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Trust Me by Hank Phillippi @HankPRyan #bookbestietrustme #bookreview

Happy hump day book lovers!

Thrilled to share my review for this thriller with you today! This was a group read with my BOOK BESTIES and it definitely encourage a lively discussion!💕❄️💕

Trust Me by Hank Philippi Ryan

My Thoughts

This book was a little quart room drama, a little psychological thriller, a little mystery, and a lot intriguing!

This book will leave you bewildered and unsettled and not knowing which way is up! A book about motherhood, tragedy, justice, and hope…. Astoria filled with lies, deception, terrible truths, and redemption… A book that will anger you, frustrate you, and leave you reeling….

Ripped from the headlines, Ashlyn is accused of killing her three-year-old daughter Tasha Nicole… Mercer is a journalist who is grieving the death of her husband and young daughter Sophia…. Mercer takes a job to write a true crime story about Ashlyn and so the threads of these women’s lives begin to tangle… The blurb to the story is short and sweet, so I will stop here with the plot….

Mercer is a likable and sympathetic character whose grief is palpable…Ashlyn on the other hand is unlikable, unsympathetic, and cold as ice…. but as much as I disliked her she was extremely well drawn… The ultimate unreliable narrator, because I don’t think a true word ever came out of her mouth…. A liar like no other, and she was really good at it, half the time I was convinced of her stories…. and to be honest I’m still not sure what the truth is! The girl twisted everything and I mean everything, she turned Mercer and me upside down and inside out and every other direction…. what a brilliantly deceitful character that made this book so very compelling! A book that will hold your attention from first page to last and leave you satisfied…
Absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys a thriller filled with complex characters and plenty of twists!

*** many thanks to the author for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

An accused killer insists she’s innocent of a heinous murder.

A grieving journalist surfaces from the wreckage of her shattered life.

Their unlikely alliance leads to a dangerous cat and mouse game that will leave you breathless.

Who can you trust when you can’t trust yourself?

Trust Me


The Besties

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Mackenzie @ PhDiva


Book friends are the best friends! Berit☀️✨

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My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren @ChristinaLauren @GalleryBooks #6bookbestiesmyfavoritehalfnightstand #bookreview #pubday

Happy Tuesday book friends!

Excited to celebrate publication day for this wonderful romcom! This was a group read with my BOOK BESTIES and we all fell in love with this charming story!💕

My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren

My Thoughts

BOOM!Christina Lauren did it again!!!

I’ve read three books from this writing duo this year, and all three got a huge five stars from me! Christina Lauren has a way of creating the most wonderful and lovable characters that you just cannot get enough of… layer that with humor and exceptional dialogue/banter and then top it off with Bromance, and how can anyone resist? Seriously, I see most of my thriller loving I don’t read romance friends giving this book 5 stars! I think Christina Lauren is going to turn everyone into a Bromance reader… they really have a gift for creating a story that almost everyone can relate to, a story that makes you feel good and puts a big smile on your face!

This is a delightful friends to lovers romance, my favorite trope! Millie is the only girl in a close group of friends, all professors at UCSB…. they all work hard, play hard, and party hard, but none of them have been terribly successful in the relationship department…. with an impending event where they need to take a date the group decides to signed up for an online dating site…. millie is close to all the guys but she is closest of all to Reid… so what’s going to happen after they have one night of friends with benefits, one half night stand? To top that off after their indiscretion “Catherine” Millie’s alter ego on the dating site is a 98% match with Reid…. so can best friends become lovers?Or maybe the better question is can Milly open herself up enough to be loved?

Love Milly I loved her sass and her sarcasm and her quiet strength… but in a rare turn of events I related to Reid more than Millie… he was emotional an open and really wanted someone to share themselves completely with him, I could see why Millie would drive him a bit crazy, because she would drive me crazy too! The rest of the gang Kris, Ed, and Alex were all fantastic characters and I am hoping that this is not the last time we see these characters, I would love a HEA in each of their futures! And my review would not be complete if I did not give a shout out to Reid’s fantastic parents! Wow there were just so many amazing characters in this book and so much going on, I just absolutely loved it! Please do yourself a favor and read this!

