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Madame Picasso

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Madame Picasso by Anne Girard

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) The mesmerizing and untold story of Eva Gouel, the unforgettable woman who stole the heart of the greatest artist of our time.

When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world.

A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can’t help but be drawn into his web. But what starts as a torrid affair soon evolves into what will become the first great love of Picasso’s life.

With sparkling insight and passion, Madame Picasso introduces us to a dazzling heroine, taking us from the salon of Gertrude Stein to the glamorous Moulin Rouge and inside the studio and heart of one of the most enigmatic and iconic artists of the twentieth century.

Simply put, this story is about Eva Gouel who was a French farm girl that moved to Paris pre-WWI. There she became a costume designer at the Moulin Rouge and became Picasso’s greatest love.

I admit that I don’t usually follow all the great artists but even I knew who Picasso was. But I know nothing anything about Eva Gouel and was hesitant to read this book. I’m so glad to have read this book. Eva is an amazing woman. I loved the descriptions of her life and seeing how she had doubts on her relationship with Pablo. You can tell that there has been a lot of research done on Eva’s life.

This is a wonderful book. It is a must read for everyone.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.

For more information or to purchase Madame Picasso be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

New Orleans Requiem

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New Orleans Requiem (Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn – 4) by DJ Donaldson

5 stars

(Excerpt from Amazon) It’s a bizarre case for Andy and Kit. A man is found in Jackson Square, stabbed, one eyelid removed and four Scrabble tiles with the letters KOJE on his chest. Soon, there’s a second victim, also stabbed and missing one eyelid, but this time with only three letters on his chest, KOJ. The pattern is unmistakable, but does it mean there will be two more victims and then the killer will go away, or is he leading up to something bigger and deadlier?

Broussard and Kit use their disciplines to profile the killer, but it soon becomes clear that the clues and objects they’ve found are part of a sick game that the killer is playing with Broussard; a game most likely engineered by one of the hundreds of attendees at the annual forensics meeting being held in New Orleans. Has Broussard finally met his match?

The story stars with the discovery of a man stabbed in the heart, his eyelids cut off, and a newspaper and Scrabble tiles on him. Although both Andy and Kit want to solve this murder before another happens, Andy is wrapped up in a forensic conference that he is hosting with Kits help. Also, Kit finds her dog poisoned and is hoping he will be ok.

As another victim is found, it is clear that the murderer has to be someone from the forensic convention. But who would kill both of these guys. Kit decides to research the Scrabble tiles and realizes that the numbers on them is what is important. But what does an old band that was part of a hospital team have to do with these killers.

I absolutely love DJ Donaldson’s books. You get sucked in right away and never seem to be able to guess the killer. All of the characters are realistic and I feel right there with them. The convention was a great way to hide the killer and The Heartbreakers was a really good twist.

If you love mysteries, you have to read this series. You don’t have to read them in order, each book is written like a stand alone novel. Now I can’t wait to read Sleeping with the Crawfish.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information or to purchase New Orleans Requiem be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

 

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty’s adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada’s Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska’s inside passage and Canada’s Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Kitty Hawk is a teenager that has her own plane and a plan to fly to Alaska to watch for humpback whales. But things don’t go as planned when she is kidnapped. Kitty gets involved with stolen gold and a sunken shipwreck. All throughout the story she uses her level head and thinks her way out of the difference situations she finds herself in.

I really liked Kitty. She has the respect and encouragement from her parents. She is out to follow her dreams when something doesn’t look right and she acts. Kitty is a strong character with her bravery and her intelligence. And how can you pass up all the history of Alaska and the gold mining. You can tell there was a lot of research that is informative without being a dry lecture.

I really got into this book and couldn’t believe it was all ready over. I will definitely be getting the second book and recommend this to kids and adults alike.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

For more information or to purchase Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold make sure to check out Amazon and Good Reads.

Blind Moon Alley

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Blind Moon Alley is the second book in the Jersey Leo series. This series is about an albino during the 20’s. He is an ex-champion boxer’s kid that makes his living bartending the Ink Well, a speakeasy. Blind Moon Alley is being released this week so make sure to get a copy of it or the first book in the series Sugar Pop Moon. It’s a great book that you don’t want to miss.

Blind Moon Alley ( Jersy Leo – 2) by John Florio

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) It’s Prohibition. It’s Philadelphia. And Jersey Leo doesn’t fit in.

Jersey is an albino of mixed race. Known as “Snowball” on the street, he tends bar at a speakeasy the locals call the Ink Well. There, he’s considered a hero for having saved the life of a young boy. But when his old grade school buddy, Aaron Garvey, calls from death row and asks for one last favor, all hell breaks loose.

Jersey finds himself running from a band of crooked cops, hiding an escaped convict in the Ink Well, and reuniting with his grammar school crush–the now sultry Myra Banks, who has shed a club foot and become a speakeasy siren. Through it all, Jersey tries to safeguard the Ink Well with no help other than his ragtag group of friends: his ex-boxing-champion father, Ernie Leo; the street-savvy Johalis; a dim-witted dockworker named Homer; and the dubious palm reader Madame Curio. With them, Jersey digs for the truth about his friend Aaron Garvey–and winds up discovering a few things about himself.

Jersey is an albino that runs a speakeasy. He is the recent newspaper star saving a kid, which he argues about being a hero. This leads a schoolyard friend giving him a call. Garvey used to stand up for Jersey when they were kids. They also used to hang around a girl with a club foot, Myra. Myra now owns a speakeasy where Garvey killed a cop. Garvey is calling to have his last meal with Jersey before being executed. He asks Jersey to stand up to a dirty cop that has been harassing Myra.

Jersey says he will think about it. Then the dirty cop shows up at the Ink Well demanding Garvey’s location and decides to make his point by putting a hurting on Jersey. Jersey gets sucked into the whole mess when he discovery Garvey in the basement of the speakeasy.

I haven’t read Sugar Pop Moon, but there was no reason to. There is a quick note about it but you get straight into the action of this book. Jersey is a great character, he has his flaws yet he is realistic. I felt like I was right there in the 20’s as he was talking about the different speakeasies and the events happening around him.

This is a great story that makes you feel right in the 20’s. It is one that I recommend for anyone that likes the noir stories.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Blind Moon Alley or the first book, Sugar Pop Moon, make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

Deadly Errors Giveaway

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This is a great book. You can find my review here. To celebrate the release of Deadly Odds there is a give away taking place during the month of August for a copy of Deadly Errors. Make sure to sign up.

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This is a great book. You can find my review here. To celebrate the release of Deadly Odds there is a give away taking place during the month of August for a copy of Deadly Errors. Make sure to sign up.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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This is a great book. You can find my review here. To celebrate the release of Deadly Odds there is a give away taking place during the month of August for a copy of Deadly Errors. Make sure to sign up.

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