Monday, July 16, 2018

Shelved Under Murder by Victoria Gilbert Great Escapes Tour-Review

Shelved Under Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (July 10, 2018)
Hardcover: 300 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683315957
Digital: ASIN: B075QJHPR9

About the book 
Autumn leaves aren’t the only things falling in the historic Virginia village of Taylorsford—so are some cherished memories, and a few bodies.
October in Taylorsford, Virginia means it’s leaf peeping season, with bright colorful foliage and a delightful fresh crew of tourists attending the annual Heritage Festival which celebrates local history and arts and crafts. Library director Amy Webber, though, is slightly dreading having to spend two days running a yard sale fundraiser for her library. But during these preparations, when she and her assistant Sunny stumble across a dead body, Amy finds a real reason to be worried.
The body belonged to a renowned artist who was murdered with her own pallet knife. A search of the artist’s studio uncovers a cache of forged paintings, and when the sheriff’s chief deputy Brad Tucker realizes Amy is skilled in art history research, she’s recruited to aid the investigation. It doesn’t seem to be an easy task, but when the state’s art expert uncovers a possible connection between Amy’s deceased uncle and the murder case, Amy must champion her Aunt Lydia to clear her late husband’s name.
That’s when another killing shakes the quiet town, and danger sweeps in like an autumn wind. Now, with her swoon-inducing neighbor Richard Muir, Amy must scour their resources to once again close the books on murder.
And I thought 
So Taylorsford isn't so quiet after all.  Just when everyone thought things were settling down after the last drama another dead body turns up.  
As the townsfolk plan a Heritage Festival Amy the Library director and her employees, family and friends are collecting donations to sell at the fair.  Seems besides a few books the Library just might need some cameras and security system what with all the crime that seems to be hitting the quiet sleepy town. 
In book 2 Amy, her boyfriend Richard and Sonny her friend and co-worker stumble onto the body of the local artist.  
As the 3 tell their stories of what they saw to the local law the daughter and husband of the victim are hiding secrets along with some paintings that are in a hidden closet at the crime scene. 
When Amy is asked to begin doing research on the paintings and is actually deputized she discovers the paintings are forgeries.
And the door is open to all kinds of intrigue when it's discovered a gang of art thieves has been working in the midst of the quiet town for years. 
Everyone ends being surprised especially Amy's aunt Lydia when more paintings are found in their home. It appears Lydia's dead husband was into forgeries too. 
There are few suspects including the husband of the victim, the towns young drug dealer and then maybe an 'art collector/who knows what'.  The art collector Kurt Kendrick seems to have either some skeletons or shady business going on making him a suspect too.  
Some great characters make Shelved Under Murder a really 
good read that kept me turning the pages.
When the smoke clears (and there is a smoking gun in the end) the mysteries are solved and everything returns to normal in the 
quiet town of Taylorsford.  
One thing I thought that was refreshing was that Richard Amy's boyfriend doesn't get all protective and overbearing about Amy's sleuthing.  I like that.  The romantic part of the story was just smoothly fit in woven into their everyday lives.   This is a clean cozy read with no bedroom scenes.  
Alot of murder and crime keeps the reader guessing and turning the pages. 

A character that stood out to me was Kurt Kendrick the art collector.  I suspect there is much more to Mr. Kendrick.  Just a sneak peek he didn't do the murder(s) but what else is he up to? 
(My interview with Kurt Kendrick follows)

Shelved Under Murder is book  in the series.  Each book is written as a stand alone.  You'll enjoy jumping into the series.  

I enjoyed reading Shelved Under Murder and I am looking forward to many more visits to Taylorsford. 

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Friday, July 13, 2018

I Think I love You by Lauren Layne-Book Tour-Spotlight/Giveaway

I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne
About the book 
A game of seduction between two best friends goes deliciously wrong in an irresistible Oxford Novel that brims with wit and sexual tension. Library Journal hails Layne’s work as “exemplary contemporary romance.”

Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have no sparks, Brit decides it’s time to torch her dating game and try a new plan. And who better to coach Brit through the art of seduction than the guy who first gave her the “let’s be friends” card?

