How to Achieve Balance and Happiness Through Your Cat
by Sophie Macheteau
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Health, Mind & Body , Outdoors & Nature
Pub Date 28 Apr 2018
Purrfection is a cute book and a definite must have for cat lovers. It is a departure from the standard photo/care book, focusing more on how to pamper ourselves and our cats. It is a fun book to read, with plenty of sweet pictures and illustrations. It emphasizes the importance of slowing down, and focusing on developing the bond between you and your pet. As most cat lovers know, there is something special that occurs as you sit quietly cuddling a soft, warm, purring cat. Interaction is the key to happiness. Of course, as Sophie Macheteau notes, there are plenty of products, websites and apps that can help us.
While reading Purrfection isn’t guaranteed to make you happy. It will make you smile, and give you some good ideas.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Purrfection from the publisher and Netgalley.com...
Linda O Johnston’s novels are always a safe bet for lovers of animal cozies. While not the most innovative, Her books are entertaining, and pets, dogs in particular, play a central role. Pick and Chews is a good, solid cozy that makes for a pleasant afternoon read.
Carrie Kennersly, vet tech and pet baker extraordinaire, is once more drawn into a murder investigation, this time to clear her boyfriend, Reed’s name. When a former veterinary colleague is found murdered after badmouthing the Knobcone Heights Veterinary Clinic - and opening her own competing clinic - suspicion falls on Reed and the other veterinarians. Raella was an unpleasant woman, and only a moderately competent vet, but she was beautiful and she had a talent for manipulation. Having solved murders in the past, and being worried about Reed’s future, she immediately st...
A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
by Laurie R. King
Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 12 Jun 2018
Normally I enjoy Holmesian fiction, but I had mixed feelings about Island of the Mad. On the one hand, it is a well plotted mystery filled with interesting subplots, on the other hand, it is not really what I would define as Holmesian. Holmes plays a much smaller role than Mary Russell, and his character is less developed, relying on the reader’s knowledge of Sherlock Holmes and imagination to fill in the gaps left by the author. I’m inclined to believe that the novel would be better with a more developed character in the place of Holmes, or greater effort placed on making the reader truly believe Holmes would be there in that position.
Island of the Mad addresses the mistreatment of women who don’t fit, either by nature or by choice, as well as the rise of fa...
Murder at Half Moon Gate by Andrea Penrose
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 27 Mar 2018
Murder at Half Moon Gate is a compelling regency mystery with just the right touch of romance added for flavor. There is a steam tech element, but I wouldn’t classify the novel as steampunk. Still, I think it will appeal to fans of the genre who also enjoy well composed mysteries.
The novel begins with the brutal murder of an inventor known for his work designing efficient steam engines. Although it superficially appears to be the work of a cutpurse, too many people have a motive. Was it a revolutionary group determined to stop steam engines from stealing jobs or a competitor intent on acquiring a lucrative patent or even the beautiful and icily composed wife? Lord Wrexford, a gentleman scientist and adventurer, and Charlotte Sloane, a widow who pens satirical cartoons and has a wide range of contacts, join forces to find the killer. While both are intellige...
Armistice Book 2 in the Amberlough Dossier
by Lara Elena Donnelly
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 15 May 2018
Armistice is not the easiest book to delve into if you haven’t read its predecessor Amberlough. It is a complex, politically driven novel with hard bitten characters focused on their own agendas. There are no clear “good” guys. All sides were grey. I expected more action. Instead, there was a lot of double dealing discussed and a lot of whining.
I had a hard time identifying with any of the characters. Cordelia was an unlikely rebel leader, with a patois that was unbelievable. Aristide spent his entire time getting drunk, whining, and causing problems. Lillian was the easiest to empathize with. Her devotion to regaining her son is understandable.
I normally like political/espionage novels but Armistice wasn’t my cup of tea. There wasn’t much of the Art Deco flavor that was touted in the description, and the action was onl...
Tailed: A Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery by Joyce Ann Brown
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 14 Feb 2018
Tailed is a cute, wholesome cozy mystery featuring a charming cat who knows just how to save the day. The situations are for the most part realistic, with Beth, her husband Arnie, her sister and brother-in-law coming across as ordinary individuals. Even the bad guys are not past redemption. They may seem tough, and they do cause a lot of trouble, but the really “bad” guys don’t make much of an appearance. There is tension, but not a lot of danger, and what happens definitely seems possible.
The quality of the writing is average. It is readable, but far from exceptional. On the whole, I liked Tailed. It’s a decent book that suffers mainly from the vast number of better novels available.
3 / 5
I received a copy of Tailed: a Psycho Cat and Landlady mystery from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Hush, My Inner Sleuth by M.E. Meegs & W.B. Tigue
Literary Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 21 May 2018
Hush My Inner Sleuth is an unusual book, fueled by early Hollywood scandals, pulp detective stories, and the original hipsters and cool cats. The framing mechanism used is very clever, but I don’t want to give the surprise away. Readers become acquainted with Willie after her friend Betty takes her place. Gamely, Willie heads to Hollywood, where she is to work for Betty”s uncle, Skip Riker, a famous detective. Before she arrives, an explosion takes Skip out, and Willie is cast in the role of sharp talking, whiskey swigging detective. Of course she has competing help in the form of Skip’s ghost and a strange narrator intent on commenting on her thoughts and actions. Is she in a novel? Or are novels dead now that Hollywood talkies are all the rage?
Readers are in for a wild ride, regardless of what they decide. Hush My Inner Sleuth celebrates Hol...
Speakeasy is far removed from the standard WWII era thriller. It is a novel that alternates between past and present and between voices. Lena, the central lead, is a code breaker with a shady past and an unfortunate history of choosing the wrong man. Byron, known as “By God” is a mild accountant seduced into the adventurous high speed life of being a gangster. Both Lena and Byron were drawn into the charismatic web of Bill Bagley, a brilliant but tragically flawed bank robber. Lena thought she escaped, but the threads of the past are long, and as she struggles with the impact of her tasks as codebreaker and the human cost of both success and failure, it begins to look like she has not run far enough or fast enough.
On the whole, Speakeasy is well done. The development of the characters and the changes that take place in them over time is utterly believable...
So many secrets, so many lies. When Stella Darnell is hired by Lisa Mercer, the daughter of the detective who failed to find Bryony Motson, but discovered the body of Cassie Baker who disappeared over 20 years before, she is initially reluctant to take the case. Paul Mercer is set on blaming Charlie Brice for the death and disappearance, but there was never any evidence of him being involved in either. Stella accepts the case on the condition that she is taking it to discover the truth - whatever it may be. What she doesn’t expect is a complicated mystery that involves some of the people she knows very well.
The Death Chamber is slow at points, and the prickly Stella can be difficult to empathize with. The story, however is well plotted, even if the involvement of her friends in the case is almost too much of a coincidence, almost too improbable. Lesl...
If I was only allowed a one word response to The Death of Mrs Westaway it would simply be “wow”. The novel is engrossing, quickly drawing the dealer into Hal’s world. But while the novel initially looks like it will be a psychological thriller focused on Hal’s deception, it becomes something far different and far more complex as it becomes clear that nothing Mrs Westaway has done is without purpose and that Hal does have a link to the family. Many are the secrets hidden in the past of the decaying Westaway home, and finding the truth may be more dangerous for Hal than she expects.
The Death of Mrs Westaway is compelling. I simply could not stop reading. By alternating excerpts from Hal’s mother’s past with Hal’s present, the reader gets tantalizing clues that are just beyond Hal’s reach. You need to know what parts of the past Hal discovers. You...