Friday, May 31, 2019

Book Spotlight: Crêpe Expectations by: Sarah Fox

Title: Crepe Expectations
Author: Sarah Fox
Publisher: Kensington
Series: A Pancake House Mystery Book 5
Pages: 276

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Description:

When a murder case from the past heats up again, it’s up to Marley McKinney to sort through a tall stack of suspects in the latest Pancake House Mystery . . . 

Although it’s a soggy start to spring in Wildwood Cove, the weather clears up just in time for the town to host an amateur chef competition. Marley McKinney, owner of the Flip Side pancake house, already signed up to volunteer, and chef Ivan Kaminski is one of the judges. But when Marley visits her landscaper boyfriend Brett at the site of the Victorian mansion that’s being restored as the Wildwood Inn, she discovers something else pushing up daisies: human remains.  

The skeleton on the riverbank washed out by the early-spring floodwaters belonged to  
eighteen-year-old Demetra Kozani, who vanished a decade earlier. While the cold case is reopened, Marley must step in when some of the cook-off contestants fall suspiciously ill. Stuck in a syrupy mess of sabotage and blackmail, it falls to Marley to stop a killer from crêping up on another victim . . . 

Includes pancake recipes right from The Flip Side menu!

Book Spotlight: Murder at Morrington Hall by: Clara McKenna

Title: Murder At Morrington Hall
Author: Clara McKenna
Publisher: Kensington
Series: A Stella and Lyndy Mystery #1
Pages: 304

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Description:

Stella Kendrick is an all-American heiress who can't be tamed. But when the lively aspiring equine trainer tangles with British aristocracy, she meets her match--and a murderer . . . 

Spring, 1905: Free-spirited like the Thoroughbreds she rides across the Kentucky countryside, Stella takes adventure by the reins when she's asked to attend a mysterious wedding in rural England. But once she arrives at the lush Morrington Hall estate, her cold and ambitious father confesses that he won't only give away his best racehorses as gifts--he has also arranged to give away his daughter as bride to the Earl of Atherly's financially strapped son . . .

Stella refuses to be sold off like a prized pony. Yet despite a rough start, there's something intriguing about her groom-to-be, the roguish Viscount "Lyndy" Lyndhurst. The unlikely pair could actually be on the right track with each other . . . until they find the vicar who was to marry them dead in the library.

With culture clashes mounting between families, a scandalous murder case hangs over Morrington Hall. Now, Stella and Lyndy must go from future spouses to amateur sleuths as they team up to search for the truth--and prevent an unbridled criminal from destroying their new life together right out of the gate . . . 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Review: The Pawful Truth by: Miranda James

Title: The Pawful Truth
Author: Miranda James
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Cat in The Stacks #11
Pages: 288
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley

Description:

When Charlie Harris decides to go back to school, he and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, find themselves entangled in a deadly lovers quarrel on campus in the latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

 In addition to his library duties and his role as doting grandad, Charlie has enrolled in  an early medieval history course offered by young, charismatic professor Carey Warriner. Charlie feels a bit out of place- his fellow classmates are half his age- except for Dixie Bell Compton, another ‘mature’ student. When Charlie hears an angry exchange between her and their professor, his interest in piqued. He’s even more intrigued when she shows up at his office asking for a study partner. Charlie turns her down and is saddened to learn just a few days later that Dixie has been killed.

 Charlie wonders if Professor Warriner had anything to do with Dixie’s death. Warriner is married to a fellow professor who happens to be a successful author. There are rumors on campus that their marriage was on the rocks. Was Dixie's death the result of a lovers’ triangle gone bad? Charlie soon discovers that the professor’s wife may have some secrets of her own and his suspect list is only getting longer. 
  
As he and Diesel step further into the tangled web of relationships, someone else is viciously killed. Whose jealousy finally erupted into murderous rage? Was it a crime of passion or is there another  more sinister motive? Charlie  races to unravel this mystery: and to draw out the culprit, he may just have to put his own life on the line… 

My Thoughts:

Charlie Harris is going back to school not actually as a student but to audit the class. When he witnesses a heated discussion with his professor and another student he wonders what is up with college life?  When the student Dixie Belle, comes to Charlie for a study buddy Charlie is reluctant to work with her.  Charlie also winds up with a new tenant in his house a writer Dan whose house is being remodeled.  Not a long a death occurs which rocks the college Dixie Belle the student from Charlie's class is dead.  Who killed Dixie and why?  Was it the Professor she was having a heated discussion with?  A jilted lover?  Or someone else entirely?

