Meet Claire Rawlings. She chose the wrong time to get sick. While on the highway, on her way to drop off the kids at daycare so she can get to work as a medical resident, Claire does not have time for the nausea that is beginning to overtake her. Getting more nauseated by the minute, Claire’s world suddenly turns sideways causing her to stop at a gas station, run to the bathroom and pass out. While this is alarming in itself, Claire’s two young daughters are sleeping in the back seat of the car when Claire passes out. Claire wakes up just a few minutes later, but her car and THE KIDS are gone!!!
The police are called, but they have no leads as to who took Claire’s daughters let alone where they could be. As each hour, then day passes with no word on the girls, guilt presses down on Claire. While feeling guilty about her missing children, Claire tries to hold onto her strained marriage.
But then, a witness comes forward…a potentially unreliable witness. But Claire clings to the hope that her daughters are out there somewhere and this man may know where.
Taken from the book jacket itself: “Little Lovely Things is the story of a family shattered by unthinkable tragedy, and the unexpected intersection of heartbreak and hope.”
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Meet Quinn who was born an Irish American Traveller gypsy. Raised by her father and step-family, Quinn was trained from an early age to be a con artist. During one of her cons, things go awry and Quinn is arrested for attempted robbery. Quinn is sentenced to pay restitution working on a horse farm, which Quinn surprisingly loves as she falls in love with each of the horses.
Then one day, the farm’s owner is brutally murdered and Quinn becomes the prime suspect in that murder. Quinn goes on the run and uses every scam and con she knows to not only save herself but prove her innocence. Can Quinn figure out the real murder before she goes to prison for life for a murder she did not commit or will she be murdered herself because she knows too much?
For some reason, I have always had a fascination with gypsies. I am not sure if it is because of all the stories that I have heard about them or if it is because there are so many different types of gypsies with their own life styles and customs. Whatever the reason, when I read the synopsis of this book, I knew I just had to read it! And let me tell you, Sasscer Hill’s book did not disappoint!!
From page one, Sasscer Hill’s writing pulled me right in! The descriptions of Quinn and her family had me turning pages to see what kind of con they would pull next!! Then, Quinn is caught in the act of stealing and the story completely changed. It captured me into a murder mystery that kept me guessing at every page! I thought I had figured out what had happened early on, but each time I thought I had the entire mystery figured out, a new piece of the story was introduced and all my theories about what had happened went POOF! I enjoyed every minute of this book, and had a hard time putting it down, which is probably why I finished the book in 2 days!!!
I must admit that I a so glad that I found this book and author, however I am disappointed that there is not another book about Quinn. I am hoping that Sasscer Hill writes more books about Quinn, but for now, I will settle reading some of her other books (which I am sure will be just as good as this one)!! I am so glad to have discovered this author.
For this book, I had the pleasure of partnering with the Cozy Mystery Review Crew to review the book “The Six-Week Solution” by Paula Darnell. This was my first time working with this group and I have to say, they were fantastic and will for sure be working with them again!!!
Reno, Nevada – a place where people can come get a quickie divorce in 1955 by moving there for just six-weeks. By moving to a ranch in Reno and establishing residency by living there for six-weeks, well-to-do women are granted a quickie divorce for a variety of reasons.
Enter the Circle E Ranch run by Carol and Chuck Ellis. One nigh a guest of the ranch dies unexpectedly when her Cadillac suddenly runs off the Mount Rose Highway, a road that travels between Reno and Lake Tahoe. Deputy Sheriff Ben Cameron is assigned to investigate the accident. As Ben is investigating the accident, which leads to more questions than answers, he meets Mary who has just moved into the Circle E ranch from New York. While spending time questioning the ranch’s guests, Ben finds out that Mary has been involved in an accident, while shopping in Reno with another one of the guests at the Circe E Ranch. Mary brushes the accident off as just that – an accident. However, when Mary has a second accident, so close to the first, Ben quickly determines someone is out to get her.
What happened to cause the guest at the Circle E Ranch to drive off the cliff?
Who is targeting Mary and will she be alive long enough to get her divorce?
Ben must figure out the answers to these questions as well as many others in order to solve these cases before someone else dies. Will he be able to do it in time? Read The Six-Week Solution by Paula Darnell to find out!!
While I don’t usually read historical fiction, the synopsis intrigued me enough to bring me out of my comfort zone to read this book, and I was glad that I did. I had never heard of the six-week solution before reading this book, and was surprised to learn that hundreds of thousands of people came to Nevada to get a divorce in the 1900’s. While I learned this fact after reading the book, the book did a really great job in cluing me into what the six-week solution actually was, without having to do any research outside of reading the book. I felt that the author included facts in a way that were part of the story-line and you did not feel like you were reading a history book, but you still knew what was going on in history at this time. This was a great aspect of Paula Darnell‘s writing.
