I can give you an honest review, but forget about it being unbiased! (Several of our kids went to Mn universities, and we are all Norse). And we love dogs!
This is a fun mystery with thefts, alcohol problems (not the dog or the hero), murder, secrets, a temporary mayorship, and all set in a Norse country small town in Minnesota. King Harald finds erotic gnomes, then a body, tells his part of the story, performs heroically. Andy, divorced once and dumped once, is an artist, works as host in his sister's upscale cafe, is friends with many interesting people, is the one who is partners with King Harald, gets coerced into becoming temporary mayor, is dragged into the murder and investigation. This book is interesting, an easy fun read with lots of laughs along the way.
Thanks to LibraryThing giveaways.
What happens to gods who are no longer in fashion? Several outdated gods are together in a museum and interact with several of the academic staff. If you don't maximize your lung capacity laughing throughout this book, you must be seriously depressed! Spoilers are nasty things, and there are too many possible quotes, so just stick a crowbar into your piggy bank and get a copy to enjoy!
Grateful to LibraryThing for this giveaway.
The struggle to stay alive and do what one man can to keep others alive is the basis of this fast paced first person novel set in the US after a major pandemic has strained individuals and health care systems to the max. Written as if a memoir after life has become more bearable for all, it reaches into the heart of man, warts and all. The story is moving, and the characters engaging, the story reaches out and grabs your attention and refuses to let you put it down.
I was given this ebook through LibraryThing giveaway for my honest review.
A victorian house in need of major work, a carpenter who lives with her grandmother to conserve both of their money, an intrusive pet parrot, and more, make this a great comfortable read. Sure, there is mystery and suspense and plot twists, but there is also lots of fun, from situations to dialog. No rehash of plot or spoilers, just a recommendation of a good read.
Step away from the coffee.
Unless you really want to spray it everywhere as you read this hilariousness! Publisher's blurb gives you plot clues, but not much can prepare you for this snarkfest with undertones of gawdawful puns. It's a nice length, and you simply cannot go wrong with this read!
Thank you, LibraryThing Giveaways!
This one has it all: broke semiskilled single mom with a mother a lot like Cruella deVille, hot cop, ex boyfriend, mentoring uncle (even though he's dead), several murders. Sure, there are a few inconsistencies and a wishful thinking, but IT'S FICTION.
Nice plot management and twists, a real snarkfest, and classic redheaded behavior (cut the growling, I was born a redhead and have the freckles to prove it!).
Nice touch of having supposed pearls of wisdom from Uncle Al's book on sleuthing for a living at the beginning of each chapter. Certainly leaves this reader panting for the next in series.
Oh, and no erotica (for those who care).
What could be fun about murder with arson coverup? The characters and nonlethal events in this cozy mystery/romance! Wanda chases a killer while being chased by a goofy suitor, an ex boyfriend, and her current love target. This one kept me up late, not because of nightmares, but because I just didn't want to put it down!
Unusual premises and plot. But I've got to tell you, she doesn't find out about the werewolf shtick until later in the book, regardless of publisher's blurb. I did enjoy it, and the length was just right.
: cozy-mystery, contemporary, romance, seniors, amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths
Read on July 17, 2016
The grad student with problems. A murder of a colleague. Reappearance of ex husband who is lead detective on the case. A best friend/reporter who just steamrolls over everyone. Family trouble over an inheritance. A sassy Chinese grandmother who appears unannounced on her doorstep and moves right on in--to EVERYTHING.
That's the basics, but the mystery/suspense are well done, and there is fun and snarks throughout. I really enjoyed it!
procedural, law-enforcement, vampire, were-folk, relationships, urban-fantasy, ya-only-means-no-gratuitous-erotica
Read from June 22 to July 21, 2016
Fine police procedural set in Dallas, Tx, in the future when those who are discriminated against are the shifters, vampires, zombies, and the like. Heading up the newly formed Undead Unit are Lt. Anderson, a vampire with a centuries old reason to hate werewolves, and Detective Scarber, a werewolf.
So half the plot centers on each of them learning to trust and work effectively with each other. The other half is the telling of good solid police work resulting in a satisfactory conclusion to a truly baffling case. Lots of plot twists and convincing characters. Oh, yeah, and she drives a fast car and thinks 100 mph is a comfortable speed on the freeway.
A great read for justice geeks. I found that it grabbed my interest and didn't let go until I finished it.
I missed this one on Goodreads giveaways but caught up with it on sale.
snark-fest, shifters, dragons, werewolves, romance, urban-fantasy, vampire
This snarkfest is just too much fun! Situations and dialog had me ROFLMAO!
