Saturday, June 3, 2017

Weekend Book Reviews

Eat the Beetles! by David Waltner-Toews focused more on insects in general than on people eating them.  The book was interesting.  I was looking for something less scientific and more cultural.  This does not make it back - just not for me.  If you are interested in the science of insects, Eat the Beetles! is for you.

The Spring Cleaning Murders by Dorothy Cannell is book seven in the Ellie Haskell Mystery series.  I have read several books in this series.  While it is not necessary, I think it does help to appreciate the characters.  Ellie's longtime housekeeper, Ms. Malloy, leaves, and she must find a replacement.  The problems begin when the housekeepers start dying.  Ellie suspects any of her neighbors could have killed to keep their secrets.  While not a super suspenseful cozy, I enjoyed the book.  It was a relaxing read.

Book three in the Country Gift Shop Cozy Mystery series by Vivian Conroy is Written into the Grave.  The books in this series occur in quick succession.  While this one stands alone, I think it is helpful to have read the previous books.  When a supposedly fictional story in the morning paper comes true, Vicky is drawn into yet another murder investigation.  The dead man was not well liked which makes the suspect list long.  Vicky is a likable character, but at times she seems too nice.  That small negative aside, this is a strong series with a wonderful setting and room for growth!

disclosure:  I received thees e-books from NetGalley but was not otherwise compensated for these reviews.  All opinions are my own!

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