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Review of Love and Ruin, A Historical Fiction Novel of Ernest Hemigway’s Third Wife, Martha Gellhorn, by Paula McLain

****4-stars

Popular historical fiction novelist, Paul McLain, who previously wrote about Ernest Hemingway and his first wife in The Paris Wife, tells the story of Hemingway’s third wife, Martha “Marty” Gellhorn. This book, however, isn’t just a love story. It is also a war story because we follow Marty who, after writing an unsuccessfully-reviewed novel, finds her niche as a war correspondent covering the news for Colliers with her famous husband as her rival.

Marty is courageous, driven, and determined to document the atrocities of the several wars she’s lived through including World War II. While devoted to Ernest, she needs to make her own name among journalists.

I found this novel a riveting, fast-paced, and interesting look at the horrors of war and the personal glimpses into the life of one of America’s most famous novelist. As a writer myself, I related to Marty’s struggle making a name for herself in a competitive field that, at that time, was predominated by male authors. I highly recommend this read to those interested in history, biographies, and realistic fiction.

Paula McLain’s photo from her website

About the Author: From Paula’s website:

Paula McLain is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels, The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun. She now introduces her latest title, Love and Ruin.

Paula McLain was born in Fresno, California in 1965. After being abandoned by both parents, she and her two sisters became wards of the California Court System, moving in and out of various foster homes for the next fourteen years. When she aged out of the system, she supported herself by working as a nurses aid in a convalescent hospital, a pizza delivery girl, an auto-plant worker, a cocktail waitress–before discovering she could (and very much wanted to) write. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 1996.

She is the author of The Paris Wife, a New York Times and international bestseller, which has been published in thirty-four languages. The recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, she is also the author of two collections of poetry; a memoir, Like Family, Growing up in Other People’s Houses; and a first novel, A Ticket to Ride. She lives with her family in Cleveland.

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Review and Blog Tour for R.I.P. in Reykjavik by A.R. Kennedy

R.I.P. in Reykjavík*****5-stars

This second book of the Traveler Cozy Mystery series takes Naomi to Iceland with her mother. I found this book both funny and informative. It was a great break from my current quarantine and makes wonderful armchair travel reading. While never having traveled to Iceland or considered going there, the details included about the sights made me think about future possibilities. I also learned some Icelandic words that were listed at the beginning of each chapter and within the story. I enjoyed A.R. Kennedy’s descriptions of Snorkeling in crystal clear water, observing geyser eruptions, watching rainbows over waterfalls, horseback riding Icelandic horses, and viewing puffins on a boat tour — all this while Naomi and her mother secretly investigate the death of a man on his honeymoon with his family.

As Naomi mingles with this odd group of tourists, she discovers that something’s rotten in Denmark or Reykjavik, as the case may be. She starts to suspect that the groom’s death during a snorkeling expedition might be murder. The bride’s parents are divorced but haven’t told the bride yet. The groom’s best man is pretending to be gay. The tour guide is acting strange. The Maid of Honor is more upset by the groom’s death than the bride. The bride might be sleeping with someone else, and Naomi’s mother might be sleeping with the bride’s father.

Dealing with her mother and discussing the case with her sister Charlotte via Facetime, Naomi also finds the opportunity to sightsee and look for romance in the way of a bartender her mother calls Thor with whom she begins visualizing Icelandic grandchildren.

When the mystery is solved with a twist that Naomi figures out and the killer is caught, Naomi and her mother bid farewell to Iceland, having grown a little closer. I look forward to the next Traveler Mystery trip to Australia and hope to also read the first one, Sleuth on Safari, that takes Naomi and her sister Charlotte to Africa.

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R.I.P. in Reykjavík: A Traveler Cozy Mystery
by A R Kennedy

About R.I.P. in Reykjavík

R.I.P. in Reykjavík: A Traveler Cozy Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Independently Published (May 19, 2020)
Print Length: 149 pages
Digital ASIN: B08477CQTR

Traveling with your family can be murder.
One wedding party + one estranged mother = another vacation that goes array for Naomi.

Naomi is off on another international vacation. She thinks traveling with her mother will be the most difficult part of her trip until she meets the rest of the tour group—a wedding party. It only gets worse when she finds the groom dead. Everyone’s a suspect on her Icelandic tour of this stunning country.

About A. R. Kennedy

A.R. KENNEDY

A. R. Kennedy lives in Long Beach, New York, with her two pups. She works hard to put food on the floor for them. As her favorite T-shirt says, ‘I work so my dog can have a better life’. She’s an avid traveler. But don’t worry. While she’s away, her parents dote on their grand-puppies even more than she does. Her writing is a combination of her love of travel, animals, and the journey we all take to find ourselves.

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Review of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

*****5-stars

At the library where I work, this book has been requested on a long waiting list. I decided to find out why. Now I know. The story follows nature lover, Catherine “Kya,” who grows up alone in the 1950’s in the North Carolina Marshland after her siblings and mother leave, and her father, the cause of their departure, eventually disappears.