The alpha back home was a tomcatter, so she went to Chicago to train as a special agent for the Council. Now, a year later she is sent back there on assignment. Her BFF is a drag queen and a vampyre who won't let her go alone. Granny is something else, and adds to the insanity.
You just have to read it!
: ghosts, urban-fantasy, coffee, short-stories
The worst thing about this story is that it is too short and now I have to hunt up more of these stories to read.
Ghost hunters. With coffee.
Well, it'd work for me, if I was a ghost.
A nice quick read that is great fun!
Another great Danger Cove cozy mystery sponsored by Gemma Halliday!
See publisher's blurb for basic clues. There is lots of suspense and mystery regarding the murder and the irascible police detective who treats Meri like a prime suspect just because the victim was shot at her bookstore. Lots of plot twists and changing suspects and clues keep your nose stuck in this book (and the series) until dinner is late or whatever. The characters really are, and yet they are so real that you just might know them! Then there is the dog stuck up a tree and the curried Lutefisk!
The Danger Cove books are all stand alone, with the town itself being the only constant.
Ellie also writes the Miranda Vaughn series, and they are spectacular, too!
Forced by an invisible stress related disability to abandon her high profile law practice, Keeley moves from Seattle to Danger Cove. Once there, she makes friends and works to become a certified quilt appraiser. She also becomes more involved with the quilters guild, to the point of beginning to learn to quilt. At one of the meetings, a man arrives looking for a quilt appraiser as part of processing an inheritance. It turns out the the deceased was not only known to the group, but that she had been murdered several weeks ago. And so it begins.
Interesting characters, twisty plot, incipient romance, and generally a good read for any season!
cozy-mystery, friendship, relationships, pets, murder, law-enforcement, amateur-sleuth, danger-cove
Read on August 06, 2016
Danger Cove is a small coastal town with an abundance of interesting people. Lizzy's dear friend has big trouble, so she's on board to help. When things get worse, Lizzy and her grandpa, a retired newshound, turn into sleuths. Add in a hot security guard, a slew of cheating housewives, good cops and bad, and the story takes off like a rocket. Have totally loved each Danger Cove mystery I've read, and am looking forward to the others!
cozy-mystery, amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths, chinese-customs, family-dynamics, romance, murder-investigation, humor
Read on August 14, 2016
If you're looking for gory stuff and erotica: look elsewhere. If you're looking for a solid mystery with fun characters and lots of situational humor: grab your coffee, sit down, and enjoy! Raina gets put through the wringer by her family while she works to fix things for a tiny baby's future. The mystery is foremost in the story, but since her best sleuthing partner is her Chinese grandmother, the rest just gets folded in. There are lots of suspects and people who turn out not to be what they seem. Well told, and the characters certainly are!
nola, psychics, resort-hotel, amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths, paranormal, murder-investigation, humor
Read on August 22, 2016
What a fun mystery! And it's set in my favorite city to visit, NOLA! Well, technically most of it is in the imaginary Mystic Isle Resort, but it's still on the bayou. The characters are just too much fun, and the humor is excellent. The mystery plot is well executed with many interesting twists, and the locale descriptions are clear. The publisher's blurb is adequate and is no spoiler. Looking forward to the next book with great anticipation!
No erotica and minimal explicit violence despite two murders. Lots of OC references and boob talk. Loads of situational humor. The publisher's blurb doesn't tell you that Maddy designs children's shoes, or that her mother's idea of a bachelorette party is a male strip club. All I can say without doing the spoiler thing is that I laughed myself silly, and the supense and plot twists were great!
Fascinating little story. The beginning is by way of being a back story to the remainder. Typical rendering of the classic college grad problems of finding gainful employment. In this case, she is fortunate to get a positive response from a former professor and becomes her assistant, with compensation a percentage of the payment by the estate. The estate in question is a sort of time capsule from the 1960's and includes a myriad of truly valuable art an furniture, but no new clues to an old murder. All in all, a fascinating window into the world of estate appraisal. Very well worth the read!
If you're looking for Cumberbatch, forget it. If you expect every detail not related to the case to be covered, skip that. If you're looking for a sappy romance, not happening. If you want a good, suspenseful mystery to solve with lots of clues and plot twists, you'll love this book as much as I did!
Sherlock is invisible here in San Francisco. Dr. John Watson is the ME, Detective Lestrade is a grump, Irene Adler is a manic genius, and Ms Hudson has the memory of a high speed computer but no money. The investigation is excellently done. The puns and the verbal and situational humor are real coffee snorters!
Can't wait for more in this new series!
