Netgalley & Edelweiss Shelves

NetGalley & Edelweiss Shelves (September 2020)

Netgalley & Edelweiss Shelves

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I added five eARCs to my TBR this month. All of them are mysteries.


Murder is a Must by Marty Wingate

Publisher: Berkley
Expected publication date: October 6, 2020
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: First Edition Library Mystery #2

Determined to make the First Edition Library a success, Hayley Burke wasn’t expecting to have to solve an old friend’s murder in this all-new mystery from USA Today bestselling author Marty Wingate.

Hayley Burke, curator of Lady Fowling’s collection of first edition mysteries, is settling into her position at the First Edition Library in Middlebank House. She’s even made progress with Lady Fowling’s former secretary, the ornery Miss Woolgar. The women are busily preparing for an exhibition that will showcase Lady Fowling’s life and letters. Hayley knows the exhibition is a huge undertaking and decides, against her better judgement, to hire Oona Atherton, her former boss from the Jane Austen Centre to help with the planning.

Oona is known for being difficult, but all seems to be going swimmingly until she and Hayley uncover a one-page letter that alludes to a priceless edition of MURDER MUST ADVERTISE signed by several Golden Age of Mystery authors. Oona feels this book could be the focal point of the exhibition and becomes obsessed with finding it.

When they find clues that appear to point to the book being somewhere in the First Edition Library, Oona is certain she’s unraveled the mystery and texts Hayley the good news, but upon arriving back at Middlebank, Hayley finds her old boss dead at the bottom of the stairs. Did her discovery of the rare book get her killed or was it some angry shadow from her past? Hayley must read between the lines to catch a malicious murderer.


Silent Bite by David Rosenfelt

Publisher: Minotaur Books
Expected publication date: October 13, 2020
Genre: Mystery
Series: Andy Carpenter #22

Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever, Tara, are finding that all is not calm or bright in Silent Bite, the latest Christmas mystery in this heartwarming series from bestselling author David Rosenfelt.

Lawyer Andy Carpenter can finally take a breath; he’s back on dry land after a family Caribbean cruise forced on him by his wife, Laurie, to get into the Christmas spirit. Of course the family’s first stop is to the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization that has always been Andy’s true passion.

But when Andy arrives, his partner, Willie Miller, needs his help. Willie’s old cellmate, Tony Birch, has been arrested for murder. Andy doesn’t necessarily believe in Tony, but Willie does. And Andy believes in Willie, which is why Andy decides to take the case.

Once again David Rosenfelt puts readers in the Christmas spirit in a tale that is equal parts mystery and holiday cheer.


Bending the Paw by Diane Kelly

Publisher: St. Martin
Expected publication date: October 27, 2020
Genre: Mystery
Series: Paw Enforcement #9

Make way for the long paw of the law as police officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner Brigit investigate a baffling new mystery in Bending the Paw, by Diane Kelly.

A MURDER WITHOUT A BODY IS LIKE A DOG WITHOUT A BONE

A bloodbath is a shocking new challenge for Megan and Brigit when Detective Audrey Jackson calls them to the scene of what could only be a brutal murder. But the one thing the nightmarish scene is missing is a victim. The frantic homeowner’s husband is gone, seemingly without a trace—and so is the money he was holding. Has a vicious killer committed what might just be the perfect crime?

Meanwhile, it’s hailing cats and dogs all over Fort Worth, and roofing contractors have descended on the city in droves. With plenty of damage and continuing storms, work delays are building up like so much runoff, but Megan is suspicious that one roofer may be a scam artist. Determined to leash every lawbreaker she and her K-9 partner find, Megan is building a case for prosecution, all while Brigit has her nose to the ground for a murderer…


Possession by Katie Lowe

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Expected publication date: January 26, 2021
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na

Katie Lowe’s Possession is a psychological thriller novel about a woman whose husband was murdered ten years ago, and the true crime podcast that digs up all the secrets from her past she’d tried to keep buried…


Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay

Publisher: Minotaur Books
Expected publication date: March 2, 2021
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na

In one of the year’s most anticipated debut psychological thrillers, a family made infamous by a true crime documentary is found dead, leaving their surviving son to uncover the truth about their final days.

“They found the bodies on a Tuesday.”

So begins this twisty and breathtaking novel that traces the fate of the Pine family, a thriller that will both leave you on the edge of your seat and move you to tears.

