Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Review: Turkey Trot Murder by: Leslie Meier

Title: Turkey Trot Murder
Author: Leslie Meier
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Lucy Stone #24
Pages: 247
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


It's late autumn in Tinker's Cove, Maine, and the last surviving flowers on Lucy Stone's porch have fallen victim to the first frost of the season. But as the part-time reporter learns, this cold November morning will claim more than potted plants . . .

Besides the annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day, Lucy expects the approaching holiday to be a relatively uneventful one--until she finds beautiful Alison Franklin dead and frozen in Blueberry Pond. No one knows much about Alison, except that she was the daughter of wealthy investor Ed Franklin and struggled quietly with drug addiction. Police blame her death on an accidental overdose, but Lucy can't understand what terrible forces could lead a privileged woman to watery ruin . . .

Alison's funeral service is just as puzzling. Many believe Ed's young--and very pregnant--new wife, Mireille, divided the family, leaving Alison to wither on the vine. Did Mireille truly adore her stepchild as Ed claims, or did she pit father against daughter for personal gain? 

As a state of unrest descends on Tinker's Cove, Lucy is thrown into a full-scale investigation. Now, in a race against time, Lucy must beat the killer to the finish line--or she can forget about stuffing and cranberry sauce . . .

My Thoughts:

Lucy Stone has her work cut out for her in the latest mystery in this one she is preparing for a Turkey Trot 5k run on Thanksgiving.  While practicing she discovers the dead body of Allison Franklin who has drowned.  While everyone is quick to dismiss the death as drug overdose Lucy can't help but wonder if it is something else.

When Allison's father gets the town in an uproar over immigrants and misconceptions about a new family starting a business his prejudice misjudges the family in question.  He accuses them of being immigrants when they are as american as apple pie.  When her father Ed Franklin winds up dead loyalties are torn and divided.  Who killed the father and daughter and why?  Will Lucy figure it out in time or will her time run out?

I love Lucy and her knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  She finds herself torn about the whole thing.  Wanting to believe that it's not a race issue.  Or a drug issue.  But could it be?  Will her town ever be the same again.  Definitely a series I love to read when I come across it!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Review: Patterns in The Sand by: Sally Goldenbaum

Title: Patterns in The Sand
Author: Sally Goldenbaum
Publisher: Obsidian
Series: A Seaside Knitters Mystery #2
Pages: 294
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


The follow-up to Death by Cashmere: next in the new mystery series set in a tight-knit seaside community. 

When young fiber artist Willow Adams visits Izzy Chambers's knitting studio, she's immediately embraced by the Seaside knitters, and they see the monthly arts event at Canary Cove as a perfect place to showcase Willow's work. But the idyllic summer in Sea Harbor turns somber when the body of Nick Peabody-owner of a popular gallery-is found in a community garden. Soon all Nick's secrets begin to surface, and the residents of Sea Harbor realize they didn't know him at all. And when Nick's will reveals that his entire estate has been left to Willow, the knitters find that Willow has some dark secrets of her own...

My Thoughts: 

This book follows newest person to show up at Canary Cove Willow Adams.  Willow Adams winds up sleeping at Izzy's studio.  When the women find her they are determined to help her and really wonder why she is there.  When Aiden a gallery owner dies the assumption is made that Willow killed Aiden.  Did Willow kill him or did someone else and why?

Nell, Izzy, Ben and everyone else in town has their work cut out for them trying to figure out who killed Aiden and why?

I enjoy this serious thoroughly.  It's such great fun to go back and see what everyone is up to and this one didn't disappoint.  l would love to be a friend to spend Friday nights at Nell's and see what everyone has been up to or to solve the latest mystery!  Can't wait to see what is next for the Seaside Knitters!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Review: The Body in The Casket by: Katherine Hall Paige

Title: The Body in The Casket
Author: Katherine Hall Page
Publisher: William Morrow
Series: Faith Fairchild #24
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


The inimitable Faith Fairchild returns in a chilling New England whodunit, inspired by the best Agatha Christie mysteries and with hints of the timeless board game Clue

For most of her adult life, resourceful caterer Faith Fairchild has called the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford home. While the native New Yorker has come to know the region well, she isn’t familiar with Havencrest, a privileged enclave, until the owner of Rowan House, a secluded sprawling Arts & Crafts mansion, calls her about catering a weekend house party.

Producer/director of a string of hit musicals, Max Dane—a Broadway legend—is throwing a lavish party to celebrate his seventieth birthday. At the house as they discuss the event, Faith’s client makes a startling confession. “I didn’t hire you for your cooking skills, fine as they may be; but for your sleuthing ability. You see, one of the guests wants to kill me.”

Faith’s only clue is an ominous birthday gift the man received the week before—an empty casket sent anonymously containing a 20-year-old Playbill from Max’s last, and only failed, production—Heaven Or Hell. Consequently, Max has drawn his guest list for the party from the cast and crew. As the guests begin to arrive one by one, and an ice storm brews overhead, Faith must keep one eye on the menu and the other on her host to prevent his birthday bash from becoming his final curtain.

Full of delectable recipes, brooding atmosphere, and Faith’s signature biting wit, The Body in The Casket is a delightful thriller that echoes the beloved mysteries of Agatha Christie and classic films such as Murder by Death and Deathtrap.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Faith Fairchild as she is hired to work for Max Dane a big time Broadway legend.  Max is hosting a special birthday party and is adamant someone is trying to kill him.  When he receives a casket at his secured house he's more determined to find out who wants to kill him.  Samantha Miller is back her mother Pix works for Faith the two wonder why Samantha is back what happened to her job and her boyfriend.  With so much going on you know it will never be dull with Faith.

I like this series alot as Faith is the wife of a minister in small town Massachusetts.  We also see how Faith's kids are doing along with other people in town.  This one also brought alot from the off Broadway play of Heaven and Hell and what the people involved in it are up to now.  Which held all sorts of mystery.  Especially when the cousin of Max's winds up dead with a poisonous snake in a draw as the weapon.

Faith pulls alot from Clue to figure it out and get the murderer before they can strike again.  I really enjoy her stories as they pull you in to other things going on as well!  Can't wait to see what is next for Faith!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Review A Summer in Sonoma by: Robyn Carr

Title: A Summer in Sonoma
Author: Robyn Carr
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 368
Fomrat: Paperback
Source: Personal Purchase


They've been best friends since seventh grade. But this summer, teetering on the threshold of thirty, four women are going to need each other more than ever.

Cassie has sworn off men after yet another bad date though, deep down, she's still looking for Mr. Right. A long-haired, tattooed biker is definitely not him, so there's no harm in a few Harley rides through Sonoma. Right?

 Julie married her high school sweetheart too young and now wonders how her life became all about leaky faucets and checkbook balances. Maybe love isn't enough to sustain the perfect couple.

Marty's firefighter husband takes her for granted, and with her marriage on the rocks, an old flame begins to look mighty tempting. She's seriously thinking of crossing that line. 

Beth is a busy doctor trapped in a body that's betrayed her yet again and she's becoming a difficult patient and a secretive friend. She's fighting for her life. Life can change in an instant...or a summer. As these four friends deal with life's challenges, the strength of their bond will see them through.

No one delves into the complexities of female friendship better than #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr. 

My Thoughts: 

This book follows four girls who've been friends since grade school.  They have had their ups and downs and they have relied on each other through it all.  This summer seems to really test their friendship in so many ways.

Cassie who has had her last bad date and winds up being saved by someone she would never have guessed a biker who looks so bad could he really be good for her?  Cassie swears she sworn of men but could the right one be right in front of her?

Julie feels like she is drowning with debt and her husband Billy and his happy go lucky attitude isn't helping much.  When she finds herself lashing out and making tough decisions it really shows how much Julie and Billy need to communicate so he can understand what is going on at home.

