Month: June 2019

“A Trace of Copper” by Anne Renwick – Update

“A Trace of Copper” by Anne Renwick – Update

Blurb:

New recruit to the Queen’s agents, Dr. Piyali Mukherji is given a simple first assignment. Travel to the small Welsh village of Aberwyn and solve the mystery of a young woman’s blue skin lesion. A challenging task, for the alarming infection is unlike anything she’s seen before – and it’s spreading.

Evan Tredegar, the town’s pharmacist and the only man to ever capture her heart, knows more than he’s telling. Despite his efforts to push her away, her touch reawakens old desires. As more villagers fall victim to the strange disease, he’ll have no choice but to reveal his secrets, even if it means sacrificing his freedom.

Together they must move past broken promises, capture a rogue frog, and stop the infection before it spreads out of control.

My Thoughts:

This is an update to my previous review which you can read here. This is the first of Anne Renwick’s Elemental Web Tales to be released as an audiobook and if steampunk or romance is your thing, then you don’t want to miss this one. I loved this story when I originally read it but I enjoyed it even more as an audio book. The narrator is Anais Inara Chase and she has done a fantastic job with this book. The story felt even more dramatic and action packed with her narration. More books in the series will be coming out on audio with this narrator and I can’t wait to rediscover these stories through her voice.

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Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

 

 

“Bad Axe County” by John Galligan

“Bad Axe County” by John Galligan

Blurb:

Fifteen years ago, Heidi White’s parents were shot to death on their Bad Axe County farm. The police declared it a murder-suicide and closed the case. But that night, Heidi found the one clue she knew could lead to the truth—if only the investigators would listen.

Now Heidi White is Heidi Kick, wife of local baseball legend Harley Kick and mother of three small children. She’s also the interim sheriff in Bad Axe. Half the county wants Heidi elected but the other half will do anything to keep her out of law enforcement. And as a deadly ice storm makes it way to Bad Axe, tensions rise and long-buried secrets climb to the surface.

As freezing rain washes out roads and rivers flood their banks, Heidi finds herself on the trail of a missing teenaged girl. Clues lead her down twisted paths to backwoods stag parties, derelict dairy farms, and the local salvage yard—where the body of a different teenage girl has been carefully hidden for a decade.

As the storm rages on, Heidi realizes that someone is planting clues for her to find, leading her to some unpleasant truths that point to the local baseball team and a legendary game her husband pitched years ago. With a murder to solve, a missing girl to save, and a monster to bring to justice, Heidi is on the cusp of shaking her community to its core—and finding out what really happened the night her parents died.

My Thoughts:

Bad Axe County has a bad-ass sheriff. Well, technically she’s the interim sheriff until the special election is held. But there is nothing interim about her drive to bring down the criminals of the county. Heidi Kick is a complicated character. Difficult enough to be a wife, mother and sheriff but Heidi is haunted by her past and when if begins to collide with her present she struggles to keep her objectivity. I would love to meet her in person. I was initially drawn to this story because it’s set in the Wisconsin Dells area, a place I have vacationed at several times. I was impressed by the way the author used the setting as a character in the story. The hills and valleys of the place, even the weather, play a huge part in the drama and thrills of the narrative. This drama also touches on the issues of sex trafficking, the drug trade, and illegal interstate commerce. Not to mention the complicated relationships between residents. This book kept me on the edge of my seat for the whole ride and kept me guessing till the end. Top-notch read!

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This book releases on July 9, 2019. Pre-order yours today!

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Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

 

6/25/2019 New Book Releases

June 25

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner (Atria Books, $28; ISBN 978-1-5011-3348-0). 350,000 copies.

Surviving Trump by Joy-Ann Reid (William Morrow, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-288010-9). 200,000 copies.

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson (Little, Brown, $28; ISBN 978-0-316-52309-7). 150,000 copies.

Piety & Power by Tom LoBianco (Dey Street Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-286878-7). 125,000 copies.

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo (Doubleday, $27.95; ISBN 978-0-385-54425-2). 100,000 copies.

