Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Clock and Dagger (Clock Shop Mystery #2) by Julianne Holmes

I always feel a special connection with a series that I read from the first release. It's exciting to wait for the next part. I was thrilled to see Clock and Dagger (Clock Shop Mystery #2) by Julianne Holmes available. I found the first part unique and refreshing. I hope you grabbed it when I recommend it, because part two is wonderful.

From the back of the book:

Expert clockmaker Ruth Clagan has another murder on her hands in the second Clock Shop Mystery from the author of Just Killing Time.

Ruth has three days to pull off four events—including the grand reopening of Cog & Sprocket, the clock shop she inherited from her grandfather—so she doesn’t have time for Beckett Green’s nonsense. The competitive owner of a new bookstore, Green seems determined to put other businesses out of business by also carrying their specialty items. He’s trying to steal Ruth’s new watchmaker, Mark Pine, not to mention block her plans to renovate the town clock tower.

Ruth is already all wound up when she’s alarmed to discover Mark’s dead body. As the denizens of Orchard each chime in as to who they think the murderer is, Ruth needs to watch her back as she investigates on her own. Despite the danger, Ruth won’t stop until the killer is behind bars and serving time.

My thoughts:

Real characters is something you will always see me talking about. It is special when a character comes to life for you. Little things make that happen. Little things like personality quirks, like a clock expert who is always late. I simply loved everyone in this series, secondary characters as well. I could feel the strangeness of caring for the woman who married your grandfather, even though the memory of your grandmother was so precious.

Wrapped in the mystery were subplots that allowed for some great character development of the step-grandmother. The mystery had a few layers, death, and shady business in general, that made it fun to think about as I tried to peel it all back and put it together. I didn't figure it out, but I was really close. I absolutely crave the next part, you'll want to grab both parts and dive into this beautiful cozy with its original setting and wonderful characters.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala (Book Club Mystery #3) by Laura DiSilverio

I was so excited to see the next part to the Book Club Mystery series, The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala (Book Club Mystery #3) by Laura DiSilverio. First off, as you know, I adore this series. Second, Gothic! That is my kind of book theme. I was tickled to see the book club was reading a Gothic classic.

From the back of the book:

One sleuthing book club finds themselves in the midst of a gothic-esque mystery as they read Du Maurier’s Rebecca in the latest from the author of The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle.

Reading the gothic classic Rebecca already has the Readaholics spooked, and the chills only get worse when someone in town actually gives up the ghost....

Amy-Faye Johnson has her hands full coordinating the Celebration of Gothic Novels in Heaven, Colorado. The festivities start off smoothly, but the weekend is soon cursed with large egos, old resentments, and uninvited guests. Matters become truly grave when a dead body is found at the gothic-themed costume party.

The out-of-town authors claim not to know the victim, but Amy-Faye has doubts. With skeletons turning up in all of the suspects’ closets, Amy-Faye and the Readaholics must tap into their knowledge of gothic literature to find a killer who lurks in the shadows.

My thoughts:

As I said the Gothic theme was a big draw for me, but, I already knew no matter what they are reading, I love this group.One of my favorite things about this is the way the group works together. Each of them adds a bit of themselves that makes this world come to life. They feel like my reading group, real, and friends.

The mystery was nicely layered , with several angles to consider. The pacing made it impossible for me to stop reading as  there was no dull spot to pause. The stories, with the various authors was really interesting and scandalous. I loved it, every single bit.

This is the third in a series and if you like, it is free standing, but since I have read all three, I can safely say you won't regret starting at the beginning. This is a fabulous series.

Take some time to browse the other great mysteries available from Berkley Prime Crime. While you are there, you can sign up for the newsletter so you never miss a new release. I must warn you though, after browsing my wish list is longer than I could probably read. You can also connect with them on Twitter where you can happen across a fun giveaway as well. 

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Monday, August 15, 2016

The Cat, The Collector and the Killer (A Cats in Trouble Mystery #8) by Leann Sweeney

You know I love cats. You should know I love cats! You should also recognize this series, because I've told you about it before! I always enjoy cozies that have pet themes, especial when the author clearly loves them as much as I do. The Cat, The Collector and the Killer (A Cats in Trouble Mystery #8) by Leann Sweeney was such a fun read and the cats were just the start of the fun 

From the back of the book:

In the latest mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of The Cat, the Sneak and the Secret, a cat collector is suspected of murder.

Jillian Hart and police chief Tom Stewart are enjoying peaceful, newly wedded bliss in Mercy, South Carolina, until a woman is found wandering the streets one night. She's in her night clothes, disoriented, and carrying a kitten in a tote bag. A search of the woman’s house reveals many more cats, a maze of cardboard boxes—and a dead man.

