Review- Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower

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5/5 Stars

This is a wonderful new series by Amanda Flower and this book will be on my list of most favorite books. Amanda Flower has created a magical world that draws you in and captivates with each turn of the page. The characters are vibrant and full of life, the reader is given a sense of who they really are.

This story begins when Violet rushes home to Cascade Springs to be with her ailing grandmother, Daisy. Much to Violet’s shock, Grandma Daisy is fine and not sick at all. Grandma Daisy explains it was the only way she knew to get Violet to come home, something Violet swore she would never do when she left.

Violet isn’t home for long when the gentleman Grandma Daisy has been seeing shows up in front of the house dead. The police suspect Grandma Daisy of murder bringing back horrible memories for Violet. Violet sets out to solve the murder before Grandma Daisy is found guilty.

There is plenty of mystery, suspense and magical moments. The animals in the book are quite entertaining, especially Faulkner, the crow and Emerson, the tuxedo cat who helps in the sleuthing. There are plenty of secrets and several twists in the story that will keep the reader guessing. This is terrific new series and I can’t wait to read the more!

I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reveiw.

 

Review- Murder on Wheels by Lynn Cahoon

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5/5 Stars

This is one of my favorite series and it does not disappoint. There is plenty of fun and adventure as well as heartache and disappointment.

Jill meets Kacey, the person who bought the food truck she was interested in. Kacey is set to open featureing gluten-free food items, this has Jill thinking about her own menu items. Before Kaceycan ipen, someone breaks into the truck stealing her recipe book. The police question Jill’s friend Sadie because she had the most to gain from the theft. When Kacey turns up dead on the beach and the police focusing on Sadie, Jill puts on her sleuthing hat to discover who really committed the crime.

This is a mystery that will quickly absorb you into the town of South Cove and have you sleuthing right along with Jill. You will want to know what happens and keep turning the pages well into the night. The characters are likeable and people you would want to spend your time with.

The mystery is engaging and lets you follow along with the clues so you can try to guess who the murderer is. There are plenty of twists that will keep you guessing, I was certainly surprised.

I look forward to reading more in this series and highly recommend it!

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

Review – Dearly Departed by Hy Conrand

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4/5 Stars

This is the second book in the series and it’s very enjoyable! Amy has been asked to book a wake tour for the former employers of Paisley McGregor, a maid who became wealthy herself. Paisley intends to have her former employers sprinkle her ashes at stops along the tour and at the final stop have her will read. As Amy soon finds out, they are some people on the tour who have secrets they would rather keep buried and will murder anyone who gets in their way.

I enjoyed the characters, especially Amy, Fanny, and Marcus (Amy’s boyfriend). Fanny is my favorite character, she is very entertaining and quite funny. The story is well written, with plenty of suspects and red herrings. I was kept guessing until the end. This can easily be read as a stand-alone, I didn’t have an opportunity to read the first book and didn’t feel lost. I’m eager to read the first book to see what happened.

I received an advanced review copy from the publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Cute Emergency by Tony Heally

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5/5 Stars

This is a fun, cute book! There are various animals depicted with captions representing the photo. The book is structured so that various types of emergencies ranging from low to high. I enjoy books such as these, they bring a smile to my face and help brighten my day. I would gladly have more of these types of books.

I received a copy of this book from blogging for books in exchange for an honest review.

Review – What She Left by T.R. Richmond

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3/3 Stars

This is a book that is difficult for me to review. I didn’t love it and I certainly didn’t like it either. You may ask why I gave it three stars and I’ll do my best to answer.

This book is about a young woman named Alice who has died either by murder or suicide, the answer is never really clear until the end. An anthropology professor named Cooke, at the university she attended, decides to essentially make her life a case study so he can write a book. He looks through social media sites, asks her friends and family for information about her and gathers newspaper clippings she has either written or been mentioned in for his project.

I liked the idea of this story I just think it could have been done a little better. What I didn’t like were the characters, in some instances we are only given brief glimpses at them, such is the case with Alice, who the book was supposed to be about. There really was nothing redeeming about any of the lot and that made it a little difficult to care about any of them.

Again, the writing is done well it is the style in which it is done that I didn’t care for. The story is told through texts, twitter messages, voicemails, e-mails and letters. I felt there were times when there was too much being said, it was these times the story didn’t move and got bogged down (at least to my mind). The story was very slow moving. The time line is not linear, it jumps from one year to another and back again. I understand why this was done, the author wanted to reveal information as it was being discovered. When I had the biggest problem with this was when Cooke was writing a letter to his friend and reveals a bit of information but the thread of information is not picked up for several pages and seemingly unimportant information later, then you have to remember what he was starting to convey.

I came to realize this book is not about Alice. It is about the little pieces of ourselves that we leave on social media, and other media venues. Those little bits of ourselves will always be out there for someone to see and can sometimes be misinterpreted.

Overall, I enjoyed the concept of the book. I just think it could have been executed a little differently to move it along at a faster pace. If some of the characters had some redeeming qualities about them as well I would have felt more vested in what they were going through and cared.

I enjoyed the writing of this author and would be willing to read another book by them in the future.

I received an advanced reader’s copy of this manuscript from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review – Michael Symon’s 5 in 5 for Every Season: 165 Quick Dinners, Sides, Holiday Dishes and More

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5/5 Stars

I don’t typically review cookbooks but I really like this one. I’ve enjoyed watching Michael Symon cook on variosu shows and thought the recipes he made sounded good, I always wanted to try them. This is one of the few cookbooks I have found where I would make most of the recipes, something I rarely find in a cookbook. They all look and sound delicious!

At the beginning of the book there is a list of basic pantry items to have stocked so you can make any recipe, I really liked having this list. The recipes are easy to follow and not overly complicated. They are written is plain, simple steps (there isn’t too much information given at one time).

I enjoyed the variety of recipes that he gives in this book. The recipes were broken up by season when the fresh ingredients would be available. I even liked the suggestions he gave what to make with left turkey or ham.

I’m going to look into the other cookbooks Michael Symon has written, I’m sure to find more delicious recipes!

I received a copy of this cookbook from the publisher via blogging for books in exchange for an honest review.

Review – Knight’s Cross by Christine Kling

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4/5 Stars

This is a great story full of mystery and adventure. It will quickly grab your attention and keep you reading to see what happens next. There is plenty of intrigue, suspense and adventure to keep you on the edge of your seat. The author does a great job with pacing so the story never lags. I really enjoy these adventures and can’t wait to read the next one!

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