I’ve got three mysteries and a romance for you this month! Two are by authors new to me, and two are from familiar favorites.
Crossed by Death by ACF Bookens
Stitches in Crime, Book 1
This was a nice cozy mystery set in the mountains in northwest Virginia and featuring Paisley, a single mom who supports herself and her son by salvaging and selling items from buildings scheduled for demolition. While retrieving goods from an old store, she discovers a body, and the coroner determines the death happened while Paisley was in the building. Soon, other discoveries point to a connection with another murder in the same store twenty years earlier. The police chief just happens to be handsome, single, and interested in Paisley, and the budding romance was fun to follow. I liked this protagonist because she was believable. Other than one time when I nearly yelled at my iPad for her to stop and get back in the car, she didn’t make stupid choices. I’ve already purchased Book 2 to see if it’s as good as this one.
In for a Penny by Kelsey Browning and Nancy Nagle
Seasoned Southern Sleuths Cozy Mystery Book 1
I downloaded this free book just after our resident hound reviewed it back in April. I finally decided to read it and enjoyed it so much I immediately purchased Book 2. The four seasoned ladies are wonderfully entertaining, and I almost wish I could join them – but I know I’d chicken out. This book differs from most of the cozies I’ve read in a few ways. It doesn’t have a murder – in fact, I was a good way into the book before the characters learned what the problem was that needed fixing. The villain is indeed evil, but he doesn’t seem too dangerous, just disturbed. Still, there are a lot of funny moments, and I’m looking forward to finding out what adventures these ladies get into next.
Swamp Spirits by Jana DeLeon
Miss Fortune Mystery, Book 23
This most recent episode of Fortune Redding and her Swamp Team 3 – her PI service based in Sinful, Louisiana – kept me up far into the night because I just couldn’t bear to put it down. What amazes me is the way I was kept guessing who are the good guys and who are the bad until the very end. Harrison, Fortune’s former partner at the CIA has retired to Sinful, and he and his fiancée Cassidy have purchased a sprawling home that has the reputation of being haunted. Fortune and her friends help them move in, but then things start happening. A white gowned figure is seen moving through the house, and Cassidy is hospitalized after an “accident” has her falling down the carpeted stairs. Fortune investigates and finds a body, and the Swamp Team 3, with help from their law enforcement and underworld contacts, work to protect the couple and solve the mystery.
The Prettier Sister by Suzanne G. Rogers
I’ve been a fan of Suzanne G. Rogers’ sweet romances for many years, so when I learned about this new release, I had to purchase it immediately. One month later, I finally carved out time to read it. Set in rural England in 1886, Melanie Starhope is a bright young woman, an accomplished pianist and seamstress, but she’s always overshadowed by her younger sister. She takes the opportunity to stay with her widowed aunt at her estate in the country, where she immediately gets involved teaching piano lessons at the local orphanage. Her aunt’s neighbor, Lord Peyton, directs the boy’s chorus, and the two immediately clash. But when the orphanage is in danger of being shut down, they work together to help the children find new homes. As always, I was totally engrossed in this lovely story and finished reading it in two evenings, so I’ll be ready for the next one!