Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Red Creek: A Horror Novel by Nathan Hystad


Once a best-selling horror author, Paul Alenn is in a slump. His wife and daughter are across the country, moved away to the West Coast, leaving him alone in his Central Park-adjacent New York townhouse. When his sister calls, asking for help packing up his estranged mother’s house in his old hometown, Red Creek, he decides to put the past behind him and face his demons.


What he finds back home is an ongoing mystery that stems from his childhood, a time he has no recollection of. When a boy is taken on his second night in the Creek, Paul starts to unravel a dark past...one he hadn’t even known was buried. All paths lead to the orchard and the eccentric owners, but Paul doesn’t know if the shadow he keeps seeing is real, or his imagination’s cover-up of a traumatic event.


With help from his former best friend, his brother-in-law, and a cranky old sheriff, Paul digs up the truth of the shadow looming over Red Creek.
 
Series: Red Creek #1 | Publisher: Audible | Narrator: Will Damron | Length: 6 hrs 54 mins |  Genre: Contemporary Horror/Thriller  | Source: Publisher  | Rating: 2.5 Cups

Challenges Read For:  -  2019 Try Something New: New-to-me Author
 
I went into this one thinking I was going to get this creepy little horror story, after all the book is subtitled: A Horror Novel, what I got was a suspense novel, which was a letdown.  
 
Here’s what’s going on. Paul’s been haunted by shadows all of his life but attributed them to his overactive author’s imagination. When Paul returns to his hometown, he soon realizes there’s more to the shadows than he realized. Now that a child has gone missing, Paul and his friends set out to uncover the truth Red Creek is hiding but when Paul discovers his childhood bike in the basement of a local orchard he soon realizes his ties to the orchard and the missing children are stronger than expected. Will they be able to figure out what’s lurking in Red Creek before another child vanishes?
 
Okay, the premise for this one sounded amazing and reminded me of Stephen King, sadly this one failed to deliver any of the horror that I was promised. I was rather disappointed because the author’s writing was brilliant and hooked me from the start.
 
The suspense is riveting. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see who/what was behind the missing children, how everything was connected, and what Paul’s daughter had to do with things. Unfortunately, I was left with more questions than answers. While there was a conclusion of sorts, there were no answers or no explanations for some of the major points of the plot. I just felt there could have been so much more added to this book
 
This was my first time listening to Will Damron and I enjoyed his narration.
 
Overall, I enjoyed the writing and the suspense but I was let down by the conclusion and I spent the entire book waiting for something that never happened.



Tuesday, July 16, 2019

I took the IKEA Plunge

 
Hello My Lovelies!

 

I hope you’re doing well!

 

So, I did a thing…I finally took the plunge and ordered a desk from IKEA. I’d spent far too long looking in the shops and batting away commission-seeking sales people (they drive me mad) without finding a desk that I wanted. So I turned my attention to the online shops. After searching a few, I finally found the desk I’d been wanting on IKEA. This desk….The Hemnes desk with add-on unit in gray.

 


 

I’ve spent the last few days decluttering, packing up my old desk, and taking the old desk apart. It’s been busy few days but I’m looking forward to my new desk being delivered today.
 
The only left to do is assemble the desk—cue dramatic music. I’m hoping it’s not going to been too difficult.  

Monday, July 15, 2019

Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues by Molly Harper

Ingrid Asher is the newest resident of Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shapeshifters, vampires, witches and dragons live alongside humans.

Ingrid doesn’t ask for much. The solitary tree nymph just wants to live a quiet life running her ice-cream shop in peace. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to shake her new neighbor, Rob Aspern, head of the League’s data science department and so good looking it just isn’t fair.

If there’s one thing Ingrid doesn’t need, it’s someone poking around in her business. But the more she gets to know the hunky mathematician, the more she finds herself letting her guard down. Can she trust him with her secrets, or will her past destroy everything?
Series: Mystic Bayou #2.5  | Publisher: Audible  | Narrators: Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis  | Length: 3 hours and 3 minutes  |  Genre: Paranormal Romance | Source: Audible | Rating: 3 Cups                Literary Pickers: Flower Pot/Planter
 
Once again, I’m back in the fun and snarky world only Molly Harper can create and I enjoyed every minute of being there.
 
