Blog Tour and Review: Oy Vey, Maria

Oy Vey, Maria! A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery (Mrs. Kaplan Mysteries)Oy Vey, Maria! A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery by Mark Reutlinger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a cute and humorous cozy mystery. I loved the main characters and the aspects of Jewish culture, especially the Yiddish. It reminded me of my grandmothers except they weren’t trying to be detectives, just nosy 😂. This was the third in a series (I love all the titles) although that doesn’t detract from the story if you start in here. I do plan on going back to the first two though. I recommend for cozy mystery lovers and those with nosy grandmas 😉

Thank you to Goddess Fish Promotions and the author for the review copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Blog Tour & Review: Her Perfect Life

Her Perfect LifeHer Perfect Life by Hank Phillippi Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved Hank Phillippi Ryan The First to Lie, so I was so excited to be on the book tour for this newest book. It did not disappoint. I like a slow burn story, which this definitely is. We have three different POV, we see Lily (the “perfect” reporter) in there day to day life, Greer, her assistant, and we also see a past POV from Lily’s sister who went missing when she Lily was a child. While there are some thinks that may make you go hmmmm, that is sometimes the point in domestic thrillers, you have to wonder why the people make the choices they do and what secrets they are trying to hide (because there are always secrets). So sit back and enjoy. I know I did.

Thank you to Suzy’s Approved Book Tours, Hank Phillips Ryan, and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for the review copy of this book. I give it 4 of 5 stars and look forward to Ms. Ryan’s next book!

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Blog Tour & Review: The Plague

When a bad vaccine causes hundreds of thousands of deaths, the President bans all vaccines and medical research. This causes previously eradicated diseases to come back and be antibiotic resistant. Can Britton Gravel find a cure and her sick son?

This short novella (73 pages) is pretty fast paced and easy to read since it does not get very technical. The subject matter hits very close to home with what is going on in the world. The author does a good job showing what could happen without vaccines, which is a scary thought. While some may not be up for reading this plot given the world today, if that does not bother you, I do recommend this and it is something you could read in an afternoon.

I give this 3.75 of 5 stars and thank Goddess Fish Promotions and Ryan L. Canning for the review copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own and no compensation is given for reviews.

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Blog Tour & Review: What’s Not True

What's Not True (What's Not, #2)What’s Not True by Valerie Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What’s Not True (What’s Not #2)
Valerie Taylor

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What’s Not True is book 2 following What’s Not Said. While there is a great deal of recap throughout the book, I really would not consider this a stand along and recommend reading book 1 first (its a good book, go ahead read it).

In What’s Not True, we pick up where things left off with Kassie, Mike, Chris and Karen. Taking place in both Paris and Boston, we see the continuing story of these very interconnected characters (holy family tree!). There’s drama to be had and decisions to be made, just as in book one, and while sometimes the characters and their actions get frustrating, its still a good read. I enjoyed What’s Not Said and jumped at the change to review What’s Not True, and I am glad I did.

I give this one a solid 3.75 of 5 stars and recommend both in theseries. Thank you to Suzy’s Approved Book Tours and Valerie Taylor for the review copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Blog Tour & Review: Passerby

PASSERBY

Britney King

Release Date: July 22

“Roils with passion, rancor, and greed wrapped in Southern politesse… King’s intricately woven mystery is sure to please fans of the thriller and suspense genre far and wide.”

Jester Falls has always been an idyllic town. Perfect for a getaway. And what better place to stay than Magnolia House, the tourist trap’s most popular bed and breakfast, run by the eccentric Channing family.

Ruth Channing loves her family—at least what’s left of it. She’d do anything to protect them.

But it isn’t until her brother picks up a mysterious woman on the side of Route 78 that Ruth realizes how many definitions the word anything can have.

Everything about Ashley Parker rings false: her past, her profession, even her name. Most worryingly of all, her reluctance to leave. When guests start disappearing, it’s clear there’s more at stake than just the family business… a lot more.

