Monday, August 21, 2017

TO KILL A HUMMINGBIRD


To Kill a Hummingbird (A Bird Lover's Mystery) by J.R. Ripley

To Kill a Hummingbird (A Bird Lover's Mystery) Cozy Mystery 4th in Series Lyrical Underground (July 11, 2017) Print Length: 247 pages ASIN: B01MPVNVR5
For Amy Simms, owner of Birds & Bees, nothing is more important than impressing her old professor, but this odd bird is about to fall to earth . . .
When her favorite ornithology professor comes calling, Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms hangs six hummingbird feeders around the shop to welcome Professor Livingston with a flock of his favorite flying creatures. But Amy soon finds that the sugar water in the feeders brings more than a swarm of hummingbirds. It also attracts murder.
Professor Livingston is just as friendly as Amy remembers, but something seems to be troubling him. When Amy pays him a visit that night, she finds the professor slumped over a table with a pair of scissors buried in his neck. And standing over his body is Rose Smith, the local bookseller, who claims she killed him. But while the police believe they have a bird in hand, Amy thinks the real killer may still be in the bush . . .

 This book was good old fashioned amateur sleuth FUN!
The author takes a risk by giving a tease at the front where one character confesses straight out.
Of course that is so ridiculous, you KNOW she is covering for and protecting someone else.
Everyone has opportunity but what could be the motive? 

The victim seems to be a popular book author with an unusual topic - hummingbirds. Not exactly controversial. He is invited to this small town by a former student who owns a bird supply store and he'll do a book signing at the local non-chain bookstore. How could he have enemies within the community? 
Of course, maybe it was a crime of opportunity by someone suspected of random burglaries to local businesses who leave their doors unlocked. Or someone who took a dislike to his giant red birdhouse on wheels?

Besides tracing down a killer, our heroine must deal with the regular tensions of living and running a business in a small town where everyone is in everyone else's business. Plus having to learn about chicken care. 
Settle in and get set to enjoy a fun read with interesting and kind of goofy characters.
You may learn a few things about birds along the way.

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J.R. Ripley is the pen name of Glenn Meganck, the critically acclaimed author of the Tony Kozol mystery series. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, he has chaired the Edgar committee for Best Original Paperback novel and served on the Best Short Story Committee. As a member of the International Association of Crime Writers, he has served on the Hammett Award committee for Best Novel. When not writing books, Glenn is writing songs, often singing them to the consternation of his audience and neighbors, or involved in one of his many passions, none of which have involved any of the dead bodies that seem to keep cropping up in his mysteries. For more information about him, visit glennmeganck.com.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Dear Maggie by Rachael Brownell



Dear Maggie
Love Advice series
by Rachael Brownell
Lauren Norton has never been in love. When it comes to relationships, she’s far from the expert her new job demands she becomes.  
Smart and witty, Lauren takes control of the situation, signing up for a dating website to conduct a little research. She may have been thrust into her situation, but she’ll fake it until she makes it… or fail miserably should someone realize the real Maggie isn’t offering her usual wit and wisdom.

Kyle Long is still healing after his fiancĂ©e left him at the altar last spring. Headed further down the rabbit hole, his sister, Hope, steps in and takes control of his love life. Her first move? Ask Maggie, the local expert on everything love related. To get his sister off his back, Kyle promises to give Maggie's advice a chance, no matter what it is. 

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A light hearted romance that rises from the ashes. It starts with two main characters that have never had luck with love, one having been jilted at the alter. Neither one's life is going according to plan, even though each enjoys a deal of success. Fortunately for each, they have a strong, sometimes overbearing, support person. 
Lauren thinks she has landed a dream position only to find herself the anonymous author of advice to the lovelorn. She admits the irony. She decides to re-enter the dating world for experience and empathy. The description of her dates is both painful and hilarious. 
Kyle has removed himself from real life and involvement with people altogether. At least when forced to take action he finds the strength to put his true self out there. All is not happily ever after or smooth sailing just by taking that first risk. It was enjoyable to watch them both stumble and recover.

You will laugh and cry as you care about each character. You'll eagerly await each new letter knowing it could reflect something happening in Lauren and Kyle's relationship. Possibly even your own life.


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Rachael Brownell was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she currently resides with her husband and son. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University where she studied Advertising and Public Relations. 

When she’s not working, building Lego’s or writing her next book, Rachael enjoys scrapbooking, photography, is learning to golf and is an avid reader.

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Elephant and Pinky Moon Author: Lilac Mills




Twenty-eight-year-old Nina lives a quiet, unassuming life, happy (ish) with her job, maybe not quite as happy with her non-existent love-life (but who has everything) and content to trundle along with her nice, predictable daily routine.

That is, until her octogenarian grandmother talks Nina into accompanying her on holiday.

Nina envisages sedate walks along the promenade, afternoon naps by the pool, and bingo in the evening. What she actually gets is too much vodka, adult games of "pin the tail on the donkey" and dancing on a bar whilst flaunting her knickers - and that's just her gran!



