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Review; A Fatal Yarn (A Knit & Nibble Mystery #5) by Peggy Ehrhart

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery A Fatal Yarn (A Knit & Nibble Mystery #5) by Peggy Ehrhart through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Pamela Paterson and her Knit and Nibble club must clear the name of one of their knitters when he's accused of murdering the mayor . . .

The trees in Arborville, New Jersey, have started sporting sweaters. Part of the trend of public knitting art? Not exactly. An anonymous activist has been wrapping trunks in yarn to cover red X's that mark certain trees for removal by the town so they don't interfere with power lines. When the town's mayor--who supports cutting down the trees--is murdered, Pamela wonders if the tree hugger committed homicide to prevent arborcide. A knitter is arrested, but it's one of Knit and Nibble's own--the harmless Roland DeCamp, who was seen arguing with the mayor. Pamela is sure the police …

Review; The Body in the Mist by Nick Louth

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the crime novel The Body in the Mist by Nick Louth through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Netgalley
A brutal murder hints at a terrifying mystery, and this time it’s personal.

A body is found on a quiet lane in Exmoor, victim of a hit and run. He has no ID, no wallet, no phone, and – after being dragged along the road – no recognisable face.

Meanwhile, fresh from his last case, DCI Craig Gillard is unexpectedly called away to Devon on family business.

Gillard is soon embroiled when the car in question is traced to his aunt. As he delves deeper, a dark mystery reveals itself, haunted by family secrets, with repercussions Gillard could never have imagined.

The past has never been deadlier.

From master storyteller Nick Louth comes the third installment in the DCI Craig Gillard series. Compelling, fast-paced and endlessly enjoyable, The Body in the Mist is a tr…

Top Ten Tuesday; Books I Wish I Had Read As a Child

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It's Tuesday again and time for a new Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic of the week was books I wish I had read as a child and I'm going to do a mix of picture books and middle grade for some variation.
My picks are;

My Bison by Gaya Wisniewski
The Escape of Robert Smalls by Jehan Jones-Radgowski
Ojiichan's Gift by Chiori Uegaki
Grandmother's Dreamcatcher by Becky Ray McCain
Where The Poppies Now Grow by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey
The Legend of Decimus Croome by Kevin Purdy
The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend
The Monster on the Moors by J. M. Kelly
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell

Review; Wrong Victim (DCI Rachel King Book 3) by Helen H. Durrant

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Last I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the crime novel Wrong Victim (DCI Rachel King Book 3) by Helen H. Durrant through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
A man is found dead in his bed, suffocated, covered in confetti and with his ring finger missing. Detective Rachel King informs his daughter and takes her to identify the body.

But she’s never seen the man before in her life.

WHAT IF YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO THE KILLER REALLY WANTED TO MURDER?

Then a second murder. This time a woman, Alison, also suffocated and with her finger severed and confetti strewn over her body. The team desperately search for a link before anyone else dies. Meanwhile, someone has been running a property scam, selling dream houses that will never be built. And the love of Rachel’s life has disappeared. Is he really the mastermind of a people-trafficking gang? Or does Rachel have enemies on her own team?

A MYSTERY FULL OF STUNNING TWI…

Smakebit på Søndag; Proof of Murder by Lauren Elliot

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Jeg fant ut det var på tide at jeg ble med på en Smakebit på Søndag igjen. Det er et ukentlig tema som Betraktninger og Flukten fra virkeligheten har ansvaret for.

Boken jeg tar for meg i dag er en cosy mystery jeg leste nå nylig og heter Proof of Murder, skrevet av Lauren Elliot. Det omhandler Addie, som driver en bokhandel og kommer over et lik i et privat bibliotek, samtidig som hun registrerer at noen verdifulle førsteutgaver av Sherlock Holmes-bøker har forsvunnet derfra.

