“A Snowflake at Midnight” by Anne Renwick – Audiobook

“A Snowflake at Midnight” by Anne Renwick – Audiobook

Narrated by Anais Inara Chase

A rare manuscript. A midnight promise. A man who would steal them both away.

Pressured by looming deadlines and an annoying patron, Evie Brown, an academic librarian, struggles to find joy this Christmas holiday. Worse, her sick father is ready to abandon treatments and surrender to fate – a decision she refuses to accept. Delving into a medieval manuscript, she searches for answers in the distant past.

For the woman who has stolen his heart, only a perfect proposal will do. Ash Lockwood, botanist, has transformed the rooftop greenhouse into a tropical fairyland. But when Evie begs him to help her harvest mistletoe at midnight, they venture down a different garden path, unaware that danger circles close.

When their plans implode and a murderer threatens their lives, only invention and teamwork will save them. 

Christmas in steampunk Victorian England! What could be better. I don’t usually go for Christmas themed books because I find them to be rather sappy, but I can’t resist an Anne Renwick story and this one is no exception. I was also very pleased to see Anais Inara Chase return as the narrator. So what makes this Christmas story different for me? Well, as always there is a lot of science in the story which gives my brain a workout, while at the same time there is a love affair taking place and it’s all wrapped in mistletoe and bio-luminescent light. Evie the librarian, with her love of books, was somebody I could completely relate to. And Ash is so sincere in his love for her, it warmed even my old heart. I have to say though, that I was most charmed by the squirrel, and if you want to know why you need to read or listen to the story for yourself. I don’t know where Ms. Renwick gets all her stories from but I certainly feel privileged to be able to read them. Pick up this winter treat as soon as you can!

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“The Course of all Treasons” by Suzanne Wolfe

“The Course of all Treasons” by Suzanne Wolfe

Blurb:

England, 1586. Tensions rise as threats to the realm abound. Traitors are plotting for Mary Queen of Scots to depose Elizabeth I and take the throne. Rumors of a Spanish invasion by sea mount daily. And the body of one of Sir Francis Walsingham’s agents is found floating in the Thames as other agents face enemies armed with crossbows and vials of poison.

Nicholas Holt, a spy in Walsingham’s employ, narrowly averts the same fate while setting off in pursuit of the killer–or killers. And when he surprises a suspect in the company of a Spanish agent, he believes he’s close not only to solving the case but preventing an act of high treason.

But soon, the attacks begin to threaten Nick’s circle of friends. As those he loves face mortal peril, Nick must unravel the tangled plot, all the while steering a careful path through the fierce rivalry between Walsingham’s agents and those of the Queen’s favorite, the upstart Earl of Essex. Now it’s a race to the breathless conclusion as Nick desperately searches for the answers that can save the day–and a vestige of loyalty that can save his own life.

My Thoughts:

When I picked up this book, I was honestly shocked to find myself in Medieval England. I had completely forgotten why I originally selected this one and I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it. It turns out that this story took me on a rollicking adventure across London. And the tour was guided by the handsome Nicholas Holt. This is a different kind of investigation because it’s in medieval times and Nicholas doesn’t have all the fancy tools that we have today but it forces you to pay more attention to the characters and their motives. My favorites were Nicholas and Rivkah. I also really enjoyed Annie as a counterpoint to Nick. The author did an excellent job of bringing Nicholas’s part of London alive and incorporating the differences between wealthy parts of the city and the impoverished parts. I found the politics of the time that influence the events to be really interesting too. This story is very much driven by the characters themselves, no gun fights or high speed chases, but that’s why it was such a good read.

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Book Releases Dec 9 – Dec 13

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Outlaws: A King & Slater Thriller by Matt Rogers, releases Dec. 10.

My Daddy is a Hero: How Chris Watts Went from Family Man to Family Killer by Lena Darhally, releases Dec. 9.

Blood Ties (A Nik Pohl Thriller Book 2) by Alexander Hartung, releases Dec. 12.

Shattered Truth (Opus X Book 2) by Michael Anderle, releases Dec. 13.

The Idealist by Terry Conrad, releases Dec. 10.

Blood and Treachery: A Scottish Crime Thriller (DCI Logan Crime Thrillers Book 4) by JD Kirk, releases Dec. 13.

Wings and Broken Things: Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Mitzy Moon Mysteries Book 3) by Trixie Silvertale, releases Dec. 13.

In Plain Sight (Knight & Culverhouse Book 9) by Adam Croft, releases Dec. 13.

Devil On My Doorstep (Witch Hazel Lane Mysteries Book 2) by J. L. Collins, releases Dec. 13.

