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Progressive Dinner Deadly (Myrtle Clover Mysteries Book 2)
Progressive Dinner Deadly (Myrtle Clover Mysteries Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Myrtle suggests trying to make book club to a different level, March 27, 2015
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Another fun adventure with Myrtle Clover. The more Myrtle Clover books I read the more I enjoy them. The personalities are consistent and I love the way Myrtle uses her garden gnomes to protest her son's trying to keep her from investigating murders. Myrtle's neighbor, Erma is always a delight in her way of annoying Myrtle. It seems like there is always some miscommunications involving Myrtle and her book club. In this book, Myrtle is trying to get the group to focus on more "meaningful" literature for reading. Myrtles idea gets twisted around and suddenly it's "Myrtle's idea" to change the club to a supper club and hence the progressive dinner. Myrtle actually thinks it's a horrible idea. Add to that the fact that everyone knows Myrtle is a horrible cook and that is preparing dessert part of the dinner ... adds even more humor. One of the dinner hostesses is murdered; a woman supposedly everyone loved but in reality, a lot of people had a reason to not like her. Using her friend Miles as her sidekick, comparing him to Watson for her Sherlock Myrtle investigates to dig for the truth; much against Police Chief son Red's consternation. This series makes it seem that becoming an Octogenarian sleuth is something to look forward to after retirement


Pretty is as Pretty Dies (Myrtle Clover Mysteries Book 1)
Pretty is as Pretty Dies (Myrtle Clover Mysteries Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A retired English teacher with a mind of her own, March 24, 2015
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I had read one of the later Myrtle Clover books and liked it so I went back to the beginning.
This was a wonderful laugh out loud book. Myrtle is an octogenarian who has the sharp mind and clever wit of a much younger woman. She establishes herself in this book as a great amateur sleuth. But what I liked most was her feisty personality. I laughed so hard that I was crying and had to stop reading for a few minutes. I especially liked her attitude toward the book club. Her neighbors and friends are great characters too. Myrtle's son is the chief of police who doesn't want his mother "investigating" and as he tries to encourage Mama to back away Myrtle shows her determination but filling her yard with "gnomes" which she knows irritates him. (He lives across the street from her and so is greeted by the gnomes every morning when she puts them out.)
Myrtle's neighbor Erma really gets on Myrtle's nerves and their interaction is one of the most humorous aspects of the Myrtle Clover series. Not only is Erma a pain in the neck neighbor, she also drives Myrtle, a former high school English teacher, nuts at bookclub.
In this volume I loved the all the talk about quality writing and Erma's not really knowing what she is talking about when she comments on "To Kill a Mockingbird". Myrtle knows what she likes and doesn't like being pushed into activities by her son, or the lack of "good" literature read by the book club. I look forward to reading more of Myrle's sleuthing adventures.


CATCH ME (EMBRYO: A Raney & Levine Thriller, Book 4)
CATCH ME (EMBRYO: A Raney & Levine Thriller, Book 4)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful read in this series, March 24, 2015
Embryo 4: Catch Me is probably my favorite out of the four books in the series I have read so far.
David and Jill have adopted the embryo baby - Jesse and it's almost his first birthday. The hospital is planning a special conference to have the doctors who reacted with Jesse while he was still in his artificial womb explain all the ways he responded. And those who met Jesse shortly after he was born will get to see him again.
David and Jill are very protective of him. David wants the public to know that he is just like any other kid and Jill is once again worried by all the publicity. In the previous three novels, Jesse's birth and IVF was a very controversial topic and there were a lot of protests.
Meanwhile another killer is on the move; this time targeting couples. David and Jill are helping the police again, having established a great policy of preserving everything from the victims that come to their hospital. One victim in particular, Beth, a veteran who had been pregnant, survives after losing her baby and actually becomes a friend of David and Jill's and the other OB-GYN docs.
Both Jill and David prove once again their detective sleuthing skills with insight. Jill is as wary as before but stronger and more determined to protect her family.
David and Jill's teamwork/family determination works becomes even more solid with each progressive novel.
Jesse at a year old is cute as ever, funny and even helps in his own way to help bring down the couples killer.
A very satisfying read. Once again I am disciplining myself to not jump into book 5 in the series just yet so that I can savor the enjoyment of the series. I am looking forward to reading other J.A Schneider's work as she creates what I consider to be "delicious" fiction. She is a master story teller.


A Body at Book Club (Myrtle Clover Mysteries 6)
A Body at Book Club (Myrtle Clover Mysteries 6)
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4.0 out of 5 stars An octogenarian sleuth who acts like she's 50, March 21, 2015
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This was my first Myrtle Clover mystery and I really liked the feistiness of the character. Myrtle knows what she's doing and her age doesn't keep her back. She manages to solve crimes in spite of her son, Red, the police chief trying to get her to do less. But you can't keep a determined woman down. The supporting characters had their interest quirks. An enjoyable cozy mystery


A Murder Moist Foul: A Frosted Love Cozy Mystery (Frosted Love Mysteries Book 1)
A Murder Moist Foul: A Frosted Love Cozy Mystery (Frosted Love Mysteries Book 1)
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3.0 out of 5 stars nice little cozy, March 21, 2015
This was a nice little culinary cozy. There were some twists which allowed for guessing the "who dunnit?". I liked the narrator and her assistant. I wish that there had been some recipes included.

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disappointed that a pet died in here.


