I'm trying out a new review format, and I hope readers will like the new style. I only review cozy mysteries that I have purchased/borrowed from the library. This blog has become something for my own pleasure, more than to obtain review copies, so I'm switching things up! Enjoy!!

Monday, April 5, 2021

Book Review: Big Little Spies by Krista Davis

In the newest Paws & Claws Mysteries, Holly Miller is gearing up for the gala event of the season... the Wagtail Animal Guaradians (WAG) Gala, in support animal welfare. However, not all is going smoothly leading up to the Gala, especially when a pet detective is found dead. Now Holly and her friends must put their heads together and try to solve the mystery, who would want the detective dead and was he really a stranger to Wagtail, or was his appearance more sinister?

Over the last year I have seriously crushed on this series! I've completely caught up with all the books in less than a year, and I was so thrilled to have a new adventure to read! 

As an animal lover myself, I absolutely love Wagtail. The concept of a town that caters completely to animals is absolutely bliss, and I wish it was a real place to visit. Especially the Wagtail Inn, where Holly works alongside her grandmother, Oma. Absolutely heaven!

The mystery itself was terrific, absolutely first class! I was left guessing right up to the end. I couldn't quite tie all the elements together, and I love that I was stumped! Krista Davis always delivers a well-plotted mystery and this one is no exception.

If you love animals you have to be reading this series! While they work as standalone novels, after just one you will want to read them all! Delicious food, interesting locals and a first class mystery... the Paws and Claws Mysteries really has it all!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Book Review: Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O'Connor

Murder in an Irish Village is the first book in the Irish Village Mysteries featuring Siobhan O'Sullivan. 

In the cute little town of Killbane, Siobhan and her five (yes FIVE!) siblings run Naomi's Bistro, a warm and welcoming spot. Well it was warm and welcoming, before a body was found on the premises. The body was none other than the younger brother of the driver, who killed Siobhan's parents the year before. With the local police determined to pin the crime on her older brother, James, Siobhan must solve the case and keep James out of jail!

This is my new favourite series! I absolutely love the "O'Sullivan Six"! Siobhan's siblings are lots of trouble, and all of it is so hilarious!!! From one of them asking if Siobhan was "running with scissors", when the victim was killed by scissors! To asking if police officer, Macdara wanted to see their list of suspects, it's "taped up in the kitchen"! The author brilliantly mixes humor with edge-of-your-seat drama, and it was a thrilling mix!

I really enjoyed the mystery. It's definitely a page turner, as I tried to figure out who the killer was before Siobhan. Spoiler: I didn't solve it before Siobhan!

If you're looking for a wickedly funny and brilliant mystery to read, definitely pick this one up. I've already got the next one to start. I can't wait to visit with the O'Sullivan Six again and see what mischief they cause!

Monday, January 4, 2021

Book Review: Under the Cover of Murder by Lauren Elliott

It's finally time for Serena Chandler and Zach Ludlow to walk down the aisle. However, as with any wedding there is bound to be a hiccup or two! This time the trouble comes in the form of a dead body found on the beach, and an uninvited guest. Will Addie Greyborne and Police Chief, Marc Chandler, be able to solve the crime before Serena and Zach's big day is ruined? Not if Addie has anything to do with it!

Ever since Addie Greyborne stepped into Greyborne Harbour in Murder by the Book I've been absolutely smitten with this series. It is a bibliophile's dream, with all the bookish treasures at both Addie's store and her house. This time the bookish treasures have moved aboard a luxury yacht, and there is the mystery of not-quite-right "first editions"!

With the murders surrounding the first editions, I love that this gives Addie a reason to "snoop"! Not that she wouldn't have tried to anyway. She sweeps up friends, Catherine and Paige, along with her, and the three make a fabulous detective trio as they follow the clues.

The mystery itself was first class! The entire time I was on the completely wrong track, and I didn't manage to solve it before Addie and Marc. I loved that the mystery was a "locked room", in that the entire group were stuck on the boat! It definitely had a very modern-day "Agatha Christie" feel to it.

