From the cover: Seaside Knitter Birdie Favazza has long loved knitting, but lately she’s taken on a new challenge—making a family farm operational agaFrom the cover: Seaside Knitter Birdie Favazza has long loved knitting, but lately she’s taken on a new challenge—making a family farm operational again. With help from friends, Lambswool Farm is now up and running, with thriving crops and grazing sheep. In addition, the farm will host rustic, six-course prix fixe dinners plated by local chefs and served on a gorgeous restored harvest table, decorated to perfection with colorful knitted vegetables crafted by Izzy Chambers Perry, her aunt Nell, and the other Seaside Knitters. But on the night of the first meal, everything spins out of control when one of the guests, Seaside Harbor’s family physician, becomes fatally ill. It seems that behind Dr. Alan Hamilton’s friendly bedside manner was a man with enemies and secrets. Soon the town is gossiping and pointing fingers at all possible suspects—including the women at Lambswool Farm. Now the Seaside Knitters must join together to uncover the truth in Dr. Hamilton’s complicated past—and restore peace to town and country alike.
This is the 11th book in the Seaside Knitters series. I read lots of cozy mysteries, but I have never read from this series before. I enjoyed this story, but since it’s the 11th book I had to go back to the beginning and read who the main characters were from time to time. The returning characters seem to flow together and worked well, but someone coming in as I did (never read this series before), I needed to keep an open mind and return to the front to read who the characters were and how related to each other. I didn’t quite ‘get’ the title for this book-the murder didn’t take place on the farm, but the story did have some twists and turns. It didn’t take me too long to determine who the killer probably was. I had it down to two people and one was the correct killer. Overall I thought this was a good book and would read other books in this series. ...more
From the cover: Internationally renowned actress Juliana Richardson should be concentrating on the role of a lifetime, not on the man who broke her heFrom the cover: Internationally renowned actress Juliana Richardson should be concentrating on the role of a lifetime, not on the man who broke her heart years earlier. Yet King Andre Alexei IV is no longer a young prince-in-training—he's an undeniably sexy monarch with seduction on his mind. Juliana's heart is at risk, but after a series of deadly coincidences, it becomes clear her life is on the line, too. Andre vows to protect the stubborn star even as she pushes him away. But as the threat to Juliana's life grows more intense, Andre must choose between saving the vulnerable beauty or letting her go forever.
I can't quite put it into words 'why', but I really liked this book. King Andre (main male character) is a definite alpha male-trying to control as much as possible, yet he has a tender part for the women in his life. He also wants to bring changes in his country to bring them 'up to date' with other countries. Juliana (female lead character) is a quiet award winning actress that shies away from relationships with men. But she is still caring and thoughtful of others around her. The two characters knew each other in teenage years, fell in love, left each other. Now the King wants her back no matter what. It was interesting to read everything going on trying to keep the two from 'getting together' again. The book at times was a little slow, but overall a good read. ...more
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From the cover: Ashton has a gift... Simply put, she can read minds. Andrew Desmond personifiI received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
From the cover: Ashton has a gift... Simply put, she can read minds. Andrew Desmond personifies corporate evil. He uses his billions to manipulate not only the business world, but people as well. When he learns of the power Ashton possesses, he will stop at nothing to get it for his own.
