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Review/Giveaway – Class Reunions Can Be Murder by Susan Santangelo

class reunionsClass Reunions Can Be Murder –
Every Wife Has A Story. A Carol and Jim Andrews Baby Boomer Mystery

4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Baby Boomer Mysteries Press (June 30, 2013)
Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0985779917
E-Book File Size: 2947 KB
ASIN: B00DVLLK0Y
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Class Reunions Can Be Murder — Every Wife Has A Story continues the humorous Baby Boomer mystery series featuring Carol Andrews and her beloved husband, Jim, as they navigate their way along life’s rocky highway toward their twilight years. In this fourth book, Carol has no interest in her upcoming fortieth high school reunion. Her memories of days at Mount Saint Francis Academy are mixed, to put it mildly. But BFF Nancy convinces her to join the reunion planning committee, so she’ll have some say in how the event is organized. All is going smoothly until the dead body of one of their classmates is found the night before the reunion — in Carol and Nancy’s room!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I recently attended my 35th Class Reunion so it was easy to relate to this story. Thankfully no dead bodies were found at our party so it was much more fun than Carol’s.

Satangelo tells the story from Carol’s point of view, in fact Carol talks directly to reader throughout the story.

Jim and Carol are finding their way through retirement. They each sort of do their own thing, but Jim is a little put out when he finds spouses are not invited to the reunion. It was an all girl’s school but he did know one of Carol’s classmates, he even dated her for awhile, so he kind of wanted to see her, and there must be other husbands that wanted to attend too. When the reunion starts with a dead body Jim is more concerned with keeping Carol from sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong.

Santangelo tells a fine story. We have gotten to know these characters quite well over the span of the series. I really didn’t like Jim at first but he has grown on me.  Carol doesn’t seem to call him her “Beloved” as often and that really helps. I really enjoy Sister Rose. She reminds me of Sister Paulette that I knew during my teenage years. Those sisters can lay on guilt and get us to do almost anything. I have almost forgiven Carol for not letting us share in her daughter’s wedding in Marriage Can Be Murder. She was a little more forthcoming this time about the reunion.

This has been an entertaining series, I think baby boomers will enjoy all four books.

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Posted in Reviews 2014

Review: Marriage Can Be Murder by Susan Santangelo

Marriage Can Be Murder, Every Wife Has A Story
3rd Book in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Baby Boomer Mysteries Press (July 1, 2012)
Mass Market Paperback: 237 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0985779900
E-Book File Size: 455 KB
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Empty-nester Carol Andrews is thrilled when daughter Jenny announces her engagement. She’s dreamed of planning her daughter’s wedding since the day Jenny was born. But with only two months to pull together a destination wedding on Nantucket, Jenny insists on hiring Cinderella Weddings to organize the event. Father-of-the-bride Jim objects to the cost, and Carol objects to having her opinion ignored. When Carol finds the wedding planner dead at the bottom of a creepy staircase at a Nantucket inn, and the cheating husband of Carol’s BFF Nancy is accused of her death, Carol has more to worry about than getting to the church on time!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I have really enjoyed the Baby Boomer Mystery Series. I really enjoyed this one until the last few chapters too.

Carol Andrews is a great character and her “Beloved” Jim wasn’t even driving me crazy this time as he had in previous installments.  I enjoy that the story is told from Carol’s point of view and the reader is even treated to what she is thinking. She also converses directly with the reader at times. This really makes her sense of humor shine and makes us chuckle as well.

I love the idea of a destination wedding and Nantucket sounds like an ideal place to have one.

Santangelo crafted a great murder too and was very clever to connect the current murder to another death that happened  in the exact same place many years ago. The book was well written and was flowing perfectly.

Then suddenly the topic of cyber-bullying is introduced and the whole thing started to fall apart for me. I just didn’t believe the final outcome of the mystery. This theme needed to be developed more and sooner in the story to make it credible for me.

But the thing that really turned me off was the way two very important parts of the story, events that were building throughout  the entire book are wrapped up in the final chapter with Carol basically telling us what happened or what her “beloved” allowed her share with us. I really felt cheated. Like I was one of the wedding guests cut from the final list of invitations but was invited over to look at the pictures months after the event happened. This isn’t meant to be a spoiler but it really fits one of the two important things that happened.

I have the next book in the series, Class Reunions Can Be Murder, coming up in my reading schedule soon and I sure hope it doesn’t end like this one. I really like Carol and her family including her canine kids.

