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review 2017-07-25 23:54
Let the Dead Speak (Maeve Kerrigan Novels) - Jane Casey

This was my fourth book by Jane Casey and as usual, she did not let me down. This one begins with a teenager coming home early from her dad's home from a weekend stay. The real reason why is given later in the book, but the beginning having you believe it was because of her stepmother. And, believe me, if I had a stepmother like that, I don't think I would ever go to my dad's house. She is just one person in a very long list of suspects in this book.

The teenager, Chloe, is a little slow and when she opens up the front door to her house, all she can see is blood everywhere. However, because Chloe is what she is, she thinks its dirt and wonders how it got everywhere like it did. 

On to the investigation, Maeve Kerrigan is called in to determine what actually happened in Chloe's house and the story enfolds into a very strange case.

As usual, there is the action and suspense that is typical of any Jane Case book. Also the entertaining and enjoyable factor that I have come to expect with her books. A story that will have you guessing and guessing again and again.

Thanks to St. Martins Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-07-02 19:34
Danger
Love to Hate: An Enemies-to-Lovers Romance (Only Him Book 3) - Nicole Casey

This is the 3rd book in the Only Him series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Jamie & Ashton are sort of friends turned rivals.  With them growing such similar businesses, it was probably inevitable.  The attraction that was between them, however, is still there.

 

Ashton has failed at so much.  His own father no longer wishes to help him.  He finds himself in a very bad place.  A place where he may have to rescue an old friend.

 

Characters who find one another hot are the reason I read romance.  These two obviously belong together.  You can feel right from the beginning for the lead and I rooted for him from the start.  This was a quick and hot read.  I give this book a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-06-10 18:41
Graveyard Shift by Casey Daniels
Graveyard Shift: A paranormal mystery (A Pepper Martin Mystery) - Casey Daniels

Pepper Martin, now Community Relations Director of Garden View Cemetery, is contacted by the ghost of Eliot Ness, one of Cleveland’s most famous dearly departed. According to Ness, the ashes scattered at the ceremony twenty years earlier weren’t his. His were stolen prior to the ceremony by a Ness groupie, and he cannot rest until those ashes are found. Luckily, Pepper has an idea where they may be.

Knowing she’ll have no peace until she does what the ghost wants, Pepper travels across town to retrieve the ashes...

 
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First, I want to say that the description of the book gives away too much information of the book. So, I have removed the part of the description on my review here on my blog so that it's less revealing. Luckily, I must have skimmed the description before I started to read the book since I only had a vague idea of the book's story. And, I like it that way. I don't want to know too much!

Anyway, I found the book to be quite charming to read. It actually felt like just the perfect book to read at the moment, a cozy mystery book is always nice when you have read heavier or darker books. Graveyard Shift is the first Pepper Martin book I have read, and I admit that it was Eliot Ness that caught my attention. I found the idea of his ashes being stolen quite interesting and people seeing ghosts is always intriguing. I had no problem getting into the book, despite no previous knowledge, instead mentionings of previous cases, etc. just made me interested in reading previous books. Pepper Martin was easy to like. However, I found her mother quite annoying and I wished sometimes that Pepper would just tell her to stuff it! Quinn, Pepper's boyfriend did I have some trouble warming up to. I don't know, I just didn't find him that interesting. Perhaps I will grow to like him if I read more books in the series.

The case in itself was not earth-shattering mysterious. It was perhaps a bit too easy to figure out (especially if you have read the description) what would happen and there were no great twists to the story. But, I liked the book, the story was easygoing and charming and I definitely recommend this series to people looking to read a cozy mystery series with a paranormal touch!

 
I want to thank Severn House for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review! 
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text 2017-06-01 14:40
My May 2017
Immortal Writers (Immortal Writers Series Book 1) - Jill M. Bowers
Coraline - Neil Gaiman,Cornelia Krutz-Arnold
The Castaways - Jessika Fleck
Secrets of a Reluctant Princess - Casey Griffin
Blutdämmerung - Rainer Löffler
Welcome Back, Vol. 1: Help, I'm Alive - Christopher Sebela,Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Joyride Vol. 1 - Collin Kelly,Jackson Lanzing,Marcus To
Die Auserwählten - In der Todeszone: Maze Runner 3 (Die Auserwählten – Maze Runner) - Katharina Hinderer,James Dashner,Anke Caroline Burger
Maze Runner - Die Geheimakten: Alles über Die Auserwählten (Die Auserwählten - Maze Runner 0) - James Dashner,Anke Caroline Burger
Immortal Writers - 4 stars
Coraline - 5 stars
The Castaways - 5 stars
Secrets of a Reluctant Princess - 2 stars
Blutdämmerung - 5 stars
Welcome Back, Vol. 1: Help, I'm Alive - 4 stars
Joyride Vol. 1 - 4 stars
Die Auserwählten - In der Todeszone - 2.5 stars
Maze Runner - Die Geheimakten: Alles über Die Auserwählten - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Coraline, The Castaways, Blutdämmerung

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: The Sleeping Prince

 

I mean there are two comics and one really short book in there but I'm surprised that I finished 9 books. Two of the books were a major let down BUT most of the books were just pretty amazing. So success.

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review 2017-06-01 10:22
Let the Dead Speak (Maeve Kerrigan Novels) - Jane Casey

Chloe Emery returns home after a weekend away to find her mother gone. In her place is a wave of blood covering the house. Maeve Kerrigan and her colleagues are called to investigate. What secrets was Kate Emery keeping and where is she? If there are all the signs of violence, but no body, is it really murder?

 

This is the first Jane Casey novel I have read and I didn’t know what I had been missing out on. My first thought on finishing the book was – Brilliant.

 

The narrative grabs from the opening, leaving the reader intrigued to find out more. I did not have any previous reader relationship with Kerrigan and her colleagues so I was a little worried that I would find some aspects of the story passing me by. My worries were unfounded.

 

There is an acerbic, dark humour to the writing that I felt worked perfectly with the story and characters. I loved the interaction between Kerrigan and Derwent. The banter offset the seriousness of the case to a tee. Theirs is a great example of a fictional duo, the trust shown in the easy, yet sometimes turbulent relationship between the two. Kerrigan’s new colleague Georgia Shaw is annoying, too over confident for someone so newly part of the team, trying too hard to impress the wrong people, though that is, I think, how Jane Casey intended her to be portrayed.

 

The story revolves around few characters, making it easy to follow. As a result there is a closed room mystery feel to the novel. It is obvious that there was more to Kate Emery that met the eye and that the houses on Valerian Road were keeping many secrets. The story examines the fact that we never truly know someone and that the motives behind their actions aren’t always as they appear.

 

This is book seven in the Maeve Kerrigan series but it can easily be read without having read the rest in the series.

 

Cleverly constructed, engaging and gripping, the perfect combination for a crime thriller. I look forward to reading more from Jane Casey soon.

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