Absolutely recommend to anyone with a heartbeat!💗

*** many thanks to Gallery for my copy of this most amazing book ***

About the Book

By the New York Times bestselling author who “hilariously depicts modern dating” (Us Weekly), My Favorite Half-Night Stand is a laugh-out-loud romp through online dating and its many, many fails.

Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s a female-serial-killer expert who’s quick with a deflection joke and terrible at getting personal. And she, just like her four best guy friends and fellow professors, is perma-single.

So when a routine university function turns into a black tie gala, Mille and her circle make a pact that they’ll join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the event. There’s only one hitch: after making the pact, Millie and one of the guys, Reid Campbell, secretly spend the sexiest half-night of their lives together, but mutually decide the friendship would be better off strictly platonic.

But online dating isn’t for the faint of heart. While the guys are inundated with quality matches and potential dates, Millie’s first profile attempt garners nothing but dick pics and creepers. Enter “Catherine”—Millie’s fictional profile persona, in whose make-believe shoes she can be more vulnerable than she’s ever been in person. Soon “Catherine” and Reid strike up a digital pen-pal-ship…but Millie can’t resist temptation in real life, either. Soon, Millie will have to face her worst fear—intimacy—or risk losing her best friend, forever.

Perfect for fans of Roxanne and She’s the Man, Christina Lauren’s latest romantic comedy is full of mistaken identities, hijinks, and a classic love story with a modern twist. Funny and fresh, you’ll want to swipe right on My Favorite Half-Night Stand


The Besties

Melisa @ The Book Collective

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Mackenzie @ PhDiva


💕 be sure to check out all of their reviews they’re all spectacular! So much love for this book!💕

Book friends are the best friends! Berit

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One Day in December by Josie Silver @JosieSilver_ #6bookbestiesonedayindecember #6bookbestieapproved #bookreview

Happy Tuesday bibliophiles!

So excited to share with you today this beautiful love story that is definitely making my favorites of 2018 list! We were all so Bari lucky that Jennifer was offered this book from Goodreads and the publisher to read with her book Besties💕💕💕 such a beautiful story to get to share, read, and discuss together!😍

One Day in December by Josie Silver

My Thoughts

LOOOVED IT!!! Every page, every sentence, every word, every letter!!!

In case you cannot tell I have fallen head over heels in love with this book! It has earned a place on my fave shelf and is absolutely one of my top five reeds of 2018… such a beautiful story, so full of love and heart…. this is an epic love story spanning an entire decade… a story with all the feels, you will laugh, you will cry, you will smile, you will shake your head, you will fall in love… this book will break your heart over and over again and then fill it back up with love just as many times! Simply put it was MAGICAL!

Laurie doesn’t believe in love at first sight until she glimpses a boy at the bus stop…Laurie was such a wonderful character so well developed, I felt as though I would know her if she were walking down the street… adored her friendship with Sarah, one of my absolute favorite parts of this book… such a positive realistic portrayal of what a female friendships should be…. of course they have their ups and downs, but at the end of the day they were always there for one another…. all three of the main characters in this book Laurie, Sarah, and Jack were well drawn likable characters that you definitely could relate to…

Told from alternating points of view… we got the insights and perceptions of both Laurie and Jack threwout the decade… The book was structured brilliantly you never were confused as to who was narrating and what year it was… in fact the entire book is told linearly, there was no jumping around kind of nice for a change….

I absolutely recommend this stunning story to everyone with a heart! A wonderful Christmas read!

This was a group read with my Book Besties… Jennifer was approached by Goodreads and the publisher with this book and just as a true friend does she included all of us! How appropriate for a group of friends to read a story with such a tremendous focus on friendship… we had a wonderful discussion, we were all captivated by this story! We also thought it would make a fantastic movies, we even casted it… I thought I’d share our choices with you all!

Laurie we thought should be played bye Shailene Woodley, Sarah played by Jennifer Lawrence, and Jack buy either Liam Hemsworth or Zac Efron… have you read this? What do you think?

