Doubled Up – Book 2 An Imogene Museum Mystery – Jerusha Jones

jj doubledARC review for Thomas & Mercer Books via Netgalley.

Museum curator Meredith Morehouse stumbles upon the remnants of a stolen shipment of scary-looking wood figurines, but she can’t tell if they are smuggled national treasures or clever fakes.

While Meredith is sucked into the secret federal probe of the fishy figurines and their importer, her ex-fiancé—a man so annoyingly arrogant he could easily drive someone to murder—returns for another round of marriage proposals, and he won’t take no for an answer. Just when her friendship with tugboat captain Pete Sills might be heating up…What’s a girl to do?

This 2nd book pace got going a lot quicker than the 1st book in the series.

Still a very good storyline and characters.

4 stars****

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Rock Bottom – Book 1 An Imogene Museum Mystery – Jerusha Jones

jj rock bottomARC review for Thomas & Mercer Book via Netgalley.

Meredith Morehouse, curator of the eclectic Imogene Museum, is suddenly short-staffed. Her favorite (and only) graduate student intern, Greg, is missing—without leaving behind so much as an empty pizza box, to say nothing of a note.

Plus, a prowler has been rearranging the museum’s brand new chamber pot exhibit. When Meredith’s nighttime vigil to flush out the intruder results in witnessing a murder, she calls in Sheriff Marge Stettler. Soon nearly all the other inhabitants of the small town of Platts Landing, Washington, (including hunky tugboat captain Pete Sills) are in on the hunt—for the killers and a body that’s drifting down the Columbia River. Is the dead man her intern or somebody else? And if it’s somebody else, where on earth is Greg?

This is a new release of a previously published edition.

I enjoyed this book once the mystery started 25% of the way through the book.

Hopefully the other books in this series, get going a lot quicker!

3 stars***

Sky High – #2 A Nicki Valentine Mystery – Susan O’Brien

so sky highARC review for Henery Press via Netgalley.

Single mom and rookie P.I. Nicki Valentine rarely gets time off, so attending a wedding with her superhot colleague Dean sounds dreamy. But things turn nightmarish when the groom — a soon-to-be transplant donor — disappears, and Nicki and Dean commit to a partnership they never planned.
Together, they examine the groom’s unfulfilled promises, including one to his mom, a psychic medium with an unusual health need. As family secrets emerge, Nicki must face questions about her late husband, whose long-ago betrayal still threatens to cloud her judgment.
With support from her pole-dancing best friend, her always-on-call family, and the loves of her life (her two kids — and possibly Dean), Nicki must uncover the groom’s demons while conquering her own.

I enjoyed the book, it had a good storyline and well constructed characters.

4 stars****

Pane and Suffering – A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery – First in a New Series by Cheryl Hollon

ch paneARC review for Kensington Books via Netgalley.

To solve her father’s murder and save the family-owned glass shop, Savannah Webb must shatter a killer’s carefully constructed façade. . .

After Savannah’s father dies unexpectedly of a heart attack, she drops everything to return home to St. Petersburg, Florida, to settle his affairs–including the fate of the beloved, family-owned glass shop. Savannah intends to hand over ownership to her father’s trusted assistant and fellow glass expert, Hugh Trevor, but soon discovers the master craftsman also dead of an apparent heart attack.

As if the coincidence of the two deaths wasn’t suspicious enough, Savannah discovers a note her father left for her in his shop, warning her that she is in danger. With the local police unconvinced, it’s up to Savannah to piece together the encoded clues left behind by her father. And when her father’s apprentice is accused of the murders, Savannah is more desperate than ever to crack the case before the killer seizes a window of opportunity to cut her out of the picture. . .

First in a new series.

I found the characters good and rounded.  The plot was interesting and different than normally found in a first in a new series. With interesting information on stained glass techniques, speciality beers, teas and cipher codes that soldered well with the story.

Will be interesting to see what the next book will be like.  Overall I liked it.

Expected publication: September 29th 2015 by Kensington.

5 stars*****

The Skeleton Haunts the House – Book 3 of the Family Skeleton series by Leigh Perry

lp hauntsARC review for Penguin/Berkley Books via Netgalley.

Sid the Skeleton bones up on clues to solve a Haunted House homicide in this mystery from the author of The Skeleton Takes a Bow

What holiday could bring more warmth to a skeleton’s chest cavity than Halloween? And when you’re a living skeleton who’s not supposed to be seen outside the house, it’s a welcome chance to get some fresh air and rub bony elbows with people. That’s why Sid doesn’t mind wearing a full-body dog suit and going as Scooby-Doo along with Georgia Thackery’s Velma to the Halloween Howl.

Sid can’t wait to go through the Haunted House—but he gets rattled for real when a genuine dead body is discovered. Trapped inside as the police quickly seal off the crime scene, Sid makes no bones about dropping the dog suit and posing as an actual skeleton. This murder is a skull-scratcher, but as long as Sid is on the inside, he might as well case the joint to figure out who used the cover of darkness to commit the perfect crime…

3rd book in the Family Skeleton series.  Where Dr Georgia Thackery, Sid the skeleton and the rest of the Thackery clan have to find a murderer in a haunted house.

I love following the adventures of Georgia and Sid.  These books are a fun read and set in a small university town of Pennycross.

Expected publication: October 6th 2015 by Berkley.  Just in time for Halloween!

