When Julie Holt was twelve years old, her younger sister disappeared, never to be found again. As an adult working in an auction house in New York, JuWhen Julie Holt was twelve years old, her younger sister disappeared, never to be found again. As an adult working in an auction house in New York, Julie meets artist and single mother, Monica Guidry. The two form an immediate friendship, and when Monica dies from congenital heart disease, Julie becomes the legal guardian of Monica's young son, Beau. Julie also inherits Monica's beloved family beach house in Biloxi, Mississippi. Not knowing what else to do, Julie leaves her life in New York to bring Beau back to Monica's childhood home and happier times. There are mysteries to be solved, though, as Monica had not made contact with her family since leaving for New York ten years ago, although she spoke of her childhood and home with much fondness.
I enjoyed this book's alternating story lines of Julie in present day, and Monica's great aunt Aimee in the 1950's and 60's, both set in Biloxi, MS and New Orleans, as Julie and Aimee try to understand why Monica just took off for New York one day without a word to anyone. What did Monica discover that would have made her leave her home and family, never even telling them that she had had a child or that she was dying....more
When television producer Laurie Moran's husband was murdered five years ago in front of their young son, Timmy, the killer threatened to next kill LauWhen television producer Laurie Moran's husband was murdered five years ago in front of their young son, Timmy, the killer threatened to next kill Laurie and then Timmy, before disappearing. The killer was never found. Laurie and her retired police officer father live in a constant state of fear as they try to move on with their lives, while keeping Timmy safe. Laurie's newest TV production revolves around a twenty-year-old cold case, in which a wealthy socialite was murdered the night of her daughter's college graduation party. Like Laurie's husband's death, this murder has also remained unsolved. Despite the risks, Laurie would like to gather all of the graduation party survivors / suspects in the same setting as the socialite's murder occurred, and interview all of them again in order to clear their names once and for all, and to see if any new information comes forward.
I really enjoyed this story of suspense and the varied perspectives of the different characters, from both the socialite's murder, as well as Laurie's husband's. The chapters were short and flew by. I was practically holding my breath by the end, due to the intensity of the story! I definitely recommend this book!...more
Philosophy magazine editor, Isabel Dalhousie, is helping her niece at her Edinburgh, Scotland delicatessen when she meets Ian, who has recently had aPhilosophy magazine editor, Isabel Dalhousie, is helping her niece at her Edinburgh, Scotland delicatessen when she meets Ian, who has recently had a heart transplant, and is now having visions of a face he has never seen before. Isabel cannot help but get involved in the quest to discover who the face in the vision belongs to. Has Ian's new heart transferred memories from the organ donor into Ian's mind? ...more
This is a sweet story of high school sweethearts rekindling their love ten years later. Vancouver resident Rebecca Lambert has done well as a writer fThis is a sweet story of high school sweethearts rekindling their love ten years later. Vancouver resident Rebecca Lambert has done well as a writer for a popular TV show, although her personal life is lacking. When her grandmother dies, she goes back home to the beautiful lakeside Victorian bed and breakfast in Ontario where her grandmother raised her after her parents died in an accident. Rebecca is shocked to see her former love, Mitch Burton, on the premises as she pulls up. They will both soon be even more shocked when they realize that Rebecca's grandmother has left the BNB to both of them in her will. ...more
Newly divorced Brandy Borne is living with her eccentric mother, Vivian, in the small Midwest Mississippi River town of Serenity. Brandy and Viv decidNewly divorced Brandy Borne is living with her eccentric mother, Vivian, in the small Midwest Mississippi River town of Serenity. Brandy and Viv decide to open up an antique booth at the local antiques mall. After buying a trailer load of items at an auction, they set everything up at their booth space with the help of Brandy's ten-year-old son, Jake. Later that night, the owner of the antiques mall is found dead, and Vivian has plenty of her own ideas on how things went down.
