Dozens of clever doodling exercises & ideas for cat people
by Gemma Correll
Quarto Publishing Group – Walter Foster
Walter Foster Publishing
Arts & Photography , Crafts & Hobbies
Pub Date 26 Jun 2018
The first time I saw Gemma Correll’s work was on a button which had a cat lying on its back instructing you to pour the coffee straight in. I loved it. Naturally I had to take a look at Doodled Cats. I can’t draw - anyone will tell you this - but I had tons of fun following Gemma Correll’s instructions and prompts. The results were cute, funny and not nearly as shameful as I feared. It was extremely relaxing to create doodles based on my cats and those of my friends. It was a wonderful way to destress. Will you become a professional artist with Doodled Cats? No, but you are guaranteed to have fun, smile and laugh. In this day and age that is enough of a reward.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Doodled Cats from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an...
Goodbye Cruller World
by Ginger Bolton
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 28 Aug 2018
Goodbye Cruller World is a cute cozy that takes the stereotype of donut loving cops seriously. But don’t think having a sweet tooth and running a shop that sells donuts to Fallingbrook’s finest prevents Emily Westhill from having a gift for detection. Unlike many cozies, Goodbye Cruller World is populated by good cops and first responders who know their jobs, rather than bumbling ones (minus one particular single minded detective out to get Emily). It’s a nice change.
Emily’s company is hired to provide snacks to her neighbor’s wedding. Unfortunately, or fortunately (as Roger turns out to be a horrendous jerk), the groom is murdered on his wedding night - a victim of crullers dipped in what only looks to be powdered sugar. In a departure from standard cozy fare, Emily is not the main suspect, despite providing the donuts and discovering the poison.
Stone Cold, Stone Dead
A mystery set in Somerset and London
by Margaret Duffy
Severn House Publishers
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Oct 2018
Rarely has there been such a complementary pair as Patrick and Ingrid - intellectually and physically. Patrick Gillard, formerly of MI5, now working for the National Crime Agency, has a long list of enemies, some hopefully dead, but others who have apparently cheated the grave and now have plans to finish what they started.
The Patrick and Ingrid Gillard thrillers are twisty but believable tales, which have a strong human component. Patrick is disabled, but it doesn’t slow him down. (He has two artificial legs). Just as there are evil and weak characters, there are ones who are kind and funny. It varies, and the foibles of individuals impact the plot a great deal. One of the subplots of Stone Cold, Stone Dead, involve a pair of supposed lay readers attempting to intimidate Patrick’s mother into leaving her home. Through promis...
Crash Status Unknown Trilogy: Book 1
by N.S. Shajay
Coil Worlds Press
General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 14 Aug 2018
Survival is not guaranteed when you crash on an unknown, unexplored planet. Even if the air is breathable and water is available there are many challenges. In this case, it isn’t a question of what threatens the survivors of the crashed colony ship, but what doesn’t. Minimal supplies of food and medicine, an assortment of murderers destined for a prison planet running loose, primeval dinosaurlike creatures and far more put the colony’s longevity in question. Captain Patrick Knox holds everything and everyone together, even as one tragedy follows the next. Four convicts join forces with the colonists, though there are many uncomfortable with their presence. Willow, the only doctor who survived the crash, is a gifted surgeon who was convicted of murder. She quickly becomes invaluable. Throughout the novel, Knox struggles with whether to trust...
Ghost Busting Mystery Shady Hoosier Detective Agency Series, Book 1
by Daisy Pettles
Hot Pants Press, LLC
Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Humor , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Sep 2018
Despite its unfortunate name - surely almost anything is better than Ghost Busting Mystery - the book is a cute one. What it lacks in complexity, it more than makes up for with a heaping serving of quirky small town residents and more than a dash of down home humor. Abbott had Costello, and Ruby Jane has Veenie. The duo make for a unique pair of detectives, which goes a long way towards explaining the unusual cases they end up taking. In this case Dode Schneider is convinced ghosts are haunting the abandoned Wyatt mansion. Ruby Jane and Veenie are hired to investigate. Of course as luck would have it, they stumble upon a skeleton- the start to a first class adventure.
Ruby Jane and Veenie are not the type of people to let propriety or expectations stan...
Miami Days Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 18 Jul 2018
To grasp history, we have to understand the common man’s place in it. Miami Days Havana Nights is not a historical mystery in the typical genre sense. It is something quite different, and all the more captivating for it. The story of a young Jewish man unwittingly ensnared in the Miami mob alternates with that of a young University of Florida professor seeking the man’s story. Her intellectual scavenger hunt not only leads her to Tampa and eventually Cuba- it leads her to examine herself and her relationships with others.
Miami Days Havana Nights is a must read for anyone interested in Florida history (particularly UF Gators). Miami Days Havana Nights will appeal to fans of historical novels, as well as those interested in mob history and the Jewish role in Florida.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Miami Days Havana Nights from the publisher and Netga...
Irontown Blues by John Varley
Berkley Publishing Group
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 28 Aug 2018
Luna has a thousand faces. Whether you want to live in a 1930s style noir city or a modern metropolis, all is available. If you want to change, lose or add body parts you can. Chris, for his own reasons, and his ultra smart enhanced bloodhound Sherlock run a 1930s style pi office. Most of his business is following cheating spouses until a mysterious woman arrives with a case that if true is a major threat to life on Luna. What ensues is a far more complex case than Chris ever imagined - linked to one of the most terrible times in Luna history. Thankfully he has Sherlock to watch his back.
Part of what makes this novel fascinating is how Varley alternates between Chris and Sherlock’s POVs. Sherlock’s approach is distinctly dog, though his elevated intelligence makes his thoughts accessible. In many ways Sherlock is the stronger partner - his love and support enab...
Samhain Secrets brings a welcome taste of fall to combat the lingering summer heat. As you may expect from the title, there is a paranormal aspect to the mystery, but don’t be daunted - Samhain Secrets is a mystery foremost rather than a fantasy. Keli Milanni is a practicing Wiccan, but that is only one of many parts to her life. Jennifer Hesse’s new cozy is a murder mystery where an important and controversial set of topics plays a major role - mass commercial farming, pesticide use and the forced reliance of small farmers on genetically modified seeds (which must be purchased each season because the plants are sterile).
Keli always felt connected to her Aunt Josephine, despite their few meetings. Kelli’s Aunt Josephine was always a free spirit, focused on environmental causes, but Keli doesn’t realize the extent of her Aunt’s activities until after her body is discovered...
It is never easy to keep a long running series fresh and interesting. It is all too easy to fall into the trap of repetition. Rita Mae Brown’s success as an author is a testament to her ability to move forward and allow her characters- both human and animal, to develop with time. As in her previous novel, Probable Claws has two related storylines separated by over two centuries. The narrative alternates between present day Crozet and post Revolutionary Virginia. It is a fascinating and unusual storytelling method.
In the present, Harry and a friend are present when their friend Gary, a local architect, is gunned down. Anger and devastation make her nosing in on the investigation a certainty. Before Gary went into private practice, he worked for a major developer, and its possible that something from his past made his elimination a neces...
Death Spins the Wheel is definitely one of George Bellairs’s more compelling mysteries. Part of what makes it so intriguing is how easy it is to accept a convincing story, and how difficult it can be to establish the truth.
Madame Garnier is a professional gambler. She is extremely successful, but casinos are never troubled as she never breaks the bank, is always polite, and her winning encourages others to play more. Then, after spending time at the new casino on the Isle of Man, she is found dead on the beach. Meanwhile, her brother shows up injured miles away, before disappearing again. Madame Garnier is traced back to France, where Inspector Littlejohn comes to discover a complex history dating back to the war. (WWII)
Part police procedural, part spy drama, Death Spins the Wheel is a fascinating mystery. I loved Bella...