Book Review The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat

Book Review The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat Review by Dawn Thomas 288 Pages Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky Middle Grade, Sci Fi & Fantasy, Magic, Faeries This is a story of two girls, Izzy and Hen (11 and 7 respectively). They move with their mother to their father’s childhood home. Izzy is not happy about the move especially since there is nothing to do in this small town. The clerk at the grocery store tells them to be careful of the witch that lives next door to them. Izzy is curious and goes back to talk with the clerk to find out more. Izzy and Hen want to find out more about their neighbor, Marian. While sneaking around her house, Marian catches them and invites them in. She begins to tell them about their grandmother and her love for them. When Hen goes missing, Izzy goes to Marian for help. She describes the flute music she heard. Concerned, Marian goes looking for Hen in the woods. She tells Izzy not to follow but of course, she does not listen. When Marian goes into a hole in the ground, Izzy is not far behind. She lands on the ground and is amazed by…

Book Review The Skeleton Garden by Marty Wingate

Book Review The Skeleton Garden by Marty Wingate Review by Dawn Thomas 294 Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Cozy, British Detective, Gardening, WWII During WWII, two men were talking when one pushed the other and he fell to his death. Flash to the present. Pru Parke and her brother Simon, estranged as children, are getting to know each other. While working on a garden, they uncover a Nazi airplane. Apparently, a previous owner buried the plane after it crashed into the property. News crews covering the story camped out while the plane is excavated. During the evacuation, a body is found. No one knows who this could be or how he got there. Pru and Simon have their sibling moments where they have disagreements and hurtful remarks. Their relationship is still tender and feelings get hurt easily. Pru’s husband, Christopher, is a police man. He is working on the investigation of the death of a local man found in the garden. He is trying to piece other criminal activities together to see how they fit. Can they all be related to each other along with the body found with the plane? Pru tries to…

Book Review The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan

Book Review The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan Review by Dawn Thomas 314 Pages Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Literary Humor, Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction Lila is a mother, wife, and nine months pregnant. Her husband, Sam, is a restaurant critic. They met in New Orleans while Sam was doing a critique of gumbo. Immediately, they were immediately attracted to each other. At the time, Lila was a crisis manager for the Addison hotel chain and traveled around the world. When a restaurant critic position opened in Philadelphia, they pack up and move. Starting over in a new city is difficult for Lila. She is now a stay-at-home mom. She misses her old job and the connections she had with her coworkers. Sam wants to remain anonymous in order to do a fair job with his restaurant reviews. He is concerned if she becomes too public, people will recognize her and his cover will be blown. Sam is too overprotective of his image and causes Lila more stress. Sam does not want her socializing with anyone connected with a restaurant but Lila cannot work the question into ordinary conversations. One of her closest friends is part owner in a New…

Book Review A Covenant with Death by Stephen Becker

Book Review A Covenant with Death by Stephen Becker Review by Dawn Thomas 240 Pages Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media Literary Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Legal, Courtroom Drama, Psychological The book is set in Soledad City, New Mexico in 1923. Louise Talbot is a beautiful young woman and spends her days sitting on a rail fence watching people pass by. One day she is found murdered in her home. All fingers point to her husband, Bryan Talbot. He swears he did not do it and his lawyer, Parmalee, believes him. Benjamin Lewis is a judge living in the same city. He is not hearing the murder case but sits in the gallery listening to testimony. There is a lot of coverage on the trial. During the case, we discover evidence of Bryan’s misdeeds and transgressions. Ben is a fair young man living with his mother. The governor appointed him a judge as a favor to his father. He has been dating Rosemary, a teacher in Albuquerque. She is friendly but Ben is not convinced she is the one for him. He dreams of Rafaela, a girl/woman he has known all his life. He must make a few hard decisions that…

Book Review White Leopard by Laurent Guillaume

Book Review White Leopard by Laurent Guillaume Review by Dawn Thomas 196 Pages Publisher: Le French Book Mystery, Thriller, General Fiction (Adult), Africa Souleymane Camara, known as Solo to his friends is the White Leopard. He was a police officer in France but now lives in Bamako, Mali as a private detective. He is approached by a woman who believes her husband is having an affair. Farah Tebessi, a Paris lawyer, hires him to get her sister, Bahia, out of jail. Bahia was hired to carry gold into the country. Unknown to her, it turns out to be drugs. She is arrested and thrown into jail. The lawyer gives Solo money to bribe the officials to get her released. He meets with the jail official and negotiates the woman’s release. After the police wake him up, they take him to an industrial area of the city. The police commissioner, Kansaye, is there waiting for him. There is a woman floating in the water. When he looks closer at her, he realizes she was Bahia. He is back on the infidelity case. He followed the husband to a hotel restaurant. Sitting at the table with him is a beautiful woman. When…

