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review 2018-11-12 15:22
A Fatal Chapter
A Fatal Chapter (A Booktown Mystery) - Lorna Barrett

Tricia's bookstore has caught fire and she is waiting for the insurance to finish dotting the i's and crossing the t's and pay off her claim. She is living in the Chamber's upstairs apartment while working for them as a volunteer. She also helps her sister, Angelica, take care of her dog. She is out walking him one day, when they find the President of the Historical Society, in the gazebo. He whispers a cryptic message to her and then dies at the hospital. She is just out and about and she starts learning things that lead her to find out who really murdered him. 

 

I enjoy the Book Town Mysteries. This one did make me cry at the end. 

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review 2018-11-10 23:39
As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles
As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles (A Food Lovers' Village Mystery) - Leslie Budewitz

Erin Murphy's wedding is getting closer and so is Christmas. While the town decorated the storefronts in Jewel Bay, MT, she and her fiance, Andy, discover they have the wrong lights for their building. She takes them to the correct store to come upon her former kindergarten teacher screaming at her oldest daughter. Erin brings Merrily back to the Merc with her and they become friends. But she is found dead the Monday after the fight on her parent's property and is being accused of stealing from the company that had hired her, a former boyfriend. 

 

Erin receives a phone call from the owner of the hardware store, where Merrily had been employed, he asks for her help, but then starts pushing her away. This doesn't stop her and the new deputy from Florida doesn't seem to be interested to hear what she knows and she is more determined to find out who had murdered Merrily. 

 

This was a really good story for me. It is holiday themed, Christmas, and took care of another state that I hadn't finished on the reading challenge I am working on (all 50 states). I listened to this story more than reading it, getting an ebook version was difficult and I was driving a lot Thursday and Friday. 

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review 2018-11-08 22:08
Murder at Monticello
Murder at Monticello - Wendy Wray,Sneaky Pie Brown,Rita Mae Brown

Book 3. I know I am reading out of order, but I read as I am able to obtain. I borrowed this in both hardcover and audio format. I was listening to the story as I was driving and reading when I was at home. Harry is divorced from Fair and he is trying to win her back and tells her all that has been happening since he has been out of her life. She is working in the post office and taking care of her animals. She and Mrs. H and Big Mim are all interested in what is happening up at Thomas Jefferson's House - Monticello. A body is found in a pit being dug on the property in the slave houses. After the body is found, the sheriff is called and the remains are researched to find out who the man is and why he was buried under the fireplace. In the research, the researcher is killed for something that he found out. Now the race is on for Harry, Mrs. H and Cooper to find out who murdered him. 

 

I enjoyed this story. I have never been to Monticello, but it is on my bucket list. We try to go someplace different with the teens before they are on their own and exploring. 

 

 

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review 2018-11-08 01:11
Santa Clawed
Santa Clawed - Sneaky Pie Brown,Rita Mae Brown

Fair Harristeen and Harry Harristeen are back together. It is Christmas and she still has the farm and 2 cats and 1 dog. You meet the Brothers of Love who are men who have been in trouble for something and are doing penance with the "Catholic" Brothers by earning monies to help sick children and helping them go to the other side while praying by their side. 

 

Harry and her friend find one of the Brothers dead with his throat cut at the tree lot and this starts a progression to find out who is murdering the Brothers. 

 

I had to spend most of the day in the car driving today, so I used to audio to listen and then book to read while I sat waiting for my kids to come out of their activities. I had read this book some time ago and so after awhile, I started remembering the story. Good story close to Christmas. I am trying to read holiday stories around the holiday. 

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review 2018-11-07 15:32
Artists in Crime
Artists in Crime - Ngaio Marsh

I really had a hard time getting into this book as it started on a cruise and then moved to English countryside with the detective being called back from vacation early to look into a murder of an artist's model on her throne. 

 

While the book provided some good information about artists and their ways of working and was okay, I just couldn't get into the story. I even had to use audio to finish the story. 

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