A Murder on Jane Street by: Cathy Cash Spellman BLOG TOUR

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SYNOPSIS

A brutal murder.
A heinous secret
A deadly conspiracy.

The brutal murder of the little old lady next door puts FitzHugh Donovan on the case. A retired New York City Police Chief, he knows a cover-up when he sees one and his Irish Cop conscience can’t let that happen. 

Now, Fitz, his family and his quirky band of Bleecker Street Irregulars are ensnared in the bizarre secret the woman died to protect.

Is this a 75-year-old cold case turned hot again, or an unspeakable crime-in-progress that could alter the course of the world?

Fitz doesn’t yet know how high the stakes are, that failure isn’t an option, and that the little old lady was so much more than she appeared. But he’s trying to keep everyone alive long enough to find out.

Characters you’ll care about, dark shocking secrets, and disturbing similarities to today’s political scene, will keep you turning pages to an ending you won’t see coming.    

Praise for A MURDER ON JANE STREET
“Family ties tighten and bonds of affection grow stronger as a family is trapped between ruthless forces struggling for the highest stakes: control of a world to be subjected to unimaginable evil. As.parents, children and loved ones risk all to protect one another, events accelerate towards a conclusion that is in doubt until the last page is turned. A terrific read!” ―Richard Gid Powers author of The Mystery of the Trinity

“A MURDER ON JANE STREET is a gripping summer thriller filled with history, adventure, and an intriguing mystery. Cathy Cash Spellman will keep readers on the edge of their seat” ―Charles Brokaw, New York TimesBestselling author of The Atlantis Code

Cathy paints a picture with the most radiant phrasing and colorful words! I’m a fan of her books and have read every one of them, always wishing that she’ll write more! That hope was answered with A MURDER ON JANE STREET. This compelling gem of a mystery is also a history, a conspiracy, and a modern-day morality tale rolled into one. Yes there is a murder, deadly secrets and treachery, but at its heart, it’s also about family, friendship and having the courage to do the right thing in the face of nearly insurmountable odds. This brilliant author has created yet another home run! Her narrative, coupled with an edge-of-your-seat contemporary mystery thriller, have characters that warmed my heart and an unexpected ending that I absolutely LOVED! ―Adria de Haume, author of Cross Purpose

“Do NOT read this book unless you are willing to be seduced by a dozen incredibly keen people without whom the world as we know it might cease to exist.” ―K.T. Maclay author of Beginners Guide to Death and Dying in Oaxaca

My Review

I loved the story line of this book. It was an interesting twist on a horrific event in our history. The diary excerpts were invaluable and well done. I did feel that this book may have had a bit too much detail, coming in at 400 pages, and I’m not sure if it was all necessary. However, once we really got into the story, it did read quickly.

I loved the dynamic between the odd mix of characters and I am excited to read more about them in the next book of the series. If you like historical fiction and modern day mysteries, pick this one up.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

PHOTO CREDIT: DAKOTA CASH


WEBSITE: https://www.cathycashspellman.com/
TWITTER: @CCashSpellman
  
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/95409.Cathy_Cash_Spellman
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/cathycashspellman/
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/cathycashspellman/

Multiple New York Times and International Bestsellers, a Paramount Movie, book sales in 22 countries, Cathy Cash Spellman writes stories about love, friendship, adventure, and history. Known for her big sprawling sagas and memorable characters, Cathy writes the kind of stories women like to lose themselves in, and then remember long after the book is done. 

Her books range through several genres: contemporary, historical, mystery, mystic and romance. Several take place in two time-frames, both current and historical.

Bless the Child was a Paramount movie in 2000, starring Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits, and Paint The Wind has been optioned for film and TV.

Cathy is an Astrologer, Martial Artist (Black Belt Goju Ryu Karate) and has expertise in Chinese Medicine, several alternative healing modalities and many metaphysical disciplines.

She has written for Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Mademoiselle, Cosmo, Penthouse, Mode, Kung Fu and many other magazines about women, health, empowerment, sexuality, spiritual philosophy and Astrology. She blogs for The Huffington Post and The New York Times.  

