Friday, April 19, 2019

You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover #259

- You can't judge a book by its cover - which is very true.
 But you can like one cover version better than another....

US cover
UK cover
Elly Griffiths pens one of my favourite series - the Ruth
Galloway Mysteries. The eleventh book, The Stone Circle releases in May/19. The US cover is on the left and the UK cover is on the right. The image used on both covers is relevant. The salt marsh figures into this series so the US image is relevant. The UK image literally fits the book's title with a Stonehenge like picture. There is movement in both images with the water and birds. I do like the dark, somewhat foreboding tones of the US cover. The UK cover is fitting as well, but it just doesn't grab me as much. So, US for me this week. What about you? Which cover do you prefer? Any plans to read The Stone Circle?
You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Better Sister - Alafair Burke

If Alafair Burke wrote it - I'm going to read it! Her latest novel The Better Sister has just released.

Chloe and Nicky are sisters, but they are estranged - until their husband brings them back together. Yes, their husband. Nicky was married to Adam, but the marriage disintegrated - much of it due to Nicky's substance abuse. That abuse left her unable to look after her young son Ethan. They divorced with Adam getting full custody. And...he reached out to sister Chloe for advice and help. And now? Chloe and Adam have been married for fifteen years, raising Ethan together. Until.....Adam is found murdered.....and the cops think Ethan did it.

I had a hard time connecting with the 'lead' sister Chloe. I found her to be just a little too full of herself. The drive that has made her a successful, businesswoman has also made her somewhat cold and dispassionate. Her need to control everything is off putting, but feeds into the plot. Instead I found myself drawn to the 'bad' sister Nicky. And this dichotomy makes for a charged dynamic. I quite liked Detective Guidry and would be happy to see her in a future book.

Burke's writing is so very easy to get caught up in. She is herself a lawyer and the legal machinations and courtroom scenes benefit greatly from her insider knowledge. I had the whodunit it figured out before the final pages, but appreciated the misdirection and possible outcomes that Burke presents.

Burke inserts a nice little bit of social commentary through online social posts throughout the book.

I didn't love this one as much as I did The Ex and The Wife, but this was still a four star read. The Better Sister is a domestic thriller wrapped in a mystery with a side of legal. Here's an excerpt.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Over the Counter #476

What book caught my eye this week as it passed over the library counter and under my scanner? You've heard of goat yoga so how about....

Literary Chickens by Beth Moon.

From Abbeville Press:

"From the best-selling photographer of Ancient Trees, an arresting collection of black-and-white chicken portraits paired with quotations from classic literature

Fierce, funny, and flamboyant, fifty-two heritage-breed chickens assess the camera with a keen gaze. By focusing on the faces of her avian subjects, Beth Moon reveals them to us not just as beautiful and exotic creatures, but as individuals in their own right.

Moon’s intimate portraits capture a startling range of emotions and personalities, underscored by excerpts from literature. A martial Spanish White Face is flanked by a passage from Beowulf; a fantastical Buff-Laced Polish, by a line from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and a refined Blue Polish, by a character sketch from Swann’s Way.

An essay by chicken keeper and best-selling author Melissa Caughey and cultural critic Collier Brown sheds additional light on this fresh and remarkable body of work, which will appeal to animal lovers and literature buffs alike."

(Over the Counter is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World. I've sadly come the realization that I cannot physically read every book that catches my interest as it crosses over my counter at the library. But...I can mention them and maybe one of them will catch your eye as well. See if your local library has them on their shelves!)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Giveaway - Redemption - David Baldacci

Today is release day for Redemption - the latest book in David Baldacci's Amos Decker series - and I have a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader!!

What's it about? From Grand Central Publishing:

"Detective Amos Decker discovers that a mistake he made as a rookie detective may have led to deadly consequences in the latest Memory Man thriller in David Baldacci’s #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Decker is visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he’s approached by a man named Meryl Hawkins. Hawkins is a convicted murderer. In fact, he’s the very first killer Decker ever put behind bars. But he’s innocent, he claims. Now suffering from terminal cancer, it’s his dying wish that Decker clear his name.

It’s unthinkable. The case was open and shut, with rock solid forensic evidence. But then Hawkins later turns up dead with a bullet in his head, and even Decker begins to have doubts. Is it possible that he really did get it wrong, all those years ago?

