Sunday, August 16, 2020

Weekend Book Reviews

Killing Time by Suzanne Trauth is the sixth book in the Dodie O'Dell mystery series.  Halloween is fast approaching and to set the mood the Eatonville Little Theater is showcasing Dracula.  Dodie plays along with a garlic themed menu for the Windjammer restaurant.  When someone is found dead with a stake to the heart, it becomes an instance of life imitating art.  I do like this series and the characters.  The mystery on this one was a bit on the weak side, and by book six I would hope that Dodie will start being a bit smarter.  It was still a fun seasonal cozy mystery.

Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody by Barbara Ross is the first book in the Jane Darrowfield series.  Jane has barely started retirement and is already out of things to do.  She soon finds herself with the job of helping others with sticky situations including a friend with a pint sized pee-er in the garden.  When the director of a senior living center approaches Jane for help, she turns into a professional busybody.  A murder on the property soon has Jane wondering if she is in over her head.  I love, love, love this series.  Jane is the perfect cozy heroine.  I would give this more than five stars if I could and am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.

The sixth book in the Maggie McDonald series by Mary Feliz is Snowed Under.  Maggie has gone with her friend, Tess, to Tess' family cabin to help organize it before Tess puts it on the market.  When Maggie finds the frozen body of Tess' missing neighbor, their organizing plans go out the window.  The story focused as much on the snow storm and other neighbors as it did on the mystery.  The book is a nice addition to the series and can be read on its own.  It did make me realize I have no interest in living anywhere that it snows more than once ever 10 years or so!

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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