The is the second book in this series and Hayley Randolph is the same self-center, flighty person. Her worries concern the latest designer purse, the body found at the department store, her Mother’s long ago beauty contest, which clothes to wear for an event, and which of her boyfriends is the one for her. She has to lead a privileged life. Hayley showing the new hires discovers a body behind Holts. Between worrying about getting the purse Hayley does some exploring about the subject matter. The author has tied up all the different ends before the book ends I recommend the book for light chit-lit reading. 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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Charity Penn is starting to make a life in Camellia Beach in the second book in the second book. She is settling into her inherited chocolate shop. Penn has organized a Music Festival which will feature a leading rock star, Bixby Lewis. One of the band members is found murder on the beach. While Penn is searching for a replacement act she learns secrets of her various friends and the band. Bixby hears a song he wants to buy. Penn is still searching for clues to her Mother’s identity. The tale so will take several turns as Penn uncovers answers that will help satisfy her concerns before she forfeits her life. Chocolate recipes are included. I highly recommend this book

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

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DEAD WITH WIND By Mirandina James


Dead with the Wind

I have long been a fan of Miranda James books and found the second book of the Southern Ladies book to be as good as the his other work. The Ducote Ladies along with their ward and animal friends are in Louisiana for a relative’s wedding. There they find emotions running high that concern nothing with wedding. A storm occurs and the winds are high and sweeps the bride off the porch killing her. This book has enough turns and twists that it is hard to turn the pages fast enough. The ending will surprise you.

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Summer Flowers


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MURDER, STAGE LEFT By Robert Goldsborough



I have been a fan of Nero Wolfe books for over fifty years. I have all of those by Rex Stout many times. I have read some the books by Robert Goldsborough and I like his rendition of the characters. He has caught their essence and is expanding their development. Nero is coveting a rare orchid and sends Archie undercover in order to earn a plant. At the end of Archie’s first day, there is a murdered man. Now Nero must contend with Inspector Cramer and the news media as the composite drawing of the mystery man is Archie. Of course, Nero calls in Saul to take Archie’s place. Will Wolfe solved the case to earn that orchid. I like the ending. I highly recommend this book.

Disclosure: I received a free copy from Open Roads Integrated 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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The WISE Enquiries Agency 4th book is another nifty mystery. The Agency consists of 5 women of various backgrounds of all walks of life. They have banded together to investigate crimes that police are unable to handle. Three of the women are concern that Annie may be involved with a serial wife killer. They set out to find out all the information about her suitor. This plot is set against a background of the annual croquet tournament held at the Chellingworth, the home of the Duke of Twyst. The grounds of where the tournament bare to be held suddenly has a mole problem. At a tea at the estate, many guests come down with stomach upsets. The next day, a much loved retired physician is found poison. The WISE women need to locate answers for the stomach upsets, the moles destroying the croquet grounds and letting Annie know about her suitor. Christine and Alexander are in Ireland at her family home. They find a problem of bootlegging potcheen(beer) at the manor. Christine asked WISE woman to help find the background of the residents of the area. This story makes an interesting read and found it difficult to stop reading until I finished. The earlier books of this series are on my TBR list. I highly recommend this book and series.

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

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The first book in the Ditie Brown series and a new author for me. It is character driven and I fill in love with the characters immediately. Pediatrician Mabel Aphrodite Brown aka as Ditie Brown is working at a refugee clinic in Atlanta, Georgia when Ellie Winston asked her to watch her children, Lucie and Jason for the weekend. Ditie agree at once and was looking forward to the weekend. Late the evening Ditie is awoken by a police  homicide detective who informs her that they have found Ellie shot dead and left a on the street. Someone is stalking Ditie and the children and it is necessary to move the children as the stalker find the new location. Ditie is added by her French friend Lurleen. The detective, Mason Garrett becomes a friend. He hires Dan, PI to protect Ditie, Lucie and Jason. The story takes several turns for the children safety and adds new individuals in the process.  A couple of romances occur. Who is stalking the children and what do they want? Is someone given the Stalker information? I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. Family-friendly recipes are included.

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Water is every where


Water is one of things need for life to exist,the other are shelter, food and air. It occurs many places ocean, water falls, lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams

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A WRINKLE IN THYME release date August 10


The first book of a new series from an author I enjoy. It is an easy read and the writing flows smoothly. However, I never attached to the characters. I didn't think much of the protagonist, Sadie Coleman. I felt she cross the line when she went peeking into places.
Sadie is visiting a town in Vermont and sees a grist mill which she is able to buy. It was a pub and she added special cocktail drinks and literary sections so book clubs can meet and discuss books. Her ex-boyfriend comes to town and is murder. Sadie has an alibi and she hears nothing from the police.  Sadie is being dazzled by someone. She decides she must find the guilty party before her new life becomes broken. The ending is unusual and creative. I recommend this book.

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Various Great-horned Owls


Great-horned owl
Great-horned owl – Pahranagat NWR
Fledglings Great-horned owls – California
Great-horned owl
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