The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black

I have a theory I would like to share with you all. The better the book cover, the worse the book.

Yes, in a way I do sometimes judge a book by its cover. I think the cover for The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black is pretty striking. It gives off old Hollywood vibes and I think of pregnant women drinking highballs at noon in the 1950s- because fetal alcohol syndrome wasn’t even a thing back then.

Isn’t this during a time in which women didn’t work and would hire Dick Tracy to find out who their husband is cheating on them with? Well that was what I expecting when I stumbled upon this mystery involving private eye, Philip Marlowe.

Hi my name is Philip Marlowe and I am an alcoholic

Truthfully I have yet to do my research on this Philip character but from what I have gathered he has been a central role in many crime mysteries by various authors throughout time. Based on this rendition of him I definitely think he drinks too much and is not as smart as most people think.


I interpreted him as a low rent Dick Tracy. Overly eager to fool himself into thinking he is more than the hired help when a hot blonde saunters into his office asking him to find her lover who disappeared. She is wearing gloves and a veil- why on earth would he think she wants a romantic relationship with him?

Clare Cavendish… heiress and temptress

That hot blonde with the black eyes is of course Clare Cavendish. She is heiress to a perfume fortune, very much legally married to another man and emotionally unavailable.

Just Philip Marlowe’s type, or at least according to Benjamin Black. However, I believe any element of common sense screams in disagreement from the very beginning of this crime novel. It has a lot of old Hollywood elements chief among them an strange ability to fool oneself into thinking that this is how life works.

And fool himself… he did

There was not a whole lot of character development here and since I was not previously familiar with anything about Philip Marlowe, or had ever even heard of him, it would have been helpful for me to understand why he thought the way he did. Even he had a hard time believing Clare really wanted him to simply find her former lover. Far more incredulous was that she was willing to roll in the hay with Philip in order to get him to seek this loverboy who clearly did not want to be found.

I didn’t have to have much of a backstory on these characters to know that Clare had ulterior motives and Philip had stars in his eyes. He also had stars circling his head after he got banged up several times on this cursed quest.

Now really, I don’t mind a good action scene with a solid knockout but I don’t even think Philip got a good swing in on the bad guys. We find him coming to the next day with while admitting he didn’t think he would live to see it more than a few times. At least get a good swing in there Philip old boy! Don’t you know the ropes?

On the other hand I think the precarious and harrowing situations he found himself in were the most interesting parts of the book.

Women are his downfall… and so are the men behind them

Reading this had me singing “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga because that is how I saw most of it.

Philip was certainly caught up in a bad one. I spent most of the time hoping that it was worth it to him seeing as it almost got him killed more than once.

Case closed…

I didn’t enjoy this book all that much. I really thought it was just okay putting it in the two star category. The story was just all over the place. There was a clearly fake romance going on, an elusive lover, and blatant deception that wasn’t fully addressed.

The conclusion itself had some action to it and wrapped up pretty swiftly for all of the unlikely suffering that had taken place beforehand. Clare’s family members are suddenly involved from out of nowhere and while it was pretty obvious that Philip was a pawn he wasn’t even really a part of the conclusion. He just kind of stood there and for the first time wasn’t actually knocked out.

If I were Clare I wouldn’t have paid for his services.

Bone-a-fied Trouble by Carolyn Haines

Bone-a-fied Trouble by Carolyn Haines is book number nine in the Familiar Legacy Mystery series. It was published on March 4, 2019.

While there are references to Sarah Booth Delaney of previous Them Bones fame, this novel and series is entirely standalone. Part of what makes this series special is that various writers have contributed to the previous books which is fascinating to me.

If you feel an incessant need to know about Zinnia, Mississippi and the small town happenings, please start by reading my review about the first book in the Sarah Booth Delaney series. This was the first book I have read in the Familiar Legacy series and was able to jump right in without any prior knowledge of events that may have taken place before.

“Curiouser and curiouser!”

I was shocked to find that Trouble the cat is truly a main character in this series and a good portion of it is told from his perspective.

It took a minute for me to get used to this. While the cats do not actually speak to the human characters in the book they do find ingenious ways to communicate with them. Very cool to see them bossing human beings around and helping them out because they’re too dense to help themselves. It was cute.