As the investigation heats up Charlie's professor is found dead.  Who killed Dr. Carey Warriner?  Was it his wife?  Or someone who wanted Carey's wife?  There are a few people but like most books who knows?

I love Diesel, Ramses, and Charlie along with their friends and family.  Diesel took the cake in this book.  I have been with Miranda James since this adventure began with the first book and will be there when the last one is done.  There are few great cozy male authors but this one takes the cake!!

Book Spotlight: Murder, She Uncovered by: Peg Cochran

Title: Murder, She Uncovered
Author: Peg Cochran
Publisher: Alibi
Series: Murder, She Reported #2
Pages: 231

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Description:

An intrepid 1930s Manhattan socialite uncovers deadly secrets during an assignment to the Hamptons in this riveting historical cozy mystery for readers of Victoria Thompson, Anne Perry, and Rhys Bowen.

Westhampton, 1938. To the dismay of her well-to-do family, Elizabeth “Biz” Adams is quickly establishing herself as a seasoned photographer over at the Daily Trumpet. Growing more confident in her decision to pursue a career, Elizabeth is thrilled when she and her reporter sidekick, Ralph Kaminsky, are sent to Long Island to cover the story of a young maid found dead in one of the glamourous summer homes in the devastating aftermath of the Great New England Hurricane—also known as the Long Island Express.  

At first it’s assumed that the young woman was caught in the terrible storm, but when a suspicious wound is found on the side of her head, the police suspect murder. The maid’s death becomes even more tragic when it’s discovered she was pregnant, and with Elizabeth and Kaminsky at the scene of the crime, the Daily Trumpet scoops all the other papers in town.

The young woman’s boyfriend emerges as the likeliest suspect. But as Elizabeth follows the story, she begins to wonder whether someone in the household of the maid’s employers might be responsible—someone who’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth about the baby’s paternity hidden. . . .

Book Spotlight: A Daughter's Truth by: Laura Bradford

Title: A Daughter's Truth
Author: Laura Bradford
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 288

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Description:

Emma Lapp tries to be the perfect daughter, to earn the loving embrace of her family and her Amish community in Pennsylvania. Yet she can't quite win her mother's smile--or her forgiveness for a transgression Emma can't quite place . . .

Emma knows she's a reminder of her mother's greatest sorrow, having been born on the same day Mamm lost her beloved sister. The one bright spot has been the odd trinkets anonymously left at her aunt's grave each year on Emma's birthday--gifts Emma secretly hides because they upset her parents. But the day she turns 22, a locket bears a surprise that sends her on an unexpected journey . . .

Searching for answers, Emma travels to the English world and finds a kinship as intriguing as it is forbidden. But is this newfound connection enough to leave behind the future she'd expected? The answers are as mysterious, and as devastating, as the truth that divides Emma from the only family, and the only life, she's ever known . . . 

Book Spotlight: Seeing Red by: Dana Dratch

Title: Seeing Red
Author: Dana Dratch
Publisher: Kensington
Series: A Red Herring Mystery #2
Pages: 352

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Description:

If it wasn't for art thieves, spies, and killers, Alex Vlodnachek's life would be bliss. 

Her freelance career is catching fire. Her relationship with B&B owner Ian Sterling is flirty and fun. Just like the glittering cocktail parties he throws at his sprawling Victorian inn. 

But the ex-reporter discovers that something's off at the Cotswolds House -- and it's not the canapes. When Ian’s father vanishes, the enigmatic innkeeper asks for her assistance. And her discretion. 

Meanwhile, Alex is having the opposite problem at her tiny bungalow: People keep showing up uninvited. Including a mysterious intruder found sleeping in her kitchen. 

After the intrepid redhead discovers a body in the B&B’s basement and a “reproduction” Renoir in the library, she begins to suspect that Ian is more than just a simple hotel owner. 

With editor pal Trip, brother Nick, feisty grandmother Baba, and rescue-pup Lucy riding shotgun, Alex scrambles to stay one step ahead of disaster—and some very nasty characters. 

Can she find the missing man before it’s too late? Or will Alex be the next one to disappear?

