Dead in the Pumpkin Patch by Connie Feddersen 

With her due date only two weeks away, Amanda is ready to do nothing more strenuous than decorate for Vamoose’s annual Festival of the Pumpkin. Nettie Jarvis has promised the mom-to-be all the pumpkins she can haul away. But when Amanda heads for Nettie’s homestead, she finds the old woman sprawled in the pumpkin patch. 

Though her Chief of Police husband warns her not to get involved, Amanda vows to unmask the ghoul who murdered the town’s biggest gossip. And when Nettie’s ghost is seen haunting the Patch, people begin to get edgy. The more things go bump in the night, the more Amanda knows she has a tricky one on her hands, and she’d better find the killer before the killer finds her…

My thoughts:  I enjoyed the books! This whole series was wonderful to me. The characters have grown so much…from the first meeting of Amanda Hazard and office Thorn in the first book , the fights and bickering between the two through the series, till now  Amanda and Thorn are getting ready to have a baby! Exciting ending in that front. Amanda being the Pumpkin Queen…from her outfit to her hair…why does she visit Velma? Her hair always ends in mess. Oh right for the gossip on the victim or suspect! Who will Amanda upset in this one or will she solve the crime and who done it before they do her in? Read it to find out!

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Twisted Threads by Lea Wait

IMG_1264On Book: Returning to the quaint coastal town of Haven Harbor, Maine-a place she once called home–Angie Curtis finds her memories aren’t all quite pleasant ones…

After leaving a decade ago, Angie has been called back to Haven Harbor by her grandmother, Charlotte, who raised her following her mother’s disappearance when she was a child. Her mother has been found, and now the question of her whereabouts has sadly become the mystery of her murder.

The bright spot on Angie’s homecoming is reuniting with Charlotte, who has started her own needlepointing business with a group called Mainely Needlepointers. But when a shady business associate of the switchers dies suddenly under suspicious circumstances, Charlotte and Angie become suspects.  As Angie starts to weave together clues, she discovers that this new murder may have tires to her own mother’s cold case…

My thoughts: Mom found…Gram making arrangements for her funeral…This book had me under its spell before page 4! What happened to Angie’s mom, how could she just up and leave her little girl? These are questions I asked myself through the book. I thought the book was written very well as far as plot, but there are errors in it. Some of the characters names were wrong in places, that does irritate me but I try my hardest to move on. To me Angie does not seem bitter to anyone in her past other than her mother. She also seemed to me to stay just far enough unattached from any of her old friends to be  hurt by them. The secret she has held in since she was younger comes out (I’m not telling what it is…want to know, read the book)! The death of the associate could have been caused by many people cause he seemed to have offended every single one of the Mainely Needlepointers. Will the needlepointers get their money? Will Angie stay? Is Gram the killer? Go on and read the book to find out!

A Wee Murder in My Shop by Fran Stewart 

  On book: While on a transatlantic hunt for some authentic wares to sell at her shop, Peggy is looking to forget her troubles by digging through the hidden treasures of the Scottish Highlands. With so many enchanting items on sale, Peggy can’t resist buying a beautiful old tartan shawl. But once she wraps it around her shoulders, she discovers that her purchase comes with a hidden feature: the specter of a 14th-century Scotsman.
Unsure if her Highland fling was real or a product of an overactive imagination, Peggy returns home to Vermont only to find the dead body of her ex-boyfriend on the floor of her shop. When the police chief arrest Peggy’s cousin based on some incriminating evidence, Peggy enlists her haunting  Scottish companion to help figure out who really committed the crime before anyone else gets kilt…

My thoughts: I give this book 3 stars. The book moved too slow for me seem that it took forever for the murder to happen. The ghost drove me nuts. I understand he is from many  years before but his talk and to many questions bugged me. Also the ghost getting all huffy when Harper came around annoyed me!I also didn’t feel any small hometown feel to this book. I didn’t really get a feel for the main characters shop either.  I will read the next in the series hopefully the characters evolve  also hope to learn more about the town and her shop.

