Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore- Matthew Sullivan 

If you’ve read my posts before you probably have caught on to the fact that I’m sort of a crime/mystery/thriller fanatic. I just can’t help it! While I am trying to expand my horizons you’re going to get another mystery review in the meantime.

Lydia has a very dark past, one that she doesn’t discuss with anyone. Not even her long time boyfriend. She tries to hide as much of herself as possible but when a young man commits suicide in the bookstore in which she is employed and she discovers, not only his body but also a picture of her from her youth in his pants pocket, the sheltered world she has made for herself starts to come crashing down. Joey, the book shop patron, has left her a series of puzzles to figure out that seem to be eerily connected to her own life.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is 326 pages long and took me 6 days to read.

While this book isn’t super long, it took me awhile to get into. I really enjoyed reading it and am giving it a 3 out of 5. Even though it was a slow start for me, it was a really intriguing story and I didn’t want to give up on it. I’m very glad I held on tight because the complete story is very worth the wait.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of this book!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Magpie Murders-Anthony Horowitz

Two mysteries in one?!?! Count me in! When I heard about Magpie Murders I was curious how the ending would turn out in this Agatha Christie-esque story since there was so much hype.

Editor Susan Ryeland receives a copy of her popular author Alan Conway’s newest mystery novel in its series. It is, naturally, her job to edit said novel and while reading the novel it abruptly ends before the mystery is solved. She has been trying to contact Alan but has no luck when she is told that he has killed himself. Susan is shaken by this revelation but even more upsetting is how much her employer needed this new book to be published and might now go out of business without it. When Susan goes to Alan’s house to find the missing chapters, she starts to realize that his death mirrors the death in his own novel. This, along with other details she uncovers, causes Susan to doubt Alan’s cause of death and make her believe that he was murdered.

Magpie Murders is 447 pages long and took me 5 days to read.

I have always loved a good mystery and Anthony Horowitz delivers. I give Magpie Murders 3.5 out of 5 for combing two separate mysteries into one great story!

Thank you to Harper for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

The Dry-Jane Harper

If I could write like this as my debut novel, I’d quit my day job.

The Dry takes place in Australia in a small town that is deep in drought. Federal Agent Aaron Falk is returning to his hometown for the first time in 20 years since he was chased out as a young man. What seems to be a clean cut case of murder-suicide committed by his former best friend, doesn’t sit right with Aaron. Luke and Aaron grew up with each other and were best friends for years. While they do have a shaky past due to the incident which caused Aaron to be chased out of town, he still doesn’t believe Luke could kill his wife and son. When Luke’s parents ask Aaron to dig into this case he is extremely hesitant as this is not his area of expertise but agrees because he feels he owes it to them. Not only will this case drag Aaron back into his hometown where he is not welcome, he will also have to dig into his own past to figure out if it is the cause of Luke’s death.

The Dry is 326 pages long and took me 4 days to read.

I give this novel at 3.5 out of 5 for a captivating story that genuinely keeps you questioning every character. This book is graphic and nature and may upset those with a weak constitution.

Thank you Flat Iron Books for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

The Book of Mirrors- E.O. Chirovici

I’ll make this quick, I’ve been on a book reading frenzy! Unfortunately, mostly just the reading part and not near enough of the reviewing. I promise I’ll catch you up to date with what I’m currently on but it’ll take a few posts.

The Book of Mirrors takes us into a maze of a story involving part of a novel being submitted to a publisher that stops short in a very interesting tale. When Peter receives the beginning of The Book of Mirrors he finds himself incredibly intrigued with the author’s (Richard Flynn) tale. Richard begins to tell the story of his first love twently plus years ago and their friendship with a man who ends up being murdered. Peter attempts to find Richard to read the rest of his story only to be told he had recently passed away. Peter beings to wonder what truly happened to Richard’s murdered friend and how he met his demise. So he hires John Keller to investigate what really happened and if Richard was the person to cause this horrible act.

The Book of Mirrors is 273 pages long and took me 3 days to read.

I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 for its multiple character voices that bring so much depth to this quick novel. I really enjoyed reading this.

Thank you to Atria books for sending me this copy. I will absolutely be referring friends and family to read!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey 

The Woman In Cabin 10- Ruth Ware 

I’m a big fan of Ruth Ware. The stories she presents to the world are both imaginative and immediately suck you in which is why she has become a New York Times Bestselling author.

Right after having her apartment broken into while she was asleep, Lo Blacklock is scheduled to go on a cruise for her job writing for a travel magazine. This isn’t a normal cruise but a luxury cruise for the extremely wealthy. Naturally, she is still shaken up from her break in and is on edge when she arrives on the Aurora. The first night on board is semi successful but Lo feels she may have drank slightly too much in order to calm her nerves. In the middle of her first night she is awoken by a scream next door and a loud splash. When she voices her concern that she is certain a woman was thrown overboard she is met with criticism. She is told everyone on the Aurora but Lo knows what she heard. How can she prove to those on the boat what she believes without tarnishing her career?

The Woman In Cabin 10 is 340 pages long and took me 3 days to read.

I’m giving this book a 3.5 out of 5 for Ruth Ware’s ability to make you anxious while also forcing you to press further into the story. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any mystery lovers!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey 

Without Mercy-Jefferson Bass

I hadn’t realized that this was book 10 in a series when I received it so now I have to add 9 books to my to be read list! I’ve always been creeped out/intrigued by the idea of body farms for research so when I saw this book I was immediately interested in reading it.

Bill Brockton is a long time forensic anthropologist that frequently gets called out to help solve difficult cases. When he gets called out to a disturbing case in the wilderness it not only opens up a world of possible hate crimes but also involves his arch nemesis. Not only does Bill feel obligated to solve this terrible crime but is also fighting for his own life.

Without Mercy is 333 pages long and took me four days to read.

I really enjoyed this book and give it a 3 out of 5. It certainly would have helped reading the other novels before but I was still able to enjoy it reading out of order.

Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me a copy of this book! 

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey