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review 2019-08-20 10:00
The Yellow Lantern Review and GIVEAWAY!

About the Book


Book: The Yellow Lantern

Author: Angie Dicken

Genre: Christian Historical/Suspense

Release Date: August, 2019

Josephine Is Forced to Spy for Grave Robbers
Step into True Colors—a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime

In Massachusetts in 1824, Josephine Clayton awakes on the table of the doctor she’s assisted all these months. She was presumed dead by all and has become the doctor’s next corpse for his medical research. Frightened, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared. A deal is struck—Josie will leave her village and work at a distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission—posing as a mourner to help his body snatcher procure her replacement. At the mill though, Josie is praised for her medical remedies among the mill girls, gaining attention from the handsome factory manager Braham Taylor. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at all.
What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?

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About the Author


Angie Dicken credits her love of story to reading British literature during life as a military kid in England. Now living in the U.S. heartland, she’s a member of ACFW, sharing about author life with her fellow Alley Cats on The Writer’s Alley blog and Facebook page. Besides writing, she is a busy mom of four and works in Adult Ministry. Angie enjoys eclectic new restaurants, authentic conversation with friends, and date nights with her Texas Aggie husband. Connect with her online at www.angiedicken.com.

More from Angie


Barbour’s True Colors Crime concept intrigued me from the very beginning. Being the daughter of a doctor and discovering the ties of grave robbing to the early medical profession, I was excited to dive deep into 19th century Massachusetts. Grave robbing around Boston and New York was often employed by doctors desperate for medical advancement. Men and women were both involved in the procuring of bodies for doctors. Finding these accounts led me to take took a look at the current medical remedies of the time—tinctures, elixirs, and herbal concoctions. My heroine was created in the tension of a desire to heal and the desperation of medical pursuits.
Amidst these medical ties to the historical moment of 1824, something was also shifting among women in rural areas of New England. Many women were employed by newly built cotton mills (Lowell Mill was my inspiration for the fictional Gloughton Mill in The Yellow Lantern). These working opportunities for women offered an escape from their home-bound lives and the rare chance for independence. Of course, with such industrial environments, injuries, and sometimes death, would occur. Noting the accounts of these kind of fatalities in historical articles, my research came full circle.
I found three strong threads to weave into my grave-robbing story—desperate doctors in need of research, a doctor’s assistant needing an escape from her village, and a mill, not only offering that escape, but the chance at bodies for the desperate medical community.
My heroine, Josie Clay, found life in the tangle of these threads of mills, medicine, and grave robbing—all playing out within the pages of The Yellow Lantern.

My Review


When Barbour introduced the True Colors series, I was immediately intrigued. True crime is an interesting genre, and one that I have both read about and watched documentaries about over the years. Having a basis of factual information, this subject tends toward more neutral ground with regard to narrative voice and presentation, and part of what makes True Colors so unique is the Christian aspect. The characters and precise situations are fictional, but the crimes themselves actually happened, and the merging of sordid history and Christian perspective offers a different angle and a novel approach. This has become my favorite Barbour series, with Daughters of the Mayflower a close second.

“Heaven stank of tallow and shone a honey glow.” From that inimitable first line, Angie Dicken’s “The Yellow Lantern” shoots out of the gate and doesn’t relent until the final page. There is no easing into the plot; rather, readers find themselves thrust headlong into a nightmare situation straight from the nineteenth century. Being buried alive was a legitimate concern in the years before modern technology and an increasing understanding of the human body, and in this age of nascent medical knowledge, doctors needed fresh bodies to advance their studies—bodies supplied to them by aptly-named body snatchers. In 1824 Massachusetts, Josephine Clayton unwittingly finds herself a part of this practice after being quite literally taken for dead and buried and ending up on the table of her employer, Dr. Chadwick. In order to save her own life, she must agree to go to work at a factory mill and pose as a mourner to signal a body snatcher to obtain her replacement. However, her circumstances become more convoluted as she finds herself drawn more deeply into a web of deception.

“The Yellow Lantern” sets forth a plausible scenario in which Christian, good-hearted people may become ensnared in conspiracies and duplicitous dealings. Josie experiences remorse and a stinging conscience as events escalate: “No matter if she played the part of a mill girl, she could not ignore the tangled thread of deceit that wrapped around her soul as tightly as the cotton on the bobbins”. Her proficiency as an herbal healer conflicts with the job she is to perform, as does a budding romance. The description of the cotton mill, with motes and dust thick in the air and obscuring the windows, is eye-opening, as is the lack of recourse for those without positions of authority and prestige in society. Not knowing whom to trust adds to the suspense, creating a sinister, murky atmosphere and making this a very difficult book to put down. Fans of true crime, factory life, nineteenth century customs, and romance will not want to miss out on this illuminating book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and CelebrateLit and was under no obligation to post a review.

