The Mad Hatter’s Son by Helen Starbuck

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a really fun mystery! Annie, our main character is one of those people who is a caring, loving person. She’s an operating room nurse, and so I think it’s just in her nature to want to help people. When her friend Libby reaches out to Annie for help about a mystery illness, Annie ends up in a startling mystery!

I really enjoyed the medical side of this story. I get really intrigued about all the details, and in this story, I felt like they were well researched and accurate. I liked the illness as a mystery, but also all the other details within the story that created the twists as the plot progressed!

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Endemic by D.M. Taylor

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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This book weaves the lives of two people and one family together in such a thrilling way! I loved the perspective of the three main characters. I kept bouncing all over the place about what was actually going on, and I didn’t really understand until the end, so I got to enjoy all the surprises!

Endemic is the second book in D.M. Taylor’s time travel thriller series. Endemic picks up where The Reckoning left off, following the same main characters as they work for the secret government agency, The Patriot Party.

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Garbo and the Case of the Wet Footprints by Gretchen Cleveland

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was such a fun story! Garbo the investigator is a turkey with a wonderful knack for solving crimes. He’s funny but also serious about thinking through problems.

I loved the way Garbo encourages Jonah, his new friend to help him solve this mystery. He patiently waits while Jonah thinks through problems, and Garbo provides him with new ways to look at things. Best of all, when Jonah needs encouragement or to be rewarded for a good idea, Garbo is there with delicious rainbow marshmallows!

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Influence by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Well, this book certainly took me by surprise! I absolutely loved the themes around being yourself and being true to yourself. There was also such a strong element of friendship and being a good friend. All of these ideas were the foundation of this exciting and enticing mystery!

My Synopsis:

Delilah has been thrown into the world of social media influencers after one of her videos went viral and her follower count exploded. Her family coincidentally has moved to L.A. putting Delilah in the center of it all!

At her first social media event she meets:
🙋‍♀️Jasmine: Social Media Star and famous child actor currently struggling to understand who she is now as she phases out of her child-actor persona.

🙋‍♀️Fiona: Social Media Star and budding actress who struggles with hidden obsessive habits and a terrible secret.

🙋‍♀️Scarlet: Social Media Sensation and a bit vicious to just about everyone.

🙋‍♀️Jack: YouTube Star and boyfriend to Scarlet.

Delilah finds fast friends in Jasmine and Fiona who help her navigate this new world and event. After her new friends leave, Delilah finds a corner to sit and hide for a while, where she meets a lovely boy who makes her smile and laugh. After sharing a few fun moments with her mystery boy, they are caught in a photo and leave. Delilah soon figures out that this boy was Jack, Scarlet Leigh’s boyfriend and she’s horrified. This could ruin her social standing as Scarlet has a temper and a reputation for tearing people apart.

As the weeks go by, she finds that the photo taken of her and Jack didn’t capture her face, so she can breathe easier. As she settles into this new lifestyle, Jasmine and Fiona become close friends. Everything isn’t as wonderful as it seems though. . .

Every character is struggling with their own problems and fears of their secrets coming out. When the suspicious death of a fellow influencer turns their world upside down, the three friends must trust each other and themselves to find out what happened.

How I Felt:

I really enjoyed this book! The story was filled with twists and turns that I just didn’t see coming. The secrets that each person holds were fun to figure out, and the mystery was extremely interesting!

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The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was an interesting twist on the Jane Eyre storyline! I really liked that this was a contemporary timeline, and I enjoyed the addition of the rich neighborhood, not a secluded mansion.

Jane is the dog-walker for a rich neighborhood. This area is full of women with nothing better to do than sit around and gossip about everyone else. When Jane bumps into Eddie, the two hit it off, and Jane becomes a kept woman, trying to fit in with these suburban housewives. As the mysterious accident of Eddie’s previous wife and friend turns into a murder, Jane begins to suspect that she is in more danger than she can handle.

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Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book is amazing! I was absolutely sucked into the story. The writing is wonderful, and the characters are just perfect! If you are a fan of the Stephanie Plum series, this one is right for you!!