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Extra from the Author

Favorite Books Read This Year

Angelogy, Angelopolis, The Discovery of Witches Trilogy, Know Your Value, Mind to Matter, Choose Them Wisely, Admiral Byrd’s Secret Diary, Devil’s Bridge and Hellgate from Linda Fairstein,  Thankless in Death, JD Robb,several Anne Perry Christmas Books and several Sigma Thrillers by James Rollins…. the list goes on and on! With all the research books I always have on my desk, when I read for pleasure, I’m looking for good storytelling and characters I can care about, so this has been a lovely year for that…

A Stranger on the Beach by: Michele Campbell

HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!!!!

Description from the Publisher through Netgalley

Parade’s “10 Books Written by Women We Can’t Wait to Read in 2019” | She Reads’ “Most Anticipated Thillers of Summer 2019” | Pure Wow’s “The Best Beach Reads of Summer 2019” | CrimeReads‘ “The Most Anticipated Crime Books of Summer”

From bestselling author Michele Campbell comes A Stranger on the Beach, an edge-of-your seat story of passion and intrigue that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Caroline Stark’s beach house was supposed to be her crowning achievement: a lavish, expensive space to showcase what she thought was her perfect family. But after a very public fight with her husband, she realizes things may not be as perfect as they seem: her husband is lying to her, the money is disappearing, and there’s a stranger on the beach outside her house.

As Caroline’s marriage and her carefully constructed lifestyle begin to collapse around her, she turns to Aidan, the stranger, for comfort…and revenge. After a brief and desperate fling that means nothing to Caroline and everything to him, Aidan’s infatuation with Caroline, her family, and her house becomes more and more destructive. But who is manipulating whom in this deadly game of obsession and control? Who will take the blame when someone ends up dead…and what is Caroline hiding?

My Review

This is my third novel by Michele Campbell and I have given the other two books 3 or 4 crowns. I wanted to see how I felt about this novel to determine if this is an automatic read author for me. I am happy to say, I think it is!

This was an intriguing book in that it had two vastly different perspectives and it was practically impossible to tell who, if either one, was reliable. I did guess the end at about 80% through but it was very well done.

A story of deceit and manipulation; lust and greed; this had it all. I highly recommend this book.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

I received this E- ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lock Every Door by: Riley Sager

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

Parade, “The Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2019 ” and “The Best Beach Reads of Summer 2019”
Good Housekeeping, “Best New Books for Summer 2019″
PureWow “The Best Beach Reads of Summer 2019”
BookBub “Books That Will Make the Perfect Addition to Your Beach Bag This Summer”


The next heart-pounding thriller from New York Times bestselling author Riley Sager follows a young woman whose new job apartment sitting in one of New York’s oldest and most glamorous buildings may cost more than it pays.

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story . . . until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s sordid past and into the secrets kept within its walls. What she discovers pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

My Review

When something sounds too good to be true, isn’t it usually? This was most definitely the case for Jules as she agrees to apartment sit this amazing place inside a beautiful old building in NYC. The rules that she must follow seem a bit strange but the amount of money that she would receive is well worth it to Jules.

I loved this book as I have loved the other books written by Riley Sager. The story flowed effortlessly and keep me wanted to know more and more. It did take a weird twist for a minute that turned me off a bit but then it untwisted itself.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

I received this E-ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Queen of the Sea by: Dylan Meconis Blog Tour

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SYNOPSIS

Cult graphic novelist Dylan Meconis offers a rich reimagining of history in this hybrid novel loosely based on the exile of Queen Elizabeth I by her sister, Queen Mary.

When her sister seizes the throne, Queen Eleanor of Albion is banished to a tiny island off the coast of her kingdom, where the nuns of the convent spend their days peacefully praying, sewing, and gardening. But the island is also home to Margaret, a mysterious young orphan girl whose life is upturned when the cold, regal stranger arrives. As Margaret grows closer to Eleanor, she grapples with the revelation of the island’s sinister true purpose as well as the truth of her own past. When Eleanor’s life is threatened, Margaret is faced with a perilous choice between helping Eleanor and protecting herself.  

