Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Books Read - June 2018

Annino, Barbara
Bloodstone ***
Fiction.  Second in the Stacy Justice paranormal cozy mystery series.  A young woman arrives in town and announces to Stacy that they’re sisters.  Stacy’s mother disappeared after her father died, and Stacy was raised by her grandmother and aunts at their bed and breakfast.  When the young woman is kidnapped, Stacy learns that she is part of a trio of people assigned to protect the Blessed Book, and Stacy must find and protect the girl.

Bury, Scott
The Three-Way ****
Fiction.  Book in the Sydney Rye Kindle Worlds series.  Van Freeman is out to take down another human trafficker, but when he’s caught and beaten, it looks like the end is near.  Robert Maxim and Van’s friend, Earl, are doing the best to extract him, but he might have to rely on the help of two drones to save his life.

The Wife Line ****
Fiction.  Book in the Sidney Rye Kindle Worlds series.  Sydney is working for Elite Forces in Europe when she assigned to find out if an employee of a company has been stealing company funds or has been doing anything else nefariously.  She meets Van, who is tracing a line of human traffickers and whose case is intermingled with Sydney’s.  They travel from country to country to stop these men and to release the women and others who are being held by them.

Carey, Ella
The Things We Don’t Say ***
Fiction.  The love affair between two painters sets the scene for this story.  The man is gay, but he is in love with his female friend, who happens to be married to a man who is cheating on her.  A painting is used for collateral for a student loan, but when an art dealer claims the painting is a forgery, the bank recalls the loan, and the student does her best to prove the painting is real.

Epperson, S.K.
Green Lake *****
Fiction.  Madelaine Heron’s husband committed suicide, and she has left her job as a college professor to spend the summer at her sister’s cabin at Green Lake.  A Native American conservation officer lives in the next cabin, and they strike up a cautious acquaintance.  Crime is rampant at the lake this summer, and Madelaine and Eris have troubles of their own.

Ernst, Kathleen
Old World Murder ****
Fiction.  First in the Chloe Ellefson mystery series.  Chloe has a job as head of collections at Old World Wisconsin, an historic museum.  One her first day, an elderly woman begs her to find an old ale bowl that the woman had donated years ago.  Chloe promises to look for it, but as the woman signed it over to the historical society, she wouldn’t be able to get it back.  One the way home from work Chloe sees the old woman’s car overturned at the side of the road with the woman dead inside.  Her promise guides her actions as she struggles to find the missing item.

Finsilver, Janet
Murder at Redwood Cove ****
Fiction.  First in the Kelly Jackson cozy mystery series.  Kelly’s new assignment is running the B&B in Redwood Cove, because the previous manager fell down a cliff and died.  Whether it was an accident or murder is anyone’s guess, but when things go missing at the inn, Kelly is convinced the two incidents are related.

George, Kate
Moonlighting in Vermont ****
Fiction.  First in the Bree MacGowan cozy mystery series set in Vermont.  Bree works two jobs, as a typesetter at the local paper and as a part time housekeeper at the fancy resort.  When she finds her boss dead, Bree suddenly becomes one of the main suspects, and she has to fight her way to prove her innocence.

Gilbert, Julie C.
Fatal Interest ***
Fiction.  Book in the Sydney Rye Kindle Worlds series.  Sydney has taken a P.I. job posing as a House Mother at a prestigious boarding school to help solve vandalism going on at the school.  A ghost tells her something is wrong and continues to give her messages during the case.  A young girl has been kidnapped, and Sydney and Blue stop the criminals.

Gladden, DelSheree
The Catalyst ****
Fiction.  Book in the Sydney Rye Kindle Worlds series.  Hugh is still suffering over James’ death, but when a friend asks him to sub for her at a cooking school, he’s willing to give it a shot.  He meets a young girl who wants to help her friend find his sister.  Hugh brings Mulberry in to help.

