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review 2017-11-18 05:42
Grace to the Finish (Manor House Mystery, #8)
Grace to the Finish - Julie Hyzy

I always enjoy Julie Hyzy's mysteries; as a writer, she doesn't burn a series out with a spectacular book or two, with mediocrity dragging the remaining books down.  Her writing, character development and plotting are even and steady and her series' arcs are a slow burn, rather than a flash in the pan.


Grace to the Finish was actually slightly less about the murder mystery (although that was good too), than it was the resolution to a series long arc concerning her sister.  Hyzy's solution was clever, if a little bit convenient.  The actual mystery was ok, but less a puzzle for the reader to solve than the narrative of the mystery's solution.


With cozy series one can never be sure if the titles aren't a indication of the series' status, so Grace to the Finish could very well be the last book; if so, it ends in a pretty good place without a lot of loose threads left dangling.  But if there's a ninth book, I look forward to it with pleasure.


Book themes for Las Posadas:  Read a book dealing with visits by family or friends, or set in Mexico - Grace has to deal with her sister's return and a visit from her long absent Aunt.  These two are major players in the plot.


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text 2017-11-14 21:27
Reading progress update: I've read 39%.
alias Grace: Roman - Margaret Atwood,Bri... alias Grace: Roman - Margaret Atwood,Brigitte Walitzek

I have so many feels about the Grace/Mary friendship and everything that happened with Mary. HELP!!!!

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review 2017-11-14 20:51
I came away with questions
Murder in the Courthouse: A Hailey Dean ... Murder in the Courthouse: A Hailey Dean Mystery (The Hailey Dean Series) - Nancy Grace

While the story was a good one, there were areas where you knew that the deaths were all connected, but you couldn't be certain of how. I really wanted to know how she got her things back so many times when she walked away leaving them someplace or in one case where she is forced in front of a bus, her items go flying out into the street, but no where does it say that they survived being flung out (possibly run over), it just mentions that they were left or flung. I know silly things, but given that they had information on them for the court case and Ms. Grace makes a point of saying how everything for the case is on her Ipad and Iphone and her papers. 


The book also seemed a bit autobiographical at times and also fictional at others. I was interested in this book compared to the movie version that had been shown on Hallmark. This book has some like the movie, but not much. I know that I will probably read the other books by Nancy Grace. 

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review 2017-11-13 04:31
Short Historical Romance
Saving Grace (Fair Cyprians of London) -... Saving Grace (Fair Cyprians of London) - Beverley Oakley

Saving Grace by Beverley Oakley is a fairly short read, a great choice for those with limited time for reading.  Ms. Oakley has given us a book that is well-written and filled it with fantastic characters.  Grace and David's story is a second chance romance packed with drama, sizzle and just a bit of action.  I enjoyed reading Saving Grace and look forward to reading more from Beverley Oakley soon.  Saving Grace is part of the Fair Cyprians Of London Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2017-11-04 14:27
No Other Duke Will Do (Windham Brides) by Grace Burrowes
No Other Duke Will Do (Windham Brides) - Grace Burrowes


My favorite trait of author Grace Burrowes is that whether dabbling in suspense, bursting with atomic attraction or stepping into the throws of ecstasy, she never takes herself too seriously.  There is just enough of the fantasy to captivate and entertain.  No Other Duke Will Do spins a tale of friendship and seduction that starts with a relationship of convenience.  Elizabeth and Julian are the stars of a cast of characters that look to charm their way into the heart as easily as they set up residence in the mind.  

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