Friday, March 24, 2017


The next book to keep you up way past your bedtime? Shelley Shepard Gray’s Her Secret, a suspenseful tale of a young Amish woman who is forced to move to a new town to escape a threatening stalker. Just as Hannah is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding a new love with Isaac (the friendly Amish man who lives next door), more secrets are revealed and tragedy strikes. Hannah must decide if she should run again or dare to fight for the future she has found in Hart County.
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About the book: 

A suspenseful tale of a young Amish woman who is forced to move to a new town to escape a threatening stalker

After a stalker went too far, Hannah Hilty and her family had no choice but to leave the bustling Amish community where she grew up. Now she's getting a fresh start in Hart County, Kentucky...if only she wasn't too scared to take it. Hannah has become afraid to trust anyone-even Isaac, the friendly Amish man who lives next door. She wonders if she'll ever return to the trusting, easy-going woman she once was.

For Isaac Troyer, the beautiful girl he teasingly called "The Recluse" confuses him like no other. When he learns of her past, he knows he's misjudged her. However, he also understands the importance of being grateful for God's gifts, and wonders if they will ever have anything in common. But as Hannah and Isaac slowly grow closer, they realize that there's always more to someone than meets the eye.

Just as Hannah is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding a new love, more secrets are revealed and tragedy strikes. Now Hannah must decide if she should run again or dare to fight for the future she has found in Hart County.

About the author:

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.


Wow! Wow! Wow! That is my first thought after reading this intriguing book from a master of storytelling. The author is well versed in anything Amish and it shows in the details of her characters. I love how she makes them come to life with vivid details. The author not only gives us a glimpse into the Amish life , but writes a story that is emotional and heartpounding. We sometimes think the Amish live a peaceful life where they hardly face tragedy. What happens when an Englisher becomes obsessed with an Amish girl? Get ready for one powerful story that at times will leave you shaking as you scream at the character to run for safety.

Hannah and her family live on a working farm with a big house that is surrounded by a beautiful porch that invites people to sit and relax. The family is content until one day they must do something to protect Hannah from a stalker. I can't imagine the terror that Hannah felt as she knew she was being watched. Letters would be sent to her house along with pictures that would give her panic attacks. The only solution her parents think to do is sell their farm and move far away. Did they make the right decision?

I loved the typical reaction from her brother and sister when they were uprooted from their home. Jenny and Ben are not happy in their new home. It is quite a bit smaller and they blame Hannah for being uprooted. They left their friends and now must start over in a place that isn't as pleasant as their farm. Jenny is a great character and I loved how she and Hannah tried to work things out as sisters. Is it fair to blame Hannah for the move?

When Hannah meets Isaac she is not pleased to see him. She is very guarded and takes everything he says the wrong way. I loved how the author slowly developed their relationship and loved how protective Isaac was of Hannah. Throughout the book several characters pray and ask God for wisdom and protection. I think sometimes we forget to do that when we are in the middle of a crisis.

What I really loved about the book was how the author showed how keeping secrets can hurt others, and make it hard to trust anyone. I loved the multi layered story of the stalker and secrets within Hannah's family that intertwine and keeps readers on the edge  of their seats. What secrets will be exposed? Will Hannah's stalker find her ? This book is  high on my list for best New  Christian Fiction/ Amish/ Intrigue of 2017.

I received a copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity. The review is my own opinion.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017


I was thrilled when I found out I was going to get to read this book. I love the author and think her writing is very detailed. Kendra is a wonderful character and I loved her artistic ability. When she travels to Amsterdam I felt like I was there with her. The vivid description is easy to imagine and the history of the place was well researched. Throughout the book I enjoyed the various artwork the author included and I appreciate the time she took to be precise about it. 

Kendra is a long way from home but decides what a wonderful place to improve her skills. She starts to paint famous paintings and is quite good at it. Her ability catches the eye of several people. One will suspect she is copying art and selling it as her own. The other person has more selfish and unlawful intentions towards her work. The story is suspenseful and it made me think what a great movie this would be. The art world has come to life in this fast paced book with interesting characters and a plot to put counterfeit art on the unsuspecting market. It's a race to catch the imposter as the book keeps you guessing . Thank you for your beautiful story that helps readers understand art better and takes us behind the scenes to a world few people get to experience. 

