End of April #BookReviews with Lincoln Child, @AshleyCWeaver @Sandra_Cox plus #family Reconnecting


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I can’t believe it’s the end of April already! It seems as though the older I get, the quicker time flies.

My daughter arrived Tuesday night after taking a wrong turn and adding six hours to her trip. It’s been almost five years since we’ve seen her, so I’m a bit emotional, as you can imagine. She’s only here until Friday, then she and my grandson will be leaving. After having him with us for the last seven months the house is going to seem empty.

I guess it will give me more time to read some of the amazing books I’ve downloaded lately, and maybe even get some writing done- gasp!

I’ve been on a mystery kick with my reading lately, and enjoyed all of the following stories.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  An archaeological expedition digging where it shouldn’t … A crown so powerful it is rumored to be cursed … And the one man who can explain it all …

Enigmatologist Jeremy Logan is approached by a world-renowned explorer who believes he’s found the burial tomb of Egypt’s earliest leader, King Narmer. Legend has it, the king unified Egypt and is buried with two crowns of historical significance, but there is also a curse- one that threatens the lives of everyone involved.

The dig site is in the middle of the Sudd, an almost impenetrable bog that grows larger by the day.

Logan approached the hole and peered in gingerly. It was at least eight feet in diameter. He could see the brownish-green surface of the Sudd not eighteen inches beneath his feet. Its miasmic vapor rose like a fetid breath to his nostrils.

The Third Gate- Lincoln Child

When unexplained occurrences begin to happen with increasing frequency, it is up to Logan to investigate the causes, and determine whether an evil being has been released to kill them all, or if the culprit is very much alive.

“What I believe is that beyond the natural, visible world there are elemental forces—some good, others evil—that always have and always will exist in counterpart to ourselves.”

The Third Gate- Lincoln Child

This is an interesting read, filled with facts surrounding Egyptology and ancient relics. The tension slowly escalates as the crew get closer to the treasure, and I found myself on edge more than once.

An enthralling read!


The first in the Electra McDonnell series from Edgar-nominated author Ashley Weaver, set in England during World War II, A Peculiar Combination is a delightful mystery filled with spies, murder, romance, and the author’s signature wit.

When war breaks out, earning a living becomes hard, so Ellie McDonnell and her uncle do what they must in order to keep food on their plates- they break into homes and rob safes. That is, until they are caught by a stoic major with an agenda of his own.

Major Ramsey is tasked with stopping a critical set of blueprints from getting into enemy hands, and if that means using his substantial clout the pull in a couple of safecrackers, he will. But he doesn’t expect to be intrigued by the spirited Electra McDonnell and soon finds himself in a compromising situation with the thief.

A dead German spy, missing blueprints, and a host of suspects made this a page-turning read with a surprise twist I didn’t see coming!

I love Ellie’s humor in the face of danger, and the hint of a love triangle adds an extra edge to already fascinating characters. This series is one to watch!


They were friends, close as brothers. Then they weren’t.
Mateo and Jesse are cautiously working their way back to friendship when Jesse discovers the unthinkable. Delilah, the sultry shifter who’d had affairs with both men, is still alive. 

Delilah, the powerful, sexy shifter who almost killed Sheriff Mateo Grey is back and looking to finish what she started in this thrilling sequel!

While Mateo and his chief deputy, Blair, are moving forward with their romantic relationship, trouble is brewing in Grizzly. A senior on the Blackfoot Reservation is murdered- his throat ripped open by a feral creature of the night, and the Chief of Police, Jesse, is afraid the woman he thought he loved is behind the attack. He’s still coming to terms with the fact his blood-brother and estranged best friend, Mateo, is a shifter and had a torrid affair with Layla, or Delilah as she was known by then, and that she, too, can shift to wolf form.

How had he not seen her true nature? He shook his head. The answer simple. He’d been blinded by the sex. Layla, or Delilah as Mateo knew her by, was the most sensual creature he’d ever known. How much of it was truly her and how much was due to her supernatural powers, he had no idea.

And what difference did it make? Evil was evil.

Cox, Sandra. MATEO’S BLOOD BROTHER: Sequel to MATEO’S LAW (p. 14). Kindle Edition.

