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Detective Stephy Wephy Holmes in the Missing Cake

By: Josh Rader. Format: eBook. Read: December 2013.

When Stephy learns meatloaf is for dinner, she is not happy. However, her mom reassures her that there will be chocolate cake for dessert, but unfortunately the entire cake is missing! Stephy Wephy Holmes takes on the case and searches the house for clues and the culprit. Will she find the cake in time or will the thief get away with the crime?

This is an adorable picture book for young, aspiring detectives. The drawings are flawless and charming. The story is cute, but difficult to follow due to the fact that pictures are not on the same page as the writing. Stephy Wephy Holmes is determined to find the missing cake, which many children would be too. This book is good for families to enjoy together and to help encourage little ones to read.

I have always loved a good children’s mystery. What about you? Who was your favorite child sleuth?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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A Sealed Fate

By: Lisa Gordon. Format: Paperback. Read: November 2013.

Valda just arrived in Dubai and is ready for a fresh start after a horrific breakup. She is ready to begin her new life as a singer in the nightclub, Flanagan’s. Things were going okay for her, until the night she met the club’s owner… Sheikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Khaimah. The Sheikh asks Valda for a favor, which she reluctantly agrees to and she is rewarded with a new car. Along the way, Valda realizes she may be too deep in the Sheikh’s business, so she consults a local astrologer. Larissa and Valda not only resemble each other, but they also form an immediate strong bond of friendship. Will Larissa be able to help Valda, before it is too late?

The author demonstrates how far friends will go to help one another in a time of need. She also uses her knowledge of astrology in this book to establish the connections between current relationships and the past. Unfortunately, the author uses a tremendous amount of exclamation points in her writing, which is quite distracting. For American readers, there are a few phrases and terms that are not as easily understood. The story is told mostly from Valda’s point of view, with an occasional short amount from Larissa which can be confusing at times. Overall the premise of this story is very intriguing, but the punctuation errors weaken the flow of the book.

I enjoyed the set-up of this book and the main plot-line. If you could move anywhere in the world, to start a fresh life, where would it be and why?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author of this book provided a copy for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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Stacy Juba’s Book Sale

Hi Everyone,

I had the pleasure of reading Stacy Juba’s books last month and I thoroughly enjoyed them. When she mentioned that they would be on sale, I thought I would share the information with all of you. (I know how much readers like a great sale and this is 3 books for less than a dollar!)

To read my reviews, click on each title’s name: Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, Sink or Swim, and Dark Before Dawn.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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For a short time only, get Stacy’s Juba’s 3-book suspense bundle for 99 cents! Her Young Ladies of Mystery Boxed Set will be on sale for 99 cents from Oct. 10-25 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBookstore. With Halloween on the horizon, this is the perfect time to sit down with some suspenseful reads.

The bundle features Stacy acclaimed adult mystery/romantic suspense novels Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim, and her young adult psychic thriller Dark Before Dawn, in one bargain-priced download. Solve a cold case with aspiring reporter Kris Langley; discover the downside of fame with former reality show contestant Cassidy Novak; and meet teenage psychic Dawn Christian, who discovers that ESP spells D-A-N-G-E-R. More on the three books included in the download, which combined have garnered more than 230 customer reviews on Amazon:

Twenty-Five Years Ago Today – A GalleyCat Mystery and Thriller Bestseller and GalleyCat Barnes & Noble Bestseller that reached #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List and #5 on Nook. For twenty-five years, Diana Ferguson’s killer has gotten away with murder. When rookie obit writer and newsroom editorial assistant Kris Langley investigates the cold case of the artistic young cocktail waitress who was obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology, not only does she fall in love with Diana’s sexy nephew, but she must also fight to stay off the obituary page herself. Get it on the secret: join thousands of readers in discovering Who Killed Diana Ferguson.

Sink or Swim – A #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller for Women Sleuths and Romantic Suspense. How do you change the channel when reality TV turns to murder? After starring on a hit game show set aboard a Tall Ship, personal trainer Cassidy Novak discovers that she has attracted a stalker. Can she trust Zach Gallagher, the gorgeous newspaper photographer assigned to follow her for a local series? As things heat up with the stalker and with Zach, soon Cassidy will need to call SOS for real. Endorsed by contestants from Survivor, The Amazing Race, and Big Brother.

Dark Before Dawn – A #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller for Horror/Occult and for Children’s Science Fiction, Fantasy & Magic, and a fun read for teens and adults alike. When teen psychic Dawn Christian gets involved with a fortuneteller mentor and two girls who share her mysterious talents, she finally belongs after years of being a misfit. When she learns her new friends may be tied to freak “accidents” in town, Dawn has an important choice to make – continue developing the talent that makes her special or challenge the only people who have ever accepted her.

