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review 2018-12-09 03:00
The Cozy Cookbook
The Cozy Cookbook: More than 100 Recipes from Today's Bestselling Mystery Authors - Julie Hyzy,Laura Childs,Cleo Coyle,Jenn McKinlay,B.B. Haywood

This book is a collection of recipes from coy mystery books. The books are introduced and a chapter may be present. The book is broken up into categories, Breads, Cupcakes, etc. I have read some of the books or the books are on my to-read list, so this was interesting and I marked several of the recipes to try out. 

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review 2018-12-09 02:09
Book, Line and Sinker
Book, Line and Sinker - Jenn McKinlay

This is Book 3 of the Library Lover's Mysteries. 


Lindsey is on her second year in the community, she is dating Sully and there is a battle brewing between Yogi, Milton, and Trudy, who works at the City Building. She wants to let people pay to dig up the islands looking for treasure and Milton feels that it would destroy the community property. When Trudy is found dead, they look at Milton and Leslie feels she needs to get involved to prove his innocence. While all this is happening, her ex-fiancee comes to town and wants to reunite with her. She is uninterested in a reconciliation. 


This book was another chosen by my kids to listen to while we were driving to all their meetings. They truly enjoy listening to the books in the car and it leads to some interesting conversations. 


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text 2018-11-30 13:20
Reading progress update: I've read 261 out of 292 pages.
A Likely Story (A Library Lover's Mystery) - Jenn McKinlay

I've technically finished the book, although there's still some bonus material, including a short story.


This was much better than the previous book, but I couldn't help thinking that it would have been even better Robbie had been completely written out of the series by this point. He was barely in this book, so it would have been easy. The ending indicates that the next book will probably put the love triangle front and center again, which is frustrating considering that Lindsey has already told Sully that she loves him and has no intention of dating Robbie.


Lindsey was occasionally a bit of an idiot (I had thought she was deliberately not commenting on Robbie obviously leaving to go get  a divorce, but no, she honestly didn't realize that's what he was doing). Also, I could have used a family tree and a diagram at the end to help me understand the last few pages. Still, so much better than the previous book.


Next, I'll read the short story and make at least one of the recipes included in the book. I'd definitely like to make "Beth's Irish Soda Bread." I'm still thinking about "Charlene's Shepherd's Pie." On the one hand, the list of ingredients is nice and short. On the other hand, I'd have to brown some beef and peel, cook and mash some potatoes. I might be too lazy for that.

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review 2018-11-04 18:07
Read It and Weep
Read It and Weep - Jenn McKinlay

Introducing Robbie Vine. The town theatre is going to put on the Bard's "Midsummer's Night Dream." Suddenly, a man known to Violet, her daughter Charlene and Robbie shows up and starts making enemies quickly. He is thought to have been sent by Violet's ex-husband who is upset that she won't get back with him since he wants to have a relationship with his daughter, who wants nothing to do with him. 


Suddenly, during practices, Robbie is being attacked and injured and finally poisoned. When it is announced that he is dead, Lindsey is going to find out who had murdered him and why they hated him so much and if anyone else is in danger. 


My children and I really enjoy listening to these books as I am driving. I procured a copy of the book during a book sale and when I finished reading, I shared with my sil. This is a fun story and I love "Midsummer's Night Dream." 

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text 2018-10-30 11:39
Reading progress update: I've read 78 out of 271 pages.
A Likely Story (A Library Lover's Mystery) - Jenn McKinlay

I've reached the point of pre-travel stress where I am painfully aware of the many things I need to do before I go, but if I try to spend too much time looking at my To Do list, I get deeply tired and need a nap. I had a bunch of things I was going to get done last night, and all I managed to do was take a bath. Ugh.


Anyway, back to this book:


"'Yes, but where are the moms?' Beth asked.


Lindsey shrugged. Clearly, Beth was working up to something, and Lindsey was just going to have to be patient.


'They're at his story time," Beth said. 'And why?'


'I don't know. Why?'


'Because he is freaking gorgeous,' Beth said. Then she thunked her head down on Lindsey's desk as if she had expended the very last bit of energy in her soul. 'He's like the Ryan Gosling of youth services. I want to die.'"


It's "let's match Beth up with someone" time, isn't it? Beth's going to investigate her competition further, butt heads with him, and then one of them's going to end up asking the other out.


Seriously, though, I'm not entirely sure this situation makes sense. Okay, so the moms think he's hot. But would they really be willing to drive out of their way to go to a story time in a completely different town when there's an excellent story time in the town they live in?

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