Apr 16, 2018

Book Review: Shallow Grave

The truth won’t stay buried forever…

It’s been four months since forensic psychologist Claire Britten last crossed paths with danger. Finally feeling she can catch her breath, together with her partner, criminal lawyer Nick Markwood, Claire has settled into a new role, volunteering with a support group for children stressed by domestic violence. But a leisurely field trip to a wildlife sanctuary turns deadly, leaving Claire to question whether the death was an accident, suicide—or something far more sinister. 

Nick gets the South Shores team on the case, hunting down anyone with a potential grudge against the sanctuary. But their investigation turns wild when other attacks come too close to home. With a hostile predator on the loose, Nick and Claire will have to race to unbury the truth before a killer wipes them from the endangered-species list for good.

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I was so happy when I saw that Ms. Harper had put out another book in her South Shores series!  This is a series that I have been following from the beginning because I love the characters. And there is quite the cast which is why I do recommend starting this series from the beginning.  Now that I states that, I do need to let it be known that SHALLOW GRAVE can be read as a stand alone book but you will be missing a lot of history of the characters that is brought up occasionally.  

SHALLOW GRAVE does start off slow enough that I did start wondering if this series had perhaps lost its spark but I am happy to report it isn't so.   The tension and pacing does pick up quite nicely by chapter three and by the next chapter, I was invested (reinvested) in the characters and the mystery to the point that I ended up staying up a bit late on a work night.

Overall, I would say that I enjoyed the book and it was a very good object lesson to myself to give a book more time to develop. The ending satisfied my curiosity yet I still have more questions that will hopefully be answered in the next book.  I do think that my readers who enjoy romantic suspense would like this book especially if they have been following the series.

***I received  this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions are my own and not influenced by the publisher or author. 

Apr 10, 2018

Book Review: The Longest Silence

A killer stole her voice. Now she's ready to take it back. Don't miss the chilling Shades of Death series from USA TODAYbestselling author Debra Webb.

Joanna Guthrie was free. She had been for eighteen years--or so she needed everyone to believe. What really happened during the longest fourteen days of her life, when she and two other women were held captive by a dangerous serial killer, wasn't something she could talk about. Not after what they had to do to survive.

But when more women go missing in an eerily similar manner, Jo knows her prolonged silence will only seal their fates. She's finally ready to talk; she just needs someone to listen. FBI special agent Tony LeDoux can't deny he finds Jo compelling--he's just not sure he believes her story. But with the clock ticking, Jo will do anything to convince him, even if it means unearthing long-buried secrets that will land them squarely in the crosshairs of the killer...

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This is a series that I have been following since the very first book and I do have to say that each book has only gotten better.  If you are interested in my reviews of the other books in the series, just click on the titles.

Now Ms Webb is quite the accomplished writer and if you would like to check out all of her series just click here to be taken to her website.

THE LONGEST SILENCE centers about Tony who was one of the secondary characters in the first few books but one whose story I wanted to learn more about.  His niece has been taken and it is going to take all his skill along with help from Joanna to find her.

This book has all the tension and sharp turns that you would expect from Ms. Webb.  We also are given quite the insight into the characters that make it all the easier to relate and care for them.  The pacing is taut, the dialogue on point and goal is one that we can all cheer for.

I do recommend this book to any of my readers who enjoy a well written romantic suspense which is draw you into the story.  While this book is the fifth in the series,  it is well enough written to enjoy on its own though I do recommend starting from the beginning of the series.

***I received  this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions are my own and not influenced by the publisher or author. 

Apr 5, 2018

Swap-N- Hop

This hop brings me back to why I originally started a blog.  Back in the day there were several 'blog hops' where designers would create around a theme or in this case with beads that were sent to us by a partner.  I really want to thank   Linda Anderson for continuing on the tradition.

My partner this time around is Fay Wolfenden of Torch Fairy.  I have to say that she has been a wonderful partner especially considering that I have been having issues with my health since the beginning of the year.  I haven't been able to spend near as much time posting as I have wanted with the exception of the book reviews which I have been able to do on my iPad.

Anyways, Fay sent me all kinds of wonderful things to play with.  What caught my attention right away was the brass charm holder.  I have been wanting one for all the art charms I collected during the years that I was part of the Art Charm Swap.  And then of course there are so glorious springy lampwork beads.  Oh and the handmade silver heart.  And the dangles....

Now of course I sent her goodies and being me I couldn't make up my mind so I sent a couple different batches.  Hopefully this will make up for me not being chatty and posting a lot.  This first batch includes a porcelain focal from Andrew Thornton of Allegory Gallery.

The second batch is in cooler colors.  This batch includes a focal from Linda Landig and one from Fanciful Designs.   There are also supporting beads.  My end goal with these selections was to share my love of ceramic and polymer focals since Fay is a lampwork artist.

Now I knew that unless something improved I wouldn't have a lot of time upright to work on my jewelry so I wanted to challenge myself.  I know that earrings can be quick and easy for some but they always stump me.  I don't want to limit myself to such a small canvas but that was my challenge.

On the first pair, I took some of the lovely lampwork beads that Fay made and combined them with some filigree drops that I added some patina to.  They are lightweight and ones that I will be keeping for myself.  Perfect for summer.

The second pair I made by pairing up some more of Fay's beads with drops from Scorched Earth.  Those I will get added to my shop.

Now onto the main show.  I just loved the dangles that Fay sent along so I didn't want to take them apart.  Besides they will hang beautifully from the charm holder.

Making this necklace was actually more complicated then I thought it would be.  I tried several different chains and weren't happy with them so I am so glad that the hop was delayed a bit.  I ended up making my own chain using copper wire and silver beads.

And now I have a necklace that is definitely mine that I can personalize with different charms.  Thank you so much for sending along the copper hanger.

Now since this is a hop, make sure that you check out what everyone has made.  There is this wonderful list of designers that joined in but I can't figure out how to copy it.  Yeah I am gradually learning my way around this operating system.  Anyways to be able to check out everyone's designs be sure to click here.  It will take you to our hostess's page and the links for everyone.