Thursday, June 22, 2017

Captivating Southern Mystery 5 Stars





A new favorite cozy.   Tonya Kappes has written another captivating cozy that you just want to savor and when you come to the end you wish there was more.

 I love the small town with all it's southern charm. This book pulls you in and makes you want to sit a spell at the Bean Hive helping solve  mysteries with Roxie while taking in the surrounding community of Honey Springs.  I can just picture walking down the streets wandering through the shops of Honey Springs.

I was glad to see  that Patrick is startng to open up more to Roxie and actually helps her solve the murder of Fred Hill. I at first didn't think I was going to like her Mother but she grew on me. I love Aunt Maxi and her outspoken ways.

This is the second book in the series and I think each one gets better and better. The characters are growing, the mysteries are unique, and the twists keep you guessing. It is a mystery that you don't figure out fast on your own but one that keeps, you right along with Roxie puzzled till the end.

I can not find enough adjectives to describe how much I love this book. If you enjoy a cozy with a wonderful setting, good characters, a excellent mystery with a little romance then you won't want to miss this one. I can't wait for the next book.

If you want to learn more about this author and her books you can at

www.tonyakappes.com

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Good, Exciting Cozy



Death on West End Road by Carrie Doyle is the third book in her Hamptons Murder series but I think it is the best so far.
I love that it is about solving a cold case murder that leads to some fascinating circumstances. It has an ominous feel right from the start.   Things seem off when Paula asks Antonia to find who murdered her friend years ago and prove it wasn't her.  It gets stranger as she starts interviewing the people who were involved years ago with Susie and the stories are not adding up. Antonia has to figure out who she can trust and who she can't and is Paula using her in some cruel game she is playing?

I have always thought if I was an investigator I would want to work on cold cases and help families find answers and get justice. that is why this book appealed to me at first. This plot has that element of solving a cold case to help reach justice but it also leads to exciting circumstances in the present day also. The mystery keeps you guessing and has so many possibilities. I like how Antonia is smart, quick thinking but naive too. She tends to jump in.with both feet then wonder what have I gotten myself into.
If you like a good mystery, with exciting twists and more than one possible suspect you will want to read this book. It is a good mystery with fun smart characters as well as a few sinister characters too. I enjoyed this one and couldn't put it down. I suggest you read the first two in the series also. I hope you will check it out.

I received this book for my honest opinion and reveiw.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Unique Twist on A Cozy Mystery










Edited Out A Mysterious DetectivenMystery by E J Copperman is an unique, wacky and different take on a mystery.

Rachel Goldman is a mystery writer whose main character seems to have come to life or at least he thinks he is her Duffy Madison from her books.  Duffy is trying to convince Rachel that he is her character and not a missing person Damien Mosley.  Funny thing is while they are hunting for Damien, Dusty gets picked up for questioning in the murder of Damien's  wife who was killed 5 years ago the same time Damien went missing and Duffy appeared. Confused? So is Rachel .

This is so different that it works. The characters are unique enough to make them interesting. I love the sarcastic things Rachel comes up with in dealing with Dusty.  Dusty is matter of fact, no nonsense smart and mysterious while Rachel is smart, creative and sarcastic. The interaction between them is what makes this unusual take on this mystery work.

The idea that Duffy is somehow "the" Duffy from Rachel's imagination  who meticulously investigates and hunts for missing persons is a puzzle. Then there is the problem of the body of an unknown man who died 5 years ago, the same time Damien went missing, and Damien's wife who has been murdered 5 years ago for another piece of the puzzle. Add the fact that Rachel thinks this Damien who went missing 5 years ago just when Duffy showed up is probably one and the same person and it all adds up to a multi-faceted, sometimes confusing, fun and uniquely quirky cozy mystery.

The only down side to this is that sometimes there is too much explaining going on that can be a bit boring. It moves slow at times but with so much going on there is no way around all the back story. It is a fun read and really a different fresh take on a cozy mystery.

This is the second book in this series but it can be read as a stand alone.  I wish now I had read the first book before this one but it isn't a necessity.

I received this book for my honest opinion and review

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Edge of your seat book



This is an edge of your seat, suspenseful, can't put it down thriller. If you like Dan Brown's thrillers you will want to read this!

