Book Review: The Last Scoop by R.G. Belsky

The Last Scoop by R.G. Belsky

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Last Scoop
Author: R.G. Belsky
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Publish Date: May 5, 2020
Genre: Mystery – Crime
Series: Clare Carlson #3
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

The scariest kind of serial killer—one you don’t know exists
Martin Barlow was Clare Carlson’s first newspaper editor, a beloved mentor who inspired her career as a journalist. But, since retiring from his newspaper job, he had become a kind of pathetic figure—railing on about conspiracies, cover-ups, and other imaginary stories he was still working on. Clare had been too busy with her own career to pay much attention to him.
When Martin Barlow is killed on the street one night during an apparent mugging attempt gone bad, it seems like he was just an old man whose time had come.
But Clare—initially out of a sense of guilt for ignoring her old friend and then because of her own journalistic instincts—begins looking into his last story idea. As she digs deeper and deeper into his secret files, she uncovers shocking evidence of a serial killer worse than Son of Sam, Ted Bundy, or any of the other infamous names in history.
This really is the biggest story of Martin Barlow’s career—and Clare’s, too—as she uncovers the path leading to the decades-long killer of at least twenty young women. All is not as it seems during Clare’s relentless search for this serial killer. Is she setting herself up to be his next victim?

The Last Scoop by R.G. Belsky
Purchase Links:
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MY REVIEW

The third book in the Clare Carlson series by R.G. Belsky. When Clare learns her mentor has been killed in an apparent mugging, she takes on his last story. At first, she is looking into corruption in the city. As she investigates, she is led to another story her mentor was working. This one involves a serial killer that has gone under the radar for decades. Clare suspects her mentor was killed because of his stories, so she investigates on her own to discover what led to his death.

Clare is a flawed character, but she has some great investigative skills. She is a Pulitzer Prize winner working for a TV news station. Big stories bring in more money for the news station, but her latest reporting is more personal. She feels guilt about ignoring her mentor, and now that he’s dead, she wants to uncover what happened to him.

I’ve read the first book in this series, but missed the second one. This is a good mystery series, and I plan to read the second book soon to get caught up. I recommend reading the first book, but The Last Scoop can be read as a stand-alone.

Intriguing characters. Gripping mystery. Engaging, interesting, and suspenseful.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: All Adults Here by Emma Straub

All Adults Here by Emma Straub

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BOOK INFO

Title: All Adults Here
Author: Emma Straub
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publish Date: May 4, 2020
Genre: Contemporary
Series: na
My Rating: 3/5


BOOK BLURB

A warm, funny, and keenly perceptive novel about the life cycle of one family–as the kids become parents, grandchildren become teenagers, and a matriarch confronts the legacy of her mistakes. From the New York Times bestselling author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers.

When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she’d been to her three, now-grown children. But to what consequence?

Astrid’s youngest son is drifting and unfocused, making parenting mistakes of his own. Her daughter is pregnant yet struggling to give up her own adolescence. And her eldest seems to measure his adult life according to standards no one else shares. But who gets to decide, so many years later, which long-ago lapses were the ones that mattered? Who decides which apologies really count? It might be that only Astrid’s thirteen-year-old granddaughter and her new friend really understand the courage it takes to tell the truth to the people you love the most.

In All Adults Here, Emma Straub’s unique alchemy of wisdom, humor, and insight come together in a deeply satisfying story about adult siblings, aging parents, high school boyfriends, middle school mean girls, the lifelong effects of birth order, and all the other things that follow us into adulthood, whether we like them to or not.

All Adults Here by Emma Straub
Purchase Links:
Amazon | Books-a-Million


MY REVIEW

Astrid Strick, the matriach of the Strick family, is 68-years-old and questions some of her parenting decisions. Her three kids are adults, and each of them is struggling with decisions of their own. Told using multiple points of view, All Adults Here tackles a range of modern topics.

The characters are quirky and intriguing. The writing is engaging, but the story is all over the place. For me, there was too much happening to fully connect with any of the characters. I did enjoy the writing style though, and found this to be an enjoyable book.

A contemporary novel about family, parenting, siblings, and regrets. Recommended for fans of contemporary novels about family relationships.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Weekly Wrap-Up (May 1)

Weekly Wrap-Up

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Hi y’all! I hope everyone is staying well and getting in some extra reading time.


