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Excellent writing takes you to a time in history when women were beginning to have careers and enjoying the freedoms of the 1920's. Looking forward to more adventures with these couples, both the humans and the cats.
This 4 story set was an easy read. The descriptions of flights in the early open planes were great! An independent young woman ahead of her time and standing up for herself against financial bad times made a pleasing main character. Some of the detective skills may have been a little more modern than of that time, but they added to the validity of the stories' conclusions. The cats were great and I would have liked a little more of their "magical" qualities.
I loved three of the stories but I didn't like A CHRISTMAS FERAL very much. Other than having Tatania using magic and an extremely brief inclusion of Jack and Grace, having Dicken's wonderful story altered in order to try and make it fit into the overall storyline seemed both forced and e other three books were thoroughly enjoyable and I found them to be fast-paced, light, quick and warmhearted. Jack and Grace (and Tatania and Zeus, the magical, completely adorable cats) were extremely lovable characters with well-developed, three-dimensional personalities. The dialogues were crisp, sparkling, and authentic to the time period. (I'm quite well-versed in history but I hadn't known that many buildings had separate doors for men and women so learning about that was a real surprise.) I was really captivated by the marvelous imagery which made it very easy for me to immerse myself in the story. These books gave me a lot of smiles.Overall, this boxed set is a wonderful series that I am very glad that I read. I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes detective stories with romance, fantasy, and pussycats thrown in.
IN 1920, DEBUTANTE GRACE HAS FINISHED ALL HER SCHOOLING & IS BACK FROM FRANCE. SHE'S LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING HER OWN PERSON, SO TO SPEAK. ON THE TRAIN TO MEET HER GUARDIAN, SHE MEETS HANDSOME PINKERTON DETECTIVE JACK & HIS CAT TATANIA. HE'S A DASHING DAREDEVIL BIPLANE PILOT & SHE (THE CAT) IS MAGICAL. GRACE'S BELOVED UNCLE IS FOUND DEAD IN UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES & HER INHERITANCE IS MISSING. WE FOLLOW GRACE'S JOURNEY TO MAKING A FULFILLING LIFE DURING THE UPHEAVAL OF CLASS & GENDER. THIS WAS AN INTERESTING BOOK. I REALLY ENJOYED IT. I LIKED THE FAST WITTY CONVERSATIONS. BEE'S KNEES.
Really enjoyed these stories. I'm a big fan of almost anything with cats, so I'm glad tthews' stories lived up to my expectations. I'm a fan of Shirley Rousseau Murphy's Joe Grey series and Carole Nelson Douglas' Midnight Louie series. Mary Matthews has created a new favorite for me, albeit a lot more on the light side. I'm planning to follow this series.
I could not put the Kindle down, and enjoyed every minute of it. I loved the way the author wrapped every thingup in the end and did not leave loose ends, and unanswered questions. Can't wait for the next books.
This Amish novel was different in that it was more focused on Kate, an Englisher, whereas most Amish stories revolve around the Amish themselves. The story held my attention and I couldn't wait for the conclusion!
Gertrude. She's the kind of character that makes you think "Seriously? How could someone act like that!?" And then a trip to Wal-Mart makes you realize how many "Gertrude's" there are in life. ;-) Okay, that was a bit tongue in cheek but Gertrude is the kind of character that we all secretly want to be I think - someone who does and thinks and says exactly what she means!Gertrude, in case you haven't met her before, is a geriatric cat-lady who lives in a trailer piled high with "stuff" (yes, she's a hoarder too). She decides one day to solve a mystery that the police seem to be ignoring (that's in the first book) and then ultimately decides that she's pretty good at this detective thing and starts her own business, although it's a bit before someone actually hires her to solve anything!Gertrude is a character I enjoy reading about. What I love most about this box set is that each story is short. Getting three helps lengthen the reading enjoyment! If you haven't met Gertrude yet, I highly recommend you do so!
