Book Spotlight: Paperback Release -The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason

My thanks to Suzy for bringing this one to my attention.
Survival of the fittest, perhaps? 😄

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94FDF370-DC5D-43A0-AC13-14C49A96AEBFPaperback Release: June 23, 2020

About The Book:

A Barnes & Noble Discover Pick * A Wall Street Journal Best Mystery Book of the Year * A Reader’s Digest Best Summer Book * A Best Historical Novel of the Summer

Get ready for one of the most inventive and entertaining novels of 2019—an edge-of-your-seat Victorian-era thriller, where the controversial publication On the Origin of Species sets off a string of unspeakable crimes.

London, June 1860: When an assassination attempt is made on Queen Victoria, and a petty thief is gruesomely murdered moments later—and only a block away—Chief Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that the crimes are connected. Was Victoria really the assassin’s target? Or were both crimes part of an even more sinister plot?

Field’s investigation soon exposes a shocking conspiracy: the publication of Charles Darwin’s controversial On the Origin of Species has set off a string of…

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On the Lighter Side ~ Signs of the Times

Oh my word, my friend Kim has put together one of the best
collections of laughs I’ve seen and I can’t even pick a favorite…
maybe the one about the CVS receipt because it’s so true 🤣🤣🤣

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#LetsDiscuss2020 – Are You a Genre Snob? – TCL’s #DiscussionSunday #7.

Good post! I confess to being a snob about a lot of “literary
fiction” and avoid most of it like the plague we’re currently experiencing.
Also draw the line at most romance but erotica is the only subgenre of
romance I won’t read at all. Otherwise, I’m open to most genres,
especially mystery, comfort, Southern, historical, science fiction.

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My fellow blogger Katie @ Never Not Reading recently wrote a post on levels of genre snobbery where she listed and described four levels from the least to the worst of them, in her opinion. They were:

  • Level one: Non-Snob
  • Level two: Romance-Hater
  • Level three: The Ageist
  • Level four: The True-Snob

The post is worth reading and I encourage you all to do so, as well as the comments it received. Of course, it made me think, which brings me to this post, to ask the question…

Are You a Genre Snob?

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Review of The Secret Of Bones

I’m in the mood for a good cozy
and MJB Reviewers likes this one:-)


48743578. sy475 Synopsis:

Second in a new series from national bestselling author Kylie Logan, The Secrets of Bones is a riveting mystery following Jazz Ramsey as she trains a cadaver dog.

Assembly Day at St. Catherine’s dawns bright and cloudless as professional woman gather from all around Ohio to talk to the schoolgirls about their careers in medicine, at NASA, and as yoga instructors. Administrative assistant Jazz Ramsey is involved herself, giving the girls a taste of her lifelong passion: cadaver dog training. Her adorable new puppy Wally hasn’t been certified yet, so she borrows the fully-trained Gus from a friend and hides a few bones in the unused fourth floor of the school for him to find.

The girls are impressed when Gus easily finds the first bone, but for the second Gus seems to have lost the scent, and heads confidently to a part of the floor where Jazz is…

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Ghostland, by Duncan Ralston ~ 4.5 Stars

I love the cover of this one but I’m even more drawn
in by the premise—adding it to Mount TBR!

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89AD0D12-E06F-41A0-8A7C-AC0C80D248E7Thanks to NetGalley and Victory Editing NetGalley Co-op for providing an ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: Available Now

414 Pages

Synopsis: After a near death experience caused by the park’s star haunted attraction, Ben has come to Ghostland seeking to reconnect with his former best friend Lilian, whose post-traumatic stress won’t let her live life to the fullest. She’s come at the insistence of her therapist, Dr. Allison Wexler, who tags along out of professional curiosity, eager to study the new tech’s psychological effect on the user.

But when a computer virus sets the ghosts free and the park goes into lockdown, the trio find themselves trapped in an endless nightmare.

With time running short and the dead quickly outnumbering the living, the survivors must tap into their knowledge of horror and video games to escape…or become Ghostland’s newest exhibits.


Ghostland is a wild and crazy…

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When Research Comes to Life

This reminds me so much of my own visit to
Egypt a long time ago! I’m heading right over to iTunes
to pick up the audiobook of Murder at the Mena House 🙂

By Erica Neubauer

I love to travel, and I have, admittedly, done quite a bit of it. But at the top of my bucket list of places to visit has always been Egypt. So, when I set my first novel there, I had to go visit and check my research!

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Oh, the things we are forced to do.

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For the first part of the trip, I did a guided tour. It took us around some of the major sights of Cairo, including the local market, which was just as loud and chaotic as you might expect it to be. There were shops crowded together, selling everything from stuffed toy camels to men bending fez around a hot steam iron to large bags of spices and pierced metal lamps and…well, everything. It was loud and bright, but an experience that can’t be missed.

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The second day we took a drive out…

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#LetsDiscuss2020 – How Do You Read? – TCL’s #DiscussionSunday #3.

It’s Day 3 of your social distancing—are you
bored yet? Here’s a nifty little poll to pique
your interest and while away a minute or two:

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While wandering around Facebook a while back, author Jane Davis put up a very interesting post, asking the question:

How Do You Read?

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