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Praise for QUEEN OF THE SEA

The art, reminiscent of Raina Telgemeier’s style, creates levity during perilous situations. The book is dense with dialogue, often feeling more like a work of prose than a graphic novel. As a result, this complex work will be more accessible to those familiar with graphic novels…Certain to charm sophisticated graphic novel devotees. —School Library Journal (starred review)

Meconis offers an atmospheric alternate history inspired by the childhood and succession of Queen Elizabeth I in this quietly ambitious graphic novel…Art in soft, earthy colors brings this singular story to life in styles ranging from simple line drawings to elaborately styled text illuminations. The island world is richly developed, both in its physical particulars and its close-knit community (fascinating digressions into topics such as convent time, hand gestures used at table, and chess and embroidery flesh out daily life), and Margaret proves herself an endearing heroine with a strong voice full of humor and wonder. Her perspective transforms a storm-wracked rock into a vibrant world of hidden treasures. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Meconis’ humor and storytelling gifts here wed seamlessly with her evocative pen-and-ink and gouache illustrations, which are rendered in warm earth and sea tones and brim with movement, expressively capturing even Margaret’s interior monologues. With its compelling, complex characters and intrigue-laden plot, this will have readers hoping it’s only the first of many adventures for Meconis’ savvy heroine. —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Weaving faith, love, statecraft, and self-discovery into a tale of palace intrigue relocated to the halls of a convent on a remote island at sea, Dylan Meconis uses the trappings of the history we know to create a high-stakes adventure in an alternate past that feels so detailed and so familiar, you’ll find yourself wondering why you never read about it in school. This beautiful book swept me away from the first page.” —Kate Milford, author of theGreenglass House series

“Dylan Meconis is at the absolute top of her game. A gorgeously rendered, lovingly realized alternate history, full of personal revelations in the midst of political intrigue. A tale of growing up, and of understanding that the world is larger and stranger than it once seemed. (Plus it has a Terrible Recipe for Terrible Gruel.)” —Ben Hatke, author-illustrator of the Zita the Spacegirl series

“This is the book I was always trying to get my hands on in high school that never seemed to materialize. An adventure to lose yourself in, with an attention to historical detail to please the nerdiest among us. I fell easily and completely into this world and its characters, knowing I was safe in Dylan Meconis’s hands, and I’m really excited for more people to find out what I’ve known for a long time—that she is one of a kind.” —Kate Beaton, author-illustrator of Hark! A Vagrant

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’ve been writing and illustrating my own stories since the first grade, and I’ve been making comic books since middle school (no, really! Seventh grade was a tough year for me socially, so I had a lot of time to draw). I started my first book-length comic (graphic novel) in high school.

Unlike a lot of people who become professional artists and authors, I didn’t go to art school or a creative writing program in college. Instead, I mostly studied history, literature, philosophy, and French in the College of Letters at Wesleyan University. This means I have a brain full of weird facts, old books, strange art, and the extremely useful ability to read The Tales of Canterbury in the original Middle English. Except for the Middle English bit, it’s all come in very handy for writing and drawing historical fiction and fantasy.

I first started to get paid for making comics when I was still in college, when my first graphic novel was published online. After college, I worked as a graphic designer and visual communications consultant (which means “person who helps teach adults complicated stuff in cool new ways using pictures”). I’ve worked with Fortune 500 companies, global charities, technology companies, libraries, and a lot of other interesting organizations. I’ve made illustrations, animations, information graphics and cool presentations, explaining everything from how microchips work to the ways that clean drinking water can help communities in the third world.

For the last ten years, though, I mostly work as a writer, comic book creator and illustrator! Sometimes I make books totally by myself, and sometimes I get to team up with other writers or artists. It can be lots of fun, but it can also be very hard work. Luckily, I never get tired of making new stories.  

PHOTO CONTENT FROM DYLAN MECONIS
WEBSITE: https://www.dylanmeconis.com/coming-in-2018-queen-of-the-sea/TWITTER: @dmeconis
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/150818.Dylan_Meconis
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/meconis/
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/dmeconis/

My Review

This graphic novel is promoted as a re-imagining of the exile of Queen Elizabeth I, however, I would not describe it as such. This was a mix of religious knowledge and the story of a young girl that was brought to an island to be raised by nuns. It is about her life growing up and what she learned about where she lived, who she lived with and what was happening in the “outside” world.

The illustrations were gorgeously colored and the details were perfect for a middle grade read. The content however, was geared toward young adults and included much religious history and instruction.

This was not exactly what I thought it would be and it was a bit long, coming in at about 400 pages.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

ENDS: JULY 18, 2019

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