Trouble is an absorbing character and admires Sherlock Holmes. He does not actually live in Zinnia, he is visiting the town with his owner, Tammy, and decides to help out in a missing persons case while on vacation. I suppose the work of a kitty investigator is never done.

You won’t find too many people, or pets, like Trouble. He is British but lives in Wetumpka, Alabama. Although he admits that he prefers Southern fare acknowledging that the States offer better food in general. I guess he prefers fish sticks over fish and chips.

And he is well fed throughout his travels. Dining with some of the upper crust of Zinnia while sleuthing he, along with his kitty companions Pluto and Miss. Vesta, dine on delicacies such as fish in light cream sauce and shrimp stuffed pasta shells. These cats are eating even better than those fancy cats who are eating canned meat out of old fashion crystal champagne glasses on TV commercials. Being a cat detective must be a well paid job and I imagine feral cats everywhere are beefing up their resumes after reading this.

Seeds of deception grow by the acre

Just about everyone in this book is suspect in the beginning. Readers are thrown in the midst of a cast of characters surrounding a missing person, Trudy, that are so duplicitous that I would not at all blame her for picking up stakes and looking for somewhere to hide in the Delta.

Not that it would help her any. As we soon learn the plants and agents of those fields are deceptive as well.

The fake psychic sister…

It is hard to find too much fault in Tabitha, on the hunt for her missing sister, as she pretends to be a psychic from New Orleans in order to close in on her whereabouts. She will fake it ’til she makes it.

Don’t mess with Roger’s farm…

Roger manages the farm that the missing Trudy has been working for. He storms into just about every scene and is not at all hesitant about taking control. Some of it he gets from his mother.

Hannah did not come to play… she came to get paid

Hannah is Roger’s mother and the only other person who can hold a candle to his ability to dramatically steal the scene when she sweeps into town kicking up dust everywhere. She intends to stay rich. And she doesn’t care what any of us, or her son, think about it.

Antoine… arm candy on a mission

Hannah’s newest lover is Antoine. He is faker than a $3 bill. Thankfully he does not care enough to pretend to be around to do anything other than help his future wife collect the gold in them there hills of fallow earth.

“T” is for Trouble and everyone else

Admittedly when I began to read this story I got a little twisted off of all the names that begin with the letter “T”. Of course there is Trouble, the wise British cat who leads us, and his owner Tammy is mentioned. Then there are also Trudy and Tabitha who are sisters.

I will simply blame myself for being confused. Between that and wrapping my mind around a cat referring to humans as his bipeds I had a lot going on. Luckily for me it was not hard to press through.

Case closed….

This was an entertaining read offering idiosyncratic perspectives from the eyes of felines. Bone-a-fied Trouble allowed me to see, and smell, the Delta soil in a strikingly distinct way. I want to follow Trouble back to Wetumpka, Alabama and see what he digs up next. He is cunning and while I still think of him as a southern cat I can appreciate his desire to be identified as British. It is quite a modern way of thinking.

This novel moves at a swift pace which I greatly appreciated. There is a true focus that is placed on environmental issues related to the production of various crops and the big, often sinister, business backing it up. The frightening environmental issues, people behind the causes and deadly implications kept my interest and gave me something to think about after concluding this novel.

Relationships in this book also develop quickly. I appreciated how the focus consistently came back to the case at hand and did not drift off into too many complicated stories. I didn’t need to read more about what dangers were lurking in the many shadows, the main plot offered more than enough.

I did not see the ending coming and was pleasantly surprised by a couple of revelations that made me jolt. The book still concluded nicely and things were tied up neatly. Some of the characters could have been fleshed out a little bit more in my opinion. I am giving this book four and a half stars.

Thank you to the publishing team for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams

Don’t drink the Kool Aid! Or eat the pie, that is if Elsa Mae is making it.

Pies and Prejudice is a novel published in 2012 by Ellery Adams and the first in the four part series known as Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries.

Charmed, I’m Sure…

Elsa Mae is not your everyday baker who rises early and makes a pie that you will eat and not remember until you are unable to button your jeans next week. Although I would like to meet a baker who could bake pies without that side effect.

When we meet her she couldn’t be in a position of greater insecurity. She catches her husband being unfaithful and she flees New York City to her southern hometown. Not that she is bringing much with her- she has her dog, Chewy, and an incomplete culinary arts degree thing going on.

