Friday, November 17, 2017

Review: Anna & Elsa Memory and Magic by: Erica David

Title: Anna & Else Memory and Magic
Author: Erica David
Publisher: Random House Kids
Series: Anna & Elsa
Pages: 64
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchase

Description:

Princess Anna, Queen Elsa, Olaf the snowman, and all the stars from Disney Frozen are back in an all-new magical chapter book series. After years apart, Anna and Elsa are finally getting to know each other as sisters. But Anna still wishes she could remember the magical times they had together when they were younger--skating and making snowmen, even in the middle of summer! An eager young troll claims he can restore the memories that Pabbie removed, but Elsa's not so sure. Maybe it's time to make new memories! 

My Thoughts: 

This book starts out with Anna and Elsa trying different things for Anna that included eating pickled herring which she has never tried due to disliking the smell of it.  But Elsa loves it.  Then they do something Anna likes like ice hopping which Elsa dislikes and isn't about to do a second time.  Then Anna figures they should do something together that they both like but all Anna can remember from their childhood is them being happy and snow playing into it but she can't remember things they use to do.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review: Etched in Tears by: Cheryl Hollan

Title: Etched in Tears
Author: Cheryl Hollan
Publisher: Kensington
Series: The Webb's Glass Shop Mystery #4
Pages: 320
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT & NetGalley

Description:


When a famous glass artist is murdered at his own exhibit, deadly secrets are put on display, and it's up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb to see through a killer's cover.

Celebrated glass artist Dennis Lansing is returning to St. Petersburg, Florida, for an exhibit at the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum. His unique style of embedding document images in his art is at the vanguard of contemporary glasswork. But as Savannah's first boyfriend and a former apprentice to her father, Dennis's return home has her reflecting on the past--a trip down memory lane that takes a dark turn when Dennis is found murdered at the museum with an old reference letter from her father in his pocket. A search through her father's records sheds new light on Dennis's history, but it seems his present life wasn't so transparent either. Now, with a gallery of suspects to consider, it's up to Savannah to figure out who fits the mold of a murderer.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Savannah Webb who is attending an exhibit with her boyfriend local pub owner Edward at an art exhibit.  After barely meeting the artist who was Savannah's first boyfriend who kissed her.  She gets called into to consult with the police the next day!  When she arrives she sees it's her ex-boyfriend Dennis Lansing is dead and Savannah is called into assist as she has knowledge of Dennis and the connection the Webb Glass Shop!

Who killed Dennis and why?  Was it his wife, who seems more concerned with her inheritance, than the death of her husband?  Is it connected to Dennis's past with drugs and gangs? As Savannah and her group of friends and family investigate the answer seems to lay in the past back when Savannah was in high school and her father ran a program to help those who were headed down the wrong path. 

I love this series as it's not based on food and is about glass work which is always really interesting not something I could do but I applaud those who do it.  I especially love Jacob and what he offers to everyone.  He's come out of his shell with each book he's overcome so much and does so much to be part of Savannah's group!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: Death at the Midnight Dragonfly by: Susan Boles


Title: Death at the Midnight Dragonfly
Author: Susan Boles
Publisher: Argent Ocean Publishing
Series: Lily Gayle Lambert #3
Pages: 216
Format: e-book ARC
Source: GEBT

Description:

On the fourth day of Christmas,
In Mercy, Mississippi….

Four suspects lying,
Three sleuths a sleuthing
Two clues a hiding
And a very, very dead body.

It’s the Christmas season in Mercy, Mississippi. But things are far from jolly.

For Vlad Templeton the sleepy little town where he spent his childhood provides the perfect place to conduct his state funded sleep study. But when the local bank manager, who was participating in the study, is found dead on his doorstep, is it a set up…or is Vlad somehow involved?

