Book Information | #Overdrive | The Winter Garden Mystery (Daisy Dalrymple #2) by Carolla Dunn

The Winter Garden Mystery
Daisy Dalrymple Series, Book 2
Carola Dunn
Historical Cozy Mystery
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
July 18, 2006  
MP3 Audio ( Duration: 07:15:13)      
Daisy Dalrymple, Detective Inspector Alec Bobbie Parslow, Grace Moss
England (!920's)
Death at Wentwater Court                                                                                
Murder on the Flying Scotsman, Damsel in Distress 
Read from November 26 to 29, 2016
Bernadette Dunne

In this second installment of Carola Dunn's cozy mystery series set in 1923 England, plucky Daisy Dalrymple embarks on another assignment for Town and Country magazine and discovers that daffodil bulbs aren't all that's buried in a country estate's flower bed.

The merest hint of spring has arrived in Cheshire, and so has Daisy Dalrymple. The feisty flapper is a breath of fresh air to the occupants of gloomy Occles Hall, among them her former school chum, wallflower Bobbie Parslow, and the thorny mistress of the manor, Lady Valeria. While photographing the barren ground behind the house, Daisy suspects someone has been digging amidst the soil's first green shoots—and promptly unearths the corpse of Grace Moss, the missing parlor maid. So begins a harrowing romp as the dead woman's shocking secret is revealed—leaving Daisy to catch a killer before she's pushing up daisies.

The Winter Garden Mystery (Daisy Dalrymple, #2)




Book Information | #Overdrive | Requiem For A Mezzo (Daisy Dalrymple #3) by

Requiem For A Mezzo Book Cover Requiem For A Mezzo
Daisy Dalrymple #3
Carola Dunn
Historical (1920's) Mystery
Kensington Books
June 24, 2008
audio book
Daisy Dalrymple, Detective nspector Alec Fletcher, Bettina
England (1920)
Death at Wentwater Court, The Winter Garden Mystery
Murder on the Flying Scotsman, Damsel in Distress
Read from November 29 to December 02, 2016
Bernadette Dunne

Daisy Dalrymple is up to her fashionable bob in a murder case in bohemian post World War I Chelsea. When an opera diva dies during a performance of Verdi's "Requiem", Daisy and Scotland Yard Inspector Alec Fletcher soon discover the singer had her share of adversaries. Did one of them poison the acclaimed mezzo soprano?

Book Information | #Overdrive | Death at Wentwater Court (Daisy Dalrymple Mystery #1) by Carolla Dunn

Death at Wentwater Court Book Cover Death at Wentwater Court
Daisy Dalrymple Mystery #1
Carola Dunn
Historical Mystery
Blackstone Publishing
August 27, 2009
audio book
Daisy, Alec , Lord and Lady Wentwater
England, 1920
25 -26/11
Bernadette Dunne

No stranger to sprawling country estates, well-heeled Daisy Dalrymple is breaking new ground at Wentwater Court to cover a story for Town & Country magazine. But her interview gives way to interrogation when suave Lord Stephen Astwick meets a chilly end on the tranquil skating pond. With evidence that his death was anything but accidental, Daisy joins forces with Scotland Yard so the culprit can't slip through their fingers like the unfortunate Astwick slipped through the ice ... Praise for The Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries: 'Appropriate historical detail and witty dialogue are the finishing touches on this engaging 1920s period piece.' Publishers Weekly 'As always, Dunn evokes the life and times of 1920s England while providing a plot that is a cut above... This will delight readers who love country-house mysteries.' Booklist

Book Information| #Overdrive | The Good Earth (The Good Earth Trilogy #1/3) by Pearl S Buck

The Good Earth Book Cover The Good Earth
The Good Earth #1/3
Pearl S. Buck
Classic Fiction
Simon and Schuster
September 15, 2004
O-Lan, Wang Lung
Sons, The Divided House
[13/6 sample] /11 - 3/12

A Chinese peasant overcomes the forces of nature and the frailties of human nature to become a wealthy landowner.

This Post is the Information about the book The Good Earth the first book in the ‘The Good Earth Triolgy’.

