This Weeks Pool Reads

The Fifth to Die (A 4MK Thriller) by [Barker, J. D.] In the thrilling sequel to The Fourth Monkey, a new serial killer stalks the streets of Chicago, while Detective Porter delves deeper into the dark past of the Four Monkey Killer.

I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses: True Stories and Confessions by [Scottoline, Lisa, Serritella, Francesca] In I See Life Through RoséColored Glasses, the bestselling mother/daughter pair is back with another hilarious and heartfelt collection of essays about the possibilities and pitfalls of everyday life.

Believe Me: A Novel by [Delaney, JP]  In this twisty psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before, an actress plays both sides of a murder investigation.

Grandghost: A haunted house mystery by [Springer, Nancy] A Haunted House Mystery. When she unearths the bones of a young child, Beverly Vernon’s life is transformed in ways she never expected.

I may have jumped the line on my books. As soon as I saw they had dropped The Fifth To Die I stopped everything. From the author of The Fourth Monkey comes the follow-up. And it is so horribly good!!

What is everyone else reading this week? It’s a great day to sit by the pool and read.

xx Patricia

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Titles To Look Forward To In May!

Sign of the Cross (Cal Donovan #1) Introducing Harvard professor Cal Donovan in the first of an intriguing new series of religious conspiracy thrillers.   May 1st

Love and Ruin The bestselling author of The Paris Wife returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn—a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century. May 1st

Summer in a Cornish Cove Set against the stunning backdrop of the glorious Cornish Riviera, this summer will change their lives for ever! The book to fall in love with this summer – May 1st

The Favorite Sister When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder… May 15th

Fowl of the House of Usher (A Bird Lover's Mystery #7) It really is the dead of winter in Ruby Lake when a party becomes an invitation to murder for Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms . . . May 15th

 

Meltdown A timely thriller illuminating facts regarding the state of the world’s energy crisis, climate change, and the quandary of nuclear energy— May 15th

Beach House Reunion (Beach House #5) Whisking you back to the shores of her bestselling Beach House series, Mary Alice Monroe weaves together a tale of the struggles and triumphs of the historic Rutledge family of Charleston, South Carolina. May 22nd

A lot of good titles coming in May. Time to start planning those vacation reads! What’s on your May list?

xx Patricia

SIGN of the CROSS by GLENN COOPER

Sign of the Cross (Cal Donovan #1)

Introducing Harvard professor Cal Donovan in the first of an intriguing new series of religious conspiracy thrillers. 

Responding to an urgent summons from the Vatican, Harvard professor of religion and archaeology, Cal Donovan, flies to Italy to interview a young priest who has developed the stigmata of the crucifixion. Stunned to discover that the priest’s condition may be genuine, Cal determines to uncover the cause of the mysterious wounds.

But Cal is not the only one. When Giovanni is kidnapped from his church at dead of night, Cal comes to realize that the priest holds the key to an earth-shattering secret: a secret which a shadowy nationalist organization is desperate to control. Teaming up with Giovanni’s sister Irene, Cal must unravel the mystery and track down Giovanni in a perilous race against the clock … before an apocalyptic catastrophe is unleashed.

I do love a good religious conspiracy book! Especially one so well researched.

As a Catholic and a History teacher the subject matter was very interesting. We all know the Nazi’s made off with a lot of holy relics and artifacts. Remember the movie The Monument Men? And it’s quite easy in this day and age to imagine those bad guys are still out there trying to take things that don’t belong to them and they have no problem killing anyone in their way.

Full of suspense, rich in history and fast paced action will draw you in and keep you biting your lip!

Cal is a good character. Funny, a bit of a drinker and yet can still hold his own with the Pope. He is like a Catholic Indiana Jones! And I loved every minute of this book.

Netgalley/Severn House May 01, 2018

 

THE SIXTH DAY~A BRIT IN THE FBI THRILLER by CATHERINE COULTER AND J.T.ELLISON

The Sixth Day (A Brit in the FBI, #5)

Special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine take on a ruthless mastermind in the fifth highly anticipated thriller in the New York Times bestselling A Brit in the FBI series.

When several major political figures die mysteriously, officials declare the deaths are from natural causes. Then the German Vice-Chancellor dies on the steps of 10 Downing Street, and a drone is spotted hovering over the scene. The truth becomes clear—these high-profile deaths are well-constructed assassinations, and the Covert Eyes team is tasked to investigate.

What do you get when you combine Coulter and Ellison? A fast paced, nail biter of a thriller!

