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review 2017-08-15 21:17
Murder on the Rocks by Allyson K. Abbott
Murder on the Rocks - Allyson K. Abbott

Murder on the Rocks begins when Mack finds a dead body in the ally behind her bar. This is the second body she's found in the past year, the first was her father, and now it was her father's girlfriend. Things aren't looking good for Mack, when the police think either she did it, or someone close to her did. The hot new detective in town has taken a personal interest in Mack, her ability, and something else about her as well. 

 

But Mack isn't sure what she's supposed to do now, and with the threat of danger looming over them, and the fact that she is seeing someone, and a murder suspect, things aren't looking great for these two. 

 

This book was really good, and a great start to this series. I enjoyed Mack, and her unique ability, although I wish she had a better attitude about it, but I'm hoping that changes in the next book. Also, I didn't like how Mack acted around the guy she was currently seeing, and then admitted that she felt different about the detective. That was beyond annoying, but other than that I thought it was a great story, with an awesome mystery. 

 

I can't wait to read more now. 

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review 2017-08-15 13:43
Spell Disaster (Silver Hollow Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series) (Volume 2) - Leighann Dobbs

This book was pretty good. I will start by saying that I did not read the first book. I found this as a free ebook, not knowing it was a series, and gave it a shot. After reading it, it was almost like I didn't have to read the first one, because so much of the text was dedicated to recap of the first one. This got really repetitive and was not necessary to understand the story.

The writing was pretty good. Very descriptive (maybe a little too descriptive at times). I think it got a little too detailed as the book went on, especially once the narration split between following Issy and following Dex. The narrator often repeated what each person was feeling and it really wasn't necessary.

My big critique of this book was that OH MY GOODNESS THESE CHARACTERS ARE SO DENSE! The narrator pretty much gave all of the plot twists away in the beginning by giving too much detail. And the characters couldn't figure it out until the end. So the reader is stuck knowing what is going on while the characters bop around, following dead end after dead end. Not only that, but when they finally figure it out, the narrator gave to a recap of the whole situation, detailing events that the reader was able to pick up on from the start. The writing was overly simplistic and a little insulting to the reader.

Despite this, it was still an interesting read. I liked the whole demon aspect of it. I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of romance stuff, but I was able to speed-read through those sections to get back to the main story.

A quick and simple read for when you don't want to think too much.

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review 2017-08-14 06:10
The Spring Cleaning Murders, An Ellie Haskell Mystery by Dorothy Cannell
The Spring Cleaning Murders - Dorothy Cannell

The Spring Cleaning Murders, An Ellie Haskell Mystery by Dorothy Cannell is a quick cozy mystery to read. Because it kept me guessing, I gave it four stars.

 

Ellie's family meets a new housekeeper, Mrs. Large. "'Morning, all.' Her voice was deep and gruff and--as might be expected--she was definitely a big woman. A good six-feet tall, with a long lugubrious face and a plodding walk."

 

Ellie is thinking about the loved ones in her life: "the heart has many nooks and crannies, each of which can only be filled by certain people."

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Random House Publishing Group-Alibi and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Spring-Cleaning-Murders-Haskell-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KE61LTI

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review 2017-08-13 11:39
The Decorator Who Knew Too Much (Madison Knight #4)
The Decorator Who Knew Too Much - Diane Vallere

This series has always been oddly compelling to me - I can't say I ever really loved it, but yet I keep coming back for the next one.  Part of the problem, I think, is that of the three permanent characters in the books, Hudson, Tex and Madison, I really only like Hudson and Tex. I don't have patience for Madison; she's not written to be a warm or likeable character, in my opinion.  Vallere touts Madison's independence to much, she ends up being off-putting, and her independence isn't really independence at all; her heart got broken so she shut everyone out.  That's a bitter cage, not real independence.

 

Anyhow, I like the two males and generally the mystery plots are pretty good.  But this one just failed for me.  I'm tired of the lack of growth in Madison, even when she's supposedly growing, and the plot was just too twisty and convoluted.  At several points, it reads as though the author confused herself trying to make the plot too labyrinthine.  And what am I supposed to do to with that damn ending?  Are she and Hudson breaking up?  If so, over what?  It was as clear as mud and I'm not in the mood for obscure endings.

 

I also have to say that while Henery press generally has a stellar record regarding publishing quality, this one was a hot mess.  Grammatically it was, I think, nearly flawless, but the timeline was messed up in places (Madison referring to things happening the day before that happened that morning) and there were more than a few places where she'd start out inside at the beginning of a sentence only to suddenly be outside by the end of it.  Lots of evidence of a major re-write without a final read through for consistency.

 

Not sure I'll read another if it's published.  Not because of the editing but because I'm just over Madison's issues and the emotional cages she keeps creating for herself.

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review 2017-08-13 11:22
Sticks and Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney, #17)
Sticks and Bones - Carolyn Haines

For whatever reason, as much as I love this series in general, this one failed to pull me in completely at the beginning.   Maybe it was the movie backdrop, or the over-the-top nastiness of one of the characters, or the batshit insanity of one of the others, but it just didn't grip me.  Jitty the ghost was also back to her nagging, irritating ways.

 

The mystery plot though was a big old snarl of a puzzle.  So many suspects, so many red herrings, but a plot twist that was supposed to shock but was telegraphed early on.  But still, a very good mystery.

 

I am though, for the record, thoroughly jacked with the way Haines is yanking her readers and Sarah Booth around over Coleman.  This is the book where it stopped being moving and starting just being ridiculous.  Either put them together or kill one of them off already.  The suspense has officially been over-played.

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