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Preciouz29

Preciouz29

Joined January 2017

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An Act of Foul Play by T. E. Kinsey
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Partners in Crime by Alisha Rai
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Sleuthing in Stilettos by Debra Sennefelder
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Knot a Game by Betty Hechtman
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Of Mushrooms and Matrimony by Amy Patricia Meade
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The Toast of Time by Jodi Taylor
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Enjoyable, fast short read that‘s perfect for the holidays, complete with magic. Lots of tropes on tropes in this, which made for fun reading. However, the big issue to temporarily cause issues comes super late in the book and all of a sudden they‘re happy. I do which we got a little more of the part where they started to actually like each other and they didn‘t just get a happy ending so fast. No work, instant gratification is what it felt like.

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This series just keeps getting better! This one was such a fast paced read with plenty of twists and turns. And maybe it was just me, but I felt like there was definitely some comedy in there as well; I could see it all playing out in my mind like a movie or an episode of a tv show. The ending was something I guessed, but also a pleasant surprise for me when I got it right.

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Miss Aldridge Regrets | Louise Hare
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It‘s a novel onion, so many layers slowly@being revealed the more you read.

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Another reasonably fast paced read with clues, red herrings, detective work, and a willingness to realise when they were wrong. And good characters! Also, some delicious recipes.

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Steeped in Secrets | Lauren Elliott
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Book 1 of a new series and I greatly enjoyed it. There were quite a few mysteries in this, some solved and some unsolved, but all of them were well crafted and reels you in. The characters are all unique, but don‘t have too much depth to them; perhaps that will change as the series progresses. Overall though, a well written start to the series!

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Bake Offed | Maya Corrigan
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This series has gotten better as it‘s gone along! I started out not loving Grants and the dynamics of their relationship, but it‘s really mellowed and the the growth of the characters has been lovely to read. There are plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing and nice twist at the end.

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The latest Isabel Puddles has her hopping across the pond to visit Teddy in Cornwall and it is just lovely. Sprinkled with info some Americans might not know from Bob‘s your uncle to the different ways to eat your scone (the Queen has them the Cornish way), this was a delight all around. Can‘t wait to see Teddy back in America!

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Overall I enjoyed the book, but the marriage mess was distracting from the rest of the stories. I think it was trying to take too much on all at once. Becca is an emotional mess, with good reason, but being in her head while she's trying to solve a couple of mysteries and her marriage issues was just too much. If we nixed all of her personal issues, this would have been a solid read; the premise is intriguing and the details were good.

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Belladonna | Adalyn Grace
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The whole book is a vibe, from the gorgeous cover to the spooky gothic mystery. The premise was absolutely intriguing and the story did not disappoint. I could easily put myself into any of the characters places and, as a cozy mystery reader, the mystery was solid.

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On Spine of Death | Tamara Berry
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Enjoyed book 2 more than book 1; this time, while she still jumps to conclusions, it's less often and funnier since everyone mocks her. Actually, this book was really quite funny and I often found myself chuckling to myself. The mystery was quite fun and twisty with a good selection of red herrings to choose from. Definitely cannot wait to see what happens, and who else is introduced, in book 3.

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I am really loving this series. Book 2 was just as good as book 1, but was more serious. Which is keeping in line with Diana‘s personality. This one had a fun mystery built in and a sweet ending. Looking forward to seeing what happens with Vee next!

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I enjoyed this more than expected, but there was just something missing that made me love this. It was a super quick read and really made me want to visit Paris again.

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A Merry Little Meet Cute | Julie Murphy, Sierra Simone
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As a big girl who is a fan of Hallmark movies and smut, this was amazing. I loved the characters, the ridiculousness of everything, and the love and empowerment. Also, hot hot

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On the Way to Christmas: Three Stories | Sheila Roberts, Amy Clipston, Melissa Ferguson
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Cute collection of 3 holiday Hallmark-esque romance stories; they were very tame and very cute with just a touch of religion to them.