But, when someone makes an attempt on Lily Gayle’s and Dixie’s life, the two realize they better move fast….or they might end up sleeping forever.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Lily Gayle as she is going to a Christmas party but she doesn't go in she finds her best friend Dixie arguing with her husband about a loan they couldn't get from the bank loan bank manager.  Next day Lily finds out the loan bank manager is dead and it looks like Dixie's husband Jack, might have done the deed it's up to Lily to find out the truth!

I loved this book it's always fun to see what Lily and her family and friends are up to and this one didn't disappoint in the least.  This one had a lot of mystery to make you love coming back each time.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Review: The Specter of Seduction by: Carolyn Haines

Title: The Specter of Seduction
Author: Carolyn Haines
Publisher: KaliOka Press
Series: Pluto's Snitch #3
Pages: 338
Format: Paperback
Source: Author Request

Description:

Waverly Mansion, a unique and lovely antebellum home in northeast Mississippi, offers the most dangerous challenge yet to Raissa James and her partner in the Pluto’s Snitch private detective agency. They specialize in hauntings, possessions, and the occult. 

In the isolation of Waverley, Raissa’s special gift, her ability to see and communicate with the dead, puts a target on her back. The entity that resides at Waverley Mansion covets Raissa’s sensitivity. But Raissa is not the only one in danger. She and her partner Reginald Proctor must save eight-year-old Amanda Sheridan from the dark forces roaming the grounds of Waverley. 

The bitter past plays a major role in the nightmare of the present—and Raissa and Reginald must find the answers to who—or what--was Nora Bailey, a woman reputed to be not only a Union spy in the heart of the South, but also one whose promiscuity put the men who loved her at risk. 

Raissa and Reginald can trust no one—especially not the dead--because the dead lie.

My Thoughts:

In this book Raissa and Reginald are headed to Waverly Mansion where a young girl Amanda Sheridan is being haunted by a young spirit named Nan who can't rest until her story is told.  This takes some digging from Raissa and Reginald as Nan was from a long time ago and the duo have to search old records to find out what happened.  What they discover is that Nan was a unwanted child who spent her time observing people.  While investigating that mystery they discover Nora Bailey a Union Spy who caused the previous family nothing but death.  Was Nora connected to Nan?  Why is she haunting Waverly house?  Is there something more to this mystery?

I loved this book it was like The Conjuring circa 1920's.  I loved how Raissa and Reginald had to really search for the clues regarding what really happened way back when.  This book was one you definitely couldn't put down as there was so much mystery to it along with the history of the house and family. 

I loved watching how the duo work together and are really in-sync with each other and have each others back in this spooky tale.  It was great seeing how they pieced together what happened and worked towards solving the situation and not putting people in harm. 

Definitely a great book for those who enjoy a tale of ghost and mysterious houses that have deep mystery.  Also good for those who enjoy history and what people may have gone through back in the day.  I can't wait to see what is next for Raissa and Reginald!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Review: Lethal in Old Lace by: Duffy Brown

Title: Lethal in Old Lace
Author: Duffy Brown
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Series: Consignment Shop Mystery #5
Pages: 298
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley

Description:


Reagan Summerside returns in national bestselling author Duffy Brown’s fifth Consignment Shop mystery, now for the first time in hardcover.

There are two social functions in Savannah guaranteed to get people talking: weddings and funerals. And just as consignment shop owner Reagan Summerside agrees to marry the hunky Walker Boone, her neighbors, sisters Annie Fritz and Elsie Abbot, step up their business as professional mourners. They are so successful that the Sleepy Pines Retirement Center has hired them as a part of their retirement package. But the celebration over good business is cut short when the residents at Pines suddenly begin dying at an alarming rate. And the sisters are the first suspects.

Reagan has her doubts, however, and begins to look into the strange phenomenon. But then something even stranger happens: a body winds up in the sisters’ pink Caddy. The evidence begins to pile up and the suspicious case of Willie Fishbine, who swindled the sisters out of a fortune and coincidentally died prior to the Pines case, is reopened.

