Desperately trying to bust my reading slump.
I can never resist the 3 for $10 bin at Indigo.
Kelly Medina has been so lonely since her son left for university. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young mother who has the exact same name. However, Kelly becomes obsessed with the younger woman and her baby boy and things quickly get out of hand. A solid popcorn thriller with a terrific twist.
Eve is trapped in a loveless marriage, but sees no way of escaping. Out of the blue she receives a letter informing her of a inheritance from a wealthy stranger. In order to find out what it is, Eve must travel to the French Riviera. This was a solid historical mystery.
Following a divorce and retirement, Julia moves to the Cotswolds, where she expects to settle into a quiet routine. Instead she is involved in the discovery of two dead bodies. The local police are at a lost so Julia decides to conduct her own investigation. A cute new cozy mystery series. I liked Julia and loved her mischievous dog, Jake. Thanks to NetGalley and @Bookouture for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Athena takes a sabbatical to write a book. Her plan is to reveal the identity of the author, who happens to be from her hometown, of a series that turn classic novels into erotica (eg Sins and Sin‘s Ability). While Athena works on her book she takes a job waitressing at a cafe owned by her ex. I really wanted to like this one, but the writing felt awkward and juvenile. Thx to NetGalley & Forever for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The sixth book in a series featuring bookshop owner, Gemma Doyle. Gemma is hired by 10-year old, Lauren to prove that her mother did not kill her garden club rival. This series is like a comfortable sweatshirt.
Marisa and Jake have the perfect relationship and are soon expecting a baby. In order to make ends meet, they take in a lodger, Kate. At first Kate seems like the ideal roommate but soon it is clear she has ulterior motives. This was a fun one with a killer twist. The ending sagged a bit. Thx to NetGalley & @SimonSchuster for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Judith, a crossword setter is living a quiet life when she stumbles across her neighbour‘s body. Although the police believe it could be suicide, Judith is sure he was murdered and is determined to bring his killer to justice. A cute cozy with a strong tenacious female lead and some great sidekicks. Thx to NetGalley & Poisoned Pen Press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Hattie, a house flipper, needs a big score after her last project flopped. Things look bleak until she is asked to star in a new home reno show. Hattie learns being a TV star is not all it‘s cracked up to be when a dead body is found on her work site. This beach read with a mystery twist was all kinds of fun. I loved Hattie and found the mystery angle compelling. Thx to NetGalley & St. Martin's Press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Dr. Spears is concerned when several of his patients, from the same remote Alaskan community, die by suicide. They have one thing in common; he prescribed them a new anti-depressant wonder drug. He is after the truth no matter the consequences. A great read not only for the mystery but for the thought provoking portrayal of mental health, isolation and suicide. Thx to NetGalley & @SimonSchuster for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Fiona is getting married and her five best friends are in the wedding party. However, it turns out they all hate the groom and were blackmailed into convincing Fiona to marry Trevor. When Trevor does under mysterious circumstances; it is clear everyone had motive. Great concept, but execution was poor. The writing felt haphazard. Thx to NetGalley & W. W. Norton & Company for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The third book ft. FBI agent Matt Costa and a key member of his team, Kate Quinn. A boat explodes killing 8 people including a retired FBI agent. Costa and his team focus on who was the intended victim in order to track down the killer. The story has Criminal Mind vibes. The focus on the interpersonal lives of the characters was repetitive and boring. Thx to NetGalley & Harlequin Trade Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Amelia and Adam win a weekend at a converted chapel in Scotland. It seems like perfect timing since their marriage has hit a slump. However, when they arrive the vibe is more spooky than romantic. Sure enough creepy things begin to happen and secrets are revealed. This was a fun read with a wicked twist.
Rilke, an auctioneer is given a hot tip, by his friend Jojo, about a family looking to unload their entire estate. The next day Jojo is found dead. The tip turns out to be the real deal, but as Rilke prepares for the auction a number of strange events occur. I never really got into this one. The ending was a complete letdown. Thx to NetGalley & Publishers Group Canada for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Vi and Eric live with their Gran, a renowned psychiatrist. One day Gran brings home Iris, who does not speak and has no memory of where she came from. Vi makes it her mission to find out more about Iris‘ past and in doing so uncovers some shocking secrets. This was terrific & the twists floored me. Thanks to NetGalley & Simon & Schuster Canada for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Almost seven years ago Rachel‘s husband disappeared without a trace. She is prepared to declare him legally dead when she receives a note from him. I liked the premise, but the execution was poor. The characters were one dimensional and the writing felt stilted and amateurish. Thanks to NetGalley and @Bookouture for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Plum Lockhart left behind the hustle and bustle of NYC for the Caribbean Island of Paraiso. She heads her own villa brokerage firm and is scrambling to build her portfolio. However, when an heiress turns up dead; Plum is forced to direct her attention to finding the culprit. This is an easy breezy cozy. You will either love or loath Plum. I find her amusing and will continue reading this series.