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iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id640324718

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/books/Young-Ladies-Mystery-Boxed-Set/LYpEix78KkeRcjLUgHwX2g

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Right and Left Grand

Darla King #1. By Rosalee Richland. Format: eBook. Read: August 2013.

Darla King is an ex-criminal investigator, who is still coping with the tragic loss of her husband five years ago. In order for her and her daughter to remain connecting to his family she moves to Texas where she is reunited with her former passion, square dancing. With her daughter in college, Darla has become a square dance caller, which is a rarity for females, but she is loving each and challenge the clubs and dances bring her way. That is until one club member discovers an unconscious man dressed in a square dancer’s outfit on his property and the local police are trying to pass it off as a simple car-jacking. It is up to Darla and her three best friends to figure out the real reason behind this mysterious man’s attack.

Right and Left Grand is a cozy mystery with square dancing galore. Fans of square dancing will enjoy the insider’s view to what it takes to be a caller, while square dancing novices will learn several steps. The story starts out a bit slow, with the real mystery not appearing until the halfway mark, but the straightforward writing style makes it an easy read. The entire novel is told through Darla’s perspective, which allows readers to connect to her fears, apprehensions, and enjoyments, through her inner thoughts. Readers will look forward to seeing what Darla and her friends get into next.

When I started reading this book, I knew absolutely nothing about square dancing, so it was intriguing to read about it. What about you? Are you a fan of square dancing?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her series, please visit her website.

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Dream Child

Dream Series #3. By: J. J. DiBenedetto. Format: eBook. Read: August 2013.

Sara is a resident at Children’s Hospital, which means excruciatingly long work weeks, but it is worth it to come home to Brian and their adorable daughter, Lizzie. Sara is very grateful that she is able to bring Lizzie to work with her when she can’t find a babysitter. All the staff love Lizzie and Lizzie gets to play with the children, which helps distract them from the routines of being a hospital patient. Lizzie is a lot like Sara and is always ready to lend a helping hand. Unfortunately though, Lizzie has picked up something else from Sara too. When Lizzie’s dreams start, Sara’s world is turned upside down, again.

This is the third novel in the Dream series and this is by far the best so far. The addition of Lizzie to the family and to the storyline is perfect. She provides just the right amount of comedic relief that was missing from the previous two books. Lizzie is very young, but she steals the show, so to speak. J. J. DiBenedetto shows a superb talent in his writing his characters. Readers will feel like they have grown with Sara and they will find themselves thinking similar thoughts as Sara tries to juggle work, family, and interpreting her and Lizzie’s dreams. Minor characters from previous books keep popping up to lend a hand, which gives the series another real-life connection. Readers will have extremely high hopes for the next book to see what Sara and Lizzie stumble into, next.

This is a very unique mystery series that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading. I am looking forward to spending more time with Sara, Lizzie and the rest of the family in the next book. I absolutely love a series that ties previous books into current books, with hints towards what could happen next. It keeps me guessing until the very end, which is nice to read. If you are looking for an easy-to-read and easy-to-follow cozy mystery series, with a unique twist, I definitely recommend this series.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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Dream Student

Dreams #1. By: J.J. DiBenedetto. Format: eBook. Read: July 2013.

Sara Barnes is just your average junior in college, that is until she starts remembering her dreams. Unfortunately for Sara, she is no longer just remembering her own dreams, but other people’s dreams too. Sara realizes she is seeing other people’s dreams, some pleasant, like that boy who goes to her school dreaming about her, others horrific, reliving a guy’s dream where he brutally murders a young girl. Sara is frantic she doesn’t know what to do, much less why she has this ability to see these dreams. All she knows is that the boy’s name is Brian and he and her best friend Beth are going to help her catch the murder.

Written as a constant stream-of-consciousness that jumps from dreams to reality, makes this book an intriguing read. Readers get to experience the dream with Sara, but then they can relate to her feelings afterwards. The story starts off with a bit of a slow pace, but it quickly picks up and turns into a nail-biting race against time, with a hint of romance in between. This book covers some horrific topics, but does so without going into the nitty-gritty details. The ending will leave readers reaching for the second book, just to see what happens next with Sara.

I enjoyed this book. I liked the fact that Sara had to set her own course through this hard to believe dream jumping talent of hers, however she had the strength and support from Beth and Brian that kept her alive. This was a unique story and I am looking forward to reading more.

