Category Archives: Books

books I’ve read – not all of them are listed here, only those I’ve done reviews of

My Musing ~ Catnapped by Patricia Fry

CatnappedCatnapped by Patricia Fry is the first book in the “Klepto Cat” mystery series. Publisher: Matilija Press, November 2013

When Savannah Jordan agrees to help her aunt while she recovers from a broken foot, she doesn’t expect to walk into a mystery, become part of a not-quite-legal surveillance team, be kidnapped by a deranged stranger and meet a steaming hot veterinarian. Beloved neighborhood cats are missing—the community can only guess at their fate—and Aunt Margaret’s life is being threatened. Is it because she has a clue to the missing cats or is it something more sinister?

This was a great introduction to Savannah and her friends with an engaging premise that was fun to read. I enjoyed the style and the ease at which this light mystery flowed from scene to scene, keeping me in suspense as the drama played out. There were some moments there that had me quickly turning the pages to see that all ended well and it did. I also enjoyed the blossoming relationships between several of the characters. This was an entertaining read and I’m glad I discovered this series.

My Musing ~ Mansion of Meows by Patricia Fry

Mansion of MeowsMansion of Meows by Patricia Fry is the 9th book in the “Klepto Cat” mystery series. Publisher: Matilija Press, February 2015

Rags’s documentary is scheduled to debut. The showing will take place at the investor’s San Francisco mansion, where the Ivey family and film crew will stay. Of course, the mansion holds secrets and Rags is instrumental in letting the cats out of the bag.

Savannah and Aunt Margaret share another daring adventure and, of course, find themselves in deeper than they expected.

This is a new-to-me series and I loved it. I love the comfortable tone and the flow of this light-hearted mystery. The author did a great job in keeping the suspense alive throughout this tale. from beginning to end. The characters are delightful, especially Savannah, her aunt Maggie and Savannah’s cat, Rags, who mysteriously finds himself involved in a dark deep secret that once uncovered becomes a riveting read that was hard to put down. This was a good read and I look forward to more fun with the Iveys and their friends.

My Musing ~ 7 Brides For 7 Bodies by Stephanie Bond

7 Brides for 7 Bodies7 Brides For 7 Bodies by Stephanie Bond is the 9th book in the “Body Movers” sexy mystery series. Publisher: Stephanie Bond, Incorporated, March 2015

Happily never after. . .

Carlotta Wren’s life has taken a startling turn–she’s not sure what’s going to happen next. So when her retail job temporarily plants her in the world of wedding planning, she’s happy for the distraction–at first. Because the happily-ever-after setting only heightens the stress surrounding the decisions she faces about her romantic life. The three hot men vying for her attention aren’t going to wait forever for her answer.

On the other hand, at least the bridal show gets her away from body moving for a while, right? Wrong. Because when grooms all over Atlanta start dropping like flies, once again, Carlotta finds herself square in the middle of a murder mystery!

I’m so thrilled that this series has been resurrected and this book continues the adventures of Carlotta, Wes, Jack, Coop and others. This was a good read and I enjoyed every aspect of this mystery that was hard to put down. A fast-paced and action filled drama that kept me engaged and entertained throughout. There were a couple of surprising twists, one of which happened at the end that gave me pause, because I did not expect nor want what happened. I’m hoping the next book solves itself to my satisfaction. Overall this was a good read.

My Musing ~ Marked Masters by Ritter Ames

Marked MastersMarked Masters by Ritter Ames is the second book in the “Bodies of Art” mystery series. Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing, March 2015

Laurel Beacham made working solo a habit and a personal success story. The world’s leading art recovery expert, she is known for her nerve, instincts, and the ability to do whatever it takes to bring each masterpiece back safely. Museums applaud her while thieves admire the cunning way she operates. No matter the odds against her, she listens to her instinct when challenges mount.

Right now, those instincts are screaming a warning.

Laurel’s last job landed her the head position over the London branch of the Beacham Foundation. All well and good, except bringing one case to a close only opened another even bigger one. And more importantly, the new case inextricably connects to Jack Hawkes, a man smart enough to be her equal, but one who keeps her trust meter hovering in the red zone. The pair leap headlong into a plot that gets more dangerous and illusive by the minute. As the bodies and forgeries add up and the clock counts down, will Laurel’s skills help her make it out of this job alive?

