Friday, April 20, 2018

The Otter of Death by Betty Webb

Teddy is counting otters and checking for any dead ones along the coast line.  When she sees her favorite, she sees that the tool she's using to open shells is a cell phone.  She lures her close, grabs the phone, and then the search changes.  She calls the cops and now it's a search for a dead man...

Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.

The man who was killed was married to a young woman with money.  It didn't make him stay true to her but she didn't mind.  She only married him because her father wanted her to.  He's been in trouble as a teacher for harassing and sleeping with his students.  Could this had been what killed him?  Or was it trouble with the oil drills in the ocean?  There's a lot of money tied up there and the profits are worth millions to billions.

Teddy gets introduced to the rich and snotty people of her town as well as dealing the zoo problems and the management there.  No one is making any breakthroughs on the case.  And her boyfriend, who is the sheriff, is afraid she's going to get hurt.  He's right.  The deeper she digs, the more dangerous it gets.  She almost gets shot.  But she doesn't stop...

I love zoos and the stories of the animals there made me smile.  Teddy is a good person and a good friend but I'm afraid I agree with Joe:  She takes too many chances.  He better marry her and settle her down soon.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bats in the Belfry by E.C.R Lorac, Martin Edwards

Inspector Macdonald starts with a missing person's case which quickly turns into murder...

Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.

As he checks into the case, it becomes more disturbing.  They are a married couple but they each have lovers.  She has the money since his book sales have dried up and he doesn't want a divorce.  They live in the same house but don't sleep in the same bed.  Did he skip town?  Did he run away with his lover; that's doubtful because he'd lose the money he freely spends.  So where did he go?

Then there's the man that he's been having trouble with.  His wife has hired that man to prove her husband has a lover so she can divorce him.  They can't find him either.  

They interview the man who was the missing man's friend and the man that wants to marry the young woman who was under guardianship by the missing man.  There are plenty of reasons someone might want to kill someone and many of them are in this equation but they haven't found the missing man.  When they do find a body, its missing it's head and hands and anything that would identify it.  Is it him or the man that was threatening him?

This is a complex mystery that read well and was satisfying to follow.  I really liked the ironic ending.  It was all for naught.  Serves them right... 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bob by Wendy Mass; Rebecca Stead

Livy is visiting her grandmother in Australia again.  It's been five year since she's last been there and she really doesn't remember anything about it.  She tries to remember but nothing seems familiar.  That is until she opens her closet...

Feiwel & Friends and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 1st.

I'd seen a lot of publicity on this book and checked to see if it was available for review.  It was not.  I finally saw it available and grabbed it.  I'm glad I did.  This was a wonderfully fun tale to read.

Livy has forgotten Bob.  In fact, if she doesn't carry a chipped chess piece around with her and touch it, she can forget him after she's closed the closet door.  While she's adjusting to being around him again, she finds out he's invisible to other people.  That's a handy talent.  During her last visit she made him a chicken suit out of some of her old pajamas and she only remembered the weird chicken.

Bob isn't a chicken.  He thinks he might be a zombie but she says no.  It's not until you get to the end of the story that you find out what Bob is and it's amazing.

I really enjoyed Bob and Livy's antics, and how they found the missing boy, Danny, down in a well.

This is a sweet story that ends great.  If you like fantasy, you need to read this book.  It's special.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Elizas by Sara Shepard

She remembers having a brain tumor removed and knows she's had some problems with recovery but she thought she was doing fine.  Then she starts seeing things that aren't there and situations and places make her feel deja vu.  Some things are familiar but they should not be.  What's happening?  Is her brain giving up on her?

Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.

Eliza has written a book about two characters that is going to be published.  Her mother doesn't want it published.  Eliza thinks it's because she can relate to the character of the mother in the book and the daughter was disappointed with her mother.  But that's not the only reason.

Sometimes parents try too hard to protect their children.  While she was going through psychiatric care, they took her to specialist that used experimental techniques.  He tried to suppress her memories but they won't stay hidden.

When she's found in a pool, she knows they think she was trying to commit suicide again.  She'd done it before.  But this time she swears she was pushed.  No one believes her.  Her life is getting out of control and she can't stand it.

Eventually the truth comes out but it doesn't give her freedom.  It means she has more healing to do.

The part that really makes me shudder is having someone play with your brain.  Leave mine alone; it can get into trouble enough on its own! 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Magick Run Amok by Sharon Pape

Kailyn's magic shop is doing well.  She uses herbs and other natural ingredients to make her potions with just a touch of magic to make them work better.  She's dating Travis.  And she and her aunt are trying to keep Merlin from creating too much magic and disturbing the town residents.  She's got her job cut out for her.  Then a journalist gets killed and Travis is sure it was not an accident...

Lyrical Underground and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.

I love this series.  Merlin is always getting out-of-hand.  The magic she and her aunt can do doesn't always work.  And her other aunt and mother, who are deceased, return as ghosts.  I like the fantasy touches; it makes it a fun cozy to read.

In this story is turns out the dead journalist was Travis' adopted brother.  That makes it much more personal.  They find his journal that shows them the story he was working on but it doesn't make sense to them.  When they discover what it does mean, it gets very dangerous.  There are court cases, attorneys involved and death around the corner.

When Kailyn gets threatened, her cat familiars save her.  But she's not out of danger yet...

This was an enjoyable read and I'd love to read more about these characters.  They make me laugh, even with the danger.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan

It starts with a woman hanging from a rafter in her home. But she's not the only victim...

Dutton shared this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.

This is the first book in a new series and I'm anxious to read more about Frankie.  She's been hurt on the job and she won't give up when she's told to.  She will chase down the killer even if she dies doing it.  I admire her tenacity.  

They're hoping it was suicide but there's no note and nothing for her to have stood on to have done it by herself.  The autopsy finds more injuries from the past.  Frankie doesn't know what that means at first but as she researches the case, she finds out.

The woman's husband is missing.  Another girl dies.  They suspect the husband until his dead body shows up.  Just who is playing the game of death?

They find they used the dark web and a site called Black Widow to connect.  They also went to BDSM clubs.  This is a different world with activities most people don't embrace.  Those that do have no intent to give them up.  But when it goes deadly, how do you figure out who did what?

With Frankie hitting dark spots in the investigation, having nightmares about her attack and finding the wrong man was arrested for that case, life is not going well for her.  And now the killer is waiting for her...

This story is tense, action packed and high voltage all the way through.  I couldn't put it down once I started it.  You want to find the killer and stop him just like Frankie does.  Don't start this right before bed.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Woman Who Married a Bear by John Straley

He's a private investigator who drinks too much.  His client is an old Indian woman who wants to know why her son was killed.  They have a man in jail for doing it but he's a bit insane and doesn't know exactly what happened.  The old woman thinks there is more to the story.  She's willing to pay, it gives him more drinking money, he agrees to look into it.  It's a cold case now but you never know what you might find...

Soho Crime and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.

This is not an uplifting tale but it is a good mystery.  It's set in Alaska.  The man was shot at his cabin and killed and then drug into the woods where bears ate most of him.  Cecil begins talking to the people who lived in the area, his family, and anyone he thinks might have an insight into the situation.  He even visits the jailed man.

The more questions he asks, the more people get upset.  He's walking pretty close to death but he's still looking for answers.  He finds what he wanted to know but it doesn't make him happy.  The old woman is satisfied because she suspected what he would find but she's not happy either.  Sometimes one can love too much...