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Timeless Travels

Timeless Travels: Tales of Mystery, Intrigue, Humor, and Enchantment by Joseph Rotenberg

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Mock My Words

Mock My Words by Chandra Shekhar

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Softbelly: A Memoir of a Young Adult Coming of Age Bipolar by Robert Epperson

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Opry: A Semi-Musical Tale of Honky Tonk Lifestyle by Simon Plaster

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Rogue Wolf

Rogue Wolf (The Oldenglen Chronicles) (Volume 3) by Robin Mason

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A Burning in the Darkness

A Burning in the Darkness by A P McGrath

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The Amarant

The Amarant by Tricia Barr

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Legacy: Book Three of the Fire Chronicles by Susi Wright

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Guardian of Deceit

Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles

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The Midwife’s Sister: The Story of Jennifer Worth by her Sister by Christine Lee

Reviewed by Teri Davis

The Midwife's SisterChristine Lee is the sister of Jennifer Lee Worth who is the author of Call the Midwife series. Her perspective on their lives is quite different from her sister’s viewpoint.

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Jennifer is three years older than her sister, Christine. The two had a close relationship in their early years, relying on each other for companionship.
While their father was daily working, their mother was not nurturing, and for Christine, Jennifer was her big sister/mother.

Much of the novel regards their childhood, which privileged, was problematic with their mother suffering from a stroke when she arrived home early one day to discover her father with his secretary in their bed. The girls’ lives spun into turmoil as their parents split and their father remarried which eventually causes the sisters to be separated.

I Wasn´t Invited to the Birthday (Somos8) by Susanna Kern (Author) and Adolfo Serra (Illustrator)

Reviewed by Teri Davis

I Wasn't Invited to the Birthday“You can’t always go to all the parties. But this doesn’t mean that we should be sad, and we shouldn’t enjoy ourselves.”

For all children, a birthday party is exciting. When the invitations are delivered to each person in a class at school, the anticipation of each child is thrilling. However, what if one child is left out.

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Mark is not invited to the party. The afternoon of the party, he goes into the park, but it appears vacated, even the birds are gone. Surprisingly, Mark discovers two of his classmates also in the park who were not invited to the party. Yuna and Adrian begin to climb a tree with Mark. From their high perch, they quickly view the nearby sea which is rising rapidly around nearby buildings.

Racing the Devil: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries) by Charles Todd

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Racing the DevilWartime comrades frequently form unusual alliances. Former rivals can become lasting friends through bonding over life/death experiences of any war.
It was June of 1916 when a group of seven English officers who while sharing could be their final drink, they discovered that all of them had lived within one-hundred miles of each other in southern England with each of them being very passionate with motorcars.

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Realizing that this could their last relaxing drink before returning to the Front to fight the Germans, these men agree to a challenge if they survive the war. The agreement is for each of the men to meet in Paris one-year after the war ends and to each bring a vehicle to race all the way to Nice, whether their car is a racer of not.

The race occurs with only the five survivors and becomes dangerous as the drivers approach Nice with one accident, severely injuring the former officer and another vehicle almost pushed off the road.
One year after the race another death occurred of a clergyman who died in an accident. It appears that someone hit his car while pushing it off the road while he was driving.

How does this connect to the racers? The owner of the car was one of the officers.

The Fix (Amos Decker series) by David Baldacci

Reviewed by Allen Hott

The FixAmos Decker, Baldacci’s cop with the unbelievable memory, is walking along the street in front of FBI headquarters in Washington when he watches a man across the street from him walking toward a woman. The man and woman pass each other, and then the man turns and pulls a gun. He fires one round in the back of the woman’s head and Decker takes off across the street pulling his guy and shouting. The man looks at Decker, smiles and then puts the gun under his chin and fires. And with that Walter Dabney, aged 61 and a government contractor is seriously wounded. The lady who is dead is Anne Berkshire an unmarried school teacher who for some reason was killed by Dabney.

