FIRST LINES FRIDAY – Delia James

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FIRST LINES:

“I WANT TO be really clear about a few things. I don’t chase after stray cats, I don’t break into houses and I most definitely do not steal valuable antiques from dead people. At least, I didn’t used to. My name is Annabelle Amelia Blessingsound Britton.”

PUBLISHER: BERKLEY

DATE PUBLISHED: 2016

MY REVIEW:

A superb paranormal tale that I found difficult to put down. Annabelle Britton arrives in Portsmouth New Hampshire on a visit a close friend. She is very surprised to find that her Grandma grew up and the town, but left when she married. She learns that her Grandma is a witch and there is an active coven in town. She has ‘vibes’ at times but she has no idea how to control. Annabelle meets a mystery cat,  Alistairs who can disappears at will. He refuses to accept a home since his former owner died. Alistairs leads Annabelle to a cottage and adopts her. There are enough changes before Annabelle finds the answer to the mystery. The next book is already on my to read list.

FIRST LINES:

“I want to be really clear about a few things. I do not follow people into abandoned tunnels, even if they are paying me. I do not remove valuable historical documents from private archives, and I do not believe in ghosts.”

PUBLISHER: BERKLEY

DATE PUBLISHED: 2016

MY REVIEW:

In the second book of this series, Annabelle Britton continues to learn about her witches’ heritage.  She is helping her friends at their new store when strange noises are heard. Checking out the building they find a tunnel leading to a door that is locked and appears to go nowhere Trying to open it Annabelle stumbles upon a body. The investigation into the death leads to an old secret. The story is enlivened by the arrival of Annabelle’s Grandmother, Alistair and Leo and Max add much to the adventure. The Coven continues to be involved and lends their assistance. An excellent paranormal story. I am ready for the next book.


FIRST LINES:

 “I WANT TO be really clear about a few things. I do not habitually hide important information from my friends and family. I do not eavesdrop on other people’s conversations, especially from under tables, and I don’t run out on parties to which I have been invited as the guest of honor. “

PUBLISHER: BERKLEY

DATE PUBLISHED: 2017

MY REVIEW: 

An outstanding paranormal and the third book in the Witch’s Cat series. Annabelle Britton takes Alistairs to a 

veterinarian, Ramona Forsyth for his annual checkup and booster shots. While at the vet’s office, they meet Ruby, the Attitude Cat and become aware of a custody battle over Ruby.  Alistair has a crush on Ruby. Later he alerts Annabelle that something is wrong at Ramona’s home. Ramona is dead and Ruby is missing. Has Ruby been catnap or did she escape? There are several suspects in the kidnapping. Annabelle and Alistair must find an answer before there are more deaths. 


I highly recommend this book and series.

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WWW WEDNESDAYS JULY 18, 2018

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Today, I am taking part in WWW WEDNESDAY hosted by

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The three W’s are 

WHAT AM I READING?


WHAT I JUST FINISHED READING?


WHAT WILL I READ NEXT? POSSIBLE

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WAITING ON WEDNESDAY SPOTLIGHT ON FOUR FUNERALS AND MAYBE A WEDDING

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This series has brought a lot smiles and enjoyment in my life. Will Lady Georgiana Rannoch finally marry Darcy O’Mara? Find out is this book.


PUBLISHER: BERKLEY

PUBLISHED DATE: AUGUST 7, 2018

NETGALLEY SAYS:

“In the days leading up to her wedding to Darcy O’Mara, Lady Georgiana Rannoch takes on the responsibilities of a grand estate, but proving she can run a household just may be the death of her in the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service.

