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Monday, July 6, 2015

Currently Reading & To Be Read

It is too hot to read!  Well maybe....

I am struggling to concentrate on reading with the 34 C Degrees temperature which will be rising again today and tomorrow.  I am doing well with audio books but the Kindle and paperbacks are being neglected and I am getting behind with my review list.  I am playing catch up and looking forward to my upcoming holidays where I will be spending some serious time curled up reading.  Whatever the weather!

Currently Listening to :

I just can't keep away from this series!

The Scumble River Mysteries are like Pringles.  Once you pop, you can't stop.

There are so many other books I could listen to right now but I am really enjoying this series for some reason.  It isn't 'up to date' and the leading sleuth doesn't even have a mobile phone yet but something about these cozies are addictive and I couldn't help downloading the audio book of the third installment.

Great thing about this series is that the books are short and not too hard to keep up.  I will be finished with this one either today or tomorrow.  Depends on how much I get to listen to while traveling to and from work.

Currently Reading :

My reading life seems to be all cozies lately and I totally would have picked up something different if this new release wasn't on my review list.  The book came out last week and I don't know how long I have had it on my to be read pile but it is now finally top of the list.

I am looking forward to this sequel.  I enjoyed the first book in the series and was really excited to see this second part up on Netgalley.  Just really sorry that I haven't gotten around to reading it sooner.

The Dreaded 'To Be Read' Pile :

As I mentioned, there are some ARC's that need my attention ASAP and there are some books on this pile that really need to be read before they are too dusty to even find!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

70) Dressed to Kill by Lynn Cahoon

The Blurb :

Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More in the tucked-away town of South Cove, California—is not particularly thrilled to be portraying a twenties flapper for the dinner theater murder mystery. Though it is for charity…

Of course everyone is expecting a “dead” body at the dress rehearsal…but this one isn’t acting! It turns out the main suspect is the late actor’s conniving girlfriend Sherry…who also happens to be the ex-wife of Jill’s main squeeze. Sherry is definitely a master manipulator…but is she a killer? Jill may discover the truth only when the curtain comes up on the final act…and by then, it may be far too late.

My Thoughts :

It is way too hot to do anything here in Vienna.  Even too hot to read!  However I have managed to concentrate and keep cool enough to read this fourth book in the Tourist Trap Mysteries.  I actually planned on reading this book weeks ago before it actually released but as I mentioned before, with the end of the school year comes a lot of work and things have been busy.

Anyway, Dressed to Kill is the fourth and latest installment in the Tourist Trap Mysteries but I have to say from the get go that it wasn't the best of the bunch so far.  It was a good read and the ongoing plot saw some development but all in all the mystery wasn't as exciting as the previous books in the series.

I am not sure what made me enjoy this book less than the previous ones but maybe it was a combination of little things.  For instance things started off a little confusing.  I actually though I had missed a book because things seemed to jump to a whole new shop being opened.  Which led to the whole Sherry thing which is seriously getting old.  So Jill's guy has an ex-wife who is a royal pain in the backside? Have to say I don't really care about any of it.  There was too many characters to keep track of this time around.  In fact I am still not sure who 'did it' and why.  I lost track of that person and the plot by the end.

The Tourist Trap Mysteries (still unsure on why the books have been given this title) is a great cozy series with a hint of the supernatural hanging around in the air.  I like the location and characters but this time around I didn't find them to be as inviting as in the previous books.

Every series has a 'meh' book and I am hoping that Dressed to Kill is that book for this series.  I already have a copy of the fifth book and will be reading it as soon as possible.  Dressed to Kill hasn't put me off this nice cozy mystery series but it has got me wondering if the author will shine brighter in the next installment.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

69) Portrait of a Dead Guy by Larissa Reinhart

The Blurb :

In Halo, Georgia, folks know Cherry Tucker as big in mouth, small in stature, and able to sketch a portrait faster than buckshot rips from a ten gauge -- but commissions are scarce. So when the well-heeled Branson family wants to memorialize their murdered son in a coffin portrait, Cherry scrambles to win their patronage from her small town rival.

As the clock ticks toward the deadline, Cherry faces more trouble than just a controversial subject. Between ex-boyfriends, her flaky family, an illegal gambling ring, and outwitting a killer on a spree, Cherry finds herself painted into a corner she’ll be lucky to survive.

My Thoughts :

Somehow I managed to read the third and fourth books in this series and now I am listening to the first and second books in the series so I can cross the series off my list.  I have no idea if there will be a fifth book but I enjoyed the others and wanted to see how things all began.

