Boston Scream Murder review

I always look forward to the newest book in this series (like I do soooo many others!), and of course, this Halloween-themed addition to the Deputy Donut series definitely didn’t disappoint! It’s the fourth book of what I hope will be a nice long series for author Ginger Bolton who’s also known as Janet Bolin, author of the 5-book cozy series Threadville. I’ve been wanting to get back to that series, because I really enjoyed the first book.

Deputy Donut became one of my favorite series the minute it came out. I really enjoy all the various characters in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin especially that of Tom Westhill, main character Emily’s father-in-law. If anyone is new to the series, I highly recommend reading it from the beginning. The author is good about catching readers up and not giving spoilers, but it would be better to get to know the characters from the ground up. Dep, the little cat that the Deputy Donut shop is named for, is a total sweetheart, well except when she needs to get into her carrier. She got a good part doing something to the killer toward the end, go Dep! (Nope, she’s not the type to tear their head off or chomp their leg, she’s much more clever!)

My Goodreads review:

Boston Scream Murder (A Deputy Donut Mystery Book 4)Boston Scream Murder by Ginger Bolton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It had been about a year since I went book tripping to Fallingbrook, Wisconsin during their July Fourth celebration. I loved how the town did up Halloween. It was the perfect Halloween cozy from the decorations and kids’ Halloween parade to the murder case itself set on an eerie-at-night lake.

There was a decent amount of suspects in this case, but I got a weird feeling about someone kind of early although going down all the red herring paths is always fun. My gut feeling came true but the reason was something I couldn’t have known. I always have loved it when Emily’s best friends all got together, and since she’s been hanging out with Brent in a non-dating sort of way, there were three happy couples (when Brent wasn’t working a murder, that is), one of which was super happy due to an announcement.

I think Tom will always be my favorite character. He’s kind of the patriarch figure but only offers his expert protection as an ex-police chief when he feels it’s absolutely necessary. I really liked Nina a lot–she fit right in with the Deputy Donut family which still did have Jocelyn, but she was mainly off at college. She did get a small but important role in the book. We got to see a little more of Cindy, Tom’s wife and who knew, she’s a cat whisperer as well as a talented pottery artist. I’m hoping the next book might be a Christmas themed one, and as always, I can’t wait for it.

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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15 Minutes of Flame review

This is the fourth book in a fairly new series called Nantucket Candle Maker by author Christin Brecher. It’s quickly become one of my favorite newer series where I make sure I get to the next book. The characters have grown quite a bit since the beginning, but Stella still bothers me a little when she plows headfirst into dangerous situations simply because her curiosity can’t stand it. But she’s goodhearted and does have a logical mind for crime solving. She’s pretty darn lucky too as far as getting into and out of places without being seen! I’m really curious as to what’s going to happen in the next book with a little announcement that came later in the book. I can’t even hint at it, so my advice would be to read and find out! 🙂

My Goodreads review:

15 Minutes of Flame (Nantucket Candle Maker, #3)15 Minutes of Flame by Christin Brecher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an awesome Halloween story! Sometimes in books it’s hard for me to really get into the historical mystery that exists, but I found myself really intrigued and interested to find the outcome. Stella and Peter were in a good place, but he seemed distracted during the case and didn’t help quite as much as Stella would have hoped. He had a good reason which was revealed at the end, but Stella was able to help Andy even more than usual which I think may have gotten Andy a little more interested in her than longtime childhood friend. I really hope a triangle doesn’t start in full force. For the second time in a cozy, I like both guys equally and would feel bad rooting for either.

I loved the gathering of suspects type showdown and how in some way, the skeleton of the Quaker woman that Stella found got to help take down the killer (not literally, no worries about spookies if that’s not your thing.) The setting of the Morton House and the little shack was so perfect for the Halloween event they planned. It was nice and eerie at times but only in an explainable way. This has quickly become one of my favorite series, and I’m very anxious now to read the next book.

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Death Overdue–review

I absolutely loved this book! Any element you could possibly want in a cozy mystery is right inside this book! Since I have an advance copy of the next book, I will be reading and reviewing it very soon. I can’t wait!

