Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Books Read - December 2019

Beaton, M.C.
  • Beating About the Bush ****
Fiction.  Thirty-third in the Agatha Raisin cozy mystery series.  Agatha is hired to investigate a case of industrial espionage, but she finds out quickly that is only a ruse to hide a much more serious crime.

Boutwell, Clay
  • The Agora Letters Volume 1 
Fiction.  First in the Agora Letters mystery series.  Five short stories set in the Boston area in the mid-to-late 1800’s. The narrator tells tales based on his experiences with the Agora Society 20 years earlier.

Brackston, Paula
  • Secrets of the Chocolate House *****
Fiction.  Second in the Found Things time-travel series.  Xanthe is drawn to an old chocolate pot during an estate sale and ends up traveling back to see Samuel in the 1600’s, where she meets a mysterious woman who runs a chocolate shop.  Xanthe fears the Samuel has been jailed for being Catholic, but instead he’s been employed by the wealthy owner of an Abbey under reconstruction.  That man becomes a danger to Xanthe, and she must find a way to save Samuel and return to her own time.

French, Tana
= Faithful Place *****
Fiction.  Third in the Dublin Murder Squad mysteries.  Frank Mackey works in Undercover and leads a life built around his work and his daughter.  But when his younger sisters begs him to come home for a visit, he dreads returning to the place and the family he left 22 years ago.  A suitcase has been found in an abandoned house that should have never been there, and it leads to the discovery of a skeleton, one that takes him back in time and tears apart his life.

  • The Likeness *****
Fiction.  Second in the Dublin Murder Squad mysteries.  Cassie goes undercover again posing as a postgraduate student living with four other students in an old house.  Unlike other assignments, due to her uncanny resemblance to one of the students who lived in the house who has been found dead, Cassie is replacing her in order to find out who the killer is.

Gabaldon, Diana
  • I Give You My Body ****
Non-fiction.  How Diana Gabaldon writes sex scenes.

Galenorn, Yasmine
  • The Eternal Return *****
Fiction.  Tenth in the Wild Hunt urban fantasy series.  Talia lost her powers centuries ago to Lazarous, a liche who has come to the PNW, and she asks the Wild Hunt to help her destroy him. With a powerful sorceress at their side, the team goes searching through mine tunnels to find him.

  • A Sacred Magic *****
Fiction.  Ninth in the Wild Hunt urban fantasy series.  Ember is scheduled to fight Nuanda, but the only way to defeat him is for her to retrieve Brighid’s Flame, a magical sword kept in a well in Annuwn.  She travels there with Victor and Yutani as they make their way through a wild forest even the gods dare not enter.

Garrett, Danielle
  • First Place Witch ****
Fiction.  Ninth in the Beechwood Harbor Magic cozy mystery series.  Holly wins a spot in a potion contest, but when one of the other competitors dies of a hex, she is the prime suspect and must prove her innocence.

  • A Very Beechwood Christmas ****
Fiction.  Christmas isn’t Christmas without Santa, and when he goes missing, Holly and her friends go looking for him.  Though they find him in time, the reindeer are in no condition to fly the sleigh, so they rely on a quartet of winged horses to do the job.

Hamilton, M.L.
  • Brief as Lightning *****
Fiction.  Third in the Avery Nolan fantasy adventure series.  Avery just wants to live her life, but when her partner and his son are kidnapped, she must return to the Greensward to find and bring them back.

  • Momentary as a Sound *****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Avery Nolan fantasy adventure series.  Agent Braddock comes to Avery and Duncan in need of help. Scientists have found a portal and have been bringing back waters from the Greensward, and they need to be stopped.  Avery’s father gets involved, and she must wrestle with trying to create some sort of relationship with him but doesn’t know if she can overcome the hurt she suffered all her life.

  • Short As Any Dream *****
Fiction.  Second in the Avery Nolan adventure series.  Avery is still trying to figure out how to reach the Greensward and rescue Duncan, but she has more worries landing on her doorstep when an ICE agent arrives to inquire about Duncan’s whereabouts.  Afraid he will put Bay into foster care, she hides the aunts and Bay at Duncan’s treehouse.  When Bay’s grandfather, the evil Taeseus arrives to claim Bay, Avery has to work with the ICE agent to try to rescue him.