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Interesting premise, acceptable follow through. This was twist on a whodunit with a mystery within the mystery. The pace was slow and it was a bit wordier than it really needed to be. Maybe something was lost in translation? I think it had the potential to be a fun and engaging book, if only it wasn't so long and verbose. Cut this down and I would have enjoyed this much more.

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Blackmail and Bibingka | Mia P. Manansala
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Good addition to the series, but I was really annoyed with how judgy they were to Ronnie. Yes he screwed up, but give him a chance instead of assuming the worst. The mystery was fun a as always, loved all the f&b stuff!

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Marlowe Banks, Redesigned | Jacqueline Firkins
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What a good book! This one just hits right; it gave me all the feels in the best possible way. It touches on so many subjects, but with a light touch. I laughed, I got teary, I feel empowered.

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Enjoyed the latest addition to the series! She‘s very descriptive and made me want to visit somewhere that actually has a fall and made me super hungry with all of Patty‘s food descriptions. The mystery was solid with a lot of red herrings a nice twist ending. The only thing I still find unnecessary are the few chapters from Yeti‘s perspective.

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A Very Merry Bromance | Lyssa Kay Adams
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Love love love!!!

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Secrets in the Stacks | Lynn Cahoon
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Great follow up to book 1! Book 2 has continued to expand the history of all our characters and the mystery was intriguing, with just the right amount of suspects and twists and turns.

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A Twist of Murder | Heather Redmond
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This was the first in the series for me, but it won‘t be my last. I really enjoyed the mystery itself, and I loved the Dickens characters woven into the story in creative ways that pays homage to their novels while still keeping it

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Photo Finished | Christin Brecher
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I definitely enjoyed this one! The characters really come alive as the story progresses and the mystery is fun and actively being solved. Fun plot, clever plot twists, great side characters , and a zippy pace make this one fun read.

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Death by Spiced Chai | Alex Erickson
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This was an interesting twist to the series; someone is out to frame Krissy for all sorts of bad things happening in town. I wasn‘t particularly interested in the storyline of who was out to get Krissy and why, but I did enjoy the twists between the pranks and the murder. I did also enjoy the tie between the two. And the characters are always super.

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Death on the Pier | Jamie West
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Delightfully old school read! Agatha Christie style mystery with a fun cast of characters and a pretty straight forward investigation. The author was very good at setting the scene and our MC Bertie was just so very likeable. I do look forward to more books and I hope that there's some movement on the romantic front.

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A Plus One for Murder | Laura Bradford
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MC is a bit annoying for me, hoping she‘ll get better as the series progresses, but the rest of this was great. Solid clues and investigating, great group of characters, fun premise, and kept me zipping through to the end.

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Well, That Was Unexpected | Jesse Q. Sutanto
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OMG, this was amazing! This was hilarious and touching, so much fun to read, and I loved everything about it. I had to finish this in one sitting because I could not find a stopping point.

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The Game is a Footnote | Vicki Delany
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Enjoy our MC always solving the mystery through observations and clues instead of just stumbling into the murderer. Side characters are well fleshed out and I always love when Pippa stops by. But, I will say that the Ashleigh subplot annoyed me a bit. Not the whole overall, because that was super easy to guess right away, but the whole over reaction portion.

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A Murder at Balmoral | Chris McGeorge
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This was a great concept, wasn't executed very well. The characters seemed to be one dimensional, so didn't connect with any of them; I felt a little, but didn't really care much what happened to any of them. Also, lots of clues thrown out that they never revisit and then are just seemingly forgotten or a random piece of info thrown out off the cuff that suddenly has major implications at the very end. It was...all just a bit confusing for me.

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Was I captivated and rushing through? Absolutely. Did I also feel horrible about loving the drama of an absolutely toxic relationship? Yes. Writing and the characters are great, but also super toxic, as is the whole relationship. Glad they were figured themselves out, but couldn't get behind him not hearing her requests to not do something stupid and thinking how quickly this could escalate to something horrible and dangerous in real life.