Hamilton, Victoria
A Deadly Grind ****
Fiction.  First in the Victorian Kitchen cozy mystery series.  Jaymie Leighton buys an antique Hoosier cabinet at auction and parks it on her summer porch until she can make room for it in her kitchen.  When she hears noises in the middle of the night, she sees that someone has broken into the porch, upset the cartons of cookware she purchased at the auction, and has left a dead body behind.  The mystery of what is so special about the cabinet evolves, and more dead bodies are found around town.

Harkness, Deborah
The Book of Life *****
Fiction.  Third in the All Souls trilogy.  Diana and Matthew are readying themselves to face Benjamin, and Baldwin selects Diana to represent the de Clermonts at the Congretation.  She must prove to them that the covenant against different creatures mingling should be abolished.  Their twins are proving to be a blend of vampire and witch, and there are still enemies who are coming after them.

A Discovery of Witches *****
Fiction.  First in the All Souls trilogy.  Diana Bishop is a visiting professor at Oxford studying medieval alchemy.  She is also a witch.  Matthew Clairmont is a doctor and scientist also working at Oxford.  He is also a vampire.  Unknown to Diana, she uncovers an ancient manuscript that many are searching for, including Matthew.  Their forbidden relationship leads them far into the past, and right into danger.

Shadow of Night *****
Fiction.  Second in the All Souls trilogy.  Diana and Matthew have time traveled back to 1590 in search of the alchemical manuscript that might or might not describe how the three otherworldly races, witch, vampire, daemon, began.

Harlow, Jennifer
Nemesis ***
Fiction.  In the Sydney Rye Kindle World.  Independence is a town with masked auperheroes who work in and out of the law to bring justice for the innocent.  

Kimelman, Emily
It Takes Two ****
Fiction.  First in the Jet thriller series, book in the Sydney Rye Kindle Worlds series.  Sydney is assigned to protect a Texan oil man and his family while they are on vacation on the Amazon.  Jet is assigned to kill him.  The two women find themselves intrigued with the other, and they end up working together while trying to stay clear of the other killers in the picture.

Kuhn, N.
The Storybook Murders ***
Fiction.  Book in the Sydney Rye Kindle Worlds series.  David is a young detective whose mother was killed by the Storybook Killer.  When he and his partner are assigned a murder, it is another of the Storybook murders, and a freelance author assists in solving the case.

Land Anthony
Idiot’s Tale ****
Fiction.  Prequel to the Nemesis Investigations books.  Morgana has been kidnapped and ended up in the office of John Rainwater, P.I.. She hires him to find out why she was kidnapped, but when her father finds out, he cancels that contract and hires John to keep his daughter safe.  They meet ex-Mossad officer, Roni Miller, who uses them to destroy the plot of international criminals who have planted a nuclear reactor on a ship and docked it in New Orleans.

A Private Affair at the Green Hell Hotel ****
Fiction.  Book in the Sydney Rye Kindle Worlds series.  Morgana and Lorena have fallen in love, though they/re trying to keep it quiet.  Morgana has made a deal with Joyful Justice to occasionally work in tandem on missions.  A Consortium is trying to take over, and they target Robert Maxim’s defunct hotel in Costa Rica where the full council of Joyful will be celebrating the reopening of the hotel.  But Joyful has a surprise waiting for the Consortium that will destroy their plans.

The Shrike ****
Fiction.  Book in the Sydney Rye Kindle Worlds series.  Morgana Trehane is a billionaire who uses her inheritance to set up an international intelligence agency.  Their first case involves a serial killer who is targeting old Russian spies in America.  Morgana carefully gathers a team of experts to begin their investigation.

Maher, Tegan
The Deadly Daiquiri ****
Fiction.  First in the Enchanted Coast Magical Mystery series.  Destiny is a waitress at the tiki bar at a magical resort on the Gulf Coast when she becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her unlikable boss, a fallen angel.  In order to save her own skin, she starts investigating and finds herself becoming enamored of a mysterious werewolf who never seems to tell the whole truth.

