Jul 242014
 

Hott Synopsis:

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Who would believe it?

Di is in another untenable situation. She has no hope of winning now like she had no hope of escaping prison the first time she was in this house – will she make it out this time?

Stuck between the police, a cryptic plan, and vengeful step-children Di has nothing to do but to continue forward. But even pressing forward has a sentence.

Hott Review:

Neither the published nor my synopsis do the book justice. The was a thrilling book not in a physical way more of a stressful way.
What I liked: Loved it! Gold Digger was so deep it was gold! The characters, the plot, the mystery, the fear – it was all enthralling and wonderful. Don’t miss this!
What I didn’t like: The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the profanity. It was a bit excessive.

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Author: Frances Fyfield
Source: Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours
Grade: A
Ages: 18+ || Language
Steam: YA
Setting: England
Series: Diana Porteous #1

Read an excerpt:

‘Come on Thomas, come upstairs and look at the view,’ Di said. ‘Look at the clouds.”

She hugged him closer.

‘I’ll keep you warm,” she said. “Will you come with me? There’s this painting I want you to see. Thomas?”

The warmth of him, the glorious warmth was fading by the minute. She was sitting in his lap with her arms around him, cradling his head with its shock of thick white hair, talking into it, nuzzling it like a cat. She stroked his profile, a beak of a nose, the handsome, furrowed forehead suddenly smoothed and by that token, the very lift of his face, she knew he was dead. She had known the imminence of his death from the moment he came in, gave her the flowers and then sat in the chair and closed his bright blue eyes: she had known it for months of illness, and all the same, when it happened, it was incomprehensible. Because he was still warm, and she was realizing, slowly, slowly, that most of the warmth came from her.

She told herself not to be silly. He would wake up in a minute, give her the smile that lit him like a light from within and then he would start to teach, talk in rhymes or sing. Such a voice he had, such a lovely voice with a light rhythm, as if there was a song already in it.

‘It’ll be alright, she said to him. ‘Won’t it, love?’

There was no answer. She continued to speak, stroking his hair, still thick, but so much thinner than it had been. She straightened it with her fingers and touched his ears. Cold, but then the lobes of his ears were always cold, even when she breathed close.

‘A word in your shell-like, darling,’ she said, softly. ‘Do you know, you look just like a bird? All beak and chin, that’s you, not an ounce to spare. You’ve been on the wing long enough, you’re just tired, you are. You know what? That’s good. You’ve lost your voice, that’s all. But you can still hear, so you’ll know I’ll never say a bad thing about you, ever, because there’s nothing bad to say, and I don’t tell anyone anything ever. Any secret’s good with me. You know me, I’m good for that. Can’t talk, can’t tell secrets, except about what a good man you are. Mustn’t swear, you said, a waste of words, innit? Ok, Thomas? Shall we go upstairs and look at the view?

He lay, sprawled and twisted, his arm holding her because she had curled herself into him, and he made no response.
She began to cry, soaking his jumper. Then she got up and bound his knees with a blanket to keep him warm, backed away from him, got a drink and moved, lurching around her own house like a crippled ghost.

Frances Fyfield’s Bio:

Frances Fyfield“I grew up in rural Derbyshire, but my adult life has been spent mostly in London, with long intervals in Norfolk and Deal, all inspiring places. I was educated mostly in convent schools; then studied English and went on to qualify as a solicitor, working for what is now the Crown Prosecution Service, thus learning a bit about murder at second hand. Years later, writing became the real vocation, although the law and its ramifications still haunt me and inform many of my novels.

I’m a novelist, short story writer for magazines and radio, sometime Radio 4 contributor, (Front Row, Quote Unquote, Night Waves,) and presenter of Tales from the Stave. When I’m not working (which is as often as possible), I can be found in the nearest junk/charity shop or auction, looking for the kind of paintings which enhance my life. Otherwise, with a bit of luck, I’m relaxing by the sea with a bottle of wine and a friend or two.”-Frances Fyfield

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Jul 232014
 

Hott Synopsis:

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“A pirate named Hippolyte. A hidden treasure at a mission. An overnight field trip. A hunt for mission bells. This is awesome!”

When the Code Busters hear that their class is going on an overnight field trip to visit a local mission where it’s said that treasure is lost due to the pirate Hippolytede Bouchard their code breaking senses kick into overdrive.

If only they can keep Matt the Brat from ruining it for everyone!

Hott Review:

What I liked: The Mystery of the Pirate’s Treasure is perfect! I have a middle-grade trio around here – a daughter and two nieces – that have recently started their own detective agency. This is prefect. Not only is it adorable and GREATLY informative but’s it’s so much fun! This is the perfect book to add to their code-breaking skills!!
What I didn’t like: I’m going to have to buy three sets of these books & they’re not cheap!

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Author: Penny Warner
Source: Egmont USA via Netgalley
Grade: A
Ages: 9-12
Setting: California
Series: The Code Busters Club Case # 3
Coming Soon:
The Code Busters Club, Case #4:
The Mummy’s Curse

Author Bio:

Penny Warner is an award-winning author of over sixty books, including DEAD BODY LANGUAGE mystery series (Macavity winner), HOW TO HOST A KILLER PARTY series, and the upcoming Food Festival series. Her middle-grade mystery, THE CODE BUSTERS CLUB, won the Agatha Award for Best Children’s Mystery.

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Jul 222014
 

Goodreads Synopsis: Lace Crochet is a guide to crocheting with fine thread to produce beautiful and delicate lace designs. It covers the most popular styles of crochet lace – filet crochet, motifs and Irish crochet – in depth, including history, all the techniques you’ll need, traditional and modern patterns and practical projects, including framed lace [More...]

Jul 212014
 

Hott Synopsis: Twins Lily and Gabby Harper have about all of the nannies they can stand so their ecstatic to when they find a strange lady in their porch swing wearing a wedding dress. They know she’s the mother they’ve been begging to have. Now they only need to convince their daddy, Mason, and the [More...]

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