Book Information | #Review Book | Meet Your Baker (A Bakeshop Mystery #1/3) by

SOURCE: Direct from author                                                                             Meet Your Baker (Bakeshop Mystery #1)FORMAT: Ebook                                                                     STAR RATING:  5/5 Stars                                                     SYNOPSIS: Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it’s criminal…After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte’s customers turns up dead, there’s much ado about murder…“Sure to satisfy both dedicated foodies and ardent mystery lovers alike.”―Jessie Crockett, author of Drizzled with DeathThe victim is Nancy Hudson, the festival’s newest board member. A modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy has given more than a few actors and artists enough reasons to kill her…but still. The silver lining? Jules’s high school sweetheart, Thomas, is the investigator on the case. His flirtations are as delicious as ever, and Jules can’t help but want to have her cake and eat it too. But will she have her just desserts? Murder might be bad for business, but love is the sweetest treat of all…“Alexander weaves a tasty tale of deceit, family ties, delicious pastries, and murder.” ―Edith Maxwell, author of A Tine to Live, A Tine to                                                                                                                                 goodreads 

Book Information| #Personal Book| Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

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Jung Chang
Cultural (china) Historical Memoire
HarperCollins UK
Paperback/Kindle book/audio book
Read from October 2015 to 22 November 2016
Pik-seem Lim

A new edition of one of the best-selling and best-loved books of recent years, with a new introduction by the author. A tumultuous history of China's 20th century, from sword-bearing warlords to Chairman Mao, from the Manchu Empire to the Cultural Revolution.

Book Information| #Personal/KindleUnlimited book| Little Red (Everland Ever after #1/7) by Caroline Lee

Little Red
Overland Ever after #2
Caroline Lee
Western Romance Retelling
May 22, 2016
Kindle Book
Rojita, Hank Cutter, El Lobo (the big bad wolf)
Everland, Wyomig
Beauty, Book 4 The Stepmother
Read from November 11 to 14, 2016

She's gone over the river and through the woods, but who will protect her from the Big Bad Wolf? Rojita is in trouble; all she needs to do is get her grandfather's will to Abuela in Everland, but she's being chased by El Lobo, one of the West's most notorious gunslingers. It isn't until she's thrown herself head-long into danger that she realizes the old adage about frying pans and fires applies. She's in desperate need of a protector, and hires the first man who comes along to get her safely to Everland. Bounty hunter Hank Cutter is more than ready to retire to a lonely little cabin in Arizona, to hang up his gun and find peace. He'll begrudgingly help the reckless young woman get to the nearest train station, because he figures she'd get into even more trouble on her own. But when El Lobo struts back into his life-Hank still has the scars from their last encounter-he knows that he can't leave Rojita at the gunslinger's mercy. Maybe he's nobler than he'd thought, because he's soon setting a trap to save the lovely, impetuous Red. The only problem is that she's still keeping a secret that could destroy his trust. ************************************************ The Brides of Everland, Ever After Step into Everland, Wyoming, where the people on the street are more than what they appear, and there's just a hint of magic in the air. From evil villains to mysterious godmothers, handsome cowboys to hidden princesses... welcome to Everland, Ever After. LITTLE RED (Rojita and Hank) ELLA (Ella and Ian) BEAUTY (Arabella and Vincenzo)

Book Reviews | Review Book | #NetGalley | Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow #1) by Danielle Paige

Stealing Snow
Stealing Snow #1
Danielle Paige
YA Fantasy Retelling
Bloomsbury Childrens
September 28, 2016
Snow, Queen MArgot, Jagger, Bale, Gede, Kai, The River Witch,
Whittaker Institute, Secure Mental Hospital Upstate New York; Algid
Read from September 09 to October 17, 2016
Although this book was received for review it doesn't effect my star rating or views of it in any way

Seventeen-year-old Snow lives within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she doesn't belong there, but she has no memory of life outside, except for the strangest dreams. And then a mysterious, handsome man, an orderly in the hospital, opens a door - and Snow knows that she has to leave .She finds herself in icy Algid, her true home, with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she's destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change everything. Heroine or villain, queen or broken girl, frozen heart or true love, Snow must choose her fate .A wonderfully icy fantastical romance, with a strong heroine choosing her own destiny, Danielle Paige's irresistibly page-turning Snow Queen is like Maleficent and Frozen all grown up.

This is the first book of Danielle’s that I have read all the way through although currently, I am about a third of the way through Dorothy must Die which I am enjoying. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover and loved Snow she was a great Protagonist.

The book told the story of Seventeen-year-old Snow, who suddenly finds herself in another world called Algid where is not only a Princess in the world’s royal family but also controls snow after spending all her life in the high-security asylum called Whitaker in Upstate New York.

This is a retelling of the Snow Queen Story which Frozen I based on as well but as I have never read the story so I have nothing to compare it against but I intend to read it now though.

