A great mystery series

The Cold Dish: A Longmire Mystery (Walt Longmire Mysteries Book 1)

By: Craig Johnson

Rating: 5 of 5

I watched the series based on these books years ago. I enjoyed it thoroughly but wanted to eventually read the series itself. Therefore, I started with book 1 and will continue read or listening to the audio version depending on my mood.

I really liked this book. It was better than the series on television, which isn’t unusual. Many of the elements were still the same but the description enhanced and gave depth to the story and to the characters.

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Great Irish Garda cozy mystery

Murder in an Irish Bookshop

By: Carlene O’Connor

Rating: 5 of 5

Siobhan O’Sullivan is a Garda in a small Irish town, Kilbane. She is also one of the O’Sullivan Six who own the local bistro. Her fiance is Detective Sargent Macdara Flannery and together they investigate many of the crimes which seem to haunt this town.

A new and mysterious bookshop opens in town and everyone, including Siobhan want to visit right away. Things are quite that easy which makes for fun and games. The bookshop is hosting a get-together for up-and-coming authors. When one of the authors ends up quite dead, Siobhan shifts gears and, instead of buying books, looks for a murderer.

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Fun book in this zany mystery series

Death by Chocolate Snickerdoodle (A Death by Chocolate Mystery Book 4)

By: Sarah Graves

Rating: 5 of 5

I’ve read all of the previous books in this series and this book fits in well with the overall theme.

Jake (Jacobia) Tiptree and Ellie White are the owners of the Chocolate Moose, a bakery in small town Maine that specializes in things made of chocolate. What could be wrong with that?

The thing is, there is always something afoot in Eastport, Maine (a real town, by the way) that Jake and Ellie get sucked into investigating.

What happens is that Ellie blazes the way and Jake follows behind, clumsily, and doing everything that should get them noticed but usually does not. Jake is always getting wet somehow or getting preyed upon by a natural predator. Actually, human predators as well.

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A great second book in this humorous cozy mystery series

Fatal Frost (Dewberry Farm Mysteries Book 2)

By: Karen MacInerney

Rating: 5 of 5

I read the first book in this series a few years ago, when it first came out. I didn’t realize that more books had been written since then. I picked up the second book in the series, “Fatal Frost” and was able to read it without any issue. I think it could be read as a stand-alone book, but for fun and for continuity, I suggest reading the series in order.

Lucy Resnick is still hanging in there. She’s adding more products on to her farm. Part of that is getting two goats, Hot Lips and Gidget, who like her cow, are all escape artists. I sense a lot of fun in future books trying to corral her animals. Good thing her new boyfriend is a veterinarian and can sweet-talk animals into going back home again.

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A story of strength, endurance and starting over

The Beekeeper’s Promise

By: Fiona Valpy

Rating: 5 of 5

This is a story which is told in two time periods. The older one is set just prior to and including World War II. The current story is set in 2017, which I believe was when the book was released.

Abi Howes has been convinced to visit France at the Chateau Bellevue for a yoga retreat with her friend, who promptly deserts her when she meets a good-looking man. Abi has not been much around people because of events in her past. Her story is her struggle to find herself and to learn to live once again.

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Enlightening and engrossing

The Four Winds: A Novel

By: Kristin Hannah

Rating: 5 of 5

This is a fictional story set in the era of the Dust Bowl. Elsa Martinelli is part of a farming family. There is a one-two punch as first the Depression hits and then the weather event known as the Dust Bowl begins.

Her family is fighting a losing battle for survival as the dust covers their crops and the winds and the heat wreck havoc. It seems like the rain has dried up forever and Elsa, just like so many others ends up heading west to find work in California.

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Another great mystery in this series

Murder at Mabel’s Motel (A Granny Reid Mystery Book 3)

By: G. A. McKevett

Rating: 5 of 5

This is a great spin-off series of the Savannah Reid mystery series. The main sleuth is Stella (Granny) Reid. She is taking care of all of her grandchildren as their mama is in jail and their father (her son) is on the road and never comes home.

Stella is also an amateur sleuth and likes to help her buddy who is the police chief in town.

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Wonderful book of fantasy cross stitch patterns

Bewitching Cross Stitch

By: Joan Elliott

Rating: 5 of 5

This is a fantastic book of fantasy cross stitch designs by Joan Elliott. It’s a bargain to get this many designs in one book. Not only are there two handfuls of larger designs, there are also many smaller, coordinating designs to go with them.

While patterns in color are not my favorite (I prefer black and white), these are easy to read and cause no issues for me.

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Laugh out loud funny

Brighton Road

By: Susan Carroll

Rating: 5 of 5

This is the first book I have read by Susan Carroll. They were published decades ago and are back in ebook format. Apparently she wrote Traditional Regency novels at the beginning of her career and then veered into writing historical romances (which are not sweet and clean as the earlier books.)

I thoroughly enjoyed this traditional book. It was hysterically funny as the characters moved from one crisis to another.

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Layered slice of life story

Two’s Company

By: Jill Mansell

Rating: 5 of 5

I own many books by Jill Mansell but, somehow, I missed this novel when it was first released. I’m very happy that it has been released again. While there are a few things that date the book (notably, the lack of cell phones), the human stories within it hold true to the test of time.

This is, primarily, a story about the relationship between Cass and Jack Mandeville. They have been married for decades and Jack has just reached his fortieth birthday. Their is the perfect marriage until a chance invitation to a reporter, Imogen, turns their lives upside down. Jack goes into a midlife crisis with a vengeance.

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