Saturday, July 6, 2019

Weekend Book Reviews

Drawn and Buttered by Shari Randall is the third book in the Lobster Shack Mystery series.  Tourist season is drawing to a close so things are slowing down at The Lazy Mermaid, a lobster shack.  Interest is renewed by the arrival of a giant lobster which is stolen overnight.  The lobster turns up unfortunately near a dead body.  Allie finds herself in the middle of another mystery while her Aunt Gully gets an offer that seems too good.  The mystery is good, and spunky Aunt Gully is easily my favorite character.  This book stands alone, but I recommend reading the entire series.

The eighth book in the Witch City Mystery series by Carol J Perry is Final Exam.  Lee is busy with her job at the news station in Salem, but she still has time to check in with Aunt Ibby's 45th high school reunion preparations.  When an old car containing a body is pulled out of the water, the two things become even more entangled.  The story flowed well even with the multiple story lines.  I like the Salem setting of this series.  I have read previous books in the series, but this one can be read and enjoyed on its own.

Chocolate a la Murder by Kirsten Weiss is the fourth book in the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery series.  Maddie owns a paranormal museum even though she is not convinced any of the paranormal things are real.  She features a magic of chocolate exhibit to take advantage of the town's Wine and Chocolate Days.  One of the items is a haunted chocolate whisk.  She begins to rethink her beliefs when two people at a local chocolate shop are found murdered.  The paranormal theme is a background story rather than the entire focus of the book.  It is written well and without being gimmicky.  The mystery is strong offering several suspects.

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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