Hunter Cross has always figured there’s nothing his best friend Brit can do to surprise him. But Brit’s request is a surprise he doesn’t see coming—and one he’s definitely not prepared for. Hunter and Brit have always been careful to keep things perfectly platonic, but the fake dates and faux flirting are starting to feel like the real deal. And soon Hunter realizes he has taught Brit too well. Not only has she become an expert at seduction, the man becoming thoroughly seduced is him.
I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne

And I thought
5+ stars.  I knew I would like/enjoy I Think I Love You honestly
I didn't expect to Love it.  I was so not disappointed. 
From page 1 Lauren Layne and her characters Brie and Hunter 
grabbed me and didn't let go. 
And then there were the sub-characters all friends and co-workers.
I want to work at Oxford/Stiletto.  The work environment is friendly.  Very friendly all the staff are friends.  Everyone likes each other (some maybe more than others) and supports each other. There is no shortage of romance.  Some of the co-workers are married and starting families.  Some are engaged and end up married by the end of the book. 
Brie and Hunter are just hard to explain. 
He is a bachelor that knows women.  He has money and knows how to use it and enjoys his bachelor life. 
He has an amazing best friend in Brie.  She is there for him when he needs 'out' of a relationship.  And there to just hang out. 
But what they don't realize it is actually Hunter that causes Brie not to find 'the one'.  Unintentially their relationship runs off any other guy that's interested.  
Brie is sweet and funny.  She is just a little uncertain of her own attraction to men and doesn't realize it really isn't 'her' it's 'him' as in Hunter.  Who unknown to both of them is standing in the wings and causing the other guys to not get closer or romantic with Brie.
Finally the two realize that they are more into each other than they 
thought and another whole ball of wax starts.  There's a little drama that ends up worked out neatly in the end and there is a great
Happily Ever After. 

I Think I Love You is part of a series.  But it is stand alone.  
Be prepared when you read it you'll want to read the others. 
Each of the sub characters have a charisma that will draw you in and keep you wanting to read each of their stories. 

I have to say that this book and this author has made it's way to the top of my best reads for the year (so far).

If you like a good sweet romance you'll love this series. 
Mama might blush a little there are a few bedroom scenes but they are subtle and classy.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Dangerous to Know -Book Review- I Read with Audra Tours

Dangerous to Know Megan Whitson Lee

About the book 
“Don’t look at him, dear. He’s dangerous.” 
 
Isabella Bankmill seeks a husband whose character matches her list of requirements. The man must share her faith, but he must also possess a certain je ne sais quoi. The enigmatical Lord Gregory Gordon Bromby—London’s newest literary sensation—certainly possesses the latter. Despite a deformed foot and alarming views on politics and religion, he attracts the ladies in droves.
 
Haunted by his past and overwhelmed by his newfound celebrity status, Lord Bromby’s obsession with his own doom leads to reckless behavior. When he is stalked by an obsessive aristocrat seeking an elopement, Bromby’s friends urge him to marry a suitable lady as soon as possible. Intrigued by Isabella’s convictions and hoping to avoid further scandal, Bromby proposes to Isabella.
Isabella also receives an offer of marriage from kind-hearted philanthropist, David Beringer—a man equally devoted to his faith—but she only has eyes for Lord Bromby. Blinded by his talent and good looks, Isabella convinces herself that he’s not as dangerous as everyone claims. But when Bromby’s world violently collides with hers, Isabella must decide once and for all who is lord of her life. God or Bromby?
And I thought
Admittedly Historical/Regency Novels (Romances) are not my 1st choice when I am thinking about a new book.  

A cover would have to 'get me' (not into a bunch skin).  This one 
got me it hit the Sigh/Gasp button. It is a very romantic cover. 

I was offered to read Dangerous to Know as part of the 
Read with Audra tour.  I was delighted for the opportunity. 
The main reason that I don't usually read H.R.'s is to me they
are usually long and just a bit deep.  With all the history that is thrown in and the locations, culture and language is sometimes 
daunting to me. 
Dangerous to Know did not hit me as daunting it was a long read. And I did have to concentrate through some parts but the characters drew me in. 

Megan Whitson Lee did an excellent job of spinning a tale based on real people.  The writing and detail make you feel a part of the 
story. 

