Friday, October 24, 2014

"Scorched Eggs"

In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni—co-owners of the Cackleberry Club CafĂ©—are equally good at serving up breakfast and serving up justice. This time they turn up the heat on a deadly firebug…

As Suzanne is getting her hair colored at Root 66, she’s stunned to witness the County Services office next door suddenly go up in flames. Concerned neighbors throng the streets, and the fire department does their best. Unfortunately, their best isn’t enough to save longtime civil service worker—and friend to the Cackleberry Club—Hannah Venable.

Soon enough, it’s discovered that an accelerant was used to fan the flames. Someone set the fire on purpose—was Hannah the intended victim? Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to smoke out the culprit.

Unfortunately, the list of suspects is as varied as the Cackleberry Club’s menu. When Suzanne finds a possible connection between the fire and the nearby Prairie Star Casino, she comes to realize that the arsonist wanted something very big and bad kept secret. And if the ladies aren’t careful, they may be the ones gambling with their lives…

My Thoughts...

So far this has been my favorite "Cackleberry Club" #6 mystery. What a fun time this time around with the three ladies, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni. There is never a dull moment when they are around. This time....

A deadly fire in downtown Kindred sparks Suzanne and the ladies of the Cackleberry Club to launch an investigation. But there are suspects galore, weddings gone awry, lost baby owl, killer clowns, and a dinner theater production of "Blithe Spirit" at their restaurant. Still, Suzanne has to figure out if it was arson or cold-blooded murder. It was like an enjoyable and exciting visit with a few old friends you haven't seen for a year or so.

I actually enjoyed it enough to award it 4 "Scorched Eggs" stars. 

A big THANK YOU goes out to the author, Laura Childs, for the surprise gift of this book to read and give an honest review. Thank you Laura for a few fun filled days of reading your new novel. 

I think it will be published December 2, 2014. So all you 'cozy mystery' readers be on the lookout for this book in your favorite bookstores. 

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

Monday, October 20, 2014

"Update: What Have I Been Reading?"

This is a picture of my dog Joey in my Reading Nook. This month I have become very lazy about posting about the books I've read. Oh! Yes! I have been reading just not posting about the books I've read. Here is a list of the books I've read so far this month...
1. "Sundance, Butch and Me" by Judy Alter.
2. "Arsenic and Old Cake" by Jacklyn Brady.
3. "The Bungalow" by Sarah Jio.
4. "The Silent Sister" by Diane Chamberlain.
5. "Mister Darcy's Dogs" by Barbara Silkstone.
6. "What Would Judge Judy Say" by Judge Judy Sheindlin.
7. "Mrs. Darcy's Diamonds" by Jane Odiwe.
8. "Frosted Shadow" by Nancy Warren. (Currently Reading)
9. "Scorched Eggs" by Laura Childs. (Currently Reading)

So as you can see, I've been busy, but lazy, also...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"The Bungalow"

A sweeping World War II saga of thwarted love, murder, and a long-lost painting. 

In the summer of 1942, twenty-one-year-old Anne Calloway, newly engaged, sets off to serve in the Army Nurse Corps on the Pacific island of Bora-Bora. More exhilarated by the adventure of a lifetime than she ever was by her predictable fiancé, she is drawn to a mysterious soldier named Westry, and their friendship soon blossoms into hues as deep as the hibiscus flowers native to the island. Under the thatched roof of an abandoned beach bungalow, the two share a private world-until they witness a gruesome crime, Westry is suddenly redeployed, and the idyll vanishes into the winds of war.

A timeless story of enduring passion from the author of Blackberry Winter and The Violets of MarchThe Bungalow chronicles Anne's determination to discover the truth about the twin losses-of life, and of love-that have haunted her for seventy years.

My Thoughts...

I hadn't read a Sarah Jio novel for quite awhile and was missing her. I thought I had read all of her novels, but went and checked anyway and found I hadn't  read this one "The Bungalow" I have no idea how I missed it. Nevertheless, I downloaded it, read it. Sarah hit another one out of the park. Like all the rest of her novels I loved this one as well. I liked it enough to award it 4 hibiscus stars. Now I can't wait until her new book is published...

