Last week found me reading a genre of books that I've not read in a long while. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed them.
This weeks reading genre: Cozy Mysteries
The Deadly Daiquiri by Tegan Maher - 4 Stars ****
What's a witch to do when her boss turns up poisoned right after she'd wished him dead?
Witch Destiny Maganti loves working at a tiki bar on the Enchanted Coast, a beach getaway for paranormals. Between delivering drinks to mermaids and serving rare steaks to werewolves, she meets all sorts of interesting people. Plus, as a water witch, she's right at home on the ocean.
The only downside is dealing with her boss, a disgraced angel who thinks the world owes him a living just because of his ancestry. An hour after he publicly humiliates her, he ends up dead. Though her friends know she's innocent, all the evidence points to her.
Can she clear her name before she's kicked off the Enchanted Coast forever?
Alice in Murderland by Samantha Silver - 4 Stars ****
Moving from Miami to small-town Oregon was supposed to be boring...
When Alice Calliope takes over her recently deceased aunt's bookshop in Sapphire Village, Oregon, she's not expecting her world to be flipped upside down, but that's exactly what happens when her cousin Cat reveals to Alice that she's actually a witch. Add in the fact that the two of them stumble upon a dead body, and Alice's first day in town ends up being a lot more eventful than she could have possibly imagined!
What was supposed to be a simple cross-country move winds up with Alice having to learn how to navigate a whole new magical world while at the same time trying to clear Cat's name as she emerges as the main suspect in the murder. Add in the eccentric Grandma Cee, witchcraft lessons, a whiny old ghost and the laziest cat ever, and Alice definitely has her hands full.
With pressure mounting for the super-hot local sheriff to arrest her cousin, will Alice be able to hunt down the real killer before it's too late?
Southern Magic by Amy Boyles - 4 Stars ****
It only takes a second for life to go to heck-in-a-hand-basket!
In less than twenty-four hours Pepper Dunn loses her job, her boyfriend, and her home.
It's the worst day of her life.
But when Pepper discovers she’s a witch and has inherited the most important store in the magical town of Magnolia Cove, Alabama, she’s as happy as a pig in mud.
Too bad the shop is a familiar pet store and Pepper doesn’t like animals—not even a teensy bit. Determined to sell the shop and get the heck out of town, Pepper’s plans go haywire when a local storeowner winds up dead and Pepper gets accused of murder.
Thrust into a magical mystery, Pepper teams up with a mysterious private detective and a cat so traumatized by the murder that she’s not talking—and that cat could hold the key to Pepper’s innocence.
Now Pepper must avoid trouble, solve the mystery, and placate her new grandmother, who keeps a strict ten p.m. curfew that’s enforced by the talking end of her shotgun.
Sounds like a simple day in the life—as if. Can Pepper solve the mystery or will she become the next victim of the Magnolia Cove murderer? And most importantly, will Pepper learn to love the animals she’s in charge of?
Hoodoo and Just Desserts by Constance Barker - 3 Stars ***
Murder by Statue?
When a murder jolts the tourist town of Stillwater, known for its Civil War battlefield and witch coven history, it's up to two witch sisters and their stub tail cat to figure out who had it in for the victim.
Even the ghosts in the Civil War battlefield had no use for a business man hell bent on disturbing their peace. Narrowing the suspect pool can be difficult, especially when a sarcastic telepathic cat inserts herself into...well, everything.
Beware the Orchids by Cynthia Hickey - 3 Stars ***
Ditched at the altar, Shelby Hart tosses down her bouquet, quits her job, and accepts a position as gardener and event coordinator at an upscale retirement community. Her first day on the job results with a dead body in the greenhouse under the orchids and with her as the prime suspect!
Toss in a handsome handyman, quirky characters, and a flirtatious grandma and the fun never stops.
I hope you see something you'd like to read. :)
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