2020 Library Love Challenge

I did this challenge for 2019 and didn’t do the best job of keeping track here on the blog toward the end, but I do have a list of what I’ve done (the 12 for Dewey Decimal level) and I’ll update the blog once craft shows are done in December.

I’ll be doing the 2020 Library Love Challenge run by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures (the link is where you go to sign up) this year and once again, the lowest level of 12 books. The books can be any type as long as they’re borrowed through a library or somewhere that you’ve signed up for through your library (Overdrive, Hoopla, RB Digital for audios).

Here are the levels, but for all the awesome details visit Angel’s Guilty Pleasures in the link I’ve already posted.

Levels:

  • Dewey Decimal: Read 12 books
  • Thrifty Reader: Read 24 books
  • Overdrive Junkie: Read 36 books
  • Library Addict: Read 48 books
  • Library Card on Fire: Read 60+ books

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A Murderous Tangle review

This is the third book in the renamed series Seaside Knitters Society. It’s basically an extension of the original series and had a different name when publishers were switched–that’s the story I read anyway. Like all the books I’ve read so far in the new series, there’s more than just a murder mystery. It’s a story of people and relationships and sometimes unfolds a little slower than a typical cozy, but I’m used to that formula now and love the cozy feeling that this series brings.

My Goodreads review:

A Murderous TangleA Murderous Tangle by Sally Goldenbaum

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know how she does it, but this author always manages to come up with just the perfect knitting situations to create the perfect cozy atmosphere in this series. I’ve really grown to love all these main characters, and yes, even though there are a lot of them, I don’t get confused. I wasn’t sure what to think about their new friend Tess at first, but she eventually fit in with the group.

I eventually guessed who the killer was, and that’s another thing I’ve liked about this series in what I’ve read. Maybe it’s what makes it so peaceful and leaves me thinking about the characters, but it’s a nice break sometimes not to have a main character have a dangerous standoff with the killer. Sometimes the killer is even one of their own and not normally a bad person. I absolutely loved the last scene in the book! It was the perfect cozy Christmas!

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Bookmarked for Murder review

This is the fifth book in the Mystery Bookshop series by one of my favorite cozy authors, V.M. Burns or Valerie as she’s known on social media. I love her Dog Club series as well. This book was another winner, and even though I guessed the killer, that doesn’t mean I didn’t temporarily fall for some of the red herrings. Nana Jo is one of my all-time favorite cozy characters, and she really shone in this book.

My Goodreads review:

Bookmarked for Murder (Mystery Bookshop, #5)Bookmarked for Murder by V.M. Burns

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sam had finally agreed to take a mini vacation from the bookstore and went with her Nana and the other senior sleuths to Chicago. Before they could return home, the guy that Irma was seeing was found dead on the bus. There were plenty of suspects, but somehow I managed to guess the correct one. Of course, as usual, I didn’t know any of the reasoning behind why I picked. It just seemed to be the right person.

The showdown was very exciting…how else would it be with Nana Jo involved? The ending was so heartwarming as everyone was together for the New Year celebration. I loved how Irma was featured in this book, since she always cracks me up, but the attempt on her life wasn’t too funny. I’m enjoying where Frank and Samantha are in their relationship, it’s just very sweet and believable. As always, I’m anxious for the next book in the series!

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Fan Mail review

This is the second book in the Aspen Adams series, a suspense series by Daryl Wood Gerber who I came to know about by reading her cozy mysteries. I was a little apprehensive when I started her first book in the series, but after reading a review by a respected blogger (James J. Cudney) and a little convo on Goodreads, I’m glad I tried this series, because I found that I really like it. It’s not that much more intense than a regular cozy–and some of those can be fairly intense at times. I can definitely say that I enjoy Daryl Wood Gerber’s mysteries no matter if it’s cozy or suspense.

My Goodreads review:

Fan Mail (An Aspen Adams Novel of Suspense Book 2)Fan Mail by Daryl Wood Gerber

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

And to think I was afraid to start this series since I was (wrongly) thinking that due to its more serious covers, that it would be one of those scary thrillers that I’m not a fan of, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. It just moves at a little quicker pace than the cozies I’ve come to love from this author, the murder scenes while not seriously graphic are a little more defined but still not gross or anything, and some things are just a little more serious, but that’s all good.

I’ve come to really like these characters too! Aspen is amazing how she’s taken in her fourteen-year-old niece Candace, and Candace is a really likable kid now that she’s away from her mom. It’s so cute how she’s kind of protective of her aunt Aspen. I love that Aspen and Det. Nick didn’t waste any time getting together, and they appear to be in a very good place. He’s incredibly patient with her need to investigate but at the same time, he’s sweet and protective but not overly smothering, because Aspen is a very independent lady. She and Nick do work well together. Of course, I can’t forget good old aunt Max who owns a detective agency and is Aspen’s boss while training her in the ways of private investigation.

