Book Review: “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn

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Title:  Dark Places

Author:  Gillian Flynn

Synopsis (from bn.com):  Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

My thoughts:  This book came highly recommended as “excellent” by a number of friends.  After reading Gone Girl and loving it, I was quite excited to get into this.  Unfortunately, I have to say I really disliked this book for a number of reasons.

First of all, the reader gets introduced to this Kill Club that Libby starts to work with to find the truth behind the gruesome murder of her family.  As the reader, I naturally assumed this Kill Club would continue to play a role in the book.  Apparently not, since the Kill Club is like gone until the very end of the novel and plays almost no role in the book.  Stupid!

I wasn’t bothered at all by the very dark nature of the book, in fact I was actually expecting more psychologically dark.  It started out fantastic, fast, and intriguing and then just sputtered to a dead for me.

I found the end of the novel also just flat, a dead end, nothing exciting, a huge disappointment.

Overall, this book was a huge disappointment to me.  I expected a lot more.  It started wonderfully fast and exciting and just generally fizzled out to a disappointing ending.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review: “Decoupage Can Be Deadly” by Lois Winston (Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery #4)

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Title:  Decoupage Can Be Deadly

Author:  Lois Winston

Series:  Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery #4

Synopsis (from bn.com): In this fourth installment of the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, Anastasia and her fellow American Woman editors are steaming mad when minutes before the opening of a consumer show, they discover half their booth usurped by Bling!, their publisher’s newest magazine. CEO Alfred Gruenwald is sporting new arm candy-rapper-turned-entrepreneur and Bling! executive editor, the first-name-only Philomena. During the consumer show, Gruenwald’s wife serves Philomena with an alienation of affection lawsuit, but Philomena doesn’t live long enough to make an appearance in court. She’s found dead days later, stuffed in the shipping case that held Anastasia’s decoupage crafts. When Gruenwald makes cash-strapped Anastasia an offer she can’t refuse, she wonders, does he really want to find Philomena’s killer or is he harboring a hidden agenda?

 

My thoughts:  I truly, truly enjoyed this fourth book the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery.  What a great cozy mystery series.  One of the reasons this series stands out for me as a great one is the absolutely great cast of characters.  Every single character in these books are awesomely quirky and downright hilarious.  This series is a true laugh out loud read!  Great!

Now that being said, just a tad of what I didn’t love about this particular book.  I for one felt that the end was really abrupt and just came to a quick conclusion in like a page.  Boom . . . it was all done!  WHAT??!?

There is a nice cliffhanger however that of course will keep me reading . . .

Anxiously awaiting the next one in the series.

A wonderful, light, laugh out loud cozy series that should be on every cozy lover’s list!

 

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book Review: “Kill em With Cayenne” by Gail Oust (Spice Shop Mystery #2)

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cayenne1  Title:  Kill ‘em With Cayenne

  Author:  Gail Oust

  Series:  Spice Shop Mystery series #2

  Synopsis (from bn.com):

Kill ‘Em with Cayenne, a brand new finger-lickin’ good mystery from Gail Oust, featuring small-town Georgia spice shop owner Piper Prescott, a smart and spunky amateur sleuth.

Spices are flying off the shelves of Spice It Up!, and Piper Prescott couldn’t be happier. It’s that time of year again—time for the annual Brandywine Creek Barbecue Festival. Soon contestants and BBQ aficionados from all over the Southeast will converge on the town. Many of Brandywine Creek’s citizens plan to participate in the week-long festivities and are busily concocting savory rubs and sassy sauces. Among the locals vying for the grand prize are Becca Dapkins and Maybelle Humphries. The women have been arch enemies ever since Buzz Oliver dumped Maybelle after a thirteen-year courtship and started seeing Becca.

When Becca’s body is found near one of the festival booths, bludgeoned by a brisket, Maybelle becomes one of Chief Wyatt McBride’s top suspects. Determined to help clear her friend’s name, Piper begins her own investigation, much to McBride’s consternation. As the festival draws closer, will Piper and Reba Mae be able to find the real killer and clear Maybelle’s name? Will Piper make it to the annual shag contest with Doug Winters, the mild-mannered vet she’s been seeing? And, who will win the BBQ cook-off?

 

My thoughts:  I was lucky enough to read and review the first book in this series in 2013, Rosemary and Crime, so I am really glad that I have the chance to share my thoughts about this second book, Kill ‘em with Cayenne.  I really, really enjoy this wonderful cozy mystery series.

Piper Prescott and her wonderful cast of characters are back for another adventure surrounding her spice shop Spice It Up!

This is a charming, funny, and overall enjoyable cozy mystery series that really shouldn’t be missed.  The characters are fun and quirky, the premise of a Spice Shop cozy intriguing and different, and the mystery is  always a good time!!!

I am really glad that the author decided to add some wonderful recipes in the back of this book and also included a bit of education in the back about different kinds of spices . . . I will say one learns quite a bit about different spices in this series!

If you are a lover of the cozy mystery genre and enjoy a good, fast read. . . this is the series for you.  Go out and get your hands on this book, you won’t be disappointed.

 

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review: “Feta Attraction” by Susannah Hardy

 

 

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feta_attraction  Title:  Feta Attraction

Author:  Susannah Hardy

Series:  A Greek to Me Series

Synopsis (from bn.com):  Georgie Nikolopatos manages the Bonaparte House, a Greek restaurant and historic landmark in beautiful upstate New York rumored to possess ghosts and hidden treasure. But when her husband disappears and her main competitor is found dead, it’s up to Georgie to solve a big fat Greek murder.

With her husband, Spiro, inexplicably gone for days, Georgie has her hands full running the restaurant and dealing with the crew of the TV show Ghost Squad, called in by Spiro to inspect the house for haunting. So when she has a chance to take a boating excursion on the St. Lawrence River with her friend Keith Morgan, she jumps on it. But their idyll is quickly ruined when they discover the body of rival restaurant owner Domenic “Big Dom” DiTomasso floating in the water.

 

My thoughts:  I am so glad I had the opportunity to review this new cozy mystery.  There is nothing that a cozy lover likes to see more than the words “first in a new series” on the front cover of a cozy!!  I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this new cozy mystery series.  I loved the concept of a cozy surrounding a Greek restaurant, certainly something new.

The characters are fun, charming, and I no doubt look forward to reading the second in the series.

One thing that might sound odd but I would love if the author would include a little map of the area that the book is set in in the front of the book.  I am unfamiliar with upstate New York and would love to get a visual perspective of all the locations they are talking about.

A perfect new cozy on the scene for all of us cozy lovers.  Get out there and pick it up . . . you won’t be disappointed.

 

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Picture of the Day!

Well I’m heading back to work tomorrow after a wonderful 5 day break of doing nothing except reading, sitting on the couch, watching TV, and napping . . . so this should cover it.

 

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Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book Picture of the Day!!!

My reader friends . . . this room says it all . . . yes please . . . I could read very well in this beautiful space.

 

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Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Picture of the Day!!!

Happy New Year Books Are Life – Vita Libri followers!

One of my book-related resolutions is to post a book/reading “Picture of the Day” to inspire and to laugh . . . so hear we go.  Enjoy!!!

 

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Happy reading in 2015!!!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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