Death in the Family (A Shana Merchant Novel Book 1)

This crime mystery will keep you wondering all through the book. It has everything; a gathering at a private island on a dark, dreary, rainy weekend, a missing grandson who may or may not be dead, his girlfriend, greedy siblings, the rich grandmother and a butler.

To top it off the lead detective has some serious problems of her own and goes off the rails at times. One grandson learns all about that. Her partner seems to be the only sane one on the island.

The author was able to make all the characters suspects and keep you on your toes. The book was well written and easy to read. I enjoyed reading it. There were no checking how much I had to still read.

I want to thank Tessa Wegert and Berkley Publishing Group for this book in exchange for a honest review.

Mac on a Hot Tin Roof


I would like to thank Melinda Metz, Net Galley and Kensington Books for this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story of MacGyver (Mac) was cute, but not cute enough to carry the whole book. Unfortunately the rest if the story was boring. I wanted to tell the two main people to just suck it up and grow up. There were several other people in the neighborhood but they didn’t add enough to the story to remember their names. If the author had put in more about the thefts and the people instead of the long commercial shoot it would have been more interesting.

I See You




I See You is a very good read. The only problem I had with the book was keeping up with the people and their names. That could very well be my problem.

The book is the second in a series but it can stand alone.

The story of the book is about a woman who’s sister disappeared years ago and her remains have been found lately. Now the woman, who has been stabbed in her bedroom, and her daughter are missing. The husband is the only suspect and a local detective and a FBI agent are on the case and each other.

Did her husband kill her or did her daughter? Maybe it was the murderer of all those other women. You will have to read the book to find out.

I would like to thank Mary Burton, Montlake Romance and Net Galley for this book in exchange for an honest review.

Murder in the First Edition




Murder in the First Edition by Lauren Elliott is the third book in Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. While the book wasn’t a page turner it was a easy and enjoyable read. Yes, there was a murder but it will not have you hiding under the bed. You get characters who are likable and a murder to solve. All the time you are trying to find out who the murderer is and which man Addie is going to pick.

I would like to thank Lauren Eliott, Kensington Publishing and Net Galley for this book in exchange for an honest review.

Third Party




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




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




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.