Award Winning Fantasy with a Twist!
I love to read, but I struggle to leave reviews. They’re rather like laundry or dishes. You get them clean, just not always out of the machine and put away. Still I’m trying to do better with dishes, laundry, and reviews both, so here are my latests reads:
(It’s an irregular system, but it worked for Sherlock Holmes.)
Dead as a Door Knocker (House-Flipper Mystery #1) by Diane Kelly
Fun start to a new series! Diane Kelly also does the Paw Enforcement series, an hysterically funny police series told from the point of view of the K9, so she’s got a lot to live up to. This book does not disappoint. Realtor trainee turned house flipper discovers dead body in new-to-her house and has to uncover who-dun-it before she’s stuck with another mortgage payment! We can all relate. Oh and the cat Sawdust weighs in as well! Kelly does an excellent job of developing interesting characters without their story overwhelming the essential mystery, while still infusing the murder with just the right touch of human drama.
Dying for Devil’s Food (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #11) by Jenn McKinlay
It is a testament to McKinlay’s ability that this series stays fresh and that it does so in mundane settings. The mysteries take place not at just big change events like weddings or funerals, but at ordinary happenstance like a job. Which is what the main character is hoping her milestone high-school reunion will be – just a job. Then the mean girl turns up dead, Melanie is accused of murder, and the hunt’s afoot! Fun story with the warm, human characters developed throughout the series. One new character in particular is well developed, broadening the focus of the story a little.
Murder, She Meowed (Pawsitively Organic Mysteries #7) by Liz Musgavero
When you’re trying to grow an organic pet food business that’s already suffered some serious setbacks, there’s only one question on your mind – which is worse? Having the stripper die at the bachelorette party you didn’t want or having your mother organize a more ‘elegant’ wedding that you also don’t want? The only thing to do, of course, is try to figure out who done it and who better to tap then the mother with the in into the high society the stripper was trying to leave behind! Another fun topsy-turvy mystery full of small town crazy and larger than life personalities.
Calculated Risk(A Bree and Tanner Thriller) by Janie Crouch
Harelquins are meant to be fun, so they’re short and usually not developed in depth. But every once in a while, I read one that stands out. This is one such with an imperfect heroine and complex mystery. Bree is a hacking genius with social anxiety who’s on the run from a terrorist organization threatening the world through cell phones. I know, sounds like a soap opera, but presented well if not in the depth of Patterson. Insterestingly, this couple’s story doesn’t end with this book. It’s just the start of a series. I can tell this is going to be as addictive as those Coltons and the Groom Killer!
The usual caveats: