Friday, November 30, 2012

Book Blogger Hop - 11/30 to 12/6

Question of the Week:

Apart from being readers, many of us collect books on a specific subject or by a particular author. What books or which author do you collect?

My Answer:

I actually do not collect any particular author,, but I do like to collect and read historical fiction.  Specifically books about WWII.   

You will find quite a few reviews of books set during that time period in my archives.  Most recently you will find reviews of CITY OF WOMEN by David R. Gillham and THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate Morton.

I also like books set in the time period of 1800 or earlier in London.  If they are mysteries, that makes them even more appealing.  :)

Looking forward to seeing what, if anything, everyone collects.

Have a great day and weekend.

Review and Giveaway of MURDER TAKES TIME




Could childhood pranks carried into adulthood be purposely staged clues for solving murder investigations?  Murders were taking place in New York, and clues were being left behind that implicated individuals who definitely had not been at the scene and clues that were too close for comfort.

The chapters are organized by flashbacks to the childhood of Tony, Frankie, Nicky, and Paulie as well as present day and other years in between.  Their childhood friendship and the bond they had was difficult to overlook even though three of them were not upstanding citizens and one was a policeman.  They were the best of buddies during childhood and had nicknames that stayed with them into adulthood.  Their childhood antics and schemes were unbelievable and creative, but did this creativity and early start get them into things they shouldn't be in as adults....all except Frankie who turned out to be a policeman?  Would his being a policeman be a detriment and make him a scapegoat for some of the murders?

The title is a perfect description of the contents of this book, but the book is also about family, friends, food, ordinary people, organized crime, and of course murder.  If you are Italian, the sauce, meatballs, and nicknaming should be very familiar to you.  I learned a new ingredient for my spaghetti sauce in this book and also some things I really didn't want to learn.  There is a lot of brutality and profanity, but for the most part, the book is superbly written and flows very well.  The way the book was laid out and how the plot played out was very unique for a first-time author....brilliant and creative on his part. The characters are authentic, the descriptions of the scenes are vivid, and as the end nears, you will have your heart pounding along with the detectives as they race to arrest the murderer before he kills again.

Highly recommended....I loved the Italian names and descriptions of the families and sadly the funerals. One thing that was confusing, though, was keeping track of who was talking....I thought it was being narrated by one character and then it turned out to be another.  Other than that, it is an amazing, outstanding, and gripping first novel for Mr. Giammatteo.   5/5

This book was given to me free of charge for an honest review. 


Make note of these comments please - Giveaway Form below this:


For anyone who buys a digital book during this tour and mentions the tour, I will offer a money-back guarantee, with these conditions:

1. Understand that this book contains several chapters with graphic violence. 
2. Understand that it contains rough, street language
3. Understand that there are two chapters with sexual scenes
4. Understand that the story is told in multiple Point of Views. 

If for any reason, other than those stated above, you do not like the book or aren't happy with it, just write me an email and tell me why. Email me a proof of purchase receipt, and I'll refund your money. This applies only to the digital books. I can't do it with print editions


1.  You can be a resident of the USA or International. 

2.  Please be NEW or Old Follower of my blog.
3.  Please complete the entry form here.

BEST OF LUCK to everyone.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

To be sixteen, to witness a murder, and to keep it a secret your entire life?  When would Laurel find out the "real" reason for the murder.  After fifty years, she needed to ask, but could she really find the answer? She had to.  Time was running out.

Set in England and moving from the 1930's to 2011, you will follow Laurel as she continues to keep this secret and attempts to find out why her mother stabbed a visitor on her brother's birthday.  Did the baby see or remember anything?  Could that be possible? What if he did remember?  Laurel, her father, and her mother were the only ones that were supposed to know, but were they?

The storyline is intriguing and the descriptions are amazing as you go back and forth in time to see what Laurel's mother's life was like as a  child and also as a young adult and what life was like for Laurel, her sisters, and her brother as they grew up on a quaint farm in a loving family.  Dorothy, Laurel's mother, lead a very significant life and had interesting people in her life that shaped her and her decisions.

The book seamlessly moves between time periods giving creative details of each era in the characters' lives and has you wanting to know more.  An amazing storyline that keeps you guessing about the real reason for the murder and one that makes you want to be a part of the story in order to be part of the life the characters lead in each decade of their lives.  

Finding out about her mother's motives and life before she was married was a goal Laurel was determined to solve before her mother died, and her mother is the only one who could give the answers to many questions, but could their dying mother tell all?   Once clues about Dorothy's past begin to surface, you will be as anxious as Laurel was to find out other secrets her mother kept to herself all her life and secrets that caused her mother to commit murder.

This book was marvelous and captivating as all of Kate Morton's books, and the ending is absolutely SUPERB.  

I thoroughly enjoyed the walk through Laurel's life and the flashbacks to her mother's life.   Don't miss this book or any book Kate Morton has will be taken away with her exceptional writing and fantastic storytelling skills as she weaves lives and situations together into incredible books.  5/5 

This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher in return for an honest review.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Teaser Tuesday - 11/27/2012


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser is from THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate Morton.  I am loving this book.

