Review – Bell, Book and Candlemas by Jennifer David Hesse

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4/5 Stars

This is the second book in The Wiccan Wheel Mystery Series, I enjoyed it very much. I was quickly drawn into this story of a Family Law attorney, Keli who is a practicing Wiccan. The town tourns to keli when the local New Age store is vandalized and the store owner is harassed. Keli fears her religious beliefs will become public fodder if she becomes involved. Keli is very private about her beliefs so is reluctant to become involved. Keli tries to find a way to help the shop owner, help solve a murder investigation, while keeping her religious beliefs private.

I wa quickly drawn into the story and didn’t[ want ot put it down. I really enjoyed the characters and getting to know them. The mystery is well plotted and kept me guessing until the final reveal. I haven’t read the first book in this series yet and was able to follow along with the characters and storyline. I’m looking forward toreading the first book and hoping to read more books in this series in the future.

I received a copy of this manuscript from the publisher, via NetGalley; my review has been voluntarily submitted.

 

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Review – Iced Under by Barbara Ross

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4/5 Stars

This is the fifth book in the Maine Clambake Mystery Series and does not disappoint. Julia Snowden finds herself emerged in a mystery a little closer to home. Julia’s mother receives a package in the mail containing a necklace that once belonged to Julia’s great-grandmother and disappeared long ago. Julia embarks on a mission to discover what happened to the necklace and determined who had it in for a relative who was previously thought dead. Julia is determined to figure things out before the blizzard hits.

This is a wonderful story with great characters. It was a slight change of pace to not have events happen around the Clambake business. I think this helps give depth and believability to the characters.

The mystery is well paced and weaved into the story in a seamless thread that slows gets unraveled. The story is certainly driven by the characters. There are plenty of suspects to keep you guessing who the culprit is, I know I was surprised.

I enjoy my visits to Bussman’s Harbor. I hope there will be more in the future.

I received a copy of this manuscript from the publisher via NetGalley, my review has been voluntarily submitted.

Review – Fatal Fiction by Kym Roberts

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5/5 Stars

 

This is a great start to a new series! Charli Rae Warren swore she was never going back home to Hazel Rock, TX, that is until she had to show up to sign papers enabling the sale of The Book Barn Parincess. Unfortunately for Charli, her arrival back to town is not as quick as she hoped or would have liked. Charli no sooner arrives in town and discovers the murdered body of the real estate agent in charage of selling The Book Barn. Quickly becoming the main person of interest forces Charli to stay in town. It isn’t until Charli’s estranged father is accussed of murder – which Charli knows he would never commit – that Charli starts to think of Hazel Rock as her home again and begins to hel from old misunderstandings and hurt.

This story quickly grabbed my attention and kept me reading, I couldn’t put it down I really enjoyed the characters in this book. The author did a great job of slowly peeling back the layers of their personalities so we not only got a chance to see who they were as younger people and how some of those experiences shped who they are as adults.

The story moved along at a brisk pace. There were a few twists I wasn’t expecting. The suspect pool was plentiful enough that I was kept guessing until the final reveal. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

I received a copy of this manuscript from the publisher via NetGalley. I have voluntarily submitted my review.