Good thing for her that she has a host of aunts who have no children of their own and all the time in the world to help her open a pie shoppe and keep her out of jail.

It’s getting hot in here…

Thankfully she has the good sense to accept these fairy aunties gift of a bakery where she can sell her wares. Seems like a great way to get a new lease on life. She even has a cute little bike that she rides around in. How quaint.

All of this sounds like a great idea until things begin to blow up in her face.

Do you believe in magic?

Which is where our story begins. Weird things start happening literally everywhere. Her high school enemy is a real charming sociopath with a grudge against her that goes back several generations.

Her pies are a hit from out of this world. I mean it. They make people do all sorts of wild things. If you are into epic fantasy novels you will really enjoy this bit.

Pin the rolling pin on the donkey…

But of course that is just a subplot when everyone is trying to figure out who is pinning the murder of her enemy’s elderly fiancĂ©, an equine veterinarian, on Elsa using her very own rolling pin.

Elsa Mae is going to need all of the magic that she can get in order to get out of this jam. She will enlist the help of her aunts, magical baked goods and even the son of the now deceased vet in order to remain free long enough to find, and probably bake, the real killer.

I live to eat, not eat to live…

There is a culinary reference or dish on virtually every single page of this book. If you are extremely hungry there is plenty to consume. The author uses a whole lot of fancy terms in order to describe the elements of baking. It would be wise to go ahead and pre-heat your oven.

This is truly a culinary cozy if ever I have read one. You can smell the savory and sweet dishes through the pages.

But like any sweet treat it can be a bit overdone or bubble over a little too much. The purple prose of foodstuff got a bit old for me very quickly. I never imagined something so simple such as eggs could take up so much room on a page while being compared to so many things that are not actual eggs.

Case closed…

This was a great introduction to a true culinary cozy. The characters were pretty standard as was the leading storyline where there is a woman who flees the big city on the heels of a man breaking her heart and heads to her small hometown.

Elsa Mae did not come across as a strong person, or character, and it was quite clear that she was going to need all the help she could get. From financing the bakery, to figuring out her pies are magical to actually saving her own hide. She needed help every step of the way. Not a typical heroine in my opinion.

I gave this book two and a half stars. Perhaps I will read the second book in the series, Peach Pies and Alibis, when the Summer hits and I am in the mood for something to go along with my sweet tea. I would be interested to see if she is able to stand alone as a main character without so much help from others. Sometimes life swings things your way, and as an amateur sleuth you need to be able to raise your rolling pin and knock that thing out the park.

The Mint Julep Murders by Angie Fox

Who you gonna call?

The Mint Julep Murders is book eight in The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series and was published on April 25, 2019. This was the first book that I have read in this series.

Normally I wouldn’t think that paranormal activity and cozies would pair well together. But then again what is natural about paranormal activity? I can now thank the main character, Verity, for officially introducing me to paranormal cozy mysteries.

Lets see what cannot be seen

Our introduction to this strange world steadily builds from the start. Fortunately, I was able to jump right in and catch up on the history of Verity to establish what her goal is and why there is a ghost named Frankie puffing cigarettes and riding shotgun. Frankie really is a gangster because I can’t imagine meeting a ghost more hardcore than he.

Having watched more than my fair share of mafia flicks I would peg Frankie as more of the muscle than the brains behind any operation. Even death won’t keep the mob ties away and we find ourselves headed to a good old fashioned asylum for the criminally insane so that Frankie can tie up some loose ends and move on to whatever criminal activities he has on his agenda this next fiscal quarter.

There’s money in haunting

Apparently touring allegedly haunted vacant asylums for the criminally insane is big business. Not sure if it is as lucrative as the businesses Tony Soprano engaged in but it certainly must be as aggravating if the clientele is as annoying as the ones currently visiting The Mint Julep Manor.

Not that the owner of The Mint Julep Manor, Barbara, is exactly a barrel of fun. She reminds me of Elsa Mars from American Horror story singing “Life on Mars” as she eagerly invites her customers to empty their pockets and experience the ghost freak show.

The customer is always right

These annoying customers pay for what they get and then some. Some shows you just cannot just walk away from. All of the characters learn that lesson the hard way as the doors are slammed on them by forces unseen leaving them trapped in a place full of murderers with nothing to lose. The supernatural elements quickly begin to work against them offering nothing more than torrential rain, a swelling creek and an actual murdered body along the way.

