TBR Tuesday – January24, 2017

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My first TBR Tuesday post of 2017!  I’m a little behind, can you tell?

Anyway, in a bid to get myself up to date on my reviews, I’ve put a stop to reading.  It’s killing me.  It really is.  I have a ton of awesome books screaming for me to crack them open and devour them.  But at least I’ve only got a few back reviews left before I can start getting behind again.  My main problem is that I’ve gotten out of the blogging habit, not for lack of interest, but mostly because of lack of motivation.  I think it’s just the winter doldrums, this has been slowly building since Thanksgiving. Sigh

. So, my dear blogging friends, I apologize for being absent for the last month or so.  I promise I will get caught up on all of your amazing reviews and add a few of my own.

31305593This was the kind of thriller that raises the hair on the back of your neck…

The big news is that I will soon have my very first author Q&A and  book giveaway for The Swap (read my review here),  which will be released in just 2 weeks!  On February 7th, the giveaway will start, I will have one autographed copy  for a lucky random winner, and it will be super easy to enter.  Mark your calendars!

So, on to the TBR list (which is growing exponentially every day.)  These are the top 3 I plan to start next.  The Right Side looks to be an awesome read, A Will to Die is the latest in one of my favorite series, The Cliff Knowes Mystery series, and I won a copy of The Memory Box from Fictionphile a few weeks ago.  Three great reads, how am I going to decide which on to read first?

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LeAnne Hogan went to Afghanistan as a rising star in the military, and came back a much lesser person, mentally and physically.
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San Diego is renowned for its sunny weather and beautiful beaches, but it has its dark side. It is the location of one of the largest mass suicides in American history.
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TBR Tuesday (October 18, 2016)

Managed to get through 4 of the 5 books from last week, so I’m feeling pretty good about my 2016 Reading Challenge progress. But then again, there’s about 30 more waiting in my Soon-To-Be-Read pile, fighting to make it on the list.bookfight

Great, now I’m picturing some kind of Thunder Dome battle between books fighting to be read next. Aaaannd now I can’t think about anything else.

Ok, where was I?  Oh yes.  This week’s TBR is chock-full of this and that and everything else.  There’s some seriously good reads on this list, I may have to turn off the phone, tv, computer and everything else so I don’t get interrupted!

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“A frightening tale of lost souls, lost love, murder and deceit.”
—The Sierra Vista Herald
This is the one I didn’t get to last week, and it’s first on my list this week.

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The United States of Absurdity

From the creators of the comedy/history podcast “The Dollop,” “The United States of Absurdity” presents short, informative, and hilarious stories of the most outlandish (but true) people, events, and more from United States history. Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds cover the weird stories you didn’t learn in history class, such as 10-Cent Beer Night, the Jackson Cheese, and the Kentucky Meat Shower, each accompanied by a full-page illustration that brings these historical “milestones” to life in full-color. Adding to the giftable history/comedy package, each story is accompanied by tongue-in-cheek trivia and timelines that help place the stories in context with the more well-known historical events that occurred around them

I  saw this on Netgalley and I knew this was right up my alley when I saw “Kentucky Meat Shower.”  Who can resist that?  Not me, that’s who.

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Behead Me

Retired FBI agent Cliff Knowles thought he was being hired by a Fortune 500 company just to find out why their sales of spare parts were down. He soon learns that where there’s money there’s mayhem – and murder.

Written by a former FBI agent,  his books are loosely based  on his real life cases.  I read the excerpt on Amazon and was hooked from the first page

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30832036Frog Legs

The body was found in the early morning, face down in the murky waters of the marsh. There was no question that he had drowned. The question was did he have help? And if he did, who, among the many, irate people upon whose toes he had trod, had helped to send him on his way? The only witnesses have frog legs and they have nothing to say on the matter.

I had just seen Dunbartons mysteries somewhere (must’ve been recommended on Goodreads or something)  and when I was offered a copy of this book, I thought I’d give it a try.  I read the excerpt on Amazon and it sounds really good, I liked the writing right from the beginning.

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Ghostland

An intellectual feast for fans of offbeat history, Ghostland takes readers on a road trip through some of the country’s most infamously haunted places–and deep into the dark side of our history.

*squee*  I’m hoping this one has some good thrills and chills.  I love true ghost stories!

What’s on top of your TBR list this week?

TBR Tuesday October 11, 2016

I’ve finally caught up on my reading challenge and I’m back on track to meet my goal of 150 books in 2016.  I’m at 117 books read so far this year, and I still have a ton of really great books to finish.  I love having a full TBR pile!

This week’s TBR list is full of hauntings, magic and bone-chilling thrills just in time for Halloween, so I’ll have a spooktacular time reading this week! (Sorry about the pun, I couldn’t resist.)

30846960 Pressed to Death by Kirsten Weiss

Perfectly pressed. Perfectly proper. Perfectly deadly.

Paranormal museum owner Maddie Kosloski thinks she has the perfect paranormal exhibit for the harvest festival—a haunted grape press. But before she can open the exhibit, she’s accused of stealing the antique press. And when her accuser is found murdered, all eyes turn to Maddie.