My Goodreads review:

Death Overdue (The Haunted Library Mysteries, #1)Death Overdue by Allison Brook

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book so much that I didn’t want it to come to an end! It had everything I love in a cozy: an awesome small town, loving relatives, a smart and brave protagonist and lots of great supporting characters. The fact that Carrie works in a library and it has a resident (friendly) ghost and a cat, well those were just icing on the cake!

Carrie Singleton had come back to Clover Ridge CT with the intentions of visiting, but when she was offered an amazing job at the library where she worked as a temp, she decided to finally put down roots. She had it awfully good living with a sweet and devoted aunt and uncle, plus she’d met a nice guy since they happened to be investigating a murder together. A retired police detective was investigating a cold case he’d worked on 15 years ago when he was murdered during a presentation at the library. Carrie’s new friend Jared had been friends with the detective since the man was investigating Jared’s mom’s murder and had discovered who it was. Hopefully Jared and Carrie won’t anger the killer into doing away with them!

I just loved Evelyn, the library ghost! What a sweet old lady! She and Carrie made quite the team in looking into the case–and Evelyn was even able to tell her a thing or two about a report she needed to do for her new job. It was awesome how Evelyn helped Carrie take care of an issue between her grumpy niece Dorothy who had a huge grudge against Carrie for getting the job she wanted (never mind that Dorothy wasn’t even qualified for the position). You’ll love it when you read that part! And Smokey Joe, the kitten that adopted Carrie and became the library cat was a huge hit with most of the patrons. Surprisingly even boss Sally liked him and didn’t object.

A lot of cozies have relationship triangles, but I didn’t mind this one at all because it didn’t drag on. It became very clear as to which of the two handsome guys Carrie had in her life that she would decide to date and which one would be a friend. I also liked how there wasn’t an actual showdown with just Carrie and the killer, it was more of a car chase scene. I had only started to suspect who the killer was when the carefully placed clues started adding up.

I can’t wait to visit Clover Ridge again and see what my new friends’ next adventure will be!

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Bad Neighbors–review

This is the 2nd book in the Agnes and Effie series by Maia Chance. I have the first one but had never had a chance to read it. I do plan to read the first one, Bad Housekeeping, but no worries, if you haven’t read it either, this book will still make sense and you won’t be lost. I know I am now a big Aunt Effie fan and can’t wait for more in the series so in the meantime I’ll need to read the first book.

I voluntarily read and reviewed a hardback copy of this book that I was sent.

Bad Neighbors (An Agnes & Effie Mystery #2)Bad Neighbors by Maia Chance

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was so funny and entertaining! I just loved the seniors who were staying at the inn, affectionately known as “the gaggle” when Agnes would have to take them all somewhere. Once I started reading, I just couldn’t put it down! Well written with lots of humor and some very fun and likable characters. I hadn’t read the first book but I never felt lost even once reading this one.

When a busload of senior citizens has their bus break down during a leaf-peeping excursion in Naneda, NY, Agnes and her aunt Effie who along with cousin Chester run the Stagecoach Inn, had to get the place ready very quickly for four guests. Since the inn was nowhere really being able to be used by the public, Effie looked at this as a free test run so she treated her guests like royalty. After it was decided that their bus mechanic was murdered and Otis, Agnes’s almost-boyfriend was fingered as the suspect, things went on a crazy roller coaster ride.

I loved how the seniors followed along and tried to help or advise during the unofficial investigation. Even if Otis was being led away from her by new cupcake shop owner Delilah, Agnes knew he wasn’t guilty and continued her investigation efforts. There were definitely plenty of suspects. I had my suspicions which turned out to be right but it was fun being led one way then another. The whole scene with the Leaf Peeping festival queen and princess was pretty funny even though it could have turned deadly. Everything was wrapped up neatly and Aunt Effie had a fun little surprise at the end for her niece and nephew.

Another scene at the hair salon involving Agnes’s eyebrow job was also a funny one that I could just picture in a comedy mystery movie. I think Lo and Myron were my favorite senior couple. Hank was a doctor but being retired he acted more like a 5 year old as far as his needs went and Dorothea just wanted him to notice her. I could imagine wanting to be friends with any and all of the characters in this book, with the exception of the perp and any mean girls that may be mentioned, lol.

I definitely want to read the first book to see how it all got started with the Stagecoach Inn and what mystery they got into in that first book.

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