12.19.2014

Review: Sprinkle with Murder


Sprinkle with Murder
Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



More like a 3.5 actually. I've read other cozy mysteries by the author & figured I'd give another a go (they had the first two available at the library and that's what really motivated me to pick this one up). Like her other series, these are quick reads and easy to follow. I will say that I found this opener stronger than the Hat Shoppe series and that was nice. I'd definitely recommend this for fans of cozies looking for a new series or fans of the author.



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11.30.2014

Review: Book, Line and Sinker


Book, Line and Sinker
Book, Line and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This was another good entry in the series. I read the fourth one before this as this one was already checked out at the library so I was glad that I caught it this time. Like the others in the series, for me it's most about the characters than the mystery so much. Still, they mystery was good enough that I felt it held up pretty well. I'll definitely continue with the series and as with the others, it's worth a peek at the recipes & knitting pattern at the end. Definitely recommended for fans of the series & cozy mysteries, in general.



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Review: Broadchurch


Broadchurch
Broadchurch by Erin Kelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I really liked this one! I'm a fan of Broadchurch and am currently watching Gracepoint so I wanted to read this. As it's a novelisation of the program, I didn't expect any big surprises or twists but I wanted to see if there was any more depth or patina to the characters who populate this town. I'm happy to say, there was. I liked how this was written and truly felt I got an even closer look into the lives of the people. I've no idea where the second series of Broadchurch is going but if there's another novelization by Erin Kelly, I'll be reading it. Definitely recommended for fans of the series and for anyone interested in a good mystery (if you've never seen the series) set in a small town.



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Review: Death of a Mad Hatter


Death of a Mad Hatter
Death of a Mad Hatter by Jenn McKinlay

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I liked this one. I began this series because I've enjoyed the Library Lovers series by the same author. I do think that's the better of the two (perhaps not quite fair an assessment though, as this one hasn't got as far yet), still, I think this one is worth the read. I felt there was a bit more to the mystery in this one in comparison with the last and I will definitely read the next entry in the series. Definitely recommended if you're looking for a cozy mystery to add to your weekend.



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11.03.2014

Review: Death Comes to Pemberley


Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



I decided to give this a read as I began watching the Masterpiece Mystery dramatisation on PBS. It's not unusual for me to do this, what I've experienced as a first was that upon finishing the book, I'd absolutely no desire to continue with the PBS series. I abandoned the television version because I simply didn't want to be bothered with this story any longer. I am disappointed. Lizzie and Darcy aren't my favorite Austen couple anyway (Anne & Captain Wentworth, for me please) so I'm not so beholden to the original material to be aggravated like this is some travesty against literature. With that said, I was a bit bored and it felt like this had very little life as reads go. I was excited for the mystery but once the reveal was done, there was still a bit to go to tie it all up and I didn't feel all that was warranted. Admittedly, it's a short book but I still think it was over long. I don't know that I'd recommend this as I believe most people do have other things they could be reading than a book that's a little less than okay and more middling than anything else.



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