Smakebiten jeg har valgt ut, vil jeg tro at flere bokormer vil falle for og på en måte kjenne seg litt igjen i, spesielt hvis de har sånn noenlunde samme drøm som meg om et eget privat bibliotek og dets interiør.
"She stood openmouthed in the double-wide doorway. Now this was a bibliophile’s paradise. Her eyes widened as they took in the splendor of the room. It was everything her own library wasn’t, and she could see now why the front study was half the size of hers. The missing square footage in the other…

Dewey's Readathon; Intro Survey

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In less than an hour, Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon officially starts. I've participated so many times, I've lost count, but nevertheless, it's a fun readathon with participants all over the world. I know a friend of mine in Germany is participating too.

Anyway, it's time to answer the intro survey.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Bryne, Norway.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I can't quite decide between Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok or The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton.


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3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? The chocolate covered marzipa…

Review; Silent Crimes by Michael Hambling

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the crime novel Silent Crimes by Michael Hambling through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
Looking for a gripping mystery by a best-selling author? Full of twists and turns, this crime thriller will keep you turning the pages until the satisfying conclusion.

AN INTRICATE MYSTERY FULL OF BURIED SECRETS

Detective Sophie Allen’s daughter discovers the body of a reclusive tramp in remote woodland in Dorset. He’s been dead for a week.

Looking for a gripping mystery by a best-selling author? Full of twists and turns, this crime thriller will keep you turning the pages until the satisfying conclusion.

AN INTRICATE MYSTERY FULL OF BURIED SECRETS

Detective Sophie Allen’s daughter discovers the body of a reclusive tramp in remote woodland in Dorset. He’s been dead for a week.

Sophie and her team try to piece together something about his life, but progress is slow.

N…

Review; Tracking Game (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #5) by Margaret Mizushima

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the crime novel Tracking Game (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #5) by Margaret Mizushima through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
Two brutal murders, a menacing band of poachers, and a fearsome creature on the loose in the mountains plunge Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo into a sinister vortex.

An explosion outside a community dance sends Mattie Cobb and Cole Walker reeling into the night, where they discover a burning van and beside it the body of outfitter Nate Fletcher. But the explosion didn't kill Nate--it was two gunshots to the heart.

The investigation leads them to the home of rancher Doyle Redman, whose daughter is Nate's widow, and the object of one of their suspect's affection. But before they can make an arrest, they receive an emergency call from a man who's been shot in the mountains. Mattie and Robo rush to the scene, on…

Review; Silo Boys by Amy-Brooke Odell

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the crime novel Silo Boys by Amy-Brooke Odell through Netgalley. I read the book shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
One dead, one missing, and one who was never there.

In a sleepy town in South Carolina, nineteen year old Addy Marks has spent the past two years coming to grips with the mysterious death of her friend Beau and the disappearance of her boyfriend Mason.

After the annual Dogwood festival three boys were seen heading toward a local silo. When morning arrived, Beau’s body was discovered, Mason was missing, and Hunter, the best friend of the two boys, claims he wasn’t at the silo.

Two years later everything is turned upside down when Mason unexpectedly returns to town, but before Addy can meet with him he is found murdered. Coping with her best friend’s lies, uncovering the last standing Silo Boy’s sealed alibi, and protecting her friends from harm, Addy must figure out what hap…

Review; The Woman on the Cliff by Janice Frost

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Last year I recieved an ARC of the crime novel The Woman on the Cliff by Janice Frost through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I didn't published my review until now as I wanted to focus on crime/mystery novels this month.

Description from Goodreads
1988. The body of Moira Mackie, a St Andrews University student, is found on a clifftop path. Her ex-boyfriend is found days later, hanged in his uncle’s garage with a suicide note confessing that he killed her. The case is abruptly closed.

Thirty years later, Ros Maitland has seemingly moved on from the horrific murder of her housemate Moira. Then her daughter takes up a place at the same university, and old demons reawaken.

Was Moira murdered in a lover’s quarrel? Or was her death part of something far larger, uglier and more calculated?

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED THAT TERRIBLE NIGHT?

