Review – After the Fire by Jane Casey

After the Fire by Jane Casey Maeve Kerrigan series Book #6
Available May 3, 2016 from Minotaur Books

After the Fire (Maeve Kerrigan #6) London police detective Maeve Kerrigan has spent plenty of time at Murchison House. One of the many cement high-rise towers comprising the Maudling Estate housing project, Murchison Tower is home to a motley mix of society. From domestic abuse victims and elderly widows with nowhere else to turn to its flourishing criminal elements, Maeve is familiar with many of its occupants by name or reputation. But when a fire breaks out at Murchison House that consumes the top floors and leaves three dead, Maeve and her colleagues are startled to learn the identity of one of the victims. Geoff Armstrong was a wealthy, notoriously right-wing London politician – the last person they’d expect to find in a place like the Maudling Estate. And things get even murkier when evidence surfaces indicating Armstrong was murdered before the fire broke out. Was his death connected to the fire? To the other deaths at Murchison Tower? And what was he doing there in the first place?

Genre: Mystery
My Rating: **** (4 stars)

This was the best police procedural that I have read in a long time. I sometimes have issues with procedurals bringing so many police officers into the investigation that I can’t keep track of who’s who. That’s not a problem in After the Fire! Even with an entire department full of characters to keep track of, plus the residents of the burned out high rise, there was never any problem keeping people straight. Each individual in the story was just that – individual – which made them all memorable and the story easy to follow. That doesn’t mean that it was easy to guess what was going on or who was doing what, however. Once I got started, I didn’t want to put the book down until I reached the end. It was fast paced, suspenseful, and occasionally shocking. If you’re a mystery fan, I highly recommend this one, whether or not you have read any of the other Maeve Kerrigan novels. I have to thank Minotaur Press for introducing me to another “always-buy” author for my list!

NOTE: I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review. All thought and opinions are my own.

Interview with Denison Hatch, Author of Flash Crash

 David Belov, a quant programmer working for an investment bank in New York, is blackmailed into writing an algorithm that will intentionally crash the gold market.

David discovers that his virtual “Flash Crash” was simply a required stepping stone towards the largest physical gold robbery in history, and that’s he’s been framed for the resulting chaos, the lives of his beloved wife and son on the balance . . .

With Detective Jake Rivett and the NYPD’s finest operators from the Major Crimes Division actively seeking to locate and arrest David, and other, darker elements nipping at his heels, David is forced to confront his own past in order to have a future. 

Flash Crash’s Amazon Page:

Please join me in welcoming Denison Hatch to The Book’s the Thing. Denison is the author of the recently released thriller Flash Crash, and has taken the time to answer a few questions for us. Sounds like Denison and I have very similar tastes in literature, so I’m really looking forward to reading and reviewing his book!

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Silence of the Lamps – Blog Tour / Review / Giveaway (ENDED)

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Silence of the Lamps by Karen Rose Smith
Available 4/26/2016 from Kensington


Business has never been better for home stager Caprice De Luca, but her personal life could stand a few renovations. Just when she thought things were getting serious with her boyfriend Grant, his pretty ex-wife swoops into town and nabs his attention. Uncle Dom is living with her parents and desperately needs a new job. And her sister Nikki’s catering business is threatened when rival Drew Pierson starts eating away at her share of the market. Things could not possibly get more chaotic when Drew is found bludgeoned to death by one of his grandmother’s antique Tiffany lamps–and Nikki is the number one suspect. Now, Caprice must act fast to illuminate the truth and clear her sister’s name–before a cold-blooded killer puts her lights out next.


Silence of the Lamps is book #5 in the Caprice De Luca mystery series, and while previous cases are mentioned, you do not need to have read the earlier books in the series to enjoy this one. The interaction between Caprice and her sisters is so realistic you almost feel like part of the family while reading the story. And when one of her sisters is the prime suspect in a murder investigation, how can Caprice stay out of it? The more she asks around, the more she finds that her sister Nikki was far from Drew’s only enemy. With lots of clues to keep you guessing at the identity of the murderer, this was a fast paced, fun read.

Enter to win a set of Caprice De Luca Mysteries for your own or an Amazon gift card in the Rafflecopter Giveaway! (ENDED)

About the Author
karen rose smith Karen is an animal lover and especially a cat lover. She and her husband are cat parents to four rescued felines—London (15), Zoie Joy (4), Halo (?), and Miss Paddington (Paddy) who is growing out of kittenhood. If you’d like to read about Karen’s fur babies and care for strays, follow her on Facebook and/or sign up for her newsletter IN TOUCH.

