Sunday, January 26, 2014

Leftover Dead (Trailer Park Mystery, #5) by Jimmie Ruth Evans

Leftover Dead (Trailer Park Mystery, #5)Leftover Dead by Jimmie Ruth Evans

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Waitress Wanda Nell Culpepper is barely hitched to her new husband, Jack, before the couple starts digging into an unsolved murder from thirty-one years ago. But a new death puts this cold case on the front burner.


Enjoyed this mystery with Wanda Nell and Jack. Sad that this appears to be the last book in the series (even though there is no real ending to the series here).

The mystery was a cold case and for once did not involve anyone in Wanda Nell's family. lol

Enjoyed this cozy series.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Stung (Stung, #1) by Bethany Wiggins

Stung (Stung, #1)Stung by Bethany Wiggins

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There is no cure for being stung.

Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered—her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right hand—a black oval with five marks on either side—that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. She’s right.

Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded while a select few live protected inside a fortress-like wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.

Now Fiona has awakened branded, alone—and on the wrong side of the wall.


My 14 year old daughter picked this up at the local library, read it, and raved about how wonderful it was, so I decided to read it before she returned it.

I have to say that I was impressed. I enjoyed the dystopian aspect, with the possible extinction of bees (something we could actually face in our future) as well as the problems arising from new vaccines (again something that we are seeing already) leading up to an end to the world that we know. I will say that this part of the story was lacking. I would have loved it if the author would have delved a bit deeper into the actual events that led to the world that we are seeing, but it is a forgivable problem.

Keeping in mind that this book is intended for a young adult/teen audience some of the simplicity of the plot is understandable. There are issues, but no so that they ruin the story.

I will definitely read the next book when it comes out, just to see what happens next.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Bring Your Own Poison (Trailer Park Mystery, #4) by Jimmie Ruth Evans

Bring Your Own Poison (Trailer Park Mystery, #4)Bring Your Own Poison by Jimmie Ruth Evans

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Waitress Wanda Nell Culpepper is burning the candle at both ends, but she can't afford to pass up hefty tips from a bachelor party at the Kountry Kitchen. She's prepared to dodge a few roaming hands-but not to witness a murder.


I am really enjoying this series. This book was the best so far because it really took us into the lives of the wonderful cast of characters that the author has brought together. I am really sad to see that the next book is the last in this series. I have really enjoyed getting to know Wanda Nell and her family. The mystery was okay in this one, but the development of the characters was what made it so special for me.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Best Served Cold (Trailer Park Mystery, #3) by Jimmie Ruth Evans

Best Served Cold (Trailer Park Mystery, #3)Best Served Cold by Jimmie Ruth Evans

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At the Kountry Kitchen, Wanda Nell gets a surprising customer-her brother Rusty, who she hasn't set eyes on since their mama died. Wanda Nell wants to heal the rift between them, but Rusty has other scores to settle in town. Then a man is murdered, and Rusty-who had a knock-down drag-out with him just hours earlier-disappears. Wanda Nell knows her baby brother isn't a killer, and she's got to find both him and the real murderer before the whole thing starts to stink like yesterday's leftovers.


This series keeps getting better with each book. I love Wanda Nell and her family and friends. The town she lives in reminds me of the town that I live in and the story lines are always interesting.
This book touched upon some darker issues, but was well written and came together nicely in the end. I look forward to reading more about Wanda Nell and her adventures.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Murder Over Easy (Trailer Park Mystery , #2) by Jimmie Ruth Evans

Murder Over Easy (Trailer Park Mystery , #2)Murder Over Easy by Jimmie Ruth Evans

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As if Wanda Nell Culpepper didn’t have her hands full juggling two jobs and herding her kids around, Melvin Arbuckle, her boss at the Kountry Kitchen, has been arrested for murder. The victim was Wanda’s fellow waitress, a woman with the personality of a snake and the reputation of a minx. She also had expensive taste in men, including some of Tullahoma, Mississippi’s big-shot businessmen. Convinced of Melvin’s innocence, Wanda Nell puts herself on the trail of a ruthless killer and almost gets her goose cooked¦


I am enjoying this series. I like Wanda Nell and the mysteries are interesting. I did not figure out who did it until the killer was revealed. I like getting to know Wanda Nell and her family and find the books quite readable.

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