Policeman, Innes Nevin, investigated Moira’s death and has been haunted by it ever since. It was his first murder case, and he knew it had bee…

Top Ten Tuesday; Titles That Would Make Good Rock/Metal Band Names

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It's Tuesday and time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic of the week was titles that would make good band names and I decided narrowing it down to rock/metal bands, just for the sake of it. No shocker I assume, as I love rock and metal, and lots of the various sub-genres.
Here's my picks;
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Shepherd's Warning by Cailyn Lloyd
Monster on the Moors by J. M. Kelly
Blood Born by Renee Lake
Hood Academy by Shelley Wilson
His Final Girl by Brooklyn Ann
The Edinburgh Dead by Brian Ruckley
The Kill Crew by Joseph D'Lacey
The Shapeshifters by Stefan Spjut

Review; Play Dead (DI Sam Clayton #3) by Anne Penketh

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the crime novel Play Dead (DI Sam Clayton #3) by Anne Penketh through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now as I wanted to focus on crime/mystery novels this month.

Description from Goodreads
A SLEEPY ENGLISH CITY IS ROCKED BY A SERIES OF MURDERS TARGETING MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL ORCHESTRA.

WHO IS KILLING OFF MUSICIANS WITH THEIR OWN INSTRUMENTS?

Detective Inspector Sam Clayton is called in to investigate three victims with ties to the Norfolk Festival Orchestra.

Musician Kristina Manning is impaled by her cello spike.

The disgraced conductor is found with his head stuffed into a piano. He’s on the brink of death.

A trumpeter dies, poisoned by his mouthpiece.

Will Clayton’s new girlfriend, Melissa, a singer in the NFO, be next on the murderer’s list?

Is there a serial killer with a musical edge on the loose? And what does the disappearance of former orchestra member Lauren Garner have …

Review; Grave Expectations by Heather Redmond

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Last year I was fortuante enough to recieve an ARC of the crime/mystery novel Grave Expectations by Heather Redmond through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
In this clever reimagining of Charles Dickens's life, he and fiance Kate Hogarth must solve the murder of a spinster wearing a wedding gown...

London, June 1835: In the interest of being a good neighbor, Charles checks in on Miss Haverstock, the elderly spinster who resides in the flat above his. But as the young journalist and his fiance Kate ascend the stairs, they are assaulted by the unmistakable smell of death. Upon entering the woman's quarters, they find her decomposing corpse propped up, adorned in a faded gown that looks like it could have been her wedding dress, had she been married. A murderer has set the stage. But to what purpose?

As news of an escaped convict from Coldbath Fields reaches the couple, Charles reasonably expects the prisoner, Ned…

Review; Two Victims (DCI Rachel King #2) by Helen H. Durrant

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Last year, I recieved an ARC of the crime novel Two Victims (DCI Rachel King #2) by Helen H. Durrant through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Meet Detective Rachel King in this brilliant new crime series, Discover a brand new mystery from the #1 best-selling author Helen H. Durrant that will have you gripped from start to pulsating finish.
A murdered woman found on a building site. Executed by a single gun shot.
But worse is to come, Another body is found buried in the same place.
Detective Rachel King has two victims to deal with. The first woman was local nurse, Agnes Moore. One of the victim’s friends makes contact but then disappears.
Does Rachel have a serial killer on her hands? And what was Agnes really helping local girls with?
Will Rachel’s former lover, well-know villain Jed McAteer come back to haunt her with his connections to the victims. Who will pay the ultimate price next?
A mystery with a stunning twi…

Review; Seduced Into Darkness: Transcending My Psychiatrist's Sexual Abuse by Carrie T. Ishee

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A little while ago, I came across a request on a book blogger group on Facebook about needing more bloggers for a blog tour. I volunteered to participate and today I'll review the memoir Seduced Into Darkness: Transcending My Psychiatrist's Sexual Abuse by Carrie Ishee.

Description from Goodreads
Seduced Into Darkness: Transcending My Psychiatrist's Sexual Abuse is a vivid and captivating story of hope for survivors of abuse as well as a case study in a skilled manipulator's tragic exploitation of his professional power. This poignant memoir chronicles the traumatic psychological abduction and sexual exploitation of depressed college student Carrie Tansey at the hands of her psychiatrist, Dr. Anthony Romano--thirty-one years her senior. For three years, their secret "affair" was carefully calculated and controlled by Romano, as Carrie's mental and emotional health continued to deteriorate, bringing her closer and closer to the edge. Their dual-relationshi…

Review; A Shadowed Livery by Charlie Garratt

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the crime novel A Shadowed Livery by Charlie Garratt through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Netgalley
War is on the horizon…

Warwickshire, England, 1938

While Hitler and Chamberlain are preparing to sign the Munich agreement, the murderer of a Jewish shopkeeper is being hanged in Birmingham.

