Monday, January 7, 2019

In This Ground - TLC Book Tour

~ I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Synopsis: Just as his indie-rock band was poised to make it big, Ben Dirjery traded it all in for fatherhood and the stability of a job at Bolster Hill Cemetery. Now closing in on fifty, the former guitarist finds himself divorced and at loose ends, and still haunted by the tragic death of his former band’s lead singer, who is buried, literally, under Ben’s feet. Then Ben’s daughter begins questioning a past he has tried to bury. If he can face her questions, he might finally put to rest his guilt over his bandmate’s death, and bring music back into his life.

Enter to win a copy of In This Ground.  I am going to make this really simple.  Leave me a comment on whether you have participated in a knitting bomb, were ever in a band, or have harvested mushrooms to enter to win your copy of In This Ground, by January 14th midnight (EST). 

One (or more) Sentence Summary: WOW! I loved In This Ground.  I couldn't get enough of the characters and how their stories all intertwined.  In This Ground has a very unusual setting - a cemetery.  However, it makes so much sense as you read it. I absolutely loved all the connections to Nick Graves, a  former band's lead singer (I can't say more or I will spoil it) buried at the cemetery.  I am a knitter, and  couldn't believe there was even a knitting bomb in the book at the cemetery.  Even the knitting bomb was intertwined with all the characters past and present.  The connection between the mushrooms and green burials brought tears to my eyes.  All the stories and characters are connect to the Unknown Vagrant grave and Nick Graves (former band leader) and so well done. I honestly couldn't get enough of In This Ground.  Absolutely loved it.

In This Ground remained me of my favorite Mitch Albom's book, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. I want a sequel to In This Ground!

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: 100% yes! 

Beth Castrodale has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor. Her novels include Marion Hatley, a finalist for a Nilsen Prize for a First Novel from Southeast Missouri State University Press (published by Garland Press in 2017), and In This Ground (Garland Press, 2018). Beth's stories have appeared in such journals as Printer’s Devil Review, The Writing Disorder, and the Mulberry Fork Review. Get a free copy of her novel Gold River when you sign up for her e-newsletter, at

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Please check out all the other reviews on the tour:  
Monday, January 7th: Seaside Book Nook
Wednesday, January 9th: Bibliotica
Thursday, January 10th: Books and Bindings
Monday, January 14th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, January 15th: The Book Diva’s Reads – author guest post
Wednesday, January 16th: Booklover Book Reviews
Thursday, January 17th: @crystals_library
Monday, January 21st: Eliot’s Eats
Tuesday, January 22nd: Really Into This and @mountain_reader_
Wednesday, January 23rd: Lit and Life
Thursday, January 24th: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Monday, January 28th: Book By Book
Tuesday, January 29th: Erica Robyn Reads



  1. Ahhhh!! So glad you loved it! Thanks for being on the tour!

  2. I L-O-V-E-D this book as well. A sequel would be great. I'm reading Gold River now and am really enjoying it.

  3. Great review!! I really loved this book as well! Such a great character-driven story!


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