Hannah, Kristin
  • Magic Hour *****
Fiction.  Julia is trying to rebuild her life after one of her young patients went on a killing spree then killed herself.  The bad publicity continues to dog her, and her self-confidence is shot.  When her sister Ellie, the police chief of a small town in the Olympic National Forest calls her to take on a new patient, a young girl who wandered out of the forest and can’t communicate, Julia feels that this could be her second chance.  She has no idea she will fall in love with the little girl and the heartbreak that will bring to both of them.

Lourey, Jess
  • Unspeakable Things *****
Fiction.  Cassie and her sister live in fear of their father, a sexual deviant who throws swinging parties several times a year.  Boys in the town are being abducted and molested then returned to their homes.  Cassie is determined to find out who the molester is, though she fears she knows him already.

Medhurt, Rachel
  • Magically Banished ****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Hunted Witch Agency urban fantasy series.  The team is searching for the witch who has been killing witches and humans with poisoned drugs.  Devon and Gerard head to Scotland to find him.

  • Magically Betrayed ****
Fiction.  Third in the Hunted Witch Agency urban fantasy series.  Devon goes head to head with her grandmother in order to stop her preying on witches.

  • Magically Blended *****
Fiction.  Fifth in the Hunted Witch Agency urban fantasy series.  The team has caught up with Cameron, leading to a final showdown while Devon prepares to sever the link she has with warlock magic.
  • Magically Bonded ****
Fiction.  Second in the Hunted Witch Agency urban fantasy series.  The agency is still on the search for the super witch who is preying on witches and finally track her down to a castle, which they storm. Devon has received two letters purported to be from her parents who left her when she was a child, and she thought them dead.

  • Magically Bound  ***
Fiction.  First in the Hunted Witch Agency urban fantasy series. Devon is half-witch, half-warlock, but she has a decision to make.  She needs to choose one set of skills and let the other go. She takes on a new job with the Hunted Agency, and her first case involves the kidnapping and slave trade of witches.

Neal, Toby
  • Clipped Wings *****
Fiction.  Novella in the Paradise Crime Mysteries series.  Lei’s Aunty helps some immigrant children, and Lei helps Constance find a new placement in California in order to save her from criminals.  

Robinson, Steve
  • The Penmaker’s Wife *****
Fiction.  Historical fiction. Angelica came from humble circumstances determined to raise her son to be a proper gentleman, but lets nothing, and no one, stand in her way.

White, Loreth Anne
  • In the Dark *****

Fiction.  Eight travelers are flown to a remote lodge in the mountains of B.C., only it isn’t the posh new lodge they’re expecting.  Instead it’s an old rundown building where they find themselves alone and in danger.  One by one, someone is hunting them.

Reading Challenges 2020

Total books for the year

2020 - 20/200
2019 - 303/200 <b>completed</b>
2018 - 339/100 <b>completed</b>
2017 - 347/100 <b>completed</b>
2016 - 136/100 <b>completed</b>
2015 - 276/100 <b>completed</b>
2014 - 206/100 <b>completed</b>
2013 - 134/100 <b>completed</b>
2012 - 104/100 <b>completed</b>
2011 - 156/100 <b>completed</b>

*****

2020 - Read one book of poetry 0/1


Joy Harjo - An American Sunrise

*****

2020 - Read 100 books set outside the U.S. 10/100

England - 4
France - 1
Ireland - 4
Scotland - 1

*****

2020 - Series 4/109

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 1/12
Outlander
Dragonfly in Amber
Voyager
The Drums of Autumn
The Fiery Cross
A Breath of Snow and Ashes
An Echo in the Bone
The Space Between
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood
A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows
Go Tell the Bees that I Have Gone
Virgins

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness 0/4
A Discovery of Witches
Shadow of Night
The Book of Life
Time’s Convert

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling 0/7
HP and the Sorcerer’s Stone
HP and the Chamber of Secrets
HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban
HP and the Goblet of Fire
HP and the Order of the Phoenix
HP and the Half-Blood Prince
HP and the Deathly Hallows

