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21 04, 2017

Review: A Death at the Yoga Cafe by Michelle Kelly

By | April 21st, 2017|Categories: Amateur Sleuths, Cozy, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Series|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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death at the yoga cafe book coverReviewed by Maria Tews

I was pleasantly surprised by A Death at the Yoga Cafe by Michelle Kelly, and thoroughly enjoyed the book. Initially, I was a little skeptical about the premise of a detective mystery in a yoga cafe, and there was something about the cover of the book with its shelves of fruit kebabs and parfaits that just put me off. I was expecting a cheesy, unrealistic story but I am happy to say that the book exceeded all of my expectations.

Keeley Carpenter is the young business owner of a yoga cafe in the (mostly) quiet village town of Befrey, England. Unfortunately, Befrey was the home of a murder that took place in Keeley’s own cafe several months ago and made her the main suspect. These unlucky circumstances forced Keeley to investigate

8 03, 2017

Review: Something Buried, Something Blue by Wendy Corsi Staub

By | March 8th, 2017|Categories: Amateur Sleuths, Cozy, Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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something buried something blue book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

“Living in Lily Dale is like playing an endless game of telephone with a paranormal spin.” I had to laugh when I read that sentence on page 261 out of the 287 pages of Something Buried, Something Blue, as it perfectly encapsulates this entire story.

The community of Lily Dale is a real place, located In Chautauqua County, in western New York, 25 or so miles northeast of the Chautauqua Institution and 11 miles south of Dunkirk, on the shores of Lake Erie.

4 03, 2017

Review: Cat Got Your Diamonds by Julie Chase

By | March 4th, 2017|Categories: Amateur Sleuths, Cozy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |6 Comments

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cat got your diamonds book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

After a slightly screwball, cutesy-poo beginning – the first 100 pages or so – the story settles down into a decent who-dun-it. After several false starts, by the end, they get the right guy! And thank goodness for that! Of course, in the meantime, Lacy Marie Crocker and Detective Jack Oliver will have gone through half-a-dozen other possibles, but no real harm done.

Lacy is one of the new breed of heroine–with money behind her, she’s determined to do it all on-her-own, which doesn’t always bring the desired result. As a consequence, she’s constantly scrabbling for new clients for her exclusive new shop: Furry Godmother, a pet boutique and organic treat bakery. (The book also includes recipes for some of the treats.)

1 03, 2017

Review: Escape Clause by John Sandford

By | March 1st, 2017|Categories: Cozy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Series|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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escape clause book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Escape Clause is the ninth book in the Virgil Flowers series–my, how the time flies! It doesn’t seem that long ago that John Sandford only had Davenport Prey books out!  Lucas Davenport always seemed a bit grittier with in-your-face violence. Virgil Flowers is a little more laid back, though no less competent at his job (and he works/worked for Lucas). The Virgil books seem to be much more humorous and less intense.

Two Amur tigers are discovered missing from the Minnesota Zoo. It looks like a fairly well planned operation–no one saw anything and there are very few clues to follow. Virgil does help figure out how the tigers disappeared with the help of local teens who give him hints about where to look for some evidence.

3 02, 2017

Review: Trigger Yappy by Diana Orgain

By | February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Amateur Sleuths, Cozy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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trigger yappy book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

It’s no secret that I love to read cozy mystery novels. Usually, they’re rather sensible in nature, and frequently have a strong female lead in an unusual setting. Unfortunately, this series lost its common sense somewhere along the way, and all the little ankle-biters running around must have discouraged any retrievers from at least trying to find it!  It’s entirely too cutesy-poo for me, as nearly all the characters act like hyped up grade-schoolers!

Most of the dogs have a lot more common sense than their humans! Having lived there some years ago, I realize that Californians can sometimes be a bit over the top, but really! 

29 01, 2017

Review: Ill Met by Murder by Elizabeth J. Duncan

By | January 29th, 2017|Categories: Amateur Sleuths, Cozy, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Series|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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ill met by murder book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Murder, romance, theater, doggies, humor–what more could I ask for in a mystery novel? Not much. Elizabeth J. Duncan has created a dandy premise and put it in a mostly-reasonable location, with characters you just can’t help but like and thus care about a what happens to them. The perfect ensemble, to my mind.

But if you’re not a theater-buff, not to fret, that part of it isn’t at all overdone. And neither is the romance. What there is, though, is a delightful, not-well-known location, and a cast of characters that are multi-faceted enough to keep you interested in what is happening to them.