Category: Mystery

Oct 09
Paws and Effect (A Magical Cats Mystery #8) by Sofie Kelly (review)

Paws and Effect (A Magical Cats Mystery #8) by Sofie Kelly (review)

I love how even though Owen and Hercules are magical cats, they still act like cats. Sometimes cats in paranormal cozies act too human, or just don’t act the way you expect a cat to act. But that isn’t the case for these two. I had two guesses as to who the killer was, it turned out that my 2nd guess was right. Though I had no idea about the why. When it was finally revealed, it made sense though. I love how the books in this series don’t always seem to focus on the sleuthing 100% of the time,… Read more »

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Oct 03
A Golden Cage (Newport Gilded Age #2) by Shelley Freydont (review)

A Golden Cage (Newport Gilded Age #2) by Shelley Freydont (review)

The cover is my favorite part of the book. The book itself isn’t bad, but the cover is lovely! I especially love the yellow dress… I found myself finding other things to do during the course of reading this. Never a good sign with a book! But it was never boring enough that I wanted to DNF it. I didn’t really like any of the actors, Noreen came across as mean and sharp. And it made it very hard to believe her sudden almost 180 when she started being nice to Joe and then Deanna. Deanna herself was fun, and… Read more »

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Sep 28
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs (review)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs (review)

This sounded good, and since my friends have been raving about it, and the movie based on it is coming out this month I decided to finally read it. And it was good, but it also wasn’t… Let me explain. You know those first-in-a-series books that spend so much of the book setting up the story that it doesn’t really feel like an actual story? Yeah. That was this book. Some parts of it were interesting. Some parts dragged like crazy. Almost the entire first half of the book is about Jacob and growing up on his grandfather’s stories. And… Read more »

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Sep 26
Murder of a Cranky Catnapper (A Scumble River Mystery #19) by Denise Swanson (review)

Murder of a Cranky Catnapper (A Scumble River Mystery #19) by Denise Swanson (review)

This was both a really funny book, and a more suspenseful one. I had no idea who the killer was, it actually came as a complete surprise. But it made total sense once the reveal happened. And I liked how they brought the person in for questioning at the police station at the end, instead of being one of those cozies where the main character ends up being in fear for her life. I liked how real the characters felt, there were no cardboard cut-outs, even with the ones who weren’t as central to the plot. Skye was my favorite… Read more »

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Sep 18
No Farm, No Foul (Farmer’s Daughter Mystery #1) by Peg Cochran (review)

No Farm, No Foul (Farmer’s Daughter Mystery #1) by Peg Cochran (review)

This looked interesting, but wasn’t one of my top pics from the batch I had been sent for review. And then I started reading it! I read the entire thing from cover to cover in one day, and loved it! The blog entries are interesting, and make for a unique touch. I liked reading about Shelby and her kids, and the characters were really well fleshed out. I had an inkling of who the killer was by around the half-way point, but it turned out I was only half-right. I liked the way the clues were scattered through the book,… Read more »

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Sep 12
By Familiar Means (Witch’s Cat Mystery #2) by Delia James (review)

By Familiar Means (Witch’s Cat Mystery #2) by Delia James (review)

Ghosts, magic, cats who can disappear and reappear at will, a killer, a mystery, and just a tiny touch of romance. This second book is just as engrossing as the first book. From the first pages it sucked me in and I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished. I really liked Grandma B.B. I hope we get to see more of her in the series. She was fun, and had no problems using her magic to find out what secrets people were hiding. Alistair is still one of my favorite characters. Always in the right place… Read more »

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Sep 04
Winter’s Child (Wind River Reservation #20) by Margaret Coel (review)

Winter’s Child (Wind River Reservation #20) by Margaret Coel (review)

I loved how part of the story dealt with a real person in history. I hadn’t heard of Lizzie Brokenhorn before reading this book, but now I want to go look her up. I also liked how that story tied into the mystery of the abandoned child. I was pretty sure who was to blame for the child appearing, early on in the book. But I had no idea how it had happened or why. I also had no idea who the killer was, but it made perfect sense once all was revealed. I really liked Father John, I think… Read more »

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Aug 28
Cat With a Clue (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #5) by Laurie Cass (review)

Cat With a Clue (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #5) by Laurie Cass (review)

I had no idea who the killer was until about 3/4ths of the way into the book. Even then, it wasn’t anything specific, I just had a strong suspicion that that person had done it. There were a number of funny Eddie moments in the book. I especially liked what he did to one of the Library Director candidates! I also really liked Dana. I hope we get to see more of that character in future books. I also liked getting to see the antics her fellow library workers got up to, and the worries that getting a new Library… Read more »

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Aug 21
Silk Stalkings (A Material Witness Mystery #3) by Diane Vallere (review)

Silk Stalkings (A Material Witness Mystery #3) by Diane Vallere (review)

The beginning was a little slow, but once I got past the first 30 pages or so it picked up and started to suck me in. There were a lot of plot twists, but none were over the top and all of them fit perfectly and made a lot of sense. I had a few ideas on who the killer was, and it turns out all of them were wrong. But the reveal as to whom and why, worked. I just didn’t guess that person because of all the other possibilities. I really liked Poly and Vaughn, the backstory tidbits… Read more »

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Aug 14
The Cat, The Collector and the Killer (A Cats in Trouble Mystery #8) by Leann Sweeney (review)

The Cat, The Collector and the Killer (A Cats in Trouble Mystery #8) by Leann Sweeney (review)

I liked how the crazy cat lady was done in this. And how she wasn’t actually a hoarder, even though she had so many cats. I also liked the police investigation, and the details that went into it. The cats themselves were adorable, and I liked how they weren’t central to finding clues. You can tell the author knows a lot about cats by the realistic way she wrote about them. There are a number of cozy mysteries I like or love with cats in them, but a lot of them make the cats smarter than credible. And they tend… Read more »

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