The Perfect Present for Mothers Who Love Mysteries

Only a few short weeks remain until Mother’s Day. Do you have a vague idea of what you’re going to give the mother(s) in your life or are you still clueless?

What better gift for mothers who love to relax with a good read than a book about the day?  Mother’s Day Murder (Lucy Stone, Book 15) one of Lesie Meier’s great creations would be a perfect choice.

Leslie’s main character Lucy Stone (named for a real life lady who was a leader in the cause for women’s rights) is a down to earth mother and now grandmother who works for the little local paper in the small Maine town where she resides.

The demands of keeping her family happy while holding down a job, being civically active, and solving murders mirrors the lives of most of we women of today. She’s fun, thoughtful, creative, and insightful. I’ve followed the Lucy Stone Series all the way through, watching her children mature and take off on lives of their own. I hope the series continues so we can see how Lucy evolves as she enters a new life stage.

Happy Mothers Day in advance to all My Readers!

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Book Review of Glow of Death, a Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery – By Jane K. Cleland

Cats, Books, Mystery Books,

Lecture
via Daily Prompt: Lecture

Perhaps I should attend a lecture on the proper way to review books – learning from the experiences of others is a valued way to improve one’s own talents. But just now I’m too busy reading books I love and hoping to share them with others who like the same kind of cozies I do. – In addition to my other personal and professional responsibilities.

So I hope that readers are ok for now with the fact that I share my honest impression of books with you- my online friends, in the same natural manner I would use with “in person” friends.

So here’s my review of  Glow of Death: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery (Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries): My latest favorite from Jane K. Cleland, set in my very favorite place to visit in person, Southern Coastal New England:

It took me a while to read this one. A bit longer than most cozies, it seems, but the plot held the reader’s interest the entire time.

A complex winding plot with some unexpected suspense at the end.   I must admit I got a little lost for a time, keeping track of characters and plot twists, but that was okay.

A tiffany lamp was the star of the story. I learned some details of how to tell a real one from a reproduction, but it does require an expert to be sure. If an item has enough value, people will find a way to accurately make copies.

This one was stolen, replaced with a fake, and Josie was challenged with finding the real one, and finding the murderer of the lady with whom she had met to appraise the lamp. Well, maybe. That’s all I’m saying

I learned a bit about tomato cultivation, as a side character did nothing but tend to her plants it seemed, each time Josie passed her home. It seemed a bit repetitive, but I would love the meet the character in person, very pleasant and a great sense of style.

Josie finds romance with her cop boyfriend who’s out of town assignment finally comes to an end and they can spend more time together. And Hank, the watch cat of Prescott Antiques gains a new friend.

If you find antiques fascinating, love cats, and the New England Coast, and appreciate an assortment of interesting characters, all entwined into a detailed plot you will enjoy this story.

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Book Review of X Marks the Scot by Kaitlyn Dunnett

X Marks the Scot (Liss MacCrimmon Mystery)

Liss Maccrimmon – Ruskin serves as the focus of this installment in the Liss MacCrimmon  Scottish Mystery Series. Liss is the proprietor of Moosetookalook Scottish Emporium, a business started by her father and Aunt Margaret in the nineteen fifties.

A trip to Canada with Liss’ Aunt Margaret, the discovery of a dead body and several break-ins pepper the pursuit of the map’s significance. It’s at first not apparent whether the events are related to the map or not, but it soon becomes clear that others are aware of the treasure map as well.

A Shirley Temple lookalike and professed scholar, Benny Beamer, who is seeking material for the historical publication she is planning to further her career plays prominently in the tale as do those involved with The Chadwick Mansion, the estate where Liss believes the treasure map leads.

The antics of Lumpkin and Glenora, Liss’ cats, and Dandi and Dondi, Aunt Margaret’s Scottish Terriers (what else!) entertain animal loving readers like myself. And then there’s the attraction of Liss’s handsome husband Dan who, in addition to assisting his family’s businesses, Ruskin Construction, and The Spruces, a historic hotel his father restored and reopened, is a craftsman who creates specialty “puzzle tables”.

Liss’ friend Sherri Campbell, the local Chief of Police, as always assists in solving the mystery and strives to keep Liss safe, but in the end, Liss takes a risk and confronts her suspect, making for a suspenseful conclusion to the story. Will Liss survive this confrontation? Read and see.

A subplot has Liss worried about why her aging parents are returning to Maine after many years of living in Arizona.

Kaitly Dunnett is one of my very favorite creators of cozies. The style and characterization of this series has always resonated with me. It’s been very inspirational in the composition of my own cozy mystery manuscript, Black Cats, Schemes, and Childhood Dreams, which is nearing completion.

I highly recommend  X Marks the Scot and all the earlier works in the series.

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X Marks the Scot (Liss MacCrimmon Mystery)

Kilt Dead

Scone Cold Dead

A Wee Christmas Homicide

The Corpse Wore Tartan

Scotched

Bagpipes, Brides, and Homicides

Vampires, Bones, and Treacle Scones

Ho-Ho-Homicide

The Scottie Barked at Midnight

Kilt at the Highland Games

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X Marks the Scot (Liss MacCrimmon Mystery)

Ornaments of Death by Jane K. Cleland

Ornaments of Death: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery (Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries)

This book has been around awhile, but especially at the Holidays, it’s always great to revisit favorite stories. And favorite places too. Rocky Point is a fictional town in the real setting of Seacoast Region New Hampshire.

Southern Maine and Seacoast New Hampshire towns and beaches have been the setting for many of my New England escapes, and I love them dearly.

In this story, a visit from a newly discovered distant relative is in order for Josie Prescott, owner of Prescott’s Antiques a prestigious auction house. His visit coinsides with the holiday party planning of Josie and her small trusted staff.

The suspenseful events regarding the theft of an antique, the disappearance of her newfound family member and the interest added by Hank, Josie’s captivating cat make for a memorable holiday season.

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Ornaments of Death: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery (Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries)

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Book Review of The Turkey Trot Murders by Leslie Meier

Turkey Trot Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery)
Longing for a new book by Leslie Meier, one of my very favorite mystery writers, I was thankful to discover The Turkey Trot Murders, Leslie’s latest creation. For those not familiar with the long-running Lucy Stone series, each story’s theme is centered upon a holiday, this one obviously occurring in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, the very time I was reading it, but the books are great reads anytime, not simply at the holiday time of the featured theme.

Tinker’s Cove, Maine is a busy little burg. Lucy Stone, the featured character covers the happenings, including local festivals and frequent murders as reporter for The Pennysaver, the town’s paper.

We loyal readers have watched Lucy and Bill’s children grow up. Now their nest is nearly empty as youngest daughter Zoe has entered college.

In The Turkey Trot Murders, they face the prospect of spending Thanksgiving alone as Zoe has out of town plans for the holiday. Lucy is in training for The Turkey Trot, the Tinker’s Cove annual marathon.

As expected Lucy discovers a body, and proceeds to theorize about the nature of the death. The heroin epidemic which is a real life problem just now plays prominently in the plot. Most impressive however, are the parallels between the personality traits of some of the characters and the family structure of a prominent political figure (I won’t mention any names).

    The Turkey Trot Murders  is another heartwarming Lucy Stone mystery – tragedy with a positive tone-typical of a quality cozy.

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 Turkey Trot Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery)

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