Monday, February 18, 2019

Review: A Charming Blend: A Magical Cures Mystery and A Killer Coffee Mystery Crossover Mystery

A Charming Blend: A Magical Cures Mystery and A Killer Coffee Mystery Crossover Mystery A Charming Blend: A Magical Cures Mystery and A Killer Coffee Mystery Crossover Mystery by Tonya Kappes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Charming Blend by Tonya Kappes features a blend between Roxy and Patrick from the Killer Coffee Series and June Heal from the Magical Cures Series. If you aren’t familiar with the two series, I’m sure this book will have your interest peaking. If you are familiar with them, you might want to catch up a bit with the Killer Coffee series. This blend has a spoiler if you are not caught up.
Roxy and Patrick have left Honey Springs to visit the town of Whispering Falls. Love is in the air and mixing with magic. Sassy and Pepper are with them and Mr Prince Charming can be found at A Charming Cure. They add some furry shenanigans to the fun. Of course, some favorites from the Magical Cures Series make appearances as well as a dead body.
The story is told from alternate viewpoints, first Roxy then June. The name of the narrator is listed at the beginning of each chapter so you can easily check if you need to. The setting is at Christmas, which is one of my favorite times. The story is a fun, quick and easy read. It is a light but complete mystery. I really enjoyed the blending of the series. I am looking forward to seeing June and Roxy together again so I am truly hoping there is more crossing over to be done.
I first read this story as part of Cozy Christmas Crimes - A Cozy Christmas Box Set. I am pleased to see the story offered individually. I voluntarily reviewed this book after enjoying it a second time.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Review: Game Players

Game Players Game Players by Anita Waller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the third book I have read by the author. In this one, a group of children are involved. After they witness a drug dealer bury some drugs things go down hill. This book was full of twists and surprises. There is violence with children involved, so please consider that when choosing to read it. I know that some have a difficult time with that. I dislike it but have to admit, for this story, it fit. I felt the author portrayed the children accurately. I didn’t really like most of the adults and don’t think the author wanted me to. I would recommend the book to readers of crime and those who like thrillers. I expect I will be reading more from this author.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Review: Motorhomes, Maps, & Murder

Motorhomes, Maps, & Murder Motorhomes, Maps, & Murder by Tonya Kappes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Motorhomes, Maps and Murder is the 5th book in the Tonya Kappes series, “A Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery.” It is not necessary to read the books in order as each has its own completed mystery. It is my recommendation that you do. The world building is ongoing with characters changing slightly with the books, (mostly adding a character or two). You will understand the relationships easier when read in order. Ms. Kappes does include a quick update that is woven so well into the story those familiar with the series will enjoy it as much as newcomers.
This series is one of my favorites. Perhaps it is because I spent so much time as a child in Southeast Kentucky where the story is set. My family were big campers, too. I can vividly picture the fictional town and campground. Ms. Kappes does a wonderful job painting the town and campground within the very real and beautiful Daniel Boone National Park. The characters are well written, each with their own personality that are very relatable. You quickly become friends with owner and narrator, Mae West, the Laundry Club gals and others from the town. There is a romance blossoming as an ongoing secondary story. If you enjoy romance mixed in your cozy, you will definitely want to read the series in order. This book is set during the spring time when a Civil War re-enactment and an after party are set to go. The citizens of Normal are ready to participate and Happy Trails campground is filling up with spectators. The only thing not planned are a prison break, murder and a major theft that threatens not only the re-enactment and the good people of Normal but also Mae and Happy Trails! Hunky Detective Hank Sharp is on it and wants Mae to stay out of it but sometimes fate just decides differently.
At the end of the book there are some camping hacks and a couple of recipes. I’m planning on making those gooey cinnamon buns in the morning. I’m also thinking of trying, in home, the hack for the omelet recipe just because it sounds interesting.
I highly recommend this fun book and the series to cozy mystery lovers.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced, unpolished, electronic copy of this book. I am purchasing a finished copy because I enjoyed it so much, (and because I want a completed set of this series. It is one I know I will read again).