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Tour Participants

April 25 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW
April 25 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW
April 26 – Classy Cheapskate – REVIEW
April 26 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW
April 27 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
April 28 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW
April 28 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW
April 29 – A Date with a Book – REVIEW
April 29 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT
April 30 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW
April 30 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
May 1 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW
May 1 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW
May 2 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW
May 2 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

NOTE: I was provided with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. All thought are my own.

Audiobook Review – Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Listening Library presents Grimm’s Fairy Tales (on sale 5/10/16)

Genre: Fantasy / Children’s Stories
My Rating: ***** (5 stars)


I was fortunate enough to get an advanced listen to this newly produced collection of Grimm’s fairy tales. (These are the original tales, full of violence and betrayal, and not suitable for very young children.) Full of favorite tales like Cinderella and Rapunzel, along with several lesser-known stories, and with such a spectacular cast of narrators, this audio collection is a treasure! I recognized most of the readers’ names, and even more of the voices in this collection. Jim Dale reading Rumpelstiltskin was a real treat, and there isn’t one bad narrator in the bunch. If you are a fan of fairy tales, or have a pre-teen or young adult reader at home who might be, don’t miss this one.

Rapunzel, read by Katherine Kellgren
The Six Swans, read by Davina Porter
Cinderella, read by January LaVoy
The Twelve Huntsmen, read by Dion Graham
Little Red-Cap, read by Simon Vance
The Goose-Girl, read by Edoardo Ballerini
Little Briar-Rose, read by Grover Gardner
Sweet Porridge, read by Jayne Entwistle
Little Snow-White, read by Kate Rudd
The Golden Goose, read by Luke Daniels
Rumplestiltskin, read by Jim Dale
Eve’s Various Children, read by Roy Dotrice
Snow-White and Rose-Red, read by Julia Whelan
The Elves, read by Bahni Turpin
A Riddling Tale, read by Janis Ian
The Twelve Brothers, read by Graeme Malcolm
The Sea-Hare, read by Mark Bramhall
The Frog-King
, or Iron Henry, read by Kirby Heyborne
The White Snake, narrated by Scott Brick
Hansel and Gretel, read by Robin Miles
The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces, read by Alfred Molina


NOTE: I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All comments and opinions are my own.

Ten Books to Make You Laugh

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten list prompt. This week’s prompt is… Ten Books To Make You Laugh. This one is a challenge for me! I don’t usually read humor. I just looked at my Goodreads shelves and there are a whopping 7 books classified as humor. And 2 of those are Grumpy cat books! 🙂 Well, let’s see what I can do…

Don’t forget to leave me a link to your own post in the comments, or suggest a humorous book that you’ve enjoyed.

10. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
The Library at Mount Char
Not at all a comedy (dark fantasy / horror), but there is a scene with Steve and the lions that had me laughing out loud…

3. Most any Grumpy Cat book

The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations from Grumpy Cat
Maybe they aren’t roll-on-the-floor hilarious, but they make me chuckle.

2. I Work Better With an Audience: Thoughts on Life, Love, Food and Jiggly Bits by Jennifer Inglis
I Work Better With An Audience: Thoughts on Life, Love, Food and Jiggly Bits
A humorous collection of stories / essays. As the author says, “Come along for the ride. There will be snacks.”

1. Cake Wrecks by Jen Yates (Kindle Edition)
From the creator of – an ebook full of cakes that have gone terribly awry.


So, did I pull it off, or did you notice that my list goes from #10 straight to #4? That’s all I have for this week! I hope someone has some good humorous suggestions for me. 🙂


Reading Up a Storm by Eva Gates – WAYRW


What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. To participate, open the book you are currently reading to page 34 (or 34% in your ebook) and answer these three questions.

The Questions are:
1. What’s the name of your current read?

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a complete sentence. (or two!)

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

Now for my answers this week…

1. Reading Up a Storm by Eva Gates (Read my recent interview with her here)
Reading Up a Storm (Lighthouse Library Mystery #3)
Lighthouse Library Mystery #3

2. “Forgot about the differences between common sense an a darn fool, sounds like,” Josie whispered to me. I kept my face impassive. That they could have been killed, and that the coast guard rescuing them were putting themselves in danger, seemed not to matter to Marlene.

