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review 2018-06-24 06:05
Lowcountry Bookshop (Liz Talbot Mystery, #7)
Lowcountry Bookshop - Susan M. Boyer

There aren't many series left I look forward to, but this one is always satisfying.  Lowcountry Bookshop wasn't the strongest of the bunch, but still an enjoyable way to escape.

 

Liz and Nate are hired by an anonymous client, through their attorney, to prove a local mail carrier (Poppy) innocent of a hit and run perpetrated during a massive rainstorm.  This construct felt, for much of the book, forced, as though Boyer couldn't make it work any other way, but by the end, the anonymity makes complete sense and adds an additional layer of complexity to the plot.  By the end, it's only the revealed guilty party that doesn't really mesh with the story; as a lover of mysteries I have come to expect all aspects of the mystery to share context, but as Boyer writes it, it's likely a lot more realistic.  There's a plot twist but too many aspects of it are telegraphed early to be shocking.

 

Where the book shines is with any scene involving Liz's family.  Hand to god, I wish the Talbots were both real and part of my life.  I rarely laugh so hard as I do when I'm reading about what Liz's daddy is currently up to. 

 

The only really true let down in the book was sloppy editing; in the past Henery Press could be counted on for solid editing and proofing but lately standards have slipped.  Hopefully it's just a temporary indication of a growing business, and I still look forward to the the next Liz Talbot book.

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review 2018-06-24 04:30
Red Velvet Revenge
Red Velvet Revenge - Jenn McKinlay

Such a fun book to listen to while in the car. Yesterday was my middle child's birthday and my youngest had chosen this book to be listened to in the car while we were traveling. My husband and children laughed out loud at many moments in the book. 

 

It is a very hot summer in AZ and Gina and Mel are discussing what they should do about their dwindling clientele (too hot to come out and enjoy a cupcake). When Oz and Marty show up with an old ice cream truck to go out and find the business. They convince the girls to come out for a test drive and the van dies. While they are discussing what they should do about the broken van, Slim and his wife Tammy show up and help the crew out by giving them a ride back to the shop. As a reward for his help, they give Slim a package of cupcakes and he loves the cupcakes so much he gets the girls to commit to coming to the rodeo and selling cupcakes there. While they are there, Slim gets shot and then the "star" of the rodeo is found dead in a bullpen. Who really tried to shoot Slim and who really murdered Ty are the questions that they try to answer to save Oz from being charged with the murder. 

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review 2018-06-22 18:54
Bear Witness To Murder, Meg Macy
Bear Witness to Murder - Meg Macy Bear Witness to Murder - Meg Macy

I absolutely loved this cozy mystery. I received this book for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.7* rating. This story quickly pulled me in and I needed to know what would happen next.It sure didn't seem like a quiet little town. How far would you go to get even with someone you thought had done you wrong.

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review 2018-06-21 01:09
All You Need Is Fudge
All You Need is Fudge - Nancy CoCo

Allie is out walking her dog, Mal when Mal pulls her to the lake and they find the body of socialite Carin Moore. Carin's murder is a puzzle for all as her boyfriend's sister is framed for Carin. Allie knows that Paige did not murder Carin and since Trent is not returning her calls, she decides she has to find out all she can so that she can try and prove that Paige is innocent, along the way she learns some of the local secrets and is threatened. 

 

This story did have me believing it was one person and I was totally surprised at the end. Good read. Can't wait to have cooler weather so that I can try some of the fudge recipes. 

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review 2018-06-20 03:33
Death of a Cozy Writer by G. M. Malliet (audiobook)
Death of a Cozy Writer: A St. Just Mystery - G.M. Malliet,Davina Porter

Series: A St. Just Mystery #1

 

This was another audiobook that I picked up from the library to have something light to listen to. I wasn't impressed though. It's a modern-day mystery but a lot of the attitudes of the family seem like it would make more sense to be taking place in the 50s or 60s. It's a modern day country house murder, basically.

 

I don't think I'll be reading another one in this series because the inspector had some eyebrow-raising opinions concerning women dressing professionally and the author took so long setting up the family dynamics that we didn't meet the inspector and have the murder investigation until we'd gotten at least a good third into the book. Possibly more, I can't remember exactly.

 

Oh well, it passed the time.

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