The Gone Dead: A Novel by Chanelle Benz (Ecco, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-249069-8). 100,000 copies.

Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World’s Deadliest Special Operations Force by Dan Schilling & Lori Chapman Longfritz (Grand Central Publishing, $29; ISBN 978-1-5387-2965-6). 100,000 copies.

The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe (Henry Holt & Co., $28; ISBN 978-1-250-30486-5). 100,000 copies.

Unleashed by Diana Palmer (HQN Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-335-65998-9). 100,000 copies.

Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties by Tom O’Neill and Dad Piepenbring (Little, Brown, $30; ISBN 978-0-316-47755-0). 100,000 copies.

The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan (William Morrow Paperbacks, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-285018-8). 100,000 copies.

Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle (Park Row, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-7783-0859-1). 100,000 copies.

The Sixth Man: A Memoir by Andre Iguodala (Blue Rider Press, $28; ISBN 978-0-525-53398-6). 75,000 copies.

The Snakes by Sadie Jones (Harper, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-289702-2). 75,000 copies.

Love Thy Neighbor by Ayaz Virji with Alan Eisenstock (Convergent Books, $26; ISBN 978-0-525-57720-1). 50,000 copies.

The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast by Andrew Blum (Ecco, $25.99; ISBN 978-0-06-236861-4). 50,000 copies.

Old Souls by Brian McDonald, illustrated by Les McClaine, (First Second, $24.99; ISBN 978-1-62672-732-8). 50,000 copies.

Thirty-Life Crisis: Navigating My Thirties, One Drunk Baby Shower at a Time by Lisa Schwartz (Grand Central Publishing, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-5387-6309-4). 50,000 copies.

A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards (Mira, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-7783-0785-3). 50,000 copies.

Heels of Steel by Barbara Kavovit (Mira, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-7783-6923-3). 50,000 copies.

A Beach Wish by Shelley Noble (William Morrow Paperbacks, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-267598-9). 50,000 copies.

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holms (Ballantine, $26; ISBN 978-0-525-61924-6).

I Want Your Sun to Reach My Raindrops: Poems by Jordan Weeks (Castle Point Books, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-250-21523-9).

Lost and Found by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-399-17947-1).

Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong (Minotaur Books, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-18135-0).

The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $26; ISBN 978-0-7352-1257-2).

Rules of Engagement by David Bruns and J. R. Olson (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-20031-0).

Northern Lights: One Woman, Two Teams, and the Football Field That Changed Their Lives by Cathy Parker with David Thomas (W Publishing, $17.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-7852-2380-1).

Round-Up 6/23/2019

It’s been several months since I did one of these and I’m curious as to how things have changed since the last Weekly Roundup in Sept. So let’s dive in and find out what the numbers look like 9 months later.

TBR – On 9/30/18 I had 219 books on the TBR. Today I have … 197. Well done, me! I’m sure it’s because I haven’t been acquiring very many books in the last 9 months. I wonder how long it will stay under 200?

Goodreads Challenge – In 2018 I fell short of my goal, so for 2019 I lowered the goal to 80. I am currently 3 books ahead of schedule on this goal but it doesn’t feel like much of a victory since I lowered the goal.

NetGalley Score – In September my score was 86%. Today is at 85%. Not a big change but not the direction I want to go either.

John Connolly Challenge – This is a big victory. I have finished all the books in the series that are available to me. The most recent book is not yet available in the U.S. I requested it through NetGalley but so far have not been approved.

Coming Up – I’m trying to decide what series to challenge myself with next. I’m considering the V.I. Warshawski series from Sara Paretsky, or the Longmire series by Craig Johnson. Or maybe I should try an author I’ve never read before, like Ann Cleeves. If you have an opinion, please leave a comment below. Or maybe you’d like to suggest a completely different challenge. All input is welcome. I’m currently reading “The Liar in the Library” by Simon Brett The Liar in the Libraryand then I think I might pick up “The Wedding Guest” by Jonathan Kellerman.

