A TOAST FOR MURDER By Allyson K. Abbott


I feel this is one of the best books that I have read recently. In order to get the full effect, it should be read in order. Each book story is complete but the subplot continues through the series. This is the fourth book and concludes the mystery of the letter writer and killer.
Mack Dalton has neurological disorders that allow her to tell if a person is telling the truth. She works with a homicide detective to help him solve the bus cases. The publicity she received has caused her problems with the police authorities and the general public. She received a letter informing that the letter has clues she must solve by a deadline of someone dear to her will die. It forbids her to seek help from The Police and specifically the homicide detective The author has made good on the threat. Two of Mack friends have been killed.
Mack is determined to find the killer and has made a plan in hopes to locate the killer. She decided to close her bar New Year’s Eve and host a private party to find who is writing the letters and is the killer. Will she succeed before he/she kills again?
Drink recipes are included. I highly recommend this book and series. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK and series.

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An outstanding cozy murder with hints of quilting and Jewish customs skillfully woven with the story. Martha Rose attempts to clear Jazz, a fellow quilter of a murder charge finds a secret room, a Ponzi scheme, false testimony, greed, a fortune teller, and romance in this book. Martha must act fast if she is to save Jazz from spending time in prison. The ending has a cliffhanger that will shock you. I highly recommend this book and series.

Disclosure: I received a free copy Kensington Books through NetGalley for an honest review.

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MURDER AT CHATEAU sur MER By Alyssa Maxwell


The fifth book in the Gilded Newport Mystery series. It is set in the 19 the century. Emma Cross, cousin to the Vanderbilts and newspaper reported for the Newport Observer is covering a polo match when a woman demands to speak to the wife of Senator Wetmore. The police remove the woman from the area. The next morning the woman, a prostitute, Milan lays dead at the foot of a staircase. Edith, the Senator ‘s wife hired Emma to investigate the case showing her husband was not acquainted with the Lilah. The police are told to leave the case alone. The autopsy showed the woman’s neck was broken and she was pregnant. The case is reopened.
Derrick has return from Italy and the homicide detective, Jesse meets and dislike each other. Emma shocked The Four Hundred Crowd going to Blue Moon, a brothel. There she found an old scrapbook belonging to Lilah. There is a series of robberies on the wharf and a fire of a business. What is the importance of the scrapbook? Will Emma managed to clear Senator Wetmore’s name? There is a cliffhanger at the end. I recommend the book and series.

Disclosure: I received a free copy Kensington Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

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FIRE AND ASHES By Elaine Viets

I have always enjoyed Elaine Viets’ books and this one does not disappoint. This one is not a light fluffy mystery and deals with series. I could feel Angela Richman’s grief, her 6 strokes, how the horses relaxed her, sloppy police inquiry, and the attitudes of the town toward those of Mexican heritage. I found it educational about the profession of a death investigator. I like learning about the difference from a coroner and a homicide detective. The new forensic information on how a fire starts is informative. I like the fact that Angela did not do anything stupid to put herself in danger.
Angela Richman is called to the scene of a fire victim to record the details of the death and the area where it occurred. The victim is a drunken seventy-year-old wealthy man. She recognized the man the public’s view of the man was changing from a dirty old man to a man of honor because of the way his death happen. The hostile feeling toward his 20-year-old Mexican fiancee was increasing. The homicide detective had made up his mind that his fiancee was guilty and interrupted the forensic evidence to fit his decision. Angela will need the help her friends to save the Mexican-American and her father from death. The subplot of a series of fires added much to the story. I need to read the first book BRAIN STORM. I highly recommend this book.Disclosure: I received a free copy from the author through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book.The opinions expressed are my own.

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COLLARED By David Rosenfelt


The last Andy Carpenter book is one of his best. A border collie is left at the Tara Foundation. A scam reveals that this is the dog that was stolen when a baby was kidnapped a few years ago. A boyfriend of the Mother was convict of the crime but the child and dog were never located. In order to help resolve the case, Andy becomes the attorney of record for the convicted party. Before long Andy feels that the man was not guilty and sets out to find answers. He wants to know if the child dead or where he is now. The answers give no satisfaction and become dangerous. Marcus is called to defend Andy. A new trial is ordered for the convicted man. I highly recommend this book and series.

