Month: November 2019

“Music Macabre” by Sarah Rayne

“Music Macabre” by Sarah Rayne

Blurb:

Music researcher Phineas Fox has been enjoying his latest commission, gathering background material for a biography of Franz Liszt. But although he has – as anticipated – uncovered plenty of scandal in the 19th century composer’s past, matters take a decidedly unexpected turn when his investigations lead to Linklighters, a newly-opened Soho restaurant built on the site of an old Victorian music hall, and unearth evidence of a possible murder involving the notorious music hall performer known as Scaramel.

Just what was Liszt’s connection to Scaramel … and, through her, to the infamous Victorian serial killer Jack the Ripper? As he delves further, Phin’s enquiries uncover clues to a fascinating and extraordinary story – and plunge his own life into jeopardy.

My Thoughts:

This is the 4th book in this series, but the first one I have read. I found Phineas Fox to be a delightful character. The story here I thought was very unique, with 3 different story lines taking place but they all come together in the end. I’m not sure how much of the story is historically accurate but the historical parts felt real to me. There’s a supporting cast of great characters. The movement between the 3 stories keeps you engaged in trying to figure out the mystery. There are some thrills also to keep you on the edge of your seat and a good dose of London fog to give you that little chill down the spine. This was a great read and I hope to have a chance to read more from this series.

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“Front Page Fatality” by LynDee Walker

“Front Page Fatality” by LynDee Walker

Narrated by Therese Plummer

Blurb:

When two rookie cops are killed in a fiery crash near Richmond, Virginia, crime reporter Nichelle Clarke is sent in to investigate.

But as Nichelle digs deeper into the case, she discovers this was no ordinary accident.

People and evidence soon begin to disappear. Someone is one step ahead of her. A master criminal with a deadly secret, covering their tracks with ruthless efficiency.

The killer will stop at nothing to keep the truth hidden. But as she draws closer to unraveling the mystery of two dead cops, Nichelle realizes that she’s become the next target.

My Thoughts:

This one had a little different feel for me because the main character is an investigative reporter, not a detective. That being said, I really liked Nichelle. She’s still figuring out her job to some extent, but she is eager and ready to learn. What she doesn’t know is what she’s getting herself into when there is an explosion and two cops are dead. As the case heats up, she begins to wonder who she can trust. I really enjoyed the pacing of the story and the secondary characters who added drama and interest. I think the plotline is well crafted and executed. Overall, I found the story to be engaging from beginning to end. The narration was excellent if you prefer audiobooks.

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November 26 Book Releases

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Spy by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-399-17944-0).

Sword of Kings by Bernard Cornwell (Harper, $27.99; ISBN 978-0-06-256321-7).

Under Occupation by Alan Furst (Random House, $27; ISBN 978-0-399-59230-0).

Dungeons and Tombs by Dungeons & Dragons (Ten Speed Press, $12.99; ISBN 978-1-984856-44-9).

The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts (St. Martin’s Press, $28.99; ISBN 978-1-250-12303-9).

11/19/19 Book Releases

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A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing, $29; ISBN 978-1-5387-6160-1).

Strange Planet by Nathan W. Pyle (William Morrow, $14.99; ISBN 978-0-06-297070-1).

The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 2 by Robert Lacey (Crown, $28; ISBN 978-0-525-57337-1).

The Plant Paradox Family Cookbook by Steven R. Gundry, MD (Harper Wave, $29.99; ISBN 978-0-06-291183-4).

Why Are We Yelling?: The Art of Productive Disagreement by Buster Benson (Portfolio, $27; ISBN 978-0-525-54010-6).

The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg (Random House, $26; ISBN 978-1-984855-17-6).

Cult of Two by Michael Faudet (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-5248-5436-2).

You Can’t Kill Me Twice by Charlyne Yi (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-5248-5075-3).

From Russia with Blood: The Kremlin’s Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin’s Secret War on the West by Heidi Blake (Mulholland, $30; ISBN 978-0-316-41723-5).

Robert B. Parker’s Angel Eyes by Ace Atkins (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $27; ISBN 978-0-525-53682-6).

Tom Clancy Code of Honor by Marc Cameron (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $29.95; ISBN 978-0-525-54172-1).

Broke by Jodie Adams Kirshner (St. Martin’s Press, $28.99; ISBN 978-1-250-22063-9).

Twenty-one Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks (St. Martin’s Press, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-250-10348-2).

