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February 2019

Book Review: The Perfect Alibi by Phillip Margolin

Man! Oh man! It feels as if I’ve done nothing but read, review and have lackluster feelings about books in the mystery/thriller/suspense genre lately. Unfortunately, that’s not changing as I bring you a review of another lackluster book. Continue reading “Book Review: The Perfect Alibi by Phillip Margolin”

Book Review: Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Things You Save in a Fire is the second book I’ve read by Katherine Center. The books have filled me with such joy, adding Center to my must-read author list. Continue reading “Book Review: Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center”

Book Review: The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

An emotional mystery. I don’t believe I have ever used those words to describe a book in the mystery genre. Continue reading “Book Review: The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald”

Mini Reviews: Sidney Bell, Thea Harrison, & Shalini Boland


The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland is a suspense but I didn’t really care that much about the suspenseful parts? There were a bunch of twists and turns to the plot…and I found I just didn’t care that much. I felt myself skimming the closer I got to the end because I just wanted to know how it all turned out but I didn’t want to bother with the details. For me that’s pretty much the definition of a forgettable mystery. 3 stars.


Rough Trade by Sidney Bell is the conclusion to her trilogy and her m/m romantic suspense series. I cannot wait to see what else she writes! There isn’t a ton in the LGBTQIA+ romantic suspense area and it’s a category I enjoy quite a bit. Bell writes intense characters who have a lot of depth and layers to them. I had been dying to find out Ghost’s motivations for his actions and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. I’d highly recommend this whole series. 4.5 stars.


Lionheart by Thea Harrison is another conclusion to a series I’ve enjoyed – the Moonshadow trilogy. King Oberon has basically been frozen because of a mysterious illness and needs to be saved – enter Dr. Kathryn Shaw. I like Oberon but loved Kathryn because she was a fierce heroine not to be screwed with and that’s what I need from a heroine. Oberon reminded me too much of Dragos – which was probably intentional – but he was such an alpha and a predator I couldn’t stop seeing Dragos in him and wanted to see just Oberon. Even with that I still really loved this whole trilogy and this book. 4 stars. 35842999


Reviewer: Melinda

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Book Review + Blog Tour: The Military Wife by Laura Trentham

Welcome to Bookish Devices! We are excited to be today’s stop on the St. Martin’s Press blog tour for The Military Wife by Laura Trentham. Let’s jump right in with Jennifer’s thoughts on the book. Continue reading “Book Review + Blog Tour: The Military Wife by Laura Trentham”

Book Review: Best Family Ever by Karen Kingsbury & Tyler Russell

Fans of Karen Kingsbury’s Baxter Family can now introduce their kids to the best family ever. Continue reading “Book Review: Best Family Ever by Karen Kingsbury & Tyler Russell”

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