Sweet Murder ***
Fiction.  Firs tin the Witches of Keyhole Lake paranormal cozy mystery series.  Noelle lives with her younger sister, a miniature donkey, and an expired aunt.  She works as a waitress serving up BBQ, but when the most hated man in town dies face first into a plate of coleslaw, she becomes one of the prime suspects.

Pawlish, Renee
Walk Softly, Danger ***
Fiction.  Book in the Sydney Rye Kindle Worlds series.  Reed Ferguson is a P.I. in Denver who gets involved in a case of human trafficking that has also drawn Sydney Rye’s attention.  Together they solve the case.

Petterson, Bev 
Strange Behavior ****
Fiction.  Book in the Sydney Rye Kindle Worlds series.  Sydney and Blue are supposed to be on vacation, but it is cut short when a groom at the neighboring horse farm tells Sydney she is in trouble and needs to make sure her horse wins his next race.  But the horse owner has other ideas and sends his goons after the groom.  Sydney manages to stop the criminals with the aid of the track security chief.

Stevens, Dustin 
= Justice ****
Fiction.  Book in the Sydney Rye Kindle Worlds series.  Sydney teams up with Reed, a detective in Franklinton, Ohio to avenge the death of a girl Sydney helped once. 

Welling, ReGina
Spell or High Water ****

Fiction.  An anthology of paranormal cozy mysteries.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Books Read - May 2018

Adams, Ellery 
Murder in the Locked Library ****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Book Retreat cozy mystery series.  Jane receives a postcard from Edwin advising her that one of the Fins is false, but she doesn’t have time to dwell on that when one of her guests is poisoned and dies at her feet.  The spa project has been stalled when a skeleton and an old cookbook are found on the grounds, and she suspects that somehow the two deaths are related.

Murder in the Secret Garden ****
Fiction.  Third in the Book Retreat cozy mystery series set in Virginia.  Jane, the manager of Storyton, is busy raising her twin sons and trying to keep order at the manor.  A group of herbalists descends on the hotel, but when one of them is found dead, Jane and the Fins assist the police i finding the murderer.

Boone, Martina
Bell of Eternity ****
Fiction.  Second in the Celtic Legends romance series.  A castle on a sea mount  off the Cornish coast plays host to an American woman traveling with her best friend who was raised in the castle.

Echo of Glory ****
Fiction.  Third in the Celtic Legends romance series.  An American woman travels with her mother to an island off the southern coast of Ireland to work at an archaeological dig.

Lake of Destiny ****
Fiction.  First in the Celtic Legends romance series.  A small village in the Highlands of Scotland become home to an American woman who arrives to help her aunt with the annual local Beltane celebration.

Magic of Winter ****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Celtic Legends romance series.  Fearing something wrong has happened to her father, a young woman returns to the Highland village she was born and raised in, leery of seeing her ex-fiancĂ©, but hopeful she can figure out what her father has been hiding.

Welcome Home ****
Non-fiction.  History of the British Islands and how they came to be.

Boyles, Amy
Southern Magic ****
Fiction.  First in the Sweet Tea Witches paranormal cozy mystery series.  Pepper arrives in Magnolia Cove to find that she has inherited a shop from her uncle, one that she didn’t know existed.  Neither did she know that she comes from a family of witches but is thrilled when they welcome her with open arms.  Unfortunately for her, a fellow shopkeeper is killed, and Pepper is the main suspect.

Southern Spells ****
Fiction.  Second in the Sweet Tea Witches paranormal cozy mystery series.  Pepper’s grandmother, Betty Craple, receives a hen in the mail that is supposed to lay silver eggs.  Her rival, Melbalean, has bought a hen who lays golden eggs just to spite Betty and win the contest at the fair.  When Melbalean is killed, the only suspect is a chicken, but Pepper and Axel go on the hunt for the real killer.