Instead of being dead, as Mateo and Jesse thought, Delilah is back and more powerful than ever. She’s harnessed the ability to stop a change, becoming half-woman, half-wolf, and has superhuman strength. When she threatens the community and comes after Blair, silver bullets seem to be the only way to halt the carnage.

She half-shifted. A beautiful woman with wanton black curls falling around her bare shoulders and white breasts. She rose on her back paws her tail waving. Horror washed through him. Beads of cold sweat stood out on his forehead and ice chilled his bones.

“Jesse.”

He raised the gun.

“Oh darling. Do you really think you can kill me with puny bullets?” She gave a gay laugh.

Cox, Sandra. MATEO’S BLOOD BROTHER: Sequel to MATEO’S LAW (p. 79). Kindle Edition.

I was thrilled to see the continuation of Mateo’s story published, and though the focus is on Jesse in this story, the rest of Grizzly’s characters play a large part with plenty of humorous exchanges to lighten the grim storyline. Short, descriptive lines increase depth and build tension toward a combustible finale.

This is a highly recommended supernatural suspense series!


What have you been reading? Have you tried any of these amazing writers?

Periwinkle in bloom

47 thoughts on “End of April #BookReviews with Lincoln Child, @AshleyCWeaver @Sandra_Cox plus #family Reconnecting

  1. I feel for your daughter with her six-hour wrong turn! A badly signed detour once did something similar to me. Some great reads here, Jacquie, and great reviews. I a fan of Lincoln Child and have read a few of his books. I’ll have to take a look at the others.

    Hubby and I are about to celebrate our 3rd anniversary and cannot believe where the time has gone. Happy reading and thanks for sharing!💕🙂

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    1. Happy anniversary, Harmony!

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      1. Thanks so much, Jill! 😁💖

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    2. Happy, happy anniversary, Harmony!
      I’m fairly new to Lincoln Child but am quickly becoming a diehard fan 🙂

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  2. Thanks for sharing your reviews, Jacquie. Enjoy your time with family!

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    1. Thank you, Jill! We’ve been out and about, touring the city 🙂

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  3. Thanks for reviewing, Jacquie! You are all so sportive readers and reviewers. What would we (readers) do without your multitasking profession? Many thanks, and have a nice day! xx Michael

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    1. It’s a two-way street, my friend 🙂 Thanks for all that YOU do to support bloggers!

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      1. Thanks as well, Jacquie! Enjoy a beautiful weekend! xx Michael

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  4. Jackie, how wonderful to have your daughter there and your grandson. Your poor daughter—a six hour detour! YIKES! I bet she was never so glad to reach your home!!

    All three books sound wonderful. I’ve read The Third Gate and was glued to the pages. I don’t follow that series as closely as Pendergast, but I’ve enjoyed all the books I’ve read featuring Dr. Logan.

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    1. It’s more on the supernatural side and should be right in your wheelhouse, Mae 🙂
      Yes, I had a tired girl by the time she arrived.

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  5. What a lovely surprise. Thank you, Jacquie!
    I’m so glad you are getting to spend time with your daughter. Five years. Ouch. That’s a long time. And how wonderful you had your grandson for 7 mos.
    I haven’t tried any of Lincoln Child without his partner in crime:) Pun intended;) But the HH and I are plowing our way through the Pendergast series. Thanks for the recommendation. A Peculiar Combination sounds very intriguing too.
    Thanks again, Jacqui. Appreciate ya.

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    1. I’m hooked on Pendergast, such an interesting character!
      Greatly enjoyed this series so far, Sandra, and am happy to see you left it open to more storylines (hint, hint :))

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  6. D.L. Finn, Author April 28, 2022 — 8:35 am

    Oh wow, that’s a bad wrong turn. Glad she made it safely and you got to see each other! I understand the left over quiet.
    Great reviews, Jacquie. I loved Mateos Blood Brother and found a book to add to my TBR list. Xo

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    1. I didn’t know if I would like a shifter story, but with Sandra’s caliber of writing it became one of my favorite reads!

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author April 30, 2022 — 10:15 am

        Sandra does have a way of making the impossible seem very real 🙂

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  7. I can relate to that Jacquie, meeting your dear ones after years and that too for a short time does make us emotional! At least you had your grandson for 7 months! They say count your blessings and be happy. 😊
    Thanks for sharing your lovely reviews, as usual, they are compelling. Congratulations to all three authors.

