Thursday, July 27, 2023
Wednesday, July 26, 2023
About the Book
Title: Hidden Amish Target
Series: Amish Country Justice #16
Author: Dana R. Lynn
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date: July 25, 2023
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense
She’s an accidental witness.
Now she’s running for her life…
Witnessing a murder puts a target on Molly Schultz’s back, and now she’s on the run from a gunman dead set on silencing her. She turns to family friend Zeke Bender for help, but when Molly’s identity and location are exposed, they’re left with a criminal among her Amish community. Can Zeke safeguard Molly long enough to catch the culprit—or will they fall prey to their merciless hunter?
From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.
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About the Author
Dana R. Lynn is an award winning author of romantic suspense and Amish romance who believes in the power of God to touch people through stories. Although she grew up in Illinois, she met her husband at a wedding in Pennsylvania and told her parents she had met her future husband. Nineteen months later, they were married. Today, they live in rural Pennsylvania and are entering the world of empty nesters. She is a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by day and writes stories of romance and danger at night. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray with the Steve Laube Agency. Dana is an avid reader, loves cats and thinks chocolate should be a food group.
There was a thud in the back of the haus, followed by loud footsteps tromping to the closed doorway of the den. Whoever had fired that shot might be heading her way.
Finally pulling the door open, Molly threw herself out of the haus and raced down the doorway, ignoring the pain in her weak leg. The door had barely clicked shut when it burst open again.
“You!” the angry voice thundered behind her. It was the man who’d been shouting at Terry. Had he shot Terry or Nancy? How close was he? She didn’t take the time to look over her shoulder. A gun barked and a bullet thunked into a tree a foot away from her. She’d been right to leave. She had to find someone who could help.
Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Murder in the Book Lover’s Loft by Ellery Adams is a delight to read. We journey back to Storyton Hall in Virginia where Jane Steward is getting ready to go on a vacation with her betrothed, Edwin. I would love to visit Storyton Hall. It is a resort for bibliophiles and writers (for anyone who loves and appreciates books). I thought Murder in the Book Lover’s Loft was well-written with a great cast of characters. I have enjoyed getting to know Jane, Edwin, the twins, Aunt Octavia, Uncle Aloysius, the staff at Storyton Hall, and the Cover Girls. I like that the author tied this story in with her A Books by the Bay Mysteries which features Olivia Limoges and her canine companion, Captain Haviland (a black standard poodle). Jane and Edwin travel to Oyster Bay, North Carolina for a vacation and end up embroiled in a mystery. It is a well-plotted mystery. There are several suspects because the victim who is author Justin St. James was not a nice man. I had a good time following Jane as she questioned people and searched for clues. The costumed All Hallows’ Ball was a great place to catch a killer. The Fins and the Cover Girls as well Sheriff Evans (loved his costume) and his deputies were there to keep an eye out for suspicious activity. I loved the ball with everyone in costume. It made for an entertaining and lively reveal. I like how all the various elements tied together.
The last chapter will delight fans of the series. I finished Murder in the Book Lover’s Loft with a smile on my face. I was sad that Jane felt the need to dispose of the treasures in the secret room (she has been doing this in the last couple of books). I can understand being afraid of people breaking in to get their hands on the special items hidden at Storyton Hall, but I do not if I could have let go of such unique items. I enjoyed the humor sprinkled throughout the story. I like that the author included Olivia Limoges and gave us a conclusion to her story. The woman certainly deserves to have a happy ending. Murder in the Book Lover's Loft is the ninth A Book Retreat Mystery. It can be read as a standalone. However, I have enjoyed following Jane Steward on her journey since the beginning. It has allowed me to get to know her as well as the other characters and the secret of Storyton Hall. Murder in the Book Lover’s Loft has friendships, family, books, murder, furbabies, food, romance, and fun. I sincerely hope that this is not the last book in A Book Retreat Mysteries because I will miss my yearly visits to Storyton Hall. Murder in the Book Lover’s Loft is an entertaining tale with an odd death, a beach retreat, murdered author, playful puppies, fishy suspects, bookish costumes, and a startling reveal.
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Thursday, July 20, 2023
Murder at the Pumpkin Pageant
Murder at the Pumpkin Pageant by Darci Hannah is a cute Halloween themed cozy mystery. We return to Beacon Harbor, Michigan where Lindsey works and lives with her Newfoundland, Wellington. It is October and the town is decked out for Halloween (my favorite holiday). Lindsey has been experiencing trouble with pranksters this year. It seems they want to add a touch of spookiness to the lighthouse décor. In addition, Lindsey has ghost hunters wanting to shoot an episode inside her haunted lighthouse thanks to her friend and podcaster, Kennedy. I like the diverse cast of characters that the author has created for this series. Beacon Harbor is a charming, welcoming town. I would love to live there (I would want to own the lighthouse, but I would turn it into a bookstore). The pastries sound delectable as well as the food Lindsey prepares.
|Wellington to the rescue!|
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Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Take the Honey and Run by Jennie Marts is the debut of A Bee Keeping Mysteries. We get to meet Bailey Briggs and her daughter, Daisy. Bailey returns to her hometown of Humble Hills, Colorado. She was raised by her Granny Bee (aka Blossom Briggs) on Honeybuzz Mountain Ranch. The story has a cast of eccentric characters that includes Granny Bee and her two sisters, Aster and Marigold. Bailey arrives to find Granny Bee yelling at the mayor, Werner Humble (he should not have made a pass at her) and making a threat that she will soon regret. When the mayor is found dead with one of Granny Bee’s honey products nearby, Granny Bee becomes the prime suspect (of course). I was baffled as to why Sheriff Sawyer Dunn would let Bailey schlep around the crime scene. I know this is fiction, but it needs to be realistic. Evidence can be thrown out of court because a civilian was roaming around a crime scene (I do not care if Sawyer and Bailey used to canoodle). Bailey wastes no time in rallying the troops (aka her two aunts along with their book club—The Hive) and digging into the case. There are several suspects in the crime. The mayor was not a good guy. The sheriff just happens to be Bailey's old high school boyfriend which leads to some awkward encounters.
