The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White is a cross between women's fiction and mystery. Recently divorced Merilee and her two children rent a house from Sugar, who is a 90+ year old true southern woman. An anonymous blogger seems intent on hindering Merilee from starting over by airing much of her family's dirty laundry. Her friendship with the practically perfect Heather feels like the only bright spot. One tragic night threatens everything and opens closets full of skeletons Merilee would rather keep hidden. The book dragged at times with the blog posts being the only bright spot. The last quarter of the book was by far the best. It kept me reading until I finished. Overall this was a good, southern themed book and makes me interested in reading more by the author.
The second book in the Kitty Couture Mystery series by Julie Chase is Cat Got Your Cash. I had read the first book in the series, but I do not think it would be necessary. Lacy's meeting with fashion designer Annie Lane is a disaster when Lacy finds Annie dead. Lacy ends up caring for Annie's two Siamese kittens until the estate is settled. The kittens end up cat-napped, and Lacy finds herself being stalked. She works with Detective Jack Oliver to find the murderer and save herself and the Siamese. I enjoyed this book as much as the first. The characters and setting add to the appeal of the series.
No Charm Intended by Mollie Cox Bryan is book two in the Cora Crafts Mystery series. I had read the first book, but this book easily stands on its own. Cora and her friend, Jane, are hosting their second craft retreat. It starts off on the wrong foot when the babysitter Jane hired goes missing. A simple missing person case is complicated when a friend is found murdered. I enjoy the characters in this series and how they interact together. Ms. Bryan's series is definitely one of my favorites.
Every Body on Deck by G.A. McKevett is part of the Savannah Reid Mystery Series. PI Savannah and her entire detective agency are hired to accompany a famous author on an Alaskan cruise. At the first port the author and her husband jump ship and are murdered. Savannah is determined to solve the crime to protect her reputation and alleviate her guilt. I liked the book, but I did not love it. The story line was choppy at times and a bit annoying at others. While it was enjoyable, I felt the mystery was a bit too easy to solve.
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