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Christmas is Murder by C.S. Challinor

Christmas is Murder by C.S. Challinor

November 18, 2015 2015, book rating, C-, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Read-a-Thons, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 2

Christmas Is Murder by C.S. Challinor Series: Rex Graves Mystery #1 Genre: Mystery Setting: English countryside at Christmas Published by Midnight Ink, 2008 E-book, purchased 203 pages Grade: C- Synopsis: Christmas is murder… when you’re stranded with a killer Not even a blizzard can keep Rex Graves away from Swanmere Manor, a secluded Victorian hotel in the English countryside owned by the eccentric Dahlia Smithings. But instead of Christmas cheer, the Scottish barrister finds a dead guest. Was it a stroke that killed old Mr. Lawdry? Or an almond tart laced with poison? When more guests die, all hopes for a jolly holiday are dashed. Snowbound and terrified, no one can… Read more »

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The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

November 13, 2015 2015, B, book rating, Goodreads, holidays, New Author Challenge, Read-a-Thons, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson Series: None Genre: Christmas Fiction (Inspirational) Setting: On the road between Chicago and Arizona Published by Revell Format: e-Arc (Release Date: Sep 1, 2015) –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. 176 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Miranda did not put adventure on her Christmas list, but thanks to her eighty-five-year-old neighbor Joy, that’s exactly what she’s getting this year. When Joy tells Miranda that she plans to drive an old RV decked out in Christmas decorations from their Chicago neighborhood to her new retirement digs in… Read more »

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Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier

Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier

November 12, 2015 2015, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier Series: Lucy Stone #1 Genre: Mystery (cozy) Setting: Tinker’s Cove, Maine Published by Kensington, 1991 E-book, Kindle Unlimited 224 pages Grade: B Synopsis: As if baking holiday cookies, knitting a sweater for her husband’s gift, and making her daughter’s angel costume for the church pageant weren’t enough things for Lucy Stone’s busy Christmas schedule, she’s also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers Sam Miller, its very wealthy founder, dead in his car from an apparent suicide, the sleuth in her knows something just doesn’t smell right. Taking time out from her hectic holiday life to find out what really… Read more »

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The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir

November 9, 2015 2015, A, Audiobook Challenge, book rating, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, Sci-Fi Month 11

The Martian by Andy Weir Narrated by R.C. Bray Series: None Genre: Science Fiction Setting: Mars, Space between Earth and Mars & Earth Published by Crown, 2014 Audible book, purchased 314 pages 10 hours, 53 minutes Grade: A Narrator grade: A Synopsis: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his… Read more »

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Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier

Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier

November 2, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, Goodreads, NetGalley, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier Series: Blackthorn & Grim #2 Genre: Historical Fantasy Setting: Ancient Ireland Published by Roc, 2015 Format: e-Arc (Release Date: Nov 3, 2015) –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. 448 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Disillusioned healer Blackthorn and her companion, Grim, have settled in Dalriada to wait out the seven years of Blackthorn’s bond to her fey mentor, hoping to avoid any dire challenges. But trouble has a way of seeking out Blackthorn and Grim. Lady Geiléis, a noblewoman from the northern border, has asked for the… Read more »

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The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton

The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton

October 31, 2015 2015, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton Narrated by Penelope Keith Series: Agatha Raisin #1 Genre: Contemporary Mystery (Cozy) Setting: The Cotswolds in England Published by Blackstone Audio, 2012 (originally published 1992) Audiobook, purchased 272 pages 6 hours, 26 minutes Grade: B+ Narrator grade: B+ Synopsis:  Putting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and samples a taste of early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely. Bored, lonely and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest: Surely a blue ribbon for the best quiche will make her the toast of the town. But her… Read more »

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Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

October 29, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 0

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews Series: Kate Daniels #8 Genre: Urban Fantasy Setting: post-Shift Atlanta, Georgia Published by Ace, 2015 Library book 342 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters. So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order… Read more »

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Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier

Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier

October 21, 2015 2015, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 8

Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier Series: Lucy Stone #3 Genre: Mystery (Cozy) Setting: Tinker’s Cover, Maine Published by Kensington, 1996 E-book, purchased 276 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Haunted-house parties and ghostly galas…grinning pumpkins, mayhem and murder. It’s going to be one heck of a Halloween for Lucy Stone and Tinker’s Cove… It’s October in Maine, and everyone in Tinker’s Cove is preparing for the annual Halloween festival. While Lucy Stone is whipping up orange-frosted cupcakes, recycling tutus for her daughters’ Halloween costumes, helping her son with his pre-teen rebellion, and breast-feeding her brand-new baby, an arsonist is loose in Tinker’s Cove. When the latest fire claims the life of… Read more »

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The Last Chance Christmas Ball by Putney, Beverley, Bourne, Rice, Cornick, Elliott, Gracie & King

The Last Chance Christmas Ball by Putney, Beverley, Bourne, Rice, Cornick, Elliott, Gracie & King

October 15, 2015 2015, book rating, C+, Goodreads, NetGalley, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

The Last Chance Christmas Ball by Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, Susan King Series: None Genre: Historical Romance Setting: Great Britain, 1815 Published by Kensington Format: e-Arc (Release Date: Sep 29, 2015) –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. 320 pages Grade: C+ Synopsis: Christmas 1815. Upstairs and downstairs, Holbourne Hall is abuzz with preparations for a grand ball to celebrate the year’s most festive—and romantic—holiday. For at the top of each guest’s wish list is a last chance to find true… Read more »

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Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern

Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern

October 13, 2015 2015, A-, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 6

Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern Series: The Country Club Murders #2 Genre: Historical Mystery (cozy) Setting: Kansas City, 1974 Published by Henery Press, 2015 Format: e-Arc (Release Date: October 13, 2015) –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. 268 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: With his dying breath, Bobby Lowell begs Ellison Russell, “Tell her I love her.” Unable to refuse, Ellison struggles to find the girl the murdered boy loved. Too bad an epically bad blind date, a vindictive graffiti artist, and multiple trips to the emergency room keep getting in the… Read more »

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