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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Book Review: Stargazer by Anne Hillerman

  Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook free of charge, from Haper Collins via EdelweissPlus, for review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own

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Murder, deception, Navajo tradition, and the stars collide in this enthralling entry in New York Times bestselling author Anne Hillerman’s Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito series, set amid the beautiful landscape of the American Southwest.

What begins as a typical day for Officer Bernadette Manuelito—serving a bench warrant, dealing with a herd of cattle obstructing traffic, and stumbling across a crime scene—takes an unexpected twist when she’s called to help find an old friend. Years ago, Bernie and Maya were roommates, but time and Maya’s struggles with addiction drove them apart. Now Maya’s brother asks Bernie to find out what happened to his sister.

Tracing Maya’s whereabouts, Bernie learns that her old friend had confessed to the murder of her estranged husband, a prominent astronomer. But the details don’t align. Suspicious, Bernie takes a closer look at the case only to find that nothing is as it seems. Uncovering new information about the astronomer’s work leads Bernie to a remote spot on the Navajo Nation and a calculating killer.

The investigation causes an unexpected rift with her husband and new acting boss, Jim Chee, who’s sure Bernie’s headed for trouble. While she’s caught between present and past, Chee is at a crossroads of his own. Burdened with new responsibilities he didn’t ask for and doesn’t want, he must decide what the future holds for him and act accordingly. 

Can their mentor Joe Leaphorn—a man also looking at the past for answers to the future—provide the guidance both Bernie and Chee need? And will the Navajo heroes that stud the starry sky help them find justice—and the truth they seek?


Anne has done an amazing job of taking over this series, after her dad passed away. She has added in more of a woman's perspectove, and that has allowed us to see ALL the main characters in new ways. In this 6th book of the Chee and Manuelito series, she also explores the possibilities of change for the characters, while working temporarily in charge of Manuelito and the other officers, Chee has to decide is he likes his new role, meanwhile Manuelito thinks on the idea of leaving for bigger department with more opportunities. While each are deep in their own duties,, once again 6 degrees of separation come to play, as cases cross over and Manuelito starts to find her footing as a solid detective. i love how this book allows each of them to grow, yet to remember what is important and to hold on to it. Add a case that takes modern issues in a different, directions, with a few Native twists, and you have another solid mystery from Anne! Make sure to read this one!

About the Author:

Anne Hillerman, the author of the Leaphorn-Chee-Manuelito series, began her career as a journalist and writer of nonfiction books. The daughter of New York Timesbestselling author Tony Hillerman, she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is her sixth novel and the twenty-fourth in the Hillerman series.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Wordless Wednesday: Irish Coronation

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Book Review: The Lost Village by by Camilla Sten

  Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook free of charge, from St Martin's Press, via #netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own

The Blair Witch Project meets Midsommar in this brilliantly disturbingthriller from Camilla Sten, an electrifying new voice in suspense.

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Documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt has been obsessed with the vanishing residents of the old mining town, dubbed “The Lost Village,” since she was a little girl. In 1959, her grandmother’s entire family disappeared in this mysterious tragedy, and ever since, the unanswered questions surrounding the only two people who were left—a woman stoned to death in the town center and an abandoned newborn—have plagued her. She’s gathered a small crew of friends in the remote village to make a film about what really happened.

But there will be no turning back.

Not long after they’ve set up camp, mysterious things begin to happen. Equipment is destroyed. People go missing. As doubt breeds fear and their very minds begin to crack, one thing becomes startlingly clear to Alice:

They are not alone.

They’re looking for the truth…

But what if it finds them first?

Come find out.


While not set in Ireland, this book conveys all the gothicness of an Irish tale! By taking you back and forth in time, the author shows how things are not always how they seem. How 'good' families lie behind facades that they show to the public, and how those that serve them know the ugly truth, and sometimes those truths need to be hidden. Very very deep. This is an interesting book that is subtle in how it entices and draws you into the story and makes you care about what happened years ago and want Alice to find the truth, no matter how harsh. But the ending may surprise even the most prlific of readers. Well done Camillia! Do NOT miss this book before it becomes a movie!

About the Author:

CAMILLA STEN has been writing stories since she was a young girl and is famously one of the most important sounding boards for her crime-writing mother, Viveca Sten. In 2019, she stepped out of her mother’s shadow and published the now internationally acclaimed, hair-raising novel "The Lost Village." Rights for "The Lost Village" have been sold to seventeen territories around the world including film and TV. The book was one of seven shortlisted for the best translated crime award on ThrillZone.nl and is currently on Polish Goodreads shortlist for The 2019 Best Book Award in the horror category. An ever prolific author, Camilla is already working on her next psychologically intense suspense novel, all while travelling the world and putting the finishing touches on the first part of her dark and atmospheric YA series.

Book Review: Murder in an Irish Bookshop by Carlene O'Connor

  Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook free of charge, from kensington Books, via #netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own


We're having a mini-Irish week, so fitting we're starting off with this book today!

In Carlene O'Connor's seventh installment of her USA Today bestselling Irish Village Mystery series, the grand opening of a new bookstore in Kilbane becomes the closing chapter of an author's life--and a whodunit that tests even Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan's deductive reasoning...

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 Between training the new town garda and trying to set a wedding date with her fiancé, Macdara Flannery, Siobhán O'Sullivan is feeling a bit overwhelmed. She's looking forward to visiting the new bookshop and curling up with an exciting novel--only to discover the shelves contain nothing but Literature with a capital L. The owner not only refuses to stock romances, mysteries, and science fiction, but won't even let customers enter his store unless they can quote James Joyce or Sean Hennessey. 

Despite the owner deliberately limiting his clientele, he's hosting a reading and autographing event featuring up and coming Irish writers who will be taking up residency in Kilbane for a month. Among them is indie author Deirdre Walsh, who spends more time complaining about the unfairness of the publishing industry and megastar bestsellers instead of her own creative works, causing a heated debate among the writers. She seems to have a particular distaste for the novels of Nessa Lamb. Then Deirdre's body is found the next day in the back of the store--with pages torn from Nessa's books stuffed in her mouth. Now, Siobhán must uncover which of Kilbane's literary guests took Deirdre's criticisms so personally they'd engage in foul play . . .


I love Siobhán! She's so 'normal', that you really feel like you get tpo know her as a PERSON, not a character, along with her family and town. This series truly makes you want to go to Irelans and find this lovely town and just move there! LOL. This is a good little mystery, full of a few red herrings, that will kepp you guessing re motives up to the end! Along the way you'll enjoy the fun characters of the town, including the newcomers and authors (or are they?? hmmmm....). Plenty to chew on in this page turner, so make sure you add it to your Spring reading list!

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