A Bias for Murder–review

This is the third book in the revised cover/title series Queen Bees Quilt Shop. The original title was “Murder on a Starry Night”, but it’s kind of cool to actually see that title quoted toward the end of the book. I noticed a couple of inconsistencies and thought it was just me, but in an Amazon review, I saw that someone else noticed it too. It’s nothing major. There’s a reference to an Esther, which I assume is Eleanor, one of the regulars. Then Po’s husband’s name became Bruce for some odd reason. The previous two books had him as Scott, and when I checked the copy I have of “Murder on a Starry Night,” he was called Sam in that one! Oh well, just little things I notice, but they don’t take anything away from the story line. I was just happy to find the assurance that I wasn’t dreaming about Scott becoming Bruce 😉

My Goodreads review:

A Bias for Murder (Queen Bees Quilt Shop #3)A Bias for Murder by Sally Goldenbaum

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The quilters got a large commission in this book when the twin sister of a recently murdered beloved local scholar arrived in town. She didn’t leave the best impression on people and shocked the town when she announced that she was opening a B&B in her family’s mansion. The Queen Bee Quilt Shop quilters were happy to take on the task of making eight quilts to go in eight of the rooms of the B&B. In the meantime, a killer was lurking out there someplace, and Po & Crew knew that they’d be investigating.

Somehow this book seemed to move a lot slower than the previous two. The story was good, and we got the usual camaraderie of the ladies and their friends. I always love it when Po has Sunday dinner at her house for her friends. It give them a chance to talk about the case and pick any brains, but PJ wasn’t even working the case this time which seemed a little odd. All in all, I did like it and the showdown was exciting. As it turned out, the town had a couple of new people to call friends. Now I’m wondering if the original fourth book in this series is going to be redone. I know this author’s name isn’t on it, and I’m not sure if the name Marnette Falley is a pen name for her or not. I at least have a copy of the original fourth book called “Dog-Gone Murder”, so I intend to read it and see if any closure was brought to this series that ended. I have two couples in mind that I would like to see happily ever afters for! 😉

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A Thread of Darkness–review

This is the second book in the recently re-edited Queen Bees Quilt Shop by Sally Goldenbaum, and I am really loving these characters! If you like the author’s Seaside Knitters series or any of those that feature a group of crafting women who make pretty good sleuths, then you’ll like this series too. It’s not quite as long as the Seaside Knitters books, but there is just as much love and caring going on with the characters. The ladies were making a quilt for their dear friend Jacques who just opened a French restaurant and whose specialty was bouillabaisse.

My Goodreads review:

A Thread of Darkness (Queen Bees Quilt Shop #2)A Thread of Darkness by Sally Goldenbaum

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another awesome book in this series! I’ve only met these characters twice now, but I feel like they’re old friends, especially Po and Kate…and PJ of course! This was an intriguing murder mystery dealing eventually with deep pockets that hid something that happened long ago. I wasn’t sure who the killer was this time until Po started getting ideas. I had some thoughts, but they weren’t the right guesses. I do love how all these friends work together to help each other and truly care about their other friends and community. It’s nice to read a mystery that has just a little more than the mystery and solution–it lets you in on who these people are. Until next time, Crestwood KS!

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The Time for Murder Is Meow–review

This was a fun first book for a brand new series called Purr N Bark Pet Shop Mysteries by T.C. LoTempio. She wrote the Nick and Nora series using her own cat, Rocco, as the model for Nick the cat. She also writes the Cat Rescue mysteries which I really have enjoyed. The main characters in this book became like friends toward the end of the book, and I loved how they investigated together. Purrday, aunt Tillie’s cat that Shell inherited along with the house and business proved to be a very insightful and useful cat for solving the murder.

The book releases August 8, 2019. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC from NetGalley.

My Goodreads review:

The Time for Murder is Meow (A Purr N' Bark Pet Shop Mystery #1)The Time for Murder is Meow by T.C. LoTempio

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, I really enjoyed this new first for a brand new series. It releases in a couple of days, and I was happy to be able to read the ARC of it. The characters drew me right in, and I love that Shell didn’t waste any time letting the detective know that she was interested in him. I’m pretty sure the feelings were mutual from the beginning though. There was a fairly early clue that told me exactly who the killer was, but it was a lot of fun to read as Shel and her three new friends from town along with her former co-star Gary all sleuthed together. If Gary hangs around town now that the case is solved, I can see a lot of fun possibilities for Shell sleuthing with him…or I think it would be cute if he got together with Olivia. But only the next book can tell us all that, and I’m definitely anxious to read it!

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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Penne Dreadful review

This was really an awesome first book for this new series, Italian Chef, by Catherine Bruns who is known for her Cindy York series and more recently for the Cookies and Chance series. I absolutely love these main characters and can’t wait for the next book.

My Goodreads review:

Penne Dreadful (Italian Chef Mysteries #1)Penne Dreadful by Catherine Bruns

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was so good that I devoured it in almost one sitting. It was so sweet in some places especially at the end when everything came together for Tessa. This was a complex case with a couple of different mysteries going on that sort of tied together. I don’t want to say too much or spoil anything, but there was an exciting showdown where Luigi the cat came in very handy! The ending gave me leaky eyes, but happy ones! I really love the characters of Tessa, her police detective cousin Gino and his sister Gabby who happens to be Tessa’s best friend. I’m really anxious now to read the next book!

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Peach Clobbered review

This is the first book in a brand new series released earlier this month. It’s written by Anna Gerard and called Georgia B&B. If this first book is any indication, I hope we’re in for a nice long series! I really enjoyed the character of Nina and even Harry, as well as the various people in town, not to mention the nuns who were the first guests at Nina’s new B&B. I’m really anxious to read the next book!

My Goodreads review:

Peach Clobbered: A Georgia B&B MysteryPeach Clobbered: A Georgia B&B Mystery by Anna Gerard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this brand new series first so much! It was funny in places and really kept my interest as far as wanting to see what happened next. I mean a group of nuns in a town where the murder was being referred to as the Penguin Suit murder just made me chuckle. Just like Nina, I grew pretty fond of all those sisters when they moved into the B&B. Despite their similar names (each was Sister Mary something), they did each have their own quirks or personalities and I hoped that they wouldn’t have to leave anytime soon. Even though I didn’t want to like Harry at first (he showed up claiming that Nina’s house-now-B&B was promised to him by his great aunt, but she never lived to revise her will), I couldn’t help but find him likable eventually. Nina found herself softening toward him as well, possibly the influence of living with the good sisters, or maybe she just thought he was hot. 😉

I hadn’t guessed the killer and after the happy ending that everyone got, I’m anxious to see what the author has in store next for Nina, Mattie-pup and their friends.

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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The Trouble with Talent review

This is the third book in the Gourmet Cat series by Kathy Krevat, and the series has quickly become one of my favorites. It’s honestly more enjoyable if you read these in order. That way, you’ll see the character development and how Colbie got to this point in her gourmet cat food business.

My Goodreads review:

The Trouble with Talent (Gourmet Cat Mystery #3)The Trouble with Talent by Kathy Krevat

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was so good to return to Sunnyside, CA and catch up with Colbie, Elliott, her dad and all her friends. Little did she know that the death of a talented oboe teacher would lead her down a slippery and shady road searching for the killer, not to mention the danger her own life was in as some unknown person had been tracking her every move.

I loved that Colbie and Joss overcame some hurdles in this book and are at a good place right now. (Please just stay there lol). Her dad and his lady Annie were happily dating, Elliott was involved in another amazing play, and one of the coolest things was Colbie’s friend Tod who previously wouldn’t even let her in his apartment due to a psychological condition he had, had come such a long way. He was really helpful in getting information in this case too. I really loved that an abused mom was able to get revenge on her abusive ex. And little Trouble cat continued to love cuddles and seemed able to detect electronic bugs. All in a cat’s day’s work, right? This is a great series, and I’m very much looking forward to the next book!

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Killer in the Carriage House review

This is the second book in the Victorian Village series by Sheila Connolly who also writes several other series including the Museum Mysteries (her main character Nell makes a phone appearance in this book–she actually appeared in the first book) and Orchard Mysteries. This is the first series I’ve read of hers, but I definitely want to read the others.

The murder was a little bit lower key than what I’m used to in a cozy, because no one really knew anything about the man who was killed, since he was an outsider. It took a little while to connect him to something, but the ending was satisfying, and it was wrapped up. The ongoing story will no doubt be the process they need to go through in Asheboro if they want to turn it into an authentic Victorian village that tourists will want to visit.

My Goodreads review:

Killer in the Carriage House (Victorian Village Mysteries Book 2)Killer in the Carriage House by Sheila Connolly

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The timeline in the book was picking up fairly soon after the last one, and now it was time for Kate to propose her idea for a Victorian Village to the town council and town gathered that night. She knew she’d have her work cut out for her, but she didn’t expect to find another dead body so soon. Kate and her friend Nell’s grad student Carroll found a young guy dead in the library. Later in the book, they found out what if any, his connection was to the Barton papers that Carroll had rescued from the Barton Mansion attic.

I enjoyed this trip back to Asheboro, MD and could just picture the town, even though it’s not supposed to be much to picture at this point. I had a suspicion about who the killer was, but I had no idea why. Kate and Josh seemed to be growing a little closer, her ex-boyfriend Ryan who owned the B&B where she was staying was just a good friend now (he came in handy as an attorney for their project), and Kate’s bestie Lisbeth was involved in the project too. Kate, Josh and Lisbeth did the main sleuthing though, and they do make a great team. I hope that Josh decides not to cut ties with Asheboro when his caretaker’s position is over. It’ll be interesting to see how they pull off the Victorian Village project in the time frame that Kate was hoping for, so I’m anxious to read on in the series!

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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