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The Cantaloupe Thief (A Branigan Powers Mystery)
The Cantaloupe Thief (A Branigan Powers Mystery)
by Deb Richardson-Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.52
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Mystery with Some Great Heart, August 23, 2016
First can I say that this book description is painfully dry?

I received this novel randomly from the publisher and picked it up to decide whether or not to read and review it or send it on down the road. I get books I don't ask for and review maybe ten percent. Fortunately, I have others near me who love to read and some who review so that's where most of them go.

I kept The Cantaloupe Thief after opening it and getting hooked early on. I'm really glad I did. There are two solid mysteries in the novel, and many, many possibilities for the culprit or culprits. I like that, there is not much more disappointing then figuring out whodunnit in chapter two. I did not and was leaning a whole different direction for much of the story. Definitely a win in the mystery department. I also liked the characters, setting and overall feel of the story. A great, solid four-star read for sure. Since this is book one of a series I'll look forward to more.


The Boss
The Boss
DVD
Price: $5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Glad I Didn't Shell Out Money to See it in the Theater, but Good for a Few Laughs., August 20, 2016
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This review is from: The Boss (Amazon Video)
Well. The Boss is entertaining. Several laugh out loud moments. Think Troop Beverly Hills on Meth kinda entertainment. I think, actually, had there been less vulgarity and if the F-Bombs were cut it would have been a cute family movie.

Like I said. There are scenes that are terrific and others that are hilarious. But sometimes the humor was meh and the plot line was tired. Melissa McCarthy rocked the crazy character she brought to life, but she does that and you get exactly what you expect. Kristen Bell was my favorite playing the straight man most of the time with a few great moments to shine. I'm sure they had loads of fun working together because the chemistry felt great.

Bottom line. Way too much for family viewing and not quite clever or multidimensional characterization to make it a must see for adults.


Eden Hill
Eden Hill
by Bill Higgs
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.43
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can Virgil accept a new and snazzy super station right across the street, August 20, 2016
This review is from: Eden Hill (Paperback)
Eden Hill is a charming book set in the early sixties. Virgil and Mavine own a small gas station in their homey little town. When Cornelius Alexander brings his pregnant young wife to town along with his huge glossy dreams, everything turns upside down. Can Virgil accept a new and snazzy super station right across the street? Oh, and Mavine has been reading a woman's magazine that has begun to mess a little with his marriage, too. Is nothing sacred anymore?

Filled with quirky and realistic characters, Eden Hill portrays family lives, church, the comings and goings of neighbors as they meddle, care and enrich each others lives so well I felt like I was sitting in the town square observing it all. I was born in 1962 and some of the scenes reminded me of snapshots of my childhood. Some of the characters definitely reminded me of folks I brush shoulders with in church and at work, too. Charming and sweet and darn fun to read.

A review copy was provided in exchange for my honest review.


If I Run (If I Run Series)
If I Run (If I Run Series)
by Terri Blackstock
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.31
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Give 5 Stars Very Often. If I Run is So Good...., August 20, 2016
If I run is my new favorite Blackstock novel. From the second the story starts until the minute it ends with a massive cliff hanger I was hooked.

The opening moments show Casey removing blood stained clothes, gathering what she can't leave behind and grieving a huge loss. And the evidence will show Casey murdered her best friend.

As she attempts to find truth that can clear her and bring the killer to light she finds herself getting involved in another dark secret unrelated to her murder charges and just as deadly.

This novel is not tied up in a nice bow at the end. There will be another book or more to finish the story. If you hate cliffhanger endings this one might frustrate you. The only other iffy point is the fact that there is murder and a couple scenes involving child endangerment. But if you love PI or police procedurals it's top notch. I loved the characters as well. Very solidly three dimensional and the writing is smooth and engaging. It's pretty rare for me to give 5 star reviews the longer I've been reviewing. But this one earns 5 from me.

As per usual, I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher so I could offer my opinions.


Always With You
Always With You
Price: $4.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Tense Storyline Ripped from Current Headlines., August 20, 2016
This review is from: Always With You (Kindle Edition)
Always With You's chilling premise is taken right from current headlines. Polarizing groups of people lashing out in an attempt to keep those within safe and protected is happening all around us. Somehow hurting to protect seems noble and revenge feels right. But in the harsh light of truth neither of those is justifiable.

Isabelle, who is saved from a fate worse than death by a mysterious outsider. She falls hopelessly for him. Her family had given her anything she could ever need but had neglected her confused and insecure heart. Tyler belongs to a sect and lives outside of town in a communal setting. He is driven to keep his family together and indebted to the leader of the group who had rescued him.

As the deep hatred of the frightened townspeople intensifies and the racially biased violence escalating within The Faithful comes to light Isabelle becomes horrified at the choices she now faces. And at what she has chosen to believe. When some of her family secrets spill over as she makes a move toward freedom, she is shocked back into helpless surrender again.

