All’s Fairy in Love and Murder (by K. M. Waller) … a delightful cozy mystery

This was a delightful book surrounding humans and fairies. I loved the characters and the relationships. There was enough intrigue to keep you interested and some funny and quirky characters that had you chuckling.

This is a fun, quick, and cozy mystery. I enjoy the author’s ability to entertain her readers. I look forward to more adventures surrounding the fairy godmother series!

Thank you to the author for an ARC exchange for my honest review.

A Measure of Darkness (by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman) … very disjointed read

I have been a fan of Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series for many years. I can appreciate his efforts in helping his son, Jesse, with his writing. The authors did a good job of developing the characters and creating the various relationships throughout the book.

This was an okay book that had moments of intrigue, but it was a rather disjointed read for me. I doubt I will read any more books in this series.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in My Native Land (by Julia Reed) … a few entertaining moments

There were some fun and entertaining moments in this book. But then there were chapters that I couldn’t wait to get through to see if the next one would be better.

This book is made up of a a variety of essays that are linked together by some random headings. I do admit that there were moments when I chuckled and when I wanted to remember some of the statements to share with others.

As a girl from the South, I could appreciate some of the idiosyncracies that were buried among the pages. The people in the South are different and the viewpoint of family, food, relationships, nature, etc. was something that appealed to me a little more than I think it would people from other areas of the country.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Strangled Eggs and Ham (by Maddie Day) … small town mystery grabs you from page 1

I am now a fan of the Country Store series! This was the first book I’ve read and it will definitely not be the last. The characters are so well developed and I loved how they were so different, lovable, quirky, interesting. The mystery grabs you from the beginning and you are quickly turning the pages to see what will happen next. With the small town feel, the aspect of a small B&B and restaurant, and the dynamics of the relationships, you are in for a delightful visit to South Lick, Indiana.

You will assume you have figured out who is guilty of murder, there are enough twists and turns, random clues, and surprises that you wonder if you are correct. But it’s worth staying invested in the book until the last page!

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Poker Chips and Poison (by Rodney Strong) … get ready for a delightful adventure in the retirement home

This was a delightful cozy mystery. I have fallen in love with Alice and can’t wait to read more of the Silvermoon Retirement Village series!

This was a quick read, but it worked well because it didn’t waste pages of words that didn’t necessarily add to the story. Because this was the first book in the series, the author had to introduce a lot of characters as well as the dynamic of the retirement village. He accomplished that easily! And you can visualize the characters, knowing exactly what they look like and you can imagine the relationships…the good, the bad, and the bickering! When an author brings them to life, that’s a true gift.

What a fun read and I am ready for the next adventure! Thank you to the author for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

She Was the Quiet One (by Michele Campbell) … interesting relationships abound

The author does a great job of incorporating the complexities of the relationship between sisters and the dynamics of a boarding school. There are the “cool” kids, the ones who want to be “cool,” and the ones who are there to get an education but want to have friends. This was the first book I’ve read by Michele Campbell, but I will definitely read more of her books…and will probably go back and read an earlier book, It’s Always the Husband.

This story covers a lot of aspects of the relationships that abound in a boarding school…friendships among the students, romantic relationships among the students, relationships among the faculty, and even romantic relationships between faculty and students!

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Family Tree (by Susan Wiggs) … how deep are your roots?

This is a story of a woman’s journey to examine what dreams she still has and whether or not she can reclaim them.  I’m not a huge contemporary romance fan, but this was one I could listen to through Libby, so I probably stuck with it longer than if I was actually reading a paper or e-book version.

There are some characters that you simply fall in love with and others you absolutely despise!  This book is full of decisions that result in missed opportunities, failed relationships, mistakes, etc.  But, if you are lucky after all of these life mistakes, everything comes back around and you find yourself on the road you originally planned to take.

There were many emotional moments in the book.  So do not pick this up if you’re looking for a light romance.  But there are enough deep moments to make the read worth your while.