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review 2017-10-29 14:13
A Sticky Inheritance
A Sticky Inheritance (Maple Syrup Mysteries) (Volume 1) - Emily James

Author: Emily James

Series: Maple Syrup Mysteries #1

Rating: 4.5 stars

 

Book BlurbWhen struggling criminal defense attorney Nicole Fitzhenry-Dawes inherits her uncle’s maple syrup farm in Michigan, she thinks it might be time for a career change—hopefully one that allows her to stay as far away from murderers and liars as possible.

She couldn’t have been more wrong.

Her uncle’s suicide quickly begins to look like it wasn’t a suicide at all, but the chief of police is reluctant to investigate it as a murder and soil the reputation of his serene little tourist town. Nicole has no choice but to search for the killer on her own.

And as she closes in, she not only risks becoming the murderer’s next victim, but also starts to wonder if knowing the truth is ever worse than believing the lie...

 

Again, I hated this cover. It put me off reading this book - but I'm glad I gave it a chance.

 

This was a solid first in a series. What a gem. The writing was tight and flowed nicely. I've complained in the past that some cozy mysteries  lack depth. As a result, sometimes I can't fully engage with the story.  Not so here. Nicole is a solid main character- flawed and unsure of herself, but stubborn and determined once she finally sets her mind to it. You see the potential for growth.  

 

This tourist town has some interesting characters, but uh not very many women apparently as Nicole seems to mainly interact with men. Thus the half star ding. It was my one beef and one I didn't notice til the end.  I do want to see if the author remedies this in her next book. 

 

The romance was the weakest point. Not because of how it was written- that actually wasn't bad. But I made it almost halfway through the book excited cuz there was no love triangle and then... suddenly... there was. A weak one at that.  Sigh. 

 

There are other mysteries lurking in the background, the minor characters have some real history going on. I'm looking forward to answering some of the questions raised. 

 

I am cautiously optimistic about this series.  This is an above average cozy outting, so I would recommend.

 

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review 2017-10-28 14:28
And Then There Were Nuns
And Then There Were Nuns - Kylie Logan

Author: Kylie Logan

Series: League of Literary Ladies #4

Rating: 3 stars

 

Enjoyable read. This series is about a group of women who are forced to meet together for a book club as the result of a court order. I'm not going to ruin the first book by telling you how that comes to be, as that was part of the fun of reading the first in this mystery series.

 

This third book was nice addition. Naturally the women have become friends and spend their time solving mysteries on their island. Their camaraderie and quirkiness carries the book along nicely. I definitely liked the twisty ending. And the progress on the romance front was good to read -  I liked that things are moving along even though there are obstacles now in the way. 

 

Would definitely recommend this series so far, it's one of the stronger cozy mystery series out there. 

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review 2017-09-18 19:16
Murder Past Due
Murder Past Due - Miranda James

Couldn't use the computers for hours at work this morning. Waiting for the situation to resolve itself I had to kill time ... and used it to finish off this cozy mystery.

 

Not bad. A bit slow moving. The MC is male, a librarian named Charlie.  Unusual and refreshing. He owns a Maine Coon cat which is basically a HUGE cat according to the author. They mention the cat's size over and over again in case you missed the cat's name which is Diesel.  Though that got annoying, it did make me want to see one IRL. 

 

The mystery in which a celebrity from Charlie's town is killed, wasn't terribly hard to figure out. But being that everyone hated him - and I mean EVERYONE - there were plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing. 

 

I wasn't thrilled by this book but I do want to read the next one. The series has a lot of potential and a depth to its characters that I enjoyed. If Ms. James continues to flesh out her characters, this series could be a keeper for me.

 

 

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review 2017-09-18 14:48
A Dark and Stormy Murder
A Dark and Stormy Murder - Julia Buckley

This was a good cozy mystery. Not giving too much away but I felt like the the culprit was hidden in plain sight. I actually laughed when the denouement came. 

 

The positives to this book are the atmosphere is rich and makes you want to go to there. And the characters are likable. A definite negative is the hero worship that goes on between the MC and her mentor is a bit much... BUT I can't see that lasting past the first book or so. Or it shouldn't. 

 

The strength of this book is the overall mystery arc. Wanting to see how that plays out made me buy the next one immediately upon finishing this one. 

 

Overall recommend. 

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review 2017-09-15 00:10
The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco
The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco - Laura DiSilverio

I did not like this book. 

 

There were periods, commas and intelligible sentences so I gave it two stars. 

 

But dear me I didn't like the MC, there were too many characters (some of which had similar names),  and the ending angered me in that it was a colossal TSTL moment on the part of the MC. The mystery was meh. 

 

Normally I would've DNF'd this, but I needed to read it for a challenge. 

 

NEXT! 

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