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”

Design For Murder by Carolyn G. Hart – Book Review

Design For Murder by Carolyn G. Hart

Design For Murder by Carolyn G. Hart is a 1988 Bantam Books publication.

Source: audio book through Overdrive

“When Annie Laurance is invited to stage a Mystery Night for the Historical Preservation Society of Chastain, South Carolina, she instead finds herself the leading lady in a flesh-and-blood drama. The play’s the thing wherein the curtain falls on grande dame Corinne Webster. While fingers point at Annie, the perpetrator lurks within the genteel cast of Murder-Most-Make-Believe . . . and Annie has a race to find out who it is.” – Goodreads Continue reading “Design For Murder by Carolyn G. Hart – Book Review”

Book, Line and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay – Book Review

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Book, Line and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay is a 2012 Berkley publication.

Source: library book

“Lindsey is enjoying her second year in Briar Creek as the library director, meeting with the crafternoon club, and happily dating tour boat captain Mike Sullivan. But when a salvage company arrives in town to dig up treasure buried on Pirate Island over three hundred years ago, the locals are torn between protecting the island and welcoming the publicity.

In spite of the squabbling, Charlie Peyton, Lindsey’s downstairs neighbor, takes a job with the salvage company. But when Trudi Hargrave, the local tourism director who hired the company, is found murdered at the excavation site, Charlie becomes the chief suspect. To help him, Lindsey must do some digging of her own before the real killer buries the truth for good…” – Goodreads Continue reading “Book, Line and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay – Book Review”

Due Or Die by Jenn McKinlay – Book Review

Due or Die by Jenn McKinlay

Due Or Die by Jenn McKinlay is a 2012 Berkley publication and is the 2nd installment of the Library Lover’s series.

Source: checked out from my library through the Overdrive app

Carrie Rushton, the president of the Friends of the Library, has been accused of murdering her husband. The evidence is stacking up against Carrie, but neither Lindsey nor the Briar Creek crafternoon club is buying it.

When a nor’easter buries the small coastal town, the police are too busy digging out the locals to investigate the murder. With the help of her crafternoon friends and an abandoned puppy they name Heathcliff, Lindsey has to solve the question of who murdered Mr. Rushton before the killer closes the book on Carrie…” – Goodreads Continue reading “Due Or Die by Jenn McKinlay – Book Review”

British Crime Classics Challenge 2020

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I’ve decided to take on a few challenges for 2020 to encourage myself to read more this year. I’ll update my progress and of course write reviews on the wonderful (hopefully) books that I’ll be reading.

The last challenge I want to share with you is the 2020 British Crime Classics challenge hosted by the wonderful blog The Book Decoder. The challenge is dedicated to the classic crime novels we love so much. Be sure and check out her blog for more info if you think this sounds like a challenge you’d like to join.

Vintage Mystery Extravaganza 2020

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Bev at My Reader’s Block hosts a Vintage Mystery Challenge each year. This year’s theme called Vintage Mystery Extravaganza to celebrate her ten year blogging anniversary.

Challenge participants will choose five books that follow Van Dine’s rules for detective fiction to complete the basic level. There is a bonus level option, as well. Each of these offers the option of either Golden Age or Silver Age books. I’ll be participating in the challenge and will do both Golden and Silver age for a total of 10 books. I’d also love to add on some for the bonus level, as well, so we will see if I can pull this off. 🙂

This will be my first challenge of Bev’s that I will have participated in and I can’t wait. I will keep everyone updated on my progress and will, of course, post reviews here on the blog.

2020 Craving For Cozies Reading Challenge

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I’ve decided to take on a few challenges for 2020 to encourage myself to read more this year. I’ll update my progress and of course write reviews on the wonderful (hopefully) books that I’ll be reading.

The first challenge I want to share with you is the 2020 Craving for Cozies challenge hosted by the wonderful blog Escape With Dollycass Into A Good Book. I’ve committed to read between 51-75 cozy mysteries , or the “yearning” level. There are 8 levels to choose from, so there’s plenty of options for any level of reader. Let’s see if I can live up to it. Be sure and check out her blog for any cozy mystery review you could ever want to read. There are thousands on her site! It’s heaven!