Marty is so ready to throw her husband to a wall to get it through his head that he use to care more about her and himself now he's seems destined to drive her insane and almost into another's arms.  Can Joe and Marty get past their issues or is it too late for them?  Only time will tell.

Beth who has survived Cancer once before has found herself on a nasty Cancer receiving line.  She's determined to keep her friends away from the Cancer as the first time around it didn't play out very well.  What she really finds out is sometimes you need your friends whether you want to admit it or not!

I really enjoy this book it was such fun to read the woman and see where they are headed in life.  Sometimes having life long girlfriends is the best you can have!  I always look forward to her books whenever I see them available!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Review: Poisoned Pages by: Lorna Barrett

Title: Poisoned Pages
Author: Lorna Barrett
Publisher: Berkeley Prime Crime
Series: A Booktown Mystery  #12
Pages: 320
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley


Mystery bookstore owner Tricia Miles learns that nothing kills a good party like a murder in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling Booktown Mysteries.

Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, throws a housewarming cocktail party in her new apartment and has cooked all the food by herself--quite a feat for someone who previously couldn't boil water. Then one of her guests is poisoned and dies. Tricia's left to wonder if her cooking is to blame or if there's something much more sinister at play. Either way, Tricia's once again in hot water with her ex-lover, Chief Baker.

Meanwhile the charming town of Stoneham is being disrupted by a vandalism crime wave. It's the hot topic in the race for Chamber of Commerce president which sees Tricia pitted against two bitter rivals. With all that's going on can she find the killer before she's the next item on the menu?

My Thoughts:

This book follows Tricia Miles who has finally having her cocktail party at her newly fixed up apartment.  All sorts of residents from town show up.  When the guests are departing a gentleman friend of Frannie's winds up choking and dying.  The town is wondering what killed him and why at Tricia's party. 

Angelica's having her own issues as someone is demanding money or else all her secrets will be made public will Angelica pay or is she finally tired of the secrets in town?  When Tricia tries to advise her Angelica shuts down her sister. Deeming to handle it her own way.

Someone else is running around town vandalizing things.  Tricia wonders if it is because there is an election for the Chamber president and Tricia thrown in her name as well as Russ Smith who is doing it to spite Tricia along with Chauncey who has bad blood with Tricia.  Could it be one of them?  Or is someone else out to hurt people?

I love this book it's such fun especially seeing Mr. E and Pixie Poe come into their own and help out where they can.  I also loved the out come of the story.  Mr. E has his work cut out when he and Grace adopt a cat named Charlie whose at the end of his life/  How much time he has left is anyone's guess but they'd rather have a cat die before they would.  The relationships have come so far between the three and they form a great band together! 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Review: A Just Clause by: Lorna Barrett

Title: A Just Clause
Author: Lorna Barrett
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Booktown Mystery #11
Pages: 320
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


Just when things are getting back to normal in Booktown, Tricia and Angelica have their lives turned upside down by a shocking visitor from their past in this latest entry in Lorna Barrett’s New York Times bestselling series. 

Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surprise when her ne’er-do-well father, John, comes to town—and promptly becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a woman with her own scandalous past. Even Tricia’s faith in the old man is shaken when the Stoneham police break the news that her father is a known con man who has done jail time.  

But what about bestselling thriller author Steven Richardson? Is it a coincidence that he arrived for a book signing just before the crime or that the victim was found with a signed copy of his latest bestseller?  

From merlot to murder, Tricia is determined to clear the family name before another body shows up and ruins Stoneham’s first—and highly anticipated—wine and jazz festival.

My Thoughts:

Tricia, Angelica and friends are back for their next adventure this one starts with a book signing of an author Tricia met on her cruise Steven Richardson.  When Tricia's father John shows up in town surprising both his daughters they have to wonder what John is up to now?  When Carol a darts opponent of Tricia's ends up slapping both Steven Richards and her father John Tricia wonders what they did to upset Carol?  When Carol winds up dead Tricia wonders who killed her and why?  Will Tricia figure it out in time or will her luck run out?

