COLD COLD BONES by KATHY REICHS

A Temperance Brennan Novel #21

#1 New York Times bestselling thriller writer Kathy Reichs returns with her twenty-first novel of suspense featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan who, after receiving a box containing a human eyeball, uncovers a series of gruesome killings eerily reenacting the most shocking of her prior cases.

We aren’t in Montreal anymore and yet it’s still snowing in North Carolina. Its winter and crime is down. Not too many folks looking to be out in a storm. It also means a lighter caseload for Brennan. She would be happy to spend time with her daughter Katy, finally home after her stint in the army. But she brought some demons home with her so Tempe is treading carefully with her.

When they both arrive at Tempe’s home to find a wrapped package with an eyeball in it, things are weird. The eye seems pretty fresh, but where is the rest of the body? Finding GPS coordinates on the eyeball leads them to a Benedictine monastery. There another very strange sight awaits.

When she is asked to examine a mummified corpse found in a state park, even she is a bit jumpy.

These crimes are beginning to look a lot like crimes she solved years ago. Is someone angry at her?

And then her daughter disappears. And things get weirder. Revenge, it seems has no expiration date.

There has always been a coldness about Tempe. It was more evident in this book. I understood who the bad people were early on. It just did not hold my interest.

NetGalley/ July 5, 2022 Scribner






THE LOCKED ROOM by ELLY GRIFFITHS

A Ruth Galloway Novel #14

This is the fourteenth book in the Ruth Galloway series.

Ruth is in London cleaning out her mother’s things before her father and his new wife get back. She’s a lovely woman and Ruth’s mother has been gone for three years. As Ruth is going through things, she finds a photograph of a cottage in Norfolk. Her cottage in Norfolk, only in 1963. The only clue is the date and the name Dawn. Her father isn’t any help and her mother hated the cottage and never spoke about it.

Back in Norfolk, Nelson has a murder on his hands. It looks like a suicide until more bodies with the same MO pop up. Just as Ruth returns, Covid hits, and everyone’s world is thrown into chaos, which makes it so much harder to find a killer.

Meanwhile, Ruth and Kate are bored to tears until they meet their neighbor, a healthcare worker who Ruth and Kate both like a lot.

Nelson is looking for a serial killer now and somehow links it to an archaeological discovery and thinks of Ruth. Breaking all of the lockdown rules, he enlists Ruth’s help in finding out how she can help find a killer. But first, he needs to tell her that her neighbor was accused of murdering patients. While Nelson is terrified for Ruth and Kate, the secrets that come spilling out will leave you with your mouth hanging open!

Love this series!

NetGalley/ June 28th, 2022 by Mariner Books



MUDDLED THROUGH by BARBARA ROSS

A Maine Clambake Mystery #10

Mud season takes on a whole new meaning in the coastal town of Busman’s Harbor, Maine, when local business owners sling dirt at one another in a heated feud over a proposed pedestrian mall. Vandalism is one thing, but murder means Julia Snowden of the Snowden Family Clambake steps in to clean up the case . . .

Julia and her family are back with another mystery and murder. This one begins with Julia seeing police cars in front of the shop Livvie works in, Lupine Design, a successful pottery store. While Livvie is safe the shop is trashed.

Lupine’s owner, Zoey, is out digging mud for more projects when the police arrive to tell her the bad news. She is shocked. Who in the world would do this to her? And why? While she and many others in town are all for a pedestrian mall to bring in more tourists and revenue there is one troublemaker. And he is in the shop next to Lupine. In an odd turn, they both share a basement.

Surely the fuss over a pedestrian mall isn’t enough to destroy property, but when the neighbor turns up dead in the basement, Zoey has some explaining to do.

This one was a bit more twisty than usual. So many secrets people are keeping. For decades, old slights fester and the more she digs, the more she finds herself in the line of fire.

Always a good time with the Clambake series.

NetGalley/ Kensington June 28, 2022



Donut DISTURB by Ellie Alexander

A Bakeshop Mystery #15

Spring has come to Ashland, Oregon and flowers are blooming along with love for Juliet and her team at Tort, as they cater the wedding of Thomas and Kerry at the park. It’s a beautiful day and everyone is on the green watching the bride come down.

But when an uninvited guest pops up it’s a shock for everyone. Including the bride. And why is Kerry’s father here? He is supposed to be living in a gated community as a guest of the state! What is going on?

As if things couldn’t get any worse, the bass player for the band is found dead by his own instrument. What next? We all know Jules is going to jump in with both feet to find out what is going on and hopefully before she’s next on the killers’ invite list!

Always a pleasure to see one of Alexander’s mysteries!

NetGalley/ June 28, 2022, St. Martin’s Press



LADY OF BONES by CAROLYN HAINES

A SARAH BOOTH DELANEY MYSTERY #24

We’re back in Mississippi with Sara Booth, Tinkie, and Jitty! It’s Halloween time and the entire gang is gathering to admire Tinkie’s new baby, Maylin, and do a bit of decorating too! But you know a good time here usually gets interrupted by a disaster.

This time it is Sara Booth’s mother’s dear friend, Frankie. Frankie is distraught and wants to hire the detectives to find her missing daughter in New Orleans. Christa is trying to when a journalism scholarship and is on to a hot story about cults. Soon after her roommate goes missing and two days later so does Christa.

So the team heads to New Orleans to find answers. Who is behind this mysterious cult that promises eternal life and youth? And what are they doing over in the Garden District talking about sacrificing women?

People of Eternity are wealthy and connected. Maybe even the police. But the ladies are determined and with the hunky detective on board, they try to stay alive long enough to find the missing girls and figure out who this mysterious Rhianna is.

