Magical Mystery Paws (The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency)
by Mandy Morton
Humor , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 12 Jul 2018
The No.2 Feline Detective Agency novels are difficult to categorize. They are fantasies in that all of the characters are cats - walking, talking, driving, clothes wearing, pastry eating cats. They look and behave like cats, but at the same time do all the things humans do. Apart from this, they are strictly mysteries- delightfully whimsical ones, with plenty of cat reinterpretations of pop culture history. The novels aren’t for everyone, but if you love cats and enjoy a bit of whimsy you will have a lot of fun reading Mandy Morton’s novels.
In the newest No. 2 Feline Detective Agency novel, Magical Mystery Paws, Hettie and co agree to accompany Patty Sniff on her new tour. Crammed together on Psycho Derek’s bus along with Patty and the Cheese Triangles, Kitty O’Shea’s Irish dance troupe, and Derek and Belinda Beacon they prepare to set o...
Peril in the Old Country The Terribly Serious Darkness Series, Book One
by Sam Hooker
Black Spot Books
General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 05 Jun 2018
If you love the humor of Terry Pratchett, you absolutely must pick up a copy of Peril in the Old
Country. It is a delightfully absurd novel with elements of the movie Brazil. Witty, astute observations on the nature of man and the reality he creates are paired with strange situations that become more and more convoluted as Sloot Peril endeavors to do the right thing and keep his head attached to his shoulders.
All Sloot did was correct a memo. Now he is the financier of an idiot nobleman, a spy, and possibly falling in love for the first time in his life. He is way outside his comfort zone and the situation is becoming more ridiculous and more complex as it progresses. Peril in the Old Country is an absolutely wonderful novel. Not only was it extremely funny, it also had just the right way of pointing out truths...
Coffin, Scarcely Used (A Flaxborough Mystery Book 1)
by Colin Watson
Humor , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 22 Feb 2018
Coffin Slightly Used is an enjoyable British police procedural, light on tension but pleasantly paced and delightfully witty. There is a great deal of humor but it is subtle rather than laugh out loud. It is a great mystery to enjoy while drinking a pot of tea on a lazy afternoon.
Harold Carobleat, respected councilor and do-gooder is dead. Little is thought of this until his neighbor dies in what appears to be a bizarre accident. Detective Inspector Purbright doesn’t get many murders, but he’s fairly certain Marcus Gwill would not have committed suicide by electrocution. Both men had the same associates and regularly socialized with each other. Detective Inspector Purbright is certain he is being lied to, but isn’t sure why. As determined as he is affable, Purbright doesn’t give up, unraveling the complex mystery strand by strand....
DOUBLE DOG DARE A Davis Way Crime Caper
by Gretchen Archer
Humor , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 20 Mar 2018
Double Dog Dare is deliciously chaotic. Davis and her family and friends swoop from one misadventure to the next with scarcely enough time for the reader to take a breath. Throw in a huge cast of larger and weirder than life characters - including a dog that looks like a hairless mutant and is half as friendly (only eats cannelloni and thumbprint cookies) and smells like garlic - and readers definitely have a winner.
In this wacky caper, Davis’s sister , Meredith and Meredith’s best friend’s pooch, has been kidnapped by the pastor of Pine Apple and is being held for a million in ransom. On top of this, Davis has to deal with Vree who gives even the most talented talkers a run for their money, a smelly dog with a fascination for Madeline Albright, and a pair of lottery winners with an immense capacity for destruction - and that doesn’t even begin to cover a disa...
Stay Calm and Collie on is a delightful pet cozy that is certain to leave animal lovers with a smile.
Sue Patrick and Lady Anthea Fitzwalter are wonderfully paired. While Sue is practical and a skilled businesswoman, Lady Anthea has ample experience managing people. Together they must find the killer of Buckingham Pet Palace’s driver - who was found dead in the back of the Palace’s van, surrounded by dogs. Rumors are circulating about the Palace’s safety and customers are leaving in droves. It’s up to Sue and Anthea to save the Palace’s reputation in time for the Pet Parent Appreciation Gala.
Stay Calm and Collie On is a low stress read. Sue and Lady Anthea aren’t suspects, so the main tension is related to keeping their customers. There is also a delightful bit of romantic interaction between Sue and the local Sheriff. Their interactions always left me...
That Olde White Magick by Sharon Pape
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 07 Nov 2017
That Olde White Magick is a fantastic mystery filled with humor, suspense, romance and of course Magick - the kind that keeps the reader glued to the page and leaves them with a smile on their face. Between the wonderful cast of characters - including Merlin who is both out of his time and his comfort zone - and Kailyn’s six cats, and the delightful plot, Sharon Pape’s mystery has a lot to offer readers.
That Olde White Magick begins with a meeting and a murder. New Camel is divided on the issue of rezoning - a hotel wants to build a large resort in a wetlands area. Some hope for the added business that the hotel will bring. Others fear the large hotel will bring many changes to the small town whose appeal lies in its quaint nature. When one of the council members in favor of the hotel is murdered just before a debate, it looks like the reason was her position on the hotel. As Kail...
The Witches' Tree An Agatha Raisin Mystery
by M. C. Beaton
St. Martin's Press
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 03 Oct 2017
The Witches’ Tree is a terrific addition to the Agatha Raisin series. It is clever, funny, and has a wonderful cast of quirky characters- both series favourites and new additions.
The Witches Tree begins with a village Vicar and his wife discovering the body of one of the church volunteers hanging on The Witches’ Tree in the center of the green. But this body is only the first. Hungry for excitement and tired of the lost pets and divorce cases that are the bread and butter of her business, Agatha eagerly tackles the case. It helps that the local squire is willing to pay in hopes of getting the credit.
As in all her mysteries, Agatha gets into plenty of trouble both with her nosy questions and romantic daydreams. Thankfully she has the help of her friends and colleagues. The interplay between Agatha and Sir Charles is part of w...
The Wrong Dead Guy is utterly hilarious. I don't know whether Richard Kadrey is an alien or merely a genius. Who else would think of such an amazing assortment of hijinks and heists? Captivated from the start, I wavered between laughing out loud and gaping in incredulity. What starts as the simple theft of a mummy leads to a cascade of bizarre activity. From invading a museum dressed as clowns to stealing a library by turning it into an elephant, Coop does what is necessary to save his own skin and save the world. After all, it just wouldn't do to let a 3000 year old mummy take over the world.
To give you an example of the weird and wonderful things you will find in The Wrong Dead Guy, I've made a short list.
A pocket sized elder god
An undead mailroom manager intent on revenge and world domination through control of the mail
Malice in Maggody is as hilarious today as it was when Joan Hess first published it. Maggody is the epitome of a hick town, filled with bizarre characters that you can’t help but like - well maybe not “like” but reading about all of the wild goings on is a pleasure. Arly Hanks, Maggody chief of police, is a voice of sarcastic reason, while her mother Ruby Bee and her mother's best friend Estelle manage to contribute to the chaos by “helping” Arly with her investigations.
Malice in Maggody is a fine introduction to Hess’s popular series. Mayor Jim Bob Buchannon and the rest of the city council have a plan to save Maggody. Needless to say it goes awry. I can’t even begin to describe what happens. Yes there is a murder, but it is second to all the comedic mayhem accompanying the disappearance of a local official. (The murder happens about ⅔ in). I can say that the ending is fantastic. It i...
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...