I love this series it's such fun with it's different people who help Tricia and especially learning more about their family and how it's all a mess.  The one thing Tricia seems to have longed for is some sort of relationship with her mother and it was intriguing to read about how it played out in this book.  Also watching how the girls deal with their father being in town and what his agenda is.  Can't wait to read the next adventure!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Review: Six Cats A Slayin' by: Miranda James

Title: Six Cats A Slayin'
Author: Miranda James
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Cat in The Stacks #10
Pages: 288
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley


Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, are busy decking the halls for the holidays when an unexpected delivery and a shocking murder conspire to shake up the season in this all new installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

December twenty-fifth is right around the corner, and Charlie is making his list and checking it twice. He is doing his best to show some peace and goodwill toward his nosy neighbor Gerry Arbitron, a real estate agent who seems to have designs on his house (and maybe on him, as well), while preparing for a very important role, indeed--his first Christmas as a grandfather.

The last thing Charlie expects is to gain several new additions to his family. Charlie finds a box on his doorstep with five kittens inside and a note begging him to keep them safe. With Diesel's help, Charlie welcomes the tiny felines into the Harris household just as Gerry decides it is time to throw a lavish holiday party.

Determined to make her mark on Athena, Gerry instead winds up dead at her very own party. Though attempts to dig into her past come up empty, Charlie and his girlfriend, Helen Louise, witness two heated exchanges involving Gerry before her death: one with a leading citizen and another with the wife of a good friend. Will one of these ladies wind up on the sheriff's naughty list? Charlie and Diesel have to wrap up the case before the special season is ruined by a sinister scrooge.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows beloved Athenian Charlie and Diesel Harris who have landed themselves 5 kittens.  Charlie takes them determined to find out who the owner is and why they have been left there with a cryptic note.  Charlie also meets a new neighbor who seems very mysterious Gerry Arbitron.  Gerry seems to be very flirtatious towards Charlie which raises more questions of whom she really is?

Charlie and others around Athena have been invited to a part at Gerry's house and everyone is curious to learn more about the party goers and the one whose throwing the party.  Charlie and Helen Louise over hear a very vocal argument between Gerry and another resident Mrs. Thompson what could they possibly be arguing about?  When Gerry winds up dead and all party goers are questioned and released it's up to Charlie to figure out who killed Gerry and why?

In between Charlie's two mysteries he's also watching the effects of a baby on a new mom  Alex has been having a heck of time with baby Rosie.  Alex is starting to think she's a bad mom for even thinking of help but sometimes you need help and it's not great defeat to ask for it.  Sean steps in and makes the hard decisions when the time comes.  

I love Charlie and Diesel, Laura, Frank, Sean and Alex and all their friends and loved ones they come together it's so beautiful to see how far Charlie has come since the beginning.  He has opened himself up to so many people and we get to see where they go every time.  One of my go to books whenever I see one available.  I read it one day and that really makes it all the more wonderful!

Review: Set The Night On Fire by: Laura Trentham

Title: Set The Night On Fire
Author: Laura Trentham
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Series: Cottonbloom #6
Pages: 336
Format: e-book ARC
Source: Book Tour


Cottonbloom is the perfect place for starting over, finding your way back home--and falling head over heels. . .

Ella Boudreaux has a lot to prove to her family, friends, and foes--and to herself. So when her marriage ends she decides to invest her energy and money into a place that brings back some of Ella's happiest memories: the Abbott brothers' garage. Maybe, if she puts her mind to it, she can teach skeptical, stubborn Mack Abbott how to make the business a true success. Which would be a lot easier if the hunky mechanic didn't make her motor run quite so fast...and hot.

