Sunday, January 5, 2020

Sunday Book Reviews

Death by Jack-o'-Lantern by Alexis Morgan is the second book in the Abby McCree Mystery series.  Abby is on the planning committee for the upcoming Halloween festival.  While out picking up an order of pumpkins, she finds the farmer dead instead.  The police immediately zero in on a homeless veteran as the suspect, but Abby has her doubts.  The mystery in this book was strong.  Even though I have not read the first book in the series, I had no trouble following along with this one.  I appreciated that the author brought a focus on a social issue without coming across as forcing an agenda on the readers.  I will be reading more in this series!

The first book in the Cajun County Mystery series by Ellen Byron is Fatal Cajun Festival.  The local Cajun festival promises to be the event of the season.  B&B owner Maggie is thrilled that her friend Gaynell will be taking the stage along with her band The Gator Girls.  The main attraction is a local girl who hit the big stage.  Tammy has an attitude to go along with her singing voice.  When Tammy is murdered, Gaynell tops a long list of suspects leading Maggie to start her own investigation.  This is a wonderful start to a new cozy series.  The mystery was strong, and I look forward to reading more about the characters in future books!

Last Pen Standing by Vivian Conroy is the first book in the Stationery Shop Mystery series.  Delta is the new co-owner of a stationery shop.  While at a crafting party at a fancy hotel, a guest is found murdered.  To make matters worse Delta's friend is the prime suspect.  Delta finds herself running the business alone while trying to clear her friend's name.  I loved the idea of a stationery shop, and the characters were well developed.    I am anxiously awaiting book two.

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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