A Haunted Library Mystery #3
Carrie and Smokey Joe are back for another adventure in the Haunted Library. And their resident ghost, Evelyn, isn’t the only one taking refuge in the library. The homeless population has grown in their small town and many are using the library to stay warm during the day. Good people who through no fault of their own are now homeless.
Carrie gets involved with a group trying to establish a daytime place for the homeless. Haven House sounds like a wonderful place with help in all areas of their lives. But from the beginning, there is gossip that the place will be used as a gambling house at night. That the buyers are shady and the entire deal sketchy.
When Dorothy has a slip on some black ice, Carrie, as the newly appointed Sunshine Delegate for the library, goes to visit her in the hospital where a drugged up Dorothy tells her that her own husband is trying to kill her and may have killed her Aunt Evelyn.
Dorothy is not a well-liked person. If you have read the first two books, you already know that. And while Carrie doesn’t want to get involved, she can’t say no to Evelyn.
Carrie has really grown as a character and I am quite impressed by this cast of interesting people. And what is better than a library? A haunted library!
NetGalley/ September 10th, 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
A Tish Tarragon Mystery Book Two
Tish and friends are back at Cookin’ The Books Cafe’ and Catering. This time Tish has been hired to cater an awards luncheon with an English Secret Garden theme at the annual garden club awards ceremony.
Jules is helping out and wishing he could live in the Coleton Creeks over sixty community with all of its amenities and lovely ladies fawning all over him. But it’s all business this time. As Tish tours the gardens for a bit of inspiration she instead finds a dead body. The body of a retired insurance salesman who has been the winner of the last five best garden awards. Add to that his womanizing, his harassment of women and downright hatefulness and you have a lot of motives.
Tish isn’t getting involved. Right. But this time her other bestie, Mary Jo, is going through her own crisis and isn’t much help in the sleuthing department. Tish doesn’t even really have to work that hard at this one. People are coming out of the woodwork at this community with gossip, motives and a What??? at the end. My, the things that go on in the retirement community. Who knew life after 60 could be so interesting!?
I love this new series. The characters are so well done and so likable that you can’t help but fall in love with them. This is a smart, well written new series that I can not wait to see more of!
NetGalley Reviews/ September 1st, 2019 by Severn House Publishers
Dog Club Mystery #2
Lilly Echosby and her baby, toy poodle Aggie, are settling down and maybe even buying a house in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She loves working as a CPA at a small museum.
Helping out a friend at the dog show Lilly meets the owner of Posh Pet Haven.
This upscale puppy boarding and daycare with better amenities than Lilly’s hotel!
When she is invited by her boss at the last minute to attend an art auction in Atlanta, she jumps at the chance. And she has the perfect place to leave her baby, Aggie. With puppy cams in all rooms, she can check in on her baby anytime.
The first night she pulls up the feed and watches as a man strangles a woman in the outdoor area. Only when the police arrive there is not a body to be found.
Is Lilly seeing things? And where is the lovely owner of the posh pet hotel? Although the police don’t see a crime, Lilly does and with the help of her friends, she is diving headfirst into this mystery!
These are such fun and smart characters! I can not wait to find out what happens next with Lilly and Aggie.
NetGalley/August 27th, 2019 by Lyrical Press
A Savannah Reid Mystery #24
Although P.I. Savannah Reid always has a lot on her plate, she would drop just about anything for a friend in trouble. But when good intentions pull her into a toxic murder case, Savannah’s days as San Carmelita’s most full-figured detective might be running out…
Savannah and her Magnolia Detective Agency are back! This quirky group of characters had me from book one.
This time Savannah is shocked almost speechless when the perfect Dr. Jen confides in her that she has done something awful and needs her help. The catch? She can not tell a soul. Now Savannah is fudging truth with her detective hubby and her granny. When another body pops up with the same thing in their systems, they now are investigating two murders.
While Savannah is busy finding the truth, she isn’t sure what her hubby is up to. He’s being very secretive and Savannah is sure he has found someone else. With everything topsy-turvey, Dr. Jen decides to come clean and allow the entire team to work on the case. And my what a shocker!
I learned so much about fatal, hereditary diseases and how different people handle all of the decisions that must be made. This was simply a great read! I cannot wait for #25.
A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #2
The Countess, Francis, is back in the second of this series. Now a widow with a full house in town, she has no desire to head for the country as most do in August. She isn’t hunting for birds or a husband.
Her younger sister is visiting from America and has brought a friend. Within a few short weeks, the sister announces she is going to marry a man she just met. Francis is worried. She doesn’t want her sister to marry someone she barely knows. Didn’t work out that well for Francis!
Along with her Aunt and her cousin Charles, she has her hands full. Charles is a lovely man but rather scattered. Francis has been encouraging him to see an acquaintance of hers, Mary Archer. Charles isn’t enamored of Mrs. Archer and picks a poor time to break off seeing her. The next day the poor woman is dead, murdered in her own home. Charles just became a suspect.
With help from her friend and neighbor, George Hazelton, she hopes to find something in the poor woman’s belongings that will clear Charles. What they find sends them in an entirely different direction!
I really enjoyed this one. Historical Fiction is a favorite of mine and Ms. Freeman has a style of writing that is so easy to read. The characters are quirky and fun. Francis and George may have something going on soon so I hope we don’t have to wait long for the next book!
NetGalley/ June 25th, 2019 by Kensington
A BOOK TEA SHOP MYSTERY #2
The second of the series after Peppermint Peril.
Callie may be having movers remorse after relocating to Heart’s Harbor. And I liked that. I think we have all had that at one time or another. She’s second-guessing Deputy Falk as well. In the first book, they had such a good flow and now he seems to be pulling away.
Callie decides to throw herself into the preparations for the Fourth of July and finds out a famous television star was last seen in Heart’s Harbor before she disappeared for good. When Callie starts poking around, not everyone is happy and not everyone is telling the truth. When one chatty resident ends up dead Callie now has 2 mysteries to solve. Only the good Deputy would rather she stay far away from his business. And so would the town’s residents!
Will Callie call it quits or will she be the next to die?
NetGalley/ June 11th, 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
A Cat Latimer Mystery #5
This week Cat is hosting my favorite kind of writer. Cozy Mystery! And one of them is a mystery already. While Cat and Shauna get everything ready for the week they are interrupted by a visit from the Health Inspector. A reluctant Inspector, but a disturbance they didn’t need. The ladies know that any anonymous complaint toward Shauna’s kitchen can only come from one source.
Dee Dee, owner of the local bakery is sure Shauna is stealing her recipes for a cookbook and is looking for any reason to shut her down. While Cat tries to reassure her no one is stealing anything, Dee Dee may soon find herself out of a job and having to answer for a lot, specifically a dead Denver chef in her bakery.
I’ve read all of this series and the characters have evolved into a family that I love to check in on often. And if you are a fan also, Dante’ shows up in this one….he is one very intriguing man.
Another job well done!
NetGalley/ May 28th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation