Wednesday, August 15, 2018

#Book1CoziesClub: My Thoughts on Murder in the Mystery Suite (Book Retreat Mystery #1)

Murder in the Mystery Suite Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read for #Book1CoziesClub. This one is hovering between 3.5 and 4 for me, but I'm rounding up.

I enjoyed this one and really want to attend a book retreat now. It definitely sounded like a lot of fun, minus the murder of course. The story surprised me with a second story line that I wasn't expecting and on retrospect, the last half of the book was more about that second story line than the book retreat which took away from the story for me. Of course with first books, there's always the setup that we need to get through so hopefully now that all that has been laid out for us, the next one will be smoother.

The only thing that bothered me about this book was the fact that the author kept mentioning Aunt Octavia's weight, in what I wouldn't consider nice references. There would be the mention of how much they loved her or something to that effect after the mention, however to me it came across like they were trying to make a statement then trying to make it ok because following statement. It just left a bad impression on me and deterred my enjoyment even though I loved Aunt Octavia's character.

I will be continuing the series because it sounds like they have some fun events planned in the future, but I hope that the one thing that bothered me in this book doesn't continue to the others.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Give the Dark My Love

Give the Dark My Love Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting story of love and loss and how it affects these characters in a place that is being ravaged by a plague.

This was my first book by this author. When I started, the story was very slow to build for me. I was almost uninterested in Nedra and Grey. It took me more than a quarter of the book to finally be swayed by their story and what was happening in the world.By the halfway point, I was hooked and needed to find out not only what would happen with these two, but what was going on in their world in general.

So many twists that I didn't see coming towards the end, and an ending that leaves you wondering what happens next. I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment. Thank you to the Penguin Random House First To Read Program for giving me the opportunity to read this as an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

July Wrap Up



I'm still reading a lot of manga! Finished a manga series, started a new one, and read two novels in July. Links after the break.

Books: My Thoughts on Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1)

Artemis Fowl Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a re-read for me. I read this many years ago, but never read any of the other books in this series. Decided to listen to the audiobook this time around and surprisingly enough, I remembered a lot of what happened in this book.

My daughter has read most of the books in this series, if not all. Because I hadn't read past this first one, I wasn't really able to talk about these books with her at the time. Now she's several years older than the target audience for this story, and I do wonder what she thinks of this looking back. It was definitely an entertaining listen and I'm looking forward to reading the sequels.

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Yarn: Yarnie Update 4 | August 2018



The heat makes it really hard for me to film, so thanks for your patience! Links after the break.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on The Seeing Stone (The Spiderwick Chronicles #2)

The Seeing Stone The Seeing Stone by Tony DiTerlizzi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this one a little bit more than the previous one. I again listened to this on audio even though I do own a physical copy. Narrated by Mark Hamill, this is an entertaining listen. I don't remember if I read this one in the past, but I do remember some of the scenes from the movie. I'll need to go back and re-watch that now as it's been a long time. Will be looking to continue with the next installment soon.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles #1)

The Field Guide The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Entertaining. Truthfully for me this was a re-read. I read it many years ago before the movie was released, but I didn't remember it. Listened to it on audio this time and it was a fun listen. Moving on to the next one.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Hour Game (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #2)

Hour Game Hour Game by David Baldacci
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read as part of World of Sleuths Readalongs

Another enjoyable read. Been listening to it on audio through Hoopla and I do enjoy the narrator. Lots of twists and uncovering the reason behind the murders was interesting. Each puzzle piece fit together well and I was surprised with the outcome.

The murders were much more violent in this one than the previous installment, but I think I did enjoy this mystery just a touch more than the first one. I do enjoy seeing how King and Maxwell work together as private investigators. Will definitely be continuing on to the next installment and am interested to see what mystery that one brings.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

June Wrap Up Including #MangaReadathon



So delayed, I know. The heat made it impossible for me to film at home, so I had to borrow a co-worker's office. The #MangaReadathon was super fun and has made me want to read manga more often! I also kind of feel like I'm heading towards another slump, but manga is helping me to keep reading.