In Introducing Gertrude, Gumshoe we meet Gertrude (Gert to her friends) a disabled cat lady whose a bit of a curmudgeon. After taking a count of her cats she discovers one has escaped her trailer and sets out with her walker to find Tornado (the missing cat). A woman and her two young children have recently moved into one of the trailers and it is here she discovers Tornado. Only the kids aren’t at school and their mother is missing. What began as a quest to find their mom soon leads to a murder mystery. The cops dismiss, Gertrude’s investigative skills and encourage her to go home, but she has evidence and sets out to save others and catch a killer! Oh lord, Gert is an absolute hoot. Rude, surly, and apt to say whatever pops out of her mouth, I couldn’t help but laugh at her over the top antics. I wouldn’t call her lovable but she is entertaining. She gains help from the disability van service, a friend and even enlists her reluctant neighbor Old Man Crow. Humor, a little suspense and Gertrude’s over the top mannerisms, conversations, and actions made this a quick fun rtrude is back in Gertrude, Gumshoe: Murder at Goodwill. Needing to get her Christmas shopping done, she calls the van and gets a ride to the local Goodwill. It’s Saturday and quite crowded. After rummaging through the children’s section she heads off to the perfume section where she makes a ghastly discovery. She discovers the body of a dead woman and the ugliest green lamp she has ever seen. She lets out a scream and is soon discovered by employees. She turns to tell them she simply found the body and that quick the lamp disappears. Hale the local handsome detective is shocked to find Gert at another murder scene and angers Gert when he isn’t upset about the missing lamp. Once again Gert beings investigating, even going to so far as to secure a job at Goodwill. A burglary, boobytraps, and trouble insue as Gert and her reluctant neighbor investigate. For me, this was a stronger story and I enjoyed seeing familiar characters. This was a quick, funny, and clever case that I quite ain we see a tie-in from a former character in Gertrude, Gumshoe and the VardSale Villain. In the first story, we met Andy a janitor who works at Private Eyes (a dance club) His girlfriend is missing and Gertrude has her first paying customer. Thanks to a calendar she learns Samantha Cooper was met by a seller from a wildly popular site called Vardsale. She enlists the help of Calvin (Old Man Crow) since she needs A. his computer and B. a ride. Gertrude’s investigations have her meeting sellers, gathers clues and getting herself in trouble. Hilarious, and daring Merrill delivered another interesting case.
I read these books individually, and quickly added to my list of Emily James cozy mysteries. These stories include strong plots, fascinating and realistic characters, interesting settings, and lots of great humor to set the pace. The romance element is very well done and kept me reading from book to book. Here are my brief reviews from this set of three:A Sticky Inheritance (#1)I purchased this book because of a review by fellow author, Janet Sketchley, and I'm glad I did. It's the story of Nicole Fitzhenry-Dawes, who finds herself in a quaint Northern Michigan town as new owner of a maple syrup business. Nicole is a lawyer, but she's not happy about it. Her parents, also lawyers, demand perfection, and she is far from perfect. In fact, she is klutzy. I love that about her. A big city girl in a small town, trying to figure out who murdered her favorite uncle, the only one who ever understood her or took time for e mood of the book is lightened by humor, but the plot is intense, as cozy mysteries go, and carries the reader on to the very end when the mystery is finally of the best things about this book/series is that it's a clean read. Thanks, Emily James.Bushwacked (#2)I really enjoyed this second installment of the Maple Syrup mystery series by Emily James. She follows through with good character and story arcs that keep a serial reader most Sleighed (#3)Continued good writing with excellent follow-through of characters and series arcs.
If possible, the second book in this series is better than the first! So many subplots swirling around, murders, missing dogs, entangled relationships. I really like the main character of Nicole. She is intelligent when it comes to crime solving, but very dense when it comes to relationships. So much angst could be eliminated if only she would just ask the right question. To show how much I like this series, I read both books in 12 hours! Now on to read book 3 & the prequel!OMG! This series keeps getting better & better with each book! There is suspense, romance, & a great story line. I had a very hard time putting it down, the plot twists kept me turning the pages non-stop! Can't wait for book 4.
I have really enjoyed these books. I’ve read the first book in many series but many times never make it to the second. If the holidays had not slowed me down I would be ready for number 8 of The Maple Syrup Mysteries. I love Nicole and her interaction between her parents. The mysteries in each book are well developed. The problems she encounters with her life and relationships keep me reading. If you try these first 3, I’m sure you’ll continue reading the next 5.
I found this series quite by accident while searching for something to read with my Kindle Unlimited subscription. So glad I did! I am now binge reading the entire series...and enjoying every minute. A well-written cozy series with likeable characters that I highly recommend to fans of the cozy genre.
My wife and I have both read all of the available Maple Syrup Mysteries. We've enjoyed these fun and well-plotted stories because Emily James has created a realistic heroine in a small-town community like ours facing the pressures to succeed as and outsider as well as those coming from her big city family. If you're looking for clever, friendly stories that develop the characters and story lines well, we enthusiastically recommend the whole series. You won't easily solve the mysteries early and will enjoy the ride on the way to the resolution.
