The Books Just Keep On Coming!

The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross (The Curious Affair Of, #2)  A Plague of Giants (Seven Kennings, #1) Little Secrets

The Slave-Trader's Letter-Book: Charles Lamar, the Wanderer, and Other Tales of the African Slave Trade Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America Strange Practice (Dr. Greta Helsing, #1)

Just a few of the books I’m reading now and the ones TBR. I am actually reading 2 books from 2 different genres so I’m not getting mixed up on who is who! So far the Strange Practice is quite good! This new series from Kevin Hearne is a slow starter but we’ll see how it goes!

What has everyone else got on the TBR shelf that I need to get?

xx Patricia

 

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A MURDER TOO SOON: A Jack Blackjack Tudor Mystery by Michael Jecks

A Murder Too Soon: A Tudor Mystery

Jack Blackjack is ordered to eliminate a spy in Princess Elizabeth’s household in this engaging Tudor mystery. 

June, 1554. Former cutpurse and now professional assassin Jack Blackjack has deep misgivings about his latest assignment. He has been despatched to the Palace of Woodstock, where Queen Mary’s half-sister Princess Elizabeth is being kept under close guard. Jack’s employer has reason to believe that a spy has been installed within the princess’s household, and Jack has been ordered to kill her.

Jack has no choice but to agree. But he arrives at Woodstock to discover that a murder has already been committed.

As he sets out to prove his innocence by uncovering the real killer, Jack finds the palace to be a place steeped in misery and deceit; a hotbed of illicit love affairs, seething resentments, clashing egos and bitter jealousies. But who among Woodstock’s residents is hiding a deadly secret – and will Jack survive long enough to find out?

Jack is one of my favorite characters. No longer a common street thief, he is living well due to the fortune of his benefactor. Only now his benefactor is demanding payment in the form of killing a Lady who is believed to be a spy planted in Princess Elizabeth’s court.
Jack balks at this assignment and tries his best to get out of it, but he must pay the piper.
When he arrives, he must be sharp and stay focused as he tries to figure out who killed who and why. At the same time, he’s trying to keep himself from ending up a corpse.
This is such an entertaining character and series. I enjoy the Templar series as well but Jack is just a great character.
Give it a try and you will soon see why!
Netgalley/Severn House  Release Date is September 1, 2017

September is giving us some seriously good books! Here are just a few!

Sing, Unburied, Sing  A searing and profound Southern odyssey by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward.

Lie to Me  They built a life on lies 

 

A Murder Too Soon: A Tudor Mystery  Jack Blackjack is ordered to eliminate a spy in Princess Elizabeth’s household in this engaging Tudor mystery. 

Odd & True   Hunting Monsters!

Protocol (A Maggie O'Malley Mystery #1) “A page-turner! Smart, fast-paced and surprising.” – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark Award-Winner, Author of Say No More

These are just a few of the many books coming out in September! I think I have a total of 20 reviewed. The first one Sing, Unburied, Sing was a difficult book for me to read. The truth often is. It is set in a place in Mississippi that I am very familiar with and know these things to be true. Ms. Ward is an amazing writer!

Have a good Saturday. Luckily, we only had leaks and line back ups to deal with up  here yesterday. But our hearts were with everyone in Texas and we will continue to keep you right there, close to us.

What I’m Reading This Week!

I just finished reading a rather long book called The Prague Sonata by Bradford Morrow. If you get a chance to snag a copy, give it a read! For Musicians and Musicologists it is a rare gem!

This week I must drag myself out of Prague and WWII to enjoy the three books that I need to finish.

Enigma (An FBI Thriller Book 21) by [Coulter, Catherine]   From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter comes the heart-stopping 21st installment of the electrifying FBI Thriller series. I’ve followed this series since the beginning and they are some of my favorite characters! Release is Sept. 12th

The Girl in the Tower: A Novel by [Arden, Katherine] Another gorgeous book cover from the author of The Bear and The Nightingale.A remarkable young woman blazes her own trail, from the backwoods of Russia to the court of Moscow, in this enchanting novel by the bestselling author of The Bear and the Nightingale  Due out Dec. 5th

Wicked Deeds (Krewe of Hunters) by [Graham, Heather]   Another skillful thriller by Ms. Graham and the Krewe of Hunters     Due to Release on September 19th.

And of course I have a couple of Cosy Mysteries and a few cookbooks as well. So this week is packed and thank goodness it is with all the craziness going on in the real world!

Happy Reading!   Next week I have a special someone coming to talk to you about Children’s Books!

BEYOND ABSOLUTION: A REVEREND MOTHER MYSTERY BY CORA HARRISON

Beyond Absolution: A mystery set in 1920s Ireland (A Reverend Mother Mystery) by [Harrison, Cora]

Reverend Mother Aquinas must discover who murdered a much-loved priest in the third of this compelling new Irish historical mystery series.

Ireland. 1925. Pierced through to the brain, the dead body of the priest was found wedged into the small, dark confessional cubicle. Loved by all, Father Dominic had lent a listening ear to sinners of all kinds: gunmen and policemen; prostitutes and nuns; prosperous businessmen and petty swindlers; tradesmen and thieves. But who knelt behind the metal grid and inserted a deadly weapon into that listening ear?

The Reverend Mother Aquinas can do nothing for Father Dominic, but for the sake of his brother, her old friend Father Lawrence, she is determined to find out who killed him, and why.
Ireland in the 1920’s was an interesting time in history. With six counties still belonging to the UK, and most of Ireland wanting them back, you had all kinds of groups causing trouble and meting out justice as they see fit.

When a normal Saturday confession at Holy Trinity Church in Cork ends with the discovery of Father Dominic’s body in the confessional. Stabbed through the ear and murdered. Reverend Mother grew up with Dominic and his brother Lawrence and she is determined to find out who did this horrible crime and why.

As she gathers information and passes it on to Inspector Patrick Cashman who is working this case and was a student of Reverend Mothers long ago.

There is a little bit of everything in this story. Reverend Mother is a wonderfully imagined character. Each character in the book had his or her own story and it made the story very real. Even the ending I appreciated.

Another really good read from Ms. Harrison and Severn House!  Release Date is August 1, 2017.

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

The Writing Desk

Tenley Roth’s first book was a literary and commercial success. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who merely found a bit of luck?


With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Yet her life is not her own. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams of her own. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has literally destroyed her dreams, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds. Yet when Tenley discovers Birdie’s manuscript, their lives intersect. Birdie’s words help Tenley find a way home. Tenley brings Birdie’s writing to the world.

Can two women separated by time help fulfill each other’s destiny?

And that is what you are going to have to read for yourself! Rachel’s books have a way of calming the soul. Bringing things into perspective if you will. And this one is no different in that regard.

Tenley comes from a line of successful writers, or so she believes. Was her first book just dumb luck or because of her last name? Or is she a one hit wonder?

Told from two different time periods, now and the Gilded Age, we follow along with both of them until in the end so many people and things had to come together just so to end with a very satisfying AH!

This may be under Christian Fiction, but that part of the story was not overwhelming or shoved in your face. The book is chock full of really interesting characters that I really hope will spin-off!

Release Date is July 10, 2017

What’s on the TBR List for Next Week

Two Nights: A Novel by [Reichs, Kathy]      #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.

Product Details Following the incredible success of Sara Blaedel’s #1 international bestsellers The Forgotten Girls and The Killing Forest, Louise Rick–head of the police department’s elite Special Search Agency charged with missing persons cases–returns in Sara’s latest twist-filled suspense novel…

The Red Hunter: A Novel by [Unger, Lisa]   What is the difference between justice and revenge? In this buzzworthy new standalone thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger, two wronged women on very different paths find themselves in the same dark place…

These are the 3 I’m working on this weekend.  Birthday Week was a success. It can be tough competing with Cinco de Mayo ( which I am not sure why we celebrate here) but we got the job done and  one of my favorite writers released her new book yesterday  and I found a gift waiting on Amazon for it! Thank you so much Leanne!

So what is everyone else reading over the week-end? I need to real more YA fiction so if you have some recommendations please share them with me!

 

xx Patricia bookhaul