[ARC Review] Left Fur Dead

Jules & Bun Mystery #1 by J. M. Griffin
Published on: June 25, 2019
4-stars-1

Left Fur Dead

Left Fur Dead is the first in a new cozy mystery series by J.M. Griffin. The book series is about Jules, the owner of Fur Bridge Farm, who cares for rabbits that have been rescued as well as raises rabbits and finds good homes for them and Bun, the black-and-white rabbit, who can talk to Jules through mental telepathy. The story starts when Jules and Bun find the body of Arty Freeman, but the mystery continues when trespassers and other unusual things keep occurring at Fur Bridge Farm.

In general, the story mostly centers around Fur Bridge Farm and those who work there as well as those from the community who have reason to interact with the farm. And while it is a animal rescue/rehab farm, it also has a little store where yarn is sold and a veterinarian that helps out too. The book itself is a cute, fun, and light read that was enjoyable from the start. The main character, Jules, does manage to get in a few predicaments on occasion, but she also has a wide network of friends and allies for support. In addition, because Jules work engages her with many different individuals throughout the community, there is a wide range of opportunities for future books. Overall, I found the dynamic between Jules and Bun kept me entertained and interested – as Bun was able to be a good source of information and a good lookout for Jules, but Jules also found him exasperating a few times too. All in all, I found this book rather enjoyable and can definitely recommend.

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Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Books for the book for the advanced reader copy.

Among the Mad

Maisie Dobbs #6 by Jacqueline Winspear
Published on:  April 1, 2010
5-stars

Among the Mad

In Among the Mad, Maisie Dobbs is out on a busy street with her employee on Christmas Eve when she witnesses a WWI veteran commit suicide. The next day a letter is received addressed to the Prime Minister indicating there will be more loss of life unless something is done to help these veterans; however, the letter goes on to mention Maisie by name. Scotland Yard’s Special Branch calls Maisie and the detective work begins.

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The Burning Issue of the Day

Lady Hardcastle Mysteries #5 by T.E. Kinsey
Published on:  April 18, 2019
4-stars-1

Burning IssueI love a book that makes you smile while reading it and then leaves a smile long after.

“We should at least be able to secure a conviction for cruelty to books.” – Flo

Summary
January 1910. A journalist has been killed in a suspicious blaze. Everything points to a group of suffragettes, but the apparent culprit insists she is innocent.

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An Incomplete Revenge

Maisie Dobbs #5 by Jacqueline Winspear
Published on: April 1, 2010
4-stars-1

Maisie Dobbs 5An Incomplete Revenge is my first Jacqueline Winspear and Maisie Dobbs novel. I checked Maisie #5 out from my local library and listened to the audio book version and did not technically “read” the book, which possibly alters my response to the book, but I really hope not.

In the story, Maisie investigates specific matters for a potential land purchase. As she investigates she interviews various villagers of Heronsdene in regards to two main themes: Random fires that occur on an annual basis and a Zepplin encounter that occurred during the war. But Maisie also has a private life outside of investigating and that story is told as well.

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A Deadly Course

Sugarbury Falls Mystery #1 by Diane Weiner
Published on:  September 2, 2016
3 stars

A Deadly CourseFirst, I want to say I enjoyed this book. Sometimes giving a book 3 stars might give a bad impression. That’s not the case – I liked the book. I liked the characters and the town and the story, but there were a few things that weighed it down while I was reading it, which is how I came to give it 3 stars.

Sometimes when I read a book it starts dragging or slows down somewhere in the middle. As a reader I will wish there was some action or additional subplot to catch my attention and speed things up. But that is not the case with this story. One of the things I kept wishing for or wanting in the story was for it to slow down. The author has carefully crafted her plot, her victim(s), her suspects, her locations, but I felt that we went from point to point too fast. However, it got me to thinking that perhaps it wasn’t too fast, but instead there wasn’t enough prose or breathing room between plot points. Leading me to then think that what I felt it needed was better transitions, although I still would like some room to breathe and think between plot moments.

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