Guidebook to Murder (A Tourist Trap Mystery 1)
Guidebook to Murder (A Tourist Trap Mystery 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars an inheritance in question, March 20, 2015
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This was a fun, light read and a typical cozy. If you don't like cozies you won't like this. Jill has fallen in love with the small down after meeting Miss Emily who befriended her. A former lawyer, Jill now runs a small coffee store /bookstore. There is a death by poisoning providing the main "murder mystery". A handsome detective on the case to whom Jill finds herself attracted. Just wish the whole married or not married discussion had come up earlier in the book instead of Jill constantly struggling with the issue. There are many questions about the inheritance Jill receives, regarding family members who thought they deserved most of the pie, not just a tiny speck of a piece. In addition, there are complications with others wanting the house. There was also a surprising artist and art thievery involved. It was just a plain, fun, light cozy.


MarBlue Sleeq Stylus for Touchscreen Devices, Black
MarBlue Sleeq Stylus for Touchscreen Devices, Black
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice stylus, March 19, 2015
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This is a great little stylus perfect for my Kindle Fire. It fits into the little elastic ban on my Fire case so it's always there when I need it, particularly when I am browsing something online when the screen is so much smaller than on my desktop. And it's great for typing in searches.


Bridged (Callahan & McLane Book 2)
Bridged (Callahan & McLane Book 2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Callahan and McLane are working together again, March 19, 2015
Bridged brings back the characters of Ava McLane, FBI agent and Mason Callahan, detective with Oregon State Police (OSO). Their romance continues and it works well in helping them to solved the mystery. In addition the reader gets to learn more about Ava's and Mason's respective partners and see how well the partnerships work.

First one, then more bodies are found hanging from a bridge and they are on a run to find the killer and the motivation behind the murders. What links these murder victims together? The OSO and FBI work well together as a well oiled machine. Mason's and Ava's instincts are right on target in digging into this mystery.
Meanwhile Ava's twin, Jane complicates things again. Her main concern when she contacts her sister is to save her boyfriend, little knowing just how bad this guy is and the danger in which he puts both Ava and Jane. In spite of all that she has done, Ava cares for her sister and wants to see her safe, putting Ava's own life in danger. Jane is still typical Jane, first aiding in robbing Mason's house and then with her insistent stubbornness, refusing to listen to Ava's advice.
Detectives have to dig into the past to find how the victims are related and eventually identify their murderer and his motivation in the killings.
This book is full of suspense and keeps the reader guessing.


What the Night Knows (with bonus novella Darkness Under the Sun): A Novel
What the Night Knows (with bonus novella Darkness Under the Sun): A Novel
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4.0 out of 5 stars the battle between good and evil continues, March 18, 2015
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This is perhaps my fourth reading of this book and what I love about Koontz's writing is that I can always re-read it and find something different that hits me in a particular way. Koontz often tackles the subject of good vs. evil. In this novel we meet Alton Turner Blackwood, a man full of evil, who twenty years before had murdered four families in gruesome horrible ways. The fourth of these was the Calvino family and it appeared that run of evil was over because the son/brother, John Calvino, arrives after the killing of the rest of his family and kills Blackwood himself. In the present, John is now a homicide detective, with a wonderful family of his own. The murder pattern begins again and John is convinced that the evil has returned with these new murders and that ultimately Blackwood will be after his own family because before dying Blackwood told Calvino that when John had children of his own he would return and do the same to his children. John comes to realize that this was a curse. As the murders continue John sees all the connections to make him believe that somehow Blackwood's spirit has returned; possessing others to commit murder. He learns that it is not really Blackwood's spirit controlling others but actually a demon, RUIN, who is using Blackwood's spirit to "ride" others by taking control of them. John's wife and children are examples of innocence and goodness, which in the end helps him and the power of good to triumph. What I picked up this time was at the end of the novel where Koontz writes what it means. "What is lost is still lost, though not forever, and something has been gained. WHAT THE HEART KNOWS (innocence, truth and goodness) TRUMPS WHAT THE WHAT NIGHT KNOWS" (the presence of evil in the world.)
I suggest as a follow-up that you read the novella "Darkness Under the Sun" to learn when Blackwood moved from murdering individuals to wanting to destroy whole
families at a time.


The Big Chihuahua (Barking Detective Mysteries Book 3)
The Big Chihuahua (Barking Detective Mysteries Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you can get the audibook or the whispersync narration I highly recommend it for greater enjoyment, March 18, 2015
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I read this book on my Kindle Fire using reading immersion with whispersync narration. I make a point to say this because part of the charm of this series is the audio narration. If you can get the audibook or the whispersync narration I highly recommend it for greater enjoyment. Hearing Pepe's voice (supplied by a wonderful narrator) is part of the charm of the Barking Detective Mysteries series. I can't get enough of Pepe the chihuahua in these fun cozy mysteries. These books are delightful. In this book, Pepe gets a peek into Dogawanda, a cult that tries to follow "the way of the dog" (and of course Pepe is happy that they are seeking the wisdom of dogs, and he gives himself a new Dogawanda name, "Towering Cedar". The "vessel" for Dogawanda is now trying to channel Pepe but Pepe doesn't like that when she hears him but deliberately changes what he is saying. He is not going to be controlled by her or any of the Dogawandas, a cult group. His human companion, Gerri, is obviously besotted with him and never wants to be separated from Pepe ... except perhaps in intimate moments with her beau, Felix. Now it appears Felix may be beginning to hear Pepe talking as well. I can't wait to read what is going to happen with that next.
Of course Gerri proves herself once again to be a great PI (in training), following up on leads, taking risks, and making connections. (and listening to Pepe's wisdom!") I don't care for her boss, Jimmy G., but he is part of the humor and the stories wouldn't be the same without him. He isn't much of a PI himself but always seems to comes out ahead thanks to of Gerri's and Pepe's investigations.
We meet a new dog, "Fluffy" and I will be anxious to see if she becomes Pepe's new love interest as the two seem to get along very well and Felix, Gerri's boyfriend has adopted Fluffy. I will be anxious to read more adventures of this foursome.


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