Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on The Great Turkey Caper (Agnes Barton Holiday Mystery Novellas #1)

The Great Turkey Caper The Great Turkey Caper by Madison Johns
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Read as part of #Book1CoziesClub

Synopsis (from Goodreads): As Thanksgiving approaches, the holiday is not the only thing on everyone’s mind in Tawas. Bagging the huge, yet elusive, tom turkey is—with a prize of five thousand dollars. That is, until the body of a meter reader turns up on Bernice’s property shot with an arrow!

Agnes is flabbergasted. Not at the murder, but at Bernice trying to drag the body off her property. When Bernice’s reputation as the cat lady is finally unveiled, she joins forces with Agnes and Eleanor to solve The Great Turkey Caper.

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This book was just ok for me. I probably should've read the original series before picking this up, but because it was a holiday themed book, I really wanted to pick it up during the season. This did not have a character summary or any back story at all. It just jumped into this story like a continuation of a series, which is not a bad thing - but for me it was just slightly. I found it odd that there wasn't any backstory or anything because I've found with other series I've read that there would be at least a little in a sequel, but this had none. That made it really hard to connect with the main characters because I didn't know where they were coming from.

I found the style of questioning to be more like how a teen would go about sleuthing rather than an adult. I also didn't understand why people were so willing to provide the pair with the answers they were seeking instead of questioning more as to what their authorization to question them would be. That whole part of the story was very unrealistic to me. After reading this, I'm still not sure what their qualifications are past the fact that they've provided tips to the police in prior investigations, which lead to cases being closed.

This was a very fast read for me and I probably could've picked it up in a day if I didn't only read a couple chapters at a time. Other than the above points, the story was interesting enough to keep me returning to it and I didn't figure out who the culprit was until it was revealed, which is always a good thing. I will be trying the author's paranormal series with this character next as I think that may be right down my alley, instead of starting with the first in the regular series.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on The Titanic Murders (Disaster Series #1)

The Titanic Murders The Titanic Murders by Max Allan Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have always enjoyed things about Titanic, whether it be documentaries, TV shows/movies, or fictional stories though I haven't read too many. This was just the right amount of mystery interwoven with the feel of what it was like to be a passenger on this ship. This book does take a while to get to the mystery aspect of the story, but I didn't mind that.

All the figures I was familiar with were present in the story, as well as some that were new to me. The Epilogue and Author's Notes at the end were very interesting and enlightening. I really enjoyed this book and though the following installments in this series have nothing to do with Titanic, I am interested to learn about the different settings the author has chosen for the following stories.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on A Deadly Grind (Vintage Kitchen Mysteries #1)

A Deadly Grind A Deadly Grind by Victoria Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More like a 3.5 - read as part of #Book1CoziesClub

Synopsis (from Goodreads): A Hoosier to die for?When vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton spies an original 1920s Hoosier brand kitchen cabinet at an estate auction, it’s love at first sight. Despite the protests of her sister that the 19th-century yellow-brick house they share in Michigan is already too cluttered with Jaymie’s “junk,” she successfully outbids the other buyers and triumphantly takes home her Hoosier.

But that night on the summer porch where they’ve left the Hoosier to be cleaned up, a man is murdered, struck on the head with  the steel meat grinder that is part of the cabinet. Who is this stranger—and what was he doing on their porch? Does his death have anything to do with the Hoosier?

As the police struggle to determine the man’s identity, Jaymie can’t help doing a little digging on her own, accompanied by her three-legged Yorkie Poo, Hopalong. But in her bid to uncover the truth about the hidden secrets of the Hoosier, Jaymie may be the one who ends up going, going…gone.

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This was an enjoyable read but a bit slower in pace for me. I did enjoy the mystery aspect and the perpetrator's numerous attempts, however the end reveal was unfolded really slow for my tastes. I remember listening to the audio and thinking, ok here it is....but there was over an hour left in the audiobook! Needless to say, the reveal did drag on a bit too long for me.

I did figure out a few things pretty early on and some of the attempts to deflect suspicion to another character was just ridiculous to me. It just wasn't realistic to think that character was a person of interest in my opinion. I did appreciate that there was no sign of a love triangle for the majority of the book, but there is a definite possibility for one in the series, I think.

This one comes with 2 different versions of a recipe and I will be continuing on to the next volume in the series.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

#Book1CoziesClub: December Books of the Month

Announcing December's Selections for the First in a Series Cozy Mystery Book Club. One was a suggestion from Elizabeth at LizzyFayeLovesBooks, and the other was pulled from the jar.

Mistletoe Murder (Lucy Stone Mysteries) by Leslie Meier

High Rhymes and Misdemeanors (Poetic Death Mysteries) by Diana Killian - as of the time I posted this, it's 99 cents for a Kindle copy and free for Nook & Kobo copies!

Elizabeth's Channel

Mystery Madness Goodreads Group

Monday, November 14, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Catering to Nobody (Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries #1)

Catering to Nobody Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read as part of #Book1CoziesClub.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):  Catering the wake of her son's favorite teacher is not Goldy's idea of fun. Particularly when her former father-in-law passes out, nearly felled by a dose of rat poison.

Investigating officer Tom Schultz, though smitten with Goldy and her food, is forced to shut down her business. That's the last straw. Goldy can't cater without a kitchen, so she'll just have to find the rat who poisoned the coffee.

Everyone - from Goldy's ex-husband's other ex-wife to her eleven-year-old son Arch - seems to know more than Goldy does. But as she begins following the recipe to its logical conclusion, Goldy discovers that some very unsavory ingredients are flavoring the neighborhood and poisoning her own family with the bitter taste of deceit and revenge.

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Of all the Cozies I've read recently, this one took me the longest, I think. I started out listening to this on audiobook, but the narrator wasn't clicking for me. Goldy as a character turned out to be really whiny when I listened to her, so I ended up abandoning the audiobook.

Since I owned a physical copy, I stuck to that for the rest of the book. Goldy still got on my nerves as I felt she was really pushy and more nosy than any other amateur sleuth I've encountered. I also did not agree with her parenting choices or the way she handled situations with her ex-husband. Some of the choices the author made in regards to describing Marla's stature got to me and there was a comment made about Japanese people that also bothered me.

I am glad that I finally got to this book, as I own several of the installments in this series. Though this installment wasn't super enjoyable, I will give the series another shot before I decide for sure if I will be continuing on or not. This did come with three recipes which do sound delicious and I have jotted those down to try later.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Manga: October Wrap Up Part 3

The final part of my October Wrap Up. This includes the 5 volumes of manga I read in October. Goodreads links to the series mentioned below:

Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima

Noragami by Adachitoka

Blood+ by Asuka Katsura

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on The Haunting Season

The Haunting Season The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such a great read! I was looking for a book to fit the Haunted House challenge for Read Your EReader Readathon and came across this in Kindle Unlimited. It sounded really interesting and I was still in the mood for a creepy read, even though Halloween was over, so I thought I'd give this a shot. It was also a very nice surprise to find out that the audiobook was narrated by one of my favorite narrators!

I don't think that my tolerance for creepy things is very high, but this had me jump a few times. Though I was sufficiently scared at certain parts of this book, especially heading to the end, I could not stop reading! This definitely has a similar feeling to the movie The Haunting, as well as Stephen King's mini-series Rose Red - at least for me. Both of those are favorites of mine, so that just made this even more enjoyable.

I'll definitely be checking out more of this author's work in the future.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Books: October Wrap Up Part 2 - More Novels

This part contains the other three novels that I read in October. Goodreads links to books metioned can be found after the break.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Books: October Wrap Up Part 1 - Novels

I actually read 12 things in October! Quite a change of pace, since the last couple months have been rather slow in the reading department. The number of novels actually surpassed the number of manga volumes I read ^-^ The wrap up ended up being really long this month. Guess I had a lot of things to say! I cut it into three videos this month. This part includes the first four novels. Links to the books mentioned can be found after the break.