Monthly Archives: August 2019

A fun short novelette about a stay in New York City

Criminally Cocoa (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery)

By: Amanda Flower

Rating: 5 of 5

This novelette is quite a change up in this series. Instead of featuring our favorite chocolatier sleuth, Bailey King, the focus is on her Amish cousin, Charlotte Weaver.

Bailey and Charlotte are staying in New York while Bailey films the first of her new television cooking series. Charlotte is in the videos as well, having gotten permission as she has not yet been baptized into the Amish faith.

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A peaceful town is turned upside down

A Bias for Murder (Queen Bees Quilt Shop Book 3)

By: Sally Goldenbaum

Rating: 4 of 5

I read the first book in this series and somehow missed that there was a second book released. It didn’t seem to matter, as I read this book, so it can be read fairly easily stand-alone.

I like that the plot is more important in this story than the introduction of characters which caused the first story to lag a bit in reading. In this book, the characters, while important, were certainly not the main part of the story.

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Psychological suspense novel with a surprise ending

The Turn of the Key

By: Ruth Ware

Rating: 5 of 5

This is the first book I have read by Ruth Ware. I didn’t know what to expect but the book, in the end, was much more than I could have hoped for.

There is so much psychological twists and turns, it was hard to try to think ahead to what the possible ending could be. Good thing, too, as I would never have expected what happened.

Rowan Caine is writing her hoped-for lawyer from prison. In trying to explain how she is innocent, she starts from the beginning and gives detail so he can understand.

Rowan is the new live-in child minder for four girls. The girls range in age from very young to a teenager. The salary should have warned her that this job was far from easy but, for her own reasons, it still made complete sense to leave family and friends in England and move to Scotland and an isolated manor house.

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Another laugh out loud Meg Langslow mystery

Terns of Endearment: A Meg Langslow Mystery (Meg Langslow Mysteries Book 25)

By: Donna Andrew

Rating: 5 of 5

I have been a fan of this series from the beginning. Meg’s family grabbed my attention and would not let go. Then there was Michael-what-a-waste and the idea of a modern female blacksmith. How could you not want to read this series?

In this book, Meg and family (and extended family, of course), set cruise on an educational cruise ship. Grandfather is the guest speaker and is given a special discount price, which induces just about every member of the clan to sashay up the gangplank and set sail.

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A fun and romantic story about starting over

Kiss

By: Jill Mansell

Rating: 5 of 5

Gina has just been unceremoniously dumped by her husband when he discovers that his secret girlfriend has become pregnant. Gina ventures out into the night and, while distraught, ends up running into Izzy who is out riding on her motorbike.

Izzy ends up losing her job and she and her teenager daughter have nowhere to live. They end up living with Gina and end up turning her world upside down.

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