Not wanting Willie to be buried until they can find the killer responsible for the murders, Reagan must catch the culprit in time to walk down the aisle. Witty, fabulous, and full of charm, Lethal in Old Lace is perfect for fans of Ellery Adams and Jenn McKinlay.

My Thoughts:

This book follows our beloved Regan Summerside whose found herself newly engaged to Walker Boone.  While planning her wedding and enjoying her engagement she finds a body in her neighbor the Abbot sisters car.  Positive that the Abbot sisters wouldn't commit murder she wrangles Boone into helping her when they go back to the car the body and the car are missing.  Reagan is starting to wonder what is going on when she then finds the body in her shop and then as soon as she gets her Aunt Kiki to go with her the body disappears again only to actually turn up in the Abbot sister's garden.  The victim being connected to another recently deceased Willie Fishbine who has swindled many people out of money!  Reagan gets called to investigate Willie's death as his grandson saw Kiki swipe a candy bar off the deceased when Putter puts Kiki on a health craze.  With the pressure of a video tape being leaked social media wise Reagan inlists the help of her mother, Kiki, Boone and many others to get to the bottom!  Who killed these two and why?

I love this series one of my favorites.  Such a fun ride to go on with Reagan, BW, Mother, Kiki, Boone and Big Joey.  This book is definitely won't that won't disappoint and is long time coming waiting for the latest from this great group of friends and family.  With Boone being brought in as part of Reagan's family!  I felt like no time had passed and loved being back with this loveable great group!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Review: A Fatal Collection by: Mary Ellen Hughes

Title: A Fatal Collection
Author: Mary Ellen Hughes
Publication: Midnight Ink
Series: Keepsake Cove Mystery #1
Pages: 264
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley

Description:

Callie Reed makes a long overdue visit to her aunt Melodie, who lives in a fairy-tale cottage in quaint Keepsake Cove, home to a bevy of souvenir and collectible shops on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Just as they’re beginning to reconnect, Callie discovers her aunt’s body on the floor of her music box shop. Grief-stricken, Callie finds she can’t accept Melodie’s death being called accidental. How could her strong and healthy aunt take such a fatal fall? And why was she there in the middle of the night?

As Callie searches for the truth, signs seem to come from her late aunt through a favorite music box, urging Callie on. Or are they warnings? If Callie isn’t careful, she could meet a similar deadly fate amid Melodie’s collection.

My Thoughts: 

In this book Callie Reed needing a break from her boyfriend goes and visits her aunt Melodie her only connection to her father's family.  Melodie lives in quaint Keepsake Cove in a cottage where she sells in her shop music boxes inheriting her love of them from Callie's grandfather.  Including a music box he handed down to Melodie who will someday hand in down to Callie.  

Later the same night Callie finds Melodie dead and can't buy the cops theory of accidental death.  She doesn't buy that her aunt would slip and fall and that would be the end.  In a town where Callie doesn't really know anyone how can Callie determine who the real murderer is and why?  

Along the way Callie makes friends with the other shop owners in town like Brian the man who runs a cafe and finds Callie in their frequently.  Along with a lovely girl who becomes Callie's assistant as she decides to continue running her aunts store and moving her things to Keepsake Cove.  Determined this was the push she needed to make decisions in her life.  Delia who works in the shop next to Callie becomes a good friend to Callie and helps her where she can.  

This book was great and led to meeting so many shop owners.  Callie really has her work cut out for her and it was a great ride to go one.  I loved learning about each shop owner what they sold and how they came to sell said trinkets.  Callie definitely is in a learning process in this book which is great because Callie just didn't excel at everything she does makes her a more connectable character.  I can't wait to see what is next in this series!

Interview: Mary Ellen Hughes author of A Fatal Collection

Interview with Mary Ellen Hughes author of A Fatal Collection


What genre do you write?

I write mysteries. The sub-genre is traditional or cozy.

