Month: October 2022

Blog Tour & Excerpt: The Question is Murder by Mark Willen

Blog Tour & Excerpt: The Question is Murder by Mark Willen

The Question is Murder by Mark Willen on May 14th, 2021 Genres: Mystery Pages: 305 Format: ARC Source: Lola’s Blog Tours Buy on Amazon Goodreads Washington, DC, newspaper columnist Sam Turner, known to his readers as Mr. Ethics, faces his toughest moral dilemma yet: Can murder ever be justified? That’s the question posed to him by a mysterious young woman who says she is being stalked and threatened by an ex-lover too powerful to be stopped any other way. Sam knows that journalists should never get personally involved in a story, but he can’t help being drawn deeper and deeper into this one. So when Senator Wade Morgan turns up murdered, Sam fears the worst. Worried about his own involvement, the man who normally has all the answers is now the one making questionable decisions. As his investigation into the senator’s death begins to spin out of control, Sam finds he can’t let go—even as the case grows more complicated and the threats against his life become more immediate. With the fate of a young woman at stake and his own life in jeopardy, Sam can’t back down until the killer is brought to justice. But this is DC, and […]

Posted October 15, 2022
3 Comments
Weekend Book Friends #35 – Fraterfest Day 1!

Weekend Book Friends #35 – Fraterfest Day 1!

Greetings you guys! It’s Friday and day 1 of Fraterfest. Whaa haa haaaa haaa!! Yea! The weather is perfect here with us. Rainy, misty, the wind is howling…. Ooooe we need to get into bed and start reading. We don’t really have a very clear cut reading schedule for this year’s Fraterfest, we’ll just grab the books as we go along. Tonight we will start with this one: The sun is shining on the golden castle on Rainbow Bay – and change is in the air! Amelia is a single mother, doing her very best to look after her young son, Charlie – but money is tight and times are tough. When she first hears that she is the last descendent of the Chesterford family and that she has inherited a Real-Life Castle by the sea, Amelia can’t quite believe her ears. But it’s true! She soon finds that owning a castle isn’t quite the ticket to sorting out her money problems that she’d first hoped: she can’t sell, because the terms of the ancient bequest state that any Chesterford who inherits the castle, must live there and work towards the upkeep and maintenance of the family home. So ever-practical […]

Posted October 14, 2022
16 Comments
Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’ve read on vacation (I have proof!)

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’ve read on vacation (I have proof!)

Greetings you guys! It’s Tuesday and time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted as always by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s prompt is Books I’ve read while on vacation. Apparently you get bonus points if you can remember where you were too. School is starting for the last term of the year today, so my Mommy will make this a quick one. Luckily she has photographic proof of all the books she read on vacation. Well, mostly. The trusted Kindle is the normal travel companion. Not me. Unfortunately for you, you won’t see me in any of the photos, as I never go with on holidays. How terribly sad, I know. Added bonus points if you can remember dates as well? Morgan’s Bay, South Africa – June 2017 Wildernis, South Africa – March 2020. Yes, Mommy and Daddy were on holiday when COVID 19 hit our shores. Yes, they had to go home…. Malelane, Kruger Park, South Africa – July 2020. Daddy had a working permit and had to travel. Flying was no option, so they drove 1000 kilometers. Luckily Mommy had books with her. The Grags (Plettenberg Bay) South Africa – September 2020 Keurboomstrand, South Africa – September 2020. Same […]

Posted October 11, 2022
32 Comments
Bells, Tails & Murder by Kathy Manos Penn

Bells, Tails & Murder by Kathy Manos Penn

Bells, Tails & Murder by Kathy Manos Penn Series: A Dickens & Christie Mystery #1 on February 6th, 2020 Genres: Cozy Mystery Pages: 252 Format: eBook Source: My Kindle Buy on Amazon Goodreads Do you like heroines who’ve lived a little? Who’ve suffered life’s ups and downs but kept on trucking? Then you’ll love Leta Parker and her new friends in the Cotswold village of Astonbury. When tragedy strikes Leta Parker’s life, the successful banker and closet sleuth chases a lifelong dream to retire to England. Leaving her friends and neighbors in Atlanta, she settles into Astonbury with her talkative dog and cat, Dickens and Christie. Picture her driving a refurbished London taxi to the bookshop and the tearoom, enjoying leisurely walks with Dickens the dog, and sipping coffee in the garden with Christie, her sassy cat. When Leta stumbles across the dead body of a new acquaintance, her inner Nancy Drew comes out. Before you know it, she’s enlisted the help of Wendy, a retired English teacher friend—and even Wendy’s elderly mum. Two whipsmart retirees, one spunky senior citizen, and a feisty dog and cat are on the case! Who better to unearth clues from their friends in the […]

Posted October 10, 2022
11 Comments
The Sunday Post #84

The Sunday Post #84

Greetings you guys. We aren’t normally very good with remembering or using gifs, but this Ross greeting is exactly where we are today. There’s been a very somber atmosphere in our household from Wednesday. Those of you who follow us regularly or if you read our About info (we haven’t updated it yet), will know that I might be the Queen in this household, but I share it with a whole menagerie of other pets as well. Most importantly, are the two Labradors, Hercules and Lea. At 13 years, they are the eldest by far. Lea has really not been very well since December last year. She struggled to walk and and couldn’t get up anymore and became increasingly lethargic. Lea was the best Mommy Dog ever and our human Mommy and Daddy thought it would be a clever idea to bring a puppy in, hence the arrival of the damn mutt. It didn’t work at all. Lea didn’t want anything to do with Anna and to the mutt’s credit, she really did try to play with Lea, but Lea just ignored her. I think it was more a case of not registering if you ask me. Lea went to […]