That’s it for books. We’ve had some gray, rainy days here this past week so no joy there, and no jackrabbits. But my trees and grass are looking really good this year. My husband and I got to spend a couple of days away in Duluth, MN which is really beautiful. A smaller city but a very vibrant one and the weather was beautiful for our stay. I hope everyone is having a great summer!

Happy Reading!

“A Reflection of Shadows” by Anne Renwick

“A Reflection of Shadows” by Anne Renwick

Blurb:

Shunned for her odd eyes and an unnerving habit of slipping into shadows, Lady Colleen Stewart refuses to be caged–should she decide to marry, it’ll be for love and to a man of her choice. After all, she’d rather be racing over rooftops than waltzing across ballroom floors. So when the only man to ever tempt her heart invites her on a covert mission, she leaps into danger.

Nicholas Torrington, Queen’s agent, is running out of time. While work has him chasing his tail, his sister grows increasingly ill, and Colleen, the woman he would make his bride, has acquired another, determined suitor. To coax his favorite thief back into his arms, he’ll break every rule and lead her through the underbelly of London on a hunt for a mad scientist and a cure for his sister.

But the discovery of a burned-out laboratory provides more questions than answers, and they find themselves caught in a deadly game where they have become the prey. Surviving the ambitions of their pursuers will bring everything into sharp focus as they risk their very lives.

My Thoughts:

I love a little jaunt in Victorian England and Anne Renwick is the perfect author to go there with. Lady Colleen is a delightful character and her secret life makes her a definite mystery. Nicholas is a dashing gentleman and the two of them just can’t get enough of each other. I found their romance to be just too cute. As usual in these Elemental Web Tales, there are lots of gadgets and Colleen has some interesting places to hide things. These two will face mortal danger in their effort to get out from under Colleen’s uncle’s thumb. The story takes some intriguing turns along the way and was never boring. I continue to be delighted by Anne Renwick’s stories and look forward to many more. Highly recommend!

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Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

 

“House Call” by Darden North

“House Call” by Darden North

Narrated by Michael Robbins

Blurb:

In national award-winning author Darden North’s debut novel, House Call, a police investigation into the murder of a young hospital nurse rips through a Mississippi community consumed in self-indulgence, reverse sexual discrimination, and cut-throat medical politics. Before a psychopath can be stopped, another will die.

In House Call, Dr. Knox Chamblee joins a prominent medical clinic in a small southern town and soon finds himself the object of reverse sexual discrimination in the workforce. Worse yet, he is possibly a murder suspect.

There are no real leads in the stabbing of nurse Taylor Richards until police uncover tire prints in a driveway that lead them to an answer in backwoods Mississippi.

My Thoughts:

As a debut novel, Darden North has created a mystery full of twists and false trails. I loved Dr. Knox and hated his boss. He’s a nice guy looking to do good while the universe seems to be out to get him. There are some very interesting and unique side characters in the story including a personal shopper to the ultra-rich and a super snobby charity lady who thinks she can control everybody. A significant portion of the story is taken up with commentary on the way the health care business works which is enlightening but is almost too much. The narrator has a good voice for the story but at times the rhythm felt a little off. Overall, a good debut.

Alinefromabook’s rating:

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Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

 

“The Woman in the Woods” by John Connolly

“The Woman in the Woods” by John Connolly

Narrated by Jeff Harding

Blurb:

In the beautiful Maine woods, a partly preserved body is discovered. Investigators realize that the dead young woman gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby.

Private detective Charlie Parker is hired by a lawyer to shadow the police investigation and find the infant but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in much more than a missing child…someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake.

And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring and a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman.

My Thoughts:

Phone calls from a toy telephone, those are really creepy. It’s remarkable how this young boy can keep his wits about him when it happens. This is another winner from John Connolly. I found this story very easy to relate to. I am getting a little concerned about the direction Parker’s daughter Sam is going in. I’m very interested to see how her story is going to play out. Charlie and his friends Louis and Angel are facing a different phase of their lives with Angel’s health scare and I really like how Mr. Connolly is incorporating the realities of life into these main characters. He is allowing his characters to age and I don’t find that very often in detective fiction. This series has become more than just a group of whodunits for me, the characters have become like family as I’ve worked my way through the stories. This is the last one for a while as the next book in the series will not be released in the US till October. And as always, Jeff Harding is the voice of Charlie Parker and gives us another excellent performance.