Dog Eat Dog (Melanie Travis #3) by Laurien Berenson

On the book:  WELCOME TO THE ELITE CONNECTICUT KENNEL CLUB, WHERE SHOCKING SECRETS GNAW AT THE BEST OF THE BREED AND COMPETITION HAS A SHARP–AND DEADLY–BITE.

As if raising her son Davey, training her rambunctious poodle Faith for the show ring, and grooming fellow handler Sam Drier for romance aren’t enough, Melanie Travis’s entree into the exclusive Belle Haven kennel Club has been met with a grisly murder.  Unfortunately, the only witnesses to the crime were the victim’s startled pair of Beagles.  And they aren’t talking…

Melanie hadn’t intended to do any serious snooping what with coping with the unexpected arrival of the ex-husband out to get joint custody of the son he’s never known.  In need of some serious distraction, she’s off to sniff out dangerous sectets…only to discover that everyone at Belle Haven has something damning to hide.

As the shocking truth slowly comes to light–and her own domestic drama moves center stage–Melanie finds herself eager to put the bite on a dogged killer who’s desperate enough to strike again.

My thoughts: I find it interesting that Aunt Peg just assumes that Mel is going to investigate.  I also enjoy that Aunt Peg is the one who seems to introduce Mel to all the main players in the plots of these mysteries.

The ex-husband assumes way too much for my liking. Some of the stuff he says to Mel pisses me off! Of course, that may have something to do with the fact that until I met my husband, I was a single parent to my autisic son.  Mel does show a lot of self control when it comes to him.

There were quite a few characters in this mystery that I thought was the killer. The mom of the victim seemed a little to trustworthy to Mel and Peg though.  She just let them come in to her house with no questions.  I guess that seemed a little too out there to me. Also I felt that the dog show business in this book was push completely to the side and not out front so much like the previous two books. That was kind of a let down for me considering I was getting into the idea.

I will keep reading this series because all the characters are growing on me like weeds.  I like how independent Mel is, Aunt Peg just makes me laugh out loud and the dog show business is getting more interesting to me as I grow along with this series!

Happy Reading!!

The Brush-Off (A Hair-Raising Mystery #1) by Laura Bradley

imageOn the book: Make an appointment for intrigue at Reyn Marten Sawyer hair salon! Outrageous, flirtatious and as colorful as a magenta mohawk, Reyn tracks twisted crimes, untangles tight knots and never, ever leaves loose ends.

Someone clearly meant business when they targeted San Antonio’s hair salon king, Ricardo, who was fatally stabbed with a one-of-a-kind weapon: a sharp plastic hair pick.  Reyn had loaned Ricardo the tool–and now she’s not only mourning her friend and mentor’s murder: she’s also a suspect.,  And in the eyes of sexy detective Jackson Scythe, she’s one alluring stylist who should drop her insistent sleuthing like a hot roller.  But Reyn’s wound a little too tight to stay out of the thick of things, including teasing and taming the stubbornly single Scythe while taking short cuts to catch a killer–and uncovering the past of a dead man, whose secrets will make Reyn’s hair curl…

My Thoughts: This is the first in this series and a new author to me. I will definitely have to read the next to see if I warm up to the characters.  The MC seems to have her life in order as far as her salon business.  It seems to be going well. Her and her best friend seemed immature throughout the book.  I really feel that Reyn was when Trudy (who is an interior designer) took her to one of her clients homes.  Granted that since she didn’t know what to expect when she walked in I guess I would have been a little shocked to…but come on you are supposed to be an adult! The plot seemed to be cram with things…like the MC being childish, the detective to me seemed more of a jerk, and the mystery was almost overshadowed by other things going on in the book. It seems to me that the club where Ricardo met with killer would not have been a Drag Queen club.  I guess I might have perceive Ricardo as a different character than the author. I mean if he was so manly and wanted by women all over town why meet there? The characters were so opposite of each other that they did not mix together to make this book interesting for me.  I will try the next to see…

I give this book 3 STARS. It only gets that because I think I could end up liking Reyn and the other characters. Only the next book in the series will tell…

My next book up is…Dog Eat Dog by Laurien Berenson.  It is for book club next month.

HAPPY READING!!!

