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I read Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle along with my Facebook book club. It was one of those where each chapter was a different person’s point of view, which can really make it interesting if the story is good, and this one was. It seemed that I was reading two very separate stories in the beginning. One was a young runaway and the other was a husband whose wife was missing. This one is tense and scary right up to the end.45570395Hound on the Sound: A Legal Beagle Cozy Mini-Mystery by Jessa Archer. This certainly broke the tension after Dear Wife. It’s a novella intro to the series now written by Jessa Archer about a young woman moving back to her hometown to open a law office with her sidekick beagle, Mr. Woogles. Then I tried Croissants and Corruption: Margot Durand Cozy Mystery Book 1 by Danielle Collins, another cozy sitting on my shelf. Margot is a pastry shop owner who sniffs out bad guys. It was quite well written.

Then I switched over to my nook app. I had the first two books of London Lovett’s Port Danby series, Marigolds and Murder and Carnations and Chaos. Then I went online and bought books 3 & 4, Mistletoe and Mayhem and Roses and Revenge, then went back for book 5, Tulips and Trouble. Well, I now have books one through ten, the whole series. I’m still in the middle of book 5. I love these characters, and the hijinks they get up to, and the tension in the triangle with the handsome next-door neighbor, Dash, the police detective, James, and our flower shop owner heroine, Pink, Miss Lacey Pinkerton. She has the most awesome pets. She has a really great cat, Nevermore, charcoal grey, totally spoiled, overweight, and oblivious to anything but his own desires. Then there is Kingston, her pet crow. Quite a character about town. The Mayor doesn’t like Lacey or her crow and is always trying to get the Town Council to ban crows from the downtown area. These are easy-to-read cozy mysteries of less than 200 pages filled with a plethora of fun characters, romances that fizzle and some that sizzle, great food shops, sibling rivalry at the retail level, and lots of great scenery and ambiance. There’s even an old, cold murder case in town if Pink ever finds the time to investigate it. I’ve enjoyed the first five books and am looking forward to the next five. I’m going to try very hard to finish listening to Tangled in Time by Barbara Longley. I want to get started listening to Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues by Molly Harper.

What will I read next? Hmmm…

Well, I still haven’t gotten to Tea, Tiramisu and Tough Guys by Harper Lin OR the Secret Story of Witches by Louisa Morgan OR A Season of Surprises at the Villa des Violettes by Patricia Sands. Any and all of these are game for this week’s choosing.

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