Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review Out of Circulation by: Miranda James

Title: Out of Circulation
Author: Miranda James
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Pages: 289
Series: Cat in the Stacks #4
Format: ebook
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon


Everyone in Athena, Mississippi, knows Charlie Harris, the librarian with a rescued Maine coon cat named Diesel. He's returned to his hometown to immerse himself in books, but when a feud erupts between the town's richest ladies, the writing on the wall spells murder.

The Ducote sisters are in a tiff with Vera Cassity over the location of this year's library fundraising gala, and Charlie would rather curl up in a corner than get into the fray. It seems everyone--even his housekeeper Azalea--has it in for Vera. And at the gala, she gives them good reason, with a public display of rancor aimed at anyone who gets in her way.

But those bitter words wind up being her last. When Charlie discovers Azalea standing over Vera's dead body, it's up to him--with a little help from Diesel--to clear Azalea's name, and catch a killer before his last chapter is finished.

My Thoughts:

This books goes back to Athena Mississippi where we catch up with Charlie Harris, his Maine coon cat Diesel, his kids Sean and Laura and the various people in their lives.  In this book Charlie is joining the other members of the library board to get donations for the library with a fundraising Gala.

Not long into this Charlie finds everyone seems to have a passionate dislike for Vera Cassity, including his maid Azalea, what Charlie can't figure out is why?  That is until Vera goes head to head with Charlie about trying to access the Ducote files, which can't be accessed without permission being granted by the lawyer of the estate or surviving family members.

The night of the Gala shows so many things going on like a heated argument between Vera and Azalea, Vera and her husband get into a heated fight over his having an affair.  Later in the night when everyone is packing up to go home Vera is found murdered the question is who had the most to gain by shutting down Mrs. Cassity and why?

This book was great I love going back to Athena to see what everyone is up to, and this book didn't fail in this one we also saw more of Stewart which was nice seeing him interact with the family I enjoyed it a lot.  Cat in the Stacks won't disappoint anyone in the slightest!

Review: Burnout by: Teresa Trent

Title: Burnout
Author: Teresa Trent
Pages: 199
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services Inc.
Series: Pecan Bayou Series #5
Format: ebook
Source: Cozy Book Tours


It's November in Pecan Bayou, Texas and while the town is getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday a deadly fire breaks out at the newspaper office. When Rocky, the editor is nowhere to be found, Betsy refuses to believe he has perished in the fire. The entire town is coming down with the stomach flu and Betsy must deal with her husband's new found celebrity as an on-air weatherman filling in for and under-the-weather Hurricane Hal . Leo loves all the attention he's getting, especially from the sexy administrative assistant who works at the station. Is their new marriage in trouble already? Find out in the fifth book of the Pecan Bayou Mystery Series. All the characters you've come to know and love are back and you'll find plenty of the Happy Hinter's recipes and tips included at the end of the book.

My Thoughts:

In this book we follow Betsy who works at the Pecan Bayou Gazette that is until someone decides to burn it down.  Now Betsy is determined with the help of her cop father to find out where Rocky the editor is and if he died in the fire.

Also a flu is running rampid first hitting Betsy's son Zach, then about half the town including local weatherman Hurricane Hal.  Betsy's husband Leo has been called in to fill in the weather spot until Hurricane Hal is back to work.   With that includes Leo spending time with the bottle blond Jeanette Burris who seems to be getting too comfortable with Leo.

Who is Jeanette Burris and what does she want with Leo?  And where is Rocky?  And who died in the fire?

This book was great I loved it.  I love the antics that Betsy comes up with when she tries to get to the bottom of things.  I loved watching her interact with her kids and her friends and family.  This book really grabbed and pulled me wanting to know what happened to certain characters.  I just enjoyed it so much!!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter Everyone

We at Community Bookstop wanted to take this time to wish our followers and readers, authors and publishers a Happy and Safe Easter Holiday.  Don't eat too much chocolate I know we will!!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Giveaway Winners Announced

Well the contest winners have all been chosen and I'm waiting to hear back but for this contest the winners are:

Death on Eat Street: Gina Butler

A Roux Revenge: Michelle F.

Congratulations to The winners and thank you everyone who entered I'm sure we will have more contests.  So keep your eyes out and thank you for commenting and feel free to comment again, or even share your thoughts on a book!

Review: A Killing Notion by: Melissa Bourbon

Title: A Killing Notion
Author: Melissa Bourbon
Publisher: Signet
Series: A Magical Dressmaking Mystery
Pages: 320
Format: ebook
Source: Cozy Book Tours


Harlow Jane Cassidy is swamped with homecoming couture requests. If only she didn’t have to help solve a murder, she might get the gowns off the dress forms....  

Harlow is doing everything she can to expand her dressmaking business, Buttons & Bows—without letting clients know about her secret charm. When she has a chance to create homecoming dresses with a local charity and handmade mums for several high school girls—including Gracie, whose father, Will, has mended Harlow’s heart—she is ready to use her magical talents for a great cause.

But when Gracie’s date for the dance is accused of murder, Harlow knows things won’t be back on course until she helps Gracie clear the football player’s name. If Harlow can’t patch up this mess before the big game, her business and her love life might be permanently benched.


