Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Lost Traveller
by Sheila Connelly

As American Maura Donovan continues to deal with the intricacies of owning and running an Irish pub, a wrench is thrown into the works when she discovers a body at the bottom of the ravine that just happens to be part of her property.  Real problems arise when it is apparent no one know who the victim is or where he came from.  Unfortunately, this lack of information weighs heavily on Maura as it begins to impact the clientele of the pub.

Having read all the County Cork series by Connelly, I can only say they get more interesting every time.  Not only do I enjoy the characters of this series, I can get behind many of the insecurities Maura experiences trying to figure out her life in a different country.  The plots of her books are structured and read at an even pace.  She doesn’t feel the need to fill it with unrealistic drama but keeps the storylines contemporary and interesting.  I look forward to the next one.
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I would like to thank the publishers and NetGalley for their generosity in allowing me access to the digital Advanced Reader’s Copy for my honest review.

PUB:  Crooked Lane Books
PUB DATE:  January 8, 2019
ISBN:  9781683318903

Genre:  Cozy Mystery

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Blood is Blood
By Will Thomas
Reading a new installment of a series is always exciting.  You connect with old friends and familiar characters.  Changes are coming about at the Enquiry Agency run by Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn.  Surprisingly, most are not brought on by the explosion that knocked the floor out from under the two detectives.  However, with Cyrus in hospital suffering a crushed leg, Thomas has his hands full to deduce who the culprit or culprits responsible for this disaster and things get more complicated when Caleb Barker shows up on the agency’s doorstep.  With his wedding mere days away, Thomas finds himself trying to tie up this case quickly but others have different ideas.

As a lover of historical mysteries, the Barker & Llewelyn series hits all the marks.  In the latest, Thomas gives Llewelyn the lead and manages to keep you guessing.  This novel has more turns, twists, and dead ends than a hedge maze.  Along with these he tosses in the upcoming nuptials of Llewelyn and his lovely Rebecca.  This is an engaging and exciting novel.  It is filled with characters that are both quirky and serious in their endeavors.  Don’t let your guard down.
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I wish to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing an Advanced Reader’s Copy for my honest review and no monetary compensation was provided for my review.

PUB:  St Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books
PUB DATE:   November 13, 2018
ISBN:  9781250170385

Genre:  Historical Mystery

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Thread Herrings: A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery
by Lea Wait

Angie Curtis’s friend and antique dealer, Sarah Byrne, has invited her along to her first antique auction.  There are several very nice antique needlepoints at the auction but a heavily damaged coat of arms catches Angie’s eye.  She’s the only bidder on the piece and when she removes the frame from it she discovers a document that will lead to murder and put her life in danger.

I have enjoyed every sojourn into Haven Harbor, ME.  Wait’s cozy mystery series gives you a community you wish you were a citizen.  However, she’s not above bumping off one of those you have become familiar.  Even though it is considered a cozy, the events can be very dangerous.  She’s not afraid to put her protagonist into harms way. I’m always sad when one comes to an end.  The end to this installment seemed rushed to me.  I believe it’s because I read the book in one sitting.  I still enjoyed it and want another next week.    #ThreadHerrings   #MainelyNeedlepoint  #NetGalley

I wish to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing an Advanced Reader’s Copy for my honest review and no monetary compensation was provided for my review.

PUB:  Kensington
PUB DATE:  October 30, 2018
ISBN:  9781496716712

Genre:  Cozy Mystery

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Confectioner’s Guild
by Claire Luana

Wren’s beginnings were rough.  When she was rescued by Master Oldrick and trained in the confectionary shop, she knew she had a special touch when it came to her creations.  Unfortunately, when one of her cupcakes is used to murder she will learn that help and support can come from the most unexpected people and the face of friendship can be hiding evil.

