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Jessica McCabe comes home to Gracier, Iowa, to bury her grandfather, Jonas. Jonas is the m...moreI received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Jessica McCabe comes home to Gracier, Iowa, to bury her grandfather, Jonas. Jonas is the man who raised her and as she lays him to rest she finds out a few things that he has kept hidden from her. The more answers she gets the more questions she has.
Matthew was once Jessica’s boyfriend. They had big plans and then one day Matthew walked away. Jessica never understood and never forgave Matthew. But now he seems to be wrapped up in some of the secrets Jonas was involved in and it’s forcing Jessica and Matthew together.
This book was really hard to put down. The author did an excellent job of reeling me in and getting me to want more. Everyone in this book seems to be connected to Jessica and her past and everyone has a secret. I had all sorts of theories whilst reading, fancying myself as a Nancy Drew, but every time I thought I had it figured out, another curve or clue came my way.
One of the issues I had with the story was that it bounces from character to character, viewpoint to viewpoint too frequently for me. Sometimes the transition was smooth, other times I was confused as to whose thoughts I was now reading. The same thing was true with some of the dialogue. Had it not been for those problems I probably would have rated this 5 stars. Everything else was spot on. Gracier is an intriguing love story and mystery with plenty of suspense. It really was very hard to put down and I stayed up late last night to finish it!
This book promises it is the first in a series and I am very eager to revisit the small town. I already feel invested and attached to the little community and its people. And if the next books are as good as this one the series will be excellent.
Evangeline is a paid companion and a budding authoress. She is renting a cottage from the elusive Lucas Sebastian on an estate that is buzzing with pa...moreEvangeline is a paid companion and a budding authoress. She is renting a cottage from the elusive Lucas Sebastian on an estate that is buzzing with paranormal vibes and rumors of things that go bump in the night. Most townsfolk are scared of the estate and the owner, but Evangeline finds herself attracted to both. When Lucas rescues her, Evangeline finds herself teaming up with her mysterious landlord.
The plot to this story sounded wonderful to me. I am not a huge fan of Ms. Quick and all her pseudonyms, that is to say I haven’t' read all of her books, but I have genuinely enjoyed the ones that I have read. I usually like all things romance and all things paranormal. This one also promised to have plenty of mystery. So when I was offered this book I jumped at the chance. Unfortunately this book didn't live up to any of my expectations.
This book really fell flat to me on many levels. The characters were very one dimensional. I never got the feeling that they were ever fully developed or created. I never felt attached or any sort of connection to any of the characters. Usually in a book, especially in a series, I feel some sort of camaraderie to at least one character. The characters in this story were all interchangeable. No one stood out, no one made an impression on me. The main characters, especially, lacked personality and their romance lacked heat.
The storyline seemed to have all the necessary components of a bestselling paranormal romance/mystery, yet it never kept me on the edge of my seat. It really read like a rough draft. It had all the right ideas included, but it was missing the details. I didn't feel like we had a proper flow to the story, no real build up or climax. The tempo was just a lazy stroll through an underdeveloped story.
Honestly if this was my first book by this author, I wouldn't feel compelled to pick up another. I think hardcore fans will be a little more tolerant of this book, but I can't. Even if I have lukewarm feelings for a series my curious nature will have me wanting to read the next books. I can walk away from this series without a backward glance and without feeling like I am missing out on anything.
This book picks up right where Unraveling Ada left off.
Rachel Lyons, retired librarian turned PI, is recovering from injuries sustained while working...moreThis book picks up right where Unraveling Ada left off.
Rachel Lyons, retired librarian turned PI, is recovering from injuries sustained while working on her last case regarding Ada and is gearing up for the next Quilted Secrets all night quilting Bee.
Abigail, the youngest member of the Quilted Secrets quilting group, is asserting her independence against her stubborn Ukrainian mother. She no longer wishes to be home schooled and knowing that her mother doesn’t agree with public schools, the 13 year old registers anyway and begins attending behind her mother’s back. But when Abigail unwittingly attracts the attention of a dangerous gang at school, she pulls in Rachel and her delectable hubby Matthew for some help. Bad turns to worse as murder and kidnapping start happening to Pintos High School students.
Ripping Abigail was an awesome sequel. Rachel and Matthew are commendable leads that feel like old friends. The bonds between the Quilted Secrets women are tested and grow stronger as they work together on both the quilt and helping Abigail and as they start revealing more about themselves.
Just like at the end of Unraveling Ada this book has left me with some questions and I hope to get the answers in the next book. Will it be about Elixchel and her ex? No matter who the star is, I know the author will deliver, she keeps me entertained page after page.
