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review 2018-02-23 13:12
Murder She Wrote, Continuation
Murder, She Wrote: Aloha Betrayed - Donald Bain,Jessica Fletcher

When this show first appeared on tv, my mom loved the show and watched it religiously. Eventually, I started watching it, too and enjoyed it. I wasn't as religious about watching it (between work, school and homework there wasn't time) and so would watch whenever I could. Then it was on Netflix and I would watch a few episodes at a time to catch up. Then one day in a library, I saw the books, not all of them, just some. I borrowed one here or there. 


I found this originally as an audiobook and borrowed it, but didn't get very far and gave up. I found it again as a Kindle book and regular book and borrowed it so that I could read it to fill in the Reading around the USA mysteries. It took care of Hawaii (I know there are many out there, but this worked, too). 


Jessica Fletcher has arrived in Maui, HI to co-teach a class with a famous retired detective, Mike Kane. On her arrival, she finds another person she has been asked to find and meet, Mala, a friend of Seth Haslitt's granddaughter. On the first night, Jessica is going to a luau and looks for Mala there but meets, Bob and his wife, Elaine, Professor Luzon and his wife, Honi and his graduate assistant, Grace. Just before she leaves, Grace tells Jessica that Mala was at the luau, but that she was arguing with someone. Jessica also overhears some men talking about getting rid of a woman if she continues to cause trouble. 


She is told about Mala's death by Mike and they begin to look into the death of Mala because while the officials are calling it an accident, they don't believe it was an accident. 


I did enjoy this story and was glad that I finally got a chance to read it. 



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review 2018-02-12 12:58
#20 in the Series
Die Like an Eagle - Donna Andrews

This book is part of the Meg Langslow series. I enjoy these books because they are fun and she uses some great words that are great for vocabulary building. 


Meg's twins, Josh and Jamie, are playing ball for the first year in the Summer League. The league was started by parents frustrated by the manager of the Little League. He is a tyrant that has alienated many of the parents to the point that they are afraid to gather and talk with each other. When Meg and her husband, Michael, have the team and their families over to their house the night before the first game, they learn just how tyrannical he is and are plotting how to get rid of Biff so that their children's enjoyment of the game is not destroyed. It seems Biff has started things that may help the parents get rid of him. He has invited a member of the Summer Ball League to come for the opening day and just as the first game is about to start, Meg finds Biff's brother dead in a porta-potty that Biff's company supplies to the field. 


Meg helps her boss and friend, Randall, in trying to get Biff to live up to his commitments and the Sheriff find out what really happened. As she was trying to get Biff to follow the contract, she learns about his corrupt practices with his business and with the League. She comes up with suggestions that will allow her to get the work finished on the town square and at the ball field. The Summer League Official is shocked to learn the truth about Biff and his bad behaviors. In fact, when Biff attacks Meg's son Jamie, she punches him the nose and all the parents stand up and say that they will testify to his attacking the child and her defending her child. The official also says he is no longer allowed to be the President and calls for a meeting to elect a new President and VP and Accountant. 


As Biff's world unravels, more things start to come to light, including the truth of the murder. 


I really enjoy this story and my daughter who doesn't like mysteries, enjoys listening to the story and hearing the silly things that happen in the story. 

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review 2018-02-10 13:24
Chocolate Facts and a Story
The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up - JoAnna Carl

This is the third book in the series and it can be read out of order (I should know this is the 2nd time I have read this series out of order). Lee is the niece of Nettie, who owns the Chocolate shop in Warner Pier. Lee is the business manager and she is dating Joe, an attorney who rebuilds old wooden boats. One day, in town, Joe is attacked by Hershel, the local town problem, in front of everyone. Joe doesn't hurt Hershel, but he is confused by what happened. As they try to figure out what has happened, Hershel's boat is found in the water near Joe's boat ramp. The town is searching for Hershel and just as Joe is getting ready to take Lee back to her van, Hershel appears at her window and says he doesn't trust the people near Joe's shop and he wants to meet Lee's aunt at the chapel. When they get there, Hershel is dead and Joe is accused of the murder. As they try to find out the truth, they are being attacked and now they really need to know what is happening. 


I enjoyed the story, but there were some misused words, not related to the malapropisms of the character of Lee. The story would stop so she could describe the chocolates that they were ordering, offering or eating and this would slow the flow of the story. The fun part in the book was all the chocolate facts. There were no recipes, just facts. 

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review 2018-02-10 09:25
Miss Dimple Suspects (Miss Dimple, #3)
Miss Dimple Suspects - Mignon F. Ballard

The books in this series are hard to describe.  They're both a tiny bit twee and interesting studies of small-town America during WWII.  I pick one up every once in awhile when I'm jonesing for a Homefront setting.


The mystery should have been better for me; it had the right elements: reclusive artist murdered, and paintings gone missing, but it just failed to hook me.  I love the characters though (except Miss Dimple; she's a little too Mary Poppins for me to really like her); Charlie, Annie, Virginia... they're all of their time and fun to read about.   And I really appreciated Ballard's choice of innocent suspect:  a Japanese American woman freshly graduated from medical school, forced to hide after her family in California is sent to a 'relocation camp'; she was acting as the artists companion/nurse when the murder occurred.  Ballard uses the story to spotlight the horrible situation these American citizens found themselves in because of their heritage, something I don't see written about very much. 


Generally, not a bad book; I enjoyed it enough, but I didn't love it.  

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review 2018-02-09 23:05
Aunt Dimity and her Past
Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure - Nancy Atherton

Lori is happily married to Bill and they have twin sons and a baby daughter. They are settled in the cottage, her father-in-law, William, is living in Ivy Cottage with his new wife and they are all as happy as can be in the village of Finch. For the village, moving day is an exciting day, someone new is moving in and everyone wants a good view of the new neighbors and their household items. Trouble starts when they notice that there are boxes labeled "Museum" and they order/ask Lori to go in and get to the bottom of those boxes. She makes friends with the new people and when she learns that the movers broke the blender, she offers one of the blenders she has in her attic from when she and Bill got married. When she goes to the attic to find a blender to give the new neighbors as a housewarming gift, she finds an armlet and goes to the study to talk with Dimity. She learns that it was a gift from a young man that she knew after the war and their time together ended badly and she asks Lori to find the man, she only knew as Badger, and explain to him why she was not able to commit to him. 


I really enjoyed the story and enjoyed hearing it with my children as we drove in the car running errands and taking care of things. I enjoyed the progression of life for Lori and her family and all that is happening in the village. I like how people change and grow and allow for fixing things others did when they were younger. I also enjoyed Lori's search for the truth behind the gift. I loved the involvement of men and women who served in the wars and how their lives progressed after the war and the way they don't consider themselves heroes for what they did during the war. 



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