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review 2018-06-18 13:01
Better Late Than Never
Better Late Than Never - Jenn McKinlay

This book starts with the first ever library return where you could return your books without a fine, no matter how late they were. The library ends up being filled with books being returned after weeks, months and years. Lindsey, the library director, asks her usuals at the "Crafternoon" to help check books back into the library and arrange them for placement back on shelves. She even offers prizes for the book that was returned after being gone the longest. The ladies find a book that was checked out 1 day before the person who borrowed it was murdered. Lindsey takes the book to the police and then starts her own investigation with Robbie, an old English actor with a crush on her, to find out who really murdered the lady, an English teacher at the local high school. 

 

This also has Lindsey "talking" about her relationship with Sully and then the two of them coming out and letting the whole town know. 

 

It was a cute story and there were some moments that were too crazy to be probable, but still a fun story. 

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review 2018-06-13 10:50
Abstract Aliases (Bodies of Art Mystery, #3)
Abstract Aliases - Ritter Ames

If you're willing to suspend disbelief and are looking for an action packed pseudo-spy caper, this series is worth checking out.

 

Abstract Aliases has Jack and Laurel chasing after art forgeries, crime syndicates, ex-employees gone rogue and trying to figure out who is killing forgers throughout Europe, and why.  It's a jet-setting kind of story, with trains, planes and automobiles and character far more likeable than they were in the first two books (more cooperation, less game-playing).

 

I was feeling lukewarm about the series as a whole and this one languished on my TBR for some time before I grabbed it, but the pure escapist fun, and the plot and character progression have left me eager to read the next book.

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review 2018-06-11 19:40
Mr. Scarletti's Ghost
Mr Scarletti's Ghost (Mina Scarletti Mystery Book 1) - Linda Stratmann

This one has been on my To-Read list for awhile and I absolutely loved this well crafted slice of life in the Victorian times and the fashionable rise of Spiritualism. When a new phenomenon in the form of a spiritual medium named Miss Eustace takes Brighton by storm, Mina becomes worried that her mother and her financially well off friends will become the victims of fraud, Mina sets out to investigate the woman, her intentions and her mysterious past.

 

Afflicted with scoliosis, Mina Scarletti isn't expected to marry and have children, so she is free of many of the constraints and pressures that other Victorian women would face. She's already a successful author of horror stories, and her skepticism of the Spiritualist sensation sweeping Brighton has her free to do a little investigating without arousing displeasure from her family or the townspeople. Practical, clever, sensible and creative, she's fascinating and so gosh-darn likable. Along with her brother, Richard, friends Dr. Hamid and his family (Oh! Eliza's storyline was so sad!) it made for a warm and inviting read.

 

I love the level of realism in this series, it reads like non-fiction. Beautifully researched and rich in detail, from the descriptions of the Brighton seafront to Miss Eustace's demonstrations, it was brought to life handily and it was so easy to lose myself in the story. I also enjoyed that this was a clean no-murder mystery, just good old fashioned intrigue and deception. This is a a definitely a very highly recommended series for anyone who enjoys historical mysteries and a perfect pool read. Don't miss this one!

 

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review 2018-06-11 13:44
Frozen Stiff
Frozen Stiff (A Mattie Winston Mystery #3) - Annelise Ryan

Someone's trying to frame Hurley, from killing his ex-girlfriend to burning down David's house with Hurley's gas can to attempting to abduct Mattie. But who and why? Under suspicion, Hurley goes on the run and enlists Mattie's help in figuring out who's behind it all.

 

Good, but not great. I didn't devour this one like I did the other books in the series. I can't put my finger on why, some momentum was lost after the second book. But there was a lot to like in this one, from more background on Hurley (who is the series's least developed character, IMHO) to the old detective Bob (the gym scene made me laugh out loud!) to the great plot with a surprising twist at the end, there's no way I ever saw that coming. Although enjoyable, I found myself putting it aside in favor of other books more than once.

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review 2018-06-09 20:36
Pages of Sin
Pages of Sin - Kate Carlisle

Good short story. Brooklyn is back in her hometown, staying with her parents and giving a program at the library to teach people simple fixes of special books. Her mother asks her to help clean out a friend's house after her death. When she is using some of the books to teach her students, they find some records that show some of the secrets of the woman who died and her family. When they are brought together and the items are brought out at the memorial the whole truth starts to come out. 

 

While not a murder mystery, it is still a cute story showing some things that people keep hidden. 

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