Friday, April 29, 2011
Stay tuned for my review once I finish Dead Reckoning, probably by Tuesday night.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Alison's guesthouse has two resident ghosts, former PI Paul, and his former client and also former home owner Maxie. Paul and Maxie's murders were the impetus of Night of the Living Deed, the first book in the series.
Along with having her first paying guests, Alison is also playing host to the filming of a Jersey Shore-type reality show. To add to the madness, as part of her agreement to get Paul and Maxie to perform ghostly tricks for the guests, Alison must help Paul with PI work. Paul has already found their first dearly departed client. The case appears to be an easy one, see if anyone was grievously hurt or killed by a "prank" the ghost, Scott, had been involved in.
At least it should have been easy, but after Alison hit it off with the target of the prank during a visit to determine her well being, the elderly woman comes to a seance at the guesthouse. Of course, this being a murder mystery, the old woman ends up dead, and Alison feels the need to investigate to keep her guesthouse's reputation from being damaged.
This series is a lot of fun. I like Alison, I love her daughter Melissa, and there's a cast full of great supporting characters to help Alison discover the killer. I will definitely read the next book in this great cozy series. I could hardly put it down, even while on a Caribbean vacation!
I'm going to give An Uninvited Ghost by E J Copperman, 1 bookmark.
Next up, The Hangman's Daughter. Just a little over a week until the next Sookie Stackhouse book!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Abby Knight is back solving a new murder mystery in her small Indiana town. Abby is the owner of Bloomers flower shop, and is recently secretly engaged to Marco Salvare,hottie bar owner and former special ops soldier. Marco recently got recalled to active duty and has to report in a few weeks time. Marcos old army buddy comes to learn the bar business, unfortunately for Vlad the townspeople start spreading rumors about his being a vampire.
It doesn't help Vlad's case that he not only looks like Count Dracula, but a woman goes missing and circumstantial evidence points to Vlad. Marco is convinced his friend is not guilty, and although Abby has doubts, she is willing to trust Marco's judgement.
All of my favorite characters put in an appearance, from Abby's parents, niece Tara, and cousin Jillian, to flower shop co-workers Lottie and Grace. The vampire angle is fun, and handled very tongue in cheek. Abby is still a force to be reckoned with, even on crutches thanks to a badly sprained ankle.
I love the flower shop mysteries. I am ready for whatever Abby and her merry band get up to next!
I'm going to give Night of the Living Dandelions by Kate Collins,1 bookmark.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
A Hard Day's Fright is the seventh book in the Pepper Martin mystery series by Casey Daniels. This series is fairly light-hearted, especially considering it usually deals with cold case murders. Pepper works as a tour guide at Garden View cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio, and she sees dead people. She doesn't just see them, she can also hear them. She's not working at a cemetery because she can see ghosts, it's more the other way around. As if it's not bad enough to see ghosts, they always want her help. It often involves tracking down a killer, or some other bit of unfinished business.
This book finds Pepper unhappily single, and an unwilling mentor to co-workers daughter. It also finds Pepper on the mass transit train, known as the Rapid; and that is exactly where Lucy's ghost finds Pepper too. Lucy disappeared on her way home from a Beatles concert in 1966, and since her seventeen year old self is talking to Pepper, she more than disappeared that night. That was the night she was murdered.
This book has some fun Beatles references, Lucy tends to sparkle...like diamonds? Lucy was just seventeen...if you know what I mean. Anyway, it turns out Lucy was like a big sister to someone Pepper knows. After initially telling Lucy that she couldn't help find her killer, or at least her body, Pepper changes her mind when she sees it will help her friend.
Pepper starts digging into Lucy's group of friends that attended the concert that night. She also interrogates Lucy's old English teacher, a famous poet who happens to be back in town. Pepper has picked up some "helpers" for this investigation.
The biggest shock of the book comes from not the reveal of the killer, but something that hits Pepper closer to home. This book was a quick, fun, read. I really enjoy Pepper, and the mystery. There were some red herrings to add some twists. I definitely want to see what's next for Pepper!
I'm going to give A Hard Day's Fright by Casey Daniels, 1 bookmark.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
A visit to Jim Butcher's website though had a posting from January giving the new release date. There are going to be some sneak peeks of the new book coming up, and there is a sneak preview of chapter one in the back of the paperback copy of Changes.
I apologize if anyone else was at their local bookstore on Tuesday looking for Ghost Story.