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review 2016-04-10 17:26
Clouds in my Coffee
Clouds in My Coffee (The Country Club Murders) (Volume 3) - Julie Mulhern

This book has cemented my love for this series. In fact, this is now my favorite series from Henery Press. I have consistently liked the books in this series (minus a few annoying characters) and can't seem to read them fast enough.

 

Ellison is back and once again is in danger when someone seems bound and determined to kill her. That is definitely not something new to her. When she isn't narrowly avoiding being killed she also has to deal with more family drama as her Aunt Sis and her sister Marjorie come to town. Both of them have their own ulterior motives for coming back to town and Ellison is left to deal with them.

 

One of the things that I have loved most about this series is Ellison's sense of humor. It was not lacking in this installment. I always end up laughing like a mad woman while reading this series.

 

I really enjoyed getting to read about Ellison's family drama and the big family secret that is revealed in this one. Ellison's sister Marjorie was so annoying in this book and treated Ellison horribly so I was a teensy bit pleased at what happened with her at the club (does that make me a horrible person?). I loved that Aunt Sis came to town and brought a whole load off family drama and secrets with her. I loved getting to see Ellison's mom put in her place by Aunt Sis because she definitely deserved it at times. I hope to see more of Aunt Sis.

 

I will be eagerly awaiting the next installment of this series. This was my favorite one yet and I cannot wait to see what happens next. Thanks to Netgalley and Henery Press for the galley.

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review 2015-11-30 19:22
Practical Sins for Cold Climates
Practical Sins for Cold Climates - Shelly Costa

Author: Shelley Costa

Rating: 3 stars

 

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

 

Book Blurb: When Val Cameron, a Senior Editor with a New York publishing company, is sent to the Canadian Northwoods to sign a reclusive bestselling author to a contract, she soon discovers she is definitely out of her element. Val is convinced she can persuade the author of that blockbuster, The Nebula Covenant, to sign with her, but first she has to find him.

Aided by a float plane pilot whose wife was murdered two years ago in a case gone cold, Val’s hunt for the recluse takes on new meaning: can she clear him of suspicion in that murder before she links her own professional fortunes to the publication of his new book?

When she finds herself thrown into a wilderness lake community where livelihoods collide, Val wonders whether the prospect of running into a bear might be the least of her problems.

 

Another Henery Press mystery.  I'm on a roll. Most are on Scribd and I got this one from Netgalley. 

 

This book wasn't bad.  It's a quick read but the characters are fully developed. You really get inside the main character - Val's -  head and learn what makes her tick. She starts off seeming shallow but as you learn more about her,  you realize she's not.  She actually becomes relatable as the book goes on.

 

I'm sorry but I have to say this. Worst. Title. Ever. And that cover did nothing to make me want to read it.  Which is unfortunate cuz once you get past all that,  this isn't a bad mystery. 

 

I liked all the information about ecotourism and this little town by Lake Wendaban.  Ms. Costa did a good job establishing the atmosphere. It  was well done. The mystery was good. I had an inkling who it was but Kept doubting myself cuz I didn't think it possible. But in the end Ms. Costa brought it on home.

 

Overall not bad, but I can't shake the feeling that if you ask me about this book next week I won't remember much.

 

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review 2015-11-30 14:46
Double Strike
Double Strike (Davis Way #3) - Gretchen Archer

Author: Gretchen Archer

Series: Davis Way #3

Rating: 3.5 stars

 

Henery Press has a reputation for putting out solid stories. This one is no exception. We pick up with Davis still working at the Casino. All your favorites are back -  No Hair, Fantasy, Bianca, Mr. Sanders,  even her ex-ex-husband Eddie.  Some of those are not their real names but Davis' nicknames are used so frequently I've forgotten the real ones.

 

The antics Davis gets into are over the top and just as hysterical as in the other books. There's an almost manic nature to them. The best way to describe them is it's like watching a comedy hour where some of the jokes are funny while others fall a little flat. But overall you are left laughing and leave with a smile so you say, "Good show!" and move on.  I don't know how Ms. Archer sustains that level of humor throughout the book but hats off.

 

The caper this time around takes some time to get going. We were well into the book by the time it took shape.  Then like the other previous books, it got real, really fast. I actually like the jarring contrast. Though there is humor, there are stakes and to balance the two is difficult. I think this book pulled it off but while I enjoyed the humor, I would like to see the serious parts played out more. In the first book it was done really, really well. It made the series stand out for me.

 

There is progress on all fronts. Davis' personal life and issues are where most of the humor comes from. The cast of characters from her home town are great. The comments about social media, Obamacaring, hashtags were all funny. Though I did have a hard time believing a hacker of Davis' level didn't know anything about hashtags. I guess it's possible.

 

Overall an enjoyable read. Will definitely continue with the series.

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text 2015-11-29 13:39
Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 324 pages.
Double Strike (Davis Way #3) - Gretchen Archer

Another Henery Press book off to a great start! I'd forgotten how funny these books are. 

 

Thanks MbD for reminding me! :)

 

I highly recommend the first two books in this series if you're looking for funny, entertaining mysteries to read. 

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review 2015-07-22 01:07
Guaranteed to Bleed
Guaranteed to Bleed - Julie Mulhern
Lesson learned—when making major life changes, don’t start with red lipstick.

I enjoyed the first book of this series so I was eager to read more about Ellison. To me Ellison is a likeable and relatable character (I especially enjoy her sense of humor) and it was just as interesting reading about her in this book as the first in the series. Ellison is back in this book from a European vacation with Grace and she finds herself back to finding dead bodies. Well to be fair she finds Bobby Lowell who is dying, so technically not dead, and he leaves her with a message to pass on to a mystery girl. Ellison makes it her mission to track down whoever that girl may be and let her know what Bobby said. This will once again lead her in the middle of a murder investigation.

 

I could read this series purely for Ellison's sense of humor and getting to read about her scary yet fierce mother. I am sad to say that in this book Ellison's daughter, Grace, was extremely annoying, almost to the point of ruining the book for me. I liked Grace in the first book but I could only take her whole whiny teenage girl routine for so long. There were times when I felt Ellison needed to slap some sense into her. I couldn't her enough of Hunter and Anarchy and really wish that Ellison would stop trying to avoid their attention.

 

The plot progressed nicely throughout the book pretty much until the end of the book. The ending felt like the book kind of just fizzled out. Something happens at the end that pretty much had nothing to do with the mystery and then the story wraps up a bit weakly. In regards to the mystery itself I suppose it wouldn't be all that hard to figure it out but I think the real mystery is why everything happened. 

 

This was overall a solid sequel to the first in the series. I am really looking forward to reading more of this series. Thanks to Netgalley and Henery Press for the galley.

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