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review 2018-06-22 18:54
Bear Witness To Murder, Meg Macy
Bear Witness to Murder - Meg Macy Bear Witness to Murder - Meg Macy

I absolutely loved this cozy mystery. I received this book for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.7* rating. This story quickly pulled me in and I needed to know what would happen next.It sure didn't seem like a quiet little town. How far would you go to get even with someone you thought had done you wrong.

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review 2018-06-20 03:33
Death of a Cozy Writer by G. M. Malliet (audiobook)
Death of a Cozy Writer: A St. Just Mystery - G.M. Malliet,Davina Porter

Series: A St. Just Mystery #1

 

This was another audiobook that I picked up from the library to have something light to listen to. I wasn't impressed though. It's a modern-day mystery but a lot of the attitudes of the family seem like it would make more sense to be taking place in the 50s or 60s. It's a modern day country house murder, basically.

 

I don't think I'll be reading another one in this series because the inspector had some eyebrow-raising opinions concerning women dressing professionally and the author took so long setting up the family dynamics that we didn't meet the inspector and have the murder investigation until we'd gotten at least a good third into the book. Possibly more, I can't remember exactly.

 

Oh well, it passed the time.

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review 2018-06-02 23:07
Book, Line, and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay
Book, Line and Sinker - Jenn McKinlay

I'll start by saying ignore the back of the book. The publisher's description is incorrect - although Charlie found the body, he was never one of the prime suspects.

Briar Creek is in an upheaval after a salvage company arrives with plans to dig up Captain Kidd's buried treasure, which can supposedly be found somewhere on Pirate Island. It sounds too amazing to be true, except that Mr. Riordan, the owner of the salvage company, has Captain Kidd's very own treasure map. The treasure hunt could turn Pirate Island into a huge tourist attraction, but it would also cause ecological damage. While Milton Duffy, a well-known and well-liked member of the Friends of the Library, tries to protect the island, Trudi Hargrave, the head of Briar Creek's tourism department, does everything she can to help Riordan's work move forward. Then Trudi turns up murdered, and Lindsey finds herself in the thick of things as usual.

This is probably the best book in the series so far. I loved the way the mystery tied in with Briar Creek's history. If I had one complaint about the way things worked out, it was that it took a lot longer than I expected for Trudi to finally be murdered. Which sounds terrible, but waiting so long for the death I knew was supposed to happen made the book drag a little. Plus, Trudi was kind of annoying.

The fact that Sully and Lindsey were finally dating didn't lessen Sully's appeal. I was happy to see that Sully was still giving Beth rides and waiting to make sure she got into her house okay before driving off. Little things like that really demonstrated that he wasn't just being nice in the previous books in order to spend more time with Lindsey. He also handled the sudden appearance of Lindsey's ex-fiance, John, surprisingly well. I expected aggravating amounts of jealousy, and instead he opted to trust Lindsey, stand back (mostly), and let her deal with John in her own way. Unfortunately,

McKinlay opted to throw all of this out the window at the end of the book. It was very sudden and felt out of character for Sully, even taking into account the amount of stress he was under.

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I continued to like Officer Emma Plewicki - I hope she gets more page-time in future books. The real surprise, however, was Chief Daniels. In the first book he was a stereotypical small town cop, too focused on his initial assumptions to even consider other possibilities. In this latest book, he had visibly mellowed, and I actually found myself liking him.

This was a great entry in the series, although I'm worried about what the ending will mean for the next book. Crossing my fingers that McKinlay doesn't drag this development out too long.

Extras:

  • The Briar Creek Library Guide to Crafternoons
  • Readers Guide for The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Lindsey's pattern for her cross-stitch sampler ("Books are my homeboys.")
  • Recipe for Charlene's cucumber cups stuffed with feta

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2018-05-31 01:41
NURSERY CRIMES by Ayelte Waldman
Nursery Crimes - Ayelet Waldman

Juliet is pregnant with her second child and trying to get her first child into a prestigious pre-school. After being rejected, Juliet sees on the news the owner has been killed in a hit-and-run. Using the skills learned as a public defender, she attempts to find a murderer, if it is a murder. The cops aren't so sure.

I liked this book. It sets up the series well by introducing the characters and giving their backstories as they go through their daily lives. I liked the characters. The story held my interest. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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review 2018-05-22 16:00
The Case of the Missing Cross (Justice and Miss Quinn #1) by Felicia Rogers
The Case of the Missing Cross - Felicia Rogers

A great mystery and romance set in Regency Bath. I love the work partnership of Justin and Magnolia and the budding romance between the two is the right amount of angst for me. I still feel burnt out on Regency romances, but this one was different and I want to continue reading the series. The main mystery is solved, but there is a bigger conspiracy going on, which leads into book two. 

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