Book Review: “Slayed on the Slopes” by Kate Dyer-Seeley (Pacific Northwest Mystery #2)

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Title:  Slayed on the Slopes

Author:  Kate Dyer-Hernandez

Series:  Pacific Northwest Mystery #2

Synopsis (from bn.com):

After talking her way into a job writing for Portland’s Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg Reed may now really be in over her head. Actually, about 8,000 feet over her head. . .

She’s at Mount Hood’s remote Silcox Hut, covering the the seriously hardcore Ridge Rangers— Oregon’s elite high-altitude rescue team—during their four-day winter training. Sure, Meg beefed up her outdoor skills over the summer . . . but she’s still hoping to cover the event with some hot chocolate by the cheery fireplace. Then, during a sudden blizzard, she swears she hears gunshots. No one stranded in the hut believes her . . . until self-absorbed Ridge Ranger Ben Rogers is found outside in a pool of frozen blood. Meg’s now got to find this killer quickly . . . before cabin fever does them all in!

 

My thoughts:  If you have read my review of the first book in this series, Scene of the Climb, you know that I absolutely love this series and let’s face it, I’m reading the first 3 back to back – I can’t put them down.

Book #2 in the series takes us back to the beautiful Oregon scenery, Mount Hood, and the Columbia River Gorge in the middle of a winter storm as our dear main character Meg sets off to write a story about the Ridge Rangers – a rescue team.  Needless to say, things don’t go as planned, a winter storm traps her and the Ridge Rangers in the Silcox Hut with yes – a dead body!

Again, I loved the descriptions of the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest.  It really makes this series for me – as a lifelong Midwesterner.   I was so intrigued by the places this author writes about I looked them up and read up on some of the history of the area.

If you are a nature lover and a lover of great cozies – get yourself into this series.  You won’t regret it.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

 

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Book Review: “Scene of the Climb” by Kate Dyer-Seeley (Pacific Northwest Mystery)

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Title:  Scene of the Climb

Author:  Kate Dyer-Seeley

Series:  Pacific Northwest Mystery

Synopsis (from bn.com):

Portland, Oregon, is the perfect fit for someone like Meg Reed. It’s a city with a small town feel, where she can crash on the couch of her best friend Jill, now that she’s graduated from journalism school. . .

But a girl needs a job, so Meg bluffs her way into writing for Northwest Extreme magazine, passing herself off to editor-in-chief Greg Dixon as an outdoor adventure enthusiast. Never mind that Meg’s idea of sport is climbing onto the couch without spilling her latte. So when she finds herself clawing to the top of Angel’s Rest—a two-thousand-foot peak—to cover the latest challenge in a reality TV adventure show, she can’t imagine feeling more terrified. Until she witnesses a body plummet off the side of the cliff. Now Meg has a murder to investigate. And if the climbing doesn’t kill her, a murderer just might. . .

 

My thoughts:  What an absolutely wonderful new cozy mystery series.  I loved it so much!  This series literally has laugh out loud moments as you read about young Meg faking her way as an outdoor enthusiast – harrowing climbs in the mountains, trail hikes, hilarious!  As a complete city girl, non outdoor person myself, I could literally picture myself trying to do these feats in nature – and laughing out loud.

I love the relationship and closeness of the main group of characters – Meg, Jill, and Matt!  Great group!

And having myself never been to Oregon, I absolutely loved reading about the nature and scenery of the Pacific Northwest. As I was reading, I started to think I could be an outdoor superhero – it passed.

Overall, a great new mystery series with laugh out loud moments, great characters, and absolutely beautiful descriptions of a beautiful part of the country!

A cozy mystery series not to be missed.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book Review: “Braking for Bodies” by Duffy Brown (Cycling Path Mystery #2)

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Title:  Braking for Bodies

Author:  Duffy Brown

Series:  Cycle Path Mystery #2

Synopsis (from bn.com):  Evie Bloomfield puts the pedal to the metal—in the latest Cycle Path mystery from the national bestselling author of Geared for the Grave.

Moving from Los Angeles to small, picturesque Mackinac Island to work in a bike shop might seem crazy, but Evie knows it’s the best decision she’s ever made. That’s not to say she’s gotten rid of all her stress; after all, the upcoming Lilac Festival has everyone in town riding in circles.

