January 2020 Kindle ebook purchases #bookhaul

Anyone who knows me, or follows this blog knows for sure that I have more than enough to read. I’ll never run out of great reading material.

However, like most bookworms, bookbloggers, and all other book obsessed people, I cannot seem to stop purchasing more books.  It is a sickness.  Also… I cannot resist a bargain. I use the excuse that Ebooks don’t take up any physical space. LOL

In January 2020 I purchased THIRTEEN new ebooks from Amazon.ca

The total of my expenditure for these 13 novels was $ 25.22 Cdn.  If you do the math and average out the price, that works out to be about $ 1.94 each !!!  BARGAIN!

I’ve linked the covers to Goodreads so that you can read all about the book if it seems like it might appeal to you.

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Check out the Kindle deals available to you in your region. And no… I am NOT affiliated with Amazon in any way.

If I dropped everything else in my life and spent every waking moment reading, I still couldn’t get through every book I want to read before I died of old age. And that’s not even considering all the new titles that continue to come to my attention every day…

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#CoverReveal – “The Cottage on Wildflower Lane” by Liz Davies @rararesources

Looking forward to a ‘feel good’ love story?

Check out

“The Cottage on Wildflower Lane” by Liz Davies

209 pages

ASIN: B083QRXBW9

A sneak peek….

Pre-order links

and what could be better?  It is being published on Valentine’s Day!

Publication Date: 14th February

Are you ready for the stunning cover??????

Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with the material for this cover reveal. My apologies for the late posting. A family emergency caused my posting schedule to go astray.

Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.

She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.

She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper can and travel the world in it.


Social Media Links for Liz Davies:

Website: https://lizdaviesauthor.wixsite.com/home

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LizDaviesAuthor1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lizdaviesauthor

 

 

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“A Rush of Blood” by David Mark – Book Review @severnhouse

Molly – mother of Hilda, ex-policewoman, and manageress of the pub the Jolly Bonnet. Molly is prone to flights of imagination where she almost immerses herself in the history of her chosen neighbourhood. She takes meds to control her hyperactivity and hallucinations. She is quirky, yet strong and endearing.

Lottie – is a forensic pathologist and Molly’s best friend. She has blue hair and is very eccentric. In her spare time she collects morbid historical medical paraphernalia for her ‘necro-museum’. She dresses in an almost steampunk fashion and is a popular Vlogger of things macabre.

Hilda – daughter of single mother Molly. She is a thoughtful chatterbox of a child who has been exposed to many bizarre situations and people in her ten short years. Adored by her mother, she is secure emotionally, and retains the naivete of childhood. When her ‘lumpy’ Lithuanian friend, Meda, goes missing, she enlists the help of her mother to find her.

This will impact on all the people she loves in a negative way…

“Horrible people doing horrible things.”

Oh, and then there is Mr. Farkas. He lives in a large rambling house in the Whitechapel district with his daughter, Beatrix. He too is a collector of historic medical instruments and paraphernalia. He buys most of them online under the pseudonym  ‘Autolycus’.

This horror thriller was quirky, macabre, and at times… morbid. The characters were eccentric in both appearance, manner, habits, and at times thought.

Told from several points of view, this is a crime novel steeped in history, yet with a modern subject overlying it. A problem specific to the multicultural segment of a lot of large cities, in particular, London – namely the abduction of young immigrant girls. The disappearance of ‘expendable’ people.

The setting, Whitechapel, London was very atmospheric and perfect for a novel such as this one. It has a long, dark, and rich history, for it is the location of the infamous Jack the Ripper’s crimes. The pub in the novel, “The Jolly Bonnet” is a treasure trove, with morbid memorabilia and medical curiosities displayed throughout. The wardrobe of the pub staff puts the reader in mind of a steampunk type story.

I learned a lot about the history of blood transfusions while reading this book. Maybe even more than I wanted to. LOL I was also introduced to the legacy of Jean Denys.

The writing was accomplished and absorbing, though I must warn potential readers that this is a story that is not for the squeamish or faint of heart.

I’ve read some of David Mark’s crime fiction and absolutely, thoroughly enjoyed it. This novel, as with the last novel of his I read “The Mausoleum” are more in the vein of horror thrillers than crime as such. Although I prefer his crime novels, I did appreciate “A Rush of Blood”, but would probably not read any more of his work in this genre. I can heartily recommend his Aector McAvoy crime series.