All the characters were written in a way that they were multi-faceted enough to be believable and easy to connect with whether I liked or disliked them. While being developed enough that you were able to get to know them while there still being enough room for them develop further in future books as this is the first book in a new series. It was interesting how Snow believed she was in love with Bale her friend from Whitaker but was she really or was it just the effects of the cocktail of drugs she was on. This was evident when she met Jagger and Kai the two boys she meets and falls for once she’s in Algiid.                                                                                Bale was an interesting character because although he was portrayed as a drugged up arsonist you can already see that there is going to be more to him from what you see of him once he’s in Algid and I can’t wait to see how he develops in the other books.                                                                        Jagger and Kai are really interesting characters who are some of the characters that have got the most room for development in the other books in the series. I feel that Jagger is the one to look out for most of all out of both of them not least because he’s one of the robbers. It’ll be interesting to see how Jagger and Snows Romance develops or whether her romance with Kai develops any further.
Kai and Gerdes relationship was really interesting as they considered each other as Brother and Sister but there was very clearly a far deeper relationship between them and it was revealed in the book.
I really disliked Snows parents as people because of the fact that they’d allowed her spend most of her life in an asylum believing she was insane when in fact she wasn’t, then once they were all reunited in Algid were obviously using her for their own purposes due to the prophecy.

The way Danielle wrote about the two worlds “the assylum” and “Algid” was really well done as it drew you in while opening your eyes to what life is like in both worlds. You were drawn into the story through this because of the descriptions given also when it came to life in the asylum the fact that I opened your eyes to what life is like in one especially a high secure one. I loved the fact that the portal between this world and Algid was an old tree with strange symbols carved into it as well as the fact there was such a variety of terrains in Algid.

This was a solid start to what I am sure will be a great series and I cannot wait for the next book. I will read it again but I will do so in audio book format because I am sure it will be a far more immersive sexperience that in book format. This is a book that I would both recommend to anyone or buy for any one I know who enjoys YA Fantasy with a retelling/romance element to it.

Disclaimer: I would like to thank NetGalley for allowing me to read this book for review purposes but I want to make it clear that this in no way has any effect of my feelings about the book

Book Reviews | #Review book/#self published | Mille Hardiman and the Red Parrot Fever by Eddie Owens

Millie Hardiman and the Red Parrot Fever
Eddie Owens
Eddie Owens
direct from author
Millie, Barry, Gwen, Chunk
Bognor Regis UK
Read from 18 -23 October 2016
Although this book was received for review it doesn't effect my star rating or views of it in any way

Millie Hardiman is a thirteen year old from Bognor Regis, with a wild imagination, who dreams of becoming a writer.

When Millie’s scriptwriter Dad, Barry, has writer’s block, Millie becomes his muse for the daytime television soap, Double Top.

After her success on Double Top, Millie creates a Sci-Fi, teen drama, The Adventures of Martian Girl.

Millie falls in love for the first time with Wolf Van Der Beek, an arrogant, South African child actor.

This is a story about friendship, first love and growing up.

Millie Hardiman and the Red Parrot Fever

Wow Great funny heartwarming book about love, family friendship and the importance of not making up stories (lies) all the time. Thank you Eddie for contacting me to review this book.

This was the story of a teenage girl named Millie who lived life to the full never considering that the stories she was constantly making up could actually have a detrimental effect on her life until one day one it does… She is a witty and fiercely loyal girlwho calls her parents by their Christian Names and tries to get away with calling her teachers by their christian names as well. She also helps her father (Barry) to write stories for the TV series he writes for.

I loved reading about Millie’s outlandish stories Continue reading

Book Reviews | #Overdrive | Salt to the Sea by Rueta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea Book Cover Salt to the Sea
Ruta Sepetys
Juvenile Fiction
Penguin UK
February 4, 2016
EBook & Audiobook
Negalley & Overdrive
Read from 3/3 to 22/10
I received the EBook for review from Netgalley but that didn't in any way effect the views I had of the book or the star rating I gave it.

In the cruel winter of 1945, four very different young people narrate their stories. Joana, Emilia and Florian are part of desperate group of refugees trekking across Germany, bound together only by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Alfred is a German soldier stationed on that ship. This hugely touching, inspirational novel is based on a true story. When the German ship the Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk in port in early 1945 it had over 9000 civilian refugees, including children, on board. It is the biggest maritime disaster in history, killing more people than the Titanic. Ruta Sepetys, acclaimed author of Between Shades of Grey, has brilliantly brought this story to light and created a group of unforgettable characters with unmissable stories.

This book follows Emilia, Johana and Florian on their journey through a war-torn Prussia with their travelling party to obtain a safe voyage elsewhere. Then when they reach the Port we meet Alfred a German soldier on the Wilhelm Gustloff and they all end up in the middle of the disaster of the sinking of the ship which saw more people die than did on the Titanic.

Although the book was fast-paced and enthralling in EBook format (from NetGalley) that I stated reading it in I found it difficult to feel fully immersed in the story which is why I was glad when I found it in audio book format on overdrive.  As soon as I started listening to the audio book version of the book thanks to Narrators I was immediately completely immersed in the story and the characters as individuals as well as a travelling group

I am really glad that I have finally read this book because I had never heard of this disaster which caused the deaths of 9,000 men,women and children before as it isn’t something that appears in history much. Continue reading