How did you come to write mysteries?

First of all, I’ve always loved mysteries, so that was an automatic choice. But I’ve never been a cop, or a P.I., so writing from the perspective of an amateur detective seemed the way to go. Plus, I could add in the protagonist’s occupation, friends, a few recipes here and there, and so on, which appealed to me.

What is your favorite character to write about?

I enjoy writing the crabby kind of character, someone who agitates things and sometimes muddies the waters when the protagonist is trying to figure things out. 

Do you have a favorite villain in any of your books? One that stood out more than others?

Well, I won’t name villains, which might spoil things for some readers, so I’ll just say that my favorite kind of villain is the two-faced one, who comes across as lovable, or terribly helpful when in fact they were watching and waiting to do dastardly things. Having said that, I’ve occasionally created a villain who was so dislikeable that some readers automatically dismissed him or her as being too obvious.

Who inspires your books?

I’m inspired by many, many authors, who, after reading their work, make me want to run to my laptop and do my best. But my other inspiration comes from the readers who write to tell me what a particular book of mine meant to them—how it perhaps helped get them through a difficult time, or inspired them to let go of an old grudge, something that one of my villains couldn’t manage to do, and so on. That means so much to me and keeps me going.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Since writing keeps me indoors so much, I love to get outside as much as I can. Gardening or just walking through a woodsy area is great. I also enjoy doubles tennis for the exercise and sociability.

Do you have any new books coming out or books you want to share here?

A Fatal Collection will be released very soon! It begins my new Keepsake Cove mystery series.

What was one of your dreams when you were a child?

One of my dreams was to be a competitive figure skater. I grew up in Wisconsin, where skating was very popular and available. It never happened, but maybe I’ll write about a figure skater someday.

Do you have a favorite drink?

Not really. Water, more than anything else.

If you were stuck on a deserted island and could take three things with you what would they be?

A manual on How to Survive on a Desert Island, an advice book on How to Be Rescued from a Desert Island, and a huge box of chocolate.

Thank you Mary Ellen for taking the time to be interviewed for my blog!
Thank you, Paula!

Cookie Recipe: Vicki Delany

Vicki recently gave me a recipe of hers to share which I thought was so sweet of her hopefully everyone will enjoy trying out this recipe:

Christmas in Christmas Town

It wouldn’t be Christmas without cookies.
The town of Rudolph,  New York is the setting for Vicki Delany’s Year Round Christmas mysteries. The third book Hark the Herald Angels Slay  will be released on November 28. 
Rudolph wants to be known as America’s Christmas Town and, in the first book in the series, Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen  to the delight of the townsfolk a reporter for a big European travel magazine is in town to write an article on them.  Excitement is high at the semi-annual (yes, they have two a year) post-Santa Claus parade reception in the town hall. The party is being catered by Vicky Casey, owner and chief baker of Victoria’s Bake Shoppe.  Vicky’s gingerbread is rapidly becoming a Rudolph institution as is her ginger cake and hot chocolate with ginger tonic.  Also prominent at the party are Vicky’s special Molasses Spice cookies.  
Too bad someone slipped poison into the special cookie Vicky made for the special guest. 
Vicki Delany’s Molasses spice cookies (poison not included)

INGREDIENTS:


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses


DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a shallow bowl, place 1/2 cup sugar; set aside.

With an electric mixer, beat butter and remaining cup of sugar until combined. Beat in egg and then molasses until combined. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in dry ingredients, just until a dough forms.

Pinch off and roll dough into balls, each equal to 1 tablespoon. Roll balls in reserved sugar to coat.
Arrange balls on baking sheets, about 3 inches apart. Bake, one sheet at a time, until edges of cookies are just firm, 10 to 15 minutes (cookies can be baked two sheets at a time, but they will not crackle uniformly). Cool 1 minute on baking sheets; transfer to racks to cool completely.

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than twenty-five books:  clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy.  She writes the Sherlokc Holmes Bookshop series and, under the name of Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library cozy series. Her newest novel is Hark the Herald Angels Slay, the third  Year-Round Christmas Mystery from Penguin Random House.
Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada.  Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.
Find Vicki at www.vickidelany.com. Twitter @vickidelany or Facebook: evagatesauthor




Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Interview: Vicki Delany author of Hark The Herald Angels Slay & The Cat of The Baskervilles

Interview with Vicki Delany author of Hark The Herald Angels Slay & The Cat of The Baskervilles

What genre do you write?

I write crime novels. In the past I have written historical mysteries, standalone psychological suspense, and police procedurals, but these days I’m pretty much just writing cozies. 

How did you come to write said cozies?

For the cozies, I was offered a chance to write a work-for-hire from Berkley for a very cozy series, the Lighthouse Library books (written under the name of Eva Gates). I found that I loved writing them, and got more contracts under my own name. Now I also write the Year Round Christmas series for Berkley and the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane. 

What is your favorite character to write about?  

I love all my cozy characters, but I guess I love Gemma Doyle from the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop the best.  She has a Sherlock-like mind, meaning she’s super intelligent, highly observant, has a very good memory. It also means she can be lacking in some of the finer points of social skills and can seem to be a scatterbrain at times. But she has a good heart and always tries to do the right thing. 

Do you have a favorite villain in any of your books?  One that stood out more than others?

Moriarty, the cat in the Sherlock Holmes books.  Being a house cat, he can’t get up to much trouble or do much damage, but he certainly wants to! 

Who inspires your books? 

I like to think any sort of good writing inspires me. Specifically, I got into cozies by reading people like Kate Carlisle, Jenn McKinlay, Victoria Abbott. 

What do you do when your not writing?

Not a whole lot! I write three books a year, sometimes more if I do an adult literacy novella as well. I enjoy my little house in the country. In the summer I have a garden and a pool. I like to travel: next up is London and Iceland, and in March it’s Malaysia. I am the co-organizer of the Women Killing It Festival held Labour Day weekend.  

Do you have any new books coming out or books you want to share here? 

Hark the Herald Angels Slay, the third Year Round Christmas mystery, will be released on Nov. 28. This time it’s Christmas in July and Santa comes to Rudolph, New York to have his summer vacation on the lake.  

What was one of your dreams when you were a child? 

To travel the world. And I’ve been lucky enough to do much of that. 

Do you have a favorite drink? 

I have been known to have a sip of Sauvignon Blanc on occasion. 

If you were stuck on a deserted island and could take three things with you what would they be?  

An electronic book reader loaded with hundreds of books. Plenty of sunscreen. A box of matches so I can cook all the fish I expect to catch.  



Book Spotlight: The Specter of Seduction by: Carolyn Haines

Title: The Specter of Seduction
Author: Carolyn Haines
Publisher: KaliOka Press
Series: Pluto's Snitch #3
Release Date: 11/3/2017
Purchase Links:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Description:


Waverly Mansion, a unique and lovely antebellum home in northeast Mississippi, offers the most dangerous challenge yet to Raissa James and her partner in the Pluto’s Snitch private detective agency. They specialize in hauntings, possessions, and the occult. 

In the isolation of Waverley, Raissa’s special gift, her ability to see and communicate with the dead, puts a target on her back. The entity that resides at Waverley Mansion covets Raissa’s sensitivity. But Raissa is not the only one in danger. She and her partner Reginald Proctor must save eight-year-old Amanda Sheridan from the dark forces roaming the grounds of Waverley. 

The bitter past plays a major role in the nightmare of the present—and Raissa and Reginald must find the answers to who—or what--was Nora Bailey, a woman reputed to be not only a Union spy in the heart of the South, but also one whose promiscuity put the men who loved her at risk. 

