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Tahoe Deep by Todd Borg

What could have happened on that ship or what could be on the sunken ship from 40 years ago that would cause someone to kill for it?

Daniel Callahan and anyone close to him including his neighbor, Mae, were the people someone targeted for this information.

Daniel was beaten, but didn’t answer any questions the intruder was asking.

Since Daniel wouldn’t go to the hospital to get checked out after he was beaten, Mae called Owen McKenna to help with the investigation.

McKenna and Spot arrived on the scene and McKenna did his usual investigative magic that always includes tension and quick thinking.

Besides being treated to another mystery, when you read Mr. Borg’s books, you will learn obscure facts about bugs as well as learning about some sport which in this case was free diving.

There is never a dull moment in Mr. Borg’s books, and his characters and story line are very well developed along with his  outstanding and pull-you-in descriptions.

TAHOE DEEP is filled with secrets, love, and murder.

All of Mr. Borg’s books are excellent, but this book is one of his best.

If you haven’t fallen in love with McKenna, Spot, and Street yet, what are you waiting for? 5/5

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Malfunctioning, crashing-to-the-ground elevators two days in a row, a third elevator crash the following day, and then a dead man who is an elevator-repair person with finger tips sawed off and his face mutilated is what the New York police have to deal with.

What is the connection between the dead elevator repair person and the elevator malfunctions? Is there a connection or is this just a coincidence?

You can’t go into any buildings in New York City without needing an elevator, and these incidents along with the mayor’s order to shut down every elevator in New York City crippled the city and had everyone in a panic.

Along with all these tragedies, there are numerous side stories going on with the mayor’s office being investigated by a journalist and bombs being set off in New York City and other parts of the country.

ELEVATOR PITCH had a lot of characters’ stories that randomly fit into the story line, and all these incidents put together increased the book’s suspense.

And…just when you thought it was all over, it wasn’t.  The ending is edge-of-your-seat.

ELEVATOR PITCH will not be for anyone who already has a fear of being in an elevator or even a New York City cab, but the book will be for those readers who enjoy intrigue, suspense, twists, surprises, revealed secrets, and shady characters. 4/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Three attorneys…a District Attorney, Martha, a defense attorney, Jack, and a law student, Rachel, are the main characters in THE MURDER LIST.

What is their connection and why does the defense attorney hate the District Attorney?  Was there something in their past?  Was it a former court case?  Did the defense attorney want the District Attorney job? What is Rachel’s connection?

As the story unravels, the reader gets a glimpse into the life of Rachel before she met Jack and currently when she is married to Jack, but the clues about her life and situations are kept secret.  The hatred between Jack and Martha is evident, but the reason is also kept a secret.

I liked Rachel, but I didn’t like Jack, Martha, or Clea – a reporter.

Rachel always seemed to be in the middle of some drama, and they were not just normal dramas…they were murders.

Jack seemed sneaky.

Martha definitely was power hungry and sneaky.

It took a few chapters before I connected with the story line and the characters, but once everything got going, the intrigue was ramped up. The ending was great!!

THE MURDER LIST is for those suspense readers who like to be surprised and those who like to learn about what it is like in a courtroom and the legal profession.

There are twists and surprises along with jealousy, deceit, lies, revenge, and trickery….all good elements of a crime book.  4/5

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Last Train To London by Meg Waite Clayton

I’m here to help you were the words the children longed to hear and words they trusted belonged to Tante Truus who is an actual woman named Truus Wijsmuller-Meijer.

THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON focuses on saving Jewish children by this woman who is said to have saved 10,000 children.

We meet many characters that are frightened because of what is going on Germany and the rest of Europe as well as meeting the frightened children.

The reader sees what is happening in the daily lives of the European people, and the wonderful work Tante Truus does by secretly transporting Jewish children to safety.

Each chapter has a very clever title, and Ms. Waite Clayton did amazing research.

The beginning took a little while to figure out what actually was going on and who was who, but it all worked out. The book truly depicted the era and Ms. Wijsmuller-Meijer’s work.

If you enjoy historical fiction and want to experience an excellent history lesson even though it details the cruel treatment the Jewish citizens endured during this era, you will want to take the time to read THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON.

You also get to see the many good, helpful people along with the distasteful ones.

Ms. Waite Clayton’s writing and the cover are definitely pull-you-in.
A marvelous, heartbreaking, and well-researched book you won’t want to miss.  5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


29 Seconds by T. M. Logan

Being a good Samaritan is usually something you are proud of not frightened of, right?

Sarah saved the daughter of a prominent man from being kidnapped, but she was rewarded in a very unusual way and in a way she actually couldn’t accept until she knew she needed to.

The reason Sarah made this decision was because of an ongoing problem with her boss, Alan, who harasses women, steals their ideas, and lies about it all.

Sarah had to do something about him, but will it backfire?

Sarah knew it would backfire and make her look bad and lose her job at the university, but this harassment couldn’t continue.  She knew, though, that she wouldn’t win or could she?
If you want to hate a character, Alan would be your man.

29 SECONDS is a book you literally will not be able to put down.  The tension keeps building and doesn’t stop.  The evilness of Alan doesn’t stop either.

I have never finished a book this quickly – that is how good this book is.

If you enjoy edge-of-your-seat thrillers, this book needs to be on your reading list…an absolutely terrific read.  5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Words Between Us by Erin Bartels


Books, books, books, and one bookworm. Well, quite a few bookworms and one from Robin’s past.

Hiding since she was fourteen from a scandal that her jailed parents were involved in caused Robin to have no confidence and become a recluse.

We get a glimpse into Robin‘s life as a child before the scandal as well as present day. Because of this scandal Robin had to live with her grandmother in another state where she met Peter who loved books too and shared books with her.  They became good friends until an incident that caused them to never see each again.

Peter had been out of touch for years, but all of a sudden the books they shared as children started showing up in her mailbox at her book store from different states.

Meanwhile Robin’s book store was in jeopardy because she didn’t have any customers.

Robin was sweet and will pull you into her life, her situation, and her love of books.

If you enjoy mysteries as well as books, THE WORDS BETWEEN US will appeal to you because added to Robin’s dilemmas in her life was a secret her grandmother supposedly had and that Robin never knew about.

THE WORDS BETWEEN US will resound with book lovers simply because of that gorgeous cover,  the title, and of course the story line.

The reader will again be treated to Ms. Bartel’s wonderful storytelling skills.  4/5

This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger


The Lincoln School, an orphanage with horrible caregivers who beat the children and subjected them to even worse daily working conditions, is where we meet Odie, Albert, Mose, and then Emmy.

The three friends had to get away, and they had their chance one night.

We follow them as they escape with Emmy who didn’t originally live at the school and move farther and farther away from Lincoln School and the horrors they had endured.

Following the three friends and Emmy down the Mississippi river and meeting the folks along the River was mesmerizing.

The trip down the river also seemed dangerous but was amazing how the friends always had another friend/stranger helping out.

THIS TENDER LAND’s lush writing had me not wanting to stop reading because I didn’t want to miss their adventures, and I didn’t want the book to end.

Mr. Krueger’s writing pulls you in with his descriptions, lovable characters, and story line.

What a marvelous, master story teller Mr. Krueger is. His book even incorporated stories told by the characters within the book.

Mr. Krueger’s magic is indeed evident in THIS TENDER LAND and is a book that needs to be read by every book club and everyone who loves becoming engrossed in the lives of the characters in a book and the era.

This book is an absorbing tale of love, loss, and endurance and will fill your heart with the warmth that comes with feeling needed, helpful, and wanted.

You just have to read this book to understand its beauty and excellence.  5/5

This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley.