Sunday, August 23, 2020

Weekend Book Reviews

 A Call for Kelp by Bree Baker is the fourth book in the Seaside Cafe Mystery series.  Everly has her hands full with her seaside cafe but makes time for her great-aunts' beekeeping documentary.  A famous actress, Mitzi, is in town to help with the promotion.  When she is found murdered apparently by bees, the town is overrun by her distraught fans.  Everly begins to investigate and finds herself the killer's next target.  The book has several things going on aside from the murder, and readers will find it helpful not to start with this book without reading any of the previous ones.  I love the setting and am always glad to escape to the island town with each new book.

The first book in the Kitty Beret Cafe Mystery series by Ruth J Hartman is Hairballs and Homicide.  While reading this I almost felt like this was further in the series as the assumed I knew everything about the characters before reading this book.  I was missing the introductions of each character.  I liked the cat cafe setting although Ellie, the owner, is lacking depth which goes back to the first point.  Ellie's cats are also more accommodating about wearing cute costumes.  I value my life too much to ever try dressing up any of my cats.  Overall I am on the fence about this book, it had both good and bad points making me at least plan to give the second book a try. 

Dog-Gone Dead by Jackie Layton is the second book in the Low Country Dog Walker Mystery series.  Dog walker Andi Grace and her friend Juliet are going to pick up mulch from Andi Grace's brother, Nate,  at a job site.  They find a body and Andi Grace's injured brother.  Even with his injuries, Nate is the police's main suspect.  Andi Grace and her friends are determined to solve the mystery.  I liked the combination of a B&B (run by Juliet) and a dog business (run by Andi Grace).  The southern setting is wonderful, and the mystery kept me waffling back and forth between suspects.  I look forward to the next installment.

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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