Month: August 2019

“Blood On the Tracks” by Martin Edwards

“Blood On the Tracks” by Martin Edwards


A signalman is found dead by a railway tunnel. A man identifies his wife as a victim of murder on the underground. Two passengers mysteriously disappear between stations, leaving behind a dead body.

Trains have been a favourite setting of many crime writers, providing the mobile equivalent of the “locked-room” scenario. Their enclosed carriages with a limited number of suspects lend themselves to seemingly impossible crimes. In an era of cancellations and delays, alibis reliant upon a timely train service no longer ring true, yet the railway detective has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the twenty-first century.

Both train buffs and crime fans will delight in this selection of fifteen railway-themed mysteries, featuring some of the most popular authors of their day alongside less familiar names. This is a collection to beguile even the most wearisome commuter.

My Thoughts:

This collection of short stories was such a delightful read I could hardly put it down. Some of the authors were names I recognized while most were completely new to me. There were only a couple of stories that didn’t fully capture my attention. All of the stories have something to do with trains. A couple of them were spooky but all of them really exemplified the Golden Age of Mystery. Both male and female detectives are represented across the stories. Several of the stories have a “locked-room” feel to them. I just really enjoyed this collection and I highly recommend it.

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New Hobby

I have recently been distracted by Diamond Painting. I know, how dare I let anything come between me and my book. But there it is, and I just wanted to show off what I’m working on. I haven’t completely abandoned my books though. I am currently reading “The Long Call”, first in a new series from Ann Cleeve. It releases on 9/3 here in the US and I hope to get my review up this weekend.

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8/27/2019 Book Releases

The links below will take you to the book’s Amazon page.

The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow, $27.99; ISBN 978-0-06-285808-5).

Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver by Jill Heinerth (Ecco, $29.99; ISBN 978-0-06-269154-5).

The Lost Daughter by Gill Paul (William Morrow Paperback, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-284327-2).

What Red Was by Rosie Price (Crown, $26; ISBN 978-1-984824-41-7).

NFL Century by Joe Horrigan (Crown Archetype, $28; ISBN 978-1-63565-359-5).

Cold Warriors by Duncan White (Custom House, $29.99; ISBN 978-0-06-244981-8).

The Ventriloquists by E.R. Ramzipoor (Park Row, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-7783-0815-7).

Scam Me If You Can: Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today’s Ripoff Artists by Frank Abagnale (Portfolio, $19 paper; ISBN 978-0-525-53896-7).

The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames (Viking, $27; ISBN 978-1-984878-49-6).

Doxology: A Novel by Nell Zink (Ecco, $27.99; ISBN 978-0-06-287778-9).

Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven But Nobody Wants to Die by Amy Gutmann and Jonathan Moreno (Liveright, $36.95; ISBN 978-0-87140-446-6).

Rival’s Break by Carla Neggers (Mira, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-7783-0810-2).

The Passengers by John Marrs (Berkley, $26; ISBN 978-1-984806-97-0).

The Dark Side by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-399-17941-9).

A Better Man by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books, $28.99; ISBN 978-1-250-06621-3).

8/20/19 Book Releases

Note: Prices listed are usually the hardcover price. The links should take you to the Amazon Kindle page.

The Woman in the Window, movie tie-in, by A.J. Finn (William Morrow Paperback, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-290508-6).

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory (Atria Books, $28; ISBN 978-1-5011-8715-5).

Get Good by Ninja (Clarkson Potter, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-984826-75-6).

The Warehouse by Rob Hart (Crown, $27; ISBN 978-1-984823-79-3).

The Chocolate Maker’s Wife by Karen Brooks (William Morrow Paperbacks, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-268659-6).

How the Brain Lost Its Mind: Sex, Hysteria, and the Riddle of Mental Illness by Allan H. Ropper, MD, and Brian David Burrell (Avery, $27; ISBN 978-0-7352-1455-2).

