#BookReview: Brew or Die by Caroline Fardig

brew or dieSummary:

Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Her best friend, Pete Bennett, doesn’t worry that her detective work might interfere with her full-time job running his coffeehouse, Java Jive. He just wishes she would spend her free time rejoining the local music scene instead of tailing cheating spouses. But when one of Java Jive’s baristas, Shane, asks Juliet to look into the suspicious death of his fiancée, Pete encourages her to plow full steam ahead.

Since his fiancée died on the job, Shane suspects that her party-planning colleagues are up to something criminal—and will do anything to keep it quiet. After Juliet recruits Pete to go undercover with her at a wedding showcase, she discovers that white lace and black satin have a way of hiding big, fat secrets.

If that weren’t enough to fill her plate, her latest P.I. job has her crossing paths with her ex, Detective Ryder Hamilton. They’re barely on speaking terms, but to solve the case, they might have to cooperate. No matter where Juliet goes, she’s brewing up trouble.

Review:

Caroline Fardig writes fun, interesting and light-hearted mysteries, and I always look forward to her novels. We now follow Juliet Langley, new Private Investigator in Nashville, and the cases she takes on. There is a lot going on in here, with murders, romance, undercover jobs, but it was still a fast-paced read and kept my interest throughout. The ending did surprise me a bit actually, so I’m really hoping we get another book to follow up on that cliff hanger-like ending! If you like light-hearted and easy to read mysteries, check out Brew or Die!

4 stars

Author Interview: Sherill Turner

sherill turnerCan you describe Him Downstairs in a tweet (140 characters or less)?

 

Him Downstairs is a relatable tale of the hilarity, heartbreak and healing of a woman trying to navigate life and love in the 21st century.

 

What are you currently reading?

 

I usually have a few books on the go! In paperback, I’m reading James Joyce’s Dubliners. It’s melancholy and beautiful, so to cheer me up in between the short stories, I switch to Kindle and read more of Footloose & Fearless @ Fifty+: a solo woman’s journey through the Americas by Denise O’Leary.

 

Do you experience writers block? Any tips on overcoming it?

 

Whenever I experience writers block, it’s usually because of too much plotting and planning. I find stepping away from the laptop and going for a walk helps. I also try to think about what a character might do next on a moment by moment basis, instead of trying to decide where they end up and filling in how they get there.

 

Where do you complete most of your writing? Any certain time of day that you prefer?

 

I used to produce audiobooks from my home studio, which is fun, but lonely work and so I really like going out and having the buzz of other people around me to write. Coffee shops and the library are great – especially the gorgeous Stephen A. Schwarzman library in New York. The reading rooms are like a Harry Potter set! I like writing at all times of the day, just so long as my stomach isn’t growling!

 

Are you currently working on another novel?

 

I’m currently working on the audiobook of Him Downstairs and wondering why on earth I made one of the characters Welsh! Once I’ve tackled that, I’ll get cracking on the next novel, which is swirling around my head!

him downstiairsABOUT HIM DOWNSTAIRS

How do you get over someone who lives under you?

Life for Lucy Jenkins is going OK … ish. Yes, she’s thirty-three, single, and has had to work as a waitress and children’s party entertainer since her social worker salary suffered from budget cuts, but she stays positive and manages to pay the mortgage on her flat. Her home is her sanctuary – until Tom moves in downstairs. Lucy and Tom quickly fall in love and into a serious relationship, which is complicated by Tom’s recent separation from his wife, who he has two young sons with.

Lucy is heartbroken when Tom breaks up with her, saying that something has to give in his busy life. Encouraged/coerced/badgered by her friends into getting ‘back on that horse’, Lucy finds herself at a tacky Singles Night; dating Danny, a Justin Timberlake impersonator; and attempting a rendezvous with her ‘special friend’. Lucy’s quest to move on from Tom would be a whole lot easier if she didn’t have to hear everything he does.

After all, how on earth do you get over someone when you can hear them peeing?

#BookReview: The Widow of Wall Street by Randy Susan Meyers

widowofwallstreetSummary:

A provocative new novel by bestselling author Randy Susan Meyers about the seemingly blind love of a wife for her husband as he conquers Wall Street, and her extraordinary, perhaps foolish, loyalty during his precipitous fall.

Phoebe recognizes fire in Jake Pierce’s belly from the moment they meet as teenagers. As he creates a financial dynasty, she trusts him without hesitation—unaware his hunger for success hides a dark talent for deception.

When Phoebe learns her husband’s triumph and vast reach rests on an elaborate Ponzi scheme her world unravels. As Jake’s crime is uncovered, the world obsesses about Phoebe. Did she know her life was fabricated by fraud? Was she his accomplice?

While Jake is trapped in the web of his deceit, Phoebe is caught in an unbearable choice. Her children refuse to see her if she remains at their father’s side, but abandoning him feels cruel and impossible.

From penthouse to prison, with tragic consequences rippling well beyond Wall Street, Randy Susan Meyers’s latest novel exposes a woman struggling to survive and then redefine her life as her world crumbles.

Review:

Oh boy oh boy. This novel was quite the intriguing, thought-provoking and intense read. We got to really know both Phoebe and Jake extremely well, be privy to their inner most thoughts, and watch them grow from children really to adults. This book was long and took me several days to finish even when I would have marathon sessions with it, and is probably my only critique of this story. There were a handful of scenes that maybe could have been cut or condensed so the story wasn’t to the length it was, but while it was something that bothered me, it was slight. It was quite interesting to get to know two characters so well and watch how they lived their lives, what made them tick, their mistakes, their triumphs. There is a lot of finance talk, investments, stocks, etc, that I don’t know a lot about myself, but never once during those scenes did I feel lost or bored. I feel like I have so much I could say in this book review because again, we got quite the story here that carries us through decades, but overall, I would say read this book. It was too interesting to put down my Kindle after just reading a chapter…or two. It had me telling my friends “well, listen to what I’m reading about!” and us discussing how we would handle certain situations. And even though I finished this story five days ago, I’m still thinking about Phoebe. About Jake. And about The Widow of Wall Street.

4.5 stars