‘Too dark,’ one parrot announced, after disappearing down one of the women’s very ample cleavage, and popping back up again.
‘Too light,’ it said, after investigating the chest of a lady who had much less up top.
The parrot-trainer scoured the audience for his next victim, opening his eyes a little wider when they skimmed over Flossie. His gaze came back to her in a hurry, as if he couldn’t quite believe what he saw. Flossie, aware of the attention and loving it, stuck out her bosoms and put her hands on her hips.
‘Come,’ he gestured to her, holding out a hand.
Flossie scrambled out of her chair, hauling her body onto the little stage with a bit of difficulty (the other ladies had hopped up – well they would, wouldn’t they, being fifty years younger an’ all, Nina thought meanly). A man sitting nearby was forced to place his hands on the old lady’s backside and push.
It all made for hilarious viewing, and even Nina might have found it amusing if it hadn’t been her grandmother up there, making a show of herself.
‘What’s your name, sexy?’ Parrot-Man said.
Flossie, deadpan, replied, ‘Sexy.’
She went down a storm. The man who’d manhandled her backside, shoved two fingers in his mouth and whistled, stamping his feet.
‘Your name is “sexy”?’ Parrot-Man said, and Flossie played to the crowd, waggling her hips and doing a little dance. Is this the sort of thing they got up to at the Salvation Army, Nina wondered. Was this kind of behaviour considered normal in geriatric circles?
‘Don’t you believe me? Are you saying you don’t think I’m sexy?’ Flossie cried, exaggerating a hurt look.
‘You are the most sexy woman I see in all my life,’ Parrot-Man said, knowing he was onto a good thing. Nina wondered if she could rent Flossie out to him for the duration of their stay, so Nina could find a nice, quiet corner and not have to endure many more evenings like this. She sincerely hoped the hotel hadn’t booked a fire eater…
He sent the parrot down Flossie’s cleavage.
It took a while to come back out, Gran chortling all the while, wriggling like a kid needing a wee, at the sensation of having a bird down her bra. When it eventually emerged, the poor thing looked rather ruffled.
‘Just right,’ it screeched. ‘Goldilocks tits.’
The crowd went wild.
Nina wished she was anywhere but here – in a boring meeting, at the dentist, being chased by wild animals…




Nina agrees to accompany her octogenarian grandmother on an adventure trip of a lifetime.
Satisfied with her routine life as a teacher, Nina has relegated her dreams to the back burner. Her mother and grandmother knew Nina needed a nudge out of her comfort zone. 
Flossie isn't your cookie baking sort of grandma. Nina doesn't discover how far from that stereotype her Gram until they spend one on one time together and share a hotel room.
Flossie adds life to every gathering and keeps the party hopping. Not afraid to speak her mind, with no desire to whisper, she makes sure Nina does not miss any opportunity, welcomed or not.
She is both the best pal you want on your side and the most embarrassing relative ever.
Can love, a granddaughter's love, conquer all?

A story about love, learning about those who mean the most to us, appreciating living in the moment and taking action on dreams before time passes away. All neatly wrapped in a fun, romantic book.
A perfect summer, beach or holiday read even for those not specifically chick Lit fans.

Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer and her loved ones, but the house will simply have to deal with it!
She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun…
When she isn’t hunched over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (she meant to say “borrowing”) her clothes, and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher.
Website: www.lilacmills.com



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Saturday, August 19, 2017

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Zenka
Alison Brodie
Publication date: November 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Thriller
“She’s the one to die for”
Zenka is a seductive Hungarian pole-dancer with a stubborn streak. When London mob boss, Jack Murray, saves her life she vows to become his guardian angel – whether he likes it or not.
“How can you be my guardian angel,” Jack scoffed. “You’re only five foot two.”
Zenka shrugged, “So vat? I am small, but a grenade is also small.”
Jack receives a letter saying he has a son, Nicholas. Nicholas is a wimp, bullied by his flatmate, pussy-whipped by his girlfriend and terrorised by his elderly patients.
Jack is delighted to be a dad, but he has to tread carefully. People are out to harm him and those close to him. Can he use his wealth, wiles and tough-guy contacts to make a man out of this mouse – before his enemies turn him into mincemeat?
Zenka takes charge. She’s going to “bring out the gorilla” in Nicholas. And she succeeds!
Nicholas transforms from pussycat to mad dog, falls in love with Zenka, and finds out exactly where the bodies are buried – because he buries them. He’s learning fast that sometimes you have to kill … or be killed.
As family ties become more disturbing, questions have to be asked:
How do you tell a mob boss you don’t want to be his son?
And is Zenka really who she says she is?
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ZENKA is a black comedy/crime thriller/romance set in gangland London in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
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Praise for ZENKA: “ZENKA is top of my list for best fiction this year. If Tina Fey and Simon Pegg got together to write a dark and hilarious mobster story with a happy ending, ZENKA would be the result!” -Lauren Sapala, Book Reviewer and Writers’ Coach
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Link to 26 5* reviews for Alison Brodie’s last book, Brake Failure – ALL from top book bloggers: http://www.alisonbrodiebooks.com/untitled


Author Bio:
Alison Brodie is an internationally-published author. GOOD HOUSEKEEPING chose her debut for their Pick of the Paperbacks. The Scottish Daily Mail reviewed 'Face to Face': "Vain but wildly funny leading lady."
Alison has a criminal record for busking/disturbance of the peace in Piccadilly Circus; speeding in Spain and hustling in Athens. She lives in Biarritz, where she can be found speaking unnintelligabuble French.

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