After absolutely loving The Alpine Advocate and vowing to read everyone in the series in order (which would be a mystery series first for me), I was a bit disappointed by this somewhat convoluted mystery...I also never like Hollywood subplots with sexy actresses and hunky co-stars and such - I live in LA and it always feels phony in books...
I still plan to give Alpine Christmas a try, and we'll see from there...
I really enjoy the Emma Lord series and for the first time in my mystery reading career, am trying to read them in order (the ABC order of the titles is making that easy!) Emma is a newspaper owner and editor in quirky small-town Washington - I find I like my cozies taking place in small towns, and while Alpine isn't as quirky as Maggody, it has its unique charms. I enjoy her on/off romance with Tom Cavenaugh, her priest brother Ben and just about everything in this easy to read, light in tone (well, except for the dismembered body parts) mystery.
this was the first in this series I had read, and I enjoyed it very much, in fact I've requested another Grace and Favor mystery via this website! Saw this at my local library's Book Sale, so bought an extra copy to swap.
This was a little too new-agey for me, plus I think I'm too old...looking for the Thinking Woman's Guide at this point...I love the idea, though, essays from young women of many different faiths and beliefs.
"Freddie O'Neal is a latter day Travis McGee"..."a private eye with wit, grit, heart and lasting power". A unique and engaging crime-fighter wholikes cats and keno and who gambles with her own life in tackling crime in Reno."
This book is for reading level 5.0 (ages 8-12) but it seems that the theme is more 10+. "Clara becomes best friends with Nettie almost the day they meet. Everything about Nettie is wonderful, including her family who seem to live a charmed life, full of warmth and laughter...so different from what Clara is used to. But then, in just a split second, that perfect world is shattered and Clara discovers the strengths of her own family and a new understanding of the true meaning of friendship."
So not my usual type of book, but I really enjoyed it! The title alone was worth the price of admission (which, I guess was the $1.42 I spent sending someone else a book to get the credit). I would think Buffy/Angel fans would love it..
While I did not enjoy this installment as much as I enjoyed the first one I read (Death of a Political Plant), I do enjoy Ripley's style and would seek out more in the series. It's funny, because I have a pretty black thumb, but the escapades of Louise Eldredge, hostess of a PBS gardening series still entertain me!
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I enjoy this Cozy Mystery series in small bits. While I find a series set in Amish Country inherently interesting, stylistically I find the main character grates after a while. Her whines and rants don't change much from book to book. The mystery aspect is always solid, though.
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Is it sophomore syndrome? I just did not enjoy this Josie Toadfern Cozy Mystery nearly as much as the first one I read in the series, Death by Deep Dish Pie. Maybe it's the not-very-loose Martha Stewart tie-in..sigh..I'm pretty tired of Martha...
an average Hamish McBeth is better than almost any other Cozy, and this is better than average! Hamish is still mooning over Priscilla, and his adventures take him to a Highlands fishing school where a Gossipy student meets an untimely end.