Month: January 2017

“Death Calls at the Palace” by Adele Fasick

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Genre: Mystery

Publisher: Mongan Books

A mysterious death in Victorian London, an attempt to storm the palace, a plot to kill the Queen, what do they all have in common? It all happens in “Death Calls at the Palace”. Charlotte and Daniel Edgerton have just returned to England after years in the U.S. Daniel has accepted a job with a local newspaper and Charlotte is busy setting up their new household and getting reacquainted with her brother and his bride. Charlotte is a teacher and when she learns that her brother and sister-in-law can’t read she begins to teach them. Soon there are several young women coming to her for class. One of them is a kitchen maid in the Singh household. They are in London from India to try to meet with the Queen. There is much political unrest in London and many bad feelings against the Indians. When the Singh’s kitchen maid is found dead on the kitchen floor and Mrs. Singh and her maid are kidnapped, Charlotte and Daniel find themselves becoming detectives.

I found this to be a very enjoyable mystery. The Edgerton’s are very engaging characters, however, I would have liked to see a little more of their backstory since this is not the first book in the series. The story has a nice, twisty storyline that kept me glued to the pages. It is obvious that the author did a lot of research for this book, and her descriptions of the political scene at the time are very realistic.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 3-5-star-rating 3.5 stars

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Weekly Round-up 1/29/2017

Ok, it’s that time of the week when we look at the numbers on the TBR and see how it’s going. Last Sunday I had 277 books on the TBR, let’s see what’s happened this week.

Books I finished reading:  3 (looking good here)

Books added to TBR: 1 (is that number for real?)

New total: 275

So, a net decrease of 2 books, I’m liking this.

What’s coming up in the next week? I am working on a review of “Death Calls at the Palace” by Adele Fasick

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What am I currently reading? “A Killer Location” by Sarah T. Hobart and “The Lengthening War” by Michael Goode.

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So, that’s my summary for this week. Time to get back to reading.

Happy Reading!

“In Such Good Company” by Carol Burnett

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Genre: Non-Fiction

Publisher: Crown Archetype

If you are a fan of “The Carol Burnett Show”, you will definitely want to read this book. In its pages, Ms. Burnett takes us back through all 11 years of the show and tells about how the show became the icon of TV comedy that it is today. The book starts with a history of how the show came to be in the first place. Ms. Burnett then takes the reader through her favorite skits, her co-stars, her guest stars and even the feedback that some of the show’s parodies received, not all of it good.

“The Carol Burnett Show” premiered right about the time I was old enough to understand television, and continued throughout my growing up years. It was a staple at our house. I was so excited to receive this book and reading it was like reminiscing with an old friend. I highly recommend this book!

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-star-rating 4 stars!

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“The Kill Sign” by Nichole Christoff

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“The Kill Sign” eases you gently into the story but leaves you breathless at the end. The action in this one gets more intense the further you go. I was exhausted by the end. Jamie Sinclair is one of those female characters that I love. She can be gentle and caring with those she loves without sacrificing the toughness she needs for her job as a private detective turned security consultant. She needs all of her skills for this one. A nuclear bomb has exploded on a riverboat casino in Mississippi with Jamie, her boyfriend Adam Barrett, and much of Barrett’s military unit on board. When Jamie realizes that someone from her past placed the bomb, she knows she can’t rest till he is found. The riddle of this mystery involves Jamie’s former boss and mentor Ray whose wife is pregnant, and also Jamie’s best friend.

This is book 4 in the Jamie Sinclair series but I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. “The Kill Sign” works very well as a stand-alone. That being said I enjoyed it so much that I think I will have to go back and read the first three. I felt an instant connection with Jamie and was as comfortable with her as I would be with an old friend, even though we just met. This is an excellent book in the mystery/thriller genre and I am giving it 5 stars.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Alibi Books for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-up 1/22/2017

TBR Update: I started the week with 276 books on the TBR and today there are 277. Due to the increased number of hours I had to work at my day job this week I did very little reading and didn’t finish any books. I did however succumb, once again, to a NetGalley offering and that added 1 book to the list. I’m still working on “The Kill Sign”, 66% read, and “In Such Good Company”, 50% read. Boss will be back tomorrow so I hoping to finish these two and post reviews, and possibly finish a third. Wish me luck!