Stolen Things by R.H. Herron (Dutton, $26; ISBN 978-1-5247-4490-8).

The World Doesn’t Require You by Rion Amilcair Scott (Liveright, $25.95; ISBN 978-1-63149-538-0).

Chase Darkness with Me: How One True Crime Writer Started Solving Murders by Billy Jensen (Sourcebooks, $25.99; ISBN 978-1-4926-8585-2).

All Fall Down by James Brabazon (Berkley, $27; ISBN 978-0-440-00151-5).

Carnegie Hill by Jonathan Vatner (Thomas Dunne Books, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-17476-5).

The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-19721-4).

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (One World, $26; ISBN 978-0-525-50928-8).

The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $26; ISBN 978-0-525-54184-4).

“The Little Book of Energy Healing Techniques” by Karen Frazier

“The Little Book of Energy Healing Techniques” by Karen Frazier


Discover energy healing—find more balance and peace.

Energy healing is the practice of manipulating the subtle energy flow in your body to improve the way you think and feel. The Little Book of Energy Healing Techniques is your introduction to the basics of energy healing, featuring a series of simple exercises you can do anytime.

Heal your mind, body, and spirit, with clear and balanced energy that empowers you to live with greater peace and comfort.

The Little Book of Energy Healing Techniques allows you to:

  • Start from scratch—Practice the exercises in this book right away—no prior knowledge required.
  • Try it on for size—From sound healing to crystals, you can test out multiple types of energy healing and find what resonates with you.
  • Learn active healing—Learn 5- to 15-minute daily routines for centering yourself to alleviate pain and inner turmoil.

See for yourself what the power of energy healing can do for you.

My Thoughts:

Another dive into the world of alternative healing on my part. This little book presents several different alternative techniques. I found the information about crystals to be the most interesting to me. It’s fascinating to think that a little piece of rock can somehow influence the functioning of the human body. I haven’t tried any of these yet but I’m thinking about it. The author presented these techniques in an orderly fashion and the writing made the information easily understandable. If you are interested in alternative healing than I think this book could be a good place to start.

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“Essential Chakra Meditation” by April Pfender

“Essential Chakra Meditation” by April Pfender


Unlock your healing power with chakra meditation.

Your chakras are your body’s vital energy centers, and their health can impact your physical and mental wellbeing. Drawing on rich traditions and hundreds of years of knowledge, Essential Chakra Meditation shows you that practicing intention and purpose can transform your mind, body, and spirit.

Discover how to unblock your energy through a series of guided meditations―each tailored to treat a specific chakra. Whether you’re new to meditation or have some experience, this book offers you everything you need to create internal balance and start healing today.

Essential Chakra Meditation includes:

  • Awaken your healing power―Learn how guided meditations can keep your energy flowing―reducing stress, easing fatigue, and bringing balance back to your busy life.
  • Understanding your chakras―Detailed descriptions of the Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, and Crown chakras provide you with the information needed to diagnose and treat blockages.
  • Essential mantra and mudras―Enhance your meditation and mind-body healing with mantras (short chants) and mudras (hand postures) for each chakra.

Master the art of chakra healing and help free yourself from worry and exhaustion.

My Thoughts:

I find meditation very helpful personally, though I most often use it for relaxation. Nevertheless, I’ve been intrigued by all the different “types” of meditation and so this little book seemed like it might be interesting. Chakras I have heard of, mostly in the context of yoga but they are a concept that I don’t really understand very well. I found this book to be very informative on the subject. It’s organized in sections by the chakras. The author starts with a presentation of the chakra and what it does and how it relates to the other chakras. There is also discussion of how blockages in a chakra can affect the individual physically. Each section concludes with meditation exercises that relate to the chakra. The meditations are of various lengths so you can pick the ones that best suit the time you have available. I found that the meditations were presented in a very straightforward way that I think would be easy for beginners or more experienced meditators to practice. Ultimately, I’m not sure if I believe in the chakras but I really enjoyed how the concepts and meditations were presented.