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Review: Ginny Moon

Ginny Moon Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a difficult book for me to read. First, there are children in my family who are autistic. Second, abuse, child abuse, hits me hard. I have personal experience with it. To have a main character dealing with both..I knew it was going to be difficult. There is out right child abuse and implied possible sexual abuse. From my experience, I believe sexual abuse happened. Fortunately the author of this book knew how to get the point across with having to detail it. I am grateful.
This book had me emotionally distraught a lot. I was angry at Gloria and even Crystal. I expected to be angry with them. I didn’t exactly expect to be angry with Maura. I was though, even when I could understand why, I was a bit angry at her. It is a heartbreaking story that is, unfortunately, very realistic. In the end it is triumphant but the road there was not one very many can walk.
I did find myself, at times, forgetting the age of Ginny. She thinks much younger than her physical age. Some may say it is her autism. Other the abuse she suffered. I think, perhaps, the two mixed together. This is a case where early childhood home setting interrupted the child’s growth. I was feeling, for awhile, that every adult was failing Ginny.
If you are looking for a book about a child’s experience on the autism spectrum, this one might not be what you are looking for. The child was influenced by neglect and abuse as much as the autism. However I do think it is a book worth reading. The author does do a very good job with portraying autism. I think he did well blending the neglect and child abuse with the autism. This book, in my opinion, makes an excellent choice for book clubs or buddy reads. It is a book you want to discuss. I know I do.

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Review: 34 Days

34 Days 34 Days by Anita Waller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! I don’t want to take a chance and accidentally spill something with my review. This story was a surprise. I found myself holding my breath in so many places! There were many surprises and some shocks. Even the part where I knew what was going to happen, I was glued to it. If you enjoy thrillers, especially those that deal with family life, get this book! Actually get this and Strategy. They go together. This book ends but Strategy picks up what happens next in their lives. I haven’t read that one yet but when I reached the end and saw another part was available, I wanted to start it immediately. I’m betting you will too.
The book is British but I had no problems with it, (I’m American). I didn’t come across any words I needed to look up. Maybe because I have British friends or because I enjoy many British authors? I even enjoyed, and was able to picture in my mind, the football game.
Personal note: I would have read it much faster but my Dad was in the hospital so, of course, he came first. This is a definite page turner that you will have a hard time putting down. My advice, make some free time.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Review: Before She Knew Him

Before She Knew Him Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is starting out to be an amazing year for books! I won an ARC of this book. It is the first book I have read by Peter Swanson. I want to go read every book he has written now.

Before She Knew Him was one of the best games of cat and mouse I have read. If you have read the synopsis then you know what the book is about. I’m not going to rewrite it here. Nor am I going to tell you much other than do not miss out on reading this book! I want you, my book loving friend, to enjoy every twist and turn just as I did. I want you to feel your heart pound and your mouth go dry. I want you to enjoy every moment of discovery. Go find the giveaways and enter for the ARC’s. Go talk to your librarian and request a copy. Put your name on the list early. Preorder the book if you can. Circle March 2019 and write a note on it to remind yourself to buy it, if you can’t preorder. Then buy your favorite drink and snacks. Prepare yourself for an entire day of reading, (how I wish I had known to do this). Once you start reading you won’t be able to stop. It will transport you and hold you captive until the final page. You really don’t want to miss this one.
You might not want to read this alone, especially at night. You might find yourself thinking over your neighbors and exactly how well you know them. You might find yourself staring a bit into your friends faces for awhile. Book hazards. *shrug*

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Review: Hightail It to Kinsey Falls

I listened to this book on Audible. The narrator was fantastic. I really enjoyed this recording. The story was interesting and fun! I learned some things I didn’t know. I love the characters. I even enjoyed the author notes and acknowledgments. I do recommend this book! Read it. Especially if you love wildlife. Possum. I had a good time with this and I think you will to. I can’t wait to read more of this story.

Review: A Charming Blend: A Magical Cures Mystery and A Killer Coffee Mystery Crossover Mystery

A Charming Blend: A Magical Cures Mystery and A Killer Coffee Mystery Crossover Mystery by Tonya Kappes My rating: 5 o...