Category: Mystery

Mar 27
Crime and Poetry (Magical Bookshop #1) by Amanda Flower (review)

Crime and Poetry (Magical Bookshop #1) by Amanda Flower (review)

This was such a fun book! I didn’t guess who the killer was, I was thinking it was one of two other people. But it made total sense once the reveal happened. I loved Grandma Daisy, she was fun and perfectly fit the mischievous meddling grandma role, with a few extra quirks thrown in. I also really liked Violet. And how her past slowly revealed itself as clues to the main mystery appeared. There are hints about a love triangle, but honestly her old boyfriend, now the mayor, irked me. I’m really hoping the police chief wins out, and it… Read more »

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Mar 20
The Searcher by Christopher Morgan Jones (review)

The Searcher by Christopher Morgan Jones (review)

I stopped reading this book on page 213.   I haven’t read anything by this author before, but once I got past the confusing first part of the book the pages sped by. The very beginning is a little confusing because the main character keeps flashing between present time, and something that happened in the past. It later turns out that past was only a few days at the most, previous to the main part of the book. But while we were jumping back and forth, it was hard to tell what was supposed to be the ‘current’ time. I… Read more »

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Mar 13
Ming Tea Murder (A Tea Shop Mystery #16) by Laura Childs

Ming Tea Murder (A Tea Shop Mystery #16) by Laura Childs

I love when I can’t figure out who the murderer is in mystery novels. There were a number of suspects, and I didn’t have a specific person in mind until maybe half-way through the book. And I thought it was that person right up until the big reveal happened. My guess was totally wrong, and I never would have suspected that person. Though looking back, I can see the clues that led to that person being behind it all. I didn’t really like Aunt Acid much until the end of the book, and while Dolly seemed like she would be… Read more »

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Mar 09
The Inn Between by Marina Cohen (review)

The Inn Between by Marina Cohen (review)

I loved this book! I was pretty sure what the twist was early on, but that didn’t detract at all from the story. I liked the flashbacks we got to see about what happened the day Emma disappeared. I also really liked how Quinn and Kara’s friendship was shown. By the end of the book you felt like you had seen them growing up together. The illustrations in the book were perfect. I liked getting to see some of the things the characters saw, and they were well-drawn. They fit the vibe of the book well. The Inn itself was… Read more »

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Mar 06
A Disguise to Die For (Costume Shop Mystery #1) by Diane Vallere (review)

A Disguise to Die For (Costume Shop Mystery #1) by Diane Vallere (review)

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Margo. A woman who chooses to dress in costumes even when not working at a costume shop? I thought it would be too silly. But it actually worked fairly well. It fit her character, and was believable, even when some of the costumes were a trifle more on the exotic side. I loved the twists and turns in the book. And getting to know the characters in the town. I was pretty sure I knew who the killer was by somewhere around the half-way mark, but that didn’t detract at all… Read more »

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Feb 28
Devonshire Scream (A Tea Shop Mystery #17) by Laura Childs (review)

Devonshire Scream (A Tea Shop Mystery #17) by Laura Childs (review)

I haven’t read any books in this series before, but from the very first pages this one grabbed my attention. Some cozy mysteries start off slow, and you don’t get introduced to the murder or stolen thing, or whatever until you’re a few chapters in. This book waited all of 5 pages before the beginning of the actual mystery plot. I loved getting to know all the characters. They were well-fleshed out and most had their own little quirks and personality traits. I especially liked Theo and Drayton. There were a number of funny moments when Theo was investigating, and… Read more »

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Feb 24
The Lost Twin (Scarlet and Ivy #1) by Sophie Cleverly (review)

The Lost Twin (Scarlet and Ivy #1) by Sophie Cleverly (review)

The synopsis is slightly misleading, in that it says Ivy is invited to take Scarlet’s place and she agrees. She gets a letter telling her a place has opened up for her, and that her school fees have already been paid. So she really doesn’t get a choice about going to the school or not. And once there, she is told point blank that she is going to pretend to be Scarlet. She agrees to do so in order to find out what happened to her sister. However, since she was basically threatened into doing it, the synopsis description sounds… Read more »

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Feb 21
A Familiar Tail (Witch’s Cat Mystery #1) by Delia James (review)

A Familiar Tail (Witch’s Cat Mystery #1) by Delia James (review)

There were a lot of twists and turns in this book. But it never strayed into the ‘too many plot twists’ territory. It was just about the perfect mix of twists and reveals. There are Pagan practitioners in the book, and they play a large role. But the book itself never delves far into the how-to of it. You just get the little things like the Three-Fold-Rule, that they use wands, have Familiars, and are a coven. So for anyone who doesn’t like to read about non-fantasy type witches, there really isn’t anything all that objectionable in this book. I… Read more »

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Feb 14
Ghost in the Wind (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery #7) by E.J. Copperman

Ghost in the Wind (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery #7) by E.J. Copperman

It sounded like a really neat concept, being able to see ghosts and having them not only entertain the guests in the guesthouse, but running a PI firm of one living person and two dead ones. The way Alison interacted with the police woman, McElone was perfect. McElone didn’t want to believe in ghosts, didn’t want to work with a PI she didn’t feel was up to the job. But because of something that happened in an earlier book (which I haven’t read), she’s kind of forced into belief. And she’s not particularly happy about it. I didn’t much care… Read more »

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Feb 07
The Stitching Hour (An Embroidery Mystery #9) by Amanda Lee (review)

The Stitching Hour (An Embroidery Mystery #9) by Amanda Lee (review)

I think my favorite part of the book was the interaction between Marcy and her mother. It was sweet and believable. The town felt real too, even if we didn’t really get to see more than the street Marcy works on. Unlike some cozy mysteries, this one didn’t tell you a lot about embroidery or other stitching stuff. Even though Marcy owns and works in a store dedicated to all things stitchy. And I loved the name of her shop! I liked that even though Marcy and Nellie don’t get along, she went out of her way to visit with… Read more »

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