Charles, Ann
Gone Haunting in Deadwood *****
Fiction.  Ninth in the Deadwood Humorous cozy mystery series.  Cooper demands that Violet help him out with a problem in Slagton.  The residents are different in the supposed ghost town, but something there has turned deadly and is killing them.  Violet, along with Cooper, Harvey, Doc, and Cornelius are armed to the teeth when they descend on the town, and Violet wields a deadly crowbar when she comes up against the first of the killers.

Galenorn, Yasmine
Harvest Song *****
Fiction.  20th in the Otherworld urban fantasy series.  Delilah is dealing with the feeling of loss as her sisters begin their lives in their new homes.  But they’ll all be gathered for the wedding as long as nothing happens to interfere with their plans.

Garrett, Danielle
Once Upon a Hallows Eve  *****
Fiction.  First in the Beechwood Harbor paranormal romance series.  Lacey has been summoned back to the east coast to her father’s court.  He’s determined to marry her off so she can provide an heir for their family, but she’s not interested.  A tournament of eight suitors with the final bout to the death, and he fate will be sealed.

Hart, Andrew 
Lies that Bind Us ****
Fiction.  Jan is a liar.  She doesn’t know why she lies, just that she does.  She’s invited to Crete on a week’s vacation to join some friends she met there five years earlier.  When she arrives, she quickly wonders why she bothered to come.  Her friends are all so successful, and she is a glorified check out girl.  When danger comes to the villa, Jan has to confront herself, her fears, and her lies to save herself.

Jones, John Legget
Catherine: A Hundred Year Love Story ****
Fiction.  Catherine is a young bride whose husband is stationed in France during WWI.  When he is listed as missing, Catherine and her grandfather go on a search to find him and bring him home.  The story doesn’t end until 100 years later.

Kimelman, Emily
Death in the Dark ****
Fiction.  Second in the Sydney Rye thriller series.  Sydney is in Mexico, restless, and out of control and needing to burn off some steam.  When the family she lives next to hears that their daughter has been raped and killed, Sydney takes them to bring the body home.  While there, she meets up with the girl’s friend who leads her to the killers, in this case, the police.  Sydney has her own brand of justice in mind.

The Devil’s Breath *****
Fiction.  Fifth in the Sydney Rye thriller series.  Sydney has been called back to the states to help her brother’s former lover who has been accused of murder.  She tangles with an old enemy who wants her to join FGI, but she doesn’t trust him.  A specialty drug is being used to control men and women, but when Sydney rushes in to help, she becomes a victim herself.

Flock of Wolves *****
Fiction.  Tenth in the Sydney Rye thriller series.  Sydney and Robert are in Syria.  He wants her to return to Miami for medical help, but she refuses.  She wants to find and slay the woman she believes held her as a captive after saving her life.  April, Sydney’s mother, is determined to spread the prophet’s word and returns to the States to begin preaching.  Robert realizes he is in love with Sydney but also knows she loves another.

The Girl with the Gun *****
Fiction.  Eighth in the Sydney Rye thriller series.  Sydney is blackmailed by Declan Doyle and his Homeland Security boss  to help them broker a deal with a female freedom fighter in Iraq.  When Doyle’s boss is killed, Sydney and Blue are kidnapped by said freedom fighters so she can meet The Tigress, who is leading the band of women.  They realize they’re both on the same side and fight to free themselves from the U.S. soldiers  trying to kill them, as well as from the Iraq’s with the same goal.

Insatiable *****
Fiction  Third in the Sydney Rye thriller series.  Sydney is still in Mexico, when she gets an assignment from Global Investigations to locate and return a missing teenager to her wealthy parents.  They think the girl is being helped by her cousin, so Sydney and her co-worker, Blane, travel under the guise of a honeymooning couple to a fancy hotel along the coast to find the girl.  When the girl convinces Sydney that her parents aren’t the people she thinks they are, Sydney decides to help her escape to the Caribbean, only to find that things are still not what she thinks they are.

