Bomber’s Moon – Archer Mayor

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Under the cover of night, an intrepid private investigator follows her prey and captures her money shot before calling authorities. Meanwhile, a creative thief breaks into a vehicle, finds the home address of the owner, and steals a computer, uncovering a secret that’s been kept hidden for decades. But when he attempts to collect on his newfound information, things quickly go sour.

Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation team are at the scene of a murder in the small town of Bellows Falls. A petty thief/drug dealer has been found stabbed to death, last heard arguing with his buddy, Brandon. But Brandon says he didn’t do it – and Joe believes him – but who would want a two bot drug dealer dead…and why?

Rachel Reiling, daughter of Joe Gunther’s current love interest Beverly, has taken on a role as reporter for the local newspaper and is on the scene taking pictures. As her boss’s best hope for helping to bring the paper back into the mainstream, she is tasked with finding a story worthy of publication. He’s also put her in touch with Sally Kravitz, a local PI, in hopes that they will find a way to work together.

Sally has accepted a job to evaluate the Thorndike Academy, a renowned prep school. One of its Board members hopes to contribute a large sum for further development of the school and its grounds, but he feels as if something is amiss and asks for her assistance. Sally goes in as a temp worker in an effort to discover the truth.

All are seemingly random acts, but as the investigations into each crime unfold, they all seem to have a single connection…Thorndike Academy. But, as Sally & Rachel dig to find answers, someone wants a long buried past secret to stay hidden…

I have only read a couple of titles in this series, thus far, and I’ve very much enjoyed each of them with this one being no exception. I love Joe Gunther’s character, although It seems as if Joe took a bit of a back seat to the girls in this novel, so I’m hoping that means that we’ll see a lot more of Sally & Rachel – perhaps a series of their own??!! I have to say that I discovered this series solely due to Netgalley (Thank you, NetGalley & St. Martin’s press!!!) and hope to find the time to read the series in its entirety soon! Great books!!

I was fortunate to receive this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an objective review.

What Rose Forgot – Nevada Barr

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I was fortunate to receive this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an objective review.

As a big fan of The Anna Pigeon series, I was excited to receive a copy of this new novel for review, but fearful that I would not care for the book as I do her others. I needn’t have worried. While very different, this new character Rose Dennis, had me giggling, if not laughing out loud through her escapades and sheer will – she is the kind of Gram I hope to be one day!!

Rose Dennis greets us in this novel as she comes to consciousness while crawling through the autumn woods. She takes stock of the world around her, the track marks on her arms and the hospital gown she’s clothed in, and comes to realize that wherever she is, she has not been here before. She approaches a couple of boys playing, and they offer her water, and call for help. Rose is then returned to the Memory Care Center from which she escaped but has regained enough of her senses to overhear snippets of conversation that lead her to believe she is being drugged against her will. She begins pocketing her pills and saves enough to add them to the night nurse’s soda – and then escapes again.

Once again free she makes her way to her granddaughter’s home and hides in her fort. Eccentric on a good day, Rose is slowly regaining her strength and is determined to hide from family and the authorities until she, with the aid of her granddaughter ‘Grasshopper’, and her ‘not a hacker’ computer whiz sister, can discover how she came to be locked up and sedated in a nursing home. She returns to the home she once shared with her late husband, and soon, someone breaks in with the intent to kill her. Now on the run once more, she is moved to a friend’s home with a giant teepee in the back yard.

As Rose and Grasshopper investigate and follow each lead, they find themselves in perilous (and hilarious) situations and hiding from the law as they attempt to gain answers as to who is behind Rose’s captivity. Rose also takes the opportunity to attempt the rescue of another elderly gentleman whom she fears has undergone the same fate, breaking several more laws in the process. She makes one last stop to revise her will before she turns herself into the police with the information she’s found – and tips off a greedy killer in the process…

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting! Ms. Barr has created a unique and quirky character in Rose, and I really hope to see her and Grasshopper again in an encore novel, and I await the return of Anna Pigeon as well!

His Secret Family – Ali Mercer

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Jenny is a single Mom, divorced from an alcoholic husband, who struggles to raise her two girls, Ava & Ellie. Living in a second floor flat in the suburbs of London, Jenny barely scrapes by working as a hairdresser. Like most alcoholics, her ex, Sean, is largely absent and very unreliable, so it seems like a dream come true when Mark, a brief romance from the past, re-enters her life, with eyes only for her.

Mark, recently divorced after a lengthy marriage to Paula, has re-connected with Jenny, whom he had had a very brief relationship with many years ago. Wealthy, and now single, Mark brings Jenny and the girls on a whirlwind courtship, taking them to places they’ve never been, and he and Jenny quickly decide to marry. But sometimes things that seem too good to be true ARE too good to be true…

Told from the perspectives of Jenny, Paula, Ava & Ellie, we learn of Mark’s first marriage, its struggles, and of his daughter Daisy – a daughter his new family knows nothing about. Ava, Jenny’s oldest, a teen studying for exams before college, learns some stunning news that she struggles to accept. Ellie, meanwhile, is learning to cope with clairsentient ability as she discovers she can sense things about people, and Jenny revels in her newfound happiness and all that comes with it.

This story has all the feels, happiness and heartbreak, growth and renewal, betrayal and forgiveness – and hope…

I loved it!!

I was fortunate to receive this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an objective review.