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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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4.5 rounded up


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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#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.

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#NetGalley #Book #Review of After Alice Fell by Kim Taylor Blakemore #Gothic #Historical #Suspense

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After Alice Fell

A Novel

by Kim Taylor Blakemore

Release date: March 1st, 2021

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 I received a complimentary ARC copy of After Alice Fell, A Novel by Kim Taylor Blakemore from NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing in order to read and give an honest review. 

“…exquisitely written, atmospheric and rife with edge of your seat suspense that kept me captivated… ” 

Author, Kim Taylor Blakemore gives us a beautifully written, suspenseful, American gothic tale brimming with family drama, secrets and lies. Set in 1865, Post Civil War New Hampshire, former army nurse and newly widowed Marion Abbott is forced to move in with her newly remarried brother, Lionel and his second wife, Cathy into their old family home filled with memories. Cathy who was best friends with Lionel’s first wife Lydia is trying to establish herself as matriarch of her new family and tries hard to create a home for Marion. 

While Marion was working during the war Lionel in her absence was forced to put their mute and disturbed sister Alice in the Brawders House Asylum after he catches Alice hanging his son out of the top floor window by his ankles. When Lionel and Marion are summoned to the Asylum on scorching summer day, they learn that a despondent Alice has jumped to her death from the roof.  

Upon preparing for Alice’s funeral Marion cannot bear the condition her sister’s body is in; bruises and evidence of restraints do not sit right with Marion. Reeling from guilt and haunted by memories, Marion struggles to believe that her sister committed suicide. Marion’s thoughts are justified when she is contacted by a witness to the incident who paints a vastly different picture that the one her family had been given. 

Marion is convinced more than ever that Alice’s death was not of her own doing. Driven by sisterly love and overwhelming regret Marion is determined to get to the bottom of what happened even if it puts her in danger of a similar fate.  

I have been a fan of Kim Taylor Blakemore since I read and reviewed her novel the “The Companion” and true to form she has not disappointed with “After Alice Fell”.  Both books have been exquisitely written, atmospheric and rife with edge of your seat suspense that kept me captivated to the very last page. 

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Seventy Year Old Man Rows 3000 miles for a good cause! #WATWB #AlzheimersResearch

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, heart-warming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit.

The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Eric Lahti, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Shilpa Garg, Susan Scott and Sylvia McGrath.

“Age in just a number. It carries no weight. The real weight is in impacts. The truth is that you can do it at any age. Get up and be willing to leave a mark.”~Israelmore Ayivor

At 70 years old Frank Rothwell took on the challenge of rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge (TWAC), in support of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Alzheimer’s’ research is an important cause to him after he lost his brother-in-law Roger to Alzheimer’s at 62 years old. Alzheimer’s has touched my family as it has many others around the world and it’s people like Frank who give our family hope. Frank is not a stranger to challenging himself, in 2017 he spent five weeks on a deserted island for “The Island with Bear Gryllis.” Frank took his sense of adventure to new levels and for a fantastic cause ~ three thousand miles in fifty-six days Frank raised £1 MILLION for Alzheimer Research!

Frank whose motto is “…you’re never too old!” has become my new hero! 

Read an interesting article on Frank from People Magazine ~ https://people.com/human-interest/70-year-old-man-raises-more-than-1-million-for-charity-with-solo-row-across-atlantic-ocean/

Frank’s Website ~ https://frankrothwell-atlanticchallenge.com/https://frankrothwell-atlanticchallenge.com/

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A #YoungWriter’s Guide to Covid Fatigue

Check out this article “A Young Writer’s Guide to Covid Fatigue” over at http://www.IgniteYourCreativity.net

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As some of us are heading into our second and third lockdowns due to COVID-19 we can feel tired and overwhelmed not knowing when we will see an end in sight. If we don’t have a way to channel our frustrations, they can make us and those around us feel miserable. Writing can often offer a great outlet for these feelings. Here are some ideas for writing projects that might help:

Keep a Journal!
I am a big fan of journaling; it can help to just purge on the page. It can help find solutions to problems, establish ideas or just be a safe place to get your feelings out. Journals can also be a great way to see how far you’ve come down the road helping you find things to be grateful for or even track your progress in a certain endeavor. Gratitude journals are also great ways to…

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Three #Inpirational Stories of #Resilience #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, heart-warming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Sylvia McGrath, Simon Falk, Shilpa Garg, Mary Giese , and myself,  Belinda Witzenhausen

To learn more information about us or join #WATWB check here


“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” ~Maya Angelou 

With many of us facing physical challenges and trying to coming to terms with our “new normal” the past year has made us even more uncertain of what the future holds. Often negative life-changing events can overwhelm us, making us feel hopeless and insecure. These stories help demonstrate that if we dig deep, perhaps, we can find that those challenges uncover something life affirming in us. These 3 stories about the resilience of the human spirit go to show that the only thing holding you back is our attitude.  Living outside our limits is about recognizing our limitless potential no matter what our physical  limitations maybe.  Check out  the stories from  Amy Purdy, Paralympic bronze medalist,  Travis Mills, veteran & quadruple amputee and Janine Shepard, pilot and  flight instructor. They have all faced life-changing tragedies but instead of giving in, they discovered that with a positive attitude, human potential is limitless. 

“She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” ~ Elizabeth Edwards