Thursday, November 14, 2019

Friday Focus: The Friday 56, Book Beginnings & First Line Fridays

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
  • First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books, where bloggers share the first sentence of a book they're reading.

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry, the latest novel from Mary Higgins Clark.

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry 

Beginning:  Prologue
October 12

Gina Kane stretched in her window seat.  Her latest prayer had been answered.

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Part I  -  Chapter 1

Gina's apartment was on 82nd Street and West End Avenue.  Her mother and father had given it to her after they retired and moved to Florida.

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Page 56:  As the owner, he'd likely be suspicious of anyone asking questions about an accident involving one of his rentals, Gina decided.

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My thoughts:  The opening snippets tell us a little bit about one of the characters: Gina is going on a trip and she lives in Manhattan.  Beyond that, I am eager to read MHC's newest novel to find out more.  I'm a huge fan of her stories, and have read most of her books.


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From Goodreads:   When investigative journalist Gina Kane receives an email from a “CRyan” describing her “terrible experience” while working at REL, a high-profile television news network, including the comment “and I’m not the only one,” Gina knows she has to pursue the story. But when Ryan goes silent, Gina is shocked to discover the young woman has died tragically in a Jet Ski accident while on holiday.

Meanwhile, REL counsel Michael Carter finds himself in a tricky spot. Several female employees have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. Carter approaches the CEO, offering to persuade the victims to accept settlements in exchange for their silence. It’s a risky endeavor, but it could well make him rich.

As more allegations emerge and the company’s IPO draws near, Carter’s attempts to keep the story from making headlines are matched only by Gina Kane’s determination to uncover the truth. Was Ryan’s death truly an accident? And when another accuser turns up dead, Gina realizes someone—or some people—will go to depraved lengths to keep the story from seeing the light.






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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Great Escapes Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway: Tell Me No Lies by Shelley Noble

 


Today I'm participating in the Tell Me No Lies Blog Tour.  In this post you'll find book and author information along with my review.  And be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a print copy of the book.

About the book . . . 
  
Tell Me No Lies: A Lady Dunbridge Mystery
 Historical Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Forge Books (November 5, 2019)
Hardcover: 368 pages
ISBN-10: 0765398745
 ISBN-13: 978-0765398741
Kindle ASIN: B07LF6FR2L


Synopsis . . .

Miss Fisher meets Downton Abbey in Tell Me No Lies, part of the critically acclaimed Lady Dunbridge Mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble.

Rise and shine, Countess,  you're about to have a visitor.
Lady Dunbridge was not about to let a little thing like the death of her husband ruin her social life. She’s come to New York City, ready to take the dazzling world of Gilded Age Manhattan by storm. The social events of the summer have been amusing but Lady Phil is searching for more excitement—and she finds it, when an early morning visitor arrives, begging for her help. After all, Lady Phil has been known to be useful in a crisis. Especially when the crisis involves the untimely death of a handsome young business tycoon.
His death could send another financial panic through Wall Street and beyond.
With the elegant Plaza Hotel, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the opulent mansions of Long Island’s Gold Coast as the backdrop, romance, murder, and scandals abound. Someone simply must do something. And Lady Dunbridge is happy to oblige.

My review . . . In Tell Me No Lies, the second book in the Lady Dunbridge mystery series, author Shelley Noble reprises her winning formula of spinning a tale with the most irresistible elements: Gilded-Age Manhattan high society, romance, rogues, scandal, intrigue, and delicious gossip.

Since relocating to New York City, Lady Philomena Dunbridge has proven herself to be a trustworthy and resourceful confidant—one to whom wealthy women turn when they find themselves or their families at risk of scandal and ruin.  Thus, when Perry Fauks, the young heir apparent to a manufacturing company fortune is found murdered at the Pratt mansion after an extravagant gala, Gwen Pratt calls upon Lady Phil for guidance.  Indeed, just the slightest hint of scandal can undermine patriarch Luther’s prospects for an appointment to the Banking Commission and daughter Agnes’s social reputation.

Just who stands to gain from the murder of Perry Fauks?  Detective Sergeant John Atkins is formally assigned to the case, but it is soon apparent that powerful people are determined to derail his investigation.  Reluctantly, he turns to Lady Phil for assistance.  She proves to be an astute ally, using her access to the scene of the crime and her social connections quite effectively.  Phil discovers that Perry was a cad in both his personal and business lives, operating outside of acceptable norms.  Was Perry’s murder revenge for his personal peccadillos, or retribution for a shady scheme that caused financial devastation for several in his circle?  In either case, there is a substantial number of suspects.

