A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delaney

A Scandal in Scarlet (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery, #4)

The 4th in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery Series
Gemma is back! As she and Violet take a late night stroll after a busy day, Violet alerts Gemma to smoke coming from The West London Museum.
Thankfully the entire building is not a loss, but the Baker Street Vendors decide to quickly pull together an auction hoping to raise enough funds for repairs.
Gemma’s Uncle Arthur may be traveling the world, but he generously donates a signed first edition book worth a lot of money.
But before the auction even begins the Chairman of the museum board is found strangled in the storage room. And the people attending are a real mixed bag of characters who have their own little and not so little secrets.
Gemma says she isn’t getting involved in this one, but we know better. That’s why we love her.
Delaney is such a great storyteller and her characters are wonderfully done. Gemma is a strong, independent woman as are all of the female characters. There are no simpering females waiting for rescue here.
A very good series and I look forward to many more!
Netgalley/November 13th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books

Death and Daisies (A Magic Garden Mystery) by AMANDA FLOWER

Death and Daisies (A Magic Garden Mystery #2)

Florist Fiona Knox left behind her gloomy life for a magical garden in Scotland, but a murder on her shop’s opening day spells doom.

Fiona has inherited her godfather’s cottage in Duncreigan,Scotland. She has fond memories of the place and the magical garden hidden from view with high walls.

It seems like a good idea to open her flower shop there while she gets over a bad break up and a failed business. Until she finds a dead person among the blooms.

On the plus side she did meet the hunky Chief Inspector Neil Craig and her life seems to be headed in the right direction. But when her sister Isla, fresh from college, appears on her doorstep to help her out, things start going wrong.

The local minister wants her out of town and even kicked her out of church! And when the minister’s body is found on the beach there are more suspects than she can keep up with! And what is with Isla? Sneaking off, not coming home? Is she in trouble?

This time Fi may end up knowing more than she wanted to about any of it.

This is a really good series. All of Amanda’s books are good. I especially like the descriptions of the area and all of the characters are solid.

Well Done!

Netgalley/November 13th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books

 

 

House of Ashes by Loretta Marion

House of Ashes

A Haunted Bluffs Mystery

Cassie Mitchell is living in her great-grandparents beautiful home overlooking the ocean. Battersea Bluffs is a house with a past. Built by her great-grandparents, Percy and Celeste Mitchell who died in a fire brought on by a curse.

Oh, and they still live there. Just in a different form.

I’m not going to go into a lot of detail here because the summary tells the entire story.

One thing I did not like was the jumping back and forth of timelines and characters that seemed to have an importance to the story  but were glossed over. I am not a fan of hand wringing helpless female leads. The entire book I was screaming, “Don’t you have a computer? Google?”

It read more like the outline for a story rather than a completed work. As much as I am a fan of Crooked Lane, this one was a hot mess.

Netgalley/November 13th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books

 

 

LIMETOWN by ZACK AKERS, SKIP BRONKIE, and COTE SMITH

Limetown: The Prequel to the #1 Podcast

From the creators of the #1 podcast Limetown, an explosive prequel about a teenager who learns of a mysterious research facility where over three hundred people have disappeared—including her uncle—with clues that become the key to discovering the secrets of this strange town.

To set this up for you, Limetown is a successful podcast that is both weird and creepy. This would be the prequel to what is on now.

Lia Haddock is a student when the entire population of Limetown disappears off the face of the earth. Every one is just gone. One of those is Lia’s Uncle Emile.

There is a lot of speculation about what is going on at what was really a research facility and people are talking. Well, except for Lia’s parents. They are not saying a word.

Lia’s investigation into what happened to her uncle leads her all over the map and puts her in danger. The good twisty part is she isn’t the only one looking. And these are some seriously disturbed individuals I would not want to meet up with.

Before this book I had only listened to a few podcasts, but now I’m hooked!

Well Done!

Netgalley/Simon and Schuster  November 13, 2018

 

WREATH BETWEEN THE LINES ( A COOKBOOK NOOK MYSTERY) by DARYL WOOD GERBER

Wreath Between the Lines (A Cookbook Nook Mystery 7)

This is the 7th in the Cookbook Nook Series

Jenna Hart is back along with all of our favorite characters.

While Jenna and her staff are decorating the Nook for all of the special events for the holidays, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

With her sister in town with her daughter and husband staying at her dad’s home it looks like everyone will be home for the holidays.

Only there is something off with her oh so pulled together sister and her husband. And in the midst of trying to figure that one out, Jake, who has the best ever Christmas display in town and is also an old friend of the family, goes out for pizza and comes home to a dead friend.

This is probably one of my favorites in the series. Everyone is holding a secret. But only one of them is a killer. And Jenna knows it isn’t Jake, but can she find out who wants him dead and why?

Leave it to Jenna and her friends to have everything wrapped up by Christmas Eve. You won’t want to miss this one. Surprises are around every corner! Oh! And there are recipes…lots of them!

Well Done!

Netgalley/ November 8th 2018 by Beyond the Page

 

Song of the Damned (A Phineas Fox Mystery) by SARAH RAYNE

Song of the Damned: A Musically-Inspired Mystery

A macabre liturgy. A mysterious carving. An intriguing 200-year-old mystery for music researcher Phineas Fox to solve. 

Phineas Fox is one of my favorite characters, as is the lovely Arabella. When Phin is asked to authenticate an opera by the head of Cresacre Abbey School, Arabella is excited as she was once a student there and has heard all of the theories of the missing nuns.

The more Phin digs into the opera and the men who wrote it, he finds that the events that happened centuries ago may still be deadly today.

As Arabella tries to visit one of her old classmates, Olivia Tolliver, she feels something is off. Why has Olivia become reclusive and maybe a bit nuts? Does it have anything to do with what is hidden in the basement?

This was told in present time as well as the 1790’s through the diaries of a Sister Cecilia, one of the nuns who supposedly disappeared and a man who is a mystery to all of them.

Historical Mystery Fiction or whatever genre you would like to put on this one, this author never disappoints. I would highly recommend this one!

Netgalley Reviews/ November 1st 2018 by Severn House Publishers

INHERIT THE WOOL by Betty Hechtman

Inherit the Wool (A Yarn Retreat Mystery Book 6)

This is the 6th book in the Yarn Retreat Mysteries.

Casey is hosting a retreat this time at the request of an old college friend, Vanessa. The odd ball little group of friends they were in college included being Ballarinas. Yes this is a made up game but it was better than gym class.

Casey hasn’t really kept up with anyone from college, but if Facebook is to be believed, all of them have successful and happy lives. Casey worries that the Vista Del Mar resort may be a bit too rustic for these ladies. She’s right. No cell service or internet seems to be the biggest complaint.

Until one of them turns up dead and Casey calls on her old friend Frank for some advice as well as Det. Theo, who is one of my favorite characters. Did someone in her group murder Vanessa?

There are all types of misdirection going on here and while I had a suspicion from the beginning, I didn’t have it all until the end.

Let’s just say that no one was what they seemed and everyone had motive.

Good series with lots of knitting and baking going on. Recipes and a knitting project are included.

Well Done!   Netgalley/BeyondThePagePublishing    Out Now!