Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore with recent reviews for authors on the shelves. The first author with a recent review is Victoria Zigler whose animal stories are also in audio including Yua and The Great Wizard Hunt
About the book
When Yua the talking West Highland White Terrier fails to stop his master, Gwydion, from being wizardnapped, there’s nobody to help him look for his lost wizard. That is, until he meets Lattie; a small girl with a big heart, and a secret she didn’t even know she had.
Why was Gwydion wizardnapped? What is Lattie’s secret? Most importantly: can a small dog and a little girl answer these questions and rescue a wizard all by themselves?
Note: This book may not be suitable for younger readers.
One of the recent reviews for the book.
This is an entertaining story for children. Yua is a small white dog who belonged to a wizard who wanted a companion and gave him the power of speech. Unfortunately, after a short while he became bored with Yua’s conversation and threw poor Yua out onto the street where he is left to forage for himself. Yua is discovered, cold and starving, in a ditch by a kindly wizard, Gwydion, who takes him into his home and adopts him as his own.
Gwydion soon discovers that Yua can speak and is happy to have him as his companion, but not long after Yua’s arrival, Gwydion is kidnapped by some tough men who break into his book shop. Yua doesn’t know what to do until a little girl, Lattie, comes along to the book shop and, together, they discover some interesting information about Lattie and her own magical abilities. Lattie and Yua formulate a plan to help rescue Gwydion from his kidnappers and, along the way, they make some discoveries about Lattie’s own family background and why her mother disappeared and never returned for her.
Gwydion is a lovely, kindly man and you can’t help but to love his character and Yua is also a resourceful and entertaining character who will delight children. Lattie is a sweet girl but she does exhibit a rather vengeful side of herself at the end which could be upsetting for sensitive children.
Read the reviews and buy the book in all formats: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Wizard-Hunt-Victoria-Zigler-ebook/dp/B07L3CK1QQ
A very small selection of other books by Victoria Zigler
You can download all the other print and audio books from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victoria-Zigler/e/B00BHS9DQ6
and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Victoria-Zigler/e/B00BHS9DQ6
Victoria has a great many reviews on Goodreads and I suggest that you head there first to read: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5852247.Victoria_Zigler
Connect to Victoria via her website: http://www.zigler.co.uk/
The next author receiving great reviews is Sue Coletta for her latest release in April, Silent Mayhem (The Mayhem Series)
About the book
Some things in life defy comprehension, but that doesn’t make them any less real. Or deadly.
When a familiar crow drops a cryptic scroll at Shawnee Daniels’ feet, she’s compelled to open it, even though everything in her power warns her not to. Mr. Mayhem—the most prolific serial killer the North Shore has ever known—claims her life is in danger. He “claims” he wants to help her, but just last year he threatened to murder everyone she loves.
While Mayhem taunts her with oddly-placed feathers, like The Creator left at his crime scenes, an interstate killing spree rocks Massachusetts and New Hampshire. A madman is decapitating men and women, dumping their headless corpses on two area beaches. But what Shawnee soon uncovers shatters all she’s ever known, her memories shredded, the whispers of the past in shambles on the ground.
Can she find the strength to move forward, or will the truth destroy her?
One of the recent reviews for the book
OMG!!!!! Mr Mayhem is one of the best villains, serial killer, ever! Is it possible to love a villain for his goodness, while hating him for his badness? And the crows…do they seek revenge when slighted?
Shawnee is a fabulous character. If I am ever in trouble, I want her at my side. I love that Levaughn, her cop boyfriend accepts her with all her foibles. I worry for her friends and family, afraid Mr Mayhem or Poe will seek retribution for perceived wrongs.
Sue Coletta pens some of the best stories and is at the top of my reading list, one of my go to authors. Her writing shines with the research and details included in her work. I love the use of the crows and the Indian folklore. Her writing speaks to me and I respond with delight.
I kept putting the book down, because I didn’t want to finish it. I wanted to savor each word, letting my mind mull over what would happen next. Loaded with surprises, Sue Coletta’s imagination knows no bounds and I marvel at how her mind works. Read her biography and you will see how she manages to cover the subject matter, serial killers, so well.
Bring on the next one…soon, please.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PNK7SL6
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silent-Mayhem-3-Sue-Coletta-ebook/dp/B07PNK7SL6
A selection of books by Sue Coletta
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Sue-Coletta/e/B015OYK5HO
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sue-Coletta/e/B015OYK5HO
Read more reviews and follow Sue on Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14078869.Sue_Coletta
Connect to Sue via her website/blog: www.suecoletta.com
Another author celebrating great reviews for her latest release is Amy M. Reade for Trudy’s Diary (Libraries of the World Mysteries Book 1)
About the book
Daisy Carruthers moved to Washington, DC, from New York City following an emotionally draining murder investigation, little knowing she would soon be involved in two more. But when her boss and her best friend come under suspicion for killing two adulterous lovers, Daisy has no choice but to help when they ask.
And when she comes across a diary and an old dime novel with suspiciously similar stories and unknown origins, she knows all the mysteries are somehow connected.
Can she figure out the identity of the killer–or killers–before it’s too late?
One of the recent reviews for the book
SD A MYSTERY WITHIN A MYSTERY May 4, 2019
I enjoyed the way the author slowly pulls the reader into this story, beginning with one crime and intimating at others. Is the protagonist really a victim of circumstances or was she involved in her fiance’s death? That question remained at the back of my mind, skillfully planted by Ms. Reade, as I made my way through the book. I especially enjoyed the mystery within a mystery and how the author wove these components throughout the novel. Congratulations to Ms. Reade on a successful mystery that kept me reading long into the night!
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Trudys-Diary-Libraries-World-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07PRWDBHD
Also by Amy Reade
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2
Read more reviews and follow Amy on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8189243.Amy_M_Reade
Connect to Amy via her website: https://www.amymreade.com/
Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you are leaving with some books under your arm.. thanks Sally.