Mini Reviews (12) – More Cozies

Dishing the Dirt by M. C. Beaton
⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Fairly typical Agatha Raisin mystery. Rather rambling and random, with a few bright moments (Agatha’s and the villagers’ response to Mrs. Bloxby’s birthday was sweet).

Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
⭐ ⭐
Awful! First, Hannah is a complete pushover for her b*tch of a mom. Then, she doesn’t question her fiancé’s finances, even though she’s concerned. Finally, her complete ineptitude with technology is grating, in the extreme. Why is that part of Hannah’s personality? I understand that some people struggle with tech, but she can’t do things that my kids can do (like record and watch a tv show). Oh, and she’s saved by an urban legend. Look that sh*t up.

A Bed of Scorpions by Judith Flanders
⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Same problems as A Murder of Magpies – confused mystery and a lack of cohesion between the title and the story. Same strength as well – Sam Clair is a terrific character! Her snark is delightful!

Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
As a Regency mystery / romance, with some magic thrown in, I enjoyed this. If it had been another author, I might’ve enjoyed it enough to rate it 4 stars. However, this is Garth Nix, author of the sublime Abhorsen series, so I my expectations were higher (and this didn’t quite live up).

Death Comes to the Village by Catherine Lloyd
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Excellent Regency era cozy. This was a slow burner that took awhile to get going, but the last few chapters were riveting. Major Kurland and Lucy Harrington are wonderful, fully developed characters. I loved that Lucy was a little headstrong, getting herself into some dangerous situations, but she wasn’t completely reckless and stupid like some cozy heroines I could name.

Wordsmitten Wednesday: A Bed of Scorpions


I liked dealing with paper, but only, I now realized, because books are magic. A book works if it means something to the reader. It doesn’t matter if what it means to the reader isn’t what the author intended, or even if it directly contradicts what the author intended. If it speaks to the reader, then it works; if it doesn’t, it’s dead.
― Judith Flanders, A Bed of Scorpions