The Change by Kirsten Miller

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Murder. Mystery. Magic. Feminism. Kick Ass Women. Must Read.

And that’s my review! Alright, just kidding, I have more to say, but seriously this book is amazing.

The Change follows three women as they move into mid-life. Each has something special in them that is pulled out as their body begins to change.
Nessa hears voices of the dead begging to be found.
Harriett has a special connection with plants and nature that can be vicious and even deadly.
Jo has an inner anger that manifests as immense heat and power.
These three women work together to discover who is murdering young women in their town.

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My Wife Is Missing by D.J. Palmer

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Well, this book was fan-freaking-tastic! I loved the high-level action and energy right from the beginning! It’s got some twists, some secrets and some great storytelling!

Told through the alternating perspectives of a husband and a wife, we start the story with the husband’s discovery that his wife and two children are missing from their hotel room. He’s convinced they have been kidnapped because his son’s teddy bear was left behind. We follow him as he works with the hotel and police to discover that it looks like his wife left voluntarily. He partners with one officer to help find her. From his wife’s perspective, we jump between present-day and the past to unravel a web of stories that create an un-put-downable read!

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One of Us Is Dead by Jeneva Rose

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book is fantastic. Filled with rich spoiled women on the surface, underneath you’ll find deep secrets, dangerous intentions, and murderous rage. You won’t be able to put this one down.

Buckhead is a town filled with money and people who know how to flaunt it. Four women spend their money and time getting make overs at Glow, the only place worth getting your makeovers. The story starts at the end…there’s been a murder…but the reader won’t know who until the final pages. Jenny, the owner of Glow is at the police station and is answering questions about what happened.

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The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews

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White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such a fun mixture of romance, healing, moving forward, and…. murder! I loved how Andrews was able to weave all these things together to seamlessly create a beautiful story!

Hattie is a young widow and works with her father-in-law restoring old Savannah homes to their former glory. I really loved Hattie. She is grieving but is such a fun woman. Watching her heal and grow throughout this story felt like watching a good friend go through a transformation. The grief isn’t heavy, it’s been quite a few years since she lost her husband, so I still completely feel this is a beach read!

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Lacie’s Secrets by Teresa Sorkin and Tullan Holmqvist

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a dark, twisty story filled with secrets and suspense! There’s a creepy house, a murder, a missing person, and a spine-tingling atmosphere!

After Kate’s mother dies, she inherits her family’s summer home and decides to go visit for one last trip. She brings along her husband and child, as well as some close friends. What was supposed to be a fun, relaxing trip turns into a nightmare as tensions run high from unexplained situations, odd visitors, and a dead body.

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Nine Lives by Peter Swanson

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Well, this was certainly an exciting murder frenzy of a book! This is my second Peter Swanson story, and I’m just such a fan at this point! I want to get to his other books now!

So, 9 random people get the same letter in the mail. It’s a list of nine names and their name is on it. Weird, but whatever…except then someone is murdered on this list, and then someone else… One person on the list, Jessica, is an FBI agent. She’s working as fast as she can to save not just her life, but the lives of the others on the list.

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At Least You Have Your Health by Madi Sinha

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow. I really loved this book. It has so much going for it. There’s the working mom aspect that I related so well with. There’s cultural differences and diverse characters that brought really interesting topics to light. There’s medical drama. And there is important commentary on women’s health.

I loved it.

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Grace Among Thieves by Kari Bovee

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I am so happy to be back with Grace and her investigations! I’ve read the previous two books in this series, and this one lives up to the previous two! While the series is fantastic, if you want to read this as a stand-alone, you absolutely can.

Grace is not an investigator by trade, but she certain is great at it, and she seems to always find herself in a situation where she gets to put her skills to use! In this story, Grace’s father is involved in the theft of a Russian artifact. There’s an abduction of his wife as well as the murder of an actress, and it’s all just a lot for Grace!

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The Fear by Natasha Preston

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Well, I just thought this book was absolutely fantastic! I’ve enjoyed Natasha Preston’s books for years, and this one was another great read!

When a post about sharing your biggest fear of how to die goes viral, peoples start dying, and it’s in the way their worst fear was described. This was absolutely terrifying!

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The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

At the end of this book, there is an author’s note, and Sally Hepworth thanks her publishing partners for sticking with her even through her bad books…well I sure haven’t found one of those yet! This book was fantastic! Full of twists and turns, but also building some beautiful characters with backstories and growth journeys, this is an amazing book!

This story is told from the perspective of three women: Tully, Rachel, and Heather. Rachel and Tully are sisters. Their mom has dementia, and their dad has just announced that he’s divorcing their mom to marry Heather, a woman who could be Rachel and Tully’s sister.

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Fake by Erica Katz

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Here we go again, I’ve read another story about the art world, and I think this one is my favorite that I’ve read recently! I thought this was a fast-paced story, and I enjoyed that it wasn’t really a thriller, but more of an experience and a mystery.

Emma Caan has a job as a duplicator of art. It’s all legit, not an illegal forgery, but rather, a replica of an original that the owner asks for. Museums and art collectors pay for these well-done duplicates to show off on walls while the original stays safe in a vault somewhere. But then she’s offered a new job at an art gallery with a side-hustle to continue to create these replicas for only one customer.

Emma jumps at the chance, but soon discovers that behind the curtain of this fantastic-looking job are some darker truths.

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What We Harvest by Ann Fraistat

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

What We Harvest was an absolutely fantastic book that had elements of family and friendship, magic, and creepy horror. It was the exact amount of horror I can handle too! 🤣 This was an outstanding debut from Ann Fraistat!

Wren lives in Hollow’s End, an old town set in the backdrop of present day. The town has four farms run by four founding families, and each one has its own special element that helps drive revenue and tourism for the town and families. Something has gone wrong in Hollow’s End though. A blight is taking over the crops, sucking the life right out of them, but it’s more than just the crops. People and animals have begun to go missing, and now they are showing up again, but they are shells of the humans they once were, and they are dangerous.

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