Book Review: Better Off Read by Nora Page

Better Off Read by Nora Page

Better Off Read
by Nora Page

Cleo is a seventy-five year old librarian in a small Southern town. After the library suffers storm damage, the mayor threatens to keep it closed. Cleo brings out the bookmobile, and looks for support to keep the library open. Plus, a local is found murdered, and Cleo’s best friend is the prime suspect. Cleo stays busy with her librarian duties, and playing amateur sleuth to prove her best friend’s innocence.

The 1st book in the Bookmobile mystery series. A charming town with eccentric characters. I especially enjoyed the spry older protagonist. The story was a little awkward at first, but with the characters and setting in place, this could be a fun cozy mystery series.

I received a digital copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Strawberries and Strangers by Leena Clover

Strawberries and Strangers by Leena Clover

Strawberries and Strangers
by Leena Clover

Jenny is going through a difficult divorce, and relocates to Pelican Cove to start over. The small town is where her aunt lives, and a place Jenny used to visit when she was a kid. As Jenny begins to find her place in the community, she starts working at a local cafe and making friends. During a big social event, a dead man is discovered on the beach. The man is a stranger in town, but the local police have a suspect for his murder… Jenny’s aunt. To prove her aunt’s innocence, Jenny looks into identifying the dead man and discovering who in town wanted him dead.

The 1st book in the Pelican Cove cozy mystery series. There were a lot of characters, but it wasn’t too hard to keep up once the story got going. An enjoyable, easy read with some quirky characters, a little romance, and a solid mystery.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Southern Discomfort by Caroline Fardig

Southern Discomfort by Caroline Fardig

Southern Discomfort
by Caroline Fardig

The 1st book in the Southern B&B mystery series. Quinn and Delilah run their grandfather’s B&B in Savannah. In this first book, Quinn stumbles upon a local restaurant owner’s dead body. The dead man’s brother is a friend of Quinn’s, and the prime suspect in the murder. Quinn decides to do some amateur sleuthing to prove her friend’s innocence and catch the killer.

A charming cozy mystery set in one of my favorite Southern towns. Colorful characters, including a helpful spirit. A solid mystery with a little humor and romance. I look forward to reading more of this series.

I received a digital copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group – Alibi and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Fiction Can Be Murder by Becky Clark

Fiction Can Be Murder by Becky Clark

Fiction Can Be Murder
by Becky Clark

Charlee’s agent is killed in the same manner as a character in her new, unpublished novel. So, clearly, Charlee is suspect #1. Also on the list of suspects are her beta readers and critique group. The suspect field is small, but Charlee must look at her friends as suspects to find the killer.

Entertaining and fun. Charlee knows she is innocent, but everyone, even her friends, think she’s guilty. A quick read with some humor. I especially enjoyed the interactions Charlee had with her critique group.

The 1st book in the Mystery Writer’s series. I enjoy mysteries and books about books, so this one was right up my alley. I look forward to reading more of this series.

I received a digital copy of this book from Midnight Ink and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Savannah Sleuth by Alan Chaput

Savannah Sleuth by Alan Chaput

Savannah Sleuth
by Alan Chaput

Patricia is a wealthy woman living in Savannah, who, along with her friends, spends her days helping rescue abused women. Patricia’s mother dies unexpectedly, so Patricia and her friends investigate.

The 1st book in the Vigilantes for Justice series. An entertaining new series. This story had the main mystery about Patricia’s mother, but also included a secret society that helps protect the city, a homeless man looking for his father, and family drama. A lot going on in this fairly short book.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author.

Book Review: Murder at the Mushroom Festival by Janet Finsilver

Murder at the Mushroom Festival by Janet Finsilver

Murder at the Mushroom Festival
by Janet Finsilver

Kelly, the manager at Redwood Cove B&B, is happy to host a cooking class during the Mushroom Festival. Visitors are arriving to the festival, and plenty of mushroom related activities are on the schedule. During festival week, a local newspaper reporter is found shot dead. Kelly and some sleuthing seniors look into who is behind his death.

