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Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3

by Barbara Venkataraman
Published on: September 3, 2014

Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection is a set of 3 mystery novellas: Death by Didgeridoo, The Case of the Killer Divorce, and Peril in the Park.

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[ARC Review] Death Comes to Dartmoor – Book Review

A Merriweather and Royston Mystery by Vivian Conroy
Published on:  August 13, 2019
4-stars-1

Death Dartmoor

Death Comes to Dartmoor is the 2nd book in the Merriweather and Royston Mystery Series by Vivian Conroy. The story centers around the mysterious murder of a girl, whom the villagers immediately believe was killed by Merula’s and Raven’s current host, Oaks. Oaks is known for his house full of zoological specimens and its existence stirs fears, gossip, and rumors in the nearby village. Merula and Raven wish to help their host out and find the real culprit, so they use their knowledge, power and deduction to help find clues and whittle down the list of suspects.

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[ARC Review] Mrs. Morris and the Ghost

A Salem B&B Mystery #1 by Traci Wilton
Published on: July 30, 2019

A new cozy mystery series set in Salem, Massachusetts. Charlene Morris needs a fresh start after the death of her husband and buys an estate in Salem in order to open a Bed-and-Breakfast. What she doesn’t know is that her first guest is already there.

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[ARC Review] Death on a Summer Morning

Sukey Reynolds Mystery Book 6 by Betty Rowlands
Published on:  July 22, 2019

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Finally, 10 years after moving into his home Arthur Soames had won the annual garden competition.  With delphiniums and hollyhocks blooming he set out to enjoy his breakfast in the garden and began reflecting on what the future might hold for him and his fiancée.  Later, the police report would say that he had lost his footing coming down the garden steps that morning, resulting in an accidental death.  However, his estranged daughter, Sabrina, refuses to believe that his death was anything but murder committed by the fiancée and begins camping out at the police station day after day insisting that they continue to look into it.  To help ease the situation Sukey talks to the daughter and suggests she ask a few questions on her own to see if she can find anything that can help to reopen the case.  In the mean time, Sukey begins to ‘unofficially’ look into a few things herself…starting with the fiancée.  Things take a turn when the fiancée reports Sabrina missing while another separate murder is discovered.

Although this is the sixth book in the series, this was my first Sukey Reynolds mystery so I had no preconceived expectations nor knew who any of the characters were going into it.  I found it easy to understand the overall setting as well as who everyone was and didn’t find readers needed to read the prior books in the series to understand what was going on.

After finishing the book I found that what I had enjoyed most about this was how the flow felt natural.  Sukey never sets out to force the issue or find all the clues, instead it was more of “let’s have a conversation and see where it takes us” approach.  I also appreciated how Sukey knew when there wasn’t enough evidence for the police to move forward with and let Sabrina or the fiancée know.

While I enjoyed the book I did find a particular connection between certain characters to be a bit too coincidental and easy and I wish I could go into detail about this a little bit more, but since this is a mystery it probably wouldn’t be too wise.  I also found the end wrapped up too quickly for my own personal tastes.  I typically find the discovery at the end the most enjoyable and satisfying part of the mystery, but felt a little left out as we are told about certain events after the fact.

Although I had a few minor issues overall I found the book a quick read and believe fans of this series and cozy mysteries will find it enjoyable.

Thank you Netgalley and Bookouture for the advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.

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[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.

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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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