I received a digital copy of this book from the author and The BookClub Network. The review is my own opinion.

Old Bones Never Die
by Lesley A. Diehl

The reader is taken along through the questions and twists and turns of the mystery in an entertaining and comical ride.
~My Journey Back

Old Bones Never Die (Eve Appel Mystery)
Series: Eve Appel Mystery (Book 5)
Publisher: Camel Press (March 15, 2017)
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603813174


Just before Walter Egret is killed in a hit-and-run, he phoned his half-brother Sammy to report that he’d unearthed their missing father’s pocket watch, along with a pile of human bones. The project is put on hold until it can be determined if the site is an Indian burial ground. Then the bones disappear.
Now Sammy and his brother’s three orphaned children want Eve Appel to go pro, applying her innate snoopiness to the trade of private investigator.
Eve already has her hands full with her two consignment stores. What is she going to do? Sammy and Walter are Miccosukee Indians, and Walter was employed as a backhoe operator on a construction site for a sportsmen’s resort. Was Walter’s death murder or an accident? If the bones belong to Sammy’s father, how did they get there? Delving into these mysteries, Eve is aided by her usual crew of friends and family. This adventure will not only up the stakes for Eve as an investigator, but it will also open her eyes to life possibilities she never imagined.
About The Author –
Lesley retired from her life as a professor of psychology and reclaimed her country roots by moving to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in upstate New York.  In the winter she migrates to old Florida—cowboys, scrub palmetto, and open fields of grazing cattle, a place where spurs still jingle in the post office, and gators make golf a contact sport.  Back north, the shy ghost inhabiting the cottage serves as her literary muse.  When not writing, she gardens, cooks and renovates the 1874 cottage with the help of her husband, two cats and, of course, Fred the ghost, who gives artistic direction to their work.
She is the author of a number of mystery series (Microbrewing Series, Big Lake Mystery Series, Eve Appel Mystery Series and the Laura Murphy Mysteries), a standalone mystery (Angel Sleuth) and numerous short stories.   

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Twitter: @lesleydiehl
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Why have I not heard of this author before? I can tell you that I have found a new hero in Eve Appel. She is one sassy, funny, and determined woman. The author has done a great job of keeping the story at a high caliber level with a mystery within a mystery. It's not everyday that a construction company digs up bones at a job site. The question is who is do the bones belong to? How long have they been there and how did they get there?

I loved reading about Eve's shop and all the nice things she had there for customers to look at. The grandmother is a character that I want to hang out with. She is feisty and can be very forceful at times. She is someone you really want on your side. The story is very interesting as the bones discovered could be those found on an Indian  burial ground. I loved how the author gives details of the Miccosukee tribe. Sammy , Eve's boyfriend is a Miccosukke Indian and he and his brother Walter believe the bones found could be their father. Walter is mysterious when he finds something among the bones and slips it in his pocket. What did he find that could put him in danger?

I think my favorite character has to be the mob boss that is Eve's friend. He is one powerful man that can put fear in people just by looking at them. Eve trusts him and finds herself asking for his help with several issues that only he can solve without drawing attention to himself. I loved how he is very kind to Eve and will do anything for her. It is an uncommon friendship that really makes the story intriguing.

The story has many twists in it and I like how the author incorporated an aspect of the story that involves a young boy who could face jail time . I don't want to give that part of the story away but it ties into the main story very nicely. There are some very emotional moments in the story that readers will find compelling. The ending is excellent and I believe readers may be a bit surprised. Grab your copy of this mystery and follow Eve and her crew as the mystery will take them to seedy parts of town and danger that appears out of nowhere.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Pekoe Most Poison
by Laura Childs

