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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #31 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Florida, Kenya, and Italy!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Much Ado about Nauticaling (A Whit and Whiskers Mystery)
by Gabby Allan
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – July 27, 2021
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


On Skein of Death (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery)
by Allie Pleiter
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – June 1, 2021
Setting – Maryland
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!


Candy Slain Murder: A Jolly & Delightful Cozy Mystery
(A Country Store Mystery)

by Maddie Day
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – September 29, 2020
Setting – Indiana
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


A Time to Swill (A Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon Mystery)
by Sherry Harris
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – July 27, 2021
Setting – Florida
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Grevy Danger: An Entertaining Cozy Murder Mystery
(A Kenya Kanga Mystery)

by Victoria Tait
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – August 6, 2021
Setting – Kenya
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!


Death by Fountain: A Christmas Murder in Rome
(Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)

by Jennifer S. Alderson
Cozy Mystery
Release Date- December 18, 2020
Setting – Rome, Italy
My Flashback Friday Read!

Future Escapes

August 1 – 7, 2021 


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #29 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Illinois, North Carolina, and West Virginia!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Uncle and Ants: A Silicon Valley Mystery
by Marc Jedel
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – October 11, 2018
Setting – California
For the Alphabet Soup July Mini Challenge and Flashback Friday!
My Review


Murder at the Lakeside Library: A Lakeside Library Mystery
by Holly Danvers
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – July 13, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Sand Trapped: Book #6 in the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series
by Joanna Campbell Slan
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – May 16, 2021
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Saturday!

Scheduled Escapes


Body Over Troubled Waters: A Cozy Mystery
(Welcome Back to Scumble River)

by Denise Swanson
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – July 27, 2021
Setting – Illinois
For Review


Dead as a Duck
by Colleen J. Shogan
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – July 14, 2021
Setting – North Carolina
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday next week!


The Cider Shop Rules (A Cider Shop Mystery)
by Julie Anne Lindsey
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – July 27, 2021
Setting – West Virginia
For Review

Future Escapes

July 18 – 24, 2021 


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Choir Loft Murder: Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas by Karen Randau #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @klrandau


Choir Loft Murder: Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas
by Karen Randau

About Choir Loft Murder


Choir Loft Murder: Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas
Mystery/Thriller
3rd in Series
Setting – Wyoming
Independently Published – June 22 (print) and August 24 (ebook)
Print Length – 134 Pages
Digital ASIN: B08XY8HW26

Her fiance a murderer? As she digs for the truth, she must fight to survive a plot to frame the man she loves.

 

Frankie Shep has endured too many tragedies in her life. When she finally dares to love again, a revengeful plot threatens to cancel her wedding plans and send her fiance to death row. But this feisty modern-day rancher won’t stand for it.

 

A member of the church choir dies from a blowgun dart to a vital artery, and the murder weapon implicates Quint. Frankie is shocked to discover Quint was a champion blowgun competitor but quit the sport after a family disaster. And now he’s refusing to talk about his fate.

 

So she takes it on herself to track down the killer before Quint accepts a life-altering plea deal. She’s devastated when she unearths his motive for the crime. But someone else lurks in the shadows, and that’s who she’s determined to find. Little does she know the killer follows her every move, ready to strike her down when she gets too close.

Can she unravel the vindictive plot before she becomes a crazed killer’s next victim?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This third book in the series has Frankie and Pastor Quint planning their life together when a choir rehearsal goes horribly wrong. A new member of the choir with an angelic voice that can hit those amazing high notes is struck down by a dart from a blowgun. The murderer opens the door just wide enough to do the deed and disappears as the resulting chaos ensues.

Frankie is stunned when her fiance is arrested for the crime. She had no idea the man had mad skills with a blowgun and could have easily made the precise shot. He seems to accept his fate but Frankie knows the man she loves is no killer and she is going to prove it. She knows he is being set up but she learns he did have a viable motive.

The trouble is the real killer is watching her every move and is never going to let her find the truth and if she does what’s one more body. Can Frankie free her fiance? Or will she be the next person the kills blows away?


I was on the edge of my seat for most of this story. At just 134 pages the pace is brisk and revenge is on the songchart.

