It may be summertime, but sales at Fairy Tale Cupcakes are below zero—and owners Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are willing t...moreSynopsis (from bn.com):
It may be summertime, but sales at Fairy Tale Cupcakes are below zero—and owners Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are willing to try anything to heat things up. So when local legend Slim Hazard offers them the chance to sell cupcakes at the annual Juniper Pass rodeo, they’re determined to rope in a pretty payday!
But not everyone at the Juniper Pass is as sweet for Fairy Tale Cupcakes as Slim—including star bull-rider Ty Stokes. Mel and Angie try to steer clear of the cowboy’s short fuse, but when his dead body is found face down in the hay, it’s a whole different rodeo.
With a vengeful murderer on the loose, the ladies are quickly realizing that while they came to save their business, they may have to save themselves—and that’s no bull.
My thoughts: Well Mel Cooper and her friend and fellow owner of Fairy Tale Cupcakes, Angie DeLaura are at it again. Red Velvet Revenge is another great addition to the wonderful Cupcake Bakery Mystery series.
Mel and Angie are just great characters . . . funny, flirty, fierce, and feisty! Of course, that is a great combination.
The story is fun and just an overall good cozy mystery! Of course when I read these, I somehow pretend that I am a fabulous baker of cupcakes. I photocopy all of the recipes in the back of the book and just know they will taste exactly like those of Fairy Tale Cupcakes . . . ok, well maybe not, but a girl can dream . . . after all isn’t that the fun of reading cozy mysteries :)
I strongly recommend this foodie cozy series. I am going to start book #5, “Going, Going Ganache” even as we speak. (less)
Synopsis (from amazon.com): Haley Randolph, newly-single fashionista extraordinaire and occasional part-time sleuth, has definitely landed her ticket...moreSynopsis (from amazon.com): Haley Randolph, newly-single fashionista extraordinaire and occasional part-time sleuth, has definitely landed her ticket to ride this time: a job planning events for big-deal Hollywood clients. Everyone likes a party, right? So what could possibly go wrong?
As it turns out, quite a lot. Haley’s nasty new boss sets her up for disaster by putting her in charge of a hugely complicated Beatles-themed charity bash. Before Haley can say, “Oh! Darling,” she’s on her way to look at the party’s custom yellow submarine cake. . .only to find the baker, Lacy Hobbs, lying in a pool of blood here, there and everywhere!
Of course Detective Madison–Haley’s occasional nemesis (though he does have a hunky partner!)–is eyeing her as the murderer, so she’ll now be working at least eight days a week to get to the bottom of the mystery. Of course the suspect list leads down a very long and winding road as Lacy had quite a few Tinseltown enemies, including a very unhappy bride–and a rival baker.
It’ll take more than a hard day’s night for Haley to both hold onto her job and keep herself out of those awful blue prison outfits while tracking down the season’s hottest bag: the Enchantress. And though Haley’s not one to run for her life, the killer may be much closer than she thinks!
My thoughts: Well here we are with the next adventures of Haley Randolph! How does one describe Haley: college student (sort of), employee at Holt’s department store (kind of, when she wants to but hates every moment of it), fashionista, handbag lover, ex-girlfriend of the always handsome and charming Ty, daughter of a high-maintenance ex-beauty queen, and now event planner at the high class L. A. Affairs. This right here should tell the reader they are in for a ride when it comes to Haley books.
Haley is one of those characters that I absolutely love to hate . . . kind of the like the main character in Sophie Kinsella’s shopaholic series. Part of me always gets really annoyed with her . . . her lack of motivation, her ability to somehow never hold down a job and yet afford exquisite fashion and to die for handbags (I’m think I’m just jealous :), her attitude of blowing everything off. Yet the other part of me of course thinks she is absolutely hilarious!
I will admit that this book in particular had some hilarious, laugh out loud moments and some great snarky lines that I wanted to write down! A great cast of characters and a decent mystery that will keep you reading!
A great, fun cozy series that always leaves me coming back for more. The end of this particular book of course makes me wonder what is up next. And I don’t have to wait to long as the next Haley Randolph book Beach Bags & Burglaries comes out in July 2014! Can’t wait!
