Heart on the Line

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Heart on the Line was written by Karen Witemeyer and published by Bethany House in 2017.

Witemeyer writes about doing what’s good for you and doing the right thing. Grace could have just handed over the books and be done with the whole business but she knew the right thing to do would be to hand them over to the proper authorities.

Grace Mallory is the telegraph operator at Harper’s Station. Some way or another she begins to talk to a fellow operator Mr. A. Their friendship is cut short when she receives a cryptic message: He knows where you are. Coming for you. Sorry.

Amos Bledsoe’s mother and sister think it’s high time he found a wife. His only escape from their perpetual pestering is the telegraph office where he talks to a Miss G. When he hears that she is in danger he rushes to her rescue. Little does he know what he’s getting himself into.

This book is set at Harper’s Station an all women community.

The climax of this book is when Grace realizes that Lockhart was the man who killed her father and that he would have no qualms about killing her and Amos too.

I liked this book. I thought it had a nice beginning and ending but the middle dragged on a little. I’m probably not going to be reading the rest of the series.

My Alien

My Alien was written by Robin Martin and published by Bennet Lane Press in 2016.

Martin writes about the conflict between doing what’s right and peer pressure. Zoe wanted to hang out with her friends at unsupervised parties and eat junk food but her alien pressured her to do what was right.

Zoe is the main character in this story. She had just broken into the popular group and started making headway with her crush when an alien decided to inhabit her. At first she tries as hard as she could to get rid of the alien but eventually they become friends.

Orion is the alias the alien adopts because Orion is his home constellation. I’m not going to talk too much about Rion because that would lead to major spoilers.

Jas is Zoe’s “best” friend. She’s the most popular girl in school so Zoe becomes popular by association. She’s not a very good friend though and with the help of Rion Zoe begins to realize that.

Harry has been friend with Zoe since kindergarten. Zoe always thought they were just friends but Harry wants to be more than that. Things get awkward between them quick.

The climax of this book was when Orion realized he would either have to leave Zoe for ever of stay a human.

I really enjoyed this book. The plot was cohesive and it left you on kind of a cliff-hanger that makes you want to read the next book. I would definitely recommend this book and am looking forward to the sequel.

Murder on the Orient Express

This book is set on the Orient Express.  A man named Rachett asks Poirot for his help> Poirot declines saying that he simply does not like Rachett’s face. The next day Rachett is found murdered. Everyone on the train has a good alibi. Who did it?

Name: Mary Debenham

Motive: None apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: Was overheard saying suspicious things Colonel Arbuthnot

 

Name:Princess Dragomiroff

Motive: None Apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: None that we know of

 

Name: Mrs. Hubbard

Motive: None Apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: A knife was found in her sponge bag. A handkerchief with the initial “H” was found in the Rachett’s compartment.

 

Name: Colonel Arbuthnot

Motive: None apparent

Suspiscious circumstances: Was overheard saying suspicious things to Mary Debenham. A pipe cleaner for his pipe was found in Rachett’s compartment.

 

Name: Countess Andreyi

Motive: None apparent

Suspicious circumstances: Grease spot on her passport. Handkerchief was found with her initial on it in Rachett’s compartment

 

Name: Greta Ohlsson

Motive: None apparent

Suspicious circumstances: None that we know of

 

Name: Antonio Foscarelli

Motive: None apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: Bouc doesn’t trust Italians.

 

Name: Hardman

Motive: None apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: None that we know of

 

Name: Hildegarde Schmidt

Motive: None apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: None that we know of

 

Name: Hector MacQueen

Motive: Anger against Rachett, his former employeer

Suspicious circumstances: None that we know of

 

Name: Count Andreyi

Motive: None apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: None

 

Name: Pierre Michel

Motive: None apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: Could’ve killed Rachett while everyone was asleep

 

 

 

 

Issaura’s Claws

Issaura’s Claws was written by Katharine E. Wibell and published by Phaesporia Press in 2016.

