Saturday, July 20, 2019

Review: Curses and Cauldrons: A Paranormal Halloween Mystery Anthology

Curses and Cauldrons: A Paranormal Halloween Mystery Anthology Curses and Cauldrons: A Paranormal Halloween Mystery Anthology by Tegan Maher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am reviewing an arc of Time To Jump by Mona Marple. The story features Felicity from the Witch In Time Mysteries. This time we go back to 1947, New York. I enjoyed reading this story. I thought the author did a great job capturing society at that time. The mystery was excellent, surprising me at the reveal. I loved the ending. I am looking forward to reading the rest, (some of my favorite authors are in this set!), of the stories. I have already preordered it for my fall reading.
*This review will be edited later to include all the stories.*

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Review: Realtor Rub Out A Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery

Realtor Rub Out A Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery Realtor Rub Out A Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had a good time reading this mystery. I was laughing out loud so much that my other half had me reading it to him. I love the characters in this southern cozy mystery series. I’m not from Georgia, where the mystery is set, but the language used took me straight to my younger years. Talk about a series being, “comfort food,” (and look ma! No calories). This series entertains me and soothes me. It is my “comfort reading.”
In this book it is almost time for Lily and Dylan’s wedding. The wedding date become questionable, though, when Belle goes to show a property and finds a body! Will Lily be able to help Dylan solve the crime in time to get married? Or will they need to put it off? With several suspects needing to be checked out, it’s not looking good. I have to tell you, I had a difficult time deciding who did it, ( I might have even chosen wrongly).
If you like southern charm and laughter with deadly mysteries, this is your series. You can read them out of order, as each mystery wraps up, but, for the best enjoyment, I recommend reading in order. The back story continues book to book. If this interests you then check out Deal Gone Dead to get started.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Review: Gingerbread at Moonglow

Gingerbread at Moonglow Gingerbread at Moonglow by Deborah Garner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I adore this series. We return to Timberton and are embraced warmly, once again, by Mist. No matter how stressed or out of sorts I feel, reading the Moonglow Christmas books refreshes and calms me.

In this book Clare, the Professor and Michael have returned. New people are introduced, including ones who came with the people we already know and love. The staff of the Timberton Hotel are also in attendance. There is a special gingerbread house involved this year.

There is no sex, violence or harsh language in the story. There are some absolutely delicious recipes included. I read these books every year and always look forward to a new one. I most definitely recommend this book and series.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Review: Evil Has A Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation

Evil Has A Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation Evil Has A Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation by Paul Holes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Listening to this book was definitely different for me with all the different voices. The story of the crimes and investigations was interesting and would have kept me reading. What made this book unique for me was knowing some of the victims were telling their stories. As difficult as that was to listen to, I could not stop. They deserve to be heard. I had chills more than once and tears stained my face. I wasn’t expecting to hear from them. I appreciated the end of the book, when we got to hear an update from them.
I found the investigation to be very interesting. These crimes were committed in the seventies and eighties. DNA evidence was just beginning to be widely used. I found it fascinating to hear how genealogy played a part in discovering who the Golden State Killer was. I appreciate the law enforcement members who worked so long on this case. It was easy to feel their frustration as time went on. I didn’t know very much about this criminal. Yes, I know his name. I prefer not to use it. I found the book to be gripping. I wI’ll be recommending it to my friends who like crime books.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Review: The Wishing Cradle

The Wishing Cradle The Wishing Cradle by Donna Walo Clancy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a lovely story! I’m delighted that I came across this book. It has wonderful characters along with plenty of drama and romance. It started off with domestic violence and I wasn’t certain I was ready for that. But Sophie had me hooked and the story flowed easily. The domestic violence did cause me a few twitches as I remembered my own experiences while pregnant with my oldest daughter. But the author didn’t get too graphic or violent though there were consequences. I like that she kept it real, especially with Sophie and her memories. The book held a few surprises and took some twists and turns. I absolutely adored Riley. I recommend this book especially if you are looking for something a bit dark set partially at Christmas time. I was expecting something kind of light and was delightfully surprised with a deeper story.
This is a page turner that normally would have taken me a few hours to read; I’m thinking about 4 hours max. I was being treated for severe pain though so it took much longer.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Review: A Charming Misfortune

A Charming Misfortune A Charming Misfortune by Tonya Kappes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my favorite book of the Magical Cures Series by Tonya Kappes. This series should be read in order for greatest enjoyment. I had a bit of a time getting into this series. I am happy I stayed with it as, with each book, the series improved. I enjoy the characters in Whispering Falls. June is one of my favorite characters. The town of Whispering Falls is full of magical beings. There are some quirky characters living in this town. I loved the mystery in this book. I thought the suspect was well hidden. And the ending! Something unexpected for me!
If you are not into paranormal cozy mysteries I would recommend you to check out a different series by Tonya Kappes. She is a prolific writer. Her series are fun to read, filled with interesting characters and charming towns you want to visit. If you like strange happenings that can’t be explained, Magical Cures could be your series.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Review: Things You Save in a Fire

Things You Save in a Fire Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of my favorite books this year. It has a few layers to it. The story of a mother seeking to make amends with a daughter she left behind when she left her marriage. The story of a female firefighter trying to make her way in a job she loves but one that is primarily male dominated. And then the story of two young firefighters finding romance. I love Cassie. She is so strong, brave and flawed. I don’t want to go into details because the story is so good, I want you to read the book. If I start talking about the things that touched me, what made me angry, what made me laugh and what made me sigh, happily, I know I will tell too much. If you have a book club, you definitely want this book on the list. There is so much to discuss! If you aren’t in a book club, read it and send me a message. I’ll discuss it with you. Or find a buddy reader. Just read this book. It is one of the most interesting books I have read this year.
I read an advanced reader’s copy that I won. My understanding is that a discussion guide will be available online. I will be looking for that. I keep a notebook just to write down my answers and thoughts. I find that entertaining. I probably should find a local book club but, as an introvert, this fits me. Put this book on your TBR and look for it’s release in August.

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Review: The Haunting of Merci Hospital

The Haunting of Merci Hospital The Haunting of Merci Hospital by Tanya R. Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This turned into a nice surprise for me. I have enjoyed ghost stories and tales of haunts since I was a child. I can remember being in the backseat with my cousins just as it was getting dark out. My aunts were in the front seat talking about all the haunted places in the holler. It was delightfully scary and goosebumps would pop upon our skin. We would be showing our arms to each other with eyes wide open when all of a sudden my aunts would start screaming and shouting for us to hide in the floor because the haunts were after us. One of the best memories from my childhood. Haha. It is what set the bar for so high for ghost stories. Consequently, I read a lot of “haunting” books but am not always entertained by them. I’m happy to say I was entertained by this one. The author told the story straight with the appropriate amount of details to the setting. There were parts that chilled me. It was a fast paced story. Definitely a good tale for a gloomy afternoon. I read this book through the Kindle Unlimited program.

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Review: Curses and Cauldrons: A Paranormal Halloween Mystery Anthology

Curses and Cauldrons: A Paranormal Halloween Mystery Anthology by Tegan Maher My rating: 5 of 5 stars I ...