Monday, October 16, 2017

The Skeleton Paints a Picture: A Family Skeleton Mystery


Hello!  A Place at Our Table by Amy Clipston will be published on November 14.  It is the first book in An Amish Homestead series.  The first three books in A Family Skeleton Mystery series are  A Skeleton in the Family, The Skeleton Takes a Bow, and The Skeleton Haunts a House.

The Skeleton Paints a Picture by Leigh Perry is the fourth tome in A Family Skeleton Mystery series.  Dr. Georgia Thackery is working at an adjunct at Falstone College of Art and Design (FAD) in Falstone, Massachusetts.  Georgia arrives home (the borrowed bungalow) and finds two packages on her porch.  She opens them to find her best friend, Sid inside—a walking, talking skeleton.  Sid was feeling lonely (too many grad students at the Thackery home) and decided to visit Georgia (who was equally lonely).  That night Sid (who doesn’t need to sleep) is out exploring the backyard and spots a car crashed in the woods behind the bungalow.  When Georgia and Sid check it out, they find the body of a woman.  The next day, Georgia discovers the victim is Kelly Griffith who ran the writing lab at FAD.  Georgia and Sid believe there is something off about Kelly’s death and start researching the victim (and faculty—Sid is whiz with computers).  It seems that Kelly was involved in her own investigation and it ended up getting her killed.  Can Georgia and Sid follow the trail and find Kelly’s killer?

The Skeleton Paints a Picture is nicely written and easy to read.  I just love Sid.  He is such an entertaining and unique character (Sid will provide many laugh out loud moments) and Georgia is the perfect counterpart for him.  I like that their relationship is changing and developing into a partnership (a team).  I especially like the creative “swear” words that they utilize.  The author has certainly found some creative ways for Sid to get out and explore the world as well as investigate (Sid just loves snow blowers).  I do want to mention the author included a “gender fluid” character.  I applaud the author for tackling a gender fluid character and her handling of it (though it was confusing to read about the character without the gender specific pronouns).  My rating for The Skeleton Paints a Picture is 4 out of 5 pumpkins.  The mystery is medium complexity.   I think some readers will be surprised by the solution (pay very close attention & it can be solved).   I did miss Georgia’s parents and daughter (Madison) in this installment.  I hope they return in the next book in A Family Skeleton Mystery series.  While The Skeleton Paints a Picture is the fourth book in this series, it can be read alone.  Personally, I am glad I have read each book in the series.  I believe you will be missing out by not reading the first three books (you find out more about Sid and how he joined the family, Georgia’s teaching history).  The Skeleton Paints a Picture is a humorous (Sid makes a “humerus” pun in story that will tickle your funny bone) cozy mystery that will delight many readers.  I am glad that Sid is back!  

I do hope that you are having a lovely day (and that it is not stressful).  I am currently reading Cremains of the Day by Misty Simon.  I will be reviewing The Girl Who Saved Ghosts by K.C. Tansley tomorrow (10/17).  Thank you for visiting, take care and Happy Reading!

Kris
The Avid Reader


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Yuletide Homicide: A Wiccan Wheel Mystery


Welcome!  I wanted to mention that Cremains of the Day by Misty Simon and Slay Bells Ring by Karen Rose Smith will be published on October 31.  So many new books and so little time to read them!  I think my TBR list is topping 300. My mother is actually starting to complain about the piles of books around the house (I have them stacked on top of and under many pieces of furniture in every room of the house).  I really need to get more bookshelves!

Yuletide Homicide by Jennifer David Hesse is the third story in A Wiccan Wheel Mystery series.  Keli Milanni is a lawyer at the law firm of Olsen, Sykes and Rafferty.  Keli is called into Beverly’s office (her boss) along with Crenshaw Davenport III (an overbearing colleague).  One of their clients, Edgar Harrison of Harrison Properties LLC is being blackmailed.  Beverly would like them to work Edgar’s offices and attempt to locate the culprit.  Edgar has just announced that he is running for mayor of Edindale in the next election.   Keli is at the Harrison Properties Christmas party at the Harrison Hotel and is surprised when her old college boyfriend, Mick MacIntyre shows up (he is a piece of work).  Later that night, Keli gets a call from Mick asking her to return to the hotel.  Keli notices a small Christmas tree knocked over and Edgar dead nearby.  Police rule the death an accident, but Keli knows he was murdered.  She sets out to discover who was blackmailing Edgar and sent him plunging to his death. 