Otherworld by Yasmine Galenorn 0/24
Etched in Silver
Witchling
Changeling
Darkling
Dragon Wytch
Night Huntress
Demon Mistress
The Shadow of Mist
Bone Magic
Harvest Hunting
Blood Wyne
Ice Shards
Courting Darkness
Shaded Vision
Shadow Rising
Haunted Moon
Autumn Whisperer
Crimson Veil
Priestess Dreaming
Panther Prowling
Darkness Raging
Moon Shimmers
Harvest Song
Blood Bonds

Miss Marple by Agatha Christie 3/15
The Murder at the Vicarage
The Thirteen Problems
The Body in the Library
The Moving Finger
Sleeping Murder
A Murder is Announced
They Do It With Mirrors
A Pocket Full of Rye
Greenshaw's Folly
4:50 From Paddington
The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side
A Caribbean Mystery
At Bertram’s Hotel
Nemesis
Miss Marple’s Final Cases Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories

Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie 0/47
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
The Murder on the Links
While the Light Lasts
Poirot's Early Cases
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
The Big Four
The Mystery of the Blue Train
Peril at End House
Lord Edgware Dies
Murder on the Orient Express
Three Act Tragedy
Death in the Clouds
Poirot and the Regatta Mystery
The ABC Murders
Murder in Mesopotamia
Cards on the Table
Problem at Pollensa Bay
Dumb Witness
Death on the Nile
Appointment with Death
The Incredible Theft
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
Sad Cypress
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Evil Under the Sun
Five Little Pigs
The Hollow
The Labours of Hercules
Taken at the Flood
Mrs. McGinty’s Dead
After the Funeral
Hickory Dickory Dock
Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly
Dead Man’s Folly
Cat Among the Pigeons
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
The Clocks
Third Girl
Hallowe’en Party
Elephants Can Remember
Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case

Black Coffee
The Monogram Murders
Closed Casket
The Mystery of Three Quarters
The Killings at Kingfisher Hill

The Complete Collection of Short Stories: Hercule Poirot
Little Grey Cells: The Quotable Poirot

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Books Read - November 2019

Bevill, C.L.
  • Dragon Moon ****
Fiction.  Sixth in the Cat Clan novella series.  A dragon shifter princess falls in love with a bear shifter, but when he disappears, her mother arranges for her to marry a wealthy French dragon shifter.  When her love returns, he must fight to stop the wedding.

Brackston, Paula
  • The Little Shop of Found Things ****
Fiction. First in the Found Things time travel series.  Xanthe and her mother have bought an antique shop in Marlborough.  Xanthe is skilled in psychometry, and when an old chatelaine she bought at auction sings to her, she’s swept back in time to solve a mystery.

Dacus, Rachael
  • The Invisibles ****
Fiction.  Tale of two estranged half-sisters who reunite in Italy upon their father’s death.  They’ve inherited his home and a mystery to solve, but they each are searching for a way to bring a closeness back into their relationship.

French, Tana
  • In the Woods *****
Fiction.  First in the Dublin Murder Squad mystery series.  Detective Rob Ryan gets handed a case of a dead girl who is found on the estate he grew up on.  It brings back memories of his time spent there with his two best friends, both of whom disappeared one day never to return.  Wanting to stay on the case, he fails to tell his boss that he was that little boy, the only survivor, from back then.  But his partner Cassie knows.

Hambling, Michael
  • Silent Crimes ***
Fiction.  Police mystery of two murders surrounding an old commune.

Hamilton, M.L.
  • Americano ****
Fiction.  Fifth in the Zion Sawyer cozy mystery series.  A man is found dead in the freezer at the Indian casino, and Tate is chosen to lead the investigation to find the killer.  Logan is nervous about his 18th birthday, not knowing what will happen to him once he’s out of the foster care program.  Zion and Tate are ready to move on to the next step in their relationship.

  • Caffe Macchiato ****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Zion Sawyer cozy mystery series.  Logan’s long lost father comes back into his life claiming to wants to get to know his son, but when he is found dead, Logan becomes the prime suspect in his murder.

  • Espresso ****
Fiction.  Third in the Zion Sawyer cozy mystery series.  A fellow LAPD cop arrives in Sequoia to visit Tate, but trouble follows him in the form of several gangbangers, and Tate has to face the darkness surrounding his partner’s death all over again.  Rebekah moves in with Zion bemoaning her most recent breakup but decides to stay in town and open her own business.

