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“Accessories to Die For” by Paula Paul

“Accessories to Die For” by Paula Paul

Irene and P.J. are back with another mystery to solve. This is book 2 in this series and just as good as the first. In this installment, Juanita’s son Danny has gone missing and a Frenchman has been murdered. It seems that the Frenchman was running a scheme of buying Indian artifacts cheap and selling them at European auctions. Juanita is arrested for the murder, then escapes from jail. Irene, her self-absorbed mother Adelle and P. J., everybody’s favorite lawyer, are hot on her trail. The story takes us into the Pueblo where Juanita lives and out into the desert under the relentless August sun in Santa Fe. Some of the Capitolista gang members get involved and there’s plenty of danger for all concerned.

Ok, so this is a really fun story, set in Santa Fe, NM, in the summer. As usual with this series, there is Indian culture mixed in with designer dresses, and a whole host of delightful characters. I would classify this story as a cozy mystery but it does have a bit more violence than is typical of a cozy. I always look forward to new work from this author because I find her characters to be so original. This would make for a great holiday read, especially if you’re in a cold place. I highly recommend this book or any of the author’s other work.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!!

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“The Trouble With Harriet” by Dorothy Cannell

“The Trouble With Harriet” by Dorothy Cannell

Ellie Haskell is back! She is quickly becoming my favorite cozy mystery heroine. And that handsome husband of hers, Mmm, Mmm. This story was delightful from beginning to end. Ellie and Ben are supposed to be off to France for a romantic getaway while the kids are with the grandparents. Then, just as they are about to leave, Ellie’s long-lost father shows up on their doorstep, with a broken heart and an urn. Seems he fell in love with Harriet while in Germany and then she died in a car accident. Meanwhile, the new vicar’s wife is putting on a play with Cousin Freddy as its star and objects are disappearing from the house. And who was the doom predicting gypsy?

As usual, the author has gathered up a quirky bunch of characters and the type of happenings that could only take place in an English village. The vicar’s wife is a force of nature but she has to be to keep up with her very absent-minded husband. Not only do we meet Ellie’s father but her kleptomaniac aunt as well. The storyline has something new for the reader on every page but she manages to flawlessly wrap it all up at the end. I highly recommend this book if you like to have some fun along with your mystery.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

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“Cruel Winter” by Sheila Connolly

“Cruel Winter” by Sheila Connolly

Maura, an American, has inherited a pub in a small town in rural Ireland. With the help of Mick and Jimmy, her employees, she has been figuring out how to be a pub owner and making friends in the community. Winter is moving in and Mick warns Maura that forecasters are predicting a major storm later that day. Maura scrounges up what supplies she can and prepares to wait the storm out at the pub. As the day progresses several other people wind up at the pub, including Diane, who 20 years previously had been accused of murder. Diane has never had a chance to tell her side of the story and as a way to pass the evening, Maura organizes everybody into a type of jury. When the storm breaks will they have new clues to this unsolved murder?

I really liked Maura and several of the other characters. The story line was creative and something different, what with the “locked room” with a suspected murderer in their presence. There was a nice mix of newcomers to the area and locals who were around when the crime happened. I felt like the first part of the book moved a little slow but once the trial portion of the story commenced the pace picked up. This book is part of the County Cork Series but it read just fine as a stand-alone. Overall, this was a nice story that will be appealing to cozy mystery readers.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 3-5-star-rating  3.5 stars!

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“Elementary, She Read” by Vicki Delaney

“Elementary, She Read” by Vicki Delaney

Gemma is a Brit, who lives on Cape Cod and owns the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, where she sells all things remotely related to Sherlock. Jayne is her best friend and co-owner with Gemma of Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room next door. When Gemma finds a magazine, tucked into a bookshelf where it doesn’t belong, after her store closes, she has no idea that she will end up as the prime suspect in a murder. Gemma and Jayne try to return the magazine to its owner, who is staying at a local hotel, but find a dead body instead of a Sherlock fan. Then Gemma’s ex-boyfriend shows up as the detective-in-charge of the case and the story really kicks into high gear.

“Elementary, She Read” is a fun, cozy mystery. It is the first in a new series but. I found Gemma and Jayne to be delightful as best friends. Jayne is the extrovert to Gemma’s introvert but the two of them play off of each other in an enjoyable way. Ryan is perfect as the hunky ex. In this one, Ryan and Gemma aren’t quite sure what to do with each other or if they still have feelings, which adds a charming layer of complication to this story. The plotline has some surprising twists and moves along at a really good pace. This is a great reading choice for cozy mystery or Sherlock lovers and the length makes it a great day-at-the-beach read. Overall, a great addition to the genre.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-star-rating  4 stars!

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“Maggie Dove’s Detective Agency” by Susan Breen

“Maggie Dove’s Detective Agency” by Susan Breen

Genre: Mystery

Maggie Dove is a lovely woman who has been trapped in grief for 20 years. Now she has opened a detective agency with two partners, Agnes and Helen, and she recapturing her life. Being a detective frequently challenges her comfort zone but she is determined to be a success. When a prodigal daughter returns home after 40 years and suddenly commits suicide, Maggie is hired by her sister to uncover the truth.

This story is filled with delightful characters. I felt like I could really relate to Maggie because she old enough to be retiring but instead she if forging a new life for herself. Agnes was a little tough for me to like at first because she can be moody, but she always has Maggie’s back and she grew on me as the story progressed. Helen is a single mother with a mysterious past and a rambunctious little boy who adopts Maggie as a grandmother. I liked how the author was able to integrate some personal life challenges of the characters into the overall story and do it in such a way that it felt natural and not forced. This story is book 2 in a series but does well as a stand-alone. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would be interested in reading future installments of this series.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-star-rating  4 stars!

