Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....
This is a really good book. There were some moments when the pace was slow and Erin made a couple of questionable decisions, but other than that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Catherine Steadman did a great job writing and narrating this book.
Domestic diva Sophie Winston can whip up an elaborate event in her sleep, but as the hippest hostess, she rarely gets to enjoy the full guest treatment. Which is why her best friend Nina Reid Norwood loops her in to the latest culinary craze: a pop-up gourmet dinner party. The celebrity chef, the epicurean menu, and the high-profile attendees are all a surprise, turning the decadent dining experience into the hottest ticket in Old Town.
One of the key elements in cozy mysteries is that it have realistic and well developed characters. I have come to expect this in each book of the Domestic Diva series. Sophie and her core group of friends are great characters. I enjoy the way they interact with each other and the way they go about solving crimes. Krista Davis does a good job writing believable dialogue and creating (somewhat) believable situations for her characters. Each book is entertaining and has fresh ideas. This is an enjoyable series and I look forward to the next book in this series.
Amelia Prentice, a 40-something high school English teacher comfortable in her predictable routine, regains consciousness after tripping over the corpse of a former student in the safest of places, the public library. Returning to the classroom, she tries to pretend nothing happened. But when it becomes obvious that the victim's death wasn't an accident and she is now a murder suspect, she realizes that her cozy small-town life in New York's Adirondack region will never be the same.
I didn't finish the book. There wasn't enough mystery and the characters didn't interest me.
What should be an enjoyable getaway attending workshops by day and shopping and enjoying the resort by night comes to a screeching halt when a loud-mouthed guest is murdered as the roads and town shut down for an epic blizzard. Will Julienne put the scant clues together and unveil the culprit before a murderer gets away?
Resort to Murder is a quick light read. The story isn't well developed and the characters are flat. I didn't finish it and won't get the next book.
The honeymoon will have to wait for newlyweds Mattie Winston and Steve Hurley... As deputy medical examiner and homicide detective, respectively, the couple are dispatched to a grisly crime scene at the Grizzly Motel, a seedy joint on the outskirts of Sorenson, Wisconsin. A man and woman are found dead next to each other in bed in what initially appears to be a grim but straightforward murder-suicide. An affair gone sour? But as the forensic evidence is gathered and autopsies are performed, Mattie and Hurley realize the scene has been staged. They have a double murder on their hands.
Annelise Ryan does it again. Maddie and Hurley are a great team. Their characters, and the supporting characters, are realistic and very well developed. The mystery is well plotted and complex, which isn't often found in cozy mysteries. There is also just enough balance of humor and quirky characters without being silly. Annelise Ryan is a great writer and I look forward to the next book.
Just before high school graduation, Daisy Murphy returns home from a football game and finds her mother standing over her abusive boyfriend’s body - holding a bloody hammer. In the aftermath, Daisy flees her home and eventually establishes a new life as an expert winemaker in the Central Valley of California. But as hard as she tries to get away from her past, the effects of that horrible night travel with her.
I would have given more stars, but the short chapters were annoying. The plot however is very interesting.
Remy is a tour guide for Carrow House, a notoriously haunted building. When she's asked to host seven guests for a week-long stay to research Carrow's phenomena, she hopes to finally experience some of the sightings that made the house famous. At first, it's everything they hoped for. Then a storm moves in, cutting off their contact with the outside world, and things quickly become twisted. Doors open on their own. Seances go disastrously wrong. Red liquid seeps from behind the wallpaper.
I'm giving Carrow House 3 stars because it although it's a good story it goes on for too long.
Detective Madeline Wimsey tends to stand out with her wild red hair, pentacle amulets, and offbeat methods, but she has a tool few other cops use - magic. After a man turns up dead in a grisly satanic rite, her fellow detectives are quick to crack jokes. Since they can't tell a pentacle from a pentagram, Maddy's happy to get the case. She suspects the ritual to be the work of amateurs, a theory that pans out when they track down the pack of clueless high school students who made the shrine in the woods. But then Maddy learns that the Devil's Eye is watching her....
This book just didn't grab my attention. The characters were a bit flat and the dialogue stiff.
Her beginning may be our end.... Deep in the humid Mississippi bayou, a half-wild child is dragged from the murky waters. She has no memories and no family and is covered in mysterious markings. Adopted by the policeman who rescued her, Luce Boudreau follows him onto the force, determined to prove herself in the eyes of those who are still suspicious.
This book was shared with me by another member. I didn't finish it and won't get another book.
Kelly and Megan could not be happier for their friend Allison Dubois - a young, talented, up-and-coming artist. Invited by a designer to join her New York studio, Allison is about to embark on a new life. But when Kelly and Megan arrive at Allison's apartment to drive her to the airport, they find her dead on the floor, apparently from an overdose of sleeping pills. The police suspect suicide, but Kelly and Megan aren't convinced. Now it's up to Kelly and her crafty friends from the House of Lambspun to unravel this tightly stitched puzzle.
This is an ok story, but it goes on and on longer than it should.