It should come as no surprise when this cake is topped off with a cherry when those so eager to visit the old insane asylum are literally trapped inside. Yes, they have the pleasure of being locked away like criminals by the ghosts that they came to spy on. That is when the fun begins with Verity determined to help everyone out, including her ghost who is no longer exactly happy to be there and while figuring out a way to uncover the killer.

Case closed

I actually liked this book a great deal and would give it three and a half stars stars. Verity as the main character has noble intentions and has a very interesting set of talents for communicating with ghosts while thinking on her feet. Frankie offers comic relief even if it is a touch cold- pardon the pun. The other characters, with the exception of her police officer boyfriend, all have something to gain and ulterior motives that lead them to The Mint Julep Manor.

The one thing I struggled with was some of the repetitiveness in the action sequences when the book started to pick up speed. Otherwise I appreciated the surprises and twists along the way- I love that about a good mystery that unfolds with multiple stories and answers to seek within.

I would recommend this to anyone interested in a ghost cozy. I would not be opposed to reading more of the series particularly around Halloween.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with this book to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

Them Bones by Carolyn Haines

I can understand why Them Bones by Carolyn Haines has sparked a legion of fans and lead to the publication of 19 books to date. The 20th, Game of Bones, will be released on May 14, 2019.

Sarah Booth Delaney… you are quite a bit of a mess

Our main character cannot deny having a life that is unmanageable. We meet Sarah in her hometown of Zinnia, Mississippi during the days leading up to Thanksgiving. She is in dire straits by anyone’s account. Her childhood plantation home (I can’t make this up- a plantation for crying out loud) is on the chopping block with the bank ready to devour it and the ghost she lives with too.

See Sarah has no income whatsoever and her job prospects are as empty as her jug of moonshine. At this point we are unsure if she has any discernible skills. That Mercedes roadster is about to get towed away. Oh, and it is Thanksgiving and she is spending it alone so she has that to look forward to.

Not that I feel bad for her spending the holiday alone. In fact I admire it for a few good reasons.

  1. She makes the best of it and heads to the Piggly Wiggly. Isn’t that what we should all do?
  2. Spending the holidays alone isn’t the worst thing ever.
  3. It’s something a Daddy’s Girl isn’t supposed to do.

What in the world is a Daddy’s Girl?

Even though this takes place in the late 90s (published in 1999) we are introduced to the world of Sarah Booth Delaney which includes archaic concepts such as Daddy’s Girl. It is a part of her upbringing filled with Southern gentility and grown women who are referred to as Daddy’s Girl’s. They do not work. I am fairly certain they drink like fish. They are the upper echelon of the South dahling. The Belles who go to Ole Miss and work on that “Mrs” degree and are already planning their second marriage by the age of 24.

These are rich women. Or they are supposed to be. Of coursE the economic crisis has not really hit in that day and age but already their lifestyle is fading. Poor them.

On this end I think the author does a fabulous job of not painting Sarah Booth as one of “them” in entirety. There is a present need for her to be empowered as a woman and it shows. I can promise you the life of a traditional Daddy’s Girl would have been not nearly as exciting of a read.

A true Daddy’s Girl would not surround herself with fun characters- that is people, and ghosts, who have actual character.

That’s just Jitty; the ghost who lives here

Jitty wants what is best for Sarah Booth (she is always referred to by both names so get used to it) and does not mind telling her. She uses bold, in your face language in order to do so. Subtlety is not listed on her resume under skill set.

She has lived at the plantation long enough to see generations of Sarah Booth’s kinfolk be born and die and she simply wants to keep on haunting the life out of her kin until Sarah is bones in her grave. Jitty does not hesitate to remind Sarah Booth that she is going to end up without a man and heirs.

But she is, in my opinion, very hilarious! Albeit problematic and absurd- more on that later.

What I like about Jitty is that she is almost always the smartest person in the room. She has this really great idea to have Sarah Booth steal a dog to save the home.

I am going to just leave that here. Because it is cute. In the end no one was harmed and it allows the story to bolt ahead in the most interesting of ways. But Jitty is ever present, or at least when Jitty wants to be, and doesn’t mind fading away after her dramatic appearances.

