Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Great Mystery For Teens But Enjoyed By All

The Secret A Seacliff High Mystery by Kathi Daley is an excellent teen mystery that I also enjoyed reading.

As a kid I loved Nancy Drew and yes even Hardy Boy Mysteries. I wanted to be friends with Nancy to go out to solve the mysteries with her. I stoked my love of reading and my love of mysteries with these books. That's what this series and book reminded me of my love for Nancy Drew.

Alyson and her mother have moved to Cutters Cove OR and into the old Cutters Mansion after they had to be put in the witness protection program. They have to start over and this is just the place to do it in a small town where no one knows them. Alyson has to go to the High School there, which is new to her since she always went to a private school in her past life, and immediately she makes friends with Mac, Trevor and Eli. They all become fast friends and that friendship grows when they decide to help Alyson solve the mystery of Cutter's Mansion and find all of the secrets the old place holds. Is it haunted by the past occupant, does it hold treasures? This is what they have to figure out and  they find some interesting history as well as some danger while trying to solve the mysteries. Can they figure it all out and can Alyson do it with out anyone finding out about her past?

This book may be for teens but it is just a fun fast good mystery that even an adult can enjoy reading. I love how the author incorporates the history of the family and  mansion with the mystery  that keeps you guessing and wanting to read more. I think this book is good for a teen but we as adults can't go wrong with reading it either.

I will be reading the rest of the series later. This one is a hit. I recommend it.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Moonlight Can Be Murder An Edge of Your Seat Book

Wow is the only thing I can think to say about this great book Moonlight Can Be Murder A Ned McNeil Mystery by Blanche Day Manos. I loved this book and I can not wait until the next one comes out.

Nettie McNeil gets a letter from her Uncle Javin after he gets out of prison that he wants her to come to her home town of Ednalee, OK because he needs to see her and strange things are happening. She goes and when she gets there she was looking forward to seeing him again but was terribly surprised when she finds him shot and dying. Now she is thrown into a murder and has to find out who killed her Uncle and why before she is next.

Nettie or Ned for short is a very level headed, strong willed and determined woman who is wants answers into what is happening and who murdered her Uncle. As a reader I immediately connected with her and was drawn into the mystery right along with her. I love the old Victorian home and land, it adds a dimension to the mystery and is such a important part of the story.  I could just picture the house and wished to be sitting right there with Ned and her friends in front of the fire  or at the kitchen table helping solve this mystery. I love a good mystery and this one is just that .

This book has so many possibilities and trying to tie all the loose ends up makes for a great puzzle to solved. I really thought I had this one figured out but then found I was only partly right and the why escaped me to the end.

This is an intense and at times emotional mystery. I could not put it down. If you like a good mystery, that keeps you on the edge of your seat and one that is full of possibilities and suspects then do not miss this book.

One of my favorite parts is when Ned sees a white figure head into her carriage house and decides to once and for all figure out what is going " Fear gave way to curiosity and a rising anger that someone or something would trespass and find it necessary to sneak around in the dark instead of coming to my door. "Please Lord, I whispered, "Protect me and help me find out what is going on." pg 148

Anger overcomes fear I can so relate to this.

Don't miss this great, spooky, intense, wonderful book. I highly recommend it.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

A Good Mystery is found in Death of a Bad Apple

Death of a Bad Apple  A Food Festival Mystery by Penny Pike is a five star read.
I really enjoyed this book. It has all the right elements suspense, romances, a good puzzle and many suspects to choose from.

  Darcy helps her Aunt Abby with her food truck in San Francisco but when Aunt Abby signs them up for an Apple Festival in Apple Valley Darcy is ready for a little fun. Besides the food, vendors, and hay maze Darcy, Aunt Abby, Jake and Dillon find themselves in the middle of a struggle between the GMO company, arson fires and now murder. This festival is proving to be more than they bargained for. Festival, Apples, Fun and Murder, Darcy gets right in the middle of it all  and she ropes the others into helping her solve the mystery of why and who is behind it all and who knows how it will all turn out?

This is one of those books that keeps you guessing. Just when you think you have it all figured out then it changes course and you have to put your thinking cap back on and try to figure it out again. I love a book with a good puzzle that keeps you guessing to the end and this book is just that.

If  you like a good mystery, strong characters and a good plot within a plot, with a little romance thrown in, then you will enjoy this book.

This is the third book in the series and even though I had not read the other two I find that I didn't get lost in this one. I will however be going back to read the other ones now because I am a fan of the series after reading this one. I would recommend this series and book to others. Oh yeah and don't forget there are recipes too, who could ask for more.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Great Cozy Mystery To Listen To Or Read

I had the privilege to get a copy of the Audio Book to listen to and review and wanted to add this to my review of the book. The flow and how you feel like you are right there with Flora and Darcy telling you their story. I get so caught up in it I feel like I am experiencing it with them. The actor reading has captured the essence of Darcy and Flora and her inflection and her emotion as she reads draws you in. Whether you are listening or reading this book for yourself you will enjoy it. Don't miss out make sure you get this book and series.

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My review of the book.

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.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Southern Charm mixed with ghost and murder equals a good mystery

A Ghostly Undertaking by Tonya Kappes is a 5 Star cozy mystery with a ghostly twist.

Emma Lee with her sister runs the family Funeral Home but she didn't expect to be able to see ghosts. When Ruthie dies and Emma finds herself face to face with Ruthie's ghost at her veiwing things get interesting. Ruthie tells Emma she has to help her find out who killed her that her death was not an accident. After the initial shock of being able to see and talk to a ghost Emma gets down to snooping to find out who did Ruthie in and has to find out fast before her Granny is blamed. Will she find the answers before Granny is arrested and what is Granny hiding? Will she solve the mystery before anyone else is hurt? Can she help Ruthie so she can cross over and all before the whole town thinks  she is crazy?

I loved this book. I love the small southern town dynamics and charm. Emma Lee is just spunky enough to be able to handle the town gossip, yet you get drawn in to feeling how shy she is when the good looking Sheriff is around. This book has all the right elements a good mystery with a few surprises, good characters that you can relate to, I mean who hasn't known a gossip or a Granny that rules the roost. Throw in a spunky somewhat bossy ghost and you have the makings of a good book that you can't put down. It is funny, with a little romance and a mystery that will make you go I didn't see that one coming. I highly recommend this book and series. Tonya Kappes has a way to make you feel right at home in Sleepy Hollow so pull up a chair and sit a spell while you get to know the people of Sleepy Hollow and help Emma Lee and Ruthie solve this mystery.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

A Who Done It Classic Worth Reading

I have been a big fan of Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was looking for a British author that would write just like them. Though Ngaio Marsh is somewhat like them she has her own flare and style but is enough like them that she didn't disappoint me in my love of British mysteries.

The Nursing Home Murder An Inspector Alleyn mystery is the first of Ngaio Marsh's books that I have read but it won't be the last. It is a good mystery that has many viable suspects, some interesting motives and a few surprises.

When Britain's Home Secretary collapses and is rushed to the hospital who knew he would never leave. Inspector Alleyn has to find who has done the Secretary in and how and why he met his demise. He has his work cut out for him when he finds several in the operating room had reasons for wanting the Secretaries death.

From a spurned lover, to anarchists,  to the Secretaries wife and sister and others who might want him dead, Marsh keeps you guessing right along with Inspector Alleyn on who is the murderer and in trying to solve this murder. I found at times the book was a little tedious and could have moved faster but overall it was good. I thought the ending was a little anticlimactic but it is still worth the read.

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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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