After a late night of partying, NYU student Matt Pine returns to his dorm room to devastating news: nearly his entire family—his mom, his dad, his little brother and sister—have been found dead from an apparent gas leak while vacationing in Mexico. The local police claim it was an accident, but the FBI and State Department seem far less certain—and they won’t tell Matt why.

The tragedy makes headlines everywhere because this isn’t the first time the Pine family has been thrust into the media spotlight. Matt’s older brother, Danny—currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his teenage girlfriend Charlotte—was the subject of a viral true crime documentary suggesting that Danny was wrongfully convicted. Though the country has rallied behind Danny, Matt holds a secret about his brother that he’s never told anyone: the night Charlotte was killed Matt saw something that makes him believe his brother is guilty of the crime.

When Matt returns to his small hometown to bury his parents and siblings, he’s faced with a hostile community that was villainized by the documentary, a frenzied media, and memories he’d hoped to leave behind forever. Now, as the deaths in Mexico appear increasingly suspicious and connected to Danny’s case, Matt must unearth the truth behind the crime that sent his brother to prison—putting his own life in peril—and forcing him to confront his every last fear.

Told through multiple points-of-view and alternating between past and present, Alex Finlay’s Every Last Fear is not only a riveting thriller, it’s also a poignant story about a family managing heartbreak and tragedy, and living through a fame they never wanted.


STATS

NETGALLEY
Books To Read: 13
Books Approved: 213
Books Reviewed: 200
Feedback Ratio: 94%

EDELWEISS
Books To Read: 1
Books Approved: 65
Books Reviewed: 64
Feedback Ratio: 99%

The Day I Disappeared by Brandi Reeds

Book Review: The Day I Disappeared by Brandi Reeds

The Day I Disappeared by Brandi Reeds

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Day I Disappeared
Author: Brandi Reeds
Publisher: Lake Union
Publish Date: August 25, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 3/5


BOOK BLURB

A terrifying crime reunites a mother and daughter in a novel of psychological suspense by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of Trespassing.

Three months after four-year-old Holly Gebhardt was kidnapped, she was inexplicably returned to the same park from which she’d vanished…with no memory of the ordeal. Though a local handyman was convicted, suspicion also fell on his friend—Holly’s mother, Cecily. The troubling doubts about her involvement shattered the family, forever driving a wedge between mother and daughter.

Twenty years later, another girl goes missing under eerily similar circumstances. It’s just the latest in a series of kidnappings that Detective Jason Guidry thinks Holly can help solve. Though Holly has tried to move on with her life, a young girl’s life hangs in the balance. All she has to do is try to remember…

With her memory still mostly blank, Holly is missing vital pieces of the puzzle, and she believes her mother can put them in place. In desperation and fear, Holly and her mother come together again. But in a chilling rush toward the past, Cecily still has secrets she’s yet to share with her daughter. Should she dare to breathe a word, she could lose Holly all over again.

The Day I Disappeared by Brandi Reeds
Purchase Links:
Amazon | Books-a-Million


MY REVIEW

As a child, Holly was kidnapped and returned home a few months later. She’s an adult now, and has no memory of what happened during the time she was kidnapped. Twenty years later, another child is missing, and Holly may be able to help solve the case if she can remember her past.

Told with alternating points of view – Holly and her mother. Holly wants to know about her kidnapping, and her mother may know a lot more than she has led on.

A complex mother-daughter relationship and a suspenseful mystery. This was a fast-paced and entertaining thriller. Gripping and dramatic.

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

Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron

Book Review: Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron

Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron

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BOOK INFO

Title: Murder in the Bayou Boneyard
Author: Ellen Byron
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publish Date: September 8, 2020
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Cajun Country Mystery #6
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

Maggie Crozat has the Halloween heebie-jeebies in USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron’s howlingly funny sixth Cajun Country mystery.

Maggie Crozat, proprietor of a historic Cajun Country B&B, prefers to let the good times roll. But hard times rock her hostelry when a new cell phone app makes it easy for locals to rent their spare rooms to tourists. With October–and Halloween–approaching, she conjures up a witch-crafty marketing scheme to draw visitors to Pelican, Louisiana.

Five local plantation B&Bs host “Pelican’s Spooky Past” packages, featuring regional crafts, unique menus, and a pet costume parade. Topping it off, the derelict Dupois cemetery is the suitably sepulchral setting for the spine-chilling play Resurrection of a Spirit. But all the witchcraft has inevitably conjured something: her B&B guests are being terrified out of town by sightings of the legendary rougarou, a cross between a werewolf and vampire.

