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Monday, July 16, 2018

The Space Between by Dete Meserve

Release Date - July 24, 2018



When I read Dete Meserve's novel A Good Sam, I knew she was an author to watch. The Space Between is just as gripping and emotional.

Sarah Mayfield returns back from her trip to NASA where she and her team presented proof of an amazing discovery. She's riding the high of their success and what it means for her field. Her teen son is home, but her husband, a wealthy restaurateur, is nowhere to be found.

Things look bad when Sarah finds the security camera footage was scrubbed. There's a gun in their bedroom. He deposited a million dollars in a bank account they haven't touched in years.

Soon, Sarah's life is unraveling. While it first appears that Ben may have been taken by people he was suing, it starts to look much, much worse. Ben's blood is found in his abandoned car. A life insurance policy is discovered. Detectives start to wonder if Sarah killed him to get the money he possessed. If Sarah wants to uncover the truth, she's going to need to trust her instincts and dig through the clues.

This is a one-sitting book. I was so glad I had a couple hours dedicated to reading. I was able to get through most of Sarah's story. I had part of it pegged. I found the mystery wasn't so baffling. It was more the why that kept me guessing.

If you haven't picked up a book from Dete Meserve, you should. The Space Between is a great way to discover her work. Once you've finished it, you'll want to check out her other works of fiction.







Friday, July 13, 2018

The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl

Release Date - July 24, 2018



Caring for her two daughters is challenging with her husband often gone on business. Cecilia Wilborg makes it work. After all, her husband loves her, her daughters are perfect, and they have a home in a wealthier area in Norway.

While taking her daughters to the community pool, Cecilia runs into the one thing that could tear her perfect life apart. Someone left their young son at the pool. Cecilia's asked to run him home. She never imagines that the boy's parents will not be there. She and her husband agree to take him in until his parents are found.

Annika Lucasson knows Cecilia's secret. She may not be more than a junkie, but the secret she knows could be her claim to wealth. To keep her world intact, Cecilia must deal with her past and maintain a calm facade as Annika intrudes more and more on her life.

Some of the secrets and mysteries within The Boy at the Door are apparent. I wasn't shocked by some revelations. I was more surprised that Cecilia opted to keep some of her secrets hidden. They weren't that big a deal in the scheme of things.

The story is told through Cecilia's, Annika's, and the boy's eyes. You get to see a clear picture of how their stories come together slowly over time. I actually loved the breaks and getting to know each character so closely.

By the end, I was thoroughly hooked. I can't say I loved Cecilia. She makes foolish mistakes that never needed to be made. She's pretty stuck on herself and that made her hard to like. The rest of the characters drew me in, however, and I was definitely intrigued and wanted to know more with each page.




Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Somebody's Daughter by David Bell

Release Date: July 10, 2018



Somebody's Daughter will have your thoughts going all over the place. You may think you've got it all figured out, but you don't. I did eventually catch on, but it took a lot longer than usual.

Michael Frazier and his wife have a relaxed evening planned. After years of dealing with infertility issues, it's a good night to have a romantic dinner and try for the baby they both desperately want. Things take a very dark, ominous turn when Michael's ex-wife Erika shows up. Her daughter vanished and Michael must help her. She reveals Michael is the nine-year-old girl's father. He never knew.

The last thing Michael's wife expects is for Michael to agree to leave with Erica. Angela is stunned. Worse, when the police come to interview her, she learns Michael has been hiding things. Did he know he has a daughter? Is the girl really even his daughter?

As the hours pass, Angela starts to hear more and more about Erika's past and her concern grows. Something isn't right. When a mystery man appears with connections to Erika and an equally avid interest in discovering the truth, Angela agrees to team up. She's hesitant to trust a stranger, but she needs to know what is happening to her quiet marriage.

This story took so many twists. I kept trying to predict things and failed miserably each time. I love not being able to guess an ending so easily. It took a good portion of the book before I'd figured it out. I did have one complaint. One story that develops along the way really just gets glossed over. I needed to know how that turns out. Maybe it will be told in future novels. Who knows. Either way, I'm delighted I read this book.


Friday, July 6, 2018

Broken Promise by Tara Thomas

Release Date: June 26, 2018



I loved the first entry in the Sons of Broad series. I wasn't as taken with Broken Promises. It was okay, but it was nothing I rushed to read in one sitting.

Officer Alyssa Adams has never forgotten her sister's murder. Maybe that's why the disappearance of Kipling Benedict's long-lost sister has her riled. She leaves the force in an agreement to help the Benedict brothers find their sister and end the madness the Gentleman has created.

Kipling may have been arrested by Alyssa, but he's not going to blame her for doing her job. In fact, he finds her quite appealing. He cannot let his attraction get in the way of finding his sister, however. Jade's safety is most important to Kipling and his brothers. He's ready to end the Gentleman once and for all.

The Gentleman is a creepy, sadistic man who has been putting the brothers through hell for multiple books. I was glad to see this is the final entry. I didn't find it as gripping as Darkest Night.

As the story progresses, you learn that Jade and Alyssa have an unknown tie. I liked that aspect. It made me tear up a bit. But, I never found Alyssa and Kipling to be that interesting a couple. Their entire relationship seemed rushed and there simply to be there. I didn't buy into a smoldering attraction.

In the end, I'm glad I read the first book in this series. I'm glad I've learned the conclusions to the secrets. I just wish I'd like the romance in this book more than I did.






Monday, July 2, 2018

The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook by LInda Larsen

Released in July 2016



Forget any other air fryer cookbook. This is the book you need. I have an air fryer. I also hate it. I've tried making fries. They were limp. I tried making fried fish. It was lousy. I put it away after that.

The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook had me pulling it back out. A recipe for healthier scotch eggs caught my eye. I love scotch eggs. With the ingredients in hand, eggs boiled, and air fryer ready to go, I gave the recipe a shot. These were the greatest scotch eggs. They were crispy, moist, and delicious.

There's a good guide to get you started with an air fryer. I used the Power Air Fryer XL while testing these recipes. Recipes and information are divided into these categories:


  • Fast Food or Good Health
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Appetizers
  • Fish and Seafood
  • Poultry
  • Meat
  • Vegetables and Sides
  • Desserts


I had temperatures of 95 F at my house yesterday. The heat index reached 125 F. I was a little worried about using the air fryer, but it didn't heat up the kitchen at all. The oven would have. I liked the air fryer for that reason.

After making scotch eggs, I tried a few more recipes. Arancini worked wonders with some of the short-grain rice I'd cooked a few days ago and set aside for making California rolls this week. The Roasted Potato Salad was also great.

I'm not sure the air fryer will get constant use, but The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook has shown me that the machine is better than I thought. The recipes in the product guides were lousy. These are worth the cost of the book. It's a win. Thanks to Callisto Publisher's Club for pointing it out.