Finlay is a divorced mom of two and working-to-make-ends-meet author. Her unpayable bills are piling up on her doorstep, and her ex-husband is threatening to sue for full custody of her children. After a meeting with her agent at a local Panera, Finlay finds a note from a neighboring diner offering her a lot of money to get rid of the lady’s husband. Finlay, an author, not a hitman, has no intention of doing anything with this, except call the number the lady left and explain that there was a misunderstanding. One thing leads to another, and Finlay ends up in the middle of a murder mystery.

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After All I’ve Done by Mina Hardy

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Holy cow! This book was engrossing! I spent a good portion of this book guessing at what was happening. There were things I was pretty sure about, but others that took me by surprise! Regardless, I absolutely loved this one!

After an accident leaves Diana with memory loss and collar bone injuries, she finds herself reliant on her mother-in-law. She starts to stumble on pieces of information that leave her with new questions about what really happened in the accident and what exactly is it that she can’t remember?

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Call of Vultures by Kate Kessler

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was amazing! This is the second book in The Killian Delaney Novels, and if you haven’t read the first book, Seven Crows, I highly recommend it! I’ll add a link to my review of this book a little later in the post!

This series features Killian, our kick-A female lead character, a girl with a unique set of talents to take care of crappy villains. I love her because she’s a flawed character and struggles with her own demons. It makes her relatable. Her talent for tracking down the bad guys, however, is beyond anything I could ever do, and I love reading about her adventures!

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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Witches and an evil curse? Sign. Me. Up.

I was so excited to finally get the chance to read this book, and I was not disappointed at all! I found it easy to be an easy, quick read because I couldn’t stop reading!

Penny lives on an island off the shore of Sparrow, a town cursed by three sister witches for over 200 years. Each summer the sisters take possession of three girls and spend the summer drowning boys in the water surrounding the town. As society tends to do, people get weirdly obsessed with this tragic event that takes place every summer. One of the new visitors is Bo, a teenager who randomly ended up in the town because it was the end of the bus line. He and Penny meet at the annual drinking-on-the-beach-waiting-for-the-witches-to-arrive party. Penny ends up bringing Bo back to her island to give him a place to sleep. So begins Penny’s summer of trying to protect this boy she’s falling for from being carried out to sea by a witch.

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Crossings by Alex Landragin

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Alright everyone…this was was something completely different, and it was wonderful! You get to choose which way you want to read this one. You can read it the regular old way, front to back…OR you can be adventurous and read it the Baronness’ sequence way. I chose adventure 😉, because seriously, I can read a book from front to back any old time, but bouncing around is something rare!

Crossings is a story about the journey of two souls through a multitude of bodies trying to right a wrong. If you read this the chronological way, it is a book broken into three separate stories. I did not choose to read it this way, so I don’t have a lot of information on the experience of reading it like this. I chose the Baronness’ sequence. Reading the story this way, at the end of a chapter, it will send you to a new page number. When that chapter is over, you jump to a new spot in the book, all the way through.

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The Forger and the Thief by Kirsten McKenzie

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow! This book was so interesting! There were so many things that twisted random pieces into a well-placed story!

“FIVE STRANGERS IN FLORENCE, EACH WITH A DANGEROUS SECRET. AND AN APOCALYPTIC FLOOD THREATENING TO REVEAL EVERYTHING.”

And reveal everything it did! The five strangers each have a point of view in the story, but there is one more POV that I found so intriguing! The River. It got to speak to the reader about what it was doing, what it wanted.

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Bones of the Redeemed by Kari Bovee

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

There are just some authors that can drop you into a historical timeline with such ease that you feel like you were born there. Kari Bovee is one of those authors. She has a gift for storytelling that leaves the reader always wanting more of her stories!

Bones of the Redeemed takes place in 1950’s New Mexico. Ruby Delgado, an archaeology grad student stumbles across a buried pile of bodies that clearly do not belong at the dig site. She knows something is not right, but as she digs deeper, it seems that what she uncovers is dangerous, and no one believes her. She might just be the only person willing to save the town, but can she stay safe while doing it?

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