Someone has hacked the computers of the highest levels of government. How could something like this happen? They all use the most sophisticated and impenetrable programs and firewalls. All from the same company. Could the hacks be done by a disgruntled employee or are they being infiltrated by the very person who designed the system?

Along with a mysterious book of unknown language that has at the forefront twins descended from Vlad himself. Bodies are piling up, key government officials killed in full view of the public and no one saw a thing. Other bodies are showing up having been bled dry. For What?

This was everything and more I have come to expect from these authors. Very good collaboration!

NetGalley/Gallery    April 10, 2018

What’s On Your Reading Pile Today?

The Neighbor In a taut psychological thriller filled with breathtaking twists, Joseph Souza explores the tangle of betrayal and deception between two neighboring couples, and asks how well we can really know others–or ourselves.

Love and Ruin The bestselling author of The Paris Wife returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn—a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century

Sign of the Cross (Cal Donovan #1) Introducing Harvard professor Cal Donovan in the first of an intriguing new series of religious conspiracy thrillers. 

This is a short list this week as I also have to finish packing. But some good books on the shelf. Remember The Fourth Monkey? Well I have the sequel. The Fifth To Die by J.D.Barker so I am looking forward to some really good horror!

I’m almost finished with Sign of the Cross. It is one of those books that I have to keep grabbing my research card or bug my good friend and author, Felix Alexander, who wrote The Secret of Heaven and see if his research matched up to mine. Thank goodness! There’s murder, intrigue and even the stigmata in this one. Severn House has the most interesting reads!

Enjoy your Wednesday. What’s on your week?

xx Patricia

 

Really Good Releases This Coming Week!

More Than True: The Wisdom of Fairy Tales National Book Award-winning poet and author of the internationally best-selling Iron John, Robert Bly revisits a selection of fairy tales and examines how these enduring narratives capture the essence of human nature. Coming March 27th!

Worth Killing For Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden returns in a twisting, superbly assured new mystery, where a brutal murder and a father’s sudden return may provide the answers she’s spent decades searching for . . . or lead deep into a fatal trap. Coming March 27th!

The Uninvited Corpse (Food Blogger Mysteries #1) Leaving behind a failed career as a magazine editor and an embarrassing stint on a reality baking show, newly divorced lifestyle entrepreneur Hope Early thought things were finally on the upswing—until she comes face-to-face with a murderer . . .Coming March 27th!

Til Death Do Us Party (A Liv And Di In Dixie Mystery #4) Las Vegas knows how to party, and for once, event planner Liv McKay won’t be entirely behind the scenes. The Dixie gang is in Sin City to celebrate Mama and Earl’s rockin’ Elvis-themed wedding. And between juggling the botched bachelorette party and a problem-plagued soirée back home, Liv’s ready to double down on some fun. Coming out March 27th!

Last Night There’s blood on the windscreen and bonnet – but it’s not hers and there’s no sign of anything or anyone she might have hit. The last thing she remembers is being in a hotel on a business trip but now she’s miles away. Coming March 28th!

Do you have a lot of good books releasing this week? Let me know! I enjoyed all of mine!

xx Patricia

MOTHERLAND by G.D. ABSON

Motherland (Natalya Ivanova Thriller #1)

“The dark heart of Putin’s Russia beneath the glitz of St Petersburg provides the heady setting for this excellent and gripping debut. Abson, who was shortlisted for a Crime Writers’ Debut Dagger for Motherland, is surely a name to watch. A Child 44 for Putin-land, this classy page-turner oozes with atmosphere.” 
(David Young, bestselling author of STASI CHILD and STASI WOLF).

MOTHERLAND is the first in a gripping series of crime novels set in contemporary St Petersburg, featuring sharp and intriguing policewoman, Captain Natalya Ivanova.

When the daughter of a Swedish billionaire goes missing in St Petersburg after a night out with a friend, Captain Natalya Ivanova is assigned the case but nothing is as straightforward as it seems.

Dark, violent and insightful, Motherland twists and turns to a satisfying dramatic conclusion.

I was so glad to see this was going to be part of a series. At first it was a bit difficult to understand all the names and nicknames of all the characters and I definitely did not know how to pronounce them.

After a bit I just gave in and started using their nicknames which I do with my Russian friends anyway. I may have been at a loss with the names, but the core story is relatable in any language and I was eager to hear about life in Russia and what the police are like there.

This is a fast paced police thriller that just felt real. The author’s writing style flowed easily from page to page while I bit my lip and held on for the ride. I can’t wait to see what come next for the detective and her family. I enjoyed meeting them all! Even the bad ones!

Miller Press   December 2017   NetGalley Reviews