Tuesday, February 28, 2017

In This Grave Hour (Maisie Dobbs #13) by Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs is back again and this time she's on a murder case.  A woman double agent she knows and has worked with before asks her to investigate a death that police are blowing off.  War has just been declared and the police have a lot to do.  They aren't investigating the case but they aren't closing it either.  They're just ignoring it...

Harper sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published March 14th.

Maisie is good at getting information out of people and based on how the man was murdered, she doesn't think it was a robbery even if his money is gone.  Dealing with grieving widows gives no one joy but sometimes they have information that will help with the case.  His wife and daughter say he had no enemies.  Someone must have not liked him.

As more deaths show up, she finds that they are Belgium immigrants from the last war that didn't go home when the war was over.  She knows they must share some secret but she has no way to determine what it was.

She keeps investigating and finds that the lady who gave her the case has been to visit these same people.  Why?  Is she the murderer?

It's a complex story with a good story line even though it's filled with death.  The killer is much closer than they think.  It also all dates back to the transit to states.  It ends as it should but nobody really ended up happily ever after.  There will be more stories about Miss Dobbs, I'm sure.  And I'll be reading them.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Tea knew there was something different about her when she refused to let her brother go after his death.  They were burying him and she lost control and raised him from the dead.  After that, she was taken away from her family and she's trained to be an asha.  It's just as well.  No one wanted to be around her or her dark magic.  Her brother comes with her.  They tell her he's her familiar.

Sourcebooks Fire and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 7th.

This was a fascinating tale of evil monsters, two classes of people, and those who could wield magic.  The asha learn to use runes to make magic.  They learn to defend themselves.  They learn to heal using herbs.  They learn history, politics and more.  But they are dangerous and they don't have many real friends.

What Tea finds is that there is a conspiracy going on right in the asha's household.  She also learns how to use her powers to subdue a three-headed monster.  What she is showing others is that she is the most powerful bone witch around at the time.  While that's impressive, not everyone is impressed.

This is the first book in a new series.  You get enough background in this story to set up the stage for future books.  You won't be bored reading this series.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Journey by Stephen H. Foreman

He's a Mexican that has been raised by the Comanches.  He lives alone, hunts and leads a quiet life.  When he finds a woman in bad condition who is having a baby, he assists her.  She dies before the baby is born.  What's he going to do with a newborn?

Skyhorse Publishing and Edelweiss gave the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 28th.

It takes a bit for the pieces to fall into place here.  You meet a young boy in London who is good at being a thief.  When he gets in trouble, he heads for the states.  He's an indentured servant who learns about the slave business.  He takes to it like a fish takes to water and soon he's rich enough to buy the firm he used to work for.  He does have a slave revolt and there are more to come, so he moves himself and his slaves to New Mexico.  He'll become a land owner there and be very influential over future development.  While this is happening, he loses his woman and his child.  He's not worried, he'll find another.

The baby is given to an Indian woman who still has breast milk and she takes care of her like her mother would.  Reuben functions as her father.  Everyone is doing fine until Journey gets older and sees a mountain lion trying to kill a colt.  She and the colt's mother protect him.  His mother gets killed and he fixates on Journey.  She takes care of his wounds and keeps him well fed at home.  Then the slave owner says it's his horse and he'll take it back or hang for her for horse theft.  They don't have the money so she says she'll work for him six months.

The mountain lion is like another character in this book.  He's old, has tricks and has been successful for a long time.  There might be a reward for him but he's not above taking out humans, too.

When the slave owner realizes that Journey is his grand-daughter things go south.  His behavior is offensive and nasty in general.  The ending surprised me.  Just remember things really weren't very nice in the old west.

Camp So-and-So by McCoy, Mary

Twenty-five campers, five cabins.  Not all of them will come back alive...

CarolRhoda Lab and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.

This is an odd story.  It has an unusual plot.  The students are picked after they have been looked over to see that they would be a good fit for the camp.  They think they are coming to learn about the theater and how to present themselves.  What they don't know is that as soon as they arrive, they become part of the act.  There are stage hands, a stage manager, and an opposing team on the other of the lake.  No one appears to really be running things.  The food supplies are scarce.  And when one of the counselors is found dead in a cabin, they know they've run into a nightmare.

Each cabin has their own problems.  The challenges are not easy to overcome and while some rise to the challenge, some give up.  They've become entertainment for an elite group and it's awful.

The more they find out, the less they know for sure.  It's a strange tale that makes you suspend your rational belief and makes you hope you never have to deal with these people.

One thing I know for sure.  These girls won't be going to camp again ever.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Painted Gun by Bradley Spinelli

He needs some work.  What he chose to do after being fired as a journalist paid good for a while but then the internet took off and anyone with a computer could look up information that he used to get through connections.  Now his debts were past due and he takes on a case he's not sure he wants to because he needs the money.  He'll be sorry...

Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published March 7th.

He knew the guy that referred the case to him but they weren't exactly friends.  The money sounds good so he says yes.  Then he gets a special delivery from him that is a painting.  The funny part about is that the man in the painting looks like him.  He never posed for anyone.  He doesn't know the artist.  How could she have seen him in those private moments to paint a picture?

The answer to that is complex.  Without really doing anything, he finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy.  There are Guatemalans, the FBI, and the CIA involved.  He's being framed by experts.  As people start dying around him, he finds out they are planting guns he used at the gun range as the killing weapon.  The more questions he asks, the more he needs to answers to.  And that mysterious woman who says she loves him intrigues him, too.  How can someone love him who never met him?

This is convoluted noir-like story set in the present day.  Lots of people die, lots are being manipulated and it's hard for Itchy to stay ahead of them.  It's an intriguing read.  Give it a try. 

When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner, David Catrow (Illustrations)

This book introduces God to your child.  It's an easy way to let them know they are not alone in the world.  Besides you, there is someone else who watches over them.

Waterbrook sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published the 28th of February.

To show the beauty of the book, visit this trailer.

I like the fact that they point out how we are all unique and each have our own talents.  This little girl is very good at artistic endeavors and the illustrations show the lovely colors and her creations.  Mine is more the written word but my first love is reading.  What's your child's special talent?

Learn about God and learn how you fit in the world and you'll be a happier person.  This little black girl has that down!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

He was adopted by the King but the advisors don't recognize him as a prince.  They treat him as a puppet and won't give him anything to do or any responsibility.  He hates that so he decides he'll go on a quest to win a wish.  He needs a partner, though.

St. Martin's Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 28th.

Wishes are tricky things.  You have to be careful how you ask and just what exactly you ask for.  As he and the imprisoned princess who would be Queen of her kingdom head out, they know what they want.  But as they go through the quest they learn that you have to ask for your heart's desire in a way that won't come back to bite you.

This a world of fantasy with lots of challenges, a changing landscape, and a whole lot of danger from all sides.  The two stick together and work on making a successful mission by winning the wishes but it's not easy.  Others are just as desperate to get them and the other contestants are deadly.  Even the ones there and not participating in the quest are dangerous.

Then they find out only one person gets to return to their world.  They both want to go back.  They both also want their wishes.  

The story is exciting, very busy, and there are lots of other side characters that draw your attention.  I read this story in one day and I loved how it turned out.  There were a few misunderstandings but it ends on a happy note.  I really enjoyed this read!  It's an especially good read.