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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 9/20/20

 

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

Update on the Schatzi:  Still a crazy little cat.  It’s hard to believe the first pictures of this poor sickly little critter is really the same cat as the one that is running roughshod over my house.  I mean, seriously?  Why does every thing that I set down HAVE to be knocked off on the floor?  How come does all my food require an attempt at taste testing?  And snuggles?  Oh, hell, no.  Ain’t got time for that!!  Needless to say, I enjoy him immensely.

 

Back with new releases again… they keep writin’ them, we keep readin’ them.

Do you remember the Virgin River stories?  No? Well, let me remind you…

I read the whole series except for the last one, because…you know…you read the last one and then it’s truly over.  Yes, yes, I know.  That’s a neurotic way of looking at it, but that’s how my ‘hamster on a wheel, circus in my head’ works.  Anyway, Robin Carr, author of the Virgin River series is releasing another addition to the Virgin River series.  I love long lasting series because they feel like family.  Everyone cares, which in this day in age is hard to come by.  This new book will be released next month and I was hoping to re-read all the prior books, but that might be an aspiration that meets with the hard truth of reality.  Meaning, it isn’t gonna happen – at least not by next month.  Anyway, here’s the new release scheduled for drop on October 13, 2020.

Title:  Return to Virgin River
Author: Robin Carr
Series:  Virgin River #19
Release date:  October 13, 2020
Description: Kaylee Sloan’s home in Southern California is full of wonderful memories of the woman who raised her. But the memories are prolonging her grief over her mother’s recent death. A successful author, Kaylee hoped she could pour herself into her work. Instead she has terrible writer’s block and a looming deadline.

Determined to escape distractions and avoid the holiday season, Kaylee borrows a cabin in Virgin River. She knows the isolation will help her writing, and as she drives north through the mountains and the majestic redwoods, she immediately feels inspired. Until she arrives at a building that has just gone up in flames. Devastated, she heads to Jack’s Bar to plan her next steps. The local watering hole is the heart of the town, and once she crosses the threshold, she’s surprised to be embraced by people who are more than willing to help a friend–or a stranger–in need.

Kaylee’s world is expanding in ways she never dreamed possible. And when she rescues a kitten followed by a dog with a litter of puppies, she finds her heart opening up to the animals who need her. And then there’s the dog trainer who knows exactly how to help her. As the holidays approach, Kaylee’s dread turns to wonder. Because there’s no better place to spend Christmas than Virgin River.

 

 

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Shadows in Death by J.D. Robb

Lt. Eve Dallas is about to walk into the shadows of her husband’s dangerous past.

Title: Shadows in Death
Author:  J.D. Robb
Series:  In Death #51
Publish Date:  September 8, 2020
Source:  Purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  Lt. Eve Dallas is about to walk into the shadows of her husband’s dangerous past.

As it often did since he’d married a cop, murder interrupted more pleasant activities. Then again, Roarke supposed, the woman lying in a pool of her own blood a few steps inside the arch in Washington Square Park had a heftier complaint.

When a night out at the theatre is interrupted by the murder of a young woman in Washington Square Park, it seems like an ordinary case for Detective Eve Dallas and her team. But when Roarke spots a shadow from his past in the crowd, Eve realizes that this case is far from business as usual.

Eve has two complex cases on her hands – the shocking murder of this wealthy young mother and tracking down the shadow before he can strike again, this time much closer to home. Eve is well used to being the hunter, but how will she cope when the tables are turned? As Eve and the team follow leads to Roarke’s hometown in Ireland, the race is on to stop the shadow making his next move . . .

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

All I can say about Lorkin Cobb is “What an effing idiot.”  He thinks he’s gonna take Roarke down?  Kill Dallas?  Dude, you got some delusions of grandeur.  Obviously, he has no idea who he’s messing with.

This was a story that did have a bit more gooey stuff between Roarke and Dallas (before the ultimate end) and it felt a little over the top.    Other than that, it was golden.  The initial case was a quick solver and I was gratified at how Eve got the defendant to cry.  The arrogant nasty sociopathic jerk cried.  That case didn’t exactly end right with that arrest.  I got to go with the team on a fast paced, no holds barred manhunt of the bought and paid for assassin.  I got to learn more about Roarke’s background.  I got a good look at how Sommerset fathers Roarke (which was really awesome) and how cool it is to watch a team work together.  Everyone.  All of Eve’s people wanted in on catching this moron.  They, every last one of them, are frosty to the ult.  And the ending?!?  It was a spectacular chase.  I loved every minute of it.  I can tell you I always get satisfaction at the end of these books.  Eve and Delia do their “in the box” work and nail the sleazy, evil monster to the wall.  It’s such a feeling to see the good guys win.  This ending was no slouch either.  It may be the best dramatic endings so far.  No, no cliffhanger, just an awesome “nail that bastard” ending.  I also loved, to the point of “nanner, nanner” NYPSD’s success in locating Cobb when InterPol hadn’t been able to in 20 years.  It was marvelous.

