Posted in Book Haul, Reading

September 2016 Book Haul

September is drawing to a close, even though I swear it just started a few days ago. It’s been a busy month, filled with books and new little projects. I joined the Online Book Club in hopes of one day being paid for reviewing books, but I’ll be keeping that and ‘Fun Facts for Writing’ separate for now. Once I get the hang of it, I might post the review on both websites. For now, though, I’ll just share some of my book haul from September 2016! Enjoy!

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.” Sarafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of Biltmore Estate. There’s plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Sarafina exists.

But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina mst uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity…before all of the children vanish one by one.

The Magician’s Daughter

24-year-old magician Valentine Hill is just finishing up a show outside San Francisco’s Golden Pirate Casino when a man in the crowd steals her donation hat. Meanwhile, another audience member approaches Valentine with information about her con-artist mother, Elizabeth Hill (aka Beth Hull), whom she hasn’t seen in nine years.

After calling it a night and returning to her apartment, Valentine finds that it’s been ransacked and her life savings stolen, apparently by a spurned suitor. The second chapter is equally crammed with unlikely events: Valentine locates her mother’s apartment, gets beat up, evades a scam by someone posing as an FBI agent, and more.

Old Sins, Long Memories

 It’s the perfect new beginning for Dr. Lizzie Browne. Treating rural patients at a small English clinic is what she badly needs after a stressful city practice and a failed marriage. So at first she thinks it’s an unhappy coincidence when local teen Darren turns up murdered–and she recognizes him as a recovering addict she helped back in London… Then Darren’s troubled ex-friend is burned to death in Lizzie’s greenhouse–and relentless Detective Chief Inspector Maguire starts investigating her. Certain the answer lies elsewhere, Lizzie starts digging into her patients’ less-than-tranquil pasts. Soon she discovers a trail of corruption, rage and shattering guilt that leads her to a long-buried crime and a shocking injustice. And she has nowhere to hide from an obsessed killer determined to punish and guilty–and innocent–alike.

The Cassandra

An eerie recurring vision of a missing girl. A wealthy family of psychics living in fear. For newbie private investigators Stella Jones and Chev Fortuna, this case is a far cry from nailing cheating boyfriends for naive clients. Especially since they believe in the practical, not the paranormal. But when they start digging into young Christine Johnson’s long-ago disappearance, they uncover mysterious clues, more vanished teens and sinister unexplained events that have haunted their small Western Maryland town for years…

Now they race to piece together deceptive memories and strange warnings. And it doesn’t take ESP to tell them that someone has just gotten on their trail. Stella and Chev will need cunning, skill, and plenty of luck to trap an insidious killer – and pray that bad fortune doesn’t make them the ultimate victims.

Under Cold Stone

BC Constable Molly Smith is looking forward to a quiet Thanksgiving with her fiance. Until a call from her mother sends things into a tailspin. Lucky Smith is vacationing in Banff, Alberta, at a grand hotel guilt to resembled a Scottish castle. But the medieval past bleeds into the present when a brutal homicide rocks the historic town. And the prime suspect has vanished.

Matthew Keller, the estranged son of Trafalgar Chief Constable Paul Keller – Lucky’s current boyfriend and Molly’s boss – was last seen at his apartment, where the dead body was found. Now he’s a fugitive. Distrusted by the local police, Molly follows her instincts and bare-bones clues, uncovering a startling connection to a controversial case that sends her deep into the Canadian wilderness…where a stone-cold killer scopes out the next victim’s final resting place.

Look forward to the full reviews in the coming month! Thank you for reading!

Posted in Book Haul, Reading

My 2015 Christmas List

With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I’d share some books I’ve had my eye on. (Hint hint, family members who follow my blog). If you have any suggestions or opinions you’d like to share, feel free to do so in the comments!

The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog / The Hippopotamus Pool / Seeing a Large Cat / The Ape who Guards the Balance

The Amelia Peabody series is one of my all-time favorites. I already have the first six books, but I would love to have the whole series.


The Anatomist’s Wife / Mortal Arts / A Grave Matter / A Study in Death

I haven’t read any books from this author, but the Lady Darby series sounds pretty interesting. Set in Scotland in 1830, Lady Darby is recently widowed and looked at with suspicion because of her skills in science.


The Princess Bride

Absolutely love the movie, so I definitely want to read the book.


The Case of the Missing Marquess / The Case of the Left-Handed Lady

Enola Holmes is the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes and a budding detective. This series has pretty high reviews, so I’d like to give it a try!


Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor / Jane and the Man of the Cloth / Jane and the Wandering Eye

A seemingly normal woman whose life is filled with mystery.


Sherlock: The Caseload

A closer look at the cases shown on the TV show.