Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mrs. Odboddy: Undercover Courier
by Elaine Faber

This book is a hoot, wait until you get to the names of some of the characters, Mrs. Whistlemeyer, a rooster, Chief Waddlemucker, the police, and of course Odboddy for a started, are just a couple, full of chuckles.
~Maureen’s Musings
It’s a unique take on the cozy mystery genre. The story is fast-paced, filled with many twists and turns to keep your head spinning.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…
The author writes amazing descriptions, incorporating valuable facts from history. This is a wild train ride and dangerous adventure.
~Laura’s Interests
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Elk Grove Publications (February 8, 2017)
Print Length: 199 pages
Asked to accompany Mrs. Roosevelt on her Pacific Island tour, Agnes and Katherine travel by train to Washington, D.C. Agnes carries a package for Colonel Farthingworth to President Roosevelt.
Convinced the package contains secret war documents, Agnes expects Nazi spies to try and derail her mission.
She meets Irving, whose wife mysteriously disappears from the train; Nanny, the unfeeling caregiver to little Madeline; two soldiers bound for training as Tuskegee airmen; and Charles, the shell-shocked veteran, who lends an unexpected helping hand. Who will Agnes trust? Who is the Nazi spy?
When enemy forces make a final attempt to steal the package in Washington, D.C., Agnes must accept her own vulnerability as a warrior on the home front.
Can Agnes overcome multiple obstacles, deliver the package to the President, and still meet Mrs. Roosevelt’s plane before she leaves for the Pacific Islands?
Mrs. Odboddy: Undercover Courier is a hysterical frolic on a train across the United States during WWII, as Agnes embarks on this critical mission.
About The Author – 
Elaine is a member of Sisters in Crime, Inspire Christian Writers and Cat Writers Association. She lives in No. Calif with her husband and four house cats (the inspiration for her three humorous cozy cat mysteries, Black Cat’s LegacyBlack Cat and the Lethal Lawyer, and Black Cat and the Accidental Angel).
Mrs. Odboddys character is based in no way on Elaines quirky personality. Two more Mrs. Odboddy adventures will publish in the near future. Many of Elaines short stories have appeared in magazines and multiple anthologies.

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I am so excited to find this amazing author. The time period is wonderful and the author describes it with great detail. I have found a new hero named Mrs .Odboddy. She is a great character with a no nonsense attitude. Her escapades are a thrill ride with danger lurking at every corner. I would love to travel by train someday as the author made it sound very intriguing. The author has a great sense of humor by the many funny names she uses for her characters.

Mrs. Odboddy is once again on a secret mission to deliver a package to the president of the United States. That package served as the focal point of the story. It was driving me crazy wondering what was in the package. The adventure Mrs. Odboddy and her granddaughter Katherine encounter on their trip is funny and dangerous. I absolutely loved the people they meet on the train. I loved how the author reminded readers that there was racial prejudice going on during this time period. The more I read the book, the more I loved Mrs. Odboddy. She was not worried about what people  thought as she bought a meal for soldiers who were treated with prejudice.

The story is quite entertaining as the two women try to reach their destination of Washington D. C. It was hard to figure out who  to trust on their travels . Along the journey  something  happens to separate Katherine from her grandmother. Who is after the package ? What secret does it contain? I really liked learning more about Hoover and the workings of the FBI. This is one book that will have you hooked from the first page. Mrs Odboddy is one dedicated American and will do anything to complete her mission. I can't wait to read more from this very talented author.

I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.

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Whether you already love and read the Bible regularly or are just beginning your Christian journey, The Good Book by Deron Spoo is a must-have resource. The Good Book offers a user-friendly guide to the Bible’s biggest ideas. A chapter from the Bible accompanies each chapter of the book, which helps readers understand the context and content of the Scripture passages in a way that can open the whole Bible. It’s designed as a forty-day journey through forty key chapters of the Bible.


The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Reveal the Bible’s Biggest Ideas (David C. Cook, April 2017)
The Good Book offers a user-friendly guide to the Bible’s biggest ideas. 
A chapter from the Bible accompanies each chapter of the book, which helps readers understand the context and content of the Scripture passages in a way that can open the whole Bible.
Designed as a forty-day journey through forty key chapters of the Bible, The Good Book will appeal to those who already love and read the Bible regularly as well as to those who are just beginning their Christian journey.
The Good Book:
—is a great evangelism tool for explaining the major themes of Scripture to those who want to know more about God, Jesus, and the core beliefs of Christianity;
—gives new believers an overview of the Bible and lays a framework to help them understand Scripture passages;
—helps longtime Christians rediscover the basic themes of Scripture and experience these truths in a new way; and
—encourages Scriptural literacy as it pushes readers to read both one chapter of the book and one chapter of the Bible each day for forty days.
The Good Book is great for individuals, and it can also be used by small groups in an eight-week church-wide program or a forty-week journey that focuses on one Bible chapter each week. The Good Book will help people understand and live by the transformative truths of the Bible.
Deron Spoo


Deron Spoo is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Over the past 16 years, Spoo has guided the church as it transitions from being simply a downtown church to a regional church committed to urban ministry. Church members describe him as “down to earth” and “authentic.” His television devotionals, “First Things First,” reach 100,000 people each week. Spoo is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Paula, have three children.
Find out more about Deron at http://www.readthegoodbook.com.


I really enjoyed reading this book. I found it fascinating and it allowed me to go deeper in the word. The author explained at the beginning of the book the difference between Old and New Testament. In his reference he said "Older Testament is the faith history of the Hebrew people. The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books written in the Greek language by the first followers of Christ." We know that the Bible has been rewritten and interpreted many times over. So the question arises " Which is the original and true depiction of the Bible?

