Death of a Charming Man(Hamish MacBeth #10) by M.C. Beaton

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Published: July 1, 1995

Hamish Macbeth’s unofficial engagement to the stunning Priscilla Halburton-Smythe is reminding the constable of the old adage about answered prayers. His lovely fiancée has replaced his cozy wood stove with a modern electric one and is busy trying to “make a man of him.” The only man Hamish wants to be is the one who slouches about the village, gossiping, fishing, and deftly solving a crime or two.

Deciding that this may be a good time for a little retreat, Hamish ambles over to the nearby backwater of Drim – ostensibly to check out a posh English chap who’s causing a most unusual problem. Single, wealthy, and terribly attractive, newcomer Peter Hynd has thrown the middle-aged matrons of Drim into a flutter, and put their men, dour Highlanders whose feelings run deep, on a slow burn.

Hamish’s instincts tell him this seemingly charming young man likes to stir up trouble, and it’s not long before the seething emotions transform the sleepy village into a hotbed of threats, domestic rows, and violent murder. With Hamish’s own relationship raising doubts about hearts and flowers, he’s more than ready to do what he now must – investigate the darker side of love . . .

Review –

M. C. Beaton is a master at the cozy mystery and even in the 10th novel, we are still interested in the life and crimes of the northern Highlands. As always, the townsfolk and Hamish’s seemingly lazy personality are at the core of the book. The mystery was well constructed and not easy to figure out, but it’s the quirky characters who keep me coming back to Lochdubh.

Easy, relaxing read.

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Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure (Aunt Dimity Mystery #21) by Nancy Atherton

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Published: May 24, 2016

While exploring the attic in her cottage near the small English village of Finch, Lori Shepherd makes an extraordinary discovery: a gold and silver bracelet inlaid with gleaming garnets, which she quickly learns belonged to Aunt Dimity. When Lori brings news of the garnet bracelet to Aunt Dimity, it awakens poignant memories of a doomed romance in Aunt Dimity’s past. Regretfully, Aunt Dimity asks Lori to do what she could not bring herself to do—return the bracelet to her unsuccessful suitor or to his rightful heir.

In the meantime, a new family has moved to Finch. The villagers are thrilled because their new neighbors are avid metal detectorists. Metal detectors soon become all the rage in Finch and the villagers unearth a lot of rubbish (some of it quite embarrassing) before one of them stumbles upon a real treasure—an ancient hoard of priceless gold and silver artifacts.

The artifacts look strangely familiar to Lori. She begins to suspect that the villager isn’t the only person who’s stumbled upon the hoard. Did Aunt Dimity’s suitor get there first? If he took the garnet bracelet from the hoard, what else might he have taken? Was Aunt Dimity’s long-lost love a common thief? If so, who is his rightful heir? As Lori searches for answers, she discovers an unexpected link between the buried treasure in the village and the treasure buried in Aunt Dimity’s heart.

Review –

If you love cozy mysteries, you should really read the Aunt Dimity Mystery Series, and in order. Sometimes it doesn’t make a difference in which order a series is read but this one follows the characters from the beginning with the discovery of an unexpected inheritance by a woman Lori didn’t even know, to how Lori met the man she would marry and their  life in the quaint village of Finch in England. There is a natural progression in the lives of all the characters involved  and the reading is easy and a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

I love this book just as much as the others and look forward to the next one.

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Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

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The 1872 sequel to Alice In Wonderland

Join Alice in another trip to the outlandish world of Wonderland. When Alice idly wonders what life is like on the other side of her mirror, she suddenly finds that she can pass through the glass and see for herself. Once there, she meets an array of nursery rhyme characters and other fantastic creatures, all displaying the odd lack of sense (as we know it) that is the rule in Wonderland. But Alice finds she can hold her own – even against the daunting Red Queen. An absurd and delightful foray into the mind of Lewis Carroll, containing such famous poems as ‘Jabberwocky’ and ‘The Walrus and the Carpenter’, Through the Looking Glass is one of the classics of children’s literature.
Review –
I needed a break from zombies,grave robbers and vampires so what do I decide to read, Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll with talking flowers and the jabberwock. It was wonderful!!

Dirty Martini (Jack Daniels Mystery #4) by J.A. Konrath

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Publication Date:February 4, 2013

In Whiskey Sour, Chicago police Lieutenant Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels hunted down a killer dubbed “The Gingerbread Man.”
In Bloody Mary, she busted a psychopath with a penchant for dismemberment.
In Rusty Nail, it was a serial killer with a doozy of a family tree.
And now, in Dirty Martini, Jack faces her toughest adversary yet: a sicko who’s poisoning the city’s food supply. But that’s just the start of what he has planned, because he’s aiming to kill fifty thousand people in the single biggest act of terrorism the US has ever seen. Can she stop him — and decide whether to accept boyfriend Latham’s surprise proposal — without destroying both her reputation and her sanity?
Join Jack, her partner Herb, and her nemesis Harry McGlade, for her fourth, and greatest, case so far.
Review –
This is the first book that I’ve read in the Jack Daniels Mystery series and while I enjoyed it I don’t know if I’ll read any others. It’s a fluff  read, easy and predictable and doesn’t need many brain waves.