Yuletide Homicide had a mystery with medium complexity, and I believe some readers will be surprised by the outcome.  Keli, though, was annoying and lackluster in this installment in A Wiccan Wheel Mystery series.  The Wiccan elements did nothing to enhance or add to the story.  Another unnecessary element was the return of Keli ex-boyfriend.  The only reason it seemed he was added was to get Keli to return to the hotel.  His storyline was left unfinished.  I am giving Yuletide Homicide 3 out of 5 stars.  I was glad to see the action pick up towards the end of the story.  The book lags in the middle while Keli does her investigating (questioning).  If you are looking for a feel-good Christmas cozy, I suggest you keep looking.  The first two books in A Wiccan Wheel Mystery series are Midsummer Nights Mischief and Bell, Book & Candlemas.

I hope that you have a pleasant day!  I will be featuring The Girl Who Saved Ghosts by K.C. Tansley (aka Kourtney Heintz) October 17.  Tomorrow I will share my review of The Skeleton Paints a Picture by Leigh Perry (Sid is back). Take care and Happy Reading!

Kris
The Avid Reader

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan


Happy Saturday!  Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper will be published on November 1.  It is the first book in A Southern Eclectic Novel series.  I have added it to my "wish list" on Amazon.  

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan is a historical novel that starts in 1838 at Orchard Farm.  The Orchierres families magic seemed to wither with the death of Grandmere Ursule.  Her descendants keep following the practices she established that have been handed down from mother to daughter.  They have Ursule’s magic crystal and grimoire.  Some of them can do simple spells, simples and charms.  Nanette, Ursule’s granddaughter, is the first one to blossom with real power.  Magic, though, always comes at a price.  Follow the magic through the generations to see what happens to the Orchierres line of witches.

A Secret History of Witches was a slow-paced novel that I found lacking in magic.  The story had potential, but it was never achieved.  Each generation seemed to make the same mistake (it seemed like the same story repeated over for each generation—the author just changed the clothes or words to fit the time period).  I thought it would be a story about strong, female witches (instead we have women that grow up, get pregnant, pass on family history and repeat for the next generation).  Unfortunately, the only strong person was Gradmere Ursule (and she was dead).  The woman and men were stuck in their gender roles and they were conventional.  The magic elements were uninspiring.  For a book about witches and magic, it was deficient.  The characters lacked development (they were flat).  Some sections were more complete than others.  I was disappointed in the ending (it was unsatisfying and felt unfinished).  I did not understand why the author did not bring the book into modern times and bring the witches full circle.  She could have shown them back in full power in modern times.  The book needed some oomph.   My rating for A Secret History of Witches is 2 out of 5 pumpkins.  There is some good writing and the author did her research for the historical periods featured.  My favorite section the World War II with Veronica Selwyn.  If you are looking for a magical novel, check out Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy (vampires too)!

I appreciate you reading my latest review.  I will be sharing my evaluation of Yuletide Homicide by Jennifer David Hesse next time.  I hope that you have a very special and happy day!  Take care and Happy Reading!

Kris
The Avid Reader

Friday, October 13, 2017

Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery


Welcome Back!   Knit to Kill by Anne Canadeo publishes on October 31.  It is A Black Sheep & Company Mystery.  The cover for Death Overdue is eye catching.  Look at all those beautiful cats and the cute little black cat!  And what reader doesn't love a window seat. 

Death Overdue by Allison Brook is the first book in A Haunted Library Mystery series.  Carrie Singleton has been staying (and working) in Clover Ridge, Connecticut with her Aunt Harriet and Uncle Bosco, but she feels it is about time to move on.  Then Carrie is offered the position as head of programs and events at Clover Ridge Library (thanks to Uncle Bosco).  Carrie accepts the position and settles into her new life.  The first program is retired homicide detective, Al Buckley talking about the fifteen-year-old murder of Laura Foster.  Al claims to have new evidence that will solve the case and bring the family closure.  Before Al can reveal his new evidence, he dies and his iPad is stolen.  Someone poisoned Al and Carrie feels responsible for his death (she pushed her boss to go ahead with the program).  She teams up with Jared Foster, Laura’s younger son, to not only find Al’s killer, but Laura’s as well.  Carrie is busy with learning her new job, looking for new evidence in the murders, dealing with a troublesome co-worker, and locating a place to live.  She does, though, get help from the library’s resident ghost, Evelyn Havers.  The killer is unhappy with Carrie’s investigation and sets out to make sure that Carrie is permanently checked out!

