Reading Wednesday|Murder on the Rocks

Books Review, Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Novels, Writing Spot

I’m always on the look out for a new mystery series to enjoy. A Gray Whale Inn cozy mystery series by Karen MacInerney perked my interest because of its setting. I’ve enjoyed other island or off-the-water mysteries, so I gave the first book in this series a try. Murder on the Rocks definitely met my expectations.

Reading Wednesday|Mortimer’s First Garden

Books Review, Children's Fiction, God's Character, Seasons, Writing Spot

Here on the edges of Lake Michigan, it seemed forever before the brown of spring gave way to the green of summer. Mortimer the Mouse, felt the same way, too. He longed for green, but was surrounded by so much brown. In Mortimer’s First Garden, by Karma Wilson, Mortimer learns that if he plants his last sunflower seed, it just might grow some green.

Reading Wednesday|Blind Betrayal

Bethany House, Books Review, Novels, Romantic Suspense, Writing Spot

Blind Betrayal is a Christian romantic suspense novel by Nancy Mehl. U.S. Marshals Casey Sloane, Doug Howard, and E.J. Queen must escort witness Valerie Bennett from St. Louis to Washington D.C. However, their path is anything but smooth. Bombs, fake agents, and a their own interpersonal drama make for a road trip full of obstacles. In the end, they all may not even make it to D.C. alive.

Reading Wednesday: A Killer Plot

Books Review, Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Novels, Writing Spot

If a book cover has a lighthouse, a big front porch, and a dog, it’s a book I pick up. A Killer Plot has been on my want-to-read pile for a while and I finally got it from the library. The setting is located on the North Carolina coast and Ellery Adams fills the tale with the sights, sounds, and feels of the ocean. Definitely my kind of book.

Reading Wednesday: The Cat of the Baskervilles

Books Review, Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Novels, Writing Spot

I have enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes stories for as long as I remember. I’ve read The Complete Novels and Stories – both volumes – and have watched many of the incarnations of Holmes on screen. In short, I would enjoy visiting a Sherlock Holmes themed bookstore, such as the one owned by Gemma Doyle in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series by Vicki Delany.

Reading Wednesday| I am a Bunny

Books Review, Children's Fiction, Writing Spot

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved Golden Books. So whenever I come across one, I love to read it to my son. One of our current favorites is I am a Bunny by Ole Risom. In honor of Children’s Book Week, here’s my review of this lovely story.

Reading Wednesday: Death on Tap

Books Review, Cozy Mystery, Culture, Mystery, Novels, Writing Spot

Death on Tap is the first book in a new series by Ellie Alexander. When Sloane Krause catches her husband cheating on her, she kicks him out and gets a new job. But when she finds a dead body at her new place of employment, and her husband is arrested for the murder, she must prove his innocence to keep her son’s father out of jail.

Reading Wednesday: Bridgewater Holidays

Books Review, Short Stories, Writing Spot

Bridgewater Holidays, by Marion Marchetto, is a heartwarming collection of short stories revolving around the various national holidays in the United States. With a dash of historical narrative, the stories bring to life characters living in and working for the Bridgewater mansion.

The Other Woman by Hank Ryan: a book review

Books Review, Mystery, Novels, Suspense/Thriller, Writing Spot

When I had the opportunity to meet Hank Phillippi Ryan during a book signing, I jumped at the chance. I hadn’t read one of her books yet, but as a writer, I enjoy hearing from other successful writers. She was delightful to listen to and I had to read one of her books. I chose The Other Woman, first in her Jane Ryland series.

Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay: a book review

Books Review, Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Novels, Writing Spot

Re-reading books is like visiting with an old friend. That’s why, whenever I have a new book to read in a series, I always go back re-read the series from the beginning. This week, the latest in Jenn McKinlay‘s Cupcake Bakery Mystery series was released. What better way to await the arrival of the new book? Start from book one: Sprinkle with Murder.