A Night to Forget, Cappuccinos, Cupcakes and a Corpse, BlueBuried Muffins, and An Affair to Dismember



Several shorter reads from my Kindle TBR.  Out of the four of them I’d say my favorite was BlueBuried Muffins by Lyndsey Cole.  This was a short cozy mystery with a theme of a small town cafe store with a free library in it.  Annie Fisher has returned to her hometown in a rush after finding out that her boyfriend Max was perhaps involved in some shady dealings.  The trouble and Max follow her home and soon Annie finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation.  She needs to dig into the trouble Max was in to get to the bottom of it all.  Fun, quick cozy mystery read.

An Affair to Dismember is a cozy mystery read with the theme of a matchmaker.  It was a quick read but it just seemed a little too frantically paced and the some of the characters were over the top quirky .  I just prefer characters that I find more relatable.  An okay cozy mystery read.

Cappuccinos, Cupcakes and a Corpse this was another short, quick  food themed cozy.  Francesca has returned home to run the family business and on her way home after a long day, she discovers the body of neighbor.  The neighbor’s son is an old high school friend and Francesca rekindles the flame and the pair of them investigate the murder.  An okay cozy but too fast and short to do much in terms of character development.

A Night to Forget is  a police procedural with some psychological elements.  DI Meldrum wakes up with some injuries like he’s been in a fight, but he has no recollection of the previous night.  He is later pulled in to a murder investigation where the victim had recently been in a fight.  He struggles to remember and investigate without incriminating himself.  I found the pacing somewhat off as this dragged  in the middle, but the plot was really interesting and kept me going to the end to figure everything out.  I would be interested to see what happened to DI Meldrum next.

Close to Home: A Novel


This is one of the reads this month at the Kindle English Mystery Club.  Cara Hunter is a “new to me” author and I am really happy that I was introduced to her.  My library actually had the book so I ordered it to be ready for the June reading.  The story concerns a missing child from an upper middle class family.  The child, Daisy, is beautiful and precocious, with a habit of eavesdropping and an old beyond her years understanding that knowledge is power.

The DI in charge of the investigation is troubled by investigating a case concerning a child, so soon after he suffered a trauma of his own.  Eventually, his and his team’s investigation uncovers layer upon layer of lies and secrets, until they “catch their man” .  Twists and turns and red herrings are cleverly laid throughout this novel.  DI Fawley and his team are intelligent and very human investigators dealing with a difficult case.  The family’s secrets are finally all laid bare exposing how even middle class suburbia can be a haven for darkness.

I  really, really, liked this book.  I made the mistake of starting it as I lay in bed and finally I had to put it down because I was nodding off.  I was fortunate the next day was Saturday, so I took it with me on the grocery run and stopped off at Starbucks, sat down with my coffee and didn’t leave until I finished it.   Great mystery, great characters, I look forward to reading more by this author.