In Sheep’s Clothing *****
Fiction.  Ninth in the Sydney Rye thriller series.  Sydney has gone missing, and her friends are trying desperately to find her.  The CIA has become involve and is trying to track her down to imprison her, and Robert walks a narrow line playing them on one hand and trying to use them on another.

Inviting Fire *****
Fiction.  Sixth in the Sydney Rye thriller series.  Sydney is at the Costa Rican base for Joyful Justice.  She’s trying to come to grips with the organization even existing, much less joining them.  Still recovering from being dosed with datura, she slowly comes back to herself and wants to prove herself ready for duty.  Merl takes a chance on sending her on a mission, but there is real danger ahead, and she has to leave Blue behind.

Shadow Harvest *****
Fiction.  Seventh in the Sydney Rye thriller series.  Sydney flies to Shanghai to rescue Merl, who went there himself to rescue his old teacher.  Something went wrong, and now Merl is missing.  Sydney and Blue meet up with Lenox’s Shanghai contact to travel to a tai chi center where all communications have gone down.

Strings of Glass *****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Sydney Rye thriller series.  Sydney and dan are in India relaxing, when they’re drawn into a case involving a wealthy sexual predator who preys on both women and children.  When a reporter asks for  their help, Sydney and Dan step in to stop the man.

Mayne, Andrew
Fire in the Sky ***
Fiction.  Second in the Jessica Blackwood thriller series.  Jessica and fellow FBI agent, Natalie, investigate the possible sighting of a UFO.

Morton, Andrew
Meghan: A Hollywood Princess *****
Non-fiction.  The tale of Meghan Markle, an American actress who ends up marrying a prince.

Orenduff, J. Michael
The Pot Thief Who Studied Edward Abbey *****
Fiction.  Eighth in the Pot Thief cozy mystery series set in New Mexico.  Hubie is invited to teach a semester of Anasazi pottery at the local university  When one of his students is found dead, Hubie goes on the hunt for the murderer.

Summers, Natalie
Mountains and Magic
Fiction.  First in the Witches of Pine Lake paranormal cozy mystery series set in Arizona.  Amalie inherits a cottage from a great-aunt she never knew existed and leaves her social work job in Minnesota to move to a small town in Arizona.  Upon reaching her new home, she meets a group of strangers who inform her that she’s a witch.  When a young girl is orphaned under mysterious circumstances, Amalie quickly takes her under her wing and tries to solve the mystery.

Swanson, Cynthia
The Bookseller ****

Fiction.  Kitty, also known as Katharyn, is a bookseller in Denver in the 60’s.  She’s single and lives with a cat.  Her best friend, Freida, is her business partner.  One night Kitty dreams of a man who says he is her husband, and they have three children.  It’s a life that Kitty might have wished she’d had if she wasn’t so happy with her life as it was running her shop.  But the dreams don’t know, and as she gets more and more drawn into her dreamlife, she starts to worry that she won’t be able to wake up into her waking life.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Books Read - April 2018

Blackwell, Juliet
A Magical Match *****
Fiction.  Ninth in the Witchcraft Mystery paranormal cozy mystery series.  Lily and her friends are getting ready for a Magical Match tea party at the shop when Sailor is arrested for murder.  Lily’s powers have gone on the fritz due to some goodies from the cupcake lady, but she needs to gather her strength to find out who has framed Sailor and why.

Cisneros, Sandra
The House on Mango Street ***
Fiction.  Collection of vignettes about the characters who live on a street as told by the author as a young girl and as she grew up.

Jaffarian, Sue Ann
The Trouble with Midnight *****
Fiction.  Three first stories in series by three talented authors.

