Posts Categorized: Book Review

Jun 19 2016
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Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun by Lois Winston – Review

Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun by Lois Winston – Review

Anastasia Pollack is up to her neck in problems. She’s newly widowed – finding out only after her husband’s death that he wasn’t who she thought he was. Karl was a gambling addict who swindled away their life savings, plotted to steal his mother’s life savings and get her run over with a car, spent his sons’ college funds, and got in bed with a loan shark…a loan shark who is now coming to call on Anastasia.

She certainly doesn’t need to discover the dead body of a much-despised coworker in her desk chair…killed by her hot glue gun. Anastasia ends up a murder suspect at the same time she is trying to figure out how to keep the loan shark …

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Jun 19 2016
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I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – Library Book Club Review

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – Library Book Club Review

This is a quick review to keep track of books I’ve read this year that correspond to reading challenges I’m participating in. 🙂

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella is a cute read that I didn’t want to put down. It was a funny, chick lit novel that would be a great romantic comedy flick. Poppy Wyatt is a character that quickly grew on me and I so want to be her friend. 🙂 An enjoyable read that kept my interest and had me laughing out loud in parts, even to the point of tears. This was my first Kinsella book, …

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Jun 18 2016
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The Calamity CafĂ© by Gayle Leeson – Review, Guest Post + Giveaway

The Calamity CafĂ© by Gayle Leeson – Review, Guest Post + Giveaway

The End of the World?
Gayle Leeson

When I was a little girl—three or four years old—I believed that the hill above my grandmother’s house was the end of the world. The road was a dead end, and so I thought you couldn’t go any farther.

There was a young man who lived on that hill who was well on his way to becoming a “rough character.”

He would eventually get involved with drugs, be an enforcer for a drug dealer, go to prison. As a child, I’d stand in the front yard and wave to him as he sped up the road to his house. He’d wave and sometimes blow the horn. We were buds.

My best bud at that time …

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Jun 14 2016
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Fixin' to Die by Tonya Kappes – Character Guest Post, Review + Giveaway @tonyakappes11

Fixin' to Die by Tonya Kappes – Character Guest Post, Review + Giveaway @tonyakappes11

Fixin’ to Die Character Interview

Character’s full name: Poppa or Sheriff Sims

A short bio on this character: I’m not your typical character. I was the sheriff of my small town of Cottonwood, Kentucky for longer than I count. But that don’t matter now. What matters is that my granddaughter, Kendrick Lowry- Kenni Bug for short, was elected to sheriff in Cottonwood. You see, I’m dead. I died of a massive heart attack before she was elected, so I made it my ever-after mission to keep her safe. I’ve been busy! I’ve been scaring off any would be criminals for the past two years. It wasn’t until recently that I realized I couldn’t be in two places at once …

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Jun 09 2016
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Navajo Autumn by R. Allen Chappell – Audiobook Review

Navajo Autumn by R. Allen Chappell – Audiobook Review

Navajo Autumn by R. Allen Chappell is the first book in the Navajo Nation Mystery series. I checked this audiobook out through interlibrary loan. Charlie works in Navajo Legal Services. When a Navajo known for being a drunk, Thomas Begay, is found passed out next to the body of Patsy Greyhorse, an investigator with the BIA, Charlie has a feeling that Thomas had nothing to do with the murder.

The story was fast paced and I enjoyed the mystery of it. The setting was great and I felt like I learned about the area as well as some about Navajo culture that I did not know before. The author’s writing style was great. The narrator really made this story great. Listening …

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Jun 07 2016
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A Fairytale Bride by Hope Ramsay – Release Day Review + Giveaway @HopeRamsay @TastyBookTours

A Fairytale Bride by Hope Ramsay – Release Day Review + Giveaway @HopeRamsay @TastyBookTours

Melissa Portman almost laughed in the man’s face. He was most definitely not the teenager Grammy had been searching for when she’d put the “Help Wanted” sign in the window three months ago.

He was a grown man, probably her age or a little older, in his late twenties or early thirties. He wore clothes that branded him as someone who came from way, way out of town: a brown tweed jacket with elbow patches, a striped button-down shirt, and a pair of skinny jeans that showed off his muscular thighs. All in all, he gave the impression of a hot college professor.

He also had dark, soulful brown eyes, too-long black hair that curled …

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Jun 05 2016
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Big Hair & Buttermilk Pie by Lori Stacy – Review + Giveaway

Big Hair & Buttermilk Pie by Lori Stacy – Review + Giveaway

Big Hair & Buttermilk Pie by Lori Stacy is the first book in the new Rose Cottage Cafe Mystery Series. This was a short, quick read. Mandy is running her dream cafe in a small town. When the mayor winds up dead (and Mandy was not too happy with him at the time) the police are interested in her. This was an enjoyable start to a series, though I felt it could have been a bit more detailed along the way (making it a little longer as well). I was able to figure out whodunit before it was officially revealed, but I still enjoyed the characters and setting and wanted to finish the book. I will read …

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May 28 2016
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Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison – Review @HannahLDennison @MinotaurBooks

Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison – Review @HannahLDennison @MinotaurBooks

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Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison is the first book in a cozy mystery series set at an old manor house. I won this book a while back and finally pulled it off the shelves to read. I’m so glad I did! Kat Stanford is a well-known antiques expert from a TV show. After her father passes away, her mother buys a carriage house on the grounds of Honeychurch Hall. Kat heads there to try to talk some sense into her mother and get her to move back to the city.

This was such a fun mystery. There were so many pieces to the puzzle and …

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May 19 2016
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Tall Tail by Rita Mae Brown

Tall Tail by Rita Mae Brown

Tall Tail by Rita Mae Brown is the 25th book in the Mrs. Murphy Mystery Series. I jumped right in with Tall Tail, even though I have not read this series. The author provided a cast of characters at the beginning of the book which I found immensely helpful. It was great to be able to refer back if I wasn’t quite sure who someone was. (Which, I admit…happened a few times – there were a lot of characters!). I found myself a bit confused going back and forth between the time periods, but it all came together more and more as the book continued.

Things I really liked:

The mystery was well-written.
The furry companions.
Harry was a great character – I …

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