But things really go downhill when a ferry full of tourists—including Evie’s friend Fiona’s former boss, the editor of a sleazy rag in LA—arrives on the island. No one knows why Peephole Perry came all the way to Mackinac, but things aren’t looking good for Fiona when Peep is found dead. Now Evie has to gear up and get a grip on the truth if she wants to clear her friend’s name…

 

My thoughts:  This is book #2 in the great Cycle Path Mystery series.  I absolutely love this series – and frankly can’t wait for book #3 to come out – hint hint to the author!!!

The main character, Evie, offers a strong female lead – independent, witty, moments of hilarity!

I love the cast of characters including their quirks and humor.   As I said in my review of book #1 – I love the very descriptive nature of the setting of Mackinac Island.  I’ve never been there and am just really loving reading about the island and the atmosphere of Mackinac Island.

Overall, a great, fun mystery with great characters and an excellent setting.  The perfect recipe for a great cozy mystery series.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book Review: “Geared for the Grave” by Duffy Brown (Cycle Path Mystery #1)

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Title:  Geared for the Grave

Author:  Duffy Brown

Series:  Cycle Path Mystery #1

 

Synopsis (from bn,com):

FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

Mackinac Island is a peaceful summer resort town where everyone coasts through the streets on bicycles. But after someone sends a prominent local on her final ride, it’s up to one resourceful visitor to get things running again…

Hoping to shift her chances of a promotion in her favor, Evie Bloomfield heads to Mackinac Island to assist her boss’s father. Rudy Randolph has broken his leg and operating his bike shop, Rudy’s Rides, is too much to handle by himself. But Evie’s good turn only leads to more trouble…

After Evie’s arrival, wealthy resident Bunny Harrington dies in what looks like a freak bike accident. Upon closer inspection, Bunny’s brakes were tampered with, and now the prime suspect in her murder is also Bunny’s number one enemy: Rudy. So if Evie hopes to stay on her boss’s good side, she’ll need to steer Rudy clear of jail. Now she must quickly solve this mystery so she can put the brakes on the real killer’s plan…

 

My thoughts:  Ok, ok, I have recently began to really enjoy spinning classes on my new spinning bike I got a couple months ago so when I saw this new Cycling Path mystery I snagged it up.  And boy am I glad I did!  What an absolutely hilarious and charming new cozy (ok, actually not new, it came out in 2014 but it is new to me)!

Once I got into the whole realm of reading about small town life, I was hooked.  I actually sat down and read this in one day.

The main character Evie is an absolute stitch, unlike many cozy mysteries – there were many laugh out loud moments – love it!!

The relationship between Evie and the cop Sutter was also hilarious – and of course I’m wondering when sparks are going to fly🙂

All of the cast of characters in this series are great, charming, colorful, and just simply lovely.

And I know this seems odd, but I also really enjoyed learning about the layout and lifestyle of Mackinac Island – super fun.

I already have started the 2nd book in the series “Braking for Bodies” and am so hoping that the author continues this funny, charming series.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book Review: “Dark Chocolate Demise” by Jenn McKinlay (Cupcake Mystery #7)

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Title:  Dark Chocolate Demise

Author:  Jenn McKinlay

Series:  Cupcake Bakery Mystery #7

 

Synopsis (from bn.com):

The New York Times bestselling Cupcake Bakery Mysteries bake up sweet surprises, but as the series continues, Mel and Angie are in for a fresh batch of trouble…

Scottsdale, Arizona, may not be the liveliest place on earth, but it’s never been as dead as this. Hundreds of fans have gathered together for the first annual Old Town Zombie Walk, and Mel, Angie, and the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew are donning their best undead attire to sell some horror-themed desserts to the hungry hordes.

But the fun turns to fright when Mel finds a real dead body in a prop casket outside of the bakery’s truck—and the corpse looks alarmingly like a zombie of their own. Knowing that Joe, Angie’s brother and Mel’s former flame, has been working on a dangerous mob case, Mel worries that the murder is a hit gone wrong and that someone near and dear was the real target. To keep any of her friends from winding up six feet under, Mel will do whatever it takes to find a killer—no matter how scary things get…

 

My thoughts:  Angie, Mel, Tate, and their fabulous cast of characters are back for a wonderful installment in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery.   I love the friendship between Mel, Angie, and Tate as well as of course the DeLaura brothers – it makes the books a pleasure, pleasure to read.