Happy Reading!

“A Bitter Pill to Swallow” by Tiffany Gholar

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Publisher: Pronoun

This is the story of two teenagers who are misdiagnosed and misunderstood by friends and family, and the adults who seek to help them. Devante has lost his best friend and falls into a deep depression. After barely being rescued from a suicide attempt he finds himself at the Harrison School, a facility for children with mental illness for instead of being medicated they are coached and mentored to understand themselves and their individual challenges. At Harrison, he meets Janina, a young lady who has been there a long time. Janina is shy and insecure but she stretches herself as she gives Devante a tour and they become friends. The book tells their story as they work through their issues and face the future.

I found the characters in this book to be very believable and real. The author has done a great job of developing their personalities and also their backstory. The book is very honest about the ways that their support networks let them down, but is also very hopeful as the family and friends start to realize how they can do better. These characters are African-American but that was not the main theme of the book. The struggles Devante and Janina face could be true of anybody of any race and for that I think this book would appeal to a broad range of young adults. Overall, I applaud the author for the creativity of the storyline, which kept me engaged, and the depth of the characters, which made them feel real. This would be appropriate for older teens but younger ages may have difficulty understanding the mental health aspects of the story.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-star-rating

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Weekly Round-up 1/15/2017

TBR Update: Last week the TBR was at 276 and this week it remains at 276. Why you ask? Well, I finished reading 3 books but had a moment of weakness on NetGalley and picked up 3 new books. So, the overall total remains unchanged.

Coming up: I will be posting my review of “A Bitter Pill to Swallow” by Tiffany Gholar tomorrow.

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I am currently reading “The Kill Sign” by Nichole Christoff and “In Such Good Company” by Carol Burnett.

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So, those are my plans for this week but I’m filling in for a vacationing employee this coming week and that will mean more hours at work. Wish me luck!

Happy Reading!

“Lilli De Jong” by Janet Benton

“Lilli De Jong” by Janet Benton

Genre: Literary Fiction

Publisher: Random House

This is a powerful story that you won’t want to miss. Lilli is a young Quaker woman in 19th century Philadelphia. A night alone with her fiancé leaves her pregnant, and his departure to Pittsburgh to find work leaves her a shamed woman. After being rejected by her father and stepmother, she finds herself in a charity for unmarried pregnant women. The charity expects that the girls will give their babies up for adoption, but Lilli cannot bear to do so. This decision leads her on a circuitous route just to survive.

I found this story very moving. The circumstances Lilli faces are gut-wrenching to read about but her determination is an inspiration. The author has carefully crafted Lilli’s story and her research and attention to detail shows through as she presents the way of life and the culture of the period. I highly recommend this story to all lovers of fiction.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating

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“The Roman Barbarian Wars” by Ludwig Heinrich Dyck

“The Roman Barbarian Wars” by Ludwig Heinrich Dyck

Genre: History, Non-Fiction

Publisher: Pen & Sword Military

This book is subtitled “The Era of Roman Conquest” and traces the history of the conflicts between the Romans and the various Barbarian tribes that occupied what is now Western Europe. I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book so much. I don’t usually venture into books about war but this one proved to be worth the effort. The author has thoroughly researched the period of the Barbarian wars and presents the chronology of the battles in an engaging way. The details of the battles are here, as much as we can know of them, and the politics of the time as well. This would be a good choice for those interested in Ancient History, Roman history, or military history.

Thank you to Pen & Sword for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-star-rating

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Weekly Roundup 1/8/2017

TBR Update: I started the year with 277 books on the TBR. I finished one this week and somehow managed to not acquire any new ones. So, the TBR now stands at 276. I have 2 additional books that I know I will finish this week and maybe a third.

Coming up: This week you can look for reviews of the following:

  1. “The Roman Barbarian Wars” by Ludwig Heinrich Dyck

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2. “Lilli De Jong” by Janet Benton

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Happy Reading!