Monday, January 1, 2018

Books Read - December 2017

Adams, Ellery
The Secret, Book & Scone Society **
Fiction.  First in the Secret, Book and Scone Society cozy mystery series.  Nora and three of her new friends band together to solve a murder.

Blake, Deborah
Circle, Coven, and Grove *****
Non-fiction.  A month by month journal of rituals and suggestions for running magickal groups.

Dangerously Divine *****
Fiction.  Second in the Broken Riders urban fantasy series.  Gregori Sun is lost and is seeking balance in his life.  He applies to join a Buddhist monastery in Minnesota, where he is also doing research at the local library to find  his shamaness mother, hoping that she can help him find himself again.  The librarian helping him has secrets of her own, and though they try to ignore their growing feelings toward each other, the connection has been made and might save their lives.

Burke, Aliyah
Black Sand ***
Fiction.  Novella in the Lei Crime Kindle World.  Natasha is called to Hawai’i when her best friend, a treasure hunter, has been found dead.  Natasha and the local dive shop owner try to find out who killed her friend and why.

Calverley, J.M.
Moana’s Secrets *****
Fiction.  Reef Kahili’s young friend is kidnapped, and when his girlfriend also goes missing, Reef dives into the mystery headfirst to find them.

Evanovich, Janet
Hardcore Twenty-Four ****
Fiction.  Twenty-fourth in the Stephanie Plum cozy mystery series.  Stephanie and Lula are on the hunt for a zombie, and Stephanie is babysitting a giant boa who likes pizza.  If Morelli and Ranger aren’t enough, Steph has to contend  with Diesel crashing at her apartment and in her bed.

Galenorn, Yasmine
Witches Wild *****
Fiction.  Seventh in the Bewitching Bedlam urban fantasy.  Holly and Sandy are being joined by their old friend Fata Morgana, but Fata has changed since they last saw her two hundred years before.  She’s almost become one with the Ocean Mother and is ruled by her emotions.  Before she destroys Bedlam, the witches need to find a way to deal with her, while at the same time facing an evil vampire out to kill Holly.

Garrett, Danielle
Ghosts Gone Wild ****
Fiction.  Third in the Beechwood Harbor Ghost Mysteries series.  Scarlet is busy with preparing floral arrangements for a fancy wedding, when suddenly the bridezilla shows up in her shop dead and demanding the Scarlet return her to her body.  Ghosts are going missing in town, and Scarlet and Lucas are on the hunt to figure out what’s happening to them.

Lucky Witch ****
Fiction.  Seventh in the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery series.  Holly is on the hunt for a leprechaun who rearranges lawn gnomes and leaves shamrock clues around town to a supposed stash of gold.  But rogue werewolves are stalking the woods behind the manor, and Holly’s friend is in their sights.

Gibson, Mira
Motive ****
Fiction.  Lei Crime Kindle World book.  Vera is missing her older sister, Kira, who died when Vera was thirteen.  Now she’s a lifeguard, trying to keep the beach safe so no one dies like Kira did.  But finding the body of a young woman on the beach keeps her thoughts of Kira alive, and when she finds out the two deaths might be connected, she starts investigating on her own.

Hiestand, Heather
Blood Ties ****
Fiction.  Lei Crime Kindle World book.  Roselyn has had her DNA tested, and when her relatives start showing up online, she contacts one of them.  Her new boyfriend is helping her get to know her Hawaiian roots, but she suspects him of being involved in what seems to be drug-related attacks on her.

Jaffarian, Sue Ann
Too Big to Die ****
Fiction.  Twelfth in the Odelia Grey cozy mystery series.  Odelia and Greg save a small dog from an overheated car, when the owner arrives demanding to know what’s going on.  To Odelia’s chagrin, the owner is the wife of one of the big clients of Odelia’s law firm, and her husband is out to see Odelia fired.  

Keefer, Dylan
Demon’s Match **
Fiction.  Lei Crime Kindle World book.  Raine is still being chased by Eli, but when he involves another woman in his games and kidnaps her fiancé, Raine is determined to fight back.

Kuhn, N. 
Ghostly Paradise *
Fiction.  Lei Crime Kindle World book.  Woman sees ghosts, ghosts lead her to body, she becomes suspect, bad guy found.  Not edited.