Mack was furious when his brother, Ford, sold his share of the business. He's in no rush to team up with a wealthy divorcee who shows up to the garage in stilettos--and the longest, sexiest legs he's seen in forever. But Ella's grit and determination won't quit...and soon Mack can see that she's been down a few rough roads herself. Neither Mack nor Ella can deny the fierce attraction that's revving up between them. Could it be that true love has been in the backseat all along...and they've finally found the key?

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Mack Abbott who owns Abbott brother's garage and is having a heck of time since learning that his brother Ford sold his share of the company to Ella Boudreaux.  What he didn't count was her showing up at his garage so frequently and actually enjoy being there.

Ella Boudreaux sees potential in the garage even if she has to deal with good looking cranky Mack to help them.  Ella is moving on in life after leaving her train wreck of a marriage.  What she didn't count on was her ex's wife showing up hiding from him.  Ella recognizes all the signs she went through in the marriage and tries to help her make a decision of her own.

The heat in this book sparks quickly and pulls you in wanting to see how it will all play out.  In this case both Ella and Mack have a lot to overcome to get to the happy place they want to be.  I love going on this journey with them.  It has funny parts along with the seriousness of certain situations.  I can't wait to see what comes next in this series!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Book Blitz: Set The Night On Fire by: Laura Trentham

Happy book birthday to @LauraTrentham and Set the Night on Fire, a novel about starting over, finding your way back home—and falling head over heels. . . #Cottonbloom #smalltownromance #newrelease #romance 

Set the Night on Fire Cottonbloom, Book 6 by Laura Trentham 

From award winning author Laura Trentham comes Set the Night on Fire, a novel about starting over, finding your way back home—and falling head over heels. . . Ella Boudreaux has a lot to prove to her family, friends, and foes—and to herself. So when her marriage ends she decides to invest her energy and money into a place that brings back some of Ella’s happiest memories: the Abbott brothers’ garage. Maybe, if she puts her mind to it, she can teach skeptical, stubborn Mack Abbott how to make the business a true success. Which would be a lot easier if the hunky mechanic didn’t make her motor run quite so fast…and hot. Mack was furious when his brother, Ford, sold his share of the business. He’s in no rush to team up with a wealthy divorcĂ©e who shows up to the garage in stilettos—and the longest, sexiest legs he’s seen in forever. But Ella’s grit and determination won’t quit…and soon Mack can see that she’s been down a few rough roads herself. Neither Mack nor Ella can deny the fierce attraction that’s revving up between them. Could it be that true love has been in the backseat all along…and they’ve finally found the key?


 Author Info: An award-winning author, Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in
Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she was convinced an English degree equated to starvation. She chose the next most logical major—Chemical Engineering—and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years. She writes sexy, small town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. KISS ME THAT WAY, Cottonbloom Book 1, won the Stiletto Contest for Best Long Contemporary and finaled in the National Readers Choice Award. THEN HE KISSED ME, Cottonbloom Book 2, was named an Amazon Best Romance of 2016 and was a finalist for the National Excellence for Romance Fiction. TILL I KISSED YOU, Cottonbloom Book 3, is a finalist in the Maggie contest. LEAVE THE NIGHT ON, the latest Cottonbloom book, was named an iBooks Best Book of the Month and a Recommended Read from NPR. When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England, she's shuttling kids to soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt. Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as big as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Review: Wildest Dreams by: Robyn Carr

Title: Wildest Dreams
Author: Robyn Carr
Publisher: Harlequin
Series: Thunder Point #9
Pages: 384
Format: iBooks
Source: Purchase


Blake Smiley searched the country for just the right place to call home. The professional triathlete has traveled the world, but Thunder Point has what he needs to put down the roots he's never had. In the quiet coastal town he can focus on his training without distractions. Until he meets his new neighbors and everything changes. 

Lin Su Simmons and her teenage son, Charlie, are fixtures at Winnie Banks' house as Lin Su nurses Winnie through the realities of ALS. A single mother, Lin Su is proud of taking charge and never showing weakness. But she has her hands full coping with a job, debt and Charlie's health issues. And Charlie is asking questions about his family history—questions she doesn't want to answer. 

