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review 2018-02-25 07:47
Telling Tails (Second Chance Cat Mystery, #4)
Telling Tails - Sofie Ryan

Meh.  Definitely not the strongest in the series so far.  Ryan had a Rear Window theme going on in the plot, and I'm not a fan of the trope, although I give her credit for using it as an effective device for bringing society's view of seniors, and how easily they're dismissed, into the book's storyline.

 

The mystery itself was obfuscated by both the question of whether or not a crime took place at all, and the lack of any clear motive until very nearly the end of the book.  By the time it's revealed that a crime did take place, it was pretty clear who had to have done it.

 

While I generally love the setting (I find the whole repurposing thing interesting), and I like the characters, I found Rose (the witness the maybe crime), in particular, a bit trying.  She was just a little too exaggerated.  There's a weird romance vibe going on in the series too; it's not quite a love triangle but the potential is obvious.  Meanwhile nothing but internal musing has been going on for 4 books and I'm tired of hearing about it.  One party of the triangle, Nick, seems to have zero chemistry with the MC and was a total ass in this book. Total. ass.

 

I'll read the next one on the strength of the author's other books, and how much I usually enjoy them.  Hopefully the mystery, at least, will be a better one.

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review 2018-02-24 13:41
Mother's Day
A Catered Mother's Day (A Mystery With R... A Catered Mother's Day (A Mystery With Recipes Book 11) - Isis Crawford

Libby and Bernie are working on making items for Mother's Day for fathers and children to bring home to their wives and mothers. In the midst of all this, Ellen, Bernie's oldest friend, decides that even though Bernie was joking, she was going to pretend to be kidnapped and then calls Bernie terrified and wanting her help. When Libby and Bernie show up at the motel where she had hidden, there is a dead body on the bed of her room and she wants them to do something. While they argue with each other, Ellen listening through the door of the bathroom takes off. Then the police show up while they are chasing her and she is in more trouble and so are Bernie and Libby. The sons of Ellen show up and ask her to help their mother and find out who really did murder the man found in the bed of the room Ellen was staying in. 

 

This story was better, but I don't know if it was because I was listening to the audio, as well as reading it, or if it was just better because it was later than the first in the series. I have been reading the books out of order. 

 

I have also been reading the books when listening to the audio isn't able to happen (noisy places or libraries) and listening to the audio when reading is not an option (driving the car or knitting or crocheting). I find that this helps me get through more books and my daughters have been enjoying some of the books I have been "reading" because they are usually in the car with me when I am playing the audio. 

 

 

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review 2018-02-23 13:12
Murder She Wrote, Continuation
Murder, She Wrote: Aloha Betrayed - Donald Bain,Jessica Fletcher

When this show first appeared on tv, my mom loved the show and watched it religiously. Eventually, I started watching it, too and enjoyed it. I wasn't as religious about watching it (between work, school and homework there wasn't time) and so would watch whenever I could. Then it was on Netflix and I would watch a few episodes at a time to catch up. Then one day in a library, I saw the books, not all of them, just some. I borrowed one here or there. 

 

I found this originally as an audiobook and borrowed it, but didn't get very far and gave up. I found it again as a Kindle book and regular book and borrowed it so that I could read it to fill in the Reading around the USA mysteries. It took care of Hawaii (I know there are many out there, but this worked, too). 

 

Jessica Fletcher has arrived in Maui, HI to co-teach a class with a famous retired detective, Mike Kane. On her arrival, she finds another person she has been asked to find and meet, Mala, a friend of Seth Haslitt's granddaughter. On the first night, Jessica is going to a luau and looks for Mala there but meets, Bob and his wife, Elaine, Professor Luzon and his wife, Honi and his graduate assistant, Grace. Just before she leaves, Grace tells Jessica that Mala was at the luau, but that she was arguing with someone. Jessica also overhears some men talking about getting rid of a woman if she continues to cause trouble. 

 

She is told about Mala's death by Mike and they begin to look into the death of Mala because while the officials are calling it an accident, they don't believe it was an accident. 

 

I did enjoy this story and was glad that I finally got a chance to read it. 

 

 

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review 2018-02-22 23:34
#Audiobook Review: Murder's a Witch by Danielle Garrett
Murder's a Witch: Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries Series, Book 1 - Danielle Garrett,Tantor Audio,Amanda Ronconi

Holly, a powerful witch, has been tossed from the Haven, a secret system of living for paranormals. She’s been placed in a communal home for displaced paras, living in the small town of Beechwood Harbor. Working at a coffee shop to make ends meet, Holly is shocked when she shows up for work only to find her grumpy boss Peg murdered in the back alley. When her best friend is named as the primary suspect, Holly uses her witchy ways to get to the bottom of this mystery.

 

Murder’s a Witch is a fun, entertaining story. This is the first time I’ve selected an audiobook primarily because of the narrator, and I’m glad I did. I enjoyed the small-town, cozy paranormal mystery with a slight blossom of romance. Even though at first, I found the house infighting annoying, and the characters a bit over-the-top, I grew to like the residents of Beechwood Harbor. 

 

Holly is a bit of a mess, and she has secrets, of which we learned very little. Hopefully those answers will come in time, but the immediate mystery of who killed Peg was engrossing. I liked listening as Holly worked to put all of the pieces together. I loved the light-hearted nature of the story, watching friendships develop, seeing Adam’s genuine interest in Holly, etc. Some of the storylines were a bit cheesy - like the vampiress beauty queen, but mostly it is a good mix of fun. 

 

As I mentioned, I picked up this story because while it looked interesting, the narrator is one of my favorites: Amanda Ronconi. She does a wonderful job with the story, creating and maintaining unique and fitting voices for each character. Ms. Ronconi succeeds with the quirky, first-person female lead, and Holly is no exception. I’ve become familiar with most of her voices, yet never did I confuse Murder’s a Witch with another story.

 

In the end, I enjoyed my first visit to Beechwood Harbor. I like that there is still a lot of unknown around Holly, like why she was kicked out of the Haven system, and with town newcomer, Nick… I feel like there is more to him than meets the eye. I will definitely pick up future titles of the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries with Amanda Ronconi narrating.

 

My Rating: B
Narration: B+

 

Review copy provided by Tantor Audio

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text 2018-02-21 13:32
Reading progress update: I've read 56%.
The Chalk Pit (Ruth Galloway Mysteries) - Elly Griffiths

I read over half of this book last night and very reluctantly put it down to go to bed.  Just sucked me right in!

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