My Thoughts:

In this book we follow Texan Harlow Jane Cassidy as she is helping teenage girls get ready for homecoming.  When quickly in the book Gracie Harlow's boyfriend's daughter's boyfriend ends up loosing his dad then getting accused of his death.  Did Shane really kill his father?  And is there more to Chris Montgomery than meets the eye?

Helping Harlow investigate the murder is Harlow's dead grandmother who leads her to clues to solving the murder.  This book dealt with a lot families and the children of those families and how they deal when things go wrong and kids find out.

I enjoyed journeying to the truth in this story of who had the most to gain by Chris's death.  What you find out will really give a whole new angle for cozy mysteries I have never read one like this with such a twist that you wonder how these secrets stayed quiet for so long.  I loved how Gracie and Harlow really connected in this book with making homecoming dress and accessories used.  It was great!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Review: Easter Bunny Murder by: Leslie Meier

Title: Easter Bunny Murder
Author: Leslie Meier
Publisher: Kensington Books
Series: A Lucky Stone Mystery #19
Pages: 263
Format: Nook ebook
Source: Purchase


Spring has sprung in Tinker's Cove, and Lucy Stone has a mile-long to-do list. From painting eggs with her grandson, to preparing the perfect Easter feast, to reviving her garden after a long, cold winter, she hardly has time to hunt for a killer with a deadly case of spring fever... Lucy has always loved covering the annual Easter egg hunt for the Pennysaver. Hosted by elderly socialite Vivian Van Vorst at Pine Point, her luxurious oceanfront estate, it's a swanky event where the grown-ups sip cocktails while their children search for eggs that are as likely to contain savings bonds as they are jelly beans. 

But when Lucy arrives with her three-year-old grandson, VV's normally welcoming gates are locked, and a man dressed as the Easter Bunny emerges only to drop dead moments later… Lucy discovers that the victim is Van Vorst Duff, VV's grandson, and soon learns that not all is as it seems at idyllic Pine Point, where the champagne and caviar seem to be running dry. Always a social butterfly, VV has been skipping lunch dates with friends, and her much-needed donations to local charities have stopped with no explanation. Maybe she's going senile, or maybe her heirs are getting a little too anxious to take over her estate… As Lucy gathers a basketful of suspects, she's convinced someone's been hunting for a lot more than eggs, and she'll have to chase the truth down a rabbit hole before the killer claims another victim…

My Thoughts:

Everyone in Tinker's Cove is eagerly getting ready for Easter and with that comes a annual Easter Egg Hunt at Vivian Van Vorst's massive house.  When people get there they find something isn't right.  Nothing has been prepared for the festival.  And not long does Van dressed up as the Easter Bunny.  As people in town begin to notice that something isn't right in the Vorst's house.  Everything from Vivi's treatment to people being fired and not getting what standard pay is.  As a slew of deaths start to pile up it's up to Lucy to figure out what is going on.

There are no shortage of suspects between Vivi's granddaughter Vicky and her husband to their questionable lawyer.  To any number of people who might have been wronged by Vivi. Who is the guilty party and what are they hoping to gain by this?

This was a great seasonal themed book.  I loved reading about Easter themes intertwined with the story of a great murder mystery.  I really was left wondering who committed the horrible crimes, it was such a page turner and one I would read on another Easter when I'm needing my Easter Egg fix!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review - Too Much Happiness by: Alice Munro

Title: Too Much Happiness
Author: Alice Munro
Publisher: Knopf
Pages: 304
Format: Turkish translation paperback
Source: Received from Turkish publisher for review


Ten superb new stories by one of our most beloved and admired writers—the winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize. 

In the first story a young wife and mother receives release from the unbearable pain of losing her three children from a most surprising source. In another, a young woman, in the aftermath of an unusual and humiliating seduction, reacts in a clever if less-than-admirable fashion. Other stories uncover the “deep-holes” in a marriage, the unsuspected cruelty of children, and how a boy’s disfigured face provides both the good things in his life and the bad. And in the long title story, we accompany Sophia Kovalevsky—a late-nineteenth-century Russian √©migr√© and mathematician—on a winter journey that takes her from the Riviera, where she visits her lover, to Paris, Germany, and, Denmark, where she has a fateful meeting with a local doctor, and finally to Sweden, where she teaches at the only university in Europe willing to employ a female mathematician.

With clarity and ease, Alice Munro once again renders complex, difficult events and emotions into stories that shed light on the unpredictable ways in which men and women accommodate and often transcend what happens in their lives.

Too Much Happiness is a compelling, provocative—even daring—collection.

My thoughts: 

After reading Too Much Happiness, I understood why Alice Munro has received so many awards, including the Nobel Prize in 2013. I should admit from the beginning that she entered my radar with her latest award, and on our first date she made me sad, got me mad, made me think, and made me question myself and all those around me. 

Munro tells us about the lives of different women, and it becomes obvious right away that she's an amazing observer. Not only an observer of actions, either; also an observer of emotions. Doree, for example, is someone who lets her husband psychologically pressure her and still visits him at jail. In another story, a young woman visits an older guy at his home and reads to him naked. In another one there's murder, and then a different one focuses on a woman who won't stop brestfeeding her baby even though the baby's past 5 months.

Most of them are women who stand up to authority, to public approval, women who do as they wish. Munro puts them in situations that we might come along every day as well as situations we can't even imagine. And while doing so, she pulls out the details that we wouldn't have noticed otherwise. I'm rather excited that I have at least one more Munro book to read this year.

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