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Book Spotlight: Something Borrowed, Something Mewed by: Bethany Blake

Title: Something Borrowed, Something Mewed
Author: Bethany Blake
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #5
Pages: 336

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Description:

Daphne Templeton's sister Piper is getting married--and their mother is getting carried away. She insists on hiring Sylvan Creek's top event planner, Abigail Sinclair, who proposes an Independence Day theme complete with Statue of Liberty-inspired bridesmaid dresses. With all the bickering among the families, Daphne's glad her only duty right now is pet-sitting for Abby's cat, Ms. Peebles. But there are some fireworks coming that aren't part of the ceremony. The Poconos will never be the same . . .

At a tension-filled dress fitting, the abrasive wedding planner is found strangled by a garter--a weapon both borrowed and blue. Now Daphne's services are required not just for organizing the big day, but for figuring out whether one of the in-laws is an outlaw . . .

Includes recipes for homemade pet treats!

Book Spotlight: Sconed to Death by: Lynn Cahoon

Title: Sconed To Death
Author: Lynn Cahoon
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Cat Latimer Mystery #5
Pages: 288

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Description:

Cat Latimer pursues a scone-cold killer who iced a top chef in a local bakery . . . 

Cat has a full plate at her Aspen Hills Warm Springs Resort, as a group of aspiring cozy mystery authors arrives for a writers retreat. So when baker Dee Dee Meyer stirs up trouble by filing a false complaint with the health inspector against the B&B--all because she insists Cat's best friend Shauna stole her recipes--Cat marches into the shop to confront her.

But Dee Dee's about to have her own batch of trouble. Greyson Finn--a celebrity chef and, until today, one of Denver's most eligible bachelors--has been found dead in her bakery. Cat's uncle Pete, who happens to be the chief of police, warns her not to engage in any half-baked sleuthing. But as her curiosity rises, Cat's determined to discover who served the chef his just desserts--before the killer takes a powder . . .


Book Spotlight: Murder She Wrote: Murder in Red by: Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land

Title: Murder She Wrote: Murder in Red
Author: Jessica Fletcher, Jon Land
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Murder She Wrote #49
Pages: 320

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Description:

In the latest entry in this USA Today bestselling series, Jessica loses a loved one to unnatural causes and sets her sights on the mysterious local hospital before more people wind up dead on arrival...

Jessica Fletcher's favorite gin rummy partner, Mimi Van Dorn, checks into the brand-new Clifton Care Partners, a private hospital that's just opened up shop in town, for a simple procedure--one that leads tragically, and inexplicably, to her death. Seeking justice in her inimitable fashion, Jessica decides to pursue her own investigation on the hospital and its shadowy business dealings.

On the trail of what initially appears to be medical malpractice, Jessica digs deeper and learns her friend was actually a victim of something far more sinister. Death is bad for business, but murder is even worse, and Jessica will find plenty of both as she races to bring down Clifton Care Partners before someone else flatlines... 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Book Spotlight: Southern Sass and Killer Cravings by: Kate Young

Title: Southern Sass and Killer Cravings
Author: Kate Young
Publisher: 304
Series: Marygene Brown #1
Pages: 304

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Description:

Life has always been sweet on Georgia’s Peach Cove Island, but a case of murder has Marygene Brown down in the pits . . .

For generations, the women of the Brown family on Peach Cove Island have been known for their Southern sass and sweet homemade desserts at their beloved Peach Diner. Since their mother's passing two years ago, Marygene has been stuck in Atlanta while her sister Jena Lynn has been running the family business. Now Marygene has left her husband and returned to her hometown, where she can almost feel Mama's presence.

But all is not peachy back home. Marygene has barely tied on an apron when a diner regular drops dead at the counter. When it turns out the old man's been poisoned, Jena Lynn is led away in handcuffs and the family eatery is closed. Now, to save her sister and the diner, Marygene must find the real killer. With some startling assistance from her Mama's spirit, Marygene will be serving up a special order of just desserts . . .

Includes Seven Recipes from Marygene’s Kitchen! 

Book Spotlight: Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches by: Karen Rose Smith

Title: Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches
Author: Karen Rose Smith
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery #3
Pages: 352

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Description:

Restaurant critic Derek Schumaker, notorious for his bitter reviews, is about to visit Daisy's Tea Garden, and Daisy and Aunt Iris are simmering with anxiety. A bad word from the culinary curmudgeon could really hurt their business, but Daisy tries to stay confident. After all, how can he resist her cucumber sandwiches with pimento spread -- not to mention the cheesy cauliflower soup and strawberry walnut salad? Schumaker takes a to-go order when the afternoon tea service is done, which Daisy hopes is a good sign. But when he perishes from a seizure, it looks like his food was dosed with something deadly. Considering a threat that recently appeared on his blog -- and whispers of scandal in his past -- Daisy has quite an assortment of suspects to sift through... 

