A Wicked Yarn review

This is the first book in a brand new series called Craft Fair Knitters by Emmie Caldwell who some of us cozy mystery readers might also know better as Mary Ellen Hughes. Mary Ellen wrote the cozy series Pickled and Preserved series, Craft Corner and most recently, Keepsake Cove, each series being three books long. The first series listed in her bio is Maggie Olensky, which from the covers looks to be a little more edge-of-your-seat than a normal cozy, but the descriptions are interesting. That was a two-book series.

I’ve read and enjoyed the Keepsake Cove series and have been wanting to dig into the other two cozy series now for a long time. Anyone who’s ever been in a craft fair will definitely appreciate this Craft Fair Knitters series, and now I can’t wait for the next book. By the end of A Wicked Yarn, Lia, Hayley and Belinda felt like old friends.

Daphne was such a sweet ragdoll kitty, but I couldn’t find a free image of a white one. I imagine her tail looked a lot like the picture I did find above.

My Goodreads review:

A Wicked Yarn (A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery #1)A Wicked Yarn by Emmie Caldwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Being a longtime craft fair participant myself, I really enjoyed the setting for this mystery. How cool would it be to have a venue for doing a nice show every weekend? And the best part was it was inside away from the weather. Although if Belinda the manager’s ex had his way, that barn was going to be torn down once he bought it. Luckily, the crafters never had to find out, because someone offed the guy, and all eyes turned to his ex, Belinda. Main character Lia was a good friend of hers, so with the help of her twenty-something daughter Hayley, they decided to clear their pal’s good name…and bring back their customers due to the pesky detail that the dead guy was found in their barn.

Lia and Hayley were such a fun and likable mom-daughter duo, and they made a good sleuthing team. I like that Lia wasn’t portrayed as someone who was tech-scared (as characters her age are often described in books–I’m older than Lia and I love tech!). The roles were almost reversed from the typical cozy which was fun. Hayley went off on her own while Lia sleuthed online. An added plus was that Hayley started seeing her old friend Brady who was now a police officer who came in handy more than once.

I had a sneaky feeling most of the way through the book of whodunit, but I had no idea why, so it was fun following along and seeing if I got taken by any of the red herrings. The showdown was really good, and just as I was worried the killer was getting away, the police got them. There were a few places where the story went a little slow, but usually it kept my interest due to the craft fair subject. I’m really very anxious now for the next book!

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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Sit, Stay, Slay review

This is the fifth and sadly, the last book in The Dog Club Mysteries, a series by one of my fave authors V.M. Burns that quickly became one of my favorites. I’ve followed it from the very first book, and somehow I feel like I’m losing an old friend, but I was so happy with how the author wrote this last book, I can use my imagination on how my book friends’ lives will continue. I have to admit to leaky eyes several times throughout this book, but the happy kind of leaky eyes!

I thought the poodle picture I found represents both Aggie and Rex’s personalities. Maybe not the right color but I love the eye expression!

My Goodreads review:

Sit, Stay, Slay (Dog Club Mystery #5)Sit, Stay, Slay by V.M. Burns
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reading this book was bittersweet to me, because I know it’s the last book of this series, which makes me really sad, but I thought the author did an incredible job of creating nice endings for all my favorite characters. I would absolutely love it if the series could be revisited down the road a few years. I won’t give anything away, but my statement will make more sense after you’ve read it too!

The showdown was like the mother of all showdowns! Lilly faced one of her worst fears and came through like a champ! I was so proud of her, I wanted to hug her myself! And those awesome, sweet dogs…well I just can’t say enough good things about her and Dixie’s dogs, but they’re all heroes. That’s something else you’ll see when you read the book. Every good thing I could have wanted in a last in series was there!

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A Big Fat Greek Murder review

This is the second book in the newer Goddess of Greene St. mystery series by Kate Collins who’s well-known for her Flower Shop mysteries that became the basis for a series of Hallmark TV mystery movies. I liked this book even better than the first, and I have a feeling I’ll probably end up saying that about each one. I can’t wait for the next book and loved how this one ended.

My Goodreads review:

A Big Fat Greek Murder (A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery Book 2)A Big Fat Greek Murder by Kate Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book with its sometimes-funny scenes and great characters! Athena’s sister ended up in jail for a murder she didn’t commit, and it was pretty hilarious picturing her mom going to the jail with food then getting into it with the warden over said food.

I loved that Case was interested in Athena and thought they made a pretty good investigating team. He was amazing at how he could think on his feet and hide, just what a great investigator would do. There were quite a few suspects, and I got sucked into believing every one of them was guilty whenever they were discussed, but I apparently guessed whodunit before Athena did. The showdown was suspenseful and exciting, and everyone got to be a little bit of a hero. The ending of the book was really awesome (and a touch funny too!). I’m really excited to read the next book!

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Pulp Friction review

This is the second book in another new favorite series, Cider Shop Mysteries by author Julie Anne Lindsey. I’m proud that’s she’s a fellow Ohioan! I really loved this installment of the series and getting to know the characters just a little better. I get a little upset with Winnie sometimes and how she continually defies Colton, the sheriff who now only wants her to be safe. I don’t think she really thinks about being in danger when she impulsively acts. She’s got a heart as big as all outdoors though, and I would still be happy to call someone like her a friend.

My Goodreads review:

Pulp Friction (A Cider Shop Mystery #2)Pulp Friction by Julie Anne Lindsey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m really loving this series thinking this book might just be better than the first one. It definitely had a lot of action going, and Granny got to have a good part in the take down with her friend Delilah. Those two crack me up, and Granny is so funny how she pretends she doesn’t like a man named Owen who loves to come and see her.

Once the book was to a certain point, my suspicions about someone being the killer got stronger. I fell for some of the red herrings along the way. The showdown was exciting, and everything was explained at one point or another…except for a couple of details that I found out toward the end. I don’t want to spoil anything but there’s part of a side story that will hopefully continue through the next book. I’m really hoping we don’t have to wait a whole year. The first book was published last October, this one gets published April 28, so I’m really hoping for another book this fall or winter. I have this Kindle book on order but couldn’t resist reading an early copy of it a couple of weeks ahead.

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