Although the evidence suggests the frail woman is the killer, Jillian doesn’t believe she’s capable of such a crime. The dead man had many enemies in town, which means finding the real murderer may prove to be its own cat and mouse game.

My thoughts:

I absolutely love this series. To start with, all of the cats and their distinct personalities add such a real homey feeling. The characters in this series are so sweet, and so real. Jilly and Tom are one of my favorite couples. Even when they are apart, working from different angles, you can feel the sweet love they have for each other.

There were a few levels of mysteries to put together in order to figure things out and also several people and points I felt really intensely concerned for things. The layering was as perfectly done as the pacing. I stayed up all night reading this and was so satisfied at the end. Satisfied, yet craving the next part. I hope you will join me in reading this series, there is really so much to love

Take some time to browse the other great mysteries available from Berkley Prime Crime. While you are there, you can sign up for the newsletter so you never miss a new release. I must warn you though, after browsing my wish list is longer than I could probably read. You can also connect with them on Twitter where you can happen across a fun giveaway as well. 

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Death of an Avid Reader (Kate Shackleton #6) by Frances Brody

I absolutely love anything English. It has an inherent charm. That said, Death of an Avid Reader (Kate Shackleton #6) by Frances Brody has so much going for it that the English charm is just the icing on the cake. You don't want to miss this series.

From the back of the book:

A lady with a secret

Kate Shackleton's sterling reputation for courageous sleuthing attracts the attention of the venerable Lady Coulton. Hidden in her past is a daughter, born out of wedlock and given up to a different family. Now, Lady Coulton is determined to find her and puts Kate on the case.

A mysterious killing in the library's basement

But as Kate delves deeper into Lady Coulton's past, she soon finds herself thrust into a scandal much closer to home. When the body of the respected Horatio Potter is found in the Leeds Library basement, the quiet literary community is suddenly turned upside down with suspicions, accusations and - much to Kate's surprise - the appearance of a particularly intelligent Capuchin monkey!

The most puzzling case in Kate's sleuthing history yet

Convinced an innocent man has been blamed , Kate sets out to discover the truth. Who would want Dr Potter dead? Does Lady Coulton's missing daughter hold a vital clue? As the stories start to emerge in the seemingly quiet Leeds Library, Kate is learning fast that in this case, she can't judge a book by its cover.

My thoughts:

This was my first read of the Kate Shackleton series and as with most cozy series, you can easily jump in at any part, as the mysteries are free standing stories. I loved that this had more to it than just a murder mystery. There was actually a surprising amount of things to keep up with,which made it a challenge for me, I love a challenge. Speaking of challenges, since this book is set before modern times, there is a whole lot of need for actually sleuthing. And Kate had to be very clever. I loved that.

The setting, melded with the characters and the charming effect was beautiful. I became entrenched in the story, fell totally in love with the people, and was fully invested by the reveal. I am going to be reading the prior parts in this series because I would love to know more about Kate and the people in her life.

Take some time to browse the other great mysteries and genres available from Macmillan. You can also connect with Frances Brody on her Blog and Twitter as well. 

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Pumpkin Picking with Murder (An Otter Lake Mystery #2) by Auralee Wallace

You may recall, not so very long ago, I told you about a refreshingly humorous cozy mystery. I am so very excited to tell you about the second part in that series, Pumpkin Picking with Murder (An Otter Lake Mystery #2) by Auralee Wallace. I am also exited to say it is also hilarious! 

From the back of the book:

When murder strikes in the Tunnel of Love, Erica Bloom has to rock the boat to catch a killer…

For a small town like Otter Lake, New Hampshire, the annual Fall Festival is a big deal: a Ferris wheel, corn maze, caramel apples and pumpkin pies—even a Tunnel of Love. Back in her hometown, Erica Bloom is trying to enjoy herself, which includes getting better acquainted with Sheriff Grady Forrester. But when a swan boat sails out of the heart-shaped exit of the tunnel with a dead man slumped over a wing, her own romance will have to take a backseat.

PUMPKIN PICKING WITH MURDER

Speaking of love affairs, the other passenger in the boat—and only witness to the elderly Mr. Masterson’s swan song—is not his wife. It’s Erica’s beloved and feisty “aunt,” Tweety, who quickly becomes the prime suspect. Vowing to clear Tweety, Erica teams up with her sassy BFF and self-appointed security expert Freddie Ng to solve the murder—despite the objections of Grady, who’s convinced the amateurs are going overboard in their investigation. And he just may be right. But as Erica and Freddie start to dredge up long-kept small-town secrets, will they heading straight into troubled waters?

My thoughts:

As with the first part, the characters are what makes this shine. Erica and Freddie are hilarious and have such an awesome dialogue between them. I like that they are real, in that they don't always do things just right. In fact, poor decisions often leave them with the chance of things going very badly. The feel of humor that was interwoven into every aspect is really unique and refreshing.