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8/13/2019 Book Releases

The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs (William Morrow, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-242558-4).

Thirteen by Steve Cavanaugh (Flatiron Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-250-29760-0).

Devotion: A Novel by Madeline Stevens (Ecco, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-288322-3).

How Money Became Dangerous: A Journey into the Turbulent Heart of Modern Finance by Christopher Varelas (Ecco, $28.99; ISBN 978-0-06-268475-2).

Homegrown by Alex Speier (William Morrow, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-294355-2).

Flip the Script: Getting People to Think Your Idea Is Their Idea by Oren Klaff (Portfolio, $26; ISBN 978-0-525-53394-8).

The Bitterroot by C. J. Box (Minotaur Books, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-05105-9).

Contraband by Stuart Woods (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $28; ISBN 978-0-593-08313-0).

The Last Good Guy by T. Jefferson Parker (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $27; ISBN 978-0-525-53764-9).

Inland by Téa Obreht (Random House, $27; ISBN 978-0-8129-9286-1).

River of Fire by Sister Helen Prejean (Random House, $27; ISBN 978-1-4000-6730-5).

Campusland by Scott Johnston (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-22237-4).

Jet Girl by Caroline Johnson with Hof Williams (St. Martin’s Press, $28.99; ISBN 978-1-250-13929-0).

Proof of Conspiracy by Seth Abramson (St. Martin’s Press, $29.99; ISBN 978-1-250-25671-3). New

Texas Flood by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort, epilogue by Jimmie Vaughan, (St. Martin’s Press, $29.99; ISBN 978-1-250-14283-2).

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center (St. Martin’s Press, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-250-04732-8).


“Death Comes to Dartmoor” by Vivian Conroy

“Death Comes to Dartmoor” by Vivian Conroy


Miss Merula Merriweather barely saved her uncle from the gallows after he was wrongly accused of murder—and now, she’s left the bustle of Victorian London to recuperate in the fresh air of Dartmoor with her fellow zoologist, Lord Raven Royston. The trip offers a unique treat, as they’ll be staying with a friend of Raven’s, who owns a collection of rare zoological specimens—including a kraken, a sea monster of myth and legend.

But all is not right in the land of tors, heaths, and mist. Their host’s maid has vanished without a trace, and the townspeople hold him responsible, claiming that his specimens are alive and roam the moors at night, bringing death to anyone who crosses their path. Merula and Raven are skeptical—but the accusations become more ominous when they find several specimen jars empty.

As the two hunt for clues across a desolate and beautiful landscape, a stranger appears bearing a shadowy secret from Merula’s past. Could there be a connection between her family history, the missing girl, and a fearsome monster that could be on the loose? The race is on to find the truth.

My Thoughts:

This story was very middle-of-the-road for me. The storyline was intriguing and I liked the idea of the mad scientist accused of murder but I didn’t take very well to the characters. I seemed as though Merula and Raven didn’t have much depth and I couldn’t quite figure out exactly what the nature of their relationship is. The Dartmoor setting wasn’t particularly special and while I was curious as to how the story would end, and I did finish it, I just didn’t feel very satisfied with it overall.

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“Truth and Lies” by Caroline Mitchell

“Truth and Lies” by Caroline Mitchell

Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden


DI Amy Winter is hoping to follow in the footsteps of her highly respected police officer father. But when a letter arrives from the prison cell of Lillian Grimes, one half of a notorious husband-and-wife serial-killer team, it contains a revelation that will tear her life apart.

Responsible for a string of heinous killings decades ago, Lillian is pure evil. A psychopathic murderer. And Amy’s biological mother. Now, she is ready to reveal the location of three of her victims – but only if Amy plays along with her twisted game.

While her fellow detectives frantically search for a young girl taken from her mother’s doorstep, Amy must confront her own dark past. Haunted by blurred memories of a sister who sacrificed herself to save her, Amy faces a race against time to uncover the missing bodies.