Anyone who enjoys a crime novel showcasing the very depths of madness, with quirky, unconventional detectives will appreciate this novel. But beware it is both gruesome and tragic.

I received a complimentary digital copy of “A Rush of Blood” from Severn House Publishers via NetGalley.

ISBN: 9780727889058         224 pages

David Mark spent seven years as crime reporter for the Yorkshire Post and now writes full-time. A former Richard & Judy pick and Sunday Times bestseller, he is the author of nine police procedurals in the DS Aector McAvoy series and one historical novel. He lives in Northumberland with his family.

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Visit his website.

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#FF Friday Finds – a few gems I found on the Internet this week

Words to live by… a poem by Iain S. Thomas called “Enough

A few graphics from Pinterest that I particularly enjoyed

An essay on the Real World Benefits of Reading Fiction


 


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“Her” by Harriet Lane – Book Review

Emma – a mother of two very young children. She is constantly exhausted, more than a bit envious of her husband who still works in television, and the couple are struggling financially. Emma gave up her career to be a stay-at-home mother.

Nina – is elegant and seems to have it ‘all together’. Married twice, she is an artist and lives in an affluent area of London. Her only apparent weakness is her volatile and precarious relationship with her seventeen year old daughter, Sophie.

Nina though… she seems to have an ‘agenda’ when it comes to Emma. She is almost ‘stalker-ish’. She steals Emma’s wallet and then pretends to have ‘found’ it to engineer a meeting. She manipulates her newfound relationship with Emma in soul destroying ways… Little things, not harmful as such, but mean, nasty, and insidious.

Emma works hard to host a dinner party where she can introduce Nina to her friends. Nina finds a devious way to ensure that it is not a success…

Nina seems to remember Emma from the past, yet Emma has no memory of Nina.  What could have happened back then to make Nina act the way she is?

The entire time reading “Her” the reader wonders What could Nina possibly want with Emma? What is she up to? These queries cause avid page turning.

With rich characterization, the novel is a somewhat ‘slow burn’. As it evolves, the questions about Nina’s motives are magnified.

Parenthood is examined in a philosophical way, illuminating both the highs and the lows, the frustrations and the soul-destroying magnitude of the responsibility. The all-encompassing love.

I’m of mixed feelings about this novel. On the one hand it was well written and rich in character. On the other hand, although the plot was compelling and promised to be rewarding, it seemed to lack something. The reasons for Nina’s obsession with Emma seemed weak to me. The whole premise seemed to be based on insubstantial events that were magnified in Nina’s mind. The ending contained a heart-stopping plot twist that was both a surprise, yet then not…

All in all, I can recommend this novel with some reservations. It was memorable, yet lacked significant motives so that it weakened the plot in my opinion.

I chose to read this novel for several reasons. 1.) It was highly recommended to me by a personal friend. 2.) It has been on my TBR for a long time. 3.) It was the lowest rated novel on my TBR and I was curious to see if I would agree with the majority 4.) It fulfills the third criteria for the “What’s in a name?” reading challenge by having a title of four letters or less.

Her” is published by Little, Brown, and Co.  ISBN: 9780316369893   Pages: 272


 

Harriet Lane has worked as an editor and writer at Tatler and the Observer. She has also written for the Guardian, the Telegraph and Vogue. Her debut novel, Alys, Always, was published in 2012. She lives in north London with her husband and two children.

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Wednesday’s Word = YEAR

Most readers will acknowledge that some words reappear time and time again in titles. Often these words are associated with a particular genre. Case in point: “The girl on the train” and “Gone girl” spawned countless thriller titles with the word ‘girl’ in the title.

I know there are hundreds of books with the word ‘year’ in the title, but I’m featuring a small selection of titles that appeal to me personally, as a way of sharing my book love.

It IS January after all, the beginning of a new year. No better time to use year as Wednesday’s Word.

Just click on the cover to read the book’s synopsis from Goodreads.
You might just find your next favorite book!

and, although I rarely read non-fiction, here is the only non-fiction title on my TBR that contains the word ‘year’

Are you tempted by any of these covers?