Llewellyn, A.J.
Mercury Gold ****
Fiction.  Lei Crime Kindle World book.  Mercury has been hired by a former girlfriend, now an elementary school teacher, to track down a family that has gone missing.

MacInerney, Karen
Mistletoe Murder ****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Dewberry Farm cozy mystery series.  Lucy is busy with the Christmas Market, but a man is murdered, and his wife is depending on Lucy finding the murderer.

Manning, Fiona
Sunflower *****
Fiction.  A Lei Crime Kindle World novella.  A young girl’s skeleton is found in the cane field, and Tiare is taken back to when her best friend was abducted when they were both children.  The man suspected of being the kidnapper was innocent of the crime, so the perpetrator is still on the loose, and now he’s after Tiare.

Neal, Toby
Wired Dawn *****
Fiction.  Fifth in the Paradise Crime mystery series set in Hawai’i.  Sophie Ang is incognito on Kaua’i, trying to find balance in her life after the supposed death of her boyfriend Connor.  She knows he is still alive, but she never wants to see him again, so she and her dog Ginger are hiking through the valley looking for peace and quiet.  What she finds is a crazed woman yelling that her son has been kidnapped.  When Sophie locates the boy, she needs her ex-boyfriend, Alika, to help her pull him from the lava tubes.

Simons, Kat
Once Upon a Tiger ****
Fiction.  First in the Tiger Shifters series.  Alexis wants no part of the Mate Run, but the elders have set her up this time.  When the males come sniffing around her, only one comes to her defense, the man who has her heart, Victor.

Welling, ReGina
Spells and Jinglebells ***

Fiction.  Anthology of witchy Christmas stories.

Reading Challenges 2018

Reading Challenges 2018

Total books for the year

2018 - 12/100
2017 - 347/100 completed
2016 - 136/100 completed
2015 - 276/100 completed
2014 - 206/100 completed
2013 - 134/100 completed
2012 - 104/100 completed
2011 - 156/100 completed


2018 My Ancestry Around the World 5/40

I always choose four or five reading challenges for the year, but this year I decided to combine several and to also do something different.  I’m fascinated by genealogy and DNA and studying different cultures, so I’ve chosen twenty cultures that my own ancestors lived in to read about.  A fictional book set in each location, as well as a non-fiction to learn more about the cultures.

Sardinia - 
F - The Whispering Wind by Lexa Dudley
NF - The Two Madonnas by Sabina Magliocco

Gaoshan - Aboriginal Taiwan
F - Ghost Month by Ed Lin
NF - Gaoshan by Fmprc Seac

Hawai’i - 
F - Wired Justice by Toby Neal
NF - Ancestry of Experience by Dr Leilani Holmes

Spain - Andalucia/Sephardic
F - Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes
NF - Andalucia: A Cultural History by John Gill

Portugal -
F - Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
NF - Portugal - Culture Smart by De Quieroz & Sandy Gueses

Norway - Viking
F - Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller
NF - Happy Times in Norway by Sigrid Undset

French Pyrenees - Basque
F - Biarritz Passion by Laurette Long
NF - The Basque Country by Paddy Woodworth

Basque Spain - 
F - Guernica by Dave Boling
NF - A Basque Diary by Alex Hallatt

Cuba - 
F - The Old Man and the Seat by Ernest Hemingway
NF - Cuba - Culture Smart by Russell Maddicks

Puerto Rico - 
F - The Coqui and the Iguana by Alidis Vicente
NF - Puerto Rico: What Everyone Needs to Know by Jorge Duany

Taino - 
F - Taino: The People Who Met Columbus by Donald H. Sullivan
NF - The Tainos: The People Who Welcomed Columbus by Francine Jacobs

West Africa - Yoruba/Nigeria
F - The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka
NF - The Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts by Baba Ifa Karade

North Africa - 
F - The Magician’s Wife by Brian Moore
NF - Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King

Ashkenazi - 
F - The Brothers Ashkenazi by I.J. Singer
NF - Abraham’s Children by Jon Entine

Northern/Southern Han - southern China
F - Lady of Chi’ao Kuo by Lawrence Yep
NF - Han by Luc Guo & Fmprc Seac