My Thoughts: Britney did it again! This one was another wild ride, a fast read that will keep you engaged and wanting more. I have loved all of her books so far and look forward every time i see a new one coming out! Pick this ne up, you wont regret it. Thank you to WildFire Marketing Solutions and Britney King for the review copy! 4 of 5 stars!

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Blog Tour/Book Review: Colony

Colony by Benjamin Cross

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


What do you get when you mix a team of scientists performing an environmental impact study, a very remote arctic island, Russian Soldier “security” and creatures who aren’t happy that anyone has invaded their home? You get Colony. Part sci-fi, part horror, this was a terrific book that kept me thoroughly engaged the entire time I was reading. It’s gory and full of action and reads at a great pace. When will people learn that we should just leave remote locations alone? Without spoilers there is a part that I wish didn’t have to be included although I understand nothing is sacred in horror or creature survival books. I still give this a 4 of 5 and look forward to future books from this debut author. Thank you to Blackthorn Books and Benjamin Cross for the review copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own.



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Blog Tour/Review: Future Perfect

A bomb has exploded during a fashion show, killing a beautiful model on the catwalk. The murderer  is still at large… and he may strike again. Yet this is the least of Police Commissioner Christian  Verger’s worries. His fiancée Viola has left him. He has to keep his tumultuous past a secret. To make  things worse, his voice assistant Alexa is 99.74% sure he will die tomorrow. 

This was a pretty interesting speculative fiction mystey/thriller. Moving between storylines in 1989s Montana, 1999 Manhattan, and 2030 Britian where apps can not only predict your future but push you to take actions that make that future happen. We see how actions that Christian, Viola, and Alexander take in the past can haunt their futures. How would you change your actions if you were going to die today?  

4 of 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Felicia Yao for the review copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Blog Tour/Review: Acts of Kindness

Acts of KindnessActs of Kindness by Heather Barnett

Acts of Kindness: Heather Barnett

Bella Black wants a new start. Not looking for anything but opportunity for a new job, home and an attractive colleague make this appealing. When she is approached out of the blue by Acorn Consulting, this seems like an opportunity that she can’t pass up. One stipulation is that once she completes her probation period she must also work for OAK, the charitable arm of Acorn. With disappearances ties Acorn/OAK and Bella obtaining some information that may point to something being very off, Bella isn’t sure who she can trust anymore. This was a very lighthearted mystery that moves at a somewhat slower pace. It was an easy quick read and I enjoyed the concept behind the charity and some of the quirky characters. I give this 3.5 of 5 stars and thank Rachel’s Random Resources and Heather Barnett for the review copy of this book.

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Blog Tour/Review: The Secret Stealers

The Secret StealersThe Secret Stealers by Jane Healey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anne Cavanaugh is a young widow and French teacher at a private school in Washington DC. She’s recruited by family friend and WW1 hero Major General William Donovan for the Office of Strategic Services (the precursor to the CIA) and makes some great friends in her mentor, colleague and liaison. Eventually she is sent to Nazi occupied France to covertly gather information that can be passed on to intelligence. This was a decently paced novel which I found out is based on historical facts, (be sure to read the authors notes at the end) although this is a fiction novel. This was a story of not only courage during war but pain, love and deep friendships. I enjoyed seeing the transformations in the women and how they grow due to their experiences. I give this 3.75 of 5 stars and thank Suz’s Approve Book Tours, Lake Union Press, and Jane Healey for the review copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Blog Tour/Review: When Angels Fear

When Angels FearWhen Angels Fear by P.J. Mordant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Emma finally escapes her abusive relationship, she chooses a “pin on the map” which ends up being the village of Flammark. With no plans and no job, she strikes to get settled in and makes some friends with the locals. When a “sleeping sickness” starts to take over the village and she hears about the disappearance of a young girl, Emma realizes she is linked to a deadly curse. Can she survive?
While this is a supernatural mystery with some fantasy aspects, its also a story of abuse and survival. The story kept me very engaged even when it started to take turns I wasn’t expecting. As a warning, there are some difficult sexual abuse scenes. This was a good debut and I look forward to seeing more from this author. 3.75 of 5 stars

Thank you to Rachel’s random Resources and P.J. Mordant for the review copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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