Monthly Archives: July 2021

So much to do, so little time

Murder in Connemara (A Home to Ireland Mystery Book 2)

By: Carlene O’Connor

Rating: 5 of 5

I read and enjoyed the first book in this series and suggest, for continuity and continuing plot lines, that the series be read in order.

Tara Meehan has relocated from New York City to Ireland. She has found family and wants to be closer to them as well as enjoying the lifestyle of a much smaller city and country.


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Texas genealogy and murder cozy mystery

Fatal Family Ties: An Ancestry Detective Mystery

By: S. C. Perkins

Rating: 5 of 5

This is the third book in this cozy mystery series. It has, as its sleuth, a genealogist named Lucy Lancaster. While I haven’t paid much attention to my family tree, there are individuals in my family who do so. It’s pretty amazing what can be discovered when one looks into it.

In this story, Lucy is approached by a former co-worker, Camilla, who wishes to hire Lucy to clear a smear against one of her ancestors. While Lucy doesn’t really care for this co-worker (though there are two others she dislikes even more), she does decide to help her.


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Disjointed and Unbelievable

Dark Tides: A Novel (The Fairmile Series Book 2)

By: Philippa Gregory

Rating: 1 of 5

What a letdown. I read this book as a follow-on to the first in the series (The Tidelands.) While I had a few issues with the first book, I was intrigued enough to want to know the continuing story of Alinor and James.

That is not this book. The author jumps over 21 years and, from Alinor’s standpoint, summarizes the time in a couple of paragraphs.

Alinor is a shadow character in this book and has gone from loving and forgiving to rather bitter and, to say the least, unforgiving.

James has become incredibly stupid. He is duped from the get-go by a conniving young woman. For that matter, so is almost everyone else. That this young woman is transparently evil almost goes without saying. The book actually becomes mostly her story with everyone else as hangers-on.


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Unusual and interesting entry in series

The Hollywood Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery

By: Susan Elia MacNeal

Rating: 4 of 5

I’ve read every book in this series. This, the tenth book, is unusual in that it doesn’t focus on the war. Rather, it is a murder mystery set in the United States. It also deals with the racism that was boiling over during the time period (1943). It also shows a dark side of the FDR administration in that the government covered up what was going on.

The mystery was interesting to read and, while I wasn’t surprised by the whodunnit, I still enjoyed the book.
Maggie’s ex-boyfriend, John Sterling, calls Maggie in to investigate the murder of his fiance.


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