The mystery was VERY weak in this book. I had everything figured out really early on but had to sit back as Maggie S L O W L Y bumbled through. I love...moreThe mystery was VERY weak in this book. I had everything figured out really early on but had to sit back as Maggie S L O W L Y bumbled through. I love Maggie, Marcus and Liss, but can we PLEASE make Maggie's mom the next murder victim in the next book? My Goddess she is an annoying and rude woman. And I really hope Maggie learns to ignore her every once in a while if Ms. Alt lets her live. At 30 years old you should be able to tell your mom NO without feeling like a rebelling teenager. 'Tis getting old!
And who the hell answers the phone when they are about 2 seconds from screwing??? I don't think a fire alarm would stop most people... Yet Marcus and Maggie let the phone dictate their sex life, repeatedly, or should I say what would be their sex life.
Over all, too many annoying things that prevented me from loving it. It's time for Maggie to grow up!
When Drucilla receives a letter from her newly wed friend, Celeste, she is immediately concerned. Celeste asks for Drucilla to come and visit her and...moreWhen Drucilla receives a letter from her newly wed friend, Celeste, she is immediately concerned. Celeste asks for Drucilla to come and visit her and the whole tone of the letter has Celeste sounding frightened and worried. Drucilla talks her elderly aunt into chaperoning her voyage and two of them start on a long journey to Cornwall.
Upon arriving at Celeste’s imposing new home, things are stranger and more serious than she had imagined.
This was a very entertaining mystery novelette. I can honestly say I was riveted from the get go. I was invested in this story from page one and wasn’t about to put it down until it ended. The writing really speaks to the reader, I felt like I had a front row seat to the authors imagination.
My only gripe is I felt the beginning and the end of this story were a little rushed. I would have like to have spent more time with Celeste and with her fears. I think the author should have developed that aspect more; it would have upped the chill, the mystery and the wonder. Where the ending fell a little short was the fact that Drucilla wrapped things up way too quickly. There was no logical way she could have possibly have solved everything come to the conclusions she did without an insider tip from a consultant at the Psychic Friends Network. I think with just a couple extra pages at both the beginning and the end, this would have easily have been a 5 star short story.
The writing was solid, the storyline and the characters were equally solid. While the mystery wasn’t perfect, the story as a whole came awful close to perfection. This was an enjoyable afternoon read and definitely an author and story I would recommend to a friend. I look forward to reading more from this author.
After witnessing a horrible tragedy at the age of three, Cadence Jones was never the same. Raised in a mental institution and suffering from multiple...moreAfter witnessing a horrible tragedy at the age of three, Cadence Jones was never the same. Raised in a mental institution and suffering from multiple personality disorder, Cadence thinks of her other two personalities as her sisters, her family. Cadence is sweet and never swears. Shiro smokes and is sarcastic, and Adrienne is well, violent.
Luckily there is a relatively unknown little branch of the FBI that hires the strange and unusual; they feel agents that are kleptomaniacs, have multiple personality disorder or any other strange psychosis can lend a unique perspective on capturing killers or any other cases. So far this strange group of agents is highly successful. Right now Cadence and her sociopath partner, George, are trying to catch a serial killer known as the ThreeFer.
Only in MaryJanice Davidson’s imagination could any of the above be thought up, and written out. The fact that she can get the reader to eat up every page and have them believe that everything is entirely plausible makes her a master at her craft.
I love MaryJanice Davidson’s humor and wit. Her characters always charm me and Cadence and her sisters did, too. While Cadence, Shiro and Adrienne’s background is tragic and sad, you can see why they are reluctant to get rid of one another. It’s a dependency that was born in heartache but has been helpful and reliable.
This is a weird and wonderful little murder mystery filled with a colorful cast of characters and hilarity. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next two books! I love Cadence and ALL her personalities!
Retired Librarian, Rachel Lyons, has begun a new chapter in her life. With her retired Marine husband, Matt, they have started a Private Investigating...moreRetired Librarian, Rachel Lyons, has begun a new chapter in her life. With her retired Marine husband, Matt, they have started a Private Investigating business and recently relocated to California. When Rachel stumbles across a dead body it is assumed by most that he is just another victim of the recent forest fires that tore through the county. But Rachel isn’t so sure.
Rachel is a hand quilter and has wanted to find a group of women to sew with. Because she hasn’t made any real formal attempts at finding a quilting bee, and really hasn’t expressed an interest publicly, she is a little concerned when she receives a phone call inviting her to join a quilting bee. After a little research on the internet about the bee that call themselves Quilted Secrets, Rachel decides to join the group. What she finds is a group of women, of various ages and interests, full of secrets and bonds that Rachel only gets a brief glimpse of before she is asked to look into the recent death of their quilting friend, Ada. She is handed Ada’s last quilt and a genealogy of the Stowall family to begin her investigation.