5 stars*****

Just got approved for the New Leigh Perry Family Skeleton cozy!

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Spent this morning going through my Netgalley approved TBR list.  And found that I had 5 books to get finished by the 29th September, luckily I had made a start on 2 of them.  But I still need to get my finger out!

Then this afternoon I got approval from Penguin/Berkley & Netgalley, for the New Leigh Perry – Family Skeleton Mystery #3 – The Skeleton Haunts A House…and everything else has gone out the window!!!  Just like it did when I got the latest Elly Griffiths Smoke and Mirrors!

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Oh well, I will get back on track when I have finished Georgia & Sid’s new adventure!  It needs to be completed by 6th October anyway! 😀

What books I’m juggling at the moment!

Well today I have started and done 34% of Lowcountry Bordello (Liz Talbot Mystery #4) by Susan M. Boyer.

Thank you Susan for sending me the invite to read this book via Netgalley.

Never having read any of her previous books in this series, I am delighted to find that I’m really enjoying the book.  It reminds me a bit of Carolyn Haines’s Sarah Booth Delaney books, with Southern charm and a ghost to boot! 😀

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I have also stared on the second Episode of the Cherringham series by Matthew Costello – Mystery at the Manor.

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And also stared on the first of the Jerusha Jones – Imogene Museum Mystery series – Rock Bottom.

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Smoke and Mirrors – A Stephens and Mephisto Mystery #2 – Elly Griffiths – The Magic Men are back! With fairy tales…and murder!

eg smokeARC review for Netgalley.

Brighton, 1951.

Pantomime season is in full swing on the snowy pier with Max Mephisto starring in Aladdin. But Max’s headlines have been stolen by the disappearance ­­of two local children. With fairy tales in the air, it’s not long before the press have found a nickname for the case: ‘Hansel and Gretel’.

DI Edgar Stephens has plenty of leads to investigate. The missing girl, Annie, used to write plays and perform them with her friends. Does the clue lie in Annie’s unfinished – and rather disturbing – last script? Or might it lie with the eccentric theatricals who have assembled for the pantomime?

For Stan (aka the Great Diablo), who’s also appearing in Aladdin, the case raises more personal memories. Back before the Great War, he witnessed the murder of a young girl while he was starring in another show, an event which has eerie parallels to the current case.

Once again Edgar enlists Max’s help in penetrating the shadowy theatrical world that seems to hold the key. But with both distracted by their own personal problems, neither can afford to miss a trick. For Annie and her friend, time is running out . . .

Since reading the ARC of the first book in this series – The Zig Zag Girl – for Goodreads.  I have been waiting for this 2nd instalment with baited breath.  So I was pleased to get approved for the ARC, to read and review for Netgalley.

Will I like it?  Would it be as good as the first?

The answers to the questions are…Yes!

Elly Griffiths pulls another rabbit out of the hat!

Again, like the first book in this series…once started you will not want to put it down!

The plot and characters just flow so seamlessly.

Definitely one for this years Christmas stocking!

Expected publication: November 5th 2015 by Quercus

5 stars*****

Death Comes To Kurland Hall – Book 3 of the Kurland St. Mary Mysteries – Catherine Lloyd

cl death kurland hallARC review for Netgalley.

As wedding bells chime in Kurland St. Mary, a motley group of visitors descends on the village—and with a murderer on the prowl, some of them may not be returning home…

Lucy Harrington has returned to Kurland St. Mary to help with her friend Sophia Giffin’s wedding. But her homecoming is made disagreeable by the presence of Major Robert Kurland, whose bungled proposal has ruffled Lucy’s composure, and a meddling widow who has designs on her father, the village rector.

Wary of the cloying Mrs. Chingsford from the start, Lucy has doubts about the busybody’s intentions with her father. But everyone else seems to think they make an ideal match—until the courtship is curtailed when Mrs. Chingsford is found dead at the bottom of a staircase. It’s clear that it wasn’t an accident, and in hopes of finding the culprit, Lucy and Robert call a truce and begin scrutinizing the wedding guests.

But the widow left behind plenty of enemies, and when one of them is the next to turn up dead, Lucy and Robert discover that the truth is far more scandalous than anyone could have imagined…

The 3rd book in the Kurland St. Mary mystery series, and another feather in Catherine Lloyds cap.  I love this regency mystery series, with Lucy Harrington as the interfering busybody and Major Sir Robert Kurland’s gruff manner and stiff upper lip.  They work beautifully together…like fire and ice!

5 stars*****

Don’t Kiss The Vicar – Charlie Cochrane – Heart warming story with a splash of mystery

cc don't kiss the vicarARC reviewed for Netgalley.

Vicar Dan Miller is firmly in the closet in his new parish. Could the inhabitants of a sedate Hampshire village ever accept a gay priest? Trickier than that, how can he hide his attraction for one of his flock, Steve Dexter?

Encouraged by his ex-partner to seize the day, Dan determines to tell Steve how he feels, only to discover that Steve’s been getting poison pen letters and suspicion falls on his fellow parishioners. When compassion leads to passion, they have to conceal their budding relationship, but the arrival of more letters sends Dan scuttling back into the closet.

Can they run the letter writer to ground? More importantly, can they patch up their romance and will Steve ever get to kiss the vicar again?

Heart warming story with a splash of mystery.  A hint of ‘The Moving Finger’ by Agatha Christie…without the murders!

5 stars*****