This was free today for kindle and had been on my list of series to checkout for quite a while. It's short at 225 pages. I expect it to be a mix of cozy mystery, paranormal, and chick-lit. Okay, so partly the two cats caught my interest.
"Amelia Spelled has had a bad week. Her boyfriend dumps her when she inadvertently gives him food poisoning; her workplace, a telecommunications center, fires all their staff as they are outsourcing offshore, and she is evicted due to smoke damage resulting from her failed attempts at baking.
Amelia thinks her luck has changed when she inherits her estranged aunt's store, two mysterious cats, and beautiful Victorian house.
Yet has Amelia jumped out of the frying pan into the fire? To Amelia's dismay, the store is a cake store, and she discovers that her aunt was a witch. To add to the mix, the house has secrets of its own.When a man is murdered in the cake store, will Amelia be able to cook up a way to solve the crime? Will her spells prove as bad as her baking?"
Murder at the Brightwell is the first book in the Amory Ames series and I really enjoyed this novel. I enjoyed it so much that I would have started the second book right away if I would have access to it.
Admittedly the actual mystery was the weakest part of the story. It was written well enough but it lacked that certain kind of finesse and trickiness that for example an Agatha Christie novel possess.
But I loved the 1930s setting in an Englisch hotel and above all the two main characters, who are absolutely endearing. I almost never root for characters, but these two made me root for them all the way through the book. And they are the reason why I would like to read the next book immediately, because I want to know what happens next in their lives.
This book has been tagged as a cozy mystery on goodreads.
Page count: 325 pages
Money earned: $6.00
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New Romance Release! Dreaming at Seaside by Addison Cole 'The writing was fantastic and this novel is an absolute page-turner from beginning to end.' reviews Jennifer Thomason
'Dreaming at Seaside, the second in this standalone sweet romance series, was just as fabulous as Read, Write, Love at Seaside! This time the story focuses on the wild, outspoken Bella and a new police officer in town named Caden. Bella has decided to quit her teaching job in Connecticut and move to the Cape full time, hopefully heading up a new work study project with the local high school. Caden and his 15-year-old son Evan have just moved to the cape from Boston as Caden tries to recover from the death of his partner. Bella has sworn off relationships but can’t deny the attraction to Caden – but Caden doesn’t want a one night stand, he wants a relationship.
Bella and Caden’s story was wonderful, as was the chemistry between them. The writing was fantastic and this novel is an absolute page-turner from beginning to end. I love that the Sweet with heat series brings passion and chemistry into the stories without going overboard on the sexy scenes and language, just proving that leaving some things up to the imagination does not take away from the power of the story! I am officially hooked on this series and cannot wait to read book 3!'
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DREAMING at SEASIDE
Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She’s quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a handsome police officer appears on the scene.
Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he’s found the one thing he’d never allowed himself to hope for—or even realized he was missing.
After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella’s powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden’s loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son—even Bella?
Dreaming at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Dreams by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster