Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. It is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is Books On My Fall 2019 TBR. I have ARCs for these books, so I’ll definitely be reading them in the next few months. I’m looking forward to reading each one.

1. Lock Me In by Kate Simants
expected publication: October 3, One More Chapter

Lock Me In by Kate Simants

2. The Bodies in the Library by Marty Wingate
expected publication: October 8, Berkley

The Bodies in the Library by Marty Wingate

3. The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
expected publication: November 5, Atria Books

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

4. Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher
expected publication: November 12, Berkley

Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher CR: Jove

5. Tracking Game by Margaret Mizushima
expected publication: November 12, Crooked Lane Books

Tracking Game by Margaret Mizushima

6. In Her Eyes by Sarah Alderson
expected publication: November 14, Mulholland Books

In Her Eyes by Sarah Alderson

7. Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
expected publication: December 3, G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

8. Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay
expected publication: December 3, Dutton

Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay

9. Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra
expected publication: December 3, Berkley

Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra

10. The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters
expected publication: December 10, Crooked Lane Books

The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters


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Book Review: Murder in the First Edition by Lauren Elliott

Murder in the First Edition by Lauren Elliott


BOOK INFO

Title: Murder in the First Edition
Author: Lauren Elliott
Publisher: Kensington
Publish Date: September 24, 2019
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery #3
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.19


BOOK BLURB

Addie Greyborne is preparing for the holidays at her bookstore in seaside New England—but a winter storm is coming, in more ways than one…

Addie’s getting into the spirit for the upcoming Charity Auction—especially since she’s got an 1843 copy of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol to donate. Her former colleagues at the Boston Public Library have confirmed that its worth runs toward the high five figures, which should help with the new pediatric wing. Her mood darkens, though, when a visitor from the past appears—Jonathan Hemingway, the father of her late fiancé. His presence stirs up sad memories for Addie, but also has her fuming when Jonathan, true to his womanizing ways, runs off for a lunchtime liaison with Teresa Lang, who’s in charge of the auction.

Soon after, Addie heads to Teresa’s office at the hospital—and finds the poor woman’s dead body. What she doesn’t find is her valuable first edition. What sort of Scrooge would steal from sick children and commit murder in the process? As a Nor’easter bears down and a mystery emerges about Jonathan’s past, Addie must find out if she can appraise people’s motives and characters as well as she can appraise rare books…



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MY REVIEW

Addie Greyborne is back for book three in the Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series by Lauren Elliott. Addie donates a valuable book to a local charity auction. When Addie discovers the organizer of the event is dead and the donated book is missing, she investigates to discover who could be behind the murder and theft.

I’ve read the first book in this series, Murder by the Book, but haven’t yet read the second book, Prologue to Murder. As with most series, this one is probably best read in order. This third book can be read as a standalone though.

I enjoy Addie’s book store and the small town atmosphere. This is one of my favorite settings for a cozy mystery. The fact that the mystery revolves around a missing book only adds to my enjoyment. The mystery involves Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, and proves to be a valuable item for the local charity auction. Addie uses her knowledge of books to find the book thief.

The mystery is a standalone from the previous books, but Addie’s personal story continues. In this book, she is reunited with someone from her past – her late fiancé’s father. She doesn’t really trust him, and this plays a big part of the story. Plus, Addie has a couple of local men interested in her, but she’s having a hard time moving on and starting a new romance.

A delightful cozy mystery. I enjoyed this book, and plan to go back and read book 2 in the series. This is a cozy mystery series I look forward to keeping up with. Good for fans of cozies who enjoy bookish themes set in a small town.

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


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Book Review: The Body in the Gravel by Judi Lynn

The Body in the Gravel by Judi Lynn


BOOK INFO

Title: The Body in the Gravel
Author: Judi Lynn
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Publish Date: September 24, 2019
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: A Jazzi Zanders Mystery #3
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 4.0


BOOK BLURB

Even in a lovely town like River Bluffs, Indiana, flipping houses can be a challenge. Especially when there’s the proverbial skeleton in the closet—and a literal corpse in the driveway…

House-flipper Jazzi Zanders has her work cut out for her. Her latest flip, which she co-purchased with her fiancée Ansel and cousin Jerod, is a three-story fixer-upper that’s more of a droopy-downer. One corner of the house is sinking and needs to be jacked up with a new cement foundation. That costs money. And causes headaches. And creates a work environment that’s not only hostile, it’s downright deadly…