All Penny has ever wanted to do is dance—and when that chance is taken from her,...moreTitle: The Art of Falling
Author: Kathryn Craft
Synopsis (from bn.com):
All Penny has ever wanted to do is dance—and when that chance is taken from her, it pushes her to the brink of despair, from which she might never return. When she wakes up after a traumatic fall, bruised and battered but miraculously alive, Penny must confront the memories that have haunted her for years, using her love of movement to pick up the pieces of her shattered life.
Kathryn Craft’s lyrical debut novel is a masterful portrayal of a young woman trying to come to terms with her body and the artistic world that has repeatedly rejected her. The Art of Falling expresses the beauty of movement, the stasis of despair, and the unlimited possibilities that come with a new beginning.
My thoughts: I love running into a book that I had absolutely no idea about and absolutely loving it. Such is the case with Kathryn Craft’s debut novel “The Art of Falling”. I happened to read about in an email about new books that I receive and I knew right away, this was one that I had to read. And I am certainly glad that I did.
Penny, a celebrated dancer, must figure out her life all over again after falling from a 14 story balcony that takes her ability to dance away. What will she do if she can’t dance? What was the fall all about after all? What is her purpose in life without dance?
This is truly a beautifully written novel . . . I like to describe the writing style as almost lyrical in its approach . . . it flows wonderfully almost as if the words are dancing across the page.
This novel addresses so many profound themes in a wonderful way: strained relationships between mother and daughter, balance, redemption, self-hatred, life purpose, new beginnings, acceptance, death, life . . . the themes truly are endless.
I loved the different relationships that blossom between completely unexpected characters in the book!
Truly a wonderful debut novel! Do yourself a favor and read this book! You will not be disappointed.
Synopsis (from bn.com): Economic theories can predict many things–just not the death of a renowned Economics professor. When Professor Edmund de Beyer...moreSynopsis (from bn.com): Economic theories can predict many things–just not the death of a renowned Economics professor. When Professor Edmund de Beyer is found in his office strangled to death by his own PhD hood, the police don’t have to look any further than his colleagues in the Economics Department for suspects. After all, Edmund was the most despised faculty member in the department. CJ Whitmore, the department’s only tenured female (who also has a penchant for wearing pink-cowboy-boots to class), resolves to get to the bottom of the mystery using economic principles. Comparing tracking down murder suspects to selecting a used car, she attempts to discern the real deals from the “lemons.” That is, which suspects are really telling the truth and which are lying to protect their guilt? Will CJ be able to pick the lemon before her clever adversary strike again?
My thoughts: I really enjoyed this new cozy! Why you ask? Well, most certainly because of it’s main character . . . C. J. Whitmore! She is feisty, sassy, funny, outspoken, says what is on her mind, and a strong female character. Anyone who has ever read my blog knows how much I love a strong female character in my cozies.
I loved that this book had great humor to it . . . who doesn’t love to have a great laugh in their cozies as well.
Overall I really like this book. The overall theme of college professors, economics students, universities is new in the cozy world and goes beyond cute little shops, bistros, stores, etc. (although never get me wrong, I love those too :)
You know a cozy or any book is good when you are about half way through and find yourself asking “I wonder what C. J. is going to get into next. I sure hope this author writes another book and continues this series.”
A quick, fun read for all you cozy lovers out there!
Series: Eve Duncan #17 (Part of the trilogy: Taking Eve, Hunting Eve, Silencing Eve)
Synopsis (from bn.com): The stakes are raised even higher in Hunting Eve as Eve battles the man who is holding her prisoner. Secrets about why Eve has been targeted come into the light, bringing Eve even closer to danger. With its cliffhanger ending, Hunting Eve sets up perfectly for the finale, Silencing Eve.
My thoughts: This is the second book in the latest trilogy by Iris Johansen consisting of Taking Eve, Hunting Eve, and Silencing Eve. Not much has changed from my original thoughts about this overall series from when I reviewed Taking Eve - please follow the link to see my thoughts!
I am a huge sucker for a series however, and of course I will make it through the entire trilogy, because frankly, I have to see what ultimately happens to Eve. In fairness to this author, this series, and this trilogy, I will say that the overall pace of this book felt a bit more exciting than Taking Eve. As the title suggests, the entire book revolves around the hunt and search for the missing Eve who has been taken by a ruthless killer.
