Daily Archives: June 8, 2014

Paw Enforcement by Diane Kelly

Paw EnforcementPaw Enforcement by Diane Kelly is the first book in the “Paw Enforcement” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, June 2014

Paw Enforcement introduces police officer Megan Luz and her loyal K-9 partner Brigit — two Fort Worth cops who are worth their weight in kibble.

Officer Luz is lucky she still has a job after tasering a male colleague where it counts the most. Sure, he had it coming—which is why the police chief is giving Megan a second chance. The catch? Her new partner can’t carry a gun, can’t drive a cruiser, and can’t recite the Miranda Rights. Because her new partner is a big furry police dog. So that’s what the chief meant when he called Megan’s partner a real b*tch…

With Brigit out on the beat, Megan is writing up enough tickets to wallpaper the whole station. But when a bomb goes off at the mall’s food court, it’s up to Megan and Brigit to start digging—and sniffing—for clues. With the help of dead-sexy bomb-squad expert Seth Rutledge and his own canine partner named Blast, Megan finds herself in a desperate race to collar a killer. Will justice be served—or will she end up in the doghouse?

Paired with one another, we follow the story of police officer Megan and her new canine partner Sgt. Brigit. I love the format of this book with its sub-heading alerting me as to who is doing the talking. This very enjoyable drama had a comfortable tone, chapters that were easy to follow and some laugh-out-loud moments that was hard to put down as I had to know what was going to happen next. The author did a great job in presenting clues as to who was behind the deadly actions facing Officer Megan with some surprising twists that kept me glued to the pages. Megan is a gutsy heroine who knows what she wants and I’m looking forward to seeing her reach her goal with hopefully more books in this wonderfully engaging and entertaining debut series.

Murder, Simply Stitched by Isabella Alan

Murder Simply StitchedMurder, Simply Stitched by Isabella Alan is the second book in the “Amish Quilt Shop” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, June 2014

When Angela Braddock enters her quilts in an Amish auction, she never expects one of her neighbors to end up going, going, gone.

Angie is finding her niche as the new owner of her late aunt’s Amish quilt shop, Running Stitch. But as the summer is winding down, so is business. To bolster support for the shop, Angie decides to sell her quilts in the Rolling Brook Amish Auction, including some of her aunt’s most prized works.

The quilts promise to be a hit—but the gavel comes down on the lively event when Angie stumbles upon the body of township trustee Wanda Hunt behind a canning shed. The cause of death: a poisoned blueberry fry pie from Rachel Miller’s bakery table. Now Angie’s closest friend is a murder suspect. With Angie taking the lead, she and the other women of her aunt’s quilting circle set out to patch together the clues and stop a killer set on shredding the simple peace of Rolling Brook.

This was a wonderfully crafted story that I did not want to end. Angie and her friends are on the case when one of their own becomes a prime suspect. This was a good mystery that grabbed my attention from the start that I could not put down because I had to know how it was all going to end. The author did a great job of pulling it all together with plenty of suspects and some intriguing twists that kept me glued to the pages. Boasting a great cast of characters, entertaining and humorous dialogue and a comfortable tone, this was a great read and I can’t wait for the next book in this delightfully appealing series.

Murder in Merino by Sally Goldenbaum

Murder In MerinoMurder in Merino by Sally Goldenbaum is the 8th book in the “Seaside Knitters” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, May 2014

It’s autumn in Sea Harbor, and as the tourists leave, a mysterious guest arrives. When she’s implicated in a crime, the Seaside Knitters must quickly table their knitting project and search out a motif for murder.

Fall is usually a relaxing time in Sea Harbor, but it’s turning out to be a busy season for Izzy Chambers Perry. Not only is she helping the Seaside Knitters make a magnificent throw to celebrate the fortieth wedding anniversary of her aunt and uncle, but she and her husband are finally selling the cottage she lived in before she got married and had a darling baby girl. To Izzy’s surprise, newcomer Julia Ainsley seems determined to buy the home—although she’s never set foot inside.

But on the day of the open house, things take a dark turn. A body is uncovered in the cottage’s backyard. When the police find Julia’s name and phone number in the victim’s pocket, this slender thread of evidence makes her a person of interest. Soon the spotlight of suspicion widens to include old friends and town leaders as a tragic happening, long buried in the sleepy seaside town, is slowly brought to the surface.

Before the joyful anniversary celebration can be realized, the Seaside Knitters must work to unravel the real reason Julia Ainsley has come to their town—and the tangled and troubled ties from the past that bind friends and townsfolk together.

As always, the author transports me to Sea Harbor in this character-driven drama with her wonderfully creative storyline that leaves me hungry for more time with Nell, Izzy, Cass, Ben and the rest of the gang. A stranger arrives, a murder with close ties to the past and a secret long buried threatens their harmony that is until the Seaside Knitters jump right into an investigation that will either close or open a door for some of the residents. I love the comfortable tone in this evenly paced whodunit that boasts good conversations and a feel good atmosphere. I’m looking forward to the next chapter in the lives of Nell and her friends in this delightfully charming series.