Tell Me No Lies is filled with vivid historical detail and a lively cast of above- and below-stairs characters—a veritable New York-style Downton Abbey.  Protagonist Lady Phil is a force to be reckoned with, and her playful banter with DS Atkins is highly spirited and entertaining.  Moreover, Noble uses the classic technique of drawing room questioning of the assembled group of characters to great advantage, and the daring chase to capture the fleeing killer after the identity is revealed is icing on the cake.

Author Shelley Noble has created an exciting series with massive appeal for fans of cozy mysteries, historical fiction, and old New York.  And while Tell Me No Lies brings Lady Dunbridge’s latest adventure to a satisfying close, it also leaves readers pondering ongoing mysteries still swirling around our heroine: Who is her faithful lady’s maid Lily?  Who is the anonymous donor responsible for funding Phil’s lavish apartment at the Plaza Hotel? And who is Mr. X, the mystery man and master of disguise watching over Phil, providing perfectly-timed clues for her investigations?   Such curiosities give ample reason to anxiously await the further escapades of Lady Philomena Dunbridge.


Giveaway . . . Enter the Tell Me No Lies Giveaway of a print copy of the book by scrolling down the tour page using this link.
 



About the author . . . Shelley Noble is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction (Beach Colors, Whisper Beach, Lighthouse Beach), and the author of the Lady Dunbridge Gilded Age Manhattan mysteries. Tell Me No Lies is the latest of the series.

She has written eighteen amateur sleuth and historical mystery novels and novellas as Shelley Freydont (The Sudoku Murders, Celebration Bay mysteries), and The Gilded Age Newport mysteries.

A former professional dancer and choreographer, Shelley lives at the Jersey shore where she loves to discover new beaches and indulge her passion for lighthouses, vintage carousels, and the past.


 
Author links . . .

Website:  https://www.shelleynoble.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ShelleyNobleAuthor
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ShelleyNoble3
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/shelleynobleauthor/
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5560617.Shelley_Noble


Purchase links . . .      Amazon     B & N      Kobo


Blog Tours 


Tour participants . . .
November 4 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
November 4 – Reading Reality – REVIEW
November 5 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT
November 5 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 6 – Here’s How It Happened – GUEST POST
November 6 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT
November 7 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW
November 7 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
November 7 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 8 – Reading Is My SuperPower – GUEST POST
November 8 – Diary of a Book Fiend – REVIEW
November 8 – Laura’s Interests – SPOTLIGHT
November 9 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
November 9 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
November 10 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW
November 10 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT
November 11 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 11 – The Ninja Librarian – REVIEW
November 12 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW  
November 12 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW
November 13 – I Read What You Write – CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 13 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT



Note . . . I received a complimentary copy of Tell Me No Lies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



 
This Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog.  It cannot be republished without attribution.  Sharing this original post on Twitter and/or other blogs with appropriate recognition is appreciated. 


 



First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

                                                      
 

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon. 

Today I'm featuring a recent blog tour read, Tell Me No Lies by Shelley Noble. The excerpt shared is from an eBook version I received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Tell Me No Lies (Lady Dunbridge)
Chapter 1

Philomena Amesbury, Dowager Countess of Dunbridge, slowly opened her eyes and peered around the darkened room.  She let out a sigh of relief, a ritual she'd gone through every morning since the death of her erstwhile husband, the Earl of Dunbridge, rest his decadent, malicious, morally corrupt soul.

What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 
Tell Me No Lies, the second book in the Lady Dunbridge mystery series, is an engaging and entertaining tale with the most irresistible of elements: Gilded-Age Manhattan high society, romance, rogues, scandal, intrigue, and delicious gossip.  The series features a  high-spirited protagonist and is filled with vivid historical detail and a lively cast of above- and below-stairs characters—a veritable New York-style Downton Abbey.  

And I love the cover!






This First Chapter ~ First Paragraph post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the blog, bookclublibrarian.com.  It cannot be republished without attribution. Sharing this original post on Twitter with appropriate recognition is appreciated.



 

 

Friday, November 8, 2019

Great Escapes Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway: A Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry

 


Today I'm participating in the A Legacy of Murder Blog Tour.  In this post you'll find book and author information along with my review.  And don't forget to enter the giveaway via the link in this post.

A Legacy of Murder: A Kate Hamilton Mystery
Traditional Mystery
2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (October 8, 2019)
Hardcover ~336 Pages
ISBN-10: 1643851543
ISBN-13: 978-1643851549
Digital ASIN: B07NKQDYM3


Synopsis . . .
American antique dealer Kate Hamilton’s Christmastime jaunt to a charming English village leads to an investigation of a missing ruby…and a chain of murders.
It’s Christmastime and antiques dealer Kate Hamilton is off to visit her daughter, Christine, in the quaint English village of Long Barston. Christine and her boyfriend, Tristan, work at stately-but-crumbling Finchley Hall. Touring the Elizabethan house and grounds, Kate is intrigued by the docent’s tales of the Finchley Hoard, and the strange deaths surrounding the renowned treasure trove. But next to a small lake, Kate spies the body of a young woman, killed by a garden spade.

