The Guilty Dead P.J. Tracy

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I loved this addition to the Monkeewrench series! This is a fast-paced read that hooked me from the start. The tension builds as the FBI, Minneapolis police, and the Monkeewrench gang rush to solve hints of domestic terrorism, current deaths and an old death. Grace and Magozzi are expecting their first baby soon, but that doesn’t stop Grace from working with her group to track down the terror threat. Tracy weaves the various strands of the story together masterfully. Can’t wait to read the next one!

 

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Burning Ridge By Margaret Mizushima

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Mattie and her K-9 partner Robo are on the search for a killer and it soon becomes personal. Mattie is anxious about meeting her estranged brother soon and the memories of her past are disturbing her. Robo helps keep her balanced and she is making more friends now. Mattie becomes the next target of the killer and now she is the one who needs rescued. I loved the way the story of Mattie’s troubled past is woven into the current hunt for a cruel and vicious killer and the growth of Mattie’s character. Put this series at the top of your TBR list!

 

Paradox By Catherine Coulter

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In Paradox, Savich and Sherlock are called in when a search of a lake for a murder victim’s body leads to the discovery of multiple skeletons. There are two mysteries to be solved which are entwined at the end for a satisfying conclusion. With interesting characters, a clever mystery, and a quick pace, Paradox is a terrific addition to the FBI Thriller series.

Toucan Keep a Secret By Donna Andrews

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Meg is locking up the church one evening (since pastor Robyn is on bed rest) when she sees a light in the crypt. She calls 911 and goes to check it out and finds a body on the floor and several niches broken into. The dead man is an unpleasant, unpopular member of the congregation, so was he killed by a fellow church member or is his death related to something in the past? We see less of Meg’s crazy family and the animals in this book. A fun read and a good mystery, centered on Meg and her investigation. It was a pleasant read on a summer day.

Rescued By David Rosenfelt

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The Andy Carpenter series continues to be a delightful read. Andy and his eccentric friends must find evidence to clear Laurie’s former boyfriend of murder. The killing occurs in a semi truck (full of dogs being transported to a shelter), and all the evidence points to his guilt. An excellent mystery, seasoned with the sense of humor that keeps me chuckling as the mystery keeps me intrigued.

Claws for Alarm By Karen MacInerney

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Claws for Alarm continues a terrific Gray Whale Inn Mystery series. A new couple has moved to the island and now the wife is out to change everything about the island to a magazine-cover style. She is now the most disliked person on the island, but the whole island is unsettled. Natalie’s guests at the Inn are a yoga retreat group, but they are definitely not in harmony! Her mother-in-law and her boyfriend are on the outs, her niece is too busy to plan her wedding, and her best friend is mad at her boyfriend and ready to leave the island! Great characters, an island setting in Maine that you want to visit (or move to), and an intriguing mystery make this another great cozy in this series!

Available: May 30, 2018

Poisoned Pages By Lorna Barrett

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In Poisoned Pages, Tricia (owner of the mystery bookstore) is running for Chamber of Commerce president. During her open house to celebrate the renovation of her apartment, a guest dies. Because Tricia seems to find more than her fair share of bodies, the less charitable in town call her a jinx. Tricia soon finds out who is really her friend…and who isn’t. There’s also vandalism and her sister is being blackmailed. Is it all related? This series continues to be fresh and entertaining and I’m looking forward to what comes next!

Revealing the Dead By Sheila Connolly

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This is the first book in the Relatively Dead Mystery series that I have read, but there really wasn’t much of a mystery to the story. Abby is able to connect to some dead and some receptive people on a psychic level and seems determined to analyze her ability to death. Add in a possible ability to connect with some children on the autistic spectrum and the book seems more like a lecture than a story. Parts of the story were very good, but the dialogue and interaction between many of the characters was unbelievable and stilted.

Rockets’ Dead Glare By Lynn Cahoon

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Rockets’ Dead Glare is a novella, but works great as a stand-alone read. The local fire chief is finding real (and bogus) faults while inspecting the town’s businesses…and threatening to close the businesses down if problems aren’t fixed in just one week! Everyone is upset and angry, but who is willing to kill the obnoxious fire chief? This was a quick, fun read perfect for a relaxing summer day.

Dyeing Up Loose Ends By Maggie Sefton

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I was confused as I began reading this book and the friends were reminiscing over past cases they had been involved in solving. I kept waiting for a new story to emerge, but that didn’t happen until about a quarter of the way into the book. Even then, there were many memories rehashed throughout the story. The mystery was good, but not my favorite in this series.