Dead Men Don’t Decorate review

This is the first of a brand new series called Old Town Antiques Mysteries by Cordy Abbott who some may know she’s also Lane Stone, cozy mystery author of the Pet Palace Mysteries from a few years ago. I didn’t feel quite like I was breaking in a brand new author because I really loved the Pet Palace series and found this one to be just as description, pet and detail driven. I’m hoping there’ll be more in this series–there’s so much that could happen with these friends!

My Goodreads review:

Dead Men Don’t Decorate (Old Town Antiques Mystery #1)Dead Men Don’t Decorate by Cordy Abbott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I knew when I found out that Cordy Abbott is really Lane Stone whose books I read in the Pet Palace series that I’d like this book, and there’d be plenty of cute dogs and great local descriptions. I wasn’t wrong, and I enjoyed both a lot. The shout out to the Pet Palace was cool and all I could think was “Yay for Sue, she’s expanded into another location.” lol.

Camille and Opal are a good match in friends. Opal’s crazy and outspoken sometimes but she pairs well with her buddy’s quieter nature. I wish things could’ve worked out for Camille and Brennan though since Opal’s got her David. But maybe it’ll happen in another book because the ending did sound hopeful in that regard.

Boy was that one exciting showdown! I’d sorta guessed whodunit or had a good idea of it. Camille really had to keep her head about her but luckily Rizzoli (unluckily for her since Rizzoli was a rambunctious puppy!) was along and sniffed out her missing daddy. What followed was some great action with a good dose of tenseness, but with some teamwork, the perp was caught.

Once everything was solved, it was easy to relax and know that some of the characters I wondered about could definitely be trusted. I really hope there’s another book coming soon because there’d seem to be no end to mysteries you could find in an antique shop! And I loved the budding romance between Paul and Pepper as well as Janie and Nick. I’ll be curious to see if little Rizzoli girl ever gets some puppy training!

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

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Secrets of the Past review

This is the fifth book in the Whodunit Antiques series written by Shelly West. I’ve read and loved this series from the very beginning, but I think this book has been my favorite so far. Even though there was no murder, there were still some mysteries to be cleared up, and readers even got to meet the enigmatic Mrs. Applebaum. Actually, she was the energetic Mrs. Applebaum even though Abigail thought she looked  lots older than her Granny. She was definitely a character! My suggestion for fully enjoying this series is to start at the beginning. Characters will make more sense to you too, and you’ll get to read about all the past cases that Abigail and Granny have helped solve.

I found the photo of a greyhound (Google search, labeled for reuse) to celebrate James’ adopted dog, Zippy.

My Goodreads review:

Secrets of the Past (Whodunit Antiques #5)Secrets of the Past by Shelly West

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was the best book yet and answered a lot of family type questions readers have had over the course of the last four books. I even found myself not caring that there was no murder, I was so into the whole story about Abigail’s real father and the hilarious Mrs. Applebaum! I kept hearing about her in the other books and was calling her in my mind “the elusive Mrs. Applebaum” lol. She’s really a hoot just like Granny had told Abigail, and I thought it was really cool how she got to play the part of a sort of fairy godmother for Abigail and Granny. Will we ever find out where she goes when she’s not visting Granny?

There was a super happy ending with appropriate amounts of smiles and tears (yes a little eye-leaking on my part too!). I can’t wait for the next installment!

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