I loved this book, a historical romance story that is engaging, creative and well written. This author continues to impress me with her writing skills. The characters seem to pop off the pages as well as made the story seem real. They are connectable and I related to them with ease. This is about one theory, one plan, three men, scandal like no other plus add some blackmail. What will happen when Sidney’s project is revealed? Will she get to kiss then man she really wants? A must read!
This is the first story I’ve read by this author and the first few pages gave me a heavy feeling in the pit of my stomach. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen and almost closed the book. I am so glad I did not.
This is one of those stories that I don’t want to say anything about because I feel like it would be spoilers. What I will say is that it is a whimsical, quick moving, well developed story that I think everyone would enjoy. I would recommend it to an elderly book club and middle school students alike.
I have always enjoyed stories that have a playlist… well this story has a cookbook at the end. Recipes of a meal that is served in the story. I have highlighted for a future family dinner.
I will absolutely be watching out for the next installment of this delightful series.
Review by @mauraharper
Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1) by Laura Hawks was an intriguing original read, that kept me flipping the pages.
The first book in what I believe is going to be a crazily outstanding series, we are taken on a mysterious adventure with a talking cat and a teen who learns that her life and what she believe isn’t all that true. As YA is my guilty pleasure, when I seen this quirky read pop up I had to grab it, and man oh man, I’m so happy I did.
Fresh, gripping and pulling, this book dug its claws in right away. I didn’t really know what I was getting into, but in a few short seconds, I knew I made the right choice. For a 15 year old, Mia is something else. Normally I have loads of problems with YA MC’s, but not with Mia. She’s strong, resilient, and sets a clear gold of what needs to be done. Gumshoe, he’s the perfect match, and I want a talking sassy cat. That cat really brought this story together in that unique way, and Mia, with her awesomeness, push this story forward into something amazing.
On a whole this book is worth your time, energy, and it gets my super high recommendation and my golden stamp of approval.
-Review by @eawalsh
Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1)
By: Laura Hawks
5 out of 5 stars
The story Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1) by Laura Hawks is a YA mystery/fantasy book. It is amazing to read, and I found myself not able to put it down until I had finished the final page. I loved the characters of Mia Thomas and Gumshoe. Mia has just turned 15 years old. She has a kind heart, determination, and good instincts. So much is happening on her special day. She sets out to clear her family name and from financial ruin. Will she succeed? Gumshoe is Mia’s familiar. He drinks coffee and wine along with helping Mia with her investigation. Will Gumshoe and Mia find out the truth behind what is happening to her family? Is Mia in danger from her investigation? What does their future hold? Read this book to find out. This is a story that is entertaining from beginning to end. There is mystery and I felt like I was right there with Mia and Gumshoe trying to put the clues together. I enjoyed reading about the interactions between the additional characters had with Mia. Mia and Gumshoe are characters that I grew to care about with each chapter that I read. This is a book that had me turning pages to find out what happened next and how it all would end. Highly recommended.
This is a young adult story that I enjoyed from beginning to end. It is a well written story that is creative and engaging. The characters are connectable and I enjoyed one being a cat. It’s Mia’s birthday but her life is about to change among them, a stray cat starts talking to her. What will happen when they try to clear her family name? Will it become a game of survival? I enjoyed Mia and Gumshoe, they are fun and bring the story to life. I highly recommend this book.
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Gumshoe And The Mysterious Mushrooms (Gumshoe Mysteries Book 1) by Laura Hawks
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Genre – Teen & Young Adult Fantasy & Supernatural Mystery
Page Count – 179 pages
Mia Thomas just turned 15. On her special day, her teacher needs to speak with her parents, her father gets arrested and a stray cat starts talking to her. So much for a Happy Birthday!
With the help from her new familiar, Gumshoe, Mia sets out to clear her family’s name and save them from financial ruin. Will her snooping cause her own death or will her coffee-drinking, wise-cracking, booze-desiring familiar come to her rescue?
~ AMAZON ~
Ms. Hawks has always been interested in writing in some form or other, including writing for a local newspaper. Deciding to become more knowledgeable, she headed back to school and received her Master’s Degree in Ancient Civilizations, Native American History and United States History.
It was at this time she got involved in role playing on FaceBook, which gave her ample opportunities to grow and hone her writing ability.
She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her four companions, all males… cats. She travels as much as she can to various Author/Reader conventions and loves to meet established fans and make new ones, some of which she considers friends more than fans.
I am a big cover art person. I don’t necessarily let it determine whether I will or won’t read a book, but I sometimes won’t even pick up a book to read the synopsis if the cover looks ‘boring’ or ‘unusual’ to me. I would have to say this book falls in that category. I am not a huge fan of the shifter genera of novels in general. I was drawn into this with the thriller and the historical timelines that were depicted. My major suggestion would be to redo the cover art. It would really draw in a whole new crowd of people who are the type that buy based solely off of the cover art. My other would be that this books flow was choppy. It had me at several moments questioning where I was and what was happening. With these things noted the novel had great solid backbones and the plot was strong. I fell in love with the characters and the ideas scene building.
Shifter’s Pride by Laura Hawks is the second book in the Spirit Walker’s Saga. It is a shifter, supernatural, paranormal thriller, with some steamy romance. Laura has set the scene over many many years from the 1800’s to current. The story goes back and forth through the years, and Laura has included some great history from those times. Multiple murders from the past seem to fit recent murders and one person seems to be linked to them all, but who is the serial killer and why are they targeting people know to one person? Will they be able to keep those they love safe whilst trying to catch a killer? It is an intriguing and engaging story that keeps you on your toes and the many twists and turns you don’t see coming.
Prepared to be thrilled!
Reviewed by @jennadb
“There were many Native Americans that had been blessed by the Great Spirit, the Great Manitou, or whatever the particular tribe called their Supreme Being. As with all Native Americans, they had a spirit to guide them in their life’s journeys, to aid them in the path they should take, but the Great Spirit decreed one group from each tribe would be able to shift into the animal that guided each particular person. They alone would not only embody the wisdom and soul of their guide, but also embody each of their special attributing aspects. They would have the magic bestowed upon them to alter their human states into the creature that would lead them throughout their lives, as well as be gifted with additional powers, which varied per the individual. These powers were as varied as the animals that guided them.”
Shifter’s Pride is the second book in the Spirit Walker Thriller series by Laura Hawks. This is a paranormal murder mystery, with suspense, drama, action, adventure, romance, danger, a stalker, supernatural elements, shifters, and some Native American culture and history. As with the other books in this series, this can be read as a standalone. This story is quite intriguing, with several threads playing out through it. The characters are well developed and interesting. I loved how there was more to them and the story than is initially apparent. Ms. Hawks has a confident, creative, descriptive and inviting style- which brings her stories to life in a very believable way. I really love the American Indian history and cultural details she includes in her stories- it makes the book even more fascinating.
The storyline moves between the past and present- visiting the 1800’s, World War II, then back to the present, again.
I wonder what Ms. Hawks has in store for us next?
Thank you, Ms. Hawks!
I always love a good shifter book and I fell in love with this one. I don’t read them often (why, I don’t know) but this scratched that itch.
I loved how this book suck you in from the beginning and didn’t let up. It was romantic but also gave you the thrills and chills of excitement and danger. I completely fell for the world that Laura Hawks built that mixed in history as well. I loved all the character and the fact that they weren’t one dimensional. I love pealing back those layer!
The writing and storyline were flawless and kept me on edge the whole time! I’m dying to get my hands on more!
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