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Because of his proximity to the shooting Decker, a special agent with the FBI gets assigned to the case. And as is usually the case in Baldacci’s thrillers it does in fact become quite a case and quite a story with many twists, turns, flips, and flops. Alex Jamison, Decker’s partner and another FBI agent go to the hospital to see if they can talk with Dabney while Decker goes to the morgue to get any info he can on the woman.

Song of the Lion (A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel) by AnneHillerman

Reviewed by Dianne Woodman

Song of the LionSong of the Lion is a continuation of the Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito series. This engrossing and fast-paced mystery is set in Southwestern United States, and Navajo Police Officer Bernadette “Bernie” Manuelito is the central figure in the book.

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Bernie is off duty and watching a student versus alumni basketball game at Shiprock High School gym that is packed with fans, when there is a noise that grabs her attention. She rushes to the parking lot and discovers that a car has exploded, multiple cars are damaged, and a young unidentified man is gravely injured. Bernie immediately calls the police station for back-up and works at both keeping the crime scene from being contaminated and the crowd from panicking.

Since the car was rigged with a bomb, federal agencies take the lead on the case. The owner of the demolished car is a lawyer, Aza Palmer, who is the mediator between Native Americans, environmentalists, economic developers, government agencies, and other interested parties who are gathering together to discuss a highly controversial proposed resort development on Navajo land near the Grand Canyon. As a result of the bombing and threatening e-mails, Bernie’s husband, Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police, is assigned to be Palmer’s bodyguard during the negotiation meetings in Tuba City.

Desperate Housedogs: Pampered Pets Mystery Series, Book 1 by Sparkle Abbey

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Desperate HousedogsBeing a pet psychologist has to be a challenge. One must depend on behavior rather than a common language to communicate. Even though animals are known to talk, you have to understand them to translate.

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For Caro Lamont, this is her career. Previously she lost her license to work with humans caused by her husband and ending in divorce. Caro moved on to another place in an exclusive area in southern California, Laguna Beach; she now deals with slightly different clients, the non-human kind. This community has more dog residents than children.

Her first client of the day is Kevin Blackstone who is having difficulties with his two German Shepherds. They are upset and overly excitable, refusing to calm. Two hours after her visit, Kevin is dead. Caro knows that she is not the killer being he was alive when she left. What about the shifty gardener who observed her? Why was he not working and watching? Why don’t the dogs like this man? If you are not certain if the police will clear your name as a person of interest, politically correct way of saying suspect, what do you do?

The Midnight Watch: A Novel of the Titanic and the Californian by David Dyer

Reviewed by Teri Davis

The Midnight Watch“The midnight watch: a time of loneliness, demons, and trances”.

The night the Titanic sunk, April 14th, 1912, was also the same night that the closest ship, the Californian had difficulty itself fighting the constant enclosing ice and avoiding icebergs.

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During the midnight watch on the Californian, a distress call was sent to them by the Titanic. The Californian’s captain, Captain Lord, chose to ignore all communications including lanterns using Morse Code, telegraph communications, and the sight of eight white rockets from the sinking Titanic

The rescued survivors of the Titanic in the rowboats actually could see the Californian in the distance and expected them to save them and those in the frozen ocean.

Fortunately for those in who were rescues, another ship, the Carpathian was further from the Titanic and collected those lucky survivors.
Unfortunately, thousands died in the ocean while hoping the nearby ship; the Carpathian would rescue them quickly.

However, the Carpathian did not come to their aid.

Eventually, communication between Carpathian and the Californian was established with directions for the Californian to search for bodies. For some reason, the Californian found none, of course, the location they supposedly looked was not correct.

The Midnight Watch is based on the investigation both in the United States and England regarding the role of the Carpathian and the choices made by Captain Lord.