*** huge thanks to Goodreads, Crown Publishing, and Jennifer for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

A love story about what happens after you meet, or rather, don’t meet the one.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness. 


The Besties

Be sure to check out all the Bestie’s reviews we all absolutely fell head over heels in love with this book!💕💕💕

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Be sure to check out Kendall and Melisa’s reviews on Goodreads!

Book friends are the best friends! Berit☀️✨

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The World Breaks Everyone by Lauren Clark @lauramcneillbks #6bookbestiesworldbreakseveryone #bookreview

Happy Monday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you today my review for this thoroughly thrilling book from one of my Besties Jennifer’s favorite authors… A fun group read with Jennifer and Kenzie💕💕

The World Breaks Everyone by Lauren Clark

My Thoughts

A suspenseful and thrilling game of cat and mouse, set in the Big Easy…

This book kept me on the edge of my seat and quickly turning those pages… I stayed in bed this morning long after the alarm went off because I had to finish, I had to find out what happened two Olivia…. this is my first book from Lauren Clark but it definitely will not be my last! A huge thank you to one of my book besties Jennifer for recommending this book and introducing me to this wonderful author! This was a buddy read with Jennifer, Mackenzie, and myself and we were all riveted! We are all also now planning a vacation to New Orleans! I wish!

Olivia is 16 almost 17 and has seen a lot of grief in her young life… not only did she lose her mother, but she also blamed herself for her death… Theo, Olivia‘s father is an up-and-coming chef who has just opened his dream restaurant…. Olivia is certain her life will change after the restaurant opening, but just not the way that it did…. murder, a kidnapping, political goings-on, money,are just a few things behind Olivia’s troubles… Olivia is on the run, but from who? And why? Who do you trust when nobody seems to be telling the truth?

Olivia was such a likable and sympathetic character, I really was rooting for her throughout this book! The city of New Orleans itself really was A character… The ambience, the food, the magic, the food, The history… I really thought all the characters in this book were so well-developed, not all of them likable, but you really got a sense of who they were…. The pace of this book was pure perfection! So many twists and turns and U-turns and detours…. I really had no idea where we were going to ultimately end up, but it was definitely a wild ride! With a satisfying ending! The powdered sugar on my beignets….

Absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys a twisty compulsive read that will make your heart race….

Bestie Thoughts

We were all riveted, so be sure to check out the other Bestie’s reviews!

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

About the Book

A Gripping Cat-and-Mouse Suspense Novel

Every day, I wake up certain of only three things: 

I am responsible for my mother’s death. 
My father has vanished.
Someone wants me dead.

I’m on the run. It’s me against the world. 
I cannot let it break me.

When sixteen-year-old Olivia Jacobs and her celebrity chef father are brutally attacked after his French Quarter restaurant opening, the shell-shocked Olivia finds herself on the run on the streets of New Orleans. 

Who wants her dead? And why? 


Book friends are the best friends Berit☀️✨

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Breach by W L Goodwater @BerkleyPub #6bookbestiesbreach #bookreview

Happy Thursday everybody!

Bringing you my review today for another group read this time with my Besties Mackenzie and Jennifer💕 We all took a little detour from our usual reeds and read this very interesting alternate history with a splash of magic!✨✨

Breach by W L Goodwater

My Thoughts

This was an interesting story of alternate history laced with magic…

This is definitely not my usual read, but it was a nice change of pace… as a child of the 70s and 80s and with a father who worked in aerospace I was always well aware of the Cold War… in fact after the age of 10 I was not allowed to go inside my father’s work, in case I were a Russian spy not even sure if I’m allowed to say this… They might have to kill me😉

This book was set after WWII in Germany, it took me a while to figure out exactly when this book took place… I’m not even sure how important this is? But because this is not my usual genre I was a little fixated on it…. so sometime after WWII and the Berlin wall being erected… but this is no ordinary wall, it is a wall built of magic…. it is a wall that is hiding something and keeping the peace…. without this wall there is a chance of a possible WWIII… kind of tough to wrap your head around, especially when you witnessed the wall coming down and thought of it as being a triumphant moment…

The female protagonist in this book was fantastic, a woman fighting her way in a man’s world…. really liked Karen and I was a little frustrated when the story switched to someoneelse’s point of view… I truly would have been happy had the story Ben told Soli from her viewpoint… The magic was fascinating, however I would’ve liked a little more information on the magic system… but seeing as though the characters themselves weren’t entirely clear on the magic, I guess it is understandable that I wasn’t either…. The last 25% of this book was pretty much nonstop action with lots of magic, and the ending…. a bit of a cliffy…..