Nearly blind Lady Barbara, who lives at Finchley with her loyal butler, Mugg, persuades Kate to take over the murdered woman’s work. Kate finds that a Burmese ruby has vanished from the legendary Blood-Red Ring, replaced by a lesser garnet. Were the theft and the woman’s death connected?  

Kate learns that Lady Barbara’s son fled to Venezuela years before, suspected of murdering another young woman. The murder weapon belonged to an old gardener, who becomes the leading suspect. But is Lady Barbara’s son back to kill again? When another body is found, the clues point toward Christine. It’s up to Kate to clear her daughter’s name in Connie Berry’s second Kate Hamilton mystery, a treasure for fans of traditional British mysteries.
 

My review . . . Antiques dealer Kate Hamilton is in England to visit her daughter Christine, an intern at Finchley Hall, a down-at-its heels country manor steeped in local history and lore, which over the years has been the site of murder and misfortune.  Desperately in need of major repairs, its current owner Lady Barbara hopes the 200th Anniversary Exhibition of the Finchley Hoard, a collection of family treasures, will generate much-needed revenue.  During the preparation of the exhibit, however, the village is beset by a series of murders, attacks, and thefts. 

 
Kate agrees to stay on at Finchley Hall to complete the exhibition work begun by Tabitha King, whose lifeless body is found submerged in a lake on the property.  The similarity between this murder and the unsolved death of another curator in 1996 raises alarms that history may be repeating itself.  Were both crimes committed by the same person, or is someone else responsible?  Detective Inspector Tom Mallory of the local constabulary is tasked with finding out.  

Kate’s work on the exhibit uncovers items missing from the collection, and a rash of burglaries of precious objects in the area has the staff on high alert.  As the murder investigation proceeds, more attacks occur, leaving the community on pins and needles. Are these criminal activities connected?  And could a rare missing book hold the key to the solution of the murders and thefts?  There seems to be danger at every turn.

A Legacy of Murder is a thoroughly engrossing mystery with no shortage of lively characters, dead bodies, mysterious circumstances, and plausible murder suspects.  The author has a real talent for character and setting development, and interweaving the past and the present.  Berry creates a rich ancestral history for her quaint village, with families intermarrying over generations, producing a plethora of interesting relationships and motives for murder.  

Moreover, Berry enriches the development of the series which she began with A Dream of Death.  The budding long-distance romance between Kate and Tom is nurtured and tested, and we learn more about supporting characters from each of their families.  It is thus that Berry increases the appeal of the series and readers’ investment in the characters.   

Although A Legacy of Murder can be read as a stand-alone novel, I highly recommend treating yourself to the first book as well.  My review of A Dream of Death is here.

Since I can't wait to return to these characters and their lives, I hope that the next book in the series will be available before too long.


Giveaway . . . Enter the A Legacy of Murder Giveaway of a $25 Amazon gift card by scrolling down the tour page at this link.


About the author . . . 
  
Like her protagonist, Connie Berry was raised in the antiques trade. After teaching theology for twenty-five years, she took up writing mysteries featuring high-end antiques and the legacy of the past. Connie loves history, cute animals, travel with a hint of adventure, and all things British. She lives in Ohio with her husband and adorable dog, Millie.


Author links . . .
Facebook: Author@Facebook.com
Twitter: @conniecberry
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18733373.Connie_Berry



Purchase links . . .    Amazon    Barnes & Noble   Indiebound     Kobo



Blog Tours 

Tour participants . . . 
November 1 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
November 1 – The Power of Words – REVIEW
November 1 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 2 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW
November 2 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
November 2 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 3 – Carole’s Book Corner – REVIEW
November 3 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW
November 3 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
November 4 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW
November 4 – eBook Addicts – SPOTLIGHT
November 4 – Diane Reviews Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
November 5 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 5 – Brianne’s Book Reviews – REVIEW
November 5 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST
November 6 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
November 6 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
November 7 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 7 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
November 8 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW
November 8 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 8 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – GUEST POST
November 9 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
November 9 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – REVIEW
November 10 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
November 10 – Here’s How It Happened – GUEST POST
November 11 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW
November 11 – The Cozy Pages – REVIEW
November 11 – Christa Reads & Writes – REVIEW
November 12 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 12 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
November 12 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT





 


Note . . . I received a complimentary copy of A Legacy of Murder from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



 
This Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog.  It cannot be republished without attribution.  Sharing this original post on Twitter and/or other blogs with appropriate recognition is appreciated.