Never-ending TBR, Part Five

I’m not sure why, but this was a slow reading month for me. I guess I had too many other things on my plate. Or maybe I spent more time on other hobbies. Anyway, here are the books I’ve read since my last review post: two cozy mysteries and a romance novella.

Sins and Needles by Monica Ferris
A Needlecraft Mystery, Book 10
A Texan named Lucille arrives in town (Excelsior, Minnesota) claiming that she’s looking for her biological parents. Betsy and the regulars at her Crewel World needlecraft shop agree that this woman looks exactly like Jan. one of her regular customers. Lucille and Jan meet and become friends.Things get dicey when Jan’s great eccentric great-aunt is murdered – with a knitting needle. 

Like all the Needlecraft Mysteries, I enjoyed reading about Betsy’s though process as she solves the mystery, but the middle part of the book dragged quite a bit. It wasn’t quite bad enough to make me stop reading altogether, but a lot could easily have been left out.

Knitting Bones by Monica Ferris
A Needlecraft Mystery, Book 11
This installment had an interesting twist. Just before a major event for the Embroiderers Guild, Betsy and Jill go horseback riding and Betsy has a terrible fall, resulting in a broken leg. Godwin, her assistant at Crewel World, attends the event during which the head of a charity accepts a large check and then disappears. Since Betsy is incapacitated, Godwin does a lot of the legwork for her. Although he reports back to Betsy, he actually makes some good deductions on his own. It was nice to see Godwin grow as a character and make some of the discoveries that eventually help solve the mystery. My local library has the next several installments, but I’m going to try to catch up on some of the mysteries and romances languishing on my Kindle app!

Burning Desire by Diana Stout
Laurel Ridge Novellas Book 2
It’s been a few years since I read Shattered Dreams — Book 1 in this series – so it was nice to return to the small town setting and the fascinating characters there. Diana has announced plans to release at least one more in the series within the next few months. In this segment, hometown girl Eddie Taylor struggles to keep the wall she’s built around herself since her parents’ tragic death. She’s a realtor, but business is slow, and she’s resorted to living in the old farmhouse she inherited from her grandmother. Recent newcomer Rhett is a firefighter who’s also busy in home restoration. He hopes to tear down the metaphorical walls Eddie’s built, but he’s got relationship fears of his own. Their story is told in a way that kept me reading until I was done. Looking forward to reading the next episode!


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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4 Responses to Never-ending TBR, Part Five

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Of this group, Diana Stout’s book seems to have held your interest better… and I also think it would hold mine. Thanks for your reports on this group.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’m not surprised at your choice. The nice thing about this series is that each story (aside from the fact that they’re well-written) is short enough to read in one evening.


  2. Elaine Cantrell says:

    That’s for introducing us to these books. I get a lot of nice tips from you.

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  3. You’ve accomplished more than I have. I finished ONE. It’s been a crazy few months and this week is INSAN; I have to be somewhere every day and boy, is the work here backing up.
    Again, Gotta love Monica Ferris and the Laurel Ridge truly sound interesting.

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