All in all a good book a definite detour from my regular reads….

*** many thanks to the team at Berkley Publishing for bringing this book to my attention and for the copy ***

Be sure to check out Jennifer and Kenzie’s reviews!

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

About the Book


When Soviet magicians conjured an arcane Wall to blockade occupied Berlin, the world was outraged but let it stand for the sake of peace. Now after 10 years of fighting with spies instead of spells, the CIA has discovered the unthinkable:


While refugees and soldiers mass along the border, operatives from East and West converge on the most dangerous city in the world to stop or take advantage of the crisis.

Karen, a young magician with the American Office of Magical Research and Deployment, is sent to investigate the breach in the Wall and see if it can be reversed. Instead she will discover that the truth is elusive in this divided city, and that even magic itself has its own agenda.



Book friends are the best friends! Berit☀️✨
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The Night Before by WendyWalker @Wendy_Walker @StMartinsPress #lookahead #6bookbestiesnightbefore #teaser

Hope you are having a wonderful Monday!

Today I have something a little bit different, a teaser if you will! My Book Besties and I just finished this book and we were all thoroughly captivated throughout! A definite successful group read and recommended by all of us!💕

The Besties Thoughts

My Thoughts:

Wendy Walker did it again! ALL the stars for this thrilling thriller!!!

An addictive and compelling read that will suck you in from the very first page and will not let you go until the mind blowing end! 🤯

this is a definite can’t miss!

Holly’s Thoughts:

“A tense thriller that intensifies until the explosive end! If you love thrillers, don’t miss it!”
 Jennifer’s Thoughts:

With a completely original premise with mounting tension and unthinkable twists, The Night Before is easily a favorite thriller!

Melisa’s Thoughts:

“The triple thriller threat: well-written, twisty, and unputdownable!”

Mackenzie’s Thoughts:

“As poetic as it is unputdownable, The Night Before by Wendy Walker captivated me until the very last page. I can’t recommend this thriller enough!”💕

Kendall’s Thoughts:Fasten your seat belts! This thriller will give you one heck of a ride that will leave you breathless until the end. This one is not to be missed!!

Available May 2019

About the Book

The night before…and the nightmare after.

Rosie and Laura are as different as two sisters can be. One is stable and has the perfect family. The other struggles to break free from her troubled past. When Laura disappears after going on a blind date, Rosie takes matters into her own hands. 

But as Rosie begins to search for her sister, her greatest fears come to the surface. Could Laura be more of a danger than the stranger she meets or is the night before her last night alive? 

Told in dual timelines—the night before and the day after—The Night Before is a riveting thriller about family loyalty, obsession, and what happens when the desire for love spins out of control. 

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City of Secrets by Victoria Thompson @gaslightvt @BerkleyPub #6bookbestiescityofsecrets #6bookbestiesapproved #bookreview

TGIF book Friends!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this delightful tale of secrets, betrayals, and lies! Another fun and fabulous read with my BOOK BESTIES💕

City of Secrets by Victoria Thompson

My Thoughts

Secrets and blackmale and lies…oh my!

A compelling and engaging story from first page to last… this was a well-crafted perfectly paced story set in 1920s New York…. This is the second book in the Counterfeit Lady series, I did not read the first and I was not lost at all, can definitely be read as a standalone… although I might go back and read the first to get some of the backstory on these marvelous characters….

