THE BATTERED BADGE by Robert Goldsborough

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This a long-running series, I read the first in the 80’s and all of those by Rex Stout many times. When Robert Goldsboro wrote the first one I didn’t like it. Now I do enjoy reading the additional information about Nero, Archie, and friends. Both have unique qualities. I find Nero and Archie both more open and friendly. The descriptions of food dishes are not as detail. I now recommend both series. The all the regulars are developed better.
In this one, Nero is again turning away from Inspector Cramer’s until it becomes personal when Saul is injured. Nero becomes in involved and works with Cramer to solve the case. He allowed the Inspector to received the credit. As time allows I will be reading the series again. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND BOTH.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Open Road Integrated Media for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

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MURDER AT THE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL by Janet Finsilver

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The 4th book of the Kelly Jackson mysteries covers multitude issues making an extraordinary story. Among the issues, the cover is a cooking class on mushrooms, public lands, sinker logs, Indian sacred grounds, problems with redwood and a mushroom hunting dog and pig.
Redwood Cove is a B&B hotel situated along California northern coast. As the name implies the redwood grow there in large numbers. The town is hosting its annual mushrooms festival. Kelly has just been named manager of the hotel. The Silver Sentinels is a group of senior citizens that meet at the hotel.
A dislike reporter is found dead on Indian sacred grounds. The reporter has been selling information on mushrooms locations on public lands that some natives feel The locations belong to them. The area overlooks a huge sinker log that is holding the creek in place. The environment protection agency has refused all requested to salvage the log. Daniel had challenged the reporter is considered a person of interest in the shooting. Kelly and the Silver Sentinels begin to prove the facts to clear Daniel. Kelly managed to put herself in danger. I HIGHLY recommend this book and series.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Lyrical Underground for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

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NUN AFTER THE OTHER by Alice Loweecey

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In the fifth book of this series, Giuliani’s is pregnant and is involved with a Covent of nuns which is located in a building slated to be turned down to made way for an upscale development. The twists and turns that occurred will tax your mind. I am not sure I like the paranormal aspects that have entered the story. A Chihuahua, a cute addition who leads Giuliani’s and Frank to the body of an elderly nun. Did she die a natural? Giuliani looks for answers.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Henery Press for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

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NIGHT MOVES By Jonathan Kellerman

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My thanks to the Meridian Library book for my copy. It is always an entertaining thriller to read an Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis story and this one did not disappoint. Alex is called to help Milo with a case. The body is located in the library of a Pacific Palisade home. It is minus the face and hands and no identification on the corpse. The homeowners had never seen or heard of the man.On one side of the home is a man noted for his weird and exotic cartoons. He refused to talk with Milo and his detectives stalling the investigation. The case takes surprising turns and Alex finds his take talents are needed. Milo needs to find an answer before there are more deaths. Is there a serial killer lurking in the neighborhood?
I HIGHLY recommend this book and series

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FAREWELL, MY CUCKOO by Marty Wingate

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The fourth book of Birds of the Feather series finds Julia Lancaster and Michael Sedgwick leaving a wedding of a friend looking forward to relaxing at Julia’s cottage thinking about their future. They are stymied by Michael older sister, Pammy who wants to visit them for awhile. Later that the body of a handyman is found on the estate grounds and Pammy was the last one see him. There are a couple of minor themes that are blended together to make a great story. The twists the story takes will have you turning the pages. I HIGHLY recommend this book and series.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Alibi for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

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BAD NEIGHBORS by Maia Chance

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The second book in this series and a new author to me. I found and good Plot that was slightly different from the usual cozy mastery. The characters different not development and I didn’t relate to them. I have not read the first book but had no trouble following the story and the characters.
Agnes Blythe has returned back to her childhood home and has joined her Great Aunt Eddie’s in restoring an Inn that once been a slice of pride in Naneda, New York. The inn needs a lot of work and is not open for business. Effie received a phone call asking if she would accommodate passengers from a tour. Their coach had broken down and rooms were full due to the leaf peeping time. Agnes goes to pick up the stranded motorists. On arrival, she finds a murder has just taken place and her boyfriend is the main suspect. Eddie and Agnes decided to explore the murder to clear her boyfriend. At this point, the tale has many twist and turns. The murderer is well concealed and might surprise you. It did me. I recommend this book.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Crooked Lane Books for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

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THE SHADOW OF DEATH by Jane Willan

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A new author for me, the first book of a new series featuring Sister Agatha finds her writing a detective story. There are only 19 sisters left in the Welch Anglican convent. The descriptions of area and characters were good. The writing did not flow smoothly and the story jump between characters. This made it difficult to follow the narrative and many commonplace says were used. Two themes are present and not connected to make one story. The church sexton is found dead under a rack of Gouda cheese. The constable considered it an accidental death. Sister Agatha believes it is murder and decided to investigate the death. Second, involved the latest sister and someone wants the acreage for a spa.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Crooked Lane Books for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

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FICTION CAN BE MURDER by Becky Clark

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A new author for me and the beginning of a new series. The Plot is unusual and a good one. I did not feel this a cozy, it is more of a novel with a mystery and a romance. It is written from a first-person view. The written did not flow easily and I found it hard to follow. The characters are one dimensional, the best one is the MC whom I dislike very much for her actions which did nothing to add to the story. I found the book HARD TO RATE. I finally settled on 3 stars but would have RATE IT 3.5 STARS if I could have.
Charlee Russo is a mid-list successful author. She has a problem with her royalties that are controlled by her agent. Her agent is murder in a nasty way. The method of murder was the exact way her latest book. Charles needs to clear her name and her friends. The police feel that murder is one of her beta readers. I recommend this book.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Midnight Ink for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

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DEATH BY THE SEA by Kathleen Bridge

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The delightful cover led me into the book. A new author for me and 1st book in series. The characters are developed and the descriptions take to you to an island off the Florida coast. After a nasty scandal, Liz Holt has return home to the family Interlantic hotel on an island near Melbourne, Florida. Her Aunt Abigail runs the hotel and allows several wacky guests to stay there. Liz’s father is a public defense lawyer who is beginning a relationship with homicide detective. The hotel has an expensive emporium associated with it. Aunt Abigail allows a despised and unpleasant wealthy woman, to moved into an apartment who is later killed in robbery to steal her jewelry. As the story plays out it twines and the plot changes hidding the end. Does Liz’s past catch up with her?
I HIGHLY recommend this book.
Some good sounding recipes are included.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Lyrical Underground for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

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