Frankie works tirelessly to follow every clue even if it means traveling miles before she sleeps. She does not give up even when things she uncovers do not make sense. She battled on through each twist and turn. I admired the way she kept investigating even when Quint was about to give up and take a plea. I was a little disappointed in Quint’s behavior but don’t want to say too much and ruin the book for anyone.

Ms. Randau plotted an excellent mystery which led up to a very suspenseful reveal. I was totally blindsided when the killer was revealed. I am embarrassed because I fell into a trap I shouldn’t have and that led me astray.

The author knows how to pack the pages full of intrigue and excitement. I read this story incredibly fast and I never had a moment when I wanted to put it down.

Choir Loft Murder was a true Perfect Escape. I am looking forward to visiting these characters again soon.

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About Karen Randau

Karen Randau authors fast-paced mystery, suspense, and thriller books featuring intricate plots, told from the point of view of strong female protagonists. In addition to the Frankie Shep Suspense series set on a fictional ranch in Wyoming, her Rim Country Mystery Series are set in the quaint fictional mountain town of Rim Vista, Arizona. She is also one of seven authors of novellas in the Tawnee Mountain Mystery Series. She lives in the mountains of Arizona with her multigenerational family.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #27 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Virginia, Michigan, and Washington D.C.!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Kill All Your Darlings
by David Bell
Release Date – July 6, 2021
Setting – Kentucky
My Review will be up tomorrow! 


The Moonshine Shack Murder (A Southern Homebrew Mystery)
by Diane Kelly
Release Date – July 6, 2021
Setting – Tennessee
The Great Escapes Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday this week!


Choir Loft Murder: Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas
by Karen Randau
Release Date – June 22, 2021
Setting – Wyoming
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Friday!

Scheduled Escapes


The Mountain View Murder: A Retired Detective Novel
(A Wintergreen Mystery)

by Patrick Kelly
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – June 17, 2021
Setting – Virginia
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


The Weaver’s Revenge
by Kathleen Ernst
Cozy Mystery
11th in Series
Setting – Wisconsin/Michigan
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Question Is Murder
by Mark Willen
Political Fiction
Release Date – May 14, 2021
Setting – Washington D.C.
For Review

Future Escapes

July 4 – 10, 2021 


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#FlashbackFriday – Dead, White, and Blue (The Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery Series) by Amy M. Reade #Review / #Giveaway

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when they were first released that have been screaming at me
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Dead, White, and Blue
(The Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery Series)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Colorado
Pau Hana Publishing (June 11, 2019)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 322 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 173269074X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1732690745
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07SKW9B9D

It’s bad enough when the owner of the new bistro in town drops dead at the Independence Day celebration, but when Noley, Lilly’s best friend, is charged with the murder, things start to heat up.

And speaking of heat, there’s a firebug on the loose in Juniper Junction. Houses in town are going up in smoke and when the fires hit a little too close to home, Lilly is pulled into the investigation to uncover the identity of the arsonist.

Can Lilly clear Noley’s name and figure out who’s starting the fires before she becomes a victim herself?

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire in this cozy holiday mystery perfect for fans of Gayle Leeson and Karen MacInerney. Find out if Lilly gets burned as she deals with murder, mayhem, her mother’s dementia, and a coming-of-age issue under her own roof.

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Dollycas’s Thoughts

Juniper Junction goes all out for the 4th of July Holiday complete with a celebration and a reenactment of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The shopkeepers decorate their stores in banners of Red, White, and Blue, and dress in costumes of the period. This year Lily’s best friend Noley has been awarded the contract to provide all the food for the event but the owners of a new bistro in town want to provide food too. An agreement is made that the bistro will provide an ice cream sundae bar adjacent to Noley’s food tent. Noley has run herself ragged making sure everything is just perfect and the day is going well until one of the owners of the bistro drops dead and Noley is charged with the murder.

As if the murder isn’t enough to keep the police busy, someone is burning down vacant houses. The first house was near a graduation party Lily’s son is attending. Lily witnesses the final house fire herself and may be able to identify the firebug. On top of that Lily is dealing with her mother’s dementia and some tough decisions are going to be made soon. First, though she needs to clear Noley’s name and get her out of jail without becoming another one of the killer’s victims.