  • February ****
Fiction.  Second in the A Year of Discovery series.  Destiny is raising her child alone after her husband was killed, and she’s afraid to trust in her dream to become a singer.  It takes another soldier who lost his legs to convince her to try.

  • Swift as a Shadow ****
Fiction.  First in the Avery Nolan adventure series set in Tahoe.  Avery, a newly-divorced school teacher moves into a cabin in the woods left to her by her grandmother and begins a job teaching first graders at the small local school. One of her students is unusual, and at first she believes him to be challenged.  His handsome father, however, intrigues her.  He too is very different from anyone she’s met before.  When she discovers a set of standing stones in a clearing in the woods, her adventure is just beginning.

Maher, Tegan
  • Curses and Candy Canes ****
Fiction.  Anthology of paranormal cozy mysteries.

May, W.J.
  • Christmas Before the Magic ****
Fiction.  First in the prequels to the Chronicles of Kerrigan series.  Simon Kerrigan arrives at Guilder and receives his tatu, a very rare one depicting a warlock.  On Christmas break, he meets Argyle’s sister, Beth, and promptly falls in love, much to the anger of her father.

  • Into the Darkness ****
Fiction.  Second in the prequels to the Chronicles of Kerrigan series.  Simon is back at school and still trying to decipher his tatu.  He begins training with Jason, and is warring with Tristan, the golden boy of the campus.

  • Question the Darkness ****
Fiction.  Third in the prequels to the Chronicles of Kerrigan series.  Simon is starting to gather other students who feel as he does, even though this might cost him friendships and the trust of his mentor.

McGuire, Shawn
  • Kept Secrets *****
Fiction.  Second in the Whispering Pines mystery series.  A circus performer dies, and Jayne is determined that an investigation is required, but the new sheriff in town is unequipped to do the job, and Jayne decides to do some investigating on her own.

  • Family Secrets *****
Fiction.  First in the Whispering Pines witchy cozy mystery series.  Jayne returns to Whispering Pines to close up her grandmother’s house, but as soon as she arrives, she finds a dead body on the property, followed by the ransacked house.  She hadn’t been a cop for six months, but when the Sheriff proposes she work for him part-time while she works on the house, she takes the job, not knowing that he was trying to keep her from solving the crimes.

Novik, Naomi
  • Spinning Silver ****
Fiction.  Tales of silver turned into gold as a group of intrepid folk work to rid themselves of evil and take back their land.

White, Karen
  • The House on Tradd Street  *****
Fiction. First in the Tradd Street paranormal mystery series.  Melanie suddenly inherits an old house from a man she met just the day earlier, and as she proceeds with the renovation, ghosts of the old families return to bet her to solve the mystery surrounding the house.

Wood, Mae
  • Genealogy ****

Fiction.  Based on a true story.  Elliot meets Alice on a train bound to Seattle.  After five whirlwind days together, he sets off back home to the Philippine Islands where he works with his uncle.  Alice is settled in Seattle with a teaching job.  Elliott plans to return to her within two years so they can be married.  His love letters to her are found a century later by Alice’s great-granddaughter, Ali.  As Ali reads Elliot’s letters, she pieces together a love story long past.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Books Read - September 2019

Alabaster, Stacey
  • Bitten on the Beach ***
Fiction.  Eighth in the Hang Ten cozy mystery series.  Alyson wants to run for mayor, but a misguided accusation can spell her downfall. When two people are supposedly killed by a shark, the town reacts out of fear and sets out to cull the sharks.  Alyson wants to prove the victims were murdered, but not by a shark.

  • Bodies on the Beach ***
Fiction.  First in the Hang Ten cozy mystery series set in Australia.  Claire returns to her hometown to figure out what she wants to do with the bookshop her grandmother has left her, but she knows she’s only in town for a few days then will return to her high-profile life in Sydney.  Alyson has missed her old best friend since she moved away, and when she finds a dead body, she turns to Claire to help her.