She is also a fashion plate. Materializing in fascinating getups that spanned literally several decades sometimes within a matter of hours- she is a force to be reckoned with. Or at least to be mindful of as I waited with bated breath to see what she was going to wear next.

Tinkie is a friend in need and a friend indeed

Tinkie shows up as a good friend to Sarah Booth. A fellow Daddy’s Girl who ends up helping Sarah to start down an actual career path. She’s not all bad. She’s rich and has nothing better to do with her time than to be a good friend. And she mentions Hamilton which gets this horse and buggy a trotting.

Oh Hamilton!

Hamilton is a person of interest here and all I can say is that he doesn’t really want to be there at all. Nonetheless he is back in Zinnia, having lived for many years in Europe, and doesn’t want Sarah Booth nosing around his bones. He is rumored to have killed his Mother which makes Sarah Booth want to be close as a bedbug with him.

Cece… ahead of her time

I did not expect a transgender character to appear dressed in Versace and running a newspaper in Zinnia, Mississippi.

But here we have another person of character in this little old country town. Cece is actually blonde and was born a man and loves cheese danishes which she bites into with strong white teeth.

In many ways this Southern novel is way ahead of its time.

What is Sarah to do?

Sarah is tasked with nosing around and uncovering the murderous schemes of people who have more money than her and don’t appreciate a Daddy’s Girl getting all down and dirty asking questions like a woman with poor taste. How dare she?

One of the things I liked about the main character is her ability to push buttons and not care which floor she landed on as she is flung off of the elevator. She implores time and gossip from all types of people outside of her socioeconomic group whether they like it or not. Most often it is a “not”.

And she gets herself in a whole lot of trouble along the way. Legal trouble, romantic trouble, possibly felonious troubles. You name it she has it. It is no surprise that while chasing a killer she finds herself on the run from the law.

Like I said, she’s quite a bit of a mess.

Historical accuracy and the lack thereof

Let me just be the one to talk about the elephant in the room here.

Constantly referred to as a great-great-great grandma’s nanny the truth of the matter is that Jitty was a slave. Gasp! I don’t know why the author didn’t just call her one. Her style of speaking came straight out of one of those awful southern antebellum films.

There is also a story about Jitty’s slave owner buying her another slave for a husband. Of course he died in what was the Civil War- but the author did not refer to it as such. I am removing one half of a star for that. Though Jitty is comic relief she is also representative of enslavement and the ghosts thereof and I wouldn’t have been as distracted if there had been some reverence for historical accuracy pertaining to the buying, selling and separation of human beings against their will.

These are rich people after all. If they wanted a nanny they very well could have afforded one. A nanny who spoke proper English and could live and work of her own volition.

Case closed…

I sincerely enjoyed this book and have already read the second book in this series. Despite the glaring lack of historical truthfulness I am going to give this book a four and a half out of five stars. I most loved the way the author was so descriptive about the very soil surrounding the Mississippi Delta. It made me want to learn more about the area. I also really appreciated the culinary references and would have enjoyed a plate of Southern diner fare right along with Sarah Booth.

As I said I will continue reading this series. The novels are standalone and one can jump in anywhere along the line without much confusion from what I have seen. I am currently reading book three and will provide a review for book two, Buried Bones, in the future.

Deep Fried Trouble by Tyora Moody… Time to Dish

What is this?

Well, it is what I am here for…

Deep Fried Trouble is a Eugeena Patterson mystery brought to us by Tyora Moody. It is part one in a series of three books, all of which have officially been released.

Readers are introduced to Eugeena, a long suffering Mother to a daughter who is distant and troubled, victim of a restricted healthy diet and unlucky enough to stumble upon the dead body of her former best friend who she had a notorious beef with.

Eugeena and her friend before she found her dead

Deep fried you say?

The title says it all. Okay, maybe it doesn’t really tell you that actually virtually nothing is really fried because of the aforementioned diet. Good health is a good thing. Healthy eating is wonderful. But if you are looking for a cozy mystery with recipes for deep fried goodies then you will want to look elsewhere.

This trouble isn’t fried, dyed and laid to the side

Which of course is part of the trouble isn’t it? When I dive into a cozy mystery I have been mentally trained to expect one with a quirky title related to food preparation to include lots of food preparation. Oftentimes we readers are gifted with recipes at the back. Perhaps the author will one day release a separate healthy soul food cookbook based on some of the meals mentioned. Such as oven baked fried chicken. A bit of an oxymoron but certainly worth a try!