I also have a Facebook page now, so please feel free to follow me there as well! https://www.facebook.com/disis19 ^-^

Mentions:

Laura from Manga Hoarder: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAY1gTTfWCZLWYVrirBq3Jw

Jen from Shelf Space Fleeting: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3IHsgBU80TZjrSst9R9Zrw

Manga Readathon Twitter: https://twitter.com/mangareadathon

Tim from World of Sleuths: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_6HnShtKqQySiYKAC5ORpw

World of Sleuths Readalongs Group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/602824-world-of-sleuths-readalongs

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Finished Series: My Thoughts on Fairy Tail, Volume 63

Fairy Tail 63 Fairy Tail 63 by Hiro Mashima
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this series. I'm really going to miss these characters and the adventures that they go on. This final volume had enough closure for me that I am not left with questions and it really emphasized what I loved about this series in the first place - the friendships.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch #2)

The Heart Forger The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I definitely enjoyed this much more than the first installment, as I had suspected I would. The pace was much better. I still do not enjoy bouncing back and forth between past and present though.

This time I listened to the audiobook and that did help me a lot, especially because the past is narrated by a female and the present is narrated by a male. It eliminated all the confusion I had while reading the text in the previous book because I knew in what time the chapter I was reading was taking place.

Looking forward to when we finally get entire story of what happened to Tea and how she got to where she is at the beginning of The Bone Witch.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Finished Series: My Thoughts on Nightmare Inspector: Yumekui Kenbun, Vol. 9

Nightmare Inspector: Yumekui Kenbun, Vol. 9 Nightmare Inspector: Yumekui Kenbun, Vol. 9 by Shin Mashiba
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After enjoying the other volumes in this series a lot, this volume and the end of this series was kind of a letdown if I have to be honest. The setup to this last volume was also very different from the previous volumes and I would've preferred if the series ended with volume 8. I really didn't feel the need for the story this conclusion brought. Maybe if I hadn't stepped away from this series for so long before I was able to obtain the last 2 volumes, I would've felt different. I'll definitely be re-reading in the future to see if my thoughts have changed when absorbing the volumes in succession.

While I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others, I do still recommend this series as it was very interesting and some of the stories had me thinking about them long after I read them.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on A Magical Match (A Witchcraft Mystery #9)

A Magical Match A Magical Match by Juliet Blackwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoy this series and this installment was no exception. I was a little disappointed that a certain event hasn't taken place yet, but this installment was still very enjoyable and I look forward to reading the next one. Definitely one of my favorite series over the last few years.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Split Second (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #1)

Split Second Split Second by David Baldacci
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read as part of World of Sleuths ReadAlongs

This is the first book I've read by this author and I really enjoyed it. It had a good amount of mystery and action that kept me interested in the story. It was a good introduction to these two characters and I'm curious to see where the following books in this series goes.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Books: May Wrap Up



I read three novels and three volumes of manga in May. I also unofficially participated in #MiddleGradeMay You can find my written reviews on the novels mentioned in previous posts below.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Faerie Wars (The Faerie Wars Chronicles #1)

Faerie Wars Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this for #MiddleGradeMay

My daughter read this when she was younger, but I just got around to it. Let's just say that it's been hanging out on our shelf at home for a while. This was an enjoyable read but I think if I read it around the time my daughter did, I would've enjoyed it more. Things about Henry's family really irritated me, especially the way they handled the situations that came up. I'm not sure that those things would've bothered me as much if I read this when I was a few years younger.

