Frozen Shroud by Martin Edwards

Frozen Shroud

 

Death has come twice to Ravenbank, a remote community in England’s Lake District, each time on Hallowe’en. Just before the First World War, a young woman’s corpse was found, with a makeshift shroud frozen to her battered face. Her ghost – the Faceless Woman – is said to walk through Ravenbank on Hallowe-en. Five years ago, another woman, Katya Moss, was murdered, and again her face was covered to hide her injuries. Daniel Kind, a specialist in the history of murder, becomes fascinated by the old cases, and wonders whether the obvious suspects really did commit the crimes. He spends Hallowe’en at a party in Ravenbank – only to find death returning to this beautiful but isolated spot. Once more, the victim is a woman, once more her damaged face is shrouded from view.–Description from Amazon.com

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1464201072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1464201073

You can pre-order this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Frozen-Shroud-District-Mystery-Mysteries/dp/1464201072/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359664188&sr=1-1&keywords=The+frozen+shroud

 

My Review of Frozen Shroud:

Frozen Shroud is one of those novels that plays with your mind. Just when you think you have everything figured out and you begin to expect something, it doesn’t go at all the way you thought it would. As an avid mystery reader, I appreciated this greatly.

There were some places in this book where I felt there was a bit too much dialogue and not enough action, but they were thankfully brief. Also, the dialogue was very well written and was exactly like overhearing a real conversation, so that helped. I enjoyed the story and the way the author created the townspeople was a fine example of plot and character development. The actions of the minor characters helped me feel closer to the setting and the main characters.

This is a book that features real literature. The wording is always eloquent, intelligent and fitting for the style of writing. The plot does not feel contrived and the development of the story has a natural seamless feel.

If you love a good mystery and beautifully crafted writing, this would be just the thing!

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher.

 

**NOTE: I do not yet see and ebook version for this title.

Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters by Suzanne Weyn

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A new generation is creating a monster….

When Doctor Victor Frankenstein died, he left behind a legacy of horror…as well as two unacknowledged, beautiful twin daughters. Now these girls are seventeen, and they’ve come to Frankenstein’s castle to claim it as their inheritance.

Giselle and Ingrid are twins, but they couldn’t be more different. Giselle is a glamorous social climber who plans on turning Frankenstein’s castle into a center of high society. Ingrid, meanwhile, is quiet and studious, drawn to the mysterious notebooks her father left behind…and the experiments he went mad trying to perfect.

As Giselle prepares for lavish parties and Ingrid finds herself falling for the sullen, wounded naval officer next door, a sinister force begins to take hold in the castle. Nobody’s safe as Frankenstein’s legacy leads to a twisted, macabre journey of romance and horror.–Description from Amazon.com

 

  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545425336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545425339

You can find this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Frankensteins-Daughters-Suzanne-Weyn/dp/0545425336/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1359663348&sr=8-2

My Review of Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters

When the Identical twin daughters of the infamous Victor Frankenstein inherit the family castle, they never expect for life to change as drastically as it does. With horror, suspense and romance all in the same story, this is one to read for a real adventure.

Somehow I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. I was not only surprised by the accuracy of the references the author made to the original work, but also delighted with her ability to tell a compelling story based on said work.

The twin girls that are the main protagonists are as different as night and day. One of them is concerned with fashion and her appearance and how society views her, while the other is intelligent, simple and rather introspective. These differences made this an interesting book. Rather than only seeing things through the eyes of one character, the reader gets the opportunity to view the story through both of the main character’s points of view.

This book had enough suspense to keep me reading, wondering what would happen next. For a young adult book, I thought the love story was actually pretty complex and the characters had a lot of depth. The author, Suzanne Weyn, used descriptive language that provided me with vibrant imagery.

The dialogue was very well written and believable, sounding appropriate for the historical period of the setting.

I would certainly recommend this book to others. I think early teens and younger adults would easily become lost in this intelligently written and entertaining novel.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher.

 

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

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A true crime thriller — the first book for teens to tell the nearly unknown tale of the brazen attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln’s body!

The action begins in October of 1875, as Secret Service agents raid the Fulton, Illinois, workshop of master counterfeiter Ben Boyd. Soon after Boyd is hauled off to prison, members of his counterfeiting ring gather in the back room of a smoky Chicago saloon to discuss how to spring their ringleader. Their plan: grab Lincoln’s body from its Springfield tomb, stash it in the sand dunes near Lake Michigan, and demand, as a ransom, the release of Ben Boyd –and $200,000 in cash. From here, the action alternates between the conspirators, the Secret Service agents on their trail, and the undercover agent moving back and forth between the two groups. Along the way readers get glimpses into the inner workings of counterfeiting, grave robbing, detective work, and the early days of the Secret Service. The plot moves toward a wild climax as robbers and lawmen converge at Lincoln’s tomb on election night: November 7, 1876.–Description from Amazon.com

 

  • Reading level: Ages 10 and up
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545405726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545405720

You can find this book available for purchase by going here:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0545405726/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

My Review of Lincoln’s Grave Robbers:

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin was not only an educational read, but an entertaining one at that. I realize that this book was market for kids ten and over, but I felt it might be a little bit advanced for most at age ten. Some of the vocabulary is a bit advanced and there are a few morbid, although historical, descriptions.

