A STORY TO KILL By Lynn Cahoon

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Cat Latimer is surprised that ex-husband, Michael had not changed his will that left her the home they brought together. Cat returns home to Colorado to open a Writer’s Retreat. Her book about a teenager witch has hit the best seller’s list. The first session has a famous author, Tom Cole attending. The session is a disaster as Tom is found dead in his room. Her uncle, the sheriff, has no clue to what happened. Besides the murder, there is greed, romance, adoration and abuse in the book. It is written so well, you will have trouble with the answer until it is revealed. I am ready to read Cat’s next adventure.

Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kensington Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

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MURDER AMONG THE DO​LIES By Mollie Cox Bryan

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The first book in a new craft series that you are going to love. Although it covers an area that is frequently used as a background, it is original and refreshing. We meet Cora, batter women’s shelter consular. Jane and Cora went to grade school together, but life separated them. They meet again at the shelter. The two woman decide to start a new life together in small inland town. The property they bought for their craft retreat has three buildings, the woman living in one is Ruby, an elderly single mom who has physic abilities. Ruby becomes the third partner at the craft retreat. All three women have put their heart into the retreat and are getting ready to open their first session. Two days before the retreat is to open, the police arrived to take Jane to the station as her fingerprints have been found at the scene of a murder that occurred just after she arrived in town. I am ready to read the next adventure.

Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kensington Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

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MURDER AT ROUGH POINT By Alyssa Maxwell

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28351140 A historical mystery set in Newport in the late 1900’s. I did not realize it was the fourth book in this series. I definitely will read the earlier books. I was able to read and enjoyed it as there was enough back story. It reminded very much of a house party isolated by weather conditions and guests dying. Sarah Cross, a distant relative of the wealthy and social leader of the Vanderbilts earns her living as a reporter of fashion. Sarah is sent to cover an artist’s retreat at a home of Fredrick Vanderbilt. She is surprised to friend her parents there. A major storm arrives in the area just after the artists arrive. Guests began to die as the storm increases in intensity. The telephone and power go out and the police cannot reach the house to investigate. There enough turns and changes to keep you alert.

Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kensington Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for the opportunity to read and review this book. The opinions expressed are my own.

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DEATH OF A PUMPKIN CARVER By Lee Hollis

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A quick easy read of the of the Food and Cocktail series set in New England area. Hayley is a food editor for the Island Time newspaper. It’s Halloween time and there are a lot of pumpkins and parties around. Hayley is dismayed to find expertly carved pumpkins on her front porch. Immediately she knew her ex-husband was around to visit. Danny’s charm is hard to resist and he wants to get back with Hayley. She does not trust him. Shortly after his arrival, Danny’s drunken Uncle is found dead in the cemetery. Uncle Ortis was murdered. At this time the story changes to family affairs. The ending surprised me as I didn’t have a clue. There are seven pumpkins recipes. I recommend this book for light reading.

Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kensington Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

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CAT IN A CRIMSON HAZE By Carole Nelson Douglas

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The Les Vegas Strip is undergoing a major change to a family friendly area, Temple Barr is hired to do a major overhaul to the Crystal Palace. Midnight Louie has returned to the palace as he suspects someone is planning mischief. Midnight Louise and Three O’clock Louie enter the story. Matt is struggling with personal issues. Lieutenant Molina has a surprise. Temple is exploring the Crystal Palace when a body falls from the sky onto a gaming table. There is a surprise ending.

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DEATH COMES TO HAPPY ACRES By J. T. Moss

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I am reading books that have been on my NetGalley site so a long time. The books were not read for various reason. I found light and enjoyable mystery. Happy Acres is a trailer park that has been around a long time. New owners have been updating the park. The main character is Wade Lovett who has been seeing three different women. One of them, Carol convinced him that marrying her would be better for both of them. Wade, an honorable man goes to tell Peggy he is marrying. He finds Peggy dead on her kitchen floor. He is surprised to find he has inherited, her Cat, Prince Albert along with two thousand dollars for his care. Later he learns that Peggy named him as the beneficiary of her life insurance. Her son demands an autopsy which gives no answers. Wade find himself a suspect and investigate to clear his name. I would read the second book. I recommend this book for light reading.