I liked this book. It was an interesting read. The beginning of the book was about the main two characters from very young children until they meet. At times Ashton’s character ‘bothered me’. I know as a child it is hard to keep quiet, but as an adult people learn. I didn’t like that she just stated things she read from another person’s mind. It was rude. The people around didn’t say those things aloud-they were not being rude. I’m also certain it would be frustrating to really be a person who can read other’s minds and not be able to shut it off. But Ashton had the help of an aunt (who also could read minds) and still she was just rude to others. Then there is Andrew-what a ‘jerk’ of a person. Didn’t like his character, but yet there was some evidence that he still had some goodness inside of him (but he usually didn’t let it come out). The story was a little predictable and the ending was clear, but yet somewhat unbelievable with the characters left all getting together and forming one big happy family. Even though I didn't believe the ending it still is a good book to read. ...more
From the cover: Marissa Gray’s world was shattered when her best friend, Gretchen, was brutally murdered. Back then, Marissa tried to convince authoriFrom the cover: Marissa Gray’s world was shattered when her best friend, Gretchen, was brutally murdered. Back then, Marissa tried to convince authorities that Dillon Archer was the killer. But her eyewitness statement wasn’t enough—and Dillon disappeared. Now a successful journalist, Marissa is back to help her family during a time of need. After years away from Aurora Falls, she finally feels the past is safe behind her. Until a terrifying hooded figure causes Marissa’s car to swerve off a snow-slick road, nearly killing her. Once again, no one wants to believe Marissa’s story—not her sensible sister Catherine, and certainly not her ex-fiancé Eric, who happens to be the town’s deputy chief of police. But other strange happenings are afoot…and a terrifying sequence emerges in which old friends of Gretchen’s start turning up dead. As Marissa desperately races to uncover Aurora Falls’s secret history, someone is two steps ahead, concealed in every taunting clue—and waiting to silence one inconvenient witness forever.
This is the first book from this author I have read. It was a good mystery that I had difficulty putting down. I knew Dillon wasn’t the killer, but I wasn’t certain who it was until near the end of the book. The ending was bit of a surprise especially what really happened to Dillon and who did it. I would definitely recommend this book for people who like murder mysteries. ...more
From the cover: Detective Lieutenant Anita McElone is one of Harbor Haven’s finest. She’s also a hard-boiled ghost skeptic. So when she shows up on thFrom the cover: Detective Lieutenant Anita McElone is one of Harbor Haven’s finest. She’s also a hard-boiled ghost skeptic. So when she shows up on the doorstep of Alison Kerby’s Haunted Guesthouse to ask for supernatural help in solving the murder of her former partner, it’s hard to tell which woman is more flabbergasted. But McElone is dead serious, so Alison promises to help in any way she can—even asking her resident ghosts, Paul and Maxie, for help with the case. As Paul’s spirit source reveals some troubling information about the deceased detective, Alison wrestles with what to tell McElone. First, though, she has to find her…because the lieutenant has suddenly disappeared..
This is the sixth book in the series, but the first I have read. The mystery is well done with lots of suspects and a twist now and then. I liked the humor infused in the writing. One of my favorites is when Allison is speaking about her parents, “They have a great marriage, despite her being widowed.” Of course her father is one of the ghosts in the book. If you like cozy mysteries that include a ghost or two or three-this would be a good book to read. The characters are well written and developed and the story line is very good. ...more
From the cover: High school English teacher Skyler Foxe swears he’s done being an amateur sleuth. Instead, he’d rather concentrate on his career as aFrom the cover: High school English teacher Skyler Foxe swears he’s done being an amateur sleuth. Instead, he’d rather concentrate on his career as a teacher and on his hot boyfriend and head football coach Keith Fletcher, who is busy with football practice and an interesting new player that puts Keith in the spotlight for a change. But Skyler encounters a few homegrown surprises of his own, not the least of which is the unwelcome appearance of one of Keith’s old flames. What does HE want? And then Skyler is confronted with two shocking bits of news in his own backyard that makes him rethink his own future plans, whatever those are. But all that gets put aside when a murder occurs in plain sight at an outdoor concert. Skyler, his Scooby Gang, and even Keith join in to investigate a murder that’s far too close to home.
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This is the first book in the series that I have read. I did place it in mystery because there is a murder to be solved, BUT there is also romance and humor. There are many small plots going on in the story-yes the murder, but then the romance/relationship between Skylar and Keith, Skylar being a teacher in a small town and not a role-model, etc. The murder seems secondary to the book, but Skylar is so amusing almost like the ‘dumb blond jokes’. I did give a sigh several times, but overall the character is wonderful. I do feel that the characters were not well developed in this book. Since it’s not the first in the series the other regular characters were probably introduced in previous books, so it make reading a little difficult to understand in places. Overall I thought this was a good book and would read others in this series. ...more