Bones and yet more

Bones to Pick Book Cover Bones to Pick
Brie Hooker Mystery
Linda Lovely
Cosy, mystery, female sleuth, murder
Henery Press
(24 Oct. 2017)

Living on a farm with four hundred goats and a cantankerous carnivore isn’t among vegan chef Brie Hooker’s list of lifetime ambitions. But she can’t walk away from her Aunt Eva, who needs help operating her dairy.

Once she calls her aunt’s goat farm home, grisly discoveries offer ample inducements for Brie to employ her entire vocabulary of cheese-and-meat curses. The troubles begin when the farm’s pot-bellied pig unearths the skull of Eva’s husband, who disappeared years back. The sheriff, kin to the deceased, sets out to pin the murder on Eva. He doesn’t reckon on Brie’s resolve to prove her aunt’s innocence. Death threats, ruinous pedicures, psychic shenanigans, and biker bar fisticuffs won’t stop Brie from unmasking the killer, even when romantic befuddlement throws her a curve

Small towns are incestuous. And in the Southern USA have too many guns, too much testosterone meaning too much bad temper, and not mention greed.

Greed because there are few ways to make legitimate and ‘good’ living, and because laziness and greed are partners in crime. The easy way to make money is often preferred.

So here we find, with the local law enforcement barely trained and exhibiting the above characteristics, and often chose because of (family) relationships, we find the very first statement to be true.

Thus the law officers are liable to take short cuts and easy solutions.

A nicely written mystery, but I’m sorry, even as a vegetarian myself I wasn’t converted to being a vegan – how could you give up goat milk and cheese living on a goat farm? Never, if the recipes offered were samples – I did check out veganism after reading this book but again wasn’t converted. And the vegans I have known always seem to be less than healthy as it is very difficult to balance the nutrients.

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Kennie and the baddies

Fixin to Die Book Cover Fixin to Die
Kenni Lowry Mysteries
Tonya Kappes
cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, book club recommendations, amateur sleuth books, Southern humor, small town, paranormal mysteries.
Henery Press
17th March 2016

Kenni Lowry likes to think the zero crime rate in Cottonwood, Kentucky is due to her being sheriff, but she quickly discovers the ghost of her grandfather, the town’s previous sheriff, has been scaring off any would-be criminals since she was elected. When the town’s most beloved doctor is found murdered on the very same day as a jewelry store robbery, and a mysterious symbol ties the crime scenes together, Kenni must satisfy her hankerin’ for justice by nabbing the culprits. With the help of her poppa, a lone deputy, and an annoyingly cute, too-big-for-his-britches State Reserve officer, Kenni must solve both cases and prove to the whole town, and herself, that she’s worth her salt before time runs out.

 

So Kenni takes over her grandfather’s post as Sheriff in a ‘podunk’ town – Cottonwood, in Kentucky, after completing her law enforcement training and his death.

All is quiet for 2 years until Doc Walton is murdered.  There are just 2 doctors in town so the loss of one, one that has been around for many many years, is keenly felt.  Also keenly felt is the loss of a Deputy Sheriff and only the Gaoler to help out. Kenni calls in help from the State Reserve Office and Finn Vincent comes on the scene to assist.

And then there is a robbery in the jewellery store and maybe, just maybe a ghost.

A fun book, not too serious in details but lost of gossip flying around the various characters and their ‘clubs’.

I did find out a few things about eating in Kentucky.

There is something called a Chess Bar – which turns out to be made from yellow cake mix (I checked and this is likely to be a Victoria Sponge to us Brits), with a pecan crust and topped with a cream cheese filing. The recipes I looked up all used packaged ingredients!

And then there is the Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich. This appears to be a variant of our Welsh Rarebit. An open faced sandwich with turkey and bacon covered with a mornay sauce – or grated cheese – and baked until crisp and brown.

And finally, it seems some people still play Euchre – which is a card game that was popular in the 18th and 19th century.

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Vengeance is mine!

With a Vengeance Book Cover With a Vengeance
Zoe Chambers Mystery
Annette Dashofy
crime, thriller, suspense, cozy
Henery Press
May 3, 2016

"So polished, so intriguing, and so darn good." - Donnell Ann Bell, Bestselling Author of Buried Agendas

Paramedic Zoe Chambers and the rest of rural Monongahela County's EMS and fire personnel are used to wading into the middle of trouble to rescue the sick and the injured. But when someone with an ax to grind seeks retribution by staging accident scenes and gunning down the first responders, Zoe finds herself forced to not only treat her own brethren of the front lines, but also, in her role as deputy coroner, seek out whoever is killing her friends. At the same time, Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams races to track down a gun, a mysterious all-terrain vehicle, and the sniper before Zoe goes back on duty, placing herself--and Pete--firmly in the gunman's crosshairs.

So many people who could want vengeance. So many guns. So many people who were crack shots with said guns.

So the plot for this story has twists and turns as more people who cold want vengeance is this rural USA area, come to light, but the true killer is still not found.

This book is the 4th in a series but can still be read as a stand-alone. I hadn’t read the previous 3 book and found I could follow the plot and  story-line quite well.

A nice story on the cozy side of suspense and tension. You just know it will all end up happily (enough) for the two main characters.

Given for review by NetGalley.

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No Doubts here then?

Here we have a local radio and news reporter wanting to be more – to report ‘hard’ news rather than the usual local gossip.

We also have a series of jewel thefts and a friend with access to the Hollywood rich. A Spanish grandee and polo; a reclusive heiress and vintage jewels; an auction; the FBI and a Master of Disguises.

All of which adds up to a nice mystery and thriller and crime novel with a believable heroine and good stylish writing.

An enjoyable novel.

An Honest Review for NetGalley and Henery Press.

 

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