Lourey, Jess
August Moon *****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Murder-by-the Month cozy mystery series set in Battle Creek, Minnesota.  Mira is fed up and ready to leave the small town to return to the Cities where she won’t be tempted by the gorgeous Johnny Leeson.  But when a local cheerleader is found dead, Mira has to lend her help to solve the murder.

Beauty is in the Eye of the Newt ****
Fiction.  Short story about a private detective who is hired by a man to find his missing wife.

The Catalain Book of Secrets ****
Fiction.  Katrine flees a broken marriage and heads home to Faith Falls, where she will be reunited with her family.  Her homecoming isn’t welcomed by all, and she needs to find a way to reconnect with her beloved sister.

Death by Potato Salad ****
Fiction.  Short story in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series.  Mrs. Berns is off to a church gathering where she attends a class on making homemade mayonnaise.  When a man has food poisoning, it’s up to Mrs. Berns to solve the murder.

December Dread *****
Fiction.  Eighth in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series.  Mira is on the trail of a serial killer, but when the killer turns to her, Mira’s life is in danger.

February Fever *****
Fiction.  Tenth in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series.  Johnny is in Portland, and Mira, Mrs. Berns, and Jed hop a train to visit him.  The Valentine Train is supposed to be a lonely hearts train, but when woman is killed and her daughter has gone missing, Mira has flashbacks to her youth when a young friend was kidnapped.

Give Her a Hand ****
Fiction.  Short story about two sisters with a dangerous relationship.

January Thaw *****
Fiction.  Ninth in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series.  The town is celebrating a Winter Festival, but Mira comes face to face with a corpse below the ice at the lake, and he looks very familiar.

June Bug *****
Fiction.  Second in the Murder by the Month cozy mystery series.  Mira has been made the head librarian and is working part time as a reporter for the Recall.  When she’s assigned a story about an old jewelry heist, she stumbles into trouble.

Knee High by the 4th of July *****
Fiction.  Third in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series.  Mira’s fantasy love, the 23-foot tall fiberglass statue of Chief Wononga goes missing, and Mira is determined to bring him back.

March of Crime *****
Fiction.  Twelfth book in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series.  Mira makes up her mind about her relationship with Johnny.  Kennie arranges for a library intern to begin working for Mira.  She’s a wealthy benefactor who is doing volunteer work with the promise of donating money to the town and especially to the library.  Life-size dolls begin appearing around town, but when Mira accidentally knocks one to the ground, she finds a corpse inside.

May Day *****
Fiction.  First in the Murder by the Month cozy mystery series set in Michigan.  Mira is fired form her waitressing job just as her friends asks her to housesit for her in Battle Lake.  Not having anything better to do, Mira agrees and moves in with her cat and her friend’s dog.  Working as the assistant librarian at the town’s small library, she meets handsome archaeological Jeff Wilson, who is surveying a nearby property to see if it would be an appropriate place for a Native American museum.  A week later, they’ve spent most of their time together, and she is really falling for this guy when she finds him dead in the library, and she’s determined to find out who killed him.

November Hunt *****
Fiction.  Seventh in the Murder-by-the Month cozy mystery series.  A friend kills his friend during a hunt, and the whole town grieves.  But when a second man is killed, Mira sets about trying to figure out what happened and how it is connected to an old crime.

October Fest *****
Fiction.  Sixth in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series.  Two congressional candidates arrive in town for a debate and series of interviews.  Mira attends so she can write articles for the paper.  Johnny invites her for dinner at the lodge, but she’s not prepared to find a dead body.

The Paper Frog ****
Fiction.  Short story about a woman who travels to an island to help remodel a house and finds a paper frog.

Salem’s Cipher *****
Fiction.  First in the Salem Cipher thriller series.  Agoraphobic Salem receives a midnight call from her best friend, Bel, who tells her that her mother is missing, and there is a dead body in her apartment.  The women rush to the crime scene, only to find out that both of their mothers are missing and a neighbor woman’s body has been  found in the hallway.  Trying to find their mothers, the women are caught up in a centuries-old puzzle that only Salem can solve.

