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Double Up (Davis Way Crime Caper #6) by Gretchen Archer

Double Up (Davis Way Crime Caper, #6)4.5 Stars

Published March 21st 2017 by Henery Press

Once again there is trouble at the Bellisimo, but this time, Davis Way-Cole is not on duty, in fact almost nobody is on duty. Davis is home with her twin baby girls trying to deal with her “Smart House” while the Bellissimo is going under. A new casino has been built three miles away and it seems that whatever the Bellissimo plans, they are one step ahead. They have hardly any customers, they are laying off employees and even the Sanders have jumped ship and gone back to LasVegas. Blaming herself for all that has befallen the Bellissimo casino, she sets out to right the perceived wrongs, using what has driven all her previous capers, her intelligence, computer skills, intuition, and gut feelings.

At the beginning of the story Davis is a shut in due to the birth of her daughters. She does not want to leave them with anyone else. She also thinks everything is her fault and nobody will want to see her. Even Fanatasy has jumped ship to the new casino. There is completely laugh out loud hilarity starting with “House” and continuing when her ex-ex-mother-in-law, Bea shows up. For some reason she thinks the twins are her grandchildren and she wants to move in with Davis. When Davis sends her in to spy at the new casino, she is even more hilarious. As we finally get to know Bea, we see another side of her that is soft and loving, where she was always rather bitchy in other stories. As the action revs up, we see some of the previous characters and they also reveal some new information and show their loyalty.

Typically in this series, everything seems to be heading in one way, then there is a twist that sends Davis off in another direction. Will she be able to figure out what the new casino is up to? Will her, Bradley and the twins end up moving to LasVegas? What is going to happen to Bea? I thoroughly enjoy that while the story winds up nicely, but the ending has a lot of ways to go with the next story in this series. A fun, cozy mystery that will have you laughing at their exploits.

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The Battered Body (A Supper Club Mystery #5) by Ellery Adams

The Battered Body (Supper Club Mysteries Book 5)4.5 Stars

Published May 3rd 2018 by Beyond the Page (first published 2009)

I really love this series and the main characters in this stories are more than just people in a book. I have come to think of them as friends. They got together to try and lose weight, but have become best friends, who are there for each other not matter what and an amateur sleuth team that even has a book written about their first solved crime, even though the author has taken a lot of literary licence with the story.

In this book, James’ dad, Jackson, and cooking teacher name Mila (Camilla) are getting married on Christmas Eve. Camilla’s younger sister, Paulette Martine, is a celebrity baker and has come to town to make the cake for the wedding. It turns out that Paulette is obnoxious, rude and haughty and it doesn’t take long for her to alienate most of the townsfolk in Quincey’s Gap. When Paulette was found dead, with cake batter all over her face, it is deemed to be an accident, salmonella poisoning from raw eggs. Lucy, doesn’t feel right with the accidental ruling so she and her supper club friends start to investigate. When there is another dead body, thinks heat up big time.

It seems like all of the friends had some sort of epiphany in this book that was really enjoyable to read about. There is a huge reveal of information in this book that will shake up the friends and family and I look forward to seeing where this leads. What I really enjoy about this series is that the lives of the characters are just as important as the mystery. James loves that not only is his father happy, but he now has a new mother in his life. The twins find some love interests as well as some of the Flab Five. Things are looking up for our friends and I am looking forward to the next book in this series. Once again, this is a re-release of an updated version of this book.

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Christmas In Evergreen by Nancy Naigle

Christmas In Evergreen4.5 Stars

Published July 10th 2018 by Hallmark Publishing

Allie Shaw is the town Veterinarian who is planning to leave Evergreen, Vermont and moving to Washington DC for a new experience. She also plans to see if her on again/off again relationship with Spencer is something she wants to pursue. The closer the time comes for this move to happen, the more Allie has second thoughts, especially about spending Christmas somewhere else besides Evergreen. As she says good-bye to her parents at the Chris Kringle Kitchen whey own, she gives the magic snow globe a shake. It is said that it will grant the wish if it is truly your heart’s desire. As the story progresses, Allie crosses paths several times with widower Ryan Bellamy, a physician, and his young daughter Zoe. There is an unmistakable connection from the start, but as they are both leaving, the unexpected ways that they continue to meet one another is so unpredictable, you do not know where they will end up.

When I requested this novel, I did not realize it was based on a Hallmark movie, but because I love Nancy Naigle’s Christmas stories. Even though I had seen the movie last Christmas, I still enjoyed the book. Christmas romance is one of the things I love about the season and this book did not disappoint. The story is full of wonder, magic, friendships, small town delights, children, festivals, Christmas and romance. With each of the main characters making their separate wishes on the snow globe, the mesh of their wishes shows the wisdom of fate and that the heart often understands what one needs well before the mind catches up. The appearance of Nick (St. Nick?) adds some of that whimsy needed in these stories. I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to watching the movie again this Christmas.I rated this book 4.5 stars, but rounded it up to five. I recommend this book to anyone who loves magical Christmas stories, romance or small town stories with happy endings. Hallmark Publishing generously provided me with a copy of this book.

