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Review; Bookmarked for Murder (Mystery Bookshop #5) by V.M. Burns

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Bookmarked for Murder (Mystery Bookshop #5) by V.M. Burns through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
Amateur sleuth Samantha Washington’s shopping trip to Chicago takes a deadly detour when a man is murdered on her bus . . .

After some post-Christmas retail therapy in the Windy City, mystery bookshop owner and historical whodunit novelist Sam Washington is returning home to North Harbor, Michigan, on a chartered bus. With Nana Jo and her gal pals Irma, Dorothy, and Ruby Mae from Shady Acres Retirement Village along for the ride, it's a lively trip. But one passenger is not so lively—a gentleman Irma befriended is found dead in his seat after an unscheduled stop. The ladies immediately shift gears to find out who punched his ticket, while Sam slips into the driver's seat to make sure Nana Jo and her crew steer clear of fatal con…

Book Blogger Hop; How Often Do You Visit Your Local Library?

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It's Friday yet again and time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "How often do you visit your local library?".

Book Blogger Hop I usually visit the local library at least once a month. I'm fortunate enough that it takes me max. 10 minutes to walk there and they even have a proper library café within the library, which makes it really fun to visit.

Review; Memories and Murder (Tourist Trap Mysteries #10) by Lynn Cahoon

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Memories and Murder (Tourist Trap Mysteries #10) by Lynn Cahoon through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
It’s October in South Cove, California, and the locals in the quaint resort seem to be happily pairing off in the lull before the holidays. Everyone, that is, except for Jill Gardner’s elderly aunt, who just dumped her besotted fiancé—and she won’t say why.

When Jill hosts a talk at Coffee, Books, and More on the topic of elder abuse, all that’s really on her mind is lunch. But the topic hits close to home when she discovers Aunt Jackie has been getting mysterious calls. Jill’s certain the caller is a con artist, of course, but her feisty aunt claims to understand this, though she’s still shaken—and Harrold’s still heartbroken. Who’s behind the scam and why was her aunt targeted? When a volunteer from the Senior Project is found m…

Review; Verse and Vengeance (A Magical Bookshop Mystery #4) by Amanda Flower

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Verse and Vengeance (A Magical Bookshop Mystery #4) by Amanda Flower through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.
Description from Goodreads
USA Today bestselling author and Agatha Award winner Amanda Flower turns the charm up to ten in her fourth Magical Bookshop mystery.

With the help of Walt Whitman's works, magical bookshop owner Violet Waverly puts her pedal to the metal to sleuth a bicycle-race murder that tests her mettle.

A bicycle race is not Charming Books proprietor Violet Waverly's idea of a pleasant pastime. But police chief David Rainwater wheelie wants them to enter the Tour de Cascade as a couple, so she reluctantly consents.

The Tour de Cascade is the brainchild of Violet's Grandma Daisy. The race is a fundraiser to build the Cascade Springs Underground Railroad Museum. But not everyone in this Niagara Region village supports the race.…

Review; Enforcing the Paw (Paw Enforcement #6) by Diane Kelly

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve a press copy of the cosy mystery Enforcing the Paw (Paw Enforcement #6) by Diane Kelly through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
When a case of he-said/she-said turns criminal, it s up to Megan Luz and her devoted K-9 to dig for the truth. . .

A TAIL OF TWO LOVERS
When relationships go south, some people just can t or won t let go. When Fort Worth Police Officer Megan Luz and her pawed partner Brigit investigate a series of stalking incidents involving a couple who recently broke up, their detective powers are put to the test. Is this a case of a controlling creep who refuses to accept rejection or one about a woman scorned whose fury has been unleashed?

WHO END UP IN THE DOGHOUSE. . .
As hostilities escalate between the former lovers, the situation goes from romantically dysfunctional to downright dangerous. He insists his former flame has become a crazy ex-girlfriend intent on…

Review; Hounds of the Basket Stitch (Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries #11) by Anne Canadeo

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Hounds of the Basket Stitch (Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries #11) by Anne Canadeo through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
The Black Sheep Knitters come to the aid of two sisters--one a victim and one a suspect . . .

