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review 2016-08-03 22:27
Review: Say Yes to Death (Debutante Dropout #6) by Susan McBride
Say Yes to the Death: A Debutante Dropout Mystery (Debutante Dropout Mysteries) - Susan McBride

It was fun being back with Andrea and the gang from Dallas. The characters were still rock solid as before, and the plot was page turning, if somewhat predictable as I guessed correctly who was the murderer after certain clues dropped. Cissy is still my favorite character. This book also tied up some loose ends from the previous book, making the entire story arc satisfying. Can't wait for #7. 4.5/5 stars

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text 2016-07-30 23:49
July Reading Wrap Up
The Suffragette Scandal - Courtney Milan
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us - Michael Moss,Scott Brick
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology - Rebecca Paley,Leah Remini
Tea Cups and Carnage - Lynn Cahoon
Yes Please - Amy Poehler
Bossypants - Tina Fey

Courtney Milan Challenge (100% completed - 3 months ahead of schedule!)

1. The Countess Conspiracy (Brothers Sinister #3) - 3 stars

2. The Suffragette Scandal (Brothers Sinister #4) - 5 stars

3. Talk Sweetly to Me (Brothers Sinister #4.5) - 3 stars

 

Non-Fiction Challenge (29/50; 58% completed)

4. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser - 3.5 stars

5. Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss - 5 stars

6. Easter 1916 by Charles Townshend - 3 stars

7. Troublemaker by Leah Remini - 4 stars

8. Bossypants by TIna Fey - 4 stars

9. Yes Please by Amy Poehler - 4.5 stars

10. 4,000 Years of Uppity Women by Vicki Leon - 2 stars

 

TBR Pile Down

11. Killer Run (Tourist Trap Mystery #5) by Lynn Cahoon - 3 stars

12. Murder on Wheels (Tourist Trap Mystery #6) by Lynn Cahoon - 3 stars

13. Tea Cups and Carnage (Tourist Trap Mystery #7) by Lynn Cahoon - 4.5 stars

14. At the Duke's Wedding (Anthology) by Various Authors - 3 stars

15. Killer Cupcakes (Lexy Baker Mysteries #1) by Leighann Dobbs - 1 star

16. Dying for Danish (Lexy Baker Mysteries #2) by Leighann Dobbs - 1 star

17. A Season for Love: Holiday Sparks/Mistletoe & Margaritas/Snowbound with the CEO by Shannon Stacey - .5 star for two stories, 3 stars to one story

18. Harlequin Holiday Collection by Various Authors - 4 stars to two stories, 1 star to one story, and 0 stars to one story

 

Reading Challenge: 108 out of 150 books (72% completed)

 

Events: 24in48 Readathon, COYER Challenge, DoD Library Summer Program

 

 

 

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review 2016-07-16 22:59
Review: Killer Cupcakes (Lexy Baker Mystery #1) and Dying for Danish (Lexy Baker Mystery #2) by Leighann Dobbs
Dying For Danish - Leighann Dobbs
Killer Cupcakes - Leighann Dobbs

I am doing a two-in-one review for these books. Each book was given a rating of one star. Each book was approximately 80-90 pages. 

 

I picked up a four book set of the Lexy Baker Mysteries series, plus picked up other books in the series at different times. I read the first two books and deleted all the books from my NOOK. I have several issues with each book and the series overall.

 

Overall:

1. The MC, Lexy Baker, wears the wrong clothing and shoes to go sleuthing about. This speaks to a series lack of common sense with Lexy. She is just plain dumb, plus nosy and clumsy. It's like the reader can predict how a scene is going to play out before reading.

 

2. So Lexy can eat pretty much anything, especially dessert after dessert, but doesn't gain a pound and doesn't exercise. That is just one of the perfect things about Lexy. All the characters are perfect. Perfectly perfect in every perfect way. 

 

3. Lexy has an expensive shoe collection and goes shoe shopping regularly, yet in both mysteries she is motivated to investigate because her business is constantly short money. Complains of business needing her attention, but then takes off for hours leaving her business partner/BFF or their part-time employee to watch the bakery.

 

4. The serious lack of professionalism by Detectives Jack Perillo and John Darling.

 

Killer Cupcakes:

1. Insta-love that was so fast I couldn't even get a scene of insta-lust.

 

2. Obstruction of justice much!

 

3. Jack finds Lexy unconscious and with a concussion, but doesn't call 911 or take her to the hospital.

 

4. Well, I figured out the murderer at the wake and still had 10+ chapters to go. The clues were really trivial.

 

Dying for Danish

1. Danish (the pastry) does not need to be capitalized every time the word is used.

 

2. Lexy has some series insecurities about her love life - at one point she got jealous of her grandmother for having Jack's attention/affection. I'm glad I am getting off this train now.

 

3. Another obstruction of justice scene!

 

4. Bad business decision by Lexy leads once again to money issues, leaving Lexy to solve the mystery herself.....okay, nope.

 

A reviewer on GR mentions that they felt this series was a piece of satire, poking fun at the genre....I wish it was. Well, I got some space on my NOOK opened up since deleting all the books in this series.

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review 2016-07-09 21:45
Review: Murder on Wheels (Tourist Trap Mystery #6) by Lynn Cahoon
Murder on Wheels - Lynn Cahoon

Better than the last one, but there is something missing at the end of this mystery - namely a good motive for why the murderer committed the crime. There was too much focus on the love lives of the gang; the love triangle between Harrold, Aunt Jackie, and Josh, the break up of Toby and Elisa, and Sasha's growing crush on Toby. This felt more soap opera-ish than a mystery. And Amy was an utter cow to Jill for a ridiculous reason. I didn't like the fact that Greg dismissed Jill's theory or gut instinct, and low and behold, she was right and solved the murder. Greg might be Mr. Perfect, but he can be a bit of a dim-bulb compared to Jill and Toby; not quite Keystone Kops, but geesh if you spend all that time working a case that is stalled, why not take Jill's idea and investigate a path that is a bit out there. 3 stars.

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review 2016-07-09 21:36
Review: Tea Cups and Carnage (Tourist Trap Mystery #7) by Lynn Cahoon
Tea Cups and Carnage - Lynn Cahoon

The magic is back in this installment. The last couple of books have lacked something on the mystery end of the stories, but this kept the plot line on the mystery and the relationships took a back seat. Although the victim and murderer was once again out-of-towners, there were really good ties to the community via the clues to solving the murder. I'm a little tired of mini story lines about the love lives of Toby and Sasha, but I still enjoy the relationship between Greg and Jill. And I really like the tie in between the Tourist Trap Mystery series and the author's new cozy mystery series. I admit to not caring anymore about Jill's nosiness or her gossipy ways of solving the murders. 4.5 stars.

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