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Book Review- Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything by Kristin Bair O’Keeffe

I am SO EXCITED to bring you my review of Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything by Kristin Bair O’Keeffe for Suzy Approved Book Reviews

About The Book: 

Release Date: November 10, 2020

Alcove Press

A quirky, nervous wreck of a New England mom is forced to face her many fears in this touching, irresistible novel from author Kristin Bair.

Agatha Arch’s life shatters when she discovers her husband in their backyard shed, in flagrante delicto, giving the local dog walker some heavy petting. Suddenly, Agatha finds herself face to face with everything that frightens her…and that’s a loooooong list.

Agatha keeps those she loves close. Everyone else, she keeps as far away as possible. So she’s a mystery to nearly everyone in her New England town. To her husband, she’s a saucy, no-B.S. writer. To her Facebook Moms group, she’s a provocateur. To her neighbor, she’s a standoffish pain in the butt. To her sons, she’s chocolate pudding with marshmallows. And to her shrink, she’s a bundle of nerves on the brink of a cataclysmic implosion.

Defying her abundant assortment of anxieties, Agatha dons her “spy pants”–a pair of khakis whose many pockets she crams with binoculars, fishing line, scissors, flashlight, a Leatherman Super Tool 300 EOD, candy, and other espionage essentials–and sets out to spy on her husband and the dog walker. Along the way, she finds another intriguing target to follow: a mysterious young woman who’s panhandling on the busiest street in town.

It’s all a bit much for timorous Agatha. But with the help of her Bear Grylls bobblehead, a trio of goats, and a dog named Balderdash, Agatha may just find the courage to build a better life.

Miss W’s Review:

THIS BOOK ! IS EVERYTHING!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything by Kristin Bair O’Keeffe is a heartfelt, comical well written novel. I LOVED this novel to no END, and I didn’t want it to end. And yes, Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything! When Agatha comes home to find her husband and the dog walker (NO they don’t have a dog) having sex in the backyard shed, she loses her mind. As someone with anxiety, I totally related to Agatha. Her character is well written and quirky and I laughed so many times. And …goats! Yes there are goats in the book which really added such a layer of fun. I would be remiss if I did not mention the Facebook Moms Group. After discovering her husbands affair she reaches out to her moms Facebook group for support and goes off the rails. There are so many things to love about Agatha , I mean she has a nickname for her therapist and the moms on Facebook the interactions are hilarious. I think that Agatha find unique ways to deal with her fears. I have to say , this is one of my favorite books of 2020. It is fresh, unique and well written. I was cheering on for Agatha the whole time! Highly recommend this fun read!

About The Author:

Kristin Bair is the author of the novels The Art of Floating and Thirsty, as well as essays about China, bears, adoption, off-the-plot expats, and more. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including The Manifest-Station, The Gettysburg Review, Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, The Christian Science Monitor, Poets & Writers Magazine, Writer’s Digest, and other publications. As a writing instructor, her peripatetic nature has landed her in classrooms and conferences around the world. A native Pittsburgher, Kristin now lives north of Boston with her husband and two kiddos.

http://www.kristinbairokeeffe.com/

I hope you will get a copy of this book and love it as much as I did!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- Cover Your Tracks by Daco S. Auffenorde

On the blog today I have a review for Cover Your Tracks by Daco S. Auffenorde on tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours!

Release Date: October 20, 2020

About The Book: 

Margo Fletcher, eight months pregnant, is traveling by train from Chicago to Spokane, her childhood home. While passing through an isolated portion of the Rockies in blizzard conditions, the train unexpectedly brakes. Up ahead, deadly snow from a massive avalanche plummets down the mountain. Despite the conductor’s order for the passengers to stay seated, former Army Ranger Nick Eliot insists that survival depends on moving to the back of the train. Only Margo believes him. They take refuge in the last train car, which Nick heroically uncouples in time to avoid the avalanche. The rest of the train is hurled down the mountainside and is soon lost forever in a blanket of snow. Margo and Nick, the sole survivors, are stranded in the snowstorm without food, water, or heat. Rescuers might not arrive for days.

When the weather turns violent again, the pair must flee the shelter of the passenger car and run for their lives into the wilderness. They must fend off the deadly cold as well as predatory wild animals foraging for food. We learn that both Margo and Nick have secrets that have brought them together and threaten to destroy them.

Cover Your Tracks is a chilling story of love and hate, the devastating power of nature, and the will to survive.