Review: Thread on Arrival by: Lea Wait

Title: Thread on Arrival
Author: Lea Wait
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Mainely Needlepoint #8
Pages: 299
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchase

Description:


In this coastal New England town, folks take care of the needy--but someone is killing without kindness . . .

Ike Hamilton is a part of the Haven Harbor community just like anyone else, though he's fallen on hard times and has to make do on disability checks and deposit bottles. Most of the locals do what they can to help him out, and needlepointing partners Angie and Sarah are happy to see him at the annual Blessing of the Fleet, honoring all those lost at sea over the centuries.

But when harmless Ike is stabbed, suspicion quickly falls on a troubled teenage boy who's new in town. Angie's convinced that young Leo is innocent--but if he didn't do it, who did? Turns out Ike may have appeared simple-minded, but he knew a few secrets that someone might have murdered him to keep quiet. Angie sets out to trace Ike's bottle-collecting route to find out what he witnessed--and for this killer, there may be no redemption . . .

My Thoughts: 

This book follows our beloved Angie Curtis who has found herself in a mystery when Ike Hamilton winds up dead and the boy he had living with him finds the body and runs to Dave for help. Who killed Ike and why?  Also who is Leo (the boy Ike took in) and why is he in Haven Harbor?  The more Angie digs the more questions about Leo arise.  

Add to this Angie's birthday is coming up and she is not wanting to make a big deal with it even if her Grams is making her a cake for the special day! 

This book really showcased the relationship between Angie and Dave they went to great lengths to protect the teenager Leo.  It also showed a look into elder care and how difficult and can be. 

The book pulled me in and I was glad I bought my copy it was definitely worth it.  Angie and her friends are so great and really help each other when they can.  You could feel Angie's emotion on her birthday having been home about a year.  Can't wait to see what is next for the Mainely Needlepointers!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Review: Telephone Line by: Julie Mulhern

Title: Telephone Line
Author: Julie Mulhern
Publisher: Henery Press
Series: The Country Club Murders #9
Pages: 250
Format: ARC
Source: Edelweiss

Description:

A killer is calling, and Ellison’s life is on the line.

Ellison Russell is planning the event of the season—and she’s stressed. Why not yoga?

Because the yoga instructor gets murdered during class—and Ellison’s stress level rises exponentially. Now, in addition to raising a ridiculous amount of money, she’s babysitting a deranged cat (named after the devil himself), taking ten million phone calls (most of them from Mother), and finding more bodies (they’re popping up like dandelions after a spring rain).

There’s no such thing as balance when the killer makes it personal. Can Ellison catch a murderer or will her next namaste be her last?

My Thoughts:

In this book Ellison is getting ready for the gala which will be the event of the year.  While taking a yoga class to calm her nerves Ellison and her friends get locked into the yoga studio and when they finally get out they find their instructor has been murdered.

Ellison's mother is determined that the gala raise as much as gala's in New York or California.  Which makes Ellison work hard to raise the money while also trying to figure out who killed the yoga instructor.  But with Ellison nothing is quite what it seams and more bodies turn up and Ellison even has to go to her dead husband's drawer of secrets to try to figure out what happened!  Who killed the yoga instructor and why?

I love Ellison she's fiery and won't give up until she solves the murder.  This one also dealt with issues women and girls deal with in a time when women's roles were alot different.  But it was captivating to see how Ellison handled these things and we get to see her relationship with Grace grow.    Anarchy Jones the detective is back with Ellison and this time he needs her help to solve this crime because sometimes people still talk with friends more than with the police.  Definitely a great story and series to keep up with!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Review: Live and Let Chai by: Bree Baker

Title: Live and Let Chai
Author: Bree Baker
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Series: Seaside Cafe Mystery #1
Pages: 340
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Purchase

Description:

The first book in a delightful new beachside cozy mystery series!

Trouble is brewing in Everly's new cafe. Can she bag the culprit?

Life hasn't been so sweet for Everly Swan over the past couple of years, but now that she is back in her seaside hometown and the proud owner of a little iced tea shop and caf' right on the beach, things are finally starting to look up--until a curmudgeonly customer turns up dead on the boardwalk. With one of her hallmark glass tea jars lying right next to him and an autopsy that reports poison in his system, it doesn't look good for Everly or her brand new business.