If only Darcy and I had eloped! What I thought would be a simple wedding has been transformed into a grand affair, thanks to the attendance of the queen, who has offered up the princesses as bridesmaids. Silly me! I thought that withdrawing from the royal line of succession would simplify my life. But before Darcy and I tie the knot in front of queen and country, we have to find a place to live as man and wife…”


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THE TWISTED ROOT By Anne Perry

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A book by Anne Perry is always an entertaining story and the 10th Books did not disappoint. Hester and Monk have just returned from their honeymoon. They are slowly adjusting to their life together. Hester is a volunteer at a hospital and Monk accept a job to locate Miriam Gardiner, a young woman who disappeared from luncheon party at party celebrating her engagement to the son of the house. Monk soon finds the coach in which she fled. The coachman nearby but strangles. Hester is working to change the practice at the hospital she is volunteering. Pain drugs are missing from the drug storage area. Hester befriends an elderly soldier who is receiving pain drugs from an unidentified source. I did get tired on several times how much we owed these men for saving their country. The twists and turns the story to bring the thread together will hold your interest until the shocking end. I highly recommend this book and series.

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BEACHES, BUNGALOWS, & BURGLARIES by Tonya Kappes

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The cover is attractive and invites you to read the book but it is more about Mae West and the wrongs her ex-husband did. I got tired of reading  Mae’s feeling guilty about the actions of her ex-husband. Tonya Kappes quirky characters are present and the town of Normal is friendly and heartwarming. It needs a good editor. There seems to be a love triangle forming. I do plan on reading the next two books.

Mae West has been living a life of pleasure. The bubble burst when a

FBI raid and size everything because her husband was running a Ponzi scene. She has only a campground and an RV left. Arriving at the campground she finds it is rundown and her ex-husband floats up in the lake. She meets with some friendly folks and others that are not so friendly. The ending has a great twist. Will Mae succeed do the restoration of the RV park?  I will recommend this book.

Recipes and a couple of camping tips are included.

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JUST FOR THE BIRDS By Jinx Schwartz

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TROUBLE is back creating chaos in Hetty Coffey’s life in the 10th book of the series. He is slimy, underweight and refusing water and food. TROUBLE’S plight alerts Hetta that something is wrong at the bird sanctuary. She calls Jan to come to La Paz to aid her to keep Po Thang and TROUBLE apart. Together they call several veterinarians to check TROUBLE. The parrot’s and Po Thang’s antics will have you laughing and smiling. Craig and Roger arrived and it is decided to scout out the bird sanctuary.  When Hetta is angry anything can happen and the book begins a series of twists and turns that YOU won’t want to put the book down. I read it in one sitting. Will the gang be successful in stopping the bird smuggling of the birds or will they lose their lives? I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES.
PS: TROUBLE enter the story in book # 3 JUST ADD TROUBLE

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SUNDAY SKILLS – A PLANT LIFE – JULY 15, 2018

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Flower of the Day – July 14, 2018 – Sunflower
Plants and their life. I have a lifetime of the studs of botany. The plants being release today were only dreams when I was  actively gardening. Here are a mixture of different plants.

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BOOKS ADDED THIS WEEK – JULY 14, 2018

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FROM NETGALLEY


FROM EDELWEISS


FROM MY TBR SELF


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FIRST LINES FRIDAY – SHOWCASE ON MARGARET COEL

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 Do you enjoy learning about the native American Indians tribe? This series is based on the Arapahoe Reservation. I have all of these books and several a second time. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this series.

 

Book # 20

“THE NARROW DIRT road clung to the mountainside between the granite peaks jutting overhead and the drop-off into the valley. Ponderosas, scrub brush, and scruffy undergrowth looked fat and green after the spring rain, greener than Alan Fergus remembered the Wind River range ever looking. It was the fourth Friday in May. The foliage wouldn’t turn gray and dusty until the summer heat set in.”