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Cover Your Tracks was quite the thrilling read! I do love a novel that is written in dual perspectives, for me personally I get to see the whole story more than only one perspective. We meet Margo who is a VERY pregnant doctor and Nick who is former military who both are traveling on a passenger train to Washington state. There is an avalanche and everyone perishes except Margo and Nick. That credit goes to Nick as he knew to run to the back of the train. I found the dual timeline interesting as we learn more about Margo and Nick’s pasts as they were trying to survive in the wilderness. Two strangers on a train to a WHOLE new twisted level. I enjoyed the excellent descriptions of the scenery and outdoors. The characters were well written. I didn’t like Nick, but I am pretty sure I wasn’t supposed to. This is a page turner you won’t want to put down.

About The Author:

Daco Auffenorde was born at the Naval hospital in Bethesda, Maryland and raised in Huntsville, Alabama―also known as Rocket City for its role in building the rocket that took astronauts into space―Daco holds a B.A. and M.A.S. from The University of Alabama in Huntsville and a J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Alabama Writers’ Forum, Authors Guild, and Alabama State Bar. http://www.authordaco.com/

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Cover REVEAL- The Stranger in the Mirror by Liv Constantine

I am THRILLED to bring you an exclusive cover reveal of The Stranger in the Mirror by Liv Constantine in partnership with Suzy Approved Book Tours!

Is this cover not AMAZING! That eye! I am pulled in right away!

About the BOOK:

THE STRANGER IN THE MIRROR

Liv Constantine

Harper Books 

July 6, 2021

A diabolically twisty, psychologically unsettling novel about a woman with no recollection of her past from the authors of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick The Last Mrs. Parrish and The Wife Stalker.

Addison’s about to get married, but she’s not looking forward to the big day. It’s not her fiancé; he’s a wonderful man. It’s because Addison doesn’t know who she really is. A few years ago, a kind driver found her bleeding next to a New Jersey highway and rescued her. While her physical wounds healed, Addison’s memory never returned. She doesn’t know her real name. Or how she ended up injured on the side of a road. Or why she can’t shake the notion that she may have done something very, very bad . . .

In a posh home in the Boston suburbs, Julian tries to figure out what happened to his loving, caring wife, Cassandra, who disappeared without a trace two years ago. She would never have left him and their seven-year-old daughter Valentina of her own free will—or would she? 

As these two lives intersect, The Stranger in the Mirror hooks readers with riveting drama, told with Liv Constantine’s hallmark blend of glamour, tense psychological thrills, and jaw-dropping twists.

#thestrangerinthemirro #livconstantine #thestrangerinthemirrornovel #thriller #psychologicalthriller #suspense

Pre- Order Link NOW: http://bit.ly/strangerinthemirrorpreorder 

About The Author: 

Liv Constantine is the pen name of sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Together, they are the bestselling author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick The Last Mrs. Parrish, The Last Time I Saw You, The Wife Stalker, and The Stranger in the Mirror (coming July 2021). Their books have been praised by USA Today, The Sunday Times, People Magazine, and Good Morning America, among many others. Lynne and Valerie are national and international bestselling authors and their books have been translated into 27 languages, are available in 32 countries, and have been optioned for both television and film. Lynne lives in Milford, Connecticut; Valerie in Annapolis, Maryland. Visit their website at http://www.livconstantine.com and find them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LivConstantine2 or Instagram under the handle @livconstantine2

 Author Website: https://livconstantine.com/

Miss W’s Thoughts:

I have read every single one of Liv Constantine’s books and they are all 5 star reads. If you look back on my blog you will see I have reviewed them all. The author’s writing style and ability to create a perfectly paced suspenseful plot with complex characters leaves you flipping the pages until the very end. Highly recommend all their novels.

Book Review- Winter Witness by Tina deBellegarde

I am excited to bring you my review of Winter Witness by Tina deBellegarde on tour with Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours!

About the Book:

When a beloved nun is murdered in a sleepy Catskill Mountain town, a grieving young widow finds herself at the center of the turmoil. Bianca St. Denis is searching for a job and seeking acceptance in her new home of Batavia-on-Hudson. Agatha Miller, the nun’s closest friend and the ailing local historian everyone loves to hate, shares her painful personal history and long-buried village secrets with Bianca. Armed with this knowledge, Bianca unravels the mysteries surrounding the death while dealing with the suspicions of her eccentric neighbors.

However, Bianca’s meddling complicates the sheriff’s investigation as well as his marriage. Can Sheriff Mike Riley escape his painful past in a town where murder and infighting over a new casino vie for his attention?