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GIVE THE DOG A BONE BY Leslie O’Kane

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Allie Babcock is startled when a golden retriever rushes into her office and knocks over Russell, who is scared of dogs. Maggie is followed by her owner Ken Culberson. Ken lives in a run-down trailer park and Maggie does whatever she wants and is a problem. Visiting Ken’s home to help him with Maggie, who runs off and brings back a bone and buries it in the yard. Allie realized the bone is human and calls the police. The story changes direction and she finds herself fostering Maggie. Maggie has inherited a fortune and Allie must decide who will receive custody of Maggie and her money. The ending will surprise. I highly recommend this book.

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RUFF WAY TO GO By Leslie O’Kane

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A fast and intriguing dog mystery with Allie Babcock, a dog therapist. She has moved temporarily back home. Allie is asked to decide which party in a messy divorce case should receive custody of Shogun, a silky terrier. With her Mother’s permission Allie has agreed to foster a husky with her puppies for 3 weeks. The story takes a violent turn when she finds the body of one of her neighbors dead at the home of one of Shogun’s owners. There are enough turns as the story keeps changing direction. Despite the factor I feel the main characters are shallow and the book could use editing, it doesn’t take from the book. I don’t always agree with her to why an animal does something. Dog owners can definitely learn from the book. I highly recommend this series, especially to animal lovers.

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PLAY DEAD By Leslie O’Kane

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I enjoy reading animal stories so I am always looking for a good one. I felt that author knows and understand dogs. The illustrations used are often very true to life. Meet Allie Babcock, a dog therapist. She has returned to Boulder, Colorado, her home town, after living in Chicago and training dogs for many years. In order to increase her business, she agreed to do a radio broadcast. Beth Gleason a Sadie, a collie enter her life. Sadie is refusing to eat she was presented when her owner was shot. Beth adopted her and wants help in getting her to eat again. Before long Allie has several different men wanting to date her. This is a fast moving story with many twists and turns. I like it so well I bought the next book in the series. I recommend this book.

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COFFEE/TEA SHARE AUGUST 27, 2016

If we were having coffee/tea, I would invite you inside and let you to head for the patio where there is a selection of drinks and treats. The weather is about the samea cool breeze in the mornings and hot days. The western part of the United States is on fire. Every day a new area is burning.Right now the air is clear of smoke in the Boise Valley.

If we were have coffee/tea, I would tell Arrowrock Dam at 101 years has received recognition for Engineer attfects. Many of the methods used are still in used today. The dam is still strong and used today. It ws the first dam on the river. Before it was built, Boise flooded every spring. It harness the snowpack for irrigation in the valley. During World War Two, it was closely guarded. At one time the elk were feed nearby and all visitors were taken there to watch the deer a d elk feed. The only picture I have of it was taken before the dam was built.

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If we were having coffee/tea, I would tell that this been a busy week. Wednesday was grocery shopping day. I found a. Umber of new items that are GF, CORN DOGS is a surprise. The best are Lean Cusine. They offer about 10 GF items. I also stock up on frozen fruit. I like it very much to eat when it has thawed Β some. Thursday was a walker repair clinc by Norco. Wednesday and Thursday the parking lot was resurfaced. Friday Alita and myself walked around the area getting pictures of flowers.

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If we were having coffee/tea, I would tell you that I have been on a reading craze. I am caught up on my ARC and have been reading some books that have been on my list for too long. I have found a dog series that I like so well I have read 3 of the five books in the series.

August 30

A STORY TO KILL by Lynn Cahoon

MURDER AT THE ROUGH POINT by Alyssa Maxwell

DEATH OF A PUMPKIN CARVER by Lee Hollis

DEATH AMOMG THE DOILIES by Mollie Cox Bryan

September 1

THE QUESTION OF THE FELONIOUS by E. J. Cooperman/ Jeff Cohen

PLAY DEAD by Leslie O’Kane

RUFF WAY TO GO by Leslie O’Kane

GAVE THE DOG A BONE by Leslie O’ Kane

CAT IN A CRIMSON HAZE by Carol Nelson Douglas

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