Guilty as Cinnamon by Leslie Budewitz

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This is book 2 in the Spice Shop Mystery Series by Leslie Budewitz.  I love the theme of a spice shop.  I use a lot of spices and herbs in my own cooking and enjoy reading about them.  In this book, a customer of the spice shop is killed with one of the shop’s products.  Pepper’s ex-boyfriend is implicated and calls her for help, which is how she begins looking into the crime. This one includes hidden identities, abused spouses, corruption in the restaurant business, murder and maybe even ghosts to keep the story feeling fresh and exciting.  Lots of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.  The Seattle location is well done and feels realistic.  I visited Pike Place Market years ago and remember it vividly as having a vibrant “foodie” atmosphere.  This comes to life on the pages of the book.  Well written cozy with great atmosphere and theme!

 

 

A Dark and Stormy Murder by Julia Buckley

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I just read this one at the recommendation  of Booktrader of Hamilton.  I  loved it!  The marriage of cozy mystery and romantic suspense works so well here.  The theme concerns a young writer, Lena London, who is chosen to be the apprentice of her life long favorite romantic suspense author, Camilla Graham.  A young man is killed not far from Camilla’s home and so the investigation begins.  There is a subplot  involving the neighbor and his missing ex-wife and other storylines involving Lena’s friends and a possible romance.  This book has it all,  great protagonists, writers, books, cats, dogs, romantic possibilities, murder and other criminal activity.  Great start to a new cozy mystery!

Devices and Desires by P.D. James

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I have been working my way through P.D. James, Adam Dalgliesh series, for a while now.  I had put a lot of my reading aside to work on the Save Our Cozies Readathon and other things.  But I am back in the swing of it now:).  Last night I read this, Devices and Desires, which is book #8 in the series.  I loved it!  The plot was intricate and well done.  All the characters, motives and alibis woven together in a way that kept you thinking about not just who the murder is, but also how all the other pieces were going to fit together in the end.  I particularly liked the Mrs. Dennison’s story, it just resonated with me.

In this book, the author has  developed a stong sense of place and this impacts the whole experience of reading the book. You can feel the isolation and the sense of despair coming right off the pages as you read.  So well done.  The plot involves some political commentary about nuclear power, village life, and social services, along with common themes of love, hate and jealousy.  Overall, a highly recommended read!.

Look what came in the mail…

hint…it wasn’t the furry felines!

 

Thank you Sofie Kelly/Sofie Ryan for gifting me a bookmark (with a tassel that seriously fascinates Milo) and a copy each of:

 

I am excited to get to both of these series.  They have been recommended to me by friends several times.

Thank you again Sofie Kelly, they are much appreciated!

An Address to Die For (A Maggie McDonald Mystery #1) by Mary Feliz

An ARC honest review for Lyrical Underground Books via NetGalley. First in a New Series! Maggie and Max McDonald, their 2 sons, 2 cats and dog Belle have picked up their roots and moved from a univ…

Source: An Address to Die For (A Maggie McDonald Mystery #1) by Mary Feliz

Kissed a Sad Goodbye

11054853  I am working my way through the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series, trying to be ready for Book 17 coming out in 2017.  This is book 6 and the series continues to get better and better.  In this book, Duncan is working on his relationship with Kit as a personal sideplot.  As a plot line this is well done and very realistic.  Too often parent – child reunions are pictured as idyllic, happily-ever-after scenarios and that is rarely the case.

The main plot revolves around two families whose fates are intertwined.  The beginning starts with the daughter’s murder and then the history of the families is revealed gradually throughout the book building tension as it goes.  The killer was a shock to me but made perfect sense once all was revealed.  Another great book in this series!

 

 

The Lake District Murder & Dreaming of the Bones

I read these two last night and thoroughly enjoyed them both. The Lake District Murder by John Bude is one the re-released British Library Crime Classics.  I have read one other by him and loved it so I added the others to my TBR.  In this particular book Inspector William Meredith puzzles his way through a suspicous suicide of a young man who was about to be married and emigrate to Canada. The reader is engaged in puzzling through the mystery with Inspector Meredith as he examines the clues, looks for motives and checks alibis.  His Superintedent gently pushes him along with probing questions about the case.  An excellent mystery read with a beautiful setting, well drawn interesting characters, and good pacing.

The second book for this post is in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series.  I really enjoy reading about both of these characters and seeing the growth and changes they go through during the series.  They are a great duo.  This book, Dreaming of The Bones, is a standout in an already good series.  The mystery involves Duncan’s ex-wife, who he has not seen in many years, an old murder, poetry,  and of course eventually a current crime. Well plotted with quite a few characters, all with different connections to the case, a nicely done letter writing device used sporadically throughout the book and great sub plot involving Gemma, Duncan and his ex.   Highly recommended!