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review 2018-07-16 08:26
Lost Books and Old Bones (Scottish Bookshop Mystery, #3)
Lost Books and Old Bones - Paige Shelton

Eh.  Not great, but not bad.  The MC, Delaney was pushy - I'd have gotten really shirty with her had I been one of the other characters.  Very woman-with-a-mission; even though it wasn't of the 'I can do the police's job better' variety, it was still overbearing and unrealistic.

 

I did like the Burke and Hare theme though, and I thought they mystery itself was well plotted and a little diabolical, even if part of it didn't work.

 

The murder suspect is accused of killing three patients on the table - the first one is called a botched appendectomy.  So if he isn't the murderer, how did the real murderer kill three of his patents in surgery while making it look like his fault?  If they happened post op, it was never specified.

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I usually like these for the ambiance (Edinburgh), this history sprinkled throughout and the setting of a bookshop with an attached room of treasures, collected over time by the owner.  I'll keep reading them, unless Delaney continues to be pushy and overbearing.  

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review 2018-07-14 23:49
It Takes a Coven (Witch City Mystery, #6)
It Takes a Coven - Carol J. Perry

I generally enjoy the books in this series, and I should have enjoyed this one more; it had elements designed to appeal to me, like a murder of crows (collective noun not crime), an old spell book that won't burn, whose 17th century owner's ghost wants back, a current string of crimes that may or may not be connected to modern day Wiccans.  Stolen art.  

 

For the most part, I did enjoy it, but there was just a little something missing.  It could very well be my mood; I'm still displaying shades of slump now and again.  This may have affected my engagement with the book.  It could also be the wedding planning bit that's tangentially a part of the plot.  Or the egregious number of continuity errors the editor didn't catch; something I don't remember this series suffering from before.  

 

Mostly, I think, that MC just wasn't quite focused enough to really involve the reader in the story.  She had all of these intriguing things happening to/around her but for the most part, never involved her.  The exception are the visions she had throughout the story, usually whenever she looked at a reflective surface.  Her acceptance of them in this book was a relief, and I enjoyed these scenes a lot, as they imparted information about the mysteries.

 

It was a good story though, even though I keep rambling on about the nit-picky stuff.  It held my attention while I was reading it and I was interested in seeing the mystery solved. 

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review 2018-07-14 23:23
Raspberry Danish Murder
Raspberry Danish Murder - Joanne Fluke

Ross is still missing and Mike and Norman are doing their best to be there for Hannah. No one knows where he is or what he is doing. PK, Ross's assistant, is helping Michelle promote the plays that are coming up and being around her and Hannah. Offering them hope and letting them know if he has heard anything. One day, he asks if they can give him a ride, but they let him borrow Ross's car, that Michelle is driving, and as he is leaving work, he calls them on the phone and lets them know that he is having problems. He ate some candy found on Ross's desk. Since he was video calling them they were able to give Mike some clues as to where he went off the road. They go and find that Ross is dead, they find out that the candy was poisoned, but they don't know who the candy was really for. Hannah and Michelle and Lonnie and Mike all team up to find out who killed PK and was Ross the real target. 

 

When I got to the end of the story, I was disappointed because it was left as another cliffhanger and I walked away saying that I hated Ross. I just felt that there was not a good conclusion to the story. This story had 29 recipes! I saved several because I really want to try some of the recipes. One thing about the recipes is all the tips that are included in them. 

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review 2018-07-13 19:37
Murder, She Wrote Panning for Murder
Panning For Murder - Donald Bain,Jessica Fletcher

Jessica is set to go to Seattle, WA for a book signing and then begin her Alaska Tour. Her friend, Cathy, asks if she can come along as she needs help in trying to find her sister, Wilhelmina (Willie). They run into a crazy man who thinks Jessica stole his idea for a story (setting - California), many who remember Willie because she talked non-stop about finding the gold her aunt had left them. They meet many notable characters on the cruise and they use the library to find answers and they ask questions of all they can. The response they got was not good. They need to continue asking questions and searching for Willie. 

 

I really enjoyed the story as it was still reminiscent of the old shows. 

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review 2018-07-13 17:13
The Hammett Hex
The Hammett Hex - Victoria Abbott

Jordan and Smiley are together and they have gone to San Francisco, CA to see his long-lost grandmother. While they are there, she is tasked with finding a book for her employer and just have a vacation after all the mysteries they had solved together. Smiley is so taken with Jordan, he left his job and sold his house so that there would be no problems between him and her family. He bought a new house to renovate, he got a new job that was better in another district. So he offered to take her on a trip to San Francisco. While they are there, they are attacked several times, once by a car, once on a trolley and their rooms are torn apart. They even think they have made a friend in a neighbor of his grandmother. When Jordan gets to Smiley's grandmother's house one night to stop a violent break-in, she and the grandmother have bonded. She and Smiley start staying with the grandmother, just to keep her and her maid/cook safe. As all this happens, they begin to wonder who is behind all the attacks on them and his grandmother. 

 

Fun story and lots of ups and downs and great description of San Francisco and telling information about Hammett's stories that are set in that area. I have never read any of Hammett's books, but I know that I have now put some of them on my TBR list. 

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