I have to say this is the funniest cozy mystery I have read so far! Let's just say that Vivian has quite the flair for the dramatic. I laughed out loud quite a few times while reading this book. :-)...more
Thirty one-year-old English teacher Nicole Michelin was born in Japan, but she and her father moved back to the States after her mother died in a fireThirty one-year-old English teacher Nicole Michelin was born in Japan, but she and her father moved back to the States after her mother died in a fire when Nicole was two. Growing up, Nicole spent a lot of time with her grandmother in Mount Olive, North Carolina, where Nicole now lives and works. Nicole's father has never been the same since the tragedy that took Nicole's mother's life, but the rest of her extended family has always been there for her, in all of their humorous and eccentric ways. Through an online column that Nicole writes, she begins corresponding with Harrison Michaels, who just so happens to live in the same town that Nicole and her parents once lived in in Japan. Harrison encourages Nicole to visit him in Japan, even though the thought of flying, especially to the country where her mother lost her life, scares her tremendously. Nicole's grandmother encourages her, though, and Nicole feels that it may be time to face her fears.
Although this book is not what I would call fast paced, the further along I got in the story, the more I enjoyed it. The relationship between Nicole and her grandmother was very sweet and I greatly enjoyed the southern setting and humor mixed in throughout the story line. This book was set in 1999, so there were a few humorous references regarding one of the characters in the story encouraging Nicole to throw out her computer, because it was going to explode when the year changed to 2000! Remember Y2K?! ...more
Jane Everett, forensic artist and member of the FBI unit of paranormal investigators, the Krewe of Hunters, is called to the Old West town of Lily, ArJane Everett, forensic artist and member of the FBI unit of paranormal investigators, the Krewe of Hunters, is called to the Old West town of Lily, Arizona to help identify an old skull found at the Gilded Lily, an old time theater that draws a lot of tourists, and is supposedly haunted by the local sheriff's great-great-grandmother, Sage McCormick, a former actress who one day just disappeared. As Jane is staying in Sage's old room at the theater, it doesn't take long for the spirit of Sage to make her presence known to Jane. Soon, another old corpse is found in the desert, and Jane and Sheriff Sloane Trent have more on their hands than a century old unsolved mystery, not to mention their growing feelings for each other. ...more
When New Orleans chef Phil Randazzo married Michelle, a widow with two children, he knew he would be taking on the role of stepfather. He didn't realiWhen New Orleans chef Phil Randazzo married Michelle, a widow with two children, he knew he would be taking on the role of stepfather. He didn't realize, however, that the ghost of Michelle's former husband, musician A.P. Savoie, would be a part of their relationship, also, both figuratively and literally. A.P. and Michelle had had a very rocky relationship, until the last few years before he died, when things finally seemed to be working out between them. Then A.P. was killed in a car accident, and the family has been trying to recover and adjust ever since. When Phil starts seeing apparitions of A.P., and both he and Michelle begin having strange dreams, they decide to see a psychic. They are able to connect with A.P. through the psychic, but are unsure if the messages they are receiving are threatening or helpful in some way.
This is a slowly unfolding ghost story about a family going through a very intense time in their lives over the course of a few months in 1996 / 1997. I enjoyed the suspense of not knowing if the ghost was trying to be harmful or helpful, and trying to determine the purpose of his visits and attempts at communication....more
Thirty-something accountant, Lee Woodyard, has been asked to join the library board in her small tourist town of Warner Pier, Michigan along the banksThirty-something accountant, Lee Woodyard, has been asked to join the library board in her small tourist town of Warner Pier, Michigan along the banks of Lake Michigan. While attending the library board's monthly meeting, Lee and the other board members hear a scream coming from the historic library's dark basement. A retiring member of the library board is laying at the bottom of the basement steps, where the library clerk has found her dead body. This certainly isn't what Lee expected from her first library board meeting, and now she is considered one of the suspects, along with everyone else present at the library that night.
A sideline to the mystery in this story is Lee's attraction to the library's new director, "Butch" Cassidy, not that she plans on doing anything about it, as she keeps telling herself. At the same time, Lee has concerns about her husband's former girlfriend coming back into his life.
I enjoyed this cozy mystery and getting to know the protagonist, Lee Woodyard, along with her husband, Joe, and the small resort town where they live, as this was the first Chocoholic Mystery I have read. ...more