The strength of the story I felt was in these captivating, charming, and quirky characters…. Elizabeth and Gideon’s seemingly completely opposite personalities added such a rich layer to the story…. what happens when a con artist and a straight laced lawyer fall in love? Well I’m not sure what will ultimately happened with Elizabeth and Gideon‘s romance, but I can tell you it does make for one compulsive read! Not sure how I would classify this book I wouldn’t necessarily call it a mystery, what it was though was a book that fully immersed me in the lives of these characters…. a story filled with delicious scheming, conniving, and trickery… Loved how Elizabeth and Gideon Sought justice in very different ways…. also loved how the women in this story were the brains of the operation!

Viktoria Thompson definitely has a way with words… The historical aspects of the story were well researched, really made me want to read more books that take place in the 20s…. the writing was stellar, making for an effortless Reid… this is my first book from Miss Thompson, but I can guarantee it will not be my last! It is always a delight to discover a new to you author….

Absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys a well written historical story with a cozy 20s gangster vibe…

*** A big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About the Books

Con artist Elizabeth Miles has determined that Society is the biggest con of all. So far, Elizabeth’s only real social success has been with Priscilla Knight. Priscilla is a dedicated suffragist who was recently widowed for the second time in her young life. Her beloved first husband, DeForrest Jenks, died in a tragic accident and left her with two young daughters and a comfortable fortune. Soon after his death, her pastor convinced her she needed a man to look after her. Before she knew it, he had engineered a whirlwind courtship and hasty marriage to fellow parishioner Endicott Knight. Less than nine months later, Endicott is also dead in a somewhat less tragic and even more suspicious accident.

Priscilla confides to Elizabeth that she had understood Endicott was wealthy in his own right, and she had brought a sizeable fortune to the marriage as well. Now her banker is telling her she has hardly any money left and that her house has been mortgaged. The banker has hinted at a scandal that could damage the family’s reputation and her daughters’ future prospects. Fearing destructive gossip, Priscilla doesn’t know whom to trust.

Elizabeth discovers some unsavory evidence that seems to point to the possibility that Endicott’s death may have been connected to blackmail. To save her new friend’s future, Elizabeth must use her special set of skills to find the truth. 


The Book Besties

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Melisa @ The Book Collective

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Look friends are the best friend! Berit☀️✨

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Solace Island by Meg Tilly @meggamonstah @BerkleyRomance @BerkleyPub #6bookbestiessolaceisland #bookreview

Happy Monday and Happy Birthday to ME!🎊🎉🥂

Today I am a year older and a year wiser! I am also excited to share with you my review for this intriguing romantic suspense book by actress and author meg Tilly!💛

This was another engaging group read with my fave girls the BOOK BESTIES💕

Solace Island by Meg Tilly

My Thoughts

A sizzling, steamy, suspenseful romance that will make you smile,swoon, and sweat!🔥🔥🔥

Solace:is a feeling of comfort that makes you feel less sad.

Solace Island is the perfect place to find comfort and the stremgth to begin again… The perfect name for the beautiful setting of this book about second chances and new beginnings…. this was a well-done romantic suspense that leans more towards romance than suspense…. I read both genres and thoroughly enjoyed it, but I think it will appeal more to a true romance reader than a suspense/thriller/mystery reader…. there is some definite sizzle in this book!

Maggie’s jerk of an X fiancé dumped her the day before the wedding… Hurt and angry Maggie heads two Solace Island with her sister eve to lick her wounds…. while she is there she meets Luke her handsome island neighbor, who is selling bread at the local Saturday market… and bread has never look so good before! The two of them spark up a romance, but what is Lucques hiding? After somebody tries to hurt Maggie the truth comes out… but who is trying to hurt Maggie? And why? Can Luke stop them? And will this ruin things between the lovebirds? You will need to read this book to find that out!

A quick captivating story that kept me engaged throughout… The setting of the island in the Pacific Northwest was so ideal, it was somewhere I would love to go to lick my own wounds! Loved the bond between the sisters, they were so there for each other it was so refreshing after reading so many sister psychological thrillers lately…. The chemistry between Lucques and Maggie was pretty high-octane, if this book were a movie it would be rated R for sexual content😳 My review would not be complete if I did not mention the bread again and all the yummy goodies, This book definitely made me hungry 😋

Recommend to Fanzz of Romance with a good well done dose of suspense!