Pinned for Murder (Southern Sewing Circle #3) by Elizabeth Lynn Casey

imageOn Back of book: Tori Sinclair feels like she’s known her new sewing sisters forever.  That is until the richest and meanest women in Sweet Briar turns up murdered–and Rose the circle’s feisty matriarch, refuses to believe the troubled former student was responsible. With suspicion and gossip spinning out of control, something worse than just ruffled feathers is threatening to tear the town apart…

Now Tori must confront her and her friends’ deepest fears in order to ment fences. And they will need all their skill to pull together loose scraps of clues in order to create the perfect picture of truth…

My thoughts:  I have enjoyed every book that I have read in this series so far!  It had been awhile since I read #2 in the series, but it was easy to pick up with the characters right where I left them.  Tori is an enjoyable character, she does not seem whiney or desperate for attention like some characters can get.  I don’t think she has an annoying tic or thing that has made me roll my eyes, thinking yeah that’s going to happen.  The supporting characters are just as good in these stories too. Most are older retired ladies.  There are the few who have their differences with each other but that is what happens in small towns.  I should know, I live in a small town! I highly suggest reading this series if you haven’t yet.  I’m sure you will fall in love with it too!

Happy reading!!!

Introducing Agatha Raisin by M. C. Beaton

imageThis book has the first two books of the Agatha Raisin series in it.

On Back of Book: The Quiche of Death

Putting all her eggs in on basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful London firm, and samples a taste of early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely.  Bored, lonely and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest with a quiche she has secretly bought from an upper-crust London bakery. But her recipe for social advancement sours when the judge not only snubs her entry–but falls over dead!

My thoughts: At first, I didn’t think I would be able to get through the story. Agatha seemed to pushy, rude and just plain nasty! She acted every bit as snobby as what most successful business owners in the city act like! That attitude, to a small town girl like myself, makes me roll my eyes and pray that I never have to deal with people like that! But I have a hard time giving up on just about any book, so I refused to stop reading! As it turned out, I realized that Agatha had a hard time making friends cause she never really had the time when living in the city too. Also if I had a man walk out on me never to be heard from again, I would be a little cold to other people too. The plot of the story was intriguing and interesting, that I was eventually able to look completely passed Agatha’s rudeness and keep going.  By the time the end came around I was wanting more!  I wanted to find out what was next in the crazy life of Agatha, would she make more friends or be able to keep the few she is starting with, and what about romance?

On Back of Book: The Vicious Vet

Agatha hasn’t quite adjusted to the pace of village life, or to the failures of her overtures to her handsome neighbor, James Lacey.  Since the new vet in town is young and good-looking, Agatha’s perfectly healthy tabby endures a nasty physical exam in the name of romance.  When the vet is found dead, Agatha convinces James that playing amateur detective might be fun–until snooping becomes a motivation for murder…

Agatha is at it again!!! Chasing romance and bad people!! I was laughing at the beginning of this one and through it also.  Agatha is still a little dicey with making friends. She has forged quite a relationship with Detective Bill Wong to bad he is way too young for her!  But it is nice to see that she has a friend on the force.  James Lacey is the object of affection that Agatha is after but seems to me that most of the ladies are after him. This does not help Agatha in making friends or in the romance department. I am excited to say that I will be reading more of this series!

Until next time, HAPPY READING!

Murder, Served Simply by Isabella Alan

On back of book: Angie’s parents are visiting Rolling Brook for Christmas-but unfortunately, her ex is joining them. Luckily, Angie has no time to dwell on her romantic troubles as she prepares her store, Running Stitch, for the town’s traditional progressive dinner, features a sleigh ride stopping at each stop for a different course of the meal.

