Seven Year Witch review

This is the second book in a newer series called Witch Way Librarian by Angela M. Sanders whose other two series are Vintage Clothing Mysteries and Booster Club Mysteries. When I read the first book in Witch Way last year, I loved it and knew this was going to be a new favorite series (to add to my MANY favorite series lol). It was fun getting to know the characters in town even better this time, and I liked that Josie’s seems to have a good friend in Lalena. They made a good sleuthing duo, although Josie was on her own most of the time. I just wish we didn’t have to wait a whole year for the next in series!

My Goodreads review:

Seven-Year WitchSeven-Year Witch by Angela M. Sanders
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was great visiting with Josie and all her new friends in Wilfred, OR again. I’d forgotten how Josie could go check things out using her mind but in her cat Rodney’s body which was so cool!

This was a mystery I definitely couldn’t figure out, so I just went along for the ride and enjoyed the process. Josie was learning a lot from her grandma’s letter she’d left her, and I was happy to see how far she’d come as far as her powers went. I’ve hoped since the first book that Josie and Sam could get together, and they might be one step closer to that by the end of the book. I loved how the whole town pulled together at the end. The showdown with the killer was scary for two different reasons-you’ll see when you read it. I really wish the next one could come out sooner instead of having to wait another year!

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Pint of No Return review

This is the first book in what I hope is going to be a long and successful series, Ice Cream Shop Mysteries by Dana Mentink. These characters are a lot of fun, and one I failed to mention in my Goodreads review was Trinidad’s Cuban grandpa aka Papa. I loved that guy! He came up from Florida for the summer to help her out, but I’m secretly hoping he stays longer than that.

This book publishes this coming Tuesday, May 25, 2021. Who could go wrong with ice cream, right?

My Goodreads review:

Pint of No Return (Shake Shop Mystery Book 1)Pint of No Return by Dana Mentink
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m pretty sure this is going to be another favorite series for me. It got off to a nice strong start with some very likable characters. The twin teen boys who worked for Trinidad were really nice but cool kids, and I just loved her dog Noodles. I enjoyed the storyline that Quinn, a guy I hope Trinidad will be seeing as more than a friend one day, has some PTSD going on that’s mostly under control. It was awesome to see him caring for his challenged brother Doug who took great comfort in Noodles.

I was pretty shocked at who the killer was and honestly hadn’t seen it coming. It was great how the police chief did actually listen to Trinidad and helped her with the showdown. I was glad the ending wasn’t just cut off, and we got to spend a little more time with the characters once the case was solved. I’m definitely interested in reading the next book. I think the three exes of Gabe could be fairly good friends. It definitely seemed like Trinidad and Juliette were off to a good start.

Thanks to Poisoned Pen Press for granting my wish on NetGalley and letting me read and review this. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, and my opinions are my own.

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A Matter of Hive and Death review

This is the second (and for me at least, eagerly-awaited) book in the Oregon Honeycomb mysteries by Nancy Coco who also writes the Candy-Coated series set on Mackinac Island, as well as having written some other cozy series under Nancy J. Parra and Nell Hampton. (Her Nancy J. Parra Goodreads page contains the most info which is why I didn’t even link the Nell Hampton page.)

This book is an exclusive Barnes & Noble edition until 3/29/22. (Not an affiliate linkl; just here for your convenience).

My Goodreads review:

A Matter of Hive and Death (An Oregon Honeycomb Mystery, #2)A Matter of Hive and Death by Nancy CoCo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this visit with Wren, Aunt Eloise and Porsche, not to mention Jim who Wren might be letting get a bit closer. She kind of annoyed at me times when she’d get mad at Jim just for doing his job and not being able to share info with her. But I loved her passion for the bees and the cats her aunt loves so much. Wren, Eloise and Porsche make good sleuth buddies, and I did have to hand it to Wren for asking Jim to come along on trips that otherwise could have been dangerous.

I had no idea whodunit and was totally surprised at the reveal. There was a side mystery as well, and that perp didn’t surprise me much at all, lol. I got the biggest kick out of Aunt Eloise holding her rifle over a perp and not budging until Jim got his gun drawn and held on the person. She cracks me up, and I just love her character!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC paperback from Kensington Publishing, and my opinions are my own.

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Bait and Witch review

This is the first book in a new series, Witch Way Librarian, by Angela M. Sanders, and I absolutely loved it! The characters are fun, Josie has some mad witchy skills she wasn’t quite aware of until later, and the cat Rodney is an awesome friend for Josie. I was so happy to see on Amazon that the next book comes out in August. That’s a lot better than having to wait a year, but it’s still going to be hard waiting!

My Goodreads review:

Bait and WitchBait and Witch by Angela M. Sanders
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was so good that there were some spots where I couldn’t even put it down! I really liked the key players a lot and feel like Josie, Roz and Darla will become good friends. Rodney was such an awesome cat, and Josie’s powers that she discovered were pretty cool too. I loved what she could do using Rodney’s body to get the job done–it came in really handy saving someone’s life eventually.

At one point there was a random clue that made me start suspecting whodunit, and I was right, but I had no idea about all the reasons involved. The parts toward the end were suspenseful and the showdown was pretty nail biting since it somewhat followed a vision that Josie’s mom had told her she’d had of her, but with her good cat friend and assorted human friends, Josie made it through and caught the real killer. I really loved the ending, and now I’m going to have trouble waiting patiently for the next book.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, and my opinions are my own.

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Deadly Ride by Jody Holford review

This is the third book in the newer Britton Bay series by Jody Holford, and it’s quickly become a favorite series with a sweet town and familiar, comfortable characters. I like the addition of Sarah who has the art shop in town as Chris’s girlfriend now. I think Sam may have felt like he was being left out, since Sam and Molly are so close. Sam was definitely in his element in this book with the mystery surrounding a car show that his garage was sponsoring. I really hope there’s a Christmas book in store for this series!

(photo found on Google search, courtest of Wikimedia Commons, came up under licensed for reuse).

My Goodreads review:

Deadly Ride (Britton Bay #3)Deadly Ride by Jody Holford

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another very sweet installment in one of my favorite new cozy mystery series! I love how Molly and Sam are growing closer in each book, but it doesn’t take anything away from the mystery to hear about their romance. I can definitely handle this type of romance along with my cozy mysteries.

I had a feeling of whodunit, but as usual, I had no idea why other than an obvious reason, which all of the suspects had obvious reasons for wanting the car show co-owner dead. Molly has always been very impulsive and doesn’t do well listening to authority, so it’s a good thing that Chris the detective is also a friend of Sam’s. I think that gives him a higher tolerance of her. Chris did give her a cute birthday gift at the end. I enjoyed the part where Sam went with Molly to stake out Sarah’s art shop. She’d been having some break-ins, but barely anything had gone missing. Sam was so sweet to tag along and not ask a million questions. I’m hoping that before too long we get to hear some wedding bells for these two sleuths!

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Deadly Vows–review

This is the second book in the newer Britton Bay series by Jody Holford who is normally a romance writer, but I love what she’s done with these cozy mysteries! The romance between Sam and Molly is just so sweet and right. Then there’s the murder investigation that always follows. With both of these first two books, I wasn’t able to put the book down for very long. And I was really happy to find out that the next book, Deadly Ride, will be out on October 22, 2019.

My Goodreads review:

Deadly Vows (A Britton Bay Mystery #2)Deadly Vows by Jody Holford

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Molly Owens had no idea she’d be dumped into a murder investigation after the last one was only a few months ago. Since then, she’d started dating Sam, and they were pretty much inseparable. When the celebrity chef at a wedding being held at the B&B fell over dead at her hotel room, Molly was more curious at first, but as always for someone who is a career reporter by trade, things weren’t adding up, then they started adding up.

I just love Sam’s mother. She has to be the kindest lady on the planet, since she was such a gracious host to the wedding party, especially the bride’s mom who was being a momzilla at the time. Sam’s cousin Jill is a fun addition too, and I was happy to see that Hannah had stuck around the paper as well. I love that Sam and Molly might have their little moments of unrest, but they always apologize and make up instead of letting it eat at them. The scene where Sam was telling her about wanting to surprise her by grooming her dog Tigger for her just cracked me up. I could see that slippery little dog racing around soaking everything.

It was great to be able to read an excerpt of the next book which will be set in October, and according to an Amazon search I did, it looks like it’ll be coming out this October.

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