When, in the Dupois cemetery, someone costumed as a rougarou stumbles onstage during the play–and promptly gives up the ghost, the rougarou mask having been poisoned with strychnine, Maggie is on the case. But as more murders stack up, Maggie fears that Pelican’s spooky past has nothing on its bloodcurdling present.

Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron
Purchase Links:
Amazon | Books-a-Million


MY REVIEW

The sixth book in the Cajun Country Mystery series by Ellen Byron. Maggie Crozat and her family and friends are back in another delightful book. When mysteries happen in Pelican, LA, Maggie, a B&B owner in Cajun Country, is quick to help investigate and find the guilty party.

In this book, Halloween is coming up, and some local B&B owners put together the “Pelican’s Spooky Past” package to draw visitors to town. The package included fun events for the visitors. It’s all good until someone spots a rougarou. More sightings start scaring off the visitors. Then someone dressed as a rougarou stumbles onto stage during a play… and dies. Maggie jumps in to solve the mystery.

I have read all of the books in this series, and have enjoyed each one. The mysteries for each book are standalone stories, but the personal events happening with the characters is a continuing storyline.

Quirky characters in an inviting setting. I love the Southern charm of Pelican and its residents. An entertaining read for fans of cozy mysteries.

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

Checked Out for Murder by Allison Brook

Book Review: Checked Out for Murder by Allison Brook

Checked Out for Murder by Allison Brook

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BOOK INFO

Title: Checked Out for Murder
Author: Allison Brook
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publish Date: September 8, 2020
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: The Haunted Library Mysteries #4
My Rating: 3/5


BOOK BLURB

Carrie Singleton and Evelyn the ghost sleuth the slayings of a starlet and a star-crossed psychic in Agatha Award nominee Allison Brook’s fourth Haunted Library mystery.

Daphne Marriott strolls into Clover Ridge and informs librarian Carrie Singleton that she’s a psychic. But had she foreseen what fate awaited her, Daphne would have steered clear of the quaint Connecticut town. Evelyn, the library ghost, tells Carrie that there’s more to Daphne than she lets on.

The mysterious woman grew up in Clover Ridge with her no-good dad, who apparently met his end at the hands of Daphne’s brother, Billy. Still, Daphne proves a welcome distraction when Carrie’s overbearing mother hits town. Mom’s much younger husband, Tom, is in a movie that’s lensing locally, and she’s there to keep an eye on him: Tom’s costar, sultry Ilana Reingold, is also his ex-fiancée, and there’s no denying the chemistry is still there. Soon after mingling with the moviemakers at a meet-and-greet, Daphne is found dead.

Carrie and Evelyn investigate, assisted by bushy-tailed library cat Smoky Joe. But the suspect list could overflow the library shelves. Has Billy killed another relative? Is their long-missing mother involved? Or Daphne’s mean ex-husband? Carrie’s sure she knows who committed the crime, but can she bind together the clues before the culprit Dewey-decimates the town?

Checked Out for Murder by Allison Brook
Purchase Links:
Amazon | Books-a-Million


MY REVIEW

The fourth book in The Haunted Library Mysteries series by Allison Brook. In this latest book, Carrie sleuths to solve two murders. There is also some family drama when Carrie’s mother comes to town.

I’ve read the previous three books in this series and have enjoyed each one. I recommend reading this series in order, since it helps to know everyone’s backstory. Still, this could be read as a standalone if you don’t get the chance to read the previous books.

Charming setting with the haunted library and plenty of quirky characters. Recommended to readers of cozy mysteries. Delightful and fun.

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

Until I Find You by Rea Frey

Book Review: Until I Find You by Rea Frey

Until I Find You by Rea Frey

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BOOK INFO

Title: Until I Find You
Author: Rea Frey
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publish Date: August 11, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

In Until I Find You, celebrated author Rea Frey brings you her most explosive, emotional, taut domestic drama yet about the powerful bond between mothers and children…and how far one woman will go to bring her son home.

2 floors. 55 steps to go up. 40 more to the crib.

Since Rebecca Gray was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, everything in her life consists of numbers. Each day her world grows a little darker and each step becomes a little more dangerous.

