Killer Party ( A Tourist Trap Mystery #9) By Lynn Cahoon *RELEASE DAY*

Killer Party (A Tourist Trap Mystery, #9)

For a gang of old college buddies, the quaint resort town of South Cove, California, is the perfect spot for a no-holds-barred bachelor party. But for Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books and More—this stag party is going to be murder . . .

After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is still getting used to sharing such close quarters, but she’s got no hesitation about joining him for a weekend at South Cove’s most luxurious resort. While Greg and his college pals celebrate their buddy’s upcoming wedding, Jill intends to pamper herself in style. But when the groom is found floating facedown in the pool, Jill must find the killer fast, or she might not have a boyfriend to come home to any more . . .

This is the ninth book in Lynn’s Tourist Trap Series. With a weekend of luxury at The Castle, rented out by the groom, what more could a girl want? Especially when her hot cop boyfriend is part of the package.

On the first day Jill senses something is off with this group of Greg’s old high school buddies and their wives. So when the groom turns up facedown in the pool, even Greg is on the sidelines.

Jill’s suspect list is pretty long with everyone from the party as well as the new Russian Doll Shop owner. Who seems to know the bride-to-be.

Lynn’s characters have come a long way from the first book. They are well-developed and very loveable. They have become like good book friends. I love Deek and while Aunt Jackie wasn’t my favorite character, this time I really felt her presence and there was a secondary mystery going on with her.

Can’t wait for the next one, See you soon South Cove!

ROOM FOR DOUBT BY NANCY COLE SILVERMAN (HENERY PRESS)

Room For Doubt (A Carol Childs Mystery Book 4)

When radio reporter Carol Childs is called to a crime scene in the Hollywood Hills at five thirty in the morning, she’s convinced it must be a publicity stunt to promote a new movie. That is, until she sees the body hanging from the center of the Hollywood sign. The police are quick to rule it a suicide, but something doesn’t add up for Carol. Particularly after a mysterious caller named Mustang Sally confesses to the murder on the air and threatens to kill again. 

With the help of an incorrigible PI, her best friend, and a kooky psychic, Carol is drawn into the world of contract killers and women scorned. As she races to find the real killer, she finds herself faced with a decision that will challenge everything she thought she knew. 

This is the fourth book in the Carol Childs series from Ms. Silverman.

Carol is a single mom and not looking for love. What she is looking for is how the boy she saw in the grocery store the other day is now hanging from the Hollywood sign, naked and dead with a clown’s nose on.

The world of Talk radio is a competitive one. Carol is a bit tired of the little bit of time she gets on the air. But things change when she subs for the night show and a killer calls to chat.

With the help of Chase, a P.I., who has been trying to solve a series of such killings, she warily begins putting her story together. Not quite fully believing the stories she is getting she still goes the distance and agrees to meet the killer. Only the deal is a shocker!

And the ending….it’s a Winner

Thanks to Netgalley and Henery Press! This book is scheduled to be out in July 18 of 2017.

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Getting Ready For August Releases!

Pieces of Happiness by [Ostby, Anne]    A novel of five lifelong friends who, in their sixties, decide to live together on a cocoa farm in Fiji, where they not only start a chocolate business but strengthen their friendships and rediscover themselves.  August 01 Release from Doubleday.

Fashionably Late (The Ladies Smythe & Westin) by [Mathews, Lisa Q.]   When a classy fashion-show luncheon turns deadly, the Ladies Smythe & Westin are back on the case . August 07 Release from Carina Press.

Emma in the Night: A Novel by [Walker, Wendy]  “Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators.” –Booklist, Starred Review Oh my this book! Release Date is August 08 by St.Martin’s Press

Dead Girls Can't Lie by [Jones, Carys] Best friends tell each other the truth – don’t they? From the author of Wrong Number, Carys Jones latest comes out on August 15th

Exposed (A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel) by [Scottoline, Lisa]  A BATTLE FOR JUSTICE PITS PARTNER AGAINST PARTNER… Release on August 15th by St.Martin’s Press

99 Red Balloons: A chillingly clever psychological thriller with a stomach-flipping twist by [Carpenter, Elisabeth]  A chillingly clever psychological thriller with a stomach-flipping twist! Released August 24th by Avon/Harper Collins

Mask of Shadows by [Miller, Linsey]  Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive world building, and fast-paced action.  YA I’m trying to dip my toe in! Released on August 29th!

I had decided to try at least 2 YA books One of them which I had seen reviewed a lot by YA reviewers I got about 15% into and just said NO! Jeez, I don’t want to have to wonder how to pronounce every name and city. I have Game of Thrones for that. This one I like because of the main character, but it is definitely not my genre! Or maybe it’s that I’m not a Science Fiction/Dystopian/Fantasy fan. But at least I gave it a shot!

xx Patricia

 

 

 

TO KILL A HUMMINGBIRD BY J.R.RIPLEY *RELEASE DAY*

To Kill a Hummingbird (A Bird Lover's Mystery #4)

For Amy Simms, owner of Birds & Bees, nothing is more important than impressing her old professor, but this odd bird is about to fall to earth . . .

