Month: March 2017

“Echoes from Death” by Helen Hanson

“Echoes from Death” by Helen Hanson

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

The Cruise FBI Thriller series just keeps getting better with “Echoes from Death” which is Book 3. Claudia and Baxter are back again and better than ever. This installment has them in Mazatlan, where Claudia is hoping to finally solve the mystery of Ravi’s death. It’s 10 years later, but an informant has come forward and Claudia gets permission to pursue it, unofficially. What neither Claudia or Baxter know is just how dangerous this search will be.

In this installment, Claudia and Baxter are finally a couple and I find their relationship to be really sweet. When she’s with Baxter, Claudia can finally let down the FBI tough guy stance and be herself. Baxter meanwhile, is so supportive and seems to have a 6th sense for what Claudia needs from him. This is a thriller so romance is low on the list, but I am really enjoying how this relationship is growing with each book. That being said, there are plenty of thrills and danger in this story. Whether on land or on sea, these two will not give up until justice is done. Helen Hanson fans will definitely love this book and if you haven’t tried her yet, you can’t go wrong with this series.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-Up 3/26/2017

Greetings everyone! First, I must apologize profusely for not getting this post up yesterday. Somehow the whole day just got away from me. Secondly, I just realized that a posted nothing all last week. I think that’s the first time since I started this blog.

TBR – Still at 271. I finished a book and picked up a new book, so no change here.

NetGalley – That book I picked up was, of course, from NetGalley, so my score went back down to 71%.

Coming Up – The book I finished is “Where Dead Men Meet” by Mark Mills. This book releases on May 30, 2017 and I will be posting my review on that date to coincide with the release. I will tell that I enjoyed the book and if you want to check it out just click on the title above to go to the Amazon page. Currently I am reading “Lies” by TM Logan, which is a psychological thriller. After that is “The Fifth Petal” by Brunonia Barry. I’m very excited about this mystery. The description sounds so intriguing that I actually had requested it from 2 different websites without realizing it so I now have an electronic copy and a hardcover copy. I can’t wait!

I hope you all have a great week and I’ll try to get back on schedule.

Happy Reading!

 

Weekly Round-Up 3/19/2017

Well this post doesn’t even feel like it’s worth writing because this past week just didn’t really get off the ground for me. It’s one of those weeks when I just fell like I haven’t accomplished anything. So let’s see how under-accomplished my week really was.

TBR

TBR started at 272. I finished one book … one book … I am 60% through the next one on the list. The only positive note is that I didn’t add any new titles, so the week ends at 271. Not a good showing.

NetGalley

A very small nudge here. The one book I finished was a NetGalley title so my review of it bumped me from a 71% to 72%.

Coming Up

That 60% completion is for “Echoes From Death” by Helen Hanson which there is an outside chance I will finish today. Heads up, I’m really enjoying it and while it’s book 3 in the series, I think it’s even better than book 2. My review will go up on March 28th to coincide with the release of the book. After that will be “Where Dead Men Meet” by Mark Mills. So, wish me luck that this week is at least a little more productive and I hope you all have a great week.

Happy Reading!

 

“The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds” by Selina Siak Chin Yoke

“The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds” by Selina Siak Chin Yoke

This story is a masterpiece! I’m never quite sure what to expect when I pick up a book set in a different culture and I was very pleasantly surprised by this story. The author has based this story on the life of her great-grandmother and she must have been an amazing woman. The story begins in 1878 and is set in Malaysia. Chye Hoon in born into a Nyonya household and is trained in the tradition. Her marriage is arranged for her by her parents and she is fortunate because they choose a handsome young man who will become not only her husband but her best friend. The newlyweds settle in Ipoh just before the turn of the century and their family grows right along with the town. They will have 10 children before tragedy strikes and Chye Hoon must find the courage to go on. She turns to her Nyonya training to support her family.

