Sunday (Sunnie) Night is a badly damaged young woman. Raised and abused in a cult where she barely escaped a mass suicide, Sunnie has been booted from the Army, badly injured as a cop, and now lives like a hermit on an island. When her foster father reaches out to her with a cold case involving a bombing and a missing girl, Sunnie is drawn to the case. Sunnie has a short fuse on her temper and no people skills, but somehow, I liked her. She is too stubborn to give up, even on herself. The action and hunt for the bombers and the missing girl, kept me glued to the story.
The Antique House Murders is a fun cozy mystery, crossed with a suspenseful romance. The elderly owner of Mulbridge House recently died and Charley’s friend is running the estate sale. Charley is the owner of a vintage clothing store and her boyfriend is a local police detective. When Charley finds her friend’s body, she can’t stop investigating, much to her boyfriend’s irritation. Charley soon has a list of suspects and motives, with much suspicion falling on the daughter and son of the house’s owner. I liked Charley and her friends and the mystery kept me guessing.
Come Sundown is set on a resort/ranch in Montana, owned by the Bodine family. It begins with a glimpse of the past…Alice Bodine is on her way home after running away, but she is kidnapped and held captive by a crazy man. No one knew she was coming home, so no one looks for her. Fast forward to the present and the family is all together on the ranch (except for Alice). Then a young woman is found murdered and the mystery begins. Is there a connection between this murder and Alice’s disappearance? Once you get into the story, it becomes a real page-turner with a few romances thrown in as well.
Cora and her friend Jane are hosting their second crafting retreat, but Jane’s babysitter, Gracie, is missing! They find out that Gracie and her friends had been playing a Wizard of Oz game on the dark net and Gracie has been receiving weird messages. The women at the retreat are soon caught up in unraveling the mystery and learning more about hackers and the dark net from their youngest member of the group. The retreat continues with wonderful descriptions of crafting using things found in nature around them. I enjoyed this story and have already purchased the first in the series so I can get caught up on the beginning of their story!
My one problem with the book is that Gracie is found to suffer from depression and Jane is upset that she wasn’t told. Jane wouldn’t have hired Gracie as her daughter’s babysitter if she had known. Really? Depression is certainly not a dangerous affliction for a babysitter! I wonder if the author has any idea how many teachers (who are with children daily) also suffer from depression.
Europe is hit by a collapse of the entire power grid. Countries scramble to get power back, but the collapse spreads. The book points out all the ways that loss of power would affect everyone. It’s not just an inconvenience, it is essential to every facet of our lives…water, food, warmth, health, communication…all would be affected. The premise is frightening as the blackout is caused by terrorists. The book did bog down in details, but it was a thought-provoking read nevertheless.
The second Timber Creek K-9 series is a welcome addition to the series. A junior high age girl is missing and Mattie and Robo are called in to help track her. They find her body and the ensuing murder investigation stirs up memories of Mattie’s own abused background. Mattie has become close to Cole and his family, but isn’t sure he doesn’t still have feelings for his ex-wife. When Cole’s youngest daughter goes missing, Mattie and Robo are part of the desperate search for the girl. I love this series and recommend it highly.
Jill is the owner of a bookstore/coffee shop in a California coastal tourist town. When a famous author comes to her store for a book signing, a murder occurs which mirrors a scene he just wrote for his new book. Running her business, taking classes and wrestling with her commitment issues in her relationship with her boyfriend should keep Jill busy, but she still manages to investigate the murder of the local B&B owner. Motives abound, but none seem strong enough to lead to murder. This latest Tourist Trap Mystery is a great addition to the series…good relationships, supporting characters are evolving and deepening, and the mystery had me guessing right up to te end. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, be sure to add this to your reading list!
A Hiss Before Dying continues alternating stories of present day and post-Revolutionary war days in Virginia. The stories tie together across the years with events of the past affecting events of the present. Both story lines are compelling, and the mystery is well done. The ending solved the mystery, but left questions that will need to be answered in the next installment!
Angie’s friend, Sarah, moved to Maine from Australia. Now we find that it wasn’t simply chance that brought her to this small Maine town. Sarah was looking for family and traced her connections to Maine. An uncle welcomes her to the family, but his children are not happy to know their new cousin. When their father announces he is changing his will to include Sarah…and that he is dying, no one is happy. When he dies during a clambake, is it murder or a tragic accident? Angie investigates and more surprises are unearthed. The needlepoint friends gather to help Sarah and show that family may be more than blood relatives.
Ever since the night Vickie was almost killed by a serial killer when she was a teenager, she has seen Dylan’s ghost. Now another sick killer is burying women alive and sending clues to the newspaper so there is a chance of rescue. Soon, Vickie is drawn into the investigation when she is named directly in the clues. The Krew of Hunters is on the case and Vickie learns they, too, can see ghosts. Who is the Undertaker? Is it someone Vickie knows? There is a great twist at the end that I didn’t see coming! An exciting paranormal mystery that is a great addition to the Krew of Hunters series.