I was drawn into Death Overdue from the very beginning.  The author has a nice writing style that is engaging and makes for nice flowing story.  I liked the characters, the town, the library, Smokey Joe (the cat), and (my favorite) the ghost.  I am amazed at the events the library hosts (I wish my library had something besides boring lectures and movies).  The mystery (technically, there are two mysteries) was easily solved (all readers will figure this one out before the reveal).  I identified the guilty party before retired detective Al Buckley was pronounced dead.  The other elements, though, elevate the story.  I give Death Overdue 4 out of 5 pumpkins (I thought I would change things up for October).  The investigation consists of light questioning and some searching.  The book was also a tad too long (it needed to be shortened) and I could have done with less romance/flirting.  I hope we get to know more about Evelyn, the ghost, in the next book.  Evelyn is a great character and I want to know more about her past.  I also suspect her death was not just a simple slip and fall in an icy parking lot (at least I hope there is more to it).  I will definitely be reading the next book in A Haunted Library Mystery series (I want more)!

Thank you for your visit.  I will be sharing my thoughts on A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan next time (I had a hard time with this one).  May you have a beautiful day and I hope it is cooler in your area than it is in mine (we are in the 90s still).  Take care and Happy Reading!

Kris
The Avid Reader

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Room with a Brew: A Brewing Trouble Mystery


Thank you for stopping by today.  Heartaches and Christmas Cakes by Amy Miller will be published on October 20.  The Secret, Book and Scone Society by Ellery Adams will be out on October 31 (Halloween)! I am extremely honored to have been picked to be on her new EA Review Crew.  I have just started reading the book and I was immediately drawn in to the story.

A Room with a Brew by Joyce Tremel is the third installment in A Brewing Trouble Mystery series.  Maxine “Max” O’Hara owns the Allegheny Brew House in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Max is busy preparing for the Oktoberfest weekend she is going to have at the brew house.  To see if she wants to hire The Deutschmen, a local oompah band, Max and her girlfriends are going to an event at the fire hall.  Felix Holt, accordion player, stares at Candy and insists that he knows her from somewhere.  Candy ends up being rude and leaving without providing an explanation.  The next day Max receives a call from Walter “Doodle” Dowdy, the sousaphone player, asking to meet in person.  He has something to share with her.  When Max, Jake and Candy arrive they find Doodle dead with his head stuffed in his sousaphone.  Candy is at the top of the suspect which sends Max into overdrive to find out who killed Doodle and why.  Just when Max thinks things cannot get worse, Jake’s ex-fiancĂ©, Victoria pops up at a gallery opening they are attending for the unveiling of a newly discovered Vermeer painting.  Max will need to keep her wits about her if she is going to nab a killer, finish her Oktoberfest preparations, and avoid the manipulative Victoria. 

A Room with a Brew can be read as a standalone novel (everything you need to know is included).  I had some trouble getting into the story.  I found it to be a slow starter and the murder did not occur until I reached the 18% mark (seems to be a new trend).  I found the mystery to be expected.  Once the Vermeer is mentioned, I accurately predicted how the story would play out.  I tried it with a third party, and they came to the same conclusion (I only gave them two details).  It was interesting to learn more about the quirky Candy in this story (who only wears black and gold).  Most of the characters in A Room with a Brew are flat.  We are given scant details on them and the author never gave them life.   Candy, Jake and Max are the only fully developed personas.  My rating for A Room with a Brew is 3 out of 5 pumpkins.  The main focus of the cozy mystery is on the Allegheny Brew House, Max’s romance with Jake, food (lots of food), time spent with Max’s family, and preparing for Oktoberfest.  I did not know that blue and white were colors for Oktoberfest (from Bavaria).  I have only seen the colors from the German flag used in conjunction with this event.  There are recipes for some of the food items at the end of the book.  A Room with a Brew is a cute cozy mystery that will appeal to many readers and have you craving a bratwurst (I will be heading to the local German meat market soon)!  The first two books A Brewing Trouble Mystery series are To Brew or Not to Brew and Tangled Up in Brew.