September Fair *****
Fiction.  Fifth in the Murder-by-the-Month cozy mystery series.  Mira’s boss at the newspaper assigns her to the State Fair, where she will write articles focussing on the Battle Lake participants.  The most important event is the crowning of the Mildfed Mary beauty pageant and the butter carving that takes place afterwards.  But this year’s Queen of the Court suffers a quick death while having the likeness of her head carved, and Mira risks her life to solve the murder.

The Seven Daughters *****
Fiction.  Second book in the Catalain magic realism series.  Helena and Xenia are running the candy and clothing shop and being picketed by Meredith Maum and her friends.  Meredith has a long hatred of the Catalain family ever since her husband cheated with Ursula on her.  Helena has to deal with her threats as well as a devastating health issue and only realizes she can overcome them by opening herself up to the magic.

Mayne, Andrew
Angel Killer ****
Fiction.  First in the Jessica Blackwood thriller series.  Working for the FBI, Jessica is on a mysterious case about a young girl who was found in a cemetery seemingly coming out of a grave.  But the body has been recently killed, though the girl was killed two years before.  A serial killer is on the loose, and Jessica and her team have to find him before he kills again.

Looking Glass *****
Fiction.  Second in the Naturalist mystery series.  Theo Cray now works as a contractor to an intelligence company named OpenSkyAI.  When he is contacted by a grieving father whose son went missing nine years ago, Theo can’t turn his back on the man and flies to Los Angeles  to try to help him out.  What he finds is a killing field.

The Naturalist *****
Fiction.  First in the Naturalist mystery series.  Professor Theo Cray is in the middle of research before his teaching semester at the university begins, when he finds that one of his former students has been found dead in the woods nearby.  A bear is suspected, and one is killed in the area, but Theo suspects there is more to her death than a simple bear kill.

Noah, Trevor 
-Born a Crime *****
Non-fiction.  Memoir of the comedian’s life growing up in apartheid and trying to find his way after it ended.

Oakley, J.L.
Mist-chi-mas *****
Fiction.  Saga of the PNW and the people who lived there in the late 1800’s.  Jeannie, an English woman, travels with her young son and her uncle to the PNW to escape the disaster and notoriety of her marriage to a bigamist.  There she meets Jonas Breed, an untamed man with a complicated past and even more complicated future.

van der Zijt, Annejet
An American Princess *****
Non-fiction.  Biography of Allene Tew, a woman from a modest beginning who became very wealthy and had five husbands, one of whom she married for love.

Winters, J.D.
Cloudy with a Chance of Ghosts ****
Fiction.  Fourth in the Mele Keahi paranormal cozy mystery series.  Mele and Jill attend an art show opening at a fancy mansion on the hill.  Jill’s new boyfriend Jagger, is one of the artists.  The artists all have a stake in winning the show, but when one of the attending reporters is found dead, Jagger has her purse in his hands.

Little Ghost Lost *****
Fiction.  Fifth in the Mele Keahi paranormal cozy mystery series.  Mele has to check out a mansion to see whether it should be destroyed or renovated into a museum, but as she approaches, she realizes it is haunted by quite a few ghosts, but she has no idea how dangerous they could be.

Mele’s Ghostly Halloween Caper ***
Fiction.  Sixth in the Mele Keahi paranormal cozy mystery series.  Mele is invited to a Halloween party at the Carlton mansion.  Debbie, Carlton’s daughter, has hired her to spy on Carlton’s new girlfriend.  Debbie believes she has been stealing from the mansion.  But when the girlfriend is found dead in the pool, Mele is convinced she was innocent of the thefts.

Murder and the Secret Spring ****

Fiction.  Seventh in the Mele Keahi paranormal cozy mystery series.  Mele and Bebe lunch at the famed Italian Kitchen on the hill, but when the manager of the restaurant is killed, they do what they can to solve the crime.