My favorite alternate character in this book was the shopkeeper at the men’s store that Cobb shopped at.  He was an absolute treasure.  He was so excited to be a part of a police investigation that I just had to smile.  I loved him.  Watch for him when you read/listen to this book.

As always, these books get a 5 star.

Our reviews in this series in no particular order…

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NEW RELEASE TODAY!! Frozen Rage by Steve McHugh

Join One Book Two as we celebrate some great book news! A new book drops today from a favorite author!

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TitleFrozen Rage
AuthorSteve McHugh
SeriesHellequin Chronicles #6.5
Release date:  September 15, 2020
DescriptionRealm of Dreich is a getaway for the rich and powerful, a medieval-inspired town in the middle of a vast frozen wilderness. Now it’s the site of a wedding, intended to join two feuding families who have spent centuries in an uneasy truce with each other.

When Tommy Carpenter asks his best friend, Nate Garrett, to help him with the security of the wedding, Nate reluctantly agrees, knowing that it will be a long weekend of work and, in all probability, treachery.

It is only a matter of time before members of each family are found murdered and it is up to Nate and Tommy to find the killer before more bodies fall, potentially reigniting a war.

 

Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 9/13/20

 

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

 

  • These aren’t new releases – but I found them in an actual, real life, brick and mortar book store.  They both intrigued me, so I bought them.  Real life books.  With paper pages.  Amazing.

Title: Horrorstör
Author: Grady Hendrix and Michael Rogalski, illustrator
Release date: September 23, 2014
Description: Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.

To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.

A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, Horrorstör is designed to retain its luster and natural appearance for a lifetime of use. Pleasingly proportioned with generous French flaps and a softcover binding, Horrorstör delivers the psychological terror you need in the elegant package you deserve.

 

Title:  One Day: An Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America
Author:  Gene Weingarten
Release date:  October 22, 2019
Description: On New Year’s Day 2013, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Gene Weingarten asked three strangers to, literally, pluck a day, month, and year from a hat. That day–chosen completely at random–turned out to be Sunday, December 28, 1986, by any conventional measure a most ordinary day. Weingarten spent the next six years proving that there is no such thing.

That Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s turned out to be filled with comedy, tragedy, implausible irony, cosmic comeuppances, kindness, cruelty, heroism, cowardice, genius, idiocy, prejudice, selflessness, coincidence, and startling moments of human connection, along with evocative foreshadowing of momentous events yet to come. Lives were lost. Lives were saved. Lives were altered in overwhelming ways. Many of these events never made it into the news; they were private dramas in the lives of private people. They were utterly compelling.

One Day asks and answers the question of whether there is even such a thing as “ordinary” when we are talking about how we all lurch and stumble our way through the daily, daunting challenge of being human.

 

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Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb

Killed inside a locked room.  How?  Who?  It’s impossible they said, until they met Eve Dallas.

Title: Fantasy in Death
Author:  J.D. Robb
Series:  In Death #30
Publish Date:  January 6, 2010
Source:  Purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description: Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, is found in his locked private playroom, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. Despite his violent end, Eve can’t find anyone—girlfriend and business partners included—who seemed to have a problem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire.

Of course gaming, like any business, has its fierce rivalries and dirty tricks—as Eve’s husband, Roarke, one of U-Play’s competitors, knows well. But Minnock was not naïve, and he knew how to fight back in the real world as well as the virtual one.

Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction—and the price of defeat is death…

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This was a difficult mystery to solve.  I don’t think anyone but Eve Dallas could have solved it.   Anyone else investigating this locked room death mystery would have put it on the cold case pile nearly right away.

These brainiac gamers built their little company with a lot of sweat and encouragement from Roarke.  They were all super smart and incredibly tuned in to the gamer world.  They were set to be on top.  They weren’t there yet, but they were getting there.  Then one is killed. It puts all the others in a tailspin.

The de facto leader, Bart Minnock, has got the world by the tail.  He is the driving force behind U-play and he was the one that approached Roarke and got him to help start the business.  He was liked and incredibly smart.  He was really the super brain behind the whole company.  Bart went home one day to test play U-play’s new game in development.  The next morning he was found dead.

Eve, of course, has a nose for murder and figures out not just who and why, but how.  How’d she figure it out?  By digging.  And pushing.  And researching.  Relentless, that’s her middle name.  I am so sure that no one else could have figured it out.  Even the E-geeks said it was impossible.

On the personal front, Nadine publishes The Icove Agenda.  The book that blows the publishing scene to smithereens.  Everyone is there.  Mavis, Trina, Leonardo, Nadine.  It was great to see how things were going with the fam.  Good times.

As always, these books get a 5 star.

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