Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sinister Sudoku: A Sudoku Mystery #3 by Kaye Morgan

Sinister Sudoku: A Sudoku Mystery Sinister Sudoku: A Sudoku Mystery by Kaye Morgan

Sudoku maven Liza Kelly is conducting classes in a penitentiary, of all places. One of her best students is released, but his freedom doesn't last long. He's found dead, leaving his own puzzle for Liza to solve to find the killer, before her number is up.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was an okay read. This is a mystery series that I can live with or without. The mysteries are okay, the outcome is okay. The characters are okay. I find the rivalry between the two guys who like Liza to be juvenile. Some of the clues are very obvious. This was okay for a quick read but nothing spectacular.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Murder on a Bad Hair Day: A Southern Sisters Mystery #2 by Anne George

Murder on a Bad Hair Day: A Southern Sisters Mystery Murder on a Bad Hair Day: A Southern Sisters Mystery by Anne George

Murder on a Bad Hair Day

It's hard to believe practical, petite ex-schoolteacher Patricia Anne and amiable, ample-bodied, and outrageous Mary Alice are sisters, yet sibling rivalry has survived decades of good-natured disagreement about everything from husbands to hair color. No sooner do the Southern sisters discover a common interest in some local art, when they're arguing the artistic merits of some well-coiffured heads at a gallery opening. A few hours later, one of those pretty ladies ends up dead -- with not a hair out of place. The other shows up on Patricia Anne's doorstep dazed, disheveled, and telling a wild tale of a narrow escape from some deadly cuts. Now the sisters are once again combing for clues to catch a killer with a bizarre style in art -- and murder.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I adore these Southern Sisters Mysteries. The main characters are fantastic and the storylines keep you guessing. I have to admit I did not figure this one out. Quick, fun reads that I recommend to all cozy mystery fans!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse, #9) by Charlaine Harris

Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse, #9) Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

Except for Sookie Stackhouse, folks in Bon Temps, Louisiana, know little about vamps—and nothing about weres.

Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to reveal their existence to the ordinary world. At first all goes well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found near the bar where Sookie works—and she feels compelled to discover who, human or otherwise, did it.

But there’s a far greater danger threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings—older, more powerful, and more secretive than vampires or werewolves—is preparing for war. And Sookie finds herself an all-too human pawn in their battle.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Another great chapter in the life of Sookie Stackhouse. I have to say that I feel so sorry for Sookie sometimes. It just seems like she can not get a break. This was a great read with an action packed and sad ending. So much happened in the last chapter of the book that was heartbreaking. I can not imagine what will happen in the next book. A must read for all Sookie fans.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

The Perfect Princess (The Dragon Nimbus #2) by Irene Radford

The Perfect Princess (The Dragon Nimbus #2) The Perfect Princess by Irene Radford

The throne of Prince Darville is threatened by rogue magicians who try to take advantage when his dragon protectors depart, and the prince realizes that he and his bride are threatened by dark magic that threatens his kingdom and their lives.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Loved this second book in the Dragon Nimbus series. The characters are much more fully developed, the storyline runs much smoother than the first book, and the plot was a great read. I enjoyed getting to know Yaakke as he seems to be the focus of the next book in the series. Looking forward to reading more in this series as well as other series that this author has written.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Glass Dragon (The Dragon Nimbus #1) by Irene Radford

The Glass Dragon (The Dragon Nimbus #1) The Glass Dragon by Irene Radford

Finding the much-needed magic in their world dwindling with the depopulation of dragons, journeyman wizard Jaylor and witchwoman Brevelan begin a quest to discover who is destroying the dragons and why.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a good read. The characters were not as well developed as they could have been but the storyline was interesting enough to keep me reading. I will read the next in the series and also look into picking up some of the authors other books as well.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Murder on a Girls' Night Out: A Southern Sisters Mystery #1 by Anne George

Murder on a Girls' Night Out: A Southern Sisters Mystery Murder on a Girls' Night Out: A Southern Sisters Mystery by Anne George

A Different Kind of Sister Act

Patricia Anne -- "Mouse" -- is respectful, respectable, and demure, a perfect example of genteel Southern womanhood. Mary Alice -- "Sister" -- is big, brassy, flamboyant, and bold. Together they have a knack for finding themselves in the center of some of Birmingham's most unfortunate unpleasantness.

Country Western is red hot these days, so overimpulsive Mary Alice thinks it makes perfect sense to buy the Skoot 'n' Boot bar -- since that's where the many-times-divorced "Sister" and her boyfriend du jour like to hang out anyway. Sensible retired schoolteacher Patricia Anne is inclined to disagree -- especially when they find a strangled and stabbed dead body dangling in the pub's wishing well. The sheriff has some questions for Mouse and her sister Sister, who were the last people, besides the murderer, of course, to see the ill-fated victim alive. And they had better come up with some answers soon -- because a killer with unfinished business has begun sending them some mighty threatening messages...

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a wonderfully fun and quick cozy mystery. Love the main characters, Patricia Anne and her sister Mary Alice. Really look forward to reading more of the 'Southern Sister' mysteries and getting to know them better. I enjoyed the simple humor that the author used. Found myself laughing out loud on several occasions. The solution to the mystery was a little rushed for me, but overall a wonderful read.

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