Jazzi knows it’s a tough job. Which is why she hired Darby to lay the cement. But when Darby gets into a fiery argument with the furnace man—and then never shows up to lay gravel for the driveway — Jazzi starts to wonder if the rumors about Darby are true. Did he kill his wife and son and bury them in the yard like some folks claim? When Darby’s dead body comes pouring out of a gravel truck, murder upstages the real estate market as her biggest concern…



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MY REVIEW

House-flipper Jazzi is back for the third book in the Jazzi Zanders Mystery series by Judi Lynn. Jazzi, her fiancé Ansel, and her cousin Jerod have a new project with a big home that requires a lot of work. One of their first tasks involves repairing the cement foundation and redoing the driveway. They contract with Darby, a cantankerous old man, for the cement work. When Darby turns up dead, Jazzi is on the case to find the killer.

I’ve read the previous two books in this series and recommend reading them in order: 1) The Body in the Attic, 2) The Body in the Wetlands. That said, they can be read out of order. The personal stories are continued, but the mystery is standalone for each book.

For me, this series is an okay cozy read. The writing is a bit clunky and I sometimes shake my head with the characters dialogue and actions. Still, I find it entertaining. My biggest fault with this series is how the detective on the case always involves Jazzi and asks for her help in solving the case. It’s a fictional story though, so I can gloss over that absurdity and enjoy the mystery. Mainly, I enjoy cozy mysteries with house flipper protagonists, so I’ll keep reading this series.

A light, cozy mystery. Likable characters and a decent mystery.

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


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Weekly Wrap-Up (Sep 14 – Sep 20)

Weekly Wrap-Up



BOOKS READ

Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott (ebook)
Murder in the First Edition by Lauren Elliott (eARC)
Candy Cane Murder by Joanne Fluke (print)
Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak (print)
The Need by Helen Phillips (print)
Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich (audio)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (audio)
Cress by Marissa Meyer (audio)

Murder by the Book by Lauren ElliottMurder in the First Edition by Lauren ElliottCandy Cane Murder by Joanne FlukeNecessary People by Anna PitoniakThe Need by Helen PhillipsLook Alive Twenty-Five by Janet EvanovichScarlet by Marissa MeyerCress by Marissa Meyer


CURRENTLY READING

The Body in the Gravel by Judi Lynn (eARC)
Winter by Marissa Meyer (audio)

The Body in the Gravel by Judi LynnWinter by Marissa Meyer


ADDED TO MY TBR

Tracking Game by Margaret Mizushima – eARC via Netgalley
Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra – eARC via Edelweiss
Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay – eARC via Edelweiss
The Chain by Adrian McKinty – library book

Tracking Game by Margaret MizushimaMeg and Jo by Virginia KantraJust Watch Me by Jeff LindsayThe Chain by Adrian McKinty


BLOG POSTS

MONDAY – Book Review: The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger
TUESDAY – Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading
WEDNESDAY – Book Review: #Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeail
THURSDAY – Book Reviews: The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke & Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (Sep 14 – Sep 20)


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Book Review: Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak

Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak


BOOK INFO

Title: Necessary People
Author: Anna Pitoniak
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publish Date: May 21, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.74


BOOK BLURB

One of them has it all. One of them wants it all. But they can’t both win.

Stella and Violet are best friends, and from the moment they met in college, they knew their roles. Beautiful, privileged, and reckless Stella lives in the spotlight. Hardworking, laser-focused Violet stays behind the scenes, always ready to clean up the mess that Stella inevitably leaves in her wake.
After graduation, Violet moves to New York and lands a job in cable news, where she works her way up from intern to assistant to producer, and to a life where she’s finally free from Stella’s shadow. In this fast-paced world, Violet thrives, and her ambitions grow — but everything is jeopardized when Stella, envious of Violet’s new life, uses her connections, beauty, and charisma to get hired at the same network. Stella soon moves in front of the camera, becoming the public face of the stories that Violet has worked tirelessly to produce — and taking all the credit.

Stella might be the one with the rich family and the right friends, but Violet isn’t giving up so easily. As she and Stella strive for success, each reveals just how far she’ll go to get what she wants — even if it means destroying the other person along the way.