Raissa and Reginald can trust no one—especially not the dead--because the dead lie. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Cover Reveal: Lethal and Old Lace by: Duffy Brown

Well my friends, and authors alike Duffy Brown is showing her cover of Lethal and Old Lace which is being published through Crooked Lane Books.  I think we are all missing Reagan and Walker Boone. After watching Reagan solve the crime that Walker Boone in hiding.  Can't wait to see what is next for the couple.

As for Duffy Brown she is working on her The Cycle Path mystery which hopefully we will hear more about when it's finished. What I have learned from Ms. Brown is that the next book will be called Tandem Demise and it should be out in January when I know more I will share it here first!

I love Duffy's books as well as her cover picture they are fabulous looking.  I feel like when I'm reading her books I'm right along with her characters trying to figure out what is going on!  So here we go with the cover reveal.  This book is coming out March 13, 2018!  Mark your calendars so you can get your copy!



Description:


Reagan Summerside returns in national bestselling author Duffy Brown’s fifth Consignment Shop mystery, now for the first time in hardcover.


There are two social functions in Savannah guaranteed to get people talking: weddings and funerals. And just as consignment shop owner Reagan Summerside agrees to marry the hunky Walker Boone, her neighbors, sisters Annie Fritz and Elsie Abbot, step up their business as professional mourners. They are so successful that the Sleepy Pines Retirement Center has hired them as a part of their retirement package. But the celebration over good business is cut short when the residents at Pines suddenly begin dying at an alarming rate. And the sisters are the first suspects.

Reagan has her doubts, however, and begins to look into the strange phenomenon. But then something even stranger happens: a body winds up in the sisters’ pink Caddy. The evidence begins to pile up and the suspicious case of Willie Fishbine, who swindled the sisters out of a fortune and coincidentally died prior to the Pines case, is reopened.

Not wanting Willie to be buried until they can find the killer responsible for the murders, Reagan must catch the culprit in time to walk down the aisle. Witty, fabulous, and full of charm, Lethal in Old Lace is perfect for fans of Ellery Adams and Jenn McKinlay. 

What do you think about this series? Are you as excited as I am to read the latest book in this incredible series?

Monday, October 30, 2017

Book Spotlight & BOTM November: A Fatal Collection by: Mary Ellen Hughes

Title: A Fatal Collection
Author: Mary Ellen Hughes
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Series: Keepsake Cove Mystery #1
Purchase Link: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

Description:

Callie Reed makes a long overdue visit to her aunt Melodie, who lives in a fairy-tale cottage in quaint Keepsake Cove, home to a bevy of unique collectible shops on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Just as they're beginning to reconnect, Callie discovers her aunt's body on the floor of her music box shop. Grief-stricken, Callie finds she can't accept Melodie's death being called accidental. How could her strong and healthy aunt take such a fatal fall? And why was she there in the middle of the night?

As Callie searches for the truth, signs seem to come from her late aunt through a favorite music box, urging Callie on. Or are they warnings? If Callie isn't careful, she could meet a similar deadly fate amid Melodie's collection.

Book Spotlight: Rarity from The Hollow by: Robert Eggleton

Title: Rarity from The Hollow
Author: Robert Eggleton
Publisher: Dog Horn
Pages: 284
Formamt: Paperback or e-book

Purchase Links:
 Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Description:

Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn't great. But Lacy has one advantage -- she's been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It's up to her to save the Universe.

Will Lacy Dawn's predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children's story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Review: Murder Wears Mittens by: Sally Goldenbaum

Title: Murder Wears Mittens
Author: Sally Goldenbaum
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Seaside Knitters Society #1
Pages: 272
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley

Description:

As autumn washes over coastal Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, the Seaside Knitters anticipate a relaxing off-season. But when murder shatters the peace, the craftiest bunch in town must unravel a killer s deadly scheme . . .

