Ill Met By Murder by Elizabeth J. Duncan – Book Review

Ill Met By Murder by Elizabeth Duncan

Ill Me By Murder by Elizabeth J. Duncan is a 2016 Crooked Lane Books publication.

Source: audio book through Overdrive

“It’s the most important night of the year for the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company–the annual fund raising performance at the country estate of the wealthy widow Paula Van Dusen. And this year promises to be even more special as the company will give a moonlight performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of the wedding celebrations for Paula’s daughter, Belinda Van Dusen, and her fiance Adrian. But “the course of true love never did run smooth,” and in the aftermath of a disastrous after party, the stage is set for murder.

Hugh Hedley, son of a prominent upstate New York family and Adrian’s rival in the cut-throat world of high end Manhattan real estate, is found murdered with a stolen prop from the play. Mrs. Van Dusen is desperate to keep her daughter’s name of out of the paper, so Charlotte Fairfax is drawn into yet another murder case amidst her costume design responsibilities and finding a home for the company’s new theater school.

But Charlotte nevertheless throws herself into an investigation of shady business deals, a missing dog, and long buried family secrets because “though she be but little, she is fierce!”‘ – Goodreads Continue reading “Ill Met By Murder by Elizabeth J. Duncan – Book Review”

Our House by Louise Candlish

Our House by Louise Candlish

Our House by Louise Candlish is a 2018 Berkley publication.

Source: I received an advanced copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“On a bright January morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought in Trinity Avenue.

Nothing strange about that. Except it is your house. And you didn’t sell it.

When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she’s sure there’s been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern co-parenting arrangement: bird’s nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down.

Now Bram has disappeared and so have Fiona’s children. As events spiral well beyond her control, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving and how little they truly knew each other. But Bram’s not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.” – Goodreads

After leaving a weekend holiday and heading home early, Fiona Lawson arrives at her upscale London home to find it emptied of her family’s belongings and someone else moving in. With the help of her friend and neighbor, Merle, Fiona must find her estranged husband, Bram, and get to the bottom of this. However, what she finds in the hours to come will shake her faith in what she knew about her husband, her marriage, and her life.

Our House

Our House is a truly chilling story of secrets, crimes, and consequences. There is no slow lead up to the action in this one and you jump right into the drama almost immediately. The plot is twisting and keeps the reader on their toes. The characters are deeply written and will feel like old friends by the end of the book. The book is written in alternating points of view with Fiona and her husband both taking turns as narrator. Some of Fiona’s side of the story is told through her being a guest on a crime podcast. There are also tweet-style portions that show us what the listeners to the podcast really think of Fiona and her husband. These didn’t really add anything to the overall storyline, but they were definitely unique. I loved the twists and turns this book took, as I didn’t expect how it would all come together in the end. And wow, what an ending it was! Overall, this was a 5 star read for me and one I will be thinking about for some time.

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Read It and Weep by Jenn McKinlay

Read it and Weep by Jenn McKinlay

Read It and Weep by Jenn McKinlay is a 2013 Berkley publication.

Source: ebook checked out through OVerdrive

“Answering Shakespeare trivia comes with the job description for library director Lindsey Norris. But when the Briar Creek Community Theater mounts their newest production of the Bard, she has no intention of leaving the stacks for the stage. Unfortunately a villain is waiting in the wings…

Former Broadway actress Violet La Rue is holding auditions for A Midsummer Night’s Dream—and everyone from the sour spinster librarian Ms. Cole to Lindsey’s youthful library pages are trying out for parts. Brought in to play the mischievous Puck is the flirtatious professional actor Robbie Vine, who seems to have eyes for Lindsey. Before her blush has faded, the Bard’s dream turns into a nightmare—when one of the cast is poisoned. Now Lindsey and her crafternooners must take center stage to unmask the culprit before the final curtain call…” – Goodreads Continue reading “Read It and Weep by Jenn McKinlay”

Vintage Sundays – Death Stops The Frolic by George Bellairs

Death Stops the Frolic by George Bellairs

Death Stops the Frolic by George Bellairs is a 2020 Agora Books publication. It was originally published as Turmoil In Zion in 1943.