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MY REVIEW

Stella and Violet have been friends since college. They seem like opposites, but they balance one another out. Stella is privileged and irresponsible. Violet is hardworking and serious. After graduating, Stella travels and Violet starts an internship at a cable news station in New York. When Stella returns to New York, Violet’s advancements are overshadowed and threatened when Stella is hired at the same station. Violet has always been there for Stella, but Violet isn’t giving up on her dreams.

Told from Violet’s point of view. She’s driven and hardworking, but not always likable. Both women are manipulative with one another and others in their lives. While they both have traits that are unlikable, they also both have moments to sympathize with. This is one of those novels where unlikable characters really works. Even though I wasn’t loving either woman, I was curious as to how their relationship would play out.

An intriguing thriller about a toxic friendship. Well developed characters that make this a highly enjoyable read. Dark, complex, and compelling.


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Book Review: The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke


BOOK INFO

Title: The Two Lila Bennetts
Author: Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publish Date: July 23, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 3.9


BOOK BLURB

Lila Bennett’s bad choices have finally caught up with her. And one of those decisions has split her life in two. Literally.

In one life, she’s taken hostage by someone who appears to be a stranger but knows too much. As she’s trapped in a concrete cell, her kidnapper forces her to face what she’s done or be killed. In an alternate life, she eludes her captor but is hunted by someone who is dismantling her happiness, exposing one secret at a time.

Lila’s decorated career as a criminal defense attorney, her marriage, and her life are on the line. She must make a list of those she’s wronged—both in and out of the courtroom—to determine who is out to get her before it’s too late. But even if she can pinpoint her assailant, will she survive? And if she does, which parts of her life are worth saving, and which parts must die? Because one thing’s for certain—life as Lila Bennett knew it is over.



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MY REVIEW

Lila Bennett has made some bad choices. She has now reached a decision that splits her life in two. In one life, she is taken hostage by someone who knows everything about her. In the other life, someone is after her, and exposes her secrets as she escapes capture.

Lila is a criminal defense attorney. She’s made plenty of enemies, so narrowing down who is after her proves challenging. She has made choices that impact her personal and professional lives. As those choices are revealed, her life is forever changed. Lila is not exactly likable. She’s lied to the people in her life for many years. She always has an excuse, but she knows that she’s done the wrong thing. When her life splits, she finally faces those choices and has to face the ones she has hurt.

An intriguing thriller about choices affecting our path in life, and having to face the consequences. Fast-paced, complex, and suspenseful.


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Book Review: #Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil

#murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil


BOOK INFO

Title: #Murdertrending
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Publisher: Freeform
Publish Date: August 7, 2018
Genre: Young Adult – Mystery
Series: MurderTrending #1
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.77


BOOK BLURB

@doctorfusionbebop: Some 17 y. o. chick named Dee Guerrera was just sent to Alcatraz 2.0 for killing her stepsister. So, how long do you think she’ll last?

@morrisdavis72195: I hope she meets justice! She’ll get what’s coming to her! BWAHAHA!

@EltonJohnForevzz: Me? I think Dee’s innocent. And I hope she can survive.

WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.

When seventeen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman’s cast of executioners kill them off one by one?



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MY REVIEW

Dee is a teenager who has been found guilty of killing her stepsister. Dee maintains her innocence, but ends up in Alcatraz 2.0 anyway. Alcatraz 2.0 is a prison where convicted murderers are sent and killed while the public watches. The inmates live in a town setting and never know when or how they will die. The executioners, known as the Painiacs, are brutal killers who take pleasure in elaborate kills to promote views on the web.

Soon after arriving at Alcatraz 2.0, Dee meets some other young people who also seem to be innocent. Dee knows not to trust anyone, but she needs help if she’s going to survive Alcatraz 2.0. Dee and the others suspect something is not right at Alcatraz 2.0, and set out to expose the corruption to the viewing public, while also trying to evade the Painiacs.

A disturbing story that seems like something that could happen. The idea of public executions is not new, but the brutal killings in this book highlight the bloodlust atmosphere found online. Also, the success of Alcatraz 2.0 depends on public opinion, which means videos/posts going viral and trending on the web. While there is plenty of blood and gore in this book, it also includes some humor. For example, Dee and her fellow inmates become known as the Death Row Breakfast Club – stereotypical characters like the jock, the nerd, and the princess.