Maggie Messina knows that knitting is not only enjoyable, it also calms both the mind and soul. She's happy to visit two sisters, Holly and Rose Piper, and teach them some simple stitches, while the rest of the Black Sheep knitters tag along. Dana Haeger has known the young women since they were children and is the closest thing to family the Pipers now have. Dana is especially concerned about Rose, who has been easily overwhelmed ever since a car accident many years ago. She is at her best managing the houseful of hounds that she rescues and shelters, while Holly runs the family nursery and remains devoted to Rose…

Review; Massacre at Crow Creek Crossing by Charles G West

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the western Massacre at Crow Creek Crossing by Charles G West through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
A shocking tale of violence and vengeance in the hills of Wyoming.
From Spur Award-winning author Charles G. West . . .

FIRST COMES BLOOD
Cole Bonner will never forget what happened to his family at Crow Creek Crossing. His wife, her parents, and their three young children--brutally slaughtered by outlaws. The horror of the massacre drove him into the wilderness. Drove him nearly mad. And drove him to seek an equally brutal revenge . . .

THEN COMES CARNAGE
Now, against his better judgment, Bonner is returning to the place that almost destroyed him. While hunting in the mountains, he discovers that a man has been murdered and a woman abducted. He manages to track the killers and free her. But to bring the widow to safety, he will have to face his own dem…

Reverse Readathon Mid-Event Survey

Today, there's the Reverse Readathon over at Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon. Reverse, in the sense that it starts 12 hours earlier than usual, which means it started at 2 AM here in Norway. That said, I didn't start in the middle of the night, as I wanted to be awake and present while reading. So I basically started after I got up this morning.
Alright, it might be slightly past mid-event time at the moment, but I still wanted to answer the mid-event survey.
Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?I just finished reading the short story collection Trist som faen by Ari Behn.
2. How many books have you read so far? So far, I've read four books, all of them pretty short. Other than the short story collection mentioned above, I've read Tåkedis by Frode Eie Larsen and Dag Otto Lauritzen, Andre guder by Jørgen Brekke and Min sønn by Arne Svingen.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Honestly, I'm not quite sure.
4. Hav…

Review; A Good Meal Is Hard to Find: Storied Recipes from the Deep South (Southern Cookbook, Soul Food Cookbook) by Amy C. Evans and Martha Hall Foose

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cookbook A Good Meal Is Hard to Find: Storied Recipes from the Deep South (Southern Cookbook, Soul Food Cookbook) by Amy C. Evans and Martha Hall Foose through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
A Good Meal Is Hard to Find is more than just a cookbook: it's a love letter to the women and food of the Deep South.

With charming narratives, visual storytelling, and delectable recipes, A Good Meal Is Hard to Find is everything you've ever wanted in a Southern cookbook.

Inside are 60 go-to recipes organized into five chapters—Morning's Glories, Lingering Lunches, Dinner Dates & Late-Night Takes, Afternoon Pick-Me-Ups, and Anytime Sweets. Recipes written by award-winning cookbook author and Southern food expert Martha Hall Foose, as part of a collaboration with Amy C. Evans.

• Each of the 60 recipes opens with a short vignette about a story about a uniq…

Book Blogger Hop; Do You Read Books By Diverse Authors Or Books With Diverse Characters?

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It's Friday and time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "Do you read books by diverse authors or books with diverse characters (such as LGBT, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, etc? If yes, do you have any book recommendations?".

Book Blogger Hop Yes, I read plenty of both and here is a couple of book recommendations;

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah (muslim protagonist) Fifteen Seconds of Normal by Alex Marestaing (protagonist with Tourette's) If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan (LGBT) Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta (LGBT)

Review; Black Quarry Farm by Iain Cameron

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve a press copy of the crime novel Black Quarry Farm by Iain Cameron through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Netgalley
Could you sleep, knowing the danger?

A week-long break at a vineyard ends in tragedy for John and Lara Beech when they are killed in the night by two gunmen. DI Angus Henderson is convinced the key to solving this case lies in the background of the two victims. However, as his detectives soon discover, they don't even have a parking ticket between them.

Conducting a review of holidaymakers who have stayed at the house, they realise that someone else had booked the same week as the tragic couple, cancelling at the last minute. This is the breakthrough Henderson has been looking for.