After witnessing the execution, Inspector James Given, who brought the killer to justice, is surprised to find he has been taken off the investigation to pursue something completely different.

Grovestock House, owned by the wealthy Barleigh family has witnessed a triple death. With the terrible events neatly written off as a murder and a double suicide, Given is supposed to tidy up a few loose ends with the help of local constable, John Sawyer.

But Given is sure there is more to the case than meets the eye.

What dark secrets were the Barleigh family hiding?

Could there be another killer invo…

Review; The Books of the Dead (A Death in Paris Mystery #2) by Emilia Bernhard

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the crime novel The Books of the Dead (A Death in Paris Mystery #2) by Emilia Bernhard through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
The second book in Emilia Bernhard's charming Death in Paris series, featuring two American sleuths in the City of Lights, is perfect for fans of M. L. Longworth and Juliet Blackwell.

Parisian summers are for strolls in the park . . . and solving a murder--or two.

When American sleuth Rachel Levis stumbles upon an employee of the French national library strangled in the bathroom of a cafe, she's not surprised to be asked to help with the investigation by her old acquaintance Capitaine Boussicault--after all, she and her best friend Magda solved a tricky murder only eighteen months before.

But right from the start, this case proves to be très difficile. When Rachel goes undercover as a librarian to determine which of his book-loving c…

Review; Death Comes to Dartmoor: A Merriweather and Royston Mystery by Vivian Conroy

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Last year I recieved an ARC of the crime novel Death Comes to Dartmoor: A Merriweather and Royston Mystery by Vivian Conroy through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
The mist-shrouded moors of Devon proffer a trove of delights for two vacationing zoologists--but also conceal a hoard of dark secrets reaching down to the fathomless depths of the ocean.
Miss Merula Merriweather barely saved her uncle from the gallows after he was wrongly accused of murder--and now, she's left the bustle of Victorian London to recuperate in the fresh air of Dartmoor with her fellow zoologist, Lord Raven Royston. The trip offers a unique treat, as they'll be staying with a friend of Raven's, who owns a collection of rare zoological specimens--including a kraken, a sea monster of myth and legend.

But all is not right in the land of tors, heaths, and mist. Their host's maid has vanished without a trace, and the t…

Top Ten Tuesday; Cosy Mystery Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About

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It's Tuesday, which means it's time for another Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was books I enjoyed, but rarely talk about. I decided to focus on cosy mysteries, as even though I often post reviews of them, I rarely talk about them otherwise.
My picks are;
Strangled Eggs And Ham by Maddie Day
Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien
Dead On The Vine by Elle Brooke White
Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard
Murder, She Knit by Peggy Ehrhart
Verse and Vengeance by Amanda Flower
Cherry Scones & Broken Bones by Darci Hannah
Murder With Collard Greens And Hot Sauce by A. L. Herbert
The Quiche and the Dead by Kirsten Weiss
The Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder

Review; The Woman in the Blue Cloak by Deon Meyer

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the crime novella The Woman in the Blue Cloak by Deon Meyer through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now as I wanted to focus on crime books this month.

Description from Goodreads
Early on a May morning in the depth of South Africa's winter, a woman's naked body, washed in bleach, is discovered on a stone wall beside the N2 highway at the top of Sir Lowry's Pass, some thirty-five miles from Cape Town. The local investigation stalls, so the case is referred to Captain Benny Griessel and his colorful partner Vaughn Cupido of the Hawks--the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations. The woman proves to be Alicia Lewis, an expert in old Dutch Masters paintings specializing in the recovery of valuable lost art. Discovering the two men she had contacted before coming to South Africa reveals what she was seeking--a rare painting by Carel Fabritius, Rembrandt's finest …