More fun, confusion, and outright stupidity. The mystery aspect is well done and has a lot of twists. The reality aspect is wanting, but this is FICTION! The sleuthing holds the reader's interest, and the romance angle is positively twisted. Mrs. R. and Maddie's mother make me nuts, and not in a good way. But altogether, I think it was great!
Net sales benefit the Semper Fi Fund.
A look into the minds of men during close combat in one day's fighting during The War to End All Wars. Graphic descriptions likely to be triggers. A tough read, but reality based.
ya-only-means-no-gratuitous-erotica, action-adventure, london, 19th-century, fantasy
Read on September 15, 2016
Young adult only means no gratuitous erotica, but there is some violence. Survival as a boy was her only way of life after her father condemned and disowned her following her amazed and horrified discovery that she had influence over her newly dead mother. After she escapes from gaol 5 years later, she is kidnapped by a group of rather self righteous men with an unusual imperative. That's all you get, no spoilers, read the publisher's blurb for more clues. I really enjoyed it, and was unaware that it was YA until I settled in to do the review. Good writing, and a fresh imagination bring this sassy survivor and all of the other characters to life!
urban-fantasy, witches, humor
Read on September 27, 2016
If you like fluffy stories with witches, a vampire, and a warlock that has you rolling on floor laughing (or groaning), you'll love this book. Can't say much for the narrator, though.
time-travel, comedy, romance
Read on October 02, 2016
Starts out too real, but then it starts to get fun and keeps on going. The publisher's blurb is useful, but can't begin to convey the hilarity of this goodie. I mean, the FBI brings in a reporter on a time travel mission? Set reality aside for a time, and I hope that you love this book as much as I did!
law-enforcement, mystery, drag-queens, humor, las-vegas, romance
Maddie and her shoe fetish are hot on the trail of a mystery and Ramirez is having fits. Bestie Dana and the *mahvelous* Marco decide to join in and go to Vegas to *help*. A crazy time is had by all with plot twists and humor galore! Fun read on a dreary afternoon.
toronto, murder-investigation, procedural, law-enforcement, relationships
Read on October 09, 2016
Human bones are found in a park by a veterinary student who spies an apparently lost puppy. He then notifies the police and they are able to determine that it was a man dead for less than twenty years and that he has two major skull fractures. With due diligence they are able to come close and then positively identify the victim and his family. There is much hard and unpleasant work for the investigating team and also for the family before the truth is brought out. Excellent work by the team, the author, and in raising awareness of the pain and problems of the families of people who have gone missing.
I now understand that this is one in a series, and I expect that I will read more of them because this one is so well done.
murder-investigation, argentina, relationships
Read on October 11, 2016
I really enjoyed both the murder investigation and learning about Argentina and Argentine alpaca breeding. The investigation was very well done and had lots of info on cultural differences in law enforcement as well as detailed opportunities for learning about alpaca husbandry and details about a particular firearm and its modification. I was totally absorbed by the opportunities for learning and the plot twists! Caveat: I am a knitting addict as well as addicted to Andrea Camilleri and his ilk.
erotica, shifters, law-enforcement
Read on October 14, 2016
The characters were well done, and the plot sound, for the most part, but near the end, the shifter behaved more like an ultra testosterone vamp than shifter. And I bought more of this series?
urban-fantasy, were-folk, conspiracy, reporter, snark-fest, humor, suspense, erotica, romance
Don't miss this hilarious shifter intro! The dialog had me snorting my coffee! Some situational humor, but mostly the interactive verbal kind that turns any day into a really good one. Plot is hinted at in the publisher's blurb, but there is soooo much more; suspense, romance, mischief, and a conspiracy or two
paranormal, urban-fantasy, snarky
Read on October 15, 2016
The plotting was good, and the characters were fun and interesting, but the phantom whisperer and his minions plus the soul sucking hags just didn't do it for me. Good for someone else, just not me. See publisher's blurb for other clues.
A wonderful mixing of Norse lore and adventure fantasy. Very interesting characters and quite busy plot. Publisher's blurb will give some clues, and I suspect that those who have read the later books will enjoy this even more than I did!
Thanks LibraryThing for giving me the opportunity to win this book in a giveaway!