Luana is serving up a fresh and creative fantasy world that will hook fans of all ages.  Her world building is imaginative and wonderous.  The first novel, in a promised three volume series, will not disappoint.  Filled with grandeur and marvels that shadow the darkness, readers will begin this and not put it down until the final page.  She delivers romance, intrigue, and descriptions of confections that make you want to nibble throughout the book.  So satisfying.  Grab it as soon as you can.  Unfortunately, this is currently on available in ebook format.  Hopefully the publisher will release it in print and make it available for everyone.  It is really worth it.
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I wish to thank the publisher and NetGalley for access to the Advanced Reader’s Copy for my honest review.

PUB:  Live Edge Publishing
PUB DATE:  October 23, 2018
ISBN:  9780997701883 – ebook

Genre:  Fantasy, Mystery

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Carols and Chaos
by Cindy Antsy

When Kate Darby’s eyes first set upon Matt Harlow, it alighted a little spark.  What she wanted to keep to a fun holiday flirt slowly turned into a warmth that would run through her whole being.  As the two are tossed into a week of chaotic holiday preparations, they are also taxed with ferreting out the disappearance of a fellow staff member and the mystery surrounding a counterfeit coin.

I’m not sure if this will continue to be a series, but it certainly is a fun duo.  In Antsy’s first installment, Suitors and Sabotage, she introduces us to the Chively, Beeswanger, and Steeple families.  She follows that fun, romantic mystery with this lively addition giving us a peek at the people that run the three households of these families.  It’s a bit Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs.  Though the teen audience won’t have any recollection of Upstairs, Downstairs, they will delight in this story.  Filled with budding romance and nail-biting tension it will certainly be a great read during the holiday season.  Pour the hot chocolate and bundle up for a very satisfying read.
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PUB:  Macmillan Children’s Pub/Swoon Reads
PUB DATE:  October 9, 2018
ISBN:  9781250174871

GENRE:  Historical Romance/Mystery

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Little Shop of Found Things
By Paula Brackston

The exciting thing about finding special items in a vintage shop is knowing that item has been around long before you found it and it has a past.  We often must make up a past or imagine what travels the item has been on, but not so for Xanthe.  She has a special gift that allows certain items to ‘speak’ to her.  When she attends an estate sale with her mother, a silver chatelaine calls to her. While exploring the grounds of their new shop, she discovers a small shed like building towards the rear that fills her with the feeling of dread and despair.  Crossing through the door, she is pulled into the past and witnesses the cries of a young girl being spirited away in a coach.  Upon Xanthe’s return to the present, she is confronted by the ghost of Margaret Merton, mother to the young girl Xanthe has just seen.  Margaret threatens Xanthe’s mother’s life if she doesn’t return to the past and help save her daughter.  Carrying the chatelaine with her, she must go back to 1605 and figure out what led up to the arrest of Margaret’s daughter and discover a way to save her, to keep Margaret from harming her mother.
For fans of time travel fiction, this one even mixes in the theme of the ghost.  Filled with adventure and romance, Brackston has managed to check many boxes in the fiction genre. I’m a huge fan of scouring vintage marketplaces for treasures and she even checked that box for me.  This is a very satisfying book to escape into and I will gladly recommend it to teen readers as well as adult. 
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PUB:  St. Martin’s Press
PUB DATE:  October 2, 2018
ISBN:  9781250072436

Genre:  Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Hollow of Fear
by Sherry Thomas

Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, finds herself embroiled with Lord Ingram again as a body is discovered on his estate, Stern Hollow, while playing host to a house full of unexpected guests.  

This is my first foray into the Lady Sherlock mysteries and though I enjoyed the overall story, I found myself at a loss often.  This is the third volume and there are references to previous occurrences that are not made clear, leaving the reader to their own devices to fill in the blanks.  The mystery at the root of this volume is cleverly plotted and engaging, but again, it has history in previous installments.  As much as I enjoyed this, I would encourage others to begin at the beginning with A Study in Scarlet Women.  I personally would like to learn what is at the bottom of the animosity Charlotte holds against her parents.  Guess I’ll be adding two more titles to my ‘To Be Read’ list.  This should be added to library collections that contain the first two volumes.
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PUB:  Berkley Publishing
PUB DATE:  October 2, 2018
ISBN:  9780425281420

Genre:  Historical Fiction, Mystery