A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden
First Novels / Historical Mystery / New to Me Author / Review Requests and ARCs

A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden

Readers of Anne Perry will enjoy this mystery set in Victorian England.  It’s a mystery that concentrates more on social and historical issues of the time, in this case railroad safety.  The characters are interesting and the story is fast-paced and engaging. Set in the 1870’s, Elizabeth Fraser is returning home from her “Fourth Season” … Continue reading

The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer
Contemporary Fiction / Highly Recommended / Recent Release / Review Requests and ARCs

The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer

One of my favorite reads of 2015 was Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer. I don’t generally read modern-day mysteries, but I loved everything about that book. So I was excited to get a copy of The Shut Eye, Bauer’s latest release. The Shut Eye tells the story of two parents whose young son disappeared about six … Continue reading

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer
Contemporary Fiction / Highly Recommended / New to Me Author / Review Requests and ARCs

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer

Last week, I wrote mini-reviews of two mysteries, The Silkworm and Faceless Killers.  To complete my mystery round-up, here’s a review of my favorite of the three. I’d heard great things about this book, and was excited to get a review copy (it’s not new, just newly published on Kindle). And this book did not … Continue reading

Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Contemporary Fiction / Part of a Series / Recent Release / Review Requests and ARCs

Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

I enjoyed the first Veronica Mars novel more than I expected to, and this was also true of Mr. Kiss and Tell. Once again, Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham have brought one of my favorite characters back to life in a way that is fun to read and entirely consistent with the show. If you’ve … Continue reading

Joyland by Stephen King
Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / Highly Recommended / Paranormal

Joyland by Stephen King

This is my last review for Halloween and the R.I.P. IX Challenge. Happy Halloween! Joyland is part murder mystery, part ghost story, part coming of age novel. There’s nothing ground-breaking about Joyland, but it’s the kind of novel that shows King at his best. He’s writing about real people experiencing real-life drama, it’s just in … Continue reading

Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Book to Movie News and Reviews / Contemporary Fiction / First Novels / Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / Part of a Series

Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

I’m a huge Veronica Mars fan. But if I’m being honest, I’m not a very good fan. I LOVED the first season, really liked the second season, and was disappointed by the third season. I didn’t actually mind when the show got cancelled. I’d rather watch that perfect first season again and again than watch … Continue reading

Dream of the Dead by M.G. Scarsbrook
Contemporary Fiction / New to Me Author / Part of a Series / Review Requests and ARCs

Dream of the Dead by M.G. Scarsbrook

I’ve been reading a lot of mysteries lately, and this was one I very much enjoyed.  I generally prefer historical mysteries to modern-day, but this one had an interesting setting (the Theater District in London) and interesting characters (a former stage actor turned detective).  It caught my attention quickly and kept it. I find it … Continue reading

Contemporary Fiction / Fluffy Summer Travel Reads

The Cuckoo’s Calling by J.K. Rowling

As you all know, The Cuckoo’s Calling is actually written by J.K. Rowling, under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith.  This book bears little resemblance to Harry Potter and The Casual Vacancy, so I have to respect Rowling for trying something new. I don’t read a lot of modern-day mysteries.  I prefer mysteries set in the … Continue reading