Review – Desperate Housedogs by Sparkle Abbey

In posh Laguna Beach, murder has gone to the dogs. When Caro Lamont, former psychologist turned pet therapist makes a house call to help Kevin Blackstone with his two misbehaving German Shepherd dogs, she expects frantic dogs, she expects a frantic dog owner, she even expects frantic neighbors. What she doesn’t expect is that two hours later the police will… Read more »

Review – The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

The “volcanically sexy” (USA Today) bestseller about a widow and her daughter who take a young couple into their home in 1920s London. It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa—a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even… Read more »

Happy Fourth of July

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Happy Independence Day to all of my American blogger friends.  My neighborhood seems to think that the Fourth of July extends to the entire weekend, so we’ve had bombs bursting in air since last Friday.  My poor cat, Yoshi, thinks the sky is falling! Today, I will be doing the traditional American thing by eating barbecue, drinking beer, and watching… Read more »

My Favorite Book Club Picks – Dog Edition

It always amazes me how readers can become so passionate about their favorite books.  I’ve been a part of the same book club for over seven years, and we’ve had amazing discussions (and arguments!) over books.  At times, I laugh because we’re laughing, crying, and fighting over fictional characters.  Yet, we all become so attached! At any rate, my book… Read more »

Review – Glass Houses by Louise Penny

When a mysterious figure appears on the village green on a cold November day in Three Pines, Armand Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, knows something is seriously wrong. Yet he does nothing. Legally, what can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized. From the moment its shadow falls over… Read more »

Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop

It’s here!  The Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop hosted by Bookhounds. This time, I’ve giving away a $10.00 Amazon gift card.  This is an international giveaway.  To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below then follow the linky list below to find the other hops. The winner will be announced on July 1.  Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Review – Don’t Say a Word by A. L. Bird

A happy child. Every parent knows the world can be scary. Lawyer Jen Sutton knows it better than most. And she’ll go to any length to protect her son from what – and who – lies outside their front door. A loving mother. Some might say she’s being over-protective. But isn’t it a mother’s duty to protect her child from… Read more »

Oldies but Goodies – Mysteries and Thrillers of Yesteryear

I love to look at book lists.  You know the ones – 100 Books You Should Read Before You Die, The 50 Best Books of 2016… After reading them,  I find myself picking out so many titles! One list in particular caught my eye.  It was Flavorwire’s 50 Essential Mystery Novels.  This list was a treasure trove.  It covers books… Read more »

Two Sisters by Kerry Wilkinson

After Megan and Chloe’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, Megan receives a cryptic postcard signed by her older brother Zac who died ten years before.  Hoping for answers, Megan traces the postcard to the seaside village of Whitecliff, a place of many secrets.  Some of them deadly. Two Sisters is layered with mysteries that begin and end with… Read more »

Weycombe by G. M. Malliet

Weycombe is the chocolate-box village of everyone’s dreams. For American Jillian White, a gated life of pleasure and comfort with her titled English husband was a fantasy come true. But the murder of a local estate agent mars the village’s so-pretty surface. Are people actually dying to live in Weycombe? Jill investigates, piecing together clues along the snaking paths and… Read more »