Tag Archives: cozy

Our Lady of Immaculate Deception by Nancy Martin

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My final pithy comments for the challenge! What a pity to end on such a bad book. Run, don’t walk, far away from this book. Vulgar, with a low-life main character. I won’t even set this book out for the Little Free Library in our neighborhood!

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating:  Not Recommended

Murder Melts in Your Mouth by Nancy Martin

cover artThis was a new author for me and the book started out interestingly enough. Sadly, though, it quickly showed its true self with “zany characters” (read: unrealistic, over-the-top, caricatures). A pity, since there was real promise in the writing and with the main character. The Blackbird sisters get involved in murder, mayhem, and mystery, with unbelievable subplots galore. The ending was a nice surprise, which saved this book from a Not Recommended score. Leave this one at the beach when you’re done reading it.

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating: Recommended

A Basket of Trouble by Beth Groundwater

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This was another new series for me. I’m not sure if the main character is always so testy or if this was just a special feature in this book, but it sure made for some uncomfortable reading. Just give me a dead body, solve the mystery, and move on–I don’t need by-play between jealous siblings.

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating:  Recommended

The Case of the Roasted Onion by Claudia Bishop

 

I’ve read this author before, but in a totally different series; this book was her first with the new cast of characters. She surely provided the dead bodies, while introducing the detective team of a crotchety veterinarian, his wife, and two college students. I learned a lot about “eventing”. An interesting read, if a bit wordy.

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating:  Recommended

Poisoned Petals by Joyce and Jim Lavene

This was a new series for me and the interesting gardening/botany aspects were a nice bonus. Believable characters (well, mostly–why do authors insist on using caricatures or stereotypes with some of their lesser characters?!) and a plot that moved along, this was a pleasant murder mystery with a surprise ending. I will seek others in this series (high praise, indeed, from me!)

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating:  Highly Recommended

Murder Under Cover by Kate Carlisle

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A well-written murder mystery, this book in the bibliophile mystery series was interesting, fast-paced, and believable. No unrealistic characters (though a few too many international spies for my comfort) and limited heroics from the main characters make this an enjoyable read.

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating:  Highly Recommended

A Fatal Fleece by Sally Goldenbaum

 

With realistic characters and real-life drama, this murder mystery was a pleasure to read. At least these knitters aren’t over-the-top like in the previous review I wrote. And, if you’re a knitter (I’m not), you’ll get a free pattern at the end. Solve that mystery!

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating:  Highly Recommended