Monday, January 16, 2017

Upcoming Reads...

Thank you, NetGalley and publishers for these two lovelies:


I can't wait to read both.  I love Auster - his writing is sharp, intelligent, and so inventive.  As for Buntin, this is her debut novel and I've heard nothing but great things about it.  Two must-reads at my fingertips - talk about a bookworm's bliss!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Five Things Friday...

1.  The Gym.  Yes! Week two and I have gone every day so far.  I'm still hating waking up before        5am, but I'm starting to get used to it.

2.  Weight Watchers and Oprah.
Yep, I'm an Oprah fan. I loved her show.  I love her channel. And I love this cookbook. I read it the other night and have already bookmarked so many recipes that I will be making in the foreseeable future.  So many yummy soup and salad recipes - woo hoo! Plus, she includes how many points each serving would be, which I loved.  Yep, I decided to join WW.  I intend to get healthy in 2017 and exercise alone is not going to get me there.  So, WW here I come.

3.  Travis.  I've been listening to their music this week. Ever since I went through all of my old CDs, I've been revisiting old favorite bands.  I remember loving this song:

4.   Grimm.  The season premiere for the final season was on last Friday.  There are only 12 more episodes left until its over - the horror, the horror!  I hate that they made this last season only 13 episodes long - its not fair.  I want more Monroe, Rosalee and Wu.

5.   Book Depository.  Ugh! I'm so disappointed with them. I ordered several books and have been patiently awaiting their arrival.  So far, I've received three of the books.  I'm still waiting for the others and it seems like its taking far too long.  Oh, and today I received a package filled with three copies of a book that I did not order from them - ack!   Plus, I just opened another delivery and the spine on the book is torn off - say what!? Ugh!!  Talk about annoying.  I'm beginning to think that I should have ordered everything from Amazon.

And now I'm off to continue reading about Maisie Dobbs.  Hope you all have a great weekend!  Happy reading!!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Upcoming Read...

I just got approved for this lovely and I can't wait to dive in. Ever since I read My Name Is Lucy Barton and fell in love with Strout's writing, I just knew that I had to read all of her books.  With this latest acquisition, I now have all of Strout's books, which means that 2017 will be filled with Strout's stories.  Hurrah!

What about you? Any author in particular you plan on reading this year?  Have you read Strout's novels? Which is your favorite?

Well, I'm off to continue reading the Maisie Dobbs series.  I'm on the fifth book, Incomplete Revenge, and enjoying every bit of it.  I tend to re-read the whole series whenever a new book comes out and this year the thirteenth book (In This Grave Hour) in the series arrives on March 14th.

Happy reading!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

(Thank you to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

The author of the wildly popular The Kind Worth Killing returns with an electrifying and downright Hitchcockian psychological thriller—as tantalizing as the cinema classics Rear Window and Wait Until Dark—involving a young woman caught in a vise of voyeurism, betrayal, manipulation, and murder.

The danger isn’t all in your head . . .

Growing up, Kate Priddy was always a bit neurotic, experiencing momentary bouts of anxiety that exploded into full blown panic attacks after an ex-boyfriend kidnapped her and nearly ended her life. When Corbin Dell, a distant cousin in Boston, suggests the two temporarily swap apartments, Kate, an art student in London, agrees, hoping that time away in a new place will help her overcome the recent wreckage of her life.

But soon after her arrival at Corbin’s grand apartment on Beacon Hill, Kate makes a shocking discovery: his next-door neighbor, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered. When the police question her about Corbin, a shaken Kate has few answers, and many questions of her own—curiosity that intensifies when she meets Alan Cherney, a handsome, quiet tenant who lives across the courtyard, in the apartment facing Audrey’s. Alan saw Corbin surreptitiously come and go from Audrey’s place, yet he’s denied knowing her. Then, Kate runs into a tearful man claiming to be the dead woman’s old boyfriend, who insists Corbin did the deed the night that he left for London.

When she reaches out to her cousin, he proclaims his innocence and calms her nerves . . . until she comes across disturbing objects hidden in the apartment—and accidently learns that Corbin is not where he says he is. Could Corbin be a killer? And what about Alan? Kate finds herself drawn to this appealing man who seems so sincere, yet she isn’t sure. Jetlagged and emotionally unstable, her imagination full of dark images caused by the terror of her past, Kate can barely trust herself . . . So how could she take the chance on a stranger she’s just met?

Yet the danger Kate imagines isn’t nearly as twisted and deadly as what’s about to happen. When her every fear becomes very real.

And much, much closer than she thinks.

Told from multiple points of view, Her Every Fear is a scintillating, edgy novel rich with Peter Swanson’s chilling insight into the darkest corners of the human psyche and virtuosic skill for plotting that has propelled him to the highest ranks of suspense, in the tradition of such greats as Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, Patricia Highsmith, and James M. Cain.

my thoughts:

Dark and twisty at its best!! Oh my! I just loved Peter Swanson's latest novel, Her Every Fear.  Chock full of suspense, mystery, and creepiness; this book is a top notch psychological thriller.  I could not put it down.  I found myself staying up til the wee hours just to finish it. It was that damn good.