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    1. So true, Balroop. I’m immensely grateful to have had this time with him.
      I’m reading your new poetry book right now and it’s helping, so thank you ❤

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  8. Oh my, Jacquie, taking a wrong turn that resulted in an extra six hours to a journey is rather unfortunate to say the least. I am glad she arrived okay and you are spending some time with her and your grandson. Well done on there three books, they all sound good. Another WWII book I noted. Sandra’s books always get great reviews.

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    1. I love Sandra’s writing style- so vivid!

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  9. Oh goodness, Jacquie. How awful that your daughter had to extend her trip for six hours. And I know you are going to suffer the empty nest syndrome all over again when your grandson leaves. Great reviews! And here’s to more reading time!

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    1. We’ve been having real issues with ferry service to the island which contributed to her delayed arrival, Jan. Yes, I’m going to be lost without him (Papa, too).
      More reading time is a good thing 🙂

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  10. An extra six hours – how awful for her! I know you’re going to miss your grandson, Jacquie. It’s wonderful you got to spend so many months with him. And nice reviews – I saw one of these mentioned on another blog today.

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    1. As you know, having family living far away is so hard.
      These are all great choices, Teri. I’m reading your new one now, by the way 🙂

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      1. Ack! And now I’m nervous. Hope you enjoy it, Jacquie – and thanks so much!

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        1. Lol, no need to worry, it was awesome!

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          1. Woohoo – that gets my week off to a great start!

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  11. petespringerauthor April 28, 2022 — 6:59 pm

    It’s funny how we go through phases in what we read. Mysteries are one of my go-to genres. I’m very happy that you’ve had this time with your family. Five years—no wonder you’re emotional. I’m heading out on Monday to visit each of my three older brothers, who are thoroughly scattered around the country. One of us in each time zone—can you imagine?

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    1. Enjoy your trip, Pete- take lots of photos!

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  12. Hope your daughter and grand have safe travels and that you are doing okay. Hugs

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    1. Thank you, Sandra. They made it safely home, and we miss him already.

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      1. I’m sure he left a hole. I guess you’re just going to have to fill it with writing. Hint. Hint. Wink. Wink.

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  13. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader May 1, 2022 — 6:54 am

    Damn! A wrong turn and it’s six more hour of drive for you??? You’d make three times Belgium’s tour with six hours LOL And I bet you are emotional! Five years is a lot of time! Enjoy her presence Jacquie!

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    1. Lol, Canada IS pretty big, Sophie 🙂
      It was beyond wonderful to see her and have the opportunity to spend those months with our grandson, who is a young man now!

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  14. How wonderful to have your daughter and grandson visiting, Jacquie. Six years is way too long, no wonder you’re teary. ❤ ❤ Hugs. And great reviews too. I just finished Mateo's Blood Brother and thought it was great. I love the way your share snippets of the writing. The other two books certainly sound entertaining. And all three covers are beautiful. 🙂 Thanks for the recommendations!

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    1. It was wonderful to see my girl, but hard to let them go.
      All three of these were great reads. Sandra has a talent for blending action/suspense with heart-fluttering romance that I love 🙂

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      1. Aww. They’re gone already, Jacquie. I can imagine how hard that was. And I agree with your opinion of Sandra’s books… the same way I feel about yours! (Which reminds me to pick up another one). 😀

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        1. Yeah, she only had three days before she had to get back. She’s trying to get in on a professorial course somewhere, so I’m not sure when we’ll see them again. Thank goodness for technology!
          I have Catling’s Bane on my Kindle, and hope to get to it soon 🙂

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          1. 🙂 Thanks. I picked up book 4 of Wounded Hearts. Yay! And good luck to your daughter. There’s so much pressure these days as the cost of living soars. I hope she finds something perfect for her.

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  15. I’m happy to know your daughter and grandson are home safely. You have a big adjustment to make in your life now. But isn’t technology a miracle helping us to keep close to loved ones far away. Now if we only had smell-a-vision and hug technology! Really enjoyed Sandra’s book. Great combination of action and romance.

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    1. Hug technology- I like that idea 🙂
      Sandra is so talented, I love her books, too!

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