Genre: Cozy Mystery

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Feb 12
The Ghosts of Misty Hollow (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery #6) by Sue Ann Jaffarian (review)

The Ghosts of Misty Hollow (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery #6) by Sue Ann Jaffarian (review)

There are a few different plot threads in the book. Some tie into the main mystery, and some tie together into a main side mystery. Both are woven together well. I liked how Emma interacted with the ghosts, and how her talent was portrayed. The characters were well-written, with enough fleshing out to feel real. Some I clicked with right away, and others I didn’t like so much. I guessed who the killer was early on, but had no idea of the why. I also liked how Emma had to look up historical records and put old clues together to… Read more »

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Feb 05
Telling Tails (Second Chance Cat Mystery #4) by Sofie Ryan (review)

Telling Tails (Second Chance Cat Mystery #4) by Sofie Ryan (review)

I had no idea who the killer was until the end. I had a few guesses, but they were all wrong. It did end up fitting, once we found out the why though. I really like Rose. It was amusing how much trouble she got into, and how stubborn she was. She dragged Sarah along for the ride, whether or not she wanted to go! There is a lot of humor and twists in the book. Some of which you expect, a number of which you won’t. The main characters are well fleshed-out, and each have their own personal quirks…. Read more »

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Jan 15
Prose and Cons (A Magical Bookshop Mystery #2) by Amanda Flower (review)

Prose and Cons (A Magical Bookshop Mystery #2) by Amanda Flower (review)

There’s still a love triangle going on in this book. The mayor (Nathan), and the police chief (David) are still both interested in Violet. And while Violet doesn’t seem to be interested in Nathan, she wasn’t encouraging David either. I’m hoping for David, but we’ll have to see! There were more magical happenings in the store, and with the tree. But not a whole lot more than the first book. The bookshop is still talking to Violet via poetry, this time using Edgar Allan Poe. And while she’s able to figure out a few of the clues, both she and… Read more »

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Jan 08
Dead Cold Brew (Coffeehouse Mystery #16) by Cleo Coyle (review)

Dead Cold Brew (Coffeehouse Mystery #16) by Cleo Coyle (review)

I loved this one! The ship that sank reminded me of the Titanic, and it was pretty funny about how the police thought a crime was being committed by someone in a superhero costume. The book was fast paced, without being so quick moving that you miss important bits of plot. As usual, there are side mysteries tied into the main one. And while I had a few suspicions about who had done what during the book, not all of them ended up the way I expected. I liked how there was just enough back story to the Andrea Doria… Read more »

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Nov 28
Twice Told Tail (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery #6) by Ali Brandon (review)

Twice Told Tail (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery #6) by Ali Brandon (review)

From the synopsis, I was thinking this would be some kind of Magical Cats cozy. It’s not though. The closest it comes to that is the fact Hamlet pulls books off the shelves to tell Darla what’s going on. And she doesn’t twig on to the meaning until after things have already happened. I didn’t really like Connie much, there were a few moments where she ends up almost likable, but by the end of the book my first impression held. Way too high maintenance, and it was pretty surprising she was willing to marry a cop. Considering how often… Read more »

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Nov 14
Deck the Hallways (Fixer-Upper Mystery #4) by Kate Carlisle (review)

Deck the Hallways (Fixer-Upper Mystery #4) by Kate Carlisle (review)

I knew who the baby was going to end up with, as well as who’s baby she was. It wasn’t anything necessarily super obvious about the mother, it was more of an “I bet the mom is x-character…” And it was really funny how all the baby things kept popping up in strange places. There were a lot of different people who could have been the murderer. Usually when there are so many suspects, it feels either overwhelming or a bit annoying. But Mr. Potter was such a jerk it actually felt super realistic to have that many people hate… Read more »

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Oct 30
Putting on the Witch (Retired Witches Mystery #3) by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene (review)

Putting on the Witch (Retired Witches Mystery #3) by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene (review)

Olivia irked me a bit because she was constantly getting into trouble and trying to guilt trip her daughter and friends. I get that life as a ghost must be a let down. She can’t do the stuff she used to do when alive, can’t go everywhere and has to hide sometimes. But it was without fail, the moment she decided to do something, Murphy’s Law went into effect. I liked Molly, and the mystery was done well. I had one guess as to the killer for the first half the book or so, which turned out to be wrong…. Read more »

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Oct 23
Masking for Trouble (Costume Shop Mystery #2) by Diane Vallere (review)

Masking for Trouble (Costume Shop Mystery #2) by Diane Vallere (review)

I really liked Tak in the first book. But for a lot of this one I wanted to smack him. His and Margo’s relationship was a fairly big plot point in the book, and all of it seemed like it was heading towards bad news. I guess it was fairly realistic in some ways, that neither one really talked to the other about the issues until towards the end of the book. But it didn’t add anything to the main mystery for me, it just annoyed me. I had no idea who the killer was, until a chapter or so… Read more »

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Oct 16
The Witch and the Dead (A Wishcraft Mystery #7) by Heather Blake (review)

The Witch and the Dead (A Wishcraft Mystery #7) by Heather Blake (review)

This book was just as engrossing as the last one. I liked that we got to learn more about the way magic works in this book. Amulets and Seekers were the focus this time around. The characters were easy to remember, even though it’s been a while since I read the last book in this series, and have read a lot more cozies between then and now. I like how Darcy’s relationships are growing and changing. Both with her family, and others in the community. I had two guesses as to who the killer was. My 2nd one turned out… Read more »

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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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