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.

TTT: Due in 2016

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t. Since that didn’t really happen to me, I’m doing a similar topic that I missed a few weeks back: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016.

  1. The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde by Shannon and Dean Hale, and LeUyen Pham.
    Expected publication: February 9th 2016.
    Sweet Potato loves this series, so I’ve pre-ordered a copy as a Valentine’s Day gift for her.
  2. Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke.
    Expected publication: February 23rd 2016.
    Will Hannah Swensen’s love life finally move forward?!? I’m #19 on my library’s hold list, but they have 10 copies, so it shouldn’t be too long of a wait.
  3. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro.
    Expected publication: March 1st 2016.
    YA Holmes and Watson? Please, and thank you. I was lucky enough to win an Advanced Reader’s Edition from Harper Teen via Goodreads! Review closer to the release date.
  4. Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston.
    Expected publication: March 15th 2016.
    A YA re-telling of Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale! I’m #3 on my library’s hold list, but they have 5 copies, so I should get it right away.
  5. Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins.
    Expected publication: April 12th 2016.
    I loved the first two books in the Rebel Belle series, so I’m excited to be  #1 on my library’s hold list!
  6. Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle.
    Expected publication: May 3rd 2016.
    Sweet Potato loves Molly Idle’s illustrations. 🙂
  7. Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick.
    Expected publication: May 10th 2016.
    Quick’s The Silver Linings Playbook and Sorta Like a Rock Star were awesome. My library doesn’t have a copy in their system yet, but I’m stalking the website!
  8. Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley
    Expected publication: June 14th 2016.
    The Rook was amazing, so I pre-ordered this one on June 15, 2015. The expected publication date keeps changing! :/
  9. The Fever Code by James Dashner.
    Expected publication: September 27th 2016.
    A prequel to The Maze Runner. I’m hoping for lots of my book boyfriend, Minho.
  10. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies film.
    Expected release: February 5th 2016.
    Exactly what it sounds like. I read the book years back and found it silly. However, I think it will make for a fun film. Plus, Matt Smith!

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