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review 2018-10-16 01:41
Pumpkins in Paradise
Pumpkins in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 1) - Kathi Daley

This was book 1 (and I read them out of order) and my children had chosen the later book and we borrowed this one to go back and check out the rest of the series. TJ was just given custody of her half-sisters following the death of their mother and father. They have come to live with her, her father and grandfather. She is a coach and teacher at the local high school and is friends with a man who spends all his time in his mansion. She finds him dead and doesn't feel that it was a suicide or an old age death.

While she navigates life as a parent to her sisters, a teacher, a coach and friend, she meets the newest police officer (detective) and makes friends with him. He looks into the death of her friend and the two become friends.

Nice short story (about 5 hours audio) and I paired it with the book and we were able to finish it pretty quickly. The girls and I enjoyed the story. We have even borrowed another from the series.

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review 2018-10-16 01:21
The Wolfe Widow
By Victoria Abbott The Wolfe Widow (A Book Collector Mystery) - Victoria Abbott

Jordan is back in book 3 and she is let go from her position just before Thanksgiving. It seems a woman named Muriel has come and has something she is holding over Vera's head and gets her to let Jordan go and tell Senora and Kevin that they cannot talk to Jordan at all. The two are frantic and beg Jordan to find out what is happening and get rid of the woman.

 

This book is tied to Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout. She uses the lessons she learned from Archie (in the books) to help her in her quest to find out the truth.

 

I am actually glad that I finished this series. While I enjoy the tie-in to mysteries and learn some things that have encouraged me to borrow books by authors I have heard about or never heard about before. I didn't like parts where she talks about how she doesn't whine and then does. How she is so dependent on others to help her, but she does find her own feet while whining, and finding the truth. 

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review 2018-10-15 01:42
Death of an Honest Man
Hamish Macbeth: Death of an Honest Man: Hamish Macbeth, Book 33 - Audible Studios,David Monteath,M.C. Beaton

The story is set in Scotland and written in dialect so there were times where I didn't know what was being said or what was meant. I had to look up so words (kirk) but I did enjoy the story. I liked the title of the book, I thought it was kind of funny. I was not disappointed in the book. It was a fun read. 

 

Hamish Macbeth (Shakespearean reference) is a police officer in Lochdubh and he is partnered with another officer sent up to "spy" on him because he seems to be pretty good at solving cases, but he doesn't like the attention and doesn't want a promotion to detective. He likes where he is at. He also has women troubles as his two previous women keep coming around. He also has a wildcat that he took to a refuge, but when he hears that someone is shooting at the cats in the refuge, he goes up to save the cat and ends up saving another cat that is viewed by the villagers as a demon. 

 

When a man moves to the area Hamish patrols, he discovers that the man says he is honest and speaks the truth, but it is making people not like him. When he is found dead in a bog with Hamish's handcuffs on him, an investigation is started. Who could he have called for help and who would come out and kill him. 

 

I could not find this as an available audiobook, so I read it when I was home only. 

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review 2018-10-15 01:16
Claws for Concern
Claws for Concern (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) - Miranda James

Charlie Harris's grandson, baby Charlie, has been born and he gets to watch the baby along with his friends and girlfriend. But one day, a man asks for information on his uncle (married to his aunt) and he ends up searching for the truth of a murder from over 20 years ago. The man claims to be the son of his uncle from a previous relationship.

 

The story was interesting and I mixed the reading with audio, so my girls were listening as I was driving, too. They actually requested this book. My husband enjoyed some of the incidents as I had owned (can you ever really own a cat) a Maine Coon Cat when we got together and while she was a beauty, she didn't do well in moving with me to the new house.

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review 2018-10-10 20:42
The Christmas Cake Murder
Christmas Cake Murder - Joanne Fluke Christmas Cake Murder - Joanne Fluke

This one goes back to when Hannah moved back to Lake Eden to take care of her family after the death of her father. It goes over how she got started with her bakery and it also introduces another story. So we get two stories for the price of one. 

 

Essie is an older lady who lived in the town and had story times for the children of the town on Saturdays. She would entertain and love on the children while their parents ran errands or just took a break. She fell going down the stairs and was having to live in the hospice as her place was not fit for the living (no electric, water, heat) and Annie, Grandma Knudsen, and Delores got together and decided to give her a gift from the whole town. They plan a Christmas Ball with a Christmas Cake Parade. 

 

It had a lot of recipes and it was a fun read. I didn't want to put it down. 

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