Saturday, June 24, 2017

Review_MURDER AT THE INN by Penelope Sotheby

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: MURDER AT THE INN by Penelope Sotheby

Delightfully cosy, generously warm-hearted, this mystery novella has a lovely setting and empathetic characters. The beautiful setting at South Bay on Graham Island, off the Canadian West Coast, of the inn owned and operated by retirees Maureen and Daniel is dimmed when a guest is discovered dead. Maureen had inherited the property from her uncle, and the couple provides a pleasant venture, until this unforeseen and regrettable event. Readers who love cozy mysteries with twists, as for example Agatha Christie's Miss Marple village mysteries, will be attracted to MURDER AT THE INN.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

HONEY MOON DOG DAZE by Sofi Benitez_Review

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: HONEY MOON DOG DAZE by Sofia Benitez

HONEY MOON DOG DAZE is the newest in the series created by Mark Andrew Poe featuring siblings Harry Moon and Honey Moon, who live in the small and odd community of Sleepy Hollow. Once upon a time, the town was like other small towns, till a new mayor decided to connect the community to the dark side. Now "every day is Halloween night" and even July air smells like autumn. Harry possesses magic; Honey is ready to help whenever and wherever needed. Both youngsters have a well-developed discernment of right and wrong, strong intuition, and moral integrity. In this story, Honey senses a stray lost dog, and in caring for it, creates a summer business, makes new friends, and as always, helps out.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

DEATH BY PUMPKIN by N. Granger_Review

Death by Pumpkin: The Rhe Brewster MysteriesDeath by Pumpkin: The Rhe Brewster Mysteries by N.A. Granger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of DEATH BY PUMPKIN
by N. Granger

An entertaining and highly intriguing Maine cozy, DEATH BY PUMPKIN is third in a series. Imaginative in premise, this mystery begins with a bang and strongly hooks the reader, and enwraps us with the characters and storyline. Rhe Brewster is an ER nurse, mother of an ADHD son, widow, and sister-in-law of the police chief of her community. She is also a part-time police consultant. The author warmly endears the characters, as murder rears its very ugly head (even though it's performed creatively), and emotions run high (and for some, even higher). DEATH BY PUMPKIN is a mystery delineating the adage “Keep your friends close, and your enemies even closer.” I'll definitely be looking to review other mysteries in the Rhe Brewster series.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

MISS FEESENSCHNEEZEN IS ILL by David Parmelee_Review

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of MISS FEESSENSCHNEEZEN IS ILL by David Parmelee

Designed for middle grade readers, but a delightful read for adults who need a humour injection, this story is narrated by a member of a “troubled class,” a class of “misfits” perhaps, who nevertheless admire and respect their beloved teacher, Miss Feessenschneezen. A take-no-nonsense teacher who gives respect and expects respect, she is unexpectedly taken ill, and misses several days of school while physicians and specialists demand expensive testing of what is probably simple bronchitis. Her students' admiration of her doesn't extend to substitutes, who must be summoned from outside the school system, as no enrolled subs will agree to teach this class! In the end, the conclusion is delightful and heartwarming. Even troubled readers ought to warm to this story.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

DINING WITH THE DEAD by Carrie Marsh_Review

Cozy Mystery: Dining With The Dead (A Millerfield Village Cozy Murder Mysteries Series)Cozy Mystery: Dining With The Dead by Carrie Marsh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of DINING WITH THE DEAD by Carrie Marsh
(Millerfield Village Cozy Mysteries)

A delightfully tenderhearted “sweet cozy,” DINING WITH THE DEAD is part of the Millerfield Village Cozy Mysteries Series, but functions well on its own, so you needn't have read others in the series to enjoy this. Laura Howcroft had left Cambridge to work as restaurant manager at a village hotel, where she is popularly considered a “foreigner,” an outsider, and mistrusted, especially after another “foreigner,” a hotel visitor, is discovered in the very early morning, deceased in the restaurant Laura manages. Intrepid Laura puts aside her hurt feelings and becomes an anonymous amateur investigator. On the technical side she is aided by Dr. Lucas; she also has her cat Monty, with whom she communicates (an especially pleasant aspect of this story!). As Laura discovers, greed can make a murderer, and her life is on the line as well when she unravels the facts behind the death.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

HOLA! LET'S LEARN SPANISH by Judy Martialay_Review

¡hola! Let's Learn Spanish POD: Visit New Places and Make New Friends¡hola! Let's Learn Spanish POD: Visit New Places and Make New Friends by Judy Martialay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of Hola! Let's Learn Spanish
by Judy Martialay

This is exactly the style and content that I would wish for teaching young children a language. This book guides young learners into Spanish, and a similar guide to learning French is planned. Enclosing Spanish vocabulary in a cute story arc, children (and I think adults too!) absorb the Spanish vocabulary by seeing it in context. Additionally, the author provides exercises, music, and a cultural corner, so the book is a neat total experience. I look forward to further language study books from this publisher, Polyglot Kidz Press.

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