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”

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”

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”

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

book line and sinker

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”

Al Dente’s Inferno by Stephanie Cole – Book Review

Al Dente's Inferno by Stephanie Cole

Al Dente’s Inferno by Stephanie Cole is a 2020 Berkley Books publication.

Rating: 3 stars

Source: advanced copy from the publisher through NetGalley

“An American chef will have to serve up more than good eats if she wants to establish a successful farm-to-table cooking school in Tuscany, in this charming first installment in a new cozy mystery series set in Italy.

When Nell Valenti is offered a chance to move to Tuscany to help transform an aging villa into a farm-to-table cooking school, she eagerly accepts. After all, both her job and her love life in America have been feeling stale. Plus, she’ll get the chance to work under the acclaimed Italian Chef Claudio Orlandini.

But Nell gets more than she bargained for when she arrives. With only a day to go until the launch dinner for the cooking school, the villa is in shambles, and Chef O is blissfully oblivious of the work that needs to be done before a group of local dignitaries arrive, along with a filmmaker sent to showcase and advertise the new school. The situation only worsens when Nell discovers that the filmmaker is an ex-boyfriend, and he’s found murdered later that night. Even worse, Chef O has disappeared, and accusations of murder could shut the school down for good.

As tensions reach a boiling point at the villa, Nell must throw her chef’s hat into the ring, and investigate the murder herself. Because if she fails to solve the case, her career, or even her life, could be next on the chopping block.” – Goodreads Continue reading “Al Dente’s Inferno by Stephanie Cole – Book Review”

Off Kilter by Hannah Reed – 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 a new to me author, Sarah Simpson.

Off Kilter by Hannah Reed

Off Kilter by Hannah Reed is a 2014 Berkley publication.

Source: I purchased a used copy at a local book shop.

“After the recent death of her mother and the dissolution of her marriage, thirty-something Eden Elliott is seriously in need of a fresh start. At the urging of her best friend, bestselling author Ami Pederson, Eden decides to embark on an open-ended trip to the picturesque village of Glenkillen in the Scottish Highlands, to do some hands-on research for a book of her own. But almost as soon as Eden arrives in the quaint town, she gets caught up in a very real drama…

The town’s sheep shearer is found murdered—clipped with his own shears—and the locals suspect Vicki MacBride, an outsider whose father’s recent death left her the surprise heir to his lucrative sheep farm. Eden refuses to believe the affable heiress is a murderer, but can she prove that someone is out to frame her new friend before she finds herself on the receiving end of more shear terror?” – Goodreads
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