So many fabulous ones here. Which cover MOST APPEALS to YOU?
Have you read one of these titles and absolutely LOVED it?

If you’ve added even one of these titles to YOUR TBR,
Please let me know in the comments.

 

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Blue Monday? Books are the cure for that.

Yup! Today, January 20th, 2020 is Blue Monday. A term (in the northern hemisphere) that describes a Monday in January, typically the third Monday of the month, that is characterized as the most depressing day of the year.

 

To battle the blues, I decided to embrace them. I scanned my Goodreads TBR to see how many of them have blue covers. I found 30! 

If anything looks interesting to you, just click on the cover and it will take you to the Goodreads description.

















 

 

 

 

 

 


How could I be BLUE with all of these great titles yet to read?

 

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“The Doll Factory” by Elizabeth Macneal – #BookReview @SimonSchusterCA

Twins, the Whittle sisters are twenty-one years old and working in a doll factory when we first meet them. They are in the employ of a drug-addled despot named Mrs. Salter. They work grueling hours and live in a damp basement room under the shop. Rose sews the wardrobes of the dolls, while Iris paints the delicate features of their faces. The sisters were beautiful but are both flawed. Rose carries the horrible physical scars of smallpox, while our protagonist, Iris, has a deformed collar bone.

It is that deformity that causes Silas to become obsessed with her. Silas Reed is a taxidermist and covets any physical deformity or manifestation that would make his ‘art’ unique. Silas, already mad, has been driven even more insane by his abject loneliness and his unrequited love for Iris Whittle.

It is the year of the Great Exhibition in London. The ‘Crystal Palace’ has been built especially to house and display over one hundred thousand exhibits from many fields of study.

Great Exhibition London 1851

In , a poor area of London, lives the diminutive, toothless, pickpocket Albie.  Remember, this story is set during the time of Charles Dickens, so the reader immediately thinks to compare him to Oliver Twist. Albie lives in a squalid room beneath a brothel with his sister, a prostitute. At only seven years of age, he has seen it all. When his sister ‘entertains’ customers on the bed, Albie lies under the bed and holds her hand. Heartbreaking stuff!

Our protagonist, Iris Whittle, longs to be free. Free of the drudgery of working in the doll factory, free of the tyrannical Mrs. Salter, free of her twin sister who has been bitter towards her ever since she contracted small pox. Rose is jealous of Iris’s beauty. She is also envious of Iris’s artistic talent.

It is young Albie who introduces the artist Louis Frost to the lovely Iris. When she is tempted by him to come and work as his muse, his model, she leaves her sister Rose – and her reputation – behind her. In exchange, Louis will teach her how to paint…

Louis is a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

The character of Iris Whittle was inspired by the true life female artist of the time, Lizzie Siddall.

She has exchanged her reputation, her sister’s regard, and any kind of relationship with her parents – for her freedom.

Freedom to paint. Freedom to love…

The more I read historical fiction, the more I’m convinced that the phrase “the good ol’ days” is a misnomer. This novel is set in the mid nineteenth century and back then, for the average person, times were far from good.

Another thing I appreciate about historical fiction is that I always learn something from it, no matter how much fictional license an author takes, there are always elements of truth within. Some books, like this debut by Elizabeth Macneal, is well researched with loads of factual information thinly disguised.

This brilliant cast of characters were all well wrought. The tragic Whittle sisters, the evil Mrs. Salter, the twisted, lonely, Silas, the artist Louis Frost, even the pet wombat Guinivere, all were easily imagined by the reader. The character that most stole my heart was the impish pickpocket, Albie.

The historical time period has been described vividly. The social mores of the time, the squalor of the poor areas of London, the majesty of the Great Exhibition, the colours of the oil paintings, are all brought to fruition by the author’s excellent description.

The cover of this novel is a work of art in and of itself. Under the bell jar are renditions of so many of the plot’s contents. Iris herself, Silas’s stuffed mice, butterflies, and even the Crystal Palace itself!

This is a fiction debut that is sure to enchant lovers of historical fiction. In addition, the reader gets an intense and very dark story of obsession. With a sinister and gothic atmosphere, this novel is highly recommended!

This review was written voluntarily and my rating was in no way influenced by the fact that I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Simon & Schuster Canada via NetGalley.