This book is not all that well-written, but it is entertaining and fun to read. A fast-paced and exciting story of murder and mayhem.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. It is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading. While reading, I’m more likely to drink something than eat something. Mostly, I read without any food or drinks. If I do have something, it’s usually some sort of adult beverage while I read at night. Hence the name of my blog… Nightcap Books.

EAT
1. Fruit
2. Cheese
3. Popcorn
4. Pretzels
5. Cookies

DRINK
6. Coffee
7. Tea
8. Wine
9. Whiskey
10. Brandy

Book Review: The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger

The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger


BOOK INFO

Title: The Stranger Inside
Author: Lisa Unger
Publisher: Park Row
Publish Date: September 17, 2019
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.13


BOOK BLURB

Even good people are drawn to do evil things…

Twelve-year-old Rain Winter narrowly escaped an abduction while walking to a friend’s house. Her two best friends, Tess and Hank, were not as lucky. Tess never came home, and Hank was held in captivity before managing to escape. Their abductor was sent to prison but years later was released. Then someone delivered real justice—and killed him in cold blood.

Now Rain is living the perfect suburban life, her dark childhood buried deep. She spends her days as a stay-at-home mom, having put aside her career as a hard-hitting journalist to care for her infant daughter. But when another brutal murderer who escaped justice is found dead, Rain is unexpectedly drawn into the case. Eerie similarities to the murder of her friends’ abductor force Rain to revisit memories she’s worked hard to leave behind. Is there a vigilante at work? Who is the next target? Why can’t Rain just let it go?

Introducing one of the most compelling and original killers in crime fiction today, Lisa Unger takes readers deep inside the minds of both perpetrator and victim, blurring the lines between right and wrong, crime and justice, and showing that sometimes people deserve what comes to them.



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Rain is a stay-at-home mom, but misses her work as a reporter. When the suspected killer in a case she once worked is found murdered, she is drawn back into the case. To complicate matters, the recent murder is similar to an old case that Rain had a personal connection to. Rain is consumed with finding the killer.

Rain is taking a break from work to stay home with her child, but her reporter instincts kick in when a vigilante killer seems to be on the loose. The recent murder of a suspected killer is eerily similar to the murder of the man who attempted to abduct Rain when she was a kid. Rain was able to escape her kidnapper, but her best friends were not so lucky. As an adult, Rain still has a hard time with the guilt she has from her surviving while her friends suffered. Rain uses her skills and connections to discover the killer and how it connects to her past.

An addictive thriller that alternates between points of view. This is my second book to read by Lisa Unger, and she’s an author I’ll be sure to read more from in the future. Dark, captivating, and suspenseful.

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


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Weekly Wrap-Up (Sep 7 – Sep 13)

Weekly Wrap-Up



BOOKS READ

Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron (eARC)
Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook (eARC)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (print)
Just Kids by Patti Smith (print)
Dumplin’ Julie Murphy (audio)
The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse (audio)
The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse (audio)
The Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse (audio)
The Food of Love by Amanda Prowse (audio)

Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen ByronBuried in the Stacks by Allison BrookThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Just Kids by Patti SmithDumplin' by Julie MurphyThe Idea of You by Amanda Prowse
The Art of Hiding by Amanda ProwseThe Coordinates of Loss by Amanda ProwseThe Food of Love by Amanda Prowse


CURRENTLY READING

The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger (eARC)
The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke (print)
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson (print)
The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty (audio)

The Stranger Inside by Lisa UngerThe Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton and Lisa SteinkeThe Kind Worth Killing by Peter SwansonThe Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty


ADDED TO MY TBR

In Her Eyes by Sarah Alderson – eARC via Netgalley
The Need by Helen Phillips – library book
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood – library book
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson – library book
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James – library book

In Her Eyes by Sarah AldersonThe Need by Helen Phillips
The Testaments by Margaret AtwoodThe Kind Worth Killing by Peter SwansonThe Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James


BLOG POSTS

MONDAY – Book Review: 29 Seconds by T.M. Logan
TUESDAY – Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why
WEDNESDAY – Book Review: Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron
THURSDAY – Book Review: Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (Sep 7 – Sep 13)


Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Happy Reading!


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