It’s been a busy month, and I’ve only got three titles to share with you today. But all three are great books and I recommend them highly. Take a look, and maybe you’ll find one to curl up with!
Dead in the Doorway by Diane Kelly
A House-Flipper Mystery, Book 2
Whitney and her cousin Buck have discovered they enjoy flipping houses together, although their first house presented a problem when a body was found in the garden. Now Whitney and two of her friends live in that house, and they’ve found another one to restore in a nice Nashville neighborhood. But on the first day Whitney goes there to work, she finds a body inside. Detective Collin Flynn is on the case, handsome as ever, and it seems the attraction goes both ways. The neighbors are curious, but friendly, and Whitney finds herself joining them for poker on Friday nights. But she can’t help wondering whether she’s playing cards with a killer. This was another entertaining mystery, and I’ll definitely be reading the next in the series.
Murder in the Snow by Verity Bright
A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery, Book 4
I realized that it’s been a while since I indulged myself in a Verity Bright mystery (the series is set in rural England, 1920), so I downloaded this gem and read it over the holiday weekend. Lady Swift is a fascinating character – if she were a real person, I feel I’d love to get to know her. She’s bright, resourceful, and has a heart of gold. She’s inherited her uncle’s title and castle, along with the trustworthy and efficient staff, and she decides to continue the tradition of holding a Christmas Eve party for the entire town of Little Buckford. The festivities include food, drink, games, and a race. Unfortunately, one of the men dies during the race. Since the man was known to have a heart issue, the local police believe it’s a simple case of accidental overdose of his heart medication, but Lady Swift and her trusty butler Clifford think otherwise. The red herrings kept me guessing until the end, and the answer was unexpected. Looking forward to continuing the series!
Arrested Pleasures by Diana Stout
Laurel Ridge Novella, Book 3
To recap this series, all the stories take place during the same fifteen days, in the same town, and the characters are all connected either through family, work, or school. I’ve read and reviewed the first two books, set in Laurel Ridge, Georgia, and then had the opportunity to beta read this third installation.
Annie Martin, game warden, is grieving the death of her parents, and has been dealing with all the paperwork dealing with their estate. In the hustle of moving her parents’ things out, she makes an agonizing discovery that changes everything she thought she knew about herself. Cutter Logan is a high school friend who’d love to be more, but the only way he knows how to interact with Annie is through games and teasing. They both need to learn a lot about themselves in order to learn to deal with each other.
I’m sure I’d enjoy these first two… not so sure about the third.
thanks for sharing these reports.
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I’m sure you’d enjoy both of the cozy mysteries. I’ve already downloaded the next book in both series.
I agree with Jeff, but perhaps the writing would win me over. We do tease a lot in my family, although not anywhere near as much anymore.
I do love an ending that I don’t see coming, it doesn’t happen very often.
As for flipping houses, I find it fascinating. My grandfather started doing that with hs brother in the early part of the last century when he came to America. A friend’s son, whom we have known all of his life, did that with his first home and got hooked. He has made a literal fortune flipping houses in the Denver area.
If you know what you’re doing, house-flipping can be quite lucrative. My son-in-law’s first cousin and his partner have a show on HGTV where they fix up abandoned homes in Detroit, and I’ve been enjoying their adventures.
Thanks for introducing me to Lady Eleanor Swift. I started reading her mysteries after your 1st mention. I love the Miss Fisher mysteries (1st on TV then in the books). The 1920s is such an interesting time period.
I agree! Both the Lady Swift books and the Miss Underhay series are set in the 20s and 30s in England, and it’s interesting to compare life on “the other side of the pond” during those decades.
The first two sound good.
I like the idea of the third series I think that could be interesting to see how the same set of days plays out for different people.
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The author of the third book series has seven books planned. Writing about the same time period from that many different points of view would be a nightmare for me!
The first two sound great. I’ll have to check them out.