“Pursued” by Lisa Harris

I have just read my first, but definitely not my last, book by Lisa Harris, “Pursued”.  Nikki is a member of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation specializing in missing persons.  She and her team work together to find those who are missing before something bad happens to them.

Nikki is flying home after a long seminar when her plane crash lands at the airport in Nashville.  The woman who was sitting next to her leaves the plane and vanishes.  The woman is not on the flight manifesto, no one remembers seeing her on the plane.  Nikki knows what she saw and whom she talked to and is determined to find her.  The FBI contacts her and asks for her help.  The same day as the crash she has two other close calls and finds that the woman she is searching for is in a lot of trouble.  Besides the dangerous things happening to Nikki, the bodies are falling like leaves.  Someone is after something.  I will leave the reader to sort this out.

I read this book with one finger preparing to turn the page as fast as I could in order to find out the rest of the story.  I will be looking for Ms. Harris’ other books.  I’m sure they will be just as entertaining as this one.  I received a print copy of this book from Revell Reads in return for my honest review.

D. M. Quincy has written a series debut novel. “Murder in Mayfair” is an Atlas Catesby Mystery and the first one in the series. The story takes place in 1814 in England, where Atlas and friend have stopped at an inn for some sustenance.  After hearing a commotion in the yard, they investigate and find that a husband is auctioning off his wife to the highest bidder.  Sensing that the woman is high born and disgusted at the spectacle taking place, Atlas makes a winning bid determined to see her to her family.  However, the woman, Lilliana, has been forced to leave her two boys behind.  When the woman’s husband is murdered, Atlas must solve the mystery to keep himself and Lilliana from being suspects.  As the story continues, there are many suspects to choose from.

I thought the novel was well planned and executed.  The characters were very likable and I enjoyed reading about the time period as well.  I have a feeling that Ms. Quincy’s series about Atlas Catesby and his puzzles will be well received and successful.  I will be looking for the next book in the series.

I received an advance uncorrected proof of this book from NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.

“The Girl from the Tyne” by Melody Sachs

I requested to review Melody Sachs first novel, “The Girl from the Tyne”.  This is her first novel and I enjoyed the book very much.  The story begins in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1932.  Jack Wood lives with his Mum and is happy with his life.  He owns a business that is prospering in spite of the depression.  On this particular evening, he is heading to a dance in town.  All of the young folks are there and the bands are swinging.  There is a dance contest and he is smitten with Alice Rooney, one of the winners of the contest.  He gets his courage together and asks her to dance.  They finish the evening with each other.  Alice is a forward young lady and entices Jack, which has consequences.  Jack decides to do the right thing and marry her even though their families are nothing alike.  Alice’s family is crude, rude and smarmy; while Jack’s is the son of a veterinarian.  His family is good, supportive and loving.

Jack and Alice have a volatile relationship.  Alice’s mouth is crude and rude, just like the rest of her family.  Their daughter, Lizzie, bears the brunt of Alice’s wrath.  Nothing she does is right, she is screamed at, embarrassed in front of her friends and their parents, yet Lizzie tries to be quiet and not anger her mother.  The story continues as we see Lizzie growing up and becoming a lovely young lady in spite of the abusive relationship with her mother.

I really did enjoy reading about Lizzie.  However, it was very hard to read the abusive dialogue that Alice subjected Lizzie to, and I suffered with her.  No one was immune from her wrath and everyone walked on eggs in order not to upset Alice and cause Lizzie more trouble.  The thing I enjoyed most about this novel is the time period written about.  I wish Ms. Sachs much success with her writing.

I received a Kindle copy of this book from NetGalley.com.

“A Touch of Frost” by Jo Goodman

Jo Goodman is one of my favorite western novelists.  “A Touch of Frost” is the sixth book that I’ve read.  I love her novels because not only are the plot and the subplot involved and appealing, the dialogue among the characters is humorous and catchy.  I enjoy the repartee she writes between certain characters in this novel.  I think this is what brings me back to her writings each time.  I know I will be entertained and interested throughout reading the whole book.