368 pages
ISBN: 9781982111939

Elizabeth Macneal was born in Scotland and now lives in East London. She is a writer and potter and works from a small studio in her garden. She read English Literature at Oxford University, before completing the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia, where she was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury scholarship. The Doll Factory, Elizabeth’s debut novel, won the Caledonia Novel Award in 2018.

Visit her ElizabethMacneal.com or on Twitter @EsMacneal or on Instagram @ElizabethMacneal

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Cover Love: part 85 – Paper Dolls

In my 85th installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I thought I’d do a post about paper dolls on book covers. I think this is a curious choice for cover art, but strangely it is somehow very effective in some cases.

They say you can never have a second chance to make a good first impression. A book’s cover does just that – gives a first impression. A good cover can make a reader pick up a book. A bad cover can leave the book at the very bottom of a dusty pile.

The covers of novels entice the reader to enter a different world. Covers are, after all, the way the publisher ‘hooks‘ the reader into choosing one book over countless others.

These titles encompass a wide variety of genres.  Enjoy!

Are you tempted by any of these covers?
Have you read one of these titles and absolutely LOVED it?

Please let me know in the comments.

And don’t forget to check out any of the other previous 84 installments of Cover Love, many of which have been updated since they were first published.

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It’s not too late! Bookblogger’s Fiction Reading Challenge #FFRC2020 #TuesdayBookBlog #bookbloggers

I was delighted to read a review this week by Sheila (the Quiet Geordie). As of today, she is one of the few bloggers, other than myself, who has decided to join in the Bookblogger’s Fiction Reading Challenge along with me. Thanks Sheila!
Here is her review of the Margery Allingham classic mystery “Police at the funeral” which fulfills the sixth criteria of the challenge.

Another blogger has pledged to the challenge by fulfilling the eight criteria with children’s fiction titles. Great idea!

Yet another blogger mentioned she might trying to do the challenge reading only backlist titles. Another great idea!

Because some bloggers seem to be intimidated by the eight criteria, I’m here to say that it is really not that difficult.

I’ve found several titles that meet each criteria which are currently (or recently) been on NetGalley and Edelweiss. Here is the challenge, and some suggestions for filling it. Though, of course, I’d love to see YOUR choices, which makes the challenge that much more fun. Be creative!

and now…. some suggestions for each criteria – just to prove it IS doable. LOL

possible reads for the 1st criteria

possible reads for the 2nd criteria

possible reads for the 3rd criteria

possible reads for the 4th criteria

possible reads for the 5th criteria

possible reads for the 6th criteria

possible reads for the 7th criteria

possible read for the 8th criteria

Are you up for the challenge?
Or… are reading challenges just not your thing?
Let’s discuss!

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“The Missing Years” by Lexie Elliott – Book Review

how I imagined the Manse would look

It has been twenty-seven years since Ailsa Calder lived in the Manse. Located in rural Scotland, the Manse has a varied and dark history.  Now, with the recent death of her mother, she has inherited half of this personality-filled house. Her father, who has been missing these last twenty-seven years, owns the other half.

While getting the legal paperwork finalized, Ailsa and her actress half-sister live in the Manse and try to form some kind of meaningful relationship after being semi-estranged for many years.  Meanwhile, Ailsa’s career as a television field producer, is on hiatus, as is her relationship with her older live-in partner, a popular television journalist.

When Ailsa and her half-sister, Carrie, move in to the Manse, Carrie is oblivious to the atmosphere pervading the old dwelling. Ailsa, on the other hand, is very in tune with its forbidding atmosphere. She often feels as though she is being watched…

“I feel the weight of time here, of the years that have passed. This landscape has been old for a very long time.”

The locals all have a deep curiosity about the Manse.  Whether it is because of the tragic ancient history of the place, or whether it is a salacious interest because of Ailsa’s missing father, is anyone’s guess.

The sisters befriend some the local people, and Ailsa in particular befriends a young neighbour boy. Callum is a darling, precocious, seven-year old boy who seems to have an inherent knowledge about the house. He explains, in his charming Scottish brogue, that animals will not venture onto the grounds of the place.  His statements seem to be proven true when Ailsa continually sees a grey cat on the garden wall. The cat NEVER jumps into the yard.