The very end of this book would have been a rather amazing cliffhanger if it was not part of a trilogy. As soon as you pick up book three or simply by the fact that there is a book three indicates that the end is well . . . not the end. Now had this cliffhanger ending come as part of one of her stand alone books, its effect would have been much greater as the reader would have had to wait for about a year to see what happens! Darn that trilogy :(
Can you tell I am not a fan of this trilogy concept that this author is putting out there. That being said, I have already picked up book 3 and am eager to see how this all wraps up. Again, I do think that taking out much of the repetitive storyline, some of the fluff, and combining these three books into one would have made for quite an amazing book.
As a forensic sculptor, Eve Duncan’s mission is to bring closure to the families whose loved ones have vanished. She knows thei...moreSynopsis (from bn.com):
As a forensic sculptor, Eve Duncan’s mission is to bring closure to the families whose loved ones have vanished. She knows their anguish—her own beloved daughter, Bonnie, was taken from her when Bonnie was just seven years old. It is only recently that this mystery was resolved and Eve could begin her journey to peace. Now Jim Doane wants the same kind of answers that Eve always longed for. His twenty-five-year-old son may or may not be dead, and he has only burned skull fragments as possible evidence. But he cannot go to the police for answers without exposing his dark past, so instead he chooses a bold step to find the truth—one that takes Eve down a twisted path of madness and evil and into the darkest heart of her own history. Doane needs Eve’s skills and he’ll do anything to get them…even if it means taking Eve.
My thoughts: I have read the entire Eve Duncan series from beginning to this . . . and I really want to say I loved this book, but I just can’t. It is very seldom that I have so many thoughts and comments about a book and a series and it is certainly seldom if ever that I have to lay out a bullet point list about my feelings about a book, but here it goes.
1. Bonnie needs to go. Anyone who has read any part of the Eve Duncan series knows that a huge focus of much of the series was Eve finding out what happened to her murdered daughter Bonnie. Frankly, for me the longer the series went on, the more this Bonnie theme and storyline just got old and somewhat annoying. I was pleased to see that the Bonnie issue was solved during the last trilogy (Bonnnie, Mike, Eve), and I foolishly thought it would be put away. I guess I was wrong. Bonnie still finds her way into this trilogy. Now granted, it is to a much lesser degree, however Bonnie still comes to Eve in her “dreams” I guess. Please just let Bonnie rest in peace and let’s move on.
2. Why the somewhat paranormal? I understand that books revolving around the paranormal and characters with special “powers” are all the rage, but I don’t really understand why this author has to jump on this bandwagon in this series. The Eve Duncan books never really had a touch of paranormal and now there are certain characters helping in the case that have what I can only describe as “special” powers if you will. Margaret, the woman who can somehow communicate with animals, the “animal whisperer”. Seth Caleb, the man who can control people’s blood up and to the point of killing them. Really? Come on. And it only gets worse in the second book in the trilogy. It’s not as if the author fully commits to incorporating these more paranormal characters and experiences in her book, but feels more like she has to somehow have of this in the book since it is all the rage. Just let it go!
3. Why a trilogy? I hate to have to jump on the bandwagon and say this, especially since I have absolutely loved this series from the beginning, but it is starting to feel like the author is writing these trilogies simply to sell more books. I currently am about 1/2 way through Hunting Eve, the 2nd book in the series, and really the storyline is dragging. I really feel as if the author could have aptly told this story in one book rather than dragging it out into three. Basically, I felt like the plot of Taking Eve can be summed up briefly as Eve disappears, Joe Quinn and Jane miss her deeply and go into a panic trying to find her, and they start the process to look for her. Yes, there is some backstory, but that is not compelling at all.
4. Go back to what made Eve Duncan great. I am really hoping that the author returns this series to what made it great, namely Eve and her facial reconstructions. Each earlier book focused on one case that Eve was working on in terms of a reconstruction. The case was compelling, intriguing, and interesting and the story wrapped up nicely. These last two sets of trilogies really feels like the author has strayed away from what made this series great. The series no longer focuses on Eve’s work and the interesting cases she gets into, but rather this endless search for personal answers.
Yes, I of course am going to finish this trilogy, but I have to say I am increasingly disappointed with this series.
