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All Washed Up: The Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series
All Washed Up: The Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Reality than Fiction in this Cozy, May 26, 2016
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There are many reasons I enjoy reading. One special enjoyment comes from reading a fast-paced mystery set in a "real" area -- one I know well. Ms Slan accurately captures the flavor of Florida's Treasure Coast and its idiosyncratic Jupiter Island. And she populates with characters that grow as each new book in this series is published. This volume combines a bit of nostalgia for the pasty with current events that are all too current.I don't know if there is a shop similar to Cara Mia's, but if not, it would fit right in.


Depraved Heart: A Scarpetta Novel (The Scarpetta Series Book 23)
Depraved Heart: A Scarpetta Novel (The Scarpetta Series Book 23)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh...Oh!!, May 20, 2016
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Oh, Patricia Cornwell, how have I enjoyed your previous books, Oh, Patricia Cornwell, how disappointed am I in Depraved Heart.
Chanel, Carrie, Janet, Lucy -- your characters act and interact like leaves in a tornado without a place to land. By the time you resolve "who killed whom," who gives a damn. This is a novel with a plot that goes in circles and is continually revisited and re-started. It's because I like you as a writer so much that I feel so much disappointment. Please -- better luck next novel -- and better novel!


Happy Homicides 2: Thirteen Cozy Mysteries (Crimes of the Heart)
Happy Homicides 2: Thirteen Cozy Mysteries (Crimes of the Heart)
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Good Deadly Fun, April 29, 2016
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What a wonderful opportunity to brush up on your knowledge of how to run a small shop (from Joanna Campbell Slan,) continue learning the ins and outs of the flower shop business (from Annie Adams), the importance of chocolates on Valentine's Day (from Nancy Jill Thames) and that there really is such an occupation as free-lance embalmer (from Camille Minichino.) All this and four more intriguing topics in this top-13 installment of short cozies loosely tied together by Valentine's Day.

The second in this series of short stories is equal to if not superior to the first. Bring on number three!


A Death in Sweden
A Death in Sweden
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3.0 out of 5 stars Death in Sweden -- Blood Everywhere, March 1, 2016
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The death might have been in Sweden but the plot meandered throughout Europe (with a few bows to the U.S. For all the blood and action, it still seemed slow-paced to me -- partly due, I think, to a very convoluted plot where, it seemed, there) are no "good guys."


Charcoal Water Filters Replacements Fits Keurig 2.0 Models by Possiave, Pack of 12
Charcoal Water Filters Replacements Fits Keurig 2.0 Models by Possiave, Pack of 12
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, March 1, 2016
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Fits and works fin e in my Keurig 2.0. The price is a bargain.


Come Rain or Come Shine (A Mitford Novel)
Come Rain or Come Shine (A Mitford Novel)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dooley Moves On..., January 1, 2016
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Reading another of Jan Karon's "Father Tim" novels is like going home for a family reunion. Most of the old friends are still around, the old town hasn't changed much, but everyone is a little older. So, in this installment, it's time Dooley is all grown up, graduated from veterinary school and about to get married. Sounds like peaches and cream, except that a lack of funds threatens to sour the cream. The solution -- a pot-luck wedding with all the old friends pitching in. After all, what could go wrong? To find that out, as well as all of the heart-warming details of this installment, you'll just have to read this book for yourself. You'll be glad you did.


Death Takes Priority: A Postmistress Mystery
Death Takes Priority: A Postmistress Mystery
by Jean Flowers
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Solution Is in the Mail, December 19, 2015
Camille Minichino has a very successful habit. She creates a new pseudonym (in this case, Jean Flowers), picks an attractive locale (North Ashcot MA in the Berkshires) and introduces a most unlikely heroine (a post-mistress). North Ashcot is a quiet town. The nearest pizza supplier is one town away. The post office "clients" include a parrot, a baby wallaby and a cotamundi. But crime is afoot. The town's supply of telephone directories have been stolen from the post office. Then a body is discovered by the reservoir and post-mistress Cassie Miller discovers a friend is not who he said he was. She finds herself working closely with the local police chief to determine how these pieces fit together. Cassie Miller takes her place alongside Minichino's other unlikely heroines as a subject the reader wants to know better. Hopefully, Minichino has more mail for us to read.


Dirty Harriet: Volume 1 (The Dirty Harriet Series)
Dirty Harriet: Volume 1 (The Dirty Harriet Series)
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5.0 out of 5 stars She's One 'Hot Tomato', November 29, 2015
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I have a new favorite heroine. Her name is Harriett. Author Auerbach grabbed me in the prologue with her right-on-target description of "Boca Babes." Then I met "Dirty Harriett" and was completely blown away of her description of Harriett on her Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

"You know that sound -- the one you only get from a Harley. But maybe you don't know the feel. Let me put it this way: it's a 500-pund vibrator between your legs. And people wonder why a woman would ride a bike."

Harriett has left the glamorous life of a Boca Raton "Boca Babe" behind for a shack in the Everglades with an alligator as a neighbor and a job as a private investigator. And beneath the humor and satire and action, the author tells a more serious story of the trials of Mayan immigrants working the South Florida tomato fields. This is a successful read on several levels.

I'm happy that this was just the first of a Dirty Harriett series. I have more to look forward to reading.


Literally Murder (A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery Book 4)
Literally Murder (A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery Book 4)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Purr-fect fun., November 27, 2015
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This was my introduction to Hamlet. No, not the play by Shakespeare. Hamlet, the crime-solving cat, whose prominence with karate on a video gains him top-cat status at a prestigious cat show in Fort Lauderdale. It also makes him the target of a cat-napper. And if that was not activity enough, he is called upon to assist in solving a murder. Of course, you have to exhibit a willing expression of disbelief in plot details. But the effort is worth it. Hamlet makes the book "Purrfect" reading.


Six Scattered Stories: a collection by Margaret Hamilton and Camille Minichino
Six Scattered Stories: a collection by Margaret Hamilton and Camille Minichino
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5.0 out of 5 stars O. Henry Survives, October 31, 2015
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Two popular mystery authors combine to produce six very different short stories with one common thread -- a "twist" at the end. Margaret Hamilton explores teen-age angst in a case involving divorced parents in "Red Zone." In "The Hettinger Murder" an actual murder case becomes the subject of a fictional treatment that puts the author in danger. "Incident at Racoon Road," centers on a vagrant's fight to survive. This (her best tale, in my opinion) is great Halloween reading.

Camile Minichino's tales are short but powerful. In her eye, "Baby Talk" might be hazardous to your health, "Traffic Ca Be Brutal" -- and also lethal and, in a very O. Henry-like story. "Lorna" can lead you to murder.

All in all, a fun collection of tales with a twist.


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