Abby Knigiht may have flunked out of law school and her fiance may have dropped her shortly after, but now she is doing what she loves She has openedAbby Knigiht may have flunked out of law school and her fiance may have dropped her shortly after, but now she is doing what she loves She has opened a flower shop, owns her dream car and gets to meddle in others business as much as she like. When a young boy is murdered, Abby relizes she may have witnessed something important.
I don't know. Something about this book just did not do it for me.. Abby really does meddle and seems to be just too nosy. I know that is a characteristic of most cozy mystery detectives but Abby does not even know the boy who is killed. There were some fun moments but not enough to make me really like her. She just took too many chances. I might read another in the series in the future, but not really on my list right now. ...more
In 1966, Emma, Pepper's future boss and good friend, went to a Beatle's concert with her good friend Lucy and some of Lucy's other friends. That was tIn 1966, Emma, Pepper's future boss and good friend, went to a Beatle's concert with her good friend Lucy and some of Lucy's other friends. That was the last time Emma saw Lucy. But Pepper has seen Lucy, in the almost flesh, and has promised to find Lucy's body so she can rest. The only way to do that is to figure out who the killer is.
I love this series. This story was very good with lots of twists and turns and we get to see more of Emma in this one. She is a fun character. I had figured out most of the mystery there was still a bit of a surprise for me at the end. I like the touch of chick lit too....more
3.5 stars. Sarah Booth is still trying to recover from her last adventure. Tinkie decides that a trip out of town and some cooking classes would be ju3.5 stars. Sarah Booth is still trying to recover from her last adventure. Tinkie decides that a trip out of town and some cooking classes would be just the thing. And it would be if a there was not a beauty/cooking contest going on and the the contestants would just stop dropping dead.
Still loving Sarah Booth and all her cast, but there was just too much going on in this book. Cooking classes and beauty queens who cook. There is all the stuff with boyfriends and dogs. I think so much of this was a distraction so we would not solve the murder. Or maybe it was just to keep the stories going. I just wish it had stayed on the mystery more....more
3 1/2 stars. Candy and her father Doc own a blueberry farm on the coast of Maine. When the Blueberry Festival comes around Candy is busy cooking and d3 1/2 stars. Candy and her father Doc own a blueberry farm on the coast of Maine. When the Blueberry Festival comes around Candy is busy cooking and decorating her booth and has big plans to attend the Miss Blueberry contest that evening. The day has a bit of a shadow over it because of the recent death of a local hero. But it ends in a bang when the title of Miss Blueberry goes to a 37 year old local reporter. When that reporter shows up murdered and a close friend of Candy's is arrested, she and her friend Maggie go into investigation mode.
I enjoyed this book. It is the first in the sereis and they are often a little bit rough. I takes me a while to get used to the characters and relationships. I think I am going to really like the series though. I like the town and would like to learn more about it. I enjoyed the relationship between Candy and Maggie. They are true friends. I also liked Doc and his crew of friends who hang out at the local cafe. I think there is a lot of potential here....more
Phryne Fisher returns to Australia, her homeland, at the request of a concerned father who is convinced that his daughter, Lydia, is being poisoned byPhryne Fisher returns to Australia, her homeland, at the request of a concerned father who is convinced that his daughter, Lydia, is being poisoned by her husband. Although Phryne now runs with the noble crowd, her origins were low on the social scale, so she mixes well with the posh folks and the less fortunate in Melbourne. She immediately attaches herself to a Scottish woman doctor who insists on wearing pants, two endearing cab drivers, and a cast-off lady's maid. Together, they not only investigate poor Lydia's state of affairs but also contrive to bring down a deadly abortionist and a drug lord known as the King of Snow. Oh, all in a days work for weathy lass with time on her hands.
This is a delicious nugget of a book. In less than 200 pages Phryne flys from one escapade to another. I just love her and the supporting characters. I think the book reflects the attitudes and conditions for 1920's Melbourne pretty well. I am really looking forward to her next adventure....more
Rebecca (Bex) Levy is the research person for 24/7 sports network for ice skating. Who would think that such a pretty sport could be so grueling. BetwRebecca (Bex) Levy is the research person for 24/7 sports network for ice skating. Who would think that such a pretty sport could be so grueling. Between the exhausting schedule (apparently skaters are morning people), the bickering and the politics, Bex can bearly get any time to herself. But now they have made it to the World Championships, it is almost over. What could possibly go wrong now? Hmmm, how about a controversial judge' s decision followed by the death of said judge.? Now Bex's boss wants her to discover who the killer is before they air their last show. Great TV right. Yeah, but Bex has no idea how to investigate a murder, so drawing on her vast knowledge of mystery novels and cop tv shows, she stumbles and fumbles her way through the clues.