Decker’s determined to uncover the truth, no matter the personal cost. But solving a case this cold may be impossible, especially when it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want the old case reopened. Someone who is willing to kill to keep the truth buried, and hide a decades-old secret that may have devastating repercussions…." Read an excerpt of Redemption.

And if you'd like to read Redemption - enter to win a copy using the Rafflecopter form below. Open to US and Canada, Ends Apr 27/19.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Giveaway - The Big Disruption - Jessica Powell

Looking for a fun read to lighten up your reading list? I've got just the book for you - The Big Disruption by Jessica Powell - and I have a copy to give away.

What's it about?

"A rip-roaring comedy about big plans and bigger egos at the world's largest tech company.

Something is fishy at Anahata—and it’s not just the giant squid that serves as a mascot for the tech company. A prince in exile is working as a product manager. The sales guys are battling with the engineers. The women employees are the unwitting subjects of a wild social experiment. The VPs are plotting against each other. And the yoga-loving, sex-obsessed CEO is rumored to be planning a moon colony, sending his investors into a tizzy. Is it all downhill from here for the world’s largest tech company? Or is this just the beginning of a bold new phase in Anahata’s quest for global domination?" Read an excerpt of The Big Disruption.

"Jessica Powell is the former vice president of communications for Google and served on the company’s management team. She is the author of Literary Paris, and her fiction and nonfiction has been published in The Guardian, The New York Times, Wired, and Medium magazine. She is also the co-founder and CEO of a startup that builds software for musicians." You can connect with Jessica on her website and follow her on Twitter.

And if you'd like to read The Big Disruption, enter to win a copy using the Rafflecopter form below. Open to US only, ends April 27/19.

Friday, April 12, 2019

You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover #258

- You can't judge a book by its cover - which is very true. 
 But you can like one cover version better than another....

US cover
UK cover
Woo hoo! Linwood Barclay is one of my favourite suspense authors. His new book Elevator Pitch releases in Sept. 19 on both sides of the pond. The US cover is on the left and the UK cover is on the right. Elevator Pitch: " a succinct and persuasive sales pitch." Hmm, can't wait to see what the pitch might be. So two different views of elevators. The US is of the elevator shaft. I think we're at the bottom looking up at the car descending, but it's hard to say. Still, gives me a bit of vertigo. The UK cover is of an elevator that has an exterior view. Easier on the eyes. And a little more info as there is what appears to be a woman in the car. The same tagline appears on both. For me the US cover promises more action and the UK more suspense. I'm going to go with the UK cover this week, if only because I can't look at the US cover without feeling woozy! What about you? Which cover do you prefer? Any plans to read Elevator Pitch?
You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

At the Mountain's Edge - Genevieve Graham

At The Mountain's Edge is the latest historical fiction novel from Canadian author Genevieve Graham. I've enjoyed her last two books and happily turned to the first page....

Graham takes us back to 1897 and the great rush for gold in the Klondike. At the heart of Graham's story are Liza and Ben. Liza and her family are shopkeepers. Liza's father has decided to sell his store in Vancouver and open a new one in Dawson City, Yukon. Ben has led a difficult life, but has found his calling at last as a Constable with the North-West Mounted Police.

I enjoy the varied settings of Graham's books. She has tackled a number of locales and eras, bringing to life pieces of Canadian history. I always learn something with each new novel. The sheer numbers of people who made their way to the gold fields and the difficulty they encountered making that journey makes for fascinating reading. I was also intrigued by the role the NWMP played in the North.

Against that backdrop we have two engaging lead characters. I must admit, my heart was with Liza. She's likable and oh so determined. The tragedies that befall her (how much can happen to one person!?) seem to only make her stronger. Ben has a clear, unerring sense of what is right and wrong. But he also has a temper that he struggles to keep under control. It's inevitable that their paths will cross......and they do. The path to true love is a bumpy one and the romance between the two is slow to burn - and it too suffers a number of tragic turns.

Graham excels at combining fact with fiction. Her books are informing and entertaining.

I turned the last page and sat and thought about those that did make the trip up through that unforgiving passage to what they hoped would be their fortune. History is fascinating and Graham easily combines fiction with fact. Her books are informing and entertaining. I look forward to her next book and piece of Canadian history. Here's an excerpt of At the Mountain's Edge.

"There are so many important stories in our past, and I plan to get to the core of as many as I can. I love to travel back in time and breathe life back into Canadian history, and I want to bring you with me."

You can connect with Genevieve Graham on her website, like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.