3. Cheating a little – I already answered this question when I featured Booked for Trouble (book # 2) on WAYRW! My answer then – “Definitely – the Bodie Island Lighthouse sounds like a beautiful place to work (and live).” I still agree with that assessment.


Ten Books for Chocoholics

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten list prompt. This week’s prompt is… Top Ten Books Every (fill in the blank) should read. Since I’m in the mood for chocolate, I’ve decided to fill in the blank with chocoholics! The list is mostly fiction, but there are a few non-fiction titles I’ve enjoyed that are included here as well.

Don’t forget to leave me a link to your own post if you have one, or mention your own favorite chocolate-related title in the comments!


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Rest in Peach by Susan Furlong

Rest in Peach (Georgia Peach Mystery #2) The annual Peach Cotillion, Cays Mill, Georgia’s biggest event, is fast approaching and Nola Mae Harper is just as excited as the rest of the town—even though she’s busy juggling both the cotillion dinner and the grand opening of her new shop, Peachy Keen. But she never expected that plans for the cotillion would end up in the pits because of the cutthroat competition between local debutantes.
When Vivien Crenshaw, insufferable church organist and despised mother of the town’s spoiled-rotten Peach Queen, is stabbed to death, the police turn to Nola’s friend Ginny as prime suspect. Apparently the two had fought over a one-of-a-kind cotillion gown. As Nola steps in to prove Ginny’s innocence she soon finds herself picking through a bushel of suspects, twice as many motives, and at the mercy of a killer all too keen on killing again.

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Georgia Peach Mysteries, Book #2
My Rating: **** (4 stars)


What a sweet treat! This was my first Georgia Peach mystery, and I really enjoyed it. The story and the setting just ooze southern charm. Nola Mae Harper is working hard to get her Peachy Keen shop ready to open on time when a murder occurs in town, and her best friend is the prime suspect. She knows the safe thing to do is to stay out of police business, but will the sheriff really look any farther with such a convenient suspect at hand? When it seems that she won’t, Nola and her group of friends get together to try save Ginny’s reputation, the Peach Cotillion, and a romantic relationship or two.

Nola, Hattie, and Ginny are an engaging group of friends with very individual, believable personalities, and there were enough suspects and clues in this mystery to keep me guessing right up to the end.

This is book #2 in the series. While I think it might have been nice to know a little more about Nola’s first case, since she refers to it occasionally during the story, you don’t need to have read book #1 to enjoy this one.


NOTE: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

What Are You Reading (and listening to) Wednesday


What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. To participate, open the book you are currently reading to page 34 (or 34% in your ebook) and answer these three questions.

The Questions are:
1. What’s the name of your current read?

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a complete sentence. (or two!)

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

I’m going to give you double the answers this week…one book I’m reading, and the 2nd is the audiobook I’m currently listening to while commuting.

I’m Reading:

1. Rest in Peach by Susan Furlong
Rest in Peach (Georgia Peach Mystery #2)

2. Sorry, left my book at home today without getting my quote from page 34, so here’s something from another page….

“She just called her a backstabbing snob, that’s all. That’s not the same as threatening to stab someone”.

3. I think I would like to visit Georgia, especially during peach season, but the times I’ve visited it’s been a little too humid for me to want to live there.

I’m Listening to:

1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

2. Again, no quote form page 34….since it’s an audiobook, I’ll have to give you a random quote (or three). These do a decent job of illustrating the protagonist’s thought process.

Metaphors are lies.

I find people confusing.

And then I thought that I had to be like Sherlock Holmes and detach my mind at will to a remarkable degree so that I did not notice how much it was hurting inside my head.

3. This story takes place in what feels like a typical small town, but seeing it through Christopher’s eyes, I’m not sure I’d want to live there. I can’t even put my finger on the reason why, but the place makes me feel a little uneasy.

How about you? What are you reading (or listening to) this week?



Ten Great Bookish Instagram Accounts

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten list prompt. This week’s prompt is… Ten Bookish People to Follow on Social Media. I have a separate Instagram account (@booksthething if you’d like to follow me!) for my blog, so here are 10 bookish accounts that I enjoy.

Be sure to leave me a link to your own post if you have one!

10. Shelf Obsessed

9. Bookish Pretties

8. Bookwormaniac

7. Readbooks

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Well said 🙂

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6. Paper Journeys

5. The Book Meadow

4. American Antiquarian Society

3. Crime of Rhyme

2. Paperfury

2. Maes Larson – when you just need to look at beautiful book photos!

Are you on Instagram? If so, leave your handle in the comments below if you’d like a follow!