Books Read in the Month of September 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 September of 2021. Here are the 7 books I read and reviewed for September. 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.

I love sharing my reads in this Jemsbooks Segment, Books Read in the Month. I hope you will get a chance to look these books over soon. Thank you for your kind support of my work and my fellow authors.

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I haven’t read any books by Brad Thor before. Black List was a gripping and frightening premise involving the internal government agencies within that have too much power.

This is book 11 of the Scot Harvarth series. He is a counterterrorist agent who must find out who is behind the so-called Black List. People are being picked off but no one seemed to know who is behind it. Scot enlists some people he can trust to help him put the clues together before more people die. As he digs deeper into the clues he is soon running for his life.

Will Harvarth be able to solve the mystery before he and his friends lose their battle for justice? Who can they trust to share what they found? Is this even possible that the government is behind it all?

This book will keep you reading until the end when it all comes together. This frightening premise is real enough to believe. Could a government be this secretive that it doesn’t know the the right hand is doing?

Life is Like a Mosaic is a lovely collection of poetry that lifts the heart and the spirit. The author has the innate ability to create beautiful poems, thoughts, rhymes with words as if she has a magic wand.

She weaves ordinary words and creates the extraordinary before our eyes. There are fifty poems to enjoy covering feelings, experiences, hope, love, heartache, joy, friendship among others. She recalls her childhood memories, holidays, friends and other thoughts in flowing and creative rhyming poetry that takes one away to his/her own childhood nostalgically.

The colorful cover tells a tale all its own of life that can be so fractured yet somehow comes together in a beautiful way. The poems she creates give us hope in a troubled world of what is possible if we think positively. As she says in the poem, ‘Hope, Hope still springs eternal’.

I enjoyed all these wonderful poems but especially enjoyed ‘The Sunflower – One, and Sunflower – Two.’ In these two poems Sally expresses her thoughts – ‘Witness the sunflower as she swivels to stare and worship the gold god. Symbol of health and life the sunflower brightens every field that she graces.’

As I read all these poems I fell uplifted and free, all my troubles melted away. It was a beautiful feeling as I traveled along her words to float and flitter, my heart beating rhythmically with her lilting words. I highly recommend this beautiful collection. Thank you, Sally Cronin!

A thriller with strange happenings and surprises that kept me turning pages. I thought I knew who was the killer but then there were twists and turns that shocked me.

This is the first book I’ve read by Gregg Olsen. It was gruesome at times in description and other times just by suggestion. Detective Megan Carpenter takes on this case of a missing woman when her sister files a report and requests help immediately.

Detective Carpenter has demons of her own to deal with but plows ahead with this case determined to solve it and bring the woman back home safely. What she doesn’t realize is that there is more to this disappearance than meets the eye. Also, this closed off community of Snow Creek harbors those who have secrets of their own that they are keeping hidden.

Will Megan be able to solve this case without getting thrown back into her own memories of a past that she wants to forget?

I enjoyed this book but found it a little long. It was almost as if the author didn’t want to end it. That is the reason I gave it four stars instead of five.

John Grisham has written so many books that are better than this one but the storyline was intriguing and kept me reading. The premise is believable where students rack up extensively high school loans just to complete their degrees. In this story it is primarily about a law school that is anything but prestige.

The three protagonists enroll in Foggy Bottom Law School but are they really lawyer material? Can they graduate and ensure that they will get a position with a reputable law firm? Or are they going to spend their lives trying to pay back astronomical loans the rest of their lives?

There are some fantastical situations that these three students get into because they are fearless or have no common sense. Whichever it is they are in deep trouble out of which they may never escape. Or will they? You will have to read it to believe what they do.

I’ve never read any books by Cara Reinard. After reading Sweet Water, I am definitely going to check out more of her work. This was a captivating read!

The story is told from different perspectives – the main protagonist, Sarah Ellsworth, bouncing between her past and present lives. She wants to believe in her rich husband and his family but can’t get close to her in-laws. There is something cold and sinister behind their smiles. She is used to having a father who is kind, caring and warm.

When her son, Finn, needs help after his girlfriend dies unexplainedly Sarah is thrown into a whirlwind of emotion and heartache for him. But something doesn’t add up. Did her son commit murder and why? What can she do to protect him? Her husband is ready to do anything. But some things he may do are not right. She is torn between telling the truth and protecting her son at all costs.

This book help me in its grip until the last word. It was heartbreaking and sad to see what can happen to a family. I loved every minute of this novel. I highly recommend it!

Buried Secrets

A cozy mystery with Winston Windflower

I love this series with the protagonist, Winston Windflower of the RCMP. I have read all the books in this series and thoroughly enjoyed each mystery. 

It feels like coming home to read about Winston, his wife and children, the cozy dinners, delicious recipes of fish and meats, friendships, and beautiful community of Grand Banks.

Mike Martin has created a likable character in Winston. He is a kind, caring and dedicated member of the RCMP. The men under his command all respect and look up to him for counsel. 

Windflower turns to his prayers and smudging taught to him by his Cree family of Northern Alberta. Whenever he has a dream he seeks advice and council from his uncle who has dream-weaving abilities. 

This mystery involves murder, embezzlement, sex trafficking and trouble within the RCMP. Winston is troubled by some of the evidence and finds himself questioning whether he wants to continue doing this job. 

An enjoyable read that I hope will continue with  the next chapter of Winston Windflower. 

Lee Child has created an indomitable character in Jack Reacher. Is there anything that he can’t do? He appears to be indestructible in this book. If you are looking for action, adventure and close calls, check out this book or any of the Jack Reacher series. You will not be disappointed.

In Die Trying you will feel your heart pounding, adrenaline flowing through your veins as Jack Reacher is caught in another tight spot when he is kidnapped along with a mystery woman. Will he be able to escape? This time it involves a female FBI agent who is injured. He feels protective of her as his soft side emerges. He refused to leave her and will do whatever it takes to get her free of her captives. But how will he free himself first?

You will be brought on a wild chase as the situations get tougher for even a tough guy like Reacher. Will he be able to figure how to get out? What about the government? Where are they? Aren’t they invested in this case especially since the FBI agent is the daughter of a government official? Read this fast-paced thriller and find out!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will come back again real soon. Thank you also to all my new readers. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books and for all the lovely reviews you posted wherever my books are sold.

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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