Following days of feeling like someone’s watching her, Bec awakes at home to the cries of her son in his nursery. When it’s clear he’s not going to settle, Bec goes to check on him.
She reaches in. Picks him up.
But he’s not her son.
And no one believes her.

One woman’s desperate search for her son…

In a world where seeing is believing, Bec must rely on her own conviction and a mother’s instinct to uncover the truth about what happened to her baby and bring him home for good.

Until I Find You by Rea Frey
Purchase Links:
Amazon | Books-a-Million


MY REVIEW

After a fall in the park, Rebecca (aka Bec) realizes the baby in her care is not her son. Bec suffers from a degenerative eye disease and lives as a blind woman. She finds it difficult to get the police and her friends to believe the baby isn’t hers. After all, they believe the baby looks like her son.

Bec is an intriguing character. Losing her sight is challenging enough, but Bec has also recently lost loved ones. Her husband passed away nearly a year ago and her mother passed weeks ago. She’s also become more anxious about her son. When she claims her son has been taken and another baby left in his place, no one seems to believe her. How and when could such a thing happen?

A compelling story with well-developed characters. Suspenseful, dramatic, and enjoyable.

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

Monthly TBR

September 2020 TBR

Monthly TBR

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Happy September!

I didn’t get much reading time in last month, so I’m keeping my TBR goals low until I get back into a regular reading routine. So, for September, I only have two books to read. That’s it. I have some others I would like to read if I have the time. I hope you have a great reading month!



ARCs

• Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker
• The Body from the Past by Judi Lynn

Monthly Wrap-Up

August 2020 Wrap-Up

Monthly Wrap-Up

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TOP 5 AUGUST READS

1. Until I Find You by Rea Frey
2. Three Perfect Liars by Heidi Perks
3. Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell
4. The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
5. Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron


BOOKS READ

· print – 2
· digital – 9
· audio – 0


READING CHALLENGES

MONTHLY CHALLENGES
No challenges this month.

YEARLY CHALLENGES
· Genre Bingo – 25/25 – completed in June
· Popsugar – 49/50


ON THE BLOG

BOOK REVIEWS
· The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
· We’re Going on a Goon Hunt by Michael Rex
· The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo! by Elaine Bickell
· The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan

READING UPDATES
· August 2020 TBR
· Netgally & Edelweiss Shelves (August 2020)
· August 2020 Wrap-Up


Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Happy Reading!

The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Book Review: The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan

The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan

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BOOK INFO

Title: The First to Lie
Author: Hank Phillippi Ryan
Publisher: Forge Books
Publish Date: August 4, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
My Rating: 3/5


BOOK BLURB

We all have our reasons for being who we are―but what if being someone else could get you what you want?
After a devastating betrayal, a young woman sets off on an obsessive path to justice, no matter what dark family secrets are revealed. What she doesn’t know―she isn’t the only one plotting revenge.
An affluent daughter of privilege. A glamorous manipulative wannabe. A determined reporter, in too deep. A grieving widow who has to choose her new reality. Who will be the first to lie? And when the stakes are life and death, do a few lies really matter?
Bestselling and award-winning author and investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan delivers another twisty, thrilling cat and mouse novel of suspense that will have you guessing, and second-guessing, and then gasping with surprise.

The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Purchase Links:
Amazon | Books-a-Million


MY REVIEW

A big pharmaceutical company has a drug that promises to help with fertility, but the side effects are horrific and kept secret from the public. An investigative reporter wants to expose them. A sales rep with the company has her own agenda.

A story of lies and deception told using multiple points of view. The multiple POVs started off fine, but got more confusing as the story progressed. The plot was intricate and the characters were clever. In the end it was an entertaining thriller, but it took a while for me to get into this one.

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

Netgalley & Edelweiss Shelves

NetGalley & Edelweiss Shelves (August 2020)

Netgalley & Edelweiss Shelves

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Over the last month, I’ve added three eARCs to my shelf.


A Page Marked for Murder by Lauren Elliott
Publisher: Kensington Books
Expected publication date: October 27, 2020
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Beyond the Page Bookstore #5

A murder and a missing book have Addie Greyborne running around her Massachusetts town trying to read the clues…

January isn’t the season for the seaside, but the big Fire and Ice festival is keeping bookstore owner Addie busy. Amid the plans for a fireworks display and an ice-carving competition, she’s also dog sitting for a friend in the hospital. When Addie goes to her friend’s house to gather supplies, she notices an interesting item on the nightstand which belongs to her shop assistant, Paige: a very valuable copy of the beloved children’s book The Secret Garden.