You will find that with Day of Secrets by Daryl Wood Gerber that she has once again written a new  captivating, gripping suspense novel, that keeps you riveted to your seat not wanting to miss a beat of Chase Day's story. I loved this book.  

Chase Day's past comes and smacks him right in the face when he gets a call from his mother whom he thought had died many years ago. What he knew to be his story is proving to be just that a story and his past is falling apart and leading him into danger trying to find the truth. 

I love everything about this book. The characters are well developed and complex, the plot is ever changing and tense as well as thrilling. You wonder right along with Chase who can be trusted, who is a friend and who isn't. I like a book that keeps you guessing and not predictable this is just that. 

I found myself holding my breath at times when it seems Chase was going to be caught and other times I felt his emotions when he started unraveling what was his life until now. 

This is such a good book I can't find enough words to describe how good it is. I hope that Daryl Wood Gerber will have many more thrillers to come, she has a niche for weaving an amazing, thrilling story that keeps you captivated and absorbed in the story from the beginning to the end. 

I would in my own rating system give this book 5++ bookmarks it is so exceptional

Monday, May 1, 2017

Fun Fast Paced Cozy Mystery





Murderous Mayhem At Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison is once again a fun, unique, quirky, fast paced cozy that has you laughing out loud at times and wondering what is coming next. From The peculiar quirky characters that are back for another adventure to the unusual circumstances they all find themselves in  to the  murders this is a book that you won't want to miss.

I enjoy this book because it takes you in and you find yourself getting caught up in the comings and goings of British life as well as the demographics of the Lord's and Lady's intermixed with the villagers of Little Dipperton

Each person in this book has their own peculiar personality and that just adds to the fun of the book. Kat is an antique appraiser who has a knack for getting right in the middle of everything that goes on at Honeychurch Hall. Her eccentric mother Iris and unconventional uncle Albert always add a quirky, unusual element to the plot with the stories they come up with to cover there mischievous exploits. I love these two they just make the book.

This story is  two fold, one is the mystery when the body of a women, who seems to be an ancestor of either the Honeychurch's or the Carew's, is found accidentally and then the murders of Dipperton residents complicate the upcoming Skirmish planned at Honeychurch Hall.  On top of all this Kat's mother Iris' missing manuscript pages need to be found and she is sure Muriel the postmistress has them.  She sends Albert to retrieve them only to get mixed up in the murder  of Muriel and becoming once again suspects in the investigation. On top of everything else someone has been stealing from the people of Little Dipperton, Lavinia thinks her husband Rupert Lord of Honeychurch is having an affair, Harry the son of Lavinia and Rupert along with his friend Max think they see a ghost in the churchyard and Kat thinks the ghost of Eleanor Honeychurch is trying to tell her something. It seems one thing after the other is happening and they all add up to a very interesting some what wacky but all together fascinating cozy mystery.

I love British mysteries and this one is a mix of Downton Abby meets Midsummer Murders. You have the Dowager  and her quirky family along with the village secrets and mysteries like in Midsomer Murders to be solved. Wow so much is happening and it is just plain fun and entertaining to read. I think this one was better than the last book in the series.

This is the fourth book in the series but it can be read as a standalone book too. I highly recommend this book it is one you will not want to miss.

If you would like to learn more about this book or series you should check out the authors website at
http://www.hannahdennison.com/book-series/honeychurch-hall/

I would give, in my rating system, this book 4 1/2 Bookmarks

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

5 Stars for Southern Fried A Kenni Lowry Mystery by Tonya Kappes


Southern Fried (A Kenni Lowry Mystery Book 2) by [Kappes, Tonya]



Tonya Kappes has served up another helping of a charming cozy mystery with Southern Fried A Kenni Lowry Mystery.

I love this series with all it's southern charm, cast of strong characters, a ghost and a good always intriguing mystery.

Kenni Lowry the sheriff of Cottonwood has to find out who murdered Owen Godfrey and still try to hold her job as sheriff at the election coming up. She has so many suspects and motives it is a challenge for her and her every handsome, charming Deputy Finn. Can she solve the murder, catch the suspect, and keep her job?

This book is even better than the first one in the series. Kenni is growing and becoming more confident as the sheriff. She is smart, intuitive, can be emotional and brave. She also has her Poppa albeit as a ghost now,  to bounce her ideas off while trying to solve the crimes like they use to do when he was alive and the sheriff of Cottonwood.  With Finn as her deputy they are a dynamic pair  in solving crime.