The audio version was nicely read.  I loved the accent of the narrator and her voice fit Cherry's attitude and personality even if she did sound a little bored now and again.  I have to admit that if I kept putting the book on my to be read pile I most likely wouldn't have go to it any time this decade but the audio version was a blessing and also very cheap.

As mysteries go this wasn't a bad one.  As a debut in the series it was great.  I had to keep reminding myself that this was the first book and that my previous experience with this author/series was more mature. There were parts of the story that made my mind wander and there were others that stood out and got my attention.  Funny, sad and sometimes crazy this was a Stephanie Plum kind of experience without the car explosions.

I already have the second book ready to listen to and hope to get to it soon.  This is a nice series and despite there being some artistic tangents and lots of references to that thing in Vegas, I like this quirky bunch of people and the town.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

68) Lethal Letters by Ellery Adams

The Blurb :

Everyone’s got their hands full in Oyster Bay, North Carolina. Aside from two upcoming weddings, there’s also the historical society’s annual fund-raiser: the Secret Garden Party and Candlelit Ball. Adding to the excitement, Olivia witnesses the discovery of a time capsule in the foundation of a local church. The historical society president hopes to display its contents at their party, but when the items are finally revealed to the public, Olivia notices one of them has vanished.

After a frightening find beneath the pier—the body of Ruthie Holcomb—Olivia is certain there’s a connection between the young woman’s death and the missing piece from the time capsule. With the help of her fellow Bayside Book Writers, Olivia sets out to uncover some clues and ensure a killer has no reason to celebrate…

My Thoughts :

I have been following this series since it began and even though I had this sixth book on pre-order, it somehow got lost on my Kindle among all the other to be read books.  So while I could have read this back in November I have finally read it now, over six months later.  It isn't a bad thing though.  Now I won't have to wait as long for book seven.

Once again Olivia does a great job of accidentally getting involved in a murder case.  With her fiancĂ© doing the legal route of investigation, Olivia has the time and means to go around asking questions in all the right places and piece together a motive and find the killer.  There are always some interesting twists and turns along the way and the Bayside Book Writers are eager to help.

However this time around I was pretty sure I knew the solution straight away and I was actually right.  It didn't take me long to solve the case and it was quite frustrating to see everyone looking for more answers when I found it was all right there in front of them.   The mystery was good though.  The time capsule was a great start to things and despite figuring things out quickly it was nice to see the history of everything unraveling.  I knew who but the why wasn't completely clear till later in the book.

On the other side of things there was some wonderful developments with the regular characters and some new ones.  The on-going story of the Bayside Book Writers is very compelling and the visit to Oyster Bay is always a lovely getaway.  The writer always manages to make me want to visit Oyster Bay and her fun doggy character Haviland nearly has me turning into a dog lover.

A great series and a must read cozy mystery.  Ellery Adams is one of the best in the genre and I can't get enough of her books.  I am looking forward to the next installment and will make sure to keep catching up with her other books while waiting.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Currently Reading & To Be Read

It hasn't been very busy here lately and there are a lot of reasons for that!

One of the biggest reasons was a technology problem...my iPod fell and shattered to the point of no return and then my earphones decided to die on me too!  So my quest to listen to my audio book took some big hits but I have ordered new earphones and moved over to the Audible App on my phone!

Other reasons are going to a three day festival, the end spurt of the year at work and other little bits and bobs.  However I am back on track now and hopefully I will have more time to read and more time to post about it ;)

Currently Listening to :

I messed up with this series and read book #2 & #3.  Now I am trying to read the others and finally get the complete picture.

Portrait of a Dead Guy is the first book in the series and I snapped it up on Audible for cheap and have been listening to it since last week and have about an hour left of the book.

The story isn't bad and the narrator is ok too.  Not overly amazing but still a good listen and I am looking forward to finding out who 'did it'.

Currently Reading :

I have been enjoying this series and have been lucky enough to always get a review copy of the new installments.  However with my schedule lately I haven't been able to get to this one in time for the release date.

Next on the pile and not yet started, I will reading this one as soon as time permits and look forward to finding out more about the 'Tourist Trap' people!

The Dreaded 'To Be Read' Pile :

There are still a few ARC's on the pile but there release dates are still a few weeks or months away. So I am catching up on some other books in the meantime.

I really need to get some of the physical paper books read but they aren't as practical and easy to pick up and carry around as the Kindle.