I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Worst Noel, and added this book to my calendar for this week to coincide with the holiday.

Lily and her family are very true to life and deal with issues many of us face. She raised her children on her own and their father has just recently reentered the picture. Her mother is living on her own but her health is truly failing. I love the way her grandchildren step in to help and how close they are, having sleepovers and family meals. They are just as concerned about her as their mom and their uncle.

The one thing that felt a little off is Lily’s business. She does leave her employee in charge a lot as she handles chamber business or chasing down clues, but she also spends an extraordinary time in her office doing paperwork. Her employee is very capable but usually, a small business has the owner covering most of the hours. She must truly have an incredible business to meet all her expenses for both her business and her family and still be able to employ someone more than full-time. Unless I totally missed it she didn’t design any jewelry pieces during this story either.

Now the mystery in this story really had me guessing. Anyone at that event could have been the killer as it was super easy to set up the crime and disappear into the crowd. The same with the firebug. Anyone in town could be starting the fires, even some newly graduated high school students. Lily is pulled in several directions as she tries to sort through the suspects and clues while handling teenagers and her mom and still trying to have a little romance in her life. The author tangles all the events and happenings together superbly giving the book an excellent flow. I was truly surprised by the big reveal and a little sad at the same time.

Dead, White, and Blue was a fun holiday read that helped get me into the spirit for the celebration this weekend. After missing the family get-together last year due to COVID this is our first chance to get our extended clan together. Hopefully, murder won’t play a part in our event and the only firetrucks we will see are in the parade.

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Amy M. Reade is the USA Today bestselling author of Secrets of Hallstead House, The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor, and House of the Hanging Jade, all standalone Gothic mysteries. She has also written the Malice series, consisting of three contemporary mysteries set in the United Kingdom (The House on Candlewick Lane, Highland Peril, and Murder in Thistlecross). Ms. Reade is a former attorney living in New Jersey. She loves to read, cook, and travel. ~From Amazon

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #26 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Kentucky, Tennessee, and Wyoming!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


It Takes Two to Mango: A Tropical Island Cozy Mystery
by Carrie Doyle
Release Date – June 29, 2021
Setting – Caribbean Island
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Beauty Expos Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
by Libby Klein
Release Date – June 29, 2021
Setting – New Jersey
My Review will be up Thursday! 


Dead, White, and Blue (The Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery Series)
by Amy M. Reade
Release Date – June 18, 2019
Setting – Colorado
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


Kill All Your Darlings
by David Bell
Release Date – July 6, 2021
Setting – Kentucky
For Review


The Moonshine Shack Murder (A Southern Homebrew Mystery)
by Diane Kelly
Release Date – July 6, 2021
Setting – Tennessee
The Great Escapes Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday next week!


Choir Loft Murder: Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas
by Karen Randau
Release Date – June 22, 2021
Setting – Wyoming
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Friday!

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June 27 – July 3, 2021 


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #25 – 2021

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Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to the Caribbean, New Jersey and Colorado!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Open for Murder (A Happy Camper Mystery)
by Mary Angela
Release Date – November 24, 2020
Setting – South Dakota
My Review


Framed and Frosted (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series)
by Kim Davis
Release Date – June 22, 2021
Setting – California
I will feature this book this week when the Great Escapes Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday.


Eighteen Acres: A Novel
by Nicolle Wallace
Release Date – October 19, 2010
Setting – Washington D.C.
My Flashback Friday Book

Scheduled Escapes


It Takes Two to Mango: A Tropical Island Cozy Mystery
by Carrie Doyle
Release Date – June 29, 2021
Setting – Caribbean Island
For Review


Beauty Expos Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
by Libby Klein
Release Date – June 29, 2021
Setting – New Jersey
For Review


Dead, White, and Blue (The Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery Series)
by Amy M. Reade
Release Date – June 18, 2019
Setting – Colorado
My Flashback Friday Read

Future Escapes

June 20 – 26, 2021


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Cozy Wednesday featuring Raiders Of The Campsite (A Southwest Exposure Mystery) by Jodi Linton #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

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I am so happy to feature Raiders of the Campsite by Jodi Linton today!