I am so hopeful that the following books return to what I loved about this series or I am afraid (and I NEVER say this about characters I love) perhaps it is time to put Eve Duncan to bed!! (less)
Synopsis (from bn.com): Former US Army JAG specialist, Faith Hunter, returns to her West Virginia home to work in her grandmothers’ scrapbooking store...moreSynopsis (from bn.com): Former US Army JAG specialist, Faith Hunter, returns to her West Virginia home to work in her grandmothers’ scrapbooking store determined to lead an unassuming life after her adventure abroad turned disaster. But her quiet life unravels when her friend is charged with murder – and Faith inadvertently supplied the evidence.
So Faith decides to cut through the scrap and piece together what really happened. With a sexy prosecutor, a determined homicide detective, a handful of sticky suspects and a crop contest gone bad, Faith quickly realizes if she’s not careful, she’ll be the next one cropped.
My thoughts: Happy Saturday!! Wooooo, I love weekends!!!!! Ok, anyway back to the review. If you follow and read my blog at all you will see that I recently was part of blog tour and review for the 2nd book in this series, Designed to Death. Well I hate reading my cozies or any series books for that matter out of order, so I hopped on Amazon to see if I could get the first book in this series as I was feeling that I was getting too much information and hints in the 2nd book that would ruin it for me. I was lucky and somehow got the book on special for Kindle for $0.99 (who doesn’t love that!!), but if you are interested it is on Kindle and Nook now for $2.99 – a great deal!!!!
I really am enjoying this series. The characters overall are fun, interesting, and leave me wanting more. I for one love that there is another scrapbooking/papercrafting cozy series on the market as I just started making homemade cards in May and am now all into it!
The only issue I had with this book is that I still don’t feel like I know Faith’s backstory working with JAG as much as I want to. That is part of the reason that I picked up this first book is to find out the story and in my opinion it was really glossed over. I know it is a simple, cozy mystery but I think this info helps develop Faith’s character more and informs us readers as to the person she is. I sincerely hope the author plans on really digging deeper into why she left. Yes, it is laid out why and you get the story, but it just seems to me to be an afterthought . . . hmmmm. Tell me more!
I suggest these books to cozy lovers, and particularly cozy lovers that enjoy scrapbooking and papercrafting! The price for the ebooks is fantastic, you can’t go wrong!
Faith Hunter planned the perfect event at her grandmother’s shop, Scrap This, featuring local scrapbooker and Life Artist Diva, Belinda Watson. But the extravaganza goes up in a cloud of glitter when Belinda and her cousin, Darlene, brawl over scraplifted designs. Faith attempts to break it up, but only makes things worse. Then when Belinda turns up dead behind the Scrap This store, Faith’s involvement goes viral.
As accusations against her turn vicious, Faith sets out to prove her nemesis, Darlene, committed the crime, only to realize they are both innocent. Now they must team up or the murderer’s plan will come together seamlessly with the frenemies sharing a jail cell-or worse, a funeral.
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all! DESIGNED TO DEATH is the second book in the Faith Hunter Scrap This mystery series. Be sure to check out the first crafty mystery, CROPPED TO DEATH. Bonus: includes scrapbooking tips.
Can we say YAY!! for another scrapbooking/papercrafting cozy mystery series! Some of the other scrapbook/papercraft mystery series that I follow have just lost their edge to me so I am very excited to have found this series! Wooooo!
I really enjoyed this book. Now I am the type who hates to read their series out of order, so in the middle of reading this book I didn’t want to miss anything from the first book in the series – Cropped to Death – so I quick downloaded it to my iPad (Kindle app $0.99, hello fantastic deal)! So I read both books simultaneously, the first one while I was working out on the elliptical and the second one the rest of the time!
I find this a charming, engaging series. The characters are fun, energetic and I want to know more about them.
This may sound strange, but another thing I really love about this series is that much of the action of the story actually takes place in the scrapbook store, Scrap This! I have found in some of my other cozy series as they go along that the characters are almost never in the location that made the book a cozy to begin with. If I am reading a cozy mystery I want to be in the location, in this case the scrapbook store, and get a vivid picture in my mind of what that place is like . . . LOVE! This is the exact reason I read cozies so I can dream about that place and what I think it looks like. Call me strange, but . . .
As a papercrafter/cardmaker myself, I really got a kick out of reading about all of the supplies that I myself use . . . papers, Copic markers, layouts, YAY!
I look forward to reading more in this series .. . after all I want to see what Faith gets into next!!!
