Thursday, September 17, 2015

A Mystery Woven through History Makes For A Good Read

Second Street Station A Mary Handley Mystery by Lawrence H Levy is a  good mystery that weaves you through history while trying to solve who the murderer is. Mary Handley is a smart, strong willed, intelligent woman who wants to make it in a mans world as a detective. She gets her big chance when her friend's fiance Charles Goodrich is murdered and she is taken on the force to help solve the murder.
I love how the feud between Edison and Tesla is a big part of the plot. This book sucks you into the story and leaves you in shock when you find out who is the murderer.
I look forward to reading more of this series.
If you like a good mystery full of history, strong characters, a little romance and a lot of surprises you will want to read this one.

I was given this book by the publisher through library for my honest review

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Charming Cozy Mystery

I read a charming and good cozy mystery. I know it is a series that has been out for awhile but this is the first time I have read it and I really enjoyed the book. It Takes A Witch by Heather Blake is a fun, charming mystery that leaves you wanting to read the next book in the series to find out what your friend Darcy will get into next. Yes you can relate to the characters in this book like they were friends you might have.

Darcy and her sister Harper move to the Enchanted Village after their father dies and their Aunt Ve tells them they are Wishcrafters, witches that can grant wishes. They move in with Aunt Ve and are starting to fit into this new place and powers when Alexander is found dead and Sylar their Aunt Ve's boyfriend is accused of murder. Darcy decides she has to help find out who really killed Alex and show that Sylar didn't do it because her Aunt is so sure he didn't and her Aunt is miserable. Will she find out the real reason for the murder and who did it before she gets hurt? Will she learn how to use her new found talent and stay within the rules? You will have to read the book to find out.

It Takes A Witch is not a dark ritualistic book but a very charming, mysterious book. It has some magic, some romance and a good twist and turn mystery. You are surprised by who the killer is and what lead up to the killing I like a book that keeps you guessing. I think you will enjoy this book and I plan on reading the rest of the series too.

If you want to learn more about this book and series or the author and her other books check out her website at

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Mystery, Family History, Ireland Add Up to 5 Stars in Buried In A Bog by Sheila Connolly

Buried in a Bog (County Cork, #1)
Buried In A Bog (A County Cork Mystery) by Sheila Connolly is a 5 star read that mixes mystery, intrigue and new beginnings into a fantastic book.


Maura Donovan lives in the United States with her Gran. She has been raised by her since her Dad died and her Mom left. Gran came to the US when Maura’s father was a lad from Ireland and  never really said much about her homeland so Maura was surprised when Gran made her promise to go to Leep, County Cork Ireland after she was gone. When Gran dies Maura takes what little she has and heads to Leep Ireland to keep her promise. Little did she know what she would be getting into. Maura is thrown into the middle of murder as well as the mystery of who her ancestors were all while trying to fit in to and find her place in not just Ireland but life itself. All this and trying not to be the killers next victim.

I loved this book and all the characters. I love that Maura is independent and strong. She has courage to strike out on her own to a place she knows nothing about. She doesn’t’ back down when she is the target for someone wanting to harm her for reasons unknown, in fact she digs in her heels and is more determined to stick it out.

I love how Sheila Connolly writes about Ireland in a way that you can picture it as if you are seeing it for the first time right along with Maura. She makes Ireland into being an important part of the mystery and plot.


This book has mystery, intrigue, family history, surprises you won’t see coming all tied up with a mystical beautiful land of Ireland, what could be better?

I love this book and can’t wait to read the next one in the series. I highly recommend it.

If you want to learn more about this book and series as well as Sheila Connolly's other books go to her website at
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Sunday, May 24, 2015

5 Star Great Read in The Cemetery Club by Blanche Day Manos

The Cemetery Club (Darcy and Flora Cozy Mystery) by Blanche Day Manos & Barbara Burgess is a great cozy mystery that mixes faith, mystery and family along with suspense that leaves you on the edge of your seat and wanting more.

Darcy has come home to her mother’s after the death of her husband. When her mother Flora along with Darcy find the body of Flora’s good friend Ben at the cemetery then things get really interesting  and dangerous for Darcy and Flora. Can they find out why and who killed Ben before more people are killed or the killer succeeds in killing them?

Darcy and Flora remind me of my daughter and me. We have a special bond and it seems we can always find ways to make things interesting. I think I could feel right at home sitting in their kitchen sharing stories while drinking coffee. That is part of the charm of this book, being able to feel like you know them and could be right in the middle of this mystery helping them solve it as well as getting in trouble right along with them. I like that the book keeps you guessing. It is one of those books that you don’t want to put down but then when you get to the end you wish there was more. It has just the right mix of suspense, faith and family. I give this book 5 stars and would highly recommend it to others.

I think one of my favorite quotes from the book is, pg. 38 “Trust God, Darcy. He knows the end from the beginning.” This is a very comforting thought. And then another favorite was “To her way of thinking, in all times of stress, coffee helped.” Pg. 48. I so agree!

I loved this book. I think that anyone who likes a good mystery, with twists and turns will want to read this book. I can’t wait to read the other two in the series.