*** A huge thank you to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

A contemporary novel with a strong suspense element from Oscar-nominated actress Meg Tilly set on a peaceful island village in the Pacific Northwest.

Dumped on the eve of her wedding and looking for a quiet place to lick her emotional wounds, Maggie Harris joins her sister on Solace Island, where she hopes to recover from the stunning betrayal. At first, Maggie resists Eve’s impassioned argument about relocating permanently so the sisters can open their own local bakery. What she definitely doesn’t need on her road to recovery are Eve’s efforts to fix her up with their mysterious and alluring neighbor, Luke Benson–even if he is incredibly handsome and desirable. 

Just as Maggie starts to get comfortable in her new surroundings, a car tries to run her down in the middle of the street. If it weren’t for Luke’s extremely quick reflexes, Maggie could have been killed, leading her to wonder just who exactly Luke Benson really is…

Luke thought he’d left the violence of the high risk security world behind. But he can’t stand by while Maggie’s life is threatened. Luke will do anything to keep her safe–even moving Maggie and her sister into his house with its state-of-the-art security features. But with the secrets between them and an unknown threat stalking her heels, Luke will have to think fast to prove to Maggie that she can trust him with her life–and with her heart. 


The Book Besties

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Book friends are the best friends! Berit☀️✨

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Murder, She Wrote: Manuscript for Murder by Jon Land @JonDLand @BerkleyPub #6bookbestiesmurdershewrote #bookreview

TGIF booklovers!

I am so excited to share with you today my review for this book that brought back so many memories: Memories of Sunday night sitting in front of the television, when you actually had to get up and change the channel, tuning into CBS and watching Angela Lansbury on the very charming detective show “Murder, She Wrote”📖🖋

It was tons of fun to revisit Jessica and Cabot Cove! This was a really fun group read with my BOOK BESTIES!💕

Murder, She Wrote: Manuscript for Murder by Jon Land

My Thoughts

This isn’t your grandmother’s Jessica Fletcher!

This was such a fun, cozy, engaging, and nostalgic read… it certainly was fun going back to Cabot Cove! I remember Sunday night watching television, when you still had to change the channels manually, and watching Angela Lansbury on “Murder, She Wrote.” Having never read one of the books before I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I have to say I was extremely pleased! Jessica has definitely had a bit of an update, but don’t stress she still is the same charming, intelligent, and Witty character we all know and love…. she just has a little more savvy and a cell phone, but I guess even Cabot Cove has entered the 21st-century….

This time we have a murder about a book… it appears that anyone who has read this manuscript has been killed… but why? And by whom? After Jessica’s longtime publisher is found dead and has been accused of embezzling, Jessica is determined to prove him innocent…. not only that she is convinced his death was murder and she is going to find the killer! As the bodies begin to pile up Jessica is more and more convinced that these murders have something to do with this manuscript…. The investigation takes Jessica to New York and Washington DC, but don’t worry there’s plenty of time in Cabot Cove with the whole gang! I seriously wonder how many dead bodies Jessica has run across in her life? makes a girl wonder?

I loved the fact we got a book inside a book… I enjoyed reading the manuscript titled “The Affair“ with Jessica…. I relished her analysis of the manuscript…. really the perfect murder mystery for the book lover, there were so many little tidbits about the publishing business… I also have to admit the manuscript contain quite a compelling thriller of its own! What a concept to put a thriller in the middle of a cozy mystery? Throw in some politics, the first lady, the publishing world, eccentric authors and you’ve got yourself quite the delightful and suspenseful murder mystery… it was so much fun putting on my detective hat and once again joining Jessica in trying to figure out, who done it? I am absolutely going to watch some of the old shows sometime this weekend, it Hass to be on one of the many streaming subscriptions that I have!

Absolutely recommend if you are a fan of the show or not, this was a fabulously plotted mystery with some pretty amazing characters!

