MurderousMondays – The Night Before @WendyWalker

“Twelve hours earlier, she was…
Hopeful.
Excited.
Safe.   

Now she’s gone.

Murder monday with textcover147361-mediumLaura is no stranger to trauma. As a teenager she learned first hand that love stories can have very unhappy endings, endings that sometimes end in death. She has spent a lifetime trying to cope with that reality, of overcoming the thought of being “bad luck” or choosing the wrong kind of man. Now she has gone out on a date with someone she has chosen off of an online dating site and has vanished. Is she really “bad luck?” Or could she possibly be a murderer who sets the luck into motion?

I absolutely love psychological thrillers that can keep me guessing until the last page of the book and, if I figure out the who did it, the why has me stumped. Wendy Walker does this to me every single time! She always surprises me, not only with the ending but with multiple surprises throughout. The Night Before is the story not only of Laura, but of her sister, Rosie; Rosie’s husband Joe and their best friend since childhood. They were raised in a small town where they were constantly together, knew each other intimately, knew each other’s every secret – or so they thought. With Laura as a very unreliable narrator, we are left with the others to fill in the gaps and soon we learn that nothing, at all, is as it appears. So many secrets, half-truths and lies that will affect their lives forever. Who, if anyone, is telling the truth?

This is a creatively told story of relationships, friendships, small towns and abuse and how each of those things shapes us into who we ultimately become as adults. Nothing about The Night Before is predictable so be prepared to buckle up for a twisty, amazing and thrilling ride. This is one suspenseful tale that you will not want to miss! 

Thanks to @netgalley, @Wendy_Walker and @StMartinsPress for my copy of #TheNightBefore. It will be available on May 13, 2019.  

amazonWhat Marvelous Murderous books have you read lately? Tell us about it or link us up here so we can read your reviews. There is nothing quite like a good Murder on Monday! Have a great week book lovers! 

 

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Sunday Morning for the Kids #BeatrixPotter

 

Sat morning kids(1)I hope you are having the most beautiful Sunday! For those who are celebrating Easter – Festive Easter Wishes to You!! This morning I wanted to share with you another blast from our past and hopefully one from yours as well: the beloved books from Beatrix Potter. The three I have pictured below were my three kids’ very favorites: 56669576_2156166297752385_7663974548181614592_nWhile many are familiar with The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny and some may know Jemimah Puddleduck and more of Potter’s well known characters, one of the last tales that she wrote was The Tale of The Flopsy Bunnies. In this tale, Benjamin and Flopsy Bunny have six baby bunnies simply known as the “Flopsy Bunnies.”  The bunnies run off to Mr. MacGregor’s garden are swiftly caught and placed in a sack. Never fear, however, because Thomasina Tittlemouse, my own personal favorite character, comes to the rescue and saves the day. While some critics at the time argued that the illustrations were not as finely executed as her previous works and that Potter’s story was repetitively similar to others, specifically Peter Rabbit, it was a nice bookend for her collection and my youngest son, like countless other children, loved the Flopsy Bunnies and the trouble that they caused, as well as the joy of saying Thomasina Tittlemouse over and over again. 

If you haven’t read Beatrix Potter’s collection or even if it has been many years since last have done so, I encourage you to pick up a book or two of her classic tales and enjoy the wonderful prose as well as the marvelously rich illustrations of these classics. 

I’m linking us with a dear friend of mine over at Read, Rant, Rock and Roll who has a terrific feature called Shabby Sunday where she features older children’s books that are a bit shabby and worn. I thoroughly enjoy reading her reviews and seeing these older books from our past. I hope you will too.  What are you reading to your kids or grandkids this week. Have you reviewed a great children’s, teens or YA book that you could share with us? Link us up!! We would love to know!

Sounds of Saturday

On this Saturday as many are gathering to celebrate a holiday that is meant to be full of hope, I could not think of a more appropriate song to share with you than this amazing collaboration between Sheryl Crow and the late, iconic Johnny Cash:   REDEMPTION DAY

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Crow says about the duo, “I think he would’ve loved it. I think people have forgotten what an outspoken American he was,” she says, noting his activism around issues like the Vietnam War, Native American rights, and prison reform. “I think he would be having none of this right now. I think he would be aghast. This is not the America that I think he would feel proud of. He was so outspoken and so courageous about what he believed in.”   

I hope you enjoy this song. What are you listening to this weekend? Sounds of nature? Kids hunting eggs? Or your favorite music? I’d love to know! Have a beautiful weekend! 

 

Alice’s Island #DanielSanchezArévalo

A happily married woman’s perfect life shatters when her husband turns up dead hundreds of miles away from where he should have been. Suddenly she discovers that there was a part of him about which she knew nothing at all.

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I’ve never read anything by this author from Spain before reading this novel but already want to read everything he has to offer!  Alice’s Island was not at all what I was expecting. I thought it would be the run-of-the-mill cheating husband, husband dies, wife finds out, oh no oh no, boring read and instead it is more domestic drama where, yes, the husband had secrets and dies but the wife and her two children are the primary focus as they are searching for answers, putting their lives back together, coming to grips with the reality of their new situation. This is a very character driven novel and Arevalo does a marvelous job creating intriguing, multi-dimensional characters that will fascinate and hold you captive throughout. I highly recommend Alice’s Island for those who like suspense over thrillers, slow burning, character driven novels.

