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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Statue of Limitations


Statue of Limitations (A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery)
by Kate Collins


About Statue of Limitations


Statue of Limitations (A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (January 28, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 149672433X
ISBN-13: 978-1496724335
Digital ASIN: B07R8QWPTN

In this delightful new series by the New York Times bestselling author of the Flower Shop Mysteries, Athena Spencer comes back home to work with her crazy big Greek family at their garden center. But she never expected a return to her roots would mean protecting her family from murder . . .

After her divorce, Athena has returned to coastal Michigan to work in her family’s garden center and raise her son, while also caring for a mischievous wild raccoon and fending off her family’s annoying talent for nagging. Working alone at the garden center one night, Athena is startled by a handsome stranger who claims to be the rightful owner of a valuable statue her grandfather purchased at a recent estate sale.

But she has even bigger problems on her plate. The powerful Talbot family from whom her pappo├║s bought the statue is threatening to raze the shops on Greene Street’s “Little Greece” to make way for a condo. The recent death of the family’s patriarch already seemed suspicious, but now it’s clear that a murderer is in their midst. Athena will have to live up to her warrior goddess namesake to protect her family from a killer and save their community from ruin . . .

What I Thought:

I have not read Kate's other series, so this was my first with her, and I was not disappointed. From the great setting of the story to the unconventional Greek family in the story, there was just so much to like about this book. Athena has moved back to the coastal Michigan town of Sequoia to help run her family's garden shop. One night, she finds a stranger kneeling near the families statue of Athena, the man claims the statue belongs to him. Athena's grandfather, pappous, bought the statue off the recently deceased patriarch of the Talbot family. The Talbot family had recently threatened to raze Greene Street, which is home to many Greek shops. Grayson Talbot, Sr, decided not to go through with the plan, so Athena feels his death is suspicious. When his assistant mysteriously dies, Athena's suspicions go on high alert. This book was fast paced and kept me turning the pages. The family reminded me a lot of the family in My Big Fat Green Wedding. They really kept it interesting. I like a cozy that keeps you guessing, this one really didn't keep me guessing, but it was still a great cozy. It had great characters and the plot was well thought out and believable. I look forward to more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About Kate Collins


Kate Collins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Flower Shop Mystery series. After publishing numerous historical romances, Kate penned the long-running mystery series, three books of which were made into Hallmark movies starring Brooke Shields. An Indiana native, Kate graduated from Purdue University with a master's degree in education. When not growing roots at her computer, Kate loves to garden. Other passions include yoga, reading, spending time with family and friends, sampling great wines and fine dark chocolate, and enjoying every moment of life. Kate lives in Northwest Indiana and Key West, Florida. Visit her online at KateCollinsBooks.com.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Dead in Dublin


Dead in Dublin (The Dublin Driver Mysteries)
by Catie Murphy


About Dead in Dublin


Dead in Dublin (The Dublin Driver Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (December 31, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496724186
ISBN-13: 978-1496724182
Digital ASIN: B07Q3NPNFB

In Dublin’s fair city, where the girls are so pretty, murder occurs at the feet of sweet Molly Malone . . .
Ferrying tourists around Dublin for the Leprechaun Limo Service makes quite a change after years in the military. Still, Megan Malone is enjoying her life in Ireland. She likes the scenery, the easy pace, the quirky, quick-witted locals. Everything—except having one of her clients drop dead at the statue of fabled fishmonger, Molly Malone.
Most restaurant critics notch up their share of enemies. Elizabeth Darr, however, was a well-loved international star. She and her husband, Simon, had just had dinner when Elizabeth collapsed, and spoiled seafood is the first suspect. The restaurant’s owner, worried her business is doomed, begs Megan to look into it. Between her irate boss and a handsome Garda who’s both amused and annoyed by her persistence, Megan has her hands full even before she’s cajoled into taking care of two adorable Jack Russell puppies (which she is almost definitely not keeping). But if cockles and mussels aren’t to blame, can Megan find the real culprit . . .before another fishy death occurs?

What I Thought:

This one started out kind of slow for me, and I was really excited to read it because it is set in Ireland and that is the one place I would one day love to visit.  But it did start out slow, once I got started though, I started enjoying the story more. Megan Malone is ex-military who moved to Dublin after her service to her own country.  She works for Leprechaun Limo Service as a driver and when one of her clients, food blogger Elizabeth Darr drops dead outside of her friend Fionnuala's restaurant. Meg tries helping Simon, Elizabeth's widower, and of course Fionnuala so she gets immersed in the mystery. Meg has her hands full when she keeps uncovering startling information on Elizabeth. She also has to deal with her irritable boss and the local Garda, Bourke, with whom she has strong chemistry. On top of that, she takes on the care of two rambunctious Jack Russell's. Once I got into this book, it picked up and I started enjoying it.  I thought the plot was well thought out and the writing was excellent.  It was a little darker than some of the cozies I am used to. Meg dug up a lot of dirt on the victim and I found her a refreshing and strong protagonist. I was totally surprised by the reveal of the killer in this one. I look forward to more in this series and find this series enjoyable as it is different from other cozies as it is set in Ireland, which is a great setting.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About Catie Murphy


Catie Murphy, who has written numerous award-winning fantasy and Sci-fi books under the pseudonym C. E. Murphy, began writing around age six, when she submitted three poems to a school publication. The teacher producing the magazine selected (inevitably) the one she thought was by far the worst, but also told her—a six-year-old kid—to keep writing, which she has. She has also held the usual grab-bag of jobs often seen in an authorial biography, including public library volunteer (at ages 9 and 10; it’s clear she was doomed to a career involving books), archival assistant, cannery worker, and web designer. Writing books is better. She was born and raised in Alaska, and now lives with her family in her ancestral homeland of Ireland.
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