Mystery

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One Breath Away

I used to read mysteries on a regular basis, until a particularly bad read did me in. Over the years, I have dipped my toes back into the genre, but it is difficult finding a book in that happy medium – having more than a friendly busybody amateur sleuth but less than serial killer mayhem. I was p ...

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Cocaine Blues

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This is the first in the Phryne Fisher mystery series set in 1920s Australia. I read the 12th book first, and enjoyed it so much that I read a few more – out of order – before finally reading this one. I think that’s a good thing. If I’d started with this book I might never have continued th ...

B
Breaking Silence

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This is the third in the author’s mystery series set in Ohio Amish country. I haven’t read the previous entries, but this worked for me as a standalone. With a flawed main character, an unusual mode of murder, and a setting peppered with insights into conflicts between the Amish and Englishers, ...

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Crunch Time

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I'm loving the food related cozy mysteries craze. I don't get to read as many as I'd like but when I do get the chance I make sure I have food nearby. These books are guaranteed to give you a serious case of the munchies! Especially with Davidson's books; her descriptions of food preparation leave y ...

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One Dog Night

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I am not much for murder and mayhem. One reason is that I can’t stand to be in the mind of the killer. However, I find that after a steady dose of reading romance, I need a break. Luckily I discovered David Rosenfelt’s books with their perfect balance of mystery, comedic dialogue, hint of rom ...

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One Was a Soldier

When I got assigned to read One Was a Soldier for review, I was absolutely beside myself. I loved the previous books in the series, but I hadn't been reading them critically for review. What if this one didn't measure up? What if I drove myself insane trying to analyze it? Well, I have news for ever ...

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Dogs Don't Lie

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I really wanted to love Dogs Don’t Lie. I love animals and I love psychic plots and, while I liked so much of this, in the end I could only give it a qualified recommendation. When Pru Marlowe started hearing animals' thoughts, she fled New York, leaving her a few credits shor ...

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Wanna Get Lucky?

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If you are looking for an unconventional heroine and setting, then look no further then Lucky O’Toole and Sin City. Lucky is the chief problem solver for Babylon, one of the new mega casino/resorts in Las Vegas. It is her job to make sure what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. L ...

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To Have and to Kill: A Wedding Cake Mystery

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Since I have seen quite a few books featuring bakers lately, I guess other readers are as fascinated as I am with this setting. There just seems something wholesome and yet glamorous about wedding cake bakers. And heroine Piper fits this bill. Piper Donovan is a struggling actress. A ...

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In Plain View

While I enjoy mysteries with over-the-top clever detectives (I’m looking at you, Sherlock), what I like even better are mysteries with protagonists that captivate me as people. When I started In Plain View by J. Wachowski, I wasn’t too sure whether it would really appeal to me, as its heroine, M ...