Blog Stops


Genesis 5020, August 15

Seasons of Opportunities, August 15

All-of-a-kind Mom, August 15

Bigreadersite, August 16

Emily Yager, August 16

Inspired by fiction, August 16

The Christian Fiction Girl, August 17

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, August 17

Daysong Reflections, August 17

Retrospective Spines, August 18

Spoken from the Heart, August 18

Kathleen Denly, August 19

Through the Fire Blogs, August 19

Christian Bookaholic, August 19

Maureen’s Musings, August 20

For the Love of Literature, August 20

Simple Harvest Reads, August 21 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Godly Book Reviews, August 21

A Reader’s Brain, August 21

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 22

Betti Mace, August 22

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 22

Hallie Reads, August 23

Mary Hake, August 23

Inklings and notions, August 23

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, August 24

For Him and My Family, August 24

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, August 24

Connie’s History Classroom, August 25

Pause for Tales, August 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 25

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, August 26

Tell Tale Book Reviews, August 26

amandainpa, August 26

Blossoms and Blessings, August 27

Texas Book-aholic, August 27

janicesbookreviews, August 27

Back Porch Reads, August 28

Just the Write Escape, August 28




To celebrate her tour, Angie is giving away a grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of each of the books in the series!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


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review 2019-08-20 03:54
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton

I did not enjoy this story. It started slow and then was just hard to follow as it continued to jump back. 

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review 2019-08-20 00:40
Fletch by Gregory McDonald
Fletch - Gregory Mcdonald

I've gotten behind here, with my computer Linux hobbies and paint preparation for the house interior, and haven't done much reading or posting my readings here at BookLikes, so this will catch me up.  It won't be a long review, it's an old book and Irresponsible Reader gave it a good review a few months ago.  I want to read this series because it sort of reminds me of the old M.A.S.H. series with the second book being M.A.S.H. Goes to Maine, by Richard Hooker with the light-hearted banter.


Fletch is Irving (I.V.) call me Fletch Fletcher (not Jane Doe like the movie).  Fletch is on a story trying to solve the mystery of where are the drugs coming from on the Beach and is under a lot of pressure to turn in his book from his editor's assistant, a woman that hates Fletch and the feeling is mutually returned.  While looking like a strung-out druggie (he does  smoke a little pot, heck it's the 70's in California) he is approached by Alan Stanwyck, a man that married his bosses daughter and then started running the father's aviation parts company so the father could put all his efforts into running his tennis club and setting up tournaments.  Stanwyck wants Fletch to murder him.


Fletch the book is a light read, 254 pages, about the investigation of the drugs on the Beach and also into Alan Stanwyck.  There are humor, murder and mayhem and all in all it's a decent book.  Like IR, I also did the audiobook, narrated by Dan John Miller and it really made the book better.


I'm rating this 3-1/2 stars.  Even though it's written in the 70's it's not really dated and enjoyable to read.


Fletch by Gregory McDonald,

Book 1 in the Fletch Series

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review 2019-08-19 23:48
The Body in the Marsh by Nick Louth
The Body In The Marsh - Nick Louth

This is the first in a series about DCI Craig Gillard, a good detective that has led a clean life, seems to be fit and the subject of a lot of water-cooler talk by the ladies.  Without getting into the sub-plots of the story DCI Gillard is called in to find a missing person, which turns out to be his first love ever, the now married Elizabeth Knight.  Liz Knight gave up her education and promising future career to marry Martin Knight, a Professor that would become a pain in the police department's butt by doing reports on how the police department was lax in their work, and how criminals were not trained to return to society and become contributing members to their community.  Liz turned down an education at Harvard so she could concentrate on her romance with her future husband and become a mother of two.


The beginning of the hunt for Liz is not helped by Liz's husband, Professor Martin Knight's denial that Liz is missing by not really co-operating with the police, and Professor Knight simply justs vanishes off the face of the earth.  DNA evidence is later found proofing that Liz is now dead, but no body is ever found.  With Professor Knight missing, a multi-country manhunt for Martin Knight goes into effect.  Evidence of affairs are found against the Professor even hurts his case even more.  After months of investigation, neither Knight is found and with the pressure of the public and press, Gillard is removed from the case.


The Body in the Marsh is well written, even though sometimes you want to scream at your book or ebook reader for the police to open their eyes to the obvious.  The sub-plots of the story work well with the investigation and Louth did his homework to make the read as real as an investigation can get.  Although DCI Gillard is a smart detective, he sort of fumbles his way to solve the case. This being his diligence to work the case from his insight and gut feelings. Eventually, he is put back on the case and works his way to the point to where he can solve the case. 


I like this series.  For me, 3-1/2 stars do not mean mediocracy.  Louth didn't just go through the paces but pieced together a really good book and I look forward to reading the next book in this series.