“Kindness Goes Unpunished” by Craig Johnson

“Kindness Goes Unpunished” by Craig Johnson

Narrated by George Guidall

Book 3 in the Walt Longmire Series

The Blurb:

Walt Longmire has been Sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, for almost a quarter of a century, but when he joins his good friend Henry Standing Bear on a trip to the City of Brotherly Love to see his daughter, Cady, he’s in for a shock. Walt hasn’t even put his boots up when Cady is viciously attacked and left near death on the steps of the Franklin Institute. He soon discovers that she has unwittingly become involved in a deadly political cover-up. Backed by Henry, Dog, Deputy Victoria Moretti, and the entire Moretti posse of Philadelphia police officers, Walt unpacks his saddlebag of tricks to mete out some Western-style justice.

My Thoughts:

Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear in Philadelphia! Talk about fishes out of water. But these two will do anything for Walt’s daughter Cady, including tracking down the bad guys who put Cady in the hospital. This particular story is my favorite so far in this series. Walt gets to meet up with Vic’s family and they are a delightful bunch and helpful too since a couple of them are on the police force. In the process of finding the guy who put Cady in the hospital, Walt is instrumental in uncovering a major crime ring. Craig Johnson’s characters continue to fascinate me with their broad range of personalities. George Guidall has once again delivered a fantastic narration. If you like your mysteries rugged than you can’t go wrong with this series.

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“Cold Water” by Debbie Herbert

“Cold Water” by Debbie Herbert

Narrated by Megan Tusing, Eric G. Dove, Sophie Amoss & Shannon McManus

Blurb:

Everyone thinks fourteen-year-old Violet is a murderer. After a summer-night swim with her best friend, Ainsley, Violet is found confused, wandering in the forest – and Ainsley’s never seen again. But without a body, murder charges won’t stick, so Violet is sent away.

After more than a decade in a psychiatric ward, Violet returns to her broken-down hometown of Normal, Alabama, to claim her dead mother’s inheritance and help her overworked sister care for their unstable, alcoholic father. Violet, still haunted by that night eleven years ago, endures horrific flashbacks and twisted hallucinations while townsfolk spit accusations – and for all she knows, they’re right.

As the summer heats up, details of Ainsley’s fate appear like a beast’s wild eyes, watching in the darkness, and grim revelations about Violet’s family threaten to devour her. Already on the edge of madness, Violet must fight to keep her sanity long enough for the terrible truth to burst from the cold, dark waters.

My Thoughts:

The relationship dynamics and their psychological effect on the characters are my favorite part of this story. The sisters with no common blood. The father who has always had a mean streak. And Violet who seems to just be a pawn in a dark-hearted scheme. You can’t help but feel for Violet, having just come out of a psychiatric institution. It’s a wonder she has any courage at all. She returns to a home where she is hated, hoping her memory of the last night with her friend will come back. This book has four different narrators which enables the listener to easily track the different perspectives and the timeline. For the most part, I found the narration to be well done and compelling. The story moved along very nicely with the flashback sections adding dimension to the narrative. I found the inclusion of the dead mother as a character to be a really interesting way to convey the story. Overall, this was an enjoyable listen, with compelling psychological thrills and a very dark mystery.

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Nov. 12 Book Releases

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The Andromeda Evolution by Michael Crichton (Harper, $29.99; ISBN 978-0-06-247327-1).

Tasty Every Day by Tasty (Clarkson Potter, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-525-57588-7).

Right Kind of Crazy by Clint Emerson (Atria Books, $28; ISBN 978-1-5011-8416-1).

The Book of Eating by Adam Platt (Ecco, $27.99; ISBN 978-0-06-229354-1).

How to Speak Machine: Laws of Design for a Computational Age by John Maeda (Portfolio, $26; ISBN 978-0-399-56442-0).

It’s All in Your Head by Russ (Harper Design, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-06-296243-0).

A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston by Robyn Crawford (Dutton, $28; ISBN 978-1-5247-4284-3).

Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $28; ISBN 978-0-399-18019-4).

Don’t Keep Your Day Job by Cathy Heller (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-19360-5).

Manhunters by Javier F. Peña and Stephen E. Murphy (St. Martin’s Press, $28.99; ISBN 978-1-250-20288-8).

With All Due Respect by Nikki Haley (St. Martin’s Press, $29.99; ISBN 978-1-250-26655-2).

This Beautiful Book by Steve Green with Bill High (Zondervan Books, $24.99; ISBN 978-0-310-35602-8).

