Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Killer Libraries! (Death in the Stacks review)

TITLE: Death in the Stacks (Library Lover's Mystery #8)
AUTHOR: Jenn McKinlay
PUBLISHING DATE: November 14, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library's annual Dinner in the Stacks fund-raiser. The night of dinner and dancing is not only a booklover's dream--it's the library's biggest moneymaker of the year. But instead of raising funds, the new library board president is busy raising a stink and making the staff miserable. 

Although Olive Boyle acts like a storybook villain, Lindsey is determined to work with her and make the event a success. But when Olive publicly threatens the library's newest hire, Paula, Lindsey cracks like an old book spine and throws Olive out of the library.

The night of the fund-raiser, Lindsey dreads another altercation with Olive--but instead finds Paula crouched over Olive's dead body. Paula may have secrets, but Lindsey and the rest of the crafternooners know she's not the one who took Olive out of circulation. As the plot thickens, Lindsey must catch the real killer before the book closes on Paula's future . . .

MY THOUGHTS: Since this is the 8th book in the Library Lover's Mystery series, there are certain things I can't disclose because of spoilers. However, let me say I devoured this book and this series keeps going strong. In this installment, there is a new library Board member, Olive Boyle, and she's out to make Lindsey's life hell. One night, after a fundraiser, Olive is found dead in the stacks and one of Lindsey's favorite employees is the prime suspect. Even though Lindsey has sworn off investigating, she feels it's up to her to clear Paula's name and figure out who really killed Olive. 

McKinlay has once again set up a great cozy mystery and all the town favorites are back - Beth, Sully, his sister and brother-in-law, Robbie and even the Lemon - who I love more and more with each book (doesn't every library have an employee who can be referred to as "The Lemon"). Lindsey once again gets in some sticky situations, which are always fun and entertaining, and it was fun to catch up with everyone's lives.

The only problem I have with this series is that I look forward to the new books being released and then I devour them so quickly so I get discouraged that I have to wait so long for the next one. If you are a cozy mystery lover and adore the small town settings, please pick up the first book and give this series a try!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday (132)

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

FROM GOODREADSApril 1943: four boys playing in Hagley Woods, Essex make a gruesome discovery. Inside an enormous elm tree, there is the body of a woman, her mouth stuffed with a length of cloth. As the case goes cold, mysterious graffiti starts going up across the Midlands: 'Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?'

To Ross Spooner, a police officer working undercover for spiritualist magazine Two Worlds, the messages hold a sinister meaning. He's been on the track of a German spy ring who have left a trail of black magic and mayhem across England, and this latest murder bears all the hallmarks of an ancient ritual.

At the same time, Spooner is investigating the case of Helen Duncan, a medium whose messages from the spirit world contain highly classified information. As the establishment joins ranks against Duncan, Spooner must face demons from his own past, uncover the spies hiding beneath the fabric of wartime society - and confront those who suspect that he, too, may not be all he seems ...

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  I didn't intentionally plan on featuring witchy books 2 weeks in a row, but alas, I HAD to share this one.  First, look at the cover in all its purple gorgeousness.  And secondly, black magic and mystery?  Sign me up please!


A VERY late Must and Might

So this is extremely late and I pretty much have already started on November's TBR.  However, I skipped this post last month and kind of realized how lost I am without it as a reference.  You know from my weekly read posts that I'm participating in the #HoHoHoRAT this week, so I've been reading some Christmas cozies.  However, there are some other books I'd like to get read this month and since I have a vacation coming up, here's hoping I get to them.



So 6 books in half a month?   Probably not going to happen but I would love it if it did!

Monday, November 13, 2017

TTT - Why I Would Want My Children to Read Horror

This top 10 weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and can be found HERE.  Each week they focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading. 

Today's topic is 10 books I want my future children (nieces, nephews, etc) to read.  Since my children are of the 4-legged variety, I thought I'd share why any kid of mine should read horror and then share what 5 horror books I'd want them to definitely read. (Are you clued in that I'm not really a kid person - kids reading horror is probably a dead giveaway.  I do  like kids and worked with them for years, but as an only child in a small family, my exposure has been limited).


  • Because it will prepare them for the real world - which is rather scary
  • It will teach them good problems solving skills - if you can defeat evil clowns, you got it made
  • It's an under-appreciated genre and needs more love
  • Scary tales tend to bring people together - there's safety in numbers
  • It can teach them to confront their fears


A modern classic I think EVERYONE should read

A dog named Merlin in the middle of a horror novel - awesome!

So I could tell them about their Grandfather and how he scared the crap out of Grandma and they would understand.

This would teach them that people are much more scarier than monsters.

So they would know what NOT to look for when purchasing their first home.

So there you have it and yes, my kids would probably be scarred for life!

Cute Heading? I Got Nothing - A Christmas Peril Review

TITLE: A Christmas Peril
AUTHOR: J.A. Hennrikus
PUBLISHER: Midnight Ink
PUBLISHING DATE: September 8, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: When Edwina “Sully” Sullivan’s life imploded, she left behind her job on the police force and her unfaithful husband to start a new life as the general manager of her hometown theater, the Cliffside Theater Company. For five years, she focused on budgets instead of crimes and kept the Cliffside running alongside its mercurial artistic director.

But when her best friend is arrested for killing his father, the rich and powerful Peter Whitehall, no one is looking for another suspect. So, in between keeping A Christmas Carol on budget and Scrooge sober, Sully dusts off her investigative skills to find a killer. Her two lives collide when her ex-husband gets on the suspect list and she’s forced to confront her past in order to save her present.