The book starts in Genesis where everything was pure and beautiful. It is a good picture to see that God's intention was for mankind to live in beauty and without any sickness or suffering. What changed that? We can look further in the chapter and see where things went wrong. I loved how the author breaks down scriptures and shows us what the word means. It is very in-depth and powerful. At the end of each chapter is a Reflection. It really makes you take a look at yourself and see where there are areas you need to work on in in your life.

One of my favorite chapters was Matthew 6. In the scriptures it talks about worry. That is one thing I have struggles with for a long time. God doesn't want us to worry because He has provided our needs. "Jesus commands us not to be concerned with what is around us (clothes) or what is in us (food)." We all have a tendency to worry, but I am reminded that worry doesn't change anything.

Another chapter that really stood out for me was Job. I remember this book from the Bible so well. Job suffered many losses, suffered terrible diseases yet He still trusted God. It is hard to trust when you are in the middle of a battle. We question why we are suffering and when will it stop. This chapter was so powerful to me because it reminded me once again that " great suffering produces great faith."  We need to keep our eyes focused on God and not our circumstances.

I have really enjoyed this book and it has encouraged me in many ways. Each chapter I read gave me  insight in His Word and helped me walk through some challenges I face in my life. I cannot recommend this book enough. It is thought provoking, encouraging and life changing.

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

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dumpster Dying & Grilled, Chilled and Killed
by Lesley A. Diehl

The setting is interesting and well-drawn, the characters are a load of fun, and the story moves fast and keeps the reader turning the pages, with just the right amount of peril.
~The Ninja Librarian reviews Dumpster Dying
Lesley A. Diehl is rapidly become a favorite! She has done it again with the Big Lake Murder Mysteries featuring Emily Rhodes…
~The Journey Back
I am loving this series. Book 2 is just as good as Book 1.
~My Reading Journeys 
The characters in the book are well-rounded, complex, and interesting. The more I’ve read, the more I’ve started liking them.
~Valerie’s Musings

(Dumpster Dying)…this is wonderful story of friendship and family, and this is a series I would highly recommend to all cozy fans.
(Grilled, Chilled and Killed)This book was just as much fun to read as the first one, if not more so.
~Book Babble
Dumpster Dying: Book 1 in the Big Lake Murder MysteriesCozy Mystery
1st in Series
Creekside Publishing (December 31, 2016)
Paperback: 248 Pages E-Book 232 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0997234923
Emily Rhodes came to rural Florida for the cowboys, the cattle, and to do a little country two-step, not to fall head first onto a dead body in a dumpster. Ah, the golden years of retirement in the sunshine state. They’re more like pot metal to Emily, who discovers the body of the county’s wealthiest rancher in the Big Lake Country Club dumpster. With her close friend accused of the murder, Emily sets aside her grief at her life partner’s death to find the real killer. She underestimates the obstacles rural Florida can set up for a winter visitor and runs afoul of a local judge with his own version of justice, hires a lawyer who works out of a retirement home, and flees wild fires hand-in-hand with the man she believes to be the killer.
Grilled, Chilled and Killed: Big Lake Murder Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Creekside Publishing (December 31, 2016)
Paperback: 330 pages E-Book 224 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0997234930
It seems as if Emily is destined to discover dead bodies. This time she finds one of the contestants at the local barbecue cook-off dead and covered in barbecue sauce in a beer cooler. She should be used to stumbling onto corpses by now and the question of who killed the guy should pique her curiosity, but Emily decides to let Detective Lewis handle this one, at least until she figures his theory of who did the deed is wrong, wrong, wrong. Lewis’ denigration of Emily’s speculations is condescending enough to stimulate her dormant snooping skills. As the two of them go on their separate paths to find the killer, Lewis’ old partner, Toby the dirty, tobacco-spitting cop interferes in the investigation leaving Lewis with the wrong man in jail. Killers, bootleggers, barbecue and feral pigs—it’s a lethal game of hide and seek in the Florida swamp.

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, frequents yard sales 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 and mysteries as well as short stories. The third book in the Eve Appel murders (from Camel Press) A Sporting Murder was awarded a Readers’ Favorite Five Star Award and her short story Gator Aid a Sleuthfest (2009) short story first place. She has fired the alligator that served as her literary muse when she is in Florida and is interviewing applicants for the position.
Author Links
Purchase Links
Dumpster Dying – Amazon 
Grilled, Chilled and Killed – Amazon


With all the fascinating characters this book has to offer, mystery fans are sure to find  this a page turner. Emily has found herself becoming  a bartender at a country club after a sudden death finds her all alone. Poor Emily can't seem to catch a break when she finds a dead body in the dumpster outside the club. She now must deal with not only  her partners ex-wife in a dispute over an estate, but the a dead body dumped at her work. I found Emily to me a bit annoying. It's hard to believe that everywhere she turns, trouble is there waiting for her. My favorite character hands down is the lawyer Emily hires. He is grouchy at times, loves the women and oh yeah lives in a nursing home.

Clara the manager of the country club and Emily's best friend is somehow the main suspect in the death of the person dumped like garbage at the club. I did like Clara and thought she had a great sassy attitude. I guess when you have a best friend it isn't always true that you tell them everything . Clara has a big secret that will play a huge role in the mystery and one that Emily wasn't aware of. But have no fear readers, Emily has her own secret that will hit her square in the face. The author does make Florida sound like a fun place to live with luscious golf courses and lively gators waiting to say hi. The story has many little side stories that all intercede to make a delightful book that I found intriguing. Get ready for some  laughs, good old boys and a story that will have you keeping score of all the bad guys. I loved the banter between the characters and thought it was funny when Emily tried to act tough around a certain person. Overall the book is good with a mystery within a mystery.

I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.

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