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Connect Five Friday : Library

This Friday is National Library Day ! Some my Five Books will have Library in the title or mystery taken place at the Library.

I work part time as the Liberian in our small town . It’s a labor of love and a way to help the kids and adults in my community.

From the Library collection:


With her twins, Fitzgerald and Hemingway, back in school, Jane Steward can finally focus on her work again—managing Storyton Hall, and breaking ground on the resort’s latest attraction: a luxurious, relaxing spa named in honor of Walt Whitman. But when the earth is dug up to start laying the spa’s foundation, something else comes to the surface—a collection of unusual bones and the ragged remnants of a very old book. The attendees of the Rare Book Conference are eager to assist Jane with this unexpected historical mystery—until a visitor meets an untimely end in the Henry James Library. As the questions—and suspects—start stacking up, Jane will have to uncover a killer before more unhappy endings ensue . . .

Rain Wilmot has just returned to her family’s waterfront log cabin in Lofty Pines, Wisconsin after the untimely death of her husband. The cabin is peaceful compared to Rain’s corporate job and comes with an informal library that Rain’s mother, Willow, used to run. But as Rain prepares for the re-opening of the library, all hopes for a peaceful life are shattered when she discovers the body of Thornton Hughes, a real estate buyer, on the premises.

The community of Lofty Pines starts pointing fingers at Willow, since she has been unusually absent from the library this summer. A fishy rumor surfaces when Rain learns that Willow had been spending a lot of time with Thornton. The town even thought they were having an affair.

While theories swirl about Thornton’s death, Rain takes it upon herself to solve the case to exonerate her mother. As more clues surface, Rain will have to piece together the mystery. But if she isn’t careful, she may be the next to end up dead in the water in Murder at the Lakeside Library, the first in Holly Danvers’ new Lakeside Library mysteries.

It’s National Library Week, and the Athena Public Library is planning an exhibit to honor the centenary of famous novelist Electra Barnes Cartwright—creator of the beloved Veronica Thane series.

Charlie has a soft spot for Cartwright’s girl detective stories (not to mention an extensive collection of her books!). When the author agrees to make a rare public appearance, the news of her whereabouts goes viral overnight, and series devotees and book collectors converge on Athena.

After all, it’s rumored that Cartwright penned Veronica Thane stories that remain under wraps, and one rabid fan will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get hold of the rare books…

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Heather Redding is the library director in the seaside town of Peachtree Point, New Hampshire. She and her friend and colleague, Sylvie, are helping with the town’s first romance writers conference. The conference organizers wanted a well-known author to be the keynote speaker, but their budget wasn’t big enough for their first choice. Instead, they invite Fiona Fulbright who comes with a pile of baggage and trouble. When someone collapses and dies in front of the conference-goers, will Heather, Sylvie, and Heather’s sister, Joanna, the town’s Sheriff’s Deputy, solve the crime before the culprit gets away with murder?

Stolen memories. Stolen lives. How far will she go to get it all back?

Some women want their husband to remember their anniversary. Allison just wants hers to remember her name. The library of memories she guards may hold the key. If she can return Paul’s memories to the magical books, she just might get her life back, too.

The question is—how far will she go to get what she wants?

If you like small-town settings, love stories that transcend memory, and twisty magical mysteries, you’ll love Libraries & Labradors, the third and final book in the Magic Library Mystery series.

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The Edisto Trilogy

Claire at Edisto
The Edisto Trilogy Book 1
by Lin Stepp
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Standing in grief and shock at the grave of her young husband, Claire Avery wonders what she and her young daughters will do now. They live in the church parsonage they need to vacate. She hasn’t worked since her marriage twelve years ago. Old issues and complications hinder relationships with her family. Struggling for answers, Claire accepts her brother-in-law’s offer to stay at his beach house at Edisto to give her a season to heal and think. But even the peace and beauty of the coastal island bring new problems along with unexpected joys as Claire seeks to find her way.
Parker Avery always promised his brother Charles he would look after Claire if anything happened to him. Charles stood by him three years ago when his wife Ann died and Parker is determined now to be a help to Claire and the girls. As time passes, instead of feeling like a hero, he feels like a heel instead as he realizes he’s developing feelings for his own brother’s widow. To make things worse, he watches with pain and jealousy as Miles Lawrence waltzes into Claire’s life. What can he expect though? It hardly seems right that Claire, even after a season of mourning, would ever fall in love with her own brother-in-law.
Return to Edisto
The Edisto Trilogy Book 2
Return to Edisto Island in the rich, Lowcountry story of a young woman’s difficult decision to run from threat and danger, changing the course of her well-ordered life and, in turn, the life of the young man who loved and lost her.
It was a long trip back to Edisto Island, South Carolina, and the beach house that shaped so much of Mary Helen Avery’s early life. Now her mind flashed between anger and hurt over the difficult situation she’d left behind at the job she loved. Was she doing the right thing to leave? Should she have stayed to fight? She hoped at the quiet, beloved island she knew so well, she’d find the answers she needed and peace from all this turmoil.
J.T.’s heart took a familiar lurch when he saw the car with New Jersey plates parked at the Avery’s beach house. Even after ten years, the memory of Mary Helen Avery still tormented him. Finding her on the porch weeping lit old fires he thought long dead. Was he a fool to hope for something more between them with all their problems of the past? Probably so, but if she stayed long enough, he’d find one more chance to try.
Edisto Song
The Edisto Trilogy Book 3
In EDISTO SONG a young woman, at the pinnacle of success, is forced to reexamine her dreams as she finds her life as a concert pianist not what she envisioned and those her life is entwined with far from what she believed of them.
Sarah Katherine Avery, becoming internationally known as a young concert pianist of great promise, finds herself at a difficult moment in her career-home in New York, getting ready for a concert with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra but feverish and ill. After pushing on for weeks through illness, her neighbor and friend encourages her to talk to her agent about taking a break for healing after this concert. Worn and disillusioned, Sarah heads over to the concert hall to talk to Jonah but the shock of what she encounters at that meeting spirals her life in a new direction.
Andrew Cavanaugh has traveled to New York from Beaufort to be a support to his boss’s daughter, Sarah Katherine Avery-Suki to him-for her concert performance. A friend of Suki’s since childhood years at Edisto, and always a supporter of her gift and her music, Andrew is shocked when Suki collapses on stage. He learns as he sits with her at the hospital that her life holds unhappiness none of them knew of but her answers for how to resolve her current problems threaten to send his well-ordered life right out the window.
Lin Stepp is a New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon best-selling international author, A native Tennessean, businesswoman, and former faculty member at Tusculum College, Lin has twenty-one published books, including her beloved Smoky Mountain and Mountain Home novels, all set in different Tennessee and North Carolina locations, a novella in one of Kensington’s Christmas anthologies, and three novels in her Edisto Trilogy, set on the South Carolina coast: Claire at Edisto (2019), Return to Edisto (2020) and Edisto Song (2021). Lin and her husband J.L. also write regional guidebooks, including a Smoky Mountain hiking guide, and two state parks guidebooks for Tennessee and South Carolina. Stepp’s latest novels set around the Smoky Mountains are Downsizing (2021) centered near Gatlinburg and Happy Valley (2020) set near Townsend. Lin’s title Claire At Edisto was the 2019 Best Books Award Winner in Fiction: Romance, sponsored by American Book Fest, her novel Welcome Back a finalist in the 2017 Selah Awards, and Lin and her husband’s guidebook Discovering Tennessee State Parks a 2019 Best Books Award Finalist in Nonfiction: Travel Guides with American Book Fest. Lin enjoys speaking for events, festivals, libraries, and book clubs, reading, hiking, exploring out of doors, and keeping up with her readers on Facebook, Twitter, and through her monthly blog and newsletter which you will find on her website at: http://www.linstepp.com
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ebook set of The Edisto Trilogy,
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– 1 winner each

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

Always a reader and book lover, and then a professor, my writing was mostly of an academic and business nature. But in the early 2000s, with our children grown and gone, my husband and I began hiking together in the Smoky Mountains near our TN home. Enjoying the trails, we wrote a hiking guide and then I began to write novels set in the Smoky Mountains.  This proved a rewarding and successful venture … so I decided to also take my readers to the South Carolina coast to our favorite vacation spot at Edisto Island. Three Edisto Trilogy novels resulted. And s of April 2021, I’ll have over twenty published novels. … I’m loving the author life!

What is something unique/quirky about you?