No need to summarize the book, and the publisher's blurb will give you some clues. The characters are all looney and the action will have you snorting your Mai Tais! Fun and hilarity totally describe this book! Thanks, LibraryThing for having this as a Giveaway!
cozy-mystery, san-francisco, humor, chinese-customs, family-dynamics, relationships
This time Raina is in San Francisco for Chinese New Year when she gets mixed up in another murder investigation. Her PoPo is her sidekick once again, and all kinds of mischief as well as real danger ensue. The insights into Chinese cultural beliefs and practices are fascinating to those of us who have been raised in other ethnic backgrounds. As a cozy mystery, it is really great, with a strong story line and more twists than a mountain road! Each of the books in the series is a stand alone, but they make you want to read all of them!
psychics, paranormal, ghosts, demon, angels, relationships, friendship, NOLA, mystery
Although this is the third in series, it does very well as stand alone. I love the writing and characters in this wonderful world of NOLA! Deanna is a multi degreed psychologist as well as a psychic, but that doesn't change her grief with the death of her brother up in Chicago after a long battle with cancer. She comes home to NOLA and her paranormal work, only to find that her good friend has Shanghaied her into working with a reality TV crew. Lots of frightening situations and interpersonal problems, but very well done, and super attention grabbing. I read it in one afternoon!
Chinese customs, cozy mystery, family dynamics, friendship, relationships, California, murder investigation
Another murder investigation with Raina, her grandmother, and the senior citizen posse! Lots of situational humor, scary stuff, plot twists, and all kinds of mischief make this book and series great. The suspense keeps the reader guessing, and most of the characters really are. The publisher's blurb gives hints, and this one can stand alone if necessary. Definitely a must read!
PI, ex-cop, NOLA, stripper, stress buster, humor, no gratuitous erotica,
What's not to like? Franki really wanted to be a cop, but her mentor was a sleazebag and her lover seemed to prefer lady wrestlers, so she packed up and left Texas for NOLA and her best friend's PI agency. The smothering Italian family had her phone number, though. The verbal humor is great, but the situational humor is guaranteed to have you snorting your caffeine! The publisher's blurb gives hints, but can't really do justice to things like the eccentric ex-stripper who still dresses for pole dancing, or some of the antics the characters get up to. A fun escape read!
I had the ebook, but forgot about it until I got the audio. Glad I waited, because Madeline Mrozek gave an absolutely stellar performance! She really enhances any book that she narrates.
snarky, punfest, humor, amateur sleuth, women sleuths, murder
This book is just too much fun! Each character is quirky and well explored, the verbal and situational humor are hilarious, and the plot is well developed. The publisher's blurb is helpful, and no need for spoilers. No gratuitous erotica! Innuendos yes, but that's part of the fun! Well worth the price!
folklore, mermaid, novella
A mysterious girl who has no known language, a storm at sea, superstitious crewmen on the steamship, and love enters. I love her writing and imagery, the stories just seem to flow along. Still, I am glad that she writes in novella sized pieces or I'd never get anything done!
voodoo, psychics, law enforcement, kidnapping, good-vs-evil, NOLA, angels, ghosts, demons, humor
Another winner! Voodoo, spiders, kidnappings, allergic reaction, a new long term character, a grand new plan! Lots of action and suspense, but lots of laughs as well. Although this book is ok as a stand alone, it is even better if you've read one or more of the earlier ones. The publisher's blurb gives clues but can't begin to prepare you for all the laughs! There is no need for spoilers here,just go ahead and enjoy!
women-sleuths, amateur sleuth, cozy mystery, murder, humor, romance, twisty
The odd parents save Bree from her disastrous attempt at a Hollywood career and get to leave the B&B in her care while they have a special getaway, and she works hard to prove that they didn't murder the man who fell on her when the carpenter opened the back wall of the closet. Add in the disgraced BFF, the attentions of the carpenter, crazy neighbors on each side, her brother the law intern, and some disastrous encounters with local law enforcement, and you have very fertile ground for hilarious verbal and situational humor.
Another excellent cozy from Danger Cove!
amateur sleuth, women sleuths, cozy mystery, romance, humor, law enforcement
A twisty mystery with lots of verbal and situational humor and a crazy assortment of romantic involvements. While working three jobs to pay for med school and a special school for her sister, Mandy finds herself embroiled in the affairs of friends and the mob. There is some sadness, but a whole lot more laughs. See publisher's blurb for hints and clues. No spoilers here, just go ahead and enjoy!
amateur sleuth, women sleuths, cozy mystery, murder investigation, Iowa
Twisty and with lots of suspense. Set in small town rural Iowa which, basically could be farm town anywhere. Everybody knows everyone's business, and the gossip is spread really fast. The murder victim was an unlucky opportunist, the alleged murderer a former resident with a good reason to seriously dislike the man. Plus, there's a manuscript of a mystery novel based on local events, suspicion of illegal goings on, and a deputy with an ax to grind, and some really serious hard evidence. Good reflection of rural reality and some real characters! I loved it!