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might be my favourite Christmas story yet! One of my absolute favourite series, this had me laughing out loud and confusing those around me. The zany plots, the many suspects, the surprises and food, all were super.

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Utterly ridiculous and a sheer delight to read. This series is such fun and makes me wish it was Christmas already. Or at least cooler weather. The mystery was fun and easy to figure out, the cast of characters always fun, and a few unexpected events to keep me surprised.

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A Dark and Snowy Night | Sally Goldenbaum
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Super enjoyed this one! It was a pretty involved and suspenseful mystery, but I also felt it was very gentle; very golden age of mysteries. The mystery was good, as were the newly introduced characters. This very much made me wish it was Christmas already!

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Good follow up to the first book! The second mystery is good, with plenty of suspects and the romantic side plot is fun without being unrealistic. Nice to get more background into her surrounding group and all of the amazing cheeses had me drooling and craving cheese.

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This was pretty fun for me! I liked the Christmas details and the little mysteries sprinkled in that the characters were solving. The big mystery was also good and the setting and characters gave me a bit of an old school mystery vibe.

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Just Like Magic | Sarah Hogle
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Omg, Hall is adorable and I wish they would make this into a holiday movie. With Lacey Chabert. She was a bit annoying, but grew in me. He was just so darn adorable. And the family dynamics from start to finish. I‘m super in the holiday mood now, so a great airplane book!

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This one was fun, but somehow I kept thinking I was expecting more. This was very much a screwball comedy, but i also kept thinking WHY?!?!?! The kids were cute though.

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Good addition to the series, the murder was shocking and the twists and turns that popped up as we followed along the clues were good.

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Seams Like Murder | Betty Hechtman
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This was a good start to a new series. I enjoyed the fact that she went to her aunt‘s, but learned the skill instead of already knowing it. It‘s nice to see a MC learning something instead of already being super good at a skill. The murder was good, if easy to guess the murderer.

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Good addition to the series! Nice to see how everything is progressing and wedding! The mystery was very well done with lots of red herrings and the killer was a good surprise. I am very jealous there's no real Storyton for me to visit because, as always, everything about the town and manor made me wish I could visit.

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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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Fun read!

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The Rake Mistake | Erica Ridley
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Cute, fun, makes me need to read the other books!

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Nutty premise, pithy comments; thought I would love this book, but I just couldn‘t get into it. Also, a lot of this was kinda cringe.

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Overall feelings? This was ok. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get into this and the thought of having to finish this felt like a chore. That said, it was fine once I started reading again. Unfortunately, I was never motivated to want to keep reading chapter after chapter. The characters were ok, I didn't feel any great attachment to our MCs and tbh, they were both annoying and boring. Even with their backstories.

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The Modiste Mishap | Erica Ridley
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Such a fun short! This was the second in the short series, but my first. After finishing this, I immediately started book 1, The Rake‘s Mistake

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Overall this was an enjoyable start to a new series. However, I did think it was longer than it needed to be. She strikes a jaunty tone, but the length pulled down that bright young thing vibe a bit. Looking forward to book 2 and going she finds her stride!

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All of Our Demise | Amanda Foody, Christine Lynn Herman
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Pro, I liked this more than book 1. Con, I still found it slow and and plodding at times.

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I'll be honest, I wasn't sure that I wanted to read this nor was I sure I'd like it; book 1 in this series was a bit of a downer, and while I enjoyed it, I wasn't sure if I was ready for that again. However, I an assure you that this book was so much fun! Yes, it deals with real issues for adults with ADHD, but Lizzie is so vibrant that it makes reading this so much fun. Also, Rake is a lovely dude and where can I find one for myself?

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I greatly enjoyed the latest in Enola‘s adventures! This book just zipped right by until all of a sudden, I was at the end.

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Hotel Magnifique | Emily J. Taylor
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Enjoyed everything but the main character!

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The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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Cute!