I really enjoyed this book. The third person narrative was nice for a change. Bex sees the skating world, well, the world in general with a jaundiced eye, but she has a refreshing faith in people that comes through despite her constantly being disappointed by those around her. I also learned a lot about the sport of skating and the way it is judged. There were also nice details about how a production like a skating competition is produced. The mystery is good and no clues are witheld. And there is a lot of humor. Lots of fun....more
Persia has returned to her island hometown off the coast of Washington followin a string of lack-lustre jobs and a desasterous relationship. She is woPersia has returned to her island hometown off the coast of Washington followin a string of lack-lustre jobs and a desasterous relationship. She is working at her aunt's spa and bath products store and using her extremely delicate sense of smell to create scents for the spa and one-of-a-kind scents for individual customers. When one of the more prominent and annoying customers ends up dead in the store, and one of her aunt's employees is arrested for the crime, Persia can't help but stick her nose in.
Hmmm, I was a bit disappointed by this book. The killer so so obvious and the motive was so lame. But mostly, I found Persia pretty annoying. I don't really know why but I just thought she was too pushy. Also, there was so much going on that seemed to have nothing to do with the story. I know she is setting up a series but it was just so disorganized. Frankly I think I would have liked it better if her aunt and her best friend were the detectives. They were much more fun and likeable. I probably will not be trying the second in the series....more
Sophie and Natasha have been rivals since they were kids. Now they are both "Domestic Divas" but with a difference. Natasha is Martha Stewart on crackSophie and Natasha have been rivals since they were kids. Now they are both "Domestic Divas" but with a difference. Natasha is Martha Stewart on crack and Sophie has a more homey and relaxed approach. Now Natasha is dating Sophie's ex-husband, Sophie's family is coming for thanksgiving and they are competing in a stuffing competition. Why not up the ante with a couple of murders?
This is the first in the Domestic Divia series. I really liked it. Each chapter starts with hints from Sophie or Natasha that are sometime informative, sometimes hilarious. The characters from Sophie to her elderly neighbor are very well developed. The descriptions are very good. I felt like I was right there with them. I enjoyed the mystery that kept me guessing. I will definitely visit Sophie again. Can't wait to see where she and Natasha are going....more
This time, Maggie is still working her job and building her spiritual skills. She is also helping out her snobby sister, Melanie, who is bed bound forThis time, Maggie is still working her job and building her spiritual skills. She is also helping out her snobby sister, Melanie, who is bed bound for the remainder of her pregnancy. Maggie really does not resent the task, she gets to spend time with her precious neices.. But the disquiet in the small town is increasing and this time Maggie's sister's house is invaded by spirits. Add to this an accidental death that might not be so accidental? Just another day in Maggie's life.
This series is a lot of fun. I am glad I came back to it. Maggie and her wiccan friends are fun and friendly. Maggie has a great sense of humor. In typical chick lit fashion, her love life, such as it is, is in an uproar with two possible hunks. This series is light and fun.The paranormal parts are not over the top. Read in series....more
In this second book in the series, Brooklyn Wainwright is attending a book fair in Edinburgh, Scotland. She loves the city and is excited for her tripIn this second book in the series, Brooklyn Wainwright is attending a book fair in Edinburgh, Scotland. She loves the city and is excited for her trip. Shortly after arriving, Kyle McVee, an old flame, entrusts her will a rare volume of Robert Burns poetry that he claims includes unpublished poems that are part of a royal scandal. He also tells her that someone has been threatening his life and he is sure the threats are linked to the book. Sure, enough, later that day, Kyle's body is discovered by Brooklyn and some friends while on a ghost tour. To make things worse, one of Brooklyn's book repair tools is the murder weapon. Good thing her best friend Robin, and Brooklyn's hippie parents show up to lend support. Even better, Derek Stone, man of mystery, is also there to help Brooklyn.
I love this series. Brooklyn is a murder magnet. And like all cozy sleuths, she is determined to solve the crime. Unfortunately, Brooklyn is not really good at the sleuthing and usually only draws more attention and trouble than anything else. I love Brooklyn, her friends and crazy family. The romance is just right for me. The information about books and book restoration is interesting and just the right amount. This Scottish romp is fun and full of laughs and crazy characters. I will be reading the next in the series....more