Category: Mystery

Nov 22
Dead to the Last Drop (Coffeehouse Mystery #15) by Cleo Coyle (review)

Dead to the Last Drop (Coffeehouse Mystery #15) by Cleo Coyle (review)

Generally, I like to read series in order. However, I’ve only read through book 5 of this series and then this one appeared in the mail. Considering how much I love the coffeehouse mysteries, I couldn’t help but read it as soon as it arrived! This book was told in a different way than the early books I’ve read previously. It almost read like a movie in that Clare and Mike would discuss how they got to a certain point. And then you’d get a flash back. Only it wasn’t an actual flash back like you’d expect. The scene would… Read more »

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Nov 12
Crowned and Moldering (Fixer-Upper Mystery #3) by Kate Carlisle (review)

Crowned and Moldering (Fixer-Upper Mystery #3) by Kate Carlisle (review)

I really liked Shannon as a character, and getting to learn about renovation and construction. The secrets the house held were also fun to read about. Shannon was my favorite kind of character. She had faults and strengths, was usually level-headed, but also curious and with a quick burning temper. She felt like a real person, not a caricature. I wasn’t as attached to her possible-boyfriend Mac. He wasn’t a bad character, he just didn’t have a lot of depth. It’s possible since this is book 3, that he was described better in previous books. Maybe his personality was shown… Read more »

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Nov 04
The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer (Fresh-Baked Mystery #10) by Livia J. Washburn (review)

The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer (Fresh-Baked Mystery #10) by Livia J. Washburn (review)

I kind of knew who the killer was early on. But it was mostly one of those back of your mind ideas. I loved that Phyllis’ other roommates were more prominent in this book than they were in the last one. Carolyn had a little more book time, and we actually got to know more about Eve. Sam helped out with the investigating again, and Buck appeared a time or two as well. I liked how Phyllis dug into all the suspects pasts to find out reasons why they might have killed. I didn’t care for Felicity the reporter at… Read more »

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Oct 28
Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue (Gaslight Mystery #18) by Victoria Thompson (review)

Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue (Gaslight Mystery #18) by Victoria Thompson (review)

I haven’t read any of the other books in this series. But I wasn’t lost at all while reading this one. I really liked Maeve. Some of the things she thought made me wonder what her life had been like before she became a nursemaid. But I’m guessing that was explained in one or more of the previous books. Her interactions with Una and Gino made me laugh more than once. I didn’t care for Una one bit. But I liked Gino and the Deckers. It amused me how Mrs. Decker poked her nose into various investigative things, and tried… Read more »

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Oct 27
Time Windows by Kathryn Reiss (review)

Time Windows by Kathryn Reiss (review)

This is the perfect slightly creepy book to read during October. It isn’t too creepy, certainly something you can read while alone at night, but it’s just creepy enough to get that little shiver every once in a while. I loved how the dollhouse worked. And the way events Miranda saw through the windows there played out in her own family like some kind of psychic echo effect. The secret rooms in the houses were neat, and I love how the one in Miranda’s house helped further the mystery. I also liked how she put all the clues together and… Read more »

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Oct 22
Trick or Deadly Treat (Fresh-Baked Mystery #9) by Livia J. Washburn (review)

Trick or Deadly Treat (Fresh-Baked Mystery #9) by Livia J. Washburn (review)

I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but after reading this one I now want to go back and read them all! Even without the context of previous books, I wasn’t lost reading this one at all. It was easy to connect with the characters, and enough was explained in passing that I understood both what was going on in this book, as well as things that happened in earlier ones to get to this point. Once I started reading, I didn’t want to put it down until I’d finished it. And as we all know,… Read more »

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Oct 15
The Skeleton Haunts a House (Family Skeleton Mystery #3) by Leigh Perry (review)

The Skeleton Haunts a House (Family Skeleton Mystery #3) by Leigh Perry (review)

I thought since I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, that the reason Georgia called her father by his first name was explained in one of them. Since after reading a few chapters, my first guess (that he was her step-dad) turned out to be incorrect. But it kind of bugged me because she called her mom, Mom, and no one else in the family called her dad by his first name. And then it was finally explained, around 90 pages into the book. It really threw me out of the story every time I saw… Read more »

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Oct 11
Pane and Suffering (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery #1) by Cheryl Hollon (review)

Pane and Suffering (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery #1) by Cheryl Hollon (review)

I liked the characters, and how they worked together to solve the murders. I thought Savannah made friends with Edward and Amanda really quickly, and was a bit too trusting. But overall I liked their personalities and it was fun to learn about cipher code and making stained glass things. The mystery itself had more clues early in the book than I’m used to. I actually guessed who the killer was by half-way through the book or a bit sooner. Why that person had done it, I didn’t guess. But the who wasn’t surprising by the time the big reveal… Read more »

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Oct 07
Ghost to the Rescue (Bailey Ruth #6) by Carolyn Hart (review)

Ghost to the Rescue (Bailey Ruth #6) by Carolyn Hart (review)

I’ve never read any books in this series before, and since this is the 6th book, I’m sure some things that puzzled me were explained in earlier books. Even at that, enough was explained that I didn’t need to have read the previous books before reading this one. I found it interesting that as a ghost, Bailey Ruth still needed to eat, drink and sleep. This was explained towards the end of the book as having to do with the fact that since she was on a mission on Earth, she was subject to earthly fatigue. I’m guessing that means… Read more »

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Oct 01
Dangerously Dark (A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery #2) by Colette London (review)

Dangerously Dark (A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery #2) by Colette London (review)

This sounded like a really fun read, and I LOVE chocolate, so that was an additional plus! Sadly, I just couldn’t connect with Hayden. She was funny in the beginning, before the dead body was found. She sounded like a character I would like reading, and those pages flew by! But then things changed drastically. She decided Declan had been murdered. Even though there was no evidence to suggest that outcome. The police had declared it an accident and closed the case. And she knew no one but her friend Carissa, she started seeing a killer in EVERYone. That wouldn’t… Read more »

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