BOOKS READ

The Chill by Scott Carson
I received a digital copy of this one from Simon & Schuster. It was a free pick off the weekly email from their subscriber list. I hadn’t heard of this one, but the blurb caught my interest. It was a good supernatural thriller.

Saving Beck by Courtney Cole
This was another ebook I received from Simon & Schuster. I had read some good reviews of this one, and it didn’t disappoint.

Murder in the Wine Country by Janet Finsilver
This is the sixth book in a cozy mystery series I like. I was happy to receive an eARC of this one from NetGalley. It was a good cozy read, and now I’m caught up on this series. I posted my review earlier this week.

The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen
The second and third books in the Rizzoli & Isles series. I’m working my way through this series, and hope to get caught up on it over the next couple of months.

Wildcard by Marie Lu
The second book in the Warcross duology. I read Warcross a while back, but never made the time for this one. I’m trying to get caught up on series, so this was near the top of my TBR.


CURRENTLY READING

Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia
Another ebook from Simon & Schuster. I had not read anything by Mejia before, but she was on my to read list. When I saw this book on the list, it was an easy pick.

Read or Alive by Nora Page
The third book in another cozy mystery series I read. This was an eARC via NetGalley. It’s great to get caught on up series I like.


ADDED TO MY TBR

The Body in the Past by Judi Lynn – eARC via NetGalley


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Book Review: Proof of Murder by Lauren Elliott
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April 2020 Wrap
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April 2020 Wrap-Up

Monthly Wrap-Up

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TOP 5 APRIL READS

1. A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones
2. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
3. Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
4. Proof of Murder by Lauren Elliott
5. He Started It by Samantha Downing


STATS

APRIL BOOKS READ
· print – 11
· digital – 16
· audio -8

YEARLY READING CHALLENGES
· Genre Bingo – 22/25
· Popsugar – 34/50


ON THE BLOG

BOOK REVIEWS
· The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton
· The Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey
· Sorry (Really Sorry) by Joanna Cotler
· Knot Cannot by Tiffany Stone
· A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones
· Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher
· Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
· Can You See Her? by S.E. Lynes
· Proof of Murder by Lauren Elliott
· Murder in the Wine Country by Janet Finsilver

WEEKLY WRAP-UPS
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 3)
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 10)
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 17)
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 24)

BOOKISH UPDATES
· April 2020 TBR
· Netgally & Edelweiss Shelves (April 2020)
· April 2020 Wrap-Up


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Book Review: Murder in the Wine Country by Janet Finsilver

Murder in the Wine Country by Janet Finsilver

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BOOK INFO

Title: Murder in the Wine Country
Author: Janet Finsilver
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publish Date: April 28, 2020
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: A Kelly Jackson Mystery #6
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

Weeding out killers wasn’t part of the job description…

Kelly Jackson, manager of the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast, is excited to participate in an event to raise awareness for the plight of struggling veterans in their Northern California coastal community. Local wineries are sponsoring tastings, and to prepare for a culinary competition, professional chefs will forage for wild edible greens. Kelly plans to come along, despite a warning to beware of poachers, who have been stealing the highly valued succulent Dudleya farinosa. The senior sleuths who call themselves the Silver Sentinels join forces with environmental activists known as the Succulent Saviors to thwart the poaching operation. When a consultant for the sale of a local winery is murdered, the poachers are suspected—but so is a wine merchant, Kelly’s friend Phil. As Kelly and the Silver Sentinels attempt to root out the real killer, what she digs up might just put her permanently underground…

Murder in the Wine Country by Janet Finsilver
Purchase Links:
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MY REVIEW

The sixth book in the Kelly Jackson Mystery series by Janet Finsilver. Kelly Jackson is the manager of Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast. In this book, Kelly is happy to be involved with an event to help struggling veterans. During the event, chefs are foraging for edible greens for the culinary competition and local wineries are sponsoring tastings.

Kelly joins in with some of the activities, and all goes well until crime happens. The crimes include theft and murder. In the previous books, a lot of the sleuthing is done by the Silver Sentinels, a group of crime-solving senior citizens. In this book, Kelly takes on more of a sleuth role.