Since this book is about scrapbooking/papercrafting, I thought it would be fun to include a picture of my own little card studio as I like to refer to it . . . ok, its my dining room, but it is my creative space. And yes I can see why Faith’s space is always a mess, I’m right there with her! (less)
Synopsis (from Amazon.com): Human lie detector Charmaine Digby is having a bad year. After eating her way through a divorce, she’s out of work and up to her eyeballs in debt. In need of a life makeover Char comes home to the senior citizen haven of Port Merritt, Washington, and is ecstatic when she parlays her eye for lies into a job as the County Coroner’s new assistant. But her joy is short-lived when a hunky doctor at the hospital reports the suspicious death of Trudy, Port Merritt’s beloved Story Lady. Even more stunning, Trudy isn’t the only recent patient whose heart mysteriously stopped. Is it mad to think that dear old Trudy could be the latest victim of a serial killer? With no physical evidence of foul play, Char’s on the case, much to the irritation of Detective Steve Sixkiller, who doesn’t want her to stick her pretty nose for trouble in his investigation. But she’s a woman on a mission to uncover the truth, and she’d better keep her eyes open or the next body on the way to the morgue could be hers….
My thoughts: I truly enjoyed this cozy mystery. I read a lot of cozy mysteries and anyone who has ever read my cozy reviews knows that I enjoy a main character who is a strong, female presence and love even better when that main character is hilarious as well! Char certainly meets these criteria.
I found the book funny, engaging, and a true pleasure to read. The characters were well developed and like any good first book in a series, left you wanting to know more about the characters, . . . What is their back story? How did they get in the situation they are in now? How will their relationships develop?
Truly a fun, witty book with hilarious moments and lovable characters!
I look forward to reading more in the Working Stiffs Mystery series! I wonder what book 2 will entail??? Do tell, Wendy!!!! (less)
Synopsis (from bn.com): Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost e...moreSynopsis (from bn.com): Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning a letter arrives, addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl, from a woman he hasn’t heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. But before Harold mails off a quick reply, a chance encounter convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. In his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold Fry embarks on an urgent quest. Determined to walk six hundred miles to the hospice, Harold believes that as long as he walks, Queenie will live. A novel of charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry introduces Rachel Joyce as a wise—and utterly irresistible—storyteller.
A huge thank you to my book club for picking this as our September book! They are always bringing new books to my attention that are outside of my normal genre . . . and when it comes to books like “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry”, I am so very glad they point me in new directions.
I really enjoyed this book! On the surface, yes it is a story of Harold Fry embarking on a lengthy journey to say goodbye to a former coworker. However, when the reader truly looks under the surface, one will find a story much, much deeper.
For me this book really had wonderful deep themes weaving throughout the entire story. It is a book about lost love, righting old wrongs, the power of hope, the power of believing, expectations, redemption, self discovery, self-reflection, relationships, guilt, new beginnings, and on and on and on.
The author takes a very simple story and through it takes the reader on their own journey!
I felt that the author developed many of the characters well, however there were a few characters whose development felt either unfinished to me (David, Harold/Maureen’s son) or that they were somehow plopped in the story and just left too soon (the group of people Harold meets that join him on his pilgrimage).
I felt that there was a great depth to the story and that the author truly exemplified the old adage, “it’s not the destination but the journey that matters” through this book!
I highly recommend this book! A great fast read with a truly heartwarming story that takes the reader on their own personal journey if they allow that to happen!!
Synopsis (from bn.com): Della Wright has come to peaceful and picturesque Bri...moreTitle: Looming Murder
Author: Carol Ann Martin
Series: A Weaving Mystery #1
Synopsis (from bn.com): Della Wright has come to peaceful and picturesque Briar Hollow, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, to realize her lifelong dream of owning a weaving studio. To promote her new business, Dream Weavers, Della is offering weaving workshops for all levels of ability. In her first class, she meets half a dozen of the town’s colorful characters, who seem as eager to gossip as to learn how to work a loom.
But when a shady local businessman is found murdered, Briar Hollow suddenly appears a lot less idyllic. And when one of her weaving students is suspected of the crime, Della can’t help getting entangled in the investigation—with some help from her criminologist friend, Matthew. But can she weave together clues as well as she weaves together yarn—and stop a killer from striking again?