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Posted in E-Book Challenge Reviews 2014

Review: True Blend by Joanne DeMaio

TRUE BLENDTrue Blend
Contemporary Fiction
Self Published (March 4, 2014)
Paperback: 394 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1494762094
E-Book File Size: 664 KB
Amazon ASIN: B00ISVHLUU
BN ID: 2940149480340
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New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio returns to small-town New England in this compelling love story where truth is veiled by secrets.

Vintage bridal shop owner Amy Trewist thinks she’ll never recover her quiet life at her beloved farmhouse on an old country road. Not after her two-year-old daughter Grace is kidnapped in an elaborate crime. On one clear morning, in mere minutes, Grace is gone and Amy’s world spins into a heartbreaking new place.

George Carbone often spends easy time with his brother. Whether at a ballgame or taking a day trip, it’s how they connect. Until one sunny day when the trip is to a bank parking lot and George is drawn into something he never sees coming.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Again I think the synopsis provided to me and posted online gives away too much of the story. I like to discover the characters and their connections as I read the story.

Joanne DeMaio really surprised me with this story.  It starts out with a lot of suspense and then delves into the lives of the two main characters. Their lives were turned upside down in less than a minute and for both George and Amy this is the second time their lives have taken a drastic turn. Amy is still grieving her husband’s death and George is running a butcher shop instead of playing baseball. George could not be more different from his brother Nate. George is the responsible, steadfast brother and Nate has his head in the clouds. George took over the family business when his father died and is an upstanding member of the community. His brother is always looking for the way to make easy money and change his and George’s lives so they don’t have to work and would be able to follow their dreams. He thinks he finally has a fool proof plan and he drags George right into his scheme never thinking of the consequences. Now George is trying to figure out how to right this massive wrong and Amy is suffering from flashbacks and PTSD.

DeMaio always creates fascinating characters and this time she really puts them in an extraordinary situation, then she adds twists that were so unexpected. I love mysteries and this story read just like a mystery, when secrets were revealed I was stunned.

Like DeMaio’s Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans this story took me on an emotional roller coaster. I really didn’t know how this story would end and I didn’t have a clear feeling on how I wanted it to end. She truly did blend together an outstanding story. This like all the rest of her books is a must read!!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas
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About This Author

Joanne DeMaio is the award-winning author of Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans and the bestselling novel Whole Latte Life, which won First Place in the 2012 Discovery Awards and was named a Kirkus Reviews Critics’ Pick. It has also been featured in USA Today, The Huffington Post and other outlets. Blue Jeans and Coffee Beansis her second novel. Both books explore the intricate relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters and friends. Her third novel Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes is an enchanting novel about love, family, and the delicate power of snowflake.

In addition, her music essays have appeared in literary journals, celebrating her passion for song. Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next book.

Find out more at her webpage here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Review/Giveaway: Moving Can Be Murder by Susan Santangelo

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Moving Can Be Murder — Every Wife Has A Story
Publisher: Baby Boomer Mysteries Press (May 1, 2011)
Trade Paperback: 247 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0615458069
E-Book File Size: 516 KB
ASIN: B0052ENWRW

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Empty nester Carol Andrews would prefer leaving her beautiful antique home feet first to selling it and moving on. But her Beloved Husband Jim convinces her that a nearby active adult community is the best fit for them at this time in life. The house sells, and Carol returns alone the night before the closing for a pity party farewell tour. And finds the dead body of the buyer in her living room. Wow. Talk about seller’s remorse!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Another great read from Susan Santangelo!

I am still not fond of Carol’s “Beloved” but by the end of this one he was starting to be redeemed a bit in my eyes. I really love Carol, she has a heart as big as all outdoors and really just wants her house to herself for a few hours a day and her husband out from underfoot as much as possible. These two had be shaking my head at times and laughing out loud in others. My husband and I could be at the same place in our lives soon and like Carol and Jim we have two dogs that are a very important part of our lives so their needs and comfort will need to be addressed as well. The author includes a Moving Quiz in the back of the book that may be quite helpful to others entering retirement and thinking of downsizing.