Otherwise, this was excellent. I even learned quite a few things I hadn’t known before, such as the original purpose of the CIA, and the problem with fake money being distributed in the late 1800’s.

The setup and background history for how the plot to steal Lincoln’s body does take up a large portion of the book, but I found that made it easier to understand why someone would want to become a grave robber. Rather than just pointing out who did it and what they hoped to accomplish, the author gives a real history of the criminals and what kind of people they were.

I liked that the information was presented in a relaxed format that was fun to read. This book didn’t feel so much like a text book as it did a conversation with an intelligent person.

I think older children would benefit from reading this book, and even adults who like American history or are interested in Lincoln.

This review is based on an ARC copy from the publisher.

17 Cents and a dream by Daniel Millestein

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My Review of this book:

Although this book was not as introspective as I would have expected for a memoir, in some ways I thought that made it better. Rather than wasting time on mundane details of his everyday life, Daniel Milstein has taken the opportunity in writing this book to not just offer his readers a simple rags to riches story, but to really express his disbelief and gratitude for his life in America and the chance at a prosperous career that he has taken full advantage of.

While reading his story, I was reminded that not all of us are lucky enough to simply be born, go to school, continue our education in college and move into our place in this world. I liked the raw way he spoke of his earlier life. I found the voice he has written this in to be personable and easy to appreciate. I never got the opinion that the author was bragging, simply sharing his story for others to appreciate.

This book was a relatively short read, but I thought it had a lot of substance. There are also photos included in this memoir, which I thought added to the human element of this work. I would encourage others to pick up a copy of this book. It might make you think about the success we achieve as Americans, and how we tend to forget that when things don’t go exactly as planned. I liked it.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. There was no further compensation and my opinions are my own.

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You can find this book by going here: http://www.amazon.com/17-Cents-Dream-Incredible-ebook/dp/B00AXCVJ6Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359477336&sr=8-1&keywords=17+cents+and+a+dream

 

17 Cents and a Dream:

My Incredible Journey from the U.S.S.R.

to Living the American Dream

 

Ann Arbor, MI- On a cold December night in 1991, a young boy with seventeen cents in his pocket first set foot in the United States. Twenty years later that young man found himself the founder and CEO of a billion-dollar corporation. Daniel Milstein’s harrowing story about how his mother, father and brother escaped the oppressive government of the U.S.S.R and immigrated to the United States and carved out a life for themselves has been described as the quintessential immigrant story of the era.

 

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Daniel and his family experienced undue hardship, religious persecution and life-and-death situations all in the shadows of the greatest nuclear accident that ever occurred; the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown which killed more than 100,000 people including his grandfather.

 

Now, as an Inc 500 CEO, Daniel has just finished a new book detailing his story;

17 Cents and a Dream: My Incredible Journey from the U.S.S.R. to Living the American Dream.

 

Mark Victor Hansen, bestselling author of ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ says this about 17 Cents and a Dream.”

 

“Through pure determination, fortitude and attitude, Daniel pulled out of impossibly difficult situations. His story is true, his story is a personal inspiration to me and I hope it will inspire you too to maximize your potential and go for the greatest of dreams.”

 

17 Cents and a Dream begins with a candid, gripping account of the Milstein family’s tough life in Kiev, Ukraine under the oppressive government of the former Soviet Union. He recalls how he and his family were affected by the 1986 explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant: Daniel was ten years old, and the disaster took place only 78 miles from their home, killing 100,000 people and spreading poisonous radiation throughout the environment.

 

A few years later the family, struggling against poverty, government oppression, and anti-Semitism, made a secret plan to flee to America. After a narrow escape, the family arrived in Ann Arbor, Michigan with no understanding of English and few belongings.

 

Young Daniel had only seventeen cents in his pocket, given to him by a friend to cover the expense of a postage stamp so that Daniel could send him a letter. In the ensuing years, Daniel endured extreme poverty, endless hunger, relentless bullying from his new classmates all while working long hours mopping floors and cleaning restrooms at a McDonald’s.

 

“None of this came easy…. In school after working my morning shift at McDonald’s, I was painfully aware that I smelled like a quarter pounder with cheese…. I was always tired, but I was also proud that I was able to take care of my family and to make something of myself, to honor the wishes of my grandfather.”