cozy mystery, amateur sleuth, women sleuths, murder investigation, Danger Cove
After meandering west from Indiana while wallowing in guilt for not really mourning the death of her husband (dimwit was struck by lightning while insisting on playing golf during a thunderstorm), Maura winds up in Danger Cove. When working in high pressure sales, she used to relax by baking and creating recipes, so when she saw that the local bakery was out of business, she began to follow a whim sparked by a passerby. Getting to know this man and so many others, she came to follow her whim, but also became involved in a series of vandalisms and a murder. The mystery is well done with twists and red herrings. Very enjoyable!
murder, law-enforcement, amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths, cozy-mystery, contemporary-romance
I dunno, but I thought it was a great cozy with some remarkable twists. Maybe it's because I'm a red, or maybe it's from the past of working in a teaching hospital. I did like the apt Irish proverbs at the beginning of each chapter even though that is not my ethnicity. But traveling through the tangles of small town long memories and grudges is familiar to all of us who grew up in one, even here in the north. Mandy already has an overload of serious problems with poor solutions when a disappearing body and a hot mysterious man enter her life. And things only get murkier from there. I really enjoyed this afternoon read!
cozy-mystery, amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths, murder
Defining the murderer is only part of the plot in this interestingly twisted mystery. Light hearted yet decidedly plods along gathering red herrings on the way. A good read!
magic, urban-fantasy, law-enforcement, shifters
Found this hiding in my TBR pile! Intriguing tale about an FBI shifter assigned with similar agents to take down criminal shifters in Lafayette, Indiana. A different take on shifters from many that I've read, and totally engaging. Now I'm looking to find more
cozy-mystery, hilarious, ghosts, food
The perfect read after a really bad shift, or day, or whatever. Be prepared to laugh yourself happy! Interesting plot, plenty of suspects and red herrings, crazy twisted ending. Don't miss!
cozy-mystery, danger-cove, amateur-sleuth, recipes
I want to visit Danger Cove! Any of the books stand alone very easily, but reading more of them adds layers. The emphasis in this one is the bakery, the new owner, Riley, with her vintage clothes, there are recipes, and, of course, a totally unexpected murder and the investigation. Lots of twists and a few red herrings, and an assortment of romances make this one interesting read.
Melissa Meshey is perfect as narrator here. She has the perky bouncy persona just right!
Turns out that I had an ebook copy hiding in my TBR pile, but won an audio!
: historical-fiction, magic, urban-fantasy, short, minneapolis, illusionists
It's just before the Wall Street crash and the secretary meets the grifter who also can see the illusion in the street. When he shows up at her flat, her roommate tells them both about the magical talents. Together they confront the real con artist who is cheating people and ruin his scheme. Twisty.
Well written with fine imagery and good character development. Enjoyable!
situational-humor, verbal-humor, amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths, murder-investigation, audiobook
The readers win again with another fun murder mystery by Gemma Halliday! Maddie and her favorite cop are married and expecting, but that doesn't stop her from getting involved in murder investigations, much to husband's dismay. Lots of humor and the perfect book to escape into.
So twisty it makes spirals, inadvertent humor abounds, and fantastically quirky characters come together to make for a good read any time of the year. Cemeteries, mischief, and New Orleans always go together, but when you add in a psychic respected by local law enforcement, and the most unusual individuals sharing a house in the Garden District, you have a book that you don't want to put down!
This laugh riot of a mystery is the very thing to lighten your holiday stresses! Living in NOLA, Franki would rather spend Christmas with her main squeeze, but then her Italian grandmother goes missing so Frankie gets herself off to Houston. There she hunts for her Nona while everyone from the parish priest to the dry cleaner nag her about not having a husband, just like her Nona always does! I love this writer's work!
England, cooking, law-enforcement, humor, mystery -----
The bride is overwrought, the groom has to work the murder, most of the guests at the engagement dinner get food poisoning, the valet gets dead, and Poppy has to manage the wedding catering while avoiding the murderer! A great read!
law-enforcement, amateur-sleuth, murder-investigation, suspense ------
Well done! The mystery aspect was very well plotted, the characters believable and interesting, and the quilting lessons informative. It's not that new suspects kept appearing, but that new evidence would point to a different person in this version of a locked room mystery. Add in some tidbits regarding autonomic syncope, diabetes, and a really annoying person of the AR variety, and this one is right up my alley!
The Dungeon is a bar, the vampire siphons energy and is infatuated with Deanna Oscar. Of course it's set in NOLA! There are angels, demons, an ex-priest, ghosts and other help from beyond. And there's also a pair of divorce combatants, a church cult that is not at all as consensual as the Mennonites, and major involvement by the NOPD. Action, suspense, and craziness round out this latest installment in this truly imaginative series.