This past month, I’ve been continuing to read my way through two mystery series. I guess once I start on something I like, it’s difficult to leave until I see my way to the end! Here are the four titles I enjoyed:
Trouble in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon
A reluctant heiress, an undercover cop, and a ghost are the unlikely protagonists of this wonderfully wacky story. Maryse Robichaux is a botanist on a mission to find a natural cure for cancer. Her studies are interrupted when Helena, her mother-in-law dies, but continues to pester her in ghostly form. No one else can see her ghost-in-law, and there are some hilarious moments when Maryse is caught responding to the outrageous things Helena tells her. Helena adds to the comedy as she’s “learning” ghostly things, like walking through walls, picking up items, and changing the clothing that she’s wearing. Adding to Maryse’s headaches are mysterious near-fatal accidents and a sexy botanist who keeps turning up wherever she goes. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this series!
Mischief in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon
Helena, the ghost from Book 1, helps another Mudbug resident solve a mystery. This time, Sabine LeVeche has leukemia and needs to find a blood relative who can donate bone marrow. But Sabine is an only child whose parents both died in an auto accident when she was a baby. A handsome PI named Beau discovers that Sabine is actually a member of the super-wealthy Fortescue family – but though the family seems to welcome her, mysterious things start to happen. She’s poisoned, nearly mugged, and her car is blown up. Helena adds a lot of comic relief to the story, and the resolution is unexpected and sad. I can’t wait to dig into Book 3.
The Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason
Stoker and Holmes, Book 3
I continued reading this fascinating steampunk mystery series by Colleen Gleason, my guest from a weeks ago. In this installment, Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes have been assigned to guard a member of visiting royalty. Princess Lurelia of Betrovia seems like a meek, unassuming young lady, and they worry that they’re in for a boring time. But almost immediately, things go awry. First, there is a murder during the welcome party for the Lord Regent and the princess. And then an important letter detailing the whereabouts of a missing artifact disappears. The young ladies manage to find clues while uncovering a host of other mysteries – like the dull and boring princess’ penchant for disappearing and then showing up again, and the reappearance of the villainous Ankh from Book One. Add in a little bit of romance for both young ladies, and there was enough to keep me reading far into the night!
The Carnelian Crow by Colleen Gleason
Stoker and Holmes, Book 4
Mina is awakened by an insistent crow tapping on her window. When she opens the window to shoo him away, he enters her room and leaves an unusual pin in the shape of a crow. The pin is the sign of a mysterious club called the Carnelian Crow. With Evaline’s help, she discovers various clues leading to the club. In the meantime, Evaline deals with her own private crisis: her brother and sister-in-law are in dire straits, and unless Evaline marries well, they’ll need to sell their family home and move to Ireland and live in obscurity. While Evaline meets spends time with prospective suitors, Mina discovers Inspector Grayling’s interest in her is not only for her deductive abilities. The dynamic duo infiltrates the Carnelian Crow, run by the mysterious villainess known as the Ankh. While some questions are answered, including the identity of the Ankh, others will hopefully be found in Book 5!