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Fun and clean traditional Regency Romance

Poor Caroline

By: Elizabeth Mansfield

Rating: 5 of 5

I’ve recently been reading Regency Romances, both older and newer published novels. This is an older book that has been recently been published as an ebook. I had read other Elizabeth Mansfield books years ago but this is one that I had not read before.

The book is funny and has a cast of characters that keep bringing you back to it. Caroline Whitlow is a proud young woman. She has always been so. She can’t take “charity” from anyone. The problem is, she doesn’t always understand that what she sees as charity is, in fact, simple kindness.

She and her two younger brothers move out from the home they have been living in for twelve years when the new heir is coming home.

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Wonderfully suspenseful mystery

Don’t Look for Me: A Novel

By: Wendy Walker

Rating: 5 of 5

This is the first book I have read by this author and it certainly will not be the last. The story was filled with both mystery and suspense.

Molly Clarke has been having trouble with the members of her family. One fateful night, she walked away from the life that was giving her grief. Well, that is what the note she left behind says.

Her husband is willing to believe she meant it but her daughter wants to investigate her mother’s disappearance. It might be because of the guilt that she feels but it might also be because she simply does not believe it. Her younger brother is on her side as well, but he has much to feel guilty about, too.

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A fantastic second book in series

A Question of Betrayal: An Elena Standish Novel

By: Anne Perry

Rating: 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series. It introduced Elena Standish and her family and friends. This book, the second in the series, starts to give depth and life to the characters. I suggest reading the first book first, so you can understand how the individuals have gotten to where they are at this point.

Elena is tasked with a job for MI6, the British secret intelligence group that she has recently joined. The task takes her to northern Italy to save the man who betrayed her and caused her years of emotional pain.

It takes everything in her to agree to the job but once in Italy, she begins to see Aiden in a different light. When he comes under suspicion, she stands beside him to save him, not only for the information he carries but also because of who he is.

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Fun-to-read historical, cozy mystery

A Deception at Thornecrest: An Amory Ames Mystery

By: Ashley Weaver

Rating: 5 of 5

This is the seventh book in the Amory Ames series but it is the first that I have read. I was able to pick up the threads of the overall plot line and easily get into the story line of this mystery.

Amory is expecting her first baby. Her husband, Milo, who has been a wild card in their marriage, seems to be settling down. A monkey wrench is thrown at them when a young woman shows up claiming that she is Mrs. Milo Amory.

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Third in this series and even more wacky and fun

Confection is Good for the Soul: An Amish Cupcake Cozy Mystery

By: Ruth Hartzler

Rating: 5 of 5

This is the third book in the Amish Cupcake series. Jane Delight is home living above her Amish sister’s cupcake shop. She is in reduced circumstances due to her husband dumping her and marrying someone very young.

Jane shares the apartment with seniors, Mathilda and Eleanor. The sisters have an unusual past and they are keeping the past in the past. Still, they have some unusual skill sets which come in handy when the ladies investigate murders.

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Halloween is approaching for Pie Town

Gourd to Death (A Pie Town Mystery Book 5)

By: Kirsten Weiss

Rating: 5 of 5

This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. It has a great plot, funny characters and crazy funny and outlandish happenings.

It’s coming up on Halloween in San Nicholas and what else could make the holiday sing than a pumpkin festival?

Val Harris, the owner of Pie Town (everyone’s favorite pie shop in town – not to mention the only one), has been tasked with being one of the judges of the pumpkin pie contest. She can’t compete because she is a professional but it seems like all sorts of other people are jumping in.

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Lots of Halloween donuts and murder

Boston Scream Murder (A Deputy Donut Mystery Book 4)

By: Ginger Bolton

Rating: 5 of 5

This is a great series about an owner of a donut shop, widow Emily Westhill. She is having great fun, along with her business partner and her employees coming up with Halloween themed donuts.

One of her regulars is starting to date and brings one to her shop. He is loud and obnoxious but he doesn’t deserve to be murdered for it.

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Great start to a new mystery series

Dead-End Detective: A Piper and Porter Mystery

By: Amanda Flower

Rating: 5 of 5

I’ve read many of Amanda Flower’s books and enjoy her style of writing. This is a new book, in what I hope, is a possible new series.

Darby Piper is a partner in the Two Girls Detective Agency. When her partner is found dead, she suspects murder. So does her ex-boyfriend who is a police officer.

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A funny cozy mystery with murder and donuts

Goodbye Cruller World (A Deputy Donut Mystery Book 2)

By: Ginger Bolton

Rating: 5 of 5

This is a cute cozy mystery with donuts and murder. The donuts sound delicious and the murder sounds sinister.

I recently read the first book in this series and I recommend you read it before you read this one. It gives context to the relationships and the characters. This could be read stand-alone but for maximum enjoyment, I would read from the beginning.

Emily Westhill owns Deputy Donut, a donut shop along with her father-in-law. She is a widow of four years at this point. She misses her husband and is not looking to date or get involved at this point or, looking forward, anytime in the future. That doesn’t stop her from trying to fix up her good friends together.

Deputy Donut is catering the donut wall at an the wedding of a friend. Not a close friend but more than an acquaintance. Emily meets the groom, who is a more than slightly unlikeable fellow.

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Fiddling and Magical Gardens can be deadly

Mums and Mayhem: A Magic Garden Mystery

By: Amanda Flower

Rating: 4 of 5

This is a story by one of my favorite mystery writers. I always know to expect a good time reading one of her books and I wasn’t disappointed in this one.

It is the first book I have read in this series and, I believe, it would be better to read the first two books before reading this one. There was a lot of history that took some time to get up to speed on.

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