As the townspeople of Charm, formerly so welcoming and homey, turn their back on Everly, she fights to dig up clues about who could have had it in for the former town councilman. With a maddeningly handsome detective discouraging her from uncovering leads and a series of anonymous attacks on Everly and her business, it will take everything she's got to keep this mystery from boiling over. 

My Thoughts: 

In this new series we follow Everly Swan whose returned to Charm, North Carolina to open a ice tea cafe.  What she didn't count on was a murder.  Everly finds herself wrapped up in a murder investigation pretty quickly and the new detective is quick to suggest her tea killed someone.  Everly is determined to fix the situation and get people to realize she's not out to hurt the residents of her hometown.  As she investigates she finds herself getting beat up threatened, paddled, her friends car gets sun-screened with a nice warning.  Will Everly figure it out or while she get decaffeinated?

This book was incredible journey as we watch Everly try to get neighbors to realize she's not out to hurt anyone and just wants to move on with her life and make tea honoring her Grandmother.  Then there's the Swan curse to add to it.  It has such fun with Everly's aunts trying to honor their sister's wish with Everly.

Also watching Detective Hays whose new to Charm, and has his own mysterious background and a little boy Denver to boot.  Everly keeps tangling up with the Detective whose trying to adjust to living in Charm and everything it offers.

This book is great for foodies, tea lovers, and beach bunnies.  Who doesn't love a beach themed books?  I know I do this one pulled me in and won't let go.  I found myself so brought into this that I couldn't put the book down until I pieced the story together and it wove so smoothly. Can't wait to read the next book in this series which is:



Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Review: A Deadly Feast by: Lucy Burdette & Giveaway



Title: A Deadly Feast
Author: Lucy Burdette
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Series: Key West Food Critic Mystery #9
Pages: 272
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley & GEBT

Description:

National bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s intrepid food critic Hayley Snow must sniff out a killer in the ninth Key West Food Critic mystery.

Key West food critic Hayley Snow scents-es something fishy when a customer falls stone-crab cold dead on a seafood tasting tour.

Thanksgiving is nearly here, and Key West food critic Hayley Snow has just one more assignment to put to bed for Key Zest magazine before she gets to celebrate with her family and her police officer fiancé, Nathan Bransford. Then, just days later, wedding bells will ring—if death doesn’t toll first.

The sweet potatoes and stuffing will have to wait when Hayley picks up a distraught phone call from her friend, Analise Smith. On the last stop of a seafood tasting tour run by Analise, one of the customers collapsed—dead. With the police on the verge of shutting down the tour—and ruining Analise’s business—Hayley can hardly refuse her friend’s entreaties to investigate.

As if wedding jitters and family strife weren’t enough for Hayley to worry about, there’s crusty pastry chef Martha Hubbard, whose key lime pie may have been the murder weapon—but did she poison her own pie or was she framed? As the hours to Turkey Day tick away, the pressure cooker is on for Hayley to serve up the culprit on a silver platter in A Deadly Feast, national bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s taste-tempting ninth Key West Food Critic mystery.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Hayley Snow as she is getting married to her cop boyfriend Nathan.  While on a tour tasting various seafoods when a woman falls ill and ends up dead.  Who killed her and why? Was it her mysterious husband who keeps acting like he has something to hide?  Or could it have been someone determined to sabbotage a local chef with her key lime recipe?

Hayley is also hard at working on her wedding and Thanksgiving that is building up.  When a local chef asks Hayley to investigate she tries to convince her to go to the police she only will if Hayley can't figure this out on top of everything else she is doing.  How Hayley will do it all is anyone's guess?

Hayley is a great character.  At times it feels like she gets overwhelmed but again she is doing so much stuff at once who drive anyone crazy.  I do enjoy it and look forward to see what is next for Hayley.  I also loved reading about the seafood she makes and how she gets to the bottom of the mystery!


I have one print copy to giveaway to a lucky winner.  To enter please comment and tell us your favorite cozy theme? ( food, librarians, animals, etc)  Also include your email address.  This contest is open to USA residents only.


