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review 2017-04-29 03:23
MURDER ON POINTE by C. S. McDonald
Murder On Pointe: A Fiona Quinn Mystery ... Murder On Pointe: A Fiona Quinn Mystery - C.S. McDonald
  A ballerina is murdered during the run of Coppelia. Fiona Quinn, a former ballet student and current kindergarten teacher, sets out to find the murderer.

I enjoyed this book. It was fun. Characters from the First Force series cross over but this is a lighter read then that series. I liked Fiona and Detective Landry. Pittsburgh was featured here and the flavor of the city is captured well. The story was fun even though murder occurs. I was surprised by the ending. Never saw it coming. I look forward to reading more in the series.
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review 2017-04-26 16:01
Murder is the Main Course (A Red Carpet Catering Mystery) (Volume 4) - Shawn Reilly Simmons

I love the Red Carpet Catering series. Not only are they cozy mysteries, you get to see behind the scenes while filming is being done. That just adds to the premise, for me, and creates a unique setting where all types of things are going wrong.

This one begins with a bang, with the head chef of the hotel/restaurant where the crew is staying, being found in the cooler. That's not the unusual part. The usual part is Penelope is in the cooler getting groceries to start breakfast. Then the lights go out and she runs into someone. The unusual part is that the someone is hanging from the ceiling, dead, and it's the head chef.

Thus begins the adventure that takes us to a huge forest right outside the city limits of this rural little town. This forest holds lots of secrets, including the fact that five teenagers have gone missing there in the last several years. Then there is the strange guy at the hardware store who just stares at Penelope and grins. He is also engaging in very audible uncontrolled laughter during the funeral of the chef. Yeah, weird. And, he is only one of the many quirky characters that come to light in this small, small town.

If you haven't read this series, I suggest you give it a try. It is quirky, entertaining, action packed and will fail to disappoint.

Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for approving and allowing me to read and review this book.

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review 2017-04-24 21:59
This is not a romance...
Sparkwood - Daria Defore

But it does have a touch of romance in it. 'Sparkwood' is more of a murder mystery/thriller with a very subtle romance developing in the background and I do mean subtle about halfway through this book I was questioning whether or not things couple possibly ever work out between the MCs. Their relationship seemed firmly ensconced in the love to hate category...as in they loved to hate each other but there was also a definite pull of attraction between them, so of course I had to keep reading because one...I needed to know who did it and two...I needed to find out if these two were going to get together or walk away when all was said and done. 

 

There were a couple of definite issues between them one being that Finn is a closeted bisexual and the only person he's willing to admit this to is himself and he has no use for the fae...doesn't trust them.

 

Robin is fae and takes an instant dislike to Finn. He's come to Sparkwood to invite Finn to attend his twin brother's funeral in Sparkwood...the other Sparkwood...the fae version of Sparkwood.  The only thing that Finn wants more than to not go is to know what happened to his twin brother Luke.  Someone killed Luke and Finn means to make sure they pay for their crime.

 

What Finn doesn't realize is that things aren't what they seem to be and the rules in the Fae Sparkwood are very different making it so much easier for a mere mortal to find themselves in over their head. Suddenly what's suppose to be a few days for a funeral and a bit of subtle sleuthing turns into an extended stay with a member of the fae who's even more irritating than Robin. Leaving Finn with only one option of who to turn to for help.

 

Daria Dafore is a new to me author and I have to admit this made me a bit nervous. Often times new to me authors are a bit of a toss up for me. It's either going to be incredibly good or horribly wrong. I can deal with incredibly good because really saying nice things it's fun. I mean who doesn't want to be able to tell someone things like "Wow! That was amazing, I loved it, etc. etc." hopefully maybe putting a smile on that person's face and brightening their day it's the other part that I hate doing so needless to say I'm happy that I get to have fun here. I enjoyed 'Sparkwood' the writing was good, the characters were interesting and likable and the story was easy to follow but not easy in the way that allows you to have it all figured out by the end of chapter one. 

 

I was intrigued by the premise of this book and in spite of the fact that it had fae characters, which not a deal breaker for me but once again it was either going to be epically bad or incredibly good...so again I found myself a bit nervous and I'm happy to say my nervousness in regards to this book was totally misplaced.

 

I liked the author's version of the fae and find myself more than a little hopeful that there will be more from this author about the residents of Sparkwood...especially if there's more Robin and Finn. I can't help but imagine that life with these two now that they're getting along would be anything but boring.

 

'Sparkwood' was an interesting and entertaining murder mystery/thriller with a nice dash of romance on the side from a new to me author that definitely had me intrigued and looking forward to finding out what comes next?

 

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An ARC of 'Sparkwood' was graciously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-04-24 16:41
A COLD DAY FOR MURDER by DANA STABENOW
A Cold Day For Murder - Dana Stabenow

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Another book that proves I either have prognostication powers or I read it before. I kept thinking, "This sounds familiar" throughout the whole book. The mystery conclusion was really sad because things could have turned out so much better if people would stop thinking only about themselves. I'm planning on working my way through the series. Very good series. Marguerite Gavin was the narrator. I've listened to her in other audiobooks and didn't know if that would taint my appreciation of this book but she did a great job. 4 out of 5 stars.

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review 2017-04-24 03:29
NetGalley: The Girl Who Was Taken
The Girl Who Was Taken - Charlie Donlea

I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

Oh wow. I can say I was pulled into this book and it took me for a ride. 

I thought I knew who was behind everything but I was far from being right, when it was revealed I sat there with my mouth opened going are you serious? Why didn't I think of that I mean it always has to be that person in stories like this. We are introduced to Megan and Livia. Megan is the young woman who was kidnapped and escaped and is trying to heal from the ordeal. Though through her therapy she is slowly starting to remember things that were not written in her book. What she will uncover will be something wild. Livia is becoming a medical examiner (which by the way I think is an amazing job), the author did a great job in detailing how Livia would work and how she observed people and their habits. It seems the job of a medical examiner is not easy. I have to say the descriptions of the people that Livia had to autopsy or see were pretty vivid in detail.  Livia comes across a man who is a floater but what she will uncover is more missing girls, a club that you only can get initiated into in a weird way, and answers to what happened to her sister and Megan. I really enjoyed how we got to go from the months, weeks and days leading up to the abduction to the present and how it really all connects. The characters developed were well done and the plot was a steady pace. For me this was a page turner. I fell in love with this author's writing style when he wrote Summit Lake and I was hoping for more from him and it was delivered. He has a great way of building a great story and pulling you in until the last page.

You like murder and mystery all wrapped into one, pick this book up!

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