I am also an artist, very visual in my work, and I like to find photos to represent all my book characters and the places where I set my books. I create a big bulletin board collage of these “photos” to put behind my computer desk to keep me inspired as I write. I also  draw maps for all my books, which the publisher puts in the front of every book.

Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you!

Writing for me began at mid life, and one of my favorite quotes is: “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” Never believe your best years can’t begin at mid life. After years in educational sales, marketing and production art, first I went back to college at mid life to get my doctorate and then taught college for twenty years. Along the way I started writing Southern fiction on my own and regional guidebooks with my husband. While most of my friends were retiring and slowing down I moved into a full-time career as an author, with my books hitting the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon bestseller lists and many going international. … Life is good!

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What are some of your pet peeves?

To my sorrow, I’ve seen a lot of exploitation and dishonesty in the publishing industry, and I hate how many new and eager writers are hurt by less-than-honorable publishers.

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born and grew up in east Tennessee, where I still live. My heart is well settled and established in this Appalachian area and I love the mountains here. My ancestors trekked down the Appalachian Trail to settle this part of the world and it is definitely my place of belonging.

If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

As a strong woman of faith, I’d spend it praying … and I’d call all my close family and friends to tell them how much I loved them and to encourage them to continue to live good and happy lives.

Who is your hero and why?

My author hero is L.M. Montgomery who wrote the Anne Of Green Gables books that made me yearn to be a writer.  I read every one of her books … and I loved the beautiful Disney series created about the Anne books, too. I often reread the books and rewatch the movies. They nourish my soul and I often hope my books do that for my readers, too.

What kind of world ruler would you be?

A strong leader encourages, motivates, challenges, and inspires others. The best leaders live an exemplary life you would be happy to emulate and follow as an example. I don’t believe you can be a good leader without good character and without truly caring about others. One of my favorite leadership quotes is: “A good leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” [John Maxwell]… In all areas of leadership that I’ve worked in, I’ve tried to keep those principles in mind.

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Silvermoon Retirement Village Mysteries

Poker Chips and Poison
Silvermoon Retirement Village Cozy Book 1
by Rodney Strong
Genre: Cozy Mystery
If old age doesn’t get her..the murderer will.
97 year old Alice Atkinson should be comfortably living out her days at the Silvermoon Retirement Village. But she’s bored. A lifetime of living in the grey area between right and wrong means that winning money off her friends at poker just isn’t satisfying.
Then her friend is murdered, and she’s the only one who thinks it’s foul play. And even she has her doubts.
With the help of Vanessa her newly appointed and occasionally reluctant sidekick, Alice is determined to find out the truth. One thing is for sure, Alice is going to need to dust off some old skills to come through this in one piece.
Grab your copy of Poker Chips and Poison now to see how age means nothing when it comes to investigating murder.
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Hip Flask and Hanging
Silvermoon Retirement Village Cozy Book 2
Beat your ghosts or become one yourself
97 year old Alice Atkinson has many ghosts in her past, but she never expected to see this one walk past her in the street.
She doesn’t have much time to think about the past though as her friend Teresa asks her for help. She thinks someone is breaking into her apartment and soon Alice and her trusty young companion Vanessa are on the case.
Tracking down the culprit might be exactly what Alice needs to stop thinking about the events of London in 1969, but soon the two events overlap more than she would like, and once again she finds herself in danger.
Alice hasn’t made it this far in life by avoiding a fight. She’s not about to start now.
Grab your copy of Hip- Flask and Hanging, the second book in the Silvermoon Retirement Village. This laugh out loud cozy mystery series will have you looking at your grandmother in an all new light.
Knitting Needles and Knives
Silvermoon Retirement Village Cozy Book 3
Knitting needles and knives, both can kill you.
Alice Atkinson is laid up after an ill advised attempt to prove age is just a number. When her friend Owen asks for her help with his wayward granddaughter, Alice finds herself drawn into thievery and murder. Soon she’s facing off with crooked cops and mobsters, but they pale in comparison to the teenager determined to lie to her at every chance.
Alice is going to need all her considerable wits to sift through the clues, find a murderer, and keep her loved ones safe.
Knitting Needles and Knives is the third book in the Silvermoon Retirement Village series of humorous cozies. Grab your copy now.
Rodney Strong quit a 9-5 job in 2016 to finally pursue his life long dream of becoming a writer (he still has the very first play he wrote at age 6). He lives in Porirua, New Zealand, with his wife, two children, and two cats (plus a 3rd cat that is trying desperately to be adopted). When he’s not writing he attempts to stay away from chocolate, runs (sometimes), reads, and enjoys spending time with his young children (who contribute a lot to the running and craving for chocolate).
He always has a couple of projects on the go, but for now is focusing on his series of cozy mysteries.
One of his cats likes to help with the process by sitting on the laptop, while the other likes nesting on his shoulders (which was cute when he was a kitten, but now the cat is 9 years old, is less so).
Rodney is a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors, and chairs his neighborhood residents group.
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Guest Post:

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

Hi, I’m Rodney Strong, a 51 year old author from Wellington, New Zealand, where I live with my wife, two children and two cats. They’re a handful, the cats more often than the kids. I’ve always written, I still have the first plays I wrote when I was 7 or 8 years old. Over the years I drifted in and out of writing, before deciding in 2016 that I had done enough practice and needed to give it a proper go. My cats are very supportive of my writing, often sitting on my writing desk and preventing me from using the mouse.

Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you!

It didn’t happen as much as I did it, but when I was younger I travelled to London to work in the Regent’s Park zoo and got to see some amazing sights, like a baby giraffe just two hours old, and feed three baby chimpanzees. They were like little kids, if you told one of them off, the others would come running over and hug them. Sometimes if you weren’t careful when you walked into their room one of them would jump on you from above the door. They thought it was a great joke. It was tough being on the other side of the world, but I still have fond memories of that time.

What kind of world ruler would you be?

A terrible one.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

I read, or go for a walk, but mostly the read thing as when I walk I’m thinking about writing.

How to find time to write as a parent?

Luckily my two are 9 and about to turn 11, so they can get themselves ready in the morning. I’ll write for half an hour before getting them to school, then write until they come home from school, at which time I switch from writer to chauffer. During the Covid-19 lockdown last year they both made signs for my home office door saying if it was closed I wasn’t to be disturbed. It was super sweet, and would have been even more so if they actually paid any attention to their own words.

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

I can definitely imagine the Silvermoon Retirement Series being made into television movies. They’re set in a retirement home so all one location, and there are some really interesting, quirky type characters.

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Book Treats : Maple Walnut Cookies

Our Book Mobile in our featured Cozy Mystery takes place in Michigan. And one of our favorite times while living in Michigan was Maple time . So enjoy these book inspired treats…… Lisa

Cookie Recipe :

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup of dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (Michigan syrup) https://curreyfarms.com/
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 cup of chopped walnuts (pecans)
  1. Beat the butter and sugar together at medium speed with an electric mixer for three minutes or until light and fluffy
  2. Add the vanilla extract and egg and mix until well incorporated. Add the maple syrup and mix .
  3. In a separate bowl vigorously whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until just incorporated. Fold in the walnuts.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for thirty minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Drop spoonfuls of the cookie, about 1 inch balls, onto cookies sheets lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake at for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
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At the Library : Bookmobile

Today at the Library I am celebrating the Book Mobile! Does your town have one? Ever visited One?

With the help of her rescue cat, Eddie, librarian Minnie Hamilton is driving a bookmobile based in the resort town of Chilson, Michigan. But she’d better keep both hands on the wheel, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride…

Eddie followed Minnie home one day, and now she can’t seem to shake the furry little shadow. But in spite of her efforts to contain her new pal, the tabby sneaks out and trails her all the way to the bookmobile on its maiden voyage. Before she knows it, her slinky stowaway becomes her cat co-pilot!

Minnie and Eddie’s first day visiting readers around the county seems to pass without trouble—until Eddie darts outside at the last stop and leads her to the body of a local man who’s reached his final chapter.

Initially, Minnie is ready to let the police handle this case, but Eddie seems to smell a rat. Together, they’ll work to find the killer—because a good librarian always knows when justice is overdue.https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C5QUM0U?ref_=dbs_m_mng_rwt_calw_tkin_0&storeType=ebooks

Library on Wheels: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America’s First Bookmobile

f you can’t bring the man to the books, bring the books to the man.
 