Friday, May 3, 2019

Review: Seven Up by: Janet Evanovich

Title: Seven Up
Author: Janet Evanovich
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Series: Stephanie Plum #7
Pages: 337
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

BLOWN UP

All New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has to do is bring in semi-retired bail jumper Eddie DeChooch. For an old man he's still got a knack for slipping out of sight--and raising hell. How else can Stephanie explain the bullet-riddled corpse in Eddie's garden? Who else would have a clue as to why two of Stephanie's friends suddenly vanished? For answers Stephanie has the devil to pay: her mentor, Ranger. The deal? He'll give Stephanie all the help she needs--if she gives him everything he wants...

MESSED UP

As if things weren't complicated enough, Stephanie's just discovered her Grandma Mazur's own unmentionable alliance with Eddie. Add a series of unnerving break-ins, not to mention the bombshell revelation leveled by Stephanie's estranged sister, and Stephanie's ready for some good news. Unfortunately, a marriage proposal from Joe Morelli, the love of her life, isn't quite cutting it. And now--murder, a randy paramour, a wily mobster, death threats, extortion, and a triple kidnapping aside--Stephanie's really got the urge to run for her life...

My Thoughts:

All Stephanie has to do is catch Eddie DeChooch who is old and it should be easier but Eddie is slippier than a wet noodle always evading Stephanie.  Other people are breaking into Stephanie's apartment left and right.  When Stephanie's two firends go missing it's up to Stephanie to find what is going on and where her friends are!

This book has everything humor, adventure, annoyance and everything in between!  I love it and find I can't put it down no matter how much I don't wait to  I was hooked by the first page and didn't let up until the story was told.  Can't wait to see what's next!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Review: Hot Six by: Janet Evanovich

Title: Hot Six
Author: Janet Evanovich
Publisher:  St. Martin's Paperbacks
Series: Stephanie Plum #6
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

Low-rent bounty hunter Stephanie Plum reaches depths of personal experience that other women detectives never quite do. In Hot Six, for example, a sequence of new and hideous cars bite the dust; she finds herself lumbered with a policeman's multiply incontinent dog; and she has several bad skin days. All this when she is trying to prove her distinctly more competent colleague and occasional boyfriend Ranger innocent of a mob hit; avoid the heavies trailing her in the hope of finding him; and cope with a wife-abusing bail defaulter with nasty habits, such as setting Stephanie on fire. 

My Thoughts: 

Stephanie is in trouble now Ranger the handsomeness of everything bad in the world is on the run and in trouble and Vinnie wants Stephanie to bring him in.  When she refuses he gives the case to her arch-nemesis Joyce which creates all sorts of issues as everyone is following Stephanie thinking it will lead to Ranger.  When someone is murdered they need an easy guy to blame and Ranger has hit the lucky straw.  Did he really do it?

Stephanie has her own issues with a cops former dog to cause her trouble, her grandmother being her new roommate and getting tied up with a mob family and their dysfunction.  Stephanie doesn't want to find Ranger knowing it would lead to bad things happening but she can't handle not ttrying to figure out what happened?

I love this series, it's fun, and crazy and sometimes in a book that is really all you can say a whole lot of fun crazy and no-one in the real world has a day quite like Stephanie Plum!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Review: Look Alive Twenty-Five by:Janet Evanovich

Title: Look Alive Twenty-Five
Autor: Janet Evanovich
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
Series: Stephanie Plum #25
Pages: 311
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

Stephanie Plum faces the toughest puzzle of her career in the twenty-fifth entry in Janet Evanovich's #1 New York Times bestselling series.

There's nothing like a good deli and the Red River Deli in Trenton is one of the best. World famous for its pastrami, cole slaw and for its disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished from the face of the earth, the only clue in each case is one shoe that's been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced that it's a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they'd better figure out what's going on before they lose their new manager, Ms. Stephanie Plum. 

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Stephanie as she is in trouble again this time she finds herself managing a deli shop while managers keep disappearing at the dumpsters the only clue a shoe is left behind.  Stephanie can't believe it's alien abduction like Lula suggests and finds herself loosing people who are needing to be re-bonded.  Not even Ranger or Morelli can figure this one out.  Will Stephanie figure it out in time?

I swear only in Janet's world can Stephanie be such a laugh riot.  I couldn't even dream up have the pickles Stephanie and Lula end up in.  This one didn't disappoint while there was a mystery there was also a lot of laughing watching the girls get to the bottom to find out where all the managers went to.  

You would think after 25 books Ms. Evanovich would slow down on her characters and their issues but nope each book offers more than the one before.  You find yourself on one hell of a roller coaster ride with Stephanie as the main attraction.  Can't wait to see what Stephanie lands herself into next time!