Featured Quotes from Authors and Books

What’s past is prologue – William Shakespeare in The Tempest

This quote was included in the book I’m reviewing next: Angel’s Share – the latest Ellen Crosby Wine Country Mystery.

Crabapples are blooming – we hope winter is behind us. We wish the pandemic was.

But Shakespeare – or Francis Bacon – whatever one believes about this controversy – is correct.

We do seem doomed to repeat past mistakes – but also to be reassured by the fact that the season -, or perhaps even polyester leisure suits – will inevitably return to reassure or haunt us.

Escape-Hatch Novels for Current Times — Books for Animal Lovers

Cats, Books, Mystery Books,

First we have a pandemic. Then along comes a nationwide protest over a heinous act, the protests being usurped by rioters. We need a portal into a world of peace, a portal that, unfortunately, doesn’t exist. What we do have, however, is the escape-hatch novel. The escape-hatch novel has no room for serial murderers lurking […]

Escape-Hatch Novels for Current Times — Books for Animal Lovers

Ran across this great list of cozies featuring animals – those soothing creatures that help us endure stress best. Hope you enjoy – Penny Here’s the link for Animal Lover Books the source blog.

Book Review of The Tenant by Katrine Engberg

The novel The Tenant by Katrine Engberg is a superlative literary mystery set in Denmark. It’s more on the dark side than I usually like to read, but the beautifully detailed wording of the first pages drew me in.

I continued to read through a scene that, though not overly gruesome, creeped me out a bit. The literary style of writing never let me down, however, as I read on.

An elderly gentleman literally stumbled upon his neighbor’s body and there began the mystery. A pair of Copenhagen police detectives are saddled with the task of unraveling the relationships between the disparate personalities who inhabit an apartment building and their landlady.

Truth and fiction are intertwined in this suspenseful, emotion stirring thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

We are lucky that Katrine Engberg left the performance entertainment world to captivate us with her word artistry.

Amish fiction isn’t my favorite, so I haven’t read Criminally Cocoa, but Amanda Flower is a great, highly talented author. Discovered this Easter related title in her candy shop mystery series. If you love Amish fiction, I highly recommend any series by Amanda.

I do wish she would bring back her original non-Amish series set in an Ohio college town. But this Easter tale should be entertaining.

With a spotted pig, a chocolate bunny, the New York City skyline on the cover, I imagine this is quite a story.

Book Review of Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie Meier

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I read Easter Bunny Murder many years ago, but the mostly holiday based Lucy Stone Mysteries by Leslie Meier are features of every special season. These lovely cozies are comforting traditions to re-read any time of the year, whether borrowed from the library or purchased to keep and treasure. I picked up a paperback version of this one at a used book store recently.

A man dressed as the Easter Bunny really is murdered in this tale. The killing takes place at a planned community Easter egg hunt on a posh estate on the Maine Coast.

The victim’s grandmother has been changing her habits and main character Lucy wonders if her behavior and that of her heirs has anything to do with the murder.

Lucy, a middle aged writer for a small town in Maine’s weekly newspaper, married to a carpenter, and with four children, must take care of herself and her family as she tries to trace the killer’s identity from a “basket of suspects”. Will she identify him or her in time to save future victims – and herself – from his – or her – wrath?

I know, it sounds like a tragic scene. A murder at an Easter event for children. But we know it’s fiction and the story is so enchantingly written that it ends up being cute and humorous, for the most part, instead of terrifying.

It’s a great spring escape for those who enjoy cozies featuring family, the realities of modern life, a good mystery plot. Pick one up at a new or used book shop, or order one from the internet. It was published in 2013, but it’s evergreen.

Book Review of Harvest of Secrets by Ellen Crosby

I’ve just returned from a virtual visit to the lovely area of Atoka/Middleburg, Virginia. From a visit to my friend Lucie Montgomery, owner of Montgomery Estate Vineyards. It was a lovely, inspirational experience, in spite of the murder which occurred on a neighboring vineyard, uncertainty concerning the approach of a potentially harvest devastating hurricane, a somewhat disturbing historic discovery and the appearance of a new family member.

Sorry for the run-on sentence, but Harvest of Secrets, a Wine Country Mystery, contains a lot of plots in a concise package. Oh, to possess the smooth writing ability of author Ellen Crosby. Her worldly knowledge from life experience pairs so well with her love of history and nature, her accurate portrayal of the trials of life we all must face, accept, rationalize in our own way.

Lucie and Quinn, her winemaker/fiancee have few secrets from each other, but Lucie takes her time in telling him and the rest of her family of the discovery she makes after a DNA test. Ever the investigator, Lucie is compelled to unravel the mystery behind the discovery unearthed by her vineyard staff and the murderer who may turn out to be a friend, relative, neighbor, valued employee.

This is, I believe, the ninth installment of the Wine Country Mystery series. How can I come close to describing the spirit of these stories? They are a bit melancholy, yet uplifting, educational, entertaining. The series began shortly after Leland, Lucie’s father’s passing. Twenty-something Lucie was burdened with the task of renewing the estate and the wine business.

She has fulfilled that role efficiently over the years and the relationship we readers hoped would form between Lucie and winemaker Quinn has come to fruition. The latest in the series will be one of my next reads. I haven’t yet found a story in this series which wasn’t superlative. They’re not your typical modern, lighthearted cozy. Still, they never fail to leave me feeling better.