Killer Comfort Food ~ Farm-to-Fork #5 (by Lynn Cahoon) … lots of twists and turns make for a delightful murder mystery

I am a huge Lynn Cahoon fan and her Farm-to-Fork series is a delightful read.  There are lots of twists and turns that thread several strands throughout the story.  Angie Turner is a strong individual and finds herself buried in a mystery that threatens her home.  I love her delightful “pets”: Dom, the St. Bernard; Precious, the goat; and Mabel, the chicken.  And Ian, her boyfriend, is always supportive … but protective of Angie.

The relationships that Angie has developed through her restaurant, The County Seat, and locals in River Vista make for a close knit community that support each other through whatever trials they may face.  Lots of twists and turns as you enjoy a delightful murder mystery that has you guessing until the end.  Though there are several characters to suspect!

Thank you to NetGalley and Lyrical Press for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Coordinates of Loss (by Amanda Prowse) … heartwrenching but wonderful read

Be prepared as you open this book that your heart will be torn apart and stomped on over and over.  The story is nothing short of heartwrenching and I cannot imagine enduring what Rachel and James experience.  I won’t go into details because you can get the basic story from the synopsis.  However, the journey through their pain is emotional and the way everyone attempts to love and support the family is touching.  Ceecee’s story is woven throughout the pages and you find your heart aching as she shares with Rachel through letters of her life and losses.  I fell in love with Ceecee and was so glad she was given the opportunity to love Oscar.

The title is a perfect description of the story.  What a moving story of Rachel and James as they journey through the devastating loss and struggle to find their way back to a sense of family.  It isn’t a quick and easy voyage, but family and friends are there to help them heal and rediscover their love for each other.  While a deep and emotionally difficult tale of loss, it is also full of love, hope, friendships, family, and commitment.

Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Finding Family ~ Salty Key Inn #4 (by Judith Keim) … delightful light read

This was a delightful light read for a cold winter day.  It is the first book I’ve read in the Salty Key Inn series and I enjoyed reading about sisters Sheena, Darcy, and Regan.  Each woman brought a unique perspective to the story and to their efforts to save a rundown hotel.  While their relationship has not always been a positive thing, they are learning to work together and support one another.  Their gifts work well as they each find their niche and work together.  There are wonderful characters and amazing relationships that keep you entertained.

Thank you to NetGalley and Wild Quail Publishing for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Promise ~ DS Imogen Grey #4 (by Katerina Diamond) … wonderful mystery series that keeps you guessing

This is the first book in the DS Imogen Grey series I have read…and it won’t be the last!  There are several threads that appear throughout the book.  And while you think you wonder in the back of your mind if they are really woven together or just stray strands.

The characters are well developed and you will find yourself developing strong feelings about each one.  The secret behind “what Connor did” keeps  you guessing until the end of the book.  There are hints about the emotional trauma experienced, but you don’t know the details until the end.

I also enjoyed the viewpoint of the women who were being targeted via on-line before they meet their mystery man … and during the actual murder.  It makes the women feel real and you want them to be able to find that special someone with whom to begin a meaningful relationship.

Get ready for twists and turns and shocking secrets to be revealed as you flip through the pages as fast as you can!  Great mystery and I am so ready for the next book in the series.  In fact, I will be going back and reading the first three books in the series.

Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Publishing for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

What I’ve Done ~ Morgan Dane #4 (by Melinda Leigh) … can’t wait for the next installment of this series

Oh my word!  This one starts off having you guessing if Haley Powell is really guilty of murder.  Morgan Dane is the attorney for Sharp Investigations and with her cohorts, Lincoln and Lance, they work together to prove innocence … or guilt.  The author has a gift for pulling you into the story and holding your attention until you’ve turned the last page.  This particular book has several relationship twists and turns.  I am a huge Lance Kruger fan.  He is a class act and his support and affection for Morgan’s family is touching.  I can’t wait for the next installment in this series!  I’m sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what Sharp Investigations will get into next.

Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

A Curious Incident ~ Sherlock Holmes Bookshop #6 (by Vicki Delany) … a bookstore and a murder mystery makes it the perfect book!

I love getting lost in a murder mystery with Gemma Doyle.  And all things Sherlock Holmes just adds to the appeal.  Even though this is the sixth book in the series, it would work as a stand-alone book.  Gemma is surrounded by wonderful friends, especially Jayne.  There are lots of twists and turns and the story will keep you guessing up until the very end.  The author has done a fabulous job of developing the characters over the series and you feel like you know them personally…even Moriarty, the cat!  I can’t wait to see what mystery Gemma will find herself immersed in as the author continues to entertain us with her gift of writing and spot-on intrigue.

Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The War Widow (by Tara Moss) … great mystery and adventurous story

I really enjoyed this book in the Billie Walker series.  The characters are well developed and the author has done a wonderful job of drawing you into their lives and making you care what is happening to them.

Billie Walker is a sassy lady private investigator and I look forward to future adventures with her.  I loved the setting in Australia and the mystery and excitement that flowed through the pages.  You never knew what would happen next to Billie.

Sam Baker, her assistant, was a great compliment to her personality.  I liked his willingness to do the most mundane of tasks to the extremely dangerous assignments.

What a wonderful introduction to Billie and Sam and many of the characters who appear as you flip quickly through the pages and get lost in the mystery. Thank you to NetGalley and Dutton Books for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own

The Chelsea Girls (by Fiona Davis) … eclectic group of characters with twists and turns

I loved reading about the Chelsea Hotel and the lives of the people who made it their home.  What an eclectic group of individuals.  The post-WWII era involving McCarthy’s reign of terror and the focus on the entertainment industry was informative.  The twists and turns that are woven through the pages leaves you gasping in shock.

This is my second book I have read by Fiona Davis and I look forward to reading more books by her.

Thank you to NetGalley and Dutton Publishers for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

What You Said to Me (by Olivia Newport) … dual timelines develops into a great story

I absolutely love the Tree of Life series by Olivia Newport.  The dual timeline is so well developed.  The author does a wonderful job of character development.  Jillian’s personality really shines through with her introversion and perfectionism.  While her father, Nolan, once again demonstrates his innate ability to evaluate a situation or the characters and gently guide them to a resolution.  He is the ultimate and perfect mediator.

The flow between the two timelines is well done.  You will quickly be drawn into each time period without an awkwardness of suddenly changing from past to present to past.

Thank you to NetGalley and Shiloh Run Press for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Miss Benson’s Beetle (by Rachel Joyce) … quirkly characters and a story of growth and change

I am not sure what I expected when I started reading this book.  But while it was not what I thought it be, it was an entertaining read.  I found myself chuckling at Margery’s shenanigans and her experiences as she interviews for an assistant to travel with her on the expedition to New Caledonia.

This is an exploration into growth and change.  Both Margery and her assistant, Enid, are challenged by experiences in their past and yet find themselves changed as they make this journey of discovery.

Quirky characters, an exotic location, a developing relationship, and discovery makes for an interesting read.

Thank you to NetGalley and Dial Press for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.