Book Review For Dead Men Only: An Alexandra Gladsone Mystery by Paula Paul

Book Review For Dead Men Only: An Alexandra Gladsone Mystery by Paula Paul Review by Dawn Thomas Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Mystery, Suspense, Historical, British Detectives, Women Sleuths Alexandra Gladstone is a doctor and travels to her see her patients on her mare, Lady and with her dog, Zack. Several men die under mysterious conditions in Newton_upon_Sea. They were all wearing a white Freemason apron with a smear of blood. It is Alex’s job to determine the cause of death and their connection to each other. Everything seems to revolve around the Freemason temple, The Temple of the Ninth Daughter. After one evening visit, she fears someone is following her. She tries to run away and falls into a ravine. It is up to Nancy, her maid, the two young stable boys and Lord Dunsford to find her. The story takes place during Victorian times when a woman doctor is unable to perform some duties her male counterparts can do. This is the fifth book in the Alexandra Gladstone mystery series. The author’s writing style flows very well and the suspense keeps the reader’s attention. The characters each have their own personality and they interact well…

Book Review Medium Dead An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery by Paula Paul

Book Review Medium Dead An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery by Paula Paul Review by Dawn Thomas 178 Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Mystery, Suspense, Historical, British Detectives, Women Sleuths Alvina Elwold is a medium with a reputation. Queen Victoria hears of her and travels to Newton-upon-Sea for a séance. Before the séance can be conducted, Alvina is found murdered in the cemetery. Lady Forsythe, along with the rest of the household, is under a lot of stress having the Queen as a guest. Alexandra has her hands full with patients. Lord Nicholas Dunford asks Doctor Alexandra Gladstone to see his mother, Lady Forsythe, . He fears she is having a heart attack. When Alexandra examines his mother, she determines it is not a heart attack but a severe case of shingles. Young Beaty believes he murdered Alvina. His wife, Wilma, does not believe him and asks Alexandra to see Constable Snow to have Young Beaty released. There are twists and turns in this story, which leave you wondering who killed Alvina. This is the second book in the Alexandra Gladstone mystery series. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, you will enjoy this series.

Book Review Symptoms of Death An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery by Paula Paul

Book Review Symptoms of Death An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery by Paula Paul Review by Dawn Thomas 260 Pages CreateSpace Independent Publishing/Amazon Digital Services LLC Mystery, Suspense, Historical, British Detectives, Women Sleuths The story takes place in Victorian times. Doctor Alexandra Gladstone has replaced her father as the physician for Newton-upon-Sea. While attending a dinner, Elsie, a young kitchen maid runs into the dining room ranting and waving a kitchen knife. She blames Lord of Dunford for killing her lover, George. The next morning, the Lord is found dead and Elsie is to blame. While investigating the death, Alexandra gets a note to meet Quince, the leader of a bunch of ruffians. The note says she is to meet him at the pier after dark. Quince is there waiting for her but soon after see arrives, someone jumps them and Alexandra’s dog, Zack is injured. The following morning, two boys arrive at the surgery in need of medical attention for dog bites. Alexandra knows the boys are the same ones involved in the scuffle the night before. She believes they know something that would put them in danger. The day of Elsie’s trial arrives and the murderer still has not be…

Book Review RavenStorm Witches by Misha McKenzie

Book Review RavenStorm Witches by Misha McKenzie Review by Dawn Thomas 126 Pages Publisher: Icasm Press Sci Fi & Fantasy, Witches & Wizards The book tells the story of nine women who happen to be witches. Maeve wants to protect Grayson from a manipulator. The coven meets and decides the woman needs to learn how her actions hurt others. Every time she tries to tell a lie, the truth comes out instead. Hildie loses her job because a coworker said she was selling company secrets. The coven gets together and casts a spell for the woman to come clean and confess. Everything she does reminds her of what she did to Hildie. Malise had bad taste in men. She wants to teach her ex-boyfriend Travis a lesson. When he wakes up the next day, he is a woman. He sees how his words and actions offended women in the past. Tatiana works at an animal shelter. When she learns about a man mistreating dogs, she wants to do something about it. The women in the coven write a spell so the man will feel what his dogs feel. When the dogs are hungry, he is too. In each story, Sheva…