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#NetGalley #BookReview Silence in the Library (Lily Adler Mystery #2) by Katharine Schellman #Historical #Mystery

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Silence in the Library 

(Lily Adler Mystery #2) 

by  

Katharine Schellman  

Release date: July 13th, 2021 

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of Silence in the Library (Lily Adler Mystery #2) by Katharine Schellman from NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books in order to read and give an honest review. 

… A true whodunit with multiple suspects, clever red herrings and unexpected twists and turns … 

In Silence in the Library, we meet up again in Regency London after widow Lily Adler had proven herself as a brilliant sleuth in the first book in the series The Body in the Garden which I was fortunate enough to review here.

Silence in the Library begins with the unexpected arrival of Lily’s somewhat estranged and extremely critical father. Her father a society climbing solicitor is concerned more about social mores than his daughter’s happiness. Despite being widowed two years prior young Lily has carved out a wonderful life for herself with close male friends and a consulting position with the local police much to her father’s chagrin. Her father insists she visit an old society friend Sir Charles Wyatt and his new wife. After an uncomfortable visit Lily returns home, the next day she receives word that Sir Charles has been murdered and Lily feels compelled to follow the trail with her friends who make a re-appearance, namely Captain Hartley and officer Simon Page, a member of the Bow Street Runners. I was disappointed at first but pleasantly surprised with the appearance of Ofelia later in the book.  

A true whodunit with multiple suspects, clever red herrings and unexpected twists and turns Silence in the Library keeps you guessing until the end. Although I preferred the first book in the series Silence in the Library was a great read, and I am looking forward to reading future books in this series! 

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

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The Night Hawks

 Dr. Ruth Galloway #13

by Elly Griffiths

Release date: June 29, 2021

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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.  

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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…

Read more: https://truenorthbricks.com/2021/01/24/ramped-up-builds-from-the-lego-grandma/

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

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The Abduction of Pretty Penny

A Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mystery

by Leonard Goldberg

Release date: June 15th, 2021

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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!

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

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Ruby Red Herring

Avery Ayers Antique Mystery series #1

by Tracy Gardner

Release date: June 8th, 2021

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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 face-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 from Tracy Gardner. 

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Meet Kelvin Doe ~ Using #Innovation and #Creativity to Bring About Change #WATWB

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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-sixth 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 Susan Scott and Eric Lahti

To learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here!


Those who know me know that I love to see the creative process in action in all forms. Meet Sierra Leonean inventor, Kelvin Doe who is changing his future by using his passion and ingenuity. Kelvin was born in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown in 1996, in a neighborhood that was constantly enduring intermittent electricity and rolling blackouts. Presented with a problem and determined to find a solution, at the age of 13, Kelvin started scavenging for scrap metal, devices and discarded junk then taught himself to make a battery capable of powering the homes in his small neighborhood. Kelvin’s next mission was to connect his community, so he then went on to build a radio transmitter, sound amplifier, mixer and microphone which enabled him to create his own community radio station which earned him the moniker of DJ Focus. Kelvin’s story was brought to the world’s attention in 2012 when he was featured on YouTube educational channel THNKR as part of their Prodigies Series (see video below), and his story went viral. He’s consistently kept up this momentum, winning awards, receiving invitations to attend special programs at institutions such as MIT and speak at such institutions such as TEDxTeen , as well as a Harvard as well as signing onto a $100,000 project with Canada’s Sierra Wi-Fi company to develop and test solar solutions in 2013. In 2016 he became an honorary board member of Emergency USA (a global non-profit that provides free medical care for those affected by war and poverty) and founder of the Kelvin Doe Foundation that promotes a culture of ingenuity, resourcefulness, and creativity and who’s goal is to  “ignite innovation and inspire civic engagement” by providing creative “maker” spaces in Sierra Leone”. Kelvin now lives and studies in Toronto Canada and interacts with schools to share his inspirational story. I know we will be hearing about his accomplishments for years to come.


“…creativity is universal and can be found in places where one does not expect to find it. Perseverance and passion are essential to nurturing that creative ability”. ~ Kelvin Doe, inventor via Tedx Teen

To learn more about Kelvin Doe, check out his website at: https://kelvindoe.com/

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Meet Dasia Taylor ~ 17 Year-old Inventor Helping Others #WATWB

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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-fifth 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.

To learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here!


When 17 year old Dasia Taylor decided on a science project, her heartfelt mission was to help others in developing countries and that she did. Her cost-effective invention of infection detecting sutures will help surgery patients in Africa detect infections before they become serious. Her invention garnered Dasia a top spot place with 40 other finalists in the national Regeneron Science Talent Search. 


Each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so.” ~Dr. Cornel West

 

To learn more about Dasia Taylor, check out this article from Smithsonian Magazine website at: This High Schooler Invented Color-Changing Sutures to Detect Infection

“There is no greater reward than working from your heart, and making a difference in the world.” ~Carlos Santana

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#NetGalley #Book #Review The Unkindness of Ravens (A Greer Hogan Mystery #1) by M. E. Hilliard #Mystery #Library

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The Unkindness of Ravens

A Greer Hogan Mystery #1

by M. E. Hilliard

Release date: April 13th, 2021

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Unkindness of Ravens, A Greer Hogan Mystery #1
by M. E. Hilliard from NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books in order to read and give an honest review.