Then various incidents firm up Ailsa’s belief that she is unwelcome here. Someone seems to be trying to frighten her into leaving. A dead raven on the doorstep, a dead fox in the yard. Bones under the bed… Are these distressing incidents just a portent of what could come?I read and enjoyed Lexie Elliott’s debut novel, “The French Girl“, and was curious about how she would follow it up with her second novel. She has proven to me that she writes in such a way that I will follow her work with alacrity.

I thoroughly enjoyed Ailsa’s story, and though at first I didn’t care for her, I eventually warmed up to her. This was greatly enhanced when she met her little neighbour, Callum. I could vividly picture the old manor house, and could almost hear it’s slamming doors, and feel its chilly rooms. Don’t be mislead though, this is NOT a ghost story.

The mystery surrounding Ailsa’s father’s disappearance was convoluted, yet made perfect sense once it was explained.

At the end of every chapter, there was a brief segment telling of the various scenarios Ailsa invented to explain her father’s disappearance from her life. I think they were entirely unnecessary to the story. It would have been more efficient to just state that Ailsa invented myriad possible narratives why her father vanished from her life when she was a young child.  In my opinion, the different versions described added nothing to the story, and wouldn’t have left a gap if left out entirely.

I enjoyed the elements of the story that had to do with time. I’ve always had a deep-seated interest in the illusive, transitory nature of time and how subjective it seems. How it seems to at times move rapidly, and other times to slow down. This book introduced me to the condition known as ‘Dyschronometria‘.

I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys decades old mysteries and atmospheric old houses. A good read, that held my interest throughout.  Now, I’m looking forward to this author’s next offering…

This review was written voluntarily and my rating was in no way influenced by the fact that I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Berkley/Penguin Publishing Group via Edelweiss.

384 pages
ISBN: 9780399586958


Lexie Elliott has been writing for as long as she can remember, but she began to focus on it more seriously after she lost her banking job in 2009 due to the Global Financial Crisis. After some success in short story competitions, she began planning a novel. With two kids and a (new) job, it took some time for that novel to move from her head to the page, but the result was The French Girl.
When she’s not writing, Lexie can be found running, swimming or cycling whilst thinking about writing. In 2007 she swam the English Channel solo. She won’t be doing that again. In 2015 she ran 100km, raising money for Alzheimer Scotland. She won’t be doing that again either. But the odd triathlon or marathon isn’t out of the question.

www.lexieelliott.com
www.facebook.com/lexieelliottwrites
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Edelweiss Reviews Challenge 2020

As many of you know, I am the moderator of the Goodreads Group for Edelweiss Reviewers.
As a way of whittling down our Edelweiss review commitments I have created a Goodreads Challenge within the group.
It is never too late to join in!

As of yesterday, we have 22 members participating and they have pledged to read 556 Edelweiss titles in 2020.

Here is how we are doing so far:

Is YOUR Edelweiss review queue longer than you would like?

Join the Challenge and see if you can make it shorter in 2020!


If you want to REALLY speed up your challenge participation, you can nab this graphic for your blog and have an “Everything Edelweiss Month” – reading ONLY Edelweiss titles for one full month!


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“The Cottage in a Cornish Cove” by Cass Grafton – #CoverReveal @rararesources

Rachel’s Random Resources has generously provided me with the cover of Cass Grafton’s novel, “The Cottage in a Cornish Cove” to share with you today.

If you are anything like me, any reference to Cornwall piques my interest immediately.

About the book:

A heart-warming tale of discovering all you never wanted is exactly what you needed.

Orphaned as a baby and raised by indifferent relatives, much of Anna Redding’s happiness as a child came from the long summer holidays spent with an elderly family friend, Aunt Meg, in the quaint village of Polkerran.

With Aunt Meg’s passing, Anna is drawn back to the West Country, relocating to the Cornish cove where she was once so happy. Filled with memories, she hopes to perhaps open a B&B—and perhaps cross paths with Alex Tremayne again, a local boy she used to have a major crush on and who only had to walk past Anna to make her heart flutter.

Settling into her new life, and enjoying her work for the older, reclusive and—to be honest—often exasperating Oliver Seymour, Anna is delighted when Alex reappears in Polkerran and sweeps her off her feet.

The stars are finally aligned, but just as Anna thinks all she’s ever wished for is within reach, a shock discovery brings everything under threat, and she finds herself living a dream that isn’t hers.

Can Anna rescue the new life she has made for herself and, when the testing moment comes, who will be there to hold her hand?

The Cottage in a Cornish Cove is the first in an uplifting series of romances from Cass Grafton. Get to know the locals, wallow in the quaintness of Polkerran, and fall in love with romance all over again.

  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Tabby Cow Press (Feb. 11 2020)
  • Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B083H2Q5V9

Pre-order Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B083H2Q5V9/

US –  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083H2Q5V9

and now…. for the cover reveal….

 

An avid bookworm since childhood, Cass Grafton writes the sort of stories she loves to read – heart-warming, character driven and strong on location. Having moved around extensively and lived in three countries, she finds places inspiring and the setting of her novels often becomes as much a part of the story as her characters.

She leans heavily towards the upbeat and insists on a happy ever after. As one of her favourite authors, Jane Austen, once wrote, ‘let other pens dwell on guilt and misery’.

Cass loves travelling, words, cats and wine but never in the same glass. She has two grown up children and currently splits her time between Switzerland, where she lives with her husband and imaginary cats, and England, where she lives with her characters.

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“River Bodies” by Karen Katchur – #BookReview #RiverBodies @karenkatchur


Autumn in small town America. The leaves on the trees are showing off their best colors, but the people perhaps are not… There has been a brutal murder on the banks of the Delaware River, and the people of the town are not forthcoming with information. This is a tourist town – especially in the fall when nature paints a pretty picture. There is a local farm market next to the pedestrian bridge and the locals want the tourists to view their town as a place where nothing bad could happen. Yet, this town is also the home of the Scions. A violent motorcycle gang…

“If the people in Portland knew how to do one thing, it was to turn their backs, to look the other way, especially if it didn’t concern them, especially if it involved the Scions.”

Becca Kingsley, a devoted veterinary surgeon, has returned home to this town for two reasons. Her live-in partner, an attorney, has been cheating on her AND her father, the town’s former police chief, is dying of cancer.  Becca’s relationship with her father has been distant for most of her adult life. She remembers his womanizing ways. She remembers that he sent her away – that he made her forget something she wished she hadn’t seen.

Only the day before she moved back home, while jogging beside the Delaware River, Becca witnesses something that will haunt her…

As the first of a new series, “River Bodies” is a perfect blend of crime fiction and romantic suspense novel.  The pacing was ‘spot on’, and the descriptions well rendered.

The characters were all fully fleshed out making it easy for the reader to be empathetic to their situations. Even the villain of the piece was a person you couldn’t help but sympathize with. I love that in a book – giving you the perspectives of all sides.

Becca’s first love, detective Parker Reed, was everything one could hope for in a romantic interest, and as a policeman.

Becca Kingsley and her faithful German Shepherd dog Romy, along with detective Parker Reed,  were protagonists that I would like to read more of. I am now eagerly looking forward to reading the next books in the Northampton series entitled “Cold Woods” and “Spring Girls“. Two more titles for my exploding TBR.

This is a crime novel but also a character study. It is a story of familial relationships, betrayals, regret, loyalty, repressed memories, and moral dilemmas.  Overall, an easy, enjoyable read that I can highly recommend!

This review was written voluntarily and my rating was in no way influenced by the fact that I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Thomas & Mercer via NetGalley.

Karen Katchur is an award-winning suspense novelist with a bachelor of science in criminal justice and a master’s in education. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

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Wednesday’s Word = SHADOW

Most readers will acknowledge that some words reappear time and time again in titles. Often these words are associated with a particular genre. Case in point: “The girl on the train” and “Gone girl” spawned countless thriller titles with the word ‘girl’ in the title.

I know there are hundreds of books with the word ‘SHADOW’ in the title, but I’m featuring a small selection of titles that appeal to me personally, as a way of sharing my book love.

Just click on the cover to read the book’s synopsis from Goodreads.
You might just find your next favorite book!

Are you tempted by any of these covers?

So many fabulous ones here. Which cover MOST APPEALS to YOU?
Have you read one of these titles and absolutely LOVED it?

If you’ve added even one of these titles to YOUR TBR,
Please let me know in the comments.

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