Category: Mystery

Aug 07
Murder in the Secret Garden (Book Retreat Mysteries #3) by Ellery Adams (review)

Murder in the Secret Garden (Book Retreat Mysteries #3) by Ellery Adams (review)

The secret garden comparison is what drew me to this book. Unfortunately the garden was barely mentioned. Jane’s garden sounds like what the blurb was describing, except for the poisonous plants. And then past the half-way mark of the book, another garden is introduced that has the plants, and is found behind a normally locked gate. But even then, neither garden was in the book for long at all. I did like Jane, and her twin sons. And the duck race was cute. I liked the Fins, and was curious as to how they had come to be in service… Read more »

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Jul 31
In the Land of Milk and Honey (Elizabeth Harris Mystery #2) by Jane Jensen (review)

In the Land of Milk and Honey (Elizabeth Harris Mystery #2) by Jane Jensen (review)

I loved the mystery in this. And I loved the Amish characters too. It made perfect sense that some of them were stubborn, and still drinking the milk even though they knew some in their community had died because of doing that. THEIR cow(s) weren’t looking or acting sick, so why should they waste food? We didn’t see much of Ezra’s family in this, but we did get to interact with Katie’s. As well as meet new characters, Amish and English both. There are descriptions of dead people, adults and children in the book. Nothing graphic, things like ages, what… Read more »

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Jul 28
The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

I loved the idea of a spy network made out of librarians. And the book grabs your attention from the first pages, because Irene is in the middle of a mission to steal a book from a boys school when the book opens. There are elements of Sherlock Holmes, as well as the 007 movies in the book. Not because the book is using either as a reference exactly, but because there is a great detective in Vale. And lots of narrow escapes, assistants who are more than what they seem, double-crosses and mysteries. Besides all that, there’s also the… Read more »

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Jul 24
A Dark and Stormy Murder (A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery #1) by Julia Buckley (review)

A Dark and Stormy Murder (A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery #1) by Julia Buckley (review)

I was a little iffy on the first page of the book, because the main character is reading a mystery novel. And the plot of the novel was written out. So it was like reading a book inside a book. Which was a bit weird. But after that first page and a bit, the author stopped doing that and just concentrated on the actual book. Each chapter has a paragraph of the novel Lena and Camilla are writing together. And I think it was supposed to give you an idea about what each chapter was going to be about. But… Read more »

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Jul 17
A Grave Prediction (Psychic Eye Mystery #14) by Victoria Laurie (review)

A Grave Prediction (Psychic Eye Mystery #14) by Victoria Laurie (review)

I really like how Abby’s psychic ability works. And how snarky she is. She and Candice work really well together. In this book, most of the characters we’ve gotten to know from previous books aren’t around. Abby and Candice are in Los Angeles working on cases for the FBI there. Well, Abby is working on cases. Candice is a tag-along that wasn’t supposed to actually be there. She still helps Abby out a lot though. And I really liked getting to know Special Agent Hart, I hope we get to see more of her in other books. I didn’t really… Read more »

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Jul 10
A Toxic Trousseau (A Witchcraft Mystery #8) by Juliet Blackwell (review)

A Toxic Trousseau (A Witchcraft Mystery #8) by Juliet Blackwell (review)

This sounded like it might be fun, and then once I started reading it I realized that the Winchester Mystery House was part of the book! It’s been renamed, and the rifles and actual people from the House have also been renamed. But anyone who has ever been there will know exactly what the book is talking about, even with the name changes! I liked all the twists and turns the book took. Besides the main mystery, Lily is put in charge of San Francisco’s magical community. And there were a number of funny moments because of this. I’m super… Read more »

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Jun 26
Knit to Be Tied (A Knitting Mystery #14) by Maggie Sefton (review)

Knit to Be Tied (A Knitting Mystery #14) by Maggie Sefton (review)

This sounded like it was going to be a fairly interesting mystery. I liked the synopsis, and the first pages caught my attention. Unfortunately it started to irk me shortly after that. Almost every single character is introduced like this: “friend Lisa”, “newcomer Nancy”, “Rottweiler Carl”, “boyfriend Pete”, “waitress so-and-so” … And some of them were introduced that way multiple times in the book. As though the author was aware we might not remember who the character was because they didn’t have much personality. The very central characters had enough personality and quirks that you remember who they are, but… Read more »

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Jun 19
Murder at Fontainebleau (Elizabethan Mysteries #5) by Amanda Carmack (review)

Murder at Fontainebleau (Elizabethan Mysteries #5) by Amanda Carmack (review)

I really love the attention to detail shown in this series. Everything from the clothes they wear, to who the characters could actually run into. The world is filled with little details that are easy to overlook if you aren’t interested in the history, but really make the characters and time come alive. I also like the fact that the series uses ciphers and spies, as well as the more usual elements of cozy mysteries. The characters are easy to like, and there are always interesting twists and turns in the story. I guessed who the killer was early on,… Read more »

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Jun 12
Books of a Feather (Bibliophile Mystery #10) by Kate Carlisle (review)

Books of a Feather (Bibliophile Mystery #10) by Kate Carlisle (review)

I didn’t know anything about book binding before I read the last book in this series. I still don’t really! But it was really interesting to read the little bits of info that Brooklyn thinks about when restoring old books. Reading this one in hardback, meant that I was able to see what she was talking about when she mentioned things like “end papers” and “headband”. I could still visualize it if it had been paperback, but it was easier (and far neater!) to actually SEE it. Most of the books Brooklyn was given for restoration were about birds, or… Read more »

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Jun 05
Sense of Deception (Psychic Eye Mystery #13) by Victoria Laurie (review)

Sense of Deception (Psychic Eye Mystery #13) by Victoria Laurie (review)

I loved all the crime investigation in the book. There were a few different murders that Abby and her friends were investigating, and it was interesting to see how they went about finding evidence to put the bad people away. There were references to the various CSI shows, as well as Finding Nemo. There is a lot of swearing in the book, which doesn’t bother me at all. And it adds humor in that every time Abby swears, even in her own mind, she has to pay 25 cents to a swear jar. I liked getting to know Abby and… Read more »

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