Sunday, August 21, 2016

Book Review: Die, Die Birdie by J.R. Ripley

 Title: Die, Die Birdie
 Author: J.R. Ripley
 Series: Book 1 A Bird Lovers Mystery
 Publisher: Lyrical Underground
 Format: ebook
 Source: Received for review from Netgalley
 Star Rating: 5 stars
 Reviewed by: Tina

 What a different and interesting concept for a cozy mystery series for Bird and nature fans alike. The cover caught my eye with the cute little blue I love birds and the birdhouse and being a bird fan and watcher I wanted to read Die, Die Birdie.

 Amy Simms loves nature and all things birds, she is gearing up for the grand opening of her store, Birds and Bees in her new home/business she purchased from Gertie Hammer. Matt Kowalski is found by Amy and her best friend and assistant, Kim in storeroom dead, Matt is someone who went to school with them.

Roommate nicknamed, Esther the Pester then accuses Amy of committing the murder when Matt's blood is on her hands. Soon it's shopkeeper, Amy Simm's under suspicion of murder when it is found that he was killed with a birdfeeder hook. Amy and her best friend, Kim wonder about the future of Birds and Bees.

Kim is carrying secrets about her past with Matt that make Amy wonder and Gertie Hammer wants to purchase the house back from Amy when it is suspected the holds something of value and could be a reason why Matt and another murder was committed.

Entertaining plot twists made Die,Die Birdie a fun read.  I enjoyed the fast pace of the story. The concept of the mystery also made it enjoyable  and made for a thrilling adventure. I can't wait to read and review the next book in the Bird lovers mysteries.


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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: No Pity For The Dead by Nancy Herriman

Title: No Pity For The Dead
Author: Nancy Herriman
Series: A Mystery Of Old San Francisco (Book 2)
Publisher: Obsidian
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for review from the author
Star Rating: 4 out 5
Reviewed by: Marlene

Celia Davies finds herself in an overflowing amount of conflict when she is once again caught up in a murder investigation and her cousin's disapproval. While she is trying to clear an innocent man's name she will be at odds with Detective Nick Greaves as he is set that he has found his killer. A man he knows all too well from his past. All the while struggling to keep her patient's tended too.

The victim, Virgil Nash is found in a shallow grave in the cellar of an architect's firm. While he has vast amounts of enemies, the main suspects all seem to be tied to the firm. There is no secret that Mr. Nash and the company had issues when it came to certain city plans but with some of the partners more then others. While Nick and Celia start out on separate investigations, Celia knows that her sleuthing can only go so far and needs Nick to officially bring the culprit to justice. She starts sharing her information with the police and the investigation leads into a whole new direction. 

Along with the murder Celia must deal with the crumbling relationship between herself and her cousin Barbara. Barbara who is sixteen and half Chinese is still coming to terms with the loss of her father, Celia's unorthodox version of guardianship and the ongoing hatred of the Chinese in San Francisco. Barbara is very emotional and frightened of all that surrounds her. All that she feels Celia has brought into her house. Celia has a hard time reconciling her issues and doubts. Despite the fact that Celia has her own reconciling to do when it comes to her husband and going forward with her heart.

The story centers around an actual even "The Second Street Cut" a plan to flatten some of the hills of San Francisco to help with transit. There were many conflicts regarding this issue and it eventually was completed in 1869. In 1873 the cable cars would be introduced and would discourage future plans.

The story was actively dramatic and since there was so much deceit and suspects it kept you guessing. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the emotional battles that Celia, Barbara and Nick had to face which usually I just like action. Their emotional distress was very realistic to me and engaging. And as always Celia's strong female lead was perfect.

Looking forward to the next story in her life.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Grilling the Subject by Daryl Wood Gerber

Title: Grilling the Subject
Author: Daryl Wood Gerber
Series: Book 5 Cookbook Nook Mysteries
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by: Tina

I must be honest and admit that the Wild West theme in Grilling the Subject did not excite me, but the Cookbook Book Nook Mysteries being one of my favorite series, I had to read it. All the barbecue and ranch style food that chef Katie was cooking up in the The Nook Cafe kitchen had my mouth watering not to mention the the Grilling themed cookbook titles mentioned that were on display in the Cookbook Nook Shop, had me salivating

Jenna Hart helps her aunt Vera run a culinary cookbook shop in Crystal Cove California, The Cookbook Nook. Everyone is excited for the Wild West Extravaganza complete with horse races, rope jumping and more.

Shane Maverick used to work with Jenna in advertiseing before she came to Crystal Cove. He is now a promoter for the Wild West Extravaganza. He is in a property dispute with a local named Sylvia after Shane had moved across  the street from her from the local land owner.

Sylvia is murdered after her house caught on fire and she was stabbed with a implement sold at her shop. Sylvia was not well liked among the locals in the area including Jenna's father,Cary after he complained about loud noise from one of Sylvia's many parties. When Cary is accused of the murder Jenna stops at nothing to try to rope in the killer even with a chilling secret coming back to haunt her that could possibly jeprodize her relationship with her current boyfriend, Rhett.

I always antisipate the themes in every Cookbook Nook mystery although this one didn't thrill me the BBQ dishes and the murder never failed to keep me interested. The unbeliveable drama in Jenna's life along with the murder made Grilling the Subject a page turner, Shane was a new down right arogoant character that you love to hate. I look forward to reading and reviewing the next book in this series.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Book Review: No Comfort for the Lost by Nancy Herriman

 Title: No Comfort For The Lost
 Author: Nancy Herriman
 Series: A Mystery Of Old San Francisco (Book 1)
 Publisher: Obsidian
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from the library
 Star Rating: 5 out 5
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Mrs. Celia Davies a trained nurse who served in the army had come to San Francisco with her husband Patrick to start a new life and prosper. Although life has brought her some tribulations she has persevered. She has taken residence in her late uncle's home where she has opened a free women's clinic and guardianship of her niece, Barbara and assisted by her hot mouthed maid, Addie. She has set her sights on helping fellow women that cannot help themselves such as the many Chinese girls that are brought into the city only to become enslaved in brothels.

 When a friend of Celia's is found dead by the wharf, a young Chinese girl that found her way out of the brothel and into a relationship with her brother in law, she will do anything to bring the murderer to justice. This includes injecting herself into Nick Greaves' investigation, the officer in charge, especially after someone linked to her is arrested for the crime. Soon Celia will find not everyone is as who they claim to be, even someone very close to her. Set in the 1860s when tempers and prejudices ran high against the Chinese for coming to California most people turned their backs on them or turned to violence against them brought forth an Anti-Coolie Association to organize the efforts.

 Throughout the story there are instances of violence, vandalism and harassment, it almost seems to mirror today's look at immigrants in North America. At least from the snippets of news and information that I have seen. It was a sad look back at that period of time. The story was so well written and proved to be enjoyable as well as a history lesson. The characters are incredibly engaging and honest. I truly enjoyed Celia's strong will and devotion towards her loved ones and fellow women. I had great empathy for the struggles of Li Sha and Barbara. And loved the wit and banter of Addie. The villains of the story were indeed just that evil insidious villains.

 I look forward to reading the next book in this series. The review will be posted Sunday, August 14, 2016

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: The Cat,The Collector and the Killer by Leann Sweeney

Title:The Cat,The Collector and the Killer
Author: Leann Sweeney
Series: Book 8 A Cats in Trouble Mystery
Publisher: Obsidian Mystery
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for Review From Publisher
Rating : Five Stars
Reviewed by: Tina

Jillian Hart loves cats,  she even makes quilts for cats that are donated to  the county animal shelter. She has four cats of her own but she is about to have a new feline join her brood named Otto and how she acquires Otto is quite the mystery and it involves a murder.

Chester Winston is the county animal control  officer who has a restraining order against Shawn Cuddahee, owner of the Mercy, South Carolina Animal Sanctuary. Chester rubs a lot of  other people the wrong way also.

After finding a dead Chester in Minnie Schultz's home after coming to rescuing her many cats, who no one seems to believe she's a hoarder because the cats seemed well taken care of despite finding Minnie wandering downtown in her nightclothes. Shawn becomes a number one suspect of the murder of Chester, Jillian is friends with Shawn and wonders if the cats will be homeless if or when Shawn is arrested and knows he could not have committed this murder

Minnie is admitted to the hospital clutching a cute little kitten named Otto, named after her late husband. Jillian's husband, acting police chief, Tom asks her to step in and see if she can talk to Minnie to try to reach her since Jillian is so good with cats and people.
Minnie confesses to the murder but could there be more to the story the meets the cat's eye?

Engaging cozy mystery staring cute and  adorable cats. The Cat, The Collector and the Killer is definitely the cat's meow. As a cat owner I loved learning even more about cats. A purrfect mystery for the cat lover.Jillian is one of my favorite characters because of her love of cats. Her passion for taking care of them makes me want to read more and more of this series and I look forward to reading the next one to get my mystery with a lot of cat fix.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: clock and dagger by Julianne Holmes

 Title: clock and dagger
 Author: Julianne Holmes
 Series: Book 2 A Clock Shop Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: Five Stars
 Reviewed by: Tina

The old clocks held many secrets and time was running out for clockmaker, Ruth Clagan owner of her grandfather,G.T's clock shop, Cog and Sprocket who was brutally murdered . Beckett Green was Cog and Sprockets neighbor and new book shop owner who was making trouble for Ruth and other business owners by selling not just books in his new book shop but a little of what everyone in the town of Orchard, Massachusetts were selling including clocks and watches, gearing up to put Ruth and Cog and Sprocket out of business.

 Mark Pine is a new watchmaker that Ruth hires for the shop and with four events to be held in the shop, an open house, a birthday party, New Years Eve and the official opening of the shop and trying to make her grandfather's dream of a town clock tower come true, Ruth had a lot on her plate. The night of the open house Ruth finds Mark Pine dead in her neighbor and friend, Ben's barbershop with an old pocket watch nearby. Ruth's step-grandmother who works in the shop has a passion for repairing watches and her and Ruth's relationship are on shaky ground, it is soon come to light her step-grandmother, Caroline has more secrets in her past that Ruth imagined.

 Clock and dagger was one of those books that you can't wait to start and never want to end. I love clocks and watches, that is part of why I love the clock shop mysteries, clock and dagger has a premise you can't help but take the time to read and the other reason is Ruth and Caroline and the Cog and Sprocket and the other intriguing characters.

I love learning about the inner workings of clock and watch repair when Ruth was taking many notes in her note book and as the time ticks on while the murder is not solved Ruth knows she does not have much time. You will be on the edge of your seat until this murder is solved, time is of the essence. I look forward to reading and reviewing the next book in this series.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: A Grave Prediction by Victoria Laurie

 Title : A Grave Prediction
 Author: Victoria Laurie
 Series: Book 14 A Psychic Eye Mystery
 Publisher: Obsidian
 Format: Hardcover
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Star Rating: 5 out of 5
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Abby Cooper is reluctantly sent to Los Angelos to help out the FBI. She is sent to not only assist in a high profile case but to teach the agents intuition. She knows she will have to put up with a lot of snide remarks, glares and skepticism but what she did not expect to come up against was herself. Luckily against the director's orders her best friend and his wife, Candice decides to tag along.

 Although she has passed all the tests set before her and befriend's one of the agents, Kelsey Hart the next case is what breaks her. Partnered with to non-believer's she is set with the task of assisting in solving a series of bank robberies but when her talents seem to fail her in the field she is set packing. This will not stop Abby and Candice from starting their own investigation. Abby believes that this string of robberies is linked to a local business man which is linked to future murders.

 While they follow countless leads that seemingly lead nowhere and back to this one man with nothing to support it, it will end up being a joint effort between themselves and the FBI that has dismissed them to bring all to justice.

 I thoroughly enjoyed reading this latest stage in Abby's life. She is a great character and I love her stubbornness and independence. Along with her is her equally energetic and strong-minded friend, Candice. They really make a great team. In this book not only did Abby have to come up against the usual skeptics but she has to face her own personality flaws but how she views herself as others views her it was a great insight into her. I look forward to the next book.

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