Never-ending TBR, Part Two

It seems that the books I chose this month were a bit longer, so there are fewer titles. Still, it was a good month for reading, since it’s too cold to do much else!

A Murderous Yarn by Monica Ferris
Needlecraft Mysteries, Book 5
Betsy’s friend Jill is upset when her boyfriend Lars invests in an antique car. It’s an expensive and time-consuming hobby, but Betsy is intrigued by the Stanley Steamer, and decides to sponsor him in a local race and volunteers to help out. But her excitement is dampened when one of the racers is found dead under his car and the death is ruled a homicide. Betsy is again pulled into helping solve the crime. There are a couple of secondary plot lines that don’t seem to go anywhere, and I’m wondering if they’ll be dealt with in later books. The bulk of Betsy’s time is spent away from the Crewel World needlework shop. The murder, of course, is solved and the answer was a surprise. I’ll be curious to see if the hint of a romance for Betsy is developed in the next book.

Dial E for Endearment by Heidi Gray McGill
Inspirational Romance author Heidi Gray McGill was my guest here on the blog a few weeks ago. This book is about Cam, a busy but lonely businessman. He’s in a job he doesn’t enjoy to please his dad, and he’s shy. He loves to listen to Everly, the radio host on WJOY. Everly’s show offers advice for singles, even though she’s never been in a romantic relationship. She had a dysfunctional relationship mom who never seemed to pay much attention to her. When Cam and Everly finally meet, they discover they have a lot in common, but they have to work through their inner conflicts. I enjoyed reading this story and will look for more by this author!

Hanging by a Thread by Monica Ferris
Needlework Mystery, Book 6
In this installment, Betsy is drawn into an unsolved murder from several years before. Now that she owns the building that houses her business as well as several apartments, she hires a contractor to make repairs to the roof. Foster Johns, the contractor she hires to get the work done, seems like a pleasant man, but the town suspects him of a murder that happened several years before. Betsy and one of the Monday Bunch aren’t so quick to believe the rumors, and before long Betsy is involved in finding out the truth. Since the town is divided on Foster’s guilt, she has a tough time digging for clues, especially since the murder weapon was never found. Other than the two chapters full of ghost stories that don’t seem to connect in any way to the story (the mystery takes place in October), this was a fun read. 


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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9 Responses to Never-ending TBR, Part Two

  1. All three books sound interesting. Cold winter nights are a great time to get some reading done.


  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Yes, they are! We’re expecting another cold spell next week, so I’m hoping to catch up to my usual pace of about one book per week.


  3. Jeff Salter says:

    I’m puzzled by the two chapters of ghost stories. Were they woven into the plot of this novel? As in one of the characters was telling them to other characters for some reason? Or were they simply plugged in to take up the space of two empty chapters? Seems odd.


    • Yes, that is what took all of my attention, even though the book plots seemed interesting otherwise. (StanleySteamer…cool!)
      I assume that you don’t like ghost stories, or were they poorly done, i.e.,
      silly, sensational? Do you think they just decided to use them to make it a perennial, so that folks would pick it up for Halloween reading?
      Stay warm. We’re on a real roller-coaster, temp-wise.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’m assuming, as Tonette speculated, that the book was aimed at Halloween readers. I honestly couldn’t see any connection between them and the rest of the story! And maybe the author had to fill another few pages. I guess I could have seen one or two, but these ladies were sitting in a circle working on their needlework projects and decided that EACH of them had to share a story, and that got old.

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  4. Patricia, thank you for your sweet words! I am glad you enjoyed reading Dial E for Endearment. It certainly was fun to write.


  5. The books all sound interesting. I have to start keeping a count of what I read during the month. I’m doing more of it now.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Goodreads makes it easy. Once I sign up for the reading challenge, it keeps track of the books I read as long as you enter the date you finished each book and leave a rating and/or review.

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