Under the Cover of Murder is my favourite in this series so far! The ending gave me all the cozy "curled-toes" feeling, and I just loved trying to solve it alongside Addie! If you haven't visited Greyborne Harbour yet I thoroughly recommend you do! Start with Murder by the Book and you'll be so hooked, that you will want to read them all!

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Book Review: Died in the Wool by Peggy Ehrhart

Pamela Paterson and her Knit and Nibble knitting club are selling stuffed aardvarks at the annual town festival to help raise money for Arborville, New Jersey’s High School’s sports program. But just as she’s packing up, she makes a shocking discovery—someone’s stashed a dead body under their display table. 

The victim is Randall Jefferson, a history teacher who has been decidedly unpopular since his recent op-ed criticizing the school’s sports program. But the primary suspect has an alibi, and the only clue is a stuffed aardvark found on the victim’s chest. Now the Knit and Nibblers must unravel the case quickly—before a crafty killer repeats a deadly pattern. [summary via Amazon]

THEME: Knitting. The series centres around the "Aborville Knit and Nibble Knitting group.

CRIME:  History teacher, Randall Jefferson, is murdered. He has been very vocal in his opposition to the high school athletic program. However, it seems more people outside of the school had a "beef" with him. 

DENOUEMENT: This is only the second book I've read in this series, but I really like how the mystery unravels. Friends and Knit & Nibblers, Pamela and Bettina, team up to go "snooping" and I like how they collect the clues and solve the mystery!

FURRY SIDEKICK: Catrina, is the adorable feline that Pamela adopted in the first book. She's joined by Woofus, Bettina's dog, and its fun to watch them romp through the pages.

ROMANCE: Is there something starting with Pamela's neighbour, Richard Larkin? Oh I hope so!

MY VERDICT: Being a knitter, I really like this series! The author includes a "knit and a nibble" at the end of the book, and I like checking out the knitting pattern after the mystery. Although, I do wish she included the aardvark pattern, because they are so cute! Died in the Wool was a really fun addition to the series, and I will definitely be continuing on!

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Book Review: Murder Most Howl by Krista Davis

Holly Miller is delighted her grandmother has finally left the Sugar Maple Inn to take a well-deserved vacation. It means Holly’s in charge, but running the inn might be more challenging than she realized. Wagtail’s throwing a weekend-long murder mystery game to draw in tourists during the slow season, the inn has a full house, and a blizzard is on the way.
Trouble is unleashed the night the game begins, when the storm blows in and the lights go out. It gets worse the following morning when Holly’s Jack Russell terrier, Trixie, discovers a body—one that’s actually dead. Now Holly, her calico kitten Twinkletoes, and Trixie must play by the rules and find one dirty dog...[summary via Amazon]

THEME: Culinary Cozy set within a Hotel, the "Sugar Maple Inn"

CRIME:   Norm, a local wealthy businessman, is found dead. In the small town of Wagtail, Norm has ranked up a long line of enemies. Which one wanted him dead?

DENOUEMENT: Oh I really enjoyed this one. It was a mystery within a mystery. Holly and local pub owner, Val, have organized "Murder Most Howl", a mystery-themed weekend, where participants have to find clues and solve the fictional crime. However, it seems that life is imitating art when a real dead body is found. Now Holly is trying to find a real murderer! I loved the final denouement. When the victim is as disliked as Norm was, it was interesting to try and narrow down the suspects.

FURRY SIDEKICK: Take your pick! Trixie, Holly's dog, and Twinkletoes, her cat, steal the limelight a little. However, in Wagtail there are furry friends aplenty and I love getting to know each of them.

ROMANCE: It seems Holly isn't over her crush on Holmes, who is engaged to another. He was her first kiss, and oh boy! I'm really hoping there is more for them in the future. Ex-boyfriend, Ben, comes to visit again, but it looks like they are just friends. I'm really hoping for more in the romance department in the next book!

MY VERDICT: I loved this one! Wagtail is such a fun place to visit! This is definitely a Gilmore Girls meets cozy mystery, and it's fast becoming one of my favourite series!