I always seem to cheer for the rebel, the bad guy or the guy that is 
just haunted.  That was the character of Bromby.  He was haunted.
Isabella's character is sweet and charming. 
Is it sad to say she probably should have taken the advice and 
not look at him.  But, there was chemistry that was hard to deny.

Without giving the story/ending away I had a feeling the reader 
might be left feeling that there might just be a part 2 ending in 
a Happy Ending for all.

If you are fan of Historical or Regency novels you'll enjoy this book. 

I enjoyed reading Dangerous to Know and look forward to reading more from this author. 

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Tied Up With Strings-Great Escapes Tour-Spotlight/Giveaway

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About the book 
An Imajin Qwickies® Mystery/Crime Novella
Big mysteries often come in small packages…
When curmudgeonly private detective Betty Grape visits a young friend, who is housesitting in a remote village in England for Christmas vacation, something seems out of place. Her friend, Catia, is visibly nervous. Is she worried about the young men in the decrepit caravan in next door’s back garden? Or is Catia involved in the disappearance of the homeowner’s invalid wife?
As an American, Betty discovers the locals are full of friendly gossip but taciturn about solid facts. Though they are determined to keep Betty from butting in on their territory, she blunders through the social morass of narrow-minded foreigners and their broad Dorset accents. Can she unravel the tight knots of this mystery? Will she find the perpetrator under thickly thatched rooves or behind floral chintz curtains?
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Love Beneath the Might Dome-i Read Book Tour Spotlight


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About the book 
Book Title: Love Beneath the Mighty Dome: Volume 1 by Ronald J. Wichers
Category: Adult Fiction, 332 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction, Mystery and Suspense
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Release date: September 21, 2017
Tour dates: July 2 to 27, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13

Book Description:

What if you felt that Almighty God had called you personally to devote your life exclusively to His service only to discover that those in charge of your training were people not worthy of your respect? Would you stubbornly stick to your path? Would you rebel and try to change the institution from within? Would you begin to doubt yourself and your own integrity? Or would you question whether the institution itself was actually what its founder, Jesus of Nazareth, had intended so many hundreds of generations before you?

Turn the pages of Love Beneath the Mighty Dome and discover what happens to those confronted by just this dilemma, how it affects their lives, their ability to function, their ability to love.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tempting Beat by Brooklyn Ann-Goddess Fish Promotions

 

About the book 
YOU NEVER KNOW…

Bleeding Vengeance’s drummer, Roderick Powell knows he’s a sod for feeling glum, especially after moving into a beautiful new home in a smart Denver suburb. But all his mates are partnered or married, and dreadfully happy. It’s enough to make a rockstar rethink his options. And even though his sexy neighbor has given him the brush-off, he’s decided to have another go – at this point he has nothing left to lose, apart from his heart.

WHAT LIES BENEATH

Gwen Mason’s romantic past has been bumpier than most – twice divorced by thirty, she’s had enough of broken promises. An ER nurse who keeps a brutal schedule, she’s happy to become known as the neighborhood crazy cat lady. But…the most delicious man has moved next door. He’s British, he’s famous, he’s a rockstar. And, hard as she tries, Gwen can't keep Rod Powell from breaking all her rules, and suddenly she sees a future she never believed possible.

And I am thinking
I got into this tour at the last minute and I am still turning the pages. 
So far I am loving this romance.  
Updated...turned the last page.
Tempting Beat is filled with some great characters especially 
Rod and Gwen.  I am fascinated with Rod.  His character is from English nobility.  But he put all that aside and came to the U.S. to be a drummer for a heavy metal bad. 
The locale is Denver, Colorado.  The bad members have chosen Denver as a place to set down roots.  A place that is convenient and legal for some of the leisure things the like to do. 
Rod is interesting because he likes to restore old cars.  He gets into a conflict with the cities council when they try to get him to get rid of his cars.  
Gwen is just a sweet character that has been through a lot of heart break. 
As I turn the pages I am rooting for them to get together in the end. 
That makes a good great romance!
I enjoyed the Rod-Gwen romance.  I enjoyed Rod's band mates
and their characters. 

Gwen struggles with 'really' believing that Rod is really into her because she is stuck on the age difference (she is older). 

