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review 2017-06-22 19:13
Review: Loose Lips (Dusty Deals #5) by Rae Davies
Loose Lips - Diane Rae Davis

This was another fun installment in the Dusty Deals series. Lucy is prodded into entering a contest for best window display in Helena while the town's newest coffee place is killing her friend's business. This new coffee place is - you guessed it- serving up more than just coffee! When one of the "business" owner winds up dead, several people in Lucy's social circle are suspected of being the murder. There were a few red herrings, but the plotline never got so tangled to be unbelievable. Det. Peter Blake seems more in tune with Lucy's intuitions and schemes, and believes in her instincts more than the new part-time detective the force hired. I hope Blake puts Klein in his place in the next book. I really enjoyed the deepening of Blake and Lucy's relationship. Overall, just a good time reading this book.

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Read for COYER Summer Reading List 2017

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review 2017-06-09 02:44
Did Gustavo Do What He is Accused of?
Chocolate Frosted Murder: A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery - Book 5 - Susan Gillard

While celebrating with 2 of her employees and their family, she is warned that their cousin, Gustavo, was found murdered in a park with a gun and drugs. The family doesn't believe this of their cousin and have asked Heather to work her magic and find out the truth of Gustavo's death. 

 

Heather with the help of her boyfriend giving her inside information finds out some information that helps solve the death of Gustavo. 

 

I have issues with this as there is the constant giving of information to a civilian by a police detective. I don't care that this civilian is his girlfriend. I know that it helps to move the story along. 

 

If you want a quick read, I recommend the story, but do suspend your disbelief or questioning to get through it. 

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review 2017-06-05 14:47
Bitter Harvest - Wendy Tyson

I have long been a fan of mysteries, particularly series mysteries. When I first came across Wendy Tyson's Allison Campbell series, I immediately fell in love with her writing. Now, never having been a fan of the cozy mystery genre, I was unsure when I heard about A MUDDIED MURDER, the first in the Greenhouse Mysteries. But, it was Wendy, so I gave it a go. All of my snobbery was completely unwarranted, at least as far as these books are concerned. I immediately felt at home in Winsome and knew all of the characters as if I'd grown up with them. Plus goats!

Having been privileged enough to read BITTER HARVEST in advance of the release, I can tell you that this one is even better. No really! Even better. There is depth to the characters, as one would expect in a series, but it is more than that. The depth reveals that everyone has secrets and sometimes they keep them out of love, not self-preservation.

Megan reads as if she and I would actually be best friends. We'd have tea or wine and talk about all of the odds and ends in our lives. Bibi would join us and I would hope she would immediately adopt me. If Emily Gilmore lived on a farm and embraced the organic life, she would be BiBi. I want to go to their farm, the cafe, and even the town events. And I cannot wait to see what develops for Denver and Megan! The vet is nothing short of dreamy and I want him to be my book boyfriend.

I'm not going to go into any of the details of the plot because I loathe spoilers, but.... Aunt Sarah is more involved, there's an Oktoberfest celebration, apples are important, beer matters, and I want all of the recipes from the cafe.

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review 2017-06-02 03:57
THE MISSING COMATOSE WOMAN by Sarah Ettritch
The Missing Comatose Woman - Sarah Ettritch

Fun read of a new PI whose first case is to find her client's comatose mother who was taken from the hospital. She follows clues and gets in trouble all the while falling in love with the neighborhood barista.

I loved these characters, especially Grandma. She's a riot. The story is far-fetched but the telling is good. I got caught up in it as Casey works on the mystery. It is a quick read. I hope there is more coming with these characters.

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review 2017-05-30 19:15
An Okay Cozy Mystery
Trouble in Mudbug - Jana Deleon

This was just an okay cozy mystery. I had a hard time following the plot and didn't think the writing was all that great. I at least got it as a freebie though. I don't have any intention of continuing with the series.

 

The first part of this book started off promising. We have Maryse Robicheaux going to her mother in law's funeral. Trouble is that Maryse is two years estranged from her husband and doing her best to serve him with divorce papers. She's hoping he will show up so she can finally be rid of him. Problem is that while she's waiting for the funeral service, the ghost of her mother in law pops up. This of course leads Maryse to wondering if she's losing it. When she's shown not to be, she is forced to figure out who murdered her mother in law and while. If that's not enough due to her mother in law's will leaving her a highly valued property, someone appears to be gunning for her too. 

 

Maryse works for the state and is doing her best to come up with a cure for cancer based on the plants she finds around the bayou. When she goes to work and finds Luc LeJeune (Native American and I think Creole) at her office telling her that he is there to work and they will need to share a space. Of course romance between the two is given, though I have to say that I was not that impressed by Luc as a love interest. He was a bit too He-Man for me.

 

I honestly fell asleep twice reading this. I think that the book just dragged way too much. The dialogue was also pretty stilted. I laughed a few times when there were any scenes between Maryse and her mother in law Helena though. Helena gets some awareness after she's dead which just makes you sad she didn't get it beforehand. 

 

The book ultimately doesn't solve who murdered Helena which means there's another book (or based on what I saw on Goodreads, 5 more books). 

 

I won't be continuing this series though. I usually like to read series books, but this one was a bit of a chore for me. 

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