Review: Hallowe’en Party (Hercule Poirot Series #36) by Agatha Christie

Happy Halloween readers! And what better way to celebrate this holiday than with a Halloween inspired mystery!?

Confession alert…..I have never read anything by Agatha Christie. I know, sacrilege. I’m ashamed to call myself a mystery/detective novel fan!

For years my family has been telling me that I absolutely must read a Miss Marple or a Hercule Poirot mystery as they are all so wonderful.

So when Hallowe’en Party came up on my Amazon recommendations and was only $1.99, how could I resist downloading and reading it as my Halloween read?!

While the staff and children at Woodleigh Common, decorate for a Hallowe’en party, they have a famous mystery author in their midst, Ariadne Oliver. One child in particular, Joyce, quickly boasts to Ariadne that she saw a murder once.

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Review: Gracelin O’Malley (Gracelin O’Malley #1) by Ann Moore

In Ireland, poverty is dominating the country throughout the 19th century. It’s a time of British rule and the Irish people need to make some concessions in order to survive to famine.

Gracelin (Grace) is forced to put aside what dreams she had for herself and marry an English lord, Bram, to save her family from ruin.

Though her brother encourages her to hold out and wait for love, Grace proceeds with the marriage.

Initially the marriage seems like it will workout. Bram seems tender and gentle but after a time his true colors begin to shine though and their marriage rapidly becomes one of promise, to nothing short of a nightmare.

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Special Feature: First Impressions Book Club Kit

In a few short weeks 11/21/14, I will be posting my review of FIRST IMPRESSIONS by Charlie Lovett. If you are a fan of Jane Austen….which let’s face it, that’s pretty much everyone, then you will probably enjoy this book.

I haven’t even read it yet and I already love it! I had the pleasure of reviewing one of Lovett’s other books, THE BOOKMAN’S TALE, earlier this year and loved both the story and his writing style! So when this came up to review, I jumped on it!

In eager anticipation of reading this novel, I am thrilled to share this wonderful book club kit with you!

This book club kit has it all…..recipes, a Q & A with the author, as well as a Jane Austen reading list. This is a fantastic way to engage the upcoming novel! Please share it with your book clubs and friends! And be sure to watc hfor my review in a few short weeks!

Here is the direct link for the book club kit: http://images.penguingroup.com/Viking/FirstImpressions_BCK.pdf 

Review: The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan

Reve (Revelation) Dyer’s life changes in the blink of an eye. She works as an assistant to her magician husband, Jeremy, and together they have three lovely daughters.

Their magic show in Las Vegas draws crowds every night, but in an instant everything changes.

While performing a magic trick, Defying the Bullets, she is supposed to ‘shoot’ her husband and he in turn coughs up the bullet.

When blood sprays and Jeremy falls dead to the ground, the audience and Reve are completely stunned.

It becomes clear that someone altered her gun with a real bullet but the question was why? Reve and her daughters suddenly start receiving envelopes of pictures from a ‘stalker’. Reve then receives a cryptic letter from her Nan begging her to come home less the Fetch find them.

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Review: Music for My Soul by Lauren Linwood

Madeleine Bouchard is on the run. She flees from her abusive husband in the dead of night. She hopes to make it to London and board a ship to France that will take her back to her family.

She plans on putting as many miles between her and her husband as she can while it’s still dark when fate intervenes.

Lord Garrett Montayne and his friend are also on the road to London in the wee hours of the morning when they see a woman walking alone.

When they ride up on her, she goes into survival mode.When asked who she is, she can’t use her name as these men could be friends of her husbands.

Instead she gives a name feared throughout the land–Lady Montayne. Garrett is completely taken aback by her declaration having never seen her before but he agrees to play along and he and his friend escort her to London.

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