The meal ends with an Amish-themed Christmas play at the Swiss Valley Hotel and Barn.  But the performance is cut short when an actress falls to her death from the scaffolding.  Once the sheriff suspects foul play, tensions between the Amish and Englisch heat up, as do rivalries among the acting troupe.  Now Angie and her quilting circle must stitch together clues before they’re the ones running for cover…

My thoughts:  The dog, Oliver, is so funny! I know animals can be scared of things just like us humans but for it to be birds is just too funny! I was really interested to find in this book that the Amish people didn’t shun the character who left town to become an actress. Instead everyone seemed to still love her. Why would anyone want to kill here? Of course, there are a few of the Amish who do not approve of this play being put on. We have the crazy Amish man, who left his Amish people to be on his own or the theater troupe itself, there a few different characters among them who could have committed the crime. The love life gets a little dicey for Angie in this one…the ex coming for Christmas, the mother pushing Angie towards the ex and the new love interest feels put on the back burner and is praying that Angie doesn’t choose the ex.  This made for an interesting read considering you had the murder mystery to figure out and the emotional aspect  of Angie’s love life for her to figure out! Oh and I felt that there is a little cliff hanger at the end of the story. I gave this book 4 STARS. I can’t wait for the next!

Happy Reading!!!!

Dead in the Hay by Connie Feddersen (Amanda Hazard #7)

  Back of book: Amanda is just settling into married life with her new husband, sexy country cop Nick Thorn, when she’s jolted back to reality by a call from her richest and least favorite client, Harvey Renshaw. Seems the gruff career military man has another oil well interest to discuss at her—and he means now. Amanda decides to drive out to Harv’s ranch and tell him he can drill for a new CPA…where the sun don’t shine. But after tromping her way through a herd of confused cattle, Amanda discovers someone else had a beef with the cranky codger—and a deadly beef at that. Harvey is lying boots down under a ton of hay.

Amanda’s convinced Harvey’s death was no freak farming accident. Never a candidate for most loved man of Vamoose County, his lack of popularity has produced a long list of suspects—everyone from his four ex-wives to a local supplier he stiffed. Trying to ferret out the truth is like searching for clues in a haystack. But as Amanda cuts her way through a field of motives, mysteries in murders accusations, she finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a case that could leave her the prime target for a vindictive killer gone haywire…

My thoughts:

I Love how the murders take place within the first chapter of these books. That way I am sucked into the story with no way to put the book down!

Amanda Hazard and Nick Thorn have been some of my most favorite characters since I started reading cozy mysteries. I have not found a dull plot with them yet. Too bad there is only one more book in the series! 😦

There are many suspects in the story because of one man, the victim. Four ex-wives and a girlfriend all belong in the victims life. Who could’ve killed him and wasn’t really for his money. The victims past involves moving from Air Force Base to Air Force Base and getting married to the next woman, living with his father on the farm as a little boy and taking over the farm after his father dies.  On the farm there are oil wells producing money and he’s getting ready to sign another contract for another well. Oh I forgot cutting out his neighbor for the deal on his new well. So is it one of the ex-wives or the neighbor who did him in. The ending was a surprise for me when it all came together.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series even though it will be bittersweet to say goodbye to the characters. At least I will be able to say I have finished the whole series! 🙂

HAPPY READING!

Don of the Dead by Casey Daniels

cozy mysteries 023On book: Beautiful, smart, and chic, Pepper Martin never had to work a day in her life-until her surgeon daddy was convicted of fraud, her wealthy fiance took a powder, and the family fortune ran bone dry.  Suddenly desperate, the inexperienced ex-rich girl was forced to take the only job she could get: as a tour guide in a cemetery.  But a grave situation took a turn for the worse when a head-on collision with a headstone left her with an unwanted ability to communicate with the disgruntled deceased…and now Pepper has a whacked Mafia don demanding that she hunt down his killers—and threatening to haunt her until she does.

My  thoughts: Who knew working as a  tour guide in a cemetery would be so exciting! To be able to see the dead…WOW! I was immediately drawn into this book.  Pepper Martin is so sarcastic at times…I like it! I like how the ghost and the characters had interacted in each other lives in the past. A mob boss asking a person to help figure out who killed him…there are a lot of suspects so figuring it out takes a while to connect who is who and who did what 30 years ago.  The reason for the mob boss wanting to find out who killed him so he could cross over to the other side blew me away.  The ending of the book was amazing and I never would have guessed who the killer was or why. I can not wait to read the next one in the series to see what is in store for Pepper next.

Happy Reading!