After retrieving fresh lobster nets from a local Laundromat, Cass Halloran rushes to attend a last-minute gathering with her knitting circle. But Cass can t stop worrying about the lonely boy seen hanging around the dryers, and the school uniform he left behind in a hurry. When the ladies return the lost clothing the next day, they find the child and his younger sister alone, seemingly abandoned by their mother . . .

The knitters intend to facilitate a family reunion, not investigate a crime. But the death of Dolores Cardozo, a recluse from the edge of town, throws the group for a loop. Especially when the missing mother and one of their own become tied to the victim s hidden fortune and her murder . . . 
Before scandalous secrets break bonds and rumors tear Sea Harbor apart, the Seaside Knitters need to string together the truth about Dolores while preventing a greedy murderer from making another move!

My Thoughts:

This book starts out when Cass Halloran is doing last minute laundry and notice some kids clothes in her dryer at the laundromat.  When she tries to confront the kid about a uniform left behind she can't find the kid anywhere.  The next day Cass and some of her friends show up at the boy's house to find it's him and his sister his mother is missing.  Not long after that we learn that Dolores Cardozo died she was a hermit so to speak.  When Kayla Stewart shows up banged up in the head and having memory issues the knitters want to get to the bottom of what is going on.  Who killed Dolores and why?  Did Kayla have something to do with it?  What is she hiding?

Add to this the reporter Richie Pisano is hovering all over Kayla and the knitting gals what is her up to and what is his obsession with  Kayla Stewart is it more than Kayla really wants.  Then there is Izzy's brother Charlie Chambers who seems really attached to Kayla and can't place where he knows her from.somewhere just can't recall where.  Can Charlie help Kayla or cause her more pain?

I love this series with the fun Friday nights and the various perspectives on the situations.  I also loved how Charlie was in this book and we got to see his side of things as he tried to connect with Kayla and we got to see how welcoming the women are which is awesome in my opinion.  Anytime a group will accept others they don't know is always a positive.  Can't wait to see what is next in this series!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Review: Sleep Like A Baby by: Charlaine Harris

Title: Sleep Like A Baby
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Series: Aurora Teagarden #10
Pages: 240
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley

Description:

Robin and Aurora have finally begun their adventure in parenting. With newborn Sophie proving to be quite a handful, Roe’s mother pays for a partially trained nurse, Virginia Mitchell, to come help the new parents for a few weeks. Virginia proves to be especially helpful when Robin has to leave town for work and Roe is struck with a bad case of the flu.

One particularly stormy night, Roe wakes to hear her daughter crying and Virginia nowhere to be found. Roe's brother Philip helps her search the house and they happen upon a body outside… but it isn’t Virginia’s. Now, not only does she have a newborn to care for and a vulnerable new marriage to nurture, Roe also has to contend with a new puzzle -- who is this mystery woman dead in their backyard, and what happened to Virginia?

My Thoughts: 

This book starts with Aurora and Robin having their baby Sophie and adjusting to parenting.  When Robin goes away to an awards event Aurora is stuck with a flu and Virginia Mitchell is helping Aurora out while Robin is away.  Things go fine at first until one stormy night when Aurora awakes to a crying Sophie and finds that Virginia is missing and someone is dead in her backyard.  Aurora finds her deep in mystery that the dead woman in her backyard isn't Virginia and with Robin away Aurora wonders who killed the woman and why?

I love Aurora and her detective skills.  It was especially nice to see her and Robin adjust to parenting and see Roe make some decisions she needed to make in life.  Like her job at the library.  We also got to watch her stumble around with the murder and missing nanny sitter.  What makes Aurora a great character is she is not perfect and has her flaws and in this case a nasty flu and fever which makes her more real.  

I was definitely surprised by the ending but was glad no one was seriously hurt when the mystery was solved.  Aurora and Robin are solid characters that bring such an adventure to the mysteries they are in that you feel yourself pulled in and unable to let go until everything is solved and Robin and Aurora are back to parenting their new baby!