 

Milstein’s work ethic and relentless determination fueled his success. After graduating from college, he worked for various financial institutions and was consistently promoted.

 

Milstein’s courage and sheer willpower continued to drive him as he began to build upon his success in the world of finance, working harder and longer than anyone else, until eventually opening and growing his own billion-dollar company, Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group.

 

17 Cents and a Dream: My Incredible Journey from the USSR to Living the American Dream is both a dramatic autobiography of a true American success story, and a manual for anyone who dreams of becoming successful in today’s competitive world of finance and sales. (ASIN: B00AXCVJ6Y, 2013 Gold Star Books, 116 Pages, $.99 via Kindle at Amazon). Milstein will be donating every “cent” made from his 17 Cents & a Dream eBook tour during Feb. 3-10th to homeless and hungry kids in the U.S. & Ukraine.

 

 

About Daniel Milstein

Daniel Milstein is founder, president and CEO of Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group. Milstein led the company to the Inc 500 list and one of the fastest growing companies in the United States.  Gold Star has more than 500 employees in 48 offices across the U.S. and has been named a Top Workplace in Michigan for four years by the Detroit Free Press. Milstein holds an honorary doctorate and BBA in business management from Cleary University, Ann Arbor, from which he graduated with honors.   He is the author of The ABC of Sales: Lessons from a Superstar, which in March 2012 sold 10,000 copies and became the #1 sales book on Amazon.com and the thirty-first top seller of all ebook sales.

 

Media Contact: For a review copy of 17 Cents and a Dream, or to schedule an interview with Dan Milstein, please contact Scott Lorenz, President of Westwind Communications Book Marketing, 734-667-2090, Cell: 248-705-2214 or scottlorenz@westwindcos.com or http://www.book-marketing-expert.com

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What people are saying:

Words of Praise for

Dan Milstein

Author,

17 Cents and a Dream

 

 

 

“Through pure determination, fortitude and attitude, Daniel pulled out of impossibly difficult situations. His story is true, his story is a personal inspiration to me and I hope it will inspire you too to maximize your potential and go for the greatest of dreams.”

Mark Victor Hansen

Bestselling Author

Chicken Soup for the Soul

 

“… an exciting tale of success and achievement.”

Brian Tracy

Author—The Way to Wealth

 

“Dan Milstein shows that the American Dream is alive and well for everyone, immigrant and natural born citizen alike.”

Ross Rojek
San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review

 

 “Dan Milstein’s is the classic story of a young Russian immigrant achieving the American dream against all odds.  It is a great personal story, a great Jewish story and a great story of how immigrants continue to help build America.”

 David Shtulman

Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor

“Especially during this time of financial strain and pessimism this beautifully written memoir serves as food for the soul. Reading this book not only is an engrossing experience – it is an uplifting one. As Milstein would encourage us, believe, and struggle even, because anything is possible if we truly remember the American Dream.”

Grady Harp
Amazon Top Ten Reviewer – 5 Stars

“This is what the American dream is all about.

From McDonald’s to millionaire. From dream to reality.”

Jess Todtfeld

Former FOX-TV Producer
President, Success In Media, Inc.

“With his mesmerizing 17 Cents & a Dream, Daniel Milstein delivers more than the usual rags to riches memoir. It is rather a riveting and spellbinding testimony that with the right combination of motivation and perseverance daunting challenges and appalling events can be overcome no matter what the odds may be against you.”

Norm Goldman, Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com

 

“…we see how a very disadvantaged kid used his determination to have a better life for himself and his family, the tenacity not to give up, and his natural gifts to make a success out of himself. How many of us would consider being able to scrub the floors in MacDonalds a God-given opportunity? Very good read. Recommended.”

Oleg Medvedkov

Top 500 Amazon Reviewer- 5 Stars

“Dan Milstein is a close friend and business advisor. His book is a treasure chest of information and is an inspiration to me and should be to others as well. While he can’t skate, he is one tough business man. When he shoots… he scores.”

Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings # 13

 

“Dan’s inspirational story is a journey in overcoming obstacles, as well as a lesson in achieving success.  Dan’s stories will motivate you to overcome adversity.”

Barry Habib
Founder of Mortgage Market Guide
CNBC/Fox Commentator   

 

“Dan Milstein’s journey from Kiev to where he is today is a remarkable story. In such as short amount of time he’s built a great company while maintaining a sterling reputation.”

John W. Barfield

Founder

Bartech Group

 


“As a supplier of fine food for restaurants and grocers I know the main ingredient to success is hard work and the willingness to go above and beyond the customer’s expectations to deliver satisfaction. Dan Milstein demonstrates this principal in many ways. As an entrepreneur I can appreciate his struggles, hopes and aspirations. This book is an inspiration as it proves that in America anything is possible.”