 


Raiders Of The Campsite (A Southwest Exposure Mystery)
by Jodi Linton

About Raiders of the Campsite


Raiders Of The Campsite (A Southwest Exposure Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – New Mexico
Independently Published (May 13, 2021)
Print length: ~200 pages
Digital ASIN: B08D2P3SB6

Welcome to Bushwhack, New Mexico: home to tourists, the great outdoors, and murder…

 

Camping for spring break should be a piece of cake for outdoor guide Andie Sullivan. She has her best friend and the sheriff tagging along as chaperones for the Wilderness Explorers. It should be all S’mores and ghost stories…but then Vivian is attacked and they discover a corpse.

 

Dang. The campsite went up in smoke.

 

With everything at stake, Andie must find answers about the attack—she has to dig deep into a community she’s called home since birth by asking all the right questions, sometimes at not the right time. As she tracks down clues to a suspect, Andie stumbles on a secretive treasure hunting group in Bushwhack. But one wrong move and Andie could become her own buried treasure.

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Andie Sullivan is taking the Wilderness Explorers camping and Sheriff Zac Mars and her BFF Vivian have come along as chaperones. The fun barely begins and Vivian is attacked. While trying to rescue her they discover a dead body. Thankfully Vivian will survive but there is something fishy going on in Bushwhack. Her brother Kyle cuts his Spring Break short to come back and help her catch a killer who seems to have ties to Vivian’s husband and a group he belongs to. Did he attack his own wife? Andie needs to dig up all the clues before someone else ends up dead.


Jodi Linton has created a great group of characters for her readers to love. Andie is a wonderful friend and a capable amateur sleuth. I love the dance and banter between her and the good sheriff. Will they or won’t they become a couple? They do make a good investigative team when they share information. This time they are truly tested. With each book in this series, I fall a little harder for these characters. They are fun, likable, and realistic. The dialog can be full of snark and make me laugh out loud or downright serious as need be.

Ms. Linton takes her readers on quite an adventure and Andie strives to find the motive for the suspects on her list. She makes a couple of wrong assumptions and gets herself into some dire straights where some bullets fly. I did love all the action but was nervous for Andie. That girl is darn lucky!

This story is only about 150 pages and it takes off at a good clip and doesn’t let up. It is easily read all in one sitting which is good because it would be darn hard to put down.

Raiders of the Campsite is an excellent addition to this series. I felt like it ended much too soon, I was not quite ready to wrap up my visit so I am really looking forward to the next Southwest Exposure Mystery. Nightmare On The Bike Trail will hit shelves in October and I can’t wait.

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About Jodi Linton

Jodi Linton is an author of several romance novels and cozy mysteries. She pens funny, romantic, whodunnits during her days in between being a carpool mom. She lives in Texas with her husband, with who she runs the family day business with and two kids. When she isn’t writing her next page turner, she likes to delve into her hobby of finding all the cool, new makeup products to buy.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #24 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to South Dakota and California!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Guilt is Midnight Blue: A Hazel Dean Mystery
by Josalyn McAllister
Release Date – May 5, 2021
Setting – Georgia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Raiders Of The Campsite (A Southwest Exposure Mystery)
by Jodi Linton
Release Date – May 13, 2021
Setting – New Mexico
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Shots in the Dark (Mack’s Bar Mysteries)
by Allyson K. Abbott
Release Date – July 26, 2016
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


Open for Murder (A Happy Camper Mystery)
by Mary Angela
Release Date – November 24, 2020
Setting – South Dakota
For Review


Framed and Frosted (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series)
by Kim Davis
Release Date – June 22, 2021
Setting – California
I will feature this book next week when the Great Escapes Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday.

I need to select a Flashback Friday Read!

Future Escapes

June 13 – 19, 2021 


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#FlashbackFriday – Beaches, Bungalows, & Burglaries: A Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery Series by Tonya Kappes #Review / #Giveaway

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
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Beaches, Bungalows, & Burglaries: A Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery Series
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Kentucky
Publisher: Independently published (May 25, 2018)
Hardcover: 206 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8714027734
Paperback: 210 pages
ISBN-10: 1721977740
ISBN-13: 978-1721977741
Kindle ASIN: B07C4NT6BS

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky where NOTHING is normal.