There’s a lot of great detail in this book and I think the mystery was deeper and more complex than a lot of the other cozies I’ve been reading lately.
~Michelle’s Romantic Tangle
It was lovely being back in Charleston and wonderful to visit with Theo, Haley and Drayton. Good mystery with lots of red herrings…
Even if you are not a tea affictionato, you will find this another tasty cozy mystery in Laura Child’s long running series.
~Laura’s Interests
Another great sleuthing mystery about to unfold, and you are going to have a front seat to the action.
~Maureen’s Musings
This is the 18th book in the Tea Shop series and my favorite by far.
~Bab’s Book Bistro 
From page one it was a hard book to put down. It was fast paced filled with murder, blackmail and a little embezzlement. With more than a few suspects.
~My Journey Back
I think this is one of my favorites of the Tea Shop series so far! I really enjoyed this one.
Another great installment in the Tea Shop Mysteries. Again, Laura writing is spot on which makes the book flow really well.
~Melina’s Book Blog
Pekoe Most Poison was one of the best ones in the series. I couldn’t put it down.
~Shelley’s Book Case
This book is freshly written, even after book 18 in the series. Childs keeps you pulled in from the guy in a rat suite answering the door, through all the twists and turns and surprises, until Theodosia’s and Riley’s conversation at the very end.
~Rainy Day Reviews
Ah the Tea Shop Mysteries. These are my very favorite! they are very smartly written and a little bit posh. I absolutely loved this book…
~A Chick Who Reads
Another hit by Laura Childs in her fun tea shop series… Laura still has a way of writing that draws you in to yet another new crime.
~A. Holland Reads
Readers if you love falling into a mystery, walking the charming towns with the characters, and searching for clues- then you need to read this book!
~Bibliophile Reviews
This book does exactly as intended: provides the reader with a good evening or two of lovely scenes, story, and character.
~The Editing Pen
Everything I have read by Ms. Child’s proves to be a masterpiece. Can’t wait to see where this series goes next!
~Community Bookstop
Pekoe Most Poison (A Tea Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
18th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (March 7, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425281680


In the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs, Theodosia Browning attends a “Rat Tea,” where the mice will play…at murder.
When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is invited by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston’s most prominent hostesses, to a “Rat Tea,” she is understandably intrigued. As servers dressed in rodent costumes and wearing white gloves offer elegant finger sandwiches and fine teas, Theo learns these parties date back to early twentieth-century Charleston, where the cream of society would sponsor so-called rat teas to promote city rodent control and better public health.
But this party goes from odd to chaotic when a fire starts at one of the tables and Doreen’s entrepreneur husband suddenly goes into convulsions and drops dead. Has his favorite orange pekoe tea been poisoned? Theo smells a rat.
The distraught Doreen soon engages Theo to pursue a discreet inquiry into who might have murdered her husband. As Theo and her tea sommelier review the guest list for suspects, they soon find themselves drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse…
laura childs from facebookAbout The Author
Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop MysteriesScrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.
Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:
The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.
The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!
The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.
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Every time I read a book from this author, I fall in love with her writing. She has a way of writing mysteries that are entertaining, intriguing and keep readers glued to their seat . The latest from her is one of her best and I loved how it kept my attention throughout the twists and turns.

I love tea shops and when I'm there I feel so relaxed. The atmosphere is soothing and there are always wonderful teas and foods to entice you. I'm not sure I would be excited to attend a "Rat Tea Party" though. Just the thought of a rat makes me want to jump on a chair and scream. The main character owns a tea shop and with the well defined descriptions of the food, I would love to go there to sample the exquisite menu.

As guests settle down for an adventure at the "Rat Tea Party"  hosted by  Doreen Briggs a sudden   burst of flames shoots  up from the centerpiece. What would you do if you saw something on fire? The first instinct Theo has is to throw the tea on the flame. Things start to settle down until  a coughing and choking sound comes from one of the guests. It looks like someone has taken their last drop of tea. Who poisoned the guest and why?

Theo and Drayton are coerced into looking  into the death of the poisoned victim and boy does  the action start to take off. The author cleverly gives us several suspects which I paid special attention to. I was determined to figure out who the killer was. I won't say whether I guessed right, but I will tell readers to keep on their toes.  The story is fast paced and the twists leave reasonable doubts as to the true killer. Don't miss another outstanding  book by this author.

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