TREBLE AT THE JAM FEST By Leslie Budewitz

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This is the fourth book of The Food Lover’s Village, I found it an easy to read and a relaxing who-done-it. I had difficulty deciding on the rating as so much was occurring and the tale lacks the spark to hold my attention.
Flowing beneath a small town in Montana is Jewel River. The main industry is tourism. The town’s business stock Items that are found in Montana. To increase business, the town supports an annual Jazz Festival
Erin Murphy is the manager of the Murphy Mercantile and is busy getting ready to host the Jazz Festival Kick-off. The featured artist is Gerry Martin, a popular guitarist. At the Kick-off two of the backup artists, don’t follow the original program. The backup singer does her own song and a local guitarist does a solo. These actions anger Gerry and he leaves the Kick-off.
The next morning Gerry is found dead in the rocks on the river. Erin decided to explore problems concerning the Festival. She works with the local sheriff. Many things are changing in Erin’s life. She is training new clerk, her Mother is getting married and her boyfriend is leaving his job. She must adapt to handle them and find it hard. Recipes of dishes mention are included. I recommend this book.
Disclosure: I received a free copy from Midnight Ink 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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CEE’S WHICH WAY CHALLENGE JUNE 9, 2017

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Review: Blacklist

This one of Sara Paretsky best books and cover topic that more coverage. I remember the McCarthy area very well. This is when my favorite notebooks were remove from the shelf. There is a series of twin books covering countries and special times. My favorite was the cave twins. They are supposed to turn children into a communist.

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BlacklistBook Review
4 out of 5 stars to Blacklist, the 11th book in the “V.I. Warshawski” thriller and mystery series, written in 2004 by Sara Paretsky. What a fantastic book! It had everything from murder to corporate espionage to communism. Spanning a history of nearly 50 years, the story puts VI in the most scary of situations, and it allows Paretsky to truly tell a tale of remarkable prominence. There are so many connections and seedy things happening, you’re not sure how to begin figuring it out. Plus there are two cases she’s got going on at once. Will they intersect? Something tells me they will… they always do. But I’m not going to spoil it for you. They might not actually come together. The best part of this book is Paretsky’s unyielding way of telling the truth and the reality of what’s happening all around us. I’m…

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ONCE UPON A SPIN By Kate Carlise

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The latest in the Bibliophile series and is a favorite of mine. I have been fortunate to have read all the books in this series. I followed all of Brooklyn ‘s adventures and thoroughly enjoyed them. This one does not disappoint. Brooklyn Wainwright repairs damaged books to pristine condition. She is planning a wedding to Derek Stone, a retired British government agent. San Francisco homicide officer, Inspector Lee has become a friend. Brooklyn is looking forward to meeting Derek’s parents who are flying to San Francisco for a week’s visit. Her parents will join the group. The is vandalism in the neighborhood and she is worried about the Courtyard building across the street from them. It has a number of small neighborhood stores. She is lusting after, a first edition copy of Alice In Wonderland that is in the Brothers Bookstore. Looking for breakfast, she finds the shelving has fallen over and one shop owner is dead and another unconscious. The parents arrived and all become friends. Both Mother’s recognize the talents of each other. Brooklyn and Derek offer to help Inspector Lee as she looks for answers. I highly recommend this book and series.Recipes are included. I received a free copy from Berkley Publishing Group 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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ONLY SKEIN DEEP By Maggie Sefton

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I have been a fan of this series for some years and have read most of the books at one time. I was looking forward to learning about my friends at Lampspun Knitters. I was sadly disappointed to find the format had changed from a mystery to a novel of family life. The story revolves around pregnancy and babies. Yes, there is a murder but it was secondary and seldom mention in the story. I got extremely tired reading about Baby Jack and his playing soccer. The mention of Carl’s actions with the squirrel is found in most of the previous books.
Kelly is near her time to give birth. She and Steve are excited that Baby Jack will soon make an appearance. Her friends are determined that Kelly and Steve will be married before the birth. A small wedding is planned for them. Information about early settlers in Colorado is found. This includes Native Americans. The mystery is the second wife of a major corporate owner is murder on the golf course adjacent to the Lampspun building. No one saw it happen. The solution was easy to figure out.