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#Mystery Book Review: “A Killer Closet” by Paula Paul

#Mystery Book Review: “A Killer Closet” by Paula Paul

Paula Paul has once again delivered a top-notch mystery for your reading pleasure! “A Killer Closet” takes place in the present day in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Irene Seligman is an assistant DA in New York who decides to return home to care for her mother, Adelle. Adelle has located a retail space for Irene and they are preparing for the grand opening of their clothing consignment shop. On the morning of the opening, Irene walks into her new store and finds a dead body in the storage closet. The she finds out that the dead woman is someone Adelle knows. What follows is a tricky little mystery that puts Irene and her mother in danger and uncovers some of Santa Fe’s dirty little secrets.

This book is a departure from the author’s Alexandra Gladstone series and introduces us to Irene Seligman for the first time. I liked Irene immediately. She’s made a huge life change by moving back to her childhood home and her relationship with her mother has never been a close one. Now she’s in the middle of a murder mystery and the police think she’s a suspect. With the help of a young man named Angel, Irene will need all her wits and legal skills to unravel this twisted knot. The author has created some unique characters to round out the story; everyone from a local farmer to a high-society, old-money wife to get to the bottom of this mystery. I think mystery lovers will really enjoy this one and I hope this is the beginning of a new series.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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Book Review: “The Hotel Westend” by Ashley Lynch-Harris

Book Review: “The Hotel Westend” by Ashley Lynch-Harris

A great new entry in the cozy mystery genre! Elsie and Frances Maitland are sisters who love to solve puzzles. Frances is the adventurous one who likes to take chances, while Elsie is usually reserved and lets her sister take the lead. Prior to the start of the story, Frances is in a jet-ski accident which leaves her disabled. She also makes her living writing mystery stories. As the story opens, Elsie has decided to go rock-climbing in her sister’s place, but when she takes a wrong turn she ends up at the Hotel Westend. Several other guests are arriving on the same day, all of whom were staying there 20 years ago when a murder was committed. In the middle of the night, all the guests are awakened by the sound of a crying baby. When the dust settles, two people are dead and everyone is a suspect.

I loved the tone of this mystery which is reminiscent of Agatha Christie. The author has assembled and engaging cast of characters, from the elderly priest to the town gossip, and everything in between. Elsie is adorable as the reluctant yet persistent investigator. There are hints of more great things to come from the Maitland sisters and I look forward to seeing more from this author. This is a great book for lovers of cozy, Christie-style mysteries.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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Book Review: “The Cat Who Went Underground” by Lilian Jackson Braun

Book Review: “The Cat Who Went Underground” by Lilian Jackson Braun

Qwilleran, retired newspaper reporter and millionaire, is up to his eyeballs in another mystery. But never fear, Koko and Yum Yum, his Siamese companions will be there to save the day. In this installment, Qwilleran has decided to take the cats to the Klingenschoen cabin in Mooseville for the summer. The problems start as soon as they arrive. When the heat fails Qwill finds himself signing up for the Glinko repair service. Mrs. Glinko has quite the operation going and Qwill’s encounters with her service people add a lot of humor to the story. Very soon after moving in it becomes evident that the cabin is too small and Qwill sets out to find a contractor who will build an addition. This proves to be very challenging as Qwill soon discovers that carpenters in Mooseville have been going missing under mysterious circumstances for several months. When Koko becomes obsessed with the crawl space under the cabin Qwill knows he’s all in with this mystery!

This is another hit in this fabulous series. I love the characters that Ms. Braun creates in her books. Qwilleran is his usual enchanting, though frequently frustrated self and the minor characters play their part brilliantly in keeping the story moving forward. This book further cements the series as being one of my all-time favorites.

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!

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Book Review: “Don’t Be a Stranger” by A.R. Winters

Book Review: “Don’t Be a Stranger” by A.R. Winters

Valerie Inkerman is a newly minted PI who has no clients. With the rent coming due, she agrees with her roommate’s suggestion and spends an evening waitressing at an upscale house party. While working the party, Jerry, Valerie’s roommate, introduces her to his friend Esme, but before the party’s over Esme is dead and Jerry is the prime suspect. The following day, Jerry’s dad shows up and hires Valerie to find out who the real killer is.

Valerie may not yet be a seasoned PI but she is organized and methodical in her investigation. I really liked Valerie from the start. She’s had a job she loved go south and then she bumps into two of her former colleagues, who have obviously been relishing her downfall. Jerry, who fancies himself a great actor and lady’s man, is the kind of guy you can’t help but like even when he’s annoying the heck out of you.

I found this book to be an easy and fun lighthearted mystery. This would be a perfect lazy summer day read. A.R. Winters, as usual, has created a delightful story in this first of the Valerie Inkerman series.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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Book Review: “The Ruth Valley Missing” by Amber West

Book Review: “The Ruth Valley Missing” by Amber West

Jameson just wants to get away from the big city for a while. When she sees an ad for a rental in rural Ruth Valley she jumps at the chance to experience small town living and take pictures of the scenery. Almost as soon as she moves in, she finds herself in the middle of a mystery. There are no men in this town except for the sheriff, who is also her landlord and gorgeous, and the local doctor. And why do the resident nuns seem so creepy?

This cozy mystery was a really fun read. I instantly liked James (Jameson), although it took me about half way through the book to get used to a male name being on the lead female character. The plot has some great twists and thrills that kept me intrigued till the end. This book is a stand-alone but I would love to see these characters again sometime.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP for a really enjoyable cozy mystery.

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