West Caucasus - Pontic Greeks in Turkey/Anatolia
F - Adora by Bertrice Small
NF - Turkey - Culture Smart by Charlotte McPherson

Siberia - Koryak/Chukchi/West Beringian
F - Reindeer Moon by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
NF - The Shaman’s Coat by Anna Reid

Filipino - Cebu
F - The Tesseract by Alex Garland
NF - The Forgotten Children of Maui by Lain Wilcken

Pakistan - Pashtun/Dravidian/Sindhi
F - Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
NF - Pakistan - Culture Smart by Safia Haleem

Neanderthal - 
F - The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron
NF - Them and Us by Danny Vendramini

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Books Read - November 2017

Bruni, Riccardo
The Night of the Moths *****
Fiction.  Ten years ago a young woman was killed.  When her boyfriend at the time returns to the small town to sell the family home, secrets arise that question the identity of the murderer and what really happened that night.

Galenorn, Yasmine
Siren’s Song ****
Fiction.  Sixth book in the Bewitching Bedlam urban fantasy series set in the San Juan Islands.  Maddy’s best friend, Sandy, is in the hospital, the victim of a hit and run.  When her brand new restaurant is burned to the ground, Maddy and her friends realize someone is definitely after Sandy.  Struggling to find out who is responsible is taxing Maddy, who is willing to put her own life on the line to save her friend.

Glidden, Helene
The Light on the Island ****
Fiction.  Based on the true story of a young girl brought up as the lighthouse keeper’s daughter on Patos Island in the San Juans.  Her exploits  with her many siblings, their losses, and their joys tell an interesting story.

McKay, Ami
The Witches of New York ***
Fiction.  Three witches are simply trying to live their lives and ply their trades, when a rogue preacher and a demon set out to destroy them.

Stevermer, Caroline
A College of Magics ****
Fiction.  First in the College of Magics series.  Faris has been sent by her uncle to attend Greenlaw Finishing School, which graduates witches.  When her uncle demands that she return home before she graduates, the headmistress charges her to stop in Paris to visit a mysterious person who has a task for her to accomplish.  Upon finding  the man, she learns that she is the new warden of the North and must close a rift that has opened in the world.  Her life is in jeopardy, but she has given her word that she will follow through on her mission, one that will challenge her to give up all she desires.

A Scholar of Magics ***

Fiction  Second in the College of Magics series.  Jane travels to England to visit her brother Robert at Glasscastle, which is a school that graduates male witches.  She meets an American sharpshooter there who is helping out on the Agincourt Project being run by the university.  Unknown to them, the project is creating a weapon, but it’s stolen and is being misused to gain power.  Jane and Samuel try to find the weapon and a missing professor who was working on the project.

Books Read - October 2017

Beaton, M.C.
The Witches’ Tree ****
Fiction.  31st book in the Agatha Raisin cozy mystery series.  A body is found hanging from the Witches’ Tree in a neighboring town, and Agatha is hired to uncover the murderer, which puts herself and Toni in danger.

Blake, Deborah
A Year and a Day of Everyday Witchcraft ****
Non-fiction.  A calendar of thoughts, lore, and exercises to last you through the year.

Brown, Dan
Deception Point *****
Fiction.  Rachel Sexton is an NRO analyst who has been sent up to the Arctic circle to learn about a secret NASA discovery that will affect national security.  She meets up with three civilian scientists and embarks on a journey fraught with deception and danger.

Digital Fortress *****
Fiction.  NSA has developed a secret computer program that can break any code, but someone has announced they can break into it.  Susan is called in on a weekend to assist her boss with the problem.  They’re on a timeline racing against the clock to find a pass key that can stop a virus from attacking their program.  Susan’s fiancé is sent to Spain to find a ring and bring it back, but the person with the ring has died, and the ring has disappeared.

Origin ****
Fiction.  Fifth in the Robert Langdon mystery books.  Robert has been invited to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao by his former student and good friend, Edmond, a billionaire genius computer scientist, whose eccentric view on religion has drawn a large following.  He’s promised the world that he will unveil a world-changing theory to answer two questions: Where did we come from? and Where are we going?

