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Monica5
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I won this from a Goodreads Giveaway.

Short book of kids poems. I loved the illustrations in the book. The poems were cute and had a good message in all of them. Would be a great book to read to children at night.

Thanks to Goodreads, the publisher and Kelly for the E-book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

😊 Happy Reading 😊

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Sometimes after a first book, the second isn't as good. That's NOT the case with 'Shades of Mercy'. It's as good, if not better than the first 'The Bitter Past.'. Beck's corner of the world is not so quiet anymore. Like all the country, fentanyl is taking over, and they are trying to get a hold on it. There's drones that are being highjacked by someone and doing scary things. There's a girl that's not as sweet and innocent as she seems.

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Wowsers, what a book for a first in a new series. I don't know how Borgos did it, but he was able to combine 3 different genres and it make it work. He wrote a police procedural, spy thriller and a historical fiction book all in one. His take on going back to the past, was one I have never seen before and to be worked wonderful!

Porter Beck is a vet with a special skill set. He is now Sheriff of Lincoln County in Nevada. Right next door ⬇️

Monica5 is Area 51. When his deputies come across a dead body after doing a wellness check, the government is soon knocking on his door. As the bodies start piling up, he knows he's not being told everything.

Borgos started developing Beck:s character and I can't wait to see where he goes with Beck from here. I enjoyed learning about the nuclear side of the book and what went on in 1956-1957. Amazing first book in what I think will be a great series.

First published July 18, 2023

Thanks to Netgalley, Saint Martin Press, Minotaur Books and Bruce Borgos for the E-Arc. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

😊 Happy Reading 😊

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Monica5
Dirty Thirty | Janet Evanovich
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won Dirty Thirty through a Goodreads Giveaway!

Oh, my! The writing was straight on and a lot better than the last one. Stephanie and Lula had me in stitches! I was laughing so hard. Then the grave digging, add another layer of laughter. I always know when I read a Stephanie Plum book, I am in for an enjoyable ride. That ending was something else. This came out in 2023 and I can't wait to read Thirty-one On The Run that comes⬇️

Monica5 out in November 2024. My #bookspin book for July!

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Monica5
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2.5⭐

Blood and Mascara is a Noir Mystery Thriller. I'm struggling to write this review. There were parts that I loved about this book, but there's others I didn't like so much. It took me 3 days to read it and that because the last 75% of the book was good and I couldn't wait to see what happened.

The character development was good. I was glad to see how Bronze had developed and changed by the end of the book. ⬇️

Monica5 The plot and premise of the book was excellent. All these factors I liked about the book.

What turned me off of the book was some of the writing. It was disjointed in a way. The book would be moving along and then all of the sudden something out of left field would be put in. I honestly got confused during those times. It seemed to me that there were a lot of those in the book. One chapter in particular to me should have been in the first half of the book, instead just thrown into the last 15%. It was completely out of place for me.

Tentative Publishing Date: July 9, 2024

Thanks to Netgalley, Pulplit, and Karnin for the E-ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Monica5
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So good! Took me awhile bc I had a couple books I needed to read come in. Loved this book.

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Monica5
The Paris Gown: A Novel | Christine Wells
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4.5⭐

The Paris Gown is about 3 friends in Paris all with different backgrounds. Gina is an American that has been given an easy life. She's a journalist and aspires to be an author of great books. Margot is an Australian that has been raised to be a socialites wife. Claire is French and aspires to be a chef in a three star Michelin restaurant. She grew up in her families cafe cooking. ⬇️

Monica5
After a few years apart, they find theirselves all in France, again. Gina's dad lost everything, she can't marry the man she loves now, so she runs to Paris and to Claire. Claire is now the chef of her family restaurant, but she doesn't know for how long. Margot ran to Paris to hide from someone. She can't let Claire or Gina know she's there. A gown left to Claire will bring them all back together.

I don't usually read romance novels, but this one was excellent! It has the 1950's, Paris streets, French food, a haute couture gown and most importantly friendship. I enjoyed getting to know each character. I liked the way Wells developed the characters. She made them real and their problems they had to face are things people face everyday. I could tell she cared for each character.
I would have liked there to be a little more about the men, but that might have taken away from the book and the main characters. I will tell you that this is written in 3 POV's. Though there is romance it's soft and nothing bad, I think that's another reason I enjoyed it. I don't care for a graphic romance novel and this was far from it. Just a sweet little romance thrown in to the mix.

Tentative publishing date: August 20, 2024

I won this through a Goodreads Giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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The Burning: A Novel | Linda Castillo
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I read this a week ago
An Amish man tied to a stake and burning is a case no one in Painter's Mill ever expected to be in their area. Chief Kate Burkholder is puzzled by this crime, especially since she grew up Amish. When she starts investigating.she ends up with more questions than answers.

I enjoy this series. Castillo has developed all the characters so well. I always feel like I am visiting old friends when I read a new book by her. ⬇️

Monica5 She grabs the reader at the first pages and doesn't let go until the end. I always fly through the Kate Burkholder books. Kate is a complicated person that has dealt with a lot of things throughout this series, but still survives. The Kate Burkholder is a suspense series that always has a little clean romance sprinkled throughout.

If you enjoy suspense, thrillers, or police procedurals and haven't read this series, you should give it a try. It can be read as a standalone, but I think you would enjoy them all.

Tentative Publishing Date July 9, 2024

Thanks to Netgalley, St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books and Linda Castillo for the E-ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

😊 Happy Reading 😊

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Pitch Dark: A Novel | Paul Doiron
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4.5⭐

Paul Dorian has now written 15 books in the Mike Bowditch Series and they are still amazing. I always enjoy to see what the Maine Game Warden is investigating or getting into. I feel that you could read this as a stand--alone and not be lost.

Mike is called to assist with a missing person case, that may not be a missing person, by a rookie game warden. Mike and Charley, his father-in-law, head to the northern woods of Maine. ⬇️

Monica5 Soon, Mike is trying to survive another daring adventure.

Dorian has developed Bowditch's character so much throughout this series. Bowditch is a warden that's not afraid to bend the rules. He is often finding himself in trouble with his superiors. He doesn't care though, as long as he solves the case. The series is a different take on your regular police procedurals. If you have never read the Bowditch Series and like Police Procedurals, I think you would enjoy this series.

Tentative Publishing Date: June 25, 2024

Thanks to Netgalley, Saint Martin's Press, Minotaur Books and Dorian for the E-ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

☺️ Happy Reading ☺️

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Monica5
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Great end to a great series. As a reader of historical mystery fiction, I am sad to see it end. Maggie is off to Spain for two reasons. First, Coco Chanel wants her to take a personal letter back to Churchill. Second, to find out if Germany has a bomb.

Published May 21, 2024

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