Mary Lemist Titcomb (1852–1932) was always looking for ways to improve her library. As librarian at the Washington County Free Library in Maryland, Titcomb was concerned that the library was not reaching all the people it could. She was determined that everyone should have access to the library—not just adults and those who lived in town. Realizing its limitations and inability to reach the county’s 25,000 rural residents, including farmers and their families, Titcomb set about to change the library system forever with the introduction of book-deposit stations throughout the country, a children’s room in the library, and her most revolutionary idea of all—a horse-drawn Book Wagon. Soon book wagons were appearing in other parts of the country, and by 1922, the book wagon idea had received widespread support. The bookmobile was born!

Children Book:

An exquisitely illustrated paean to everyone who struggles to learn how to read, and to everyone who won’t give up on them.

Cal is not the readin’ type. Living way high up in the Appalachian Mountains, he’d rather help Pap plow or go out after wandering sheep than try some book learning. Nope. Cal does not want to sit stoney-still reading some chicken scratch. But that Book Woman keeps coming just the same. She comes in the rain. She comes in the snow. She comes right up the side of the mountain, and Cal knows that’s not easy riding. And all just to lend his sister some books. Why, that woman must be plain foolish—or is she braver than he ever thought?

That Book Woman is a rare and moving tale that honors a special part of American history—the Pack Horse Librarians, who helped untold numbers of children see the stories amid the chicken scratch, and thus made them into lifetime readers.https://www.amazon.com/That-Book-Woman-Heather-Henson-ebook/dp/B006OH8GPE/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Posted in Lisa Book Club, net galley

The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Great Vegetables

“For new and novice gardeners who want a straightforward, unfussy guide to growing their own food.” —Library Journal

You can grow beautiful, healthy, delicious veggies and herbs right from the start—just follow the trustworthy advice found in The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Great Vegetables. Expert gardener Lorene Edwards Forkner shares all the information you need to create a thriving garden, from facts about soil and sun to tips on fertilizing, mulching, and watering. Regional planting charts show what to plant when, and a month-by-month planner takes you from January through December. Profiles of popular edibles explain exactly how to plant, care for, and harvest your bounty. Whether your garden grows in the ground, on a balcony, or in containers on a sunny patio, this is your guide to grow-your-own success. Your backyard bounty awaits!

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 Informative book that will help me do more than just grow some tomatoes. You will learn how and when to start planting, how to help your soil, and the monthly actions you should take to make sure your garden will prosper. So read this book and have a bountiful and beautiful garden.

Posted in Lisa Book Club, net galley

The Garden in Every Sense and Season: A Year of Insights and Inspiration from My Garden

“Reminds us that the best way to get to know a garden is through our senses. Don’t expect to make it through many pages before you feel an urge to run outdoors to reintroduce yourself to your own landscape.” —Michelle Slatalla, Gardenista

So much of gardening is focused on seasonal to-do lists and daily upkeep. But what about taking time to just enjoy the garden? The Garden in Every Sense and Season urges you to revel in what you’ve created. From the heady fragrance of spring lilacs to the delicious silence of a winter snowfall, writer and lifelong gardener Tovah Martin explores the glories of her garden using the five senses. Her sage advice and gratifying reflections on the rewards of a more mindful way of gardening will inspire you to look closer, breathe deeper, listen harder, and truly savor the gifts of your garden.

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A great book the reflects all the moments in a garden. To take that moment to stop and smell the flowers . Would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift who someone loves to garden or just outside.

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Books Review : Container Gardening

Container Gardening For Beginners: A Guide to Growing Your Own Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, and Edible Flowers

Everything you need to grow a thriving garden in containers

Whether you’re on a budget, live in a small space, or simply want to raise a new plant or two, container gardening is a practical method for urban and suburban gardeners alike. Container Gardening for Beginners is packed with information and advice for using different types of containers to grow your own vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers.

Learn how to get started, from gathering the tools you’ll need to choosing the right container and soil mix. Once you’ve covered the basics, you’ll get advice on what you should plant and when, when to water and how, and finally, how you can successfully grow and harvest your crop.

Container Gardening for Beginners includes:

  • Step-by-step guidance―Find detailed gardening guidance from start to finish, including things to know before you grow, how to start seeds, plant care and maintenance tips, and how to tell when your crop is ripe.
  • Basic best practices―Grow happy, healthy plants with expert gardening insights to set you up for success, from making sure your container is properly sized to regularly fertilizing your soil.
  • Illustrated plant profiles―Choose the right plants for you with info on the particular needs and characteristics of 30 different fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Start and sustain a flourishing container garden with help from the practical advice in Container Gardening for Beginners.