Wibell centers on racism in this story. She tells how the theriomorphs are oppressed by the humans and how, as a result, both groups don’t trust each other. She also tells how the two groups put aside there differences and work together to stop a new threat.

Lluava is the main character in this book. When the king announces a draft she volunteers to go not knowing that as a girl, she will not be trained to fight. She makes lots of friends and soon emerges as a prominent figure in the resistance against the raiders. Some people think that she is the descendant of Issaura, one of their gods.

Varren is Lluava’s partner in the war. That means that they help each other and they fight together. An unusual thing about this pairing is that Varren is the heir to the throne.

Chat is a boy who was sent to war because he was a theriomorph. On the way to the camps he meet Lluava and they become friends.

Rosalyn makes friends with Lluava after Lluava saved her life. She is content with her role as a nurse in the war and is actually very good at it.

This story is set in Theria a mythical world of humans and therians. At the time of this book, Theria is at war with the raiders.

There isn’t really a climax to this book since this whole book is filled with action and you’re always wondering: whats going to happen next?

I really enjoyed this book. It was well-written and had just the right amount of suspense. I would definitely  recommend it.

Lord Edgeware Dies

Jane Wilkinson brags about how much she would like to kill her husband. The next day he is dead and quite a few people testify that she was the last person to see him alive. But an equal amount of people if not more testify to her being at a dinner party during the time which the murder was committed. If Jane did not kill her husband then who did? And how do you explain that she was in two places at once?

Basically the two prime suspects for this story are Jane Wilkinson and Carlotta Adams. I’ll write both their bios and leave it to you to decide who did it.

Name: Jane Wilkinson

Motive: Wants to marry the Duke of Merton. Has bragged in the past about how she wants to get rid of her husband.

Suspicious Circumstances: People  say that she was the last person to see her husband alive.

Name: Carlotta Adams

Motive: None

Suspicious Circumstances: Can do a spot-on impression of Jane. A briefcase was found with makeup and a wig in it.

Peril at End House

So this is a bit of a different mystery so I’m just going to write the scenario.

Nick Buckley has narrowly escaped death three times. She believes that it was all just accidents but Poirot isn’t so sure. When Miss Buckley’s cousin gets killed the plot deepens further. Are the two culprits the same person or not?

I really enjoyed this book. I guessed who the culprit was at the beginning of the book but as the plot thickened I began to second-guess myself.  I would recommend this book too anyone who likes to read.

Threads of Suspicion

I received a free copy of this book from  the Bethany House bloggeer review program  in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson was published by Bethany House in 2017.

Henderson writes about two different yet similar conflicts. One is Maggie’s internal conflict where she struggles with accepting Jesus as her lord and savior. The other is Evie’s conflict where she struggles with her answer to Rob’s marriage proposal.

Evie Blackwell is a detective who is working on the Missing Person’s Task Force. She is currently investigating the case of a missing college student by the name of Jenna.

David is also working with the Missing Persons Task Force. He takes the case of Saul Morris, a private investigator. He and Evie help each other with their cases throughout the duration of this book.

Margaret May MacDonald is a famous singer. She is also David’s girlfriend. David and Evie believe that Maggie’s concert might have something to do with Jenna’s disappearance.

Jenna is the missing person that David and Evie are trying to find. When they interviewed people who knew Jenna they see two startlingly different view points. David and Evie have to figure out which viewpoint is closer to the truth.

This book is set in suburban Chicago. Most of the people there are very helpful and willing to be interviewed. Evie and David, with the help of God, have to figure out if all of the missing girl’s cases are linked or if it is just a coincidence.

I really enjoyed this book. I thought that it had the right amount of suspense and it didn’t drag on to long. I would 10/10 recommend this book.