An entertaining cozy mystery series. Charming setting. Interesting characters. Well-crafted plot. Delightful and fun.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Proof of Murder by Lauren Elliott

Proof of Murder by Lauren Elliott

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BOOK INFO

Title: Proof of Murder
Author: Lauren Elliott
Publisher: Kensington
Publish Date: April 28, 2020
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery #4
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

Bookshop owner Addie Greyborne must solve a locked-room murder in a supposedly haunted mansion to recover a priceless Sherlock Holmes original…

The seaside New England town of Greyborne Harbor is home to many grand estates, including the Queen Anne Victorian Addie inherited from her great aunt. Now one of those mansions is holding an estate sale, which is just what the bookshop owner needs to replenish her supply of rare editions—even if the house is rumored to be haunted. Assisting an overwhelmed insurance appraiser with the inventory, Addie discovers an 1887 magazine containing Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, which she estimates to be worth over one hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

But when Addie later finds the appraiser dead in the estate’s private library, with the door bolted from the inside, and the priceless edition missing, it’s a mystery worthy of the Great Detective himself. She’s certain the death and the robbery are connected—but who, other than a ghost who can walk through walls, could have gotten in to do the deed? It’s up to Addie to find the key to the crime—before she’s the next one cornered by a killer…

Proof of Murder by Lauren Elliott
Purchase Links:
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MY REVIEW

The fourth book in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. Addie is back with another murder mystery in the quaint town of Greyborne Harbor. While helping appraise items for a local estate sale, Addie discovers a first edition of A Study in Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes novel. When Addie returns to the estate later, she discovers the appraiser has been killed and the valuable edition is missing.

A locked room mystery. Due to Addie’s involvement with the appraisal, she’s on the short list of suspects. Addie wants to solve the mystery to prove her innocence and find the real killer.

I’ve enjoyed each book in this series, and was happy to see Addie was back for another mystery. The small town setting is great, and I especially enjoy Addie’s bookstore. A series worth checking out for fans of cozies.

An entertaining cozy mystery. Well paced story. Complex mystery. Interesting characters. Delightful and fun.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 24)

Weekly Wrap-Up

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Hi y’all! I hope everyone is staying safe and getting in some extra reading time.


BOOKS READ

Deep State by Chris Hauty
An exciting political thriller. I received this ebook for free from Simon & Schuster a few weeks ago.

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
I started the Shatter Me series last week. Hoping to finish it in the next few weeks.


CURRENTLY READING

He Started It by Samantha Downing
I’m reading an eARC of this book. I should have a review posted one day next week.

Foe by Iain Reid
I received this ebook for free from Simon & Schuster a couple of weeks ago. It sounded interesting, so I picked it as my freebie read.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
I had this book on my shelf, and it fits in with a reading challenge.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
I borrowed the audio book on OverDrive. I liked The Shining, so I was curious about this sequel.


ADDED TO MY TBR

• Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell – eARC via Atria Books
• Saving Beck by Courtney Cole – ebook via Simon & Schuster


BLOG POSTS

Book Review: Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
Book Review: Can You See Her? by S.E. Lynes
• Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 24)


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Book Review: Can You See Her? by S.E. Lynes

Can You See Her? by S.E. Lynes

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BOOK INFO

Title: Can You See Her?
Author: S.E. Lynes
Publisher: Bookouture
Publish Date: April 22, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

Rachel Ryder doesn’t understand how her life has changed so completely. When she was younger, heads would turn when she walked into a room. Her children needed her; her husband adored her.

But somehow the years wore that all away. She was so busy raising her children, looking after her parents… She can barely remember the woman she used to be, the one whose husband told her she was out of his league. The woman she is now just does the laundry and makes the dinner, and can walk into a room without anyone knowing she’s there.

She knows that she hated feeling invisible. She knows that she thought: what would it take for you to see me again?

And now she’s worried that she did something terrible. Because she’s sitting in a room, being asked whether she killed someone.

When no-one is watching, you can get away with anything…

Can You See Her? is an utterly compelling and unputdownable psychological thriller, about how far you can push a woman before she will break. Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, A.J. Finn and The Silent Patient.

