Well “Lowcountry Boomerang” was a really great installment into the life and work of private investigator Liz Talbot. Happily married to Nate, and running their PI agency. The eighth installment has the usual, a curious murder case, Colleen still the island protector and keeping an eye out for Liz and Nate. And Liz’s father and his dog doing something ridiculous. I really needed a comfy book this weekend, and this one fired on all cylinders for me. I also like that for once, Boyer seems to be setting up something to the future of the series. So I am curious […]
Last book for Halloween bingo. Not much to say except that this book ended up aggravating me the whole time. The lead in the book, Maura, is nasty to pretty much everyone and sits around judging how small town the village of Leap is and how one of the villagers, a teenager named Rose, needs to do more with her life instead of working in a pub. Throw in a mystery of a young man who seems out to get Maura for no good reason and a body found in a bog, I was just ready to be done with […]
If you’ve read one culinary-themed mystery, you’ve probably read something very much like Cookin’ The Books. Tish Tarragon has left her bank job, city life, and former husband behind, and moved to small town to open a café and catering business that is literary themed (there are many puns involved in the naming of her offerings; prepare yourself to wince). She has two friends from college who are equally stereotypical, Mary Jo, the slightly harassed mother who lives in the next town over, and Jules, the standard gay best friend who is high energy and excitable, and who says things […]
A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen Finished Jan. 21, 2019, took six days to read 4 Stars on Goodreads Genre: Mystery/Thriller; Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery Rating 2/4 for 2019 overall, 1/1 for Mystery/Thriller This is the second book in the “Her Royal Spyness” cozy mystery series. Our heroine Lady Georgiana is 34th in line to the English throne in the mid-1930s, with her first cousin being the Prince of Wales who went on to abdicate the throne. Georgie, as her friends call her, has the title and noble lineage, but unfortunately none of the money that goes along with being a […]
I listen to a lot of cozy mystery audiobooks in a year and I usually don’t review them. But I’m starting to worry I won’t hit my cannonball if I don’t start reviewing some more of the books I read, and so here we are. Earlier this year I finished the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton (well, at least what was written to that point), and needed a new series of cozy mysteries to listen to while driving. I’ve found that cozy mystery audiobooks are a great choice for long trips, as I can sort of dip in and […]
I’m so angry at this book. Let me back up and start with all the amazing things this book has going for it. Let’s start with the description that first got my attention: black lesbian steampunk cozy mystery. For real, what’s not to love about that? How about that it’s set in an alternate history where there was no Civil War? Instead of the Civil War, there was a successful slave rebellion that led to the end of slavery in America? How about a late 1800s America with equality for people of color and women (and, obviously, people of color […]
I found this book during a stop at Boswell Books in Milwaukee, WI, my favorite independent bookshop ever in this country, and maybe beyond. This matters because it turns out one of the authors works there as a bookseller; there are 2 authors who together use the name Juneau Black I didn’t get an autograph though because she was in the middle of something when I was there, but maybe next time. So, Shady Hollow is nominally a murder mystery, classified as the cozy sort. The mystery itself isn’t terribly unusual or even the point of the story; it’s about […]
Here I am, and here’s another cozy. But the break made a difference. Or maybe this is just better than the last few I read.