My thoughts: Anyone who ever reads this blog knows that I enjoy my cozy mystery series and am a sucker for the words “First in a New Series” on the front cover. This debut novel in the Weaving Series did not disappoint. I must admit that I was a bit leery when my mom recommended this one to me as I really have no knowledge of or interest in weaving and looms, but this certainly didn’t get in the way of truly enjoying this book.
I always like my cozy series to have a strong, empowered female lead character. Della Wright is just that person. She leaves her big corporate career in the city to pursue her lifelong dream of opening a weaving studio. I must also admit that every time I read a cozy where the character has left their stressful, high tech job to open up their dream shop be it a café, a bakery, a cupcake bakery, soup shop, arts and crafts shop, or whatever it may be – I enter my little dream land of doing the same thing. My latest dream is to open up a studio of my handmade cards somewhere in Hawaii and of course it will include a studio for me to work in with a huge window overlooking the ocean. Ok, back to the review :)
I love the characters in this new series. Charming, engaging, entertaining, and full of promise. The way this book is written and the way it ends up truly leaves me wanting more. I am very excited to see where this series goes.
Head on out and get your hands on this great new cozy series. Definitely worth the read.
Even a town called Snowflake, Vermont, has a summ...moreTitle: Broth of Betrayal
Author: Connie Archer
Series: A Soup Lover’s Mystery #2
Synopsis (from bn.com):
Even a town called Snowflake, Vermont, has a summer season. In August, Lucky Jamieson’s By the Spoonful serves chilled soups—celery and green onion, cream of asparagus—and salads. The shop also serves as a gathering place to talk about cold-blooded murder…
A protest to stop the construction of an ugly car wash in the middle of the town’s picturesque Village Green is interrupted by the discovery of a skeleton that may date back to the Revolutionary War. While the remains pose a historical mystery, a present-day murder shakes the town to its core when local auto mechanic Harry Hodges is found dead in his shop.
Straining the patience of Chief of Police Nate Edgerton, Lucky soon finds herself in the soup again when her dear friend Elizabeth, the Mayor of Snowflake, goes missing. No matter how much trouble she has to stir up, Lucky is determined to use her noodle to uncover a killer and recover her friend…
My thoughts: Another great book in the Soup Lover’s Mystery cozy series. I must admit I really enjoyed the first book in this series as it took place in the winter and what says cozy better than winter, snow, and a cozy soup shop. This 2nd book is set in the summer in Snowflake, Vermont and is just as charming.
The characters are great, the setting is charming, and overall this book offers a great addition to this series. Recipes for great chilled, summer soups in the back including Cherry Soup, Cucumber Yogurt and Walnut Soup, great salad recipes as well!
A great fast read. Perfect for the beach or travel as you finish up this summer season!
I can’t wait to see what Book #3 has to offer us, “A Roux of Revenge”, coming soon!
Author: Kylie Logan (also author of the Button Box Mystery Series)
Series: A League of Literary Ladies #1
Synopsis (f...moreTitle: Mayhem at the Orient Express
Author: Kylie Logan (also author of the Button Box Mystery Series)
Series: A League of Literary Ladies #1
Synopsis (from bn.com):
Most folks aren’t forced by court order to attend a library-book discussion group, but that’s just what happens to B and B proprietor and ex-Manhattanite Bea Cartwright, hippy cat lover Chandra Morrisey, and winery owner Kate Wilder after a small-town magistrate has had enough of their squabbling. South Bass, an island on Lake Erie, is home to an idyllic summer resort, but these three ladies keep disturbing the peace.
The initial book choice is Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, and that sets their mouths to watering. The Orient Express is the island’s newest Chinese restaurant. They might not agree about much, but the ladies all love the orange chicken on the menu. But their meal is spoiled when the restaurant’s owner, Peter Chan, has the bad fortune of getting murdered. Now, with Christie as their inspiration, the League of Literary Ladies has a real mystery to solve if they can somehow catch a killer without killing each other first.
My thoughts: I had a Cozypalooza on my recent couple of weeks in Oahu, Hawaii and this was one that made the list. I am so glad that it did. I absolutely love my cozy mysteries and I love beginning new cozy series – so when I see on the front cover “First in a new series” I just have to buy it.
This is a wonderful, charming new cozy mystery series by Kylie Logan, the author of the Button Box Mystery Series as well. I am very hopeful that there will be many in this series as it truly is a fun series.
