Find out what makes them: The Deadly Hours by Susanna Kearsley; C.S. Harris; Anna Lee Huber; Christine Trent

Years ago there was the Detection Club, its members were mystery writers including Agatha Christie. The group collaborated on several books. In a way, The Deadly Hours and its authors remind me of that since this title involves four writers in an interlinked story. The four have all written historical mysteries that have been popular and good reads. Here, they work well together telling the tale of a gold watch beginning in the 1700s and moving forward in time through several locales in Italy, Edinburgh and more. It is a unique read.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, the wonderful Poisoned Pen Press, for this book in exchange for an honest review.

Pub date:  September 1, 2020

Recently published: The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe

This book is exactly what its title declares. Following an introduction, readers will find all of the Poe that they could possibly want. Here are tales both well-known and new to discover, along with the poems including some of my favorites including The Bells, Annabel Lee and The Raven.
I have a digital ARC of this book. The on sale copy will be a gift book edition that promises to be quite nice.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.


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Now out: I Am, I Can 365 affirmations for kids by Wynne Kinder, M. Ed

The time is just right for this book. It will help children to feel calm, centered and good about themselves. These are all qualities that will enhance young lives and help kids to cope during our current time of crisis.
The author recalls learning a mantra from her mom when she was young. This helped her to see the ways in which words can make a difference. She has grown up to write a helpful book.
This title is divided by months with each month having a theme. Some of those chosen by the author are Positivity, Growth, Love, Family and Friendship, and Generosity. Each month has a saying for each day and there are also activities. These include making a coping wheel, for instance. The photos and artwork have been well chosen to enhance the text.
This seems to me to be a positive, self-enhancing title. I recommend it for children that you know.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

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Space for creating: Mindful Thoughts for Artists Finding flow & creating calm by Georgina Hooper

A few interesting entries from the table of contents…The Marvel of Mistakes; Learning to See; Painting with the Breath; Beginning & Beginning Again.  Intrigued?  For those who are looking to explore their artistic side in a present and mindful way, this title is a good resource.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this book in exchange for an honest review

pub date:  September 1, 2020

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Are they? Where? All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny-Audio Book

  I love this book!  I did not want it to end as I did not want to bid farewell to Gamache and the other characters for at least another year.

I’ll start by commenting on the audio.  The book was extremely well and engagingly narrated.  I was constantly stealing time to listen to just a bit more.  The narrator’s tone is just right and he captures each character’s voice in a unique way.

The story itself will be very welcomed by series readers although new readers could also enjoy it.  Readers learn so much backstory about Armand Gamache including SPOILER? the loss of his parents and the roles of his grandmother and godfather in his life.

The setting for this title is a fully realized Paris where the Gamaches are visiting their son, daughter and their spouses and children, all of whom now live there.  Armand also spends time with his godfather.  I loved the opening scene at the Rodin Museum.  Having visited there, I enjoyed my virtual return.

Just who is Stephen Horowitz?  What has he done?  Who wanted to harm him?  What does it mean to be in a family? What are the responsibilities of corporations? What does loyalty mean?  Can we protect those we love?  These questions and more are raised in this thoughtful, deeply moving mystery.

I recommend this title most highly.  I now plan to go back and read or listen to all of the books again.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

Now out: The London Cabbie’s Quiz Book Pit your wits against the world’s smartest taxi drivers by Ian Beetlestone

“Everyone” always says that London cabbies are among the best. They are expected to know more, it seems to me, than taxi drivers in many other cities, including my own. Having this perspective, and having been in London cabs, I was intrigued by this title which turned out to be a fun one.
The book has been written and compiled by a London driver so it has authenticity. Learn about what needs to mastered in The Knowledge and know that it is not easy.
(Fans note that mystery writer Martha Grimes wrote a novel with the title, The Knowledge. It alludes to the drivers of London.)
On my last trip to London, I stayed in Kings Cross. Despite that insider experience, I could not answer most of the questions on the area. It is clear that I will not become a driver anytime soon. Nonetheless, I very much enjoyed this diverting read which, in addition to the questions, includes maps, commentary and more.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

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How far will he go? Ernest Shackleton by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Just looking at the cover of the latest entry in this excellent series makes me smile. Young Ernest invites young readers into his world in this well illustrated book.
Children learn early on that Ernest’s family had lived in the same village for over 150 years! How far away did his interest in exploration take him? How did he do it? Well, the author notes that Shackleton had four important qualities that would serve him well; optimism, patience, idealism and courage. He also knew that it was important for people to work as a team. Off Shackleton went one day with men, dogs and more including a cat named Mrs. Chippy to go on an amazing voyage. Readers learn that there was adversity and a need for courage in the journey. How did it end? Readers will enjoy finding out!
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review. This book is an inspiring entry for youngsters who dream of adventure.

pub date: September 1, 2020

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A free short story: Rescue Me by Cathy Bramley

Rescue Me is a free short story by Cathy Bramley. It is a sweet tale about a woman, a girl and a dog. Who rescues whom? You will find out as you read this enjoyable short story about Fearne, Ethel and Scamp. This is a lovely story that is a quick read. As a bonus, readers will be introduced to the author’s next novel.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this read in exchange for an honest review.

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