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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Theater Nights Are Murder review

Happy New Year everyone! And on to this year’s awesome reading!

This is the fourth (and funniest, to me) book in the Poppy McAllister series by Libby Klein. She does such a good job of making her readers laugh most of the way through the books in this series! I just love these characters and how some of our favorites from the previous books make their way into the most recent one. If you haven’t started this series, you should treat yourself this year.

My Goodreads review:

Theater Nights Are MurderTheater Nights Are Murder by Libby Klein

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this series more every time I read the newest book and I always think that book is the funniest one so far…only because imho it is! I was laughing out loud at Aunt Ginny and her “biddies'” antics during the senior center’s production of Mamma Mia. From going all out spy complete with two-way radios to conning some bikers in a pool game, these ladies while absolutely hilarious were determined to find out how their friend really died during the theater production. And for that I say, “You go, girls!”

Even though I didn’t care much for the character of Fiona, I have to admit I got a kick out of her always talking about her precious son Iggy’s many master’s degrees. It was sort of a running joke through the book (like how Georgina had come up with a bunch of wrong names for Smitty in the previous book). I think Aunt Ginny will always be my favorite character, but we got to know the biddies a lot better in this book and I completely enjoyed that. Even Smitty made a visit. Poppy’s friend Sawyer had a sideline mystery going on, and there was another side mystery that completely threw me when I found out who was behind it. I’d never have guessed.

Officer Amber seemed to be mellowing just a little bit. She didn’t seem nearly as mean as she was in the first book even though I doubt she’ll ever get over getting a little satisfaction out of trying to make Poppy squirm. Poppy gave it right back though–her character has grown a lot since the first book too. As always, I’m anxious for the next in this series!

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

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