So, sadly, this one is a short at only a little over 3 hours but it was still a nice addiction to the series—even if it could have been a little longer.
 
Here’s what’s going on. Ingrid is tree nymph who has just moved to Mystic Bayou with the intentions of opening an ice-cream shop. Used to being on her own, she’s not sure what to make of it when Rob Aspern ventures onto her land. Sure, her neighbor is attractive but he also works for the League, which means he’s dangerous and to be avoided at all costs. Rob can’t shake the attraction to Ingrid but she’s not exactly the easiest woman to get to know considering most of their interactions abruptly end when she disappears into a tree. Although Rob’s determined to prove to Ingrid that while he works for the League, he’s not out to harm her. Will Rob be able to win over Ingrid?
 
Ingrid and Rob made an interesting pair. She’s been hurt in the past so she’s hesitant. She’s been on her own for so long, she’s not really sure what to make of the people who are now in her life and she not sure if she can trust them. We’ve met in the previous book when he was pining after Dani. He’s a loyal and persistent guy and I was glad he finally found someone.
 
So the romance was a little rushed but I was okay with that. Sure, I would have liked more but I always want more of Molly Harper snarky goodness. To me, this come across more as Ingrid finding her way in Mystic Bayou with a bit of romance on the side.
 
Overall, still a good edition to the series and a nice one to pick up between reads.


Mystic Bayou
#2.5 Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues  

Friday, July 12, 2019

Justified by Jay Crownover


Case Lawton comes from a family of criminals. So as the sheriff of Loveless, Texas, he's determined to do everything by the book--until he's called to Aspen Barlow's office after a so-called break-in. The last thing he wants to do is help the woman who cost him custody of his son. But Aspen isn't the heartless lawyer Case remembers, and he starts to question his long-held grudge...


Aspen is scared for her life, and Case is her last hope for protection. But to get him on her side, she'll have to reveal the painful truth from all those years ago. Now, as they work together to track down a dangerous criminal, Case and Aspen learn to trust each other. And as the threats escalate, it becomes clear there's a thin line between love and hate... because there's nothing Case wouldn't do to keep her safe.
 
Series: Loveless, Texas #1 | Publisher: Forever |  Genre:  Contemporary Romance | Source: Publisher  | Rating: 4 Cups

Challenges Read For:  - Literary Pickers  -  Soup- 2019 Try Something New: New-to-me author
 
What’s a sheriff to do when his enemy needs protection?
 
When Aspen Barlow becomes the target of someone out to harm her, Sheriff Case Lawton has no choice but to step up and take action. Although protecting Aspen isn’t going to be easy considering she’s the one who lost him custody of his son and he’s viewed her as the enemy since that day. Not wanting to be like his father, Case is determined to sort out Aspen’s situation. As more attacks are launched at Aspen and the investigation gets underway, Case and Aspen find themselves growing closer. Now they have to figure out if they’re ready to let go of the past and start again.
 
This was my first time reading Jay Crownover and she has such an inviting writing style. I couldn’t put this book down.
 
Aspen’s a tough cookie. She’s used to being on her own from a young age since her parents could really care less about what she was doing. She was also used to being the outcast until she married a local guy from a respectable family but now that she’s left him and is in the middle of a divorce, she’s back to being viewed as the outsider. Aspen’s always been one to stand on her own two feet so when she needs help from someone else, she’s not sure how to accept it, especially since the help is coming from someone she’s always looked up and had feelings for but Case has soundly put her in the enemies category. I was a little worried when Aspen was described as a bleeding heart liberal; I’m not one to like reading about character’s with causes but thankfully nothing popped up.
 
Case’s story pulled on my heartstrings. He’s grown up with a dirty sheriff for a father who was abusive to Case and his siblings so Case has had to fight to prove he’s nothing like his father and he’s still proving that to some of the town’s residents. He’s also firmly held a grudge against Aspen, which was understandable. She cost him custody of his son and it’s not something that he’s able to easily look past. Although Case is a man of integrity, who respects the badge he wears so he knows it’s his job to make sure Aspen’s looked after and her case is taken seriously.
 
The relationship between Case and Aspen was fraught with tension. They both had been hurt before and they both had wounds that the other had inflicted so there was a lot of healing and letting go that had to happen before they could figure out what was happening between them. With all that going on, there was still so much chemistry bouncing between the two of them but I’m glad that they waited before jumping into something.
 