I like it. Immediately you are pulled into a fast paced, non-stop action drama that had me quickly turning the pages because I had to know what happens next. The excitement, the mystery, the suspense and the solid plot escalated this tale of worldwide exploits in their pursuit of stolen property. Oh what fun it would be to journey with Jack and Laurel who play their part splendidly with a bit of intrigue that rivals a few of the detective’s shows I used to watch. I love watching the interaction and the banter between the two and I liked that the author gave us more insights into these two characters, which explains most of why they do what they do. Boasting a great cast of characters, good conversations and the global background, this was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to the third book in this exciting series.

My Musing ~ Slayed On The Slopes by Kate Dyer-Seeley

Slayed On The SlopesSlayed On The Slopes by Kate Dyer-Seeley is the second book in the Th“Pacific Northwest” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, March 2015

After talking her way into a job writing for Portland’s Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg Reed may now really be in over her head. Actually, about 8,000 feet over her head. . .

She’s at Mount Hood’s remote Silcox Hut, covering the seriously hardcore Ridge Rangers– Oregon’s elite high-altitude rescue team–during their four-day winter training. Sure, Meg beefed up her outdoor skills over the summer . . . but she’s still hoping to cover the event with some hot chocolate by the cheery fireplace. Then, during a sudden blizzard, she swears she hears gunshots. No one stranded in the hut believes her . . . until self-absorbed Ridge Ranger Ben Rogers is found outside in a pool of frozen blood. Meg’s now got to find this killer quickly . . . before cabin fever does them all in!

I like it. The mystery kept me busy trying to figure out what was going on and the identity of the killer. I love the pace of this drama and the ease in which each scene was depicted with a clue here or there that culminated in creating an exciting whodunit that was engaging and entertaining. The author did a great job in setting up this tale with a bevy of suspects and twisty turns that propelled me to quickly finish this that ended with a strong showing. This was a good read and I look forward to more outdoor exploits with Meg and her friends.

My Musing ~ Death Comes Quickly by Susan Witting Albert

Death Comes QuicklyDeath Comes Quickly by Susan Witting Albert is the 22nd book in the “China Bayles” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, April 2014

When China’s and Ruby’s friend Karen Prior is mugged in a mall parking lot and dies a few days later, China begins to suspect that her friend’s death was not a random assault. Karen was a filmmaker supervising a student documentary about the fifteen-year-old murder of a woman named Christine Morris and the acquittal of the man accused of the crime. Is it possible that the same person who killed Christine Morris targeted Karen?

Delving into the cold case, China learns the motive for the first murder may be related to a valuable collection of Mexican art. Enlisting the help of her San Antonio lawyer friend Justine Wyzinski—aka the Whiz—China is determined to track down the murderer. But is she painting herself into a corner from which there’s no escape?

It’s like homecoming when I enter the world of China Bayles and her friends. This book was a very enjoyable read in a series that continues to entertain me with a mystery that puts me right there with China and the tidbits of herbal living. In this book, China is on the case, once again, with some help from her friends who are a welcome sighting when they appear in the books. Unraveling everything comes down to one clue and will China grab it in time? You’ll have to read this to find out. A side story brings a bit of sadness, but of course with sadness there’s hope. This was a great read and I look forward to reading Bittersweet, the next book in this terrific series.

My Musing ~ What The Fly Saw by Frankie Y. Bailey

What The Fly SawWhat The Fly Saw by Frankie Y. Bailey is the second book in the “Detective Hannah McCabe” mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur, March 2015

Albany, New York, January 2020

The morning after a blizzard that shut down the city, funeral director Kevin Novak is found dead in the basement of his funeral home. The arrow sticking out of his chest came from his own hunting bow.

A loving husband and father and an active member of a local megachurch, Novak has no known enemies. His family and friends say he was depressed because his best friend died suddenly of a heart attack and Novak blamed himself. But what does his guilt have to do with his death? Maybe nothing, maybe a lot. The minister of the megachurch and the psychiatrist who provides counseling to church members–do either of them know more than they are saying?

Detective Hannah McCabe and her partner, Mike Baxter, sort through lies and evasions to solve the riddle of Novak’s death, while unanswered questions from another high-profile case, and McCabe’s own suspicions make for a dynamite crime novel.

I am a fan of the present, the here and now, when I’m reading a book, but this futuristic story kept my interest and I did enjoy the interplay between the characters, be it the main protagonist, the victim and the supporting players. The author did a good job in pacing the drama so that it was easy to follow and the twists and turns heightened this mystery that resulted in a satisfying outcome.