Book Review: A Picture-Purrfect Christmas by Patricia Fry

A spellbinding story of love, hope, and a child’s innocent Christmas dreams. When Savannah Ivey agrees to teach photography to a group of at-risk children, she doesn’t expect a sweet-spirited little crippled girl to steal her heart and become an important part of her family. Even Rags, the kleptomaniac cat, is captivated by the child named Marissa. When she goes missing, everyone, including Rags, experiences the pain of loss.

Detective Craig Sledge fears that Marissa’s unscrupulous, non-custodial father may be behind her disappearance and the search escalates into high gear. When even a pack of rescue dogs can’t find the child, the detective turns to Rags and everyone prays for a Christmas miracle. Can Rags succeed where the others have failed?

While this story involves some intense drama, it will also make you smile and even laugh out loud. Bring out the tissues for the beautiful ending. A Picture-Purrfect Christmas is one of those feel-good holiday stories you’ll want to read over and over again.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is the first Klepto Cat Mystery I’ve ever read. It stands on its own so even though it’s #13, I had no problem.

Savannah helps her friend Shelley teach a photography class to troubled children. She becomes close to Marissa, a girl in foster care who has had a troubled life. When Marissa disappears, no one, including Detective Craig Sledge, is sure where to begin searching because there are so many possibilities: her deadbeat father, her foster parents, their nephews, or maybe someone else…

Although this book deals with abuse and kidnapping, it’s a sweet and light-hearted read for the most part. The animals make it even sweeter. Rags is the star animal: he’s a cat who seems to have more than good intuition. He’s super smart. The Iveys’ other animals are amusing too.

I’m glad I finally got to read one of these books. I have three Christmas Klepto Cat Mysteries to read, so my next read will be #22, A Christmas to Purr About.

About the Author

Patricia has been writing for publication for over 40 years, having been fortunate enough to establish a career doing what she loves. Hundreds–maybe thousands–of her articles have appeared in over 500 different publications and she has published books on a variety of topics–grandparenting, local history, youth mentoring, journaling and many aspects of publishing and book promotion. After years of writing nonfiction, in 2012, she decided to branch out and try writing fiction and the Klepto Cat Mysteries were created.
The Klepto Cat Mysteries feature Rags, an ordinary cat with a most extraordinary habit–he’s a kleptomaniac. Currently, Patricia is producing anywhere from three to five books per year in both ebook format and in print. Read the Klepto Cat Mysteries and you’ll laugh, you’ll sit on the edge of your chair in suspense, and you’ll smile at the good-feeling you’re left with when you finish each book in the series. 

Website: http://www.KleptoCatMysteries.com

Audiobook Review & Giveaway: A Death in Vegas by Christopher Meeks

A Death In Vegas by Christopher Meeks (Now in Audiobook!)

Publisher: White Whisker Books (October, 2019)
Category: Murder Mystery, Crime Thriller, Las Vegas
ISBN: 9781499124551
Tour Date: Mid October-November, 2019
Available in: Audio Book & ebook, 176 PagesDeath in Vegas

 

Book Description:

First published in 2014, in A Death in Vegas, the president of BenBugs, a company that specializes in beneficial bugs for organic gardening, discovers a young woman dead in his Las Vegas hotel suite. She had worked as a sexy lady bug at his convention booth—and he had nothing to do with her death.

While that’s being investigated, the FBI raids his booth on a money-laundering scam that he knows nothing about, either. Soon, the coroner doesn’t have good news. The police and FBI are against him—and his wife cannot be found. He flees to find the answers.

Highly acclaimed, Death In Vegas is being released as an audio book in October, 2019!

 

My Review:

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free copy. I had read A Death in Vegas 5 years ago and I liked it, so I was happy to listen to it. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have always liked mystery/suspense novels but I enjoyed this one even more than usual. Christoper Meeks’s writing tells a good story and he gets right to the point. You have to listen to every word or you’ll miss something important.

The main character, Patton Burch, is a regular nice guy with a big heart in a stagnant marriage. When he’s accused of murder by the police and cheating by his wife. He’s an innocent man so he sets out to find out the truth. Suddenly, this bug man has to become a super sleuth. He made me a nervous wreck!

At first, I didn’t care for Patton’s wife but that was just because she reacts to the fact that she thought he cheated on her. Will she ever believe he didn’t cheat on her? 

The narrator did a good job with timing and enunciation. The only issue was a small one with the audio and it was technical.

A Death in Vegas is a fast read full of mystery and suspense. It has a few twists which is always fun. I highly recommend it.

