The next book I am going to review is a first book in a new series. Title: A First Date with Death by Diana Orgain (A Love or Money Mystery) Checked out from public library. Why I chose this book: The concept of this book to me was so outrageous, I just had to read it. And sort of set in San Francisco. About the book: Georgia Thorton is a ex-cop that was left at the altar by her cop fiancé. So she gets roped into doing a reality show called Love or Money by her best friend, her best friend thinking Georgia will meet the right guy. So 10 guys compete for her, 5 wanting love and to split the winnings with her and 5 who want her to pick them and they get all the money. But a murderer is eliminating the competition right off the bat. It was a playful read with little bios interspersed through the book on which guy wants what. So hard not to read ahead and know ahead of time which guy to root for. My rating: Must read. Check out the author's website for future books: http://dianaorgain.com/
My first book I am going to review is a first book in a new series.
Title: Assault and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz (A Spice Shop Mystery) Checked out from public library. Great line from the book: Too bad "He had it coming" is no defense to premeditated murder. Tidbit of info: The beginning of every chapter is a tidbit of info on spices. Very informative and fun!!
Why I chose this book: It is set in Seattle's Pike's Place Market area. I used to live on Whidbey Island and went down there many times. It was such an interesting place to shop. About the book: Pepper Reece has bought out an existing spice shop in Seattle 1 year ago, after leaving a cheating husband and losing a job with a failing corporation. While she is in the process of putting her personal touch on the Seattle Spice Shop, a seemingly homeless man dies on her shop stoop. One of her employees is accused of the murder and Pepper vows to find the real killer while Detectives Spenser and Tracy are making her life miserable. While Pepper finds out who the victim is, all her questioning makes the killer nervous. My rating: Should read Side note: Recipes in the back of the book!!!
Check out the author's website for other books: http://www.lesliebudewitz.com/
I have thought about this blog and have decided to start it up again. And I hope to get peeps to like it and follow it. I format the blog a way to focus on why I picked the book, where I got it, a paragraph that caught my attention, a tidbit I learned and of course what I thought about it and my rating. My ratings are in order of how good I think a book is:
Absolutely have to read, Must read, Should read, Good read, Nice read, Don't really bother.
Cozy type: Book 1 and 2 in the Deadly Past Mysteries by Marion Moore Hill. Deadly Will and Deadly Design.
What got me started with this author was her Scrappy Librarian series.
I got these books through ILL from my library.
I am again going to stray from the normal review. These two books were chock full of wonderful historical info from the early American Revolutionary time period. These books are the first 2 in a series centering around Millie Kirchner, a single Mom with a young boy Danny, who is working and trying to go to school to earn a degere in History. In Deadly Will, she finds out she is one of many relatives of Nathan Henry, who has bequeathed his legacy to his ancestors 200 years in the future. Out of 16 heirs, 10 show up in Philadelphia to claim a part of the money and a chance at a historical antique. In the span of the week they are to spend at Nathan Henry's house, heirs start getting bumped off, and panic arises.
Title of the book: Indigo as an Iris by Fran Stewart Cozy Series: #5 in the Biscuit McKee Mysteries Bought the book on Amazon and will donate it to my local library as no one seems to have a copy of it in the local area. Why I choose this book: Again this is a series that I have sort of been following. Books are far between. This is the first one I actually bought. Little Tidbit I learned from the book: A new concept - green cemeteries. The bodies are placed about three and a half feet deep in hand-dug graves. right among the trees. That way you don't have heavy equipment in there compacting the ground around the roots. It's all part of the natural cycle of life. The bodies feed the trees. There aren't any of those nasty chemicals that poison the soils in regular cemeteries. No caskets. The bodies are kept cold until burial and then wrapped in something of meaning, like a quilt, before burial. Interesting paragraph from the book: Amazing Grace, as my father, a high-school music teacher, once explained to me, uses the pentatonic scale. It's a far older scale than the do-re-mi folderol. That's why the melody is so haunting. Maybe that's one of the reasons it's so overused at funerals. Just those five black keys, and all the pain, all the sorrow, all the anguish comes rolling out. Also all the hope and the wonder. Maybe not so overused at that. My take on the book: Biscuit McKee is a librarian in a small town of Martinsville, Georgia. This book deals mostly with a case of mistaken identity involving a kidnapping with fatal results. With that as the main part of the story, a interesting family history and a side story of one lady, of the group of friends ,who decides to organize a cruise and gets a good deal on a group rate and invites close friends and relatives to go. We get letters going back and forth deciding if they can or not. On top of that, at the end of each paragraph, we have Biscuit and her cat Marmalade giving 5 things they are thankful for. Yes, the cat is reminiscent of Garfield, we can hear what he is thinking but no one else can. It's cute. I will be interested to see if more come about. My rating on this book: Good read. http://franstewart.com/
Title of the book: To Hell in a Handbasket by Beth Groundwater Cozy Type: A Claire Hanover, Gift Basket Designer Mystery #2 I bought this book from Amazon and will donate it to my library since no one else seems to have it in the area. Why I choose this book: Really, the idea that a basket designer solves murders is novel. Tidbit of info from the book: This book is centered on skiing. What I didn't know is making a X with your skis is the universal call for help at ski areas. I also learned quite a few terms for different slopes and skiing methods. Which I can tell you won't do me any good, as you will never get me on a pair of skis. Great paragraph: (Claire is walking on a trail in snowshoes.) A squirrel chittered at her from a tree. Claire looked up. She promptly stepped on the back of her forward snowshoe and did a face plant in a deep snowbank. Pride goeth before a fall. (Heh, I thought it was funny enough to laugh) My take on this book: Claire is on vacation with her husband and daughter, really with hopes to reconnect with her husband after the result of the murder in the first book. They decided to go to Breckenridge, CO and have her daughter's boyfriend meet them there. He brings his family, too. Only it becomes too apparent after the murder of the boyfriend's sister, that this family is connected to the Russian Mafia indirectly. Quickly Claire finds a witness to the murder and sadly he gets run over by a SVU right in front of her. I may have gotten a little confused at the end with who rats on whom and their plea deals. Beth gives a couple of ideas for 3 different baskets in the course of the book but I somewhat would of expected maybe a little more hints at the end of the book. Just a thought. My rating: A good read and hope she writes more. But it looks like she is starting a new series so I will check that one out. Rocky Mountain Adventure series starting with Deadly Currents, March 2011 http://bethgroundwater.com/Home.html
I have the greatest job in the world. I buy books for a library. Good for me because I love books. I average reading about 4 books a week. But I seem to get them faster than I read them. And I check out books from the library very regularly. I am swamped with books I haven't read yet but I know I will catch up. Eventually. This blog is for giving my opinion on the books I have read and enjoyed or not enjoyed. I either check books out from the library, buy them and then donate them to the library or win them. I have never received any kind of compensation for my opinions. But if you like my thoughts or agree with them, I would love to hear from you.