Avoiding the townspeople and the truant officer who tries to take her to school after she’s taunted and teased by the other children, she makes one friend, Tate, who teaches her to read and shares her love of nature. As the two grow, they fall in love, but Tate leaves to go to college. The events that occur when he doesn’t keep his promise to return to her, set off a chain of events that result with Kya accused of the murder of a man whose family is well known in the town.

There is much more to this story that features themes of prejudice and abuse but also the beauty of nature and the enduring quality of love and friendship. One addition that I especially enjoyed was the brief appearance of the court cat, Sunday Justice.

Don’t miss this read that will keep you turning the pages and also has a surprising twist at the end.

About the Author (information and photo from her website)

Delia Owens is the co-author of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa including Cry of the Kalahari.

She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in NatureThe African Journal of Ecology, and many others.

She currently lives in Idaho. Where the Crawdads Sing is her first novel.

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Review of The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

***4-stars

As a librarian, I like to read new authors. I’ve heard good things about Fiona Davis from patrons and thought I’d give one of her books a try. This is the first I’ve read but not the last. The novel focuses on two women, Art teacher and artist Clara Darden whose story takes place during the 1920’s and Virginia Clay, a divorced woman in the 1970’s, who finds work at Grand Central Terminal in New York City and discovers the remnants of an art school hidden within its walls. When she locates a watercolor by an unknown artist, she begins a search that leads her into a mystery involving Clara Darden and the battle to save Grand Central. Along the way, she develops the courage to overcome her fears about her own deficiencies that include the removal of one of her breasts during cancer surgery. I enjoyed the way the story moved back and forth between the two women, and I was surprised by the twist at the end. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Davis’ books.

About the Author

(from her website: https://fionadavis.net):

F  I  O  N  A   began her career in New York City as an actress, where she worked on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in regional theater.

After getting a master’s degree at Columbia Journalism School, she fell in love with writing, leapfrogging from editor to freelance journalist before finally settling down as an author of historical fiction. Fiona’s books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

She’s a graduate of the College of William & Mary and is based in New York City.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/FionaJDavis

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fionajdavis/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14903705.Fiona_Davis

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Review of Kitty Confidential, Pet Whisperer P.I. #1 by Molly Fitz

*****5-stars

Kitty Confidential is the first book of the Pet Whisperer P.I. cozy mystery series. It introduces Angie Russo, the proud holder of seven Associate Degrees who lives in the small town of Blueberry Bay, Maine. When Angie accepts a temp job as a paralegal, she experiences an electric shock when turning on the office coffee machine. This shock somehow renders her with the ability to hear what a tabby cat with the long moniker Octavius Maxwell Ricardo Edmund Frederick Fulton says. The cat, whom she nicknames Octo-Cat, enlists her help to solve his human’s murder. This is a fun, quick read with Octo-Cat stealing the show with his catitude. Cat lovers and cozy mystery fans will enjoy this book. I look forward to continuing the series.

About the Author

While USA Today bestselling author Molly Fitz can’t technically talk to animals, she and her doggie best friend, Sky Princess, have deep and very animated conversations as they navigate their days. Add to that, five more dogs, a snarky feline, comedian husband, and diva daughter, and you can pretty much imagine how life looks at the Casa de Fitz.

Molly lives in a house on a high hill in the Michigan woods and occasionally ventures out for good food, great coffee, or to meet new animal friends.

Check out her social media links and website where you can find out how to chat with Octo-Cat and join her mailing list:

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MollyFitzMysteries/

Facebook reader group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CatsDogsBooks/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mollymysteries/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Molly-Fitz/e/B07N96W9G5/

Website: https://mollymysteries.com/

Love on the Rocks is the latest book in the Cobble Cove series by Debbie De Louise. I’ve read the previous books, and you can see all my reviews on her dedicated author page. Let’s drive into the review for the newest one… Love on the Rocks by Debbie De Louise My rating: 5 of…

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Review: Journaled to Death: A Journaling Mystery by Heather Redmond

***5 stars

JOURNALED TO DEATH: A Journaling Mystery by Heather Redmond

This review was first published in the February 15, 2020 issue of Booklist.

 Mandy Meadows is a journaling vlogger who works with her teenage daughter when she’s not at her shift at the hospital coffee shop. She rents her basement to her cousin Ryan to help pay the bills that her ex-husband neglects. When Ryan is found dead, lying on a journal at the bottom of her stairs, his death is termed murder from a hammer blow to the back of his head.

Trying to clear herself, Mandy sets out to find her cousin’s killer and learns that Ryan dabbled in drugs and women. Suspects in Ryan’s murder include the negligent mother next door and Mandy’s friend who both slept with him; a competing blogger; two of Ryan’s strange new acquaintances who’d visited him last; a doctor who holds a grudge against Mandy for turning down a date with him; and even Mandy’s ex-husband. When Mandy gets too close to the truth, will the handsome detective on the case be able to save her in time?

This first in a series will keep cozy mystery fans guessing.

About the Author

This is the bio from Heather’s Amazon author page.

Heather Redmond is a long-time author under another name. First published in mystery, she took a long detour through romance before returning. Though her last known British ancestor departed London in the 1920s, she is a committed anglophile, Dickens devotee, and lover of all things nineteenth century.

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