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FIRST LINE FRIDAYS

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Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

My first line comes from a book that I am starting tomorrow.

My Mother the Liar by Ann Troup

My Mother the Liar

GOODREADS | AMAZON

Rachel’s mother had been fond of blanket statements that set others indelibly in their places.

NOW IT IS YOUR TURN! GRAB THE BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING, OPEN TO CHAPTER ONE, AND POST THE FIRST SENTENCE (OR SECOND SENTENCE) IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.

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WWW Wednesday (July 18, 2018)

 

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

The Battered Body Christmas In Evergreen The Ex

Audio                             Tablet                 Physical Book

What did you recently finish reading?

Since last Wednesday, I finished reading and/or listening to nine books this week. Click on the book to go to my review.

Double Mint (Davis Way Crime Caper, #4) The Forgotten Ones In Bed with the Beast (The Naughty Princess Club, #2)  Stiffs and Swine (Supper Club Mysteries Book 4) Double Knot (Davis Way Crime Caper, #5) Frozen Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries, #3) Murder at the Fortune Teller's Table

Over the Hill on the Yellow Brick Road: Growing Older with Silliness, High Spirits and a lot of Heart   Chili Con Corpses (A Supper Club Mystery, #3)

As well I also read 7 children’s books and my mini reviews can be found here:

Mini Reviews of Children’s Books I Read This Week

What do you think you’ll read next?

My Mother the Liar

My Mother the Liar

by Ann Troup

Published February 12th 2018 by HQ Digital

Two dead bodies. A lifetime of secrets.
When Rachel Porter’s estranged mother dies, she returns to her family home filled with dread about having to face her past, and the people who populated it.
Little does she know that there are dead bodies waiting to be discovered, and a lifetime of secrets are about to untangle.
Secrets kept by her mother, the liar.

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The Wife

The Wife

by Alafair Burke

Published January 23rd 2018 by Harper

When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother’s home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

Six years later, thanks to a bestselling book and a growing media career, Jason has become a cultural lightning rod, placing Angela near the spotlight she worked so carefully to avoid. When a college intern makes an accusation against Jason, and another woman, Kerry Lynch, comes forward with an even more troubling allegation, their perfect life begins to unravel. Jason insists he is innocent, and Angela believes him. But when Kerry disappears, Angela is forced to take a closer look at the man she married. And when she is asked to defend Jason in court, she realizes that her loyalty to her husband could unearth old secrets.

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Double Up (Davis Way Crime Caper, #6)Double Up (Davis Way Crime Caper #6)

by Gretchen Archer

Published March 21st 2017 by Henery Press

Fasten your seatbelts for non-stop action as stiff competition blows into town and the resulting turbulence threatens to take down the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Super Secret Spy Davis Way Cole, who lives on the twenty-ninth floor of the hotel with her CEO husband and newborn twins, takes it hard. If the casino goes belly up, she won’t be a stay-at-home mom because she won’t have a home. Not to mention her husband won’t have a job.

Davis can’t find a way to stop the inevitable end of the Bellissimo life she loves until her ex-ex-mother-in-law shows up, unexpected and definitely uninvited. Davis makes the best of a bad Bea Crawford situation and recruits her for a little corporate espionage work, which would’ve been great, had Bea not turned out to be the world’s worst spy. Ever.

Seatbacks and tray tables in their upright positions as we prepare for a bumpy ride with babies, bankruptcies, besties, and shrimp. (Shrimp?) Enjoy your flight.

I will post reviews as soon as I finish. Have you read any of the above books. Let me know what you thought about them. As you can see, I am trying to catch up on some of the cozy series where I missed some books, so I will probably zoom through them.

Have a wonderful week reading and enjoying the weather.

 

 

Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table (A Kelly Jackson Mystery #3) by Janet Finsilver

Murder at the Fortune Teller's Table4 Stars

Published March 14th 2017 by Lyrical Underground

Author Janet Finsilver sets the scene for a pleasant cozy mystery that is heartwarming in a wonderful setting with fantastic characters. I enjoyed the first two books in the Kelly Jackson series, and this one was just as good. The main cast of characters are intelligent, fun, and easy to imagine as real-life friends.

Kelly Jackson is the new manager of Redwood Bed & Breakfast. She is still learning about the various festivals in the area. At the latest festival she meets Despina (better known as Auntie) who reads patterns in coffee grounds. When Summer, a close friend of Auntie, gets news from her, she approaches the Silver Sentinels for assistance finding a man and woman who are the biological parents of her son. She says that it’s a life or death matter. The Sentinels start investigating, and it quickly becomes clear someone doesn’t like their queries. When the murders start, Auntie and Summer found poisoned, Kelly is threatened and Mary is attacked, they know they are on the right track.