MY REVIEW

The Wind River Reservation books have been a favorite since I read the first. The information about the Arapahoe and Shoshone Indian is first-rate. Usually, my emotions are involved and this was no difference. as I had tears for all the in individuals engaged in the affair. Vicky is brought into the case by another lawyer. This lawyer was killed before he could inform Vicky about the case. Five years before the Liilesheilds found a white baby left on their doorstep. They want to adopt the child now. Father John niece is visiting the Mission. Her Ph.D. thesis is about sisters captured in a raid on a wagon train, one was recused, she grew up with her family. The other married an Arapahoe and had 5 children. The sisters meet in there late life. Father John ‘s niece meets an Arapahoe Indian who was considering the Priesthood. The twists that this story takes will keep you turning the pages. The ending will leave thinking. This is must read.

Disclosure: I received a free copy from Berkley Publishing Group through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own



Book # 18

“Late June, the Moon When the Hot Weather Begins THE CONFESSIONAL WAS warm and stuffy. The round light in the ceiling shone on the pages of the novel he was reading and radiated heat around the small area. He could hear the wind picking up outside, the June beginnings of the hot, dry winds that would scour the Wind River Reservation all summer.”

MY REVIEW

The Wind River Series has long been my favorite Native American story. I am delighted to read this book. Visiting with Father John and Vicky Holden was a great way to pass the time. Someone is taking random shots at cars on the highway. Vicky and Adam to stop to help and find a dead man. About the same time a white buffalo calf is born on the reservation. The Arapahoe believe the white calf is scared and that it a sign creator is with it. Hoards descend on ranch to see the calf. Several cowboys who work on the ranch has disappeared. The subplots are skillfully merged together.


Book # 10

“October 1907 THE THREE WARRIORS sat their ponies against a glass-blue sky broken only by the mare’s tail cloud stream streaming overhead.”


Book # 1

“A COLD GUST of wind whipped across the Ethete powwow grounds and flapped at Father John Aloysius O’Malley’s windbreaker.”

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THROWBACK THURSDAY – CHAINED   By – EILEEN BRADY

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I have enjoy this story about Kate Turner, veterinarian. I like it so much I downloaded the last one. All are funny as we follow Kate on her rounds. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this series.


BOOK # 3

MY REVIEW

I was delighted to find the third book of Kate Turner’s experiences as a veterinarian. The exploits are Smithsonian often funny. I especially liked the pig wedding. The Alaskan malamute that found the bones was of special interest. The bones turned out to be 10 years and that  popular high school student who was believed to leave the area. Dr. Kate is asked to find out what happened. An old college friend arrives and aides her. There is a black bear in story that figures in the solution of the tale. I highly recommend this book and series

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BOOK # 1

MY REVIEW

If you like dogs and cats come along with Dr. Kate Turner, DMV as she makes her rounds for Oak Fall Animal Hospital. You will meet her patients, dogs, cats and a parrot. One home visit she find all the dogs running loose in the house. This an unusual occurrence and checking it out, Vivian and Thomas Langthores are dead and their Champion King Charles Spaniel, Charles Too is missing. Dr. Kate knows, the Langthrones would not have let their dogs loose and would have left instructions for their care. The case is rule murder/ suicide at first; later changed to suspicious. Kate attends a dog show to ask questions about the dogs. A friend of the Langthrones is shot in the ring. Kate helps saves  the friend's life. Kate knows the elderly couple was MURDER and she has no proof. Kate must decide what she knows to the police or let it go as no one would believe her. The ending is a surprise.
This is the first book I have read by her and I am looking forward to going along with Kate again.

Full Disclosure: I was given a free copy for an honest review.


BOOK # 2

MY REVIEW
This book is for animal and cozy mystery lovers both will enjoy the light fun read.  Kate Turner is  still working Oak Falls as relief veterinarian and her stories about her clients are fabulous. She becomes concern when a woma client is dead of an apparent suicide but makes no plan for dog Toto. Kate becomes concern when her handicap kennel worker is suspected of killing her. Will Kate's inquiry be in time before he convicted of the killing.

Full Disclosure: I received a free copy from Poison Pen Press through Netgalley for an honest review. I would likke to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions are my own.

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