*** many thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Jessica Fletcher investigates a mysterious manuscript with deadly consequences in the latest entry in this USA Todaybestselling series…

Jessica Fletcher has had plenty to worry about over her storied career, both as a bestselling novelist and amateur sleuth. But she never had any reason to worry about her longtime publisher, Lane Barfield, who also happens to be a trusted friend. When mounting evidence of financial malfeasance leads to an FBI investigation of Lane, Jessica can’t believe what she’s reading.

So when Barfield turns up dead, Jessica takes on the task of proving Barfield’s innocence–she can’t fathom someone she’s known and trusted for so long cheating her. Sure enough, Jessica’s lone wolf investigation turns up several oddities and inconsistencies in Barfield’s murder. Jessica knows something is being covered up, but what exactly? The trail she takes to answer that question reveals something far more nefarious afoot, involving shadowy characters from the heights of power in Washington. At the heart of Jessica’s investigation lies a manuscript Barfield had intended to bring out after all other publishers had turned it down. The problem is that manuscript has disappeared, all traces of its submission and very existence having been wiped off the books.

With her own life now in jeopardy, Jessica refuses to back off and sets her sights on learning the contents of that manuscript and what about it may have led to several murders. Every step she takes brings her closer to the truth of what lies in the pages, as well as the person who penned them. 


The Book BESTIEs

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Mackenzie @ PhDiva


Melisa @ The Book Collective

Be sure to check out All the Bestie’s reviews! Everybody takes a little something different from every book!

Have a lovely day! Berit☀️✨

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The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas @BerkleyPub #6bookbestieshollowoffear #bookreview

Happy Halloween!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for the perfect October read! I must confess I’ve never read a Sherlock Holmes book, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of this enchanting story! This was another fabulous read with my BOOK BESTIEs🕵🏻‍♀️

The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas

My Thoughts

Peanut M&M’s

💛 read a book with a yellow cover

💛 read a book with a title that starts with the letter M

💛 read a book with the word ~and~ in the title

This was an atmospheric captivating story that made me want to say, “Elementary my dear Mrs. Watson.”

This is the third installment in the Lady Sherlock series… admittedly I was a little confused in the beginning, having not read the first two books in this Series… because from what I understand this book pics up where the previous book ends… eventually I got into the swing of it and was completely captivated, however I really would have appreciated it more had i more of the backstory…. I am such a character girl and Charlotte both baffled and intrigued me, I know I would have loved to get to know her better…. SO, I would strongly encourage you not to do what I did and start this book from the beginning!

This book had a little bit of everything murder, romance, secrets, family drama…. all set against the backdrop of Victorian England…. The tone and the language in the story really brought this period in history to life…. The book opens with Charlotte finding her illegitimate half brother, and there is a connection to Moriarty… The boy has something Moriarty Wants… The book goes forward from there… with the murder of Lady Ingram The wife of charlotte’s love interest…. Lord Ingram, of course is the primary suspect, so Charlotte takes it upon herself to solve the case… with Mrs. Watson by her side and in disguise as the brother of Sherlock Holmes Charlotte was an extraordinary and exceptional and maybe a little unconventional detective! I have to say my absolute favorite parts of this book were the interactions between Charlotte and Mrs. Watson, I also loved Charlotte in disguise, that was fabulous!

An engaging read that I’m sure any fan of this series will love… i’m hoping to read the first two books in the series before the next one comes out… and I’m pretty certain there will be a next one because it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger just called me Sherlock, or should I say just call me Charlotte!🔍

*** A big thank you to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, returns in the Victorian-set mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of A Conspiracy in Belgravia and A Study in Scarlet Women, an NPR Best Book of 2016.

Under the cover of “Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective,” Charlotte Holmes puts her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. Aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, Charlotte draws those in need to her and makes it her business to know what other people don’t.

Moriarty’s shadow looms large. First, Charlotte’s half brother disappears. Then, Lady Ingram, the estranged wife of Charlotte’s close friend Lord Ingram, turns up dead on his estate. And all signs point to Lord Ingram as the murderer.

With Scotland Yard closing in, Charlotte goes under disguise to seek out the truth. But uncovering the truth could mean getting too close to Lord Ingram—and a number of malevolent forces…


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