Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Hannah Swensen is now married and it’s not to Norman or Mike!!! Oh no! Now she is Hannah Barton, married to Ross?? They have just returned from a honeymoon cruise when Hannah’s mother, Delores, finds her neighbor dead. She begs Hannah to investigate the murder and Hannah does just that! This is a great cozy mystery series, I just am bothered that Hannah married someone that was not a longtime character. (I guess that I always thought that she would end up with Mike! ) Anyway, I still enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone.

Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke will be available February 28, 2017. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

The Best of Adam Sharp chronicles his life from early twenties to present day, twenty-odd years later. The story has Adam meeting Angelina in Australia (in their twenties) and life is never the same for either one. Many people can identify with Adam and the reflection of their “great love lost” thoughts. Many hold those thoughts in a tender place in their hearts that still groan from the remembered love and pain. So what happens when we get an “out of the blue”message from that lost love and all the old feelings begin to churn and sizzle in our minds? This story is almost cathartic for those of us who can identify with the main character, Adam Sharp. He fumbles and blusters with feelings while feeling the warmth of that lovely fantasy of what could have been! Oh, to do it all over again! I loved the first 3/4 of the book. The ending was a little odd for me so I lowered my rating to 4 stars. Three cheers to Graeme Simsion for nailing the raw emotion and characterization of Adam Sharp!

The Best of Adam Sharp will be available on May 2, 2017 by St. Martin’s Press. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Cop Under Fire by David Clarke

If you have ever watched the Fox News Channel or the Sean Hannity Show, you would be familiar with a man who is a constant contributor to the network. Sheriff David Clarke is a serious, highly decorated officer of the law who loves America and wants our country to be successful and safe.
David Clarke grew up in a home with a strong family unit and a father who had been in the military and believed in law and order. His father also instilled in him the respect of the law and the police officers who work to keep it. Sheriff Clarke talks about his life from his first years as a cop “on the beat” and his continuing conservative views and defense of police officers and their actions. He also talks about his successful work as the head of a prison, but I specifically enjoyed reading the chapter entitled, “American education embraces and enforces poverty “. As a retired educator, I found his discussion of charter schools and regular public schools to be very interesting. This book also includes stories of race issues in the United States and a variety of other opinions of the author about lawmakers and lawbreakers. I really like Sheriff Clarke and the things that he believes in. I think this book is an excellent example of a conservative, black officer trying to let America know about the truth that he feels has been hidden in the racial divide.

Cop Under Fire by David Clarke will be available March 7, 2017 from Worthy Publishing. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Just Once by Addison Fox

What do you get when you throw together a computer geek and a police officer? A really good story, that’s what! Author Addison Fox has written an enjoyable contemporary romance filled with family and friends of Landon and Daphne. There’s been a robbery at Landon’s office and Daphne gets to investigate the crime. She does investigate but it’s mostly about Landon and his personal life. How could these two not know each other after growing up in the same part of town? The two get closer but there are many secrets that are hidden between them. The result is a good story that is well worth reading.

Just Once by Addison Fox will be available February 7, 2017 from St. Martin’s Press. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

White Sand, Blue Sea by Anita Hughes

Olivia arrives at her family property on St. Bart’s to celebrate her birthday and is met by her mother and stepfather. Her mother, Hadley, is a beautiful and radiant woman. Both Olivia and Hadley are astounded when Olivia’s estranged father, Sebastian shows up after a 20 year hiatus. Olivia’s soon-to-be fiance, Finn, is also on the island for the celebration. Sebastian ends up staying with the family and even wears Hadley’s present husband’s clothes! Wow! Really nice of the family to welcome home this cad! I was not really interested in this story. To read about rich people who are sad, pathetic characters is not exactly something I enjoy. Sebastian drove me over the edge as I thought about the people that I knew like him and tried hard to avoid. Olivia and Finn were not very likable either. Sorry, but I can’t recommend this book.

White Sand, Blue Sea by Anita Hughes will be available April 11, 2017 from St. Martin’s Press. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Gold Rush Bride by Shirley Kennedy

Letty Tinsley is heartbroken to learn that her brother who has been searching for gold in California is nowhere to be found. She takes it upon herself to travel to San Francisco through the Ithmus of Panama. The trip is difficult and long but she meets again a friend of her brother’s on the way, Garth Morgan. Sparks fly between them but things don’t go smoothly. Interesting historical novel with a hint of romance. I enjoyed the story and really appreciated reading about the difficult crossing of Panama in the days before the Panama Canal.

Gold Rush Bride by Shirley Kennedy will be available February 7, 2017 from Kensington Books Corp. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany

Gemma owns a bookstore that specializes in Sherlock Holmes, complete with memorabilia and odds and ends for the tourist trade. Her best friend, Jayne, owns a bakery and tearoom next door. Business is booming and a touring group of bridge-playing ladies come to the bookstore and tearoom. The mystery begins when a priceless book in found on the shelves in the bookstore after the ladies leave. Add a murder here and there, a former boyfriend detective back in town and you have a fabulous story that is full of fun and action. I loved this cozy mystery! The author has developed rich, realistic characters to go with a carefully woven plot. I recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries with a great plot to have you reading long into the night!

Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany will be available March 14, 2017 by Crooked Lane Books. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.