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Murder at the Brightwell (Amory Ames Mystery, #1)
An unhappy marriage, 1930s aristocracy, an old flame, and a murder -- sounds like a rip-roaring good read. Instead, it was a bit sleepy and claustroph ...more
May 22, 2014
May 24, 2014
The Girl on the Train
Tense and unhappy. I thought it was well-done but it just wasn't an enjoyable read for me since I found it hard to like any of the characters and I fe ...more
Feb 23, 2015
Feb 24, 2015
Killer Librarian (Killer Librarian #1)
The best thing about this book was the title. It was really a midlife-crisis/G-rated romance novel masquerading as a mystery, and not a very compellin ...more
Nov 25, 2012
Nov 24, 2012
Meet Your Baker (A Bakeshop Mystery, #1)
I very much enjoyed this first in a new cozy mystery series. I look forward to spending more time in this small Oregon town full of Shakespeare enthus ...more
Nov 21, 2014
Nov 22, 2014
All the President's Menus (A White House Chef Mystery, #8)
I didn't find the mystery in this one as intriguing as past installments, but I always enjoy spending time with Ollie and her crew.
Jan 10, 2015
Jan 13, 2015
Upon a Winter's Night (Home Valley, #4)
Eh. This was a romance masquerading as a mystery. I'm not sure how accurate the author's portrayal of the Amish is.
Sep 2013
Sep 21, 2013
A Date You Can't Refuse
I love this series. I hope this isn't the last one!
Jan 09, 2010
Mar 13, 2009
The Homicide Hustle: A Ballroom Dance Mystery
Another fun read from Ella Barrick A.K.A. Lila Dare A.K.A. Laura DiSilverio. I'm not even a fan of ballroom or dancing reality shows, but I enjoyed th ...more
May 10, 2013
May 11, 2013
All Sales Fatal (A Mall Cop Mystery, #2)
I really like this series. A unique premise, an authentic heroine with an intriguing backstory, great supporting characters, and well-conceived myster ...more
May 20, 2012
May 26, 2012
Mr. Churchill's Secretary (Maggie Hope, #1)
Mildly entertaining but pretty implausible. I found myself skimming a lot, confusing the many characters and points-of-view, and wishing the resolutio ...more
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013
Fonduing Fathers (A White House Chef Mystery, #6)
Loved that this book's focus was on Ollie's personal life, although I missed the White House and her staff a bit as they took a backseat role. And the ...more
Jan 02, 2013
Jan 01, 2013
Grace Among Thieves (Manor House Mystery, #3)
Julie Hyzy's Grace is growing on me; at first I didn't love her as much as I love Ollie from the White House Chef Mysteries. I really enjoyed this one ...more
Jul 02, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
Dying In the Wool (Kate Shackleton, #1)
I hate to use "richly atmospheric" as a descriptor since it is such a cliché, but I can't come up with a better one. The setting was very well-drawn a ...more
Mar 15, 2015
Feb 24, 2015
The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan (Enola Holmes 4)
My favorite part of this book? A quote from my review for a previous book in the series is printed on the back cover! Alas, it is attributed to School ...more
Nov 28, 2008
Nov 24, 2008
Batter Off Dead (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery, #17)
I probably shouldn't have jumped into a series at #17, but I was on vacation, I saw it at the independent bookstore, it looked Don' ...more
Apr 18, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
Eggsecutive Orders (A White House Chef Mystery, #3)
Not my favorite in the series so far -- not as much action in the actual White House kitchen -- but I really enjoy these! Looking forward to the newes ...more
Aug 09, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
A First Date with Death
Eh. I was disappointed in this one, and almost decided not to finish it. The premise was promising, but I found most of the characters flat and the pr ...more
Apr 02, 2015
Mar 10, 2015
Murder on Marble Row (Gaslight Mystery, #6)
For some reason I thought this was second in the series, so it took me a bit to get acclimated, but I really enjoyed it. Not sure if I'll go back to t ...more
May 30, 2013
May 08, 2013
Naughty in Nice (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #5)
Loving this series -- currently on a binge. Will end with the newest installment, which I am reading now. I'm sad that I will now have to wait for mor ...more
Dec 07, 2012
Dec 04, 2012
Fatally Flaky ( A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #15)
My first intro to the series. Don't know if I'll go back and read 1-14, but I enjoyed it!
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
Swift Run (A Charlie Swift Mystery #3)
Another fun addition to the series, with lots of twists and turns. I appreciated seeing things from Gigi's perspective.
Dec 30, 2012
Dec 28, 2012
Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)
Engrossing mystery, vivid historical setting...but the motive for a crime left a decidedly sour taste in my mouth.
Sep 02, 2011
Aug 30, 2011
Milkshakes, Mermaids, and Murder (Ellie Avery #8)
I jumped into this cozy series at book number eight, but I really enjoyed it.
Apr 21, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
State of the Onion (A White House Chef Mystery, #1)
Really liked this one -- though sad to have bought it at a Borders going-out-of-business sale.
Jul 30, 2011
Jul 28, 2011
Read It and Weep (Library Lover's Mystery, #4)
The children's librarian dresses up as Pete the Cat. Enough said.
Mar 09, 2014
Mar 09, 2014
Look Into My Eyes (Ruby Redfort, #1)
A good middle-grade series to recommend to fans of girl sleuths.
May 27, 2013
May 29, 2013
The Scarlet Pepper (A White House Gardener Mystery, #2)
The solution was way too obvious to me, and the heroine so dense...and I'm not one to easily solve mysteries.
Aug 29, 2012
Aug 26, 2012
Killing Bridezilla (A Jaine Austen Mystery, #7)
Another entertaining, breezy read. Just what I need right now!
Jun 16, 2010
Jun 16, 2010
Royal Flush (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #3)
I'm really enjoying this series. Great light reading for the holidays.
Nov 30, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
Liver Let Die (A Clueless Cook Mystery, #1)
Another disappointing cozy...won't be reading the rest of the series.
Mar 22, 2013
Mar 23, 2013
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