Source: An advanced copy was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“On a joyous afternoon filled with tea and cake, something strange happens at Zion Chapel’s Anniversary Tea Party. The infamous Alderman Harbuttle is behaving uncharacteristically playful – laughing with the assembly, singing rhymes, and leading people in a rousing game of Follow-My-Leader throughout the chapel’s winding halls.

But his jubilee is cut short when the revellers find the Alderman’s murdered body in the dark recesses of the chapel, a bread knife buried to the hilt in his chest.

Superintendent Nankivell of the local police force takes up the case, and his investigation quickly stirs up sinister secrets lurking within the walls of Zion Chapel. His suspect list soon proves massive, as he learns there are many people who would be happier without the sanctimonious Alderman Harbuttle around…” – Goodreads Continue reading “Vintage Sundays – Death Stops The Frolic by George Bellairs”

Twisted Threads by Lea Wait – Book Review

Twisted Threads by Lea Wait

Twisted Thread by Lea Wait is a 2015 Kensington Books publication.

Source: audio book through Overdrive

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 has started her own needlepointing business with a group called Mainely Needlepointers. But when a shady business associate of the stitchers dies suddenly under suspicious circumstances, Charlotte and Angie become suspects. As Angie starts to weave together clues, she discovers that this new murder may have ties to her own mother’s cold case…” – Goodreads Continue reading “Twisted Threads by Lea Wait – Book Review”

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald – Book Review

Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your favorite books you’ve read in the past. This week I’ll be sharing with you The Night Olivia Fell, the debut novel by author Christina McDonald.

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald is a 2019 Gallery Books publication.

Source: advanced copy through NetGalley

“A search for the truth. A lifetime of lies.

In the small hours of the morning, Abi Knight is startled awake by the phone call no mother ever wants to get: her teenage daughter Olivia has fallen off a bridge. Not only is Olivia brain dead, she’s pregnant and must remain on life support to keep her baby alive. And then Abi sees the angry bruises circling Olivia’s wrists.

When the police unexpectedly rule Olivia’s fall an accident, Abi decides to find out what really happened that night. Heartbroken and grieving, she unravels the threads of her daughter’s life. Was Olivia’s fall an accident? Or something far more sinister?

Christina McDonald weaves a suspenseful and heartwrenching tale of hidden relationships, devastating lies, and the power of a mother’s love. With flashbacks of Olivia’s own resolve to uncover family secrets, this taut and emotional novel asks: how well do you know your children? And how well do they know you?” – Goodreads Continue reading “The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald – Book Review”

A Forgotten Murder by Jude Deveraux – Book Review

A Forgotten Murder by Jude Deveraux

A Forgotten Murder by Jude Deveraux is a 2020 Harlequin MIRA publication.

Source: advanced copy through NetGalley

“After solving two murder cases in their hometown of Lachlan, Florida, Sara Medlar, her niece Kate and their friend Jack need a change of scenery. Sara arranges for them to visit an old friend of hers in England. Upon arrival at Oxley Manor, a centuries-old estate that has been converted to a luxury hotel, Kate and Jack quickly realize that Sara is up to something. They learn that Sara has also invited a number of others to join them at Oxley.

When everyone assembles, Sara lets them know why they are there. Decades earlier, two people ran off together from Oxley and haven’t been heard from since—and Sara wants to solve the case. As the people who were there the night the two went missing, the guests find themselves cast in a live mystery-theater event.

In reenacting the events of that night, it becomes clear that everyone has something to hide and no one is safe, especially when the discovery of a body makes it clear that at least one of the people who disappeared was murdered.

Sara, Jack and Kate are once again at the heart of a mysterious case that only they are able to solve. But someone is willing to continue to kill to keep the truth about Oxley Manor buried, and none of the guests are safe.” – Goodreads
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