Rod has some struggles with neighbor council and then ends up 
in jail for a night when ICE shows up and his 'mates' wedding. 

The author gives us a sweet romance and ties up the relationship 
conflicts.  

What I didn't particularly care for was how the author tied-up the 
conflict that Rod was having with some of the neighbors.  The 
story went from Romance to just a weird ending when two of the neighbors are unexpectedly killed in a really strange way.  It just didn't make sense to me and kind of took away from everything that I liked about the storyline.  

I did really enjoy this book and would be interested to read more in the series.   Tempting Beat is book 6 in the Hearts of Metal series. 
It is written as a stand alone and was very easy to get into.  No need to read the series in order but I think the characters are so interesting I would like to read more.  

Cautions for the reader there are some bedrooms scenes.  There are some scenes where the characters are doing drugs.  

I received a complimentary copy. 
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A Souffle' of Suspicion by Daryl Wood Gerber- Great Escapes Tour-Review/Giveaway


About the book (provided by Great Escapes Tours)
The buoyant mood at Bistro Rousseau deflates when Chef Camille’s sister, Renee, turns up dead in the chef’s kitchen, and Mimi Rousseau must tease the real killer out of a mélange of menacing characters.
Crush Week in Nouvelle Vie is a madhouse—in a good way. Tourists pour into town for the pressing of the Napa Valley’s world-renowned grapes and all the town’s businesses get a nice lift, including Bistro and Maison Rousseau. Mimi is raising the ante this year with a Sweet Treats Festival, a wonderland of croissants, cakes, tarts, and soufflés crafted with expert care by the area’s top talents.
Chef Camille’s sister Renee is managing the festival with a cast-iron fist, upsetting everyone, including her sister. Which is bad for Camille when Renee turns up dead in the chef’s kitchen. Mimi is still building her business, so her first course of action is to whip up answers and catch the unsavory perpetrator before Camille takes a dusting and gets burned.
And others are saying
Warmth, humor, a few chills, a soupçon of intrigue, and plenty of charm make for a great read. A SOUFFLE OF SUSPICION is a delectable entrée in the French Bistro Mystery series.
~Cozy Up With Kathy
Delicious food, engaging characters, and a well-constructed plot join with the gorgeous setting to make this book a delightful read from start to finish.
~Reading is My SuperPower
A Soufflé of Suspicion, book #2 in the French bistro series, is delicious – and I don’t mean that as a pun. It is simply the essence of all that a cozy mystery should be.
~The Power of Words

I found A Souffle of Suspicion to be well-written and it has a nice steady pace. The author has a conversational writing style that is engaging.
~The Avid Reader
And I thought
A very fun read.  I enjoyed everything about this book.  
The storyline/plot was interesting and kept me turning the pages while trying to figure out Who Dun It?  
Daryl does a great job of leaving little tid bits and leading the reader on a ride while trying to figure it out.  
There are some subtle clues early on that kind of get swept away causing the reader and the characters to look for answers elsewhere. 
This book and series has some delightful characters. 
I loved Mimi's character.  I loved her name Mimi Rousseau so very french sounding.  Mimi is one talented business woman owning the Bistro Cafe and the Maison Rousseau.  Such charming places that almost come to life.  I wanted to visit! MiMi spends 
alot of time talking to herself and going over the clues and working things out in her head until finally she puts everything together 
and figures out who really killed poor Renee.  Everyone including this reader is a bit surprised at the out come and who the villain is. 
As the story progressed there was no shortage of suspects.  
But each are exonerated in due time as their alibi's are covered.
There really are alot of characters running around.  But it was 
difficult to keep track of what was going on. 
If I was to choose a favorite among them it might be MiMi's mother.  She was delightful and charming at ready and willing to lend a hand whether it was watching over Camille in the early hours after she discovers her sisters body.  Or by bringing lots of diners to the Maison Rousseau for a dinner party.  
As Souffle of Suspicion is part of the French Bistro Mystery
series there is lot of talk about food.  There are some great sounding recipes at the end of the book.  
Souffle of Suspicion is book 2 in the series and is written as a 
stand alone.  If you pic it up you'll enjoy it and quite possibly have a hard time putting it down.   I did.  This was a fun and fast 5 star read for me.   I am looking forward to reading more in this series. 

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