Mae West, a far cry from the Hollywood actress, has been thrown for a loop. Her plush lifestyle in the big city of New York comes to a screeching halt after the FBI raids her mansion and arrests her husband, Paul West, for a Ponzi scheme that rips people out of millions of dollars.

Mae finds herself homeless, friendless, and penniless. All hope isn’t lost. . .the only thing Mae got to keep that the government didn’t seize is a tourist campground, Happy Trails, in Normal, Kentucky, and an RV to live in. One problem, Mae’s idea of camping has room service.

By the look of the brochure, Happy Trails has plush Kentucky Bluegrass, a crystal clear lake, a beach chair with her name on it, and thoughts of how much money it could bring her after she sells it. Mae figures she’ll take a couple of weeks’ vacation with her toes dipped in the lake. Things aren’t always as they appear. The Kentucky Bluegrass is nothing but dirt and the crystal clue lake is murky with green slime on top.

Mae quickly finds out that Happy Trails and the citizens of Normal were also victims of Paul’s schemes, making her lower than the lake scum in the residents’ eyes. Mae doesn’t think things could get much worse, but as luck would have it, Paul West has escaped from prison and is found dead, murdered, floating in the Happy Trails mucky green lake.

Mae is the number one suspect on Detective Hank Sharp’s shortlist. After all, Mae has the perfect motive as a kept wife who has been scorned to ashes, embarrassed to death and seeking revenge.

Time is running out for Mae to prove that she’s innocent and nothing like her husband. If only she could get someone to believe her and talk Detective Sharp into looking at other residents who’ve lost all their savings to Paul’s Ponzi scheme before the curtain is closed on this Hollywood namesake.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Mae West has had her life turned inside out. You see her husband was scum, scamming hard-working people and senior citizens out of their hard-earned cash and the FBI has finally caught up with him. Sadly Mae had no clue what he was up to and is now broke and homeless and without a motor vehicle. Then she meets with her lawyer where she finds herself the new owner of a used RV and a campground in Normal, Kentucky that was somehow in her name only. Seeing the brochure she immediately sees dollar signs, thinking how much can she sell it for. In the meantime, a little beach vacay sounds pretty good.

When she arrives at the Happy Trails Campground she thinks there must be some kind of mistake. The place looks nothing like the brochure. The sights are rundown, the lake is full of green slime and algae, and the beach is far from blissful. She learns her husband has struck here as well. Not taking care of upkeep and maintenance, not paying his manager, and worst of all he scammed the people here as well. She is not totally surprised to find his body in the slimy lake following his escape from prison. As the scorned wife she becomes the prime suspect. Sadly she needs to build a little trust with the people of Normal while she proves she did not murder anyone and had nothing to do with his schemes. Maybe then she will be able to get her life back on track.


I really enjoyed my first visit to Normal, Kentucky. The residents are some really quirky characters but most of them have huge hearts and are full of Southern hospitality. Mae is just 30 years old, Paul was 61, she thought she had a good life and never imagined things would turn out this way. I did come to admire the way she handled herself after her little pity party. She makes a real transformation over the course of these pages. I enjoyed the development of all the characters although I did have a few issues with the behavior of a certain FBI agent. It just felt off for that position. He seemed more a folksy small-town sheriff instead of a serious Special Agent for the FBI.

The mystery was pretty straight forward and I ferreted out the guilty party quite quickly but I continued to read the story all in one sitting and was very entertained. I did enjoy how the killer was revealed, it had an exciting few moments.

For me, Beaches, Bungalows, & Burglaries was a fresh, light read and a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Tonya Kappes is a writing machine. I have wanted to read this story/series since it was released but got discouraged as more and more books came out and I kept getting further behind. It will probably take me forever to catch up but I was very excited when a mini reading challenge gave me the opportunity to read this book and get started. Now I want to keep reading them all but with my reading commitments that is going to take time. I really want to delve deeper into the craziness of Normal so I am going to squeeze them in when I can.

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USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has published numerous mystery and romance titles. Known for her hilarious plot lines and quirky characters, she has earned thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans.


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