I absolutely love the premise on which The League of Literary Ladies is started – namely, Bea, Chandra, and Kate being court ordered by a judge to attend a book discussion group because of their recent fighting and squabbles with each other. What a creative premise for a series!
The characters are fun, engaging, charming, and most importantly funny which I love! I love having laugh out loud moments during my reading, this series delivers.
As you see the characters becoming friends in this first book and creating the League of Literary Ladies, I could just picture where this series could go. t this
If you love a great cozy mystery with a literary theme do yourself a favor and start this series. I very much look forward to seeing what adventures they find themselves in next.
When Jess Harris moved back to her Alabama hometown, she thought she’d le...more Title: Rage
Author: Debra Webb
Series: Faces of Evil #4
Synopsis (from bn.com):
When Jess Harris moved back to her Alabama hometown, she thought she’d left her past behind her. But the blood bath the new Major Crimes deputy chief finds at a murder scene is beyond even the savagery of Eric Spears, the serial killer who now haunts Jess’s life with terrifying text messages. Amid eerie echoes of the Charles Manson massacre, Jess investigates the dismemberment of a cop’s wife while her baby lay sleeping down the hall.
The discovery of two more headless victims makes Jess wonder if it’s a gang-related slaying, a personal vendetta . . . or something else. And the sudden reappearance of her ex-husband makes her question her future with Chief of Police Dan Burnett. Now as the net widens to include a shocking suspect, Jess realizes that the identity of the killer may lie with an autistic eight-year-old boy. With inner-city tensions at an all-time high and the community calling for blood, Jess must race to save an innocent child-and prevent a final, horrifying act of rage.
My thoughts: Well, I am back from my 2 weeks in my island paradise of Oahu and it is now time to catch up on the reviews for all of the books I finished while there! Sit back and enjoy the ride.
I really, really enjoy this series. I am so happy that I found it by accident on a display at Barnes and Noble. It is technically a series that is characterized as Romantic Suspense and hence shelved under romance, but don’t let this fool you, it is really a wonderful mystery, thriller series with a bit of a romantic focus.
The main characters in this series – namely Jess Harris – new deputy chief of Major Crimes unit and Dan Burnett – Chief of Police and Jess’s lover – are engaging and wonderful!
This book tends to get away a bit from the serial killer Eric Spears that is after Jess and focuses on a number of different cases, but it really just serves to wet the reader’s appetite as we all know Spears will be back with a vengeance. I can’t wait!
If you are a lover of good mystery series with a serial killer slant, please give this series a chance! You will not be disappointed.
A fast, engaging read that makes you wanting more. Book 5 (of 6) in the series came out July 30 and I will be getting it soon!
Peter Webster is a rookie paramedic when he pulls a young woman out of a car wreck that should...moreTitle: Rescue
Author: Anita Shreve
Synopsis (from bn.com):
Peter Webster is a rookie paramedic when he pulls a young woman out of a car wreck that should have killed her. Sheila Arsenault haunts his thoughts, and despite his misgivings Peter is soon embroiled in an intense love affair—and in Sheila’s troubled world.
Eighteen years later, Sheila is long gone and Peter is raising their daughter, Rowan, alone. But Rowan is veering dangerously off course, and for the first time in their quiet life together Peter fears for her future. He seeks out the only person who may be able to help Rowan, although Sheila’s return is sure to unleash all the questions he has carefully been keeping at bay: Why did a mother leave her family? How did the marriage of two people so deeply in love unravel?
A story about trespass and forgiveness, secrets and the seismic force of the truth, Rescue is a masterful portrayal of a family trying to understand its fractured past and begin again.
My thoughts: This book feel a bit flat for me. It was ok but certainly not fantastic in my opinion. This is the first book that I read by Anita Shreve as my book club chose it for our July read and I’m not sure this book is a true representation of how great Anita Shreve can be from what I’ve heard and read.
This book is an extremely fast read, no doubt about that. However, in term of substance, it just felt lacking.
And don’t get me started on the end. Not to spoil the book for anyone, but it just felt a little too abrupt and neatly wrapped up with a bow for me at the end. I am sure life could happen this way, but it was too neat and tidy!
I will definitely give Anita Shreve a try again in the future, but I hope it gets better than this.
If you are looking for a very, very fast beach read or travel read – this would fit the bill.
Any suggestions out there for me in terms of what Anita Shreve book would give me a good representation of her writing?