Jim Lipari

Lipari Foods

 

“Dan Milstein’s success story is an amazing one that is a grabber from page one!”

Don Hutson, Co-Author of NY Times International Best-Sellers…

The One Minute Entrepreneur &

 The One Minute Negotiator,

CEO of U.S. Learning, Inc.

 

The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

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Lora Jones has always known that she’s different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora’s been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she’s far more than what she seems.

England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. Iverson’s eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.

Jesse is the school’s groundskeeper—a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she’s only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.

Filled with lush atmosphere, thrilling romance, and ancient magic, The Sweetest Dark brilliantly captures a rich historical era while unfolding an enchanting love story that defies time.–Description from Amazon.com

Pre-order here: http://www.amazon.com/Sweetest-Dark-Shana-Abe/dp/0345531701/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359428215&sr=1-1&keywords=The+sweetest+dark

  • ISBN-10: 0345531701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345531704
  • Publisher: Bantam (April 9, 2013)

My Review of “The Sweetest Dark”

Lora Jones has not grown up as one of the privileged members of society. To make matters worse, she is also different. Hearing sounds, seeing things; she does not fit in. Her life is about to change…

This book started out really well. I immediately took a liking to the main character. She was humble, engaging and the type of girl that you just want to hug. After the first chapter, the set up for the book began and to be honest, I worried for a little while that the promising book before me could be taking a turn for the less interesting.

The slow down does not last for more than a few pages. I am so happy that I kept reading. What the author has created here is more than just fantasy. By including things we are all familiar with the common themes of, such as war and poverty and offsetting that with fantasy and magic, I felt it was much easier to relate to the story.

The author has written a book that not only compelled me to keep reading, but also had some of the most brilliant imagery I have discovered in a YA novel.

I thought the romance in this book was handled masterfully. There is enough tension between the characters that you are forced to side with one or the other. This made reading more fun. I really find it boring when you love everyone in a book and in this one, there are conflicting personalities to choose amongst.

The ending was not expected and I appreciated that. I look forward to reading the rest of this series as soon as possible. Recommended.

This review is from a digital ARC from the publisher via Netgalley. My opinions are my own.

Guilt by Jonathan Kellerman

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman’s “psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix” (Los Angeles Times), and this intensely thrilling blend has never been so powerful as in the acclaimed author’s new novel of murder and madness among the beautiful dreamers, seductive predators, and doomed innocents adrift in the glare of Southern California’s eternal sunshine.

A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant’s body, buried sixty years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor’s vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough to cut down to the bone of this chilling case—and draw out the disturbing truth.

Backtracking six decades into the past stirs up tales of a beautiful nurse with a mystery lover, a handsome, wealthy doctor who seems too good to be true, and a hospital with a notorious reputation—all of them long gone, along with any records of a newborn, and destined for anonymity. But the specter of fame rears its head when the case unexpectedly twists in the direction of the highest echelons of celebrity privilege. Entering this sheltered world, Alex little imagines the macabre layer just below the surface—a decadent quagmire of unholy rituals and grisly sacrifice.

Before their work is done, Alex and Milo, “the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes” (Forbes), must confront a fanatically deranged mind of such monstrous cunning that even the most depraved madman would shudder.–Description from Amazon.com

You can pre-order this book by going here: http://www.amazon.com/Guilt-An-Alex-Delaware-Novel/dp/0345505735/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359427801&sr=8-1&keywords=Guilt+jonathan+kellerman

Publisher: Ballantine Books (February 12, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0345505735

ISBN-13: 978-0345505736

My Review of “Guilt”

The beginning of this book drew me in and made me want to keep reading right away.

When a young, pregnant woman who has just bought her dream home discovers a small box buried in her yard, she opens the proverbial Pandora’s box, setting events into motion that will cause the familiar characters of previous Jonathan Kellerman novels to question everything they know about solving crimes.

What I found interesting about this book, is that things are occurring throughout the story, but most of the events are happening through description given in dialogue rather than through a lot of action.

If you are into novels that deal with a more psychological aspect of a crime rather than action scenes, this book will most likely keep you turning the pages. While I didn’t see the plot pacing that I was used to in some of Kellerman’s older novels, I ended up liking this book anyway.

For those who have read the previous novels that feature these characters, you will have the chance to spend time with your old friends again. For those who are new to the series, you may not be as well informed about the histories of the characters, but the book is good enough to stand on its own.

Although the finale of the book did tie up the loose ends, I was hoping for a little more excitement. All in all, this was a good addition to the series. I would recommend it to those who enjoy a nice puzzle.

This review is based on an ARC copy from the publisher. My opinions are my own.