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text 2017-09-27 17:11
Changing my mind a tad
Thyme of Death - Susan Wittig Albert

When I read this book I didn´t like it very much and didn´t really give it a real review.  Now that I think back I think I was really crabby because of being sick.  I decided to give it one more star (so 3 stars up from 2).  I think it rates about the same as some other cozy mysteries I´ve read and I´m hoping the series will get better.  The book that initially caught my eye was the 10th in the series called Bloodroot. The summery looked really interesting.


Lawyer-turned-herbalist China Bayles returns to the Deep South, where her family’s legacy of silence is at last broken—and the past finally, unforgettably, speaks the truth… 

A frantic phone call from her mother brings China back to her family’s Mississippi plantation—a place she’d forsaken long ago. But the late-spring air is thick with fear—and from the moment of her arrival, China knows that something has gone desperately wrong at Jordan’s Crossing. An ancient property deed has surfaced—and the man who uncovered it has mysteriously vanished. And as the fates and fortunes of two very different families collide in frightening, unpredictable ways, China must face disturbing new questions about her family’s past—and her own future…


I always start with the first book in the series though and read them in order and the first book just wasn´t that great.  Now that I´m feeling better I decided to give the series another shot.  I´ve ordered the 2nd and third and hopefully it will get more interesting.  


Here is a more proper review....


Jo has cancer and the prognosis isn't good but she is strong and has enlisting her friend Ruby to help her. Ruby owns a new age store in the same building as China Bayles' herb store. China used to be a high powered lawyer but decided she didn't like the way her life was going. She decided to put her money into an herb shop and live a quite life in the small town of Pecan Springs, Texas. They were all ready to celebrate Jo's birthday when she was found dead of an apparent suicide. They were sure she didn't kill herself though and were determined to figure out who killed her. Things get even more interesting when a famous friend from Jo's past shows up and asks if she can stay in China's guest cottage while she's in town. More crazy things continue to happen and China has her hands full trying to figure out what is going on.

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review 2017-09-13 00:21
Decent start to a series.
Family Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery (Volume 1) - Shawn McGuire

Jayne hasn’t been back to Whispering Pines since a family feud drove her family away sixteen years ago, but her grandmother has died and someone has to put her estate in order.


Jayne who is a former police detective and her dog hasn’t been at her grandmother’s house very long when her dog finds a dead body. She also finds that her grandmother’s house has been trashed as well and being a former cop it has her curious. Especially when it looks like the sheriff in town doesn’t seem to want to look into anything.


Jayne takes to snooping on her own and finds out that the town is full of Wiccan followers and that her  grandmother was mixed up in it. She never knew her grandmother was into such things and she isn’t sure she believes in spells and incantations but she soon makes friends with one of the local followers who makes her some protection baggies and she takes them as she feels you can never have to many things protecting you.


The more she digs into things the more she finds out about the town and how someone has a big secret and not everyone wants it known.


I enjoyed this first in a series and thought Jayne was a great character. Since she was a cop she has great cop snooping abilities though she is not sure if that is the path she wants to go in the future. Her new friend Trip sees her grandmother’s house as a potential B&B and sine Jayne is really liking it in Whispering Pines she can kind of see that too but talking her parents into it might be another story. I really enjoyed all the characters and can’t wait to get to know more about them.


If you enjoy cozy mysteries then I think you will enjoy this story.


I listened to this one for Witches.

Source: www.amazon.com/Family-Secrets-Whispering-Pines-Mystery-ebook/dp/B0711FGPJM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505257691&sr=8-1&keywords=Family+Secrets+by+Shawn
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review 2017-08-17 21:49
Emeralds In The Attic by Jan Fields
Emeralds In The Attic - Jan Fields

This cozy mystery was interesting and a quick read. I like that it didn't start the same as so many of the others. The group of women did go up to the attic looking for something but the mystery wasn't immediately found there. It still involved something that was found in the attic but it because of what happened later. I liked this author's writing style better than a lot of the others. The ending was rather uneventful but I still enjoyed the book.

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review 2017-08-04 11:31
Red Bones
Red Bones - Ann Cleeves

This was such an interesting mystery. Ann Cleeves continues to amaze me with her incredible writing. 
She weaves her tales in such a way that you can't be sure who the murderer is. It could be any of them or, was it really just an accident and a suicide?

Two young Archaeologists look for evidence of a merchant's house on an old woman's property on Whalsay. They thought they had found some red fragments of pottery as they dug but it turned out to be red bones. They were excited that they may have found the bones of the merchant but someone else on the Island was not as excited. The old woman was later found shot to death. It was presumed to be an accident but later there was another death. It looked like a suicide but didn't make sense. Perez realized he needed to learn more about the families that live on Whalsay and figure out what is going on before more people die.


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review 2017-06-18 17:26
Mermaid Moon
Mermaid Moon (A Sunset Cove Novel) - Colleen Coble

I've never been a fan of romance novels so I would never have picked this book up if I hadn't seen a review posted during a book swap game I was participating in. I read the review for this book and decided I wanted to read it. I read the first book first and it was great. I liked it better than this one but this book kept my interest too. I like the mystery and suspense more than the lovey-dovey parts but I definitely will be finishing this series and looking into more books by this author. Now I have to make myself finish the other books I've started before reading the third book in this series.


Mallory is trying to support her teen-aged daughter on her own after her husband passed away by making artistic sea glass jewelry.  She just makes a big sale so she could pay her late house payment when she gets a strange call from her father.  He sounds like he is hurt and barely able to tell her something very important before he dies.  He told her to find her mother but that is impossible since her mother has been dead for years. She quickly calls for someone to go check on her dad then heads that way herself.  


She is wary of going back to the town where she grew up and is sure she won't be welcomed because of her past.  She was engaged to Kevin, a local game warden, but she abruptly left town without an explanation and quickly married someone else.  Now, she needs Kevin's help to help her figure out what happened to her dad.  Things quickly get scary though as she finds out her own life might also be in danger.  

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