The Crafter Quilts a Crime review

This is the third book in the Handcrafted Mystery series by Holly Quinn that takes place in a picturesque little Hallmark-like town called Heartsford, WI. I read in someone’s interview with the author that this book had originally been intended as a Christmas season book and had to have a lot of it rewritten. I was glad to see a few little references to Christmas though, because the way the town was decorated for Fire & Ice day, it sounded magical. But for one crafter in town, it wasn’t so magical…

My Goodreads review:

A Crafter Quilts a Crime  (A Handcrafted Mystery #3)A Crafter Quilts a Crime by Holly Quinn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an interesting mystery with a good twist that I never figured out. As much as I really like these characters, Sammy while lovable as a puppy, still kind of bothered me with how she managed to twist someone’s words into something she was afraid was hurtful or what she saw as untrue. It’s not like she was trying to do that for any terrible reason. I think she simply couldn’t help it. Her lips moved faster than her brain sometimes, lol. It just seemed to continually get her in trouble with Liam, the detective she had a crush on. Sometimes they’d be joking like they always had, and other times she’d be reading something else into what he told her.

After a wild ride of investigating, getting into hot water with the police and someone that could be a killer, Sammy eventually helped once again bring another killer to justice. And she got a super sweet ending from it too which I loved!

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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In Cold Chamomile review

Here is the third book in the Tea and Read series by Joy Avon. I really like this newer series that features Callie Aspen and her great aunt Iphy who run a tea shop where Iphy makes book-related goodies. I love Callie’s little adopted Boston Terrier, Daisy. She always seems to know when her mom needs her. This book featured Aunt Iphy a little more as the girls tried to figure out why Iphy’s old guy friend from fifty years ago was suddenly back in Hearts Harbor. Iphy was more worried about him than she wanted to let on at first. But Callie always has her ways of getting answers. I’m very anxious for the next book. This one left some questions even though the murder was cleaned up nicely.

My Goodreads review:

In Cold Chamomile (A Tea and Read Mystery #3)In Cold Chamomile by Joy Avon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a really good mystery that Aunt Iphy got a chance to take front stage in. Her old friend was in town for the Valentine’s event and was the prime suspect in a book expert’s death. I didn’t like the tension between Callie and Ace as well as between Peggy and Quinn, so I sure hope all that gets resolved in the next book. There was a lot happening in this book, and I definitely couldn’t put it down.

I hadn’t honestly guessed the killer too far ahead, but there weren’t tons of suspects. I’m always a sucker for a good red herring though. Ace seemed more on edge during this book than he had previously, but Callie and Iphy did do some snooping that he was justified in being upset at. As I said, I don’t care for tension with characters and their love interests, so I’m relying on the next book to smooth it out. Aunt Iphy did get a sweet little ending out of this. I’m interested to see what she has to say when we see her next. I can’t say too much or give it away. 😉

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher through NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. Publication date is February 11, 2020.

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The Book of Candlelight review

This is the third book in Ellery Adams’ The Secret, Book and Scone society series. I fell in love with this series and the main characters from the very first book and always end up with a major book hangover. I’m just not quite ready to stop thinking about the characters and even though these books are more than generous with their explanations and sometimes very needed story endings, I always want more of that. Obviously, I can’t wait until the fourth book comes out.

My Goodreads review:

The Book of Candlelight (Secret, Book, & Scone Society 3)The Book of Candlelight by Ellery Adams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As with the other two books in this series, I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the characters when it ended. But there were an awesome wrap-up and ending chapters to fill out everything that had happened. I just loved Sheldon, the new employee at Miracle Books! He reminded me of another favorite character named Sheldon only a sixty-something version of him.

I really didn’t have any ideas as to who the killer was, so I just read and enjoyed the trail growing hotter as Nora and her friends slowly uncovered pieces of the puzzle. I enjoyed how she and the sheriff’s office worked together to get the case solved. The side story of a mysterious man in a white t-shirt was good too. I won’t say anything else about that, because it was a real surprise. I’m hoping that Sheldon continues to work at the shop. I thought he was just the perfect addition to Nora and her friends.

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A Field Guide to Homicide review

This is the sixth book in the Cat Latimer series by Lynn Cahoon, one of my personal favorite series. I’ve always loved the intrigue that surrounds the college town and a lot of things going on there. This book definitely lived up to all my expectations and then some.

The retreat writers were a bit different at first, but eventually they became more like the usual groups Cat had before (except none of them got killed this time lol). The murdered man was someone that Seth knew from his Army days, something that Cat had never had any luck getting him to talk about. I think these books could do fine as stand alone stories, but I recommend reading them in order, since the earlier books do build on future ones and it helps bring readers close to the characters getting to know them from the beginning, at least that’s how it is for me.

My Goodreads review:

A Field Guide to Homicide (Cat Latimer Mystery #6)A Field Guide to Homicide by Lynn Cahoon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just as I’ve found with all of this series, I absolutely loved this book! It was the best combo of crazy family, writing guests, suspense, action, happy ending and a great mystery all rolled into one. I wasn’t sure what direction the story was headed into when it involved Seth’s army buddy being murdered, and I was just a bit worried there might be an ongoing thing involving army days, which I can always handle an ongoing if it’s fairly minor. But everything was great and was explained even more after the perp was caught.

The showdown was awesome, and Shauna got her chance to shine–along with also being in the spotlight a little with her upcoming cookbook. I really like Uncle Pete’s girlfriend Shirley and was glad to see her returning for a visit. I know I always say this, but I can’t wait for the next book!

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Statue of Limitations review

This was the first book in a brand new series released today, January 28, 2020. It’s by Kate Collins who also writes the Flower Shop Mysteries that the Hallmark show was based on. It’s the first I’ve read by this author, and now I definitely need to prioritize reading her first book in the Flower Shop series. There were quite a few characters in this book, but it didn’t take long to keep them sorted out. I quickly felt like I could be friends with any of Athena’s friends. Athena’s blog cracked me up! It’s going to be incredibly hard to wait for the next book that releases in 2021.

For gardening enthusiasts, there are floral tips in the back of the book for longer-lasting arrangements.

My Goodreads review:

Statue of Limitations (A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery Book 1)Statue of Limitations by Kate Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book, especially the ending! When I saw that the next is coming in 2021, I was thinking “oh noooo, I can’t wait that long!” The characters were great, and I fell for Case the minute he came onto the scene. It was like the Greek wedding movies meet a cute little Hallmark town by the sea. Athena had an awesome family and son. She’d been trying to get away from all the Greekness of her crazy but fun family. Eventually, she realized that she really did want to be surrounded by all of this love and companionship. Just from the little he was in the book, I thought Nicholas (who wanted to be called Niko) was a pretty great kid.

The showdown was a bit different (don’t worry, in a good way!) with a great twist leading to what I think was a super sweet ending complete with all bad parties taken care of. Which is why I think it’ll be so hard to wait a year for the next book.

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Bound for Murder review

This is the fourth book in one of my favorite newer series, Blue Ridge Library. Of course what drew me to it in the first place was the library setting! The area in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia always sounds so gorgeous too, and it’s easy to picture my favorite characters in the library or going different places there. I can’t wait to read the next book!

My Goodreads review:

Bound for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #4)Bound for Murder by Victoria Gilbert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve loved this series from the beginning! There was a cold case to start things off, then the bodies started falling. Amy was actually helping the police with research into the cold case which involved a 60s commune on the farm where Sunny lived with her grandparents. There was a nice variety of suspects, and Amy managed to make one of them nervous enough to start sending her threats and taking shots at her.

I wasn’t sure about the killer, so that was a good twist along with who the cold case killer was. The showdown was exciting, and Sunny got to prove herself a worthy opponent for a killer. I really liked how when it was all wrapped up, there was still more story to read to help wind down from the excitement of catching the killer. The ending was especially sweet!

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Hems and Homicide review

This is the first book in the Apron Shop series by Elizabeth Penney, and I already can’t wait for the next book! It was a great move to tease the next book (Thread and Dead) at the end of this one. I can always tell I’m going to love a book when I like the main characters right away. It didn’t take much time at all to wish that these characters were my friends too.

My Goodreads review:

Hems and Homicide (Apron Shop #1)Hems and Homicide by Elizabeth Penney

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t believe I’ve never read anything by this author before, so I’m really glad I was able to read this book. When I looked at her bio page, I decided I’m going to have to check out some of the other cozies I saw there. This book was just awesome! The characters were a lot of fun, and I just loved Grammie, who was so young at heart that she liked hanging out with Iris and her friends. I don’t think a girl could ask for better friends than Iris has. Madison was so funny and always up for adventure. Sophie and Bella were great too, both being business owners there in town. The girls’ nights they had always sounded fun! Quincy was an awfully sweet cat–he seemed to love everyone and was there for comfort no matter who they were. Even the grumpiest person could find a little solace in good old Quince.

I loved that Iris refound her high school crush Ian, and it’ll be sweet watching their relationship grow. The mystery was really good, a skeleton found in the basement where Iris and Grammie were opening an apron shop, and another current body. There were plenty of suspects and red herrings. I’d sort of guessed the killer but for the wrong person. The showdown was exciting, and I have to hand it to Iris for keeping her head during confrontations and thinking to phone police, do a recording or anything safe that sometimes other sleuths forget about.

It was great having a story wrapup too, all the pieces of the puzzle were explained and we even got more story too. I like when that happens and a story just doesn’t end abruptly because the murder was explained. We got to finally see the shop’s opening. And…there’s even part of the first chapter of the next book which I can’t wait for now that I’ve read the excerpt.

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