Thank you to #IAWR for my copy of #AlicesIsland

Sunday Morning With Kids – Delayed Yara’s Tawari Tree

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Of course, I’m a few days late and always a dollar or two short, but I have made a vow to do this and I will not neglect what I’ve promised to do.Also, I have a marvelous book that I was dying to share with you so shame on me for being too scattered to correctly set the date on my posts! Bad Mackey!

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On the bank of the river, in a house made of wood,

Close to the place where our scared seedling stood,

A hard-working mother and her kindhearted child,

Lived freely together, eating food from the wild.

Yara and her mother live in the rain forest but, sadly it is slowly being destroyed by those who want to use its beautiful big trees for lumber and other chemicals. Yara and her mother work very hard to care for the forest, to nurture and give back to the forest and all those who live within it. One day, when Yara falls dangerously ill, the forest finds a way to return the love by helping to heal Yara with the magic of the Tawari tree.

Yara and the Tawari Tree is very simply told book written in rhyming verse that is perfect for young children who still love to be read to or for younger readers who enjoy reading verse. The children that I read this to absolutely adored the sing-song rhythm of the text which was furthered enhanced with the absolutely brilliant and colorful illustrations which burst off the pages with their vibrancy. Most importantly, this book teaches children about the importance the rainforest and the value that it offers to all of us. From rare species of plants and animals, flora, fauna and its contribution to our delicate climate balance, the rainforest is a resource far too important to lose. Yara’s Tawari Tree is the first in a what will become a picture book series showing children how all living things on our beautiful planet depend on one another.  I cannot recommend this book highly enough! The entire series will find a home on our library shelf!

Thank you to #Netgalley, #YossiLapid and #IBPA for my copy of this marvelous book. If you would like to know more about #YaraAndHerMysteryTree , and the kids I read to absolutely did, here is a link with information on the Tawari Tree. It’s fascinating stuff!

If you have a book that you’ve reviewed for Sunday Morning with Kids, please link up with us here. One blog that I want to share with you is Reading Tonic. Her post on Sunday, Wish, is absolutely wonderful. Be sure to take a look.

 

 

#MurderousMonday on a Wednesday #TheScholar

Murder monday with textYes, I know. It really has been that kind of week here at Macsbooks. I’m not sure what the attraction to the Midwest is right now but there are a LOT of travelers visiting the fair state of Indiana. If you’re ever this way, please do stop by The Wisteria House. I truly thought I had these posts ready to go without me, but sadly, I’m just not that coordinated and on top of things. Luckily for my guests, I AM on top of clean rooms and delightful breakfasts :)Whew! 

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The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan is the second book in a series featuring DS Cormac Reilly. As usual, I had not read the first book (I have now) before beginning this one and did not once feel lost or confused.

DS Reilly has been assigned to cold cases until the night his girlfriend frantically calls him. She has found a young woman in the street, the victim of an apparent hit and run. The dead girl is carrying an ID of Carline Darcy, heir apparent to Darcy Therapeutics, Ireland’s most successful pharmaceutical company and the company for whom Reilly’s girlfriend, Emma, is conducting research on the first successful artificial kidney. Reilly is certain that Emma cannot be involved so he takes the case, but as it continues to unfold, doubts into Emma’s innocence start to rise, complicating their relationship and eroding his reputation at work.

The Scholar is a multi-layered mystery with heaps of suspense and fabulous, complex characters. McTiernan is a marvelous writer who capably molds her characters into realistic people that often remind us of those we see every day. Never does she cross the line into hyperbole or drive Reilly into a farce of what a DS should be. He is flawed, but not the typical drunk, broken, woe-is-me copper who has become the stand-by for far too many police novels. Instead, he has real flaws like we all do. He makes mistakes like we all do and that creates a character who is far more relatable to the reader.

This is not a “fast paced thriller” but rather a well-done suspenseful mystery and when I say “well-done” I mean superb. I highly recommend both The Scholar which is due for publication in the US in May and The Ruin, which you can find at your local bookstore or library.

Many thanks to #Edelweiss, @DervlaMcTiernan and @Penguinbooks for my copy of #TheScholar

 

Sounds of Saturday

Saturdays here in Indiana often revolve around reading and nature, reading and music, reading and rehabilitating our Victorian home, reading in the park, reading about the history of our state or a famous person from Indiana. Or just music. Generally there always are sounds that accompany what we are doing despite people often saying “it’s so quiet and relaxing in your home without a television.” Yes, it is, except there are sounds all around us. I thought I would share some of those sounds with you and I would love it if you would share some of yours with me – from nature to your family to your favorite music. What does your Saturday sound like?

This is our favorite park in Indiana, Spring Mill Creek. I love to visit this time of year when the birds are nesting and the creek is full, but not yet flooding, which it will be soon. Click the photo below to hear the wonderful, relaxing sounds… Happy Saturday!

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