Danger stalks Bianca as she gets closer to the truth. Can the sheriff solve the mystery before the killer strikes again? Can the town heal its wounds once the truth has been uncovered?

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Winter Witness by Tina deBellegarde is a fantastic atmospheric debut novel. I LOVE mysteries and I am always looking for new authors in the genre. I am really glad I gave this author a try, I was not disappointed. The story is about the murder of an elderly nun in the Catskill Mountains. The format of the mystery is interesting in that instead of dropping clues, there is more context about the people in the small town and their secrets. I would say Bianca is the protagonist because the story is more about her settling into this small town and her fascination with the murder and how we come to learn about the killer and who it might be. I enjoyed the complex , well rounded characters and the story. I would have to say that this is more fiction with elements of a mystery. An enjoyable read. I look forward to more stories from this author.

About the Author:

Tina deBellegarde lives in Catskill, New York with her husband Denis and their cat Shelby. Winter Witness is the first book in the Batavia-on-Hudson Mystery Series. Tina also writes short stories and flash fiction. When she isn’t writing, she is helping Denis tend their beehives, harvest shiitake mushrooms, and cultivate their vegetable garden. She travels to Japan regularly to visit her son, Alessandro. Tina did her graduate studies in history. She is a former exporter, paralegal, teacher, and library clerk.

GIVEAWAY:

This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Tina deBellegarde. There will be 6 winners. Two (2) winners will each win one (1) Amazon.com Gift Card. Two (2) winners will each win one (1) physical copy of Winter Witness by Tina deBellegarde (U.S. addresses only) and two (2) winners will each win one (1) eBook of Winter Witness by Tina deBellegarde The giveaway begins on November 1, 2020 and runs through December 2, 2020. Void where prohibited.

Enter here:

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Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- All That Was by Tanya E. Williams

On the blog today I am reviewing All That Was by Tanya E. Williams on book blogger tour for Suzy Approved Book Tours.

About the Book:

Release Date: October 20, 2020

Separated by a century. Bonded by loss. Will examining all that was invoke comfort or calamity?

Seattle, 2015. Emily Reed refuses to dwell on her emotions. When the first-year attorney is assigned a church archival project, she dives into the records to hide from her own heartache. But when she discovers her parents were married in this very chapel, she is forced to confront the grief she buried a decade ago.

After she died in 1935, Elizabet Thomas was devastated when her beloved husband wasn’t waiting for her on the other side. A lost soul, she’s wandered their church for the past eighty years, desperate to find him. And now she must persuade a young, living lawyer that the historic building needs to be preserved rather than sold and torn down.

Discovering a diary among the disarray in the building’s basement, Emily is first engrossed and then moved by the dead woman’s words. And as the fate of her home unravels, Elizabet realizes she and the grieving archivist have more in common than she ever would have guessed.

Can Emily and Elizabet save themselves and their cherished sanctuary?

All That Was is an uplifting standalone women’s literary fiction novel deeply woven with historical elements. If you enjoy dual-perspective storylines, complex female characters, and the rekindling of lost hope, then you’ll love Tanya E Williams’s soul-stirring tale.

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

𝘼𝙡𝙡 𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙒𝙖𝙨 is a beautifully written women’s fiction novel with added historical fiction pieces. Written richly with multiple story lines this is a book that left me with emotions that a book hasn’t stirred in me in a long time. ⁣I was so attached to the characters in this novel , they were well written, complex and well fleshed out but at the same time so relatable. This book was so hard to put down. I LOVED it so much!!!!

About the Author:

A writer from a young age, Tanya E Williams loves to help a reader get lost in another time, another place through the magic of books. History continues to inspire her stories and her insightfulness into the human condition deepens her character’s experiences and propels them on their journey. Ms. Williams’ favourite tales, speak to the reader’s heart, making them smile, laugh, cry, and think. https://tanyaewilliams.com/

Author of historical fiction titles:

Becoming Mrs. Smith

Stealing Mr. Smith

A Man Called Smith

All That Was (October 2020)

Author of Inspirational title:

Breathe

Social Media:

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/authortanyawilliams/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/tanyaewilliams_author

Twitter: @tanya_breathes 

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/tanya-e-williams

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Review: Hexes and Holly, a Paranormal Cozy Mystery Holiday Collection

I am BEYOND thrilled to bring you my review for the Hexes and Holly Anthology.

About the anthology:

Publication Date: 11/1/2020

Tis the season for tinsel, turkey, and… toe of frog? It’s time for another holiday anthology from fourteen of your favorite paranormal mystery authors. These never-before published snow-filled short stories and novellas are sure to send your spine tingling this holiday season!