Emily James has written a delightful and suspenseful mystery series. The Maple Syrup Mysteries is a fresh series that allows the main character to evolve instead of doing the same thing book after e series takes place in a cozy tourist town. The descriptions make me want to visit and the people feel like family and friends.I highly recommend The Maple Syrup Mysteries series.
Fun reads with a feisty, flawed main character (who can relate to that?), and a great setting. The stories are entertaining, but touch on important matters of who we are, where our values lie, and the choices we're going to make for our lives. I have loved, loved loved these books!
I love this series! Not only is the mystery excellent, but I learn A LOT from these books. I enjoy learning while reading for pleasure. The characters are very likable and the stories change from book to book. Some series, I can’t tell you what happened in each book because they all start to sound the same. But this series isn’t like the others! Highly recommended!
I have been enjoying these books. They presented information about a subject I knew very little about and I liked learning about an area of the country. The main thing I did not like was how much she referred to what her parents would think.
Lots of suspense, plenty of good guys and bad guys and, in some cases, almost impossible to determine which is which. Not too gory and just enough romance to keep it intriguing. Burnside is an interesting, easy to like character, so you will be rooting for him early on in the story. Well written and USC fans will love it.
After reading three of Chill’s stories back to back to back, I have a frim feeling for Detective Burnside and his environment. I liked the reprisal of the Hard-Boiled Detective, and needed constant reminder that he was not Humphrey Bogart. Casting Burnside as a former Football safety is clever and allows him to deal with his foes as he deems proper. Although I will take a break, I am certain I will revisit David Chill and his protagonist.
Excellent mystery series! Thoroughly enjoyed P.I. Burnside. He's a kick. Good plots. I even figured out who the bad guy was in the second book.Lots of suspense and great action. Often times the free books on "Bookbub" are not interesting - these are!
Excellent! Highly agree with comment about so good to read real life stories that can definitely relate to without being full of sex and foul language!! It was good.
Good entertainment. Like that each book briefly recaps the previous books to give you a sense of the characters as the reader begins the new investigation. It makes one want to read the previous books, although it is not necessary to do so as each book can stand alone. I love the way one can identify with the life of the characters.
Totally feel in love with Chloe; the girls Josie and Suzy; animal loving detectives. I think the idea of a doggy hotel is perfect, such good treatment while boarding dogs. Probably cleaner than some people's houses!. Great mystery solved, really keep me going to the e Case of the Brokenhearted Bulldog is next.
When I first started this book I really didn't like it. There was a murder and somehow it was so light hearted. But I had bought the series because lately I've been doing that as my bank has a limit to the number of transactions I can do in one day. I was just going to give up on the whole series and read it last on my list. Instead I decided to skip a couple of chapters. Well, turns out I really like this stead of flip I've decided that the characters are pretty funny. They are in general light hearted but it turns out for me at least that they are not this in a bad way, just kind of a funny way. I'm on the 4th book of the series now (the Dandie Dinmont) and I still like the series but all the constant talking about food is getting to be too much. If they are going to talk about food that much they should be a foodie book like the Hannah Swenson books and give the general they are a fun read, I haven't truly guessed whodunit, although I've had my suspicions.
Co-Owners of the Doggy Inn are enjoying the first day of fishing when they see a puppy swimming desperately towards their boat. After saving the Australian Shepard, they continue fishing until, Josie, the Vet. pulls up a dead body swimming in maple syrup? Quickly they realize the Shepard and the man wee a zy and Josie have a liking to solve mysteries and this is one case to is book is a true cozy murder mystery and I look forward to reading the other titles in the series.
Suzy & Josie own a dog boarding & vet clinic. They find a puppy and a dead man and the mystery unfolds. There are some twists but it is a pretty calm mystery (not scary or descriptive). I really enjoyed it and it had a good pace. I especially enjoyed having the story take place in the beautiful 1000 Islands.
Really enjoyed it! Love books with dogs prominently featured and this delivered. The main characters are fun, funny and relatable. It's a light, easy read. It is a murder mystery but it's not dark or offensive. I'll definitely read the rest of the series.
26 letters in the alphabet. 26 mysteries to be solved. Once again BR delivers a well crafted story with two witty heroines who have a knack for sleuthing. Plenty of twists, doggies galore, all taking place in the Thousand Islands.
I really enjoyed this first in the Thousand Islands Doggy Inn Mysteries. I don't know why I haven't seen this series before as I am a huge dog lover. I have already downloaded the second in the series.
Cozy Mystery that flows well. Good well developed main characters who are easy to like. There are several dogs in the story all with different loveable traits.