In this light, cozy mystery, haunted houses, runaway wine barrels, and murder combine in a perfect storm of chaos. Facing down danger and her own over-active imagination, Maddie must unearth the killer before she becomes the next ghost to haunt her museum.

Woo! The second in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series looks to be a great read, and perfect to put me in the Halloween spirit!

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28504510Paws and Effect  by Sofie Kelly

Magical cats Owen and Hercules and resourceful librarian Kathleen Paulson are back in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Faux Paw…
 
Kathleen is excited to meet three old pals of her beau, Detective Marcus Gordon, while they visit charming Mayville Heights on business. But the reunion is cut short when one of the friends is killed—and the evidence points towards Marcus as the murderer.

I love catching up with Owen & Hercules and their magical hi-jinx, I’m really looking foward to this one.

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Southern Spirits by  Angie Fox

One simple mistake…
For a girl who is about to lose her family home,
Releases the ghost of a long-dead gangster,
And opens Verity Long’s eyes to a whole new world.

When out of work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability see spirits. It leads to an offer she can’t refuse from the town’s bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with.

I picked this one up on Amazon as a freebie.  I’ve read 2 other books in the series, so I’m excited to start from the beginning and see how it all began.

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10796935Darkscope by J. Carson Black

“A frightening tale of lost souls, lost love, murder and deceit.”
—The Sierra Vista Herald

After photographer Chelsea McCord’s marriage falls apart, her great uncle Bob talks her into starting a new life in 1980s Bisbee, Arizona, the historic mining town with a notorious past. Bob’s father, mining magnate Lucas McCord, helped build Bisbee in the early 20th century.

Chelsea discovers an old box camera in a dusty trunk, the film still inside. Sfjhe uses it to photograph the town. Is it her imagination, or does the stench of death emanate from the camera’s inner workings?

And when Chelsea looks through a viewfinder wavy with age, she sees children in gunny sack clothes, their eyes dark and grainy. Children from the 1920’s. She sees a young man and woman at a train station that no longer exists. The same young woman appears in each of the camera’s photographs.

As the past superimposes itself on the present, Chelsea learns the secret of her powerful family’s dark legacy. With one click of the shutter, she has unleashed a pure and hungry evil that will consume everyone she loves.

Pitted against a supernatural force and stalked by a psychopathic killer, Chelsea rediscovers her capacity to love as she fights to save her beloved uncle–and herself.

I picked this one up after I saw it in a weekly book bargain email I subscribe to.  After reading the first chapter, I was hooked.   I’m anticipating a good, spooky read.

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The Skeletons of Birkbury by Diana J. Febry

Twenty years ago no connection was made between the disappearance of a girl from Cheltenham and a fatal car accident in the small village of Birkbury. But that changes when the body is found buried in Birkbury and there are two further car accidents and a local girl goes missing.

After I read Who Killed Vivien Morse not long ago,  I put the rest of the series on my TBR list and I’m finally getting to the first book in the series.  I’m looking forward to visiting DCI Hatherall & friends and seeing where it all began.  This isn’t a spooky or ghostly, or paranormal book but it has the word skeletons in the title, so I’m counting it as a Halloween read.

TBR Tuesday – September 06, 2016

TBR Tuesday is a feature on Mystereity Reviews where I’ll highlight what’s at the top of my To Be Read list.

Labor Day has been and gone (where the heck did summer go?) and I’m now 3 books behind on my 2016 reading challenge.  I’m hoping to make a dent in my reading this month, and I’ve got some promising titles:

 

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This magical story of time travel, magic, and adventure is a modern-day quest through the low country paradise of Daufuskie Island.

I’m already halfway through this one and really enjoying it.  In the vein of Half Magic by Edward Eager (one of my favorite childhood books) this would appeal to middle graders who love adventure and magic.

 

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29343597 The Hope that Kills – Ed James

New series from one my favorite authors, The Hope that Kills has been at the top of my TBR list since the author first began teasing readers about it, so I was beyond excited to find it on NetGalley.  Set in London, DI Fenchurch investigates the savage murder of a prostitute and uncovers a complex and evil scheme as he delves into London’s sex trade.

 

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29523521A Deadly Thaw – Sarah Ward

Lena Grey is found guilty of murdering her husband, who was found smothered in their bed. She offers no defense, and serves fourteen long years in prison. But within months of her release nearly two decades later, his body is found in a disused morgue, recently killed. Who was the man she killed before, and why did she lie about his identity?

I’ve been seeing a lot about this book recently, and I was intrigued by this story of family secrets and murder.

 

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cozy mystery, Victoria Hamilton, mystereity, booksMuch Ado About Muffin – Victoria Hamilton

In this fresh mystery from the national bestselling author of Death of an English Muffin, baker Merry Wynter comes to the aid of an innocent woman accused of murder.
 
When muffin baker Merry Wynter sees an innocent woman accused of murder, it’s dough or die...

I love this series, set not far from where I grew up in Western New York, and I’ve been looking forward to catching up with Merry and her gang for a while now.

 

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What’s at the top of your TBR list this week?  Leave a comment, I’d love to hear about it!