This month, I have three cozy mysteries and a historical romance anthology to share with you. Read on, and maybe you’ll find something to tickle your fancy!
Bobbins and Bodies by ACF Bookens
Stitches in Crime, Book 2
I purchased this ebook soon after reading Book 1 in the series, but it took me some time to get around to reading it. Paisley is still working as a salvager to support herself and her young son. When she brings a demolition crew to an old house so that she can salvage the lumber, the discovery of a body puts the project to a halt. One of the demolition crew has an idea about who the victim might be, and suddenly Paisley and her friend Mika are investigating a cult up in the nearby mountains. Thankfully, the local sheriff is ready and willing to back her up, because his previous investigations into the cult haven’t been successful. But there’s a lot of danger, and while I enjoyed reading the story, I’m pretty sure I would never attempt some of the things the two of them do.
Christmas Cookies and a Confession by Kelsey Browning and Nancy Naigle
Seasoned Southern Sleuths, Book 6
I’m starting to get invested in the characters living in this small Georgia town. This time, they’re preparing for Christmas with a big art fair. Abby Ruth wants to celebrate the holiday with her daughter and grandson, who live in Boston. Sheriff Teague Castro has never stopped loving Abby Ruth’s daughter Jenny, and is a willing accomplice when Abby Ruth enters Jenny’s photography in the art show. They’re both hoping that Jenny and Grayson will love the town so much that they’ll stay. This was a cute romance, just right for getting me into holiday reading. I noticed a few minor errors and cringed when a character asked, “What changed your mind all the sudden?” But other than that, this was fun to read.
The Eve of Love by the Hearts through History RWA Chapter
When I learned that two people I know personally had stories in this New Year anthology, I knew I had to purchase it! “Mistaken Match” by Cynthia Ann Hurt is a regency era story featuring a young lady attending a New Year’s Eve costume ball as a female pirate. The hostess of the ball is known for connecting people with their perfect matches by sending them costumes to wear. The guests then search for a costume that coordinates with theirs, and it’s expected that they’ll be betrothed by midnight. “Her Forever Home” by Julia Masters is set in 1881 on Mackinac Island, and I enjoyed reading about this young nurse who sails to the island to care for her elderly aunt and uncle. She goes, expecting to return to a handsome doctor in Detroit, but her plans change. Both stories are engaging, and I’m looking forward to reading more of the romances in this volume.
Murder on Board by Helena Dixon
A Miss Underhay Mystery, Book 10
Kitty is busy with wedding preparations. She visits an upscale modiste to order her gown, and since she plans to live in Matt’s home after the wedding rather than in the hotel, she searches for a suitable manager so that her grandmother can step back from some of her duties at the Dolphin Hotel in southwestern England. Fortunately, Mr. Cyril Lutterworth seems to be perfect for the job, and he joins the staff just in time to assist with a major event – the twenty-first birthday of a big-wig’s daughter. Unfortunately, a murder and a jewel heist happen during the course of the event, and Kitty is drawn into the investigation along with her private investigator fiancé. The usual cast of characters are also there to help when needed. There are so many red herrings in this story that I kept guessing until the very end. I’m still fascinated by this series, set in the 1930s. I’ve already pre-ordered Book 11!
Several familiar names in this grouping.
I’m a fan of Nancy & Kelsey and really enjoyed the first title in the “seasoned sleuths” series. This one shows # 1, so I’m a bit confused — maybe a spin-off.
I recognize the name Helena Dixon — didn’t we meet her back in the Astraea Press days?
And I remember reading one of the books in the Stitches in Crime series.
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Jeff, you must be gettin’ a bit confused in the noggin. #1 was In for a Penny. The one I’m showing here is #6 in the overall series, but according to the “schedule” the ladies provide on Amazon, this is the third story chronologically. I see you must be focusing on the little #1 that the gingerbread man is waving – this is sort of a spin-off because it focuses on the sheriff and his lady, rather than the ladies at the mansion, although they do appear.
Helena Dixon, as I’ve mentioned before, is a pen name of our AP friend Nell Dixon.
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correct — “In for a Penny” is the one I reviewed here on 4F1H (and enjoyed a lot).
Yep… my memory is getting sketchy-er & stretchy-er
I believe that I read a Helena Dixon, and enjoyed it. You had me at “kept guessing until the end” as I applaud any writer who can do that for me.
The others all sound interesting, too. Typos and mistakes can drive me crazy, but I am more forgiving in my old age.
I think that going on adventures or stepping into places and situations which we never think that we would do is a good part of why I read fiction: living vicariously through the characters. (Then again, it is also why I have learned to step away from some stories!)
That’s true, Tonette. If the characters never did anything I wouldn’t do, the mysteries would never get solved! Occasional typos and errors can be forgiven as long as the overall story is good.
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I’m always glad when you post about what you’re reading. It looks as if you found some good ones this time.
It always surprises me at how much reading you get done every month. The Christmas Cookies book sounds like it would be a great read. I already started reading Christmas books for the year and I might need to add that one to my list.