Chye Hoon shows great strength in the midst of a quickly changing world. She never learns to read or write but she manages to start not 1 but 3 successful businesses. She faces incredible personal losses but her family keeps her going. Her story is beautifully told in this book. Since Chye Hoon supports her family with her Nyonya cooking there is a lot of talk about food in this story and the author’s descriptions will have your mouth watering in no time. The author also does an excellent job of describing the culture and the tension between the white rulers and the Malaysian people. I am highly recommending this book, especially for readers who enjoy learning about other cultures. This could also be a great book club pick.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating  5 stars!

Happy Reading!

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A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and AmazonCrossing in exchange for an honest review.

Weekly Round-Up 3/12/2017

TBR

The week started with a count of 273 on the TBR. I (just barely) finished reading the two books I mentioned last week. My review of Dark Valleys went up on the 7th. I just finished The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds this afternoon and that review will go up tomorrow. In the acquisitions department, I almost made it through the week with no additions, but … yesterday I received from author Helen Hanson an advance review copy of the latest book in the Cruise FBI thriller series. The title is Echoes From Death and will release on March 28th. This is book 3 in the series and you can see my review of book 2 here. So, the new TBR total is 272!

NetGalley rating – I didn’t post any reviews on NetGalley this week, but I also didn’t request any books, so still at 71%.

Coming Up

I’ll be reading the aforementioned Echoes From Death so I can get a review out in time for the release.

Echoes From Death

So that’s my update. Hope you all have a good week!

Happy Reading!

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“Dark Valleys” by Gary Dobbs

“Dark Valleys” by Gary Dobbs

Subtitle: Foul Deeds Among the South Wales Valleys 1845-2016

Genre: True Crime

True crime lovers should really like this book. The author has compiled all the murders committed in South Wales for the years 1845-2016. I found this book so fascinating that I nearly read it all in one sitting. The perpetrators in these cases are male and female, young and old, British and foreigners. The author also notes the forensic techniques used in these cases and points out the development of the science over the period. It seems wrong somehow to say that I enjoyed this book, but I found it fascinating and the author’s writing style was very engaging. Overall, a job well done!

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

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-Up 3/5/2017

TBR

The week started with a total of 273. I finished reading 2 books, but I also picked up 2 new ones. So, still at 273.

NetGalley Rating

I completed 2 NetGalley reviews this week which bumped me up to 71%. I’m getting closer to the elusive 80% badge!

Coming Up

Currently, I am reading “The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds” by Selina Siak Chin Yoke

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I’m really enchanted by the cover of this book. I’m also reading a true crime book, “Dark Valley” by Gary Dobbs
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That’s what’s happening here. Hope you all have a great week and don’t forget to read!

 

 

“Moral Defense” by Marcia Clark

“Moral Defense” by Marcia Clark

Genre: Legal Thriller

I loved this book! This is book 2 in the Samantha Brinkman series. I am now totally hooked on this series. In this installment Samantha has 3 problems to resolve. She is defense attorney for a 16-year old girl who’s accused of killing both her parents and her brother. Making a repeat appearance in Sam’s office is DeShawn, a part-time drug dealer who she previously defended, and the Orozco’s who want to know who killed one of their own and they won’t take “No” for an answer. Alex and Michelle, her investigator and best friend, are also back and better than ever. Last, but not least, is the return of Dale, Sam’s father. He’s back on the police force and proves to be integral in solving the mystery.

So what is it about this book that I love so much. One of the most important things for me in making a good story is that the characters must be believable and relatable. I find every character in this series to be that way, from the Orozco thugs to Sam herself, every character could be a real person. In addition, I enjoy female protagonists who are tough and confident professionals but not afraid of their softer, feminine side, and I find Sam to be exactly that. She cares deeply about her friends but is not afraid to do whatever it takes to get the job done. I also like the way that Samantha’s personal story is gradually unfolding with each book and that she continues to work on her relationship with her father even though it can be awkward at times. Best friend Michelle is perfect as the voice of reason in her life. Alex is charming and endlessly surprising Sam with what he can discover with a few keystrokes. This book is full of great characters, legal drama and thrills. I highly recommend you check out this series.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating   5 stars!

Happy Reading!

Moral Defense on Amazon – book 2

Blood Defense on Amazon – book 1

Moral Defense on Goodreads

Blood Defense on Goodreads