Sunday, July 17, 2016

Death Among the Doilies by Mollie Cox Bryan

Great start to a new crafting  cozy mystery series.

Cora is a counselor at an abused women's shelter.  When her childhood best friend shows up at the shelter with her five year old daughter and when Cora's anxiety attacks overwhelm her, Jane and Cora join forces to open a crafting seminar workshop.

As the plans for the first week long workshop draw near, Jane becomes a person of interest in the murder of the town librarian.

The author has mixed in quite a few characters, so the story starts rather slowly.  I like the characters, the location is great, the mystery finally crafted and mysterious, and the cops aren't idiots (always a plus).

Very enjoyable book, I look forward to more in the series.

 Instructions for the craft projects are included in the back of the book.

This book was given to me through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Summer of Love by Katie Fford

I am exhausted.  Why you ask?  Because I stayed up until 3:30 this morning reading Summer of Love.  The book was that entertaining.

Summer of Love is the story of a couple who meet at a party and just click.  They spend the whole evening talking and then she goes home with him. They know that time is short because he is leaving the next day for an extended exploration..  He leaves and nine months later she gives birth to a baby boy she names Rory.

Five years pass and Sian and Rory relocate from London to the country. The first person she meets is Fiona and they become friends.  Fiona has a little party to introduce Sian to a few people. Half way through the meal, in walks Fiona's son, Angus.  Sian knows him as Gus and Rory doesn't know him at all, but Gus is Rory's dad.

This is a great story, made even better by the location.  Yes, the plot line was predictable, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

My First Knitting Book

I knit, in fact I learned to knit about 45 years ago while I was in grade school.  But I stopped knitting for about 30 years and only picked it up again when it seemed like everyone around me was knitting socks. I really love all the new tools, patterns, and techniques and the yarn choices are incredible.

Anyway, why is someone who knows how to knit reading a beginning knitting book?   I am always being asked to teach people to knit and, while it is easy to teach the basics in an hour or so, once they go home they need a book to help them.

My First Knitting Book could definitely be that book.  It's not too big to carry around and it has everything the new knitter needs to know.  The pictures are clear, as are the accompanying instructions.  Not only that, but Hildegarde Deuzo, the author, has included some easy projects.

My favorite project is the egg hats and scarves.  While I freely admit I'm not planning making hats for eggs, those hats would be adorable on my great nieces Barbie dolls.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cracked to Death by Cheryl Hollon

Cracked to Death is very readable.  The author drew me in immediately and I just loved the subject matter (the glass work, not the murder), possibly because stained glass is one of my hobbies. In the introduction the author said she relied on experts, and it shows.

The characters are well drawn and likeable.  This is not the first book in the series and I haven't read the introductory book, but I definitely will. Savannah's new relationship is perfect for her and I look forward to seeing where it leads.

The author has included in this series a young man with Asperberger's Syndrome. Based on people I know with Asperberger's, the author has fairly represented their issues.

Another thing I like in this cozy is that Savannah has a good relationship with the lead police detective. So many times, the police are made out to be bumblers who need help to solve the crimes.

All in all, this is a great book and I highly recommend it.  I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Wedding Bell Blues

Wedding Bell Blues was a good book.  The drawback for me was that I had not read the first book in the series, so I didn't know the backstories on the characters.  I will definitely go back and read the first book, because I want to get to know the quirky characters.

This book fulfills all my requirements for a good cozy mystery.  Good location (for some reason I just love small towns), friendly people with flaws, a main character in a relationship, and an off the wall crime.

I can see these characters developing as the series progresses.  I look forward to following them as they do.

I received this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.  I honestly enjoyed reading the book.