Cherry Cream and Murder (Holly Holmes Cozy Culinary Mystery Series Book 4) by K. E. O’Connor, releases Dec. 13.

Dead in the Dinghy (A Mollie McGhie Cozy Sailing Mystery Book 4) by Ellen Jacobson, releases Dec. 13.

Murdercon by Maureen Catherine Orkwis, releases Dec. 13.

Close Call: a crime thriller series (G.E.E.K.S. Inc. Book 2) by Mike Clayton, releases Dec. 13.

Forever 27 by Greg Hall, releases Dec. 13.

Till Morning is Nigh (Ben Bracken Book 4) by Rob Parker, releases Dec. 13.

Walk Like You (Chrissy Livingstone Book 2) by Linda Coles, releases Dec. 13.

Who’s There? by Kerena Swan, releases Dec. 13.

Wasted Thyme (A Dinner Club Murder Mystery Book 7) by Karen C. Whalen, releases Dec. 13.

Ferry to Williamstown by Colin Heston, releases Dec. 13.

Kingdom Chaos: A Novel by Jeff Dixon, releases Dec. 12.

Hard Shot (A Jon Reznick Thriller Book 7) by J. B. Turner, releases Dec. 12

A Place Called Fear (Maggie Novak Thriller Book 2) by Keith Houghton, releases Dec. 12.

Deathly Affair (DI Geraldine Steel Book 13) by Leigh Russell, releases Dec. 12.

Death at Eden’s End (A DCI Satterthwaite Mystery Book 2) by Jo Allen, releases Dec. 12.

Last Request by Liz Mistry, releases Dec. 12.

The Terror Within: The DCI Banham Series by Linda Regan, releases Dec. 12

Murder at the Dolphin Hotel by Helena Dixon, releases Dec. 11.

Hysteria: An Alexander Gregory Thriller (The Alexander Gregory Thrillers Book 2) by LJ Ross, releases Dec. 10.

The Hunt by Jack Cashill, Mike McMullen, releases Dec. 10.

All That’s Bright and Gone: A Novel by Eliza Nellums, releases Dec. 10.

The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters, releases Dec. 10.

True to Me (A By the Sea Novel) by Kay Bratt, releases Dec. 10.

Down the Darkest Road (Cady Maddix Mystery Book 2) by Kylie Brant, releases Dec. 10.

Verse and Vengeance: A Magical Bookshop Mystery by Amanda Flower, Releases Dec. 10.

The Special Counsel: The Mueller Report Retold by Mark Caro, releases Dec. 10.

Shatter the Night: A Detective Gemma Monroe Mystery (Detective Gemma Monroe Novels Book 4) by Emily Littlejohn, releases Dec. 10.

Murder at the Opera: An Atlas Catesby Mystery by D. M. Quincy, releases Dec. 10.

The Course of All Treasons: An Elizabethan Spy Mystery by Suzanne M. Wolf, releases Dec. 10.

Sauvigone for Good (The Wine Trail Mysteries Book 4) by J. C. Eaton, releases Dec. 10.

Crossroad by W. H. Cameron, releases Dec. 10.

The Wonderful by Saskia Sarginson, releases Dec. 10.

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 3 Book Releases

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Fix It with Food by Michael Symon and Douglas Trattner (Clarkson Potter, $30; ISBN 978-1-984825-53-7).

Instant Loss: Eat Real, Lose Weight: How I Lost 125 Pounds—Includes 100+ Recipes by Brittany Williams (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-358-12185-5).

Goodful Cookbook by Goodful (Rodale Books, $29.99; ISBN 978-0-593-13549-5).

Dr. Kellyann’s Cleanse & Reset by Kellyann Petrucci, MS, ND (Rodale Books, $27; ISBN 978-1-984826-67-1).

Ninja: The Most Dangerous Game, a Graphic Novel by Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Justin Jordan, art by Felipe Magaña, (Ten Speed Press, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-984857-44-6).

Fancy AF CocktailsFancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers by Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $22; ISBN 978-0-358-17171-3).

The Clergyman’s Wife by Molly Greeley (William Morrow Paperbacks, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-294291-3).

Just Watch Me: A Novel by Jeff Lindsay (Dutton, $26; ISBN 978-1-5247-4394-9).

Reputation: A Novel by Sara Shepard (Dutton, $16 paper; ISBN 978-1-5247-4290-4).

Genesis by Robin Cook (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $27; ISBN 978-0-525-54215-5).

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $16 paper; ISBN 978-0-525-54231-5).

Labyrinth of Ice by Buddy Levy (St. Martin’s Press, $29.99; ISBN 978-1-250-18219-7).

“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).