When Charlie enlists Blake's help to escape his overprotective mother, Lin Su resents the interference in her life. But Blake is certain he can break through her barriers and be the man she and Charlie need. When faced with a terrible situation, Blake comes to the rescue, and Lin Su realizes he just might be the man of her dreams. Together, they recognize that family is who you choose it to be.

My Thoughts: 

Blake Smiley a cyclist moves into Thunder Point to set up roots somewhere.  There he meets Charlie whose mom works for the woman across the street.  Something draws both Charlie and Lin Su to Blake.  Lin Su has had a lot of ups and downs in her life being adopted by an American family and she has memories about her mother and wants to know the truth.  She also keeps herself and Charlie safe at all costs and doesn't trust many outsiders.

Blake wants to build something with Lin Su but getting through her tough exterior really makes it difficult as they battle the heat between them eventually they get to where they want to be.

This was a great story about love, family and close friends.  Lin Su really has a long way to go she has so many insecurities especially associated with her adopted family and how she came to live with them along with Charlie's father.  

I really loved reading about Winnie the elderly lady and Charlie as he grows and of course Lin Su and Blake who have alot to get through.  They both have vastly different up bringings.  This greatly impacts how they deal with things and overcome things!  I love going back to Thunder Point such a great town I love to visit time and again!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Review: Cocoa Beach by: Beatriz Williams

Title: Cocoa Beach
Author: Beatriz Williams
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


The New York Times bestselling author of A Certain Age transports readers to sunny Florida in this lush and enthralling historical novel—an enchanting blend of love, suspense, betrayal, and redemption set among the rum runners and scoundrels of Prohibition-era Cocoa Beach.

Burdened by a dark family secret, Virginia Fortescue flees her oppressive home in New York City for the battlefields of World War I France. While an ambulance driver for the Red Cross, she meets a charismatic British army surgeon whose persistent charm opens her heart to the possibility of love. As the war rages, Virginia falls into a passionate affair with the dashing Captain Simon Fitzwilliam, only to discover that his past has its own dark secrets—secrets that will damage their eventual marriage and propel her back across the Atlantic to the sister and father she left behind.

Five years later, in the early days of Prohibition, the newly widowed Virginia Fitzwilliam arrives in the tropical boom town of Cocoa Beach, Florida, to settle her husband’s estate. Despite the evidence, Virginia does not believe Simon perished in the fire that destroyed the seaside home he built for her and their young daughter. Separated from her husband since the early days of their marriage, the headstrong Virginia plans to uncover the truth, for the sake of the daughter Simon never met.

Simon’s brother and sister welcome her with open arms and introduce her to a dazzling new world of citrus groves, white beaches, bootleggers, and Prohibition agents. But Virginia senses a predatory presence lurking beneath the irresistible, hedonistic surface of this coastal oasis. The more she learns about Simon and his mysterious business interests, the more she fears that the dangers that surrounded Simon now threaten her and their daughter’s life as well. 

My Thoughts: 

This book follows the love story of Virginia and Simon as they both were working during the war and fell in love with one another.  As the story continues it makes you question everything you know about Simon and Virginia's father in the death of her mother.  Samuel Simon's twin brother has done quite a bit of damage to Simon's reputation and Virginia's view of her husband.

This book took you all over Florida It really pulled you in wanting to see how the story ends and whether they get reunited or will Simon really be deceased in it?  I love Beatriz Williams her books are so captivating and you find you don't want to put it down and this was definitely the same way!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Review: The Ghost and The Haunted Mansion by: Alice Kimberly

Title: The Ghost and The Haunted Mansion
Author: Alice Kimberly
Publisher: Berkley Books
Series Haunted Bookshop #5
Pages: 281
Format: e-book
Source: Personal Purchase


When the local mailman inherits a haunted house and demands an exorcism, Pen must act fast to save her favorite ghost in this Haunted Bookshop mystery from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle, writing as Alice Kimberly.

Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure didn't believe in ghosts--until she met the spirit of hard-boiled 1940s detective Jack Shepard. And when Pen's friend and mailman, Seymour Tarnish, gets into deep trouble, Pen not only believes in her ghost--she also thinks he can help...

An elderly lady of leisure has been found dead on posh Larchmont Avenue, her will recently, and suspiciously, revised to name Seymour as heir to her mansion. Just as eyes turn to him as the murderer--and Seymour gets busy settling into his ritzy digs--the mansion's ghosts begin plaguing him. So he hires a team of parapsychologists to exorcise all the spirits from the town of Quindicott--and that includes Jack Shepard. Now Pen must act fast--because losing Jack scares Pen more than rattling chains and cold spots...

My Thoughts:

In this book Pen is off to visit Ms. Todd a recluse who never goes anywhere if she can  On the way there she nearly hits the Postman Seymour Tarnish whose running away from the Todd Mansion when Pen arrives the door is open and the old lady is found dead.  Who killed Ms. Todd and why?

Jack is also working another missing persons case in 1948 where he is hired by a kid to find his mother.  The two cases are connected but Pen has to really work at this to figure out what happened to the mother and Ms. Todd. 

The only thing like Pen I worried about was whether the ghost busters would bust Jack and take him away from Pen.  Alas that didn't happen which is good to see that Pen and Jack are still together.  I was drawn into this book I couldn't put it down and I was so glad I picked it up to read.  I love the characters and the news ones you meet in everyone of their books.  Can't wait to see what is next for Pen and Jack!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Review: The Ghost and The Femme Fatale by: Alice Kimberly

Title: The Ghost and The Femme Fatale
Author: Alice Kimberly
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Haunted Bookshop Mystery #4
Pages: 235
Format: e-book
Source: Personal Purchase


A film festival gone noir gives bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure and her ghostly companion a big screen caper to solve in this Haunted Bookshop mystery from Cleo Coyle, writing as Alice Kimberly.

The Movie Town Theater is holding its first ever Film Noir Festival, with Pen handling book sales for the guest speakers, including screen actress Hedda Geist. The legendary femme fatale has been out of the spotlight for decades. Unfortunately, the moment she steps back into it, she's nearly killed. Then other guests start to die, and Penelope wants to know why her little town's Film Noir weekend has taken a truly dark turn.

With local police on the wrong track, Penelope enlists the help of Jack Shepard, P.I. Okay, so Jack hasn't had a heartbeat since 1949, when he was gunned down in what is now Pen's store. But the hard-boiled ghost actually remembers Hedda's dark past and Penelope's sure he can help solve this case--even if he and his license did expire more than fifty years ago...

My Thoughts:

In this book Jack is on a new case he's investigating the distict attorney as his wife wants a divorce but she's his cash cow and she wants her money and her twin daughters.  So Jack does what he does best take photos and stakeout the d.a in hopes he will get enough to please the soon to be ex-wife.

In the current day The Movie Town Theater is open and holding a Film Noir starting with Hedda Geist's The Wrong Turn as Geist helped them fix up the theater.  When a light crashes down during the film weekend, Jack drags Pen back to 1948 where he investigating his cheating D.A. to teach her some things about Hedda and his case along with it.

Someone is determined to sniff out alot of people during this noir weekend starting with Dr. Lily who is found dead at Pen's shop.  The cops are determined it was an accident but Pen is adamant that it was no accident!  As the bodies pile Pen and Jack are determined to figure whose on a killing spree and why.  Will they figure it out in time or will Pen get her card punched?