I love the small town setting in this series, and we got an even better look into the bed-and-breakfast that Kelly manages in this installment. Her friends, the Silver Sentinels, as they call themselves, are a great group and their distinct personalities work well together. There is a bit of a side story going on involving homeless people and service dogs that add another realistic aspect to the story. I was surprised at the ending, yet when you look back, there were clues there and it all fit. Remember, most murders are for love or money. A great cozy mystery that I recommend to any mystery lover.

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Frozen Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries #3) by Annelise Ryan

Frozen Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries, #3)4 Stars

Published September 1st 2011 by Kensington

Mattie Winston, nurse turned deputy coroner, is called to a murder scene on a snowy morning. Down an embankment, they find a lovely woman, dead from a stab wound with a rather rare ivory handled knife. When Steve Hurley, the local detective, shows up, he looks at the corpse, turns white, and claims he is sick and they need to call in someone else. Unfortunately, this dead lady has ties to the hot cop. While the evidence is piling up against one, Steve Hurley, Mattie tries to find the truth of the murder and her feelings, all while trying to keep her job.

Mattie Winston is a smart, dedicated, loyal, confused protagonist. She is cleverly written and her epiphanies are well plotted and believable. She goes with her feelings and gut reactions and they are usually correct. Mattie is a tall, large boned woman who often laments about her size. In this book she begins going to the gym, much to the disbelief of most of the other characters. Her boss, Izzy, is also a great friend, who realizes what he has in Mattie and wants to promote her, but she would have to give up on any relationship with Hurley. His partner Dom likes to take care of people, including Mattie. Richmond, the overweight retired detective has to help out with this crime and as more and more incidents pile up, he is afraid that Hurley is going to be arrested based on the evidence. The more he and Mattie work together, the more likable he becomes. Mattie shames him into joining the gym and it looks like he might begin to take care of himself. These characters, plus Hurley, all work well together in this story to solve the crimes and take care of one another. I liked the mystery and the way the evidence unfolded. I was prepared for the culprit, but the reasons behind it were a bit of a surprise. A good story for any cozy mystery reader.

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Mini Reviews of Children’s Books I Read This Week

Annabel and Cat / Annabel y Gato (Xist Kids Bilingual Spanish English)Annabel and Cat / Annabel y Gato (Bilingual Spanish/English)

by Amy Mullen

4 Stars

This is a simple, sweet book about a young girl and her cat. They do all sorts of things together throughout the year. The English text is paired with Spanish on each page. The illustrations are also simple, colourful and engaging for little ones. A great book for an ESL classroom or children trying to learn Spanish. Simple text will also be good for young readers who are learning to read. My grandchildren enjoyed the simple story and started telling me things they did with their cat. A good conversation starter. The publisher, Xist, generously provided me with a copy of this book.

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Poppy and Sam and the Leaf ThiefPoppy and Sam and the Leaf Thief

by Cathon

4 Stars

This is a great little graphic novel mystery for young readers. Poppy, who lives in a pumpkin, and her friend Sam, who lives in a butternut squash, are trying to help Basil. When she sleeps at night, someone is biting her leaves. The illustrations are really cute! The problem solving sets a good example for children. I think Poppy and Sam would make a cute series. This would be a great book for a classroom, school or public library. The publisher, Owlkids Books, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read.

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Double Knot (Davis Way Crime Caper #5) by Gretchen Archer

Double Knot (Davis Way Crime Caper, #5)4.5 Stars

Published April 12th 2016 by Henery Press

Fans of Davis Way will be delighted and worried about her latest adventure. Both Davis and Bianc are pregnant, Davis with twins. They have set sail on the Casino’s newest endeavour, a gambling ship called the MS Probability. This is not really a vacation as Davis has two jobs; the casino’s security spy watching over the operations of the debut cruise and to once again serve as casino queen Bianca Sanders’s body double. In the beautiful suite, she has Fantasy, her mother, a butler and suite attendant all in tow. They have even snuck her cat, Anderson Cooper on board. This one of the ship’s PR people in the suite, there is a glitch and they get locked in. When they realize it is not just a glitch, but that their is a high-tech heist taking place.Can Davis escape? Will she save her boss? Will she deliver early? Will she kill her mother?

With this being the fifth book in the series, I am beginning to wonder if being in or working for a casino is safe. This is a fun story where we find out some very personal information about Davis’ past. We also get to see her interactions with her mama, that was a hoot. This story had some bittersweet spots, but most of it was fun. Once again, Davis finds a way to save the day. I am looking forward to her next adventure in Double Jinx.

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