Can You See Her? by S.E. Lynes
Purchase Links:
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MY REVIEW

Rachel feels that she has become invisible over the years. Her husband and children don’t seem to notice her anymore, and she’s unhappy with this new feeling. A series of violent crimes is happening in Rachel’s community, and she’s been following the news to keep up with the crimes. Rachel feels for the victims and other invisible people, but now Rachel is being questioned about the murders.

The story is told using alternating viewpoints – Rachel’s point of view and police transcripts with various characters. Rachel is depressed and suffering from some bouts of memory loss. She makes for an interesting and unreliable narrator.

A slow-burning psychological thriller. The book starts slow, but gets more interesting. Some unexpected and intriguing twists and turns along the way. Dark and clever.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

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BOOK INFO

Title: Little Secrets
Author: Jennifer Hillier
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publish Date: April 21, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

Overwhelmed by tragedy, a woman desperately tries to save her marriage in award-winning author Jennifer Hillier’s Little Secrets, a riveting novel of psychological suspense.

All it takes to unravel a life is one little secret…

Marin had the perfect life. Married to her college sweetheart, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. They’re admired in their community and are a loving family—until their world falls apart the day their son Sebastian is taken.

A year later, Marin is a shadow of herself. The FBI search has gone cold. The publicity has faded. She and her husband rarely speak. She hires a P.I. to pick up where the police left off, but instead of finding Sebastian, she learns that Derek is having an affair with a younger woman. This discovery sparks Marin back to life. She’s lost her son; she’s not about to lose her husband, too. Kenzie is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix.

Permanently.

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
Purchase Links:
Amazon | Books-a-Million


MY REVIEW

Marin has a happy life, until her son is kidnapped. A year has gone by, and there are no new leads on the case. Marin hires a PI to find her son, but instead, the PI learns Marin’s husband is having an affair. This prompts Marin to learn what her husband has been up, and potentially, find out what happened to her son.

Marin is depressed and lost after her son’s kidnapping. It happened so quickly, and there are no real leads on the case. When she finds out her husband is having an affair, she now has a real enemy to go after. Marin seems a little unstable, but the people in her life are not that trustworthy either. Not knowing who to trust makes for an intriguing read.

A dark and complex story. The main character is living a parent’s worst nightmare. A compelling psychological thriller that kept me turning the pages. Gripping, suspenseful, and twisted.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 17)

Weekly Wrap-Up

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Hey there! I hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying their books. I read and listened to more books this week than I had planned. So, I’m making a lot of headway on my TBR.


BOOKS READ

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
I listened to the audio version on OverDrive. I enjoy reading about minimalism, so this one sounded interesting. It’s about one woman’s journey on simplifying her life by implementing a shopping ban and reducing her number of belongings.

The Surgeon by Tess Gerittsen
This is the first book in the Rizzoli & Isles series. I’ve read one book in this series, and wanted to go back and start at the beginning. This is a book that has been on my shelf for a few years, so I was happy to check this one off the list. I have other books in this series, and I’m planning to read them soon.

Ford County by John Grisham
I listened to the audio version on OverDrive. This was a collection of short stories. I like Grisham’s legal thrillers, but hadn’t read any short stories by him.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Another one that’s been on my bookshelf. I read this one for a reading challenge.

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
This book has been on my TBR for a long time. I picked it up on impulse, and finally got it read.

Can You See Her? by S.E. Lynes
This was an ARC from Netgalley. I’ll post a review next week.

The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne
My Amazon First Reads pick for April. This is the first book in a new series about a police diver in Florida. I like Mayne’s The Naturalist series, so I was curious about his latest book. It was a good one, and I’ll be on the lookout for the next book.

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
This is another book I own that fit in with a reading challenge.


CURRENTLY READING

Proof of Murder by Lauren Elliott
The latest book in a cozy mystery series that I like. This is an ARC from Netgalley. I’ll post a review next week.

White Oleander by Janet Fitch
I bought this one ages ago. It fits in with a reading challenge, so I’m finally getting it checked off my TBR.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
I bought this series last year. I’m planning to get it read over the next month.


ADDED TO MY TBR

• Handbook for Homicide by Lorna Barrett – eARC via Edelweiss
• The Chill by Scott Carson – ebook via Simon & Schuster


BLOG POSTS

Book Review: Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher
Netgalley & Edelweiss Shelves (April 2020)
• Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 17)


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