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Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

 

6/10/2019 at Alinefromabook

Hey friends! Sorry for the long silence. We had a bit of a family emergency here that distracted me for a few days. I have been doing some reading and have 4 reviews I need to write. I’ve also been keeping an eye out for my jackrabbits. We had 2 show up in the front yard the other day and one of them was sitting in a spot where 3 of the sprinkler heads meet. He just sat there letting the water fall all over him for about 5 minutes. I guess it was the rabbit version of a bird bath. One of these days I’m going to have my phone with me when the rabbits show up so I can take some pictures to share. Until we get either a cat or a dog (the debate rages on) the rabbits are my only pets.

Well, I just wanted to touch base and say Hi. I think I’ll try to get a start on those reviews now. Have a great week!!

Happy Reading!

The Beauty Geek’s Guide to Skin Care by Deborah Burnes

The Beauty Geek’s Guide to Skin Care by Deborah Burnes

Blurb:

When it comes to finding the perfect formula for dewy and healthy skin, knowledge is power. That’s why skin care guru Deborah Burnes shares everything you need to know about essential ingredients in this book—so that you can give your skin exactly what it needs to glow.

Whether you’re making products for your own use or trying to figure out which brands work best for you, The Beauty Geek’s Guide to Skin Care has all the latest insider info on 1,000 of the beauty industry’s most commonly used ingredients. Plus, you’ll learn the best practices and lifestyle habits to make healthy skin an everyday reality.

The Beauty Geek’s Guide to Skin Care features:

1,000 Ingredient Profiles—Learn the origin, uses, and benefits of the most popular natural and chemical ingredients.Skin Care 101—Get the lowdown on basic beauty practices and lifestyle hacks for best skin.DIY Beauty Recipes—Make your own cleansers, toners, masks, scrubs, and more with these easy-to-follow recipes for your very own signature products.

Knowledge is powerful and beautiful—especially when it comes to your skin. Get in the know with The Beauty Geek’s Guide to Skin Care.

My Thoughts:

If you are at all concerned about the ingredients in your skin care products, then this book will be a great resource for you. The definitions section of the book is packed with potential ingredients and explains what they are, what they do, and whether or not they are harmful and helpful. It’s a dictionary of skin care. In addition, the author goes through the steps of a good skin care routine and an explanation of why skin care is so important not just for surface appearances but for your overall health. While I haven’t tried the recipes they look like they would be straightforward and easy to replicate with the right ingredients. I think this is a book I will keep going back to whenever I come across and ingredient I’m not familiar with.

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Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website

 

“The Wife” by Alafair Burke

“The Wife” by Alafair Burke

Narrated by Xe Sands

Blurb:

When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother’s home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

Six years later, thanks to a bestselling book and a growing media career, Jason has become a cultural lightning rod, placing Angela near the spotlight she worked so carefully to avoid. When a college intern makes an accusation against Jason, and another woman, Kerry Lynch, comes forward with an even more troubling allegation, their perfect life begins to unravel. Jason insists he is innocent, and Angela believes him. But when Kerry disappears, Angela is forced to take a closer look—at both the man she married and the women she chose not to believe.

My Thoughts:

This story is a real brain twister. Angela and Jason are excellent characters who seem to have a great relationship until Jason is accused. As the story moves along we learn more and more about these two and the twists and turns in the plot are a constant surprise. The ending was one I did not see coming. It was very interesting to watch the changes in Angela as the story continued. She begins as a person who is a victim but becomes more and more empowered as the drama unfolds until she is one who is shaping the story’s direction. The narration of this book is excellent. If you like psychological thrillers then I’m sure you will enjoy “The Wife”.

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Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   Author’s website