Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Cadence of Gypsies #Review #Giveaway


The Cadence of Gypsies (Book 1):

On her 18th birthday Carolina Lovel learned that she was adopted and was given a letter written by her birth mother in an unknown language. After years of research she travels to Italy on a mission to find the truth about her past. Carolina is accompanied by three extremely gifted but mischievous students the FIGs from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. In an effort to help their favorite teacher, the FIGs will have to use their special abilities to decipher the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world, and the one thing that is strangely similar to what Carolina was given. Their search will take them into the mystical world of gypsy tradition and magic, more exciting and dangerous than any of them could have imagined.

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The Voynich Manuscript

One of the major themes in The Cadence of Gypsies involves the Voynich Manuscript.
 Dara, Mackenzie, and Jennifer, the three teenage orphans who call 
themselves the FIGs
(Females of Intellectual Genius), travel to Italy to help their 
teacher, Carolina, try to find out what the connection is between a letter she received from her biological parents on her 18 th birthday and the most mysterious 
document in the world—the Voynich Manuscript.

In reality, the Voynich Manuscript is a work which dates to the early 15th century, according to recent studies, possibly from northern Italy. It is named after the book dealer Wilfrid Voynich, who purchased it in 1912.

Some pages are missing, but the current version comprises about 240 vellum pages, most with illustrations. Much of the manuscript resembles herbal manuscripts of the time period, seeming to present illustrations and information about plants and their possible uses for medical purposes. However, most of the 
plants do not match known species, and the manuscript's script and language remain unknown and unreadable.




Possibly some form of encrypted ciphertext, the Voynich Manuscript has been studied by many professional and amateur cryptographers, including American and British codebreakers from both World War I and World War II. As yet, it has defied all decipherment attempts, becoming a cause célèbre of historical  cryptology.
 The mystery surrounding it has made the manuscript a subject of many 
theories and much speculation. In my book, The Cadence of Gypsies, I offer one more theory.

The Voynich Manuscript was donated to Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in 1969, where it is catalogued under call number MS 408 and called a "Cipher Manuscript."

Barbara Casey is a partner in Strategic Media Books, and president of the Barbara Casey Agency, representing authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. She is also a manuscript consultant and the author of numerous articles, poems, and short stories.

Her award-winning novels have received national recognition, including the Independent Publishers Book Award. Her novel, The House of Kane, was considered for a Pulitzer nomination, and The Gospel According to Prissy, also a contemporary adult novel received several awards including the prestigious IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction. Her most recent young adult novel, The Cadence of Gypsies, received the Independent Publishers Living Now Award and was reviewed by the Smithsonian for its list of Best Books.

Ms. Casey makes her home on the top of a mountain in northwest Georgia with her husband and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix, Fitz, a miniature dachshund, and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.

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I wanted to read this book because I am fascinated by different lifestyles, especially subcultures. I also dabble with tarot cards and appreciate persons with unusual abilities. This book includes all of those things.

It starts a bit dry, even though interesting. Some passages come across as overly factual, black and white, needing energy and texture. When there is danger and serious tension, the reader finds herself on full alert. However, some of the repetitive nature of the narrative bothered me.
I do interpret this as more of a women's read, for ages high school and above. Anyone who enjoys a combination of mystery and history could appreciate this story.

This book is the beginning of a series and focuses on the intertwined mysteries of a manuscript of unknown language and the search for answers around the birth and international adoption of a very special teacher. The students' special talents discover clues in unique ways. This reminded me strongly of the tv show Numbers and those docu-drama mysteries on the History Channel.
Told in alternating viewpoints from Wood Rose Orphanage in the United States and a roving gypsy camp outside Frascati, Italy.

I did receive this book for review purposes.