The Body in the Marsh by Nick Louth,

Book 1 in the DCI Craig Gillard Series

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review 2019-08-15 20:04
Einladung zum Mord - Eve Dallas (14) | J.D. Robb
190809 EveDallas14
Autorin: J. D. Robb (Nora Roberts)Titel: Einladung zum MordReihe: Eve Dallas (14)Übersetzerin: Uta HegeGenre: Thriller, Leidenschaft, Sci-FiVerlag: Audible Studios, [10.10.2013]Spieldauer: [868 Minuten], ungekürztSprecherin: Tanja Gekeauch im eBook-, HC- und TB-Format erschienenWhispersync for Voice verfügbargehört über die Audible Appklick zu Amazon.deklick zu Audible.de

Inhaltsangabe (Audible):

Manche tun diese Arbeit voller Eifer, andere voller Gleichmut, und wieder andere betrachten Mord als ein Werk der Liebe! Als Walter Pettibone um genau 19.30 Uhr abends von der Arbeit nach Hause kommt, wird er von über hundert Gästen erwartet. Die eigentliche Überraschung steht ihm allerdings noch bevor. Um 20.45 Uhr reicht ihm eine Frau mit grünen Augen und rotem Haar ein Glas Sekt. Ein Schluck davon, und Walter fällt tot um. Niemand kennt die mysteriöse Fremde - bis auf Eve Dallas, die ermittelnde Polizistin...
Rache ist süß. Aber oftmals bitter im Geschmack...

>> Diese ungekürzte Hörbuch-Fassung wird Ihnen exklusiv von Audible präsentiert und ist ausschließlich im Download erhältlich.

©2008 Random House Verlagsgruppe (P)2013 Audible Studios

Meine Meinung:


Auch in diesem 14. Fall brilliert Eve Dallas wieder durch ihre Zähigkeit, Unerschrockenheit und ihren Spürsinn. Eine Frau, die sie vor Jahren mithalf hinter Gitter zu bringen, tüftelt einen perfiden Plan aus, um sich an Eve zu rächen und geht dabei buchstäblich über Leichen. Als Eve erkennt, wer ihr eigentliches Opfer zu sein scheint, gönnt sie sich kaum eine Pause und geht bis an ihre Grenzen, stellt sich sogar ihrer Vergangenheit ein weiteres Stück.


Privat lernt sie die Eltern von Peabody kennen und schätzen und zeigt auf ihre etwas schroffe Art, wie gern sie ihre Assistentin hat, denn diese darf ihren ersten Fall allein lösen, wenn er auch schon etwas älter ist. Aber Peabody beweist einen guten Riecher und braucht nur einen winzigen Schubs in die richtige Richtung, als sie an sich selbst zu zweifeln beginnt.


Natürlich klärt Eve den Fall, und es macht Spaß, ihr bei den Ermittlungen zuzuhören und gelegentlich an ihrer Leidenschaft teilzuhaben.


Von Tanja Geke wurde auch dieses Hörbuch hervorragend eingelesen. Ich würde mir keine andere Sprecherin wünschen. Robb und Geke sind ein solch brillantes Team, wie King und Nathan. Ich bin reineweg begeistert und gebe 09/10 Punkte.



Bücher der Reihe:


- Rendezvous mit einem Mörder – rezensiert 22.02.2012 – 07/10 Punkte
- Tödliche Küsse – beendet 05.01.2016 – 08/10 Punkte
- Eine mörderische Hochzeit – beendet 28.05.2016 – 09/10 Punkte
- Bis in den Tod – beendet 11.06.2016 – 09/10 Punkte
- Der Kuss des Killers – beendet 22.08.2016 – 08/10 Punkte
- Mord ist ihre Leidenschaft – beendet 26.11.2016 – 09/10 Punkte
- Liebesnacht mit einem Mörder – beendet 23.03.2017 – 09/10 Punkte
- Der Tod ist mein – beendet 18.05.2017 – 09/10 Punkte
- Ein feuriger Verehrer – beendet 25.08.2017 – 09/10 Punkte
- Spiel mit dem Mörder – beendet 17.11.2017 – 08/10 Punkte
- Sündige Rache – beendet 13.04.2018 – 08/10 Punkte
- Symphonie des Todes – beendet 11.09.2018 – 08/10 Punkte
- Das Lächeln des Killers – beendet 31.01.2019 – 09/10 Punkte
- Einladung zum Mord – beendet 09.08.2019 – 09/10 Punkte
- Tödliche Unschuld
- Der Hauch des Bösen
- Das Herz des Mörders
- Ein gefährliches Geschenk
- Im Tod vereint
- Tanz mit dem Tod
- In den Armen der Nacht
- Stich ins Herz
- Stirb. Schätzchen. Stirb
- In Liebe und Tod
- Sanft kommt der Tod
- Mörderische Sehnsucht
- Sündiges Alibi
- Im Namen des Todes
- Tödliche Verehrung
- Süßer Ruf des Todes
- Sündiges Spiel
- Mörderische Hingabe
- Verrat aus Leidenschaft
- In Rache entflammt
- Tödlicher Ruhm
- Verführerische Täuschung


Einladung zum Mord: Roman (Eve Dallas 14) - J.D. Robb,Uta Hege 

Source: sunsys-blog.blogspot.com/2019/08/gehort-einladung-zum-mord-jd-robb.html
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