The 4th book in the Kelly Jackson Mystery series. This is the first book in the series that I have read, but I plan on reading the first three too. A cute cozy mystery with a charming bed and breakfast in a small town.

I received a digital copy of this book from Kensington Books and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Raspberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke

Raspberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke

Raspberry Danish Murder
by Joanne Fluke

Hannah’s husband Ross is missing. She’s worried about him, so she throws herself into her work. Ross’s coworker P.K. is filling in for Ross, using his office and driving his car. When P.K. dies mysteriously, Hannah looks into his death to determine if it was related to Ross’s disappearance. Along the way, Hannah learns some new things about her husband.

The 22nd book in the Hannah Swensen series. These cozy mysteries are light and entertaining. A fast read that’s good for fans of cozies. Plus, recipes are included for the mouthwatering treats they mention in the story.

I received a digital copy of this book from Kensington Books and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Color Me Murder by Krista Davis

Color Me Murder by Krista Davis

Color Me Murder
by Krista Davis

Florrie Fox manages the Color Me Read bookshop. She has wanted to move closer to the bookshop, but hasn’t been able to find anything she liked, or could afford. When her boss, Professor John Maxwell, offers his carriage house to her, she can’t resist. Unfortunately, Maxwell’s nephew Delbert had his eye on the carriage house. Delbert is not a likable guy, so when he goes missing nobody is too upset, but then Florrie discovers Delbert’s body in a trap door area in the bookshop. Maxwell is the obvious suspect, but Florrie doesn’t believe her boss to be capable of murder.

The first book in the Pen & Ink series. A cozy mystery with a likable cast of characters. I love the setting of the bookshop and carriage house in historic Georgetown, Washinton, D.C.

The story is told from Florrie’s point of view as she looks into Delbert’s demise. The mystery was light, as is normal in cozy mysteries. The police latch on to their main suspect, Maxwell, and Florrie goes around talking to people to find the real killer.

I read this book based on the cover. True story. Fortunately, I also really enjoyed it. A cozy mystery with humor and a little romance. I look forward to reading more of this series.

I received a digital copy of this book from Kensington and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Pawprints & Predicaments by Bethany Blake

Pawprints & Predicaments by Bethany Blake

Pawprints & Predicaments
by Bethany Blake

Daphne, and other locals in Sylvan Creek, are not too happy with Lauren, a TV producer. Lauren is working on a show that features the pet-friendly town, but she is harsh and controlling. At the Winterfest’s first-ever polar bear plunge, Lauren is killed. Amateur sleuth Daphne sets out to find who killed Lauren.

The 3rd book in the Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery series. I have not read the previous two books, but I enjoyed this book and will keep an eye out for others by Bethany Blake.

A cozy mystery for dog lovers. The mystery part was good and kept me interested. The characters and setting were delightful. Sylvan Creek is very pet-friendly, especially to dogs. Most characters have a dog in this everyone knows everyone, and their dog, town. As a nice bonus, recipes for pet treats are included in the back of the book.

I received a digital copy of this book from Kensington and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton

Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton

Lost Books and Old Bones
by Paige Shelton

Delaney moved to Scotland from the US to work for a bookseller. She has been in Scotland for about a year, and has recently been friendly with a couple of the local medical students. One night, Delaney goes out with the medical students and meets some of their friends. The next morning, one of the women Delaney had met the night before is found murdered just outside the bookshop. Delaney is curious as to why the woman was outside the bookshop, and suspects it may have something to do with the bookshop’s “secret” warehouse.

The 3rd book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series. This is the first book I have read in this series.

I love the setting. Delaney works for a bookshop in Scotland that specializes in rare books. Delaney was likable, though I wish I had read the first two books in the series to know more about her. Since reading Lost Bones and Old Books, I have checked with my local library and they have the first two books in the series. I’ll be picking them up soon to read them.

This cozy mystery was interesting and incorporated some history about the Burke and Hare murders that took place in Edinburgh 1828. Burke and Hare were two men who killed people and sold their corpses to a local doctor for dissection and study.

I received an eARC from Minotaur Books and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is expected to be published in April 2018.