Dacie Mae: Midnight Under the Magnolias by Gwenn Wright

Pages: 267

Published: July 2020

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Kindle Unlimited

If you are looking for a book that will keep you up and make you think about it every minute you are not reading it then Dacie Mae by Gwenn Wright is the book for you.

Dacie Mae is trying to make a living as a newspaper reporter in her small town and a huge story has just broke. The local bad boy turned hit musician has returned home along with a body under the magnolia tree in his yard. Is there a connection between him and the dead man? Can Dacie Mae figure this out before more bodies show up?

I have a new book boyfriend. Hank is the perfect swoony, dreamy man we all want in our lives. He carries a handkerchief and is so gentle and sweet with Dacie Mae that you sigh with contentment.

I am anxiously awaiting book two.

Dacie Mae is available on kindle and kindle unlimited.

Three Missing Days (Pelican Harbor #3) by Colleen Coble

Pages: 352

Publisher: Thomas Nelson – Fiction

Published: April 6, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

In the stunning conclusion of the Pelican Harbor series, Jane’s son has been arrested for murder. Can she convince the judge of his innocence all the while solving another murder and the missing days of her past so she can live freely with her son and his dad, Reed?

This series has been an edge-of-your-seat series. This series should be considered aerobic exercise. Your heart rate is up for hours at a time and you are sweating by the end of many chapters trying to keep one step ahead of the bad guys.

You must read this series in order or you will lose the excitement each book offers on its own.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed above are entirely my own.

An Amish Barn Raising by Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, and Kathleen Fuller

Pages: 352

Publisher: Zondervan

Published: April 6, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

These collections of Amish novellas from Zondervan are always filled with love, faith, and hope. This one was no different. I liked how each was completely different from but all had the same theme of being centered around a barn raising.

The perfect book for new readers of Amish fiction/romance or for the busy reader.

Murder in the Cookbook Nook (Book Retreat Mysteries #7) by Ellery Adams

Pages: 336

Publisher: Kensington

Published: April 27, 2021

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

What do you get when you combine a cooking competition at a secluded book retreat? A murder with as many suspects as available books. Will Jane be able to figure this out before her beloved Storyton Hall is ruined forever?

Every time I don’t think the series can surprise me, it does. I loved the addition of Olivia Limoges from Adams’ Books by the Bay series. (If you haven’t read that series what are you waiting for???) I think Jane and Olivia teamed up is a duo not to be rivaled.

As always, Adams shares wonderful books that I must put on my radar immediately. Over the weekend I read Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski, an author I had never heard of. A great read to show what early Florida was like for farmers.

Although this book can be read as a standalone, I would suggest you read the series in order.

Another five-star but one of the best cozy mystery authors.

The Robin’s Greeting (An Amish Greenhouse Mystery #3) by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Pages: 320

Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Published: March 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

The Amish Greenhouse trilogy was exciting. My suggestion is to read the three books in succession as you won’t want to wait to find out the mysterious troublemaker. Needless to say, I was shocked when it was revealed in The Robin’s Greeting.

The series takes place roughly over a two-year time period. You follow the King family as they work through their grief after losing several loved ones in a single accident. You will need plenty of tissues and be prepared to stay up late with each book.

The Robin’s Greeting ties every loose end up and you are left with hope and love. If you are experiencing grief as I am this series is perfect. You realize your feelings are normal and happy days will come again. It just takes time.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Barbour Publishing, Inc., through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.

Picture Perfect Frame (Tourist Trap Mystery #12) by Lynn Cahoon

Pages: 176

Publisher: Kensington Books

Published: March 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

Jill will be the first to admit she is not crafty, artsy, or creative but in the spirit of supporting other local businesses, she attends a paint-and-sip event with her local detective boyfriend. He becomes concerned with a couple who has imbed a little too much and takes them back to the local bed and breakfast. Unfortunately the next morning the wife is found dead in the art studio. To add confusion, Jill’s neighbor and fortune teller has decided to quit her job and leaves cryptic messages with Jill. Can Jill figure out what is going on before she has to walk down the aisle at her BFF’s wedding?

Another delightful read in the Tourist Trap Mystery series even if Amy, Jill’s BFF was getting on my last nerve. I do not do well with bridezillas. It must be my age. I wanted to reach in the book, give her a gentle slap and tell her to CALM DOWN.

The murder mystery was interesting with a lot of red herrings.

I only wish Jill would give us the titles of the books she reads. I like to pick up new reads from my current reads.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Kensington Books, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.

A Broth of Betrayal (Soup Lovers’ Mystery #2) by Connie Archer

Pages: 278

Publisher: Berkley

Published: April 2013

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Paperback from Personal Library

The locals in Snowflake, Vermont are unhappy with a builder with ties to the town erecting a car wash in town. During the protest, a body is found but it looks to be very old. While the body is being exhumed a local has been killed and the mayor has gone missing. Will Lucky find out what is happening before she becomes the next victim?

I was a little apprehensive starting this series, especially since I started with book two. I had heard a lot of negative chatter regarding book one. Well, book two was a great read. A lot was going on and I had to keep the storylines straight with a few written notes. I am not sure I have read a cozy mystery with three murders and kidnapping before.

There are cold soup recipes included. They are not my cup of soup but I am sure they will tickle someone’s fancy. The peanut butter soup sounds interesting.

I plan on continuing this series.

Murder Past Due (A Cat in the Stacks #1) by Miranda James

Pages: 294

Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime

Published: August 2010

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Large Print (Public Library)

A fantastic debut.

I originally read this is in April and again March 2021. I was ecstatic to learn that my original thoughts of the book were still the same. While I did not remember the murderer, I did remember a lot of the plot. The ending was dramatic and entertaining.

I am ready to re-read book 2. I am frustrated with my self for not continuing the series after book 2. I love the Charlie/Diesel combo.

Pasta Mortem (A Supper Club Mystery #7) by Ellery Adams and Rosemary Stevens

Pages: 224

Publisher: Beyond the Page

Published: May 2018

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: E-Book (Kindle)

It has been a cold winter and Librarian James and friends are trying to get back on track with their dieting and have been discussing the upcoming reunion of a TV that was filmed locally 25 years ago. What they did not expect was the throng of people coming to town to buy land and homes. This is a result of an article extolling the perfection of small-town Qunicy’s Pass. Unfortunately, the eagerness and greediness of the one responsible for this crowd result in murder. Can James and friends solve the crime before the epic snowstorm of the century falls on the town?

I am sad I am at the end/caught up on this series. I slowly worked my way through as I loved knowing I had another book to read. I am not sure if there are more to come but I sure hope so. This book made me cry just as the book previously did. A good cry. If a book makes me cry then I know it was written beautifully.

I had no clue who the murderer was until revealed. There were plenty of red herrings and they certainly threw me off.

A great series for foodies. Recipes included.

Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swenson #11) by Joanne Fluke

Pages: 310

Publisher: Kensington Books

Published: March 2009

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Paperback from Personal Library

Hannah must lose weight before her mom’s book launch and agrees to start exercising with her sister at the local gym. Unfortunately,  she finds more than willpower early one morning.  Can Hannah find the murderer before she wilts like her first cream puff attempt?

I enjoyed this entry in the Hannah Swenson series. I had not figured out the killer until it was revealed and that may have been because I was to angry with Mike. I have never been a fan of him but he really showed his scumballness in this book. Hannah has to be downright stupid to think he is the one. Grr…

I really enjoy the reading recipes in these books. I have never heard of Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake and am not sure I could try it even though I like sauerkraut.  I do want to try the egg salad recipe from Norman.

Triggers: murder (not grisly), adultery, stalking