This book can't decide if it wants to be a police procedural, a Harlequin romance, or a Stephen King horror story. The writing is startlingly uneven and riddled with factual errors. It goes along like a perfectly decent murder mystery for a time, but then you hit some jarring error like the tide going out when it needed to be coming in (to cut off access to the tidal island); or the attraction between the two lead characters veers off into ridiculous internal dialogue or bodice-ripping action; or a seemingly decent, sympathetic character is revealed to be a drug-using Satan-worshipper. I began to wonder whether three different authors had alternated sections, challenging each other to find a way to continue the narrative after ever-more-bizarre plot turns. The plot becomes progressively more preposterous as it goes along, generating lots of eye-rolling on the part of this reader, and culminates in a cartoon-ish last-second rescue (on a dark and stormy night!). The mystery is that whole sections are written quite competently, and I have to think that with the help of a good editor, this could have been a dramatically better book.
Holy Island is a well written mystery thriller set on a picturesque British Isle. In fact the author describes the setting so well it made me want to visit there, and I actually looked up the place, called Lindisfarne to see if it really existed. (It does).My only real beef with the book is, well, the beef - in the form of Detective Chief Inspector Maxwell Ryan. The aforementioned DCI Ryan has his own series and this is my very first time delving into it. It quickly becomes very obvious this was written by a woman, with visions of seduction by the world's handsomest detective. DCI Ryan, supposedly also one of the world's greatest detectives, throws every caution to the wind and falls madly for one of the women involved in a series of murders on the tiny island, and this is where I was let down. All appearances of professionalism vanish the second he lays eyes on Anna. If a detective in the real world acted this way he wouldn't be a detective very long and there wouldn't be a series of books. In the process he also overlooks several obvious clues and fails to follow up on obvious details and events. Perhaps due to his distraction?And since everyone likes to nitpick: 'mini' means anything small - like a mini skirt. 'Mini' as used in this book is a brand of car owned by BMW and must be capitalized - something the author failed to do throughout the book for some strange any case, if you can overlook the over the top hyper masculinity, which I thought went out with the bodice ripping women's novels of past decades (and apparently most women can overlook it considering the author's popularity), then it's a pretty good mystery thriller, told rather beautifully. And the twist at the end is completely unexpected, not to mention shocking.
What a pity this author doesn't get a decent editor. She clearly has talent, which is being wasted writing this kind of rubbish. Developed better as a detective murder mystery it could have been OK - but this is a fruit salad of murder/romantic rubbish/horror. It all gets a bit much when almost every character turns out to be weird and sinister. The two main protagonists are (so ho-hum predictably) absolutely gorgeous (but naturally not vain) and want to rip each other's clothes off from the start. Even after seeing badly disfigured bodies their libido cannot be suppressed. They are both a pain in the butt.I would also seriously suggest that the author take some time to research the differences between the words "which" and "that", and that she tries to get over her obvious fetish for the former, WHICH she applies with abandon and very little discernment.Unfortunately I downloaded three of her books. This is the he first I have read, so I will just have to hope that she took some of her reviews to heart and improved her work before she wrote the next two books.
I hate cliffhangers! And, on top of that, this book as a LOT of problems... one of them being it's too damned long with lots of needless filler and disjointed scenes. Another is that there's very little in the way of a recognizable e run-in for this book says it's an "AMAZON UK NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER" and "Holy Island is a blockbuster." Who in their right minds endorsed this book? An author who can't do the simple research to determine that the tide has to be HIGH to cover a causeway and repeatedly gets such a simple fact wrong certainly doesn't deserve such accolades...In the end I'm very, very glad I subscribe to Kindle Unlimited because I would have been extremely unhappy if I'd paid even 99 cents for this! And yes, I actually DID [email protected]#$%! only to be highly annoyed by the stupid cliffhanger. Sigh, sometimes I'm a glutton for punishment...
Started out well, with a ritual killing on an island off Northumberland, but the characters had the depth of crepes. The author did a good job of conveying what it's like to live on an island and describing the relationships between different strata of society, but what comes out of the characters mouths is flat at best. Feelings, even when expressed, sound suppressed beyond even British reticence. Author has potential but needs coaching or mentoring to create fully realized characters. I know she sells a lot of books.... but she could reach a larger audience by beefing up her characters.
Is all the gushing reviews. This is primarily a "bodice-ripping" sort of tale with a hulking, boorlishly unlikable hero and a feisty heroine. Their first meetings are laughably combative and near juvenile. Ditto for the amateurish dialogue and style of writing. And as to the crimes - when I encountered the oh-so-overdone evil devil worshippers, I tossed this one aside.
