Now out: Turn a Blind Eye

A Detective William Warwick Novel

by Jeffrey Archer

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Jeffrey Archer is a prolific writer. Here readers can spend time with his Detective William Warwick in the third entry in this series. The book can be read without having read the first two titles but readers may well want to take a look at those as well.

There are several intriguing plot strands in this novel. One has to do with an undercover investigation that becomes complicated by the personal relationships that are involved. This hits close to home for those involved.

Also in this story is the trial of a drug baron. This case also comes very close to Warwick because his father and sister are involved in the prosecution. And then there is the friendship in which Warwick’s wife gets involved.

Sound like a lot? Luckily Archer is an experienced author who is well able to hold all of the plot lines together.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.

Get out your pencil:

MEGA Word Search (Volume 1)

300 Simple to Challenging LARGE PRINT Puzzles

by Blue Penny Press

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This title is exactly as described, a giant collection of word search puzzles They provide a good bit of leisure activity. Each puzzle has a theme. Some of these include Authors, Election Day, Instruments of the World, Prepositions, Mardi Gras and so many more. This is an excellent title for those who enjoy this type of puzzle.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.

A tough goodbye: Farewell by Herring by L C Tyler

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Farewell My Herring is the ninth entry in L.C. Tyler’s series but the first of the novels that I have read. It is a quick and easy read, perfect for a reader who wants some light distraction.

The plot is classic with people marooned by a snowstorm and a murder taking place. The main characters are a writer and Elsie who is scouting for new talent. With the storm and no phone, the stakes are high. Ethelred and Elsie have their work cut out for them!

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.

Is three a crowd? Trio by William Boyd

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Trio is a rather rollicking 1960s set novel that details the lives of a number of characters who come together to work on a movie. Readers quickly begin to wonder if the movie can successfully be made as there are so many issues; some are the personal backstories of the characters, while others involve the theft of film, changes to scripts and more. There is a comic feel to much of what transpired but with some pathos underneath.

Following is a brief guide to some of the characters;

Talbot is a movie producer, married but with other proclivities. It is possible that his partner in movie making is ripping him off.

Rodrigo was known as Reggie but has aspirations for his image that lead to a name change. He is married to Elfrida but has a wandering eye.

Elfrida has written a couple of well received novels, only to then face writer’s block. Will she be able to write a novel about Virginia Woolf’s last day while she, our author, drinks to excess?

Anny and Troy are the stars of the movie. Anny’s ex is a wanted man and she may be implicated. Many of her partners have roles to play in the story.

Around the people, there are parties, theft, a cameo by Leonard Woolf and numerous subsidiary characters.

Is this book a satire? A series of character studies? A suspenseful read? Those who read this one, will each decide.

The cover of this title is appealing and invites the reader to engage. It is simple and colorful. I liked it very much.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.

An e book bargain for 4.21.21

A WWI mystery-Murder in Belgravia by Brittney

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This is the first novel in a new historical mystery series set in Britain during WWI.  The premise centers on the formation of a new detective unit which includes both men and women.  The two women are a doctor and a woman who took law courses but, since she was female, could not obtain a degree.  The men are forward thinking officers of the law.

The story centers on the death of a returning soldier who may have been murdered by his wife.  A lot is thrown into the mix including scenes set in upper class homes, hospitals and brothels.

This was an interesting book with characters who were quite likeable.  I look forward to the next in this Mayfair 100 series.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the e-galley.  The opinions are my own.

Now out:

Stargazer

A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel

by Anne Hillerman

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Many mystery readers recognize the name Hillerman. It is shared by father, Tony, and daughter, Anne. Both are authors of excellent mysteries that draw on Native American themes. Anne took on the characters of her father’s novels, the well known Leaphorn and Chee, among others.

Spend time in the southwest among the Navajo as Bennie reconnects with an old friend’s brother whom she tries to help. This causes friction with Bennie’s husband, the long running series regular Chee. This leads to Joe Leaphorn’s involvement as well.

Those who already enjoy this series will be delighted to spend time with them again. New readers may well find that they want to go back to the beginning and have an enjoyable journey through the many earlier titles.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Wouldn’t you like to: Reclaim Joy

A guided journal to discover simple pleasures every day

by Emine Rushton

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Pub Date 11 May 2021  

I was drawn to this title by both the cover and the concept. The author, early in the book, shares a quote from Alan Watts which states, in part, “The meaning of life is just to be alive;” it is not to run and run and run. So, this is a journal to help one to slow down and experience life, rather than chasing after the next thing. In that spirit, this book includes things to do and think about in order to have that kind of life, 365 entries in all. Some are original ideas for me, others I already knew but that is okay. Readers can choose what they want to take and leave the rest, hopefully after a few deep breaths. Fill in the pages and have a memento of this time in life.

By the way, the illustrations are lovely. They very much enhance the text.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.

Northern Spy by Flynn Berry

Northern Spy: A Novel

The title of Flynn Berry’s latest book has two meanings. The novel’s protagonist, in one scene, mentions the apple variety known as the Northern Spy; however, more significantly Northern Spy refers to those who are spying in Northern Ireland.

This absorbing novel tells the story of sisters Marian and Tessa. Tessa is a new mom who passionately loves her son. She works for the BBC and as the novel opens is not involved in the sectarian conflict. However, much happens after Tessa sees her sister in footage of an IRA robbery. Questions are raised: did Marian want to be there or was she a victim? As the answers spool out, readers learn a lot about the conflict, recruitment to the IRA, informers and the complexities of the choices that the characters are asked to make.

Ms. Berry is skilled at showing how a person can be recruited to the IRA bit by bit. She gives life to the beliefs that motivate the characters who see sectarian violence as the way to achieve a united Ireland. In doing this, Ms. Berry offers a suspenseful novel characters that readers will care about.

I do think that elements of the plot required suspension of disbelief. That having been said, I recommend this one!