An intimate look into how truth can easily become twisted and how followers can be made through manipulative acts of kindness and escalate into powerful mind control. Chilling and suspenseful yet filled with the promise of grace.

This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.


The End of Law: A Novel of Hitler's Germany
The End of Law: A Novel of Hitler's Germany
by Therese Down
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rough but Fascinating Novel, May 9, 2016
The End of Law is a heavy, heavy read. I tend to shy away from wartime fiction. In my thought process there is no sense in reading something depressing when life can be so heavy all by itself. And I don’t like the omniscient point of view where the narrator knows the inner thoughts of every character. Two strikes for The End of Law, but once I got past the first couple pages I just couldn’t stop. I found so much horrific history buried between the covers, but I also saw the wonder of people sacrificing and fighting against the encroaching evil of the Nazis. The characters are members of the Nazi party, many are protected from the horror of reality, others’ hands are so dirty that all sanity seems to be gone. When a little bit of truth leaks out, a powder keg blows within one family. The results are tragic. However, the thread of hope is not lost. God was not silent during that period of insanity. And the proof is in the good of the people who fought against the ideas of a few mad men. I so recommend this novel to anyone interested in this time frame. This novel was provided to me for review purposes.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Case, May 1, 2016
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This case was exactly what I was looking for. The openings/buttons are placed perfectly. My previous case had one button covering the up and down volume buttons. This one is one for up and one for down. A million times easier. This case is new to me so Im not sure how well it will hold up over time but it seems very well made and the clasp holds nice and tight. Definitely great for the price.


Peril: A Novel (Bloodline Trilogy)
Peril: A Novel (Bloodline Trilogy)
by Jordyn Redwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.70
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4.0 out of 5 stars Twisty Action Packed Page Turner, April 20, 2016
Medical fiction is one of my favorite genres. Crime fiction is right up there. So when they are combined and the story is a well-written page-turner, then it earns a two thumbs up.

Jordyn Redwood's Peril is definitely a two thumb up novel. A ruthless killer, oh, not just any killer, one who's had some help from a mad scientist, a woman grieving the loss of her baby and her part in missing the signs, a husband trying to keep his grieving wife through the dark days...oh, and a young girl who...well, let's just say the plot is action packed.

Chicken warning, this book has some intensity that may make you suck your thumb and need a night light. Anyone who is intrigued by the above, it's a page turner.


Valley of Decision: A Novel (The Carthage Chronicles)
Valley of Decision: A Novel (The Carthage Chronicles)
by Lynne Gentry
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.51
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4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying Conclusion to the Series., March 3, 2016
Lisbeth has matured over the years between visits to ancient Carthage. So much so she's forgotten her own headstrong, hungry search for her missing mother. As much as she longs to give Maggie her father, Lisbeth knows it's for the best that Maggie remain in the present.

Taking a page from Lisbeth's book and tumbling right back into the third century Maggie discovers she's been gone mere hours their time and over a decade in hers. Maggie's hunt for her father, to save his life, results in struggles and challenges for all of those who love her. Maggie's cell phone and young adult social media mindset causes her a few mishaps. And Barek, the angry teenager she left behind wastes no time venting his frustration over his mother's death due to her carelessness.

Illness still rages through the city and Christianity is underground. Touching scenes between characters compelled me to finish the story out. Even though there was no possible way for happily ever after, I had to find out the choices the characters would make. Stay or go? Choose life in the modern world, or risk the pestilence, diseases and brutalities of the third century? In the end it was a satisfying and thoughtful read. I definitely recommend it for the fascinating historical glimpses and the strong writing.


Chapel Springs Survival
Chapel Springs Survival
by Ane Mulligan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming and Oh So Fun, February 12, 2016
Ane Mulligan’s Chapel Springs Survival starts with a crisis as all good novels do. Claire Bennett is involved, should you need a refresher course, here are some highlights from mishaps in Claire’s life in Chapel Springs Revival...setting a kitchen on fire, surviving a son’s wedding, whipping the entire town back into shape, beaning an art critic, and falling into an open grave in her wedding attire...It’s a miracle there’s a book two at all. But delightfully there is. And Claire has plenty to trip over, stumble into or onto and angst over in ol Chapel Springs. Fortunately, her husband Joel and she are united like never before, and boy are they going to need that unity. The town’s tourism is hopping, maybe a little too much. But just a few tweaks might fix all of the little issues. But those little issues seem to be just the tip of the iceberg.

Claire still can’t cook, nor can she keep her mouth shut without biting her tongue. But with her big ol heart and determination she’s kinda the go-to girl in town. Unless, that person is her brand new surprise daughter-in-law. For some reason Claire's newest family member seems to be out to get her.

Claire’s escapades, near misses, oops moments and big wins are definitely worth the read. Mulligan's humorous storytelling is so charming, the small town destination of Chapel Springs sounds like a dream vacation, and the characters are big as life.


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