Life is busy here – I read only three titles this month, so I’m a little behind toward my goal of 50 books this year.
Raspberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke
Hannah Swenson Mystery, Book 22
Last month I wrote about how disappointed I was in Book 21 of this series. But I wanted to find out how the cliffhanger presented at the very end panned out when Hannah’s brand new husband disappeared. Since I was glad Hannah finally made a choice and it wasn’t either of the two men she’d been waffling between in books 1 through 19, I figured I’d try one more book to see if either the marriage or the series had been saved. Unfortunately, the best part of the book is the recipes, because they’re relatively simple (although each one takes three to five pages and there are about thirty of them) using frozen, canned, and boxed ingredients that would probably have the experts gasping in indignation. Every single scene involves a dessert and a lot of coffee, yet everyone is healthy. Oh, there’s a murder – Hannah’s husband’s assistant is poisoned, and Hannah investigates by bringing sweets and asking questions.
On Borrowed Crime by Kate Young
A Jane Doe Book Club Mystery, Book 1
Now that my internet browsing shows that I like to read cozy mysteries, I get all sorts of suggestions on my social media feed. Book 2 in this series is available for pre-order, so I got Book 1 from my local library. An assortment of young ladies in a sleepy southern town meet on a regular basis to discuss murder mystery books. The meetings change focus when one of their members is brutally murdered in the same way as the victim in the book they’ve been reading. Lyla Moody works as a receptionist for her uncle, a PI, and she’s desperate to discover who killed her good friend. The answer was unexpected, but logical. I’m looking forward to reading book two!
Assault and Batting by Tess Rothery
The Taylor Quinn Quilt Shop Mysteries, Book 1
I’m not sure how I heard about this book, but it happened to be in my Kindle library, and I needed something to read during four visits to the ER with my husband. I started reading this during one visit, continued during another, and liked it so much I finished it after getting home. When Taylor’s mother dies in a freak accident, she quits her job in the city, sells her condo, and moves back to her home town to care for her rebellious high school sister Belle and aging grandfather. Her sister’s therapist suggests that Belle needs closure, and that she needs to see and hear exactly what happened to their mother. This investigation leads to many unexpected and sometimes painful truths. I enjoyed the story, and will probably look for Book 2.