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Hexes and Holly is a wonderful Christmas Anthology featuring some of the best cozy mystery authors there is!

Morgana Best’s “But Wait… There’s Myrrh” is a fantastic funny novella. Jennifer is the protagonist and she is hitting menopause and something else is also going on, something magical! This story was SO hilarious and well written. There’s murder, menopause, and mayhem. This prequel novella to a new cozy paranormal women’s fiction leaves me wanting more and I cannot wait for this new series.

Yule Tide Murder by Jenna St. James is so fun. Fights going back hundreds of years and multiple suspects for murder and robbery. This is such a great book with Serena and Grant.

Hidden in Plain Sight by Amorette Anderson
If you read the Hillcrest series you will love this! Marley and Penny have a mystery on their hands finding the stolen christmas decorations. Gargoyles and witches make for such a fun story.

Bespelled by Ava Mallory
This was such a fun short story . A Beatrice Montoya short. I really loved it!

Things that Go Bump and the Knight by Hermoine Moon.
I haven’t read this series yet, but I loved this story and reading about the Avalon Cafe.
I will definitely be picking up other books in the series.

Lost Souls ParaAgency and The Christmas Siren by K.M. Waller
I love the Lost Souls ParaAgency so much and this was a great addition.
Such a fun story.

Angels, Eggnog, and Murder by Tegan Maher
This story was so AMAZING! I think it takes a very talented author to be able to do a crossover and seamlessly incorporate 3 different series. Kira from Southern Soul Hunter series goes home with Shelby to Keyhole Lake and their is a murder to solve. I loved the story from Kira’s voice it was so neat to see Keyhole Lake from her perspective as an outsider.

Mystic Greetings by Leanne Leeds
I hadn’t read this author before and this was an interesting story. It was short and I think I need to go look at her other books to understand the characters a bit more.

Merry Misdeeds by Misty Bane
A fun story . There is a Christmas festival and a woman that has way too many enemies is killed.
The setting is all paranormals which I really enjoyed. I will look for more from this author.

Mintwood Christmas Paws by Addison Creek
This was a fun story, and I really enjoyed Paws. I will definitely check out more of this authors work.

Wicked Gift of the Witch by ReGina Welling & Erin Lynn
I REALLY loved this one! Hagatha Crow oh my goodness! She tries to spoil Christmas, but it doesn’t worked as planned. I LOVE this series and I was so pleased to read this fun short story. If you haven’t read the series yet, I highly recommend it!

All I Witch for Christmas is You by Samantha Silver
This short story is from the new Fairy Falls series which I LOVE!
Mina and Pawdrey are auditioning for a film role for Pawdrey when a rare gem is stolen.
This was a great mystery that I really loved. If you have not read this author yet, go run and check her out. The next book in this series comes out November 15th and I am really excited!

Mistletoe Murder by Stella Berry
This was a different type of mystery and a bit sad. The main characters is very likeable.

Sugarplum Spooks by Stephanie Damore
I love this series with Claire and Nick. I always get so excited to read books from this series.
The mystery was well written and I love the characters in this story. Definitely check out the rest of the series.

I mean SO MANY amazing stories!!!!!

Grab your copy now and let me know what you think !!!!!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- Under a Gilded Moon by Joy Jordan-Lake

On the blog today I have a review for Under a Gilded Moon by Joy Jordan-Lake for Suzy Approved Book Tours!

About The Book: 

Release Date: December 1, 2020 Lake Union Publishing

Crawdads meets the Crawleys…Threaded through with a meticulously researched, well-crafted mystery, this is historical fiction at its best.” —Fiona Davis, nationally bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue

From the bestselling author of A Tangled Mercy comes an enthralling novel of secrets, a tumultuous war of ideas, and murder as classes collide in the shadow of Biltmore House.

Biltmore House, a palatial mansion being built by the Vanderbilts, American “royalty,” is in its final stages of construction in North Carolina. The country’s grandest example of privilege, it symbolizes the aspirations of its owner and the dreams of a girl, just as driven, who lives in its shadow.

Kerry MacGregor’s future is derailed when, after two years in college in New York City, family obligations call her home to the beautiful Appalachians. She is determined to distance herself from the opulence she sees rising in the Blue Ridge Mountains, however close its reach. Her family’s land is among the last pieces required to complete the Biltmore Estate. But something more powerful than an ambitious Vanderbilt heir could change Kerry’s fate as, one by one, more outsiders descend on the changing landscape—a fugitive from Sicily, a reporter chasing a groundbreaking story, a debutante tainted by scandal, and a conservationist prepared to put anyone at risk to stoke the resentment of the locals.