Charles, Ann
Rattling the Heat in Deadwood *****
Fiction.  Eighth book in the Deadwood Mystery series.  Hawke is still out to nab Violet as a murderer, and he is convinced she is a witch with the power to hex him.  Violet can’t help playing along when he continues to annoy her.  Cooper has to put a tracker on her phone, but when that doesn’t work, he’s forced to move into her home to keep her in his sights.  That puts a crimp into Violet and Doc’s plans, and she gets word that her treacherous sister is coming to visit with their parents.

Hanna, H.Y.
All-Butter ShortDead ****
Fiction.  Prequel in the Oxford Teashop Mystery series.  Gemma is returning to England to open a teashop in Meadowforde-on-Smythe.  She meets a woman named Jenn on the plane and they get to chatting.  When they arrive, Jenn leaves a scarf behind, and Gemma grabs it to return it to her.  When Jenn is found dead, Gemma is suspected to be the murderer.

Hoffman, Alice
Angel Landing ***
Fiction.  There has been an explosion at the nuclear power plant being built in Fisher’s Cove, and the welder responsible for the faulty valve makes a therapy appointment with a social worker who quickly falls for him.  Though he knew what he was doing when he damaged the valve, his lawyer thinks he’ll be found innocent.  The social worker wants a relationship, but the welder pushes her away.  She’s relentless, and he finally agrees to spent one night with her.  Their relationship causes problems for her at work, but she doesn’t care.

The Drowning Season ***
Fiction.  Esther the Black lives at her grandmother’s compound in Connecticut, but she has received no love from Esther the White while she was growing up and hates her grandmother.  Her father has suicidal tendencies and tries to drown himself every summer.  When Esther the White knows she is dying of cancer, she tries to reach out to her granddaughter, without much luck.  She’s a hard woman, but Cohen, who works for the compound, has fallen in love with her.  The past threatens the future of the family and the compound.

Illumination Night ****
Fiction.  Jody is sent to her grandmother’s house when her grandmother falls and injures herself.  Bored, Jody sets her sights on the man who lives next door and doesn’t care that he’s married and has a young son.  Andre is aware of Jody’s presence, and though he has a good marriage, he’s feeling lost and afraid that he might succumb to her charms.

Rules of Magic ****
Fiction.  Prequel to Practical Magic.  Franny, Jet, and Vincent are living in New York and wishing they could be anywhere but there.  A summer visit with their Aunt Isabelle in Massachusetts introduces them to the magic that runs through their veins and changes their lives forever.

Turtle Moon ****
Fiction.  A woman flees her ex-husband, taking their daughter with her.  They end up in Verity, Florida where they settle.  But when the woman is murdered, and her baby daughter is missing, a young boy becomes the prime suspect.

White Horses ****
Fiction.  A girl grows up in love with her brother, a bad boy who stays out all night and commits petty crimes.  Their mother also idolizes the boy, believing in stories told by her father of the mysterious man who will come into her life and sweep her away.  She thought she found him in her husband, but when he wanders off, she realizes the stories were just stories and not truth.

Kimelman, Emily
Unleashed ***
Fiction.  First in the Sydney Rye mystery series.  Joy has worked as a dog walker for just one day before one of her clients turns up dead, and she’s the one who finds him.  While the police consider her as a suspect, she is determined to solve the mystery.  But things turn dangerous for Joy, and she’s finally forced to flee the city.

McNicol, Donna B.
Not a Whisper ***
Fiction.  First in the Klondike Mystery series.  Cherie is spending time with her aunt, who is recovering from a stroke.  A fire has burned down a bar in town, and in the basement, a body is found in an old freezer.  A twenty-year-old mystery comes back to haunt the town, and the townspeople are determined to find the solution.

Rowland, Laura Joh
The Ripper’s Shadow *****
Fiction.  First in the Victorian mystery series set in London.  Sarah Bain is a photographer working in a field usually reserved for men.  One sideline of hers is taking boudoir of some ladies of the night.  When these women become victims of the murderer known as The Ripper, Sarah is determined to do what she can to protect the rest by uncovering his identity, putting he own life in danger.

