Posts Categorized: Book Review

Jan 13 2017
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Curried Away by Gail Oust

Curried Away by Gail Oust

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
-Gail Oust

Or, maybe for whom the clock ticks, would be more appropriate when discussing the dreaded “D” word. Every writer dreams of having a book contract, but with every contract comes a deadline. I tend to believe that the “dead” part of deadline is significant. Deadlines are sneaky devils. They lull you into a false sense of complacency when they’re six, nine, or twelve months away. You think you have all the time in the world to whip your story into submission. While in this state of bliss, you take occasional days off to have a little fun, entertain out of town guests, or just goof …

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Jan 05 2017
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Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde – Review

Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde – Review

I’m really excited that I’ve finished my first book of the year for 2017. 🙂 Read on for my review.


Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Lake Union Publishing
December 13, 2016

On an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that any of the townsfolk care. In 1959, no one is interested in a woman doctor. Nor are they welcoming Calvin and Justin Bell, a newly arrived African American father and son.

When Pete Solomon, a neglected twelve-year-old boy, and Justin bring a wounded wolf-dog hybrid to Dr. Lucy, the outcasts soon find refuge in one another. Lucy never thought she’d make …

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Dec 31 2016
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Eggs Benedict Arnold by Laura Childs – Review

Eggs Benedict Arnold by Laura Childs – Review

Eggs Benedict Arnold by Laura Childs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eggs Benedict Arnold by Laura Childs is the second book in the Cackleberry Club mystery series, featuring Suzanne, Petra & Toni. In this installment, Suzanne discovers the body of a local funeral director. After being attacked with chloroform, Suzanne finds that Ozzie was murdered. With her friend Missy a suspect, Suzanne reluctantly agrees to have a look around.

This book was just about as busy as the first, with several intersecting plot points, but it was much easier to follow along. I was familiar with the characters and the settings. There were some new characters introduced and some familiar characters were better developed. …

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Dec 31 2016
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Feliz Navidead by Ann Myers – Guest Post + Review

Feliz Navidead by Ann Myers – Guest Post + Review

Feliz Navidead
by Ann Myers
on Tour November 20 – December 31, 2016

Synopsis:

Holly, jolly, and downright deadly—the third Santa Fe Café mystery unwraps surprises both naughty and nice… It’s the most picturesque time of the year in Santa Fe, and Chef Rita Lafitte of Tres Amigas Café hopes the twinkling lights and tasty holiday treats will charm her visiting mom. Rita is also planning fun activities, such as watching her teenage daughter, Celia, perform in an outdoor Christmas play.

What she doesn’t plan for is murder.

Rita discovers a dead actor during the premier performance but vows to keep clear of the case. Sleuthing would upset her mom. Besides, there’s already a prime suspect, caught red-handed in his bloodied Santa suit. However, when …

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Dec 18 2016
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Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany – Review

Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany – Review

As this is a busy time of year, I’m sharing short/sweet reviews and ratings.

Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany

is the first book in the new cozy mystery series, A Year-Round Christmas Mystery. This is a great holiday cozy mystery. Merry is such a fun character and I loved sleuthing along with her. The town of Rudolph sounds absolutely delightful. I adore Christmas and think I would love living in “Christmas Town”.

Several events have Merry thinking that someone is trying to sabotage Christmas. This culminates in the murder of an out-of-town reporter. Merry doesn’t mean to get involved, but she knows that if her shop, and the others in Rudolph are going to succeed this Christmas season, then the …

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Nov 13 2016
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Death at First Sight by Lena Gregory – Guest Post, Review + Giveaway

Death at First Sight by Lena Gregory – Guest Post, Review + Giveaway

How Mystical Musings Came To Be
by Cass Donovan

Hi. I’m Cass Donovan, owner of Mystical Musings, a small psychic shop on Bay Island. My shop sits in the perfect location. The front door faces the boardwalk, and the back door faces the beach. I love sitting on the back porch and looking out over the bay, watching the boats headed to Long Island, the kids playing on the beach, and tourists flocking to the lighthouse that overlooks it all. It brings back such fond memories from my childhood.

Though I grew up on Bay Island, I left seventeen years ago to go to college and only returned last year after my psychiatric practice and my marriage both failed. But …

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Oct 31 2016
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The Elf by Max Dune – Book Review

The Elf by Max Dune – Book Review

My Thoughts
The Elf by Max Dune

I made a few mistakes last night:

1) I went to bed at 10:00 PM.
2) I took my Kindle to bed, thinking I would ‘start’ a book.
3) I started reading ‘The Elf‘ by Max Dune.

Now, those things might not seem like mistakes…except…I had to work the next morning. And…The Elf is unputdownable (I’m going to say that’s a word). There is so much I love about this story. From the unique plot to amazing characters, I was pulled in from the start. It is so engaging that you won’t want to stop reading it once you start. Lucian might just be my favorite character of 2016. He is smart, strong and loyal. He is …

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Oct 26 2016
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White Chicken Chili from 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous by Lisa Leake #100DaysFastandFab

White Chicken Chili from 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous by Lisa Leake #100DaysFastandFab

As a cookbook ambassador, I received an early copy of this book for free. I voluntarily read the book and I am sharing my honest review here.


100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous

In her first cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food, Lisa Leake revealed how simple it is to think out of the box in the kitchen by replacing unhealthy prepackaged and processed foods with “real food”—mouthwatering meals made with wholesome and familiar ingredients. Now, Lisa is back with 100 quick-and-easy recipes and simple cheat sheets that will work with every family’s busy lifestyle.

100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous gives Lisa’s devoted fans and newcomers exactly what they want, quick and tasty favorites for breakfast, lunch, …

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Oct 17 2016
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Murder, She Wrote: The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher – Review @BerkleyPub

Murder, She Wrote: The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher – Review @BerkleyPub

The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher

I love the television show Murder, She Wrote. It’s always been one of my favorites. I have a few of the books in the series, penned by Jessica Fletcher (of course!), Donald Bain and Renee Paley-Bain. This is the first one that I’ve read and I can’t believe I’ve waited this long. The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher is a great mystery.

When a life-long resident of Cabot Cove, Cliff Cooper, is convinced he will die soon, he asks Jessica to make sure his house is sold and his grandson inherits the money. There were so many twists and turns in this book that I couldn’t put it down. Strange noises in the house make it seem like …

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Oct 05 2016
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Masking for Trouble by Diane Vallere – Review + Giveaway

Masking for Trouble by Diane Vallere – Review + Giveaway

Masking for Trouble by Diane Vallere is the second book in the delightful Costume Shop Mystery series. In this installment, Margo is facing a hectic week at her family’s costume shop, Disguise DeLimit. It is the week leading up to Halloween, which is typically their biggest week. This year, a local big wig is funding the Halloween party, and he decides that only businesses on his payroll are eligible to provide things for the party…including costumes. This pushes out Disguise DeLimit and infuriates Margo.

When the big wig winds up dead, with Margo standing over his body, things get a bit hairy. Besides the murder mystery, there is also the business of the costume shop, and her secret …

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