Review- Skinny Dipping With Murder by Auralee Wallace

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5/5 Stars

This is a wonderful book that I couldn’t put down until I finished. Erica left home after an incident that was quite embarrassing and left her humiliated at the town’s Raspberry Social, an incident that hasn’t stopped being town fodder. Reluctantly, Erica returns home to help her mother with her new age-y spiritual retreat for women.

Things turn interesting when the people involved with Erica’s embarrassing episode start turning up dead. With Erica in town, she becomes the prime suspect. Add to the mix town sheriff, Grady just happens to be Erica’s old nemesis. Erica tries to prove her innocence before someone decides to end her.

This is an entertaining book that captivated my attention from the beginning had me reading well into the night. I just had to know what was going to happen next. I really liked the characters, they had me laughing at their antics and kept me wanting more. I thought this was a fun and entertaining book. I can’t wait to read what happens next!

I received a copy of this manuscript from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

Review – Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O’Connor

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5/5 Stars

This is the first book in a new series and I found it very enjoyable. I enjoyed the characters and setting of the story. Siobhan and her brother, James have been taking care of their younger siblings since their parents death by a drunk driver. The family has a bistro that makes just enough money for the family to get by. One day the brother of the person accused of killing Siobhan’s parents in the drunk driving accident comes back to town saying his brother didn’t do it. This man ends up dead in the famly bistro and the Guarda, the local police suspect Siobhan’s family. The plucky redhead is determined to solve the murder before her family ends up in jail and the family business gets shut down.

I enjoyed this story very much. The first few chapters set up the backstory for the family and that was a little slow moving but once past that, the story moved at a brisk pace. I enjoyed the characters and the small town in County Cork they live in. I also enjoyed getting to know the whole family by their involvement with solving the mystery. There were some twists to the story that helped make it interesting. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

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

Review- Shards of Murder by Cheryl Hollon

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5/5 Stars

This is such a great book! I was quickly drawn into the story and couldn’t put the book down. Savannah has been asked to be a judge at the Spinnaker Art Festival. During the awards ceremony the winner of the glass competition doesn’t show up and is soon found dead. Savannah quickly becomes the prime suspect. Savannah must sort through the broken pieces of evidence to find out who the culprit is.

I enjoyed this story very much. I have not read the first story in this series and didn’t feel lost at all. I’m eager to read that book now. The story was tightly written with characters who are likable and full of depth. The author talks about some of the processes of glass making and does it in a way that is not overdone and keeps the story moving. There are plenty of twists to the story that keep it interesting and fast paced. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

I recieved a copy of this manuscript from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reveiw.

 

Review- The Skeleton in the Closet by Angie Fox

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5/5 Stars

This is such an enjoyable series! It’s about a young woman named Verity who sees ghosts and somehow gets involved in solving murder cases. In this instance, Verity stumbles across a dead body in the middle of the library reading room. She believes someone had to see something. Frankie, her ghostly side-kick wants Verity to stay out of it but she insists on finding out what happened. Verity must also face down her ex-fiance, he has his own agenda in mind when he shows up. Verity must kieep her wits about her in order to solve this mystery.

This story will quickly grab your attention and keep you reading to see what will happen next. I love the characters, especially Frankie, the gangster who helps Verity in her investigations. These are such fun books to read. I can’t wait to read what happens next!

I received a copy of this manuscript from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review – Murder at Malenfer by Iain McChesney

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3/5 Stars

I found this to be an interesting but predictable story. Essentially, this story is about Arthur Malenfer, a ghost who died during WWI. Arthur needs the help of his friend and fellow service man, Dermot to help him with unsolved business at the Malenfer family estate. Dermot meets the youngest Malenfer and falls head over heels for her dispite her being engaged. Arthur, with Dermot’s help sets out to find out what is happening at Malenfer Manor.

The story started off strong but about half way through seemed to be a different book. The characters seemed to change their opinions, there were akward sequences of events and I didn’t find the love interest to be believable. I enjoyed the story enough to keep reading but felt I had to work my way through to get to the end. I would try another book by this author in the future.

I received a copy of this manuscript from the publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review – 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajama’s by Marie-Helene Bertino

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3/5 Stars

I have such mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, there were certain aspects of the book I enjoyed such as the young aspiring jazz singer and her phrases for things. The flow of the book was hard for me to follow., it seemed to jump from one character to another with no real warning. I liked the concept of the book but just don’t think it was executed as well as it could have been. I will say that I enjoyed several of the characters and wanted to know more about them which is what kept me reading the book.

I was provided a copy of this manuscript from blogging-for-books in exchange for an honest review.