It’s always a good time with Sara Booth and Jitty! That ghost kills me! Suspense, murder, and laughs make this a good read!

NetGalley/ St. Martin’s Press June 17, 2022

Three Shots to the Wind by Sherry Harris

Chloe Jackson, Sea Glass Saloon Mystery #3

We’re back in Emerald Cove, Florida with Chloe and friends. Chloe is mixing drinks when she looks up to see a plane and a banner. The banner reads I LOVE YOU CHLOE JACKSON! What in the world? She and her guy are not even at that point yet. So what does this mean?

The question continues when she finds a bouquet of lilacs and a not-so-cheap bottle of her favorite wine. Does she have a secret admirer?

Surely her ex-fiance in Chicago hasn’t decided that after all this time he wants her back. She is not interested in going back and can’t figure out what he could be doing. But, yes, he has come to town for a convention for accountants and is determined to win her back, or so it seems. And when he is found floating in the lake with her photo in his hand, suspicious minds want to know.

None of this makes any sense to her. And when Rip becomes a suspect, she is determined to find out who is behind this. But with all the sketchy people in this story, she may end up dead herself.

Really good series with great characters!

NetGalley/March 29th, 2022 by Kensington


A SAFE HOUSE by STUART WOODS

A Safe House (Stone Barrington #61)

Number 61 in the Stone Barrington Novels

I have read all of the Stone Barrington books. This one has Stone and Dino being interrupted by Lance Cabot at dinner. Lance needs a favor. A safe house for a congressional witness. And right now, if you please.

Of course, Stone hops in a plane with a beautiful former model who is about to be divorced from a Texas senator. A real peach of a guy.The only problem is this witness pretty much does what she wants. As we follow them to almost all of the homes Stone owns, they of course tumble into bed and the bad guys come and beat him up and Joan saves the day.

Of all of the books in this series I would say this was my least favorite. Very shallow. More like a fun romp through the lives of the rich and messy.

Maybe we need a new hero.

NetGalley/ March 22, 2022 G.P. Putnam-Ballentine

BATTEN DOWN THE BELFRY by DIANE KELLY

The Fourth Book in the House-Flipper Mystery Series

Whitney Whitaker and her cousin, Buck, are flipping real estate in Nashville. So far they are doing pretty good. In this adventure, the two have purchased a property with a church and a parsonage on it. They have decided to turn it into an entertainment venue with the parsonage serving as a bar/restaurant.

Fresh from closing the deal, they arrive to find horses living on the land around the church and even one inside! And this is where we meet the neighbor. A real charmer, this one. He carries a cattle prod with him if that tells you what type of man he is. Telling them the land is his and sending them to court where the issue will be settled.

In the meantime, they get to work. The demo is in full swing and the stained glass windows are delivered. As Buck and Whitney haul them to the parsonage for safekeeping, Sawdust, who also narrates the story, is witness to a violent encounter inside the belfry! Oh to be a talking cat. Just as we were sure who did the deed, we are very wrong.

I love this series. Sawdust is a very good narrator and very observant. If you are an HGTV lover, this series is for you. There is a lot of friendship, family, good design, and a murder or two. What more could you ask for?

NetGalley/ February 22nd, 2022 St. Martin’s Press

THE MIDNIGHT HOUR by ELLY GRIFFITHS

The Midnight Hour (Brighton Mysteries)

The Brighton Mysteries

Elly Griffiths is also the author of the Dr. Ruth Galloway series,which is one of my favorites.

It’s 1965 in Brighton. Emma and Sam have set up their Detective Agency and have their first big case. Impresario Bert Billington is found dead. When the results return and they learn he was poisoned, his wife, Verity Malone, who was also a theater performer, hires Emma and Sam to find out who did this and keep her name out of it.

Lucky for Emma they have Max Mephisto on the inside to push for information. Interestingly he is in town filming Dracula along with Verity’s son, Seth.

There were so many people who looked guilty! You could tell they were all hiding something, but does that something have anything to do with the case? I am most definitely happy I was not an adult woman in the ’60s. I remember my mother reading The Feminine Mystique and finding it and reading it myself. I didn’t understand most of it,but I knew I did not want to be one of those wives.

I especially enjoyed when Emma would just pop her little boy on her hip and go interview suspects. Although eventually Edgar stepped up and pulled some weight.

I also enjoyed seeing Meg become bolder.

This is Cozy with a Bite! And I loved it!

NetGalley/ November 2nd, 2021 Mariner (formerly HMH)









FROM LADLE TO GRAVE by AMY PATRICIA MEADE

From Ladle to Grave

A Tish Tarragon Mystery #5

Could a body found in a graveyard be linked to a tragic murder twenty-five years ago? Tish Tarragon is plunged into a new case when a fundraising dinner in the local church hall leads to a dark discovery.

Tish is back with another interesting catering event. Heroines of Literature. A fundraiser for St. Jude’s Episcopal Church. Things are humming along well when she notices a woman staring at her. Odd. But soon forgotten in the cleanup.

Walking home through the graveyard to lock up the hall, she literally stumbles over a body. A dead one.

The deceased has a fatal head wound and is lying on top of the Honeycutt plot. Daisy Honeycutt was murdered 25 years ago in a sensational case that shocked everyone.

The hunky Sheriff Reade is back and officially makes Tish a consultant! So off they go to solve a murder and find out why someone now wants this man dead. Could his reopening the case have something to do with it?

With twists and turns galore, I think this is the best one so far in the series. And oh that ending!

Very well done!

NetGalley/December 7th, 2021 by Severn House Publishers

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