Three steps forward, two steps back. The Priest was on its way to be my favorite of Tiffany Reisz’s The Original Sinners series. The characters are starting anew in New Orleans after leaving New York City. The story opens with Soren gone, this is not unexpected to the regular reader, new readers might be puzzled. Nora has gained a dog and the pair seem to be thriving together, no small feat for a woman who never even wanted the responsibility ...

Things can really go off the rails in life! The Family Upstairs is a twisting tale of children caught in circumstance created by parents who seem lost and gullible. Enter in a man and women who take control of these lost parents and also the children.  As the reader swings back and forth between the chapters we are taken through the story by Libby, who has just inherited a huge house, then by Lucy, who seems to be a homeless drifter, and lastl...

This was almost a DNF.  I found it somewhat slow. No, really slow. I know readers love her other novels, but based on this one I don’t think I’m a fan. Save yourself and your time : read something else.

This book caught my attention and although I thought it a bit slow at first I have decided it was worth reading just because I am so out of touch with the teenage experience. It’s been a long time since I’ve been one and this book reminds me why I never want to be one again! It’s tough! Anyway, it’s a body swapping (yes, you read that right) life’s not fair, experimenting with sexuality, family issues kind of book...

Theater Nights Are Murder is the latest mystery by Libby Klein. It is cute and quick. Nothing exceptional in this reviewer’s opinion and in fact I found the murder almost uninteresting, instead finding Poppy’s love triangle with Gia and Tim the best part of the plot. Still, readers of the “cozy” will probably enjoy the book.

I wish I liked The Hiding Place more. True, the main character, Joe, is somewhat interesting to follow along with, but the plot doesn’t come together for me. Gambling debts, childhood secrets, and what seems to be a “Pit” with mystical powers spin around in the book, not fully fleshed out in my opinion.  It was a quick read, but I don’t think I will remember it in a week.

Holy Cow, this book blew my mind! Dracula is one of my all time favorites so when I saw this I decided to give it a try. It is a combination of fact and fiction, woven into a prequel of sorts to Dracula. In it we meet Bram Stoker, who is inserted into the story as if he is a fictional character.  We meet his family too, and a slightly odd nanny named Ellen. This nanny is the source of the creepy, well written, old fashion horror story. It weav...

Whoa, just whoa. This book isn’t just fiction, it’s horror. Old fashion “The Omen” or “Carrie” horror.  Written as a domestic suspense novel, Baby Teeth is the story of Hannah, a terror of a child and her parents who are bewildered as they try to raise her. Hannah is intelligent, manipulative, and down right evil. A nightmare. My only criticism about this book is that I thought it wrapped up a bit fast. Perh...

If you are a fan of Tiffany Reisz you might as well skip this review and go purchase The Rose.  I say this because I think this is one of the author’s best offerings. It is explicit, actually sometimes just a touch beyond explicit, if that’s even possible. Still, it is written as a combination of erotic fantasy and Greek mythology which is a perfect match.  The story begins with the characters of Lia and August “sparring̶...

This book is fascinating. The type of book that you want to read a second time. Like a river there are so many bends and runs, so many facets. This is a “story of stories” with family love at the center of three distinct families and their potential relationship with a mute girl who turns up in a small town. The characters of the novel are somewhat simple people. Some more or less educated than others. They have challenges and vict...

The Rose by Tiffany Reisz
Advance Reading Copy , Erotica , Fiction / February 13, 2019

If you are a fan of Tiffany Reisz you might as well skip this review and go purchase The Rose.  I say this because I think this is one of the author’s best offerings. It is explicit, actually sometimes just a touch beyond explicit, if that’s even possible. Still, it is written as a combination of erotic fantasy and Greek mythology which is a perfect match.  The story begins with the characters of Lia and August “spa...

Once Upon A River, by Diane Setterfield
Fiction , Mystery , Women's Fiction / January 14, 2019

This book is fascinating. The type of book that you want to read a second time. Like a river there are so many bends and runs, so many facets. This is a “story of stories” with family love at the center of three distinct families and their potential relationship with a mute girl who turns up in a small town. The characters of the novel are somewhat simple people. Some more or less educated than others. They have challenge...

The Boy by Tami Hoag
Advance Reading Copy , Fiction / January 12, 2019

The Boy is Tami Hoag’s latest crime novel. In it a little boy has been brutally stabbed to death and it’s up to Louisiana dectectives Nick and Annie to find the killer. It has been awhile since I have read anything by Hoag, but when I saw this on NetGalley I decided to request it. (Many thanks to Hoag, Dutton, and NetGalley for the ARC.) Some crime novels are hard to follow but Hoag’s writing and plot movement are e...

Christmas at Strand House, by Linda Mitchelmore
Advance Reading Copy , Fiction , Romance / December 11, 2018

Lissy has inherited Strand House and plans to spend Christmas there.  A few friends will join her. So begins a sweet story that revolves around each person’s unique situation in life.  Nothing too gripping, but really a story of how we move forward in our imperfect lives. I received a copy from NetGalley. Thanks to author Linda Mitchelmore.

Will’s Red Coat
Non-Fiction / December 4, 2018

Will’s Red Coat by Tom Ryan made me cry. In a good way, if that’s possible. It is a non-fiction recounting of a dog’s last years and how the author helps this abandoned dog trust and love again.  I enjoyed this quick read on many levels. The authors discussions of patience and simplicity and how they fit in with end of life can apply to us all.  A must read for animal lovers.

City of Second Chances by Jane Lacey-Crane
Advance Reading Copy , Fiction , Women's Fiction / November 28, 2018

It was the book’s cover art that grabbed my attention. Snowflakes are falling, New York City gleams in the distance. The blurb “Funny and heartwarming, the perfect winter read” sealed the deal as I requested an ARC of City of Second Chances from NetGalley. (Thank you Author Jane Lacey-Crane and NetGalley ) For this reader the novel itself didn’t come together as well as the cover art.  I liked both the concept...

Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent
Fiction / August 30, 2018

I couldn’t stop reading Unraveling Oliver. This book grabbed my attention with exceptionally vivid characters and a fast twisting plot. We start with Oliver, who has just beaten his wife Alice into a coma. Yes, that is the start of the story!! The format of the novel goes from past to present and into multiple points of view, but I had no problem following along. We live and learn about the characters as they fall in love, come...

Picture Perfect Cowboy by Tiffany Reisz
Advance Reading Copy , Erotica , Romance / August 26, 2018

Looking for a quick, kinky love story where the man is the novice for once? Picture Perfect Cowboy is that story. Jason Waters, professional bull rider, (retired) is struggling with his desire to dominate women. It’s something he’s thought about in secret and explored only through the internet. After agreeing to be photographed for a calendar for literacy he meets pink-haired, sexy Simone, a sometimes photographer, someti...

Broken River by J. Robert Lennon
Fiction , Mystery / May 1, 2018

I just finished Broken River by J. Robert Lennon. The author uses a “POV” called the Observer throughout the novel. Some readers may have a problem with this as the Observer is not human, but instead it is a presence; a watching, moving, learning presence.  Otherwise the book is basically a fast moving, short, well-written crime novel. I liked the insights into human nature and relationships, while not always liking the c...

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Historical Fiction , Women's Fiction / April 14, 2018

Recently I noticed a librarian had propped up The Miniaturist on her desk, it sat with a little sign that said, “Ask me about his book.” When I did, she smiled and said that it was a great read and that I should add it to my TBR list, and then be sure to read it as soon as possible. Of course my TBR list is long, so it took me awhile to get to it, but I have to say it was fascinating. The story begins with Nella, an eight...