Murder in the First Edition

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Murder in the First Edition by Lauren Elliott is the third book in Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery series. While the book wasn’t a page turner it was a easy and enjoyable read. Yes, there was a murder but it will not have you hiding under the bed. You get characters who are likable and a murder to solve. All the time you are trying to find out who the murderer is and which man Addie is going to pick.

I would like to thank Lauren Eliott, Kensington Publishing and Net Galley for this book in exchange for an honest review.





Spring House

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I want to thank NetGalley, Mary Ellen Taylor and Montlake for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

This book has it all, romance, mystery, family history and lots of secrets. It was written in current time and the past. At first I thought it would be hard to read but it was a very easy and enjoyable book. The fact that it was the second book in a series wasn’t a problem either. If anything it convinced me to read the first book, Winter Cottage.

While Megan is renovating a house she finds letters written by Diane during the early 1900’s. Diane’s mother died when she very young. Her father sent her to live with a Mrs. LeBlanc, a shady woman who took Diane to France. The letters reveal the story of her life.

At the same time she was reading the letters Megan was dealing with problems and changes in her own life. There is a dead man, a live man, a teenager, a best friend, a baby and a busybody almost mother in law.

This is a really good book. I highly recommend it.





All Eyes on Me (A Miranda and Parker Mystery Book 1)

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I would like to thank the publishers for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

While I enjoyed the book and it was a good story there were parts that did not seem to be believable. There was too much that would never happen in the real world. The police would never hire PI’s to investigate a murder, especially a high profile case or allow the PI’s to conduct a press briefing on their behalf. There were some places that I was thinking they should just get on with it. The scene in the casino was a complete waste of time and no way believable. If the author had stuck to the murder and who did it the story would have been better. The idea was great.

The end was good. I never saw that coming and it was a surprise. However, it could have been a little shorter. The walk around the neighborhood could have been cut in half.

At the end, I was glad I read the book.





Absolution

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I would like to thank Netgalley and the Publishers for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.

When I started this book I was not aware it was the second book in a series. After a few chapters I was ready to put the book down. That is something I never do. It was obvious that there was another book before this one and the first book, Twist of Faith, had to be read if you wanted to understand the second one. A short look in my Kindle and that problem was solved. I didn’t even remember buying the first one.

The second trip to Absolution was much easier to read. However, you still have to stay on your toes. There are lots of twists and turns, names, and characters along with several murders. This is not an easy read. The author also chose to give most of the main people a name that is similar and starts with an “A” and the two main women in Russell’s life are Juliette and Joanne. 

Most of the characters had some serious mental problems or was just straight out evil. Russell seemed to be into porn and poor Joanne was just a good friend and busy body who got caught up in the mayhem. 

The book is good and I am glad I read it. I will also buy the next one. I couldn’t give it a 5 star simply because it was hard to read at times. 





Bathed in Prayer: Father Tim’s Prayers, Sermons, and Reflections from the Mitford Series

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Release on October 30

If you love the Mitford Series this is a most buy. The series of 14 novels brings you into the lives of the people who live in Mitford. The main character is Father Tim, an Episcopal Priest.  In this book, we can read his prayers, sermons and his favorite passages that make up who he is. The people of Mitford also give us some advice. Ms. Karon even allows us a look at her own faith.

 

 

Apparent Wind

Apparent Wind

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This was another great book in Dawn’s Forgotten Coast Series. Maggie and her fellow policemen are searching for a killer who strangled a woman and threw her in the bay. There are several suspects, few twists to keep you interested. The story moves nicely even with Maggie dealing with a few personal problems.

 

 

A Steep Price

A Steep Price

The Tracy Crosswhite Series #6

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This is a great addition to the stellar Detective Tracy Crosswhite and the Violent Crime Unit series based in Seattle, Washington. There are two story lines that dominate this book. The pregnant Tracy finds herself immersed in a court trial as a witness, but responds when a colleague tells her about a missing person case. Washington University medical student and aspiring pediatrician, Kavita Mukherjee has disappeared, and Tracy’s gut instinct tells her there is more to the case, besides she has a personal reason that drives her to investigate, irrespective of the obstacles placed in her path. Vic Fazzio and Del Castigliano focus on the killing of a local mother and activist, unhappy at the state of the drug infested, high crime neighborhood of South Park. The narrative focuses on the issues of crime, race, drugs, poverty and how it blights lives, culture and traditional expectations of young Indian women, health scares, pregnancy issues and secrets, and where nothing is as it appears.

The Tracy Crosswhite Series

The Tracy Crosswhite Series

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Daisy Gumm Majesty Mysteries Box Set

The Daisy Gumm Majesty Boxset

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In 1920s Pasadena, Daisy Gumm is a fake spiritualist to the wealthy and gullible — but a very real investigator when mysteries arise!

“The Daisy Gumm Majesty Boxset” is a delightful cozy mystery with a charmingly funny heroine, set in post World War I Southern California.

As is rare in novels like these, the grammar police will not be busting the author, Mary Alice Duncan, any time soon!