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review 2018-12-30 22:19
ONE BAD APPLE by Sheila Connolly
One Bad Apple - Sheila Connolly
Book 1 of the Orchard Mystery series has Meg moving to Massachusetts to remodel and sell her mother's aunts' home after she loses her job and boyfriend.  Her ex-boyfriend comes knocking on her door with an offer to have her putting a good word in for him with the citizens of the town where he wants to do business.  He ends up dead and she ends up a suspect in his murder along with her plumber.  Now they have to solve it before either or both go down for the murder.
 
I enjoyed this cozy mystery.  The world building is good as the characters are introduced and a brief outline is given as to who they are and where they fit in the town.  Meg and Seth are good characters and possible love interests.  The mystery was good.  I figured who it was only because he was a bad apple (pun not intended) but I needed the ending before putting it all together as to why.  And what a stupid reason to do it. 
It's a fun read and I look forward to reading more of the series.
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review 2018-12-29 02:13
All Through the Night by Mary Higgins Clark
All Through the Night - Mary Higgins Clark

This is another book I've been meaning to read for ages so I can move it on.  I'm happy to move it on because it wasn't very good.  It was pretty flat without a lot of depth to the characters.  Also, the wrap ups for the mysteries was too quick and not very satisfying to me.  It was like, "okay, that's over, next thing..."  So this is a great book if you aren't expecting much.  This is definitely a "Cozy Mystery."  

 

This was a quick read and perfect for Christmas. Once again Alvirah helps her friends and solves not one but three mysteries. A friend had passed away and her home was to be left to her sister. She sister had decided to donate the home to a charity who runs a thrift store and place for children with no place to go after school. Kate, the sister, was going to live in the apartment upstairs where they currently had a couple renting. Alvirah was suspicious of them right away when at the funeral they acted like family. Later, they surprised Kate with a new will from her sister Bessie saying she was leaving her house to the couple and Kate would be allowed to stay in the apartment upstairs. This meant the children would no longer have a safe place to go after school because the building it was currently in was too old and deemed unsafe by the city. Alvirah was sure the will was a fake and was determined to figure out how they did it. 

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text 2018-12-28 06:14
Personal Update and Review of Road Trip! by Jan Fields
Road Trip #17 - Jan Fields

I'm trying to get things in order before the end of the year and catch up as much as possible with reading.  I lost my reading mojo for about 4 months so I totally blew my reading goal for the year.  I felt it slipping away in the last few months before it really hit me and I noticed I was reading less.  Then for 4 months I only read one book each month and they weren't even good books.  I had to make myself read because these hardback books took up so much shelf space.  I also really want to finish this Annie's Attic Mystery series.  The majority of them are not very good but I really liked a few.  I have another similar series of books that I've been collecting but they are too similar so I am waiting to finish the one series before starting it.  That one is the Patchwork Mysteries from Guidepost books.  I read the first 6 maybe in that series before stopping and I think that series is a lot better.  I'm looking forward to finishing the first series so I can start that one. 

 

Anyway, when I finally started to feel like reading again it came in a trickle with me thinking about reading and getting new books more than anything.  New books always help fill in the mojo hole.  I guess I have been focusing too much on getting through all the old books I've had here and not reading much new stuff.  I need to make sure to keep some new stuff mixed in and also some different genres.  I've always stuck mainly to realistic books and almost all mysteries.  Now I'm venturing out into fantasy.  I have found I like to read books about magic.  

 

Road Trip #17 - Jan Fields  Okay, so here is where I left off.  This is the only book I read in October.  Pretty sad really.  Going off memory here and it's like a sieve... 

 

So there is this needlework convention happening in Texas and for the first time the different needlework guilds are all coming together to include all types for this event.  There was a fashion show involving crochet, knit, embroidery, and who knows what other types of design work.  The owner of A Stitch in time entered Kate's crochet dress without telling her because she knew she wouldn't do it.  They all talked her into going and Annie agreed to model it for her.  At this event they were also going to be honoring Annie's grandmother for her cross stitch work and they asked Annie to bring along any of the pieces she had to display.  They all piled into one vehicle and made a road trip of it.  They were all having fun until they started noticing the same vehicle following them.  When they stopped at a hotel to get some rest they saw a couple of strange men watching them and then they were woken in the middle of the night by the car alarm.  Two men were trying to break into the car but were scared off when they went running out there. 

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So this story was a typical "cozy mystery" where nothing really bad happens and things are just not very realistic.  I hate that.  The whole time I kept thinking, "like that would ever happen..."  ugh.... So, I know there are a lot of people who loved this book but I didn't.  

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review 2018-12-21 19:04
Santa Puppy (A Tourist Trap Mystery #9.75) by Lynn Cahoon
Santa Puppy - Lynn Cahoon

Another trip to South Cove, CA and the gang is in the full Christmas cheer...except for Jill, who is not quite a Grinch, but does have a case of the Bah Humbugs. This story focuses on relationships and the holiday season, with the mystery in the far background until the last chapter. Yet the mystery was interesting, but wasn't a whole lot to the mystery, so I agree making it a small part of a novella. I am ready for a full length mystery for Jill to sink her teeth into, though these novellas have been fun to read. 

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review 2018-12-04 20:24
Mackinac Island & Murder – Tandem Demise by Duffy Brown #DuffyBrown @dollycas
Tandem Demise - Duffy Brown

 

Tandem Demise: A Cycle Path Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Independently Published (October 28, 2018)
Paperback: 298 pages
ISBN-10: 1729374786
ISBN-13: 978-1729374788
Kindle ASIN: B07JRB373X


 

MY REVIEW

 

Duffy Brown in Tandem Demise takes us to real places and lets us meet some real people, soooo, if you have ever been to Mackinac Island, you will feel right at home, except for the dead guy.

 

I love these quirky characters and the mystery to die for.

 

Especially Eve. She is a real hoot. She fits the definition of a cozy character to a tee. A fumbling, amateur detective, a bit nosy and known for it by all. No place is safe from her prying eyes. She sees dead people. She believes she lives under a black cloud. Does it put her in danger? Of course.

 

The humorous, snappy dialogue kept the action moving and the entertainment at a high level with laugh out loud moments.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Tandem Demise by Duffy Brown.

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