Review – Disordered: The Complete Case Files of Dr. Matilda Schmidt Paranormal Psychologist by Cynthia St. Aubin

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5/5 Stars

I love this book! It’s laugh out loud funny and full of unexpected hijinx that will keep turning the pages to see what will happen next. This handsy dandy book contains all of Dr. Schmidt’s cases to date and two bonus stories. This is great! All the books are in one convenient location, no guessing which book is next; this works especially well if your like me and need to read books in a series in order. I loved it, and can’t wait to see what happens next!

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Review – Killer Jam by Karen MacInerney

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This is a great first book in the new Dewberry Farm Mysteries  I think this is going to be another great series!

Lucy Resnick has purchased the farm her grandparents used to own; she’s getting into the swing of things when trouble comes knocking in the form of a thumper truck.  Apparently former owner retained the mineral rights during the sale and now wants to search for oil.  Unfortunately for Lucy, the former owner, Nettie, has held a grudge against Lucy’s family for years and won’t back down.  At the Founder’s Day celebration, Nettie is found stabbed with a barbeque fork, and a broken jar of Lucy’s jam next to her body.  Ther Sherriff, who happens to be Nettie’s cousin, Rooster, won’t look at any other suspect believing Lucy is the only one responsible for the crime.

Lucy realizes she is going to have to figure out wh  killed Nettie before she is ends up in jail.  The more questions Lucy asks, the more people she finds had a reason to want Nettie dead, including Nettie’s daughter.  A decades old murder comes into the equation and may shed some light on old resentments.

This is a great story, it will quickly grab your attention and keep you turning the pages.  There are several laugh out loud moments, particularly a few involving the cow and her antics.  There is a bit of paranormal influences when books start opening to specific pages and tree limbs suddenly fall.  It’s a nice elementn to the story that is done  with subtly.  A very enjoyable book, I look forward to reading more in this series.

I received an advanced reader’s copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review – Murder in the Paperback Parlor by Ellery Adams

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5/5 Stars

This is fast becoming one of my favorite cozy mystery series!  Ellery Adams has transported us to Storyton Hall, a manor house. located in a secluded valley in Virginia.  The story is set in modern times but with the imagery painted by Ms. Adams, it evokes a sense of yesteryear.  Storyton Hall is a most unique place, it houses a library of thousands of books in all genres; this how the book retreat came to be.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day so Storyton Hall has a romance retreat planned for readers of romance.  The festivities have barely started when a popular author is murdered. Jane and her book club friends work together to find the culprit before someone else is hurt.

I enjoy Ellery Adams writing style, she paints a beautiful portrait with her words.  I enjoy her characterizations, and how she bring them to light.    The mystery was well laid out, with plenty of twists that kept me guessing.  This book was a joy to read!  I look forward to reading more in this series and seeing what happens next.

I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Review – As Black as Ebony by Salla Sumukka

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I really enjoyed this book! Lumikki is home and back at school with the lead in the school play, a mondern adaptation of Snow White. Lumikki has also found herself in a new relationship with fellow cast member, Sampsa. Lumikki starts receiving anonymous love letters and text messages, each one becoming increasingly more obsessive than the last. The admirer threatens violence unless Lumikki does what is asked, she knows she will have to figure out what’s going on in order to prevent any disasters. If Lumikki isn’t careful she may end up the one in most danger.
This book quickly drew me in and kept me turning the pages. There were plenty of twists and a few surprises along the way. I would definitely recommend this book.

I received and advanced reader’s copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review – As White as Snow by Salla Simukka

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I liked this book! This is the second of three books in the Lumikki Andersson trilogy.
Lumikki Andersson has gone to Prague on vacation with hopes of spending time alone away from the fame brought on by her role in taking down a crime ring. Lumikki is soon caught up in a web of deceit that may be her undoing. Lenka, a skittish young woman, approaches Lumikki stating they are sisters. Lumikki is highly doubtful of this but Lenka says some things that get Lumikki thinking that maybe it’s true. Lumikki wants to know more about Lenka but as she tries to get answers to questions, Lenka becomes frightened and runs off. Lumikki starts uncovering pieces of Lenka’s story adn soon realizes she is living in a cult. Lenka won’t let Lumikki help her try to escape from the cult, but she tries anyway; it may be Lumikki’s undoing.
I enjoyed the story, it seemed a little slow at the beginning, but I was kept interested in what was going to happen next. The author did a nice job of describing the scenery, I had a very good picture of things in my mind. I’m very curious to see what will happen in the next book.

I recieved an advanced readers copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review – Drape Expectations by Karen Rose Smith

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I enjoyed this! This is the fourth mystery in the Caprice DeLuca series by Karen Rose Smith, and it doesn’t disappoint.
Caprice receives a phone call from her friend, Ace, a rock star in the 80’s, asking her to stage the home of his girlfriend Alanna. Caprice reluctantly agrees to help stage Alanna’s house because of her friendship with Ace. At the first meeting with Alanna, Caprice soon realizes how difficult things are going to be with Alanna, she disagrees with Caprice’s suggestions. During the open house, Caprice discovers Alanna has locked her cat in the closet with no food or water; this angers animal lover Caprice so when next she sees Alanna, Caprice reprimands her care of the cat. When Alanna turns up murdered, Ace is the the prime suspect. Caprice finds herself asking questions believing her friend is not responsible for the crime.
This book has great characters, a well written story with plenty of twists that will keep you guessing. There are some delicious sounding recipes included at the back of the book. I look forward to reading future books in this series.

I recieved an advanced reader’s copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review – Give ‘Em Pumpkin to Talk About

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5/5 Stars

This is a terrific new series from authors Joyce and Jim Lavene in the Pumpkin Patch Mysteries.  Sarah Tucker, an attorney from Richmond, VA, has come to her family’s abandoned farm to sell it.  The farm belonged to Sarah’s grandparerents who disappeared under mysterious circumstances while Sarah was a young girl.  Someone claiming to have information regarding the disappearance of Sarah’s grandparents, asks for a clandestine meeting out at the farm.  As Sarah is walking up to the door, shots ring out, killing the caller.  Sarah discovers Confederate gold is supposedly buried on the family farm and treasure hunters have been trying to unearth its location.  Several snags are keeping Sarah in town longer than she hoped.  As she seeks answers to what happened to her grandparents, Sarah may pay the price for those answers with her life.  Included in the book are fun facts about pumpkins and farm fresh recipes.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!  The story quickly drew my attention and kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next.  Joyce and Jim Lavene are masterful storytellers, they know how to tell a story.  There are plenty of twists and surprises in store, I was kept guessing until the end.  I look forward to reading more in this series.

I received an advanced reader’s copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.