The suspense aspect was spot on. It had me on the edge of my seat as events unfolded. While I had an inkling about who was behind the threats, I wasn’t sure until the last few pages.
 
While I enjoyed this book—and nearly gave it a 5-cup rating—the author used ‘marine’ instead of ‘Marine’. That capitalized ‘M’ makes all the difference and I really wish that authors and editors would pay it more heed.
 
FYI:
Marine: military a soldier who serves at sea as well as in the air and on land, e.g. a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
marine: relating to, found in, or living in the sea
 
Apparently Case has made an appearance in some of the author’s other books—while I would eventually like to read those because I really enjoyed Case—I don’t feel they were needed to get the full scope of Case.
 
Overall, I enjoyed this one. It had a nice combination of suspense, angst, and romance without one overpowering the other. I’m eager to see what happens in the next book since this book ended with the start of a new mystery that I’m sure will carry over to the next one. I’m also eager to see what happens with Case’s siblings.



Loveless, TX Series
0.5-Unbroken
1-Justified
2-Unforgiven

Friday, July 5, 2019

Eaves of Destruction by Kate Carlisle

Murder is on the to-do list when construction contractor Shannon Hammer looks for a killer in the fifth Fixer-Upper Mystery....


At the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour, Lighthouse Cove, California's premier contractor, Shannon Hammer, realizes that the competition is about to turn deadly....

Shannon is in high demand among rival homeowners who will do anything to win Best in Show. One-upmanship and even espionage break out among neighbors, construction crews, decorators, and landscapers. Thanks to several new hires, Shannon is sure she can handle the extra load - until murder throws a wrench in the works.

The small town's corrupt building inspector is found dead on one of Shannon's jobsites, and soon plenty of suspects are coming out of the woodwork. When another body is discovered, Shannon calls on her team of close friends and devilishly astute thriller writer Mac to help her nail down the details and build a case against the killer before the door shuts on someone else - for good.
 
Series: Fixer-Upper Mystery #5 | Publisher: Audible  | Narrator: Angela Starling  | Length: 7 hrs 35 mins| Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery | Source: Audible | Rating: 4 Cups

Challenges Read For:  - Cruisin' Thru The Cozies: Book of My Choice
 
Praise to the book gods! Shannon’s finally stopped complaining about the ‘mean girls’ from high school. Let’s have a moment of appreciative silence because her whinging was getting really old.
 
Now, on with the review…With the Victorian Home and Garden Tour looming, Shannon and her crew find themselves with more work than they know how to handle so when Amanda shows up looking for a job, Shannon is happy to put her woodworking skills to use. Although when the building inspector, who’s been giving Shannon and her crew trouble, turns up dead and it’s discovered Amanda possibly has a connection to the family they’ve been doing repairs for, Shannon realizes she needs to do a little digging of her own before one of her crew is charged with murder. Although when a woman is murdered in a local hotel owned by Shannon’s friend, she realizes there’s more going on than what meets the eye and all roads seem to be leading back to Amanda. Shannon must figure out what’s going on before the murderer catches on.
 
This has to be one of my favorites in the series. It was slightly predictable but not entirely in your face; there were still a few key of parts of the mysteries that had to be worked out.
I felt like Shannon showed a lot of personal growth in this one. She’s not constantly going on and on about how she doesn’t compare to the ‘mean girls’ from high school or how they treated her. She doesn’t seem caught up on how Tommy—her high school boyfriend now cop—was trapped into marriage by one of the ‘mean girls’. She seemed more well-rounded and adult and I really enjoyed seeing this side of her.                                                                    
 
Both the murder mystery and the mystery of Amanda—the newest member of Shannon’s construction company—were equally entertaining. While I had a feeling things were going to play out the way they did, I was still sussing out a few of the whys and hows. I did have a slight problem with the believability of one particular reasoning and I did question how it went undiscovered—I’m not going to say what as I don’t want to spoil it for reader—but I feel those two items in particular could have been handled/explained a bit better. I don’t really see how the one went undiscovered.
 
The romance in this one felt a bit stilted. Shannon’s been wavering between the Mac and Eric but leaning more towards Mac. The last book showed them growing closer but this book was a bit lackluster in the romance. I didn’t really see any growth in their relationship and it felt as though they were just really good friends hanging out rather than being a couple.
 
