A Patchwork of Clues–review

This is the first book in the newly re-edited, renamed series and retitled book series now called Queen Bees Quilt Shop by Sally Goldenbaum who also writes the Seaside Knitters series, which is a long-running series. I hadn’t realized when I first pre-ordered the book that it was a reprint of the original which was Murders on Elderberry Road, but a friend on Goodreads had let me know about that. I was sad for the author when I saw that someone on Amazon had given a 1-star review just for that reason. I mean who does that? It’s not really fair. I wouldn’t think of lowering the stars I gave the original title to anything less. It was just as good the second time!

I’m anxious to read the next books as they come out. I know they’re not nearly as long as Seaside Knitters, but they portray just as much camaraderie and love of family as Seaside does.

My Goodreads review:

A Patchwork of Clues (Queen Bees Quilt Shop #1)A Patchwork of Clues by Sally Goldenbaum

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Much like the ladies in the Seaside Knitters in this author’s other series, this is another awesome group of women who have each others’ backs no matter what. It doesn’t hurt that they all seem to like a good mystery as well. It seemed like a larger group of characters to get to know, but by the end of the book I definitely knew that Po as the unspoken leader of the group was my favorite. She had an amazing sense of family and loved to surround herself with her friends whom she considered to be like family.

The oldest member, Eleanor Canterbury really cracked me up! She was sharp, spunky, and even though she came from money, she’s as down-to-earth as the rest of the friends. I honestly had no idea who the killer was until the clues started coming, and the showdown was great! I’m glad that these books were given a face lift, as the new covers are super attractive and fun! And I do like the updated titles as well.

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Seeing Red–review

This is the second hilarious book in the Red Herring Mysteries series by Dana Dratch. Some of the things that Alex and her brother Nick get into are just so funny, and I can easily picture this as a comedy-mystery on TV. I love this writer’s style too, just the wording of some things or descriptions make me chuckle. I can’t wait for the next book!

My Goodreads review:

Seeing Red (A Red Herring Mystery Book 2)Seeing Red by Dana Dratch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my goodness, I think this one was even better than the first one. There were several mysteries going on all at once, some disappearing bodies and a possible art theft. Not to mention that a baby had mysteriously appeared in Alex’s house. Her brother took to the baby immediately which had her wondering if it was his. Then a guy she was working with at the newspaper claimed that his niece was out to kill him and like before, Alex ended up with a houseful of guests, including the one-of-a-kind Baba, her Russian grandmother, who was more than welcome this time, since the baby loved her and now he would actually stop crying.

This was a pretty exciting mystery and not everyone was who they seemed to be. Alex even got that impression about her own father who had gone on a business trip ten years ago and died of a heart attack. Now her charming British neighbor who owned the B&B across the street was giving her cause not to quite trust him. Her brother Nick’s bakery business was booming though. These are definitely some unforgettable characters, and I’m so glad I found this series. The main mysteries were cleared up, but we were left with a couple of things to think about. Then after reading the preview included for the next book “Red Hot”, that’s making me seriously anxious for when it comes out.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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Game of Bones–review

This is book 20 in the Sarah Booth Delaney series by Carolyn Haines. I read the previous book earlier this year as well as the first book. Now I just need to catch up! I’m not sure when Sweetie Pie and Pluto entered the picture, but I love how they help with the mysteries.

In searching for a licensed to reuse picture of Indian mounds (where the book takes place) I thought it was cool to find that there really is a Winterville Mound in Mississippi (this picture isn’t it–it wasn’t licensed for reuse). It was another one that was mentioned in the book along with the fictional Mound Salla where an archaeological dig was taking place.

My Goodreads review:

Game of Bones (A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery Book 20)Game of Bones by Carolyn Haines

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was another book with such a good ending that I hated to see it end. After only reading the previous book and the first book, I feel like these characters are old friends. Sarah Booth and Tinkie were working for a professor who was part of an archaeological dig, but who also ended up being suspected of the murder of one of his colleagues. When another person ended up killed the same way as the first one, people were getting spooked by the press into thinking there was a serial killer out there. It didn’t help matters that Sarah and Tinkie’s journalist friend Cece went missing. There were a lot of secrets, but I had an idea early about who was behind it all, and for once, I was right. I enjoyed seeing how it all played out. I really need to hurry up and get caught up in this series before another new one comes out!

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For a Good Paws–review

This is the fifth book in the Barkery and Biscuits series by Linda O. Johnston who also wrote a series called Pet Rescue. Her bio shows that she’s also a romance writer, and I do like what she wrote for Carrie and her boyfriend Reed in this book, especially the ending. I got to know these main characters from reading the fourth book in this series a year or so ago. I wish that Barkery & Biscuits and Icing were places I could really visit!

My Goodreads review:

For a Good Paws (A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery Book 5)For a Good Paws by Linda O. Johnston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve only read one other book in this series (book 4) but I quickly got acquainted with Carrie and all her very likable friends in Knobcone Heights, so a return there was really enjoyable. This was a good mystery that involved one of Carrie’s own employees and the death of a man she’d argued with, but somehow the detectives have come to expect Carrie to come to bat for people she knows and cares about–even though they enjoy giving her a little grief sometimes about investigating.

The two characters that really grew on me from the last book were Billi, who is a councilwoman and runs the animal rescue in Knobcone, and Arvie, the sweet older vet that Carrie works for at her vet tech job…when she’s not at her bakeries or chasing clues. I definitely didn’t see it coming about who the perp was until the clues started coming together. I like that Carrie is smart about investigating and keeps her phone on her at all times–it could just save her life someday! 😉 I have the best of intentions to start this series from the beginning, but there are so many cozy mysteries out there that distract me. I’ll keep trying though.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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The Scent of Murder–review

This is the first release in the new Jazz Ramsey series by longtime cozy mystery writer, Kylie Logan who a lot of readers know from her Literary League Ladies, Button Box or Ethnic Eats series. The cover may look like it’s a darker mystery, but it isn’t. The nature of Jazz volunteering to train cadaver dogs is what I imagine inspired a cover like that instead of the typical happier cover. There are some awesome characters in this book, and now I’m looking forward to the next book.

My Goodreads review:

The Scent of Murder (Jazz Ramsey, #1)The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I saw the darker looking cover of this book, I wasn’t really sure if I’d end up liking it, but I knew that I liked other books by this author, so I figured why not. I’m very glad I gave it a chance and didn’t judge this book by its cover–which is well-done, but doesn’t come off as cozy. The mystery wasn’t dark at all and was even a little funny in some places. It was interesting to learn about cadaver dogs and how they’re trained to track. I enjoyed these main characters a lot. They were strong and likable. Jazz was strong too and not only in her personality– and the fact that she’d had two older brothers to contend with at home came in very handy in her showdown with the killer.

I hadn’t guessed the killer until the clues started coming, and it made total sense. I’m glad that Jazz softened just a little toward Nick. He brought her the sweetest surprise at the end. I definitely want to read the next book!

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Spirited Away–review

This is the fourth book in the Bay Island Psychic series written by Lena Gregory who is also writes the All-Day Breakfast Cafe series. I had read all three of the Bay Island books last summer and had been anxiously waiting for this one. It sure didn’t disappoint, not one bit! I just love Beast, the adorably huge Leonberger dog that Cass has–and her friend Bee’s reactions to Beast. He’s getting better, however, he still has a healthy respect for Beast, but Beast does actually listen to him…sometimes. I absolutely loved the Beast bath scene and I think you will too!

For the COYER Summer Treasure Hunt, this falls under the red item on the cover prompt.

My Goodreads review:

Spirited Away (Bay Island Psychic Mystery #4)Spirited Away by Lena Gregory

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just when I thought that this series couldn’t get any better, I find myself wishing that this book didn’t have to end! I remember doing that with the others too. I just love these characters, especially Bee. He’s such a sweetheart and a faithful friend who would do anything for Cass or Stephanie. Because of a case he was working and the murder that followed, Luke wasn’t able to spend much time with Cass, but when he did, it was nice, quality time. At least for me, the reader! They’re so cute together! I think my favorite scene though featured Bee, Beast and Cass while Cass was trying to give Beast a bath. I laughed so much while reading that part!

This book could be enjoyed as a standalone, but I really recommend reading the first three to get the maximum fun out of this series. You might just fall in love with Bay Island and its characters!

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Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches review

This is the third book in the Daisy’s Tea Garden series by Karen Rose Smith. I loved this series from the beginning and was lucky enough to be in a book club that had gotten to discuss both of the first two books in the series. Big changes are coming for Daisy and her family, and this book has her dealing with those as well as her relationship with Jonas, which I think is in a good place (I hope it stays there lol).

My Goodreads review:

Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches (A Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery, #3)Murder with Cucumber Sandwiches by Karen Rose Smith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this trip to Willow Creek PA and to Daisy’s Tea Garden. Spring was just beginning to peek out when there was another murder that Daisy felt like she needed to investigate, or her shop’s reputation would suffer as well as the shop would experience financial losses. I like where she and Jonas are in their relationship. It’s really sweet and right when they’re together. By the end of this book, they’d both grown a lot as individuals as well as a couple. As a side story, Daisy knew that one of her employees was keeping something from both her and the police. That wasn’t the only secret being kept. There were a number of suspects, and I didn’t guess who the murderer was. The showdown was fairly quick, but it was a good one. After the surprises in this book, I’m really anxious now to read the next one!

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