Review – Murder at the 42nd St. Library by Con Lehane

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3/5 Stars

Murder at the 42nd St. Library is an interesting mystery premise by Con Lehane. The book opens with a murder in one of the upper floor offices and the murderer getting away. There was a witness to the crime who claims not to have seen anything. Ray Ambler, curartor of the crime fiction collection works with the police to solve the crime.

Suspects abound, many with hidden connects to the library. It is soon discovered the murder is connected to a mystery writer’s personal papers that were donated to the library. Ambler perseveres in his investigation and soon he has a second murder to solve.

I thought this was interesting premise for a murder mystery but the execution was lacking. I felt the author was trying too hard. There were several plot lines vying for space, in this case meant a lot of characters to keep track of. It became confusing at times to keep track of everything. The story just didn’t flow smoothly. When I took a break from reading, I had to reread sections in order to pick where I left off. Perhaps the book would have worked better if some of the characters and subplots were culled.

Despite my previous stated feelings, I did like the book. I liked that it wasn’t as hard-boiled as some crime novels and was a little more gritty than a cozy mystery. I like both, don’t get me wrong but somewhere in the middle is a nice change. I would happily read the next book in the series to see what the author comes up with next!

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

Review – Rest in Peach by Susan Furlong

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5/5 Stars

The second book in the Georgia Peach Mystery series is delectably sweet. I loved the first book and love this one even more. This is fast becoming one of my favorite series! There is romance, misunderstandings, blackmail, and murder in this well written mystery.

Suspects abound as Nola investigates who murdered one of the debutante’s, insufferable mother in the events leading up to the annual Peach Cotillion. Nola’s friend, Ginny, is fingered as the prime suspect after several witnesses saw her in a heated argument with the victim. There a few twists and surprises along the way.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

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

Review – Raiders of the Lost Bark by Sparkle Abbey

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4/5 Stars

 

This is a delightful addition to the Pampered Pets Mystery series. Glamping (glamorous camping), blackmail, and murder are just a few of the things pet boutique ower, Mel must deal with. Mel becomes the prime suspect when pet chef, Addison is found murdered at a glamping event. Unfortunately, Mel has no alibi for the time of death and was being blackmailed by Addison. Quirky octagenarian, Betty is trying to “help” clear Mel’s name. Mel discovers she was not the only one being blackmailed by Addison and must figure out who the culprit is before she gets arrested for the crime.

I really enjoy this series. It has fun quirky characters in both the humans and their pets. I love reading about Raider and his antics (he is Betty’s St. Bernard puppy). This is a fast-paced story that has a well thought out mystery. I was kept guessing throughout the book as to who the culprit was.

This is the second book in the series I have read and didn’t realize each book focused on one of two cousins, Caro and Mel. The last book I read featured Caro. I like this element, I think it’s something different and refreshing. I should also mention that this book can be read as a stand-alone. The authors do a wonderful job of giving enough information from previous books without bogging down the story. They just have me wanting to read the previous books so I can get the full story. I’m looking forward to doing that! I also look forward to reading the next book to see what happens next!

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