 …a clever suspenseful mystery that is intriguing and highly entertaining…

Atmospheric and suspenseful, The Unkindness of Ravens is a brilliant debut from author M.E. Hillard.  

Librarian Greer Hogan is a lifelong fan of mysteries, beginning with the likes of Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew. After the murder of her husband Greer goes from Corporate New York Executive to small town Raven Hill Librarian looking for a fresh start. Her fresh start comes to an abrupt end when she stumbles across the body of her best friend Joanna Goodhue in the library’s hidden stairwell. Although initially she becomes a suspect, the police declare Joanna’s death an accident. Greer’s memories of her husband’s murder combined with her intuition tell her there is much more to the story, and channeling her literary heroes, Greer puts her researching skills to effective use, determined to find justice for her friend. When she begins asking too many questions, she catches the attention of the killer putting herself in their path. 

I loved everything about the book, the literary references, a strong female protagonist, and a creepy Gothic mansion turned Raven Hill Library, which with its secret passages and creepy portraits becomes a character in itself.  

Reminiscent of Agatha Christie, M.E. Hilliard has crafted a clever suspenseful mystery that is intriguing and highly entertaining. The plot although a little slow to develop was filled with twists and suspenseful turns, I could not put it down. A must read for those who enjoy mysteries. I loved it and would highly recommend it. 

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Focusing on the Ninety Percent: A Story of Success #WATWB

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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 March 2017, this month marks our forty-fourth 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 five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Sylvia McGrath, Roshan Radhakrishnan Shilpa Garg, Eric Lahti, and Belinda Witzenhausen.

To learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here!


When facing a disability or illness it is easy to ask, “Why me” but Blake Leeper counters with “Why not me?” With resilience, determination and hard work Blake has shown that focusing on what you can do rather than cannot do is the secret to success.  

In 1989, Blake Leeper was born missing both legs below the knees due to a congenital birth defect and has worn prosthetics since he was nine months old. Throughout his childhood, Blake participated in various sports, including baseball, and running with highs and lows but with determination, hard work and believing in himself has led to him winning medals and breaking recordsBlake credits his outstanding positive attitude to his family making him realize that he may be ten percent disabled but he is ninety percent abled”. 

 

“One who conquers the sea today is ready to conquer the ocean tomorrow.”~Matshona Dhliwayo

To learn more about Blake Leeper, check out his website at: https://www.leeper.run/


“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.”~ Francis of Assisi

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#NetGalley #BookReview The Art of Dying (Raven, Fisher, and Simpson #2) by Ambrose Parry #Historical #Victorian #Mystery

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The Art of Dying
Raven, Fisher, and Simpson #2
by Ambrose Parry

Release date: March 2nd, 2021
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I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Art of Dying (Raven, Fisher, and Simpson #2) by Ambrose Parry from NetGalley and publisher, Canongate/Black Thorn in order to read and give an honest review.

“… a well-written novel, rich in historical details, it contains a brilliant mix of fact with fiction making it an engaging read… ”

Will Raven has spent the past couple of years in Europe training to become an obstetrician. When a violent attack in Germany causes him to kill a man he decides to return to Edinburgh. Will returns under the employ as an assistant to Dr. James Young Simpson, known for his groundbreaking expertise on anesthetizing surgical patients. Upon the return not much has changed except Sarah Fisher, the former housemaid and Will’s former love is no longer a servant but now the married assistant to Dr. Simpson. Will after leaving Sarah, as she was considered unsuitable to be a Dr’s wife, is weighed down by his regrets. Sarah has done well for herself, married to Dr Bates she has become well respected at her job, defying the confines that women were faced with during Victorian times.

When several patients from one family die questions arise as to what may have been the culprit. With Dr. Simpson’s reputation is in question Will and Sarah become obsessed with clearing his name. When it appears that they might have discovered a new disease Will excitedly pursues his theory one that could be the making of his career. With Sarah’s assistance he begins to delve into the origins of the disease, but the clues begin to lead them into another direction…the evidence suggests that the deaths were not natural at all but the work of an elusive serial killer. Faced with constant misdirection, regret and plagued with enemies from his past Will has his work cut out for him.

Although, I did not read the previous book in the series, “The Way of All Flesh” in my opinion “The Art of Dying” was perfect as a stand-alone. The authors give just enough background to pivotal moments from the previous book in a way that does not overwhelm or seem unnecessary.

Fast paced and intelligent, I thoroughly enjoyed The Art of Dying. Written by husband-and-wife team Chris Brookmyre and Dr Marisa Haetzman under the pen name of Ambrose Perry, this is a well-written novel, rich in historical details, it contains a brilliant mix of fact with fiction making it an engaging read that will keep you flipping pages.