I appreciate you taking time out of your day to visit.  I will be sharing my thoughts about Death Overdue by Allison Brook tomorrow (I have positive things to say about it)!  I hope that each of you have a remarkable day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

Kris
The Avid Reader

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Christmas at Carnton: Prequel to the Carnton Novel series


Happy Wednesday!  The Girl Who Saved Ghosts by K. C. Tansley will be published on October 17. It is the second book in The Unbelievables series. Deanna Chase has released a new A Jade Calhoun Novel.  It is titled Hexed on Bourbon Street.  Find out how pregnancy is affecting Jade's powers.

Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander is a Christmas story that is a prequel for The Carnton Novels (the first book will be released in 2018).  The story starts in November of 1863 in Franklin, Tennessee.  Aletta Prescott is a widow with a six-year-old son and another child on the way.  Aletta received word that her husband, Walter passed away a month prior from battle injuries.  Aletta has just lost her position at Chilton Textile Mills and her home is close to being foreclosed upon.  She happens upon an advertisement for a cook at Carnton for the upcoming auction being held by the Women’s Relief Society in support of the Confederate cause.  Can this be the answer to her prayers?  Captain Jake Winston was recently injured and is unable to return to battle until he recovers.  Mrs. Colonel John McGavock from Carnton has requested a solider be present for the upcoming auction and it is Jake’s new assignment.  Jake does not understand why the women do not just donate money instead of hosting the big gathering to raise money.  Over time, though, Jake’s opinions change as he witnesses the hard work of the women and, in particular, Aletta Prescott. 

Christmas at Carnton is a lovely, heartening Christian novel.  It has great characters and a beautiful setting.  Christmas at Carnton is well-written and engaging.   Ms. Alexander knows how to draw her readers into her stories.  It was obvious that the author did her research for this series (on the battles, the conditions, what widows suffered and experienced, and on Carnton—a real place).  The novel contains prayer, hope, struggle, faith, grief, heartache, love, and so much more.  We are shown the true meaning of Christmas and that we should be thankful for each blessing in our lives.  Andrew, Aletta’s son, was a delightful addition to the story.  My rating for Christmas at Carnton is 4 out of 5 pumpkins (I liked it).  I appreciated that the author gave Aletta unique skills that were uncommon for a woman at that time (woodworking).  I look forward to reading each book in The Carnton Novels when they come out.  

I appreciate you visiting today and checking out my latest review.  I will return on Thursday with my evaluation of A Room with a Brew by Joyce Tremel.  May you have a remarkable day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

Kris
The Avid Reader

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Cajun Christmas Killing: A Cajun Country Mystery


Happy Book Release Day!  I just love waking up with new books on my kindle. Who remembers when they used to arrive in your mailbox on release day?  Some of the new titles out today are Hide and Seek by M.J. Arlidge (just wonderful), The Skeleton Paints a Picture by Leigh Perry, The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman, Death in St. Petersburg by Tasha Alexander, Death Overdue by Allison Brook, Murder on the Toy Town Express by Barbara Early, A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron and Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost

A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron is the third book in A Cajun Country Mystery series.  Maggie Crozat and her family are busy with guests at the Crozat Plantation B&B and making Christmas preparations.  One of their guests, Donald Baxter is playing the part of Scrooge with his constant complaints.  Maggie is guiding a tour around Doucet and discovers their guest has become a ghost when she finds him stabbed to death.  Bo Durand, Maggie’s boyfriend, is a person of interest and Rufus Durand, his cousin, returns to be lead investigator (he is not a fan of the Crozat family—but he swears he has changed).  Maggie needs to find the real killer and clear Bo off the suspect list as well as herself and the rest of the Crozat family.  Her attention is diverted by Tannis Greer’s changes at Doucet (and her hideous new costume), her father’s ill health, numerous anonymous complaints about the B&B on a travel site, Lia’s revelations, and the return of her ex-boyfriend who is determined to exploit Bo’s son, Xander.  Just another typical week for Maggie in Pelican, Louisiana.  Come along for some Christmas fun in A Cajun Christmas Killing!