Throughout the book, I sometimes felt a slight struggle to continue reading, as I felt the story became slower paced, however Paula Darnell then through me a curveball that kept me reading to find out what was going to happen to Mary and why the black Cadillac drove off the Mount Rose Highway. While there were two separate mysteries going on, Paula Darnell did a great job separating them, while at the same time weaving them together. In addition, when I thought I had figured out each of the mysteries, Paula Darnell through a curveball that put me back at square one in figuring out what had happened and “who done it.”
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I am glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and read historical fiction. This book introduced me to author Paula Darnell and I will for sure be adding her to my list of authors to read!! In fact, I can’t wait to jump into her DIY Diva Mystery Series!
I again had the pleasure of partnering with Goddess Fish Promotions for a book review of You Kill Me by Holly LeRoy. I, as much as the next person love a good “police solving a crime” book and this one did not disappoint.
Eve Sharpe is a Lieutenant for the Chicago Police Department. During her time on the force she has been known for her toughness. While investigating a case, Eve takes a lot of hits that begin to make her second guess her toughness and that also make her lose her edge. With her career crashing down around her, Eve begins to wonder if the press and politicians are right…that she is a cold blooded killer or if she is just losing her mind. As Eve is put on administrative leave, she continues to wonder if this is an officer involved shooting that was a “good shoot” gone wrong and therefore an honest mistake or if it is something much more terrible.
I must say, Holly LeRoy did not disappoint with this book!! From page 1, I was hooked!! Holly LeRoy wrote a suspenseful, intriguing book with surprises at every turn. For me, I never knew what was going to happen in the story or to Eve next! This book really kept me guessing! This book was full of excitement and suspense which kept me on my toes throughout the pages. While Eve is a fictional character, the way Holly LeRoy wrote about her really made me feel for her and with every blow that she took, I felt I was taking the blow with her. I questioned her sanity with her. I felt her disappointment and her frustration. And I was really mad, with Eve, at all the people who knew her for so long and did not believe in her as a cop. I must say I was really angry for Eve throughout most of the book! Overall I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to pick up another book about Eve Sharp!!
It only took a couple of minutes to get to the scene. The Chicago Grand Hotel sat half a block from the Mag Mile near the museum. Built in the 1890’s it was restored in 2001, covered in glitzy looking polished brass and white marble. Even though it usually gleamed in the daytime, the sleet sweeping in off the lake made it looked gray and blocky, more like a Soviet prison. In front, a garish, fully involved crime scene revealed itself in stark contrast. Flashing blue lights, yellow tape, a couple of cruisers. Uniforms directing traffic. Battery operated lights blasted through the snow swirls, lighting up the scene like a movie set.
I headed over to the body while Walt went to talk to the first on the scene. The ME, a photographer, and a tech crouched over the dead girl while a couple of other uniforms erected a blue plastic tent in an effort to shelter the body from gawkers. I touched the ME on the shoulder and Harold Slezak glanced up at me. “One of yours?” he said and turned the girl’s face to the light.
I knelt and felt my stomach lurch as I looked down. A deep, bloody skull depression on her forehead, her arms were twisted around the wrong way and zip-tied at the wrist. Yellow bile stained her pink sweatshirt.
“Yes. It’s Debi Miller.”
Her blue eyes open, flecks of snow had begun to stick to her face. She was already starting to freeze.
Brenda Novak is an author I just recently discovered. I can’t remember exactly how it happened, but the next thing I knew I was on her Facebook page and printing out the list of all her books to read. While on the Facebook page it was asked what book of her’s we were reading and I said I had just found the author, and Brenda herself suggest that this should be the book I started with. So, I put it on hold at the library and when it came in I just had to start it right away (even though I was reading other books). And well the rest is history as within about 3 days I was done with the book and looking forward to the next one of her’s that I could read!!
Slone McBride was 5 years old when her mother disappeared. That night, she was awoken by her mother and father arguing. All of a sudden there was a thump and the house went quiet. Slone’s father states that her mother left and that was the end of that…no real police investigation or anything. When Slone turns 18 she leaves small hometown in Texas and moves to New York were she becomes a model. After Slone suffers a huge loss in New York, the loss of Clyde, her family, mentor, friend, she decides that it is time to return to her hometown and really figure out what happened to her mother – once and for all. Once home, Slone starts to dig up the past and she is not sure what will become of her family in Texas when she does.
I am so glad that I was introduced to this author! I loved every minute of this book and could not put it down. It was fast paced and exciting. You never quite knew one minute to the next what might happen. Brenda as a way of capturing you and not letting you go until you have finished the book. I can’t even imagine what Slone was going through. Throughout the book you felt all the emotions that she felt – you were scared when she was, happy when she was and frustrated when things were not going the right way for her! I found myself cheering for her every step of the way that she would finally figure out what happened to her mother all those years ago! If you have not read any of Brenda Novak’s books, you should, and I can’t wait to pick up my next read written by Brenda!!!