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text 2017-08-30 10:42
Short cozy reads, but great mysteries!
Margaritas, Marzipan, and Murder (A Cape Bay Cafe Mystery) (Volume 3) - Harper Lin



Francesca Amaro can’t help getting into the middle of another murder when she figures out it was murder and everyone else thought it was suicide. How would go shopping right before committing suicide.


After a night out with the girls it ends up in finding a dead body in the alley behind Mary Ellen’s Souvenir shop and she finds out later that the man bought gifts from there and that he also bought some marzipan. Francesca knows for sure you don’t by candy if your not meaning to eat it so with the help of her boyfriend she does a little sleuthing even though the police detective wants her to stay out of it. Mike also knows that she is a good sleuth and so it’s hard to get to made when she helps him solve the case.


I like Francesca she seems like a lot of fun. She works hard making good coffee and even learned how to make good tea (previous book) and she loves her little shop. It has a lot of good secondary characters and I like her boyfriend Matt.


The mystery was really good too which I think is good since it was a short listen. I have really enjoyed listening to this series and short books are nice in between long ones. And who doesn’t like a coffee theme!!


I think any cozy reader would enjoy this series. This one is book three.

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review 2017-08-25 19:29
No sympathy here for this dead guy. :)


 *Received this audio from Tantor Audio for a fair and honest review.


In Textual Relations Mimi Capurro and the Gotcha Detective Agency get involved in a case after one of the ladies that works for her starts having some problems with her teen daughter. She knows she is hiding something and when they find some things on her laptop that doesn’t send out good vibes they go and decide to check out the child predators home only to find him dead.


Then they find out that Jackie had been their before they got there and now she is the number one suspect, though there are a lot of people who could have wanted to see this nasty man dead. Mimi wants to give Jackie the benefit of the doubt cause she really doesn’t think she did it so she works with Nick the detective in charge and her former casual boyfriend from her younger days. He is still just as hunky now as he was then and she isn’t sure if she wants to go down that road again or not, but they do work well together.


This is one were I didn’t feel much sympathy for the dead guy and nobody else really did either but it was more of finding out what happened and hoping that their friend didn’t do it. There is also a missing teen and now with the man dead they don’t know were to look and it has an interesting turn of events at the end.


I like all the characters as it has some really good secondary characters to keep things going well. I am curious to see how things play out with Mimi and Nick.


I am enjoying this series and I think if your a cozy lover that you would enjoy them too. 




Gabra Zackman does a really good job with this series. 

Source: www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Textual-Relations-Audiobook/B06XJQZYC7/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1503681420&sr=1-1
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review 2017-08-25 01:27
Just kind of meh
The Wrong Girl - C.J. Archer

The Wrong Girl is about a young woman who was a companion to an Earls daughter who has an affliction is locked away. Hannah also has an affliction as she is narcoleptic. Then one day she is kidnapped and they keep calling her Violet, so Hannah knows they have the wrong person but she is afraid to tell them who she really is because she doesn’t know exactly what they wanted.


She soon finds out that they wanted her because she is suppose to be able to produce fire like the Jack can. She has been taken to a place called Freak House where there is a mad scientist, a mute servant and it’s just sort of a strange place. Though I thought it wasn’t freaky enough to be called a Freak House but maybe for the times it was.


So it’s not that I didn’t think it was okay but I just didn’t feel like there was very much of a storyline and thought maybe it would be a bit more freaky. I have been told I shouldn’t take words in titles or in this case series names so literal as it’s been hindering my enjoyment of books…lol. I just can’t help it I see freak and I am thinking a bit more than just some firestarters. Eventually it seems someone else knows about her and is wanting her for something and so that was interesting but overall it was just sort of meh.


I am not totally sold on trying the second book, but one never knows.


The narrator Lucy Rayner did a great job with this one though.

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