I am a long time mystery reader, but this book like many current mysteries wasn't worth the money. I look for good character development and a good sense of place. This story had neither. The attempts at twists were weak and the ugliness of serial murders holds no interest to me. I didn't finish the book.
This is a good read with some surprises and interesting characters. Took me a while to get into it but was hooked about halfway e North East of England has become a hotbed of Crime Writing with authors such as Ann Cleeves (Vera stories), Mari Hannah and Howard Linskey. A bit like "Nordic Noir" but in England instead of rthumbria is a beautiful area with amazing places such as Holy Island the location of this book. Over a thousand years of history from the Romans, through Venerable Bede to the present day can be found in places such as Hadrians Wall (inspiration for the wall in Game of Thrones) Lindisfarne and Durham Cathedral.I recommend reading "The King of the North" by Max Adams as a way to get a sense of the history. Also the central character in Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Chronicles comes from Bamburgh Castle.
She has got talent. IF you don't mind 6 to 8 fbombs, and two good swipes at Christian faith, she is a darn good writer. I simply will not continue to try to skim past filthy language, or shots taken at my faith anymore. Otherwise, her character development for a beginning author was well above par, editing was pretty good, pace pretty good, suspense needed work, but wasn't telegraphed to bad. Has some light but nicely delivered humor. The romance in it was done quite good, in that she was able to convey the passion beautifully, without writing a porn novel. The interaction between the male and female leads was so well done my only complaint is I wish there was more.
I love Dianne Harman's books and have read many of them. This is my favorite! It's a great start to a wonderful new series with likable characters. The chemistry between them--human and canine, alike--is heartwarming. There's a great setting, good food, and an intriguing mystery. It's all well-written and not to be put down.
I really enjoyed this new book. The conversations flowed well and Bainbridge Island sounds wonderful. I like they way Ms. Harman gives us strong, believable female characters. I like that the cozy mysteries are quick reads, but have a good story. The clues lead you on, as there is usually a twist in the end. I am looking forward to more of this new series. I have read all and enjoyed all. Grab a copy, settle in, an enjoy!
I live in eastern Washington so I really enjoyed your book about a places I'd like to visit more. Thanks for another great book, I've read all of your books & I've enjoyed them ,at least the cozy ones. I readed the coyote series but didn't enjoy them as much they were a little to deep & different for my liking. But thanks for your hard work.
This is a very nice story about a woman who tries to start a new life after getting divorced. After deciding to start a business things become very complicated when a client is murdered. The plot is actually pretty good but the story to reveal the plot is simplistic.
This was exciting! A divorce, then a move, a new business, then murder, a new dog, life on an island and a ferry boat ride to get to Seattle, romance. Then a happy ending, it's what happens in between all of the above that makes it a good cozy reader!
An art gallery owner is murdered and there are several potential murderers with different reasons for considering murder. The main character is a caterer who is searching for the truth as she is considered a potential suspect as she catered a meal during the time of death, maybe the victim was poisoned. A quick, easy read and delicious looking recipes at the end.
Dianne Hartman has done it again. I'm loving this new series as much as I love her others. The setting is great and the characters are awesome. Can't wait to see what happens in the next book.
This author's writing was parochial I thought. Almost like this was the first or maybe second book she wrote. You could almost tell the ending before you were very far into the book.
I really enjoy these stories the settings, Grace, Jack, and of course their feline protectors. These are barely 4 due to the numerous editorial problems. In addition to words missing or incorrect, there are several times where the same thoughts or statements are repeated within a few pages. It did not seem to have a purpose and often became somewhat confusing. HOWEVER, the stories ARE fun and worth this challenge. I hope that you continue to write Mary. Perhaps finding Beta readers before releasing your stories would help. I feel like I know your characters, the times, and their surroundings, and I look forward to seeing more of them in the future!☺ (If Amazon had 1/4 stars, I rate these at 3.5 or 3.75.)
I thought he did a good job and had continuity from book to book. Like authors who keep the "food guy" going in a series....Harry's a good guy!I've recommended his books to several friends who read "solve it stuff".
Absolutely great books. Well developed characters, great plot development, and detective and police methods obviously carefully researched. Have already purchased the second box set as has a close friend of mine and will continue to follow Harry Starke as his adventures continue. I am a devoted fan of David Baldacci, Lee Child, Mark Dawson and Brad Thor and now also Blair Howard.
Kind of a beatnik type of reading - rather silly and a lot of rambling around. The gatos could take a better lead than the lead characters. I didn't read them all as I lost interest in how the characters were very uninteresting - no intrigue.