Laura Lyons is a housewife in 1913 living with her family in an apartment in the New York Public Library where her husband is the superintendent. She enrolls in Columbia Journalism School and finds a new world outside of the library walls and herself where women have their own identity. When someone starts stealing rare books and her lifestyle is at risk, she has to make a choice.
Eighty years later, Laura’s granddaughter, Sadie, is hired as a curator at the New York Public Library. When rare books from an exhibit Sadie is setting up starts to go missing, Sadie starts to dig into the past and may not like what she finds.
Readers of my blog will know that I love historical fiction. I fully expected to be fangirling in this review when starting the book. The mystery, varied timelines, New York Public Library tie-in, sounds fascinating on paper. The paper on which it is fascinating is not the pages of this book. The Lions of Fifth Avenue is not the worst book I’ve ever read. It felt self-indulgent on the part of the author. Davis wanted this setting and timeline tie but the story and characters never really seemed to come together. This is the only book I’ve read by Fiona Davis so the rest of her books might be brilliant. Am I likely to find out? No.
In Sweet Revenge by Diane Mott Davidson, caterer Goldy Schultz is setting up for a library holiday brunch when she thinks she sees Sandee Brisbane, the woman that killed her husband, in the stacks. The catch is that up until that moment, Goldy and everyone else thought that Sandee was dead. When a former D.A. is found dead, Goldy is pulled into a murder mystery that seems focused on sweet revenge. Sweet Revenge is a mystery novel that includes ten recipes.
Princess Srilani’s brothers, one of whom is the crown prince, and sisters are kidnapped by pirates and taken to hostile territory. The Princess enlists the help Aldan and his gang of slaves to head into an against-the-odds adventure to free the captives.
In [easyazon_link identifier=”B016E5JDKC” locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]For Us The Living: Judgment Day[/easyazon_link] an electromagnetic pulse hits the Earth leaving it in an apocalyptic state. Sergeant Danielle Walker goes from a special ops mission in the Middle East to fighting an unknown force. Her husband, Dixon, knew this day would come but even his preparation might not be enough to weather the end of this world.
Dora Carradine is sick of life as a good girl and decides to rebel against her religious upbringing by joining a witch’s coven. When Dora discovers that the dark side is even darker than she could have imagined, she has some difficult choices to make.
Essie is hot and a WTF (Werewolf Treaty Federation) happening agent working in Chicago when she’s asked to return to her hometown of Hung Island, Georgia to investigate a case of missing werewolves. When Essie packs her bags in the middle of the night and leaves town and a cheating ex behind, she never expected to see them again. Essie must solve the case quickly and avoid some very attractive demons from her past. [easyazon_link identifier=”0989496082″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Ready To Were: Shift Happens Series Book One (Volume 1)[/easyazon_link] is the first novel in the Shift Happens Series.
In The Clock Strikes Midnight by Joan C. Curtis, Janie Knox is living a happy life with her partner in Savannah when she discovers that she only has a few months left to live. Time is short and Janie must face the past by returning to Atlanta to tie up the loose ends of the past. Will she reconnect with the sister she abandoned and will she be able to face off with her mother’s killer and do what must be done before time runs out?
In The Paragraph Ranch by Kay Ellington and Barbara Brannon, Dee Kaufman’s mother is injured in a car accident and Dee must return to the tiny Texas town in which she was raised to help her recover. Working against a make or break literary deadline, Dee must care for her mother while struggling with the eternal question. Can you go home again?
In How to Date Dead Guys by Ann Noser, Emma Roberts has seen ghosts all of her life and desperately tries not to see them. She is a sophomore in college when she meets Mike, the brother of her roommate’s boyfriend. When Mike and Emma go for a midnight swim and he dies, she turns to her the Book of Shadows, which belongs to her roommate’s sister, in an attempt to bring him back. Things go awry when she brings back the wrong dead person and as Emma delves into the book, her powers grow. Will she find Mike and correct a terrible wrong for which she feels responsible?
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