I listened to a majority of this on audio from my library's offering of RB Digital. The narration for me was just ok. I don't know that I would've lost any of the experience of this story if I had just stuck to a physical copy. We do have the subsequent novels on our shelf, and I will read them eventually.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Yarn: Yarnie Update 3 | May 2018



Show Notes:

LuLa Throw by Jessica LoBue

The Campfire Cardigan by Jess Coppom

All is Calm Socks by Kay Jones of The Bakery Bears Podcast

Knot Forgotton Owl by Milena Rufato with Knit Wings from pattern by Jennifer Wang

For more info on this organization or to become a maker, please visit https://knotforgotton.org

Sesame Street CAL - Elmo

Sesame Street CAL - Big Bird

Sesame Street Beginners Crochet Along from the CGL Crochet Graph Lobby

Strawberry Sparkle Shortie Socks

Onion Knits Nettle Sock Yarn at Fairlight Fibers

Night Owl Fibers on Etsy

Monday, May 21, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on The Last Ever After (School for Good & Evil #3)

The Last Ever After The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read as part of #MiddleGradeMay

I really enjoyed this installment, even if Sophie got on my nerves more often than not. I do think that is a big part of why I can't give this installment 5 stars. The twist towards the end was very interesting and even though this book was rather lengthy, it kept my interest and made me keep coming back to it and thinking about it. That's something a book hasn't done for me in a while.

Apparently this was the close of this arc, which I did find nicely wrapped up. I'm looking forward to seeing what the next arc in this series brings.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Books: April Wrap Up



Hear my thoughts on the books and manga I read in April.

Find out more about #MiddleGradeMay from the creator, Akossiwa K here

See my written reviews on the books mentioned in the posts below.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Naked in Death (In Death #1)

Naked in Death Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this for the first time a very very long time ago. So long ago that I only remembered one detail in this story and it had nothing to do with the crime at all. I listened to a majority of this on audio this time around. While I thought this book was interesting, it was just that for me...interesting. I do enjoy the futuristic take of the future in regards to gadgets and coffee, but this story does deal with tough issues.

I will be continuing with the series eventually because it is one of the series my Mom reads and I am interested in the relationship between our main characters.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Color Street: End of the Month Special

Mother's Day is just around the corner and since it's the last day of the month, I have a special going on in my Facebook group today only! Help me reach my goal and give the gift of gorgeous nails ^-^

Join my group to see the special, U.S. only.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Yarn: Yarnie Update 2 | April 2018



I'm back with another Yarnie Update! I'm going to try to get a Yarnie Update posted at least once a month. Hopefully I'll be able to show you some finished objects in each video, but I am a pretty slow knitter and crocheter just so you know ^-^

Show Notes:

Sesame Street Beginners Crochet Along from the CGL Crochet Graph Lobby here

Elizabeth Coat by Tatyana Zhigalkovich

SewVirgo's Transcribed Pattern for the Elizabeth Coat here

Novel-T by Laura Nelkin

Novel-T Knit Along with The Grocery Girls from Off Our Needles on Craftsy

The Bakery Bears Podcast (Kay Jones)

Bakery Bears Cottage on Etsy

Otterly Adorable Knits on Etsy

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Lake Silence (The Others #6)

Lake Silence Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really enjoyed being back in this world! Though the character focus was different, the world itself was just as interesting. Though I really tried not to compare how I felt about this book to the first set of novels, I do feel like this one didn't have the same draw for me as the books set in The Courtyard. That being said, I still enjoyed this one a lot and I'm curious to see where the following books will go. It doesn't seem like we'll stay with Vicki for multiple books, but that won't bother me because I think companion novels will be great for future installments.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Off Kilter (Scottish Highlands Mysteries #1)

Off Kilter Off Kilter by Hannah Reed
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read for #Book1CoziesClub

What an enjoyable read! Took me a bit to get around the accent but I really enjoyed the landscape. Looking forward to the next one.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

#MarchMysteryMadness: Wrap Up and Update



I'd say #MarchMysteryMadness was a success! In this video, I talk about what I thought about the books I read during March, as well as the books that I'm currently reading. Thank you to all the participants and hosts. I look forward to the 4th Annual March Mystery Madness in 2019! Don't forget that just because March Mystery Madness is over, that doesn't mean that you have to stop reading mysteries ^-^

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on The Dollmaker (Forgotten Files #2)

The Dollmaker The Dollmaker by Mary Burton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really enjoyed this one, about as much as I did the first book in this series which is a rare thing for me. Second books usually let me down, but this one surprisingly did not. Though the characters this installment follows are different, the beginning of this book has an appearance from characters in the previous book so I thought that made a good transition. This story kept my interest all the way through and as pieces start to click into place, it just got more interesting for me. I will need to check out this author's other works also as these stories really have caught my attention. Looking forward to getting into the next one in this series.