When her favorite ornithology professor comes calling, Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms hangs six hummingbird feeders around the shop to welcome Professor Livingston with a flock of his favorite flying creatures. But Amy soon finds that the sugar-water in the feeders brings more than a swarm of hummingbirds. It also attracts murder.

Professor Livingston is just as friendly as Amy remembers, but something seems to be troubling him. When Amy pays him a visit that night, she finds the professor slumped over a table with a pair of scissors buried in his neck. And standing over his body is Rose Smith, the local bookseller, who claims she killed him. But while the police believe they have a bird in hand, Amy thinks the real killer may still be in the bush . . .

Continuing on with the Bird Lover’s Mystery Series, we find our Amy all a twitter over her old professor coming to town. He has a new book about hummingbirds out and is coming to Ruby Lake for a book signing.

From the moment he pulls up in his tiny bird house home on wheels, something is off. And when Amy finds him after the book signing dead and the bookshop owner calmly admitting she did it, something isn’t sitting right with Amy.

Of course our girl can’t sit back and wait to find out what is going on and soon she’s flitting all over town, looking for answers. And there is no lack of shady characters for her to focus on.

I’ve never been a bird person, until this series!  I love a story that entertains and teaches me something new. I never knew there were  so many types of hummingbirds! And they are adorable. The characters in this series are quickly becoming like family and I think that’s a pretty good sign of a well written series!

Well done, once again Mr. Ripley!

TWO NIGHTS A Novel by Kathy Reichs

Two Nights

Blurb: #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs steps beyond her classic Temperance Brennan series in a new standalone thriller featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past.

Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct. . . .

Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie’s help.

Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn’t she want to be found? It’s time for Sunnie to face her own demons because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

As a fan of Reich’s Temperance Brennan series, as well as the television show ‘Bones”, I was excited to see this new stand alone book introducing an entirely new cast of characters.

Sunday Night is a woman with a past. Scarred emotionally and physically. Living like a hermit on Goat Island, just a tiny spit of land off the coast of Charleston. No cars, no amenities.

We know she is former military and former Charleston PD. And that is about all we know about her.  When she is contacted about a missing person case, the details are a little too close to her past, which is why she says yes and goes full throttle after who ever has taken this girl and killed innocent people.

In all honesty I have to say I was disappointed in this one. All the ingredients were there, but there was a shallowness to the information on the characters and their motivations.

This book is set for July 11th release. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

xx Books,BooksandMoreBooks

Watch Me Disappear A Novel by Janelle Brown

Watch Me Disappear by [Brown, Janelle]

A mother with a troubled past vanishes while hiking, leaving her family to piece together her secrets, in this keenly observed novel from the bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.

Billie Flannigan has been missing for almost a year after she left to go hiking. No body has ever been found and as the one year anniversary is coming up, Jonathan and Olive are doing the best they can do get through their pain.

Olive begins having visions of her mother begging her to come and find her. Jonathan is stuck trying to begin a book about their life together, but the bottle and memories get in the way.

I liked the premise of the book. A woman disappears, assumed dead and normally that would be that. But Olive isn’t going to let it go. As she and her father dig into Billie’s past they find more questions than answers.

Did anyone really know who Billie was/is? The pace was a little slow for me in spots. I didn’t feel like I had a handle on any of the characters. Everyone was just giving their version of who this woman was in their eyes.

Unfortunately I thought the characters needed a lot more authenticity. I would give her writing another read however because she is a good writer.

Thank you Netgalley and Penguin Random House!

  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau (July 11, 2017)
  • Publication Date: July 11, 2017
  • Sold by: Random House LLC

Biography

Janelle Brown is the bestselling author of ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING and THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE, as well as the upcoming WATCH ME DISAPPEAR (summer 2017). An essayist and journalist, her writing appears regularly in Vogue, The New York Times, Elle, Wired, Self, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. Previously, she spent five years as a senior writer at Salon, covering a diverse range of subjects — from Internet culture to the war on drugs, pop culture to style, public policy issues and the digital music movement– and began her career as a staff writer at Wired, working on seminal Web sites like HotWired and Wired News during the heydey of the dotcom boom. In the 1990’s, she was also the editor and co-founder of Maxi, an irreverent (and now, long-gone) women’s pop culture magazine. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, filmmaker Greg Harrison, and two children.
Release Date is July 2017.

THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE BY LISA SEE (SCRIBNER)

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

 

A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple.

Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives.

In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city.

After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.

A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.

I found this book when looking for books on Pu’er Tea. And I am so glad I did! Everything I wanted to know about the tea, the locale, all the hows and whys and when s of Pu’er Tea I learned.

And the most wonderful part was that it came in an elegant story that at once broke my heart and made me laugh all the way to the end.

Li-yan knows she is different from the people in her village. She longs to go to school and leave this place and it’s superstitions. Li-yan is a very smart girl. Not just education smart, but she just knows things.

As we follow her through her first love, her acceptance into a city school, and her sorrow over the baby girl she will never forget. She misses her village but at the same time is happy with her life running a tea shop and making her own way. And this time when love comes to call, she is ready.

I had no idea what would happen next, but I can say this is one of the most beautifully written novels I have ever read.

Thank you Ms. See and I hope to see much more of you!

xx Books,Books and More Books     Patricia