Bailey uses her knowledge of whodunits (she writes mysteries for a living) to prove Granny Bee’s innocence. Bailey points out details that the sheriff overlooks (is the man that bad at his job) and she manages to stay a step or two ahead of him throughout the case. During the course of Bailey’s investigation, there are (of course) some shenanigans that provide levity. Bailey and her bestie, Evie manage to get themselves into trouble often. The pair provide several laugh out loud moments. The mystery is one that can be solved before the solution is revealed. There is a secondary mystery regarding the identity of Daisy’s birth father. We will have to wait for the next A Bee Keeping Mystery for more details. I found Take the Honey and Run to be easy to read. It is a lighthearted story with plenty of humor. The food descriptions will have you salivating. Take the Honey and Run has all the bees a buzzing with a murdered mayor, a gregarious granny, a helpful Hive, surprising secrets, a clueless sheriff, and a busy Bailey.
Take the Honey and Run is available from Amazon*. You can find Jennie Marts other novels here. Thank you for stopping by today. Thank you for joining me today. Tomorrow I am sharing my thoughts on Murder at the Pumpkin Pageant by Darci Hannah. It is the fourth A Beacon Bakeshop Mystery. I hope that you have a relaxing day. Take care and Happy Reading!
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Tuesday, July 18, 2023
A Hope for Healing
A Hope for Healing by Jo Ann Brown is a poignant and engaging story. I was immediately drawn into the book. I thought the story was well-written with realistic, friendly characters. I enjoyed getting to know Rosemary Mishler and Gideon Wingard. Both Rosemary and Gideon are trying to avoid the local matchmakers. Gideon knows his large, gregarious family means well. Rosemary is still grieving the loss of her husband and is not ready to marry again (if ever). When a little Englisch girl is left in Rosemary’s kitchen, Rosemary learns that her husband had secrets. I enjoyed the surprises in the story. It kept things interesting. Some of them are good and will warm your heart while others will astonish you. I like how Gideon and Rosemary kept getting thrown together. A Hope for Healing is the fourth book in Secrets of Bliss Valley series. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series. I enjoyed the humor sprinkled throughout the story. A Hope for Healing has romance, forgiveness, family, new beginnings, a touch of mystery, and faith. We also get a glimpse of everyday Amish life. A Hope for Healing is a touching Amish tale with well-meaning matchmakers, a quiet child, a startling revelation, a cryptic past, beautiful leatherwork, and a cheerful future.
A Hope for Healing is available from Amazon*. The other Secrets of Bliss Valley novels are A Wish for Home, A Promise of Forgiveness, and A Search for Redemption. Jo Ann Brown has Caring for Her Amish Neighbor coming out August 22. It is the third book in the Amish of Prince Edward Island. You can find Jo Ann Brown's other novels here. Two other books that came out today are Take the Honey and Run by Jennie Marts and The Block Party by Jamie Day. Thank you for stopping by today. I will return tomorrow with my thoughts on Take the Honey and Run by Jennie Marts. It is the first book in A Bee Keeping Mysteries. It is a scorcher out there (you sweat just getting the newspaper from the end of the driveway). I hope that you keep cool today (a good day to visit the pool). Take care and Happy Reading!
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Thursday, July 13, 2023
A Cryptic Clue by Victoria Gilbert is the first A Hunter and Clewe Mystery. We are introduced to Jane Hunter, a sixty-year-old librarian. I like that she is an older protagonist. She has been hired by Cameron “Cam” Clewe, a thirty-three-year-old eccentric millionaire (who has more than a few quirks), to catalogue his large collection of books and artifacts. Cam’s ex-girlfriend is found dead in the library by Jane the day after a party. Cam, of course, becomes a person of interest. Jane and Cam team up to find the guilty party. I found that the story moved along at a slow pace. It needed an injection of action, intrigue, and suspense. Cam is a unique character. I like how Jane helped him. I have a feeling Cam’s horizons will be broadening in the future. It is a shame that Cam’s father did not appreciate his talents. Jane is a likeable character. She is an experienced librarian and knowledgeable about classic mysteries written by women. The mystery was good. It was obvious who would die and who would end up at the top of the suspect list. Cam and Jane are happy to conduct their own investigation. Witnesses are more than willing to share what they know (very helpful). There are townspeople who are happy to spill the local gossip. The whodunit is straightforward. The red herrings are not convincing. While it seemed to take years to reach the reveal, the ending seemed rushed. The story was sadly lacking in humor. I wanted to enjoy The Cryptic Clue, but I only felt relief when I turned the final page.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2023
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