Monthly Archives: June 2021

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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Good for bedtime reading

The Anatomist’s Wife (A Lady Darby Mystery Book 1)

By: Anna Lee Huber

Rating: 3 of 5

I’m a big fan of historical mysteries set in the Regency or Victorian periods. This series starts at the tail end of the Regency period and goes forward.

I was intrigued by the idea of a female artist taking part in the production of a book on anatomy. However, when her participation is forced, it put that particular interest to bed.


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