  • A Deadly Development ***
Fiction.  Second in the Hang Ten cozy mystery series.  A real estate developer plans on building a mall and cinema in Eden Bay, and Alyson attends a protest at the construction site when a fellow protester is killed.  Alyson once again recruits Claire to help her solve the crime.

  • Dying for an Education ***
Fiction.  Tenth in the Hang Ten cozy mystery series.  Alyson spends a week at university trying out different classes to see if she really wants to enroll the next semester, but when a well-liked professor is killed, she is determined to find the murderer.

  • Homicide on the Hunt ****
Fiction.  Sixth in the Hang Ten cozy mystery series.  A treasure hunt is being held, and Alyson teas up with Toby, while Claire and Matt form a team.  But when last year’s winner is found dead at the first clue, the women are torn between following the hunt clues, and following the clues to the murderer.

  • Marriage and Murder ****
Fiction.  Eleventh in the Hang Ten cozy mystery series.  Claire agrees to host a wedding in her bookstore, but the bride disappears, then the groom is found dead in the alley.  The ladies are determined to find the killer, and Claire and Matt have some talking to do about their own impending wedding.

  • Milkshake Murder ***
Fiction.  Ninth in the Hang Ten cozy mystery series.  Matt serves a customer a milkshake that kills him, and the ladies join forces to find the truth and save Matt’s job.

  • Murder and Manuscripts ***
Fiction.  Fifth in the Hang Ten cozy mystery series.  When a member of Claire’s book club is found dead in her shop, she begs Alyson for help in finding the culprit.

  • Slaying at Sea ***
Fiction.  Third in the Hang Ten cozy mystery series.  Alyson finds the survivor of a shipwreck the day after she finds part of the boat in the water.  When Claire finds a dead body who turns out to have been on the same boat, they begin to wonder if it was actually a crime instead of an accident.

  • Slaying in Sydney ****
Fiction.  Seventh in the Hang Ten cozy mystery series.  Alyson is entered in an international surfing competition in Sydney, and Claire goes along for the trip, but when the woman in the next room is found dead, the women are pressed into discovering the murderer.

  • Surfboards and Suspects ****
Fiction.  Twelfth in the Hang Ten cozy mystery series.  Alyson is getting ready for her wedding, but a cruise ship is stranded in town to have a gas leak fixed and the passengers are rooming with the townsfolk.  When one of them steals one of her surfboards, Alyson and Claire chase him onto the cruise ship, only for him to be killed and the ladies are suspected of his murder.

- A Time for Murder ***
Fiction.  Fourth in the Hang Ten cozy mystery series.  A time capsule is dug up that contains a threatening letter addressed to Alyson claiming that someone she knows will die within a week.  Fearing for Claire and for her family, Alyson is determined to find out who wrote that note before someone gets killed.

Collins, Danielle
  • A Body Below Ground ***
Fiction.  Fourth in the Hearts Grove cozy mystery series.  Henrietta visits a friend who is having trouble and receiving threats in the mail. She works for the Port Angeles Underground Museum and Tunnels, and when a worker is found murdered, Henrietta has to save her friend from jail.

  • Break-ins and Bloodshed ***
Fiction.  Second in the Hearts Grove cozy mystery series.  People are breaking into wealthy home and robbing them, and Henrietta and Ralph go in search of the robbers.

  • Heirlooms and Homicide **
Fiction.  First in the Hearts Grove cozy mystery series.  Henrietta and Ralph find a missing girl and open a puzzle box.

  • Lights Out at the Lighthouse ***
Fiction.  Third in the Hearts Grove cozy mystery series.  A lighthouse owner is killed, and his daughter seeks out Henrietta and Ralph to solve the mystery.

Cromer, T.M.
  • Summer Magic ***
Fiction.  First in the Thorne Witches paranormal romance series.  Summer has been in love with the sheriff since they were children, but after he rejected her in high school she vows to never let him hurt her again. 

Galenorn, Yasmine
  • Witching Bones *****
Fiction.  Second in the Witching Hour urban fantasy series.  Raven is still having problems with her neighbors, but there is also a land wight lurking in the park that she needs to get rid of.

Garratt, Charlie
  • A Shadowed Livery ****
Fiction.  First in the James Gavin crime series set in England.  A mother shot her son then shot herself.  The son’s fiancee commits suicide.  But all is not what it seems, and James has to finagle his way through all the clues to discover the culprit.

Hamilton, M.L.
  • Murder on Alcatraz *****
Fiction.  Fifth in the Peyton Brooks crime series.  Someone is killing child molesters, and when the team heads out to find the murderer, they put themselves in the crosshairs.

  • Murder in Chinatown *****
Fiction.  Sixth in the Peyton Brooks crime series.  A cold case in Florida might prove integral in a new murder in Chinatown, but Peyton has other things on her mind, foremost the growing distance between Marco and her.  She doesn’t understand what the problem is, and he is unwilling to acknowledge it.

  • Murder in the Painted Lady ****
Fiction.  First in the Peyton Brooks crime series.  A realtor is strangled at a listing, and Peyton and her partner, Marco, are assigned to the case.  They need to find the murderer before he kills again.

  • Murder on Potrero Hill ****
Fiction.  Second in the Peyton Brooks crime series.  A lawyer is killed in a hit and run.  A young woman dies supposedly with a ruptured aneurysm.  But when the woman’s husband becomes the prime suspect, he goes on the run, trying desperately to prove his innocence before he ends up in prison.

  • Murder in the Presidio *****
Fiction.  Seventh in the Peyton Brooks crime series.  Peyton and Marco are after a serial killer who keeps changing his method of killing.

  • Murder on Russian Hill *****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Peyton Brooks crime series.  A rockstar is charged with killing his ex-wife, but he has no memory of it.  A videotape put him at the scene, but Peyton just cannot believe he’s guilty.

  • Murder in the Tenderloin ****
Fiction.  Third in the Peyton Brooks crime series.  A young girl is traumatized after killing a gangster, and the gang is still after her.  Peyton and Marco must find the head of the gang in order to save the girl’s life.

  • Murder on Treasure Island *****
Fiction.  Eighth in the Peyton Brooks crime series.  Peyton is suffering from PTSD after being kidnapped and almost killed.  They’re still looking for the Janitor, a serial killer who preys on child molesters and wife beaters.  But he has an ultimate target in mind.  He’s after Peyton.

King, Kerry Anne
  • Everything You Are ****
Fiction.  A cursed cello might be responsible for the deaths of a woman and her son, but the agony of the father and daughter to find themselves can only be mended by the music.

Maher, Tegan
  • Curses and Cauldrons ****
Fiction.  Anthology of Halloween-themed stories by various authors.

Marple, Mona
  • The Curse of Mystic Springs ****
Fiction.  Third in the Mystic Springs paranormal cozy mystery series.  A witch has put a curse on a haunted house, and when a despised real estate tycoon visits the house and ends up dead, everyone suspects the witch of his murder.

  • Santa Claus of Mystic Springs ****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Mystic Springs paranormal cozy mystery series.  Sage’s husband is back in town making Patton very nervous.  Connie is still fighting her attraction to Taylor’s babies.  But the sisters must join forces again when Connie’s friend is suspected of murder.

  • The Witches of Mystic Springs ****
Fiction.  Fifth in the Mystic Springs paranormal cozy mytstery series.  Violet and Ellie are invited to attend a gathering at their old witches’ school set on an island, but when the headmaster is found dead, the ladies prove they’re up to the task of solving the case.

May, W.J.
  • Dark Nebula ****
Fiction.  Second in the Chronicles of Kerrigan series.  Rae is back for her final year at Guilders, where she meets a strangely familiar boy who asks her to be his mentor.  Recognizing his feelings of “newness” to the school, she agrees.  But when she discovers what his tatu is, it might be too late to safe Devon.

  • End in Sight ****
Fiction.  Sixth in the Chronicles of Kerrigan series.  Rae is reunited with her mother, but when they return to Guilders, she needs to concentrate on finishing out her year before graduation rather than continuing the search for Cromfield.

  • House of Cards ****
Fiction.  Third in the Chronicles of Kerrigan series.  Rae is working for the Privy Council and is happy to be working with Devon, but when he breaks up with her, she is devastated.  She meets her new trainer, Jennifer, who begins training her fighting skills.  She fulfills her first assignment from the PC, but when it involves what she thinks is a picture of her mother in a 500-year-old document, she has no idea what is going on.

