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

 

 

 

A Few Titles To Look Forward to in July!

The good, the bad and the horrible! A short list of the books coming out in July that I have read and have reviews waiting to be posted. Plus I’m putting this at the top;I’ve had a couple of authors, indies, ask me to read their YA fiction. Most of them look awful and I don’t read YA, but one is intriguing. So if you do YA, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with the author. I personally do not know him.

July is a huge month for releases! Here are a few I’ve read.

A House to Mend a Broken Heart (Welcome to Willow Tree Hall)   This was a very sweet book with a cast of characters of all ages! Release is tomorrow!

Who Is Rich?  Who is Rich? Still don’t know and still don’t care. Release July 4th,

Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook  Also coming out on the 4th of July, Lost Boy.

 

The Writing Desk  Release Date July 10th or 11th. I enjoy Rachel’s writing.

I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But the Pool  Release Date is July 11. I laughed so hard tea came out of my nose!

Watch Me Disappear  Release July 11th. Hmmmmm

To Kill a Hummingbird (A Bird Lover's Mystery #4) Mr. Ripley is back on the 11th as well! Always a treat!

Two Nights The Release date on this one has changed a few times now. July 11th is the latest I have heard.  It’s Kathy Reichs.

30 Second Death (A Tobi Tobias Mystery #2)  Laura Bradford is a very skilled cosy mystery author. July 11th Release.

Killer Party (A Tourist Trap Mystery, #9)  Another in the tourist Trap Mysteries. Out on the 18th.

The Marriage Pact  Coming out on the 25th. Enough said.

The Wildling Sisters  Coming out on the 25th. Very Nice.

That should hold you nicely. I’m sure my list will change later in the month, but let me know what you thought if you plan to read one or you have already been granted your wish by Netgalley!

xx  Happy Friday

THE FOURTH MONKEY BY J.D.BARKER

The Fourth Monkey

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.

With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer’s identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller.

This book was troubling,terrifying, and just horrific. And I highly recommend it!  As I was looking over the Library Journal some time ago I saw this and immediately thought of the movie Seven. I knew I had to get my hands on it! I was trying so hard not to read it though as I had several others that were due before this one. But then I read a review by fellow blogger Shalini and I had to bump it up!

Sam Porter receives a text from another detective on his team telling him he needs to get to a crime scene now. When he arrives, he finds a man who apparently jumped in front of a bus, killing him instantly. When they check his pockets they find a diary and a few seemingly random things, change, receipts and a box. A white box tied in black string, and the team believes they have finally found the 4MK killer. Now they must find a missing girl before she becomes his final victim.

Sam feels that the answers they need are in the diary somewhere, if he can believe what the killer has written.  This killer is all about games. Leaving clues that come together in the end. Or is it the end? Is this guy really the 4MK?

It really is hard not to give anything away with this review. There really were a couple of stories inside the main one and there wasn’t a moment that didn’t have me saying What??  Because just when you think you have it figured out…you do not.

Fans of the movie Seven will love this book. It really is horribly good! It has already been optioned for film/television.

Well done, Mr. Barker, well done!  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (June 27, 2017) through Netgalley.

 

 

A FEW OF THE BEST PLOT TWISTS AND SHOCKERS I’VE READ!

I read a lot of Suspense/Thrillers and these are just a few of the ones that had me picking my jaw up off the floor and screaming What???  And that is not easy for those of us who read a ton of this genre! So if you liked them let me know and if you haven’t read one, hey, it’s summer….give one a try!

Years after Amir betrayed his childhood friend Hassan, he sets out to reconcile their past — but learns in so many surprising ways how a single event could alter both their lives forever. This book cracked my heart wide open and left my jaw on the floor too many times to count.

  Sara and Brian Fitzgerald’s life with their young son and their two-year-old daughter, Kate, is forever altered when they learn that Kate has leukemia. The parents’ only hope is to conceive another child, specifically intended to save Kate’s life. For some, such genetic engineering would raise both moral and ethical questions; for the Fitzgeralds, Sara in particular, there is no choice but to do whatever it takes to keep Kate alive.  I love/hate this book!!!

We Were Liars by [Lockhart, E.]

A girl who knows she had an accident the summer before, but cannot remember what happened…. Her revelations and the entire ending left me so shocked that I put the book in a time out for a good ten minutes before I furiously looked through the beginning of the book to see what subtle hints I had missed (there were a ton)! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a story that causes you to become so invested that your only choice is to finish the book in one sitting.

—Allie Lily

 The main character is investigating the recent death of her husband when she discovers that it’s connected to the brutal murder of her sister years ago. And are they both somehow related to the suspicious suicide of her husband’s brother? Coben is one of my favorite authors. And this was a jaw dropper ending! I wish he would make some his television series here in the US, but if you have Sky TV watch The Five or Juste Un Regard. I was lucky to have a friend in the UK who would Skype The Five with me and it is a mind blower!