 

 

 

Praise for Death In Vegas 

“Patton is easy to like right from the start. I felt myself feeling sorry for him. In a sense I started routing for him with all of his luck not going his way. I found this mystery to not only be a mystery but a mystery dosed with a bit of comedy and a love story.”-Becky Willis, What You Talking Bout Willis

“DEATH IN VEGAS he reaffirms the fact that Christopher Meeks can take the most quirky combinations of crime and humor and mold them with his magic pen into a novel that simply defies criticism. He has the gift to mold characters with such extensive backstories that after only a few pages as each new character is introduced they become part of the surround-sound family into whose story we have wandered. Meeks is a thorough-going Pro! “-Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame

“The only certainty about a Christopher Meeks novel is that the readers’ senses will be delighted with his originality, superb writing, warmly sympathetic characters and clever plotting. A Death in Vegas neatly fits in the cozy mystery genre and becomes literary fiction in the hands of this deft wordsmith.” –Linda Hitchcock, Midwest Book Review

“A suspenseful story that culminates in a life-or-death situation. Five Stars!” – Jim Chambers, Amazon Top-10 Reviewer

“You can always count on Christopher Meeks for a well written novel; this time Meeks excels at bringing almost a farcical edge to the humor in A Death in Vegas.” – Lori LutesShe Treads Softly

 

About the Author

Award winning author, Christopher Meeks has had stories published in several literary journals, and he has two collections of stories, Months and Seasons and The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea. He also has a new short story collection coming soon.

His novel The Brightest Moon of the Century made the list of three book critics’ Ten Best Books of 2009. His novel Love at Absolute Zero, also made three Best Books lists of 2011, as well as earning a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Finalist award.

Chris’s two crime novels, Blood Drama and A Death in Vegas have earned much acclaim. He has had three full-length plays mounted, and one, Who Lives? had been nominated for five Ovation Awards, Los Angeles’ top theatre prize. Mr. Meeks teaches English and fiction writing at Santa Monica College, and Children’s Literature at the Art Center College of Design. To read more of his books.

Mr. Meeks teaches English and fiction writing at Santa Monica College, and Children’s Literature at the Art Center College of Design.

Website at: www.chrismeeks.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Christopher-Meeks-212382392140974/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christopher.meeks1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MeeksChris

Buy the Book

Amazon-ebook and paperback
Audible-Coming soon
Barnes&Noble
IndieBound

 

Giveaway 

This giveaway is for the winner’s choice of one print or ebook copy of the book. Print is open to the U.S. only and ebook is available worldwide. There will be 3 winners. This giveaway ends November 1, 2019, midnight pacific time.

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Goodnight Moon (Remember Reading podcast)

Goodnight Moon‘s hypnotic rhythm stays with its readers from infancy long into adulthood. HarperCollins recently published The Important Thing about Margaret Wise Brown. It’s written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Sarah Jacoby, both of whom or on this podcast. It is a picture book that celebrates the late author’s legacy. Lindsay, the host, talks with them about why they love Goodnight Moon and how their research connected them to Margaret’s special world. They also talk about one of Margaret Wise Brown’s previously unpublished manuscripts, Good Day, Good Night, that was illustrated by renowned author/illustrator, Loren Long, and published in 2017. He talks about writing for kids, adapting Margaret’s work with admiration, and his unique experience as an artist with colorblindness.

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Book Review: Don’t Forget to Chew Your Food! by GetChrissy

Jewels and her brothers, Manny and Brooks lived in a small village of the darkest of shades, and a colorless world surrounds them. Her brothers were very different from the villagers there and so was Jewels. She wanted to fit in with the villagers while her brothers could care less to fit in with the boring, bland people there. 

Manny and Brooks discovered another village far beyond the forest, one that was magical and of many colors beyond their wildest dreams, the likes of which were only found only within the forbidden books known as the Corridor of Hues, which were destroyed in their village.

Jewels and her brothers are cast out from their village and take a leap of hope to join the colorful world that the brothers discovered. Many strange surprises await them along the way. Is the grass truly greener on the other side? One can only hope so…

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Don’t Forget to Chew Your Food! is a novella that is a fantasy about Jewels and her two brothers. They live in a boring and colorless village but they aren’t like the other villagers. They want adventure and excitement. The villagers eventually throw them out, so they search for another village the boys had seen on one of their explorations.

The other village is colorful and has a lot of strange creatures around it, but there are no people! When they meet the owner of the village, they still want to stay. But does he want them to stay?

Don’t Forget to Chew Your Food! would probably appeal to middle-grade readers. The descriptions are what I like: I can picture the creatures and the forest in my head but the author keeps it concise. It is a dark fantasy, which I usually don’t mind, but I prefer more hopeful books for younger readers.

About the Author

GetChrissy is a fantasy author who loves to write. She enjoys using her quirky imagination to create a world even more colorful than her own. When she is not working on her next adventure to share with her readers, you can find her practicing new skating tricks on her rollerblades.

www.getchrissy.com