I’m finally on my new site for writing my PW blog and it is a work in progress. The first blog is the WW Ladies and we might as well start off with the best. Just a heads up that I leave very early Thursday morning for Sleuthfest in Florida. I’m really looking forward to meeting and greeting a lot of great mystery writers. Of course, the 70 degree weather will be no hardship for this Wisconsin girl.
A Black Tie Affair by Sherrill Bodine
Read by joysann
Athena Smith is reluctant to do any business with Drew Clayworth, but because the Clayworth family owns the spectacular vintage Bertha Palmer gowns she needs for her Chicago historical museum display, she must set aside her pride and her long broken heart to get them. Drew knows he’s in for trouble when Athena, under the influence of a chemical reaction caused by the aging dress materials, reveals her continued desire for him, making him wonder if he can forgive her for her betrayal when they were young. When the valuable dresses are stolen and become a danger to the unsuspecting public, Athena and Drew must work together to recover the gowns, and find they might recover their love.
Set amid the history of Chicago’s First Families, the glitz of the affluent, and silks and satins of vintage haute-couture, A Black Tie Affair is a charming romantic romp I thoroughly enjoyed. One doesn’t have to be a fashionista to appreciate the historical value of the vintage clothing described, and the thought of the opportunity to see, touch or even wear such elegance tickles one’s imagination. Sherrill Bodine has found a way to open a glamorous world everyone can delight in.
Murder Passes the Buck: A Gertie Johnson Backwoods Adventure by Deb Baker
Read by Sheila
Gertie Johnson, 66, a resident of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, rushes to the scene when a neighbor is shot dead in his deer blind. Her son Blaze, the local Sherriff, writes it off as an accident. Gertie bets it’s murder and sets out to prove it. Everyone is suspect. With the help of two colorful friends and one grandson, Gertie bombs around in her Ford pickup truck searching for clues. To lick her wounds or avoid her son, she hides out in her own deer blind. In turn, Blaze (who can’t get over being named for a horse), declares his mother incompetent and summons her to court to win legal guardianship over her.
I picked up Murder Passes the Buck to glance at it – and got hooked from line one. I spent the whole afternoon reading. Deb’s writing is sharp, blunt and brutally funny. I liked reading about life in the U.P. And Gertie is a character who comically obstructs justice, trespasses, and damages personal property. She’s also had her share of loss. As she navigated a public murder and her personal pains, I grew to care about her a lot. I’m eager to read her next Backwoods Adventure. I also have Deb’s Dolls to Die For mysteries to look forward to. And this fall, as Hannah Reed, Deb will launch Buzz Off, the first in her Queen Bee Mystery series. That makes me very happy.
Seal Island by Kate Brallier
Read by Loretta
The heroine, Cecilia Hargrave, learns of a Cousin Allegra’s death. Surprisingly, she discovers that she is the heir to Allegra’s home and a business located on Seal Island in Bangor, Maine. Except for a few dutiful phone calls in the past years, Cecilia does not know much about Allegra, her mother’s cousin. Being recently “downsized” after six years of company loyalty in a mindless and boring job, plus finding that her apartment rent has been boosted way beyond her means, she decides to see just what her legacy might be. Packing up all her belongings into her old car, she drives to Seal Island for the summer.
She discovers a thriving business and a lovely home, She makes friends with the townspeople and surprisingly enough, the seals Love interest aplenty is provided by Tom, Ronan and Richard. Even the shock of a murder and the subsequent break-ins to her home do not deter her from deciding to remain on Seal Island.
This book kept me reading far into the night and enjoying every minute of her adventures until it winds up into a complex, bizarre and most unusual conclusion.
Dyad Quest by Ann Hinnenkamp
Read by joysann
Dr Jude Kapfer, PhD, watches a gunman plug two bullets into her chest, and knows she’s dying – alone, as always. When she wakes up mysteriously healed, she finds cold, tough Aiden Rawlings and the strange, angelic looking man he works for, David Stewart, watching over her, and she’s introduced into the incredible world of the Dyads, a race of superhuman beings that might be humanity’s only hope for survival. Now she must find why she was targeted, and rely on a man as emotionally obturate as she before they are all victims of a deadly intrigue.
Ann Hinnenkamp has ingeniously conceived a fascinating new super-race, and doubled their allure as each of them has a perfect twin. She’s thrown in appealing characters, romantic suspense, and winning good humor, and there’s good potential for continued enjoyment as each character steps to the fore. This provocative new world was introduced in Dyad Dreams, and I found it a place I’m glad to revisit.
At Home on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball
Read by Bev
Cici, Lindsey and Bridget, three friends who have taken up residence at the former Blackwell Farms, now Ladybug Farm, continue to grow together as a team and to grow even more individually. Bridget the wizard in the kitchen, Cici with her artwork and homeschooling Noah, a boy for whom they share guardianship and Lindsay who keeps the remodeling of the farm on track. Lori, who is Lindsay’s daughter keeps trying to come up with ways for them to earn income to support the farm. She tries everything from shearing the sheep for their wool (too early as it was and they end up wearing coats) to purchasing 144 chicks so they can have eggs and prize chickens. And of course Ida Mae, a servant of the previous owners, knows more about the farm’s history than she has previously revealed.
This delightful series continues to engross me with it’s wit and charm.
The Song Is You by Megan Abbott
Read by Michelle
Hollywood 1949, a time of freedom in post war America. Gil Hopkins (Hop) is a reporter who is a fixer of sorts for celebs when it comes to unsavory news bits in the media. Gil is one of the last to see Jean Spangler alive and everything comes back to haunt him when two years later he is approached by Iolene, a dear friend of Jean’s. Gil is compelled to solve the mystery of Jean’s disappearance. Meanwhile Gil’s marriage has fallen apart and his reputation precedes his interactions with a new interest, Frannie Adair.
I found this book to have a wonderful sense of nostalgia combined with an air of intrigue. This murder mystery promises to keep the reader interested with every page and I could almost feel her characters walk off the page.
Bottom Line: “There is nothing wrong with change if it is in the right direction.” ~ Winston Churchill