Book Review: Till Death Do Us Port

5 stars Genre: Cozy Mystery Till Death Do Us Port (March 7, 2023) A delightful book. I love the strong cast of recurring characters that Lansing uses. It’s especially fun to have mother and daughter helping each other on this one. I also appreciated the maturity and growth that happens in Parker. What’s great about this book/series is that Parker gets to be philosophical, to sort things out, and to confront her fears. The premise behind this novel—a botched wedding—was done with … [Read more...]

Book Review: Under Lock & Skeleton Key

5 stars Genre: Traditional Mystery/ Amateur Sleuth/ Impossible Crime Fascinating story. I particularly loved Tempest and her multicultural background with all the interesting family histories and global experiences. I also adored the centrality of magicians and illusions in this book. A gothic cozy, this novel offers a touch of the supernatural with the Raj family curse. It’s a new subgenre with interesting mystery possibilities. This is layered with an impossible crime, and I’m … [Read more...]

ICYMI: NYT

This is what nobody tells you about release week: you get very tired. It’s exhausting riding the wave of needing to respond to every comment and tag. (Apologies to anyone I missed!) That plus guesting on blogs and doing multiple book events. In the meantime, you’re biting your fingernails, hoping that all of this work actually translates into sales—or more accurately, readers. Is someone out there really enjoying your work? But there are times when the unbelievable happens. I was floored … [Read more...]

Book Review: Like A Sister

5 stars Genre: Mystery/ Domestic suspense Like A Sister by Kellye Garrett This book left me guessing with its myriad twists and turns. Lena is clearly the star of the book, and I appreciated her observations and dry wit. I also enjoyed getting to know NYC a little more and all the insider tips and details. The family dynamics are done really well in this story—the complicated relationships we have with dear ones around us. Technology is interwoven in a smart way throughout this … [Read more...]

Book Review: Secret Identity

5 stars Genre: Mystery/ Noir elements Secret Identity by Alex Segura Such a good book. The beginning really immerses you in gritty, historic NYC as well as the comic book industry. Take time to soak up the noir atmosphere of Carmen’s world. I loved how Carmen was such a complex character, and her reminiscences only made the story stronger. Of special delight were the comic book panels (if only they’d been in color!) to really reflect the Lynx character. A wonderful book that … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders

5 stars Genre: Impossible Crime/Locked-Room Mystery The Tokyo Zodiac Murders Intricately deceiving. The letter that sets up the stage is hard to decipher, but the puzzle aspects continue at a rapid pace for the rest of the novel. I think if I had a better grasp of Japanese history and geography, it would have been even more fascinating. Shimada did an amazing job of creating a puzzler of a story. There were so many moving parts. My only minor issue is that there’s a lot of … [Read more...]

Book Review: Trouble Is What I Do

5 stars Genre: P.I./noir Trouble Is What I Do A pleasure to read. I love all the various characters and how unique they are. This book really shines a light on today’s world and racist attitudes. Although sometimes Leonid goes back and forth in time, I found the histories mostly fascinating. Mosley does a great job of teasing out both nuanced and fierce family relationships. Find more of my book ratings and reviews here. … [Read more...]

Book Review: Mulled to Death

5 stars Genre: Cozy mystery Mulled to Death Another wonderful addition to the series. Love the way Lansing infuses a conversational chatty tone to the book. The younger main character is refreshing and feels real. I also appreciate how Lansing tackles some deeper issues like ongoing grief, complex female friendships, and thorny personal histories.  Mulled to Death takes place over a very short time period with a lot of dizzying events. It’s suspenseful while being a … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Kindest Lie

5 stars Genre: Contemporary fiction/women's fiction The Kindest Lie I really appreciated this book by Nancy Johnson, which is a story about motherhood, secrets, and more. It was fascinating to see the plot take shape through the dual perspectives of Ruth and Midnight. Having the different points of view really allows for a deeper take on things. I’m grateful for this entertaining journey of one woman’s discovery of her past—and herself. There are a lot of key points about race … [Read more...]

Publishers Weekly Review

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