Angela Starling is back narrating and, for me, she’s just a better fit for this series. She really brings Shannon to life and it easy and enjoyable to listen to.
 
Overall, there still a few spots that could have improved but I rather enjoyed this one. I feel like this one is getting back on track with how the first book in the series was and I’m hoping that will continue.



Fixer Upper Series
Eaves of Destruction (Fixer-Upper Mystery #5) 
A Wrench in the Works (Fixer-Upper Mystery #6)



Monday, July 1, 2019

Agatha's First Case: An Agatha Raisin Short Story by M. C. Beaton

At age 26 Agatha Raisin has already come a long way. She has clawed her way up since leaving the Birmingham slum where she was born. She's lost her Birmingham accent, run away from her drunken husband, and found a job at a public relations office as a secretary. Then her boss asks Agatha to go to the home of Sir Bryce Teller to tell him that he is soon to be arrested for the murder of his wife and that the agency no longer wants to represent him.




Teller, impressed with the pugnacious Agatha, asks her to handle PR for him and even offers her an office and tells her she can hire a staff. Certainly the best thing Agatha can do for her first client is to find out who really murdered his wife and clear his name. And with her wits and gumption, Agatha sets out to do just that.

Series Agatha Raisin #0.5 | Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.| Narrator: Alison Larkin  | Length: 1 hour 19 minutes  Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery  | Source: Purchased | Rating: 4 Cups


Challenges Read For:  - Cruisin' Thru The Cozies -  My Book Choice
 
This one was quick but rather enjoyable.
 
When Agatha is tasked with the job of telling Sir Bryce Teller that the PR agency he’s currently with will no longer represent him due to the murder investigation he’s currently the prime suspect of, Agatha sees this as her chance to rise up from being a secretary. Impressed with her fortitude, Sir Bryce aids Agatha in establishing her own PR firm. Now Agatha only has one tiny little problem standing in her way; the murder she must solve to clear her clients name.
 
It’s been a minute since I’ve read an Agatha Raisin mystery and, to be honest, I didn’t even realize that this short existed until I was trying to use up my monthly Audible credit.
 
I was rather impressed with this one. Considering it was a little over a minute, I was expecting this to be rushed and incomplete. Thankfully, this was a well-rounded short that showed not only character origin and growth but also a full murder investigation with a conclusion.
 
This was my first time listening to Alison Larkin. She was such a delight to listen to and she really brought Agatha to life.
 
Overall, I really enjoyed seeing Agatha’s start. While it was a quick listen, it was fully fleshed-out. I highly recommend this to full-fledged Agatha Raisin fans and newbies alike.




Agatha’s First Case (short story)
Christmas Crumble (short story)
The Quiche of Death
The Vicious Vet
The Potted Gardener
The Walkers of Dembley
The Murderous Marriage
The Terrible Tourist
The Wellspring of Death
The Wizard of Evesham
The Witch of Wyckhadden
The Fairies of Fryfam
The Love from Hell
The Day the Floods Came
the Case of the Curious Curate
The Haunted House
The Deadly Dance
The Perfect Paragon
Love, Lies and Liquor
Kissing Christmas Goodbye
A Spoonful of Poison
There Goes the Bride
The Busy Body
As the Pig Turns
Hiss and Hers
Something Borrowed, Someone Dead
The Blood of an Englishman
Dishing Up Dirt
Pushing Up Daisies
The Witches’ Tree
The Dead Ringer
Beating about the Bush

Monday, June 3, 2019

Lamp Black, Wolf Grey by Paula Brackston


Artist Laura Matthews finds her new home in the Welsh mountains to be a place so charged with tales and legends that she is able to reach through the gossamer-fine veil that separates her own world from that of myth and fable. She and her husband, Dan, have given up their city life and moved to Blaencwm, an ancient longhouse high in the hills. Here, she hopes that the wild beauty will inspire her to produce her best art and will give her the baby they have longed for. But this high valley is also home to others, such as Rhys, the charismatic loner who pursues Laura with fervor. And Anwen, the wise old woman from the neighboring farm who seems to know so much but talks in riddles. And then there is Merlin. Lamp Black, Wolf Grey tells both Laura's story and Merlin's. For once he too walked these hills, with his faithful grey wolf at his heel. It was here he fell in love with Megan, nursemaid to the children of the hated local noble, Lord Geraint. Merlin was young at the start of his renowned career as a magician, but when he refused to help Lord Geraint, it was Megan who may pay the price. From New York Times best-selling author Paula Brackston, Lamp Black, Wolf Grey is an enchanting tale of love and magic featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, an intriguing historical backdrop, and a relatable heroine that listeners are sure to fall in love with.

