Books Read in April of 2021!

Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of April of 2021. Here are the 6 books I read and reviewed for April. I might have read even more if I didn’t have another WIP. But, I always seemed to have a WIP! I hope you enjoy reading these reviews.

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Close to Home (Tracy Crosswhite Book 5) – Kindle edition by Dugoni, Robert. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @

Close to Home (Tracy Crosswhite Book 5) by [Robert Dugoni]

This is book 5 of the Tracy Crosswhite mystery series. Each book is more intense than the previous one. Tracy Crosswhite is deep into this newest mystery when a boy is killed in a hit and run accident.

What Tracy doesn’t realize is this case involves the Navy and their protocol is different from her own. She runs into snags this way and that trying to solve the crime. There are too many clues that do not add up when she delves deeper into them. Finding the perpetrator could endanger her life and those who are also thrown into the mix.

Tracy is a strong woman who will do whatever she can to help justice be served. She strives to handle her own daily struggles in the midst of each of her cases but never gives up to do all she can to succeed in both her personal and professional life. She is a likable character that makes the reader cheer her on and support her every effort.

This series is entertaining and well written. The author does his research to cover every facet of his stories. I look forward to reading the next book in this series which is already on my Kindle.

Close to the Bone is Book 1 of this bone series with Agent Cate Wilde. When Cate goes back to her home to Camilla Island she is drawn into a mystery when some bones are found on an neighboring island.

Cate, recovering from a gunshot wound inflicted while on another case, travels home to gain strength, peace and quiet. This is not what she finds though and is pulled into this new case by her supervisor since she is already on site.

Being back home stirs memories of her past and her friend who disappeared many years ago. She fears that the bones that are found may belong to her friend, Samantha.

There is mystery, suspense, a hint of love, and renewal of friendship. The main protagonist is an intriguing personality, surprisingly real and resilient.

This was an enjoyable, quick read. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Memories in the Drift was a little slow to get into the story. The author tells a tale about a woman, Claire Hines, who loses her memory. At times I found the repetition to be tedious and by the middle of the book could recite everything verbatim.

The characters around Claire are extremely supportive in her everyday life, as strange as it is. Claire must rely on her calendar on her cell and watch to keep her on track otherwise she can’t function alone. This fact is a scary concept and most difficult to convey in words to the reader without becoming too repetitious. The author appeared to get into the rhythm of the story when it was nearly over.

I’m glad I stayed with this book because I loved the ending! It was a surprise and yet not too shocking but certainly satisfying. I commend the author for tackling this difficult subject and still being successful.

I love all Effrosyni Moschoudi’s books. She writes lovely romances that transport the reader to her beautiful home of Greece. Greece is a magical place that makes the reader feel at home with the people, food, and gorgeous scenery. The author’s descriptions of her homeland create a longing in her readers to visit and experience the magic there.

Running Haunted is a delightful romance that connects the present with the hereafter in a fun way. When Kelly Mellios returns to Greece to run a marathon she is surprisingly thrown into a job as a nannie for three boys. What she doesn’t know is that the house is haunted by the owner’s late wife.

Kelly must try to help this family who is grieving from their loss and is struggling to function. While she is trying to solve some of the problems the family is having she discovers some strange happenings dealing with the family’s pet pug. What she doesn’t expect is that her feelings for her boss go beyond being an employee.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and couldn’t wait to see how it was going to end. The author created a sweet story that was a fun read with a touch of comedy that made it quite entertaining.

Harbinger is book 3 in this series about a boy named Rabbit. If you have read books 1 & 2 you must pick up this book to continue the delightful story about Rabbit, Mac, Sarah, Branna and others.

Even if you haven’t read the other books in this series you will love learning about this sweet young boy who was once lost and now has found his place in life. Rabbit has powers of clairvoyance and knows and sees things that others cannot. In this story he and his father get involved with a twenty-year old cold case and help the sheriff with the case.

What Rabbit finds is frightening. He is not quite sure that he can handle what keeps coming at him from beyond. His father is there to guide and protect him at every turn.

The author has created a delightful story with endearing and many faceted characters that make the reader become deeply concerned and invested in their safety as if they were family.

I highly recommend this wonderful series. I look forward to reading the next book to complete the enjoyable series. It will be sad to say goodbye to Rabbit though.

John Grisham does it again! He never fails to entertain his readers and delight his fans. I am one of them. I didn’t know what to expect of this book when I began reading but once I got into it I was hooked.

Mercer Mann is a novelist who is suffering from writer’s block. She is enlisted by a mysterious woman to work with her and her company to recover some valuable documents from Princeton Universities Firestone Library. She doesn’t realize what she is taking on when she accepts the woman’s offer to pay off her school loans. She must ingratiate herself with a rare book dealer to find out if he is involved in some way with the theft.

Grisham has created interesting and eclectic characters that keep the story line moving along. It kept me in suspense until the satisfying ending. I have already downloaded book 2 and look forward to continuing the story.

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!








About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 36 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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2 Responses to Books Read in April of 2021!

  1. Hi Janice, some great reads here. Terence is a fan of John Grisham.

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