As for dreams, I can remember some of mine with lots of details, whereas with others I can only remember the feeling. What about you? Do you remember all of your dreams? What would you do if you suddenly found yourself inside of someone else’s dream?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note:
The author of this book provided a copy for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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My Sister’s Books Review #18

The Tourist
By: Olen Steinhauer
(Milo Weaver #1)
(Mysteries & Thrillers)

A life as a tourist sounds like a great idea, however for Milo Weaver it was a difficult life. As a professional undercover agent for the CIA, Milo had worked several “assignments,” but none of them focused on a colleague until now. Now with distrust and cover-ups many old cases are coming back under suspicion and Milo is forced back into the life of a tourist.
The Tourist is a fascinating and complicated spy novel. It starts out a bit slow and at times seems tedious, but the plot quickly picks up the pace. Readers will wrapped up in Milo’s mind and looking over their shoulder’s while they read. The plot twists and time jumps will keep readers guessing until the very end. Graphic scenes call for a mature audience, but overall an excellent start to the series.

Similar Authors:
Daniel Silva, Peter Steiner, Charles Cumming, Brad Thor

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My Sister’s Books Review #12

Missing
By: Bill Noel

Chris Landrum is soaking up his semi-retired life in Folly Beach, South Carolina. Surrounded by his unique neighbors, Chris and his best friend Charles, find themselves in the middle of another police investigation. This time, young Samuel has possibly seen a woman being abducted and women are turning up dead. It is up to Chris and Charles to solve this mystery and this time they have help from Charles’s Aunt M.

Bill Noel has done it again with this latest novel in the Folly Beach Mystery Series. Between the odd cast of characters and the small town setting, readers will be laughing out loud while trying to solve this latest mystery. This is an easy read and a light-hearted mystery book. Recommend this book for fans of cozy mysteries.

Fran and Bess enjoy reading this series, too. As Bess says, “Reading each new book is like visiting old friends.”

Note: This review was written for My Sister’s Books.

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My Sister’s Books Review #11

Folly
By: Bill Noel

Chris Landrum has returned to Folly Beach, South Carolina, in hopes of finding his dream retirement home. Instead Chris finds a dead body and ends up in the middle of a murder investigation. Word quickly spreads through this community and each of its unique characters wants to help this out-of-towner. Chris isn’t sure who he can trust, but he is certain that life in Folly Beach is going to be a very bumpy ride.

Bill Noel does an excellent job of describing all the details of the community and of the people. The main character, Chris Landrum, is very relatable to readers as he counts down the days until he retires. Chris’s inner thoughts are laced with sarcastic undertones that will leave readers chuckling. The excessive details about camera specifications tend to slow the pace of the novel, but enhance the true nature of Chris Landrum. The distinctive cast of residents will win readers over with all of their quirks. I recommend for fans of light-hearted murder mysteries.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note: This review was written for My Sister’s Books.

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Countermeasure

Countermeasure Series #1. By: Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey. Format: Audiobook. Read: March 2013.

Trevor Bauer, an NSA analyst, is still haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his parents, nearly four years ago. However one case of corporate espionage at a pharmaceutical company, will change Trevor’s life. Through a stroke of luck, Trevor finds himself in the middle of Cassandra James’s path. Cassandra James, an ex-CIA operative, has just been taken off her very first case at her father’s company. But that isn’t about to stop Cassandra, so she teams up with Trevor and the two of them must overcome their pasts in order to catch the culprit.

Countermeasure is jam-packed with intrigue and suspense, mixed with steamy chemistry. Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey have given geeks everywhere an exciting romance to read. Cassandra is a strong, determined woman, while Trevor is an extremely hot computer genius. The technical jargon that is mixed in throughout the book is evenly balanced between the witty banter of the two main characters. The story and characters are wonderful, whereas the narrator was decent. The narrator tended to mix Irish dialect with American dialect during the narration and then interchanged some of the tones for the individual characters. However, it was still easy to follow along and the narrator improved as the book progressed. Mature fans of romantic suspense need to mark this book as a must-read.

This was the first audiobook that I have reviewed for this blog and I was quite happy with the overall experience. The application was easy to use and downloaded quickly. The narrator demonstrated an excellent Irish dialect and read at an even pace. I did wish he paused for just a beat longer to signify the changes in points-of-view, but overall it was setup nicely. This book was excellent and I cannot wait to read the next in the series.

So tell me, are you a fan of audiobooks? They do seem to provide a nice convenience for those with busy schedules, but I can see where others wouldn’t be able to focus as much on the book. Do prefer male or female narrators, or do you prefer to ‘hear’ your own voice?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about the authors and this series, please visit their website.

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