Monthly Archives: March 2019

A good second book in this funny mystery series

Scared Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries Book 2) 

By: Annelise Ryan

Rating: 4 of 5

This is the second in the Mattie Winston mystery series. I started this series way out of order by reading a book much later in the series. I have now purchased all of the older books and am really enjoying them. The books all build off one another and reading them in order helps me to understand how the characters have grown over time.

“Scared Stiff” is a good read. It suffers a bit in comparison with the first book in the series. That book was unexpected and made me laugh my head off. This book continues in the same vein (perhaps a little too much like the first book.)
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A short glimpse into the life of a secondary Country Club character

Diamond Girl (A Country Club Murder Short)

By: Julie Mulhern

Rating: 5 of 5

Aggie DeLucci is Ellison Russell’s housekeeper. She came aboard after a series of unusual murders that were plaguing her new employer.

It helped that Aggie had previously been an assistant private detective whose husband (a detective) passed away years ago. Aggie was put in place by Hunter Tafft, Ellison’s lawyer and would-be boyfriend. Aggie keeps house but also keeps an eye on Ellison and her daughter.

Simply put, she’s the type of friend you would call if you needed to hide a body.

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A new mystery by Elly Griffiths with a supernatural element

The Stranger Diaries

By: Elly Griffiths

Rating: 4 of 5

I’ve read other books by Elly Griffiths and those have been fairly straightforward mysteries and were novels in a series. With “The Stranger Diaries”, the book may be stand-alone or it may be the beginning of a series involving the police in this small town.

In either case, the story is more than a mystery. It has elements of supernatural (very, very slight) and, more importantly, it is a study in human behavior. How people interact with each other and how they truly think about the other when they are alone with their diary.

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