Twelve years ago Masha lost her toddler son, Gabriel. That loss has changed her forever. She is living in a state of grief. Her friends now are the ones who lie forever in her local cemetery where she visits every day and if she isn’t there, she is practicing drowning in the local pool.
Sally is the local odd ball. She dresses odd and feed crows and sings at the cemetery. She may sound daft, but she is a very wise woman who had a much different life at one time. Most of the women in this story have lived lives of joy and deep sorrow. The question is how does one live with such pain?
In the next town over a woman is dying of cancer. Her 15-year-old son Mattie is her primary concern. A long time ago Alice did something horrible and now she must make it right before she dies and leaves her son alone.
This was a real slow starter for me. Rambling and I was frustrated when I got to the end and thought, “Really?”.
NetGalley/June 11th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
A tale inspired by a fairy tale we heard a lot growing up. Changelings. A horrid topic for any mother but a deliciously wicked and creepy idea for a fairy tale! Or is it more than a fairy tale?
Lauren Tranter has given birth to twin boys and is exhausted and unsure of even how to feed them. Her husband, who I disliked immediately, seems to think she will be fine by her self and leaves her there alone with the tiny twins, Morgan and Riley to figure it out.
Lauren knows she isn’t crazy when she calls 911 to say someone is trying to steal her babies. Lauren knows what she saw. A slimy hag of a woman trying to switch her eel like babies for Laurens healthy children. And from the way she speaks, this isn’t the first time.
Lauren is living in fear someone will steal the boys and the husband is definitely acting sketchy so she is pretty much alone. A month goes by and finally she takes the boys to the park. She only closed her eyes for a second and they were gone. And the babies they find look like Morgan and Riley but Lauren knows the truth. These weird little things are not her children and she isn’t going to let it go until someone believes her.
The decision she makes could be deadly and will she have the courage to do what must be done to get her children back?
I loved this book. The characters were described so well you could easily imagine every one of them. Even the weird little changelings!
Netgalley/ Crooked Lane Books
A Key West Food Critic Mystery #9
National bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s intrepid food critic Hayley Snow must sniff out a killer in the ninth Key West Food Critic mystery.
Key Zest Magazine’s delightful food critic, Hayley Snow is busy trying to meet her deadline, help with Thanksgiving prep and getting married to hot cop Nathan. She needs to get this one seafood tasting tour over and then she can concentrate on her wedding.
But when one of the ladies drops dead on the tour, Hayley’s friend, Analise asks her to help find out what killed her. There were a few restaurants on the tour and a few reputations could be at risk if it was poisoning.
At the same time, Nathan is on a big case and keeps cancelling on her. What could be more important than the wedding? And where is he??
Great characters, a foodie mystery and a locale to die for, this series just keeps getting better and the food is 5 star drool worthy! Are there recipes? Of course!
I hope you enjoy this series as much as I have.
Netgalley/May 7th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
A KATE HAMILTON MYSTERY
Kate’s memories of the Scottish Isle of Rothsay are bittersweet. She spent her honeymoon here. Her husband grew up here. Her husband died here. And now she is back at the request of her former sister-in-law, Elenor, who has turned the family home into a hotel.
Elenor asking Kate for her assistance is weird enough but for some reason Kate must come to the island and it’s urgent and Elenor is afraid of something or maybe someone. Is it the ghost that some say haunt the hotel? The lovely Flora?
Before she’s had more than a few moments with Elenor, the annual Tartan Ball is getting underway downstairs. With the promise that they will speak after the ball, Elenor shows her a small casket and tells her “This is where it began”. But the next morning finds Elenor dead outside of the Historical Society and Kate will not leave until she finds out what was going on and who did this. And there are motives everywhere you look. Elenor was not a well-loved person. And the history with the house has left some islanders with a bitter taste in their mouth.
When the hunky detective staying at the hotel teams up with her to figure out who is killing folks and blaming it all on the gentlest soul in town, more than just alibis begin popping up. Maybe a kiss or two? Finally maybe Kate finds love again?
You shall just have to read it to find out! I enjoyed Kate and Tom. Really all of the characters were well-developed and you could picture them in your mind.
Good Cozy. Well Done.
NetGalley/Crooked Lane Books April 09, 2019
A Lighthouse Mystery #5
Back in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Lucy Richardson, our resident library dweller and worker, is trying to keep her cousin Josie calm and plan Josie’s wedding to Jake.
Everyone loves Josie and her Cozy Bakery and also her fiance’ who is a chef with his own restaurant. They know they want simple and small. But there is still a dress to buy, flowers to arrange and showers to host.
To everyone’s horror, the New Orleans branch of Josie’s family shows up and apparently left their manners at home. Between Grandma Gloria pushing everyone around and insisting on changing every detail of the wedding, as well as aunts and cousins who are more interested in making a buck off the affair. They truly were a horrible lot.
When one of the more obnoxious cousins ends up dead at the bridal shower, even the cousins are pointing fingers at Josie! Lucy of course is diving right into this case to save her friends reputation, at the same time that the lighthouse seems to be about to crumble down.
You need a few things for a really fine cozy mystery and no matter what name she is writing under, this author has a knack for creating characters that are relateable to most of us. The location? Well a lighthouse library! In the Outer Banks? There should be a murder, but not too gory, and more than a few sketchy characters to keep you guessing. This one hit every mark as usual!
Netgalley/ March 13th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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A Blue Ridge Mystery #4
Has a curse fallen on the small town of Taylorsford, Virginia? After a young woman goes missing during a spring bonfire, library director Amy Webber must wade through the web of lies only to find a truth that she may not want to untangle.
Library Director Amy Webber is back with another mystery to solve.
It’s Spring in Taylorsford and Amy is helping local students and their professor research the local folklore.
First up a bonfire with a gifted storyteller. There have long been talk of bobbing lights and fairies, missing gold and missing girls. When one of the girls at the bonfire disappears, things get a bit tense.
Mountain people aren’t know for their openness and the good professor has been poking in some very sensitive areas that some residents want to keep closed forever.
Even Amy’s boyfriend, Richard becomes a suspect for a minute. Not to mention her ex Charles is living with his newest girlfriend in the same town.
Amy stumbles on a clue cleaning up after the researchers and is determined to see this through and have it all cleared up before the Mayor’s May Dance celebration. But everyone is acting squirrelly and when the missing girl turns up beside a dead body and a severe head injury that turns into a coma, the killer starts making mistakes.
Will Amy be able to live through this one?
I love how these books have grown. The characters are hitting their strides and I really enjoyed this one!
Netgalley/February 12th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
This is Book 10 in the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery Series
Alison is running the guesthouse having made it clear she is no longer assisting Paul Harrison, in any more murder investigations. Paul is her resident ghost detective.
But when a simple excavation in her backyard to help shore up the beach uncovers an old Lincoln Continental with a dead passenger.
Alison’s backyard may be off-limits but she is still hosting guests and trying to repair the bullet damage done to her beam in the kitchen when the crew finds a treasure. Now her kitchen is a crime scene. Things are quickly getting out of hand and it doesn’t help that now Maxie wants to redecorate the room.
Even Josh is getting in on the investigating having learned how to text to speak to Paul.
It doesn’t take long for Alison to put her detective hat back on. But this one may be too much for her, even with her resident ghosts.
These ghosts make the series. They are always evolving and now Maxie is determined to start designing again. And a ghost puppy? Who could resist this colorful and funny group of characters. All living together under one roof. You can read it alone but I warn you you’ll go back and read the rest. I am very fond of the way the writer tells the story. It’s not traditional, more conversational. Very nice.
Netgalley/Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books