If you want to learn more about this book and series you can go to Blanche Day Manos website at

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Puppies, Mystery and a Ski Resort add up to a fun read in Puppies In Paradise by Kathi Daley

Good mystery, a little romance, a ski resort and puppies what could be better and these are what make up Puppies in Paradise A TJ Jensen  Paradise Lake Mystery by Kathi Daley.

This is the first TJ Jensen book I have read but even though it is the fifth book in the series it can be read as a stand alone without being lost on what is going on.

TJ's friend has been injured in a car accident so TJ is watching her friends dog and puppies while she recoups. Their is a big winter storm and the small town and resort are closed off. When a friend of the Jensen family is killed TJ vows to find out who the murderer is. With the help of Kyle, Hunter and Roy, the deputy, they work at finding Nolan's murderer but in so doing also find themselves solving an old mystery Nolan was working on too.

This is a fast paced enjoyable read. It has actually two mysteries as well as a surprise ending to both of them. I like the closeness of the family and friends. TJ is someone you could sit down to enjoy a cup of coffee with and feel like you were long lost friends. She is a strong woman who has a good sense of family and isn't afraid of hard work, along with a good head on her shoulders.

If you are looking for a good fun cozy to read don't miss this book or series. I will be reading the other four books in the series now too.

If you want to learn more about this series, Kathi Daley or her other series check out her website at:

You can also connect with her on Facebook.

Next up is The Cemetery Club (Darcy and Flora Cozy Mystery book 1) by Blanche Day Manos

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Fantastic Read Oh Say Can You Fudge by Nancy Coco Releases 28 Apr 2015

Have you ever read a book that leaves you going Wow I love this book and leaving you wanting more? Well Oh Say Can You Fudge by Nancy Coco is that kind of book. I would give this book 5 plus stars and more.

This is the third book in the Candy Coated Series and each book has gotten better and better. Allie McMurphy is back with a bang in this book.  She is settling in to the Island community on Mackinac Island and trying so hard to be one of the Islanders. She is in charge of the fireworks show for the Fourth of July festivities but things start going wrong when her pyrotechnics guy and the fireworks are blown up. Can she find out who has done this terrible deed and get things back on track for the Fourth before anything else goes wrong?

This is the best book of the series so far, and the other two were really good. Allie is more sure of herself and starting to fit in better with the island people. I really like how she is becoming more secure and self assured in this book. She is smart, confident and yet still the same sweet, nice and at times still na├»ve person. There were times I felt like I do in a scary movie when I am thinking don’t go in there or run the  other way and the people just stand there or go in when they shouldn’t, I know you know what I mean, but then Allie and all the others have good instincts and deducing skills too. It is a good mixture of characteristics that makes Allie and the others, like Jen and Liz, who they are and who we love.

This book is more intriguing and tense than the others and I like that. The plot is great and there are so many different suspects that you won’t guess right away who is behind all the trouble or the reason it is happening.  The book has twists and turns that lead you down a path to whodunit, several believable suspects as well as some romance and a lot of characters that you can relate to.

I have always wanted to go to Mackinac Island and reading this book makes me want to go even more. The Island itself is a very important unique part of the whole plot and book. I love the closeness that Allie has with her friends and the quaintness of the hotel and fudge shop. Fudge making brings back some great memories of my Grandmother and me making fudge together. I love the recipes that are included and can’t wait to make the Pecan Pie fudge.

I cannot say enough how great this book is and it can be read as a stand-alone book but the other two books are good too. I hope you will run right out and get this book I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

If you want more info on this book or the others in this series go to

Book will be released tomorrow 28 April 2015. Make sure you get a copy

I was given this book by the author for my honest review.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

History + Mystery = An Excellent Read with The Patmos Deception by Davis Bunn

 If you are a fan of historical fiction, suspense, intrigue  mixed with a historical mystery and faith then you must read The Patmos Deception by Davis Bunn. This is a fast paced and interesting read. It has just the right mix of suspense, history and mystery to keep you wanting more.

Nick, the journalist, with his friend Carey, the forensic archaeologist, find themselves in the middle of a mystery of who is stealing Grecian antiquities when they are asked to find out who is stealing these antiquities and recover them for Greece. Dimitri the charter boat captain and his first mate Sofia are caught in the middle of smuggling to try to stay afloat and are thrown into the  middle of Nick and Carey's investigation. Will they find out who are the culprits and recover the antiquities without losing more than just the antiquities. With lives hanging in the balance they have to hurry to set it all straight.

This book in some ways reminds me of the old Indiana Jones movies. I enjoyed the book and characters. Archaeology is something that always piques my interest and Davis Bunn has brought archeology, church history and mystery together to form a must read book. If you are a church history buff, mystery junkie who loves archeology then get this book to read. The ending leaves you hanging and wanting more. I hope that there will be more books with Nick and Carey in new investigations.

If you want to learn more about this book, the author and his other books check out his website at

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest opinion and review.

Now a little personal note:

I am once again back to reading and blogging. I am sorry it took so long but 5 and half weeks ago my Dad suddenly and unexpectantly died so it has taken me awhile to get back to blogging with all we needed to do. I will be trying to blog more often and want to thank you for staying with me and joining me in my love of books.

Comment below if you would please and tell me what you are reading or make a book suggestion for me to read and review.

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