Fall is coming and Death by Pumpkin Spice is the perfect treat for a restful afternoon. Alex Erickson turns this delightful cozy series on its ear, providing readers with a classic manor house murder mystery starring all of their beloved characters. I was incredibly impressed.
Krissy Hancock is more at home running her bookstore cafe than rubbing shoulders with the elite of Pine Hills, particularly when costumes are involved. She doesn't know what to expect when her boyfriend Will invites her to Halloween at the Yarborough mansion. The house itself is designed to be a horror lovers delight filled with blood and gore of the theatrical variety. The last thing Krissy expects is to discover a very real, very dead body. As a storm makes outside approach impossible, Krissy must help Officer Paul Dalton investigate. It doesn't help that the victim is one of three women dressed as Mari...
The first book in the new Lady Alkmene Callender Mystery series
by Vivian Conroy
Women's Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 19 Sep 2016
If you like the Miss Fisher mysteries, you will definitely enjoy Vivian Conroy's debut Lady Alkmene mystery - A Proposal to Die For. The mystery is fresh and exciting with just enough suspense and romantic tension. The story is straightforward, but Lady Alkmene's charm, and the chemistry between her and journalist Jake Dubois keep readers fascinated. There are a few unexpected surprises but for the most part readers simply relax and follow their adventures. Vivian Conroy makes escaping into 1920s Britain a pleasure.
Reading of the death of Silas Norich, a wealthy financier, brings to mind a conversation Lady Alkmene overheard a few days earlier. An American, Evelyn Steinbeck was discussing marriage with an unknown man, mentioning that she would have both...
Domestic violence isn't an easy topic to tackle, but it is extremely important. Karen Rose Smith does an excellent job capturing the complexity of an issue where what is legal doesn't always match what is just.
After escaping from an abusive marriage, Wendy Newcomb has devoted her life to the protection of women. She heads Sunshine Tomorrow, a women's shelter and support service, and has asked Caprice to refurbish and design a dilapidated mansion. When Wendy is found dead, her replacement asks Caprice to investigate. Wendy had many enemies and was known to skirt the law if it meant protecting women and children. The more Caprice digs, the more secrets she uncovers, the more danger she is in.
One aspect of Shades of Wrath that I truly admire is the romance between Caprice and Grant. It is nice to see a strong loving relationship with equal measures of trust and support....
Like Joan Hess, Ellen Byron captures the essence of life in a rural town - its quirks, unique characters, and the impact of everyone knowing everything about your business. What I especially love about Ellen Byron is that she clearly "knows" Louisiana as only a native can. It makes her stories all the more plausible despite being off the wall.
Body on the Bayou once again places Maggie Crozat in hot water - and that is even before the body shows up. In a fit of goodwill, Maggie has taken the role of Maid of Honor for her demanding coworker Vanessa in hopes it will improve relations with the Durand family. What she didn't expect was an ever increasing deluge of requests, including the hosting of Vanessa's cousin Ginger and entourage at the Crozat Plantation B&B - for free. Vanessa's cousin has quite a reputation, so when she ends up being found dead there are plenty of...
Intentional or no, Hell Bay evokes the same sense of impending terror that I experienced when I first read Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. This isn't a strict homage to the mystery classic, rather it takes the central elements (the isolated island setting where guests are trapped and an unknown murderer decimating those present) and reworks them by adding a detective ala Sherlock Holmes
Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn are enquiry agents (private detectives) in turn of the century London. Like Sherlock Holmes, Cyrus Barker has a predilection for meerschaum pipes and mysteries that challenge the intellect. (Barker is somewhat more willing to engage in the rough and tumble, and never presumes to possess Holmes's observational skills) He and his assistant Thomas Llewelyn have been hired by Lord Hargrave to protect the French ambassador during a weeklong...
The newest Lucy Stone mystery, British Manor Murder, is a treat for Anglophiles and cozy lover's alike. Once you get past Lucy's whining about the loss of her grandson's company, the book becomes quite enjoyable - the lighthearted fun mystery readers expect from Meier.
Lucy accompanies her friend Sue on her trip to England to see the Earl of Wickham's new hat exhibit. As lovers of British mysteries, Lucy and Sue have quite some expectations about what staying at an English Manor will be like. Needless to say things are not quite Downtown Abbey. Perry and his family live in the former servant's quarters while the house is open to the public. Rather than majestic corgis, they have a pair of untrained labs. Only their eccentric aunt Millicent and her lady's maid still believe in the old ways. What they expect least, however, is a pair of murders and a multitude of thefts. Of course nothing is...
Mobsters, starlets, crooked cops, and one momentous movie come together in Michael Mayo’s newest Jimmy Quinn mystery - Jimmy and Fay. What lover of classic movies and mystery could turn down the opportunity to meet Fay Wray, particularly as a damsel in real life distress? Jimmy Quinn certainly doesn’t when she comes to him with a peculiar problem - she is being blackmailed with pornographic photographs that contain a lookalike. Despite the woman in the photos clearly not being her, Fay wants the issue settled before it becomes embarrassing. Jimmie Quinn, known for his sense of honor and having one foot firmly on each side of the law is an obvious choice for a go-between. He takes his task a step further, and starts looking into who is behind the blackmail. What he finds is far more complicated, and far more deadly - implicating supposed bastions of wealth and prop...
Unlike other popular animal trainers, Victoria Stilwell throws the “alpha” training ideal out the window, preferring a positive, common sense approach based on a knowledge of modern dogs, their behavior and methods of communicating. In The Secret Language of Dogs, Stilwell teaches pet parents how to accurately interpret the body language of their beloved pets. Better understanding leads to better communication and ultimately a better relationship with fewer behavioral issues. Far too many trainers rely on force and fear - techniques that ultimately backfire and create problems. The Secret Language of Dogs is filled with pictures and diagrams that allow the reader to see what Stilwell is describing and know what to look for in their own pet.
The Secret Language of Dogs won’t teach you how to train your pet. Instead the book helps pet parents to...
Beau Smith manages to take the traditional western motif - justice by way of the gunslinger and updates it by adding all the modern bells and whistles (zombies, demons, mad scientists and more). Smith's graphic novel may not be "high falutin" entertainment but it certainly is a fun ride. Lots of action, monsters, and a characteristic touch of humor make Wynonna Earp worth reading. (You won't want to miss the demon hillbillies)
Wynonna Earp takes after her famous ancestor in at least one way - her skill with a gun. She works for the US Marshals Black Badge division. Riding a motorcycle as opposed to a horse, Wynonna is charged with ridding the world of supernatural threats, and keeping knowledge from the public.
You have never seen a West like this.
I received a copy of Wynonna Earp: Homecoming from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange fo...
Pushy, insecure and completely irresistible, Agatha Raisin returns in Pushing Up Daisies. Once more Aggie pursues romance and a killer. As you might guess, she is more successful finding the latter. As always, it is entertaining to accompany Agatha as she lies, bullies and annoys her way to discovering the truth (aided in her misadventures by her friends and colleagues).
If I had to pick one word to describe the series, I would choose - quirky. The residents of the Cotswolds, Agatha included are definitely eccentric. It is always fun to discover what everyone is up to and to see what new characters are introduced.
In Pushing Up Daisies, Agatha has her eye on a recently retired police detective named Gerald. The discovery of the body of odious Lord Bellington gives Agatha an opportunity. Surely if she find the killer he will notice her.