Third Party

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This book kept me wondering for a long time. At first I didn’t think I would like it. The paragraphs shifted between the three main characters and I thought it would be hard to read. It turned out to be very easy to keep it straight. Having said that, it is not for everyone. The book is based on abusive relationships, BDSM, consensual and non consensual encounters, child abuse and suicide.

The book is about the death of Margaux Stritch and the people around her, her life and her job. It is also about abuse. At first everyone thought she committed suicide but Decker, a detective, thinks she was murdered and is determined to prove it.

The end was somewhat of a surprise. The third party who was mentioned several times forward the end was a let down and really didn’t fit in with the story line.

I would like to thank Brandi Reeds, Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley for this book in exchange for an honest review.





The Secrets of Lost Stones

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I was surprised that The Secrets of Lost Stones was Melissa Payne’s first book. It was great. The kind that keeps you up all night reading just one more chapter. It has everything; mystery, drama and spirits to keep you awake. You would never think this is the authors first book.

Jess and Star are both damaged from the past and trying to heal. Lucy, a little old lady who is known as “the witch of Pine Lake”, takes them into her home. None of them know how they are connected.

The book was well written. The characters were believable and the end was a total surprise. I never saw it coming.

I also want the thank Netgalley, Lake Union and Goodreads for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review. All opinions are my own.





Three, Four … Better Lock Your Door

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Three, Four … Better Lock Your Door is a very good book. It is not a book that you can’t put down but it is good. It will hold your attention.

Rebekka is a news reporter out to find a killer, along with her friend/photographer, Sune. She gathers as many facts as she can on the murders and the victims trying to solve the mystery. Even though there were hints to who the murderer was it was still a surprise when the identity was revealed.

The location of the book was in Denmark but it could have been in any city or town in the United States. That was no problem reading the book. There were several murders but they were not disturbing.

I liked the book and recommend it.

I also want the thank the publisher and Goodreads for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.





Ancestry DNA: Genetic Testing

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Ancestry DNA is an autosomal DNA test and will provide an ethnicity breakdown. It will also show relative matches to anyone in the database whom shares DNA with you. All of your family lines will be represented. It doesn’t matter about the gender.

Everyone receives approximately 50% of their DNA from each parent; 25% from each grandparent; and so on and so forth. Autosomal DNA will provide matches reliably up to 5 generations. However, it is not necessarily unusual to have 6th, 7th and 8th cousin matches too.

Connections to people with the same DNA will enable you to expand your genealogy tree. DNA can also connect you to your birth parents or help you confirm where your great-grandma immigrated from. It can introduce you to relatives you have never heard of or lead you to that lost branch of the family that you have always wondered about. You never know what you might find.

If you still have your parents and they are willing, test them BOTH! Even testing one parent will be beneficial.  And it is also a good idea to ask their siblings, aunts/uncles and your grandparents. Testing multiple relatives goes a long way in isolating family lines. Also, always test the oldest generation first. Not only do you not want to miss out on the opportunity, but they are generationally closer to your ancestors and will have matches that you do not have.

Ask your siblings to test. Even full siblings will have different matches beyond 2nd cousin. You will likely even see differences in their ethnicity breakdown.

Upload your raw data to GEDMATCH for FREE. Why? Unfortunately, Ancestry DNA does not provide a chromosome browser, which is a very important tool in genetic genealogy. Also, you will generate matches from 23andme and FTDNA, whom also uploaded.





It’s A Christmas Thing

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I want to thank NetGalley and Goodreads for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

It’s A Christmas Thing is very good book. It has a little bit of everything; cute kid, cowboys, ex-wife, new girlfriend, dogs, kittens and it was at Christmas. It was even easy and fast to read. There is no deep thinking with this one.

The only thing that bothered me was the four year old daughter seemed to be closer to ten. However, it did not bother me enough to put it down.

I am going to give the book 5 stars.





Spring House

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I want to thank NetGalley, Mary Ellen Taylor and Montlake for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

This book has it all, romance, mystery, family history and lots of secrets. It was written in current time and the past. At first I thought it would be hard to read but it was a very easy and enjoyable book. The fact that it was the second book in a series wasn’t a problem either. If anything it convinced me to read the first book, Winter Cottage.

While Megan is renovating a house she finds letters written by Diane during the early 1900’s. Diane’s mother died when she very young. Her father sent her to live with a Mrs. LeBlanc, a shady woman who took Diane to France. The letters reveal the story of her life.

At the same time she was reading the letters Megan was dealing with problems and changes in her own life. There is a dead man, a live man, a teenager, a best friend, a baby and a busybody almost mother in law.

This is a really good book. I highly recommend it.





A Matter of Will

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I want to thank NetGalley and Little Bird Publicity for an advance copy of the book in exchange for an honest review/opinion.

A Matter of Will is not the type of book that I usually read. In fact, I thought I would not like it. The beginning gives you the idea that the book will be all about the stock market and a broker. While Will is a broker the book is a mystery and somewhat thriller.

The book is the story of a naïve and struggling broker on Wall Street, his attorney girlfriend, seedy Sam and a she-devil named Evelyn. The story takes several turns and is full of adventure, subterfuge, romance, collusion, murder, profiteering and a little bit of stupidly. To be honest, there was a lot of stupidly. Put all that together and you have a good book.

I am going to stop at that. Anymore from me, you will not need to buy the book. That would be a shame because it is a good book.





All Eyes on Me (A Miranda and Parker Mystery Book 1)

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I would like to thank the publishers for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

While I enjoyed the book and it was a good story there were parts that did not seem to be believable. There was too much that would never happen in the real world. The police would never hire PI’s to investigate a murder, especially a high profile case or allow the PI’s to conduct a press briefing on their behalf. There were some places that I was thinking they should just get on with it. The scene in the casino was a complete waste of time and no way believable. If the author had stuck to the murder and who did it the story would have been better. The idea was great.

The end was good. I never saw that coming and it was a surprise. However, it could have been a little shorter. The walk around the neighborhood could have been cut in half.

At the end, I was glad I read the book.