Sunday, June 14, 2020

Weekend Book Reviews

Berried in the Past by Peg Cochran is the fifth book in the Cranberry Cove series.  Monica and Greg are enjoying a quiet night at home when a late night visitor arrives saying someone is trying to kill her.  That involves Monica in the woman's life including discovering her sister dead.  The suspect list in this was varied.  I waffled back and forth on the culprit being certain and doubting all at the same time.  I enjoy the setting of this series although I do question how many cranberry dishes two people can eat.  I have read previous books although this one can be read on its own.  I look forward to the next installment.

The eighth book in the Bookmobile Cat Mystery series by Laurie Cass is Gone with the Whisker.  It is the Fourth of July in Michigan.  Minnie and her cat, Eddie, are supposed to be enjoying a summer with Minnie's niece, Katrina.  Minnie is having a hard time relating to Katrina.  Things go from bad to worse when Katrina stumbles over a body at the town's fireworks.  Minnie is determined to find the killer and salvage Katrina's summer.  This book can be read as a standalone.  I enjoyed the setting and Eddie the cat.  Katrina's foul attitude put a bit of a damper on the book for me, but it is a nice summer themed read.

The Diva Spices It Up by Krista Davis is the thirteenth book in the Domestic Diva Mystery series.  Sophie is looking forward to a bit of a break in between jobs when a ghostwriting job falls into her lap via her ex-husband Mars.  Tilly is a former actress and current politician's wife whose former cookbook ghost writer Abby has dropped off the face of the Earth.  In addition to Abby's recipe notes, Sophie finds a mysterious code.  Sophie wonders if it has anything to do with Abby's disappearance.  Add in a second missing woman and a woman beaten nearly to death plus a mysterious stranger and Sophie has more on her plate than just delicious food.  The story is sprinkled throughout with domestic diva tips.  While this book had tons of stuff going on, it all worked well together.  It was one of those books that made me want to read "just one more chapter".

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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