The story does go a little deeper than a normal cozy mystery. We meet Sister Rose, a nun who taught Carol in school and even all these years later still strikes a bit a fear in her former students whenever she is around. Now Sister Rose is working with a group that helps victims of domestic abuse. This is a topic that hits home for me. A few months ago I wouldn’t have been able to finish this book and definitely would have not been laughing. Two of my children were entrenched in very physically and emotionally abusive situations and they are slowly making progress to get their lives on the right path and dealing with all they have been through. . Santangelo hits the nail straight on the head with her presentation of this issue. I found myself scarily identifying with one character. It really hit me how much our kids need their parents whether they are 5 or 25 or older. It is so important to stay tuned in  and listen not only to what they are saying but to what they are NOT saying. That being said this is a thread that runs throughout the story but the author never comes cross as preachy or heavy handed with this topic.

I started reading this book in the afternoon and didn’t put it down until the final page. I will say I read this book at a perfect time for me. I identified with the characters and was enlightened by the subject matter but I also truly enjoyed the mystery and was surprised at the ending. I am looking  forward to Marriage Can Be Murder.

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The Big Dirt Nap by Rosemary Harris – My January Just For Fun Book

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The Big Dirt Nap:
A Dirty Business Mystery

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books;
First Edition edition (February 2, 2010)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0312372224
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New York media exec-turned-gardener Paula Holliday is thrilled when her friend Lucy asks her to tag along on an all-expenses-paid junket to the Titans Hotel. On display is the rare titan arum, a notoriously pungent plant known as the “corpse flower.” Unfortunately, the flower isn’t blooming—and the only thing Paula smells is a real corpse…

Lucy’s would-be suitor has been found dead—with a hole in his head—and Lucy has mysteriously disappeared. Now Paula has to start digging up clues before the police’s worst suspicions take root. Even if the odious flower finally blooms, Paula has more important things to tend to. Because murder, by any other name, really stinks…

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I was really drawn to this book for its small Wisconsin connection. The University of Wisconsin has a copse flower and when it blooms it is a big event. They cover it on the news and in the newspapers. It really is a smelly thing and not in a good way.I was happy to catch up with Paula and her Dirty Business but they wasn’t much gardening due the time of year in this installment.

This is a classic cozy with the quirky characters with Paula as the amateur sleuth. A few skin of the teeth moments to keep the reader on their toes. And some very funny moments that had me laughing out loud.

This was a great choice to read Just For Fun!

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Dollycas
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*This book was from my private collection.

Posted in Reviews 2013

Review: Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes by Joanne Demaio

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Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes
Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 14, 2013)
Paperback: 208 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1492933175
E-Book File Size: 473 KB
ASIN: B00FXXY4UG
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Vera Sterling has gone home to Addison Cove for her sister’s wedding. There is really no reason to return to the “big city”. She has lost her job as a journalist and doesn’t know what she wants to do next. Then she passes this big old house and barn on her way out of town and it has a FOR SALE sign in front of it. She impulsively turns around and uses most of her severance pay to purchase the house. Her sister thinks she has lost her mind but likes the idea of having her sister close by.

It isn’t long before a course of events change Vera’s life and that of a few others in Addison Cove in unexpected ways.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
Heartwarming is the very best way to describe this book. I had to be careful in my synopsis of this book because some times they just seem to give too much away. Part of the magic of this book is discovering the connections and the relationships and the lives of the characters as you read the story.

Vera’s relationship with her dad just plain made me smile. He is a meteorologist who loves winter and will have you looking at snowflakes in a whole different way. Yes, we know no 2 are alike and when piled together they can be used to make snowmen and snow angels. They can also drift together and be back breaking to move. But this story shines them in a whole new light. I am not a winter person but I love watching it snow and snowflakes coming down  can be beautiful.

Addison Cove is full of wonderful people and there is something special that brings them together at this time of year. Vera finds there is a way for her to make the occasion even more special.

Love, loss, forgiveness, understanding, friendship and the power of a snowflake come together to make this magical season oh so special, You just have to believe “because snowflakes can grant very special wishes …”

A perfect holiday book. One that you will want to read every year about this time. Definitely one for the “keeper shelf”.
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5 STARFISH

Dollycas
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About This Author

Joanne DeMaio is the award-winning author of Snowflakes and Coffee CakesBlue Jeans and Coffee Beans and the bestselling novel Whole Latte Life, which won First Place in the 2012 Discovery Awards and was named a Kirkus Reviews Critics’ Pick. It has also been featured in USA Today, The Huffington Post and other outlets. Blue Jeans and Coffee Beansis her second novel. Both books explore the intricate relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters and friends. In addition, her music essays have appeared in literary journals, celebrating her passion for song. Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next book.

Find out more at her webpage here.

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Review & Giveaway: Retirement Can Be Murder by Susan Santangelo

retirement can be murderRetirement Can Be Murder — Every Wife Has A Story
A Baby Boomer Mystery
1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
Baby Boomer Mysteries Press (April 1, 2009)
Paperback: 231 pages
E-Book File Size: 402 KB
ASIN: B004KKZ40C
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Carol Andrews and her Beloved Husband, Jim, are members of the fastest growing demographic in history, the Baby Boomer generation. Jim has started thinking about retiring because he isn’t really happy with all the new changes at work. Carol has her own routine and the last thing she needs is Jim hanging around the house all day. During a lunch with her friends Carol learns about retirement coaches. She thinks this is just what Jim needs to convince him retirement is just not the best option for him right now. She finds a retirement counselor online and using her years of experience being married to “her Beloved” she makes him think it was his idea to contact the guy. Carol is thrilled until the coach ends up dead and Jim becomes Murder Suspect #1.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
Being a “Baby Boomer” myself I was very interested to learn about this series so I have started from the beginning. What a treat!!

Santangelo has created some interesting characters and put them in a situation many of us could be facing in the not too distant future. I think Jim is kind of a jerk and thank my lucky stars “my Beloved” is nothing like him, but he and Carol seem to be quite compatible and that makes for a great story even without the dead guy 🙂

A healthy dose of humor is injected throughout the entire story. The chapters each start with a retirement joke or phase. I found myself giggling several times. Carol knows how to handle her husband and at times he even knows it too! Having an adult child move back home added another nice element to the tale.

The mystery was light and enjoyable as Carol slowly found each piece to the puzzle. This would be a good book to take to the beach this summer. A very fast read, those pages just kept turning.

This was a very pleasant debut for this series. I definitely want to read Moving Can Be Murder to see what Carol is up to next.

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4 STARFISH

Dollycas
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About The Author

Susan Santangelo has been a feature writer, drama critic and editor for daily and weekly newspapers and magazines in the New York metropolitan area, including a stint at Cosmopolitan magazine. A member of Sisters in Crime and The Cape Cod Writers Center, she shares her life with her Personal Beloved and one very spoiled English cocker spaniel, Boomer. She divides her time between Connecticut and Cape Cod.
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Posted in Reviews 2013

Review: Steamed to Death by Peg Cochran

steamed to death june 2013 Steamed to Death
(A Gourmet De-Lite Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (June 4, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Teresa Fasolino
Cover Design by Sarah Oberrender
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425252208
E-Book File Size: 801 KB
ASIN: B009NY2PZC
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Gourmet health food caterer Gigi Fitzgerald is used to helping dieters drop a dress size. But when her clients start dropping dead, she’s ready to switch her chef’s hat for a detective’s cap and track down a killer. . .

One of Gigi’s new clients is aging soap star Felicity Davenport. She needs to lose a few pounds and then plans to have an extreme makeover to give her career a boost.  Felicity has also asked Gigi to do a little catering as she entertains some high profile guests from out of town. But before the guests even arrive Felicity has been steamed permanently. She was found dead in her sauna and it was definitely murder.

The cops suspect Gigi’s very pregnant friend Sienna.  Gigi heats things up when she directs them toward several other suspects that have much better reasons to want the actress out of the picture. She had better be careful or she may be the next one getting burned!!

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I fell for these characters quickly while reading the first book in this series, Allergic to Death. They are even better in this one and they are joined by Declan McQuaid.  He may just give Dectective Mertz a run for his money when it comes to Gigi’s affections. In addition to Sienna she has served up a nice batch of other suspects too. From Felicity’s husband, her stepson, her manager, to the young starlet that plans to replace Felicity in the starring role, and more. Each could have set the dial to cook the soap star.

The other thing I enjoy about these books is Gigi promotes healthy eating without sounding preachy and the delightful meals are described so well you can almost taste them. I wish they were really coming to our grocery stores but we are treated to a couple of recipes. One we plan to try soon as my husband just doesn’t believe it will work. I hope to post more about “Magic Omelets” soon!

You do not have to be on a diet or a foodie to love this story. A well plotted mystery with plenty of red herrings  – in the story, not in the recipes 🙂

a perfect escape

5 STARFISH

Dollycas
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Review: Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans By Joanne DeMaio (Giveaway too!)

