What do you do when the economy is bad and your little bookstore hasn't the ghost of a chance of surviving ? A real death in the store can definitely...moreWhat do you do when the economy is bad and your little bookstore hasn't the ghost of a chance of surviving ? A real death in the store can definitely drum up business. Then add a real ghost of a PI whose own murder happened in that same spot more than 50 years ago, and you've got yourself a booming new business, a murder to solve, and a fun new cozy series!
In a small town in Rhode Island, recently widowed Penelope Thornton and her Aunt Sadie have decided to host a famous mystery writer at their mystery book store. Though he is arrogant and demonstrative, his books are big sellers. But before he can really get into his talk, he drops dead at the podium. Then Penelope realizes that she can hear the ghost go the PI who was murdered in her store, and he's encouraging her to solve this new murder, before the police decide Penelope is a murderer.
This fun mystery plays on the hard boiled noir mysteries of yesteryear. The ghost, Jack Shepard, dialogues in the speech of past detectives. The chapters are all headed by quotes from characters or publications that any respectable mystery buff will recognize--like Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe. Definitely reminiscent of the past, while creating a present mystery that will haunt you. Luckily, there are already four more in this series for me to read. This dame is ready to detect !(less)
Second mystery outing for Mickey Rawlings. Now he's with the New York Giants and is hoping to play in the World Series. But being a utility player, he...moreSecond mystery outing for Mickey Rawlings. Now he's with the New York Giants and is hoping to play in the World Series. But being a utility player, he is asked to do numerous things just to stay part of the team. When a movie producer asks for a Giant player to be in his movie with starlet, Florence Hampton, Rawlings is picked, because being in a movie is not a good thing for a ball player.
After the glitzy after movie opening party, Florence is found necked and dead by the beach. The thing is, Florence hated the water. So was it an accident , suicide, or murder. Rawlings' newspaper friend from the first book, asks Mickey to find out what really happened to her. Since Rawlings did so well solving an earlier murder, he agreed. It also didn't hurt that another starlet encouraged Mickey and agreed to help him, because Florence was her best friend.
Lots of fun information kept me intrigued with this book, but there was perhaps a bit too much movie info for someone wanting a summer baseball read. But the mystery was great and I didn't know what happened until Mickey figured it out. Soos' books remind a bit of Agatha Christie's Poirot, in that the story takes many twists and turns, then the murderer is names with the complete explanation to follow at the end.
I am learning lots about the times with these baseball books, so I plan to continue with the series. I listened to this on audio which added to my enjoyment.(less)
The Cherry Cola Book Club of Cherico, Mississippi is on it's one year reprieve from Councilman Spark's determination to close the town's library down...moreThe Cherry Cola Book Club of Cherico, Mississippi is on it's one year reprieve from Councilman Spark's determination to close the town's library down and use the funds to build his "Legacy", an industrial park--(THE CHERRY COLA BOOK CLUB). But librarian, Maura Beth Mayhew, still has tricks up her sleeve and a growing number of friends and patrons who are backing her efforts to keep the library open.
As with the first book, there's interesting information on just what it takes to keep a library open. There's also an intriguing discussion of another book, FOREST GUMP, that gets it's members lives and view points front and center. The characters are becoming much more developed, with some romances and secrets revealed. The southern charm, humor, and gumption continues making this a terrific read. Secrets revealed give this story the bases for lots more books in this series--I hope!!
I listened to the Audible version of this book which added lots of enjoyment to an already great read!(less)
If you love your library and reading books, this is an excellent take on keeping a library going. This story is witty, informative, and full of southe...moreIf you love your library and reading books, this is an excellent take on keeping a library going. This story is witty, informative, and full of southern small town charm. The Cherry Cola book group in Mississippi, was born out of desperation when librarian, Maura Beth Mathew finds that a crotchety city councilman wants to close down the library and use those funds to start a commercial area. If numbers of library users and library events don't raise, the library closes.
The characters who make up the book group are quite interesting and diverse. Their discussions of Gone With The Wind and To Kill A Mockingbird cover everything from history to personal issues, with great warmth and lots of humor. Of course, the councilman's contributions are definitely meant to foil the fun.
I really enjoyed this book, learning a lots about libraries and librarians, but mostly I enjoyed all the characters and their creative efforts to keep their library the center if their community and a treat in their lives. I listened to the audio version of this book and thoroughly enjoyed it.(less)
I got this book free from the author. This is my honest review.
The latest in this embroidery mystery finds Marcy, from the Seven-Year Stitch needlewor...moreI got this book free from the author. This is my honest review.
The latest in this embroidery mystery finds Marcy, from the Seven-Year Stitch needlework shop, checking out a new antique textiles and tapestries exhibit at the Tallulah Falls Museum. But before she can even linger over all that she has seen, she finds a dead body wrapped in one of exhibit pieces, behind her store. By now, her neighboring shop owner, Nellie, is convinced that Marcy is jinxing everyone in the neighborhood, and she's none too nice in expressing her feelings to everyone.
Along with her adorable Irish Wolfhound, Angus, and her sexy boyfriend, Detective Ted Nash, Marcy sets out to discover who killed the visiting art professor and why someone would want him dead. In between teaching needlework classes and making her own projects, she checks the internet and politely grills all her customers for information.
Amanda Lee fills her books with great humor around needlework and Hollywood, where her make believe mother costumes the stars for their shows. She also uses facts about the art world and needlework to enhance her mysteries. But best of all, the relationships between the varied characters brings me right into her neighborhood. And who doesn't love her pooch--Angus! As a needle worker and art lover myself, I've found a great new set of friends in these books. (less)