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Fast-paced and exciting new book in this great series

The Glass Thief (A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Book 6)

By: Gigi Pandian

Rating: 5 of 5

I have read every book in this series and the novellas which include Jaya Jones. I have enjoyed every single book and as each new book comes out, I discover that it is even better than the previous ones. That is saying a lot as starting with the first book, it was a wonderful read.

Right from the first, I identified with Jaya as the child that could have happened if Amelia Peabody and Indiana Jones lived in the same time period and had had a baby together.

Apparently, Gigi Pandian was influenced by both characters. I loved that the dedication of this book is for Elizabeth Peters who wrote the Amelia Peabody books. Ms. Pandian also slips references in to Vicky Bliss, another of my favorite Peter’s characters.

Jaya is a art historian who goes hunting for lost treasures to restore them to their rightful owners and to recover the past for future generations.
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A cozy mystery set within a coffeehouse

Scene of the Grind: A Cozy Mystery (A Killer Coffee Mystery Series Book One)

By: Tonya Kappes

Rating: 4 of 5

I’ve read another series of books by Tonya Kappes, so when I saw this one, I decided to take a chance on it. While I really enjoyed the plot and the characters, I felt that some of the personal relationships were a tad rushed toward the end of the book. Especially as this was the start of a series, the building of relationships can develop a little bit slower over two or more books.

Notwithstanding that, I enjoyed the book. It is the story of a lawyer, Roxanne Bloom (Roxy), who comes back to Honey Springs after her divorce from her rather narcissistic husband.

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A story of mystery, manners and espionage at a Christmas gathering in the country

A Christmas Gathering: A Novel

By: Anne Perry

Rating: 4 of 5

This is the second Christmas novella that I have read by Anne Perry. As with the previous one, I really enjoyed the story even though I had not read many of the books in the series it was derived from. In this case, it is an off-shoot of her Thomas Pitt mysteries.

Lady Vespasia and her husband, Victor Narraway, have been married for a few years and are visiting the country house of casual friends for the Christmas season.

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Funny first book in an Amish mystery series

Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper (An Amish Mystery Book 1)

By: Amy Lillard

Rating: 5 of 5

This is a fun mystery series. While its main sleuth is Amish, the focus is on solving the mystery as well as its Amish roots.

Kappy King is a young Amish woman. She is pretty much ignored by the people who live in her small valley. Her aunt was a little crazy and the people figure that Kappy is as well.

When a neighbor, Ruth Peachey, is found murdered, suspicion falls on her special needs son, Jimmy (who has Down’s Syndrome.) Kappy does believe, for one minute that the young man is guilty.

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A funny start for a new cozy mystery series

Can’t Judge a Book By Its Murder (Main Street Book Club Mysteries 1)

By: Amy Lillard

Rating: 5 of 5

Amy Lillard is a new author to me. I so enjoyed this mystery, I’ve now finished the first book in her Amish mystery series.

This book is not about the Amish. It is set in a small town where everybody knows everyone else’s business.

Arlo Stanley is co-owner of a bookstore and coffeehouse. She is responsible for the books and her business partner, Chloe is in charge of coffee and food.

Arlo is gearing up for a whirlwind weekend as the local boy who left town and made good as an author is going to do a book signing at her store. Instead, he show up dead on the sidewalk in front of the bookstore. As Chloe has had a relationship with him in the past and had seen and talked to him the morning of his death, suspicion falls on her.

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I love reading about the Sun City West Book Club

Staged 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery Book 3)

By: J. C. Eaton

Rating: 5 of 5

This is a wonderful series about a woman in her mid-forties, Sophie Kimball, who has moved from Minnesota to Arizona to spend time with her mother, escape the snow, and to work from an old-trusted friend.

Sophie worked in the accounting department at the police station that her new boss worked at as a detective. He has now retired and has opened a private detective agency very close to where her elderly mother lives. Sophie now works as his accountant.

Sophie’s mother, Harriet, assumes that Sophie is able to investigate crimes because all the police expertise must have rubbed off on her.

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Second in series is better than the first book

Better Watch Out (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery Book 2)

By: Christina Freeburn

Rating: 4 of 5

This is the second book in this new crafting series by Christina Freeburn. Merry Winters is the sleuth and is the co-owner of a Christmas theme crafting business.

Merry has a problem with tears. So much so, you could do a drinking game when they are mentioned but better to do it with non-alcoholic beverages as I wouldn’t want you to become too inebriated.

Merry also has a little bit of an issue with opposing any form of authority. She can’t seem to take a suggestion from her friendly police force. Instead, she runs headlong into situations that put her or her loved ones into trouble.

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Another wonderful Meg Langslow mystery

Owl Be Home for Christmas: A Meg Langslow Mystery

By: Donna Andrews

Rating: 5 of 5

It’s hard to believe that this is the twenty-six Meg Langslow mystery. One would think that such a long-running series might be running a tad low or at least out of bird puns on titles.

Neither of those are true of this series. Each book is funnier than the last. The bird puns continue apace and give a clue as to the story. This is one of my favorite series and I have read it faithfully since the first book was published.

In this story, Meg and family are snowbound at the Caerphilly Inn along with 200 plus ornithologists who are attending a scientific conference about owls that Meg’s grandfather is hosting.

There are many discussions about various owls, which you might be thinking would be kind of dry. However, when people are passionate about their subject, they can come to fisticuffs with those who disagree with them.

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A lovely Christmas-time story in North Carolina

Christmas Angels: A Novel

By: Nancy Naigle

Rating: 5 of 5

For the last three years, I’ve enjoyed reading a Christmas novel by Nancy Naigle. All three have been set in various small towns in North Carolina. While I am not from that area, my mother grew up in the mountains outside of Asheville during the latter years of the Great Depression. It’s always a treat to get a peak at that area of the country.

In this story, Liz Westmoreland is a successful project manager. She has always dreamed of owning an Inn or Bed and Breakfast like the one that her grandparents ran for many years. Truth be told, Liz wanted their old inn, Angels Rest but it was sold years before.

When the opportunity arises to buy the old inn, sight unseen, she grabs it. Reality hits her square in the face too late when she finds it in total disrepair.

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A heart-warming tale of Christmas in Nantucket

Let It Snow: A Novel

By: Nancy Thayer

Rating: 5 of 5

In Nancy Thayer’s latest novel, it is Christmas time in Nantucket. Christina Antonioni is the owner of a toy store that is located in a set of historic shacks on the wharf in Nantucket. Along with the other owners, they scramble to make ends meet, especially during the winter when visitors don’t often arrive at the island.

A young girl, Wink, becomes a valued friend who helps Christina during the busy Christmas season.

The shop owners are shocked when the new owner of the wharf raises their rent to a degree that is unfeasible for all. Christina, by nature of her relationship with Wink and with Wink’s uncle, is voted the voice of the shop owners to speak with the wharf owner. That is because Wink and and uncle are granddaughter and son of the Scrooge of a landlord.

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