I did receive a copy of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway, but that did not affect my opinion or review at all.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Yarn: Yarnie Update | March 2018



My first Yarnie Update! I've always meant for this space to encompass all things that I enjoy, but so far it's mostly been about books. I'm finally posting something about another of my hobbies, and I hope you enjoy it. If it's not your cup of tea, that's ok! Stay tuned for more bookish content soon.

Mentions:

Granny Cocoon Shrug

How to Crochet a Granny Square Cardigan Tutorial from YARNutopia by Nadia

Mercury Pullover by Patti Waters

Cascading Colors Mitered Blanket by the Caron Design Team

All is Calm Socks by Kay Jones of The Bakery Bears Podcast

Otterly Adorable Knits Etsy Shop

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedström #1)

The Ice Princess The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read this for #MarchMysteryMadness

This book took me on a very interesting journey. It was a much slower paced mystery than what I thought it would be. The investigation seemed very leisurely. Everything kind of seemed to unravel at its own pace, which was refreshing for me. Things were wrapped up nicely in the end as well.

The long nature of the chapters in this book (there are only 6), made it very hard to switch back and forth between the physical book and the audiobook so I stuck with the audiobook and listened to it from Hoopla. Though the narrator did a good job, the British and Irish accents that were used threw me off a bit. I noticed while I was browsing Hoopla that there was a TV series released in Sweden based on this series. I'm very interested to watch it to hear the language.

I will definitely be continuing with this series and look forward to seeing if the investigations continue to be leisurely or if the style picks up pace.

Please note that this book deals with physical abuse, sexual abuse, pedophilia, and suicide.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Books: #MarchMysteryMadness Tag



Original Tag was created by Elizabeth @ LizzyFayeLovesBooks

For this tag there are two prompts for each word in the name of our readathon.

March #1  Pick a book that has green on the cover or the word green in the title.
March #2  Pick a book with Irish elements or that features a leprechaun or other tiny character.

Mystery #1: Recommend a mystery that you loved.
Mystery #2: Show a mystery that you are greatly anticipating.

Madness #1: Pick a book featuring a psychopath.
Madness #2: Pick a book that features a sporting event or recreational activity.

I tag Lee @ Totallee.net

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Books: #MarchMysteryMadness Book Haul



When I visited my library to pick up one of my holds for #MarchMysteryMadness, I found some gems at in the Used Book section!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Books: January & February Wrap Up | 2018



Feel free to scroll below for the individual reviews and links to the books mentioned ^-^

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on The 7th Victim (Karen Vail #1)

The 7th Victim The 7th Victim by Alan Jacobson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting, very interesting. I read this for #MarchMysteryMadness

I've had this book on Kindle for a very long time. I picked it up free but never read it, so March Mystery Madness was the perfect time to dust it off. There were a couple twists in this book that I didn't see coming and the twist at the end was super surprising. You learn a lot about Karen throughout this book too.

This book does contain more gruesome crime scenes and violence than I'm used to reading, but it's not unfamiliar for me as I do watch shows like Criminal Minds which contain similar themes. I listened to a majority of this on audiobook and thought the narrator did a good job. I'll definitely be checking out other books in this series in the future.

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Books: Try a Chapter Tag #MarchMysteryMadness Edition



I'm finally doing the Try a Chapter Tag! This one features the books I have planned for March Mystery Madness, excluding When the Bough Breaks by Jonathan Kellerman (since I am still waiting for my copy from the library).