MY THOUGHTS:  I picked up "A Christmas Peril" as part of my #HoHoHo RAT and it did serve the trick of reading something with Christmas undertones which wasn't over-the-top.  However, while I think this is a solid first installment in a new cozy series, it didn't pull me in like I had hoped.

Edwina "Sully" Sullivan has moved back to her small hometown after quitting her job as a Detective and leaving her unfaithful husband.  She immediately takes a job working for the Cliffside Theater Company as the primary manager, and has settled in to the job quite nicely.  Just when the troop is getting read for their annual Christmas Carol run, a wealthy but not so liked individual in the community is murdered.  His son and Sully's best friend is accused of doing the deed so Sully and her ex husband, who is also a lawyer, work together to clear Eric's name and figure out who really killed Peter Whitehall.

First, I need to say I think this book was written well enough.  I really wasn't able to figure out the mystery until the very end and even then was only half right.  That's always fun when reading a cozy mystery.  I also liked a lot of the small town characters and especially enjoyed Sully's relationship with Regina, the detective assigned to the case.  However, I don't feel this book needed a love-triangle, especially in the first installment, and for some reason, I never really connected to Sully.  There is just something about her that makes her seem aloof.  I couldn't see myself being friends with her in real life, and sometimes,  it's that connection which makes me enjoy cozies.  

For anyone who loves theater this would be an ideal book to pick up.  There's just enough mention of the production and rehearsals to keep your interest and add to the overall depth of the book.  I will probably pick up the next book in the series and see what the author does with the characters, as well as see if I end up liking Sully more eventually.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (136)/Sunday Post

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves or TBR piles, may it be physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in a physical store, online, books you borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and of course, ebooks! The original meme was started over at Tynga's Reviews. And it now has a new co-host where individuals can link up as well - Marlene from Reading Reality.  Clicking on the book (or title) should take you to the Goodreads page.  I'm also now linking up with the Sunday Post which is hosted by Kimberly@Caffeinated Book Reviewer

So once a year, a local church in our town has a huge book sale.  They gather donations all summer long and then run it for a week in November.  They take the proceeds and split them with 4 other town charities so it's a win-win for everyone.  Pretty much prices go down as the week progresses and if you're a book lover, you need to go at least twice because they have tons of boxes in reserve and they fill in as time passes.  We're talking a huge basement with table after table of books.  And the best part about it (depending on how you look at it) is that it's 2 blocks from my office.  So today I just want to share with you the books I grabbed from the sale.  There's very little rhyme or reason to them but you will see a theme.  There wasn't much horror available but there were tons and tons of mysteries. 

The Loop - Nicolas Evans
The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Edited by Laurie R. King
A Very Merry Christmas - Lori Foster
Sole Survivor - Dean Koontz
The Truth of All Things - Kieran Shields
Unleashed (Melanie Travis #7) - Laurien Berenson
What a Ghoul Wants - Victoria Thompson
Putting on the Dog - Cynthia Baxter
Doggie Day Care Murder (Melanie Travis #15) - Laurien Berenson
Dog Eat Dog (Melanie Travis #3) - Laurien Berenson
Brownies and Broomsticks - Bailey Cates
Witchful Thinking - H.P. Mallory

Best in Show (Melanie Travis #10) - Laurien Berenson
Jingle Bell Bark (Melanie Travis #11)- Laurien Berenson
Hot Dog (Melanie Travis #9) - Laurien Berenson
Hush Puppy (Melanie Travis #6) - Laurien Berenson
Finding Mr. Right - Emily Carmichael
Dog Stories - James Herriots
Hounded to Death (Melanie Travis #14)- Laurien Berenson
A Pedigree to Die For (Melanie Travis #1)- Laurien Berenson

So pretty much I got 20 books for $25.00 and it all went to a good cause (at least that's what I keep telling myself - that and that it's a once a year sale).

So what did you add to your stacks this week????

Weekly Reads (11/10/17)

So thankfully it's kind of been an uneventful week at The Farm.  Definitely needed one of those.  However, looking back, the week does seem like it last forever so I'm not quite sure what's up.  Thursday Mr. Barb and I tried a new diner for takeout.  The food was massive!  We ordered fried veggies (love my fried pickles) and he ordered a "kitchen sink" burger.  Have you ever had a burger with fried mac and cheese on it?  It was huge!  He liked it but said it needed more condiments.

The pups are doing great.  They are gearing up for Thanksgiving and Cassius' birthday in a few weeks.  Mr. Barb works this weekend so besides visiting Grandpa, I hope to clean carpets and get some Christmas shopping done (I'm so behind on that).  Oh and remember my cousin the nuisance?  He landed in rehab.  Sad because I'm sure she needs it as much as he does.  Bet no one saw that coming - RIGHT!

There was a huge charity book sale in town this week and it just happened to be in a church basement 2 blocks from work.  But you'll hear all about that in tomorrow's post.  We really only watched one movie "War of Planet of the Apes."  I cheered for the apes, cursed the humans and cried!  It was good but I had trouble watching it - I'm such an ape fan.  And Bad Ape was so darn cute!

I'm participating in the #HoHoHoRAT this week so that's why you'll see Christmas books on this week's reading stack.  I'm about 75% done with A Christmas Peril and then I'll be moving on to "The 12 Slays of Christmas." 

So what has everyone else been up to and what do you plan on reading this week???