#BookReviews- The Button @DLFinnAuthor, The Cabinet of Dr. Leng by Preston & Child, Homecoming by Kate Morton, Sir Chocolate & the Valentine Toffee Cupid @BakeandWrite #Mystery #ReadingFC #ChildrensFic

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My reading has taken a turn into the dark and suspenseful. Do you go through phases, or prefer to stick with one genre? This week, I have a selection of the paranormal, fantasy, and creepy!

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Lynn must learn to trust again. Her survival depends on it in this paranormal thriller.

After a night out partying with her friend, Stacy, Lynn Hill awakens in a strange bed with a dead man she barely remembers from the evening before. Freaked out, and scared to go to the police Lynn tries to reconnect with Stacy but can’t find her anywhere. She vaguely recalls her friend leaving with a gorgeous stranger, but not much else, is afraid their drinks were drugged, and Stacy could be in real danger.

Sick and frightened, Lynn goes home only to find her apartment ransacked. She spends a cold and miserable night in her car and only dares to return home during the day to get cleaned up. When her troubled stepbrother appears at her door assuring her his life has changed for the better, she lets him in and that decision leads to grave consequences.

Lynn comes from an abusive background and tries to commit suicide as a young teen. She overcomes her situation and manages to create a good life for herself, but it seems as though bad forces outside of her control are out to destroy her life. Now, she must decide who she can trust and how she can overcome the evil powers set to steal her soul.

This is a gripping thriller set out in the classic struggle of good versus evil. The author does a wonderful job portraying two helpful angels and the evildwel they must protect their human from. The suspense is high in the recommended read!

Preston & Child continue their #1 bestselling series featuring FBI Special Agent Pendergast and Constance Greene, as they cross paths with New York’s deadliest serial killer: Pendergast’s own ancestor…and now his greatest foe.

Constance Greene risks her life traveling through time to 1800’s New York in a desperate race to save her brother and sister from the horrifying events that led to their deaths at the hands of the evil Dr. Leng. But by changing the past, will she forever alter the future?

Lost without her, Pendergast works his magic by finding a scientist to reconstruct the destroyed time machine we learn about in the previous book, Bloodless. Meanwhile, Coldmoon is working on a new case from the Denver office involving a murder on a South Dakota Sioux Reservation but finds there is more to the investigation than meets the eye.

At the New York Museum of Natural History, Lieutenant Commander D’Agosta has a confounding mystery of his own to solve. A museum curator is found frozen to death wearing only his underwear in the mammalogy freezer though his department is anthropology.

There are a lot of moving parts in this story and I’m still not sure how they will come together (watch for the next in this series to find out more!) but it certainly kept me guessing!

The highly anticipated new novel from the New York Times and #1 Globe and Mail bestselling author of The Clockmaker’s Daughter, a sweeping saga that begins with a shocking crime that echoes across continents and generations.

Told in dual timelines, Homecoming is a noir mystery novel. The story opens with an introduction to the Turner family, who live in a beautiful homestead in 1950s Adelaide. Isobel is a stylish mother to four children and a dreamer for a husband. She loves her kids but is disenchanted with her marriage and takes a perverse pleasure in going against her husband’s dictates. The depictions of the countryside are breathtaking and lead the reader to a level of comfort that is shockingly destroyed just hours later by a heinous crime.

Present-day, journalist Jess is called home to Sydney when her beloved grandmother suffers a fall and is admitted to the hospital in serious condition. Jess learns Nora (her grandmother) received a letter from a solicitor in South Australia that upset her and when questioned she becomes very confused and so anxious the nurse must medicate her. Jess is left wondering and searches the house until she finds a book on the history of Tambilla and an unsolved murder hidden in her grandma’s bedroom.

This is a sweeping saga of family, love, secrets, and loss. I struggled with the long passages of the story told through the pages of the true crime novel, but… it was so gripping! Thought-provoking, heartbreaking, emotionally draining- a great read!

“I voluntarily read an ARC of this book which was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.”

The Chocolate Snowman is lonely and needs a friend. Can Sir Chocolate and the Toffee Valentine Cupid help him
find love?

This is a sweet holiday tale perfect for middle school children and adults alike!

Beautifully illustrated with a message of friendship and love. The Chocolate Snowman is lonely and asks a stubborn Cupid to help him, but it takes the cunning Sir Chocolate to outmaneuver the trickster Cupid into helping.

There’s a wonderful poem at the end of the story titled The Invasion about a group of books in search of sanctuary that is a must-read, along with recipes you can do with your kids.

Fun book!

We have a new boarder!

59 Replies to “#BookReviews- The Button @DLFinnAuthor, The Cabinet of Dr. Leng by Preston & Child, Homecoming by Kate Morton, Sir Chocolate & the Valentine Toffee Cupid @BakeandWrite #Mystery #ReadingFC #ChildrensFic”

  1. I read The Button and really enjoyed it (actually the whole series). Regarding The Cabinet of Dr. Leng, I loved the bits in the past. Could have definitely used more Pendergast though, and that ending has me worried. I think I know what P&C are up to, and I’m not sure I’m onboard with it.

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  2. Great reviews, Jacquie. Thank you for sharing. I remember The Button well and highly recommend it. Amazon wouldn’t allow me to post the review for some unknown reason. Reading your review brings back the tense scenes. Robbie’s book looks like a sweet charmer. Congratulations to all! ❤️

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  3. I like your boarder, Jacquie. 🙂 We have a couple of those under the shed. 🙂 Thanks for the reading recommendations. The Button was the first book I read of Denise’s and I still remember it. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. And Robbie’s books are always a treat (in more ways than one). Thanks for sharing a couple of authors I haven’t read yet too. I love Morton’s magical cover. Congrats to all the authors.

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    1. Mom thinks he looks lonely and needs a companion, lol.
      I thought I’d read all of Denise’s Evildwel series and was pleasantly surprised to find The Button.
      This is the first Sir Chocolate book I’ve tried and thought it was so sute!

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  4. Thank you, Jacquie 🙂 Doing a happy dance in Nevada City! So glad you enjoyed it. This one was close to my heart in many ways. I missed this Sir Chocolate book, so I grabbed a copy. The others look like reads I’d enjoy. What a great rabbit shot. They are hard to get a picture of, but you did! I always take it as good luck when we see them. Hugs xo

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    1. I do too. I can’t believe people used to hang a rabbit foot as good luck, that’s just cruel!
      I thought I’d read the whole series for some reason, but when I was trolling your Amazon page 🙂 I found it!


  5. Hi Jacquie, I have also read and enjoyed The Button. Denise writes well in a wide range of genres. I’ve read her poetry book and one of her children’s books. Thank you for this lovely review of Michael and my latest Sir Choc book. I’ve been experimenting with the picture presentation and was pleased with the results for this ebook. The Preston Child series is not one I’ve tried, but I have read some good reviews of some of the books from others in this community.

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    1. Denise did a great job with the thrill-factor in The Button. I had a tough time deciding who to trust!
      The Pendergast series is different from anything I’ve read. He’s extremely eccentric for an FBI agent, lol.
      Your Sir Chocolate book is adorable, Robbie. I can see why they are so popular 🙂

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