Hysterically funny and great caper

Double Wide: A Davis Way Crime Caper Book 10

By: Gretchen Archer

Rating: 5 of 5

I have read all of the stories in this series. Right from the beginning, I laughed so hard I almost cried. It is one of my very favorites for both the laughs and the great mysteries.

In this book, Davis and Fantasy are kidnapped, along with a crazy lady named Mango. They find themselves stuck on a deserted island, living in what few items are left in the motorhome they were stuffed into (see above, kidnapped.)

The story is told with multiple narrators, who tell the tale via posts, emails, and pencil put to paper. The personality of each of them shines through and were completely different, one from the other. It left me amazed that the author could tell her tale and keep in character throughout.

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So much to do, so little time

Murder in Connemara (A Home to Ireland Mystery Book 2)

By: Carlene O’Connor

Rating: 5 of 5

I read and enjoyed the first book in this series and suggest, for continuity and continuing plot lines, that the series be read in order.

Tara Meehan has relocated from New York City to Ireland. She has found family and wants to be closer to them as well as enjoying the lifestyle of a much smaller city and country.

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Texas genealogy and murder cozy mystery

Fatal Family Ties: An Ancestry Detective Mystery

By: S. C. Perkins

Rating: 5 of 5

This is the third book in this cozy mystery series. It has, as its sleuth, a genealogist named Lucy Lancaster. While I haven’t paid much attention to my family tree, there are individuals in my family who do so. It’s pretty amazing what can be discovered when one looks into it.

In this story, Lucy is approached by a former co-worker, Camilla, who wishes to hire Lucy to clear a smear against one of her ancestors. While Lucy doesn’t really care for this co-worker (though there are two others she dislikes even more), she does decide to help her.

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Disjointed and Unbelievable

Dark Tides: A Novel (The Fairmile Series Book 2)

By: Philippa Gregory

Rating: 1 of 5

What a letdown. I read this book as a follow-on to the first in the series (The Tidelands.) While I had a few issues with the first book, I was intrigued enough to want to know the continuing story of Alinor and James.

That is not this book. The author jumps over 21 years and, from Alinor’s standpoint, summarizes the time in a couple of paragraphs.

Alinor is a shadow character in this book and has gone from loving and forgiving to rather bitter and, to say the least, unforgiving.

James has become incredibly stupid. He is duped from the get-go by a conniving young woman. For that matter, so is almost everyone else. That this young woman is transparently evil almost goes without saying. The book actually becomes mostly her story with everyone else as hangers-on.

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Unusual and interesting entry in series

The Hollywood Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery

By: Susan Elia MacNeal

Rating: 4 of 5

I’ve read every book in this series. This, the tenth book, is unusual in that it doesn’t focus on the war. Rather, it is a murder mystery set in the United States. It also deals with the racism that was boiling over during the time period (1943). It also shows a dark side of the FDR administration in that the government covered up what was going on.

The mystery was interesting to read and, while I wasn’t surprised by the whodunnit, I still enjoyed the book.
Maggie’s ex-boyfriend, John Sterling, calls Maggie in to investigate the murder of his fiance.

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Series just gets even better

The Keepers: A Mystery (Mace Reid K-9 Mystery, 2)

By: Jeffrey B. Burton

Rating: 5 of 5

I read the first book in this series and absolutely loved it. Which surprised me as I, generally, don’t read K-9 books. However, the premise of the mystery grabbed my attention and I took a chance.

Turns out, my favorite part of the stories are the dogs. The author, Mr. Burton, has managed to give them to give them characters which explode from the printed word. I feel as if I know these wonderful creatures and look forward to spending time with each of them. Just a comment, there is considerable strong language in the book.

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Lots of fun and fake spacecraft

At Wits’ End: A Doyle Cozy Mystery (A Wits’ End Cozy Mystery Book 1)

By: Kirsten Weiss

Rating: 5 of 5

This is the first in this series that I have read. I have read another series (Pie Town) by this author in its entirety. As I laughed my way through that series, I was hoping for more of the same in this one.

I laughed and laughed and then, for a change, I laughed myself silly. I wanted to share bits and pieces with my husband but I knew he would want to read it for himself. Boy, it’s tough to keep a straight face with he’s around, so I read it when he wasn’t sitting right next to me.

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Meh, meh, and more meh

Sixteen Scandals

By: Sophie Jordan

Rating: 2 of 5

First of all, regardless of the blurb, there is nothing in this book that brings Jane Austen to mind. Miss Austen’s books dealt with her time and place. She skewered personalities with deft skill. This book is shallow and the characters are trite.

There is enough going on that I would not call the book wholesome and clean but, I am sure, compared to the normal steamy historical romances that Ms. Jordan apparently writes, it must seem so to her publisher.

The main character, Prim, turns sixteen. She was to come out in society but that was not to be. She sneaks off to Vauxhall Gardens and, bad decision after bad decision, proves that she is not really adult enough to be trusted. That is not what the author would have you feel but it is the truth.

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Russell, Holmes and Transylvania, oh my!

Castle Shade: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

By: Laurie R. King

Rating: 5 of 5

This series is one of my favorites. I always look forward to seeing a new book by Ms. King which features Russell and Holmes.

I enjoyed this book and laughed quite a lot as I read the first third. While there are usually bits of humor tucked into the Russell stories, this one had a bit more than usual.

It was also different in that, throughout the book, we were treated to Holme’s investigation when he was not with Russell. It made for a nice change of pace as I read my way through the book. I had to fight with myself to put it down so I could savor it for three days instead of a marathon read in a single one.

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Another lovely read by Jill Mansell

And Now You’re Back

By: Jill Mansell

Rating: 5 of 5

I’ve been a fan of Jill Mansell for many years. Her books always leave me feeling happy. While the endings are feel good, there is much of real life also included.

In this book, we follow the relationship between Didi and Shay. They were together as teenagers but split apart when Shay moved away following a huge blow up. Years later, Shay is back in town but Didi is engaged and is to be married shortly.

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