Posts Categorized: Book Review

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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May 08 2016
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Wonderland by Robert McKay – Review @RobertMcKay

Wonderland by Robert McKay – Review @RobertMcKay

Wonderland by Robert McKay is a futuristic, science fiction retelling that gives us a whole new perspective on Alice. I was intrigued when I read the description and, being a fan of Alice, I knew I wanted to check this one out. I thought that it was an interesting and unique retelling. The author is imaginative and I was impressed with the descriptions and the set-up of this version of Wonderland. The beginning seemed a bit rushed. I felt Alice seemed much older than 13. I enjoyed the story and would be interested in reading further stories in the Intergalactic Fairy Tale series.

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Apr 29 2016
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Violated by Carolyn Arnold – Review

Violated by Carolyn Arnold – Review

Violated by Carolyn Arnold is the 5th book in the Brandon Fisher FBI Series. This is the first book in the series that I’ve read. Even without reading the earlier books, I was able to feel like I understood the characters. The author did a great job of crafting a thriller and mystery book that had me on the edge of my seat, furiously flipping the pages of my Kindle.

Brandon receives a call from fellow agent Paige. She’s out in California and finds herself suspected of murder in the death of a man she knows raped a friend many years ago. Jack, Brandon, and Zach fly out to clear Paige’s name and try to figure out who really killed the …

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Apr 24 2016
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Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen – Review

Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen – Review

Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen is the first book in a delightful historical mystery series. I’m a big fan of Downton Abbey, and when I heard of the Lady Montfort Mystery series, I knew I would enjoy it. Arlen does an incredible job of painting the picture of Edwardian life. The dynamics between upstairs and below stairs, the characters, the settings…it all felt authentic.

I felt there were some parts that felt a little long in dialogue about 2/3 of the way through the book. It seemed to slow the pace down a little bit. Overall, I really enjoyed the story. Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson make a smashing team. I couldn’t wait to read more in the …

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Apr 20 2016
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Worth It All by Claudia Connor – Review @Claudia__Connor

Worth It All by Claudia Connor is the third book in the McKinney Brothers series, though it is the first I’ve read. I loved it. Loved.It. I stayed up way past my bedtime to read this one last night.

Jake (JT) McKinney isn’t looking for love or a relationship of any kind. He is guilt-ridden over the accident that took part of his leg and ended his dreams when he was 19. He doesn’t feel he deserves love or a family. Then, he sees Paige…working at a diner…and all of his preconceived notions about how his life will go are right out the window.

Paige is a hard-working single mother of a 5 year old little girl named Casey. She is focused …

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