BLUE JEANS

Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 1, 2013)
Trade Paperback: 330 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1479262779
E-Book File Size: 510 KB
ASIN: B00BORGOVC

Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans


Escape to Stony Point, cuff your jeans and walk along the water’s edge in this nostalgic story bringing old friends, and their lives, back to the sea …

Designer Maris Carrington has returned to Stony Point to get her family home ready for sale after he father passes away. A home movie tucked inside a dusty attic box leads to an unexpected summer as she discovers a family secret.

She reconnects with old friends and finds inspiration for her new denim clothing line. Her friends lives are all in a state of flux and one has passed away. As memories are shared and remembered Maris starts to wonder about her life in Chicago. What is really holding there? Is she leading a life that makes her happy?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This was the perfect story for me to read while we were going through the stress of moving. When things were getting too tough or tempers were flaring I could tune out and “escape” into the pages of Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans. I absolutely loved Whole Latte Life so was excited when I was asked to review this one. I still can’t believe this is only this author’s second book. She as woven together the lives of the characters with the hand of a master.

I think every reader will find they can identify will at least one of the characters. Eva, Matt, Kyle, Lauren, Jason and Maris are full, rich characters that all bring their own special qualities to this story of friendship, the choices made, love and regrets. Together they lean on each other and help each other heal, move forward and rebuild their lives. ?

All the characters are extraordinary but Jason really touched my heart, maybe because we both have leg issues 🙂 Truthfully he has been carrying a huge weight on his shoulders and seeing him start to deal with his misplaced guilt was empowering.

The beach setting was a character in itself as so many answers were found just looking at the water and walking along the shoreline. I could smell the salt water and hear the surf and even find solace myself.

This is a very moving story that takes you on an emotional roller coaster but is comfortable like your favorite pair of blue jeans. I was sad to reach the last page. I highly recommend this captivating story that will stick with you long after you close the book. a perfect escape 5 STARFISH

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About This Author

Joanne DeMaio is the award-winning author of Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans and the bestselling novel Whole Latte Life, which won First Place in the 2012 Discovery Awards and was named a Kirkus Reviews Critics’ Pick. It has also been featured in USA Today, The Huffington Post and other outlets. Blue Jeans and Coffee Beansis her second novel. Both books explore the intricate relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters and friends. In addition, her music essays have appeared in literary journals, celebrating her passion for song. Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next book.

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Posted in Reviews 2012

Review: Book, Line and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay

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Book, Line, and Sinker
(A Library Lover’s Mystery)
3rd Book in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (December 4, 2012)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Julia Green
Cover Design by Rita Frangie
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425251768

Book, Line and Sinker (Library Lover's Mystery, #3)Pirates in Briar Creek??! Well maybe just some in costume today but a salvage company has landed in town with hopes of finding buried treasure on Pirate Island. Residents are divided on their feelings about the excavation but Lindsey’s downstairs neighbor, Charlie Peyton, has signed on with the company to help dig up the booty. Things barely get underway when the body of Trudi Hargrave is found at the site. She’s the local tourism director who arranged for the dig. Charlie becomes one of the suspects so Lindsey decides to do some digging of her own before the truth gets buried for good.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Jenn McKinlay has written another bestseller here.

The reader is welcomed right into the Briar Creek Library for a meeting of the crafternoon group. The group works on their crafts like knitting or crochet while discussing the pre-selected book. Of course the discussion gets off track and family news and community gossip is shared. Talks try to stay on topic if sour “lemon” Mrs. Cole is lurking. These characters are fantastic!!!! In this installment Lindsey’s ex even makes an appearance. Will his presence throw a wrench in Lindsey’s and Sully’s romance? This reviewer is not telling. 🙂

McKinlay writes a fast paced mystery filled with humor, romance and intrigue. The friendships are genuine and true. Briar Creek sounds like a wonderful place to live and the library a perfect place to be to keep your thumb on the pulse of the community. I really hate getting to end of these stories knowing I must wait months to visit Lindsay, Beth, Sully, Heathcliff and even Mrs. Cole again. I will be watching for Read It and Weep to hit the shelves. Soon I hope.

a perfect escape

5 STARFISH

Dollycas
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About This Author

Jenn is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cupcake Bakery mystery series and the Library Lover’s mysteryseries. She will be debuting the London Hat Shop mysteries in 2013. She also writes the Decoupage mystery series under the name Lucy Lawrence and the Good Buy Girls mystery series under the name Josie Belle.

Her main interests are reading, writing, baking, knitting and skateboarding. She lives in sunny AZ in a house overrun with kids, pets and guitars.

Find out more about Jenn McKinlay at www.jennmckinlay.com