy is a punk rocker.
My Review: I actually found this memoir touching and as I watched this young man arrive into himself in spite of the or maybe because of his upbringing. Unfortunately too many of our young people of today are products of this type of emotional abuse as youngsters. Parents too busy fighting and losing battles with their own demons to be able to nurture their young. Grandparents are left to try to bring some semblance of normalcy to a young ones life, while a child just wants love and acceptance. I applaud this young man in finally finding some peace with his own and his parents demons. There are many editing issues that need to be cleaned up in order to have a more polished product. I give this book a 3 star.
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Today I am reviewing I Found My Heart In West Virginia by Chelsea Falin.
Blurb: Cheyenne makes the huge decision to move with her four young children to the mountains of West Virginia. Despite coming from a small town in west-central Florida, she had been living in upstate New York with her ex-husband… had been, those were the key words. After finding out her ex-husband was having an affair with a childless eighteen year old girl, Shy calls it quits. West Virginia had long ago found a special place in her heart. The mountains are beautiful, the people are friendly, and you can find a piece of the old life hidden out in the hollers. Shy hopes she will find a new life for her and her children. She wants freedom, and a simpler way of life. What she doesn’t expect to find is a rough-around-the-edges backwoods boy with plenty of troubles of his own to entrap her heart so quickly after the end of her marriage… or ever, come to think of it
My Review: This is a cute contemporary romance. Set in the mountains of West Virginia Chelsea gets a second chance at life and romance. While it is a cute story it is very simply written. The characters are not well developed and it moved way to fast. The main character was contradictory as well. The author tried to portray her as a woman with a good head on her shoulders while she also had her drinking like a fish with the boys without a regard as to what would happen to her children if she ended up at the bottom of the holler. Everything just worked out a little too easy for everyone in this book. While I did enjoy the fact that it was not constant conflict life just does not flow this easy. The ending was rushed. Now let’s get to my main problem with this book. The editing was nonexistent as far as I could tell. If the author took time to invest a little in her book it would help the finished product a lot. I give this book 3 stars.
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Today I a reviewing The Death And Life Of Sherlock Holmes by Grace-Best Page.
Blurb: Jackie Bowman, a modern-day American woman, mysteriously time travels to 1891, where she meets Sherlock Holmes at the point of his untimely “death” at the Reichenbach Falls. Disguised as Jack, she and the great detective partner for the next three years travelling, braving dangers, sharing adventures, and facing Holmes’ ultimate challenge: boredom. They depend on each other, they like each other, they get on each other’s nerves.
With humor, drama, and poignancy, “The Death and Life of Sherlock Holmes” fills in the details of Holmes’ three-year hiatus and continues beyond his return to Baker St. Discover what made him the man he is, get to know the Baker Street Irregulars, and find the answer to that perennial question: Was he gay? No, sorry about that; rather, did he actually exist?
Whether you’re a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle looking to expand your Sherlockian horizons, someone meeting Holmes for the first time, or you’re simply looking for a good read, this light-hearted adventure will both illuminate and entertain.
My Review: I must admit I kept putting this one back down as I went through my TBR pile. I have never really read any Sherlock Holmes adventures or even watched the movies. The little bit I knew about the subject always seemed kind of dry. Finally I knew I had to get to this book. Well I was pleased to see that it exceeded my expectations. I think the concept of a every day woman going through some type of portal into Sherlock’s world was so original. Now time travel is one thing but time travel into a supposed fictional world is another thing. I loved the way Jack/Jackie would come up with names for Holmes at the drop of a hat. It kept it light and fun. It did tend to drag a little bit here in there but was an enjoyable read I would recommend, even if you are not into Holmes. The ending was a nice touch. I give this 4 stars.
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