So Many Books to Review, So Little Time

So as I am sure you all know, it is easy to read a book. I can do it in no time at all.

But trying to squeeze in time to write a review? That is difficult. It never seems as if there is any time at all.

No time!

I was cleaning my room, and I had to move my stacks of to-review books and decided to show you all how much I have to add.

Yes that is eight stacks, eight stacks of books.

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A Duty to the Dead

So this year marks something very special. It is the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I.

In fact today is the very day it started for us Yankees. In honor of that, I decided to post a World War I mystery (even though it takes place in England and occurs before we jumped on board.

Oh well…

Before we start, I would just like to thank all those who served (whether alive or dead), thank you for serving your country and protecting it.

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A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford Mystery #1)

Bess is a nurse in WWI. She has encountered many wounded men, but no loss has affected her like one of her most recent patients. She actually fell in love with him and before he passed, and was given a message to deliver:

“Tell my brother Jonathan that I lied…I did it for Mother’s sake. But it has to be set right.”

After surviving a mined ship, Bess is given some time to recover from the incident and her injured arm. She decides this is the best time to travel and release the words given to her as the young soldier lay dying.

When Bess does deliver the news, none of the family seem to understand. Not Jonathan, his brother, mother, etc. Bess finds this odd, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

It turns out there is another brother, Peregine, one who has been placed in a psychiatric hospital for his insanity and for the murder he committed of a young girl years before.

But when he is sent to the family homestead to be cared for as he has become ill; Bess finds him to be not what she expected. In fact the opposite of the insane, stupid, beast that has been painted for her.

But then Peregine escapes from the asylum and follows Bess home. He holds her hostage in order to prove his innocence of the crime that occurred years ago.

Is he telling the truth?

Is Peregine telling the truth and is a wronged man? Or is Bess forced to follow the whim of a murderer.

I wonder…

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Thoughts After Reading:

Amazing! I couldn’t stop reading as I had to find out what happened next. Which brother did it? Is Peregine innocent or mad?

For more historical fiction mysteries, go to Paper Roses

For more retrograde mysteries, go to C is for Corpse

For more mysteries, go to Murder at Oklahoma

The Oath

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The Oath by Frank Peretti

Thoughts Before Reading:

I am a huge fan of Frank Peretti, and this book was just another in a long line of greats. I started reading it and couldn’t stop, it was phenomenal.

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Plot Synopsis:

Steven Benson heads to Hyde’s Peak to research what killed his younger brother Cliff.

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A biologist, specializing in bears, he at first believes it to be a rogue grizzly. That is until he catches the bear and finds no evidence that it killed his brother.

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In fact, when he sent the saliva found in the few remaining pieces of his brother, they discovered the attacker was reptilian.

WHAT!

WHAT!

Deeply intrigued, but in a town where all have taken an oath of silence, Steve is determined to find out who or what killed his brother.

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He teams up with the hot deputy, Tracey,

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and finds himself relying more and more on the town crank, Levi, a man convinced this beast or creature is not physical but spiritual.

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Thoughts After Reading:

This book was unbelievably amazing.

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I became so entranced with it:

Peretti is just a master!

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For more Christian mysteries, go to A Taste of Fame

For more not in a series mysteries, go to Death Comes to Pemberley

For more Bible Verses, go to The Harlot’s Tale