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text 2017-09-14 03:36
Ummm, no?
Betrayal in Death - J.D. Robb

I like JD Robb. I don't like Nora Roberts. This book reads more Roberts than Robb, which just brings it down for me. One of the things I enjoy about Eve Dallas is how much her inability to innately comprehend things most people consider given, like why people use makeup or why someone would chose to live in the country with animals, affects people around her. Her straightforward view points out things that most people haven't considered.

 

" 'How the hell did she walk around in that?' Eve wondered. 'Looks like it weighs a ton.' He had to laugh. It was so Eve to see the inconvenience rather than the glamour." Things like this amuse me to no end. But since the book was uncommonly light on things like this, I was not amused.

 

After having some major upheavals this year, many involving my children, I need that levity in the books to keep them from cutting too close to the bone. I had trouble with this book because there wasn't enough escape for me. I'm re-reading it this time through and this is one of the books that I remembered all the twists to once I read the first few pages. I persevered because I prefer to read a series in order, but I really didn't get any enjoyment out of it.

 

Personal issues aside, the book itself seems rather bland compared to some others in the series. Eve's frustrations, Roarke's anger and grief, Peabody and McNab's jealousy all seemed rather two dimensional. I remember reading this through the first time and being fascinated with the steps taken to track down the murderer and the angles that I wouldn't have thought to follow. It's a very good thing I'm not a cop, cause I'd suck at it. Apparently that fascination was the redeeming feature of the book for me, and it's missing on a second read through.

 

If you're a fan of Robb I'd say read the book. It's not as bad as Ceremony in Death, not as good as Origin in Death. Really only good for a once through unless you HAVE to reread in series order.

 

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review 2017-09-07 20:21
Review of The Bluebonnet Betrayal
The Bluebonnet Betrayal: A Potting Shed Mystery - Marty Wingate

This is one of my favorite series but this was not my favorite story. I don't know if I just wasn't in the mood for it or if it was just to much gardening going on but I just couldn't get into this one as much as the others. :( 

 

Pru has been invited to help with the Chelsea Garden for some Texans who have actually got themselves a place among the Brits. One of the ladies knew her and asked if she would mind getting things started for them since they wouldn't be able to get there until a few days later. 

 

The President of the Austin Gardening club ends up later than planned and Pru isn't sure what she thinks about that but when she meets her they have an instant connection and Twyla starts talking about needing her help to fix things and really just sort of rambles about things but when she ends up dead, Pru can't help but keep thinking about what she said. Almost like she is haunting her Pru can hear her voice and she knows she has to figure out what happened so she can have peace of mind.

 

Christopher is now semi-retired police (work with the local police on occasion) and not an inspector anymore and the local Inspector doesn't want his help nor Pru's but that don't stop them from checking into things and there are a few things that come up to make her suspicious of a few people.

 

I love Pru and Christopher they are probably one of my favorite cozy couples. I liked the characters introduced in this one but I think I just missed the normal characters that are usually in it, but since they were in a different area Simon wasn't there and I missed him.

 

The mystery is pretty good though I did figure it out towards the end but it was nice to see that I was right. :) 

 

Overall, it's a good one but there was just something there that was missing but I am not sure what. Like I said could just be my mood. :) If you like cozies though you should give this series a try. 

 

 

Source: www.amazon.com/Bluebonnet-Betrayal-Potting-Shed-Mystery-ebook/dp/B017QLSIU4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1504806964&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Bluebonnet+Betrayal
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text 2017-09-03 20:37
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
The Bluebonnet Betrayal: A Potting Shed Mystery - Marty Wingate

I decided to read this one for my Murder Most Foul square since I don't have a cozy square and I just got the next in series to read and realized I hadn't read this yet. 

 

This is one of my favorite cozy series and it's set in England and gardening. :) So far I am liking it. 

 

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text 2017-09-02 06:38
Yes, I truly read three books in a 24 hour period...
Blackhearted Betrayal - Kasey MacKenzie

So sue me. I like to read, a lot. This story is much better crafted than the previous book and confirms to me that Green-Eyed Envy was mostly a bridge between books one and three. The events of that books are barely referenced in this one, which doesn't detract from the story at all. 

 

I enjoyed how she built even further on the worlds and mythologies used in book one. Riss seems to be much better at piecing things together also, so that lifted the book also. The solutions to various situations are creative but not beyond the realm of possibility within the framework. The only deus ex machina comes from actual gods, and even then they need a helping hand because immortal doesn't mean omnipotent or all powerful in this world.

 

The ending does wrap things fairly neatly while leaving enough openings for the author to add more books to the world if desired. Babies to watch grow, pregnant Harpies, and body-snatched Fury and god that need to be returned, a mortal who's suddenly a quarter divine, a Warhound who spends every other week in the Egyptian underworld. Yup, plenty of openings. 

 

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review 2017-08-24 00:00
The Betrayal Knows My Name, Volume 3
The Betrayal Knows My Name, Volume 3 - Hotaru Odagiri This was going so good, and then it gets to the ending where it pulls out all the "women are weak and need men" and that's when it turned to crap.
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