I honestly had pegged the correct person as the killer, but the motive was so tangled and twisted that it was actually fun winding down all the various paths that led to Aspen figuring it out. I had no idea why I thought this person was guilty, but I just felt that way. The showdown was really exciting, and I was relieved that Aspen had thought ahead to make sure Nick and backup were also stationed near. The ending was a very sweet one for Aspen’s bestie Gwen too. It’ll be interesting to see where the next case takes these characters.

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Stamped Out review

This is the first book in a brand new series by one of my favorite cozy mystery authors, Tonya Kappes. The series is called Mail Carrier Cozy Mysteries and features a mail carrier in her forties named Bernadette Butler. I just love the front porch ladies, a group of four older friends who wait every day for Bernadette to show up with the mail. They’re always a great source of gossip too! I’m really anxious to read the next book when it’s out. Isn’t the cover adorable? That’s Rowena, Bernadette’s cat and Tonya’s real life kitty who always wins employee of the month.

My Goodreads review:

Stamped Out (A Mail Carrier Cozy Mystery #1)Stamped Out by Tonya Kappes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a fun cozy and a different occupation for the main character. It had everything I’ve come to love about this author’s books…great small town in Kentucky, nosy but caring neighbors and just the whole family thing going on. Bernie was in her forties, so that made for a little change of pace too. I loved how everything turned out for her, Mac and her friends. I had definitely not guessed the killer, and the showdown was quick but exciting. It was great how Bernie was able to think of what she did to disable the killer, despite the obviousness of being with a killer and what was going on at that moment (which is something I won’t spoil).

I think Vince and Harriette were my favorites on Bernadette’s route. I hope that Vince and Bernie team up again in upcoming books. I think it was awesome how he used his skills after being retired, and he made quite the sleuth. I won’t give away some of the background stories because they’re just fun. Harriette cracked me up how she’d always appear when Bernadette thought she was sneaking quietly around investigating. I’m really anxious for the next book! I think the series is going to be another winner for this author!

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Apple Cider Slaying review

This is the first book in a brand new series called Cider Shop Mysteries by Julie Anne Lindsey who also has written as Julie Chase, Jacqueline Frost (The Christmas Tree Farm mysteries) and Bree Baker, the Seaside Cafe series. I really love everything I’ve read by her, and this book was definitely no exception to that. The characters were amazing, and I was drawn in right from the start.

My Goodreads review:

Apple Cider Slaying (A Cider Shop Mystery #1)Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a such an awesome beginning for a new series! I just love the characters of Winnie, Granny, Dot and Colton! What’s not to love about Granny, a feisty lady who’s not afraid to protect herself, and Dot is just an amazing best friend. I was happy to see that Winnie and Colton eventually hit it off and will be interested in seeing their friendship and hopefully more develop. I could tell that he was interested in Winnie, since he seemed to have incredible patience with her investigating.

I loved how everything came together by Christmas. I definitely hadn’t guessed the killer and was fairly surprised at who it was. It was really cool how a little ginger kitten helped save the day! Maybe Dolly was giving back to her new owner for adopting her! 😉 I’m super anxious now for the next book in the series, but was happy that this was set at Christmas and came out just now.

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Three Widows and a Corpse review

This is the third book in the Food Blogger series by Debra Sennefelder who used to be a food blogger herself. It’s quickly become a new favorite series of mine, and I was happy to return for a late summer visit to Jefferson, CT and visit with some of my favorite cozy characters. Drew always cracks me up! He’s like Hope’s pesky little brother, but he’s really a true friend, and she’s one to him as well. Hope and Claire got some sister moments in. I won’t spoil the second book if you haven’t read it, but Claire had an epiphany about her career future.

My Goodreads review:

Three Widows and a CorpseThree Widows and a Corpse by Debra Sennefelder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stumbling onto another dead body again put Hope in the cross hairs of a killer, but she wasn’t going to let that or Det. Reid stop her from investigating. The case was a crazy one with three women claiming to be the dead guy’s wives. I liked the side story of Claire coming to a decision about a new career path and Hope attempting to help guide her. But like all sisters, they usually managed to disagree where good sense was concerned sometimes. It’s a good thing that Claire was at Hope’s house at the particular time she was though!

Another enjoyable side story was Hope’s assignment working at a magazine that was collaborating with her blog. There was a definite connection to the case though. I love that Hope and Ethan’s relationship has grown and gotten better, and even though he stayed fairly busy with the investigation in this book, he took time out to come and see her. Since this book has it heading toward Labor Day and fall, I’m really hoping to see a Christmas season book out next. I have no idea what the next book in the author’s mind is, but I’d sure love it if it was a Thanksgiving-into-Christmas and covered both seasons. I could picture Hope doing some pretty awesome Christmas trees in her old house!

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