I love Jack and Pen they are so great.  It's incredible when in times of sleeping or unconsciousness Jack brings Pen into his world and certain cases he's working on.  Then in Pen's time Jack helps her where he can.  This book is just such a great journey to go on makes me look forward to the next adventure!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Review: The Ghost and The Dead Man's Library by: Alice Kimberly

Title: The Ghost and The Dead Man's Library
Author: Alice Kimberly
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Haunted Bookshop Mystery #3
Pages: 254
Format: e-book
Source: Personal Purchase


Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure has just received a rare collection of Poe's complete works. Rumor has it a secret code, trapped within the pages, leads to buried treasure. But it seems everyone who buys...dies. Now Pen will need resident ghost P.I. Jack Shepard to help crack the case.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Penelope and her aunt Sadie who are called out to an old friend of Sadie's whose interested in selling a collection of books written by Edgar Allan Poe.  What could possibly go wrong?

In this book everything.  We are first brought to Jack Sheppard's world and a case he was working on. Which led him to a missing person's case.  When Peter who gave the collection to Pen and her aunt winds up dead it's up to Pen to figure out what is going on and how it's connected to Poe.  As more bodies turn up

This book leads to a whole world of people who are desperate for Edgar Allan Poe's works and then those who are interested in the Poe Code.  This code leads to some sort of treasure now keep in mind not all treasures of the monetary value.  This one led them everywhere. 

I love Jack and Pen they have such a unique relationship being that Jack is dead and Pen is quite alive and well.  I love the lingo Jack uses which are pretty accurate to his time frame.  Where trouble is Jack tends to help Pen out when he can.  She is like a mini-Jack which is cute.  This book we learn more about the private dick then we knew before.  Can't wait to see where it leads to next!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Review: Garden Spells by: Sarah Addison Allen

Title: Garden Spells
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Publisher: Bantam
Series: Waverley Family #1
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


The women of the Waverley family -- whether they like it or not -- are heirs to an unusual legacy, one that grows in a fenced plot behind their Queen Anne home on Pendland Street in Bascom, North Carolina. There, an apple tree bearing fruit of magical properties looms over a garden filled with herbs and edible flowers that possess the power to affect in curious ways anyone who eats them. 

For nearly a decade, 34-year-old Claire Waverley, at peace with her family inheritance, has lived in the house alone, embracing the spirit of the grandmother who raised her, ruing her mother's unfortunate destiny and seemingly unconcerned about the fate of her rebellious sister, Sydney, who freed herself long ago from their small town's constraints. Using her grandmother's mystical culinary traditions, Claire has built a successful catering business -- and a carefully controlled, utterly predictable life -- upon the family's peculiar gift for making life-altering delicacies: lilac jelly to engender humility, for instance, or rose geranium wine to call up fond memories. 

Garden Spells reveals what happens when Sydney returns to Bascom with her young daughter, turning Claire's routine existence upside down. With Sydney's homecoming, the magic that the quiet caterer has measured into recipes to shape the thoughts and moods of others begins to influence Claire's own emotions in terrifying and delightful ways. 

As the sisters reconnect and learn to support one another, each finds romance where she least expects it, while Sydney's child, Bay, discovers both the safe home she has longed for and her own surprising gifts. With the help of their elderly cousin Evanelle, endowed with her own uncanny skills, the Waverley women redeem the past, embrace the present, and take a joyful leap into the future.

My Thoughts:  

This book follows sisters Claire and Sydney who are reunited after Sydney has spent along time away from Bascom.  Sydney arrives with her daughter Bay after leaving a horrible relationship in the hopes of finding happiness.  Claire is so used to people leaving she isn't sure what to make of the arrival of her sister and her niece.  Then there is Taylor the young man from the nearby college who is working and living right next door and feels a deep connection to Claire even though Claire fights it.

This book was great with some interesting characters and the girls learn alot about each other and their family as they bond together and see how their mother's lifestyle impacted both of them so drastically.  Sydney always on the run and Claire afraid to let anyone near her because everyone leaves.

Will the girls find their happiness or will someone come to destroy it.  So much happens in this book it's like visiting practical magic all over again with the concoctions and relationships.  Definitely a fabulous read and one you won't want to give up at all!