Aunt Dimity and the King's Ransom
August 5th, 2018 by diane92345

Not much of a mystery, more of a history, is found in Aunt Dimity and the King’s Ransom.

Lori is trapped by flooding rains in rural England in Shepney when she meets former Bishop Christopher. When only a supposed haunted attic room is the only area left to sleep, Lori makes the best of it. Her mother’s deceased friend Aunt Dimity contacts Lori by automatic writing in a blank blue notebook. Dimity states there is no ghost in the attic but tells of several in different areas of the King’s Ransom Inn, where Lori is staying. Christopher and Lori hunt for the ghost story’s origin as well as that of the inn’s name.

I’ve never read any books in the Aunt Dimity series before and was disappointed by her extremely small role in this book. I verified that this is marketed as a cozy mystery though the mysteries also seem rather scant. There are no present day crimes in Aunt Dimity and the King’s Ransom at all. It is all smugglers’ gold and 1700’s English history. To be honest, it reminded me of the books and cartoons of my youth like Scooby Doo, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. While the plot wasn’t to my taste, those interested in British history or looking for a non-violent mystery might find it interesting. 3 stars.

Thanks to Viking Books and NetGalley for a copy.

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July 26th, 2018 by diane92345

Ghosted, the word, is when a hookup quietly ignores your texts, calls, emails and other online communications. Ghosted, the book, is a wonderful twisty love story.

Sarah and Eddie, both in their late 30s, spend a romantic week together after meeting unexpectedly. As Eddie is leaving for a holiday in Spain, both vow to meet up again after his return. However, Sarah hears nothing. Her increasingly frantic texts, calls, Facebook messages and emails go unanswered. Her best friends tell her to move on. But Sarah is convinced something tragic has happened to Eddie and just can’t let go.

Ghosted is a delightful summer beach read for mystery lovers. The story of the romance evolving, told in flashbacks, is just as entrancing as the mystery of Eddie’s disappearance. Also, Smelly has to be the best, and probably the most accurate, name for a dog either in fiction or in real life. 4 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, Pamela Dorman Books, and Edelweiss+ for an advanced copy.

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Space Between
July 25th, 2018 by diane92345

Space Between is a good choice for fans of Gone Girl.

Sarah and Ben have been married 15 years when Ben mysteriously disappears. Ben leaves behind a shiny new Glock, an erased security system and a million dollar transfer into Sarah’s bank account. Ben was scheduled to testify the following week in his lawsuit against his partners in his upscale LA eatery. Could they have abducted Ben? Or could Sarah, who admittedly has problems in her marriage, be angling for the huge insurance and inheritance payoff if Ben is found dead?

Space Between in a good, not great, mystery. There have been so many similar plotlines since Gone Girl was released, it is possible I’m just burned out on the family dynamic thriller. I spent much of my reading time wondering if Sarah had ever read or watched a thriller or police procedural before. Some of her actions are bizarre and stupid. Picking up a gun without worrying about getting your fingerprints on it? Not using your alarm or even locking your doors after your husband disappears? Lying to the police? Concealing and tampering with evidence that could be used to find your husband? It is just unbelievable that a Caltech PhD and famous astrophysicist could be this stupid. Someone less jaded than I might like Space Between so 3 stars.

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for an advanced copy.

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Believe Me
July 23rd, 2018 by diane92345

All actors must embody their character. Sarah, especially, is willing to do anything for her craft. Her wish is that her audience “Believe Me”.

Sarah attends a method acting school in New York City. She had blown her chance at fame at home in London. Lack of resources and no green card forces her down some mean streets. First, she works with a private detective to entrap married men on video for $400 a date. Then the police invite her to role play as a victim to someone they suspect of being a sadist serial killer. Sarah agrees for the chance of getting her green card. That’s where the fun begins in Believe Me, the latest book by the author of the Girl Before.

This book is an invigorating and compelling ride through Dante’s Inferno. I intended to read just a chapter or two before dinner. When I next glanced up from the book, it was two hours later and I was already a third into the book. The plot holds the reader by the throat and won’t let up. The abrupt twists and turns are fair—though I only saw the clues in retrospect.

Believe Me is definitely only for adults who thought Fifty Shades of Gray was too tame. There is some serious BDSM action in here. However, if you want to read about a world that you would never have the nerve to join, read this book. It has a great plot and setting that you won’t soon forget. 5 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, Ballantine Books, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.

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Guide to Magazine Article Writing
July 20th, 2018 by diane92345

Hit by writer’s block on your novel?  To push that block off your shoulder, try writing magazine articles while also working on your masterwork.

With newspapers closing, “91% of US adults [still] read print magazines.”

This guide is filled with practical advice to write targeted articles that will make some cash and build your brand. From finding ideas, researching markets, staying organized and writing queries, there is much to be done before the article is even written.

I love this Guide to Magazine Article Writing! So useful! So straightforward! 5 stars!

Thanks to Writer’s Digest and NetGalley for an advanced copy.

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