This book is part of my Nook library.

Friday, September 19, 2014

"Every Time I Think of You"

Thirty-year-old Daisy DiStefano has two people she holds dear: the grandmother who raised her, and her three-year-old son, Elliott. But when Daisy’s grandmother is killed in a seemingly random act of violence, Daisy must take steps to protect herself and her child.

Despite a thriving career in San Francisco, thirty-six-year-old Brooks McClain has returned home to spend what little time his mother has left before she succumbs to the deadly disease that is ravaging her. The seasoned investigative reporter has taken a position with the local newspaper and been on the job less than twenty-four hours when he’s summoned to cover the death of Pauline Thorpe.

Brooks is all business, but the more time he spends with Daisy DiStefano, the more invested he becomes; there’s something about a single mother, a defenseless child, and an unsolved crime that has stirred Brooks’s protective instincts like nothing ever has before
And when the unthinkable happens, Brooks will do whatever it takes to clear the name of the woman he’s fallen for and the child he’ll protect at any cost.

Romantic and suspenseful, "Every Time I Think of You" shows how far two people will go to fight for the ones they love, and the life they’ve always imagined.

My Thoughts...

I've read two other books by this author Tracey Garvis Graves and enjoyed them both. This story was an okay story, but not nearly the page turner the other two books were. It is a part of my Nook library and I enjoyed it enough to award it 3 stars every time I think of it.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Lost & Found"

Lydia was supposed to have an adventurous and exciting summer. Instead she's done nothing more than read and eat takeout. Now it's time to go home, and what does she have to show for it? A big fat nothing. Unless, of course, her trip to the airport somehow turns into something more than just a flight home. 

Blake feels like he's been sent on a wild goose chase. While work is piling up back in Denver, he's on the other side of the country, hunting for some mysterious box that his grandfather left him. Well, no more. Nothing inside that box could possibly be more important than the opportunity to make it as the youngest partner at his firm. So he's going home, and that's that. But that's before he discovers his flight has been cancelled. 

When these two strangers meet at the airport, they make a split-second decision to search for the box together. Maybe with both of them on the hunt, Lydia can have her adventure and Blake can find the box. And maybe, if they’re lucky, they’ll even find some romance.

My Thoughts...

This book was a light romantic fun and "G" rated delightful novella. The kind of story I like to call "Mind Candy" reading. It was a fun afternoon of reading.There are times when I just like to read a short novel (119 pgs) because I don't want to spend two or three days devoted to a longer novel.

It was a fun plot, and the second book I've read by this author, Karey White. I think I've just found another favorite author.

This book is part of my Nook library, and I enjoyed this story enough to award it 4 "found" stars.

Friday, September 5, 2014

"My Own Mr. Darcy"

After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. This ill-advised pledge threatens to ruin any chance of finding true love. During the six intervening years, she has refused to give any interested suitors a chance. They weren’t Mr. Darcy enough. 

Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. While she’s dating Chad, her dream comes true in the form of a wealthy bookstore owner named Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Of course she has to follow her dream. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.

My Thoughts...

This is the first book I've read by this author, Karey White, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Will I read anymore books by her? Yes, I will, and if the next one is an enjoyable read I will continue reading her novels. I especially liked this book because even though it was a romantic story, it was a very clean read "G"rated, which is my favorite kind of reading. If you are looking for 'hot n steamy' reading this isn't for you.  Anyway....

It was so refreshing to read a good storyline that didn't rely on bedroom roll-arounds to sell the story. Give me a good clean storyline anytime, and I will continue to read your novels, Ms. White, and any other author who might happen by and read this review. 

I enjoyed this novel so much I have decided to award it 5  "very enjoyable stars," which, if you follow my reviews I don't award 5 stars very often. This book is part of my Nook library.