This particular novel is about Phoebe Apple and Remington Frost.  Phoebe’s sister, Fiona, is married to Remington’s father, Thaddeus.  Fiona and Phoebe really do not get along and Fiona is at times difficult to take.  She is conniving and self-absorbed.  Thaddeus is sure that Fiona is going to leave him.  He brings Phoebe from New York to see her sister and along the way the train on which she is travelling is robbed and she is taken hostage.  But Thaddeus has provided an unseen escort for Phoebe in his son, Remington.  Remington follows Phoebe and her captors and rescues her.  However that is not the end of the drama.  Someone is out to get Phoebe and her life is still in danger.  The plot is rather complicated which adds to the attraction of the novel.  I highly recommend Ms. Goodman’s books.

I received a print copy of this book from NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.

“Treasured Grace” by Traci Peterson

Traci Peterson has another winning novel in “Treasured Grace”.  Traci has written twenty series of books, some in collaboration with another author.  I have read quite a few of them.  “Treasured Grace” begins along the Oregon Trail in 1847 with the death of Grace’s husband, a narrow-minded preacher.  Grace was forced to marry him in able to join a wagon train going to Oregon because a woman alone could not make the trip.  She and her two sisters were orphans and were trying to get to her uncle in Oregon.  After the untimely death of her husband (in name only), Grace was forced to winter over at the Whitman Mission.  Dr. Whitman built the mission to bring the gospel to the Indians, the Cayuse and Nez Perce.  He is an arrogant man and refuses to allow Grace, with her knowledge of healing medicine and herbs, to tend the sick.  After an outbreak of measles which was a deadly sickness to the Indians, Dr. Whitman and the mission were attacked and many were killed, including Dr. Whitman and his wife.  Grace, along with a trapper who she comes to love, do all they can to save those who are ill and rescue those whom the Indians are holding hostage.

Ms. Peterson does a great job of incorporating real historical events with the tales she writes.  Obviously she has an inexhaustible aptitude for giving her readers abundant stories in historical fiction.  I will continue to appreciate her talents as long as she writes.

I received a print copy of this book from Baker Publishing in return for my honest review.

“A Death in the Dales” by Frances Brody

“A Death in the Dales” is the first book by Frances Brody that I have read.  I wasn’t sure that I would like a British mystery, especially because the colloquial speech of Britain is so different.  Phrases and words were foreign to me and forced me to search for the meaning of the words, foods, and other jargon that was new to me.  I loved it!  Because this book is set in one of my favorite time periods and is full of murder and mystery, I am determined to read more books by Frances Brody.  I found that the story line was not as important to me as what I learned about British life in the 1020’s.  I read because I love to read, I am twice blessed when I read a book and learn so many new things.

The character of Kate Shackleton, private investigator, is a strong woman, but still feminine.  Her insights in dealing with suspicious characters are very revealing of her intellect.  I especially enjoyed the minor characters in this novel.  They were quite charming in their own way.  I thought that the way they were presented gave me more suspects for the misdeeds and made the book much more interesting.

I would like to thank NightOwlreviews.com for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free print copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.

“When Tides Turn” by Sarah Sundin

I have read all of Sarah Sundin’s books that she has written about America in World War II, the Wings of Glory series, the Wings of the Nightingale series, and now the Waves of Freedom series.  I have been eagerly anticipating the third book in her Waves of Freedom series, “When Tides Turn”.  Finally!  This third book in the series follows another member of the Avery family as he fights the Nazi U-boats in the Atlantic.  The shipping lanes have been hounded by German wolf packs that terrorize merchant ships trying to ferry needed supplies to England.  Lt. Dan Avery is a no-nonsense naval officer who is stuck on land when he really wants to go to sea.  Tess Beaumont is a beautiful woman who longs to contribute to the war effort.  Since Dan is “married to the navy”, Tess has to be content to be his friend although she would like to be something more.  She decides to join the WAVES to do her duty for her country.

Along with the give and take between Dan and Tess, Ms. Sundin provides us with terrorism, espionage, treason, suspicion and a feel for life in the 1940’s during wartime.  Ms. Sundin’s extensive research is evident in her writing as she brings real history into her fiction.  She has also given a history of the WAVES along with the storyline.  I find her books to be interesting, true to actual events and romantic.  My wait for this book was rewarded with a wonderful story.  I am now eagerly waiting for the debut of her next series.  Don’t keep me waiting too long, Sarah!

I received a print copy of this book from RevellReads.com in return for my honest review.