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

THE BLACK THUMB by Frankie Bow BOOK TOUR
















The Black Thumb
by Frankie Bow


Synopsis

When a violent death disrupts the monthly meeting of the Pua Kala Garden society, Professor Molly Barda has no intention of playing amateur detective. But Molly’s not just a witness-the victim is Molly’s house guest and grad-school frenemy. And Molly quickly finds to her dismay that her interest in the murder of the stylish and self-centered Melanie Polewski is more than just…academic.




I have enjoyed Molly's adventures from the beginning. We've gotten to know the quirks of the other University staff members. We've watched her relationship with Donnie evolve, but never had it been as vacillating as these days nearing their wedding. Donnie's son Davison plays an influential role in the tensions.

Add in a former friend of Molly's who turns out to be more of an acquaintance and perhaps nemesis.
When said friend dies mysteriously, Molly must fight to prove her own innocence. This, and visiting parents, add more layers of tension to what should be happy and relaxed summer days.

Frankie Bow writes intelligent mysteries. It is fun to be educated as we try to puzzle out all the angles and adjust to each change. Some may choose to focus on the Pidgin dialogue, but I find that if you let it flow it is more easily understood. It adds to the atmosphere. 

Surprises near the end involving DNA had me expecting volatile complications in future books.
Even while explained I am not totally convinced this thought won't be revisited.








About The Author

Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.
In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

DIE, DIE BIRDIE BOOK TOUR




Die, Die Birdie
by J. R. Ripley


There are many, many substories going on in Die, Die Birdie. They all fit the flow of the story and they make sense together. I was entertained every single page while reading this book.
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The town setting of Ruby Lake, North Carolina is appealing – and populated with lots of interesting, quirky people.
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Die, Die Birdie
Cozy Mystery
• New Series
• Publisher: Kensington – Lyrical Underground
• (August 16, 2016)
•Paperback: 200 pages•ISBN-13: 978-1601838315• 288 Pages
• ASIN: B018CGZ1J8
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For Amy Simms, hatching a birding shop in her hometown of Ruby Lake, North Carolina, hasn’t exactly been a breeze. But could a deadly discovery clip her wings for good?
It’s just days before Amy plans to open Birds & Bees on the first floor of her creaky Victorian house, but delayed seed shipments have prevented the fledging owner from stocking her shelves. And it doesn’t help that Amy’s best friend and business partner is out of town indefinitely. With locals skeptical about the niche shop taking flight, the last thing Amy needs now is a dead man in her storeroom-or for a crotchety tenant to catch her holding a bloody birdfeeder hook over his body . . .
Pigeonholed as a leading murder suspect by police and lacking a solid alibi, Amy’s delving into the victim’s ugly past and buzzing around Ruby Lake for clues on his killer . . . beforeshe ends up like so many of her beloved feathery friends-trapped behind bars!

Abuzz with a flock of feather brained puns, this cozy mystery has a wide cast of characters.
The house/store itself plays a major role in the plot. Grumpy older women seem to have huge personalities that come into play.
Danger abounds and connections from the past , both real and imaginary, mean no one is safe.
While not looking for romance, Amy Simms finds herself attracting attention. Her best friend and business partner seems to be keeping secrets, at a time when Amy really needs someone to believe in and count on.

Every mystery needs motive, opportunity and of course a means. In this case, all three point to Amy.
The only way she can save herself, and eventually her best friend as well, is to solve the case since her former classmate, now police chief, doesn't see the need to look further.

I liked the characters and hope we get to interact with them in further adventures.


About The Author

J.R. Ripley is the pen name of Glenn Meganck, the critically acclaimed author of the Tony Kozol mystery series. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, he has chaired the Edgar committee for Best Original Paperback novel and served on the Best Short Story Committee. As a member of the International Association of Crime Writers, he has served on the Hammett Award committee for Best Novel. When not writing books, Glenn is writing songs, often singing them to the consternation of his audience and neighbors, or involved in one of his many passions, none of which have involved any of the dead bodies that seem to keep cropping up in his mysteries. For more information about him, visit glennmeganck.com.
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