The Mystery of the Blue Train

Ruth and Derek Kettering’s marriage is falling apart. Ruth is wrapped up in an affair with Comte de la Roche while Derek is seeing Mirelle an exotic dancer. Both secretly reserve spaces on the Blue Train for their own purposes without the knowledge of the other. While on this train. Ruth Kettering is killed. Valuable jewels from her compartment are taking making it look like just like another train robbery but Hercule Poirot is not so sure.

Name: Monsiuer le Marquis

Motive: Would want those jewels

Suspicious Circumstances: None

 

Name; Demetrius Papopolous

Motive: Would also want those jewels

Suspicious Circumstances: None

 

Name; Rufus Van Aldin

Motive: Wanted him away from his daughter, Ruth

Suspicious circumstances: None

 

Name: Major Richard Knighton

Motive: None Apparent

Suspicious circumstances: None

 

Name: Derek Kettering

Motive: Wanted Ruth out of the way so that he could be with Mirelle

Suspicious Circumstances: Was seen entering his wife’s compartment

 

Name: Mirelle

Motive: Wanted Ruth out of the way so that she could be with Derek

Suspicious Circumstances: Was on the same train as Ruth

 

Name: Katherine Grey

Motive: None

Suspicious Circumstances: Was on the same train as Ruth

 

Name: Ada Mason

Motive: None apparent

Suspicious Circumstances: None

 

Name:Comte Armand de la Roche

Motive: he wanted the jewels

Suspicious Circumstances: Ruth could have easily concealed him in her room not knowing that he planned to kill her.

 

The Screwtape Letters

mpbooks,

Last week I was reading The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis and I thought it would be a good idea to make this weeks review about it. The book was divided into a series of letters by a demon, Screwtape, to his nephew, Wormwood, Screwtape advises Wormwood on how to proceed with tempting his “patient”. I thought the book was very interesting and made you think. The most important thing is to remember that the letters are between demons and that everything Screwtape says you should do the opposite.

Maya Papaya

Julius Caesar

mpbooks: We have Maya Papaya stationed in Rome on the 15th of March. We are hoping that Caesar will pass this way on his way to the Senate. Over to you Maya.

Papaya: Yes I am here stationed where Caesar passes every day on his way to the Senate. He should be com…

Soothsayer: Beware the Ides of March!

Papaya: Excuse me?

Soothsayer: Beware the Ides of March!

(Soothsayer runs off)

Caesar: Was that guy bothering you?

Papaya: Uh, no, not really, he just kept on saying…

Caesar: Beware the Ides of March yeah, I know he was saying the same thing to me earlier. Not sure what he means by that. My wife had a scary dream about me being killed last night. Not sure what that means either. It’s probably not important.

Papaya: Probably. So where are you off too?

Casear: The Senate. Some guy who hates me told me to go there today and I  trust him explicity.

Papaya: Sounds legit. Bye! Have fun being crowned king!

Caesar: Thank you! I will!

Papaya: Well there seems no point in staying here any longer. Over to you mp…

(distant shouting and screaming)

Papaya: Wait a second. I’m going to see what’s going on.

(sees Antony n the distance)

Papaya: Antony! Mark Antony

(Antony sees Papaya and walks over)

Papaya: What’s wrong? What happened?

Antony: They killed him! One by one they stabbed him.

Papaya: Killed who?

Antony: Caesar! They murdered Caesar in cold blood! And now they might kill me too. Everyone knows we were friends.

Papaya: That’s awful.

Antony: I need to go back and pretend that I’m on their side if I want to live. But they  might kill me as soon as I step in the  door. I need to send someone to tell them  that I’m not angry with them. But who? You wouldn’t be interested would you?

Papaya: Am I interested in going into the midst of a bunch of murderers? Of course I am! Just tell me what to say.

Antony; Okay. Tell them that I’m upset about the murder of my friend but I’m willing to hear them out. I sent you because I was afraid. If they are willing to talk to me tall them to send you to me and I will come.

Papaya: Well it looks like I have a job! Over to you mpbooks.