Published May 25th 2021 by Tantor Audio, Kensington Publishing
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
In this 11th Witch City Mystery book, we find Lee in a new position of Program Director. She is not longer working as a field reporter and it is something she misses very much, especially when she gets involved in another investigation. Lee meets a woman sitting on a bench in the Salem common, one who doesn’t remember her own name or how she ended up there. Lee takes her home to give her somewhere to stay while they figure out more about her. Meanwhile, a body washes up in a narrow harbor cove and both Lee and Lee’s beau, Detective Pete Mondello think she might know something about it.
If you haven’t read this series, you need to know that Lee has visions. She sees things in shiny surfaces, specifically mirrors, but it can be other things that you can see your reflection in. As Lee gets to know Jane Doe, the women she found in the park, she starts to have some visions, that involve a totally different investigation. One thing I enjoy about this series is the involvement of Aunt Ibby and lately her friends, who call themselves, The Angels (aka Charlie’s Angels). It is always fun to see what they get up to. Throw in O’Ryan, a psychic cat who is able to get his messages across to Lee, who often helps to solve a case as well, and you never know what is coming next. This is a great series, but can be read as a standalone. There’s suspense, intrigue and paranormal in every book. Like all good cozies and mysteries, there are some red herrings, fun and interesting dialogue, a great setting and characters that feel like old friends. I recommend this book and series. The audiobook was narrated by C.S.E. Cooney. I have listened to many books she has narrated and I do enjoy her pleasant voice and performance. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
Theater Nights Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery #4) by Libby Klein
Published December 31st 2019 by Kensington Books
I am working my way through Libby Klein’s Poppy McAllister series and enjoying these cozy mysteries. In this story, the senior’s center in Cape May is putting on a production of Mama Mia. Aunt Ibby’s high school sweetheart, retired actor Royce Hanson, has returned home to star in the production. Opening night is scheduled for February 13th and many are worried about the superstition of opening on the 13th. It seems the production may be jinxed as props are stolen, sets are sabotaged, and there is even a death threat. The final straw is when a cast member plunges to his death from a catwalk. Instead of shutting down, Poppy, Aunt Ibby and the rest of the cast decide they need to proceed and solve the crimes on their own before someone else if hurt or killed.
I love the characters in this series. Poppy is a forty something widow who moved back to her hometown of Cape May to be near her older Aunt Ginny and has made a living for herself baking gluten-free goodies to sell and running the bed and breakfast they opened after converting Aunt Ginny’s home. Aunt Ginny is a hoot. She and her friends are hilarious and I look forward to their antics in each story. Royce Hanson was Aunt Ginny’s high school sweetheart and the one that got away, so his return has raised some eyebrows. The murder mystery kept me guessing and I didn’t know who the killer was until the reveal. There were some red herrings and a few suspects as well as a couple of twists. Poppy is always busy, so it was no surprise that there’s also a secondary mystery with Poppy trying to figure out who is responsible for leaving fake and negative reviews about the B&B. My one complaint is that Poppy is still involved in a love triangle, which is one thing that really bothers me. I am hoping it ends soon as I am definitely getting tired of it. Overall, Theatre Nights Are Murder is a humorous and entertaining cozy mystery that kept me laughing out loud throughout the book.