This leads him into a murky world where criminals will do anything to continue their lucrative trade, controlled by a ruthless boss capable of killing anyone who interferes with …

Review; Make or Break at the Lighthouse B&B by Portia MacIntosh

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the chicklit novel Make or Break at the Lighthouse B&B by Portia MacIntosh through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Welcome to beautiful Hope Island, where the sun is shining, the locals are welcoming, and Lola is about to find a second chance at love...
Thirty-one-year-old matchmaker Lola James had it all - until she broke her leg at a wedding and discovered that her so-called 'best friend' was suddenly too busy to call, her flat had far too many steps, and her boyfriend replaced her quicker than you can say 'crutches'.
And so she's back at her parents' B&B, sleeping in the living room (she can't get upstairs) and having her hair washed by her mum (she can't get in the shower).
Freshly single and with a lot of time on her hands, Lola is only too pleased to run into gorgeous Dr Will , an old friend who has definitely…

Top Ten Tuesday; Books With Colours In The Titles

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It's Tuesday and time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was books with colours in the titles.

My picks are;
Blue Is The Warmest Color by Julie Maroh Description from Goodreads Blue is the Warmest Color is a graphic novel about growing up, falling in love, and coming out. Clementine is a junior in high school who seems average enough: she has friends, family, and the romantic attention of the boys in her school. When her openly gay best friend takes her out on the town, she wanders into a lesbian bar where she encounters Emma: a punkish, confident girl with blue hair. Their attraction is instant and electric, and Clementine find herself in a relationship that will test her friends, parents, and her own ideas about herself and her identity.
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill Description from Goodreads Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral Mrs Alice Drablow, the sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House, unaw…

Review; Left Fur Dead by J. M. Griffin

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Left Fur Dead by J. M. Griffin through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Netgalley
On Fur Bridge Farm, Jules cares for rescued rabbits. But when a killer strikes, she'll need a rabbit to rescue her . . .

Juliette “Jules” Bridge prides herself on the tender rehabilitation she provides for injured or abused rabbits on her New Hampshire rescue farm, but she has a very special relationship with one bunny in particular. Bun is a black-and-white rabbit who happens to have the ability to communicate through mental telepathy. Once she got over the shock, Jules found her furry friend had a lot to say.

One frigid March morning on their walk together, Bun spots a body. The police identify the frozen stiff as Arthur Freeman, aka Arty the Mime. Jules and Arty knew each other on the children's party circuit, where he’d perform magic tricks and she h…

Review; To Kill a Mocking Girl (Bookbinding Mystery #1) by Harper Kincaid

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery To Kill a Mocking Girl (Bookbinding Mystery #1) by Harper Kincaid through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.
Description from Goodreads
Bookbinder Quinn finds herself in trouble when her ex's fiance turns up dead and if she's not careful, her days might be numbered.

Quinn Victoria Caine is back in her quirky town of Vienna, Virginia, starting her new life as a bookbinder in her family-owned, charm-for-days bookshop, Prose & Scones. With her trusty German Shephard RBG-'Ruff Barker' Ginsburg by her side, what can go wrong? Okay, sure, bumping into her ex, Scott, or her former high school nemesis, Tricia, is a drag. It certainly doesn't help they have acquired the new hobby of shoving their recent engagement in her face every chance they get. But that doesn't mean Quinn wanted to find Tricia dead in the road. So why does half the town think she…

Review; Johnny's Pheasant by Cheryl Minnema and Julie Flett

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the picture book Johnny's Pheasant by Cheryl Minnema and Julie Flett through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
An encounter with a pheasant (which may or may not be sleeping) takes a surprising turn in this sweetly serious and funny story of a Native American boy and his grandma.

"Pull over, Grandma! Hurry!” Johnny says. Grandma does, and Johnny runs to show her what he spotted near the ditch: a sleeping pheasant. What Grandma sees is a small feathery hump. When Johnny wants to take it home, Grandma tries to tell him that the pheasant might have been hit by a car. But maybe she could use the feathers for her craftwork? So home with Grandma and Johnny the pheasant goes . . . It’s hard to say who is most surprised by what happens next—Grandma, Johnny, or the pheasant. But no one will be more delighted than the reader at this lesson about patie…