Do Not Disturb(Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery #2) by Kate Kingsbury

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Published: 1994     Series: The Pennyfoot Hotel Mysteries

 

Charged with keeping the London aristocracy entertained at   Badger’s End, a seaside resort, Cecily Sinclair finds her job   complicated when one of the guests is murdered.

 

Review –

Cute story but probably will not read the rest of the series.

 

Shooting Stars and Other Deadly Things (Carrie Carlin Mysteries #3) by Nancy Tesler

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Publication Date:November 16, 2012

Book Three
Carrie Carlin, divorcée, supermom, biofeedback therapist and sometime solver of murders, mostly by chance is in hot water again. Guy-friend, detective Ted Brodsky, who jokingly nicknames her Curious Georgette, is less than pleased when Carrie seems to be more interested in a homicide investigation on his turf than she is in his matrimonial aspirations.
When a local philanthropist is killed by a hit-and-run biker, the police call the death accidental because no weapon is found at the scene. “Not so,” says the only witness, Franny Gold, the elderly owner of an antique shop near Carrie’s office. Franny insists the biker deliberately aimed for the woman’s head, throwing a “lasso kind of thing” with a metal star-like object attached to it. Now Franny is being stalked. How can Carrie, whose job it is to help people cope with pain and stress, not take the terrified Franny into her home? And how, despite Ted’s displeasure, can she remain uninvolved when she inadvertently learns about the victim’s less-than-virtuous life which included a “Cinderella” step-daughter, a bizarre will, and many lovers, among them a prominent lawyer?
But when Carrie gets clipped on the head by a star-shaped metal “Frisbee” while talking to the victim’s husband, Ted’s patience with her meddling begins to fray. Then Franny’s stalker starts stalking Carrie and a mysterious Japanese gentleman appears with a warning. Carrie’s unquenchable curiosity propels her into a web of Asian mob intrigue, white slavery, and corruption in high places where exploitation and murder are part of the big money game, and a nosy amateur sleuth is an annoying mosquito to be swatted if she gets in the way….
Review –
This is an easy read that it fast paced and takes your mind of more serious things for a while.  I will continue to read this series.

Panic by Sharon M Draper

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Release date: March 12, 2013
This gripping and chillingly realistic novel from New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper shows that all it takes is one bad decision for everything to change.Diamond knows not to get into a car with a stranger.But what if the stranger is well-dressed and handsome? On his way to meet his wife and daughter? And casting a movie that very night—a movie in need of a star dancer? What then?Then Diamond might make the wrong decision.

It’s a nightmare come true: Diamond Landers has been kidnapped. She was at the mall with a friend, alone for only a few brief minutes—and now she’s being held captive, forced to endure horrors beyond what she ever could have dreamed, while her family and friends experience their own torments and wait desperately for any bit of news.

From New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper, this is a riveting exploration of power: how quickly we can lose it—and how we can take it back.

Review –

Believable plot, nicely developed characters, intense and raw, but now too much and as easy read. What more can a reader ask for?

This was my first reading of anything by the author but it won”t be my last.

Aunt Dimity and the Duke (Aunt Dimity Mysteries #2)by Nancy Atherton

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Release date: November 1, 1995
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Emma Porter is forty, fat, frumpy, and a passionate amateur gardener. When her longtime lover dumps her for a younger woman, Emma escapes the cloying sympathy of family and friends by setting out on a summer-long driving tour of England’s glorious gardens. A Dimity-contrived coincidence brings her to Penford Hall, a sprawling Gothic mansion in Cornwall, where she finds a duke in search of a missing lantern with extraordinary powers. Suspecting there’s more than one mystery to be solved at Penford Hall, Emma accepts the duke’s invitation to stay on and restore the once glorious chapel garden to its former beauty. The dark rumors surrounding a rock star and the near-death of the duke’s beautiful cousin confirm Emma’s suspicions, and set her–with Aunt Dimity’s ghostly guidance–on the path to Penford Hall’s secrets and the pleasure of unexpected love.
Review –
I am so glad I found this series.  It is delightful,enchanting and a joy to read.

Return To Sender by Fern Michaels

From Booklist

Lin Townsend is the owner of a successful diner in Georgia. Her son Will is kind, courteous, intelligent, and about to embark on his freshman year at NYU. Little would anyone know that almost 20 years earlier Lin had been pregnant and alone, kicked out by her religious father and rejected by the baby’s father. But with that life behind her, Lin is excited about bringing her son to New York where he can start the life she worked so hard to give him. But all is turned upside down when she runs into Nick Pemberton—Will’s father, the man who abandoned her all those years ago. Michaels tells a story that is simultaneously heartbreaking, suspenseful, and tender. Filled with anger and resolved to punish Nick for his past actions, Lin, with the help of a hired detective, begins to unravel the truth of her past and make important decisions about her future. –Claire Orphan
Review-
This was an easy read and  I enjoyed it very much.  Not too thought provoking-just a good way to pass a hot summer day.