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The Royal Wulff Murders by Keith McCafferty

The Royal Wulff Murders by Keith McCafferty

March 26, 2016 2016, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, I love Libraries, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 1

The Royal Wulff Murders by Keith McCafferty Series: Sean Stranahan series #1 Genre: Mystery Setting: Montana Published by Viking, 2012 Library book 352 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: A clever and fast-paced murder mystery full of wit, suspense, and fly fishing. When a fishing guide reels in the body of a young man on the Madison, the Holy Grail of Montana trout rivers, Sheriff Martha Ettinger suspects foul play. It’s not just the stick jammed into the man’s eye that draws her attention; it’s the Royal Wulff trout fly stuck in his bloated lower lip. Following her instincts, Ettinger soon finds herself crossing paths with Montana newcomer Sean Stranahan. Fly fisher, painter,… Read more »

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A Muddied Murder by Wendy Tyson

A Muddied Murder by Wendy Tyson

March 25, 2016 2016, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

A Muddied Murder by Wendy Tyson Series: A Greenhouse Mystery #1 Genre: Mystery (cozy) Setting: Winsome, Pennsylvania Published by Henery Press, 2016 Format: e-Arc (Release Date: March 29) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 235 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: When Megan Sawyer gives up her big-city law career to care for her grandmother and run the family’s organic farm and café, she expects to find peace and tranquility in her scenic hometown of Winsome, Pennsylvania. Instead, her goat goes missing, rain muddies her fields, the town denies her business permits, and… Read more »

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Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

March 11, 2016 2016, B+, book rating, Goodreads, NetGalley, Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop Series: The Others #4 Genre: Urban Fantasy Setting: Lakeside Published by Penguin/Roc, 2016 Format: e-Arc (Release Date: March 8) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 416 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both… Read more »

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Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

March 8, 2016 2016, A-, book rating, Goodreads, NetGalley, Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, Science Fiction/Fantasy Bingo Reading Challenge 6

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs Series: Mercy Thompson #9 Genre: Urban Fantasy Setting: Tri-cities area of Washington State Published by Ace, 2016 Format: e-Arc (Release Date: March 8) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 352 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen… Read more »

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Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima

Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima

March 4, 2016 2016, A-, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, I love Libraries, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima Series: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #1 Genre: Contemporary Mystery, Police Procedural Setting: Timber Creek, Colorado–the high country in Colorado Published by Crooked Lane Publishing, 2015 Hardback, Library 320 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: When a young girl is found dead in the mountains outside Timber Creek, life-long resident Officer Mattie Cobb and her partner, K-9 police dog Robo, are assigned to the case that has rocked the small Colorado town. With the help of Cole Walker, local veterinarian and a single father, Mattie and Robo must track down the truth before it claims another victim. But the more Mattie investigates, the more she realizes how many… Read more »

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Second Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy

Second Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy

February 26, 2016 2016, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Second Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy Series: Mary Handley Mystery #1 Genre: Historical Mystery, Police Procedural Setting: Brooklyn, 1888 Published by Broadway Books, 2015 E-book, purchased 336 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Mary Handley is a not your typical late-nineteenth century lady. She’s fiery, clever, daring—and she’s not about to conform to the gender norms of the day. Not long after being fired from her job at the hat factory for insubordinate behavior, Mary finds herself at the murder scene of Charles Goodrich, the brother of a prominent alderman and former bookkeeper of Thomas Edison. When Mary proves her acumen as a sleuth, she is hired by the Brooklyn police department—as… Read more »

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Shards of Murder by Cheryl Hollon

Shards of Murder by Cheryl Hollon

February 25, 2016 2016, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, NetGalley, Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 6

Shards of Murder by Cheryl Hollon Series: A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery #2 Genre: Mystery (cozy) Setting: St. Petersburg, Florida Published by Kensington, 2016 Format: e-Arc (Release Date: Feb 23) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 304 pages Grade: B Synopsis: When a glass-making competition turns deadly, glass shop owner Savannah Webb must search for a window into a criminal’s mind… As the new proprietor of Webb’s Glass Shop, Savannah has been appointed to fill her late father’s shoes as a judge for the Spinnaker Arts Festival, held in downtown St. Petersburg,… Read more »

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Out of the Blues by Trudy Nan Boyce

Out of the Blues by Trudy Nan Boyce

February 22, 2016 2016, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, NetGalley, Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

Out of the Blues by Trudy Nan Boyce Series: Unknown Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural Setting: Atlanta, Georgia Published by G.P. Putnam’s, 2016 Format: e-Arc (Release Date: Feb 23) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 352 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: From an author with more than thirty years’ experience in the Atlanta Police Department comes a riveting procedural debut introducing an unforgettable heroine. On her first day as a newly minted homicide detective, Sarah “Salt” Alt is given the cold-case murder of a blues musician whose death was originally ruled an accidental drug… Read more »

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Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O’Connor

Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O’Connor

February 19, 2016 2016, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, NetGalley, Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 3

Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O’Connor Series: Unknown (but I hope so!) Genre: Contemporary Mystery Setting: Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland Published by Kensington, 2016 Format: e-Arc (Release Date: Feb 23) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 304 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie’s Bistro has always been a warm and welcoming spot to visit with neighbors, enjoy some brown bread and tea, and get the local gossip. Nowadays twenty-two-year-old Siobhán O’Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her… Read more »

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Twisted Threads by Lea Wait

Twisted Threads by Lea Wait

February 16, 2016 2016, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 8

Twisted Threads by Lea Wait Series: Mainely Needlepoint #1 Genre: Mystery (cozy) Setting: Harbor Haven, Maine Published by Kensington, 2015 E-book, purchased 320 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Returning to the quaint coastal town of Harbor Haven, Maine—a place she once called home—Angie Curtis finds her memories aren’t all quite pleasant ones… After leaving a decade ago, Angie has been called back to Harbor Haven by her grandmother, Charlotte, who raised her following her mother’s disappearance when she was a child. Her mother has been found, and now the question of her whereabouts has sadly become the mystery of her murder. The bright spot in Angie’s homecoming is reuniting with Charlotte, who… Read more »

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