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Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #1)Still Life by Louise Penny

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I would give this book more than 5 stars if there were more. I an new to Inspector Gamache but I loved him. I loved the inspector, the mystery, the odd little town and the residents. The mystery was first rate... not too much info at a time but enough to drive me to read and read and read... and read it all in one day. There is more to it than that - there are life lessons, deep ones, poetry, art... I already ordered the second one and can't wit until it arrives.



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Miss Julia Takes Over (Miss Julia, #2)Miss Julia Takes Over by Ann B. Ross

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I love Miss Julia and this one is as much fun as the first one. Hazel Marie is missing and Miss Julia can't get any satisfaction from her local law enforcement so she hires a PI to help and Little Lloyd hunt for his mother. The fact that Uncle Vern is trying to get custody of Little Lloyd doesn't help either.

Many adventures and misadventures ensue.

Another not to be missed story with Miss Julia



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Berried Secrets (Cranberry Cove #1)Berried Secrets by Peg Cochran

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I read this one for my cozy club at Facebook.

It was cute but it seemed a bit contrived at times. I did love all the info on cranberries and bogs and her baking made me want to try the recipes. I did not like her stepmother. she was a very un likable character. The murderer was also more pathetic than menacing.

Having said that, many foirst books in a series are not as good as the later ones so I'd be willing to read another one.





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Cloche and Dagger (Hat Shop Mystery, #1)Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This was our July cozy at Cozy Mystery Once a Month Book Club(facebook) and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would, especially the special little twist at the end. Scarlett Parker moves to England to help her cousin run a hat shop they inherited from their grandmother, and murder and mayhem ensues. Viv, her cousin, is missing, she doesn't know how to make hats and a posh Lady is murdered wearing only a hat that Viv designed!

The characters are likable, and the story has a nice pace. I will actually read more of this series.



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Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind (Miss Julia, #1)Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book was a complete delight! Miss Julia is a throwback to another time - my mother's generation, who finds herself confronting a very modern world. Her husband dies and nothing is the same as she learns many things and secrets that she'd never have believed. I loved every single page and every "thay Lord!" in this book. It takes place in North Carolina and the writer is a North Carolinian so the voice and the point of view are spot on. It has a bit of mystery, too.

I already ordered a copy of the next one in the series.





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Who is really named Dean James.

Murder Past Due (Cat in the Stacks, #1)Murder Past Due by Miranda James

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


I had read this before and really liked it but this time, I found Charlie tediously boring and I got VERY tired of Diesel being mentioned in every paragraph.

The mystery was pretty good, though. He did stretch that out to the very end and it certainly wasn't who Charlie and I thought it was. I do remember the stories getting better as we meet more characters in Athena, Mississippi. Azalea was adorable - I want some of her roast!

I will actually read more of these, despite falling out of love with this first one.



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Feliz Navidead (Santa Fe Cafe Mystery #3)Feliz Navidead by Ann Myers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Rita is at it again and this time, Celia could be in danger. One of the actors in the Christmas pageant is murdered and Rita vows to make sure that Celia is safe. This one has Indian artifacts, Rita's mom and lots of tasty food to make you wish you could be in Santa Fe at Christmas, too.

The mystery is fun and the food sounds great and the added bonus is Flori and her wacky pals as they lend a hand...

a really fun read.



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Waking Gods (Themis Files #2)Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is the second book in the Themis Files and it's even creepier than the first. Alien robots begin appearing all over the globe and the world soon sees that they are not friendly. We jo9iun our nameless man and the rest in another adventure that will take us in some very unexpected directions. We find out evenutally that all we've been told could be a lie...



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Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book grabbed me from the first sentence and kept me turning pages for days. We were visiting Germany and I read it at every chance I got until I finished. The style is quite unique and the story is very compelling. I couldn't stop but even then, it leaves you wondering.

It is the story of a very strange scientific discovery that confounds those who found it and even at the end, we are not really sure what has happened. There is another book in the series...



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Look What the Wind Blew In (Dig Site Mysteries, #1)Look What the Wind Blew In by Ann Charles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The first in a series that's a spinoff of the Deadwood Series. I really liked Violet's brother, Quint. This book is set in the jungles of Mexcio and combines ancient curses and modern archeology and romance as Quint goes to a dig in Mexico to find out what happened to his old professor and falls head over heels for the archeologist is digging at the site now, Angelica Garcia. Danger mystery and a few giggles ensue as we meet some unforgettable characters in the steamy jungle.





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April 2017

This one did not do it for me. There was too much clothing talk. The description of every single stitch that every single person in the entire book wore every single time they appeared got old by page 5. That's a bit too much filler.

The mystery was okay but there wasn't enough of it. The characters were okay but again, too much about their attire and not enough about them.

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April 2017

Another funny one with Rita and Flori and the gang. More delicious food and more murder! Rita is a single mom in Santa Fe with one daughter, a Gothy teen and an ex who is a skirt chasing jerk. Her boss, Flori, is in to Sun Tzu and The Art of War and snooping. All this and murder make one wild ride. A really fun cozy!

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March 2017

I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes so this one was a must read. The mystery was good, with some hints as to who it was, but not too easy to figure out. I had to get used to Gemma's quirky personality - she is a female Sherlock though I am not sure she knows it. Her best friend is cute and apparently Gemma's polar opposite. The romantic interest is a cop who was once Gemma's boyfriend (and could be again). The nemesis is a particularly nasty woman cop, who could be Lastrade, I suppose. There is also a 90 year old traveling uncle who we never actually meet.

I read the book in one day - I couldn't put it down. I'm looking forward to more.

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March 2017

I really enjoyed this one. Rita and Flori are fun and funny and the food talk will keep your mouth watering! The mystery is decent as well. I'll be reading all of these and waiting for more! I nabbed some good looking recipes from it as well.

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March 2017

I really liked this one. The mystery was hard to solve and I liked Darla, her friends and Hamlet, the bad tempered bookstore cat.
Darla inherited a bookstore from her great aunt Dee in NYC and she and her staff are getting ready to host a signing by an author who is all the rage with the teen set - think Cassandra Clair or Stephenie Meyer. And the author is killed right on front of her store.

Lots of investigating occurs and we get to watch.

My only complaint is the print in the paperback i got was too darn small!

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Feb 2017

I wasn't completely sure I was going to like this one, but I did like Lucky from the start. They mystery was not bad and the soups and sandwiches sounded good. I am not a fan of all cozies but this one passed muster. Some of the secondary characters were not bad either.

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Feb. 2017

It was funny in a way I've come to recognize as Carrie's own voice. It was sad, too, knowing that we'll never have new works from her. I loved Star Wars from the beginning but I fell in love with Carrie when she published Postcards from the Edge. Who knew the Princess was so damned funny? Or that dysfunction could be so endearing and funny? I will miss them both, Carrie and the Princess.

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