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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

128) If the Shoe Kills by Lynn Cahoon

The Blurb :

The tourist town of South Cove, California, is a lovely place to spend the holidays. But this year, shop owner Jill Gardner discovers there’s no place like home for homicide. . .
As owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner looks forward to the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers.

But when the mayor ropes her into being liaison for a new work program, 'tis the season to be wary. Local businesses are afraid the interns will be delinquents, punks, or worse. For Jill, nothing’s worse than Ted Hendricks--the jerk who runs the program. After a few run-ins, Jill’s ready to kill the guy.

That, however, turns out to be unnecessary when she finds Ted in his car--dead as a doornail. Officer Greg assumes it’s a suicide. Jill thinks it’s murder. And if the holidays weren’t stressful enough, a spoiled blond wants to sue the city for breaking her heel. Jill has to act fast to solve this mess--before the other shoe drops. . .

My Thoughts :

I really enjoyed the first two books in the Tourist Trap Mysteries (even though I still don't understand why they gave the series that title....) but If the Shoe Kills wasn't up to par with the previous installments.  Maybe my expectations were too high but this one felt a little flat in comparison.  However there was still a good cozy in there with a good plot.  The characters were interesting and I really enjoy visiting South Cove but there was just something about this third book that didn't make it stand out like the others.

Everything in the story started out well and it was nice to have a new release that fit in with the current time of year.  Although I don't live in a land that celebrates Thanksgiving the talk of the holiday and upcoming Christmas holiday was actual and somehow welcoming.  I liked the charity theme and I hope that it encourages readers of this book to go donate something this Christmas.

What I can pinpoint as problems for me in this book was the fast ending.  The amount of detail and build-up in this nice read was suddenly over in a page.  I had to go back and read it again because I couldn't believe it was over already.  Jill's relationship with her detective has come a long way but I wasn't convinced that it is actually working.  While Jill's aunt and her moods are quite annoying.  She is overly dramatic and a distraction.

All in all I did like this book but it wasn't the best so far.  I am still enjoying the series and look forward to the next installment and can't wait to see what happens next.  I like Jill and all the other quirky residents of South Cove even though it has only been three books I feel like I have known them for years.  Well worth checking out if you are a cozy mystery lover!


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Currently Reading & To Be Read

I was away over the weekend so there was no time to post anything.  I did manage to finish my previous 'Currently Reading' books and the reviews will be posted over the next couple of days.

So here is a quick post to let you all know what is next on the list.  From the very long list....


Currently Listening :

I just finished listening to the first book in the Fox & O'Hare series and have the third book to read and review.  So I decided to use one of my audible credits to get this second installment so I can catch up on the series and also be able to read and review 'The Job'.

My review for the 'The Heist' will be posted asap.  In a nutshell : I enjoyed it and wonder how the series will continue.  Therefore I am quite eager to continue with the books which made my decision to pick up this sequel all that more easier.

If you are a Stephanie Plum fan then this series may surprise you a little.  There is that Evanovich feel to the story but I think Goldberg had more of a hand in this one.


Currently Reading :


I read the Paper Magician a few weeks ago and this sequel has been awaiting for my attention ever since.  This is also a review book and one of those books that is stopping me from just reading whatever I want.  I need to catch up and this one is just the next on the list.

The Paper Magician was original and unusual but this sequel will definitely decide if I want to spend more time with the series.  It wasn't a bad debut but I won't be wasting my time reading something that isn't wowing me.  I have way too many other books to read and not enough time to waste.









The Dreaded 'To Be Read' Pile :

There are a few books on this list that are ARC's I need to read and review but because they don't release for another couple of months/weeks.

Anyone paying attention will notice that this list has gotten longer and most of the books from last time are still on here.  I am a naughty person and keep reading the new stuff and neglecting the old stuff!

Portrait of a Dead GuyHot ButtonThe Midnight WitchQuick Study
Death by the Dozen











Thursday, November 20, 2014

Currently Reading & To Be Read

I am going to be away this weekend and I hope to get some reading done!  While waiting for planes and trains and then being on the planes and trains....hopefully I will get a couple of books read!

So expect a quiet few days but there should be some reviews coming next week!

Just so you know what is coming up.  Here is a currently reading and to be read update!


Currently Listening :

I really like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series and I have been meaning to start this new series of hers for a while.  I got given the third book in the series to review and was shocked that it had already gotten that far and I hadn't even read the first installment!!

Audible to the rescue!!  I am listening to this one and I have to say it isn't what I expected.  I had read two novellas in the Fox & O'Hare series but this is the first full length story I have experiences.  It is actually turning out to be more serious that I expected.  It has had its funny and quirky moments so far but this is a nice thrilling read that is sometimes over the top but also very interesting.

I think I am about halfway through and I hope to finish this one pretty quickly.  Hopefully in time to start a new audio book next Monday.


Currently Reading :


I am completely off my game this year, review wise.  I always see that I have months to read a book before the release date and then suddenly the release date has come and gone!   This is the case in this third installment of the Tourist Trap Mysteries.

So far so good, I haven't gotten very deep into the story yet and only just got to the 'finding the body' part.  I am sure it will be just as good as the previous books and I am really looking forward to settling down with this one while on the plane.









The Dreaded 'To Be Read' Pile :

There are a few books on this list that are ARC's I need to read and review but because they don't release for another couple of months/weeks.

Anyone paying attention will notice that this list has gotten longer and most of the books from last time are still on here.  I am a naughty person and keep reading the new stuff and neglecting the old stuff!

Portrait of a Dead GuyHot ButtonThe Midnight WitchQuick Study
Death by the Dozen