Haunt Couture and Ghosts Galore (A Haunted Vintage Mystery #3) by Rose Pressey

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In the third instalment of the Haunted Vintage series, finds Cookie Chanel showing some of her stylish vintage items in a charity fashion show.  What she didn’t expect is to discover the designer dead and a ghost of a former private investigator asking her for help.

With clever clues from Wind Song, her psychic cat, and sassy suggestions from Charlotte, her ghost-in-residence, Cookie must unravel the sinister stitches of a deadly design–before she becomes the next fashion victim…

This is a fun series, with a great set of characters, in a well plotted and written mystery that has plenty of twists and turns in it that will keep you guessing until the end.

5 Stars*****

The Mystery of Death Trap Mine (Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators, #24) by M.V. Carey

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Text by M.V. Carey – Based on the characters created by Robert Arthur.

In the 24th mystery, the Three Investigators are invited to spend a couple of weeks at Allie Jamison’s (The Mystery of the Singing Serpent #17) uncles Christmas Tree ranch in New Mexico pruning the Christmas trees.  But Allie has other ideas and wants them to investigate the man who brought Death Trap Mine from her uncle a few months before.

The Three Investigators and Allie come up against a 5-year-old dead body, intruders, loud noises from the played out mine, and visit a ghost town.  Is Allie right about the New neighbour?

Can they solve the case before someone puts them permanently out of action!?

I love these mysteries.  They bring back the memories of my youth.  For me they are timeless stories that can be read and reread, time and time again.

Pure enjoyment!

My copy is the 1979 UK hardcover edition from William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd.  Whereas the Random House edition has ‘Alfred Hitchcock and’ in blue, the UK edition is in red.

5 Stars*****



Book Spotlight – Turkey Trot Murder & Holiday Murder by Leslie Meier

Turkey Trot Murder – the 24th book in Lucy Stone mysteries.

It’s late autumn in Tinker’s Cove, Maine, and the last surviving flowers on Lucy Stone’s porch have fallen victim to the first frost of the season. But as the part-time reporter learns, this cold November morning will claim more than potted plants . . .
Besides the annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day, Lucy expects the approaching holiday to be a relatively uneventful one—until she finds beautiful Alison Franklin dead and frozen in Blueberry Pond. No one knows much about Alison, except that she was the daughter of wealthy investor Ed Franklin and struggled quietly with drug addiction. Police blame her death on an accidental overdose, but Lucy can’t understand what terrible forces could lead a privileged woman to watery ruin . . .

Alison’s funeral service is just as puzzling. Many believe Ed’s young—and very pregnant—new wife, Mireille, divided the family, leaving Alison to wither on the vine. Did Mireille truly adore her stepchild as Ed claims, or did she pit father against daughter for personal gain?
As a state of unrest descends on Tinker’s Cove, Lucy is thrown into a full-scale investigation. Now, in a race against time, Lucy must beat the killer to the finish line—or she can forget about stuffing and cranberry sauce . . .

Holiday Murder – Special omnibus edition containing 2 Lucy Stone mystery Christmas novels – Mistletoe Murder (book #1) and Christmas Cookie Murder (book #6).

For Lucy Stone, Christmas in Tinker’s Cove, Maine, isn’t just about the gift of giving. Sometimes it’s also about solving a crime or two . . .

Mistletoe Murder
The First Lucy Stone Mystery!
As if Lucy Stone’s Christmas schedule wasn’t busy enough, she’s also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers its very wealthy founder, Sam Miller, dead in his car from an apparent suicide, Lucy’s gift for suspecting murder shines bright. Now she must track down an elusive killer—one who won’t be satisfied until everyone on his shopping list is dead, including Lucy herself . . .

Christmas Cookie Murder
One of the best things about Christmas in Tinker’s Cove has always been the annual Cookie Exchange. But when long-simmering petty rivalries and feuds finally come to a boil, accusations of recipe theft lead to an act of murder. Despite all of the ingredients for danger, Lucy sets out on the trail of a killer and soon uncovers a shocking Christmas secret best left unopened . . .


Leslie Meier, Lucy Stone mysteries are a fun read.  If you haven’t tried them yet, Holiday Murder would be a good place to start with the first Lucy Stone mystery – Mistletoe Murder.