Poppa is a hoot. I love how he watches out for Kenni but also pops in at times talking to Kenni when she is trying hard not to let anyone see her talking to the air. How would it look if the towns people saw her talking to no one and it sure wouldn't help her win the upcoming election.

Her Momma is a ball of fire when it comes to defending her daughter. She clouds up and rains all over anyone that talks bad about Kenni and when they are out to elect someone else she, well let's just say, you wouldn't want to cross her on her crusade to get Kenni re-elected even if she wishes her daughter wasn't sheriff she still has Kenni's back. She is the best. I love all her antics and fussing. She is like all of us as Mothers tend to be, Mother Bears, when she thinks someone is trying to hurt her daughter.

This mystery involves a dysfunctional family, an old cookbook, and rivalry that all ends up in a murder that is a puzzling mystery with surprises along the way. You have so many suspects, but not too many, twists, an election, a ghost, an overbearing mother hen, a good looking deputy, and  one excellent cozy mystery that you can't put down.

This mystery has all the right ingredients served up in a unique wonderful cozy mystery that you won't want to miss or put down.

I give it 5+ bookmarks

If you want to learn more about this book, this series or the author you can on her website at
tonyakappes.com

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Must Read New Book and Series Elementary She Read by Vicki Delany


Elementary, She Read: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by [Delany, Vicki]



Elementary She Read  A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by Vicki Delany is a wonderful beginning to a new series. I totally enjoyed this book. As a big Sherlock Holmes fan I was skeptical whether or not I would like this book but was pleasantly surprised how good it was.

Gemma Doyle runs the Sherlock Book Shop and Emporium in West London on Cape Cod 222 Baker Street (don't you just love the address) and her friend Jayne is part owner with her in Mrs. Hudson's Tea Shop. When a woman hides what might be a priceless magazine with Sherlock's first story in it the fun begins. When Gemma finds it and talks Jayne into going with her to talk to the woman they find her dead and the mystery is on. Can Gemma find the killer and clear her name before she becomes a victim or be arrested by the cranky Det. Estrada or her ex boyfriend Det. Ryan Ashburton has to arrest her for the murder?

This is a fantastic, exceptional cozy mystery. Gemma is smart, intuitive, clever, very observant and a very motivated woman who sometimes gets in over her head because of all these characteristics. Jayne is level headed, smart, very honest and a good friend. Gemma is the Sherlock to Jaynes Dr Watson. The whole time I read this I kept thinking Gemma is so much like Sherlock and Jayne Dr. Watson and it made it fun. The mystery is unique and I love the way that the book keeps weaving in facts about Sherlock and the items that collectors look for as well as the obsession people have with all things Sherlock still. The murders, the mystery of the magazine, and just the shop itself makes up a very interesting book. There are so many ways this mystery could resolve and yet just when you think you have it figured out a wrench, so to speak, is thrown into the cog of your reasoning. I like a book that you can't figure out who the culprit is right off the bat, but that when it is ended you are surprised yet delighted at the outcome. This book is just that.

Besides the wonderful setting of Cape Cod,  the teashop and bookstore the characters combine to make this an excellent  book. I think Gemma could be someone I would love to hang out with. She is so observant, that sometimes it really gets her into trouble. She says in the book, "I'm so clever I chased  away the man who loved me, and my best friend's starting to find me exasperating to be around." Her character and all her quirkiness  is what really helps this to be an exceptional book. Jayne is just naive and honest enough that her and Gemma are opposites yet they make up a good combination and team. This just makes the book flow.What would a book be without a cantankerous policeman to be out to get Gemma and  Det. Estrada fits the bill. She is someone you love to hate and makes for a perfect nemesis for Gemma.  I can see them butt heads in the books to come. Det Ryan Ashburton the long lost love of Gemma adds an extra dimension to the mystery and book. I am hoping that they will pursue a new relationship in books to come too.

So in recap, you have a great mystery,  a unique awesome setting, romance, many suspects and a quirky reason for murder and a surprise ending. It adds up to a book you can't  put down.

This is going to be a new favorite series for me and I can not wait for the next one to come out. If you read only one new series this year I hope you read this book and series, I don't think you will be disappointed.

If you want to learn more about this book and author you can check out her website at
http://vickidelany.com/

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