But Addie’s blood runs cold when she finds something else: a dead body behind the bakery next door to her shop. Martha, the bakery owner, has no alibi—and has been seen in a heated argument with the victim. And the next thing Addie knows, that first edition has gone missing. Is there a connection between the body and the treasured tome? If there is, it’s up to Addie to find a killer with a motive as hidden as Frances Hodgson Burnett’s famous garden…


Black Coral by Andrew Mayne
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Expected publication date: February 16, 2021
Genre: Mystery
Series: Underwater Investigation Unit #2

For a police diver in Florida, solving a cold-case mystery brings a serial killer out of hiding in a deep, dark thriller by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Naturalist.

Sloan McPherson and the Underwater Investigation Unit have discovered a van at the bottom of a murky Florida pond. Sealed inside the watery tomb are the bodies of four teenagers who disappeared thirty years ago after leaving a rock concert. To authorities, it looks like a tragic accident. To Sloan, it looks like murder. Every piece of evidence is starting to connect to a string of cold case vanishings throughout Florida. Clue by clue, Sloan navigates the warm, dark waters where natural predators feed, knowing that the most dangerous one is still above the surface—nesting and dormant.

But when a fresh young kill is found in the Everglades, Sloan fears that her investigation has reawakened a monster. How can she catch someone who’s a genius at hiding in plain sight? By acting as prey. The dangerous gambit is working—only too well. She’s being lured into a deception of the madman’s own design. Has Sloan set a trap for a serial killer? Or has he set one for her?


Beyond the Headlines by R.G. Belsky
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Expected publication date: May 4, 2021
Genre: Mystery
Series: Clare Carlson #4

She was a mega-celebrity—he was a billionaire businessman—now he’s dead—she’s in jail
Laurie Bateman was living the American dream. Since her arrival as an infant in the U.S. after the fall of Saigon, the pretty Vietnamese girl had gone on to become a supermodel, a successful actress, and, finally, the wife of one of the country’s top corporate dealmakers. That dream has now turned into a nightmare when she is arrested for the murder of her wealthy husband. New York City TV journalist Clare Carlson does an emotional jailhouse interview in which Bateman proclaims her innocence—and becomes a cause celebre for women’s rights groups around the country. At first sympathetic, then increasingly suspicious of Laurie Bateman and her story, Clare delves into a baffling mystery which has roots extending back nearly fifty years to the height of the Vietnam War. Soon, there are more murders, more victims, and more questions as Clare struggles against dire evil forces to break the biggest story of her life.


STATS

NETGALLEY
Books To Read: 13
Books Approved: 208
Books Reviewed: 195
Feedback Ratio: 94%

EDELWEISS
Books To Read: 1
Books Approved: 65
Books Reviewed: 64
Feedback Ratio: 99%

The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo by Elaine Bickell

Book Review: The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo! by Elaine Bickell

The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo by Elaine Bickell

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo!
Author: Elaine Bickell
Illustrator: Raymond McGrath
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publish Date: August 18, 2020
Genre: Childrens – Picture Book
Series: na
My Rating: 5/5


BOOK BLURB

Perfect for Halloween! A charming read-aloud about a little ghost who tries to find her lost “boo!”–ideal for fans of Five Little Pumpkins and Room on a Broom!

Little Ghost went out in the middle of the night and flew up to someone to give them a fright.
She opened her mouth–but her BOO wasn’t there! All that came out was a rush of cold air.
“I’ve lost my BOO! I’ve lost my BOO! Where has it gone? What will I do?”

Poor Little Ghost has lost her scary BOO, so she sets out on a nighttime hunt to find it. She searches high and low, but it’s nowhere to be found! Will she ever find her lost BOO?

With bold and gorgeous art accompanied by bouncy, rhyming text, The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo is a charming, not-so-spooky read aloud perfect for Halloween or any time of year!

The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo! by Elaine Bickell
Purchase links:
Amazon | Books-a-Million


MY REVIEW

Boo is out one night to cause some scares, but she’s lost her BOO. She searches for her BOO, asking various friends along the way.

A fun story perfect for Halloween. Fantastic, bold illustrations. This book has rhyming text and involves reader participation, making it a great read-aloud book. Spooky and fun.

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