Wrede, Patricia & Caroline Stevermer
The Grand Tour ****
Fiction.  Second in the Cecelia and Kate novels.  Cecelia, Kate, and their new husbands are on their wedding tour of Europe.  They are staying with Thomas’ mother, Lady Sylvia, in Paris when an ampoule is stolen.  The ampoule was an ancient relic used in a ritual to name a king.  Other items have been stolen around Europe, and the foursome realize  they are being collected to be used in a new ritual naming a new King of Europe.  They must stop the ritual in time, or the entire continent will end up at war.

The Mislaid Magician ****
Fiction.  Third in the Cecelia and Kate novels.  Ten years later, Cecelia and James leave their four children with Kate and Thomas and head north on another mission for the Duke of Wellington.  He has charged them to find out what happened to a Prussian wizard surveyor who had been trying to discover if ley lines are interfering with the railway lines for the steam engines.  As they try to unravel the mystery, Thomas and Kate are having problems of their own when someone repeatedly bypasses all the wards Thomas has set around their property.

Sorcery & Cecelia ****

Fiction.  First in the Cecelia and Kate novels.  Cecelia and Kate are cousins living in England in the early 1800’s.  Cecelia lives at a manor in Essex, and Kate is in London for her first Season.  Magic is alive in their world, and the girls become embroiled in a war of magic between bad wizards and good wizards.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Books Read - September 2017

Abbott, Adele
Witch Is When It All Began ***
Fiction.  First in the Witch P.I. paranormal cozy mystery series.  Jill is a P.I. living an ordinary sort of life, when she receives a call from a nursing home telling her that her birth mother is about to die and wants to see her.  She knew she was adopted and had tried to contact her birth mother years before but had been rejected.  When she sees her birth mother, the only thing she  says to Jill is, “You’re a witch!” Jill thinks she has been insulted, but in fact the words are true.

Baldacci, David
The Winner *****
Fiction.  LuAnn Tyler is a single mother raising her baby in a trailer she shares with her deadbeat boyfriend.  She is contacted by a stranger and offered the chance of a lifetime, to win the lottery, guaranteed.  She is planning on refusing the offer, as it just doesn’t sit right with her, but when her boyfriend is murdered and the killer comes after her, she takes the one chance she has and agrees to the deal.  She was right to be suspicious, because her life from now on is owned by a psychopath who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

Blake, Deborah 
Wickedly Spirited ****
Fiction.  Sixth book in the Baba Yaga series.  Jazz is impatient.  She wants to prove to Bella that she’s ready to learn higher spells, but Bella doesn’t agree.  One thing Jazz really wants to do is get back the Riders’ immortality, so she sets about designing a spell, and with Koshka’s help she gets the ingredients and begins the spell.  Unfortunately, it has unforeseen consequences.

Campbell, Glynnis
Lady Danger ***
Fiction.  Scottish romance between a Scottish Lady and a Norman Lord.  She’s a Warrior Maid, and he’s not sure he can tame her.

Charles, Ann
Make No Bones About It *****
Fiction.  Second in the Dig Site mystery series.  Angélica waits on Quint to return from his trip to the North Pole, while she busies herself and her team in beginning the recovery of a dig site in Mexico.  The site is the same one her mother died at years ago, and Angélica is determined to figure out the mystery of what her mother uncovered there.

Galenorn, Yasmine
Blood Vengeance ****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Bewitching Bedlam urban fantasy series.  Maddy and Aegis are at an alpine chalet for a week, during with Aegis’ band will be performing.  Aegis receives a note to meet someone outside, and when he’s gone for an hour, Maddy rounds up the band to start searching for him.

Tiger Tails ****
Fiction.  Novella in the Bewitching Bedlam urban fantasy series.  Sandy meets a new and intriguing weretiger, but her attention is drawn away when her ward gets lost on a mountain hike in a blizzard.  Max accompanies her on her search for the girl.

Hanna, H.Y.
A Scone to Die For ****
Fiction.  First in the Oxford Mystery series.  Gemma has left a top corporate job in Sydney to return to England and open a teashop in a village near Oxford.  A rude American tourist begins to complain about the service and takes liberties with Cassie, Gemma’s assistant.  They see him that night arguing with a drunk in the bar, where the owner forces them both to  leave.  The next morning Gemma goes to work and is dismayed to see the rude American sitting at one of her outdoor tables.  When she walks over to ask him if she could help him, she realizes he’s beyond any help.

