VERSE and VENGEANCE book review

Verse and Vengeance 
(A Magical Bookshop Mystery #4)
by Amanda Flower

USA Today bestselling author and Agatha Award winner Amanda Flower turns the charm up to ten in her fourth Magical Bookshop mystery.

With the help of Walt Whitman's works, magical bookshop owner Violet Waverly puts her pedal to the metal to sleuth a bicycle-race murder that tests her mettle.

A bicycle race is not Charming Books proprietor Violet Waverly's idea of a pleasant pastime. But police chief David Rainwater wheelie wants them to enter the Tour de Cascade as a couple, so she reluctantly consents.

The Tour de Cascade is the brainchild of Violet's Grandma Daisy. The race is a fundraiser to build the Cascade Springs Underground Railroad Museum. But not everyone in this Niagara Region village supports the race. As if the bike race weren't tiring enough, pesky private investigator Joel Redding is snooping around Charming Books. It takes all of Violet's and Grandma Daisy's ingenuity to keep Reddin…


Advent for Everyone: Matthew 
(A Daily Devotional)
by N. T. Wright
Advent for Everyone: Matthew provides readers with an inspirational guide through the Advent season, from the First Sunday of Advent through the Saturday after the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Popular biblical scholar and author N. T. Wright provides his own Scripture translation and brief reflection to guide readers through the season toward the wonder and joy of Christmas. This book is suitable for both individual and group study and reflection.
4 stars:  4/5 star rating
What a great way to usher Christmas into your heart than to focus on the Christmas story as told through the Biblical scripture.  I love that the entire scriptural text is included in each day's devotional reading.  There is a lesson and reflection for each week and then further, divided by day of the week,  and a question to ponder for each day as well.   This is biblically sound teaching and I found that a few views were ones that are e…


by Linda Carroll-Bradd
In the two years since his beloved wife died, rancher Chad Rutherford has done the best for his family. But with his sister leaving the family ranch to get married, he needs to find someone to keep house and tend his kids so he places an ad for a mail-order bride.
Left on her own by her brother’s murder, spinster Vika Carmichael must find a way to life. An ad for a mail-order bride from a widower with small children seems like the perfect fit. Until she arrives in Gunnison City, Colorado, and wonders if room for her exists in their hearts.
Will two proud individuals find a way to work together, or will their marriage vow be broken by Christmas?

A heartwarming, sweet western historical romance

Previous Titles in the Series
Book 1--A Marshal for Christmas by P. Creeden
Book 2--A Bride for Christmas by Cheryl Wright
Book 3--A Husband for Christmas by Margaret Tanner
Book 4--A Farmer for Christmas by Marisa Masterson
Book 5--A Family for Christmas by Chery…
by Kyle Rutkin

A gripping psychological thriller about iconic superstar, Kelly Trozzo, and her suspected killer, the author she commissioned to pen her shocking Hollywood memoir.

A Star is Born meets Gone Girl, in this dark and twisted love story with an unforgettable conclusion.

The headline read: “Hollywood Superstar Kelly Trozzo Found Dead.”

With no suspect in custody, authorities turn their attention to best-selling author Kaleb Reed, whose obsessive relationship with the star has been followed by social media and tabloids alike.

In his online confession, Reed claims that his relationship with Trozzo began with a tweet, an unexpected endorsement from the pop star herself. Almost overnight, Reed’s novel garners national attention, and the reclusive writer is thrust into the spotlight. But according to Reed, the endorsement came with a price.

In the days that follow, Reed is invited to Trozzo’s Los Angeles mansion, where he is solicited to write her memoir. Lured by her phy…

TANGLED THREAT book review

Tangled Threat
by Heather Graham
Some things you can’t forget.

A body hanging from the infamous History Tree unraveled their teenage love. Now Maura Antrim is again tangled up with Brock McGovern. Twelve years later, they’re back where that murder occurred—where Brock had been arrested and then released, where Maura had run, too scared to stand by his side. But with two women missing, and Brock now an FBI agent, Maura is determined to help. Together, they’ll have to confront a threat that never died and see if their passion has withstood the test of time.

     3 Stars:     3/5 stars
This story is very intriguing but the suspense is just not quite there for me.  I wanted a bit more excitement in the story.  This is a quick read and a fun one though.     
I received an ARC of this book from netgalley and Harlequin Intrigue in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.


Also published as Heather…

KING'S SHADOW book review

KING'S SHADOW: A Novel of King Herod's Court
(The Silent Years #4)
by Angela Hunt

Two women occupy a place in Herod's court. The first, Salome, is the king's only sister, a resentful woman who has been told she is from an inferior race, a people God will never accept or approve. 

The second woman, Zara, is a lowly handmaid who serves Salome, but where Salome spies conspiracies and treachery, Zara sees hurting people in need of understanding and compassion. 

Powerful and powerless, Idumean and Jew, selfish and selfless--both women struggle to reach their goals and survive in Herod the Great's tumultuous court, where no one is trustworthy and no one is safe.

4 Stars: 4/5 Stars

Wow!  It was so exciting to feel like a fly on the wall in King Herod's court and to be able to observe the women of the court. I can only imagine how difficult a time period it must have been to live in and these women had many struggles and challenges to deal with.  I highly recommend …

SMOKE SCREEN book review

by Terri Blackstock
A gripping new novel from New York Times bestselling suspense author Terri Blackstock.

One father was murdered. Another was convicted of his death. All because their children fell in love.

Nate Beckett has spent his life fighting wildfires instead of the lies and rumors that drove him from his Colorado hometown. His mother begs him to come back now that his father has been released from prison, but it isn’t until he’s sidelined by an injury that he’s forced to return and face his past. But that means facing Brenna too.

Fourteen years ago, Nate was in love with the preacher’s daughter. When Pastor Strickland discovered Brenna defied him to sneak out with Nate, the fight between Strickland and Nate’s drunken dad was loud—and very public. Strickland was found murdered later that night, and everyone accused Roy Beckett. When the church burned down not long after, people assumed Nate set the fire to get even for his father’s conviction. He let the rumors fly and…