 
Publisher: Macmillan Audio | Narrator: Marisa Calin | Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins Genre: Fantasy/Fiction/Paranormal | Source: Purchased | Rating: 2 Cups
Challenges Read For: 2019 Try Something New- New-to-me Author
 
You know when you read a book and it leaves you scratching your head, wondering what you just read? Well, my friends, that’s what this book had me doing. Honestly, three weeks later and I’m still wondering what I read.
 
I had high hopes for this book. So many people have compared it to the works of Susanna Kearsley—my favorite author—that I knew I had to give it a go. Big mistake. This book was all over the place.
 
We have the story of Laura and Dan—they’re married and moved to the Welsh countryside for a quieter life with hopes of conceiving a child. There’s something about Blaencwm (the house they moved into) that seems to have Laura’s lady bits wanting all the men. First, she enters into an affair with Rhys, this nutty little hermit living down the road who believes himself to be Merlin. It was obvious from the start the man had problems yet here Laura was shagging him like they were rabbits every time her husband went back to London on work. Then there was this weird thing going between Laura and the actual Merlin—I’m still a little puzzled by that whole ordeal. Laura wasn’t even a likable character from the start. She was selfish and demanding and always had something to whinge about.
 
Woven through Laura’s romps was the story of Megan, a nursemaid, and how she fell in love with Merlin yet their relationship was thwarted by Lord Geraint who was intent on claiming Megan as his mistresses and the magician Merlin for his weapon of war. This was the story that kept me reading. Megan’s story was great and pulled different aspects from various Arthurian legends but, sadly it wasn’t enough to save the book.
 
I spent the majority of the book thinking/hoping the stories would eventually met somewhere along the line. I kept trying to convince myself that it would eventually turn out that Laura was getting a chance to right the wrongs done to Megan. Honestly, I thought it was going to come down to Laura being a reincarnation of Megan and, unfortunately, that never happened. This was actually two different stories horribly mashed up into one book.
 
There was no justifiable means (i.e. the Laura/Rhys being reincarnated) for Laura to suddenly have these overwhelming desires for Rhys and Merlin and this instant, on the spot connection to them. Laura’s story was basically a bunch of nonsense that would have my grandmother clutching her pearls and saying, “tis a pit she’s a whore”.
 
Let’s not forget the fact there was so much potential by putting Merlin into the story. Although for some reason, it just became weird. Rather than making Merlin an actual person, there was this odd explanation in Laura’s story that he was just a character from a book that was wished to life by those who read about him. Like I said, it left me scratching my head.
 
Oddly enough, I found that I enjoyed the narrator. Marisa Calin added a nice Welsh inflection into the story and was rather easy to listen to.
 
Overall, I wasted an Audible credit and ten and a half hours of my life with this book. The only reason I gave it a 2 cup rating—which was rather generous—is because I did like Megan’s story, sadly the rest of the book was rubbish.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

Forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway is in her late thirties. She lives happily alone with her cats in a remote area near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants—not quite earth, not quite sea. But her routine is harshly upended when a child’s bones are found on a desolate beach. Detective Chief Inspector Nelson calls Ruth for help, believing the bones to be the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing a decade ago and whose abductor taunts him with bizarre letters referencing ritual sacrifice, Shakespeare, and the Bible. Then a second girl goes missing and Nelson receives a new letter—exactly like the ones about Lucy.



Is it the same killer? Or a copycat murderer, linked in some way to the site near Ruth’s remote home?
 
Series: Ruth Galloway Mystery #1 | Publisher:  Mariner | Genre: Mystery | Source:  Publisher | Rating: 4 Cups
Challenges Read For:  -  2019 Try Something New
 
What the Sand gets, the Sand keeps forever.
—The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

 

This was quite the pleasant surprise. Elly Griffiths has been on my to-read for years. I’ve heard so many people raving about writing so when I was offered a book club box by the publisher, I couldn’t refuse and I’m so glad that I didn’t.
 
Forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway is brought in to aid DCI Harry Nelson when it’s discovered that an ancient druidic sacrifice could shed light on the case of two missing little girls. In the remote saltmarshes of Norfolk, Ruth’s home and a place where present New Age Druids are still connected to the rituals of the past, Ruth and Harry are left with a string of strange letters they must decode that will hopefully shed light on the girls’ whereabouts.  As the investigation proceeds and Ruth’s put in danger, she realizes no one can be trusted.
 
I enjoyed the characters. Each one added something different and unique to the story and they all had a particular connection to the site where the henge was discovered.
 
Ruth is almost obsessed with her job to the point it almost consumes her, yet it’s not a bad trait—I mean, if I were able to poke around in the past it would consume me too—it’s made her the interesting woman she’s become. Like most scholars, she’s a little awkward in social situations and it takes her awhile to find her footing when around others yet she’s not afraid to say what she’s thinking. She’s also a little self-conscious about her weight, which I believe comes from the fact her mother’s rather critical about everything she does. She has a circle of friends she made on a dig ten years ago and she’s rather protective of those she’s let in.
 
I found Ruth to be interesting—she’s the type of person I could see myself being friends with. There’s also a realness to Ruth and I like it when characters feel as though they could step into the real world.
 
DCI Harry Nelson is a bit hard to read. There’s a brashness to him yet there’s also this gentler side that pops up unexpectedly. He’s work-driven and that’s a good thing but, at the same time, it makes him appear cold. There’s two side to him, a professional side and a personal side and, at times, I feel as though he discontent with his personal like. It’s almost as if he’s searching for an out but doesn’t want to rock the boat and I’m hoping that as the series progresses he figures it out. He’s also a bit unsure at all the archeological stuff Ruth drops on him yet he knows her information is vital to solving the case.
 
I found that I liked Harry. There’s something about him that makes me want to know more. Although were this a different genre, I’m not sure he would be my favorite, if that makes sense. Hopefully the next few books will clear a few things up.
 
There’s something between Ruth and Harry. It was obvious from the start but I can’t put my finger on what it is—I’m not sure they really know, either. They just seem to be muddling through figuring out and handling things as they come along. Although in the midst of the unknown, there’s a trust between the two. They know they can count on each other. At times it natural and at other times, it’s awkward, but it’s a solid trust that I think will grow throughout the series.
 
The atmosphere and the remote setting of the saltmarshes sent shivers down my spine, as did the talk of the past ritualistic sacrifices. Given the land was already steeped in an almost dark history added just another layer of mystery. There was so much to sort through and so many different outcomes, that I was shocked who the killer turned out to be yet not surprised because he was on the top of my suspect list. I enjoyed weeding through the clues and the letters and seeing how each peg fit in their proper hole.
 
While this does deal with ritual sacrifices, bones, and a few not so much gory but gruesome things it wasn’t over the top or overly explained. Although it’s always a bit harrowing when children are the victims in thriller/mysteries.
 
This book’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. I don’t want to spoil anything but there’s an event that happens in this book that, had it been in a romance book would have ruined the book for me, yet in this book it didn’t really bother me. I’m not a fan of it—I’m not condoning it—, but seeing as this is a thriller/mystery book I overlooked it.
 
While I didn’t really have issues with this book, there were a few things that I would have like an explanation about considering they were top events. I feel like that would have rounded out this book more evenly. It wouldn’t change the outcome, I just would have liked to have known why.
 
Overall, the mystery/thriller aspect blew me away. I’m always up for a bit of British Crime Drama, a bit of history, and bit of archeology so given that the three were combined in this book, I was thrilled. If you’re a newbie to the archeology scene, fear not, everything is explained without confusion and without bogging down the book. And I was pleasantly surprised with some of the friendships that were made within the book.





Ruth Galloway Mystery Series
The Crossing Places
The Janus Stone
The House at Sea’s End
A Room Full of Bones
A Dying Fall
The Outcast Dead
The Ghost Fields
The Woman in Blue
The Chalk Pit
The Dark Angel
The Stone Circle