The pacing was steady, and the plot gripping. I liked all of the twists and turns. I also enjoyed the subplot and extra depth in the evolution of characters. As before, I made this a one night read. I understand there is a third part coming soon, you will want to grab this, now, and be ready for that. Go on and read the first part as well. Let the laughter commence.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Miss Dimple and the Slightly Bewildered Angel: A Mystery (Miss Dimple Kilpatrick #5) by Mignon F. Ballard

It's always nice to find something unexpected in my reading stack. I genre read a lot and there is definitely a formula. That said when a book or series stays in genre yet deviates from formula I am always delighted. Miss Dimple and the Slightly Bewildered Angel: A Mystery (Miss Dimple Kilpatrick #5) by Mignon F. Ballard was a perfect example of a standout concept, yet it still retained the cozy feeling I expect in this type of book.

From the back of the book:

October, 1944. It has been a challenging season for Elderberry's favorite first grade teacher, Miss Dimple Kilpatrick. A beloved former student was recently killed in the war, her brother has become distant, and her friend Odessa, the cook at Pheobe's rooming house, has taken a leave of absence to care for a relative. Still, when Dimple's librarian friend, Virginia, finds a young woman, Dora, on the library porch looking for a place to spend the night, soft-hearted Dimple brings her back to Phoebe's and offers her food and a warm coat. But when Dimple is trying to find her a place to sleep, the young girl disappears.

The next morning, Miss Dimple answers a knock on the door expecting it to be the girl. Instead, she is greeted by greeted by a somewhat disheveled young woman with lustrous hair and a sunrise of a smile who claims she has been assigned to fill in at the house. Augusta Goodnight, a guardian angel who has been summoned from a well-deserved rest after a series of troublesome earthly duties, has taken up at Phoebe's.

When Dora is discovered dead - murdered - the real reason for Augusta's "assignment" becomes clear, at least to Augusta. Reluctantly, Miss Dimple teams up with Augusta to find out who the killer is.

My thoughts:

The characters in this book really made the setting and era come to life. Through them I was able to see and feel the sacrifices made during the war and how it affected everyday life off the battlefield. There was tragedy and also a beautiful glimpse at love and loss. Even with the theme and the fact that there was a murder to solve it did not have a dower feel. The people made it feel comfy and homey.

While this is part five in a series, it is a stand alone mystery and I was able to read along without feeling like I had missed anything. The mystery was interesting, I didn't solve it, but I enjoyed the ride. There was also a bit of a supernatural feel to one of the characters that I really loved. It was done delicately leaving me wondering if I imagined it, which I think is perfect. I really look forward to finding the first four parts and seeing what I've missed.

Take some time to browse the other great mysteries and genres available from Macmillan. You can also connect with Mignon F. Ballard on Facebook and Her Personal Site as well. 

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Cat With a Clue (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #5) by Laurie Cass

Occasionally I find a series where each part is fabulous and seems to be better than the last. Cat With a Clue (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #5) by Laurie Cass kept the high expectations I have for this series on the rise. I loved every word and I know you will too.

From the back of the book:

The national bestselling author of Pouncing on Murder returns as librarian Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat Eddie discover there’s a true crime story unraveling in their own nonfiction section. . . .

Early one morning while shelving books in the library, Minnie stumbles upon a dead body. Authorities identify the woman as an out-of-towner visiting Chilson for her great-aunt’s funeral. What she was doing in the library after hours is anyone’s guess . . . but Minnie and Eddie are determined to save the library’s reputation and catch a killer.

As rumors about the victim circulate through Chilson, the police are in a bind over a streak of baffling break-ins. Luckily, Minnie and Eddie are traveling the county in their bookmobile, and they'll stop at nothing to find the spineless killer before the final page is turned on someone else.

My thoughts:

I have probably already said this about this series, but I adore the concept. I love books, that's no secret. Book themed books are among my favorite cozies and this is among my favorite of those. I seriously think this was the best in the series. You can start right here if you like, in fact do, but be prepared to seek out the other parts when you fall head over heels for the people. Especially Minnie, and of course Eddie. You know I love Eddie!

I feel like the characters have grown and attained such a realistic depth. They really feel like friends, cozy. The setting is the same way. It feels like coming home. The mystery made me think and had a lovely pace. Speaking of pace, I did try to pace myself but this was one that I devoured. Now, like you, I will be anxiously awaiting the next part.

Take some time to browse the other great mysteries available from Berkley Prime Crime. While you are there, you can sign up for the newsletter so you never miss a new release. I must warn you though, after browsing my wish list is longer than I could probably read. You can also connect with them on Twitter where you can happen across a fun giveaway as well. 

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.