A Cajun Christmas Killing is an entertaining cozy mystery.  It has lively, unique characters and a small, quirky Southern town.  Maggie has a large extended family and many friends in Pelican.  It was interesting to read about the bonfires being built and how they are utilized on Christmas Eve (what a nifty tradition).  I just loved the descriptions of the old homes with original details (I am one of those people who loves squeaky old wood floors).  I found the story to be nicely written and to have a good pace (makes for an easy to read story).  There is quite a bit going on in A Cajun Christmas Killing.  I highly recommend reading the series in order.  It will help familiarize you with the characters (it can be hard to keep them all straight).  My rating for A Cajun Christmas Killing is 4 out of 5 pumpkins (I thought I would switch in honor of Halloween).  I do wish, though, that the mystery had been harder to solve.  I like to be challenged, and I accurately predicted the outcome before Maggie stumbled upon the body.  There are some delightful sounding recipes at the end of the book.  The ending was very satisfying (those who dislike Tannis will be merry).  I look forward to visiting Pelican, Louisiana again in the next A Cajun Country Mystery.

The first two books in A Cajun Country Mystery series are Plantation Shudders and Body on the Bayou.  I will return tomorrow to review Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander.  May each of you have a stupendous day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

Kris
The Avid Reader  

Monday, October 9, 2017

Colors of Christmas: Two Christian Christmas Stories by Olivia Newport


Happy Monday!  The Skeleton Paints a Picture by Leigh Perry will be out on Tuesday, October 10. Sid is back in the fourth book in A Family Skeleton Mystery series.

Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport contains two inspirational Christmas stories.  Christmas in Gold stars Astrid who recently suffered a fall in her home causes her to break her ankle.  It was all her children needed to force her move into Sycamore Hills Community Living.  Carly is Astrid’s physical therapist at Sycamore Hills.  She has been having a challenging time since Truman started harassing her.  As time passes, Astrid tells Carly the story of her life in Germany during the war and what she experienced after immigrating to America.  Astrid’s strong character and perseverance give Carly hope and strength.   Is there a chance for a happily ever after in Carly’s future?  Will Astrid adjust to her new living arrangement?

Christmas in Blue is the second story starring piano teacher, Angela Carter.  Angela lives in Spruce Valley and she is lacking the Christmas spirit this year.  Her best friend, Carole passed away earlier in the year and it has left Angela feeling very blue.  Angela is late to A Christmas to Remember committee meeting and finds herself in charge of the whole events with only eight days to go.  A Christmas to Remember was Carole’s baby and the last thing Angela wants to do is take it over.  She soon discovers that the event seems to be doomed from the start with one catastrophe after another.  There is a stranger in town that stands out to the locals and they blame him for problems plaguing their celebration.  Angela, though, is happy to see Gabe despite what brought him to town.  Gabe provides Angela with hope and inspiration.  Will Angela be able to pull of A Christmas to Remember?  Why is Gabe in Spruce Valley? 

Colors of Christmas is well-written and easy to read.  I liked the characters, setting, and the Christian elements/lessons.  Astrid was a woman who had endured much hardship, but she had such a strong faith in God.  It was inspiring and heartening.  Christmas in Blue deals with depression which is common for many people during the Christmas season.  I liked the uplifting ending.  Some of the Christian messages or themes were faith, trust in God, hope, acceptance, courage, and perseverance.  I give Colors of Christmas 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it).  My favorite story was Christmas in Gold.  It had more depth and such a heartwarming conclusion.  Colors of Christmas contains two lovely, inspirational stories.  They show that Christmas is not about presents, but about helping people and honoring the one person who sacrificed everything for His believers.

May each of you have a dazzling day.  I will be featuring A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron tomorrow.  Take care and Happy Reading!

Kris
The Avid Reader

Sunday, October 8, 2017

All the Secret Places: A Gin Sullivan Mystery


Welcome!  Mining for Justice by Kathleen Ernst is out today.  It is the eighth installment in A Chloe Ellefson Mystery series.  A well-written and researched cozy mystery that takes readers back to 1983.  