Posted October 9, 2022
21 Comments
The Wartime Matchmakers by Lauren Smith

The Wartime Matchmakers by Lauren Smith

The Wartime Matchmakers by Lauren Smith on October 1st, 2022 Genres: Historical Fiction Pages: 650 Format: ARC Source: The History Quill Book Club Buy on Amazon Goodreads When the world went to war… they fought for love. England, 1939: The world is on the brink of war when Elizabeth Mowbray breaks her engagement with a tea planter in India and returns home to the English countryside. Desperate to escape a stifling life under her parents’ roof, she moves to London seeking adventure and excitement. With German forces sweeping across Europe, she has little hope of finding steady, fulfilling employment as England readies itself for war. A chance encounter with Henrietta, Brigadier General Byron’s daughter, sets Elizabeth on a course that will forever change her life and the lives of others. Henrietta, a recently divorced and statuesque beauty, is not a hopeless romantic like Elizabeth, but her new friend inspires her to embrace life, even as the dark fog of war creeps across the English Channel. The two enterprising young women come up with a brilliant idea to open London’s first matchmaking agency. They face numerous challenges in establishing their business in the midst of air raid drills, food and clothing […]

Posted October 8, 2022
5 Comments
Blog Tour: The Chamomile Conspiracy: A Garden Lover Cozy Mystery (Seasons of the Witch) by Louise Marvin

Blog Tour: The Chamomile Conspiracy: A Garden Lover Cozy Mystery (Seasons of the Witch) by Louise Marvin

The Chamomile Conspiracy by Louise Marvin Series: Seasons of the Witch #1 on September 30th, 2022 Genres: Cozy Mystery Pages: 311 Format: ARC Buy on Amazon Goodreads Green witch Pax Thatcher leads a busy life. Between working two jobs, applying to grad school, and helping out at the old herb shop that belongs to her friend and mentor, Miss Millie, Pax doesn’t have much time for practicing spells. She’s lucky she can keep her enormous plant collection alive. Fortunately, she can talk to her plants, and they talk back. But when Pax arrives for a visit to her seaside hometown of Honesty Harbor, Maine, and discovers Miss Millie is missing, she drops everything to find her. When she does, it’s just in time to hear Miss Millie’s dying words: Poison. Find them. Unable to believe anyone would want to murder the kind old woman, Pax vows to fulfill Miss Millie’s last request. But how can a boring little witch who doesn’t even own a cauldron solve a murder? Ask the only witness—a potted plant—what happened. But the more she listens to her leafy allies, the more questions she has. And when others begin to view her as the prime suspect, […]

Posted October 5, 2022
9 Comments
Blog Tour: Burning Secret by R.J. Lloyd

Blog Tour: Burning Secret by R.J. Lloyd

Burning Secret by R.J. Lloyd on 28 June 2022 Genres: Historical Fiction Pages: 384 Format: ARC Source: Lola’s Blog Tours Buy on Amazon Goodreads In 1844 Enoch Price was born into poverty. An ambitious youth, he becomes a bare-knuckle fighter amongst London’s underworld. In debt to a violent and unscrupulous moneylender and facing ruin and imprisonment, he escapes to Jacksonville, Florida, abandoning his wife and three young daughters, a decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life. By the time he arrives in Florida, Enoch Price has become Harry Mason. Through a series of thrilling and risky escapades, he plays an important role in the development and history of Jacksonville, building an extraordinary new life of political and financial notoriety, the shooting of a rival, and the concealment of a murder. Despite imploring his wife to join him, she declines, exhausted by his lies. Tormented by loneliness and guilt, Harry seeks solace through a bigamous marriage, leading him into a web of deceit as he tries to conceal his true identity and past. Meanwhile, lauded and enjoying popular success, Harry is elected in 1903 to the Florida State House of Representatives with the prospect of becoming State […]

Posted October 3, 2022
8 Comments
Six Degrees of Separation – A Scandalous Ghost

Six Degrees of Separation – A Scandalous Ghost

Greetings! It’s the 1st of October and the start of Spooky Season. Whoo hooo. To start the month of, we will be joining Kate @ Books are my Favorite and Best for Six Degrees of Separation. Start at the same place as other wonderful readers, add six books, and see where you end up. Today’s starting point is a book we haven’t read yet and I’m not all that sure we ever will. From the first day that the beguiling Sheba Hart joins the staff of St George’s, history teacher Barbara Covett is convinced she has found a kindred spirit. Barbara’s loyalty to her new friend is passionate and unstinting, and when Sheba is discovered having an illicit affair with one of her pupils, Barbara quickly elects herself as Sheba’s chief defender. But all is not as it first seems in this dark story and, as Sheba will soon discover, a friend can be just as treacherous as any lover. It was printed under another name, What was she thinking? as well and I believe that title is quite apt! So where will this scandalous book take us? Well, to a scandal of course. 1st Degree: A Scandal in Bohemia – A […]

Posted October 2, 2022
28 Comments