This wasn’t my favorite storyline – being centered around Halloween and zombies, but that is just my personal preference.

The book was fun, light, with a great cast of characters!  Loving this series and very much looking forward to the next installment – Vanilla Beaned!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

 

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Title Wave by Lorna Barrett (Booktown Mystery #10)

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Title:  Title Wave

Author:  Lorna Barrett

Series:  Booktown Mystery #10

 

Synopsis (from bn.com):  Tricia and Angelica leave Booktown behind for a pleasure cruise, but they’re going to need their life jackets because a murderer has also booked passage—in Lorna Barrett’s New York Times bestselling series.
 
While her bookstore, Haven’t Got a Clue, is rebuilt following a devastating fire, Tricia Miles and her sister, Angelica, decide to book a cruise for some much needed R&R. Naturally they choose a Mystery Lovers cruise, where they can ponder whodunnit in deck chairs while sipping colorful drinks and soaking up some rays.

But the fun is cut short when a fellow passenger is murdered for real. Is the killer a famous mystery author, one of his fans, or a member of the ship’s crew? As Tricia tries to find the killer before they reach port, she may be cruising for a bruising…

 

My thoughts:  Tricia and her sister Angelica are back for the 10th installment of the fabulous Booktown Mystery series.  I truly love this series – after all as  a booklover who wouldn’t love an entire town full of nothing but bookshops one after another – I’m in love.

I particularly loved this book in the series as Tricia, Angelica, and her entourage take off on a cruise as Tricia’s bookstore continues to undergo the repairs after being destroyed by fire.  I really love when Cozy Mystery authors take the characters out of their normal setting for one book – it is a refreshing change.   I enjoyed the new setting of this book – not bad to spend an entire book on the deck of a cruise ship, eating in the great restaurants, and of course solving a murder mystery.

Now here is hoping that the next book in this series involves a grand opening of Tricia’s newly remodeled shop!!

Of course looking forward to the next book!!

A great, fun, book focused mystery series that every book lover would love!

And remember,

Books are Life,

Heather

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Book Review: “Speaking in Bones” by Kathy Reichs (Temperance Brennan #18)

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Title:  Speaking in Bones

Author:  Kathy Reichs

Series:  Temperance Brennan #18

Synopsis (from bn.com): No one speaks the language of suspense more brilliantly than Kathy Reichs, author of the acclaimed Temperance Brennan series. In Speaking in Bones, the forensic anthropologist finds herself drawn into a world of dark secrets and dangerous beliefs, where good and evil blur.

Professionally, Temperance Brennan knows exactly what to do—test, analyze, identify. Her personal life is another story. She’s at a loss, wondering how to answer police detective Andrew Ryan’s marriage proposal. But the matter of matrimony takes a backseat when murder rears its head.

Hazel “Lucky” Strike—a strident amateur detective who mines the Internet for cold cases—comes to Brennan with a tape recording of an unknown girl being held prisoner and terrorized. Strike is convinced the voice is that of eighteen-year-old Cora Teague, who went missing more than three years earlier. Strike is also certain that the teenager’s remains are gathering dust in Temperance Brennan’s lab.

Brennan has doubts about working with a self-styled websleuth. But when the evidence seems to add up, Brennan’s next stop is the treacherous backwoods where the chilling recording (and maybe Cora Teague’s bones) were discovered. Her forensic field trip only turns up more disturbing questions—along with gruesome proof of more untimely deaths.

While local legends of eerie nocturnal phenomena and sinister satanic cults abound, it’s a zealous and secretive religious sect that has Brennan spooked and struggling to separate the saints from the sinners. But there’s nothing, including fire and brimstone, that can distract her from digging up the truth and taking down a killer—even as Brennan finds herself in a place where angels fear to tread, devils demand their due, and she may be damned no matter what.

 

My thoughts:  The latest offering in the Temperance Brennan series!  I must admit that this wasn’t my favorite book in the series, but this series is so good that even a “so so” book is really good!  The overall plot of this novel seemed a bit slower to me than previous books, but oddly I must say one thing I really enjoyed was the setting of the book.  In their search for the answers to the crime they end up searching in a backwoods, mountainous area.  Her writing and description of the scenery, the landscape is so vivid that it truly felt like I was there and added a great deal to the story.

Overall, another good book in the Temperance Brennan series.  Looking forward to the next one!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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