Review: The Widows of Malabar Hill, by Sujata Massey

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Mystery, Historical Fiction

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The Widows of Malabar Hill is a mystery set in India, and our protagonist is Perveen Mistry, a lawyer in Bombay who works with her father as a solicitor. After coming back from Oxford, she is the first female solicitor, which puts her in a position to deal with some of her father’s clients – a group of widows who wish to leave all their inheritance from their late husband to a charity, leaving them in a very bad financial situation. When Perveen talks to them to make sure they understand what they’re giving up, many mysteries and tensions start showing.

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Review: Jar of Hearts, by Jennifer Hillier

jar of hearts jennifer hillierRating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Thriller

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This was one of the most talked about thrillers of this year! I was compelled by curiosity to read it.

Jar of Hearts tells the story of Georgina, who, after 14 years, is now going to jail for helping her ex-boyfriend Calvin murder and hide the body of her High School best friend, Angela Wong. While she goes to prison, Calvin escapes. As her time to leave jail approaches, a series of crimes resembling that of Angela start happening right next to her childhood home… and maybe the secret she has worked to hard to keep can’t be protected anymore. Continue reading

Mini-Review: Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries #1), by James J. Cudney

academic curveball james j cudneyRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Cozy Mystery

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I love a cozy mystery. It’s such a nice thing to read on a chilly weekend and you have nowhere to go. Academic Curveball is the first in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, and my second James J. Cudney book. I was excited to see he had written a cozy mystery!

Kellan Ayrwick is going to Braxton for his father’s retirement party. But things take a much darker turn when he finds the body of a professor on the night of the party. Who murdered her, and why? Kellan finds himself entangled in the mystery, finding out that several of his father and his friends have ties to the murdered woman and getting himself deeper and deeper into the college’s politics.

I really enjoyed this book! The characters are so interesting, each being very unique and full of personality. My favorite is Nana D, who reminds me of a more sharp-tongued Miss Marple. She’s such a cool character and I look forward to seeing more of her in the next books, hopefully! While the prose can get a bit verbose at times, it’s a very pleasant read. And the ending! I seriously doubt you’ll ever see it coming. The last 10% of the book completely BLEW my mind.

Mini-Review: Illusive, by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

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This wonderful gem is like Ocean’s Eleven met the X-men and had a Young Adult book child. When a dangerous viral disease swept across Earth, a vaccine brought the cure. But it also brought side effects – superpowers. These people are called immune, and Ciere is one of them – she can change her appearance to whatever she wants, whenever she wants.

I highly recommend this book, this heist story is so much fun, with lots of action and a tiny bit of romance! I really enjoyed this and can’t wait to read the second book!

eARC Review: Her Last Word, by Mary Burton

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Thriller, Mystery

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I have received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I got this book on Netgalley, but since I have Kindle Unlimited this month, I also got it in Audiobook – I love listening to thrillers!

Her Last Word is the story of Kaitlin Roe, whose cousin Gina disappeared fourteen years ago and was never heard of again. Kaitlin is working on a podcast, trying to gather all information she can to bring the cold case back to the public and enhance the chance of finding her. She was the last person to see Gina, as a man with a clown mask took her cousin, but her memory fails her. Did she recognize his voice? How did she end up with Gina’s blood on her hands? Continue reading

Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Mystery

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So, it seems that this book is titled “The 7 1/2 Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle” in the US, and that was the version I had requested on Netgalley and got approved for. Then, because somehow I had convinced myself that 7 1/2 was a sequel, I bought The Seven Deaths myself as soon as it came out in my bookstore. By the time I realized my mistake, I had no regrets – the book is incredible and I’m glad I own a finished copy! Continue reading

Double Mini-Review: The Naturalist & Looking Glass (The Naturalist #1-2), by Andrew Mayne

I love a good thriller with murder and mystery and an unorthodox detective. This series is one of my absolute favorites in this genre and today I am sharing mini-reviews of the first two books of this series!

the naturalist andrew mayneRating: ★★★★★

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Synopsis: Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop.

I heard a lot about this book once it came out in 2017, and while I was curious, it took me months to really pick it up – I normally don’t pay too much attention to hype among thrillers, because of previous disappointments. But The Naturalist is an actually unique thriller among a multitude of thrillers that get published every month. And that is because Theo Cray, the “detective” of this story, is such a unique character, a mixture of intelligence, social ineptitude, charmingly witty personality, and acute perception. I loved following his steps towards this very unique crime story! So naturally, I had to pick up the second book… Continue reading

Review: Scheele’s Green Ghosts (The Lundenwich Society #1), by Terry Graves

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Middle Grade, Young adult, Fantasy, Steampunk, Mystery

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I have received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t normally read children’s books very often, but I love reading them to have fun and just have a good time. And did this book deliver!

Scheele’s Green Ghosts is the first installment in The Lundenwich Society series, a middle grade story about a group of children who have a gift to sense or see the supernatural and help solve mysteries in order to give peace to ghosts and help them move on. Continue reading

ARC Review: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Mystery, Crime

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This was among the first books I received from Netgalley a few months ago, and it took me a while to read it, for the simple fact that I couldn’t connect to the story. It was a quite interesting premise – a double murder only two days apart from each other in a small town in East Texas where racism is rampant and justice is dealt in dubious ways. Ranger Darren Mathews is suspended, but he knows is aware of how crime is dealt with in those places, and decides to take matters in his own hands to find out who killed those people and how the murders are connected. Continue reading

ARC Review: Dead Man’s Chest, by Kerry Greenwood

Dead Man's Chest Kerry Greenwood

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Crime, Historical Fiction

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I absolutely love the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series, as I have expressed before in this review. Miss Fisher is outspoken, fearless, very talented, sharp tongued, feminist, gloriously elegant and very sassy – I love her personality!

Dead Man’s Chest is the story of Miss Fisher, Dot, Ruth and Jane going on vacation at the seashore. They’ve rented a house, but once they get there, the butler and his wife are nowhere to be found and lots of things are missing – there’s no food, some vases and paintings have been moved, doors are unlocked with no sign of forced entry… while trying to enjoy their vacation as best as they can, Miss Fisher will also have to find the missing couple and solve the mystery. Continue reading