All the Secret Places by Anna Carlisle is the second tale in A Gin Sullivan Mystery series.  Gin Sullivan is living back in Trumball, Pennsylvania with her boyfriend, Jake Crosby.  In the early morning hours, Jake receives a phone call that the house is in building for Leon Archer is in on fire.  While digging a fire break around the property, the fire fighters find a buried body.  When Jake is suspected of torching the home, Gin sets out to prove his innocence once again.  Gin gets hired to consult on the body which was found wearing an old military uniform.   Who is this person and how long have they been deceased?  Gin works with the abrasive Detective Bruce Stillman and the newly appointed Chief of Police Tuck Baxter to solve the crimes. 

All the Secret Places can be a standalone novel.  The author rehashes Gin’s background (growing up in Trumball, her parents, what happened to her sister, her career, love life) and what occurred in Dark Road Home (in detail).  The two mysteries have different levels of complexity.  Readers will find one mystery easier to solve than the other (one might even surprise some people).  I kept hoping there would be a twist to astonish me.  Gin’s personal issues dominated the storyline (relationship drama).  I quickly tired of Jake’s attitude and kept hoping Gin would ditch him for Tuck Baxter (I liked him).  For a smart woman, Gin makes poor choices especially regarding her safety.  I am amazed at how often she puts herself in perilous situations.  I am giving All the Secret Places 3 out of 5 stars.  I found All the Secret Places to be slow going in the beginning and a little long.  It could have used some editing to increase the pace and tighten up the story.  I wish there had been less repetition of the details surrounding the crimes (they kept repeating the same things over and over).   

Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit.  I will be reviewing Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport next time.  I hope that you have a satisfying day. Take care and Happy Reading!

Kris
The Avid Reader

Saturday, October 7, 2017

House. Tree. Person. by Catriona McPherson



House. Tree. Person. is a new suspense novel by Catriona McPherson.  Alison “Ali” McGovern along with her husband, Marco and son, Angel have just moved to small home after losing their dream home and their businesses.  Their quiet life is disturbed when a body is found next door at Dundeennan Abbey. Angel spends quite a bit of his free time at the abbey and Ali wonders if he knows more than he is revealing.  Marco is online and discovers an opening for a beauty therapist at the local high-end psychiatric facility, Howell Hall for Ali.  With a doctored resume, Ali applies and gets the position.  Ali has her patients draw her a picture containing a house, a tree, and a person.  It is amazing what a simple picture can reveal about a person.  She soon discovers that Howell Hall is full of secrets and danger.  Who buried the body at the abbey?  What is going on at Howell Hall? What happens when Ali gets too close to the truth?

House. Tree. Person sounded like such an intriguing suspense novel.  However, I found it to be a slow-paced novel that is deciding lacking in suspense (I wanted to be gripping my book, riveted, quickly turning the pages to find out what happened next—instead I was sighing with boredom).  The story plays out in an expected manner (no surprises or great twists).  The first half of House. Tree. Person. plods along with slightly more action in the second half.  Personally, I wish the story had not been written in the first person.  Ali is an unlikeable character (whiny, dramatic) and her ramblings made the story even worse.  I know what the author was trying to accomplish (make the story more intriguing and make readers assume things), but I was frustrated, displeased, annoyed, and irritated.  Ali overreacts to every single little thing.  I can understand why her son spends so little time at home.  To those of us who read mysteries like they are going out of style, you will figure out the guilty parties long before the reveal (foreseeable).  I did have trouble with some of the word usage (Scottish slang words used by Angel, the son).  Usually, I can discern the meaning from the context.  I wish the publisher had provided a dictionary at the end of the book (or changed out the words for Americans).  I do want to advise readers that there is foul language in this book.  My rating for House. Tree. Person. is 2 out of 5 stars (I was not a fan).  Parts of the story are just unrealistic (this is not science fiction).  Ali gets a job she is underqualified for and passes a background check that she knows she cannot pass.  Didn’t she wonder how this was accomplished?  The characters lacked depth/development.  I thought they were flat.  I did not feel this novel was up to Catriona McPherson’s usual standards.  

Thank you for stopping by today and reading my review.  I hope that each of you have a heavenly day.  I will return on Sunday to share my review of All the Secret Places by Anna Carlisle.  Take care, stay safe, and Happy Reading!

Kris
The Avid Reader