Saturday, June 29, 2019

Weekend Book Reviews

Murder Once Removed by S.C. Perkins is the first book in the Ancestry Detective series.  Lucy is a genealogist who goes the extra mile for her clients.  She is researching the family history of a billionaire and finds proof that his great-great-grandfather was murdered.  Lucy is even close to solving the very cold case when an unknown person sets out to stop her no matter what.  I loved the genealogy aspect of this book although the once removed stuff still baffles me.  The characters fell a bit flat, but I expect this to change as the series progresses.  The mystery was strong, and the series has great promise!

The third book in the Farm to Fork Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon is One Potato, Two Potato, Dead.  While helping at a local mission, Angie meets her employee Hope's professor, Daniel.  The next day Daniel is found dead shortly after Hope gave him a ride home.  To further confuse matters, Angie's boyfriend abruptly leaves the country with no warning or contact.  I normally love Ms Cahoon's books and this series, but this particular book fell flat.  Angie comes off as annoying - whiny, selfish, and just generally unlikeable.  The story was full of filler material with very little action.

Something Read, Something Dead by Eva Gates is the fifth book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series.  Library employee Lucy is busy helping her cousin Josie plan a small simple wedding.  Things take a swift turn when Josie's grandmother and other relatives arrive with plans for the wedding event of the year.  Josie's cousin Mirabelle threatens to ruin Josie's simple wedding and maybe even still Josie's fiance.  When Mirabelle is murdered Josie is the obvious suspect.  The characters are strong and mesh well together.  I thoroughly enjoyed the setting and the mystery.  I do not remember reading any previous books in this series, but I had no problem following this one.

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

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