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Book Review: The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger


The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Riverhead (July 2019)

I had this on my ARC pile for a few weeks and then in the news, real-life parents were caught going to actual fraudulent extremes around college admissions for their children, prompted me to pick this up. And what a good time it was.

Book Review: Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak


Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Little Brown & Company (May 2019)

Necessary People is a great look at the line between friendship and mutual usury. As taut as a tripwire and as piercing as a scalpel.

Book Review: Arsenic in the Azaleas by Dale Mayer


Arsenic in the Azaleas (Lovely Lethal Gardens #1) by Dale Mayer
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3 stars)
Publisher: Valley Publishing Ltd

This was a quirky cozy with a divorcee amateur sleuth, who finds several dead bodies under and around the home her grandmother has given her. Doreen has quite the menagerie made up of her dog Mugs, parrot Thaddeus and Goliath the cat who keep her company and add a bit of humour to the story.

Book Review: The Eagle Has Landed: 50 Years of Lunar Science Fiction by Neil Clarke


The Eagle Has Landed: 50 Years of Lunar Science Fiction by Neil Clarke
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Night Shade (July 2019)

A collection of short stories about humans living and working on the Moon is something I won't ever turn down. I actually chose this because some of my favourite science fiction authors are featured in this collection (Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Kim Stanley Robinson, Nancy Kress, Ian MacDonald & Gregory Benford) but I also looked forward to all the new to me's.

Book Review: Cherringham: A Cosy Crime Series Compilation by Matthew Costello


Cherringham: A Cosy Crime Series Compilation 1-3 by Matthew Costello
My rating: πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ (3 stars)
Publisher: Bastei Entertainment

This was just the thing I needed after a disappointing read. A palate cleanser for my brain. These three novella-length stories weren't deep but they were cozy. I'd read more (I've already bought the 4-6 compilation) and they reminded me of Midsomer Murders just with a retired NYPD detective and a small business owner amateur sleuth.

Book Review: The Dead Girl's Stilettos: A Bexley Squires Mystery by Quinn Avery


The Dead Girl's Stilettos: A Bexley Squires Mystery by Quinn Avery
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3 stars)
Publisher: Indie (April 2019)

The stilettos of the title are gold with diamond heels and are the main clue that Bex Squires has to solve the case and exonerate the man who's hired her, Dean Halliwell. She's still got a bit of name recognition from her last investigative report that garnered her national attention but her funds are running low when she gets a call to help mega-star Dean in her tony, old home town of Papaya Springs, CA. This is right up her alley as she also wants to track down her troubled, missing younger sister, Cineste.

Book Review: The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict


The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict
My rating: 🌟🌟 (2 stars)
Publisher: Mullholland Books

"I was there. I saw what you did."
Am I the only person who heard Phil Collins' In the Air Tonight?