As Kerry finds herself caught in a war between wealth and poverty, innocence and corruption, she must navigate not only her own pride and desperation to survive but also the temptations of fortune and the men who control it.

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Under a Gilded Moon is a wonderfully crafted novel that is part historical fiction, party mystery, and ALL magnificence.

The author does an amazing job with her descriptive writing, especially of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At times I felt like I was in the mountains enjoying the beautiful views.

This book has everything, including romance.

The stark contrast between the haves and the have nots is evident and the research that the author did on this time period and the Biltmore House was obvious to this reader.

The characters are well crafted and fleshed out with a rich, well written story.

I very much enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down.

About the Author:


Joy Jordan-Lake is the author of eight books, including A Tangled Mercy, a #1 Amazon bestseller and also an Editors’ Choice recipient from the Historical Novel Society; Blue Hole Back Home, which won the Christy Award for First Novel; and the children’s book A Crazy-Much Love. Raised in the foothills of the Appalachians, she spent several summers in and around Asheville, North Carolina, where the Biltmore Estate is located. She continues to love the Blue Ridge Mountains and drags friends and family there with her whenever possible. Jordan-Lake holds two master’s degrees and a PhD in English and has taught literature and writing at several universities. Now living outside Nashville, she and her husband have two daughters, a son, and a ferocious ten-pound rescue pup. To learn more about the author and her work, visit www.joyjordanlake.com .

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review-Judge’s Girls by Sharina Harris

On the blog today I have a review of Judge’s Girls by Sharina Harris on book blogger tour for Suzy Approved Book Tours!

Release Date: October 27, 2020

Kensington Publishing Corporation

About The Book: 

”Written with powerful emotional honesty, warmth and humor, JUDGE’S GIRLS is a must-read.”

—Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author

Three very different women. Only one thing in common. But when their family patriarch dies and they must share his estate, the truths they discover will test them—and everything they think they know about each other.

Beloved Georgia judge Joseph Donaldson was known for his unshakable fairness, his hard-won fortune—and a scandalous second marriage to his much-younger white secretary. Now he’s left a will with a stunning provision. In order to collect their inheritance, his lawyer daughter Maya, her stepmother Jeanie, and Jeanie’s teen daughter, Ryder, must live together at the family lake house. Maya and Jeanie don’t exactly get along, but they reluctantly agree to try an uneasy peace for as long as it takes . . .

But fragile ex-beauty queen Jeanie doesn’t know who she is beyond being a judge’s wife—and drinking away her insecurities has her in a dangerous downward spiral. Fed up with her mother’s humiliating behavior, Ryder tries to become popular at school in all the wrong ways. And when Maya attempts to help, she puts her successful career and her shaky love life at risk. Now with trouble they didn’t see coming—and secrets they can no longer hide—these women must somehow find the courage to admit their mistakes, see each other for who they really are—and slowly, perhaps even joyfully, discover everything they could be.

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Judge’s Girls by Sharina Harris tells the story of what happens when a center of a family passes away.

In Judge’s Girls, the judge was Judge Joseph Donaldson who was a fair Judge and respected by everyone in the community. The judge was a father to Maya and a husband to Jeannie and a stepfather to Ryder.

After he passes, its discovered that there is a caveat in the will that says that the three “girls” must live together for an entire year before they can inherit. The time frame for this book is that year.

The setting for the story is in the south, in Georgia. The story is told in multiple POV of each of the girls.

There are strong racial themes in this story. The Judge and his daughter Maya are black and Jeannie and Ryder are white. There are also themes of alcoholism, grief and family dynamics.

I absolutely LOVED this book. I mean LOVED. The author crafted complex, complicated yet well developed characters.

The dynamics of the family were well written. Amongst the serious tone, there were laugh out loud moments, I especially enjoyed the funeral scene.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves women’s fiction and stories that are diverse and real . This is a #ownvoices story not to be missed!

About the Author:

Sharina Harris, who also writes under the name Rina Gray, is the author of women’s fiction and contemporary romances. After earning her degree from Georgia State University, she first pursued a career in digital marketing and public relations before turning to writing. She is a Romance Slam Jam Debut Novelist of the Year nominee and her romances under the name Rina Gray were named Book Riot Must Read Romantic Comedies. An active member of RWA, she is the Director of Communications for the Georgia chapter of Romance Writers of America. When Sharina’s not writing, she can be found with her head stuck in a book, yelling for her favorite NBA teams, and spending time with friends and family. Sharina resides in Atlanta with her husband and son. Visit her at www.SharinaHarris.com

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review-A Frenzy of Sparks by Kristin Fields

I am so thrilled to bring you my review for A Frenzy of Sparks by Kristin Fields on tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours!