Sarah moves her family from Vancouver to Toronto to escape Holly, the babysitter she hired to watch her son for the summer. When a series of weird events start occurring; Sarah realizes that she can run but she can‘t hide. The ending to this one is totally bonkers but I was fine with suspending disbelief for the entertainment value. Thx to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This is the fourth book ft. DCI Jansen. Willow is in town for work and to attend her twin‘s wedding when she witnesses a man fall to his death from the St. Albans Cathedral. The next day another man falls from the same spot. The story is told from three POVs and at first it was hard to suss out how they all hung together. It does come nicely together at the end. Thx to NetGalley and Head of Zeus for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The 9th instalment featuring librarian Lucy Richardson. Lucy and her fiancé have moved into their new home, a historic cottage on the beach. Their home has a dark past which impacts their bright future when they find a body in the kitchen. This is one of my favourite cozy mystery series. Lucy and the eccentric supporting cast are a delight as usual. Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Danielle and her boyfriend, Matteo live in a cramped flat in London at the height of the pandemic. Their fortunes seemingly turn when Matteo inherits a property in Italy. Danielle, excited to start a new life, quickly realizes that Matteo is hiding a dark past. Matteo is an awful character. I could not get into the story because I despised him. The ending was flat. Thx to NetGalley & Head of Zeus for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Mandy Hart, a bestselling author, impulsively accepts a job as caretaker of a crumbling mansion in order to escape an abusive boyfriend and to finish her second novel. Shortly after she arrives spooky things to start to happen. The build up is well done, but the ending felt very rushed. Thanks to NetGalley and @Bookouture for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Following the death of their charismatic but deeply flawed father; three half-siblings grapple with their own demons. I really struggled to get into this story; there are so many characters and it was hard to follow the various storylines. There are some great passages but overall I felt lost. Thanks to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Reverend Jack Brooks and her teenage daughter move to Chapel Croft with hopes of putting the past behind and making a fresh start. Unfortunately, they find a community still haunted by its own dark past. This book has a ton of atmosphere and the build up was terrific. The ending was a tad ridiculous but I was happy to suspend disbelief and go with the flow.
Unfolding over 70 years; this is a story about the North women. I absolutely loved this novel. It is beautifully written. It is heartbreaking, but it succeeds in celebrating the beauty, strength and resilience of black women. This is a must read. Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The third book ft. Zo Jones, owner Happy Camper gift shop in Spirit Canyon, South Dakota. Zo‘s friend Maynard purchases a highly coveted rare book about the history of Spirit Canyon. When Zo heads to Maynard‘s place to borrow the book, she finds him dead. The book is gone. I didn‘t love this one; the pacing felt off and I didn‘t like any of the characters. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Following their father‘s death, the Martin sisters find evidence that he may have been the Gemini serial killer. They decide to bury the evidence, but their actions come back to haunt them when the murders start up again. This was an entertaining read with a couple of good twists. Thanks to NetGalley and @Bookouture for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
A fascinating book about the history of the grocery store and how our food choices are shaped. Highly recommend the audiobook.
Eleanor comes face-to-face with her grandma‘s killer, but is unable to identifying them due to her inability to recognize faces. She later finds out that she has inherited her grandma‘s house; a place full of dark secrets. I found this one all over the place. The switch between past and present was hard to follow. The prosopagnosia angle felt gimmicky. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin‘s Press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The first book in a series featuring DI Meg Dalton. A lawyer is found dead in a cave beneath an image of the grim reaper and the dead man‘s initials. This is a traditional police procedural featuring a rogue DI who has issues with authority and is prepared to go to any lengths to solve a crime. I liked this one, but found some of the violence gratuitous.
Elizabeth Zott is a brilliant scientist, but it‘s the 1960s and the only thing expected of her is to look pretty and keep a nice home. EZ meets and falls for another scientist, Calvin Evans which sets in motion a series of events that leads to EZ becoming the star of a syndicated cooking show. This is a funny and at times heartbreaking story. I adored the dog. Thanks to NetGalley & Penguin Random House for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The third book with Chloe Jackson, a former librarian from Chicago now living in Emerald Cove, Florida. Chloe is settling into her new life when her ex-fiancée turns up dead just outside her home. The police focus their investigation on her boyfriend, Rip. Chloe‘s a likeable amateur sleuth and the supporting characters are all wonderful. Look for this Mar 29/22. Thx to NetGalley & Kensington Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Gemma and the gang head to London for a Sherlock convention. The trip is immediately derailed when Gemma‘s father recognizes his brother-in-law who turns out to be a master art forger and later turns up dead. Gemma‘s father is the number suspect and it is up to her and her friends to clear his name before it is too late. This is a solid cozy series with a great supporting cast.
Beth is badly in need of a vacation so when her husband suggest a house swap she is excited. However, her world is turned upside down when she finds a picture of her husband hidden in the house of the supposed strangers. The build up was well done, but the ending felt rushed. Look for this Mar 29/22. Thanks to NetGalley and @Bookouture for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Christine Lewis witnessed something so terrifying when she was a little girl that she repressed the memory. Many years later she hires a new copywriter and something is triggered in Christine. This story messy and pretty unbelievable, but I was invested. Look for this Mar 24/22. Thanks to NetGalley and @Bookouture for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.