Ramblings of a Book-a-Holic #2

I have been asked in the past how I manage to have multiple books and audiobooks on the go and still remember the storylines of each.  The honest answer is that I don’t know, it’s just something that I have always done.  I think it is the only part of my brain that actually still works now days!

The only way I can explain it is…when I open a book for the first time, the memory opens a file to store the information, and when I put the book down the ‘Save’ button is pressed.

It is rare that when I reopen a book after a period of time (which can sometimes be years) that I have to back pedal a few pages.  And even rarer that I have to start from the beginning again.

So the question is…why do I reread books?

For the same reason that people watch ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ each Christmas, time and time again…because it is a good story and you find something new each time that the story is retold.

Words have power and their own kind of magic.


Ramblings of a Book-a-Holic #1

Book-a-holic sound less pretentious than bibliophile, but I come under both categories.

What’s New this week?

Well I have been naughty and spent money on some bargains items on Amazon UK, all brand new editions.

Arsenic and Old Books (Cat in the Stacks #6) by Miranda James – in hardback at a steal!

Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman (Lady Montfort Mystery #1) by Tessa Arlen – in hardcover, another steal.

How to Tail a Cat (The Cats and Curios Mystery #4) by Rebecca M. Hale – in paperback.

Here Today, Gone Tamale (A Taste of Texas Mystery #1) by Rebecca Adler – in paperback, the most expensive item out of the lot!

The Pickled Piper (Pickled & Preserved Mystery #1) by Mary Ellen Hughes in paperback.

And Hocus Pocus on DVD.  Well we are coming up to Halloween!  I love this film and so did my youngest nephew, as I think he wore out my VHS video copy, as my niece wore out my Dirty Dancing video.  This has been the first chance that I have had the money to purchase it at a lower price.


On the Kindle front.

I got the omnibus edition of the first 4 books in the Lord Francis Powerscourt Series by David Dickinson.

And The Garden Plot (Potting Shed Mystery #1) by Marty Wingate.

On Audio.

Doom with a View (Merry Ghost Inn #2) by Kate Kingsbury.

It was a toss-up between Doom, and Body on Baker Street (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #2) by Vicki Delany…maybe at the weekend Vicki, as I have just got my new Audible UK credits. 🙂

What am I reading at the moment this week?

Renting Silence (Roaring Twenties Mystery #3) by Mary Miley.  I’m loving this series and was lucky at getting a copy at our library…well they are published by Severn House and seem to share their books both sides of the pond, unlike another publisher I could mention!

I have read the first chapter of The Secret, Book and Scone Society (Miracle Springs, North Carolina #1) by Ellery Adams…you have me hooked Ellery! 😀

Listening to The Saltmarsh Murders (Mrs. Bradley #4) by Gladys Mitchell, on disc via the dvd player in the living room.  Always good to revisit with Mrs. Bradley.

A Beautiful Blue Death (Charles Lenox Mysteries #1) by Charles Finch.  Enjoying it so far…but then I’m only a few chapters in.

On another nostalgia front…I have started re-reading the first in the Charlie Chan books – The House Without a Key by Earl Derr Biggers.  It has been a long while since I read this book and I’m enjoying it all over again.

Deadly Brew (A Dewberry Farm Mystery #3) by Karen MacInerney.  To set the mood for Halloween.

I could keep listing books…but it would be endless!




The Yellow Violet (Pat Abbott Mystery #3) by Frances Crane

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I pulled the book off the shelf meaning to put it on my TBR pile.  My mistake was opening it to the first page!

Set to the back drop of Pat Abbott’s home town of San Francisco.  Pat is about to marry Jean Holly…if people would just leave them in peace.

When a young woman comes in to ask for his help in finding her brother, Pat sends her downstairs to another private detective.  A couple of hours later that detective is found dead.

Pat sets out to find the mans killer, with the solicitous help of his bride-to-be.

A fast paced mystery, with plenty of colourful characters.  In a plot with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end.

As always, these books are a pure joy to read.

My copy is the UK Hammond, Hammond & Co. Ltd. reprint edition of 1946 (above), sadly without the lovely dust jacket.