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THE STALKING GROUND By Margaret Mizushima


The second book continues the story of Mattie Cobb and Kobo, the K-9 dog. A missing person case Deputy Ken Brody’s girl friend is missing. The team begins to search for her but there are almost no clues of where she might be. An anonymous phone sends into the high country where they find the body. It is late and Brody leaves to bring the CSI team and supplies. Mattie and Kobo stayed with the body. An early snow fall arrives and the night is cold and long. The description is so accurate you are right there with Mattie and Kobo.
Dr. Walker leaves at once to take food, tents and other supplies. He arrives in time to help Mattie. I was engrossed that I read it in one sitting. The sheriff officers find the clue to the answer and headed to arrest the killer, only to learn Dr Walker has not returned from a visit to the ranch. The next book in the series will be published August 8 THE HUNTING HOUR.I HIGHLY recommend this book and series.

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THE BIG CHILI By Julia Buckley


The first book of the Undercover series. I enjoyed this author’s work and I went back and bought the earlier books. Lilah Drake has a secret business. She provides casseroles for hostesses who take credit for the dishes. She worked for her parents in real estate. Her home is a small cottage behind a mansion. She has a Labrador dog named Mike. She recovering from a disastrous love affair. Lilah provides the chili for her church bingo night. The speaker who welcomes the crowd takes one bite of the chili and falls over dead. Lilah smells the chili and knows that something has been added to it. She alerts the homicide detective but doesn’t tell him she cook the chili. Pet Brantley begs her to keep the secret. There are enough twists to the story that will keep you turning the pages. Delicious sounding recipes are included in the book. I highly recommend this book and series.

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A romantic suspense, it was written 1980. I didn’t realize that this author has a number of suspense novels. While it was well written and the narrative flow smoothly, I was disappointed it was very predictable. I knew before I was very far into the book it was written earlier than the current time by the many uses of cigarettes. The ending did give a small surprise that I was not expecting.
Kathy Ellison, a student, and daughter of a candidate for a Senate seat has moved into a boyfriend’s apartment. The election is closed and she must do nothing to interest the press. Whenever she has sex with her boyfriend she has dreams of another life. She will go into a trance and speak with a child’s voice and called the name Shari. Kathy is afraid of trains and a couple of times she almost committed suicide. What is happening? Is Kathi being processed by a spirit?

Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kensington Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

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Sunday Trees โ€“ 297


Seasons of the this tree. I have been able to find it name but lines the street in front of the building.







A flock of robins every year in the winter and spend around a week feeding on the berries. Leaving the trees bare for a new crop each year.

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If we were having Coffee/tea, I would tell you to come inside and select your drink from the hot or cold drinks here. I didn’t have time to bake a great as this has been a very stress week. Let us go set on the patio and we can exchange stories with everyone. The weather remains in the 90sยฐ Fahrenheit. There has been done wind but no storms. The rash on my arms is acting up again. So far the medicine is helping it. I have been reading a lot from my TBR pile and new favorites are being released.



The are is gearing up for this event, August 21. As Idaho is one of the areas that will experience experience totality, expecting around 500, 000. Nineteen counties will experience it. Ok hotel, motels, campgrounds and lots have been book for over a year. It will enter the United States on the Oregon Coast and move Easy leaving the county on the South Carolina south coast. It will enter Idaho at Weiser and I reach Boise around 11:20 AM MST. It won’t be a total eclipse here. The libraries will have free viewing glasses and we hope to get them. Traffic will be bad as he way for totality is by 2 lane highways which are often clog up. ย Have plenty of gas, food and water. This is the middle of the fire season so be prepared.




COLLAREDย by David Rosenfelt


THE STALKING GROUNDSย by Margaret Misushima

FIRE AND ASHESย by Elaine Viets

A TOAST TO MURDERย by Allyson K. Abbott


THE STEPCHILDย by Joanne Fluke


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