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Book Review: The East End by Jason Allen


The East End by Jason Allen
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟(3 stars)
Publisher: Park Row

This was quite the page-turner and I liked it but when I finished, I felt that something was lacking.

Book Review: A Year at Castle Court by Holly Hepburn

A Year at Castle Court by Holly Hepburn
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟(4 stars)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

This was a good choice for my Brit chick-lit craving. Cat & Sadie best friends opening a cookie shop in castle court. Lissy is Sadie's little daughter & she's divorced from Sadie's father, Daniel. Cat's big secret played as something awful but perhaps I read too many novels where characters pull some truly dark, craven deeds, that I didn't see what was the big deal here.

Book Review: Salvation Day by Kali Wallace

Salvation Day by Kali Wallace
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Berkley Books (July 2019)

It's probably not a surprise that a plan embarked upon by members of a cult goes irrevocably wrong almost from the start but there was a lot more here than that. The ship House of Wisdom has been under armed quarantine for ten years and she has many stories to tell and secrets to reveal. Additionally, there's information on how humanity has fared and organized itself after some near-extinction level calamity and being charitable, results have been mixed. Salvation Day lays out the collision course two sides are on and the shared reckoning that humans have to face.

Book Review: The Oxford Mystery (Jenny Starling #5) by Faith Martin

The Oxford Mystery (Jenny Starling #5) by Faith Martin
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Joffee Books

A 3.5 rounded up.

I loved the setting at Oxford and the quirky taxidermist society conference attendees. The murder happened quickly enough (in chapter three of ten) leaving the main of the book for solving it. There were many suspects and the culprit fairly clear (along with the Why) but there was also a secondary murder plot entwined that made for a neat twist. Also to the good here, Jenny has a bit of a romance with a man she meets and the fact of people being agog when they take in her size and find her attractive waned considerably. So too have the "Junoesque" mentions. This reader was pleased, indeed.

Book Review: Heavy Time (Company Wars #4) by C.J. Cherryh

Heavy Time (Company Wars #4) by C.J. Cherryh
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars) 
Publisher: Tor

I'm so glad I finally got to this one. While the characters weren't much to rave about (Dekker spends pretty much the entire book deranged, poor guy), Cherryh gets me with her setting. The main of the story takes place during the miners time on Refinery Two station between jobs (which is called "heavy time"). The description of the place and life on it were vivid and pulled me in. I was reminded of what I loved about Downbelow Station.

Book Review: Whisper Network by Chandler Baker


Whisper Network by Chandler Baker
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟(4 stars)
Publisher: Flatiron Books (July 2019)

The narrative begins slowly as we come into this story of four women working for a sporting apparel corporation, the CEO of which, has just plummeted to his death from the eighteenth floor. Three of the women work in the legal department and one is a cleaner. As the story unfolds and questions start to be asked about the true cause of the CEO's death, a lawsuit and a widely circulated list of bosses who've been accused of all manner of sexual harassment, each woman and her involvement in the situations unfold. What starts as a slow narrative but builds to a pretty good clip about the halfway point.

Book Review: The Birthday Girl by Melissa de la Cruz


The Birthday Girl by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Dutton

Told on a birthday, in dual timelines (one present day the other 24 years ago), this story focuses on Ellie, self-made entrepreneur, wife, mother and now 40 year old. She's having a few crises surfacing, from her daughter Sam reappearing back home from Stanford under mysterious circumstances, a business that needs a deal to go through to avert bankruptcy, two men from her long ago and best-forgotten past, dropping into her birthday party and worries that her husband is being unfaithful.