Lord’s crew was torn between honesty and loyalty. On shipboard, everyone is expected to follow the captain through all situations even when he is either wrong or lying. For many of the crew, this conflicted with their values of honesty and the rules of the sea with loyalty to their captain.
The Midnight Watch is the fascinating story from various perspectives of the actual historical events. Viewing the disaster from different people in varying roles allows the reader to decide whether or not they agree with the final decisions.

Even with the disastrous event happening more than one-hundred years ago, The Midnight Watch is an investigative mystery into the past

The author, David Dyer, writes what he knows best. Having worked on various types of merchant vessels, and graduating from the Australian Maritime College, he worked as a lawyer at a London legal firm whose parent company represented the Titanic’s owners in 1912. Currently, he is employed as an English literature in Sydney.

Dyer has created an utterly enthralling journey in the Titanic’s disastrous past.

Goodnight from London: A Novel by Jennifer Robson

Reviewed by Laurie Weatherlow

Goodnight from LondonIt is 1940 and there is a war in Europe. Ruby Sutton, a journalist in New York City, is working for The American. After only six months on the job, she is called to her Editor’s office for a meeting. Concern and worry consume her as she waits to speak with Mr. Mitchell. She is however very surprised to be offered a placement as a war correspondent writing for Picture Weekly in London. She accepts the once in a lifetime opportunity, but is apprehensive about her humble upbringing surfacing. Upon her arrival in London she is met by Mr. Bennett; a soldier and a good friend of her new boss Kaz. Ruby easily settles in and enjoys writing for Picture Weekly. She also sends a column home to The American called Dispatches from London. She is extremely talented at humanizing the war and speaking to the families that have been affected by it. There are many endless nights spent in terror in air raid shelters during the Blitz. When Ruby looses everything except her life, she is forced to confront a past she had hoped to leave behind in America. With the kindness of strangers and one very handsome soldier, Ruby begins to heal and starts to move forward.

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I have been struggling to write this review for days now. Not because I disliked the book I loved it, but because it is a classic World War Two love story. It has a strong female character who is independent, self sufficient and very, very likable. A woman you would be honored to have as your friend. There is a man, handsome and mysterious just out of reach. It is rich with bombings, death, air raid shelters and overall destruction at its heart. Sadness and hope spring from its depths. Collusion, lies, condemnation, dissent, love, faith, healing and friendship all abound throughout Goodnight from London. It is a story not to be missed.

If You Were Me and Lived In…the Ancient Mali Empire…If You Were Me and Lived In…Ancient China…If You Were Me and Lived In… the Mayan Empire by Carole P. Roman

Reviewed by Teri Davis

If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient Mali Empire
If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient China
If You Were Me and Lived in....the Mayan Empire

If You Were Me and Lived in the Ancient Mali Empire begins in the year of 1322 and covered much of the area of Western Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Sahara Desert including the current area of western Sudan.

Reflecting on both the time and the area is a typical Islamic family including a father with many wives. For this particular family, there is a total of seventeen siblings with the perspective from a favored daughter.
Essential to both the time and area were the trade routes uniting Asia and Africa in their exchange of gold, salt, silk, and slaves.

The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag

Reviewed by Teri Davis

The Bitter SeasonSupposedly change is good for us, but unfortunately we do not always adjust as well as we could, or should even if it our choice to change.

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Detective Nikki Liska has this problem. She chose to leave homicide due to the long and unpredictable hours which are difficult for a single-parent of two teenaged boys. This was her choice.

Now she is a part of the newly formed cold case unit in Minneapolis. Now she has predictable hours, at least that is what she believes entering this position. Each member of this team is going through the extensive files of cold cases, choosing what case they can successfully solve. With newness, each member is acutely aware of the need for success in order to continue and be of value to the force and to the taxpayers.

The selected case is the murder of a police officer, Ted Duffy which happened twenty-years ago. If the police could not solve it in all those years, why would the cold case unit now be able to find new information? Nikki is not pleased with this decision.