Page 53:

"We'll keep what happened to ourselves, eh?  There's my girl.  And they had.  It became the great unspoken event in their family's history.  The sisters weren't to be told and Gerry was certainly too young to remember, though they'd been wrong about that as things turned out."

Monday, November 26, 2012

It's Monday!! What are you Reading?

It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a fun weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey where we share what we've read and reviewed over the past week and what we plan to read next.

I am currently reading:

THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate is VERY GOOD.  I love the time period and I love Kate Morton's books.

I just finished:

CROSSED by C. J. Graves.  My review is here.

I had planned to read LIVE BY NIGHT by Dennis Lehane after the SECRET KEEPER, but I looked at my promised request list and decided that I had better read a few of those books from authors requesting my review.  :)

Mailbox Monday - 11/26/2012

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do).    

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, is on a blog tour! 
The host for November is:    

Kathy at

On Monday, November 19, I received:

1.  THE ORCHID HOUSE by Lucinda Riley, courtesy of Diana Franco of Simon & Schuster.  
I am looking forward to reading this book...loved her other book THE GIRL ON THE CLIFF.

On Wednesday, November 21, I downloaded from NetGalley this book:

1.  THE PATIENT ECSTASY OF FRAULEIN BRAUN by Lavonne Mueller, courtesy of Kristina Radke, NetGalley.
 Taken from the NetGalley site:

A disturbing, erotic novel about Hitler seen through the eyes of the woman who worshiped him.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Last Day for the Giveaway of THE GIRL ON THE CLIFF

Contest has ended and the winner chosen at is:


CONGRATS...I will send Sally an e-mail.

Thanks to all 37 of you who entered.

Today is the last day for my giveaway of THE GIRL ON THE CLIFF.  My review is here.
I will choose the winner tonight, and I will post the winner here.

Here are the guidelines for the giveaway.

There are currently 37 entries.


Giveaway Guidelines:

1.  Please a new or old follower of my blog.  

To become a NEW FOLLOWER, please don't forget to click the JOIN THIS SITE BUTTON down the right-hand side.

I think some folks are saying they are a NEW FOLLOWER but are forgetting to press that button.  :)

2.  Please be a citizen of the USA.

3.  Please complete this form.

Good Luck to all entrants.   

Book Blogger Hop - 11/23 - 11/29


The sound of silence: When reading, do you assign each character their own voice in your head, or do they all sound the same? Do they sound like you or someone else?


I never really thought of assigning a voice to my characters, but I do visualize each character.  

This must mean I am more of an artist than a musician. :)

I simply enjoy my books with as little distraction as I can possibly manage. 

Have a fun hop!!  

Hope everyone had a great THANKSGIVING.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

W.... W... W...

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions:

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?

• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:

I am currently reading THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate Morton.  

I recently finished reading THE AVIATOR'S WIFE by Melanie Benjamin 

also CROSSED by C. J. Graves

I think I will read one of these books next LIVE BY NIGHT by Dennis Lehane

THE ORCHID HOUSE by Lucinda Riley

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Teaser Tuesday - 11/20/2102

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

 Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

My teaser is from a book I finished last week, but it was so good I wanted to share it on my Teaser Tuesday Post this week.

My teaser is from THE AVIATOR'S WIFE by Melanie Benjamin and my review is in this link...
The Review

And the TEASER is:

From Page 286:

"Those shared goggles!  My heart ached at the memory of how we used to fly together; after coming home to America, I had gotten my wish, we had settled down--or I had anyway.  The last time Charles had asked me to fly with him, I had refused." 

Monday, November 19, 2012

CROSSED by C. J. Graves

A murder on church grounds.  Two young people in the congregation dead and one the accused.  Could Eric really have murdered his girlfriend?  All evidence pointed to him, but his parents knew it wasn't so, and they hired a private detective.

Jayden, an army veteran, was the one hired to solve the case and to free Eric's name.  She had been asked by her sister to investigate and to try to find the real killer. And boy was Jayden ruthless...if you had her on your tail, you were not going to get away with anything. :)

CROSSED is a little slow at first, but don't give up.  The characters get interesting and are perfect for the storyline.  Jayden definitely was different in her own way and Miss Mildred will warm your heart.  Ms. Graves did a splendid job with will feel like you were right there on the scene with her detailed and wonderful images.   Some of the characters from Light the Way church were odd and a bit out of character for church members, but all in all the story flowed nicely. Finding out who the real murderer was turned out well even though at one point it became obvious.  :)

The ending was gripping and a page turner as you feared for Jayden in the clutches of the murderers....yes plural...more than one. 

If you can see yourself through some of the scenes, this book is a great mystery with a good storyline, clever plot, humor, and a few twists. 4/5

This e-book was given to me free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/19/2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a fun weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey where we share what we've read and reviewed over the past week and what we plan to read next.

I am reading an e-book called CROSSED by C. J. Graves. 

 I just finished an amazing book THE AVIATOR’S WIFE by Melanie Benjamin. Review is here


My next read will probably be THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate Morton 


 LIVE BY NIGHT by Dennis Lehane.