Review: Secrets Untold

Secrets Untold by Brooklyn Shivers I was offered a complimentary copy of this book by the author and after reading the premise, I was hooked. Lily Thomas runs an ice cream shop with her mom, Rose. After Lily has frightening visions of her mom’s murder, it sadly comes true one horrifying day. After the police close the case as a burglary gone wrong, Lily knows it’s up to her to find her mom’s killer. Although a novella, there was a rich amount of detail to set the scene. I felt like I really got to know Lily, I really felt … Continue reading Review: Secrets Untold

Review: The Cats that Stole a Million

The Cats that Stole a Million by Karen Anne Golden It took me awhile to get into this one, the first half of the book just wasn’t holding my interest.  Although it had a great plot, it just seemed a little unfocused; it didn’t flow as well as the other books in the series. As I said, the plot was great.  Katz’s old school friend Madison shows up unexpectedly on her doorstep after her plane was diverted from Chicago to Indianapolis.  Russian mobsters, a missing package and lots of bullets ensue, all in the midst of a blizzard.  While the … Continue reading Review: The Cats that Stole a Million

Review: A Story to Kill

A Story to Kill by Lynn Cahoon Small town secrets lead to murder in A Story to Kill, the first in the Cat Latimer series combines a superb plot with a dash of humor and a sprinkling of romance. I’m a big fan of the Lynn Cahoon’s wonderful Tourist Trap Mysteries series, so I was excited to read this one. Set in a small college town in Colorado, author Cat Latimer returning from California after inheriting a big Victorian house from her ex-husband. Cat and BFF Shauna decide to turn the home into a B&B for writers. During the inaugural … Continue reading Review: A Story to Kill

Review: The Woman in Blue

The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths An ethereal vision of a woman in blue in a graveyard one night leads to the body of a beautiful young model found dead in a ditch.  DI Nelson and his crew  find themselves in a new investigation to find who is strangling blonde women in the medieval pilgrimage town of Little Walsingham. At the same time, Ruth is contacted by an old university friend who requests Ruth’s help in tracking down the author of several threatening letters. I really enjoyed this latest installment in the Ruth Galloway series. The main plot, the … Continue reading Review: The Woman in Blue

Review: Leading the Blind

Leading the Blind: A Century of Guide Book Travel by Alan Sillitoe “If the traveler will have a third golden maxim for his guidance it may be, “When fatigue begins, enjoyment ceases.” – Alan Sillitoe, Leading the Blind I requested this book from Netgalley because I was intrigued about tourism in the nineteenth and early 20th century. And I wasn’t disappointed, this well researched book details several of the popular travel guides of that period and highlights how little the vagaries of travel have changed, and yet how much it changed the world. After the industrial revolution created an affluent … Continue reading Review: Leading the Blind

Review: The Black Cat Knocks on Wood

The Black Cat Knocks on Wood by Kay Finch The Black Cat Knocks on Wood the second book in the Black Cat Mystery series has Sabrina, hard at work on her second book, sidetracked when a local realtor is found dead and Aunt Rowe’s BFF Pearl is a suspect. Sabrina is compelled (re: emotionally blackmailed) to investigate with the help of her trusty feline sidekick, Hitchcock. There was a lot to like about this book; the black cat adoption event was a cute idea, as was the senior rodeo (it would be a hoot to see Aunt Rowe and her … Continue reading Review: The Black Cat Knocks on Wood

Review: The Truth Is Beyond Belief

The Truth Is Beyond Belief: Some thoughts to make you think about the power of your thoughts. by Jerry Durr When I requested this book from Netgalley, the description was vague enough to make me curious to see what the book was about. The Truth is Beyond Belief is a short book of Christian inspirational messages meant to enlighten and relax the reader and would be ideal as an audiobook for use in meditation. While the subject matter was not that interesting to me, the book was well written and relaxing to read. I think this book will appeal to … Continue reading Review: The Truth Is Beyond Belief

Review: Death, Guns, and Sticky Buns

Death, Guns, and Sticky Buns by Valerie S. Malmont Death, Guns and Sticky Buns is the 3rd book in the Tori Miracle series. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a copy of the second book, which wasn’t a huge problem but this book would’ve flowed a little better if I had. There are a few references to it sprinkled around that didn’t confuse the story in this book.  For me, I like reading a series in order, so I was a bit put out. Tori, a recent transplant to rural Pennsylvania from New York City, is still adjusting to small town life.  … Continue reading Review: Death, Guns, and Sticky Buns

Review: Engaged in Danger: A Jamie Quinn Mystery

Engaged in Danger: A Jamie Quinn Mystery by Barbara Venkataraman Entertaining and amusing, the Jamie Quinn series has intriguing plots, lots of laughs, great characters, and packed with action. Jamie Quinn, a South Florida divorce attorney with a knack for finding herself in trouble, has her hands full in Engaged in Danger. After Jamie is contacted by a woman wanting to divorce her husband, a well-connected lawyer, Jamie enlists the help of BFF Grace and PI Duke in what will be a difficult court battle. As they work to build their case, they uncover evidence of financial crimes, Russian mobsters … Continue reading Review: Engaged in Danger: A Jamie Quinn Mystery

Review: Two Birds with One Stone

Two Birds with One Stone by Sigrid Vansandt Not a bad book.. You know that episode of the Golden Girls where they go to a murder mystery weekend? The book was kind of like that, but without Blanche and Rose, it just wasn’t as funny. On one hand, it was a fun, quick read. On the other hand, the first half of the book was hard for me to get into and I nearly DNF’ed it. It was one of those where the story really didn’t pick up until about halfway through the book. I’m glad I gave it a … Continue reading Review: Two Birds with One Stone