Unraveling Ada is a complex and intriguing read that had me fighting myself so I wouldn’t skip to the end and spoil the outcome. With every discovery Rachel makes it seems to add a dozen more questions to life of Ada and the lives of the Stowall family. Each discovery is met with either hostility or help from the other members of the Quilted Secrets, making the reader all the more interested into the why’s of the story.
I am not a quilter so I thought I may get bored or lost whenever that entered into the story, instead I found the opposite happened. The author does a fantastic job of informing the reader and at the same time keeping them entertained. It’s not a ton of quilting jargon thrown at the laymen, just enough to entice, enlighten and enhance the mystery. Quilting was a big part of Ada’s life and her last legacy before dying; it’s an essential element to the story. The lives of the women, the Stowall family, the tragedies of the past and present, are all tied together in this wonderfully written tale. I really loved it.
I still have a few more questions after closing this book, but hope the next book will come with some answers for me. The characters in this story leave an impression and I look forward to unraveling the next mystery with them.
Life can change in an instant, and for the happy couple in this story, it changed in one afternoon. Sharon and Jim have a typical happy relationship;...moreLife can change in an instant, and for the happy couple in this story, it changed in one afternoon. Sharon and Jim have a typical happy relationship; they have a nine month old daughter, Anna, and a life they both enjoy. When Sharon and her neighborhood friend, Katie, decide to have lunch one day, Jim is happy to stay home and take care of Anna. Unfortunately an accident happens and Anna and Jim are both hurt severely. Sharon feels the need to blame Jim and decides a separation is the only way she can cope.
Sharon moves and gives up her stay at home Mommy status to work as an accountant in a nice firm. Her life is no longer happy and when someone tries to run her off the road one evening it seems someone wants to end her unhappy life.
The storyline seemed interesting enough; unfortunately there are way too many things about it that ended up ruining what could have been a decent read.
The accident itself seemed far fetched and the reason behind it really wasn’t Jim’s fault. The fact that Sharon felt the need to blame him and be so cruel seemed out of character and exaggerated to me. But I tried to put myself in Sharon’s shoes and tried to overlook this.
The dialogue in this book is really bizarre. Every time someone talks I would find myself cringing and thinking “who talks like this?” There was no natural flow to conversations and not one character felt like a real person.
The mystery portion of the story was than a little weak. I had pegged one of the culprits from the moment they entered into the story and before the mystery began. Also, the two detectives that are assigned to the case were like the Keystone Cops. They bumble their way through the case with jokes that fall flat and questionable crime solving skills. How they actually solved the case was the real mystery to me.
I hate writing bad reviews on debut books, especially when I seem to be in the minority with my opinion. But there really wasn’t one thing about this book I feel I could rave about or recommend to another reader. It definitely lacks polish.
I fear that most people will read the title of this book, look at its cover art and think this is some sort of historical romance, when in fact it is...moreI fear that most people will read the title of this book, look at its cover art and think this is some sort of historical romance, when in fact it is not, it’s a brilliant work historical fiction with more than one engaging mystery, one of which revolves around a tragic romance.
Lizzie Manning is a historian and a professor living in Boston, Massachusetts. She is contacted by the Hatton family in Britain to study and document their ancestor, Francis Hatton, and the journal he wrote and the artifacts he collected during his sea voyage with Captain James Cook.
Invited to stay and research the documents and artifacts in the family home, Hedgemont, Lizzie soon discovers this family has a history deep in tradition and tragedy, dating back to the thirteenth century and the Crusades. As she uncovers more about Francis, she discovers more about his family’s tragic past and the women who seem to be affected by that past, fatally. Immersed in the rich detail and history of the family, Lizzie makes several discoveries and unlocks mysteries that have plagued the family and remained unsolved for centuries.
All the mysteries involved with the Hatton family seem to center around one tragic event at the time of the Crusades, and the missing heart that was never recovered from the event. The line between what was and what is becomes blurred as the past starts affecting Lizzie more personally than she ever thought possible when history begins to repeat itself.
It took a little while for the story to fully take off and take shape, but once it did, I was as engrossed in the Hatton family history as Lizzie was. The story is powerful in its details and the tragedies of the past make a great impact on the reader. Both the historical and fictitious stories are fascinating and with each discovery made by Lizzie, I felt like I was watching her put the pieces of a puzzle together. The characters of the story enhanced the journey and each role was played an important part to fitting all the pieces of the puzzle together at the end.
I stated at the beginning of this review that I feared people would think this book a romance and overlook it, or simply not pick it up. The truth is there is enough romance involved to entertain the romance reader, but there is so much more going on in this story that I feel this is a book that fans of most genres will enjoy. Mystery, romance, historical fiction, or just great fiction fans in general would enjoy this tale, immensely, I think. This book looks to be the first in a trilogy featuring Lizzie and her supporting cast, and I look forward to the next adventure and mystery with much enthusiasm.