Harman, Dianne
Murder on Bainbridge Island ***
Fiction.  First in the Bainbridge Island cozy mystery series.  DeeDee moves to Bainbridge Island after her divorce and begins a catering company.  At her first dinner, one of the guests is murdered, and at first the rumor is that she was poisoned.

Hoffman, Alice
The Ice Queen ****
Fiction.  A girl wishes her mother dead, and she learns that wishes can come true.  When she is struck by lightning as an adult, she goes in search of a man who died and has risen from death.  With his help she finds redemption.

King, Stephen
Different Seasons ****
Fiction.  Four novellas, three of which have been made into movies, Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil, and Stand By Me>

MacInerney, Karen
Deadly Brew ****
Fiction.  Third in the Dewberry Farm cozy mystery series.  Lucy and her friends attend a Halloween party at the Honeyed Moon Mead Winery, but when the owner of a game farm dies at the party, Lucy’s friend finds herself in jail, and Lucy must solve the case and prove her friend 

Mother’s Little Helper *****
Fiction.  Third in the Margie Peterson cozy mystery series.  Margie is undercover at a genital waxing salon to figure out why the business isn’t doing very well.  She’s also been hired by the president of the PTA to help her hide a body and keep the president out of jail.  Elsie is still channeling a Pekingese, and Margie’s soon-to-be ex-husband is moving in with his partner, a Madonna impersonator.

Mugavero, Liz
A Biscuit, A Casket *****
Fiction.  Second in the Pawsitively Organic cozy  mystery series.  Stan now has a business selling pet treats, and she volunteers to cater a doggie birthday party at the Happy Cow Dairy Farm Halloween party, which features a large corn maze.  As the party is getting started and people are venturing into the maze, one of them finds the body of the farmer stabbed with a sickle.  When his wife is taken in for questioning, Stan goes out of her way to try to prove her innocence.

Custom Baked Murder *****
Fiction.  Fifth in the Pawsitively Organic cozy mystery series.  Stan’s mother and Tony Falco, the mayor of Frog Ledge are having an engagement party, but when Stan’s sister finds a dead woman in the bathroom and Stan’s ex-boyfriend  is arrested for murder, Stan is determined to find the real culprit.

The Icing on the Corpse *****
Fiction.  Third in the Pawsitively Organic cozy  mystery series.  Town historian, Helga, is found dead at the foot of the stairs in the museum, and Stan finds out that everyone is hiding secrets that go back decades to another death that took place in Izzy and Jake’s building under renovation.  Stan’s questions get her into trouble, as nobody is happy about her digging into the past.

Kneading to Die *****
Fiction.  First in the Pawsitively Organic cozy mystery series.  Stan’s job has been eliminated through no fault of her own, and she visits a small town, spies a lovely Victorian house, and on the spur of the moment purchases it.  While out jogging, she meets her neighbor, a homeopathic veterinarian.  The local “traditional” vet sees them chatting and appears on Stan’s doorstep and coerces her to make an appointment the next day for her cat.  When Stan arrives for the appointment, she finds the vet dead, and she becomes the main suspect.

Murder Most Finicky *****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Pawsitively Organic cozy mystery series.  Stan is spending the weekend in Rhode Island helping Sheldon with a special dinner.  Her co-chefs have all gathered at the mansion, but one of them is missing.  When she walks out back to see the ocean, Stan finds the missing chef with his throat cut, and the weekend gets even worse when one of the other chefs goes missing.

Purring Around the Christmas Tree *****
Fiction.  Sixth in the Pawsitively Organic cozy mystery series.  Christmas is just around the corner, and Stan is getting ready for her grand opening the next day.  But trouble comes when Santa is found dead in the sleigh at the town’s Christmas Festival, however Stan thinks it’s a case of mistaken identity.

Rescued ****
Non-fiction.  12 stories of rescued cats written from the POV of the cats themselves.

Murphy, J.J.
A Friendly Game of Murder *****
Fiction.  An Algonquin Round Table mystery.  The Algonquin is under quarantine on New Years Eve, and as Douglas Fairbanks and his wife were throwing a party, Dorothy and her friends head up to the penthouse to have some fun.  A precocious starlet, Bibi Bibelot, interrupts the party, as she strolls naked into the bathroom and into a tub of champagne.  When she is later found dead and wearing a stolen necklace, Dorothy has the help of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to assist her in finding the murderer.

