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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Ready, Scrap, Shoot by Joanna Campbell Slan is the fifth book in the “Kiki Lowenstien Scrap-N-Craft” mystery series. Publisher: Midnight Ink, April 2012
I knew when I started reading this book that I would be on a ride that I did not want to get off. When a shooting occurs at Anya’s school’s May Day celebration and one woman dies, the question being asked is “was she the intended victim or was it Kiki?” which puts Kiki on guard to protect the ones she loves. WOW…this book is awesome. Not only do we have Kiki dodging an enemy or two or three, but she’s also dealing with the plight of her elderly parent, which was the sub-theme in this character-driven mystery. This heart-stomping, adrenaline-pumping mystery grabbed me immediately from the first page to the dramatic conclusion. This is absolutely the best book yet in this wonderfully charming series and I am so looking forward to the next book in this delightfully charged series. The best part about this series is that you don’t have to be a scrapbooker to enjoy this series.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Due Or Die by Jenn McKinlay is the second book in the “Library Lover’s” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, March 2012
I love this series. Knowing that her friend is incapable of murdering her husband, Lindsey starts an investigation into who really wanted this man dead. I really enjoy a mystery that keeps me guessing and first when the killer is revealed and then the motive, I’m like wow…that I didn’t see coming and that is what this delightful book did in taking me on a wonderful journey that I could not put down. The mystery was great, but what I most adore is the relationship and interaction Lindsey has with her friends that brings this character-driven tale to life. This was a fabulously charming read and I can’t wait for the third book in this entertaining series.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Sketch a Falling Star by Sharon Pape is the third book in the “Portrait of Crime” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, March 2012
I love Eloise who finds herself entrenched in Rory’s case without even knowing it. The interplay between Eloise, Rory and Zeke is delightful to watch. In this case, a member of Rory’s Aunt Helene’s acting troupe is accidently killed in a flash flood, or was he? That’s what Rory is seeking the answers and the closer she gets to the finale, danger lurks in the wings. This lighthearted mystery quickly became a page-turner, as I had to know what happens next. What follows are amusing antics as Rory, Zeke and even Hobo learn to live with one another while partnering in their private investigation company. This was a very good read and the best one yet in the fabulously attractive series and I look forward to more adventures with Rory and the gang.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Death Comes Silently by Carolyn Hart is the 22nd book in the “Death on Demand” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley, April 2012
What a great read. After repeated phone calls from a volunteer about being afraid, Annie goes over to the charity shop and discovers the volunteer’s body…murdered. An axe points to a suspect who declares his innocence. With Henny, Annie and Max on the case, there is no escape for this killer. The action started immediately in this well-scripted mystery that I could not put this book down. The mystery kept me guessing and on my toes as I navigated the clues and was caught unawares when the killer was identified. I love the comfortable tone, the small town atmosphere and the lovable yet eccentric cast of characters that are a delight with my annual visit to Broward Rock. I look forward to the next exciting adventures that awaits the Darlings and their friends in this charming and terrific series.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Mix-up In Miniature by Margaret Grace is the sixth book in the “Miniature” mystery series. Publisher: Perseverance Press, April 2012
When Gerry visits famed miniaturist and novelist Varena Young, she delights in being offered one of her miniature homes for a library fundraiser, which is later marred when Varena is found dead. While suspicions falls to Verna’s young protégé, Verna’s daughter seeks Gerry help in solving this murder. This was a fun read that I could not put down. This well-crafted mystery boasts a lovable cast and great conversations in this tale of betrayal and secrets. The loving relationship between Maddie and her grandmother continues to delight me as they look for clues in this puzzling case. This was very enjoyable and I hope to see more of Gerry and Maddie in this wonderfully charming series.