A Catered Book Club Murder review

This is the sixteenth book in the long-running Mysteries with Recipes series by Isis Crawford who writes the Robin Light Mysteries under the name of Barbara Block. That series looks interesting too since the MC runs a pet store, so maybe I need to try it sometime.

Bernie and Libby never disappoint with their ongoing banter, mutual love for their retired cop dad Sean and basic curiosity which makes Libby want to be more careful about getting involved in mysteries, but Bernie digs right in. I love the help and advice that Sean gives them and how he gets his old police buddy Clyde to join in on a case.

My Goodreads review:

A Catered Book Club Murder (A Mystery With Recipes)A Catered Book Club Murder by Isis Crawford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another fun and crazy adventure with these sleuthing sisters, one the voice of reason and the other completely uninhibited as proven when Bernie found her way into a suspect’s house through a window. I always enjoy their banter with each other that sometimes has nothing to do with the case but after all, they’re bakers by trade, so yeah it’s not weird to hear some food and bakery talk going on either. I love the characters of their dad Sean and his police buddy Clyde. Poor Clyde always gets conned by yummy baked goodness into spilling whatever he can about the case.

I really had no idea until the end whodunit. It seemed like in that whole book club that had the sisters investigating a member’s murder, no one was able to be completely trusted. The showdown was pretty exciting. This is one of the few series I can read out of order but still have it make decent sense. I’m sure there are a few little things that happened along the way. Someday I do intend to start it from the beginning.

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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On Borrowed Crime review

This is the first book in a new series by Kate Young called The Jane Doe Book Club, and it looks like it’s off to a really nice start. I enjoyed the book club ladies for the most part. Patsy was a bit of a downer at times, but I guess since she’d just become a mom, she was losing interest in murder mysteries. I liked the excitement of when Lyla was sleuthing and would actually get away with something–usually sleuths are stopped in their tracks. I’m really anxious to read the next book.

My Goodreads review:

On Borrowed Crime (Jane Doe Book Club Mystery, #1)On Borrowed Crime by Kate Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the beginning of this new series and the idea of a book club. It was super creepy (but not overly) in some places like the texting perp who killed one of their members had inside intel somewhere in town, but where were they getting it? Uncle Calvin was pretty cool, and I really hope he stays around town long enough in the next book to get to know him and maybe find out a little more about his background with his sister, Lyla’s mom Francis. I just loved Gran, what a hoot! She added the fun touch when Francis was going off on some social tangent or harping at Lyla that she’d make them look bad by being interested in solving crimes.

I was completely surprised by who the perp was, as I’d been leaning toward someone else for most of the last part of the book, but I was glad it wasn’t who I thought it was. I hope that Lyla grows on me just a little more. She seemed level-headed enough most of the time, but sometimes she came off as immature and stubborn just for stubbornness’ sake. I did have some issues with the ARC’s formatting which I hope got fixed in the final copy. And at times, I was rereading dialogue to figure out which character was speaking–I can’t say the formatting was totally responsible for that. I can appreciate the idea of not repeating the same old “he said, she said, I replied” type of thing, but sometimes I just needed more of a clue as to which person was speaking. Again, maybe that was taken care of in the final copy. I’ll definitely be interested in reading the next book.

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