Here are two entries in long running series. Clouds of Witness is an excellent entry in Dorothy Sayers series of Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. In this one, Lord Peter’s brother is the one accused. Dorothy Simpson wrote a good series of police procedurals featuring Luke Thanet and those around him. They are good, not violent mysteries. Wake the Dead is an entry on sale today. The books do not have to be read in order.
I very much enjoyed Orphan Train when I read it. From Goodreads:
Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from “aging out” of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.
Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.
The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.
Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.
The tiny, well-ordered seaside village of Merham holds little to interest the adventurous — except for Arcadia, the breathtaking art deco house perched above the shoreline. Attracted to this magical place, young Lottie Swift surrenders freely to its temptations and ultimately must face the hard consequences of her actions.
Years later another young woman comes to Merham. A designer hired to make over the now-empty Arcadia, Daisy Parsons seeks a new beginning, as Lottie once did. Fleeing a broken relationship, Daisy finds refuge at Arcadia, and something more — a love she thought she would never know again.
To become one of only a few hundred certified wine experts in the world, Kate must pass the notoriously difficult Master of Wine Examination. She’s failed twice before; her third attempt will be her last. Suddenly finding herself without a job and with the test a few months away, she travels to Burgundy, to spend the fall at the vineyard estate that has belonged to her family for generations. There she can bolster her shaky knowledge of Burgundian vintages and reconnect with her cousin Nico and his wife Heather, who now oversee the grapes’ day-to-day management. The one person Kate hopes to avoid is Jean-Luc, a neighbor vintner and her first love.
At the vineyard house, Kate is eager to help her cousins clean out the enormous basement that is filled with generations of discarded and forgotten belongings. Deep inside the cellar, behind a large armoire, she discovers a hidden room containing a cot, some Resistance pamphlets, and an enormous cache of valuable wine. Piqued by the secret space, Kate begins to dig into her family’s history—a search that takes her back to the dark days of the Second World War and introduces her to a relative she never knew existed, a great half-aunt who was teenager during the Nazi occupation.
As she learns more about her family, the line between Resistance and Collaboration blurs, driving Kate to find the answers to two crucial questions: Who, exactly, did her family aid during the difficult years of the war? And what happened to six valuable bottles of wine that seem to be missing from the cellar’s collection?
I wish that all beginning readers were this entertaining! With a simple vocabulary, funny and fun illustrations and some good rhymes, this is a great choice for a new reader.
Kids will feel successful about their reading skills and will also see that reading can be fun as they go through the story. For the adults, there are helpful suggestions at the back of the book.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for another good title in the Reading Stars series.
This is a simple story book for young listeners. They will see how well a mother owl takes care of her baby when he becomes ill. The routines of a sick room are simply explained. The reader also sees Little Hoo’s friends arrive. They can’t play with Little Hoo but come back with a get well surprise for him. Children will be reassured to know that when ill, they can feel better soon.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this e-galley. The opinions are my own.
This is part of a series of early readers. The text is very simple, yet appealing in its easy repetition. The illustrations are amusing and bright.
Young readers will be entertained by learning about the things that Cody is happy to eat and will enjoy the success of reading on their own. . Adults will appreciate the short section on using this book with a child. All in all a fun read for everyone.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this e-galley. The opinions are my own.
This brightly illustrated book will be a useful addition to classroom and library shelves. In this story, it is diversity week at school. Students from Japan, Mexico and Hawaii share some of their traditions and the children learn from one another. Suggestions for responding to new experiences will encourage politeness among those who are being exposed to something for the first time. Diversity is presented as a positive value in which all have something to contribute. The book also includes suggestions for the adults in students’ lives.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
So many books. I wish that all I had to do each day was read. Hope you find something that you will want to add to your booklist here. Just a few comments. Vinegar Girl is part of the series re-telling Shakespeare’s play in modern times. This one is a take on The Taming of The Shrew. Three Wishes is Liane Moriarty’s first novel. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan is sweet women’s fiction. Crocodile on the Sandbank is part of the Amelia Peabody historical mystery series. The Princess Bride is a modern classic. The Nest is about dysfunctional siblings. The Alienist is a mystery set in New York’s past. Righteous received excellent reviews. And finally, presidents and their wives.
Congratulations on getting 50 total follows on Joyce’s mystery and fiction book reviews with some non-fiction too!!
I know that there are bloggers whose followers number in the thousands and way more, but I am delighted to receive this virtual sticker from NetGalley. Thanks to you who have been followers of the blog. It means a lot to me.
This is a real mix of bargains that are available today. They clearly do not have a clear relationship with each other.
The Crosswicks Journals provide insight into the author of A Wrinkle in Time.
Tuesday the Rabbi Saw Red is part of a mystery series that includes information about Jewish life.
Elegy for Eddie is part of the excellent Maisie Dobbs series of historical mysteries.
Paris is a very long read in the style of James Michener that will let you spend centuries with his characters in one of my favorite cities.
Jill Mansell is an experienced writer of women’s fiction. Her titles have been available in England for many years and a number of them have now been released in the U.S. As is true for her other novels, in this one we watch as the “course of true love” goes awry before coming to the desired and anticipated happy ending. Mansell creates characters both good and less good; the reader roots for the good ones. This story involves a betrayal, a car accident, loss, complications, small village life and romance. How can you go wrong if this is your kind of read?
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for another fun title by this author. The opinions are my own.
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