Chocolate Covered Murder(Lucy Stone Mysteries #20) by Leslie Meier

Book Description

Publication Date: December 27, 2011 | Series: Lucy Stone Mysteries
Between a cutthroat dessert contest and her daughter’s new job at the fanciest chocolate shop Tinker’s Cove has ever seen, Lucy Stone is on a steady diet of tempting treats! But with a killer on the loose, and Valentine’s Day around the corner, there may be nothing sweeter than revenge. . .It’s frigid in snow-covered Tinker’s Cove, and Lucy is fighting the winter blues–and her widening waistline. No one in their right mind would vacation in Maine this time of year, but to boost the economy, the town is launching a travel promotion for Valentine’s Day. As a reporter for the Pennysaver, Lucy is assigned a puff piece on upscale Chanticleer’s Chocolates, and its deliciously handsome owner, Trey Meacham. But when a local fisherman drowns suspiciously, Lucy’s certain her investigative skills could be put to better use. . .

Everyone is shocked when Fern’s Famous Fudge loses its status as “Best Candy on the Coast” to Chanticleer’s pricey newfangled confections. And Lucy soon discovers there’s another tantalizing tart behind the counter. Sultry store manager Tamzin Graves is only too eager to serve her male clientele–who find her as mouth-watering as her beef-jerky-spiked truffles. Leaving a throng of jealous women in her wake, it’s almost no surprise when Tamzin is the next to turn up dead, her body covered in chocolate. . .

Could a bitter ex-wife be behind the crimes? Or a candy shop competitor? There’s no sugar-coating the truth, and as Lucy closes in on the culprit, she may find herself locked in the clutches of a half-baked killer. . .

–This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

Review –
Who doesn’t like to read about chocolate ?  The Lucy Stone Mysteries  are perfect for a fast, pleasant read in any season or locale and I can’t wait for the next one to see what trouble the characters get into.

Tuesday’s Child by Fern Michaels

Book Description

Publication Date: June 26, 2012
On the eve of her retirement, Georgia attorney Mikala Aulani is as vivacious and vibrant as ever, eagerly anticipating a happy future with her partner, Ben. But if Kala has learned anything in thirty-five years of practicing law, it’s that the truth can always surprise you. And when Adam Star turns up at her office, confessing to the long-ago murder of his wife, Kala must return to a notorious case that has never stopped haunting her. Ten years have passed since young nurse Sophie Lee was accused of murdering her wealthy patient, Audrey Star. Kala defended Sophie and had no doubt of her innocence – or of Adam Star’s guilt – but the prosecution convinced a jury otherwise. Sophie was convicted on a Tuesday – the day on which every significant event in her life, good or bad, seems to happen. Now, on the verge of his death, Adam exonerates Sophie and also leaves her a huge fortune in atonement. Released from prison, Sophie retreats to Kala’s house and tries to evade the media frenzy that surrounds her. Kala is determined to help her client make her way back into the world and adjust to her new wealth and freedom. Yet for both, there are still revelations in store – about the nature of redemption, the strange workings of fate, and the power of forgiveness. And most of all, about the secrets that hide in every heart – even those we think we know best.
Review –
This book has an engaging plot with unique characters and is a real whodunit!   You think you know what the outcome will be but then something happens and it goes off in another direction.  It’s a fast summer time read and if you’re a fan of mysteries put this one on your list.

Fifty Shades of Grey( 50 Shades Trilogy) by E. L. James

Book Description

Publication Date: April 3, 2012 | Series: Fifty Shades Trilogy (Book 1)

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
This book is intended for mature audiences.

Review –

I had not planned to read this series because of all the hype but my sister-in-law in Alabama persuaded me to give in and try them.  So, okay, I decided I would BUT I would not BUY them.  I put the first one on hold at our local library and was called a couple of days later that they had it ready for me.

I really don’t know what I expected but it certainly wasn’t  what I found.  It was much more descriptively ( I don’t think that’s a word but oh well.) sexual than I thought it would be and it actually had a plot which I also had not expected.  It was a very fast read and I took it back to the library in a day and a half and put the second one on hold…….more on that one later. My favorite parts are the emails between Christian and Ana, I thought the author did a good job with those. As a hold I learned more about some things that I’ll ever need to know. Enough said.

After reading this one I HAD  to go on to the next one, didn’t I?

If things sexual in a book bother you this is not the series for you, stay clear.