  • Royal Tea ****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Chronicles of Kerrigan series.  Rae and Devon are on a mission to protect the future Princess of Wales by posing as her old friends.  Luke contacts Rae and tells her he has a special locked box that he believes belongs to her, so he travels to London to hand it over.  Inside they find Rae’s mother’s old PC files, and Rae senses a code in them.  But Luke is attacked, and Rae finds him holding a scrap of paper with an address in France written on it.  She believes she knows who is waiting there for her.

  • Under Fire ****
Fiction.  Fifth in the Chronicles of Kerrigan series.  Rae, Devon, and Carter head to France to find her mother, but she is horrified to find that her mother has no memory of her.

Muir, L.L.
  • The Gathering ****
Fiction.  First in the Culloden Ghosts series.  The Culloden 79 meet Soncerae and watch her grow into a young woman.  At sixteen, she returns to set them all free, but each warrior must perform a brave deed before he is free to either cast revenge on Bonnie Prince Charlie or move on into the unknown.

  • Jamie ****
Fiction.  Jamie is returned to his home where he frees the ghost of his love and walks off into the bright light with her at his side.

  • Lachlan ****
Fiction.  Lachlan is transported to Salt Lake City where he saves a young woman from a tyrannical step-father.  In the end, she offers herself to Soni to save Lachlan’s life, and her sacrifice allows Lachlan to spend the rest of his days with her.

  • Payton ****
Fiction.  Payton poses as an heiress’s boyfriend when she attends her sister’s wedding with her disapproving family.

Pearson, David
  • Murder on the Old Bog Road ***
Fiction.  First in the Hays Irish crime fiction series.  A woman is found dead in a ditch, and Hays and his sergeant must find the culprit.

Pope, Christine
  • Unquiet Souls ****
Fiction.  First in the Project Demon Hunters paranormal series.  Audrey is hired to be a co-host on a reality show that tours and clears demon-inhabited buildings, but on her first day, the demon targets her, and when it follows her home, she relies on Michael, the other host, to help save her.

Richey, Sheri
  • Welcome to Spicetown **
Fiction.  First in the Spicetown series. Stolen goods are recovered.

Smith, Luanne G.
  • The Vine Witch *****
Fiction.  Elena survives a curse and returns home only to find her beloved vineyard has been sold to someone who believes only in science.  Her status as a vine witch holds no interest for him until she proves once and for all that she has value.  But the vineyard is still under a curse, and when Elena is thrown in jail, Jean-Paul doesn’t know if he can save her.

Swift, Olivia
  • Almost Picture Perfect ****
Fiction.  Miller is dating Jules, but when his ex-girlfriend finds out, Miller loses her job and her house is trashed.  The two lovebirds decide to combine their two businesses but first they must deal with the mob.

- The Secret of Chestnut Hall ***
Fiction.  Jasmine Summer takes on the job of renovating a garden at Chestnut Hall and ends up in danger as a long ago mystery comes to a head.

  • The Secret of the Jewel Shop ****
Fiction.  Carly has opened a new shop selling her jeweled creations, and Dex has been very helpful.  The scent of lavender permeates throughout the shop, and Carly believes it is the ghost of a woman who used to live in the building when it was a hotel.  She can’t rest until she solves the mystery of what the ghosts wants.

  • The Secret of the Pendant ***
Fiction.  Corby inherits a house from her great-uncle, but it comes with a spirit who shows herself in the turquoise pendant also left to Corby.  Carlo is doing everything he can to help her work through her emotional issues and is on hand when Corby finds love.

  • The Secret of the Quilt ****
Fiction.  Kim wants to expand the nursery and Rob is more than willing to help her.  When she comes home with an old quilt, it has a strange effect on them.  It’s a love knot quilt with a message written into it, and Kim wants to mend it and recover the missing middle portion, and she gets a hand from the other side.

  • The Secret of the Stones ***
Fiction.  Ben is getting to build his house, and Kat decides to help him. When they come across some unusual stones, danger arrives in the guise of people trying to steal the stones.

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  • The Winter Sisters ***

Fiction.  Three sisters and a doctor with differing modes of healing join forces to protect a town against rabies.