Book Review:

Don’t have a lot of space or have questions about container gardening? Read this book to get you started in the right way and with success. Lots of smart information we can all use. I highly recommend this book.

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My Monday Book Date

Hello Book Lover’s ! What have you read lately ? I have been making my way through my Net Galley list and even requested some new books. I have been reading everything from Non fiction to fiction and have found a bunch of winners. Also dont forget this week we celebrate some important days : Library Workers day, Book Mobil Day , Library day

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

What I read last week :

What I am reading now

From Net Galley . :

Bookshop by the Sea
by Denise Hunter

Looking Forward to Reading:

In this blockbuster novel from Danielle Steel, two estranged sisters get the chance to connect again and right the wrongs of the past. ( Out April 27th)

Happy National Library workers Day! To my fellow library workers have a great day.

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Connect Five : Cats

Welcome Cat Lovers! I actually own 2 and a new puppy who just found out cats have claws. So this Friday I am sharing some of my favorite cozy mysteries that features Cats on the cover. I had lots too choose from but these are some favorites both old and new ! This post is for you Dotcom.

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A mysterious mansion, a suspicious death, and a cat too smart for its own good…

When Laura Lee took the summer job as a housekeeper at the old Thornberry Estate, she knew it was a creepy place, but she had no idea how creepy. Mrs. Fitzwater warned her to keep her mind on her work and her nose in her own business, but one thing after another leads her astray, between the manor giving up its puzzles as she goes about her work, fun secrets to share with the clever ladies in her book club who are always up for a mystery, and a cat that seems to know more than she does.

The death of a chauffeur just outside the estate gates changes everything and suddenly creepy turns to deadly as Laura Lee finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. When the police seem unable to solve the crime, can Laura Lee and her intrepid club find the killer before the killer finds Laura Lee?

Since her only daughter left for college, widow Pamela Paterson has kept busy as associate editor of a craft magazine and founder of the Knit and Nibble knitting club in quaint Arborville, New Jersey. Now, she’s trying out a new hobby—solving murders!

Poppy is settling into life in an English village and gaining some green fingers at last as she restores the beautiful cottage garden nursery she’s inherited. When she meets a wealthy dog lover at the village fête and is hired to create a “canine scent garden”, the future looks rosy… until the day ends with a vicious killing and she finds herself spade-deep in a murder investigation once again.
Meanwhile Einstein the terrier has fallen head-over-paws for a pampered poodle and Poppy has her hands full keeping him out of trouble. With vandals attacking her cottage and orders for flowers flooding in, she barely has time for sleuthing! But when unexpected help comes from her mad scientist neighbour Bertie, as well as crime author Nick Forrest and his talkative cat Oren, Poppy is sure she’s found the killer…
The only problem is – with false clues and suspects galore, could she be barking up the wrong tree?

In Traci Wilton’s second cozy mystery featuring a new sleuth on the Salem scene, when widowed B&B owner Charlene Morris discovers the dead body of a local Wiccan on Halloween, she and her charming ghostly partner must help the local Salem, Massachusetts, coven to find the killer.

From my favorite Cat series:

Charlie Harris and his feline companion Diesel take a bookish vacation but discover that murder never takes a holiday, in this all-new installment of the New York Times bestselling series. 

Charlie and Diesel along with Charlie’s fiancée, Helen Louise Brady, are heading to Asheville, North Carolina to spend a week at a boutique hotel and participate in a gathering of a mystery reader’s club composed of patrons of the Athena Public Library. In addition to seeing the local sights, the members will take turns giving talks on their favorite authors. 

The always spry Ducote sisters, friends of the hotel’s owners, are helping underwrite the expenses, and they’ve insisted that Charlie, Helen, and Diesel join them. Anxious to get Helen Louise away from her bistro for a vacation, Charlie readily agrees. While Charlie is looking forward to relaxing with Helen Louise and Diesel, other members of the group have ulterior motives including a long-standing score to settle.

When an intrusive, uninvited guest turns up dead, only one mystery club member with a connection to the deceased appears to have a motive to kill. But could the answer really be that simple? Charlie and Diesel, along with the detecting Ducote sisters, know that every murder plot has an unexpected twist.