Category: Mystery

Jan 31
Pouncing on Murder (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #4) by Laurie Cass (review)

Pouncing on Murder (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #4) by Laurie Cass (review)

Unlike a lot of cozy mysteries where investigating the murder takes center stage, and the characters life temporarily seems to take a back seat, it was the other way around in this book. Minnie fits in her investigations between running the library’s bookmobile, getting ready for their first-ever book fair, and hanging out with her friends. She spends a lot of time talking to her cat, and interpreting his responses or lack thereof. Which for me, was believable since I talk to my own cat all the time. That said, it seemed like Minnie spent more time talking to her… Read more »

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Jan 17
The Iced Princess (Snow Globe Shop Mystery #2) by Christine Husom (review)

The Iced Princess (Snow Globe Shop Mystery #2) by Christine Husom (review)

I loved the mystery in this. And how Cami went about trying to piece it together. I’m not sure exactly why, but I kept picturing Velma from Scooby Doo, during some of the sleuthing bits. I liked how Cami and Pinky interacted. You could tell they’d been friends a while, and it was fun getting to know them and the other characters. There is a little bit of romance, but it isn’t a major thread. Friendships new and old are more central than the romance. I also liked how involved the police were. As well as the way the small… Read more »

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Jan 10
Decaffeinated Corpse (Coffeehouse Mystery #5) by Cleo Coyle (review)

Decaffeinated Corpse (Coffeehouse Mystery #5) by Cleo Coyle (review)

Love plays a role through all 3 generations in this book. Clare’s ex-mother-in-law is having problems with her Dr. boyfriend. Clare’s daughter Joy is dating a man old enough to be her father at least. And Clare herself finally starts seeing the man I’ve been hoping she would since book #1! With all that said, this is not a romance. The mystery plays out just as well as in the previous books. The romance is just a side-note and helps to make the characters more rounded. I liked that there were multiple mysteries that all ended up being tied together…. Read more »

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Jan 03
Kingdom Come (An Elizabeth Harris Mystery #1) by Jane Jensen (review)

Kingdom Come (An Elizabeth Harris Mystery #1) by Jane Jensen (review)

I love crime investigation novels in general. And the fact that the crime happened in an Amish area just made the book all that more interesting. You can tell the author did a lot of research into customs and way of life. But it was never an info-dump or over the top. I really liked Elizabeth as a character, and her boss Grady was the perfect partner. I liked how she had faults as well as strengths. And each clue they found (whether wrong or right) gave you more insight to the people and community as well as the inner… Read more »

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Dec 27
Give Up the Ghost (Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #6) by Juliet Blackwell (review)

Give Up the Ghost (Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #6) by Juliet Blackwell (review)

I really liked the way ghosts were portrayed in the book. As well as the way Mel interacted with them. It was not only believable, but quite funny at times! There were a few different ghosts in the book besides the one in the main storyline that haunted Crosswinds. They each had their own distinct personalities and quirks. As did the living characters in the book. I was totally surprised by who killed Chantelle, I had a few guesses, none of which turned out to be correct. But it made perfect sense once the killer was revealed. I also liked… Read more »

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Dec 20
Murder at Whitehall (Elizabethan Mysteries #4) by Amanda Carmack (review)

Murder at Whitehall (Elizabethan Mysteries #4) by Amanda Carmack (review)

I haven’t read any of the other books in this series. But I also didn’t have to have read them to understand what was happening in this book. There were a lot of historical facts and tidbits sprinkled through this book. I loved that about it, you could tell the author did a lot of research before writing the book. And I liked the way Queen Elizabeth was portrayed. The rest of the characters were easy to connect with, especially Kate. There were a few smaller mystery threads woven around and through the major one. I guessed part of one… Read more »

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Dec 09
Latte Trouble (Coffeehouse Mystery #3) by Cleo Coyle (review)

Latte Trouble (Coffeehouse Mystery #3) by Cleo Coyle (review)

As per usual, I didn’t guess who the killer was right away. Unlike the last 2 books however, I did actually figure out who had done it! But not until around 90-92%. So that may not count… There was still a lot of coffee talk and explanations of drinks and how coffee is processed. It was interesting to me even though I don’t like coffee. (Which I know is crazy since I’m already 3 books into the series!) I loved how Madame had a part in the sleuthing in this book, and she acted all giddy like a teenager at… Read more »

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Dec 03
Ghost of a Potion (A Magic Potion Mystery #3) by Heather Blake (review)

Ghost of a Potion (A Magic Potion Mystery #3) by Heather Blake (review)

I loved all the Southern-isms in the book. The way the characters talked, the phrases they used for things, the foods and parties and everything. It made the book feel more real, even though I did not grow up in the South, I could picture it all perfectly in my head. I’m used to cozy mysteries where the business that the main character owns (if they own one at all) plays some part in the mystery. And while this one DID use the potion shop, it was in a very round about way. Most of the focus in this book… Read more »

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Nov 29
Murder Most Howl (Paws and Claws Mystery #3) by Krista Davis (review)

Murder Most Howl (Paws and Claws Mystery #3) by Krista Davis (review)

I liked how the murder mystery game and the actual murder were entwined. You never knew if the clue that appeared was going to shed light on the game or on the real murder. I also really liked how the pets were so important in the book. They weren’t just cute filler, but very useful in finding clues as well as well-woven into the town and people’s lives. I had no idea who the murderer was until the very last pages of the book where you get the clue that pretty much makes it obvious. It made a lot of… Read more »

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Nov 25
The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell (review)

The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell (review)

I loved how Sand fixed things in the castle, and how his magic worked. I also liked how Sand and Perotte’s relationship grew. The Saints and the Thorns were twists I wasn’t expecting, both of which I liked. This book is filled with friendship and forgiveness themes, but you don’t really notice until near the end. The story grabs you and sweeps you away while you try to see what’s going to happen next. Two teenagers completely alone, but for a falcon, in an abandoned castle where they don’t know for sure they will ever escape. You would think that… Read more »

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