About The Book:

Release Date: November 3, 2020

Lake Union Publishing

From the author of A Lily in the Light comes a poignant story of innocence lost and what it means to grow up too fast.

It’s 1965, and thirteen-year-old Gia, along with her older brother and cousins, are desperate to escape their sleepy, tree-lined neighborhood where nothing ever happens. The only thing Gia would miss is the surrounding marsh, where she feels at home among sea birds and salt water.

But when one of Gia’s cousins brings drugs into their neighborhood, it sets off a chain of events that quickly turn dangerous. Everyone will be caught in the ripples, and some may be swept away entirely. Gia is determined to keep herself and her family afloat while the world is turned upside down around her. Can she find a way to hold on to the life she was so eager to leave behind, or will she have to watch it all disappear beneath the marsh forever?

At turns heart-wrenching and hopeful, A Frenzy of Sparks explores a world where survival is the attempt to move forward while leaving pieces of your heart behind.

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A Frenzy of Sparks by Kristin Fields is a wonderfully written coming of age story set in 1965.

The story follows Gia who is 13 years old . Her cousin gets caught up in selling drugs with some dangerous connections. Gia’s brother’s path brings changes to her family as a whole.

At its core, this is a story of addiction, which can be a hard topic to read. The author does a magnificent job of telling the story set in the 60’s. But really with addiction, when it comes to family dynamics and supporting someone with an addiction, not much has changed and the story is just as relevant today as it was 40 years ago.

This was an emotional read. The characters are well crafted and written with such heart that though the topic was difficult I loved reading it.

A story not to be missed!!!

About The Author: 

Kristin Fields grew up in Queens, which she likes to think of as a small town next to a big city. Fields studied writing at Hofstra University, where she received the Eugene Schneider Fiction Award. After college, Fields found herself working on a historic farm, teaching high school English, and designing museum education programs. She is currently leading an initiative to bring gardens to New York City public schools, where she lives with her husband. www.kristinfields.com

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- Broadcast 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton

I am thrilled to bring you my review for Broadcast 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton

Release Date: 10/27/20 Kensington Publishing Company

About the Book:

In J.C. Eaton’s seventh Sophie Kimball Mystery, Sophie’s kooky mother, Harriet, is gearing up to become Arizona’s newest radio star as the host of the Booked 4 Murder Mystery Hour. But when she ends up broadcasting herself discovering a dead body live on air, it’s up to the reluctant sleuth Sophie to find the killer…

Phee’s mother Harriet is going to be a star! At least, that’s how the Sun City West retiree describes her chance to host a live radio program of her book club’s Booked 4 Murder Mystery Hour on Arizona’s KSCW. But instead of chatting about charming cozies, Harriet ends up screaming bloody murder over the airwaves after discovering the body of Howard Buell, the station’s programming director, in a closet–with a pair of sewing shears shoved into his chest.

The number one suspect is Howard’s ex-girlfriend Sylvia Strattlemeyer who believed she was going to host a sewing talk show before Harriet was offered the spot. But not only do the fingerprints found on the scissors not match Sylvia’s, they belong to a woman who passed away twenty years ago at the age of ninety-seven. Now, with the whole town on pins and needles, it’s up to Phee to stitch together enough clues from the past to uncover the identity of a killer in the present..

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Broadcast 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton is Book number Seven in the Sophie Kimball Mystery series.
This is such a fantastic series!

Sophie is employed by a private investigative agency as the accountant. Her romantic interest, Marshall is one of the investigators. The relationship between these two has evolved over the course of the series and I really like it.

Sophie’s mom Harriet is going to be on a radio station and she is excited to tell her daughter.


Once recording has begun, the program director is found dead. A second body shows up and Harriet is moving to the top of the suspect list and Phee (Sophie) is investigating to save her mom from jail.

There were two very well written mysteries in this book. A few twists and red herrings that were perfectly paced and plotted.

The characters are well developed, quirky and fun.

A little romance and humor and this is the perfect recipe for a fantastic cozy mystery.

HIGHLY recommend!

Learn more about the author at :

https://www.jceatonmysteries.com/

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda