Review of A Ghostly Light

 

A Ghostly Light

Haunted Home Renovation Mystery Book #7

Juliet Blackwell

5 Stars

29496545Synopsis:

In the latest mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Give Up the Ghost, it will take a beacon of ghostly intervention to guide contractor Mel Turner to the truth…

Dangerous tides ahead…

When her friend Alicia hires Turner Construction to renovate a historic lighthouse in the San Francisco Bay, Mel Turner can’t wait to get her hands dirty. Alicia plans to transform the island property into a welcoming inn, and while Mel has never attempted a project so ambitious—or so tall—before, she’s definitely up for the challenge.

But trouble soon arises when Alicia’s abusive ex-husband shows up to threaten both her and Mel, and later turns up dead at the base of the lighthouse stairs. With no other suspects in sight, things start looking choppy for Alicia. Now, if Mel wants to clear her friend’s name, she’ll need the help of the lighthouse’s resident ghosts to shine a light on the real culprit… (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Mel is a strong smart woman who does not let much stop her.  Except for heights, that she cannot handle.  This is a new fear for her, and she does not know how to handle it.  This is not a good thing for someone in construction.  I thought this one just one of the ways that the author makes Mel more believable and human.  All of her family (her dad, Caleb, Stan…)are very likable and I enjoy reading about all of their interactions and conversations. And of course I cannot forget to mention Thorn, the newly deceased ghost.  To bad he does not know how he met his demise.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place.  The mystery surrounding the lighthouse, and the history of this lighthouse, and lighthouses in general, made for some interesting reading.  

The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were enough suspects to consider and enough clues to sift through and this was not an easy mystery to solve.  Throw in some red herrings and you have a well plotted mystery on your hands.   

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy paranormal.  With great characters, great descriptions and a top notch mystery to solve, this is a book you are sure to enjoy.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this book.

 

 

Review of A Panicked Premonition

 

A Panicked Premonition

A Psychic Eye Mystery, Book #15

Victoria Laurie

5 Stars

33116860Synopsis:
In New York Times bestselling author Victoria Laurie’s newest Psychic Eye mystery, Abby Cooper has one rule to follow: don’t panic!

Professional psychic and FBI consultant Abby Cooper has used her inner visions to get her out of many a scrape—and solve many a crime—but she’s about to face a murder scene that will put all her powers to the test. Abby’s husband Dutch has a side business providing security and building panic rooms for wealthy clients. One morning, one of Dutch’s partners, Dave, goes missing on his way to meet a client. Abby’s intuition tells her something terrible has happened to him.

Then two of Dutch’s clients are found brutally murdered…inside their brand new panic room, and most of the evidence points to Dave as the killer.  With the authorities racing to find and arrest him, Abby’s got to use all her intuitive prowess to get to Dave first, discover the real killer, and save her husband’s business. This is one case where Abby is positive there’s far more to this mystery than meets her inner eye…  (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I really love Abby and Candice. They are more than best friends, they are as close as sisters.  We should all have a Candace in our lives.  When they found out that their friend, Dave, has disappeared, they never hesitated in trying to find him.  And when it looked like Dave was going to be accused of murder, they worked doubly hard.  I enjoy the way their husbands acted like they are in control of everything but really the girls are in charge.  I enjoyed getting to spend more time with all of them.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the story, I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place.  I could imagine the mansions and estates that Abby and Candice visited, and see how the rich live.  

The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were quite a few suspects to consider and clues to sift through and it was not an easy mystery to solve. Throw in some red herrings and even the most experienced armchair detective will struggle with finding the correct culprit.  I really like that not only did Abby and Candace have to figure out how Dave was involved in the murders (Abby refused to believe he was responsible) but they also had to find Dave before it was too late.  Having two mysteries to solve is twice the fun.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  If you enjoy paranormal cozies, this book is a must read book.  I felt this was a more edgier cozy, with harsher language than is typical for cozies, but that did not dim my enjoyment of the book in any way.

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this book.   

 

Review of Silence Of The Jams

 

Silence Of The Jams

Down South Cafe Mystery, Book #2

Gayle Leeson

5 Stars

31700159Synopsis:

In the latest Southern cozy from the author of The Calamity Café, small-town chef Amy Flowers can’t take her freedom for granted when she’s served up as a murder suspect…

It’s Independence Day in Winter Garden, Virginia, and the residents are gearing up for their annual celebration. The Down South Café is open and flourishing, and Amy Flowers is busy making pies and cakes for the holiday. The only thorn in her side is Chamber of Commerce director George Lincoln, who is trying to buy the café so he can tear it down and build a B&B on the site.

When George collapses while eating at the Down South, everybody assumes it’s a heart attack—until the autopsy declares it to be poisoning. Now, it’s up to Amy to prove her innocence before her liberty is lost.

Includes delicious Southern recipes!

From the Paperback edition. (Goodreads)

Review:

The writing styles flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place and listening in on conversations.  And it felt like I could smell all of the delicious aromas coming from the cafe.  If I lived in Winter Garden, I would definitely be a patron at The Down South Cafe.

The characters are well rounded and three dimensional.  Amy is a smart, hardworking and funny woman and is someone I would like to get to know better.  Her cousin, Jackie, has a heart of gold but can have a quick fuse if someone threatens her family.  I really enjoyed reading about the interaction and conversations between the two.  They both have love interests that seem like good guys.  And Aunt Bess is a quirky older lady and I had to laugh at some of the things that she says.

The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and there were enough suspects to consider to make it difficult to figure out the killer.  Throw in some red herrings and a lot of clues to sift through and you have a top notch mystery to try and solve.  

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. With a great cast of characters, a wonderful small town feeling and a difficult mystery to solve, what’s not to love?

 

Review of French Fried

 

32602508Synopsis:

Poison du Jour

The Statue of Liberty is 130 years old, and for the struggling residents of Hubbard, Ohio, any opportunity to bring in tourists is reason enough for a celebration. Laurel Inwood and her aunt, Sophie, are pitching in. Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks, a former greasy spoon turned charming ethnic eatery, will be offering French cuisine for the entire week.

For expert help with their quiche and escargot, the ladies turn to Raquel “Rocky” Arnaud, a former French chef and friend of Sophie. What looks like a match made in heaven turns rank as quickly as buttermilk on a summer’s day. Rocky turns up dead and when her nightly red wine shows notes of oak, cinnamon, and poison, Laurel turns from souffle to sleuth.

INCLUDES A RECIPE (Goodreads)

Review:

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Laurel is a strong intelligent person and she is not easily fooled.  She is skeptical about a lot of things and she has a hard time trusting people.  And she is very wary of forming any lasting friendships because she is not planning on staying in Hubbard, Ohio.  A few times I wanted to shake some sense into her.  It got a little old, reading about her desire to leave.  I really liked Declan and at times I thought he was too good for her.  Hopefully in the next book these issues will be resolved.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there watching all of the action taking place around me and listening in on conversations.  She is very talented in portraying small town life and all that goes along with it, the gossip and the friendships.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and there were enough suspects, twists and turns to keep this reader guessing.  I was not one hundred percent sure of the killer until it was revealed at the end.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series and maybe some resolutions.  

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this book.

 

 

 

Review of No Farm, No Foul

 

No Farm, No Foul

Farmer’s Daughter Mystery, Book #1

Peg Cochran

5 stars

28186299Synopsis:

First in the Farmer’s Daughter mystery series set on a picturesque farm in Michigan, where Shelby McDonald runs a popular lifestyle and cooking blog, from the national bestselling author of the Cranberry Cove Mysteries.

On her blog, The Farmer’s Daughter, Shelby McDonald is growing her audience as she posts recipes, gardening tips, and her experiences raising two kids and running Love Blossom Farm in the small western Michigan town of Lovett.

Working the farm is demanding but peaceful—until that peace is shattered when the minister’s wife is murdered on Shelby’s property during a fund-raiser for a local church. But the manure really hits the fan when Shelby’s good friend veterinarian Kelly Thacker emerges as the prime suspect. Shelby decides to dig in and find the murderer by herself. As more suspects crop up, she’ll have to move fast—before someone else buys the farm. . . (Goodreads)

Review:

Shelby is one tough woman who has a lot on her plate.  She is a single mom (after the death of her husband) raising two children and running the Love Blossom Farm by herself. She is also the creator of a lifestyle and cooking blog.  When a dead body is found in her mudroom/gardening room, she decides she has to help with the investigation because she takes it personally that the victim was found on her farm.  She knows her brother-in-law will not be happy with her interfering, since he is the detective on the case, but that does not stop her from snooping.

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  I feel like I have really gotten to know Shelby, her children, her friend Kelly, and her brother-in-law, Frank, very well.  I really enjoyed reading about the interaction between all of them.  I like the fact that Shelby is an older woman with two children, I felt like she was easy to relate to.  She has problems with her children like every other mother has had and I thought this made the book seem more realistic.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching the action and festivities going on all around me.  That is another thing I really enjoyed about the book.  The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were enough suspects to consider and twists and turns to keep even the most experienced arm chair detective guessing.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  I enjoyed the blog entries that were interspersed throughout the book and thought this was a clever way to allow the reader to know what Shelby was thinking.  At the end of the book there are recipes to try and some of them sound really delicious.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  This is a great start to a new series, and I am looking forward to reading more books as they are published.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in Exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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