 It is about a dystopian world where people are divided by blood: silver for the higher social order with supernatural powers and red for the poor and maltreated. When Mare, an ordinary red-blooded girl, discovers that she has silver powers, everything is changed forever. The big twist is just so unpredictable and unexpected that it makes you stop for at least 20 minutes to stare at the wall and just be amazed. As Aveyard says: Anyone can betray anyone.

 During a picnic at her family’s farm in the English countryside, 16-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking crime, a crime that challenges everything she knows about her adored mother, Dorothy. Now, 50 years later, Laurel and her sisters are meeting at the farm to celebrate Dorothy’s 90th birthday. Realizing that this is her last chance to discover the truth about that long-ago day, Laurel searches for answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.  One of those shockers that have you staring into space for a bit afterwards!

Happy Reading!

What Are You Reading This Month?

These are some of the reads from Netgalley I’m reading as well as about 15 hard copies and 2 Beta reads. So my June is pretty full! I really am in need of some recommendations for that 8 to 10 age group of girls. Nothing sexual, just some good series reads.

                        

      

  

So what are you all reading this month? Any good recommendations for me?

xx Happy Reading!   Patricia

LEAVES OF FIRE (THE NEWIRTH MYTHOLOGY #2) BY MICHAEL B. KOEP

Leaves of Fire (The Newirth Mythology #2)

Imagine paintings that hold the secrets to the meaning of life and death—or scribbled words that can alter the past and reshape the present. We know art imitates life but in Michael B. Koep’s thriller fiction trilogy, the author brings the arts to life in an action-packed tale spanning seven centuries.
In the spring of 1338, young William of Leaves knows only of remedies, herbs and his mother’s kindness. When he is forced to watch as she is dragged to a witch’s pyre by a mob led by the Bishop of London, the mysterious immortal apothecary, Albion Ravistelle, promises the boy a chance at vengeance.

In present day, psychologist Loche Newith and Julia Iris must come to terms with Loche’s prophetic writings that have changed the course of history and shaped the lives of William, Helen, and countless others. As a war breaks out between the immortals on earth and Albion Ravistelle, Loche must accept the realities he has authored and cross over into death—he must enter again into Basil Fenn’s paintings to find a way to end the conflict.

In Part Two of The Newirth Mythology, Leaves of Fire, Koep entwines these lives and lifetimes as he explores myth, memory, revenge and the hope of forgiveness.

The Invasion of Heaven, the first in this series told the story of the Painter and the Poet. This second book is about the Healer.

An author whose writings are prophetic and change the course of history. The first one was a bit of a slide into madness, which isn’t always bad as we see in this book.

A battle between Gods and the ones who are tasked with keeping them where they are.

I’m really torn with writing a lot about this book because I loved the way I fell into it and got sucked down the rabbit hole along with the Poet and the Painter.

Almost like Stephen King meets Dan Brown!  But fresh, original and just when I was getting a little tired of the same old reads Mr. Koep comes along and blows me away.

You don’t have to read book one first, but I would anyway.

Great job!

The Body In The Ice by A.J.Mackenzie

The Body in the Ice

Christmas Day, Kent, 1796
On the frozen fields of Romney Marsh stands New Hall; silent, lifeless, deserted. In its grounds lies an unexpected Christmas offering: a corpse, frozen into the ice of a horse pond.

It falls to the Reverend Hardcastle, justice of the peace in St Mary in the Marsh, to investigate. But with the victim’s identity unknown, no murder weapon and no known motive, it seems like an impossible task. Working along with his trusted friend, Amelia Chaytor, and new arrival Captain Edward Austen, Hardcastle soon discovers there is more to the mystery than there first appeared.

With the arrival of an American family torn apart by war and desperate to reclaim their ancestral home, a French spy returning to the scene of his crimes, ancient loyalties and new vengeance combine to make Hardcastle and Mrs Chaytor’s attempts to discover the secret of New Hall all the more dangerous.

The good widow Amelia Chaytor is trying to enjoy a Christmas meal with friends when her servant rushes in with news of a dead body half in the frozen horse pond up at New Hall, where he had been pilfering some firewood.

The ever so curious widow marches straight up to find out what is going on. On finding a body, they send for the good Reverand Hardcastle, Rector and Justice of the Peace in this small village.

Now they must figure out who the person is and what were they doing at the abandoned New Hall?

This is a hard time in history for both the violent and turbulence going on in the Americas, fresh from winning their independence from England, to the spies in England who would like to take England for the French and with America form a powerhouse allegiance. There is a shortage of able-bodied men which means the good Hardcastle and Mrs. Chaytor have very little help trying to find the truth.

When the owners of New Hall show up more questions than answers are found.

This is the second book featuring Hardcastle and Chaytor in St. Mary in the Marsh and I am a big fan of this historical mystery writing. And while quite a bit of this story may have happened. It is a fine tale!

About the Author:

A.J. MacKenzie is the pseudonym of Marilyn Livingstone and Morgen Witzel, a collaborative Anglo-Canadian husband-and-wife duo. Between them they have written more than twenty non-fiction and academic titles, with specialisms including management, medieval economic history and medieval warfare. THE BODY ON THE DOORSTEP (2016) was their first novel.