5 Stars*****


Bitter Harvest (A Greenhouse Mystery #2) by Wendy Tyson

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Fall and Winsome prepares for its grand Oktoberfest celebration, beer isn’t the only thing brewing.

But everything for the Festival isn’t running as smoothly as most think, and then the body of one of the brewers turns up dead and another has disappeared.

Megan must plow through Winsome’s fixation with autumn festivities to harvest the truth, before another dead body marks the season.

Another thrilling Greenhouse mystery from Wendy Tyson.  With plenty of twists and turns, this well written and plotted mystery will keep you guessing until the end.

5 Stars*****

Silent Murders (Roaring Twenties Mystery #2) by Mary Miley

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The second book in Mary Miley’s captivating Roaring Twenties series.

Vaudeville actress Leah Randall took on her most daring role ever when she impersonated missing heiress Jessie Carr in order to claim Jessie’s inheritance in The Impersonator.  Now that the dust has settled around that tumultuous time in her life, Leah has adopted Jessie’s name as her own and moved to Hollywood, where she’s taken a modest but steady job in the silent film industry.

Jessie’s thrilled when Bruno Heilmann, a movie studio bigwig, invites her to a party. She’s even more delighted to run into a face from her past at that party.  But the following day, Jessie learns that sometime in the wee hours of the morning both her old friend and Bruno Heilmann were brutally murdered.  She’s devastated, but with her skill as an actress, access to the wardrobes and resources of a film studio, and a face not yet famous enough to be recognized, Jessie is uniquely positioned to dig into the circumstances surrounding these deaths.  But will doing so put her own life directly in the path of a murderer?

The glamorous setting of Hollywood in the 1920’s silent movie era and the scandals of the time, with bribery, corruption…murder is bound to happen.

Well written and plotted, with a great cast of characters, real and fictitious.  The mystery has plenty of twists and turns.  This mystery is a page turner from start to finish.

A most enjoyable read.

5 Stars*****


The Golden Box (Pat Abbott Mystery #2) by Frances Crane.

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Going back in time…way back in time to the 1940’s, for the second book in the Pat Abbott mysteries.

Jean Holly is called back to Elm Hill, Illinois because her Aunt Sue is ill.  Back in the familiar surroundings of her childhood home town and staying with her cousin Peggy and her husband Bill McCrea, who live next door to the famous Fabian House, home to the richest woman in Elm Hill, Mrs Claribel Fabian Lake, who practically runs the town.

But within 24 hours, Mrs Lake dies of a heart attack.

Pat Abbott stops in on the way to DC, and that night the Fabian House maid Ida Raymond, is found hanging in the Bird Room…suicide or murder?

I’m loving rereading this series, as it has been such a long time since I first read them.  They are well written and plotted, with a good set of characters.

My copy is the bland standard Penguin green and white cover, but I just love the colourful artwork from Popular Library edition.

5 Stars*****



Feet of Clay (Discworld #19) by Terry Pratchett

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I don’t know how it managed to get on my iPod play list, but it’s a Terry Pratchett…What more can you say?  Once started, it’s hard to stop listening!

With Nigel Planner (Neil from The Young Ones) narrating, you just have to sit back and go with the flow.  With memorable characters and situations that will make you laugh, Terry Pratchett has created a world that will live forever.

The DiscWorld books are just a joy to listen to…no matter how many times you have read or listened to them.  They will brighten your day and are just pure fun!

Who’s murdering harmless old men? Who’s poisoning the Patrician? As autumn fogs hold Ankh-Morpork in their grip, the City Watch has to track down a murderer who can’t be seen.
Maybe the golems know something – but the solemn men of clay, who work all day and night and are never any trouble to anyone, have started to commit suicide…
It’s not as if the Watch hasn’t got problems of its own. There’s a werewolf suffering from Pre-Lunar Tension, Corporal Nobbs is hob-nobbing with the nobs, and there’s something really strange about the new dwarf recruit, especially his earrings and eyeshadow.
Who can you trust when there are mobs on the street and plotters in the night and all the clues point the wrong way? In the gloom of the night, Watch Commander Sir Samuel Vimes finds that the truth may not be out there after all…

5 Stars*****