Kate is ruled by her anxiety, which is why her parents are shocked when she agrees to travel to America and trade apartments with her cousin Corbin.  She'll attend the local art school and explore the city of Boston.  Unfortunately, upon Kate's arrival her (or actually Corbin's) neighbor is found murdered.  Ack!  Talk about ramping up anyone's anxiety levels.  Poor Katie - what a welcome to the building.  However, that's not all that she has to deal with.  Across the way, on the other side of the apartment complex, she's become the victim of a peeping tom.  A man that she befriends and winds up involved with.  Oh, and the cops ask to look through her cousin's apartment and ask too many questions about him, making Kate wonder who Corbin really is.  Plus, there is also the man who's been stalking her - well, she doesn't know about him.  All I can say is that he's been right underneath her nose the whole time.  Actually, there is so much to share about this book, but I'm not going to.  Why?  Its a must-read that you just have to experience for your self.  Believe me, you are going to enjoy every frightening minute of it. 

Swanson has written a sharp, engrossing thriller that entertains on so many levels.  Its a psychological thriller with a murder mystery, sprinkled with twists and turns, and topped with a bit of horror.  It is truly a great story.  I loved the slow-going pace that made each revelation a thrill to discover. The character-driven plot is fantastic! Swanson explores the human psyche through such troubled individuals, sometimes its heartbreaking and other times its simply disturbing.  His writing is so rich and vivid, you can't help but get creeped out.  I enjoyed the whole experience.

I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Swanson and fans of psychological thrillers - you are going to LOVE this book!!

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: Her Every Fear
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

GIVEAWAY & REVIEW of Fudge & Jury: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander

(Thank you to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!
about book:

Welcome to Torte–a friendly, small-town family bakery where the pastries are delicious…and, now, suspicious.

It’s almost spring in Ashland, Oregon, and the town is preparing for the Shakespeare and the annual Chocolate Festival. Business is cookin’ at Torte, and the store is expanding as Jules’ team whips up crèpes filled with mascarpone cheese and dark chocolate. Torte stands a chance of being this year’s confectionery belle of the ball! Life couldn’t be sweeterunless murder taints the batter.

Evan Rowe, of Confections Couture, makes a chocolate fountain that would put Willy Wonka to shame, and his truffles are to die forliterally? Yes, the world-renowned chocolatier has just turned up dead…right after sampling a slice of Jules’ decadent four-layer chocolate cake. Now all eyes are on Jules as she tries to find the mysterious ingredient in her own recipe. Can she sift out the truth before another contestant bites the buttercream?
my thoughts:

Cozy mysteries are quickly becoming my go-to reads when I'm looking for something light and fun to read.  They are the perfect antidote to a grey and rainy day, especially when the winds are howling like mad.  Imagine my delight when this little tome found its way into my hands during one of the very rare cold fronts South FL has experienced this winter.  I grabbed me a cuppa, a warm blanket and settled in for the afternoon with Ellie Alexander's latest book in her popular Bakeshop Mystery series, Fudge & Jury.  Talk about bliss!  I devoured this book in one sitting and wished that I had more to read.  I just fell in love with Ashland, Oregon and its quirky inhabitants - they truly made for quite an entertaining read.

In this fifth book (in a six-book series), I met Jules, baker and owner of her family's bakery, Torte.  She's gearing up for the annual Chocolate Festival, while simultaneously getting her kitchen in order.  After saving up enough money, Jules and her mom are finally able to purchase new ovens for Torte.  Plus, they plan on painting and installing a new register.  They are excited and thrilled to refresh their bakery.  Of course, their top priority is getting everything made for the festival - they are one of the four showcase vendors, so they have to be ready in time.  Talk about stress and excitement combined. Unfortunately, Jules and Torte get thrown in the 'hot seat' when Evan, one of the other showcase vendors, dies after sampling Jules' confections.  Ack!  Death by chocolate?!  Well, nuts to be exact - seeing as he was allergic to them.  Uh oh!  What is Jules to do?  Apparently, she'll put on her sleuthing cap and get to figuring out what really happened to Evan.  Who killed him and why?

Alexander has written an engaging and rather delicious 'whodunit' story.  Filled with choco-tastic sweets, this book had my mouth watering non-stop.  I couldn't help but find myself craving all of Jules' yummy desserts.  Luckily, Alexander has included the recipes at the back of the book - hurrah!  Of course, I also found myself trying to figure out who was behind Evan's murder - I enjoyed all the twists and turns woven throughout the story.  Fudge & Jury was truly a fun read.  I plan on reading all of the other books in the series and can't wait to learn more about Jules and her sleuthing adventures.  I just know that I'm in for quite a treat.

I would happily recommend Fudge & Jury to fans of Ellie Alexander's, A Bakeshop Mystery series, and fans of cozy mysteries with a foodie bent - you will DEVOUR this book!!

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: Fudge & Jury

GIVEAWAY:  Thanks to the publisher I am able to give away one (1) copy of this book! All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave me a comment. Don't forget to include your email address - that way I can contact you, if you win the book.  Last date to enter is January 20th.  US/Canada residents only.  Good luck!!

Thank you to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!