2021 Holiday Theme Read Nov. 1 – Jan 2

Guys, I’m so excited about this! With help from the r/CozyMystery Discord, we came up with a great Holiday theme read to put everyone in the Holiday mood. You can download and print out the theme read card or, do what I do – import it into Canva or Photoshop and add each book you’ve read as you finish it. You don’t have to be a member of the Discord or Reddit group, you can follow along and use hashtag #2021HolidayReads in social media or review posts. Below you’ll find links to the Reddit posts with ideas and book recommendations for each category:

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Well-Offed in Vermont (Vermont Country Living #1)

Stella and Nick move from NYC to rural Vermont when Nick gets his dream job as a forest ranger. Within minutes of arriving at their newly purchased home, the discover a body in the well. Barred from their house by the investigation, they take refuge at a deer camp with no running water or electricity and decide to solve the murder so they can unload their moving truck and get settled in their new home. Continue reading Well-Offed in Vermont (Vermont Country Living #1)

Hemlock for the Holidays A Fine Art Mystery #3

Hemlock for the Holidays
A Fine Art Mystery #3
by Paula Darnell

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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I picked this one up for the r/CozyMystery Plant in the Title square on book bingo (I’m still not 100% sure if Hemlock is a flower or a plant. All I could come up with was “flowering plant” which didn’t tell me much!) This is the third book in the series, but I’d say it can easily be read as a standalone, as any mentions of prior events didn’t hamper my enjoyment or understanding. But, it was so good, I will be reading the earlier books.

This was a nice, easy read with an enjoyable community of characters, a twisty plot and all the joy of Christmas. Lonesome Valley is a typical small town where everyone knows everyone else’s business and Amanda relies on her close knit group of friends to catch her up on the backstories of the townspeople. (I’m going to quote Mint’s review, “...the town is charming, yet flawed, adding a realistic touch to the story” and I agree completely!) I have to say, in this one, the people definitely outshone the plot, which isn’t to say the plot wasn’t good (it was!) but for once I enjoyed the people more. Usually I’m all about the solving, but I just liked hanging out with Amanda and the other characters so much, I wasn’t even trying to solve the mystery. Overall, a great read and I look forward to returning to Lonesome Valley!

Published August 5, 2021 by ‎ Campbell and Rogers Press

CautionSpoiler below reveals the ending, so don’t click on it if you don’t want it spoiled:

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Murder in the Mystery Suite (Book Retreat Mysteries #1)

I was scouting around looking for a book for the r/CozyMystery Online Referral book bingo square and BeachbumBookworm swooped in on Discord with this recommendation. It had all the things I like in a cozy mystery; a deftly written plot, likeable characters, secrets (I love secret anything in books!) and the absence of tropes. Perfect! Continue reading Murder in the Mystery Suite (Book Retreat Mysteries #1)

Sorry….

..for the review dump today, I realized this morning that I’ve been way too lazy keeping this updated. Within the last week, I managed to bring myself to only 3 books behind schedule in my Goodreads 2021 reading challenge, and I’m happy about that (at one point I was 9 books behind. Yeesh.). And I’ve finally filled one row on my r/CozyMystery book bingo and overall I’m doing well on completing it on schedule. This Gideon Oliver series definitely put a fire under me, they’re such great books and I realized it gives me an Alex Delaware kind of vibe … Continue reading Sorry….

Tall Tails Secret Book Club (Secret Library #1)

Tall Tails Secret Book Club (Secret Library #1)by CeeCee James I don’t know where I first heard about this book, but it had all the things that light my fire. An old crumbling mansion, secret passageways and a secret garden, and a cat. What more could you want? Plus it was 99 cents on Amazon, great book for a great price! And overall I did enjoy it, but I have to say this one is more cozy than mystery. It wasn’t until halfway through the book that I realized that the murder I was expecting already happened earlier in the … Continue reading Tall Tails Secret Book Club (Secret Library #1)