Sunday, March 13, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Between a Book and a hard Place by Denise Swanson

 Title: Between a Book and a Hard Place
 Author: Denise Swanson
 Series: Book 5 A Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery
 Publisher: Obsidian Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from publisher
 Star Rating: 3 out 5
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 When Shadow Bend, Missouri hears news that the town's library will finally re-open there is mixed reviews on such the event. But that isn't the only big news supposedly aliens are choosing to make Shadow Bend the town to come and have first contact. And that isn't all, Dev's mother has finally come back to rekindle their relationship after leaving her at her grandmother's over a decade ago. There is a lot of changes in Dev's life, recently moving back to to Shadow Bend, opening a five and dime store to help with her grandmother's health, and juggling two men in her life.

 Nothing shocks her more then when she sees her mother for the first time since she left. Her mother Yvette, married Jett Benedict the man who is funding the re-open of the library. His only condition is he get to research the archives. Within a few days of arrival Jett is found dead in the library and everything point's to Dev's mother and father. Her father Kern who recently was released from prison after being found innocent of a crime he didn't commit. It soon becomes Dev's mission to protect her parents in a race to find the killer before the police do.

 With Dev's friends Boone and Poppy in tow they uncover a long hidden secret that could change the lives of some of the oldest families in town. Her's included. She also has the help of her two love interests, high school sweetheart, Noah with a meddling mother and Jake, ex-US Marshall with a meddling ex-wife. Not only does she need to keep ahead of the police but ahead of these two women if she wants to figure out which one she truly loves. When Dev finds out the truth she is then put in the middle of a dangerous game where she needs to save not only herself but her friends.

 The story was fast paced and there is quite a lot going on. The author was very good at propelling you through the story to see not only who the murderer was but what was going to happen in Dev's life next. Ms. Swanson writes good characters but unfortunately for me there wasn't one I really could identify with.

 They were likable but I personally had issues with the main character, even though she is a strange mix of a tough business woman and a vulnerable female (sort of paraphrasing a line from the book but it fits her to well) which is what I like she just missed the mark for me. I think if she had a little more of Poppy (her friend that has attitude and can take care of herself physically) maybe it would have been different.

 FTC Disclosure Thank you to the publisher and/or author for providing us with a copy of this book for review.This did not influence our thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book and honest and our own.


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 The giveaway closes at 12:00 am EST March 14th. Entries will not be counted after 12:00 am EST March 14th. The winner will be announced on the blog and Facebook Page and notified by email (don't forget to check your SPAM FOLDER)

34 comments:

  1. I enjoy the Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery series, and the Between a Book and a Hard Place is on my TBR list. Thank you for a chance to win.
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  2. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity! Jillian.lauder@yahoo.com

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  3. I really the Dime Store Mystery series, and have been waiting for Between a Book and a Hard Place. Thank you for the giveaway. poohwine1217@gmail.com

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  4. I love Swanson's work—thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book!

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  5. Sounds complicated, but interesting.
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  6. I love the series and own the books. I don't have this latest one yet and would be thrilled if I won it.

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  7. The first in this series was one of the first cozies that I read and I fell hard for Dev and the rest of the gang. Each book since only added to that. Can't wait to read Between a Book and a Hard Place. (Yay! We get to meet Dev's mom!) Thanks for the chance to win.

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  8. Love this series!!!!!! Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  9. Sounds interesting even though you had reservations. bobbipad@gmail.com

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  10. I love this series...I was introduced to the first book, and was hooked with the quirky characters.
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  11. Haven't read any in this series yet, but willing to give it a shot

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  12. I read a number of her other series but haven't reaad this series.
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  13. I live Denise's Scrumble River series. This is on my to read list.

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  14. I have read Scramble series but not this one. I think it's time to start. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  15. Love all these authors books. anajs95 at gmail dot com

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  16. I have not read this book but I can't wait to check out this author. I do a ton of read and reviews for various authors at their request and as a hobby of mine so I can't wait to check this out. Theradels@gmail.com

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  17. I have not read this book but I can't wait to check out this author. I do a ton of read and reviews for various authors at their request and as a hobby of mine so I can't wait to check this out. Theradels@gmail.com

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  22. I enjoy this series
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  23. Sounds intriguing! I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance!
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  24. Love this series. I got my first one at my local book store used book section. Soo good

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  25. I have actually never heard of this series but it sounds delightful!! I'm going to check it out. catlaw2@comcast.net

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  26. I love easy reads. It sounds a bit crazy but likable. Hope to read it.

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  27. Thanks for the chance and the giveaway.
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  28. Thanks for the giveaway. I really enjoy this series and can't wait to read this one. Great post. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  29. This looks like an amazing read and I like that the storyline involves a library. Looking forward to reading.
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  30. I like all of her series.

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  31. Thank you for the chance! I love this series.
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  32. I love the cover of this book! It sounds like my kind of a book. Can't wait to read it!
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  33. Love the kitty on the cover!
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  34. Any series that puts a cat on the cover is worth a try for me. I'd love to win.
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