3.5 stars

The Lost Van Gogh

Book Review The Lost Van Gogh by Jonathan SantloferMystery | Historical Fiction | Art Reader’s Thoughts: Having enjoyed the author’s first book, The Last Mona Lisa, I was very excited to receive a surprise copy of The Lost Van Gogh from the publisher. In this sequel, we once again find ourselves in the world of …

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What Waits in the Woods

Book Review What Waits in the Woods by Terri ParlatoThriller | Mystery Reader’s Thoughts: When Esme’s career as a ballerina falls apart due to an injury, she has no choice but to return home. Home to a father who’s dying, a group of friends she hasn’t spoken to since high school, and a community with …

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The Jazz Club Spy

Book Review The Jazz Club Spy by Roberta RichHistorical Fiction | Spy Reader’s Thoughts: When you read a lot of historical fiction set in the late 1930s and early 1940s, it can be difficult to find stories that feel fresh. This was not a problem for The Jazz Club Spy. The book opens with an …

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Queen Wallis

Book Review Queen Wallis by C.J. CareyHistorical Fiction | Dystopian | Alternate Reality Queen Wallis is the sequel to the compelling, alternate-reality novel, Widowland by C.J. Carey. This feminist dystopian series is a dark, alternative history that imagines what a British alliance with Germany would have looked like following WWII. Reader’s Thoughts: Widowland has been …

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The Paris Deception

Book Review The Paris Deception by Bryn TurnbullHistorical Fiction | Art Reader’s Thoughts: The moment I first saw this cover, it immediately called to me. Add in a description about women rescuing looted art that was slated for destruction by the Nazis, and I couldn’t resist applying for an early copy from Netgalley! I love …

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Playing It Safe

Book Review Playing It Safe by Ashley WeaverMystery | Historical Fiction Reader’s Thoughts: Historical mysteries are one of my go-to genres for easy, relaxing reads. The genre is fairly formulaic in that we usually get a murder mystery, a spunky and adventurous protagonist, and a little bit of romance with the lead detective — and …

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Adrift

Book Review Adrift by Lisa BrideauFiction | Mystery Thriller Ess awakes on a sailboat in the Pacific Northwest with no memory of who she is or how she got there. A simple note hints at the danger from which she’s running — start over, don’t look back. But when other amnesiacs start popping up adrift …

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The Physicists’ Daughter

Book Review The Physicists’ Daughter by Mary Anna Evans Reader’s Thoughts: This book has been sitting on my shelf for a couple of months now. The premise described everything I love in a historical mystery and I was saving it for just the right moment. A strong female lead, unlikely detective, WWII setting, sabotage, espionage… …

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Until We Meet

Book Review Until We Meet by Camille Di Maio Reader’s Thoughts: Until We Meet is a character-based novel, following the stories of three young women who are at home in New York during the second world war. This lovely story of hope and patriotism is built upon the beautiful friendship of Margaret, Gladys, and Dottie …

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The Tsarina’s Daughter

Book Review The Tsarina’s Daughter by Ellen Alpsten If there’s one thing The Tsarina’s Daughter emphasizes, it’s that it’s not easy being in line for a throne!