Suspenseful and engrossing

Aftermath

By: Terri Blackstock

Rating: 5 of 5

This is a compelling and suspenseful story with Christian overtones.

I wasn’t sure what to expect as I have read only one or two books by this author in the past. I found myself glued to the novel, waiting for each step to unfold.

An explosion occurs that kills two of three friends who were attending. The one that survived is filled with remorse about not being able to save her friends. It sends her into darker and darker thoughts and all she can figure out to do is to wreck revenge upon the culprit.

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Enjoyable read in this series

Deadly Ever After: A Lighthouse Library Mystery

By: Eva Gates

Rating: 4 of 5

I’ve read most of this series (minus a few of the first ones) and enjoy it. The amateur sleuth is Lucy Richardson, who works and lives at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. Now that she’s engaged to mayor, Connor McNeil, they have started looking for a home of their own. Finding one that they can afford is proving troublesome.

At the same time, Lucy’s ex-boyfriend, Richard, from Boston has shown up with his overbearing mother in tow. The mother keeps pushing Lucy and Richard together ignoring the fact that Lucy is in love and engaged to Connor. When Lucy’s mother, from Boston, shows up, she wonders what is going on.

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Such a slow and tedious read

The Gilded Shroud (Lady Fan Mystery Book 1)

By: Elizabeth Bailey

Rating: 2 of 5

I had read and enjoyed a Georgian romance novel by Ms. Bailey, so I was looking forward to a period mystery series by the same author. To say the book did not meet my expectations is putting it mildly.

While the historical period is portrayed nicely as is the language (for the most part), the book became quickly tedious as it was overly long and I solved the whodunnit within very few pages.

It felt, to me, that a lot of the story was filler. The intrepid widowed companion turned sleuth, Mrs. Ottila Draycott could not do anything spontaneous. She would think of something, then think about it again, spending pages in doing so. She would then do the thing she had thought about and then think about it. Then she would tell someone, generally Lord Francis Fanshawe, about what she had done. Then they would discuss it. Next, they would tell someone else. Then another discussion would ensue.

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There’s change in the air

Lemon Drop Dead (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery Book 6)

By: Amanda Flower

Rating: 5 of 5

I’ve read all of the books in this series and this is a pivotal one. There is a lot of change going on but I won’t be telling.

Bailey King is the power behind the recent surge of success of Sweetsmen Sweets, an Amish candy shop in Harvest, Ohio. She is not Amish but her grandmother and cousin are. She works with both of them as well as Emily Esh.

Emily married against the wishes of her brother and sister, both of whom treated her poorly. Emily is about to give birth and the town wants to give her a baby shower to show how much they appreciate her.

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Compelling saga of two women

The Lynmara Legacy

By: Catherine Gaskin

Rating: 5 of 5

I read one of Catherine Gaskin’s books when I was young. I recently came across The Lynmara Legacy and decided to give it a read.

It is a compelling novel. It captured me from the beginning. I wasn’t sure which way the book was heading at any time. There were scenarios that I thought would continue but things changed in the space of a few paragraphs and would send me reeling but also reaching for the book until I finished it.

It’s not often a book stays with me for weeks after I read it but this one has. There are elements that will continue to be part of my thoughts for a long, long time.

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A different entry in this series

Death with a Double Edge: A Daniel Pitt Novel

By: Anne Perry

Rating: 5 of 5

I’ve read all of the books in this series. I really enjoyed the book even though my favorite character, Miriam fford Croft was more of a peripheral one than usual.

Daniel is asked to identify a murder victim’s body and receives a jolt when he believes it is his friend and colleague, Toby Kitteridge. It turns out to be a senior partner in their law chamber. However, the death sends reverberations through the chamber and may mean the end of the practice. That is, unless they are able to find the murderer and clear the reputation of the chamber.

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It took me long enough

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

By: J.K. Rowling

Rating: 5 of 5

I admit it. I’ve never read any of the Harry Potter books. I have never seen any of the Harry Potter movies. However, my son-in-law is a huge fan of the series and is reading the illustrated version of this book to his children. My husband, likewise, has never read the books or seen the movies.

We decided to listen to an audio version together, to keep up with our young grandkids. We enjoyed it and are ready for the next book in the series.

I won’t give a synopsis of the book because almost everyone has already read it. I can only say that, late as I am to the series, I am so glad I have finally started it.

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Lots of fun and clues

Death at the Salon (A Daisy Thorne Mystery Book 2)

By: Louise R. Innes

Rating: 5 of 5

Though this is the second book in this series, it is the first book that I have read. I enjoyed it and will go back and read the first book as well. It is a cozy mystery and is set, primarily in a beauty salon named Ooh La La, in a small town in England.

The proprietor of the salon and amateur sleuth is Daisy Thorne. Daisy has been studying Forensics Psychology with an eye to becoming a profiler for the police one day. When a regular customer is found murdered outside her salon, Daisy comes under suspicion.

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Interesting cozy mystery

The Dead Cat Bounce: A Home Repair is Homicide Mystery

By: Sarah Graves

Rating: 4 of 5

I started reading Sarah Graves books with her follow-on series to this one. It has many of the same characters but what surprised me was how much she had changed the background story of the main character. Then again, I noticed she did something similar with another character between books in her new series. It seems she simply changes the background to fit her current story.

That said, it took me a bit to wrap my head around the changes. I finally just told myself that I had to treat this series as a new one with characters of the same names and locale. Once I did that, I could enjoy the story on its own.

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Slow start but great finish

O Jerusalem: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

By: Laurie R. King

Rating: 4 of 5

I started this series further along and am now going back and reading the earlier books.

First of all, I highly suggest you read this story as number 2 in the series as that is the time period in which it is set. I read the next two books before going back and reading this one once I realized where I had gone wrong.

The story is set in a period of time that is included in the first book and follows Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes through an adventure in the Holy Land.

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