Carson Mansion Update

This is my new cross stitch project. Carson Mansion designed by Nancy Spruance. I have been fascinated by this Victorian house since childhood and finally decided to stitch it. I’m using 28 count linen for this. This project also has special meaning because I purchased the chart from a very special woman, who is no longer with us. She was very kind to me at a point in my life when I was very needy, so I am stitching this in memory of her.

Sorry the picture isn’t better. #crossstitch #carsonmansion #crossstitching #crossstitcher #hobby #crafts

Nov 5 Book Releases

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The Starless Sea: A Novel by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday, $28.95; ISBN 978-0-385-54121-3).

Chika by Mitch Albom (Harper, $23.99; ISBN 978-0-06-295239-4).

Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade (Sentinel, $28; ISBN 978-0-525-54053-3).

Acid for the Children: A Memoir by Flea (Grand Central Publishing, $28; ISBN 978-1-4555-3053-3).

Grit & Grace by Tim McGraw (Harper Wave, $29.99; ISBN 978-0-06-291593-1).

We Are Indivisible by Leah Greenberg (Atria/Signal Press, $28; ISBN 978-1-982129-97-2).

The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (Grand Central Publishing, $28; ISBN 978-1-5387-1528-4).

Loserthink: How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America by Scott Adams (Portfolio, $27; ISBN 978-0-593-08352-9).

Little Weirds by Jenny Slate (Little, Brown, $27; ISBN 978-0-316-48534-0).

Accomplice by Joseph Kanon (Atria Books, $28; ISBN 978-1-5011-2142-5).

They Don’t Represent Us by Lawrence Lessig (Dey Street Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-294571-6).

I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story by Anthony Daniels, foreword by J.J. Abrams, (DK, $24.99; ISBN 978-1-4654-8610-3).

How Money Became Dangerous by Christopher Varelas (Ecco, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-06-268475-2).

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (William Morrow Paperbacks, $14.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-294120-6).

The Poppy WifeThe Poppy Wife by Caroline Scott (William Morrow Paperbacks, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-295532-6).

The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution by Gregory Zuckerman (Portfolio, $30; ISBN 978-0-7352-1798-0).

Leave Me Breathless by Jodi Ellen Malpas (Forever, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-5387-4521-2).

The Likability Trap by Alicia Menendez (Harper Business, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-06-283876-6).

Friends Forever by Gary Susman and Jeannine Dillon (Harper Design, $35; ISBN 978-0-06-297644-4).

The Other Windsor Girl by Georgie Blalock (William Morrow Paperbacks, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-287149-7).

On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl (Riverhead, $27; ISBN 978-0-525-53811-0).

An Elephant in My Kitchen by Françoise Malby-Anthony with Katja Willemsen (Thomas Dunne Books, $29.99; ISBN 978-1-250-22014-1).

Final Option by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $29; ISBN 978-0-525-54181-3).

Jet Girl by Caroline Johnson with Hof Williams (St. Martin’s Press, $28.99; ISBN 978-1-250-13929-0).

The Tap Code by Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris (ret.) and Sara W. Berry (Zondervan Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-310-35911-1).

“Death Has Deep Roots” by Michael Gilbert

“Death Has Deep Roots” by Michael Gilbert

Blurb:

An eager London crowd awaits the trial of Victoria Lamartine, hotel worker, ex-French Resistance fighter, and the only logical suspect for the murder of her supposed lover, Major Eric Thoseby. Lamartine—who once escaped from the clutches of the Gestapo—is set to meet her end at the gallows.

One final opportunity remains: the defendant calls on solicitor Nap Rumbold to replace the defence counsel,and grants an eight-day reprieve from the proceedings. Without any time to spare, Rumbold boards a ferry across the Channel, tracing the roots of the brutal murder back into the war-torn past.

My Thoughts:

This story makes me smile every time I think about it. I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I even refused to make dinner for the family one night just so I could finish it. This is the Golden Age of Mystery’s version of John Grisham. The story is part courtroom drama and part thriller. As Macrea and Rumbold senior manage the courtroom drama, Rumbold junior is traipsing across France, evading enemies, as he works to uncover the truth about Victoria Lamartine’s history. Victoria is a damsel in distress and these lawyers will risk their lives their lives, if necessary, to see her found not guilty. The characters are wonderful, the plot has enough twists to keep the reader guessing, and the lawyers have a few Perry Mason tricks up their sleeves. Definitely a classic!

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