#NetGalley #BookReview The Night Hawks (Dr. Ruth Galloway #13) by Elly Griffiths

Book Review

The Night Hawks

 Dr. Ruth Galloway #13

by Elly Griffiths

Release date: June 29, 2021


I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths from NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  to read and give an honest review.

… brilliantly written, atmospheric with dynamic and multifaceted cast of characters…

Being a huge fan of Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway series, I was thrilled to get the opportunity to read and review the thirteenth book “The Night Hawks” and for me although not the best in the series it was a wonderful read.  

We pick up with Ruth having left her prestigious position at Cambridge University to replace Phil Trent as head of Archaeology at the University of North Norfolk. When a group of metal detectorists called “The Night Hawks” uncover more than they bargained for DC Harry Nelson is on the case along with his consulting archaeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway. A body is found on the beach and what seems to be a simple death takes on a sinister turn especially when one of the Night Hawks reports gunshots at the legendary and supposedly haunted Black Dog Farm. As the bodies start to pile up and the race is on to unravel the truth from the legends and catch the killer before it is too late.  

  As with any Galloway novel we have murder, mayhem, mythology, and archaeology along with a touch of whimsy in the form of Cathbad ,an old druid friend always happy to add his insights to the case. I loved that it felt like the old gang was back together again after Ruth’s departure to Cambridge to move in with her former boyfriend Frank. The author has created the perfect cast of characters which to me is the huge draw of this series, they feel genuine with their strengths and their insecurities which make them unpredictable and interesting. In this entry we have the introduction of a new character, David Brown a new appointment to the university’s Archaeology department. There is an instant combativeness between him, and Ruth and we learn the secrets he has been harbouring.  

Always brilliantly written, atmospheric with dynamic and multifaceted cast of characters I would highly recommend reading this book, but I highly recommend reading the whole series in order.  


Meet Rita Ebel ~ “Lego® Grandma” Promoting Accessibility Awareness One Block At A Time. #WATWB

Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference, we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. #WATWB was started in  2017, this month marks our forty-seventh opportunity to share positive uplifting stories to inspire, give hope and motivate others. The last Friday of every month bloggers share their stories led by two co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Sylvia McGrath and Belinda Witzenhausen.

“Every problem has a creative solution.”~Donna Karan

This month I came across a story which, although a bit older, spoke to me. I have had both friends and close family members who are in wheelchairs and have watched them struggle to get in and out of buildings. Wheelchair ramps aren’t the first thing most people look at, that is, until they or someone they know is in need of one. With small businesses struggling to make ends meet ramps can be difficult to afford. Rita’s solution is creative, brilliant and practical and is a win win for businesses and customers alike. Although metal or wood would do the bright coloured bricks also bring awareness. For anyone who has been unfortunate enough to walk through a Lego® minefield have learned those little suckers are pretty much indestructible…. just ask your feet.

After a car accident left her wheelchair bound and frustrated about the lack of accessibility in her town of Hanau Germany she decided to do something about it. Using donated Lego® blocks she creates bright, creative wheelchair ramps for small businesses in Hanau as well as raising awareness. Watch the video below to learn more…

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#NetGalley #BookReview of The Abduction of Pretty Penny A Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Leonard Goldberg #Historical #Mystery


The Abduction of Pretty Penny

A Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mystery

by Leonard Goldberg

Release date: June 15th, 2021


I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Abduction of Pretty Penny, A Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Leonard Goldberg from NetGalley and Minotaur Books in order to read and give an honest review.

” … face-paced, intriguing, intelligent and captivating read that will keep you turning pages! …”

A fan of this series author Leonard Goldberg certainly didn’t disappoint. In this instalment of the Daughter of Sherlock Holmes series,  Joanna Watson the infamous daughter of the late Sherlock Holmes, her husband, and father-in-law Dr John Watson are pulled into yet another investigation one with echoes of an infamous serial killer who stalked Whitechapel years before. Mrs. Emma Adams, pub owner, and playwright at the Whitechapel playhouse turns to Joanna for help when her lead actress and friend Penny Martin disappears. When people are convinced she just ran away the clues lead to something much more sinister which Joanna is determined to get to the bottom of. The urgency increases when a string of grotesque murders of young women in the Whitechapel area occur it appears the infamous Jack the Ripper is making his encore. “Jack” is thrilled by Joanna’s challenge and is determined to claim fame for “besting” the daughter of Sherlock Holmes. The closer Joanna gets to revealing his identity the more dangerous life becomes for her and her loved ones.

I have always been a fan of authors such as Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie, in my opinion, Mr Goldberg has found his way into that elite circle The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes series is fantastic series and although this book would be great as a stand-alone, I do recommend reading the previous books in the series as they are all great reads and help the reader get inside the brilliant mind of Joanna Watson. Although the books have some violence I feel they are suitable for most ages, this one however I would not recommend for younger or sensitive audiences.  I enjoyed the book as it was a face-paced, intriguing, intelligent and captivating read that will keep you turning pages!


#NetGalley #Book #Review Ruby Red Herring (Avery Ayers Antique Mystery series) by Tracy Gardner


Ruby Red Herring

Avery Ayers Antique Mystery series #1

by Tracy Gardner

Release date: June 8th, 2021


I received a complimentary ARC copy of Ruby Red Herring (Avery Ayers Antique Mystery series #1) by Tracy Gardner from NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books in order to read and give an honest review.

…Tracy Gardener has crafted a clever face paced mystery that is intriguing, highly entertaining…

Intriguing and suspenseful, Ruby Red Herring (Avery Ayers Antique Mystery series) is a brilliant debut from author Tracy Gardner.  

Taking over the family’s business, “Antiquities & Artifacts Appraised”, after the death of her parents in a car accident a year prior, Avery is trying to come to terms with her new life. With her Aunt Midge, little sister Tilly and their brave Afghan hound Halston, together as a family they are slowly working through their grief in their home in Lilac Grove. When “Antiquities & Artifacts Appraised” is called upon by the Museum of Antiquities to authenticate a priceless ruby, an artifact that may connect to another ancient artefact called the Emperor’s Twins her parents had authenticated a year prior. Despite an anonymous warning for Avery to not to take the contract, Avery and her dear family friend and business partner Micah take on the contract with the Museum of Antiquities. Under tight security, and in a busy museum also hosting a film shoot, conditions are less than ideal. Micah and Avery get to work authenticating the ruby to determine whether the artifact her parents had authenticated the year before is connected to the artefact.  When Avery sixth sense takes over and unusual events occur, she begins asking too many questions, questions that put herself, her friends and family in danger.

I loved everything about the book, it contained everything; interesting characters, a brilliantly twisting plot and add the antiquities angle, (a personal interest of mine) what’s not to like.

Reminiscent of an adult Nancy Drew Mystery with murder and mayhem thrown into the mix, Tracy Gardener has crafted a clever fast-paced mystery that is intriguing, highly-entertaining and I simply could not put I down. A must read for those who enjoy cozy mysteries. I loved it and can’t wait to read more by Tracy Gardner.