But what if, from behind bars, Grimes has been pulling the strings even tighter than Amy thought? And can she overcome her demons to prevent another murder?

My Thoughts:

Let me just start by saying how much I enjoyed this narration. I think she did a great job of bringing the various characters to life and keeping the story moving. As for the story itself, I was totally intrigued by Amy and her story. When she finds out who her real mother is it could have gone a lot of ways, but she managed to keep the job in focus and do what needed to be done to solve the case. It’s an interesting battle of the psyches of these two women. There is a lot of abuse in the story as it unfolds but I found the domestic abuse situation to be fascinating in the way the author presented what was occurring but also how the person involved was rationalizing the whole situation. I don’t want to give anything away but there is a lot of thought provoking psychology going on in this book. I took to Amy’s character right away. She is so driven to live up to what she thinks is expected of her that I found myself cheering for her through most of the book. She is very vulnerable at times during the story but she’s also tough and determined not to let her circumstances undermine her future. To top it all off, there is a cat in this story who “saves” the day and I just can’t resist a good cat character. If you’re looking for a good listen, definitely check this one out.

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8/6/19 Book Releases

We Are All Good People Here by Susan Rebecca White (Atria Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-4516-0891-5).

The Birthday Girl by Melissa de la Cruz (Dutton, $27; ISBN 978-1-5247-4377-2).

The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator by Timothy C. Winegard (Dutton, $28; ISBN 978-1-5247-4341-3).

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-266263-7).

The Long Accomplishment by Rick Moody (Henry Holt & Co., $28; ISBN 978-1-62779-844-0).

Pretty One by Keah Brown (Atria Books, $17 paper; ISBN 978-1-982100-54-4).

Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell (Atria Books, $27; ISBN 978-1-982109-58-5).

The Scout Mindset: The Perils of Defensive Thinking and How to Be Right More Often by Julia Galef (Portfolio, $27; ISBN 978-0-7352-1755-3).

Four Sacred Secrets by Krishnaji (Atria Books, $26; ISBN 978-1-5011-7377-6).

Lost You by Haylen Beck (Crown, $26; ISBN 978-1-5247-5958-2).

Girl on the Block by Jessica Wragg (Dey Street Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-286392-8).

Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton (Grand Central Publishing, $27; ISBN 978-1-5387-4582-3).

I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi (Harper Perennial, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-269834-6).

The Darwin Strain by Bill Schutt and J.R. Finch (William Morrow, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-283547-5).

The Man Who Wouldn’t Die by A.B. Jewell (William Morrow Paperback, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-220120-1).

The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney (Ballantine, $27; ISBN 978-1-5247-9674-7).

Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk (Forge, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-250-19560-9).

City of Windows by Robert Pobi (Minotaur Books, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-250-29394-7).

Travel Light, Move Fast by Alexandra Fuller (Penguin Press, $27; ISBN 978-1-59420-674-0).

First Cosmic Velocity by Zach Powers (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $26; ISBN 978-0-525-53927-8).

Beyond the Known: Realization: A Channeled Text by Paul Selig, foreword by Aubrey Marcus, (St. Martin’s Essentials, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-250-20422-6).

Surrounded by Idiots: The Four Types of Human Behavior and How to Effectively Communicate with Each in Business (and in Life) by Thomas Erikson (St. Martin’s Essentials, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-17994-4).

Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey (St. Martin’s Griffin, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-250-16644-9).

Dottir by Katrin Davidsdottir with Rory McKernan (St. Martin’s Press, $29.99; ISBN 978-1-250-14264-1).

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin (St. Martin’s Press, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-250-21965-7).

Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-16422-3).

When I Was White by Sarah Valentine (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99; ISBN 978-1-250-14675-5).

Boss Up!: This Ain’t Your Mama’s Business Book by Lindsay Teague Moreno (W Publishing, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-7852-2441-9).