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FATAL FORGERIES By Ritter Ames

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This mystery is set mainly in London and Europe and is about art and their forgeries. The descriptions of people and places and art will hold your attention as they put in the scene. Laurel Beachman is employed by a foundation whose mission is to recover stolen art and return it to the rightful owner. First, needs to locate the present location of the art. Next, is have a plan to recover the art.
The tale opens with Laurel and Nick working together to recover a stolen painting. They succeed taking the painting but on the return, things go wrong and Nick disappeared. Laurel finds herself alone in London with no backup. Several attempts are made to kidnap or kill Laurel are made. As the story continues we learn more about Laurel and Jack pasts. Before long Laurel and Jack realize that there are three criminals after the stolen masterpiece and one of them wants to kill Laurel. I highly recommend the book and series.

Disclosure: I received a free copy from Henery Press 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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DEAD BOLT By Juliet Blackwell

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The A Haunted Home Renovation series is a winner. They can be read as stand-alone but the books are better read in order. The Protagonist is Mel Turner, she is recovering from a divorce and her Father has major medical problems. Mel took over the family business of reconstruction and has been running it successfully. Other characters are Dog, a stray that she rescued. Her Father and his disabled friend, Stan. There is Calbel, her stepson from her marriage. Graham, her boyfriend. Olivier the go to for spirit matters. Annette Crawford, a homicide, Stephen, a barrister, and Zeke, a photographer. Mel learns in the first book that she has inherited her Mother’s gift to see ghosts. The stories touch upon social problems and our opinions of spirituality.
This is the second book in the series. Mel is working a Queen Anne Victorian home for a software developer and his Russian wife, Katenka, and baby, Quinn. Katenka is scared because of strange noises she hears and the workman noticed tools and other objects have moved. There a door that a Deadbolt on it. If a person gets near the door, the ghosts become active. Mayhem occurs in another part of the house. Mel is still learning about her gift and attempting to learn more about. I high!y recommend this book and series.

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NEVER THWART A THESPIAN By Edie Claire

The Leigh Ludlow’s books are slightly different from the average cozy mystery. Leigh does not take foolish chances, she leaves that to other characters. She is known as a Death Magnet. It there is a body around she will find it. Lecherous with the police. In the later books, Leigh is concern for her twins and Clara’s children aka Pack. They take an active part in the story.
The 8th installment Aunt Bess has convinced a wealthy friend, Gordan Applebee to buy a derelict building. It appears that it will fall apart and collapse but is structural sound. Aunt Bess is planning on staffing a play in 8 days. The building is packed full o f the items the previous tenants have left. She wants the Pack to help sort all the items. Aunt Bess has hired three homeless men to do the heavy work. Almost at once trouble starts as rumors flow through town that witchcrafts and ghosts are present in the building. Leigh learns about a murder that occurred in the building. The disappearance of owner of the building.
The title of a Death Magnet is true as Leigh finds a skeleton in the building. Detective Maura Polanski is expecting her first child and is confined to bed rest. She is investigating cold cases and the disappearance owner is one of them. Aunt Bess and Gordan have disagreements that enliven the tale. The events move fast as Aunt Bess is determined that the show must go on at any cost. The ending surprise me and it should not have. I highly recommend this book and series.

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LEAVE NO STONE uNTURNED By Jeanne Glidewell

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A mystery, the first in the series and a new author for me. I found the plot intriguing and the book was will edit and write. The characters were not well developed and protagonist, Lexie was disturbed by reported violence. The comments on the various sexual predators filled the pages. Many of her actions were illegal and bother me. She wondering about her daughter marrying a man she didn’t know very well but she felt nothing wrong about meeting a man she had never meet and starting a relationship with him. There is a definite need for more research on the subject what is legal and what can not be done if the criminal can be convicted. There is distinctly dislike of men throughout the book. I would not have finished except for the plot it is unique. I will read another of this book.

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Review: L is for Lawless

This is one of my favorite series. I am sorry that the ending is near. Any of the books are excellent reading in order is always a good thing with any series. The books can be read as stand-a- lines as each mystery is complete.

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L is for LawlessBook Review
4 out of 5 stars for L is for Lawless, the 12th book in the “Kinsey Millhone” cozy mystery series written by Sue Grafton in 1994. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as it covered a lot with Henry, Kinsey’s landlord and friend. He asks for her help to find the military records proving a good friend of his was in the service, in order to properly bury him. But this is where it takes a turn… Kinsey goes dark… well sort of… she’s on a trip around the country to find the answers, stuck side by side with some ruthless characters whom she has to pretend to like. Less about murder more about mystery and past background checks, your mind works overtime to try to solve this one. It’s complex but soft at the same time. Kinsey’s personality makes these books…. you always root for her. In…

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