Hair of the Dog ***
Fiction.  Short story in the Algonquin Round Table mysteries.  The chef has lost some veal, and while he suspects Dorothy’s dog, Woody, the manager of the hotel suspects Pietro, one of the waiters.  Dorothy discovers the truth at a birthday party

Murder Your Darlings ****
Fiction.  First in the Algonquin Hotel cozy mystery series.  Dorothy Parker enters the famed dining room at the Algonquin Hotel and finds a body tucked under the Round Table.  The police have already been called, and while she waits in the lobby, a young William Faulkner approaches her asking if she’ll read some of his writing.  When her friend Robert Benchley arrives, he’s called  in to identify the body and learns that the man had been stabbed to death with a fountain pen.  There are many suspects to interview.

Stage Fright ***
Fiction.  Short story in the Algonquin Round Table mysteries.  Dorothy is watching Aleck Woolcott performing in Uncle Vanya, but when the gun he fires proves to be real, she assists the police in discovering the culprit.

You Might as Well Die ****
Fiction.  Third book in the Algonquin Round Table mystery series.  An acquaintance of Dorothy’s, Ernie MacGuffin, meets her at the Round Table and hands her an envelope, asking that she not open it until midnight.  Her curiosity is aroused, and when she does read the contents, she and Robert dash across town with the police to try and stop Ernie’s suicide.

Neal, Toby
Nightbird ****
Fiction.  JET Kindle World novella.  Maya’s estranged older sister Lila is a neurobiologist who speaks seven languages.  When she sees her little sister on TV after thirteen years apart, she rushes to do whatever she can to help Maya, even if it means spying for the Mossad.

Rough Road *****
Fiction.  Sydney Rye Kindle World novella.  Lei and Amy are on vacation and traveling to Cabo.  On the way there, their car gets stuck off the road, and the two men who offer to help them turn out to be predators.  Amy is taken, and Lei finds her way to an RV parked at the beach. Sydney lives there and agrees to help Lei get Amy back.  

Wired Dark *****
Fiction.  Fourth book in the Sophie Ang crime series.  Sophie and Jake are still on the security job at rocker Shank Miller’s estate on Mau’i.  A crazed fan has been sending disturbing items to Miller, and the threat is escalating.  Sophie’s ex, Assan Ang, has plans for Sophie.  Plans she will never live through, but when her lover is caught in the crossfire, Sophie goes on the offensive.

Odell, Terry
Deadly Bones ****
Fiction.  Second in the Mapleton mystery series.  Megan as quit her job and returned to Mapleton.  Human bones are found on the Kretzer’s property, and Gordon has to find out who they belong to and what their connection is to the Kretzers.

Deadly Places ****
Fiction.  Fifth in the Mapleton mystery series.  Gordon is on a leave of absence, and Ed Solomon has stepped up as acting Chief of Police.  Ed has been working on the Deadbeat Dad Killer case for months, and it finally seems to  be coming to an end.

Deadly Production *****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Mapleton mystery series.  There’s a movie crew in town, and Gordon has to supply them with security.  When one of the production crew is found dead, Gordon investigates.

Deadly Puzzles *****
Fiction.  Third in the Mapleton mystery series.  Gordon is forced to take some time off and heads to a secluded B&B in the mountains just as a winter storm arrives.  A man stumbles to the inn saying that his car had stalled and his wife was waiting for him.  Gordon agrees to drive him back to the car, but when they find it, it had gone off the road and down a ravine.  The man’s wife was nowhere to be seen.

Deadly Secrets ****
Fiction.  First in the Mapleton mysteries series.  Megan flies home to visit with her elderly guardians, the couple who raised her  from a small child.  Their grandson, Justin, is also visiting.  A stranger has a car  accident, and when a file is found in the car containing pictures of Megan and information about Rose and Sam, the police chief tries to find out who the man was and what’s going on.

Welling, ReGina
Witch or Treat ****

Fiction.  15 novellas written by paranormal cozy authors with the theme of Halloween.