Just checking on the chicken

I cannot be super disappointed in the book for not being more inclusive of descriptions of food that I expected based on the title and cover art. There was food that was mentioned although it didn’t sound particularly amazing, even to Eugeena’s own admission at times.

The trouble with love is…

This was a book that in many ways discusses love, family and difficult long lasting friendships. Eugeena has a love interest, Amos, with a background that allows him to mingle with the local law enforcement. As a widow we learn of her former life as a schoolteacher and wife of a physician. We also learn a bit about her sons and her devotion to her grandchildren.

When her emotionally distant daughter storms into town bringing with her plenty of surprises and secrets we see Eugeena’s desire to defend and protect her child unfold. While she has the aforementioned history of bad blood with her former neighbor who is buried with the secrets of who killed her she expresses her regrets but pledges to find the killer while also taking care of the deceased woman’s Corgi.

What do you mean dear Eugeena when you say you don’t want me in your bed?

Throughout the novel and despite her reluctance to accept or adjust to certain things it is clear that Eugeena is a woman with the heart of a Christian who wants to offer forgiveness and assistance in whatever way she can. It is endearing as a character trait and makes you want to see her win and find the killer of her friend.

Eugeena admits to her own character flaws and is very introspective. Friendship, especially long lasting ones, can be very difficult to maintain as with any relationship. I took away the feeling that she was admitting her mistakes and wanted to make things right even though she didn’t have the ability to do that before her friend was killed.

Detective skills… you can’t hide from the neighborhood watch

Ah, the whodunit and why? Ms. Patterson is on the prowl and determined not to let up. Her investigative style is disarming- as would be expected of a grandmother as sweet as southern iced tea. She asks simple questions and is not afraid to get herself into dicey situations.

Hey neighbors… Eugeena is just being nosey per the neighborhood home association guidelines

As an independent investigator she goes off of her intuition and she has to have guts to be a non-gun toting granny winging it off prayers.

Case closed

I gave this book four out of five stars. I really enjoyed it and will pursue the other two and a half books in the series- the next being Oven Baked Secrets.

One thing I would have liked would have been the selection of a killer with a twist. I figured out who the murderer was based on simple clues and was not entirely satisfied with the motivation behind the actions that person took. Overall it was the story itself inclusive of the mystery surrounding her daughter, the main character and her truly sweet heart that drew me in and will keep me coming back for more.

What is a cozy mystery?

Trust me. It’s not all about amateur female sleuths, cartoons of dogs and cats on the book cover and titles that are hokey such as Death by Donuts.

Well there goes my first lie of the day. The truth of the matter is that the above statement often rings true. But that is also why I find the genre endearing.

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You will find lovable main characters that sometimes make me want to scream out “are you dense?” or “who does that?”

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But I do find it to be addictively fun. The titles are blatantly, and shamelessly self-explanatory in nature. And the books themselves are fun enough to enjoy as a beach read. Or, if like myself you live in the deep south and not near water, while splayed out on a quilt in the backyard. 

While I love gripping mysteries involving gore, off-color language and a hard-boiled detective as the lead that is not what I am in the mood for when I pick up a cozy mystery. If I was I would be sorely disappointed.

This blog will include a lot of cozies! In fact most often the posts will be reviews on cozies as the other genre that I delve into is pretty deep but also explores many real life mysteries… more on that in another blog on another day.

 

Book… there it is!

It goes without saying that I love a good read.

Oh! Hi!

It is also true that I love to share my opinion on the books that I read with anyone who will listen.

Time to focus

This blog is going to hone in on two one of my favorite genres- cozy mysteries and cozies written by people of color.

While those genres seem- and indeed are- world’s apart in nature they are both things I read to seek the truth. Whether it is silly and fictitious as is the case with cozy mysteries with a classic whodunnit or a mystery that runs a bit deeper.

The Journey Begins

Mystery Maven… always searching for the truth

What to expect from me

  • 100% Honest reviews- it does me absolutely no good to lie.
  • No spoilers- you will not learn anything that you cannot learn on the back of the book or interior jacket.
  • No summaries- if you can read this you can read the book which will hopefully have fewer grammatical errors anyway.
  • Some GIFs – just because they express the way I feel when words fail me which is fairly often.
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