Another excellent mystery

Shortbread and Sorrow (Peridale Cafe Mystery #5)Shortbread and Sorrow by Agatha Frost

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yet another excellent mystery from the pen of the delightful Agatha Frost.

This one has a slightly different feel to it as the setting in Scotland brings an air of brooding which is as oppressive as the ancient castle Julia finds herself in.

There’s the usual odd twist which I never saw coming and this one’s a clever mix which fools the reader into making an assumption about what’s going on.

All the Peridale Cafe mysteries have been an enjoyable romp and this one is no exception.

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Superb world building in this shifter series

Wolves of Black Pine  (The Wolfkin Saga #1)Wolves of Black Pine by S.J. Himes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this romance, so much brilliant world building brought an interesting take on the shifter trope, and the long slow burn while Luca and Kane were apart made their relationship even more delicious.

This is a long book but, unlike some other reviewers, I never felt it was dragging or had too much unnecessary detail. I found the mythology and the mystery fascinating as were the different types of wolfkin and their abilities.

Luca/Ghost was a wonderfully expressed character, his internal POV changing in tone as he grew and between his wolf self and human self.

Kane was also fully fleshed out, the secondary characters surrounding both MCs bringing added depth. I can’t wait to read book two next week!

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Didn’t work for me at all

To Love and ProtectTo Love and Protect by Kay Simone

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

 

I usually love Kay Simone’s books but unfortunately this one with Jason Collins was a dud for me.

The plot just didn’t stand up and was so muddled, the book felt like it went on a bit too long and the relationship between Hank and Ben was all on the surface.

The stalker plot really made no sense, neither did the big reveal and there were just too many story threads all over it.

Sadly not for me and I nearly DNF but I hate doing that. Please don’t dismiss it on my account though, if you like sweet books with a hint of a mystery it might work for you.

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Fabulous collection of mystical romances with a mythological twist

Bittersweet Candy KissesBittersweet Candy Kisses by Jordan Castillo Price Sean Kennedy
Clare London

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book reminded me a lot of a collection of Agatha Christie short stories featuring a mysterious man called Harley Quinn.

While in that collection Quinn seemed to be acting as a harbinger of fate, helped along by the elderly Mr Satterthwaite to solve murders, here we have Chance – and later Hunter – dealing with the vagaries of life.

I absolutely adored nearly all the stories in this, one almost made me cry, one I didn’t really think worked as well as the others, but overall the inevitable drawing together of a multitude of different strands was so brilliantly done.

I am a sucker for mythology and this was a unique twist on the roles of some of the immortal pantheon. Originally published as the Petit Mort series.

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Amazing ending to a brilliant series

I Do, or Dye Trying (Curl Up and Dye Mysteries,#4)I Do, or Dye Trying by Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The epilogue to this book is truly wonderful, and quite unexpected, rather like this series has been. When I started reading it, I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it, given the mystery element running alongside the romance.

However, I have to say that Aimee has crafted two of my very favourite book men in Josh and Gabe. I truly believe they could be out there in their small Ohio town gossiping in the salon and catching the criminals who’ve been vandalising the street signs.

This series has been a delight. I really hope we don’t leave the setting behind and we get to see Chaz and Kyle, Emory and Silver’s happy ever after too. It would be too cruel not to 🙂

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Another cracking addition to the series

Chocolate Cake and Chaos (Peridale Cafe Mystery #4)Chocolate Cake and Chaos by Agatha Frost

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another brilliant addition to the Peridale Cafe mysteries from Agatha Frost, a series which is rapidly becoming one of my favourites.

There is a real lightness of style to these stories, even with the murderous themes running through them, the humour and Britishness stands out.

Julia is a delightful addition to the female “detective” cannon and she’s beginning to rank right up there with Christie’s Tuppence Beresford for me.

In this one things become even more personal for Julia when her beloved Barker’s life is in danger and, as in all the previous books, there’s a neat twist which is never obvious which gives Julia the insight she needs to discover the truth.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an unbiased and honest review.

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Not for me sadly

The Fourteenth LetterThe Fourteenth Letter by Claire Evans

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

DNF*

I have rated this as it was okay because the quality of the writing is absolutely fine, the piece evokes Victorian era London well but unfortunately, the subject matter is simply not for me.
I’ve got seven chapters in and nothing really cohesive has happened within the book, it’s like a series of vignettes about different people and, while I’m sure it’ll eventually come together, the subject matter isn’t interesting enough to me to want to continue reading it.

*An ARC of this was provided by the publishers through NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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