“Just like Halloween has a hint of menace underneath the festivities, life in Swann’s Sunset Hall mandates coming closer to grim death.”
“This book belongs on the shelf until the next library book sale.”
“a very polite and well-mannered tale of greed and murder.”
“Murder of course means dysfunction somewhere—but what a relief, for summer reading, that in Hidden Beneath the taint of malice swishes past, and courage can take over.”
“Polito does a good job of laying out the information for the reader to follow, but the reader won’t be the first at the finish line.”
“Kincaid provides some good clues and foreshadowing with books, journals, handwriting, and broken hearts whose purpose becomes clear at the book’s end.”
Given that this novel is about a cooking competition on TV, there’s no surprise that it’s composed of mixed ingredients.
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Emily George’s debut novel A Half-Baked Murder has all the right stuff for a good cozy: a female main character who returns home after five years and a broken heart, a dead body, a falsely
“Fergus’ writing lays out both the struggles of a new nation, and the pains of growing into determined manhood with its allegiances, regrets, and consolations.
“Since this is about show biz folks, there’s plenty of name-dropping of people, places, and events to titillate while bringing the story easily into the reader’s world, making it both conte
Author Cherie Priest in her latest cozy novel Flight Risk takes the cozy mystery down a somewhat different path.
“Writing from an animal’s point of view cannot be a simple thing to do, but Quinn seems to have nailed it. It would be hard to imagine this story from any human perspective.”
“Readers who are not familiar with Eileen Brady’s work will become big fans. Let’s hope there is something more in the works for Dr. Kate Turner.”
“Without the dog’s thoughts, the story would still be a good one, but as told through his eyes, the story takes on depth as it wheels us through the tangle of investigations, wrong turns, a
“Lee Hollis does a good job of dispersing red herrings and keeping true identity under wraps until the requisite climactic scene at the end of the story.”
“If one can get around the two, three, and four paragraphs often written on how to prepare and make something . . . the story is a good one, and the premise holds water.”
“For anyone looking for a new cozy this book will be a disappointment.”
“You can read Holy Chow for the mystery, for the snappy writing, for the engaging characters. The main thing is to read it!”
Fans of Ellen Byron’s previous cozy mysteries will be disappointed in Bayou Book Thief, her latest endeavor.
“The Madness of Crowds is a typical Gamache mystery, charming and poetic, thought-provoking and dark, but it could have been much better.”
“Adams provides the red herrings, the foreshadowing, and the clues we need to pick out the murderer, and yet she turns some sharp corners that cause us to question their decisions.”
Not having seen her friend, Sarah Whitaker, for a while, Greer Hogan heads up to Lake Placid, New York, to attend her nuptials with parties held over several days.
“While the story may seem convoluted it really is a good read with intricate twists and turns that only add to the tale.”
“Cates provides a story that moves along at a good pace while educating the reader on all thing’s witchery.”
“Although Burdette wanders back and forth between the Scottish history and the actual attempted murder and the real murder, she does so with clear writing and enough clues and action to kee