A Curious Incident by Vicki Delany

A Curious Incident (Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery, #6)

It’s up to Gemma and Jayne to root out the killer in national bestselling author Vicki Delany’s sixth Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery when the winner of a garden tour trophy is left pushing up daisies.

There is always something exciting going on at the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, as well as at the tearoom next door.

Gemma is always busy. She is also well known for poking about in things that don’t concern her. And putting herself in danger. When she finds little Lauren Tierney perched on the stool in the shop, she has no idea that things are about to get even more hectic.

As Gemma tries to explain to Lauren that she is not an actual detective, Lauren begs her to please help her find her missing cat, Snowball. Gemma may not know much about sniffing out cats, but her dog Violet does! When Violet drags Gemma into the back of a garden, they find the cat shut into the shed. By accident?

With Snowball back in Lauren’s arms, Gemma is able to give herself a quick pat on the back for that quick find. But when a few days later Lauren is back looking to hire her again, Gemma doesn’t know what to say. Since Lauren would like to hire her to clear her own mother of murder charges.

This is one of my favorite series. A bookshop and a teashop right next to each other? Yes, please! While Gemma tries hard to stay out of trouble, she seems to be a magnet for it. Do people seriously murder their competition in a garden club? I’m sure they do. Remember the cheerleader mom? These are some seriously good characters. I was even suspicious of the old people.

Another excellent addition to the series!

NetGalley/ January 12th, 2021 Crooked Lane Books



BITTER BREW by G.A.McKevett

Bitter Brew (A Savannah Reid Mystery #24)

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.

IF THE COFFIN FITS by LILLIAN BELL

If the Coffin Fits (A Funeral Parlor Mystery #2)

When an unnatural cause of death finds one of her clients, Desiree must get to the bottom of the murder before she’s fitted for a coffin, herself.

The second in this new series has Desiree Turner getting more familiar with her job at the family funeral home while she still keeps her hand in journalism by writing local interest stories for the Verbena paper.

Most of the funeral home’s patrons die from old age, illness. However being a reporter Desiree just can’t help but look for anything suspicious. And when Frank Fiore’s daughters seem to be harboring some secrets, Desiree can’t help but think poor Mr. Fiore may have had help on his way out.

When another suspicious death comes in, Desiree and Nate are not going to just let it go.

As she pokes her nose in where people wish she wouldn’t, she risks losing it all. The business and maybe even her life.

This is a most interesting Cozy series. Set in a funeral home with an ongoing story line that has Desiree still searching for her missing and presumed dead father. And she may just find a clue or two if she can keep herself from being a guest of her own family’s services!

The characters are well done, the story never lags and Desiree is now one of my favorite characters.

Well Done, Ms. Bell!

Netgalley/September 11th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books

September 11th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books