I was tagged by Elizabeth at LizzyFayeLovesBooks

Original Tag was created by Malia at Book Paradise

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Books: Super Late May Wrap Up | 2017



Ok, I know this is super late, but I figured I should share this anyway. This was the last video I filmed before I hit The Reading Slump of 2017 and stopped filming altogether!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Ninth Key (Mediator #2)

Ninth Key Ninth Key by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's been a while since I read a book this fast. This one takes place about a week after the incidents of the first book in this series. Though it's been a while since I read the previous book, it wasn't hard to get back into this series at all. Really enjoyed it and highly recommend if you like Young Adult Paranormal Mysteries.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on The Brightest Embers (Broken Destiny #3)

The Brightest Embers The Brightest Embers by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good conclusion to this trilogy. As always with this author's books, I had no trouble getting into it and it kept my interest. Though this story had lots of predictability to it, I still enjoyed it. The ending was definitely abrupt and I think there could've been more exploration into a particular situation. Maybe that will come in a subsequent novella, but the story had enough finality to me that I am satisfied with the end if there isn't more to the story in the future.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

#Book1CoziesClub: March Book of the Month



Announcing March's Selection for the First in a Series Cozy Mystery Book Club! Come chat with us in the Mystery Madness Goodreads Group and don't forget to join in on #MarchMysteryMadness ^-^ Will you be joining in on this read?

Links to the book are after the break!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on The Beast Is an Animal

The Beast Is an Animal The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

DNF at 14%

I've had this book on hiatus since January 2017 and have not thought about it once since then unfortunately. I do remember a little of what happened in the section that I did read, but I'm not curious about where the story is going at all. Nothing really grabbed me and I've decided to just put it away for good.

I did receive a copy of this book from Jellybooks in exchange for my participation in their test reading campaign, but this does not affect my opinion of this book.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on The Breakdown

The Breakdown The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

DNF at page 117.

I've had such trouble getting into this book. I believe it is entirely due to the question this story is based on. By the point of the story when I put the book down, I was pretty sure how this story was going to end up. I had not been motivated to pick it up since then unfortunately. I did read the last chapter today and found out that I had been right about my guess as to how this was all going to end up.

I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher for review and this does not have any impact on my feelings regarding this book. I did like Behind Closed Doors so I will probably try another book from this author in the future.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Read-a-thons: Announcing the 3rd Annual March Mystery Madness!



Announcing the 3rd Annual March Mystery Madness! This round is going to be the biggest that we've had yet. Don't forget to join our Goodreads Group, follow us on Twitter, and check out all of our hosts. Links follow!

Mystery Madness Goodreads Group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/184109-mystery-madness

March Mystery Madness Twitter: https://twitter.com/marchmysmadness

Hosts for #MarchMysteryMadness 2018:
Subscribe to see all their mystery related content during March!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals #1)

Legacy of Kings Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A big thank you to my friend for gifting this to me for my birthday! You know who you are ^-^

An enjoyable read. I always have a bit of a problem when there are multiple POVs, so I think that is probably why I can't give this a higher rating. It also took me a while to become absorbed in the story and be familiar with our cast of characters, but once I was familiar it was a much more enjoyable journey for me.

The audiobook helped a bit too as the presentation helps me to know which POV we're in at any moment in the story. I will be continuing with this series and look forward to the next installment.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on If Walls Could Talk (Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #1)

If Walls Could Talk If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read for #Book1CoziesClub

I really enjoy the author's Witchcraft series and am not surprised that I also enjoyed this book. The story ties into what I do for a living a bit as well, which made it more interesting to me. Good story line and I didn't feel like it was very heavy on the supernatural element at all in this installment, though I do like that sort of thing personally.

This is also the first time I've listened to one of the author's books on audio and I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the narration and definitely recommend checking out this author's work in print or audio if you haven't already.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery #1)

Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read for #Book1CoziesClub

I really enjoyed this one and have to wonder if there really is a town like Rudolph. Interesting premise, nice backdrop, and an enjoyable mystery. Perfect for seasonal reading even if I got started late. Looking forward to other books in this series!

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