This is another book I've been meaning to read for ages so I can move it on. I'm happy to move it on because it wasn't very good. It was pretty flat without a lot of depth to the characters. Also, the wrap ups for the mysteries was too quick and not very satisfying to me. It was like, "okay, that's over, next thing..." So this is a great book if you aren't expecting much. This is definitely a "Cozy Mystery."
This was a quick read and perfect for Christmas. Once again Alvirah helps her friends and solves not one but three mysteries. A friend had passed away and her home was to be left to her sister. She sister had decided to donate the home to a charity who runs a thrift store and place for children with no place to go after school. Kate, the sister, was going to live in the apartment upstairs where they currently had a couple renting. Alvirah was suspicious of them right away when at the funeral they acted like family. Later, they surprised Kate with a new will from her sister Bessie saying she was leaving her house to the couple and Kate would be allowed to stay in the apartment upstairs. This meant the children would no longer have a safe place to go after school because the building it was currently in was too old and deemed unsafe by the city. Alvirah was sure the will was a fake and was determined to figure out how they did it.
I'm trying to get things in order before the end of the year and catch up as much as possible with reading. I lost my reading mojo for about 4 months so I totally blew my reading goal for the year. I felt it slipping away in the last few months before it really hit me and I noticed I was reading less. Then for 4 months I only read one book each month and they weren't even good books. I had to make myself read because these hardback books took up so much shelf space. I also really want to finish this Annie's Attic Mystery series. The majority of them are not very good but I really liked a few. I have another similar series of books that I've been collecting but they are too similar so I am waiting to finish the one series before starting it. That one is the Patchwork Mysteries from Guidepost books. I read the first 6 maybe in that series before stopping and I think that series is a lot better. I'm looking forward to finishing the first series so I can start that one.
Anyway, when I finally started to feel like reading again it came in a trickle with me thinking about reading and getting new books more than anything. New books always help fill in the mojo hole. I guess I have been focusing too much on getting through all the old books I've had here and not reading much new stuff. I need to make sure to keep some new stuff mixed in and also some different genres. I've always stuck mainly to realistic books and almost all mysteries. Now I'm venturing out into fantasy. I have found I like to read books about magic.
Road Trip #17 - Jan Fields Okay, so here is where I left off. This is the only book I read in October. Pretty sad really. Going off memory here and it's like a sieve...
So there is this needlework convention happening in Texas and for the first time the different needlework guilds are all coming together to include all types for this event. There was a fashion show involving crochet, knit, embroidery, and who knows what other types of design work. The owner of A Stitch in time entered Kate's crochet dress without telling her because she knew she wouldn't do it. They all talked her into going and Annie agreed to model it for her. At this event they were also going to be honoring Annie's grandmother for her cross stitch work and they asked Annie to bring along any of the pieces she had to display. They all piled into one vehicle and made a road trip of it. They were all having fun until they started noticing the same vehicle following them. When they stopped at a hotel to get some rest they saw a couple of strange men watching them and then they were woken in the middle of the night by the car alarm. Two men were trying to break into the car but were scared off when they went running out there.
So this story was a typical "cozy mystery" where nothing really bad happens and things are just not very realistic. I hate that. The whole time I kept thinking, "like that would ever happen..." ugh.... So, I know there are a lot of people who loved this book but I didn't.
Another trip to South Cove, CA and the gang is in the full Christmas cheer...except for Jill, who is not quite a Grinch, but does have a case of the Bah Humbugs. This story focuses on relationships and the holiday season, with the mystery in the far background until the last chapter. Yet the mystery was interesting, but wasn't a whole lot to the mystery, so I agree making it a small part of a novella. I am ready for a full length mystery for Jill to sink her teeth into, though these novellas have been fun to read.